Study In James – Jas 1:18 Of His Own Will Begat He Us…

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Jas 1:18 Of HIS OWN WILL begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.

Rom 9:16 So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy.

It was by the will of God that I was, am and will be in the flesh, what I was, am and will be.  It was, is and will be a good work, a good thing He created to bring me to destruction. But once the new man is created, he sees that all he is, all he does, all he ever will be, is because his Creator WILLS IT TO BE.

This is where we left off on James chapter 1, seeing that it was the will of God that we see the things we do by being born again by His Word and by His Spirit. He specifically tells us what these things mean – word and spirit.

Joh 3:5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

These words above are also a type of the two witnesses, because as Christ and His Father are ONE, so the WORD and the SPIRIT are ONE – you cannot have one without the other. This is also true of the old man. He is also made up of two witnesses. As Christ’s words are spirit and life, so, too, the words of the old man are evil spirits and death.

Gen 3:4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:
Gen 3:5 For God doth know that in the day you eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and you shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.

Joh 3:6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
Joh 3:7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.
Joh 3:8 The wind bloweth (spirit) where it listeth (desires), and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.

The flesh cannot tell from where these spiritual words are coming and where it is taking us, because it is not from the flesh but from the spirit of God. If it were from the flesh, it would recognize its own.  Because we never heard these words before, we cannot recognize them. They are foreign to the flesh because the flesh believes it does not have to die, for it, the flesh, is a god, and we worship it.

Eph 5:26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,

Mat 3:11 I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:
Mat 3:12 Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.

Joh 6:63 It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profits nothing: the WORDS that I speak to you, they are SPIRIT, and they are LIFE (born of water and the spirit).

All these scriptures are for the laying of the foundation of the truth, that whatever God speaks into existence in our lives WILL BE LIVED OUT. We are born again by the spirit of fire that comes from the mouth of God, that burns up the chaff we thought were good or evil works of our own freewill decisions. When these truths are deeply imbedded in our new man we begin to be born again and enter into the kingdom of God that is His temple, and of which temple we are.

1Co 3:16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?

We cannot enter our very own temple unless we are cleansed, by being killed before entering the holy of holies.

The sacrifice offering was KILLED before it was offered.  It didn’t have a choice to be sacrificed and then burnt on the alter.  It was PHYSICALLY led to the place of its DEATH;  its throat cut, gutted, dismembered and then burnt upon the alter as a sacrifice. We know that the sacrifice is Christ. He was the unblemished sacrifice for the world’s sins. Before He could enter into the true holy of holies not made with hands, He had to be sacrificed.

Heb 9:8 The Holy Spirit this signifying, that the way into the holiest of all was not yet made manifest, while as the first tabernacle was yet standing:

The first tabernacle in this verse represents the literal tabernacle in the desert that was set up. That’s the literal meaning, but as always, if that’s all we get, then we are being blinded by the these words. The first tabernacle is our FLESH, and that is what we are to get out of these verses. As long as our flesh stands, the WAY (Joh 14:6) into the holiest of all cannot be revealed. As long as we are standing on our own works of righteousness, separate and independent from God, our temple has not been cleansed, there has not been a sacrifice, and God cannot be known.

2Co 5:1 For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.

Heb 9:9 Which was a figure for the time then present, in which were offered both gifts and sacrifices, that could not make him that did the service perfect, as pertaining to the conscience;

All these gifts and sacrifices made by our own hands could not make our man of sin perfect before God. As long as the man of sin is standing in our holy place (Mat 24:15), God is not seen as ruling and reigning in our lives – the man of sin is.

Heb 9:10 Which stood only in meats and drinks, and different washings, and carnal ordinances, imposed on them until the time of reformation.

This struggle trying to offer meaningless sacrifices was, is and will be imposed on us BY GOD until our time of reformation.

So now taking this symbolism of the temple in the wilderness and in this temple, in the wilderness was the holy of holies, and turning it inwardly we begin to see the brilliance of God’s ways. We are that symbolic temple which Christ enters. Our flesh is the tent covering of an unclean “badger skin” that brother Abe brought out in his study on the tabernacle. We are indwelt by our high priest in God’s holy of holies, where He continually intercedes for us. He is our new man, our peace, our Comforter and our Father. He created us Himself to be who we are and to drag us to destruction as He leads us as oxen to the slaughter. He leads us as a bull sacrifice to the place where we are slaughtered, dismembered and then sacrificed. Because we can be a sacrifice we must be totally dismembered of our feet, our hands AND OUR OWN BRAIN, before Christ can be sacrificed WITHIN US, before His blood can be offered. We cannot have OUR FEET LEADING US INTO THE HOLY OF HOLIES, we cannot have our HANDS HANDLING THE TEMPLE TOOLS, and we certainly must be totally stripped of any thought that our minds have made these decsions.

Exo 29:10 And you shalt cause a bullock to be brought before the tabernacle of the congregation: and Aaron and his sons shall put their hands upon the head of the bullock.

Who is doing the CAUSING? The high priest causes the bullock to be brought, it’s not the bullock! And Christ has already gone through this process to BECOME OUR HIGH PRIEST, THAT IS LEADING US TO BE SACRIFICED.  It is God’s will that we be begotten of the word of truth, not our will. The bull does not get a choice if he will die or not. And this word of truth is Christ in us the hope of glory. If Christ is in us we are dead because of sin, but alive because He lives, and we are in Him and He in us.

Exo 29:11 And you shalt kill the bullock before the LORD, by the door of the tabernacle of the congregation.

It is sin that opens the doors, not my good works. It is sin that God uses to humble me by destroying who I thought I was, am and will be. Christ IS THE DOOR, and it is by Him showing me who I am that the door is opened. As long as I believe that I am the door then the door will remained closed. I am the laboring oxen that carries my own burden, that must be put to death, sacrificed.  God is, was will be the ONE Who labors to bring me into His rest by my sacrifice. This is why Christ said:

Mat 11:28  Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Mat 11:29  Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
Mat 11:30  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.


Joh 10:9  I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.

Before Christ, the Door, is opened showing me who I am, it is as before The LORD had caused it to rain upon the physical earth. The physical earth produced mist of itself that watered the earth, our sweat.  God allows us to toil within ourselves, and that toil produces sweat. But God then causes the rain to water the earth. The rain then covers the earth in small droplets. The rain is the word that softens the ground so that THE MAN, CHRIST, can then till it. Tilling the ground is breaking the ground up so that seed can be planted in it. Tilling the ground is breaking the ground up and destroying the thorns, thistles and weeds that grow in the place where you want to put a garden.

Gen 2:5  And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew: for the LORD God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground.
Gen 2:6  But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground.

When we labor in our flesh to try and produce righteousness before God, we sweat. It is only the rain, the Word of God, that can cool the hot Sun of Righteousness and give us rest in death from our own labours. That rain softens our flesh/earth so that a man can plow our earth, and that man is Christ, so that seeds can be planted and plants and herbs grow in our new earth. If you notice the wording “face of the earth” is similiar to Genesis 3:19, “sweat of thy face”.

Gen 3:19  In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.

So what God is telling us about these verses is our earth will only cause us turmoil and displeasure. The word face H639, comes from the root H599; A primitive root; to breathe hard, that is, be enraged: – be angry (displeased).

Our earth is cursed from birth, and it will only bring forth thorns and thistles. While trying to produce these works of the field/world (Mat 13:38 – the field is the world) to please God by our works, we will be eating the bread of tears.

Psa 127:2 It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he gives his beloved sleep.

These thorns and thistles are the false doctrines we use to try to please our own evil conscience before God. Our earth without rain will only produce thorns and thistles from the sweat of the earth.

Heb 6:1 Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of the Christ, let us go on to perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God,
Heb 6:2 Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.
Heb 6:3 And this will we do, if God permit.
Heb 6:4 For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Spirit,
Heb 6:5 And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come,
Heb 6:6 If they shall fall away, to renew them again to repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.
Heb 6:7 For the earth which drinks in the rain that comes oft upon it, and brings forth herbs meet for them by whom it is dressed, receives blessing from God:
Heb 6:8 But that which bears thorns and briers is rejected, and is nigh to cursing; whose end is to be burned.

When our earth does not “drink in the rain” that comes upon it, it is only existing on the mist that comes up from it. It only produces enough moisture for thorns and briars to grow; things that are rejected and whose end is to be burned. However, the positive side is that these thorns and briars are used as the fuel for the fire of God’s word to burn us in the kiln of God’s plan for our life. Everything we are covering in this study is to teach us that we are born of the will of God and not our will.

Luk 22:44  And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.

Pro 20:24 Man’s goings are of the LORD; how can a man then understand his own way?

Pro 16:1 The preparations of the heart in man, and the answer of the tongue, is from the LORD.

We must see ourselves as the bulls that are butchered and presented to God as sacrifices. If Christ is in us, then He will pave the way for our sacrifice, because as He is, so are we in this world – crucified as living sacrifices.

Rom 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
Rom 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

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