Deuteronomy – Deu 15:16-18 As Servants of Christ, We Become His Friends

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Deu 15:16-18 As Servants of Christ, We Become His Friends

[Study Aired April 10, 2020]

Deu 15:16  And it shall be, if he say unto thee, I will not go away from thee; because he loveth thee and thine house, because he is well with thee; 
Deu 15:17  Then thou shalt take an aul, and thrust it through his ear unto the door, and he shall be thy servant for ever. And also unto thy maidservant thou shalt do likewise. 
Deu 15:18  It shall not seem hard unto thee, when thou sendest him away free from thee; for he hath been worth a double hired servant to thee, in serving thee six years: and the LORD thy God shall bless thee in all that thou doest. 

This law is first mentioned in Exodus 21:1-6.

Exo 21:1  Now these are the judgments which thou shalt set before them.
Exo 21:2  If thou buy an Hebrew servant, six years he shall serve: and in the seventh he shall go out free for nothing.
Exo 21:3  If he came in by himself, he shall go out by himself: if he were married, then his wife shall go out with him.
Exo 21:4  If his master have given him a wife, and she have born him sons or daughters; the wife and her children shall be her master’s, and he shall go out by himself.
Exo 21:5  And if the servant shall plainly say, I love my master, my wife, and my children; I will not go out free:
Exo 21:6  Then his master shall bring him unto the judges; he shall also bring him to the door, or unto the door post; and his master shall bore his ear through with an aul; and he shall serve him for ever.

Christ is our Master, and the world, from the beginning, is His servants. When it come to the point that we begin to hear, we then become His friends. He says that the servant does not know what the Master is doing. Because he is a servant, he is not given the privilege of knowing the plans of the Master. He is just doing what the Master is commanding be done without the privilege of being informed of the plan. If we are servants, we go through life serving our Master without any idea of what the plan is. We are ignorant to the Master’s inner workings because we are not privileged to sit at the table with the Master to hear His plans. Christ is the true Vine of the true Master. In Christ, we consist (Col 1:17). We cannot produce anything outside of Christ, whether we be servants or friends. The difference between a servant and a friend is that a servant does not get the privilege of knowing what the Husbandman is doing in His vineyard, the world.

Joh 15:1  I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.
Joh 15:2  Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.
Joh 15:3  Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.
Joh 15:4  Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.
Joh 15:5  I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. 
Joh 15:6  If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. 
Joh 15:7  If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.
Joh 15:8  Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.
Joh 15:9  As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.
Joh 15:10  If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.
Joh 15:11  These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.
Joh 15:12  This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.
Joh 15:13  Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
Joh 15:14  Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.
Joh 15:15  Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you. 
Joh 15:16  Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.
Joh 15:17  These things I command you, that ye love one another.

The Father is the Husbandman. He is the One Who does the pruning and purging. Pruning the vine means He cuts the unproductive branch away, and it is cast into the fire and burned. There are branches in me that are needing to be purged, needing to be pruned out of the vine because it will not bear fruit. There are also branches in me which are bearing fruit, so when the branches in me that are pruned out of the Vine, the branches that are left bring forth more fruit.

This whole purging process is inward, and it is through trials that the Husbandman has ordained I live. It has an outward ordinal fulfillment, but that is not what we are going over today. Babylon had me believing this pruning process was when God separated the so-called good Christians from those that are going to hell to be burned in a literal hell. False doctrine always has us looking at each other and judging each other in the world, comparing one with another, all based on our free will. The truth is these verses are only given to be understood by those that ABIDE as a servant in the Vine in this age/aion. When we do not ABIDE in Christ, knowing all things are of Him and by Him, these doctrines must be pruned and put through the fire of judgment so the doctrine which comes from this purging process may remain and bring forth fruit to the Husbandman.

When it says those doctrines in us which do not ABIDE in Christ are gathered of men, this means God uses men to try us and to put us through the judgment of God. God uses all things in life to prune us and to purge us from false doctrines. This is the fire of God which God uses to judge us so that we bring forth fruit. The burning process, the tormenting process, is the fire of God’s word that continually torments the spiritually dead doctrines in us, which are buried in the grave/Hades. The elect’s old man goes through this now in this life, so that they are spared the fire of Gehenna in the lake of fire. The following parable is this purging process, and we are both men in our appointed time.

Luk 16:19  There was a certain rich man [the carnal mind of our old man], which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day:
Luk 16:20  And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus [our new man who knows he has nothing in and of himself and that all things come from God through Christ], which was laid at his gate, full of sores,
Luk 16:21  And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores.
Luk 16:22  And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; [Notice that the beggar died first, then the rich man later died. When you are given the ability to see yourself as being able to do nothing in and of yourself, the rich man begins to die or begins to see himself as dead.]
Luk 16:23  And in hell [Hades-G86] he lift up his eyes, being in torments [This is the purging process], and seeth Abraham [the covenant of faith] afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. [It is not by works of the supposed rich man but by faith of the poor man we are in the bosom (Gal 2:16).]
Luk 16:24  And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame. [Joh 15:6 – gathered and burned – our trial by the fire in Hades.]
Luk 16:25  But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented.
Luk 16:26  And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence.
Luk 16:27  Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father’s house:
Luk 16:28  For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment.
Luk 16:29  Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them. [The law and the prophets all point to Christ as the Vine that unless we abide in that Vine, we can bring forth no fruit to God.]
Luk 16:30  And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent.
Luk 16:31  And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead. 

What does all this have to do with the servant’s ear having an awl put through it at the door post? Unless our ear is forcefully opened through the fiery trials, we will remain a free slave. If our ear is opened, we become a friend of Christ and remain in servitude to His household. It is in this servitude we are pleased to remain a servant because we love our Master – Christ, our wife – the church, and the children that come from the wife – our brothers and sisters. We no longer are tormented by the flame, we have become comfortable in it.

1Jn 2:3  And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.
1Jn 2:4  He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.
1Jn 2:5  But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.
1Jn 2:6  He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.

1Jn 4:19  We love him, because he first loved us.
1Jn 4:20  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?
1Jn 4:21  And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.

So, we know that we love God when we keep His commandments. What defines keeping His commandments? Knowing that the flesh is not rich but poor; knowing that the law was given because I was unrighteous (1Ti 1:9). Knowing that I am unrighteous allows me to see every other human in the same light (Rom 3:9-20). The knowledge that whatever our life has in store for us was foreordained by our Creator for the good of the body (Eph 2:10), and knowing that His commandments are not limited to the ten commandments, but include every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God entails keeping the commandments (Mat 4:4).

Mat 4:4  But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

Luk 18:18  And a certain ruler asked him, saying, Good Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?
Luk 18:19  And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? none is good, save one, that is, God.
Luk 18:20  Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honour thy father and thy mother.
Luk 18:21  And he said, All these have I kept from my youth up.
Luk 18:22  Now when Jesus heard these things, he said unto him, Yet lackest thou one thing: sell all that thou hast, and distribute unto the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me.
Luk 18:23  And when he heard this, he was very sorrowful: for he was very rich.
Luk 18:24  And when Jesus saw that he was very sorrowful, he said, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God!
Luk 18:25  For it is easier for a camel to go through a needle’s eye, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.
Luk 18:26  And they that heard it said, Who then can be saved?
Luk 18:27  And he said, The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.

We are hearing these things because our Master is calling us friends instead of servants. Why is He calling us friends? It is because we have had our ear bored out with an awl. What is the awl? The ‘aul’ mentioned in type is the Spirit of God.

Joh 6:44  No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.

Joh 6:63  It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. 

Our heart and mind represent our ear, for it is by the heart of man do we hear and believe.

Rom 10:8  But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;
Rom 10:9  That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 
Rom 10:10  For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

The Spirit of God uses the Word of God as the actual awl, because it pierces through our heart.

Heb 4:12  For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

In the book of Revelation the Master speaks to the seven churches in us, and seven times He says the same thing, “He that hath an ear, LET HIM HEAR what the Spirit saith unto the churches.”

Rev 2:7  He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.

Rev 2:11  He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.

Rev 2:17  He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.

Rev 2:29  He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

Rev 3:6  He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

Rev 3:13  He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

Rev 3:22  He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

This sentence is used seven times, to seven churches, because the number seven means complete. Link to that study about the number seven is here.

The spirit of God uses the Word of God to pierce through our heart, and by doing so, we begin to hear. The hearing is not literal but spiritual. What we hear is that the law of the flesh condemns the flesh, and the law of the spirit of life is Christ giving us life.

I am either freed with the law of the flesh, still having my ear closed and become a free slave, free from the truth, only to be freed in the lake of fire, or I become a free slave for life, while still serving my Master, Who now calls me His friend. Our ear is bored at the door, and Christ is the Door. He opens our ears, which is opening the door to the truth.

Joh 10:1  Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold [whose ear is not bored open by the truth], but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. 
Joh 10:2  But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.
Joh 10:3  To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out.
Joh 10:4  And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice.
Joh 10:5  And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers.
Joh 10:6  This parable spake Jesus unto them: but they understood not what things they were which he spake unto them.
Joh 10:7  Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep.
Joh 10:8  All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them.
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.

Our ears are bored open, pierced open by the word of God in the Hand of Christ. The Door is Christ, the awl is the word of God [The words I speak to you, they are spirit and they are life. (Joh 6:63)], The Master is God The Father, and we are the friends of Christ.

Rev 3:8  I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.

When our ear is pierced by the word of God in the hand of Christ, our door is being opened and we begin to hear the words of our Master as the words of a Friend and not as a slave owner.

Rev 4:1  After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter.

We know now that He loves us,and we love to serve Him because we know He loved us first.

1Jn 4:19  We love him, because he first loved us.
1Jn 4:20  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?
1Jn 4:21  And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.

We cannot hate anyone when we have the truth. We can hate false doctrine, hate sin, but we cannot hate anyone. All that they are, they are because our Creator has created them that way for us. They will be our children in the lake of fire which we love. It said in our verses today that the servant loved His Master, which is Christ, His wife, which is the church, and it said He loved His children. All the world are those children we are to love, because they will become our offspring in the lake of fire. How can we hate our own children? If we have loved our Master, we will love our wife and our children that will come from that wife in the lake of fire. Inwardly, right now, those children represent the doctrines of Christ, that the wife contains and we love them.

Exo 21:5  And if the servant shall plainly say, I love my master, my wife, and my children; I will not go out free.

I pray we all love our Master, our wife, given to us by our Master and the children which our wife has begotten in this life and the ones to come in the lake of fire.

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