The Patience Building Process Of Salvation

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Hi N____,
This is all very encouraging to hear. It all reveals that you are in the process of being purged and purified by God’s Word. Believe me when I say that part of that “patience in which you possess your soul” is to realize and acknowledge that it is in love that God does not reveal more to us than we have first been prepared to receive.

Joh 16:12  I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now.

The reformation and “change also of the law” is a perfect example of how true these words are. It is in God’s love and mercy that He holds back what we cannot yet receive. But “seek and ye shall find” are words which have the words ‘process’ and ‘patience’ written all over them. It takes time to seek, and it takes patience to find the “hidden treasure,”  the truths of God’s Word in God’s ‘field’ which ‘field’ we are. God has planted His Word is us:

Mat 13:24  Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field:
Mat 13:25  But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.

When you come to see that the parables are all about “the mysteries of the kingdom of God,” and when you come to accept that “the kingdom of God is within you,” then you will know that every placement of that seed, that word of God: 1) caught away by the wicked one, 2) received into stony places, 3) among the thorns, and finally 4) received in good ground, are all part of a process within and not different groups of people without. This is a parable about “the mysteries of the kingdom of God… which is within you.”

Mat 13:19  When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side.
Mat 13:20  But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it;
Mat 13:21  Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended.
Mat 13:22  He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful.
Mat 13:23  But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth [ it]; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.

We all go through all of those steps in this process. That is what you are telling me in this e- mail.
I Amo 60 years old. I have gone through them all, and I am still struggling with them all within me. But as time does it’s preordained work, the struggle is less and the resolve is stronger to submit the flesh to the spirit.
So take heart. God is bringing forth a manchild who is to rule the nations with a rod of iron. This ‘manchild’ must first be prepared to show the same mercy He has been shown. Only after coming to see our own need for mercy will we be prepared to show that same mercy to others.

Rom 11:30  For as ye in times past have not believed God, yet have now obtained mercy through their unbelief:
Rom 11:31  Even so have these also now not believed, that through your mercy they also may obtain mercy.

As for the degree of punishment experienced in the second death, here is the formula for all judgments of God:

2Co 11:15  Therefore [ it is] no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.
Rev 20:12  And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is [ the book] of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.
Rev 20:13  And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.

But there is another element which is part of God’s righteous judgment:

Luk 12:47  And that servant, which knew his lord’s will, and prepared not [ himself], neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes.
Luk 12:48  But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.

So you see, the lake of fire is not a “one size fits all” judgment. Those who come up in the great white throne judgment will be everything from aborted children to Mao Tse Tung, who is alleged to have killed 60 million of his own people. So the ‘lake of fire’ is a very discriminating, customized and personalized judgment which will mete out exactly what is needed to fit the crime and to accomplish God’s goal of bringing all mankind to Himself.
The fact that Joseph kept Simeon in prison, thinking that he might die the next day, while sending Simeon’s brothers back home, is an example of just how discriminating the lake of fire is. It was Simeon and Levi who had murdered all the men of Shalem (Gen. 34), and they were without doubt voting to kill Joseph when Ruben and Judah talked the other brothers into selling Joseph into Egypt. The fact that Joseph was kept in a pit symbolizes his deliverance from death itself.
I hope that all of this, too encourages you to be patient. Let God’s spirit do it’s work in you and to “endure to the end.”  And look at the very next verse in Luk 12:

Luk 12:49  I am come to send fire on the earth; and what will I, if it be already kindled? [ in the lives of God’s elect]

Lest one think the first resurrection is no different than the second, different only by timing, read:

1Co 15:41  There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars: for one star differeth from another star in glory.

Enough folks have voiced the opinion that if all men are going to be judged and saved, whether in this eon or the future, why bother ‘enduring to the end’, ‘overcoming’, ‘keeping the faith’, etc. now.  Won’t the Great White Throne judgment do just as well?  The differing in glory is part of the reason. “… Come hither, I will show thee the bride, the Lamb’s wife” of Rev. 21:9 shows in the verses afterward the glory of that new Jerusalem, the bride of Christ, which we are striving to be. Those whose names are not written in the Lamb’s book of life are not allowed in.  The brighter our ‘star’, the more glory we show to God even as Christ is the brightness of God’s glory

Heb 1:3  Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person.

The light in this great city comes from the Lamb (vs. 23), and as we are told in Joh 14:3  “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also” then how blessed we will be to be among those in that ‘blessed and holy first resurrection.’

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