You Shall Be Hated Of All Men Part 1

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Hi S____,
It is good to hear from you. I remember you very well. Thanks for sharing this story with me.
Thanks also for that inspiring song. I do not say this in any way to belittle any of the sincere people at that service, but nevertheless it is by God’s own design that not one person in a thousand is aware of the meaning and significance of the fact Christ and His Words “are, were, and will be, and will never pass away.” Those words, like the words “Christ and Him crucified,” have one meaning to a babe in Christ and an entirely different meaning to a son who is maturing in Christ.

1Co 1:1 Paul, called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother,
1Co 1:2 Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours:
1Co 1:7 So that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ:

It was a spiritual earthquake for me to realize that it was even possible that these words could be true for me, and at the same time I could be just like these Corinthians:

1Co 3:1  And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ.
1Co 3:2  I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able [ to bear it], neither yet now are ye able.
1Co 3:3  For ye are yet carnal: for whereas [ there is] among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?
1Co 3:4  For while one saith, I am of Paul; and another, I [ am] of Apollos; are ye not carnal?

That was where I remained for the first nearly half century of my life. So too do we all for some time, when we first come to Christ.
Your minister may be “sanctified in Christ Jesus, and called to be a saint,” just like all of Christ’s apostles before the day of Pentecost. And just like all of Christ’s apostles, your minister and you and I, we may all “come behind in no gift” and still be “carnal babes in Christ.

Luk 22:32 But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.
Luk 22:33 And he said unto him, Lord, I am ready to go with thee, both into prison, and to death.
Luk 22:34 And he said, I tell thee, Peter, the cock shall not crow this day, before that thou shalt thrice deny that thou knowest me.

At this time Peter had been with Christ for 3 1/2 years, and was still not converted. At first we are all “carnal babes in Christ.” We all “Live by every word of this “two- edged sword.” The fact that we are given the good with the evil is what is meant by “a sharp two- edged sword,” and without the pain that comes with the evil we receive at the hand of the Lord, we would experience no spiritual growth.

1Co 3:21  Therefore let no man glory in men. For all things are yours;
1Co 3:22  Whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come; all are yours;
1Co 3:23  And ye are Christ’s; and Christ is God’s.
Job 2:10  But he said unto her [ Job to his wife], Thou speakest as one of the foolish women speaketh. What? shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil? In all this did not Job sin with his lips.

The “foolish women” are the “five foolish virgins” who are bereft of the spirit, which is the truth of God’s Word. “One of the foolish women” means one of the churches which, as your pastor demonstrates, “cannot be spoken to as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ.” They are “carnal babes in Christ, still slaves to sin.”

Gal 4:1 Now I say, That the heir, as long as he is a child [ Greek – nepios, an infant still on milk], differeth nothing from a servant [ Greek – ‘slave’ to his carnal mind, “yet carnal”], though he be lord of all;
Gal 4:2 But is under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the father.
Gal 4:3 Even so we, when we were children [ nepios – spiritual, carnal infants], were in bondage under the elements of the world:
Gal 4:4 But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son [ huios – mature son], made of a woman, made under the law,
Gal 4:5 To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons [“Adoption of sons” is all translated from the one Greek word ‘huiothesia’].
Gal 4:6 And because ye are sons [ huios] , God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son [ Huios] into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.

What strong delusion has been given to all who would replace these words which distinguish an infant from an adult with a ten- second sinner’s prayer, which would dispense with the need for persecution and judgment on the house of God.

Mat 10:22 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.
Act 14:22 Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God. ]

1Pe 4:12 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:
1Pe 4:13 But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.

1Pe 4:17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?

How well I remember another minister, for whom I had much respect at the time, preaching a sermon which exhorted us, as his congregates, to be thankful that we were living in a country and at such a time, that being persecuted, enduring tribulations and being “hated of all men” because of our faith was no longer a reality.
What a total blindness to the ‘is, was and will be’ character of the words of our Lord who taught both that His Words would never pass away and that evil men and seducers would wax worse and worse, not better and better.

Mat 24:35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.
2Ti 3:13 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.

The people at that little conference you attended with us were from all over the United States and Canada, and in accord with your experience while surveying the group, I certainly do consider all who are given eyes to see what the spirit says to be clothed with the white linen of the saints. That is what God is saying to you and to us all.

Mat 5:20  For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees [ spiritual leaders], ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.

I think you know that I am not surprised at your experience with your minister. I would be shocked if it had happened any other way.
We are just now covering the seven churches of Rev 2 and 3. It will of no benefit to us to see these “seven angels” to whom this entire book is addressed as celestial beings with nothing at all in common with you and me. On the other hand, if we can just remember that we have been told that it is you and I who are expected to “read, hear and keep, the things written therein,” then we will know that those angels are you and me and all of our “fellow laborers,” and that all that is said to those seven angels of those seven churches is actually being spoken to “he that has an ear.”

Rev 19:10 And I fell at his feet to worship him [ the angel who had just shown John the judgment of the great harlot]. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.
Rev 22:9 Then saith he [ the angel who had shown John all these things] unto me, See thou do it not: for I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book: worship God.

The “seven angels” whether they are “of the seven churches… blowing seven trumpets… or pouring out seven vials,” they are all our fellowservants and of our brothers;” they are all God’s elect, who are commanded to ” keep the things written therein, the sayings of the prophecy of this book.”

Rev 2:29 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the church es.
Rev 1:3 Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.

Rev 22:7 Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book.

Judgment is now on the house of God, and it is now on Babylon within the house of God. But your minister and all who cannot yet see the need to “keep the things written therein” are not at this time being judged and will not be “hated of all men” at this time.

1Co 3:16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?
1Co 3:17 If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.
1Pe 2:5 Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.

So, if the spirit sees fit to give you “eyes that see and ears which hear the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven,” and you are made to see that we are “not to think above what is written,” but that “all that is written is ours,” then He will also give you the strength and the patience to “endure to the end.”

Mat 13:10 And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables?
Mat 13:11 He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.
1Co 3:21 Therefore let no man glory in men. For all things are yours;
1Co 3:22 Whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come; all are yours;
1Co 3:23 And ye are Christ’s; and Christ is God’s.
1Co 4:6 And these things, brethren, I have in a figure transferred to myself and [ to] Apollos for your sakes; that ye might learn in us not to think [ of men] above that which is written, that no one of you be puffed up for one against another.

That is my prayer for you and for us all. God bless you as you share the Truth which is Christ with those who God sends to you.

Your brother in Christ,

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