#1 published 2-23-2003
"But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
That you may be the children of your Father Who is in Heaven: for He makes His sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.
For if you love them who love you, what reward have you? do not even the publicans the same?
And if you salute your brethren only, what do you more than others? do not even the publicans so?
Be you therefore perfect, even as your Father Who is in Heaven is perfect."
#2 published 03-02-2003
Jesus Christ and God as ONE Coordinate Combined Spirit, pour out Their Spirit of Truth upon ALL FLESH, beginning on Pentecost of A.D. 30 and NOW and forevermore with each of us believers in Him.
"Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter (The Spirit of Truth of our Paradise Father and our Son Jesus) will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send Him unto you.
And when He is come, He will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:
Of sin, because they believe not on Me;
Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and you see Me no more;
Of judgment, because the (former and fallen) prince of this world is judged.
(Jesus is our True Prince of Peace !)
I have yet many things to say unto you, but you cannot bear them now.
(some Spirit-led Humans now willingly receive more Truth ! Amen !)
Howbeit when He, the Spirit of Truth, is come, He will guide you into ALL TRUTH: for He shall not speak of Himself; but whatsoever He shall hear, that shall He speak: and He will shew you things to come.
He shall glorify Me: for He shall receive of Mine, and shall shew it unto you.
All Things that the Father hath are Mine: therefore said I, that He shall take of Mine, and He shall SHOW IT unto you.
A little while, and you shall not see Me: and again, a little while, and you shall see Me, because I go to the Father."
SEE JESUS: SEE GOD; THEY ARE ONE IN SPIRIT !
#3 published 03-09-2003
INTRO: MORE ON THE BESTOWAL OF THE SPIRIT OF TRUTH, OUR NEW AND TRUE TEACHER See John 16:7-16
The chief mission of this outpoured spirit of the Father and the Son - the Spirit of Truth - is to teach men about the truths of the Father's love and the Son's mercy. These are the truths of divinity which men can comprehend more fully than all the other divine traits of character. The Spirit of Truth is concerned primarily with the revelation of the Father's spirit nature and the Son's moral character. The Creator Son, in the flesh, revealed God to men; the Spirit of Truth, in the heart, reveals the Creator Son to men. When man yields the "fruits of the spirit" in his life, he is simply showing forth the traits which the Master manifested in his own earthly life. When Jesus was on earth, he lived his life as one personality--Jesus of Nazareth. As the indwelling spirit of the "new teacher," the Master has, since Pentecost, been able to live his life anew in the experience of every truth-taught believer.
The fruits of the divine spirit which are yielded in the lives of spirit-born and God-knowing mortal sons and daughters of God are:
and enduring peace.
#4 published 3-16-2003
INTRO: OUR ETERNAL CAREER HAS STARTED HERE AND NOW !
There is, in the mind of our loving and merciful Father God, a plan which embraces every creature of all His vast domains; and this plan is an eternal purpose of boundless opportunity, unlimited progress, and endless life. And the infinite treasures of such a matchless career as His ascending Son of God are yours for the striving !
The goal of eternity is ahead! The adventure of divinity attainment lies before you! The race for perfection is on! whosoever will may enter, and certain victory will crown the efforts of every human being who will run the race of faith and trust, depending every step of the way on the leading of the indwelling controlling and guiding spirit of God within, and on the coordinate guidance of the good Spirit of Truth of our Universe Creator Son Jesus, Who so freely has been poured out upon all flesh.
Having started out on the way of life everlasting, having accepted the assignment and received your orders to advance, do not fear the dangers of human forgetfulness and mortal inconstancy, do not be troubled with doubts of failure or by perplexing confusion, do not falter and question your status and standing, for in every dark hour, at every crossroad in the forward struggle, He the Spirit of Truth will always speak, saying, "This is the way."
May we all work fervently for peace and progress on this world with and under our Master Jesus Christ. As He Is, so shall we be .... Amen !
#5 published 3-23-03
A PROPHETIC FORECAST - part 1 adapted by Brother Dave
Doubt not, the True Kingdom Of Heaven which our Master Jesus taught still exists within the heart of the individual Spirit-led believer, and will yet be proclaimed to the 27,000 plus different Christian churches, even as to all other religions, races, and nations on earth--even to every individual.
The Kingdom of Jesus' teaching, the spiritual ideal of individual righteousness and the concept of man's divine fellowship with God, became gradually submerged into the mystic conception of the Person of Jesus as the Redeemer-Creator and spiritual head of only a socialized religious community. In this way a formal and institutional church became the substitute for the Individually Spirit-led Brotherhood of the Kingdom - The perfecting Brotherhood of Man here under the Sovereign Rule of God in Jesus.
The church was an inevitable and useful social result of Jesus' life and teachings; the tragedy consisted in the fact that this social reaction to the teachings of the Kingdom so fully displaced the spiritual concept of the real Kingdom (The Family of God) as Jesus taught and lived it.
The Kingdom, to the Jews, was the Israelite community; to the Gentiles it became the Christian church. To Jesus the Kingdom was the sum of those individuals who had confessed their faith in the Fatherhood of God, thereby declaring their wholehearted dedication to the doing of the will of God, thus becoming members of the spiritual Brotherhood of Man, as sons of Jesus: faith sons of God !
The Master fully realized that certain social results would appear in the world as a consequence of the spread of His Gospel of all persons (all men, women and children) now being beloved sons of God our loving and merciful Father; but He intended that all such desirable social manifestations should appear as unconscious and inevitable outgrowths, or natural fruits, of this Inner Personal Experience of Individual Believers, this purely spiritual Fellowship and Communion with the divine Spirit of God which Indwells and Activates all such Believers. NOW ...
#6 published 3-30-03
A PROPHETIC FORECAST - part 2, adapted by Brother Dave
Our Master Jesus Christ fully realized that certain social results would appear in the world as a consequence of the spread of the Gospel of the Kingdom; but He intended that all such desirable social manifestations should appear as unconscious and inevitable outgrowths, or natural fruits, of this Inner Personal Experience of Individual Believers, this PURELY SPIRITUAL Fellowship and Communion with the Divine SPIRIT which indwells and activates all such believers.
Jesus foresaw that a social organization, or church, would follow the progress of the True Spiritual Kingdom, and that is why He never opposed the apostles' practicing the rite of John's baptism. He taught that the Truth-loving soul, the one who hungers and thirsts for righteousness, for God, is admitted by faith to the Spiritual Kingdom; at the same time the apostles taught that such a believer is admitted to the social organization of disciples by the outward rite of water baptism.
When Jesus' immediate followers recognized their partial failure to realize His ideal of the establishment of the Kingdom in the hearts of men by the Spirit's domination and guidance of the Individual Believer, they set about to save His teaching from being wholly lost by substituting for the Master's Ideal of the Kingdom the gradual creation of a visible social organization, the Christian church. And when they had accomplished this program of substitution, in order to maintain consistency and to provide for the recognition of the Master's teaching regarding the fact of the Kingdom, they proceeded to set the Kingdom off into the future. The church, just as soon as it was well established, began to teach that the Kingdom was in reality to appear at the culmination of the Christian age, at the second coming of Christ.
In this manner the Kingdom became the concept of an age, the idea of a FUTURE visitation, and the ideal of "the final redemption of the saints of the Most High". The early Christians (and all too many of the later ones) generally lost sight of the Father-and-son idea embodied in Jesus' actual Teaching of the Kingdom, while they substituted therefor the well-organized social fellowship of the church. The church thus became, in the main, a SOCIAL brotherhood which effectively displaced Jesus' Concept and Ideal of a SPIRITUAL Brotherhood - The Family of GOD in JESUS HERE NOW - The Brotherhood of JESUS