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"Christ will not suffer any law, ordinance, statute, or judgment, to be partners with him in the salvation of the sinner. Nay, he saith not, "and him that cometh to my WORD"; but, "and him that cometh to ME". The words of Christ, even his most blessed and free promises, such as this in the text, are NOT the Saviour of the world; for that is CHRIST HIMSELF, CHRIST HIMSELF ONLY... Some men think an invitation, an outward call, a rational discourse, will do, but they are much deceived; there must be a POWER, an EXCEEDING GREAT AND MIGHTY POWER, attend the word, or it worketh not effectually to the salvation of the soul... We must always put difference between the word of the gospel, and the POWER that manageth that word... No man can break the heart with the word; no angel can break the heart with the word; that is, if God forbears to SECOND IT BY MIGHTY POWER from heaven... Wherefore, though the word is the instrument with which the heart is broken, yet it is not broken with the word, till that word is managed by THE MIGHT AND POWER OF GOD... wherefore, I say, though the word be the instrument, yet of itself doth no saving good to the soul; the heart is not broken, nor the spirit made contrite thereby; it only worketh death, and leaveth men in the chains of their sins, still faster bound over to eternal condemnation. BUT WHEN SECONDED BY MIGHTY POWER, then the same word is as the roaring of a lion, as the piercing of a sword, as a burning fire in the bones, as thunder and as a hammer that dashes all to pieces... There belongs to every true notion of truth a POWER; the notion is the shell, the POWER is the kernel and life. Without this last, truth doth me no good, nor those to whom I communicate it. Hence Paul said to the Corinthians, "When I come to you again, I will know not the speech of them that are puffed up, but the POWER. For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in POWER." (1 Corinthians 4:19). Search, then, after the POWER of what thou knowest, for it is the POWER that will do thee good. Now this will not be got but by earnest prayer, and much attending upon God; also there must not be admitted by thee that thy heart be stuffed with cumbering cares of this world, for they are of a choking nature." John Bunyan, Come And Welcome To Jesus Christ & The Acceptable Sacrifice & Reprobation Asserted & Christ A Complete Saviour, Posted by Scott Jones, October 25, 2014

"As a brief addendum to what Oswald Chambers says in the quotation below, not only have I seen people born again on the spot simply by the verbal testimony of Jesus... "for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy" (Revelation 19:10)... so not only have I seen people born again on the spot simply by the verbal testimony of Jesus, with no Bible in hand, or anywhere in sight, but moreover - as God is my witness - only minutes after them being genuinely born again during the verbal testimony of Jesus, which is to say, only minutes after Jesus HIMSELF descended upon them by the baptism of the Holy Spirit in the supernatural resurrection miracle of the New Birth - right there on the spot - so that only minutes after this, I have personally - with my own ears - as God is my witness - I have personally heard the same people tell me to my face that before they were born again in that moment, before they were just born again only a few moments before, they actually didn't even really believe up until that point that Jesus ever really existed. In other words, prior to hearing the verbal testimony of Jesus by a genuine disciple in the power of the Holy Spirit, they not only did not even remotely believe that the Bible was the word of God, but they likewise didn't even believe that the Jesus of the Bible had ever even been a real person in the first place. They merely thought that the person of Jesus was just another religious myth... right up until the moment that the Holy Spirit HIMSELF came down upon them in power and reproved them of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment (John 16:7-14). So that it was only when the Holy Spirit HIMSELF came down upon them in power at the verbal testimony of Jesus, and thereby supernaturally convicted them deathly - convicted them deathly - of their sin and of their sins - right there on the spot - and then regenerated and indwelt them, made them new creatures and inhabited them - right there on the spot - which is the event where Jesus Christ PERSONALLY introduced HIMSELF to them by baptizing them in his Spirit, even the Holy Spirit, in the unmistakable supernatural resurrection miracle of the New Birth - I say, it was only then - right there on the spot - that they suddenly knew that Jesus is, in fact, a real person, a living Lord, and consequently, it was only then - right there on the spot - that they became genuine adherents of the written word of God, and of all other matters genuinely related to Jesus Christ and to the infallible knowledge that "the truth is in Jesus" (Ephesians 4:21)... I say, that the truth is in JESUS, and nowhere else... not even in the written word of God... not truth HIMSELF... but truth in its root is rather ONLY in JESUS HIMSELF... and genuinely communicated ONLY by the HOLY SPIRIT HIMSELF... So that's how radical - as ALL, ALL, ALL who have been genuinely born again know - that's how radical the TRUE New Birth truly is. So that the attempt to get someone to "believe the Bible" or to believe in the "authority of the Bible", or what-have-you, before they get genuinely born again, before they have a genuine biblical supernatural encounter with Jesus HIMSELF by the baptism of the Holy Spirit in the supernatural resurrection miracle of the New Birth, so that by trying, I say, to get them to place their faith in the Scriptures first, is nothing but a blatantly carnal effort borne purely out of the mind and heart of the flesh, enacted by men who are purely of the flesh themselves, men who know nothing experientially of regeneration themselves... nothing whatsoever... men who continuously "intrude into those things which they have not seen, vainly puffed up by their fleshly mind" (Colossians 2:18)... men who therefore confuse fleshly faith with supernatural faith, and who are therefore nothing but purveyors of will-worship - I say, who are nothing but purveyors of will-worship - and who are consequently overflowing at the gills with secret pride, no matter how humble or loving or gentle they may appear outwardly, yet inwardly they are nothing but ravening wolves, murderers of souls, full of secret pride, and who infallibly know not the first thing experientially about the infinite difference and distinction between supernatural faith and carnal faith, between saving faith and damning faith, having never experienced the baptism of the Holy Spirit themselves in the supernatural resurrection miracle of the New Birth, whereby they were given supernatural faith on the spot, just like the people above... and there is not a genuinely born again Christian anywhere on this entire planet who isn't aware of this great distinction, of this great and infinite distinction between the supernatural voice of Jesus compared to the plain written word of God (John 10:27, &c.)... and that's why no genuinely regenerate man anywhere on this entire planet would disagree with Oswald Chambers' quotation below. Not one." Scott Jones, October 23, 2014

"We are called to preach the Truth, Our Lord Jesus Christ, and we get decentralized from Him if we become specialists... The Bible nowhere says we have to believe it is the Word of God before we can be Christians. The Bible is not the Word of God to me unless I come at it through what Jesus Christ says; it is no use to me unless I know HIM. The key to my understanding of the Bible is not my intelligence, but personal relationship to Jesus Christ. I begin my theories AFTER I have got on the inside. You may believe the Bible is the Word of God from Genesis to Revelation and not be a Christian at all... We hear much about "key words" to the Scriptures, but there is only one "key word" to the Scriptures for a believer, and that is our Lord Jesus Christ HIMSELF. All the intellectual arrogance about the Bible is a clear proof of DISBELIEF in Jesus... Beware of interpreters of the Scriptures who take ANY OTHER CONTEXT than our Lord Jesus Christ." Oswald Chambers, Approved Unto God, Posted by Scott Jones, October 23, 2014

"Such as have been awakened by the Spirit, shown their woeful condition, convicted of their high-handed and lifelong rebellion against God, and brought to realize their dire need of Christ, and who are truly anxious to come savingly to Him, have found it a task altogether beyond their powers... True, there are not many who pass through such an experience, for God’s flock is but a little one. True, the vast majority of professing Christians claim that they found coming to Christ a very simple matter. But in the clear light of John 6:44 we must assure you, dear reader, that if you found coming to Christ to be easy, then it is proof you have never come to Him at all in a spiritual and saving way." A. W. Pink, Studies On Saving Faith, Posted by Scott Jones, October 22, 2014

"The presumptuous professor is filled with pride, and having a high opinion of himself, is quite sure that he has been saved by Christ. He disdains any searching tests, and considers self-examination to be highly injurious and destructive of faith. That preaching pleases him best which keeps at a respectable distance, which comes not near his conscience, which makes no scrutiny of his heart. To preach to him of the finished work of Christ and the eternal security of all who believe in Him, strengthens his false peace and feeds his carnal confidence. Should a real servant of God seek to convince him that his hope is a delusion, and his confidence presumptuous, he would regard him as an enemy." A. W. Pink, Studies On Saving Faith, Posted by Scott Jones, October 21, 2014

"If I knew of a book that was generally accepted as "the word of God", and therefore acknowledged as inviolable by a large number of people, I would also know that attempting to overthrow that book by openly denying its veracity, by blatantly denying that it is "the word of God", would be nothing but a fool's gambit, for the dogma pertaining to the status of that book as "the word of God" is already far too deeply entrenched in the psyche, far too deeply ingrained in the minds and hearts, having taken ineradicable root over the centuries, so that I couldn't overturn its influence as "the word of God" no matter what I did... so instead - if I really wanted to subvert and overturn that book, subvert and overturn the teachings of that book - I'd do the next best thing... I'd single out certain particular sections of that book - especially those sections which deal with the very heart of the operations of the New Birth, and consequently with the very heart of the operations of genuine salvation - and then teach and persuade the adherents of that book that those particular sections don't apply anymore, that those particular sections of that book don't apply for us today, that those particular sections were only relevant for the times in which they were written, and not at all relevant for us today, thus completely nullifying the entire teaching of those sections, and by so doing I would also confuse the application and purpose of the doctrines within those sections, for after having succeeded in getting gullible minds to capitulate to the tightly limited tenure of those teachings, thereby deceiving such credulous, darkened minds into believing that those particular sections don't actually apply to salvation, but to something entirely extra, to something entirely different, doctrines which were only for those people during the time in which those doctrines were written, so I could thereby easily overturn the application and purpose of those doctrines in their entirety, if not in word, at least in practice, and it would be mere child's play at that point, for after having achieved so foundational a deception, I would now be at complete liberty to manipulate the mob mentality of the crowd in one of two ways: namely, either by confining those sections to the oblivion of the past by persuading everyone that they no longer apply, thereby nullifying those doctrines exclusively, if not in word, at least in practice, or by counterfeiting the doctrines of those sections among the ranks of certain outrageously weird, and - deep down - spiritually wicked and sensual people, so as to make the teachings of those sections odious to any genuine seeker of truth... thereby successfully effecting a resounding divide-and-conquer victory by which "the word of God" was now accepted in name only, and not at all in genuine divine authority and genuine actual practice, so that the central truth of the New Birth and thus the very heart of eternal salvation would be completely swept away by the vomit of my deception... indeed, that's what I'd do if I really wanted to subvert and overturn that book... but then... my name is Scott, not Satan... and I'm not telling him anything he doesn't already know... and hasn't already done." Scott Jones, October 17, 2014

"Now when you get to this point, you've gotten to the BEGINNING of the golden trail... "I found my soul, through grace, very apt to drink in this doctrine, and to incline to pray to God that, in nothing that pertained to God's glory and my own eternal happiness, he would suffer me to be without the confirmation thereof from heaven; for now I saw clearly there was an exceeding different betwixt the notions of flesh and blood, and the revelations of God in heaven; also, a great difference between that faith that is feigned, and according to man's wisdom, and of that which comes by a man's being born thereto of God... I have also, in the Spirit, seen him [Jesus Christ] a man on the right hand of God the Father for me, and have seen the manner of his coming from heaven to judge the world with glory... in those days, let men say what they would, unless I had it with evidence from heaven, all was as nothing to me, I counted not myself set down in any truth of God" (John Bunyan, Grace Abounding To The Chief Of Sinners)... Very well played, indeed, and very well said, and I can't encourage anyone too much to do the same... to insist on it, in fact, for just as faith without works is dead (James 2:20), so faith without the witness of the Holy Spirit is dead (Romans 8:14-16, 1 John 4:13, &c.)... and eternally damning... Friend, it was a very, very long walk from the hall of Pilate's judgment to the mocking soldiers in the common hall, and from thence up the steep hill to Golgotha, which Jesus, after having been viciously beaten, was forced to endure (Matthew 27:11-31)... and the disciple is not above his master (Matthew 10:24)... except that for you, instead of a long, physically brutal and suffering walk, it is probably mostly just "knee-time" that you will have to endure... and quite possibly a lot of it... and with possibly a great deal of heart work in between, which may perhaps at times become heavy... but not as heavy as Jesus' own cross was, of course... yet either way, do yourself the best favor you can ever do for yourself, namely, follow these words of Bunyan to the letter, to the tee... "IN THOSE DAYS, LET MEN SAY WHAT THEY WOULD, UNLESS I HAD IT WITH EVIDENCE FROM HEAVEN, ALL WAS AS NOTHING TO ME, I COUNTED NOT MYSELF SET DOWN IN ANY TRUTH OF GOD"... There is a promise directly from the lips of Jesus for those who follow those words... and you can read Jesus' promise concerning this exact matter in John 14:21... among many other verses... "He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, AND WILL MANIFEST MYSELF TO HIM"...  Oh... and know this: namely, Jesus - when he actually genuinely communicates to a soul which he genuinely indwells - know that Jesus has no problem whatsoever making himself known and understood, not the true Jesus of the Bible (John 10:27, &c.), for there are no "if's" with the true Jesus of the Bible, but rather, "ALL the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen" (2 Corinthians 1:20)... which is to say, Jesus has no problem whatsoever MANIFESTING HIMSELF to a soul when he chooses to do so, thus fulfilling his very own promise, exactly as just spoken above, and infallibly and indisputably so... and with absolute, irrevocable, everlasting, never-ending certainty... even THIS kind of certainty, and nothing less... "IN THOSE DAYS, LET MEN SAY WHAT THEY WOULD, UNLESS I HAD IT WITH EVIDENCE FROM HEAVEN, ALL WAS AS NOTHING TO ME, I COUNTED NOT MYSELF SET DOWN IN ANY TRUTH OF GOD"... If you value your soul, go thou and do likewise, for the testimony is true, and the promise is sure to all the seed (Romans 4:16)... to all the true seed of Abraham, that is, and that without exception." Scott Jones, October 12, 2014

"Do you know what an olive branch is? Do you know what a rod of iron is? The seventh and final of Israel's major feasts is going on now, the Feast of Tabernacles, or Booths, and this seventh feast represents Jesus Christ's millennial reign on earth, which is not that far off. Ergo, just as the first four Spring feasts were literally fulfilled by Jesus Christ HIMSELF in his first coming, so will the final three Fall feasts be fulfilled by Jesus Christ HIMSELF in his second coming, culminating in the Feast of Tabernacles, which will begin when Jesus returns physically to this earth and sets up his millennial kingdom, followed by Jesus HIMSELF sitting on his great white throne and judging the entire universe, both spiritual and physical (Revelation 20:11)... and without respect of persons. Of course, the false Jesus that most professing Christians and the rest of the world think of and are looking for wouldn't harm a flea, and their Jesus would rule this earth with an olive branch, and there would be no unwanted or unpopular discipline at all, not with the false Jesus of modern professing Christianity and the world... But it is not so with the true Jesus of the Bible, for the true Jesus of the Bible is not going to rule this earth with an olive branch in his one thousand year reign on this earth, nor is he going to compromise even so much as a particle with those who choose to disobey. Rather, the true Jesus of the Bible is going to rule this earth with a rod of iron, and he will not tolerate even the slightest transgression - not even the slightest - even as it is written a number of times in the Scriptures, such as this verse in Revelation 19:15... "And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God"... Additionally, those of us who truly belong to Jesus Christ by the baptism of the Holy Spirit in the supernatural resurrection miracle of the New Birth, and who therefore understand not merely the "goodness" of God, but who just as equally understand the "severity" of God (Romans 11:22), which the Holy Spirit testifies of in those he truly indwells, will also reign with the Lord Jesus Christ during his millennial rule on this earth, and we - like Jesus - will not tolerate transgressions, but will also - like Jesus - rule this earth with a rod of iron, and not with an olive branch - not even close, for we will be under strict order from Jesus HIMSELF - so that just as Jesus HIMSELF rules with a rod of iron, so will those of us who genuinely belong to him rule with a rod of iron - a rod of iron, not an olive branch - even as it is again written in Revelation 2:6-8... "And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations: And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father. And I will give him the morning star"... Ever seen a jar or pottery broken to shivers? I wonder. Let me ask you that again: Have you EVER literally seen a pottery jar dashed into pieces? That's what's coming, even as it has been emphatically written. So like I said, the Feast of Booths, or Tabernacles, which you can read all about in Leviticus 23, represents this millennial reign by the Lord Jesus and his true elect... and it is coming soon... "And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth" (Revelation 5:10)... Accordingly, you best understand that the false Jesus of modern professing Christianity and of the world bears absolutely no resemblance whatsoever to the true Jesus of the Bible... even the very same true Jesus of the Bible who declared that FEW, FEW, FEW get truly, genuinely saved (Matthew 7:14, 20:16, 22:14, &c.). Therefore, friend, though you may be able to become a "Christian" with the false Jesus you envision through a simple act or prayer of yours, or whatever, yet with the true Jesus of the Bible it is not even remotely so. Not even remotely. Rather, with the true Jesus of the Bible, you can't become a Christian just any old time you please. Not a chance. I say again, with the true Jesus of the Bible you can't become a Christian just any old time you please, and it may take a whole lot longer than you are prepared for... if it happens at all, for there are FEW, FEW, FEW that are given that genuine grace and that deadly serious spirit about Jesus HIMSELF, so that no man can become a genuine Christian just any old time he pleases. No man. Rather, it takes a supernatural miracle to genuinely become a Christian, a supernatural miracle which you cannot in ten trillion eternities provoke or manufacture or bring about yourself. Not even slightly. So once again, I give you a not-so-veiled warning... there are those in the book of Acts who prayed so fervently and persistently that Jesus HIMSELF actually came down upon them in the baptism of the Holy Spirit in the supernatural resurrection miracle of the New Birth... and there are those today who can honestly and legitimately make the exact same claim... can you honestly and legitimately make the exact same claim? If not, you're not one of those who will be reigning on this earth... not unless your condition undergoes the radical change which occurs solely by the baptism of the Holy Spirit in the supernatural resurrection miracle of the New Birth." Scott Jones, October 10, 2014

"Alas, alas, God’s way of salvation is almost entirely unknown today, the nature of Christ’s salvation is almost universally misunderstood, and the terms of His salvation misrepresented on every hand. The Gospel which is now being proclaimed is, in nine cases out of every ten, but a perversion of the Truth, and tens of thousands, assured they are bound for Heaven, are now hastening to Hell, as fast as time can take them... It is the bounded duty of every Christian to have no dealings with the evangelistic monstrosity of the day: to withhold all moral and financial support of the same, to attend none of their meetings, to circulate none of their tracts... It behooves each one of us to make the most diligent and thorough inquiry as to the nature of saving faith. The more so, because all faith does not save; yea, all faith in Christ does not save. Multitudes are deceived upon this vital matter. Thousands of those who sincerely believe that they have received Christ as their personal Saviour and are resting on His finished work, are building upon a foundation of sand." A. W. Pink (1886-1952), Studies In Saving Faith, Posted by Scott Jones, October 6, 2014

"Couple these two statements by Watchman Nee and Oswald Chambers and you get the meaning of both. So first, Watchman Nee, in his treatise, "The Spiritual Man", who accurately noted... "To be penitent, to feel sorry for sin, to shed tears, to even make decisions, does not bring in salvation. Confession, decision, and many other religious acts can never be, and are not to be, construed as new birth... He who is not united with the Lord HAS NOT YET BELIEVED [supernaturally] and therefore has no part in Him... It is vital that each believer know BEYOND DOUBT he has been REGENERATED already and has received new life"... And now to put the cornerstone into the foundation, and to give body and meaning to Nee's quotation, Oswald Chambers, in "Bringing Sons Unto Glory", so very accurately observed... "A sinner saved by grace will always refer in his testimony to the MOMENT at which he EXPERIENCED new birth"... Do you remember that moment? Every sentient genuinely born again Christian on this entire planet can, and there are no exceptions whatsoever (John 10:27, Romans 8:16, 1 John 3:24, 1 John 4:13, ad infinitum). Not one... no, not one." Scott Jones, October 5, 2014

"At sundown tonight in Jerusalem, the sixth of the seventh major feasts of Israel begins, namely, Yom Kippur, or Day of Atonement. This is Judaism's highest holy day, and thus represents the most solemn of Israel's seven feasts. But these seven feasts are not only for Israel... they are also for genuinely born again Christians in particular, for Jesus Christ literally fulfilled the first four feasts, which are the Spring feasts, during his first coming, some thirty-three years after his Incarnation, and thus Jesus Christ is also going to literally fulfill the remaining three feasts, which are the Fall feasts, when he returns for the second time. Those first four feasts which Jesus Christ literally fulfilled in his first coming are: Passover, Unleavened Bread, First Fruits, and Pentecost. All four of these feasts were literally fulfilled in the Lord Jesus' first coming, resurrection, and ascension. Of course, Passover and Pentecost are generally understood by professing Christians today, but Unleavened Bread and First Fruits - both of which occurred just as literally as the other two - are generally not understood by most professing Christians today. But unfortunately, I don't have time to go into the details now, yet all four feasts are nevertheless distinctly important and distinctly relevant to what Jesus did in his first coming... just as the remaining three feasts will be distinctly important and distinctly relevant to what Jesus does in his second coming. All of the seven major feasts of Israel are itemized clearly and specifically in Leviticus 23, whereby the entire chapter is devoted to Israel's seven major feasts. Thus the beginning of Leviticus 23 begins with these words in the first two verses... "And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, CONCERNING THE FEASTS OF THE LORD, which ye shall proclaim to be holy convocations, EVEN THESE ARE MY FEASTS"... And then the seven feasts are enumerated and described, one by one. Notably, in that very chapter, the first four feasts - those just mentioned: Passover, Unleavened Bread, First Fruits, Pentecost - all occur in the Spring. Then comes the long summer, wherein the people are told to reap (verse 22), the long summer thereby serving as a hiatus between the Spring feasts and the Fall feasts, and this hiatus between the first four feasts and the last three feasts is glaringly announced in Leviticus 23:23, where, after having described the first four Spring feasts, the text suddenly and precipitously begins again anew, proclaiming... "And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying"... In other words, the first four Spring feasts were introduced by the words, "And the LORD spake unto Moses" - then the long summer hiatus of reaping - and now the remaining three Fall feasts are introduced in verse 23 with the very same words again, "And the LORD spake unto Moses", after which the remaining three feasts are described. So you have four feasts in the Spring, representing the first coming of Jesus Christ, then the long summer of reaping, representing the Gospel age, and lastly the remaining three feasts in the Fall, representing the second coming of Jesus Christ and his millennial kingdom on earth. Now then, the remaining three feasts, the Fall feasts, are these: Trumpets, Yom Kippur, and Booths. Jesus Christ will literally fulfill these remaining three feasts, the Fall feasts, in his second coming, just as the Lord Jesus literally fulfilled the first four feasts, the Spring feasts, in his first coming. Of course, the most popularly known of these remaining three feasts is the Feast of Trumpets, for it is this feast that is spoken of by Paul concerning the Rapture, wherein he announced in 1 Corinthians 15:51-52... "Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, AT THE LAST TRUMP: FOR THE TRUMPET SHALL SOUND, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall all be changed"... And then again in 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17... "For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, WITH THE TRUMP OF GOD, and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord"... Just as the Lord Jesus literally fulfilled the Spring feasts in his first coming, so will the Lord Jesus literally fulfill the Fall feasts in his second coming. I won't go into any further detail at this point, but I will still ask you this... namely, are you ready?... not if you haven't been baptized by the Holy Spirit in the supernatural resurrection miracle of the New Birth you aren't, for if you haven't been baptized by the Holy Spirit in the supernatural resurrection miracle of the New Birth, then you will not hear the voice of the archangel when he shouts, nor will you hear the sound of the trump when it blows... nor will you consequently be able to produce your oil and your birthright when you stand before the Lord Jesus in that day (Matthew 25:1-13, John  3:8, &c.)... so I close by saying what I've already said before, namely... there are those in the book of Acts who prayed so fervently and persistently that Jesus HIMSELF actually came down upon them in the baptism of the Holy Spirit in the supernatural resurrection miracle of the New Birth... and there are those today who can honestly and legitimately make the exact same claim... can you honestly and legitimately make the exact same claim? If not, you're not heaven-bound, delude yourself till the end of time, if you will." Scott Jones, October 3, 2014

"Jesus informed his disciples in John 15:5,8... "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... Herein is my Father glorified, THAT YE BEAR MUCH FRUIT; so shall ye be my disciples"... And then we find Paul making this statement in Philippians 1:11... "Being filled with the FRUITS of righteousness, WHICH ARE BY JESUS CHRIST, unto the glory and praise of God"... Notice the correlation there? Notice the correlation between the words in bold in Jesus' statement and the words in bold in Paul's statement? Do you see the direct correlation between the two? Do you see that ALL TRUE FRUIT is BY JESUS CHRIST? Do you see that? ALL TRUE FRUIT... BY JESUS CHRIST. You do well to see it, but you do far, far better if you actually understand it supernaturally experientially by the Holy Spirit. So you see, you must interpret the epistles in light of Jesus HIMSELF in the gospels, and in light of the Apostles and disciples in the book of Acts... ergo, you interpret the epistles in light of the behavior and words of Jesus, and in light of the behavior and words of the Apostles and disciples in the book of Acts... if you desire accurate context, that is... for it is ALL, ALL, ALL about Jesus HIMSELF, from Genesis to Revelation... and that statement is not even remotely metaphorical... so indeed, it is ALL, ALL, ALL about Jesus HIMSELF... and so will it ever be, both in this world, and in the world to come. Do you doubt that? Then try the same exercise again with these two passages, beginning with this statement of Paul in Ephesians 2:7... "THAT IN THE AGES TO COME he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us THROUGH JESUS CHRIST"... Did you catch that? When is all of this going to occur? It is going to occur "IN THE AGES TO COME"... and HOW is it going to occur? It is going to occur "THROUGH JESUS CHRIST"... so that, IN THE AGES TO COME it will be THROUGH JESUS CHRIST that God is going to show the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness towards his saints, so that, in other words, it will be THROUGH JESUS CHRIST that God deals with creation IN THE AGES TO COME... THROUGH JESUS CHRIST... IN THE AGES TO COME... and then when you couple this passage by Paul with Jesus' own words in John 17:24... "Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am, THAT THEY MAY BEHOLD MY GLORY, which thou hast given me: for thou hast loved me before the foundation of the world"... God's glory will be beheld throughout the ages IN JESUS CHRIST... Jesus Christ HIMSELF... for the GLORY of Jesus Christ is what EVERYTHING is portending to, and nothing less... I say, the GLORY OF JESUS CHRIST HIMSELF is what EVERYTHING is portending to in the Father's will, and nothing less... EVERYTHING... Exactly as I deal with in more detail in my treatise, "WHY WE EXIST"... So that only willful blindness could miss it, for the Scriptures are adamant about it... "That in the dispensation of the fullness of times he might gather together in one ALL THINGS IN CHRIST, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him" (Ephesians 1:10)... and now then, add Revelation 21:23 and a ton of other verses to this paradigm, and suddenly you begin to get the picture... "And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the GLORY OF GOD did lighten it, AND THE LAMB IS THE LIGHT THEREOF"... That is, God's glory will be beheld both now and in the world to come THROUGH JESUS CHRIST... in Jesus Christ HIMSELF... When?... "IN THE AGES TO COME"... How? "THROUGH JESUS CHRIST"... Et cetera, et cetera, ad infinitum, for I could produce legions of like correlations between the epistles and the gospels and the book of Acts. Legions upon legions upon legions. So like I said, it is ALL, ALL, ALL, ALL, ALL, ALL, ALL about Jesus HIMSELF, especially in his offices as Prophet, Priest, and King... from Genesis to Revelation, and everywhere in between... and thus the minute you hear any preacher or pastor or teacher or apologist making the message about something other than JESUS HIMSELF, making the message about anything BUT JESUS HIMSELF, if JESUS HIMSELF is not the focus of the message substantively, no matter what auxiliary topics may be discussed, yet if the message doesn't SUBSTANTIVELY testify of JESUS HIMSELF - as opposed to substantively testifying of Christianity, or to substantively testifying of this doctrine or that doctrine, or to substantively testifying of this biblical principle or that biblical principle, or of testifying substantively to Christianity versus other religions, or of substantively testifying to Christianity versus the culture or world-view, or of testifying substantively to creation versus evolution, and so on ad nauseam - yet if the message doesn't SUBSTANTIVELY testify of JESUS HIMSELF, even if these other auxiliary topics are discussed, yet if their END and SUBSTANCE and ABSOLUTE FOCUS isn't riveted in the testimony of JESUS HIMSELF... "for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy" (Revelation 19:10), then know that you are listening to the words of an unregenerate fraud, not a genuinely born again servant of Jesus Christ... Friend, if the substance of the message isn't grounded in, founded upon, and wholly gravitating throughout towards and upon the very PERSON of Jesus HIMSELF - I say, upon the very PERSON of Jesus HIMSELF - if the SUBSTANCE of the message isn't grounded in, founded upon, and WHOLLY GRAVITATING THROUGHOUT towards and upon the very PERSON of Jesus HIMSELF, then you are listening to the spirit of unregenerate flesh, to the spirit of disobedience working in an unregenerate false prophet who has a form of godliness, but not the power thereof, who has a form of godliness, but who is not born of or indwelt by the true Holy Spirit of the Bible, so that you are not hearing the message of the Spirit of Christ, of the Holy Spirit, not, no, not by any means... not by any means whatsoever, not if the SUBSTANCE of the message doesn't focus on, and center on, and center in, the very PERSON of Jesus Christ HIMSELF. Not by an eternity of eternities. You see, there is a reason that Jesus called HIMSELF the truth... there is a reason that Jesus called HIMSELF the resurrection... there is a reason that Jesus called HIMSELF the life... there is a reason that Jesus called HIMSELF the bread of heaven... there is a reason that Jesus called HIMSELF the fountain of living waters... there is a reason that Jesus called HIMSELF the great "I AM"... and so on ad infinitum... and thus there is a reason that Jesus said that the Holy Spirit HIMSELF would glorify and testify of Jesus HIMSELF, that the primary, overriding role of the Holy Spirit HIMSELF would be to glorify and testify of Jesus HIMSELF... "But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, HE SHALL TESTIFY OF ME... HE SHALL GLORIFY ME: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you" (John 15:26 & 16:14)... The Holy Spirit is not in any other message whatsoever. None. None at all. None whatsoever. The Holy Spirit doesn't glorify Christianity, rather, the Holy Spirit glorifies Jesus HIMSELF... the Holy Spirit doesn't glorify doctrine, rather, the Holy Spirit glorifies Jesus HIMSELF... The Holy Spirit doesn't glorify biblical principles, rather, the Holy Spirit glorifies Jesus HIMSELF... the Holy Spirit doesn't glorify the creation message, rather, the Holy Spirit glorifies Jesus HIMSELF... ad infinitum... and that's because NONE of these other side issues have power to save... NOT ONE... but rather, It is Jesus HIMSELF who baptizes in the Holy Spirit, and Jesus HIMSELF ALONE... and Jesus HIMSELF ALONE baptizes in the Holy Spirit ONLY when Jesus HIMSELF ALONE is the primary, overriding topic, when Jesus HIMSELF ALONE is truly, substantively, peremptorily, and without mixture, glorified HIMSELF... HIMSELF... HIMSELF... and supernaturally so... These other issues may be employed to lead to WHOLLY GRAVITATING THROUGHOUT towards the very PERSON of Jesus HIMSELF - albeit not by merely tacking Jesus' name onto the message towards the end, or by scattering Jesus' name throughout strategic points within the message - but rather by SUBSTANTIVELY, INITMATELY portraying the very PERSON of Jesus HIMSELF, by REVEALING Jesus Christ in his GLORY in the POWER of the Holy Spirit as the very MAIN THRUST of the message... whereas anything less is sheer flesh, heresy, and blasphemy, and nothing less... sheer flesh, heresy, and blasphemy, and nothing less, whereby the pontificator may possess a form of godliness, but who absolutely possesses not a dram of the true Holy Spirit POWER thereof... So whoever hath ears to hear, then indeed, let him hear... but let him hear carefully, for Jesus also warned, "Take heed therefore how ye hear" (Luke 8:18)... So take heed, indeed... especially if you claim to hear, for oil and birthright will be required of you by Jesus when you stand before him (Matthew 25:1-13, John 3:8, &c.), and if you can't produce them, if you can't produce your oil and your birthright when you meet Jesus face to face, then your claim of hearing will only make the lake of fire that much hotter for you... So maybe - instead of claiming to hear - then maybe you would be better off asking Jesus for true ears to actually hear with... Indeed, there are those in the book of Acts who prayed so fervently and persistently that Jesus HIMSELF actually came down upon them in the baptism of the Holy Spirit in the supernatural resurrection miracle of the New Birth... and there are those today who can honestly and legitimately make the exact same claim... But then, all of these people - those then, and these now - all of these people were deadly serious about Jesus HIMSELF... about the very PERSON of Jesus HIMSELF... Are you? Can you honestly and legitimately make the exact same claim?... If not, you're not heaven-bound, delude yourself till the end of time, if you will." Scott Jones, September 26, 2014

"Don't proof-text yourself out of heaven. When reading Paul's epistles, for example, compare Paul's words in his epistles with Paul's behavior in the book of Acts. Yes, Paul exhorts patience and kindness in certain places in his epistles, but Paul also exhorts sharp rebukes in others, as much as, if not more than, the other... and of course, Paul gives plenty of rebukes throughout his short history in the book of Acts, as well as his epistles. Just like Peter rebuked Ananias and Sapphira for blaspheming the Holy Ghost, wherein they both dropped dead on the spot, sealing their fate for all eternity. Accordingly, don't ignore the rebukes and instead focus strictly on the patience and kindness... or the reverse... rather, know when to use which tool for which purpose... and upon whom... know who to rebuke and who to console, for in genuine Christianity there is a place for both... Indeed, even a cursory reading of the gospels reveals that Jesus had nothing but indignation and sharp rebukes for the religious crowd in his day, and that he saved his kind words for the helpless, and for those who bowed to him as Lord, and for those only... and things haven't changed. Not one iota. A genuinely born again Christian treats non-professing Christians entirely different than he does professing Christians, just as Jesus treated non-professing believers entirely different than he did the religious crowd of his day. Nothing has changed, for the professing Christian religious crowd of this day is no less wicked than in Jesus' day. In fact, at this point they are probably even more wicked, especially since they have a form of godliness without genuinely possessing the Holy Spirit to back it up, thereby deceiving multitudes by propagating a fleshly gospel which supernaturally saves no one, but rather breeds only the same kind of fleshly determination that consumed the Pharisees of Jesus' day, and this malady is wholesale throughout professing Christianity today, especially in Christian leadership, whether Charismatic or non-Charismatic, for either way, they are destitute of the Holy Spirit virtually one and all, with very, very, very FEW exceptions. Indeed, their barrenness of the Holy Spirit is literally wholesale, with one side denying the supernatural operations of the Holy Spirit entirely, if not in word, yet in practice, and the other side counterfeiting the true operations of the Holy Spirit by fleshly agitation and carnal inspiration and other means, some of the means even truly demonic, so that for all practical purposes, modern professing Christianity's desertion of the true Holy Spirit of the Bible is literally wholesale. And I do mean, WHOLESALE. That's why the genuinely born again Christian today, just like Jesus in his day, has nothing but indignation and sharp rebukes for the religious crowd of this day. But then, this state of affairs concerning professing Christianity is precisely what the Bible predicted would be the case once Israel became a nation again, for the Bible predicts an end-time "Christianity" which is wholly devoid of the Holy Spirit... exactly as it is at this day... with only a small remnant of genuinely born again believers scattered here and there throughout the world. Alas! the vast, vast majority of Christians, especially through the gross perversion of spiritual truths and the utter destitution of the true Holy Spirit of the Bible among professing Christian leadership, have literally proof-texted themselves out of heaven, many having already sealed their fate by blaspheming the Holy Ghost, either by imitation of the Holy Spirit's true works to an irrevocable degree of deceit - just like Ananias and Sapphira - or by hardening their hearts so much against the true supernatural operations of the Holy Spirit that they are now beyond recovery - just like those apostates in the gospels and the book of Acts who believed more in their belief than they did in the plain truth... which is to say, they can recite the catechism alright - "grace alone through faith alone by Christ alone" - but they haven't an iota of supernatural Holy Spirit experience to validate their words, even though this is precisely what their own Bible mandates in spades, and nothing less. In other words, the Holy Spirit has never actually brought them the Christ they testify of. The Christ they testify of has himself never known them, has never PERSONALLY INTRODUCED HIMSELF to them by the unmistakable supernatural baptism of the Holy Spirit in the unmistakable supernatural resurrection miracle of the New Birth, and thus they don't know what supernatural faith is, so they believe instead in their belief, solely by their own will, in complete contravention of everything the Bible teaches, but they don't believe supernaturally in Jesus Christ by the Holy Spirit in his own power... and that's why they can't give a genuine supernatural New Birth testimony... unlike every sentient genuinely born again Christian on this planet can. Accordingly, if you don't strive to understand the epistles of the New Testament in light of Jesus' behavior in the gospels, and in light of the Apostles' behavior in the book of Acts, then you don't really understand the context of the epistles of the New Testament, nor do you really understand the context of the gospels or the book of Acts. So I warn you again... don't proof-text yourself out of heaven... words have different meanings in different contexts and uses... so examine them - and yourself - I say, examine the words in their contexts, especially how they relate to Jesus and his behavior and words in the gospels, and the Apostles and disciples and their behavior and words in the book of Acts, and then examine yourself in your own heart in comparison, and compare what Paul says with what Paul does, and so on, and thus know this: namely, if you are going to go to heaven, it will be by means of experiencing the baptism of the Holy Spirit in the supernatural resurrection miracle of the New Birth, just like those disciples in the book of Acts did, and no other way - no other way whatsoever - and although you may not experience the exact same manifestation of the Holy Spirit as you read about in each of the specific incidents in the book of Acts, which reveal only some of the Holy Spirit's manifestations, and not by any means all of them, yet if you get genuinely baptized by the Holy Spirit in the supernatural resurrection miracle of the New Birth, there WILL be a manifestation, a supernatural manifestation, wherein Jesus HIMSELF WILL... I say, wherein Jesus HIMSELF WILL MANIFEST HIMSELF to you PERSONALLY - Jesus HIMSELF - Jesus HIMSELF PERSONALLY - Jesus HIMSELF WILL MANIFEST HIMSELF TO YOU PERSONALLY - undeniably, supernaturally, infallibly, beyond all doubt or question (John 14:21-23, &c.), and thus the baptism of the Holy Spirit in the supernatural resurrection miracle of the New Birth WILL be wrought with the same supernatural power that operated on the disciples in the book of Acts, and nothing less, and it WILL be just as undeniable, just as supernatural, just as infallible... and not one single, solitary, iota less so... so if you're serious about Jesus, it's time to get on your knees... You see, the scholar has no chance of being truly born again - none whatsoever - indeed, it would be easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for the scholar to be truly born again, but rather, only the helpless child who knows nothing but how to get on his knees and cry out to Jesus HIMSELF from his heart has a chance of being truly, genuinely born again, and him only (Matthew 18:3)." Scott Jones, September 24, 2014

"Due partly to the contentions between the Jews and the Samaritans, God would not allow the Samaritans to become born again apart from two prominent Jews being the channel through which Jesus Christ by the Holy Spirit regenerated the Samaritans - namely, Peter and John (Acts 8:14-17). Thereby God dissolved the contentions within the church between the two sides, even if those contentions between Jew and Samaritan continued outside of the church. Of course, these contentions had been going on for generations, and they were exposed by Jesus when he encountered the Samaritan woman at the well, for the main point of contention that the Samaritan woman at the well raised with Jesus after Jesus confronted her about her own spiritual state was over the issue of worship, for the Jews and the Samaritans both used essentially the same Scriptures - albeit the Samaritans certainly employed different versions of Scripture and extra-biblical material as well - but generally speaking, they both confessed essentially to the same religious origins, with admitted differences, however, so that the Samaritans held a distinctly different view of how and where God should be worshipped. The Jews, of course, were far more formally correct than were the Samaritans with regard to the Scripture and their relation to God, but neither side was entirely correct, as Jesus pointed out to the woman when he told her in John 4:21-24... "Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father. Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews. But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth"... God saw to it, therefore, that these existing contentions between the Jews and the Samaritans didn't extend into the church, and he did this by not allowing the Samaritans to become born again until two Jews, Peter and John, came down from Jerusalem and prayed for those Samaritans who had believed Philip's preaching to receive the Holy Spirit... and of course, without the Holy Spirit, no man is truly saved, no man will enter into eternal life, even as Romans 8:9, among many other verses, makes perfectly clear... "Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his"... Thus, even though the Samaritans believed what Philip preached, and even though they believed Philip when he told them that Jesus was the long-awaited Messiah, and even though the Samaritans were even baptized in water in Jesus' name, yet they were not yet given saving faith, supernatural faith, and thus they found themselves, like almost all who profess to be Christians today, in that no-man's land of Hebrews 6:4-6, where the Scriptures solemnly warn... "For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame"... This is precisely where - in this no-man's land of Hebrews 6:4-6 - this is precisely where the Samaritans found themselves before Peter and John came down from Jerusalem and prayed for them to receive the Holy Spirit... before Peter and John prayed for them to be genuinely born again, in other words. Behold! Philip preached in the power of the Holy Ghost, and did many miracles in the power of the Holy Ghost, while at the same time demonstrating the operation of the Holy Spirit HIMSELF in his preaching, thereby making his message authentic, just as Paul would later testify about his own preaching when he wrote in 1 Corinthians 2:4... "And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power"... so that, through the preaching of Philip in the power of the Holy Ghost, the Samaritans had thereby "tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, and had tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come", but the Samaritans had not yet been made inheritors of that world to come by the baptism of the Holy Spirit in the unmistakable supernatural resurrection miracle of the New Birth. So the Samaritans were in a very precarious position at that point, in having not yet received the Holy Spirit themselves, yet at the same time they were without doubt that the Holy Spirit had demonstrated his power in Philip's testimony of Jesus (Revelation 19:10). As a result, they were indeed at that point in that no-man's land of Hebrews 6:4-6, where it was still possible for them to fall away and thereby crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh. That's why Peter and John had to come down from Jerusalem, for the Samaritans were in the same position as those erstwhile disciples in the book of John, chapters 6-10, who, as the Scriptures testify, "believed" in Jesus, but who then later turned right around and sought to kill Jesus... the moral of the story being... to be very careful about that word "believe", for the word "believe" in the Scripture is used in a wide variety and range of contexts and meanings, and thus a mere "believing" in a great many passages in the New Testament does not refer to saving faith, to supernatural faith... for example, even the devils are said to "believe" in James 2:19, and yet the devils are all infallibly bound for the lake of fire... and there are many, many other contexts and meanings concerning the word "believe" throughout the Scriptures as well... so that when it says in Acts 8:12 that the Samaritans "believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ", this is not saving faith by any means, not supernatural faith by any means, but is rather the same type of "believing" that was carnally effected by those disciples in the book of John, chapters 6-10, who gladly "believed" in Jesus at first, but who then later became disillusioned and deserted him, some even seeking to kill him... and we know this truth about the Samaritans with certainty because the Samaritans had not yet received the Holy Spirit, and thus had not yet received supernatural faith, saving faith, even as it is PLAINLY, PLAINLY, PLAINLY written in Acts 8:14-17... "Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John: Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost: (For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.) Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost"... Of course, all of this is merely "Regeneration 101"... nevertheless, if you must, you can delude yourself and ignorantly think that the Samaritans were born again prior to Peter and John coming down from Jerusalem, even though the Scripture is clearer than the noonday sun on the matter, even though the Scripture is clearer than the noonday sun that the Samaritans were not born again prior to this time, so clear that it's plain enough even for a child (Matthew 18:3), especially a child with genuine experience in the Holy Spirit... but if you want to delude yourself, have at it... In any case, had the Samaritans died prior to this time, prior to them receiving the Holy Ghost after Peter and John came down from Jerusalem, then the Samaritans would not have gone to heaven, for they did not possess supernatural faith, saving faith, for they did not yet possess the Holy Spirit, and again, as it is infallibly written, "if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his". There are no exceptions, as the Scripture makes perfectly clear. So where do you stand? When were you baptized in the Holy Spirit in the supernatural resurrection miracle of the New Birth, thereby having been given supernatural faith, saving faith? Can you remember that experience? If you can't remember that experience, that experience of receiving the Holy Spirit, just as the Samaritans could remember their experience of receiving the Holy Spirit, and just as Paul could remember his experience of receiving the Holy Spirit, and just as the Caesareans could remember their experience of receiving the Holy Spirit, ad infinitum, so that if you cannot remember that experience, then that experience never happened, and you were never born again. There are no exceptions among sentient men and women. None. And thus if you can't remember that experience, then you yourself are also still in that no-man's land of Hebrews 6:4-6, where you are still susceptible to falling away, if not in your head, yet in your heart, which is all that ultimately counts, and thus there is no more precarious place in this world for you than that, than in the no-man's land of Hebrews 6:4-6. No place. None. Friend, you may believe in your belief and still not genuinely, supernaturally believe in Jesus... you may believe in your head that you believe in Jesus and yet not genuinely, supernaturally believe in Jesus in your heart... not supernaturally by the Holy Spirit, and that is absolutely all that counts. In fact, a great multitude in this day who have wandered to and fro in this no-man's land of Hebrews 6:4-6 for years - by "no-man's land of Hebrews 6:4-6", I mean having heard in your heart genuine testimony of Jesus, and yet you are still capable of falling away, for Jesus HIMSELF by the Holy Spirit HIMSELF has never sealed you in the supernatural resurrection miracle of the New Birth, as he did with the Samaritans when Peter and John came down from Jerusalem - so that indeed, a great multitude in this day who have wandered to and fro in this no-man's land of Hebrews 6:4-6, many having been raised as a "Christian" from their youth up, having been raised in this no-man's land of Hebrews 6:4-6 from childhood, have yet "lost their faith" because of this fact, because they were never actually baptized in the Holy Spirit in the supernatural resurrection miracle of the New Birth in the first place - even though, of course, they actually lost nothing at all, for they never actually possessed true faith, saving faith, supernatural faith, to begin with, but rather, they only possessed that fleshly faith that the Samaritans initially possessed, and that the disciples who ultimately fell away in the book of John, chapters 6-10, possessed, and on and on and on, throughout the centuries. Indeed, having wandered for years in this no-man's land of Hebrews 6:4-6, and never having actually received the Holy Ghost, as the Samaritans finally did, multitudes, even multitudes down through the centuries, and especially today, have thereby ultimately lost the faith that they think they had and have consequently turned away completely from Jesus Christ in their heart - have apostatized, in other words - and in so doing have thus blasphemed the Holy Ghost, so that it is impossible "to renew them again unto repentance, seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh", and now their fate is sealed for all eternity, just like Esau's was when he despised his birthright. Such a thing - genuine apostasy - such a thing is not possible, of course, for the man who has been baptized in the Holy Spirit in the supernatural resurrection miracle of the New Birth, for that is when he is "sealed" by the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 1:22, Ephesians 1:13, &c.), as every genuinely born again Christian can remember, even if he can't quite articulate it that way at first, and no power in existence can break that seal, for that seal is inviolably protected and preserved by the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost (John 10:28-29, &c.). So it is not even remotely possible for a genuinely born again Christian to ever violate the dictates of Hebrews 6:4-6... but it is, on the other hand, very possible - and even likely - that the man who has never received the Holy Spirit to fall away. It is very possible for that man to fall away, especially if and when a crisis comes, albeit, it doesn't necessarily take a crisis to make the bell finally toll, for the falling away could come merely in due course, and it can come in the heart, even if it doesn't come in the head... but in any case, the man who has been baptized in the Holy Spirit in the supernatural resurrection miracle of the New Birth, just as the Samaritans were when Peter and John came down from Jerusalem, is forever safe from falling away... indeed, it isn't possible at all for this man to fall away, for it is not himself that holds the title or the reins to his birthright, but rather, it is Jesus who holds the title and the reins to his birthright... Jesus HIMSELF... for Jesus HIMSELF procured the title and reins to every saint's birthright when he conquered death and rose from the grave and ascended into heaven, far above the highest heights, and thus no power in existence can wrest the title and reins of the genuinely born again believer's birthright from Jesus' hands... not only because of Jesus Christ's complete victory over the world, the flesh, the devil, and death, but also because Jesus "ever liveth to make intercession" for those who have been baptized in his Spirit in the supernatural resurrection miracle of the New Birth, and whose title and reins of birthright Jesus therefore HIMSELF holds and retains evermore (Hebrews 7:25). I were you, therefore, I'd look into the biblical baptism of the Holy Spirit in the supernatural resurrection miracle of the New Birth with the same fervency and persistence of prayer that Peter and John employed for the Samaritans - I say, with the same FERVENCY and PERSISTENCE of prayer that Peter and John employed for the Samaritans, and with the same FERVENCY and PERSISTENCE of prayer that Paul prosecuted for three days and three nights without eating or drinking before he was born again, and with the same FERVENCY and PERSISTENCE of prayer that the one hundred and twenty disciples engaged in for ten days straight before they were born again, and so on, and I wouldn't rest until Jesus HIMSELF came down upon me in the unmistakable baptism of the Holy Spirit in the unmistakable supernatural resurrection miracle of the New Birth. No sir, I wouldn't rest, because I know that every single soul who seeks to enter Jesus Christ's kingdom will be required by Jesus to produce his oil and his birthright when the time comes (Matthew 25:1-13, John 3:8, Titus 3:5, &c.)... and if he cannot produce that oil and that birthright, he will never set foot in Jesus Christ's everlasting kingdom... so I wouldn't rest... Indeed, if I had never experienced the baptism of the Holy Spirit in the supernatural resurrection miracle of the New Birth, and if I had been given the grace to see the absolute truth of what has just been written, I wouldn't rest until Jesus HIMSELF came down upon me in the unmistakable baptism of the Holy Spirit in the unmistakable supernatural resurrection miracle of the New Birth. Not a moment... for Jesus never said, "Goodbye"... rather, Jesus said, "Surely I come quickly" (Revelation 21:20)... for when Jesus truly regenerates a man, he does so quickly. Believe it, if you dare." Scott Jones, September 16, 2014

"None of us believe by nature: but after the Holy Ghost has convinced us of the sin of our natures, and the sin of our lives and duties, in order to convince us of our utter inability to save ourselves, and that we must be beholden to God, as for everything else, so for faith (without which it is impossible to please, or be saved by Christ) he convinces us also, that we have no faith... Judge ye then, whether it is not high time for the true ministers of Jesus, who have been made partakers of this heavenly gift, to lift up their voices like a trumpet; and if they would not have those souls perish, for which the Lord Jesus has shed his precious blood, to declare, with all boldness, that the Holy Spirit is the common privilege and portion of all believers in all ages; and that we as well as the first Christians, must receive the Holy Ghost, before we can be truly called the children of God... Nothing has rendered the cross of Christ of less effect; nothing has been a greater stumbling-block and rock of offense to weak minds, than a supposition, now current among us, that most of what is contained in the gospel of Jesus Christ, was designed only for our Lord’s first and immediate followers, and consequently calculated but for one or two hundred years... We as well as the first Christians must receive the Holy Ghost before we can be truly called the children of God... Had I a mind to hinder the progress of the gospel, and to establish the kingdom of darkness, I would go about telling people that they might have the Spirit of God, and yet not feel it... Comparatively but few of those that are born of water, are born of the Spirit; likewise; to use another spiritual way of speaking, many are baptized with water, which were never baptized with the Holy Ghost... Jesus Christ calls none to him but those who thirst after his righteousness and feel themselves weary and heavy laden with the burden of their sins... Ask yourselves, therefore, whether or not the Holy Ghost ever powerfully convinced you of the sin of unbelief? You are perhaps so devout (you may imagine) as to get a catalogue of sins; which you look over, and confess in a formal manner, as often as you go to the holy sacrament: but among all your sins, did you ever once confess and bewail that damning sin of unbelief? Were you ever made to cry out, "Lord, give me faith; Lord, give me to believe on thee; O that I had faith! O that I could believe!” If you never were thus distressed, at least, if you never saw and felt that you had no faith, it is a certain sign that the Holy Ghost, the Comforter, never came into and worked savingly upon your souls." George Whitefield, On Regeneration & The Indwelling Of The Spirit & The Holy Ghost Convincing The World Of Sin, Righteousness, & Judgment, Posted by Scott Jones, September 10, 2014

"The necessity of being baptized by the Holy Spirit in the supernatural resurrection miracle of the New Birth takes salvation completely out of the hands of the individual. That is, in order to be genuinely saved, the man must be saved from above, and not from anything of himself, or by anything from himself - including his own natural faith - so that the necessity of being baptized from above by the Holy Spirit in the supernatural resurrection miracle of the New Birth, just as happened at Pentecost (Acts 2:1-4), and just as happened at Caesarea (Acts 10:44), and just as happened in Samaria (Acts 8:14-17), and just as happened at Ephesus (Acts 19:1-6), et cetera, et cetera (1 Corinthians 12:13, Ephesians 4:4-6, Titus 3:5, &c)... I say, this necessity of the baptism of the Holy Spirit in the supernatural resurrection miracle of the New Birth takes salvation completely out of the individual's hands... which is to say, this necessity of being baptized by the Holy Spirit takes salvation completely out of the hands of a "decision", for the Holy Ghost doesn't respond to "decisions"... this necessity of being baptized by the Holy Spirit takes salvation completely out of the hands of "accepting", for the Holy Ghost doesn't respond to "acceptings"... this necessity of being baptized by the Holy Spirit takes salvation completely out of the hands of "commitment", for the Holy Ghost doesn't respond to "commitments"... and so on, ad infinitum. Yet, this truth greatly offends the pride of man; this truth especially offends the secret pride of the professing Christian who has never actually experienced the baptism of the Holy Spirit in the supernatural resurrection miracle of the New Birth himself, but who nevertheless ignorantly believes that he truly belongs to Jesus Christ, and that he belongs to Jesus Christ by his own will. But alas, no man on earth is more deceived, for true salvation comes only to the utterly helpless man, to the man who can do not one thing to be saved, including believing, for he possesses not a dram of supernatural faith, of saving faith, and - if he is being truly operated on by the Holy Spirit - he knows it, and thus true salvation comes only to the helpless man, to the completely, totally, absolutely, helpless man, who despairs entirely of himself, a man who understands how utterly unable he is to truly believe savingly, supernaturally, and thus how empty and incapable of contributing even the smallest particle to his own salvation, he is so utterly helpless, and he KNOWS it... and he FEELS it... absolutely, down to his bones... indeed, this is the man to whom true salvation comes, and to no other. Conversely, the man who thinks he can be saved by a "decision" or by a "commitment" or by an "acceptance", an so on ad nauseam, is a man who is not only overflowing at the gills with secret pride, but is likewise delusional to the core - and I do mean delusional - for such a man absolutely has no chance whatsoever of being truly born again. None. And I mean, NONE, for it is absolutely infallibly certain that the Holy Spirit has never genuinely even convicted this man, much less regenerated him. None. In fact, this man is one of the most secretly arrogant and secretly conceited men on earth, for he thinks salvation is within his own power; he thinks he can "decide" himself into the New Birth, and that his "decision" has automatically forced the baptism of the Holy Spirit - even though he cannot remember any such biblical supernatural experience himself; he thinks he can "accept" himself into the New Birth, and that his "acceptance" has automatically forced the baptism of the Holy Spirit - even though he cannot remember any such biblical supernatural experience himself; he thinks he can "commit" himself into the New Birth, and that his "commitment" has automatically forced the baptism of the Holy Spirit - even though he cannot remember any such biblical supernatural experience himself... et cetera, et cetera... indeed, this man is both delusional to the bone and likewise overflowing out the gills with secret pride... in fact, this man is an offence to God the Father, and an offence to Jesus Christ, and an offence to the Holy Spirit... an absolute, utter, blasphemous offence, and nothing less. I mean, how much plainer could John 1:13 be?... "Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God"... Watchman Nee stated it exactly right, where, in "The Spiritual Man", he proclaimed... "Man is not regenerated because he wills it so. He must be born of God. Nowadays Christians entertain the incorrect concept that if anyone wishes to be saved and seeks the way of life he undoubtedly will be a good disciple of Christ, for nothing can be better than this desire. God nonetheless affirms that in this matter of regeneration as well as in all other matters related to Him, the will of man is totally nonefficacious"... I say, how much plainer could John 1:13 be?... along with only about a ton of other Scriptures?... Friend, you cannot "decide" yourself into the baptism of the Holy Spirit and the New Birth... you cannot "accept" yourself into the baptism of the Holy Spirit and the New Birth... you cannot "commit" yourself into the baptism of the Holy Spirit and the New Birth... ad infinitum... in no wise. Grace means grace. The Holy Spirit must be prayed for - fervently - exactly as Jesus HIMSELF testified, and exactly as the one hundred and twenty disciples did for ten days straight before Pentecost, and as Peter and John did for the Samaritans, and as Paul did for the Ephesians - for the Holy Ghost HIMSELF comes when HE WILLS, and not when you will, and especially not in response to "acceptances" or "decisions" or "commitments" or what-have-you. Grace means grace. It is the Holy Spirit HIMSELF who is the initiator, not the man... HIMSELF who is the initiator and who comes when HE WILLS, and not when you will. Therefore, if you think that you can provide even the smallest iota of anything to your salvation - including your own natural faith - then you are not truly humbled before God; you remain proud and arrogant inside, no matter how humble you may see yourself, and therefore you are in truth utterly shut out of the commonwealth of Israel. It is precisely as Martin Luther put it in "The Bondage Of The Will", where he most accurately observed... "God has surely promised his grace to the humbled: that is, to those who mourn over and despair of themselves. But a man cannot be thoroughly humbled till he realizes that his salvation is utterly beyond his own powers, counsels, efforts, will and works, and depends absolutely on the will, counsel, pleasure and work of Another - God alone. As long as a man is persuaded that he can make even the smallest contribution to his salvation, he remains self-confident and does not utterly despair of himself, and so is not humbled before God. Such a man plans out for himself - or at least hopes and longs for - a position, an occasion, a work, which shall bring him final salvation, but which will not. Conversely, the man who is out of doubt that his destiny depends entirely on the will of God, despairs entirely of himself, chooses nothing for himself, but waits for God to work in him; and such a man is very near to grace for his salvation"... Grace means grace. The man who gets saved is the man who pines over grace... pure, unadulterated grace... who despairs of himself utterly, yet simultaneously thirsts with a thirst that cannot be quenched... who, like the helpless man at the pool of Bethesda, lifts his heart to Jesus Christ and cries, "Lord, I have no man to put me into the water" (John 5:7), and who is likewise so thirsty that unless that water truly comes, unless that water is truly poured out upon him, he cannot rest, he cannot be satisfied or constrained... and who likewise knows - supernaturally, of course (John  6:44) - that that water comes SOLELY by Jesus Christ, by Jesus Christ HIMSELF... HIMSELF... HIMSELF... PERSONALLY... who is HIMSELF the very water that he thirsts for, and nothing less. That's the man who gets saved... the helpless man, the unquenchably thirsty man... for it is precisely as I've said so many times before: namely, Jesus saves the man who can't, not the man who can. Jesus saves and manifests himself to the man who by no means can make himself a Christian, and not by any means to the man who thinks he can. Grace means grace... and the baptism of the Holy Spirit in the supernatural resurrection miracle of the New Birth from above comes by Jesus Christ's will, not yours - I say, the baptism of the Holy Spirit in the supernatural resurrection miracle of the New Birth from above comes by Jesus Christ's will, not yours - and Jesus saves on his own terms, and in his own way, and in his own timing... not yours... for Jesus HIMSELF is the baptizer, and Jesus baptizes in the Holy Ghost when HE WILLS, and not when you will... therefore, if you want to be truly saved, you had better believe it." Scott Jones, September 9, 2014

"The imposter's testimony is, "come to our church", or "come to our fellowship", or "come to our conference", or "come to our concert", et cetera, ad nauseam. Conversely, the genuinely born again Christian's testimony is, "Let me tell you how Jesus Christ personally introduced himself to me and indwelt me and made me a new creature, and how he can do the same for you". In other words, the genuinely born again Christian possesses a legitimate supernatural New Birth testimony. The imposter doesn't. The genuinely born again Christian can intimately identify and honestly confess these following words of Oswald Chambers, which he wrote in his treatise, "Bringing Sons Unto Glory", where Chambers absolutely accurately declared... "A sinner saved by grace will always refer in his testimony to the MOMENT at which he EXPERIENCED new birth"... The imposter can give no such supernatural testimony, not honestly and legitimately. On the other hand, every genuinely born again sentient Christian on the face of this earth can. I say, every genuinely born again sentient Christian on the surface of this earth can give just such a genuinely supernatural New Birth testimony. There are no exceptions. If you are an imposter, therefore, it's better to admit it now, while you still can, rather than keep up the charade... friend, that's the first step to getting Jesus' attention, and to opening up the avenue to the true New Birth... confess to Jesus that you are an imposter, and stop acting like a born again Christian, thereby deceiving yourself and many others... rather, act like a penitent sinner seeking grace... but if you refuse, if you insist on keeping up the charade, then the only attention you will get from Jesus will be when you stand before his judgment seat where Jesus HIMSELF will rebuke you with these sharp and scornful words, "Depart from me. I never knew you." (Matthew 7:23). This especially concerns you who deny that the Holy Spirit operates today just as he did during the days of the Apostles and the first Christians. You are only denying yourself out of heaven, and some of you have hardened your hearts so much against this truth that you have already sinned away your day of grace. Likewise, you blasphemous Charismatics and Pentecostals who separate the baptism of the Holy Spirit from the supernatural resurrection miracle of the New Birth, just as happened at Pentecost, and who employ all kinds of gimmicks to imitate the true workings of the Holy Spirit, some of you also thereby blaspheming the Holy Ghost, especially you fake healers and money mongers, and great conference speakers of self-help - ad nauseam, ad nauseam - you are also nothing but hounds of hell. Neither of you have a portion in Jesus Christ's kingdom as of this moment... neither of you... those of you who deny the supernatural operations of the Holy Spirit today, and those of you of the blasphemous Charismatic and Pentecostal heresy... neither of you have a portion in Jesus Christ's kingdom as of this moment... and very few of you - very few of you, indeed - according to the Scripture, very few of you will be given a reprieve... so once again... fair warning." Scott Jones, September 4, 2014

"Even though Ezekiel didn't speak Latin, yet he accurately forecast that in the latter days, in the days just prior to the tribulation, and on into the tribulation as well... the tribulation which is just prior to the return of Jesus Christ in glory, that is... that tribulation... just prior to that tribulation, and into it as well... these very times, in other words... these times just prior to the tribulation - so that, indeed, even though he didn't speak Latin - yet Ezekiel certainly predicted the watchword of Meshech in these latter days, and thus in so many words - though he didn't speak Latin - yet in so many words Ezekiel forecast that the watchword of Meshech in these latter days would be none other than "Carpe Diem!"... for that is unmistakably Meshech's watchword now, as Meshech has already now begun to prove, and will continue to prove, in his appointed times, from now until his end, and he will likewise draw Tubal with him, of course, as he is already beginning to do, likewise in his appointed times... "Carpe Diem!"... That is verily Meshech's watchword for the remainder of his time, and will be until his end, for not even Antichrist will be able to stop him until Meshech comes with his hordes against Israel... "Carpe Diem!"... that is Meshech's watchword now, in this time, as he is demonstrating, even now, precisely as it is written, and precisely as it is happening now, as Meshech is doing now... "Carpe Diem!"... Now if you don't understand this, just go and ask Ezekiel, for he wrote it all down as clearly as the noonday sun (Ezekiel 38-39, &c)... "Carpe Diem!"... and yet, that is also a good watchword for the genuinely born again Christian (Matthew 6:34), only on an entirely different basis, of course, with an entirely different application (Ephesians 5:15-17, Colossians 4:5), an application which in the Greek translates as a rough equivalent into the Latin as "Carpe Diem!", more or less, which all who do not truly belong to Jesus Christ should also do, should particularly do - "Carpe Diem!" - for you cannot become a genuinely born again Christian just any old time you please. Rather, Jesus Christ HIMSELF must come down upon you and HIMSELF indwell you and HIMSELF make you a new creature by the baptism of the Holy Spirit HIMSELF in the unmistakable supernatural resurrection miracle of the New Birth, which Jesus does in his own time, and not yours (John 5:21, John 1:13, 2 Corinthians 5:17, Galatians 6:5). No, my friend, deceive yourself till the cows come home, if you will, but you cannot become a genuinely born again Christian just any old time you please... Therefore... "Carpe Diem!"... precisely as Meshech is doing now,  whose times are infallibly appointed... as are yours... Fair warning." Scott Jones, August 31, 2014

"In the quotation by Tozer below, where he says, "Jesus Christ is the purpose of God in creation" - which I also explained in my treatise, "WHY WE EXIST", indeed, in that quotation of Tozer, that "Jesus Christ is the purpose of God in creation"... indeed, indeed, I understood that truth the very moment I was born again, along with understanding in that same moment that my own purpose was Jesus Christ as well... Jesus Christ HIMSELF... just like the Father's purpose... I don't know if I could have articulated this truth in so many words at precisely that time - although I might very well could have - but I nevertheless understood it instinctively and intuitively, and substantially so... and SUPERNATURALLY so... even if I could not have articulated it in so many words... for that intuitive and substantial and SUPERNATURAL REVELATION is precisely and exactly what happens when the Holy Spirit reveals Jesus Christ in his glory supernaturally to a man in the resurrection miracle of the New Birth... I say, that intuitive and substantial and SUPERNATURAL REVELATION is precisely and exactly what happens when the Holy Spirit reveals Jesus Christ in his glory supernaturally to a man in the resurrection miracle of the New Birth... and there isn't a genuinely born again sentient Christian anywhere on this entire planet who cannot say precisely the exact same thing... intuitively and substantially and SUPERNATURALLY so. Not one. Can you? If not, get born again, because you infallibly are not... And I'm not exaggerating, for that truth - the truth that Jesus Christ is HIMSELF the TRUTH... literally - and that Jesus Christ is HIMSELF both the purpose of God in creation and simultaneously is HIMSELF the purpose of the regenerated saint - Behold! that truth is in fact the perennial truth of the very Godhead, both in this world and in the world to come, and is communicated and imparted supernaturally to every single sentient saint upon the MOMENT of regeneration - no exceptions whatsoever - so don't think for one nanosecond that I am exaggerating when I tell you that there isn't a genuinely born again sentient Christian anywhere on this planet who cannot say precisely the same thing... intuitively and substantially and SUPERNATURALLY so... for I am not exaggerating in the slightest. Not an iota. Not a jot, not a tittle. Fair warning." Scott Jones, August 29, 2014

"Brethren, creation is the setting forth of Jesus Christ as Lord and Sovereign, FOR JESUS CHRIST IS THE PURPOSE OF GOD IN CREATION!" A. W. Tozer, The Tozer Pulpit, Posted by Scott Jones, August 28, 2014

"Why did Jesus say what he said?... in Matthew 22:14, I mean, where Jesus warned... "For many are called, but few are chosen"... If I told you I was giving away for free several small bags of little rocks that I had collected from the creek, along with a pound or two of dirt from my back yard that I had shoveled into a little gallon-sized bucket, and a few pieces of small granite chunks that I had accumulated over the years, along with numerous other items from the earth that are just as common as these, how fast do you think the crowds would rush to my door? Actually, the silence would be deafening. Nobody would come. That's because nothing I'm giving away is valuable... and one of the main reasons that none of these things is valuable is because none of these things is rare... anybody can acquire them.... so their value is ultimately not even really negligible... On the other hand, what if I told you that I was giving away for free a few spectacularly colored emeralds, all of which were finely polished and pure-grade, along with a few opulently shaded pearls, each with a riveting and impeccable luster, and several deeply tinctured rubies, whose reds danced in the light like a troupe of gypsies, accompanied by a handful of gleaming sapphires, each of which twinkled like stars, while simultaneously offering diamonds so pure they glimmered as if by their own power, and finally a couple of pounds of dazzling gold nuggets - what if I told you that I was giving these things away for free, one-by-one to the first comers... how long do you think they would last?... how fast do you think they would be gone?... They would vanish in a veritable instant, for each of them has not only been endowed with unique beauty, but they are all likewise extremely, extremely, extremely rare... And so it is with the saints in the kingdom of heaven... so it is with Jesus Christ's true saints in the kingdom of heaven... for each saint will not only be adorned with indescribable beauty, both inwardly and outwardly, each saint being tempered by infinite wisdom and skill in a uniquely engraved and embroidered image and reflection of Jesus HIMSELF (Romans 8:29, 1 John 3:2, Revelation 2:17), but as well, each saint in particular, and all the saints together combined, will also be rarer than the finest gems and stones and metals that this earth has ever produced, or ever will... the greatest emerald that ever was, and the finest gold that ever will be, along with all the rest combined, will not ever come even close to matching the rarity and glory of the least of the least of the least of the saints in Jesus Christ in the kingdom of heaven... and that's exactly why Jesus said what he said... "For many are called, but few are chosen"... Jesus and his Father, by the Holy Spirit, have elected and predestinated and created and manufactured and chosen each gem they possess far more diligently and with far more prudence than any jeweler who has ever set foot on this earth, with infinitely more discretion, and with infinitely more glory than any man in this world can conceive. As a matter of fact, this glory of the elect will be one of the chief wounds to the reprobate, when they see an infinitely glorious Jesus with an infinitely glorious body, and his elect standing there with him, each saint with a comparable body to Jesus, even the least of which will be more glorious than everything in the physical universe combined... more glorious than the sun and the stars and the galaxies and the nebulas - literally, the body of each saint, even the very least in the kingdom of heaven, more glorious than all of these, and incomparably so... more glorious than all the precious artifacts of the word, more glorious than all the emeralds and rubies and silver and gold and pearls and sapphires and diamonds that have ever existed, or ever will... every body of each saint glorious beyond words, glorious beyond conception, human or angelic, while the reprobate will be standing there in their own rancid bodies of flesh, putrid with sin and shame, yet now immortal... immortally putrid and immortally rancid, choked with sin and shame and decay... yet rendered immortal in their fetid condition for the sole purpose of sustaining pain and misery and torment for all eternity... Ah! the damnation of the reprobate will be damned damnable indeed! Take the rarest jewel on earth, the rarest gem, the rarest diamond, the rarest stone, the rarest art piece, the rarest book, the rarest coin, and so on... and yet the lust that is expended upon these items by the princes of this world will not be even remotely commensurate with the difference between the size of a mustard seed and the size of the universe compared to the lust that the reprobate will experience when they see the saints standing beside a glorious Jesus, with each individual saint clothed in his own glorious body, and each saint recognized by every reprobate soul who knew him here on earth... the saint in an inconceivably glorious body, the reprobate in a disgusting, ravaged body of flesh, permeated with nothing but sin and death... ah! the misery of it... for the body of the least of the saints in heaven in Jesus Christ will be envied and lusted after by the reprobate with a lust that cannot - and will never - be consumed, a lust which will pierce them through, and which will torment them for all eternity, even a lust that will cause their very hearts to pine away with unstoppable sorrow and inconsolable grief for every agonizing moment of their everlasting but miserable existence. And yet this is just one of the MANY dire and everlasting implications against the reprobate concerning Jesus' severe warning... "For many are called, but few are chosen"... Samuel Rutherford understood this divine principle very well - as have all who possess any genuine experience in the Holy Spirit - for in "The Trial And Triumph Of Faith", Rutherford presciently observed... "Christ hath not the tithe of mankind... Christ taketh sinners, not by dozens, not by thousands, but by ones and twos... Common love scarce amounteth to grace, because grace is separative, and singleth out one of many; all graced persons are privileged persons; heaven is a house of chosen and privileged ones... Christ will often not have both husband and wife, both father and son; but the one brother, Jacob, not Esau. Of a whole house, Christ cometh to the devil's fireside, and chooseth one, and draweth him out, and leaveth all the family to the devil. Christ knoweth them well whom he chooseth: grace is a rare piece of the choice and the flower of the love of heaven: there be many common stones; not many pearls, not many diamonds and sapphires"... Of course, this is all nothing but heavenly common sense... which is to say, Holy Spirit sense, biblical sense... and all according to the PLAIN words of Jesus, not one syllable of which will prove false in the day of judgment. Wait and see... "For many are called, but few are chosen"... In the meantime, spare me the riposte of the thousands that have been saved in genuine revivals, such as the first revival beginning at that first Pentecost, or the genuine revival during the days of the Reformers and Puritans, or the genuine revival during the Great Awakening, or the genuine revival during the Shantung Revival in the early part of the past century, for genuine revivals - I say, GENUINE revivals, revivals which can match the Holy Spirit's manifestations which he effected in the first century with the first Christians and Apostles - so indeed, GENUINE revivals like these throughout the past two thousand years have themselves been rarer than the rarest of gems - rare beyond words almost, rare beyond dark matter itself almost - which - as anyone who has bothered to think it through would have therefore already come to understand - that this indeed only solidifies the truth that there are FEW, FEW, FEW that are truly saved, and that furthermore, it additionally solidifies the fact that Jesus saves his ELECT ONLY - for God can bring genuine revival whenever and wherever he chooses - so this absolutely solidifies the fact that Jesus saves his ELECT ONLY, and that he does so WHEN he will, WHERE he will, HOW he will, and to WHOM he will, and that none can stay his hand, even as he himself testified in John 5:21, where Jesus, speaking in an absolute context, PLAINLY affirmed... "For as the Father raiseth up the dead, and quickeneth them; EVEN SO THE SON QUICKENETH WHOM HE WILL"... In case you're wondering, one example - one example of many - one example of Jesus doing precisely that - of "quickening whom he will" - one example of Jesus doing precisely that can be found in John 5:5-9, where Jesus healed - without even being asked - where Jesus healed the helpless man at the pool of Bethesda. Of course, in tandem, you should probably also take note of the fact that there were undoubtedly THOUSANDS of sick people at that very pool on that very day, and yet Jesus healed only the one... only the one, and without even being asked... and then Jesus hid himself quickly away (John 5:13)... even though there were undoubtedly THOUSANDS of remaining sick people right there in that very spot... yet Jesus hid himself quickly away. Go figure... "For many are called, but few are chosen"... The ELECT, by the way, are those who are given a true heart for Jesus... not a heart for Christianity, or a heart for ministry, or a heart for the church, or a heart for preaching, or a heart for missionary work, or a heart for doctrine, or a heart for the written word of God, ad infinitum... but a heart for JESUS... for JESUS HIMSELF... for the very PERSON of JESUS HIMSELF... for a PERSONAL ENCOUNTER WITH JESUS HIMSELF BY THE BAPTISM OF THE HOLY SPIRIT IN THE UNMISTAKABLE SUPERNATURAL RESURRECTION MIRACLE OF THE NEW BIRTH... All other hearts are deceived hearts, false hearts, and not one will be accepted by Jesus Christ in the day of judgment, but rather, Jesus will say to each and every such heart, "I never knew you. Depart from me." (Matthew 7:23). Indeed, there is no fatalism in the doctrine of election. Quite the opposite. The elect man is a man who is so thirsty that he must drink or die, who is so desperate that he must die if he is not given to live, and so he acts accordingly, which is to say, he knows WHO the water is, and will therefore not rest until he is given to drink BY that water HIMSELF PERSONALLY and INFALLIBLY so. Indeed, indeed... the elect man cannot go another step without that water HIMSELF... and so the elect man, rather than being fatalistic, will not rest until the water HIMSELF gives him drink indeed. Finally, the man who has never feared and trembled at this truth - and I do mean feared and trembled - the man who has never feared and trembled at the truth of how FEW are saved - feared and trembled either before or after regeneration - but even more so after regeneration, in most cases, when the Holy Spirit makes him understand how RARE the gift is that he has been given, PRECISELY in accordance with the PLAIN words of Jesus... "For many are called, but few are chosen"... yet the man who has never feared and trembled, just like Jesus did when he was in the flesh, exactly as it is written in Hebrews 5:7-8... "Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications WITH STRONG CRYING AND TEARS unto him that was able to save him from death, AND WAS HEARD IN THAT HE FEARED; Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered"... so that, indeed, the man who has literally never feared and trembled at this truth in his soul - literally - literally feared and trembled in his soul - literally - the man who has never feared and trembled at this truth in his soul is a man who has likely never even been genuinely convicted by the Holy Spirit, much less born of the Holy Spirit." Scott Jones, August 26, 2014

"The following quotation by Stephen Charnock in his treatise, "The Existence And Attributes Of God", is a brief but foundational explanation of the mystery of God's will. His quotation is not meant to be comprehensive in detail, but is nevertheless comprehensive and wholly accurate in its basics, that is, in its basic sense. Which is to say, you can see the basics of the mystery of God's will in action in the following quotation by Charnock. Moreover, he who has a problem with this declaration by Charnock proves two things: one, he's never seen Jesus Christ in his glory by the baptism of the Holy Spirit in the supernatural miracle of the New Birth, and two, he likewise doesn't know the first thing about God's chief purpose in creation, which is to glorify his only begotten Son, Jesus Christ the Righteous, as I explain in detail in my own treatise, "WHY WE EXIST". Here is Charnock's very excellent and biblical quotation... "The holiness of God is not blemished by his secret will to suffer sin to enter the world. God never willed sin by his preceptive will. It was never founded upon, or produced by any word of his, as the creation was... Nor doth he will it by his approving will; it is detestable to him, nor ever can he be otherwise; he cannot approve it either before commission or after. [Yet] the will of God is in some sort concurrent with sin. He doth not properly will it, but he wills not to hinder it, to which, by his omnipotence, he could put a bar. If he did positively will it, it might be wrought by himself, and so could not be evil. If he did in no sort will it, it would not [could not] be committed by his creature... God can, if he be pleased, banish all sin in a moment of the world: he could have prevented the revolt of angels, and the fall of man; they did not sin whether he would or no: he might, by his grace, have stepped in the first moment, and made a special impression upon them of the happiness they already possessed, and the misery they would incur by any wicked attempt. He could as well have prevented the sin of the fallen angels, and confirmed them in grace, as of those that continued in their happy state: he might have appeared to man, informed him of the issue of his design, and made secret impressions upon his heart, since he was acquainted with every avenue to his will. God could have kept all sin out of the world, as well as all creatures from breathing in it; he was as well able to bar sin forever out of the world, as to let creatures lie in the womb of nothing, wherein they were first wrapped. To say God doth will sin as he doth other things, is to deny his holiness; to say it entered without anything of his will, is to deny his omnipotence. If he did necessitate Adam to fall, what shall we think of his purity? If Adam did fall without any concern of God's will in it, what shall we say of his sovereignty? The one taints his holiness, and the other clips his power... As no action could be sinful, if God had not forbidden it, so no sin could be committed, if God did not will to give way to it... God wills good by a positive decree, because he hath decreed to effect it. He wills evil by a private decree, because he hath decreed not to give that grace which would certainly prevent it. God doth not will sin simply, for that were to approve it, but he wills it, in order to that good his wisdom will bring from it... Infinite wisdom can be under no error or mistake: to will sin as sin, would be an unanswerable blemish on God; but to will to suffer it in order to good, is the glory of his wisdom; it could never have peeped up its head, unless there had been some decree of God concerning it. And there had been no decree of God concerning it, had he not intended to bring good and glory out of it"... There is nothing but truth in the foregoing quotation, especially when it is understood that God's CHIEF PURPOSE in creation is to GLORIFY HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON, JESUS CHRIST THE RIGHTEOUS - that is God's chief purpose now, and that has been God's chief purpose from all eternity past, and that will always be God's chief purpose in all eternity future, both in this world, and in the world to come, namely, to GLORIFY HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON, JESUS CHRIST THE RIGHTEOUS - so therefore let me be very clear, and take pains to make no mistake about it: it is God's CHIEF PURPOSE in creation to GLORIFY HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON, JESUS CHRIST THE RIGHTEOUS - precisely as I explained in my aforementioned treatise above - and thus if you have a problem with Charnock's quotation, then get born again, for you only prove that you know not even the basics with regard to genuine salvation in Jesus Christ, and how radical and how sovereign the New Birth truly is - not to mention the glorious revelation in the above quotation of why it is FEW, FEW, FEW that are actually saved, comparatively speaking, even as Jesus forewarned (Matthew 7:14,  Matthew 20:16, Matthew 22:14, Luke 4:16-30, &c.) - for as every genuinely born again sentient man and woman on this planet knows, Jesus saves whom he will, when he will, where he will, and how he will, and none can stay his hand (John 5:21) - and there are no exceptions - and thus if you have a problem with any of this thus far, then you simply demonstrate that - unlike every genuinely born again Christian on this planet - you therefore have never seen yourself wholly unable to become a Christian yourself - you have never truly, genuinely, spiritually seen that you cannot in any wise become a Christian by your own will, nor in any wise by your decision, nor in any wise by your acceptance, nor in any wise by anything or in any wise by any act of yours whatsoever (John 1:13, &c.) - you have never seen this, you have never seen yourself absolutely, utterly helpless before Jesus Christ in this matter of salvation, just as helpless as the man at the pool of Bethesda was (John 5:7), who was himself totally helpless, utterly helpless, hopelessly helpless, and therefore you have infallibly never been genuinely born again yourself, and thus you don't truly understand what that Scripture means which states that you must be drawn supernaturally to Jesus by the Father HIMSELF, and sovereignly so (John 6:44), in order to even begin to be saved - and only the elect are so drawn by the Father, and none but the elect - none but - wait and see - and that it then - after being supernaturally and sovereignly drawn by the Father - that it then takes a greater miracle than created the very worlds to become a genuinely born again Christian, after once having been supernaturally and sovereignly drawn by the Father, it then takes even the power of the resurrection of Jesus Christ HIMSELF in the supernatural miracle of the New Birth via the baptism of the Holy Spirit to be truly saved, just as happened throughout the book of Acts, for every time you see someone receiving the Holy Spirit in the book of Acts, there you are witnessing the New Birth. Deny this truth to your own eternal ruin... or repent... which is to say, start taking Jesus and the rest of the New Testament, including the book of Acts, PLAINLY at his word, while simultaneously giving Jesus no rest until he brings your level of experience up to the level of the Scripture... for the New Birth is exemplified so frequently in the book of Acts that only the willfully blind could miss it... which the vast, vast majority of professing Christians have indeed missed, and will continue to miss until it's too late, professing Christians who are  uncircumcised in heart and ears, and who do always resist the Holy Ghost (Acts 7:51), for many harden their hearts so much against this truth that they thereby seal themselves out of heaven forever, and consequently seal themselves into the lake of fire for all eternity, precisely as Esau did when he despised his birthright, thereby blaspheming the Holy Ghost in his heart of hearts. Likewise, there are plenty of men and women today who profess to be Christians but who have nevertheless crossed the exact same line that Esau crossed, and who will therefore share Esau's fate for all eternity, even though they may do well in this life in the extremely short time they have left. Yet it will soon all come crashing down, and then they will discover on the day of judgment, amid great moments of sudden anguish and terror, that it had been better for them if they had never been born. Don't let that be the case with you. Take warning from what you've just read, for the very words you have just encountered, and the truth encompassed therein, will be brought clearly and distinctly to your remembrance - literally - on the day of judgment if you don't become genuinely born again by the baptism of the Holy Spirit in the unmistakable supernatural resurrection miracle of the New Birth beforehand. And you will therefore be without excuse in that day. So beg Jesus for grace now... if you have the heart for it, that is... and if you don't truly, really, deeply have the heart for it... well, then I would be remiss not to tell you that you are in serious, serious trouble, indeed... nevertheless, even then, you still might try even asking Jesus for that... for the grace to be given the heart for it (Proverbs 16:1). The disciples thought all was lost when a raging storm was about to sink and drown them in the Sea of Galilee... but then they woke Jesus - I say, they WOKE Jesus - and thus only moments later the same disciples were muttering quietly among themselves amidst a great calm that had descended suddenly upon the ocean and the skies at the rebuke of Jesus, so that the very same disciples began to mutter to one another, saying, "What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him?" (Matthew 8:27). For they had AWAKENED Jesus by their cries. Go thou and do likewise... if you have the heart for it." Scott Jones, August 21, 2104

"The believer's faith in the deity and person of Jesus does not rest upon his ability to comb through history and arrive at logical conclusions concerning historical facts. The Holy Ghost will blaze in on him like a lightning flash, blinding him with the wonder of it!... Saving faith is not a conclusion drawn from facts presented; saving faith is a gift of God to a penitent man or woman... There isn't anything quite so chilling, quite so disheartening as a man without the Holy Spirit preaching about the Holy Spirit... In that great and terrible day, there will be those white with shock when they find that they have depended upon a mental assent to Christianity instead of upon the miracle of the new birth." A. W. Tozer, The Tozer Pulpit, Posted by Scott Jones, August 18, 2014

"Where do you suppose Richard Baxter got this notion of his, when in his treatise, "A Call To The Unconverted", he observed... "It hath been the astonishing wonder of many a man, as well as me, to read in the holy Scripture, how few will be saved, and that the greatest part of even of those that are called, will be everlastingly shut out of the kingdom of heaven, and tormented with the devils in eternal fire"... Well, as you can see, Baxter got this notion of his - according to his own words - straight out of the Bible, for he said so when he stated... "to read in the holy Scripture, how few shall be saved"... Baxter got this notion of his because it is shouted into the stratosphere out of the Bible. That's where Baxter got this notion of his... out of the Bible. The same is true of Bunyan, who held the exact same notion, and of Owen, who held the exact same notion, and of Luther, who held the exact same notion, and of Boston, who held the exact same notion, and of Edwards, who held the exact same notion, and of Whitefield, who held the exact same notion, and of Flavel, who held the exact same notion, and of Goodwin, who held the exact same notion, and of Gurnall, who held the exact same notion, and of Rutherford, who held the exact same notion, and of Pink, who held the exact same notion, and of Ryle, who held the exact same notion, and of Scougal, who held the exact same notion, and of Toplady, who held the exact same notion... ad infinitum as regards genuinely born again Christian expositors in Jesus Christ... Accordingly, remember my talking about the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost a few days ago, and noting that probably the chief way that professing Christians today commit this sin is by refusing to take Jesus PLAINLY at his word? Remember that? Especially where Jesus is speaking in an absolute context, and therefore speaking PLAINLY, which he does a TON of times throughout the four Gospels. Here's a classic example of what I'm talking about with regard to an absolute context, exactly as I showed you the other day, where in Matthew 7:14 Jesus warns... "Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and FEW there be that find it"... Jesus also talked about Noah, and Peter heard him, and thus Peter referred in his own epistle to the fact that ONLY EIGHT PEOPLE out of an ENTIRE WORLD world were saved in Noah's day (2 Peter 2:5)... and Jesus talked about Moses, and his disciples heard him, and they wrote about the fact that ONLY TWO MEN out of SIX HUNDRED THOUSAND MEN made it into the promised land in Moses' day, namely, Joshua and Caleb (Numbers 14:5-12, Hebrews 3, &c.)... and Jesus talked about Sodom and Gomorrah, and his disciples listened to him, taking Jesus PLAINLY at his word, and they wrote about the fact that ONLY THREE PEOPLE out of a VAST MEGA-METROPOLIS were saved during Abraham's day, namely, Lot and his two daughters... and Jesus HIMSELF even commanded his disciples to "remember Lot's wife" concerning this very incident (Luke 17:28-32)... moreover, it was none other than Jesus HIMSELF who warned his own home-town residents about how FEW shall be saved in the first formal sermon he ever preached there (Luke 4:16-30)... ad infinitum... for the Bible is literally OVERFLOWING with examples of how FEW, of how only a REMNANT, shall be saved (Romans 9:27), and I do mean OVERFLOWING... I say, the Bible is literally overflowing with the testimony that only a FEW actually get saved... Therefore, friend, if you want to be baptized in the Holy Spirit in the unmistakable supernatural miracle of the New Birth, you will have to start taking Jesus PLAINLY at his word. I mean it. PLAINLY. With not the SLIGHTEST hiccup - I say, with not the SLIGHTEST hiccup... rather, you will have to take Jesus PLAINLY at his word without the SLIGHTEST hiccup if you want personal experience with the Holy Spirit. Otherwise, if you will not, if you won't take Jesus PLAINLY at his word, then not only will you NEVER be baptized in the Holy Spirit in the unmistakable supernatural miracle of the New Birth - and I do mean NEVER, for taking Jesus PLAINLY at his word is only the beginning, and if you will not do that, then the Holy Spirit won't even get near you, he will literally pass you by -  so then, if you will not take Jesus PLAINLY at his word, then not only will you NEVER be baptized in the Holy Spirit in the supernatural resurrection miracle of the New Birth, but you will likewise be treading the path of uncounted multitudes who have blasphemed the Holy Ghost even as they imprecated the name of Jesus, who yet sinned away their day of grace while they still breathed air on this earth, and to whom Jesus will say in that day, "I never knew you. Depart from me."  (Matthew 7:23)... Hopefully you haven't gone that far, even though it will be shown in the day of Jesus Christ that multitudes, even multitudes, blasphemed the Holy Ghost while they still walked this earth. Accordingly, going to heaven is serious business, friend... or perhaps Bunyan put it better in his treatise, "The Strait Gate", where he warned... "Going to heaven, therefore, will be no trivial business; salvation is not got by a dream; they that would then have that kingdom must now strive lawfully to enter: For many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able"... So behold! going to heaven is a serious business, indeed, a business which must be conducted SOLELY with Jesus HIMSELF... LITERALLY... here and now... today... and you have absolutely no chance whatsoever of doing business with Jesus HIMSELF until you start taking Jesus PLAINLY at his word... no chance whatsoever... not in ten trillion eternities. In fact, one sign of certain destruction - certain destruction - is the inability or the unwillingness to take Jesus PLAINLY at his word, especially those words of Jesus which occur in an absolute context. The inability or unwillingness to do this is a CERTAIN sign of destruction. Beware, friend. Alas! the vast majority of those who profess to be Christians fool themselves out of heaven by this very means, by not taking Jesus PLAINLY at his word... ALL of his words... PLAINLY at his words in their proper context... ALL of his words... in their proper context... especially those which occur in an absolute context... yet the great mass of professing Christians lose heaven by rather cherry-picking Jesus' words, and yet deceive themselves that they still believe in the true Jesus of the Bible, even though they can give no genuine supernatural New Birth testimony... and they can give no genuine supernatural New Birth testimony PRECISELY BECAUSE they cherry-pick Jesus' words, thereby driving the Holy Spirit away - completely away - and thus fooling themselves out of heaven evermore, some of whom even blaspheme the Holy Ghost by so doing. Wait and see. Finally, let it be understood that the above was written with a strong focus on the professing Christian, that is, the man or woman who professes to be a Christian but who has never actually experienced the manifest supernatural miracle of the New Birth. If you are not a professing Christian, then understand that you are actually in a much better position than the professing Christian who is not truly born again, than the professing Christian who has never experienced the baptism of the Holy Spirit in the supernatural resurrection miracle of the New Birth. If you are not a professing Christian, though you still must take Jesus PLAINLY at his word, yet Jesus is far more likely to send his Spirit, even the Holy Spirit, to you than he is to a professing Christian who has cherry-picked Jesus' words, and cast the others aside as just so much verbiage (Matthew 21:43). In fact, Jesus won't deal with that man at all. Jesus will not send the Holy Spirit to that man in any saving wise, nor will Jesus own that man in the day of judgment. Not unless that man repents now, and with a mighty repentance indeed... if he can, at this point... if he can TRULY repent at this point... for many have already crossed the line... and repentance itself is a gift (Acts 5:31), a gift which is not wasted on those who denigrate the Son of God by wresting his words... But you - if you do not profess to be a Christian, yet you are now willing to take Jesus PLAINLY at his word - then you are likely to be dealt with by Jesus swiftly and certainly - and savingly - far more than the professing Christian who is not truly born again, at least in most cases, and so I would not have you fear to draw near to Jesus if you have never truly called upon him before, for he will avenge you speedily if you are true to what you've just read, and he will send his Spirit to you apace, if you call upon Jesus according to his power and word, for he is faithful... faithful evermore." Scott Jones, August 16, 2014

"Understand then, that Christ is the image of the Father's glory, as born of the Virgin Mary, yet so, as being very God also: Not that his Godhead in itself was a shadow or image, but by the acts and doing of that man, every act being infinitely perfect by virtue of his Godhead, the Father's perfections were made manifest to flesh... Neither the Father nor the Son can by us at all be seen, as they are simply and entirely in their own essence. Therefore the person of the Father must be seen by us, through the Son, as consisting of God and man; the Godhead, by working effectually in the manhood, shewing clearly there through the infinite perfection and glory of the Father." John Bunyan, An Exposition On The First Ten Chapters Of Genesis, Posted by Scott Jones, August 14, 2014

"I may post a comprehensible article on the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost some time in the future. At present, the article I have only partially written concerning the matter is not fit for print, as there is still much to say, especially concerning the nature of this sin, and besides which, even if I finish writing it, I will also have to obtain the blessing of the Lord Jesus by his Spirit, even the Holy Spirit, before I ever print it. For now, know this: the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost is committed far more frequently today, and far more widely today, than at any time in history, both from within and from without professing Christianity. Therefore, without further ado, I strongly exhort you to heed these words of John Bunyan in his treatise, "The Barren Fig Tree", where Bunyan solemnly warns:.. "Beware, barren professor! thou mayest do that in half a quarter of an hour, from the evil of which thou mayest not be delivered for ever and ever"... As to the promiscuity of this sin, as to how frequent and widespread it is, and as to the commission of this sin, you may also remember similar words from John Bunyan which come from his two treatises,  "The Strait Gate" and "Light For Them That Sit In Darkness", which I posted some days ago, where Bunyan also soberly warned...  "There is in the world, a thing like grace, that is not... As there is a thing like grace, which is not, so there is a sin, called the sin against the Holy Ghost, from which there is no redemption; and this sin doth more than ordinarily befall professors [professing Christians]... Wherefore, when we know that a man hath sinned this sin, we are not to pray for him, or to have compassion on him... And I have been the more plain and simple in my writing, because the sin against the Holy Ghost is in these days more common than formerly, and the way unto it more beautified with colour and pretence of truth. I may say of the way to this sin, it is, as was once the way to Jerusalem, strewed with boughs and branches; and by some there is cried a kind of hosanna to them that are treading these steps to hell... These, therefore, are the persons that are the prey for this sin; this sin feedeth upon professors [professing Christians], and they that are such do very often fall into the mouth of this eater... there be professors that commit this unpardonable sin, yea, more than most are aware of. Let all, therefore, look about them. The Lord awaken them that they may so do; for what with a profession without grace, and by the venom of the sin against the Holy Ghost, many will seek to enter in [to heaven], and shall not be able"... I would not frighten certain sincere persons who are in straits about their eternal state right now, but nevertheless, the vast, vast majority of those who profess to be Christians today need very much to be frightened by these words, for modern professing Christianity, both in mainstream Christianity and in the cults, are overflowing with people who have already sinned away their day of grace, who have committed this sin, and it is manifest beyond doubt to a man with genuine experience in the Holy Spirit. The Apostle John made it clear that the obvious commission of this sin was occurring noticeably in his day when he wrote in 1 John 5:16... "If any man see his brother sin a sin which is not unto death, he shall ask, and he shall give him life for them that sin not unto death. THERE IS A SIN UNTO DEATH; I DO NOT SAY THAT HE SHALL PRAY FOR IT"... The nature of the sin of the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost is no mystery to a man with genuine experience in the Holy Spirit. Moreover, the non-professing Christian world is also literally brimming at the gills, and even already overflowing the floodgates, with this same transgression, especially among a multitude of renowned men and women in this world, notable men and women on the world stage, from all nations and tribes, whether they profess to be Christians or not, who have blasphemed the Holy Ghost to the uttermost, and with a great deal more to come, so look to it, each of you, and don't call or write me for an answer to this question in your own life, but rather, contact Jesus HIMSELF, and don't rest until he answers, for Jesus ALONE - I say, Jesus ALONE... HIMSELF... LITERALLY... Jesus ALONE HIMSELF BY THE HOLY SPIRIT can give you the assurance you need. Albeit, let me assure you that the vast majority of you who are serious about Jesus have certainly never committed this sin, or even come close. I said: serious about JESUS - not serious about your church, or serious about your ministry, or serious about your fellowship, or serious about the country, or serious about Christianity, or serious about your cult, or serious about your cult leader, or serious about your pastor, or serious about your teacher, or serious about your denomination, or serious about your pet doctrines, or serious about your outreach, ad nauseam, ad nauseam, ad nauseam - but serious about JESUS... about JESUS HIMSELF... about JESUS ALONE, about a PERSONAL ENCOUNTER with JESUS HIMSELF by the BAPTISM of the Holy Spirit in the supernatural resurrection miracle of the New Birth, and thereby and therein about glorifying JESUS HIMSELF in his offices as Prophet, Priest, and King... about JESUS HIMSELF... about the PERSON of JESUS HIMSELF... Anything less and you're an unregenerate fraud... But that's it for now, for I won't go into the nature of this sin at this time, which will take some doing, but suffice it to say that if you want to avoid this sin - I say, if you want to avoid this sin, even the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost - then you start by stopping... I say, you start by stopping trifling with the plain - I say, the PLAIN - you start by stopping trifling with the PLAIN WORDS of Jesus, just as they are SIMPLY AND CONTEXTUALLY WRITTEN, in their PLAIN AND CONTEXTUAL SENSE, otherwise, if you will not, if you insist on continuing to wrest and twist the PLAIN WORDS of Jesus to your own unregenerate intellectual designs and illusions of Scripture, in order to make them fit your own carnal wisdom, or to fit the blasphemous doctrines of your cult or denomination, or your own hellish pet peeves, and what-have-you, indeed, if you persist on trifling with the PLAIN WORDS of Jesus - for Jesus spake plainly indeed - in fact, here's an example of Jesus' PLAIN WORDS in Matthew 7:14... "Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and FEW there be that find it"... Here's another example of Jesus' PLAIN WORDS in John 10:27... "My sheep HEAR MY VOICE, and I know them, and they follow me"... For as every genuinely born again Christian on this planet knows, the Holy Spirit speaks with the VERY VOICE of Jesus HIMSELF, a voice which every Christian on this planet has heard and experienced upon the MOMENT of regeneration, and there are no exceptions among sentient men and women. No not one. And those are just two examples out of a TON of examples of the PLAIN WORDS OF JESUS... Go ahead and trifle with those words of Jesus, if you dare, among the TONS of other PLAIN WORDS OF JESUS... so indeed, if you persist in trifling with Jesus' words, then you are already well on the way to committing this sin, even the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost - I say, if you persist in trifling with the plain words of Jesus, then you are ALREADY WELL ON THE WAY to committing the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost - and if you're not careful, if you keep it up, you may, if you already haven't, as Bunyan warned, do in your heart in a half a quarter of an hour that from which you can and will never be forgiven, so therefore beware... and therefore repent now... if you can... for even genuine repentance, saving repentance, is a gift - and just like faith - genuine repentance, saving repentance, is also supernatural, and is given ONLY by Jesus HIMSELF by his Spirit, even the Holy Spirit, in the unmistakable baptism of the Holy Spirit in the unmistakable supernatural resurrection miracle of the New Birth, and no other way. No other way whatsoever. Esau tried to repent, and even sought it carefully with tears, but Esau had already blasphemed the Holy Ghost, so his day of grace was long gone when he tried to repent, and therefore all his actions were vain. Now then, a man under genuine conviction of the Holy Spirit from the foregoing words will do everything he can to make sure that his fate doesn't become Esau's, which is to say, he won't put off his quest for repentance; he will begin now, even this moment. Yet for most, no doubt, the foregoing words will only roll out of their minds like water off a duck's back. That's because, as Jesus promised, "FEW there be that find it." Wait and see if those PLAIN WORDS OF JESUS don't come true." Scott Jones, August 12, 2014

"Man is not regenerated because he wills it so. He must be born of God. Nowadays Christians entertain the incorrect concept that if anyone wishes to be saved and seeks the way of life he undoubtedly will be a good disciple of Christ, for nothing can be better than this desire. God nonetheless affirms that in this matter of regeneration as well as in all other matters related to Him, the will of man is totally nonefficacious... Except a man receive God's new life and serve Him therein, every bit of service for God is but the work of the flesh. His intention to serve and even to suffer for Him is vain. Before he is regenerated, his will, even though it may be inclined towards good and God, is futile. For it is not what fallen man intends to do for God but how God Himself wishes man to do for Him that really counts in God's eyes. Man may devise and initiate countless notable works for God; nonetheless, if they do not originate with God they are nothing more than will-worship." Watchman Nee, The Spiritual Man, Posted by Scott Jones, August 11, 2014

"Remember that the need to receive, recognize, and rely on the Holy Spirit is before all else." Oswald Chambers, Approved Unto God, Posted by Scott Jones, August 10, 2014

"The one true Church is composed of all believers in the Lord Jesus... It is a Church of which all the members have the same marks. They are all born of the Spirit; they all possess repentance towards God, faith towards our Lord Jesus Christ, and holiness of life and conversation... It is a Church which is dependent upon no ministers upon earth, however much it values those who preach the Gospel to its members... it has only one great Head, one Shepherd, one chief Bishop, and that is Jesus Christ. He alone, by His Spirit, admits the members of this Church, though ministers may show the door. Till He opens the door no man on earth can open it - neither bishops, nor presbyters, nor convocations, nor synods... This is the Church which does the work of Christ upon earth. Its members are a little flock, and few in number, compared with the children of the world; one or two here, and two or three there... All were not Israel who were called Israel, and all are not members of Christ's body who profess themselves Christians. Take notice, you may be a staunch Episcopalian, or Presbyterian, or Independent, or Baptist, or Wesleyan, or Plymouth Brother, and yet not belong to the true Church. And if you do not, it will be better at last if you had never been born." J. C. Ryle, The True Church, Posted by Scott Jones, August 9, 2014

"Whatever does not issue from waiting upon God, from depending upon the Holy Spirit, is unquestionably of the flesh... Just as God hates unrighteousness, so He abhors self-righteousness. The good acts done naturally without the necessity of regeneration or union with Christ or dependence upon the Holy Spirit are no less carnal before God than are immorality, impurity, licentiousness, etc." Watchman Nee, The Spiritual Man, Posted by Scott Jones, August 7, 2014

"Do you know the difference between supernatural faith and natural faith? Between saving faith and carnal faith? Do you know the difference between natural faith and "the faith OF the operation of God", which is supernatural faith (Colossians 2:12)? Do you know the difference between natural faith and the "the faith of God's elect", which is supernatural faith (Titus 1:1)? Et cetera, for it is precisely as I posted a few days ago from John Bunyan from his treatise, "The Strait Gate", where Bunyan properly and experientially announced... "They shall not be able to enter in to heaven who have not believed with the faith of God's operation; the faith that is most holy, even the faith of God's elect... This faith is the effect of electing love, and of the new birth"... Do you know by experience the vast and irrevocably distinct difference between these two types of faith? If not, if you don't know the difference between these two experientially - between supernatural faith and natural faith, between saving faith and carnal faith - if you don't know the difference between these two experientially, even if you can't articulate it, but yet experientially - by actual experience - if you don't know the difference between these two types of faith by actual experience, then you don't know Jesus Christ, because Jesus Christ bestows supernatural faith, saving faith, when he indwells a man, and there are no exceptions... nor are there any "unconscious" experiences of this event, of Jesus bestowing supernatural faith, saving faith, when he comes... which is to say, there are no "unconscious" experiences of the New Birth, wherein the man doesn't know that Jesus Christ has just personally introduced himself to him supernaturally, savingly, by the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Although D. M. Lloyd-Jones was unclear about the baptism of the Holy Spirit occurring only upon the moment of regeneration, as 1 Corinthians 12:13 and numerous other Scriptures infallibly testify, yet Jones knew the substance of the actual experience itself, where in his series, "Romans - The Sons Of God", he accurately observed... "A certain teaching tells us to 'take it by faith' and not to worry about feelings. 'You may feel nothing at all,' it says, 'but if you believe this word and its teaching you can take the Holy Spirit by faith irrespective of any feeling.' THE WHOLE OF THE NEW TESTAMENT TEACHES THE OPPOSITE. So does the subsequent history of the Christian Church... YOU CANNOT BE BAPTIZED OR FILLED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT WITHOUT KNOWING IT. IT IS THE GREATEST EXPERIENCE ONE CAN EVER KNOW. THE TEACHING THAT ASSURES US THAT WE MAY FEEL NOTHING AT ALL RUNS ENTIRELY CONTRARY NOT ONLY TO THE TEACHING OF THE SCRIPTURE BUT TO THE RECORDED EXPERIENCES OF COUNTLESS CHRISTIANS THROUGHOUT THE CENTURIES... The doctrine of REGENERATION is absolutely foundational. It is because so many do not realize this that they have a wrong view of evangelism, AND BECOME INTERESTED OVERMUCH IN DECISIONS... IN EVERY SINGLE INSTANCE THAT IS GIVEN IN THE NEW TESTAMENT OF PEOPLE RECEIVING THIS GIFT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT, IT IS ALWAYS ACCOMPANIED BY MUCH AND STRONG FEELING, AND BY THE KNOWLEDGE THAT THEY HAVE RECEIVED IT... THE ANSWER OF THE NEW TESTAMENT IS THAT WHEN THE HOLY SPIRIT CAME UPON THE EARLY CHRISTIANS THEY KNEW IT... YOU CANNOT BE BAPTIZED OR FILLED WITH THE SPIRIT WITHOUT KNOWING IT"... No, there are no exceptions among sentient men and women whatsoever. In short, even if what David Brainerd said in the following words in his "Life And Diary" is not your exact experience, yet if you can't experientially understand what Brainerd says here, that is, if you yourself don't know experientially what it means to have supernatural faith, saving faith, bestowed upon you in the moment that Jesus Christ personally introduces himself to you, and indwells you, and makes you a new creature, then saving faith, supernatural faith, has actually never been bestowed upon you... "I found faith was the sovereign gift of God; that I could not get it as if of myself, and could not oblige God to bestow it upon me by any of my performances... I could not find out what faith was; or what it was to believe, and come to Christ... I thought I would gladly come, if I knew how, though the path of duty were never so difficult... For I was not yet effectually and experimentally taught that there could be no way prescribed whereby a natural man could, of his own strength, obtain that which is supernatural, and which the highest angel cannot give"... I say, do you know by experience what Brainerd means here? Do you know what it means to receive supernatural faith? On the spot? Do you see the vast, vast difference between the type of faith that Brainerd was talking about compared to today's "decisions for Christ", or today's "accepting Jesus as your Saviour", or today's "surrendering to Christ", and on and on and on in the fruitless faith of the flesh? Alas! no man with any genuine experience in the Holy Spirit would ever accept such nonsense from a professing Christian as a genuine testimony of salvation, or call on people to walk down the steps of the stadium to "receive Christ", or the aisle of the church to "make a commitment", and so on ad nauseam, thereby bolstering uncounted multitudes with a false sense of security, with a false belief that they are now saved, when nothing could be further from the truth, when they are no more saved than a banana. No man with an iota of genuine experience in the Holy Spirit would ever do any of these fleshly, carnal things, for a man with genuine experience in the Holy Spirit knows both by the Bible - especially the book of Acts - and by his own baptism in the Holy Spirit in the supernatural resurrection miracle of the New Birth, that no man gets genuinely saved that way. No man. Not genuinely, not supernaturally... albeit, God may have intervened on rare occasions in such instances, but if he did, it was in spite of - not as a result of - but in spite of, the carnal call. And yet, even then, yet even then, very, very FEW of those who have walked aisles and stadium steps will ever set foot in Jesus Christ's kingdom, even as Jesus warned, and on numerous occasions, such as his infallible promise in Matthew 7:14... "Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and FEW there be that find it"... Take a hard look at Brainerd's words, friend, and compare them to today, and understand that if you don't learn by experience what Brainerd learned, then you will by no means enter the kingdom of God. By no means. So I ask again, do you actually know by experience what supernatural, baptism-in-the-Holy-Spirit faith is? Do you know this by experience? Oh yes, you say, absolutely... yes, you hurriedly assert to yourself, as if it were a forbidden subject... indeed, you would not dare tell yourself otherwise, most of you, even though your own self knows that you're lying to yourself, which will only aggravate your punishment substantially in eternity... nevertheless, you say, yes, I know... but I say, friend, don't be so hasty... when did this happen?... what, exactly, happened?... what was Jesus like when he came to you and indwelt you and introduced himself to you, and communed with you?... Can you describe that moment to yourself, and the many moments following? Honestly, that is? Supernaturally, that is? These - and a host of other questions - can be honestly and legitimately answered by every sentient man or woman on this earth who is genuinely born of the Spirit, and there are no exceptions among sentient men and women on this earth. No not one. (John 10:27, Romans 8:16, 1 John 3:24, 1 John 4:13, &c, ad infinitum)." Scott Jones, August 6, 2014

"Over and above your intelligent apprehension of it, over and above your intelligent and intellectual deduction of it, there is a direct and immediate assurance given by the Holy Ghost who sheds abroad the love of God in your heart. You are overwhelmed by it, it is poured out in your heart, and there is no uncertainty any more... We do not take it by faith; we know; we have tasted it, we have felt it... It is a sensible something; it is experimental; it affects the emotions and the feelings; it is direct and immediate, not indirect and mediate. There is surely nothing more precious in the whole of Scripture, and yet how little we hear about it today. It seems to have dropped out of evangelical teaching. It is because of that psychological teaching about taking it by faith and not worrying about your feelings... Let us be clear in our minds, then, that we do not receive this blessing in that way and apart from feelings; when we are sealed with the Holy Spirit of God we shall know it. It is not to be accepted by faith apart from feelings... When God seals you with the Spirit you will know it. You will not have to take it by faith irrespective of your feelings and your condition... You will not have to persuade yourself; the persuasion will be done by the Holy Ghost." D. M. Lloyd-Jones, Romans - Assurance & Ephesians - God's Ultimate Purpose, Posted by Scott Jones, August 5, 2014

"So that you see how great a mercy it is to have the Spirit of Jesus Christ within us; and this is the case of all that are converted, and none but them - 'For if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, the same is none of his' (Romans 8:9) - if you did but know what it is to be possessed by the Holy Ghost, when ungodly men have the spirit of uncleanness, you would not rest without this blessedness." Richard Baxter, A Treatise Of Conversion, Posted by Scott Jones, August 4, 2014

"If I say I have nothing in me to PROVE that Jesus Christ is REAL, am I willing to ask for the Holy Spirit?... If you feel yourself being riddled and say, 'I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO BELIEVE', then go to God on the authority of Jesus Christ and ask Him to give you the Holy Spirit, and EXPERIENCE what the New Testament means by regeneration." Oswald Chambers, Approved Unto God, Posted by Scott Jones, August 3, 2014

"What wilt thou do when thou shalt be damned in hell, because thou couldst not find in thine heart to ask for heaven? Who will grieve for thy sorrow, that didst not count mercy worth asking for? I tell thee, the ravens, the dogs, &c., shall rise up in judgment against thee, for they will, according to their kind, make signs, and a noise for something to refresh them when they want it; but thou hast not the heart to ask for heaven, though thou must eternally perish in hell, if thou hast it not. This rebukes you that make it your business to slight, mock at, and undervalue the Spirit, and praying by that. What will you do, when God shall come to reckon for these things? You count it high treason to speak but a word against the king, nay, you tremble at the thought of it; and yet in the meantime you will blaspheme the Spirit of the Lord. Is God indeed to be dallied with, and will the end be pleasant unto you? Did God send his Holy Spirit into the hearts of his people, to that end that you should taunt at it? Is this to serve God? And doth this demonstrate the reformation of your church? Nay, is it not the mark of implacable reprobates? O fearful! Can you not be content to be damned for your sins against the law, but you must sin against the Holy Ghost?" John Bunyan, A Discourse Touching Prayer, Posted by Scott Jones, August 2, 2014

"Hell would not be so full, if people were but willing to know their case, and to hear and think of it. The reason why so FEW escape it is, because they strive not to enter in at the strait gate of conversion, and to go the narrow way of holiness while they have time; and they strive not, because they be not awakened to a lively feeling of the danger they are in; and they be not awakened, because they are loth to hear or think of it; and that is partly through foolish tenderness, and carnal self-love, and partly because they do not well believe the word that threateneth it... But take this with you, to your sorrow, though you may put this out of your minds, you cannot put it out of the Bible; but there it will stand as a sealed truth, which you shall experimentally know for ever, and that there is no other way, but turn or die." Richard Baxter, A Call To The Unconverted, Posted by Scott Jones, August 1, 2014

"The new creature, is of God; yea, immediately of God; man being as incapable to make himself anew, as a child to beget himself. Neither is our conformity to the revealed will of God, any thing else, if it be right, than the fruit and effect of that... He [Christ] ascended because there he was to receive the Holy Ghost, the great promise of the New Testament; that he might communicate of that unto his chosen ones, to give them light to see his wonderful salvation... when he ascended on high, even as he led captivity captive, so he received gifts for men; by which gifts he meaneth the Holy Ghost, and the blessed saving operations thereof." John Bunyan, A Defence Of The Doctrine Of Justification By Faith In Jesus Christ, Posted by Scott Jones, July 31, 2014

"The holiness of God is so absolutely peculiar to him, that it can no more be expressed in creatures, than his omnipotence, whereby they may be able to create a world; or his omniscience, whereby they may be capable of knowing all things, and knowing God as he knows himself... The holiness of God in his hatred of sin appears in our justification... Our justification is not by the imperfect works of creatures, but by an exact and infinite righteousness, as great as that of the Deity which had been offended: it being the righteousness of a Divine person, upon which account it is called the righteousness of God; not only in regard of God's appointing it, and God's accepting it, but as it is a righteousness of that person that was God, and is God." Stephen Charnock, The Existence And Attributes Of God, Posted by Scott Jones, July 30, 2014

"It is plainly written in Zechariah 12:2-3... "Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem. And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it"... Everything that is going on in Israel now, and indeed, throughout the Middle East now - all of it - everything that is going on now in these regions is merely the immediate prelude to this verse in Zechariah. I say, this is all merely a prelude to the verse just quoted in Zechariah. And it's only going to intensify, with appropriate lulls, but it is going to intensify, and greatly so... and rapidly so... yet, as I said, with appropriate - but short - lulls... like birth pangs coming upon a woman, with increasing intensity and rapidity. It is also plainly written in Ezekiel 38:14-16... "Therefore, son of man, prophesy and say unto Gog, Thus saith the Lord GOD; In that day when my people of Israel dwelleth safely, shalt thou not know it? And thou shalt come from thy place out of the north parts, thou, and many people with thee, all of them riding upon horses, a great company, and a mighty army: And thou shalt come up against my people of Israel, as a cloud to cover the land; it shall be in the latter days, and I will bring thee against my land, that the heathen may know me, when I shall be sanctified in thee, O Gog, before their eyes"... What is going on with Russia right now, and with Ukraine, and many other peoples of that region, as well as with their proxies and other like-minded nations in the appointed arenas, such as Syria and Turkey and Libya and others, what is going on there now - all of it - is merely the prelude to this verse in Ezekiel. And it's only going to intensify, with appropriate lulls, but it is going to intensify, and greatly so... and rapidly so... yet, as I said, with appropriate - but short - lulls... like birth pangs coming upon a woman, with increasing intensity and rapidity. What is therefore written concerning the events immediately preceding the tribulation and the coming of Jesus Christ in glory is happening now... it is not down the road... I say, what is actually written in the Bible concerning the events immediately preceding the tribulation and the coming of Jesus Christ in glory is happening now, right now... and if you yourself don't understand this - if you don't have an understanding of these times (1 Chronicles 12:32, Matthew 16:3) - I say, if you don't have an understanding of these times, and if you therefore don't know that we are on the cusp of the tribulation and the return of Jesus Christ in glory, then you either don't own a Bible, or haven't read it, or don't even remotely understand it, not by the Holy Spirit. And if you're a pastor or a preacher or an apologist, or in any other teaching or pedagogical capacity as a professing Christian, then get born again, because you infallibly are not, you infallibly are not born again, not regenerate, if you don't understand these times, for the Holy Spirit HIMSELF witnesses to the imminence of these times... I say, the Holy Spirit HIMSELF bears infallible witness to those whom he indwells regarding the imminence of these times. Accordingly, friend, understand this: namely, the times are closing in, and the remaining time is a whole lot shorter than you think, and thus the problem therefore for you, friend, is the fact that you can't become a Christian just any old time you please. Rather, you must be born again supernaturally and manifestly by a personal encounter with Jesus Christ HIMSELF... you must be baptized by the Holy Spirit in the unmistakable supernatural resurrection miracle of the New Birth yourself before you can be delivered from the wrath to come (1 Thessalonians 1:10), and that event happens only on Jesus' timing, not yours, and only on Jesus' terms, not yours, and only in Jesus' manner, not yours... ad infinitum. And if you think that you can just slough Jesus off until YOU are ready, and that Jesus will come running when YOU call, on YOUR timing, at YOUR behest, and in the manner of YOUR choosing, then you are not only loony to the corpuscle, but you also possess absolutely, utterly zero understanding of the true Jesus of the Bible. I mean, zero. You don't have even the first iota of a clue of the true Jesus of the Bible. Not even a scintilla of a clue. I warn you again, friend: you cannot become a Christian just any old time you please. So if you believe what you've just read, then give Jesus no rest until Jesus HIMSELF - I say, Jesus HIMSELF - Jesus HIMSELF PERSONALLY - until Jesus HIMSELF PERSONALLY INTRODUCES HIMSELF to you by the baptism of the Holy Spirit in the unmistakable supernatural miracle of the New Birth... for unless Jesus does that, you will not be able to produce your oil and your birthright when Jesus calls you forth in that day (Matthew 25:1-13, John 3:1-8), for when Jesus does - in fact - call you forth in that day - a day in which you have only THIS day to prepare for, and not tomorrow - so when Jesus calls you forth in that day, my friend, Jesus will absolutely require you to produce your oil and your birthright, and if you can't, then you will be totally and everlastingly on the wrong end of 2 Thessalonians 1:7-10 in that day, where it is surely written...  "And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power; When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day"... I say, if you can't remember being supernaturally baptized by the Holy Spirit in the supernatural resurrection miracle of the New Birth, then you haven't been, and thus you will be on the wrong end of that verse when the day comes, and that day is already coming, is already nearly upon us. Therefore, friend, and once again: understand that all that is going on in the world right now is nothing less than the final and immediate prelude to the tribulation and to the return of Jesus Christ in glory... everything that is going on now... today... now... not in the future... but now, today... everything that is going on now in the world in the aforementioned arenas and with the aforementioned nations is the final and immediate prelude to the tribulation and the return of Jesus Christ in glory... yet the reign of Antichrist, who is very soon to rise, but who doesn't understand himself fully at this moment, yet whose spirit will come into him very soon now, will yet bring a facade of peace - a very fragile peace - among the nations, thereby deceiving the whole world... yet God will keep his judgments alive during this time, so there will be no excuse, no not one... so as I said... if you believe these words, which in this matter are the Bible's words, then understand that you can't become a Christian just any old time you please... accordingly, if you're truly serious, then stop wasting your time, for your time is about up (Ephesians 5:16)... if it isn't already up for some of you, especially for a great many of you who profess to be Christians but who are filled with secret pride, who, for example, may profess to own the doctrine of election, perhaps, but who at the same time think that you became a Christian by your own decision, and that your own decision was merely part of the election process, or - on the other hand - perhaps those of you who deny the doctrine of election - but who are filled with the same secret pride - and who likewise think that you became a Christian by your own decision... ultimately making both of you the same, both of you categorically denying John 1:13 and a ton of other Scriptures, as well as the entire tenor and message of the book of Acts... so that both of you are in the same sinking boat, for you both have a form of godliness, but you deny - and you do not possess - the true power thereof (2 Timothy 3:5), neither of you... all of which only the baptism of the Holy Spirit in the unmistakable supernatural resurrection miracle of the New Birth can rectify... but which FEW will experience in these final days, comparatively speaking, even as Jesus HIMSELF forewarned (Matthew 7:14, Luke  18:8). The antidote? Call on Jesus incessantly until he hears and answers, and settle for nothing less." Scott Jones, July 28, 2014

"They shall not be able to enter in to Heaven who have not believed with the faith of God's operation (Colossians 2:12); the faith that is most holy, even the faith of God's elect (Titus 1:1)... This faith is the effect of electing love, and of the new birth." John Bunyan, The Strait Gate, Posted by Scott Jones, July 28, 2014

"Now in that we are raised by the same power to a spiritual life, whereby Christ rose from the grave, it teacheth us how to conceive of the work of the new birth... The work of grace in a Christian is not a slight work, a word and away, as many think; but it is a powerful work, as appears in that there are more hindrances to keep a man dead in sin from rising out of it, than there was to keep Christ from rising out of the grave. Yet in his resurrection did the power of God mightily appear... Wherefore let those that find a change in their hearts break forth into hearty thanksgiving unto God for his inestimable favour, especially for this powerful work, more powerful than the making of the whole world." Richard Sibbes, The Power Of Christ's Resurrection, Posted by Scott Jones, July 26, 2014

"Jesus Christ's salvation deals not only with the outcast and downtrodden, it deals with clean-living, upright, sterling men and women, and immediately you present the Gospel as Jesus presents it, it is this class you clash with... The greatest blessing a man ever gets from God is the realization that if he is going to enter into His Kingdom it must be through the door of destitution... The bedrock in Jesus Christ's Kingdom is poverty, not possession; not 'decisions for Christ,' but a sense of absolute futility." Oswald Chambers, He Shall Glorify Me, Posted by Scott Jones, July 25, 2014

"If you are a member of a large church, go back and count how many times the pastor preached on Tithes and Offerings for the past year, and then also go back and count how many times the same pastor preached on the New Birth - I say, the NEW BIRTH - for the past year... for the NEW BIRTH is all that truly counts (Galatians 6:15)... So go back and count, and if the teachings on the New Birth don't greatly exceed in number the teachings on Tithes and Offerings, then know that you have Esau for a pastor, and not Jacob... and in fact, you may know this INFALLIBLY... for a genuinely born again pastor knows how truly FEW - even in his own congregation - are genuinely born again themselves, and he would consequently be desperately concerned for their eternal welfare, exponentially more so than for their temporal welfare, and therefore - if he were genuinely born again himself - he would be warning them incessantly, in complete disregard for his own reputation, and in complete disregard for his ministerial gains, ad infinitum, but then, Esau lives for this world, not the next, and therefore Tithes and Offerings are one of Esau's biggest hammers, the congregation his anvil... yet the lake of fire will be profane Esau's everlasting bed... both the Esau of yesterday, as well as the Esau's of today." Scott Jones, July 23, 2014

*** JESUS THE FIRSTBORN AMONG BRETHREN ***

Scott Jones, July 21, 2014

"God often withholds those temporal comforts from his own children which he gives plentifully to others that are strangers to him." Matthew Henry, Commentary, Genesis 15:2-6, Posted by Scott Jones, July 17, 2014

"All the lines of divine revelation meet in Christ; all religion centers in him." Matthew Henry, Commentary, Ephesians 1:3-14, Posted by Scott Jones, July 13, 2014

"Spiritual judgments of God, in hardening the hearts of men judicially and penally to their destruction, are as visible to every considering person as any of God's outward judgments whatsoever." Works Of John Owen, Vol IX, Sermon XXIV, Posted by Scott Jones, July 7, 2014

"Gifts are attainable by study; and prayer and preaching may be reduced to an art; but regeneration is wholly supernatural... Learned men are often ignorant of the things which babes in Christ understand. They are prudent in the management of earthly affairs; but to save their souls they have no knowledge. They may be able to dispute of every thing investigable by the light of nature; yea, to defend the doctrines of Christ against his adversaries successfully, and yet be blind in the great mystery of regeneration." John Flavel, The Method Of Grace, Posted by Scott Jones, July 6, 2014

"These following words of Bunyan, amalgamated from his two treatises, "The Strait Gate" and "Light For Them That Sit In Darkness", apply more today than at any time in the history of the world... "There is in the world, a thing like grace, that is not... As there is a thing like grace, which is not, so there is a sin, called the sin against the Holy Ghost, from which there is no redemption; and this sin doth more than ordinarily befall professors... Wherefore, when we know that a man hath sinned this sin, we are not to pray for him, or to have compassion on him... And I have been the more plain and simple in my writing, because the sin against the Holy Ghost is in these days more common than formerly, and the way unto it more beautified with colour and pretence of truth. I may say of the way to this sin, it is, as was once the way to Jerusalem, strewed with boughs and branches; and by some there is cried a kind of hosanna to them that are treading these steps to hell... These, therefore, are the persons that are the prey for this sin; this sin feedeth upon professors [professing Christians], and they that are such do very often fall into the mouth of this eater... there be professors that commit this unpardonable sin, yea, more than most are aware of. Let all, therefore, look about them. The Lord awaken them that they may so do; for what with a profession without grace, and by the venom of the sin against the Holy Ghost, many will seek to enter in [to heaven], and shall not be able"... The blasphemies against the Son of God by those who profess to belong to him are legion beyond count today, even though many of these blasphemies are subtle and not even recognized by this radically ignorant professing Christian generation, such as the example I wrote about a few weeks ago concerning the blasphemy against the Son of God by those who, for the past hundred years or so, have maintained that the judgment seat of Jesus Christ is only for believers receiving rewards, and that the real judging would be done by the Father. As I noted then, this is nothing less than sheer, outright, blatant and promiscuous blasphemy against the Son of God HIMSELF, thus devaluing and denigrating the Son of God to the uttermost, and that is just one example among scores and scores and scores of examples. So that numbers of those involved in these types and other types of blasphemies against the Son of God have crossed the line by having embraced these blasphemies down into the depths of their very hearts, wherein they have thus covertly insulted the very Person of Jesus Christ in his nature, thereby blaspheming the Holy Ghost - yes, the unpardonable sin - especially the leaders of many of these heresies, and this plague is not confined to the cults, but also absolutely permeates mainstream formal Christianity heavily as well, whose leaders possess a form of godliness, but who deny the power thereof (2 Timothy 3:5). To be clear, however, I am not asserting that every leader or every participant of these blasphemies and byways have committed the unpardonable sin, or that even the majority of them have, but nevertheless, numbers of them certainly have, more than in any generation ever before. Only God knows mostly who they are, of course, but - as Bunyan stated above - sometimes God reveals the identity of those who have committed this sin to his elect, and thus there is no doubt about some of them. So the point is this: that this should give you pause, whoever you are, not only with regard to your own status, wherein you should be measuring your own life by the written word of God, and not by your pastor, your church, your Christian friends, and so on, but rather, you should be on your knees crying out to Jesus to bring your level of experience by the Holy Spirit HIMSELF up to the level of his written word, rather than bringing the written word down to your level of experience - in most cases, to your unregenerate level of experience, for if you cannot honestly and legitimately testify to having experienced the baptism of the Holy Spirit in the unmistakable supernatural resurrection miracle of the New Birth, then you are only deluding yourself about your eternal state, for - dream though you may - Jesus Christ is not going to make an exception for you in that day, which is to say, you will perish by his own hand if you are not regenerated before then. Moreover, you should be careful who you follow. Inordinately careful. Can your pastor, for example, give a genuine supernatural New Birth testimony? If not, then why on this earth are you wasting your precious time with him? Et cetera, et cetera. Friend, you must stand before Jesus Christ alone when that day comes, and thus you should know that the "falling away" that the Holy Spirit warned about, and which precedes the Antichrist, is not a future event (2 Thessalonians 2:3). Rather, it is already here, and in full swing, and it's only going to get worse. Accordingly, my friend, if you make sure of nothing else, then you should make sure of this: namely, you had better be able to produce both your oil and your birthright if you expect to go to heaven (John 3:3-8, Matthew 25:1-13), because your oil and your birthright will absolutely be required of you by Jesus when he comes, and if you can't produce them, then you will never set foot in Jesus Christ's kingdom. I mean it... more importantly, Jesus means it, for he HIMSELF said so." Scott Jones, July 5, 2014

*** WHY WE EXIST ***

Scott Jones, June 28, 2014

"We are saved by Christ; brought to glory by Christ; and all our works are no otherwise made acceptable to God but by the person and personal excellencies and works of Christ; therefore, whatever the jewels are, and the bracelets, and the pearls, that thou shalt be adorned with as a reward of service done to God in the world, for them thou must thank Christ, and, before all, confess that he was the meritorious cause thereof. He saves us, and saves our services too. They would be all cast back as dung in our faces, were they not rinsed and washed in the blood, were they not sweetened and perfumed in the incense, and conveyed to God himself through the white hand of Jesus Christ; for that is his golden censer; from thence ascends the smoke that is in the nostrils of God of such a sweet savour." John Bunyan, Christ A Complete Saviour, Posted by Scott Jones, June 26, 2014

"Let no man say then, that because God is so famous in his mercy and patience, in this day of his grace, that therefore he will not be fierce and dreadful in his justice in the day of judgment; for judgment and justice are the last things that God intends to bring upon the stage, which will then be to the full, and as terrible as now his goodness and patience and long-sufferance are admirable." John Bunyan, Of The Resurrection Of The Dead, Posted by Scott Jones, June 25, 2014

"You never know Jesus Christ and him crucified unless you have seen him transfigured in all his TRANSCENDENT MAJESTY AND GLORY; otherwise the cross to you is nothing but the cross of a martyr. IF YOU HAVE SEEN JESUS GLORIFIED, you know that the cross is the revelation of God's judgment on sin." Oswald Chambers, Bringing Sons Unto Glory, Posted by Scott Jones, June 24, 2014

"I found my soul, through grace, very apt to drink in this doctrine, and to incline to pray to God that, in nothing that pertained to God's glory and my own eternal happiness, he would suffer me to be without the confirmation thereof from heaven; for now I saw clearly there was an exceeding different betwixt the notions of flesh and blood, and the revelations of God in heaven; also, a great difference between that faith that is feigned, and according to man's wisdom, and of that which comes by a man's being born thereto of God... I have also, IN THE SPIRIT, SEEN HIM [Jesus Christ] a man on the right hand of God the Father for me, and have seen the manner of his coming from heaven to judge the world with glory... in those days, let men say what they would, unless I had it with evidence from heaven, all was as nothing to me, I counted not myself set down in any truth of God." John Bunyan, Grace Abounding To The Chief Of Sinners, Posted by Scott Jones, June 19, 2014

"Christ will not suffer any law, ordinance, statute, or judgment, to be partners with him in the salvation of the sinner. Nay, he saith not, 'and him that cometh to my WORD'; but, 'him that cometh to ME'. The words of Christ, even his most blessed and free promises, such as this in the text, are not the Saviour of the world; for that is Christ HIMSELF, Christ HIMSELF only... Have they that shall be saved, faith? Why, they that shall not be saved may have faith also; yea, a faith in many things so like the faith that saveth, that they can hardly be distinguished, though they differ both in root and branch... Saving faith hath Christ for its object, and so may the faith have that is not saving... Saving faith is wrought by the word of God, and so may the faith be that is not saving. Saving faith looks for justification without works, and so may a faith do that is not saving. Saving faith will sanctify and purify the heart, and the faith that is not saving may work a man off from the pollutions of the world, as it did Judas, Demas, and others. Saving faith will give a man tastes of the world to come, and also joy by those tastes, and so will the faith do that is not saving. Saving faith will help a man, if called thereto, to give his body to be burned for his religion, and so will the faith do that is not saving. Saving faith will help a man to look for an inheritance in the world to come, and that may the faith do that is not saving...  Saving faith will not only make a man look for, but prepare to meet the bridegroom, and so may the faith do that is not saving... Saving faith will make a man look for an interest in the kingdom of heaven with confidence, and the faith that is not saving will even demand entrance of the Lord... Saving faith will have good works follow it into heaven, and the faith that is not saving may have great works follow it, as far as to heaven gates... Now, then, if the faith that is not saving may have Christ for its object, be wrought by the word, look for justification without works, work men off from the pollutions of the world, and give men tastes of, and joy in the things of another world - I say again, if it will help a man to burn for [long for, confidently desire] his judgment, and to look for an inheritance in another world; yea, if it will help a man to prepare for it, claim interest in it; and if it can carry great works, many great and glorious works, as far as heaven gates, then no marvel if abundance of people take this faith for the saving faith, and so fall short of heaven thereby. Alas, friends! There are but FEW that can produce such for repentance; and [yet possess] such faith, as yet you see I have proved even reprobates have had in several ages of the church... The discerning of the heart, and the INFALLIBLE PROOF of the truth of saving grace, is reserved to the judgment of Jesus Christ at his coming... to this Searcher of hearts is the time of INFALLIBLE discerning reserved, and then you shall see how far grace that is not saving hath gone; and also how FEW will be saved indeed." John Bunyan, Come And Welcome To Jesus Christ & The Strait Gate, Posted by Scott Jones, June 17, 2014

"Christ preached, but chiefly HIMSELF; he revealed and showed forth God, but by revealing and showing forth HIMSELF; he called men, but to HIMSELF; he commanded men to believe, but in HIMSELF; he promised eternal life, which he would give, but to men believing in HIMSELF; he offered salvation to miserable sinners, but to be had by HIMSELF; he wrought a fear of judgment to come, but to be exercised by HIMSELF; he offered remission of sins, but to those that believed in HIMSELF; he promised the resurrection of the dead, which he by his own power and authority would bring to pass. Now who could do all this but God?" Thomas Manton, Christ's Redemption And Eternal Existence, Posted by Scott Jones, June 15, 2014

"There is also to be a throne of judgment, on which God by Christ, at the great and notable day, shall sit to give the whole world, their last or final sentence, from which, no, not, not by any means, they shall never be released. This throne is made mention of in the New Testament, and is called by Christ the throne of his glory, and a great white throne. And his presence, when he sits upon this throne, will be so terrible, that nothing shall be able to abide it that is not reconciled to God by him before." John Bunyan, The Saints' Privilege And Profit, Posted by Scott Jones, June 13, 2014

"The heartiest advice that any man could ever be given was condensed and offered up by Thomas Goodwin in his treatise on Ephesians, where he declared... "Learn to give Jesus Christ his full honour, which God his Father hath given him"... Never could better advice be given to any man on the face of this earth, for you see, resurrection is not an event, but a PERSON... life is not a process, but a PERSON... truth is not a compendium of facts, but a PERSON... the way is not a road, but a PERSON... salvation is not a place, but a PERSON... and so on evermore, world without end (John 11:25, John 14:6, Luke 16:22-23, John 1:18). And of course, in his words above, Goodwin was merely summarizing and repeating what the Lord of Glory said of HIMSELF in John 5:21-23, where Jesus Christ the Righteous divulged... "For as the Father raiseth up the dead, and quickeneth them; even so the Son quickeneth whom he will. For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son: THAT ALL MEN SHOULD HONOUR THE SON, EVEN AS THEY HONOUR THE FATHER. He that honoureth not the Son honoureth not the Father which hath sent him"... So do you? Do you honestly in your heart reverence and honour and respect the Son just as much - I say, JUST AS MUCH, JUST AS DEEPLY - as you do the Father? Do you? Do you honestly in your heart reverence and honour and respect the Son just as much and just as deeply as you do the Father? Do you really? Again, demand of yourself to know: namely, do you honestly consider the MAJESTY AND GLORY of Jesus Christ HIMSELF to be EVERY INCH AS GREAT as the MAJESTY AND GLORY of the Father HIMSELF? For this is precisely what the Holy Spirit works in the heart of every man he indwells upon the MOMENT that he indwells him, even if the man cannot immediately articulate it, or immediately make a relative comparison between the two, or give a coherently logical explanation or comprehension of it right away. Nevertheless - either way - spiritually, both in the spirit and soul, in the very heart of the man who is indwelt by the Holy Spirit, the GLORY of Jesus Christ becomes INSTANTANEOUSLY PARAMOUNT in EVERY SINGLE MAN that the Holy Spirit indwells upon the MOMENT he indwells him in the New Birth EXPERIENCE, numerous examples of which can be found in the book of Acts, for wherever people are indwelt by the Holy Spirit in the book of Acts, those are verily New Birth EXPERIENCES, right there on the spot, right there in that book, and as those instances clearly reveal, and as Jesus HIMSELF had already affirmed (John 16:13-14), the business that the Holy Spirit conducts when he indwells a man in the SUPERNATURAL EXPERIENCE of the New Birth is the business of the GLORY of Jesus Christ HIMSELF, and there are no exceptions. Absolutely none, for the glory of the Son - the glory of Jesus Christ the Righteous HIMSELF - is absolutely, utterly PARAMOUNT to both the Father and the Spirit, world without end... for it is in the Son that both the Father and the Spirit - along with the Son - are FULLY MANIFESTED to creation... in other words, it is in the Son that God HIMSELF is FULLY MANIFESTED to creation, and no other way, even as it is written in Colossians 2:9, speaking SPECIFICALLY of the Son... "For in him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily"... No other way WHATSOEVER, but in the Son, Jesus Christ the Righteous. And that will never change... not in this world, not in the world to come. Behold! only an infinite God with an infinite power and an infinite wisdom and an infinite understanding could manifest his own INIFINTE BEING in a FINITE VESSEL, which he did FULLY in Jesus Christ HIMSELF, for though he was (after his incarnation) - and still is, and always will be - a man in his being in his FINITE HUMAN NATURE, yet the only begotten Son, Jesus Christ the Righteous, was (from all eternity past) - and still is, and always will be - God in his being in his INFINITE DIVINE NATURE. This is the mystery of godliness: each nature separate and distinct, yet both natures existing simultaneously in ONE PERSON, the Eternal Son of God, without beginning and without ending in his divine essence and personality, the great "I AM" of the Bible, the Creator of all that exists outside of the Godhead, yet taking unto himself a rational human soul upon his incarnation, Jesus Christ the Righteous, who ALONE - among angels, men, and all creation - who ALONE is WORTHY (Revelation 5:1-14). So that the INFINTE becomes mysteriously and unfathomably revealed in the FINITE, the FINITE mysteriously and unfathomably sustaining the image and the substance of the INFINITE, precisely as the Holy Spirit explicitly and succinctly revealed when he announced in Hebrews 1:1-3... "God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had BY HIMSELF purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high"... The INFINITE existing and subsisting WHOLLY in the FINITE. Only God - and an infinitely unsearchable God at that - only God can turn the two inside out, can pull the one out of the other, can infuse the INFINITE into the FINITE, and then turn right around and extract the INFINITE straight back out of the FINITE without diminishing either to the slightest degree, a feat which God has yet INSCRUTABLY and FULLY accomplished in Jesus Christ the Righteous, exactly as the Holy Spirit HIMSELF testified in 1 Timothy 3:16 in the Traditional Text, which is the true text, even as the Holy Spirit HIMSELF INFALLIBLY bears witness to... "And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: GOD WAS MANIFEST IN THE FLESH, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory"... I say, just as the Holy Spirit HIMSELF bears witness to INFALLIBLY within those whom he truly indwells and who have access to the text. Ergo, the Holy Spirit calls "God manifest in the flesh" the "mystery of godliness" for the simple reason that no one but God could pull one out of the other, could pull the INFINITE out of the FINITE, and yet make the dichotomy plain and comprehensible to one, while at the same time obscure and incomprehensible to another, as though one man could see and feel the sun abundantly on a bright, cloudless day, whereas another man could recognize and feel only darkness - for he who doesn't perceive in his heart and soul and mind the DIVINITY - the GODHOOD - of Jesus Christ HIMSELF - in other words, he who hasn't seen and experienced Jesus Christ in his glory by the baptism of the Holy Spirit in the unmistakable supernatural resurrection miracle of the New Birth, wherein the Holy Spirit HIMSELF ratifies the GLORY of Jesus Christ HIMSELF to EVERY SOUL he seals when he indwells that soul, even - as I said - if that man cannot immediately articulate what has just happened to him - nevertheless, professing Christian or not, he who doesn't perceive this DIVINE GLORY of Jesus Christ in his heart and mind and soul, and supernaturally so, is he who has had his heart and mind and soul blinded by the Father HIMSELF, even as the Holy Spirit HIMSELF proclaimed through the Son in Matthew 11:25-27... "At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes. Even so, Father: for so it seemed good in thy sight. All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him"... Only God can reveal God. Just as the Father can reveal the Son, so can the Son reveal the Father, as Jesus HIMSELF just testified. Only God can do that, and none other, for only he who is equal to the Father can reveal the Father, and only he who is equal to the Son can reveal the Son. Ergo, only God - the Father distinctly, the Son distinctly, the Holy Spirit distinctly, yet all three One, each of the three distinct as to Persona, yet all three existing in one essence eternally, one substance, the one substance filling each Persona fully, and each Persona filling the one substance fully - so indeed, only God can reveal God... and he has chosen to do so through the Son, even the Lord Jesus Christ, to whom every knee shall one day surely bow (Romans 14:10-12, Revelation 20:11), including yours, whoever you may be, like it or not. Only God can reveal God. Just as the Son can reveal the Father, so can the Father reveal the Son (John 6:45), and the way that the Father reveals his only begotten Son, Jesus Christ the Righteous, to a soul, the way that the Father draws that soul to Jesus (John 6:44), is by the Holy Spirit revealing to that soul Jesus Christ in his GLORY, to one degree or another, and though the degrees of that GLORY will vary from soul to soul solely according to the Holy Spirit's will, yet that supernatural revelation of the GLORY of Jesus Christ HIMSELF will be infallibly certain and unimpeachable, and consequently utterly unassailable by any force or power or measure in all of existence, for it is Jesus HIMSELF who SEALED that soul to HIMSELF by his Spirit evermore, even the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 1:21-22, Ephesians 1:13, Ephesians 4:30), thereby making that soul a new creature (2 Corinthians 5:17, Galatians 6:15), thus imposing the GLORY of HIMSELF by his Spirit upon that soul, even in the same manner as the only begotten Son HIMSELF created the heaven and the earth in the beginning and then imposed the GLORY of HIMSELF upon all of creation, thus vivifying it (Genesis 1:3, John 8:12), yet the new creature in the New Birth is incorruptible, unlike the original creation, for the only begotten Son did not impart HIMSELF in the original creation, contra Pantheists and others, but only his glory, whereas in the New Birth Jesus unites every believer he truly indwells by his Spirit to HIMSELF evermore, just as a branch is united to the vine (John 15:5), and thus Jesus' glory is intrinsic to the new creature by virtue of the indwelling Holy Spirit dispensing the life of Christ to the spirit he indwells, just as the sap from the vine to the branch is intrinsic, and thus life-dispensing to the branch, and therefore Jesus Christ's intrinsic glory in the new creature is immutable, whereas the Son's glory was extrinsic in the original creation, and therefore mutable because it could be withdrawn (1 John 3:9). But that's another entirely different volume. In short, the new creature - the soul who has been baptized in the Holy Spirit in the unmistakable supernatural resurrection miracle of the New Birth - has beheld Jesus Christ in his GLORY supernaturally, wherein he was at the same time sealed by the Holy Spirit everlastingly to Jesus Christ HIMSELF, so that he possesses in his soul the equivalent testimony that Jonathan Edwards possessed when he observed in his treatise, "A Divine And Supernatural Light", unchangeably and accurately affirming... "There is a discovery of the divine superlative glory and excellency of God and Christ peculiar to the saints; and this is as immediately from God as light from the sun, and it is the immediate effect of his power and will... Believing in Christ and spiritually seeing him are parallel... he that has had a clear sight of the spiritual glory of Christ may say, 'I have not followed cunningly devised fables, but have been an eyewitness of his majesty,' UPON AS GOOD GROUNDS AS THE APOSTLE PETER, when he had respect to the outward glory of Christ that he had seen"... Read 2 Peter 1:16-18 to ascertain just what a bold statement this is by Edwards, and then understand that, if anything, it's an understatement, as every genuinely born again Christian knows. This is precisely why Jesus informed his disciples, and us through them, that it was expedient for him to go away - for Jesus to go away - so that Jesus could send the Holy Spirit to his elect, for the Holy Spirit can reveal Jesus to a soul far more intimately than Jesus could in the flesh, which is to say, that not even Jesus, nor even the Father, in their respective economies in the Godhead, can reveal Jesus to a soul as fully and as intimately as the Holy Spirit HIMSELF can, and thus this indwelling of the Holy Spirit in the supernatural resurrection miracle of the New Birth is therefore EXACTLY what Jesus was talking about when he told them this, when he told them that it was expedient for him to go away, because of the New Birth via the baptism of the Holy Spirit (John 16:7, 1 Corinthians 12:13), so that Jesus could be fully manifested to his elect, which occurs ONLY in the New Birth, and which is a role that only the Holy Spirit within the Godhead is given to perform, and which is therefore primarily why the blasphemy against the Holy Spirit is unforgiveable, both in this life, and in the next, for the revelation of Jesus Christ by the Holy Spirit HIMSELF is a DIVINELY SUPERNATURAL revelation, and therefore to willfully and knowingly reject Jesus Christ after having received this DIVINELY SUPERNATURAL revelation from the Holy Spirit HIMSELF is to blaspheme the Holy Spirit, and thus to be shut out of the door of repentance evermore, both in this world, and in the world to come (Hebrews 6:4-6, Hebrews 10:26-31). So then, you may take this statement categorically: namely, the Holy Spirit reveals Jesus Christ in his glory supernaturally to those who truly belong to Jesus Christ, and seals them everlastingly, and there are no exceptions. Not one. Accordingly, he who does not in his heart and soul reverence the Son of God, Jesus Christ the Lord, just as much as, just as deeply as, and just as zealously as, the Father, is he who has taken a wrong turn immediately at the beginning of the race and is therefore headed entirely in the wrong direction, for it is precisely as John Owen stated in his treatise, "Christologia", where he accurately avowed... "Those who reject the DIVINE PERSON OF CHRIST - who believe it not, who discern not the wisdom, grace, love, and power of God therein - do constantly reject or corrupt ALL OTHER SPIRITUAL TRUTHS OF DIVINE REVELATION. Nor can it otherwise be. FOR THEY HAVE A CONSISTENCY ONLY IN THEIR RELATION UNTO THE MYSTERY OF GODLINESS - GOD MANIFEST IN THE FLESH - AND FROM THENCE DERIVE THEIR SENSE AND MEANING. THIS BEING REMOVED - THE TRUTH, IN ALL OTHER ARTICLES OF RELIGION, IMMEDIATELY FALLS TO THE GROUND"... As I've said many times, and as I said above, truth is a PERSON, and thus Owen got it exactly right by disclosing that not a single verse or word of the Bible can be genuinely understood until it resolves itself into the PERSON of the Son of God, Jesus Christ the Righteous, in both his divine nature and his human nature, yet in ONE PERSON. Not a single verse, not a single word. Not even a jot or a tittle, even as Jesus confirmed in John 5:39, where he revealed... "Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me"... Notice the play on words here... the religious crowd was searching the Scriptures for eternal life, but Jesus quickly corrected them by informing them that the Scriptures don't ultimately testify of eternal life... rather, the Scriptures testify of Jesus HIMSELF, for the FACT is, it is Jesus HIMSELF who is eternal life, just as it is Jesus HIMSELF who is the resurrection, just as it is Jesus HIMSELF who is truth, just as it is Jesus HIMSELF who is the way... and so on out to infinity... Accordingly, in that vein, the biblical definition of "prophecy" in the Scriptures is not confined to merely foretelling future events, but also to simply proclaiming Jesus Christ, to proclaiming the truth of the PERSON of Jesus Christ, in both his divinity and his humanity. Prophecy, in other words, is ultimately not about events, but about a PERSON. That's why it is written in Revelation 19:10... "For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy"... Indeed, the testimony of Jesus is the very message of Heaven itself, for as I unveiled at the beginning of this missive, it is the PERSON who is all-important, and who is the focus of the Godhead... the PERSON, not his effects, or what-have-you, and thus, just as with the other items mentioned at the beginning, even the power of God and the wisdom of God are likewise not merely dispensaries of strength and knowledge, but a PERSON (1 Corinthians 1:24, Proverbs 8:22-36), so that he who doesn't understand these truths EXPERIENTIALLY is he who is deluding himself if he thinks he's born again, and if he thinks he is Heaven-bound, for he is neither. When Paul described all the great truths and doctrines he had learned directly from the Holy Spirit HIMSELF, how did Paul explain it? By testifying explicitly in Galatians 1:11-12... "But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man. For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, BUT BY THE REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST"... The PERSON, not the facts, ma'am, but the PERSON... BY THE REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST... HIMSELF... Therefore, in closing, I heartily second Thomas Goodwin's warning, namely...Learn to give Jesus Christ his full honour, which God his Father hath given him. This is the path to the New Birth if you are not saved, and the glory of God if you are. And yet, know this also, that giving Jesus Christ his full honour cannot truly be done until you MEET HIM, and I do mean MEET HIM, I do mean MEET HIM PERSONALLY, SUPERNATURALLY, even Jesus Christ HIMSELF, even here and now, in this life, just as surely as you will meet him in the next, either in the first resurrection, or at the Great White Throne (Revelation 20:4-11), so must you meet him now, in this life, BY THE REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST HIMSELF, if you are to be saved. Yes, I am talking about EXPERIENCE, just as the apostles and disciples talked about EXPERIENCE throughout the New Testament, beginning in the book of Acts, where Peter warned in Acts 2:38-39 that the New Birth must be EXPERIENCED, stating... "Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call"... The gift of the Holy Ghost here spoken of by Peter was nothing less than the promise of the New Birth. The New Birth EXPERIENCE. Nothing less, and he who rejects this truth hates his own soul. Wait and see, for as John proclaimed in 1 John 3:24 and 1 John 4:13, receiving the Holy Spirit is the ONLY way a man may know that he is saved. This is the New Birth. This is the New Birth EXPERIENCE, which Peter and John and the other writers of the New Testament talked about, and talked about often. Jesus also talked about EXPERIENCE, and he also did so often - very often - such as in John 3:8, where Jesus proclaimed... "The wind bloweth where it listeth, 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"... This EXPERIENCE, this SUPERNATURAL EXPERIENCE - the New Birth EXPERIENCE - wherein the REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST HIMSELF begets a new creature in a man's own spirit, and supernaturally so, and which is effected SOLELY by the baptism of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:13,  Ephesians 4:4-6, Titus 3:5, &c.), indeed, this SUPERNATURAL New Birth EXPERIENCE is attested so amply in the book of Acts, and in the rest of the New Testament as well, so that no man who possesses a Bible will have the slightest excuse in the day of judgment, in the day of Jesus Christ HIMSELF. No man, no excuse, no exceptions. Farewell, friend, and may the Lord of Glory, Jesus Christ the Righteous, open your eyes supernaturally by his Spirit to HIMSELF, which he is willing to do, but only if you learn to give Jesus Christ his full honour, which God his Father hath given him, which is to say, only if you honour the Son even as you honour the Father." Scott Jones, June 12, 2014

"Election is the first foundation of our salvation; it is the first act of God's going forth in intentions to save us, and hath no cause but the pleasure of his will, and the praise of the glory of his grace... What is the cause of all God's purposes towards us? Himself. There is no other cause... Yes, both Christ and we too were distinctly and particularly thought of, and so individually elected... the Scripture saith, 'God knoweth who are his;' he knoweth the very persons fully and particularly; yea, and distinctly viewed them when he elected them. And notwithstanding he thus chose us as distinct persons from Christ, yet still our election was in Christ... Our salvation had a sure foundation given it in election, not only in God's eternal love and purpose, (the foundation of the Lord remains sure, he knows who are his) but further also, this his first choice of us was a founding us on Christ, and in and together with choosing us, a setting us into him, so as then to be represented by him... Other men, as likewise the angels that fell, were ordained to be in themselves, to stand or fall by themselves, but we were, by a choice act of God's, culled out of the lump, and chosen in Christ, and not in ourselves apart... Glory [then] in nothing, but only in this, that you are in Christ. For God chose you in him; the being you had was in him before the world was." Thomas Goodwin, Works Vol I, Ephesians, Posted by Scott Jones, June 11, 2014

"The devils believe; and as they believe that there is one God, so they believe the truth of the doctrines of religion in general. The devil is orthodox in his faith; he believes the true scheme of doctrine; he is no Deist, Socinian, Arian, Pelagian, or antinomian; the articles of his faith are all sound, and in them he is thoroughly established... And therefore when the Scripture speaks of "believing that Jesus is the Son of God", as a sure evidence of grace, as in 1 John 5:1 and other places, it must be understood, not of a mere speculative assent, but of another kind and manner of believing, which is called "the faith of God’s elect", Titus 1:1." Jonathan Edwards, True Grace Distinguished From The Experience Of Devils, Posted by Scott Jones, June 10, 2014

"If the setting forth of Christ's glory is not the bottom of your theology, then your theology is utterly bankrupt, and I mean utterly bankrupt to the core, no matter how loving or godly it may appear. Which is to say, if any doctrine you propose doesn't find its source in the Father's INTENT to glorify his only begotten Son, Jesus Christ the Righteous, then your doctrine or theology ultimately ends in nothing but blasphemy and heresy, no matter how prettily or attractively it may be dressed up and adorned, and no matter how widely it may be received among the gullible and unregenerate, which happens to be the exact, fleshly case within modern professing Christianity today, especially in the West. And there are no exceptions, for glorifying Jesus Christ HIMSELF is the very foundational doctrine of the Father HIMSELF (John 14:13, John 15:8, John 17:1, John 17:5), and likewise the very foundational doctrine of the Holy Spirit HIMSELF (John 16:13-14), which is to say, glorifying Jesus Christ is the very doctrine of HEAVEN ITSELF (Revelation 5:1-14), nor will there ever be any other doctrine, neither from the Father, nor from the Holy Spirit, nor in Heaven, nor in the New Jerusalem... not in this world, not in the world to come. Friend, every single, solitary particle of light that originates with the Father shines SOLELY by and through his only begotten Son, Jesus Christ the Righteous. Not a SINGLE, SOLITARY PARTICLE OF LIGHT that originates with the Father proceeds from the Father except SOLELY BY AND THROUGH HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON, Jesus Christ the righteous. Not a SINGLE, SOLITARY PARTICLE. Even as it was in the beginning, when the Son of God HIMSELF vivified all of creation by manifesting and imposing the light of HIMSELF upon all of creation (Genesis 1:3). The same is true from the Son to the Holy Spirit. Not a SINGLE, SOLITARY PARTICLE OF LIGHT that exists in the only begotten Son, Jesus Christ the Righteous, which he received of the Father, shines ANWHYWERE in all of existence except BY AND THROUGH THE HOLY SPIRIT. Not a SINGLE, SOLITARY PARTICLE OF LIGHT that shines by and through the Holy Spirit - NOT A SINGLE, SOLITARY PARTICLE OF LIGHT that originates in, shines in, and shines by, the Holy Spirit - NOT A SINGLE, SOLITARY PARTICLE OF THAT LIGHT hasn't FIRST originated from and come from the only begotten Son, Jesus Christ the Righteous, which in turn did not likewise FIRST originate from and come from the Father. Even as it was in the beginning, when the Holy Spirit HIMSELF manifested and imposed the light of the Son HIMSELF, thus vivifying all of creation by the manifestation and imposition of the light of HIMSELF upon all creation (Genesis 1:3). In short, NOT A SINGLE, SOLITARY PARTICLE OF LIGHT from God - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit - NOT A SINGLE, SOLITARY PARTICLE OF LIGHT that comes from God travels forth except by, in and through this EXACT, PRECISE MANNER. Not one. Not one particle. I say, NOT ONE PARTICLE. It has always been so, and it will always be so. It will never change, for the PURPOSE of THE MANIFEST LIGHT OF GOD is to glorify God HIMSELF, and the ONLY WAY to GENUINELY GLORIFY GOD in his MANIFEST PERFECTIONS is in the PERSON of his only begotten Son, Jesus Christ the Righteous, and that will never, never, never change... not ever, for it is ONLY by Jesus Christ the Lord that God HIMSELF may be known in his MANIFEST PERFECTIONS by his creation. I say, BY HIS CREATION, for God is infinite in HIMSELF, and is consequently INFINITELY GLORIOUS in HIMSELF - INFINITELY, INFINITELY, INFINITELY - and therefore need not manifest his perfections to HIMSELF - to HIMSELF as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit - for God is INFINITELY GLORIOUS and INFINITELY HAPPY in HIMSELF. But with the creature it is not so. With the creature it is only by his MANIFEST PERFECTIONS - those outward MANIFEST PERFECTIONS - that God may be glorified by his creatures and his creation. Thus, there is no other way that God may be known in his MANIFEST PERFECTIONS by his creatures except by MANIFESTING HIMSELF PERFECTLY in a fashion in which his FINITE creatures may behold HIMSELF, and this is precisely what God has done when he WHOLLY AND INFINITELY MANIFESTED HIMSELF FULLY in his only begotten Son, Jesus Christ the Righteous, precisely as it is written, speaking SPECIFICALLY of Jesus Christ, "For in him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily" (Colossians 2:9).  There is not now, and there never has been, and there will never will be, another way for God to glorify HIMSELF in his creatures and to his creation... not ever, not in this world, not in the world to come. Not for all eternity... which is just one of the many reasons that sin had to occur FIRST, in order to secure this very establishment, the very establishment of the everlasting order of righteousness and truth of God HIMSELF in the eyes of his creatures, both angels and men, in order to establish his own MANIFEST PERFECTIONS in the eyes of his creatures and thereby ratify and secure his own government of righteousness and truth among his creation forever more, so that thereby and therefore he could secure the eternal happiness of God's special creation, his elect, as well as manifest his eternal wrath against his enemies, so that, among creatures, God could manifest HIMSELF by his only begotten Son, Jesus Christ the Righteous, in a glory which is unassailable and irrevocably eternal, in a glory which could have never in a trillion eternities occurred or been manifested in any other way... at least for anybody who has the spiritual capacity to think it through, that is. So understand this, if you understand nothing else: the only begotten Son, Jesus Christ the Righteous, will be the center of attention of the Godhead for all eternity, precisely as Revelation 21:23 records it, "And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof"... Exactly as the Son of God was the center of attention in the beginning (Genesis 1:3, John 8:12). And thus if the Son of God HIMSELF is not the center of attention of the Godhead in your life now, then get born again, examples of which can be found in the book of Acts, because you INFALLIBLY are not." Scott Jones, June 9, 2014

"Jesus saves people where they are. As Jesus said in Luke 19:10... "For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost"... You don't find a lost man standing next to you in your house. You have to go out and look for him, you have to go out and seek him. That's what Jesus does: Jesus goes out by his Spirit, even the Holy Spirit, and seeks and finds a sinner who the Father had given Jesus from the foundation of the world (Matthew 25:34, Ephesians 1:4). Once found, once Jesus by his Spirit finds and lays his hand upon that man, Jesus saves him... right there on the spot. Exactly as you see examples of in the book of Acts. Nor does Jesus take the man bodily to Heaven first, and then save him. Jesus doesn't physically transport the man to a safe or clean location first and then save him... rather, Jesus saves that man where he finds him... right there on the spot. Jesus saves a man by baptizing that man right there on the spot in the unmistakable supernatural resurrection miracle of the New Birth, thereby making that man literally a new creature (2 Corinthians 5:17, Galatians 6:15). That man or woman may be in an illicit business, but it doesn't matter... Jesus finds them there and saves them there. If the man or woman is in an illicit business, Jesus by his Spirit and written word will absolutely lead that man or woman out of that illicit business, but not necessarily immediately. In cases like these - and I'm speaking to you new converts in particular - in cases like these, follow your conscience and the leading of the Holy Spirit by conviction from the Holy Spirit and the written word, but don't make one of the biggest mistakes you can ever make by letting some professing preacher or other "authoritative" professing Christian be your conscience. Let only Jesus by his Spirit, even the Holy Spirit, bearing witness to the written word, be your conscience. Again, I say, do NOT let another man be your conscience. Let Jesus ONLY by his Spirit be your conscience, the same Jesus and the same Spirit by the same voice when he indwelt you and personally communed with you. Any other practice is deception from the Devil. You cannot be perfect the moment you are saved, nor does Jesus expect you to. Jesus does, however, expect IMPLICIT OBEDIENCE to HIMSELF from the very MOMENT you are saved, and that includes your conscience when Jesus moves upon it by his Spirit, which he does continuously upon those who are supernaturally saved. But if you disobey, and disobey persistently, then make no mistake about it, you will ultimately reap misery for it. No, if you are genuinely saved, you can't lose your salvation, but the misery you will reap for disobedience will not be worth it. Obey, on the other hand, and you will reap peace and joy in the Jesus who saved you and communed with you by his Spirit, who filled you with peace and joy unspeakable in that moment he introduced HIMSELF to you, even that peace which passeth understanding (Philippians 4:6-7). But also know this - and I say this again to the recently saved, who have been genuinely born again by the baptism of the Holy Spirit in the unmistakable supernatural miracle of the New birth - Jesus found you and saved where you are. If where Jesus found you and saved you is not a place that is conducive to holiness in Jesus Christ, then let the Holy Spirit and the written word be the Lord of your conscience, and let Jesus lead you out of an unholy situation in his own way, and in his own manner. He may do so instantaneously, but he may not. That is up to Jesus. Don't listen to the decrees and pontifications of an "authoritative" professing Christian, especially one who can give no genuine supernatural testimony himself. I'm not saying that it is wrong to seek out advice, but that advice - ALL advice, no matter who it comes from - must be filtered through Jesus HIMSELF. That is, let Jesus HIMSELF and Jesus ALONE by his Spirit and written word be your conscience, but never, never, never let another man be your conscience, no matter how revered he may be among professing Christians, for he does not possess the individual witness of the Holy Spirit in your own life, so that he doesn't know your own particular intimacies with Jesus by his Spirit, and thus he knows nothing of Jesus' intent in saving you in the manner and in the way in which Jesus did in fact save you. Accordingly, this man can't possibly know if you are disobeying the written word of God because you are not acting specifically in a manner in adherence to his own opinion of the matter. His opinion is absolutely worthless unless Jesus by his Spirit bears witness to it, and unless it is also in agreement SUBSTANTIVELY with the written word of God. Of course, I'm not talking about open and blatant disobediences and blasphemies, but rather of individual particulars in a genuine New Birth experience, which - in this generation - is extremely rare among professing Christians, seeing as how so few professing Christians today are actually genuinely born again. So get on your knees and let Jesus lead you out if you are in an illicit situation when Jesus lays his hand upon you and INSTANTANEOUSLY makes you a new creature by the baptism of the Holy Spirit in the unmistakable supernatural resurrection miracle of the New Birth, plenty of examples of such being found in the book of Acts, for Jesus is your ONLY safe guide. Don't make rash decisions, therefore. Instead, turn immediately to the same Jesus who saved you and talk to him. He will answer you. He will talk back, for if Jesus saved you, he saved you where you were, right there on the spot, and he likewise saved you in the mess that you were in, if you were in one. So trust him - trust Jesus, the same Jesus who indwelt you and communed with you - trust Jesus to lead you out. In closing, let me also add, so that there is no misunderstanding, I would not have you sin, especially as a new convert - God forbid - but neither would I have you act rashly, to act ahead of your conscience in Jesus Christ, without first obtaining the witness of Jesus Christ by his Spirit, even the Holy Spirit, even the same witness you received when Jesus introduced himself to you and indwelt you by his Spirit, for if you have been genuinely saved, genuinely baptized in the Holy Spirit in the supernatural resurrection miracle of the New Birth, then Jesus saved you where you were for a reason, and thus Jesus will infallibly work within you by his Spirit to guide you out of all unrighteousness and into the paths of truth and living water, no matter where he found you, and in no matter what condition he found you. (John 16:13, Psalm 23:2, Jeremiah 17:13). And finally, know this: namely, that that very same Jesus is "able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy" (Jude 1:24). And he will. Jesus HIMSELF will. Infallibly, if you truly belong to him." Scott Jones, June 6, 2014

"The majesty and glory of Jesus Christ has been continuously and systematically denigrated and blasphemed relentlessly since the great days of the Reformation and the Puritans with a subtlety that only a devil could devise, especially since the time that the modern Greek text which underlies modern "bibles" was produced and established in 1881. The spiritually ignorant will of course see this as just a coincidence, but the fact is, so much false doctrine has been perpetuated from WITHIN professing evangelical Christianity since that time that it would boggle my mind if I didn't understand who the enemy truly is. Yes, there was false doctrine within professing Christianity before this time, but nothing even remotely akin to the scope and intensity of false doctrine within professing Christianity today, especially since the proliferation of the modern Greek text which underlies modern "bibles" has gained such a domineering foothold. Not even close, not within all the previous centuries multiplied by a million times combined. Indeed, indeed, the false doctrines that have been generated from WITHIN mainstream evangelical Christianity since that time are innumerable. Oh let me count the ways... but alas... there are too many ways to count. So let's just take one... And never forget that the traction of all of these heresies can be traced back to the spirit which launched the unbelieving zeitgeist behind the imposition of the modern Greek text which underlies modern "bibles", but I won't digress into that topic now, for the regenerate need no explanation, and the unregenerate can't truly, spiritually comprehend it anyway. As I said, it's not that some of these heresies didn't exist before, but until recently they had never gained traction, they had never been so firmly instantiated from WITHIN mainstream professing evangelical Christianity, as they have been for the past hundred years or so. So to begin, here is one of the major ways in which Jesus Christ has been blasphemed and his glory and majesty denigrated in the past hundred years or so: namely, it has been the fashion in professing Christian circles for the the past hundred years or so to confine the judgment seat of Jesus Christ to believers. In other words, the pivotal dogma of professing Christian teaching relative to judgment, especially in mainstream professing evangelical Christianity, has decreed that only believers appear before the judgment seat of Jesus Christ, and that the rest of the world will be judged by the Father. Not that this devilish doctrine didn't exist prior to this time, of course, but rather, it has only been widely accepted in relatively recent times, especially in mainstream Protestant and other evangelical circles, in the past hundred years or so. So this is what has been widely taught by mainstream professing Christianity of late, namely, that it is in fact the Father - and not Jesus HIMSELF - who will sit on the Great White Throne as the Supreme Judge of all creation as mentioned in Revelation 20:11, and that only BELIEVERS - not the unregenerate - will actually be judged by Jesus HIMSELF, that the unregenerate will ultimately be judged by the Father, and that the believers only will appear before Jesus Christ sometime prior to the event of the Great White Throne judgment in order to receive their "rewards" for whatever they have purportedly done profitably here on earth. In other words, Jesus gets to give rewards to Christians, but the "real" judging is completely out of his hands. The "real" judging - according to this mass of unregenerate, internally ungodly, Gehenna-bred teachers - as their profanely Satanic doctrine affirms - indeed, the "real" judging, according to them, is left to the Father. Of course, all of this is nothing less than open, blatant, and direct blasphemy against the Son of God HIMSELF, as well as a stark repudiation and denigration of the Son of God's glory and majesty. Nothing less, for this grossly irreverent doctrine is inherently evil down to its malevolent and Satanic core. In contrast, therefore, here's the actual truth: take away the authority of Jesus to judge all men and all angels, both elect and damned, both quick and dead, both good and evil, and you simultaneously take away the authority of Jesus to save. If Jesus isn't the judge of both the quick and the dead, of both the regenerate and the unregenerate, of both the good and the evil, then Jesus would have no power to save, nor would Jesus be the true Jesus of the Bible. Not even remotely, not even possibly. Moreover, the failure to understand this simple truth is a failure bred solely out of the pit of the flesh, and thus constitutes a catastrophic failure to understand even BASICALLY who exactly the Son of God truly is. I mean, even BASICALLY, for the authority of Jesus HIMSELF to judge is derived principally from the fact that it is Jesus HIMSELF - not the Father, not the Holy Spirit - but Jesus HIMSELF, who suffered in the flesh. That's why Jesus stated this exact VERY SAME THING when he said in John 5:26-27... "For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself; And hath given him authority to EXECUTE JUDGMENT also, BECAUSE HE IS THE SON OF MAN"... Of course, just prior to this declaration, as if there had ever been any doubt, in John 5:22, the Lord of Glory, Jesus Christ the Creator of all that exists outside of the Godhead, had already testified categorically - I say, Jesus Christ HIMSELF testified CATEGORICALLY, stating... "For the Father judgeth NO MAN, but hath committed ALL JUDGMENT UNTO THE SON"... This was universally understood by those indwelt by the Holy Spirit, and Paul himself even echoed this truth when he stood on Mars' Hill and proclaimed Jesus Christ to the Athenians in Acts 17:30-31, saying... "And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent: Because he hath appointed a day, IN THE WHICH HE WILL JUDGE THE WORLD IN RIGHTEOUSNESS BY THAT MAN WHOM HE HATH ORDAINED; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead"... Indeed, during the heyday of generally sound doctrine, especially concerning the Person of Jesus Christ, the Westminster Confession put it pretty good, stating... "God hath appointed a day, wherein he will judge the world in righteousness by Jesus Christ, to whom all power and judgment is given of the Father. In which day, not only the apostate angels shall be judged; but likewise all persons, that have lived upon earth, shall appear before the tribunal of Christ, to give an account of their thoughts, words, and deeds; and to receive according to what they have done in the body, whether good or evil"... Taking the scepter of judgment out of the hands of Jesus, as mainstream professing evangelical Christianity has done for more than a hundred years now, is nothing less than sheer, outright, Iscariot-like BLASPHEMY against the Son of God HIMSELF, and is only one of the MANY, MANY, MANY ways that mainstream modern professing evangelical Christianity has denigrated and repudiated the majesty and glory of the Lord of Glory, Jesus Christ the Righteous. Just ONE of the ways... one of the MANY, MANY, MANY ways that modern mainstream professing evangelical Christianity has BLASPHEMED the everlasting, life-giving Son of God HIMSELF. It is not the Father who was lifted up, nor was it the Holy Spirit who was lifted up. Rather, it was the Son of God HIMSELF, Jesus Christ the Righteous, who was lifted up, and who thus declared in John 12:31-32, speaking SPECIFICALLY of JUDGMENT... "Now is the JUDGMENT of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out. And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me"... Ergo, because it is - among the Godhead - the Son who was lifted up, so it is the Son - among the Godhead - who is given authority to execute judgment. As the Holy Ghost HIMSELF testifies by his own voice bearing witness to his written word. Indeed, the Holy Spirit HIMSELF, when he genuinely indwells a man and reveals Jesus Christ in his glory to that man - which he does in every genuine New Birth without exception - seals that soul everlastingly to the majesty and glory of the Son of God, even Jesus Christ the Righteous, even Jesus Christ HIMSELF, so that there is no doubt in that soul that the Son of God is he upon whom the glory of God is centered. Yet the ignorance of this age of professing mainstream Christianity is beyond any ignorance that the world has ever encountered or ever known with regard to the true God of Heaven, and yet it is not an ignorance borne of mental incapacity, but rather, an ignorance borne of an internal denigration and repudiation of the majesty and glory of the Son of God HIMSELF, an ignorance borne of an internal denigration and repudiation of the majesty and glory of Jesus Christ the Lord, who ALONE is WORTHY,  who ALONE - among angels, men, and all creation - who ALONE is WORTHY... indeed, it is an ignorance borne of unregenerate men and women posing as followers of Jesus, but who have never actually MET Jesus PERSONALLY, SUPERNATURALLY, ONE-ON-ONE - for had they, they would have never FOR ONE MOMENT allowed even the SLIGHTEST tarnish to Jesus Christ's infinitely glorious character, much less the sheer, outright BLASPHEMY of removing the scepter of judgment from Jesus' hand, which they have BLASPHEMEOUSLY done in concert for a hundred years now - men and women who have a form of godliness but who deny the POWER thereof (2 Timothy 3:5), men and women who almost unanimously have never EXPERIENCED the genuine baptism of the Holy Spirit in the supernatural resurrection miracle of the New Birth, and thus they don't even catch blasphemies like this - they don't even catch blasphemies against the Son of God just like this one within professing Christianity, even though these blasphemies against the Son of God are legion to this day within modern mainstream professing Christianity, that is, in their subtle but vigorous devaluations of the Son of God - so indeed, they don't even catch them, don't even notice them, being unregenerate as they are, much less excoriate the false prophets who proclaim them. Alas! it is not to HIMSELF that the Father draws his elect directly, nor to the Holy Spirit HIMSELF that the Father draws his elect directly, but rather, it is to JESUS CHRIST HIMSELF that the Father draws his elect directly (John 6:44-45), for it is Jesus who saves, for it is Jesus who was lifted up, and therefore it is likewise Jesus who will judge (Romans 14:10, 2 Corinthians 5:10). Every man, every angel, no exceptions. Not one. So beware and be warned, for just as the angels took Lot and his family by theirs hands and led them out of the judgment of Sodom (Genesis 19:16), so you will not get even remotely close to the Father unless Jesus likewise takes you by the hand and leads you away from his own judgment seat directly to the Father's feet (John 14:6). As the angels took Lot and his family, so will Jesus have to take you, if you are to get there. Indeed, you will get to the Father no other way, not by a trillion trillion eternities, no matter what you think, and no matter what you may have been told... and furthermore, even if you do get there, even if Jesus does take you by the hand and lead you to the Father, yet you still won't even be able to kneel before the Father - much less stand - without the righteousness of Jesus covering you from head to toe continuously, for all eternity, world without end... yet there is more still, for the Father HIMSELF, if you ever get to him, will nevertheless do just as he commanded John the Baptist to do some two thousand years ago, which is to say, that even then, the Father HIMSELF, if you get there, even the Father HIMSELF will point you directly back to Jesus and say, "Behold the Lamb of God" (John 1:36), for it is ONLY by the Lamb of God, Jesus Christ the Righteous, that a creature may truly know God in his manifest perfection - even the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit - for God is himself infinite, and can therefore only be known by the creature in his mediate form, and that mediate form is none other than Jesus Christ the Righteous, exactly as it is written in 1 Timothy 2:5... "For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus"... In both sum and substance, Jesus Christ is the PERFECT REFLECTION of the Father HIMSELF, identical in every way as to his essence, and the very BRIGHTNESS of the Father's glory (Hebrews 1:3), and he will always be so, now and forever more, worlds and worlds and worlds without end, the exact image of the totality of God, just as it is also written in Colossians 2:9... "For in him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily"... It is precisely as Thomas Manton observed in "Christ's Redemption And Eternal Existence", accurately declaring... "There is no perfection in the Father but the same is in the Son also"... Yes, of course the elect angels and saints will have a relationship with the Father HIMSELF in the world to come, so that "God may be all in all" (1 Corinthians 15:28), but even then, it will be ONLY through Jesus, for it is ONLY through Jesus by the Spirit of Christ, even the Holy Spirit, that the Father's light shines, precisely as it is written in Revelation 21:23... "And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof"... Exactly as it was in the beginning, when the Son of God HIMSELF vivified all of creation (Genesis 1:3). Just as regenerate believers have a relationship with the Father via Jesus via the Holy Spirit now, so will it ever be, but of course much more manifestly and robustly. So while there is now - and has been for quite some time - within mainstream professing Christianity, a systematic effort to devalue Jesus Christ HIMSELF, and to denigrate and repudiate his glory and majesty - and the Critical Greek text fabricated in 1881 and which now underlies modern "bibles" is an integral part of this crusade, a text which devalues and blasphemes Jesus Christ to the uttermost, and denigrates his glory and majesty with Satanic precision, for this Greek text and the modern "bibles" that are based on it has - just like its architects and promoters and supporters - a form of godliness, but inwardly is filled with flesh and corruption and perpetrates a grossly false Jesus, an exorbitantly but subtly false Christ, though, as I said, I won't digress further on that topic now - yet this Satanic maligning and marginalizing of the Son of God by modern mainstream professing Christianity has never been an artifice of Heaven, and never will... not in this world, nor in the world to come. Moreover, all who have done so, all who have devalued the Son of God here, and all who continue to do so, and who continue to corrupt the written word of God as well, and who will not repent, will suddenly find themselves reaping the everlasting wrath of God before everything is finally said and done, a wrath which they will not be able to appease for all eternity. Therefore, friend, you best "kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way" (Psalm 2:12), for if you haven't already been washed in the blood of Jesus by the time you reach the judgment seat of Jesus in that day, then you will not be washed in his blood there, and thus you will exist eternally in your sins in the death of the lake of fire, every moment of which will literally be the equivalent of a perpetual crucifixion to your body and soul in everlasting torment, suffering, depression, and pain. Accordingly, friend, no matter who you are, no matter how good or how bad you have been, no matter if you are saved or not, it is not the Father that you will be dealing with at judgment, but the Son, Jesus Christ the Righteous, who ALONE - among angels, men, and all creation - who ALONE is WORTHY (Revelation 5:1-14). Thus, if you haven't personally met Jesus here, before you meet him at his judgment seat - if you haven't personally met Jesus here via the baptism of the Holy Spirit in  the unmistakable supernatural resurrection miracle of the New Birth - then Jesus will find you in your sins when you appear before him there, at his judgment seat, and he will not wash them away then, for the door of forgiveness will already be shut, and you will be cast out of his kingdom, and "punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power", evermore (2 Thessalonians 1:9). The only way to escape everlasting damnation and to get clean before God is by the blood of Jesus, and the only way to be washed in the blood of Jesus is to be baptized by the Holy Spirit in the unmistakable supernatural resurrection miracle of the New Birth, numerous examples of which can be found in the book of Acts, and the only Person in all of existence who can truly perform that miracle is the Judge HIMSELF, Jesus Christ the Righteous, who saves the man who can't, not the man who can, who saves and manifests himself to the man who by no means can make himself a Christian, and not by any means to the man who thinks he can." Scott Jones, June 1, 2014

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