Roman Catholic and Protestant friends, this means that for 2, years all of your churches and every one of your popes, priests and ministers has been teaching error. Christ is not a Mediator today.
Since the Seven Seals are revealed we have the perfect interpretation of the Word with no need for a Mediator since the Word corrects the error. Grace is not considered for sincerity when one is sincerely wrong. Grace comes through faith alone. Not through creed, or sincere belief in the guesswork of some church. And faith is a clear understanding of God's Word which is His mind expressed. Faith is infallible and can never be wrong, nor can it fail, so "Let the mind that was in Christ be in you" Philippians 2: Today people are so confused about the evidence of the Holy Ghost.
THE ORAL TRADITION OF THE APOSTLES
Satan can impersonate any gift God has, but he cannot bring that Word, word upon word. That's where he failed in the garden of Eden; that's where he's always failed. A person can be anointed with the Spirit, speak in tongues, dance, shout, preach the Gospel, and still be a devil.
It's what's happened on the inside. Jesus said, " All the Father has given Me, will come to Me. No man can come except My Father draws him first" John 6: Now you were in your great, great, great grandfather all the way back, speaking of your physical being. Sometimes a child will be born red-headed. It astonishes the father because he knows of none of his people or the mother's who were red-headed.
But if you go back several generations, you'll find out somebody was red-headed.
THE LIFE AND TEACHINGS OF JESUS CHRIST
That seed keeps coming on down, and you come in the nature of one from way back. Like Hebrews 7 which said Abraham paid tithes to Melchisedec when he was returning from the slaughter of the kings. And Levi, who received tithes, paid tithes, for he was accounted as being in the loins of Abraham when he met Melchisedec.
Now if we are a son or daughter of God, we were in Him at the beginning Genesis 1: And when Jesus became the fullness of the Word, we were in Him then in germ form. When He was crucified, we were crucified in His body. And since we have recognized it, we sit together with Him in heavenly places in Christ Jesus Ephesians 2: For if we are sons and daughters of God, we are God's children; then we're attributes of God. Then we have eternal Life. And God is the only Eternal Life there is so we were in Him from the beginning.
And when Jesus became the fullness of that Word, we were part of Him then John When that's in your heart as a revelation, faith; there's no devil, no powers that can ever move it. That's the tie post of the soul I Peter 1: You can be anointed out here in this spirit, and desire and do all these other things, but when it comes to this tie post to that Word, you'll never move from there. It'll hold right steady and true to that Word as it can be I John 3: Outside of that, regardless of what you do, you're still lost. The tie post of the soul is seeing yourself in God's thinking from eternity Job When the Logos came out from God, you were in the Logos.
Either you were always eternal, or you won't be in eternity. See the series, Redemption Revealed. Paul said, "If after the first and second admonition a man does not receive the Word for his day, he is not God's sheep; you know the election is off, just walk away from him Titus 3: There is no certainty in the world nowadays, not even under the letter of the law. Just ask mild-mannered dentist John Wilson who was imprisoned by judges who insisted that variable means certain.
We live in the age of lawlessness. Laodicea means "communism" or "rights of the people": But God sent us a prophet in our day to bring certainty to His Bride, to give her the Absolute, revealing the tie post of her soul so she will certainly know where she stands and can "speak the Word" in the manifestation of the Sons of God. Very soon Christians will be hunted and persecuted by church and state.
JESUS CHRIST AND THE EARLY CHRISTIAN CHURCH
We must receive the Person of Christ now: Not to you and your wife, you and your husband, or you and your children, but to you alone; and to them alone as individuals. We must have a direct person to Person connection on our telephone to glory. Under the blood of bulls and goats it was possible to contact the departed saints I Samuel 28 , but not under the blood of Christ.
If you try to contact God second-hand through Mary, or some dead "saint", the line will drop out. Any deceased person you might contact today is certainly no saint. The shepherd girls at Fatima were deceived. Prove the tie post of your soul by a clear understanding of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation, because nothing else will hold you. Nothing else will produce the "third pull" in the manifestation of the Sons of God. The Bible is prophecy vindicated down the centuries and daily by historic fact. Not the lies taught in school and university as history, wars and democracy, but truthful fact which is inevitably contrary to establishment myths.
Bible faith is likewise seldom what the establishment denominations teach. We must receive God's Word or perish. Either they never met the Word for their day or they were dilatory and received the letter of the Message without taking It back to the Bible from Genesis to Revelation to ensure they understand its meaning. Or perhaps their pastor has never been born-again and preaches the letter without the Spirit. No church can jump any higher than its pastor can fly. So if your pastor has never received his "wings", run for your eternal Life. The foolish virgin today are in the so-called Message Churches.
Jesus said that the "Shout" of the Prophet's Message calls both the wise and foolish virgin out of the denominations, which are not virgins but harlots to the Word Matthew And as in previous Ages, the Message itself remains pure however cliques have denominated around private interpretations of the Message, and the Spirit being grieved has departed. One teaching surely popular with mums and dads who have no oil in their lamps states that the Bride can secure the new birth for family and friends under their Token.
But God is sovereign and only His elect were in the Logos and have a tie post for their soul, being foreknown in Christ Revelation To be the wife of Christ and share in the millennium we must enter and unite with the Word for our day by our own faith. We must be born-again. Salvation and the new birth are quite distinct. The wise virgin who are the saints or elect are the Lamb's Book of Life and Christ's Bride who will be glorified at the first resurrection and translation for the Wedding Supper of the Lamb in the sky and the thousand-year honeymoon.
They are eternal Life and after the second resurrection will judge the world and grant the foolish virgin and other groups of "the saved" who remain in the Book of Life in to eternal Life at the White Throne Judgment. He did not say they would be born-again. Anyone in Adam's race who has heard the Gospel and remains sanctified maintains his name on the Book of Life and is thereby "saved".
If the jailer was elect and born-again but his family non-elect, provided he maintained a sanctified home and his household respected his Token, they would remain sanctified and be "saved". Brother Branham assured us that if we hold our Token over our loved ones who are not born-again, they will remain "saved". We hold our Token over others at home, in our workplace and wherever we go by having the Life of Christ on display. So wherever we are is holy ground.
Mention of Apostolic writings began to appear with the approach of the second century. The Apostolic Fathers were the next generation of Church leaders who received the Faith directly from the Apostles. Ignatius of Antioch wrote seven Letters circa AD on the road to martyrdom in Rome and was one of the first to distinguish between the writings of the prophets and the Gospel; he often referred to the sayings of Matthew. A disciple of the Apostle John, St. Justin Martyr placed the memoirs of the Apostles on equal footing with the writings of the Prophets in AD.
Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in his name. Gospel of John Second Letter of Paul to the Thessalonians 2: We are writing this so that our joy may be complete. First Letter of John 1: The heart of Christian tradition and the Christian way of life is Jesus Christ. The Church is the Body of Christ Ephesians 5: But it was the powerful witness of Christian martyrdom that led to continued expansion of the faith.
The fish became a symbol of the Christian faith, adorning the catacombs and early Christian Churches. In a time when professing the Christian faith was an invitation to death, the fish became a secret code to introduce one Christian to another. One Christian would draw a curve representing half of the symbol, and the other one would complete the cryptic symbol by drawing the second curve see image. Who Christ is, the Son of God, and His mission, Savior, are both expressed by the ancient symbol of the fish.
JESUS CHRIST AND THE EARLY CHRISTIAN CHURCH
Ignatius of Antioch, Syria circa AD described the transmission of the Christian faith through the bishop, priest presbyter , and deacon, who received their authority through Apostolic succession. The possession of sacred texts in times of persecution could mean discovery, imprisonment, and death. Also, it was common for people of that time to be illiterate. In addition, production of written Scripture was a monumental task in itself, as each page of any text had to be hand-written on papyrus scrolls Luke 4: Written Scripture was in the hands of only a few.
Thus the oral Tradition of the Church through the Liturgy of the Eucharist, the Lord's Prayer, Baptism and the Apostles' Creed was vitally important to teach and guide the early Christian community. Persecution of Christianity under Roman rulers lasted nearly years, until the Emperor Constantine issued the Edict of Milan in AD, which mandated complete toleration of Christianity in the Roman Empire. The traditions of the early Church were passed on to the faithful followers of Jesus Christ at Sunday service from the very beginning of the Church at Pentecost.
Thus the Church celebrates the Paschal Mystery of Christ by which He accomplished the work of our salvation. The community would gather on Sunday in divine worship. Justin Martyr described the Memorial of the Last Supper on Sunday, one that would be called the Divine Liturgy in the East and the Mass in the West, an event which has remained essentially the same for nearly years. The Church assembly would first have the Liturgy of the Word with readings and then a homily or sermon. This was followed by giving thanks in the Liturgy of the Eucharist: For not as common bread and common drink do we receive these; but in like manner as Jesus Christ our Saviour, having been made flesh by the Word of God, had both flesh and blood for our salvation, so likewise have we been taught that the food which is blessed by the prayer of His word On the day we call the day of the sun, all who dwell in the city or country gather in the same place.
The memoirs of the apostles and the writings of the prophets are read. When the reader has finished, he who presides over those gathered admonishes and challenges them to imitate these beautiful things. Then we all rise together and offer prayers for ourselves.
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When the prayers are concluded we exchange the kiss. Then someone brings bread and a cup of water and wine mixed together to him who presides over the brethren. He takes them and offers praise and glory to the Father of the universe, through the name of the Son and of the Holy Spirit and for a considerable time he gives thanks in Greek: When he who presides has given thanks and the people have responded 'Amen', those whom we call deacons give to those present the 'eucharisted' bread, wine and water and take them to those who are absent. Jesus teaches us to pray - "All that you ask for in prayer, believe that you will receive it and it shall be yours" Mark The Lord's Prayer Matthew 6: The Sacrament of Baptism followed the instruction of Jesus to his disciples to "teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
In accordance with this, the person about to be baptized was asked three questions: Do you believe in Jesus Christ, his Son our Lord? Do you believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church? On the way to martyrdom to Rome, St. Ignatius of Antioch wrote in his Letter to the Ephesians He was born and baptized, that by His passion He might purify the water. Having first said all these things, baptize into the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit in living water.
The word "Creed" comes from the Latin word Credo , which means "I believe. They are also known as symbols of faith. The Creed, or rule of faith , was also an important guide to presbyters as well in interpretation of Scripture. The three-part profession of faith resembling our present form of the Apostles' Creed was recorded by early Church Fathers such as Irenaeus of Lyons, Cyprian of Carthage, and Tertullian of Carthage, and was evident by the third century AD. The Apostles' Creed is presented here in 12 lines, representing 12 Articles of Faith for the Christian.
I believe in Jesus Christ his only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit, and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. He descended to hell. On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. From thence He will come again to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the Communion of Saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body and life everlasting.
There were eight named writers of the New Testament: The Church Fathers were important to the early Church, for they were the ones who had an important role in the process of the formation of the canon of the New Testament, as well as the interpretation of Scripture. Their objective was to choose those written books which were truly inspired by the Holy Spirit and best reflected the life and teachings of Jesus Christ, as understood within the Tradition of the Church.
The canon of the New Testament is exactly the same for all of Christianity! There are 27 Books in the New Testament: They proclaimed this revelation found its fulfillment in the life and teaching, and above all, in the death and resurrection of Christ Jesus, source of forgiveness and of everlasting life. They frequently drew upon the Old Testament writings, primarily to confirm Jesus Christ as the Messiah, or to serve as a source for moral instruction, or for the interpretation of events.
Typology in Biblical studies finds an Old Testament story serving as a prefigurement or symbol for an event in the New Testament.
Referring to Christ, Paul called Adam "a type of the one who is to come" Romans 5: In reading Scripture one looks beyond the Literal sense , the genuine meaning, and searches for the "spirit in the letter," the Spiritual sense of Scripture. Paul to the Corinthians 3: Paul to Timothy 3: Thus the Word of God was written within the Church, the Body of Christ, flowing from the authority and teachings of Jesus Christ and the oral traditions and writings of the Apostles in the early Christian community. Scripture and Tradition form a unity of the faith experience.
Tradition and Scripture go hand in hand in understanding the Word of God! Four Courts Press, Dublin Ireland, Biblical Foundations and The Acts of the Apostles. Biblical Exegesis and the Formation of Christian Culture. Cambridge University Press, London,