CHURCH « not having » THE SPIRIT .. 2










THIS PAGE INCLUDES:







 

.. Jesus, the Devil and Unclean Spirits

.. The Eleven New Testament Apostles and Their « Gospel » and « Baptisms »

.. Disciples of Christ not yet converted, Desired by Satan

.. Disciples, being Strong in the Lord, learning Armour and Weapons of Spiritual Warfare

.. The « Gospel » of Paul

.. The Two « New Testament Commandments » of Jesus Christ

.. Christ's Sending « THE COMFORTER » who is « THE SPIRIT OF TRUTH »

.. SUMMATION



October 20, 2011

Dear Witness,

At times, we ( Michael and Reneé ) frequent the Crossroads Cafe. And, at times, we are engaged in conversation by passersby, who .. strangely .. will approach us with discussion, usually about God, .. THE CHURCH .., and Bible matters of diverse interests. We usually have our Bible out, so it may appear as though we are inviting conversation; and truly, we are always open to « THE SPIRIT ~ of Truth » to move in our presence, who may speak .. TO US .. through a variety of environmental methods, including .. through persons .. who are being compelled with an interest in dialog.


At some of these events, « THE SPIRIT ~ of Truth » will cause a particular point of discussion to surface, that brings a scriptural matter, .. a faith topic .., a « Spirit of Life ~ Principle » .. into a new light of our awareness. It has been at some of these moments, of spontaneous discussion, that a topic has risen, repeatedly, causing scriptural research and careful listening to « THE SPIRIT » of God's Holy Son, toward a disclosure of Church revelation! This .. particular .. Church revelation, now appearing in this document, is exposing a scriptural truth that vastly crosses [ ALL ] lines of Christian dogma, .. revealing a broad base of Church confusion, .. explaining a baseline of reality that transcends [ ALL ] proprietary arguments of « Doctrine Denominationalism »!


Jesus Healed all that were Oppressed of the DEVIL

Acts 10:34-35 Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth « I perceive that God is no respecter of persons »: But in every nation « he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness », is accepted with him.

Acts 10:36 « The word which God sent » unto the children of Israel, preaching peace « BY JESUS CHRIST »: (HE IS LORD OF ALL:)

Acts 10:37-38 « That word », I say, ye know, which « was published » throughout all Judaea, and began from Galilee, « after the baptism which John preached »; How [ .. God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power .. ]: who went about doing good, and « HEALING ALL THAT WERE OPPRESSED OF THE DEVIL »; for God was with him.


Men have been / still are oppressed of « THE DEVIL »! Religious men .. professing Christians .. have been / still are oppressed of « THE DEVIL »! Church Ministers .. Seminary Theologians .. Church District Superintendents .. have been / still are oppressed of « THE DEVIL »! And yet, the [ Word of God ], being preached .. published .. according to the anointed empowerment of Jesus Christ; that [ Empowered ~ Word of God ] will heal all « who fear God and will work righteousness » .. ( vs 35 ) .., by delivering them from the oppression of « THE DEVIL »! This is [ THE ] Church revelation in this document!


This scripturized viewpoint is .. NOT .. new or unique in interpretation; however, our observation has been that the Church Society .. strangely .. overlooks / disbelieves / deflects this scriptural pathology of the New Testament; and therein, the heart virtue and the behavioral faith character, of the mainstream Church Society, has .. NOT YET .. portrayed this deliverance from « THE DEVIL » .. IN ACTUALITY ..! Many .. MOST .. [ ALL ] .. Christian passersby, of these Crossroads Cafe discussions, have portrayed, .. have testified of, .. have requested prayer remedies for their oppressions, while yet their oppressions have not .. actually .. been defined, by them, as correlating to the indwelling presence of « THE DEVIL »! This accumulation of our many Crossroads discussions, being compelled certainly by the abiding « THE SPIRIT ~ of Truth », has brought .. TO US .. this notable emphasis upon this deficiency of Church recognition / this common failure of « Church righteousness » / and this clear absence of « Church fearfulness toward God », in the Church's common misperception of their ( MANY ) afflictions, as being .. always .. disconnected from its source of cause, who is the indwelling presence of « THE DEVIL »!


Casting Out Devils

Luke 11:14 And « he .. ( Jesus ) .. was casting out a devil, and it was dumb ». And it came to pass, « when the devil was gone out, the dumb spake »; and the people wondered.

Luke 11:15-16 But some of them said, « He casteth out devils through Beelzebub » the chief of the devils. And others, « tempting him », sought of him a sign from heaven.

Luke 11:17-19 But he, « knowing their thoughts, said unto them », Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and a house divided against a house falleth. « If Satan also be divided against himself, how shall his kingdom stand »? because ye say that I cast out devils through Beelzebub. And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, « by whom do your sons cast them out »? therefore shall they .. ( your sons ) .. be your judges.

Luke 11:20-22 But [ .. if I « WITH THE FINGER OF GOD » cast out devils, no doubt .. THE KINGDOM OF GOD .. is come upon you .. ]. « When a strong man armed keepeth his palace, his goods are in peace »: But « when a stronger than he shall come upon him, and overcome him, he taketh from him all his armour wherein he trusted, and divideth his spoils ».

Luke 11:23 « He that is not with me is against me » .. ( holding onto many philosophies .. doctrines .. and ideologies of religion ) ..: and « he that gathereth not with me scattereth » .. ( throughout Satan's Kingdom of alternative faith structures ) .. .


As we ( Michael and Reneé ) compose ourselves to listen to passersby, carefully reflecting on their various testimonies / reports / or distortions of the Christian condition, we have noticed .. commonly .. that the matter of « indwelling spirits » and « indwelling devils » to be an issue postured as being of mystical symbolism, that some regard to be characteristic of non-Christians, .. and; that some regard as a constant challenge to Christian virtues, .. but; that « NONE » regard as characterizing the mainstream Christian state of .. CONTEMPORARY .. bondage!


As we ( Michael and Reneé ) conduct ourselves conservatively, and courteously, in such dialogs with strangers, we continually observe our own fellowship of « THE SPIRIT ~ of Truth », who guides us, .. who journeys with us, .. and who shepherds us unto revelational insights to these discussions. And, through the days / weeks following behind such dialogs, progressive insights to scripture have unfolded before us, and; the « ZOË / Life » of Jesus Christ would open us to more Manifestation Strength! It has been in our witnessing this confirmation, of « Christ's Life / ZOË » Manifesting more and more Strength within these insights to scripture, that we have realized .. a commonality .. in Christians' struggles to accept a truthful reality of « DEVIL SPIRITS »!


Luke 11:24 [ .. When « THE UNCLEAN SPIRIT IS GONE OUT OF A MAN », he .. ( the unclean spirit ) .. walketh through dry places .. ( outside of a flesh body ) .., seeking rest; and finding none, he saith, « I WILL RETURN UNTO MY HOUSE WHENCE I CAME OUT » .. ].

Luke 11:25-26 And when he cometh .. ( the unclean spirit ) .., he findeth it swept and garnished. [ .. Then goeth he .. ( the unclean spirit ) .., and taketh to him « SEVEN OTHER SPIRITS MORE WICKED » than himself; and they enter in, and dwell there .. ]: and « the last state .. OF THAT MAN .. is worse than the first ».

Luke 11:27-28 And it came to pass, as he .. ( Jesus ) .. spake these things, a certain woman of the company lifted up her voice, and said unto him, « Blessed is the womb that bare thee, and the paps which thou hast sucked ». But he said, [ .. Yea rather, blessed are they that hear « THE WORD OF GOD », and keep it .. ].


This verse [ .. “When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man” .. ( vs 24 ) .. ] is portraying [ THE ] remedy of Jesus Christ for this man's dumbness .. ( vs 14 ) .. . Men's being indwelt, with unclean spirits, is [ THE ] issue .. of this Church revelation .. that vastly crosses [ ALL ] lines of Christian dogma, .. revealing a broad base of Church confusion, .. explaining a baseline of reality that transcends [ ALL ] proprietary arguments of « Doctrine Denominationalism »! Men [ ARE ] indwelt with unclean spirits! Such unclean spirits are at the « CORE » of men's afflictions, .. bondages, .. and causes of wickedness! This scriptural expose´ is distinguishing a reality of « Kingdom of God ~ Evidence », .. of « Word of God ~ Blessedness », .. and of « God's Holy Son ~ Empowered Strength », .. that brings focus upon men's condition of hosting spirits, even unclean spirits!


Having [ THE HOUSE ] swept clean, of unclean spirits, .. ( vs 25 ) .. is a profound occurrence that .. certainly .. is noticeable to the delivered man, being extraordinary as a conscious experience! Such an event of personal experience gives cause to personal conviction, and; the desire to give an encouraging testimony to others. This experience, .. its conviction, .. and its giving of testimony to others has occurred to us ( Michael and Reneé ), privately, on occasion of separate events. However, this profound experience, bringing conviction and a desire of testimony, has .. NOT .. been a frequent discussion point from passersby of the Crossroads Cafe; therein, giving us ( Michael and Reneé ) a recognition that an absence of this .. implicit .. experience to be the defaulted state of most professing Christians!


But now also, hearing the Word of God and « KEEPING IT » .. ( vs 28 ) .. is [ THE ] .. only antidote .. against the return of unclean spirits, and their seven fold .. more wicked .. spirits, who would attempt to return to the house that has been swept clean! But, if professing Christians have .. NOT .. experienced their [ HOUSE ] being swept clean, then they would have .. NO .. sense of .. URGENCY .. in guarding their [ HOUSE ] from « returning unclean spirits »! We have come to realize a lack of intellectual recognition, in Christians feeling .. URGENCY .. toward guarding their [ HOUSE ] from « returning unclean spirits »! This lack of intellectual recognition, of this threat, .. further .. is a disturbing indicator that professing Christians are not only .. NOT .. soberly guarding their [ HOUSE ] .. « flesh body tabernacles » .. from the return of unclean spirits, but; they are .. NOT .. recognizing [ THE NEED ] to have their [ HOUSE ] swept clean from abiding « Devil Spirits », as a « first order » of New Testament ~ Promise and Hope!


The [ Word of God ] protection, against unclean spirits .. ( vs 28 ) .., indicates [ THE ] reason for the [ HOUSE ] of men's flesh tabernacles, as having been created for [ Word of God ] habitation and not intended for devil spirits. These unclean spirits are inhabiting men's bodies as .. the direct .. result of men .. NOT .. « HEARING and KEEPING » the [ Word of God ] in their hearts! When men violate this primary directive of the Creation Father, the default condition is God's judgment of [ THE CURSE ]; whereby, such men are punished by inhabiting devils!



THE ISSUE OF NEW TESTAMENT APOSTLES


It appears that a main purpose of God, in ( HIS ) directing us to become available to passersby at the Crossroads Cafe, is .. FOR US .. to come to a realization of God's broad scoped requirement of having « ACTIVE APOSTLES » in the Church Structure of order! This idea has been so diminished in importance, and almost decried as a Devilish ploy of deception, throughout the mainstream culture of Christendom, that; .. today .. « ACTIVE APOSTLES » are disbelieved, discredited and vehemently warned against, by traditional Church guardians! We ( Michael and Reneé ) have encountered that viewpoint being expressed upon occasion, at the Crossroads Cafe, when other scriptural points of reference surface, that are directly dependent upon the ministry works of « ACTIVE APOSTLES »!


Believers .. who are Baptized by « THE ELEVEN » .. Cast Out Devils

Mark 16:14 Afterward « HE .. ( Jesus ) .. APPEARED UNTO THE ELEVEN » as they sat at meat, « and upbraided them .. ( the eleven ) .. with their unbelief and hardness of heart », because they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen.


This reference for « THE CHURCH » is « KEYED PARTICULARLY » from « The Eleven »! Jesus postured ( His ) Kingdom to « Manifest in Power » through ( His ) appointed messengers, [ THE ELEVEN APOSTLES ]! Consequently, this directive of instruction was established to « Manifest in Power » .. specifically .. from this beginning point of these « Empowered Messenger ~ ( Apostles ) ». When this reference, of « Empowered Messenger ~ ( Apostles ) », is established now .. again .. repeatedly .. by Jesus Christ, then the same events would unfold, exactly in the same manner!


Mark 16:15 And he .. ( Jesus ) .. said unto them, « Go ye .. ( the Eleven ) .. into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature ».


This preaching of the gospel was established in [ These Eleven Messenger ~ APOSTLES ], exclusively and exceptionally; whereby, [ THE Eleven APOSTLES ] had [ THE .. « SPECIFICALLY RIGHT » .. GOSPEL ] to preach, that would satisfy this directive of Jesus Christ! The beginning point, of this « Right Gospel », had been prepared with « Divinely Right Specificity », within [ THESE Eleven Messenger ~ APOSTLES ]. The evidence of this .. exact .. authenticity is further defined by the next scripture; and, without this .. exact .. authenticity of [ THE .. « SPECIFICALLY RIGHT » .. GOSPEL ], the confirming evidence [ WILL NOT ] appear!


Mark 16:16 « He that believeth .. ( the gospel of the Eleven ) .. AND IS BAPTIZED .. shall be saved »; but he that believeth not .. ( the gospel of the Eleven ) .. shall be damned.


This preaching of [ THE .. « SPECIFICALLY RIGHT » .. GOSPEL ], by [ THESE Eleven Messenger ~ APOSTLES ], will have a response by believers, who are .. further .. qualified by their « BAPTISM »! The « BAPTISM » of believers, who are receiving [ THE GOSPEL ] of [ Proper ~ APOSTLES ], that « BAPTISM » appears in several categories, OF:

.. water unto Repentance « Mat 3:11 », « Acts 19:34 »

.. in the name of “The Lord Jesus Christ” « Acts 8:16 », « Acts 10:48 », « Acts 19:5 »

.. in the “Trinity” name of God « Mat 28:19 »

.. in the Holy Ghost and fire « Mat 3:11 », « Luke 3:16 », « Acts 1:5 », « Acts 19:6 »

.. into the death of Christ « Romans 6:3-4 »

.. in power of the Holy Ghost « Acts 1:8 »

.. into the body of Christ « 1 Cor 12:12-14 »

.. into “The Cloud”and in “The Red Sea” « 1 Cor 10:2 »

.. into Christ « Gal 3:27 »


All of these .. several .. characteristics of baptism have their .. individualized .. significance of believer purpose and experience. And, such « BAPTIZED » believers, becoming thoroughly baptized in [ ALL ] of these stated characteristics, are .. peculiarly .. distinguished unto salvation, being, therein, separated from damnation! The [ VITAL ] indicator here, as we ( Michael and Reneé ) have come to recognize, is [ THE PREFACE ] to this « BAPTISM » dynamic of multiple experiences, which is [ THE .. « SPECIFICALLY RIGHT » .. GOSPEL ] that is preached by [ Proper ~ APOSTLES ], as an .. implicit .. reference of qualification! The [ APOSTLES' GOSPEL ] is linked to believers' salvation, via their .. peculiar empowerment of .. « BAPTISMS »!


We ( Michael and Reneé ) have felt the compelling, of « THE SPIRIT ~ of Truth », to acknowledge this correlation of .. implicit prerequisites .. as .. NOT .. being trivial / whimsical philosophy / or distorted scripturizing, but; as being a « CORE ISSUE » that brings the promised result of New Testament salvation, that liberates its believers .. from the commonness .. of all humanity's automatic default of damnation! The matter of the [ APOSTLES' GOSPEL ], and their qualifying empowerment of « BAPTISM », we have accepted, are [ KEY ] linkages to entering into the next scriptural events of disciple experience, which have been either void entirely throughout the contemporary Church culture, or have been confused by their practice from novices!


Mark 16:17 And [ .. these signs shall follow « THEM THAT BELIEVE » .. ( the gospel of the Eleven Apostles ) .. ]; « IN MY NAME SHALL THEY CAST OUT DEVILS »; they shall speak with new tongues;


Signs follow the believers, of [ THE .. « SPECIFICALLY RIGHT » .. GOSPEL ], that has been preached by [ Proper ~ APOSTLES ]. They, that believe and who are so baptized into this .. particular and peculiar .. construct of faith, shall « CAST OUT DEVILS », having an extraordinary power and insight to men's hearts! This matter, of men having unclean .. devil .. spirits, and having those devil spirits cast out, are characteristics of [ THE .. « SPECIFICALLY RIGHT » .. GOSPEL ], that has been preached to believers by [ Proper ~ APOSTLES ]! This « CASTING OUT DEVILS » is a « CORE ISSUE » of the Gospel of Jesus Christ! The having of this awareness; the having of this acknowledgement; the having of this belief and acceptance of unclean .. devil .. spirits abiding within men, in the causing of men's afflictions, .. bondages, .. and wickedness; this conceptual recognition [ WILL BE ] a conscious component of Jesus Christ's « TRUE » believers. Other signs manifestly occur as well, however, this « CASTING OUT DEVILS » seems to be a frightful concept that many .. professing Christians .. evade and dismiss with urgency, frequently with vigorous argument that simply denies the scripture!


Mark 16:18 They .. ( believers .. of the Apostles' Gospel ) .. shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they .. ( believers .. of the Apostles' Gospel ) .. shall lay hands on the sick, and they .. ( who are prayed over by believers .. of the Apostles' Gospel ) .. shall recover.


[ THE .. « SPECIFICALLY RIGHT » .. GOSPEL ], that has been preached by [ Proper ~ APOSTLES ], will produce Manifestations of Divine protection, for « Properly ~ BAPTIZED » believers. Poisons, .. emitted from earthly serpents .. emitted from earthy contaminants .. emitted from concocted chemistries and medications of the earth, are [ ALL ] agents of spiritual realm assault, integrated with, and .. oddly .. empowered by, unclean spirits! All such earthly poisons, being detached from their power base of unclean spirits, shall be dampened, diluted and dissolved, without harm coming to such « Properly ~ BAPTIZED » believers! And further, the power of transference, from « Properly ~ BAPTIZED » believers' flesh bodies to other « NON-BAPTIZED » believing men's flesh bodies, is a .. peculiar .. sign of confirming evidence, that qualifies this « Proper ~ BAPTISM », and its source of origination to the [ APOSTLES' GOSPEL ]!


Of course, on many occasions, passersby will implore us ( Michael and Renee´ ) to pray for them, who are professing Christians; and, our report of these events is that their state of denial, of « Proper ~ BAPTISM », .. of their hosting indwelling « Unclean Spirits », .. of [ A .. « SPECIFICALLY RIGHT » .. GOSPEL ] that has been preached [ ONLY ] by [ Proper ~ APOSTLES ]; such denial describes an array of « FAITH ABSENCES » that have « blocked their healing and relief » from their afflictions! Many professing Christians confess to bondages toward needing medications and various procedures of invasive surgeries, testifying of their « ACTIVE FAITH » as having been invested in men's [ Sciences and Flesh Minded Intellectualism ] to solve afflictions that are empowered by « Unclean Spirits »!


Mark 16:19-20 So then « after the Lord had spoken unto them », he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God. And they .. ( the Eleven Apostles ) .. went forth, and preached every where, [ .. the Lord working with them .. ( the Eleven Apostles ) .., and « CONFIRMING .. the word .. WITH SIGNS FOLLOWING » .. ]. Amen.


Signs will follow behind [ Proper ~ APOSTLES ], confirming the [ Word of God ], in its accuracy of original authentication; that, « THE LORD JESUS CHRIST » had .. in fact .. established their [ « SPECIFICALLY RIGHT » .. GOSPEL ]! Signs confirm [ « THIS ONE ~ RIGHT » .. GOSPEL ]! Such signs confirm a complex dynamic of « BAPTISM » experiences, which; « BAPTISM », drives such believers toward « CASTING OUT DEVILS », with .. EXTREME prejudice of Divine energy!


Spirits are Subject to the Seventy

Luke 10:17-20 And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, « even the devils are subject unto us » « through .. THY NAME ». And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightening fall from heaven. Behold, « I give unto you power » to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you. Notwithstanding in this « rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you »; but rather « rejoice, because .. your names are written in heaven .. ».


The seventy disciples were following the directive of « The Christ of God », in their obediently casting out devils; so that, the casting out of devils is clearly related to these seventy disciples obediently following the « The Christ of God », and; cannot be separated from that .. implicit .. relationship! These devils, being cast out of men, appeared to « The Christ of God » as “lightening” .. falling from heaven .. ( vs 17 ) .. . Men, being delivered from the power / presence of devils, are characterized as .. “heaven” being liberated .. at the speed of lightening! « Men and “heaven” » are equated with an overlapping correlation, by « The Christ of God »!


This scriptural portrayal, .. when standing alone .., appears to be mysterious to many professing Christians, and of course; subject to misinterpretation. Some professing Christians, offering their scriptural wisdom to us at the Crossroads Cafe, see this reference to « spirits » as being a parody that symbolizes « Good Religious Men's Suffrage » in an Evil World. And, these professing Christians champion the idea that God's grace, wondrously defaulted unto [ ALL ] who use ( His ) name .. even whimsically .., enables them to .. NOT .. experience any struggles while in [ THIS EVIL WORLD ], liberating them to just enjoying their lives of flesh, in happy pursuits of ( Self Indulging ~ Entertainments ). These professing Christians, not devoted to obeying « The Christ of God »,

as « The Seventy Disciples » of this scripture; such professing Christians are .. NOT .. busy with following this directive to « CAST OUT DEVILS », but instead; are .. NOT ACTUALLY .. experiencing any conflict with « serpents .. scorpions .. and spirits », on [ ANY ] level of awareness!


Our viewpoint, coming from our own experience, is that these « serpents .. scorpions .. and spirits » are .. NOT .. merely parodies symbolizing « Good Religious Men's Suffrage » in an Evil World, but; are .. LITERALLY .. characterizing « A REALITY of HEAVEN within MEN » that resists .. that denies .. and that wars against « The Christ of God », and; against ( His ) Kingdom disciples! Many such professing Christians, in dialog with us, .. DO NOT .. intellectually register their having this experience of resistance and threat, waged against them as disciples of « The Christ of God », and; .. DO NOT .. recognize that this warfare, within the place of heaven inside of men, is .. peculiarly absent .. in their own Christian experience! They appear to be at peace with « their inner devils », and are .. NOT .. striving against this rebellion against « The Christ of God »! They remain as blind subjects to unclean spirits, and; .. factually .. are earthly agents who host and enable « serpents .. scorpions .. and spirits », in their own resisting of « The Christ of God »!


We ( Michael and Reneé ) have experienced on many occasions, after such discussions at the Crossroads Cafe, our being assaulted by « serpents .. scorpions .. and spirits »; and, for us to obtain relief from such painful afflictions, we have inquired of « THE SPIRIT ~ of Truth » for insightful discovery of the cause. Such causation, of these « serpents .. scorpions .. and spirits » coming against us, with savage intent of violent affliction, is commonly disclosed to have been the very passersby who we had previously had discussion with at the Crossroads Cafe! Such professing Christians, believing themselves to be « GOOD RELIGIOUS MEN », have been stirred up by our dialog with them. And, after their reflection upon our brief commentary, on this or that from scripture, they became angered .. provoked to bring harm upon us ..; and, in such emotional outbreaks, their indwelling « serpents .. scorpions .. and spirits » were launched toward us, as torpedoes might be shot at a targeted enemy! Somehow, we had become a designated enemy, as disciples of « The Christ of God »; and, our posturing of scriptural preparations have caused others, .. professing Christians .., to consider us to be a danger toward that which indwelt within them, the « serpents .. scorpions .. and spirits » of [ SATAN ]!


By the course of our careful listening, to « THE SPIRIT ~ of Truth », our own experience of affliction would be dampened, diluted and dissolved, and; all harm would vanish! We would recover and be restored. However, from such events, following behind our discussions at the Crossroads Cafe, we would be given evidence of confirmation, that; the [ Word of God ~ GOSPEL ], from « THE LORD JESUS CHRIST », was protecting us, while exposing the [ LYING GOSPEL ] that the other professing Christians had planted in their own hearts, in [ FAITH ]! This distinction between [ Word of God ~ GOSPEL ], from « THE LORD JESUS CHRIST », and; a [ LYING GOSPEL ] being believed in with [ FAITH ]; this distinction has been played out over .. and over .. and over .. so that now, we ( Michael and Reneé ) are substantially convicted in these matters of the [ APOSTLES' « true » GOSPEL ] and « Proper ~ BAPTISM » and this « CORE ISSUE » of « CASTING OUT DEVILS »!


Satan Desires to Sift « Disciples of The Christ »

Luke 22:31-32 And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, « SATAN HATH DESIRED TO HAVE YOU, THAT HE MAY SIFT YOU AS WHEAT »: but « I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not »: and « WHEN THOU ART CONVERTED », strengthen thy brethren.


Simon was .. NOT YET .. converted at the time of this exchange between Satan and « The Christ of God »! Simon was .. certainly .. a vessel that remained susceptible to the sifting desires of « unclean spirits », including Satan! When Simon .. should become .. converted, the promise was that this factor .. of susceptibility to Satan's sifting .. would change; but, before the conversion occurred, Simon .. COULD FAIL .. in his faith! And, Jesus implored Simon that [ AFTER ] his conversion, that Simon must strengthen his brothers, « Fellow Believers »! This same danger, of Satan's sifting desires, and also believers' failing faith, .. apparently .. existed as a reality for the « Fellow Believers », as well!


We ( Michael and Reneé ) have encountered .. within ourselves .. this threat of the devil .. [ SATAN ] .. speaking thoughts / arguments / condemnations of our past sins / lures of self centered indulgences, that would have derailed our faith, had we .. NOT .. remained concentric on a prayer life of continuous vigilance! So, we understand how other Christian believers, striving to follow in obedience to « The Christ of God », can be subverted with temptations and deceptions of a « desiring / sifting spirit ». Until the time of conversion, this threat looms as a relentless challenge! Such a challenge, in our opinion of experience, requires a mind set of ceaseless prayer, in yielding to the higher authority of « The Christ of God », to remain sanctified / separated out from the sifting empowerment of .. [ SATAN ] .. !


Satan Spoke « Through the Disciple » of Jesus Christ

Matthew 16:20 Then charged he his disciples that they should tell no man that he was Jesus the Christ.

Matthew 16:21 From that time forth « began Jesus to shew unto his disciples », how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, « AND BE KILLED », and be raised again the third day.

Matthew 16:22 Then « Peter took him, and began to rebuke him », saying, [ .. Be it far from thee, Lord: « THIS SHALL NOT BE UNTO THEE » .. ].

Matthew 16:23 But [ .. he .. ( Jesus ) .. turned, and said unto Peter, « GET THEE BEHIND ME, SATAN »: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men .. ].


This expose´ discloses that Satan .. COULD SPEAK .. through a disciple of « The Christ of God », even to tempting a .. WRONG .. thought process, .. of such a disciple .., toward derailing « THE FAITH » posturing of that disciple in « RIGHT DOCTRINE », leading such a disciple toward [ FAITH FAILURE ]. If that « Intrusive Spirit » is .. NOT .. recognized, in its temptation of a .. WRONG .. thought process, and; countered with a « Right Minded ~ Faith Doctrine », the disciple's [ FAITH ] could be subverted unto .. FAILURE .., ceasing the conversion process!


When we ( Michael and Reneé ) have reflected on our Crossroads Cafe conversations, with Christian passersby, we have .. NOTED .. the words .. spoken to us .. of « Subversive and Misleading Christian Doctrine », of « Worldly Minded Faith ~ Posturings » portrayed as being true Christianity, .. and of « Scripture Denying ~ Christian Philosophies »! We have come to accept .. a noticeable reality .. that Christians, who have .. NOT YET .. been converted, have remained susceptible to « unclean spirits », even to Satan's temptations of .. WRONG .. thought processes. Therein; many professing Christians may .. easily .. have been derailed in their thought processes, .. and; « Doctrines of Faith », before they .. ACTUALLY .. became converted!


The Devil Reality

Ephesians 6:10 Finally, my brethren, « be strong in the Lord », and « in the power of his might ».


“Brethren”, as a final measure of conclusive certitude, .. “be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might” .. . This is a most powerful state of reference; for, men .. religious men .. professing Christians .. are well practiced .. NOT .. in the strength of the Lord .. actually .. but in being strong in themselves, and in the power of their [ Intellectual Sentience ] of reasoning through Bible scriptures. Religious men [ Pharisees .. Nicolaitanes .. Balaamites .. followers of Dī-ŏt'-rě-phēs ] have been motivated with [ Intellectual Reason ] to hijack the Holy Scriptures for ( Self Engineered ) applications!


This becoming .. “strong in the Lord and in the power of his might” .. is exceptionally clear, that such believing brethren are .. NO LONGER .. to exercise their strength in themselves, nor to rely upon [ THE POWER ] of their [ INTELLECTUAL SENTIENCE ], to « reason their way » through salvation! Such .. BRETHREN .. of the New Covenant have entered into a brotherhood, of Covenant agreement .. acceptance .. trusted commitment .., that requires of them to transfer [ ALL ] of their expectation upon .. THE CREATION FATHER .. and to yield to ( HIS ) .. CREATION LAW .. methodology, regardless of its strangeness of operation!


Ephesians 6:11 [ .. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against « THE WILES » of the devil .. ].


.. “Standing against the wiles of the devil” .. is now on the table of Christian recognition. .. “The wiles of the devil” .. are the persuasions of devious abilities, which are to be given a measure of acknowledgement, as .. a real foe .. to stand against. To resist such an influence, of devious persuasions and abilities from such a mystical causation, is requiring something, .. an insulating protection, .. an armour plating; whereby, such an armour would be effectual .. particularly .. against an invisible foe, who is « THE DEVIL ».


What needs to be recognized here is that putting on such armour is prefaced by the believer becoming .. “strong in the Lord and in the power of his might” ..! Putting on such armour is .. entirely .. within the domain of God's Sovereignty, and the « MIGHT » of ( HIS ) ways, and; is .. NOT .. within the rule of ( fallen ) men, who are subject to a [ SIN ] nature, and susceptible to .. “the wiles of the devil” .., and its seductive capacity of [ INTELLECTUAL SENTIENCE ] and its ( “Tree of Knowledge” ~ source of Satanic reason ).


Ephesians 6:12 For « we wrestle not against flesh and blood », but against « PRINCIPALITIES », against « POWERS », against the « RULERS OF THE DARKNESS of THIS WORLD », against « SPIRITUAL WICKEDNESS in HIGH PLACES ».


.. “We wrestle not against flesh and blood”.. . Such a hierarchy of a « KINGDOM OF DEVILS », divided into principalities .. powers .. rulers of the darkness .. and spiritual wickedness in high places ..; such a reality is .. commonly portrayed in Church perspectives .. as existing [ OUT THERE SOMEWHERE in SPACE ] of an [ ELUSIVE DOMINION of HEAVEN ]; whereby, good religious men .. of scriptural reasoning .. are trying .. trying .. trying .. to ward off this invisible threat of .. invasive .. spirits. The mystery, commonly misunderstood throughout the whole of the Christian culture, is that this structure of « DEVIL SPIRITS » abides .. already .. « WITHIN the heart ~ tabernacles of men » .. « EVEN » Religious men .. « EVEN » professing Christian believers, who have .. NOT YET .. been converted; so that, such an invasion, by « THE DEVIL'S KINGDOM », has already occurred .. ACTUALLY .. at the very moment of .. conception in the womb .. of .. EVERY .. human being, WITHOUT EXCEPTION!


The battle ground is .. NOT .. in a mystical place of an [ ELUSIVE HEAVEN ], [ OUT THERE SOMEWHERE in SPACE ]! The battle ground is .. most certainly .. « WITHIN THE HEART » of each Covenant believer of Jesus Christ; wherein, a whole Kingdom hierarchy of « DEVIL SPIRITS » reign and rule .. deceptively .. with their twisting and coiling of men's logic and reason with Serpentine - like manipulation of the undiscipled soul! This warfare, against « unclean spirits », requires armour and weaponry of God's Sovereignty and « MIGHT »! This warfare must be focused upon believers' learning .. in proper discipleship .. how « God's Covenant System of Kingdom Order » manifestly appears within « Covenant ~ Obeying Men »! Men, who are trying to exercise « flesh and blood » logic in imaginary warfare against « flesh and blood » enemies, can .. NEVER .. successfully outmaneuver, nor escape from, « INVISIBLE DEVILS » that are ruled over .. exceptionally .. by Covenant Laws in the « MIGHT » of God's .. exclusive .. Sovereignty!« Covenant ~ Obeying Men » .. MUST .. learn to .. “be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might” .. !


Ephesians 6:13 Wherefore [ .. take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in « THE EVIL DAY » .. ], and having done all, to stand.


.. “Take unto you the whole armour of God” .. ! This statement is profoundly revealing. « THE DEVIL'S KINGDOM » of principalities .. powers .. rulers of the darkness .. and spiritual wickedness in high places .., [ and ] God's Sovereignty and « MIGHT », are two separate factors of reference that incorporate a very sobering matter of Covenant learning. This .. “whole armour of God” .. reference states very succinctly that a simple piece of armour is .. NOT .. sufficient in protecting against influences and persuasions of .. “the wiles of the devil” ..! An array of weapons and armour are required! Such Covenant Believers .. MUST .. become sober minded upon engaging a battle of necessity, which; battle, requires « multiple warfare components », [ ALL ] of which are .. entirely .. dependent upon the believer being .. “strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might” .. !


.. “That ye may be able to withstand in the evil day” .. is certainly portraying a condition that is unavoidable, an « EVIL DAY » that [ WILL ] occur! Withstanding an indwelling « KINGDOM OF DEVILS », divided into principalities .. powers .. rulers of the darkness .. and spiritual wickedness in high places .., is daunting on its surface, indicating that being .. “strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might” .. is [ THE ] requirement that will .. NOT .. allow for substitutions. This « EVIL DAY » is [ THE TIME ] of Covenant discipleship [ BEFORE ] conversion; whereby, the Covenant believer is confronted with the full range of indwelling « DEVIL POWERS .. DEVIL PRINCES .. DEVIL RULERS and DEVIL WICKEDNESS » that require the .. exclusive .. abilities of « God's Covenant System of Kingdom Order » .. . “The whole armour of God” .. is required! Everything that God has provided in the Covenant is necessary .. “that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day” ..! Every piece must be acknowledged, learned with sober diligence, and practiced with disciplined resolve, to .. NOT .. succumb to .. “the wiles of the devil” ..! This is a massive undertaking, for; each believer to endure, .. to overcome, .. to achieve victory over, .. this « EVIL DAY » of necessary warfare!


Ephesians 6:14 [ .. Stand therefore, having your loins « GIRT ABOUT WITH TRUTH », and having on the « BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS ».. ];


« Truth and Righteousness » are [ THE ] key components to this protective armour. Certainly, this association, with having truth, is directed at « having been given » « The Spirit of Truth »; and, this righteousness is correlative to « having been justified » in righteousness, by the .. explicit .. exercising of « Right Faith »! Both « Truth and Righteousness » are imputed [ BY GOD ] and .. NOT .. by ( Self Conferring ) men! Both « Truth and Righteousness » are responses from God, toward those who have .. satisfied the prefaced qualification .. of [ .. The « Two Commandments » of Jesus Christ .. of Matthew 22:36-40 ]! Men .. CANNOT .. confer this armour protection, of « Truth and Righteousness », upon themselves, by practicing a daily regimen of [ INTELLECTUALLY .. PUTTING ON THIS ARMOUR ]!


Becoming .. “strong in the Lord and in the power of his might” .. is .. NOT .. satisfied by a token prayer ritual that misses [ THE ] prefaced criteria of [ .. The « Two Commandments » of Jesus Christ .. of Matthew 22:36-40 ], and the required protocol of « Right Faith »! We ( Michael and Reneé ) have heard this testimony quite frequently, at the Crossroads Cafe, how Christian passersby have put on their armour that morning, chanting this passage of scripture, while .. NOT ACTUALLY .. being .. “strong in the Lord and in the power of his might”, but; insisting .. upon their own conferred authority .. deceptively manipulated .. by the twisted logic and coiled reasoning, of indwelling Serpentine – like « DEVIL SPIRITS »! Our Christian passersby have declared their Christian faith to [ TURN ON ] God's power at their [ INTELLECTUALIZED DEMAND ], as they pronounce each piece of armour to protect them. We .. commonly .. do not engage them with debate in a public environment, for that may quickly escalate to an energetic argument, not winnable with contentious men who are vastly overcome .. still .. by their indwelling unclean spirits. Commonly, such passersby have .. NOT .. perceived the rule of God's Sovereignty nor the prefaced qualification .. of [ .. The « Two Commandments » of Jesus Christ .. of Matthew 22:36-40 ], nor the .. explicit .. exercising of « Right Faith »!


Ephesians 6:15 And your feet shod with « the preparation of the gospel of peace »;


The Believer, having .. “feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace” .., is .. NOT .. about the Believer being prepared to have « peace with men » of the World, .. with Worldliness, .. with men's lusting desires and sinful compulsions of « unclean spirits »; but, .. “the preparation of the gospel of peace” .. is very concentric upon the Believer having a ready mind to .. always .. be in peaceful agreement .. WITH GOD .. exceptionally, at [ ALL ] times! This .. “preparation of the gospel of peace” .. is [ ALL ] about being concentric upon reconciling with God .. THE FATHER of Jesus Christ ..; and therein, being .. “strong in the Lord and in the power of his might” ..!


When men .. Religious men .. professing Christians .. have developed their strength in themselves, and in the power of their [ Intellectual Sentience ], in their [ Intellectual Reasoning ] of Bible scriptures; such men have been functioning with the .. indwelling heart motivations .. of « unclean spirits », who are twisting and coiling such .. unconverted .. men's logic and reason with Serpentine - like manipulation! Such men have been deceived .. massively .. into believing that they ( themselves ) have been imputed with God's abilities of authority, while they yet remain [ AT PEACE ] with a « KINGDOM OF DEVILS », divided into principalities .. powers .. rulers of the darkness .. and spiritual wickedness in high places ..! Such deceived and manipulated men have not yet shod themselves with .. “the preparation of the gospel of peace” .. « WITH GOD »! Their spiritual walk has .. NOT YET .. been reconciled with .. THE FATHER of Jesus Christ .. and; ( HIS ) Holy Son!


As we ( Michael and Reneé ) have discussed this .. carefully .. with passersby, the .. common .. twisting of faith logic, and the Serpentine coiling of Intellectual reasoning, has been .. “God loves us and desires to help us and give us the things that we ask of him .. . Their feet have been shod with .. “the preparation of the gospel of « Self Serving ~ Faith Prayers »” .. . They have .. NOT ACTUALLY .. entered into the gospel of peace with God; whereby, they must give up [ ALL ] concentration upon « Self Serving Indulgences », in order to submit themselves to [ .. The « Two Commandments » of Jesus Christ .. of Matthew 22:36-40 ], and; the .. explicit .. exercising of « Right Faith »!


Ephesians 6:16 [ .. ABOVE ALL .. ], « taking the shield of faith », wherewith « ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of .. THE WICKED .. ».


[ ABOVE ALL ] other matters of protective armour, the believer is admonished toward .. “taking the shield of faith” .. as [ THE ] antidote to fiery darts of « WICKEDNESS », that are cast at New Testament believers! A protection of « RIGHT FAITH » is necessary! « WICKEDNESS », of « WICKED FAITH », is the standard posturing throughout the World, and; is the normal .. spiritual .. characteristic of [ ALL ] Worldly men, requiring this protection for [ ALL ] believers. « WICKED » men of the World are driven by « WICKED » motivations, by indwelling « WICKED SPIRITS »! This faith matter, being accentuated above [ ALL ] other armour of God, is .. clearly .. denoting the significance of [ THIS ] New Covenant ~ Principle! Faith is a « CORE ISSUE » to get right! And, if this « CORE ISSUE » is .. NOT .. right, then the fiery darts from « WICKED MEN'S FAITH » will .. certainly .. overcome [ ANY ] New Testament believer who is attempting to root out a « KINGDOM OF DEVILS », divided into principalities .. powers .. rulers of the darkness .. and spiritual wickedness in high places ..!


We ( Michael and Reneé ), in our many discussions with Christian passersby, have presented the elements of « Righteous Faith », after the « Faith Pattern of Abraham », who believed God when God revealed ( HIMSELF ) to Abraham. However, our testimony .. strangely .. has frequently been denied / disbelieved / deflected as being exaggerated, by professing New Testament Christians; for, we testify that .. “We « ACTIVELY » hear the indwelling voice of the « LIVING GOD », and; we obey God in [ ALL ] matters of ( HIS ) direction, NOT as an [ INTELLECTUALIZED ~ STYLE ] of Religion, but; as a fellowship with the indwelling « ZOË ~ Life » of Jesus Christ”. And .. further .. we ( Michael and Renee´ ) testify that we are .. extremely careful .. to hear the indwelling voice of « THE SPIRIT ~ of Truth » in our reflections of scripture understanding, not trusting in our own « Head Logic and Reasoning »; for, we realize how unclean spirits .. « SATAN » .. can distort our thinking and application of [ FAITH ], through that « OLD » temptation of « Self pleasing ~ Intellectualism » ..!


This statement has invoked some Christians to return blank stares to us, as though that ideology is bizarre / aberrational / highly imaginary and delusional! A faith, that is based upon .. hearing a voice .. of a « LIVING GOD » and then obeying such a voice with trust, that such a voice might be the indwelling « ZOË ~ Life » of Jesus Christ; such a bold position of faith is a foreign ideology that confounds common Church citizens! For Christians to .. NOT .. reason their way through scriptures, but to rely upon a « Spirit Voice » from within; such a position of faith is relying upon « that voice » .. exclusively .., which subjects such believers to rulership of whatever voice is being heard! To most Christians, the departure from their [ INTELLECTUALIZED ] practice of Religion is placing them in jeopardy of rule by an .. UNKNOWN .. source, who is speaking to them! They fear that God might .. NOT .. be the voice that they hear; but unfortunately, they are .. ALREADY .. programmed with a trained orientation to unclean spirits, even « SATAN », who [ IS ] « ACTIVELY » guiding them / teaching them his ways / and guarding them from the .. intrusive gospel .. that will redeem them out of his hand of covert rule! And, that [ IS ] our point, exactly!


At one such dialog, a young man in his late twenties, portrayed to us his posturing of faith. He had completed a local seminary program to enter the ministry, and was reflecting on his next course of scholastic discipline, to better prepare for the future role of church ministry. He was carefully reviewing a path of psychology, as a study plan for counseling future church members. We ( Michael and Reneé ) gave him our report of faith unto righteousness, as previously stated; and, his careful response was that he would pray for us, that we might come out of our bondage to spirit voices! This young man, in his seminary training was so cautioned against « deceiving spirits », as being a common entrapment of Christians, that they had thoroughly captured his faith as relying [ ONLY ] upon [ INTELLECTUALIZING ] scriptures, and therein; remaining .. entirely .. bound up with [ Tree of Knowledge ~ Head calculating of Good and Evil ]! This young man, of completed seminary training, had been taught to .. NOT .. believe that God would speak to him .. individually .., or; that [ THE WORD of GOD ] would abide within him as a « Living Voice » of Jesus Christ's « ZOË ~ Life »! His faith was .. literally .. trained by the church society to [ FAIL ] .. any belief .. in « God's Living Voice »! This seminary training, we know, to be a literal « DOCTRINE of DEVILS », constructed by « DEVIL SPIRITS », who are naturally abiding within .. even .. Religious men!


Ephesians 6:17 And [ .. take « THE HELMET OF SALVATION », and « THE SWORD OF THE SPIRIT », which is « THE WORD OF GOD » .. ]:


The believer is admonished to .. “take the helmet of salvation” .., which; helmet, is armour that has been relegated .. exclusively .. by God; because, the believer is adhering to the admonition to, .. “be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might” .. of .. ( vs 10 ) .. . This is a [ VITAL ] matter of believer protection; for, the believer's head, .. logic and reasoning .., and its capacity to intellectualize the believer's experience of [ THE EARTH ~ Realm ], [ THE WORLD of Men's Souls ], and [ HEAVEN'S Spirits ]; this dynamic of men's Sentience is .. the battle plane ..; whereby, indwelling .. unclean spirits .. have already established a « Castle » of elaborately layered « Mental Defenses ». The very salvation of the believer is at stake, .. is severely undermined, .. is warred against by an enemy that has carefully staged a successful strategy of « VAIN SEDUCTIONS » .. from within the [ HOUSE ] .. of the New Testament believer!


The believer further is admonished to .. “take the sword of the spirit” .., .. HUH?!, ..WHAT?!, .. a spiritual sword, .. a sword designated to function on a spiritual plane, AS A WEAPON AGAINST SPIRITS! HUH?! This scripture is « ACTIVELY » instructing New Testament believers to take up a weapon against spirits, along with having the helmet of God's protection, against compromises of the believer's head, .. logic and reasoning .., and its capacity to intellectualize the believer's senses of reality! These weapons and armour are tools of war, and need to be reflected upon carefully by New Testament believers. This weapon, the sword of the spirit [ IS ] .. “the word of God” .. . The [ Word of God ] is a weapon / a sword specifically designed against spirits! Such a weapon will have .. NO .. effectualization unless the believer's head, .. logic and reasoning .., and its capacity, to intellectualize the believer's senses of reality, is protected by a helmet governed by the New Testament believer's resolution to .. “be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might” .. of .. ( vs 10 ) .. . This sword of the spirit, the [ Word of God ], will have .. NO POWER .., accomplish .. NO WORK .., produce .. NO SALVATION .., [ WHEN ] the believer's head, .. logic and reasoning .., and its capacity, to intellectualize the believer's senses of reality, remain captured in slavery to « THE WILES of the DEVIL » .. ( vs 11 ) .. . This realization should bring cold clammy shivers to New Testament Christians, instead of the simple minded « morning chant ~ prayer rituals » of mainstream Christianity!


The [ Word of God ] dynamic of the sword, being taken .. resolutely and deliberately .. by New Testament believers, is requiring an understanding of [ WHAT ] the [ Word of God ~ Sword ] [ IS ]! This « WORD ~ unit of language » in [ “Word” of God ], is translated from its « Greek origin as: RHEMA ». This [ Word of God ~ “Rhema” ] is distinguished from « WORD ~ unit of language » as translated from its « Greek origin as: LOGOS ». [ Word of God ~ “Rhema” ] is utilized to mean « Word Life ~ Fruit » that is born from / produced from « Word Life ~ Seed .. or matured Tree » of [ Word of God ~ “Logos” ]. « Rhema » comes out of « Logos »! « Rhema ~ fruit » holds within it « the seed » of its origin, for future planting of « Logos ~ seed ». « Rhema ~ fruit » is eaten. « Logos ~ seed » is planted in the eating process and begins to grow up within [ THE HOUSE ] of the eater. When « Logos ~ seed » impregnates [ THE HOUSE ] of the believer, that « Logos ~ seed » takes root, grows up and matures, and eventually .. in its season .. bears its fruit « Rhema »! There is a very careful distinction, between « Rhema ~ Word of God » and « Logos ~ Word of God », that casts a particular characteristic upon [ God's Word ] being a « Spiritual Sword »! The [ Word of God ~ Rhema ] is fruit born from a [ Word of God ~ Logos Tree ] that is growing up from within [ THE HOUSE ] of a New Testament believer! This [ Word of God ~ Rhema ] is quite literally the « Speaking Voice » of God, resonating from the « Principle Faith Truth ~ Logos » from within the believer's [ GARDEN HOUSE ~ Flesh Tabernacle ]! A believer of Jesus Christ will, by definition of a believer, be hosting the [ Word of God ] .. Luke 11:28 [ .. blessed are they that hear « THE WORD OF GOD », and « KEEP IT » .. ]. The [ Word of God ~ Logos & Rhema ] are both « CORE » components of New Testament orientation; and, without the « hearing and keeping » of the [ Word of God ], while perceiving both « Rhema & Logos », a person .. IS NOT .. a believer, in truth!


So, this [ Word of God ~ Rhema ], being the literal « Speaking Voice » of God, is a spontaneous « Unction » of Jesus Christ's indwelling « ZOË ~ Life »! This taking .. .. “the sword of the spirit” .. is .. quite literally .. hearing the indwelling [ Word of God ~ Rhema ], and speaking that [ Word of God ~ Rhema ], and therein; striking a sword blow with the .. SCRIPTURAL WEAPON .. of Jesus Christ's « ZOË ~ Life »! This experience is .. NOT POSSIBLE .. to professing Christians who are denying / resisting / disbelieving in « God's Living Voice » as a normal component of New Testament Christianity; and therein, such pretending Christians remain as prisoners .. STILL .. to their indwelling unclean spirits!


Ephesians 6:18 [ .. Praying always with all prayer and supplication « IN THE SPIRIT » .. ], and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;


.. “Praying always with all prayer and supplication « IN THE SPIRIT »” .. is [ THE CORE FUNCTIONALITY ] of New Testament believers / disciples / followers. Believers of Jesus Christ have this New Testament [ JOB / PURPOSE ], as holy priests of intercession, .. to prayerfully seek, .. to prayerfully ask, .. to prayerfully inquire, .. to prayerfully petition, for W H A T? What is the objective of this prayerful process? New Testament believers / disciples / followers of Jesus Christ, when abiding in « THE SPIRIT », will be in continuous study of God's Will, in the discovery of the empowerment of « THE SPIRIT »!


Believing men's prayerfully seeking .. asking .. inquiring .. petitioning to know God's Will, in « THE SPIRIT », are lending themselves to serve God's Holy Son, as instruments .. of « THE SPIRIT » .. . « THE SPIRIT » then, abiding in [ THE BELIEVER'S HOUSE ], is an immediate connection unto .. THE CREATION FATHER ..; whereby, the New Testament Believer may exercise « Right Faith ~ Energy » to produce the resulting effectuation of God's Will! This is an astonishment to acknowledge, knowing that .. THE INTENDED .. objective, of the New Testament ~ Promises of Jesus Christ, is for believing men's « Right Faith ~ Energy » to become « a holy force », that moves through the heaven realm, within men, to cause the Will of God to Manifestly appear with Miraculous Holiness!


This .. “Praying always with all prayer and supplication « IN THE SPIRIT »” .. is fundamentally qualified as a function that works [ ONLY ] because of this intermediary linkage of « THE NEW TESTAMENT SPIRIT »! If this linkage, of « THE NEW TESTAMENT SPIRIT », has .. NOT .. been accessed, then such pretending believers are prayerfully seeking .. prayerfully asking .. prayerfully inquiring .. prayerfully petitioning [ IN VAIN ], producing .. NO .. effectualization of Divine Manifestations, of Miraculous Holiness! Such pretending believers, asking amiss, are praying according to their self-serving / self-indulging motivations, attempting to cause God to follow behind their « unclean spirit » leadership, and; to serve « THE WILLS » of .. unconverted .. men!


This « NEW TESTAMENT SPIRIT » is the [ KEY ] to experiencing the New Testament promises of Miracle Works, of God's Holy Kingdom! Such .. unconverted believers .., who are attempting to fulfill Jesus Christ's Holy Works of holy priests, while [ THEIR HOUSE ] remains contaminated with [ UNHOLINESS ], will have .. NO .. evidence, of God's Holy Kingdom Manifestation, following behind their prayerful seeking .. asking .. inquiring .. and petitioning! II COR 6:14-18 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? And « what communion hath light with darkness »? And « what concord hath Christ with Belial »? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? For [ .. YE ARE THE TEMPLE OF THE LIVING GOD .. ]; as God hath said, « I will dwell in them, and walk in them »; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. [ .. Wherefore come out from among them, and « BE YE SEPARATE », saith the Lord .. ], and [ .. TOUCH NOT THE UNCLEAN THING; AND I WILL RECEIVE YOU .. ]. « And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters », saith the Lord Almighty. ..This unholy condition, of .. unconverted .. professing believers, keeps such attempts at holy intercession from being received / heard / acknowledged / empowered with God's endorsement of Miracle Holiness! Such acting Christians are .. confirmed in their condition .. of « unclean spirit » leadership, by [ THIS ABSENCE of HOLY RESULTS ]!


Again, this « SAME » verse:

Ephesians 6:18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the spirit, and [ .. watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication « FOR ALL SAINTS » .. ];


Now, this .. “watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication « FOR ALL SAINTS »” .. is .. VERY .. focused upon a particular direction of .. constricted .. perseverance and supplication. This constricted focus is .. NOT .. directed toward [ ALL ] « Lost Souls », or [ THE WORLD ] in general! But, this emphasis is concentric upon a qualified group who are designated as being « SAINTS »! This .. word .. for saints is « Greek: hagios ~ most holy thing ». The same .. word .. « Greek: hagios ~ most holy thing » is used in characterizing the .. « HOLY GHOST ~ hagios », « HOLY ANGELS ~ hagios », and the « HOLY PLACE ~ hagios »! So « SAINTS » are clearly identifying persons as being included in this same quality of « HOLINESS » of God's « MOST HOLY SPIRIT », which is emphatically .. NOT .. having the character of being « UNHOLY », .. of being « SATANIC », .. and of being « SINFUL »!


The « SAINTS » are [ THE ] .. particular .. beneficiaries of this letter to the Ephesians, unto .. “all perseverance and supplication” ..! New Testament believers, warring against a « KINGDOM OF DEVILS », divided into principalities .. powers .. rulers of the darkness .. and spiritual wickedness in high places ..; such New Testament believers are directed to place their prayerfully seeking .. asking .. inquiring .. petitioning to know God's Will, in « THE SPIRIT », with the preparation of full battle armour, for the benefit of « SAINTS ». These « SAINTS » have come to a place of « Greek: hagios ~ most holy thing », therein; carrying the designation of having become converted, delivered out of the previous bondages of unclean spirits, portraying their victory of having arrived at the prefaced understanding, of having previously become .. “strong in the Lord and in the power of his might” ..! This admonition to the Ephesians, unto .. “watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication « FOR ALL SAINTS »” .. is .. very much .. placing responsibility upon Ephesians, and by association then; upon [ ALL ] such New Testament believers, for us to share / carry / endure the battle for those who have « already » obtained the victory over the « KINGDOM OF DEVILS », indicating .. clearly .. that such a battle continues .. STILL .. even after a holy conversion is obtained!


This battle .. DOES NOT END .. until the End of this present Age, when « THE DEVIL ~ SATAN » is bound up for a thousand years, at the commencing of [ THE MILLENNIAL REIGN of JESUS CHRIST ]! New Testament believers, warring against a « KINGDOM OF DEVILS », divided into principalities .. powers .. rulers of the darkness .. and spiritual wickedness in high places ..; such a war is .. VERY MUCH .. a component of our own experience ( Michael and Reneé ); wherein, we are very experienced as Church Prophets, in our own carrying a burden of .. “watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication « FOR ALL SAINTS »”! This [ IS ] our work .. exactly ..; whereby, we are embattled continually by our .. “Standing against the wiles of the devil” .., not only for ourselves, but more emphatically for the « SAINTS », present AND future!


Ephesians 6:19 [ .. And for me, « THAT .. UTTERANCE .. MAY BE GIVEN UNTO ME », that I may open my mouth boldly, « TO MAKE KNOWN .. THE MYSTERY .. OF THE GOSPEL » .. ],


The New Testament believers of Ephesus are being made ready to engage in a « spiritual dynamic » of war, being taught these lessons of prayer and supplication, and; the necessity of spiritual armour. These believers of Ephesus, being ( also ) taught the « GOSPEL PREREQUISITE » of becoming .. “strong in the Lord and in the power of his might” .., are requested that ( they ) now include the Apostle ~ Writer of this Epistle .. « PAUL » .. in their burden of prayer, that « PAUL » ( also ) would be designated as a « SAINT », who has need of that same measure of protective caring, as other « SAINTS »!


Paul, the writer of these scriptures, having already placed his « RHEMA » of Divine knowledge and understanding « OF THE GOSPEL » before these Ephesians, and .. by association ( also ) .., before [ ALL ] New Testament believers; Paul is requesting their help, of « RIGHT FOCUSED PRAYER and SUPPLICATION », for him to obtain additional benefit of « THE SPIRIT », for him to be less blocked by a « KINGDOM OF DEVILS », divided into principalities .. powers .. rulers of the darkness .. and spiritual wickedness in high places .. . Paul knows that « RIGHT FOCUSED PRAYER and SUPPLICATION » « IN THE SPIRIT » may enable him to be free to a greater level, for him to more clearly bring forward more knowledge and even more understanding « OF THE GOSPEL », to .. further .. help the Ephesians, and; [ ALL ] other .. future .. believers!


We ( Michael and Reneé ) have encountered many passersby, at the Crossroads Cafe; and, we have been alert to the hope that « OTHER SAINTS » would become .. likewise .. accounted to this work and its burden of this .. “watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication « FOR ALL SAINTS »” .., and; become fellow soldiers in this continuous battle « FOR THE GOSPEL ». As we have been quickened to this issue, by the abiding « THE SPIRIT ~ of Truth », we have listened .. carefully .. to the « RHEMA ~ Voice of God »; and, what we have come to recognize is that « FEW » have comprehended this scripturized burden « OF PAUL'S GOSPEL », of this .. particular .. “watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication « FOR ALL SAINTS »”; however, [ MANY ] .. professing to be Christians .. have been held to account, by God, to both: become .. “strong in the Lord and in the power of his might” .., and also; to stand .. “against the wiles of the devil” ..!


As a result of .. overlooking .. this New Testament mindset of preparation, [ MANY ] .. professing to be Christians .. are experiencing a warfare against a mysterious « KINGDOM OF DEVILS », divided into principalities .. powers .. rulers of the darkness .. and spiritual wickedness in high places ..; and, without their having this proper « GOSPEL » of preparation, their own confession .. of believing the New Testament .. has committed them to a battle that they .. DO NOT .. understand, but which afflicts them profoundly .. relentlessly .. and mercilessly! Many .. professing to be Christians .. are functioning [ WITHOUT ] spiritual armour or weaponry, and therein; are .. confused .. by their torments and repeated crises. They are attempting to find the grace of God, by praying [ AMISS ], trying to draw God to follow behind their « unclean spirit » leadership, to serve « THEIR OWN WILLS » of .. unconverted .. « UNSAINTLY ~ SINFULNESS », which [ IS ] « ANOTHER GOSPEL »!


Ephesians 6:20 [ .. For which .. ( gospel ) .. « I AM AN AMBASSADOR IN BONDS » .. ]: that therein .. ( the gospel ) .. I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.


.. “For which .. « GOSPEL » .. I am an ambassador in bonds” .. Paul is declaring that he is bound to the gospel, to speak the gospel as its ambassador! This ideology, of « PAUL'S GOSPEL », is very much a bondage to endure, .. a prison of voluntary submission, .. a truth, of Jesus Christ's New Testament, to uphold as a resolute decision, even unto extreme personal constraint! « HIS GOSPEL » insists that New Testament believers, like the Ephesians, must .. NOT .. be strong « IN THEMSELVES », but .. “be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might” .. . This concept, which .. prefaces .. this passage about spiritual warfare, goes against the popular idea of an « Intellectualized Religion », which; practice of eating from the « Tree of Knowledge .. of Good and Evil », is [ THE ] trap of Satanic temptation and manipulation! « PAUL'S GOSPEL » confronts this « Intellectualized Religion » as being « the enemy » to stand against, as .. “the wiles of [ THE DEVIL ]” .. .


This spiritualized idea of warfare requires armour and weaponry, and a very sober understanding of personal compromise .. inborn contamination .. cultural subversion .. Worldly minded orientation .. and even Christian Society failure, in being the target of [ THE DEVIL ]! « PAUL'S GOSPEL » necessitates bold speaking! WHY?! « PAUL'S GOSPEL » is .. NOT .. « The Standard Gospel » relied upon throughout the mainstream Christian Society! « PAUL'S GOSPEL » may be blithely claimed by much of Christendom, while separately they « teach » .. « preach » .. « celebrate » .. « deify » philosophical divergents that rally believers to an « Intellectualized Religion », II Timothy 3:01-7 [ .. THIS KNOW ALSO .. ], that in the last days « PERILOUS TIMES SHALL COME ». For « men shall be lovers of their own selves », covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers,incontinent, fierce, « despisers of those that are good », Traitors, heady, highminded, « LOVERS OF PLEASURES MORE THAN LOVERS OF GOD »; [ .. Having a form of godliness, but « DENYING THE POWER THEREOF »: « FROM SUCH TURN AWAY » .. ]. For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, « Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth ».


This Lengthy Preface Leads us to « This Following Lesson »

We ( Michael and Reneé ) have now presented .. this very careful documentation .. of New Covenant scriptures that disclose « THE GOSPEL » for true Christianity, incorporating a sober reality of Christian warfare and casting out [ THE DEVIL ]! When professing Christians are assuming that their walk of Christianity is .. perfectly fine .., while they are yet indwelt with unclean spirits, and; have .. NOT YET .. been converted to the stature of « Holy Sainthood »; such professing Christians are needing a « Reality Check »! This expose´ about spiritual warfare, quite apparently, is necessary for professing Christians to come to an awareness that they have .. NOT .. received the promise of the New Testament, which; promise of « THE SPIRIT ~ GIFT », is a Divine empowerment that is necessary to enable Christians to fulfill this « GOSPEL ~ UNTO SALVATION »!


Herein is the Lesson of « THE GIFT » of the Spirit


We ( Michael and Reneé ) regard the teaching of Jesus Christ, of the New Testament ~ Covenant, to have great value of highest importance, in ( His ) structuring the ordinances of Christian Faith. His Words of Life have established a .. focused priority of concentration .. upon ( His ) TWO COMMANDMENTS. This reference of TWO COMMANDMENTS is .. very much .. a necessary preface to assessing the « Faith practices » of [ ALL ] New Testament Believers.


All the Law and the Prophets

Matthew 22:36-40 Master, which is [ .. THE GREAT COMMANDMENT IN THE LAW .. ]? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is [ .. THE FIRST AND GREAT COMMANDMENT .. ]. And the second is like unto it, [ .. THOU SHALT LOVE THY NEIGHBOUR AS THYSELF .. ]. .. « ON THESE TWO COMMANDMENTS » [ .. HANG ALL THE LAW AND THE PROPHETS .. ] .


We ( Michael and Reneé ) are .. NOT .. simple minded in glossing over the faith discipline of obeying these two Commandments. The very measure of [ ALL ] thy heart, .. of [ ALL ] thy soul, .. of [ ALL ] thy mind, .. and [ ALL ] thy strength, [ .. included in Mark's reference .. ]; this [ ALL ] measure is an extraordinary concept of Divine requirement. [ ALL ] is required from the Covenant Believer in Loving God! Certainly we ( Michael and Renee´ ) acknowledge the commonality of Christian practices, in their [ PARTIALLY ] Loving God, in their [ MINIMALLY ] Loving God, in their [ VAGUELY & REMOTELY ] Loving God, and in their [ THEATRICAL PRETENTIONS ] of Loving God; so that, we truly comprehend .. the accepted norm .. throughout the Christian society, as being .. massively .. flawed, in the Church's gross neglect in .. NOT .. satisfying the First Commandment of God's Holy Son. Please consider this in your own reflection of faith.


Worshiping the Creature and not the Creator

Romans 1:18-19 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, « who hold the truth in unrighteousness »; Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; « for God hath shewed it unto them ».

Romans 1:20-21 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that « they are without excuse »: Because that, when they knew God, « they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful »; « but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened ».

Romans 1:22-23 « Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools », And « changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image » made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.

Romans 1:24-25 Wherefore « God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts », to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: [ .. WHO CHANGED THE TRUTH OF GOD INTO A LIE .. ], and « worshipped and served .. THE CREATURE .. more than the Creator », who is blessed for ever. Amen.


The common error, throughout the whole of the Christian culture, is that men, still functioning within a ( fallen ) mind of Gentile reasoning, have bulldozed through the Holy Scriptures with boldness of ( Self Assertive ) presumptions of Divine appointment. Such men, having been Created with Divine abilities of « Intellectual ~ Emotional ~ Sentience », pretend to « know » the scriptures. Through their Gentile mind sets of « Sentient Logic », ( fallen ) men « GLORIFY THEMSELVES »! By their practicing an « Intellectualized form of Religion », devoid of « Spiritually Empowered ~ ( Zoë ) », they have learned to worship « THE CREATURE » and not « THE CREATOR ». Such Religious men, .. of mainstream Christianity .., have denied of « THE CREATOR'S » Sovereignty of a « Spiritually based Methodology », and; have .. NOT .. obtained [ THE GIFT ~ Promise ] of « THE SPIRIT » of Jesus Christ's « ( Zoë ) ~ Life ». Such Gentile minded .. Religious men .. are still functioning with « non-Covenant » reasoning. They are .. still .. bound by [ THE CURSE ], and; do not recognize their own spiritual blindnesses and motivational bondages!



THE SECOND COMMANDMENT


Now, in discerning the clarity of the Second Commandment, we need to review the words of Jesus Christ, in ( His ) posturing a parable about .. the neighbor .. who is to be loved « as the self ».


The Ineffectual Priesthood

Luke 10:25-37 And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, ant tempted him, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? He said unto him, What is written in the law? How readest thou? And he answering said, [ .. Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself. .. ] And he said unto him, Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live. But he, « willing to justify himself », said unto Jesus, « And who is my neighbour?» And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and « fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. » And by chance there came down « a certain priest » that way; and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. And likewise « a Levite », when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side. But « a certain Samaritan », as he journeyed, came where he was; and when he saw him, « he had compassion on him », And [ .. went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in « OIL AND WINE », and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and « TOOK CARE OF HIM ». .. ] And on the morrow when he departed, [ .. he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee. .. ] Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him « that fell among the thieves? » And he said, [ .. He that shewed mercy on him .. ], Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise.


Jesus Christ .. God's Holy Son .. revealed mysteries of the Kingdom of Heaven, through parable ~ lessons. And even while Heaven's truths have Earthly parallels for referenced example, the principles of God's Kingdom still require ears for hearing deeper truths. We ( Michael and Reneé ) acknowledge that Jesus Christ's portrayal of [ THE NEIGHBOR ] has been vaguely construed in the Christian Society to represent the ( flesh ~ life ) dimension of religion, confusing anyone having a ( flesh life ) crisis with being [ THE NEIGHBOR ] of this parable, and therein; missing .. the deeper truth .. that is [ THE REAL MESSAGE ]!


So, we are detailing this parable ~ message in Luke's Gospel, to bring forward .. the deeper perspective .. of Christ Jesus, for; New Testament Believers to have a better understanding of this Second Commandment.



ß.. The Lawyer .. In the Second Commandment, regarding the defining of the neighbor, the Master, .. the Christ of God .., was teaching a principle to a lawyer of « THE OLD TESTAMENT LAW ». This lawyer was trained, by « THE LAW », to know the Old Testament principles of this parable; and, in the confidence of his training, this lawyer was intending to ( Justify ) his own importance of ascended thinking by having his religious mastery reaffirmed by this Rabbi .. Jesus. But instead, this parable ~ lesson exposed the failure of men who lived according to « THE LAW »! A lesson to observe is that .. the Christ of God .. is .. NOT .. endorsing and upholding this lawyer's posturing of righteousness, because of his knowing the letter of « THE LAW ».


ß.. The ( Fallen ) Man .. This Earthly correlated story was told about « “A certain man < who > fell among thieves” ». What we need to recognize is that this « “Certain man” » had ( fallen ). In his falling, ( he descended ) from an elevated stature to a lower stature of the thieves. And, in this man's falling among the thieves, the thieves did to him what thieves do. They stripped him. They wounded him. They left him in a half dead condition, not caring that he might die. And, we are to see that the ( fallen ) man was damaged .. wounded .. as the result of his ( falling ) into a lessor state than where he was previously. A lesson to observe here is the warning to .. NOT .. ( fall ) from an ascended condition; for, the parable reveals a consequence will come upon those who ( fall ).


ß.. The Samaritan .. Now, in this story by the Master, .. the Christ of God .., « a priest » passed by the wounded and naked man, and so also did « a Levite », both of whom represented the intercessory caste of the « Old Testament Priesthood ». The inquiring lawyer, of « THE LAW », was hearing words that he identified with, probably being pleased with his familiarity of this terminology of « THE OLD TESTAMENT LAW ».


But, in this story, the « OLD TESTAMENT ~ PRIESTS and PRIESTHOOD CASTE of LEVITES » were being portrayed as ineffectual, uncaring, without interest of this ( fallen ) man's crisis, and not pleasing to God's expectation. The one person who comes along and fulfills this expectation of God .. in actuality .. is a Samaritan, a man from Samaria, a man who is .. NOT .. a Jew, and who is .. NOT .. representing the « Old Testament ~ Institution » of « THE LAW »! [ THIS ] is the strange twist of this story, exposing a hidden lesson about something that pleases God, which is .. NOT .. satisfied by « LAW KEEPERS ».


ß.. The Oil & Wine .. This Samaritan, being exemplified by .. the Christ of God .., exhibited compassion, dressed the wounds with « OIL and WINE », giving up his beast .. « his ride of convenience » .. to the ( fallen ) man, investing himself to care for this ( fallen ) man, and then expending his money as well, promising a longer care support, as it might be necessary for recovering this ( fallen ) man to his former state.


The « OIL and WINE » dressing is a symbolic representation of Spiritual terms, transcending the ( flesh ~ life ) dimension of religion, to correlate to other Bible ideas of God's Heaven. The « OIL » correlates to men's ( FAITH ), as a substance generated by « MEN'S SPIRIT »; and, the « WINE » is correlating to the Life of men's « SOUL », wherein men have « Intellectual / Emotional Sentience & Willfulness ». This Samaritan dressed the ( fallen ) man's wounds with the investment of his ( FAITH ) from his ( SPIRIT and SOUL ) that had been .. mysteriously .. committed to pleasing God, therein; bestowing a Godly love ~ compassion upon this ( fallen ) man. This « OIL and WINE » capacity, of a .. perfectly .. committed Samaritan ( SPIRIT and SOUL ), is [ THE ] .. implicit .. example of this parable, of what the .. correct .. loving of God would appear as.


ß.. The Thieves .. This Samaritan's compassion was .. NOT .. directed toward / distracted by giving comfort to the Thieves. [ THIEVES ] steal and wound. God's pleasure was not directed toward reforming the thieves, whose natural condition was being as thieves. God's pleasure was more concentric upon recovering the ( fallen ) man back to his ( PRE-fallen ) state. What was that ( PRE-fallen ) state that God was so interested in, .. that its loss would be so damaging, .. and; that it should be of interest in its loss and consequences, .. and also; that it should be ministered to unto restoration? This ( PRE-fallen ) state is the .. deeper message .. of this parable. This man's ( fallen ) condition, and his ( PRE-fallen ) state, is [ THE ] « pillar of reference » by .. the Christ of God ..; whereby, this parable was teaching about .. the deeper matter .. of New Covenant Life! The real theft of this parable was not the matter of a man's ( flesh life ), but was about the loss of Covenant Life; whereby, the [ THIEVES ] stole God's Covenant Life from someone who .. previously .. had known that Life and its core values of [ FAITH ]! The [ THIEVES ] stole God's Covenant [ FAITH ] from the ( fallen ) man, perverting his [ FAITH ], which brought about the conclusion of his nakedness and his wounding unto the threat of death! The Christ .. of God's Covenant Life .. was teaching, those who would hear, about holding onto [ FAITH ] of Covenant Life, and being wise to the [ THIEVES ] who can steal away men's [ FAITH ]. In this story, the work of the [ THIEVES ] was .. NOT .. being challenged / opposed / overcome by men of « THE LAW ». Such men were .. NOT .. champions of the « OIL and WINE » ministry; but, were shown to be completely ineffectual in coming to the aid of the damaged [ FAITH ] of the ( fallen ) man's [ SPIRIT and SOUL ].


ß.. The Neighborly Love .. This combination of « binding the wounds » with « OIL and WINE » is very emphatic upon ministering to the « Spirit and Soul » dynamics of the wounded .. ( fallen ) .. man. This parable is .. NOT .. about the ( flesh ~ life ) dimension of religion; but, is placing emphasis upon ( the inner realm ) of the human ~ Creature; wherein, this ( fallen ) man had been stripped of his [ FAITH ] and wounded in his [ SPIRIT and SOUL ], by thieves of [ FAITH PERVERSION ]. The Neighborly Love .. of this parable .. is Love provided by « the one » who has the peculiar .. Christ of God .. Love capacity, .. to discern this crisis to the inner man, .. to have compassion on the ( fallen ) man, to minister the .. correct and effectual .. « OIL and WINE » dressing, empowering the restoration of this ( fallen ) man back unto .. a Christ of God .. stature of Covenant Life.


ß.. As the Self .. This loving the neighbor .. “as the self” .. is posturing a qualification from the viewpoint of « The Self », whom has come to terms with zealously becoming dedicated toward loving God with the [ ALL ] measurement, and therein; becoming distinguished from practicing the Old Testament religion of enforcing « THE LAW »! This particular qualification of « The Self », and how « The Self » becomes defined, clarifies the unique dynamic of « “loving the neighbor” », within a qualified characteristic of « who » the neighbor is as well! The neighbor is the one who had arrived at this same .. Christ of God .. reference of Covenant Life [ FAITH ] as « The Self » has, having previously become ascended within a disciplined purpose of life; whereby, this ( fallen ) man, .. of this same Loving God with [ ALL ] reference .., has been qualified .. implicitly .. for this « OIL and WINE » ministry within the [ SPIRIT and SOUL ] dynamic.


We ( Michael and Renee´ ) clearly recognize that the parable ~ application of “loving thy neighbor” is more restrictively intended for direction at the [ FAITH and LIFE ] qualities of other ascended men, some of whom may have ( fallen away ) from this ascendency by the [ FAITH PERVERSION ] of thieves. This « restrictive » posturing has reinforcement of words from .. God's Holy Son .. .


John 17:05-10 And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was. [ .. I have manifested thy name « UNTO THE MEN WHICH THOU GAVEST ME OUT OF THE WORLD »: thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and « they have kept thy word ». .. ] Now they have known that all things whatsoever thou hast given me are of thee. For « I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me »; and « they have .. RECEIVED .. them », and have known surely that I came out from thee, and « they have .. BELIEVED .. that thou didst send me ». [ .. I PRAY FOR THEM .. ]: [ .. « I PRAY .. NOT .. FOR THE WORLD », but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine. .. ] And all mine are thine, and thine are mine; and I am glorified in them.


This prayer of Jesus Christ is .. concentric .. upon the men / the disciples who .. THE FATHER .. gave to ( Him ). Jesus Christ .. peculiarly .. is .. NOT .. focused upon [ THE WORLD ] and all of the « lost » souls of [ THE WORLD ]! This prayer vigil is upon a limited group of men who were « Given » the Words of Life, .. who then « Received » those Words with proper faith, .. and who « Believed » that Jesus was sent .. in truth .. from .. THE CREATION FATHER ..! These men satisfied a particular criterion that included them into an exclusive category of prayer, .. of exceptional caring, .. of Divine Oversight, .. that distinguished them as .. NOT .. being of the generalized population of [ THE WORLD ]! They were .. absolutely .. regarded by God, and ( HIS ) Holy Son, as being within a set apart .. sanctified .. ascended stature of identity. This is, we believe, to be [ THE ] careful reference by which Jesus Christ is characterizing [ THE NEIGHBOR ], who justifies the extending out of « Agape ~ Love », with its endowed capability of this « OIL and WINE » caring!


We ( Michael and Reneé ) understand that this « restrictive » perspective, also being reflective of [ Divine Predestination ], is contrary to the mainstream viewpoint of Christian « philosophy »; but, conversely, we charge that this particular Commandment has been commonly distorted; and by this distortion, the Christian society has been .. misdirected .. into believing in an unqualified, Worldly Minded ~ Kindness, as their viewpoint for this Godly Love. The Church Society has adopted the [ THIEVES ] of common Worldliness into their design for Neighborly Love, supplanting this « restrictive » intention of the Second Commandment; whereby, the Church has lauded itself as being the champion .. of mercy .. of gracious acceptance and reconciliation .. of .. [ ALL ] men, of .. Antichrist .. Evil Minds, who Love .. NOT .. God at all, and; who are totally preoccupied with ceaseless, and unrepentant, trafficking in all manner of lusting pursuits! This wrongful directing of Christian faith has been obscured to traditional Church men who have come to believe that their Christian Mission requires them to immerse themselves into the World of the [ THIEVES ]. Even their immersion into the culture, of [ LYING PERVERSIONS ], has become a seducing entrapment of « CHRISTIAN FAITH », in Church men's attempt to [ SAVE ] some of the [ THIEVES ]. And, the common result has been that the Church Society has been stripped of its « FAITH HOLINESS »; whereby, the ( SPIRITS and SOULS ) of ( fallen ) Church men have been wounded « unknowingly », and left for dead!


Our overview of this parable screams .. LOUDLY .. that these Two Commandments from Jesus Christ have .. NOT .. been universally translated .. correctly .. to the Christian Society; and therein, these Two New Testament Commandments have .. NOT .. been satisfied as a basic Church qualification! Consequently, we ( Michael and Reneé ) are steadfast in keeping this record clear, in our upholding a proper understanding of these primary qualifications of ( Right Christian Faith ~ Truths ), and not allowing [ LYING ~ PERVERSIONS ] to interfere with these principles, in their obstructing [ THE NEW TESTAMENT GIFT ~ Promise ] of « THE SPIRIT »!


THE TWO COMMANDMENTS OF CHRISTIANITY


This extended detailing of the Two Commandments of the New Testament is .. very much .. an important linkage in better clarifying the experience of true Christian « Spirituality ».

A Point of Inquiry

Mark 12:29-34 The first of all the commandments is, hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. [ .. There is none other commandment « GREATER » than these .. ].

Mark 12:32-34 And the scribe said unto him, Well, Master, thou hast said the truth: for there is one God; and there is none other but he: And to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love his neighbour as himself, is more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices. And when Jesus saw that he answered discreetly, he said unto him, [ .. Thou art « NOT FAR » from the kingdom of God .. ]. And no man after that durst ask him any question.


ß.. In notation to Mark's report, he recorded that .. “Thou art « NOT FAR » from the Kingdom of God” .. . Mark is indicating that practicing these two Commandments of Jesus Christ .. correctly .. sets the Covenant Believer in [ THE ] right posturing of faith, but doesn't actually complete the entrance into the Kingdom of God. Something else is .. STILL .. required!


Resulting Evidence of « KEEPING THE COMMANDMENTS » of Jesus Christ


John 14:15-21 [ .. If ye love me, « KEEP MY COMMANDMENTS » .. ].( And ) I will pray the Father, and [ .. he shall « GIVE YOU » another Comforter .. ], that he may abide with you for ever; Even « the SPIRIT of TRUTH »; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for « he dwelleth with you », and « shall be in you ». I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also. At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and « ye in me, and I in you ». [ .. 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 .. ].


We ( Michael and Reneé ) would point out the declared report of John, that signifies a Covenant response from God's Holy Son, and from ( His ) Father, for such believers who will .. in truth .. keep the Two Commandments of the New Testament ~ Covenant. This promised response is the [ .. GIVING .. ] of a Spirit from God, [ THE ] « Spirit of Truth », who will dwell [ IN ] the Covenant person .. the diligent Guardian who keeps the Commandments of Christ .., therein; bringing comfort to such true believers, as an indwelling presence of Divine confirmation. But then also, Jesus, God's Holy Son, promises to « MANIFEST » ( Himself ), as a conscious presence to the Covenant Believer.


So, We ( Michael and Reneé ) are bringing emphasis to this extraordinary promise of Covenant experience that confirms those who love God and who love the « qualified description » of a Covenant neighbor, in the .. correct .. posturing intended within the New Testament ~ Covenant. Contrarily, those persons who have whimsically crowned themselves with pious certitude, that they love God and their neighbor according to the Commandments of Jesus Christ, but who have not .. actually .. experienced these awesome promises of the New Testament ~ Covenant; such persons are exposed in their lies of flawed religious ~ faith.


SUMMATION



.. Deliverance from Unclean Spirits ..

.. The Two Commandments of Christianity ..

.. The « GIFT » of the Spirit .


We ( Michael and Reneé ) are quite amazed .. at the magnitude .. of Christian bondage to unclean spirits; for, it appears .. extraordinarily .. that the vast majority of professing Christians, crossing [ ALL ] lines of Denominationalism, are absent [ THE GIFT ] of « THE SPIRIT » of the New Testament! This very truth explains the broad diversity of, and arguments over, Christian doctrine, and; the Worldliness of common Christian mind sets and behaviors! Commonly .. universally .. with certainty .. 99.999% of .. contemporary professing .. Christians are .. NOT YET .. converted to the stature of « Holy Sainthood », therein; remaining bound up with « unclean spirits », while yet being reinforced with Christian « teaching » that they are « SAVED » .. PERFECTLY .. ?!!


God's « SPIRIT LIFE ~ ZOË », and hearing .. actually .. God's « Living Voice » from within [ THE HOUSE ], are .. NOT .. part of the mainstream of Christendom, nor are such things anticipated as being likely or desirable! All of the .. confirming evidences .. of New Covenant Life, described in God's Holy Scriptures, have been .. carefully .. stripped from the expectation of mainstream Church followers; so that, [ THE DEVIL ] remains in control of the Christian Religion, throughout the global dimension of vast Christian multitudes! Since a « Spirit Life ~ Mind Set » is profoundly dreaded and discouraged, as a standard reference for [ TEACHING PROPER ] Christianity, the relied upon mechanism for practicing the Christian Religion is « INTELLECTUALIZING » the Bible, in essence; depending .. ENTIRELY .. upon « Tree of Knowledge .. of Good and Evil » methodologies of Logic and Reason, based upon ( Self Centered Indulgences ) of an « unclean » [ SPIRITUAL HOUSE ], and continually being rewarded with a Divine consequence of [ DEATH / ETERNAL DAMNATION ]!


The « GOSPEL .. of Paul », and the « GOSPEL .. of The Eleven Apostles », describing a war against [ THE DEVIL ], and having a Divine mandate to « GO .. PREACH .. TEACH .. CAST THE DEVIL OUT », is a .. very concentric mandate .. toward accomplishing the « SAVING .. of SOULS » of New Covenant believers, and therein; is .. NOT .. an exotically strange .. improbable and fanciful .. thinking of Theological philosophy! This « GOSPEL ~ Concept » [ IS ] the « NEW COVENANT ~ GOSPEL unto CHRIST'S SALVATION »! Jesus Christ is promising [ DELIVERANCE ] from the oppressions of [ THE DEVIL ]; and, [ THE GIFT ] of « THE SPIRIT » is .. VERY EMPHATICALLY PROMISED .. and GIVEN .. to those who believe the New Testament of Jesus Christ, and; who will satisfy the requirement of the « Two Commandments » .. of Matthew 22:36-40!


Certainly, during our discussions with many passersby at the Crossroads Cafe, we ( Michael and Reneé ) have heard « ANOTHER GOSPEL » according to the renditions of varying Church Denominations; and, we have listened .. carefully .. to « THE SPIRIT ~ of Truth », abiding with us, anchoring us to necessary principles of « Spirit Life ~ ZOË ». This anchoring has exposed .. TO US .. that « THE SPIRIT ~ of Truth » and « Spirit Life ~ ZOË » have been missing .. HORRIFICALLY .. from the testimonies of [ ALL ] of these passersby, regardless of their Denominational affiliations! This .. profoundly .. has energized our own conviction to help carry forward this « GOSPEL .. of PAUL and The Eleven Apostles » as a requisite to believers who would enter into, and obtain the promise of, Jesus Christ's « NEW COVENANT ~ SALVATION »!


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