Wednesday, May 11, 2016


GRACE                                                         B. Keith Chadwell

GRACE:     The Greek word used in the New testament is defined by Strong’s exhaustive concordance;
“Graciousness (as gratifying), of manner or act……especially

Our ability to do what is good, to obey God, to come under His government (The Kings-dominion), as Christians, is no more possible without the grace of God working in us than it is for the unregenerate.  For unless we die daily to our fleshly lusts, abilities and strength we leave no room for God to work in us …”to will and to do of his good pleasure”.  (Phil 2:13)

In a very practical way many Christians still struggle to “do, do, do” taking upon themselves the responsibility to, from the heart, love and forgive, to give, to not be proud or vain.  To, from the heart, curb our appetites for the lusts of the flesh, etc.  Therefore, if we insist on trying to obey God by changing our own hearts by the works of our flesh, if we try, try, try, in our own strength, in our own soul power, then… when the real hard temptations come and they will, we should not be surprised if we fail.

Jesus said “blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the Kingdom of God”.

“Lord I am destitute, unable to rule my flesh and soul, only you are able to rule my flesh and soul from the inside, out.    Lord change my want to !”

Psalms 51: 9-11  Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities.
Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.
Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy
holy spirit from me. 

Unless we see ourselves as destitute in spirit, without strength or ability to keep even the very basic commandments of God, without His “Grace” (..”divine influence on the heart..”) we will fail, and frustrate ourselves and others, again and again, all the while being “born again” (John 3:3) of his Spirit. 

As a Christian, only now we are able to see and hear by the spirit, for the first time capable of discerning the things that we should do.   However, not necessarily, always, entering in or coming under the rule of God because; we frustrate the “Grace” of God by trying to change our hearts through the works of the flesh…our own efforts.

As a Christian, we can now See the Kingdom“ (John 3:3) but not necessarily, always, will enter in….”enter” the Kingdom“ (John 3:5) Remembering that the “kingdom or king-dom or Kings-dominion is within us.

Paul struggled with this, also….
2 Cor 12:7-10
7 And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted (conceited) above measure.

8 For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me.

9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory
 (on account of)… in my infirmities, (in order that)..the power of Christ may rest upon me.

10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.

How many times have we struggled with conceit, pride, lust for things, un-forgiveness and other lusts of the flesh, perhaps as Paul did with his soulish conceit or pride because of abundant revelation?  Like Paul, perhaps we have struggled to bring any variety of things under subjection to Christs’ law of love by trying to change our hearts with our own strength, and have failed.   

Only His “Grace is sufficient”!  Only in our weakness, in our final humility, in repentance for working on His “Sabbath” will entry be permitted into that place within or hearts where He and He alone has total dominion (His Kingdom).  Only His grace is sufficient!  
(“Sabbath”: entry into His rest and allowing Him to do the work)

Let us labor therefore to enter into “His rest” (we rest, He does the work).   Let us die daily to self-strength, self-will, and any residue of reliance on our ability to keep the laws of God.    

Only Christ in me can do the work necessary in my heart that I might be able to keep the law and glorify the Father AGAIN, in the earth, as Christ did.   “Christ in me, the hope of Glory”. (Col 3:).

Phil 2:12

For it is God which worketh in you, both to will and to do of his good pleasure

Rom 5:20

Sin increased, Grace increased all the more…

Is 28:  (NIV)   v12-13 ….to whom he (God) said,… ”this is the resting place, let the weary rest”; and, “this is the place of repose”- but they would not listen.
So then, the word of the Lord to them will become: do and do, do and do, Rule on rule, rule on rule;
A little here, a little there- so that they will go and fall backward, be injured and snared and captured.

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Saturday, January 23, 2016

What are we looking for?

What are we looking for...? B. Keith Chadwell
What are we looking for, "Natural" things or "Spiritual" things??

If Christians continue to let their natural minds rule, instead of minding the things of the Spirit, we will continue to remain infants and not come to the maturity, in Christ Jesus, that God has purposed for His church.
Come up higher, Church. We are NEW creations in Christ, old things have passed away and all things have become new.

2nd Corinthians 5:16-17 (New Int. K.J.V.); "So, from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a NEW CREATION; THE OLD HAS GONE () THE NEW HAS COME!"

“Kingdom” or….”where the King has dominion”, which we are not to look for, here and there. The Kings dominion is within us and it is “at hand”.

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

Act_14:22 Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God. (coming under the dominion of the King)

To enter into that place where The King has total and complete dominion is what we are talking about when "the Kingdom of God" is referenced.

That is; God’s dominion...within us, ...within our hearts, in this lifetime.

Does the King (God) have complete dominion in our hearts when we first become "born again" Christians? If we are honest, we know He does not. It is a process, just as being born in the flesh and then growing from infancy to adulthood is a process. Just as maturity in "the natural” is progressive and requires mentoring and supervision and discipline for success, so it is with our New Creation, our new life in the Spirit.

I don't know about you, but I had my time in the wood shed of discipline and bumped my nose and suffered the consequences of many a wrong decision, in order to grow up from infancy to a mature adult. I would even go so far as to say that; "I went through much tribulation before I actually grew into a reasonably responsible adult".

So why, do we still insist on looking for a literal Kingdom that is, yet, someday to come?

Jesus told us, already, long ago..."My Kingdom is not of this world"... So, right away, our natural mind wants to make something out of this that we can see, smell, feel, taste or hear with our natural bodily senses.
He also told us, not to look for it, here or there, because "it is within us". He told us, then, over 2,000 years ago, also, it is..."at hand". So, God’s rule in our hearts has been available to believers for a long, long time. Man's natural mind has made some strange leavened doctrine out of this.

2nd Corinthians 5:16-17 (New Int. K.J.V.); "So, from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a NEW CREATION; THE OLD HAS GONE () THE NEW HAS COME!"

Come up, higher, Church. Jesus lives, in our hearts, today, if we believe on Him and are truly born of His Spirit. Do not think you must wait for Him to come, or go up to heaven to live and reign with Him in life.

His dominion is available, today, through the submission of our fleshly desires for the Spirit to change. Only He can change our hearts to conform to His divine nature. We fall short, because we think we must do the work required to obey His laws with our natural ability or grit our teeth resolve, in the strength and resolve of our natural flesh. That is the shortfall of Christian teaching, today and one of the major reasons the Church is still drinking milk and unable to eat strong meat. We cannot, in the strength of our natural flesh, produce, from our hearts, His manifest righteousness. It is His work and His, strange work, alone.

True, this will be hard on our fleshly desires and our stubborn fleshly will and our pride. It will require "tribulation" and thrashings of various kinds in order to for Him to produce and then, consistently, manifest His divine nature in us.  It will require the "fire" of the Holy Spirit in order to burn up the hay wood and stubble in our lives. However, it is His work, not ours. We can only choose to submit ourselves to His work, whatever and whenever.

But… we are talking New Creation talk...not of natural things.  So, don't be looking for a big green John Deer thrashing machine to run you down or a flame thrower to whoosh in on you to burn up the chaff in your life.

Maturity in the Spirit will require the fire and the threshing in your life, for sure, in order for the Lord to burn up those things up that won't be eternal. It is through this fire and threshing that will come forth, from our hearts, His manifest righteousness, His light to the world.  It is the only way to participate with Father God in doing His will and glorifying Him, again, in the earth, as Jesus did.

This will be God working in you, both to will and to do His good pleasure. This will be the process of developing His divine nature and maturing you, in the Spirit, unto the stature and measure of Christ.  Even, unto manifest Sons of God.

Creation is groaning and is in travail....waiting for us to be manifest to the world.

What are we waiting for; "The Kingdom of Heaven's at Hand".

(ISV) Isa 32:17 The effect of righteousness will be peace, and the result of righteousness will be quietness and confidence forever.

(KJV) Isa_32:17 And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance for ever.

Mic_4:6 In that day, saith the LORD, will I assemble her that halteth, and I will gather her that is driven out, and her that I have afflicted;

Zep_3:12 I will also leave in the midst of thee an afflicted and poor people, and they shall trust in the name of the LORD.

Mat 5:3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Psa_119:67 Before I was afflicted I went astray: but now have I kept thy word.
Psa_119:71 It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes.
Psa_119:75 I know, O LORD, that thy judgments are right, and that thou in faithfulness hast afflicted me.

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Sunday, October 4, 2015

Our Destiny

Our Destiny    B. Keith Chadwell

Eph 1:17-19 That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power...

It is God's goal that we go on, beyond the elementary doctrines of Christ, to perfection in Christ, it is our individual and corporate destiny in this earth.  It is the “end” goal or purpose that God has purposed for His people in the earth.   Then, Him showing forth His righteousness from within our hearts to a dark and dying world and thereby allowing Christ in us to, in fact, be the manifestation of God's wisdom, power and love to the world, through us.
Creation is waiting for this, full, manifestation of the Sons of God. It is the hope of our calling in Christ, OUR DESTINY…the hope of glorifying the Father again, in the earth, even as Christ did.

Phillipians 3:12-16 (Phillips) Yet, my brothers, I do not consider myself to have "arrived", spiritually, nor do I consider myself already perfect. But I keep going on, grasping ever more firmly that purpose for which Christ grasped me. My brothers, I do not consider myself to have fully grasped it even now. But I do concentrate on this: I leave the past behind and with hands outstretched to whatever lies ahead I go straight for the goal - my reward the honour of being called by God in Christ. All of us who are spiritually adult should set ourselves this sort of ambition, and if at present you cannot see this, yet you will find that this is the attitude which God is leading you to adopt.  It is important that we go forward in the light of such truth as we have ourselves attained to.

B. Keith Chadwell,

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

"At Hand..."

© B. K. Chadwell

"At Hand" is the second and final teaching of a two part teaching;

1. "The disciples were astonished"
2.  "At Hand"

"Rev 1:1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto Him to show unto His servants things which must shortly come to pass. And He sent and signified it by His angel unto His servant John,  Rev 1:2 who bore record of the Word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw. 

John who?  

Simply put, I believe "John" may have been mistaken for "John", which is not hard to do when "John" is only identified as; "John" and there is more than one "John" to be considered. 
Was Revelation 1: verse 2 written by "John (the Apostle)" OF John (the Baptist) and not of himself? If that were true, then it follows that the activity described only in verses; 1 & 2, would all have been historical  and; "AT HAND' (not future) at the time "John (the Apostle)" wrote the book of Revelation.  If true, there would be much for many Christian scholars and theologians to reconsider and in the opinion of this writer would far better fit with the words which Jesus spoke to His disciples.."The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand". 

Let's see if there is any scripture to support or even suggest such a thesis could be true:" ...

The term "at hand" is not a particularly common term today.  However, whatever the origins, the term's use and history are obviously, at least, as old as the King James English. Today, we can see the first use of the term "at hand" in the King James Bible, in Genesis 27:41.


Friday, December 26, 2014

"Ye are gods"

Ye are gods”
B, Keith Chadwell                                                                                December 2014 blog

Joh 10:31-36  Then the Jews took up stones again to stone him.
Jesus answered them; Many good works have I shewed you from my 
Father;for which of those works do ye stone me? The Jews answered him, 
saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and 
because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God. Jesus answered 
them; Is it not written in your law: “I said, Ye are gods ” ?  If he called 
them gods, unto whom the word of God came, and the scripture cannot be 
broken; Say ye of him, whom the Father hath sanctified, and sent into the 
world, “Thou blasphemest”; because I said, I am the Son of God?

The issue with the Jews was certainly their disbelief and perhaps shock and dismay that any flesh and blood “man” would call himself a “Son of God”.   Today we, who call ourselves Christians, see this as not only very scriptural but it is our testimony.   We generally understand that by faith we are born of the Spirit and also are born of a woman (flesh and blood).  Albeit, we readily admit our Spiritual birth is only the down payment on the full  manifestation which, somehow, is yet to come.

Still,....this is where we run into the same problem the Jews did in John chapter ten;

We have never, yet, fully experienced the reality of a company of fully manifest “Christ in us, the hope of glory” Christians.  Neither had the Jews of John chapter ten ever seen, even one, such until Jesus.  Then Jesus, who had been living among them for years, was manifest to them  and they couldn't or wouldn't accept Him as “Son of God”.   History and tradition can be wonderful, but it can also be the choke chain around the neck of God's people when it comes to anything new that God initiates.

It has been said that;  “familiarity breeds contempt”.  I am thinking that the Jews had a case of contempt for the lowly Jesus who had grown up among them.  How sad it is that even today  “the Christ in us” has become a derision to the world and, sadly, even to some in the body of Christ, who have elevated themselves over the lowly in status, according to man's reckoning. 

Only to those who will humble themselves under the mighty hand of God will He exalt, in His time.

1Pe 5:6  Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:

God has provided us with scripture that indicates this “manifestation of the Sons of Godwill happen. There are various views of this; the when, where, how, etc..    At best, we still only know in part.   When it actually happens,  it probably  will be different than most Christians expect.

When this does happen, how will we receive the truth?
As the 5 foolish virgins?  
As the Jews in John chapter ten?
However and whenever this happens, there will be those who will be eagerly praying for and awaiting this  glorious liberation of creation and the manifestation of “The Sons of God”?

I have quoted “the law”, below; from Jesus' reference in John 10:34.  Jesus was simply quoting from Psalms 82:6 when he addressed those Jews who were about to stone Him for saying that He was “the Son of God” :

Johnn 10:34 “ Is it not written in your law: (Psalms 82:6) I said, Ye are gods ” ? 

It is important to note here, that the quote from the law; “I said, ye are gods” was not addressed to the Jews.  According to the scripture text (Psalms 82); “God standeth in the congregation of the mighty, and He judgeth among the gods.”  thus indicating God was talking (Psalms 82:) to a congregation of Angels/gods. (Peshita text/King James Version)
(Job 1:6 and 2:1  will confirm this concept, also)

I have taken the liberty to make some comments for clarification within the text (Psalms 82;).  I have changed the font and font size and clearly indicated the difference between my comments and the text.  Bold, red emphasis and underlines and are mine as well.

Psa 82:1  A Psalm of Asaph. God standeth in the congregation of the mighty; he judgeth among the gods. ( Peshita text: v1 “God stands in the congregation of angels; He judges among the angels”.)
Psa 82:2  (God speaking:)  How long will ye (angels/gods or..principalities and powers 
in the heavenlies) judge unjustly, and accept the persons (H6440 Plural (but 
always used as a singular)  of the wicked ?(H7561; morally wrong; concretely an 
(actively) bad person: -  + condemned, guilty, ungodly, wicked (man), that did wrong.) 
Psa 82:3 (God continues speaking to these angels or gods)  Defend the poor and
fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy.
Psa 82:4  Deliver the poor and needy: rid them out of the hand of the
wicked. (H7561; morally wrong; concretely an (actively) bad
person: -  + condemned, guilty, ungodly, wicked (man), that did wrong.)
Psa 82:5  They (the poor, fatherless, afflicted and needy)  know not, neither
will they understand; they walk on in darkness: all the foundations of the
earth are out of course.
Psa 82:6 (God continues speaking:) I have said, ye are gods; and all of you
are children of the most High.
Psa 82:7  But (because of your wrong judgments) ye shall die like men, and
fall like one of the princes. (see Isaiah 14: )
Psa 82:8  Arise, O God, judge the earth: for thou shalt inherit all 

And thus it was written in the law ...and thus is the fulfillment in Jesus
Christ !!

Judgment (all power in heaven and earth) was then given to Jesus.  Jesus,
born of flesh and born of the Spirit.  The Son of God and the Son of 
man. The first of God's new creation.  Jesus, the first fruit of many 
brethren to come.  Jesus the pattern Son of God, who would willingly 
choose to die to the will of the flesh, even to an agonizing, but atoning for 
us, death on a cross.   Jesus, the Son of God, having the Spirit without
measure, only saying and doing those things that were in accordance with
the will of the Father. 

Jesus was the beginning of a totally new heaven and a new earth, a
new culture, a new government, as it were.  Jesus who came to earth 
from heaven to provide God's mankind a way to become partakers of 
God's divine nature and to be participants with Him in a  new and living 
way that had been in the Fathers mind before the foundations of the 
world.  Offered to Adam, rejected, now offered again in Christ Jesus.  
1Co 2:9  
But as it iwritten, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have 
entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared 
for them that love him.

The beginning of a new creation.  Old things had passed away, all things had become new.    A new heaven.....that is; new rule.   Judgment would be taken from His angel Lucifer and the angels/gods that followed him.  Judgment would be given to the Saints.... Daniel prophesied that this would come to pass. (see Daniel 7: )

Jesus, after the cross, resurrection and ascension, was given all power and
authority both in heaven and in earth. Then He in turn gives this judgment
to the saints who will hear and obey as he did.  To those men and women
who by faith would believe and receive and by the blood of the Lamb and
the word of their testimony, overcome the flesh through the work
of the Holy Spirit in them.  Then, in the fullness of time, God knows, these
were to become manifest “Sons of God”, after the Fathers own heart.

Heb 2:1 (ASV) Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things that were heard, lest haply we drift away from them.
Heb 2:2  For if the word spoken through angels proved stedfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompense of reward;
Heb 2:3  how shall we escape, if we neglect so great a salvation? which having at the first been spoken through the Lord, was confirmed unto us by them that heard;
Heb 2:4  God also bearing witness with them, both by signs and wonders, and by manifold powers, and by gifts of the Holy Spirit, according to his own will.
Heb 2:5  For not unto angels did he subject the world to come, whereof we speak.
Heb 2:6  But one hath somewhere testified, saying, What is man, that thou art mindful of him? Or the son of man, that thou visitest him?
Heb 2:7  Thou madest him a little lower than the angels; Thou crownedst him with glory and honor, And didst set him over the works of thy hands:
Heb 2:8  Thou didst put all things in subjection under his feet. For in that he subjected all things unto him, he left nothing that is not subject to him. But now we see not yet all things subjected to him.
Heb 2:9  But we behold him who hath been made a little lower than the angels, even Jesus, because of the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that by the grace of God he should taste of death for every man.
Heb 2:10  For it became him, for whom are all things, and through whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the author of their salvation perfect through sufferings.
Heb 2:11  For both he that sanctifieth and they that are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren,

For these believers, these new creations in Christ; these were to become
joint-heirs with Jesus the Christ both in heaven and in earth.  This new 
rule of God, or government of God, or dominion of the King (Kings-
dominion or Kingdom), was to begin first within their own  wicked hearts.  
A process, not an event.

Thereby, God's mankind begins this process by believing in faith and then
willingly choosing to walk after the Spirit and not after the flesh.  These
who would believe, then hear, and then obey,  were to become partakers of
the Fathers divine nature and in Gods time, grow in the Spirit to become
fully mature and perfected, even unto the stature and measure of Christ. 
How and when, God knows, but then  ready, fully equipped and authorized 
to rule and reign wherever and whenever God might place them, joint heirs
with Jesus.

These  “Sons of God”.  Destined to fulfill  the longing of the
Father's heart to have Sons (of God) who would love him and manifest His
divine nature, even as He loves them.  These new “Sons of
God”, would displace and replace the old angels/gods or principalities and
powers in high places who have been rulers of the darkness of this world.  
Truly, a new heaven and a new earth.  It all started with Jesus for He is 
the beginning and the end of God's plan.

Joh 12:31  Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of
this world be cast out.

Dan 7:26-27  But the judgment shall sit, and they shall take away his
dominion, to consume and to destroy it unto the end. And the kingdom
and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole
heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the most High,
whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve
and obey him.

Joh 5:30  I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my
judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the
Father which hath sent me.

Joh 20:21-22  Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my
Father hath sent me, even so send I you. And when he had said this, he
breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost:

1Co 6:2-9  Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if
the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest
matters? Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things
that pertain to this life? Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not 
inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor 
idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with 

Php 2:5 -11 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with 
God:  But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a
servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became
obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is
above every name:
That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and
things in earth, and things under the earth;
And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the
glory of God the Father.

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Recommended readings:

Psalms 82:& 83 & 149: etc,
Isaiah 14: & 41: & 10: etc.
Hebrews 1: & 2: & etc.
1 Cor 6:
2 Cor. 10:
Romans 8: etc.
Ephesians 1: & 6: etc.
Phil. 2: & etc.