Saturday, December 29, 2012

The Mystery of Iniquity


The Mystery of Iniquity B. Keith Chadwell
This is the third of a series of studies on 2nd Thessalonians 2:. May the Lord open the eyes of our understanding and give us ears to hear.

These studies are posted on www.highcountryministry.com and may be accessed from the teachings page. It is important that you study part 1 and 2 before starting part 3, below.

Let’s go on with our series of studies in 2nd Thessalonians 2: By direct reference we can associate “that wicked” in verse 8 with that man of sin” in verse 3.

2Th 2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, (as) the son of perdition; (Continue reading)

Sunday, December 23, 2012

The brightness of His Coming


“The brightness of His Coming”
 
This is the 2nd in a series of studies on 2nd Thessalonians 2:


If we can set aside what our, leavened, religious traditions have taught us, we may begin to see through to the truth.  However, be forewarned; the traditions of men are powerful and can be, powerfully, deceptive.  (continue reading)

Sunday, December 16, 2012

The Leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees


The Leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees

                                                                                                                
This is the first of a series of studies on 2nd Thessalonians 2:

This series of studies is posted on www.highcountryministry.com and may be accessed from the teachings page.
 
The truth is the truth, no matter what we believe.  However, as the Spirit of God opens the eyes of our understanding in these days, we may discover we have been stumbling over obstacles to the truth in the scriptures which have been placed there, by God.  The “strong delusion” described in 2nd Thessalonians 2:11, is clearly such a mystery obstacle  (continue reading)

Friday, December 7, 2012

Revealing the Mystery of the Kingdom


“Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.”  Amos 3:7

This will require servants who are willing to put aside tradition, self-esteem, reputation and any such attributes of the flesh. For this message will not set well with those who espouse traditional leavened religious theology.

The complete revelation of the end, goal or point aimed at, which God has purposed for His church in the earth will blow the fuses in the carnal mind, defy the wildest imaginations and shoot traditional religious eschatology in the foot. The old wine skin will not contain this revelation.

Yet… to those who would be led by the Sprit, the promise is sure.  It is His promise, for those who will, to move from spiritual childhood to full maturity; “Sons of God, without rebuke in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation”. 

 Eye hath not seen nor ear heard” of such a thing, it is nearly impossible to imagine… except by His Sprit.  Unbelievable to the natural mind, but purposed by God before the foundations of the world to make known to angels and powers His wisdom, prepared in ages past and carried out in Jesus Christ.

When?  How?  Where? 

We must not force it to fit what we think we know; this would be a huge mistake.   The “force fit” happens all too often to feed an ego when we only “know in part”.  Individual preeminence and reputation is not a part of this plan.  We are a body, made up of lots of parts, designed to function as a unit.  What we are given in part, by design, will require the contribution of others to make complete.  Allow the Spirit to direct us to others and …“iron will sharpen iron”.

He that has eyes to see and ears to hear let them listen, look, speak and do, only as the spirit leads. Give only such as you have been given and authorized to give.  Pray in the spirit, sow to the spirit, commit to the death of self and allow Christ in us; “to will and to do, His good pleasure”.   
                                                                                                                                                                                                          
Hold steady, the Spirit will reveal this mystery, which was purposed of old by God, to be concealed and then to be revealed in Christ.  

And the Lord answered me, and said; Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.  For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.”    Habakkuk 2:

Forget tradition and leavened doctrine.  Learn from the mistakes of the Jewish religious leadership of 30AD.   With all their amassed knowledge of scripture, they still missed…” the day of their visitation”.

Efforts of the flesh will be unable to meet the conditions and fulfill the destiny God has set forth for those who will be led by His Spirit and allow Christ to be Glorified in them.

Rest in Him, He must do this work, we must totally surrender.   Without Him, we can accomplish nothing. 



 

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Thursday, November 15, 2012

The Kingsom of God or...The Kingdom of Heaven ?


The Kingdom of God or…The Kingdom of Heaven?
B. K. Chadwell, 11.15.2011    
                           
There are four Gospels in the New Testament; Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.  I believe, most Christians will agree, that these are writings which are purposed by God


to provide witness to the life and purpose of Jesus, the Christ, the Son of God and  
theSon of Man. These writings, while differing in a variety of ways, are parallel,
written, accounts of His life, written by four different witnesses.
 
Two of these witnesses are counted in the original twelve of Jesus' followers, which
He had hand-picked (Matthew and John). The other two witnesses were not of the
twelve but had close association and were contemporary to the twelve and or
others of Jesus' close followers (Mark and Luke).

This is consistent with the Biblical principal that; "in the mouths of two or
three witnesses, a thing shall be established."

Mat 18:16 But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in
the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.

2Co 13:1 This is the third time I am coming to you. In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established.

Of the four new testament Gospel writers, ONLY the writer of the gospel of Matthew uses the term "Kingdom of Heaven". (KJV)

To cut to the bottom line, without fully developing a thesis, at this point, I will simply say that: "The Kingdom of Heaven" is a term used only by Matthew to describe something that the other Gospel writers mostly called; "The Kingdom of God". Why Matthew used a different term than the other three witnesses to describe the same thing can be discussed and arguments protracted but the simple fact remains that Matthew is the only one of the four witnesses that uses the term; "Kingdom of Heaven".

According to biblical interpretation principals; if the two terms, "Kingdom of
God" and "Kingdom of Heaven" are not synonymous then we do not have
two or three witnesses to establish the "Kingdom of Heaven" as being
different from "the Kingdom of God". This fact alone might not be totally
persuasive but when reading the entire Bible a, solid, persuasive difference
is not apparent either.

John uses the term "Kingdom of God" only two times in His gospel writings
and never uses the term; "Kingdom of Heaven". The other two gospels
writers (Luke and Mark) use the term "Kingdom of God" liberally, but like
John, never use the term "Kingdom of Heaven". The fact that only
Matthew was a Jew writing specifically to Jews is significant. While John
and probably John Mark were both Jews, John was apparently not writing
specifically to Jews, but rather to the universal reader. Mark (John Mark)
was probably a Jew and apparently was writing specifically to Gentiles.
Luke was a Greek writing to Gentiles as well.

For an old covenant Jew to write the word "God", or its Jewish equivalent,
was a very sacred thing and apparently was done sparingly. For a scribe to
write down the Jewish word for "God" required significant ritual under
Jewish law when it was done. This information can be studied in more detail
as Jewish history. However, for Matthew, who was a Jew writing to Jews, it
is not hard to conclude that He might be more careful as he writes
specifically to Jewish readers by using the term "Heaven ", when
appropriate, to substitute for the word; "God".

The Kingdom of God and the Kingdom of Heaven are synonymous terms.

Why is this so important?

Without the solid foundation of the truth to build upon in this, critical, area of Christian understanding, we have and will continue to “short stop” our ability to grow up in the Spirit much beyond the milk of the word.  Much of our Christian foundational teaching suggests or implies that these two terms are the somehow different. This has led Christians, down through the years, on a path of subtle error, in that this error will never allow for the truth to fit in. 

Therefore, in this case, if we do not understand that the two terms; The Kingdom of God and The Kingdom of Heaven are synonymous, we can never arrive at a clear understanding of; Heaven, the government of God, within us (the Kingdom of God) and the complete truth regarding the good news of the Gospel.  Without a, clear, vision of the truth that the Kingdom of God and the Kingdom of Heaven are the same thing, described with different words, we will never be able to see, then seek or obtain, the fullness of God’s purpose for His Church. Without this revelation (vision) we, like generations of Saints before us, will die a natural death and must wait among that great cloud of witnesses, for another generation to catch the vision.

I believe; to separate and try to differentiate "the Kingdom of Heaven" from "the Kingdom of God" is arguably one of the main reasons why Christians can’t agree on much of the basic "milk" of the word. Without this basic foundation of the truth of the "Kingdom of God" being established, I believe it is impossible to come to the maturity God intendeds for His "church".

Matthew 4:17 From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent:
or the kingdom of heavenis at hand.

Mark 1:15 And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at
hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.

Luke 17:20-21 And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.

John3:3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

John3:5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannotenter into the kingdom of God.

Matthew 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.
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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Entry to "The City"


Entry to "The City"

B. K. Chadwell  

 Rev 22:14  Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to
the Tree of Life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.

"The City"....whose gates shall not be shut at all........yet, no entry into "the City" is
allowed that will defile .....nothing abominable, nothing that makes a lie... 

The gates are never shut, indicating one could "enter" at any time, yet entry is conditional.  Inside "the City" we find healing and light for the nations and no more curse but rather; an eternity of reigning with God.

Perhaps another description for "the City" would be: "righteousness and peace and  
joy in the Holy Ghost.  For he, that in these things, serves Christ is acceptable to God
and approved of men."  

Then again, a  more familiar description of "the City" might be: that place "Where the
King (God and His Christ) has dominion" or "Where the King has complete and total
rule over His people".  Or, more commonly refered to as; "The Kingdom of God",
which is not, actually, a physical place to be observed or looked for, because it is.....
...“WITHIN YOU“.

By contrast, just outside "the City" are still to be found, those who love a lie and do
lie, also; whoremongers and  murderers.....etc., etc.  These are not allowed into "the
City", yet, these  are  still around outside the gate.  This might lead one to ask; "with
gates to "the City"  that are never closed ... what is to prevent those on the outside
from comming in?  Or, for that matter, those that are on the inside from going back out, if they so choose?

 Gal 5:21  Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I
tellyou before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things
shall not inherit (enter into) the kingdom of God.

Ever know a Christian who lied?  How about a Christian who was envious?

Sorry, no entry to "the City"....not yet.  A work in progress you say.  A citizen of "the
City" by faith (the substance of things hoped for) you say.  Yes and yes, but... there remains, out there,  righteousness in fact. This is that which Christians Hope for but have not, yet, attained to or else why do they yet hope for it. 
 
So then, perfection in Christ, by and through the work of the Spirit of Christ, in us,
is the goal and contrary to some thinking, it IS attainable.  Attainable but only
through the work of the Spirit in us as we, daily, choose His narrow way.  This is the ONLY "way" to enter into..."The City".  For self-produced righteousness, is not acceptable.

Mat 7:13-14  Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way,that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because
strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life,
and few there be that find it.

We can read of those Christians in the early church that could  "SEE" but did not "DO" his commandments and then came a judgment upon them. A judgment for chastening and for correction.  A judgment, sometimes even for the total destruction of the flesh, in order that the "incorruptible" seed that  had  been  placed within them would remain uncorrupted  in the "Day of Christ".

So it has been and so it is with Christians today.  (see Chapter 3: Seeing the Kingdom vs Entering the Kingdom from the e-book; "The Kingdom of Heaven's at hand" at; www.highcountryministry.com

Jesus told Nicodemus, in effect, that one must be "born again" to SEE ("the City") and to ENTER ( "the City").  "Seeing" is not enough.  A choice to "ENTER" must then also be made.  The "entering" will require full obedience to the Master.   Anything less will not be allowed inside the gates of "the City"......."born again" or not.

Caution:  Do not confuse being able to See with Entering.

Rev 22:14  Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to
the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.

Mat 7:26  And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not,
shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:

Still, we know that; to DO His, perfect, will, all of the time, is not even within our
capability, even as Christians.   So, we must humble ourselves and submit to His work
in us. As Christians we still  must make choices, daily, to die to self and choose to
enter into "His Rest" and allow Him to work "His righteousness" in us.  Thereby, we Christians,  allow Him to work in us; to both will and to do of His good pleasure. 

Even as Christians, without Him, we can do nothing, not even walk through an open gate to enter... "the City".  

 

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Sunday, October 7, 2012

The Sword of the Spirit?


The Sword of the Spirit?

from my journal notes 10.06.2012

 
The Sword of the Spirit?  It is a weapon of our spiritual warfare. The sword of the Spirit is a metaphor.  The sword of the Spirit is LIKE a sword used in battle in the natural.  It is LIKE a natural sword, only, in some respects.

We see how this sword, of the Spirit, is to be used in Hebrews chapter 4: (specificly in verses 12-13).  It is not a carnal weapon but rather a Spiritual weapon.  The sword of the Spirit is used by the Spirit of God to "slice" (as it were) into the dark recesses of our wicked hearts ,to divide our soul and spirit, to separate, once again, as God  did in the beginning of His natural creation, the darkness from the light. 

 
Hebrews 4:12-13  For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than
any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.    


This is a process and we are not to be troubled by any form of communication that tells us, falsely, that "the DAY" (full, noon, light) of Christ is at hand".   Because the writer of 2nd Thessalonians tells us;  " ...That "DAY" (full, noon, light) SHALL NOT COME until that "man of sin" is revealed.  Him who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he, as God, sits (as it were) in the temple of God, showing himself that he IS God". 

As Christians, we are NEW CREATIONS in Christ.  We are the "Temple of God"!

Now, however, in the New Creation, in Christ; all the work of "creating" is done down in our flesh even unto the joints and marrow of the darkest recesses of our flesh.  This is in order to bare us naked in His sight and thereby expose the darkness within us to the light or brightness of His coming or his appearing within us. In other words; to reveal that man of sin, or our fleshly sin nature which opposes and exalts our dark nature above the rule of God that has been provided for us, in Christ.

As in the natural, when spiritual darkness is exposed to light, it is consumed. 

 
2Peter 1:19 ( KJV)   We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:

2Peter 1:19(CEV)  All of this makes us even more certain that what the prophets
said is true. So you should pay close attention to their message, as you would to a lamp shining in some dark place. You must keep on paying attention until daylight comes and the morning star rises in your hearts.

 
John 1:4 -15 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.

 

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Saturday, September 29, 2012

The Appearing of Christ


The Appearing of Christ

From my journal notes; 9,29,2012

Col 3:3-4 For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.
When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also
appear with Him in glory.

 If Christ is apparent to others in your life, then your soul life has been to the cross and you have participated in His death and His resurrection life, to one degree or another.  Like a single seed that is planted in the ground, it is a process from planting to harvest; first the planting, then the appearing or manifestation of the blade, then the full corn in the ear....and so "the sowing of the seed" is a parable of this manifestation or appearing of Christ in the Sons of God and their new Kingdom life.

 Mar 4:26-29 And He said, "So is the Kingdom of God as if a man
should cast seed into the ground, and should sleep, and rise night
and day, and the seed should spring up and grow, he knoweth not
how.  For the earth bringeth forth fruit of herself: first the
blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear. But when
the fruit is brought forth, immediately he putteth in the sickle,
because the harvest is come."

 And... so important to remember is; that we are saved by faith through GRACE. “GRACE” is; The divine influence on our hearts to change the motivation of our hearts and in time, to manifest His divine nature and His righteousness in and through us”.

Only the Spirit can change our “want to”.  By the work of the Holy Spirit, you can want to be changed, but you must choose to give up your soulish life or desires of the flesh to be changed, within your heart, by the Spirit of God. You can’t change the motivations of your heart, it is His work. 

We must suffer and agonize our way to a decision, if necessary and give up our soul life to Him, daily, to death, as it were, on the cross.  This death of soulish self-interest is necessary in order to enter in through the gates of this new "place" (positional) where the King will have dominion and thereby participate with Him in His rule in your heart.  Then will we experience His resurrection life and be partakers of and manifest His divine nature to the world. Thereby glorifying the Father, once more, as Jesus did.

Romans 8:14-19 (NIV) because those who are led by the Spirit of
God are sons of God. For you did not receive a spirit that makes
you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of son ship.
And by him we cry, "Abba, Father." The Spirit himself testifies
with our spirit that we are God's children. Now if we are children,
then we are heirs--heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ,
 if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also
share in his glory.  I consider that our present sufferings are not
worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.
The creation waits in eager expectation for the sons of God
to be revealed...

 
1Johnn 5:14-15 (NIV) This is the confidence we have in approaching
God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. 
And if we know that he hears us--whatever we ask--we know that
we have what we asked of him.

 John 14:13 And whatsoever ye shall ask in My name, that will I
do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.

John 14:14 If ye shall ask anything in My name, I will do it.

John 14:15 "If ye love Me, keep My commandments.

 
John 14:20 At that day ye shall know that I am in My Father, and
you in Me, and I in you.

John 14:21 He that hath My commandments and keepeth them,
he it is that loveth Me; and he that loveth Me shall be loved by
My Father, and I will love him and will manifest Myself to him."

 
John 15:4 "Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear
fruit of itself, unless it abide in the vine, no more can ye, unless
ye abide in Me.

John 15:5 "I am the vine, ye are the branches. He that abideth in
Me and I in Him, the same bringeth forth much fruit, for without
Me ye can do nothing.

 
John 15:6 If a man abide not in Me, he is cast forth as a branch
and is withered; and men gather them and cast them into the
fire, and they are burned.

 
John 15:7 If ye abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ye shall
ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.

 
John 15:8 Herein is My Father glorified, that ye bear much
fruit; so shall ye be My disciples.

John 15:9 "As the Father hath loved Me, so have I loved you.
Continue ye in My love.

John 15:10 If ye keep My commandments, ye shall abide in My
love, even as I have kept My Father's commandments, and abide
in His love.

 

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