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Mercy and Truth

Do you think Mercy and Truth might have been names of angels?

Ps. 61:7. He will sit in God’s presence forever. Appoint Mercy and Truth, that they may keep him.

After all, the prophet said,

Ps. 91:11. He will give angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways.
12. In their hands will they bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone.

Probably not, but the angels who were appointed to watch over Jesus must have had names, whatever they were. But I will add for your consideration the fact that the angel of destruction in the book of Revelation was named “Destruction”, and the angel of death and the angel of hell were named “Death” and “hell”, respectively.

Just an interesting idea that I thought I would pass along.

Have a nice day.

jdc

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Pastor John,

Good Morning,

I remember the incident when Jesus drove men out of the temple, but I don’t remember him breaking the Sabbath. Would you mind giving a couple of examples of Jesus breaking the Sabbath [see excerpt, below from The Father and Son Book *to ponder?]

Wendell

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Hi Wendell.

The accusation that Jesus broke the Sabbath was false. He never did that. They had made up some rules for the Sabbath which he broke sometimes (e.g., no healing people on that day), but that was no transgression of Moses’ law. Neither was it a transgression of the law for Jesus to drive merchants out of God’s temple. Moses never forbade that. In doing that, Jesus was only looking after his Father’s property.

Pastor John

FS 8_16

*Also known as God Had a Son before Mary Did

The Jerusalem Council

Hey!

I don’t have any suggestions for you, as to how to resolve the issue you mentioned in The Jerusalem Council, but I do want to share some thoughts that I have been having.

I’ve tried to get to the root cause of why some believed Paul’s doctrine and some did not. One of the main things I believe was pride or the lack of it. Those who believed Paul did not have a problem with pride. Those who did not believe Paul did have a problem with pride: pride in being a Jew, pride in being a member of God’s chosen people. Pride that made them feel superior to Gentiles even if those same Gentiles had received the Spirit. Pride that had an ill effect on their heart that would not let them receive the truth, or be able to forgive Paul’s past sins, in their heart.

Unable to trust Paul, they were therefore, unable to believe Paul. The new Truth that Paul brought exposed what was in the heart of all who were present. The prideful ones were camouflaged under Peter’s gospel, but the light of the Truth destroyed the camouflage and they were no longer able to hide. Those who believed Paul would have been able to discern the hearts of the others, and as you have shown, would have treated them with much love and patience hoping to win them over.

As for those who did believe Paul. Why did they believe him? There was more to it than a lack of pride, or being able to forgive Paul for his past. You have taught us many times that the only thing we really have to share is our testimony. And the thing that they were able to do was to believe Paul’s testimony. But it is not quite that simple. There is more to it than that. The answer I believe may lie in which part of his testimony they were able to believe. It wouldn’t have been the part about his experience on the road to Damascus, or the things he experienced with Ananias. I believe the part of Paul’s testimony that they had to believe was Paul’s testimony of being carried into the third heaven and being taught by Jesus face to face. All of the other Apostles had been taught by Jesus face to face too! Paul said that he was “as one born out of due time”. Jesus couldn’t come back down here to teach Paul. Paul had to go there, and the Apostles and others had to actually believe that really happened! Paul being caught up to the third heaven and being taught by Jesus trumps all of the scripture that had been written before. Paul’s gospel was what God was saying concerning the Gentiles at that time! And because the Apostles and others were able to trust and believe Paul, they were also able to trust and believe the revelation he received from Jesus.

Billy H.

 

Hey Pastor John,

I have a question that I thought about recently. You have said before that there will be more people in heaven then we think, but my question is, is there gonna be people there that do not have the Holy Ghost? I know you’re supposed to have it, and even the Bible says so, but what about the people who believe they’re following Jesus with all their heart, and living a good and clean life? It just kind of hit me the other day, and made me wonder. However I’m very thankful that I have the Holy Ghost and know the truth!

Name withheld

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Hi there!

God will do whatever He wants to do. I have learned not to assume anything about what God will and won’t do.

So, all I can say in answer to your question is that if God He decides He wants people to be with Him forever who do not even belong to Him (Rom. 8:9), He will do that. And if He decides He wants people to be with Him forever who do not even believe in His Son Jesus and have not repented of their sins (Acts 2:38), He will do that. It is up to Him.

Jeremiah said that the most deceitful thing in creation is the human heart (Jer. 17:9), but if God decides He wants people to be with Him forever who have deceived themselves into believing they are serving God when they are actually serving Satan (2Cor. 11:13), He will do that. And Paul said no one will be raised from the dead who does not have the holy Ghost (Rom. 8:11), but all things are possible with God. So, if He wants people to be with Him forever who have not been raised from the dead, He will do that.

So, my answer to your question is that it is altogether possible with God to have people be with Him forever who do not belong to Him, and do not believe in His Son (but are deceived into thinking they do), have not repented, and have not been raised from the dead. Yes, that is possible with God.

But will such people be with God forever? I wouldn’t count on it.

Thanks for the question!

Pastor John

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One question, Pastor John. Are you saying that those chosen by God but not filled will the Holy Spirit will only temporarily be with Jesus? How long will they be there and where will they go after no longer being with Jesus?

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I am sorry that my answer was unclear. I was saying, in a backward kind of way, that it is absolutely impossible to be saved without the holy Spirit. That means there is no such thing as being chosen by God but not having the Spirit, and no such thing as being in glory with Jesus, even for s few seconds, without it.

I hope that clears things up for you.

Pastor John

Blessings!

Pastor John,

What a blessing it was for the things we all felt this weekend, and heard! What an honor it is for Jesus to show us favor, and let us feel just a tad bit of His feelings.

Just had to say something while sitting here thinking over it.

Thanks,

Paul

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Amen, Paul!

To be touched by Jesus is a honor, and to touch him back, with our praise and worship, is another honor.

I am thankful for what we felt this weekend from Jesus, and what we felt for him.

Pastor John

Hi Pastor John,

I love to write what I feel in spirit. It’s been a year since I came out from church. I feel more peaceful than before and understand the scripture in Ezekiel 36:26. God said, “I will put a new heart and a new spirit WITHIN YOU”, from a stony heart to a heart of flesh (a responsive heart) – a new covenant. Then in 2Corinthians 5:7 – “For we walk by faith, not by sight.”

I will not go to church anymore in showing to others that I serve God. I don’t live to be seen by other people as loving God, but I live with a hidden heart that loves God and lives in His spirit. For what is precious of God is a meek and quiet spirit, “which is in the sight of God of great price.” “The inward man is renewed day by day.”

I thank Jesus. Loving this kind of peace…

Love,

Leika O.

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Thank you for writing, Leika. You have found the pearl of great price, and you love it. That makes you valuable, too.

We love you in the Lord.

Pastor John

Hi, Pastor John.

I had this dream the other day, and I feel it goes along with what you taught us this past Wednesday about the deeds being done in our bodies and to the body (of Christ).

In my dream, we were in your basement, and the tables were set out. I sat down at one of the tables, and Amy F set a thick packet down beside me with a very pretty, white, lacy envelope on top of it. We all had been given these packets.

I noticed that the envelope and the packet had been professionally made. As I opened it, there were pages and pages of pictures from Amy’s life and mine together through the years. I remember looking at them and saying, “I remember these.” There were pictures of us together from the meetings and Thanksgiving. There were pictures of us praying for each other and sharing our burdens together. Pictures of joy and some pictures of sorrow, but they were pictures of our life together. How precious! As I pondered through them, I asked Amy, “Can I pick of few and keep them?” Amy replied, “Billy, they are all yours!” I then opened the envelope and it read, “To: Billy. From: Amy”.

Music was playing over the speakers, and Amy and you started singing a song together. She started to sing a line, and she pointed to you, and you started to add another line, and you two went back and fort. It was very joyful, watching both of you “trade” line as we call it. The music was not too upbeat, but joyous and fun to watch. Gary was playing piano and his orchestration was perfect with every note; not one was out of place, and it was all very complementary to what Amy and you were singing. I marveled and said to myself, “I have not ever heard orchestration like that before, it was so good. I only remember how the song felt. I wish I could remember the tune, but I do remember the title, I Will Rise.

As you both were still singing and Brother Gary still playing the orchestration, I looked at the pretty white envelope and in my heart, I felt it was an invitation to make more memories, to share more of our lives together in the love of God, to increase our portfolio of pictures together, to live life in God together. What’s that worth?

I look back at my memories and thank God for them. There have been ups and downs, happy and sad, health and sickness time, but I thank God that though out the years, He has surrounded me (us) with the most precious people on this earth in my life to help me through it all.

I humbly pray that I take advantage of the invitation from Amy in my dream to make more “Precious Memories”, as the song goes, with each and every one of us. It’s no small thing to be able to share this life in Christ together. We truly need each other’s gifts; God’s anointing on your life, the out of this world music that He has blessed us with, and the precious fellowship in His light together.

It’ll be worth it all.

Billy M.