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THE LAST CALL – JESUS CHRIST, CHIEF OF THE GNOSTICS? CHAPTER FOUR

June 4, 2013

CHAPTER FOUR

THE NEW LAW OF DIVINE AGAPE

 

In chapter Three we were shown by the Lord a number of verses of Scripture that proved that Jesus Christ was an esoteric gnostic and further that He stated that if one was to be saved IN TRUTH, they had to have an esoteric and gnostic encounter with Him. Inasmuch as Jesus Himself died on the cross for OUR SINS, then it should be obvious that it is Jesus Himself that saves us through this encounter. We saw the Words of Christ bluntly stated, but totally denied by the modern Church – saying that any such encounter is Satanic and of the occult. In essence the Church of today is saying to the Lord the same thing they did back when He was walking the Earth – that He did all of those miracles by the power of Satan and He Himself was a demonic.

The problem with the human race is that the Lord brought with Him a totally new and radical concept – that being YOU MUST BE BORN AGAIN. Paul says that the true Church is a MYSTERY. The rapture of the Church is a mystery. God Himself is a mystery. If it is a mystery, then like any other mystery one has to unlock this mystery by searching it out with all due diligence.

I received a comment of our postings regarding the esoteric and gnostic concepts presented, and wish to go through that because it shows the confusion that exists in the Church concerning what salvation really is, and what “works of righteousness” are, and why Jesus Christ sent the multitudes of Christians away as “workers of iniquity” which, if you look the word up, means LAWLESSNESS.

When Jesus came to Earth, He brought with Him a whole new concept of salvation. It dealt with a CHANGE IN THE LAW, a radical and wholly different concept that only the FEW find the answer to. He brought us THE WAY to unlock this mystery of rebirth. He also told us that only a few would actually do as they were told, search the matter out with all diligence and actually find the answer, the KEY as it were, to unlock the entire mystery of the Godhead and true salvation itself

I want to start with Matthew Chapter Six to lay down the groundwork as to why GETTING BORN AGAIN is the main thrust of the Bible, and why the vast majority of Christians are NOT.

Matt 6:33-34

33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

The word FIRST means the TOP PRIORITY, THE FIRST THING IN YOUR ENTIRE LIFE. He is telling us to change our priorities to the point that NOTHING ELSE MATTERS, THAT WE ARE TO “SEEK OUT” this mysterious Kingdom of God before we do anything else. Of course, the vast majority of the world does no such thing, but are totally concerned with the things and matters of THIS WORLD, and are so married to this world that they simply CANNOT leave it behind and make this searching out the Kingdom their ONE AND ONLY PRIORITY. But if you read carefully, Jesus is quite clear by what He means by all of that:

Matt 6:24-32

No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

25 Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?

26 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?

27 Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?

28 And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:

29 And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.

30 Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?

31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?

32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.

 

Now there are very few people who actually believe these remarks of the Lord, and how God will find a way to see you through all of this, and will find a way to have shelter, food and clothing if one does what they are told. That is what it says and we immediately say the opposite, for we are so trained into THIS WORLD that we cannot bring ourselves to actually BELIEVE that these Words could be true!!

But what if they ARE? What if what Christ is actually demanding from us is to LEAVE THIS WORLD BEHIND? In other words, to have enough faith, trust and belief in God that if we do what He asks, he will come to our rescue!!  What these remarks really are all about is DESIRE TO FIND THE KINGDOM. Jesus made a number of comments about that, such as if you were dying of thirst, you would do whatever was necessary to find water. If you were dying of hunger, you would do whatever it took to find food. He said rather bluntly that if you did not have that type of desire, well, forget it. It boils down to DESIRE.

Now I want to bring in this comment from the blog because it is an important issue:

“Your emphasis on an esoteric (secret, private), gnostic (in the sense of mystical “knowing”) experience of (the true) Christ is indeed important for being a true disciple of Jesus. And you emphasize being obedient. Yet this obedience seems to focus almost exclusively on this “gnostic” experience of Christ and his agape love.

You use Mt. 7:14 (the narrow way) and 7:23 (I never knew you) to say it’s all about this secret/narrow knowledge/encounter. But the context around these verses is about knowing true and false prophets by their fruits (7:15-20), that is, what they do, their usual actions as they live out each day. Likewise in 7:21, Jesus says it is the one who does the will of my Father who enters the kingdom; and in 7:23 Jesus says those who did not know him were evildoers (what they were doing daily was evil). Then in 7:24-27 Jesus says the wise one not only hear his words but does them. As the conclusion of Mt. 5-7, Jesus “sermon,” this points back to all his various words (commands and teachings) about what is the will of God that his disciples (in his new kingdom) should be doing. It is about much more than a private, mystical encounter with Christ.

When Rev. 19:8 speaks of the “white robes” given by Christ (the Lamb) to his “bride,” it then says this “fine linen” (bright and pure) is the righteous deeds of the saints. Thus if we have a true encounter with Christ, we will be empowered by him and his Spirit to live the righteous life he taught and lived, to love in actions that demonstrate his agape love.”

There is the comment, and I want to break it down to show you how this confusion about DIVINE AGAPE and THE LAW actually work and why it is so often misunderstood.

“Your emphasis on an esoteric (secret, private), gnostic (in the sense of mystical “knowing”) experience of (the true) Christ is indeed important for being a true disciple of Jesus. And you emphasize being obedient. Yet this obedience seems to focus almost exclusively on this “gnostic” experience of Christ and his agape love.”

 

This is a series on TRUE SALVATION. That is why it focuses on being obedient to the Lords commands to GET SAVED. Jesus Christ says very bluntly that THE FIRST OBEDIENCE TO HIM WAS TO ENTER IN AT THE STRAIT GATE and WALK THE NARROW WAY. He says to enter in, then warns of false prophets that will deny the strait gate, warns about the multitudes lost, then speaks of those that will hear and do what He told them. What did He tell them to do? ENTER IN. He says if you will, you are wise and your house is built upon a rock, and if you will not do as He commands, and refuse the strait gate, you are a fool. Inasmuch as the ROCK is Jesus Christ, He is telling us that we must LAY OUR FOUNDATION BY REBIRTH, of having this esoteric and gnostic encounter. Then you are established upon THE ROCK, and when judgment comes, you will not fall. However, if you refuse to enter in, you have laid your foundation NOT ON CHRIST, but on SAND and you will fall, and your fall will be great indeed, for it means ETERNAL RUIN. It is interesting to note that one must DIG DOWN DEEP INTO THE SAND TO FIND THE BEDROCK. This statement means that if you really want to find the truth of Christ, you must dig down through the sands of doctrine to the bedrock, that is, you must ASK, SEEK, KNOCK, STRIVE and LABOR FOR THE MEAT that endures unto SALVATION.

“You use Mt. 7:14 (the narrow way) and 7:23 (I never knew you) to say it’s all about this secret/narrow knowledge/encounter. But the context around these verses is about knowing true and false prophets by their fruits (7:15-20), that is, what they do, their usual actions as they live out each day.”

In point of fact that is what Matthew Seven is mostly ABOUT. The vast majority of the text is all about GETTING BORN AGAIN, and Jesus tells us EXACTLY how to do it. This writer claims that the FALSE PROPHETS are known by their fruits, which is what they do in their usual actions each day. That is only a half-truth, and a dangerous one at that. The real thrust of getting yourself BORN AGAIN starts with verse 7:

Matt 7:7-18

7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:

8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

9 Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone?

10 Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent?

11 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?

12 Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.

13 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:

14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.

16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?

17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.

Notice that right after Jesus tells us we must enter the strait gate and walk the narrow way that He then warns us of FALSE PROPHETS. Why place this warning here? The answer is because these FALSE PROPHETS will pose as Christian leaders such as preachers, teachers, evangelists, etc. They pose as real Christian leaders but they are fraudulent.

These false prophets will CAUSE THE STRAIT GATE AND NARROW WAY to be evil spoken of, that is, they will develop a theology that causes millions of Christians to mock the TRUE WAY, and by that method, these evil men and women will deceive millions of Christians with this fake SALVATION MESSAGE. This sequence is really important to understand, for it is placed there for a reason. The Bible also tells us that ONLY THE FEW will even recognize these false prophets, and Peter tells us all about them:

2 Peter 2:1-4

2 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.

2 And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.

3 And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.

4 For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment;

 

The first thing to notice is that these are the “wolves in sheep’s clothing” that Jesus warned would come into the FLOCK and they come to STEAL AND DESTROY. But notice how they do it: with a FAKE SALVATION THEOLOGY. If you have a heresy that is “damnable” you have a heresy that is all about SALVATION. Notice what they do: “they cause the WAY OF THE TRUTH to be evil spoken of.” Jesus Christ gave us ONLY ONE WAY IN: Enter ye in at the strait gate , and travel the narrow way. There is NO OTHER WAY OFFERED.

These fakes, these frauds are POPULAR with the Christians for the “many” follow after them!  Why? Jesus told us why. “Because strait is the gate and narrow is the way that leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it” Once again we find this sharp division between the MANY and the FEW. And this sharp division centers upon ONE THING: TRUE SALVATION. Matthew Seven is a serious warning that does not concern the FALSE PROPHETS BEHAVIOR so much as it does THEIR THEOLOGY. They with great stealth bring in a false salvation theology that totally OMITS the strait gate and narrow way and also totally omits the esoteric and gnostic encounter with Jesus Christ, which is why HE SENDS THE MILLIONS OF CHRISTIANS AWAY, with a terse “I never came to know you experientially.”

This false salvation theology is brought in by great stealth according to Peter. They “privily” bring this new gospel of salvation into the sheep fold. Look up the word “priviliy” yourself and you will find it means that this false gospel is brought in with such stealth, and is so close to the real thing, that THE MANY do not even realize what has happened!! The many gobble this up, because it is EASY, it does not CUT DEEP INTO THE FLESH. It does not divide asunder the bone and the marrow. It is easy, broad, SIMPLE and one can stay in the world and just “believe” and “have faith”. In point of fact it is the FAITH AND BELIEF GOSPEL OF TODAY that nearly the entire Church now accepts as the REAL TRUTH, and if you attempt to point out to them that Jesus said differently, they become livid with anger and accuse you of all sorts of evil.

The modern Christian Church and its “salvation theology” is a fake, a fraud, and it omits all key commands of the Lord on how to get saved. Further, Peter tells us how to identify them in their behavior:

1.      They are very popular and have a “broad way” theology that is easy, quick, simple and assures the believers that if they say a simple sinner’s prayer they are going to heaven. Nothing could be further from the truth. There is no such thing as a “sinner’s prayer” in the Bible anywhere. It is a made up gimmick by Satan and his angels of light. It flat out is not in the Bible. Jesus never said any such thing anywhere, and even warned against it over and over again. If you don’t believe it, look up the word “strait” and then “narrow”.

2.      They DENY THE LORD THAT BOUGHT THEM. Look up the word “deny” and you will see it also means to CONTRADICT the Lord. Whatever Jesus says, they contradict it, and claim the opposite is the truth. If Jesus says the “way” is hard, they will say “what way? Just say this simple prayer and you’re written in the Lamb’s Book of Life. There is nothing hard here, it is easy and simple, and by the way, we need you donations to further our “worldly” gospel.”

3.      They are greedy pigs who grow extremely wealthy as they pedal their false salvation gospel, asking for donations, asking people to even give over their estates to the “ministry”. They sell their books, videos and even movies, and many of them bring in MILLIONS OF DOLLARS every month, and as Peter says, they are making MERCHANDISE of these poor lost Christians.

All of this, however centers around a FALSE SALVATION GOSPEL. But it also centers around the fact that the vast majority of them ARE DECEIVED AND KNOW NOT that they are NOT SAVED AT ALL. These folks are positive they are saved and heaven bound. Here is what Jesus says about these folks:

Rev 3:14-22

14 And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;

15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.

16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.

17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:

18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.

19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.

21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.

22 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

This says it all. THEY KNOWEST NOT that they are poor, miserable, blind and naked. These people ARE NOT SAVED AT ALL, they only think they are. They have embraced this faith and belief gospel hook, line and sinker, and they are positive they are heaven bound. This is a major deception, and it is a deception based upon a FALSE SALVATION GOSPEL. Notice what Christ says to them:

18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.

All of these are elements of TRUE SALVATION. And then He tells them that they did NOT walk the narrow way, which is the chastisement and rebuke way of true salvation:

19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

So it is obvious that these people refused the rebuke and chastisement of the strait gate and narrow way, and they were willfully ignorant or had other excuses for not doing it.

Now then the next comment was this:

“Likewise in 7:21, Jesus says it is the one who does the will of my Father who enters the kingdom; and in 7:23 Jesus says those who did not know him were evildoers (what they were doing daily was evil)”.

 

This is where the real confusion sets in. The comment of the Lord was that they were LAWLESS. The word used means LAWLESS. So one would assume that this means they were evil criminals of some sort. But that is not at all what it means. When Jesus came He left us with a NEW COMMANDMENT, a NEW LAW, the law of Divine Agape. This new law of Divine Agape is the final and last commandment. It ties directly back to BEING BORN FROM ABOVE in Divine Agape.

Paul said this:

Rom 13:8-10

8 Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.

9 For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself

10 Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.

 

If you have never met Christ and had His Love shown to you, it is all but impossible to understand what Paul is telling us. The law of Divine Love is THE NEW LAW, THE NEW COMMANDMENT. There is no other. DIVINE AGAPE FULFILLS ALL THE LAW. That is the whole purpose of being born again, and that is to FIND CHRIST, FIND DIVINE AGAPE, which is the SPIRIT OF CHRIST and to have it BESTOWED UPON YOU. Divine Agape Love is a LAW UNTO ITSELF. It is taking the external commandments and writing them upon the heart of the true believer, the regenerated ones. This NEW LAW is now within the heart, and it operates internally.

Now then, if DIVINE AGAPE IS THE NEW LAW, and clearly Jesus says it is, and it can only be obtained via authentic rebirth, then what are we being told? Jesus is bluntly telling us that THE LAWLESS ONES are not reborn!! It is confirmed and verified by the other remark of Christ that HE NEVER CAME TO KNOW THEM. He calls them LAWLESS because the NEW LAW is DIVINE AGAPE, and these poor Christians did not have DIVINE AGAPE IN THEM. Because they were not regenerated, they were devoid of Divine Love and were doing all of their works IN THE FLESH, NOT IN THE SPIRIT.

Do you see? They did not have Divine Agape within because Christ had never met them. The NEW LAW is DIVINE AGAPE, they did not have it, and thus THEY WERE CLASSIFIED AS LAWLESS. It has little to do with their behavior or their good works, it has everything to do with their LACK OF REGENERATION. They were not saved, they were not born again. This is why Matthew Seven is almost all about HOW TO OBTAIN DIVINE AGAPE.

If we are to look at behavior, we are into works, especially if we attempt to tie that to salvation, which is not of works at all, but by GRACE through FAITH (The dynamic) and NOT OF WORKS, that is, if we behave and do good works, God will accept us. Not at all. He will not accept anyone no matter how good their “works” because salvation is not based upon works, but rather based upon being obedient to the commands of Christ to SEARCH HIM, OUT WITH ALL DUE DILIGENCE, AND FIND HIM. Why? Because the FLESH IS FALLEN, WORTHLESS, OF NO VALUE. Therefore all works done IN THE FLESH, and not done in the SPIRIT OF DIVINE AGAPE are works of evil, works of lawlessness.

Does this mean we can do what we want? Heaven forbid, not at all!! God commands us to be Holy, to be ambassadors of His. As Paul says, we are not use the total freedom we have in Christ to do evil. In point of fact if a true Christians steps too far out of line, the Lord will deal with that individual very harshly, even to death if necessary! It is called the doctrine of Divine Discipline.

Then the final comment:

“When Rev. 19:8 speaks of the “white robes” given by Christ (the Lamb) to his “bride,” it then says this “fine linen” (bright and pure) is the righteous deeds of the saints. Thus if we have a true encounter with Christ, we will be empowered by him and his Spirit to live the righteous life he taught and lived, to love in actions that demonstrate his agape love.”

Totally true. These are, however, all born again saints who met Christ in an experiential esoteric and gnostic encounter, had Divine Agape bestowed upon them, and therefore could in fact do their works in the SPIRIT OF DIVINE LOVE because it was in their hearts. Salvation is based upon one thing: OBEDIENCE TO THE COMMANDS TO SEARCH OUT THE LORD WITH ALL THE HEART, MIND, SOUL AND STRENGTH. That is actually what the strait gate and narrow way are all about. It is the SEARCH FOR THE TRUTH WITH ALL DUE DILIGENCE.

This series is about how to get saved in truth, not the walk after the fact. That is why all of the focus is upon this encounter with Christ, for the destiny of every soul on Earth is determined by having this encounter or not. Indeed, it is easy to prove that the gnostics were totally correct when they said SALVATION IS DIRECTLY TIED TO THIS ENCOUNTER WITH THE LORD. Jesus proves it over and over again, and it is a mystery to me as to why people refuse to accept what Christ has to say about it. There is nothing to interpret, it is so clearly and bluntly stated.

In Chapter Five we will tie any loose ends together, bring our even more comments of the Lord concerning the esoteric and gnostic nature of salvation.

 

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  1. charrisgoble@yahoo.com permalink
    June 5, 2013 6:15 am

    Stewart, thank you for teaching me to “Look things up for myself” I know now we can only enter in one @ a time. You taught me the Truth about “Line by Line, Here a little there a little. I thank The Lord everyday for you and Cindy,
    Carol

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