Thursday, June 25, 2020

Letter to our Friends - June 22, 2020


June 22, 2020


Greetings from West Central Florida:

Friends, as usual, it has been another full week of working on matters related to the short-term as well as the long-term aspects of the final phase of God’s work.

Which indeed brings these Scriptures to mind:

“’ Behold, the days are coming,’ says the Lord GOD, ‘That I will send a famine on the land, Not a famine of bread, Nor a thirst for water, But of hearing the words of the LORD.’” – Amos 8:11 NKJV, unless otherwise noted.

We will continue preparing and publishing articles in multiple languages, adding articles to our Owensboro Church of Jesus Christ – Florida website, and continuing to prepare for God’s prophesied ‘famine’ of His living Word!

Since we are not at that prophesied time yet, the following words of our Lord Jesus Christ came to mind:

“Then He said to His disciples, ‘The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. 38) Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.’” – Matthew 9:37-38.

Yes, indeed, please pray for more laborers of the harvest.

COVID-19 and Prakasam, (Ongole) Andhra Pradesh, India

Friends, people from all parts of the world are continuing to suffer from COVID-19. In India, the World Health Organization (WHO) has reported the largest single-day increase in new coronavirus cases (see ‘WHO reports largest single-day increase in new coronavirus cases’). Our heart grieves for this continued havoc throughout the world, and while we cannot supply all funds needed for food, medical supplies, and shelter, we indeed do pray always for our fellow brethren worldwide (Philippians 4:19) and ask Almighty God and our Lord Jesus Christ what Their will is.

As the Apostle Paul wrote, “let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. 10) Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.” – Galatians 6:9-10.

Our dear friend David Raju in India wrote via Facebook:
“Good morning brother greetings in Jesus are you brother We are praying.please pray for coronavirous, Covid-19 peoples are suffering.please try help to Church members. warm greetings in Jesus Christ.”
Yes, we are reaching people around the world!

We are continuing to assist people in turning to the true God.

Thank you for your continued prayers and support.

World News Items

In the United States of America – the Supreme Court decided that although the ’64 Civil Rights Act was not intended to support the LGBTQ agenda, it should be interpreted to do so (see ‘Mind-blowing makeover: Supremes redefine 'sex'’). Sadly, the very idea that the US Supreme Court – as well as other courts within the US – can blatantly ignore the intent of laws, the Constitution of the United States, and the Declaration of Independence continues to be a hallmark of the very things which God
has called perverse!! Friends – Sodom and Gomorrah were indeed sexually immoral. And, the Holy Bible tells of a very early event that occurred in those towns:

“Then the LORD [the very One we now know of as Jesus Christ] rained brimstone and fire on Sodom and Gomorrah, from the LORD out of the heavens. 25) So He overthrew those cities, all the plain, all the inhabitants of the cities, and what grew on the ground.” – Genesis 19:24-25.

And, why did God allow it to happen!?

“ … the cities … having themselves over to sexual immorality and gone after strange flesh, and set forth AS AN EXAMPLE, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.” – Jude 7.

Though it is not “politically” or “socially” correct to say so – homosexuality is a form of sexual immorality that involves going after “strange flesh.”

The LORD God emphatically says, “’ Speak to the children of Israel [not just the physical descendants of Jacob/Israel, but also the spiritual descendants of Abraham], and say to them: ‘I AM the LORD your God. … You shall not lie with a male as with a woman. It is an abomination.’” – Leviticus 18:1, 22.

The LORD God –

“ … [turned] the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes, condemned them to destruction, making them AN EXAMPLE to those who afterward would live ungodly.” – 2 Peter 2:6.

So, therefore, the utter destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah were to serve as an example to those who would live as they did. Yet, despite God’s DIRE WARNINGS, many modern leaders of this world endorse so-called homosexual “rights” and “same-sex marriage.” The LORD God, however, warns these leaders:

“’ As for My people [the house of Israel], children are their oppressors, And women rule over them. O My people! Those who lead you cause you to err, And destroy the way of your paths.’” – Isaiah 3:12.

“’ For the leaders of this people cause them to err, And those who are led by them are destroyed.’” – Isaiah 9:16.

(Be sure to read God's Promises To Abraham - a seven-part series – which explains the physical and more importantly spiritual descendants of Abraham, and God’s blessings upon them).

Barack Obama, when he was president, refused to enforce the Defense of Marriage Act, and eventually supported its removal. He assisted a great many in declaring their sins like that of Sodom and Gomorrah! GOD'S WORD EMPHATICALLY STATES that homosexuality, lesbianism, and cross-dressing are WRONG, and GOD also condemns those who condone all forms of sexual immorality – cf. Deuteronomy 22:5 KJV; Romans 1:24-32.

So, notice also, the Bible WARNS against women ruling. And, it’s not that they cannot help, but God says those who promote such things are causing His people to err and get their way destroyed. God’s living Word – the Holy Bible – does not teach that the world would be a better place if men stepped aside and let women rule! The Bible essentially warns against doing that! The soon-coming kingdom of God is indeed the solution!

Yet, indeed, just like the Cologne gang sexual assaults on women in 2015-16, not all residence of Sodom and Gomorrah were homosexuals. Yet, notice that the utter destruction that struck their cities destroyed all that was a resident. And, notice that something like this is due to occur again, so says our Lord Jesus Christ:

’ And, as it was in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days of the Son of Man: 27) They ate, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all. 28) Likewise as it was also in the days of Lot: They ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built; 29) but on the day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all. 30) Even so will it be in the day when the Son of Man is revealed.’” – Luke 17:26-30.

Please note – a large asteroid (1,100 feet across), named Apophis, will pass by Earth within 19,000 miles of Earth’s surface Friday 13th, 2029. Even though scientists are positive it won’t strike Earth, it could pass through what is called the Yarkovsky effect – as it could get too close to Earth’s gravitational pull and nudge Apophis’ orbit for a strike in 2036 – not that we are giving a date for Christ’s return.

Friends, God’s word WARNS against accepting and condoning forbidden practices like homosexuality and lesbianism – which is something that the United States of America did do June 26th, 2015:

“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness, and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, … 24) Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, 25) who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.

26) For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. 27) Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.

28) And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting [not proper]; 29) being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, 30) backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 31) undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful; 32) who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them.” – Romans 1:18, 24-32.

This “Homosexual Agenda” will end in utter destruction!

Also, speaking of the United States of America – there is a great division within America (see ‘Entire South Florida SWAT team resigns after the chief of police and local officials took a knee with protesters who called for an investigation into dawn raid which killed black man’). And, last week an area called the Capital Hill Autonomous Zone was formed in the city limits of Seattle, Washington – and the mayor ordered the police to leave (see ‘CHAZ chews on what to do next’). This is but a great symbol of the deep divide within the USA. And, this division will not end well – cf. Matthew 12:25.

And, speaking of division – we are continuing to see ever-more division between the USA and Europe. The Germans are upset that the United States intends to reduce American troop levels (see ‘German officials call US troop withdrawal a ‘wake-up call for Europeans’ & chance to loosen ties’). And the Europeans and the Arabs are upset that the United States is not stopping Israel from annexing lands in Judea-Samaria (see ‘Jordan’s Abdullah Presses Washington to Oppose Israeli Annexation’).

Indeed friends, as our Lord Jesus Christ WARNS:

’ For nation will rise against nation, …’ – literally, ethnos – meaning, ‘a people will rise against people.’ ‘… and kingdom against kingdom.’” – Matthew 24:7.

There will be an intifada of ethnic groups against an ethnic group. Europe will temporarily align with a power from the Middle East and North Africa (Psalm 83:3-8; Daniel 11:27). And, an intifada in the Middle East could ultimately involve Syria (Isaiah 17:1) and Iran (Isaiah 22). There will come great damage to Jerusalem and Palestine, and Israeli leaders will look seriously for peace deals.

Suggested Sabbath Service

Here is a suggested Sabbath service for this week.

● 2-3 hymns. (a free printable “Old Time Gospel” hymn site is The Old Time Gospel). I recently spoke with Brother Roger, and we should have our collection of hymns completed before the Feast of Tabernacles.
● Opening prayer.
● Sermonette (if you choose). The one suggested is “God’s Children are of the Light” by Michael C. Garrett. An accompanying article by the same title is also available on our Owensboro Church of Jesus Christ – Florida website.
● Announcements (if any; you’re welcome to use this letter) and one hymn.
● Sermon. The one suggested for this week is "Pray Not For This People - 6/23/20" by Michael C. Garrett. Many more sermons are available at
● Final hymn.
● Closing prayer.

IN CASE YOU HAVE NOT RECEIVED A ‘LETTER TO OUR FRIENDS’ FOR ANY WEEK, REMEMBER WE HAVE MANY SERMON MESSAGES ON THE Owensboro Church of Jesus Christ – Home website. Don’t forget we have a Twitter page where you can find news from around the world in relation to biblical prophecy @aservant1God.

Concluding Comments

Friends, our Lord and Savior – the awesome Son of God – said:

’ Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29) Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I AM gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls [your lives]. 30) For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.’” – Matthew 11:28-30.

Now, this passage has nothing to do with replacing the holy Sabbath. And, for so many people – including those people on the SonLife Broadcasting Network (SBN) - to incorrectly teach this is deceitfully handling of the living word of God! They are not allowing the Spirit of God – the true Spirit of God, the true mind of God – to teach them that the holy Sabbath is still in effect.

’ My yoke is easy and My burden is light.’” – what is He talking about!?

He is comparing the New Covenant with the overwhelming restrictions of the Old Covenant.

Why there are churches and synagogues throughout the world who continue to want to live in this Old Covenant mentality. Mr. Garrett has been speaking for years concerning this. Why are they doing that to themselves!? We don’t live in the Old Covenant anymore – we live in the New Covenant.

Also, in Matthew 23:1 – “Then Jesus spoke to the multitudes and to His disciples, 2) saying: ‘The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat. 3) Therefore whatever they tell you to observe, that observe and do, but do not do according to their works; for they say, and do not do.’ – in other words, He is referring to the grave burdens of the Old Covenant religion – i.e. utensils, pots, pans that have come into contact with meat may not be used with dairy, and vice versa, grape products made by non-Jews may not be eaten, and you must write words of Torah on the doorposts of your house. In fact, I have a Jewish friend – who is now living in North Carolina – who affixes a mezuzah to his doorpost in his belief of what Deuteronomy 6:9 says. And, because of their living so deeply in the Old Covenant, they will never see the light of Almighty God and Jesus Christ! He says so, in verse 16 – “’ Woe to you, BLIND guides, …’!

Verse 4 – “’ For they [these religious guides] bind heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on men’s shoulders; …’ – the keeping of the innumerable Old Covenant laws which are ‘heavy burdens.’ Even teaching such things as ‘You cannot eat out on a Sabbath.’

Verse 5 – “’ But all their works they do to be seen by men. They make their phylacteries broad and enlarge the borders of their garments.’” – a phylactery, or its also called tefillin, is a small square leather box containing slips of paper inscribed with Scriptural passages. Jesus is saying of them in essence – “’ Look at me! Look at how religious I am!”

Friends, as the Apostle Paul wrote - “But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.” – 2 Corinthians 11:3.

Be not deceived, Jesus Christ stated emphatically, ‘My yoke is easy, and My burden is light.’

In deep gratitude and love, in Jesus' name,
Leonard V. Johnson

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Future Rulership With Christ

Now, surely friends, we can see and hear just how rotten a good portion of this world is that we’re living in. The LORD our God had told Adam and Eve after they chose to listen to the serpent, the whisperer – Satan the devil – and do things his way – ‘Alright, go ahead and form your own societies, your own governments, your own way of doing things. And, I’ll allot mankind six-thousand years to rule themselves – which is the whisperer’s way.’

So friends, here we are at the soon-coming conclusion of that allotted time, and we look around the world and we see and we hear, and we are witnesses to, what has ensued with this self-rule of mankind. And, it's not very pretty. We see all around us the growing evils and the growing totalitarianism of men’s minds. We need, dear friends, to be on high alert and aware of just where we are today and why we need to be ever-so vigilant and not lose our crown – which God has warned we could do if we’re not diligent.

Now, through the generations since that time, God Almighty and Jesus Christ are preparing a few – part of which is why you are reading this today. Now, He has called a few through these nearly six-thousand years to follow the Second Adam – Jesus Christ. And to outright reject the decisions which our earthly father made.

Now, this may come as a shock to you – but humans are incapable of ruling themselves. No matter the number of types of governments around the world, albeit Anarchy, Republic, Totalitarian, Theocracy, Monarchy, Dictatorship, Democracy, or even what Citibank is now calling the 1% of the uber-wealthy of America, Plutocracy – mankind is miserably failing. So now God is soon going to intervene in this world’s affairs – very soon – with a few who will have become perfect. Or, as the Greek word for perfect –  teleios, meaning mature or finished. ’ Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect” – Matthew 5:48.

 And turn with me if you will, hopefully, you have your Bible’s and are following along. Turn to 1st John 3, and I’ll show you what I mean –

Verse 1 – “Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. 2) Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed [when our Master and Elder Brother and soon-coming King of kings and Lord of lords returns], we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.”

Verse 3 – “And everyone who has this hope in Him [in Jesus Christ] purifies himself [or herself], just as He is pure.”

So, friends, we – the chosen few – are to take over the governments of this world.

So, when and how will God Almighty and Jesus Christ do this!?

How often do you think of yourself – in a true sense – as an ambassador for Christ Jesus!? And, as a king to rule with Jesus Christ on this earth!? I mean – to truly sit around and think about it, to meditate, and to truly understand just what this means!? This great calling which we have. And, on the other hand, how often do you think of yourself as a soon-coming religious leader!? Now, I have discussed just this topic with my dear Sister recently – and I thought – this would make a great teaching point.

And I speak not of the religious leaders of this world – which pretend to be what they really are not. But you- many of you friends – will be a religious leader on this earth with the title of “royal priest.” A holy member of the family of God! And yes – and this is a truism of which Jesus Christ Himself has revealed to us – at that time, worthy of worship.

Turn to Revelation chapter 3, verse 9, and see for yourself:

’ Indeed [Jesus wrote] I will make those of the synagogue of Satan, who say they are Jews [or rather, the chosen people] and are not, but lie – indeed I will make them come and worship before your feet, and to know that I have loved you.’

Speaking of course to the living Church of God!

Now, God’s holy and resurrected saints are said to be given crowns – verse 11:

’ Behold, I AM coming quickly! Hold fast what you have, that no one may take your crown. 12) He who overcomes, I will make him [or her] a pillar [or rather, leader] in the temple [or rather, kingdom] of My God, …’

Jesus Christ’s holy saints will have God the Father’s name written upon them – verse 12:

“ … ‘I will write on him [or her] the name of My God and the name of the city of My God, the New Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God. And I will write on him [or her] My new name.’

Also, we can compare these Revelation passages to Romans chapter 2, verse 28:

“For he [or she] is not a Jew [again, we can say ‘a chosen one of God’ or a Christian] who is one outwardly, nor is circumcision that which is outward in the flesh; 29) but he [or she] is a Jew [or rather Christian] who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the Spirit, …”

So, a holy priest of Almighty God and Jesus Christ, pure, possessing the very mind of Christ, mature – perfect in every way.

And, so, we might say that Christ’s Church in this dispensation is the forerunner of the soon-coming kingdom of God. Or, as Jesus Christ said, ‘the kingdom [from] heaven is like a mustard seed,’ waiting to grow rapidly upon His return – Matthew 13:31-32.

Jesus Christ’s kingdom will be in relation to what the Apostle Paul wrote concerning the Church of God:

“And God has appointed these in the Church: first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps [or rather, helpers], administrations, varieties of tongues [or rather, languages]. 29) Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Are all workers of miracles? 30) Do all have gifts of healings? Do all speak with tongues [or rather, different languages]? Do all interpret?” – 1 Corinthians 12:28-30.

So, in this respect –God’s chosen children – His firstfruits – is (and shall be in His kingdom) “a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, …” “it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, …” – 1 Peter 2:9; 1 John 3:2.

As Jesus Christ teaches us in His Parable of the Talents – Matthew 25:14-30; as well as Him speaking of the glorious kingdom of God in Luke 19:15-27 – if you’ve been given God’s Holy Spirit, you’ve been given a great amount! – whether you have more or less of His Spirit – you’ve been entrusted with great wealth!

Now, we, dear brethren, are a very ‘special people’ – whether we realize it or not – we are the children of God, we are the chosen ones – the ones which possess God’s revealed truth’s. And, it’s vitally important that we use this great wealth – and stir it up!

So, as Jesus Christ Himself teaches us, many will be rulers over ten cities, or five cities – “’ For I say to you, that to everyone who has will be given; and from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him.’

So, to be a good and righteous holy priest – making judicial decisions for cities, or even nations – you will be given the grave responsibilities to lead in the very Way of God.

Now, you ask, “Me!? How can I attain that level of knowledge, wisdom, and righteousness to be co-ruler with Jesus Christ in that way!? Without making any mistakes in my decisions of which I may hand down!?”

Now, you say of yourself!? “I feel so weak, so inadequate.” And, yes, you are right brethren. If you are looking at yourself with only the human spirit within you. Because we all fall short. The Apostle Paul knew this. And he said so. He had concluded, “There is none righteous – no not one.”

Turn to 2nd Corinthians chapter 5, and verse 17.

Now – the question to us becoming perfect. It’s not, can God do it? But, by what method has He revealed to us in His living Word – the Bible – that He will do it!? And, friends, it is not through the human spirit, which is temporary – as a host to a new Spirit. A Spirit which you did not have until baptism and the laying on of hands. This Holy Spirit Paul called the ‘new creation.’ A separate Spirit from the human spirit.

And, the method which Almighty God and Jesus Christ will use to accomplish this!? It is this ‘new creation.’

Over in the Book of Philippians chapter 2, verse 5:

“Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus.”

And, as it says in Romans chapter 8, verse 7:

“Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be.”

Our mortal, fleshly, meaty mind, cannot go along with God. It rejects God’s Way, His laws, even His Spirit.

So then, it is this other Spirit, this ‘new creation’ – analogous to a small child – begotten of God the Father. Who is at first nourished on the milk of His holy Word like a baby – and now needs to mature spiritually, with time and experience. Which is exactly what Jesus Christ was speaking about in Matthew 5:48. ‘Be ye spiritually mature, just as your Father is spiritually mature in heaven.’

Indeed, we all remember our first love – the excitement of hearing God’s truth! How we just wanted to tell everybody – our family, our friends, our co-workers. But it just didn’t work – did it!?

So, it’s important that we mature spiritually. We have to learn from our experiences.

And I myself – a great experience which God allowed me to be witness to – in 2004, while I was driving a tractor-trailer over-the-road and I was getting a bite to eat, there was this man down about five booths from me. I thought I was seeing things. I took my glasses off – rubbed my eyes – looked at him again. But he still had this darkness around him as if he was in a deep shadow. He was anxious and stressed. And, the thought which came across my mind was that this man was not long for this world. For he was in a hurry, gobbling his breakfast like there was no tomorrow. He had a lot of weight on his shoulders, and his veins were bulging from his neck. I had an urgency within me to get up and walk over to him and warn him of this impending doom. But I was chicken, and I didn’t do it. And those types of scenarios occurred quite a bit to me over-the-road during those years. But you grow, you grow in this spirit of wisdom – and that is what we have to do – through these life experiences. We learn to be bold and unafraid in Christ our Lord. And, upon baptism and the laying on of hands, we receive this new “Spirit of wisdom.” And, we have to feed this ‘new creation.’

So, if you’ll turn to Hebrews chapter 5, and verse 13:

“For everyone who partakes ONLY of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe. 14) But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.”

And – while I had been driving over-the-road I had not been baptized or had had hands laid upon me – but yet I was learning from these Godly experiences – these spiritual experiences which were frequently occurring – helping me to learn, to gain some experience 0n learning to discern between good and evil.

Turn over to Hebrews chapter 6, verse 1:

“Therefore, leaving the discussion of the elementary principles of Christ, let us go on to perfection, not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, 2) of the doctrine of baptisms, of laying on of hands, of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment. 3) And this we will do if God permits.”

The Apostle Paul is talking about here – growth. Spiritual maturity – which is a mental thing. A new way of seeing and doing things.

So, think about it like this – as we go through life in this Christian journey – we have tribulations, issues, problems we must face – we struggle at times. And, it is hard. And God understands, and He knows that it is hard. And we feel as if we’re making some progress and then something happens and we fall and scrape our knees – as I say. We sin. And we cry out unto God Almighty and Jesus Christ, ‘Please forgive me. Please help me, strengthen me, I’ll try and do better!’ And so we might take ten steps forward, but we have just taken three steps back – but here’s the thing – God is looking at the overall picture. The overall progress which we’ve made.

And that is why we have to endure – to keep going! We cannot ever give up!

And you are making progress! Every single time you sin you’re going to God Almighty and Jesus Christ, you’re struggling – you’re making progress! And this, friends, is what it is about – making progress.

Now, the Apostle Peter wrote in 1st Peter chapter 2, and verse 1:

“Therefore, laying aside all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all evil speaking, 2) as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby, …”

And, now, if we do this – and at the right and appropriate time of the resurrection – God will do the rest.

We will be brought to perfection so as to be perfect – even as God is perfect. Can you even imagine that!? We will be perfect – and again the Greek word being teleios, meaning mature or finished. This is what God’s living Word says.

And what then!? Well, turn to the Book of 1st John chapter 3, verse 9:

“Whosoever has been born of God does not sin, for His seed remains in him; and he cannot sin, because he has been born of God.”

We are begotten now. But in the resurrection we’re born of God – and we cannot sin. You will have become mature, finished – and you cannot sin.

So, again, what is the process God will use to bring us to this level of righteousness – to perfection  righteous king, a royal priest,  holy member of the God family - worthy of worship!?

Well, the answer is clear from God’s living Word. At baptism, God the Father unites and plants His seed within the human spirit. And a ‘new creature’ is created – whose Father is God. It will mature and develop and be useable by God to place within a new body not made of flesh – but a spiritual body in the resurrection to come.

So then, you have this ‘new creature’ in Christ and with it, the wisdom and the maturity will be developed in this life – but then God is going to give you wisdom, knowledge, and understanding which you would NEVER obtain to in this life. Because you will be in the God family and understand all things and will not have to wonder anymore concerning this thing or that thing.

Now, there are many people who say, ‘Well, I’ll know the answer to things I cannot understand now – when I make it into God’s kingdom.’ Yes, we will. But, before Almighty God and our Lord Jesus Christ bless us with this type of knowledge to know all things – there is a vital ingredient that is necessary. Knowledge alone is not sufficient. But, knowledge and wisdom are like a well-fitted glove.

As Jesus Christ tells us, “’ For everyone to whom much is given, from him [or her] much will be required; and to whom much has been committed, of him [or her] they will ask the more.’” – Luke 12:48. You are responsible for what you know. And, wisdom is obedience.

Sadly, I know people (and I’m sure you do as well) who have come to know the Word of God, the Truth of God, and the ultimate Plan of God and have subsequently walked away. I have even been witnessed to people who have apologized for having kept the Sabbaths and the holy days to a whole group of people. I met and had a two-hour meeting with a supposed minister of God who literally apologized for everything I had previously learned. It's like the television show from 2012 - 10 Things You Don't Know About with Henry Rollins - which, to me, skews the history which we've learned - we might as well just throw it out the window because a new American agenda is in town!

Now, there are so many so-called Christians who proudly say, ‘Oh how I love the Lord! Oh, how I love God!’ And I ask – do you keep His commandments!? And, as we know, without the intervention of God’s Spirit, a human cannot or will not know the things of God – and will be rebellious. Now, they may say they love God – but they don’t.

YOU MUST OBEY GOD! – IT’S REQUIRED! And, that’s wisdom.

And, wisdom is something we need to ask God for. We ask God Almighty and Jesus Christ in helping us to make the right choices between the human spirit and God’s Spirit -of which we now possess. This ‘new creation’ will not entertain anything contrary to God’s will – unlike the human spirit. It is similar to a duel personality – the human spirit and the Spirit which possess the very mind of Christ.

So, let me briefly mention this spirit in man – Job 32:8. The human spirit enters the human embryo at conception. This human spirit is like the “hard drive on a computer” – it stores information. And from my notes I have written:

The spirit essence is NOT an immortal soul or an eternal spirit. The spirit in man is NOT the man. It is something in the man. It has no life of itself, for the life of man is in the air he breathes, and, in the blood, that circulates through his body (Genesis 2:7; Leviticus 17:11). It does not of itself see or hear (for even a blind or deaf person, though deprived of one of his senses, is altogether human). And at death, it has no consciousness of itself, for it sleeps (1 Corinthians 11:30; 1 Corinthians 15:51; 1 Thessalonians 4:14). Like a tape recorder, it forms a permanent record of the qualities of mind and character built by a man during his lifetime. And, much like a used tape is stored lifelessly on a shelf till activated in a recorder, so also does the spirit of man “return to God who gave it” after death, until the resurrection when life is again given to a person (Ecclesiastes 12:7).

So, on a human level – God gives wisdom to different people in the Bible who did not possess such wisdom before He gave it to them. So, friends, how much more will He give wisdom to those He has brought into His family – in the kingdom of God!?

Let us look at a few examples of how God did that – even with the human spirit – of giving people wisdom and understanding.

Exodus 28, verse 3 – as an example:

“’ So you shall speak to all who are gifted artisans, whom I have filled with the spirit of wisdom, …”

Also, turn to chapter 31“Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying: 2) ‘See, I have called by name Bezalel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah. 3) And I have filled him with the Spirit of God, in wisdom, in understanding, in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship, 4) to design artistic works, …” – so God gave him something he didn’t have – the Spirit of God, of wisdom, of understanding and of knowledge.

In Mark chapter 13, Jesus Christ Himself says – speaking to the end-time prophets’ But when they arrest you and deliver you up, do not worry beforehand, or premeditate what you will speak. But whatever is given you in that hour, speak that; for it is not you who speak, but the Holy Spirit.’


A few more examples can be given – 1st Kings 4:29

“And God gave Solomon wisdom and exceedingly great understanding, and largeness of heart like the sand on the seashore. 30) Thus Solomon’s wisdom excelled the wisdom of all the men of the East and all the wisdom of Egypt. … 34) And men of all nations, from all the kings of the earth who had heard of his wisdom, came to hear the wisdom of Solomon.”

Also, 1st Kings 10:1-3

“Now when the queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon concerning the name of the LORD, she came to test him with hard questions. 2) She came to Jerusalem with a very great retinue, … 3) So Solomon answered all her questions; there was nothing so difficult for the king that he could not explain it to her. … 23) So King Solomon surpassed all the kings of the earth in riches and wisdom.”

So, the answers to our infirmities and our inadequacies to rule justly – with God Almighty and Jesus Christ in this absolute perfection –  not within ourselves as a human agent, but what God will do for us when we are no longer flesh and blood. 

And now that we have considered the process of conversion to perfection, let us look at some promises that God has given us.

Turn with me to Revelation, chapter 1, verse 6. Promises of positions of authority, of power, of holiness. As it says here in this passage – “and who [will make us] kings and priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen."

Also, Revelation, chapter 5, and verse 10 “’ And [He will make us] kings and priests to our God; And we shall reign on the earth.’”

Revelation 20, and verse 6“Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection. …” – it’s a better resurrection; a spiritual resurrection – unlike the second which is a physical resurrection. “ … Over such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God [the Father] and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years.”

So, we are to be given authority, power, rulership, and holy – a level which God says will bring us above the angels. 

So, don’t be concerned friends – God will make it happen. God will do for you what you cannot do for yourself. Don’t doubt this. Let us make the right choices and ‘let this mind be in you which is in Christ’s.’ Let Christ live within you. □

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Walk With God!

Greetings dear friends around the world - our friends in the United States, Argentina, France, Bangladesh, and even in Italy! Welcome to the Owensboro Church of Jesus Christ - Florida website. Let me go directly to the source of today's sermon -

Genesis 5:24 – “And Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him.”

What happened to Enoch!?

Now, a lot of people – and many of the bible commentators – will say, “Well, Enoch went to heaven, just like Elijah did!” They will say– “They’re the only two people that ever went to heaven back in the Old Testament.” Well, if you study about Enoch, he’s mentioned in the Book of Hebrews – the faith chapter which speaks of the ancient patriarchs. 

Hebrews 11:5 – “By faith Enoch was taken away so that he did not see death, ‘and was not found, because God had taken him’; for before he was taken he had this testimony, that he pleased God.” 

And in verse 13 it says, “These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of them, …”

Why can’t people just see this!? If you look up all the references to Enoch you’ll find this.

We understand that God’s living word says, “it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment.” It’s given to every human being to live a life – and then to eventually die.

Well, just like Elijah there were people trying to kill him – just like in Jesus’ day that was trying to kill Him! And I also believe he was having what today we call a nervous breakdown. And I believe that God removed him from that and placed him somewhere away from all of this – just like He did in Elijah’s day. And these men lived out their lives and became very old. And Enoch lived three hundred and sixty-five years.

Also, in the Book of Jude, he quoted from a portion of something which Enoch had written. He said, “Now Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied about these men also saying, ‘Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of His saints, 15) to execute judgment on all, to convict all who are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have committed in an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him.’”

And, of course, he’s speaking of all those who choose not to obey Him, also – like ISIS, al-Qaeda, and the Taliban!

Here we have a small paragraph of something Enoch wrote that was preserved – most likely – on the ark with Noah. And, it was preserved all the way up to the Apostle Jude – one of Jesus’ brothers which wrote the Book of Jude. 

“And Enoch walked with God” – Enoch must have had a very powerful ministry if he wrote what he did. He had a lot of foresight in revelation about the fact that the Messiah - Jesus Christ - was going to return to this earth with what he called “the myriads of His holy ones” – see 1 Enoch 1:4-9. He had a lot more knowledge than most people today which realizes that Jesus Christ is coming again!

Now, friends - what does it mean to walk with God!? And why is this important!?

Genesis 6:9 – “Noah was a just man, perfect [blameless] in his generations, Noah walked with God.”

Now, both Enoch and Noah walked with God – and He saved both of them from destruction! It’s IMPORTANT to know what it means to walk with God!

In Deuteronomy 5:33 – Moses gives us a bit of a hint where he writes, “You shall walk in all the ways which the LORD your God has commanded you, …”

Most people want to walk their own way. But we are to obey whatever God commands us.

Now, in Jeremiah the 7th chapter it says, “Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: … 22) ‘For I did not speak to your fathers, or command them in the day that I brought them out of the land of Egypt, concerning burnt offerings or sacrifices. 23) But THIS is what I commanded them, saying, ‘Obey My voice, and I will be your God, and you shall be My people. And walk in all the ways that I have commanded you, that it may be well with you.’”

God intended for His people to walk in His ways and to do the things which He commanded them to. He has always intended for His people to obey Him – and it is through obedience that we walk with God.

Over in Deuteronomy the 28th chapter, verse 9 – there’s another statement concerning walking with God. “The LORD will establish you as a holy people to Himself, just as He has sworn to you, IF you keep the commandments of the LORD your God and walk in His ways.” – now, why won’t people just do this!?

Even from our birth – humans are typically selfish, self-centered, unwilling to admit if they’re wrong – even their sins. Like the very annoying JG Wentworth commercials, “I want it now!” And, they want to be in charge of their own destiny. But God – the very Creator of all life – is telling us that we are to walk with Him! – and to not go it alone or our own way.

In 1st Kings the 8th chapter there is another reference. Here King Solomon was dedicating the temple in Jerusalem and he makes a brilliant prayer – verse 36 – he asks God that He would “hear in heaven, and forgive the sin of Your servants, Your people Israel, that You may teach them the good way in which they should walk.”                        

So, not only is our walking in accordance with God’s commandments important but also what He teaches us from His word. God’s word teaches us all throughout what it means to walk with Him.

Turn with me over to Psalm the 1st chapter – King David also wrote concerning this. Let us be reminded of what the Prophet Isaiah said, “Many people shall come and say, ‘Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, To the house of the God of Jacob; He will teach us His ways, And we shall walk in His paths.’ For out of Zion shall go forth the Law, And the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.”

God the Father and Jesus Christ are eventually going to teach the whole world His Law! Now, so many people don’t want to hear this – because they don’t believe that God’s Law is in force or in effect. Yet, a little later in the Book of Isaiah, it says, “your eyes shall see your teachers. Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, ‘This is the way, walk in it.’” Speaking of the coming Millennial reign of Jesus Christ! And, after the Millennial reign, there will be a huge resurrection of all the children of Israel – in which the Apostle Paul said, “all Israel will be saved” – cf. Romans 11:26. All people will have an opportunity for salvation at that time!

Now, for those who have lost loved ones – who are questioning whether they made it into Heaven or an all-consuming Hell – God’s word doesn’t teach this – the Bible speaks of a second resurrection. The Book of Revelation chapter 20 talks about the first resurrection of the firstfruits of God – those that are Christ’s at His coming. But then afterward is the ‘general’ resurrection – or what is called the “Great White Throne Judgment.” The great fall harvest.

In Psalm 1 it says, “Blessed is the man Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor stands in the path of sinners, Nor sits in the seat of the scornful; …” – you can surely say, ‘involved with violent protests in the streets of our cities, or gossiping at the local beauty salon.’ Friends, don’t be like Lot – Abraham’s nephew – who sat around the gates of Sodom listening to someone who was constantly putting down the king – or the president, the government.

Verse 2 – “But his delight is in the Law of the LORD, And in His Law he meditates day and night. 3) He shall be like a tree Planted by the rivers of water, That brings forth its fruit in its season, Whose leaf also shall not wither; And whatever he does shall prosper.”

Verse 4 – “The ungodly are not so, But are like the chaff which the wind drives away. 5) Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, Nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.”

So, right here – the very first psalm – King David talks about walking with God.

Over in the Book of Jeremiah, the 6th chapter. And, it’s what he says here that is so IMPORTANT.

Now, he was talking about the destruction of ancient Judah, and all the sins which they had committed – verse 14 – “They have also healed the hurt of My people slightly, Saying, ‘Peace, peace!’” – when there was no peace.

And even here – the protesting taking place in Tampa! Protesting because of this terrible scene of a police officer with his knee on George Floyd – who died as a result of the stress placed upon his body because of bad health and even including the result of this officer. And the protestors were there threatening, “No Justice! No Peace!” And, I am greatly saddened because this sounds like an unpeaceful threat. The death of this man was a horrible event – which has now gone worldwide. And, so many people in this ‘present evil age’ have the idea that instead of letting the justice system work its way – they take the law into their own hands and go out and burn down buildings, loot, blow up ATMs, and burn police stations!! This, of course, is not the proper reaction to what occurred. As I wrote and said to my 1st cousin who has been protesting in the streets of Manhattan, “The way this government system works is a change from the top down. We must create change through leadership. We should take advantage of our right to vote.”

In verse 15 he says, “Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? No! They were not at all ashamed; Nor did they know how to blush. Therefore they shall fall among those who fall; At the time I punish them, They shall be cast down,’ says the LORD.”

Verse 16 – “Thus says the LORD: ‘Stand in the ways and see, And ask for the old paths, where the good way is, And walk in it; Then you will find rest for your souls [lives].’”

Now, a lot of people need to go back to the basics – to ‘back in the day.’ To go back and read God’s living word – His commandments, the first five Books of the Holy Bible – and see exactly what He says about His commandments, His statutes, His judgments. To meditate on it. It will bring rest to your life if you do that.

Another passage to remember from the Prophet Isaiah is, “’ To the law and the testimony [the very word of God]! If they do not speak according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.’” And our LORD God says, “’ one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled.’” And, remember the certain ruler who asked Him, “What shall I do to inherit eternal life?” He said, ‘If you will enter into life – keep My commandments!’ And, over and over – even in the Book of Revelation – speaks of those who keep the commandments of God. Recall Revelation chapter 12 – “And the dragon [Satan the devil] was enraged with the woman [God’s Church], and he went to make war with the rest of her offspring, who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony [the Gospel] of Jesus Christ.”

And, of course, the resurrection occurs on the SEVENTH TRUMP. The seven last plagues follow that. So, we will already be in “low earth orbit” in the clouds, being with Jesus Christ, in preparation for the time He - Jesus Christ - directly engages humankind.

Indeed, God’s holy Law will go forth out of Zion at the beginning of the Millennium. And, people will be keeping God’s holy feasts – see Zechariah 14:16-21. And, eventually, the E A R T H is going to be covered with the knowledge of God as the water covers the seas!

Friends, let us look at some of this good news!

So, turning in your Bibles over to the Book of Ezekiel, chapter 37 – a chapter which is so misunderstood among the Roman Catholics and her Protestant daughter churches –

Ezekiel the 37th chapter. Now, look at this prophecy and ask yourself – what is the time setting here!?

This is the prophecy of the Valley of Dry Bones.

Verse 15 – “Again the word of the LORD came to me, saying, 16) ‘As for you, son of man, take a stick for yourself and write on it: ‘For JUDAH and for the CHILDREN OF ISRAEL, his companions.’ Then take another stick and write on it, ‘For JOSEPH, …’” – a representative for the other tribes of Israel. “ … ‘the stick of Ephraim, and for all the HOUSE OF ISRAEL, his companions.’”

So then, the NORTHERN KINGDOM and the SOUTHERN KINGDOM OF JUDAH. THIRTEEN – including Joseph, Ephraim, and Manasseh – because remember, Jacob/Israel blessed Joseph’s two sons Ephraim and Manasseh, “let my name be named on them.”

Verse 17 – “’ Then join them one to another for yourself into ONE stick, and THEY WILL BECOME ONE IN YOUR HAND.’”

Has this ever happened!?

Has Judah [today the nation called Israel] and the house of Israel been reunited!?

Verse 18 – “’And when the children of your people speak to you, saying, ‘Will you not show us what you mean by there?’ – 19) say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: ‘Surely I will take the stick of Joseph, which is in the hand of Ephraim, and the tribes of Israel, his companions; and I will join them with it, with the stick of Judah, and make them ONE stick, and they will be ONE in My hand. … 22) and I will make them ONE NATION in the land, on the mountains of Israel …’”

This has never happened throughout history!

Judah and Israel becoming ONE NATION again! Recall, Israel – the NORTHERN KINGDOM was carried away captive in 721 B.C. – and, of course, upon their release traveled and assimilated into different parts of the world. Jesus Christ told His own disciples, “’ go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.’” He vindicated the fact that the physical descendants of the TEN TRIBES OF ISRAEL were still around – somewhere.

“ … and one king [the resurrected King David] shall be king over them all; … 23) They shall not defile themselves anymore with their idols, nor with their detestable things, nor with any of their transgressions, but I will deliver them from all their dwelling places in which they have sinned, and will cleanse them. Then they shall be My people, and I will be their God.’”

Verse 24 – “’ David My servant shall be king over them, …’” – and of course, this is speaking of DURING the Millennial reign of Jesus Christ! “ … ‘and they shall all have ONE SHEPHERD; …’” – speaking of the soon coming King of kings and LORD of lords – Jesus Christ! “ … ‘and they shall also walk in My judgments and observe My statutes, and do them.’”

Friends, the people who have done away with God’s Law – summed up with the Ten Commandments – are going to have a problem on that day. Recall Isaiah 66:15-17 in which God speaks of the coming dreadful Day of the LORD! For in that day God is reuniting Israel and Judah as ONE NATION and all the Gentile nations are going to know right then that they are the people of God and they are going to be keeping His statutes and judgments.

Where are they found!?

In the first five Books of the Holy Bible! God’s law, statutes, judgments!

So, now, turning to John, the 8th chapter – something which our MASTER said!

Verse 12 – “Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, ‘I AM the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.’ – speaking about eternal life. Indeed, King David said, “Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path” – Psalm 119:105. He understood that God’s word is what guides him as he is walking along.

Turning back to the Book of Isaiah, the 9th chapter – “The people who walked in darkness Have seen a great light; Those who dwelt in the land of the shadow of death, Upon them a light has shined.”

In John, the 11th chapter – “Jesus answered, ‘Are there not twelve hours in the day? If anyone walks in the day, he does not stumble, because he sees the light of this world.’ – and of course He is talking about Himself there!

In the 12th chapter and verse 35 – “Then Jesus said to them, ‘A little while longer the light is with you. Walk while you have the light, lest darkness overtake you; he who walks in darkness does not know where he is going. 36) While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become sons [and daughters] of light.’ – and of course, He is making a reference there of Himself, of following Him that you may ultimately be in the Family of God – the kingdom of God – and walk in His light!

So now, in Romans the 6th chapter – the Apostle used a term, ‘walking in the Spirit.’ “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound?” – many incorrectly contend, ‘the more I sin the more God forgives me and His grace is poured out – so if I continue to sin, I am demonstrating just how much grace God is giving me!’

The Apostle Paul says – verse 2 – “CERTAINLY NOT! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it?”

And friends, it makes me think of a story. I purchased an Xbox on an assumption that my wife and I were going to adopt a child. Well, a game was downloaded on it called Red Dead Redemption II. And, as I began to play this Old West-themed game – the violence increased! And, of course, the violence increased because the main character – the player – is an outlaw (breaking God’s Commandments). God’s Spirit very quickly reminded me of these very words – “How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it?” Now, many may believe that this violent game is rather innocuous – since it is “make-believe.” But, like what my sister has said to me once – after watching a violent or vulgar movie, those words and or actions tend to linger in your mind. And, friends, I know that we are human beings – and God Almighty and Jesus Christ knows that we are human beings – because They created us this way. We have tugs and pulls, we have human emotions and desires, wants and needs, and things in our life that make it very difficult to do what Paul is about to tell us to do. I’ve had my own brother say to me before, “All you have to do is be the best person you can be.” But, believe it, as a human being you CANNOT do it alone!

Verse 3 – “Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death?” – we actually died with Him!

Verse 4 – “Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in NEWNESS OF LIFE.”

We are to walk as a new person! Friends, we have a second chance – a new life given to us!

Verse 5 – “For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection.” – and this is God’s promises to us – if we walk in this newness of life, we accept Jesus Christ as our Savior, we will follow Him through resurrection just as He was!

Verse 6 – “knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin. 7) For he who has died has been freed from sin.”

Verse 8 – Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, 9) knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no longer has dominion over Him. 10) For the death that He died, He died to sin ONCE for all; …” – and this then would be for every one of us. “ … but the life that He lives, He lives to God.”

Verse 11 – “Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Friends, I’ve often thought of that ancient conversation between God – the great Ancient of Days – and the Spokesman, the Word. God indeed relaying to the Word concerning the newly created humans – ‘You know, they’re all going to perish unless one of Us gives a blood sacrifice.’ And Jesus Christ – then known as ‘the Word’ (see John 1:1) raised His hand and said, ‘I will!’ And, the next thought would be – what would you have done!? What I call that Titanic decision. Would you be willing to go and die for the sins of the world!? It makes me think of a documentary on television I watched the other day – called the Man In Red Bandana – Welles Crowther, known for saving as many as 18 lives during the September 11 attacks in New York City – and subsequently was killed. And, with tears streaming down my face, I turned to my wife and said the words of our Lord, “’ Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.’ What would you have done!?” We’ve got to come to the place where we would be willing to go too! Maybe at some point in the near future, we might be asked to do that!? And, after having watched that documentary I went to Almighty God and our Lord Jesus Christ and asked Them to please – if I was ever placed in that type of scenario - to grant me the strength, perseverance, and Spirit, to be able to do what Welles Crowther did – sacrifice my life for others.

Verse 12 – “Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts.”

Over in chapter 8 – “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.”

And he goes on and talks about how there is a war between flesh and spirit. Sometimes we get angry and we blow our top – and then say to ourselves, “Wait a minute! I’m not acting like an ambassador for Jesus Christ!” And, God’s Spirit quietly speaks to you within your mind and you repent – you ask the person to forgive you. Yet, when this flesh flares up – and it does a lot of times in many ways – it can cause us to not be properly following Christ Jesus – and the unconverted people around you say, “Where’s your God now!?” The weakness we have in the flesh – someday will be gone. God will take away this physical body and we’re going to have a spiritual body – and these temptations won’t be there any longer.

In Romans, the 13th chapter, verse 11 – “And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed.”

And, friends, I can tell you this – for me it’s been nearly four decades from the first time I began to hear God’s living word. And, we should never grow numb to the fact that time is growing ever-shorter – because like Paul says, ‘it’s a lot nearer than we believe!’

Verse 12 – “The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light. 13) Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy. 14) But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.”

Also, in 2nd Corinthians the 5th chapter, in verse 7 – “For we walk by faith, not by sight.”

Now, what exactly does this mean!?

When you look into the context here – he’s talking about our earthly tabernacle. And, that we inhabit a physical body and that eventually, we will wear out - just like the ancient patriarchs before. But we have the greatest hope of the resurrection and into the family of God – the very kingdom of God. So, we walk not according to this flesh – and what it has to offer. I remember coming home many times from a job and telling my wife of all the wonderful ‘toys for boys’ that all the guys had – from Hayabusa motorcycles to sports cars, to tricked-out pickups. Things that these people own that means the world to them! And, they were so vain and proud in their possessions – that now, since the company was sold and no longer in business – do they still own these prized possessions!? What a waste of energy, and without the hope of the resurrection, that’s all there is – just what we have on this Earth. And yet, Paul here is speaking about the faith that we do have concerning the kingdom of God and the resurrection unto life.

Indeed, we are to walk as ambassadors bringing forth the Message of Christ!


So, in conclusion, turn with me to 1st John, chapter 1 and verse 5 – “This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all.” Surely, a great teaching to us from Jesus Christ is the revelation that even within the tiniest atoms contains His Spirit! 

Verse 6 – “If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk-in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. 7) But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, …” – in other words, if we’re walking according to His will, His commandments, statutes, judgments, then we have fellowship with Him! “ … and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.”

But look at verse 8 – “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.”

Now, friends, there are millions which claim to be a Christian and say that they go to church, but if they do not do the things which He commands us to do – and they think that they don’t have any sin in their life – they are a liar.

Once when some Pharisees were with Jesus, they asked Him, ‘Are we blind!?’ And He said to them, ‘Because you don’t recognize your sin, your sin is still with you.’ He wanted them to acknowledge that they indeed had sin.

Verse 9 – “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

The living Christ inspired the Apostle John to say that we Christians will not live perfect lives—BUT, he added, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” I always ask for that cleansing. I have become God almighty’s “BOOSTER!” I have long given up on ‘doing my own thing’! And, I pray always that the whole Body of Christ is “BOOSTER’S”!

I would like to briefly speak of the letters to the churches which Jesus wrote in the Book of Revelation.

Revelation chapter 3 – “ And to the angel [the messenger] of the church in Sardis write, … 4) You have a few names even in Sardis who have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with Me in white, for they are worthy.’

Now, white garments are a depiction of righteousness. Now, and I feel compelled to tell this story - in 2014 I had been speaking with God Almighty and Jesus Christ concerning an upcoming operation for about a month and asking for Their protection through the procedure. And while under anesthesia, I saw a vision of 12 angels dressed in black standing around my bed. One was holding my hand – the others were either speaking with each other or staring off into the distance. The vision only lasted what seemed like a split-second… then… I was awake in the recovery room. I do not know what it could mean. Was the color black representative of mourning!?

In verse 5 – “’ He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life; but I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels.’

So, turn with me to our final passages in Revelation, chapter 21, and verse 22. Speaking about the New Jerusalem which is coming down – eventually – and that God the Father and Jesus Christ is going to reside here on this Earth – the center of Their headquarter.

He describes how New Jerusalem will look – all the elements, the stones, the pearls, the gems.

“But I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God Almighty [God the Father] and the Lamb [Jesus Christ] are its temple. 23) The city had no need of the sun or the moon [yet, those bodies will still exist!] to shine in it, for the glory of God illuminated it. The Lamb is its light. 24) And the nations of those who are saved [these are people, and they come to this great edifice because they know that GOD resides there, and the people of God resides there] shall walk in its light, and the kings of the earth bring their glory and honor into it.”

Verse 25 – “Its gates shall not be shut at all by day (there shall be no night there). 26) And they shall bring the glory and the honor of the nations into it. 27) But there shall by no means enter it anything that defiles [meaning, false religions, beliefs, or concepts], or causes an abomination or a lie, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.”

Friends, from our earliest years, until we reach old age we will have taken 216.3 million steps. Let us take every one of those steps following God Almighty and Jesus Christ!

So, friends, we here at the Owensboro Church of Jesus Christ can just give you this message. I think there, perhaps even the majority of people on the Earth will never believe this message. I don't ask you to believe or anything of the kind, I am just telling you. Now, you have been told, and that is the extent of my obligation, and of my calling. However, in the meantime, I think we should do whatever we can do for peace. We are here for peace, and we are here to help you in the Way for peace. But I want to say that reliance on the great Creator is the only Way to the peace we all are desiring.

Thank you very much friends, until next time, this is Leonard V. Johnson. □