I posted this a few days ago and this gentleman criticized me for my comment or status saying it was prideful to think we can be pure. He said only Jesus is pure and our purity will come from him alone not in ourselves. He implied in his statement that I was saying Jesus is only coming for those who have good works. Let me say, I am not one who believes we are saved by our works, I know it's by GRACE. I recognize fully that salvation comes through my accepting Jesus as my saviour, recognizing it's his BLOOD that cleanses me of all my sins.
However, the gentleman read things into my statement that are not there. I concluded in his statement that he believes the WHOLE church will be raptured because it is not based on works. Well, that is true, it's not based on the works of our FLESH but on the WORKS of the HOLY SPIRIT that is at WORK within US, that is if we are BORN AGAIN in the SPIRIT of GOD allowing the SPIRIT to do his work in us. I'm not here to say who is and who is not born again. I will speak on that more a little later.
[ROMANS 8:8-9, 14,16,27 HCSB] 8 Those who are in the FLESH CANNOT PLEASE GOD. 9 You, however, are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, since the SPIRIT of God LIVES in you. But if anyone DOES NOT have the Spirit of Christ, he DOES NOT BELONG to Him.
14 All those led by God's Spirit are God's sons. ... 16 The SPIRIT Himself testifies TOGETHER with OUR SPIRIT that WE ARE God's children, ... 27 And He who searches the hearts knows the Spirit's mind-set, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.
I regret that I took offense and really went off in my replies though I used the scriptures to prove my points. I took his comment as a personal assault on me. I admit I overreacted. I apologize to anyone who saw my comments that I had to erase because I don't want anything on my page to distract from the message of love that I promote for God's kingdom. My posts are set for the public, for the purpose of seeking out those who may be lost and are seeking for the Lord and the truth of His WORD.
I'm not apologizing for standing up for what I believe in but it's for the spirit that came forth that overshadowed my comment. Having said that, my comment here and now is for the person who started to think his way of thinking was right. Let me tell you, don't fall for it, it's a trap of the enemy.
Jesus is COMING back for a PURE BRIDE and she will LOOK QUITE DIFFERENT from the LUKEWARM unfaithful bride church. You will recognize her by the FRUIT she bears, by the BANNER of LOVE the bridegroom covers her with. SHE LOVES holiness, righteousness, justice and mercy. Yes of course it's through Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith that will FINISH and COMPLETE the WORK he is doing in each one of us to make his PURE BRIDE.
[SONG OF SONGS2:4 NIV] 4 Let him lead me to the banquet hall, and let his banner over me be love.
The Holy Spirit cleanses us with the REFINING FIRE removing the dross, the dead works as we SUBMIT ourselves to the PROCESS. It's an ONGOING process where we are all in different phases of the process. God himself will be the ONE to say who is and who is not of the FAITHFUL BRIDE. His SPIRIT will testify with OUR SPIRIT as to whether we are INDEED born again.
If you are a born again Christian, with the fire of the Holy Spirit in you, there's no way you will remain the same person. It's a work in us the Lord does of purifying our hearts but as I mentioned we have to SUBMIT to HIM, in order for him to do the work in us.
[ROMANS 6:17-18, 21-23 HCSB] 17 But thank God that, although you used to be slaves of sin, you obeyed from the heart that pattern of teaching you were transferred to, 18 and having been liberated from sin, you became ENSLAVED to RIGHTEOUSNESS. ...
21 So what FRUIT was produced then from the things you are now ashamed of? For the end of those things is death. 22 But now, since you have been liberated from sin and have become ENSLAVED to God, you have your FRUIT, which results in SANCTIFICATION (another word for PURE and HOLY) -- and the end is eternal life! 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Those who are of the FAITHFUL bride, church of Philadelphia know exactly what it means to surrender their life, to give up the pursuits of this world. The faithful bride welcomes the cleansing FIRE and the washing of the Word because she wants to please her bridegroom.
[EPHESIANS 5:24-27, 32 HCSB] 24 Now as the church SUBMITS to CHRIST, 25....., just as Christ loved the church and gave Himself for her 26 to MAKE HER HOLY, cleansing her with the WASHING of WATER by the WORD. 27 He did this to present the church to Himself in SPLENDOR, without SPOT or WRINKLE or anything like that, but HOLY and BLAMELESS. ... 32 This mystery is profound, but I am talking about Christ and the church.
She wants to DRAW CLOSE to GOD. WE can only draw close through SUBMISSION, submitting our will for God's will to be done in our life. Yes, she wants to be PURE of Heart because she knows the PURE of Heart will see God.
[MATTHEW 5:8 HCSB] 8 The PURE in HEART are blessed, for they will SEE God.
The faithful bride that Jesus will come for is NOT perfect in herself. That is why she prays in her heart, "PURIFY MY HEART LORD, THAT I MAY DRAW CLOSE TO YOU"
I hope this blog posting will help someone understand the difference between the FAITHFUL and UNFAITHFUL bride. There's good reason why the last two churches listed in Revelation 3 are the churches of PHILADELPHIA, the FAITHFUL BRIDE church and the church of LAODECIA, the UNFAITHFUL church. I challenge you to read the book of Revelation, it is one of the most inspiring books of the bible in my opinion, especially for the faithful bride.
The church of Philadelphia likes what he, the bridegroom likes, she hates evil and everything this world has to offer like he does. She refuses to dance with the devil as the harlot bride church of Laodicea, the LUKEWARM church is doing.
There is a PURE bride, a small REMNANT group who will remain faithful until Jesus returns. No one appreciates GRACE more than the faithful bride church of Philadelphia and it's because of GRACE she desires to PLEASE the LORD in all she does.
[PROVERBS 8:13 NASB] 13 "The FEAR of the LORD is to HATE EVIL; Pride and arrogance and the evil way And the perverted mouth, I HATE.
[AMOS 5:15 NASB] 15 HATE EVIL, LOVE GOOD, And establish justice in the gate! Perhaps the LORD God of hosts May be gracious to the REMNANT of Joseph.
When you fall in love with someone, you look for all the ways you can please them simply because you LOVE them. If we being imperfect can love someone enough to overlook their shortcomings, surely God will overlook our shortcomings. Yes, he will. It is the willful sinners, those who choose to do their own thing, loving this world which automatically makes them an enemy of God, enjoying the evil perverse entertainment of this world when we know it displeases God because he HATES evil.
[HEBREWS 10:26-29 NASB] 26 For IF WE GO ON SINNING WILLFULLY after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, 27 but a terrifying expectation of judgment and THE FURY OF A FIRE WHICH WILL CONSUME THE ADVERSARIES.
28 Anyone who has set aside the Law of Moses dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. 29 How much SEVERER PUNISHMENT do you think he will deserve who has TRAMPLED UNDER FOOT the Son of God, and has regarded as unclean the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and has INSULTED the Spirit of GRACE?
The faithful bride hates EVIL as the bridegroom does, and she hates this world, having no part of it and yes she is tired of this evil world. Yet though she is tired, Jesus sees his beauty in her, for he calls her his beautiful maiden. She doesn't take his GRACE for granted, trampling his blood underfoot as the LUKEWARM church does.
[REVELATION 3:8, 10-11, 13 HCSB] 8 I know your works. Because YOU HAVE LIMITED STRENGTH, have KEPT My word, and have not denied My name, look, I have placed before you an open door that no one is able to close. ...
10 Because you have kept My command to ENDURE, I will also keep you from the hour of testing that is going to come over the whole world to test those who live on the earth. 11 I am COMING QUICKLY. Hold on to what you have, so that no one takes your crown. ... 13 "Anyone who has an ear should listen to what the Spirit says to the churches.
[SONG OF SONGS 1:15 NIV] 15 He: How BEAUTIFUL you are, my darling! Oh, how beautiful! Your eyes are doves.
Yes, her EYES are like DOVES to the bridegroom, Jesus(Yeshua) and it's because she has set the eyes of her HEART on the HOLY SPIRIT which is CHRIST in us. It is the HOLY SPIRIT, the LOVE DOVE from ABOVE I like to call him, that PURIFIES, REFINES through CHASTISEMENT, CORRECTION, GUIDANCE, INSTRUCTION and DISCIPLINE.
How would you interpret Jesus word to the LUKEWARM church that he's going to SPIT them out of his mouth...DOES that SOUND like he's going to take them in the RAPTURE? Does that SOUND like he's going to GATHER them to be with him when the TRUMPET sounds?