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1) What Is the Sixth path? Did jesus talk about it?

Neither Jesus nor any other writer of scripture used the phrase "Sixth Path." But Jesus said "My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me." Paul wrote, "Pray without ceasing" and "walk by the Spirit." The "Sixth Path" is a term that I use to help communicate those and other express teachings of scripture about intimate fellowship with God through scripture, prayer, the Holy Spirit and pain. 

Chapter one reveals Five Paths: five degrees of intimacy and intensity as we read scripture. The chapter on prayer reveals the Endorsed Prayers... the prayers we pray as we "walk by the Spirit." The chapter on the Holy Spirit reveals how God responds to our prayers through the Holy Spirit. The chapter on pain reveals how we interact with God as we suffer. 

Taken together these chapters reveal what fellowship with God looks and sounds like. Chapter two (The Sixth Path) brings these many facets together. Fellowship with God is a two way conversation in the spiritual realm, as we Follow Christ, bearing His yoke in the world. Many 

Then, the chapter on Paradise reveals how our interaction with God will change in the eternal state of the coming age. Paradise is the Seventh Path.

2) And on behalf of our Bible study group I send a prayer request to consider us of receiving your teachings and welcoming you to visit us as well as conduct a seminar in our church here Africa Kenya when His right time. 

Isaac,
It gave me great joy to hear your story and I am honored by your request that I come to Africa Kenya. I published your story in the feedback section of this site.  From the time I received your request some days ago, I began to pray. Now, I have awakened in the middle of the night to respond.

The scriptures say that we are to "Always rejoice. Pray without ceasing. In everything give thanks" (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18).

So, I will respond with a prayer:
Yahweh... My Lord, Creator, Savior, King, Comforter, Father, and Judge who lives within me, I thank you... that you, by your Spirit, are sending your word throughout the whole world. In just a few months, people from 189 nations have read some part of this book. I thank you for Isaac's desire to draw near to You. Isaac has expressed his request that I come to Kenya and his hope for a Spiritual guide. I am willing to do as you wish, for you are Lord of all. I understand that my present calling is to reach the world through this book and by adding to this book. And the purpose of Fellowship with God in the Sixth Path is to call hungry souls to interact directly with Your Spirit and Your word. Many are misled by human teachers today. But no one has ever been misled by Your Spirit or Your word. But if you want me to travel, I am open to that.

I pray for Isaac and those in his church that they will hear the leading of Your Spirit... for your word says:

"the anointing which you received from him remains in you, and you don't need for anyone to teach you. But as his anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is no lie, and even as it taught you, you will remain in him" (1 John 2:27).

Your anointing (Your Holy Spirit) has taught me that the battles for the souls of men are won on our knees. You win the battles. So, I pray that your Holy Spirit will teach Isaac, his small church and all hungry souls around the world to pray the scriptures (subchapter 1.2) and to make disciples of all nations by the simple two step method that your Son and the apostles demonstrated... Repeat the words of the Father and pray (subchapter 2.3).

I ask you... for all the hungry souls... that you multiply their faith and love one thousand fold. I ask you to multiply their faith and love one thousand fold again and again and again. I prayed daily for three years that you multiply my faith and you did. You changed me from within me, in Your grace, by Your power and for Your glory. Oh my Lord, I thank you and praise you. Faith feels so good! Even in disaster and pain, faith feels so good!

I know that we are not to place our trust in man for Your word says "Yahweh says: "Cursed is the man who trusts in man, relies on strength of flesh, and whose heart departs from Yahweh" (Jeremiah 17:5). But You have appointed shepherds and teachers (Ephesians 4:11). You do speak through men as Your words in subchapter 3.3 reveal. Enable all the hungry souls throughout the world to discern the difference between truth and falsehood, by asking this question in Your Spirit and with love:

Where in the Bible does it say that?

You deserve all praise!

Amen

Isaac, my spiritual brother, you now have the response from my heart.

May Yahweh bless you as you walk with Him! By the way, I call Him Yahweh because that is the name He instructed Israel to address Him by. This is explained in the appendix.

Your brother,

Jim

3) How do I get spiritual gifts?

Amy's Question:
Do you have to pray and then meditate to delevope spiritual gifts... I have a strong faith in Jesus, and why can't I get it. Do I have to meditate on that
Amy

Response:
I have prayerfully considered your question and asked our Lord to remind me of scriptures which speak to your question.

As you PRAY scripture, you will recognize the spiritual gifts which the Holy Spirit has chosen for you. 

The acronym PRAY is described in subchapter 1.1.

By God's grace, I will answer from the scriptures.

Romans 12:1-8, chapters 12-14 of 1 Corinthians, and Ephesians 4:7-12 are the primary scriptures revealing spiritual gifts.

A prayerful meditation on those passages would be profitable. Dwell on those scriptures for as long as the Holy Spirit draws you into them. This could be an hour or several months. Subchapter 1.1 reveals how to read them.



Please prayerfully consider the following words from the Father, along with my prayerful explanations:


1) How to develop spiritual gifts: 
"8 For to one is given through the Spirit the word of wisdom, and to another the word of knowledge, according to the same Spirit; to another faith, by the same Spirit; and to another gifts of healings, by the same Spirit; 10 and to another workings of miracles; and to another prophecy; and to another discerning of spirits; to another different kinds of languages; and to another the interpretation of languages. 11 But the one and the same Spirit produces all of these, distributing to each one separately as he desires" (1 Corinthians 12:8-11).

Everyone doesn't get the same gifts (v 8). The Holy Spirit chooses who receives each gift (v 11). If you read the passage beginning from verse 3 you will see that "Spirit" in verse 11 refers to the Holy Spirit. So, we don't do something to "develop" a spiritual gift. They are gifts. Gifts are received. Spiritual gifts are not aptitudes. They are supernatural. If you look at the list it is evident that they are supernatural. The first two gifts mentioned are the word of wisdom and word of knowledge in verse 8. These two spiritual gifts are gifts of "words". So, verse 8 revealed God's supernatural placement of words into the heart of one member to minister to another.


2) Do spiritual gifts exist today?
"8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will be done away with. Where there are various languages (tongues), they will cease. Where there is knowledge, it will be done away with. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part; 10 but when that which is complete has come, then that which is partial will be done away with. 11 When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I felt as a child, I thought as a child. Now that I have become a man, I have put away childish things. 12 For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I will know fully, even as I was also fully known" (1 Corinthians 13:8-12).

This is part of the longest section of scripture about spiritual gifts in the Bible, chapters 12-14 of 1 Corinthians. Spiritual Gifts will "cease" (v 8) and be "done away with" (v 10) when the "complete has come" (v 10), when we see Christ "face to face" (v 12), at which time we will "know fully" instead of "know in part" (v 12), knowing as we have been "fully known" by God (v 12).
We will not "know fully" as God has "fully known" us (v 12) until we stand before Him in the next age. 1 John 3:2 states "we know that when he is revealed, we will be like him; for we will see him just as he is." We will be like Him when we see Him. So, scripture explicitly states exactly when spiritual gifts will end. That day has not come for those of us who are alive in this world. It will come in the next age.


3) Do we have to pray and meditate to receive spiritual gifts?
"Therefore let him who speaks in another language pray that he may interpret" (1Corinthians 14:13).

Here Paul specifically instructed some to ask for the spiritual gift of interpretation. So, asking for specific spiritual gifts is appropriate. It would be appropriate to say "if it be Your will" when you ask for a specific spiritual gift, since the Holy Spirit distributes them "as he desires" (1 Corinthians 12:11). Conditions for effective prayer are presented in subchapter 4.11.


4) Do we get to pick our gifts?
1 Corinthians 12:28-31 says "Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Are all miracle workers? Do all have gifts of healings? Do all speak with various languages? Do all interpret? But earnestly desire the best gifts." From the context of the passage, the answer is "no". No particular spiritual gift is received by all believers.

Remember 1 Corinthians 12:11 which was quoted in paragraph 1 above. "But the one and the same Spirit produces all of these, distributing to each one separately as he desires." The Holy Spirit decides who receives which gifts. The Holy Spirit has been granted authority over the distribution of spiritual gifts. 

Regarding the gift of tongues, 1 Corinthians 14 has much to say: "he who speaks in another language speaks not to men, but to God; for no one understands; but in the Spirit he speaks mysteries" (14:2) So, tongues is prayer in another language. The verse says "he who speaks in another language (tongues in most translations) speaks not to men, but to God;" Speaking to God is prayer so tongues is prayer. Mysteries are spoken in this prayer. The mysteries are for the building up of the church (14:5). 

One who speaks in a tongue should pray that he may interpret (14:13) so that the result will be that he may pray with the spirit (tongue) AND the mind (14:15). Then the ungifted (without the gift of interpretation) can understand and say "amen" on hearing the prayer prayed in both tongue and mind (14:16). So,  speaking in tongues and one's prayer language are the same thing because tongues is prayer. "But if there is no interpreter, let him keep silent in the assembly, and let him speak to himself, and to God" (14:28). So, we see again that tongues is prayer ("speak to himself, and to God"). Prayers in tongues are to be prayed silently if no interpreter is present. Then verse 39 says "don't forbid speaking with other languages" (tongues). 

I must pray: "Father, make us one. Please repair the schism that exists in the body of Christ over tongues. I know that you are not pleased with this division. Only You can bring unity!" Amen. 

I prayerfully request that all who are reading these words will join me in this prayer.


5) Does possession of gifts mean that we are spiritual?
Paul's letter to the Corinthian church indicates that possession of spiritual gifts doesn't mean that we are spiritual. In that letter, he indicated that the Corinthian church had various spiritual gifts (1 Corinthians 14:26-29), but was not "spiritual" (1 Corinthians 3:1-3). To the contrary, they were "babes in Christ" and fleshly. 

Paul wrote that the Corinthian church was not spiritual:
"Brothers, I couldn't speak to you as to spiritual, but as to fleshly, as to babies in Christ. 2 I fed you with milk, not with meat; for you weren't yet ready. Indeed, you aren't ready even now, 3 for you are still fleshly. For insofar as there is jealousy, strife, and factions among you, aren't you fleshly, and don't you walk in the ways of men?" (1 Corinthian 3:1-3).

Although not spiritual, here are some gifts the Corinthian church had:
"26 What is it then, brothers? When you come together, each one of you has a psalm, has a teaching, has a revelation, has another language, or has an interpretation. Let all things be done to build each other up... 29 Let the prophets speak, two or three, and let the others discern." (1 Corinthian 14:26-29). So, we see that the Corinthian church had the gifts of teaching, tongues, interpretation and prophecy. "

So we see that a church may be fleshly and unspiritual while possessing and exercising spiritual gifts. So, while we are to desire spiritual gifts (1 Corinthians 14:1) we must "walk by the Spirit" as described in subchapter 4.7.

By the way, "Revelation" could have referred to "word of wisdom" or "word of knowledge" from chapter twelve. And a prayerful reading of 1 Corinthians 12-14 will reveal that the gift of prophesy in the New Covenant is different from what was done by Old Covenant prophets. Various attributes of this gift are mentioned in those chapters, none of which were foretelling of the future.)

At this point, I would like to address the possible misuse of spiritual gifts before I explain how to identify your gifts in section six below. The misuse of spiritual gifts can drive seekers away from the church who might have been greatly blessed if the gifts had not been misused. "If therefore the whole assembly is assembled together and all speak with other languages, and unlearned or unbelieving people come in, won't they say that you are crazy?" (1 Corinthians 14:23). I know of seekers were being greatly blessed in a congregation until everyone began speaking in tongues simultaneously. After that, they never returned. They actually had the response that 1 Corinthians 14:23 prophesied they would have. They thought that the worshipers were "crazy". No congregation is perfect or even near perfect. But errors do have consequences. There should have been at most three who prayed in tongues but only if an interpreter was present: "If any man speaks in another language, let it be two, or at the most three, and in turn; and let one interpret. 28 But if there is no interpreter, let him keep silent in the assembly, and let him speak to himself, and to God" (1 Corinthians 14:26). 


6) How do we recognize the spiritual gifts which the Holy Spirit has chosen for us?

First, let's look at a list of spiritual gifts:

From 1 Corinthians 12:1-12: Word of Wisdom, Word of Knowledge, Faith, Healing, Miracles, Prophecy, Distinguishing of Spirits, different kinds of languages (Tongues), Interpretation of Tongues.

From 1 Corinthians 12:28-31, the following are added: apostles, prophets, teachers, helps, governments (administrations).

From Ephesians 4:7-12 the following are added: evangelists and shepherds.

From Romans 12:1-8 the following are added: service, exhortation, sharing, leading and mercy.

As we PRAY these passages in context, it is clear that spiritual gifts are granted to children of God, that children of God may participate in God's eternal plan to "draw all men to himself" (John 12:32). Spiritual gifts are all used in making disciples, either towards the growth of existing disciples or conversion of unbelievers into disciples.

So, what does prayer and meditation have to do with recognizing our spiritual gifts? Chapter 4 reveals how the Endorsed Prayers are our first step in our part in the disciple making process. As we pray the Endorsed Prayers, with knowledge of the workings of the Holy Spirit (chapter 3), we will see how the Holy Spirit works through us to make disciples. We will see which spiritual gifts are operating in us. Small group meetings are one of the primary avenues to exercise spiritual gifts (subchapter 4.13).


7) Authority to do Kingdom Work
"Pray therefore that the Lord of the harvest will send out laborers into his harvest" (Matthew 9:38).

We do not have the authority to take kingdom work upon ourselves. We are to ask. In Matt 9:38, Jesus instructed his disciples to ask "the Lord of the harvest" to "send out laborers into His harvest". Then He sent them. Jesus instructed them to ask. God decided who to send, when to send them and where to send them. Peter understood that he was under authority when he said "Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water." We ask Him to command us to the work. When He commands, we go. We are under authority. We are to obey His spirit (Hebrews 3:7-8). You may pray for years that God will send you before you recognize His response. Subchapter 3.1, titled "Spiritual Authority and the Spiritual Realm" reveals powerful and eye opening scriptures regarding authority. These passages may be received through prayerful meditation.


8) Miraculous Healing, Signs and Suffering

All of the spiritual gifts are miraculous. But the obviously and visibly miraculous gift of healing is a sign rather than God's working to remove the suffering of the world. Micro-subchapters 4.6e through 4.6j present scriptures on this issue. Suffering will not be removed until Paradise as shown in chapter 6, "Fellowship with God in Paradise: The Seventh Path." Chapter 5 "Fellowship with God in Pain" presents a Biblical view of suffering.


My Prayer:
Lord of Heaven and earth, Creator of all that is good and pure, grant Your gifts through Your Holy Spirit into Amy and into all Your children throughout the world, removing all obstacles, demolishing all strongholds (2 Corinthians 10:4) to accomplish the objectives of Your will in each nation, in Your appropriate time, which You have chosen, for Your glory and our benefit.

Amen

Jim

4) I'm looking for a spouse... can you help me?

Amy's Question:
Hi, I'm looking for a spouse. But don't know who he is, I know that God wants the best for us. Does he want me to be with someone so special, I trust in Jesus... In Jesus name can you please help me, love and God bless... Amy 

Amy, 
I have prayed for you.

I do not know what God has chosen for you, or the days ordained for you during the times you will live in this age (Psalm 139:16, Ephesians 2:10). 

I do know this:
"We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, for those who are called according to his purpose" (Romans 8:28).  

My wife's aunt was a good woman... a person of faith. She grew up in hard, difficult times, working on a farm using horse drawn farming implements and with no electricity. She told of the West Texas sand storms cutting her skin and of barricading herself in her childhood home with her family as they tried to breathe through cloths which they held over their mouths to keep the sand out of their lungs. When she grew up, she became an accomplished business woman, very high up in a large internationally known company. She worked directly with the founder and CEO for twenty-five years.  When I met her she was forty-eight. She had such excellent qualities that I was surprised that she hadn't married. I expected that she never would. But when she was sixty she met Ben. They married. She was happily married to Ben for twenty-seven years until Ben died.

A few months after Ben's death, her doctor told her that she had two months to live. She had no children, so I invited her to live with us until she crossed over into the next age. But after the two months had passed, she was still alive. She had actually improved steadily. About this time, she walked into my den and said with a strange smile on her face "I'm supposed to be dead now." We laughed. She died one month later in my middle bedroom... full of faith and gratitude. She is now with Ben in the unimaginable ecstasy of God's presence that continues forever and ever. 

She was really amazing. I miss her. She lived with us for three months as she died, never thinking of herself, a joy to be with as she died. We actually had fun and laughed often in those months. I was working in my home at that time, so I was her primary caregiver until my wife came home from work. She was so careful to avoid disturbing me as I worked. I was amazed at her faith and thoughtfulness and gratitude to God. She had no fear of death. My death was on my mind since I was in poor health, had lost forty pounds and had recently been diagnosed with Cancer. I asked God to allow me to see her face at the moment of her death and He did. She exhibited no fear in all of her three months in our home. She was a light. Her name is Hope.

If you want what God wants for you, you will get what you want.

Jesus said, "If you remain in me, and my words remain in you, you will ask whatever you desire, and it will be done for you" (John 15:7). Subchapter 2.5 titled "How Intimate Can This Fellowship Be?" will put you on the correct path. John 15:7 is explained, in detail, in that subchapter and in greater depth in subchapter 4.11, titled "Conditions for Effective Prayer." 

I will repeat the passage. Jesus said, 
"If you remain in me, and my words remain in you, you will ask whatever you desire, and it will be done for you" (John 15:7).

There are two keys. The first is to remain in Him (abide in or live in Him). Second, is to remain in His words (abide in or live in scripture). Subchapter 1.1 titled "Learning to Read: Five Paths" is dedicated to helping hungry souls to abide in His words. The purpose of this book is to bring those souls who want Him into real experience of remaining in Him.

It is essential to "walk by the Spirit" (subchapter 4.7). One who walks by the Spirit will pray the Endorsed Prayers (chapter 4). The Endorsed Prayer to "be filled with knowledge of His will" (micro-subchapter 4.2c) will be especially helpful.

If you will spend several months praying the scriptures presented in the subchapters I have mentioned and if you will then "follow the lamb (Christ) wherever he goes", you will have joy in what He has chosen for you. You will have joy, with suffering (2 Timothy 3:12, John 16:33). Painless joy will not be a permanent state until the eternal Paradise (chapter 6). Your part is to pursue intimacy with God. God does the rest. Many questions will be answered as you pray the scriptures as I suggested. 

It is appropriate to ask God to provide a spouse with the addendum, "yet not my will but your will" (Matthew 26:39). In this way you are asking for a spouse but wanting God's will more than yours. 

Your husband should be a believer:
"Don't be unequally yoked with unbelievers, for what fellowship do righteousness and iniquity have? Or what fellowship does light have with darkness?" (1 Corinthians 6:14).

Here is my prayer:
"Lord of Heaven and Earth, full of all mercy, grace and power, draw Amy into intimate fellowship with You through your Holy Spirit in Your word, so that she may walk with You, in Your presence and in Your joy... to be a light, pointing to You."

May God Bless you Amy!

Your brother in Christ,
Jim

5) Am a born again Christian how do I communicate with the holy Spirit I do o have intimacy with him.

Jennifer N, 
I have prayed for you... that our Lord will draw you into a deeply intimate relationship with Himself. 

Fellowship with God is a two way conversation in the spiritual realm, as we follow Christ, bearing His yoke in the world. 

Man's side of this conversation is prayer. God's side of this conversation is scripture and the Holy Spirit. Subchapter 4.2 is titled "Endorsed Prayers for Spiritual Communication." This chapter provides the prayers endorsed by scripture for receiving communication from the Holy Spirit. In these prayers we ask for wisdom, knowledge of His will, revelation and etc. 

Subchapter 3.3 is titled "Spiritual Communication." This chapter reveals some of the Holy Spirit's responses to those prayers. So, we communicate through prayer. Micro-subchapter 4.2a reveals that prayers offered in faith and without doubt result in communication from the Holy Spirit. For example, He will provide wisdom to those who ask in faith and without doubt. 

At the most basic level, the path to intimacy with the Holy Spirit is to ask for it. Micro-subchapter 4.3j reveals this prayer for intimacy from the Song of Solomon. 

But, this entire book, Fellowship With God in the Sixth Path, is dedicated to the communication and intimacy which you seek. 

Jesus said "If you remain in me, and my words remain in you, you will ask whatever you desire, and it will be done for you" (John 15:7). 

His will and our will can become so similar that we want only what He wants and He grants everything that we want. That verse is explained in detail in subchapter 2.5. So a very intimate relationship is available to God's children in this life... a union of wills. 

But notice that the condition for receiving everything we desire is two-fold: "If you remain in me, and my words remain in you". His words must remain (abide or live) in you. So, what we do with God's word is critical. The very first subchapter, subchapter 1.1, titled "Learning to Read" is the stepping stone to intimacy with God. Subchapter 1.1 is designed to transform what happens in that moment when we come into contact with God's words. This transformation does not come quickly like learning to ride a bicycle. It is more like learning to be a good parent or rising to the highest levels of a particular sport. It takes a very long time for this transformation to take place. 

I suggest that you ask God for intimacy (micro-subchapter 4.3j). Plan to continue in this prayer for months. Then continue in this prayer until you fully have what you are asking for. I am still praying this prayer. I am confident that He will grant deeper and deeper intimacy with Himself, with sufferings, until I am in His visual presence, ruling with Him forever. 

Spend a lot of time in subchapter 1.1. I have prayed for you and others who desire intimacy with the Holy Spirit. He will lead you into a deeper, intimate joy with the Holy Spirit who is within you! In subchapter 1.1 you will change from reading the Bible to learn about God to actually interacting with God in His scriptures. It is from this interaction that we come to know His will, to bear His yoke and to follow Him wherever He goes. 

God Bless you my sister in Christ, 
Jim

6) I love God but it seems like I'm getting farther and farther away from God..I keep giving in to sin and I keep drawing away from him..I love being in Gods presence, So how do I fellowship with God intimately.

Ayoola,  

Thank you for reading Fellowship with God in the Sixth Path at fellowshipwithgod.org and for sending me your request.

When I saw your request, I immediately began asking God to provide an answer for you.

In broad terms, the answer to your question is scriptural prayer... In other words, prayerfully meditate on scripture and pray the prayers endorsed by scripture. Intricate details of how to have intimate fellowship with God are provided in Fellowship with God in the Sixth Path.  That is the purpose of every chapter in the book. 

It is also important to practice scriptural prayer with another believer. Just set aside an hour with one or more who follow Christ. Take a book of the Bible, Ephesians for example. Read the first few verses and answer three questions: 

1) What does it say about God? 
2) What does it say about man? 
3) What does it say that we can pray? 

Then pray the prayers that you discussed. 

Next time you meet, pick up where you left off and pray through the entire book of Ephesians from beginning to end.

Here are some more detailed suggestions to help you get started:
To learn how to prayerfully meditate on the scriptures in the Bible read subchapters 1.1 – 1.3 of Fellowship with God in the Sixth Path. Ask God to draw you into a particular book of the Bible. 1 John and Ephesians come to mind. You could turn to 1 John and prayerfully meditate on the first four verses. Talk to God about these verses with questions and praise for as long as He draws you into those words... possibly for half an hour... possibly for three months. Instead of prayerfully meditating through a book of the Bible, you could also begin by prayerfully meditating on the scriptures in the introduction and subchapter 1.1 of this book.

Next, I suggest that you pray the Endorsed Prayers.  These are presented and explained in chapter 4. Chapter 3 explains the invisible spiritual realm so you can understand how the Holy Spirit and the unholy spirits are interacting with you.

As a first step into the Endorsed Prayers, make the Endorsed Prayer of faith and the Endorsed Prayer of obedience a permanent part of your daily prayer life. In these prayers, you ask God to multiply your faith (subchapter 4.3a) and you ask God to grant obedience to you (subchapter 4.3f).

The two Endorsed Prayers regarding Temptation are also particularly helpful (subchapter 4.3g and 4.3h).

Nine prayer acrostics are provided in subchapter 4.8. The acrostic PRAY reminds us of what to do when we read scripture. Another acrostic tells us who to pray for. Seven acrostics tell us what to pray. Since there are seven, you can pray a different one on each day of the week. So, you can pray KINGS on Monday, FOLLOW CHRIST on Tuesday, THE WAY on Wednesday, POWER on Thursday and etc. 

My first suggestion above was that you prayerfully meditate on scripture as described in subchapters 1.1 – 1.3. I will quote a portion of subchapter 1.1 below. It is helpful to keep these words in mind  as you read scripture:

"But please do not do one thing. Please do not read alone. He is within you. In your spirit turn to Him who is within. As you read, turn. If your heart is distracted from Him, turn again. Turn again and again and again. Over time, your times of intimacy will lengthen. Your times of reading alone will shorten. Its a growth process. You will be reading scripture in fellowship with God who is within.

 

Over time, reading scripture in fellowship will spill over into other areas of life. You will find yourself working in fellowship, talking to a friend in fellowship, sharing your faith in fellowship. It has been a very slow process for me. But turning in your spirit, to Him who is within, will become spontaneous, natural and powerful over time. 

 

The closing words of the introduction to this book were:

"To enter into this fellowship, the heart must touch what the eye cannot see. It all depends on what happens in one particular moment... in that very second when we come into contact with the word of God. That moment is the foundation of this book. It is from that moment, which this fellowship with God unfolds. Chapter 1 will focus on that moment."
 
Ayoola... In closing, I offer this prayer for you:
 
Lord of Heaven and earth, I offer you praise for who you are and what you have done. You are full of wisdom, power, grace, love and justice. I lift up Ayoola to you and on Ayoola's behalf make this request. Out of Your great power and grace, please multiply faith, intimacy, insight, strength and power, all for Your glory and for Your glory alone! Amen.


If you have other questions or comments, please contact me again!


Your brother in Christ,

Jim   
 

7) What Christian church or denomination are you affiliated with?

My current fellowship is in a non-denominational church. But, over the 50 years since my conversion, I have also worshiped in three very different denominations. 

I have no allegiance to any confessional, denominational or non-denominational tradition of man... be they Calvinist, Armenian, Dispensational, Covenant Theology, Catholic, Charismatic, Pentecostal, Baptist, Methodist, Presbyterian, Episcopal, etc. However, I have been taught by, worshiped with, or read extensively from Armenian, Calvinist, Catholic, Dispensational and Charismatic traditions. And I have benefited greatly from each tradition. From each I gained understandings that I did not receive from the others. In my experience, the voice of any one of those traditions was insufficient. But what was lacking in one, was supplied by another. Glory to God! 

God's word is perfect. But none of the traditions are perfect. Although there is much agreement between them, there are also areas of disagreement. And proponents of each tradition sincerely believe that they have the correct interpretation. 

Jeremiah 17:5 says "Cursed is the man who trusts in man." 

If I were to trust the teachings of any tradition to be perfect, my interpretation of scripture would be corrupted by that trust. As I read scripture, I would be searching for a way to interpret the passage so that it didn't contradict my man-made tradition. I would be replacing God's perfect word with the imperfect teaching of man.
  • Jesus said "You have made the commandment of God void because of your tradition. You hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy of you, saying, 'These people draw near to me with their mouth, and honor me with their lips; but their heart is far from me'" (Matthew 12:7-8).

I am distinctly Berean (Acts 17:10-11). So, with respect to teaching from any tradition I ask the question, "Where does it say that... Where may I read in scripture about that"? If I don't see a scripture which proves their teaching, I do not accept their teaching as a doctrine of God.

I do not teach each any of the traditions of man. Instead, I focus on quoting scripture. My book probably contains more scripture than any Christian book you have ever read. For example, seventeen percent of subchapter 1.1 is pure scripture quotation. Most Christian books probably have less than 1% scripture. In other words, Fellowship with God in the Sixth Path contains a lot of scripture.  I repeat the words of the Father and pray. I seek to follow the example of Christ, the Holy Spirit and the apostles. Neither Jesus or the Holy Spirit spoke from their own ideas. They only repeated the words of the Father. We should imitate them (1 Corinthians 11:1). This is not optional.
  • Jesus said, "For I spoke not from myself, but the Father who sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak... However when he, the Spirit of truth, has come, he will guide you into all truth, for he will not speak from himself; but whatever he hears, he will speak" (John 12:49, 16:13). 

  • Paul wrote, "Be imitators of me, even as I also am of Christ (1Corinthians 11:1)"


I pray that all who read this page will follow in the example of Christ, the Holy Spirit and the apostles... Repeat the words of the Father and pray.

It is instructive that Jeremiah 17:5 states:  "Cursed is the man who trusts in man."


What is your criteria for determining if a doctrine is true or false? 

Please prayerfully consider this:
If you make that determination based on a human endorsement of the doctrine, you are trusting in man. So, whether you deem a doctrine to be true because it is endorsed by a particular denomination, church leader or other individual, you are trusting in man... under a curse. 

According to scripture, religious leaders may not know God at all. In the prophet Samuel's day, the priests Hophne and Phinehas were "wicked men. They did not know Yahweh (God)" (1 Samuel 2:12). They even had sex with the female servants in the place of worship, the tabernacle (1 Samuel 2:22). The leading religious group when Jesus was crucified was the Pharisees. In John, chapter 8:13-59, Jesus said that the Pharisees (verse 13) did not know God (verse 19) and that their father was the Devil (verse 44). Jesus said that the Pharisees prevented others from entering the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 23:13)... that the converts of the Pharisees were sons of Hell (Matthew 23:15). 

Even religious leaders who "search the scriptures" may be unbelievers. The Pharisees are an example. In John 1:19-24, the Pharisees sent priests to talk to John the Baptist. Then in John 5:33-40, Jesus said that those who "sent to John" (verse 33), "search the scriptures" (verse 39), think that they have "eternal life" (verse 39), but actually refused to come to Christ (verse 40), and therefore did not have life (verse 40).

My Prayer:
Lord of Heaven and Earth, hear my prayer for all who read this page. Draw them into Your word. Draw them to seek Your truth directly from scripture and Your Holy Spirit... for it is Your Holy Spirit who reveals the truth of Your written word to our hearts. Draw them into subchapter 1.1 to learn how to interact directly with You in Your written words. Teach them not to trust in man. I pray that all who read herein will repeat Your words and pray. I ask these things for Your glory and their good, that Your name would be lifted higher and higher and higher! Amen


God Bless,
Jim

8) What let other people not able to understand the word of God and the same time argue.

SAKARI,

I have prayed much about your two questions over a long period of time. It took a long time because I added new material to this online book, because of your question. I pray for you and all of God's children that He will grant understanding1 and unity2


FIRST QUESTION:
What let other people not able to understand the word?

Understanding is granted or withheld by God according to conditions which He has ordained. Subchapter 1.6 presents scriptures which establish these truths. Subchapter 1.6 is titled "Conditions for Understanding the Word."


SECOND QUESTION:
What let other people not able to understand the Word of God and the same time argue?

The solution to the problem is not simple. It requires more than words. It requires prayer and action. I will present three solutions for your prayerful consideration.


First:
I wrote and published another subchapter in the appendix to deal specifically and scripturally with arguing. It is A8 in the appendix and is titled "Church Unity: Make Us One!" Click here to read it.


Second:
You may need to change the way in which you conduct your Bible study. 

Please consider the Four Step Bible Study method which was published after you asked your question. It was designed, in part, to deal with both of the questions you have asked. 

This method provides detailed steps, along with a Leader's Guide. It is designed to increase understanding... and also to reduce arguing3 and fruitless discussion.4 The four steps integrate prayer into group Bible study. If you will read the introduction to the Four Steps Bible Study and the Agenda, you will understand how it works. That should take about ten minutes. Basically, you gather your group and text them a link to the agenda page. Then all of you follow the four steps together from your phones. Click here to read the introduction to the Four Step Bible Study.

Third:
Pray the Endorsed Prayers as presented in chapter 4. All of the prayers focus on your concerns in some way or another. Pray those prayers in your meeting. Then you will be praying prayers that Christ and the apostles prayed or instructed the saints to pray. If you are not praying them, then the words of the apostle James may apply. "You don't have, because you don't ask" (James 4:2). Click here to read the introduction to the Endorsed Prayers. 


I pray that you will receive power and grace from our Lord through His Holy Spirit within.. to make disciples of all nations5

God Bless!
Jim


1)  2 Timothy 2:7
2)  Romans 15:5
3) 2 Timothy 2:14
4) 1 Timothy 1:6
5) Matthew 28:19

9) For the first chapter you start with the heading 'Alone'. I guess this to imply" just me, reading without God's help ?

Lili's Question: 
Hi Jim, what timing to find your writings on this day of Pentecost. Thoroughly enjoying reading slowly and re-reading your words of wisdom. For the first chapter you start with the heading 'Alone'. I guess this to imply" just me, reading without God's help ? Blessings to you dear Brother in Christ. 

Lili, 
Thank you for your message. I am thankful that you are benefiting from the book and have prayerfully considered your question. First, I will answer your question. Then, at the bottom of this page I will present some scriptures in footnotes for your prayerful consideration. 

Your question was: 
"For the first chapter you start with the heading 'Alone'. I guess this to imply" just me, reading without God's help ?" 

In subchapter 1.1, I use five paths to help readers experience increasing levels of intimacy and intensity with our Lord while reading scripture. They represent five levels intimacy in worship. 

The five paths are: 
Path 1: Alone 
Path 2: Heart 
Path 3: To Him 
Path 4: Within 
Path 5: Pray in the Secret Place of the Heart 

In Path 1(Reading Alone), I am addressing the consciousness of the reader: 

Reading alone would include any reading where the reader reads without a persistent consciousness of God's presence as each word of scripture is being read. 

Even if I ask God for illumination before I read, I can still read in this solitary way, with no awareness of the presence of my personal and living God as I read His "living and active" words. 

Reading alone has ceased when we fix our attention on our Lord1 in the invisible spiritual realm and are reading Christ2... reading the living words3 of our living God, being taught by His Holy Spirit4, in His presence5 in the now6. When we read the Word, we read Christ because Jesus is the Word2

In Path 2, seeking the heart of the passage, the reader seeks God's heart in God's words, making an intimate connection with the heart of the person of the Holy Spirit. Paths 3, 4 and 5 involve reading God's words to God, as if we are a child reading to our father8. These three paths all involve an intimate interaction with God that reading alone lacks. They involve gentleness, affection and a taste of the ecstasy foreseen in the Song of Solomon. 

Reading alone is a delusion... a lack of consciousness of the reality of the event. God said that His words were "living."1 So, they are the living words of a living person. If any portion of our reading lacks this consciousness, that portion of our reading is reading alone. That portion is far less profitable, often fruitless to me. Some call it dry. Reading in paths 2 – 5 is never dry. They can't be since they involve intimate interaction with the one who spoke the universe into existence! 

The understanding of scripture is not acquired by intellect. Understanding is granted or withheld6 as a supernatural, personal act of God for those who meet spiritual conditions which God has ordained. This was explained from the scriptures in subchapter 1.5 titled, "Conditions for Understanding the Word". 

I read in all five paths. My goal is to never read alone, but after practicing the intimate reading methods for nearly a decade, I still slip back into reading alone. I consider reading alone to be the opposite of reading "in the Spirit." So I think of reading alone as reading "out of the Spirit." For years I read or listened to His words mostly in Path 2. Now I spend most of my time in Path 3. 

When one practices the intimate reading methods, one is trained to live the life Paul admonished us to live when he wrote "Pray  without ceasing" (1Thessalonians 5:17). In your intimate readings of scripture, your reading becomes prayer. You read prayerfully. This is the starting point for thinking, speaking and living prayerfully... in His presence.

In Conclusion:
If you will read scripture in the way of Paths 2 and 3 for a long time... until the awkwardness is gone and you pass into real experience, you will have a clear understanding of what it was to read alone. This is similar to a person who was born blind but received sight long after becoming an adult. After receiving sight, and seeing all that had been hidden from him, he fully understood what it meant to be blind. For the present, ask God to draw you into the path He has chosen for you at this time. 

Jesus is God. Jesus is the Word. The Word is alive. Jesus and the Word are in us. So, when we read the Word, we are reading a person. It is a personal interaction. If we only read information (read alone), we are not having fellowship with God as we read. 

Lili,
My prayer for you: 
Lord of Heaven and earth, I pray that you will draw Lili deeper into Your intimate presence as she interacts with You in Your word... to read prayerfully, think prayerfully, speak prayerfully and live prayerfully... to walk by the Spirit. 
Amen!

Lili, please join me in praying for a great awakening to be led by laymen, who repeat the words of the Father and pray. 

God bless you sister!
Jim


Footnotes: 
1) Fix our attention on our Lord in the invisible spiritual realm: 
  • "Be still, and know that I am God" (Psalm 46:10). 
  • "17 Now the Lord is the Spirit and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. 18 But we all, with unveiled face seeing the glory of the Lord as in a mirror, are transformed into the same image from glory to glory, even as from the Lord, the Spirit" (2 Corinthians 3:17-18). 


The first passage speaks of being still. The second scripture is the end of a long passage about "a new covenant, not of the letter, but of the Spirit ". It began in verse 6. It ends in verse 18 with "seeing the glory of the Lord" in the present tense. When we behold the Lord, we fix our spiritual eyes on His spirit within. Its a spiritual action. Its supernatural. As we behold Him, we may feel affection for Him. We may offer words of praise. We may call His name repeatedly. We may wait for Him to respond to a prayer... perhaps a prayer to reveal His will... perhaps a prayer for understanding of scripture. 

2) When we read scripture, we read Christ. Jesus is the Word of God: 
  • "The Word became flesh, and lived among us" (John 1:14). (Jesus is "the Word." See also John 1:1.)
  • "His name is called 'The Word of God'" (Revelation 19:13 speaking of Jesus). 
  • "You search the Scriptures, because you think that in them you have eternal life; and these are they which testify about me. Yet you will not come to me, that you may have life" (Spoken by Jesus in John 5:39-40). 


So, all of scripture testifies about Jesus. His name is "The Word of God." The Word became flesh in the incarnation of Jesus and dwelt among mankind.

3) The Word of God is alive: 
  • "having been born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, through the word of God, which lives and remains forever" (1Peter 1:23). 
  • "For the word of God is living and active, and sharper than any two-edged sword" (Hebrews 4:12). 


4) The Holy Spirit teaches from within: 
  • "the anointing which you received from him remains in you, and you don't need for anyone to teach you. But as his anointing teaches you concerning all things" (1 John 2:27. The anointing is the Holy Spirit.) 


5) God is Present, Within: 
  • "...it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me" (Galatians 2:20). 
  • "But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if it is so that the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if any man doesn't have the Spirit of Christ, he is not his" (Romans 8:9). 
  • "Or don't you know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God? You are not your own" (1 Corinthians 6:19). 


6) The Holy Spirit Speaks in the Now (In the present):
  • "Therefore, even as the Holy Spirit says, "Today if you will hear his voice, don't harden your hearts, as in the rebellion, in the day of the trial in the wilderness" (Hebrews 3:7-8).


7) Understanding is Personally Granted or Withheld by God:
  •  "But their eyes were kept from recognizing him" (Luke 24:16). 
  • "Then he opened their minds, that they might understand the Scriptures" (Luke 24:45). Note: Luke 24:16 doesn't say who kept their eyes from recognizing Jesus. But since it is God who opens our minds to understand scripture (Luke 24:45), it is God who decides to open or to not open. To not open is to withhold. So, God both reveals and conceals justly, based on spiritual conditions which He has ordained (subchapter 1.5).


8) Reading as a Child to your Father:
  • Jesus said... "3 Most certainly I tell you, unless you turn and become as little children, you will in no way enter into the Kingdom of Heaven. 4 Whoever therefore humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven.  (Matthew 18:3,4).


So, one must become childlike to enter the Kingdom of Heaven (verse 3). And once one has entered the Kingdom of Heaven, greatness is also achieved by being childlike (verse 4). So, if we are to mature to greatness in Christ through reading God's words, we must do it "as little children... like this little child."

10) I've been suffering from negative intrusive thoughts...  fears , doubts etc...  SEEKING TO KNOW GOD INTIMATELY... Cos I badly need deliverance... how to go about it? 

Amabel's Question:
I've been suffering from negative intrusive thoughts and OCDs etc. I followed several teachings and all boils down to seeking to know God Intimately. In such a situation where fears , doubts etc have become a pattern, how I go about it. Cos I badly need deliverance.i have been told if I cry out to him, he'll reveal himself.

Amabel, Thank you for sending me your request. I am praying for you and have asked our Lord to guide me in my answer. If you cry out to Him, He will reveal Himself to you. He will deliver you. Both revelation and deliverance take place at a point in time. Both take place over time as well... over our entire lives. 

I agree with you, knowing God intimately is the key. This book is titled Fellowship with God in the Sixth Path. It is about fellowship with God... the whole book is about intimacy with God. 

To be intimate with God, we must follow Him. We must do what He is doing. We must take up the yoke of Christ. If we do, we receive rest, intimacy with God. If we don't take up His yoke we are what Jesus called "lukewarm". Being lukewarm is not fun. I know from experience.

What you want will probably take time. It has been a process of a lifetime for me. I asked God to multiply my faith every day for three years. He did. Then when my doctor told me that I had cancer, I laughed. 

You are asking how to go about developing intimacy with God. Here it is: 

The three ingredients for intimacy with God are Prayer, Bible Study and Disciple Making. Prayer and Bible Study are not two separate things. They are one thing. We pray scripture. In Bible Study we have a two way conversation with God. Disciple making takes place when we allow another person into that two way conversation. Disciple making is basically this: Repeat the words of the Father and pray. Prayer and scripture are the two basic ingredients in disciple making. 

We need to do prayer, Bible study and disciple making individually. But we also must do them in a group setting, like a Bible study / prayer group. Chapter 7 is dedicated to intimacy with God in a group setting. 

You may think that you can't do those things and you are right. But God can do them in you. "I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me" (Philippians 4:1). 

I will briefly touch on the three components of intimacy with God, one at a time, from the scriptures. Then I will share some of my story and pray for you and others like you who are reading this post. This will get you started, right now.... I am serious, the time to start is now. 

The three components are all easy. Jesus said that it is easy, and it is. I have found it to be painful, but it's easy. And, I don't believe that there is any other way to move from fear to faith, resentment to love, darkness to light. 

Bible Study
  •  "long for the pure milk of the Word, that with it you may grow" (1 Peter 2:2). 
  • "I have more understanding than all my teachers, for your testimonies are my meditation" (Psalm 119:99, as Psalm of David). 

David had greater insight than all of the priests and prophets who taught him. So can you... if you meditate on scripture. Subchapter 1.1 shows various ways to do that. 

One prayer to pray now: 
Ask God to open your eyes to understand His word (from Paul's prayer in Ephesians 1:16-19, micro-subchapter 4.2d). 

Please pause and pray this prayer now. 


... pause for prayer ... 


If you have prayed, then continue reading. If you did not pray, none of these words will help you. Scriptural prayer is the key. If you did not pray, then pray now. Only after you have prayed, then continue reading. 


Prayer
  • "Pray without ceasing" (1Thessalonians 5:17). 



Every time is prayer time (subchapter 4.12). Subchapters 4.1 – 4.6 show you how to pray as Christ and the apostles instructed. After reading those subchapters, you will know what to talk about when you talk to God.

One prayer to pray now: 
Ask God to multiply your faith and love (micro-subchapter 4.3a,e). These prayers deal with your doubts, fears and many inner conflicts. God may use suffering to bring about great change in you (subchapters 5.1, 5.2). 

Please pause and pray this prayer now. 


... pause for prayer ... 


Disciple Making
  •  "Come to me, all you who labor and are heavily burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart; and you will find rest for your souls . For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light." (Matthew 11:28-30, explained in subchapter 2.3).


The yoke of Christ is to make disciples. It is written: "the Son of Man came to seek and to save that which was lost" (Luke 19:10). Jesus also said, "I came that they may have life, and may have it abundantly" (John 10:10). Jesus did not come to remove the suffering of this world. Chapter 5 of this book shows that suffering is a device used by God to draw men into life. Christ came to give life to the dead, in a world full of trouble (John 16:33), until He someday returns to take God's children to Paradise.

As I said before, the yoke of Christ is to make disciples. You will receive rest as you lay your burden down and pick up the yoke of Christ to make disciples. Notice to whom He called to this yoke and this rest... "all you who labor and are heavily burdened." That is you and I. This is explained from the scriptures in subchapter 2.3. 
Making Disciples is not something that only elite Christians are supposed to do. All Christians have been commanded to make disciples. This is presented in the appendix (A5).


To be intimate with God, we must follow Him. We must do what He is doing. We must take up the yoke of Christ. If we do, we receive rest, intimacy with God. If we don't take up His yoke we are what Jesus called "lukewarm" The lukewarm path is one of misery. But the yoke of Christ results in rest. But we experience suffering whether we are lukewarm or bearing the yoke of Christ. Suffering will not end until the age to come. So, essentially, I suggest that you lay down your burdens and pick up His. I know that it seems crazy to receive rest by bearing the burden of Christ. But that's the way it is. The Yoke of Christ and the perils of the lukewarm path are explained from the scriptures in subchapters 2.3 and 2.7, respectively. 

Prayer to pray now: 
Ask the Lord of the harvest to send workers into the harvest (Prayer from Matthew 9:38, micro-subchapter 4.4a). 

When He is ready, he will send you. This is not something that you decide on your own. You must follow spiritual authority in the spiritual realm. You ask, He sends. It will happen at the time He chooses. This is explained in subchapter 2.3. 

So, ask the Lord of the harvest to send  workers into the harvest. 

Please pause and pray this prayer now. 


... pause for prayer ... 


Pray this prayer daily until He sends you. I don't mean that He will send you into another country. Praying this prayer is your obedience until He brings you into a disciple making situation... wherever you may be at the time. When He does this, you repeat the words of the Father and pray. You will ask God to give you words to speak. Then you will speak the words that He gives you (Ephesians 6:18,19, micro-subchapter 4.4b). That is how you make disciples.

That is the end of Part 1 of my response to your question. Please read the next discussion post for Part 2.

10) Part 2 of My response to amabel

Part 2

Join a Bible Study and Prayer Group 
It is vital is to be in Bible study and prayer with other Christians who will pray for you and with you. 
  • "Now there are various kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit. 5 There are various kinds of service, and the same Lord. 6 There are various kinds of workings, but the same God, who works all things in all. 7 But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the profit of all. 8 For to one is given through the Spirit the word of wisdom, and to another the word of knowledge, according to the same Spirit; 9 to another faith, by the same Spirit; and to another gifts of healings, by the same Spirit; 10 and to another workings of miracles; and to another prophecy; and to another discerning of spirits; to another different kinds of languages; and to another the interpretation of languages. 11 But the one and the same Spirit produces all of these, distributing to each one separately as he desires" (1 Corinthians 12:4-11). 


Spiritual profit awaits you as you gather with other believers. You will use your gifts for the benefit of others and other will use theirs to your benefit. You may not think that you have a contribution to make in the group, but you do. Notice that in verse 7 it said "to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the profit of all." This is not accomplished by listening to a teacher in a group. You need to be in group where the individuals in the group interact with each other prayerfully and scripturally. All of this is explained in detail from the scriptures in subchapter 7.3. 

If you don't have a group to pray and study scripture with then start one. You only need one other Christian to form a group. Ask God to lead that first person to you. Chapter 7 shows you how to lead a group. Subchapter 1.2 shares some other methods. Click here to learn how to lead a prayer meeting. 

Now you have prayed the prayers I asked you to pray. What now? I suggest that you pray through the introduction and first chapter of this book. Do this as many times and for as many years as our Lord draws you into it. 

In that regard, I will share my experience with you and then pray for you. 


MY EXPERIENCE: 
Some years ago, I was frustrated by my poor performance as a follower of God. I had been a Child of God for some forty years. I had faith and was exerting much effort into growing closer to God. I memorized and studied scripture and read numerous Christian books. I had hundreds. But I was not growing in my faith. I was not becoming a better person. I concluded that God would not be pleased with me on judgement day. 

So, I began to search for writings of those who had suffered for their faith. Was there something in their faith that was so precious and powerful, that they would never let go of it... even in intense persecution? Maybe such a person could guide me. 

After much reading, I settled on the book "Experiencing the Depths of Jesus Christ", written in 1685 by Jeanne Guyon. This book has had greater impact on my life than any other, except scripture. She spent many years in prison for writing it. 

Before reading Guyon's book, I had approached the Bible as a source of knowledge. But Guyon approached scripture as a point of contact... a point of contact for fellowship with God. Her approach tapped into power. Mine did not. 

I have read Guyon's book for many years. So far, I have read the first three chapters over forty times. My thought processes underwent many reversals as I studied her experience of "fellowship with God" through scripture. Through many years, I compiled scriptures which prove this "fellowship with God". Then I condensed them into a form that can be distributed inexpensively and read quickly. These scriptures are in this book. They are authoritative. 

I believe that the reason for which this book has been written is to bring about a Great Awakening... that this awakening will spread through laymen... laymen who walk by the Spirit... laymen who repeat the words of the Father and pray. 

MY PRAYER FOR YOU: 
Oh my Lord, consider your servant Amabel. Hear her cry. Draw her into the prayer that never ends... into that intimate walk in Your presence. Give her to drink from Your joy and power, in Your Spirit, from Your words, in her prayers, and through Your people. My Lord, I pray this prayer not only for Amabel, but for everyone with Amabel's desire for intimacy with You... for everyone who reads this post, from all over the world. All praise to Your name, Yahweh! Your are King of Kings and Lord of Lords! You are master, savior, creator and the quiet voice within. I ask all these things for Your glory and Yours alone.... I ask these things for her benefit. Praise your name! I praise Your name for what You have done... and for what You will do! 
Amen!

Amabel,
If you have other questions, please contact me again.

Your brother in Christ,

Jim Phillips

11) How to start a bible study prayer group on facebook?

Dear Armstrong,

Your Message:
I want to say thank you, God's servant for answering the call of God of your life and yielding yourself to the Holy Spirit as instrument of viable transformation therewith for this dying world. 

The way I stumbled into this kingdom master piece, "FELLOWSHIP WITH GOD IN THE SIXTH PATH" is categorized as God's orchestration; a friend inquired of me on how he could start an online prayer group and after waving the thought of ignoring him or asking him to search the web, I did the searching myself, thus stumbling into this wholesome master piece of God's heartbeat; and just by perusing over it I got stuck with chapter 2, and that alone seemed to have restructured my inner recesses as I learnt that "reading the Bible is not having fellowship with God, though one step of doing but falls short of fellowship with God"; so prayer and Bible study must be "concurrently done ,rather than sequentially " 

By this, i'm already having the push to start a Bible study Prayer group in Facebook even though I don't fully know how to get started. I shall endeavor to go through the entire free book . Thank you, Pastor and God bless you for this kingdom work.



My Response:
As I read your message I praised God for His work in you and asked Him to give me a response. 

I have used Facebook very little. But after thinking prayerfully, I believe that the following is worth a try. 

Basically, post a short scripture and let participants know that you will be answering three questions about it: 
  • What does the scripture say about Man? 
  • What does the scripture say about God? 
  • What does it say that we can Pray? 

  • Then you pray those prayers!



After the three questions have been answered by various participants, then the participants will pray those prayers by texting them into Facebook. This is an adaptation of Step 3 from the Four Step Bible Study in subchapter 7.1. The Leaders Guide in subchapter 7.2 provides some guidance regarding this step. 

I suggest that you begin the meeting with prayer (Opening prayer and also prayers for individual needs). This is adapted from Step 1 in the Four Step Bible Study. You could open by texting a prayer of praise along with requests that God would open your hearts to respond to His word. Then you could ask participants to text their prayer needs. All participants could pray silently as needs are being texted.

FINAL STEP AFTER THREE MEETINGS:
After your group has had several meetings as I have described above... and after they are comfortable with them, you could add another step to the end of your meeting. The Group leader could read God's words to God while offering prayers pertinent to the passage. This is Step 4 in the Four Step Bible Study. The Group leader could do the first verse and then let others do the remaining verses.  

If you read the introduction and agenda for the Four Step Bible Study in chapter 7, you will see that I included Steps 1, 3 and 4, but did not include Step 2 in my suggestions above. I did not include Step 2 because I thought it would be difficult to do that step by text on a Facebook page with participants who are participating by phone. Now Step 2 plays a critical role in engaging participants intimately with the living God. But I believe that a group leader, who becomes comfortable reading God's words to God, can accomplish the goals of Step 2 by leading the group to do the FINAL STEP AFTER THREE MEETINGS, as described above. 

WHAT SCRIPTURE SHOULD YOU USE FOR YOUR MEETINGS?
I have already prepared Study Arrangements for most New Testament books. Just open subchapter 7.5 and select a book from the list.  Use the Context Passage for Meeting 1 for your first meeting. Use the Context Passage for Meeting 2 for your second meeting, and  so on. Continue that way until your group has prayed through the entire book.  

 In this way, you will be better equipped to understand each passage. Here is why. When you begin to pray through chapter 2 of Ephesians, for example, you will have already prayed through all of chapter 1 in previous meetings. So, you will have the proper context to understand chapter 2. You will have interacted with the Holy Spirit in every sentence of chapter 1, before you interact with chapter 2. And just as important... the Holy Spirit will have interacted with you in every sentence of chapter 1, before you interact with Him in chapter 2. 

By the way, the activities of the Holy Spirit are described, in detail, from the scriptures, in chapter 3.


Conclusion:
Armstrong, my brother in Christ, please prayerfully consider and prayerfully adjust my suggestions as His Holy Spirit leads you. This book is read in 190 countries and 50 languages. Each nation has different traditions and different ways of interacting. If you find something that works better in your culture, please let me know!

I pray that God will fill you with His Spirit, to hear His voice... to walk by His Spirit... to make disciples of all nations... to the praise of His name... and all this for His glory, and His glory alone!!! Amen!


I am one who points to Him...  Creator, King, Comforter, Savior, Judge, Father and Brother. He perfectly pours forth love, mercy, grace, loving discipline and justice! 

I am one who prays for God to bring life to the dead... for a Global Great Awakening... to be led by laymen... who repeat the words of the Father and pray!

I am your brother in Christ,

Jim Phillips

12) I how do get a soft PDF copy of this book fellowship with God in sixth path?

Dear D.

Your Message:
Praise God. I how do get a soft PDF copy of this book fellowship with God in sixth path. Thanks to God to using you to preaching the word of God. D in Uganda ( Africa)


My Response:

I have been asked this many times and I am still waiting for my technology consultant to advise me further. This is complicated because of the way my website is built. But, while we wait, try this. It worked on my computer.  

1) Visit fellowshipwithgod.org from a computer. 
2) Use the Table of Contents icon at the top left of the page to navigate to the Introduction . 
3) With your cursor, drag down from the top left word (You) to the bottom right word on the page (introduction) to  select all of the text on that page.
4) Left click into the selected text and then click  copy to copy all of that text.
5) Open Microsoft Word. Paste the text into Word.  

When I did this, I could save the page in Word on my computer to read from the computer.  

Please let me know if this works for you!

My Prayer for You:
Lord of Heaven and Earth, multiply faith in D... fill him with joy in Your presence... fill him with Your words... may Your words spread through the entire earth through D and all who know You... all for Your glory... to the salvation of all who yield to You when You draw them... You have said "When I am lifted up, I will draw all men to myself" . Amen!

2 Thessalonians 3:1
John 12:32
 
God Bless,
Jim Phillips

13) I heard a street preacher tell a Christian girl that she was going to hell . Since then my thoughts have spiraled wondering about my salvation.:( how do I avoid these thoughts and strengthen my faith ?

Dear Opala,

Your message:
Hello, I accepted Christ as my saviour years ago but recently I heard gabe the street preacher tell a Christian girl that she was going to hell . Since then my thoughts have spiraled wondering about my salvation.:( how do I avoid these thoughts and strengthen my faith ? Thank you 

My Response:
I have prayed much about your question. There is a short term answer for your immediate need, assurance of salvation. Then I will provide the long term answer. The first answer is like giving you a fish because you are hungry. The second answer will teach you how to fish. I will present the second answer in a way that provides even more scripture on assurance of salvation. 

The short term answer, the fish: 
"1You were made alive when you were dead in transgressions and sins, 2 in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the children of disobedience. 3 We also all once lived among them in the lusts of our flesh, doing the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest. 4 But God, being rich in mercy, for his great love with which he loved us, 5 even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— 6 and raised us up with him, and made us to sit with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 that in the ages to come he might show the exceeding riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus; 8for by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9not of works, that no one would boast" (Ephesians 2:1-9). 

Verses 8 and 9 say that we are saved by grace, through faith... NOT BY WORKS. So, contrary to what Gabe says, we do not enter eternal life because we stop sinning. Verse 9 says "not by works". If we lost eternal life every time we sinned, we would constantly alternate between being a child of God and a child of Satan. I gave you a fairly large section of scripture to provide context to verses 8 and 9. You can see in verse 5 that they were "dead" and "made alive". So, you can see that the word "saved" in verse 8 speaks to eternal life. 

Saved means "delivered". Saved does not always mean conversion to eternal life. But in the Ephesians passage above, it does. In the Old Testament scriptures, the word "saved" rarely meant conversion into eternal life. It typically indicated a deliverance from a physical threat: Disease, David's military enemies, Pharaoh's army, etc. You can tell by the context. For example, God "saved" Israel by drowning Pharaoh's army in the Red Sea (Exodus 14:30). In that case the word "saved" had nothing to do with eternal life. You can tell by the context. For the thousands of years leading up to the writing of the New Testament, the word "saved" rarely had anything to do with eternal life. It means delivered. Conversion is deliverance. But every deliverance is not conversion. 

Anyway, you can see that we cross from death to life, by grace and through faith, NOT by works. 

That leads us to the long term answer... learning to fish. 

Learning to fish: 
God's children must learn to self-feed, directly from the undiluted word of God... while in fellowship with the Holy Spirit. For your first reading, I suggest that you take the book of John, and read / scan it from beginning to end, in one or two sittings. Subchapter 1.1 shows how to read in fellowship with the Holy Spirit. After you spend quite a bit of time in the Five Paths of subchapter 1.1, the section titled Scripture Reading Options in that subchapter will help you read / scan through an entire book. 

Why read an entire book of the Bible from beginning to end? 
To see every word, phrase and sentence in it's actual context. So, that false preachers who take verses out of context can't deceive you. 

Why read the Gospel of John? 
Because it is the ONLY BOOK of the Bible that states that it was written that you may have life (eternal life). All of the books written after John were written to believers who didn't need to enter into eternal life. They already had eternal life.

Here is the passage from the gospel of John:
"Therefore Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book; 31 but these are written, that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and thatbelieving you may have life in his name' (John 20:30, 31). 

When you read the gospel of John, pay particular attention to John 3:15, 16, 36, 5:24, 6:40 and 6:47. ALL of these verses promise eternal life based FAITH and FAITH ALONE. ALL of these verses use the phrase ETERNAL LIFE. They don't use the word "saved" or "guilty" or "kingdom" or figurative language. So, we know that these verses speak absolutely to ETERNAL LIFE. 

John 4:13-15 says "13 Jesus answered her, "Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again, 14 but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never thirst again; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life." 

Jesus said that once you drink His water, you will NEVER THIRST AGAIN. Verse 14 shows that He is talking about eternal life. He says you will NEVER THIRST AGAIN. NEVER. Doesn't sound like we flip back and forth between damnation and salvation every time we sin. Gabe the street preacher a man. Gabe is wrong. God's word is inerrant and perfect.

Once you drink the water offered by Jesus, YOU WILL NEVER THIRST AGAIN.... NEVER


SUMMARY & FINAL COMMENTS 
1) Ask God to draw you into reading the Gospel of John. Then read it, from beginning to end, using one of the intimate reading methods from subchapter 1.1. Keep doing that until God stops drawing you to it. 
2) Then read all of the other books that come after John in the same way (Acts – Revelation). Acts - Revelation reveal God's truth with Old Testament mysteries clarified to the maximum extent. These should be understood clearly before you tackle hard passages in the Old Testament, Matthew, Mark and Luke. Before you read any book before John, read After Pentecost: From the Law to the Spirit. It's in the appendix, (A3), to this free online book, Fellowship with God in the Sixth Path.
3) If you still don't understand scripture after much prayerful reading, you could read or listen to a commentary or preacher that teaches exegetically. In other words, one that explains each passage in context to show the flow of thought. Most misunderstandings are avoided simply by observing the flow of thought from verse to verse, while in fellowship with the Holy Spirit. Most misunderstandings can be avoided simply by reading to God (Path 3).
4) Pray that God will multiply your faith one thousand fold. See the Endorsed Prayer of Faith in subchapter 4.3a.
5) If you have other questions about anything, please message me again. If you see passages that appear to say that eternal life is lost by sinning, you may ask me. I believe that God will provide the answer. 

In this way, God will build your faith and knowledge of His kingdom, so you will not be tricked by men. You will be able to self-feed. You will not be dependent on a person to teach you. You will have daily fellowship with God in His word.

Below are some very helpful commentaries and teachers who teach exegetically. So, they explain the flow of thought from verse to verse. They don't all agree with each other on everything. I don't agree with them on everything either. What one lacks, the other often supplies. When we see Christ, we will no longer "see through a glass darkly". But until then, all of the scriptures will not be crystal clear. The first two teach from the same tradition. The other two present two other traditions. So, three traditions are included in all. Do not look to these as authorities to tell you what to believe. Use them merely to make yourself aware of possibilities, which God will prove or disprove to you in the time of His choosing, as you ask for His revelation, by faith. 

Commentaries and Teachers: 
Bible Knowledge Commentary 
Bethel Bible Church Teaching (free)
Mathew Henry's Commentary (free)
Verse by Verse International Teaching (free) 


"As for you, the anointing which you received from him remains in you, and you don't need for anyone to teach you. But as his anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is no lie, and even as it taught you, you will remain in him" (1 John 2:27). 

The anointing is the Holy Spirit

"Yahweh says: "Cursed is the man who trusts in man, relies on strength of flesh, and whose heart departs from Yahweh" (Jeremiah 17:5). 

My Prayer for You, Opala...
Lord of Heaven and Earth, fill Opala with faith... Faith that is multiplied one thousand fold, and one thousand fold again, and again... so that there is no fear. All this is for Your glory and Opala's good. Praise to Your name! Amen!


God Bless, Jim Phillips

14) JESUS was born Under Law but I Am Born Under Grace. Please Give Me Full Clarity About This..

Dear Satya,

Your Message:
JESUS was born Under Law but I Am Born Under Grace. Please Give Me Full Clarity About This.


My Response:
I have prayed for God to give me His response to your question. I have prayed that He will give you full clarity... for this comes from Him, through prayer. This is revealed in Paul's prayer in Ephesians 1:18. He prayed that the Ephesian church would understand what he wrote. 

"But when the fullness of the time came, God sent out his Son, born to a woman, born under the law" (Galatians 4:4).

So, please prayerfully consider the following:

The Law of Moses was in effect for Israel only... and only from roughly 1500 BC till 33 AD. Jesus was born physically as an Israelite during that period, so Jesus was born under law. (The Law of Moses was given to Israel in roughly 1500 BC in Exodus 19-20, and terminated at Pentecost. Yes, the Law of Moses was temporary :

"Then why is there the law? It was added because of transgressions, until the offspring should come to whom the promise has been made" (Galatians 3:19).  

Jesus was the offspring to whom the promise was made (Galatians 3:16). So, the Law was added until the coming of Christ. For a complete explanation, see the Appendix, A3, "After Pentecost: From Law to the Spirit".

The Law of Moses did not provide access to eternal life. Physical prosperity in the land of Israel was the promise of God to Israel if Israel obeyed the Law of Moses (See the entire book of Deuteronomy, especially 7:11-8:1, 28:1-68, most especially 8:1 and 28:64)). Eternal life, righteousness and justification was always by faith (grace), not works (Genesis 15:6, Romans 3:20-23, Psalms 103:17). Abraham was the example of this since Abraham lived before the Law of Moses was given. So, it was established by scripture in Genesis 15:6, on page thirteen of my Bible, that righteousness came from God by FAITH. That has never changed. NEVER. All scriptures subsequent to Genesis 15:6 build on this foundation. They add new information but do not replace, alter or bend Genesis 15:6! Righteousness comes by faith and by faith ALONE. Our works do not make us righteous (Romans 3:20-23). 

Now, if you had been born physically as an Israelite, roughly between 1500 BC and 33 AD, you would have been born under the Law of Moses. All other people who were physically born were born under the Law of Conscience (Romans 2:14-16). Adherence to either law could not grant eternal life. The Law of Moses contained rules that Israel had to keep in order to stay in the promised land. Eternal Life for both groups, beginning with Adam and continuing forever, whether Israelite or non-Israelite, has always been by grace, through faith.  

The phrase "born under grace" is a conjunction of two truths:
  • "You must be born anew" (John 3:3).
  • "by grace you have been saved, through faith" (Ephesians 2:8).


Let me explain further: 
1) Post-Pentecost believers are born of the Spirit. (Being born again, born of the Holy Spirit and indwelt by the Holy Spirit are three descriptions of the same event. It is unique to Post-Pentecost believers.) 
2) Eternal life is granted by God by grace and through faith. (This truth applies to both Pre-Pentecost and Post-Pentecost believers.) 

So, "born under grace" refers to a Post-Pentecost spiritual birth resulting in eternal life that is under grace.

Therefore:
1) Those born physically as Israelites between roughly 1500 BC and 33 AD, who subsequently came to believe, would have been born under the Law of Moses and also been under grace.  
2) Those born physically as Non-Israelites between roughly 1500 BC and 33 AD, who subsequently came to believe, would have been under grace, but not under the Law of Moses. These would have been born under the Law of Conscience ( Romans 2:14-16). Neither the Law of Conscience nor the Law of Moses granted eternal life to those who adhered to them (basically because no one except Christ has ever kept either set of laws). You and I are included in this class of people, who were born under the Law of Conscience, not born under the Law of Moses, but born of the Spirit, under grace at the time we first believed, our conversion.

Your statement is correct for all believers:
JESUS was born Under Law but I Am Born Under Grace.

Please prayerfully consider what I am about to say: The scriptures I have presented above can not be understood properly individually. All scripture must be encountered prayerfully, in context. So, to understand the passages in Romans one would need to read Romans chapters one through six. This is a bare minimum. The entire book should be read multiple times. How we read is very important. I have presented a number of prayerful ways to read scripture in subchapter 1.1. 

I am praying for you Satya...


If you have any other questions about this or other topics, please contact me again!

God Bless,
Your brother in Christ...
Jim

15) Friends Please Give Me Full Clarity About Bread And Wine:John 6:52-57 What Is The Real Meaning Jesus BoDy And Jesus Blood?.

Dear Satya,

Your Message:
Friends Please Give Me Full Clarity About Bread And Wine:
John 6:52-57 What Is The Real Meaning Jesus Body And Jesus Blood?.


My Response:
I have asked our Lord to give me a response to your question.

Here is the passage:
"The Jews therefore contended with one another, saying, "How can this man give us his flesh to eat?"
53 Jesus therefore said to them, "Most certainly I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you don't have life in yourselves54 He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. 55 For my flesh is food indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. 56 He who eats my flesh and drinks my bloodlives in me, and I in him57 As the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father; so he who feeds on me, he will also live because of me" (John 6:52-57).

Like most passages in the Bible, the key to understanding is to see the flow of thought before and after the passage. To do this one must read in the Spirit. I provide a number of ways to do this in subchapter 1.1 titled, "Learning to Read".

In this case, the scripture providing the necessary context is from John 6:28-64. The overall topic through this entire section is believing in Jesus for eternal life. Jesus is the bread of life which one must believe in for eternal life (v 33-35). So, to eat the bread is symbolic of believing. When we believe, Jesus comes into us (Galatians 2:20). Conversion is not achieved by adherence to a list of rules. No... Jesus, a person, comes to live within us at the moment of conversion (Galatians 2:20). 

In verse 63 John says that these words are spiritual words... life giving words. His spiritual, life giving words in verse 53 were "unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you don't have life in yourselves".

The flesh (body) of Christ represents His life. His blood represents His death. "Jesus said to them, 'I am the bread of life.'" (John 6:35). "Jesus took bread, gave thanks for it, and broke it. He gave to the disciples, and said, "Take, eat; this is my body" (Matthew 26:26). So, the bread represents His body, which is His flesh, His life. In verse twenty-eight, Jesus explains that the wine represents "my blood of the new covenant, which is poured out for many for the remission of sins". The New Covenant is the covenant of the Spirit (Appendix 3, After Pentecost: From Law to the Spirit). So, the wine represents His blood, His death, as payment for our sins.

At conversion, we come to believe in His life and death. We take his life and death into us. As a result, we die with Him (Romans 6:8) and we are raised to life with Him (Colossians 3:1). He who lived, died, rose from the dead and ascended into Heaven is within us. We continually carry the death of Jesus within us (2 Corinthians 4:10). He lives His life in us now (Galatians 2:20).

Yes... in the spiritual dimension, we eat his life and death... The bread and wine are symbols of this spiritual reality.  The spiritual reality of His life and death within us begins at conversion and continues after conversion. His life and death continue to live and die within us... as the scriptures above have told us. 

The elements of communion, bread and wine, remind us of these things. The bread and wine do not physically become the body and blood of Christ. We know this by taste. The bread does not taste like human flesh. The wine does not taste like human blood. Communion elements are not human flesh or human blood.

The bread and the wine are symbols and reminders of His life and death, which came into us at the moment of conversion faith. They remain within us. He said... 

"In the same way he also took the cup, after supper, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink, in memory of me" (1 Corinthians 11:25). The communion element is a reminder of Him, not a consumption of His physical body and blood. They remind us of His life and death within us.

My Prayer, 
Lord of Heaven and earth, I pray that you fill Satya with knowledge of Your will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding (Colossians 1:9). I pray that You draw Satya into a deep and intimate walk with You, in Your word and in Your Spirit. Fill Satya with Your power, peace and joy!
Amen!


If you still have questions, please contact me again.

By the way, the clearest understandings will come as you prayerfully read the entire book of John. Subchapter 1.1 suggests various ways to do that.

Your brother in Christ,

Jim


For your convenience I am providing the entire passage from John below:
"28 They said therefore to him, "What must we do, that we may work the works of God?" 29 Jesus answered them, "This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent." 30 They said therefore to him, "What then do you do for a sign, that we may see and believe you? What work do you do? 31 Our fathers ate the manna in the wilderness. As it is written, 'He gave them bread out of heaven to eat.'" 32 Jesus therefore said to them, "Most certainly, I tell you, it wasn't Moses who gave you the bread out of heaven, but my Father gives you the true bread out of heaven. 33 For the bread of God is that which comes down out of heaven, and gives life to the world." 34 They said therefore to him, "Lord, always give us this bread." 35 Jesus said to them, "I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will not be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. 36 But I told you that you have seen me, and yet you don't believe. 37 All those whom the Father gives me will come to me. He who comes to me I will in no way throw out. 38 For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will, but the will of him who sent me. 39 This is the will of my Father who sent me, that of all he has given to me I should lose nothing, but should raise him up at the last day. 40 This is the will of the one who sent me, that everyone who sees the Son, and believes in him, should have eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day." 41 The Jews therefore murmured concerning him, because he said, "I am the bread which came down out of heaven." 42 They said, "Isn't this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How then does he say, 'I have come down out of heaven?'" 43 Therefore Jesus answered them, "Don't murmur among yourselves. 44 No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him, and I will raise him up in the last day. 45 It is written in the prophets, 'They will all be taught by God.' Isaiah 54:13 Therefore everyone who hears from the Father and has learned, comes to me. 46 Not that anyone has seen the Father, except he who is from God. He has seen the Father. 47 Most certainly, I tell you, he who believes in me has eternal life. 48 I am the bread of life. 49 Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness and they died. 50 This is the bread which comes down out of heaven, that anyone may eat of it and not die. 51 I am the living bread which came down out of heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. Yes, the bread which I will give for the life of the world is my flesh." 52 The Jews therefore contended with one another, saying, "How can this man give us his flesh to eat?" 53 Jesus therefore said to them, "Most certainly I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you don't have life in yourselves. 54 He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. 55 For my flesh is food indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. 56 He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood lives in me, and I in him. 57 As the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father; so he who feeds on me, he will also live because of me. 58 This is the bread which came down out of heaven—not as our fathers ate the manna, and died. He who eats this bread will live forever." 59 He said these things in the synagogue, as he taught in Capernaum. 60 Therefore many of his disciples, when they heard this, said, "This is a hard saying! Who can listen to it?" 61 But Jesus knowing in himself that his disciples murmured at this, said to them, "Does this cause you to stumble? 62 Then what if you would see the Son of Man ascending to where he was before? 63 It is the spirit who gives life. The flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and are life. 64 But there are some of you who don't believe." For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were who didn't believe, and who it was who would betray him" (John 6:28-64).

16) Is the soul which make us to live and the Holy Spirit which Jesus Christ promised to send from heaven are same?

Dear Alex, 

Your question:
Is the soul which make us to live and the Holy Spirit which Jesus Christ promised to send from heaven are same?

My Response: 
When I read your question I began asking God to show me how to answer.  I will provide a short answer first. Then I will give a longer more detailed answer.
  • "If we live by the Spirit, let's also walk by the Spirit" (Galatians 5:25).



So, the short answer is yes... if you are a believer in Jesus Christ the Holy Spirit gives you life. You live by the Holy Spirit. 

But the Holy Spirit was sent by the Father (1 Corinthians 6:19), at the request of the Son (John 14:16-17). Both the Son and the Holy Spirit are under the authority of the Father. So, they do only what they are instructed to do by the Father (John 12:49,16:13). And, by the choice of the Father, every spiritual blessing comes through the Son (Ephesians 1:3). The Holy Spirit prays to the Father for you (Romans 8:26-27). The Son prayed to the Father for Simon (Luke22:31,32), and for you as well (John 14:16-17, John 17:1-26, especially verses 9 & 20). All three persons are active in this life you have. These truths and more about spiritual authority in the spiritual realm are revealed in subchapter 3.1a, from the scriptures.

With that said, I will answer your question again with a few more details about this new life you have... concerning the old you, the new you, the dead you and the living you. What follows is the long answer to your question.

Jesus (Yeshua) was conceived by the Holy Spirit. When you were born again, you also were given new birth by the Holy Spirit. Before this rebirth, you were dead in sin. At conversion (rebirth) you were crucified with Christ and the righteousness of God was imputed into you, through faith. So, at conversion, you are a new creature (a new creation). As a new creature, you have received a new and perfect nature from God which is not of your making. It is no longer you who live, but actually Christ lives in you. You still have your old corrupt nature which may still sin. But when you sin, it is the old corrupt nature that sins, not your new perfect nature. Christ lives in you now instead of the old you. Being conceived by the Holy Spirit, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit live within you.

Now, I will present below the scriptures for each of these truths. Please prayerfully consider the following scriptures:

Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit:
"Now the birth of Jesus Christ was like this: After his mother, Mary, was engaged to Joseph, before they came together, she was found pregnant by the Holy Spirit" (Matthew 1:18).

Prayerful Observation:
Jesus (Yeshua), the Son of God, preexisted creation and created the universe (Colossians 1:16, Hebrews 1:2, John 1:3). But, the Holy Spirit was involved in the incarnation of the Son of God into a person of flesh, within the womb of Mary.  Jesus was also filled, led and empowered by the Holy Spirit during His earthly ministry (Luke 14:1, Matthew 12:28).

When you were born again, you also were born by the Holy Spirit:
"Jesus answered, "Most certainly I tell you, unless one is born of water and spirit, he can't enter into God's Kingdom. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh. That which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Don't marvel that I said to you, 'You must be born anew.' 8 The wind blows where it wants to, and you hear its sound, but don't know where it comes from and where it is going. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit" (John 3:5-8).

Prayerful Observation:
As the Holy Spirit was involved in the physical birth of Jesus, He is also involved in your spiritual birth as a child of God.


Here are some other scriptures to prayerfully consider: 

You were dead in sin:
"You were made alive when you were dead in transgressions and sins (Ephesians 2:1).

You were crucified with Christ:
"I have been crucified with Christ, and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me" (Galatians 2:20).

God's righteousness was imputed into you:
"But now apart from the law, a righteousness of God has been revealed, being testified by the law and the prophets; 22 even the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ to all and on all those who believe. For there is no distinction, 23 for all have sinned, and fall short of the glory of God; 24 being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus; (Romans 3:21-24).

At conversion you were made into a new creature:
"Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old things have passed away. Behold, all things have become new" (2 Corinthians 5:17).

You received a new, perfect nature:
"9 we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all....when he had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down on the right hand of God... For by one offering he has perfected forever those who are being sanctified. (Hebrews 10:9-14).

It is no longer you who live:
"I have been crucified with Christ, and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me" (Galatians 2:20).
(The old you is dead, but still sinning.)  

But you still have an old corrupt nature:
"put away, as concerning your former way of life, the old man that grows corrupt after the lusts of deceit" (Ephesians 4:22).

When you sin, it is the old nature that sins
"For the good which I desire, I don't do; but the evil which I don't desire, that I practice. 20 But if what I don't desire, that I do, it is no more I that do it, but sin which dwells in me" (Romans 7:17,20).
(Your new perfect nature does not sin. It is your old nature that sins.

Your new perfect self does not sin:
"Whoever is born of God doesn't commit sin, because his seed remains in him, and he can't sin, because he is born of God" (1 John 3:9). (God's seed remains in those who are born of God.)

Christ lives in you now, instead of the old you:
"I have been crucified with Christ, and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me" (Galatians 2:20a).

You were conceived by the Holy Spirit:
  • "Jesus answered, "Most certainly I tell you, unless one is born of water and spirit, he can't enter into God's Kingdom. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh. That which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Don't marvel that I said to you, 'You must be born anew.' 8 The wind blows where it wants to, and you hear its sound, but don't know where it comes from and where it is going. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit" (John 3:5-8). verse born of Spirit
  • "not by works of righteousness which we did ourselves, but according to his mercy, he saved us through the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit" (Titus 3:5) (To be born of the Spirit is the same as regeneration.)



The Father, Son and Holy Spirit are in you:
  • "There is one body and one Spirit, even as you also were called in one hope of your calling, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all, and in us all" (Ephesians 4:4-6).
  • "But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if it is so that the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if any man doesn't have the Spirit of Christ, he is not his" (Romans 8:9).
  • "Or don't you know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God? You are not your own" (1 Corinthians 6:19).



Christ is in us. The Father is in us. The Holy Spirit is in us. The one who spoke the universe into existence is being formed in us (Galatians 4:19). All of this is revealed in greater detail in subchapter 3.2 titled, "The Holy Spirit and Christ in You".

Please click on "CONTINUED" below to read the conclusion to this discussion and my prayer for you.

16) Continued...

Now, I will repeat your question:
Is the soul which make us to live and the Holy Spirit which Jesus Christ promised to send from heaven are same?

It is my prayerful opinion that the soul which made you live was the Holy Spirit as He gave birth to your new life in Christ. So, I believe that the answer to your question is "yes". But you still have the old self which "grows corrupt" (Ephesians 4:22-24). Please see below.

We are to put off the old self and put on the new:
  • "But you didn't learn Christ that way, 21 if indeed you heard him, and were taught in him, even as truth is in Jesus: 22 that you put away, as concerning your former way of life, the old man that grows corrupt after the lusts of deceit, 23 and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind, 24 and put on the new man, who in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of truth" (Ephesians 4:22-24).
  • "Don't lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old man with his doings, 10 and have put on the new man, who is being renewed in knowledge after the image of his Creator" (Colossians 3:9-10). See also Colossians 3:1-170.



So, we have put off the old man and put on the new man. We are also putting off the old man and putting on the new man. It is a process of growing mature in Christ. 

My Prayer for you:
Lord my Father, I pray that you fill Alex with knowledge of your person, power and will. Draw Alex into a deep, powerful, intimate communication with You... to yield always to Your will... full of joy in Your Holy Spirit... all for Your glory... that Your name may be praised... that Your name may be lifted higher and higher and higher! Amen. 

Alex, if you want clarification regarding your question or have any other questions, please let me know.

God Bless,

Your brother in Christ,
Jim

17) what does it mean to fellowship with God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit?

Jeannette,

Here is your Question in full:
I read from the introduction, I think, you had been praying for me. Thank you. I have been searching for an understanding of what does it mean to fellowship with God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit to change my life and the lives of others to glorify God. Explain how to proceed. I like to have a book in my hand to Mark, write questions, etc. How may I obtain a physical copy of this book? Again, thank you for praying for me and others. Jeannette

My Response:
Thank you for sending your question!  In 1 Thessalonians 5:17 the apostle Paul wrote "pray without ceasing". So, when I received your question I began praying that God would teach you how to have fellowship with Him... that He would speak to you through His Spirit, His word and His child (me).

I had fellowship with God as I prayed. I am having fellowship with God as I write. I am listening to the Holy Spirit as He guides me in answering your question. I am doing what He is doing (making disciples), as written in God's word. As I write, I am asking God to give me words, believing that He will, and writing as His words come into my mind (Ephesians 6:18-19). 

Fellowship with God is a two way conversation in the spiritual realm, as we follow Christ, bearing His yoke in the world. This is explained in subchapter 1.4.

Here is how to proceed:
  • Scripture
  • Prayer
  • Meditation
  • Make Disciples

Making disciples scares people because they don't understand how it is done according to scripture. It is simple: We repeat the words of the Father and pray. That is what Jesus did. And we can't follow Jesus if we don't make disciples. We simply can't follow Him if we aren't doing what He is doing. And, making disciples is what He is doing, in the now. We receive rest as we take up His work. Jesus said that it is easy and it is. I believe that "rest" is the joy of intimate fellowship with God as we follow Him, obeying His Spirit. Subchapter 2.3 titled, "The Easy Yoke of Christ" explains all of this in detail from the scriptures. 

It all becomes clear once you learn what prayers the apostles prayed and what the Holy Spirit does in the invisible spiritual realm. The first step is to learn some intimate scripture reading methods (subchapter 1.1). Then we progress into greater intimacy in God's word (the remainder of chapter 1). Chapter 2 reveals the depths, breadth and intimacy of fellowship with God in the current age. Chapter 3 reveals the prayers that Christ, the apostles and prophets prayed. Chapter 4 shows what is happening in the invisible spiritual realm and how we interact in that realm.


I suggest that you begin with subchapter 1.1 (the first subchapter in chapter 1). Stay in that subchapter for as long as He draws you into it. 

On the subject of making disciples I have a few other comments. "Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners" (1Timothy 1:15). Jesus said "I came that they may have life and may have it abundantly... if I am lifted up from the earth (on the cross) I will draw all people to myself... Where I am, there my servant will be also... come after, me and I will make you fishers for men... go and make disciples of all nations" (John 10:10, 12:32, 26; Matthew 4:19, 28:9). All Christians are disciples. All disciples are supposed to make disciples. These truths are proved from the scriptures in the appendix, subchapter A5 titled, "Is Every Christian Supposed to Make Disciples?"

Making disciples includes evangelism of unbelievers. It also includes helping disciples mature in Christ. From the above scriptures we see that the work of Jesus after His death is to "draw all people" to Himself, so all people may have life "abundantly". He is doing this near you at the present time. If you are His servant, that is where you "will be also"... as "fishers for men"... making "disciples of all nations". 

You don't need to go to another nation unless He calls you to that. You may make disciples among strangers, friends, co-workers and family. It may happen at church, work, beside a lake or while standing in line. You may make disciples by speaking audibly, praying silently, repeating scripture, by showing faith in disaster, by loving an enemy and etc.

Making disciples is not a system. It is learning to follow the Holy Spirit. To learn how to walk by the Spirit see subchapter 4.7 titled, "Walk by the Spirit". As you pray the Endorsed Prayers from subchapters 4.2-4.6, you will be making disciples and walking by the Spirit. Both activities are primarily silent ones. But the Holy Spirit will lead you to speak audibly at the times of His choosing.

Regarding a physical copy of this book... I am sorry to say that a physical copy is not available. But, in one of the discussion questions above a reader asked how to get a pdf copy. You may benefit from reading my answer to that question.

My Prayer for you:
Lord of Heaven and Earth, please draw Jeannette into a deep, continuous, intimate walk with You, through Your word and prayer in Your Spirit as she follows You in everything You do... in the now! I praise You for what You have done and for what You will do! All to the praise of Your name. Amen.

Your brother in Christ,
Jim   

18) How can I be assured that I am ready for the Savior's return?

Dear Mawuko,

Your Question is:
How can I be assured that I am ready for the Savior's return? 


My Response:
This is an important question. I have not asked it enough. I have asked our Lord to give me His answer to your question. 

"Therefore also be ready, for in an hour that you don't expect, the Son of Man will come. 45 "Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom his lord has set over his household, to give them their food in due season? 46 Blessed is that servant whom his lord finds doing so when he comes" (Matthew 24:44-46). 

The short answer is this:
We are to give true spiritual food to the household of God. All Christians are supposed to make disciples. In essence, we are to make disciples who make disciples. This is how spiritual truth has been passed on through the centuries, from person to person, from Christ to you and I. 

We are not all evangelists, preachers, teachers, or Bible study leaders. But all born again believers have a spiritual gift which serves the body of Christ. All of us have a sphere of influence. All of us can repeat the words of the Father and pray. That is the essence of disciple making ministry. We repeat the words of the Father and pray. 

Chapter 4 teaches the Endorsed Prayers... prayers that Christ, the apostles and prophets prayed or taught others to pray. They are simple and straight from the scriptures. 

When we repeat the words of the Father and pray, we are acting in faith... faith that it is His words that have power... It is His words which accomplish what He pleases (Isaiah 55:11)... It is He who draws, teaches and impowers His children to obey (John 6:44, 1 John 2:27, 1 Corinthians 13:7). 
When I was in college I was in a Bible study led by a very effective evangelical  ministry called Cru. It was led by another student who was majoring in Pre-med / Biomedical Engineering. His name was Sam. At one point Sam asked me to lead that study because he was about to graduate and head off to medical school. My response was "I can't do that." I didn't mean that I didn't want to or that I didn't have the time. I didn't believe that I was capable. It was like asking me to fly a spaceship. Sam looked me directly in the eyes and said firmly "It is not your words that you will speak. You will speak words of scripture, and His word will not return void. It is not your job to convict others of sin. The Holy Spirit will do that. Pray about it." I prayed about it and led the group. I had an internal witness that I should. Men in that group became Christians and then became evangelists.

Mawuko, I am praying for a great awakening... to be led by laymen... laymen who repeat the words of the Father and pray. Please pray with me... ask God to send workers into the harvest (Matthew 9:38).


(Pause for prayer)


(Pause...) 


As I said before, making disciples is simple. We repeat the words of the Father and pray. We do this "in the Spirit... walking by the Spirit". 

Jesus said "love your neighbor" (Mark 12:31). Jesus only spoke what the Father told Him to say (John 12:49). If you can say "love your neighbor", you can repeat the words of your Heavenly Father. Paul prayed for the Philippian church, that their "love may abound yet more and more" (Philippians 1:9). If you can say to your brother "love your neighbor" and silently ask God to increase the love of your brother, you can repeat the words of the Father and pray. You can make disciples. Christ will consider us to be "alert" and "ready" if we are involved in disciple making ministry at His return. He said "give them their food in due season". Don't worry. It is easy. Jesus said that it is easy and it is (subchapter 2.3).  

Now for a more detailed answer:
First I will repeat the passage:
"Therefore also be ready, for in an hour that you don't expect, the Son of Man will come. 45 "Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom his lord has set over his household, to give them their food in due season? 46 Blessed is that servant whom his lord finds doing so when he comes" (Matthew 24:44-46).

The context of this passage begins at Matthew 23:1. The statements Jesus made in chapter 23 present a contrast... to show examples of those who were not ready for Christ return... so that we would understand Matthew 24:44, so we can "be ready".   

Let me explain:
In chapter 23 Jesus is addressing the Pharisees who were responsible for the spiritual life of Israel (v 2). But instead of serving the spiritual welfare of Israel, they served themselves (v 5-7, 13). As unbelievers, the Pharisees didn't enter heaven and actually kept others from entering (v 14).  The Pharisees worked hard to gain a following, and when they succeeded... they created sons of Hell (v 15). They were blind guides (v 16). They were legalistic men... masters of living by rules (v 23,24). They were hypocrites... outwardly righteous but inwardly dead sons of Hell (v 27, 28). I could go on, but you get the point. They were unbelievers, masquerading as children of light (2 Corinthians 11:14).

That is what Matthew 23 was about. 

Then in Matthew 24:3, Matthew records three questions which His disciples asked Jesus. 
  • When will the temple be destroyed?
  • What is the sign of Your coming?
  • What is the sign of the end of the age?

Jesus answers the first, second and third questions in verses 4-22, 23-34 and 35-51.

Let me repeat the applicable passage again:
"Therefore also be ready, for in an hour that you don't expect, the Son of Man will come. 45 "Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom his lord has set over his householdto give them their food in due season? 46 Blessed is that servant whom his lord finds doing so when he comes" (Matthew 24:44-46).

This passage is part of Jesus's answer to the third question: What is the sign of the end of the age?

In this passage Jesus told the disciples to feed His sheep as He told Peter in John 21:15-17. Jesus was telling His disciples, who were believers, to be tending to the spiritual welfare of God's household. That is what we need to be dong when He comes at the end of the age.

In the last verse of the book of Matthew Jesus said:
"Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I commanded you. Behold, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." (Matthew 28:19-20).

Feeding God's household is making disciples. We feed them God's word. All Christians are disciples. All disciples are supposed to make disciples. As I wrote earlier, subchapter A5 in the appendix explains this. 

While the Pharisees served themselves and reproduced sons of Hell, we are to serve God's household and grow Children of God.

One may ask... How do I make disciples?
In its most basic form, you repeat the words of the Father and pray. 

More specifically...
If they don't know Christ:
Pray. Tell them the basics of the Gospel (subchapter A1 in the appendix).Then keep praying as you answer questions.

If they do know Christ:
1) Teach them to self feed on scripture (chapter 1).
2) Teach them to pray (chapter 4). Pray the Endorsed Prayers of chapter 4 for them and WITH them.
3) Teach them about the Holy Spirit (chapter 3).

In Matthew 24:48-51, Jesus explains what will happen to the evil servants who abused the household of God (the Pharisees):
"But if that evil servant should say in his heart, 'My lord is delaying his coming,' 49 and begins to beat his fellow servants, and eat and drink with the drunkards, 50 the lord of that servant will come in a day when he doesn't expect it and in an hour when he doesn't know it, 51 and will cut him in pieces and appoint his portion with the hypocrites. That is where the weeping and grinding of teeth will be" (Matthew 24:48-51).

Verses 48-51 fit Jesus's description of the Pharisees in chapter 23 very well. Notice that Jesus used the word hypocrites. That is exactly what Jesus called the Pharisees in verse 27 and 28 of Matthew 23. If you read chapter 23 you will see how the Pharisees served themselves and abused God's household, very consistent with verses 48-51 of chapter 24. 

My prayer for you, Mawuko:
May our Lord fill you with His words and His will (Colossians 1:9) as you meditate on His word in His presence. May He give you His words to make disciples (Ephesians 9:18-19).

Your brother in Christ,
Jim

19) What does "God chose you from the beginning for salvation" mean?

Dan,

Thank you for your question! 

Your Question:
Dear James, In your explanation of Ephesians 1 verse 4 you explained that this is a corporate choice of God. But in an other place you made a brief mention of 2 Thessalonians 2 verse 13 as being the choice of God for salvation. How should we understand this statement that we are chosen from the beginning for salvation?.


My Response:
Jesus said "apart from Me you can do nothing" (John 15:5). So, when I read your question I asked God to give me His answer...  Then I read the entire book of 2 Thessalonians and prayed through pertinent portions (as described in subchapter 1.1).  

How do we Understand?
Understanding of scripture is a gift from God to converts with soft hearts and a willingness to obey, who receive understanding by zealously seeking it through prayerful meditation on scripture. So, in general, that is how scripture says that we understand scripture. These scriptural truths and more are explained in subchapter 1.5 titled, "Conditions for Understanding the Word".


Now I will pray.  Next I will present the understanding which I believe is appropriate, being careful in the Spirit, "not to think beyond the things which are written" (1 Corinthians 4:6, subchapter 1.5). 

My prayer: 
"Lord of Heaven and Earth, I pray for Dan, myself, and all who read this post...  that You grant understanding of Your self and Your words! Give us soft hearts and a willingness to obey. Give us zeal to seek understanding through prayerful meditation on Your words. Amen."

By the way, details of the conversion process are presented in the appendix, subchapter A7 titled, The Unabbreviated Conversion Corridor". You may benefit greatly by reading that page. Scriptures showing the interactions between free will and election are presented. 

Now, let's look now at the scriptures you asked about. First I will quote the text from Ephesians, then the text from 2 Thessalonians. And by God's grace, we will reconcile them. 

Here are the texts:
  • "even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and without defect before him in love" (Ephesians 1:4).
  • "But we are bound to always give thanks to God for you, brothers loved by the Lord, because God chose you from the beginning for salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief in the truth" (2 Thessalonians 2:13).


Subchapter A9 of the appendix has a micro-subchapter titled,  "WHAT DOES EPHESIANS 1:4 MEAN? CHOSEN BEFORE THE FOUNDATION OF THE WORLD".  That subchapter presents God's choice of "us in Him" as a corporate (group) choice of God, rather than an individual choice of God. The example I used had to do with a Mayor choosing a police department to perform a task rather than choosing an individual policeman for that task. 

You are asking how we should understand the 2 Thessalonians 2:13 where it states that "God chose you from the beginning for salvation".

You are asking me to reconcile 2 Thessalonians 2:13 to my view of Ephesians 1:4 as a group (corporate) choice. It is a great question! I love your question! I am happy to present how I reconcile the two passages. It is by prayerfully reconciling one passage to another that the Holy Spirit sharpens our understanding and reveals contradictions that we have created. 

Let me repeat the passage:
  • "But we are bound to always give thanks to God for you, brothers loved by the Lord, because God chose you from the beginning for salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief in the truth" (2 Thessalonians 2:13).


Based on your question I assume that you are hearing verse 13 in this way. I think that you are hearing "God chose you individually from the beginning of creation for conversion into eternal life".


Here are three prayerful observations:
The verse does not say
  • individually
  • beginning of creation, or
  • conversion into eternal life 


Individually:
The word "you" comes from the Greek word humas, which in this instance is plural. If you have a copy of the "Greek and English Interlinear New Testament" by William Mounce, you could see that "you" is plural in the Greek because Mounce indicates whether words are singular or plural. So, "God chose you from the beginning for salvation" indicates that God chose those to whom the letter was written (the church of the Thessalonians). But the text doesn't limit this choice to an individual or corporate (group) choice.

Beginning of creation:
Here is the text:  "God chose you from the beginning for salvation". The Greek word for beginning  doesn't intrinsically mean "from the creation of the world" unless the text indicates this limitation. For example, 1 John 2:24 reads "let that remain in you which you heard from the beginning."  This doesn't mean that the readers of 1 John heard God's words before the world was created.  

So, when the text states "God chose you from the beginning for salvation", the word "beginning" could indicate a choice that took place pre-creation, the moment they believed or possibly some other moment. The text doesn't preclude any of these. We are being careful to not "think beyond the things which are written" (1 Corinthians 4:6, subchapter 1.5).  

Conversion into eternal life:
Here again is the text:  "God chose you from the beginning for salvation". The text doesn't say eternal life, rebirth or conversion. It says "salvation".

The meaning of the English word "saved" is broad enough to include the meaning of the English phrase "eternal life". But "saved" can mean other forms of deliverance that fall short of the deliverance of "eternal life". When I was 5 years old, a woman ran up into the second floor of our burning home and "saved" me from the flames. She led me out. Nearly 60 years later I still remember the terror in her eyes as she screamed. Being saved from disease or embarrassment are other events for which we could use the word "saved". Salvation could also include the maturity in Christ that we receive as God works in us through His word, Spirit, discipline, suffering, seeing Christ face to face and etc. So, the word "saved" is quite broad and definitely includes types of deliverance that are far short of eternal life.

Let me prove this from scripture:  
  • "13 Moses said to the people, "Don't be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of Yahweh, which he will work for you today; for you will never again see the Egyptians whom you have seen today" (Exodus 14:13).

Then God destroyed the army of Pharaoh in the Red Sea. This salvation had nothing to do with eternal life. This "salvation" was a physical deliverance from an earthly, physical enemy. God "saved" Israel from a king who intended to kill them.

The word salvation in this passage in Exodus had nothing to do with "eternal life".


Now consider these words from Paul to Timothy:
  • "Pay attention to yourself and to your teaching. Continue in these things, for in doing this you will save both yourself and those who hear you" (1 Timothy 4:16).

Salvation (deliverance) comes to both Timothy and others if Timothy pays attention to himself. It doesn't mean that everyone who hears Timothy will be saved (delivered). But people will be saved (delivered) through Timothy. Timothy didn't receive eternal life every time he paid attention to himself and his teaching. He did save himself and others in the sense that they maintained fellowship with God by obeying.  

My point is this. The word "salvation" in the Bible does not always mean "eternal life". It indicates a deliverance of some type. So, when I see the word "salvation" or "saved" I think in the broad terms of "deliverance" unless context narrows the meaning.  

If you want to understand "eternal life" according to scripture, you must first look at scriptures which use the phrase "eternal life". When we see the word "saved" in scripture, we must look to the context to determine if the word means deliverance from eternal destruction, deliverance from something else or both. If we equate "eternal life" with "salvation" we will create many contradictions. 


Lets wrap this up. Here again is the text:
  • "But we are bound to always give thanks to God for you, brothers loved by the Lord, because God chose you from the beginning for salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief in the truth" (2 Thessalonians 2:13).


I see that God made a corporate (group) choice. Before the foundation of the world He chose a group, those "in Christ", to be holy and blameless. To be holy and blameless is a part of our salvation (deliverance). God also makes an individual choice. God makes this individual choice the moment we believe. 2 Thessalonians 2:13 states "God chose you... through... belief in the truth". So, I see both individual and corporate choice in 2 Thessalonians 2:13. I believe that the salvation He chose for us includes eternal paradise, being refined to be like Christ, being just like Christ at the moment we see Him face to face (1 John 3:2) and etc. This salvation comes about through the work of the Spirit and as fruit of faith. It is only by God's choice that we receive these different parts of salvation. We do not have the power to choose these things. We receive them by God's grace... by God's gracious choice. Even the faith we have is granted by God to those who seek Him (appendix, subchapter A7 titled, The Unabbreviated Conversion Corridor", paragraph f). God even takes action to cause us to seek Him (appendix, A7). But scripture does say that man makes a choice as well. Man can choose faith or refuse to choose faith. This choice of faith, whether described as choosing the fear of God (Proverbs 1:29) or choosing faith, is explained in the appendix, A7, paragraph o. 

Thank you again for contacting me. If you have other questions about this or other passages, please contact me again. If you have a scripture which indicates any error on my part, please send it to me. If I am wrong, I want to be corrected.

My prayer for you:
"My sovereign and gracious Lord, bless Daniel with understanding of Your Spirit and Your word so that he may walk by Your Spirit, hearing Your Spirit, obeying Your Spirit, watching in prayer, making disciples who make disciples... Multiply his faith one-thousand fold, and one-thousand fold, again and again... all to Your glory! Amen."

God Bless you my brother,
Jim

20)  Is 'Once saved, forever saved' a true doctrine?

Dear Mawuko,


Thank you for contacting me!

Your question is: 
Is 'Once saved, forever saved' a true doctrine?

My Response:
My apologies for taking so long to answer. We had a wedding and health issues. 
This is such a very important question which is asked often. So, I created a new page in the book to answer it.

Click here to read the page.

My prayer for you:
Lord of Heaven and Earth, all powerful and full of grace, not wanting any to perish and having the power to keep any from falling, who works all things after the council of Your will... hear the prayer of this child of Yours for Mawuko and all who read here to seek Your wisdom, council, power and will. Fill them with knowledge of Your word... may they hear Your Spirit as You open their hearts to hear, walk with You and understand. Guide them to interact with You in Your words, to spread Your words, to walk under the authority of Your Holy Spirit within them. All this I pray for the glory of Your name! Your name alone! Amen.

God Bless you my brother,
Jim

21) I really wish to study the Bible please I request for guidance and way forward?

Isaac,

Your Question:
How can I get the book? And I really wish to study the Bible please I request for guidance and way forward?


My Response:
The book is currently only available online, to be read online for free. 

Regarding Bible study:
The natural man would think that your question is a simple one... one that may be answered from the mind of one with experience. But this is a spiritual task. And the answer is a spiritual answer. So, I asked God to reveal to me how to answer you. The apostle Paul, by prayer, relied on God to give him words to explain the gospel, even though he understood the gospel (Ephesians 6:18-19).

Bible study requires us to follow His Spirit. But it also requires discipline. 

Learning to study the Bible is really about learning to interact with God, in His words. So, its really about learning to pray.  But we need to understand scripture before we understand how to pray. One really can't learn to do one without knowing how to do the other. So, how can it be done?

The Bible is kind of like a bicycle. In the spiritual realm, I will put you on the bicycle, give you instructions which you won't completely understand, give you a push... and the Holy Spirit will run with you, provide instructions along the way, comfort you when you fall, and provide power for the steepest of hills. Eventually, you will see that this bicycle can fly.

Here are the steps I recommend for Bible Study: 

1) Learn how to read scripture
Read subchapter 1.1. You will learn some intimate scripture reading methods. If I don't use intimate reading methods, Bible study becomes an activity of the human mind... it becomes work... unspiritual work.

2) Scan the Book
I suggest that you open the book of Ephesians. Read the entire book from beginning to end in one sitting every day for one week. Each day, ask God to open your heart for understanding before you read. I suggest that you read using Path Two from subchapter 1.1. In Path Two, you read, seeking the heart of the passage. Don't stop to understand detail. You will do that after this first week. In this first week, just get the big picture and main points. Now, in the Second Path you may dwell on a passage for moments or months. But when scanning an entire book, you will be dwelling for moments, not months. Otherwise, you could not read the entire book in one sitting.

As an alternative to reading the book, you could listen to the book for free, online. Biblegateway.com provides the Bible in audio in seventeen languages. Click here to read. Look down the center of the page until you find your language.

Get a sheet of paper. Each day you scan the book, write down one idea from each chapter. Just a word or phrase is enough. By the seventh scan, you will have seven ideas for each chapter.

3) Detailed Study
After scanning the book every day for one week you are ready to begin a Detailed Study. Each day you will study a few verses. Click here to see the verses which I have selected for each day. When the page opens, look down the page and click on "Ephesians". The page that opens up will show "Today's Scripture" and a "Focus Scripture" for each day. 

In each day, read "Today's Scripture" using Path Two. Path Two is Seeking the Heart of the Passage. Then read the "Focus Scripture" using Path Three. Path Three is Reading God's Words to God. Today's Scripture will provide context for the Focus Scripture. You will learn these intimate reading methods in subchapter 1.1.

Next, answer three questions:
What does the Focus Scripture say about God?
What does the Focus Scripture say about Man?
What does the Focus Scripture say that I can Pray?

If you are wondering what to pray, click here and find the section in bold, gold print titled, "What Can I Pray?"

4) Deep Long Term Meditation  
As your are interacting with God's words in your Detailed Study, certain words of your Lord may touch your heart in a powerful way. This is the Holy Spirit speaking to you. These are words for Deep Long Term Meditation.  Continue to meditate on these words, for as long as your heart is drawn to them, for a day, days, weeks or months. Talk to Him about those words, asking for illumination and power and guidance. You may need to memorize these words so that you can pray and meditate on them during the day,  while waiting in lines or as you are falling asleep at night. Great changes have occurred in my life in this way.  When He speaks to you in this way, pay attention. Fix your heart on those words for as long as He draws you into them. Do not be indifferent to the Holy Spirit. "Therefore, even as the Holy Spirit says, "Today if you will hear his voice, don't harden your hearts..." (Hebrews 3:7-8). 


 Note:
Some of my recommendations will be awkward at first, as new things often are. After you have completed the book of Ephesians as I have asked, you will have solid spiritual weapons, to adjust and amend as the Holy Spirit leads you. It is like riding a bicycle. What is awkward at first, with practice, will become smooth and natural as if it were a part you. You will be able to go faster and farther than than you ever could have gone by walking.  

You can study the Bible this way by yourself or with a group. Chapter 7 shows how to do this as a group. 

At some point, when the Holy Spirit leads you to... read subchapter 1.5 titled, "Conditions for Understanding the Word".

MY PRAYER FOR YOU
"Lord of Heaven and Earth, for Isaac and all who read this page I pray... Fill them with power, insight and understanding as they interact with You through Your words. May Your word go forth through them... May Your word spread through them into all the earth. My Lord, bring about a great awakening... through all who read these words.. through all who will repeat Your words and pray! I ask this for Your glory... that Your name be lifted higher, higher and higher.  Amen."

22) I was a victim of a scam. What or where do I look? What do I pray?

Dear G,

Your Message:
Today, I was a victim of a scam. Which took $1000 from my husband's account. This was money earmarked for bills. I am a wreck. I cannot focus enough to pray and ask for directions from God. What or where do I look? What do I pray? Help me, Father. 
G


My Response:
When I read your message a few days ago I thought with my mind. I had nothing for you. I looked to the Lord and still had nothing. This morning around 4 AM your suffering and the suffering of others came to mind. Here are some of the thoughts which came into my mind as I prayed: 

With regard to the spiritual aspects of your suffering I suggest that you read subchapter 5.1 titled, "Our Response to Suffering: The Endorsed Prayers". Click here to open that page. The scriptures have much to say about suffering... how to pray and what to do.

Three days ago we had a death in the family... a close relative... an atheist for many years. I have observed some softening in him in recent years. But, he died so suddenly and so far away... we could not get to him or even talk to him before he died. So, we don't know where he is.  Weeping has come into my home. But at 4 AM this morning I praised God. I praised Him because He placed a lifelong witness in my relative's life. So, I know that he has heard the gospel many, many, many times. You see, at annual family gatherings over a period of forty years, this witness prayed the gospel at family mealtimes. He simply thanked God for sending His Son to die on the cross for our sins, to be buried, raised from the dead and seated with the Father in Heaven. He thanked God for sending His Holy Spirit to live within all who trust in Him. So, I praised God this morning because I am confidant that God has done everything that could be done to bring my relative into Paradise. Even in the last moments before he died, when he could not speak... he could have come to faith as God worked in those last minutes of his life. So, I praised God. 

I have a friend named Leigh. Leigh is in his seventies. When I get upset about something, Leigh looks me in the eyes, smiles and says "God has got it." In other words, He can and will handle it, in the way that He has chosen, according to His will. The book Pathways: From Providence to Purpose, by Tony Evans is a very helpful study of the providence of God using the book of Esther. I have bought a copy for all my kids. I have benefited greatly from Tony's radio messages and even had the pleasure of having lunch with him and his wife many years ago. I have seen personally how Dr. Evans responded to suffering and heartily recommend his book.

With regard to the monetary aspects of your issue, you could sell assets. Some sell assets on EBay Facebook Marketplace or other sites. But, I can share something else. It is a long term process. I wish I had a more immediate solution, but I hope this helps in some way. Depending on what country you live in, and your personal financial situation, some or all of the following may be helpful to you.

My wife and I ate a lot of beans and cornbread for many years when most in my country ate lots of meat. We did this so we could save money to invest. We lowered our standard of living so that we could save. To help us save, we used a recipe box.

Recipe Box:
We decided not to use credit cards. (This was before the internet.) We took 31 recipe cards and labeled them 1 through 31. We put them into a recipe box. Then we calculated how much we could spend each day and still have money left over to invest in a stock fund. I don't remember how much we could save at that time. Let's assume that we calculated that we could save $200 per month. In those days I think that left us about $40 per day to spend. So, we put $40 behind each card in the recipe box. I was paid once per month. On the first day of the month when my paycheck came, I would invest the $200. Then I would also place $40 behind each card in the recipe box. On the first day of the month, we could spend the $40 behind the card marked "1". That's all we could spend. On the second day of the month, we could spend the money behind the "2" card, but no more. You get the point. 

If you need to make a lot of purchases on the internet, you could come up with a system like the recipe box that limits the amount you can spend each day. Maybe just keep a daily list. Set a limit for how much you can spend each day through cash, checks and credit card. Or, you could use a recipe box for cash expenditures and a daily limit for other transactions. 

How do you invest your savings? 
I am not a registered investment adviser and accordingly cannot provide investment advice. But you might find that Vanguard can help you. Click here go to a Vanguard page that could help you get started. I have not used this particular Vanguard service but have used Vanguard for many decades and am comfortable with them.

PRAYER:
Lord of Heaven and Earth, please fill G. with Your Spirit. Multiply G's faith and joy in You. Open G's eyes to Your solution. Amen.

God Bless,
Jim

23) Are there contradictions in the bible?

This question has been posted by the author of this book, Jim Phillips.


My Response:
NOT ONE WORD OF GOD'S WORD HAS BEEN PROVEN WRONG BY SCIENCE OR ANYONE ELSE.

If you will send me an alleged contradiction or other alleged error, along with the actual scripture reference, I will pray. I believe that God will provide the answer. Then I will respond below.

Note:
If there are many scriptures which trouble you... or appear to be contradictory or otherwise in error, please send me only the one most difficult verse. I will prayerfully respond, one at a time. Submissions by believers and unbelievers are welcome.

If you are an unbeliever, please carefully consider what I have to say. Unbelievers have had roughly three thousand five hundred years since the first book of the Bible has been written to find problems with the Bible. If you choose to submit an alleged contradiction or error, please carefully consider your submission. Please submit what you believe is the clearest, most difficult to explain contradiction or error. I will ask God to provide me the answer to your submission. I believe that God will provide the answer. After I have responded to your submission, feel free to submit others, one at a time. I have prayed for you. My objective is this: That you will come to believe that Jesus (Yeshua) is the Son of God... that you may have life... abundant life... in this world and eternally.

My Prayer:
Lord of Heaven and Earth, full of love, grace and power... please hear my prayer for those who read these words, whether they be believers or unbelievers. Please arrange the events of their lives, to draw them to Yourself... so that they may walk intimately with You, by Your Spirit! Amen.

God Bless,
Jim Phillips


"And I (Jesus), if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself" (John 12:32).

"He made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the surface of the earth, having determined appointed seasons, and the boundaries of their dwellings, that they should seek the Lord, if perhaps they might reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us" (Acts 17:26-27).

24) I want to learn in more

Dear Adetutu,

Your Message:
I want to learn in more.

My Response:
I have asked our Lord to give me words to respond to your desire. 

"if you call out for discernment, and lift up your voice for understanding; if you seek her as silver, and search for her as for hidden treasures: then you will understand the fear of Yahweh, and find the knowledge of God." (Proverbs 2:3-5).


So, scripture calls you to seek understanding. The way we seek is to pray and meditate on scripture. Chapter 4 reveals how we are instructed to pray according to scripture. Subchapter 1.1 reveals many ways to meditate on scripture. Subchapter 3.1 reveals the invisible workings of the Holy Spirit in the Heavenly realm, from the scriptures.


My Prayer for you:
My Lord, please draw Adetutu into an deep and intimate relationship with You, filling her with knowledge of Your will to walk with You, pleasing You in every respect. Amen


If you have ANY other questions, please contact me again.


God Bless,
Jim Phillips

25) How can i get holy spirit

Dear Inquisitive One,

Your Message:
how can I get holy spirit


My Response:
When I received your question I asked my Lord how to respond. Instead of addressing you by name, I referred to you as Inquisitive One. I did this to protect your identity, to protect you from persecution. Here is the answer to your question, from the scriptures.

In the current age, the Post-Pentecost Age of the indwelling Holy Spirit, you receive the Holy Spirit at conversion:
  • "In him you also, having heard the word of the truth, the Good News of your salvation—in whom, having also believed, you were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit" (Ephesians 1:13). 


Please observe the order of events. One hears the truth, believes, and is then sealed with the Holy Spirit. So, the answer to your question is this: To receive the Holy Spirit in the current age, one must believe the Good News of salvation (be born again). Click here to learn how to be born again, from the scriptures.

In the present age, the Post-Pentecost Age of the indwelling Holy Spirit, all believers are permanently indwelled by the Holy Spirit at conversion. In the previous age, under Law, this was not the case. Under Law, the Holy Spirit was "in" selected believers and "with" believers who were in fellowship with God. I believe that these two intimacies of the Holy Spirit under Law did not occur with all believers and were not permanent. Under Law, the Holy Spirit was "given" to those who asked for Him. 

The Law was in effect for roughly 1500 years, from the giving of the Law in Exodus 20, until the age of the indwelling Holy Spirit began at Pentecost in roughly 33 AD (Acts 2). The age of the indwelling Holy Spirit has continued since then for nearly 2000 years so far. Mankind also existed for about 2500 years before the law was given in Exodus 20. Click here to read a detailed explanation about the transition from Law to Spirit in the appendix, A3.

Now, let me restate what I believe, from the scriptures:
In the present age, the Post-Pentecost Age of the indwelling Holy Spirit, all believers are permanently indwelled by the Holy Spirit at conversion. In the previous age, under Law, this was not the case. Under Law, the Holy Spirit was "in" selected persons and "with" believers who were walking in fellowship with God. Under Law, the Holy Spirit was "given" to those who asked for Him. 


Below, I will present scriptural authority for these four truths:

1) All believers are permanently indwelt by the Holy Spirit:
"Or don't you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God" (1 Corinthians 6:19).

In this letter to the church at Corinth, Paul is saying that all of the intended recipients of his letter were indwelt by the Holy Spirit. And who were the intended recipients of his letter? 

Those words were addressed as follows: 
"To the assembly of God which is in Corinth, those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called saints" (1 Corinthians 1:2). 

Three phrases are used to describe the recipients of the letter:
  • "the assembly of God which is at Corinth"
  • "those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus"
  • "called saints"


Each of the three phrases describe the recipients of the letter, who are indwelt by the Holy Spirit.

Please prayerfully focus on the third description of the recipients, "called saints". A saint does not indicate a person who is exceptionally good. It is just another word for one who is born again. If you read the book of 1 Corinthians, you will see that the Corinthians were far from good. They were unspiritual, fleshly, babies in the faith, incapable of comprehending mature doctrine (1Corinthians 3:1-3) and one was even guilty of incestuous fornication (1 Corinthians 5:1). But, Paul called them saints. When you see "saints", think "born again". Well, the saints are recipients of the letter. So, saints are indwelt by the Holy Spirit. 

Please remember 1 Corinthians 6:19... "your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you".

1 Corinthians was written to saints. The recipients of the letter had the Holy Spirit within them. So, if you are a saint, you are indwelt by the Holy Spirit. 

But, can you stop being a saint and thereby lose the Holy Spirit? 

According to the scriptures, the answer is no. You can't stop being a saint. So, you can't lose the Holy Spirit. Please click here to read about the once saved, always saved doctrine, from the scriptures.

One last point...
In the book of Acts, after Pentecost (chapter 2), the Holy Spirit was given to some by the laying on of hands by the apostles (Acts 8:18). This was obviously a supernatural, miraculous event... so much so that Simon the sorcerer offered money to Peter to buy this spectacular ability to give the Holy Spirit by laying on of hands (Acts 8:18-20). It makes sense for the granting of the Holy Spirit to be spectacular and supernatural, because miraculous signs were given to authenticate the message of the Gospel (Mark 16:15-20, micro-subchapter 4.6i). My point is this. There is a record of a very few, who believed and converted (Acts 8:12) but had not yet received the Holy Spirit (Acts 8:17). This appears to contradict the point I made from 1 Corinthians. 

Here is the distinction: 1 Corinthians was written roughly 23 years after Pentecost, near 56 AD, close to the same time when the book of Romans was written... a time at which the whole Roman world had already heard the gospel (Romans 1:8). Possibly God provided that particular miraculous sign, the granting of the Holy Spirit through the hands of an apostle, for a limited time, in limited locations, to authenticate the gospel presented by apostles as new authorities in the New Covenant (in the new Age of the indwelling Holy Spirit). 

Perhaps Christianity was not so new by 56 AD, when 1 Corinthians was written, so that God was no longer granting this particular sign in this area... It actually would be very difficult, with millions of converts and only thirteen apostles (including Paul). Converts would have to wait a long time to receive the Holy Spirit if everyone had to wait for an apostle to receive the Holy Spirit.

Does God still provide miraculous signs in non-Christian lands when the gospel is introduced. From the scriptures, I know of no reason to say that He does or doesn't. But from my experience, I know that miraculous signs still occur. 



2) In the age under Law, the Holy Spirit indwelt some:
  • "So the Lord said to Moses, "Take Joshua the son of Nun, a man in whom is the Spirit, and lay your hand on him" (Numbers 27:18). 

The events of the book of Numbers occurred at a time when Israel was under Law. The Spirit was in Joshua. God Himself said that Joshua had the Spirit in him. 

  • "Behold, I have called by name Bezalel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah. I have filled him with the Spirit of God, in wisdom, and in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all kinds of workmanship, to devise skillful works, to work in gold, and in silver, and in bronze" (Exodus 3:2,3).

Here is the filling of Bezalel, by the Spirit of God, as a divine craftsman, to make holy implements for worship in the Tabernacle, the dwelling place of God. This event also occurred at a time when the people involved were under law.


3) In the age under Law, the Holy Spirit was "with" believers who were in fellowship with God:
"16 I will pray to the Father, and he will give you another Counselor, that he may be with you forever: 17 the Spirit of truth, whom the world can't receive; for it doesn't see him and doesn't know him. You know him, for he lives with you, and will be in you... 25 I have said these things to you while still living with you. 26 But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things, and will remind you of all that I said to you" (John 14:16-25).

Please prayerfully observe that the Counselor and the Holy Spirit are one and the same. The Counselor / Holy Spirit was "with" them in their present tense, but in their future would be "in" them. Jesus was speaking to his disciples (but not Judas). And, this took place while Israel was still under law. The four gospels, Mathew, Mark, Luke and John, are in the New Testament... but the events therein took place under Law, under the Old Covenant. The New age, the New Covenant began at Pentecost in Acts 2. Click here to read more about the transition from the Old to the New Covenant. But, since the discussion of John 14:16-25 took place at a time when the participants were under Law, His comments describe the present relationship of the Holy Spirit to those believers of that age, to those who were under law. So, in the age under Law, the Holy Spirit could be "with" believers. Notice that I said "could be". In 1 Samuel 18:12, while Israel under Law, we see the following: "Saul was afraid of David, because the Yahweh was with him, but had departed from Saul." Saul was refusing to obey God and had therefore broken fellowship with Him, so Yahweh was no longer "with him". From these passages I conclude that one is in fellowship with God when the Holy Spirit is "with" him.


Under Law, to "walk with God" was the closest thing to the Post-Pentecost "walk by the Spirit". To walk with God was the most intimate fellowship available in the Old Covenant:
  • "He has shown you, O man, what is good. What does Yahweh require of you, but to act justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?" (Micah 6:8).


One other point:
Some may wonder if the comments of Jesus in John 14:16-25 apply only to the eleven disciples rather than believers in the age under Law in general. I looked to the Lord to answer this question. In John 14:19 Jesus said, "Yet a little while, and the world will see me no more; but you will see me."  When Jesus said that "Yet a little while, and the world will see me no more" He referred to his crucifixion. But after the crucifixion, the risen Christ appeared to more than just the eleven. He was seen by many believers, over five hundred brothers and sisters at just one particular time (1 Corinthians 15:6). So, it is clear that when Jesus said "you will see me", he meant believers in general, not just the eleven. So, in 14:17, when he said that the Holy Spirit lives "with you, and will be in you"... "you" pertains to the eleven in particular and also to believers in general. The eleven were in fellowship with God. Then in John 14:22, one of the disciples says to Jesus "Lord, what has happened that you are about to reveal yourself to us, and not to the world." The disciple is making it abundantly clear that the conversation related to believers (us) in contrast with unbelievers. And what did Jesus mean by "the world"?  "The world" in the gospel of John clearly indicates unbelievers. For proof that "the world" indicates unbelievers in John's gospel, see John 18:36, 12:31, 12:47, 14:17, 14:21-24, 15:19, 17:11, 17:14, 7:7. In those verses you will see that "the world" is ruled by Satan, hates Christ, does not know the Holy Spirit, that Christ came to save it, etc. 


4) In the age under Law, the Holy Spirit was given to those who asked:
  • "If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him?" (Luke 11:13).

This verse is from the book of Luke. Please remember that Luke is one of the four gospels. All events which took place in the gospel of Luke took place while Israel was under Law. Those under Law, could enjoy fellowship with God by asking for it. They could ask God to give them the Holy Spirit as a companion. To ask for the presence of God's Holy Spirit was like saying "let me walk with You". 


If you have ANY other questions, please contact me again!


My Prayer:
Lord of Heaven and Earth, I pray for Inquisitive One and all and all others who read this page. Please multiply their faith, draw them into intimacy with You, in Your word and in Your work... all for Your glory, to lift Your name higher and higher and higher! Amen.


God Bless
Jim

26) How can i learn to hear the voice of god?

Dear John,


Thank you for contacting me!

Your Message:
How can I Learn to hear the voice of God, IF I Am reading Derek Prince it sounds very easy, but for me it is very difficult.

My Response:
I am not familiar with Derek Prince. But there is a page in the appendix of this book which answers your question. You may go to Odds and Ends, A9 in the appendix. Then click on the link titled, "My Sheep Hear My Voice: How to Hear the Holy Spirit". Or, you may click here to open the page.

My Prayer for You:
Lord of Heaven and Earth, fill John with Your Spirit and multiply his faith to hear Your voice. All this I ask for Your glory and Your glory alone! Amen

If you have any more questions, please contact me again.
God Bless,
Jim

27) How do i communicay with the holly spirit when studding scripture?


Dear  kambobe,


Thank you for your message!

Your Message:
How do i communicaty with the holly spirit when studding Scripture?

My Response:
Talk to God as you read scripture. Offer praise and thanksgiving as you read. Ask God to open your eyes to understand His words as you read. Meditate on short passages for minutes or hours over days, weeks or months with praise, questions and requests regarding that passage.

The five paths in subchapter 1.1 present four intimate reading methods for reading scripture. I suggest that you take a few minutes to experience them. One of them may become your favorite way to interact with God in His words. 

Subchapter 1.2 titled, "Pray Scripture" shows how to Praise, Read, Ask and Yield. Praise, Read, Ask and Yield is represented by the acrostic PRAY.

P: Praise
R: Read
A: Ask
Y: Yield

My Prayer for you:
Lord of Heaven and Earth, hear my prayer for Kambobe and all who read here, multiply faith and love in Kambobe one thousand fold and one thousand fold again, and again and again... that Kambobe may understand Your voice and walk intimately with You and Your Son in all that Your Son is doing. Give Kambobe joyful intimacy with You in making disciples. Cause Your word to spread rapidly, through Kambobe into all the earth. All this I ask for Your glory and Your glory alone, that Your name be lifted higher and higher and higher! Amen.

God Bless You,
Jim

28) Do new christians have to make restitution for past sins?

Dear Bruno,

Thank you for your question!

Your Message:
I have a question regarding restitution. My question is do new or recently converted Christian believers have to make restitution for passed sins. Thanks

My Response:
When I read your question, I asked our Lord if and how I should respond. Please prayerfully consider what I prayerfully write...


Pay for Past Sins
No Christian can make restitution for passed sins. If we could pay for our own sins, then Christ did not need to die.

At the moment of our conversion, at that point in time in which we came to be known by God1 our debts for all of our sins, past, present and future2, were PAID IN FULL3. He paid the price for every sin we committed against others IN FULL. So, all debts we have for sins against others are paid, IN FULL, at moment we first believe5.

Christ also paid, IN FULL, every debt for every sin committed against you and I... no matter how brutal and wicked those sins may be. They are completely and entirely, wholly and in every detail, without exception... PAID IN FULL. Even if that person who sinned against us is an unbeliever and hence, unforgiven, Jesus paid for that unbelievers sins IN FULL4.  So, we no longer have a grievance against them and can put those sins of others behind us. Whether my persecutor ever confessed their sin against me or not, their debt against me was paid IN FULL. Whether or not my persecutor ever came to forgiveness and eternal life by grace and through faith5, my persecutors debts to me have been paid IN FULL.  This one truth set me free from memories of the sins of others against me... memories that plagued me for half a century until a preacher helped me to understand that those debts against me were paid, IN FULL, by Christ on the cross.

Fix Your Eyes on Jesus or You Will Sin
If we dwell on our past sins, we will be dwelling on self... will continue to be self absorbed as we were when we were unbelievers... and we will continue to sin... continue to live a life of guilt and defeat... we will continue to repeat past sins. 

We will be what we dwell on.  

Paul, a self professed murderer said, "forgetting the things which are behind, and stretching forward to the things which are before, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 3:13,14). 

When we drive a car, we must fix our eyes on the spot in the road where we want the car to go. If we fix our eyes on the right side stripe, we will veer to the right. We must fix our eyes on the goal! We must fix our eyes on Jesus...  we must fix our spiritual eyes on Jesus6. Only when we fix our spiritual eyes on Him, can we have fellowship with Him, follow Him, doing what He does... in the world. Only as we fix our spiritual eyes on Jesus, can we understand scripture, overcome sin and make disciples.  We are to think about things that are true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, things of good report, virtue and worthy of praise (Philippians 4:8). Who or what has these qualities in perfection and without flaw? God Himself. In other words, we are to meditate on God... who He is, what He has done and what He will do.

Restore Fellowship
We should confess our sins to one another7, forgive each other7 and as far as it depends on us, be at peace with everyone7. As we fix our eyes on Jesus, the Holy Spirit will lead us. He will lead us to do our part to restore fellowship, in the Spirit... in His timing.... in correct proportion. But, we can not, and should not try to confess every sin, to the tiniest infractions from our entire past, or we will never get our focus off of ourselves and begin to make disciples... as all Christians are commanded to do (Appendix, A5). One who is absorbed with one's own sinful past can not be absorbed with the Christ within, what He has done, and what He wants us to be doing... IN THE NOW... in the lives of those around us IN THE PRESENT... to walk by the Spirit, making disciples. 

This walking by the Spirit, making disciples, is described from the scriptures, in subchapter 1.4 titled, "Fellowship with God: Plunging to the Depths". It's easy. Scripture says that it is easy, and it is... if we do it scripturally. As we walk by the Spirit, He will draw us into every activity, in correct proportion, in accordance with His will, as He reveals His will in answer to our prayers (Colossians 1:9,10).

Civil Debts
Regarding civil debts, we are to pay our debts. Just because we become Christians, doesn't mean that we no longer owe taxes, credit card debts or debts for thefts, etc (Romans 13:5-7, Psalm 37:21).

In the New Covenant we live by the Spirit, not by rules:
The best first step is to begin interacting directly with the Holy Spirit is described in subchapter 1.1. Spend as much time as you can talking to God about His words. One can learn very little about riding a bicycle by reading about it. You have to ride the bike... you have to interact directly with the Holy Spirit. In that interaction He will let you know if restitution is possible and if you need to make restitution.

I did a little searching on the internet for articles about restitution. The ones I read all focused on obeying laws of restitution in the Old Covenant. If you are a believer in Jesus Christ, YOU ARE NOT IN THE OLD COVENANT. YOU ARE NOT UNDER LAW. 


The Old Covenant was still in effect through the end of the Gospels, until Acts chapter 2. The New Covenant begins in Acts chapter 2. The Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) are Old Covenant books even though they are in the New Testament. They point to the New Covenant, but Israel was under the Old Covenant in the period of time in which the Gospels occurred. I haven't found a single New Covenant scripture (Acts 2 - Revelation 22) which says anything about restitution.

It is a shame but much of so-called Christian teaching shows an ignorance of what it is to live by the Spirit instead of living by rules. Paul wrote:
"God, who also made us sufficient as servants of a new covenant; not of the letter, but of the Spirit. For the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life" (2 Corinthians 3:6). ("the letter" refers to the law, the Old Covenant.)

I see blind teachers, who teach others to live by the Old Covenant when they are supposedly in the New Covenant and are teaching in the New Covenant period to New Covenant believers.

If you are a believer in Jesus Christ, THE LAW HAS NOTHING TO SAY TO YOU! 

"whatever things the law says,
it speaks to those who are under the law...
you are not under law. "
Romans 3:19, 6:14


If you want to learn how to live by the Spirit instead of living by law, then
click here. You will find, from the scriptures, that THE LAW HAS NOTHING TO SAY TO YOU!

If you want to escape legalism, I prayerfully admonish you to click that link.


My Prayer
Lord of Heaven and Earth, lead Bruno and those whom You have entrusted to him, by Your Spirit, to fix their eyes on You, follow You, make disciples, forgive others and confess sin, as You lead them. All this I ask that Your name be praised... that Your name be lifted higher and higher and higher! Amen.

If you have other questions, please contact me again. 

God Bless,
Jim Phillips

Footnotes:
1) Galatians 4:8-9
2) Hebrews 10:12-14
3)  1 John 2:2, Galatians 3:13,14; Colossians 2:13,14; Romans 6:23
4) 1 Timothy 4:10
5) Ephesians 2:8,9
6) Hebrews 12:2
7)  James 5:16; Ephesians 4:32; Romans 5:18

29)  How can one know that he is being led by the Holy Spirit?

Dear B,

Thank you for your question!

Your Message:
How can one know that he is being led by the Holy Spirit?


My Response:
There is a page in the appendix of this book which answers your question. You may go to Odds and Ends, A9 in the appendix. Then click on the link titled, "My Sheep Hear My Voice: How to Hear the Holy Spirit". Or, you may click here to open the page. That page shows how to know the difference between the voice of the Holy Spirit and your own thoughts.


My Prayer for You:
Lord of Heaven and Earth, please fill B with your Holy words, with zeal and delight in Your presence... that Your words may would go out into all the earth through B... that souls may be delivered from defeat into victory... that Your name may be lifted higher and higher and higher! Amen.

God Bless you brother,
Jim

30) Is the book available in print?

Diane,

Thank you for your question!

Your Message:
Is this book available in print?

My Response:
I am so sorry. The book is only available online. 

My Prayer for You:
Lord of Heaven and Earth, multiply Dianne's faith one thousand fold and one thousand fold again and again and again... so that You draw her into the depths of intimacy with You in Your word... that Your word would grow, mature and bear fruit in her... that Your word would spread through her to those You have prepared and ordained to hear... that Your word would spread from person to person into all the earth through Diane. I ask these things that Your name would be glorified... that Your name would be lifted higher and higher and higher! Amen.

31) how can i receive the lord? how can i know its real?

Davies,

Thank you for your message!

Your Message:
I try to live a godly life which doesn't seem to show. How can I receive the Lord, knw I hv the Holy Spirit. Hw shd I pray & do I really need a church (how do I knw it's real)?

My Response:
When I received your message I asked my Lord how to respond. I added a little to subchapter A1 in the appendix titled, "How to Become a Christian". I believe that it now answers all of your questions. Please click here to open that page. That page will provide a complete answer with scripture for all answers. 

The short answer is 1) No one has ever received eternal life by being good. 2) You can only receive the Lord by faith. 3) You know that you have the Holy Spirit because there is an inner witness inside of you so that you just know it. 4) There is no particular prayer to pray to be converted. There is no example in the New Testament of anyone praying a particular prayer and being converted. But Romans 10:13 does say "Whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved." People hear the Gospel, believe and are therefore converted (Ephesians 1:13). 5) If you are a believer, you desperately need fellowship in a Bible teaching, scripture believing church... to study scripture and pray with. But, a church can be as small as two people. 6) You know if the Spirit is working in a church by the spirit within you. That doesn't mean that the church is perfect or correct in all of its doctrines. His spirit will let you know if you are in the right place... until it isn't. 

Here is the Gospel: 
"Now I declare to you, brothers, the Good News which I preached to you, which also you received, in which you also stand, by which also you are saved... For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third Day: according to the Scriptures,  and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. 6 Then he appeared to over five hundred brothers at once..." (1 Corinthians 15:1-5).


My Prayer for You:
My Lord, You have said "He who seeks finds" (Matthew 7:8). You also said "And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself" (John 12:32). I ask you Father, to draw Davies into Your word, Your Spirit, Your people and Your presence...! Amen.

If you have any other questions at all... anything... please contact me again!

God Bless,
Jim

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