The Mind of Christ
The Holy Spirit gave me the idea recently to write about the mind of Christ. I’m hoping to give some wisdom on the key to having life and peace in the Lord Jesus Christ through keeping our mind on the things of heaven and the Holy Spirit. As long as people let their thoughts and their mind wander and stray from the Lord, they may experience the sorrow of life and the separation from God’s Presence. It is a choice of the will to keep our thoughts in Peace and allowing the Lord to keep our mind and heart employed for the Kingdom of Heaven. The mind of Christ is what has been given to the Church of Christ, which is His body, in order that they may have peace and health. We must ask the Father for His mind and His wisdom, as all the apostles taught us. The reward is so great to be freed from the carnal mind, because the carnal mind is inherited from the fallen Adam, who sinned, and their mind was darkened by sin and death. We now have power and grace to use God’s thinking power, to do mighty works and grow in our mental capacity by eating and drinking of the divine food and drink. I am hoping this book helps God’s children know how important the mind of Christ is and that it is our access into a peaceful and tranquil life. Faith and Love are things of the heart, but the mind is where our thoughts are, where we sense feelings and emotions, and often the devil uses worldly pleasures to keep God’s people occupied with vain pursuits. If we come aside with Jesus, He is able to give to His Bride power to think the heavenly thoughts of love and peace, and thus keeping us healthy and happy. Thoughts do come from the heart before the mind, so ultimately it is our heart that must be filled with God and Jesus Christ.
The Mind of Christ
The Mind of Christ
What is the mind of Christ and why is it important? The mind of Christ is the mind and thinking of the Spirit of God, which is the eternal God. He has given us the mind of Christ, but we must receive it and ask for His thinking powers (Romans 8:26-27). Often the Father will not give His children much unless they ask Him. We must be as Solomon, who desired the wisdom and understanding that comes from God, and after receiving this, God blessed him with many other blessings. If each of His sons received the mind of Christ, there would be an explosion of mighty works done through His name, because as long as we keep our mind on God, then we will remain in perfect peace, regardless of what circumstance we face. As it is written, “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.” (Isaiah 26:3) So clearly, if we keep our mind on God, we remain in His perfect peace; yes, peace that flows like a river! So many people waver in their loyalty, between heavenly treasures and earthly cares. He that cares and thinks upon earthly things has a carnal mind, because Paul says, “For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.” (Romans 8:5) It doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy earthly things, but it means our mind is founded on the Gospel of Christ and not the rudiments of the world. If we have a spiritual mind, then everything we do on earth will have a heavenly essence to it; we are not merely men, we are God’s Offspring.
As Christians seek God’s wisdom and ask for His grace in thinking, they will possess the mind of the Lord. (1 Corinthians 2:16) It is very important to understand that the mind is what controls our vessel. As long as people are controlled by the lust of their flesh or their fallen emotions, then they have a little amount of the mind of Christ. The redemption of the soul comes only by receiving the ingrafted word of God, and continuing in the word of God until the end of their faith, when they are fully rewarded (1 Peter 1:8). To have a redeemed soul is to possess a redeemed body as well, so the Father wants people to focus on the perfection of their soul, through the ministry of the Word of God and the Spirit of God and the work that they do in the soul in making it beautiful.
The key though, is having a mind that is focused on an objective, a goal and a vision from God. God has an exceedingly great reward to give to His people, but only if they hear the voice of Christ and follow Him. The mind is either occupied with the cares of this life, or it is occupied with the things of Jehovah. The Father cares deeply about the thoughts of His people, and whether they are given to Him or not. As long as our thoughts wander from Him, it shows that the people are idolators, and not really worshippers of God. A worshipper is a person who not only believes in Jesus Christ as the Only Begotten Son, but also allows the Holy Ghost to guide them into sanctification of their mind, will and emotions (which are the three parts of the soul).
“For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.” - 1 Corinthians 2:16
“I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.” - Romans 7:25
“Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.” - 1 Corinthians 1:10
“Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” - 1 Peter 1:13
One thing the Apostle Peter wrote is to “have hope to the end”, and the Apostle Paul also wrote much about enduring till the end in order to be blessed fully (Hebrews 3:6, 3:14, 6:11). God gives His remnant church a mental picture of their reward, just as He told Abraham the picture of him having an heir, and Abraham endured till the end until he received the promised son Isaac. God wants His people to fight the good fight of faith, and endure until they receive the promises of His Word. Abraham’s faith is a persevering faith, and a faith that does not give up, but it endures until it fulfills its vision. The Apostle Paul wanted the Church of Christ to have the same mind and judgment, and the only way this can be true, is to receive the mind of Christ, and be diligent in seeking, asking, and praying to the Lord. Those who possess the mind of Christ are those whose mind is fixed on Jehovah and Christ, and their mind is subject to God’s Law through the ministry of the Spirit. Divisions come from those who are fleshly and carnal, and not spiritual. The Apostle Paul essentially wrote, “The spiritual mind is life and peace, whereas the carnal mind is death.” (Romans 8:6) The reason the carnal mind is death is because it is hostile toward God, and is not able to fulfill the demands of the law of God. Only as a Christian receives the Holy Ghost can they be quickened and brought to spiritual life and the mind of Christ.
Another thing the Apostle Paul wrote in Romans 12:2, is that the transformation we are looking for takes places in a renewed mind. Children of God must always seek the knowledge and wisdom of God by the power of the Holy Ghost in order to fashion us into the image of Jesus Christ. Christ has humbled Himself, and was obedient unto the death of the Cross, and God wants this same humble and sober mind to dwell in the Saints of today. (Philippians 2:8) The Apostle Paul counted all things as loss and counted them as dung in order for him to win Christ, and be found in Him as faith-filled follower of Christ, not having his own righteousness, but the righteousness of God by faith. (Philippians 3:8) The mind of Christ is a mind of great peace and joy, but also great humility and being a servant of God. Paul commanded us to bring every thought into the obedience of Christ, in order to cast down imaginations and our self-thoughts that often get in the way, and to truly be transformed into His image. (2 Corinthians 10:5)
One thing the Lord always reminds His people to do is to keep their attention upon Himself. It sounds easy to do, but for a lot of people, they lose the sensitivity to the Lord’s Presence because they let their mind and their thoughts stray from Him. The human mind must always be occupied with thoughts and attention, so as Jesus said, we must have an eye that is SINGLE unto the glory of the Lord Jesus Christ. (Luke 11:34) The Bride is one who has “dove’s eyes”, because she is pure, gracious, and single-minded (Song of Solomon 1:15). Having a healthy attention span as a gift from the Lord is also good and necessary in order to grow. Men and women must learn to PAY ATTENTION to things that are right before them, such as their spouse, their children, their God, the Scriptures. A husband has a strong desire to be paid attention to, and so does a wife; that is an obvious truth. But God is the same way, He is called a Jealous God, because He desires to be FIRST in the lives of His Bride, so we must wait upon Him and listen to His daily word. Jesus Christ is appointed to be the HEAD of His Body and His Bride, so she must do as Ruth and Esther, and prepare for the day of His coming. There is no better way to prepare for Jesus Christ than by giving first priority to studying His wisdom in the Scriptures and prophecies, which will help them grow spiritually. According to poet and prophet Frances J. Roberts, there is no higher spiritual pursuit other than wisdom; it is God’s highest gift (Come Away My Beloved - “Mind of God”). Time must be spent in solitude with God, praying, reading, and waiting upon Him. The more people learn to do this, they will put on His mind, and have a similar likeness to Christ. To eat of His flesh and drink of His blood is to spiritually receive His doctrine in the heart and mind, and to supplant the natural man who is sinful.
Some people might not understand the idea of attentiveness, they may not know why it matters so much. But the thoughts of the righteous are kept in record in the book of remembrance (see Malachi 3:16). Those who think upon the Lord and the eternal and heavenly things, they will live a life that is worth living, so long as they overcome all things with faith. Faith is what gives people access to all spiritual things, and as people press into this work, and give God the consent to work in them, they will have the mind of the Spirit. The mind must be sealed and fixed upon Jehovah in order to maintain perfect peace and victory. The peace of Jesus Christ is dependent on a mind that does not worry and does not doubt or fear. (Philippians 4:6, Matthew 6:25) I think Christians have underestimated the importance of spiritual-mindedness, which is why Christianity has been such a failure at times, is because people have not kept their mind fixed on Jehovah. If people are insisting on doing their own self-will, then they will never have the guidance of the Lord into His highest will. A lot of people think they are teachers and preachers, but the only ones who are true are the ones who have HEARD from the Lord Jesus Christ Himself and are sent into the world to reap the harvest.
“The light of the body is the eye: therefore when thine eye is single, thy whole body also is full of light; but when thine eye is evil, thy body also is full of darkness.” - Luke 11:34
“My suffering was good for me, for it taught me to pay attention to your decrees.” - Psalm 119:71 NLT
“And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams. For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king.” - 1 Samuel 15:22-23
If people fix themselves and pay attention to Jehovah and Jesus Christ, then they will love God always, and receive their petitions, and their life will be sanctified by the Holy Ghost. People must all pay attention to the things of the Spirit, because to love someone means to listen to their voice and give them time. The voice of the Lord is the only voice that can lead a Christian into an abundant life, just as it was in days of Abraham. Abraham was not justified by the law, but by obeying the VOICE of Jehovah. Christians who are serious about reigning upon David’s throne, or following the Priesthood, must be diligent in study and prayer in the Spirit, as the Apostle Paul wrote, “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15).
There are always more revelations to receive, there are always impossibilities to behold, there is nothing that God is unable to perform for those who believe the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The key is attentiveness. All the things God has to give unto His Church is through paying attention to His face, and seeking to worship Him above all other things. A lot of the churches of men will teach people false doctrines that cause lukewarmness and carelessness. A lot of churches do not have the fear of the Lord, so they do not prepare their garments for Jesus Christ. There is nothing more important than seeking the salvation for the soul, and the perfection of the soul, and that only comes by being fixated upon the Lord Jesus Christ as the Redeemer. If people get side-tracked, it is an act of self-will, but if the Lord loves His disciples, His Spirit will draw them into the Father’s will. The desire for holiness and righteousness is what God desires, and the Holy Spirit is the only Person who can empower the Saints to live in holiness.
One of the interesting things about the mind, is that one of its main functions is memory. A lot of righteous people desire to be remembered for their faithfulness to the Lord Jesus Christ. Even the thief on the Cross asked Jesus, “Remember me, when you come into your kingdom” (Luke 23:42). Jesus promised the thief that he would in that day see the paradise of God, because he confessed that he believed on Jesus Christ. To be remembered is something people should seek after, as the Roman Centurion showed more faith in the work of Jesus than the entire house of Israel (Matthew 8:10). The Scripture says, “The memory of the just is blessed ” (Proverbs 10:8). The Book of Remembrance is a book that is being constantly written by the Lord for those who think upon His name and talk of His mighty works, as it is written, “Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name.” (Malachi 3:16) In other words, the Lord wants to be remembered always for the mighty work that He does. Every good thing we experience in life can be attributed to the Lord’s gifting, and people must remember to give thanks always. Thanksgiving is a seed for more increase and blessing. Thanksgiving is what gives people the power to appreciate good things when they come into their life, and it crowns them with joy and contentment. Those who are unthankful and impatient, often do not appreciate the great riches that are heaped up at their feet.
The Holy Spirit often gives the mind good memories of life, to show how God has been faithful in big ways and little ways. I also noticed that the Lord does indeed forget the sins and faults of the past according to the New Covenant, so people do not have to remember those moments of pain and suffering. Those who choose to remember bad memories, they have not known the work of the Cross and the atonement. As the LORD Jehovah said, “I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins.” (Isaiah 43:25) People must remember to forget the sins as well as forgive others, because that is the operation of the Lord. The future is too bright with God’s exhilarating joy and pleasure to choose to live in the pity of sin. The Lord offers His wisdom to His children in order for them to assess the value of life and good and bad, so they must choose to remember all the good things of God. Every good thing we do in life, or in business, or in culture, or in technology, or any achievement, these are recorded by the Lord and there is a just reward for good work that is done. That is why Jesus wanted people to be faithful in the least things, so that when He comes, He will commend his servants, and give them His joy (Matthew 25:21).
“But thou, O LORD, shalt endure for ever; and thy remembrance unto all generations.” -Psalm 102:12
“Surely he shall not be moved for ever: the righteous shall be in everlasting remembrance.” - Psalm 112:6
“Wherefore I will not be negligent to put you always in remembrance of these things, though ye know them, and be established in the present truth. Yea, I think it meet, as long as I am in this tabernacle, to stir you up by putting you in remembrance; Knowing that shortly I must put off this my tabernacle, even as our Lord Jesus Christ hath shewed me. Moreover I will endeavour that ye may be able after my decease to have these things always in remembrance.” - 2 Peter 1:12-15
When Jesus sat with His disciples at the last supper, he gave them bread and wine and said, “Remember Me when you eat of this bread, and drink of this wine”. (1 Corinthians 11:24-25) See, the Lord’s Supper is a Passover offering for the sins of all the world and the church and the Jews, so those who are chosen as His Church, must always remember Him when they eat of His Word and drink of His Spirit. The flesh of Christ is emblematic of His doctrine, which is called the doctrine of Christ. Those who eat of His words, are metaphorically eating of His flesh, and those who metaphorically drink of His blood, are being remitted and making atonement for their sin. This operation of eating His flesh and drinking His blood is what Christians must do to proclaim His death unto sin until He comes again, free from sin, and free from religious grave clothing.
The voice of Jesus Christ is what will commence the resurrection and Kingdom Age, and all people will rise from the dead and must give an account for their lives before Christ. Those who always remember the Lord and follow His righteousness will be remembered. Those who consider the poor and needy will be blessed. Those who used their gifts to bless people will have a reward. Those who are great kings and princes among all nations will be remembered by the Lord and His Bride. Nobody wants to be forgotten, the Lord will cause all men to be drawn to Himself and brought to repentance and faith. (2 Peter 3:9) People must know that He is real with certainty, that He has always existed from time immemorial, and that He will continue for eternity, and His desire is to be loved, and for us to learn to love as Christ loved. What a high calling we have! To love as Christ loves is to let Him live through us, and us live in Him. (1 John 4:9)
A lot of people talk about worshipping God but not many know what it really means to worship God in spirit and in truth. The word worship means to esteem highly in mind and affections, and to be willing to devote full attention to the object of worship. In order to worship God, a person must start and do just as Jesus said, “To deny yourself, take up the Cross, and follow Me”. (Matthew 16:24) Jesus desires all men to be His disciples, in order to make them perfect as He and the Father are perfect. If people give God their consent to perfect them, and to bring them through trials and afflictions for the word’s sake, and to study and grow in spiritual stature, then they will, through the process of time, come out with a soul that is perfect. Christ did the finishing work on the Cross, now is the time to prepare our garments for the wedding of the Lamb.
Every person is in a process of life orchestrated by God, but not everyone has yet come into the will of the Father which is the purpose of eternal life. Worship means following Jesus Christ as a disciple; learning, working, growing into His likeness and full stature, and ultimately, it is loving Him with all the heart, soul, mind, and strength. (Deuteronomy 6:5) The reason this chapter is related to the mind is because the mind is a part of our soul, which must always be directed to our Head, Jesus Christ. To fix our mind on Jesus Christ is to desire to worship and love God with our mind and soul. As long as people’s mind strays from God, they are leaving all things that are important. Outside of God there is no life or real joy and peace. As people humble themselves, and become as children, they can rejoice in the Lord and enjoy living in His creation with wonder and awe.
One of the great mysteries of worship is when Jesus visited the woman of Samaria in John chapter 4. Jesus basically told the woman all the mysteries of the Gospel in a short chapter, and after she said “when the Messiah comes he will tell us all things” and then He confessed to her, “I that speak unto thee am He” (John 4:26). The sin of Jacob was Samaria, and Samaritans strayed from the straight way of God many generations before Christ, and this conversation takes place at the well of Jacob. Jesus told her this well of Jacob will give her temporary satisfaction, but the water Jesus gives will give full and everlasting satisfaction. (John 4:13-14) In other words, the well of wisdom and peace that Jesus Christ gives is glorious and eternal, whereas the natural man can only have temporary satisfaction. Jesus told the woman that the true well of living water is within a redeemed man’s heart, and that it springs up unto everlasting life. The issue of his life is clean living water, not blood. When the woman desired this water of life, Jesus said, “Go, call thy husband and come here”. (John 4:16) So in other words, a woman cannot obtain this water by herself, it requires a marriage relationship between a husband and wife. Knowing God in worship is a love relationship through Jesus Christ, and that is what Jesus said is the true worship, to love by His Spirit dwelling within. The reason this relationship is a marriage relationship, as the woman admitted she had 5 ex-husbands, and 1 cohabiting boyfriend, is because it requires doing God’s will and allowing Him to join a couple together, and not seeking promiscuity or doing self-will.
Also the male figure is the image of God (the Word of God), and the female figure is the image of Wisdom. That is the eternal purpose is to know that the word of God and the wisdom of God are eternally joined together in fellowship (Proverbs 8:22-30), which is why Adam, when he was alone, God did not make another male for him, but instead made a female companion named Eve. A male is dependent on a female for full joy and satisfaction, just as a female is dependent on a male for full joy and satisfaction, only in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 11:11) If people are not in the will of God, then they will find satisfaction from idols instead of a person, if that is the case then the fellowship is broken. Idolatry is the state that humanity lives in apart from God, and as David wrote, those who worship idols are going to be in the likeness of idols, which is spiritual death. (Psalm 115:8) A person will become in the likeness of that which they worship. Only the Holy Spirit can quicken and make alive a human life, a human relationship, and start the fire of love for God.
“And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.” - Revelation 22:17
“Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.” - John 4:10
“But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.” - John 4:14
“But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.” - John 4:23-24
“Drink water from your own well—share your love only with your wife. Why spill the water of your springs in the streets, having sex with just anyone? You should reserve it for yourselves.
Never share it with strangers. Let your wife be a fountain of blessing for you. Rejoice in the wife of your youth. She is a loving deer, a graceful doe. Let her breasts satisfy you always.
May you always be captivated by her love.” - Proverbs 5:15-19 NLT
Yes, every born again son or daughter of God has a spring of water in their heart. (John 7:38) The way to get the water flowing is to learn to praise and worship God, learning, studying, devotion, all by the grace of God. This is by no means a religious work, but a “COME AWAY MY BELOVED” work. As Frances J. Roberts wrote, to praise and worship God will open the waters of life in the soul. (Come Away My Beloved -“Ask” ) To sing praises and do all things for the glory of Jehovah and Christ is to honor His name and to give thanks in all things; it is to love God with all the heart and to receive His boundless wealth. (1 Corinthians 10:31) Everlasting life is rooted in worshipping God in spirit and truth, and not by any self-effort, but by grace lifting us into the glory of God.
Yes, we must consent, we must ask Him, we must desire righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost, and after we pour our love out to Jesus Christ the Mighty God who saved us from hell, then we will be raptured in love. In other words, God is waiting for worshipers to love and praise His name and to do the works of Christ on earth! He is waiting for His people to cease doing their own works on His Sabbath; only God’s work is acceptable on this day! To abide in Jesus Christ as a Branch is the message of John 15. It is a love relationship that requires full devotion, full attention, and He promises to give us all things as we seek His wisdom and His Kingdom by faith and grace. To forget the Creator of heaven and earth is nothing but folly and disappointment, we must not forget His name. The name of the Lord Jesus Christ is IMMANUEL, God With Us, because now He dwells in the human heart, which is the true sanctuary of God in the New Creation. (Isaiah 7:14)
One thing that people of God must be aware of is eternal progress and fulfillment of original purpose. The purpose of God creating humanity was to have a family made in His image, and able to behold His glory, and comprehend His greatness, and to offer praise and worship. The begetting of children is the Genesis of the purpose of God, to be fruitful and multiply upon the earth. So basically the enjoyment of fruit and to experience His unlimited goodness was one of the many great purposes of God. Some may think there is no eternal purpose, or have no sense of progress in this work, especially if they live in the flesh, but there is an eternal purpose. As Frances J Roberts wrote in her book, “Life is only life if it is progressive” (Come Away My Beloved - “Enter the Flow”). That is why my books are called “JOURNEY” into God’s promises, is because the life that we live in Christ Jesus is progressive and an unending life of discovery and Holy Spirit revelation. The journey we take as followers of Jesus Christ will be filled with great glory, exceeding joy and abundant peace, but only if we do as the Apostle Paul admonished, which is learn the value of studying, praying and feasting upon the Word of Christ. This is our preparation work within our soul that God must do within each of His sons and daughters before they are sent into the world to reap the harvest. He cannot send His disciples into the harvest until they are spiritually prepared to reign in life and prosper in all their works. The works of Christians should be for the glory of God, with godly fear, and should be vessels in which the Father does glorious works. (John 14:12) There is no limit to the power of God, there is no calculating the love of God, so people must earnestly contend for the FAITH more than anything. (Jude 1:3)
Jesus always talked about the importance of faith in finding the fulfillment of their life. He told them to ask in faith, and they would receive. (Matthew 21:22) He told them there is nothing impossible for him who believes. Right in that statement is the key to finding fulfillment in life, because all of God’s power and majesty and unlimited greatness is actualized by FAITH. Never underestimate the power of faith to bring God into the arena of life. He is the God of impossibilities. He is the God of miracles. Progress is dependent on walking as Abraham walked, which is according to faith. Faith is always a positive and life-giving energy, which is why God imputed righteousness upon Abraham for his faith (see Genesis 15:6). It is difficult to see the eternal purpose in any given moment of time, and it is hard to grasp for humans who live in temporal conditions, but the faith of Jesus Christ gives men and women the power to behold the infinite reality of God and His universe. As people seek the Lord then they will be given more wealth, and more wisdom, and more joy. (Matthew 6:33) To experience constant and full joy is to experience heaven, regardless of where we physically are at; heaven is abiding in the fullness of joy in God’s Presence. (Psalm 16:11) When it came to Abraham and Sarah having a baby in their barren old age, Sarah laughed and said, “After I am waxen old shall I have pleasure, and my lord also?” Jehovah stood before them and said, “Is anything too hard for the LORD?” (Genesis 18:14). This is an important conversation, because the LORD admitted He can do anything, even reverse the old age conditions of Abraham and Sarah. To have children in the faith and power of Christ is the ultimate joy and fulfillment of the original purpose of God. He is the God of all families and peoples, but there is a great reward for those who endure to the point of receiving blessings.
“Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ; And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ: To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God, According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord: In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him.” - Ephesians 3:8-12
“But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.” - 2 Corinthians 3:18
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.” - Romans 1:16-17
“Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.” - Psalm 16:11
Those who seek the salvation of the Lord Jesus Christ, they must grow spiritually unto the full stature of Christ. (Ephesians 4:13) So it does seem like there is an end of the road, or an end of the faith walk, until we see Him face to face. But one of the fulfilling experiences of walking with God is sowing the seed and reaping the harvest. To enjoy the abundant life that Christ offers is one of the most fulfilling things of life, and this work is the eternal work of God. To learn to walk in a state of blessing other people, and pouring out the Spirit on others in every thing we do, we will be blessed. The Spirit of God is the promise of the Father, and in this gift all needs are met in redeemed humanity (Galatians 3:14, John 16:13).
As people live, and move, and have their being in Christ Jesus, they will be skipping on the high places of the earth, and live the life beyond their wildest dreams. We were created to experience everlasting JOY, and this joy of God is the strength of our life. (Isaiah 35:10) As I wrote in the previous chapter, full and true joy will come as people obey the Lord and wait upon Him daily, and be doers of His will. As we worship God, we experience rapture with our wife or husband, which God joined together, and we find nothing but gain in His Kingdom. As we love and give, we receive and rejoice in our portion, and we find our eternal purpose, because we BELIEVE in it for many years, and we will partake of the hope that we hoped for so many years.
Praise and Wisdom: A Sense of Values
One of the amazing things about true Praise is the necessity of wisdom and understanding. A lot of people are unable to give praise to God and His works because they do not have the comprehensive understanding of His greatness. That is one of the reasons God commands His Church to study and ask for wisdom, in order that they can know the value of God and His people, places and things that He made. Wisdom is an absolute necessity for the Saints of the Most High, as it is written, as they receive the words and wisdom of God, they will be perfected through the ministry of the Holy Ghost. It is a straight and narrow path that leads to abundant life, but as people see the God-given vision of the Promised Land, then they will be determined to seize the prize as soon as they can. People who forsake the path of wisdom, they also forsake life, spiritual vitality and wealth. That is one reason why I don’t often pity people who reject God’s wisdom, is because their rejection of wisdom is often their downfall. As the Bible teaches, “My people perish for lack of knowledge” (Hosea 4:6) and “Fools die for want of wisdom” (Proverbs 10:21). If wisdom promises wealth, and joy, and happiness, then why do they not seek after God’s wisdom? It is nothing but unbelief. If people doubt the Word of God, then there is no promotion or advancement in the Kingdom of God. Solomon wrote, “The excellency of knowledge is that wisdom gives life to those that have it” (Ecclesiastes 7:12).
It is true that every man will have the praise of God in the next generation. People must know that to possess wisdom is to know the value of people, places, and things that God has made. That is why Jesus was figured by a merchant man in the Song of Solomon, because the Lord knows the value of gems and jewels in spiritual things. It is the wisdom of God that comprehends the worth of something, and to give a righteous judgment for every case. To appraise the worth of a person, place, or thing, is to know the thoughts of the wisdom of God, and to know that praise is given as a response to this appraisal. God wants His people to value Himself above all, which would be the best way to worship God. People must re-assess their sense of values to being in line with the Lord Jesus Christ, and learn to value the things of God. That is one thing that a wise man will always do is appraise the value of things. Divine intelligence causes people to not judge situations as the world or carnal man would judge them, but as the Lord judges. The Lord judges the heart of the matter according the power of the Holy Ghost, and the Holy Ghost is the Spirit of Truth. So the judgments from the Lord and His Spirit are according to the truth, because His Spirit IS the truth.
“And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth.” - 1 John 5:6
“Wisdom and knowledge is granted unto thee; and I will give thee riches, and wealth, and honour, such as none of the kings have had that have been before thee, neither shall there any after thee have the like.” - 2 Chronicles 1:12
“So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.” - Psalm 90:12
“Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding.” - Proverbs 3:13
“For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it.” - Proverbs 8:11
The Lord talks a lot about the importance of wisdom in the Scriptures, especially in Job, Psalms and Proverbs. So I will spend many chapters on Psalms and Proverbs in this book, going over the principals of justice and righteousness that King David and King Solomon were taught by the Lord. The restoration of all things has to do with returning to the days of glory upon earth, where there are Kings and a Priesthood that walks with God and rules with righteousness. According to the prophet Ezekiel, the house of Israel was “exceedingly beautiful” in the days of Solomon (Ezekiel 16:13), because all the middle eastern powers were subject to Israel, and the fame of Israel was spreading throughout the earth. The Queen of Sheba visited King Solomon and had heard of his fame, and she said, “Howbeit I believed not their words, until I came, and mine eyes had seen it: and, behold, the one half of the greatness of thy wisdom was not told me: for thou exceedest the fame that I heard.” (2 Chronicles 9:6)
So as those who are called to be Kings and Rulers in the House of God, will have to learn the wisdom of God, for she says “By me kings reign, and princes decree justice.” (Proverbs 8:15) People who have this calling of Jesus Christ must learn to do as Solomon and treasure wisdom more than money, more than women, more than entertainment. The Lord loved Solomon because he sought God’s highest gift, and for many years Israel walked in glorious times because of his ability to reign as a King. It is true, that Solomon failed at his liberty in taking wives from the Canaanites, whom the Lord abhorred. The Lord does not want His kings to multiply money and wives for themselves, especially ones who are of a wicked people who are unworthy of God. That is essentially what fornication is, is taking the flesh of Jesus Christ, and sharing it with those who are unworthy. Those who are the flesh of Christ must seek to be joined to others who are the flesh of Christ, and gathered unto Himself.
Pain and Pleasure
The mind is the place of pain and pleasure. Everyday people seek to avoid pain and to find pleasure, and this is natural for us to do so. The pleasures of the natural man are temporal and fleeting, whereas the pleasure of the Lord is perpetual and enduring forever. People must remember, pleasure is a feeling of happiness, satisfaction and contentment. Pain is the feeling of grief and agony that comes from the sinful nature. As the Lord deals with His children, and chastens them, there is temporary pain, but it is always followed by comfort and pleasure that is true from God. (Hebrews 12:10) As people study the Word, and suffer for it, it is due to dealing with man’s sinful nature and going through the process of making them a holy people.
The word of Jesus Christ makes people spiritually clean before His eyes, but the more of His word we have in us, the more conscious we become of innocency and guilt. Jesus said, “Now ye are clean because of the word I spoke to you” (John 15:3). An unclean person would not feel guilty as often, but the word of God is the truth that sanctifies and makes the vessel holy. The reason I mention the Word, is because the pleasure of the Lord comes through enduring the Cross of Jesus Christ. The travail of our souls as we seek God is to suffer affliction, but it is a light affliction, and it leads to the waters of life if people endure till the end. (2 Corinthians 4:17) The waters of life are also called “the river of God’s pleasure” (see Psalm 36:8). The waters of pleasure are what spring up in the redeemed human heart, just as Jesus showed the woman of Samaria in John 4. Water often represents inspiration and fertility, and it is a heavenly treasure to be enjoyed. (Deuteronomy 28:12)
It is pain that often causes men and women to feel desperate and needing to seek God’s help. Jesus said they that are well have no need of a physician, but the sick, just as Jesus didn’t come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance. (Mark 2:17) Not everyone understands their spiritual lack when they are physically well and financially rich. If they are Christians then this is the lukewarm condition, where they have no love for God, and so they are cast out of God’s fellowship. It is painful to be financially poor, and unmarried, and needy, but often this is the operation God uses to cause His Church to seek His face without distraction. He knows that unless HE becomes the sole object of devotion, then they won’t have His best. The Wisdom that is received over time often comes through painful trials of growth, and learning to discern good and bad, and often these experiences come from failure. It is in these situations where God can deliver the soul that is cast upon His grace and wisdom. The journey we have as Christians is to be one of spiritual growth, being a son or daughter of God, growing into our potential, sacrificing all things to possess ALL the riches of God. (Philippians 3:8)
“They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of thy house; and thou shalt make them drink of the river of thy pleasures. For with thee is the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light.” - Psalm 36:8-9
“Therefore Sarah laughed within herself, saying, After I am waxed old shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also? And the LORD said unto Abraham, Wherefore did Sarah laugh, saying, Shall I of a surety bear a child, which am old? Is any thing too hard for the LORD? At the time appointed I will return unto thee, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son.” - Genesis 18:12-14
“Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.” - Isaiah 53:10
“And ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you.” - John 16:22
Many of these Scriptures talk about pain and pleasure, and how the Cross of Christ was to circumcise the flesh of man, and bring them spiritual life and glory through the resurrection of Jesus Christ. (Colossians 2:12) The pleasure of the Lord is a mystery yet to be fully realized, but the Bible is clear that the living waters will fill the Temple of God, and be dispersed into the lands and seas, and every living creature will come to life as the waters reach them. (See Ezekiel 47) Abraham and Sarah both laughed at the prospect of having a child in their old age, but Jehovah responded to them saying, “Is anything too hard for the LORD?” (Genesis 18:14) In other words, childbearing and fruit bearing is a major part of God’s eternal purpose, and through Abraham, though he waited 25 years for the fulfillment of the promised son, he received the blessing of God. Sometimes God’s goodness is so great that the only response is a jovial LAUGHTER at how good God is in the end of our trial, or even in the midst of our trial. Sarah said, “God hath made me to laugh, so that all that hear will laugh with me.” (Genesis 21:6) God was able to resurrect Abraham and Sarah into a younger state of living, and thus Abraham became the father of many nations. The marriage of the Lord is the greatest delight, but only if people walk in God’s will. Often people will follow their own will to find a marriage partner, but only what God ordains will have His full blessing. It is kind of a mystery, but the pleasure of the Lord comes by waiting upon Christ’s coming in us. He is the Rock that dwells within the believer, and just as Moses broke the rock in the wilderness, so the redeemed human heart will flow with living waters by His Spirit. (Exodus 17:6)
Everything we do and say first existed as a thought. Everything in heaven and earth was once in the mind of God. One thing the Lord wants people to do is allow Himself and Jesus Christ to control the thoughts of our mind, and to let His thinking power supersede in our vessel, our heart, and our will. As the Church of Christ studies the Scriptures and prophecies, and learns to pray and commune continually with God, they will eventually have His mind, which is the mind of His Spirit. As His people direct their thoughts toward Himself and to heavenly things, they will be transformed slowly but surely into His heavenly image. (1 Corinthians 15:49) People must remember, it is the thoughts of the heart that guide our life, so it is important to have the Holy Ghost baptism in order to let His union with us be complete. Frances J. Roberts wrote, “The Mind of God is fathomless”. (Come Away My Beloved - “Mind of God”) As people understand that the well of God’s wisdom is very nearly untapped by humanity, because of unbelief, but as people study the words of Christ, they will possess the source of all wisdom. The creative capacity of God’s thoughts and His Spirit is unlimited, and you can clearly see this on earth. There are endless possibilities and inspired gifts and wisdom, and all these are in the soul of man to accomplish. The main purpose of this teaching is to direct people’s thoughts toward the Lord Jesus Christ, the Husband of His Bride and Father of the Church. A lot of people are distracted with worldly cares, and things that don’t really matter, and they will regret that careless attitude in the day of judgment when the rewards are handed out for faithfulness and loyalty.
Jesus said that out of the human heart proceed either good things if the tree is good, or evil things if the tree is evil. (Matthew 7:17) People must remember to be born of the Spirit by faith in Jesus Christ, and to begin their journey into learning, growing, and praying in the Spirit. A negative-minded person is annoying and a great destroyer of faith and love. A person who thinks negatively, and unjustly, and without faith or hope, they could be a negative influence on people. It’s good to be filled with the truth of God’s Word in order to discern for yourself the truth of any matter. The Holy Ghost is the Spirit of Truth, and as Jesus promised, He is the One who will lead the Church into all truth. (John 16:13) Those who study at the feet of the Lord Jesus Christ will have a much better and purer heart and mind, and there must be a death to the old life that is bitter, hostile and contentious. As Jesus essentially said, “If any man will come after Me, he must first deny themselves, take up the Cross, and follow Me” (Matthew 16:24). If people do not COME UNTO JESUS, they will go no where in fulfilling their eternal purpose nor will they find His glory. Jesus Christ Himself IS the only Source of eternal life and joy, and He doesn’t want people being deceived into thinking there is another path that leads to God’s Kingdom. As Paul taught, our thoughts must be captive of the mind of Christ, because there can be many distractions, but His grace gives us a sound mind if we take time to receive it.
“Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ” - 2 Corinthians 10:5
“Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus” - Philippians 2:5
“For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.” - Philippians 3:18-19
“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” - Philippians 3:18
Our thoughts as the Body of Christ must be upon the Lord. Not on man’s wisdom and reasoning, or church-going, or any selfish endeavor; but if people want to have the best that God has, they must follow Christ as a disciple, and receive His mind and understanding in their heart. To seek the Lord is a labour, and understanding the word of righteousness is a skill that people develop as they grow. As Solomon wrote, “They who seek the LORD understand all things.” (Proverbs 28:5) The reason this is important is because having a sound and spiritual mind is integral in worshipping God in our daily walk. It is also important because the spiritual mind is life and peace, and thinking upon heavenly love and truth is what makes for a glorious life.
Having a disciplined mind requires the grace of Jesus Christ, so that we do not think negatively or let our thoughts go astray. Anxiety and fear are both sins in God’s eyes, so people must keep growing until the love of Christ strengthens them into being bold and courageous. Frances J. Roberts wrote, “Anxiety is the affliction of the self-possessed” (Make Haste My Beloved - “Heritage of the Godly” ). It is true, as people worry and doubt, they are withering their faith in God, and their trust in Him is not complete. That is why God’s people must seek the promises of the Word, in order to know for sure that He is faithful. The words of God are tested by fire. (Psalm 12:6) Sometimes He makes people wait for a fulfillment of a promise, but He will bring them through and deliver them from all their trials. (See Psalm 34:17) If people are struggling with anxiety and doubt, they must pray in the Spirit, asking Him for help to be strong in faith. Faith is the only way to please God, as it was written in Hebrews 11:6, and to trust God in all things is to believe He will help. Sometimes He temporarily removes friends, family, and earthly things, in order to reach people as the ONLY means of help. (Psalm 62:2) God desires to be the only Source of salvation, leaning on Him alone through Jesus Christ, will bring progress and deliverance.
The mind is a place of various interests. If people have the mind of Christ in them, they will have a better life, and a manifold more enjoyable experience in life. There are many things to do in life, and there are many things to captivate our attention, but the key is keeping our eye single on the glory of God and being full of the Holy Spirit. Being filled with the vision of God is the most important thing, knowing that the reward and glory we will have is worth it. God always deserves first place in our heart, mind, and affections. Anything or anyone else should be a thing that orbits the life of God, just as the planets orbit the sun in our solar system. The sun is a representation of God’s life and power, so things must always be a second place to Him in our life. It is good to ask the Holy Spirit for His mind on any matter; the Spirit will rejoice in us over the good things, or little pleasures of life, and His Spirit will be grieved over the evil things of life. It’s good to be filled with the Holy Spirit so that our interests are as highly evolved as the Lord is. To be interested in the things of God brings great joy to God’s heart, and people must learn to cultivate their relationship with Him through Jesus Christ the Beloved Son. God is the Source of all wisdom and every good thing, so people must identify Him as the source of the good in their lives, and give Him glory and thanks for the little pleasures as well as the big pleasures of life, so long as they are healthy.
Part of abundant life and possessing the mind of Christ is the enjoyment of variety. People who live the same day over and over may not be living in God’s full blessing. Wisdom is the celebration of difference, not sameness. But the main point of this chapter is to show that some people are interested solely in the flesh and earthly things, which are often selfish pursuits. To possess the Christ life is to serve God and seek to be others-minded, and so serve the benefit and edifications of others who believe the Lord or even show kindness to enemies even. Anyone who has the testimony of Jesus will be hated by many people, and many opposers will have envy and strife exposed in them. But the key is to be interested in the things of God, and not follow the futility of the world. The world can be a playground for the righteous Christians, but only if they grow to the point of overcoming the world by the faith of Jesus Christ. (1 John 5:4)
To seek and pursue the Wisdom of God will result in spiritual growth, for Wisdom is the highest spiritual pursuit. Our interests will be cultured and varied if we allow the wisdom of God to indwell us and the mind of Christ to be received. Christ is the Logos of the Father, which is the governing principal, or reason, for all the universe. (See John 1:1) As Frances J. Roberts wrote, “The flesh is interested in the flesh” (Come Away My Beloved - “Center to Circumference”). People must beware of wasting their life on futility, and instead follow the eternal purpose in Christ Jesus. To have fulfillment is what will satisfy God and man, and this only comes by following in the energy of the Spirit into the solitary walk with God, just as Enoch, or Noah, or Abraham, or Joseph, or Moses, etc. The cares of this life truly do disqualify people for the glory of God, and they have a shocking revelation coming if they are not prepared for Jesus Christ the Only Begotten Son.
“If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.” - Colossians 3:1-4
“He that cometh from above is above all: he that is of the earth is earthly, and speaketh of the earth: he that cometh from heaven is above all. And what he hath seen and heard, that he testifieth; and no man receiveth his testimony. He that hath received his testimony hath set to his seal that God is true. For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him.” - John 3:31-34
“And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares. For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth. Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.” - Luke 21:34-36
“And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful.” - Mark 4:19
The last thing I’d like to say in this chapter is as long as people are patient enough to sit at Christ’s feet and learn of Him and know Him personally, then they will enjoy the fullness of the earth as well, but from a spiritual and heavenly standpoint. Everything on earth has a spiritual and heavenly counterpart and people can enjoy the fruit of heavenly life while living on earth. As the Scripture says, if men overcome to live in the promised land, then the Lord says, “…your days may be multiplied, and the days of your children, in the land which the LORD sware unto your fathers to give them, as the days of heaven upon the earth.” (Deuteronomy 11:21) So there is a great promise for those who choose the life of God and the way of the Spirit, is that they will inherit the promised land, the heavenly places in Christ. It takes full dedication to Him and His Kingdom, but for those who endure till the end will be given by God 100 fold, wives, houses, lands, brothers, sisters in the Kingdom of Heaven and on earth (Matthew 19:29). Everything is multiplied in the land of promise, everything is abundant and radiantly beautiful, better than we can dream in our wildest dreams. The only way to have this blessing is by becoming a disciple of Christ and walking with Him daily, taking up the Cross and following Him. The Cross is a means of circumcision with Christ, in order to make men fit to partake in the wedding of the Lamb (Colossians 2:11). If people still walk in sin and lust then they are not yet ready to be in a heavenly glory with a heavenly body. Those who overcome all things will be given celestial bodies as the Father and Son have, and will enjoy the heavenly glory that Canaan represents, a land flowing with milk and honey (1 Corinthians 15:40).
Sound and Sober Mindedness
The last chapter of this portion of the book I’d like to talk about sound mindedness. To be of a sober mind is one of the New Testament truths that people must always abide in. Some people think this is talking about natural sobriety, but it is talking about being sober and sound in spiritual things. A lot of the false prophets in the Bible were considered drunken because their false visions would deceive Israel and cause confusion. Sometimes wine represents good things too, such as deep and intoxicating love, or earthly enjoyments that cause us to feel good. But when it comes to ministering the Gospel of Christ for the purpose of redeeming souls, there must be soundness of mind and doctrine. The enemy likes to attack the mind and captivate the attention of people, but as they ask the Holy Ghost to draw their attention toward Christ, they will find that He is the Reason and Logos that we live by.
Christ is the only reason humanity exists, so that is why He was sent to atone for sins and be humanity’s Savior. He is the only human to ever deserve to be called the “Holy One of Israel”. If anyone lives by Jesus Christ they will reign in life through the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness He gives (see Romans 5:17). To have a sound mind is to cease the spirit of banter and frivolity that often abides in Christians. People must not lose the sincerity and solemness that it takes to minister the Word of Truth to the saving of the soul. There is a time to laugh and enjoy, and there is a time to sow the Word of Truth that people need to be saved. It’s true that not everyone will believe the Word, but any witness of Jesus Christ must have a sound and sober mind to be prepared for ministry.
A lot of people in Christianity have taken lightly their calling, when Jesus has invited His people to a great feast of fat and good things. As the parable says, He will go to the lowly, to the poor, lame, maimed and blind, and give out His wedding supper to those who were not even invited! (Matthew 22:2) The wedding supper differs from the Passover Supper. It is a marriage feast of love, and for those who have the wedding garment on them, for those who are washed in the blood of Christ from their sins and walk in fine linen. As people receive Jesus Christ, and eat the food of God, and worship His holy name, they will be transformed by the ministering of the Holy Ghost into the same image (see 2 Corinthians 3:18).
As they behold the glory of God through the face of Jesus Christ, they will be transformed body, soul, and spirit into the image of Christ. This is the glory that was fore-told in the prophets of the Scripture, that God would give all things to His Sons, and all the authority of the Lord Jesus Christ. That is why it is called a “high calling in Christ” (Philippians 3:14). It is a vocation of kings and priests to follow this high calling of Christ, and people must be of a sound mind and take their calling seriously. They have to be honest as to what God has called them to. A lot of people exalt themselves into a position that God did not call them to, so people must be careful to know people by their fruits and their works.
“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” - 2 Timothy 1:7
“Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.” - 1 Thessalonians 5:6
“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour” - 1 Peter 5:8
“And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares.” - Luke 21:34
What Jesus said in Luke is that some people will be so much in the world and in the flesh that they will lose their soul due to their lack of devotion to Christ. He warned people that their carelessness and frivolous attitude could be costly if they do not prepare and use their time to love God and keep His commandments. If their hearts become cold or lukewarm, then it is possible that they will be suffering agony at the revelation of Jesus Christ. God cares about loyalty to His name, and people must seek to keep close fellowship with the Holy Ghost if they desire to be prepared. The soul needs food to be stable and fortified, and the only food God has supplied is the Lord Jesus Christ.
The Holy Scriptures and teachings of Jesus Christ are the only food the soul can have to be ready and prepared for His coming. Jesus said a lot of people will not believe, and will be more occupied with the cares of this life, and their chauvinistic agenda, rather than be part of God’s work on earth. God’s work is in ministering to the souls of men and women the everlasting gospel, and bringing them through the journey of the soul into perfection. It requires studying Scripture daily and prayers of faith at all times, but God also promises that if people seek Him first, then all material needs will be added (see Matthew 6:33). The heart and mind that is fixed on Jehovah and His goods, will be blessed above all people, and will prosper in all the works of their hands (see Psalm 1:2, Deuteronomy 7:14).
The Riches of the Psalms
King David and the Psalms
King David is a very important man of God, and someone who was a standard-bearer of worship and devotion to God. The story of his life is written in the book of 1st and 2nd Samuel. The Psalms are his prophetic writings that were in the form of songs he played on his harp. His gift was in ruling through wisdom and also singing and writing music. He was a vibrant and youthful person, and the Lord chose him to be King over the House of Israel for 40 years. In this segment of writing I will talk about the Psalms and write many of the themes of the Psalms, and explain many things that appear often through the Psalms of David. I would say from my experience, the Psalms are the 2nd best book of the Old Testament next to Isaiah. The Psalms contain prophecies about the Messiah, prophecies about the Bride of Christ, prophecies about the importance of wisdom and knowledge, and prophecies about the glad tidings and glorious works that the Lord will do for His people.
There are 150 Psalms in the Bible, but I will review some themes and some words of wisdom that are the most glaring in the writings of David. God has preserved his writings for over 3,000 years, and many people do look into the Psalms more than many other books of Scripture. His son was King Solomon, who reigned upon the throne of Israel for 40 years, and the 3rd segment of this book will be devoted to his wisdom and writings. The reason the Lord wants me to write about these two men, is because they were highly devoted to learning God’s wisdom, which is His highest gift. They both were faithful and just rulers over Israel, and during their reign, Israel was at that time a world power that was revered by all nations. (2 Chronicles 9:23) The restoration of all things has to do with returning to the walk of wisdom and knowledge, and riches and honor, that David and Solomon walked in.
The Lord God of Israel promised to give David an everlasting throne. Those who learn the wisdom of God, and discover the endless and unsearchable riches of Christ will be able to sit upon the throne of David, and rule with equity and justice. This segment of writing will help shed light on many Psalms, and to discover the amazing works of the Lord that He spoke through David. David is a man who danced and sang before the Ark of the Lord, and he was not ashamed of the God that he served. (2 Samuel 6:14) David is mentioned throughout the entire Bible and in the prophets of God, because he is one of the few who was truly devoted to bringing glory to the name of the Lord. Many people are walking in the cares of this life and the deceitfulness of riches, but David was a man who sought the Lord and He loved God with all his heart. God would have all men have the same heart that David had, and they will be as God in the resurrection of Jesus Christ. (Zechariah 12:8) The Lord knows that only through praise and worship and David-like devotion will the work of the Lord be accomplished in this generation. As it is written by Jeremiah, there will be many sons sitting upon the throne of David, and reigning with Christ when He comes, so long as they are devoted and committed to Christ as a disciple. (Jeremiah 17:25) The Lord wants people to take the low seat so that He can lift them up a little at a time.
“And he sent, and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, and withal of a beautiful countenance, and goodly to look to. And the LORD said, Arise, anoint him: for this is he. Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the midst of his brethren: and the Spirit of the LORD came upon David from that day forward. So Samuel rose up, and went to Ramah.” - 1 Samuel 16:12-13
“Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied.” - 1 Samuel 17:45
“And it shall come to pass, if ye diligently hearken unto me, saith the LORD, to bring in no burden through the gates of this city on the sabbath day, but hallow the sabbath day, to do no work therein; Then shall there enter into the gates of this city kings and princes sitting upon the throne of David, riding in chariots and on horses, they, and their princes, the men of Judah, and the inhabitants of Jerusalem: and this city shall remain for ever.” - Jeremiah 17:24-25
“Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David.” - Isaiah 55:3
“And when he had removed him, he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will.” - Acts 13:22
King David was a great commander of Israel, and he subdued the enemies of Israel, but he also had many sufferings in his life. Because of his adulterous act with Bathsheba, the sword of God did not ever depart from his house. His children were often heathens who did not fear God. The 2nd child of David and Bathsheba, however, was a man whom the LORD loved, which was Solomon. Humans make mistakes, they are weak, and David and Solomon were no exception. They both had desires for multiple wives, which is sometimes given by the Lord, but only if people grow spiritually unto the place of prosperity and success. No one should seek any wife except it be given by the Lord’s hand, because He knows better what is a good and comely match of marriage.
Aside from David’s transgressions, he was a repentant soul, and he overcame the bad reputation, and he finished his life in faith and peace toward God. People must remember, if David has sons who reign on his throne, they must be careful to fear the Lord always and do the will of the Father, otherwise they could be chastened and afflicted as David was. Chastening is a good thing, God always lets people know they are forgiven if they repent and turn away from sin. David did not lose his place in God’s eyes; God doesn’t judge as men judge, He forgives and even forgets our sins. The reason I mention David’s sins is because it is part of the Scripture, and it is noteworthy that humans fail, but God lifts them back up into a perfect standing through His abundant grace.
Praise and Worship
One thing about King David that makes him unique among God’s people, was his commitment to the praise ministry. He wrote many words of the Holy Ghost about the importance of praise and how God delights in praise and worship. To acknowledge God as the Source of all good things, and give thanks and praise to His name, is the simplest way to worship God. But when people learn how to play an instrument and do things as the Holy Ghost leads people, they will have a great explosion of God’s love and glory. His Spirit will be outpoured through the ministry of praise and worship, as people become inwardly and outwardly beautiful with their walk with God, as His people do all things for His glory instead of for self-adulation. As David wrote, “I will praise thee, O LORD, with my whole heart; I will shew forth all thy marvellous works.” (Psalm 9:1) In this passage of Scripture, David is prophesying about showing forth all of the LORD’s marvelous works. I believe it is a prophesy about the latter days when the Bride is manifested and the Davidic worship is restored and powerful, showing forth many miracles of God before the Saints and the world.
The Lord Jesus Christ will cause the House of God to be restored and the marvelous works will be shown forth in the midsts of the praises. The LORD wants there to be power among God’s people, as there was before, and unique miracles and disciplined Saints for the work of ministry. As Frances Roberts wrote, praise and worship will bring glory from the midst of us, it will open the temple of our soul to allow the King of glory to come and reign within. Praise brings great dynamos of power to bring joy and victory to multitudes of people who need the ministry of the Holy Ghost. As Frances J. Roberts wrote, praise and worship will cause us to be transformed into His beautiful image, and walk in a glory light, and living waters will flow through our vessels. (Come Away My Beloved - “Dynamos of Praise”, “Ask”, “Rivers of Living Water”)
Praise and worship are some of the most neglected works of the Christian faith. People are very orderly and timely about their praise, but God would want people to flow from the Spirit a continual chapel of praise and faith. Allowing the Holy Ghost to energize us is the key to ceaseless praises, and asking God for good music to give God glory in. The Psalmist wrote, “But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel.” (Psalm 22:3) The Lord Jesus Christ dwells in our praises, we can see and experience Him better during worship than any other time. That is why we must be willing and obedient to God’s master plan of ministering the high praises of Israel. God loves any genre of music, as long as people seek His glory and honor, and whatever they do, do it for His glory. I even give God thanks for some of my favorite secular music.
As long as people thank God as the ultimate source of GOOD, such as good music, good movies, good food and drink, marriage and family; any good thing should be given thanks for and appreciated. (1 Corinthians 10:31) To give thanks and praise is to acknowledge God as the Source of all blessings. To live in praise is not always to sing songs, but to have the attitude of awe and wonder toward God, speaking with Him and talking to Him daily and hourly, because He truly is omnipresent, dwelling in the secret place. (Matthew 6:4, 6:6) If we do have rock concerts for Christ, or worship sessions, we must remember how David worshipped. He danced, he sang, he was half-naked, some thought he was making a fool of himself, but God delights in free-spirited worship, as long as people seek to honor His name.
“The meek shall eat and be satisfied: they shall praise the LORD that seek him: your heart shall live for ever.” - Psalms 22:26
“To the end that my glory may sing praise to thee, and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give thanks unto thee for ever.” - Psalm 30:12
“He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings. And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD.” - Psalm 40:2-3
“Praise ye the LORD. Sing unto the LORD a new song, and his praise in the congregation of saints. Let Israel rejoice in him that made him: let the children of Zion be joyful in their King. Let them praise his name in the dance: let them sing praises unto him with the timbrel and harp. For the LORD taketh pleasure in his people: he will beautify the meek with salvation. Let the saints be joyful in glory: let them sing aloud upon their beds. Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a twoedged sword in their hand; To execute vengeance upon the heathen, and punishments upon the people; To bind their kings with chains, and their nobles with fetters of iron; To execute upon them the judgment written: this honour have all his saints. Praise ye the LORD.” - Psalm 149:1-9
“And in every place where the grounded staff shall pass, which the LORD shall lay upon him, it shall be with tabrets and harps: and in battles of shaking will he fight with it.” - Isaiah 30:32
The Psalms of the Bible are the place where praise is mentioned far more than any other book of Scripture. David was an example of the art of praise and worship, and the prophets all testify that David will be the prince over Israel forever, and that His Kingdom is going to be re-established in the earth. This Kingdom of David must alway have God’s wisdom mixed with God’s praises, with full purpose of heart. Jesus Christ and the new creation life and gospel is the means by which David’s Kingdom will be established and exalted. He prophesied about the “new song” that the Saints will learn to sing, and how the Lord delivers them out of trials. The Lord will transform hearts and souls through learning how to worship and praise the Almighty in spirit and truth. Psalm 149 is one of my favorite Psalms, because it testifies about how God will judge and punish the heathen, and it will be through the ministry of praise. It talks about how the Lord will pour out His Spirit and beautify the meek with salvation, and cause them to sing aloud upon their beds of rest. As people loose the spirit of praise, they will cause God’s blessing to fall upon multitudes of people, and the Lord will visit and minister to the Saints who are hungry and thirsty for Him.
The Psalms have a lot of things to say about those who are righteous, and the blessings that follow the righteous. As the apostle Paul taught, the grace dispensation is what brings meaning and purpose to the Old Testament. As the apostle John taught, to be righteous, one must be a doer of what is right. (1 John 2:29, 3:7) The psalmist wrote many things about the righteous, and how they are tried by the Lord, and how God cares deeply for the righteous. On the contrary, the Psalms talk about how the LORD hates the wicked and the workers of iniquity, and will destroy them. (Psalm 5:5, 92:9) Those who doubt the Messiah after being preached the gospel and those who deny God and Christ are those who are wicked before God. The righteous are those who are humble, wise, pure-hearted, faith-filled, modest, just and gracious.
God tries the righteous because He wants them to come forth as gold and to be used to influence people to enter the Kingdom of God. Those who are righteous before God are few in number, just as Noah, Abraham, Joseph and Moses, but they are used to make a significant difference in the world, and often people are condemned if they do not keep pace with the move of God. In the New Testament the Lord Jesus Christ commands us to make disciples of all nations, so people must have a higher standard because Jesus has already come to show people the way to God. The promises of God are for those who believe the truth, and walk in the path of glory with Jesus Christ, and they are called “the righteous” by God. As Paul taught, Christ Himself is our source of righteousness, wisdom, sanctification, and redemption (1 Corinthians 1:30). As Watchman Nee wrote, "Christ is the sum of all spiritual things"!
Those who are counted righteous before God are often tested and tried, but people must remember Abraham was justified because he believed the word of God (see Genesis 15:6). The imputation of righteousness is for those who believe the gospel of Jesus Christ, but further works of growth and redemption are for those who seek Him first and keep His teachings and they are greatly rewarded in the end. The perfection of our soul is the greatest work that needs to be accomplished in the Body of Christ. Just because someone is imputed righteousness does not mean they are indeed righteous, but only those who obey the revealed gospel, and do righteousness, are truly the righteous. (1 John 3:7) Those who give their money to the gospel work and to feed and clothe the poor, those who pray always in their heart or with their mouth in secret, and those who fast and give themselves to learning the things of Jehovah; these are examples of those who do righteousness and will be the sheep on the right hand of Christ. Just because someone claims to be Christian does not make them genuine Christians, but only those who are charitable people who walk in love toward the brethren are the true “good Samaritan” Christians. As long as people are self-centered, and not thinking about others, then they are illegitimate Christians. (Hebrews 12:8)
“Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.” - 1 John 3:7
“The righteous cry, and the LORD heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles.” - Psalm 34:17
“The wicked borroweth, and payeth not again: but the righteous sheweth mercy, and giveth.” - Psalm 37:21
“The mouth of the righteous speaketh wisdom, and his tongue talketh of judgment.” - Psalm 37:30
“The LORD openeth the eyes of the blind: the LORD raiseth them that are bowed down: the LORD loveth the righteous” - Psalm 147:8
One of the great truths about the righteous is in Psalm 34:17, where David wrote that the righteous are delivered from all their troubles. What a great promise of God! If people claim this promise by faith, the Lord will see to it that believers who are steadfast in faith are delivered from their troubles and they will find rest for their souls. The psalmist also said the righteous are the ones who show mercy and give to the poor. As he wrote, “Blessed is he that considereth the poor: the LORD will deliver him in time of trouble. The LORD will preserve him, and keep him alive; and he shall be blessed upon the earth: and thou wilt not deliver him unto the will of his enemies.” (Psalm 41:1-2) So God promises to do great things for those who consider the welfare of the poor, and establish their cause in the earth. The Lord has laid up blessings and wealth for those righteous souls who care about the poor, and desire to share with those who have need. The Psalms is a book that I recommend reading much and reminding ourselves of the promises of God. The righteous have many blessings promised to them, so the best thing to do is seek the Lord Jesus Christ who is the only Person who can rightly be called Righteous. It is His life dwelling in us that is good and righteous, and that is our new identity as new creatures is to be one with the Spirit of Christ.
Wisdom in the Psalms
The psalmist David was a man who loved God’s words of wisdom. He often taught the words of wisdom through the Psalms and revealed many great mysteries of God through his writings. Some of the things David wrote were that the mouth of the righteous will speak wisdom and that the word of God is a very important priority for the Saints. The Psalms teach that God made the world and the heavens through His wisdom and understanding, and that His works of creation are very great. (Psalm 104:24) Wisdom is a common theme through the Psalms and Proverbs, because God had established Israel as a Kingdom, and through David’s love of wisdom, and Solomon’s love of wisdom, the Kingdom of Israel became very beautiful in God’s eyes. The Psalms have a rich collection of wisdom writings, and God teaches that it is through wisdom that kings reign and princes decree justice, and that God desires His children to grow in the spirit of wisdom and revelation by the Lord Jesus Christ dwelling in them. (Ephesians 1:17) As David taught, “So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.” (Psalm 90:12) David was a man after God’s heart who applied himself to learning wisdom, and wanted to be an example to future kings upon his throne, that justice must be according to wisdom and the throne is established by mercy. The wisdom in the Psalms is about devotion to God, about the promises of glory for the righteous, about how God does manifold amazing works.
David prophesies about how all of God’s mighty works and creations are through wisdom. How important is it to find and seek wisdom! The Holy Ghost leads the Saints into all truth and knowledge of God, but the hidden wisdom of God is an endless pursuit. As Jesus said, those who hear the word are given more and more (Mark 4:24). It is by the wisdom of God that the house of God is built, piece by piece, stone by stone, and gem by gem. (Proverbs 9:1) Wisdom is the one who builds the house of God, and she established Jesus Christ of Nazareth as the chief Cornerstone of the Temple. (Isaiah 28:16, Ephesians 2:20) Without Jesus Christ, there is no Temple, and there is no glory of God. David’s Psalms speak a lot about the glory of Jesus Christ, and I will cover them later. Christ is the Stone of Israel who shall indwell the Bride of Christ, and she will have the seven Spirits of God in order to reign with God. (See Isaiah 11) Just as wisdom, so is the Bride of Christ often hidden in the books of Scripture. The Psalms mainly declare the solid truth about the importance of wisdom, and how God’s people need to be rooted and grounded in the spiritual goods of God. That is the reason for this segment of writing is so people know and are reminded of many themes throughout the Psalms that are good to consider.
“My mouth shall speak of wisdom; and the meditation of my heart shall be of understanding.” - Psalm 49:3
“Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom.” - Psalm 51:6
“O LORD, how manifold are thy works! in wisdom hast thou made them all: the earth is full of thy riches.” - Psalm 104:24
“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever.” - Psalm 111:10
The psalmist was taught by the Spirit that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. That is one thing that is very important is being taught the fear of the Lord by experiencing the Father’s guiding hand. Sometimes He chastens His sons in order for them to partake in His glory. If people lack chastening they are illegitimate sons, according to Hebrews 12:8. People who desire to reign as a son of God must be willing to suffer with Christ the afflictions. They are momentary and light afflictions, but they lead to ever-increasing glory dwelling in and upon us. (2 Corinthians 4:17) David also wrote that those who DO the commandments are the ones who have good understanding. (Psalm 111:10) In other words, they hear the words of Christ throughout the Scriptures and they do them. As long as people are not doers of the work of God, then that means they are merely hearers, and they are not justified by faith (James 2:22). It is true that those who hear the word are blessed, but only those who do with their hands what they hear with the ear are blessed much more. If we know plainly the will of God, then we must allow Grace to perform the work in us. As Jesus said, a tree is known by his fruit, whether it be good fruit or evil fruit. (Matthew 12:33) Those trees that are good will produce good words and deeds.
Zion the City of David
Zion is a topic that is often spoken of in the Psalms. There are many promises in the Psalms related to the redemption of Zion, which in reality will be the Bride of Jesus Christ. The Bride is mentioned in the Book of Revelation as the New Jerusalem, and consisting of many precious stones, pearls, street of gold. These are figurative and symbolic of the quality of the Bride of Christ, that each person in the Bride is a necessary Jewel and Gem in the hand of God. It is something of great worth, and the Lord pictured His Bride as a city of great riches and happiness. David wrote, “Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is mount Zion, on the sides of the north, the city of the great King.” (Psalm 48:2) There are many great statements about Zion, that she represents God’s true people, she represents God’s chosen nation, and in the New Creation she represents those who are elect of grace. Zion is not Jew or Gentile, not bond or free, but she is one spiritual body in Christ Jesus. In the eyes of God, Zion is the most important thing, Zion is the most beautiful people redeemed by the blood of Jesus Christ. As it is written, “Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God hath shined.” (Psalm 50:2) There is nothing in heaven or earth as beautiful as the Bride of the Lord Jesus Christ, as it is written in the Song of Solomon, she is the one in which the Lord finds satisfaction and great delight (Song of Solomon 5:1). Christ Himself is the Head Stone of the corner of the Temple of God, which means He is the Head of both Jew and Gentile members of His Body.
Zion is called the City of God, and in the New Creation she is a spiritual city, just as the Kingdom of God dwells in the heart, so God’s heavenly citizens are known by their manifesting the fruits of the Spirit. The Kingdom of God dwells within, and is not something that comes by observation, nor will men be able to see it in a natural way. (Luke 17:20) It is righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost, THAT is the Kingdom. (Romans 14:17) But David wrote a very important thing, saying, “There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High. God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early.” (Psalm 46:4-5) The City of the Living God has a stream of living water, and it flows within the human heart and through the physical bodies of the redeemed. Those who praise and worship God will have the spring of living water that Jesus told the woman of Samaria about in John 4. It is a spring of God’s love that makes glad the City of God, and is the source of everlasting life. Did not Paul teach that Jesus gives a glorious new life in the resurrection? (See Romans 6) Yes, there is the glory of the Father that is revealed in the Saints as they learn to worship God.
“They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of thy house; and thou shalt make them drink of the river of thy pleasures. For with thee is the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light.” - Psalm 36:8-9
“For the LORD hath chosen Zion; he hath desired it for his habitation.” - Psalm 132:13
“As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the LORD commanded the blessing, even life for evermore.” - Psalm 133:3
“Thou shalt arise, and have mercy upon Zion: for the time to favour her, yea, the set time, is come.” - Psalm 102:13
“And of Zion it shall be said, This and that man was born in her: and the highest himself shall establish her.” - Psalm 87:5
There are many things written about Zion throughout the Scriptures, but the Psalms do contain many precious truths about the Zion of God. The scripture in Psalm 36 talks about there being fatness in the Lord’s House and also a river of pleasure. There is a river of pleasure for the Saints who dwell in Zion, and she shall be a great and terrible Bride for the Lord Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit is the Person who is preparing Zion to be the Lamb’s wife, and He is choosing people who will serve Christ in the earth. As the psalmist wrote, Zion will be a place where great fame is spread for the Lord, and the Gentiles will know her as the Rod of Jehovah at the right hand of Christ (see Isaiah 11, Psalm 74:2, Psalm 110:5).
The Lord will use His Rod to beat in pieces many people, and to win victories for Himself, and subdue the nations before Jesus Christ the Only Begotten Son. As it is written of Zion, “Thou art my battle axe and weapons of war: for with thee will I break in pieces the nations, and with thee will I destroy kingdoms.” (Jeremiah 51:20) The Lord has made His people of Zion to be a strong and mighty people who do great exploits, and stand their ground in faith as soldiers of Jesus Christ. The key is knowing that Jesus will give His disciples a mouth and wisdom to do their battle and win victories, and confound the enemies of God (Luke 21:15). Our weapons are not physical weapons like guns or swords, but the weapon of the Lord is His Word and His Spirit, in which He will destroy the wicked.
Messiah in the Psalms
There are many Psalms that prophesy about the coming Messiah, who is the Lord Jesus Christ. Psalm 2, Psalm 8, Psalm 16, Psalm 22, Psalm 40 and Psalm 45, Psalm 72, Psalm 110 are some of the most important ones. Psalm 2 is about when the Son of God will appear sitting in Zion and will judge the heathen. Psalm 16 is about how God will not allow the Holy One of Israel and His body to see corruption in the grave, but that He will be brought back to life and prosper at His right hand. Psalm 22 is maybe the most note-worthy Psalm of the suffering of Jesus Christ on the Cross. David wrote, “For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have inclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet.” (Psalm 22:16) This is proof that the Messiah was indeed meant to die on a Cross by crucifixion. The book of Zechariah also mentions the scars in the hands of the Messiah, and the 30 pieces of silver that was the price He was appraised at. (Zechariah 11:12-13, 12:10, 13:6)
A lot of these things are hidden from the Jews right now, and they are blinded to how obvious the truth of Jesus is, but these will be strong witnesses that Jesus was fore-told that He would be crucified by the Jews and resurrected. Psalm 45 is a song about Christ and also the Bride, and how they will be presented at the 2nd coming. The Bride is mentioned here, as it says, “The king's daughter is all glorious within: her clothing is of wrought gold. She shall be brought unto the king in raiment of needlework: the virgins her companions that follow her shall be brought unto thee.” (Psalm 45:13-14) The Kingdom of God is an inward Kingdom and not with natural observation, but the fruits should be evident in the life of the Bride of Christ. There are many Messianic Psalms that will indeed prove that it is Jesus Christ of Nazareth that is the true Messiah that Israel has waited for. Those who walk in the Light will know and understand that Jesus is the Christ and His life was fore-told by many of the Psalms and the prophets.
Psalm 72 and Psalm 110 are both great Messianic Psalms. In Psalm 72 David prophesies about the King’s Son, who represents the Messiah who is to judge the world in righteousness. As David wrote, “He shall judge the poor of the people, he shall save the children of the needy, and shall break in pieces the oppressor.” (Psalm 72:4) Yes, the Lord Jesus Christ will in this coming day of judgment be a Judge of both the living and the dead. David wrote amazing things about the day of the Messiah and he wrote, “He shall have dominion also from sea to sea, and from the river unto the ends of the earth. They that dwell in the wilderness shall bow before him; and his enemies shall lick the dust. The kings of Tarshish and of the isles shall bring presents: the kings of Sheba and Seba shall offer gifts. Yea, all kings shall fall down before him: all nations shall serve him.” (Psalm 72:8-11) So it is quite clear that this is the 2nd coming of Jesus Christ when He sits upon the throne and reigns over the kings of the earth. The Kingdom of the New Jerusalem will be the throne that the Lord builds up, and all nations must serve this Kingdom in that day.
The works of the Lord are astonishing so therefore the kings and princes will fall before the Lamb. In Psalm 110 David prophesies about the Lord Jesus Christ sitting on the right hand of God the Father, and being a Priest forever after the order of Melchizedek. But at Christ’s right hand there is another Lord who will execute justice in the earth, and bring subjection to Him. As Jesus said, He will send Elijah before His face to restore all things and to execute vengeance upon the heathen, as written by Malachi 3:1-6 and Matthew 17:11. David wrote, “The LORD hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek. The Lord at thy right hand shall strike through kings in the day of his wrath. He shall judge among the heathen, he shall fill the places with the dead bodies; he shall wound the heads over many countries. He shall drink of the brook in the way: therefore shall he lift up the head.” (Psalm 110:4-7) As the Apostle Paul wrote, he that is an heir of God is also a lord of all things (see Galatians 3:1), so people must prepare to reign by their diligent seeking and growing in Him. Here are some Scriptures in the Psalms that refer to the Lord Jesus Christ:
“I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee. Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession. Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel.” - Psalm 2:7-9
“I have set the LORD always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope. For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption. Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.” - Psalm 16:8-11
“My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? why art thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring?” - Psalm 22:1
“Sacrifice and offering thou didst not desire; mine ears hast thou opened: burnt offering and sin offering hast thou not required. Then said I, Lo, I come: in the volume of the book it is written of me, I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart.” - Psalm 40:6-8
“Thou art fairer than the children of men: grace is poured into thy lips: therefore God hath blessed thee for ever. Gird thy sword upon thy thigh, O most mighty, with thy glory and thy majesty. And in thy majesty ride prosperously because of truth and meekness and righteousness; and thy right hand shall teach thee terrible things.” - Psalm 45:2-4
“His name shall endure for ever: his name shall be continued as long as the sun: and men shall be blessed in him: all nations shall call him blessed. Blessed be the LORD God, the God of Israel, who only doeth wondrous things. And blessed be his glorious name for ever: and let the whole earth be filled with his glory; Amen, and Amen.” - Psalm 72:17-19
There are many who will live and do works through the name of Christ, and it is the Bride of Christ through whom God will shine forth. It is Christ that dwells within her, the hope of her glory (Colossians 1:27). Jesus Christ is the Life and Light of the world, so He has sent forth His Bride to be gathered to show forth the praises of God. Wherever they go there will be marvelous works that God Himself does, and manifestations of the Spirit of God. This is the rainfall that was promised before His 2nd coming, in order to prepare a people for the Lord Jesus Christ. The Lord was fore-told by all the prophets, from Moses, to the Psalms, to the prophets, and people must realize that it is Jesus of Nazareth. Another obvious mention of Jesus in the Psalms is Psalm 8, where David wrote, “For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour. Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet” (Psalm 8:5-6) This is the passage mentioned in the book of Hebrews, where Jesus Christ is the Son of man who is given authority over all of the Father’s works. He is the one who supplants the first Adam and is now the Head of the New Creation, in which there is a crowning of eternal glory by God Himself. When Jesus was resurrected from death, He was ascended, exalted and glorified by the Father. These Scriptures were fulfilled when Christ died and rose again, and was given eternal glory at the right hand of God.
The Psalms often describe the many trials of the Saints, but also that the God of Israel is a Deliverer out of all trials. Psalm 34 and Psalm 107 are both great to read when people need hope of deliverance. God always delivered Israel and provided for their needs and wants, He was a doting Father unto Israel. He always told Israel how blessed they would be if they kept His commandments and do the things He told them to do. The Psalms taught that there are many trials for a righteous man, but when they call upon God they are delivered. As David wrote, “Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all.” (Psalm 34:19) Whatever brings people to a place of need for God is a good instrument He is using. Also there are many righteous people who must be tried in order to purify and whiten their garments, just as in the case of Job who had a sense of his own integrity before God and Satan buffeted him greatly. Those who seek to keep God’s commandments and have the testimony of Jesus Christ will indeed be tried by fire in order to purge them as pure gold before God. Those who are as little children and find justification by grace and faith will reign in life by Jesus Christ, and these are the Church of the Firstborn. (See Romans 5:17) Trials happen to the Saints in order to make them perfect and to rid the soul of evil and to bring humility, just as the rod of correction is what punishes the disobedient child. But in the New Creation it is the Life of Jesus Christ that is born unto the Church of God as the Firstborn, and those who are remaining will be tried by fire.
One of the things written by John is that those who are born of God do overcome the world by their faith (see 1 John 5:4-5). David’s Psalms spoke a lot about the overcoming of trials by calling upon the LORD and clinging to His promises. David wrote, “This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles.” (Psalm 34:6) The promises of God are for those who search and accept them by faith, so it is important to keep in memory His promises by the Holy Ghost. David was a man that had many trials in his life, so many of his Psalms were about using his faith and trust in God to deliver him. When he sinned with Bathsheba he said, “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.” (Psalm 51:10-11) Also Psalm 107 is a great deliverance Scripture, where several times David wrote about how God always delivers those who call upon His name. He said, “Then they cried unto the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them out of their distresses.” (Psalm 107:6,13,19,28) So it is good to call and cry unto the LORD God for deliverance. Many in the Church of Christ have been satisfied with the world and have not cried unto God. God alone is the Savior of the lost and needy soul, and He gives an everlasting salvation in His Son Jesus Christ.
“In my distress I called upon the LORD, and cried unto my God: he heard my voice out of his temple, and my cry came before him, even into his ears.” - Psalm 18:6
“Moses and Aaron among his priests, and Samuel among them that call upon his name; they called upon the LORD, and he answered them.” - Psalm 99:6
“I called upon the LORD in distress: the LORD answered me, and set me in a large place.” - Psalm 118:5
“He delivered me from my strong enemy, and from them which hated me: for they were too strong for me.” - Psalm 18:17
“For he hath delivered me out of all trouble: and mine eye hath seen his desire upon mine enemies.” - Psalm 54:7
One of the keys of overcoming the world is, through the Grace of God, be devoted unto the Lord Jesus Christ. A lot of people allow the mist of darkness to distract them and entice them to forsake the path of wisdom and righteousness, but if people truly keep their eye single and fixed on the glory of God, and let worship fill their heart, then they will be blessed above all nations. (Deuteronomy 26:19, 28:1) All nations will seek unto Zion for the law of God and for knowledge of spiritual things. (See Isaiah 2:3, Isaiah 60) The only way to have this blessing of Abraham is to do what Abraham did and have faith, do what Solomon did and seek wisdom above all else, do what Jacob did and seek to obtain God’s blessing at any cost, do what Joseph did and endure trials that precede promotion, do what David did and worship God with joy, do what the apostle John did and stay faithful to Jesus Christ, do what Moses did and become meek and lowly before God, and do as the apostle Paul and glory and have joy in all tribulations. Yes, search the Scriptures of all the apostles and prophets of God and you will find wisdom and marvelous works from God. If people follow the Psalms they will learn much wisdom of God’s delivering power, and how He is truly faithful to all generations of them that love Him and keep His words. The last thing to say is that people who are chosen of the Lord Jesus Christ must keep their heart fixed on God and spiritual growth. The inheritance of the Father is received only by those who grow into spiritual adulthood as they continue in faith till the end.
King David wrote under the inspiration of the Holy Ghost that God is a doer of wondrous and marvellous works. I do believe it is one of the interesting themes of the Psalms is how God is a worker of miracles and signs for those who are His people. From Noah’s Ark, to Joseph ruling over Egypt, to Moses parting the Red Sea, we know God can truly do all things, and there is no limit to His power. As David wrote, He is God from everlasting to everlasting, and Jacob is the lot of His inheritance. (Deuteronomy 32:9) The Psalm says, “I will praise thee, O LORD, with my whole heart; I will shew forth all thy marvellous works.” (Psalm 9:1) These works are realized through the Lord Jesus Christ who walked in the Father’s works among Israel, and did the works that no other man did. God did indeed do many wonders and signs among Israel in the days of Moses and Elijah and Elisha, but through Jesus Christ there is access into the divine nature that was not accessible in generations before Him. The Bride of Christ, which is Zion, will also be a people who do the works of Jesus Christ, to testify that He is truly the Light of the world. The power of God from on high is the Holy Ghost baptism that is given to the Sons of God who repent and obey the Gospel. The baptism of the Holy Ghost and the baptism of fire are the needed works of God that will be used to testify and do the works of the Father, as we wait upon Him daily for guidance and wisdom. To be led by the Spirit of God is key to sonship in the Kingdom on earth. (Romans 8:14)
There truly is no limit to the power of the Spirit of God, because He is supernatural. We must not think of Him as though He were human, because He is a Spirit. He quickens and brings life to all things, and He brings His Sons to resurrection and a glorified life. As God’s children put their trust in Him and grow in faith and grace, He will be able to show people more of His power. He only reveals Himself because of faith; as long as people doubt the power of God, they will not see miracles. David wrote, “Many, O LORD my God, are thy wonderful works which thou hast done, and thy thoughts which are to us-ward: they cannot be reckoned up in order unto thee: if I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered.” (Psalm 40:5) The LORD does marvellous works, in order for people to rely on faith, in order to accept His unlimited power. A lot of secular people do not believe in the power of God, but that is because faith does not come by seeing, but by hearing the word of truth (see Romans 10:17). As God said, He requires a broken and contrite heart to work with (Psalm 51:17). The marvellous work of God is to save mankind from his lost condition and at the same time show forth His glory through the people, places, and works that He does, especially through His chosen ones. So truly, spiritual life comes through hearing the words of God, and committing oneself to learning His Word, and as they grow they will be given sight also to behold His glory.
“Say unto God, How terrible art thou in thy works! through the greatness of thy power shall thine enemies submit themselves unto thee.” - Psalm 66:3
“O God, thou hast taught me from my youth: and hitherto have I declared thy wondrous works.” - Psalm 71:17
“I will remember the works of the LORD: surely I will remember thy wonders of old.” - Psalm 77:11
“We will not hide them from their children, shewing to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, and his strength, and his wonderful works that he hath done.” - Psalm 78:4
“Among the gods there is none like unto thee, O Lord; neither are there any works like unto thy works.” - Psalm 86:8
“O LORD, how great are thy works! and thy thoughts are very deep.” - Psalm 92:5
“O LORD, how manifold are thy works! in wisdom hast thou made them all: the earth is full of thy riches.” - Psalm 104:24
There are many Psalms having to mention the great works of God, as David was a true worshiper who knew that He served a powerful God. Some would desire to know when did the LORD’s works begin? When do they come to an end? We are to believe that God’s life is eternal and so are His works. The truth of God is of an ancient age, so people must know that all wisdom is current and modern if it is God’s wisdom. Nothing that God does is dated or old, but all of His treasures are current because of the Holy Spirit, who gives a newness of life and grace, is working the marvels of God. David wrote, “I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.” (Psalm 139:14) David wrote in Psalm 139 that we ourselves are a marvel. God spoke to the dust of the earth and created man; by the unlimited power of His Spirit were Adam and Eve and all inhabitants of the earth made. In wisdom He has created all things, so she who is wisdom is His companion above all! Yes, as people seek wisdom and search for her as gold and silver, they will find the eternal work of God. (Proverbs 2:4) There is no blessing God will withhold to those who seek His highest gift, which is wisdom.
Waiting upon the LORD
One of the common themes of the Psalms is waiting upon the LORD. As we wait upon the LORD and cease to do any of our own works, we find the true Sabbath rest in Jesus Christ. As people cease doing their own will, and accept the rulership of God in their life, then they will prosper. That is God’s master plan for all His disciples is to keep the Sabbath day by waiting upon the LORD and cease doing work on His holy day. I am not talking about the literal sabbath day that the Jews kept, but I am talking about when a soul is committed to doing God’s will, they must also cease doing their own works, and let God perform all things for us. As David wrote, “I will cry unto God most high; unto God that performeth all things for me.” (Psalm 57:2) What an incredible word of Scripture! If people wait upon God, then He will do the works, and if the Branch of the Lord does any works, then it must be through the Vine who is Christ dwelling within. Only through a union with Christ can any man bear fruit in the Kingdom (see John 15). There are many promises in the Psalms about waiting upon God, such as “For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the LORD, they shall inherit the earth.” (Psalm 37:9) Psalm 37 is a great word of truth concerning the waiting process that is necessary for reigning with Christ. Those who are kings must wait, study and be connected with God every day in prayer for the people they minister to, and God will promote them over the land if they do this.
There are times when humans get impatient and hasty in their decisions, because there is always a desire for instant gratification, but the LORD God who is the Father of His people, often causes people to wait upon Him in expectancy and faith in order to prove them, depending on what type of blessing they are seeking for. Quietly waiting upon the LORD is the best way to practice devotion to God, and to be as Mary and sit at Jesus’ feet and learn. (Luke 10:42) To be as Nathaniel and be found under the fig tree when the Son of God comes to see him. (John 1:47) There is no better way to practice devotion than to COME AWAY from the cares of this life, and learn and know the Lord in the secret place. What we do in our private and solitary life is recorded by God in heaven, as to our prayers and fasting, which in this case fasting means coming away from the worldly cares and focusing on God with singleness of heart. David wrote, “Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.” (Psalm 27:14)
Yes, God gives His children strength in the secret place of devotion and prayer. God gives joy and blessing in the secret place of devotion to Him. As long as people hunger and thirst for God, He will allow them to have time for both their work, family, and fun, but only if they keep God first and not compromise the communion they have with Him. Our bodies, if we be Christ’s, are the Temple of God, and His Temple is a house of prayer for all nations. (Isaiah 56:7) His Temple is a holy place, and God dwells in the heart, and as we wait upon Him, we will prosper in all things as David also wrote, “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.” (Psalm 1:1-3) As we wait upon God, and study and spiritually understand His Word, we will bear fruit with patience, and prosper in all things. This promise is for all men, as in James 1:5, God promises to give wisdom liberally to all men who ask Him in faith.
“Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.” - Psalm 37:7
“Wait on the LORD, and keep his way, and he shall exalt thee to inherit the land: when the wicked are cut off, thou shalt see it.” - Psalm 37:34
“And now, Lord, what wait I for? my hope is in thee.” - Psalm 39:7
“I wait for the LORD, my soul doth wait, and in his word do I hope.” - Psalm 130:5
According to the Scriptures, God desires to be the sole Being of worship. Sometimes He will remove other places, people and things from our life, momentarily, in order for us to look to Him alone and not be distracted. Only as the soul and mind are FIXED on Jehovah is true worship achieved. We cannot be called worshippers of the only living God if we do not become sanctified by waiting upon the LORD God of Israel, and the Mighty One of Jacob. Only through separation is a woman blessed by her husband, and so only through being separated unto Christ as Husband is a man to be blessed by God. (See Romans 7:4) Long hair is a symbol of separation to divine authority, which is why Jesus had long hair and which is why women have long hair, because Jesus was subject to the Father’s will to accomplish the work of atonement, and a woman is subject to man, as man is the image and glory of God (1 Corinthians 11:4, 11:7). Jesus Christ did not walk as a free man, but He was a subordinate of the Heavenly Father, in order to bring salvation to mankind and bring an end to the curse of sin revealed by the Law of Moses. As David wrote throughout the Psalms, it is in Christ that we trust and who we wait upon daily. Only through being a disciple of Christ is perfect joy and perfect love found. Only through Jesus Christ and His atonement is perfect satisfaction found, the thing that all men have waited for only comes through the Lord Jesus Christ.
The River of God
The Psalms of David have many mentions of the water of life, and sometimes he refers to it as the river of God. In the Paradise of God in the book of Revelation it mentions the tree of life and also the pure water of life. These blessings are for those who follow the LORD God fully and abide in His Son Jesus Christ, and obey His everlasting gospel. Water itself often represents the life of the world and biological growth in nature. Without water there is no growth in plant life, and so the same is true in spiritual and heavenly life. Water brings the promise of fruitfulness, and this water is what dwells in the heart of a redeemed man. David wrote, “Thou visitest the earth, and waterest it: thou greatly enrichest it with the river of God, which is full of water: thou preparest them corn, when thou hast so provided for it.” (Psalm 65:9)
Just as it is written in Ezekiel 47, the river of life is what brings life wherever it flows to. Wherever the waters reach will bring God’s heavenly essence to it, because as Moses wrote, the water of life is God’s good treasure of heaven (Deuteronomy 28:12). The bread of life is the food that is necessary to grow thereby, but Jesus Christ promises to give a drink of living water to those who thirst for Him. This water is not a metaphor or anything, the water of God’s pleasure is the water of the Holy Ghost that dwells in the redeemed human body, which is the Temple of God. Celestial and Heavenly life is what the apostle Paul calls, “Righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost” (Romans 14:17). The Kingdom of God is entered through by tribulation and trials, but it yields righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost. A lot of people wonder what the difference between something earthly and something heavenly, and the answer is the water of the Spirit is from heavenly origin.
The Heavenly Jerusalem and the earthly Jerusalem, and the New Jerusalem are all typified by different beautiful women. Among them are Abraham’s two wives, Sarah and Hagar, and also Isaac’s wife Rebekah. According to the apostle Paul, a woman is the glory of the man (1 Corinthians 11:7), and the Bride of Jesus Christ is the glory of the Messiah. She will have the glory of God, and in the midst of her is the Tree of Life bearing 12 manner of fruits, one every month, and the pure waters of life coming from her midst. Freedom is what the Spirit of God brings to humanity, and we are children of the free woman, which is the Heavenly Jerusalem, typified by Sarah, and we are the children of Abraham, which are those who have the faith of Jesus Christ. David wrote, “There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High.” (Psalm 46:4)
See, this river of life is that heavenly river of water that brings joy and gladness to the Bride of Christ. The reason living water brings gladness is because the Spirit is what indwells the water, and it represents the love of God dwelling in mankind. The Lord Jesus Christ is the only access to the fountain of living water, as He told the woman of Samaria, “Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.” (John 4:10) So Jesus told the woman of Samaria that she must, “Go, call thy husband, and come here” in order to experience the blessing of God, but she had no husband. Jesus asked her something that He knew she did not have, which was a husband. This blessing of living water is only for those who are sanctified as husband and wife from the hand of God. If people abide in this covenant till the end, their children will spring up by the Spirit and the word of God and also be free of sin and the stain of the old creation. (See Isaiah 44:3, Isaiah 59:21)
“They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of thy house; and thou shalt make them drink of the river of thy pleasures.” - Psalm 36:8
“Drink waters out of thine own cistern, and running waters out of thine own well. Let thy fountains be dispersed abroad, and rivers of waters in the streets. Let them be only thine own, and not strangers' with thee. Let thy fountain be blessed: and rejoice with the wife of thy youth.” - Proverbs 5:15-18
“He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.” - John 7:38
“For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water.” - Jeremiah 2:13
Yes, as it is written in the Scriptures, the living water will be flowing through God’s redeemed men and women. By redeemed I mean those who have followed the Lord Jesus Christ, having abided in Him daily, having taken up the Cross and followed Him. This blessing of living water is for those who endure till the end and become partakers of Jesus Christ in marital bliss and rapture. As written by the prophet Ezekiel, “And it shall come to pass, that every thing that liveth, which moveth, whithersoever the rivers shall come, shall live: and there shall be a very great multitude of fish, because these waters shall come thither: for they shall be healed; and every thing shall live whither the river cometh.” (Ezekiel 47:9) Many times the Scriptures talk about redeemed men as being trees which are planted by the waters, and that is what is written in Psalm 1:2-3 and Jeremiah 17:8, that this is the Tree of Life that is part of the divine and heavenly nature. This Tree of Life is what yields the fruit of God and the leaves never fade and are for medicine and healing of the nations (Ezekiel 47:12, Revelation 22:2). This is the redeemed humanity that was purchased by the Lamb of God on Calvary, and through abiding in Him, we will bear much fruit in the vineyard (John 15). The Branch of the Lord is the people of Zion, the people of the Bride of Christ, and the Vine is Jesus Christ Himself dwelling within. Christ is the sum of all spiritual blessings dwelling within the redeemed heart and soul.
The Riches of the Proverbs
King Solomon and His Wisdom
King Solomon was the son of King David and the woman Bathsheba. During Solomon’s reign over Israel, there was great peace in Israel and the enemies of God were subject and paying tribute to King Solomon and Israel. After Solomon became King over Israel, the LORD visited him in a dream and allowed him to have anything he asked for. This would be quite an opportunity for most people to ask for something carnal to gain temporary satisfaction from, but Solomon chose to ask for wisdom, and it is written, this speech pleased the LORD. (1 Kings 3:9-10) The fact that Solomon desired wisdom above all else proved that he had good desires at the outset of his kingdom, and the LORD gave him more wisdom and understanding than all the kings of the world. His three books in the Bible are Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Solomon, which are some of the best spiritual food in the Old Testament. The LORD blessed Solomon more than any other king in the Old Testament, and the LORD magnified him exceedingly, according to the Scriptures. (1 Chronicles 29:25) Solomon also built the Temple of the LORD, in which David desired the LORD to have a Temple instead of a tent to worship in. So Solomon was chosen to build the Temple of the LORD, and the Priesthood of Levi would be used in the Temple instead of the less quality tent. Solomon did stumble in his latter years, having joined himself to strange women of Canaan, and turned his heart away from the LORD. The LORD warned Israel in Deuteronomy not to marry strange women, or to multiply wives for yourself, which is something Solomon took the liberty of doing. Overall, Solomon has a good name sake due to his impact and majesty that he had, as the Queen of Sheba was left breathless and astonished at the greatness of Solomon (1 Kings 10:4-5). He glorified God in many ways, and most prophets and teachers of spiritual things hold him in high esteem for what he represents, which is wisdom and might which are of Jesus Christ.
Solomon is a man who found immediate favor and grace from the LORD, simply by being humble enough and modest enough to ask for wisdom. In the epistle of James 1:5, it says that God gives liberally His wisdom to anyone who asks for it. There would be many more great kings like Solomon, with riches, fame, and honor, only if they go through the gates of wisdom. For the proverb says, “Blessed is the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors.” (Proverbs 8:34) This is precisely what Jesus Christ spoke to His disciples, saying that he who watches and prays always will be the one who is prepared to be ruler over all the goods of the Father. (Luke 12:42, Matthew 24:45) This work of restoration of all things is typified by Joseph in Egypt who fed the corn to all the world during the 7 year famine. His brothers who left him for dead had to admit he was God’s chosen vessel after seeing him as the ruler of Egypt! But what Solomon’s story teaches, along with rulers like Joseph and Daniel, is that the spirit of wisdom is what is needed to bear rule and judgment. As Jesus said, we must not premeditate any of the words of God, but let the Holy Spirit speak as we wait upon Him. (Matthew 10:20, Mark 13:11) The purpose of studying and praying is to prepare for the Kingdom of God, and reigning conjointly with Christ the Beloved. Both David and Solomon offer a lot of anointed words of wisdom, and they are necessary promises of God for the Church of the Living God. As Frances J. Roberts wrote, wisdom will greatly enrich our lives. (Come Away My Beloved - “Cherish My Words”, “The Need For Greater Faith”) It is the waters of life, the waters of inspiration that never run dry, it is the meal and the oil in the day of Elijah given to the widow of Zarapheth (1 Kings 17:16); the LORD wants people to know His life is unending and unlimited. We must take Him at His word since it can’t be proven in any given moment, but eternal life can be revealed in the person of Jesus Christ, of whom Solomon was a type and figure.
“Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so great a people? And the speech pleased the Lord, that Solomon had asked this thing.” - 1 Kings 3:9-10
“And the LORD magnified Solomon exceedingly in the sight of all Israel, and bestowed upon him such royal majesty as had not been on any king before him in Israel.” - 1 Chronicles 29:25
“Did not Solomon king of Israel sin by these things? yet among many nations was there no king like him, who was beloved of his God, and God made him king over all Israel: nevertheless even him did outlandish women cause to sin.” - Nehemiah 13:26
“And when the queen of Sheba had seen all Solomon's wisdom, and the house that he had built, And the meat of his table, and the sitting of his servants, and the attendance of his ministers, and their apparel, and his cupbearers, and his ascent by which he went up unto the house of the LORD; there was no more spirit in her.” - 1 Kings 10:4-5
“For he was wiser than all men; than Ethan the Ezrahite, and Heman, and Chalcol, and Darda, the sons of Mahol: and his fame was in all nations round about.” - 1 King 4:31
Yes, as it is written, all nations knew of the greatness of King Solomon. King David had many sons that did not amount to much, but with Solomon there was order and glory due to his commitment to learning wisdom. Even though Solomon fell from grace at the end, he is often remembered for the good and bountiful life that he lived as Israel’s king, and he put Israel on the map as a great kingdom. In the book of Ecclesiastes we see a picture of Solomon’s view of earthly life. We see that he considered all things to be vain under the sun, and that in man’s fallen condition there is not much hope. It would only be through Jesus Christ and His indwelling life, and the outpouring of the Holy Ghost that humanity would have abundant grace and an eternal purpose. It is only through the Grace Covenant that there is limitless glory for the Saints, but King David and King Solomon definitely gave a tiny foretaste of the blessing of those who seek wisdom with the whole heart. Solomon wrote that wisdom is what brings the crown of glory, and he admitted wisdom is a she personality that accompanies the LORD and in whom He delights greatly. (Proverbs 4:9, 8:30) So this truth does put wisdom on a different scale, as Solomon wrote, “For wisdom is a defence, and money is a defence: but the excellency of knowledge is, that wisdom giveth life to them that have it.” (Ecclesiastes 7:12) Yes, as it is written, wisdom gives life, wisdom gives grace and truth and she is eternally united with God.
Wisdom Gives Life and Peace
One of the most important things about wisdom is that she gives peace and rest to the soul of man. The name Solomon means “peace”, and the name Noah means “rest”, which are similar words, and they are always before our eyes when we seek the Kingdom of God and His righteousness. As the Scripture says, Christ Himself is peace (Micah 5:5, Ephesians 2:4). There is no greater source of peace than God Himself in the person of His Son. When He offered Himself on Calvary, it was a manifestation of God’s judgment on sin and Satan, but also God’s peace offering for sinful humanity to partake of. As the apostle Paul wrote, “The peace of God surpasses all understanding” (Philippians 4:7). This is what we need as Saints, is to be at peace with God, and also at rest, which means ceasing from our own labors (see Hebrews 4). The Cross of Christ is what separates the flesh from the Spirit, and the world from the Kingdom of God, so that we can be sanctified and holy unto God. Solomon wrote, “Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace. She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her: and happy is every one that retaineth her.” (Proverbs 3:17-18) All of her paths are peace, says the Scripture, and that is why wisdom must become the primary pursuit of the children of God. Zion is the true wife that the Saints must be married to, as Paul wrote, “To avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife” (1 Corinthians 7:2). The Sons of God are going to marry the City of Zion, as it is written, “For as a young man marrieth a virgin, so shall thy sons marry thee: and as the bridegroom rejoiceth over the bride, so shall thy God rejoice over thee.” (Isaiah 62:5) Yes, Zion is the New Jerusalem that the Lord will marry, and she is the opposite of the harlot and strange woman called Babylon. The substance and goods of Zion will be of a heavenly nature, so those who are redeemed by the Lord Jesus Christ will also be heavenly in nature as they grow into full grown men and women (1 Corinthians 15:49).
There is a lot to teach about wisdom, but as the apostle Paul wrote, she is part of the eternal purpose that God has with His Bride (Ephesians 3:10). The Lord will show His Church the manifold wisdom of God, and proclaim with a trumpet the everlasting Gospel, with praise and worship in the hearts of God’s people! The fire is the testimony of the Bride of Christ, she is the one who possesses the oil of the Holy Ghost, just as the 5 virgins in Matthew 25, and the oil is what brings light! Solomon wrote, “My son, let not them depart from thine eyes: keep sound wisdom and discretion: So shall they be life unto thy soul, and grace to thy neck. Then shalt thou walk in thy way safely, and thy foot shall not stumble. When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid: yea, thou shalt lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet. Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it cometh. For the LORD shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot from being taken.” (Proverbs 3:21-26) These are some of my favorite Scriptures concerning wisdom, that she is life to the soul and grace to the neck, that she is the one that brings peace to the soul in order that people are not afraid. Sudden fear and desolation are for the wicked, but those who fear the Lord and receive wisdom through their hearing ears, they will know that God is true and holy. Wisdom is truly an endless pursuit, there is no human grasping of the intelligence of God. Solomon was the only one who asked for wisdom in the Old Testament, and he was called God’s son in that manner, because truly only God knows wisdom and not man himself, and His sons must also know wisdom if they are of the divine nature.
“Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding. For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold. She is more precious than rubies: and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her. Length of days is in her right hand; and in her left hand riches and honour.” - Proverbs 3:13-16
“So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding; Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding; If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures; Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God.” - Proverbs 2:2-5
“Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth. Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: love her, and she shall keep thee. Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding. Exalt her, and she shall promote thee: she shall bring thee to honour, when thou dost embrace her. She shall give to thine head an ornament of grace: a crown of glory shall she deliver to thee.” - Proverbs 4:5-9
“Hear; for I will speak of excellent things; and the opening of my lips shall be right things. For my mouth shall speak truth; and wickedness is an abomination to my lips. All the words of my mouth are in righteousness; there is nothing froward or perverse in them. They are all plain to him that understandeth, and right to them that find knowledge. Receive my instruction, and not silver; and knowledge rather than choice gold. For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it.” - Proverbs 8:6-11
The wisdom of God is said to have been from everlasting, just as God is from everlasting. It seems difficult for the human mind to grasp an eternal principal such as wisdom, but there is no time where wisdom and truth were not with God, but there are many revelations of the Spirit that are unfolding in these last times. There is a difference between the word of God and the wisdom of God, and it is the Spirit of wisdom that gives understanding and what interprets the written Word. It is the Spirit of God that contains the sevenfold Spirit, which is the spirit of wisdom, the spirit of knowledge, the spirit of understanding, the spirit of counsel, the spirit of might, and the spirit of the fear of the Lord (see Isaiah 11). These were upon Jesus Christ, even as a 12 year-old boy, the Jews were astonished at His doctrine. (Luke 2:47) This will also be upon Zion and those who grow into Christ’s likeness in His family. Wisdom truly is a great thing in God’s eyes, God is a Spirit, but wisdom is always beside Him, daily as His delight (Proverbs 8:30). All of the LORD’s purposes are set in eternity, and to manifest His glory, and to bring everlasting joy to those who love Him and keep His covenant of grace and truth.
Righteousness in the Proverbs
The Proverbs of Solomon often mention righteousness and how it delivers from death. There is no higher pursuit for Christians than to seek righteousness. Not that we should seek our own righteousness, which is of the law, but the righteousness of the faith of Jesus Christ, which is true righteousness. The law is not a legitimate union with faith, they are contrary to one another, so people must understand that the law of God is made flesh and blood in the person of the Lord Jesus Christ, in order to make God’s word palatable and an acceptable peace offering for the Saints to eat of. Jesus Christ is the unleavened bread of life, meaning He has no corruption in Him, but is sincere, true and holy. Jesus said, if anyone eat of this bread, they will live forever (John 6:51, v58). As Solomon wrote, “Treasures of wickedness profit nothing: but righteousness delivereth from death.” (Proverbs 10:2) Yes, that is the key, is that righteousness delivers from death. The principal of life is rooted in the righteousness of God, and Christ Himself is made to be the Source of righteousness for the Saints. (1 Corinthians 1:30) Christ was the perfect offering for sin, because He was without sin, and He was offered for the Saints to eat and drink of, and through this process of eating the Passover we are delivered from sin. As our soul travails with Christ, we will see the satisfaction and be glad in the end. (Isaiah 53:11) Solomon wrote, “The righteousness of the upright shall deliver them: but transgressors shall be taken in their own naughtiness.” (Proverbs 11:6) Here is another Scripture about righteousness delivering from death. Remember how Daniel was delivered from the lion’s den, and remember how the 3 Hebrews were thrown into the fiery furnace; righteousness and innocency before God is a form of divine protection. Daniel was a prophet that was devoted to God, and his commitment to prayer and fellowship with God was a great profit to his soul. Other prophets were killed in cold blood, but Daniel was spared; God had to intervene where there was a truly righteous soul.
One thing about the Bride of Christ, is she is the Branch who will be named, “The LORD our righteousness” (Jeremiah 33:16). It’s important that the New Creation in Christ Jesus all understand that the Lord Himself is our righteousness, and that the City of the Living God is a city clothed in God’s wedding garments, purchased by the Lamb’s blood. There is no human righteousness, no religious justification, there is only the Cross and the blood of the Lamb, and the word of our testimony, that defeats the enemy (Revelation 12:11). Solomon wrote, “In the way of righteousness is life; and in the pathway thereof there is no death.” (Proverbs 12:28) So in this Scripture, it is evident that righteousness is the source of immortality and endurance of life, by the eating and drinking of the Lord Jesus Christ and His perfect offering. Wisdom says, she is able to prolong our days, and this prolonging of days, as heaven on earth, is only through living in Christ, for Jesus said, “I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?” (John 11:25-26) Jesus promised that those who believe on His name will be resurrected from death, and those who abide in Him will never die. The only way to abide in Christ is through the Grace covenant, and by walking by faith daily, partaking of His bread and wine. Faith is the Life of God manifest in our vessel, there is no life without the faith of God in us. Faith is the highest and loftiest principal of God, for without faith we cannot please Him (Hebrews 11:6). Our faith should always have an equal amount of love, as a breast plate, because they are of equal size to Beloved. If any claim to have faith, they must also have the same amount of love, for Paul wrote, “faith worketh by love” (Galatians 5:6).
“He that speaketh truth sheweth forth righteousness: but a false witness deceit.” - Proverbs 12:17
“Righteousness keepeth him that is upright in the way: but wickedness overthroweth the sinner.” - Proverbs 13:6
“Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.” - Proverbs 14:34
“The way of the wicked is an abomination unto the LORD: but he loveth him that followeth after righteousness.” - Proverbs 15:9
“He that followeth after righteousness and mercy findeth life, righteousness, and honour.” - Proverbs 21:21
One thing Solomon wrote is learning to speak the truth is a means of showing righteousness. Some people in the world are so deceived by the enemy they can’t even speak the truth on any matter, but those who speak the truth unashamedly are showing forth righteousness. Also Solomon wrote that righteousness is what exalts a nation. If people learn to do righteousness, and speak the truth with their neighbor, they will help promote the city, state or country that they live in. As long as people are ashamed of the Gospel or the works of righteousness, than they are not right with God. There is nothing to be ashamed of if people are desiring to please God and receive a high reward from His throne. It is the wicked that will be ashamed in the day of judgment, because they have been following the enemy and have sought the praise of the world. Wisdom says, “I lead in the way of righteousness, in the midst of the paths of judgment: That I may cause those that love me to inherit substance; and I will fill their treasures.” (Proverbs 8:20-21) Yes, as people follow the call of wisdom in their life, they will have a great inheritance, the wisdom of God will promote them and give them riches, honor and life abundant. Don’t assume God won’t give what He promises in His Word, but people must ask, seek, knock and WAIT upon the LORD and He will deliver us from all troubles. The last scripture in this chapter is important, for the whole book of Proverbs is summed up with this saying, “Then shalt thou understand righteousness, and judgment, and equity; yea, every good path.” (Proverbs 2:9) The purpose of wisdom is to understand righteous judgment, and the ways of God, and so it would be good to study Proverbs and let the Holy Ghost keep in memory the good word.
Fruit of the Lips
A lot of the writings of King Solomon have to do with the importance of doctrine, good words, sweet words, the fruit of the lips bringing life to the soul and grace to the neck. A lot of his writings are speaking of the glory of the word of God and the great harvest for those who labor in it, who speak it, who receive it, who publish it. Truly that is what God has provided to His people is the Cornerstone. Those who confess that Jesus is the Christ, and have faith on His name, they have the right of sonship (see John 1:12). This is a way for God to separate His people from the worldly ones, is those who are Christ’s are they who hear the word of God and come unto Christ His Son. If people have this Cornerstone, and follow and abide in Him daily, they are founded on the Rock of God’s truth. It is only by the Grace of God that we can abide in day of Christ, or do the work of Christ. The Lord Jesus Christ IS the foundation stone of the Temple, so faith on His name is the most important and first work of salvation. But as the apostle Paul wrote, we must take heed to build gold, silver and precious stones upon the foundation, which represent the souls that are purified and built up in the word of grace. (See 1 Corinthians 3:13) As King Solomon wrote, “A man's belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth; and with the increase of his lips shall he be filled.” (Proverbs 18:20) This is something the apostles and prophets wrote about is learning the doctrine of Christ and speaking in the name of the Lord, and bearing fruit in the souls of those who have ears to hear and obey Him. Since Christ is called, “the Word of God”, we must know that to spread this message of Christ is the eternal work and the means by which we possess the inheritance of the Eternal Father.
As the apostle Paul wrote, the end of the law is “love from a pure heart, from faith unfeigned, and a good conscience”. (1 Timothy 1:5) So any doctrine or prophecy that claims to be inspired by God must be judged by the Bible, as there are indeed always more inspired writings to receive, and anointed teachings of Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit is what teaches His people all truth, and out of this well of living water is everlasting life and an endless source of wisdom. (John 4:14) There are many proverbs about life and death being in the tongue, and how a good tongue is likened to choice silver. (Proverbs 18:21, Proverbs 10:20) Solomon wrote how that good words are like apples of gold in pictures of silver, but these are the words that proceed from God’s heart and by the anointing of the Spirit. (Proverbs 25:11) There are also many hidden sayings about plowing the field, sowing and harvesting, which represents the sowing and reaping of the word of God and delivering souls from bondage of corruption. The proverb says, “A man shall be satisfied with good by the fruit of his mouth: and the recompence of a man's hands shall be rendered unto him.” (Proverbs 12:14) This is a wonderful scripture, teaching us that wisdom and the words of the Lord are what is the true substance of life. If we keep our tongue from evil, and learn to speak good and do well, we will be satisfied with abundant life. In truth, it is the Lord Jesus Christ as the Living Word manifested in the flesh, that is the substance of faith and love, truly He is the sum of all spiritual things.
“Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.” - Proverbs 18:21
“A man shall eat good by the fruit of his mouth: but the soul of the transgressors shall eat violence.” - Proverbs 13:2
“The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.” - Proverbs 11:30
“The labour of the righteous tendeth to life: the fruit of the wicked to sin.” - Proverbs 10:16
One of the things mentioned in Proverbs a few times is the Tree of Life being the fruit of the righteous and that it is the wisdom of God. She, as Wisdom, is called by Solomon the Tree of Life (Proverbs 3:18). The Tree of Life is referring to Christ Himself, and the Love of God manifested in Paradise, but it came at a high price. It came by way of the Cross and the shed blood of Christ, and that the sign of the Cross is the brazen serpent on a pole that Moses lifted up, that whoever looks upon this sign will live. (Numbers 21:9) In other words, God’s Wisdom is undeniable and irrefutable truth, so that just by looking at the sign, the person will live. Jesus said, “For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist.” (Luke 21:15) Jesus promises to give wisdom and a mouth to speak His truth, and this testimony is important in saving others, and finding satisfaction for our own soul, and it will also be used to judge the Gentiles. Christ is being formed within the believing soul, and that is the Tree of Life planted by the rivers of living water (see Psalm 1:2-3). God’s fountain is an endless spring of life, from eternity to eternity, there is always more blessings and pleasures forever more. As hard as it is for the natural man to believe, it is the truth, those who follow Christ till the end will have the days of heaven on earth.
Satisfaction From Himself
One of the amazing things about the proverbs is one of them says “a good man will be satisfied from himself”. (Proverbs 14:14) A lot of people might not understand this Scripture, because a lot of New Testament scriptures talk about denial of self, and how we must not seek satisfaction from ourselves, but to please our neighbor, to please God, to be others-minded. But it is true, that once a man is born of God, he has the tree of life growing in himself, in his soul. The only way to truly be a good man is to be in union with Christ as the Husband, in which we have an eternal source of satisfaction. We no longer need other people to be our necessary friends and life sources, but we have the eternal Source of life within our own heart. It doesn’t mean we don’t enjoy other people or family, but it means we no longer are dependent on the help of humans rather than God. A lot of people who live in the natural life live dependent on other humans, but if people abide in Christ as a new creation, only God is absolutely all in all. There are many peculiar statements in the proverbs like this, and it is good to ask the Holy Ghost for enlightenment on the words of Solomon. What a marvellous truth! To have the Holy Spirit dwelling in us is to have the Source of all good, all blessings, all truth, all wisdom. He is the Promise of the Father, but God’s children must let Him in and let Him lead them and fill them.
Fasting is a good way to come away with Christ in the secret place and have fellowship with God. To fast is to abstain from the world and its cares, and come away in solitary communion with God and His Word. This is where we cast our cares upon Him, pray to the Father, learn wisdom, and enjoy His presence through our faith. To have a literal fast from food is good only if the Holy Spirit leads a soul, as He did John the Baptist and Jesus Christ, but we must not think that fasting from literal food is a means of justifying ourselves. But yes, fasting from the world, fasting from the cares of this life, fasting from anxiety, is the most acceptable sacrifice unto Jehovah. He sees the time we spend in devotion, He sees the tears falling, He sees the labor and joy for His gospel, and Jesus said there is an open reward from His hand for those who fast and pray in secret (Matthew 6:16). As Jesus said, when we fast, we must anoint our Head, and wash our face, and not let others see our suffering for Christ, but rather, let others see the joy of the Lord in our face. Others who see that we are blessed, and full of joy, will be given a good witness of Jesus Christ. As long as men and women of God do not have His joy in them, then truly, Christ died in vain. Sure, there is sorrow when it comes to repentance, if we have sinned, but the end product of Jesus Christ’s salvation is the Joy of God, inexpressible and full of glory (see 1 Peter 1:8, John 16:22).
“The backslider in heart shall be filled with his own ways: and a good man shall be satisfied from himself.” - Proverbs 14:14
“The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way.” - Psalm 37:23
“Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.” - 1 Peter 1:8
“And ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you.” - John 16:22
Yes, the Joy of God is experienced as a resurrection glory of the Father. As Christ saves us, as He dwells in our heart by faith, He also brings us to victory and full joy. Who can ever know all the unspeakable joys of knowing Jehovah and His Only Begotten Son? This is only the beginning of eternal life; but when people are fully saved, saved to the uttermost, then the Lord will cause them to ride on the high places of the earth, bringing fulfillment to the inheritance and blessing of Jacob, whom Isaac his father blessed all the way back in Genesis. To keep the Sabbath is to cease doing our own works in God’s rest. Grace does not require any of our own works, Grace only requires faith in Jesus Christ, and a willingness to yield to Him as Lord. The Holy Ghost is the power we need to obey the Lord, to understand His doctrine and abide in it, to find holiness as a product of an obedient life. An obedient life is a fragrant and sweet savor unto Jehovah. An obedient life is the only life that is truly rewarded in the end. An obedient life is allowing Christ to live in us, and to glorify God in all that we do and say.
One thing that is repeated throughout the Scriptures, especially the New Testament writers, is the endurance of Christian faith till the end. Just as with the faith of Abraham, which is an example for us, there must be God’s promise, there must be patiently waiting in faith, and then there is the fulfillment of the promise. In Abraham’s case, it was 25 years of waiting, which speaks of the patience that the Heavenly Father has, Abraham being a type of Jehovah. It is the same principal as seed, time, and harvest. We must sow the Seed, we must WAIT in time devoted to Him in faith, and then the harvest comes where we rejoice in the fruit. The harvest is when we partake of the hope, just as when Jacob finally got to marry Rachel after 14 years, so that is a good example of enduring till the point of fulfillment. Solomon wrote, “For surely there is an end; and thine expectation shall not be cut off.” (Proverbs 23:18) Solomon wrote that our expectation shall not be cut off, we won’t be disappointed with the harvest that God brings. The years given to faith have an end, and as the Apostle Peter wrote, we will have inexpressible joy and full of glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ (1 Peter 1:8). Solomon also wrote, “Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life.” (Proverbs 13:12) Solomon is saying that the fulfillment of our dream or hope will become a tree of life for us. How amazing is that? For many years, Gentiles and Jews have had no true hope of eternal life, but through the Lord Jesus Christ and His everlasting Gospel, they will obtain a strong consolation, a free gift of righteousness followed by the eternal glory of God. (Romans 5:18) If we are hopeless our heart is sick, but in the endurance of faith there is great reward!
Many of the New Testament writers wrote about the END of our faith. In the epistle of Hebrews particularly, Paul mentions several times about enduring till the end, and how important it is to be steadfast in the faith of Jesus Christ. During this endurance of faith, through the wilderness of sin, God’s people must study the Scriptures and pray diligently in patience and hope. Jesus promises that those who lose their life for the Gospel of Christ, will find it again (Matthew 10:39). So it is a guarantee for those who lose their life to Jesus Christ, that He will give them a new and glorious life. It is the promises in the Bible that guarantee our success, so people of faith must study the promises in the Bible and hold fast. As Peter wrote, “Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.” (2 Peter 1:4) Everything God promises in His Word is a guarantee, but people do have to contend for the faith and stick to the path of life in hope. Those who draw back or fall away, as Paul wrote, God has no pleasure in people who fall away; they aren’t committed to Christ Jesus (Hebrews 10:38).
“But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.” - Matthew 24:13
“Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.” - James 5:11
“But Christ as a Son over his own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end.” - Hebrews 3:6
“For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end” - Hebrews 3:14
“And we desire that every one of you do shew the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end” - Hebrews 6:11
Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.” - 1 Peter 1:8-9
“Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ” - 1 Peter 1:13
In the 4 Gospels of Jesus Christ, Jesus made it seem like you had to endure till the end to be saved, but in reality, He referred to being “saved to the uttermost” (Hebrews 7:25), in other words, receiving a fullness of God. If people do not receive a full reward for their endurance with God’s promise, then they will be disappointed. It is a true saying, that those who seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and not give up, will find all the things they need and want (see Matthew 6:33, Psalm 84:11). Although it is important to note, that it is not those who will or run, but it is God who shows mercy that causes prosperity. (Romans 9:16) Prosperity in Christ Jesus comes by full commitment to Him, it is the only way to receive His best, is to do as Abraham and wait upon Him. Abraham received all the best and fine things of life, because he allowed God to help him, and he believed the word when God spoke to him. Those who doubt the word have no chance to receive the blessing of Abraham, because they consider God to be a liar. God may indeed delay a blessing for when we are ready for it, but it is still a guarantee for those who continue in faith. “He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent maketh rich.” (Proverbs 10:4) Solomon wrote here that to be diligent in work, the labor of God, is to bring forth riches. He’s not talking about worldly work, because he also said, “labour not to be rich” (Proverbs 23:4). So we know that he is referring to spiritual labors that make rich, so long as we are diligent in our spiritual labor and not slothful. God will give each laboring soul a vision, and those who keep the faith till the end will be rewarded 100 fold. (Matthew 19:29)
The Bread and Wine of Wisdom
One thing people must be aware of is the fact that Wisdom alone does not do the job of redemption; there must be the shedding of blood for remission of sin according to the Scriptures. As beautiful as the Wisdom of God is when in the mouth of Solomon, he was still sinful and needing a Savior in the Lord Jesus Christ. It is the Cross of the Lord Jesus wherein sin is truly dealt with, as the Apostle Paul taught, Christ was a sin offering, He was made sin for us on Calvary. (2 Corinthians 5:21) The truth about humanity in the Old Testament was always the constant reminder that mankind is fallen in sin, and the Levite Priesthood in its fleshly ordinances, was a witness to this through its blood sacrifices. King Solomon wrote, “Come, eat of my bread, and drink of the wine which I have mingled.” (Proverbs 9:5) Yes, it is the Wisdom of God that gives the unleavened Bread of the Lord Jesus Christ on the Cross, and God’s Wisdom was accomplished in the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 1:24) It is the proof of the Melchizedek Priesthood that there must be an offering of spiritual Bread and Wine through the offering of the Body of Jesus Christ. As it is written in Genesis, “And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God.” (Genesis 14:18) This bread and wine was offered to Abraham as a representation of Christ the Redeemer of the world, of whom would descend through Abraham. The Bread of God stands for the sinless humanity of Jesus Christ, and it means He truly did not have the principal of sin in His human life, which made Him a perfect offering to God on behalf of sinful humanity. As we eat of this Bread, as Jesus said, we will never die; it is a covenant of God to eat the daily bread and walk in His wisdom. (See John 6:51)
One thing that is interesting is the fact that Wisdom is the one who causes men to reign, but they must turn unto Jesus Christ, and repent of all things that offend the Holy Ghost. That is God’s process is following the principal of repentance and faith in Christ till the end. We truly become one with Christ through the atonement; He offers us the divine nature that is inherent in Himself as we eat of His holy offering and live according to faith. A lot of men do not truly repent or walk in the single path, as Jesus said, “He that walketh in darkness knoweth not whither he goeth.” (John 12:35) People who are His disciples will walk in the light of life, the light that spans eternity that only intimacy with Christ can give. Only the Gospel of Grace can lift disciples into reigning with Jesus Christ, otherwise they will be “ever learning and never coming to the knowledge of the truth”. (2 Timothy 3:7) We must not wander through the wilderness of Sin forever, but keep the faith and inherit the promises of God through the courageous following of Christ into the heavenlies. The basic principal is in the Lord’s Prayer, which says “Give us this day our daily bread”. The daily bread that is in Christ is the antitype to the heavenly manna that rained upon the Israelites, but we must know and believe that there is a purpose every day in God. His life is truly endless, even if we can’t understand how, that is the essence of a miracle-working God is to give eternal life through His Son.
“And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled. In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight: If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister” - Colossians 1:21-23
“By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.” - Hebrews 10:10
“For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us; Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace; And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:” - Ephesians 2:14-16
There are many Scriptures that refer to the sinless Body of the Lord Jesus Christ, and these are a few of them that show how the purpose was to receive the Love of God in the person of His Son. God the Father has been forbearing, His grace has been taught and manifested, and His Bride must be perfected by this ministry of the Bread and Wine. People must remember, all the Levitical Priesthood pointed forward to Calvary, and Jesus offered Himself as an eternal offering for the redemption and continuance of human life. As Christians abide in Christ, they are a Branch of righteousness that will bear fruit unto God, and she is an Ensign whereby the Gentiles can see the Light (see Isaiah 11, John 15). But there must be the eating of the daily unleavened Bread of life, which the reason the Passover feast was unleavened bread was because it represents Christ who is without sin or evil, whereas leaven represents puffed up or swelling words. Christ’s body and soul did not have any sin principal in it, He truly was alive in every way, but He had sorrow for the world he lived in. As Jesus said, His flesh and blood are representative of His doctrine, His covenant of Grace to all who receive Him. Calvary was not only a death for friends, but also enemies; it was a fragrant sacrifice for all the world!
Song of Solomon
One of the most spiritual and metaphoric scriptures ever written was penned by King Solomon, and it is called “The Song of Solomon”. Solomon wrote 1005 songs, and this was one of them that the Lord God of Israel chose to preserve in the Holy Bible, because of its deep significance to Jesus Christ and His Bride, represented by Solomon and the Shulamite woman. The woman that is being sung to is Abishag, of whom King Solomon loved and likened her to the whole Kingdom (1 Kings 2:22). Solomon was a very wise and romantic King, just as Christ is a Person of mystery and romance unto His Bride. Solomon had 700 wives, and 300 concubines, but Abishag was the only one who achieved the caliber that was figurative of the Bride of Christ. Solomon wrote, “There are threescore queens, and fourscore concubines, and virgins without number. My dove, my undefiled is but one; she is the only one of her mother, she is the choice one of her that bare her. The daughters saw her, and blessed her; yea, the queens and the concubines, and they praised her.” (Song of Solomon 6:8-9) So in this Scripture, Solomon is stating there are many calibers of intimacy and love to the Lord Jesus Christ, but the Bride is undefiled and chosen of Him as the only one of her mother, the only one of the Grace of God. A lot of people think the Song of Solomon is merely erotic, for they are not spiritual enough to see how it speaks also of spiritual things. The Bride of Christ is the one in whom the Lord Jesus and the Sons of God find the fullness of spiritual goodness, for she represents the manifold wisdom of God. (Ephesians 3:10) During this song she grows from being black and sun-burnt, into being a spotless and holy Bride, in which there is honey, milk and wine, and all spiritual goods for her Beloved (See Song of Solomon 5:1). I recommend Watchman Nee’s book called “Song of Songs”, for he shows many details of this song.
The Song of Solomon is an everlasting love song for those who love the Lord Jesus Christ and know Him in intimacy as the Bridegroom. Also it is good for men and women of God to learn to receive this Christ life in order to be transformed into His Image from glory to glory (2 Corinthians 3:18). If we marry in the Lord, we marry in His name, and we are called to love with His perfect love. It is a new commandment that Jesus gave, to love one another in His name, and with the same love that He has. (John 13:34) We enter into the flow of His eternal life and do all things for His glory. This love and glory must be enjoyed in the bedroom and in the romantic life, for it is written, this love is better than wine! (Song of Solomon 1:2) Yes, the love of Christ is not only likened to water as being pure and holy, but it is also likened to wine, which is romantic and intoxicating. The Bride says, “Behold, thou art fair, my beloved, yea, pleasant: also our bed is green.” (Song of Solomon 1:15-16) The Bride admits that the bed she shares with Him is green, and green always speaks of resurrection life, just as the spring season has life from death every year. People must remember, that love relationships often die in the natural life because we have sin and death in us, and their sexual vitality wanes as they age. But those like Abraham and Sarah experienced a resurrection, and thus they also could say, “our bed is green”. This is the fulfillment of love, is enjoying the perfect love of Christ in all of our human relationships, and if we bear children according to God’s will, they are for the Lord. The Seed of Jesus Christ is heavenly, so people must remember that not everyone will participate in heavenly life. The Bride is a heavenly being, so people must remember not everyone who still walks in the flesh will understand the heavenly call of love.
“Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth: for thy love is better than wine. Because of the savour of thy good ointments thy name is as ointment poured forth, therefore do the virgins love thee. Draw me, we will run after thee: the king hath brought me into his chambers: we will be glad and rejoice in thee, we will remember thy love more than wine: the upright love thee.” - Song of Solomon 1:2-4
“He brought me to the banqueting house, and his banner over me was love.” - Song of Solomon 2:4
King Solomon made himself a chariot of the wood of Lebanon. He made the pillars thereof of silver, the bottom thereof of gold, the covering of it of purple, the midst thereof being paved with love, for the daughters of Jerusalem. Go forth, O ye daughters of Zion, and behold king Solomon with the crown wherewith his mother crowned him in the day of his espousals, and in the day of the gladness of his heart.” - Song of Solomon 3:9-11
“I am come into my garden, my sister, my spouse: I have gathered my myrrh with my spice; I have eaten my honeycomb with my honey; I have drunk my wine with my milk: eat, O friends; drink, yea, drink abundantly, O beloved.” - Song of Solomon 5:1
“Set me as a seal upon thine heart, as a seal upon thine arm: for love is strong as death; jealousy is cruel as the grave: the coals thereof are coals of fire, which hath a most vehement flame. Many waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it: if a man would give all the substance of his house for love, it would utterly be contemned.” - Song of Solomon 8:6-7
One of the things written towards the end of the book, is Solomon wrote about how powerful romantic love truly is. The Lord has put a strong drawing effect on love and sexuality. But this marriage in Christ is heavenly and spiritual, not of the carnal nature or the flesh. The Holy Spirit is the source of divine love, and the Cross of Jesus Christ is what crucifies the carnal flesh, the selfishness of the old man, and these things will not exist in the new creation. The only way to enjoy the romance of the New Creation is to be completely purged of the old sinful life, and the only way to do this is to do as Jesus Christ said and to EAT of His flesh, which is His unleavened bread, which represents His pure doctrine. If we abide in the doctrine of Christ, we will be washed and purified as we endure. The only way to be washed from our old life, is to partake of the new life in Christ Jesus, the one and only sin offering that will make us holy and perfect if we endure till the end. Jesus promises that those who give up their wife, their house, their land, their family, for the sake of Christ, will inherit 100 fold more in their new life. But this will only happen if people become His disciple and learn to eat of His bread every day in faith. The Lord said they WILL inherit 100 fold, but He did not say when they would; we are saved by hope and faith in the promise of God. (Matthew 19:29, Romans 8:24) The blessing of the Song of Solomon is not by any means cheap, but it came at a very high price. It cost all the prophets and apostles much travail and affliction, and it cost Jesus His life on the Cross, to purchase a Bride for Himself. We are the Bride who are the purchased possession, so we must walk in pursuit of the heavenly life. Those who care about earthly things will have the blessing of Esau, but those who desire heavenly things will inherit the higher blessing given to Jacob. (Genesis 27:28-29) Jacob’s blessings included heavenly things and earthly things, whereas Esau’s blessing included only earthly things. The remnant of Jacob will be those who are chosen and faithful to their calling, we must not bow to Esau (the old man), we must bow to Jesus Christ who is the Everlasting Father and Prince of Peace.
The book of Ecclesiastes is a very intriguing writing of King Solomon. In this book, he declares that all things under the sun are indeed vain and the fruit of man’s labour is mere grasping for the wind. This is also what the Apostle Paul wrote in Romans 8, that God subjected the creature to vanity against their will, in hopes of a resurrection into eternal glory. (Romans 8:20) What King Solomon wrote is that there are many things on earth that have no lasting purpose, and the best thing he could suggest doing is to eat, drink and enjoy the good of all our labor. (Ecclesiastes 3:13) But when Jesus spoke to the woman of Samaria, He told her about the gift of God, being the Holy Ghost, and also the Messiah, as being the everlasting source of purpose and satisfaction. (John 4:10) This seems to be a fulfillment of what Solomon was missing in his glorious life, was the salvation that only comes through the incarnation of Jesus Christ. Solomon wrote the truth, “Every man also to whom God hath given riches and wealth, and hath given him power to eat thereof, and to take his portion, and to rejoice in his labour; this is the gift of God.” (Ecclesiastes 5:19) He calls riches, wealth, eating and enjoyment the gift of God, but it is all the more true in the New Testament after the manifestation of the Messiah. Now we fully understand that to enjoy all of God’s glory, we must have the Holy Ghost and the wisdom of God, to bring us purpose and fulfillment. This is the opposite of vanity when people can find the salvation in Christ Jesus, this is what kings and prophets lived without their entire life in the many hundreds of years before Christ. Now, because of the Holy Ghost baptism, we should have more joy, more victory, and a salvation by grace to the uttermost in due time. God has given us all things through His Son, we just need to accept it by faith. (1 Timothy 6:17, Romans 8:32)
Solomon was a King endued with great wisdom and understanding, he enjoyed the fullness of what the earth brought forth, more than any other man. It was due to his mind that was set on wisdom that caused him to order his life to being a magnified King of Israel. It is easy to understand why Solomon fell from grace if people read Ecclesiastes, because he realized the futility and injustice of many activities on earth. He realized that many people labor for what perishes, and many do not find their eternal purpose while in their natural and mortal life. He realized it’s best to enjoy pleasure and happiness as a fruit of our daily labor. One thing about those who labor in the Gospel, is their fruits and wages are of an everlasting value, now that we are in the New Testament. As Jesus said, “And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal: that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together.” (John 4:36) Jesus is referring to His conversation with the woman of Samaria, telling His disciples that those who labor in the Word of God are also sowing and reaping eternal fruits. As we labour in spiritual things, we are eating of the Tree of Life and drinking of the Waters of Life, which is the greatest of all joys according to the Scriptures. The Apostle Paul wrote, “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.” (1 Corinthians 15:58) Paul admits and is confident that the work we do in Christ Jesus is not in vain, but will be of an everlasting and beautiful quality. The work of the Lord is to sow the Seed of the Word of God, both written and spoken, in order for God to receive the glory of His grace gospel. It is not we ourselves that do the work of God, but it is Grace in us that does the work of the Lord, only then is God glorified, only by Grace!
“Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity.” - Ecclesiastes 1:2
“And I gave my heart to seek and search out by wisdom concerning all things that are done under heaven: this sore travail hath God given to the sons of man to be exercised therewith. I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and, behold, all is vanity and vexation of spirit.” - Ecclesiastes 1:13-14
“For God giveth to a man that is good in his sight wisdom, and knowledge, and joy: but to the sinner he giveth travail, to gather and to heap up, that he may give to him that is good before God. This also is vanity and vexation of spirit.” - Ecclesiastes 2:26
“For wisdom is a defence, and money is a defence: but the excellency of knowledge is, that wisdom giveth life to them that have it.” - Ecclesiastes 7:12
“Go thy way, eat thy bread with joy, and drink thy wine with a merry heart; for God now accepteth thy works. Let thy garments be always white; and let thy head lack no ointment. Live joyfully with the wife whom thou lovest all the days of the life of thy vanity, which he hath given thee under the sun, all the days of thy vanity: for that is thy portion in this life, and in thy labour which thou takest under the sun.” - Ecclesiastes 9:7-9
The book of Ecclesiastes is a book of divinely inspired wisdom given to King Solomon, but people have to remember, it is for their life “under the sun”, it is for their mortal life. It looks forward to the grave, when in fact, those who are Christ’s are delivered from the grave and death. The book of Ecclesiastes must be understood within the context of a fallen and mortal life, but also understanding that Solomon is giving a great scope of understanding concerning the affairs of the sons of men in their mortal life, both good things and bad things. He talks about how no man does good, no one is without sin, and there is injustice is government. (Ecclesiastes 7:20, Ecclesiastes 3:16) For those who are born of God through the faith of Jesus Christ, a lot of these writings of Solomon in Ecclesiastes will not be valid for them, for Christ has brought into the heart of a believer everlasting righteousness and resurrection glory. Those who continue in Christ Jesus till the end, if they follow line upon line in the Word of Truth, they will be transformed into His likeness. We must learn to do well, and to continue in faith, by the Grace of God and the power of the Holy Ghost. We must be willing to mortify the deeds of the body so our spirit can be lead into the fountains of life. (Romans 8:13)
A Merry Heart
The last chapter of this book I’d like to discuss the importance of a merry heart. God is only glorified if His children rejoice always and possess a merry heart. The life and testimony of Jesus Christ is our access into merriment and happiness. As King Solomon wrote, “A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.” (Proverbs 17:22) A merry heart comes through having a heart possessed and cleansed by the Holy Ghost, and abides in the Lord Jesus Christ. The Love of God is poured into our heart by the Holy Ghost, and this is the source of our everlasting joy. (Isaiah 35:10, Romans 5:5) We have an everlasting hope and also everlasting joy in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. A broken and contrite spirit is what we have inherited from Adam and Eve due to sin and death, but through God’s inheritance we have joy unspeakable and an eternal marriage union with Christ. The Lord desires His disciples to rejoice through trials and sing of His faithfulness throughout all of our days. As the Apostle Paul taught, “Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.” (Philippians 4:4) We have power to rejoice because of the faith of Christ dwelling in us gives us victory. (1 John 5:4-5) Having a merry heart means we don’t show the world the afflictions of Christ as an outward show of piety, but rather we show the world the rejoicing spirit that we have when we belong to Jesus Christ. Only then are we truly victorious and bring glory to God is when we have the joy of God!
“A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.” - Proverbs 15:13
“All the days of the afflicted are evil: but he that is of a merry heart hath a continual feast.” - Proverbs 15:15
“Go thy way, eat thy bread with joy, and drink thy wine with a merry heart; for God now accepteth thy works.” - Ecclesiastes 9:7
“Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face; That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly.” - Matthew 6:16-18
Sometimes the Lord will remove external blessings in order for us to focus on Him alone, to find the full rejoicing in Him. This is known as fasting and prayer, when people get a clearer vision of the Lord Jesus Christ as our Head. The people of God must remember to cling to the Head and not seek other institutions or other people or things as their head, but remember that only Christ is the Head. The rudiments and philosophies of the world are not to be in place of God’s Word, and the pastors and priests of Christianity are not to be the head over the people; they are servants of Christ if they are genuine to the faith. Only Jesus Christ alone and His testimony is to be upheld as the Head. As Paul taught, “Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind, And not holding the Head, from which all the body by joints and bands having nourishment ministered, and knit together, increaseth with the increase of God.” (Colossians 2:18-19) The reason I mention this Scripture, is because it is important to finding full joy. It is important to be separated unto Christ as Lord and Husband of the Bride of Christ, and not follow or conform to the standards that the world sets up. Only those who do the will of the Father, and forsake the lusts of the world, will enter into eternal life. (1 John 2:17) I hope this book has helped sow some good seeds of Scripture truth, may the Grace of God keep you and guide you into the rejoicing of the Lord Jesus Christ!
Below is a list of devotionals that have really helped rejoice my faith in Christ.
1. Frances J. Roberts - all books
2. Rosalie Willis Storment - all books
3. Abba Calling by Charles Slagle
4. Heavenly Calling by Livingstone Corporation
5. Jesus Calling by Sarah Young
6. God Calling 1 and 2 by A.J. Russell