Послание к Евреям Гл 7 Часть 2
Hebrews Chapter Seven #2
331-238 That she is... I think first we got a little baby here, Doc told me just a few minutes ago, my brother, a brother in flesh, that wanted--was for dedication. And now, if those mothers has got their little tots that they want to dedicate to the Lord, we'd be glad to have them right now to come, bring their little ones up.
Now... And many people, they, what they call, baptize them. The Methodist church does. And I believe the Nazarene; I'm not sure. No, I think that's what they separated on, was infant baptism, the Nazarene and the Free Methodist. But however, some of them, they do one thing and another, but... And some of them pour a little water on them; some sprinkle them, and... But we always try to stay just as close to the Bible as we know how. Now, there's no Scripture in the Bible for a baby to be sprinkled; neither is there Scripture in the Bible for any person to be sprinkled. It's not a Scriptural thing; it's an order of the Catholic church.
331-240 But they--but they do... brought... They did bring little babies to Jesus. And that--that we're to represent Him, we want to do the same thing that He did. He placed His hands upon them, and--and blessed them, and said, "Suffer the little children to come to Me, and forbid them not, for of such is the Kingdom of heaven." And that's what we continue to do here at the Tabernacle, as we try to carry on the real Bible, consecrated way, the best that we know how.
331-241 So now, if that mother, or any mothers has got their little baby to be dedicated, while Sister Gertie plays, "Bring Them In," why, you bring them up to the altar. And brother and I will come down and dedicate the little ones to the Lord. All right. Huh, Brother Neville... [Dedication of babies, and blank.spot.on.tape--Ed.]
Thank you, Sister Gertie. That's very fine. How many loves little children? If you don't, there's something wrong with you; there's something wrong.
331-243 Now, tonight... Now, to go into the rest of the services. We... The reason I got down again tonight... Usually on these days when we have healing services, I only get about one a day, because it gives me such a shaking. You never know it. And here at home is twice as bad as anywhere else.
332-244 And I was apologizing for making such a blunder as I did with it this morning. But the first thing upset me, was when Billy come to tell me that he couldn't find enough people to give out prayer cards to. He only could give out about twelve or fourteen, and he had a... Nobody wanted prayer cards. I guess everything was all right. So then, by that, I never thought... And then when I started to call those prayer cards, I thought I'd get all ten or twelve or ever what they was in here, called them up, I got to a certain number of--or something, and it wouldn't call. And I called; it wouldn't answer. And I never thought of it till Mrs. Wood called me up; she said, "Brother Branham, Billy takes them cards and shuffles them up together, and just gives them out. He might've had that (number three, wasn't it?) number three in his pocket."
332-245 Sure, he usually gives out the whole fifty. When he brings them before the people, he just shuffles them up. So everybody... It's not say, "Give me number one." Or we might not start at number one. We might start at fifty; you don't know, come backwards. We might start at eight and go on over. Might start at twenty and go over; we don't know. But he just shuffles them up and gives them out to the people as they want them. And I, not thinking this morning, I might've called four or five more and they wouldn't have been in there, 'cause it might've been way up in the twenties or thirties somewhere. You see? And then... But the Lord worked it out, but it just doesn't have the--the real pressure to it like it does away from home. I may never try to--try it again, but the...
Here not long ago, I asked the Lord if He'd give us a good meeting, that I promised that I--I wouldn't ask Him that no more, because it's been such a hard thing, and it's contrary to the Scriptures. You see? And if you... That's what makes it hard on me. Because knowing that, it--it gives me a--a defeat to begin with. See, I'm defeated to start with.
332-247 However, someone called somebody this afternoon (Mrs. Wood was called by somebody.) and said that somebody in the church was called this morning about a man that was very, very sick, that came to Christ this afternoon, afterwards, that the--the man that was very sick came to Christ.
And another thing, Mrs. Wood told Me that I spoke to her sister, an older sister, that I really was in her home the other day and eat dinner with her--supper with her down in Kentucky. And Almighty God knows that I didn't recognize that woman. See, that's right, just... Visions are sovereign. We never know how they're going to go or what's going to happen. It's up to God, and--what--what takes place. But I did know in waiting for them--waiting for their...
333-249 And the other day when this little girl was in here, that was supposed to have had discernment, which I, not... See, if God would give that to all the world, it would be fine; but if it was, it was contrary to what He told me across the street here (You see?) a few years ago. And we want to be sure that that was right, and let the church then that was here see it. And so I did call that Mrs. Snyder. Sister Snyder, she's here somewhere; she's just a teeny bit hard hearing. And the little lady spoke it low, and said, "You have rheumatism," or arthritis, or something like that.
Which I knew it was a broken hip. And so... And then the Holy Spirit brought that in this morning. See?
333-251 Now, what it is, it's a Divine gift, and it works in it's sovereignty. 'Cause what makes it so hard here in the city... Honest, I--I get tangled up all the time in praying for the sick here, or--or... I'll go tell the people this; I'll go say, "Now, the Lord has made you well. Jesus healed you when He died for you nineteen hundred years ago. Right there you were healed. Now, the... As far as God is concerned, as far as Christ is concerned, you was healed nineteen hundred years ago. Your disease was gone. It takes your faith to do it."
And then that person can go around and not get well; then the person come around and say, "Well, Brother Branham told me I was well." See, I'm telling you what God said.
333-253 Now, when it's spoke directly to a person, directly, "It's THUS SAITH THE LORD," on a certain thing that's going to take place that'll prove to you right there that your healing is already secured. Your faith has sealed it. See, the promise is yours. It ain't my word; it's God's Word that you're already healed. See? But you just... Somehow or another, I--I just can't get it to soak in to folks here in Jeffersonville. I--I just can't get it to happen. I know... I'll try to explain that just as well as I can, and it just--it just won't happen; that's all. I say...
334-254 Here, not long ago I went to a home, to a man, and the man was dying. And they called me come pray for him. The doctor said he wouldn't live till morning.
I went in, and the young man said to me, "Mr. Branham, I don't want to die." Why, certainly the young fellow didn't. He had a family, two children there.
Well, I got down; I said, "Now, look, who's your doctor?" He told me. I said, "Now, the doctor might've said you was--you was going to die, but God hasn't said yet you was going to die." I said, "Now, according to the Bible, you're already healed, because Jesus died for your healing."
He said, "Do you believe I'll get well?"
I said, "I absolutely believe it."
Well, if I went to pray for a man, and didn't use that kind of faith to believe for him, like "Oh, no, no, if the doctor said you're going to die, you're going to die. That settles it now." Now, wouldn't that be some person to come pray for the sick? I wouldn't want that person in my house to pray for me. I want somebody that even if he didn't see it or not, he'd take faith and stand on the promise for me. That's right.
And I said... he... We went and had prayer; I said, "Now, be of a good courage."
He said, "Do you mean that I'll get well?"
I said, "Why, sure, God's Word said you'll get well. See, 'If thou canst believe, all things are possible.'"
He said, "All right, I believe It." And went out and said to his wife that...
"The man's dying, isn't he?"
"Yes, he is." And... So the next day the man died, or a couple days after that.
Then this woman goes out and starts drinking and carrying on. And one of the deacons, I believe it was, of this church, went to the woman and asked her if she would return and come back to church. She said, "I wouldn't believe nobody. Preacher Branham come in here and prayed for my husband, and said he was going to live; and he died in two or three days later, so I wouldn't believe." Now, she's dying.
334-267 All right, but however... You see, it just goes to show that people don't pay attention to what you're saying. See? Certainly. If I prayed for a person, and I--I'd tell them people they're going to live. I believe they're going to live. But no matter if my word was absolutely THUS SAITH THE LORD, and you'd disbelieve it, you'd die anyhow. Certainly. Here's THUS SAITH THE LORD, and many of them receive it and die. Many of them go to hell, when THUS SAITH THE LORD, you don't have to. Is that right? Sure. See, it's what... It's all based on your faith.
335-268 Brother Collins, I don't think he's in tonight, but listening at him this morning, he gave the most gallant talk on that. See? See, he did. He said, "Now, the same faith you have up here, you're going to have to have out there. Because it's your individual faith, not in your denomination, but in Christ. You've got to have that faith." That's just exactly right. Absolutely.
And Divine healing is based upon your faith. But according to God's Word, THUS SAITH THE LORD, that every person was healed when Jesus died at Calvary, "He was wounded for our transgressions; with His stripes we were healed." That right? We were. The Bible said you were healed. So don't find fault with me. I'm just a preacher of the Word. You go tell God that He told something wrong, and God will tell you where your weakness is then. You see? So that--it's your faith. Jesus said, "If thou canst believe... If thou canst believe..."
335-270 Now, when you hear the Holy Spirit has confirmed your faith and solid it down, and said, "THUS SAITH THE LORD, tomorrow at this certain time, you'll have a certain thing. A certain thing will take place, and it'll be over here a certain way, and you'll meet a certain thing here. That'll be a sign to you," now, you watch that; that's a finished work right here now.
But when it's come to saying Divine healing... I have to put Divine healing on the same basis, of that manner, as salvation. Each one of you, no matter what you've done, you've been saved since Jesus died, 'cause He died to take away the sins of the world. But it'll never do you any good till you've personally accept it and experience it. But as far as your sins, they're already forgiven. That's right. He... "Behold the Lamb of God that taketh away the sins of the world." See? There you are. Now, remember that.
336-272 Now, I know that in teaching in the Scriptures, we're a mixed congregation, and many times in this Book of Hebrews which is a rather deep Book... I'm going to have to leave it for a while now. I'm going to try tonight to finish up the last part of that 7th chapter.
And now there's many questions in your mind, no doubt. Many of you have questions, and I'd have too. Now, the next time, the Lord willing, when I come in...
I'm going to Michigan now, and then from Michigan I'm going to Colorado, and from Colorado to the west coast. Now--now, when we get in, the Lord willing... Now, I don't know... If I don't be in Chicago, Sunday, I may be back here for the coming Sunday night.
336-275 Now, we're holding our pastor out of the pulpit here for about six weeks, all through these--these--these--this Book here. See? Now, we... I don't like to do that. Brother Neville is a lovely, sweet, kind brother. And I'm sure that this church loves Brother Neville.
336-276 And by the way, while I'm speaking: somebody in--around this country somewhere is guilty of writing some cards to move Brother Neville out of this pulpit. You're going to have to settle that with me. Uh-huh, that's right. Uh-huh, yes, indeed. Now, I want you... It said the dea... something about the deacon board. The deacon board has not one thing to do with that pastor. No, sir. The congregation in full has all the authority. It isn't... A deacon board's just a policeman here in this church, just to keep order and so forth.
But when it comes to rules, the whole church has to say so. This church is built upon the sovereignty of the local church. Therefore, I have nothing to say in moving this pastor, or putting one in. I own the property; it's given to the church. You all are the church; you people are the one who control. You're the church yourself. And the Church, the holy Church of God is the sovereignty, is the Holy Spirit in that Church. And the only thing I do is own the property, give it over to this church as a--give it over for a church, and it's tax free. And the church elects their own pastors. I have nothing to do with it. And the only way this pastor could ever leave, would be the pastor decide himself to go, or the majority of the votes of the church would have to say change the pastor. And that's the only way; no deacon board can do it. The deacon board only keeps order and things in the church.
The trustees, they have nothing to do with it, only repair the church. And they can't do it until there's a--the whole trustee board meets and says, "We'll build this, or we'll do that." Then they have to ask the treasurer if they got the money to do it. Yes, sir.
337-278 But if there's any complaint against any member, if a member has a complaint against one another, or something wrong, you're supposed to go to that brother yourself and talk to him, you and he alone. Then if they won't receive it, then the next thing takes place; you take one of the deacons or somebody, and go with you to that brother. Then if he won't receive you, then you come, tell it to the church. Then if the church... Then if he won't receive the church, then the Bible said, "Let them be as a heathen and a Publican." That's right.
And any persons that knows a guilty person, and you don't go to them and talk, then you're the part of the Church of God that's going to answer for that sin. That's right.
337-280 And if any persons then has a--a complaint against a deacon, or against the deacon, or somebody in the church, it takes three people. Three people would come and say--witness at the mouth of two or three witnesses. Come tell the pastor that there's a grievance against a deacon. Then if there's a grievance against a deacon, the deacon isn't a just man, a perfect man... He must hold the office of a deacon blameless, and then found blameless. And if that congregation finds out that that deacon's not holding that office, he gets three with him and takes it to the pastor. That deacon's asked to stay home over the night, and then the pastor from--comes and brings the congregation together, gives the grievance. And if the congregation votes for the deacon to continue on, the deacon continues on. If he con--votes for the deacon to be dismissed, they elect a new deacon that very night. See?
337-281 Therefore, no one person has nothing to do in this; it's the majority of the people. Yes, sir. If twenty votes for him, and twenty-one votes against him, he goes, or vice versa. See? That is, it's the sovereignty of the local church, and then each one of the members has a say-so in the church. Anything goes on wrong, then they can come right around, and the only thing they have to do is to be before God that they are absolutely see that nothing hinders the moving of the church.
338-282 But the full and complete authority of the church is the pastor. Read that in the Bible; see if that's not Bible order. That's exactly right. There's no one above the elder. I have nothing to do with what Brother Neville does here. That's up to you and Brother Neville. If Brother Neville wanted to preach Jehovah Witness doctrine, that's up to him and you. See? If he wanted to preach anything he wanted to, that's between you and him. That's all. If the congregation votes for him in there to preach that, that's all right. That's up to him.
338-283 The only thing that I do, just is owning the property. And if something or another comes by that it's a... Like moving the pastor, and they want to take a vote on that, you couldn't ask a deacon to do that; you'd come ask me. I'd come down, and say, "If you want to move the pastor, tell me why. Has he done anything?"
"Yes, we caught him drunk, or we caught him doing this, or doing something that wasn't right."
"Have you got three witness of it?"
"Yes, we have."
Them witness must first be tried, "Don't receive an accusation against an elder 'less it be by two or three witness, and let them first be proved: against an elder." Then you have to swear to it, that you saw it, and prove it, that you saw it.
And then, if you did, then that sin's rebuked openly, that it's wrong. Then I'd say, "Congregation, do you want to change your pastor?"
338-289 And if the congregation votes, "Forgive him, and let him go on yet," that's the way it has to stand. See? That... Isn't that fair? Ain't that the way to run a church? That's what the Bible said. We have no bishops and overseers, and boards and so forth, moves this one in and got a lot of authority. There's nobody got authority here but the Holy Ghost. And that's right. He does the moving. And we take Him as the majority of the people, the way the people go.
And then if one side wants to do this, and the other side wants to do that, and the side wins... The losing side, what do they do about it? Join right in with the rest of them, said, "We were wrong then. We'll go right on, 'cause the Holy Ghost has made that choice." See, that's exactly right.
339-291 Just like Democrats and Republicans, as long as we stand as a democracy, as Americans: if the Democrats is in, the Republicans should push right on with them; Republicans in, the Democrat push on. See, that's just exactly what makes us a nation. Whenever we break that, we break our democracy. That's right. Democrats say, "I ain't going to do nothing, the Republicans is in." Then we fall. I'm a Kentuckian; together we stand, and divided we fall.
339-292 Now, if there's anything wrong in the church that you ever know of, some individual or some person or anything, you are duty bound and will answer before God if you don't clear that thing out, you, the church. Now, you remember, it's not on my shoulders; it's on yours. And anything wrong in the church, God will make you answer for it. That's right. That's the way He runs His church. That's the way it is in the Bible. That's the order of the Bible. That's the sovereignty of the local church; the pastor is the head. That's right. Amen.
339-293 Now, coming to this blessed old message here. You... Now I want you to know that. This is tape recorded, remember, this message. And the tape recordings of the church, the orders and rules of the church, it's on tape recording. That's according to the Bible. We don't run it; there's nobody in the head nor all, we're all the same. But we got a leader, that is the pastor, as long as he's led by the Holy Ghost. True. All right.
339-294 Now, in here, there's going to be a lot of questions. So the next time that they give out, and Brother Neville puts on the radio that I'm to be here, you write out your question, so you and I can fuss it together. Will you? All right.
339-295 I know I've taught on the perseverance of the saints. I've taught on the supreme Deity of Jesus. I've taught on the security of the believer, and foreordination, predestination, and many of those things. Which I know in my congregation is many legalists, which is perfectly all right, absolutely. But now, to things, I'm a legalist too, and I'm a Calvinist. I just believe the Bible; that's all.
339-296 Now, if some of those questions... And I've taught on evidences, sensations, and so forth, and all those things you might've disagreed with. So one of these nights, maybe... Let's make it... Are you in a big hurry to get back up in here? Let's make it Wednesday night, this coming Wednesday night, then I--I think I've... I can have that then. Bring your question in Wednesday night and lay it up here on the platform, the question about the Bible (All right), of what I've been teaching on now. And Wednesday night... And then by the following Sunday, then I think I--I've got to be in Chicago anyhow, and I'm going from there into Michigan. The Lord willing, I'll be here Wednesday night to try to answer the question the best that I can. And now, the Lord be merciful. Now, let's bow our heads just a moment.
340-297 Now, blessed Lord, this is Your great economy; it's Your church. It's You, Lord, that's a-moving, and we want to move as the Spirit of God moves us. And we pray now that You'll bless us. And as we rehearse this message and get down into these deep things, we pray that the Holy Spirit will reveal them to us just as we have need. For we asked it His Name. Amen.
Now, oh, I... This Book of the Hebrews, I value as one of the great Books.
340-299 A little later on, it may be that I... I've got to... Going overseas, which that, if God permits, I will be doing pretty soon. I've got to go to Africa according to a vision. I think I'll never prosper much in my meetings until I go to Africa and fulfill that vision. Now, then that'll probably be sometime this coming spring.
But between that time, I'd like to take one more book out of the Book of Hebrews; that is, the 11th chapter of Hebrews, and stay about a week in that 11th chapter, and take each one of those characteristics or characters and bring out their characteristic. See? "By faith, Noah," then take the life of Noah; "By faith, Abraham," then take the life of Abraham; "By faith, Abel," then take the life of Abel. See, and bring that down. Would you like that? Oh, that would be... We'd take in the whole Bible then. And then, we'll try that, maybe, either in, say, a week or ten days of meetings, just one meeting right after the other in a revival like, sometime around through Christmas holidays or something like that, the Lord willing.
340-301 Now, in the 7th chapter of the Book of Hebrews we met this great Character. Who can tell me what His Name was? Melchisedec. Now, Who was this Melchisedec? He was the priest of the most high God. He was the King of Salem, which was the King of Jerusalem. He didn't have any father, or He did not have any mother. He had no time He was ever born, or He'll never have a time that He'll die. Now, we find out that that has to be eternal.
341-302 We found out that the word "forever" means "a space of time." Do you still remember that? "A space of time..." It's forever and forever. And forever is witnessed many times in the Bible as a--a space of time.
But eternity... And there's only one type of Eternal Life, we found. Is that right? God has that Eternal Life alone. Is that right? Only one type of Eternal Life... There is no such a word as "eternal punishment," 'cause if you're to be punished for eternity, you've got to have Eternal Life to be punished eternally; you'd have to have eternal. And if you got Eternal Life, you can't be punished. See? If you got eternal... "He that heareth My Words, and believeth on Him that sent Me, hath Everlasting Life." Is that right? Eternal Life, because you believe. Well, if you got Eternal Life, you can't be punished, because you got Eternal Life. So then, if you're going to suffer in hell forever and forever, you got to have Eternal Life.
341-304 But now, I do believe that the Bible teaches of a literal burning hell. The Bible teaches that, that the sins and wickedness will be punished forever and forever. That's not eternity now. That's maybe for ten billion years. It may be for a hundred billion years, but sometimes it has to have an end. For everything that had a beginning, has an end. It's those things which has not a beginning, that has no end.
You remember that lesson now? How we went back and found out that everything that had a beginning was perverted (See?), a perversion off of the main. And finally, it winds back up to a eternity. And then all hell, all suffering, and all memory of such, will be vanished for eternity. Everything that begins, ends.
341-306 And this Melchisedec was not Jesus, for He was God. And what made Jesus and God different, that... Jesus was the Tabernacle that God dwelt in. See? Now, Melchisedec... Jesus had both father and mother, and this Man never had father or mother. Jesus had a beginning of life and He had a end of life. This Man had no father, no mother, no beginning of days, or ending of life. But It was the self same Person; it was Melchisedec and Jesus was One; but Jesus was the earthly body, borned and fashioned after sin: God's own body, His own Son, borned and fashioned after sin to take the sting out of death, to pay the ransom, and to receive sons and daughters unto Himself. You get it? That's the reason that He had--He had a beginning; He had an ending.
342-307 But this perfect body, in commemoration as a--as the earnest of our resurrection, God would not suffer that holy body to see corruption, because He created it Himself, and brought it forth, and resurrected it, and set it at His right hand.
And today, the Holy Spirit that raised that body up is here in the Church (Blessed be the Name of the Lord.) and showing forth the same miracles and power. And someday this Holy Spirit, that's in the Church, will scream, and will lift up, and will receive Itself into this body form that's setting at the right hand of the Majesty of God, to make intercessions for we sinners, and by there we're perfectly kept from sin. Not that we don't sin, but kept from sin in the Presence of God; 'cause there's a bloody Sacrifice standing between me and God, and between you and God. That's the reason He said, "A man that's born of God, does not commit sin. He can't sin. For if you're borned again, the very Holy Spirit that lived in that Body, lives in you, and It can't sin. The sacrifice is laying before Him. Then if you willfully do it, shows that it's impossible for you to be into that Body. Amen. That's the Gospel. There it is.
342-309 Therefore (You see?), it doesn't contradict any of the Scriptures; it binds the Scriptures together. See, it would be impossible for those once enlightened. That's what will get my questions. For... Just get them, that's what--how we want.
Now, notice. "It's impossible for those who once enlightened, to fall away to renew themselves again unto repentance, to see that they crucify the Son of God afresh, and make Him--or bring Him to an open shame." They couldn't do it.
Then you go on over to Hebrews 10 where It says there, "For if we sin willfully after we receive the knowledge of the truth..." And what is sin? Unbelief.
342-312 If you deliberately see the Holy Spirit do the things that It did right here this morning, and see that Christ is risen from the dead, and He's living in His Church and among His people, and you willfully turn It down, it's impossible for you to ever come to God, 'cause you've blasphemed the Holy Ghost.
Jesus said the same things when He was doing those miracles. And they said, "Why, he's Beelzebub. He's a fortuneteller. He's a devil."
Jesus turned around, and said, "I'll forgive you for that. But when the Holy Ghost comes and does it, to speak a word against It will never be forgiven in this world or the world to come. Because you've called the Spirit of God that was in Him, an unclean spirit."
343-316 Then if we sin willfully, if we sin (disbelieve) willfully... Not after we receive the truth, been born again, we couldn't sin then. A sinner cannot commit the unpar... A Christian cannot commit the unpardonable sin. He can't do it. It's the ungodly that does that. It's the make-believer, not the believer.
Those Jewish rabbis, oh, they thought... They were starch, and they was D.D.'s and Ph.D.'s. They thought they had it all sewed up in a bag, but they was the worst of sinners. Oh, they might... You couldn't put a hand on--on their life; they were clean, moral, and just, that way. But they were disbelievers.
343-318 And you take the word "sin" and find out what it means. The word "sin" means "unbelief." There's only two factions; that is, a believer or an unbeliever. That's a justified person or a sinner. That's all. If you're an unbeliever, you're a sinner. No matter how good you are, how much you go to church, or even if you're a preacher, you're still an unbeliever.
Those Pharisees were preachers, and they were unbelievers, and in hell today for it. Just as religious as they could be, and pious, but they didn't believe Him. And they called Him a devil, and disputed His Word. And some of them said, "If thou be, now come down off the cross. Perform a miracle, and let us see you do it."
One smote Him on the head with a stick, and said, "Prophesy and tell us who hit you, you prophet, and we'll believe you." See, unbelievers, they make-believe that they were believers, but they were unbelievers, unregenerated, separated, though they were holy and pious.
343-320 And yet that's the same thing stands today. Men and women can go to church and have the--a long face, and a--and pious as they can be, and never lie, steal, and try to live their religion as best they can; but unless they are a believer, they're lost. So there's no scratch of legalists in the Bible. Calvinism is... Grace is what God did for you, and works is what you do for God. It's absolutely separated.
If you quit lying, quit smoking, quit stealing, quit committing adultery, quit all the--done everything, kept the commandments, and went to church, baptized every Sunday took the communion, washed the feet's of the saints, done everything, healed the sick, and done all these other things, unless you're born of the Spirit of God, elected, you're lost. "Not him that willeth or him that runneth, but God that showeth mercy."
344-322 Esau tried his best to become a Christian and couldn't do it. The Bible said he wept bitterly, seeking a place to repent and couldn't find it. Before he was even borned, God condemned him, 'cause He knowed he was a rotten shyster in his heart. God by foreknowledge knew it; He said, "I love Jacob and I hate Esau." And Esau looked like the gentleman. He stayed home, taken care of his old blind daddy; fed the cattle and everything, and was a--a good boy.
And Jacob was mama's boy, a little old sissified story teller. That's what he was. You have to admit it; the Bible admit--brings it. Run around, doing everything, and--and mama, hanging around with mama, but yet, Jacob, with all of his ups-and-down, and his sissified ways, he still had respect to that birthright. That's the keynote.
Esau was twice the gentleman of Jacob. If we had to judge him today, he'd be a member of our church, you'd take Esau a thousand to one, if you didn't know him. But God took Jacob.
344-325 What would you do with Saint Paul if he wanted to be a minister? A little old hook-nosed Jew, with head and mouth setting sideways, going along just fussing, and how he's going to tear out the church, he's going to do everything. You'd thought he committed the unpardonable sin, but God said, "He's My servant."
God takes men and makes them different, not man taking God and becoming different. God takes men and makes him different. It's not what you do, what you will, what you think; it's what God does. There you are. And that's the story.
345-327 Now, this great Melchisedec, what a story on Him here. We want to read a little bit, this type. We had to run through it so fast; we're going to start back here on a certain part of the Scripture, and we're going to start about the 15th verse.
345-329 And in there we find out that He had seven varieties of Spirit. Is that right? The Bible said in the Revelation, that the seven Spirits before the throne of God (Is that right?), the seven manifold, seven Spirits. We find out there's seven colors; there's seven church ages, there... Oh, it--it just runs... Seven is complete, and God was complete in seven Spirits, and those Spirits were perfect. The first was a color of red, perfect love, redemption. And how if we had time to give those colors, and show that each one of those colors represents God's purity. Amen. Those colors, there's seven natural colors. Those colors represents the purity of God. And the... Those colors represent the motives of God, the attitude of God. Those seven colors, they represented seven church ages, seven stars, seven angels. All through the Scripture, seven ministers, seven messengers, seven messages, all in the sevens. Seven days; six days, and the seventh's the sabbath (perfect, complete). Oh, it's beautiful. If we just had the time to dig into it, and to bring it out, those colors...
345-330 Take the color red. We take the first color, is red. What is red? Red is one sign of danger. Red is a sign of redemption. And you look at red through red, what color is it? White. It's correct. So when the red Blood was shed to cover red sin... God looking through the red Blood, look at red sin, it becomes white. The believer can't sin. Certainly not. The Seed of God, the blessings of God, remains on him. God can't see nothing but the Blood of His own Son. No matter what it is in His Church, what it is, God don't see it, because Jesus is making intercessions constantly, the High Priest. No way for him to sin when such a Sacrifice is laying there for him like that. Certainly not.
And now, if you say, "Well, that gives me a good chance." Then that shows you're not right.
346-332 You'll appreciate that; you'll love it (if you're a real Christian) to a place that sin would haunt you till you couldn't do it. "For the Seed of God remains in him, and he cannot sin." The Bible said, "Once purged by the Blood of Jesus, has no more desire of sin..." If you have a desire, your heart's not right with God.
Now, you will do wrong, but you don't do it willfully. See, you're--you're trapped, and anything you're trapped into, or do something that you don't mean to do it, it's not sin yet; you'll repent the minute you see that you're wrong. You'll turn quickly and say, "I didn't mean--didn't see that." You can say that all through life. A man don't want to be; that's the reason that we are so stupid and so in dark down here on earth, that there's a Blood atonement for us all the time to keep us covered, 'cause the first mistake we make...
346-334 Now, there's your legalist idea. "Oh, you know what? That woman was sanctified, but, bless God, she done wrong, I know she's backslid." That's wrong. She's not backslid. She made a mistake. If she did it willfully, then she wasn't right to begin with.
If she didn't mean to do it, and she walks before the holy Church of God and confesses it, and say, "I'm wrong, and you forgive me," you're duty bound to do it. You don't do it in your heart, then you ought to went to the altar yourself. True. There's the real holiness in the church. There's genuine holiness, the holiness not of you, but of Christ.
346-336 I have no holiness to present to Him. But I'm trusting in His, oh, His grace, and I have it in my heart. I've unmerited it, nothing I could do to deserve it, but by grace He called me and invited me to come. And I look to Him, and He took the desire away from me. I make thousands of mistakes even each month in each year. Certainly, I do. But when I see I'm wrong, I say, "God, I didn't mean to do it. You know my heart. I didn't mean to do that. I was trapped into that. I didn't mean to do it. You forgive me, Lord."
If I done wrong to my brother, I say, "Brother, forgive me; I didn't mean to do that." Certainly, God knows my heart.
Oh, there you are. There's the Blood sacrifice. There's the power of the Gospel, that holy church moving on. Not because something you done, it's something you had nothing to do with. There's the atonement.
347-339 Now, this Melchisedec, when He came forth... I want to tell you another thing. Did you ever take a--a three cornered piece of glass? You take a piece of glass that's three cornered, and lay it so the sun can hit it, it'll produce seven perfect colors. A three-cornered piece of glass will produce a rainbow. That's exactly right. Now, if we had time, we'd go in on that. Three brings perfection: Father, Son, and Holy Ghost: justification, sanctification, the baptism of the Holy Ghost. There you are. The perfection come by the threes: God above man, God in the Man called Jesus, God in the church. Then the perfection...
347-341 The man sinned as long as God was up here in a Pillar of Fire. God... Man sinned, rather before God, as long as God was in a Pillar of Fire, because he was still an unclean creature; animal blood laid before Him.
Then the Lamb of God came, second definite step of God, same God, another office. And then this... God in--was in Christ, was the same God that was in the Pillar of Fire. And the same God was made flesh and dwelt among us. And then man made fun of Him, it was still countable for it; there was no Blood shed yet. That's right, Jesus said, "I forgive you."
But then that same One that was flesh, became to the Pillar of Fire again, "I come from God; I go to God." And here we find Paul meeting Him on the road down to Damascus, that same Pillar of Fire. We find Peter meeting Him in the jail, that same Pillar of Fire. Certainly. And we see Him today among us, the same Pillar of Fire.
347-344 But the perfection has come to the place, that the middle Person... Now, if there happens to be a Jew here, or somebody that understands the Old Testament... Prove it, let me show you. In... I haven't got the Old Testament with me right now, this is--is a New Testament. But in the offering of the shewbread that was laying on the kosher plate in the Jewish sacrifice at the cleansing of the tabernacles, ask any Jew; on those three pieces of bread, the middle piece was broken. That was Christ. The middle piece was broken, Christ, the in-between. Showed that there had to be a breaking somewhere for redemption; and that piece was considered redemption on the kosher bread.
347-345 Here it is; and tonight when we take the communion, we break the kosher bread, for it's the body of Christ. And he was broken at Calvary to be a propitiation for our sins, that through His righteousness, we might become His righteousness. Because He became our sin, that we might become His righteousness. Brother, that's purely grace. Absolutely. There's no way (any other way) you could justify it.
348-346 Now, this Melchisedec, this great Person that was met on the road, He paid... Abraham paid tithes to Him. How great a Man He must've been. Now, notice quickly.
Jesus turned right back around, said, "It is said of them of old times, 'Thou shalt not kill,' but I say who's ever angry with his brother without a cause, has killed already. It is said of them of old times, 'Thou shalt not commit adultery,' but I say unto you, whosoever looketh upon a woman to lust after her, has committed adultery already within his heart with her." There you are. That ought to teach women how to dress, how to do what's right. If you dress wrong, and cause the man to look at you in the wrong way, you're guilty of committing adultery, just the same as you went through the act. Jesus said so.
348-349 And you people with these saw-blade tempers, that's always spouting off in the mouth at somebody, can't put up, and things like that. Be careful. You're guilty if you speak a word against your brother that's not right, not just. Go around and tear down... You don't have to stick a knife in a man's back to kill him; you can break his character and kill him, kill his influence. Speak against your pastor here, say something bad about him, you just might as well have shot him; told something that wasn't right about him, well, it'll kill his influence with the people and things like that, and you're guilty of it. What Jesus said.
348-350 Now, listen here what--what Paul was trying to get to here. I love this old Bible. It straightens you out. Look. Oh, just looky here. Now, as we read the fourth...
349-352 How we went through it. I said, "If I said to my... about my wife, 'Oh, well, I--I--I'd like to have two wives. I'd like to run around with this one, and do this and that. But I... If I do, my wife will divorce me and my kids will be... And my ministry would be lost,'" You dirty, rotten hypocrite. That's right. You don't love her right in the first place. That's exactly right.
If you loved her, there'd be no law about it; you love her, anyhow, and you stick with her. That's exactly right. And you women will do the same thing to your husband. That's right.
Sometimes women become to a place they're... Men see some little Jezebel all painted up, you know, and--and he'll go around fall for her, maybe you got a good wife. And then you call yourself a Christian. Shame on you. You need another dose of the altar. That's right.
And some of you--and some of you women look around at some little old guy with his hair slicked down, enough Vaseline on it to open his mouth. And then you...
349-357 Some little old girl here not long ago... This ain't a joke, 'cause I don't mean to tell it as a joke. But the people knows that this is no place to joke. But a little old girl here, she was... There's fine boys here, Christian boys. A long time ago, when I was pastor here, we used to have a--just young men's classes. And I'd speak to the young women on Sunday afternoon about sex and things, then the next Sunday afternoon speak to the young men, and try to get those things curbed out.
349-358 Some little old girl started going with some little old shrimp downtown here, smoked cigarettes, and had a flask in his pocket, and he drove a little roadster car around town. I couldn't see what she seen in that boy. He wouldn't come to church. He'd set out there, put her in church out here, and then he'd set out there on the outside in his car and wait, wouldn't come in church. I said to her one day... She lived in New Albany. I said, "I want to ask you something, girlie. What in the world do you see in that boy?" I said, "The first place, he hates the very religion that you--you have. He despises your Christ. He'd never make you a husband; he'd make you miserable all your life." And I said, "Why, there's fine little Christian boys here that you could go with, and they're... Your daddy and mother despises the thoughts of you going out. But you go anyhow, and you think, 'I'm sweet sixteen.'"
350-359 She started wearing makeup and running out, and first thing she was in roadhouses. She's gone on to eternity now. But then, she stood here and... You know what the excuse that girl give me back there that she loved that boy? She said, "He's got such cute little feet and he smells so good." Could you imagine that? Perfuming hisself up, that's a sissy, not a man.
"Look," I said, "Sister, I'd rather go with a Christian boy that had feet like gravel cars and smelled like a polecat, if he was absolutely a Christian." That's right. True.
Yeah, that's excuse, "Such cute little feet and smells so good." The little roadhouse runner finally ruined the life of the girl. It's a shame, disgraceful.
350-362 Marriage is honorable, but it should be entered prayerfully and reverently. And genuine love for that woman will bind you together forever. "What you bind on the earth, I'll bind in heaven." When you walk down the street yonder, she may get old, and gray, and wrinkled, but that same love you had for her when she was a young beautiful woman, you'll still have it.
You may get stoop-shouldered, baldheaded, and wrinkled-faced, and everything else, but she'll love you just like you did when you stand with wide shoulders and curly hair, if it's really God. For you're looking to the time when you've crossed the river yonder, when you'll spring back again to young men and women to live together forever. That's God's eternal promise. He said He would do it. He... Not only that, we'll get to it in a minute, He swore He'd do it.
350-364 Listen to this as we go on.
351-366 You can't, no matter what you do, you quit drinking, quit smoking, quit telling lies, go to church and try to do this and try to do that, you're still carnal. That's just law; the law makes nothing perfect. But what makes perfect? Christ. Glory. I might quit lying, quit stealing, quit committing adultery, quit chewing, and quit all my things, and I'm still carnal. God don't receive it, because I have nothing to offer Him in propitiation.
But the minute that I lay my hands upon the blessed head of the Lord Jesus, and say, "Lord, I am no good; will You take me as Your servant?" and God kisses away my sin, I stand perfect in the sight of God. That's right. Why? I'm not standing on my own merit; I'm standing on His, and He's perfected us through His suffering and His Blood.
351-368 I see it's time to close. But I want to finish reading this if I can, quickly.
Not, "Lord, You know I quit drinking; You know I treat my wife right; You know I do this, I do that." You have nothing to offer. For the law of carnal commandments could do nothing, but bringing in of another hope did. That hope which is Christ, we have as a anchor of the soul, steadfast and sure.
353-375 Now, quickly.
353-375 Now, if I try to represent my own case, I'll lose it. If I try to represent, say, "Well, my daddy was a good man. My daddy was a preacher. Well, I've lived in church." I still lost it. But this Man is a perfect One, Christ; He sets there and offers His Blood constantly for my sins. There you are.
"Why, we've educated this man; he's--he's hand picked." He's a self-made man. I don't like that kind. I like the God-made man. See?
353-380 See, but the law still makes priests. The law still makes preachers. The--the Baptist church, they hand out preachers; handsful of them, got a machine that turns them out. The Methodists has got them; the Baptists has got them, the Presbyterians, Nazarene, Pilgrim Holiness, Pentecostals. They turn them out as fast they can, like a big regime, big machine. Stand up there like a...
I always said, "I--I certainly felt sorry for a incubator chicken." You know, a little old chicken that's hatched under an incubator, he's not hatched out right. No, the hen's supposed to hatch the chicken. But an incubator chicken, when he gets out, he just "chirp, chirp, chirp," and ain't got no mammy to go to. See? He don't know what a mammy is. That's right. He's chirping for one, but he hasn't got any.
But the little chicken that's hatched under the hen the natural way, he chirps and mammy answers. That's right.
And sometimes I think about this here seminary experience of come out from under this big incubators in Louisville, and all over the world, hatching out preachers by the thousands: Pentecostal incubators, and Presbyterian incubators, and--and Baptist incubators; they all hatch out their--their--their little chicks. They, "chirp, chirp, chirp," and talk about the incubator they was hatched out in.
354-384 But I like to have a Father, a Mother. Blessed be the Name of the Lord. Wasn't very many borned with me, but what was there is my brothers. Amen. We've got a Mother that answers when you--a Mother Who's in heaven, Who mothers us all, "As a hen hovers her brood, and coos to them, and--and woos over her--broods over her chickens, so will I brood over you. O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, how oft would I have took you like a hen does her brood, how oft would I have made you Mine, but you would not. You had your own seminaries, hatched out your priests. They taught you against Me, and now you're left at your own; your destruction lays ahead of you."
And I say this: O people, O people, how oft the Holy Spirit would've hovered you as a hen does her brood; but you want your own way; you're going to have your own way about it.
One of these nights I'd like to preach on, "Your Own Way." You know, Cain wanted his own way. Man wants his own way today. "But there is a way that seemeth right, but the end is death."
354-387 Now, watch.
355-390 Now, the Nazarenes, you have to not wear a ring; you can't wear a watch, and you have to have certain-certain things, and your--your arms have to be this long with sleeves, and your skirts has to be that long, and the--and the man can't belong to a lodge; and they won't baptize you if you don't. All right, here comes the Catholic in, and they have theirs. And here comes the Methodists in; they have theirs. Every one of them has a yardstick to measure up to. If you don't make it, all right, that's all. See? And then...
355-391 But the real thing is, is this: "Nothing in my arms I bring; simply to Thy cross I cling. Oh, God, naked, wounded, need succor. Oh, I most humbly come, Christ, confessing that I am nothing and there's nothing within me. Receive me, O God." Then God receives you.
Now, you might not even know your abc's. You might not know coffee from split peas. You might know--not know gee from haw, right from left hand. That don't make any difference what you don't know; there's one thing you must know, that Jesus Christ took your place as a sinner. And you take your place, to stand in His righteousness, confessing everyday that you're wrong, and love Him with all your heart, and your whole motives be set towards Him, you'll make heaven. That's all there is to it, for the life that was in Christ has to be in you or you're lost.
355-393 Just before closing, do you remember the unconditional covenant that God made with Abraham? What did He do that evening when God said, "Let me see..." When Abraham said, "Let me see how You're going to do it." 16th chapter I think it is of Genesis. "Let me see how You're going to do it."
Said, "Come here, Abraham." And He took Abraham off; said, "Go get Me a--a ram, and go get Me a--a--a goat, and go get Me a heifer. And I want you to take them up here and make a sacrifice."
And Abraham went and got the sheep and the--and the goat, and the--the--the lamb--or the heifer, and he killed them. They was all clean sacrifices, and split them halfway in two, and laid them out. Then he went and got two turtledoves and pitched them in. Then Abraham watched the birds off of them, waiting for God to come. "Now, Lord, there's the sacrifice, how You going to do this? I don't know how You're going to save man against his own will. I don't know how You're going to do this. How can You do it, Lord?"
The Lord said, "Now, watch, Abraham; you're a prophet; you're spiritual; and you'll understand what I'm talking about."
"All right, Lord, I want to see it." (Now, I'm just dramatizing it.)
"So Abraham, you come up here now, and set down here and watch them birds off." So he shooed all the birds away until the sun started going down. And the first thing you know, God came down. When He came down, Abraham begin to get sleepy. God said, "Abraham, I'm going to put you to sleep."
356-400 Now, listen, legalist friend. See, God took Abraham completely out of the picture: nothing at all he had to do into it. And that's the way He got you. You said, "Oh, I sought God." You didn't.
God sought you, "No man can come to Me except My Father draws him first." See? It's God seeking you, not you seeking God. You never did do it; your nature's wrong. You're a pig; you don't know any different. You just live in a pig pen; that's all you know. You love it, drinking beer and slopping around, and running with the other--next man's wife, and doing everything you can do that's evil, just seems good, "Oh, brother, we're having a big time." You think it's good.
But God knocks at your heart; that's what changes; not you knocking at God, God knocks at you. Adam never knocked at God's heart; God knocked at Adam's heart. And you're a son of Adam. That's right. And before Adam could be a son of God again, God had to knock on his heart, and before you can become a son of God, God's got to knock at your heart.
356-404 Then Abraham went to sleep. And when he went to sleep, what was the first thing he saw? A real horrible, spooky, dread, darkness. That's death that comes upon the whole human race. Then he looked a little farther than that, and he saw a smoking furnace; before you can have smoke, you have to have fire. That's the reason I believe in hell as a burning place.
All right, He showed every one of us is subject to death, and every one of us should go to hell, because we're sinners.
Now, but beyond that, he saw a little white Light. And this little white Light...
356-407 What is the Light? What was that white Light? That Pillar of Fire that went before the children of Israel, the Pillar of Fire that met Paul on the road down to Damascus, the Pillar of Fire that took Peter out of prison, the Pillar of Fire that's here tonight, that eternal, everlasting God, He Himself walked between these split sacrifices (Oh, my.), back and forth on each one. "This is how I'm going to do it, Abraham. Watch Me, what I'm going to do. I'm making a covenant here. And I'll take an oath, that according to the Seed, I'll raise up an Intercessor. I'll make a covenant with death, and I'll condemn death in the flesh, because I Myself will come take it. Abraham..." Said, "Through your Seed, Abraham, will come, and you'll be the father of the world. Through your Seed, and not only you do I make this promise with you, but your Seed after you." He knew every one would be. "Not them, but what I do. I'm going to do it, Abraham. I trusted Adam, and he broke his; and every one breaks theirs. But I'll make this with Myself, and swear by Myself I'll keep it." Amen. Amen. Amen.
357-409 What do we do when we make a covenant? I say, "Brother Neville..." Now, watch this just a minute. I say, "Brother Neville, tell you what I'll do: if you will preach until tomorrow night, and the next night, on till Wednesday, I'll preach from Wednesday on till Sunday. [Blank.spot.on.tape--Ed.]... make that agreement?"
Here's the way we do it. "Shake, boy." That's it. That's a covenant in America; that's how we make a covenant.
Now, how do they make a covenant in Japan? We make... Say, "You do so-and-so, and I'll do so-and-so." We take a little pinch of salt, 'cause salt is a savour. And we take salt, and I throw it on Brother Neville, and Brother Neville takes salt--salt and throw it on me. That's a binding covenant.
357-413 How did David Livingstone make a covenant with the African Negro to go into his land? He went and got the chief, that he could pass through up there to preach the Gospel and to do the work, and they took a glass of wine. Here's the covenant of the Negro in Africa. They had a glass of wine. And the Negro chief plucked his own veins and bled them out in this glass of wine, and David Livingstone plucked his own veins and bled it out in the glass of wine. They stirred it up; Livingstone drank half of it, and the Negro chief drank half of it. Then they give a present one to another. The Negro chief... David Livingstone said, "What do you require of me?"
He said, "That white coat you got on." So Livingstone took his coat off and give it to the Negro chief. He said, "What do you require?"
He said, "That sacred spear you got in your hand." 'Cause he knowed he could go in with that, so he took that spear. And they were brothers because they'd made a covenant.
And as he went forth, and the tribes would run out to kill him, he raised up that sacred spear. And when he did, they looked, and they said, "Oh, oh, we can't touch that man." Why? "He's a covenant brother. Though he's white, we never seen him before..." They never knew they were black till they seen him. They'd never seen such before. "But he's a covenant brother; he's got the chief's spear in his hand."
358-417 What a beautiful picture today of drinking the covenant of the Blood of the Lord Jesus with the power of the Holy Ghost upon us. We go forward in the Name of Jesus, and these signs shall follow them that belong. It's the sacred spear of the Chief. See how it is, the covenant?
358-418 How did they do it in the oriental time? They made a oath one to another. They killed a beef, slit it open, and stood right in between the... The two men stood between it, the split beast. And they drawed up a covenant: "If I fail to keep this, if I fail to do this, why, this and so-and-so, let my body be like this dead beast; let my body be like this dead beast." And when they do that, they take this covenant and stand between this, make an oath--take an oath that they'll do it. And they tear the paper, together--apart, and hand it to one man, and the other one the next. At a certain time they'll meet; and let them die the death if they fail to keep that oath, and be like those dead beasts. All right.
358-419 You notice the three beasts, the perfect, the lamb, goat, and the three perfect sacrifice. What was the lamb... What was the turtledove? And what was the two turtledoves meant? The two turtledoves was sacrificed for both salvation and healing in the--in the--that went into a "T." The atonement was made different, but healing continued the same, and so did salvation continue the same. The two turtledoves not divided meant there, represented both salvation... "By His stripes we were healed. He was wounded for our transgressions; with His stripes we're healed." They were laid on the side, not separated. But the covenant, the part of the beast was three of them cut apart. You see? Then when they did that, they tore and made their covenant.
359-420 Watch what God was telling Abraham, "At Calvary, at Calvary, according to your Seed... Out of you come Isaac, out of Isaac come so-and-so (Jacob), out of Jacob come Joseph, out of Joseph, on down, on down, on down, successors, till finally through that righteous Seed as..."
He just got through here, saying that our Lord sprung out of a nation that knowed not Moses, never even spoke of it, come out of a priesthood... Our Lord sprung out of the tribe of Judah, not out of Levi, for they were carnal legalists. But our Lord come out of Judah (Glory. There you are.) where the promise was made.
359-422 Listen close now, as we close. And at Calvary, God came down and took the body of His own Son in which He had lived, and He ripped it apart at Calvary, His bleeding, wounded, cut... And the spear run in there and ripped Him apart, and His Blood gushed out, and He said, "Father, into Thy hands I commend My Spirit." He bowed His head; and the earth shook, and the lightnings flashed, and the thunders roared. God was writing His everlasting covenant.
And He took His dead body from the grave on the first day of the week, and brought it up into heaven, and set it there as a High Priest, as a memorial, setting there perfect forever. And He sent the Spirit that He tore out of that body, right back down on the church. And that church will have to have the same Spirit that was in that body, or it won't dovetail with It in the resurrection. Those two pieces must come perfectly together; and if this church isn't perfectly, just exactly the same Spirit that was in Christ, you'll never go in the rapture.
359-424 There's the everlasting covenant, brother. Seek it out yourself, what's in your own heart. Love the Lord. Really be sure you're saved; don't take a chance on it. You're gambling. No, you... We American people love to gamble, but don't you gamble on that. You be sure that you're right; not because you joined church, but because that you're truly borned again, Christ has come to you in the Person of the Holy Ghost.
360-425 Now, just complimentary, to--just as I'm closing... How happy we should be to see the same Spirit that was in Jesus Christ right among us, doing the same things that He did when He was here on earth. How happy we should be. Let us pray now, as we bow our heads.
Lord, it's been a great day. Though I feel like that I always do: I fail. I can't represent it right, Lord. I pray that You'll forgive me of my stupid ways. Oh, I confess my sins before You, and ask for mercy, knowing that there's a great High Priest standing yonder at the right hand of God in the heaven, Who wasn't made after Aaron, after laws and legals and things; but He was set there because of the grace of God that looked forward before the foundation of the world, and seen me down here in the world, and died for my sins, to bring me back to the Kingdom of God.
I thank Thee, Father, for this; 'cause this Spirit that now reigns in Your people, is eternal as God is eternal, "I give unto them Eternal Life (ever Life, Everlasting Life), and they shall never perish." And at the judgment they'll never be there; they done passed by the judgment; they gone on into glory. And if this earthly tabernacle be dissolved, we have one already waiting yonder for us to come to. Thank You for that, Lord.
I pray now, if there be one here tonight who has never yet drank the real Blood of the covenant, that doesn't know what it mean--doesn't know what it means to be borned again, to have a real fellowship with Christ in their heart, or her heart, may they receive Him just now, as we wait and give this opportunity. And at that day we pray that we have represented the Gospel in the right light. We pray, in Christ's Name.
360-429 While we have our heads bowed, would there be a person would raise your hands to Christ and say, "Christ of God, be merciful to me. Let me, as Your unworthy servant, now receive the Holy Spirit into my heart. And give me the assurance and love that I really need"? If you haven't got it, would you just raise your hands to Him saying, "Lord, this is a sign that I desire it"? Would you put your hand up? God bless you back there, lady. God bless you here, sir, bless you here, sir. God be with you; that's fine. The man on the end here, God bless you, my brother. And someone else just before now we close, just waiting for a few moments... God bless you back there, son. Someone else?
361-430 "I now desire; I desire, Lord God. You know my heart. You know what's in my mind. You..." The Spirit of God is quicker and sharper than a two-edged sword, even piercing to the asunder of the marrow of the bone, and a Discerner of the thoughts of the heart. Think of that. He knows your very thoughts, your intentions.
Would you raise your hand, say, "Be merciful to me, God, right now. I--I want You to know that I know that I'm wrong, and I realize it, but I want to be right." All right, while we just keep our heads down, praying now, think just a moment. We don't want to hurry about this.
361-432 O Lord, grant just now that we'll all recognize that these breaths that we're drawing are fleeting. We don't know how many more we have ahead of us. That's all by Your great council. It's determined by You. O be merciful to us. And to those who raised their hands, Lord, there no need to mention them; You know every one of them. But I just offer this prayer of intercession for them. I pray that You'll take away the condemnation from their heart, and let them come boldly just now unto the throne, walk boldly right up to the throne of God, claim their God-given privilege. You caused them to raise their hands; they couldn't do it by themselves. And I pray, God, that You'll grant this in Jesus' Name. Amen.
362-433 How many feels real good now? Raise up your hand, and say, "Praise the Lord." Oh, He's wonderful. Oh, "There's Room At The Fountain," do you know it, Sister Gertie? Let's see, how many loves that song? Now, we're going to have a baptismal service, just in a moment. [Brother Branham speaks to Brother Neville--Ed.] You're going to baptize them?
362-437 Now, while the elder's gone in to make ready for baptism, I would like to explain to the audience. And I'll ask some of the deacons if they can hear me in the room, when they're ready, come and--and tell me, so we can move the microphones. We want all of you to see this. Be about ten minutes longer and the church will be dismissed.
362-438 Now, I want to read some of the sacred Scriptures for you. I want to read them out of the Book of Acts. And I want to begin at the 12th verse of the 2nd chapter of Acts.
Now, I want you to notice in the 16th chapter of St. Luke, or of St. Matthew, I believe it is, that Jesus was coming off the mount. And they said unto His disciples, "Who does men say I the Son of man am?"
And some of them said, "Why, You're Elias, and some say that You're--You're the prophet, and some say that You're this or the other."
He said, "But Who do you say that I am?"
And Peter said, "Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God." That right?
Jesus said, "Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-jonas, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you. You never learned it in a seminary. You never learned it by man." Said, "But My Father which is in heaven has revealed this to you. And I say That thou art Peter. Upon this rock I'll build My Church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. And I give unto you the keys to the Kingdom of heaven. (Is that right?) And whatever you loose on earth, I'll loose it in heaven. What you bind on earth, I'll bind it in heaven." Did he mean it? He wouldn't have said it. Now, as time rolled--rolled on... Now, Peter had the keys to the Kingdom.
363-444 Now, you Catholic people, you might think this, that... You say, "The Catholic church is built upon Peter." All right, we'll find out. They had the keys; the Catholic church still has the keys.
Let's find out what Peter did about the keys (See?), then we'll find out. The Bible said unto Peter and to the rest the apostles, "Go ye into all the world; whosoever's sins you remit, to them they're remitted; whosoever's sins you retain, to them they're retained." That I might say it so that someone might not understand what I mean; Jesus said to the apostles, "Whoever's sins you forgive, I'll forgive them too. And whoever's sins that you do not forgive, and hold it against them, I'll hold it against them too." That's what Jesus said. Watch the Catholic church push towards that.
363-447 But let's find out how they did it. Then if we find out how they did it, then we should do it the same way. Now, let's find out.
It's the day of Pentecost; the Church has been inaugurated. They were all in an upper room; men came out of there speaking in different languages. Why? Every language under heaven was represented there; English was there too. Every language under heaven had to be there, what language was spoke in that day. Goes ahead here and gives many of the languages, and how the Cretes and strangers, and proselytes of Rome, and--and--and--and Arabians, and all speak and magni... Now, they wasn't speaking in unknown tongues. They were speaking in known languages to people, not unknown tongues, but languages that each one understood. The sinner, the unbeliever could hear what he was saying; "How do we hear in our own language wherein that--that we was born?"
363-449 Now, watch. Now, the question comes. Now, others mocked. The 12th verse, all right.
365-451 Just in a moment; tell them just hold just a minute, till I get through with the Scripture.
366-452 All right, here you are, What's he got? The key, the key to the Kingdom. Where's the Kingdom? It's within you. Is that right? The Holy Ghost is the Kingdom of God; we know it. We're born into the Kingdom as subjects and delegates. Look, he's got the keys to his side. "What are you going to do with it?" This is the first time the door was ever opened.
Now, the question's asked the preacher for the first time, the one with the key. I believe if he said, "Stand on your head," that'd been official: "Whatever you bind on earth, I'll bind in heaven."
All right, "Whatever you say, I'm going to say the same thing. You got the key." All right, he crams the key into the door. What do you do?
367-455 The Catholic church come along, instead of being immersed, they sprinkle. Instead of being--using the Name of Jesus, they've took "Father, Son, and Holy Ghost." Never was taught in the Bible.
Every person from that time on was baptized by immersing in the Name of Jesus Christ. And some had been immersed by John the Baptist that baptized Jesus, and Paul told them they could not receive the Holy Ghost like that; they had to come back and be rebaptized again in the Name of Jesus before they could get the Holy Ghost. How many knows that's the Scripture? Acts the 19th chapter. There you are. 'Cause the Kingdom of heaven was sealed to any other way, by an oath by Jesus Christ, that that would be official in heaven.
367-457 Father God, tonight, nineteen hundred and something years has passed, yet the honesty and the integrity of human hearts still cry for God, like children crying for the milk of their mother's breast. We love You, Lord; we can't live without You. As David said, "My soul thirsts after Thee like the hart for the water brook." He must have it or die.
And, Father, we've combed through the Scriptures, back and forth, not to be different, but we see these seminaries, these theological students today, who preach according to the commandments of men, and not the commandments of God. Therefore, Lord, we do not despise those men, but we despise those things that they teach. Therefore, Lord, we ask that they become our brother. We ask that You forgive them of their error, and we pray that they will come to the Scripture, read It, not the way some seminary teaches It, but according to the way that God has written It.
We pray, God, now, that these candidates are coming tonight for water baptism... As our gallant pastor walks into this pulpit from here to preach the Gospel of--this same Gospel, and then to the baptismal pool to bury... Grant, Lord, that each one of these will receive the Holy Ghost, 'cause You gave the promise, "You shall receive the Holy Ghost." May the Spirit of God be waiting at the top of the water to receive the candidate tonight, for we commit them unto Your hands, in Jesus Christ's Name. Amen.