Awakening to the Gospel that Paul Preached (first on Facebook)
"Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God."
Until you have a mind that is renewed, until you have a mind that dwells in the conscious awareness of the presence of God filling you, you are walking, at least in a degree, in the flesh. You are still part carnal, and that is the part we have to deal with; that is where all the unbelief is.
Ephesians 5:14 says, "Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light." Have you ever realized that you are sleeping? Do you know the Word refers to the word "awake," even in the Old Testament, over, and over? Awake! Awake! Awake! Do you remember Daniel’s vision where the angel says to Daniel, "In that day many who sleep in the dust of the earth shall arise." Do you realize that you Were made from the very dust of the ground? And the Word tells us over and over again to wake up, to rise, to shakeyourself, O Zion, and arise. Wake up! WAKE UP!
"For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. But every man in his own order"
Could the "all" in Adam be any greater than the "all" that is in Christ? Does it really mean "all" ? All who died in Adam shall be made alive in Christ? Once again: Is the "all" that is in Adam any greater than the "all" that is in Christ? Well if you believe what we have been taught, it does mean that! But listen to what it says: "As in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive, but every man in his own order." How many men? All! But we read it this way: For as in Adam all die, even so those who have received Christ shall be made alive. Don’t we read it that way? I believe we do so because of what we have been taught and because of what the Word seeminglyteaches.
I have said this before, and you really need to examine this: The Apostle Paul was so much more advanced spiritually than any other man in the New Testament times, and he had a much deeper understanding and revelation of God than any other writer or believer in those times. And he even said that this is my Gospel. Nobody else preached the Gospel that Paul preaches. That is why some of the things in the Word seem to be contradictory. Two believers at different levels of faith can see the same verse and interpret it differently. It does not mean necessarily that one is right and one is wrong, they just see it differently.
Oh the world needs the Gospel! We need the Gospel! And you see when you begin to understand the gospel that Paul preached, it is so much easier to preach the Gospel—in fact, you don’t have to. Whenever you get around people, you can just plant a few seeds. Just a few words. "A man went forth to sow." That is what I am doing—sowing. The words that I speak are seeds, and I guarantee you that they will grow.
Wisdom is the Proper Use of Knowledge
You all need to pray for me, because I need the wisdom to present the truth that I have been given. (O God, give us expression and words!) If there is anything we as Christians need to keep in our hearts, it is the knowledge that we need wisdom, because wisdom is the ability to properly use the knowledge that you have. You can have a great deal of knowledge and come into a great understanding of the Word, but without the wisdom you will go forth to proclaim that Word and do damage. I often tell people who hear me speak, "Please don’t go out and tell other people what I said, but if you want them to hear the message, give them a CD." It is the best thing you can do, because the carnal mind will absolutely try to destroy the seeds of the Word of God.
Do you notice I don’t use the word "devil" too much? People say, "Brother, don’t you believe in the devil?" No, I believe in God. And I believe that the only place the devil has is that place in my mind that I give him. If I give
him no place, then he has no place. I don’t believe it is even worthy to mention the devil; I would rather use the phrase carnal mind. "Brother, are you saying the devil is my mind?" I am saying that that is the only place where the devil can use anything that he has, because whoever gets the mind gets the man. And the devil has captured and captivated the minds of God’s people through the blindness and through the ignorance that has been taught from the pulpits across America. It was not done knowingly so. Men who have had good hearts, men who have loved God, men who have desired above everything else to please God, have sown darkness and blindness over the hearts of God’s people, because they themselves were ignorant, being blinded and darkened to the life that was in them.
"This I say therefore and testify in the Lord, that you henceforth walk not as other gentiles walk."
I believe that many of the saints that Paul was speaking to in those days had the revelation and understanding of His message. Jesus Himself spent fourty day with His disciples unveiling to them the Gospel of the Kingdom. They had an
understanding. They knew who they were. And because of that, sometimes just the very presence of one of those men would cause healing to take place! They understood, and so Paul in his teaching was reminding them in the Book of Ephesians of all that had been given to them by God. "You have beenchosen; you have been predestinated; there is a predestinated seed in you that will come to maturity,but every man in his own order. You have been seated with Christ in heavenly places; you have been redeemed by the power and the blood of the Lamb. Therefore don’t walk as an unbeliever, being alienated in your mind from the life of God, through the ignorance and the blindness of your heart."
God is so good. I have known these things, and have known the heart of God for twenty years, but I have been bottled up, knowing that I just could not give it. There was too much darkness, too much blindness; there was too much religious teaching which was contrary to what God wants to bring to his people. But the time is now right for this message.
I can testify to you that God is God, because I have been in some of the most wretched, miserable conditions for a Christian that anyone could ever be in, and every time God came to me and rescued me out of it. Every time! And I have been months in darkness; I have been months thinking God left me; I have been months thinking that I must really have offended God. You see our wrong choices cause things like that to happen, but God is God. He says, "Gary, you are going to manifest my son because I designed it, I planned for it, and it is for your best interest. And because I am your Father and I have your best interest at heart, I am going to perform My will in your life. Now you can fight that, you can oppose that, but I am your Father. Don’t you realize that I brought you forth, I created you? You were
My idea. I am responsible for you, because I created you and brought you into being. And because I am responsible for you, if I did not perfect that in you which I desire to do, I would be an irresponsible parent!"
God is responsible for that which He created. Aren’t you responsible for the children that you bring into this life? How much more so is God responsible! Yet religion tells us that because we are rebellious, because we are caught up in pornography, because we’re selling our bodies as prostitutes, God cannot help us. Well if He can’t, then He is not God. If it depends on what I can do or what I can’t do, then I am god, and He is not God!
CALVARY’S EMANCIPATION PROCLAMATION
"This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart"(Eph. 4:17-18).
Alienation from the life of God in us is a great problem in the Church. All of us are still, to one degree or another, alienated from that life we have within us. And the only thing that is going to bring us into more of an understanding of that life, and prepare us for what God is about to do on the earth, is to have most of our concepts of God which we have been taught in the past by our forefathers torn down. They have to be uprooted, because what God wants to bring to the earth through His people is the Gospel of reconciliation. This is the only Gospel that Paul ever told us we
need to preach. The people of the earth must be told the magnitude of Calvary’s victory.
Very few of God’s people are aware of "Calvary’s Emancipation Proclamation." I think probably most of us know what the Emancipation Proclamation was; it was the proclamation that freed the blacks from slavery. And oh, if we knew the benefits of Calvary’s proclamation! That is the reason that we are not moving in the power of God. The Church has so little power today. I know there are a few men who are operating somewhat in the power of God, and that it is flowing through certain ones in the gifts of the Spirit. But we haven’t seen anything yet, because when God by His Spirit comes to maturity within the Church, we will see the power of God such as never has been seen before.
In these days we must understand the heart of God. There is coming such an awesome power of God to the Church, that if you don’t understand His heart, and walk in the love of God, you will take His power and bring judgment to His people. You will cause them damage and harm. God is bringing judgment to His people, but it is a righteous udgment. You have to know the heart of God. You have heard it said that the Apostolic and the prophetic anointing of the early Church is going to be restored to the Church, and there are many men of God today who are prophesying and teaching that the Church as we knew it in its beginning stages is going to be restored. But that Church didn’t make it the first time! And I am not so sure that if the Apostolic anointing and power came back to the Church as it was in the early days, the same thing wouldn’t just happen all over again, unless God’s people begin to understand the heart of God. I don’t think such restoration is the answer. I think the only answer today for God’s people is to really understand, and have unveiled to them, the heart of God.
To be continued