|Hebrews Chapter Six (57-0908E)|
203-217 To study His precious Word… I come in awhile ago, and I was packing two Bibles. And I had a little interview with a lady back here, and I told her if I preached out of both of them, ought to have a pretty good text. But this is a Greek Lexicon, so just something I want to read out of this tonight. It's a–it's a… It's the word for word interpretation from original Greek into English. And it's been a lot of help to me along the line. And I just want to read something out of it, because now we're studying in this Book of Hebrews, and we're just now coming to the real deep meaning.
203-219 And I told Brother Neville a few minutes ago, "We're getting into the part where the people scratch their head and said 'I don't believe that.'" See? That's the type we get into. That's where we like it.
Some minister said to me; he said, "Well, I guess there'll be a lot of head scratching."
I said, "That's what we want to do."
See, the Bible only can have one meaning. It can't have two meanings. And if one part of the Bible says one thing and another part of the Bible says something else, then something's wrong. See, It's got to say the thing all the way through. But remember, in studying the Bible It's hid from the eyes of the wise and prudent and revealed to babes, because it is of a spiritual Book.
And It's not a western book; It's an eastern Book. And there's only one thing can interpret It, and that's the Holy Spirit. And I know that each one of us want to say that the Holy Spirit's telling us what we believe in It. Well now, if every Scripture lines up exactly the same, then that is the Holy Spirit. If it doesn't line up, and got a gap here, and a gap over here, then there's something wrong with our belief. And oh, it's a marvelous Book.
203-224 Now, I want you to do this while we're studying… Now, we got to leave early in the morning for Wyoming, the Lord willing. Pray for us. And this next week Brother Graham Snelling here, if he's present… I heard him just a few minutes ago make his announcement. And this church is in full cooperation with his revival, and we're praying to God to give him an exceeding, abundant, great revival. Brother Graham held a revival for Brother up here at Charlestown, Brother Junior Cash, and there was right on a hundred converts, I believe the… Eighty-four converts… So to that we give God praise. And we trust that it'll have five hundred and eighty-four up here in this place here.
204-225 Brother Graham met me today, and he said, "Now, Brother Bill, I'm sure that you understand that I'm not here to start up another work in opposition to the Tabernacle, because I'm part of the Tabernacle." He's just here to… He feels upon his heart that he wants to hold a revival, and the Lord leading him to do it. And–and he invites the converts, and has a church, to pour them right down. Here's a church home, if you get in–get converted.
And it's our duty as Christians to back him up with everything we can. And the Lord bless Brother Graham. And you're, every one, cordially invited to Brother Graham's meeting up here, with full permission from this church; with the full cooperation to help him in any way we can, for lost souls and for the Kingdom of God.
Lord bless you, Brother Graham, give you a great meeting. He don't know when he's going to close; he's just starting. And so Brother Graham's had it like myself, many ups-and-downs. That's the way life runs; it makes you appreciate the ups after you went through the downs. If a man makes a drop and lays there, he's a coward. I got confidence when a man will rise and try again. That's right. I'm sure you can interpret what I mean. Now, don't forget it, this coming week.
204-228 Now, in this Book of the Hebrews… We won't take the background tonight.
Now, next Sunday, the Lord willing, Brother Neville will announce… Brother Cox here, or some of them will let him know, if we get in in time for next Sunday's meeting. He'll announce it on the radio. And we are… You all listen to his radio now, and–and–and invite all your neighbors to listen. I really get joy out of listening to their preaching and singing (the Neville quartet). I don't say that because he's setting here. If I said that, and didn't mean it in my heart, I'd be a hypocrite. That's right. I'd have to repent. But I mean it. And I'd rather give him a little rosebud now than a whole wreath after he's gone.
205-230 One time I was walking out the door there, and there's a lady come by, and she said, "Brother Branham, oh, how I enjoyed that message."
I said, "Thank you." Made me feel good.
Somebody else come out, and said, "Brother Branham, I enjoy that message."
I said, "Thank you."
There was a little preacher there from up here in the north part of the country, in the state; he said, "Bless God, I don't want people to brag on me like that."
I said, "I do." And I said, "There's just one difference between me and you: I'm honest about it." That's right. We all like to hear nice words said about us. And I–I think it's nice to say nice words about it. And if you want somebody to say nice words about you, say some nice words about somebody else. That's the way to do it, then you'll always say the nicest things you can about everybody. And that makes the wheel roll better.
205-236 Now, in this… Next Sunday, the Lord willing, to my opinion we got just getting deeper and deeper into these great mysteries of God. We're going into Melchisedec: Who He was, where He come from, where He went, what happened to Him, and all about Melchisedec.
And now, last Wednesday night, Brother Neville hit on the finishing chapter of the supreme Deity and the priesthood of our Lord Jesus, which starts out in the beginning: "God in sundry times and divers manners spake to the fathers by the prophets, in this last day has spoken to us through His Son Christ Jesus."
Then he goes on, and begins to tell and pattern Who He was, brings Him on down to the 5th chapter, at the end of the 5th chapter. Then beginning at the 6th chapter, we got this in our lesson this morning:
206-240 How many enjoyed the message on perfection? "Let Us Go On To Perfection," that was our message this morning in the 6th chapter of the Hebrews.
Now, we're just getting into the place to where we begin to get the–the real part. Oh, we can all agree upon these things: upon the Deity of Christ, and Him being the Son of God, and how He was with God and God was with Him, and He was in God and God in Him, and so forth. We all agree upon that. But now, from here on, I don't know how we're going to agree. So whatever it is, every few nights we're going to give you a chance to write me a little note and tell me what you think about It.
206-242 Then I'll have to answer questions. And if I can't get them, I'll say, "Brother Neville, what do you think about that?" I'll say, "There he is; let him answer it." [Brother Neville says, "That's when I read the Greek"–Ed.] And then's when He's going to read the Lexicon, get his Greek out. I think it's time for me and you also.
But now, if we will get down and be real sincere, and really come for one purpose, that's to learn… I want to learn too. And the Bible is written, said that It is… The Scriptures are of no private interpretation. That means the Scripture must interpret Scripture. See? Each Scripture must interpret the other all the way through the Bible to make it one great thing; because God can't change, because He's the inchangeable God.
I like Paul saying those things. Paul never was a person that liked to stay too long in one place; he liked to move on deeper. One time in the Scripture he said, "I… Forgetting those things which are in the past, I press towards the mark of the high calling." See, he keeps pressing on. Here he said:
206-247 Now, we… First we wanted to find out, "Could we be perfect?" And we found out in the Scriptures this morning, Matthew 5:28, that Jesus said that we had to be just as perfect as God was, or we wouldn't go in.
Then we found out that we was every one borned in sin, shaped in iniquity, come to the world speaking lies. And there was not one sound thing about us. So how could we ever be perfected?
Now, here's what we find out then (over… reading, taking Scripture with Scripture) that Jesus, by one sacrifice, perfected forever His Church. He… We are then perfect through Christ. And we are free from judgment through Christ. We shall never die through Christ. We have lost death and found Life through Christ; not through any church, not through any denomination, not through any fantastic, not through speaking with tongues, not through shouting, not through shaking, not through dancing in the Spirit, but by grace.
207-250 God calls who He will. And it's all by election; we find out. We find out that it's not him that wants to be saved, not him that willeth or him that runneth, it's God that showeth mercy. And no man can come to Jesus except God draws him first. So what you got to do with it anyhow? You haven't got nothing to do with it. You're out of the picture altogether.
We found out that man never seeks after God; it's God seeking after man. And we found out then that God is the only Resource of Eternal Life. We found out that everything that is eternal has no beginning or no end. Therefore, we find out that hell had a beginning, and it has an end. And there's only… No one can ever say that hell is forever, or forever, yes, forever, but not eternal.
207-252 "Forever" is "a space of time." The Bible says, "Forever and forever." And you look it up and find out if "forever" doesn't mean "a space of time." Jonah said he was in the belly of the whale forever. And many other Scriptures, "forever" only means "a space of time."
But Eternal, that's forever. That's forever and forever and forever and forever and forever; it's the eternal. And we find out that hell isn't eternal, but it's forever. And the reason… You have to watch those words now. If you don't, you get mixed up.
Now, remember, just those things which had no beginning has no end. Therefore, Jesus said, "He that heareth My Words and believeth on Him that sent Me, has Life forever?" Does that sound right? No. "Has Eternal Life." And the word "eternal" is "God." The word, here it is right here in the Greek Lexicon, "Zoe," God's Life in you. And you're just as eternal as God is eternal, because you've got God in you.
208-254 Your old nature died (the nature of the world), and you become a new creation. And your desires (that old life that had a beginning when God breathed the breath into your nostrils when you were born), that life of carnal nature died. And it had a beginning and it had an end, and it died and was done away with forever (the old nature). And God came in with the new nature. Then love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, peace, patience, and meekness, and kindness, that entered and taken the place of malice, and temper, and hatred, and–and emulation, strife, and all those things. It took its place, when you passed from death unto Life. You get it real close now?
So, listen. There is only one form of Eternal Life. Find it. That is God alone has Eternal Life. The Bible said so. God alone has Eternal Life. And if a man's going to suffer in hell forever, he's got to have God eternal. But I say that there…
208-256 Now, remember, I'm not saying there's not a burning hell. There is a burning hell, fire and brimstone, where the–the worm is–the fire isn't quenched and the worm never dies, of fire and brimstone, a punishment; it may last for a hundred billion years, but it has to have an end, for hell was created for the Devil and his angels. And everything that the very God Himself, which was in the beginning, everything come off of God. When the very spirit…
Let's take the Spirit of love, that was the great fountain of God, pure, unadulterated. From that, come in a perverted love. Then it come into human love. Then it come into sexual love. Then it come into other loves: loves and loves, and just keeps perverting down till it becomes to just filth. But all those things had a beginning. And someday it'll wind right straight back to the original (It's eternal.), where lust, human love, passionate love, all those loves will have to cease.
All these make-beliefs of faith will have to cease. There's One true faith; all others will have to cease. They were perverts off of this real Fountain.
209-259 So therefore, hell, suffering… Suffering is not eternal. Suffering was brought about because of sin, and sin introduced suffering. And when sin is finished, suffering will have to finish too. And there'll be a time where sinners that's never accepted Christ, after they have been punished maybe for a hundred billion years… I don't know, maybe for ten hundred million billion years, I couldn't say. But it'll have to come to an end sometime, 'cause it's not eternal.
209-260 Now, we're going to press on now towards the perfection. Now, listen as we get into the message.
Now, listen. We got two… We got a picture here now. Now, right here's where we're going to get some great disagreements. Now, you've got to see where the picture is. Paul is trying here to separate law from grace. We've got two pictures: one, the carnal; one, the spiritual. And Paul's trying to–to deviate between the two to show the Jews. This letter is to the Hebrews. And all the Hebrews is trying to show the pattern of the Old Testament typing the New. So you got two pictures here under consideration. Now, listen close as we read.
209-262 Now, he said,
Now, we got that this morning, how that we are perfected: perfected, absolutely spotless and blameless, not one sin on us. Are you above temptation? Never. Do you sin every day? Yes, sir. But yet, we are perfected, because we are in Him. And God could no more judge us than nothing; He couldn't be righteous; He's already judged us in Him. When He judged Christ, He judged me, He judged you. And He can't judge me again, because He took my judgment.
If I've been redeemed and I got a ticket to show that I've redeemed my watch from the pawn shop, let somebody try to take it back in the pawn shop once, when I've got a ticket; I have redeemed it. And if the Devil would try to put punishment on me, I've got a ticket that shows I've been redeemed. Yes, sir. No more judgment, "He that heareth My Words, and believeth on Him that sent Me, has Eternal Life, and shall never come to the judgment, but has passed from death unto Life." That's my ticket. He gave the promise.
210-265 Now, now, the picture here…
Now, remember… Did you notice that word used again? We used it this morning: eternal judgment. When God once speaks, it's eternal. It cannot be changed a bit. So the judgment is eternal. It's always the–the judgment. And no matter what generation we're living in, one generation will live, and one law will live. And it's forever, or for whatever time and this and that, but the judgment of God is still eternal. He has to, because He spoke the Word. When God speaks a word, It has to be eternal. That's right.
210-267 Now, let me read that out of the Greek for you. Listen how it reads.
Now, this "Lexicon" is absolutely not any interpretation at all; it's just the Greek word for what the English says. And it said:
Now, if you get that in your mind, that he's speaking here, that forms of reformation causes death. Paul said, "Leaving the principles, go to perfection, not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith towards God, doctrines of baptism, laying on of hands, resurrection of the dead, eternal judgment. Reformation–forms causing death was the right words. That's actually what Paul wrote. See what he's trying to do?
211-270 Now, all these things like baptisms: one's baptized backward, one forward, one in the name of the Father, Son, and the Holy Ghost, one Jesus' Name, one this way, and that way, and all these different little things of baptisms, and of laying on of hands: "Bless God, I got the gift of laying on of hands. Hallelujah; you–you can get It this way. And hallelujah…"
Laying all of that aside, because that's dead works, these reformations, reforming. See, he's speaking of another class. Now, he said, "Let's get away from that and go on to perfection." You get It?
And the church is still lingering back in those things. That's what they were trying to do. The early Hebrew church was trying to say, "Well, I was baptized by immersing, and–and I was–got this, and this, and all these things."
He said, "Now, lay all of that aside, leaving it behind." But, now, did he say we shouldn't do it? Now, listen to what he said about that:
And the original said the same thing:
211-276 Baptisms, laying on of hands and things, but that isn't perfect. That's only the carnal reform. And that's where the churches leave off at today, is on that carnal reform. One of them said, "Oh, well, the water… The word, "baptis" means it–this and it means that."
And they set up organizations. And one sprinkles; the other one pours, and the other one baptizes face forward, the other one backward, and all those things; some of them laying on of hands for the sick, and some making apostles, and some making prophets and so forth by laying on of hands; and preaching the resurrection from the dead (and which is all right), and the supreme Deity of Christ (That's all right.); but he said, "All these are formal reformations. We're just been reforming. Now let us go on to perfection." You get the picture?
211-278 Now watch, here's where the deep part comes now.
Now, I know what you legalists has got in your mind right now, but you're wrong. See? All right. I stand on this, and the Bible confirms it, that if God ever saved a man, he's saved for time and eternity. You can't make It say anything else.
212-280 Some fundamentalist come to me not long ago and said, "I got you on one, Preacher Branham. I got you one. You said, 'If a man was saved, he could never be lost.'"
I said, "That's what God said."
He said, "I want to ask you something. Saul was a prophet, and he prophesied. And you know he was God's anointed; the Bible said he was. And he committed suicide, and he was lost."
I said, "He was?" I said, "The Bible declares he was saved. After he become an enemy to God, he was still saved. The Bible said he was. And after all, he did not commit suicide. A Philistine killed him, and David killed the Philistine for killing him. He did fall on his sword, his spear, his sword, but he didn't–it didn't kill him. And the Philistine killed him. And then when Saul went down to the witch, and she called the spirit of Samuel, because he hadn't entered glory; he was in paradise under the shed blood of bulls and goats which couldn't take away sin. But he had to have a waiting place which is called paradise, until he entered in."
212-284 And that's where you Catholic people got mixed up. See? Now, there is no more paradise now. We go straight into the Presence of God.
And when the witch of En-dor called up the spirit of Samuel, there he stood. And she fell on her face, and she said, "Why did you deceive me?"
And not only was Saul standing there, I mean Samuel in his prophet robes, he was still a prophet. He said, "Why did you call me out of my rest," said, "seeing that you become an enemy to God?"
He said, "Well, the Urim won't speak to me anymore; the prophet can't prophesy to me no more; neither can I have a dream."
"Well," Samuel said, "you've become an enemy to God, but tomorrow the battle goes the other way, and you'll die tomorrow. And by this time tomorrow night, you'll be with me." If Saul was lost, so was Samuel; they was both together. Certainly. The Bible said so.
213-289 Now, you can be all worked up in emotion by speaking in tongues, shouting, jerking, shaking, running up and down the aisle. Nothing against that, but you can make yourself believe that you're saved when you're not. You're not saved; your life will prove what you are. Jesus said it would, "By their fruits you shall know them." Your life will prove whether you're saved or not, if you never open your mouth. It'll prove what you are.
But all this workup, and emotion, and joining church, and "I been baptized in Jesus' Name. Hallelujah, I know I got It," that doesn't mean nothing.
"I been baptized in the name of Father, Son, Holy Ghost, face forward, three times. I got It." That means nothing.
213-292 Paul said, "Let's go on to perfection now." We're talking about perfected, and if we'll run this down, you'll find out the perfected is the elected. I'll prove it to you in a few minutes by the Bible. It's the elected who God, before the foundation of the world seen every one of them. And He sent Jesus to redeem that people, not the whole world. He wanted to, but He had to make a way for those. And the only way He could do, was to send Christ, that He might come the propitiation of our sins, that those who've been elected, He could bring to Him in glory.
Could you imagine God running His office so loosely, as to say, "Well, maybe somebody will think real sad about Me, and maybe they'll come and get saved." God don't have to beg you to do nothing. Any begging, you need to do the begging, not God.
213-294 And then, Christ died to save those who God, by foreknowledge, elected to meet Him yonder without spot or wrinkle. Before the foundation of the world He seen you in glory. That's what the Bible said, Ephesians the 1st chapter–5th chapter, the 1st verse. God predestinated by foreknowledge.
Now, if God did that, predestinated us before the foundation of the world, and knew every one of us by name before the foundation of the world, and elected us to Eternal Life, and sent Jesus Christ to redeem us, that six thousand years ago He saw us, that we might appear to His praises in glory, how can you ever be lost?
214-296 Now, if you're saved, you're saved. If God saves you tonight knowing He's going to lose you ten years from today, He's defeating His own purpose. The infinite, almighty, eternal, everlasting wisdom God doesn't know enough then to know that, whether you will hold out or whether you won't. Then when He saves you, you say, "Well, I'll give Him a try; I'll see what He'd do," then He does not know the end from the beginning. God knows what He's doing; don't you never worry about that. It's you and I stumbling along. God knows what He's doing. And He knew we'd–whether we'd hold out, or what we would do.
Now, the Bible said that Esau and Jacob, before either child was born God said, "I love one and hate the other one," before they even breathed their first breath, that His election might stand true.
214-298 Who was Abraham? (We'll get to him in a few minutes, down here.) Who was he that God should call? Saved him without anything. God makes a covenant with man; man breaks his covenant. But God made this Covenant with Himself and swore to it, to Himself. Man has nothing to do with it; it's God's own foreknowledge. He done it anyhow.
Now, you say, "Well, Brother Branham, then if I become a Christian, I can just do anything I want to?" Absolutely. If you're a Christian, do anything you want to; and I'll guarantee, you won't have any desire to do wrong. You do anything… I always did just what I wanted to. And if I serve the Lord 'cause I'm afraid I'm going to hell, I'm not serving Him right. If I live true to my wife because I'm afraid she'll divorce me, I'm not a very good husband. But I wouldn't hurt her for nothing, for I love her.
214-300 That's how it is with Christ, when a man's borned of the Spirit of God. Not because he shouted, spoke in tongues or some emotion, but in his heart love come in and taken the place of the world. I tell you; he loves and he walks by Him every day. You don't have to tell him it's wrong to do this, that, or the other; he knows it's wrong. And he walks… He's an ordained product of God's sovereign grace. Exactly.
Now, we've sometimes believed that that was the man who once was enlightened and fell away again, but the Bible doesn't read it that way. It's absolutely impossible for a man, he says here, that has received the Holy Spirit to ever fall away. Now, read it and find out if that isn't right. Watch here, take the text, the whole text, and the contents–context, rather.
215-301 Now He's beginning to talk about… What is it? "Let's go on to perfection…" Now, he said, "Not carnal, laying the foundation here of doctrines and baptism and reformations and so forth. Let's not do that. Let's go on to perfection." The subject is perfection, and perfection comes by Christ. And how did we get in Christ? By joining the church? By one Spirit we're all baptized into one Body, not by one tongue talked in, one hand shook in, one water baptized in, but by one Spirit we are baptized into one Body. You get it?
That's the perfection. And when you come into that, you are in Christ, and the world is dead to you. And you walk with the Lamb each day, and your steps are ordained of God, what to do. Oh, the trials and testings that we go through. You say, "Do you have testings?" Yes, sir.
215-303 What is… Grace is what God did for me; works is what I do for God. Now, they'll make a doctrine out of it; they think that works is what wins your merits. If it is, it isn't a free gift. Grace is what God did for you; by grace you're saved. And works is what you do in appreciation of the grace that He showed to you. And if you love Him, you like to do the works of the Lord, certainly, because then, you–you love Him.
Accepting Meda Broy as my wife was what love done for her. What she does in appreciation, she's a nice woman, stays home, takes care of the children, and lives a good true life. That's not because we're not married, we are married. But she does that in appreciations. If she run downtown every day, and took in every ten-cent store, and up and down the streets, and never washed the dishes or anything else, we are still married. Absolutely. When I took my vow, that settles it. She's my wife as long as there's life in us; she's my wife. That's her vow. But what appreciation she does for that, she stays home and takes care of the children, and tries to be a real wife.
216-305 I could run out and be gone all the time, just gadding about over the country, and let her half starve or anything, let the children go without something to eat; we're still married. If she even divorces me, I'm still married as long as there's life in my body. I took that vow: "Till death we separate." That's right. We're still married. But yet, I make a poor excuse of a husband. She'd make a poor excuse as a wife. So if we love one another, we stick together and pull the load together.
That's the way God and His Church is. When you're born in the Kingdom of God, you'll have your ups-and-downs, true, but you're still a Christian; you're still borned of the Spirit of God. God may have to take you out of the earth early.
216-307 Now, I know where you're thinking about, the church. Let me take you one just a little stronger, so the–the legalistic side can be really shut out. Let's go over to Hebrews the 10th chapter and look at this just for a little bit, 10th chapter, the 26th verse.
217-309 Now, you say, "What about that, Brother Branham? How does that look?" Now, just read, and I think, "The Scripture doesn't say that." That's not talking about a Christian. That's talking about a man that heard the Word and turned away from It. See?
What is sin? Unbelief. Read St. John the 4th chapter; Jesus said, "He that believeth not is condemned already." Sin is not smoking, drinking, committing adultery. You do that because you're an unbeliever. That's just the attributes; you do that because you're an unbeliever. Just to quit smoking, quit drinking, and so forth like that, that doesn't mean you're–you're a Christian; that's just the attributes of your conversion. But you can–you can do either side and still not be.
217-311 Now, notice.
Not–not after he received Christ in his heart; the Bible doesn't say that. Said:
Some woman come to me not long ago and said, "Brother Branham, I'm a Christian, but I blasphemed the Holy Ghost."
I said, "It's impossible. A Christian could not blaspheme the Holy Ghost." You can't do it. A Christian spirit bears record with Christ's Spirit. See? And you'll call everything of God, "God's."
But if you're carnal minded, you'll make fun and laugh at the Holy Ghost. I don't care how much you go to church; you're still a sinner, and you're blaspheming the Holy Ghost.
217-316 When they seen Jesus discerning their thoughts, they said He was a fortuneteller.
Jesus said, "You've… I forgive you for that, but when the Holy Ghost is come, you speak a word against It, it'll never be forgiven you." Because they said, "He has an unclean spirit," calling the Spirit of God an unclean thing. A Christian can't do that. A Christian will always call the Spirit of God righteousness.
See, a Christian cannot blaspheme the Holy Ghost; it's the outsider that blasphemes. That wasn't Christians standing there. It was religious people; it was orthodox Jews, doctors of divinity and so forth, and they were making fun of Him and His works, calling the works of God, that it was an unclean spirit doing it.
And how many do you think today blasphemes the Holy Ghost, that's got D.D.D, Ph.D. on their name? How many great, stiffed orthodox Catholics, Protestants, walk the street and make fun of the operation of the Holy Ghost, just as polished, scholar, as slick as a button. That's right. But they make fun of the Holy Ghost; and therefore, they blaspheme It. But a borned again Christian cannot do that; he'll say, "That's my Brother. That's the Spirit of the living God." That's right. A Christian cannot blaspheme the Holy Ghost.
It's the sinner that blasphemes the Holy Ghost, the unbeliever, the sinner, an unbeliever. There's only two things: either you are a believer or an unbeliever.
218-320 Now, notice here, to make this real wound up now. I had a vision that's always bothered me. Years ago I used to look at that; I said, "Oh, if a man once received the Holy Spirit then and then would backslide, he'd be lost forever." I couldn't get this other to make sense with that.
I said, "Then why is it that the Bible said that 'he that heareth My Words and believeth on Him that sent Me has Eternal Life (Eternal) and shall never come to the judgment, but has passed from death unto Life. All the Father has give Me will come to Me, and none of them's lost; I'll raise them up in the last days. No man can pluck them from My hand'?" How does that divvy up with this? I just couldn't understand it. "It's impossible for those who were once enlightened…" I thought, "There's something wrong; I just can't get it."
218-322 And I went to a little Pentecostal meeting years ago; there's not a one left in the church, I guess, tonight, that remembers. Years ago, this was even just about time the Tabernacle was built… 'Less it would be Brother Graham back there, or somebody. I don't know if you was here first or not. Brother Sy, Brother Mahoney, I think, was. Yeah, just before I was married.
That gift a-working, I was afraid. They told me it was of the Devil. I didn't know till the Angel of the Lord told me.
I went to Mishawaka, and I set in that meeting, and I never heard so much shouting and crying and praising God. I thought, "Brother, this is heaven." And, oh, how they would go up and down.
219-325 They had to have it in the north, on account of segregation. The colored and white were together. The P. A. of W. and P. A. of J. C. had really emerged and become the United Pentecostal. But what a revival they were having there at Brother Rowe's tabernacle at Mishawaka. And I, a little curious fellow, setting on the back seat, was watching all of this. I'd never seen these things before.
There's a man setting here. I've never told this in public before. There was a man setting on one side and a man on the other, and one spoke in tongues, and the other interpret it. And they would tell different things was going to take place. Then, this one speak in tongues, and that one interpret. I thought, "My, isn't that wonderful?" I thought, "How glorious. Them must be Angels come down in a form of men."
219-327 Well, I only had a dollar and seventy-five cents to come home on, and I–I–I just could get a tank of gas. I slept in a cornfield that night. I've got part of it in a book, but not all of it, 'cause I didn't want to hurt their feelings. And so, that night they said, "All preachers come to the platform." I was on the platform; I was the youngest preacher there then.
So the next morning, they asked me to come to preach. I hid. You know, the colored man said, "Here he is." You remember the story of it, when he exposed me setting there.
219-329 And so after preaching that day, walking around, I thought, "If I could only get to those two men, they led the meeting." One would raise and turn white in the face; he'd speak in tongue. And the other would interpret it and give the words, "THUS SAITH THE LORD, there's a certain-certain person here, by the name of Certain-certain, that should do this and certain-certain." Brother, it was the truth. And the other one would rise and speak in tongues, and he would interpret.
I thought, "Oh, my, isn't this wonderful." So that day I thought. I went out and prayed. And I thought, "Lord, you do that for me again." I didn't know what to call it: visions.
220-331 I went out and prayed, and asked the Lord to help me, and I went around the building, and I happened to run into one of them. And I… The Lord give me a way of knowing things. I shook his hand; I said, "How do you do?"
He said, "How do you do. What's your name?"
And I said, "Branham."
"Oh," he said, "you're the young fellow that preached this morning."
I said, "Yes, sir."
And while I got in conversation with him, I caught his spirit. And he was a genuine Christian, just a pure Christian brother. I mean, he was a believer. I thought, "Oh, isn't this wonderful."
220-333 And about a hour from then, out there near the car, which was looking on a great big car (had "Jesus Only" wrote on the back of it), and standing out there stood the other man. And I went out and I said, "How do you do, sir?"
He said, "How do you do." Said, "You're Brother Branham that spoke this morning."
I said, "Yes, sir, I am." I said, "Say, I enjoy them great gifts of God that works in you two brethren."
He said, "Thank you, Mr. Branham." And I begin to feel his spirit; a vision come. And if I ever talked to a hypocrite, there was one of them. His wife was a black-headed woman. He was living with a blond-headed woman, had two children by her. He was no more a Christian than nothing in the world.
220-337 Then I said, "What have I got into? I thought I was in Angels, and now I must be in demons. Something's happened. Here was one, a genuine Christian; and the same Spirit falling on this man was falling on this man." And I said, "Now I'm all confused." And I didn't know what to do. I cried and begged to the Lord. I didn't know what to accept.
They was about to get me to–asked me if I'd received the Holy Ghost, this guy did. And I said, "No, sir, not the way you got it." Said, "Did you ever speak with tongues?" I said, "No, sir." Said, "Then you haven't got It."
So I said, "I… You're probably right, my brother; maybe I haven't, 'cause I don't have what you have." And after while I was glad I didn't.
So then I watched that, and I seen the way that was moving.
221-341 So one day I was out here praying, long ago. I'll tell you why–who I was praying for, was Roy Davis. And I was out here praying, because he had called me a puppet, and I was praying for God to forgive him for it. And he had a press back there, that wrote a paper. And that press caught afire and burnt down a couple of nights after that, while they were running it.
And so I was standing back there in an old cave behind Green's Mill. And I walked out there, and I was praying, been back there two days; and I laid my Bible down on an old log where I showed Brother Wood not long ago, laid my Bible down; I set a-straddle the log. And the wind blowed; I thought, "Been so long, back in that cave, I'd just read a little." So I took ahold of the Bible and begin to read, and this was the chapter it was on. Well, I begin to read, and I begin to wonder then. See?
221-343 I thought, "There's that Scripture." But something hung with me. Then I begin to think, "Here's where he talked back here and beginning, 'Not laying the dead foundation of repentance (at the beginning). Not laying the foundation of repentance,' and here he says, 'New–renewing themselves back to repentance… But let's go on to perfection, laying these things in the back.'" Then I started reading; then I read the next verse:
And when I read that, Something just shook me. And I thought, "Lord, that don't pertain to Roy Davis. Why would You do that?"
222-345 And I started to turn another page, and I had to go back to It again, "It is impossible for those which were once enlightened."
"Go through It again."
Then I thought, "Lord, what is this? What do You mean, Lord?"
And I turned, and went back into my cave to pray over It. And when I did, I saw a world turning. It was all disked up, real nice, the whole world. And I saw a man in white going around, he had a bag in his hand. He was sowing seeds as he went around; he went around the curvature of the earth. And as soon as he got around, here come a guy dressed in real black clothes, a slick-looking fellow, slipping along like this, looking. And he had a seed, and he was throwing something behind it, as he went around the earth, watching everybody and throwing. I stood and watched the vision.
After he had gone, the world turned around, and there was a great, big crop, and it was of wheat. And there was weeds, cockleburs, and things in the wheat.
222-349 There come a drought. And, oh, how that little wheat hung its little head over and was thirsting for water. The little cocklebur had its head hung over, and it was thirsting for water. Everybody was praying for rain. And after while, along came a big cloud and just watered the whole earth. And the little cocklebur jumped up and begin to shout, "Glory to God. Hallelujah. Praise the Lord."
And the little wheat, it jumped up and begin to shout, "Glory to God. Praise the Lord."
And then the Scripture come to me, which is found in the Book of Matthew the 5th chapter and the 45th verse. And listen to what Jesus said in Matthew 5:45. And listen close now as we read. Matthew the 5th chapter and the 45th, 46th verse; 44th to begin at.
223-352 So, you see, the same rain that makes the wheat grow, makes a cocklebur grow. And therefore, I got the picture. There's your carnal confessor that's right in the church, but his fruit… He might shout, and jump, dance, speak with tongues, but his fruits, he's a cocklebur. And there's the other one that's got the same Spirit.
The Holy Spirit can drop right in a bunch of people and a hypocrite can shout by the Holy Spirit just the same as a cocklebur can live by the rain that's sent. That's what Paul's speaking of here. But it's impossible for a cocklebur to become a wheat or a wheat a cocklebur. You get it?
223-353 See, the carnal believer back in those days, just like it is today, likes to say, "Well, I belong to church. I've repented. I–I come up; I made a confession. I've been baptized." See, they lay to those carnal reformations. And what does it do? It produces cockleburs.
What does the perfection do? It's the wheat. The wheat is God's Word. He's uses it as His Word. It's a Seed. It brings forth.
It depends on what seed's sowed in your heart. If you come to church just because you're afraid of hell, if you join church because you don't want–you don't want to go to hell, you're still a cocklebur. If you–if you join church just to be popular, you're still a cocklebur. If you done all these formal things that's to be done, and that's all you got, you're still a cocklebur.
But a real, genuine Christian presses towards perfection until the world is dead and you become a new creature in Christ Jesus. Then it's impossible for that man to ever fall. That's what the Bible says. See how that compares with the rest of the Scripture? See how it lays it right in there to its place?
224-357 How can It say here, "A man that's once saved can never be lost" and come over here and say, "But if you are lost or blaspheme, it's impossible…" Sure, if you're a blasphemer, you're not a Christian.
"No man speaketh by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed." St. John 4–or I John 4. No man speaking by the Spirit of Christ, calls Jesus accursed. Every Spirit of God that's in the Christian Church agrees with everything God said.
We read here and say, "He was wounded for our transgressions. With His stripes we're healed."
The old carnal mind say, "Days of miracles is past. I'm Dr. Jones." See? "There's no such a thing as Divine healing, no such thing as heartfelt religion. You was just worked-up. You're emotional. See, that's all there is to it. There's nothing to it. We are Presbyterians. We're Lutherans," or whatever it is. "We know where we're standing."
224-361 But what does the Spirit of God say? Jesus Christ, the same yest… "Amen," says the Spirit of God. It agrees quickly with the Word. Yes, sir, it's right there. See what I mean now?
"These carnal reforms works death," said Paul.
But where Life is come, this perfection, "He that heareth My Words, believeth on Him that send Me, has Everlasting Life, and shall never come into condemnation, but's passed from death unto Life. I'll give him Everlasting Life, raise him up in the last days. All the Father's given Me will come to Me, and none of them's lost." Can't be.
So here's what it does. What it does… People thinks that that makes people loose. Brother, you don't serve God under a frown of a serpent. God's not one of these guys with a blacksnake whip, driving you around. He's a Father. He's Love. God is Love. And the Bible said in St. John, "He that loveth is of God."
225-365 You love God. I wouldn't be… If I went out and–and got on a drunk tonight… I never drank in my life. But if I went out and got on a drunk, I wouldn't be afraid of getting a whipping. That isn't the reason I don't go–go–don't go do it. The reason I don't do it is because I love Him. He loves me. It's not a works of law; it's not something that I got to do; it's because He's already done something for me, and I love him for it. There you are.
So with that Spirit in there which is promised, "I give unto him Everlasting Life, and they shall never perish."… Did He lie or did He tell the truth? He told the truth. So you see how This interprets? The impossibility is for a man to fall after he's once in grace. He can't. He can fall, sure, but not back to repentance, back to the place and to do the old works over again.
225-367 So you all a-trotting from revival to revival, one place and then another, don't you see, you're not a stabled. You're not established. Now, surely… You say, "Brother Branham, I don't know if…" Surely God would not give me the ministry He has and let me be in error. And if it wasn't proven by the Scripture, then it would be error; but here's the Scripture to back it up.
The Church was never missed a place… People go and join church, fuss, fight, stew, and–and everything, and just live any kind of a carnal life, "Oh, yes, I'm a Christian."
225-369 I heard a confession today of a little lady that told me that her husband was running with a man. She's caught them place after place, and the woman says, "I'm going to let you know, I'm a Christian."
Look over here at Jimmy Osborne, out here preaching on Sunday morning; and boogie-woogie, rock and rolled and everything through the week.
Look at Elvis Presley, a 1947 version of Judas Iscariot, joins the Assemblies of God, Pentecostal, speaking in tongues for the Holy Ghost, and sent more souls to torment than all the bootleg joints there's been in the last fifty years. Perverted the mind of little teenage children all over the world, till little girls would grab off their underclothes and throw it on the platform, and him to autograph, so vulgar that they won't show him on the television from his waist down, the way he… his body. (The Holy Ghost, speaking in tongues for evidence.) Oh, brother, if the Holy Ghost was there, It wouldn't act like that. You know better than that. Certainly not. God loves cleanness and purity and holy.
226-372 I don't act clean and pure and holy to make myself a Christian, but Christ in me lives that in me. And I love Him. And if I do anything wrong, it condemns me; right there I say, "God forgive me." Every day I've got to ask forgiveness. Every day that… And you do too. Certainly you do.
But now, if you're–if you're carnal, you just wade on back and say, "Oh, well, that's all right; I belong to church." See? And then when you blaspheme, is when you don't have the faith that was once delivered to the saints. Then you make fun of That, and call It an evil spirit, say, "That's a bunch of holy-rollers." Then you separate yourself between grace and judgment; then you're finished forever.
226-374 Jesus said, "One word against It will never be forgiven in this world or the world to come." And a Christian, borned of the Spirit can't say evil about That, 'cause It can't; It agrees with It. That's right.
That's the reason people try to tell me that Pillar of Fire there that appears here with us, they try to say that was the Devil, that it was just fiction, and all this. But the camera proved that it wasn't. And the works lay right exactly on the Bible. The same Pillar of Fire that met Paul on his road to Damascus, all these things that He done back there, He's doing it just exactly the same way by the Bible. He's Christ, the Son of God.
And when we're borned again, we have Everlasting Life, and cannot perish. And it'd be impossible for a man to fall. That's what the Bible said.
226-377 Now, listen. Watch what Paul says. Now, read the rest of it, and see if that don't sound right now. Let's go on just a minute. The 8th verse…
Now, watch Paul.
Now, he's talking about them that's trying to get back under the law, you know, trying to do all the works of the law. Yet they're just as ritual as they can be; they had baptisms and the laying on of hands and all these things.
227-379 See what He's talking about? He's not talking about Christians falling away and impossible to come back. He's talking about carnal believers who go through the form of reformation. But he said, "To you who was borned again, you who are Christian, beloved, we're persuaded better things of you. You don't say those things. You don't live that type of life. You're secured with Christ." What did he say right here? Now, let's go to Hebrews 10, where we was at this morning again.
Now, let's turn over then again, to Ephesians 4:30. And let's get this, just a minute, and watch what this says to back this up and make Scripture go with Scripture. Ephesians 4, let's see, Ephesians 4 and 30, let's read and see what It says. Listen:
That right? You're sealed into the Body of Christ by the baptism of the Holy Ghost, not from one revival to another one, but until the day of the body redemption. That's what you are.
227-381 So there's no way for you to be lost. You get scared; and that's the reason scare, a scare… Fear companies doubt. Love companies faith. I love my Father. I'm not afraid of Him, because I love Him. He wouldn't hurt me; He'll do good for me. If I was scared of Him, and "Oh, I don't know whether He'll do it or not.
See, but if I love Him, "Yes, Father, I–I love You. And I know You're–You're my Father, and You love me, and I'm not afraid but what You'll keep Your Word. It's Your promise to me." That's the way the Spirit of God does.
"But, oh, if I did this, if I did that…" See, there you come to the legal side again. Never go to the legal side; it's negative. The positive side is what you want.
228-384 It's already a finished work. Christ died, and the sin was killed when He died. And if God foreordained you to Eternal Life, "All the Father has given Me, will come to Me." There you are, can't be lost. You're secured forever. "For by one Spirit, we're all baptized into one body; and by one sacrifice He's perfected forever." There you are. There's no way for us to lose. Correctly. Now, don't that make you feel good?
Now, how do you know you're a Christian? When your spirit bears record with His Spirit, when the love of God is in your heart, when you have love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, patience, goodness, meekness. That's when you–the fruits of the Spirit is following your life.
Not because you can dance in the Spirit… Oh, to this modern rhythms, whoop it up on a piano to a lot of this here dancing in the Spirit. Them things are all right, but they took the whole thing over on that legal side. See? And therefore, they left the Spirit of God in the back.
228-387 That's the reason when God begin to manifest Hisself, they said, "Nonsense, we don't want nothing to do with that." They don't know God. They've never seen It. They can't understand It, because there's a different life in there. He doesn't know… Cocklebur doesn't know what the wheat's a doing. He's a different life.
That's the way it is with a Christian, to the carnal believer, the confessor, who goes out and confesses, "Oh, yes, I'm a Christian," a big cigar in his mouth like a dehorned Texas steer.
A woman with her shorts on, say, "Oh, yes, I'm a member of the church. Sure, I am." Your fruits prove that you're nothing but carnal. That's right. Certainly, it is. There's only one thing to allow for that: that's either mental deficiency or a spirit of lust on you. That's right.
228-390 If you want to act like the world, the Bible said, "If you love the world or the things of the world, the love of God's not even in you." So there you are.
Now, you say, "Oh, the Bible said then that I must do that." No, that's not it. Stay here until Christ has done something for you that takes that out of you. Then you're borned of the Spirit of God. Not what you do, it's what He done for you, till you get a love that you've passed from death unto Life. And then watch your life, if it–if it tallies up. Not 'cause you try to make your life, but because God brings you into subjection to His Spirit. It's not you leading yourself in God's way; it's God leading you in His own way: not you doing the leading, but God doing the leading.
229-392 Now watch this, now, just as we get down towards the end. The 11th verse…
Now, just one more remark here.
Now, Abraham received the covenant without any merits at all. The covenant was made with Abraham. It's absolutely grace altogether. Abraham was not a better man; he was not a holiness man; he was just an ordinary man. And God by election chose Abraham, because God elected him. Not because Abraham wanted it, because Abraham did this, because he was a good man, 'cause he had any merit at all, but it was God's choice. God took Abraham.
229-395 Today, as I said, I believe, "We select our preachers. We go around and say, 'Well, one of the deacons quit. Let's find the best man in the building to take his place. Well, the pastor quit; let's find out, we get the best…'" Sometimes that's not right.
When they selected a man to take Judas' place, they got the wrong man. They got a gentleman, Matthias, a great scribe, a scholar, a diplomat. They said, "He'll just take the real place. Boy, he looks like a real man." But it wasn't God's choice. And he took this man, and he never done nothing for God.
230-397 But God took a choice of a little old high-tempered, hook-nosed Jew that come down there with his face all… "I'll go down, and I'll arrest them."
God said, "I see something in him. I'll use him."
And God's appeared before him in that big Light there, and he said, "Who are You, Lord?"
Said, "I'm Jesus. Why, it's hard for you to kick against the pricks. Why you persecuting Me?" like that. And God took that man and made him one of the greatest men that's ever hit the face of the earth since Jesus Christ. That was God's choice.
Today we try to make a choice. You churches, you send this man here and that man here. It's not supposed to be done that way. God does the leading. It's God in all, through all, over all. Not what some document of some church; it's what God said about it, what makes the difference.
230-402 Notice. God made the promise to Abraham, unconditional. And now, wait. Abraham did not have to do one thing. God said, "I have already done it."
God made a promise to Adam, said, "Adam, if you'll not touch this, you'll live forever. But the day you eat thereof, that day you die."
Adam said, "I just wonder what it's all about anyhow?" He goes over and eats it, tampering.
Every time that God make–a man makes his covenant with God, or God with a man, the man breaks his part. So God had to do something, because He seen what man was. And they were foreordained; they were elected, and God had to do something. So God came down and made His covenant with Abraham, unconditionally. If it wouldn't have been unconditionally, Abraham would've been lost a long time.
230-406 Look at him setting down there at Gerar, backslid, telling a lie, and give his wife over to another man to save his own skin. What a man. Setting out there and backslid… God told him, said, "Don't you leave up here. Stay up here." The famine run him out. He wandered down to where it was easier going. You know what happens to a fellow when he takes the easy road.
He wandered out, down there where the grass was greener. And when he got down there, he told that king that his wife was his sister to save his own hide. Now, that was a lie. And any man would take his wife and give her over to another man to save his hide… There he was, setting out there in a little tent, backslider, telling a lie, and plumb out of his–cut altogether away from the promise and everything, but he was still God's prophet.
231-408 And there was Abimelech; he was a good, holiness man. Sure, said his prayers every night. Found this grandma, of a hundred years old, come down there, beautiful and young again, he said, "That's the girl I've waited for, so I'm just going to marry her."
Abraham said, "You can have her; she's my sister."
She… "That's my brother."
So he takes her over there and has the women to wash her all up, and–and put on nice clothes, and fix her up like a–like a princess. And he said his prayers, and stretched out on the bed, and turned his feet up, and said, "Tomorrow, I'll marry that beautiful Hebrew girl, that–that boy's sister out there. Oh, it'll be wonderful. O Lord, You know how I love You. Yes, sir, wonderful."
And God said, "You're just as good as a dead man." Pardon me. [Brother Branham clears his throat–Ed.]
Abra… Why, Abraham was setting over there lying, backslid. And here was this man, a honest and just and upright man. "Why," he said, "Lord, You know the integrity of my heart. Did not he tell me that was his sister?"
Said, "I know the integrity of your heart. That's the reason I'm keeping you from sinning against Me. That's right. I know the integrity of your heart, but her husband is My prophet." Hallelujah. Oh, if that ain't grace, what is? "Backslid, telling a lie, and setting out there, but that's still My prophet. You take an offering, and go to him, and take his wife back, or you're a dead man. I won't hear your prayers no more; let him pray for you." Amen. There you are, "That's My prophet."
231-414 Now, you say, "Oh, I wish I'd have been Abraham." If we are dead in Christ, we're Abraham's seed and are heirs according to the promise. That's right. That's what the Bible said. Would you like to read it? Why, the Bible said that–that the promise was not only to Abraham and his seeds, like you… Abraham had many seeds, sure, many children. Ishmael was his child. He had seven or eight children after Sarah died by another one, Keturah. But look, the seed was the promised one, which was Isaac, and through Isaac came Christ; through Christ came us. The promise is unconditionally.
Now, what about Abraham? Why, he'd have been done; it'd been impossible for him to ever get back again. Sure, it'd been impossible for Saul to ever get back again, if that you'd have to read the Scripture that way, See? But it wasn't. God's promise endures forever.
232-416 Let's read here just a minute. I want you to read It. I want you to get Galatians 3:16, and read this and see now what the promise is, and see what if–if we are His promise or not: 3:16. Listen here. All right, I'm going to read the 15th verse too.
Then Christ was the Seed of Abraham, and we being dead in Christ and baptized into His body, we are Abraham's Seed and are heirs of the promise. Then how's it… How are you ever going to fall away, if God made the promise to you? How are you going to ever backslide, and go away, and have to go to hell for it?
232-418 Now, you say, "Well, can't we backslide?" Absolutely. And when you backslide, you're going to get it; don't you worry. Abraham got it, and the rest of them got it, and you'll get it. Don't you think it gives you a right to sin; it doesn't. You'll pay for everything that you do. You'll reap what you sow. You do one little sin, and you'll reap a whole washtub full. That's right. But, brother, that don't mean to say that you're lost. That's exactly right. Abraham reaped exactly what he sowed. That's right. But he was still saved.
The covenant that God made with Israel, they lost their in-heritage; they lost the promised land, and went down into Egypt, but they hadn't lost their covenant. God said, "I remember My promise to Abraham. I remember it, and I've come down to deliver My people. Go down there, Moses, and tell Pharaoh I said, 'Let My people go.' I remember I made a promise to Abraham and to his seed."
233-420 That's the same thing it is with us. So if you are dead, and your life is hid in God through Christ, there's not nothing in the world can touch you. Now, you might go and do wrong, but if you're really truly a child of God and you see you've made a mistake, you'll rise and try again. That's right, and you'll not lay there.
But if you're cowardly, if you're a cocklebur, if there's no "get up" to you, you'll say, "Oh, well, there wasn't nothing to it anyhow."
233-423 The Kingdom of God is like unto a man took a net and went to the sea, cast it in. When he come, he had turtles, frogs, snakes, lizards, spiders, and fish. That's the Gospel when it's preached.
Like the Lord will tell a minister, like Brother Graham, going up here. "Go on this corner and preach a little while, Brother Graham." All right, he takes his net and goes up there and starts seining. "Where you going, Brother Bill?"
"I'm going out somewhere else and cast on this corner."
I'm pulling, "There they are, Lord; You know what they are." I pull the net again, "All right, here they are, Lord."
Now, the turtle was a turtle to begin with. He just got caught in the net. That's right. And that's the way people get caught up in emotion, "O Hallelujah, hallelujah. Praise the Lord. Glory to God. Hallelujah." They just got caught in the net; that's all.
If that old turtle spirit's in them, it ain't going to be long, they say, "Well, I tell you…" Here he goes, creeping back.
And old lady crawfish will say, "But I just can't understand that." See?
Miss Spider will setting there a little while, she'll go plop, plop, plop, right back, "Well, there wasn't nothing in it anyhow."
Miss Serpent will say, "Oh, they're a bunch of holy-rollers. That's just all there is to it. I'll go down where they got better sense than that." Why, you're a snake to begin with. The Gospel net just caught you; that's all.
234-430 But the fish is took to the Master's table. He was a fish to begin with; the seed of him was a fish. He began a fish, and God knowed His fish from the foundation of the world. Hallelujah.
You remember, they're all breathing the same muddy waters out there. They're all breathing out of the same creek. That's right. We all made drink of the same spiritual Rock. All did eat manna in the wilderness. Caleb and Joshua eat the same manna that–that the rest of them eat. And they all fell in the wilderness. But there was two elected to go over, and they went over. That's right.
We all been made to drink of the same Fountain. But not all that drink is saved. We all made to shout together; we're all made to rejoice together, but the elected is saved. Did you notice It said, "The two spirits in the last days would be so close till it would deceive the very elected if possible," if possible. See? That's the real Spirit of God, elected to Eternal Life.
234-433 Now, we're closing. Then Brother Neville will pick up where I leave off here. All right:
That's the promise God give Abraham, before the law ever come into existence.
Not by nothing you do, not by any laws, any laws of your church, by joining church, or any other law; it's absolutely a grace act of God to you. There you are. Watch.
Now, I leave from right here, beginning from right there for Brother Neville, for this coming Wednesday.
235-436 Now, do you understand what we have said? That it is absolutely impossible for a borned again Christian (that… I don't mean now he calls hisself borned again; I mean a real borned again Christian.) to ever fall from grace. He cannot do it. He can fall; that's right; but he cannot never get out of that grace. Abraham fell from grace; sure he did. God told him to stay there; he went out of it; but he never lost his covenant. He was still God's chosen. He was a prophet setting there. He'll always was. He'll always be God's.
Now, notice the Bible said that all of Israel will be saved. How many knows that? The Bible said all Israel's will be saved. Now, Israel is not Israel which is of the flesh, but Israel of the Spirit; for gifts and callings are without repentance. Is that what the Bible said, the very next verse, Galatians? All right, all of Israel will be saved. Every one of them is saved. How do we become Israel? Being dead in Christ, take on Abraham's Seed, and we're heirs according to the promise.
Paul said, "That which is outward is not a Jew, but that which is inwardly is a Jew (the promised ones)." And we are Abraham's Seed by the promise through Christ, accepting Him as our personal Saviour.
235-439 Oh, I hope you see it. I hope you get it. (If you can stay with It a little while…) Now, over in here we finish this up, then we start on Melchisedec, which brings right back in this again. We start right on over to… Oh, it's just… The whole thing is wonderful. But we just keep getting into those cream things.
Now, you see, if you took this here, look like, if you could read it just from observations… Like a real strict Trinitarian, who believes there's three Gods, told me one time, that Matthew 3 absolutely declared that there was three, three individual Persons in the Godhead.
I said, "I got to see it."
He said, "Watch." Standing right from this pulpit, he said, "Looky here, Matthew 3." Said, "When Jesus went straightway out of the water, lo, the heavens opened unto Him. And He saw the Spirit of God like a dove. And the Voice from the heavens saying, 'This is My beloved Son, in Whom I'm well pleased.' And there was three: the Son on the bank, the Holy Ghost in between, and the Father up above."
I said, "Brother, the Scripture doesn't read that."
"Oh, yes, it does."
I said, "Now, read It again, find out if It does."
236-443 Now, here's His picture: here's God the Son; there's God the Father; here's God the Holy Ghost like a dove. Now, watch. The Bible said, when Jesus was baptized, "The Son went straightway out of the water, lo, the heavens above Him was opened, and a Voice saying of… He saw the Spirit of God, the Spirit of God like a dove," not another Person up there, but this Spirit of God was a Dove (which was above Him). And a Voice coming, saying, "This is My beloved Son, in Whom I am pleased to dwell in." Now, read Matthew 3, and see if It doesn't say that. See, not three people, not at all.
And that's the way… This doesn't say that it's impossible for a man to ever get back, that when he backslides. It doesn't say that. It doesn't say that; It says, "It's impossible for a man to ever come back to renew himself, after he's once been there." He cannot do it.
236-445 The Bible said, "He that's borned of God does not commit sin, for he cannot sin, for the seed of God remains in him, and he cannot sin." How can I be called a sinner when there's a Sacrifice laying there to take my place? How can I die, when death has been paid for me? How can I die when I got Eternal Life? How can I do it? You can't do it.
How could I have a written permit from the mayor of this city to run sixty miles an hour through this city and any officer arresting me for running sixty miles an hour? How can you do it? I've got a permit from the mayor that says I can do it. He can't arrest me. His–his arresting would blow the whistles and everything else, and I could just ignore it. Don't mean a thing, I've got a permit.
236-447 And how can I then, as after Christ has died for me and I become His righteousness, because of His grace and love to me, how can I sin when there's something laying between me and God, a Sacrifice? I can't sin, can't do it. God never sees me; He sees Christ. He stands in my place; and when I do anything wrong, Christ takes my place. I made my confession, "I'm wrong; He's right. Lord, You know my heart. You know whether I mean it or not. And I'm wrong, forgive me." God never sees it; the Blood of Jesus got me covered all the time. Then how can God ever see me? And how can sin be–be counted to me, when He can't do it? Just as soon as I do it, it's forgiven. And that's right.
237-448 Just like taking a–a little dropper like this, a little eye dropper, and take it full of black ink, and hold it up over a tub of bleach, and just drop it in there, and then try to find it again. It just turns to the bleach; the ink becomes bleach. And that's what your confessed sins… If you're in Christ, between you and God is a whole tub of bleach, and your sin becomes righteous, because a righteous Sacrifice is waiting there for you.
237-449 That's one good thing; that's one good thing. I won't have to cross it. One of these days we're coming down to the end of the road; the sun will refuse to shine; then God will call.
Adam will reach over and shake Eve, and say, "Honey, here it is; it's time to wake up."
Eve will reach over, and get ahold of Abel, and say, "Come forth, darling; it's time to wake up." Abel will get ahold of Seth; and Seth will get ahold of Noah; and Noah will get ahold of, oh, on down, on down to Abraham, and down as they come. There'll be a great shaking and awakening when the Son of God comes. We'll stand in His likeness at that day.
237-452 Now, if you commit sin here, you're going to pay for it. I'll…
It just keep coming in my mind; I've just got to tell it. I tried to quench it off four or five times. I have to say it. How many remembers this brother pastor, that used to be here at the Church of God? Brother… Right up here, what was his name? Worked for Vorgang down there. Oh, you all… The First Church of God right here on the corner… Oh, he used to sell Rawleighs in time of the–of the depression, a real, godly, saintly man. Brother Smith took his place up there. I'll call his name in a few minutes. He was a God-saved man.
Remember, if you don't walk up to the correction, and you do something wrong as a Christian, God will warn you; and then if you don't take the warning, He'll just take you right off the earth. That's what He done.
238-455 You remember in the Bible? Look at that Corinthian church. He told them what they was positionally in Christ. But he warned them of what was going to happen, and they corrected themselves, and got straightened out with God.
And this little brother, he was a wonderful little brother; I believe, a God-saved man. And he got him a job down here at the–at Vorgang's. If some of his people's setting here, I hope you don't think that I… I don't know you if you're setting here. But Ramsey, Brother Ramsey, how many remembers Brother Ramsey up here at the Church of God? Sure, you do, wonderful little man. And he used to come to my house, and we'd talk together, and we'd set there and weep and hold one another's hands: a real Christian.
238-457 One day I went into it down there, just come from overseas in a meeting, had my car checked up; Brother Ramsey said, "What can I do for you, Billy?"
I said, "Check her out, Brother Ramsey, change the oil."
"Okay," he said, "fine and dandy." Said, "You'd have a nice meeting?"
I said, "O Brother Ramsey, it was wonderful." I said, "I wish you could go with me sometime. Why don't you go with me?"
He said, "I don't serve the Lord no more, Billy."
I looked around; I said, "What'd you say?"
He just kinda said, "I don't serve Him no more," walked away.
And I thought, "Oh, he's just going on." I went on and went somewhere, come back, and got in my car. I come up home, and I begin to think about that: "I don't serve the Lord no more."
The Lord put it on my heart to go back and ask him again. So I said, "Meda, just hold the fort."
And I got in, and got in my car, and went back down, and stopped again, went into Vorgang's. I said, "Brother Ramsey, I want to ask you a question."
Said, "All right, Billy, what is it?"
I said, "You said awhile ago you don't serve the Lord no more. You was just teasing me, wasn't you?"
He said, "No."
I said, "Brother Ramsey, you–you don't mean that."
He said, "Yes."
I said, "Don't you love Him?"
He said, "If I loved Him, I'd serve Him, wouldn't I, Billy?" and walked away.
I thought, "Say, Brother Ramsey…"
Said, "I don't want to talk no more about it."
I went home, went in a room and shut the door. And, oh, you know how you feel real heavy, like you'd taken the cookies away from a baby or something, you know. I–I thought, "What? It can't be. Surely something's happened to Brother Ramsey."
239-467 And there's a little colored boy named Jimmy; he comes here to church; got one leg… You know, he limps kinda. I forget his name, works down there at Vorgang's, runs a wrecker. He met me, and he said, "You know, Reverend Branham," he said, "I don't know about this here Dr. Ramsey around here." He said, "I told him the other day, said, 'we all was scared to even open our mouth around here,' said, 'you was a godly man.'" But, said, "He took his preacher's license and went over to the basket and tore them apart, and throwed them in the basket, said, 'I don't want nothing to do with it no more.'"
He said, "Hey, mister. Say, you oughtn't to do that."
He said, "Oh, Jim, I'm through serving the Lord." So he went on, said, "You–you don't mean that."
And said, "Then he told me, said he was coming down to grind his valves on a Labor Day," I believe it was, "And he said, 'Now, I want you to come help me, Jim.'"
He said, "I'll help you after I come from church, but first I's going to church."
Said he, "Went back down, and Mr. Ramsey was grinding the valves on his car; he said, 'Jimmy, slip over the river, the saloons is closed here; slip over the river and get me a case of beer.'"
He said, "Mr. Ramsey, I's been guilty of many things, but never will I be guilty of getting a servant of the Lord a case of beer." He said, "No, sir, I'll never do that."
And he said, "Well, go on and get it, Jim."
He said, "Mr. Ramsey, I grind your valves. But if you get any beer, you'll go get it yourself." He said, "I ain't going to never get a servant of the Lord anything like that."
So Ramsey jumped in Jimmy's car, and took over the river, come back, half keyed up with a case of beer, drinking it.
240-475 He started going down. He got sick. See? God couldn't speak to him. I warned him. I done everything I could. Brother Smith went to him and warned him. Everybody tried to do everything they could for him. Still he just shook his head. What happened? He took sick and died. That showed that he was a saved man. If God could not make him–bring him in obedience, He'll have to take him out of the earth and bring him home. That's exactly what the Bible said. That's what the Bible promises. If you won't stand correction, you've got to come on home.
So God cannot lose you after He's saved you, but He can shorten your days here, and make you pay for every sin you've done. So if you sin, you're going to have to pay for what you've done. Just remember that.
240-477 Now, now, the Lord be with you. I believe tonight, that Brother Ramsey was saved. Absolutely, I believe it. But he just wouldn't obey God, and when he wouldn't obey God, God had to bring him home. That's the only thing to do, because… What was it? "He'd bring reproach and disgrace to the Blood wherewith he was sanctified with." Is that right? "And count the covenant an unholy thing," if that isn't just exactly what this Hebrew letter said. See? It would be impossible for him to be lost, but he would bring shame and disgrace, so God would have to take him off the earth and bring him home. That's exactly what'd take place.
Now, may the Lord bless, while we bow our heads just a moment for prayer.
241-478 Now, most holy and gracious Father, we are indeed grateful to Thee for the promise that we have that You will never leave us or forsake us. You've promised You'd go with us through life, and in death You'd be near us. You've promised us that we have Eternal Life; You gave It to us freely. We can never lose It: "All that comes to Me has Eternal Life." And if it's Eternal Life, It has no end, and You promised to raise us up in the last days. To this we are very grateful. We're thankful that Your Word teaches us this. It gives us a sure hope. It makes us know that our Father is Love. He loves us, and He chose us. You said, "You have not chosen Me, but I've chosen you and ordained you." And I thank Thee, Father, that Thou has done so. And many are setting here tonight who's been ordained to Eternal Life and has received Jesus Christ as their personal Saviour, and the fruits of the Spirit follow their life: gentle, meek, humble, love, joy, peace, long-suffering, goodness. We're thankful for those.
241-479 And we pray, Father, that if there be some in here tonight, who doesn't have those fruits to accompany them, but they're resting upon some fantastic, because they got worked up one day, because they got emotionally, they felt good… They may have shouted, they might have done many things. But, Father, if they haven't got the fruit of the Spirit that keeps them day by day in constant love, forgiving their enemies, making right their wrongs, and living peaceful, and loving, and sweet, and kind to one another, and a zeal for the Church, a love for Christ and for His children, O eternal God, forgive them. Though they be members of the church, members of the earthly body, may they go now and lay aside those carnal dead works, and press on to the perfection. Grant it, Lord. May they come to the perfect One and receive Him as their Propitiation for their sins, that He might stand as a perfect Sacrifice for a guilty man and a guilty woman, and supply them with His grace of love and peace, until they come into the Presence of God to live forever. Grant it, Father.
241-480 While we have our heads bowed, if there be such a one that would like to swap a carnal life of ordinances, of baptisms, of sensations, of little carnal things like that, for a real heart full of real love, that–that you could walk up to your bitterest enemy, put your arms around him, and say, "Brother, I'll pray for you. I love you." If you'd like to swap that experience of carnal things for a real experience of love, would you raise your hand to God, and say, "God, take me tonight and make me what I should be"? I'll pray for you right from the pulpit here. Would you desire prayer? Raise your hands.
241-481 God bless you back there, sir. God bless you, brother. Someone else? God bless you, sir. "I have been in the church for years." God bless you, sir. God bless you here, brother. God bless you back there, little lady. "I will ask God to make me peaceful." Do you… Are you real raging? Are you out of sorts? Do you doubt? Do you toss about? Do you wonder whether It's really right or not? When you come to Christ, do you come with a full assurance, a heart full of love? Do you walk up to Him without one fear, saying, "I know that He's my Father and there's no condemnation." You've passed from death unto Life. You know it, and you notice your life; you're loving, you're forgiving, you're gentle, you're peaceful, you're meek; all these fruits of the Spirit accompany your life day by day.
And as soon as you do anything wrong, "Oh, my." Just as soon as it come to your mind you've done wrong, quickly you make it right, right then. Don't wait another minute; go right then and make it right. If you don't, well, you don't have the Spirit of Christ. You might be a good woman; you might be a good man. You might be well thought of in the church. You might be well thought of in the neighborhood, but have you went on to that perfection, to that place to where you're wholly trusting in Christ? And by the… Just give you the seal… Abraham believed God and it was imputed unto him for righteous, and God give him the seal of circumcision as a confirmation.
242-483 Now, you say, "I believe God; I made a confession." But did God give you the seal of the Holy Spirit back on your life of love, joy, fruits of the Spirit, to prove that you been saved? If He hasn't done that, then He hasn't recognized your faith yet. You've just made a confession; He hasn't accepted it; there's something wrong. Would you like to receive Him then? Raise your hand, if there's someone else before we pray.
God bless you, young lady, God bless you back there too. God bless you. All right, someone else, just before we pray? All right. God bless you, back there, sister. God bless you, brother. God bless you, brother. God bless you, my brother. That's right. Some ten, fifteen hands has been up. Now, let's pray.
243-485 Blessed Lord, at their seat they're finding an altar. It's at their seat, where they're sitting now, that You spoke to their hearts that they're wrong. It's at their seats that You've put a desire in their heart, that they long to be more like Jesus.
They want their life changed; they want to be meek and humble; they want to be gentle and full of patience; they want to be long-suffering, forbearing. They want to be so Christian-like, so Christlike, till the world will say as they go down the street, "That man's really a Christian. That woman's really a Christian. Oh, they're the most gentle, meekest, sweetest people."
Grant it, Lord, that they will receive that experience tonight. And may they never rest upon their church ability, upon their affiliations with any church, any denomination, or neither upon their emotion, upon any fantastic, such as emotionally, something that's happened.
243-488 Maybe they shouted, spoke in tongues, or something else. O eternal God, let them not try to trust to get to heaven on that, for we seen it so many times miserably fail. And You said it would fail; "Where there's tongues, it shall cease; where there's prophecy, it shall vanish; where there's knowledge, it shall vanish." Although all these things are even gifts, miracles of healing, they shall all be done away with. Only that Divine Love shall last."
God, create that in their heart, and let them know that that is the Spirit that brings forth the fruit. Do it just now, Lord, while we wait on Thee, for we ask it in Jesus' Name. Amen.
243-490 [Blank.spot.on.tape–Ed.]… balls of fire flying, and to see turtledoves going back and forth through the building, to see Christ come in with thorns in His hands and in His… Oh, did you know that's the antichrist setup? He said, "When these things begin to come to pass, then look up, your redemption's drawing nigh." Then that's the reason I like to press every minute I can to the church and get you solid. Brother Neville may not always be with us. I believe Brother Neville to be a good, sound Gospel teacher. We don't know what'll wind its way into this pulpit, and when it does get here, "My sheep know My Voice." Stay with that Word. Don't you never leave that Word. You stay right with It. You stand fast in the liberty where Christ has made you free. Be not entangled in all those yokes of bondage and so forth; stand fast and stand free. God will bless you. We have nothing in the world to fear about.
244-491 You're always wondering… I notice people come to be prayed for; they'll sidle into the line. Next time they see a healing campaign, they'll go into this line; they'll go into this line. I don't condemn them. They're trying to find relief, but they're going the wrong way. You're doing vice versa, what God said not to do. See? When you walk up boldly to the throne of grace, and believe that you ask, you shall receive, stay with it. That's the way it's done, not just trot from mission to mission, from church to church, and campaign to campaign.
Why, they've made these healing campaigns like a bunch of nonsense. Certainly, they have. It's become to a place where, intelligent people, they look around and they wonder what it's all about. That… God don't want those things. Healing don't have to be in campaigns. Healing should be in every local church, all these gifts operating, but don't go to seed on those gifts. Don't pay any attention to the gift. If God wants to use you for something, He'll do it; but look after the Giver.
244-493 Martin Luther, once after speaking in tongues, he was asked why he didn't preach it; he said, "If I preached that, my people will go after the gift instead of the Giver." That's right.
Moody, one time speaking, and begin… When he was preaching so under inspiration, he spoke in tongues. He said, "God forgive me for muttering foolish words." Certainly. See? And they had those things. We believe those things, but they must be put in their place, and they must not be set as evidences.
There's not one thing left in the Bible as evidence of the Holy Ghost, only the fruits of the Spirit. Find out any place that Jesus said so. Yes, sir. The evidence of the Holy Ghost is the fruit of your Spirit. Jesus said so, "By their fruit you shall know them." And the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, goodness, peace, gentleness, meekness. And the fruit of the enemy is enmity, hatred, malice, strife, and so forth; that's the fruit of the enemy. So you can judge by the way you're living, where you're standing with God. If your whole heart is in love with Him, and you love Him, and are gentle, and live with Him daily, you know you've passed from death unto Life. If it isn't, and you're otherwise, you're just impersonating a Christian. That's right. Which, all carnal impersonations will certainly be exposed; we know that.
245-496 So don't live that kind of a life; you don't have to. Why would you accept a substitute, when the whole skies above are full of the good and the real? Certainly. Let me take God; that's what I want. Amen.
Now, did anybody come to be prayed for? If you did, raise your hand. We had the healing service this morning. I suppose then… This lady here? All right, sister, would you come forward then? See? If our brother elder here would come now for the anointing. [Blank.spot.on.tape–Ed.]
245-498 Isn't He wonderful? Let's just bow our heads real quietly now. "Just, Shine On Me," again. Now, come on now, everybody just…
Just worship Him in your soul now. (See?) Get quiet, the healing service is coming on. The message is over; let's worship.
246-499 Don't you just love that scouring out? You feel good? Raise your hand. Tell… There's something about those old fashion songs, the old-time hymns. I'd rather have them than all these new worldly songs put in, in Christian churches. I like that old time; I like…
246-500 I could go out of the world pretty easy when that's being sang. Couldn't you? How wonderful. Is it all settled? You know, I'm glad I done settled it all up. Aren't you? The old account's all settled long time ago. I told Him, "Lord, I don't want any trouble down at the river; I–I want to be sure now." I want to know Him. I want to know Him.
There's a big, dark pit set before every one of us. We're headed that way. Every time our heart beats, we're closer and closer. But when I get there, I don't want to squirm like a coward; I want to wrap myself in the robes of His righteousness and enter into it, knowing this: that I know Him in the power of His resurrection, that when He calls, I'll come out from among the dead.
247-502 "My–My faith Looks Up To Thee," let's sing it now.
Now, great Teacher, as Thou has taught us in Thy most marvelous Word, our hearts just quiver with a rapturing grace to know that we've passed from death unto Life. It's all through the goodness of our Lord Jesus Who called us, and has washed us in His Blood, and has presented us before the throne of God, faultless, blameless, for He took our sins; we have no sin. God laid the iniquity of us all upon Him, and He was wounded for our transgressions. Oh, how we love Him, the great Lamb of God.
And we pray, Father, that You'll give us utterance, expression, that we can tell others, that they might know Him too, and love Him, for He loves them. Give us this grace. And thank You, Father, for those newborn babies that just come into the Kingdom of God. May they find a good church home somewhere, and there serve You until death liberates them from this old body of wracked, pains, and aches, and present them before Him, faultless, blameless, in the age to come, with Eternal Life. For we ask it in His Name. Amen.