We bless the name of the Lord who in his sovereignty has chosen to restore New Testament patriarchal blessings (Ps. 24:5/Heb. 11:39c-40/1Jn. 2:25) in his church, which has been encompassed by much infirmities (Heb. 5:2/12:12/Ps. 103:3)
We also bless his holy name for one of the unconventional mediums described by Apostle Paul as the foolishness of preaching which he has chosen to employ in dispensing himself (i.e. his kingdom pearls), as he populates the knowledge of his glory that would soon be celebrated better than Silver and Gold (Heb. 8:11/Isa. 11:9b)
Non-Negotiable Counsels of God's Kingdom - Part 15
Scriptural Reading: 1 John 5:1-2
Whosoever BELIEVES that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that LOVES him that begat, loves him also that is begotten of him. By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.
This passage is not just talking about the new birth; it is actually about those who love God (Rom. 8:28/1Cor. 2:9). The first commandment in that passage begins with verse one – believe, and the second commandment is to love God. So Faith and love are the two major commandments for to be born of God.
The first aspect of the birth is the birth of faith and the second is the birth of love. Both commandments are to initiate the birth process. After you have completed the birth of faith, you will come into loving God and that will bring about the final birth.
Being born again is beyond what we experienced when we first believed (the day we gave our lives to Christ). It is the program of God for the salvation of the total man, therefore that passage is not speaking of the salvation of the spirit man, but that of the soul. That is the reason for that epistle of John is written for the soul to be initiated into the birth process of God, and move from one birth to another. There are commandments that are responsible for our continuous birth. We need to be born again and again until we have been fully born.
1 Jn. 3:22-23 And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment. And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us.
The commandment of God is in two folds: to believe on the name of Jesus Christ and to love on another . To believe on that name is to align with the purpose of Christ. The whole essence of Christ is His name. You need to be born again so that you can gain the capacity to allow the other commandment find its fulfillment.
Loving one another goes beyond what was mentioned in Ephesians 1:15. That kind of loving is what you do before the eyes of your understanding are enlightened (Eph. 1:18), but the one in first John is what you do after the eyes of your understanding have been enlightened.
There is a new birth that we experience without doing anything but there is a birth that cannot occur except we have done something (1 Jn. 2:29/Matt. 6:33). When righteousness is being sought for and done, you are born. Righteousness gets you born.
Righteousness is an alien law. It is a law higher than the angelic law, it is the law of the Father and it is a law at His right hand. If you are able to carry it out, it will automatically result into your birth – you are going to experience a birth that will open the door into the kingdom.
Some people cannot do righteousness because they are not born of Him. Anyone who is doing righteousness is born of Him that is why He said; ‘Blessed are they that hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled. Mat 5:6 How much of righteousness you have is how much of birth you have. It is not possible to do righteousness and not be born of righteousness.
From 1John 3:9, The word ‘Born’ isn’t the first birth we experienced the day we give our lives to Christ. John wrote about a higher birth experience needed for entrance into the kingdom. The introduction of his epistles was an introduction for the birthing of our souls.
The spirit of a believer is born of God but his soul needs to be born, and that soul cannot be born in a day. The birth of the soul is the spiritual race of the believer (Heb12:2). This race is a lifetime experience of being born which will continue until the soul reaches the end of the race, which is the joy set ahead of us. As the soul races, he is being born. The race is our faith is that which Jesus authored and finished (Heb. 12:2/1 Jn. 1:4). The fullness of your joy takes place when you complete your birth process.
There are many births that a believer needs to experience, and Jesus experienced all of the births. When He finished the faith, it was said unto Him, Thou art my Son today have I begotten you. God did not say that to every one of us, but to him who authored and finished the faith. Jesus started the faith and finished it. At the end of His earthly walk, He was fully born: spirit, soul and body.
The new birth started with your spirit, then it will come up to your soul. The birthing experience of the soul is what the church needs to come into so we can overcome the wicked one. This is why Satan is fighting hard against the entrance of this message into churches
When you look at verse 22 of 1 Pet. 1:21-23, you will discover that the punctuation mark used there was semi colon. It means verse 22 and 23 are together. The word ‘Being’ in verse 23 is the same thing as ‘Obeying The Truth’ in verse 22.
The birthing process begins with the purification of the soul through the administration of the word of truth, which is the incorruptible word that is able to save your soul (Jam. 1:21). The purpose of this birth is to escape the corruption of the world that works through lust (2Pet. 1:4).
The world also births souls because she too is a mother of souls (Rev. 17:1-5). When you look physically, you cannot see her, but she is around. She is a maternity ward where souls are being formed and conformed (Rom. 12:2). That conforming is death and that is why God will judge this world.
The reason why the world is giving birth to souls is to give the reward of her birth to the beast that is carrying her, i.e. the anti-Christ (Rev. 17:7/1Jn. 2:18 & 4:3). After the anti-Christ is done with her, he will burn her with fire, and then he will receive the souls in her (Rev. 17:16/18:8). People will only accept him after Babylon has finished with them – when their birth process have been completed. So also God would only receive us (Heb. 12:6b/Jn. 1:12) after we have been born of God (1Jn. 5:4).
No wonder the Bible says, ‘come out of her and be ye separate’ (2Cor. 6:17). The uncleanness there is this woman – Babylon. She is the mother of all abomination. The abominable is that which is corrupt. When something is evil, bad and spoilt, it is coming from a place of defilement and God abhors it. The reason why God abhors it is because it emits corruption which is anti-God’s nature.
We need to be purged of Babylon and it will take the incorruptible word to deal with the corruptible seed. The identity of the Babylonian nation is corruption. Babylon catches her own by corruption. If you are corrupt, you are an entity of Babylon.
Your spirit can be born again while your soul remains corrupt. Your spirit can be in Christ (2 Cor. 5:17), while your soul is resides in the world (1Jn. 2:15-16). God wants to take corruption out of the soul. The souls of men have a footing in Babylon, but when God came, he started by saving the spirit man in order to get souls out of there. Many spirits that have been quickened (Eph. 2:1), their souls are still in the world, but they have the privilege of being redeemed out of her.
Babylon corrupts by commandments (1Jn. 2:16), so also God heals corruption by commandments. When you disobey the commandments of Babylon, you are disobeying Satan. We have been ordained to disobey Babylon and we shall in Jesus name, Amen. (1John 2:14-17).
The purpose of being born is to escape corruption. Only the incorruptible will enter the kingdom. So if you are corruptible, there is no entrance into the kingdom. Your spirit can be saved and your soul remains corruptible. As long as you still have the identity of Babylon, your soul is still corrupt. And you can’t enter the kingdom.
Babylon is the very essence of the kingdom of this world. Actually, the kingdom of this world is Babylon. The kingdom of God is the New Jerusalem (Rev. 21:2). Jerusalem is the sphere of the operation of God’s dominion; that is where the throne of the King is. Babylon is where the throne of the king of darkness is. That is why the Bible says that the whole world lies in wickedness (Gal. 1:4/1 Jn. 5:19)) and it is operated by the wicked one (Matt. 13:19). Babylon is corruption; it is of the world. To escape it, you need God to flush corruption out of you.
Pls watch out shortly for part two of this ministration which has been broken down for conciseness sake.
Rev. Kayode Oyegoke
Learning the Father’s Pleasure (Part 1)
VGC Bi-Monthly Outreach
6th July, 2014.
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