WELL! ARE YOU OR AREN’T YOU?
SAVED, THAT IS!
By Martha © 1995
Excerpts Taken From Well! Are You Or Aren't You? Saved, That Is?
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CHAPTER 1 WHAT ARE YOU?
The scriptures say in 2nd Cor. 5:17 Therefore if any man be in CHRIST, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
And it goes on to say concerning this all new creature.
18 And all things are of GOD, who hath reconciled us to himself by JESUS CHRIST, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; 19 To wit, (or to witness) that GOD was in CHRIST, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. 20 Now then we are ambassadors for CHRIST, as though GOD did beseech you by us: we pray you in CHRIST’S stead, be ye reconciled to GOD.
This new creature is first and foremost, of GOD, and secondly, because he or she is now of GOD, is an ambassador in this world of the truth, that GOD has reconciled the world unto His own self through the sacrifice of His own Son on Calvary for the sins of the world, not charging any man or condemning any man, for his sins or because he has sinned, or because he or she is a sinner, but has forgiven all sins in CHRIST, except the sin of blasphemy which calls the Holy Ghost of an evil Spirit. The sin of blaspheming the Holy Ghost is not forgiven, in this life, nor in the next life, nor for ever, never, neither the spirit of Esau, nor the spirit of Cain, these having sealed their own selves into the Kingdom of damnation, being sons of perdition. Mal. 1:2 I have loved you, saith the LORD, Yet ye say, Wherein hast thou loved us? Was not Esau Jacob’s brother? saith the LORD: yet I loved Jacob, 3 And I hated Esau, and laid his mountains and his heritage waste for the dragons of the wilderness.
Rom. 9:13 As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated.
Heb. 12:15 Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of GOD; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled; 16 Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright. 17 For ye know how that afterward, when he would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected: for he found no place of repentance, though he sought it carefully with tears.
Mk. 3:28 Verily I (JESUS) say unto you, All sins shall be forgiven unto the sons of men, and blasphemies wherewith soever they shall blaspheme: 29 But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation: 30 Because they said, He (JESUS) hath an unclean spirit.
2nd Cor. 5:21 For he (GOD) hath made him (JESUS) to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of GOD in him. 2nd Cor. 6:1 We then, as workers together with him, (JESUS), beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of GOD in vain.
Those that believe, and that receive the Holy Spirit of promise, the power given unto everyone that believeth, to become a son or daughter of GOD, if they do not take that power and crucify their sins, cleanse their sins, if they become not the righteousness of GOD in CHRIST, have believed in vain, believed, they being liars, and these shall not inherit the Kingdom of GOD, for the only and sole purpose of the death of the Son of GOD on Golgotha was not to forgive men only their trespasses, but to cleanse them of their trespasses, creating them into the image of GOD, the righteousness of CHRIST in flesh. GOD cannot nor will forgive sins that are not forsaken, repented of, and cleansed. Who is the antichrist except one who says that CHRIST has not come in the flesh to be born again into every believer, creating that soul into His own image and into His own righteousness? And who is an antichrist except one who says no soul needs to be perfect?
Matt. 5:48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect. GOD sent His own Son to show us that perfection required of every believer, that righteousness required of every believer, that love required of every believer, that forgiving grace required of every believer who names the name of JESUS CHRIST. His way is the only way, the only truth, and the only life that saves from damnation. It is not a gift given. It is a life lived. It is not an unearned present received at death. It is a life given. It is not a free ride without cost. It is a life forfeited to gain that life in return. It is hard. It is narrow. It is straight. Few find it, and when they do find it, fewer yet enter into it, for it is narrow, very, very narrow.
Now, are you, or aren’t you, saved that is? Are you a new creature? Have old things passed away? Has all sin passed away and righteousness now abide, or are you in a struggle with sin, and the old life, and the old wine, that tastes so, so good?
Lk. 5:39 No man also having drunk old wine straightway desireth new: for he saith, The old is better.
Are you yet in bondage? Are you yet in a warfare with the old Adam nature? or have you taken upon the new nature of CHRIST, after true holiness, grace, and a forgiving love toward all men, being an ambassador of righteousness, that you might reconcile with and through Him all things on earth and in heaven to GOD? Are you saved from sin? Have you been saved from sin, or not? Have you been cleansed from sin, or not? Have you received forgiveness or not? If you have been forgiven, it is because you have ceased your sins. You were not forgiven while sinning, although CHRIST died for you while yet you were in your sins. CHRIST died for the world while yet it had no escape from wrath, from judgment, or from damnation, by a righteous GOD who will receive no soul that sins. Therefore, GOD creates men into the nature of CHRIST, through the sacrifice for sin in blood on the hill of Golgotha. Of course CHRIST died for us while we were all yet sinners, for all flesh sins and is born in sin, and therefore, no matter what hour or minute or age that CHRIST would have died for the sins of the world, the world was in sin. CHRIST did not die because we were forgiven our sins while yet in them, but that through His death we might repent and be forgiven, for without repentance, there is no forgiveness, CHRIST or no CHRIST. The words of JESUS CHRIST were and are, REPENT OR PERISH! The words of JESUS CHRIST were and are, Except ye repent, ye shall all perish!
Lk. 13:1 There were present at that season some that told him of the Galilæans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. 2 And JESUS answering said unto them, Suppose ye that these Galilæans were sinners above all the Galilæans, because they suffered such things? 3 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish. 4 Or those eighteen, upon whom the tower in Siloam fell, and slew them, think ye that they were sinners above all men that dwelt in Jerusalem? 5 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.
CHAPTER 2 WELL, WHICH IS IT? NEW OR OLD?
Now, the old creature, the old Adam, the old man before repentance, is filled to overflowing with self. And the new man, is filled to overflowing with the attributes and righteousnesses of CHRIST, as well as His works, as well as His words, and as well as fulfilling all those things that CHRIST did while in the flesh. JESUS said, in Jn. 15:13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. 14 Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. 15 Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you. 16 Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you. 17 These things I command you, that ye love one another.
So we see that we are friends, not to the world, not to family, but are friends to those who are the called according to His purposes, His gospel, His Kingdom, and His works. And the commandments that JESUS gave us are to love one another. JESUS did not say to love family, but to love one another. JESUS quite the contrary said, we must hate mother, father, sister and brother, or we cannot be His disciples. JESUS said, they shall know you are my sheep, my disciples, because of the love you have one for another. By this shall all men know that you are mine, because, you love one another.
Jn. 13:35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another. Matt. 10:34 Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. 35 For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. 36 And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household. 37 He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. Matt. 12:46 While he (JESUS) yet talked to the people, behold, his mother and his brethren (family) stood without, desiring to speak with him. 47 Then one said unto him, Behold, thy mother and thy brethren stand without, desiring to speak with thee. 48 But he answered and said unto him that told him, Who is my mother? and who are my brethren? 49 And he stretched forth his hand toward his disciples, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren! 50 For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother. Lk. 14:26 If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren (brothers), and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. 27 And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.
There is a contrariness of motives, the love of family or the love of friends, the brethren. We are called not to lay down our lives to our families, but to our brethren, our brothers and sisters in CHRIST, to give our lives for our friends. No greater love is there, than for us to lay down our lives to our brethren.
Jn. 15:13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. 14 Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. 15 Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my FATHER I have made known unto you. 16 Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the FATHER in my name, he may give it you. 17 These things I command you, that ye love one another.
There is no greater calling, no higher calling, no greater love, than for us to lay down our lives for our friends, the brethren, the brothers and sisters in CHRIST. For CHRIST Himself, left His own heavenly family, and came to this earth in the form of flesh, to offer Himself upon Golgotha as a sacrifice for the sins of the world, not for family, not for carnal brothers and sisters, but for spiritual souls of the heavenly Kingdom, that all who repent might be saved from sin, saved from damnation, and saved from wrath and judgment, and death? What can be said for eternal life, for that crown of life, for that eternal life given in CHRIST? What words could speak of its glory? its magnificence? or its unspeakable joy? For in the garden of Eden, the sentence of death passed down unto all flesh born, and in CHRIST, that sentence of death is done away with, is absolved, is canceled, is erased, is put away, is replaced by a new promise and a new covenant of grace and forgiveness for sin. And in that new covenant, is the new creature, created after the likeness of CHRIST.
If you are born yet of this world, this nature, and this flesh, you are fruiting those things of this world, and this flesh, and this earth. And if you are born from above, born of CHRIST, you are fruiting souls into the Kingdom of GOD, which is a spiritual Kingdom, not a carnal Kingdom, but a spiritual Kingdom, a Kingdom of all nations, a Kingdom of all tongues, and languages, and colours. If you are born yet of this world, you are concerned with those things of this world, family, houses, lands, labours, things, marriages, children, pleasures, eating and drinking, all those things of this world. If you are born of the Kingdom of GOD, you are fruiting children and souls into the Kingdom of GOD and are now of a new family, and new brethren, and friends, not of this world, but friends of those that are born from above, born of the Spirit, born of CHRIST, born of His works, and born of His righteousnesses. The new creature, the new creation, a new family, the old passed away, the all new things being a new family, earthly as well as heavenly. Are you in a new family? or abiding yet in the old family? Which is it?
CHAPTER 3 WHAT ARE CHRIST’S FRUITS?
JESUS desired that our fruits remain. JESUS said concerning His own works, Father, I have lost none that you gave Me, except the one that was destined by your WORD to be lost. Are you destined by His WORD to be lost, after receiving the truth, the Spirit, and the WORD, and even the gifts and works of the Spirit, after saving others, yourself turning back, yourself being a betrayer of the truth, yourself returning to the flesh, returning to the world, returning to sin, returning to seek a life, a wife, a son, a daughter, a marriage, a station and pavilion in life, a pride of life? Did not JESUS say, he who endures to the end shall be saved? And do not the scriptures say, a man can return to perdition after clean escaping all the corruptions of this world and flesh?
Jn. 17:12 While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled. 13 And now come I to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves. 14 I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. Matt. 10:22 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved. Heb. 10:38 Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him. 39 But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.
Do not the scriptures say that the ending of our faith is the saving of the soul? How then do men preach and teach souls are saved in the beginning, when it is written, we are saved in the ending of our faith, not in its beginning?
1st Pet. 1:7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of JESUS CHRIST: 8 Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: 9 Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.
And we are not saved in disobedience, but in obedience, as written.
Heb. 5:9 And being made perfect, he (JESUS) became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him.
We are not saved in our sins, but from our sins. We are not saved in sin, but become saved and transformed after forsaking our sins, repenting for our sins, and then being baptized for them, cleansed in water baptism, and then, we may be given CHRIST, and then be given the gift of the Holy Spirit of promise, that will lead us through this life, this world, and through our salvations, and present us to our Father and to His Father, being new creatures, washed in His holy blood and transformed from sin to righteousness. The baptism of repentance came before JESUS CHRIST, and came to prepare us to receive JESUS CHRIST, and then the baptism of the Holy Ghost. First, repentance, then baptism in water, then receiving JESUS CHRIST, then receiving the Holy Ghost, the power to become a son or daughter of GOD. John’s baptism unto repentance came before CHRIST, JESUS Himself being baptized by John to fulfill the law, and it was after this baptism, that JESUS CHRIST Himself was anointed with the Holy Ghost and with power. We receive both and all in one sacrament, the sacrament of baptism in water. At that time JESUS enters into us and the Holy Spirit anoints us. Yet, does repentance come first, not taking the name of the LORD in vain, or in lies, or in pretenses, but in truth. If we believe with all our hearts, our minds, and our souls, then will we believe unto salvation. When we receive JESUS CHRIST, we are declaring to GOD, His FATHER, that we seek righteousness with every part of our being, and with every word, deed, and thought, and we make a covenant with GOD at that time, unto death, that we shall forsake all things for the love of Him.
JESUS does not repent for us. We must repent. JESUS does not cease sin for us. We must cease our sins. The scriptures say, Awake to righteousness and live. So we must wake up. We must come to agree with the WORD of GOD. We must wake up from our own sleep of death and simply, wake up and see that the destiny of every soul is the grave and death. We must wake up to righteousness, that we understand, that the destiny of every soul is not only the grave and death, but is damnation, judgment, and wrath. Eph. 5:14 Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and CHRIST shall give thee light.
We are dead in our trespasses and sins. We are damned in our sins. We are asleep. We are not awake. We are dead, without hope, because of the sins we commit, have committed and shall commit, being dead in them, unable to rise out of the death of them, the judgments of them, and the wraths written against them.
We must be born again. We must be given another hope of life. We must be given another birth, and another life, and that life and birth is in JESUS CHRIST. But . . . . and however. . . . .we must first wake up, awake to righteousness, awake to our sins, awake to our destiny and damnation, awake from being dead in sin and become alive in righteousness. 1st Cor. 15:34 Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of GOD: I speak this to your shame.
We must give up the old nature, give up the old life, give up the old desires, give up everything, and forfeit all things, to gain eternal life in CHRIST JESUS. We must seek after righteousness with our whole minds, hearts, souls and spirits. We cannot seek after CHRIST for anything other than the desire for righteousness. That is being pure in heart, and JESUS said, the pure in heart shall see GOD. Matt. 5:8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see GOD.
We cannot be seeking a life in Him, or freedom from pain and fear, or freedom and deliverance from all the pains and sorrows of those things we have done. That is not seeking after righteousness. That is seeking an escape from pain, or seeking to be free from suffering, or wanting to be free from sorrow and the fruits of sin. That is not seeking after salvation. Seeking after salvation is seeking after righteousness. And we shall find these things, in CHRIST JESUS, righteousness and the will of GOD. Seeking marriage is not seeking after righteousness. Seeking lands and houses is not seeking after righteousness. Seeking to bear children is not seeking after righteousness. The Kingdom of GOD is a righteous Kingdom, a tree of life, a living tree, a spiritual tree, full of spiritual fruits, and righteousnesses. It is not filled with trees that bear mothers and fathers and children and lands and houses and jewels and trinkets, and we do not have trees of life that we can plant for ourselves and put upon them our children and our families and our mothers and fathers, and put their salvations upon these trees and claim them in anyone’s name.
Certainly we cannot pin golden coins upon a tree and claim earthly things or heavenly things. What spiritual suicide! What spiritual folly!
Acts 8:20 But Peter said unto him, Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of GOD may be purchased with money.
We read of a man that thought he could tithe to get the Holy Ghost and use the Holy Ghost for gain. . . . . .
Acts 8:18 And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles’ hands the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money. 19 Saying, Give me also this power, that on whomsoever I lay hands, he may receive the Holy Ghost. 20 But Peter said unto him, Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of GOD may be purchased with money. 21 Thou hast neither part nor lot in this matter: for thy heart is not right in the sight of GOD. 22 Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray GOD, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee. 23 For I perceive that thou art in the gall of bitterness, and in the bond of iniquity.
Is it not written that JESUS shall say to some who have done many mighty works in His name, and have delivered devils in His name, and have healed souls in His name, and have prophesied in His name, depart from me, ye workers of iniquity? Are you bitter concerning the cares of life? the sorrows of life? the debts? the sicknesses? the lost loved ones? the pains and sufferings? Are you in bitterness and sorrow over the cares of life? Then you are in chains, and in the bondages of bitterness, and will turn to greed!
GOD’s WORD declares that He in these last days is pouring out His Spirit upon all flesh. He is pouring out His Spirit on your mothers, and fathers, and children, and brothers and sisters, and all the lost, and all the world, and upon all flesh, calling all flesh to repentance, that none need perish or be damned. GOD’s love is doing that. I dare ask GOD to do what He is already doing and has declared He would do? I am doing other things. I am doing what He tells me to do, and He does what He does and I do what He tells me to do.
I am to ask Him or tell Him to do what He already does and is? What spiritual folly. I am to be busy preaching and teaching and ministering His Kingdom in this world, and He is taking care of the world for me, those things I need, those things that are my necessities, of the which He has already declared He would do for me and provide for me, if I first seek His righteousness and His Kingdom and to be established there. I obey the WORD. He obeys the WORD. We are in agreement. I need not ask. He need not excuse or have to answer or be bombarded day in and day out with my prayers and requests. I have none. I have no burdens, nor requests. He knows all things concerning me. I know all things concerning Him. We are at peace with one another. I believe He provides all things for He has declared He would. Therefore, why would or should there be words in my mouth of petition? for what? I am in His hand, and there I rest.
About now you will be quoting me the scripture, you have not because you ask not. And I will say, to you who ask, you have not because you have asked for carnal things, and for things of this world, for earthly appetites, passions, and pleasures. Ja. 4:2 Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not. 3 Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts. 4 Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with GOD? Whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of GOD.
The scriptures call us spiritual adulterers and adulteresses, if we are so inclined to pray daily for the things of this world and life, luxuries, extras, eases, unnecessary things. Lust causes the have nots to take possession and control of our hearts, and therefore, the scriptures command us, if we have food and raiment, make ourselves content with these things. The only thing JESUS tells us to pray for is our daily bread, concerning the things of this world! That alone will keep our mouths from uttering foolish prayers and keep our hearts from much sin and wantonnesses.
When we pray, and petition, we pray and petition according to the will of GOD. We must remember the simplicity of truth, and that prayer is spiritual, not carnal. Understand what I speak. Prayer is spiritual, not carnal. When praying, we are praying to a GOD who is a Spirit, a spiritual being, and we must enter into His chambers, in the Spirit, not in carnal things, and carnal necessities, for those are friendships with this world. We petition for spiritual things, and for those things that belong to the Kingdom of GOD, for the Kingdom of GOD is spiritual, not carnal. GOD is not a puppet upon a string to be manipulated by our hands and mouths of prayer, nor is He a servant who waits upon our every beckoned call and word. He is a Spirit. He dwells high in the heavens. The avenue opened to the heavens in CHRIST JESUS, is a spiritual highway. By faith alone we reckon all things of this world of necessity done unto us in the name of JESUS CHRIST. It is a finished work of faith, and a finished work unto the children of the LORD, the necessities of this world and flesh appropriated to each one’s needs. Just as the manna that fell from the sky was appropriated to each one according to need, so are all our needs met in CHRIST JESUS, by a loving FATHER who counts the work already done and finished in His WORD, finished. We are seeking and praying for the Kingdom of GOD, that spiritual Kingdom, full of power, full of glory, full of righteousness, full of life, full of truth.
1st Jn. 5:14 And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: 15 And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.
So then, will not all those things we pray for be witnesses against us? Will not all those things of this world, this flesh, and this life granted to us by a loving GOD, be a testimony and a witness against us on that day? Will not our greeds and wants and demands be witnesses against us on that day? For if a loving GOD grants the desires of the heart, will not the heart be manifested on that day whether it was born again or not? whether it was holy or not? whether it stored up treasures in heaven or not? whether it greedily and lustfully gained this world and the treasures of it or not? We serve a living GOD who will firstly require, every single word we speak to be holy, righteous, and true.
Matt. 12:36 But I (JESUS) say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. 37 For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.
Is it not therefore, a fearful thing to even think upon, that every single word we speak is being written down in heaven?
So then, is not the first, the very first requirement of prayer, to learn what the will of GOD is? Do we not first, have to know Him, to understand Him, and to seek and ask and knock concerning His will on small and large matters, and any and all? When JESUS prayed in the garden of Gethsemane, He presented His own will to the FATHER, and said, but not my will, FATHER, thine be done. The will of our FATHER in most things, is written in the scriptures, thereby, causing us to understand and know His will in most instances. JESUS declared He always did what pleased His FATHER. And the FATHER always made known His will to his Son, JESUS, and shall do the same for you and me, causing us to know His will in all things, the scriptures declaring that GOD is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. Paul says in Eph. 5:15 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, 16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. 17 Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the LORD is. And again Paul says in 2nd Tim. 2:3 Thou therefore, (Paul speaking to Timothy) endure hardness as a good soldier of JESUS CHRIST. 4 No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier, 5 And if a man also strive for masteries, yet is he not crowned, except he strive lawfully. 6 The husbandman that laboureth must be first partaker of the fruits. 7 Consider what I say; and the LORD give thee understanding in all things.
Now, the LORD give you understanding, that one must first be a receiver of the promises of life, of all things whatsoever that the WORD of GOD promises, in that he must be a partaker of the righteousness of the WORD, the fruits of the Spirit, the righteousness of the Spirit, in order to receive of the promises of the Spirit, perfecting his obedience to the words and sayings of JESUS, for the gospel of CHRIST JESUS, the pure gospel, is the only gospel that saves, heals, delivers, prospers, and fulfills, the promises of the WORD of GOD, to anyone that believes. Those that say they believe, even having the name of JESUS CHRIST coming from their mouths, yet obeying not the scriptures, are not a partaker of the righteousness of the WORD, and to them, the promises are null and void, and without effort upon GOD’s behalf to fulfill them.
We must be a partaker of the fruits, be a believer and receiver and obeyer of CHRIST’s words, and one of those words is to pray for the believers, and to sustain the believers, and to intercede daily and constantly for the believers. If we see believers overtaken in sins or faults, we are to pray and petition to GOD for them, in the name of JESUS, He being the only intercessor between GOD and man for the deliverance and healing of all sin. JESUS is first and foremost, concerned with the sanctification of every believer, that He might present all believers to His FATHER, and as He spoke concerning His own apostles, saying, FATHER, I have lost none thou gavest Me, except the one predestined to perish, and these thou gavest Me, are clean, His will is to say concerning every child of GOD and everyone that believes in Him, FATHER, these are all clean. All judgment is given to the Son of GOD, all power of judgment. He knows His sheep, and by name, and they know Him, and they follow Him, and obey Him in all things. Sometimes, one must leave the clean sheep and seek one who has become unclean, and petition and seek a restoration in CHRIST, and to bring back one who is lost. He was found, but became lost again, and must be sought out, and prayed back, and entreated back, and be received back, and forgiven and be restored, not hated and being condemned, but rather being loved, forgiven, and restored to the sheep’s fold. JESUS prayed in Jn. 17:9 I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine. 15 I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.
GOD the FATHER, in CHRIST JESUS, shed His own blood to save me, the world, my family, all men, and His care for the world and His love of the world cannot be persuaded further by my tears and cries of O, GOD, save my son. O, GOD, save my children. O, GOD, save my mother and my father. O, GOD, do this and do that. O, GOD, wailing and wailing and wailing upward to GOD? Never! For in my privacy of my prayer closet where JESUS has commanded me to go and pray, to His Father, in His name, needing no other intercessor, I find every comfort, every tear wiped away, and every question answered. There I commune with Him and He with me. There, He makes His will known to me. I would forfeit this fellowship in the garden of hope? Never! I am to seek another path? Never! I am to give up this communion and fellowship with GOD, my Father, and JESUS, His Son, to now seek to men? I am to pay men to petition for me and commit sin upon sin upon sin? I am to pay men to pray for me? as though I cannot obey myself, and ask for myself, as commanded of me in the words and sayings of JESUS Himself? My faith is to stand, to rest in the prayers of others? I do not go to my Father in my name, but in His name, in the name of JESUS, that worthy name, that only name. Therefore, others are more righteous, or are higher up than I, that I cannot ask for myself? or are they higher up than JESUS? seeing as no man can glory in the presence of GOD but must come through that intercessor, JESUS and by no other path or name. Your faith cannot stand in a man, or in flesh, or in prayer, or in a coin, but stands on and in that name JESUS, and in that name alone, is all power given and all things granted, according to the will of GOD!
1st Tim. 2:5 For there is one GOD, and one mediator between GOD and men, the man CHRIST JESUS.
What a fearful thing it is to pray to GOD, for our prayers are witness for or against us, justify us or condemn us, for our GOD answers even foolish prayers of the unlearned, that the intents and wills of their own hearts might be manifested in earthly witnesses, and in earthly possessions, and in earthly desires and lusts.
The scriptures command the unmarried to not seek marriage, and so I have seen many ask GOD for a husband, a wife, and GOD freely gives them the desires of their own hearts, and my, O my, the desires of our hearts are deceitfully wicked sometimes, to our own hurts. The scriptures command the married to not seek to be unmarried, but still, the unlearned and unwise pray to be unmarried, and their marriages collapse and fall apart, and then GOD is to be blamed? For those that pray such horrors of this life unto their own selves, gather bondages, upon bondages, they having prayed these things for the lusts of their flesh only to be met in someone else, and then when that marriage is cut asunder, they begin to pray for GOD to bring them another husband or wife. My, O my, the folly of the flesh and the uncleanness of our earthly desires and hearts. The desires of our hearts are manifested against us, so ought we not to obey the scriptures and make our hearts obey the purity of our LORD and SAVIOUR JESUS CHRIST?
1st Cor. 7:27 Art thou bound unto a wife? seek not to be loosed. Art thou loosed from a wife? seek not a wife. 28 But and if thou marry, thou hast not sinned; and if a virgin marry, she hath not sinned. Nevertheless such shall have trouble in the flesh: but I spare you. 29 But this I say, brethren, the time is short: it remaineth, that both they that have wives be as though they had none; 30 And they that weep, as though they wept not, and they that rejoice, as though they rejoiced not; and they that buy, as though they possessed not; 31 And they that use this world, as not abusing it: for the fashion of this world passeth away. 32 But I would have you without carefulness. He that is unmarried careth for the things that belong to the LORD, how he may please the LORD: 33 But he that is married careth for the things that are of this world, how he may please his wife. 34 There is difference also between a wife and a virgin. The unmarried woman careth for the things of the LORD, that she may be holy both in body and in spirit: but she that is married careth for the things of the world, how she may please her husband. 35 And this I speak for your own profit; not that I may cast a snare upon you, but for that which is comely, and that ye may attend upon the LORD without distraction.
nd so beloved, it is unwise to pray for the desires of our hearts, if they are not the will of GOD, or the desire of GOD, or the WORD of GOD. First, we are to get the desire and will and WORD of GOD in us, and our prayers shall be prayed righteously.
I remember well my early, unlearned, not understanding days in my salvation and in CHRIST JESUS, how I cried to GOD, save my mother. Save my father. O, GOD, save my husband, and son, and brothers. I wailed that to GOD so much that I became so terrorized by my own sorrows and sufferings seeing their perishing souls, and became persecuted by my mother and father and brothers and husband and even son, that I wailed further, Why? Beloved, I was not needing to pray for their salvations. For they were of the world, and the LORD commands us to pray for the brethren, and to preach the gospel to the lost and unsaved. I simply must obey the scriptures and tell the perishing the truth, present them the WORD, and the WORD and Spirit will do their work and I do mine. They will either hear, or they will not hear. They will remain lost, or become saved. My prayers were futile. My prayers were unnecessary agony of soul. For the commandment is, to preach the gospel to every living creature on the earth. That is the beginning and ending of the matter, with no in between. When we obey that scripture, we have done what is commanded of us, and that is also the beginning and the ending of the matter. And as we obey the WORD to lift up CHRIST to all flesh, we shall rise up against satan’s kingdom in all flesh, and be opposed by all flesh and that evil kingdom, whether it be family, friends, enemy, or brethren. We simply follow CHRIST JESUS and leave all things behind, forsaking all things for His name’s sake. I love the lowest sinner as my mother, and the most unclean as my father, and the wicked as my brother, and the whores as my sisters, and the young men as my sons, and the young women as my daughters, and all babies as my own. I love the world, and give my life also to it, as CHRIST JESUS gave it. That is a fruit. Do you have it?
CHAPTER 4 WHERE’S THE FRUIT?
The resurrection of CHRIST JESUS from death came through the spirit of righteousness. Rom. 1:3 Concerning his Son JESUS CHRIST our LORD, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh; 4 And declared to be the Son of GOD with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead. The resurrection to life comes through no other spirit other than the spirit of righteousness. To attain to the resurrection of life, we must attain to the righteousness of CHRIST. We must attain it, and gain it. We must seek after it, strive after it, and gain it, or it is not gained.
Now we arrive back at the beginning, being new creatures in CHRIST, the old having passed away, and all things becoming new. We are ambassadors for CHRIST, being now the keepers of the fruit, being now those who are to abide with the fruit, to dwell with the fruit, to be keepers of the vineyard, keepers that none be lost, keepers, losing none. JESUS abided with His fruit, dwelled with His fruit, led His fruit, kept His fruit, instructed His fruit, and even laid down His life for His fruit. How many teachers of the WORD do you know that abide with their fruits? How many pastors, teachers, evangelists, prophets, apostles, do you know, who abide with their fruit, who dwell in the vineyards, who keep their fruits, who are keepers of their fruits? And another question of more value and of more importance, how many fruits do you know that would abide with the keepers of the vineyards? How many fruits do you know that would abide on the vine, and be in the vineyard, and of the vineyard, and be kept by the keeper of the vineyard, pruned? chastened? instructed? disciplined? led? How many fruit do you know that would? and how many keepers do you know that would? and are you a keeper? or a fruit? Where do you abide? in the world? in the family? in the flesh? being of the world yet, or are you of the vineyard? dwelling and living in the vineyard? Do you simply worship with the brethren? or do you dwell with the brethren? Do you simply greet the brethren on Sunday mornings and evenings, and pass during the week sometimes and greet them and say greetings and all is well with you? or do you dwell with the brethren? bearing their burdens? their sorrows? their joys? their tragedies? their upbuildings and their coming downs?
Have you married the Bridegroom for better or worse? or are you always looking for the better everywhere, and running here and there to get cups of water and bread to eat, without plowing and planting and pruning the vineyard yourself? Have you married the Bridegroom in sickness and in health? or are you running here and there for every bunion and ache and pain? Have you married the Bridegroom till death do you part? or are you at every suffering calling Him into account for it and because of it? Are your afflictions from sin? or from overwork? or from overeating? or from intemperances? Are you running with the wild horses that have no discipline, loving pleasures and eases, and partying with those who use the gifts of the Spirit of GOD for earthly gains and loving pleasures more than GOD, or are your works and labours being written down with those who fall under their crosses, who labour without gain and without price, freely? Do you run with the wild horses that have no bridles, that hold not their tongues from pleasures and jestings, that hold not their mouths shut from laughters and joys, who know nothing of the temperances of the flesh and abstainings from earthly ungodly attire, or are you running with the obedient, bridled, white horses of the heavenly Kingdom?
WELL, ARE YOU, OR ARE YOU NOT, SAVED?
By Martha ©
I climbed up a mountain
And sat upon its top
And could not see GOD anywhere
I went to the bottom
The bottom of the sea
And there I found only darkness
I sat in the sun till I was black
And cried for the pain I felt
I cut my hands and cut my feet
And still GOD would not speak
I looked at a baby and heard him cry
And became annoyed at his sound
I looked at an old man so wrinkled with age
And wondered why flesh had to die
Filled with confusion
Filled with pain
Filled with a spirit of death
Filled to overflowing with blackness of soul
I determined GOD had forsaken the earth
And then I determined there could be no god
Because if there were, why all the pain?
And then came the voice, a very small voice, that said
Where were you when I began?
Where were you when the seas were formed?
Where were you when the clouds became mist?
Where were you before you were?
Can you answer me any of these?
Where were you when your hands were formed?
And where were you before your mother’s belly swelled?
And where were you before your father was born?
Can you answer me any of these?
And where were you when the first flower bloomed?
And where were you when the fruit became seed?
And where were you when the heavens were not?
Can you answer me any of these?
And where shall you be when you no longer are?
Can you begin to answer me?
So you have determined that there is no god
And you have determined that I am not
Then where have you come from
And where shall you go?
Can you answer me even one little jot?
Before you were, you knew not a thing
And after you are, you shall again be as not
So answer me, if you can
How is it you are, and yet I am not?
I am the GOD of the living
I am the creator of life
I am the only life, the only GOD
The only power that is
Besides Me, there is no other
In life, in death, there is no other
I am the GOD of the living
I am the creator of life
I am the only life, the only GOD
The only power that is
If you are confused
You want to be confused
If you are angry
You want to be angry
If you want to live
You shall find the path of life
And if you want to die
You shall find the path of death
Before you were, you were not
And before you were
I always have been
I have put within you a piece of myself
I shall gather you back again
If you want to come
You shall come
And if you want to come
I shall not deny you
You are prosperous
Yet filled with death
You are full of health
Yet filled with pain
You are overcome with sorrow
Yet full of abundance
You are full of grief
While having the earth at your feet
It is called, being poor in spirit
Blessed are they, the poor in spirit
It is called, hungering and thirsting
Blessed are the hungry and thirsty
It is called, mourning for sin
Blessed are those who mourn
It is called, being humbled to truth
Blessed are the meek
It is called, being merciful
Blessed are those who forgive
It is called, being pure in heart
Blessed are the pure in heart
It is called, being filled with peace
Blessed are those without strife
It is called hating life and self
Blessed are the lovers of good
For I come seeking them
Blessed are they who keep the commandments
They have right to the tree of life
Blessed are they who love the truth
For their’s is the Kingdom of heaven
Blessed are those who overcome
For their’s is the City of GOD
And they shall walk with the glorified Lamb
Clothed in a garment of white
Blessed are those who come to me
Simply because I AM
Asking for nothing
Seeking for nothing
Wanting no loaves or fishes
Blessed are those who seek my grace
Simply because they love me
Fleeing from nothing
Desperate for nothing
Wanting only to dwell with me
Blessed are those who give the life
That cannot be purchased with gold
They shall dwell with the King in Mount Zion
And ascend to His holy hill
They shall walk on higher ground
Far above the tribulation
That comes upon the world in severity and sorrow
To test the living spirits of men
The dead? what can be said
That is not already written down?
And the living? what can be said
That has not been said before?
Come and drink of the living water
Hidden in the field
Come and find the pearl of great price
Hidden in a treasure
Come and find the lost silver coin
Hidden in the mystery
Of a woman and her child
Veiled in the WORD
No man in heaven or earth
Shall unveil the hidden sayings
Sealed up till the ending generation
To be given to a woman
Clothed in the WORD and clothed in the SPIRIT
A lost silver coin, found
A pure leaven of bread, hidden in the WORD
Sent down on the wings of a dove
With the cry of the birth of a Holy Manchild
The One sent to judge the spirits of the living
He shall ride on the wings of song
He shall prepare the way of the LORD
He shall sing and proclaim the sound
COME, LORD JESUS, COME!
O ye who have so little truth
Because of the grand delusion
Have added to and taken away from
The holy book of Revelation
Woe unto the lovers of greed
Woe unto the tithers to gain
Woe unto the coffers of men
Filled with the souls of the slain
Woe unto the sellers of merchandise
Woe unto the givers to receive
Woe unto the fearful of heart
Fleeing the wrath to come
Woe, and woe, and woe again
To the unclean of mind
Who love this life and love this world
There shall be no place found for them
For every soul shall give account
Both the living and the dead
To the One sent down from a glorified One
Into the flesh of a Son
Blessed is He for He shall receive
The inheritance of His Father’s throne
He shall say what has been said
He shall be what has before appeared
He shall speak what His Father spoke
And He shall do what His Father did
He shall break every nation’s bondage
And gather the chicks as a mother hen
Underneath His wings of power and might
And cloak them with immortality
There shall be no more pain
There shall be no more sorrow
There shall be no more sickness
There shall be no more tears
There shall be no more suffering
There shall be no more war
There shall be no more death
For it is swallowed up
By the WORD and in the WORD
And through the WORD so sure
Rises this Offspring and Morning Star
And in a new name does He appear
So where are you now?
Where is your soul?
Is it in salvation
Or in the hole?
Down in the hole of death?
Out in the sea of darkness?
Are you saved? Or are you lost?
Or are you simply not sure?
I knew a one, a certain one
Who said, I thought I was found
But found I was lost
Abiding not in the doctrine of CHRIST
O lady elect, it is written of her
I come finding you and your children
Walking in the truth
There is a healing for the nations
In those who walk in the light of the Lamb
Who abide on the vine, from the beginning of time
Who obey, THUS SAITH THE LORD
Thou art worthy to take the book
And to open the seals thereof
For thou wast slain
Thou wast slain
And hast redeemed us to GOD by thy blood
Out of every kindred and tongue
Out of every people and nation
And hast made us unto our GOD
Thou hast made us kings and priests
And we shall reign on the earth
Thou hast made us kings and priests
For thou wast slain
Thou wast slain
And hast redeemed us to GOD by thy blood
For every eye shall see Him
And every tongue confess
That JESUS CHRIST is LORD
JESUS CHRIST, alone, is LORD!
Our, Father, which art in heaven. Hallowed is thy holy name. Father, grant to the readers, every soul, understanding of these things. Father, give to the hungry and thirsty, the truth, and grant to those who seek, truth, and give to those who ask, truth, and open hardened ears and blinded eyes to see and hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches. Allow your Spirit to anoint even the eyes of those who question and are confused, and yes, even the eyes and hearts of those so hardened in the grand delusion, that they might escape the tribulation and anguish and wrath to come upon them, if they remain blinded as Israel was in the day of her visitation. Let no reader fear men, but let every reader fear and tremble at only thy appearing, and in thy presence, fearing only thee, O, LORD GOD Almighty. Grant, O holy Father, that hearts, spirits, eyes, and ears, shall be washed by thy Holy WORD and thy Holy SPIRIT. In the name of your Son, JESUS, do I ask these things. Amen. Deliver your church, O LORD JESUS, I pray, from the darkness, and bondage and prisonhouse of error it is bound in, and set the captives free! Amen.
CHAPTERS IN THE BOOK: Chapter 1 What Are You?
Chapter 2 Well, Which Is It? New Or Old?
Chapter 3 What Are Christ's Fruits?
Chapter 4 Where's The Fruit?
Chapter 5 Where Did Jesus Go?
Chapter 6 Is There Instant Salvation?
Chapter 7 Are There Unforgivable Sins?
Chapter 8 Does God Hate?
Chapter 9 Where Does Repentance Come From?
Chapter 10 What Causes Repentance?
Chapter 11 Again! What Causes Repentance?
Chapter 12 What Spirit Are You Born Of?
By Martha © 1995
Excerpts Taken From Book, Well! Are You Or Aren't You? Saved, That Is!