PRE-AMBLE by Robert
The Holy Spirit was providing information, for the next article, which you may have noticed there is always a line or comment in the previous article, revealing the topic of the future article. I pray this article, through the information it is about to provide, sheds a brighter light on your walk as it has for mine.
We are like the soldiers of old, being shown smaller details as warriors who are important and will season us for upcoming battles and if missed or not understood can or will create unsavory situations in those battles. But discerned will anchor or place us on a solid foundation that assures victory.
I see this article taking us deeper into the mysteries of God’s domain and drawing us closer to becoming like the image of Yeshua. Something like a soldier sitting in preparation contemplating his strengths recognizing his weaknesses and as well his level of capability. One thing about this journey it’s safe, however not without moments where we must always be alert of our surroundings going forward.
I pray this article, will bring all who read it to a junction, where we recognize what our journey is leading us to, who is calling us, and why He wants us to follow certain paths while completing our missions. I offer this article to all not as a warning, but as information, of where our Father is leading us and to what decision He is going to ask of us in His service. God’s Blessings be upon all.
I offer God’s Blessings and guiding hand to all who hear the Trumpeters Call (Ezekiel 33:2-9) v9: Nevertheless, if thou warn the wicked of his way to turn from it if he does not turn from his way, he shall die in his iniquity, but thou hast delivered thy soul.
Heavenly Father Hear my petition, as I place it before your throne, asking to bring upon those now fully armored, instructed and fully dedicated to your service. Through the Holy Spirit reveal unto to them Father your gifts reserved for the elect. So, they may once be received willingly and share them, Father, with those they will attract with your light as Beacons out of the darkness as Fishers of Men. Bring unto them Father your promises through service Lord. Place upon them Father discernment, understanding and especially your covering of protection. I pray this in the name of Yeshua. Amen and Amen.
OPENING STATEMENT by Robert
Life-changing spiritual firsts were to occur for the Apostles as they spent the next three years receiving tutoring under Yeshua’s guidance. It appears what has been happening in our lives spiritually over the past months is a preparation of a solid foundation for the Lord to build upon. Like the Apostles introducing life-changing spiritual firsts while deepening and developing our faith as we continue our journey with Him.
Matthew Henry (1662 – 1774) explains why in his commentary in 2Peter1: 1- 4 “Knowledge of God and faith in Him are the channel whereby all spiritual supports and comforts are conveyed to us. But then we must own and acknowledge God as the author of our effectual calling, for so he is here described. Him that hath called us to glory and virtue.”
“Ok,” folks, we have our armor have been shown how to use it in a defensive manner as well as an offensive weapon. Two things have occurred in the past months whether we are just working out our Salvation or accepting the mantel of “Fishers of Men,” the bottom line is God has put us on a sound basis for further instructions. What the Holy Spirit is guiding is to reveal the depth of our effectiveness as Spiritual Warriors individually.
However, the Holy Spirit is showing we must learn to become living illustrations not only as Soldiers for Yeshua but as Beacons. As living examples in the service of Christ as the way to the highest honor, (John12:26). Recognizing what our Father is willing to bestow upon us which Peter describes in 1Peter 5:3 “Neither as being lords over “God’s” heritage but being examples to the flock.“v4.”And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.”
Being shown that as we are personally victorious in defeating Satan our walk if in sincere service to Yeshua will reflect the beauty of that service. Matthew Henry (1662 – 1774) relates in 2Peter 1:3-4 “How high honor is it to be the servants of this Master!” “This is what we cannot, without sin be ashamed of, to triumph in being Yeshua’s servant is very proper for those who are engaging others to enter into or abide in the service of Yeshua.”
The Holy Spirit is showing the actual position in God’s eyes those who accept these leadings and teachings will be seen as Yeshua’s Elect (1Peter 1:1).
Matthew Henry (1662 – 1774) comments on Peter’s teachings (1Peter 1:1). “According to the foreknowledge of God the Father, and here as having obtained precious faith in our Lord Yeshua for the faith here mentioned is vastly different from the false faith of the heretic, and the feigned faith of the hypocrite, and the fruitless faith of the formal professor, how Orthodox soever he is. It is the faith of God’s elect (Titus1:1), wrought by the Spirit of God in effectual calling.”
Having the foreknowledge now of what our Father has for us. How easy is it now having full Armor and knowledge of how to use it, to go into battle as a fervent warrior, without fear, knowing we possess the most powerful weapon there is “ Precious Faith“?
Matthew Henry (1662 – 1774) points out “True saving faith is a precious grace, and that not only as it is very uncommon, very scarce, even in the visible church, a minimal number of true believers among a multitude of visible professors (Matt.22:14) but true faith is very excellent and of very great use and advantage to those who have it.“
The example I hold close to heart and stand on is in John 14:13 the Lord said: “And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, the Father may be glorified in the Son.” I take this promise into every battle and hold it fast in my heart without any doubt Yeshua will keep His promise. I recognize “Precious faith” as one of my most effective weapons against my body’s lustful ways and especially against Satan.
My eyes through the discernment and understanding now gained not only as a Soldier of Yeshua or a “Fisher of Men” or as a Beacon I realize grace and peace are multiplied through the knowledge of God and Yeshua. Matthew Henry (1662 – 1774) points out “Knowledge of God and faith in him are the channel whereby all spiritual supports and comforts are conveyed to us; but then we must own and acknowledge God as the author of our effectual calling, for so he is here described. Him that has called us to glory and virtue. It is the glory of God’s power to convert sinners; this is the power and glory of God which are seen and experienced in his sanctuary (Psalms 63:2); this power or virtue is to be extolled by all that are called out of darkness into marvellous light (1Peter2:9). “
Having been shown saving Faith can be scarce, the following admonitions and urgings by the Holy Spirit now become even more valuable as they are revealed one by one. My belief God is opening doors and taking us into deeper levels of understanding and discernment through the Holy Spirit. Through promises is bringing us closer to Him that we may walk in his image by offering additional strengths as part of the deepening of that personal walk as living examples. He is showing how to escape lust, as well as adding virtue (+morality) to our “Faith.” Then to our virtue knowledge (+wisdom), then to knowledge temperance (+restraint), and to temperance, patience (+tolerance), and is not done yet by adding to patience godliness (+devotion), then God calls us to add brotherly kindness (+mercy) to the godliness, which he concludes by asking us to have charity (+goodwill to all). (2Peter 1:5-7)
Apostle Peter relates that if we accept these gifts from God and maintain them without a doubt and exercising them causing strengthening in our soul, we will find ourselves never lacking success and being fruitful in our battles knowing Yeshua is always present with us. In 2Peter. 1:8 “For if these things are in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Yeshua. “
John Gill (1697 – 1771) commentary describes what these gifts provide: “they are not merely temporal ones, nor are they conditional and legal; but as they relate to spiritual and eternal, to irreversible and unchangeable. And they answer great ends and purposes, the glory of God, and the everlasting good and happiness of his people. Therefore must be “precious,” of more value and worth than thousands of gold and silver, and to be rejoiced at more than at the finding of a great spoil, being every way suited to the cases of God’s people, which will never fail. The end of giving them is that by these you might be partakers of the divine nature; not essentially, or of the essence of God, so as to be deified, this is impossible, for the nature, perfections, and glory of God, are incommunicable to creatures. Nor hypostatically and personally, so as the human nature of Christ, in union with the Son of God, is a partaker of the divine nature in him. But by way of resemblance and likeness, the new man or principle of grace, being formed in the heart in regeneration, after the image of God. And bearing a resemblance to the image of His Son, and this is styled, Christ formed in the heart, into which image and likeness the saints are more and more changed. From glory to glory, through the application of the Gospel, and the promises of it. By which they have such sights of Christ as do transform them, and assimilate them to him, and which resemblance will be perfected hereafter when they shall be entirely like him and see him as he is. “
However, Peter warns in v9: But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten being purged from his old sins. John Gill (1697 – 1771) further comments: “Having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust: not the corruption and depravity of nature, which is never escaped by any, nor got rid of so long as the saints are in the world. But the corrupt manners of the world, or those corruptions and vices which, are prevalent in the world, and under the power and dominion of which the world lies. Particularly the sins of uncleanness, adultery, incest, sodomy, and such as filthy and unnatural lusts, which abounded in the world, and among some that called themselves Christians. Now the Gospel, and the precious promises, being graciously bestowed and powerfully applied. Have an influence on the purity of heart and conversation, and teach men to deny ungodliness and worldly lusts, and to live soberly, righteously, and godly. Such is the powerful effects of Gospel promises, under divine influence, as to make men inwardly partakers of the divine nature, and outwardly to abstain from and avoid the prevailing corruptions and vices of the times. “
Matthew Henry (1662 – 1774) comments on 2Peter 1:5 “In these words, the Apostle comes to the chief thing intended in this epistle to excite and engage them to advance in grace and holiness, they having already obtained precious faith, and been made partakers of the divine nature. This is an excellent beginning, but it is not to be rested in as if we were already perfect. The Apostle had prayed that grace and peace might be multiplied to them, and now he exhorts them to press forward for obtaining more grace.“
CLOSING COMMENTS by Robert
Isn’t it amazing in a short period of time in your life if you choose to hear and heed can change from being a shallow warrior for Yeshua to one filled with discernment understanding and grace all based on your Faith? Not that I did not understand before, but now it has a deeper meaning to me as I am hoping the Lord is using me like that mustard seed he describes in Mark 4:30 “And he said, Whereunto shall we liken the kingdom of God? or with what comparison shall we compare? So as an analogy, how do we compare the least of his subjects desiring to flourish under his tutoring to become the base for greater numbers to come to Him through their work? I believe gives us an answer through his parable in Mark4:31 “It is like a grain of mustard seed, which when it is sown in the earth, is less than all the seeds that be in the earth; v32 But when it is sown, it groweth up, and becometh greater than all herbs, and shooteth out great branches so that the fowls of the air may lodge under the shadow of it.“
We know great gifts are awaiting us through acceptance of faith and working to increase the depth of our faith. My newly found discernment and understanding of this parable are telling me, we can be the least of those within God’s Kingdom at this time. However, those modern-day disciples who actually accept the Lord’s call to follow Him like the Apostles of old will be tutored through the Holy Spirit in God’s mysteries. What I am discerning is during their period of mentoring the Apostles faith was deepened as it will be for the Holy Spirit to work with us. It was revealed while Yeshua walked on earth he was placed below the angels as a created man yet possessed the powers of God the Father. Now I believe this revelation is showing those gifts and the mysteries attached to them which were bestowed on the early disciples are still available to those with deep discerning precious faith today.
Heavenly Father, receive our humble prayers as we present ourselves before your throne. We thank you, Father, for the gifts of knowledge, discernment, wisdom, virtue, patience, godliness, temperance, devotion and goodwill to all men. We recognize these as the foundation of our walk as disciples, Fisher’s of Men and bright Beacons shining into the darkness of the world. We thank you, Father, for your guidance and continued support as we go forward. We pray in the name of Yeshua Amen and Amen
Remember, these messages are given by a humble servant obedient
unto our Lord Yeshua as a Watchman. This I pray for all. ”Our Heavenly Father brings us to the river which bringeth forth fruit so we may partake of its sustenance and be filled spiritually with nurturing wisdom, and humble dedication in service to Yeshua. “Blessings to All.” As you go forward in peace, knowledge, and strength.