Church of God, New World Ministries

What's Your Pedigree?

Greetings brethren, friends, to all our visitors we may have here in our audience and to those who may be watching this later via our DVD program. Welcome to God’s Great Feast of Tabernacles, 2010! (This message was delivered during the Feast of Tabernacles 2010).

This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the marvelous Plan of God which depicts the Way of salvation which will, eventually, involve ALL OF MANKIND. This Fall Festival has tremendous meaning for those who have had their minds opened to the TRUTH, by a divine miracle or calling from God Almighty.

I’ll begin by asking: “What’s your linage, family tree or line of decent? What’s your Pedigree?” According to the Word of God, we all had a definite beginning. Genesis 1:26 “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and every creeping thing that creppeth upon the earth. 27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created He him; male and female created He them 28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, be fruitful and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.”

We see here that man was made or formed in the physical shape and image of his Creator God. He was to have rulership, dominion over all the rest of the creation on the earth. The male and the female were to procreate (multiply) and move forward in their genealogy or decent. Genesis 3:20 “And Adam called his wife’s name Eve; because she was the mother of all living.” 4:1 “And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the LORD. 2 And she again bare his brother Abel. And Able was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground.”

So here was the first human family on this planet earth. And from almost the very beginning, these two human beings, beginning with mother Eve, were seduced and deceived by one Satan the Devil into disobeying their Creator God.

Let’s pause at this time to identify WHO this CREATOR was?

John 1:1 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 The same was in the beginning with God 3 ALL THINGS WERE MADE BY HIM; and without him was not anything made that was made. 4 In Him was life; and the life was the light of men. 5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehendeth it not. 9 That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. 10 He was in the world, and the world was made by Him, and the world knew Him not. 11 He came unto His own, and His own received Him not.” Notice especially the next verse: Verse 12 “But as many as received Him, to them gave He power TO BECOME THE SONS OF GOD, even to them that believe on His name. 14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld His glory, the glory of the only begotten of the FATHER,) full of grace and truth.”

Many have mistakenly thought that when you see the word, “God”, In the Old Testament, it is referring to the Father. But, obviously, we see from these verses, that the ONE, WHO BECAME JESUS CHRIST, was the God who created all things! (Other Scriptures confirm this fact: Colossians 1:16; Philippians 2:6; Hebrews 1:2, 3)

It seems that Old Testament Israel did not know about the FATHER, until Jesus came to REVEAL HIM!

The first and only place I found in the Old Testament where the word Father is spelled with a capital “F” was in Isaiah 9:6, and this is actually a reference to Jesus Christ: “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government (the Kingdom of God) shall be upon His shoulder (His responsibility- His Rulership): and His Name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”

Notice the following Scripture: Matthew 11:25 “At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes. 26 Even so Father: for it seemed good in thy sight. 27 All things are delivered unto me of my Father; and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and He to whomsoever the Son will reveal Him.” Couple this with what Jesus said about the world at large, not being able to COME TO HIM, except THE FATHER “DRAW” THEM in John 6:44 “No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.”

This is an amazing TRUTH! You can’t, JUST ON YOUR OWN VOLITION, decide to become a Christian! The Apostle Paul used the term “CALLED” or “CALLING”, rather than “draw”. I Corinthians 1:2 “Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, CALLED to be saints…” 26 “For ye see your CALLING, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble. are CALLED.”

The unconverted or un-called person CANNOT GRASP THIS INFORMATION!

But we, who are the called and chosen of THE FATHER, do understand this precious TRUTH!

Notice what Jesus said to the Samaritan woman at the well in John 4:21, “Jesus saith unto her, woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father. 22 ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews. (Spiritual - Rom. 2:28) 23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship in Spirit and in truth: for the FATHER SEEKETH SUCH TO WORSHIP HIM. 24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him MUST WORSHIP HIM IN SPIRIT AND IN TRUTH”

Now let’s go to the confrontation between Jesus and the Jewish Pharisees: John 8:29 “And He that sent me is with me: and the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please Him. 30 And as He spake these words, many believed on Him. 31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on Him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; 32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

NOW WE COME TO THE CRUX OR CRITICAL POINT OF THIS MESSAGE! AGAIN, I ASK THE QUESTION: “WHAT’S YOUR PEDIGREE? WHO IS YOUR FATHER?” I’M SPEAKING IN THE SPIRITUAL SENSE NOW!

What was these Jews answer to Christ? They thought He was addressing their physical heritage, but He revealed to them just who their REAL father was! Verse 33 “They answered him, We be Abraham’s seed (progeny or children), and we were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free? 34 Jesus answered them, verily, verily, I say unto you, whosoever commiteth sin is the servant of sin 35 And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: but the Son abideth forever. 36 If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed. 37 I know that ye are Abraham’s seed; but ye seek to kill me, because my word hath no place in you. 38 I speak that which I have seen with my Father: and ye do that which ye have seen with your father. 39 They answered and said unto him, Abraham is our father. Jesus said unto them, If ye were Abraham’s children, ye would do the works of Abraham. 40 But now ye seek to kill me, a man that hath told you the truth, which I have heard of God: this did not Abraham. 41 Ye do the deeds of your father. Then they said unto him, We be not born of fornication; (Here’s that old dodge of attempted character assassination); we have one Father, even God. 42 Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me.”

Then Jesus gets down to the bottom line, to the nitty gritty, to use the vernacular: Verse 44 “Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do, He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is liar, and the father of it. 45 And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not. 47 He that is of God heareth God’s words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God.”

This pretty well separates the wheat from the chaff, doesn’t it? How does this fit YOUR PEDIGREE, my friends? If you are worshipping the True Father God, in Spirit and in Truth and OBEYING HIS COMMANDMENTS, you may truly PRAY TO HIM as YOUR FATHER. Otherwise, YOU MAY NOT!

Jesus instructed His Disciples with an “outline prayer” (NOT to be REPETITIVE) in: Matthew 6:5 -- 9 “After this manner therefore pray ye: OUR FATHER which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. 10 --- (Read from your own Bible) ---13”

My friends, do you realize, really grasp, and stand in awe of the PRICELESS PRIVELEGE and HONOR to be able to address the ALMIGHTY GOD, WHO RULES THE ENTIRE UNIVERSE, AS YOUR FATHER? The great masses of humanity have not YET been called to this VERY CLOSE RELATIONSHIP as a BEGOTTEN CHILD of God the FATHER, HEIR of all things, along with OUR ELDER BROTHER, JESUS CHRIST!

This Feast of Tabernacles Pictures the Beginning Stages of this Fantastic Blessing!

Hebrews 1:2 “Hath in these last days spoken unto us by His Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things (the universe), by whom also He made the worlds; 3 Who being the brightness of His glory, and the express image of His person (like Father, like Son), and upholding all things by the word of power, when He by Himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty (Father) on high; 4 Being made so much better than the angels, as He hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they. 5 For unto which of the angels said He at any time, THOU ART MY SON, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I WILL BE TO HIM A FATHER, and He shall be to me a Son. 8 But unto the Son He saith, Thy throne, O God, is forever and ever: a scepter of righteousness is the scepter of thy kingdom.”

But this is not the END OF THE STORY! Notice: Chapter 2:6 “But one in a certain place testified, saying, What is man, that Thou art mindful of him? Or the son of man, that Thou visiteth him? 7 Thou madest him a little lower than the angels; Thou crownedst him with glory and honour, and didst set him over the works of thy hands 8 Thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet. For in that He put all in subjection under him, He LEFT NOTHING that is not put under him. But we see NOT YET ALL THINGS put under him. 9 But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that He by the grace of God should taste death for every man. 10 For it became Him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, IN BRINGING MANY SONS UNTO GLORY, to make the CAPTAIN OF THEIR SALVATION perfect through sufferings. 11 For both He that sanctifieth and THEY WHO ARE SANCTIFIED ARE ALL OF ONE (FAMILY): for which cause He is not ashamed to CALL THEM BRETHREN, 12 Saying, I will declare thy name unto My Brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto Thee. 13 And again, Behold I and the CHILDREN which God (the Father) hath given Me. Yes God is a FAMILY into which He wants US to be BORN.”

Ephesians 3:14 “For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 Of whom THE WHOLE FAMILY in heaven and earth is named.”

Romans 8:16 “The spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: 17 And if children, then heirs of God, and joint heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with Him, that WE may be also GLORIFIED TOGETHER. 18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the GLORY which shall be revealed in us. 22 For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. 23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the SONSHIP, to wit, the redemption of our body.” (NOT “ADOPTION” - we are now “BEGOTTEN” children of our heavenly FATHER!)

Verse 28 “And we know that all thing work together for good to them who are the called according to His purpose. 29 For whom He did foreknow, He also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the FIRSTBORN AMONG MANY BRETHREN.”

I John 3:2 “Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when He shall appear, WE SHALL BE LIKE HIM; for we shall see Him as He is. 10 In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God --.”

Can you imagine the surge of POWER and BRILLIANCE as we rise to meet our Elder Brother in the air? We will have been “birthed” for the final and eternal completion of our Spiritual Pedigree, as Gods!

 
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