II PETER 1:4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
JOHN 15:1 I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.
JOHN 15:2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.
JOHN 15:7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.
JOHN 15:8 Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.” [Galatians 22-25]
“Look at it, bruised, wounded, tore, opened up His side with a Roman spear in order that by the Holy spirit
we could be baptized into His body, partakers of His Divine nature
. You get it? Then you become a partaker, after coming into His body, a partaker of His Divine nature: Christ's nature in you. How can you cheat, steal, lie, backslide, proselyte, everything else with the Divine nature of Christ in you?
It's impossible. Let that soak just a few minutes, 'cause it's right...?... If you be a partaker in Christ, then you become a new creature; old things have passed away, and all things have become new.
All of our warrings, and fussings, and stewings, and arguings, and tempers, and all these things pass away. You see it? What is the fruit of the Spirit?
We've planted it on church membership, upon shouting, upon demonstrations of our works. But the fruit
of the Spirit is first love, love Who? Then is when you love those who are unlovable. That's the Spirit of Christ. Love, joy, peace, long-suffering, goodness, meekness, gentleness, patience, there's the fruit of the Spirit
.” [55-0227A The Position Of A Believer In Christ, Phoenix AZ], [Galatians 5:22-23]
“And now, we know that any word sowed has to be watered before it'll bring forth its crop
. But if the water falls on the ground, no matter what kind of seed is in that ground, it'll bring forth of its kind
, 'cause God said in Genesis 1:11, "Let every seed bring forth of its kind." That each thing... And when the water falls (Hebrews, 6th chapter) we find out that the--the rains come oft upon the earth to water it, to dress it, to bring forth the fruit. But the weeds and briers, and--and things that's in the earth comes forth by the same water. But by their fruits you're known. So Christians are known by the fruits of the Holy spirit
. That's what dominates a Christian's life, proves what he is. And the fruit
of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, faith, long-suffering, goodness, gentleness...?... patience in the Holy spirit
. Those fruits
manifest themselves through Christians.” [62-0319 The End Time Sign Seed, Tifton GA], [Genesis 1:11]
, [Hebrews 6:7-8]
“There's three people of you. The outside is the body. You got five senses, that you contact your earthly home with that
. The inside is a spirit. There's five senses there, love and conscience
, and so forth, you contact. But the inside of that is the soul. Remember, "The rain falls on the just and the unjust." The same rain that'll make a grain of wheat grow makes a cocklebur grow too. See? What is it? At the inside of that seed is a nature, and that nature display, displays itself
. It can stand in the same field, right there with the weed. The weed and the wheat stand together, rejoice just as much. Its head is down. It's starving for a drink. When a rain comes, the cocklebur can shout just as loud as the wheat can. "But by their fruits you shall know them."“ [65-1205 Things That Are To Be, Rialto CA], [Matthew 5:45], [Hebrews 6:7-8]
, [Matthew 7:16, 20]
“Please explain the difference between the spirit and the soul
. Well, now that's a hard one. But the first thing you are, a triune being, just like Father, Son, and Holy spirit. Father, Son, and Holy spirit is three titles going to one Person, which is Jesus Christ. And you're soul, body, and spirit.
But it takes those three to make you. With just one of them, you're not you. It takes the three to make you. Like I said the other day, "This is my hand; this is my finger; this is my nose; this is my eyes; but who's me?" Who is me that this belongs to? It's what's on the inside of me; that's the--the intelligence. If this eyes, if this hands, if this body stood here just as it is today, yet I--I could... My body could be here, but me could be gone, what I am. What--whoever I am inside of me has gone on. That's--that's the part--part that is the spirit. The soul is the nature of that spirit, that when the Holy spirit comes upon you
, It does not do nothing... You... It changes or converts your spirit to a different soul. And that soul is a different nature that's on that spirit. So the soul is the nature of your spirit.
First you were mean, and evil, and hatred, and malice, and strife; now you're loving, sweet, kind, and--and... See the difference? It's your nature
. We could... I'll call it that. It's your soul that's been changed. The old soul died, and the new soul which is the new nature was borned into you
.” [61-1015M Questions And Answers, Jeffersonville IN], [Hebrews 6:4-6]
“When you're borned again, God vindicates you. That's how God vindicates all of His nature. What? By their fruits
. That's the way He vindicates His ministry. That's right. All of His servants are vindicated the same way He vindicates nature
. How do you know it's a peach tree? 'Cause it bring peaches. How do you know it's an apple tree? Bearing apples. How do you know it's a Christian? Christian signs bear from it; Christian life comes out of it. How do you know he's a teacher? The Word comes from him. How do you know he's a prophet? The Word comes through him, bears record, vindication
. It proves itself. How does it become that? When it dies and becomes one. That's right. When we die and become a new creature in Christ Jesus, it gets us with our calling; we stay with our calling. The fruits
of the Spirit follow us when we are His servants. When we are borned again, the fruits of Christ's Life follows us
. That's right. How do you know it's a peach tree? It's got peaches. How do you know he's a Christian? He acts like Christ; he walks like Christ; he talks like Christ; he lives like Christ, above sin, victorious.
What does he do, say, "See what I done"? Christ didn't do that. He gave all praise to the Father. That's right. That's how you know it. By their fruits you shall know them.
What must... "Verily, verily, I say unto you, except a man be born again he cannot even understand the Kingdom of God."” [61-1231M You Must Be Born Again, Jeffersonville IN], [John 3:3], [II PETER 1:4], [Galatians 5:22-25]
“If a genuine Holy Ghost person is born of the Spirit of God, he'll live a godly life
. Some of them men was living horrible lives, and you know that; and their fruits
proved that they wasn't. Jesus said, "By their fruits
you shall know them." And the fruit
of the Spirit is not speaking in tongues; that's a gift of the Spirit. Peter never said, "Repent, and be baptized in the Name of Jesus Christ, and you shall receive the Holy spirit
"; he said, "Ye shall receive the gift of the Holy spirit
," when they heard these tongues and people speaking. It's one of the Holy spirit gifts that they received
. Amen.”[54-0515 Questions And Answers, Jeffersonville IN], [Matthew 7:16-20]
, [I Corinthians 12:1-11]
“God's everlasting, Eternal Token, It's Eternal Life by the Eternal God. And anything that had a beginning has an end, and everything had a beginning besides God. And God is the only form of Eternal Life there is. And when God places His Holy spirit in you, which is God, and when God places Hisself within you, you're as Eternal as God is
. Because, you're a part of Him, because you become a son or a daughter of God and you are displaying His Word. Hallelujah! I feel religious. That's true. God identifies it, Himself. You've got Eternal Life, and that's God in you. And this Word is God. And that Word lives and produces Itself. Just exactly what God has ordained for this age, you have it, amen, the Holy spirit, the Holy spirit being displayed. Yes, sir. What is it? The Holy spirit, the
Word has been quickened to you by the Holy spirit
, to vindicate this age, that you have passed from death unto Life.” [63-1128E The Token, Shreveport LA], [John3:14]
Our Bible Study Subject for February 2023: Partakers of the Divine Nature
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