Friday, 10 February 2017

But Wait! There's more to come



I must apologize for the delay on this. I hadn't been very inspired lately, due to health issues and such, but here we go again...

So we feel the call from God. We talk to someone and make the decision to accept Christ as our Savior. We get baptized, study our bibles. Get prayed over for the baptism of the Spirit of God to open up our understanding. Then what? Just go to church? Keep reading the word? Does it all end there until the second coming? This is the rut which most of the church finds itself stuck in.

We hear the following..

"To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, ; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory " (Col 1:27)

Christ within you,the hope of glory. But what does that mean? The traditional view is that of a ruler trying to make sure their deeds are remembered in history. But it says "the hope of glory"

Not a hope, but THE hope. A specific hope. Not even your hope.

You see, you and I can conquer nothing of the flesh. Maybe we can will ourselves to stop sinning for a moment but that never lasts and besides that, we have no idea what it means to be free from that sin. We assume we know. It's not enough to not actually sin, but it is also not desiring!

"From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members?" (Jas 4:1)

 Being fleshly, or worldly or soulful is our natural state. We simply have no control nor know any better. We think fleshly. The only way we overcome is by the interjection of Christ himself through the inspiration of his Spirit during the dealings of life as he guides us through them. They are intentionally hard to go through. Remember, they lead to the death of your fleshly nature, which can be a violent process, because the flesh does not die willingly or easily.

 You may feel that you are being punished for being unworthy. This is not the case but rather he takes you through it because he loves you.

"For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. 
If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons." (Heb 12:6-8)

Only as sons can we be heirs to inherit the promises and authority of the Father which is Christ himself, but within us and not the flesh... Do you see now?

Like a fish we need to keep moving forward to stay alive, to keep the fresh water flowing over our gills. Or we die. It is the same in our walk. Don't give up your journey nor your destiny by sitting still.

"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."(Rom 8:29)

He foreknew you and me. He predestined or determined you and I to be conformed to the image of his Son. We all were. That predestination is not about going to heaven but about us being conformed to our Godly predestined state, so when we stop and don't press on we basically reject God's will for us. And if we are not committed to dying to the flesh than we are one of those who reject God's will. We at Remnant want more than that for you. Go all the way, never settle or give up. There is so much more on this journey.

Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, 

I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.  (Php 3:13-14)

Press on my brothers & sisters

From the team at Remnant.






Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Death to the carnal nature



We are about to post our 2nd paper in a series of 4 on "coming out of Carnal Christianity."  A very good but complex series. This is a little known or discussed subject in church circles yet very pertinent in understanding the will of God in his plans for the church.

Most churches teach "once saved always saved", but fail to understand that God never lets things sit still, but is always moving forward. A blocked river becomes a stagnant pond. Only by continuously moving does a river continue to sustain life. The same principles apply to God's purposes. Yes we need to be converted, to be baptized in both water and Spirit but the journey does not end there.
We are called to press forward. One song based on scripture I used to sing early in my christian walk was "This one thing I do".

"Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus."  (Php 3:12-14)

You see...we go on, we press towards. That means there is more to aim for than just conversion as we are not saved....rather we are being saved. A vast majority of the worlds believers have no idea that this purpose exists for to drive us or impel us on-wards. They are waiting for God to move in the Earth not understanding that he wants to move IN us, the new earth! He wishes to manifest himself in US in his likeness and character.

"To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:"  (Col 1:27)

Having started the journey, don't you want to finish it? Don't you want to measure the fullness of Christ?

"Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:" (Eph 4:13)

There is a man and there is a perfect man.. A man fully formed, perfected. Not meaning perfect as modern English portrays, but fully matured and realized - having achieved fullness - reached our intended "perfection."

G5046

τέλειος
teleios
tel'-i-os
From G5056; complete (in various applications of labor, growth, mental and moral character, etc.); neuter (as noun, with G3588) completeness: - of full age, man, perfect.

"For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away. When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known." (1 Cor 13:9-12)

That which is perfect is the fully manifested nature and purpose of Christ within us. When people see us, they see Christ! But to achieve this, the squatter in our lives and character must be put to death. Namely our own carnal nature - the nature that always seeks to please itself rather than being obedient to the will of God. It defies us and Him, screaming, fighting and kicking to have it's own way.

It is easy to just give into it. We have no power over it ourselves because it is part of us. Only the divine grace and inspiration of God's Spirit empowers us to reach beyond it to overcome our baser instincts. 

"Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise: Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler, Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest. How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep? Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep: So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth, and thy want as an armed man."  (Pro 6:6-11)

If you don't press towards the mark , than the bible says you will be in poverty.  That flies in the face of prosperity doctrine taught in most churches. Have you ever been taught that truth before? I doubt it very much, but there it is in black and white. You will be robbed. You will have robbed yourself.

You can't be satisfied sitting still. Say yes and amen to obedience! 

The journey continues....  Enjoy the new paper...

God Bless

The Team at Remnant. 


Sunday, 21 June 2015

A New take on the church



We are doing something a little different at Remnant. We are prepping the first 2 studies of 4 at the same time - yes we know - it's long overdue! Our series Exodus To Exile begins by addressing the journey of overcoming personal carnality and secondly leaving the institutional carnality of the modern church and how it misleads. Christendom as a whole teaches polluted doctrine...laced with millennial long errors and current fads based on the latest theological trends.

Throughout history, these doctrines of men, brought about incremental changes - each generation of leaders inserting their own personal bias and personal reforms, changing the face of theology step by step over time. Today, modern Christianity looks nothing like the early church, most teach the doctrines of men and demons. And know this, heresy started as soon as the church began.

Church reform is a misnomer. A myth. It is never fully successful because reform often hearkens back to a time that was already corrupted. The structure is still the same but the paint job is just updated - a waste of time really. It doesn't really draw man closer to the true God but rather a preconceived image of what they think God looks like or should look like, for their own satisfaction and sense of self righteousness - A God that suits them. They try to change the nature of God rather than directing the change they need in their own character!

Reforms have a habit of making a new prison for followers, instead of setting them free - forcing them through guilt and manipulation to conform to another persons ideals, instead of our Fathers. It often scratches the surface - it forces them to behave a certain way, wear certain clothes, speak a certain way, pay a certain amount of money but it doesn't change the intentions of the heart. A sham of holiness. Harsh words but very true.

I need to warn you all, this new series will be the most personally confronting teaching we have ever presented. At the end of it, if you have understood it properly, you may very well have to ask yourself the question, "Do I still even want to be a Christian?" and  "Am I even a true Christian?" There is a very real chance that you may answer no to both. It's a narrow way folks - Jesus didn't lie.

You see, most people try to make God fit their lives rather than truly submitting to his will. A comfortable God that we can rationalize to fit our comfort zone, but though the Holy Spirit is referred to as a a comforter, it's not about us being comfortable, it's about us being comforted while we go through our trials and tribulations.

I know everyone thinks that God will just do it, but it requires effort and commitment on our part and a true willingness to obey the leadings and inspirations of God, for us to learn to overcome. Real tangible change only comes through the dealings of life, not by positive feelings and good thoughts. You cannot change by your own will but God won't challenge you and change you unless you are chosen and thus willing to go through it. That is the danger, we can drift into nothingness. No challenge, no testing and nothing ever happens to stoke up the life within us, We just go through the motions and that life dies within us.

"How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep? Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep: So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth, and thy want as an armed man. (Pro 6:9-11)

I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the man void of understanding; And, lo, it was all grown over with thorns, and nettles had covered the face thereof, and the stone wall thereof was broken down. Then I saw, and considered it well: I looked upon it, and received instruction. 
Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep: So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth; and thy want as an armed man. (Pro 24:30-34)

Yes, you can become poverty stricken in God, in the midst of the faithful. If you do nothing, you will receive nothing. If you just expect God to do it all then you have misjudged his nature and character. There is far too much of this hold your hands out and bless me Christianity going on. God requires our obedience and that is costly to us.

My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me (Joh 10:27)

Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? (Rom 6:16)

We are required to actively put off our old nature and put on Christ....that requires effort.

That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; (Eph 4:22)

But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. (Col 3:9)

Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds (Col 3:9)

There is no other way to inherit the Kingdom of God. No short cut. No slipping in the back way because you want to avoid the effort and suffering.It is not a pretty process. The old man must die so we can put on Christ. The carnal nature and the nature of Christ do not play well together. Do nothing and you will be rejected.

Then said one unto him, Lord, are there few that be saved? And he said unto them, Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able. When once the master of the house is risen up, and hath shut to the door, and ye begin to stand without, and to knock at the door, saying, Lord, Lord, open unto us; and he shall answer and say unto you, I know you not whence ye are: Then shall ye begin to say, We have eaten and drunk in thy presence, and thou hast taught in our streets. But he shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity. (doing your own thing)There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when ye shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves thrust out. (Luk 13:23-28)

Is that was you want the Father to say to you? Right now we are clothed with the imputed righteousness of the sacrifice of the blood shed on Calvary, but that will not last forever. On Judgement day we will be judged by a different set of criteria. On our obedience and submission to the will of God. If we fail, it will be on us and no-one else.

Being well meaning and full of good intentions will not cut the mustard. You have to daily submit your will to Gods, as he puts you into situations that challenge and test you, Only that process will change your nature and help you to overcome. After you have been through the refiners fire you find that it changes how you respond and think. Even the most horrible experiences can bring positive changes.

But at the end it isn't about comparing your experiences and suffering with others more than walking your own road towards salvation and maturing in God. Sometimes it is difficult to describe what you must go through, but you will learn to recognize the hand and inspiration of God and you will know what is real and what is not. My old pastor used to say, "You will know it in your knower!" When you have been through it, it will change you and you will know. But it is a change on the inside and is only revealed in your character. People will begin to see it within you too.

I hope this makes some sense to you and will give you a sense of anticipation towards the new studies.

God bless you all and be inspired to change.

From the team at Remnant.




Saturday, 2 May 2015

At Last we arrive...





There is a valid reason why we at THE REMNANT encourage our readers to study our papers in a particular order. It's quite simple. We were taking you on a thought journey. It's so important to lay solid foundations when building upon the truth, especially when learning to rethink those doctrines that we formerly believed were correct in God. It is a step by step process and experience tells us it is better not to jump steps!

As you know, we have dealt with many orthodox Christian fallacies, but with our next series (due shortly) we will be genuinely taking you into new ground as we uncover new understanding of what it is to walk this spiritual journey, The persistence of the carnal nature, and how we learn to overcome - something every christian needs to know! What is the point of it all? To become like Christ, THAT is the point!

Hopefully these studies have taken your brain on a journey, a journey that by the renewing of your mind will ready you to receive new understanding. Our prayer is that it will change your walk in Christ. When you truly understand that the painful dealings of God have nothing to do with God's disapproval towards you and that you are not being punished for being unfaithful, but rather; "as many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent." (Rev 3:19) - it changes the way you think about EVERYTHING!

As long as I was a christian, I was told that I was born again and safe. I'd made it. Not only is that scripturally incorrect, it has the comatose effect of allowing people to relax and rest on their laurels. Nothing could be more destructive to your christian walk. No-one has been born again because no-one has reached perfection....we are BEING born again! Yes it's a PROCESS!

"But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord." (2 Cor 3:18)

"Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it." (Mat 7:14)

When we are first converted, we merely begin a journey along a narrow way. A long road where upon our character is changed and our old carnal nature is put to death. When we are fully transformed and conformed then we are born again.

"For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed(Gk:4832) to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren." (Rom 8:29) 

"And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God." (Rom 12:2)

G4832

συμμορφός
summorphos
soom-mor-fos'

From G4862 and G3444; jointly formed, that is, (figuratively) similar: - conformed to, fashioned like unto.

"Fashioned" - what a profound statement. Romans 8 covers the whole process of being fashioned like unto...yet unto what? To become as or just like Christ! With his nature we will actually be as Christ is! Amazing!

"But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfill the lusts thereof." (Rom 13:14)

"For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ" (Gal 3:27)

"But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him,which is the head, even Christ: From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love. 

This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart: Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness. 

But ye have not so learned Christ; If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus: That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness."  (Eph 4:15-24)

Jesus said...

"Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?" (Joh 14:9)

The entire purpose of creation and the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ is so that one day when they see us......they see him!

Why?

"Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit."  (Joh 12:24)

Yes, you and I are "fruit." And as fruit we are made to reflect the nature of the first seed that was planted so as it dies, it germinates and makes many copies of itself. That's why Jesus died. To recreate himself in us! God wasn't lonely, he didn't need new friends, yet creation was born out of necessity - that God didn't just want to make us, but rather he NEEDED to in order to fulfill something in Himself is a profound mystery! To create is a divine requisite - and that same desire lives in us. Why? Because he made us that way. 

"So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them." (Gen 1:27)

We are ( being) made in the likeness of God. We may not have his nature yet but we have the potential to.

"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." (Rom 8:29)

This is amazing. It was ALWAYS in His plan for there to be "many." Not just one. Can you imagine yourself as one? That is the ultimate purpose of creation. To make you and I like Jesus Christ. Yet as mind blowing as these truths are, there is another law at work in us. One we are called to wrestle with and overcome. Yes this process of being "fashioned" requires an "adversary." And it is this very entity that makes war against heaven. It is common to all that have ever lived and breathed. It is none other than the carnal nature of man!

 Because....

"Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin." (Rom 3:20)

"For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not." (Rom 7:18)

"There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit." (Rom 8:1)

"That no flesh should glory in his presence." (1 Cor 1:29)

The bottom line is this. The carnal nature disqualifies us from attaining Sonship and the prize of election at the first resurrection of glory! if we remain in our soulish state we will miss out. There shall indeed be a great "wailing and gnashing of teeth" for those "many" who thought they had made it but didn't. Why?

"My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children."  (Hos 4:6)

Not only are the carnal minded "destroyed," they are all but "rejected." Remind you of another scripture?

"Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity."  (Mat 7:21-23)

Jesus' own words...still think you will get a free pass? If we don't "obey" and do the "will" of our Father, then who's will do we do? No...not Satan's, but the will of the flesh. Whose reward is death. 

How safe are you feeling now? 

As you study our next series with us (due shortly), pay close attention to role of the carnal nature within us, so that you can make your calling and election sure. All trials exist for to fashion us into His likeness -to make US like HIM - to make US an overcomer. To overcome what? Your own carnal nature. Your reward?

"And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations" (Rom 2:26)

Once saved, always saved is nonsense...we press forward, we walk onwards and we never take our hand from the plow. 

"Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you." (Php 3:13-15)

The high calling...that's for me. You too? Then be thus minded.Enjoy the new up coming studies. May your thinking be changed for the better. 

God Bless

The team at Remnant.



Saturday, 31 January 2015

Playing well with others


It is a hard learnt fact that when we come to a new understanding, we get all excited and want to share it with others. But very quickly we learn that many don't receive it and simply don't want to hear it. It's much like that early joy of conversion that comes with a burning desire to evangelize all of those around us. Speaking and urging with great passion, but little wisdom and understanding.

When we first receive that revelation that God will save ALL through judgement after years of believing eternal torment, we feel the passion stir up within us, speaking 100 mph, trying to reveal our new revelation to those we love and trust! Mostly we get rebuffed, to our utter disappointment. But guess what? This is normal! Thus we begin to learn that valuable lesson that it is God ALONE who chooses who he will reveal his truths to - NOT us!

 The church teaches that we can make things happen but the truth is far different. God moves accordingly to HIS own time and purposes. Sometimes that makes us feel a little more inadequate, that we aren't the masters of our destiny, that we aren't as powerful as we thought. The truth is that when new understanding comes, changes in perspectives are also needed. Why? Because what we thought was immutable and unchanging - those things we previously would have built our house upon as if it was true, is no longer certain. We cannot make God fit our need of certainty.

I'm going to let you into a secret. Absolutely no-one will come to this revelation unless God draws them first. You could lead them around by the nose, tell them 1 step at a time and they will never get it in a million years. It MUST be the will of God. Such revelations are just too big and mind blowing to comprehend unless God leads them by the Spirit of truth. He knows what they can take and when they are ready to take it. I was fortunate enough to have an existing depth of knowledge that when I was exposed to these new truths, It never came as such a colossal gut-wrenching revelation. Rather, things fell into place, one thing after another. I now know this doesn't happen for everyone. So I have learnt the need to be more patient with others and that is the very lesson God needed to teach me.  It's a very hard lesson. I was not a very patient nor conciliatory man. Cold and very black and white if I am honest - not very merciful. I had to be broken and in need of mercy before I learnt to show mercy. Now I feel foolish for not knowing that in the first place, but we all have our roads to follow.

Very few people will understand what you now understand and sharing it with them without the leading of the Holy Spirit will be futile. Our need to be right does not trump their need for mercy and we need to take our judgement off of them. Not easy to do I can assure you. Some of the modern church practices to this day still turn my stomach to and I have a hard time sitting through terrible doctrine and teaching that I know is wrong. It's all too easy to imagine ourselves as avenging prophets, manifesting the power of God, correcting the ignorant of their false ways. It is most likely we will NEVER get the chance to roll like that! We need to pick our moments and wait for the call of God to fall upon them. it's that simple.

Remember. Universal Reconciliation is only a small part of the revelation that comes to those truly called out from the apostate church. There is so much more to the truth of God and His Word. UR may only be 10% of the message, but it affects how we understand the rest - so such a foundational truth is very important.
You will find more who disagree than will agree. Interestingly much of the hostility often comes from those who profess to be already converted - too many act with a sense of justification to put others in their place. That friends, is the nature of the flesh!

I am amazed at how many people who vehemently deny universal salvation, invest hours and hours writing page after page ranting against it. I would never spend so much of my precious time and effort trying to deny something I don't believe in. I would simply move on with what I do believe. Yet there are many Christians in the world today, hell-bent on trying to disprove it.Why? I personally think it strikes some sort of a chord with them. I remember the pharisee's doing the same thing to one Jesus of Nazareth. Worth the comparison, but they had something to lose, just like today's churches do. They have created a carnal monster and the monster needs to be fed. The house becomes more important than the God it is supposed to serve. Yet why? Why does mankind repeat history again and again? People may have read about the pharisee's and said to themselves, "I would never have done that to Jesus." Yet THEY did....and do so TODAY! Why?

"All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes; but the LORD weigheth the spirits." (Pro 16:2)

How true is that. Think on this...

"Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work (toil as a trade) iniquity."  (Mat 7:21-23)

Jesus is not talking about the heathen, but those who profess to be HIS! The motives and method it is delivered in are just as important as the message delivered.

The disciples felt rejected and wanted to strike back too.

"And sent messengers before his face: and they went, and entered into a village of the Samaritans, to make ready for him. And they did not receive him, because his face was as though he would go to Jerusalem. And when his disciples James and John saw this, they said, Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them, even as Elias did? But he turned, and rebuked them, and said, Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of. For the Son of man is not come to destroy men's lives, but to save them. And they went to another village." (Luk 9:52-56)

If our message is not about reconciliation then it isn't worth preaching.

"And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:" (Eph 2:16)

"And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven." (Col 1:20)

"For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another." (1 Jn 3:11)

If you are familiar with our studies thus far, you will know full well that we judge ourselves first until the old man is dead, THEN we will judge others - not before hand. Jesus will not imbue us with his power without his nature being complete within us first. Think on that and don't be discouraged that so few people believe like you. It was always his plan to have a remnant or an elect first. Not the masses, but the few. Only made special not because of what they did but rather simply because God chose them...and only that. 

"For many are called, but few are chosen." (Mat 22:14)

"Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you." (2 Col 6:17)

"Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace.  (grace being the inspiration of the will of God)" (Rom 11:5)

"Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;" (Col 3:12)

And what about this revealing passage;

"Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ: Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: 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. And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins. Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall"  (2 Pet 1: 1-10)

You are not alone and your journey has only begun with the revelation of salvation for all....

Keep the faith

God Bless,

The team at Remnant.



Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Year Ending


Well, we are just posting the final rapture paper for the Christmas Holiday season and it's been a long time coming because there has been a lot of editing needed. If we didn't do this part properly, we would end up posting 600 page articles for all our studies - which of course would be ridiculous! When we put up our articles, we try to provide the most concentrated, scripturally loaded, revelation filled studies we can, in order to establish a solid foundation of truth.  We know they are hard work sometimes, but imagine 600 pages instead of 70-80! At any time in our research we often find other papers that we want to include and then the editing starts all over again. It's a long process. We left out a lot but will include it in future papers, don't worry.

We want you to realize that God is looking for a people who are prepared to count the cost and pay the price in studying to show themselves approved, to be one of the elect. That can be you - if you are prepared to confront your own carnal nature and expose it in obedience to the correcting hand of God, who will empower you to go through the dealings and trials to bring change to your nature. This is what overcoming is.

It's a hard reality, but if you aren't daily getting challenged and chastised then you aren't really in the flow of the Spirit. It takes a lifetime to make a new man, it's not something you can hedge your bets on and do in the last minute. And neither will it happen magically without effort on your part. We are required to "fight the good fight of faith"

"Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses." (1 Tim 6:12)

Only after much suffering could Paul say...

"I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith" (2 Tim 4:7)

The rest of us may not be able to say that. So keep your hand to the plow. We never stop, we never take a rest...we always press on.

"Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep: So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth, and thy want as an armed man." (Pro 6:10-11)


"If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small." (Pro 24:10)

"I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the man void of understanding;  And, lo, it was all grown over with thorns, and nettles had covered the face thereof, and the stone wall thereof was broken down. (boundaries broken, can't hold substance within) Then I saw, and considered it well: I looked upon it, and received instruction. Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep: So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth; and thy want as an armed man. (Pro 24:30-34)

Remain vigilant!

We at Remnant would like to thank you for studying with us over the last year and we would like to wish you and your loved ones the best of God's blessings. Be safe and we will see you next year when we start our new series on the journey from carnality to spiritual maturity.

Don't be afraid to drop us an email, comment on our Facebook page or our blog. We would love to hear from you. 

God Bless

The team at Remnant. 


Monday, 17 November 2014

Serve the flesh... or Christ with in you, your hope of glory?




Who are you serving? It seems like a simple enough question - with a straightforward answer, but many people are actually serving the flesh thinking they are serving God. In fact the Bible has a very insightful description on the workings of the flesh!

"The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: (exceedingly weak) who can know it?" (Jer 17:19)

Dwell on this a moment. Deceitful above ALL things! That's a pretty powerful statement. Another fitting translation would suggest "exceedingly weak" instead of "desperately wicked." Yet they are both describing the true nature of the heart. It is incapable in itself - to do good - it defaults to the carnal! So our hearts, our fleshly nature will go out of it's way to deceive us and to trick us. In the scale of all things cunning, our carnal hearts are the most deceitful things EVER!  You can trick yourself. And know this, it's not the Devil, it's YOU! But it doesn't end there. It is Desperate to be wicked....and who can know it? Not us....we are getting fooled all the time! That is why the flesh cannot inherit the kingdom of God. The old man must be put to death so that we can be made alive in Christ. And dying to the flesh is not about our "will" or "determination" either - neither is it a pleasant experience!

"asmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin" (1 Pet 4:1)

I'm going to let you in on a secret that most of the church hasn't a clue about. Our last rapture paper went into great detail describing the formulation of futurist Bible prophecy and how it has morphed into an intricate web of what they believe is coming. It is in fact a complete deception and fairy tale with absolutely no chance of coming true. This is not the first time that prophetic teachings have led astray believers, believe me.

The Jews looked to numerous prophecies concerning the coming Messiah. They of course missed the boat on that one. But like believers so fervently do today, Jewish teachers applied those prophesies to every current event and new oppressor. Classical Jewish apocalyptic writing (the catalyst to many of the early church texts) expressed an expectancy of a coming hope in the face of evil and oppression. It's a bit like how the "Anti-Christ" has had so many manifestations over the centuries - going back as far as the Roman Emperor Nero.

Eschatological interpretations have long been a speculative affair, continuous generations added their own ideas to the coming Messiah cult. Prior to Christ's birth, Jewish teachers earnestly nurtured their own "end game" scenario, by which time during Rome's occupation (their oppressors), they believed that he would be born out of his mothers womb fully grown, fully clothed in armour, ready and trained to fight the evil of Rome. The poor woman who gives birth to that would be ripped apart! That wouldn't be very Godly. So when the actual Messiah appeared before them they simply didn't recognize him. They rejected him outright as a heretic!

Today, modern church culture is just as deceived and caught up in a complex fairy tale scenario of Christ's second coming. God rarely repeats himself in action. Jesus has already come in a body, why would he do it again? Did God send more than one flood? Were their two King Davids? No. Could it be that he has a different plan now? Yes!

"And every spirit that confesseth NOT that Jesus Christ IS come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world." (1 Jn 4:3)

IS come in the flesh.....not going to be. So if he has come in a body and been resurrected and been taken up, how could he now be IN the flesh. Simple....IN US!!!!

"Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me." (Rev 3:20)

The scriptures are clear; the next manifestation of Jesus Christ IS IN US!

"Who serve unto the example and shadow of heavenly things, as Moses was admonished of God when he was about to make the tabernacle: for, See, saith he, that thou make all things according to the pattern shewed to thee in the mount." (Heb 8:5)

God has a plan and a will and a pattern to follow. That pattern is.....First in the natural, then in the spiritual. It is the very nature of Gods purpose for creation. So if we have had Jesus physically with us, the next time is "spiritual."

"And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit. Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual. The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven. (1 Cor 15:45-47)

"Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit." (Joh 12:24)

Jesus Christ is the original seed planted to bring forth much fruit, in us. As the seed germinates, it dies in its nature and takes on the nature of the plant that first grew it and then produces many copies of the original seed that went into the ground. This is an important concept. And why? That was the whole purpose to his coming! To replicate his likeness in us! And we all happen to be made like him...HOW CONVENIENT!!!

What better vessel to contain His nature than one made just like the original. Yet know this - these vessels have a current inhabitant - our carnal nature! And for the nature of God to fill us, we need to emptied of this usurper by it's utter destruction. Until then, no inheriting, no power. No shadows healing the sick. The working of Gods grace in us is a messy affair! It requires dying, crucifying - a veritable baptism through fire. We cannot avoid these judgments taking place within us now - it is this very working out of our salvation, that qualifies us for the first resurrection to glory! The flesh CANNOT inherit the "kingdom!" And yet Christians by the millions sit and wait looking forward to a future event of Christ returning so he can magically touch them and change them from corruptible to incorruptible, making them holy over comers, without effort and suffering on their part. Now that is a fairytale! How wonderful - no effort at all, just sit and wait to be changed! For many, that is the very best sort of religion to follow. There are many religions that cater to this carnal religious spirit! But our God has different ideas...

"And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we SUFFER with him, that we may be also glorified together." (Rom 8:17) 


"For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to SUFFER  for his sake;" (Php 1:29) 

"For verily, when we were with you, we told you before that we should suffer tribulation; even as it came to pass, and ye know." (i Th 3:4)

"Which is a manifest token of the righteous judgment of God, that ye may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which ye also suffer: " (2 Th 1:5)

"If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us:" (2 Ti 2:12)

"Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.' (2 Ti 3:12) 

"For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God." (1 Pet 4:16)

"Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf." (1 Pet 4:16)

We don't need to tell you by now - suffering is how we are changed. Not because we are being punished for being evil, but dealing with the pressure of suffering, temptation and affliction is the method that God uses to bring change within our character - if we are willing to submit and obey. We can so easily miss the opportunity, like Israel in the wilderness, forced to repeat the same lessons again and again until we get it right! Paul knew the struggle that besets us all to well thus stating;

"For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not. For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do. Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me. For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin." (Rom 7:18 - 25)

So what does he want to change in us?

"I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your FLESH: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness." (Rom 6:19) 

"For when we were in the flesh, the motions of sins, which were by the law, did work in our members to bring forth fruit unto death." (Rom 7:5)

"I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin." (Rom 7:25)

"There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh
That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit." (Rom 8:1-5)

Now the flesh here doesn't mean your physical flesh, but your carnal nature. Flagellating yourself with a whip serves NO purpose - which in itself is a carnal or fleshly work! Oh dear!

"For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin." (Rom 7:14)

"Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be." (Rom 8:7)

This is profound indeed. Lets read that again.Your carnal nature is NOT subject to the law of God and has NO place in his Kingdom. If you are carnal, you can't just walk in. Something to think about huh? And know this. You can't overcome your carnal nature with just your will or determination. It is a part of you. 

"For the creature (CREATION) was made subject to vanity (MORAL DEPRAVITY), not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope" (Rom 8:20) 

So we were MADE fleshly, carnal. It is a part of us. We have no power over it! And just how does this affect us?

"Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God." (Gal 5:21)

If we stay in the flesh without dealing with the carnal nature then we don't inherit. Most churches these days won't teach these scriptures - but it's in the Word. And why suffer anyway - why the trials and temptations?
Because God has a plan for His elect! He wants a refined, purified people.

"The glory of this latter house shall be greater than of the former, saith the LORD of hosts: and in this place will I give peace, saith the LORD of hosts." (Hag 2:9)

The pattern that God uses is that He does away with the former to establish the latter. The first man failed, but God is looking for a man ( a many membered Son ) to overcome the temptation, to go through the testing, to die to the carnal nature, to put on Christ, to be refined in the fire where the dross is consumed - that he can rest his glory upon them. That could be you and me, if we submit and obey. There is no floating away (like the rapture) into the sky when things get tough! The path is very different indeed for the  true overcomer!

"Behold, I have refined thee, but not with silver; I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction." (Isa 48:10) 

"Take away the dross from the silver, and there shall come forth a vessel for the finer." (Pro 25:4)

The entire purpose for creation is to bring a people to maturity so that when their own carnal and fleshly desires are dealt with, they will receive the very character of Christ within them - imbued with the authority of God. The desire to create comes from our Father who wishes to procreate a people like unto himself. It is that simple!

You can't get that if you fly away. The furnace is where the purifying is done....you need heat, pressure and conflict and affliction - so we need to keep our hands to the plow. 

"The fining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold: but the LORD trieth the hearts." (Pro 17:3) 

Are you starting to get it now? As I have said before, there are no shortcuts. It's His way or the highway. WE need to say "yes and amen" - to submit in obedience.

It is our sincere hope at Remnant that you will put your hand to the plow and set your face forward, pray with understanding and say YES to his dealings. You were created to do so. That is your predestination....CHRIST IN YOU, YOUR HOPE OF GLORY!.

I know you can do it.



God bless from the team at Remnant.