Article based on a Sermon

Are We Qualifying?

by Jonathan Bowles

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In 'Mystery Of The Ages', in chapter six. In the chapter about the Mystery of the Church, under the section where it talks about why the Firstfruits are necessary, Mr Armstrong makes the comment regarding qualifying. And you'll hear he makes comments about the need to qualify in several places, both in his writings and also in his speech as well, particularly towards the end of his life, and he says here;

"Now why was it absolutely necessary for the Church to be called out of the world to receive salvation during this Church age, while the rest of the world was left in spiritual darkness and deception? Before Jesus could qualify to become our Saviour and future King, it was necessary for Him, as the second Adam, to do what the first Adam failed to do-to overcome Satan and chose the mind and government of God instead." That is what Christ had to illustrate. He says, "If the Church is to rule with and be under Him-if the Church is to be priests as well as kings, aiding, under Christ in saving the world, it is also necessary that those in the Church must also qualify by resisting and overcoming Satan."

"That will not be required of the overwhelming majority of others when the salvation comes to them. Salvation will not come to them until after Satan has been put away. So, you see, it was far from discriminating against the rest of the world, when Jesus said, "No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draws him" (John 6:44). It was necessary that the Church be called at a time when each member had to turn from, resist, and overcome Satan. Otherwise we of the Church could not qualify for the wonderful position of becoming kings and priests in the kingdom of God during the 1,000 years."

"This explains the WHY of the Church-it’s great purpose."

That is why we attend Church. That is why the Church is here. That is the purpose of it. What I want to do today, is go and ask a very simple question, and that is: are we qualifying? Are we qualifying? And to do so, I would like to look at a number of points in the area I want to look at.

1) Grace and Work. And notice I say grace and works because both are required, quite frankly.

2) Qualifying. Yes, but for what? Have we got that clearly in mind what we are qualifying for?

3) Overcoming Satan. Because that is clearly what Mr. Armstrong was talking about.

4)Submitting to God. Because that is also inexorably linked into this subject of the question, are we qualifying.

5) Being Doers of the Word. Being doers of the Word, being doers of the law, because that really is tied into the subject of, are we qualifying or not?

Grace and Works (Play from 02:54)

So let's follow this subject - the first point about grace and works. Turn to Ephesians, chapter two. As I say, Mr. Armstrong brings out this is a vital, vital part of why we are here. In fact it is why the Church is the Church. The Church is the Church to make sure we are qualifying, the same as our Elder Brother qualified for the position He will actually have, in the future. And it says here in Ephesians 2:1;

"And you hath he quickened, [that is made alive] who were dead in trespasses and sins; Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:" (Ephesians 2:1-2)

So we walked, we carried on, we went in the direction that Satan used to lead us, just the same as all the rest of the world being led by the nose. That even also goes for the people who actually grew up in the Church as well, because growing up in the Church, we were still imbibing that broadcast. It is still there. It says;

"Among whom also we all had our [conduct] in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others." (Ephesians 2:3)

That’s all. That is the entire - it talks in Revelation twelve about deceiving the whole world. That includes all within the Church, even the children within the Church. We all have been deceived by Satan.

"But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath [made us alive] together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:" (Ephesians 2:4-6)

So, with a heavenly perspective. We are looking forward to a heavenly office. Looking forward to a focus which is God centred, a heavenly focus.

"That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. For [it is] by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:" (Ephesians 2:7-8)

No matter how many works we go ahead and work, no matter what we do, we can’t force God to give us eternal life. We can’t force. We live a life, and we will die. To force God to give eternal life is just not an option. God has that to give, and therefore it is a free gift, a totally free gift. It is something that He gives to us without any works involved whatsoever, because as far as the works are concerned, the works are for the reward as we will come along and see later. But he says;

"...by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God [so salvation is the gift of God]: Not of works, lest any man should boast [it is not something that we have done that is righteous that forces God to give us this]. For we are his workmanship..." (Ephesians 2:8-10)

What in fact He is looking for, we can’t even work after conversion. We are His workmanship. He therefore, works within us.

"...created in Christ Jesus unto good works..." (Ephesians 2:10)

So good works are involved. As Mr Armstrong brings out in many places, whatever we do, whatever kind of life we lead, we will have works. Sometimes the works will be good and sometimes the works will be evil. We have works, whether it is evil or good. But as he says:

"...we are [therefore] his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works [so that being His workmanship the works therefore will be good], which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them." (Ephesians 2:10)

He lays down what the law is. He lays down what the way of life is, the mind set and the direction that we have to go. We can see over in Revelation 22, right at the very end of the book, right at the very end of the scripture, we find this one verse, in verse twelve it says:

"And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me [now this is almost like an insert statement, that He is saying to all of us within the Church, 'Right look,' Christ is saying, 'I come quickly and my reward is with me.' so if He comes, He brings His reward with Him], to give every man according as his work shall be." (Revelation 22:12)

As I say, some of the individuals will in fact have wrath. Because quite frankly, if they are going in a direction which is away from God and refuse to repent, then there is no more sacrifice for sin. But, it is also "...every man [notice] as his works shall be. (Revelation 22:12) The reward is therefore linked to that. We find it also over in Matthew, chapter 16, just a few scriptures now in understanding this subject of grace and works. The two go hand in glove. The two work together. Here in Matthew 16 verse 24 it says;

"Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it." (Matthew 16:24-25)

So in other words, we have got to have an approach which is God centred, which is totally centred on the truth that is going in that direction. Everything that we do, I mean, obviously we have got to go out to work. Because it says, six days shall you labour, and do your work, and then the seventh is the Sabbath to the Eternal your God. That is part of the fact where it says; "...whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it" (Matthew 16:25). Going out to work and working and being productive is part of that, of losing our lives to find it.

"For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? ..." (Matthew 16:26)

That is not just work, for works sake. That is work within the context of life to come. It is in the context of the family of God.

"For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works." (Matthew 16:26-27)

So, the reward is according to works. Yes, by grace you are saved through faith, and that is not through works. We are given salvation. We are given eternal life because God has that to give, and it is given to us. But then, having been given eternal life, we have then a responsibility. And there is a reason why we are given eternal life, and that is linked into the need to qualify. The need to qualify - how in fact we make use of this life today, that allows us to have the reward in the future and the position that we will hold in the future.

Turn over to II Timothy, chapter four. As I said before, whatever we do, if we are living we will have works. I mean, what are we going to do, sit on a bed and do absolutely nothing? Are we going to just sit and completely vegetate? Even if we sit and completely vegetate we are doing something. We are living. We are sitting and vegetating, and therefore we have works, and that is our works. Our works are the vegetation. And we can find the works either to be good or to be bad. And it says here in chapter four of II Timothy verse 14:

"Alexander the coppersmith did me much evil [here was an individual who did certain things, and he did evil to Paul]: the Lord reward him according to his works:" (II Timothy 4:14)

His works were evil. And Paul said, well, reward him according to his works, perhaps he will change. If he gets rewarded for his works in this life perhaps there will be a change in the future, who knows. But regardless, there will be a reward for the works that Alexander the coppersmith has, as far as Christ is concerned at His return.

There is another section here in II Timothy. Just before chapter four, chapter three, right in the very end. It talks to Timothy saying:

"But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived. But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All scripture is given by inspiration of God [it is God breathed, it is coming from a spiritual source, it is coming from a spiritual mind], and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: (II Timothy 3:13-16)

It is profitable. These words that we have here are profitable to give us all these things that Paul is mentioning here to Timothy. And it says:

"That the man of God may be perfect [or mature], thoroughly furnished unto all good works." (II Timothy 3:17)

So within these few verses we find one case of Alexander, the coppersmith, that is giving him much evil, and rewarded according to his works. On the other hand we see, there is in fact, a way of having good works, and those good works are tied in to the scriptures themselves. The scriptures define what is good, what is right, what is wrong, so that we can in fact learn of these things.

And as I say, obviously grace and works, it could take an entire sermon by itself quite easily. In fact, I contemplated on giving one on grace and works as an initial introduction, an introductory sermon. But there is enough on the website that you can go to, to read about that subject. And certainly, we can see here just between these few verses, the scriptures themselves define righteousness. They define what direction of life, it is that is righteous. It will allow us to be furnished to have all that we need, all that we require to be able to steer our life in the direction of the righteous kind of works.

What Do We Qualify For? (Play from 13:41)

So here is the second point and we asked the question; "OK, we qualify but what do we qualify for?" Now there is an article in the newspaper today. This is coming from the news review and comment section of the Daily Telegraph, regarding Pakistan, and what is going on in Pakistan at the present time. It says:

"Chaos and Pakistan go together. This country of a hundred and seventy million souls has plenty to go around. Take the floods which have killed at least one and a half thousand people; and displaced or affected some twelve million." That is these recent floods - twelve million people displaced! I mean we see it on the televisions. We see them wading through water up to their waists, and beyond, and it says; "Add an outbreak of bloody political violence in the port city of Karachi, then had the ongoing and much bloodier insurgency waged by the Pakistani Taliban in the tribal areas bordering Afghanistan, then you have a potent brew."

So we see these people wallowing in a certain country and going in a certain direction. Again, what have they got? Well, they have works and they are also living a certain life where all these various problems and trials and difficulties that cascade down on them. Another quote from this section, it says: "Mohammad Bahesh is one of the faceless millions. He said quote, 'Our cattle died and the cotton crop was destroyed,' he said, 'I have got calls on my mobile saying twenty to twenty five children from a family are stranded in the village, and are holding onto tree branches. Two of my children have drowned, and we don’t know where they are.'"

And he goes on describing what in fact is going on. And this is going on at this moment, as I talk, these things are going on. He goes on to the end and says.

"The Dari, with his wealth is at one end of the spectrum, Ghalib Raheim is on the other. Surveying the ruin in his home he said quote, 'Our whole life passed in difficulties. We have never seen prosperity. May Allah give us happiness in the life hereafter.'"

So what they are looking for is this life hereafter. They are looking to, eventually they will die and flee this mortal coil. They will flee the present unhappy state of life. And as Mr. Armstrong brought out, people in the west; they strive, they struggle, they try and gain, they try and grab more, and get everything for themselves. And you come to the end of this life, and even Solomon with all his wisdom, and all his wealth, and everything else, and he looked at what he had, and he had nothing. There is nothing there. In this physical life that everybody puts so much credence on, there is nothing actually there.

So what are we qualifying for? What is it that we within God’s Church are all about? What is it that we are qualifying for? Turn over to Isaiah 30. We read this quite often at the Feast. And undoubtedly we will be reading it at the Feast this year. In Isaiah thirty it says in verse one:

"Woe to the rebellious children, saith the [Eternal], that take counsel, but not of me [not of Me, in other words, they go ahead, they’ve got their own ideas, but it is not My idea]; and that cover with a covering, but not of my spirit, that they may add sin to sin:" (Isaiah 30:1)

In other words, they are going in a direction, and the direction is wrong. And this is talking to Israel, He is talking to physical Israel. Skip down to verse eight.

"Now go, write it before them in a table, and note it in a book, that it may be for the time to come for ever and ever:" (Isaiah 30:8)

In other words, what these words are, what he is going to talk about is something that is going to be eternal. These are eternal words. These are words that are going to go down through the centuries, down through the millennia, until right at the very end time.

"That this is a rebellious people, lying children, children that will not hear the law of the [Eternal]:" (Isaiah 30:9)

The Word 'law', 'torah', in Hebrew, doesn’t mean law the way we actually have it in the English language. The Word 'torah' means the way. It means the pointing. It is what you are aiming for. It is the pointing, what is defining the direction in which you need to go. They will not hear this direction in which they need to go of the Eternal. They have got their own way. It says here rebellious children, take council. It is not by me, it is going in a different direction. They are trying to gain what they want to gain, but they are going in this different direction.

"Which say to the seers, See not; and to the prophets, Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits: Get you out of the way, turn aside out of the path, cause the Holy One of Israel to cease from before us. Wherefore thus saith the Holy One of Israel, Because ye despise this Word, and trust in oppression and perverseness, and stay thereon: Therefore this iniquity shall be to you as a breach ready to fall, swelling out in a high wall, whose breaking cometh suddenly at an instant. And he shall break it as the breaking of the potters' vessel that is broken in pieces; he shall not spare: so that there shall not be found in the bursting of it a sherd to take fire from the hearth, or to take water withal out of the pit." (Isaiah 30:10-14)

You haven’t even got a piece of pottery left. It is like the world is so ruined, so totally fractured that there is almost nothing left to even be useful, or usable again afterwards. So that is in fact what is going to happen as far as Israel is concerned. But, verse 18:

"And therefore will the [Eternal] wait [He is going to allow time to go by and He is going to wait], that he may be gracious unto you, and therefore will he be exalted, that he may have mercy upon you: for the [Eternal] is a God of judgment: blessed are all they that wait for him [so all of Israel eventually is going to have mercy on them]. For the people shall dwell in Zion..." (Isaiah 30:18-19)

So often, Zion is the Church. Zion is regarded as the centre where the temple was, and therefore it is the centre where God’s Spirit is actually abiding in spiritual terms, and therefore it is the Church.

"...at Jerusalem: thou shalt weep no more: he will be very gracious unto thee at the voice of thy cry; when he shall hear it, he will answer thee. And though the Lord give you the bread of adversity, and the water of affliction, yet shall not thy teachers be removed into a corner any more, but thine eyes shall see thy teachers:" (Isaiah 30:19-20)

So where are these teachers coming from? They have got to be the resurrected Saints. This is Zion. This is the Church. So what are we qualifying for? To be those teachers, because these people have taken council before, but not by me. They have set their direction in life away from God. They are going in a direction which is causing misery, heartache and suffering. And at the end of their life, even if they amass an absolute fortune, they are going to have to leave it. And therefore, the whole thing is vanity of vanities which Mr. Armstrong brought out in The World Tomorrow. Solomon himself, with all that he had, had nothing. Like empty air going through his fingers. And here, the teachers however, will be there. It says in verse 21:

"And thine ears shall hear a Word behind thee, saying, This is the way..." (Isaiah 30:21)

Remember what I said about law. The Word law, the Word torah is pointing. This is the way, this is the direction in which to go. And what is needed are individuals who know what that direction is, because they themselves have been living it. That is the point, it is to teach practically the way of God, and therefore what you are looking at.

"...This is the way walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left." (Isaiah 30:21)

This is the focus as to what we are qualifying for. Are we ready to teach that way? Are we ready to be able to say to somebody, "Well this is the way, walk in it", when they turn right, when they turn left, at whatever the stage of their life is. In their marriage, in the way they look after their children, in the way that they work, in the way that they relax. And the whole gamut of experience of the human being. Can we teach that? Do we have our own life together sufficiently to be able to do that ourselves? Have we in fact, got a handle on things like health? Can we teach health? Because that is part of it - that is part and parcel of it. Every aspect of life is going to have to be there.

Turn over to Revelation 19. Christ said; "No man comes to me, except the Father that sent me draw him: and I will raise him [that individual, that has been drawn by the Father, that comes to Christ, and learns from Christ, I will raise him] up at the last day." (John 6:44) So here in Revelation 19, it says in verse 15:

"And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God." (Revelation 19:15)

So this is the returning Christ, and here He is ruling and governing and having put down all opposition. And in verse 1 of chapter 20;

"And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the [abyss] and a great chain in his hand. And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, And cast him into the [abyss], and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season." (Revelation 20:1-3)

So we are looking at an age that then begins, where the teachers will be saying, "...This is the way, walk...in it..." for a thousand years, with no Satan around.

"And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the Word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years [there are the teachers, there are the individuals, and it says here]. But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This [these are the teachers] is the first resurrection." (Revelation 20:4-5)

And "No man comes to me, except the Father that hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the the last day" (John 6:44). This is the first resurrection.

"Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power [Yes, that is true, but more to the point], but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years." (Revelation 20:6)

Being those teachers. Being the rulers, making the right kind of judgments. The question is, are we qualified to do that? Are we qualifying to administer that kind of judgment?

Turn over to 1 Corinthians 6. We read these things. We know these scriptures, but do we really have it sink in that every single day of every single second of our life, we are actually being judged? We are actually qualifying, whether good or bad, going in a certain direction. The question is, what direction are we going in? Because based on the direction, based on the works, we are going to be rewarded. We are either going to be useful, or we are going to be useless. Which direction are we going in? So I Corinthians 6:2.

"Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters [are you able to judge now, can you judge now, can you make accurate judgments at the present time]? Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life?" (I Corinthians 6:3)

The judgments that we make, the works that we do, what we are doing and the decisions that we make are being assessed.

"If then ye have judgments of things pertaining to this life, set them to judge who are least esteemed in the church. I speak to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you? no, not one that shall be able to judge between his brethren? But brother goeth to law with brother, and that before the unbelievers [and this was the problem within the Corinthian Church]. Now therefore there is utterly a fault among you, because ye go to law one with another. Why do ye not rather take wrong? why do ye not rather suffer yourselves to be defrauded?" (I Corinthians 6:4-7)

In other words, this should not be your main pointing of existence. The point of existence is not to make money. Therefore, you try and defraud somebody.

"Nay, ye do wrong, and defraud, and that your brethren. Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God [that should be the direction that is necessary]? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you: but ye are washed..." (I Corinthians 6:8-11)

This is the big difference. You are washed. Again, grace and works, it is both grace and works. The grace that the eternal life will be given if we continue as repentant, being washed by the blood of Christ. But, having done that, there are a certain amount of works that are necessary to be qualified to administer what God requires of us within the future coming Kingdom.

"...but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God." (I Corinthians 6:11)

So, when we look at this subject, and we look at whether we are qualified, we are qualified yes, but for what? Well, we are qualified, to be able to teach. To teach practically in the future. Consider, what does God tell us as parents? How do we actually teach our children? How are we supposed to teach our children? Well, we teach them as we get up, as we sit down, as we go out, as we come in. It is teaching them as we go through life. That was the requirement in Deuteronomy 6. Now, is it not exactly the same as far as God - God, as being The Parent, having given us that direction, would He not require us to understand that He is teaching us? As we sit down, as we get up, as we go out, as we come in, as we go to work, as we relax, as we live with our wife, or our husband, as we look after our children. All things in life, this is required.

So, the actual teaching in the future, there will be a Word behind you, saying this is the way, when you turn left, when you turn right, when you go out, when you come in. It is every single aspect of life. That is the teaching. That is what we then have to do. We first of all have got to learn. We have got to learn ourselves within this particular age, pushing against Satan, pushing against an attitude of mind that is in the world, that the people in the future are not going to have. And yet it is a practical way, it is a direction of life, it is the living of life which is practical. Which is actually as we are doing - as we are living. Whether we are working, cooking, making various decisions, or dealing with the children. It is a living, active, practical existence. And it is qualifying us for teaching that in the future, which will transform the world from the present evil world, evil age, into a utopia. That is the key. It is when the entire earth is living that way. The entire earth will be changed, will become a utopia. That is the purpose of life. That is the purpose of being in the Church. That is what qualifying is all about.

Overcoming Satan (Play from 30:27)

If we turn back to Matthew 4, and read this titanic struggle that Mr. Armstrong keeps on referring back to regarding Christ Himself, the One that has gone before us, the First of the Firstfruits. We see here where He confronted Satan and He qualified. He overcame Satan. As it says in verse 1:

"Then was Jesus led up of the spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred. And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread." (Matthew 4:1-3)

Now why? People have kind of poured scorn on that, "Oh Christ didn’t have to qualify - what a load of rubbish." OK, why go to this trouble? Why expose Him to Satan? Why even have this confrontation between the two of them? If He wasn’t qualifying, what is it? Then, there is generally silence. Because that is what it was. It was a qualifying. It is the fact that He is going to replace Satan. The government of God is going to be under Jesus Christ. It is not going to be under Satan. And what Christ did in doing this, in qualifying, was to show us, ourselves, how we also have got to qualify against Satan. We have got to make sure that our lives are structured in a certain way.

And notice what is said; "And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God..." You call yourself righteous? You call yourself the Son of God? You can imagine the kind of conversation. Isn’t that the conversation with us? You call yourself a son of God, and you are doing that? Isn’t that the kind of thing that also happens? "...If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread" (Matthew 4:3). Go ahead and do this, because you know, you can, go ahead and eat and have something that you want.

"But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every Word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God." (Matthew 4:4)

In other words, it is not a case of me going ahead and assuaging my hunger. But in fact what is more important is that we live by every Word that proceeds out of the mouth of God. I don’t obey you, I obey God. That is the key. You don’t obey a Satanic spirit, a mind that is only concerned about something which is selfish. You obey God. You put yourself under the government of God, and that is the way in which that is countered.

"Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple, And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written [he can quote scripture, he can quote scripture out of context], He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone." (Matthew 4:5-6)

So you are safe, you’re ok - try it, do it. Show how great you are?

"Jesus said unto him, It is written again [you don't put the Eternal your God to trial - to the test]." (Matthew 6:7)

You don’t do that just for your own benefit, for your own personal gain, for your own personal aggrandizement and vanity.

"Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them [and all that is in Pakistan at the moment, and the problems also as well, the fact that He could actually do something about these things]; And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me." (Matthew 4:8-9)

In Luke it talks about, "...because it has been given into my hands, and it is to whomsoever I give it." (Luke 4:6 paraphrased) And that was true, Satan has that in his hand. He could have given it to Christ, and allowed Him to be the Messiah, under Satan, giving relief to all these people that are going through this hell on earth. This mortal trial they have to go through every day.

"Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the [Eternal] thy God, and him only shalt thou serve." (Matthew 4:10)

In other words, the government does not go down through you, it goes down from God Himself. And the government as far as the world is concerned is under his control, but for a brief period of time. This individual is remaining under God’s control. A different kingdom, and it is the Kingdom of God in embryo. As far as the Church is concerned, and the Church is that Kingdom of God in embryo, underneath God, underneath God’s direction, underneath a different mind set. So overcoming Satan is overcoming that Satanic mind set. Overcoming a mind set that is self centred, which is incoming. He went on then in verse 17:

"From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." (Matthew 4:17)

In other words, it started. The actual beginning stages were being laid down that would lead eventually to the very establishment of the Kingdom of God. The Kingdom that was coming from heaven. It is not the Kingdom in Heaven, it is the Kingdom of Heaven. That Kingdom shall come from heaven, from God’s perspective in life with God’s perspective of doing things, God’s ways and laws and commandments. And teachers that have been trained within the Church of God, that will be ready, and fit, and qualified to teach that way. And that is what this entire section is all about. Yet we need to be ready to teach that. Turn over to Ephesians 6. We have a battle. Just as Christ had a battle with Satan, and we also have our battle with Satan as well. (Ephesians 6:10)

"Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might." (Ephesians 6:10)

Get the power sorted out first. Make sure that we know where our source of strength is. It is not in our might. If we try and take on Satan with our might we will fail. It is as simple as that.

"Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil [it is not our armour, it is God’s armour and we therefore put that on]. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood..." (Ephesians 6:11-12)

The influence goes through flesh and blood, much of the persecution, much of the problems that we have in life will come from flesh and blood, but that is not what we are wrestling with. That is not the primary problem. We don't wrestle against flesh and blood;

"...but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand [to stand certainly as Christ returns in the end]. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth [get truth, as far as your loins are concerned], and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace [I have dealt with this, you can go back and listen to the sermons I gave in the series]; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked [or the wicked one]. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God:" (Ephesians 6:12-17)

Again you see Christ using that Word to defeat Satan. And the sword of that Spirit, the Spirit that is given to us. To overcome Satan we have got to have the Word of God there. That is the sword of the Spirit. The Spirit that can then use to counter the things that may be thrown at us.

"Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching..." (Ephesians 6:18)

In other words, being careful and making sure. That if there is an area that we need to work hard at, that’s the area, it is the area of prayer. Making sure we allow enough time for prayer. And if we are working full time, then that will be a problem. If we are working full time, it will be a problem, to get up in the morning, to get on our knees and spend sufficient time. But without that, as it says; "Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might" (Ephesians 6:10). Without that, we are going to fail. We can’t take it. What did Christ do? He prayed and fasted for forty days and forty nights before His contest. So it says here:

"Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching [being careful, being diligent] thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;" (Ephesians 6:18)

This is absolutely vital. This overcoming of Satan, and not just Satan himself, it is Satan’s mind set. Turn over to Revelation 2. It is the mind set that is involved. It is the mind set within other people, and overcoming that, and recognizing, and making allowances for people because they are under that influence. We can’t go ahead and expect a carnal individual to behave in a converted way. It just doesn’t work that way. And having understood that, we therefore make allowances that people will actually act in a carnal manner. But it is also in ourselves as well. That we put ourselves under the government and direction of God and the Word of God, and the Way and the Spirit and Mind of God, and not under the Satanic mind set which the entire earth is going down at this present time. And here in Revelation 2:26:

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

So these individuals are going to be kings and priests. These individuals who are going to have that Word behind; these individuals in the future saying this is the way when they turn right, and when they turn left. They are going to have to have overcome. He that overcomes and keeps my works to the end, to him will I give power over the nations.

"And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father." (Revelation 2:27)

This I believe is Thyatira. They were under intense persecution and yet they are going to be given direction over the nations to rule them. In chapter 3, verse 21, to Laodicea, it says;

"To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne." (Revelation 3:21)

So here you see Christ overcoming Satan, overcoming, and therefore being granted to sit down with my Father in His throne. That is where He is at the moment, waiting until His enemies remain His footstool, according to Psalm 110. If you turn over a couple of pages to Revelation 12, we see again this overcoming that is necessary. The overcoming of Satan himself.

"And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ [in other words, we are just about to go into the end time events. This was an inset chapter detailing the Church, and that Church, notice what has happened, it says]: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the Word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death." (Revelation 12:9-11)

They focused on the right things. Their focus was on the spiritual areas of their lives. And they overcame him by that blood of the Lamb. So that is true of both themselves, with the blood of Christ applied to their own sins, and also other people as well. The blood of Christ applies for their sins also.

Submitting to God (Play from 43:07)

In submitting to God, you don’t just overcome Satan. Turn over to Romans 8. We find here, when we ask ourselves, “Are we overcoming?” It is not just overcoming Satan, and his attitude of mind, but it is then turning from that attitude of mind, and turning to and putting ourselves under the submission of God. Putting ourselves under the ways of God, and therefore when we ask if we are overcoming, and ask if we are qualifying, if we are in fact qualifying to rule in the future? It is the submission to God that is also involved. Romans 8:9 it says;

"But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin..." (Romans 8:9-10)

That’s Adam’s sin, that is. The body is dead, we are going to die. As in Adam all die, so in Christ, all will be made alive. Same all, but each in their own order as it says in 1 Corinthians 15, and it says:

"And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin [because Adam sinned the body is going to die]; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you." (Romans 8:10-11)

So this we are looking for. We are looking to eventually have that resurrection from the dead.

"Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh [Not the same way as the rest of the world is living under the direction of the Satanic spirit, the Satanic mind, a selfish mind]. For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit [put to death] the deeds of the body, ye shall live." (Romans 8:12-13)

The natural carnal direction of life that you find in the normal human being these days, these days, and any days from the time of Adam on down.

"For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are [these individuals, they are] the sons of God." (Romans 8:14)

So it is not just overcoming Satan. It is submitting to God. It is being led by that Spirit of God, going in the direction of the mind of God, being led by that mind.

"For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption [It says adoption, but it literally means 'sonship' in the Greek. You received the spirit of sonship], whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:" (Romans 8:15-16)

We are going in this totally different direction. When I say going in the direction, I am talking about a practical thing. When you get up, when you sit down, when you go out, when you come in. In every single area of life, it is that practicality that has got to be there so that we are then trained. We are qualifying to teach that practicality in the future. That is what it’s all about.

"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." (Romans 8:17)

We go through this life and things are not going to go always smoothly. Things are going to be anything but smooth in many cases - in all cases! It is through much tribulation that we will enter the Kingdom of God. That is the only way forward, but it is there for a purpose. It has been allowed for a purpose.

"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." (Romans 8:18)

We are qualifying through that suffering. We are qualifying by handling that suffering in the right way. We don’t always do it properly. We get angry, we get frustrated, we wonder why these things are happening. then if we go to God in prayer, if we go and put our trust in Him, He will not let us down.

"For...the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.For the earnest expectation of the [creation] waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God." (Romans 8:18-19)

It is waiting for people to be qualified, to assume those roles of government, and to administer the government of God. That will then be contrasted with the government of Satan. So that when people eventually come up in the future, in the Great White Throne Judgment, they will see this incredible contrast, of a utopia that has been produced by a change in thinking.

"For the [creation] was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope [God allowed it, God allows this creation to be chewing on each other, so that we can understand it], Because the [creation] itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. 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." (Romans 8:20-23)

We are waiting for that. We are also groaning. We are also going through this process. It is overcoming Satan, but it is also submitting ourselves to God. Those that are led by the Spirit of God are the sons of God.

Turn over to Matthew 25. Because when we are looking at qualifying, we are looking at qualifying for what? Well, it is to be teachers in the future. For those, the actual responsibility is going to be dependent on certain things. Here in Matthew 25 there is a principle that is brought out in verse 14;

"For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods. And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his [different] ability..." (Matthew 25:14-15)

So they all had a different amount of ability, and therefore according to their abilities the things were then given to them. And they had a different amount that was given. What has been given to me as an AC graduate, and my wife as an AC graduate, is different from somebody else. Therefore, more is required. And he goes on to say:

"Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same [he worked, that’s what he did. He went out and traded, He worked. That is literally what the Word means in Greek], and made them other five talents [he doubled it]. And likewise he that had received two, [he also worked.] he also gained other two [he doubled it]. But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord's money. After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them. And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more." (Matthew 25:16-20)

Through what? Through working. Through a life. He had qualified. As we go on we will see how that is actually done. How that is accomplished.

"His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them [He gave him exactly the same reply]. His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord." (Matthew 25:21-23)

Exactly the same reward. The reward was identical between the two because they doubled what they had. It is proportional to what had actually been given to them. But:

"Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed: And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, [you have got what is yours]." (Matthew 25:24-25)

Now the thing is, remember what I said at the beginning. Remember what we said about the coppersmith. He basically had bad works. You have either good works or bad.

"His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant [it wasn’t just that he hadn’t worked and developed what had been given, but he had wickedness there as well], thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed: Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, ...I should have received mine own with usury. Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents. For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath. And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth." (Matthew 25:26-30)

So, as I say, it is either good or it’s bad. The works that we have are either good or bad. If you are going down a bad direction, where is that coming from. What spirit is that coming from? Is it coming from the Spirit of God? Is that possible that the Spirit of God would give a bad result? No it isn’t. So you are still under Satan’s government. You are still going down Satan’s government. Satan’s government will not exist in the World Tomorrow. It has no place in the World Tomorrow. It cannot be there. Turn over to Luke 19. This is the parable of the talents. We will look at the one on the pounds.

"And as they heard [verse 11] these things, he added and spake a parable, because he was nigh to Jerusalem, and because they thought that the kingdom of God should immediately appear. He said therefore, A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return. And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy [or use, or trade, again it has to do with trade. It is to occupy, to use] till I come [it is to work, in other words]. But his citizens hated him, and sent a message after him, saying, We will not have this man to reign over us. And it came to pass, that when he was returned, having received the kingdom, then he commanded these servants to be called unto him, to whom he had given the money, that he might know how much every man had gained...Then came the first, saying, Lord, thy pound hath gained ten pounds. And he said unto him, Well, thou good servant: because thou hast been faithful in a very little, have thou authority over ten cities. And the second came, saying, Lord, thy pound hath gained five pounds. And he said likewise to him, Be thou also over five cities." (Luke 19:11-19)

The same thing occurred, but in this case it is showing that the actual reward is proportional. It is actually proportional to what is being done in each case. How do people grow? How do people overcome? How do people qualify? Are they fully qualified to be able to teach? Can they teach in the greatest way possible? The more you are able to teach, the more you overcome, the more you grow in grace and knowledge having that same mind and character of God, and are able to teach that and express that, then the reward becomes greater.

Again, the individual who had only one, that did nothing. The same thing occurred as far as he was concerned. He lost what he had.

Being Doers of the Word (Play from 55:06)

Turn over to James 1. When you are looking at qualifying, it is a case of doing, of actually being doers of the Word. It says here in James 1:18:

"Of his own will begat he us with the Word of truth..." (James 1:18)

So that Word of truth, which is the sword of the Spirit. The sword the Spirit can use has been given to each and every one of us. We can open this Book. We can understand this Book. We can understand what this Book is telling us about what? About The Way. What are we supposed to be teaching? This is the Way, walk in it, when somebody turns right, when somebody turns left. Why? Because we have then been living this Way ourselves. We know how to apply these words into life. That is the key. That is the important area that everyone of us has got to make sure that we are doers of the Word. Verse 18;

"Of his own will begat he us with the Word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures." (James 1:18)

And it is the picture of Pentecost, and the Day of Firstfruits. It certainly points to that.

"Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:" (James 1:19)

Listen to what God is actually teaching us. Go to God in prayer. Ask Him for the extra help regarding the Spirit of God. Ask Him for the wisdom that is necessary. It talks about going in faith to ask for wisdom when we are in trials and problems.

"For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God [it is the righteousness of God that is needed]. Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and [overflowing with evil], and receive with meekness the [implanted] Word, which is able to save your souls [I've inserted certain words into the King James there that are more appropriate]. But be ye doers of the Word..." (James 1:20-22)

So the Word, is this Word - He begat us with the Word of truth, that sword of the Spirit, the one that Christ used against Satan to overcome Satan. We have got to be doers of that Word.

"But be ye doers of the Word and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. For if any be a hearer of the Word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass:" (James 1:22-23)

Because we can come to this Word and see what the direction results in. Going in a certain direction, results in a certain type of individual.

"...beholding his natural face in a glass: For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty [for it is a law of liberty that gives us the reflection that comes back as to what the direction is that we need to go], and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work [being a doer of that Word, the work, overcoming, qualifying, applying this Word], this man shall be blessed in his deed." (James 1:23-25)

So, let’s have a look at Exodus 20. Let’s have a look at one crucial area. I gave a whole series of sermons on this. Let’s just apply Exodus 20, and go through one by one, about doers of the Word. Put a marker in there. But here in Exodus 20, the ten commandments, we can go through point by point trying to recapture the true values. Trying to recapture what is the direction of our life as we get up, as we sit down, as we go out, as we come in, as we train our children, as we live our life and work, as we deal with out wives, and our husbands, every single aspect of our life. The Word 'commandments' by the way, is not a correct translation, it literally means 'ten words'. And quite frankly, that is what it is, it’s ten phrases that define the law. And again, the Word 'law' is not an accurate translation either. It is the 'torah', The Way, the mind set, the thinking, the expression of the very mind of God. These ten phrases do that in human terms.

"And God spake all these words, saying, I am the [Eternal] thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. Thou shalt have no other gods before me." (Exodus 20:1-3)

That is the first one. I want you to notice, what are we going to be teaching in the future? Well, you don’t have any other gods before the true God. In other words, you recognize that you have come out of Egypt. You are coming out from underneath the Satanic rule. You are now putting yourself in a different position under a different rulership. And this rulership is under the true God, and there is not to be anything that goes over that rulership. Nothing therefore allows you to go down this route, which is a Satanic route. That is what we are going to be teaching. We will be teaching the need to come out of the mind set, it will be changed from a Satanic mind set - an Egyptian mind set. To a mind set that places themselves under God. You shall have no other gods, no other Elohim, no other Mighty One before the true God.

"Thou shalt not make unto thee [verse four] any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the [Eternal] thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments." (Exodus 20:4-6)

So here again, bowing down to idols. I brought out in the series of sermons I gave, it is a limiting of God. Because these people actually - the golden calf, they said, "Behold your gods that took you out of Egypt, brought you out of Egypt." No that is not true, you don’t limit the Individual. In fact what we need is a relationship with this Individual. So we are going to be teaching in the future about the relationship we have with this Individual, God, this Being. Encouraging other people to pray. How can we do that if we don’t pray ourselves? How can we have a relationship and encourage people to have a relationship with God if we don’t have a relationship ourselves? It is absolutely vital. Going through just these few verses, starts to show us about doers of the Word. And the doers of the Word then qualify to help others apply that Word in the World Tomorrow. And in applying that Word in the World Tomorrow, it is going to transform the entire earth into a utopia. That is the reason why we have been called into the Church.

"Thou shalt not take the name of the [Eternal] thy God in vain; for the [Eternal] will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain." (Exodus 20:7)

Now this, remember, what is this name? And it is our Father’s name. It is their Father’s name. We will be teaching this. This is the Way, walk in it, when you go right, when you go left. And you don’t take this name of the Godhead in vain. You make sure that our Father’s name is Holy, which it is, because that is your Father. Do we, by our actions, do we take His name in vain? By what we say, do we? How can we teach it if we are not doing it ourselves?

"Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the [Eternal] thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days the [Eternal] made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the [Eternal] blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it." (Exodus 20:8-11)

Do we keep the Sabbath holy? Are we able to therefore teach how it is to be a delight? Do we keep it as a delight ourselves? If we can’t make the Sabbath a delight ourselves, how on earth are we going to make the Sabbath a delight for the people in the future? This is what it means about being doers of the Word. We are doers of the Word, we are qualifying to be able to teach that same Word in the future. It is when you go down the Word and actually see something, such as going down the ten commandments.

Another area as far as the Sabbath is concerned. It doesn’t just say, rest on the Sabbath day. It says six days shall you labour. How do we work? This utopia is going to have to be built. It is going to be built by human beings, preparing the earth ready for the Great White Throne Judgment. And these people are going to have to work, and work hard. How can we teach these people to work, and work hard if we don’t do it ourselves? If we are lazy?

So again, doers of the Word, qualifying, there is a great deal more to it. Yet this work, the accomplishment that is necessary - remember what Mr. Armstrong was bringing out in Ecclesiastes. Ecclesiastes, you actually gain your happiness from the work. That is brought out in Ecclesiastes. Again, are we gaining that? Do we look upon work as pure drudgery, or have we understood that? Have we learnt how to do that? Have we learned how to have that accomplishment as it brings out in Ecclesiastes? Are we applying that so we can teach? It is not just doing it and applying it, it is so that we can teach. We are qualifying to teach in the future.

"Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the [Eternal] thy God giveth thee." (Exodus 20:12)

Do we do that? Can we teach them, that they need to listen to the wisdom of the parents? And do we count the words as something that is weighty? Are we doing that ourselves? How can we expect our own children to respect us, if we then don’t show that same respect to our own parents, even when they are infirm? We have still got to make sure that, that is there. If we don’t go ahead and have the respect now, how can we teach the respect in the future? It is difficult, it is very difficult. My mother died of Alzheimer’s. How do you have respect for that? You do the best you can in the circumstances you find yourself in. You still have to have got to have respect. There still has to be a dignity there. If we cannot do that, how can we teach it in the future?

"Thou shalt not kill." (Exodus 20:13)

It is not enough to just not kill somebody. As Christ brought out, you don’t even hate your enemy. Keep your mark in there and turn over to Leviticus 19:15;

"Ye shall do no unrighteousness in judgment: thou shalt not respect the person of the poor, nor honour the person of the mighty: but in righteousness shalt thou judge thy neighbour. Thou shalt not go up and down as a talebearer among thy people: neither shalt thou stand against the blood of thy neighbour: I am the [Eternal]. Thou shalt not hate thy brother in thine heart: thou shalt in any wise rebuke thy neighbour, and not suffer sin upon him. Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am the [Eternal]." (Leviticus 19:15-18)

Are we talebearers? This is all in that same section of scripture. It is not enough just to not kill somebody. Do we stab people in the back verbally? Do we still do that, the way the world does it? If we do we have got to stop it. Because it is a case of qualifying, it is a case of overcoming. It is those that overcome that will be qualified to then teach in the future how to - not just not kill somebody, but to love your neighbour as yourself. Again, this parable of the good Samaritan. Do we pass by on the other side? Do we pass by on the other side, and in a sense, kill somebody? As I brought out in the Update yesterday, this actually happens literally. These people passed by on the other side and the guy died that had been knifed. He died because they did not show love to their neighbour. Can we teach the right way? If we plan to teach the right way, we have got to make sure that we are living the right way as well.

"Thou shalt not commit adultery." (Exodus 20:14)

Again, fidelity is absolutely vital. Yes, and it is fidelity not just literally, it is in the mind as well. But it is more than that. It is a loving of a husband and wife. Do we love our husbands? Do we love our wives? Are we applying the things that Paul gave as far as wives and husbands are concerned. The fact the wife must obey your husband. Husband’s love your wives, as Christ loved the Church and gave Himself for it. Wives respect their husbands the way the Church respects Christ, and is obedient to Christ. So we work as a team, working together as a team as far as the children are concerned.

"Thou shalt not steal." (Exodus 20:15)

OK, put in your notes, I don’t have time to turn there, Ephesians 4. You will find that it is not enough just to stop stealing. Just stopping stealing is a thief on a holiday. That basically is all it is. If we are going to stop stealing properly, we work. We apply the other areas, the Sabbath day and we work. We work for a reason. We work to give, so that we give, so that we have something to give. And therefore it is not enough just not to steal. It is the attitude and frame of mind. Are we learning that now? Are we qualifying? Are we overcoming in that area, so that we can in fact teach in the future? This is all part of it. It is a frame of mind that is necessary.

"Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour." (Exodus 20:16)

You shouldn’t lie. Again, over in Ephesians 4, it talks about because we are members one of another we recognize the problems, the devastation of the lies. We speak to give to allow the people to hear what we have to say, to be of benefit by what we have to say. Not to lie, not to pull the wool down over their eyes. Now that is going to have to be a prerequisite in the World Tomorrow. We are going to have to teach it in the World Tomorrow. Do we live it that way now? Are we constantly shading the truth, shading the ways in which we put things across? Are we constantly speaking, yes, but for our own benefit? Not for the benefit of the one you are speaking to.

Again, doers of the Word, when you start to analyze it, when you start to expand on these things, it starts to become more and more and more. It is as you sit down, as you go out, as you pick up the phone, as you speak through that phone, everything, every aspect of life. Finally it says;

"Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour's." (Exodus 20:17)

His car or whatever, you shouldn't go ahead and covet. Turn over to Deuteronomy 6, final scripture. As I said before, God tells us how to teach our children. God is our Father. We get on our knees and pray Our Father, every single day. We should do, and we should address Him as our Father. He will teach us, and He will be teaching us in exactly the same way as He tells us to teach our children. And here in Deuteronomy 6:4 it says;

"Hear, ...O Israel: The [Eternal] our God is one [Eternal]: And thou shalt love the [Eternal] thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. (Deuteronomy 6:4-5)

That is the first commandment. As Christ said when He was asked what is the great commandment of the law. That is it. The other is like unto it, and you love your neighbour as yourself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. The whole thing. All that we need to be doing it hangs, and this is the first one.

"And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:" (Deuteronomy 6:6)

It is not enough to just have these ten phrases, just that we know. But it is a case that they have to be actively doers of the Word, ready to teach the Word ourselves.

"And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children [and this is how], and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes. And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates. And it shall be, when the [Eternal] thy God shall have brought thee into the land which he sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and [so on, that you don’t forget these words]..." (Deuteronomy 6:6-10)

We have got to also be doers of the Word. We have got to be qualifying. We don’t go ahead and through works, gain eternal life. That is an anathema. It is not the Way of God. It is not what the Bible teaches. We do not through our own works, our own righteousness though working ever so hard, gain eternal life. Eternal life is a gift, pure and simple. It is something that God gives to each and every one of us, but it is given for a purpose. That purpose is so that we can be the teachers of the future.

To be those teachers, we have got to be qualifying. We have got to have the qualities, the character of God. The Word of God defines those qualities. Defines the character, the application of the Spirit of God to those words and helps us to understand the direction that is there.

So we do need to continually ask ourself, are we, are you, am I qualifying?