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133 He gave them power against unclean spirits. They went out. He put their names in the Lamb's Book of Life. And He sent them out (Matthew 10) and gave them power over unclean spirits, cast out evil spirits, and do works, and so forth. And they come back rejoicing, said, "Even the devils is subject to us." He said, "Don't rejoice because the devils is subject unto you, but rejoice because your name's in the Book." And Judas was with them. See how close he can come, right on up through justification, move right on into sanctification, but where did he show his light? Where did he show himself? Before Pentecost he showed his colors.
234 Watch, that spirit will be just as pious and just as sanctimonious as it can be, until it comes to the Holy Ghost, and they'll cut it off right there; that's that spirit, can't you see it moving up, the antichrist? And Jesus said "they'd be so close together in the last days it would deceive the very Elected if possible." But remember, it's just the elected that will see it. God calls by election. He'll... Aren't you happy that you're one of them? Aren't you people here tonight, knowing that something in your heart tugging, "I want that Holy Spirit. I want you, Lord, in my heart"? That's because God put your name on the Lamb's Book of Life before the foundation of the world. He said that. "No man can come to Me," said Jesus, "except My Father has drawed him first. And all that comes to Me, I'll give them Eternal Life." What is Eternal Life? The Holy Spirit, Eternal Life. Take that word and run it in the Greek, and it said "Zoe"; Zoe is the Holy Spirit. "All that the Father's given Me will come to Me. And all that comes to Me, I'll give him the Holy Ghost, and I'll raise him up at the last day. I will do it," He said. Not no "if" and "ands" about it, "I will." All that comes... And I'll give Eternal Life. He will have to raise, 'cause he's got Eternal Life. He has to come. Can't die no more than God can die...
335 Oh, my dear friends from around this country and in this little city, if I could only with my human voice place into your heart the importance of receiving the baptism of the Holy Ghost, it would be the most wonderful revelation that you ever had in your life to see what... you must do it. Let me make that clear about you're not converted. Peter had been saved; he believed on the Lord, followed Him. Jesus told him who he was, had him to follow Him. He gave him power against unclean spirits and sanctified him. But after all of that... And become the chief spokesman of the group, as the Catholics would want to call it, the bishop of the church, or the pope, or whatever it was, the head man of the church. Yet Jesus said the night of His betrayal, "Lovest thou Me, Peter?"
And he said, "Lord, You know I love You." He said, "Feed My sheep." He said that three times. And Peter said, "You know I love You," said, "I'll go with You to the end, and I'll go with You to the death," and so forth. He said, "Before the cock has crowed three times, before the cock crows, you'll have denied Me three times." He said, "But, Peter, I've prayed for you." Listen. That's not all of it. "I have prayed for you, and after you are converted, then strengthen your brethren." After you are converted... He had shouted; he had probably danced in the Spirit; he had done all kind of things, but he hadn't received the Holy Ghost yet. "After you are converted, then strengthen your brethren." That's true. Carry out His plan.
4Now, I would like to just summarize what we just read. Brother Branham using pater as his example he says, You can be justified, saved, and even living a sanctified life, but that does not even mean you are converted yet.
5You can be aware that the Shout of the King is in the camp, you can live in the Presence of God, you could see God work in His great supernatural ways, and even be aware of His Parousia Presence, and that still doesn't make you converted yet.
8Therefore, it is not about what doctrine you believe, nor is it about your witnessing miracles, and healing, or even about how many prayers you offered up to God and how many healings came as a result to your prayers, that still does not make you converted.
9There is only one thing therefore that you can do, and that is to die to yourself and all that you are. Die, die, die, to yourself and then if God chooses to raise you up and place his Spirit in you, you will be converted.
11Therefore what brother Branham is illustrating through looking at the life of Peter, is although, he had lived with Jesus for over three years, and had been saved, and was living a sanctified life, filled with power to heal, and lay hands on the sick, and to walk on water and see many mighty miracles, yet Peter still was still not converted and therefore was able to backslide and renounce his friendship with Jesus just as easy as anyone else, because he still was not converted.
12Then the conversion is the most important thing we could have in our life, more than miracle working power, more than the ability to understand all the doctrines of Presence and Godhead, and sonship etc.
15And therefore as we read in 2 Timothy 1:9 It is God "Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,
16Romans 9:16 So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy.
And again we read in John 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
17We see from these quote that Brother Branham is showing us that when a person is born again something enters into that person, the very Life of God comes into them and they begin to see what others can not see. In John 1:12 we are told, But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
18Now, the word power was translated from the Greek word Exousia which means "an ability, power or ability to become or manifest oneself" And we see what that manifestationis to entail. We are to come into manifestation as Sons of God. This does not read "as many as received him to them gave he the ability to change from what they are now to what they would like to be." But it reads, "as many as were of such a nature as to be able to receive Him and hold onto Him who is the Word, the same gave He an innate ability or authority to exercise what they were ordained to be, and that is sons of God."
19That is why this same apostle later wrote, "Beloved, You are already sons but you just don't see it manifested in yourselves that you are sons, but when He shall Appear, then you will see Him as He truly is, and when you see Him as He truly is, then you too will manifest what you truly are."
21Romans 8:29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. 30 Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified. 31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?
22Now, how can you be conformed to the image of Christ if you were not ordained to it in the first place. A knot on a tree could never understand what it means to be free or to walk around and live an active life. He is stuck in the tree by his very nature.
23Return and Jubilee 62-1122 P:39 Before I could act as a human, before I could walk like a human, before I could talk like a human, I have to be borned a human. How would a knot on a tree know how I acted? How could he ever say, "I don't act like that." The only way he could be that would be to be born like me. That's the way organization is dead, drawed people away, because it went after a creed. But in order to be a son of God you've got to be borned of the Spirit of God, then you become Christ-like and do the works of Christ; then you're not funny to them people. A human acting like a human's not funny. And a Christian acting like a Christian, borned of the same Spirit...
24And neither can one who was never in the mind of Christ, nor can any who were never predestined to be conformed to the image of the first born son, know what it means to be a son of God in the image of the first born son.
25John 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: 13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
27And your part is very, very simple. all you have to do is just die to your own self, and let Christ come in and live your life for you. And brother Branham illustrates peter to show you that no matter what your circumstances are, you must be converted, and changed.
29P. 36 Now, let me finish reading John 14:12. Now, in the 14th chapter and 12th verse Jesus said, "Verily, verily, I say unto you, he that believeth (and you cannot believe...) believeth on Me..." You can believe unto Him. How many understands that, say, "Amen." [Congregation says, "Amen."--Ed.]You remember in Acts 19 (I hate to stop this here, but I just have to say it as it comes to me.), in Acts the 19th chapter when this Baptist preacher, which was a lawyer and was converted... And he was preaching and getting people saved, and they had great joy, just rejoicing and shouting, having a meeting (Acts 18). Aquila and Priscilla... (We referred to it last evening.) And they had went to see him. And they knowed he was a great man, and he was a student. And he was proving by the Bible that Jesus was the Son of God, only knowing the baptism of John; he didn't know the baptism of the Holy Ghost yet. So he said... Aquila and Priscilla, that husband and wife, little tent makers (which Paul was a tent maker too), and they'd received the Holy Ghost under Paul's teaching; they said, "We've got a little brother that's coming up here. Let him talk to us a little bit about it." And when Paul came up and heard him preach, knowed he was a great man, he said, "Have you received the Holy Ghost since you have believed?" They said, "We know not whether there be any Holy Ghost." He said, "Then to what (or the real Greek word there is to how) was you baptized?" They said, "We have been baptized already by John the Baptist." Now, watch what Paul said. Paul said that "John verily baptized unto repentance, not for remission of sins, but unto repentance," Saying... That's what you believe when you accept Christ as your personal Saviour, you're believing unto the baptism of the Holy Ghost. That is not the baptism of the Holy Ghost, my dear Baptist brethren. It is wrong.
34Philippians 3:10 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; And when you know the power of His resurrection, it is because you have experienced it firsthand.
And notice he said. after knowing Him in the power of His resurrection, he said, being made conformable unto his death. There's your key right their to understanding your conversion, and whether it has genuinely taken place or not.
35Have you been made conformable unto His death? Have you entered into "the fellowship of his sufferings,". Now, remember fellowship is defined by brother Branham and br. Bosworth as "two fellows in one ship." Everything that happens to one happens to the other. You share life in that ship together, equally. The same rain that falls on one falls on the other. The same heat of the sun that bakes one bakes down on the other. And the Apostle Paul said, That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;
36In other Words by joining him in being conformable unto His death, you are dying to self just as he died to self, and you suffer right along with him when he sufferes, and you are raised to Life by the same power that raised Him to life.
37I stand at the door and knock 57-1208 P:25 When He's Lord, He's Lord over all. And that's what He's knocking for. Let Him in. "I want to come in and sup."What supping is, is fellowship, when you got fellowship one with another. How that the Lord and you are buddies. You're partners. And whatever you have, He has too. Whatever He has then, you have too. You see, He becomes you, that you might become Him. And everything is in common.
38Ephesians 4:11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; 12 For the perfecting (maturing) of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: 13 Till we all come in the unity of The faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect (mature) man, unto the measure of the stature (character) of the fulfilling of Christ: 14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;
39But this being built up into a mature adult in Christ he tells us will result in 15 But speaking the truth in love, that we may grow up into him (him who? Him-Christ, that we might grow up into Christ Himself) in all things, which is the head, even Christ:
40What is Paul saying here? He saying, look there is only one Body, and that is the body of Christ, and that body has but one head and that Head is Christ Himself, and He is the Word. And as you are a member of this one Body which Christ is the head of this Body, then all you do as a member of this head will be governed by what the head calls for you to do. All actions of the body are governed and controlled by the head.
41And he tells us in verse 16 From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure (in the metron, in the limited portion) of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love. of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.
42In plain English he is telling us, there is only one body, and that we are part of that one body, and the head of that body is Christ. And every joint, every cell, every atom which makes up every cell, no matter what limited portion we may be, we all work together for that good of this one body in order for this body to function or operate correctly. In other words, every single vessel in this body is fitted for the purpose of bringing energy to the rest of the body. All the vessels, all the capillaries, all the arteries work together with the heart to supply energy to the rest of the body, making all things working together for the good. And we are the "all things in Christ". And all members working together he said to the "effectual working" which is the "energeia" or the energizing of that one Body so that the Body may manifest the Life of Christ.
43Notice he said we are to grow up into Him in all things. Now, the Greek word that was translated as into is "eis" and it expresses motion, indicating the point reached or entered. In other words, indicating the final resting place.
46Fellowship 56-0212 P:55 Did you ever think of it, sinner? I thought this, "Me, unlovable, me, not worthy, and Christ, the Son of God, came down and become me that I through His grace might become Him. And we stand in the Presence of God not as sinners but as sons and daughters of God washed by the precious Blood of Jesus Christ. Amen. That ought to tear the heart of any sinner to realize that Christ become sin that you through the righteousness of His obedience to God might become Him in the Presence of God to stand without a blemish or with out through the shed Blood of His offering.
47Romans 8:11 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. 12 Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the self, to live after self. 13 For if ye live after self, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of self, ye shall live. 14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. 15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. 16 The Spirit Itself (God's very own Spirit) beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:
48Workings of the Holy Spirit 56-0816 P:54 No wonder Paul could say, "I know Him in the power of His resurrection." Now, I don't know Him by book. I don't know Him by letter. I know Him in the power of His resurrection. Do you know Him that way? If you've been borned again, you do know Him that way, in the power of His resurrection.
49Seal of God 54-0514 P:1 ...like Saint Paul said of old, "I know Him in the power of His resurrection." And when He calls out from among the dead, I'll be called out with them: "Knowing Him in the power of His resurrection." Not knowing Him by word or by deed, but knowing Him in the power of His resurrection, that's one of our great hopes tonight, and the only hope that we have, is in that great resurrection of our Lord Jesus, and our preliminary resurrection we have now from death unto Life, by having Eternal Life through Jesus Christ.
50In Questions and Answers COD 64-0830M P:51 Someone asked Brother Branham the question: "Now, "Brother Branham, could Jesus look like you, or you be Jesus, or something like that?" One sense of the word, that's exactly the truth; another sense of the word is an antichrist. That's the difference between right and wrong. To make me the Person of the Lord Jesus Christ, would be an antichrist (See?), for that Person of the Lord Jesus is setting at the right hand of the Majesty on high, and will come again in great power and glory. But for His Life that was in Him being upon me, and upon you who have Him, it's exactly the truth; and you become Christ. You remember my message on Messiahettes? See? You are... The word "Messiah" means "the anointed One." Now, you are, if you have the Holy Spirit, you become the anointed one. See? Then there's all kinds of anointed ones.
51Galatians 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
52Go awake Jesus 63-1130E P:37 But the real believer, no matter what, they're thoroughly satisfied. They're thoroughly convinced, because the Life that's in them has already become Christ. It is Christ. It's no more you, but Christ that lives in you. And, no matter, "There's nothing," Paul said, "present, future, death, peril, nakedness, whatever it is, can separate us from that love of God that's in Christ." No, matter how many of this, that, or the other rise, how many Doctors of Divinity can try to explain it away and say it's for another day, that don't separate you at all. You're there to stay. It's you in Christ, you're no more your own. That's you, you and God alone.
53Forsaking all 62-0123 P:86 If the spirit of a gangster was in me, I'd have guns on me. If the spirit of a painter was in me, I could paint the picture of a painter... he could do. If the spirit of a mechanic was on me, I could tell you what was wrong with your car. See? And if the Spirit of Jesus Christ is in me, I'll do the works of Christ because it's the life of Christ in you. See? Manifested in who? Manifested in who? He forsaken His Sonship and became sin and took our sins, that He might take sinners and make them sons. He became me that I might become Him. He become a sinner that I might become a son of God. Oh, it's striking what He done. See, He taken your place that you might take His place. You're joint heirs with Him in the Kingdom. He become a sinner like you, your sins placed upon Him that He might take you and make you a fellow citizen of heaven and set you with Him in God's Kingdom. There you are: put His Spirit in you. And if His Spirit's in you, the works that He did you'll do also.
54Kinsman Redeemer 60-1002 P:69 He become me, that I might become Him. See? He become a sinner that I might become a son of God. He become a sinner, that you might become a son of God. And now, we are sons and daughters of God...
55His Wonders to Perform 58-0112A P:42 He loves you so much that He gave His only begotten Son, that He might drink the bitter cup for you. Remember, He became you, that you might become Him. He become a sinner, separated from the Father, when He screamed, "My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?" He was separated from God in His death, that you in your death might have God's Presence. He become a child of sin, your sins, not His own, yours, that you might become a child of obedience. He took your place as a time creature, that you might take His place as an eternal son and daughter of God.
58Things that are to Be 65-1205 63 You confessed your sins before God, and He forgive you for it. And you was baptized to show that you'd been forgiven, confessing to the people and showing to the world that you believe that Jesus Christ died for you, and He took your place, and now you stand in His place. He become you that you might become Him. Then the sanctifying power of God cleansed all the habits out of your life. You used to smoke, drink, do things that wasn't right, tell lies, everything. Then the sanctifying power of the Blood of Jesus Christ comes into your life; it takes all the things away from you. If you happen to say, something's got wrong, quickly you say, "Wait a minute; pardon me, I didn't mean to say it like that." See? The devil got a trap setting there, but you've got grace to come back if you're a real Christian, say, "I was wrong." Yes. So therefore...
59Identification 63-0123 P:27 Now, you study that character a little bit and then look at yourself, and I look at myself. But that's what He was; that's Who He was, and that's why He was to save you. He took... He become you, that you might become Him. He took your load of sin. Therefore, when we come to meet Him we will not have to stand... We could not stand in the Presence of God. There's no way for us to do it. But when we stand in Him... See, He's already recognized the Sacrifice. "This is My beloved Son in Whom I'm well pleased." He recognized it. There was no blemish on Him, and yet He suffered temptation like any other man, and yet was... He was scorned; He was made fun of; He was persecuted, from the hour He was born until the hour He died. And yet He returned good for evil. 28 You cannot no way ever produce a Character like that, only accepting that Character in you. A church cannot do that. A creed cannot do that. A denomination cannot do that. An education cannot do that. It must be a birth. It's got to be a dying out, and let God in it. By the grace of Christ, mold this type of character in you, that you become Him. And your life and His is the same. Then you are sons and daughters of God.