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1This morning we will speak on paragraphs 91 through 94 of What the Holy Ghost was Given for. I do not know how many more sermons we will have because I take each service one thought at a time. But there will only be 4 more paragraphs to consider, and I do not know what brother Branham says in them because I have not looked that far yet. But this morning may be the most important sermon we have preached yet from this series, because if you can get a handle on this, what you are going to hear this morning, you are going to get the jest of what brother Branham has been hammering to us throughout this Sermon, and to be frank, most of his sermons.
3Philippians 1:12 But I would ye should understand, brethren, that the things which happened unto me have fallen out rather unto the furtherance of the gospel; 13 So that my bonds in Christ are manifest in all the palace, and in all other places; 14 And many of the brethren in the Lord, waxing confident by my bonds, are much more bold to speak the word without fear. 15 Some indeed preach Christ even of envy and strife; and some also of good will: 16 The one preach Christ of contention, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my bonds: 17 But the other of love, knowing that I am set for the defence of the gospel. 18 What then? notwithstanding, every way, whether in pretence, or in truth, Christ is preached; and I therein do rejoice, yea, and will rejoice. 19 For I know that this shall turn to my salvation through your prayer, and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, 20 According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death. 21 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. 22 But if I live in the flesh, this is the fruit of my labour: yet what I shall choose I wot not. 23 For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better: 24 Nevertheless to abide in the flesh is more needful for you.
5Dear Loving Father, we have read these wonderful words by your servant Paul, and we see that he was at a cross roads in life. His desire to leave this world and to dwell in your presence was so great, and yet he knew that to suffer yet a little longer was more beneficial to the brethren, so he did not take his own will, but rather chose the afflictions of this world, to be able to stay a little while longer for the benefit of the brethren.
6Father I ask you this morning to help us to come to our own cross roads, and to ask ourselves first, why are we here. What is our purpose in living? Is it to make an income, and satisfy our worldly lusts? Or is it to live for others. You know father how I long to go home to be with you, but I look at the needs of my family, and the saints that are so dependent upon this ministry to point them to you Lord, and I ask you Father to help me find the same grace as Paul, and to choose to live for others, for we know that is the nature of your Life that was lived out in your son Jesus, and we ask to manifest the same in Jesus Christ's precious name, amen. - you may be seated.
9Now, remember, this is the same Apostle who said to the believers in Galatia that we see in Galatians 2:20 I am (present tense) I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I am living; yet it is not I that is living, but it is Christ that is living in me: and the life which I now living in this flesh I am living by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
11Then Paul continues speaking to the Philippians by saying, 22 But if I live in the flesh, this is the fruit of my labor: yet what I shall choose I know not. 23 For I am in a strait between two things, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better: 24 Nevertheless to abide in the flesh is more needful for you. 25 And having this confidence, I know that I shall abide and continue with you all for your furtherance and joy of faith; 26 That your rejoicing may be more abundant in Jesus Christ for me by my coming to you again. 27 Only let your conversation (This word conversation does not mean what you talk about, it means the life you live) Only let your life be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel; 28 And in nothing terrified by your adversaries: which is to them an evident token of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that of God. 29 For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake; 30 Having the same conflict which ye saw in me, and now hear to be in me.
12I would like to read this from the Message Bible. 12-14 I want to report to you, friends, that my imprisonment here has had the opposite of its intended effect. Instead of being squelched, the Message has actually prospered. All the soldiers here, and everyone else, too, found out that I’m in jail because of this Messiah. That piqued their curiosity, and now they’ve learned all about him. Not only that, but most of the followers of Jesus here have become far more sure of themselves in the faith than ever, speaking out fearlessly about God, about the Messiah.
1315-17 It’s true that some here preach Christ because with me out of the way, they think they’ll step right into the spotlight. But the others do it with the best heart in the world. One group is motivated by pure love, knowing that I am here defending the Message, wanting to help. The others, now that I’m out of the picture, are merely greedy, hoping to get something out of it for themselves. Their motives are bad. They see me as their competition, and so the worse it goes for me, the better—they think—for them.
18-21 So how am I to respond? I’ve decided that I really don’t care about their motives, whether mixed, bad, or indifferent. Every time one of them opens his mouth, Christ is proclaimed, so I just cheer them on!
14And I’m going to keep that celebration going because I know how it’s going to turn out. Through your faithful prayers and the generous response of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, everything he wants to do in and through me will be done. I can hardly wait to continue on my course. I don’t expect to be embarrassed in the least. On the contrary, everything happening to me in this jail only serves to make Christ more accurately known, regardless of whether I live or die. They didn’t shut me up; they gave me a pulpit! Alive, I’m Christ’s messenger; dead, I’m his bounty. Life versus even more life! I can’t lose.
15O, my, I wept when I read that last night. Life versus even more life. I can't lose.
Brothers and sisters, can we come to this same position as Paul did? Can we look at the trials we go through and realize that if we don't have to got through them, we benefit, but if we must go through them we benefit even more. Life versus more life. And then he says, ...
1622-26 As long as I’m alive in this body, there is good work for me to do. If I had to choose right now, I hardly know which I’d choose. Hard choice! The desire to break camp here and be with Christ is powerful. Some days I can think of nothing better. But most days, because of what you are going through, I am sure that it’s better for me to stick it out here. So I plan to be around awhile, companion to you as your growth and joy in this life of trusting God continues. You can start looking forward to a great reunion when I come visit you again. We’ll be praising Christ, enjoying each other.
1727-30 But in the mean time, live in such a way that you are a credit to the Message of Christ. Let nothing in your conduct hang on whether I come or not. Your conduct must be the same whether I show up to see things for myself or hear of it from a distance. Stand united, singular in vision, contending for people’s trust in the Message, the good news, not flinching or dodging in the slightest before the opposition. Your courage and unity will show them what they’re up against: defeat for them, victory for you, and both because of God. There’s far more to this life than trusting in Christ. There’s also suffering for him. And the suffering is as much a gift as the trusting. You’re involved in the same kind of struggle you saw me go through, on which you are now getting an updated report in this letter.
1991 My brother, my sister, as your brother, as your servant in Christ, let me persuade you with all my heart, don't you let this go over your head, or go by you, or under you. Receive It into your heart, and you'll be a happy person on earth. I'm not promising you you'll get a million dollars. No, sir. Brother Leo, I think there's been too much of that promised now, millions of dollars and things that... Different ones said, "If you'd be a Christian, you'd get a million dollars, and you'll be a rich man." I'm not promising you nothing. I'm promising you this. The only thing I can promise you is salvation. His grace is sufficient for every trial.
2092 The people at Pentecost, they didn't even want what they did have. Now, talk about millionaires. They didn't want what they had, Sister Angie. I'd like to hear you and Gertie sing one of these days (Where is she at?), "Homecoming Week," one of these days. Many of them has done passed across the border since then. Oh, my. They didn't ask for great things. They didn't ask for money. Why, Peter said, "Silver and gold have I none, but such as I have, I'll give it to you." And I say that tonight, friends. The joy, the love, the assurance, that I have of Christ and His resurrection: such as I have, I offer to you. I offer to you as God's children. And you come and stay at the cross if God calls you, and don't you get up. When you come tomorrow night, you come either to go in here and stay till it's over, or come up, and we're going to pray and lay hands on you. Though... That's the order of the Bible: lay hands on them for the Holy Ghost. And then we're going--you go to your home. If you stay right there, if you stay all night, stay the next day, stay the next day, stay through the holidays, stay till the first of the year and stay on; stay until. That--whatever we instruct about tomorrow night, showing you the Bible what has to come, will come. And when It comes, then there isn't enough devils in torment... You know you've passed from death unto Life. You're a new creature in Christ Jesus. The joybells of heaven will ring.
2193 Brother Othal, I'm telling you, it just sets you afire. Here's an old boy setting here, an old brother of mine, that was a gangster walking with guns on his side, looking for a man around the corner, somebody to blow their brains out. And what happened? One day he looked and believed unto Life. And he walked on. He followed my meetings. And the poor guy, with not enough to eat, and laid, and slept in bushes by the side of the tent, hungering and thirsting. One day the Holy Spirit come. Oh, my brother, it changed you, didn't it? It brought Life and took death away. Hatred left and love come in. Oh, my. Enmity and strife all fell away; new Life come in. Look here at others times others, others times others, and out through there. Oh, the joybells of heaven ringing. Friends, there's no way for me to express it.
2294 Listen, that I might leave this. If you have believed my testimony as a servant of Christ and have tried to show you out of God's Bible it's right, and if my words seem like they might be just a little strange about this, look at that picture in the scientific world. Watch the fruit that this Pillar of Fire that led the Children of Israel, watch the fruit It bears. See what It does, what It tells. It's not Me that speaketh; it's Him that Speaketh through you. You see?
28If God would help me this morning to convey to you what we have just heard God's prophet say, it will change your life forever. If you can receive what he just said, and apply that in your own life, it will change you for ever and for eternity. It's not me, it's Him, it's all about Him. That was the Theme of Christ Jesus, and that will be your theme.
Jesus never came to manifest himself to the world. he came and died to Himself that His Father might live in Him and manifest Himself through the body of His son.
30I did not come as an expert with all the answers. I didn't pretend to explain the mystery of God with eloquent speech and human wisdom. I didn’t try to impress you with polished speeches and the latest philosophy. I deliberately kept it plain and simple: first Jesus and who he is; then Jesus and what he did—Jesus crucified.
34I was moved to utter despair during my time with you. I would find myself trembling in dread and fear. In other words, I was unsure of how to go about this, and I felt totally inadequate—I was scared to death, if you want the truth of it—and so nothing I said could have impressed you or anyone else.
36The sermons I preached were not delivered with the kind of persuasive elegance some have come to expect, but they were effective because I relied on God’s Spirit to demonstrate God’s power. Therefore, the Message came through anyway. God’s Spirit and God’s power did it, which made it clear that your life of faith is a response to God’s power, not to some fancy mental or emotional footwork by me or anyone else.
40He said in John 5:19 19 Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.
41John 5;30 I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me. 31 If I bear witness of myself, my witness is not true. 32 There is another that beareth witness of me; and I know that the witness which he witnesseth of me is true.
42And did you know that you can exact same testimony? Paul told us in Romans 8:16 that The Spirit Itself beareth witness with our spirit that we are sons of God. So it must be God's own Spirit bearing witness or our own witness is not true.
43John 7:16 Jesus answered them, and said, My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me. 17 If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself. 18 He that speaketh of himself seeketh his own glory: but he that seeketh his glory that sent him, the same is true, and no un-right-wise-ness is in him.
44Look, what Jesus is telling us here is that if your whole purpose, your entire motives and objectives is to seek only God's Glory, God's Doxa, God's opinions, God's values and God's judgments, then there will be no un-right-wise-ness coming forth from you. But that also tells us that if you get puffed up, and start to look to self you are bound to say something wrong somewhere.
46John 12:49 For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak.
Now, look, if that is the Spirit that lived in Jesus Christ saying that, and we see that the Apostle Paul said the very same thing, and we saw William Branham tells us that same thing, then brother, sister, what about it?
48John 12:50 And I know that His (God's) commandment is life everlasting: whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak.
And again we see Jesus tell us in John 14:31 But that the world may know that I love the Father; (now, here is Jesus own evidence that He loved the Father.) and as the Father gave me commandment, even so I do. Arise, let us go hence.
In other words, it's not about me, it's about Him. That is the image we are to be conformed to.
51Anointed ones at end time 65-0725M P:193 he said, "Now, I want you to know this is sure. And you that listen to this tape, (that's you and me, brothers and sisters, we are the ones listening to the tapes.)
52As Brother Branham says,) you tape listeners might have thought today that I was trying to say that about myself, being that I was packing this Message. I have no more to do with it than nothing, no more than just a voice. And my voice, even against my better judgment... I wanted to be a trapper. But it's the will of my Father that I declare to do, and determined to do. (now, I put those words in red because those are Jesus own Words he is saying here.)
53I wasn't the One that appeared down on the river; I was only standing there when He appeared. I'm not the One that performs these things and foretells these things that happens as perfect as they are; I'm only one that's near when He does it. I was only a voice that He used to say it. It wasn't what I knew; it's what I just surrendered myself to, that He spoke through. It isn't me. It wasn't the seventh angel, oh, no; it was a manifestation of the Son of man. It wasn't the angel, his Message; it was the mystery that God unfolded. It's not a man; it's God. The angel was not the Son of man; he was a messenger from the Son of man. The Son of man is Christ. He's the One that you're feeding on. You're not feeding on a man. A man, his words will fail, but you're feeding on the unfailing Body-Word of the Son of man. If you haven't fed fully on every Word to give yourself strength to fly above all these denominations and things of the world, will you at this time do it, while we pray?
55Let me say this, you tape listeners might have thought today that I was trying to say that about myself, (in other words, there are some people who think when a man of God speaks of the wonderful things that God has done in their ministry, Things that they were witnesses to that God did, and there are people who think when you speak of the wonderful supernatural things that God has done, that you are talking about yourself, or referring to yourself.
56Listen, brother Branham said those words, because he knew there were people saying that about him, that he was speaking about himself. I know, because I've been accused by some of pointing to myself because of what I have testified of what I've either seen first hand of what God has done, or others saw it happening during my meetings overseas.
57But I will say it just like brother Branham said it, I wasn't the one who appeared down in Congo, over the church there, I was only standing there when He appeared. It wasn't what I knew; it's what I just surrendered myself to, that He spoke through. It isn't me, it's not about me, it's about Him, and that was what I was teaching the ministers, how Jesus surrendered Himself as an obedient son. Because I was inside telling the ministers the beautiful revelation of Christ that I had surrendered myself to, a beautiful message of sonship, and knowing our position in the family, A Message that God Himself brought down and used the lips of William Branham to teach us. I didn't come packing a Message, I was only echoing the Message that God brought down and spoke through the lips of His prophet.
58It's not a man; or about a man, it's about God. The angel was not the Son of man; he was a messenger from the Son of man. The Son of man is Christ. He's the One that Came down in this hour, and he's the one that you're feeding on. You're not feeding on a man. A man, his words will fail, but you're feeding on the unfailing Body-Word of the Son of man. If you haven't fed fully on every Word to give yourself strength to fly above all these denominations and things of the world, will you at this time do it, while we pray?
59Listen, if you can't echo those same words, then you haven't been positionally placed into the family yet. It's not about you, it's not about me, it's about Him. And John 14:12 is not about you, and it's not about me, it's all about Him, and what he said he would do.
John 14:7 If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him. 8 Philip saith unto him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us.
619 Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father? 10 Believest thou not that I am in the Father,(the Word) and the Father (Who is the Word is) in me? The Words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works. 11 Believe me that I am in the Father (who is the Word and the Life), and the Father (Who is the Word and the Life is) in me: or else believe me for the very works' sake. 12 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He (whoever) that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. 13 And (and the word "and" is a conjunction that links two thoughts together) And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
63pp. 94 "Watch the fruit that this Pillar of Fire that led the Children of Israel, watch the fruit It bears. See what It does, what It tells. It's not Me that speaketh; it's Him that Speaketh through you. You see?
70John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments. 16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; 17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but you know him; for He dwelleth with you, and He shall be in you. 18 I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.
71Mighty conqueror 56-0401 P:78 You could touch me all day; it wouldn't make a bit of difference. See? You come, touch me and I wouldn't know it, but you just touch Him once, and watch Him turn around, and tell you about it. See? Just touch Him one time with faith. I'm not the one that's raising the dead. He's the One raised from the dead (See?), and I'm just His servant.