One of the greatest troubles within humanity, is that our spiritual learning has been based on false witness, that is even the root of all deceptions that exist in any group of believers. Our forefathers have just inherited lies, or false witness, Jer.16:19. Even in Gods house itself, or groups called out by God, this has occurred, Jer.23:11, and the seven Church's in Revelations.
When God himself lead a group of humans, they still adhered to False Gods and bore false witness among themselves. A study of ancient Israel will bear this out. God didnot hide this fact, because it was his will that many in these Church's didnot have his Holy Spirit to begin with. And thats why they behaved as they did. Its why their thinking, their belief in things was distorted.
I don't understand why many seem to think that this has changed over the years, as if the church has learned something.
If you presently, or even in the past, judge a church or a group of believers, or examine them based on the belief that they presently have Gods Spirit, or that they held it in the past, each one of them, then there is something very wrong with the reality of human history. But if you judge them based on the belief that they didnot have Gods Spirit, as Israel didnot, then human history will bear this out. And thats why the church of God has not been relevant since Jesus left. The Light of Gods Spirit in a group cannot be hid, it will stand out. This is what Jesus taught about his church in Matt.5:13-16. He compared his church to a city on a hill, its just going to stand out for everyone to see. Where has such a people been since Christ, or where is such a real group of Holy Spirit led people that fits this description? Where is that city that cannot be hid? Is it hidden ed on an unpopular website, or in some disguised city on earth like Petra?
What makes sense to me is that there is no such group, no, not yet. And that explains the reality of the situation, the reality of Scripture, much more clearly to me. Now if one would judge people based on what they could be in the near future, the potential of that, then yes, that would be a true witness to me. But the " Spirit of being Kings before our time", I think haunts the reality that some refuse to intake. Now must be the Day of Salvation, Now must be the dispensation of the Holy Spirit, Now must be the ignition of Gods plan, Now must be the stage that we are in. Now! Not later, Now!
I think theres something wrong with that, because you see, unless God Builds the house, then the work is just in vain. You may not think its in vain, but it is. If I build the foundation, or You supply the building blocks, you think God will give the increase? You can pick and choose any church example that you wish, where is the proof of God building a church in this age, or any time past since Christ? So where is the church that Jesus built? Well, I don't think he has finished building it. What Jesus finished was the glory of humanity's Salvation, now that is finished. Hes not finished with the Devil. Hes not finished with all flesh. Hes not finished with the creation of humanity, people are still being created each and every day. And hes certainly not finished with his church. And this is not a false witness.
The future of humanity is based on many things, one of which is the Giving of Gods most Holy Spirit, and I think men have jumped the gun on that. Just taken the Kingdom by force of their own will and violently claim to be holders of Gods Spirit.
And that is the missing link in understanding, I really believe that. We are judging ourselves as if we have already obtained. We apply the Scriptures as if the Holy Spirit has been applied already within our lives.
How can one board a train that has not come yet? If the group is not going anywhere, doesn't that tell you something? If the harvest is still plentiful, doesn't that show what season we are in? If the hunger and thirst for righteousness still greatly abounds, does not that mean something? If the weakness and the pain and suffering is growing, that MEANS something.
And the Witness must be built on truth if it is to be blessed by God.