Jesus Christ The Same Yesterday, And Today, And Forever

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SC-25 Now, listen. If God is ever called on the scene to make a decision, when He once makes that decision that settles it eternally. He can never come back and say, "I was wrong there." And if He doesn't act each time the way He acted the first time, He acted wrong the first time. See, He's perfect. Therefore if He's ever called to--to do anything, and His decision once made, that's settled forever, eternal.

Both heavens and earth will pass away, but that Word can never fail, because It's a part of God. You see it? Therefore, look. When God was called on the scene to save a lost man, His first way of bringing that man to salvation was by the blood. He's never changed it. Men are only saved...

SC-26 There's only one place to fellowship with God, and that's under the shed blood. It's never been by creed; it's never been by church; it's never been by organization; it's never been by nation. It's by the blood. Israel met under the shed blood, and all through the age, and we're still meeting under the shed Blood. If we don't, we can't have fellowship. That's right.

We... Fellowship is only restored to God through the Blood, for the human race can only meet God as a Blood sacrifice stands there for him. Amen. That gives us assurance, soundness, not some mythical something that's prophesied in the last days here, everything would come to--around, and all kinds of things. But we believe the Word to be God's Truth. Therefore, It never will fail. And God's first decision was to save a man by the shed blood, and He--to every man that's ever come to God comes that same way each time.

SC-27 And God's provision for Divine healing was on the basis of faith. And that's the same way He heals them tonight, is the basis of faith. No matter how great a man... If Christ, Himself, was standing here on the pulpit with this suit that He gave me; if He was standing here in this suit, He could not heal you, not at all. He's already done it. He might do something to convince you, or to point you to the Word, and that would be convincing. And He might show through some Divine gift that He was Christ. But He could not heal you, because He's already done it.

How can you redeem anything after it has already been redeemed? Amen. See what I mean? If redemption is complete, it's completed. If I had my knife down here in the pawn shop, and I bought the knife back, and paid the price, and--and got the ticket, and well how--how's that man going to charge me for it again? I've got His own receipt. It's already redeemed.

I'd say, "I want to redeem my knife."

"You've got the receipt in your hand." Oh, my.

SC-28 And when any man or woman comes to Christ in fullness of the assurance of His death, burial, and resurrection, and is the beneficiary to every redemptive blessings that Jesus died for. And He--He gives you a checkbook with Jesus' Name wrote on the bottom of every one of them. "Ask the Father anything in My Name. If ye abide in Me and My Word's in you, ask what you will and it'll be done for you." You don't just get... You get afraid to cash the check. Don't do it.

SC-29 I've often said I meet two classes of people in my times around the world in mission work. I--I meet two classes of people. One of them is Pentecostal, the other one's fundamental.

The fundamental positionally knows where he stands. He takes it by the Word. "I am a son of God by my confession." See? He positionally takes that stand, but he's--he's got no faith in what he's talking about. The Pentecostal has a lot of faith, but don't know where he stands. He don't know who he is.

It's just like a man's got money in the bank, and he don't know how to write a check. And the other one can write a check, and ain't got no money in the bank.

If you could ever get those two together... If I could get Pentecostal faith and--and--and fundamental doctrine or--or vice versa, make the Pentecostals realize who they are... They're sons and daughters of God, already dead, buried, rose again, and setting in heavenly places in Christ Jesus, not "You will be," "You are."

SC-30 Sometimes I think... The other day I happened to hit something that sounded profound to me, and it's very seldom I ever hit anything that I make anything out of. But I was thinking, just before I reached down to get this, what I'm going to try to say to you; I was thinking of Israel down in Egypt. And they were slaves, and yet they were children of God. We all know the story.

And they... If they throwed them molded bread, they had to eat it; if they ravished their daughters, if they killed their sons, or whatever they did, it was just done; they were slaves. And yet them were the chosen elected of God, with a promise waiting until the time of fulfillment. But there come a day. They'd got so far away from it, till they didn't recognize it. They didn't know when the time come. But God always is on time.

Now, that's what's the matter with the Pentecostals today. They don't recognize that the time is here. The time has come, God's promise to be fulfilled.

SC-31 Now, one day stomping down out of the wilderness come a prophet with a Pillar of Fire over he--over him, guiding him. He performed miracles and so forth, and told them that there was a land that was flowing with milk and honey. Nobody never been there, none of them. They just heard of it. Faith cometh by hearing. So away they went with this prophet through the wilderness.

And they came to a place called Kadesh-barnea, that was once the judgment seat of the world. And there when Israel camped... And there was where it was judged and the sin. And Joshua, a great warrior (and the word "Joshua" means "Jehovah Saviour"), this great warrior crossed over the Jordan. None of them had ever been before. Crossed over the Jordan to this promised land, and came back with the evidence that it was a good land, and it was true.

SC-32 What was he doing? Confirming God's Word (See?), showing that what God had promised, God had done. See, the covenant is unconditionally.

God made three covenants: one with Adam; he broke it. Another with Noah; it got broke. But when God made the covenant with Abraham, it was not, "I'll... Not if you will," He said, "I have..." It's God's unconditional covenant that He made with Abraham and his seed. And we become his seed when we are dead in Christ.

SC-33 Now, notice. And in this great time when he brought back the evidence, Israel moved over into the land, and there they didn't have to be under slaves. They could have their own gardens, and raise their children, and raise their churches and everything. But finally old age begin to catch up with them. After while on that lovely promised land there were tombstones on the hillsides everywhere.

SC-34 Then down from glory came the greatest of all the warriors, another Jehovah Saviour: Jesus, the Son of God. And He said that there is Life after death, where there is no tombstones and graveyards. "For in My Father's house is many mansions. If it wasn't so I would have told you. And I'll go and prepare a place, and then come again to receive you unto Myself."

He come to save the dying human race, and He came to His Kadesh-barnea (Calvary) judgment, where not only the judgment seat of the world, but He was judged for the world. There He bore the iniquity and the sins of us all at Calvary. And He died, until the sun and the moon and the stars wouldn't shine. And He crossed over the Jordan, that we call Jordan, "death."

But on that third day He rose again, bringing back the evidence like Joshua did. "The land is there. I'm He that was dead, and alive forevermore, and have the keys of death and hell." He's not dead, He is risen.

SC-35 Then we have an earnest of our inheritance. He's told the church, "Go up there to Pentecost, up to the--to the--ten days up at Jerusalem, and wait up there so long. I'm going to send you the earnest of this great land." And we confess our sins, and we die to ourselves, and we rise with Him, and we got the evidence.

Look where we were. Look where we are. Amen. See, we were once down there. Now, we're up here, already holding the evidence that we are dead and buried in Christ, and raised again in the resurrection, and setting tonight with Him in heavenly places in Christ Jesus. Oh, my. Every devil, every sickness, every disease, everything is conquered by Him. He's that mighty conqueror. You don't have to conquer any more. It's already conquered. We're already dead. We're already risen (Amen.), already raised from the dead.

How many in here feels that way tonight? Just look here. Already raised from the dead, you once were dead in doubt, trespasses, doubted the Word of God, doubted It to be true.

SC-36 Now, you say, "Some people are just religious." They just quit stealing, quit lying. That's--that's not a Christian, that's just people pretending. There's always three classes of people everywhere: that's believers, make-believers, and unbelievers. You have them in every group. They're--they're always there. So people just... But profession: come up and say, "Well, I professed religion a long time ago." Miserable. See?

The thing you want to do is die to yourself, and then be buried in Christ, and raised with Him in His resurrection, and set now in heavenly places. See? Then your unbelief passes away.

How can the Spirit of God dwell in you, and deny the Word, when the Spirit of God wrote the Word? See, you can't do it. If you deny the Word, there's something in you tells you it's not so. Then it's unbelief. You're still in sin. Look at those priests and Pharisees, how religious they were. Holy men, as we'd call it today, and Jesus said, "You're of your father, the devil, and his works you do." What? Doubting the Word. You've kept your traditions, and made the commandments of God of none effect. Oh!

SC-37 If He was here tonight, it would be the same thing. Our traditions has made the Word of God without any effect on the people. We've got to get back to that Word, back to It.

Excuse me, my colored friends. (I preach to them everywhere.) But an old sister gave a testimony not long ago in one--a meeting, said, "I's wants to make a testimony."

"All right, sister. Go ahead."

She said, "I want to say this. I hain't what ought to be, and I hain't what I want to be. But there's one thing I's sure. I hain't what I used to be." So I think that's a good idea. See? "I--I--I ain't down there no more. And I'm not as good as I want to be, and not as good as I ought to be. But I'm one thing sure: I'm not down there any more." That's a good philosophy. Yes, sir. I--I'm not what I used to be. That's right.

Now, what would we look for in Christ then? Now, if He's the same yesterday, today, and forever, we'll have to find out what He was yesterday to know what He is today. Is that right? For... I may have said in these chopped-up words that He is--He is the same. The Bible said that, and I'm trying to tell you the infinite God cannot change His way. He has to remain the same. Therefore, what He was...

SC-38 Now, that was in the days of Paul, writing the book of Hebrews here (We believe it to be Paul.), and He was telling those Hebrews that Jesus Christ was the same yesterday. Now, we know that Jesus Christ was the One Who--Who brought the children of Israel out of Egypt. We all believe that. The Pillar of Fire, It was Christ. Certainly It was. The Bible said in Hebrews 11 here, I believe, that Moses esteemed the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures of Egypt. See? He followed Christ. And anyone knows that that Pillar of Fire, Light, that took Israel through the wilderness was the Angel of the Covenant, which was Christ.

If you'll understand, He was... That was God above us. And then, when He became flesh and dwelled among us, God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, and now He's in the church (See, see?), same yesterday, today, and forever. See? Now, notice what He was yesterday. We would see Jesus. Now, if we saw Him in the same way He was then...

SC-39 Now, let's take... We're reading out of Saint John, and Saint John the 1st chapter here said, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. And the Word was made flesh and dwelled among us." Then what is it? The Word. If we found Christ as He was yesterday, He would be the Word of God, because in the beginning was the Word, the Word was with God, and the Word was God, and the Word became flesh and dwelt among us. Now, He would be the Word of God.

SC-40 When He was here on earth He was so perfect of it, so convinced, He said, "Search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have Eternal Life. And They are They that testify of Me." Amen. "If I do not the works of My Father, then don't believe Me." It wasn't... They couldn't understand this Man being no more than just an ordinary man. Well, fleshly He probably wasn't, but He was virgin borned. But yet, He was a man. He eat, drank, slept, and so forth as we do, but yet, inside of Him was God.

SC-41 He said, "It's not Me that doeth the works; it's My Father that dwelleth in Me. He doeth the works." In Saint John 5:19, He said, "Verily, verily, I say unto you, the Son can do nothing in Himself. But what He sees the Father doing, that doeth the Son likewise. I always do that what pleases the Father." Why? He never did till He heard the Father showed Him what to do. Oh, if we could only wait like that (Yes, sir.) till we found.

See, He said the Son does nothing within Himself, or can do nothing but what He sees the Father doeth. The Son work... The Father worketh, and the Son worketh hitherto. See? In other words, He just acted out a drama what God told Him to do. Now, He would be the Word. And that's...

SC-42 I believe that this Bible, this Word right here, the Bible, is God in print form. And I believe that the Bible is a seed. Those words are seeds. Jesus said a sower went forth sowing seeds. This is it. The Word of God is a Seed. Jesus said it was.

Then, if it is God in print form, and you receive It into your heart, and then the Holy Spirit waters that Seed, it brings forth what it's promised. Any kind of a seed you sow, it'll bring forth that kind of a crop. Exactly right. We've sowed in this great revival going by a lot of intellectual seed. We've got a intellectual crop. That's right. If we would sow Gospel Seed, we'd have a Gospel crop. And we need to get back to the principles, and the Bible teachings, back to the Bible, back to the Holy Spirit upon the Word of God that makes the Word of God live. That's exactly what it was.

SC-43 Now, He was the Son of God when He was born. But when He was baptized by John on the Jordan, they saw the Holy Spirit descending like a dove and remained upon Him. And Him being the Word, then the Word begin to show Itself. Amen. The Word begin to manifest Itself. To why? The Holy Spirit was in there speaking the Word of God.

SC-44 Now, we find out that in Hebrews the 4th chapter, the 12th verse, the Bible said that the Word of God is sharper than a two-edged sword, cutting asunder, and so forth, and It is a discerner of the thoughts of the heart: Hebrews 4:12. The Word... Now, don't forget that now. We're going to need it after while. The Word, the Word of God is a discerner of the thoughts of the heart.

Now, Deuteronomy 18, Moses, the great prophet, priest, and king, whatever he was, that led Israel, he said, "The Lord your God shall raise up a prophet liken unto me. It shall come to pass that whoever will not hear that prophet shall be cut off."

SC-45 You remember when John came? It had been four hundred years since they'd had a prophet, since Malachi. And when John came, he stirred the region. And they came to him and said, "Are you that prophet (see?) that was to come?"

He said, "I'm not. But He's coming after me."

Now, John was just preaching. See? He was a prophet, but a--a preacher of the Word is a prophet. But Israel was always taught to believe their prophets, for the Word of the Lord came--comes to the what? Prophets. That's right. "The word of the Lord came to the prophet," Isaiah. "The word of the Lord came to the prophet," Jeremiah. The Word of the Lord came to the prophets.

Hebrews 1. God, in sundry times and in divers manners spake to the fathers by the prophets, in this last days through His Son, Christ Jesus. Notice. They came to the prophets, and Israel were taught to believe their prophets.

SC-46 Many of you know Lewi Pethrus, a very personal friend of mine. He sent about a million New Testaments down, when they brought up those Jews from down in Iran, giving them these New Testaments. You know the Jewish Testament, you read from the back to the front. And these Jews reading this, they never heard about such a thing as Jesus being Messiah.

They'd been taken down there in the Roman captivity. They'd plow with... You've seen it in the "Look Magazine" here a few years ago, and when they returned back. And I got a picture of it, them returning in. Wish we had time we could throw it on a screen some night, and show you. Call it... We call it "Three Minutes Till Midnight"--see these Jews returning, packing their loved ones on their backs, off of planes, and so forth. They're saying. They said, "Are you coming home to the homeland to die?"

He said, "We're coming to see the Messiah."

SC-47 My, when that fig tree puts forth its buds, there she is: a nation with her own money and everything else--currency, own army, and everything, the first time for twenty-five hundred years. See? Jesus said, "When you see it putting them buds forth." Now, we're at the end time.

Notice. Now, they was... When they went to get on those planes, they wouldn't; they was afraid of those planes. So the rabbi called them out and said, "Remember, our prophet said we'd be taken home on the wings of an eagle." That was it--the plane. So they come on. And there they are, setting in their homeland today. They believed their prophets.

SC-48 Now, therefore, when Messiah was to come He was to be a God-prophet. He was to be a prophet-plus, more than a prophet. But He was to do the works of the prophet.

Lewi Pethrus, when he sent those Bibles down there, they said, "If this Jesus was Messiah, then He is not dead, you say, but He's raised again. Let us see Him do the sign of the prophet, and we'll believe it." Oh, my.

When that happens, Gentiles are finished. And you know that. All you Bible readers know that. That's the end time right then when... Just let them Jews get it again, so... Just a perfect thing for just a little time off now. While we've got the doors open, God has the--the Gentiles receive the rest that's coming in, to come--doors of mercy.

SC-49 Now, let's see what He was. We find Him then being the Word, baptized, went into the wilderness, come out after tempted forty days of the devil. And immediately He--He begin... His fame begin to spread. Yet, He... I guess He wasn't a--a minister that would be--hear His voice like ours out in the streets, and so forth. But there was something about Him that was different.

And we notice, as soon as He got His ministry started, there was one named Andrew (Saint John here), one... I'm staying right in Saint John for the rest of my notes for just now. One named Andrew stayed all night with Him, and was thoroughly convinced that He was the Messiah. He goes over to Simon. Now, if any... That's his brother.

SC-50 If anyone ever read the history of Peter and--and Andrew, as we know them, their father was a great believer. He told those boys, "Someday... I've--I've always thought I would see the Messiah. Every Jew has longed for that since Eden. And so they said, 'We have... We... Someday the Messiah will come.' I thought I would see Him, but perhaps I'm getting old and won't. But, boys, just before that coming Messiah, remember there'll be a whole lot of things that'll come up."

There's always messiahs coming. We know that, everywhere, still having them everywhere, messiahs. Well, if all the false messiahs come up, it shows there's got to be a true Messiah somewhere. Before there can be a bogus dollar, there has to be a good one for it to be made off of. That's the reason it's bogus.

SC-51 Notice, he told his sons, said, "Now, don't you forget. Stay with the Scripture. The Messiah, according to Moses, the one that we followed all these years, said, 'The Lord our God shall raise up a prophet among us. He will be a prophet. Messiah will not be just a scholar, educator, some high priest, some dignitary, but He will be a prophet." Now, we're going to hunt for Him now, for just about ten minutes now, 'fore we start praying for the sick. "He will be a prophet."

SC-52 And Andrew goes and finds Simon, his fisherman brother, and said, "Come, see Who we've found. We've found the Messiah."

I can imagine Simon saying, "Oh, yes. Uh-huh. We've had them everywhere."

But he come walking up in the Presence of Jesus. And as soon as Jesus saw him coming, He said, "Be..." He spoke to him and said, "Your name is Simon, and you are the son of Jonas."

That got it. He knowed right then. Not only did He know who he was, but He knowed that godly old father of his. "You are Simon, the son of Jonas." Right then, to Peter that was the Messiah, because He'd proved exactly what the Scriptures said He would be.

Not because He was fine dressed, had so many degrees out of college, spoke His words politely, had a great influence amongst the people. That wouldn't be a prophet. Prophets are very much hated, and so... The people don't like them. Revelation 11 said when they two... the nations hated those prophets. They've always done it.

Jesus said, "You're the ones who stoned the prophets, and you whitened their graves." Said, "You're the one that put them in there. Which one of the prophets that God sent that you didn't stone?" They always are contrary and against the religious systems of the day. And we find out that they stand out boldly. And here was Jesus standing out there. And they seen, though, that He was doing the sign of a prophet, and Simon said--confessed Him to be the Son of God.

SC-53 There was one standing there by the name of Philip (Right... just a couple of verses below it here), Philip. And he had an associate. If you ever studied Philip's life, he had an associate which they set and had Bible studies together. We do that lots of times, set, and study about different things. And ministers, and brethren, lay members, we all study the Bible, get our Bible at home. Boyfriends, and girlfriends, when they're Christians, and husband and wife, we have a little Bible studies.

Nathanael and Philip had been studying the Scrolls together, and they'd been convinced, because they were both believers, that Messiah was... It was time for Him to come. So when Philip saw that happen, he took around the hill to find Nathi--Nathanael.

SC-54 Now, if you'll mark it, if you're ever there, from where Jesus was preaching to where he found Nathanael in that grove, was about fifteen miles. He probably went one day and come back the next. And he found Nathanael. We know the story. He was out in his orchard praying, and the--under the fig tree, a praying.

And I can imagine seeing Nathan--or Philip, standing there waiting until he got through praying. And maybe he was praying something like this: "O Lord, we are ready for the Deliverer. Lord, we have been in Roman captivity all this time. Your people is suffering. O God, they're--they've all gone astray. And looks like the churches has all let down. We are praying, O Lord, send us the Deliverer. Send us the Messiah. We've longed for Him. We prayed and here the--the days are getting past now for me, and I've wanted to see the Messiah. Amen."

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