Good morning, beloved friends and brethren present, ministers present, and those in different nations and congregations; and also to the symphony and its director, Osmin Rodriguez, and everyone who has come from different nations for the CUMIPAZ 2016 events here in Paraguay. Welcome to everyone, and may God bless you all and use you greatly in His Program relevant to this end time.
On this occasion, let’s read in Saint Luke chapter 10, verses 17 to 20… And the Word of God says:
“And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through Thy name.
And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from Heaven.
Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.
Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in Heaven.”
“THE PEOPLE REJOICING THAT THEIR NAMES ARE WRITTEN IN HEAVEN.” That is the subject of our Bible school for today: Sunday, September 25, 2016.
May God bless our souls with His Word and allow us to comprehend It. The names written in Heaven of all the born-again believers in Christ who form the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ, their names are written in the section called the Lamb’s Book of Life, which Book is in Heaven. Their names have been placed there since before the foundation of the world, as taught in the Scripture, and they are the ones that... if the problem at the Garden of Eden hadn’t happened, they would have been the first ones to be born on Earth after Adam and Eve.
Therefore, a period of time has transpired; but since the believers in God, the children of God come from eternity, no time has been lost; and the experience we have obtained on this Earth in these mortal bodies has been a unique experience that will never be repeated again in our lives.
The Lamb’s Book of Life is a part of the Book of Life, the other section is called the Book of Life, and from that section names can be blotted out, like the name of Judas Iscariot, which was blotted out, and other names which have been blotted out from the section of the Book of Life.
For instance, in the Book of Revelation it speaks a lot about the Book of Life, and it says… Revelation chapter 3, verse 5, says:
“He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.”
Here it shows us that names of people who add or take away from the Word, can be blotted out from the section of the Book of Life; but from the section of the Lamb’s Book of Life, the names written There cannot be blotted out, because they are the ones that form the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ, which are the sons and daughters of God.
In Revelation chapter 22, verse 19, says:
“If any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.”
Here it shows us that from the section of the Book of Life the names of the people that add or take away from the Word can be blotted out. “If any man shall take away from the words of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the Book of Life. That’s from the section called, the Book of Life, but names cannot be blotted out from the section of the Lamb’s Book of Life.
It is important to be aware that our names are written in Heaven in the Lamb’s Book of Life. That is the section of the elect of God who would come to Earth in mortal bodies to make contact with Christ in order to be restored to eternal Life.
That is why Christ came to Earth and died for the elect of God; and other people written in the other section also enter into Christianity, and they will live eternally in the Kingdom of God if their names are not blotted out from that section of the Book of Life.
It is like the time of the deliverance of the Hebrew people, the Exodus, when the paschal lamb was sacrificed for the preservation of the life of the firstborn of God, from among the Hebrew people, back then in Egypt. Then they left the following day, in the Exodus, but other people who were not Jews also left in the Exodus and left towards the promise land with Moses.
That’s how it is also in Christianity, wherein the elect of God have gone towards the promised land, the ones for whom the Paschal Lamb, the Lamb of God, Christ, died on Calvary’s Cross for the preservation of the life of the firstborns written in Heaven in the Lamb’s Book of Life.
All the people in that Exodus are not of those written in the section of the Lamb’s Book of Life; a part of them are written in that section, and the other part are written in the section called the Book of Life— which is another section of the Book of Eternal Life. That is why some can be blotted out, but others cannot be blotted out from the Book of Life.
There is a Scripture here in Hebrews chapter 12, verses 22 and on, where it says:
“But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels,
To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven...”
The firstborn written in Heaven, where? In the Lamb’s Book of Life.
The firstborn, like the firstborn Hebrews in Egypt: they were delivered; they did not die, their lives were preserved. Likewise, the lives of the firstborn written in Heaven –the ones who would form the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ–, their lives are preserved to live eternally in the Kingdom of Christ.
In other words, the people, the individuals whose names are written in Heaven (there are names written in Heaven), in the Lamb’s Book of Life, they are the ones who would make up the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ. They are the sheep of the Lord who would hear His Voice, would hear the Gospel, and the faith of Christ would be born in their soul and they would receive Him as their only and sufficient Savior; and they would receive the Spirit of Christ, after being baptized in water, in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and then Christ would baptize them with the Holy Spirit and Fire, and would produce in them the new birth. They would be born again, they would be born into the Kingdom of God, in the Kingdom of Christ, wherein the people are born spiritually; so that at the Last Day they could obtain the transformation if they are alive, or the resurrection in eternal bodies, if they died during the time they were allotted to live on Earth.
This means that those who have their names written in Heaven in the Lamb’s Book of Life, they are the most privileged of all the human beings that have come to live on this Earth; they are the most privileged people, along with Christ.
“...to the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect,
And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel.”
He it shows us that we have come unto Zion, to the city of the Living God: the heavenly Jerusalem.
When the person has received Christ, and has been baptized in water in His Name, and has received His Spirit, he has obtained the new birth and has been born in the Kingdom of Christ, in the Kingdom of God, and therefore, he has come unto Zion, the heavenly Jerusalem, the City of God. In other words, now he is a person with heavenly citizenship.
Just like when an individual is born on Earth, he obtains the earthly citizenship from the country in which he was born, and when he is born again in the Kingdom of God, he obtains the heavenly citizenship, and thus, he is a heavenly person with his name written in Heaven in the Lamb’s Book of Life.
Some day we will know the name God has for us.
Now, verse 25 of the same chapter 12 of Hebrews, says:
“...See that ye refuse not him that speaketh (in other words: the Holy Spirit, who is the One who speaks in the midst of His Church and consequently, in this planet Earth.) For if they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven.
Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven.
And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain.
Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear:
For our God is a consuming fire.”
And now, the One who speaks from the Heavens is the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Christ; and He speaks in the midst of His Church, which Church is in Heaven, in the heavenly or spiritual sphere; because every believer in Christ has been translated from this Earth, from this earthly kingdom to the heavenly Kingdom.
Colossians chapter 1, verses 12 and on, says:
giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light (The saints in Light are the believers in Christ);
who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son...”
He shows us here that we have been translated from one kingdom to another Kingdom. When we were physically born on this Earth, we were born into the kingdom of darkness. And when we receive Christ as our Savior, and we were baptized in water His Name, and we received His Spirit, we received the new birth; and therefore, we have been born in the Kingdom of God, in the Kingdom of Christ our Savior.
Christ spoke about this to Nicodemus when He said to him in Saint John chapter 3, verse 1 and on… it says:
“There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews:
The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.
Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born?
Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the Kingdom of God.
That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.”
It is necessary to be born again in order to enter into the Kingdom of God, as it is necessary for us to be born on this Earth through our parents in order to enter this earthly kingdom, in which kingdom are living all the human beings after being born on this Earth.
Likewise, to enter into the Kingdom of God, we have to be born in the Kingdom of God, by being born of the Water and the Spirit, by being born of the Gospel of Christ, and of the Holy Spirit. And thus, by obtaining that new birth, we are already inside the Kingdom of God as children: growing, receiving the spiritual nourishment, and growing until we reach the stature of a perfect man, of a perfect person.
Some day we will reach perfection, and some day we will be like Christ, with physical glorified bodies, and with the theophanic Spirit He grants us when He gives us the new birth. In body and spirit, we will be in His image. The spiritual or theophanic body is the image; and the likeness of Christ; is the physical likeness, a physical and young body, like the Body of Christ our Savior.
That is what has been promised for the believers in Christ of all the stages of His Church; and those are the people who, throughout different stages have rejoiced that their names are written in Heaven.
Knowing that our names are written in Heaven, in the Lamb’s Book of Life, is a motive of joy, and that’s the reason why we have responded to the calling of the Gospel of Christ to receive Him as our only and sufficient Savior.
And it has not been by our own merits, but by an act of God. He chose us before the foundation of the world to be part of His Church, to be a son or daughter of God who would form a part of the Mystical Body of Christ our Savior. In other words, we are a Divine Thought made a reality in the Mystical Body of Christ our Savior.
Salvation comes from God. It is not that you have earned salvation, but Christ was the One who earned it for us. He is the one who made the Program and the One who has obtained Salvation and eternal Life for all of us. That is why when we hear the Gospel of Christ, the faith of Christ is born in our souls and we receive Him as our only and sufficient Savior, for Salvation and eternal Life. Therefore, we are safe in God.
Christ said in Saint John chapter 10:
“Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.
But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.
To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out.
And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice.
And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers.
This parable spake Jesus unto them: but they understood not what things they were which he spake unto them.
Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep.
All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them.
I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.
The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly,” (in other words, eternal Life is life in abundance.)
“I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep (that is why He gave His Life at Calvary’s Cross).”
Then, turning to verse 24 of this same chapter 10 of Saint John, it says:
“Then came the Jews round about him, and said unto him, How long dost thou make us to doubt? If thou be the Christ, tell us plainly.
Jesus answered them, I told you, and ye believed not: the works that I do in my Father's name, they bear witness of me.
But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you.”
In other words, the reason they did not believe was because they were not of His sheep.
Verse 27 and on:
“My sheep hear My Voice, and I know them, and they follow me:
And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.”
In other words, nobody can pluck them out of the Hand of the Lord. They cannot perish. They will live eternally, their names cannot be blotted out from the Lamb’s Book of Life, because they cannot be erased from that Book.
“My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's Hand.
I and my Father are one.”
In other words, God’s elect, His chosen one, is predestined; he is a person written in the Lamb’s Book of Life and his name can never be blotted out. That is the assurance Christ gives to all His born-again believers.
The believers in Christ are born again, they are born in the Kingdom of Christ, they are born in the Mystical Body of Christ as sons and daughters of God. It is Christ in Holy Spirit in the midst of His Church working and bringing forth the conversion and new birth to all those written in Heaven in the Lamb’s Book of Life.
And since the Church is the Second Eve, the helpmeet of Christ, then the sons and daughters of God are born in the midst of His Church; Christ through His Church and in His Church reproduces Himself in sons and daughters of God, and that is the Mystical Body of Christ, that is the place where they are born, where they grow and hear the Word, where they are being fed daily with the Word Christ brings to His Church from age to age.
And seven stages of His Church among the Gentiles have passed, and we are already in the stage of the Age of the Cornerstone; the most important stage of all stages, because it is the stage for the adoption of the sons and daughters of God, in other words, for the resurrection of the dead in Christ into glorified bodies and for the transformation of the ones alive to be like Christ our Savior.
That is how simple God’s Program is for the believers in Christ in this end time. That is why we are waiting for our transformation: to be in the image and likeness of Christ our Savior.
He continues to call and gather His elect. Therefore, if there is someone who has not yet received Christ as his Savior, you may do so at this time and we will be praying for you. Whether you are here or in another country, you can come forward to the Feet of Christ, you may come to the front to be included in the prayer we will be making for everyone who will be receiving Christ as their only and sufficient Savior.
Let’s wait a few minutes for those who have heard and had not yet received Christ, for them to come to the front, so they can receive Him as their only and sufficient Savior.
We have seen that receiving Christ as our Savior is a matter of eternal Life. We receive eternal Life when we accept Christ as our only and sufficient Savior. No other person can grant us eternal Life, only Jesus Christ can give us eternal Life, because He has eternal Life.
Let’s stand to pray for the people who are coming to the Feet of Christ on this occasion.
With our eyes closed, our heads bowed:
Heavenly Father, in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ I come to You with all these people who are receiving Christ as their only and sufficient Savior. I pray that You receive them in Your Kingdom; may You place them in Your Kingdom on this occasion. I pray to You in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
Now, repeat this prayer after me which I will be making for everyone who has come to the Feet of Christ this morning:
Lord Jesus Christ, I come to You, aware that You are the only Savior.
I give public testimony of Your Faith in me and of my faith in You and I receive You as my only and sufficient Savior.
I pray that You forgive my sins, and may You cleanse me from all sin with Your Blood and baptize me with Holy Spirit and Fire and bring forth the new birth in me.
I want to be born in Your Kingdom. I want to live eternally.
I acknowledge that there is no other Name under Heaven given unto men whereby we must saved, Your Name is the only Name for salvation and eternal Life. I acknowledge Your death on the Cross as the Sacrifice of Atonement for our sins.
Lord, make a reality in my life the salvation You purchased for me at Calvary’s Cross. I pray to You in Your Eternal and glorious Name, Lord Jesus Christ. Amen and amen.
Now, those who have come to the Feet of Christ here and in other countries will ask: “When can you baptize me?” Christ said: “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.” [Mark 16:15-16]
Now, you will tell me: “I have heard the Gospel of Christ, and I have believed with all my heart and I have received Him as my Savior.”
Since you have received Him as your Savior, you may be baptized and may Christ baptize you with Holy Spirit and Fire and bring forth in you the new birth.
Water baptism is typological. In water baptism, we identify with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection. Therefore, you may be baptized, and may Christ baptize you with the Holy Spirit and Fire and bring forth the new birth in you.
In each country, I leave each minister to inform you what you must do to be baptized in water in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ. I leave Reverend Nino here with us to let you know what you must do to be baptized in water in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
I leave Reverend Porfirio Tilleria here with us now.
Continue having a joyful day filled with the blessings of Christ our Savior.
“THE PEOPLE REJOICING THAT THEIR NAMES ARE WRITTEN IN HEAVEN.”
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