Transformed and Sanctified by the Word, Jesus Christ

The following excerpt is from “The Hour Has Come” by G. Ray Jordan. Published in 1948, this work of Jordan’s is an examination and commentary on Jesus Christ’s high priestly prayer in John 17. Again, it is as relevant for the believer today as when it was first written. As followers of Christ in these Last Days, we are living in a time of ever-expanding immorality, compromise, tolerance, and wickedness. It is increasingly more perilous for the Christian to live a separated life, however it is the Word of God which transformed us that will sanctify us.

“I have manifested Your name to the men whom You have given Me out of the world. They were Yours, You gave them to Me, and they have kept Your word. Now they have known that all things which You have given Me are from You. For I have given to them the words which You have given Me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came forth from You; and they have believed that You sent Me. “I pray for them. I do not pray for the world but for those whom You have given Me, for they are Yours. And all Mine are Yours, and Yours are Mine, and I am glorified in them. Now I am no longer in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to You. Holy Father, keep through Your name those whom You have given Me, that they may be one as We are. While I was with them in the world, I kept them in Your name. Those whom You gave Me I have kept; and none of them is lost except the son of perdition, that the Scripture might be fulfilled. But now I come to You, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have My joy fulfilled in themselves. I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth. As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. And for their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also may be sanctified by the truth.” – John 17:6-19

Christ is thinking of a much nobler purpose and a far greater challenge when he insists those who are his devoted disciples cannot follow “the way of the world.” Here is something so spiritually superior it has to do with the divine difference. Jesus makes it quite plain when he declares that “the glory which thou gavest me I have given them.” These friends are to be one with him in spirit and purpose. They are not to be controlled by the social, moral, or ethical standards of society or of any merely human group. The spirit of heaven has touched them. These men are not perfect. But they have seen the stars, and never again can they be satisfied with things of the earth.

When the intimate friends of Jesus began to understand him, to love him and eagerly give themselves to him, something magnificent happened to them. Their faces were turned in a different direction; their hearts thrilled to a higher devotion. Their wills were given to a new objective; their desires were set toward a divine purpose. The customs of society never crushed them after that. They refuse to be slaves to the codes of any earthly kingdom. Their lives were literally transformed. Spiritually they were born again. Any description less vivid fails to tell the full story of what happened to them.

Saul of Tarsus was captivated by the strange Man who went to a cross rather than abandon his hopes and surrender his ideals for life. Saul could do nothing less than give him his heart. His mind, his will, and his emotions were all affected by the spirit of this man who had been crucified because he would not compromise. He saw the devotion Christ manifested as the hope of humanity. A new power came to him. He urged his comrades not to conform to the standards of those about them. They should never succumb to the sordid moral conditions of the cities in which they lived, nor conform to the low ethical ideas of the Mediterranean world.

But mere lack of conformity to popular customs is not sufficient. Christians are to be transformed. There to be changed by the spirit and power of God. This is a radical experience. Only God can bring it to pass. As we yield ourselves to him, we find a power greater than our own which works in and through us. Obviously this is a far cry from simply refusing to abide by certain social customs. Those who decide to become divinely different by offering their wills to the heavenly Father on the highway to real greatness, even to God-likeness.

Here’s a sweeping experience which affects all of life because it has to do with every possible personal and social adjustment. A Christian treats himself differently because he is transformed. He thinks of Christ’s way rather than the world’s for dealing with any situation which arises.

Words of Grace for Strength:

Transformation is change, an event, which for the Christian was accomplished by Christ’s finished work at Calvary. Transforming his life from one of sin and death, to one which has been redeemed and justified into holiness and life. A part of Transformation is the process of Sanctification. Sanctification is also change, initiated by Christ at Calvary, which is then followed through by the faith and actions of the believer in his desire for a growing, continual, obedient relationship with God. This is accomplished through the study and application of His Word to the believer’s life. Transformation is being placed in Christ, while Sanctification is the ongoing process of being separated or set apart in holiness to God so that the believer might become more Christ-like.

True disciples of Jesus Christ today can be identified by their desire for Transformation and Sanctification in much the same way as those who walked and talked with Jesus during His earthly ministry. It is all a function of will. Those who are true disciples of Jesus Christ have heeded the instruction of the Holy Spirit through the Word given to the Apostle Paul, as written in the book of Romans:

“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” – Romans 12:1&2

The true disciple of Jesus Christ no longer operates under his own will, but has placed his will subservient to the Will of God. Because of this the disciple is no longer operating under his own power, but is dependent upon, and operating through, the power of God (Philippians 3:10, Ephesians 6:10 & 11). The power is there for any disciple to tap into by turning to God in wholehearted faith and obedience. If we do not choose to seek out and use that power, it is our fault alone if our lives are more difficult than need be.

We are living in troublesome times, terrible times. This world is full of corruption, deceit, hate, avarice, and lawlessness. Because of compromise, tolerance, and inclusiveness, society in every country is breaking down due to a lack of principles, morals, and rule of law. Wickedness prevails in most of the world as it spirals out of control under the influence of the prince of the power of this world, Satan himself.

The true disciple of Jesus Christ recognizes this, and in obedience to the Will of God, takes up the “whole armor of God” (Ephesians 6:13) to be able to make a stand for Jesus Christ in these Last Days. The promise of victory for the true disciple of Jesus Christ is found in the passage above (John 17:6-19), and that our Savior not only has given us into the hand of His Father, but has asked His Father to protect us from the evil one (Satan) and to sanctify us through His Truth. Jesus identifies the Word as Truth. John 1:1-3 identifies Jesus as the Word. It follows then, that as disciples of Jesus Christ, we are sanctified by God through Jesus Christ. Make sure to note that in the prayer of John 17 Jesus asks that we be kept from the evil one, not necessarily taken out of the world when faced with evil. We are meant to fight for the cause of Christ, and our Lord made sure we are equipped to do battle, if we just take up the armor and tap into the power. As always the provision of the Lord is abundant beyond comprehension.

We are living in the Last Days, and as it is the Lord who appoints the times and seasons,we as disciples should be acutely aware of both the time and season. So, as we live in these Last Days, we must do so in the Will of God, by the power of God, and we should do so remembering the words of the Apostle Paul to Titus.

Titus 2:11-14 “For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works.”

EvenSoCome

Confusion, and Barack Hussein Obama

“Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.

Little children, it is the last hour; and as you have heard that the Antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come, by which we know that it is the last hour. They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us; but they went out that they might be made manifest, that none of them were of us. But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you know all things.

I have not written to you because you do not know the truth, but because you know it, and that no lie is of the truth. Who is a liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist who denies the Father and the Son. Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father either; he who acknowledges the Son has the Father also.

Therefore let that abide in you which you heard from the beginning. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, you also will abide in the Son and in the Father. And this is the promise that He has promised us—eternal life.

These things I have written to you concerning those who try to deceive you. But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him. And now, little children, abide in Him, that when He appears, we may have confidence and not be ashamed before Him at His coming. If you know that He is righteous, you know that everyone who practices righteousness is born of Him.” 1 John 2:15-29

What are the foundational, fundamental beliefs which drive the decisions and ambitions of Barack Hussein Obama? I must admit that, for most of the 6+ years of his presidency I have considered him to be a Muslim. However, I have recently begun to reassess this thought. While he has personally claimed to be a Christian, his words, actions, and in fact the very evidence of his very life are contradictory to that claim. His one-time membership in the church pastored by Jeremiah Wright and his personal relationship with that pastor are well documented, as is the black liberation theology he teaches. It has been, and still is, my assertion that Jeremiah Wright is a false prophet and false teacher whose theology espouses hatred, which is completely antithetical to the teachings of Jesus Christ. If Jeremiah Wright or Barack Obama either were at one time in their life drawn to the Truth of the Gospel and the True Church, I submit that; “They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us; but they went out that they might be made manifest, that none of them were of us.” (1 John 2:19)

It is therefore my contention that Barack Obama is not a Christian, and I am confident in saying so because his life has borne no evidence of any fruits of the Spirit. In fact, what evidence there is would point to him being anti-Christian. His stand for abortion, for homosexual marriage, and to force faith-based organizations to pay for contraceptives through Obamacare are examples, as is his Department of Justice and Department of Defense’s persecution of those who express their faith in Christ. The very fact that he ignored for months (while he was busy on the golf course) the plight of Christians in Iraq who are being persecuted by the ISIS, is evidence enough for most that he is anti-Christian. His negligence of the Christians in Iraq is documented in an article written by Kirsten Powers entitled; Obama’s inattention to Iraqi Christians, and published on August 13, 2014 in USA Today.

But, does this mean he is a Muslim? Of a certainty there is more evidence to make that claim than any other. We might begin with the very fact that he received a good portion of his early education in a Muslim madrassa (school) in Indonesia. Or we might point to the fact that all of his relatives in Kenya are Muslim. And in fact, his brother Malik Obama is the executive secretary of the Islamic Da’wa Organization (IDO) and is reported to oversee the Muslim Brotherhood’s international investments. Malik Obama is also known to associate with members of Hamas as well as the Muslim Brotherhood. The Obama brothers are said to be very close, Malik was the best man at Barack’s wedding to Michelle, and Malik has visited Barack in the White House on numerous occasions. Then there is this, Barack Obama has written that one of the most beautiful sounds he has ever heard is the Muslim call to prayers, and in an address to the United Nations General Assembly in September 2012 said; “The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam.”

In two recent articles it has been documented that no less than seven individuals who have ties with the Muslim Brotherhood serve or have served in appointed positions in the Obama administration. The first article titled; Sharia Advisors – Barack Obama’s Muslim Appointees In High-Security Positions, was written by Leon Puissegur and published April 29, 2014 on freedomoutpost.com and the second article titled; Barack Obama Has a Preference for Muslim Brotherhood Advisers, was written by Sara Noble and published May 4, 2014 on independentsentinel.com

Those named in the articles were;

• Arif Alikhan — Assistant Secretary for Policy Development for DHS
• Mohamed Elibiary — Homeland Security Adviser
• Rashad Hussain Marayati — Special Envoy to the Organization of the Islamic Conference
• Salam al-Marayati — Adviser, Founder and Executive Director, Muslim Public Affairs Council
• Imam Mohamed Magid — Obama’s Sharia Czar — Islamic Society of North America
• Eboo Patel — Advisory Council on Faith-Based Neighborhood Partnerships
• Kareem Shora, – a native of Damascus, Syria, Homeland Security Advisory Council

Also of note is Huma Abedin, who was the Assistant to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and who has extensive family ties to the Muslim Brotherhood.

In writing about President Obama’s obvious ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, Graham J. Noble noted in a recent editorial; “One should consider that family connections to terrorist organizations would not only render any private American citizen ineligible to serve in the US Armed Forces, or be hired for any number of government jobs, but would also make them subject to surveillance and, quite possibly, investigation. The fact that such well-documented ties can be traced to no less a person than the president of the United States makes one wonder how Barack Hussein Obama was obviously able to completely evade any vetting process. Whilst, in a free society, there should be few barriers to running for public office, the position of Commander-in-Chief is far too sensitive and important to expose to someone with such dubious links as our current leader.”

But once again I ask, is this enough evidence to say that Barack Hussein Obama is a Muslim? Or, is he an Islamist? What is the difference you ask? An Islamist is one who adheres to an ideology of Islamism which uses the religion of Islam to promote totalitarianism with respect to politics, economics, militarism, and technology. As such Islamism is no different from socialism, Marxist-Leninist communism, or fascism in the way it desires to control the state and society. Islamism is anti-capitalist and as such most decidedly anti-American. Islam as a religion is personal, therefore a Muslim’s response to Islamic law is his choice. The Islamist on the other hand desires to force his form of totalitarian ideology and religion on everyone.

Since we have mentioned communism, and because Barack Obama has also been accused of being a socialist, perhaps we should explore briefly this subject as well. Unless you have been living under a rock, or are simply willfully ignorant, you are aware of Barack Obama’s relationship with Bill Ayres and Bernadine Dohrn, formerly of the Weather Underground, classic Marxist-Leninist communists, who launched his political career in their living room. You should also be aware of Barack Obama’s adherence to the organizational teachings of Saul Alinsky, also a communist, and perhaps even of his relationship with the communist Frank Marshall Davis who mentored the young Barack Obama in Hawaii in the 1970s.

Frank Marshall Davis worked with Robert Taylor in the American Peace Mobilization group which was a communist front organization, and through Taylor, Davis met a Chicago writer named Vernon Jarrett. Davis and Vernon Jarrett were part of the publicity team for the Packinghouse Workers Union which was communist controlled. Now then, here is an interesting little tidbit of information, President Barack Hussein Obama’s most trusted advisor in the White House is Valerie Jarrett. Valerie Jarrett holds the title of Senior Advisor to the president. Her grandfather was Robert Taylor and her father-in-law, Vernon Jarrett, and she was introduced to Barack Obama by Bill Ayres. So then, legitimately, the question might be asked, is Barack Hussein Obama a socialistic communist?

Islamist, communist notwithstanding, there is one “IST” that describes Barack Obama that I am willing to be dogmatic about; he is a Narcissist. The concise Encyclopedia defines narcissism as a mental disorder characterized by extreme self-absorption, an exaggerated sense of self-importance, and a need for attention and admiration from others. Narcissists are also described as being haughty, aloof, and unusually cool and composed unless their confidence is shaken and they feel threatened, which manifests itself in hypersensitivity to insults whether real or imagined. Narcissists have difficulty with empathy and sustaining satisfying relationships, and use other people without considering their feelings or counting the cost for having done so. Narcissists have unreasonable expectations of favorable treatment because they are convinced they are special and are thus entitled. Any failure to comply with their desires is considered an attack on their superiority. Typically, they are braggarts who exaggerate their achievements and claim an above average intelligence, and expertise in many areas. Narcissists have an inability to view the world from other people’s perspectives, detest those who do not admire them, have no sense of guilt or remorse, and yet are vulnerable to shame.

I believe this very aptly describes Barack Obama. From the very beginning of his presidency he has abused the American people with the excesses of his lifestyle as president. From the unmatched opulence of his vacations and those of his family, to the incessant pandering of and to his liberal Hollywood cronies, to his limitless addiction to the game of golf, he has shown no regard for the financial burden he has placed on the American taxpayer or the dereliction of his duty as president during times of international crisis. Because of his own personal ideology he has alienated our allies and emboldened our enemies. He has destroyed our healthcare system, crippled our economy, and marginalized our military. His administration has displayed abject corruption in its Department of Justice, IRS, Department of Homeland Security, and Bureau of land management, Bureau of alcohol, tobacco, and firearms, and Department of State. Barack Obama does not like the United States of America, but Barack Obama likes his position, Barack Obama likes his pleasures, and Barack Obama likes his power. Barack Obama loves worldly things!

“Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world.” (1 John 2:15-16)

I believe Barack Obama is an Islamist, and a socialist/communist, and I believe because of their incompatibility, and because ultimately he is a narcissist; that he is presently one of the most confused individuals who has ever walked the earth. I believe he came into the presidency with the socialistic goal of the destruction of the United States power and influence in the world. I believe his Islamist ideology is in opposition to the socialist/communist goals of his handlers who placed him in the presidency, yet he has a desire to see it succeed. I believe his narcissistic and hedonistic desires and affectations have caused him to turn away from any semblance of responsibility, without remorse. I do not believe that he is incompetent, I do not believe that he does not care, I do believe that absolutely everything he has done or not done has been planned.

“Little children, it is the last hour; and as you have heard that the Antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come, by which we know that it is the last hour.” (1 John 2:18)

Barack Hussein Obama is not a Christian. He is an anti-Christian, not the Antichrist but an antichrist, and we are living in the last hour. As I have often stated before, nowhere in End Times prophetic Scripture is the United States of America found. Therefore, though I believe Barack Obama serves “the prince of the power of the air” (Ephesians 2:2) and the “rulers of the darkness of this age” (Ephesians 6:12), ultimately, whether he is aware of it or not, even in his sinfulness he is accomplishing the will of God.

“And now, little children, abide in Him, that when He appears, we may have confidence and not be ashamed before Him at His coming.” (1 John 2:28)

EvenSoCome Lord Jesus!