OPPOSITION
 

A certain amount of opposition is a great help to man. Kites rise against and not with the wind. Even a head wind is better than none. No man ever worked his passage anywhere in a dead calm. Let no man wax pale, therefore, because of opposition." - John Neal, 1800's.
 
What do we do when false rumors and stories are circulated about us? It is human nature to want to lash out and prove our innocence of whatever lie is being told. But is that what we are to do?
 
How we react to persecution and our treatment of those who persecute us is a subject we feel is of extreme importance. Especially now...
 
Down through the ages, those who have done the LORD's work have had to endure heavy trials and persecutions. Many have paid for their faith and obedience to Him with their lives. From the very beginning of this earth's history, there was fierce opposition between "good" and "evil":
 

Gen3...15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.
 

In yielding to temptation, Adam exalted himself above GOD by thinking himself wise enough to make his own decision, EVEN though it opposed the will of GOD. In doing so, he gained a knowledge of evil, and because of his disloyalty to GOD, he opened the "door" which flooded the earth with unspeakable woe. Satan thus obtained temporary rulership of this planet:
 

2Cor4...4 ...the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of GOD, should shine unto them.
 

[See False signs + Wonders]
 

There is no "middle ground"- every human being is either "of GOD" or "of satan":
 

*Jn8...44 You are of (your) father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and (does not) stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own, for he is a liar and the father of it.
 
 
Eph2...1 And you (hath He quickened), who were dead in trespasses and sins; 2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience...
 

[This piece taken from anchorstone.com, http://www.anchorstone.com/number16a.html, composed by Mary Nell Wyatt. GOD directed a few CCCInc. additions to the original, to amplify His meaning, all places marked with * .]
 

 
 

*1Jn3...8 He who sins is of the devil...
9 Whoever has been born of GOD does not sin, for His seed remains in him; and he cannot sin...
10 In this the children of GOD and the children of the devil are manifest: Whoever does not practice righteousness is not of GOD, nor he who does not love his brother.
 

Those who love Christ with all their heart and soul and seek to be like Him are the great enemies of satan. They, like Abraham, are temporarily "strangers in a land that is not theirs." Though they must dwell on this earth for now, they have not given their allegiance to its temporary "prince"- they have instead pledged their obedience to the True King:
 

*Eph2...6 ...and sit together... in the heavenlies in Christ Jesus.
 
*1Jn3...6 Whoever abides in Him does not sin.
 
Heb11...16 ...they desire a better, that is, an heavenly: wherefore GOD is not ashamed to be called their GOD, for He hath prepared for them a city.
 
Eph2...19 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of GOD;
20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner.

 

[CCCInc. Note: Eph2:19 is qualifying saints in Christ, truly living now in Him, see v6,13,21,22; it does not qualify those outside Christ, sinners and ungodly Ps1:5 1Pet4:18. See: saints or hagios; outside Christ. Eph2:13 qualifies "in Christ...by the blood" explaining-qualifying 1Jn1:7 to be holy and blameless, Eph5:1,26,27.]
 
These are those whom "the prince of this world" hates the most, and are those whom he has sought to destroy from the very beginning. His greatest desire is to extinguish the faith of the saints, that they will lose their eternal life and be ultimately destroyed along with him and his fallen angels; but if he sees that he cannot do that, he does all within his power to physically destroy them and hinder their work of spreading the Gospel of Salvation.
 
Those who are Christ's are NOT to expect a life of ease, abundance and freedom from care. In fact, we are told by Christ, Himself, it will be just the opposite:
 

Jn15...19 If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.
20 Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted Me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept My saying, they will keep yours also.

 
 

Christ didn't say, "they MAY persecute you", He said "THEY WILL". And especially today, as we near the return of Christ, satan is full of "great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time" (Rev. 12:12). There remains the finishing of GOD's work before He comes again, and we MUST be aware of the work of the evil one. We must understand what is going on around us.
 
I am reminded of the words of one faithful worker who, over 100 years ago, wrote, "I should doubt whether I were a child of GOD, if the world, or even all professed Christians, spoke well of me. Those who are in earnest to win the crown of eternal life need not be surprised or disheartened because at every step toward the heavenly Canaan they meet with obstacles and encounter trials. The opposition which Christ received came from his own nation..."
 
Because satan knows GOD's Truth carries its own power, he and his evil angels use unconsecrated minds to bring attacks against the messengers of GOD's Truth. "If you can't discredit the message, discredit the messenger:"
 

Mat5...11 Blessed are ye, when (men) shall revile you, and persecute, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for My sake.
12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.
 

There are many people who present the appearance of "good" in their speech and the "gospel" they profess; but in reality it is the "prince of darkness" who is behind their facade of "righteousness". The enemy who wears his true uniform is easy to spot- but the enemy who looks and professes to be "one of us" is the most insidious and dangerous:
 

2Cor11...14 And no marvel; for satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.
15 Therefore no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.
 
*2Pet2...14...cannot cease from sin, enticing unestablished souls. Hearts trained in covetous practices, accursed children.    see Gal1:8,9.
 

These "ministers of righteousness" are foremost among the ones who point to those doing GOD's work and proclaim it to be lies, while claiming that THEY are GOD's true workers- "Listen to me!" Especially when the Truth cannot be repudiated do they formulate false accusations and repeat slanderous remarks. This will not change while we live on this present earth.
 
But how is the Christian to react when faced with blatantly false accusations and severe persecution? Look at the life of Joseph, who was sold as a slave by his own brothers, then falsely accused by Potiphar's wife of a terrible deed and imprisoned. Even under these horrendous circumstances, he forgave his brothers. While in prison, Joseph's virtue and righteousness was so apparent that he came into such great favor with, first, the "keeper of the prison" and then, the king of Egypt, that the pharaoh declared unto Joseph:
 

 
 

Gen41...39...(there is) none so discreet and wise as thou:
40 Thou shalt be over my house, and according unto thy word shall all my people be ruled: only in the throne will I be greater than thou.
41 And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, See, I have set thee over all the land of Egypt.
 

Satan knows how to cleverly design the lies and accusations against the saints. In Joseph's case, he had no way to prove his innocence. It was his word against that of Potiphar's wife. And who would Potiphar believe- his wife, or Joseph? Human nature leads men to take the word of those in "high positions" over the word of the lowly, common man. And Joseph was a slave.
 
Joseph's life was a lesson for mankind all through the ages- he placed his reputation in the hands of the only Judge Who can truly know the heart. And for a season, it must have seemed bleak for him, locked up in that prison. But he never wavered in his faith and because of his righteous character, GOD was able to use him to provide a temporary safe haven for the nation of Israel to grow and thrive in. They were given the "best of the land, the land of Rameses", or "the land of Goshen" (Gen46:6,11) all because of the favor given Joseph by the Pharaoh.
 
But our ultimate example is always Christ. Harsh words and thoughts of revenge against those who malign us bear no likeness to the character of Christ.
 

1Pet2...21...because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow His steps:
22 Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:
23 Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when He suffered, He threatened not; but committed to Him that judgeth righteously:
 

Slander against one's character is seldom vindicated by indignant words and protestations of innocence. It is overcome by simple Truth. No one ever suffered as much contempt, slander and abuse as did our Saviour; yet in the face of all of this, we have no record in the Scriptures of His protests of innocence. He instead preached the Words of Life, not allowing anything to distract Him from that work. His life, His example overcame all the lies and slander. Let us read of His words when He was crucified:
 

Luk23...33 And when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they crucified Him, and the malefactors, one on the right hand, and the other on the left.
34 Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do....
 

On the edge of death, in excruciating pain, His thoughts were toward those who were lost- the very ones who were killing Him-, that they would still come to a knowledge of the Truth. And we have on record several who did exactly that:
 

Mat27...54 Now when the centurion, and they that were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, Truly this was the Son of GOD.
 

Sometimes, it is the example of a person's life and character that wins a soul to Christ as much as it is the hearing of words:
 

 
 

1Pet2...12 Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by good works, which they shall behold, glorify GOD in the day of visitation.
 

For many Christians, this may be the most difficult test they will ever face. For the last 1 1/2 years we have had to sit back and watch helplessly as someone we love dearly was falsely accused of a terrible crime he did not commit; a crime which evidence has proven he did not commit but which evidence was not allowed to be heard in court. Forsaken by his church and friends, he now is in prison facing a long sentence. But through this horrible ordeal, he has continued to manifest his faith in his Saviour and has won many souls to Christ behind those bleak prison walls. During our many conversations with him, not once have we heard him speak vicious remarks about the one who set him up and arranged evidence to make him appear guilty. I dare say that he will have many stars in his crown; many souls will be saved that may have never gotten a chance to hear the Words of Life if he had not suffered so greatly - and remained faithful in spite of the persecution he has faced.
 
Christ made sure His disciples didn't think the opposition would one day cease. In fact, He made it clear that our greatest enemies would many times be those closest to us:
 

Mat10...34 Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.
35 For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.
36 And a man's foes shall be they of his own household.
 

Satan is constantly working to discredit GOD's Truth in whatever manner he can.
 

*2Thes2...9...The coming of the (lawless one) is according to the working of satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders,
10 ...and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
11 And for this reason GOD will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie,
12 that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.    see False signs + Wonders
 

But Truth carries a power with it and it will prevail. Maybe not in our "timing", but in GOD's perfect timing. For a while, Joseph suffered greatly from the false accusations made against him. But he was vindicated and his innocence made evident.
 

Luk8...17 For nothing is secret, that shall not be made manifest; neither hid, that shall not be known and come abroad.
 

Many, many will oppose the Truth and speak out vehemently against it. But the more the arguments against it, the more Truth shines. Some who may never have taken an interest in it before, have their curiosity aroused when they hear the controversy; they decide to investigate this subject which is causing such a turmoil. Those who have a sincere desire to know what is Truth, will know and understand. For others, no amount of evidence will suffice to change their minds, which brings to mind another consideration.

 
 

While in exile, Nehemiah, the cupbearer of the Persian king, heard that his people in Jerusalem were in great distress. Like Moses and all those before him, he was overwhelmed with sorrow for the plight of his people, and wept, fasted and prayed on their behalf. When he was granted the king's permission to go to Jerusalem to organize the people and rebuild the wall, their heathen neighbors (who hated and mocked the Jews) were full of wrath. In their great hatred and jealousy of the Jews, they set out to put a stop to the work:
 

Neh4...11 And our adversaries said, They shall not know, neither see, till we come in the midst among them, and slay them, and cause the work to cease.
 

But Nehemiah, knowing of the plot to attack Jerusalem, set watchmen on the unfinished walls, along with the workmen:
 

Neh4...16 And it came to pass from that time forth, the half of my servants wrought in the work, and the other half of them held both the spears, the shields, and the bows, and the habergeons;...
 

They went about the work GOD had given them to do, even when faced with the prospect of open attack. Nehemiah knew that the Supreme GOD would strengthen them and he was not afraid of the opposition they faced. Satan has hoped to intimidate Nehemiah and the Jews; he hoped to put a stop to GOD's work by using "fear." But they refused to stop working on the wall- they knew their GOD was able to protect and preserve them:
 

Neh4...20...our GOD shall fight for us.
 

As the work progressed and the heathen neighbors saw that the work was almost finished (except for the doors of the gates), they resorted to a different method of attack. They sent messages to Nehemiah that all the surrounding nations believed the reason they were rebuilding the wall was so they could rebel against Persia and set up their own king. They threatened to go to the king of Persia with this accusation of revolt- a threat that could have caused serious consequences if carried out:
 

Neh6...6 It is reported among the heathen, and Gashmu saith, thou and the Jews think to rebel: for which cause thou buildest the wall, that thou mayest be their king, according to these words.
7 And thou hast also appointed prophets to preach of thee at Jerusalem, saying, There is a king in Judah: and now shall it be reported to the king according to these words. Come now therefore, and let us take counsel together.
 

The threat was a means to get Nehemiah to stop work and come meet with them, which was really a pretext to get him alone where they would kill him. But again, Nehemiah placed his faith in GOD and would not be intimidated nor distracted from the task at hand:
 

Neh6...3 And I sent messengers unto them, saying, I (am) doing a great work, so that I cannot come down: why should the work cease, whilst I leave it, and come down to you?
 

 
 

When threatened openly by Sanballat that they would report them to the Persian king as traitors about to revolt, Nehemiah replied:
 

Neh6...8 Then I sent unto him, saying, There are no such things done as thou sayest, but thou feignest them out of thine own heart.
 

Nehemiah never once shrank from the work; threats, open persecution and false accusations were met not with protestations but with the simple statement of fact and the refusal to stop work and go discuss it with them or anyone else. His total dependence on the GOD of his fathers was his only reliance:
 

Neh6...9 For they all made us afraid, saying, Their hands shall be weakened from the work, that it be not done. Now therefore, (O GOD), strengthen my hands.
 

Again, the Bible gives us plain instruction on how to handle opposition. In this case, Nehemiah faced treacherous dangers- had he been a man of weak faith who was intimidated into meeting with the heathen enemies, he would have surely been killed.
 
When threatened with being reported to the Persian king as a traitor, he knew the punishment was certain death. But he knew that GOD would protect them and strengthen them to finish the work as long as they were faithful to Him and put their complete reliance in Him. He never condescended to expend any precious time and energy in counsel or debate with the opposition. And the result? They finished the wall.
 
If we allow the opposition to intimidate us - stop us from the work we have been given to do - in order to meet false accusations and try to work things out, we will lose the battle.
 

2Pet2...2 And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.
3 And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.
 

We must go forward and have confidence that He can overcome all difficulties. We must learn to reflect the character of His Son when faced with persecution and false accusations, and not react with indignation.
 

Rom5...3...but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;
 
Heb10...35 Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward.
36 For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of GOD, ye might receive the promise.
 
Mat10...22 And ye shall be hated of all for My name's sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.
 
Heb10...37 For yet a little while, and He that shall come will come, and will not tarry.
 

 
 
GOD's true blessing and mercy are thru hard conditions, rarely lived,
so very few grow from called to chosen, few experience His agape level.
 
Deut5:9,10; 11:26-28 Jn14:15
 
Mat19:17b..if you want to enter into life, keep the commandments.
 
Jn15:10..If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love,
just as I have kept My Father's commandments and abide in His love.
 
Heb5:9b..He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him,
 
1Jn3:24a..Now he who keeps His commandments abides in Him, and He in him.
 
Rev22:14..Blessed are those do who His commandments, that they may have the right
to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city.
 

      IF GOD has called you to be really like Jesus He will draw you into a life of crucifixion and humility. GOD's call will put such demands of obedience on you that you will not be able to follow other people, or measure yourself by other Christians. At times, He will let other people do things which He will not let you do.
      Other Christians who seem very religious will push themselves, pull wires, and work schemes to carry out their plans. You cannot, and if you attempt it, you will meet with failure and rebuke from the LORD.
      Others may boast of themselves, of their work, of their successes, but the Holy Spirit will not allow you to do any such thing, and if you begin it, He will lead you to despise yourself and all your good works.
      Others may be allowed to succeed in making money, or may have a legacy left to them, but it is likely GOD will keep you poor. GOD wants you to have something far better than gold, namely, a helpless dependence upon Him, that He may demonstrate His faithful love for you in supplying your needs day by day.
      GOD may let others be honored and put forward, and keep you hidden in obscurity in order to produce some fragrant fruit for his coming glory which can only be produced in the shade. He may let others be great, but keep you small. He may let others do a work for Him and get the credit for it now. The reward for your work is held in the hands of Jesus, and you will not see it until He comes.
      The Holy Spirit will put a strict watch over you with a jealous love. He will rebuke you for the little words and feelings or for wasting your time. So make up your mind that GOD is an infinite Sovereign, and has a right to do as He pleases with His own. He does not owe you an explanation of these mysteries. But if you give yourself to be His child, He will wrap you up in a jealous love, and give you the precious blessings for those who belong, heart and soul, to Him.
      Settle it forever, then, that you are to deal directly with the Holy Spirit. It is His option to tie your tongue, or chain your hand, or close your eyes in ways that He does not seem to use with others. And when you are so possessed by the living GOD that your heart delights over this peculiar, personal, private, jealous guardianship and management of the Holy Spirit over your life, you will have found the vestibule of Heaven.
 

Excerpted from Faith, Prayer & Tract League
 
 
DATE: Wed, 30 Oct 2002 19:37:27 -0600
TO: Mrs. Wyatt
RE: Message for Mrs. Mary Nell Wyatt
FROM: Cory Sellers

Thursday, October 24, 2002
Dear Mrs. Wyatt,
 
GOD had us link our homepage to the Anchorstone.com Newsletter index some months back due to the enormous amount of edifying material posted there. It seems that over time, GOD will use the Anchorstone site, and others like it, to edify and exhort many other believers through the documented discoveries.
 
While it is certainly not our desire to minimize the great good and glory GOD receives from Ron's many Spirit-led discoveries and extensive research follow-up and insights, the Spirit of GOD at present cannot fully use the Anchorstone site for hard, gospel truth unless some errors are first corrected. Because of this, it has become our concern to list some of these things that are inconsistent with Scripture, and hope and ask that you will:
 
- receive the below in the spirit of love with which it is sent (1Tim4);
- prayerfully review the material provided;
- make the necessary corrections, for the sake of GOD's holy truth and teaching, Eph4:15.
 
As in all our correspondences, we thank you. It is our sincere prayer that you will prayerfully review these things as from the LORD, hoping for unity of faith Eph4:5,13a, long before He reveals the ark to the world in 2017. May GOD bless you as you seek His input.
 
Sincerely, and in love,
 
Cory Sellers



DATE: Date: Wed, 19 Mar 2003 12:00:32 -0600
TO: Mrs. Wyatt
RE: "Opposition" piece
FROM: Cory Sellers
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Dear Mrs. Wyatt,
 
Further to our Oct '02 e-mail to you, which is also copied below for convenience of your reference, I wanted to thank the Lord again for the good material included in the "Opposition" piece located on your anchorstone.com site, which we have also copied to our site, crediting you as the piece's author with necessary links, etc. GOD has had us interpolate a couple comments in our copied version, then link this page to various other existing pages on our site--information we thought you may find of interest. One such link can be found at...
http://www.cccinc-7candlesticks.org/CCCIncfamily1-SAAug98.html#obedient_faith

 
Below is the URL to our file that contains said "Opposition" piece. I have attached this same file, also for your convenience. We trust the Lord is moving you along in His direction, according to His grace, love and power. May His peace guard you and may His grace guide you as you seek to obey Him.
 
In love,
 
Cory Sellers
 
http://www.cccinc-7candlesticks.org/CCCIncfamily1-SAAug98-SuppA.html
 
 
Particular Matters of Concern:
 
RE: Anchorstone Newsletter 4, "The Ark and the Cave".
ERROR: Mat27:50-53, bodies of saints were literally resurrected.
CORRECTION: After His resurrection. How far after: Heb11:40.
Please see note from Robert marked ** below.
SCRIPTURE: Heb11:40 (1Cor15 1Thes4).
REFER TO: GOD is perfect love, pg 7, for GOD's dictated material.
 
** GOD has proved to CCCInc. the extensive travesty in the
current church of forming doctrine, interpretation, opinion
based on single verses of Scripture, rather than Is28:13,
whereby GOD Himself proves His word by His word to be truth.
 
GOD has shown us the worst (or best) case of man's muddling,
in the incredibly false teaching of 1Jn1:9, whereby man has
millions of believers going to hell for their false belief of
a totally false translation; refer to Family Radio to see the truth.
 
GOD's word in Mat27:53 is nowhere repeated to support your opinion,
on the contrary, GOD thru Paul declares in 1Cor15 1Thes4 Heb11:40
that none are resurrected "apart" from the true body of Christ, so
Enoch, Moses, Elijah and Mary are still waiting for the 1st resurrection.
 
RE: Anchorstone Newsletter 17, "Insights into Biblical Understanding".
ERROR: Jesus was not in the bowels of the earth for a full 3 days and 3 nights.
CORRECTION: Scripture clearly teaches that Christ was crucified on Wednesday just prior to sundown, buried three full days and nights, and was raised Saturday just prior to sundown. This is a common mis-teaching in today's church, and should not be on a site as credible as Anchorstone's.
SCRIPTURE: Mat12:8,40 Mk16:1 Luk23:56 Jn19:14,31.
REFER TO: Christ, our Passover, for GOD's dictated material.
 
RE: Anchorstone Newsletter 18, "The Time of Jacob's Trouble" and ff.
ERRORS: The whole section, beginning with "Forty Days, Fifteen Days and Seven Days".
CORRECTION: GOD's end-times schedule is certainly very precise, but Ron's teaching here is pure fantasy, and quite different from normal Anchorstone Holy Spirit-inspired newsletters.
SCRIPTURES: Numerous.
REFER TO: GOD's Latter Days Covenant, for GOD's dictated material.
 
 
 
 

[The following was excerpted from CLS daily summaries, 9/16/02, and has since been confirmed by GOD as true:]
 
   I felt like the LORD would have me to pass this on to Robert. It is an excerpt from http://www.anchorstone.com/babel6.html [last section, entitled "Babylon is Fallen, is Fallen!"], and I found myself very excited in spirit as I read, mainly because what is written here is very similar to what GOD has been showing us lately. It's not exactly new or revelatory, but the fact that it is almost entirely correct, though not taught in most churches, was the exciting part.
 
   As I read this yesterday (Sun, 9-15-02), I had a thought which I am not sure was from GOD, but I think that it possibly was. I am waiting for His confirmation of yes or no, but after reading the below, I began to suspect that Ron's death was a result of judgement for beginning to teach doctrine in his newsletters rather than simply sharing what GOD had done through him. This would be similar to Branham's error, when GOD never called him to teach a thing, Jam3:1. Again, I cannot be sure whether or not this thought was from GOD. He has given me no proof either way yet. I'm simply stating it for the record in case it was from GOD and He wants to expand on it. The below ['babel6' excerpt] was composed in '96, 3 years prior to Ron's death, and appears to be the last major exploration he embarked on. This makes me think that GOD is saying (and it seems a pretty firm notion in my spirit, as if from Him), that somehow, during this general time period (around '96), something he did or didn't do was related to the judgement that led to his death.
 
[see Branham's fate]

 
 
family teaching #6: love
Part 3
 

Jn21..Jesus said to Simon Peter, "Simon, of Jonah, do you love Me more than these?" He said to Him, "Yes, LORD; You know that I love You." He said to Him, "Feed My lambs."
16 He said to him again a second time, "Simon, of Jonah, do you love Me?" He said to Him, "Yes, LORD; You know that I love You." He said to him, "Tend My sheep."
17 He said to him the third time, "Simon, of Jonah, do you love Me?" Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, "Do you love Me?" And he said to Him, "LORD, You know all things; You know that I love You." Jesus said to him, "Feed My sheep."

 
GOD in Jn21 is clear, He challenged Peter to prove his love, by "feeding His sheep," meaning,
teaching "all things" Mat28:20, which is rare in the current church Acts20:29,30.
 
GOD's full, hard gospel is rarely taught because very few love Him 1st and deeply
enough to risk offending the vast sinful church, witness Hybels Jn12:43 Jam4:4.
 
GOD's full, hard gospel is shared by His chosen, copying Christ in death Jn10:17; 15:10,
proving they love Him, even to death Rev6:9-11; 11:3-7, in constant joy and praise.
 
GOD in Ezek33 warns us to share all things, as Paul in Acts20:17-35 Eph4:15 Col1:28,29.
 

Jn14..15 If you love Me, keep My commandments.
16 "And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever -
17 "The Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.
18 "I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.

GOD promised: a helper,
to know + to see Him,
to live, to be loved,
to be His dwelling place...
all based on v.15.

19 "A little while longer and the world will see Me no more, but you will see Me. Because I live, you will live also."
21 "He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him."
23 Jesus answered and said to him, "If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him."

 

Jn15..8 "By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.
9 "As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love.
10 "If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father's commandments and abide in His love.

 
GOD's hard truth is rarely believed and taught in the current church, rather,
it teaches against an intimate, one-on-one, personal love relationship in Him.
 
GOD is Spirit, so He seeks our spiritual relationship Jn4, only possible thru obeying,
yet the current church fails to teach the conditions and degrees seen in the Greek.
 
GOD's initial love to us is moral, but as we obey some begin a partial knowing
1Jn2:3,24,27, then He elects a few to deeper, fuller knowing 1Jn3:6; 5:20, if we 1Jn3:24.
 
GOD tests our desire, effort, willingness to love Him from the heart Mat22 Jam1:12.
 
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