POSITION IN CHRIST (Adoption 3)

So 22.05.1960, vormittags, Branham Tabernacle
Jeffersonville, Indiana, USA

Adoption

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...Neville. Good morning, class. We’re very happy to be back again to greet you again in that all-sufficient Name of the Lord Jesus. Trusting that you’ve had a great week of His praises and blessings.

Just coming in this morning, I met a little boy there and he gave me a little plaque of the guarding Angel watching over two little children. And I didn’t know that that was the Daulton, little Daulton boy.

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And here a few weeks ago, or a few... About two weeks ago, there was a father, Christian father, asked for his teenage daughter that was not yet a Christian, while he was standing in the prayer line. And the Holy Spirit said through, “I—I give you your child.” And here she is this morning, saved and baptized in the Name of the Lord Jesus, sitting on the platform, just as the Holy Spirit said. And the other children are all sitting around. I know the Daulton family’s happy.

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See the little lady there that they’ve had prayer for the baby last Sunday, thought was going to die. I see it’s still with us this morning, and we’re so happy for that, sister. They thought it had muscular dystrophy, and it didn’t have it. So we are very thankful.

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See all of our good friends. I remember this man here coming to me in a special interview at—at Chautauqua one time, I believe it was. I had breakfast with you and your wife and children, I believe it... or you and your wife, or children, yes, too. [A brother says, “Middletown.”] Middletown, at the... But we all... I forget that name, so I just call it Chautauqua. Yes, sir. Many of my good friends.

Brother Charlie Cox and Sister Nellie over here, who’s been a second home to me, and nothing but you could be my own children. I go down there, it’s where I spend most of my time of relaxing, is down there. He’s the best squirrel hunter in Kentucky when I’m in Indiana. And so Indiana... And Charlie, I’m telling you I’m just longing, feeling awful much like I ought to catch a few of them crappies or striped bass before I start up there. I just really feel like I could stand it lots.

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Brother Parnell... Par-... Arnett, from Lou-... South Carolina. And Brother... Well, just so many different ones here from different places, that come in this morning to visit with us.

You know, we don’t have any regular membership here. We just have fellowship one with the other, while the Blood of Jesus Christ, God’s Son, cleanses us from all unrighteousness.

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Now, we are having a wonderful study, just glorious. And we are, at least I’m... know I’m enjoying it, and I know all you are enjoying it too. I get started sometimes through the day, to speak about it or read about it, I get about two verses and I get started through the Scriptures and, the first thing you know, I’ve done been from Genesis to Revelation, still going.

And, you know, I’d like to take a time where we could—where we could get on the Book of—of Hebrews, and take just like... Well, when squirrel season comes in, like Septem-... about Oct-... August, you know, and go on through until time to go overseas, just each night on the Book of Hebrews, or the Book of Exodus. How God, Exodus, bringing out His people out of Egypt, an exodus! Very beautiful type of us now getting ready for our exodus. It’s, oh, it’s such a beautiful thing. The whole Scripture just ties together, and it’s one big Story.

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Now, this morning we’re—we’re still in the Book of... We was going to take the first three chapters of—of the Book of Ephesians. Paul’s letter to the Ephesians at Ephesus, trying, positionally placing the church. And just before we approach it, could we just spare another moment or two for prayer, just before we do.

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O Lord, our God, we are coming into Thy Presence now, as unworthy as we are, yet we know that there is a Blood Sacrifice there waiting, cleansing us from all uncleanness, and presenting us before the Father, blameless, faultless. Not nothing that we could ever do to merit this. But because that Jesus has done this for us, we bow humbly to His Presence and His Name, asking that You’ll send the Holy Spirit this morning in our midst. And as not being a theologian or knowing how to set Scripture in order, but just enthused and grateful to the feeling of the Holy Spirit as It moves through my being, may It bless all of us together as we read Thy written Word, that It might become to us Life Eternal. Grant it, Father. We ask it in Jesus’ Name and for Jesus’ sake. Amen.

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Now I might say in here, first, that if any time that I might say something that would be disagreeable, not setting just right, maybe absolutely wrong to your teaching, or something that you could not agree with, I’m trusting the Holy Spirit, that He’ll make it so seasoned and so sweet until there’ll no... be no offense at all. See? That it’ll—it’ll be through love and fellowship, that that’s what it’s... It’s meant that way.

And this all begin with a sermon last Sunday, I believe it was, last Sunday morning, as "The Rejected King". Has anybody got the tape yet? I think they’ve got them, and you can have them if you wish them, "The Rejected King".

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Now just a few days and we’ll be beginning at... up at the Middletown, Ohio. We want all that has their—their vacations stationed for that time to be sure to meet with us there, ’cause we’re expecting a great time of fellowship at Middletown, Ohio. Doctor Sullivan is the chairman, I think, of the committee. And there’ll be five nights of it, I’ll be preaching as the—the guest speaker at the International Convention of the Interdenominational church. And then—then after that, will be our own meeting from then on. We have got it staged till the twelfth, but under the understanding that we may go on through even another week after that, just depends on how the Holy Spirit leads. We all want to be led by the Spirit; just what the Spirit says do, then do it quickly.

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And let’s remember while we’re obeying the Spirit, one great lesson that we want to learn, is never be hastily. See, take your time, have faith. If we have asked God anything, remember God answers prayer. He does it in His time, the way it’s best, makes it work just right for us. And if that isn’t so, then what are we doing here this morning? What—what are we claiming Christianity for? God... If this isn’t the Word of God, then It isn’t true, then we are found among people most miserable.

I am so glad to join hearts with many here that know that This is the infallible Word of God. Then It, It is every Word the Truth, every Word of It, every phase of It. And with the grace of God, have been privileged to view the Land to which someday we shall travel.

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Yesterday... People don’t know what depressing times comes with this type of ministry. I got real depressed, and I said to the wife, “I wish I could just go on.”

She said, “Why you say that, Bill?”

I said, “Oh, here I have troubles and things.”

And then seemed like the Holy Spirit said, “Are you trying to bypass them? Are you, are you trying to dodge them?” See?

“No,” I said, “just let me stand right up in the face of all of it and face it out. See, just...” See?

It’s so much better. Honestly, truly, I say this by eyewitness, that just after this life is over, we enter a Land that’s beyond anything that anyone could think. And if there be any strangers here, I trust that you do not... I pray to God that you do not consider me a fanatic. I—I want, if anything, is to be honest and to tell the Truth. And what good would it do me to tell something that was wrong, when there’s so—there’s so much that’s here that’s Truth? We, why we have to tell anything wrong about it? See? It, It’s just Truth.

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And, no wonder, I believe Paul was caught up into the third heaven, and he saw things that it wasn’t expedient for him to speak of. And one day he said, “Eye has not seen, ear has not heard, or has it either entered the heart of man, what God has for them (in store) that love Him.”

Oh, we’re just living... We’re living in a dump pile down here, that’s all, just a rubbish heap full of—of smoldering smoke from filth. Of... Even if we are not contaminated with it ourselves, we are living in it, where the smoke is coming from smoking ember-als of sin. One of the most sickening things I can think of, is an old city dump burning. Was you ever near one? That horrible, contaminated smell of smoke coming up through all kinds of filth. And—and you get a breath of it, and it just turns you around.

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I remember having to go down to New Albany, down on the... below Eighteenth Street, there where the old dump used to be, and I’d have to collect down in there and read meters. And I just dreaded the day when that was, route eighteen, when I had to take that down in there, because it was to smell that horrible smell. And yet, laying out on there was bodies of rats and dogs and everything, you know, that was smoldering and that old smoke coming up through it.

Now, yet, that is what this life is compared to, at its best. Just a smoldering, sin just smells from everywhere, as it was, spiritually speaking. But, oh, where the wind is blowing free, and everything is lovely and peace and joy and Eternal Life, just across the river. But we’re in a battle, so let’s not just lay down and say “let’s hurry up and get over there,” let’s bring every one with us that we can bring. Yes.

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And now the purpose of these lessons is to anchor those that have already come across the Land. The purpose of this, studying this Book of Ephesians, is to positionally place the church where it absolutely stands in Christ. It is a type of the Old Testament and the Book of Joshua, where Joshua lotted. Last Sunday we had it, where Joshua lotted the land to each man. And he done it by inspiration.

How Moses was... brought the people out of Egypt, the garlic, leek, out, and gave them a place to where God had promised four hundred years later... or four hundred years before, that He would bring them into a place, a goodly land flowing with milk and honey. And Moses led the children of Israel right up to the land, but did not take them over.

And Jesus, to the spiritual, to the people that will... we been promised a Holy Spirit since the beginning, Jesus led us up to the promise. But the Holy Spirit came, as Joshua, to take over and lead and direct and to possess the land, or possess the church. We find out, basically, then, that in our...

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Now here’s where, maybe, people might think that I am rude and trying to disregard brethren. I am not! God be my Judge, I am not. See? I’m only trying to point out something that is the Truth. See? We have chosen leaders, of men, instead of leading, leaders, leadings of the Holy Spirit. We have wanted men to allot out our part and to lead us, denominations like Methodist, Baptist, Presbyterian, Lutheran, church of Christ, Pentecostal, and different denominations, to set an organization as an example, and we follow that. But we are...

Nowhere in the Bible are we to do such as that. There isn’t one text of Scripture, in all of God’s Bible, where He ever organized the church or where He ever spoke of an organization, not one place in the Bible. But always contrary to it. He doesn’t want us to be fashioned like the things of the world. He wants us peculiar, set aside.

I don’t mean now to be “silly,” as we call it. I mean to be a called-out people, oh, a blessed holy nation, living lives that’s above reproach, acting, behaving ourselves just like He would, working in us, for we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works.

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Now, Wednesday night, many of you wasn’t here Wednesday night, but we got into the... I believe it’s the 3rd verse or the... No, it’s the 5th verse:

...unto the adoption, or placing of the people...

How that God, trying to place His people. And when God places one, then, oh, all the whole church wants to be like that one, have the same kind of things, do the same things. We are cut out different, we’re made different, we are natured different, and we are positionally placed different, each one for a different work; maybe one for just a little kind of a work, another for a large work. I believe it was David or one of the prophets, I forget now, said, “I would rather be a doormat at the House of the Lord, than to be... to dwell in the tents with the wick-... the wicked.”

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Now we’re going to stop just a second on the adoption, the 5th verse, trying to get down as far as we possibly can on it. But now remember the theme, it is altogether on placing. How many understands that? Let’s hear you say it with one word. Placing [Congregation says, “Placing”] the Body [“the Body”] of Jesus Christ [“of Jesus Christ”] positionally [“positionally”] in Christ [“in Christ”] where the Holy Spirit [“where the Holy Spirit”] is leading us. [“is leading us.”] There you are, now we got it, see. Positionally placing us, the Book of Ephesus is to do that.

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And watch this master teacher, Paul. The first thing he does is knock out all the idea of falling away. Knock out all the idea of ever “being a Christian today and tomorrow I’m gone, and the next day God condemned me and the next day I’m back again.” That’s nonsense! Now this is... This Book is not addressed to evangelistic teaching, evangelists’ sermons. We don’t... I don’t touch this on the fields. I bring this to the church, for Paul addressed it to the saints, those that are called and preserved, and are filled and are set aside, and are in the Holy Spirit, already in Canaan’s Land. He’s trying to tell them, the first thing, get it out of your mind that you’re going to get lost and you’re going to do this, and you’re scared of this. Don’t be scared of nothing, for he’s trying to tell you where you’re at, who you are, how you’re standing.

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Now, you might do things wrong, and everytime you do anything wrong you are going to get paid for it. Yes, sir, you’ll reap what you sow! But that has not one thing to do with your salvation. When you are born of the Spirit of God, you’ve got Eternal Life and can no more die than God can die. You’re a part of God, you’re a son of God.

I was born a Branham. You might make me some other name, some other name, but won’t make me one less, I’m still Branham. I was born Branham, always will be Branham. I’ll... I may be so disfigured some day, drawed with arthritis, have a wreck and all tore up till I look an animal, but I’ll still be Branham! Why? Branham blood is inside.

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That’s what you are. And as long as God has made you... Now remember, I’m not talking to those outside of Christ. I’m talking to those that are in Christ. How do you get in Christ? “By one Spirit!” Capital S-p-i-r-... which means, “By one Holy Spirit we are all baptized into one Body.” How are we... How do we get in? By water baptism? How disagreeable I am with you Baptists and you church of Christ. Not by water baptism, by no means! First Corinthians 12, said, “By one Spirit, Holy Spirit, are we brought into that Body.” And are just as safe as that Body’s safe. God is... promised it.

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How could God judge Him again, when He went to Calvary? Going up Golgotha, He was beaten, bruised, He could not heal, He could not even speak a word, hardly. Cause why? He had the sins of the world on Him. Not because that He was a sinner, but “He was made sin” for me and for you. All the sins of the world from Adam until His coming, rest upon His shoulder. And God was not punishing His Son. He was punishing sin. See how horrible it was? He was making a propitiation. He was making a way of escape for all those that God, by His foreknowledge, knowed would come. We’re going to get into that in a few minutes.

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Now, then, when you’re “by one Spirit we are baptized into that Body, one Body, which is Christ,” and we are safe forever.

Now, there is where it seems to strangely strike, especially the—the—the Arminian believers, that they are... have to do something that to merit theirself, or some meritorial something. How can it be by two things at the same time? It’s either by grace or by works, one. It can’t be by the same thing, it’s by two different things; it’s got to be by the one. It’s...

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I... my... I just can’t see nothing else but the grace of God. That’s my makeup. I always did believe in grace. I’m just grace all over, that’s all. It isn’t I—I... even in my life, when I was a boy, I couldn’t see nothing, just grace, grace. They say, “I—I’ll... You scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours.” Well, it’s an awful expression. But I don’t care whether you scratch mine or not, if yours needs scratching, I’ll scratch you anyhow. See, grace. Yes, sir. See, grace works by love. If you need it! Regardless if you never done nothing for me, I—I don’t have one thing to do with you, if you need it I’ll do it anyhow. Grace! Because that you need it!

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I needed saving. There was nothing could save me. There was nothing I could do about myself, I could no more save myself than nothing. But I needed saving, because I believed in a God. And God sent His Son, made in the likeness of sinful flesh, to suffer in my place, and I was saved, by grace alone was I saved. Not one thing could I do, or you do, to save yourself. And those who He foreknew before the foundation of the world...

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We been into it, last Wednesday. We pictured God in His Elah, Elohim, and showed that He was self-existence. But inside of Him was Fatherhood, inside of Him was different merits, such as a Saviour, such as a Healer. That was all in God, and God was self-existed. But being that He was a Saviour, He was the Fa-... He didn’t have an Angel, He didn’t have nothing. There wasn’t nothing but Himself. He was self-existent. Nothing else existed but God.

But being that He was God, then there must be something to worship Him, because He loved worship. And His Own Being created creatures to worship Him. Now, temporarily, let’s hit it again, temporarily now, we won’t go through the whole thing, but you’ll get it on the tape. But then because that He was God, He made Angels, and Angels worshipped Him. Angels still worship Him. Why, the Angels that stand in the Presence of God have six, sets of wings, six wings. They carry two over Their face, two over Their feet, and fly with two, in His Presence, crying day and night, “Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty.” That’s what the Scripture says. They worshipped Him, now that created something to worship Him.

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Then inside of Him was an attribute of Saviour. How could one of those Creatures, when there was no sin or no thoughts of sin, how could one of Them be lost? It couldn’t be. So there had to be something made that could be lost, so that He could be a Saviour. Inside of Him was a Healer. Do you believe He’s a Saviour? [Congregation says, “Amen.”] You believe He’s a Healer? [“Amen.”] But what if there wasn’t nothing to save or heal? See, there had to be something made that way.

So now, He never made it that way, but He put man on free moral agency, “If you take this you live, if you take that you die.” And every man that comes into the world is still set with the same thing. God, by His foreknowledge, knew who would and who would not. If God being...

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The question was asked yesterday by a theologian, to me, that’s been attending the meetings or hearing the tape, said, “One question!” He said, “Then is God omnipresent? Then,” he said, “He can be everywhere?”

I said, “He is not omnipresent in the way that the word speaks omnipresent. He cannot be a Being and then be an omnipresent. If He’s omnipresent, why would you pray for the Holy Spirit? If He’s omnipresent, He fills every crack, corner, crevice, every cell, fiber, everything else there is.” I said, “Why did He hunt for Moses, if He’s omnipresent, at the inn? Why did He run up-and-down the garden of Eden, crying, ‘Adam, Adam, where art thou?’ if He’s omnipresent?”

He’s omnipresent because He’s omniscient. He knows everything because He’s infinite, being infinite makes Him omnipresent. Being omnipresent, then, being infinite, then, He sits in the Heavens. He abides in a place because He is a Being.

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But, being infinite, then He knows all things. Knowing every time a gnat bats its eye. Know every bumblebee, where he goes into the comb to get his honey. He knows every sparrow that sets in the tree. He knows every thought that’s in your mind, because He is infinite and omniscient. That is, He not only is He infinite, He’s omniscient, He knows everything. But He is a Being, God is a Being, and out of this Being begin to bring forth these.

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And sin... I said the other night, sin is not a creation. There is nothing created but perfection. God created all things good. Sin is not a creation. Said, “Well, that’s the very creation of sin.” You’ve heard that. But that’s an error. Sin... There’s only one Creator, that’s God. God could not create sin, because He’s holy and there’s nothing in Him to make it. Sin is perversion; not creation, but it’s perversion. An adultery is the righteous act perverted. A lie is the truth told wrong. Any sin, any sin is righteousness perverted.

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Therefore now, God sets. He’s already manifested Himself, He’s God. He’s already manifested Himself as a Saviour, man was lost and He saved them. He’s already manifested Himself as a Healer. Don’t make any difference what people say He is; and He is, anyhow, just the same. He’s a Healer, He’s a Saviour, He’s God, He’s Eternal. And He has a purpose. And His purpose was, in the beginning, to make creatures that would love Him and worship Him.

And He made creatures, and creatures fell. And then God, by His infinite-cy, looked down through the stream of time and saw every man that would be saved. Every man, He knew it by fore-... by foreknowledge. Therefore if He, by foreknowledge, knew who would be saved and who would not be saved, He could predestinate. So, the word is not such a bad word after all, is it? He could predestinate, because He knew who would and who would not. Therefore, in order to catch those who would, He had to make a—a propitiation for their sins. Oh, if we can, we want to get to it, just a few verses below. He predestinated us to Eternal Life, knowing that those who would lay aside everything, and no matter how indifferent it would look towards the children of the world, it wouldn’t mean one thing to them, because they were children of God. And He called them.

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And He sent Jesus, that His Blood might be an atonement, Blood atonement, to make a propitiation, or a—an acceptions, or a cleansing. A cleansing process to constantly... Not just one time at one revival, but “ever living, making intercessions,” that the Christian is kept clean day and night. There is the Blood of Jesus Christ that makes a—an acception on the cross there, at... in the Presence of God, that cleanses us constantly, day and night, from all sin. And we are safely tucked in. Tucked in how? By the Holy Spirit, into the Body of the Lord Jesus, and safe. “He that heareth My Words and believeth on Him that sent Me, has everlasting Life and shall never come into the judgment, but has passed from death unto Life.” No more judgment! The Christian never goes to the judgment. Christ went for him. My Attorney stood in my place. He pleaded my case, that I was ignorant. He told the Father that I wasn’t worthy, that I was ignorant. But He loved me and He took my place, and pleaded my case, and today I’m free! Yes, sir. And He shed His Blood, to offer there for our sins.

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Remember last Wednesday night, no Christian... Christian sins, but a sinner cannot sin. A sinner doesn’t sin, because he’s a sinner. He’s just a sinner to begin with, and that’s all. Here, take the—the back of this book, it’s black, how much of that is black? It’s all black. There’s just no white to it, it’s black. You say, “This much here.” No, it isn’t, the whole thing’s black. It’s all black. That’s the way a sinner is. He’s just condemned to start with. Well, you say, “What about if he commits adultery? What if he ravishes some woman? What if he—what if he gambles? What if he shoots somebody?” That’s none of our business. That’s none of our business, we got laws down here to take care of that. We’re not reformers, we’re preachers of the Gospel. We don’t condemn him for what he done, we don’t condemn him for committing adultery. We condemn him because he’s a sinner! If he’s a Christian, he wouldn’t do it. That’s right. If he’s been changed, he won’t do that. But because he is a sinner, that’s what makes him do that.

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There’s where it knocks the—the props out from under legalists. Yes, sir. Brother, let me tell you, “It’s not by works, but by grace are we saved, and that by faith.” Yes, sir. Now, I won’t condemn legalist brethren, they’re my brothers. And they’ll be there just the same as any of the rest of them will be there, ’cause God foreordained His Church to be there. But just the thing, you—you keep the people so tore up, they don’t know what. “Today, well, maybe if I—I...” Just let them know; as long as they got the hunger of the world, they’re not there to begin with.

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I don’t live true to my wife because I think she’d divorce me. I live true to my wife because I love her. It’s a legal position that we have taken, that we love one another. First, before it could be there, it had to be a love. I love her. Although I believe if I done something wrong, she’d forgive me, still I wouldn’t do it anyhow. I love her.

That’s the way it is with Christ. If I—if I live... I’m fifty, if I live to be ninety or a hundred, have another fifty years to preach; and I never preach a time, go down and sit on the river, I’m saved anyhow. God saved me by His grace, unmerited of anything I ever could do, did do, or anything else. I preach because I love Him and I love His people. And that’s the reason I know I’ve passed from death unto Life, because that I love them and I go after them. No matter what kind of condition they’re in, I go after them anyhow. Go get them anyhow, pull them anyhow. If ministers disagree and others disagree, and denominations disagree, that don’t stop me. There’s something! It didn’t stop Him! He come right in the midst of unbelief, and it didn’t stop Him, He moved right on anyhow. That’s what we do, go out and get them, catch them anyhow. No matter, reach, grab, hold on with all your might. You don’t know who they are. Save them. That’s because of love. Not because that “I have to,” but because I love, because you love.

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Say, “I ought to go make that right with that woman, but, I tell you right now, I guess ’cause I go to church I ought to go make it right.” No, you’re the one ought to get right, first. See? See? If you ain’t got the love of God in your heart, something another makes you know that you’re wrong, then you go—then you go make it right with God. Then you’ll make it right with your neighbor.

Jesus taught the same thing. He said, “If you come to an altar, and there’s a... remember there’s an ought against a neighbor or the brother, go make it right with him, first.”

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Now, now in the ages that has to come. We had Wednesday night, “the manifestations.” We catch it again this morning, in “the manifestations of the sons of God.” In other word, God is waiting. And then at the end time when we all stand before Him. Angels wasn’t lost. They won’t know how to enjoy the blessings as we do, they never was lost. But I know what I come from, I know the rock where I was hewed from, a sinner. You know where you was hewed from. Now when we’re found, then we can stand before God. Oh, what a day that will be!

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Then adoption, placing... Now, God is doing this on the work. And now if I can get this to you, then we’ll start right on now the 5th verse, I want to read It:

Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to His Own good pleasure of his will,

It’s God’s pleasure to do His will, adopting, placing. Now what’s He doing? Placing His Church. First, He’s called His church, Methodist, Presbyterian, Lutheran, Baptist, calling them. Then what did He do? Sent forth the Holy Spirit and give them the baptism of the Holy Spirit.

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I want you Pentecostal people to get this out of your hearts. Pentecost is not a denomination; pentecost is an experience. It’s the Holy Ghost. It’s not an organization. You couldn’t organize the Holy Ghost. He won’t stand for it. Now you’ve got an organization that you call that, but the Holy Ghost moves right out and lets you sit right where you’re at, and just keeps on going. See? Pentecost is not an organization; pentecost is an experience.

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And then God gave His children new Birth, by the baptism of the Holy Spirit. They came right near It when they cleaned theirself up, through Nazarene, Pilgrim Holiness. Then come into the experience of pentecost, or the baptism of the Holy Ghost, the restoration of the gifts. They went forth speaking with tongues and interpret tongues, and given gifts of healings and miracles, and signs and wonders begin to accompany them. Now they are children, they’re God’s children. They’re positionally in Christ. They become children by Birth. And the new Birth and the conversion Itself is the Holy Ghost.

You’re not even converted till you get the Holy Ghost. That’s what the Scripture said. Jesus told Peter, ask anyone, read your Scripture, he was justified by believing on the Lord Jesus, become a follower, an apostle. Jesus gave him the keys to the Kingdom. And John 17:17, He sanctified them, give them power, sent them out, cast out devils and things, sanctified them. “Sanctify them, Father, through Thy Truth. Thy Word is the Truth. I sanctify Myself because of them.”

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That’s one of the sweetest words that I ever heard. “Father, I sanctify Myself for their sake.” Do you know He had a right to have a home? He was a human. You know why He had a right to have a wife? He was a Man. He had a right to all these things, but He said, “Father, I sanctify Myself for their sake. I sanctify Myself.”

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I talked to a little preacher yesterday, I’m going to preach for him in a few nights up here on the highway. And I asked him about a certain thing, he said, “Yes, Brother Branham, but the most of my people doesn’t believe in that.”

I said, “Most all of them are legalists?”

“Yes.” Brother doesn’t believe that. “But,” he said, “for their sake!” Oh, I wanted to hug his neck. “For their sake, see, I sanctify myself for their sake.”

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Oh, Jesus was training twelve men, that through those twelve men was to take the Gospel to the world. And He said, “For their sake I sanctify Myself.” Make yourself for your neighbor’s sake, for somebody else’s sake. “Don’t use your liberty for a cloak,” said Paul, “but sanctify yourself!” Behave yourself in the neighborhood, like a real Christian ought to. Let your communications be, if you meet your enemy, sanctify yourself for his sake, not knowing what you might do.

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Now placing the son. First thing after the son was in, he become a son, but then we find out his behavior is what set him to adoption, whether he behaved right or not.

And it’s the—the pentecostal... Now just let me show you that pentecost is not a denomination. How many Baptists in here that was Baptist, that received the Holy Ghost, let’s see your hands. See? How many Methodists that’s in here that received the Holy Ghost, raise up your hands. How many Nazarenes in here received the Holy Ghost, raise up your hands. Presbyterian, received the Holy Ghost? See? Lutheran? Other denominations, that did not belong in the Pentecost at all, just belonged to some denomination, received the Holy Ghost, let’s see your hand. See? So then pentecost is not a denomination, it’s an experience.

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Now, God took you into the Body of Christ. Now what does He do? After you have proved yourself, sanctified yourself with your good behavior, obedient to the Holy Spirit, no matter what the world said.

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I—I’m going to rub this really hard, see, because... I don’t mean it to be rude. I—I... please don’t—don’t—don’t really, see. Don’t really think that I’m—I’m mean. I—I don’t want to be. What wearies me, is to take people and preach to them this God-sent Truth, and they’ll turn right back around and just keep on doing the same thing, and say they got the Holy Ghost. That just nearly ruins you, see. What’s the matter? They come right back to the same thing, just like the children of Israel, they wanted a king so this king could rule over them and make them act like the Amorites and the Amalekites and the Philistines.

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Do you know, ladies, that it’s wrong to wear slacks? Do you know that? Do you know it’s wrong to cut the locks of your hair off? Do you know it’s wrong, mister, for you to continue to smoke and act the way you do? Do you know it’s wrong for you not to be the husband of your house, your wife get a little temper spell and kick you out the door and you say, “Yes, bless your heart, honey, I’ll come right back”? Do you know you... How can you be a tender at the House of God when you can’t even control your own house? That’s exactly right. Do you know, sister, that your husband is not only your husband, but he is your ruler? God said so. Because that the husband was not deceived, the woman was deceived. And you preachers will continue to make women pastors and preachers in your churches, knowing that the Word of God condemns it.

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You’ll continually use that name “Father, Son and Holy Ghost” to baptize, when there’s not one speck of Scripture for it in the Bible. I want an archbishop or somebody else to show me where anybody in the Bible was ever baptized in the name of “Father, Son, Holy Ghost.” I want somebody to show me anybody that was ever baptized any way besides the Name of Jesus. But John’s wasn’t... baptized, they were baptized believing that He was coming, but they didn’t know who He was. But as soon as they recognized that, they had to come to be rebaptized again in the Name of Jesus Christ. I want somebody to... I—I’ve asked the Assemblies of God, the other preachers, the Baptist, Presbyterian, and everything. They won’t, they won’t talk about it. I want to see the Scripture.

And then I’m a “fanatic,” huh, then I’m “crazy,” out of my mind, I’m a “madman,” just because I’m trying to tell you the Truth? Now, that’s—that’s honest, brethren. If a man is sold out for God, you sold out lock, stock, and barrel. You—you—you—you’re—you’re set aside, you’re—you’re a different creature.

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