Modes of Ministry
To glance in the Spirit, not particularly with understanding, at what the Father does within us, gives us the ability to externally minister with identicalness to the Father’s work.
This is because ministry is initiated by faith without understanding.
Much ministry can be initiated with a spiritual glancing at what the Father does within us to allow us to minister it externally with identicalness.
John 5:9 Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth (To habitually glance at what the Father does in the Spirit. This is not discernment with understanding) the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise. (Greek word “homos”)
Glancing in the Spirit to what the Father does, gives us that momentary instinctive knowledge, which on many occasions, is enough for us to step out in faith and do with identicalness what we have acquired instinctively in our spirits.
Our right to do so is based on the fact that we have an equal inner spiritual nature to that of the Father, giving us identity with Him in our outward actions. We are responsible to work with identicalness to what we see on the Spirit. This is what the term “homos” means.
Sometimes however, prophecy, and probably with more of the type, which involve visions, and of more detailed and intricate ministry, requires more than a simple glancing in the Spirit. It requires spiritual vision with discernment, and understanding.
John 8:38 I speak (INSTRUMENTALITY: to utter and express prophetically (not the content of the speech)) that which I (What I) have seen ( To see with a spiritual discernment which causes me to understand) with my Father: and ye do that which ye have seen with your father.
Compare with John 3:11 below.
John 3:11 Verily, verily, I say unto thee, We speak that we do know (We utter prophetically what we know instinctively in the Spirit in one moments time, and not as needing the acquisition of knowledge in the continuum of time), and testify ( but however bear acquired knowledge as with a prophetic vision) that we have seen (only when we see with discernment and understanding); and ye receive not our witness.
John 5:17 But Jesus answered them, My Father worketh hitherto ( My Father never ceases working in the Spirit) and I work.(and I work externally, using exactly the same procedures and in exactly the same manner in which I see instinctively the Father working within me.)
For us to know by instinct or intuition, in one moment of time, what the Father speaks in us (without understanding what He is saying, and without having to get the message of what the Father wants to say first) is what we need to begin to open up our mouths and speak prophetically.
John 3:11 Verily, verily, I say unto thee, We speak that we do know (We utter prophetically what we know instinctively in the Spirit in one moments time, and not as needing the acquisition of knowledge in the continuum of time), and testify ( but however can only bear testimony as with a prophetic vision) that we have seen (only when we see with discernment and understanding); and ye receive not our witness.
·Simple prophecy does not need our understanding, but an instinctive knowing in our spirits of what the Father is doing.
However, to bear witness, as in seeing and explaining a detailed prophetic vision (in a sequence of pictures or details), we need to see in the Spirit with discernment and not just as a simple glancing.
Hearing the voice of the Spirit allows us to administer the kingdom step by step along the “continuum in time” of what we are hearing.
John 5:30 I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father, which hath sent me.
“Judging”, in the verse above is the administration of God’s kingdom in the Spirit.
Judging in the Spirit is also called discernment. Many times people erroneously say that we must not judge. We are called to judge or decide whether something lines up with the voice of the Spirit and discriminate whether it comes from the Spirit or not.
The judging which is wrong is to pass a condemnatory sentence upon somebody else, not on the discernment to what the voice of the Spirit is telling us but according to our opinions or biasness’s.
Romans 12:6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion (Greek “corresponding to the word) of faith;(belonging to faith)
Prophecy is faith in one of its manifestation, this manifestation being in the “the word belonging to faith, or which is produced in the spirit as an expression of faith.
Faith, which produces a rhema word, is the FAITH OF GOD working in us. The rhema word, or voice of the Spirit, is a translation of God’s faith into a medium that we can discern, minister externally, and understand.
When we minister the rhema word we are ministering the faith that God Himself has.
Prophecy is God’s faith in the verbal expression of His rhema word. Therefore, prophecy is faith, and must be given by faith.
Prophecy therefore does not require our understanding, but a simple instinctive or intuitive knowing of the “corresponding word” (proportion of faith), which God by His faith, or God’s faith, produced in us.
To the proportion that we hear or see the word is to the proportion that we prophesy.
Degrees of ministry in the Spirit
1 John 1:1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life;
Seen with discernment,
Looked upon, as watching a movie in a theater,
Felt, touched, and handled of the “Word of The Life” or the word which when ministered contains God’s “kind of life” and the operations of that life within it, to make the ministry operational.
Eph 6:12 For we wrestle (arm to arm to arm encounters at close quarters) not against flesh and blood, but against ( Greek word for fellowship and communion; in this case hostile in nature) principalities, against (Greek word for fellowship and communion; in this case hostile in nature) powers, against (Greek word for fellowship and communion; in this case hostile in nature) the rulers of the darkness of this world, against (Greek word for fellowship and communion; in this case hostile in nature) spiritual (must be handled in the Spirit) wickedness in high places.( In spiritual places or must be handled by the Spirit of God in us)
Here we find that spiritual warfare must be always done at close quarters with the enemy, because it is a wrestling match. Because the wickedness is spiritual, it can only be combated in the Spirit. Likewise, because the spiritual wickedness dwells in heavenly places, it must be likewise executed in the Spirit.
Doing Nothing From Myself But From The Spirit
John 7:17 If any man will do his will (If any one out of His own will desires to do God’s will) he shall know of the doctrine( Instrumental: teaching), whether it be of God, or whether I speak of ( from the edge of; the idea of separation or departure from) myself.( exclusively and independently from myself as a source and from none other.)
Jesus never did or spoke anything, which originated from Himself. Everything He did, originated from the Father, and was revealed to Jesus through the Holy Spirit.
Secondly, Jesus never did anything that was exclusively His ideas, agenda or timetable.
Everything, which he planned and carried out, was inclusive of what the Father desired.
Finally every action, which He took, and every word, which He spoke, was in dependency to the workings of the Holy Spirit within Him. The Lord Jesus never acted independently from the Father.
This was the key to the Lord’s supernatural faith and miracle working power. The fact that while on the earth, the Lord lived dependent, inclusive, and originated everything with the Father, shows us the depth of Jesus life in the world of the Holy Spirit.
This is what Jesus means when he tells us that He does nothing from Himself.
To the degree that we do not seek ourselves as the ones from whom anything originates, and then carry it out independently and exclusively from God, will automatically live in the teaching of the Father.
18 He that speaketh of himself seeketh his own glory: but he that seeketh his glory that sent him, the same is true, and no unrighteousness is in him.
They that speak independently, selfishly, and exclusive, of the Spirit of God, seeks their own glory; (but they which from the world of the Spirit, allowing for the Spirit to permeate and work back through them, will be seeking the glory of God, and will speak ecstatically, prophetically, and under divine impulse, as oracles of God that will bring forth His glory.)
John 8;28 Then said Jesus unto them, When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am he ( I am),and that I do nothing of myself (and that I do nothing independently and exclusively from the Father); but as my Father hath taught me( but as the Father has instrumentally penetrated, affected, and influenced me) I speak these things (these things I utter, express, and speak prophetically, by that divine influence which has permeated me.)
John 12:49 For I have not spoken of myself ( LOCATION: (Jesus is located within, or submerged into the Father) I absolutely have not uttered anything independently and exclusively from the Father); but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment (The instrumentality of the Father working back through Jesus), what I should say, and what I should speak. (So permeated Him the Father as to give Him both the utterances and expressions of speech, and the contents of them)
John 6:28 Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God?
29 Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God (The Father works His works back through the disciples, as He affects and influences them in proportion to how much he or she submerges into the world of the Spirit.), that ye believe on him (Greek “INTO”; location, domain, submerging into) whom he hath sent.
The Power of the World of the Spirit
Mat 8:8 The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only By a word, or by the instrumentality of a word. The word itself healed the servant), and my servant shall be healed.
Herein we see the power of the world of the Spirit. The Greek tells us, “speak by a logos word,” not the logos word, but “a” logos word, making it into a specific word with a content of healing, or a rhema word.
“By” a logos word” tells us that it is the word itself is influencing and affecting the situation, and causing the healing. Jesus did not heal the servant. The rhema word of God working through Jesus is the one, which healed. This is because the Word spoken by God is always creative. Jesus did only what He saw the Father do.
Jesus’ life was so submerged in the Spirit of God, that He lived in the domain of supernatural faith found within this world.
Secondly, He lived in the world in which all is new and reconciled to God, is available.
The faith released through Him inside the word that He spoke, caused the word itself to heal the servant. The important thing is that He always spoke the Word of the Heavenly Father.
Hebrews 4:2 For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith ( The word “mixed” is defined as the beating, melting, or tempering together of equal measures of two alloys, the rhema word and faith, to create the element termed as the power of God) in them that heard it
Let us look at a few more examples the rhema word, which is the voice of the Holy Spirit.
Tempered or beat in every instance with an equal measure of faith as found in the domain of the Spirit, to create a “word” itself which heals, or casts out a demon. The Word of God is proportionally effective as our faith.
Matthew 8:16 When the even was come, they brought unto him many that were possessed with devils: and he cast out the spirits with his word (By the instrumentality of the word; Jesus did not cast out the devils, but the word of God operating in Him), and healed all that were sick:
Luke 4:32 And they were astonished at his doctrine: for his word was with (Instrumental) power.(His word had the “instrumentality of authority”; The word itself, in the domain of the Spirit, exercises God’s jurisdiction over the works of the enemy in the same way that a state trooper exercises jurisdiction over the interstate highways.
Luke 7:7 Wherefore neither thought I myself worthy to come unto thee: but say in a word( By a word or by the instrumentality of a word. The word itself healed the servant), and my servant shall be healed.
Luke 11:20 But if I with the finger of God(By the instrumentality of the Spirit; Jesus did not cast out the devils. The rhema word originated in the Spirit and operating through Jesus, cast out the devil) cast out devils, no doubt the kingdom of God is come upon you.
Prophecy in The World of the Spirit.
John 1:33 And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with (Greek case of location: into the domain, world, and sphere of) the Holy Ghost.
The baptism of the Holy Spirit is our ticket into the oceans and rivers of the Spirit. The baptism of the Spirit will not become a reality unless we dive deeper and deeper into these oceans .
2 Cor 2:17 For we are not as many, which corrupt the word of God: but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God speak we in Christ.(prophetical speech must be done in the domain or sphere of the Spirit.)
Acts 2:4 And they were all filled (by being baptized into the world of the Holy Ghost) with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak( not just the content of what is being said, but mainly the utterances or the expressions used) with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them(The instrumentality of the Spirit now working back through them as they were “located and filled inside the domain of the Spirit”, to give them prophetic utterance) utterance. (The language of prophets, ecstatic speech, miraculous verbal impulses, the oracles of seers)
The Holy Spirit not only gives to us, the content of our speech, but the expressions and utterances used to manifest it.
The deeper our lives are in the realm of the Spirit, the clearer will the content of what we must speak prophetically, and the stronger will be the verbal expressions and utterances through which it is manifested.
The prophetic flow of speech, or what the Old Testament calls the oracles of the Lord, is a flow of God’s speech, which bubbles up in our spirits.
As we are filled with the Spirit of God, the bubbling of God’s speech, which rides on the surface of the waters of the Spirit, as He progressively fills us up with them, arises higher and higher upon these rising waters until it reaches the level of our mouths and flows out.
John 12:49 For I have not spoken of myself ( LOCATION: (Jesus is located within, or submerged into the Father) I absolutely have not uttered anything from my independent and exclusive self); but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment (The instrumentality of the Father working back through Jesus), what I should say, and what I should speak. (So permeated Jesus the Father, as to give to Him both the utterances and expressions of speech, and the content of the speech carried by them)
John 8;28 Then said Jesus unto them, When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am he ( I am) , and that I do nothing of myself (and that from my independent and exclusive self I do nothing); but as my Father hath taught me( but as the Father has instrumentally penetrated, affected, and influenced me) I speak these things (these things I utter and express prophetically, by that divine influence which has permeated me.)
Mat 10;19 But when they deliver you up, take no thought ( don’t try to figure out or speculate) how or what ye shall speak (how the expressions and utterances of prophetic speech will come out, or what their content will be): for it shall be given you in that same hour( in the very moment that you need it) what ye shall speak.(what you shall speak prophetically)
For it is not ye that speak (For it is absolutely not you expressing and uttering forth out by your own strength), but the Spirit of your Father which speaks in (instrumentally BY) you.
1 Cor 12:3 Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by(both the domain, location, and sphere, of the world of Christ and the instrumentality or influence of its working back through us) the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost.
2 Cor 13:3 Since ye seek a proof of Christ speaking in me,(Location; domain, sphere) which to you-ward is not weak, but is mighty in you (Instrumentality:
The greatest display of Christ’s power and prophetical speech as He is located within us, is in His ministry through us to others.)
1 Cor 12:8 For to one is given through the Spirit ( Agency) the (A) word of wisdom; and to another the ( A) word of knowledge, according( reference, respect to, or in relationship) to the same Spirit:
·A word of knowledge, or wisdom, is a mode of prophecy. The King James is incorrect in calling it “the” word of wisdom or knowledge. It should be “a” word of wisdom or knowledge.
In other words, the word (of wisdom and knowledge), which is given to us by the Spirit of God, is a type of word, which has a “wisdom or knowledge content”, exclusive of being made up of any other contents.
We have studied location and instrumentality. I would now like to discuss with you agency.
The agent of action, or agency, in grammar, is the vehicle through which the second item is able to instrumentality work back to affect the first item, which had been baptized into it.
In other words when we immerse ourselves into the world of the Holy Spirit, the Spirit works back through us. However the Spirit needs a vehicle or agent THROUGH which He can work back to affect us.
As we will study later on, the Spirit of God uses on many occasions, our mouths and hands as an agent to work back through.
1Cor 12:8 For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;
1Cor 12:8 tells us in this case the Spirit of God is the agent or vehicle by which the word of prophecy works itself back through us as we are immersed in the Spirit of God.
It would go to say, that the more that we immersed into the world of the Spirit, the greater will be the ability for prophecy to flow through us, in that the Spirit Himself, is the vehicle for prophecy to flow through.
1Co 3:10 According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.
The second term of significance is the preposition “according, or according to”.
Defined, this means: “With reference or respect to, limited to, in relationship to, or bounded by.”
In other words, only the portion of the prophetical word, which is done in, and by the Spirit of God, will be correct.
We can see from this example, the importance of living as much and as deeply as possible in the world of the Holy Spirit.
Without an agent the Holy Spirit has no channel through which He can affect us as we submerge ourselves into His world.
Luke 1:70 As he spake by the mouth of his holy prophets, which have been since the world began:
Because the gift of prophecy is a verbal manifestation of faith and the mouth is THE AGENT through which the Holy Spirit affects the world back through us, we must open our mouths with just a word or two. We will find that our steps of faith will allow the Spirit to give to us more, as the process of prophecy goes forth.
Acts 5:12 And by the hands of the apostles were many signs and wonders wrought among the people; (and they were all with one accord in Solomon’s porch.
Acts 19:11 And God wrought special miracles by the hands of Paul:
As we tackle the issue of walking in the spirit, it is vitally important that we understand that there are three types of people, and two types of believers.
There is the carnal, (sarkikos or fleshly), the natural, (psychikos; or psychological man: the man of the soul, or psyche) and the spiritual. (Pneumatikos; or spiritual man: the man of the spirit, air, or breath)
Believers are either natural or spiritual.
God desires all of us to be “pneumatic Christians; discerning the breath of the Spirit of the living God.” Unfortunately most of us function as natural people. Let us finish our study today by looking at the second chapter of first Corinthians.
1Cor 2:9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
10 But God hath revealed them( taking the lid off) unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth(sounds out) all things, yea, the deep things of God.
11 For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.
These verses explain that the only way for us to know instinctively and intuitively the things of God is through our spirit.
God only knows how many times, and sadly enough, we put wheels to God’s visions and plans upon the whims of our intellect and reasoning.
In the name of progressive Christianity, we have compromised the Word of God to assimilate it to cultural changes. The Bible must not adapt itself to the culture. If Christ is lifted up, He will draw all men and women unto Himself. We accept people and love them without sacrificing the Word of God.
Now wonder our churches are so weak!
14 But the natural man(psychikos) ( receiveth(to welcome with open rams) not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. (to investigate, examine and determine something so as to render a decision).
Psychikos or psuchikos is from the where the word psychological, or functioning from the soul or mind, comes from.
There is nothing wrong with our minds.
They are vital to have. God created the mind so that we can understand what the voice of the Holy Spirit tells us. Yet our minds are not to be an independent agent figuring things out for itself. It must be submitted to the voice of the Holy Spirit. Once our minds understand what the voice of the Holy Spirit tells it, it pulls our will along, to obey that voice.
15 But he that is spiritual(pneumatikos) judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.
We have stopped short.
Many of us have made psychology the means, and the end of our Christian life. We understand with our minds, and plan with our intellects. The natural Christian will not welcome the things of the Spirit of God. Jesus many times works through seemingly irrational means. Our souls quite the opposite work logically and rationally. God must heal and deliver our soul so that it can uncompromisingly submit itself to the leading of the Holy Spirit.
Only the spiritual man can accurately inspect the plans of God. Only can he sound them out and make decisions in line with the will of God. God can only bless what comes from His Spirit.
Any work done outside of the Holy Spirit carries a transitory blessing at best!
The notion that a loving God would allow people into a place of destruction, damnation, or fire, which is eternal, or which will not end, is beyond a finite mind to comprehend.
Yet I know that it’s not God’s will for anyone to go there. The place of everlasting fire was prepared, not for humans, but for the devil and His angels.
Matt 25:41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:
Interesting enough, though this verse tells us that everlasting fire was not prepared for humans, humans will enter it due to a choice of habitually obeying or disobeying God.
I guess that everlasting life or destruction is a matter of man’s freedom to choose?
The great preacher, G.K. Chesterton once remarked, “Hell is God’s great compliment to the reality of human freedom and the dignity of human personality.”
The purpose of this entry though, is not to talk about heaven or hell, Rob Bell, universalism, will a loving God send people to a place of eternal damnation, or the teaching of ultimate reconciliation.
I am not here to try to convince or debate with you.
I simply want to discuss Strong’s Word # <166>.
Strong’s Greek Word # <166> is αἰώνιος or “aionios.”
The word “aionios ”is an adjective. An adjective modifies a noun.
In this instance, “aionios”, modifies such nouns as life, fire, or damnation, in the verses which will follow.
“Aionios” adjusts them to mean eternal or everlasting in nature.
The Greek definition of Strong’s Word # <166>, “aionios”, is as follows.
1) Without beginning and end, that which always has been and always will be
2) Without beginning
3) Without end, never to cease, everlasting
I would like to prove that Jesus, the Apostle Paul, the writer of Hebrews, and the Apostle John use the word “aionios”, both to describe eternal life, eternal damnation, judgment, or fire.
They did not discriminate between life as eternal, while punishment or separation from God, as not.
The same word, without prejudice, from the original Greek scriptures, is freely interchanged in the matters of life, separation from God, damnation, punishment and fire.
All of these verses use, “aionios”, Strong’s Word # <166>.
Mt 18:8 Wherefore if thy hand or thy foot offend thee, cut them off, and cast them from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life halt or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet to be cast into everlasting <166> fire.
Mt 19:16 And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal <166> life?
Mt 19:29 And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name’s sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting <166> life.
Mt 25:41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting <166> fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:
Mt 25:46 And these shall go away into everlasting <166> punishment: but the righteous into life eternal <166>.
Mr 3:29 But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal <166> damnation:
Mr 10:17 And when he was gone forth into the way, there came one running, and kneeled to him, and asked him, Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal <166> life?
Mr 10:30 But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal <166> life.
Joh 3:15 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal <166> life.
Joh 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting <166> life.
Joh 3:36 He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting <166> life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.
Joh 5:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting <166> life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.
Joh 6:40 And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting <166> life: and I will raise him up at the last day.
Joh 6:47 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting <166> life.
Joh 17:2 As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal <166> life to as many as thou hast given him.
Joh 17:3 And this is life eternal <166>, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.
Ro 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal <166> life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
2Co 4:17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal <166> weight of glory;
2Co 5:1 For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal <166> in the heavens.
2Th 1:9 Who shall be punished with everlasting <166> destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power;
1Ti 1:16 Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting <166>.
1Ti 6:12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal <166> life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.
Heb 6:2 Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal <166> judgment.
1Jo 1:2 (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal <166> life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;)
1Jo 2:25 And this is the promise that he hath promised us, even eternal <166> life.
1Jo 3:15 Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal <166> life abiding in him.
.Jude 1:7 Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal <166> fire.
Re 14:6 And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting <166> gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people,
Let your conscience be the truth barometer.
Today, I am not attempting to convince you. We are not children who need to be banged over the head.
I come to you, highly intelligent people, as an exegetical teacher of the Scriptures.
There was a “ hard rock and roll” group in the 70’s named AC/ DC.
Even in my “druggie” days, I found AC/ DC too harsh, too crude, and too scary for my liking.
Their songs, “Highway to Hell”, or “Hell’s Bells”, were a bit much when I was high.
Yet, we see from their lyrics that AC/ DC knew that it was not God pulling people into hell, but Satan Himself.
And Satan can only do that when we give him the flexibility by free will.
So is it Rob Bell or Hell’s Bells?
Hell’s Bell’s by AC / DC.
“I’m rolling thunder, pouring rain
I’m coming on like a hurricane
My lightning’s flashing across the sky
You’re only young but you’re gonna die
I won’t take no prisoners won’t spare no lives
Nobody’s putting up a fight
I got my bell I’m gonna take you to hell
I’m gonna get ya, satan get ya
Hells bells, you got me ringing
Hells bells, my temperature’s high
I’ll give you black sensations up and down your spine
If you’re into evil, you’re a friend of mine
See the white light flashing as I split the night
Cos if good’s on the left then I’m sticking to the right
I won’t take no prisoners won’t spare no lives
Nobody’s puttin’ up a fight
I got my bell I’m gonna take you to hell
I’m gonna get ya satan get ya
Hells bells, you got me ringing
Hells bells, my temperature’s high
Hells bells, satan’s coming to you
Hells bells, he’s ringing them now
Those hells bells, the temperature’s high
Hells bells, across the sky
Hells bells, they’re taking you down
Hells bells, they’re dragging you down
Hells bells, gonna split the night
Hells bells, there’s no way to fight