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I want to talk to you today about the reality of God. You know, you can get all
the teaching in the world. You can get really good teaching but unless it
causes you to have the reality of God, unless you really come in contact with
God, you’ll never be changed. It’s by coming in contact with God that the
miracle occurs, that the change takes place. I’m always expecting to see the
Lord. I'm always looking to see the Lord or one of His angels, that’s what I
want to talk you about though is that kind of reality. Where you just know
you’re going to see the Lord any minute.
How many of you have been going somewhere and somebody’s been real
strong in your mind and all of a sudden they appear. You may see them on
the road or something. That isn’t just happenstance. It happens for a reason.
I believe a lot of the reason that God’s trying to teach us to hear. To hear
when He speaks to us. And when someone’s on your mind, pray for them.
You may not know what’s wrong or they may not have anything wrong. Pray
for them anyway. Bring them before the Lord. Know that God is so real. One
thing that’s on my mind is “why do we not see more miracles?” I’m not
chasing signs. But Jesus said these signs would follow you. You will cast out
devils. You will heal the sick.


Actually what brought this mind was I tried to explain to someone… they
wanted something that they would be able to combat Jehovah witnesses in
knowing… teaching that Jesus is God. So I started to explain to them. So
they said Revelation 1:8. They mentioned that scripture. The Alpha and the
Omega. But I said, do you know what that means? And they said it means
that He’s God. But I said, how does it mean that? And you know, for just a
little while I felt like Jesus. When Jesus said I’m the resurrection. Oh yes,
Lord, we know. We know that the dead will rise in the last days. We know all
about it.  Jesus said, I Am the Resurrection. Don’t you understand? I’m the
resurrection. And He had to show them He was the Resurrection in order for
them to see. So when I tried to explain it to them that that was just the Greek
and that there was a Hebrew man writing the scripture so he was thinking
Hebrew and it was written in Greek. Nothing was connecting. You can see
when things aren’t connecting with people. And I just gave up. There was no
use trying to tell them that that meant Truth. The Alpha and the Omega
means Truth who is talking about Jesus Himself. You could use this to show
to the Jehovah Witnesses to show that Jesus is God because they don’t
believe that at all. And He is God. There’s no doubt about it. And I don’t know
if people are going to be saved unless they really realize who He is. And I just
thought, you know, you become frustrated when you’re trying to tell
someone something that is so good, and they can’t catch it. And you know
that it would just change their life. It would change their whole outlook. It
would be like stringing pearls. You’d find their mind would link up with
everything else in scripture that would connect to it. And you can’t get it
across.
Well that’s the way Jesus felt. That’s the way Jesus felt when he was trying
to teach the people. He was trying to teach the Disciples. He was trying to
teach the Pharisees even. Nothing would have pleased Him more that the
Pharisees would have understood what He was talking about. Nothing would
have blessed Him more than all the Priests get saved. Nothing would have
touched His heart more. But it seemed like the more He revealed to them the
more they didn’t understand, or didn’t want to understand. Because when we
do understand it requires something from us.

I’m going to tell you about what Jesus went through here. In John 14:12 it
says, “Verily, verily, I say unto you he that believeth on me, the works that I
do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because of his
I go unto my Father.” Do we find ourselves doing greater works than Jesus?
What is He saying? Those who have faith in Him will do greater works than
me. What are these greater works that He’s talking about? Greater miracles?
How can we do greater works than the Son of God Himself? How can we do
that? 

John 1:47-51 says, “Jesus saw Nathaniel coming to him behold an Israelite
indeed, in whom is no guile! Nathaniel saith unto him, whence knowest thou
me? Jesus answered and said unto him, before that Philip called thee, when
thou wast under the fig tree, I saw thee. Nathaniel answered and said unto
him, Rabbi, thou art the Son of God; thou art the King of Israel.” Jesus saw
this somehow without seeing him. He just didn’t walk up and see. He saw
this. He saw this within himself; he saw it either in a vision, revelation
knowledge or word of knowledge. How did He see that? He saw it because
the Father dwelt in him. We have the gift of the Holy Spirit. We don’t see
anything that is supernatural except that God dwell in us because it’s Him
that sees. It’s Him that is revealing it to us because He lives within us if we’ve
accepted Jesus. “Jesus answered and said unto him, because I said unto
thee, I saw thee under the fig tree, believest thou? Thou shall see greater
things than these. And he saith unto him, Verily, verily”… In other words
truly, truly… “I say unto you, “Hereafter ye shall see heaven open, and the
angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man.” Isn’t that a
strange way of speaking? Do you think actually the angels are walking up
and down on Jesus? No. He’s trying to tell us something that’s very hard for
us to understand. It’s one of the hardest things to see. We see that Jesus
spoke and this is what He’s speaking of His miraculous works of seeing
heaven open. How did heaven open? It was the work of Jesus that opened a
window into heaven. This is the ladder. It’s what He did. He was the gate
between God and man. In other words Jesus is the gate that connects us to
God in heaven. He’s on the earth and God is in heaven. And through Him the
powers of Heaven were opened to those upon the earth. He continues this
thought in John 5:19-20. And when did Heaven open? Did God come to
earth? God came on the day of Pentecost. After His work on the cross was
done, He opened up heaven and now He’s in heaven but he still comes to
earth in us. He goes back and forth. He opened up heaven. It was not as if
God wasn’t here in the Old Covenant, but in a new way He was here, dwelling
within Man.
John 5:19 “Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say
unto you, the Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father
do.” This is God dwelling in the flesh. He says I can’t do anything by myself
except I see the Father do it. We have to realize we can do nothing except the
Father dwell in us, unless Jesus dwells in us. Unless God dwells in us, we
can do nothing. I believe that we’re trying to do it on our own. I believe that
somehow we’ve got it in our heads that we can do the miraculous. So I have
to do it because Peter James and John did it. And Jesus said you could do
greater works than me. So I must be able to do this. It’s the Father that does
it for you. Not you. Then it continues on saying, “for what things soever he
doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise. For the Father loveth the Son, and
showeth him all things that himself doeth; and he will show him greater
works than these, that ye may marvel.” Jesus is saying that He does not act
on His own but He participates in the works of His Father. He is a window
into heaven. While His listeners see Jesus in the flesh, the One actually doing
the deeds is the Father. The Spirit. It says the presence of God was there to
heal them.

John 14:4-9, Jesus is talking about going to Heaven, preparing a place,
coming back and receiving them unto Himself. He says: “And whither I go, ye
know and the way ye know.” Listen to how they get confused. “Thomas saith
unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the
way? Jesus saith unto him, I am the way the truth and the life:” Not only was
He the way, but He was the truth and He was the life. “No man cometh unto
the Father, but by me.” In other words He’s the gate. “If ye had known me, ye
should have known my Father also; and from henceforth ye know him, and
have seen him.” How do we see the Father? We see Him in Jesus. How do we
see the Father? We see the Father through Jesus and by the works that He
does. “Phillip saith unto him, Lord, show us the Father, and it sufficeth us.
Jesus saith unto him, have I been so long with you and yet hast thou not
known me, Philip?” Who dwells in Christ? Who dwells in Jesus when He was
upon the earth? Whose name did He come in? The Father. It was the Father
that dwelt in him. So when the works were done, He revealed. When Jesus
went out and He spoke the Word, people were healed; people were raised
from the dead. It was the Father that was revealing Himself because God
dwelt in Jesus. He dwelt in Jesus. He was in Him. Jesus said, “Have I been so
long time with you and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? He that hath seen
me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Show us the Father?
Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me?  The words
that I speak unto you I speak not of myself; but the Father that dwelleth in
me, he doesth the works.” You see that? “Believe me that I am in the Father
and the Father in me; or else believe me” Believe me just because of what’s
taking place.  The dead are raised, the blind see, people are changed. The
request here was to show us the Father. Jesus’ response was you have seen
the Father in me. He explained saying that the Father was the one doing the
works. The disciples were to believe that He was in the Father and the Father
in Him because of the works. Believe it because of the works. What are these
works? We know that they are not the teachings of Christ for He refers to his
Word. What is the Bible? It’s the Word. It’s the evidence of who He is. It’s an
evidence of who Christ is, of who God is, of the Son is, who the Holy Spirit is.
It’s evidence and I think the Bible should have the name, The Acts of God.
Beginning to end. Don’t you think so? The works of God here upon this
Earth.  In us people. Jesus said when he went home he said I pray that you
become one with the Father even as I am one with Him.
What are these works? We know that it’s not just his teaching. He refers to
His Word as an evidence for believing the works, the teachings. So what are
the teachings? The works. The miracles. Let me ask you something. What is
going to have more effect upon you? The word that I’m speaking because the
Word is about Jesus and it is the truth about Jesus and it is God. It says the
letter killeth, but the Spirit makes it alive. So without the Spirit, the works of
God - - it doesn’t become alive to you. It doesn’t become a reality to you.

Jesus is teaching along as He goes. He was teaching when he raised Lazarus
from the dead. Do we realize that? What reason did He have actually to raise
Lazarus from the dead? It was to teach them. Do you remember when he
wept at the grave? He started weeping. Because they still did not know who
He was. He was weeping because they had no faith in Him. They didn’t
believe who He was actually. We’re going to go into that scripture and look at
what they say to Him because He wept. Now what did He do? He walked over.
Now he had told them and told them who He was. They hadn’t got it yet
because they questioned Him. If you had been here, he wouldn’t have even
died. Do you know that it’s no harder for Him to raise the dead than it is for
Him to get there and heal the sickness? He’s God. Can you understand why
He would weep? Here was almighty God dwelling in the flesh and no one
believed Him when He said I’m the resurrection. I am the resurrection. So
what did He do? He taught them. He said these words and nobody got the
hint until He said Lazarus, come forth. Do you think they had any doubt after
that? They were taught. They knew who He was. They never forgot that. As
long as they lived, they never forgot who He was after that. When you see a
stinking man come forth from the tomb that had been there four days in
Israel which is very hot there. He would have been decaying. And yet the
Lord called him forth. He said the works, if you can’t believe what I say,
believe me because of the works sake. So the works must be with miracles.

In verse 11 here it says “Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father in
me; or else believe me for the very works’ sake.” Are the works which in
John - - are they connected with the people believing? Immediately after this,
Jesus says, everyone who has faith in Him, who believes, will do greater
works. Greater works than He did. Not just so that you can do a miracle. But
we live in a suffering world. We live in a world that needs answers. So as we
look at the context of this the greater things can only be greater miracles.
How can believers do greater miracles than Jesus Himself? The greater
works are not teaching the gospel, although that’s wonderful and that’s
good. For Jesus has distinguished between his claims about Himself, that is
his preaching, and believing His works. Which in context are clearly His
miracles. In this text it is a greater works than His that people will do, not
greater preaching. Do you think you can out preach Jesus? What Jesus
would do? He would teach a little and then do a miracle or he would teach
and then the miracle would happen. Pretty good teaching. Wouldn’t it be?
Because the first time I ever saw Him raise somebody from the dead, that’d
be it for me. I’d follow him wherever He went. He just wouldn’t get away from
me.

When we look at someone that is dead and we see them as dead. You don’t
see them as getting up out of the coffin and walking away, do you? But this
is what Jesus did. But he didn’t do it just to raise Lazarus. Lazarus had to go
and die again. I bet Lazarus was asking why did you want me to be raised
from the dead. I was in a good place here. So he had to die. In fact they tried
to kill him because he was evidence of the work of Jesus. The Pharisees tried
to kill him.

It says to do these miracles and to say that we will do greater miracles than
He did. To Jesus, this is no problem. He understands fully what He is saying
to us. Because He will go and be with His Father and He promises to do
whatever the believers asks. Verses 13-14. “And whatsoever he shall ask in
my name, that will I do… He’s not asking you to ask for a Cadillac in His
name. He’s talking about works. The salvation works. You ask in My Name
for the Salvation Works. Now what are Salvation Works? Salvation Works
could say Lord heal my heart. That is a salvation work. That’s a miracle to
have a heart healed. Lord, save my son. Lord, heal my son. This is a
salvation work. We can ask these things and this is what He’s saying we can
get done. “And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do; that the
Father may be glorified in the Son.” …. You know what He’s saying? Jesus is
saying that the Father might be revealed through the Son. Glorified. Now
Jesus can teach all day, but until he does that miracle God isn’t truly
revealed. Now I’m not saying that the Word of God is less than the Miracle
because the Word of God to me is true. But its just evidence of what God
does. The true teaching or the true evidence is what He’s doing. The glory of
the Father is to be revealed through his Son. This is the whole aim and goal
of Jesus, to reveal the Father’s love on earth. What do you think Mary and
Martha felt like when their brother rose from the dead? Do you think that
they knew the love of God? Do you think that they saw the Father’s love? Oh
yes, they felt the Father’s love. You know how they were grieving. Just think
about what they felt when they saw their brother walk out of there. Do you
think that they kind of hesitated to pull off the grave clothes? I bet you they
ripped them off trying to get him out from his grave clothes, the wraps that
they had him in.

Verse 14, “If he shall ask anything in my name, I will do it.” That’s pretty
clear, isn’t it? Ask in His name. For Jesus this is no problem. He will be with
His Father and He promises to do whatever the believers ask. Where is
Jesus? He's in the Father. He’s with the father. This is conditional on our
being in harmony with Him. We have to be in harmony with Him. We have to
be one with Him. Nothing’s going to happen for us unless we’re one with the
Lord, unless we’re in harmony with the Lord. If we’re not living for Him we’re
not in harmony with Him. We’re not going to get anything done unless we’re
in harmony with the Lord. And it’s still not by our works. Jesus was one with
the Father.

Verses 15-17. “If ye love me, keep my commandments.” John is saying to
keep the commandments; to keep the Word of God that Jesus gave is to be
in harmony with Him. The work of the Holy Spirit adds to this picture. “And I
will pray the Father and he shall give you another Comforter; and he will
abide with you forever. Even the Spirit of truth whom the world cannot
receive, because it seeth him not, because it seeth him not, neither knowest
him; but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.” You
know the Holy Spirit. Notice in verses 18-21 what he says “I will not leave you
comfortless: I will come to you. I will come to you. Yet a little while, and the
world seeth me no more; but ye see me because I live, ye shall live also. At
that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you. He
that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he is that loveth me; and he
that loveth me shall be loved of my Father; and I will love him and I will
manifest myself.” What does that mean? He will make Himself real to you.
Whether it’s in a miracle or it’s in your heart. When He makes Himself real to
you and you see Him in your miracle or you see Him in your heart you are
seeing Him … you’re seeing the glory of God. You’re seeing Him manifest
Himself just like the Father did through Jesus. 


So the work of the Holy Spirit adds to this picture that we’ve just seen. The
Spirit is viewed as another of the same type as Jesus. Now He will be in you
in John 14:17 and this is amplified as I will come to you. The word amplified
means to be made clear or to unfold. His unfolding is He’s teaching you what
He means now. I will come to you. Jesus dwells in me by the Holy Spirit. The
work of the Holy Spirit adds to this picture.

John 14:23 “Jesus answered and said unto him; If a man love me, he will
keep my words; and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him; and
make our abode with him.” So this is reference to His Father. We will come to
Him, the one who loves Jesus and keeps his commandments. We will make
our home with him. Through the Spirit there is a unity produced. On that day,
you will realize I am in the Father, you are in me, I am in you. John 14:20, “At
that day ye shall know that I am in the Father and you in me, and I in you.” Is
that the same for us? Who’s going to be doing the work here? The Holy
Spirit is doing the work that’s in me. How does He do it? I lay hands on the
sick, I speak to the sick, I speak to miracles, I pray for miracles, I ask the
Lord in His name, and He will manifest. Do we believe that? There is no
problem with believers doing the works for they will not be doing the works
on their own at all. I don’t have to do this. You know, because what people
are doing is they’re saying I’ve got to get enough faith to do this miracle. All I
have to do is believe what Jesus said, do what He told me to do and He’s the
one that’s left holding the bag.

Through the Spirit the believer will have God inside of him or her and just as
the Father did the works which people saw Jesus doing so that He or Jesus
or the Spirit. It says this text refers to all, as inside the believer, the fullness
of God dwells within us will do the miracles that the believers will do. So it’s
not us doing the miracles. It’s God. We have gifts of the spirit and we’re
going to look at that. Acts records miracles done by the apostles, which are
fully impressive as any that Jesus did. Are they greater miracles? Did Peter,
John or Paul do greater miracles? They are at least equal and could be
viewed as greater in the sense of on a wider scale. It is on a wider scale
because the Holy Spirit has come and dwelt in all of us. See, Jesus healed
the sick in Israel. Did he at that time heal the sick way over here? No. You
see what I’m saying. But now, where two or three are gathered together in
the Name of Jesus, He says that I am there with them. But, Him being
glorified in Heaven brought the Holy Spirit to us.

Galatians 3:5-6 “He therefore that ministereth to you the Spirit and worketh
miracles among you, doeth he do it by the works of the law, or by the hearing
or of faith? Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for
righteousness;” So this refers to Gods having worked miracles through the
Galatians. The issue was not rather they had worked miracles but how did
they do it. Did the do it by faith or by following Jewish practice? Now we
know that there were some miracles and we know that there were some
people in the Law that did miracles. There were the prophets that did
miracles but not everyone did miracles. Not everyone could be used of God
in this sense.
I Corinthians 12:1 “Now concerning spiritual matters brethren, I would not
have you ignorant, Ye know that ye were Gentiles, carried away unto these
dumb idols, even as ye were led. Wherefore I give you to understand, that no
man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed, and that no man
can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost.” You know what
they’re saying? No man can call Jesus Yahweh, My master but by the Holy
Spirit. If you have the Holy Spirit dwelling in you, you can. “Now there are
diversities of operations, but the same…” Who? God is doing the work. He
was doing it all along. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every
man to profit withal. So when God manifests, it’s given to you if you pray in
the name of Jesus. You may be given the gift of healing the sick or to
another the word of Wisdom. How is that given to you? God manifests to you
the word. Someone else may receive the word of knowledge. This is the Lord
manifesting to us, we are not coming up with this on your own. These are
miraculous gifts that God is giving us, to be able to live in this earth and to
preach the gospel and to take the signs and wonders to the world. He is
revealing this to you through the Spirit.

Hebrews 6:4-5 “For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and
have tasted of the heavenly gift and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost,
and have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come.
If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance…” And what they
mean here by falling away is to apostasize, to reject the Lord. It’s impossible
to renew them back again. “…seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of
God afresh and put him to an open shame.” In other words it would be just
like taking Jesus and when He was doing the miracles, and you know each
one of us knows what God has done in each of us. And walk away from Him
and reject everything that He had done. Can you imagine what that would be?
It would be like Lazarus, Martha or Mary saying I don’t believe in the miracle
you just did. You know, that's blasphemy. It says here that it indicates here
that the community had experienced the powers of the age to come. When
the Lord manifests through us and causes a miracle to happen. When the
Glory is manifested through us, like the Father was manifested through Him.
This is tasting of the powers to come. You have tasted of the Holy Spirit and
it’s tasting of the powers to come. People, in order to be able to be used of
God that way you have tasted of the powers to come. If you have the Holy
Spirit dwelling within you, you have tasted of the powers to come. That’s
wonderful. It indicates that the community had experienced the powers of the
age to come. So if you have experienced the powers of the age to come and
turn, and walk away and reject Him, there’s no salvation, you’ve ended it.
Now I don’t mean that you backslide a little, I’m talking about rejecting the
Lord. It says here that these people had experienced the powers of the age
to come. Everywhere that we turn in the New Testament we see a miracle
working community of faith. In every community there is a miracle working
community alive. We need to see miracle-working communities in this earth,
right now.

John 14:12 “Verily, Verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works
that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because
I go unto my Father.” For Him to say this to them would not have caused
them a problem. They knew their own limitations. Do you know you own
limitations? I sure do, without the Holy Spirit revealing Himself and showing
forth His glory through me, we can’t do anything. If we allow Holy Spirit to
work through we can do some work. Actually it’s God that does it but we can
be the instruments that He uses. They knew their own limitations, but they
also knew what God could do through them.

I don’t believe that we realize that it is God doing it through us so we don’t
try enough. You know, we should pray for the sick, no matter what happens.
If you never see anybody get healed, pray for the sick. If you never see
anybody… well I wouldn’t pray for the dead to be raised unless God told me
to. If God told me to go over and lay hands on that person, that they needed
to be raised from the dead, I’d go lay my hands on them. I wouldn’t care if
there were 400 people there at that funeral. I would do it. It’d be scary,
wouldn’t it? You think of your own reputation, not Gods. You think that you
would be like Jonah. God told Jonah, go down there and tell those people to
repent. Jonah said No, because they’ll repent and they’ll think I’m a false
prophet. I guess there’d be more raised from the dead if there were more
who would do it. Once we understand that it is God doing the works through
us and not having to produce the works ourselves we might see some
results. We might see some results.

John 14:15 “If ye love me, keep my commandments.” This is amplified in
John 14:21, “Whosoever hath my commandments and keepeth them, he is
the one who that loves me; and he that loves me shall be loved of my Father,
and I too will love him, and will manifest myself to him.” This is not a legal
statement this is a relational statement. In other words we have a relationship
with God. We are in harmony with Him. And it says if you are in harmony with
Him, then you will receive. Two can’t walk together unless they are agreed.
We can’t walk with Jesus unless we agree with Him. We must agree with
Jesus. If we walk contrary to the Word of God we’re not in harmony with
God. We’re not in agreement with Him. It’s like having two people in a
marriage and you never agree. You’re not in harmony. That marriage is going
to go down. You’ve got to agree. You’ve got to get in harmony. God’s
relationship with us is like a marriage. The believer who lives in harmony with
Jesus, which includes obedience experiences the presence of Jesus and the
Father and does their works. One of the works the Father had in store for
Jesus was the Cross, which is the form of following Christ. In John 13:36 it
says, “Simon Peter said unto him, Lord, whither goest thou? Jesus answered
him, whither I go, thou canst not follow me now; but thou shalt follow me
afterwards.” You should follow what he did-follow Him means to do what He
did, to follow His works or to do what he says. Following Jesus to glory, you
have to be crucified. What does being crucified with the Lord mean?
Crucified means you put down something that is not God-like. You sacrifice
it. You say there it is Lord. I don’t want it. I’m not going to allow myself to be
that kind of person that does not do what the Word says. Maybe we shrink
back from following Jesus to glory because we fear our ladder to glory, like
His, may turn out to be our cross. Jesus will ask us to be crucified.

John 11 “Now a certain man was sick, named Lazarus of Bethany, the town
of Mary and her sister Martha. (It was that Mary, which anointed the Lord
with ointment and wiped his feet with her hair; whose brother Lazarus was
sick.) Therefore his sisters sent unto him, saying, Lord, behold, he whom
thou lovest is sick. When Jesus heard that, he said, this sickness is not unto
death, this sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God…” What does
that mean? It means that God is going to raise him from the dead. And it says
“but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby.
Now Jesus loved Martha, and her sister, and Lazarus. When Jesus heard
that, he said, this sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that
the Son of God might be glorified thereby. Now Jesus loved Martha, and her
sister, and Lazarus. When he had heard therefore that he was sick, he abode
two days still in the same place where he was. Then after that saith he to his
disciples, Let us go into Judea again. His disciples say unto him, Master, the
Jews of late sought to stone thee; and goest thou thither again? Jesus
answered, are there not twelve hours in the day? If any man walk in the day,
he stumbleth not, because he seeth the light of this world. But if a man walk
in the night, he stumbleth, because there is no light in him. These things said
he; and after that he saith unto them, our friend Lazarus sleepeth; but I go,
that I may awake him out of sleep. Then said his disciples, Lord, if he sleep,
he shall do well.” Now, they misunderstood the whole thing. And by the way,
there are certain teachings that will teach you that the soul sleeps in the
grave. It does not, that is false doctrine, the soul goes to heaven; it goes to
be with the Lord. Remember when Lazarus is talking back and forth to
Abraham and you see them in paradise? People will say that’s a parable. No
parable ever mentions a name. It mentions two names, Abraham and Lazarus.
It’s not a parable. It’s a real live situation. They’re alive. They’re conscious.
“Howbeit Jesus spoke of his death; but they thought that he had spoken of
taking of rest in sleep, Then said Jesus unto them plainly, Lazarus is dead.
And I am glad for your sakes that I was not there; to the intent ye may
believe, nevertheless let us go unto him. Then said Thomas, which is called
Didymus unto his fellow disciples. Let us also go, that we may die with him.
Then when Jesus came, he found that he had lain in the grave four days
already. Now Bethany was nigh unto Jerusalem about fifteen furlongs off.
And many of the Jews came to Martha and Mary; to comfort them concerning
their brother. Then Martha, as soon as she heard that Jesus was coming,
went and met him; but Mary sat still in the house. Then said Martha unto
Jesus, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died.” But I know
that even now, whatsoever thou wilt ask of God, God will give it thee. Jesus
saith unto her, Thy brother shall rise again. Martha saith unto him, I know
that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day. Jesus said unto
her, I am the resurrection and the life. He that believeth in me, though he
were dead, yet shall he live; and whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall
never die. Believest thou this? She saith unto him, Yea, Lord, I believe that
thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world. And
when she had so said, she went her way, and called Mary her sister secretly,
saying, The Master is come, and calleth for thee. As soon as she heard that,
she arose quickly, and came unto him. Now Jesus was not yet come into the
town, but was in that place where Martha met him. The Jews then which were
with her in the house, and comforted her, when they saw Mary, that she rose
up hastily and went out, followed her, saying. She goeth unto the grave to
weep there. Then when Mary was come where Jesus was, then when Mary
was come where Jesus was and saw him, she fell down at his feet, saying
unto him, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died. When
Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews also weeping which came
with her, he groaned in the spirit and was troubled. And said, where have ye
laid him? And they said unto him, Lord, come and see. Jesus wept.” Do you
think that He had a problem with believing that Lazarus was going to walk out
of there? Do you think that he knew He was going to raise him from the
dead? Why would he be weeping over that? He was weeping over the
unbelief. “Then said the Jews, Behold how he loved him! And some of them
said, Could not this man, which opened the eyes of the blind, have caused
that even this man should not have died? Jesus therefore again groaning in
himself cometh to the grave. It was a cave, and a stone lay upon it. Jesus
said, Take ye away the stone. Martha, the sister of him that was dead, saith
unto him, Lord, by this time he stinketh; for he hath been dead four days.
Jesus saith unto her. Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou
shouldest see the glory of God?” What is the Glory of God? The Glory of
God is the presence of the Father manifested in that miracle that caused
Lazarus to come from the dead. That is the Glory of God. “Then they took
away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up
his eyes and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me. And I knew
that thou hearest me always; but because of the people…” See He’s saying
He’s teaching the people. He’s teaching the people that He’s the
resurrection. He’s teaching the people that the Father hears Him. He’s
teaching the people how to live. He says “but because of the people which
stand by I said it, that they may believe that thou hast sent me. And when he
had thus spoken he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth. And he that
was dead came forth, he that was dead came forth bound hand and foot with
grave clothes; and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto
them, loose him, and let him go. Then some of the Jews, which came to Mary
and had seen the things that Jesus did, believed on him. But some of them
went their ways to the Pharisees, and told them what things Jesus had
done.” 

And do you know later on people tried to kill him, the Pharisees tried to kill
him, because he was a proof of what Jesus had done. He was a dead man
walking. So Lazarus was evidence of what took place. 


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