Romans 1:3-4 Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh; 4 And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead:
Romans 1:3-4 [The Gospel] regarding His Son, Who as to the flesh (His human nature) was descended from David, 4-And [as to His divine nature] according to the Spirit of holiness was openly designated the Son of God in power [in a striking, triumphant and miraculous manner] by His resurrection from the dead, even Jesus Christ our Lord (the Messiah, the Anointed One).
An Exposition Of The Seven Church Ages
The Smyrenaen Church Age · Chapter 4
James 1:2-4 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.
Why does He stand by?
The reason is in Romans 8:17-18, “And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with Him, that we may be also glorified together. For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.” Unless we suffer with Him we cannot reign with Him. You have to suffer to reign. The reason for this is that character simply is never made without suffering. Character is a VICTORY, not a gift. A man without character can’t reign because power apart from character is Satanic. But power with character is fit to rule. And since He wants us to share even His throne on the same basis that He overcame and is set down in His Father’s throne, then we have to overcome to sit with Him. And the little temporary suffering we go through now is not worthy to be compared to the tremendous glory that will be revealed in us when He comes. Oh, what treasures are laid up for those who are willing to enter into His kingdom through much tribulation.
Matthew 23:2-6 Saying, The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat: 3 All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not. 4For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men’s shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers. 5But all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments, 6And love the uppermost rooms at feasts, and the chief seats in the synagogues,
Matthew 15:1-20 Then came to Jesus scribes and Pharisees, which were of Jerusalem, saying, 2Why do thy disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? for they wash not their hands when they eat bread. 3But he answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition? 4For God commanded, saying, Honour thy father and mother: and, He that curseth father or mother, let him die the death. 5But ye say, Whosoever shall say to his father or his mother, It is a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me; 6And honour not his father or his mother, he shall be free. Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition. 7Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying, 8This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. 9But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. 10And he called the multitude, and said unto them, Hear, and understand: 11Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man. 12 Then came his disciples, and said unto him, Knowest thou that the Pharisees were offended, after they heard this saying? 13But he answered and said, Every plant, which my heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up. 14Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch. 15Then answered Peter and said unto him, Declare unto us this parable. 16And Jesus said, Are ye also yet without understanding? 17Do not ye yet understand, that whatsoever entereth in at the mouth goeth into the belly, and is cast out into the draught? 18But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. 19For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies: 20These are the things which defile a man: but to eat with unwashen hands defileth not a man.
Matthew 12:33-37 Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit. 34O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. 35A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things. 36But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. 37For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.
August 29, 1965 · Jeffersonville, Indiana
120Compare this now, how much alike that man and his wife, both in God’s Eden, without one stitch of clothes on them, and knew it not. For why didn’t they know it? For they were veiled to their senses of nakedness, by the Holy Veil, of the Holy Spirit. They could look right at each other, and they didn’t know that they were naked. They were veiled with the Holy Spirit, of holiness. They were veiled.
121God’s veil, yet today, can look and not lust. They turn their head. It’s a Holy Veil, see, Holy Veil. God had their eyes . . . they were both, one was man and the other was woman, and they did not know they were naked, because the holiness of God kept their eyes veiled. Notice, God hid their conscience from sin, by the Holy Veil.
An Exposition Of The Seven Church Ages
The Philadelphian Church Age · Chapter 8
They sought their righteousness after the law and failed miserably, for by the law can no flesh be justified. By the law can no man be made holy. Holiness is of the Lord. I Corinthians 1:30, “But of HIM are ye in Christ Jesus, Who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption.” II Corinthians 5:21b, “That we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.” It was Christ or perish, and they perished for they refused Him.
And men of that age as even today were making the same mistake. As the Jews took refuge in the synagogue form of worship, so in the Philadelphian Age they were taking refuge in the church. It is not joining a church that counts. The life is not in the church. The life is in Christ. “This is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.” Man is made holy by the Spirit. It is the Spirit of Holiness that raised Jesus from the dead that indwells us and makes us holy with His holiness.
There He stands, the HOLY ONE. And we will stand with Him clothed in His righteousness, holy with His holiness.
What Shall I Do With Jesus Called Christ?
November 24, 1963 · Jeffersonville, Indiana
116The Dynamics of this Church will be a refilling of the Holy Spirit that we have worked in a small measure while the Headstone is coming down to unite with the Body. But when that Head and Body unites together, the full power of the Holy Ghost would raise Her up just exactly like that; even the dead, that’s dead in Christ, for hundreds of years ago, will rise in the beauty of His holiness, and take a flight to the skies. The Dynamics is the Holy Spirit.
November 14, 1963 · New York, New York
213It’s the Presence of God in our midst now that brings holiness, not my holiness, not yours, but His holiness. His Presence is what brings the holiness. We ought to humble ourselves, cover ourselves in reverence, humility, and say, “Lord Jesus, receive me into Your Kingdom.” His holiness, not ours. Holy Spirit!
Be Not Afraid
June 7, 1963 · Tucson, Arizona
286As I said, there’s no great men, and holy men. There is not. We’re not, any of us, holy. We got a Holy Spirit in us, but we’re not holy. It’s, He is the One is holy. See? It’s His holiness; not mine, not yours. His!
Christianity Versus Idolatry
December 17, 1961 · Jeffersonville, Indiana
191We are made partakers of His holiness. We, in His image, we are living images of a living God. Then, dead to self, raised with Him, (now listen, listen to this), His Word made flesh again in us. (Oh, Brother Neville!) Look! What is it? Not the mythical, imaginary god sitting out there, but the living God. What is the living God? The Word in you making Itself real. Whew! Glory to God! Oh, I know you think I’m a holy roller, maybe I am. But, oh, brother, do you see it? Triumph over every denomination, triumph over all paganism, a living God made manifest in a living temple, and the Word of God (which is God) is made flesh in you. Why? You’re seated in Heavenly places, triumphed over all things, in Christ Jesus. Amen! Oh, I just love It. I have to skip something and go on.
It Wasn’t So From The Beginning
March 6, 1960 · Phoenix, Arizona
54. . . Sent His Holy Spirit down here to come into our flesh, which He has sanctified with His own blood . . . You believe in sanctification? “Be ye holy, for I am holy.” Now, you cannot be holy. I’m not depending on my holiness. I have none. But I’m depending on His holiness. It’s His holiness that I’m looking at. Not what . . . Well, not what I was, but what He is. That’s it. Go back to the beginning. There it is: Jesus Christ the same yesterday . . .
God’s Provided Way
April 15, 1959 · Los Angeles, California
38. . . We’re sinners saved by grace. We must recognize that, from the richest to the poorest, from the best dressed to the worst dressed. As the outside dressing has nothing to do with it, it’ll perish. But the inside is what lasts. I’d rather have my spirit covered with the robe of His holiness, than to have the best suits that could be bought in all the world. Sure. Rich in the Kingdom of God.
December 8, 1956 · Brooklyn, New York
21Now, you say, “That has an awful Calvinistic swing to it, Brother Branham.”
That’s right. It does, and Calvinism is all right as long as it stays true to the Bible; but when it gets off on the wrong limb, then it’s no good. Arminianism, holiness is correct as long as it stays in Bible holiness, not your holiness but His Holiness. See? Then it’s not my holiness. It’s . . . I’m not depending on my holiness. I have none, but I’m wholly trusting in His holiness. See? It’s He’s the One Who did it. Not my works, but His finished works that I rest assured that I was received into the Beloved and when the Beloved was received by God, God received me in Christ; that settles it. See? No negatives, no ifs and ands. It’s a finished work.
God Perfecting His Church
December 04, 1954 · Binghamton, New York
8So, we give God praise tonight, to know that the Holy Spirit is in us. Last night, I was teaching of the—the perfection. God Perfecting His Church, bringing the Church to perfection through the Lord Jesus Christ. That how we being dead in Christ take on Abraham’s seed, are heirs according to the promise. And we are perfected, not in our own self, not in our own holiness . . . My . . .
Someone said to me not long ago, said, “Brother Branham, do you believe in holiness?”
I said, “Yes, sir. Without such, no man can see God.” I said, “But not my holiness, ’cause I have not any. I believe in His holiness (See?), something that He has done, and it’s that I rest my hopes upon, not on my own merits; I have none. I rest upon His merits, having this assurance, as He loves me, I love Him. And the whole thing becomes a love affair. See? It’s a . . .