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  • 1. WHO AM I . . . ?Our Creator knows who we are. In His eternal Word we can find whowe were made to be, what we became through sin, where that leads us,and what we can become by accepting God’s rescue.Some do not know of God’s rescue. Some know of it in part and needto inquire diligently into it. Some fight against being rescued by God,while others embrace it dearly and in being rescued find that they havebecome in Jesus Christ a person of very high eternal destiny.My eternal soul is worth exactly what I let the Creator make it. I caneither reject Him, resulting in my worthlessness in never-ending eterni-ty, or I can accept Him and by faithful obedience let Him raise me toshare with Him the eternal throne of the universe.—Watson GoodmanThe Bible text used is from the New King James Version. Copyright ©1979, 1980, 1982,Thomas Nelson Inc., Publishers. Used by permission.GOD’S MASTER PURPOSE IN CREATING MAN 1He Will Have an Eternal BrideAs the bridegroom rejoices overthe bride, so shall your God re-joice over you. —Isaiah 62:5b“Then the kingdom of heavenshall be likened to ten virgins whotook their lamps and went out tomeet the bridegroom. And at mid-night a cry was heard: ‘Behold,the bridegroom is coming.’”—Matthew 25:1 and 6aChrist—the BridegroomFor I am jealous for you withgodly jealousy. For I have be-trothed you to one husband, thatI may present you as a chaste vir-gin to Christ. —2 Corinthians 11:2“He who has the bride is thebridegroom; but the friend of thebridegroom, who stands andhears him, rejoices greatly be-cause of the bridegroom’s voice.”—John 3:29aAnd Jesus said to them, “Canthe friends of the bridegroommourn as long as the bridegroomis with them? But the days willcome when the bridegroom will betaken away from them, and thenthey will fast.” —Matthew 9:15“Let us be glad and rejoice andgive Him glory, for the marriageof the Lamb has come, and Hiswife has made herself ready.”—Revelation 19:72 THIS IS WHY GOD MADE MANIN HIS OWN IMAGENo Lesser Order of Being CouldQualify as His BrideSo God created man in His ownimage; in the image of God He cre-ated him; male and female He cre-ated them. —Genesis 1:27Just as He chose us in Him be-fore the foundation of the world,that we should be holy and with-out blame before Him in love.—Ephesians 1:4Eligible to Partake of God“. . . that through these youmay be partakers of the divine na-ture...”(2 Peter 1:4b). “...a par-taker of the glory that will berevealed” (1 Peter 5:1b). “. . . par-takers of His promise in Christthrough the gospel” (Ephesians3:6b). “. . . qualified us to be par-takers of the inheritance of thesaints in the light” (Colossians1:12b). “. . . those who are benefit-ed are believers and beloved...” (1Timothy 6:2b) “For we have be-come partakers of Christ . . . ”(Hebrews 3:14a). “. . . have becomepartakers of the Holy Spirit”(Hebrews 6:4b). “. . . that we maybe partakers of His holiness”(Hebrews 12:10). “. . . you all arepartakers with me of grace” (Phi-lippians 1:7b).I AM AN OFFSPRING OF GOD 3“For in the image of God Hemade man.” —Genesis 9:6b“God, who made the world andeverything in it . . . since He givesto all life, breath, and all things.And He has made from one bloodevery nation of men to dwell onall the face of the earth ...so thatthey should seek the Lord, in thehope that they might grope forHim and find Him, though He isnot far from each one of us; for inHim we live and move and haveour being, as also some of yourown poets have said, ‘For we arealso His offspring.’ Therefore,since we are the offspring of God,we ought not to think that the Di-vine Nature is like gold or silveror stone, something shaped by artand man’s devising.”—Acts 17:24a, 25b, 26a, 27-29Adam, Made in God’s Image,Must Have Radiated GloryLike God’s GlorySo that the priests could notcontinue ministering because ofthe cloud; for the glory of theLORD filled the house of theLORD. —1 Kings 8:11Jesus . . . was transfigured be-fore them. His face shone like thesun, and His clothes became aswhite as the light.—Matthew 17:1a, 2WHO AM I THAT AKINGWOULD DIE IN MY PLACE?Compiled by Watson Goodman Free—not to be sold
  • 2. 4 FROM HOLINESS TO SIN AND DARKNESSMade Like God, Who Is HolyBecause it is written, “Be holy,for I am holy.” —1 Peter 1:16Disobedience CausedSeparationFor as by one man’s disobedi-ence many were made sinners, soalso by one Man’s obediencemany will be made righteous.—Romans 5:19For all have sinned and fallshort of the glory of God.—Romans 3:23Now Deceitful and Wicked“The heart is deceitful above allthings, and desperately wicked;who can know it?” —Jeremiah 17:9Then the LORD saw that thewickedness of man was great inthe earth, and that every intent ofthe thoughts of his heart was onlyevil continually. —Genesis 6:5God Rejects the Wicked“I tell you I do not know you,where you are from. Depart fromMe, all you workers of iniquity.”—Luke 13:27bMan Is Lost in Darkness“And this is the condemnation,that the light has come into theworld, and men loved darknessrather than light, because theirdeeds were evil.” —John 3:19NOW WHAT RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD? 5Fallen Flesh Is UncleanBut we are all like an uncleanthing, and all our righteousnessesare like filthy rags; we all fade asa leaf, and our iniquities, like thewind, have taken us away.—Isaiah 64:6Eternal Death Is Upon MeTherefore, just as through oneman sin entered the world, anddeath through sin, and thus deathspread to all men, because allsinned. —Romans 5:12I Am CondemnedTherefore, as through oneman’s offense judgment came toall men, resulting in condemna-tion. —Romans 5:18aSin Holds Me CaptiveBut I see another law in mymembers, warring against the lawof my mind, and bringing me intocaptivity to the law of sin which isin my members. —Romans 7:23Sin Separates From GodBut your iniquities have sepa-rated you from your God.—Isaiah 59:2aI Am Accountable to GodSo then each of us shall give ac-count of himself to God.—Romans 14:126 WHO AM I?In Fallen Flesh, I Am LikeClay, Grass, a VaporBut now, O LORD, You are ourFather; we are the clay, and Youour potter; and all we are the workof Your hand. —Isaiah 64:8Because “all flesh is as grass,and all the glory of man as theflower of the grass. The grasswithers, and its flower fallsaway.” —1 Peter 1:24Whereas you do not know whatwill happen tomorrow. For whatis your life? It is even a vapor thatappears for a little time and thenvanishes away. —James 4:14I Can Have Immortalityand Eternal Life in Christ“And whoever lives and be-lieves in Me shall never die. Doyou believe this?” —John 11:26He who believes in the Son ofGod has the witness in himself; hewho does not believe God hasmade Him a liar, because he hasnot believed the testimony thatGod has given of His Son. Andthis is the testimony: that Godhas given us eternal life, and thislife is in His Son. He who has theSon has life; he who does not havethe Son of God does not have life.—1 John 5:10-12WHO IS THE KING OF GLORY? 7Lift up your heads, O yougates! And be lifted up, you ever-lasting doors! And the King ofglory shall come in. Who is thisKing of glory? The LORD strongand mighty, the LORD mighty inbattle. Lift up your heads, O yougates! And lift them up, you ever-lasting doors! And the King ofglory shall come in. Who is thisKing of glory? The LORD of hosts,He is the King of glory. Selah.—Psalm 24:7-10...until our Lord Jesus Christ’sappearing . . . who is the blessedand only Potentate, the King ofkings and Lord of lords, whoalone has immortality, dwelling inunapproachable light, whom noman has seen or can see, to whombe honor and everlasting power.Amen. —l Timothy 6:14b, 15b, 16This King Will Be King OverAll the EarthAnd in that day it shall be thatliving waters shall flow from Je-rusalem, half of them toward theeastern sea and half of themtoward the western sea; in bothsummer and winter it shall occur.And the LORD shall be King overall the earth. In that day it shallbe—”the LORD is one,” and Hisname one. —Zechariah 14:8, 98 JESUS CHRIST DECLARES HIS KINGSHIPJesus answered, “My kingdomis not of this world. If My king-dom were of this world, My ser-vants would fight, so that Ishould not be delivered to theJews; but now My kingdom is notfrom here.” Pilate therefore saidto Him, “Are You a king then?”Jesus answered, “You say rightlythat I am a king. For this cause Iwas born, and for this cause Ihave come into the world, that Ishould bear witness to the truth.Everyone who is of the truthhears My voice.” —John 18:36, 37But He kept silent and an-swered nothing. Again the highpriest asked Him, saying to Him,“Are You the Christ, the Son ofthe Blessed?” And Jesus said, “Iam. And you will see the Son ofMan sitting at the right hand ofthe Power, and coming with theclouds of heaven.” —Mark 14:61, 62“When the son of Man comes inHis glory, and all the holy angelswith Him, then He will sit on thethrone of His glory. . . . Then theKing will say to those on Hisright hand, ‘Come, you blessed ofMy Father, inherit the kingdomprepared for you from the founda-tion of the world.’”—Matthew 25:31 and 34THE NATURE OF JESUS CHRIST’S KINGDOM 9But to the Son He says: “Yourthrone, O God, is forever and ever;a scepter of righteousness is thescepter of Your Kingdom.”—Hebrews 1:8Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praiseand extol and honor the King ofheaven, all of whose works aretruth, and His ways justice. Andthose who walk in pride He is ableto abase. —Daniel 4:37And said, “Assuredly, I say toyou, unless you are converted andbecome as little children, you willby no means enter the kingdom ofheaven. Therefore whoever hum-bles himself as this little child isthe greatest in the kingdom ofheaven.” —Matthew 18:3, 4“The kingdoms of this worldhave become the kingdoms of ourLord and of His Christ, and Heshall reign forever and ever!”—Revelation 11:15bThe eyes of your understandingbeing enlightened; that you mayknow what is the hope of His call-ing, what are the riches of the glo-ry of His inheritance in the saints,and what is the exceeding great-ness of His power toward us whobelieve, according to the workingof His mighty power.—Ephesians 1:18, 19
  • 3. 10 CHARACTERISTICS OF THE KING OF GLORY“As You have given Him au-thority over all flesh, that Heshould give eternal life to asmany as You have given Him.”—John 17:2Who has gone into heaven andis at the right hand of God, angelsand authorities and powers hav-ing been made subject to Him.—1 Peter 3:22Which He worked in Christwhen He raised Him from thedead and seated Him at His righthand in the heavenly places, farabove all principality and powerand might and dominion, and ev-ery name that is named, not onlyin this age but also in that whichis to come. And He put all thingsunder His feet, and gave Him tobe head over all things to thechurch, which is His body, thefullness of Him who fills all in all.—Ephesians 1:20-23But Jesus did not commit Him-self to them, because He knew allmen, and had no need that anyoneshould testify of man, for Heknew what was in man.—John 2:24, 25“I in them, and You in Me; thatthey may be made perfect in one,and that the world may know thatYou have sent Me, and have lovedthem as You have loved Me.”—John 17:23INFINITE WEALTH, POWER, AND WISDOM 11“Worthy is the Lamb who wasslain to receive power and richesand wisdom, and strength andhonor and glory and blessing!”—Revelation 5:12bThen Jesus came and spoke tothem, saying, “All authority hasbeen given to Me in heaven and onearth.” —Matthew 28:18Yet for us there is only one God,the Father, of whom are allthings, and we for Him; and oneLord Jesus Christ, through whomare all things, and through whomwe live. —l Corinthians 8:6But to those who are called,both Jews and Greeks, Christ thepower of God and the wisdom ofGod. —1 Corinthians 1:24Saying: “We give You thanks,O Lord God Almighty, the Onewho is and who was and who is tocome, because You have takenYour great power and reigned.”—Revelation 11:17That their hearts may be en-couraged, being knit together inlove, and attaining to all riches ofthe full assurance of understand-ing, to the knowledge of the mys-tery of God, both of the Fa-ther and of Christ, in whom arehidden all the treasures of wis-dom and knowledge.—Colossians 2:2, 312 THE FUTURE OF THE KING OF GLORYHe shall have dominion alsofrom sea to sea, and from the Riv-er to the ends of the earth . . . .Yes, all kings shall fall down be-fore Him; all nations shall serveHim. —Psalm 72:8 and 11The kings of the earth set them-selves, and the rulers take counseltogether, against the LORD andagainst His Anointed, saying,“Let us break Their bonds inpieces and cast away Their cordsfrom us.” He who sits in the heav-ens shall laugh; the LORD shallhold them in derision . . . . “Yet Ihave set My King on My holy hillof Zion. I will declare the decree:The LORD has said to Me, ‘Youare My Son, today I have begot-ten You. Ask of Me, and I willgive You the nations for Your in-heritance, and the ends of theearth for Your possession.’”—Psalm 2:2-4 and 6-8Who would not fear You, OKing of the nations? For this isYour rightful due, for among allthe wise men of the nations, andin all their kingdoms, there isnone like You. But the LORD isthe true God; He is the living Godand the everlasting King....—Jeremiah 10:7 and 10aTHE GLORY OF THE KING 13I am the LORD, that is Myname; and My glory I will notgive to another, nor My praise tograven images. —Isaiah 42:8For the LORD is the great God,and the great King above all gods.—Psalm 95:3“Then the sign of the Son ofMan will appear in heaven, andthen all the tribes of the earth willmourn, and they will see the Sonof Man coming on the clouds ofheaven with power and greatglory.” —Matthew 24:30“You are worthy, O Lord, to re-ceive glory and honor and power;for You created all things, and byYour will they exist and were cre-ated.” —Revelation 4:11Now to the King eternal, im-mortal, invisible, to God who a-lone is wise, be honor and gloryforever and ever. Amen.—l Timothy 1:17Shares His Glory with His Bride“And the glory which You gaveMe I have given them, that theymay be one just as We are one.”—John 17:22For I consider that the suffer-ings of this present time are notworthy to be compared with theglory which shall be revealed inus. —Romans 8:1814 THE CREATOR KING IS IN COMMANDOf the increase of His govern-ment and peace there will be noend. —Isaiah 9:7a“Woe to him who strives withhis Maker! Woe to him who saysto his father, ‘What are you beget-ting?’ Or to the woman, ‘Whathave you brought forth?’ ” Thussays the LORD, the Holy One ofIsrael, and his Maker: “Ask Me ofthings to come concerning Mysons; and concerning the work ofMy hands, you command Me. Ihave made the earth, and createdman on it. It was I—My handsthat stretched out the heavens,and all their host I have com-manded. I have raised him up inrighteousness, and I will direct allhis ways ....” —Isaiah 45:9a, 10-13aThen to Him was given domin-ion and glory and a kingdom, thatall peoples, nations, and lan-guages should serve Him. His do-minion is an everlasting domin-ion, which shall not pass away,and His kingdom the one whichshall not be destroyed.—Daniel 7:14Yield to His Command!Yes, all kings shall fall down be-fore Him; all nations shall serveHim. —Psalm 72:11THE KING OF GLORY DIED FOR ME! 15Foretold Place and Manner ofDeath and Resurrection“Behold, we are going up toJerusalem, and the Son of Manwill he betrayed to the chiefpriests and to the scribes; andthey will condemn Him to death,and deliver Him to the Gentiles tomock and to scourge and to cruci-fy. And the third day He will riseagain.” —Matthew 20:18, 19Sin Is Horrible in God’s Sightto Require This RemedyFor Christ also suffered oncefor sins, the just for the unjust,that He might bring us to God,being put to death in the flesh butmade alive by the Spirit.—1 Peter 3:18Our Lord Jesus Christ, whogave Himself for our sins, that Hemight deliver us from this presentevil age, according to the will ofour God and Father.—Galatians 1:3b, 4By this we know love, becauseHe laid down His life for us.—1 John 3:16aFor the message of the cross isfoolishness to those who are per-ishing, but to us who are beingsaved it is the power of God.—1 Corinthians 1:18
  • 4. 16 PRECIOUS BLOOD—PRECIOUS SAVIORBut now in Christ Jesus youwho once were far off have beenmade near by the blood of Christ.—Ephesians 2:13Having boldness to enter theHoliest by the blood of Jesus, bya new and living way.—Hebrews 10:19b, 20a...the blood of the everlastingcovenant. —Hebrews 13:20bHaving made peace through theblood of His cross.—Colossians 1:20aTo Him who loved us andwashed us from our sins in Hisown blood. —Revelation 1:5b“Behold, I lay in Zion a chiefcornerstone, elect, precious, andhe who believes on Him will by nomeans be put to shame. There-fore, to you who believe, He is pre-cious.” —1 Peter 2:6b, 7aAnd that from childhood youhave known the Holy Scriptures,which are able to make you wisefor salvation through faith whichis in Christ Jesus.—2 Timothy 3:15Bridegroom Seeks His BrideFor the Son of Man has come toseek and to save that which waslost. —Luke 19:10CHRIST CONQUERED THE SECOND DEATH 17AND HELL TO DELIVER ME FROM THEMI Deserve Eternal DeathThe soul who sins shall die.—Ezekiel 18:4bTherefore, just as through oneman sin entered the world, anddeath through sin, and thus deathspread to all men, because allsinned. —Romans 5:12For the wages of sin is death.—Romans 6:23aDeath Was Conquered for MeTherefore do not be ashamed ofthe testimony of our Lord, nor ofme His prisoner, but share withme in the sufferings for the gospelaccording to the power of God,who has saved us and called uswith a holy calling, not accordingto our works, but according to Hisown purpose and grace which wasgiven to us in Christ Jesus beforetime began, but has now been re-vealed by the appearing of ourSavior Jesus Christ, who has abol-ished death and brought life andimmortality to light through thegospel. —2 Timothy 1:8-10“I am He who lives, and wasdead, and behold, I am alive forev-ermore. Amen. And I have thekeys of Hades and of Death.”—Revelation 1:1818 THE KING PROVIDED FREE SALVATION FORALL WHO WANT IT WHOLEHEARTEDLYChrist died for our sins accord-ing to the Scriptures.—1 Corinthians 15:3b“...the church of God whichHe purchased with His ownblood.” —Acts 20:28b“I am the good shepherd. Thegood shepherd gives His life forthe sheep.” —John 10:11And He died for all, that thosewho live should live no longer forthemselves, but for Him who diedfor them and rose again.—2 Corinthians 5:15“To Him all the prophets wit-ness that, through His name, who-ever believes in Him will receiveremission of sins.” —Acts 10:43“Nor is there salvation in anyother, for there is no other nameunder heaven given among menby which we must be saved.”—Acts 4:12The Lord is not slack concern-ing His promise, as some countslackness, but is longsufferingtoward us, not willing that anyshould perish but that all shouldcome to repentance. —2 Peter 3:9And you will seek Me and findMe, when you search for Me withall your heart. —Jeremiah 29:13ENMITY BETWEEN GOD AND SIN 19Your throne, O God, is foreverand ever; a scepter of righteous-ness is the scepter of Your king-dom. You love righteousness andhate wickedness. —Psalm 45:6, 7aDo you not know that the un-righteous will not inherit the king-dom of God? —1 Corinthians 6:9aFor those who live according tothe flesh set their minds on thethings of the flesh, but those wholive according to the Spirit, thethings of the Spirit. For to be car-nally minded is death, but to bespiritually minded is life andpeace. Because the carnal mind isenmity against God; for it is notsubject to the law of God, nor in-deed can be. So then, those whoare in the flesh cannot please God.But you are not in the flesh but inthe Spirit, if indeed the Spirit ofGod dwells in you. Now if anyonedoes not have the Spirit of Christ,he is not His. —Romans 8:5-9Adulterers and adulteresses!Do you not know that friendshipwith the world is enmity withGod? Whoever therefore wants tobe a friend of the world makeshimself an enemy of God.—James 4:4SALVATION IS A LIVING RELATIONSHIP 21AND FELLOWSHIP WITH CHRISTTo know the love of Christwhich passes knowledge; that youmay be filled with all the fullnessof God. —Ephesians 3:19God is faithful, by whom youwere called into the fellowship ofHis Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.—1 Corinthians 1:9And if Christ is in you, the bodyis dead because of sin, but theSpirit is life because of righteous-ness. —Romans 8:10“But you do not believe, be-cause you are not of My sheep, asI said to you. My sheep hear Myvoice, and I know them, and theyfollow Me. And I give them eter-nal life, and they shall never per-ish; neither shall anyone snatchthem out of My hand.”—John 10:26-28For this reason I also sufferthese things; nevertheless I amnot ashamed, for I know whom Ihave believed and am persuadedthat He is able to keep what Ihave committed to Him until thatDay. —2 Timothy 1:12Therefore let those who sufferaccording to the will of God com-mit their souls to Him in doinggood, as to a faithful Creator.—1 Peter 4:1920 HOW TO BE ACCEPTED BY THE KINGHe who covers his sins will notprosper, but whoever confessesand forsakes them will have mer-cy. —Proverbs 28:13And we have known and be-lieved the love that God has forus. God is love, and he who abidesin love abides in God, and God inhim. —1 John 4:16But as many as received Him,to them He gave the right to be-come children of God. —John 1:12a“He who receives Me receivesHim who sent Me.” —Jobn 13:20bNow as they went down theroad, they came to some water.And the eunuch said, “See, here iswater. What hinders me from be-ing baptized?” Then Philip said,“If you believe with all yourheart, you may.” And he an-swered and said, “I believe thatJesus Christ is the Son of God.”—Acts 8:36, 37“He who hears My word and be-lieves in Him who sent Me has ev-erlasting life, and shall not comeinto judgment, but has passedfrom death into life. —John 5:24bThat your faith should not be inthe wisdom of men but in the pow-er of God. —1 Corinthians 2:5Then Jesus said to those Jewswho believed Him, “If you abidein My word, you are My disciplesindeed.” —John 8:31
  • 5. 22 REBORN, FREE TO SERVE THE LORDWho is he who overcomes theworld, but he who believes thatJesus is the Son of God? —1 John 5:5Who were born, not of blood,nor of the will of the flesh, nor ofthe will of man, but of God.—John 1:13“And you shall know the truth,and the truth shall make youfree.” —John 8:32Now the Lord is the Spirit; andwhere the Spirit of the Lord is,there is liberty. —2 Corinthians 3:17“Therefore if the Son makesyou free, you shall be freeindeed.” —John 8:36And having been set free fromsin, you became slaves of right-eousness. But now having beenset free from sin, and having be-come slaves of God, you haveyour fruit to holiness, and theend, everlasting life.—Romans 6:18 and 22Stand fast therefore in the liber-ty by which Christ has made usfree, and do not be entangledagain with a yoke of bondage.—Galatians 5:1“For you will be His witness toall men of what you have seen andheard.” —Acts 22:15BORN AGAIN! NOW WHO AM I? 23Do you not know that the un-righteous will not inherit the king-dom of God? Do not be deceived.Neither fornicators, nor idolaters,nor adulterers, nor homosexuals,nor sodomites, nor thieves, norcovetous, nor drunkards, nor re-vilers, nor extortioners will inher-it the kingdom of God. And suchwere some of you. But you werewashed, but you were sanctified,but you were justified in the nameof the Lord Jesus and by the Spir-it of our God. —1 Corinthians 6:9-11To Him who loved us andwashed us from our sins in Hisown blood, and has made us kingsand priests to His God and Fa-ther, to Him be glory and domin-ion forever and ever. Amen.—Revelation 1:5b, 6Do you not know that the saintswill judge the world?—1 Corinthians 6:2aYou shall also be a crown of glo-ry in the hand of the Lord, and aroyal diadem in the hand of yourGod. —Isaiah 62:3Exalted Position“That they all may be one, asYou, Father, are in Me, and I inYou; that they also may be one inUs.” —John 17:21a24 MADE FOR FELLOWSHIP WITH GODThe Lord is near to all who callupon Him, to all who call uponHim in truth. —Psalm 145:18And what agreement has thetemple of God with idols? For youare the temple of the living God.As God has said: “I will dwell inthem and walk among them. I willbe their God, and they shall beMy people.” —2 Corinthians 6:16But rejoice to the extent thatyou partake of Christ’s suffer-ings, that when His glory is re-vealed, you may also be glad withexceeding joy. —1 Peter 4:13And truly our fellowship is withthe Father and with His SonJesus Christ. —1 John 1:3bWhen you pass through the wa-ters, I will be with you; andthrough the rivers, they shall notoverflow you. When you walkthrough the fire, you shall not beburned, nor shall the flame scorchyou. —Isaiah 43:2“I in them, and You in Me; thatthey may be made perfect in one,and that the world may know thatYou have sent Me, and have lovedthem as You have loved Me.”—John 17:23“Father, I desire that they alsowhom You gave Me may be withMe where I am, that they may be-hold My glory which You havegiven Me.” —John 17:24aRELATIONSHIP BETWEEN CHRIST 25AND TRUE BELIEVERS“At that day you will know thatI am in My Father, and you in Me,and I in you.” —John 14:20His Last CommandOur First ConcernAnd the Spirit and the bridesay, “Come!” —Revelation 22:17a“Go therefore and make disci-ples of all the nations, baptizingthem in the name of the Fatherand of the Son and of the HolySpirit, teaching them to observeall things that I have commandedyou; and lo, I am with you always,even to the end of the age.”Amen. —Matthew 28:19, 20The Righteousness of SaintsIs the Righteousnessof the Indwelling ChristTo them God willed to makeknown what are the riches of theglory of this mystery among theGentiles: which is Christ in you,the hope of glory. —Colossians 1:27Him we preach, warning everyman and teaching every man in allwisdom, that we may present ev-ery man perfect in Christ Jesus.—Colossians 1:28For Christ is the end of the lawfor righteousness to everyone whobelieves. —Romans 10:4WHOSE SON? 27But when the fullness of thetime had come, God sent forthHis Son, born of a woman, bornunder the law, to redeem thosewho were under the law, that wemight receive the adoption assons. —Galatians 4:4, 5Behold what manner of love theFather has bestowed on us, thatwe should be called children ofGod! —1 John 3:laHeirs of God“He who overcomes shall inher-it all things, and I will be his Godand he shall be My son.”—Revelation 21:7And because you are sons, Godhas sent forth the Spirit of HisSon into your hearts, crying out,“Abba, Father!” Therefore youare no longer a slave but a son,and if a son, then an heir of Godthrough Christ. —Galatians 4:6, 7And if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs withChrist, if indeed we suffer withHim, that we may also be glori-fied together. —Romans 8:17And if you are Christ’s, thenyou are Abraham’s seed, andheirs according to the promise.—Galatians 3:2926 SUCH MERCY, SUCH LOVE, AND SUCH GRACE!Blessed be the God and Fatherof our Lord Jesus Christ, who ac-cording to His abundant mercyhas begotten us again to a livinghope through the resurrection ofJesus Christ from the dead.—1 Peter 1:3Let us therefore come boldly tothe throne of grace, that we mayobtain mercy and find grace tohelp in time of need.—Hebrews 4:16But God, who is rich in mercy,because of His great love withwhich He loved us, even when wewere dead in trespasses, made usalive together with Christ (bygrace you have been saved), andraised us up together, and madeus sit together in the heavenlyplaces in Christ Jesus, that in theages to come He might show theexceeding riches of His grace inHis kindness toward us in ChristJesus. —Ephesians 2:4-7But may the God of all grace,who called us to His eternal gloryby Christ Jesus, after you havesuffered a while, perfect, estab-lish, strengthen, and settle you.—l Peter 5:10Being justified freely by Hisgrace through the redemptionthat is in Christ Jesus.—Romans 3:24
  • 6. 28 GOD DETERMINED HIS LIKENESSFOR HIS SONSOUR WALK MUST BE WORTHY OF GOD 29And we know that all thingswork together for good to thosewho love God, to those who arethe called according to His pur-pose. For whom He foreknew, Healso predestined to be conformedto the image of His Son, that Hemight be the firstborn amongmany brethren. —Romans 8:28, 29Then God said, “Let Us makeman in Our image, according toOur likeness.” —Genesis 1:26aServe Like Christ“I am among you as the Onewho serves.” —Luke 22:27bBe ForgivingThen Jesus said, “Father, for-give them, for they do not knowwhat they do.” —Luke 23:34aBe Meek and GentleNow I, Paul, myself am plead-ing with you by the meekness andgentleness of Christ.—2 Corinthians 10:1aWalk in Christ’s Love“As the Father loved Me, I alsohave loved you; abide in Mylove.” —John 15:9Spread Gospel World-WideThen Jesus said to them again,“Peace to you! As the Father hassent Me, I also send you.”—John 20:21That you would have a walkworthy of God who calls you intoHis own kingdom and glory.—1 Thessalonians 2:12Whoever transgresses and doesnot abide in the doctrine of Christdoes not have God. He who abidesin the doctrine of Christ has boththe Father and the Son. —2 John 9Christ Will Have a Bride ThatCannot Be Enticed From HimBlessed is the man who endurestemptation; for when he has beenproved, he will receive the crownof life which the Lord has prom-ised to those who love Him.—James 1:12“Whoever comes to Me, andhears My sayings and does them,I will show you whom he is like:He is like a man building a house,who dug deep and laid the founda-tion on the rock. And when theflood arose, the stream beat vehe-mently against that house, andcould not shake it, for it wasfounded on the rock.”—Luke 6:47, 48Christ Will Have a BrideThat is Eager for His PresenceLooking for the blessed hopeand glorious appearing of ourgreat God and Savior JesusChrist. —Titus 2:1330 HIS WORKMANSHIPFor by grace you have beensaved through faith, and that notof yourselves; it is the gift of God,not of works, lest anyone shouldboast. For we are His workman-ship, created in Christ Jesus forgood works, which God preparedbeforehand that we should walkin them. —Ephesians 2:8-10Now to Him who is able to doexceedingly abundantly above allthat we ask or think, according tothe power that works in us, toHim be glory in the church byChrist Jesus throughout all ages,world without end. Amen.—Ephesians 3:20, 21That your faith should not be inthe wisdom of men but in the pow-er of God. —1 Corinthians 2:5Will Be Made Perfectand Complete in HimFor by one offering He hasperfected forever those who arebeing sanctified. —Hebrews 10:14Till we all come to the unity ofthe faith and the knowledge of theSon of God, to a perfect man, tothe measure of the stature of thefullness of Christ. —Ephesians 4:13For in Him dwells all the full-ness of the Godhead bodily; andyou are complete in Him, who isthe head of all principality andpower. —Colossians 2:9, 10I AM A MEMBER OF THE KING’S BRIDE 31Why Should He Who CountlessAngels Worship Center HisLove on Fallen, RebelliousMan?But when He again brings thefirstborn into the world, He says:“Let all the angels of God wor-ship Him.” —Hebrews 1:6My delight was with the sons ofmen. —Proverbs 8:31bYou also have become dead tothe law through the body ofChrist, that you may be marriedto another, even to Him who wasraised from the dead, that weshould bear fruit to God.—Romans 7:4bFor as we have many membersin one body, but all the membersdo not have the same function, sowe, being many, are one body inChrist, and individually membersof one another. —Romans 12:4, 5Bride Gets Life From HimHe who has the Son has life; hewho does not have the Son of Goddoes not have life. —1 John 5:12Total Love for the BrideHe who did not spare His ownSon, but delivered Him up for usall, how shall He not with Himalso freely give us all things?—Romans 8:32THE TRUE RICHES 33“Therefore if you have not beenfaithful in the unrighteous mam-mon, who will commit to yourtrust the true riches?”—Luke 16:11For you know the grace of ourLord Jesus Christ, that thoughHe was rich, yet for your sakes Hebecame poor, that you throughHis poverty might become rich.—2 Corinthians 8:9Listen, my beloved brethren:Has God not chosen the poor ofthis world to be rich in faith andheirs of the kingdom which Hepromised to those who love Him?—James 2:5“I know your works, tribula-tion, and poverty (but you arerich).” —Revelation 2:9aDanger in Earthly RichesCommand those who are rich inthis present age not to be haugh-ty, nor to trust in uncertain richesbut in the living God, who givesus richly all things to enjoy. Letthem do good, that they be rich ingood works, ready to give, willingto share, storing up for them-selves a good fouudation for thetime to come, that they may layhold on eternal life.—1 Timothy 6:17-1932 SHARE THE THRONE! WHO, ME?Shares His Throne with Bride“To him who overcomes I willgrant to sit with Me on Mythrone, as I also overcame and satdown with My Father on Histhrone.” —Revelation 3:21The King’s City and BrideBut now they desire a better,that is, a heavenly country. There-fore God is not ashamed to becalled their God, for He has pre-pared a city for them.—Hebrews 11:16“He who overcomes, I willmake him a pillar in the temple ofMy God, and he shall go out nomore. And I will write on him thename of My God and the name ofthe city of My God, the New Jeru-salem, which comes down out ofheaven from My God.—Revelation 3:12aThen I, John, saw the holy city,New Jerusalem, coming down outof heaven from God, prepared as abride adorned for her husband.—Revelation 21:2Blessed are those who do Hiscommandments, that they mayhave the right to the tree of life,and may enter through the gatesinto the city. —Revelation 22:14
  • 7. 34 WHAT THE TRUE RICHES MEAN TO MEWho will transform our lowlybody that it may be conformed toHis glorious body, according tothe working by which He is ableeven to subdue all things to Him-self. —Philippians 3:21Giving thanks to the Fatherwho has qualified us to be partak-ers of the inheritance of the saintsin the light. He has delivered usfrom the power of darkness andtranslated us into the kingdom ofthe Son of His love.—Colossians 1:12, 13“And now, brethren, I com-mend you to God and to the wordof His grace, which is able to buildyou up and give you an inher-itance among all those who aresanctified.” —Acts 20:32When Christ who is our life ap-pears, then you also will appearwith Him in glory. —Colossians 3:4That the Gentiles should be fel-low heirs, of the same body, andpartakers of His promise inChrist through the gospel. To me,who am less than the least of allthe saints, this grace was given,that I should preach among theGentiles the unsearchable richesof Christ. —Ephesians 3:6 and 8I’M GLAD I AM YOURS, LORD! 35Let all those who seek You re-joice and be glad in You; let suchas love Your salvation say contin-ually, “The Lord be magnified!”—Psalm 40:16Be glad in the Lord and rejoice,you righteous; and shout for joy,all you upright in heart!—Psalm 32:11Rejoice in the Lord always.Again I will say, rejoice!—Philippians 4:4For our light affliction, which isbut for a moment, is working forus a far more exceeding and eter-nal weight of glory.—2 Corinthians 4:17“Rejoice greatly, O daughter ofZion! Shout, O daughter of Jeru-salem! Behold, your King is com-ing to you; He is just and havingsalvation.” —Zechariah 9:9a“Nevertheless do not rejoice inthis, that the spirits are subject toyou, but rather rejoice becauseyour names are written in heav-en.” —Luke 10:20But let all those rejoice who puttheir trust in You; let them evershout for joy, because You defendthem; let those also who loveYour name be joyful in You.—Psalm 5:1136 WOULD YOU REJECT HIS MERCY FOREVER?“But he who sins against mewrongs his own soul; all thosewho hate me love death.”—Proverbs 8:36See that you do not refuse Himwho speaks. For if they did not es-cape who refused Him who spokeon earth, much more shall we notescape if we turn away from Himwho speaks from heaven.—Hebrews 12:25“Strive to enter through thenarrow gate, for many, I say toyou, will seek to enter and will notbe able. When once the Master ofthe house has risen up and shutthe door, and you begin to standoutside and knock at the door,saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open for us,’and He will answer and say toyou, ‘I do not know you, whereyou are from.’” —Luke 13:24, 25Mercy Refused Can Turn toWrathAnd with all unrighteous decep-tion among those who perish, be-cause they did not receive the loveof the truth, that they might besaved. And for this reason Godwill send them strong delusion,that they should believe the lie,that they all may be condemnedwho did not believe the truth buthad pleasure in unrighteousness.—2 Thessalonians 2:10-12WHO AM I WITHOUT THIS KING? 37Full of Sin, Condemned“He who believes in Him is notcondemned; but he who does notbelieve is condemned already, be-cause he has not believed in thename of the only begotten Son ofGod. —John 3:18For if we sin willfully after wehave received the knowledge ofthe truth, there no longer remainsa sacrifice for sins, but a certainfearful expectation of judgment,and fiery indignation.—Hebrews 10:26, 27aJudged by the Word“He who rejects Me, and doesnot receive My words, has thatwhich judges him—the word thatI have spoken will judge him inthe last day.” —John 12:48Loved and Sought AfterIn this the love of God wasmanifested toward us, that Godhas sent His only begotten Son in-to the world, that we might livethrough Him. —1 John 4:9And the Spirit and the bridesay, “Come!” And let him whohears say, “Come!” And let himwho thirsts come. And whoeverdesires, let him take the water oflife freely. —Revelation 22:17HELL IS GOD’S SCRAP HEAP 39Where All Must Go Who Refusethe King of GloryBut if it bears thorns and briers,it is rejected and near to beingcursed, whose end is to he burned.—Hebrews 6:8“The Son of Man will send outHis angels, and they will gatherout of His kingdom all things thatoffend, and those who practicelawlessness, and will cast them in-to the furnace of fire. There willbe wailing and gnashing ofteeth.” —Matthew 13:41-42“And the smoke of their tor-ment ascends forever and ever;and they have no rest day ornight, who worship the beast andhis image, and whoever receivesthe mark of his name.”—Revelation 14:11They are the enemies of thecross of Christ: whose end is de-struction. —Philippians 3:18b, 19aGod is eager to perform miraclesto keep us from going to hell,such as facing hell for us, con-quering eternal death, and risingagain that we might find victoryin Him and live. Another miracleis in transforming a sinner fromrebelliousness to a new heart oflove in Christ.38 ONE IS FOOLISH TO GO TO HELLIt is foolish to spend eternity intorment with Satan in hell whenyou could have been in unspeak-able happiness in Christ sharingthe throne of the universe for-ever!The fool has said in his heart,“There is no God.” —Psalm 53:laBut the Lord said to him, “Nowyou Pharisees make the outside ofthe cup and dish clean, but yourinward part is full of greed andwickedness. Foolish ones! Did notHe who made the outside makethe inside also?” —Luke 11:39, 40“Now everyone who hears thesesayings of Mine, and does not dothem, will be like a foolish manwho built his house on the sand:and the rain descended, the floodscame, and the winds blew andbeat on that house; and it fell.And great was its fall.”—Matthew 7:26, 27Therefore Sheol has enlarged it-self and opened its mouth beyondmeasure; their glory and theirmultitude and their pomp, and hewho is jubilant, shall descend intoit. —Isaiah 5:14“As a partridge that broods butdoes not hatch, so is he who getsriches, but not by right; it willleave him in the midst of his days,and at his end he will be a fool.”—Jeremiah 17:11
  • 8. 40 THE KING OF KINGS WILL PUT SATANIN PRISON AT WILLThen I saw an angel comingdown from heaven, having thekey to the bottomless pit and agreat chain in his hand. He laidhold of the dragon, that serpentof old, who is the Devil and Satan,and bound him for a thousandyears; and he cast him into thebottomless pit, and shut him up,and set a seal on him, so that heshould deceive the nations nomore till the thousand years werefinished. But after tbese things hemust be released for a little while.—Revelation 20:1-3Now when the thousand yearshave expired, Satan will be re-leased from his prison. And thedevil, who deceived them, wascast into the lake of fire and brim-stone where the beast and thefalse prophet are. And they willbe tormented day and night for-ever and ever.—Revelation 20:7 and 10Total and Eternal VictoryOver SatanInasmuch then as the childrenhave partaken of flesh and blood,He Himself likewise shared in thesame, that through death Hemight destroy him who had thepower of death, that is, the devil.—Hebrews 2:14DECIDE NOW WHO YOU WILL SERVE FOREVER 41“No one can serve two masters;for either he will hate the one andlove the other, or else he will beloyal to the one and despise theother. You cannot serve God andmammon.” —Matthew 6:24Are You Following Satanto Prison, or the King of Kingsto His Eternal Majestic Throne?“To open their eyes and to turnthem from darkness to light, andfrom the power of Satan to God,that they may receive forgivenessof sins and an inheritance amongthose who are sanctified by faithin Me.” —Acts 26:18“If anyone serves Me, let himfollow Me; and where I am, thereMy servant will be also. If anyoneserves Me, him My Father willhonor.” —John 12:26“But the cowardly, unbelieving,abominable, murderers, sexuallyimmoral, sorcerers, idolaters, andall liars shall have their part inthe lake which burns with fire andbrimstone, which is the seconddeath.” —Revelation 21:8Jesus answered them, “Mostassuredly, I say to you, whoevercommits sin is a slave of sin. Anda slave does not abide in the houseforever, but a son abides forever.Therefore if the Son makes youfree, you shall be free indeed.”—John 8:34-3642 LIVING WATERS FLOW AT MY FEETJesus answered and said to her,“If you knew the gift of God, andwho it is who says to you, ‘GiveMe a drink,’ you would haveasked Him, and He would havegiven you living water.”—John 4:10On the last day, that great dayof the feast, Jesus stood and criedout, saying, “If anyone thirsts, lethim come to Me and drink.”—John 7:37“Whoever drinks of the waterthat I shall give him will neverthirst. —John 4:14a“For the Lamb who is in themidst of the throne will shepherdthem and lead them to livingfountains of waters. And God willwipe away every tear from theireyes.” —Revelation 7:17And he showed me a pure riverof water of life, clear as crystal,proceeding from the throne ofGod and of the Lamb. In the mid-dle of its street, and on either sideof the river, was the tree of life,which bore twelve fruits, eachtree yielding its fruit everymonth. And the leaves of the treewere for the healing of the na-tions. And there shall be no morecurse, but the throne of God andof the Lamb shall be in it, and Hisservants shall serve Him.—Revelation 22:1-3SEEK THE LORD WHOLEHEARTEDLY! 43“But seek first the kingdom ofGod and His righteousness, andall these things shall be added toyou.” —Matthew 6:33“But from there you will seekthe Lord your God, and you willfind Him if you seek Him with allyour heart and with all yoursoul.” —Deuteronomy 4:29I love those who love me, andthose who seek me diligently willfind me. —Proverbs 8:17“And I say to you, ask, and itwill be given to you; seek, and youwill find; knock, and it will beopened to you.” —Luke 11:9Sow for yourselves righteous-ness; reap in mercy; break up yourfallow ground, for it is time toseek the Lord, till He comes andrains righteousness on you.—Hosea 10:12Seek the Lord while He may befound, call upon Him while He isnear. —Isaiah 55:6“If My people who are called byMy name will humble themselves,and pray and seek My face, andturn from their wicked ways, thenI will hear from heaven, and willforgive their sin and heal theirland.” —2 Chronicles 7:14I will praise You, O Lord myGod, with all my heart, and I willglorify Your name forevermore.—Psalm 86:12WHAT KIND OF BRIDE FOR GOD? 45Submissive to HimPresent yourselves to God asbeing alive from the dead ....—Romans 6:13bLoves the BridegroomGrace be with all those who loveour Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity.Amen. —Ephesians 6:24One with HimFor we are members of Hisbody, of His flesh and of Hisbones. —Ephesians 5:30That through these you may bepartakers of the divine nature....—2 Peter 1:4bSpotlessTherefore, beloved, looking for-ward to these things, be diligent tobe found by Him in peace, withoutspot and blameless. —2 Peter 3:14You are all fair, my love, andthere is no spot in you.—Song of Solomon 4:7Filled with Divine PowerWho has come . . . according tothe power of an endless life.—Hebrews 7:16Filled with Divine LoveBut whoever keeps His word,truly the love of God is perfectedin him. —1 John 2:5aWill Have Absolute GraceRest your hope fully upon thegrace that is to be brought to youat the revelation of Jesus Christ.—1 Peter 1:13b44 THE MARRIAGE SUPPER—GOD GETS A BRIDE!“Come, I will show you thebride, the Lamb’s wife.” And hecarried me away in the Spirit to agreat and high mountain, andshowed me the great city, the holyJerusalem, descending out ofheaven from God, having the glo-ry of God. But I saw no temple init, for the Lord God Almighty andthe Lamb are its temple. And thecity had no need of the sun or ofthe moon to shine in it, for the glo-ry of God illuminated it, and theLamb is its light. And the nationsof those who are saved shall walkin its light.—Revelation 21:9b-11a; 22-24aAnd I heard, as it were, thevoice of a great multitude, as thesound of many waters and as thesound of mighty thunderings,saying, “Alleluia! For the LordGod Omnipotent reigns! Let us beglad and rejoice and give Himglory, for the marriage of theLamb has come, and His wife hasmade herself ready.” And to her itwas granted to be arrayed in finelinen, clean and bright, for thefine linen is the righteous acts ofthe saints. Then he said to me,“Write: ‘Blessed are those whoare called to the marriage supperof the Lamb!’” And he said tome, “These are the true sayings ofGod.” —Revelation 19:6-9
  • 9. 46 THE KING DESTROYS WORLDWIDE REBELLION“These will make war with theLamb, and the Lamb will over-come them, for He is Lord of lordsand King of kings; and those whoare with Him are called, chosen,and faithful.” —Revelation 17:14Then a mighty angel took up astone like a great millstone andthrew it into the sea, saying,“Thus with violence the great cityBabylon shall be thrown down,and shall not be found anymore.”—Revelation 18:21And then the lawless one will berevealed, whom the Lord will con-sume with the breath of Hismouth and destroy with thebrightness of His coming.—2 Thessalonians 2:8And this shall be the plaguewith which the Lord will strikeall the people who fought againstJerusalem: Their flesh shall dis-solve while they stand on theirfeet, their eyes shall dissolve intheir sockets, and their tonguesshall dissolve in their mouths.—Zechariah 14:12Then comes the end, when Hedelivers the kingdom to God theFather, when He puts an end toall rule and all authority and pow-er. —1 Corinthians 15:241,000—YEAR HONEYMOON REIGN ON EARTH 47“Your kingdom come. Your willbe done on earth as it is in heav-en.” —Matthew 6:10“Blessed are the meek, for theyshall inherit the earth.”—Matthew 5:5“The kingdoms of this worldhave become the kingdoms of ourLord and of His Christ, and Heshall reign forever and ever!”—Revelation 11:15b“For You were slain, and haveredeemed us to God by Yourblood...and have made us kingsand priests to our God; and weshall reign on the earth.”—Revelation 5:9b, 10And I saw the souls of thosewho had been beheaded for theirwitness to Jesus and for the wordof God, who had not worshipedthe beast or his image, and hadnot received his mark on theirforeheads or on their hands. Andthey lived and reigned with Christfor a thousand years.—Revelation 20:4bBlessed and holy is he who haspart in the first resurrection. Oversuch the second death has no pow-er, but they shall be priests ofGod and of Christ, and shall reignwith Him a thousand years.—Revelation 20:648 LIFE FOREVER WITH THE BRIDEGROOMGod and I Go on Endlessly—O Joy!I will extol You, my God, OKing; and I will bless Your nameforever and ever. —Psalm 145:1“Father, I desire that they alsowhom You gave Me may be withme where I am, that they may be-hold My glory which You havegiven Me.” —John 17:24aAnd the dead in Christ will risefirst. Then we who are alive andremain shall be caught up togeth-er with them in the clouds to meetthe Lord in the air. And thus weshall always be with the Lord.—1 Thessalonians 4:16b, 17“Behold, the tabernacle of Godis with men, and He will dwellwith them, and they shall be Hispeople, and God Himself will bewith them and be their God. AndGod will wipe away every tearfrom their eyes; there shall be nomore death, nor sorrow, nor cry-ing; and there shall be no morepain, for the former things havepassed away.” —Revelation 21:3b, 4And there shall be no nightthere: They need no lamp norlight of the sun, for the Lord Godgives them light. And they shallreign forever and ever.—Revelation 22:5JESUS CHRIST SAYS:“To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as Ialso overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.”—Revelation 3:21Oh, the great love the dear Savior has shownTo shamefully die on the tree;Leaving His sceptre and beautiful throneTo rescue a sinner like me.—I. N. McHosePraise the Lord He’s holy and just;Praise the Lord, He loves me, but dust;Praise the Lord, SERVE HIM I MUST!Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord! PRAISE THE LORD!—Watson GoodmanPublished in numerous languages by World Missionary Press asGod supplies funds in answer to prayer. Other booklets are alsoavailable. If you would like more copies for careful distribution,please writein English, if possible. Specify which language orlanguages you need for your area, and what quantity of each youcan prayerfully use. Please tell us clearly how you plan to distributethe booklets.World Missionary Press, Inc.P.O. Box 120New Paris, Indiana 46553-0120 U.S.A.537 English NKJV