The members of the collective spiritual espoused bride of Christ are those people who are zealous to live by EVERY WORD of GOD; always teaching others to do likewise.
Miracles and fulfilled predictions are not proof of godliness or of being a messenger from God.
God’s messengers often foretell events and do perform miracles by the power of God, but Satan’s agents also can do these things. God tells Moses and tells us, how to discern the difference between the true man of God and Satan’s counterfeits.
Deuteronomy 13:1 If there arise among you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and giveth thee a sign or a wonder [makes a prediction, or performs a miracle],
13:2 And the sign or the wonder come to pass, whereof he spake unto thee, saying, Let us go after [obey others (including any person) rather than the Eternal] other gods, which thou hast not known, and let us serve them;
13:3 Thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams: for the LORD your God proveth [is testing us] you, to know whether ye love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul.
God Tests His People!
God wants to know just how much we really love HIM! Do we truly love God enough to do what God says? or will we be turned aside by every person who claims to be of God?
13:4 Ye shall walk after the LORD your God, and fear him, and keep his commandments, and obey his voice, and ye shall serve him, and cleave unto him.
Jesus taught that we are to live by EVERY WORD of God
This is a profound lesson for Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread; that we are to live by the Bread of Life, Jesus Christ and the whole Word of God; which is what eating unleavened bread daily for the seven day Feast represents; the daily taking into ourselves of the very nature and perfection of God; through diligent study of and obedience to, every Word of God the Father!
Matthew 4:3 And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. 4:4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
The second great lesson is; do not try the patience of God
4:5 Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple, 4:6 And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone, [quoting Psalm 91] 4:7 Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.
The third lesson is to love God and do his will, and not to seek the pleasures of this world. We are not to compromise with any of God’s commandments, for anything that Satan and this world have to offer. We are to be absolutely loyal to our baptismal vows and to obey our espoused Husband and God the Father in ALL things!
4:8 Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; 4:9 And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.
We are the servants of those whom we obey!
Romans 6:16 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?
Matthew 4:10 Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.
1 John 2:1 My little children, these things write I unto you, that you sin not [Since sin is the breaking of the Word of God, John is telling us to keep the whole Word of God] . And if any man does sin [inadvertently, or without knowing], we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.
Jesus Christ intercedes for us with God the Father when we are sincerely and wholeheartedly repentant. He is our High Priest and the ONLY Mediator between men and God the Father.
1 Timothy 2:5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus 2:6 Who gave himself a ransom for all,
1 John 2:2 And he is the propitiation [the atoning sacrifice that ransoms us from our sincerely repented sins] for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world [when they repent in the time of their calling].
Those men who say that we can compromise a little, or that Christ understands and will wink at willful sin; are LIARS! They are false teachers and Antichrists!
2:3 And hereby, we do know that we know Jesus Christ, if we keep his commandments. 2:4 He that sayeth, I know him, and keeps not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.
2:5 But whoso keepeth his word [Yes, we are to keep zealously the whole Word of God], in him truly is the love of God perfected [Don’t let yourselves be deceived, godly love is to keep the whole Word of God; true godly love is not some false human imagined emotional feel good that tolerates sin]: hereby know we that we are in him. 2:6 He that sayeth he abides in Christ ought himself also so to walk [live or behave] even as Christ walked [lived and lives or behaved].
If we are in Christ and he is in us, we will be doing the things that he did; and what did he do? He kept every Word of God the Father. (Mat 4:4)
John 15:10: If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.
If Christ is dwelling in us, he will be keeping God the Father’sWord in us! And if we are residing in him, dwelling in him and he in us; if our branch is plugged into the trunk of the tree, (see John 15), if we are plugged into Jesus Christ: We will be doing what he did! Which is living by every Word of God to the very end!
If any person does not live by and teach others to zealously keep all of God’s commandments; or teaches to compromise with the teachings and commandments of scripture, or idolizes men and organizations above God’s Word, and makes idols out of other men and corporations; he does NOT have God’s Spirit and is not a part of the spiritual bride of the New Covenant.
Be careful here, anyone can make mistakes; it is when this is a deliberate and willful departing from God’s commandments, and a justifying of so doing; that we are proven to be cut off from God; and either never had, or are quenching God’s Spirit.
Godly people, true godly people, will be known by their fruits of zeal for God and for God’s commandments which are love personified.
Matthew 7:15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
Matthew 7:16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? 7:17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.
If any person tolerates sin out of a phony false love; or rejects living by every Word of God to decide for themselves what is right and wrong; they are NOT a part of the espoused bride of Christ!
The True Good Shepherd feeds the flock with the words of truth, the Word of God; with the teachings that lead to salvation; strongly rebuking all sin.
We are to follow that true Good Shepherd living by every Word of God as he does, so that the whole flock internalizes God the Father and the Son; growing into a full spiritual unity with God!
John 15:1 I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.
15:2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.
15:3 Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.
15:4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.
15:5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
15:6 If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.
Matthew 7:18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
The good tree is that Good Shepherd who is working to bring the whole flock into a fullness of unity with God the Father! We are to follow that Good Shepherd who gave his all, his very life for the Father’s flock and did not seek his own.
We are to follow that example that was set for us, and faithfully serve God the Father, living by every Word of God and thereby internalizing the very nature of God; without fear or compromise; regardless of what others think or do.
Luke 12:42 And the Lord said, Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his lord shall make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of meat in due season?
12:43 Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.
12:44 Of a truth I say unto you, that he will make him ruler over all that he hath.
Matthew 7:19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
The evil servant
Luke 12:45 But and if that servant say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; and shall begin to beat the menservants and maidens, and to eat and drink, and to be drunken;
To abuse others and seek his own pleasures
12:46 The lord of that servant will come in a day when he looketh not for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in sunder, and will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers.
12:47 And that servant, which knew his lord’s will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes.
12:48 But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.
Matthew 7:20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
You shall know the good shepherds by their love of God and their diligent keeping and teaching of the commandments of God and by their diligence to do the will of HIM who called them.
Matthew 23:11 But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.
23:12 And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.
Matthew 7:21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
7:22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 7:23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
7:24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: 7:25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.
Those who internalize the nature of God the Father and Jesus Christ; who become one with them in total spiritual unity, through a deep love for God and all the things of God, those who love the passionate keeping of all of their commandments and who set a good example of godliness are building on the foundation of the Word of God: Which shall NEVER be moved.
Ephesians 2:20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;
Matthew 7:26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: 7:27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.
The Ekklesia, the spiritual collective bride of the New Covenant who are now espoused to Christ and will be resurrected to full marriage with him; consists of all those who are passionately zealous to live by EVERY Word of GOD!