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11 And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all [these] things are done in parables:
12 That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest at any time they should be converted, and [their] sins should be forgiven them.
YOU.MUST.BE.BORN.AGAIN_ JEFF.IN V-11 N-5 SUNDAY_ 61-1231M, 43, Now, there's no excuses. He will in no wise, no wise at all, cannot in any other way, no matter how great he is, what his name is, how big he is, or how popular he is, he cannot even understand the Kingdom of God until he's born again. It's a great subject. "Verily, verily, I say unto you." Watch. Go get the Greek translation; you'll find: not see with your eyes, you see with your heart. See, you can't see the Kingdom of God with your eyes, because it's a spiritual Kingdom.
See? In other words, "You'll never be able to understand the Kingdom of God until you are borned again." It's all an unraveled mystery. And when you're borned again, the plans of the Kingdom, the Kingdom itself becomes real to you.
THE MYSTERY OF GODLINESS
QA.ON.GENESIS_ JEFF.IN COD WEDNESDAY_ 53-0729
22-71 But now notice, now that man when he come down here... Now, look, here... You say, "Now, what about it now, Brother Branham?"
Now, here you get God in just exactly, and between the oneness and trinity you'll get the thing just exactly right now. Now, look. When God dropped, unfolded Hisself, unfolded Hisself down till He come down to this man... Now, man sinned not in his spirit, but in his body: lust, passion. Then when he sinned, he separated hisself from his Maker. And then God, the Logos, the very Creator of him, came down and was made in the image of man. Man was made in the image of God, and then he was made in the image of beast, and he fell. And God came down in the image of man, in the Man Christ Jesus, to suffer pain. God could not suffer pain in the Spirit. How could He suffer physical pain in the Spirit? He couldn't do it. So God unfolded Himself and was made in the image of man, to redeem the man that was lost. See?
And then God suffered in the flesh. I Timothy 3:16, "Without controversy (that's argument), great is the mystery of godliness; for God was manifested in the flesh, seen of angels, preached on...?... and believed, and received up to the right hand of the Father." Is that right? God Himself came down and lived in a human body and suffered temptation. "God was in Christ, reconciling the world to Himself." See what love is, the love of God?
HEBREWS.CHAPTER.4_ JEFF.IN HEB SUNDAY_ 57-0901E, 142-130 In Africa they baptize once for the Father, and once for the Son, and once for the Holy Ghost. And then a poor Jew comes around and say, "Which one of them is your God?" Which one is, the Father, Son, or Holy Ghost?" They're all three One. The Bible said they were One.
Jesus was a house that God lived in; the Bible said that--that, I Timothy 3:16, "Without controversy (That's argument.) great is the mystery of godliness. For God was manifested in the flesh, seen of angels, received on, and preached, believed on, and received up into glory." God was. The Bible said, "His Name shall be called Emmanuel," which is by interpretation, "God with us." The Bible said that Jesus, in Him dwelt the Fullness of the Godhead bodily.
GODHEAD.EXPLAINED_ BEAUMONT.TX THURSDAY_ 61-0119A
E-60 Now, now, in this, the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost... Now, after He dwelt in the Pillar of Fire, then came down and made Hisself a body, brought Hisself down a tent of human flesh and dwelt in it among us, God went... I Timothy 3:16 : "Without controversy (Paul speaking), great is the mystery of godliness: for God was manifested in the flesh..." Creator became Saviour. In the great song that Booth-Clibborn wrote: "The great creator became my Saviour, and all God's fullness dwelleth in Him." See?
BE.NOT.AFRAID_ LONG.BEACH.CA MONDAY_ 61-0213, E-13 Now, Jesus before going away (I'm quoting these Scriptures before I strike my message), Jesus before leaving the earth, He said, "A little while, and the world will see Me no more." Now, the world there is the word "Kosmos," which means "the world order." See? "The world will see Me no more, yet, ye shall see Me (that's the church), for I will be with you, even in you, unto the end of the world." Now, we all know the Scripture says that. Now, then that makes Jesus the same yesterday, today, and forever.
Now, watch. "The works that I do shall you do also; and more..." I know the King James says "greater," but if you get the "Emphatic Diaglott"... No one could do any greater. He raised the dead, stopped nature. More, because then God was in one Man, Christ Jesus. The Fullness of the Godhead bodily dwelt in Him, the Scripture says: I Timothy 3:16: "Without controversy great is the mystery of godliness, for God was manifested in the flesh." He was called Emmanuel. He was only in one man. But He... When He... This one Man, being the Son of God, gave His Life to sanctify His Church, that He might return in the form of the Holy Ghost and be in His Church universally. "The works that I do shall you also (same kind); more than this shall you do, for I go to My Father," so that He could return back in the form of the Holy Ghost and be in His Church universal.
BE.NOT.AFRAID.IT.IS.I_ BLOOMINGTON.IL FRIDAY_ 61-0414
E-70 God was made flesh, so we could... I Timothy 3:16: "Without controversy, great is the mystery of godliness, for God was manifest in the flesh, and believed on in the world, and--and is gone... received up into glory." God made manifest...
God was in Christ reconciling the world to Him. So all that God was, He poured into Jesus; and all that Jesus was, He poured into the Church. That's the reason He commissioned us to baptize. Said, "Go ye therefore, teach all nations, baptizing them in the Name of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost." Why? Not three different gods, but three offices of the same God: the Fatherhood, the Sonship, the Holy Ghost dispensation. Now, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, that's God. Not three or four or five different gods, but one God manifested in three manifestations of one God: Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, the trinity.
Now, we notice that same God then, that was in the Pillar of Fire, was the same One that was in Jesus, because He said, "Before Abraham was I AM. I am the rock that was in the wilderness." And He said, "I come from God and I go to God. At that day you'll know that I'm in the Father, the Father in Me, and I in you, and you in Me." There we are, all together, God in us, God in you, that same God.
UNVEILING.OF.GOD_ JEFF.IN V-9 N-1 SUNDAY_ 64-0614M, 79 I Timothy 3:16: "Without controversy great is the mystery of godliness; for G-o-d, Elohim..." Capital G-o-d in the Bible referred it back, anybody, it refers to in the original, It said, "Elohim. In the beginning Elohim... (See?) And Elohim... Without controversy great is the mystery of Elohim; for Elohim was made flesh, and we handled Him." Elohim veiled in human flesh, the great Jehovah that covered all space, time, and everywhere, was made man. We handled Him: Elohim. "In the beginning Elohim... And Elohim was made flesh, dwelled among us."
WHO.IS.THIS.MELCHISEDEC_ JEFF.IN V-5 N-10 SUNDAY_ 65-0221E, 42 Notice, like the sculptor, he hides with a--a mask over it. That's what God's done to this age. It's been hid. All these things has been hid, and is supposed to be revealed in this age. Now, the Bible says they would be revealed in the latter times. It's like a sculptor keeping his--his piece of work all covered over until the time he takes the mask off of it and there it is. And that's what the Bible has been. It has been a work of God that's been covered up. And it's been hid since the foundation of the world, and its sevenfold mystery, and God promised in this day, at the age of this Laodicea church, He would take the mask off the whole thing and we could see it.
What a glorious thing, God, "En morphe", masked in a Pillar of Fire, God, "En morphe" in a Man called Jesus, God, "En morphe" in His church: God above us, God with us, God in us, the condescending of God. Up there holy, no one could touch Him; He settled upon the mountain, and even if a animal touched the mountain, had to die. And then God come down and changed His tent, and He come down and lived with us, become one of us, and we held Him. The Bible said, I Timothy 3:16, "Without controversy, great is the mystery of godliness, for God was manifested in the flesh," handled with hands. God eat meat. God drank water. God slept. God cried. He was one of us: beautiful, typed in the Bible. That was God above us, God with us; now it's God in us, the Holy Spirit, not the third person, the same Person.
19-4 REVELATION.OF.JESUS.CHRIST - CHURCH.AGE.BOOK CPT.1, I Timothy 3:16 says, "And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into Glory". This is what the Bible says. It doesn't say a thing about a first or second or third person here. It says God was manifest in flesh. One God. That ONE GOD was manifested in flesh. That ought to settle it. God came in a human form. That didn't make Him ANOTHER GOD. HE WAS GOD, THE SAME GOD. It was a revelation then, and it is a revelation now. One God.
363-1 LAODICEAN.CHURCH.AGE - CHURCH.AGE.BOOK CPT.9
Now I said a moment ago that the false vine came into full fruition in this age. Her fruit would mature and ripen. That is correct. This evil-spirited church, full of iniquity, will be revealed as the mustard seed that grew into a tree wherein lodged the fouls of the air. At her head will be the antichrist, the mystery of iniquity. All this is true. And if this is true, then it must also be true that the Bride Church will mature, and her ripeness shall be an identification with her Lord by means of the Word, and her Head Who will come to her is the Mystery of Godliness, Which indeed is Christ. And as the false church with all cunning and diabolical power made up of political force, physical force and demons of darkness come against this true vine, the true vine with the fullness of the Spirit and the Word will do the very acts of power that Jesus did. Then as she nears her Headstone, becoming like Him through the Word, Jesus will come that the bride and Groom may be forever united as one.