AN ISRAELITE INDEED


     "Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him, and saith of him, Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile! Nathanael saith unto him, whence knowest thou me? Jesus answered and said unto him, Before that Phillip called thee, when thou wast under the fig tree, I saw thee."(St. Jn.1:47-48)  Nathanael's calling is filled with many nuggets of truth. Nathanael's name means; one who is "given of God". Indicating a part of an elect and chosen group, but I'm talking more than just one of the twelve. An Israelite Indeed with no guile, means to us Nathanael already possessed the nature and character of Jesus."For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example,that ye should follow his steps: Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:" (I Pet.2:21-22) No guile is an amazing statement, and requires consideration. Guile speaks of a crooked tongue, deceit which comes from the things we say or do. It speaks of "cunning craftiness" and the beguiler always has a selfish ulterior motive. To be an Israelite Indeed, Nathanael had to go beyond just saying " I have Abraham for my father". This is like carnal Christians of today who think going to church satisfies all requirements. There were ( and still are ) many Israelites after the flesh. (Romans 9:6-7), makes it clear the "true Israel of God" is by a promise seed, which must come through the loins of a particular Israelite; "...In Isaac shall thy seed be called." Isaac represents a supernatural birth ( above flesh and blood). His name means "laughter" and he begins the fulfillment of all the promises made to father Abraham. In Isaac we have the beginning of the blessing to all nations. In reality we know this has not happened in its fullness. However, through the fullness of Jesus Christ, we  see the consummation of this promise, when the "day of pentecost" was fully come and the "Spirit of Truth", the Holy Ghost,took His abode in the chosen and elect, a down payment blessing had begun.  For everything you or I need is located in the Holy Ghost. You see, God's got an army marching through the land, with healing in their wings and deliverance in their hands. Under the leadership of Jesus Himself, The Elect Army shall bring such a victory the gates of hell cannot prevail. All nations ,by the Word of the Lord, will receive the blessing of PROMISE.

  "Phillip findeth Nathanael, and saith unto him, we have found him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph."(St. Jn.1:45) This seems a good place to interject truth; scholars say Phillip wasted no time in retrieving his good friend  Nathanael. Passion, as it should be, just spills out! It is only right that the spillage should land not only on friends, but also loved ones and anyone else who is nearby.The language the Bible uses in describing the upper room experience; says they were all filled with the Holy Ghost.The not so obvious truth is; the "passion of Christ" was to establish the "Spirit of Truth" in the earth, in order to stop the mouth of the "great red dragon" of (Rev. 12:9), which was and is deceiving the whole earth. The "Spirit of Truth" is the anointing of God, and this anointing we have received is a supernatural energy, from the resurrection life of Jesus, and its purpose is to fill us, consume us, captivate us, until it spills out on those we come in contact with, and evil is overcome by Love, Grace, and Truth. The Spirit says; the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds.This Gospel of the Kingdom is not just for preaching, but we're to be so filled with the Spirit that our vessel can't contain all the Anointing, and the Kingdom spreads as the spilled Anointing touches all those around, and the Kingdom of God is Demonstrated!!

  Evidently Phillip was an avid reader of the Scriptures. More than that He was able to discern what he read. Both the Law of Moses, and the writings of the Prophets, were veiled with confusion. "But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same veil untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which veil is done away in Christ. But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the veil is upon their heart". (II Cor.3:14-15) This shows the "danger of the dead letter", truly the "letter killeth" by smothering the heart. The eye of the Spirit is in the heart of hearts, and must not be covered! God's remnant have such a love for the truth, their heart has turned to the Lord. In this turning as God promised, the veil is taken away, and the "dead letter" becomes a living,breathing word and we shout as Phillip did;WE HAVE FOUND HIM !!

     In closing we must be like Nathanael, who had his own secret place under the "Fig Tree" . In actuality, it was here he found favor with Jesus. Many say many things about Nathanael's Fig Tree. Jesus said he saw him earlier under the fig tree.The Spirit impressed me, this was his place of prayer, and speaks of a place of personal relationship.

In Christ Always Elmer Hart

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