Saturday, June 27, 2015

Classical Pianist, Dr. Wendy Palmers M.D. and husband Rev.
Frank Redwood join the other Guest singers and  speakers at 
the House of Prayer Campmeeting!
Max & Donna Solbrekken, Frank Redwood & Dr.Wendy 
Palmers (Redwood) & Wayne Pratt in Vancouver, Jan 16, 2015
Dr. Max Solbrekken & interpreter in Brazil Crusades in 2005
A typical scene in the Max Solbrekken Crusades across the world since 1963, as great multitudes have surrendered to Jesus Christ as Saviour, Lord and God! Praise the Lord!
Max & Donna Solbrekken in Brazil, 2005
Max & Donna Solbrekken ministering in Chathsworth, South Africa among the Indian population togeher with  Bishop Rowlands of the Apostolic Full Gospel Churches  in 1974.
Dr. Max Solbrekken preaching the Gospel of Christ in the Sudan in 2006 & 2007 together with Rev. Jan Ernst Gabrielsen of Norway, who has been acclaimed the Grandfather of the Pentecostal Movement in the Sudan, Africa.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

What is Truth? Jesus said, "I am the Way, the TRUTH and the Life..." (John 14:6); "Ye shall know the truth and the Truth shall make you FREE." (John 8:32). You may watch Dr. Max Solbrekken on Youtube (1997) exalting Jesus Christ and exposing the errors of apostate modernistic clergy whom are advertedly or inadvertedly slaves for Satan the enemy of the Cross, the Church and Jesus Christ. Earnest and Mary Mountain give powerful testimonies of the redeeming blood of Jesus Christ in their lives. Max and Donna's daughters, Connie and Linda glorify Christ in praise and worship.

Watch Vintage Dr. Max Solbrekken on Youtube (1997) exalting Jesus Christ and exposing the errors of apostate modernistic clergy whom are advertedly or inadvertedly slaves for Satan the enemy of the Cross, the Church and Jesus Christ.

Earnest and Mary Mountain give powerful testimonies of the redeeming blood of Jesus Christ in their lives.  Max and Donna's daughters, Connie and Linda glorify Christ in praise and worship. 

All honour, glory and praise to God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.
This riviting message was preached at the Big Trout Indian Reservation Camp Meeting in Ontario during the 1980s. Without doubt, we are living in the closing days of God's grace and it behooves us to stay close to the Lord in prayer, praise, worship, giving and soul winning! This message and many others may be found on the Internet on Youtube, Higher Praise. com and You may also order them from us!
                                                         - Donna Solbrekken
Dr. Max Solbrekken together with Pastor Dalton Mitchell and Captain Dean of the Salvation Army pose for pictures after hearing Cecile's testimony of Christ's creative miracle in her feet. You may find this moving testimony on the youtube. Praise the Lord!

Sunday, June 21, 2015

By Pastor Max Solbrekken, D.D.
     My body is the temple of the Living God. He lives in me and I live in Him. I am hid with Christ in God therefore I am secure!
    No weapon that is formed against me will prosper and every tongue that shall rise against me in judgment I shall condemn. This is the heritage of God's children, and because I am God's child it belongs to me!
      I do not deserve the great honour to be called a son of God. In no way, am I worthy or even close to being worthy of such an honour. It is because of Jesus Christ's Redemptive work on Golgotha that this grace has been given to me. 
    His love and mercy has been given and is available to all who will believe and receive His forgiveness and the gift of eternal life!
  You might say: "How can a lost and condemned individual, who was once a sinner by birth, nature and choice, lay claim to so great an inheritance? 
    And to be cleansed, redeemed and lifted to a position of son-ship with the Eternal God, the Ever Living One Who is pure, righteous, all knowing and all powerful?"
     Eternal Salvation is a gift from God. It had nothing to do with me. It is all because of Calvary and what happened there! The spotless, holy Son of God took upon Himself my sins and my diseases and by His precious BLOOD paid the awful price to SATISFY the Demands of God's Justice!
    I am saved by the grace of God, through faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ on the Cross. It is a gift of God, not of works lest any man should boast. For we are God's workmanship created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God has foreordained that we should walk in them. 
    In short, I have been lifted from my previous position of spiritual poverty, condemnation and shame, and given a seat at His table!
    Oh, the wonder of it all! How can it be that my God would die for me? Yes, He took me by the hand and led me to the Promised Land. Oh, how can it be that my God would die for me and grant me Liberty? It is only and all because of Calvary!
    I repeat, it is only because of His great love, mercy and grace to a poor lost sinner like me, and to millions more who have trusted in His Promises. St. Paul assures us that we are now, "heirs and joint heirs with Christ!"
    It sounds too far - fetched, unreal and impossible, but there it is in black and white in the Holy Scriptures; and in actual reality, a changed life by the power of the Holy Spirit:
     "For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. The Spirit Himself beareth witness with our spirit that we are the children of God. 
     "And if children then heirs; heirs and joint heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with Him that we may be also glorified together." (Rom. 8: 14-17)
     Like St. Paul, I cried out: "O wretched man that I am! Who shall deliver me from the body of this death?" (Rom.7: 24). And Jesus came to me in my despair and washed me whiter than the snow and made me an heir and a joint heir with Him.
    We died with Christ through the New Birth. We were buried with Him through water baptism. We were raised from the dead with Him as we came up from the water. We sat down with Him in Heavenly places when we received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. And when Jesus Christ returns, we will come with Him and forevermore live with Him!
    I am bone of His (Jesus) Bone and flesh of His (Jesus) Flesh and a member in particular of His (Jesus) Body, the Church!  (Eph. 5: 30)
   "There shall no Evil befall me, neither shall any plague come nigh unto my dwelling! WHY IS THIS? My Lord, Saviour and God has promised: "I am the Lord that healeth thee." (Ex.15:26):
    "And He hath sent His Word to deliver me" from all sickness, disease, fear and untimely death. (Psalms 107:20); "For He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities, the chastisement of our peace was upon Him and with His stripes we are healed." (Isaiah 53: 4, 5)
    I join with King David who said: "Bless the Lord, O my soul and all that is within me, bless His Holy Name. Bless the Lord, O my soul and forget not all His benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities and healeth all thy diseases; 
  "Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with loving kindness and tender mercies Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that they youth is renewed like the eagles." (Psalms 103: 1-5)
    I have no reason to fear because Jesus Christ is my PEACE! He said: “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” (John 14: 27)
    Again my Lord has promised: “Fear thou not, for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of My righteousness.” (Isa.41:10); 
    “God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power and of love, and of a sound mind.” (2 Tim.1:7)
   Almighty God chose the Children of Israel as His peculiar nation. He raised them up as His Covenant people. They were to be for SIGNS and WONDERS and to preach by Word and deed His Mighty Salvation.
    What a blessed People the Jews are, beginning with the great MIRACLE that the Lord gave Abraham and Sarah! Abraham being impotent due to his advanced age of 99 years and the deadness of Sarah’s womb did not hinder His will in their lives. Down through the centuries the Jews have been for Signs and Wonders!
    When Napoleon Bonaparte’s Army were camped on the outskirts of Milan, Italy he demanded the Archbishop to prove the existence of God. The Archbishop pointed to his leading General, Messina, who was a JEW. 
   Napoleon got the message – No God, No Jew! He shouted a command to his troops, swung his horse around and galloped away from Milan without firing a shot!
     When Sarah was 90 years of age, she gave birth to Isaac the son of Promise! And by the Word of the Lord, Isaac’s son Jacob was renamed Israel, thereby making Abraham the father of the Jewish people. 
    And since he was justified by FAITH in His Word, we are the children of Abraham through faith in God’s Crucified, Risen and Glorified Son, Jesus Christ!
     The Holy Bible states: “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us…that the BLESSING of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through FAITH.
   “Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many. But as of One, and to thy SEED, which is CHRIST.
   "And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to Promise.” (Rom.7:13-29)
    By Gods grace, I have carried His Gospel to multitudes across the world for the past 50 years and have witnessed His great Signs and Wonders, compassion, love and power out-poured upon the heathen. I am so grateful to our Lord Jesus, for His wonderful presence wherever His name has been exalted and His Gospel preached!
   I sense, however, as the years come and go that we are witnessing far too little of His power in the Church, than we need to fully declare His Goodness, Greatness and Majesty to an increasingly lost and needy world and hurting Church!
     I cry out: “Forgive us, O Lord, for our lack of love for Thy Word, dedication for Thy Church, compassion for Lost and reverence for Thy Presence! We thirst for the manifestation of Thy almighty, unlimited and enduring power in our midst and the notable miracles which attended the Early Church on a daily basis!
   “Personally, as Thy servant, O’ Lord, I confess that I am totally dependent on Thy presence at all times. I trust Thy Truthfulness, Faithfulness and Righteousness in hearing and answering my Prayer for a out-pouring of the Holy Spirit and His accompanying Gifts with Signs, Wonders and Miracles.”
     As my good friend, BOB ROSIN, used to say: “It is one thing to start. It’s another thing to finish.” He was speaking, of course, about the Christian life. My point, however, concerns God’s Word which promises that He will answer our prayers when we approach His throne in humility, repentance and faith.
    And secondly, that we will be privileged to witness the glorious finish or wrap-up of the End-Time Church which our Lord started on the Day of Pentecost. St. Luke wrote: “The former treatise have I made O Theophilis, of all that Jesus BEGAN TO DO and teach, until the day in which He was taken up…” (Acts1:1,2)
    The implication is that JESUS would CONTINUE to DO His works and teach His truth through His followers. He had spent about one third of His time teaching and preaching and about two thirds of His time healing the sick and casting out demons! And He gave much time in private prayer to His Heavenly Father!
     It seems clear to me that this should be the pattern we must follow if we are to see the desired results our hearts yearn for! In His High Priestly Prayer, He stated: “As Thou has sent Me into the world, even so have I sent them into the world.” (John 17: 18)
     St. Mark states: So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, He was received up into Heaven, and sat on the right hand of God. And they went forth, and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them, and confirming the Word with signs following. Amen.” (Mark 16: 19, 20).
    What were the SIGNS that followed the preaching of God’s Word, the Gospel of Christ? They cast out unclean spirits, believers received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit and spoke in unknown tongues, supernatural protection was given them, and the sick and deceased were healed!
    The Holy Record states: “How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and power who went about doing GOOD and healing all who were oppressed of the Devil for God was with them.” (Acts 10:38)
    Jesus promised to send upon His followers, the same blessed HOLY SPIRIT which had anointed Him, and that even greater miracles would occur after His arrival. 
    His presence and power would implement the fledgling Church in His absence and it would be so great that they would carry His Gospel to the ends of the world!
    He promised: “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on Me, the works that I do shall he do also and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto My Father. 
     "And whatsoever ye shall ask in My name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask anything in My name, I will do it.” (John 14:12-14)
     “Dear Lord, without Thy Presence and the Gifts of the Holy Spirit we are useless and Thy Church is ineffective.     "Come Holy Spirit and direct Thy Church, lead us in Thy way and give us the same compassion, love, faith and power as our Saviour had and Thy apostles, disciples, deacons exhibited in the beginning of the Church! In the precious name of Jesus Christ our Lord, I pray. Amen.”

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

  Selia Mitansky testifies at the
House of Prayer on Hiway 623
James 5:14-15   Is any sick among you? Let him call for the elders of the church; and let them prayer over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord and the prayer of faith shall save the sick...

Several weeks ago, I was suffering with severe sinus infections which were affecting my eyes and ears. I came forward to the altar for prayer at the House of Prayer. The man of God, Max Solbrekken, anointed my eyes, my ears, forehead and hands with oil, for a healing touch.  I had asked the Lord for total health.  I believed and  I received.  There was such a strong presence of the Holy Spirit in the service.

I don't like to go to doctors, but my daughter Debra made an appointment for me to see my Eye Doctor. Three years ago my vision was weaker than 20/20 especially in the left eye, and I wore bifocals.  After a series of tests and examinations the ophthalmologist Dr. Anne MacDonald informed me, much to my surprise and hers, that my vision was now 20/30 in both eyes!  I wasn't sure what 20/30 was as I had only heard of 20/20.  She told me that my eyesight was good to fly a plane!  

 So praise be to Jesus' healing, He perfected my eyesight to above normal.   Thank you Father God for bringing an anointed vessel in Evangelist Max Solbrekken to minister healing to the Body of Christ. We thank God for him.

2 Tim.1:12 "For I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I have committed unto Him against that day. The Healer is in the House and His name is JESUS!             - Selia Mitansky

                   NEW SAREPTA HOLY SPIRIT 
              CAMP MEETING June 26 -July 5
   Max Solbrekken's  New Sarepta Camp Meeting on Hiway 623  begins Friday 7:00 PM June 26, in the Big Gospel Tent. Great Music and anointed preaching. 
    Miracles of divine healing  happen regularly under this ministry. We give all the glory and honour and praise to Jesus Christ our Lord and God! 
   Join Max & Donna Solbrekken under the Big Gospel Tent at the House of Prayer on Hiway 623 east off Hiway 21 - June 26 till July 5. Services nightly 7 PM, Sundays 10:30, 2:30 & 6:30. Bring your tents, trailers and Campers. Everyone is welcome!
                         2015 CAMP MEETING JUNE 26 - JULY 5

Monday, June 15, 2015

Thank you Peter. You are still on the firing line! Pastor Max
                             Peter Enns & Max Solbrekken in Saskatoon, 2012
In 1965 Peter Enns was Sent by his Church to Spy on Max Solbrekken. He got filled with the Holy Ghost and a Great Revival happened!
    It was such a joy to meet Peter Enns after so many years. Donna and I had visited Peter and Dorothy in Tulsa, Oklahoma in the 1980s. Peter is a marvellous Holy Spirit Poet. When we first began on Television across Canada in 1971, Peter joined me with his poems. 
     We first met in Sprague, Manitoba in the late summer of 1965. I was preaching on a Sturday evening in a little country church pastored by Rev. Hjordis Simonsen. 
    My team had put up our large Army Tent at the cross roads two miles out of Steinbach, Manitoba. The historic Crusade that shook Steinbach was beginning the next day.
     Steinbach, a city of 6,500 had a number of Mennonite churches. There were also a Lutheran, a Catholic and a Pentecostal Church there. The Mennonites were deadly opposed to the Baptism of the Holy Spirit and speaking in tongues. They believed in a twisted theology, that God made people sick and the devil healed them!
                                SAM BILSKY WAS LED OF THE LORD!
    Rev. Sam Bilsky had been converted, healed by God's power and filled with the Holy Spirit in a tent crusade earlier in Ontario. He had come to Steinbach and was employed by the Evangelical Mennonite Church as a missionary to the Ukrainian Catholics. 
     He came to our Tent Crusade in Winnipeg and told me his testimony. He divulged that the Mennonites did not know of his belief but that he felt that if I would bring the tent to Steinbach we could see a revival of APOSTOLIC proportions. 
     He would naturally lose his position on their staff. "What about the Pentecostal Church", I asked. He said that the Pentecostal Church had struggled for years and had only two families and they were divided on whether to back our ministry. We decided to go it alone, as God was leading!
      The Steinbach Newspaper interviewd me and wrote a large and factual report of our Crusades, including miraculous happenings.  The Mayor gave us his land upon on which to place the tent, but was punished the next election for helping us. 
      Peter Enns the poet, was the Evangelist for the EMC and had been sent to spy on us  in the Sprague meeting. That night I preached on our responsibilty to reach lost souls for Christ. I preached on Sin and Salvation, Heaven and Hell and Judgment.
      I saw a young red headed man with a brushcut and his wife in the small congregation. After my message, I invited everyone to kneel at the altar for a time of fervent prayer. I saw the young couple start to leave so I hurried to the exit and was there as they approached the door. I stuck out my hand and said, "God bless you young man."
                        PETER ENNS BECAME A DRIVING FORCE!
       He fell into my arms and with tears said, "I've been sent here by my church to hear you preach and what you have is what we need." I said, "Let's go over the Pastor's house and talk about it."
     After two weeks many had been saved and healed and some filled with the Holy Spirit. On the last Saturday night after a powerful service a storm took down our old Army tent and in the morning we quickly cleaned up the area and set up benches for about 500 in the open air. 
      It was estimated that about fifteen hundred people heard my final message as a large number of automobiles parked on both sides of the road, in all four directions. Then a supernatural miracle took place.
    A general rain was falling over the entire province following the saturday night storm and we could feel it hanging above us. My plan was to cut the preliminaries short and preach a brief message because we knew the rain was about to start.
     Then I heard a voice saying, "It is not going to rain here today, son."  I turned to see who had spoken to me. Again, I heard Him saying the same words. I answered, "What should I do?" He said, "Get Sam Bilsky to testify." 
      I went to the microphone and asked Sam to testify.  Jacob Toews, a minister from Winnipeg,  turned to me and said, "We are going to get soaked!" I smiled and said, "It will be alright." Then the Lord said, "Get Sister Simonsen to bring a greeting." Brother Toews said, "Did you lose your mind? We will get soaked." I smiled and said: "It will be alright."
     Then I took the podium and read the Scripture text and as I prayed, I stretched forth my hand toward the sky and asked God to perform a miracle. As I commanded the clouds to leave and the sun to shine in Jesus' name, suddenly the sky opened and the sun came out!
                            GOD DISPLAYED HIS MIGHTY POWER!
     You could hear gasps everywhere. It rained everywhere in Manitoba except a ten mile radius where we were. People still talk about it there today, fifty years later. The service lasted for hours as God continued to work His miracles!
    Sam Bilsky, Peter Enns and I founded the Full Gospel Church and started with 89 people in the basement of the Lutheran Church. Sam Bilsky lost his position and we put him on our payroll as an Evangelist. Pastor Glen Forsberg and other ministers came in later and the work grew to about 800. To God be all the honour, glory and praise! 
      Time goes by and people change, but God does not change. In my heart I feel that our Lord is grieved when He sees many churches turning to worldly ways to draw a crowd and build a congregation. Have we become like the Ephesian Church who "left their first love?" Or the Laodicean Church which had become "lukewarm and neither hot nor cold" and were ready for Jesus to spew them out of His mouth"? (Rev.2: 4; 3: 14-16)
      All of us quote the last words of Jesus Christ to His followers before He ascended to Heaven. We call it the Great Commission: "Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
     "And these SIGNS shall follow them that believe: In My name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents (like St. Paul on Malta); and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not, it shall not hurt them (like preachers in Soviet prisons); they shall lay their hands on the sick, and they shall recover." (Mark 16: 15-18) 
      Here are the FINAL WORDS of Jesus delivered to St. John: "Repent or Else." (Rev. 3: 16). These words of Jesus to the Church should give us pause to look into our own hearts, and if there is sin there to repent and obey His commands. He is our Lord and our God, therefore we must obey Him and Worship Him! (John 20: 28) Amen.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

By Pastor Max Solbrekken, D.D.

"He who has received His Testimony has set to his SEAL this that God is True.” (John 3:33). In the writings of men of God like John Wesley, we find the usage of the term ‘set to his seal’. Exactly what is meant by this? Is this a plateau unreachable? How can we arrive at this spiritual pinnacle?

The Prophet, John the Baptist, is not known as a great theologian but nevertheless he gave us some of the greatest truths delivered to man by God. He knew his place and what his mission was. He also knew Who Jesus of Nazareth was and WHY He had come into this sinful world!

He stated: “A man can receive nothing except it being given him from Heaven. Ye yourselves bear me record that I am not the Christ, but that I am sent before Him. He must increase, but I must decrease.

He that cometh from Above is above all: he that is of the earth is earthly, and speaketh of the earth: He that cometh from Heaven is above all. And what He hath seen and heard, that He testifieth; and no man receiveth His testimony.” (John 3:27-32)

JOHN announced that Jesus of Nazareth was the LAMB of GOD sent down from Heaven “to take away the sins of the world” (John 1:29) and that He would “baptize with the Holy Ghost and fire” (Luke 3: 16). And He gave us this great Nugget of Truth:

JESUS was God’s Son, but very few would believe His Testimony, however, “He that hath received His testimony hath set to his seal that God is true. For He Whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto Him. The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into His hand.” (John 3: 33-35)

John the Baptist concludes: “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abideth on him.” (John 3: 36)
Here the Prophet lays out clearly what one must do to become God’s child and receive Eternal Life:

You must believe His Testimony; that He is God’s Son, the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth; that He was True God from Eternity and True Man through His Virgin Birth; that He was incarnated, God in human flesh: co-equal with God the Father and God the Holy Spirit!

By believing Jesus Christ’s Testimony you believe that God is True: If you reject the Virgin Birth of Christ you call “God a Liar”, because you reject His Word. If you say that Jesus of Nazareth was only a good man, a prophet, a lesser god, you also call God a liar, because you reject His Holy Word!

ST. JOHN stated: “If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: for this is the witness of God which He hath testified of His Son. He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in Himself: He that believeth not God hath made him a Liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of His Son.

And 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.” (1 John 5: 9-12)

This Scripture proves that it is God’s will to bless us. Everything we receive comes from God through His grace and goodness, and by faith in Jesus Christ’s finished work on Golgotha alone!

It also proves that any person or religious body that REJECTS Jesus Christ as the world's only Saviour and calls Him only a prophet has the censure of God upon them. A human being cannot call Almighty God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 'A LIAR' and expect our Heavenly Father's blessing! They will have their part in the LAKE OF FIRE, together with the Antichrist, False Prophet and the Devil!

God's Word declares: “And the Devil that deceived them was cast into the Lake of Fire and brimstone, where the Beast and the False Prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night forever and ever.” (Rev.20: 10)

The fanatical Islamic terrorists who plunder, kidnap, rape and behead Christians, moderate Muslims and other minorities will be tormented forever and ever, together with their lying prophets. There will be no beautiful virgins such as have been promised to so-called martyrs awaiting them after death!

                          RECEIVING THE APPROVAL OF GOD!
Receiving the approval of God is the highest award that mortal man can receive from God. When we accepted His invitation to receive Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour, He placed His SEAL of ownership on us and we are secure in Him.

For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die.

But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.

For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of His Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.” (Rom.5: 5-10)

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” (Eph. 2: 8, 9). “Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this SEAL; The Lord knoweth them that are His. And let everyone that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.” (2 Tim.2: 19)
When we seal our faith in Christ by believing the Word of God regarding His Son, He SEALS us for His Kingdom. JESUS said: “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me: And I give unto them Eternal Life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my father’s hand. I and My Father are one.” (John 10: 27-30).

And when we surrender fully to Him, He baptizes us with the Holy Ghost and Fire and seals us: “That we should be to the praise of His glory who first trusted in Christ. In Whom also ye trusted after ye had heard the Word of Truth, the Gospel of your salvation:

In Whom also after that ye believed, YE WERE SEALED with that Holy Spirit of Promise, Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of His glory.” (Eph.1:13, 14)

The Bible warns us: “And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are SEALED unto the Day of Redemption.” (Eph.4: 30); “For all the promises of God in Him are yea, and in Him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.
Now He which stablisheth us with you in Christ and hath anointed us, is God; Who hath also SEALED us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.” (2 Cor.2: 20-22).

My dear friend, have you set to your seal that God is True? Have you surrendered your heart and life to Him? Are you trusting in the shed blood of Jesus Christ to make you a child of God through faith in His redemptive work for you on the Cross? Have you come to the full understanding that you cannot save yourself by your human efforts to please Him and that only what Jesus did for us all on Calvary is what counts?

The Bible sets the record straight: “For by GRACE are ye saved through FAITH; and that not of yourselves: it is a Gift of God, not of Works, lest any man should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath foreordained that we should walk in them.” (Eph.2: 8-10)
                   WE HAVE NOTHING TO BOAST ABOUT!
The Word of God states: “But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags.” (Is. 64: 6). The first prerequisite to please God is HUMILITY by realizing that in our lost condition, there is no merit or goodness in us.

In our weakness and hopelessness, Jesus became our Substitute and paid the awful price of our salvation. Through His meritorious death, our Lord met the demands of Divine Justice, by carrying our sins to the cross. So magnanimous was His redeeming grace that He not only freed us from eternal damnation, but we have been adopted as His children! (Rom.5: 6-11)

The Bible states: “According as He hath CHOSEN us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love: Having predestinated us unto the ADOPTION of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His Grace wherein He hath made us ACCEPTED in the Beloved.” (Eph.1: 4-6)

The second prerequisite is REPENTANCE which mean that we deliberately confess our sins to God and cry out for His mercy and by His grace alone we receive His forgiveness, and determine to serve Him in sincerity and truth!

Repentance means to turn around, change the direction of our lives. It is a change of attitude toward God and our fellow man and a confession of our sinfulness and a desire to be forgiven and change our life. It means, that we turn from darkness to light, from Satan to God and from our own works to the Saviour Jesus Christ!

The third prerequisite is RECEIVING by faith the free gift of Eternal Life through Jesus Christ our Lord! The Bible says: “He came unto His own and His own received Him not. But as many as received Him, to them gave He the power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name.” (John 1: 11, 12)

                                  PASSED FROM DEATH UNTO LIFE!
Jesus said: “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth My Word and believeth on Him that sent Me, hath everlasting life and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.” (John 5: 24)

St. John declared: “If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: for this is the WITNESS of God which He hath testified of His Son. He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made Him a LIAR; because he believeth NOT the record that God gave of His Son.

And this is the record that God hath given 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. These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the son of God; that ye may KNOW that ye have Eternal Life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.” (1 John 5: 9-13)

My dear friend, give your heart and life to Christ. He died for you by shedding His pure and perfect blood to free you from satanic bondage and bring you into the family of God! May the Lord richly bless you, in Jesus' name! Amen.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

By Pastor Max Solbrekken, D.D.
     Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the Scriptures, The STONE which the builders rejected, the same is become the Head of the Corner: this is the Lord's doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes?
    “Therefore I say unto you, the Kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof. And whosoever shall fall on this STONE shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder.” (Matt.21: 42-44)
      Our Saviour was quoting a prophecy by David, concerning the Messiah. (Psalms 118: 22, 23). His warning, however, went unheeded. Instead of receiving their Messiah, Lord and Saviour, they delivered Him to the pagan Romans to be crucified on Golgotha as a common criminal.
     Just as Jesus warned, the nation of Israel was crushed, decimated and destroyed. In 70 A.D. a scant 37 years later, Jerusalem lay in ruins and Israel remained non-existent as a nation for nearly 2,000 years until God in His mercy returned them to their land in 1948 A.D.
      His Word still holds true today. If you throw yourself upon His mercy, you will end up being broken and His mercy and grace will heal you. If, however, He falls on you in judgment you will be destroyed!
     My advice for everyone is to believe His Word and cast yourself upon Him to receive His grace and mercy! He has promised to hear our prayers, forgive our sins, heal our sicknesses and grant full pardon and eternal Life!
       St. Peter said: “To Whom coming, as unto a LIVING STONE, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious, Ye also as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.
      “Wherefore also it is contained in the Scriptures, Behold I lay in Sion a Chief Corner Stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on Him shall not be confounded.
     “Unto you therefore which believe, He is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the STONE which the builders disallowed has become the Head of the CORNER, and a STONE of stumbling, and a ROCK of offence, even to them that stumble at the Word. being disobedient: where unto also they were appointed.” (1 Peter 2: 4-8)

                                 RUN TO THE ROCK CHRIST JESUS!
I go to the Rock of my Salvation;
I go to the Stone that the builders rejected
I run to the Mountain,
And the Mountain stands by me
When the earth around me is sinking sand,
On the Solid Rock I stand
When I need a Shelter from the storm,
I go to the Rock!

Dotty Rambo wrote the great song, 'I go to the Rock'. Others have written hymns which have given comfort and strength to multitudes across the ages! They have mostly been the Holy Scriptures put to music. In 1880, Vernon J. Charlesworth wrote, 'A Shelter in the Time of Storm. It goes like this:

The Lord's our Rock, in Him we hide
A Shelter in the time of storm
Secure whatever ill betide
A Shelter in the time of storm

Oh, Jesus is a Rock in a weary land
A Weary land, a Weary land,
Jesus is a Rock in a weary land
A Shelter in the time of storm

A shade by day, defence by night
A shelter in the time of storm
No fears alarm, no foes afright
A Shelter in the time of storm

O Rock Divine, O Refuge dear
A Shelter in the time of storm
Be Thou our Helper ever near
A Shelter in the time of storm

                                   ROCK OF AGES CLEFT FOR ME!
In 1776 Augustus M. Toplady wrote the words the glorious hymn, 'Rock of Ages'. Here are those inspiring, anointed and riveting words:

Rock of Ages, cleft for me
Let me hide myself in thee
Let the water and the blood
From Thy wounded side which flowed
Be of sin the double cure
Save from wrath and make me pure

Not the labour of my hands
Can fulfill Thy laws demands
Could my zeal no respite know
Could my tears forever flow
All for sin could not atone
Thou must save and Thou alone

Nothing in mine hand I bring
Simply to Thy cross I cling
Naked, come to Thee for dress
Helpless, look to thee for grace
Foul, I to Thy fountain fly
Wash me, Saviour, or I die

While I draw this fleeting breath
When my eyes shall close in death
When I rise to worlds unknown
And behold Thee on Thy throne
Rock of Ages, cleft for me
Let me hide myself in Thee.

Edward Mote (1797 - 1874) wrote one of my favourite songs, 'The Solid Rock'. These powerful evangelical words which God gave him have inspired multitudes. They were his testimony and by God's grace they are also my personal testimony. Here they are:

My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus' blood and righteousness
I dare not trust the sweetest frame
But wholly lean on Jesus' name
On Christ the solid Rock I stand
All other ground is sinking sand

When darkness veils His lovely face
I rest on His unchanging grace
In every high and stormy gale
My anchor holds within the veil
On Christ the solid Rock I stand
All other ground is sinking sand

His oath, His covenant, His blood
Support me in the whelming flood
When every earthly prop gives way
He then is all my hope and stay
On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand
All other ground is sinking sand

When He shall come with trumpet sound
Oh, may I then in Him be found
Clothed in His righteousness alone
Faultless to stand before the throne
On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand
All other ground is sinking sand

 Much confusion has been generated by of the age-old, manufactured doctrine held by the Roman Catholic Church on Simon the son of Jonas, whom Jesus called Peter.
     To call him the ROCK upon which the Church of Jesus Christ is built is not only scandalous but an outrageous identity theft! They are guilty of grand larceny in the first degree!
     To Steal from Jesus Christ His very name; the Chief Corner Stone, the Rock of Offence and the Foundation of the Church, is not only unforgiving, but blasphemous. And upon this phony name grab they have built their church!
     Jesus Christ had a habit of giving nick names to people. He called James and John the 'sons of thunder' and Simon the son of Jonas 'petros the fragment of a rock', while He called Himself 'Petra, the huge unquarried boulder'. He called Herod, that fox and the scribes 'vipers'!
     St. Peter's name was Simon which means a reed, and very often a person's name reflected his personality. We see this truth emerge in the life of Jacob whose name means swindler, trickster. Almighty God made a name change and called him Israel, a prince of God.
     Jesus knew Simon's personality was changeable and weak like a reed and that had to change if he was to become a solid, trustworthy leader. He would make his character rock-like instead of reed-like.
   Immediately after the Holy Spirit had revealed to Simon that Jesus was the Christ the Son of God, he tried to dissuade our Saviour from going to the cross: 
    “From that time forth began Jesus to show unto His disciples, how that He must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed and be raised again the third day.
      “Then Peter took Him, and began to REBUKE Him, saying, Be it far from Thee, Lord: this shall not be unto Thee. But He turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind Me, Satan: thou art an offence unto Me; for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men.” (Matt.16: 21-23)
    Two things happened, Simon became PROUD of his new name, and the old changeable reed nature kicked in and he began telling Christ how to run His business. He went ballistic, physically taking hold of Jesus and rebuking Him. That was the REED nature which Jesus was going to change in the 'Big Fisherman'! 
                                      GET THEE BEHIND ME SATAN!
   How did Jesus handle the situation? Jesus called him 'Satan' (Enemy). The Lord was speaking to the Devil who was directing Simon's actions and speech. He was still a Reed! And again, just before going to the cross, Jesus warned Peter:
  “Simon, Simon (Reed, Reed), behold, Satan has desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.” (Luke 22: 31, 32)
    Simon Peter answered: “Lord, I am ready to go with Thee, both into prison, and to death. And He said, I tell thee, Peter, the cock shall not crow this day, before that thou shalt thrice deny that thou knowest Me.” (Luke 22: 33, 34)
     The  BOAST made by Simon Peter turned out to be just talk and the prophetic statement made by Jesus of Nazareth was fulfilled to the letter. Each time I read this it brings great sadness to my heart. Here is the tragic account: 
    "Now Peter sat without in the Palace: and a damsel came unto him, saying, Thou also wast with Jesus of Galilee. But he denied before them all, saying, I know not what thou sayest. And when he was gone out into the porch, another maid saw him, and said unto them that were. This fellow was also with Jesus of Nazareth.
    And again he denied with an OATH, I do not know the man. And after a while came unto him they that stood by, and said to Peter, Surely thou also art one of them; for thy speech betrayeth thee. Then began he to CURSE and to SWEAR, saying, I know not the man.
      "And immediately the cock crew. And Peter remembered the Word of Jesus, which said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt DENY Me thrice. And he went out, and wept bitterly." (Matt. 26: 69-75)
      Here is St. Luke's commentary: "As the Lord turned and looked upon Peter, and Peter remembered the Word of the Lord, how He had said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny Me thrice. And Peter went out and wept bitterly. " (Luke 22:61,62)
     I believe that the COMPASSION, together with sadness and forgiveness that Simon Peter saw in Jesus' eyes, saved the backslidden apostle from doing what Judas had done; finding  a tree from which to take his own life!
      Even in that dark moment, hearing one of His Inner Circle apostles curse and swear that he did not know THAT MAN, must have torn at Christ's heart strings! Not only had Simon the son of Jonas denied that he knew Jesus, but stated that if he was not telling the truth may a curse fall upon him! 
      St. Paul who agreed with St. Peter and the Prophets, on Jesus' status as the Foundation of the Church, writes:
    “For through Him (Christ) we both (Jews and Greeks) have access by one Spirit (Holy Spirit) to the Father. Now therefore, ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God:
      “And are built upon the FOUNDATION of the apostles, and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the Chief Corner Stone.” (Eph.2:18-20)
   Again St. Paul writes: “For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, ye are God's building. According to the grace of God which is given unto me as a wise master builder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth there upon.
   “For other FOUNDATION can no man lay than that is laid, which is JESUS CHRIST.” (1 Cor.3: 9-11). The Bible says: “And they continued steadfastly in the Apostle's doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread and in prayers.” (Acts 2: 42)
    For three years after his amazing encounter with Jesus Christ on the Damascus Road and his healing and Baptism in the Holy Ghost under the hands of Ananias, St. Paul stayed in Arabia being tutored by our Lord.
      He then went up to Jerusalem and spent fifteen days with Peter and met James the Lord's brother, who was the Pastor of the Church.
   There was NO mention of Simon Peter's supremacy in the Doctrine of Christ and the Early Church. There was plenty evidence of his denial and restoration, but NONE of his supposed PRIMACY, because it did not exist! 
   St. Paul writes: “And when James, Cephas, and John who seemed to be PILLARS, perceived the grace that was given to me they gave to me and Barnabas the right hand of fellowship, that we should go unto the heathen, and they unto the circumcision.” (Gal.2:9)
   St. Paul places James ahead of Peter, in his letter to the Galatians. He also blames Peter for vacillating and displaying his old Simon (reed) nature: 
   “But when Peter was come to Antioch, I withstood him to the face, because he was to be BLAMED. For before that certain came from James, he did eat with the Gentiles; but when they were come, he withdrew and separated himself, fearing them which were of the circumcision.” (Gal. 2: 11, 12)
    If St. Peter had supremacy over the church, he would NOT have been publicly rebuked and corrected by St. Paul. He received the Correction that the great theologian and Church builder gave him!
   Peter's man-fearing attitude in appeasing a certain faction of the church - in opposition to the teachings of Christ - led some of brethren into error and influenced Barnabas, until St. Paul upset their pride-filled partiality by rebuking and correcting Simon the son of Jonas!
                      DON'T LORD IT OVER OTHERS!
     The Bible states: “But Jesus called them unto Him, and said, Ye know that the Princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them; and they that are great among you, let him be your minister: and whosoever will be CHIEF among you, let him be your SERVANT:
    “Even as the Son of Man came not to be ministered unto but to minister, and to give His life a ransom for you.” (Matt. 20: 25-28). And St. Peter wrote: “The ELDERS which are among you I exhort, who am also an Elder and a Witness of the sufferings of Christ and a Partaker of the glory that shall be revealed:
    “Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind; neither as being lords over God's heritage, but being examples to the flock
  "And when the CHIEF SHEPHERD shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.” (1 Peter 5: 1-5)
     The teaching of 'one man lording it over others' is not found in the Gospels or in the Epistles of the New Testament! Jesus alone is the Head of the Church and the Holy Spirit has been given to the Church to lead and direct us into all Truth.
   St. Peter is being VICTIMIZED by the Roman Catholic Church. He would be the first to rebuke their false teachers who continue espousing and proclaiming such an erroneous characterization of him for their politico religious purposes. He clearly taught that he was only an Elder among elders!
     According to the Bible, the HOLY SPIRIT is in charge of the Church that Jesus Christ shed His blood to Purchase! (Acts 20: 28)
      Jesus said: “Nevertheless I tell you the truth; it is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send Him unto you. 
     "And when He is come, He will reprove the world of SIN, and of RIGHTEOUSNESS, and of JUDGMENTOf sin because they believe not on Me; of righteousness, because I go to My Father, and ye see Me no more; of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.” (John 16: 7-11)
     The Bible states: “As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate Me Barnabas and Saul for the work where unto I have called them. And when they had fasted and prayed, and laid their hands on them, they sent them away.” (Acts 13: 2,3)
   In October 1986, I had the privilege of being one of six preachers to address the 35,000 people gathered for the First Pentecostal Conference of Latin America in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on the topic of the Holy Spirit.
     Shortly before that Conference, Newsweek Magazine's Cover carried the Headline: LATIN AMERICA CARDINAL RED TURNING PROTESTANT BLACK! This referred to Protestants carrying their black Bibles to Church. The statistics spoke for themselves: 400 Roman Catholics were converting EVERY HOUR to Evangelical Christianity, through our Lord Jesus Christ!
      In my weekly column in the Edmonton Sun, I wrote about the great Conference in Sao Paulo and I ended my column with these words: 
    “The Roman Catholic Church teaches that the Pope is the vicar of Jesus Christ and as such is guiding the Church. The Holy Bible, however, teaches that upon His ascension to Heaven Jesus Christ poured out upon the Church the Blessed Holy Spirit to empower, lead and guide His Church. I'm sorry John Paul 11, I didn't know that the Holy Spirit has taken Early Retirement.”
      JESUS said to His disciples: “Whom do men say that I the Son of man am? And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ the Son of the Living God. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona (Reed son of Jonas): for flesh and blood hath not revealed this unto thee but My Father which is in Heaven.
   And I say also unto thee, Thou art Peter (petros, a detached fragment) and upon this Rock (Petra, an unquarried boulder), I will build My Church and the gates of Hell shall not prevail against it. And I will give unto thee the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind upon earth shall be bound in Heaven and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” (Matt. 16: 13-19)
     Two similar, but distinct Greek words are used in this passage: petros, a masculine noun translated Peter and petra, a feminine noun translated Rock. According to Thayer's Greek Lexicon Petra means: 'A Massive Living unquarried Rock', while Petros signifies 'a detached but large fragment! 
    Jesus said that He would build His Church, not on the smaller detached stone Peter (petros) but upon the huge ROCK (Petra) which is Christ Himself.
  The Roman Catholic Church teach that Peter was given primacy over the other apostles and that he is the foundation of Christ's Church. How ridiculous! 
    A little later, Jesus is speaking to ALL THE APOSTLES with the same words: “Verily I say unto you, whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in Heaven: and whatsoever ye shall lose on earth shall be loosed in Heaven.” (Matt. 18: 19). 
    Again, that spurious teaching states that only an ordained Roman Catholic clergy can forgive someone's sins after he has confessed his sins to the priest.
    The words of Jesus Christ, however, tell a much different story: “Then opened He their understanding, that they might understand the Scriptures, and said unto them, Thus it is written and thus it behooved Christ to Suffer, and to Rise from the Dead the third day: 
   "And that REPENTANCE and REMISSION of sins should be preached in His Name among all the nations beginning at Jerusalem.” (Luke 24:45-47). 
     The Lord Jesus gave all the Apostles the power to declare the forgiveness of sins over those who in repentance and faith believed and confessed that Jesus Christ is the Son of the Living God and the Saviour of the world. 
     That is the KEY. One must believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of the Living God, crucified, risen and ascended to the right hand of the Father as our Heavenly High Priest!
  The Norwegian Study Bible states: “Commentary of Great Commission & Sins forgiveness: The Apostolic Mission's premier gifting was to administer the forgiveness of sins. To do this work the Apostles were given full authority from the Risen JESUS to forgive sins by the help of the Gospel Message. 
    "The full authority that the Apostles received, includes all of the Lord's Witnesses today. Where they find faith and repentance, they have full authority to declare that person's sins forgiven in Jesus' name! Where the Gospel meets unbelief and unrighteousness, the Lord's Witnesses have full authority to withhold  forgivenes and refuse to administer the Grace Gifts.”
                       NO MENTION IN THE SCRIPTURES!
      There is no mention in the Holy Scriptures and the commands of Jesus, that a priest must hear a confession by a penitent, before having his sins forgiven! We confess our sins to God the Father in the name of Jesus Christ His Son and they are forgiven! It is only upon the authority of the shed blood of God's paschal Lamb Jesus Christ that sins are forgiven! 
      The Bible says: “...He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; he that believeth not shall be damned.” (Mark 16: 15, 16); “But if we walk in the Light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the BLOOD of Jesus Christ His Son, cleanseth us from all sin.” (1 John 1: 7)
      St. Paul declared: “And are built upon the FOUNDATION of the Apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ HIMSELF being the Chief Corner Stone: In Whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto a holy temple in the Lord ye also are builded together for a habitation of God through the Spirit.” (Eph. 2: 20-22)
     Disproving the FALLACY that St. Peter is the foundation of the Church, we have the word of the Angel sent by our Lord Jesus Himself to St. John regarding the New Jerusalem: “And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the TWELVE APOSTLES of the Lord.” (Rev. 21: 14)
      And notice that St. Paul, the Apostle to the Gentile World wrote: “According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise Master builder, I have laid the FOUNDATION, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon. 
     "For other foundation can no man lay then that is laid, which is JESUS CHRIST. Now if any man build upon this Foundation  gold, silver. Precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;  
    "Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the FIRE shall try every man's work of what sort it is.” (1 Cor. 3: 10-13)
    Why would Jesus, immediately after declaring Simon (Reed) the Petros (Rock), call him Satan (Enemy) when Simon rebuked Jesus for saying that He had come to die and be raised on the third day? Answer, He was turning him from a reed character to a rock character!
      What is the Key to the Kingdom of God? It is believing that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God! 
    That He came to earth as the propitiation for our sins to meet the Demands of Divine Justice in payment for Adam's high treason against Almighty God, through the shedding of His pure and perfect BLOOD on Calvary's Cross at Golgtha.
    It is believing that death could not hold God's Pashcal Lamb, and that on the third Day He arose from the dead and is today seated on His Father's right hand as our Heavenly High Priest. It is believing the record that God gave of His Son!
     Who else made the statement that Simon the son of Jonas made? Martha the sister of Lazarus: "Jesus said unto her, I am the Resurrection and the Life: he that beieveth in Me, though he were dead, yet shall he live" And whosoever liveth and beliveth in Me shall never die. Beliveth thou this? She said unto Him, yea, I believe that Thou art the Christ, the Son of God Who should come into the world." 
      Although the Holy Spirit revealed to Simon who Jesus really was, the pagan Samaritan woman at the Well of Sychar also confessed Jesus Christ as the Messiah:
    “The woman saith unto Him, I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, He will tell us all things. Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am He. The woman then left her waterpot, and went her way into the city, and said to the men, Come see a man who told me all things that ever I did. IS NOT THIS THE CHRIST?” (John 4: 25, 26, 28, 29)
     In concluding this important paper on Christ the Rock and Foundation of the Church, here is a powerful truth: “Jesus saith unto them, Come and dine. And none of the disciples durst ask Him, Who art Thou? Knowing that it was the LORD. Jesus then cometh, and talketh bread, and giveth them and fish likewise. This is now the third time that Jesus showed Himself to His disciples, after that He was Risen from the dead.
                   JESUS CALLED HIM SIMON!
    “So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon (Reed) son of Jonas, lovest thou Me more than these (fish)? He saith unto Him, Yea, Lord; Thou knowest that I love Thee. He saith unto him, Feed My lambs.
      “He saith unto him the second time, Simon (Reed), son of Jonas, lovest thou Me? He saith unto Him, Yea, Lord; Thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him Feed My sheep.
     “He saith unto him the third time, Simon (Reed), son of Jonas, lovest thou Me? And he said unto Him, Lord, Thou knowest all things; Thou knowest that I love Thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed My sheep.” (John 21: 12-17)
      It is obvious that Jesus Christ had forgiven Simon the son of Jonas. It is also clear that He had a work for him to do and that was to minister to His sheep. It is also clear that Our Lord did no call him Peter (petra, rock). He was working on the son of Jonas to change his character from reed-like to rock-like!
      A legend says that every time throughout his life, whenever St. Peter heard a rooster crow, he fell to his knees in thankfulness for God's great mercy to a former liar, coward and Christ denier!
    Was Simon the son of Jonas ever a Pope? Never, don't sully his name with that baggage! Was he a great man of God and one of the leading apostles? Definitely! Did he err and was he corrected by St. Paul? Yes, he did and being an uneducated man, he had a great respect for the Apostle to the Gentiles. The Bible states:
     “Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of Him in peace, without spot, and blameless. And account that the long suffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother PAUL also according to the wisdom given him, hath written unto you;
     “As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other Scriptures, to their own destruction.
     “Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the Wicked, fall from your own steadfastness.” (1 Peter 3: 13-17).
                      ONE FINAL WORD OF WARNING!
       Remember: If you cast yourself into the loving arms of Jesus Christ you will be safe for time and eternity. You will be broken so that He can restore you and heal you. Do not reject His love and mercy NOW for one day in the future, He will be your judge and His holy righteousness will destroy you forever! He waits for you now. Call upon Him in sincerity and truth! (John 3: 16 – 18). Amen.