Finding God's Will, Way, and Message
Jesus said the story below would be shared whenever this gospel (of the Kingdom) would be preached. To obey this and fulfill God's will, on this website (as I do proclaim the Kingdom Gospel), I am now sharing this important truth.
Brokenness is a vital part of the salvation of the soul, as seen here:
The Salvation of the Soul
It is also an important part of the Kingdom Gospel as I mentioned above, and is proclaimed here:
The Gospel of The Kingdom
Here is the story:
6: Now when Jesus was in Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper,
7: There came unto him a woman having an alabaster box of very precious ointment, and poured it on his head, as he sat at meat.
8: But when his disciples saw it, they had indignation, saying, To what purpose is this waste?
9: For this ointment might have been sold for much, and given to the poor.
10: When Jesus understood it, he said unto them, Why trouble ye the woman? for she hath wrought a good work upon me.
11: For ye have the poor always with you; but me ye have not always.
12: For in that she hath poured this ointment on my body, she did it for my burial.
13: Verily I say unto you, Wheresoever this gospel shall be preached in the whole world, there shall also this, that this woman hath done, be told for a memorial of her.
This event prophesied the coming baptism of suffering Jesus would soon partake of. I will quote the baptism of suffering below. But let me 1st explain the story of the alabaster box of ointment.
To get to the costly fragrance one had to get to the center. The same is true for most fruit. To gain the juice the outer shell/skin must be broken. To gain the spirit, and the fruits thereof, one must have his outer man broken to get the inner man manifested.
2 Cor 4:16: For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.
Eph 3:16: That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man
The Doctrine of Baptisms
6th Baptism - Baptism into Suffering
Math 20: MKJV
20 ¶ Then the mother of Zebedee's children came to Him with her sons, worshiping and desiring a certain thing from Him.
21 And He said to her, What do you desire? She said to Him, Grant that these my two sons may sit in Your kingdom, the one on Your right hand and the other on the left.
22 But Jesus answered and said, You do not know what you ask. Are you able to drink of the cup that I shall drink of, and to be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with? They said to Him, We are able.
23 And He said to them, You shall indeed drink of My cup and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with; but to sit on My right hand and on My left is not Mine to give, but to those for whom it has been prepared by My Father.
Here we see Jesus claims to have a baptism coming, one which He Himself had yet received. This was not John's baptism, because He did that already. He connects it to a cup. Let's read about this cup.
Math 26: MKJV
36 ¶ Then Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane. And He said to the disciples, Sit here while I go and pray there.
37 And He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee with Him, and He began to be sorrowful and very heavy.
38 Then He said to them, My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Wait here and watch with Me.
39 And He went a little further and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me. Yet not as I will, but as You will .
40 And He came to the disciples and found them asleep. And He said to Peter, What! Could you not watch with Me one hour?
41 Watch and pray that you enter not into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.
42 He went away again the second time and prayed, saying, My Father, if this cup may not pass away from Me unless I drink it, Your will be done.
43 And He came and found them asleep again, for their eyes were heavy.
44 And He left them and went away again, and prayed the third time, saying the same word.
45 Then He came to His disciples and said to them, Sleep on now and take your rest. Behold, the hour is at hand, and the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners.
46 Rise, let us be going; behold, he who is betraying Me is at hand.
This is the cup and baptism Jesus spoke of. It is the baptism of suffering. Jesus chose the place called Gethsemane to drink this cup. Gethsemane means "wine press". It was here that Jesus for the 1st and only time, struggled with God's will. The 1st prayer Jesus said: if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me. Yet not as I will, but as You will
He asked the cup be passed or taken from Him, but He added: not as I will, but as You will
Jesus' will was different from the Father at this point. Then at the 2nd & 3rd prayer He said: if this cup may not pass away from Me unless I drink it, Your will be done
He has now accepted to drink it, if it is the Father's will. After the 3rd time, He had concluded it was the Father's will.
This baptism is the denial of our will. It is suffering the denial of self and soul. Jesus spoke many times to deny the soul. Many translations translated soul into a different word. Here are some examples:
Math 10: MKJV
39 He who finds his life shall lose it. And he who loses his life for My sake shall find it.
Math 16: NKJV
25 For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.
26 For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?
The word life is the greek word "psuche" which better translates as soul. I discuss the difference between the soul and the spirit here:
The Salvation of the Soul
Jesus did not sin. At the point where He desired to do different than the Father, He went in prayer. This wasn't easy for Him and He is perfect, so it won't be easy for us. That's why it's called the Baptism of Suffering.
This cup and baptism was so difficult Jesus sweat blood:
Luke 22: MKJV
42 saying, Father, if You are willing, remove this cup from Me. Yet not My will, but Yours be done.
43 And an angel appeared to Him from Heaven, strengthening Him.
44 And being in an agony He prayed more earnestly. And His sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.
I discuss the relevance of the blood here:
What many people do not realize was that it was His soul that was sacrificed. Yes, His body had to die as well. But look at this:
Isa 53: MKJV
10 ¶ Yet it pleased the LORD to crush Him; to grieve Him; that He should put forth His soul as a guilt-offering. He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days, and the will of the LORD shall prosper in His hand.
11 He shall see the fruit of the travail of His soul. He shall be fully satisfied. By His knowledge shall My righteous Servant justify for many; and He shall bear their iniquities.
12 Therefore I will divide to Him with the great, and He shall divide the spoil with the strong; because He has poured out His soul to death; and He was counted among the transgressors; and He bore the sin of many, and made intercession for transgressors.
God got tired of flesh sacrifices:
Isa 1: MKJV
11 To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices to Me? says the LORD; I am full of the burnt offerings of rams, and the fat of fed beasts; and I do not delight in the blood of bulls, or of lambs, or of he-goats.
12 When you come to appear before Me, who has required this at your hand, to trample My courts?
13 Bring no more vain sacrifice; incense is an abomination to Me; the new moon and sabbath, the going to meeting; I cannot endure evil and the assembly!
14 Your new moons and your appointed feasts My soul hates; they are a trouble to Me; I am weary to bear them .
15 And when you spread out your hands, I will hide My eyes from you; yea, when you make many prayers, I will not hear; your hands are full of blood.
What God wants is for us to be a living sacrifice and do His will.
Rom 12: MKJV
1 ¶ I beseech you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God to present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, pleasing to God, which is your reasonable service.
2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, in order to prove by you what is that good and pleasing and perfect will of God.
Many christians will come to God having done many great works for Him and in His name but He will deny them:
Math 7: KJ21
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 who is in Heaven.
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?'
23 And then will I profess unto them, `I never knew you: depart from Me, ye that work iniquity.'
I discuss this in more depth here:
The Gospel of The Kingdom - part one
Knowing and doing the Father's will is NOT easy. If it was difficult for Jesus it will be difficult for us.
Philp 2: MKJV
5 For let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus,
6 who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God,
7 but made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Himself the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men.
8 And being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
Heb 5: MKJV
8 though being a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered.
9 And being perfected, He became the Author of eternal salvation to all those who obey Him
We must follow His example:
Math 16: MKJV
24 ¶ Then Jesus said to His disciples, If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me.
Jesus is NOT asking us to die physically or to die on a cross, but to die to self. I discuss in greater depth the denying of self in the 9 qualifications of discipleship here:
Here is why it is called the baptism of suffering:
Philp 3: MKJV
10 that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being made conformable to His death;
Jesus became broken in Gethsemane, so much so, He sweat blood. Brokenness is important, we become broken to our will, to learn God's will. And during such times we often learn God's will when we are uncertain beforehand. Brokenness is not fun, yet the Epistles tell us to rejoice in such, because of the great benefits of it.
Col 1:24: Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body's sake, which is the church:
1 Pet 4:13: But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.
Brokenness is important to God and important for us to learn of God's ways and to know His will for our life. It is also an act of worship.
Ps 34:18: The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.
Ps 51:17: The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.
But see, while we are alive, God gives us a choice. We can choose to be broken, when the times come, or if we refuse, God will break us later, at judgment. But such a brokenness then, will be into much smaller pieces:
Math 21: MKJV
44 And he who falls on this Stone shall be broken, but on whomever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder.
So brokenness, although not fun, is much better than being ground into powder. Such a judgment I discuss here:
Eternal Judgment: of the Believer
Much of the revelation found on this website, came through brokenness in my own life, and of coarse what I have learned from others was through their brokenness. Compare this website to my original website here:
It's come a long way, and this has been because of brokenness. And God is still not done with me. And as Paul said, 1 Cor 15:31 ...I die daily. Our walk is one of continual work by God in our souls. This is why from time to time, there are updates on this site or even more frequently on my blog, as more revelation comes along, and things become clearer.
Does brokenness come unwillingly? By no means. Jesus had a choice, that was what Gethsemane was all about. Thus why the epistles say rejoice. It is quite true that sometimes I consider that I would have chosen a different path than the one I am on now, but such thoughts are becoming less and less. But such a path, though it would be my choice occasionally, would have less satisfaction. Finding and doing God's will always brings about more joy and peace. Through persecution or brokenness, we find more of God.
I wish to speak briefly of false brokenness. This was often portrayed in Catholicism years ago. People would flog themselves, (some Muslims still do it these days), crawl up stone stairs (see the Martin Luther movie), and do other self works of pain. This is a religious spirit or self martyrdom. This does not bear fruit for God. If I wanted to be an odd ball and have people think strangely of me, perhaps I would wear a billboard and be standing downtown warning people to submit to Babylon's government to save their lives. Doing such would not create a website, with a gospel being preached. It would only turn people away. Many turn away from these pages, including people I know. Nonetheless there are years of work here, fruit manifested, with hours to be read. What fruit would there be if I stood on a corner with a sign? Straw, mere pieces easily burned up. Don't get me wrong. I am not advocating the legitimacy of my gospel by the fact I have endured brokenness, it is the opposite. The legitimacy of my brokenness, shows fruit. And when I am not broken, I am selfish and seek my rights. But every page I write must be lined up with scripture. And thus, so was the will of God for Jesus. Jesus knew He had to die. He said it before He went to Gethsemane, He had the scriptures before and after, but Gethsemane made Him to know it was God's will and gave Him the ability to obey Him.
We have the Old Testament scriptures and can see it was God's will, thus Jesus' Gethsemane is not for us, but was for Christ, and is for us an example of what we must do, to learn God's will. Of which the fruit must always be in agreement with scripture.
We each have a different cross to bear.
I discuss this on my Discipleship page:
3. Luke 14:27 "Whoever does not carry his own cross...cannot be My disciple."
The cross that each of us must carry must be like Jesus' cross. It isn't sickness or disease. It is not self inflicted. These were not Christ's cross. It is a denial of self (see above). It is choosing to lose, and let it (self), be broken (Math 21:44). It is of God's design, not man's or self's. Although God may use man or your own self, emotions, other things, or people to bring it about.
Isaiah 1:19 If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land
If the prior qualification spoke of obedience (#2), this speaks of willingness. Jesus, Himself, prayed 3 times in Gethsemane to have the "cup" removed unless it was God's will. It takes prayer and help to do this at times. Jesus asked 3 disciples to pray with Him in that hour. Even Jesus needed help in carrying the cross:
Luke 23:26: And as they led him away, they laid hold upon one Simon, a Cyrenian, coming out of the country, and on him they laid the cross, that he might bear it after Jesus.
We need to help each other:
Galatians 6:2 Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.
But, it is not too difficult:
29: Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
30: For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
Links of interest:
The Salvation of the Soul
The Gospel of The Kingdom
The Doctrine of Baptisms
Eternal Judgment: of the Believer