WHAT SO MANY FAIL TO REALIZE AND UNDERSTAND
By Pieter Kirstein
What so many fail to realize and understand is the fact that only those
who have truly laid themselves down in obedience to Christ in the way of the cross shall be accounted worthy to be part of the bride of Christ.
In the following scripture Jesus spoke about the fact that
His true sold-out disciples shall be rejected and persecuted even by their family members, who are not His followers. Flesh and Spirit are in conflict with each other.
“Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword. 35 For I have come to ‘set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law’; 36 and ‘a
man’s enemies will be those of his own household.’
37 He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me.
he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me.
39 He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it.
Those who are offended
by the royal road of the cross by which we are completely stripped of ourselves and the ways of the old man, even though saved, falls into the category of the nominal Christians who are distracted by civilian affairs, who's minds are on earthy things.
Christ's bride is a warrior bride and goes through strict discipline, discipleship and training so they might be brought into the ways of Christ, one in vision, desire and purpose. We cannot lay hold of nor lay claim to
the crown of righteousness unless we compete according to the rules
1 Corinthians 9:24 Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize?
in such a way that you may obtain it. 25 And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown. 26 Therefore I run thus: not with uncertainty. Thus I fight: not as
one who beats the air. 27 But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.
We cannot be raised up as a reigning bride unless we submit ourselves
to the purification of the Spirit of burning.
62 For Zion’s sake I will not hold My peace,
And for Jerusalem’s sake I will not
Until her righteousness goes forth as brightness,
And her salvation as a lamp that burns.
2 The Gentiles shall see your righteousness,
And all kings your glory.
You shall be called by a new name,
Which the mouth of the Lord will name.
3 You shall also be a crown of glory
In the hand of the Lord,
And a royal diadem
the hand of your God.
2 Timothy 2
3 You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. 4 No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that
he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier. 5 And also if anyone competes in athletics, he is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules. 6 The hardworking farmer must be first to partake of the crops. 7 Consider what I say, and may the Lord
give you understanding in all things.
No one who put his hand to the plow and look back is fit to serve in the kingdom.
The Cost of Discipleship
57 Now it happened
as they journeyed on the road, that someone said to Him, “Lord, I will follow You wherever You go.”
58 And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His
59 Then He said to another, “Follow Me.”
But he said, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.”
60 Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead,
but you go and preach the kingdom of God.”
61 And another also said, “Lord, I will follow You, but let me first go and bid them farewell who are at my house.”
62 But Jesus said to him, “No one,
having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.”
Consider the following prophecy spoken by the Spirit through a servant of God.
There is a great
need now for the three things which I offer. The first is gold tried in the fire. Gold is a symbol of true spiritual character, brought about by the working of my Spirit and forged in the crucible of testing experiences.
I must have a people who are completely receptive to my workings in their inner being and thoroughly purged from the dross of their own ways. The second is white raiment. This is symbolic of that righteousness and purity which only I can impart.
Only those who are fully clothed with this raiment can enter into the end-time ministry of that spiritual Body which I am raising up. The third is eye-salve to anoint thine eyes.
Only the revelation of my Spirit can cause you to see the mighty truths which I would have you know in this hour. Since I counsel you to ‘buy' of me, there is a price which must be paid.
is simply the willingness to let me have your life to do with it as I please. Only as there is complete yielding and obedience, can I be the means of bringing forth in your life pure gold, impart to you white raiment, and anoint your eyes to see my truth.
'Behold, I stand at the door and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.' (Rev. 3:20).
My people, I long to have that intimate communion
with you which is described in these words. But so few want to invite me in to take complete control of their lives.
This is the day that I am offering to make myself real to a people as never before
in history. Will you not open your heart and let me have my way in you? I am ready to show myself strong on your behalf. No other generation has had as great an opportunity as I am offering to you in this hour. I stand at the door and knock; the choice is
And now for the final promise to the overcomers in these seven letters. ‘To him that overcomes will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father
in his throne.' (Rev. 3:21). Even though I was the very Son of the Highest, functioning on the plane of Deity, I emptied myself and took on the form of man, that I might overcome as a man.
Then was I highly exalted
and given a place of rulership on the throne of my Father. This is the pattern for those who love me and let me bring them into an overcoming experience, rising above the spiritual level of most Christians.
‘overcome’ means to rise above, to come up over to a higher spiritual plane. It comes only through greater yielding and submission to my will. The time is coming soon when I will sit on the throne of my glory in the heavenly Kingdom which will
be set up in the realms surrounding the earth.
Then shall the overcomers of all the church eras be exalted to sit on that throne with me. They shall then be kings and priests to rule with me over the earth.
(Rev. 1:6, 5:10, 20:4).
Truly this is the PRIZE of the high calling; it is both joint heirship on the plane of glorified life, and joint rulership with me in my Kingdom. He that has an ear, let him hear
what the Spirit is saying to the church.