By the Spirit there is simplicity in Christ but man-made doctrines tend to distort spiritual clearness.  In the parable of the wicked Husbandmen the vineyard of the Lord is so abused the Lord of the vineyard takes a drastic step indeed. (see Matt.21:33-43)  "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 marvelous in our eyes? Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof".  Here's the revelation; the nation that receives the kingdom of God is not a natural nation, it is now a "holy nation a Royal Priesthood"; the True Church of the Living God! 

     "Now will I sing to my well beloved a song of my beloved touching his vineyard. My wellbeloved hath a vineyard in a very fruitful hill: And he fenced it, and gathered out the stones thereof, and planted it with the choicest vine, and built a tower in the midst of it, and also made a wine press therein: and he looked that it should bring forth grapes, and it brought forth wild grapes. And now, O inhabitants of Jerusalem, and men of Judah, judge, I pray you, between me and my vineyard. What could have been done more to my vineyard, that I have not done in it? wherefore, when I looked that it should bring forth grapes, brought it forth wild grapes? And now go to; I will tell you what I will do to my vineyard: I will take away the hedge thereof, and it shall be eaten up; and break down the wall thereof, and it shall be trodden down: And I will lay it waste: it shall not be pruned, nor digged; but there shall come up briers and thorns: I will also command the clouds that they rain no rain upon it. For the vineyard of the Lord of hosts is the house of Israel, and the men of Judah his pleasant plant: and he looked for judgement, but behold oppression; for righteousness, but behold a cry (weeping). (Isa. 5:1-7)

     It should be obvious the rejected stone is Jesus who came unto his own, and was not received. The drastic step of the Lord of the vineyard was to reject the wicked generation that rejected him, and give the True Spiritual vineyard to Spiritual Israel!  Hear the words of Jesus: I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. JESUS IS THE NEW ISRAEL! "Every branch in me that beareth not fruit, he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it that it may bring forth more fruit"(St. John 15:1-2) In-Christ no more wild grapes; "Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit; for without me ye can do nothing".

     Jesus' powerful ministry along with His crucifixion and resurrection are well documented in history. His victory over Satan and hell is well established! But the time is now to awake and fully know that these things must become EXPERIENTIAL inside those who profess His Great Name! "For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh (Phil.3:3). "And as many as walk according to this rule, peace be on them, and mercy, upon THE ISRAEL OF GOD" (Gal.6:16).
                                               In-Christ Always  Elmer Hart


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