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Ephesians, Philippians, complementary text and commentary, chapter 14

August 15th, 2017

    8/15/17, God’s 5th month, Av 22, 5777, it’s the third day until sunset. To 5,325 in resident churches and individuals God is calling to making temples of His Holy Spirit.

     (John 10:25-28; Jesus replied, “I told you and you do not believe. The deeds I do in My Father’s name testify about Me. (26) But you refuse to believe because you are not My sheep. My sheep listen to My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish; no one will snatch them from My hand.”)

     Obviously Jesus is saying, “people that don’t believe IN Me as I manifested Myself to be in the holy scriptures, don’t believe because they aren’t My sheep.” Jesus gives believers IN Himself eternal life. Deeds Jesus did in God the Father’s name testify to His deity.

    Teaching God’s truth can go in many directions from this point; we’re inspired to teach God’s Sabbath. People that don’t believe the seventh day is God’s Sabbath, “aren’t Jesus’ sheep.” Let’s reason together from inspired scripture. FIRST; His sheep know Jesus as Creator, Re-creator, Sustainer, Life giver, One who is Reconciliatory and AT ONE with God the Father’s purpose and planning. SECOND; Followers of Jesus know Him as the Lord God, Spokesman, Re-creator of this earth‘s form, from it’s void and darkness condition; then created Adam and Eve in their image. Jesus gave Adam, Eve, Cain and Abel commandments regarding right, wrong, good, evil and blood sacrifices. 

     (Gen 1:1-5; In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. (2) Now the earth was ‘became’ without shape and empty and darkness was over the surface of the watery deep, but the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the water. (3) God said, “Let there be light.” And there was light! God saw that the light was good, so God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light “day” and the darkness “night.” There was evening, and there was morning, marking the first day.”) This was a re-creation from what had become without shape, empty and darkness! It’s confirmed at Colossians 1:15-20, John 1:1-5 and Hebrews 1:

      (Colossians 1:15-20; “He ‘Jesus’ is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation, for all things in heaven and on earth were created by Him – all things, whether visible or invisible, whether thrones or dominions, whether principalities or powers – all things were created through Him and for Him. (17) He Himself is before all things and all things are held together in Him. (18) He is the head of the body, the church, as well as the beginning, the firstborn from among the dead, so that He Himself may become first in all things. For God ‘The Father’ was pleased to have all His fullness dwell in the Son (20) and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself by making peace through the blood of His cross – through Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven.”) We shouldn’t need more proof, but three witnesses is God’s way.

     (John 1:1-5; “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was fully God. The Word was with God in the beginning. All things were created by Him, and apart from Him not one thing was created that has been created. In Him was life, and The Life was the Light of mankind. And The Light shines on in the darkness, but the darkness has not mastered it.”) The beginning was before A beginning “Re-creation.”

     (Hebrews 1:1-4; “After God spoke long ago in various portions and in various ways to our ancestors through the prophets, in these last days He ‘God the Father’ has spoken to us in a Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, and through whom He created the world. (3) The Son is the radiance of His glory and the representation of His essence, and He sustains all things by His powerful word, and so when He had accomplished cleansing for sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high. (4) Thus He became so far better than the angels as He has inherited a name superior to theirs.”) Jesus sustains this earth and the whole universe. He is now our Mediator before God the Father. Having lived in the flesh, He knows our weaknesses, vulnerabilities and strengths. 

     If we believe IN Jesus, we know Him as the Lord God that communicated with Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph and Moses. We know Jesus kept His promise to Abraham and delivered his descendents “the Israelites” from Egyptian bondage through Moses. We know Jesus as the Lord God that gave Moses the ten commandments for the people’s good. We know Jesus as the Lord God that prophesied through Moses about Himself.

     (Deut 18:15-19; “The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you – from your fellow Israelites; you must listen to Him. (16) This accords with what happened at Horeb in the day of the assembly. You asked the Lord your God: “Please do not make us hear the voice of the Lord our God any more or see this great fire any more lest we die.” The Lord then said to me, “What they have said is good. I will raise up a prophet like you for them from among their fellow Israelites. I will put My words in His mouth and He will speak to them whatever I command. I will personally hold responsible anyone who then pays no attention to the words that prophet speaks in My name.”)

     We have record of Jesus’ life in the flesh, His teachings, deeds, miracles, appointing twelve apostles; His death, resurrection and ascension as was planned from a beginning, before He created Adam. Blood sacrifices looked forward to Jesus’ ultimate sacrifice for the remission of this world’s sins were instituted from Adam, Cain and Abel’s day until Jesus’ physical birth.

      (Gen 4:3-5; “At the designated time Cain brought some of the fruit of the ground for an offering to the Lord. But Abel brought some of the firstborn of his flock – even the fattest of them. And the Lord was pleased with Abel and his offering, but with Cain and his offering He was not pleased. So Cain became very angry, and his expression was downcast.”)

     God made covenant promises to Abraham regarding his physical and spiritual descendents. After 430 years to the day, He delivered Israel through Moses and offered a covenant to which the stubborn Israelites agreed to. After Israelites turned to the gods of the gentiles, God scattered them to the gentile nations. However true to His promise through Moses, “the Creator Jesus came in the flesh and died for remission of this world’s sins.” Began calling out a believing IN people to whom He would put His spirit in. Let’s consider the understanding revealed to Jesus’ apostle Paul and others.

  Jesus’ mystery, “God in people, people in God.

    Paul taught Jesus’ revelations through him to the Romans and we Believers, speaking of the mystery of God in us and we in God.

      (Rom 16:25-27; “Now to Him who is able to strengthen you according to My gospel and the proclamation of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery that had been kept secret for long ages, but now is disclosed, and through the prophetic scriptures has been made known to all the nations, according to the command of the eternal God, to bring about the obedience of faith – to the only wise God, through Jesus Christ, be glory forever! Amen.) Paul gets more explicate to the Corinthians. Sharing the mystery to followers of Jesus, “God in man and man in God.”

     (1Cor 2:6-16; “Now we do speak wisdom among the mature, but not a wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are perishing. Instead we speak the wisdom of God, hidden in a mystery, that God determined before the ages for our glory. None of the rulers of this age understood it. If they had known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. (9) But just as it is written, “Things that no eye has seen, or ear heard, or mind imagined, are the things God has prepared for those who love Him.” God has revealed these to us by the Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. (11) For who among men knows the things of a man except the man’s spirit within him? So too, no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. Now we ‘followers of Jesus’ have not received the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may know the things that are freely given to us by God. (13) And we speak about these things, not with words taught us by human wisdom, but with those taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual things to spiritual people. The unbeliever does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him. And he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned. (15) The one who is spiritual discerns all things, yet he himself is understood by no one. For who has known the mind of the Lord, so as to advise him? But we ‘followers of Jesus’ have the mind of Christ.”)

     (Remember Jesus’ words, “But you refuse to believe because you are not My sheep. My sheep listen to My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish; no one will snatch them from My hand.” John 10:26.)

      (1Cor 15:50-58’ “Now this is what I am saying, brothers and sisters: Flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. Listen, I will tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed – in a moment, in the blinking of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality. Now when this perishable puts on the imperishable, and this mortal puts on immortality, then the saying that is written will happen, “Death has been swallowed up in victory.” “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?

     (56-58; “The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ! So then, dear brothers and sisters, be firm. Do not be moved! Always be outstanding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.”)

 Not  book learning; not conjured up faith; but revealed faith and knowledge.

    (Eph 1:7-14; “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace that he lavished on us in all wisdom and insight. He did this when He revealed to us the secret ‘mystery’ of His will, according to His good pleasure that He set forth in Christ, toward the administration of the fullness of the times, to head up all things in Christ – the things in heaven and the things on earth. In Christ we too have been claimed as God’s own possession, since we were predestined according to the one purpose of Him who accomplishes all things according to the counsel of His will so that we, who were the first to set our hope on Christ, would be to the praise of His glory. And when you heard the word of truth (the gospel of your salvation) – when you believed in Christ – you were marked with the seal of the promised Holy Spirit, who is the down payment of our inheritance, until the redemption of God’s own possession, to the praise of His glory.”)

      God’s covenant through Abraham was first through Moses with a fleshly minded stubborn people, God will yet deliver. That spiritual covenant extends through Jesus with called out believing IN people.

     (Galatians 3:23-29; “Now before ‘Jesus’’ faith came we were held in custody under the law, being kept as prisoners until the coming faith would be revealed. (24) Thus the law had become our guardian until Christ, so that we could be declared righteous by ‘His’ faith. But now that ‘Jesus’’ faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian. For in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God through faith. For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female – for all of you are one in Christ Jesus. (29) And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s descendants, heirs according to the promise.”) All preplanned before Re-creation.

When we followers of Jesus pray, we aren’t before physical Mt. Zion, as were the Israelites during Moses’ day; but before the city of the living God, heavenly Jerusalem.   

      (Heb 12:14-17; Pursue peace with everyone, and holiness, for without it no one will see the Lord. See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God, that no one be like a bitter root springing up and causing trouble, and through him many become defiled. And see to it that no one becomes an immoral or godless person like Esau, who sold his own birthright for a single meal. For you know that later when he wanted to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no opportunity for repentance, although he sought the blessing with tears.

     (18-21; “For you have not come to something that can be touched, to a burning fire and darkness and gloom and a whirlwind and the blast of a trumpet and a voice uttering words such that those who heard begged to hear no more. For they could not bear what was commanded: “If even an animal touches the mountain, it must be stoned.” In fact, the scene was so terrifying that Moses said, “I shudder with fear.”

     (22-24; “But you ‘followers of Jesus’ have come to Mount Zion, the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to myriads of angels, to the assembly and congregation of the firstborn, who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous, who have been made perfect and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks of something better than Abel’s does.”

     Remember Abel sacrificed according to God’s command, while Cain did according to what seemed right, “deciding for himself what was right, wrong, good and evil.”

Ephesians, Philippians, complementary text and commentary, chapter 13

August 14th, 2017

  8/14/17, God’s 5th month, Av 21, 5777, it’s the second day until sunset. To 5,312 in resident churches and individuals God is making temples of His Holy Spirit.

     All come up short when we evaluate ourselves in “The Light of God’s truth.” When worldly people are yielded to their fleshly desires and passions, their concerns are about their immediate circumstance, “me, mine and ours.” They don’t naturally evaluate their hope and prayer request, “prioritizing as Jesus suggested to His followers.”

     Jesus died for the sins of this world; those whom God the Father calls in this age and the age to come. Followers of Jesus are spirit led to have concerns like His. Primarily, that His kingdom soon come. Christians are gifted to have genuine concern for the world and particularly the called. Christians are gifted with believing IN faith; to be like minded with God.” Rather than have prayer concerns for “me, mine and ours, we are commanded to put others ahead of ourselves. To be otherwise, ‘people’s leanings are friendship with the world and likely considered spiritual adulterers by God.”

    When our Lord’s brother “James” wrote to the twelve tribes scattered abroad, he revealed to them and us, “why prayers aren’t answered.” (“You do not have because you do not ask; you ask and do not receive because you ask wrongly, so you can spend it on your passions”) Additionally James had the audacity to call the twelve dispersed tribes, adulterers. Israel’s covenant agreement with their Creator was likened to a marriage covenant: “accepting the Lord God as their husband.” When they didn’t live up to their covenant promises, Israelites became spiritual adulterers and thus were dispersed as God had promised they would be. They began prioritizing their concerns and friendship with the world, “thus the worldly system became their God.” This is the case with professing Christians in this age, “friendship with the world” thus in bondage to this world‘s system of things.”

     (James wrote, “Adulterers, do you not know that friendship with the world means hostility toward God.? So whoever decides to be the world’s friend makes himself God’s enemy.” James 2:4)

     Israel’s history is for Christians’ ‘spiritual Israelites’ learning! Paul wrote; (“For everything that was written in former times was written for our instruction, so that through endurance and through encouragement of the scriptures we may have hope. Now may the God of endurance and comfort give you unity with one another in accordance with Christ Jesus, so that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Romans 15:4-6)

     Believers IN, “followers of Jesus - Christians” are covenant wedded to Jesus and as such our focus must be parallel with His as a faithful wife, less we too be accounted as adulterers. At Jesus’ apostles request, He taught them where their inner concerns and focus should be regarding prayer.

     (Matt 6:7-15; “When you pray, do not babble repetitiously like the Gentiles, because they think that by their many words they will be heard. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him. So pray this way: “Our Father in heaven, may Your name be honored, may Your kingdom come, may Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” (FIRST we need to understand the deity of our God as; “God the Father and God the Son.” We should honor our heavenly Father as did Jesus. SECOND our number one concern, “inner focused desire as followers of Jesus” must be, that God’s kingdom soon come, that this world’s order will be as He planned and pleasing to Him.) When our inner desires are, “me, mine and ours” our prayer focus is on satisfying our self serving nature. Sure, we should ask for blessing, healings, protections and security, but all these should be secondary to desiring Jesus’ coming.

    (verse 11; “Give us today our daily bread.” (When we belong to God, our needs are promised, and we need to express thankfulness for them, while asking that they continue.”

    (verse 12; “and forgive us our debts, as we ourselves have forgiven our debtors.” (It is imperative that we seek to be gifted with a forgiving nature. Knowing the mercy bestowed on us and each Believer IN is without any merit on our part. Prior to God miraculously changing our nature, we were incapable of forgiving to the degree Jesus had in mind.”

     (verse 13; “And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.” (“Do not lead us into temptation” is not an accurate translation. (When we compare spiritual to spiritual scripture we find that God doesn’t tempt nor can He be tempted.) Our Lord’s brother “James” clarifies. “Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted by evil, and He Himself tempts no one. But each one is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desires. Then when desire conceives, it gives birth to sin, and when sin is full grown, it gives birth to death. Do not be led astray, my dear brothers and sisters. All generous giving and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or the slightest hint of change. By His sovereign plan He gave us birth through the message of truth, that we would be a kind of first fruits of all He created.” James 1:13-18) To be asking that we continuously be delivered from the evil one, “Satan” is to seek faith reliance on God to do just that.)

     (verses 14-15. “For if you forgive others their sins, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others, your Father will not forgive you, your sins.” (If we belong to God, we are gifted with a nature change likened to Jesus’ and as such, we know His mercy toward us is unmerited. So we need to be quick to forgive.)

     No one inherits from birth, a nature conducive to prayer as Jesus commanded. A mindset parallel with Jesus’ is required to be forgiving as He is..

     James 1:12; “Happy is the one who endures testing, because when he has proven to be genuine, he will receive the crown of life that God promised to those who love Him.”) (The holy scripture teaches “in principle;” that if we love God it is because we recognize that He loved us first, “by giving His only begotten Son, by having mercy on us individually, revealing His way, calling and opening our minds to know Him.)

     (James 1:21; “So put away all filth and evil excess, humbly welcome the message implanted within you, which is able to save your souls.”) It is Jesus’ doctrine, “gifted, implanted to our minds and spirit” that saves individuals. When we humbly welcome His gifted outlook - knowledge, there is no room for boasting except in Him.

     Each of Jesus’ apostles, Luke the physician and Jesus’ two brothers, “James and Jude” were all in agreement regarding God the Father and God the Son. Followers of Jesus are gifted to understand His parables in principle.

      (Matt 24:32-35; “Learn this parable from the fig tree: Whenever its branch becomes tender and puts out its leaves, you know that summer is near. So also you, when you see all these things, know that He is near, right at the door. I tell you the truth, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will never pass away.”) The generation alive when this world’s spiritual condition is likened to Sodom and Gomorra.

     (Matt 24:36-41; “But as for that day and hour no one knows it – not even the angels in heaven – except the Father alone. For just like the days of Noah were, so the coming of the Son of Man will be. For in those days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day Noah entered the ark. And they knew nothing until the flood came and took them all away. It will be the same at the coming of the Son of Man. Then there will be two men in the field; one will be taken and one left. There will be two women grinding grain with a mill; one will be taken and one left.”)

      Very soon after the first resurrection from the grave, believers IN Jesus will meet those and Jesus in the air. (Study 1 Corinthians 15:) Jesus is speaking to His followers, not the world at large. People in whom Jesus is Lord.

     (Matt 24:42-44; “Therefore stay alert, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have been alert and would not have let his house be broken into. Therefore you “Christians” also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect Him.”

     (Matt 24:45-51; “Who then is the faithful and wise slave, whom the master has put in charge of His household, to give the other slaves their food at the proper time? Blessed is that slave whom the Master finds at work when He comes. I tell you the truth, the Master will put him in charge of all His possessions. But if that evil slave should say to himself, ‘My Master is staying away a long time,’ and he begins to beat his fellow slaves and to eat and drink with drunkards, then the Master of that slave will come on a day when he does not expect Him and at an hour he does not foresee, and will cut him in two, and assign him a place with the hypocrites, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”)

      Our actions speak louder than our words, “our living practices put us on display to the world.” The practices of modern professing Christians demonstrate their friendship is with the world. Many gifted with a desire to follow Jesus are likened to those in Jesus’ sower parable. Jesus speaking to His followers, explained His parable.

     (Matt 13:16-23; “But your eyes are blessed because they see, “understand” and your ears because they hear. For I tell you the truth, many prophets and righteous people longed to see “understand” what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.” (18) “So listen to the parable of the sower: When anyone hears the word about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one “Satan” comes and snatches what was sown in his heart; this is the seed sown along the path. The seed sown on rocky ground is the person who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy. (21) But he has no root in himself and does not endure; when trouble or persecution comes because of the word, immediately he falls away. The seed sown among thorns is the person who hears the word, but worldly cares and the seductiveness of wealth choke the word, so it produces nothing. (23) But as for the seed sown on good soil, this is the person who hears the word and understands. He bears fruit, yielding a hundred, sixty, or thirty times what was sown.”)

      We pray that our teaching provides many with fertile soil to put root in. Believing IN God’s Word as did Abraham, is the good soil.

Ephesians, philippians, complementary text and commentary, chapter 12

August 12th, 2017

    8/12/17, God’s 5th month, Av 19, 5777, it’s the Sabbath until sunset. To 5,276 in resident churches and individuals God is making temples of His Holy Spirit.

     As was Jesus and His apostles teachings; ours isn’t to denominational people in their comfort zones; but to a called out to be heirs with Abraham people. Are followers of Jesus, ‘Christians‘ spiritual Israelites? If not, Jesus’ apostles sure missed the mark. Some Egyptians and other gentiles became Israelites by yielding to God’s covenant with Abraham; submitting to circumcision of the flesh. After Jesus’ ascension, called out gentiles became spiritual Israelites through believing IN; submitting to baptism, giving up their idols and turning to God’s Way: including His Sabbath.

     (Exodus 16:6-8; Moses and Aaron said to all the Israelites, “In the evening you will know that the Lord has brought you out of the land of Egypt, and in the morning you will see the glory of the Lord, because He has heard your murmurings against the Lord. As for us, what are we, that you should murmur against us?” Moses said, “You will know this when the Lord gives you meat to eat in the evening and bread in the morning to satisfy you, because the Lord has heard your murmurings that you are murmuring against Him. As for us, what are we? Your murmurings are not against us, but against the Lord.” As always study the whole.

     Exodus 16:22-26; And on the sixth day they gathered twice as much food, two omers per person; and all the leaders of the community came and told Moses. He said to them, “This is what the Lord has said: ‘Tomorrow is a time of cessation from work, a holy Sabbath to the Lord. Whatever you want to bake, bake today; whatever you want to boil, boil today; whatever is left put aside for yourselves to be kept until morning.’” (24) So they put it aside until the morning, just as Moses had commanded, and it did not stink, nor were there any worms in it.  Moses said, “Eat it today, for today is a Sabbath to the Lord; today you will not find it in the area. Six days you will gather it, but on the seventh day, the Sabbath, there will not be any.”) Spiritual Israelites need to be careful not to murmur against God’s truth. 

     People accusing Paul of teaching against the law on one hand; accused Paul of changing the Sabbath to the first day on the other hand. Such people don’t know God the Father nor God the Son.

      (Exodus 16:27- “On the seventh day some of the people went out to gather it, but they found nothing. So the Lord said to Moses, “How long do you refuse to obey My commandments and My instructions? See, because the Lord has given you the Sabbath, that is why He is giving you food for two days on the sixth day. Each of you stay where you are; let no one go out of his place on the seventh day.” So the people rested on the seventh day.”) Followers of Jesus are spirit led to understand God’s spiritual intent of the law, including His weekly and annual Sabbaths.

    Worldly religions twist Jesus, His prophets and apostles’ teaching; in part because of stubbornness, in part because of Satan’s deceiving Eve and Adam to think they could be divine beings, knowing what’s right, wrong, good and evil by defying God and eating forbidden fruit. Let’s look at Satan’s lie.

     (Genesis 3:1-5; “Now the serpent was more shrewd than any of the wild animals that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Is it really true that God said, ‘You must not eat from any tree of the orchard’?” The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit from the trees of the orchard; (3) but concerning the fruit of the tree that is in the middle of the orchard God said, ‘You must not eat from it, and you must not touch it, or else you will die.’” The serpent said to the woman, “Surely you will not die, for God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will open and you will be like divine beings who know good and evil.”)

     Let’s pause at this point and put our thinking caps on. Satan is calling God a liar! Suggesting that God wants to hold back knowledge he says; “God knows when you eat you will understand and be like divine beings, knowing good and evil.”

    (Genesis 3:6-7; “When the woman saw that the tree produced fruit that was good for food, was attractive to the eye, and was desirable for making one wise, she took some of its fruit and ate it. She also gave some of it to her husband who was with her, and he ate it. Then the eyes of both of them opened, and they knew they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.”)

     When people yield to the pleasures of sin; desire to be wise from within themselves, rather than looking to God, they become little gods to themselves. This is one of the reasons Jesus taught through Paul; (“Think about the circumstances of your call, brothers and sisters. Not many were wise by human standards, not many were powerful, not many were born to a privileged position. But God chose what the world thinks foolish to shame the wise, and God chose what the world thinks weak to shame the strong. God chose what is low and despised in the world, what is regarded as nothing, to set aside what is regarded as something, so that no one can boast in His presence. He, “God the Father” is the reason you have a relationship with Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification and redemption, so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.” 1Cor 1:26-31)

      (Genesis 3:8-13; “Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God moving about in the orchard at the breezy time of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the orchard. But the Lord God called to the man and said to him, “Where are you?” The man replied, “I heard you moving about in the orchard, and I was afraid because I was naked, so I hid. (11) And the Lord God said, “Who told you that you were naked? Did you eat from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?” (12) The man said, “The woman whom you gave me, she gave me some fruit from the tree and I ate it.” So the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” And the woman replied, “The serpent tricked me, and I ate.”

     (Gen 3:14-15; The Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this,

cursed are you above all the wild beasts and all the living creatures of the field!  On your belly you will crawl and dust you will eat all the days of your life. And I will put hostility between you and the woman and between your offspring and her offspring; her offspring will attack your head, and you will attack her offspring’s heel.”

    (Gen 3:16; To the woman he said, “I will greatly increase your labor pains; with pain you will give birth to children. You will want to control your husband, but he will dominate you.”

     (Gen 3:17-31; But to Adam He said, “Because you obeyed your wife and ate from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat from it,’ cursed is the ground thanks to you; in painful toil you will eat of it all the days of your life. It will produce thorns and thistles for you, but you will eat the grain of the field. By the sweat of your brow you will eat food until you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you will return.”)

      What major worldly religion does not teach some form of Satan’s lie?

      Satan has deceived the whole world into believing that mankind is born immortal. (Teaching when little children die they go straight to heaven.) Teach, “unconverted sinners burn forever in hell” not knowing where the term hell comes from. Some teach immortality amounts to coming back to life in other forms. Some teach to kill infidels amounts to rewards in heaven. When any form of Satan’s lie is believed; “a good portion of Jesus and His Apostle’s teaching have to be ignored in order to support his lie.”

     Many pagans of old; worshiped Baal, other imaginary gods, astrology and carved images. (2Kings 17:16-17; “They abandoned all the commandments of the Lord their God; they made two metal calves and an Asherah pole, bowed down to all the stars in the sky and worshiped Baal. They passed their sons and daughters through the fire, and practiced divination and omen reading. They committed themselves to doing evil in the sight of the Lord and made Him angry.” These Baal worshipers thinking they were born immortal, thought to burn their children sent them to everlasting life; the ultimate sacrifice was to burn their children. Many professing Christians think children dying before an age of accountability go straight to heaven as angels. There are many forms and beliefs about Satan’s immortality lie.

     (THE TRUTH is; “only people begotten by God the Father through God the Son have immortality.” People spiritually fathered, “spiritually born anew” are recipients of eternal life. ONLY these will be in God’s FIRST resurrection! Thus Paul’s words quoted in the previous chapter are believed IN by followers of Jesus. (“My aim is to know Him, to experience the power of His resurrection, to share in His sufferings, and to be like Him in His death, and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead.”) Restudy Paul’s teaching in Hebrews 12: quoted in a previous study.

     Unbelievers from this and previous ages will be in another resurrection, see God’s goodness and will either repent or refuse to believe IN. People never yielding to and believing IN the king of kings will die a second death. (See Revelations 2:11; 20:6; 20:14 & (21:8; “But to the cowards, unbelievers, detestable persons, murderers, the sexually immoral, and those who practice magic spells, idol worshipers, and all those who lie, their place will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur. That is the second death.”)

     (Phil 4:1; “So then, my brothers and sisters, dear friends whom I long to see, my joy and crown, stand in the Lord in this way. Understanding that our citizenship is in heaven and we wait for the Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ.”) Understand, “Believers IN are GIFTED with eternal life, “immortality. Understand; “at the resurrection our bodies will be transformed to one like Jesus’. (Phil 3:19-21)

     (Phil 4:2-7; “I appeal to Euodia and to Syntyche to agree in the Lord. Yes, I say also to you, true companions, help them. They have struggled together in the gospel ministry along with me and Clement and my other coworkers, whose names are in the book of life. Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I say, rejoice! Let everyone see your gentleness. The Lord is near! (6) Do not be anxious about anything. Instead, in every situation, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, tell your requests to God. And the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”)

     Paul believed his co-workers’ salvation was sure. Mature Christians know: “faith in Jesus’ promises are sure, gentleness and the absence of anxiety are their characteristics.”

     (Phil 4:8-9; “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is worthy of respect, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if something is excellent or praiseworthy, think about these things, what you learned, received, heard and saw in me, do. And the God of peace will be with you.”)

     Paul absolutely knew how he stood with his Lord Jesus Christ. He encourages us to prove all things and stand fast in the truth. God’s Word. “as penned originally” is truth.

     (Phil 4:10-23; “I have great joy in the Lord because now at last you have again expressed your concern for me. (Now I know you were concerned before but had no opportunity to do anything.) I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content in any circumstance. (12) I have experienced times of need and times of abundance. In any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of contentment, whether I go satisfied or hungry, have plenty or nothing. I am able to do all things through the One who strengthens me. Nevertheless, you did well to share with me in my trouble. And as you Philippians know, at the beginning of my gospel ministry, when I left Macedonia, no church shared with me in this matter of giving and receiving except you alone. For even in Thessalonica on more than one occasion you sent something for my need. I do not say this because I am seeking a gift. Rather, I seek the credit that abounds to your account. (18) For I have received everything, and I have plenty. I have all I need because I received from Epaphroditus what you sent – a fragrant offering, an acceptable sacrifice, very pleasing to God. And my God will supply your every need according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus. May glory be given to God our Father forever and ever. Amen. Give greetings to all the Saints in Christ Jesus. The brothers with me here send greetings. All the Saints greet you, especially those who belong to Caesar’s household. (23) The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.”)

     May we each be blessed as Paul, who could say; “In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of contentment, whether I go satisfied or hungry, have plenty or nothing. I am able to do all things through the One who strengthens me.”

     These worshipers in Caesar’s household was a church. Likely Caesar’s servants and Jesus’ bondservants. Jesus’ message through Paul sets all Believers IN “Christians” free from this world’s system of things and demonic doctrine that makes it impossible to be made merchandise of.

Ephesians, Philippians, complementary text and commentary, chapter 11

August 10th, 2017

    8/10/17, God’s 5th month, Av 18, 5777, it’s day five until sunset. To 5,256 in resident churches and individuals God is making temples of His Holy Spirit.

     Jesus’ Apostle’s letters to the churches are about living God’s Way through Jesus‘ faith imputed to our minds. Keeping His commandments in their spiritual intent of the law requires a circumcision of the heart: that is, “loving one another.” Jesus His prophets and apostles emphasizes “eternal life is gifted to the obedient.“ Jesus’ brother “Jude particularly” emphasizes; “people contributing to the apostates are in danger.” (re-read Phil 3:19-21) Knowing he was gifted with eternal life, Paul did not fear death but looked forward to it and his body’s transformation at the first resurrection.

     Consider the goodness and purpose of God’s law and oracles. (Oracle? (1) Source of wisdom: somebody or something considered to be a source of knowledge, wisdom, or prophecy. (2). Wise saying: a wise or prophetic statement ) Let’s consider Jesus’ apostle Paul’s partial conclusion and to whom God’s oracles are entrusted.

     (Romans 3:1-2; “Therefore what advantage does the Jew have, or what is the value of circumcision? (2) Actually, there are many advantages. First of all, the Jews were entrusted with the oracles of God.”

     Remember God dispersed the Israelites to bondage under harsh gentile rulers because of their spiritual adultery. (2Kings 17:7-12; “This happened because the Israelites sinned against the Lord their God, who brought them up from the land of Egypt and freed them from the power of Pharaoh king of Egypt. They worshiped other gods; they observed the practices of the nations whom the Lord had driven out from before Israel, and followed the example of the kings of Israel. The Israelites said things about the Lord their God that were not right. They built high places in all their cities, from the watchtower to the fortress. They set up sacred pillars and Asherah poles on every high hill and under every green tree. (11) They burned incense on all the high places just like the nations whom the Lord had driven away from before them. Their evil practices made the Lord angry. They worshiped the disgusting idols in blatant disregard of the Lord’s command.”)

     (Much later some Judeans were allowed to return and rebuild under Roman authority.)  

     (Romans 3:3-4; “What then? If some, ‘Israelites’ did not believe, does their unbelief nullify the faithfulness of God? Absolutely not! Let God be proven true, and every human being shown up as a liar, just as it is written: “so that you will be justified7 in your words and will prevail when you are judged.”)

      We will be judged according to our deeds by our righteous God. People’s unbelief doesn’t nullify God’s planning.

      (Rom 3:5-8; “But if our unrighteousness demonstrates the righteousness of God, what shall we say? The God who inflicts wrath is not unrighteous, is He? (I am speaking in human terms.) Absolutely not! For otherwise how could God judge the world? For if by my lie the truth of God enhances His glory, why am I still actually being judged as a sinner? (8) And why not say, “Let us do evil so that good may come of it”? – as some who slander us, allege that we say. (Their condemnation is deserved!)

     Even in this latter age many allege that Paul taught, “doing away with God’s law.” Paul agreed with John; “knowing the law reveals and defines sin from God’s view.” 

     (1John 3:4-5; “Everyone who practices sin also practices lawlessness; indeed, sin is lawlessness. And you know that Jesus was revealed to take away sins, and in Him there is no sin.”) As always study the whole. When Jesus is revealed to our minds and we turn from the ways that seemed right to our fleshy minds, to His Way; He fathers us, making us members of His kingdom.

     (1John 1:7-2:2; “But if we walk in the light as He Himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say we do not bear the guilt of sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. But if we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous, forgiving us our sins and cleansing us from all unrighteousness. (10) If we say we have not sinned, we make Him a liar and His word is not in us. (2:1-2; (My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin.) But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous One, and He Himself is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for our sins but also for the whole world.”)

   Condemnation of this sin laden world.

     (Romans 3:9-18; “What then? Are we better off? Certainly not, for we have already charged that Jews and Greeks alike are all under sin, just as it is written: “There is no one righteous, not even one, there is no one who understands, there is no one who seeks God. (12) All have turned away, together they have become worthless; there is no one who shows kindness, not even one.” “Their throats are open graves, they deceive with their tongues, the poison of asps is under their lips.” (quote from Psalms 5:9 and 140:3)“Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness.” “Their feet are swift to shed blood, ruin and misery are in their paths, and the way of peace they have not known. 

(Verses 15-17 is quoted from Isaiah 59:7-8) (18) “There is no fear of God before their eyes.” Quote from Psalms 36:1)

      Without God’s gifted Holy Spirit each individual fulfills the above sin characteristics defined by Paul.

   Unconverted people are under the law, Paul is writing to followers of Jesus who have the spirit of the law imputed to their minds: thus aren’t under the letter of the law.  

     (Rom 3:19-20; “Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced and the whole world may be held accountable to God. (20) For no one is declared righteous before Him by the works of the law, for through the law comes the knowledge of sin.”

     Sin is defined by God’s law. God’s view on the subject is all that matters.

      (Rom 3:21-23; “But now apart from the law the righteousness of God (which is attested by the law and the prophets) has been disclosed – namely, the righteousness of God through the faithfulness of Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”) Not only does the law define sin; “ignoring Jesus’ righteousness obedient faithfulness is sin.” 

      (Rom 3:24-26; But they, ‘followers of Jesus’ are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. (HOW SO?) God publicly displayed Him at His death as the mercy seat accessible through faith. This was to demonstrate His righteousness, because God in His forbearance had passed over the sins previously committed. (26) This was also to demonstrate His righteousness in the present time, so that He would be just and the Justifier of the one who lives because of Jesus’ faithfulness.”)

     Jesus is assessable through believing IN faith. The mercy seat in God’s temple looked forward to Jesus’ passing over our sins. Living because of Jesus’ faithfulness is to live as being “clothed with and baptized ‘immersed’ in Jesus.” If redeemed by God the Father through God the Son, where is boasting?

      (Rom 3:27-31; “Where, then, is boasting? It is excluded! By what principle? Of works? No, but by the principle of faith! For we consider that a person is declared righteous by faith apart from the works of the law. Or is God the God of the Jews only? Is He not the God of the Gentiles too? Yes, of the Gentiles too! (30) Since God is One, He will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through faith. Do we then nullify the law through faith? Absolutely not! Instead we uphold the law.”

   What Law?

   (Exodus 15:26; He said, “If you will diligently obey the Lord your God, and do what is right in His sight, and pay attention to His commandments, and keep all His statutes, then all the diseases that I brought on the Egyptians I will not bring on you, for I, the Lord, am your healer.”) God’s commandments.

   1. Exodus 20::3 “You shall have no other gods before Me.

   Our God is that which we yield to, love; tells us what’s right, wrong, good and evil.

   2.  (4-6; “You shall not make for yourself a carved image or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above or that is on the earth beneath or that is in the water below. You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I, the Lord, your God, am a jealous God, responding to the transgression of fathers by dealing with children to the third and fourth generations of those who reject Me, and showing covenant faithfulness to a thousand generations of those who love Me and keep My commandments.

   Making images for reminders or any purpose takes away from genuine worship and either shows disregard or ignorance.  

   3.  (7 “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold guiltless anyone who takes Making images for reminders or any purpose takes away from genuine worship and either shows disregard or ignorance.  

   God is holy, His name is holy: using any form of God’s name in slang form or habitually demonstrates either disrespect, ignorance or both.

   4.  (8-11; Remember the Sabbath day to set it apart as holy. For six days you may labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God; on it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, or your male servant, or your female servant, or your cattle, or the resident foreigner who is in your gates. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth and the sea and all that is in them, and He rested on the seventh day; therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and set it apart as holy. (The first four tell unbelievers particularly, how to love God and the last six tell unbelievers particularly how to love their neighbor. When blessed with God’s fathering, “His Holy Spirit” we have the love of God spread abroad in our being and don’t need the written law to tell us how. However elementary children and unbelievers need the law.”)

   God made the seventh day holy for our good and His purpose, saying; “The Sabbath is made for man, not man for the Sabbath. All God’s laws and oracles are for our good.

   5.  (12; “Honor your father and your mother, that you may live a long time in the land the Lord your God is giving to you.

   Honoring parents is the first commandment with promise.

   6.  (13 “You shall not murder.

   Murder is generally an action of hatred. When the Holy Spirit resides in us, we may love an enemy less by comparison, but we love our enemies because when we were God’s enemy He loved us.    

   7.  (14; “You shall not commit adultery.

    Don’t commit physical or spiritual adultery. The pledge of oneness to a spouse has a parallel component for Christians, being at one with God.

   8.  (15; “You shall not steal.

   Stealing is thievery of property or wasting time in which we are paid to accomplish work

   9.  (16; “You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.

    Giving false testimony is lying.

   10. (17; “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that belongs to your neighbor.”

   Coveting things belonging to another parallels lustfulness.

      Followers of Jesus are called to overcome the fleshly nature inherited from Adam.

      Revelations 21:7-8; “The one who conquers ‘overcomes’ will inherit these things, and I will be his God and he will be My son. (But to the cowards, unbelievers, detestable persons, murderers, the sexually immoral, and those who practice magic spells, idol worshipers, and all those who lie, their place will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur. That is the second death.”)

      God’s loving purpose for making mankind in His image is to produce offspring. Add to the family of God, “His church.” That required our Creator “the life giver‘s” blood sacrifice because of sin. Jesus’ death nullified the old covenant with Israel and made possible the new “mystery to the world” covenant, “namely God in us and we in God.” 

Ephesians Philippians, complementary text and commentary, chapter 10

August 8th, 2017

    8/8/17, God’s 5th month, Av 16, 5777, it’s day three until sunset. To 5,230 in resident churches and individuals God is making temples of His Holy Spirit.

    Last study we revealed God’s revelations regarding knowing faith and Hebrews 11:1-3, that teaches “faith is evidence of things hoped for.” On the cases of instant healings we looked at: “it’s likely that Peter and John had hope before Jesus gave them evidence.” Regardless they were gifted with “knowing faith.” So; what about hope faith?

       (Matthew 6:5-9; “Whenever you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, because they love to pray while standing in synagogues and on street corners so that people can see them. Truly I say to you, they have their reward. But whenever you pray, go into your room, close the door, and pray to your Father in secret. And your Father, who sees in secret, will reward you. (7) When you pray, do not babble repetitiously like the Gentiles, because they think that by their many words they will be heard. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him. So pray this way:

 (“Our Father in heaven, may your name be honored, may your kingdom come,

 may your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

    Give us today our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we ourselves

have forgiven our debtors.

  And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.

   “For if you forgive others their sins, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.

 But if you do not forgive others, your Father will not forgive you your sins.”)

    Jesus makes no mention of needing evidence in His sample hope prayer, but much is revealed. Seven is God’s number for perfection: see the seven parts below.

1: May our father’s name, ‘nature’ be honored. Consider how an ambassador represents his country. Not only does he go in the name of his country, he must represent the nature of his country. We must know and honor the nature of our Creator.

2; We must believe IN the coming of Jesus’ kingdom on earth and be gifted with a desire that His kingdom soon come.

3: We must desire God’s will; believing His will is superior to our self serving hopes.

4; We must believe God is our provider and ask Him for provisions.

5. We need to have already forgiven those indebted to us, in order to expect God’s forgiveness.

6; We need to ask and know “God can lead us from temptations and deliver us from Satan’s way.

7; If we aren’t willing to forgive others; we shouldn’t expect God’s forgiveness.      

     Worldly fleshly religions are little more than superstitions. Folks teaching a “name it and claim it doctrine” are practicing superstition. People spreading ideas about receiving blessings by saying AMEN to their supposition; within a certain time frame are practicing superstition.

     When faithfully believing IN the God of Abraham as He manifest Himself to be in the holy scriptures and pray in the nature of Jesus; “we can know our faith prayer saves.” Followers of Jesus know that, “God knows our needs better than we do and as such we rely on His will when we ask for something. To pray to a Jesus of one’s imagination, “without understanding His deity would be like praying to an Asherah pole. (See 2Kings 17:10-12) 

    (John 15:5-8; “I am the Vine; you ‘followers of Me’ are the branches. The one who remains in Me – and I in him – bears much fruit, because apart from Me you can accomplish nothing. (6) If anyone does not remain in Me, he is thrown out like a branch, and dries up; and such branches are gathered up and thrown into the fire, and are burned up. If you remain in Me and My words remain in you, ask whatever you want, and it will be done for you. My Father is honored by this, that you bear much fruit and show that you are My disciples.”)

      Hope prayer revolves around God knowing our needs and our NOT desiring what may contribute to temptations.

 Examining Ourselves is commanded.

      Individually ask; “what Godly standards have we attained to?” Jesus’ perfection had it’s hold on Paul and he understood the need for clinging to the Vine. If we stay true to our calling; “God will reveal the error of our ways and grant repentance.”

     After His resurrection Jesus joined some disciples who were discussing what had happen in Jerusalem. Jesus then revealed the prophets writing about Himself.

     (Luke 24:42-49: “So they gave Jesus a piece of broiled fish and He took it and ate it in front of them. Then Jesus said to them, “These are My words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about Me in the law of Moses and the prophets and the psalms must be fulfilled.” Then Jesus opened their minds so they could understand the scriptures, and said to them, “Thus it stands written that the Christ would suffer and would rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance for the forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed in His name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. And look, I am sending you what My Father promised. But stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.”) Less than fifty days later, Jesus’ followers received what His Father promised on that Pentecost.

     After Jesus’ apostles asked and Jesus explained why He spoke in parables, He gave His apostles another parable. They may not have understood it until after Jesus’ resurrection when He opened their minds to understand the scriptures.

     (Matt 13:18-23; “So listen to the parable of the sower: When anyone hears the word about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one “Satan” comes and snatches what was sown in his heart; this is the seed sown along the path. (20) The seed sown on rocky ground is the person who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy. But he has no root in himself and does not endure; when trouble or persecution comes because of the word, immediately he falls away. (22) The seed sown among thorns is the person who hears the word, but worldly cares and the seductiveness of wealth choke the word, so it produces nothing. (23) But as for the seed sown on good soil, this is the person who hears the word and understands. He bears fruit, yielding a hundred, sixty, or thirty times what was sown.”)

      Some might think, “only the people described in verse 23 are called.” Let’s not be dogmatic, “we need hope faith that God will reveal the error of our ways when we ask.” Pray to be gifted with a spiritual mind that waits on God’s revelations, rather than following a denominational doctrine of choice. After Paul explained that his hold was on Jesus, he recommends that we imitate him.

     (Phil 3:17-18; “Be imitators of me, brothers and sisters, and watch carefully those who are living this way, just as you have us as an example. (18) For many live, about whom I have often told you, and now, with tears, I tell you that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ.”) All who teach Jesus, aren’t followers of Him. Jesus says through Isaiah, at verse 20, below, “To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.”

     (Isaiah 8:11-22; ““For the LORD spoke thus to me with a strong hand, and instructed me that I should not walk “practice living” in the way of this people, saying, “Say you not, A confederacy, to all them to whom this people shall say, A confederacy; neither fear you their fear, nor be afraid.” Sanctify “set aside” the LORD of hosts Himself; and let Him be your fear, and let Him be your dread.” (14) And He shall be for a sanctuary; but for a stone of stumbling and for a rock of offence to both the houses of Israel, for a gin and for a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem. And many among them shall stumble, and fall, and be broken, and be snared, and be taken. (16) Bind up the testimony, seal the law among My disciples. And I will wait upon the LORD, that hides His face from the house of Jacob, and I will look for Him. (18) Behold, I and the children whom the LORD has given Me are for signs and for wonders in Israel from the LORD of hosts, which dwells in mount Zion. (19) And when they shall say unto you, Seek unto them that have familiar spirits, and unto wizards that peep, and that mutter: should not a people seek unto their God? for the living to the dead? (20) To the law and to the testimony: if they speak NOT according to THIS WORD, it is because there is NO light in them. (21) And they shall pass through it, hardly bestead and hungry: and it shall come to pass, that when they shall be hungry, they shall fret themselves, and curse their king and their God, and look upward. And they shall look unto the earth; and behold trouble and darkness, dimness of anguish; and they shall be driven to darkness.)

     Compare Jesus prophetic words through Isaiah with Jesus’ prayer for we Believers IN.

     (John 17:9-17; I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which You have given Me; for they are Yours. And all mine are Yours, and Yours are mine; and I am glorified in them. And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to You. Holy Father, keep through Your own name those whom You have given Me, that they may be ONE AS WE ARE. (12) While I was with them in the world, I kept them in Your name: those that You gave Me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled. (13) And now come I to You; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have My joy fulfilled in themselves. I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them, because they are NOT OF THE WORLD, even as I am not of the world. (15) I pray NOT that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil. (16) They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. (17) Sanctify “set apart” them through Your truth: Your word is truth.)

        ARE WE NOT of the world when we practice the things societies of the world practice? It’s Jesus’ MESSAGE we need to know and understand, not a denominational doctrine, not some revered personality and NOT a traditional pagan mix with His Word!

     (Phil 3:19-21; “Their end is destruction, their god is the belly, they exult in their shame, and they think about earthly things. But our citizenship is in heaven – and we also await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will TRANSFORM these humble BODIES of ours into the LIKENESS OF HIS glorious body by means of that power by which He “Jesus” is able to subject all things to Himself.”)

     Paul looked forward to the spiritual gain in death and the transformation of his body at the resurrection. People contributing to the apostate will be destroyed, if they don’t repent.

Ephesians, Philippianes, complementary text and commentary, chapter 9

August 7th, 2017

    8/7/17, God’s 5th month, Av 15, 5777, it’s day two until sunset. To 5,215 in resident churches and individuals God is making temples of His Holy Spirit.

       There are many examples of knowing faith in the Holy Scriptures. All through His apostles were to make known Jesus’ faith working in them. Notably at Acts 3:1-9; “A lame man at the Beautiful Gate was asking for money when Peter and John came by. Peter said to the man, “we have no money but what we have we give you.” In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, stand up and walk!” Then Peter took hold of him by the right hand and raised him up and at once the man’s feet and ankles were made strong.” Obviously, Peter and John had advance knowing faith that Jesus was going to heal.

       Another time Peter found a man named Aeneas who was paralyzed, confined to bed eight years. Peter said to him; “Jesus the Christ heals you. Get up and make your own bed!” And immediately he got up. Many turned to the Lord.” Acts 9:34-35. Jesus had revealed His intent and through knowing believing IN faith Peter acted.

      Again, a Believer named Tabitha, “meaning Dorcas” died. When it was heard that Peter was in Joppa, he was sent for. When Peter arrived he knelt down and prayed. Turning to the body, he said, “Tabitha, get up.” Then she opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter, she sat up. He gave her his hand and helped her get up. Then he called the Saints and widows and presented her alive.” Acts 9:36-43. In each of these cases and others; Jesus miraculously gave advance knowing faith and many turned afterward.

      Since apostolic times, Jesus calls people through various means, revealing Himself, opens minds to understand the scripture, commanding to prove all things and hold to what is good. On Jesus’ second appearance to His apostles in an upper locked room and Thomas present, Jesus showed the doubter His hands and side, afterward Thomas said; “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen Me? Blessed are the people who have not seen and yet have believed.” John 20:28.

      Even worldly logic teaches, “majorities with diverse views aren’t true servants of God. If so, it would mean that God is divided; which would go against every principle laid down by Jesus, His prophets and apostles. Jesus teaches that His follows aren’t divided, but spirit led to discern His truths. Which is; “He miraculously opens minds to understand the scriptures and the simplicities of His Way.” He gifts us to understand, “God has a purpose in making us in His spiritual image and members of His family.” To understand the scriptures that teach, “immortality is an predestined inherited gift.” Not only do the gifted believe IN Jesus’ teachings, “but know His church family is founded on the prophets, apostles with Jesus being the Corner Stone.” Thus we aren’t ashamed to practice His Way and separating from a divided society of demonically led people.

  Spiritual magnification of the law.

     (Galatians 3:23-29; “Now before “Jesus’ gifted” faith came we were held in custody under the law, being kept as prisoners until the coming faith would be revealed.” (Until Jesus’ gifted faith is revealed people need to be kept under the law, for societal good.)

(3:24; “Thus the law had become our guardian until Christ, so that we could be declared righteous by “His” faith.” (Jesus’ gifted revealed faith in us, makes us understand His love, be AT ONE with Him, yield to His Way, thus spirit led to love His law .)

(3:25-26; “But now that ’Jesus’’ faith has come, ‘to us individually’ we are no longer under a guardian. For in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God through ‘Jesus’’ faith.” (When led to believe IN Jesus, God fathers us with His spirit, making us literal children of God as is Jesus.)

    (3:27; “For all of you who were baptized ‘spiritually immersed’ into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.” (When baptized into and clothed with Christ, He becomes our life and we come to know to whom we belong.)

      (Gal 3:28-29; “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female – for all of you are one in Christ Jesus. And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s descendants, heirs according to the promise.” (Promises to Abraham and his descendents include our reigning with Jesus.)

  Paul faced up to the enemies of Jesus’ good news, revealing erroneous

doctrine’s taught from within people’s fleshly instinctive imaginations.

     (Phil 3:1-2; “Finally, my brothers and sisters, rejoice in the Lord! To write this again is no trouble to me and it is a safeguard for you. Beware of the dogs, beware of the evil workers, beware of those who mutilate the flesh!”) Jesus characterized unbelievers as dogs.

      (Mark 7:25-28; “For a certain woman, whose young daughter had an unclean spirit, heard of Jesus and came and fell at His feet: The woman was a Greek, a Syrophenician by nation; and she besought Jesus that He would cast the devil out of her daughter. (27) But Jesus said unto her, “Let the children first be filled: for it is not meet to take the children’s bread, and to cast it unto the dogs.” And she answered and said unto Him, Yes, Lord: “yet the dogs under the table eat of the children’s crumbs.”)

     In no way does Jesus’ word indicate a lack of compassion toward unbelievers. He complimenting this lady for her faith and when she returned home, she found her daughter completely healed. People mutilating and marking their flesh to demonstrated one’s status, belief or faith is not new. Before the new covenant, Israelites were considered “the circumcision.” Today followers of Jesus are the circumcision.

      (Phil 3:3-6; “For we “Christians” are the circumcision, the ones who worship by the Spirit of God, exult in Christ Jesus and do not rely on human credentials – though mine too are significant. If someone thinks he has good reasons to put confidence in human credentials, I have more: I was circumcised on the eighth day, from the people of Israel and the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews. I lived according to the law as a Pharisee. In my zeal for God I persecuted the church. According to the righteousness stipulated in the law I was blameless.”)

     Paul had been a Pharisee religious do-gooder in his previous way of thinking, “he kept the law precisely as pleasing to God under the law.” Some twisting Jesus’ good news were boasting of their credentials and being theologically trained; as people do today. Even under the law, physical circumcision pictured or looked forward to spiritually being circumcision of the heart.

     Christians are heirs with Abraham: “Christians are God’s circumcision, worshiping God in spirit and truth; exulted in Christ Jesus.” The Galatians, Philippians and called Christians today; contend with false teachers that hinder understanding. Deceived workers boast of their education and heritage to persuade the naïve; boast of their education, not understanding that spiritual comprehension is by revelation. Paul did not consider his credentials as assets, but liabilities in the teaching of Jesus’ good news.

      (Phil 3:7; “But these assets, I have come to regard as liabilities because of Christ.”)

      Paul’s knowing the law and having been a strict law keeper, ‘discovered that his previous training was a hindrance to faith.” How so? The merits of being obedient to God’s commandments must be met with God’s spiritual intent. When Paul’s old nature was revealed, “he understood the old nature was prone to be a source of pride about doing stuff. God’s Spirit in us compliments the law of love. Paul explains.

      (Phil 3:8-9; “More than that, I now regard all things as liabilities compared to the far greater value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things – indeed, I regard them as dung! – that I may gain Christ, and be found in Him, not because I have my own righteousness derived from the law, but because I have the righteousness that comes by way of Christ’s faithfulness – a righteousness from God that is in fact based on Christ’s faithfulness.’)

      The hope and knowing faith Jesus and Paul teach isn’t a faith be conjured up. It’s Jesus’ gifted imputed faith to our minds. It’s Believer IN faith we must rely on. Not our own; but Jesus’ promise of His Spirit gifted faith. Faith evidence that the scriptures have been opened to our understanding. (Consider Hebrews 11:1-3; “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by faith the elders obtained a good report. Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.)

      Believers IN are blessed with knowing faith that God created. We look about and note that this universe has order that must be sustained. We note God’s “kind after kind” law and recognize His goodness in all things.

      (Phil 3:10-11; “My aim is to know Him, to experience the power of His resurrection, to share in His sufferings and to be like Him in His death and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead.” )

      How do we balance Paul’s teaching regarding a Christian’s death? (At Philippians 1:20; Paul said; “For me to live is Christ, to die is gain.” Above Paul emphasizes his desire to attain to the resurrection from the dead.) Jesus and Paul taught that Believers IN Jesus are gifted with eternal life. Thus death a gain! Jesus and each apostle taught, “Believers IN Jesus would be in the first resurrection.” (study 1 Corinthians 15:)

      Jesus, His prophets and apostles taught that Abraham was yet to receive all the promises made to him and that Believers IN were heirs with Abraham. PERHAPS Paul’s teaching regarding our worshiping God in New Covenant fashion as he wrote in Hebrews 12:18-29; will help.

       The Israelites wanted a go between to teach them God’s Way. They did not want to hear God directly, for they said; “less we all die.” They ask Moses to be their spokesman. Today, through His Spirit and by His Word, God speaks directly to individuals. Through “The Word - Jesus.” We need not be frightened to hear His teaching as were the Israelites of old; nor when we go to God in prayer.

     (Heb 12:18-29 “For you, ‘followers of Jesus’ are not come unto the mount that might be touched and that burned with fire, nor unto blackness, and darkness, and tempest, And the sound of a trumpet, and the voice of words; which voice they “the Israelites” that heard entreated “Mosses” that the word should not be spoken to them any more: (20) (For they could not endure that which was commanded, And if so much as a beast touch the mountain, it shall be stoned, or thrust through with a dart: And so terrible was the sight, that Moses said, I exceedingly fear and quake:)

     (22; But you “Christians - followers of Jesus” ARE COME unto mount Zion, and unto the city of the living God, the HEAVENLY Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, to the general assembly and CHURCH OF THE FIRST BORN, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect, And to Jesus the MEDIATOR of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaks better things than that of Abel.

     (23-27; See that you refuse not Him “Jesus” that speaks. For if they escaped not who refused Him that spoke on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from Him that speaks from heaven: Whose voice then shook the earth: but now He has promised, saying, “Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven.” And this word, Yet once more, signifies the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which CANNOT be shaken may remain.

      (28; Wherefore we ‘Christians -followers of Jesus’ receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear: For our God is a consuming fire.”)

     (Jesus’ apostles and Believers IN have faith in Jesus’ calling, “know we’re gifted to believe IN and have the scriptures opened to our understanding.” Evidence that we have been gifted with eternal life. Paul had faith that at his death he too would join the, ““innumerable company of angels, the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven; God the Judge of all, the spirits of just men made perfect, And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant.””)

      Paul understood the promises to Abraham, “in whom he was joint heir with” was a reality. That overcoming his inherited from Adam sin nature was commanded.

      (Phil 3:12-16; “Not that I have already attained this – that is, I have not already been perfected – but I strive to lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus also laid hold of me. (13) Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself to have attained this. Instead I am single-minded: Forgetting the things that are behind and reaching out for the things that are ahead, with this goal in mind, I strive toward the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. (15) Therefore let those of us who are “perfect” embrace this point of view. If you think otherwise, God will reveal to you the ERROR of your ways. (16) Nevertheless, let us live up to the standard that we have already attained.)

      Paul was gifted to understand that he had not yet been perfected; that overcoming to the end was commanded. Verse fifteen should give pause to the view, “once saved always saved doctrine.” True; once fathered, “begotten by God and gifted with His holy spirit” He can certainly keep us. However loving Him and His Way leads us to strive for, attain to, Jesus’ perfection.

Ephesians, Philippians, omplementary text and commentary, chapter 8

August 5th, 2017

    8/5/17, God’s 5th month, Av 12, 5777, it’s the Sabbath until sunset. To 5,191 in resident churches and individuals God is making temples of His Holy Spirit.

      (1Corinthians 14:33; “for God is not characterized by disorder but by peace.”) So who is the author of disorder and division? (2Cor 4:4; “among whom the god of this age has blinded the minds of those who do not believe.”) How did Satan become the god of this age? When people don’t want to believe IN and obey our Creator; they choose an alternate. To choose not to believe IN the God of Noah and Abraham, idolatry is all that’s left. God blames this world’s divisionary confusion on Satan. God isn’t about disorder but peace.

     Jesus the Son of God Creator and Spokesman at the recreation of this earth was sent by the authority of God the Father to die “shed His blood” for the remission of this world’s sins. Jesus’ coming, His deeds and sacrifice was preplanned from the foundation of the world. See John 10:15-18.

     (Phil 2:1-2; “Therefore, if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort provided by love, any fellowship in the Spirit, any affection or mercy, complete my joy and be of the same mind, by having the same love, being united in spirit, and having one purpose.”)

      When individuals are led of the Holy Spirit they grow in the grace and knowledge of God. Godly LOVE produces a oneness of mental and spiritual comfort. (The fruit, “result” of God’s gifted spirit in us is: “love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.” Gal 5:22-23.)

      (Phil 2:3-8; “Instead of being motivated by selfish ambition or vanity, each of you should, in humility, be moved to treat one another as more important than yourself. (4) Each of you should be concerned not only about your own interests, but about the interests of others as well. You should have the same attitude toward one another that Christ Jesus had, (6) who though he existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be grasped, but emptied himself by taking on the form of a slave, by looking like other men, and by sharing in human nature. (8) Jesus humbled Himself, by becoming obedient to the point of death– even death on a cross!”)

      Consider too, the King James translation which reads; (“Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus. Who being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: but made of Himself no reputation and took upon Him the form of a servant and was made in the likeness of men: and being found fashioned as a man He humbled Himself and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.”)

     The Son of God’s human life, deeds, sacrifice, resurrection, ascension; His return and commissioning His apostles was all preplanned. His future return as King of Kings, to reward righteousness and destroy evil is preplanned from the foundation of the world.

     Jesus was the Lord God communicating with Noah in the building of the ark and miraculously caused the numbers of clean and unclean animals to enter for saving.

     (Genesis  7:2-4; “You must take with you seven of every kind of clean animal, the male and its mate, two of every kind of unclean animal, the male and its mate, and also seven of every kind of bird in the sky, male and female, to preserve their offspring on the face of the earth. For in seven days I will cause it to rain on the earth for forty days and forty nights, and I will wipe from the face of the ground every living thing that I have made.”) See John 1:1-5, Colossians 1:15-20 and Hebrews 1; to discern Jesus’ deity. To serve Jesus we must understand His communications with Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and His apostles. After Jesus’ millennial rule on earth New Jerusalem is going to come down with it’s twelve gates named for the twelve tribes of Israel and it’s twelve foundations named for the twelve apostles of the Lamb.

     Unbelievers can’t be motivated to trust “except through God’s choosing and calling.” That is, to practice their living by the standard of Godly Love, Jesus and His apostles prescribes. Until God miraculously changes an individual’s outlook, their instinctive motivation is concern for self, mine and ours. (Meaning, love of self, my family, my kind and associates. To love people of differing beliefs, nationalities and even an enemy as Jesus and His apostles prescribed, requires a nature change.)

     A gifted change in our nature is the mystery of Jesus’ good news. God’s prescription laid out from the re-creation foundation of the world, to make individuals His literal children. Making people AT ONE with Himself. Thus, Believing IN God as He manifest Himself to be requires His revealing Himself. (Some unbelievers believe there is a God likened to their personal view of His characteristics.) To believe IN, is to know Him, and that requires our believing IN God as He revealed Himself to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses and Jesus’ apostles. (Believers IN are led to love and practice His Way and spiritually remove themselves from the ways of this demonic world.)

     Believing IN starts with a supernatural calling, a gifted opening of the mind to know and love God as He reveals Himself to be. That result? A changed outlook from the inherited from Adam’s nature to God’s gifted nature “mindset” likened to Jesus’. Only then does it becomes apparent that Satan desires, “harm to people.” A miraculous change in our nature requires God’s fathering, “a rebirth from the old nature.” Only then can we love as Jesus and His apostles prescribes. Only then are we gifted with a desire to love God’s Way, as revealed in His holy Word. Otherwise we could boast about our own works. Jesus explains.

     (John 15:19-20; “If you were of the world, the world would love his own: but because you are not of the world, but I have CHOSEN you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. Remember the Word that I said unto you, “The servant is not greater than his lord.” If they have persecuted Me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept My saying, they will keep yours also.”) Spiritual understanding is gifted to those God chooses. It’s a gifted mind set that desires to be AT ONE with God the Father and God the Son. Our Creator preplanned it all when He re-created this earth, Adam and Eve.

     (Phil 2:9-11; “As a result God “the Father” exalted “God the Son” Jesus and gave Him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow – in heaven and on earth and under the earth – and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.”)

      Jesus is the Christian’s mentor, Savior and Shepherd. Thus, Paul goes on to teach the Philippians and all Christians what we should be striving for.

     (Phil 2:12-13; “So then, my dear friends, just as you have always obeyed, not only in my presence but even more in my absence, continue working out your salvation with awe and reverence, for the one BRINGING FORTH in you BOTH the DESIRE and the EFFORT – for the sake of HIS GOOD PLEASURE – is God.”)

     Being led to believe IN Jesus is gifted and the desire to obey is gifted. Knowing that Jesus loves us and wants what’s best for us is gifted. Paul as Jesus’ ambassador and apostle could say, “obey not only in my presence but more in my absence.” NOW each Christian’s responsible to prove, “work out our own salvation.” (“Letting God be true, though every other person a liar.” see Rom 3:4) WHO should we credit for our understanding? “The One bringing forth in us, the desire and effort - for HIS good pleasure is God!” Any other way would be of our own doing, not by grace!

     (Phil 2:14-16; “Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may be blameless and pure, children of God without blemish though you live in a crooked and perverse society, in which you shine as lights in the world by holding on to the Word of Life so that on the day of Christ, I will have a reason to boast that I did not run in vain nor labor in vain.”)

     Societies were no different in the apostle’s days than in this age. Current societies think of themselves as advanced from previous ones and certain kinds of knowledge have increased just as Jesus prophesied through Daniel. However knowledge of our Creator God among worldly religions has decreased. Every age is a crooked and perverse society. WHY so? God is allowing Satan to be the god of this world and allowing man to go the way that seems right to his inherited from Adam nature.

     (Phil 2:17-18; “But even if I am being poured out like a drink offering on the sacrifice and service of your faith, I am glad and rejoice together with all of you. And in the same way you also should be glad and rejoice together with me.”)

     Remember Jesus’ words to Ananias in Damascus regarding Paul? Jesus said, “Go your way: for he is a chosen vessel unto Me, to bear My name before the Gentiles, kings and the children of Israel: for I will show him how great things he must suffer for My name’s sake.” Paul truly poured himself out to God’s chosen people and Jesus’ calling.

     Timothy was also a chosen servant; he was with Paul when Philippians was being written. He was Paul’s assistant, sometimes secretary or scribe as was Mark. Several copies of Paul’s letters were likely made and delivered to various church groups. Epaphroditus delivered this letter to the Philippians.

      (Phil 2:19-29; “Now I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you soon, so that I too may be encouraged by hearing news about you. For there is no one here like him who will readily demonstrate his deep concern for you. (21) Others are busy with their own concerns, not those of Jesus Christ. But you know Timothy’s qualifications, that like a son working with his father, he served with me in advancing the gospel. So I hope to send him as soon as I know more about my situation, though I am confident in the Lord that I too will be coming to see you soon. (25) But for now I have considered it necessary to send Epaphroditus to you. For he is my brother, coworker and fellow soldier, your messenger and a minister to me in my need. (26) Indeed, he greatly missed all of you and was distressed because you heard that he had been ill. In fact he became so ill that he nearly died. But God showed mercy to him – and not to him only, but also to me – so that I would not have grief on top of grief. (28) Therefore I am all the more eager to send him, so that when you see him again you can rejoice and I can be free from anxiety. So welcome him in the Lord with great joy, and honor people like him, since it was because of the work of Christ that he almost died. He risked his life so that he could make up for your inability to serve me.”)

     Remember the last instantaneous miraculous healings recorded in the holy scriptures? Jesus healed through Paul on the island of Malta after Paul and company were ship wrecked. First Paul was snake bitten and the superstitious people assumed he was a murderer, when he didn’t die, they assumed he was a god. (Acts 28:3-6) Afterward Paul learned of the island ruler’s daddy being sick with fever and dysentery. “Paul went in to see him and after praying, Paul placed his hands on him and Jesus healed him. After this happened, many of the people on the island who were sick also came and were healed. The people bestowed many honors on Paul and his companions when preparing to sail and gave needed supplies.“ See Acts 28:7-10.

      Paul’s coworker Epaphroditus almost died because of the work of Christ. The time of Jesus’ instantaneous miraculous healings through His apostles seems to have ended at Malta. If Jesus did instantaneous miraculous healings through His apostles or His brothers James and Jude it isn’t recorded in our copies of the holy scriptures.

     People and denominations putting emphasis on healings, tongues and traditions are out of step with Jesus’ good news; “the gospel.” Jesus’ doctrine of love is what must be emphasized. Love as demonstrated to His called out followers, “spiritual Israelites.” Paul explained this in his letter to the Ephesians and all gifted Believers IN.

     (Ephesians 2:11-22; “Therefore remember that formerly you, the Gentiles in the flesh – who are called “un-circumcision” by the so-called “circumcision” that is performed on the body by human hands – that you were at that time without the Messiah, alienated from the citizenship of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who used to be far away have been brought near by “your believing IN” the blood “the life” of Christ. For Jesus is our peace, the One who made both groups “Israelites and gentiles” into one and who destroyed the middle wall of partition, the hostility, when He nullified in His flesh the law of commandments in decrees. He did this to create in Himself one new man out of two, thus making peace, and to reconcile them both in one body to God through the cross, by which the hostility has been killed. And Jesus came and preached peace to you ‘gentiles’ who were far off and peace to those who were near, “Israelites” (18) so that through Jesus we both have access in one Spirit to the Father. (19) So then you are no longer foreigners and non-citizens, but you are fellow citizens with the Saints and members of God’s household, because you “followers of Jesus” have been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus Himself as the cornerstone. In Jesus the whole building, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.”)

     Some of us are likely concerned with our own agenda and pursuits, Jesus’ said; “seek first the kingdom of God.” It’s foolish to ask, “why did not Paul miraculously heal this coworker? Healings done through Jesus apostles were in part to demonstrate their credentials as apostles, “Jesus’ work through them.” Miraculous instant healings, as Jesus personally did and then did through His apostles were for manifestation of who He was and is. Indiscriminant healings showing God’s power and mercy. After Jesus’ ascension, He continued demonstrating His power through His chosen. Remember deacon Stephen? (Study Acts 6 and 7) The likes of Jesus turning water into aged wine, His instantly healing lepers, His physically resurrecting Lazarus after being dead four days and Jesus healing through Peter’s shadow passing over folks making them whole, haven’t been witnessed since that apostolic age, to the best of our knowledge. Genuine HOPE faith is the fruit “result” of believing IN Jesus and asking hopefully.” “Knowing faith is having revealed evidence of God’s will on a matter.” (study Acts 28:)

 

Ephesians, complementary text and commentary, chapter 7

August 1st, 2017

    8/1/17, God’s 5th month, Av 8, 5777, day three until sunset. To 5,134 in resident churches and individuals God is making temples of His Holy Spirit.

      God the Father calls, reveals Himself through Jesus’ life. Revealing that God the Son and God the Father are one in purpose and planning. Jesus’ deeds identify Him God the Creator, re-creator, His death, resurrection, ascension, reappearing and miraculously opening His apostles minds to understand the scriptures are proofs to called Believers IN.

       (Matthew 11:25-30; At that time Jesus said, “I praise You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because You have hidden these things from the wise and intelligent, and revealed them to little children. (26) Yes, Father, for this was your gracious will. All things have been handed over to Me by My Father. (No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son decides to reveal Him.)

     (28-30; Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke on you and learn from Me, because I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy to bear and My load is not hard to carry.”) 

     Spirituality is gifted to whom God the Father and God the Son chooses! Spiritual understanding can’t be conjured up or taught by intellectual means. When we understand these things, we can only boast in the Lord because we know they are gifted.

       (John 10:7-18; So Jesus said to them again, “I tell you the solemn truth, I am the door for the sheep ‘Those being called.’ All who came before Me were thieves and robbers, but the sheep, ‘called out ones’ did not listen to them. I am the door. If anyone enters through Me, he will be saved and will come in and go out, and find pasture.” Being saved to eternal life is only through Jesus!

     Unbelievers‘ agendas are their own. (10-13; The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come so that they may have life, and may have it abundantly. “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep. (12) The hired hand, who is not a shepherd and does not own sheep, sees the wolf coming and abandons the sheep and runs away. So the wolf attacks the sheep and scatters them. Because he is a hired hand and is not concerned about the sheep, he runs away.

     (14-18; “I am the good shepherd. I know My own and My own know Me – just as the Father knows Me and I know the Father – and I lay down My life for the sheep. (16) I have other sheep that do not come from this sheepfold. I must bring them too, and they will listen to My voice, so that there will be one flock and one shepherd. This is why the Father loves Me – because I lay down My life, so that I may take it back again. (18) No one takes it away from Me, but I lay it down of My own free will. I have the authority to lay it down, and I have the authority to take it back again. This commandment I received from My Father.”)

      Through Jesus we know God the Father and only through Jesus is immortality. Only one church and one Shepherd. So what about the many divisionary denominations?

     (John 10:25-39; Jesus replied, “I told you and you do not believe. The deeds I do in My Father’s name testify about Me. (26) But you refuse to believe because you are not My sheep. My sheep listen to My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. I give them eternal life and they will never perish; no one will snatch them from My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all, and no one can snatch them from My Father’s hand. The Father and I are ONE.”)

     Is there a greater idolatry than one trusting his or her own intellect, to discern what’s right, wrong, good and evil? Is doing so attempting to make one’s self a god?      

     Repentance is a turning; a changed outlook. He gives the Holy Spirit, a persevering mind and spiritual power to stay the course. Remember we aren’t the first to be called out to separate from the societies around us. Let’s trust Him spiritually to strengthen us spiritually to live in His freedom among this world’s perverse societies. God foreknew all the natural desires in mankind; “particularly the desire to make gods that can be seen and touched.” (God knew the natural difficulties we would have in maintaining a believing IN faith.) So He planned the mystery of living in His chosen, making each a temple of His spirit. Through the imputation of His Holy Spirit believers IN have the power to turn from gods of the imagination, intellectual thinking that’s prone to revere unscrupulous people, the worship of heavenly bodies or turning to strict rule keeping for salvation.

      Just as God foreknew the outcome of Israel’s turning to paganism after Moses; He knew when the western world would condone a Sodom and Gomorrah mentality. God told Moses how His people would turn to other gods and what would happen afterward.

     (Deuteronomy 31:16-23; “Then the Lord said to Moses, “You are about to die, and then these people will begin to prostitute themselves with the foreign gods of the land into which they are going. They will reject Me and break My covenant that I have made with them. At that time My anger will erupt against them and I will abandon them and hide My face from them until they are devoured. Many disasters and distresses will overcome them so that they will say at that time, ‘Have not these disasters overcome us because our God is not among us?’ But I will certainly hide Myself at that time because of all the wickedness they will have done by turning to other gods. Now write down for yourselves the following song and teach it to the Israelites. Put it into their very mouths so that this song may serve as My witness against the Israelites! For after I have brought them to the land I promised to their ancestors – one flowing with milk and honey – and they eat their fill and become fat, then they will turn to other gods and worship them; they will reject Me and break My covenant. Then when many disasters and distresses overcome them this song will testify against them, for their descendants will not forget it. “I know the intentions they have in mind today, even before I bring them to the land I have promised.” So on that day Moses wrote down this song and taught it to the Israelites, and the Lord commissioned Joshua son of Nun, “Be strong and courageous, for you will take the Israelites to the land I have promised them, and I will be with you.”)

      Prosperous living makes people think themselves smart. All these things happened to God’s chosen people for our learning and examples. When people aren’t led with a strong hand of God’s choosing, they follow demonically led leaders and the inclinations of their fleshly minds. (Thus mankind needs, “a nature change.” (A mind desiring Oneness with God; His gifted revealing spirit which opens understanding, granting Jesus’ faith and persevering minds to stay His course.)

  Jesus’ apostle Paul shared spiritual truth with Timothy.

     (2 Timothy 2:1-13; “So you, my child, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And entrust what you heard me say in the presence of many others as witnesses to faithful people who will be competent to teach others as well. Take your share of suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No one in military service gets entangled in matters of everyday life; otherwise he will not please the one who recruited him. Also, if anyone competes as an athlete, he will not be crowned as the winner unless he competes according to the rules. The farmer who works hard ought to have the first share of the crops. Think about what I am saying and the Lord will give you understanding of all this. (8) Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, a descendant of David; such is my gospel, for which I suffer hardship to the point of imprisonment as a criminal, but God’s message is not imprisoned! So I endure all things for the sake of those chosen by God, that they too may obtain salvation in Christ Jesus and its eternal glory. This saying is trustworthy: (If we died with Jesus, we will also live with Him. If we endure we will also reign with Him. If we deny Him, He will also deny us. If we are unfaithful, He remains faithful, since He cannot deny Himself.”)

     People understanding these truths, need to be sharing them. We may be judged on that principle one day.

     (Eph 6:12; “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”) Popular, powerful denominational leaders and demonic forces are real. Teachers sharing partial truths, play to spiritual darkness in high places. Evil days, Jesus and His apostles spoke of are ahead. Satan will inspire people to enforce his evil schemes.

     (Eph 6:13-16; “Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; (16) Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith you shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.”)

      Believe IN and trust God as did Abraham. Paul said it best in his letter to the Romans in chapter 3:4; (”God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That you might be justified in your sayings, and might overcome when you are judged.”)

     (Eph 6:17-20; “And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all Saints; And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.”)

     Each follower of Jesus should consider themselves His ambassador. The mystery of the gospel is, “God’s spirit in people causing them to be AT ONE with God the Father and God the Son.)

     (Eph 6:21-24; “But that you also may know my affairs, and how I do, Tychicus, a beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord, shall make known to you all things:Whom I have sent unto you for the same purpose, that you might know our affairs, and that he might comfort your hearts. Peace be to the brethren, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. (24) Grace be with all them that love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. Amen. To the Ephesians written from Rome, by Tychicus.”)

     Paul, Peter and John had major roles in canonizing the new testament. May grace be with all, who love God.

     From a fleshly view Paul may have been the most un-liked chosen by Jesus to be one of His selected apostles. Paul’s commission to the non-Israelite populations put him at odds with many Israelites who had problems believing God would make gentiles their equal. (Acts 8:1; tells us that Paul’s consenting to Stephen’s death, was instrumental in persecutions against God’s churches, causing many to scatter through out Judea and Samaria, “except the Apostles.”)

     (Acts 9:3-9; “As Saul “Paul” journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven: And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecute you Me? Saul said, Who are you, Lord? And the Lord said, “I am Jesus whom you persecute: it is hard for you to kick against the pricks.” Saul trembling and astonished said, “Lord, what will you have me to do?” And the Lord said unto him, “Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told you what you must do.” The men which journeyed with Paul stood speechless, hearing a voice, but seeing no man. Saul arose from the earth; when his eyes were opened, he saw no man: but they led him by the hand, and brought him into Damascus. (9) Saul was three days without sight, and neither did eat nor drink.)

     All in God’s master plan. It had been prophesied that the good news first go to the Jews - Israelites. Jesus gave Paul a direct mission telling what to expect because of his calling. Jesus then had a Damascus Believer named Ananias go and anoint Saul, that he receive his sight and told Ananias the following: (“Go your way: for he is a chosen vessel unto Me, to bear My name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel: For I will show him how great things he must suffer for My name’s sake.”) THUS, Paul knew his mission and was blessed with Jesus’ faith to carry it out. (Jesus changed Saul’s name to Paul, which actually means “a lesser one.”) Paul must have been mindful of the meaning because he referred to himself as being the least of the apostles.”  

Ephesians, complementary text and commentary, chapter 6

July 30th, 2017

7/30/17, God’s 5th month, Av 6, 5777, and day one until sunset. To 5,109 in resident churches and individuals God is making temples of His Holy Spirit.

      A few studies back we shared that God doesn’t change. “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, today and forever.” As God planned, so it will be and no one can frustrate His plans. (See Isaiah 14:24-27) We have shared God telling Abraham about certain people groups’ lands being reserved for his heirs because of their sins. Those lands were given to the Israelites after their deliverance from Egypt. We shared God’s destroying Sodom and Gomorrah because of their fleshly sins. God allowing Israelites to be dispersed back among cruel gentile nations because of their disobedience. Now in just a short time, “less than fifty years” we have witnessed so called western nations, USA particularly; turn to the likes of Sodom and Gomorrah. A supreme court twisting the USA’S constitution for beyond what the writers intended. The question all should be thinking about, “when will God say, enough is enough and punish for sinful behavior?

      The above demonstrates the flourishing paganism in the USA. Many of us recently watched the christening of the USS Gerald Ford and was struck by the Navy Chaplain’s so called prayer that purposely “named no deity.” His prayer was apparently to whoever might be listening. Reminded me of words Jesus’ apostle Paul noted to have seen in Ephesus, “to the unknown God.” To which Paul responded by preaching Jesus.       

     (Eph 5:17-21; “Wherefore be you not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is. And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the spirit; Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.”)

      Who is led to seek and find in our inner being, a belief in the God of Abraham? Can a person conjure up a belief IN God, at a time of their choosing? NO, but people can choose practices condoned by God rather than practices designed to honor imaginary gods. People can choose to be good citizens, change habits and worship the god of their imagination. To Believers IN God living at Thessalonica Paul explained.

     (1 Thessalonians 5:17-24; “Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. Quench not the Spirit. Despise not prophesying. PROVE all things; hold fast that which is good. Abstain from all appearance of evil. And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. (24) Faithful is HE that CALLED you, who also will do it.”)

     Once gifted to believe IN and turn to God’s Way, we must depend on Him to lead. Know that God’s truth is consistent throughout, He calls, He chooses, He opens minds and He does it all through our Savior, “Jesus.” God is about order, He is the master Architect and Builder. His plan is to save people, adding to His family; “His church.” All based on His view of love, “which is righteousness, holiness and hatred for all that is evil.” His family order and covenant with His church is likened to His expectation for Godly families.

     (Eph 5:22-31; “Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and He is the savior of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing. Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for it; That He might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the Word, That He might PRESENT it to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loves his wife loves himself. For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourishes and cherishes it, even as the Lord the church: For we, ’followers of Jesus’ are members of His body, of His flesh, and of His bones. (31) For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.”) See Genesis 2:23-24)

     People put in Jesus’ church are “covenantal God’s family.” Jesus gave His life for His church, “those called to be at one with Himself and God the Father” as the human family structure is commanded to be. So He may present His church to Himself as glorious. “Yielding to and practicing Jesus’ commands is evidence of our believing IN.” “Turning to what is right in His View is evidence of believing IN.” As to the spiritual magnification of His ten commandments, “loving Him and neighbor.” This is God’s pattern of authority and submission of His set aside “sanctified” people that make us free.

     (Eph 5:32-33: “This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church. Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.”)

     The evidence of His spirit in us is, “a believing IN mindset - outlook.” That is; “believing IN God as He manifest Himself to be in the holy scriptures; “totally trust in His Way.” Not our fleshly intellect.

     (Gal 5:22-25; “But the fruit “the result and practices” of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.”)

     To crucify the flesh one must recognize the flesh’s shortcomings, turn from the lust thereof; abandon what seems right to the mind, prayerfully turning to His Way and practicing love as He loves: Which includes hating what’s evil in His view.

     Jesus and each apostle’s instruction to Christians are from the foundation of love. “Love others even as ourselves.” Even non-believer’s living in this age are being observed by our Creator. Attitudes are being formed that may carry over into the millennium. It’s the reason a person’s attitude toward their life situation: whether slave, hired hand, boss, parent or child regarding authority is important. We Christians are spiritually taught to be content in whatever state of living God blesses us with.

     (Eph 6:1-3;Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. Honor your father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;) That it may be well with you, and you may live long on the earth.” (Some so called Christian religions teach that Paul abandoned the ten commandments. The next three verses prove otherwise.)

      (Eph 6:4-9; “And, you fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters according to the FLESH, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ; Not with eye service, as men pleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart; With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men: Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he be bond or free. And, you masters, do the same things unto them, forbearing threatening: knowing that your Master also is in heaven; neither is there respect of persons with Him.”)

      Noting that God doesn’t change in principle, let’s consider His prophecy through Jeremiah regarding Judea’s stubbornness. After telling Jeremiah what was about to happen to His people; Jeremiah recorded the following.

     (Jeremiah 13:15-27; “Then I said to the people of Judah, “Listen and pay attention! Do not be arrogant! For the Lord has spoken. Show the Lord your God the respect that is due Him. Do it before He brings the darkness of disaster. Do it before you stumble into distress like a traveler on the mountains at twilight. Do it before He turns the light of deliverance you hope for into the darkness and gloom of exile. (17) But if you will not pay attention to this warning, I will weep alone because of your arrogant pride. I will weep bitterly and my eyes will overflow with tears because you, the Lord’s flock, will be carried into exile.” The Lord told me, “Tell the king and the queen mother, ‘Surrender your thrones, for your glorious crowns will be removed from your heads. The gates of the towns in southern Judah will be shut tight. No one will be able to go in or out of them.

All Judah will be carried off into exile. They will be completely carried off into exile.’”

      (20) Then I said, “Look up, Jerusalem, and see the enemy that is coming from the north. Where now is the flock of people that were entrusted to your care? Where now are the ‘sheep’ that you take such pride in? What will you say when the Lord appoints as rulers over you those allies that you, yourself, had actually prepared as such? Then anguish and agony will grip you like that of a woman giving birth to a baby. You will probably ask yourself, ‘Why have these things happened to me? Why have I been treated like a disgraced adulteress whose skirt has been torn off and her limbs exposed?’ It is because you have sinned so much.

     (23) But there is little hope for you ever doing good, you who are so accustomed to doing evil. Can an Ethiopian change the color of his skin? Can a leopard remove its spots? (24) “The Lord says, ‘That is why I will scatter your people like chaff that is blown away by a desert wind. This is your fate, the destiny to which I have appointed you, because you have forgotten Me and have trusted in false gods. (26) So I will pull your skirt up over your face and expose you to shame like a disgraced adulteress!

     (27) People of Jerusalem, I have seen your adulterous worship, your shameless prostitution to, and your lustful pursuit of, other gods. I have seen your disgusting acts of worship on the hills throughout the countryside. You are doomed to destruction!

How long will you continue to be unclean?’”

      When Jeremiah wrote this chapter, ten tribes had already been removed. The Israelites turning to other gods was spiritual adultery and God’s punishment paralleled the law regarding an adulterous wife. We followers of Jesus are heart broken over our nations’ condoning abominable to God practices. 

Ephesians, complementary text and commentary, chapter 5

July 29th, 2017

    7/29/17, God’s 5th month, Av 5, 5777, and day the Sabbath until sunset. To 5,100 in resident churches and individuals God is making temples of His Holy Spirit.

      All worldly religions, denominationalisms and nations have went the way of Baal “the old gentile Balaam worship” looking to the zodiac, figurine idols, statutes, the obelisk on worship places and the Asherah pole. (Asherah was a leading deity of the Canaanite pantheon, wife/sister of El and goddess of fertility. Commonly worshiped at shrines in or near groves of evergreen trees or, failing that, at places marked by wooden poles. Israelites were instructed to burn or cut these down (See Deut 12:3; 16:21; Judges 6:25, 28, 30; 2 Kgs 18:4) Look around and take note, “worldly religions take part in all or some of these abominable to God practices.”

     (Eph 4:17-19; “This I say therefore and testify in the Lord, that you “Christians” henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, Having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart: Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.”)

     Worldly religions give themselves over to the get way, “inherited from Adam and inspired by the devil.” Always living in the vanity of their minds. Doing what seemed right to their fleshly nature. God made a new beginning with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob “Israel.” God made Israelites His people, making them the greatest nation on earth until they rebelled and yielded to what seemed right to their fleshly nature. (“Proverbs 16:25; There is a way that seems right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.”)

     Thus God darkened their understanding, giving them over to a gentile mentality. Allowing blindness to people’s inner being because they desired disobedience. NOW through the gift of believing IN Jesus, Paul is teaching the Ephesians and all followers of Jesus to overcome to the end.

     (Eph 4:20-24; “But you have not so learned Christ; If so be that you have heard Him, and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus: That you put off concerning the former conduct, the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; (23) And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that you put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.”)

     Spiritually led followers of Jesus strive to renew the mind, be righteous and holy because He is both. When we believe IN Jesus, we are taught truth by revelation and are gifted with the desire that our practice please Him. Desire to turn from the get way, knowing that Satan is the author of it; all deceit and lustful living practices.

     (Eph 4:25-32; “Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbor: for we “Christians” are members one of another. Be you angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: Neither give place to the devil. Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labor, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needs. (29) Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby you are sealed unto the day of redemption. (31) Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamor, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be you kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake has forgiven you.”)

     This is elementary teaching to the mature Christian; “it would have been to believing Abraham.” The Holy Spirit leads us to be angry at sin, recognize Satan’s pulls on our fleshly nature and even more so on unbelievers. Followers of Jesus must work at overcoming the get way, practice self control and overcome the pulls of the flesh. Paul’s letter to the Ephesians teaches us how to love God and fellow believers. We know Paul is writing to Christians because in verse 30 it’s written, “grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby you are sealed unto the day of redemption.”

     When we read through this section of scripture thoughtfully, surely we each can find words of correction for ourselves. This practical letter to the Ephesians should be studied by all who profess to be followers of Jesus.

     (Eph 5:1-5; “Be you therefore followers of God, as dear children; And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us, and has given Himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet smelling Savor. But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becoming Saints; Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks. (5) For this you know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.”)

     Christians should think of themselves as literal children of God the Father and a slave servant with God the Son. When the Israelites, to whom God made Himself known, promised to obey, “it was a marriage covenant to the Lord God.” (They promising to be His people and He promising to be their God.) When they turned away, God referred to them as adulterers, “prostituting themselves.”

     In this New Covenant age, God calls, reveals Himself to individuals and the repentant believing IN person become family, “put in His church which is the bride of Christ.” When God calls, gifts understanding, repentance and His spirit; “it’s a fathering - begotten by or born again to be at one with parent God the Father.” Through Jesus God the Father ordained the gifting of His spirit, the believing IN process; “making Believers spiritual children of our spiritual Father; inheriting the Kingdom with Abraham under Christ.

     REMEMBER Jesus’ words? “Many will come saying I am the Christ and deceive many!”

     (Eph 5:6-10; “Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things comes the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. Be NOT you therefore partakers with them. For you were sometimes darkness, but now are you light in the Lord: walk as children of light: (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth; Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.”)

     Unbelievers seem to enjoy debating these verses, some saying; “everyone sins and therefore everyone is disobedient.” Jesus and each apostle’s principle teaching on this subject is, “don’t practice living disobediently.” True, even the holiest have a self serving thought come to the mind from time to time. That isn’t sin in God‘s view, “until yielded to and practiced!” (When led by God’s spirit in us, “we are led to repent when we slip” therefore God does not consider us sinners.”)

  Jesus’ good news are as parables to those who aren’t called in this age.

     Jesus told His parables to the populations at large, “so they would ponder but not understand their full meaning.” When ask why parables, Jesus quoted Isaiah saying; ““Although they see they do not see, and although they hear they do not hear nor do they understand.” And concerning them the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled that says: ‘You will listen carefully yet will never understand, you will look closely yet will never comprehend. For the heart of this people has become dull; they are hard of hearing,

and they have shut their eyes, so that they would not see with their eyes and hear with their ears and understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them.” Matt 13:13-15)

     Privately with His apostles, Jesus was more to the point. (Matt 19:27-30; “Then Peter said to Jesus, “Look, we “apostles” have left everything to follow You! What then will there be for us?” Jesus said to them, “I tell you the truth: In the age when all things are renewed, when the Son of Man sits on His glorious throne, you who have followed Me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And whoever has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or fields for My sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life. (30) But many who are first will be last, and the last first.”) Verse 30 is in parable form and Jesus’ apostles didn’t understand until later when Jesus opened their minds.

     At Matthew 20:1-16, Jesus gives His parable about the workers in the vineyard hired at various hours in the day and at the end of the work day, the last received the same pay as the first. Again Jesus concluded saying, “So the last will be first, and the first last.”

     We now understand that many called in these last days who overcome to the end, will be first. Last days being, “since Jesus’ ascension.”

     To Believe IN God as He manifest Himself to be in the holy scriptures is to know and totally trust in His Way. (People desiring to be religious for popularly and goodness sake, “those in whom Jesus isn’t revealed to” yield to their fleshly imaginations, attempting to rationally make God fit their fleshly intellect: “their idea of what God should be like.” These to whom Jesus isn’t revealed to, trust their fleshly intellect rather than God’s original printed word for revealed knowledge. Jesus’ Apostle John introduces Him as He revealed Himself to His apostles.

     (1 John 3:3-8; “And every man that has this hope in him purifies himself, even as HE is pure. Whosoever commits sin transgresses also the LAW: for SIN IS the transgression of the law. And you know that He was manifested “made known” to take away our sins; and in Him is no sin. Whosoever abides in Him sins NOT: whosoever sins has not SEEN “understood” Him, neither known Him. Little children, let no man deceive you: he that does righteousness is righteous, even as Jesus is righteous. (8) He that commits sin is of the devil; for the devil sins from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, “revealed - made known” that He might destroy the works of the devil.”)

     Who sins has not seen Him, neither know Him? Meaning: Once God the Father and God the Son’s love is revealed, our outlook regarding lawlessness to His Way is miraculously changed: we know our old self serving nature was evil in His View. Then we understand, “the many religions are yielded to man made doctrines.” Obeying the spiritual intent of His commandments becomes a primary concern, “including the fourth.” (Study 1 John.)

     (Eph 5:11-16; “Have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret. But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the Light: for whatsoever does make manifest “make known” is light. Wherefore He said, Awake you that sleep, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give you light. See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, (16) Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.”)

      Followers of Jesus aren’t comfortable among the worldly religious nor the politically correct, because their life practices are from darkness. Jesus is the Light of the world, He reproves. His revealing spirit makes light known! His Light gives people the desire to redeem the time. How do we go about redeeming the time? Remember who the holy scriptures teach the god of this age? Times people traditionally set aside, have no substance pertaining to or foreshadowing of God’s Way. Religions designed by people to fit their fleshly intellect leads to a second death if not turned from. Revelations 21;8)