Jan 19 - 2,020. God’s 10th Month, Tevet 22, year 5,780
To: 22,946 families, gifted with a relationship desire with God the Father, God the Son and His Church.
Denominationalism’s views separated Judaism in the apostolic age, “Pharisees and Sadducee doctrines” divided the temple priest. Pharisees believed in resurrections and angels while Sadducees rejected both. Today’s believers in Jesus are singular, having unity with Him, worshiping Him as “the Vine and we the branches” followers of Jesus reject denominationalism.
(Romans 15:4-6; 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 we may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.)
(Today there’re spiritual components ‘parallels’ for we who’re called and gifted with His Holy Spirit 0f truth, “we’re the circumcised of heart people.” After Jesus’ ascension He breathed on and endowed His apostles with His spirit enabling them to understand the holy scriptures. On that following Pentecost they understood what was taking place. Since Jesus’ ascension and that following Pentecost; “all called out gifted with the Holy Spirit of truth people are gifted with immortality while living in the flesh and are The Church of God.” The imputation of God’s spirit is the ‘fathering.’ “Begotten of His Holy Spirit of truth makes recipients literally atOne with God the Father and God the Son.“ ‘Jesus.’
Jesus makes comparisons we need to understand through His apostle Paul “regarding the Israelites approaching Mt. Zion back when He had Moses come up and receive the law.” Paul writes of Moses saying “he exceedingly feared” when God shook the mountain and ‘even if an animal touched it, the animal had to be stoned.’ In the book of Hebrews, Jesus had Paul explain the spiritual parallel being “that when followers of Jesus worship they’re before the heavenly and spiritual Mt. Zion.”
(Hebrews 12:18-29; For you ‘worshipers’ 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. (See Exodus 19:) For they ‘the Israelites’ 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.” (See Deau 9:19)
(Heb 12:22-24; But you ’worshipers 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’re 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. (See Gen 4:10 & Heb 11:9)
(Heb 12:25-29; Take care not to refuse the One who is speaking! For if they did not escape when they refused the One who warned them on earth, how much less shall we, if we reject the One who warns from heaven? Then His voice shook the earth, but now He has promised, “I will once more shake not only the earth but heaven too.” Now this phrase “once more” indicates the removal of what is shaken, that is, of created things, so that what is unshaken may remain. So since we’re receiving an unshakable kingdom, let us give thanks, and through this let us offer worship pleasing to God in devotion and awe. For our God is indeed a devouring fire.”)
Regarding the spiritually begotten ‘fathered’ ‘born from above people’ Jesus explained to Nicodemus who had ask how that could be.
(John 3:5-6; Jesus answered, “I tell you the solemn truth, unless a person is born of water and spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. What’s born of the flesh is flesh, and what’s born of the Spirit is spirit.” (All pro-created people are flesh born of water in the mother’s womb. All spiritually begotten ‘fathered by God people’ are recipients of Jesus spirit - nature.)
(John 3:7-14; Do not be amazed that I said to you, ‘You must all be born from above.’ (8) The wind blows wherever it will, and you hear the sound it makes, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.) Nicodemus replied, “How can these things be?” Jesus answered, “Are you the teacher of Israel and yet you don’t understand these things? I tell you the solemn truth, We ‘gifted of God’ speak about what We know and testify about what We have seen, but you people do not accept Our testimony. If I have told you people about earthly things and you don’t believe, how will you believe if I tell you about heavenly things? No one has ascended into heaven except the One who descended from heaven — the Son of Man. Just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, so that everyone who believes in Him may have eternal life.”)
(God’s spiritual fathering is a miraculous event, “a spiritual opening of mind and spirit, so spectacular we can’t explain, except perhaps as His breathing on His apostles, opened their understanding.) Likened to the change that’ll take place with “Jesus’ followers who’ll be alive when Jesus returns.”
(1Thess 4:16-18; For the Lord Himself will come down from heaven with a shout of command, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be suddenly caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we’ll always be with the Lord. Therefore encourage one another with these words.)
During Jesus’ apostles lives, when He was working through them, ‘worldly governing conditions were much like today except less governmental welfare and more individual responsibility. As today, few worldly governmental leaders believed IN Jesus so “His followers were and are persecuted.” Then and now it’s imperative that Believers in Jesus separate from this world’s status quo “it’s system of things.” (Similar to Abraham’s example.) God is the same yesterday, today and forever. (See Hebrews 13:8) It’s always been that few are gifted to believe IN.
All nations have laws and when they oppose God’s Way “it’s lawlessness in His View.” Christians are instructed to separate mentally and spiritually.
(2Corinthians 6:14-18; “Do not become partners, ’mismatched’ with those who do not believe, for what partnership is there between righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship does light have with darkness? And what agreement does Christ have with Beliar?) (Beliar occurs only here in the New Testament and is referencing Satan.) Or what does a believer share in common with an unbeliever? (16) And what mutual agreement does the temple of God have with idols? “For we are the temple of the living God, just as God said, “I will live in them and will walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be My people.” Therefore “come out from their midst, and be separate,” says the Lord, “and touch no unclean thing, and I will welcome you, (18) and I will be a father to you, and you will be My sons and daughters,” says the All-Powerful Lord.”) (Quote from Isaiah 52;11, Lev 26:12; similar to Jeremiah 32:38; and Ezekiel 37:27.)
It’s incumbent on followers of Jesus that we look out for fellow Believers. Our problem in this age is that we’re so scattered that few personally know another Believing IN family. Nevertheless, we need to consider and digest Paul’s teaching regarding helping the Saints.
Collections for the Saints in Jerusalem IS another area
people twist to their own demise.
(1Cor 16:1-4; “With regard to the collection for the Saints, please follow the directions that I gave to the churches of Galatia: On the first day of the week, each of you should set aside some income and save it to the extent that God has blessed you, so that a collection will not have to be made when I come. (3) Then, when I arrive, I will send those whom you approve with letters of explanation to carry your gift to Jerusalem. And if it seems advisable that I should go also, they will go with me.”)
Unbelieving people use this text and Paul’s letter to the Galatians for their pretext example of a Sabbath change. In Jesus’ and the apostolic days, money, goods and services were physically sent “as in delivery.” Before banking was as we know it today. Getting collections together was an ordeal, ‘as in work.’ Paul wanted the collection work to be done in advance so as to be ready for delivery after the Sabbath.
(1Cor 16:5-9; “But I will come to you after I have gone through Macedonia – for I will be going through Macedonia – and perhaps I will stay with you, or even spend the winter, so that you can send me on my journey, wherever I go. For I do not want to see you now in passing, since I hope to spend some time with you, if the Lord allows. But I will stay in Ephesus until Pentecost, because a door of great opportunity stands wide open for me, but there are many opponents.”)
Consider Paul’s opponents and opportunities. In “Acts of the apostles” we read of riots in Ephesus, disrupting people shouting “great is Dianna” for several hours and Paul being stoned. Additionally many from Judea disrupted about methodology for salvation teaching etc. However God was calling a people for His name and revealing the opportunity to Paul.
Paul recognizes associates; fellow workers.
(1Cor 16:10-14; “Now if Timothy comes, see that he has nothing to fear among you, for he is doing the Lord’s work, as I am too. So then, let no one treat him with contempt. But send him on his way in peace so that he may come to me. For I am expecting him with the brothers. With regard to our brother Apollos: I strongly encouraged him to visit you with the other brothers, but it was simply not his intention to come now. He will come when he has the opportunity. Stay alert, stand firm in the faith, show courage, be strong. Everything you do should be done in love.”)
(1Cor 16:15-24; “Now, brothers and sisters, you know about the household of Stephanus, that as the first converts of Achaia, they devoted themselves to ministry for the Saints. I urge you also to submit to people like this, and to everyone who cooperates in the work and labors hard. (17) I was glad about the arrival of Stephanus, Fortunatus, and Achaicus because they have supplied the fellowship with you that I lacked. For they refreshed my spirit and yours. So then, recognize people like this. (19) The churches in the province of Asia send greetings to you. Aquila and Priscilla greet you warmly in the Lord, with the church that meets in their house. All the brothers and sisters send greetings. Greet one another with a holy kiss.
(21-24; I, Paul, send this greeting with my own hand. Let anyone who has no love for the Lord be accursed. Our Lord, come! The grace of the Lord Jesus be with you. My love be with all of you in Christ Jesus.”)