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Jesus’ Gospel Revealed to Prophets, Apostles and Believers, chapter 7

December 9th, 2017

(To 8,116 in resident churches: people God is making temples of His spirit.) 12/9/17,  God’s 9th month, Kislev 21, 5778 until sunset.

      The righteous in God’s View are miraculously put in His Family. Prior to our being called, God revealing His righteous nature and giving us a desire to be AT ONE with Him, each person was going, ’living’ the way that seemed right to ourselves. Living according to the dictates of our inherited from Adam fleshly nature. We can’t become members of God’s family, nor be righteous in God’s view, “by personal choice.” Let’s review Jesus‘ teaching through Paul and John..   

      (1Cor 6:9-11; “Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived! The sexually immoral, idolaters, adulterers, passive homosexual partners, practicing homosexuals, thieves, the greedy, drunkards, the verbally abusive, and swindlers will not inherit the kingdom of God. (11) Some of you once lived this way. But you were washed, you were sanctified, ‘set aside’ you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.”) Jesus revealed the same to John, adding the result, “if not repented of.”

        (Rev  21:7-8; The one who conquers 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.”)

       Unbelievers include people attempting to understand spiritual teaching from within their fleshly nature. The reason professing Christians are in denominational movements. God refers to such people as idolaters and spiritual adulterers. That is: “claiming to be brides of Christ while in fact serve gods of the imagination.”

      We spoke of self evaluation in the last chapter; grading one’s self on a “one to ten scale.” Think of the effort people put into idolatrous pagan practices and worshiping gods of their imagination; “according to what seems right to their fleshly nature.” Opposed to efforts to obey Jesus’ commands. Over and over Jesus speaks of “the Way” “the Truth” and “the Light.” Yet unbelieving professing Christians condones many ways. They make light of scripture and theorize “we’re all trying to get to the same place.”

       After Jesus’ resurrection and before His ascension; Jesus’ apostles were joyfully surprised when He was waiting for them. He gave them a final commission and opened their minds to understand the scriptures.

      (Luke 24:41-43; And while they still could not believe it (because of their joy) and were amazed, He said to them, “Do you have anything here to eat?” So they gave Him a piece of broiled fish, He took and ate it in front of them.

      (Luke 24:44-40; Then He 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.” (45) Then He 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.”) These promise are rooted in Jeremiah 31:31 and Ezekiel 36:26.

      Prophecies fulfilled in Jesus’ life and the traditions He established through His apostles are the foundations laid for God’s family, “His church.” In Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians, he was dealing with people who had went back to immoral practices. His mission was to teach Believing IN Jesus people how to maintain purity in Christ and keep the assemblies “church” pure. Recognizing God’s planned authority in the family order was one of these. Another was to keep people practicing Jesus’ Way, “expecting His return and judgment.” The keeping of His set aside, ’sanctified’ weekly and annual Sabbaths foreshadowing His planning are prioritized.

     Let’s get back to Jesus’ teaching through His apostle Paul.

    (1Cor 11:2-3; “I praise you because you remember me in everything and maintain the traditions just as I passed them on to you. But I want you to know that Christ is the head of every man, and the man is the head of a woman, and God is the head of Christ.”)

      God the Father is the head of God the Son. God the Son, “Jesus” never desired to usurp His Father’s position. Unlike fleshy mankind’s fleshly inherited nature. Jesus was begotten by the spirit of God and as such, inherited the nature of God. Likewise when we are made Christ Like by God’s imputing His spirit, “we inherit His nature.“ Thus Jesus taught through Paul that God the Father set the order of authority for families. Particularly people to whom God reveals Himself. So, followers of Jesus joyfully submits to the authority of Christ through God the Father. We must recognize that our inherited from Adam nature must be changed. With this in mind let’s make a slight detour and consider Jesus’ mind set toward His Father’s authority.

      (Philippians 2:5-8; “You should have the same attitude toward one another that Christ Jesus had, 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. He humbled Himself, by becoming obedient to the point of death – even death on a cross!”)

       When people decide for themselves what’s right, wrong, good and evil they are usurping God’s authority. We are first created in the image - nature of Adam and like Adam; “from within that nature we desire deciding for ourselves.” That’s idolatry! Deciding for ourselves in spiritual matters is to consider ourselves equal with God. Thus people make themselves little gods to themselves. Consider the CREATED being, “Satan” who took on a totally different attitude than did Jesus. Satan thought to make himself equal with his Creator. THE POINT; fleshly minded - unconverted people, whether male or female, inherited thinking likened to Adam’s and Satan’s.

       Unlike animals, people are given a mental capacity likened to God‘s. Decision making and creativity capabilities unlike an instinctive animalistic nature. When gifted to believe IN God as He manifest Himself to be, we inherit His nature. Grow in the grace and knowledge of God. Fleshly people don’t naturally have an attitude toward authority and one another that Christ Jesus had. However when chosen, “born from above“ “begotten“ “fathered by God as was Jesus; we don‘t think ourselves capable of choosing right, wrong, good and evil. After being fathered by God, people are spirit led to understand that, “though made in the likeness of God, we have no desire to be equal with Him. We must overcome any desire to be God’s equal. NOW, back to Paul’s letter.

     (1Cor 11:4-16; “Any man who prays or prophesies with his head covered disgraces his head. But any woman who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered disgraces her head, for it is one and the same thing as having a shaved head. (6) For if a woman will not cover her head, she should cut off her hair. But if it is disgraceful for a woman to have her hair cut off or her head shaved, she should cover her head. (7) For a man should not have his head covered, since he is the image and glory of God. But the woman is the glory of the man. (8) For man did not come from woman, but woman from man. Neither was man created for the sake of woman, but woman for man. For this reason a woman should have a symbol of authority on her head, because of the angels. (11) In any case, IN THE LORD woman is not independent of man, nor is man independent of woman. For just as woman came from man, so man comes through woman. But all things come from God. Judge for yourselves: Is it proper for a woman to pray to God with her head uncovered? (14) Does not NATURE itself teach you that if a man has long hair, it is a disgrace for him, but if a woman has long hair, it is her glory? For her hair is given to her for a covering. (16) If anyone intends to quarrel about this, we have no other practice, nor do the churches of God.”)

       Paul does not explain this reference to the angels, and its point may not be entirely clear. We need to understand that Angels are witnesses and sensitive to resistance against God’s created order. In Jesus’ revelations to John; “to each of the seven churches” He addresses “the angel of each.” The strong indication is that God’s angels are given some responsibilities.

      Paul’s subject regarding coverings is not necessarily for congregational worship. A woman’s hair is her covering and glory, “her feminine nature is to pay attention to her beauty, “to which hair plays a part.” A particular length isn’t the subject. Paul’s point is that a woman’s covering symbolizes her recognition of authority. NOW, AT verse 16, Paul makes it clear that this isn’t something to argue about. His subject is order, authority and responsibility.

      Even pagan societies recognize the difference in male and female’s physical build, strength, home keeping talents, (nest building qualities if you please.) and the talent for child care. SUBMISSION seems to be a bad word to people’s rebellious nature. History, before, after the flood and after God led Israel from the bondage of sin “Egypt,” is clear that  people keep turning from God’s authority, to animalistic instinctive ways. (In large part because mankind doesn’t want to submit to or admit that he is God’s creation and therefore has responsibility to his Creator.) Jesus reveals His thoughts to Paul as to why He allowed people’s rebellion.

      (Romans 1:24-25; “Therefore God gave them over in the desires of their hearts to impurity, to dishonor their bodies among themselves. They exchanged the truth of God for a lie and worshiped and served the creation rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.”) Dishonoring one’s body is one of many ways in which people exchange the truth of God for a lie!

      (Rom 1:26-27; “For this reason God gave them over to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged the natural sexual relations for unnatural ones, and likewise the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed in their passions for one another. Men committed shameless acts with men and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.”) DUE PENALTY? “The breakdown of the home structure.” Lust is not love and lust leads to crimes. When people lack self control their nature becomes animalistic.

      (Rom 1:28-32; “And just as they did not SEE FIT to acknowledge God, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what should not be done. They are filled with every kind of unrighteousness, wickedness, covetousness, malice. They are rife with envy, murder, strife, deceit, hostility. They are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, contrivers of all sorts of evil, disobedient to parents, senseless, covenant-breakers, heartless, ruthless. (32) Although they fully know God’s righteous decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but also approve of those who practice them.”)

      In most of the world, “particularly where homosexuality is condoned.” Disobedience begins in areas people think insignificant.

Jesus’ Gospel Revealed to Prophets, Apostles and believers, chapter 6

December 8th, 2017

(To 8,098 in resident churches: people God is making temples of His spirit.) 12/8/17,  God’s 9th month, Kislev 20, 5778 until sunset.

      Idolatry can be things we’re overly concerned about, traditions we prioritize, objects looked to for blessings, protection or in awe and things we own. Jesus recommended we evaluate ourselves in His Light. We could evaluate ourselves by use of a one to ten scale in determining our priorities. For many, “sports would scale a nine or ten.” For these the sports page would be priority reading. Likely prioritizing preparations for travel, purchasing annual tickets, tail gating parties etc. Other sports are prioritized in similar and likewise fashion. Many idolize Hollywood; it’s actresses and actors, by emulating life practices, styles, fashions etc. While many others look to pastors, preachers, statues and church attendance in respectful awe, expecting blessings for their efforts. We should each ask ourselves, “what do I idolize?”         

      Considering the Israelites in Moses’ day: Jesus inspired His apostle Paul to addressed this subject.

     (1 Cor 10:7-13; “So do not be idolaters, as some of them were. As it is written, “The people sat down to eat and drink and rose up to play.” (Quote from Exodus 32:6) And let us not be immoral, as some of them were, and twenty-three thousand died in a single day. And let us not put Christ to the test, as some of them did, and were destroyed by snakes. And do not complain, as some of them did, and were killed by the destroying angel. These things happened to them as examples and were written for our instruction, on whom the ends of the ages have come. So let the one who thinks he is standing be careful that he does not fall. (13) No trial has overtaken you that is not faced by others. And God is faithful: He will not let you be tried beyond what you are able to bear, but with the trial will also provide a way out so that you may be able to endure it.”)

        Love for one another and God has waxed cold in this latter age. Believers IN God are mindful of and appreciative of these Israelite examples that helps us be better servants. What a wonderful promise in verse 13. (With trials God will also provide a way out so we may endure.) Paul is thinking of the Passover and the Festival of Unleavened Bread. Which season is set aside for evaluating ourselves, our fleshly nature’s pulls and putting sin out from our life practices.

      (1Cor 10:14-16; “So then, my dear friends, flee from idolatry. I am speaking to thoughtful people. Consider what I say. (16) Is not the cup of blessing that we bless a sharing in the blood of Christ? Is not the bread that we break a sharing in the body of Christ?”) The Passover cup “wine” symbolizes Jesus’ shed blood, the breaking and eating the bread, “His broken body.”

      (1Cor 10:17-22; “Because there is one bread, we, ’followers of Jesus’ who are many are one body, for we all share the one bread. (18) Look at the people of Israel. Are not those who eat the sacrifices partners in the altar? Am I saying that idols or food sacrificed to them amount to anything? No, I mean that what the pagans sacrifice is to demons and not to God. I do not want you to be partners with demons. (21) You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons. You cannot take part in the table of the Lord and the table of demons. (22) Or are we trying to provoke the Lord to jealousy? Are we really stronger than He is?”)

      God’s people, “His church” is one body. A people looking to the same Shepherd. Unbelievers look to a Jesus of their imagination, “a Jesus they think authorized a Sabbath change and a pagan calendar. NOT the Jesus manifested in these pages.

      (Matt 24:3-5; “As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, His disciples came to Him privately and said, “Tell us, when will these things happen? And what will be the sign of Your coming and of the end of the age?” Jesus answered them, “Watch out that no one misleads you. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and they will mislead many.”)

       NOW, the end of this age began when Jesus’ ascended! People groups divide the ages differently. Basically the ages consist of, (“Pre flood” “from flood to Abraham” “from Abraham to Jesus’ earthly ministry” “from Jesus’ ascension to His millennial reign” and “Jesus’ millennial reign to New Jerusalem coming down.” I don’t know that we can refer to the time after New Jerusalem’s coming down as an age.

      A short TIME after Jesus’ ascension, the wolves in sheep clothing began teaching a Jesus of their particular imaginations. We see that result all around us.

      (1Cor 10:23-24; “Everything is lawful,” but not everything is beneficial. “Everything is lawful,” but not everything builds others up. Do not seek your own good, but the good of the other person.”)

       This statement defines love. We must remember who Paul is writing to, “Believers IN - Christians.” SO, what’s the two greatest commandments? “Love God with your whole heart and love your neighbor as yourself.” If this love is gifted to our being “hearts” we don’t need a guardian law. The first four commandments are schoolmasters teaching people how to show love toward God. The last six are schoolmasters teaching people how to love neighbors. (NOW, unbelievers - non-Christians DO NEED and must be under the law.) Otherwise chaos would be rampant. Paul explained to the Galatians Believers IN - Christians.

      (Gal 3:23-29; “Now before “Jesus’” faith came we “Christians” were held in custody under the law, being kept as prisoners until the coming faith would be revealed. Thus the law had become our guardian until Christ, so that we could be declared righteous by faith. (25) But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian. (WHY?) (26) 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.”)

      Who can SUPPOSE that Jesus needed to be told “do not steal?” Did Jesus need to be told; “love God with Your whole heart?” LIKEWISE Believers IN, living by Jesus’ gifted faith. immersed in and clothed with Jesus don‘t need to be told, “do not steal.” THUS Paul could say “all things are lawful for me.” THEN Paul went on to say, (“but NOT everything builds others up, do not seek your own good, but the good of the other person.”) SEE this gifted imputed love at work in Paul‘s life? Such thinking molded to one’s character and does not allow idolatry! Love becomes a matter of Jesus’ conscience and character growing in His followers! Now see the working of this gifted love characteristic on display.

      (1Cor 10:25-11:1; “Eat anything that is sold in the marketplace without questions of conscience, for the earth and its abundance are the Lord’s. (27) If an unbeliever invites you to dinner and you want to go, eat whatever is served without asking questions of conscience. But if someone says to you, “This is from a sacrifice,” do not eat, because of the one who told you and because of conscience. I do NOT mean yours but the other person’s “conscience.” For why is my freedom being judged by another’s conscience? (30) If I partake with thankfulness, why am I blamed for the food that I give thanks for? So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God. (32) Do not give offense to Jews or Greeks or to the church of God, just as I also try to please everyone in all things. I do not seek my own benefit, but the benefit of many, so that they may be saved. (11:1) Be imitators of me, just as I also am of Christ.”)

       NOW we should know that unbelievers have all sorts of ways in which they twist Jesus and Paul’s words. Many do so corrupting the minds of naïve people; even people desiring to be Christians!

      May we remember that God’s spirit in us is our teacher. He calls and gives us the desire to be obedient because, “His love is shed abroad in our hearts.”

       Romans 5:1-5; Therefore, since we have been declared righteous by ‘Jesus’’ faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in the hope of God’s glory. Not only this, but we also rejoice in sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance, character, and character, hope. (5) And hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

       Rom 5:6-11; For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. (For rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person perhaps someone might possibly dare to die.) But God demonstrates His own love for us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (9) Much more then, because we have now been declared righteous by His blood, we will be saved through Him from God’s wrath. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, how much more, since we have been reconciled, will we be saved by His life? (11) Not only this, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received this reconciliation.”)

      Jesus explains: “If you love me, you will obey My commandments. Then I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Advocate to be with you forever – the Spirit of truth, whom the world CANNOT accept, because it does not see Him or know Him. But you know Him, because He resides with you and will be in you.” John 14;15-17)

        Now followers of Jesus “Christian” do not obey Jesus from a mind of “what is in it for me?” We Christians are given the desire to obey because “a love of God is shed abroad in the heart.”

Jesus’ Gospel Revealed to Prophets, Apostles and Believers, chapter 5

December 7th, 2017

(To 8,072 in resident churches: people God is making temples of His spirit.) 12/7/17,  God’s 9th month, Kislev 19, 5778 until sunset.

      Why this web page? God gifted faith normally comes to people through their hearing. (That is, “God opens understanding regarding what’s decimated to the mind.”) Jesus gave His apostles this revelation and we share it; hoping to encourage God’s called to stay the course.  

    (Rom 10:14-17; How are they, ’with a desire to follow Jesus’  to call on One they have not believed IN? And how are they to believe IN One they have not heard of? And how are they to hear without someone preaching to them? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How timely is the arrival of those who proclaim the good news.” But not all have obeyed the good news, for Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed our report?” Consequently faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes through the preached word of Christ.”) It’s all about The Truth, miraculously understood and acted on. Turning from the old fleshly inherited mindset of what seems right, to God’s revealed Way. Yielding to God’s Word in awe and obedience. Spiritually moved from being a minor guardians, to being a Child - Son of God. An AT ONE relationship with God the Father and God the Son. Paul explains to Jesus’ followers. 

     (Galatians 4:1-7; Now I mean that the heir, as long as he is a minor, is no different from a slave, though he is the owner of everything. But he is under guardians and managers until the date set by his father. (3) So also we, ’followers of Jesus’ when we were minors, were enslaved under the basic forces of the world. But when the appropriate time had come, God sent out His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we may be adopted as Sons with full rights. (6) And because you, ’followers of Jesus’ are Sons, God sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, who calls “Abba! Father!” So you are no longer a slave but a Son and if you are a Son, then you are also heirs with Abraham.”) Thus Believers IN followers of Jesus are Sons of God now. Born again - fathered to inherit Jesus’ resurrection; “eternal life as Jesus‘.” A good lesson on this subject is found in Paul’s letter to Philemon, regarding Onesimus.

       Paul became a mentor to a run away slave of Philemon’s named Onesimus. The born again - fathered by God “Onesimus” became Paul’s co-worker as was his human master. “Philemon.” Paul wrote Philemon asking that Onesimus be freed and that his faith would be deepened by giving.  

      (Philemon 1:5-22; I ’Paul’ always thank my God as I remember you in my prayers, because I hear of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the Saints. I pray that the faith you share with us may deepen your understanding of every blessing that belongs to you in Christ. I have had great joy and encouragement because of your love, for the hearts of the Saints have been refreshed through you, “brother.” (8) So, although I have quite a lot of confidence in Christ and could command you to do what is proper, I would rather appeal to you on the basis of love – I, Paul, an old man and even now a prisoner for the sake of Christ Jesus – am appealing to you concerning my child, whose spiritual father I have become during my imprisonment, “that is, Onesimus” who was formerly useless to you, but is now useful to you and me. (12) I have sent him (who is my very heart) back to you. I wanted to keep him so that he could serve me in your place during my imprisonment for the sake of the gospel. However, without your consent I did not want to do anything, so that your good deed would not be out of compulsion, but from your own willingness. (15) For perhaps it was for this reason that he, “Onesimus” was separated from you for a little while, so that you would have him back eternally, no longer as a slave, but more than a slave, as a dear brother. He is especially so to me, and even more so to you now, both humanly speaking and in the Lord. Therefore if you regard me as a partner, accept him as you would me.’ (18) Now if he has defrauded you of anything or owes you anything, charge what he owes to me. I, Paul, have written this letter with my own hand: I will repay it. I could also mention that you owe me your very self. Yes, brother, let me have some benefit from you in the Lord. Refresh my heart in Christ. (21) Since I was confident that you would obey, I wrote to you, because I knew that you would do even more than what I am asking you to do. At the same time also, prepare a place for me to stay, for I hope that through your prayers I will be given back to you.”)

      Paul attempted to see things from a spiritual and various human perspectives. His letter to Philemon and the following text in his Corinthian letter are cases in point.  

      (1Cor 9:19-23; “For since I am free from all I can make myself a slave to all, in order to gain even more people. To the Jews I became like a Jew to gain the Jews. To those under the law I became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the law) to gain those under the law. (21) To those free from the law I became like one free from the law (though I am not free from God’s law but under the law of Christ) to gain those free from the law. (22) To the weak I became weak in order to gain the weak. I have become all things to all people, so that by all means I may save some.” (23) I do all these things because of the gospel, so that I can be a participant in it.”) Paul is not saying; he personally saves or give salvation, “but by being diplomatic, may cause some to listen.”

      Personal commitments, promises and pledges are important to people’s conscience. Dwell on that! To an Israelite schooled to keep the law, Paul did not dwell on changing him. Paul understood: “believing IN the reason Jesus came and died, would cause the called person to grow in the grace and knowledge of God. To those not accustomed to keeping the law in Israelite fashion, Paul didn’t dwell on pressuring a change. Let’s re-visit chapter two of this letter for clarification.

      (1 Corinthians 2:1-5; “When I came to you, brothers and sisters, I did not come with superior eloquence or wisdom as I proclaimed the testimony of God. For I decided to be concerned about nothing among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. And I was with you in weakness and in fear and with much trembling. My conversation and my preaching were not with persuasive words of wisdom, but with a demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith would not be based on human wisdom but on the power of God.”)

      (Paul’s teaching concentration was, (1) Jesus’ love, (2) God’s calling, for His purposes, (3) our living and walking in His Light, (4) our believing IN Jesus as Creator, Re-creator, Redeemer, Mediator, the resurrection, and coming king of kings, (5) our knowing through whom the gift of eternal life is.

      To the Philippians Paul wrote: (“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.” Phil 2:12-13)

      When we are gifted with a desire to be obedient, “be at one with God the Father and God the Son” know the desire came from above. Such desire is a gift and calling. We need to know; “if we love God it’s because He loved us first.” Think of the awesomeness of such grace and mercy. We should examine ourselves in His Light, asking; “do I have the desire to prove and grow in the knowledge of God?” Do I have the desire Jesus’ apostle Paul did? Our Christian life is likened to running a race.

       (1 Cor 9:23-27; “I do all these things because of the gospel, so that I can be a participant in it. Do you not know that all the runners in a stadium compete, but only one receives the prize? So run to win. Each competitor must exercise self-control in everything. They “unbelievers” do it to receive a perishable crown, but we “Christians” an imperishable one. So I do not run uncertainly or box like one who hits only air. (27) Instead I subdue my body and make it my slave, so that after preaching to others I myself will not be disqualified.”)

      Paul was gifted with understanding regarding our inherited fleshly nature, “beyond most of us.” People naturally like telling others what to do, when in reality the many don’t do what’s recommended to others. Politicians and teachers of religion are good examples. Even though Paul is writing to a mixed congregation, “mostly gentiles” he refers to his ancestors as “our fathers.” Why? The God of Israel is the only true God and followers of Jesus become spiritual Israelites. All Christians are heirs with faithful Abraham! (Fleshly speaking, it’s natural for people who don’t consider their heritage “Israelite” to make imaginary gods from their fleshly inherited heritage!) Unless the God of Israel reveals Himself, all people go the way that seems right.

      (1 Cor 10:1-4; “For I do not want you to be unaware, brothers and sisters, that our fathers were all under the cloud and all passed through the sea, and all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea, and all ate the same spiritual food, and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they were all drinking from the spiritual Rock that followed them, and the Rock was Christ.”)

      Israelites leaving Egypt were immersed in water when crossing the sea; “water banked on each side and a heavy mist or cloud was over them.” (Baptized unto Moses as directed by The Rock, “Jesus Christ.”) That foreshadowed the burying of the old self; “symbolic of a new life in Christ.” That spiritual leading Rock, ’Jesus’ was teaching Moses and the Israelites, “The Way for their betterment.” Immersion foreshadowed the new covenant physical baptism, “instituted by Jesus through John the Baptist and so much more - our spiritual immersion and clothing in Jesus.)

      (1Cor 10:5-6; “But God was not pleased with most of them, for they were cut down in the wilderness. These things happened as examples for us, so that we will not crave evil things as they did.”)

       Everything that happened with Israel looked forward to this age. Paul wrote to the Hebrews. “After God spoke long ago in various portions and in various ways to our ancestors through the prophets, in these last days He has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, and through whom He created the world.” Heb 1:1-2) COMPARE Hebrews 1:1-2 with John 1:1-5 and Colossians 1:15-20.

     May we be careful, not to twist His Word. May we grow in His grace and knowledge as He leads. Things that are an abomination to Jesus Christ from the time of creation, must also be to His followers. Things Jesus Christ made holy are holy to Christ like people.

       Heavenly Father: Make us mindful of the loving peace You have planned for all who are gifted with Godly love, in this age and Your millennial age to come. We praise and thank You for Your righteousness and love, In Jesus name we pray. AMEN

Jesus’ Gospel Revealed to Prophets, Apostles and Believers, chapter 4

December 5th, 2017

(To 8,014 in resident churches: people God is making temples of His spirit.)

12/5/17,  God’s 9th month, Kislev 17, 5778 until sunset.

      Almighty God: help us understand Your methods of correcting and disciplining us. We notice unbelieving idol worshiping people seemingly getting along better than we and contemplate the benefit of Your Potter’s Wheel. But do keep us in The Way, lead us from evil, temptations and make us holy because You are holy. Gift us Your understanding and Your gifted repentance; we ask in Jesus’ name. Amen. 

        Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Joseph’s experiences are historically preserved for our learning, Remember, the name Jacob was changed to Israel, meaning; “God Fights.” Thus Israelites lived under the protection of The Lord God, “Jesus” until their rebellion got to the point that He dispersed them to the nations they desired to mimic. Spiritual Israelites, “people drawn to worship Jesus” have inherited a like nature. “Nature desiring popularly with unbelievers.” Lets realize, our fleshly nature pulls are much like that of Cain’s: “who thought, “surely God will be pleased with me sacrificing as seems right to myself.”

      As are followers of Jesus in this age; “Abraham was called to separate from the world at large and follow His Creator.” He, Isaac, Jacob and Joseph were led to know they were a set aside people and  learned perseverance as they practiced God’s Way. We need to know; as followers of Jesus, “we are a set aside people.” Our conduct and practices are being observed by unbelievers who one day will realize why we were different. We followers of Jesus in this age are the firstfruits: looking forward to Israel’s miraculous saving. The whole House of Israel will yet worship God and be an example to the world. 

       (Ezekiel 20:39-44; “‘As for you, O house of Israel, this is what the sovereign Lord says: Each of you go and serve your idols, if you will not listen to Me. But My holy name will not be profaned again by your sacrifices and your idols. (40) For there on My holy mountain, the high mountain of Israel, declares the sovereign Lord, all the house of Israel will serve Me, all of them in the land. I will accept them there, and there I will seek your contributions and your choice gifts, with all your holy things. (41) When I bring you out from the nations and gather you from the lands where you are scattered, I will accept you along with your soothing aroma. I will display my holiness among you in the sight of the nations. (42) Then you will know that I am the Lord when I bring you to the land of Israel, to the land I swore to give to your fathers. And there you will remember your conduct and all your deeds by which you defiled yourselves. You will despise yourselves because of all the evil deeds you have done. Then you will know that I am the Lord, when I deal with you for the sake of My reputation and not according to your wicked conduct and corrupt deeds, O house of Israel, declares the sovereign Lord.’”) As a set aside people; Paul is teaching how we need to conduct ourselves at this present time.

      (1 Cor 8:4-6; “With regard then to eating food sacrificed to idols, we know that “an idol in this world is nothing,” and that “there is no God but One.” (5) If after all there are so-called gods, whether in heaven or on earth (as there are many gods and many lords), (6) yet for US “we Christians” there is ONE God, the Father, from whom are all things and for whom we live, and ONE Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things and through whom we live.’)

       Idols are nothing but figments of imaginations. A Believer IN could never sacrifice food to an image! If a Believer eats food sacrificed to pagan idols; “unbelievers faith is made weak, getting the idea that the Believer condones such. Christians need to carefully demonstrate that there is ONE God the Father and ONE Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are ALL things and through whom we live. PAUL’S explanation to the Colossians sheds light.

       (Col 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. He Himself is before all things and all things are held together in Him. 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 was pleased to have all His fullness dwell in the Son 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.) See Jesus’ apostle John at John 1:1-5)

      God the Father and God the Son are living spirits that can manifest Themselves physically at will. The Spirit emitted from themselves is holy. (By the Father’s Holy Spirit Jesus was fathered, thus holy in the womb. Through His Holy Spirit God the Father makes followers of Jesus His literal Children. A people “born from above - born again - begotten or “fathered.” It’s the mystery of the ages! God in man, man in God. It’s  God’s Way of transforming fleshly people into spiritual people. A lesson is revealed from the event of Jesus’ mother Mary’s visit to her cousin Elizabeth; John the Baptist’s mother.

      When “Mary” entered Elizabeth’s home, John leaped in his mother’s womb and Elizabeth was begotten by the Holy Spirit. This happened soon after Jesus was fathered in Mary’s womb and when Elizabeth was about six months pregnant with John. Each spirit led in their thinking.

      (Luke 1:39-45; “In those days Mary got up and went hurriedly into the hill country, to a town of Judah, and entered Zechariah’s house and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. She exclaimed with a loud voice, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child in your womb! And who am I that the mother of my Lord should come and visit me? For the instant the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. And blessed is she who believed that what was spoken to her by the Lord would be fulfilled.”)

        As human fathers may father many children with varying characteristics and talents: “so it is with God’s fathering His children by His spirit.” (A certainty is; “each individual fathered by God grows spiritually in the loves of the Father and the Son.) Accordingly, the Holy Spirit’s teaching; “we must love one another.” PAUL continues.

      (1Cor 8:7; But this knowledge is not shared by all. And some, by being accustomed to idols in former times, eat this food as an idol sacrifice and their conscience, “because it is weak, is defiled.”) SEE Paul‘s point? For conscience sake, don’t allow the old practices dominate your life. In Paul’s second letter he finalizes his subject.

       (2 Corinthians 6:16-18; “And what mutual agreement does the temple of God have with idols? For we “Christians” 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, and I will be a father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters,” says the All-Powerful Lord.”) We Christians, “as temples of God’s spirit, cannot righteously condone this world’s system of things.”

      (1Cor 8:8-13; “Now food will not bring us close to God. We are no worse if we do not eat and no better if we do. But be careful that this liberty of yours does not become a hindrance to the weak. For if someone weak sees you who possess knowledge dining in an idol’s temple, will not his conscience be to eat meat offered to idols? So by your knowledge the weak brother or sister, for whom Christ died, is destroyed. (or is destroying himself) (12) If you sin against your brothers or sisters in this way and wound their weak conscience, you sin against Christ. (13) For this reason, if food causes my brother or sister to sin, I will never eat meat again, so that I may not cause one of them to sin.”) Foods sacrificed to idols was mostly meats. Remember Paul is writing to Christians and NEW Christians need to see Godly faith in mature Christians.

      (1Cor 9:1-5; “Am I not free? Am I not an apostle? Have I not seen Jesus our Lord? Are you not my work in the Lord? If I am not an apostle to others, at least I am to you, for you are the confirming sign of my apostleship in the Lord. (3) This is my defense to those who examine me. Do we not have the right to financial support? Do we “apostles” not have the right to the company of a believing wife, like the other apostles and the Lord’s brothers and Cephas? )

        Paul was not married at the time of his pastor of the Corinthian church. He indicates Peter, Jesus’ brothers “James and Jude” had wives. They all had a right to financial support from Believers IN. The support principle includes, “not accepting support from unbelievers.”

      (1Cor 9:6-12; “Or do only Barnabas and I lack the right not to work? Who ever serves in the army at his own expense? Who plants a vineyard and does not eat its fruit? Who tends a flock and does not consume its milk? (8) Am I saying these things only on the basis of common sense, or does the law not say this as well? (9) For it is written in the law of Moses, “Do not muzzle an ox while it is treading out the grain.” God is not concerned here about oxen, is He? Or is He not surely speaking for our benefit? It was written for us, because the one plowing and threshing ought to work in hope of enjoying the harvest. If we sowed spiritual blessings among you, is it too much to reap material things from you? (12) If others receive this right from you, are we not more deserving?

But we have not made use of this right. Instead we endure everything so that we may not be a hindrance to the gospel of Christ.”) Though deserving, Paul did not want these “mostly new converts” to think he was teaching for monetary gain.

      (1Cor 9:13-18; “Don’t you know that those who serve in the temple eat food from the temple, and those who serve at the altar receive a part of the offerings? In the same way the Lord commanded those who proclaim the gospel to receive their living by the gospel. But I have not used any of these rights. And I am not writing these things so that something will be done for me. In fact, it would be better for me to die than – no one will deprive me of my reason for boasting! For if I preach the gospel, I have no reason for boasting, because I am compelled to do this. Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel! For if I do this voluntarily, I have a reward. But if I do it unwillingly, I am entrusted with a responsibility. (18) What then is my reward? That when I preach the gospel I may offer the gospel free of charge, and so not make full use of my rights in the gospel.”)

      It would be a negative thing within worldly denominational circles, for a pastor to follow Paul’s example. When taking pay from a particular assembly, one is responsible to that body and they are entrusting him with responsibility to themselves. Paul refused to be confined.

Jesus’ Gospel Revealed to Prophets, Apostles and Believers, chapter 3

December 4th, 2017

(To 7,979 in resident churches: people God is making temples of His spirit.)

12/4/17,  God’s 9th month, Kislev 16, 5778 until sunset.

       As were Israelites a chosen people because of promises made to Abraham, “we latter day followers of Jesus are spiritual Israelites (a people God fights for) by promise as heirs with Abraham. (Galatians 3:29; And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s descendants, heirs according to the promise.) Jesus taught it through His apostle Peter; “giving the reason for our calling.”

      (1Peter 2:9-12; “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people of His own, so that you may proclaim the virtues of the One who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light. (10) You once were not a people, but now you are God’s people. You were shown no mercy, but now you have received mercy. Dear friends, I urge you as foreigners and exiles to keep away from fleshly desires that do battle against the soul and maintain good conduct among the non-Christians, so that though they now malign you as wrongdoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God when He appears.”)

      Ours is a calling for God’s purpose, “not our own.” A selfless loving purpose; “the payoff Eternal Life.” Ours is a calling to Jesus’ faith. “to believe IN Him as His prophets and He proclaimed Himself to be “ (Our Savior, Redeemer, Mediator between us and God  the Father, One through whom life is, the Resurrection and our coming King of kings.) (See John 1:1-5, Colossians 1:15-20 and Hebrews 1: to discern the totality of who Jesus is.)

       (Hebrews 13:7-16; “Remember your ‘spiritual’ leaders, who spoke God’s message to you; reflect on the outcome of their lives and imitate their faith. (8) Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever! (9) Do not be carried away by all sorts of strange teachings. For it is good for the heart to be strengthened by grace, not ritual meals, which have never benefited those who participated in them. We have an altar that those who serve in the tabernacle have no right to eat from. For the bodies of those animals whose blood the high priest brings into the sanctuary as an offering for sin are burned outside the camp. (12) Therefore, to sanctify the people by His own blood, Jesus also suffered outside the camp. We must go out to Him, then, outside the camp, bearing the abuse He experienced. For here we have no lasting city, but we seek the city that is to come. (15) Through Him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, acknowledging His name. And do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for God is pleased with such sacrifices.”) As always study the whole.

       Reflect on Joseph, Moses, Joshua and Jesus’ twelve apostle’s lives. Reflect on the fact that Jesus was that Rock leading Israel through Moses and why the Israelites were dispersed to unbelieving pagan nations. Jesus gives us that reason through Moses. 

    (Deut 13:3-5; “You must not listen to the words of that prophet or dreamer, for the Lord your God will be TESTING you to see if you LOVE Him with all your mind and being. You must follow the Lord your God and revere only Him; and you must observe His commandments, obey Him, serve Him, and remain loyal to Him. As for that prophet or dreamer, he must be executed because he encouraged rebellion against the Lord your God who brought you from the land of Egypt, redeeming you from that place of slavery and because he has tried to entice you from The Way the Lord your God has commanded you to go. In this way you must purge out evil from within.”)

        What a contrast to the religious confusions in this age. What’s the end result of those teaching error?

       Our death ends the overcoming time we have in this age. Our time on earth in this age is a testing time. We should be mindful that many are called but few chosen in this age, even so Jesus’ Words will ultimately be our judge. (The last day is foreshadowed by the, “Last Great Day” Jesus ordained and kept, “it’s the eighth day and holy annual Sabbath ending the Feast of Tabernacles.)

       (John 12:47-50; “If anyone hears My words and does not obey them, I do not judge him. For I have not come to judge the world, but to save the world. The one who rejects Me and does not accept My words has a judge; The WORD I have spoken will judge each at the last day. For I have not spoken from My own authority, but the Father Himself who sent Me has commanded Me what I should say and what I should speak. (50) And I know that His commandment is ETERNAL LIFE. Thus the things I say, I say just as the Father has told Me.”)

       In each age, there have been many good hearted people who aren’t called for reasons we do not fully understand. Deceived folks, not believing in God as He manifest Himself to be. A physical resurrection and an opening of the mind awaits these. Many will repent, for having lived the way that seemed right to their fleshly minds; but some will not. (review 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 and Revelations 21:5-8)

      This world’s populations rejected Jesus just as He knew they would. However people have no excuse for not believing; “Jesus was sent by His Father to do His will.” Jesus’ life is a historical fact, “but the denominations refuse to believe IN and lovingly obey His Word.” (However His spiritual truths are revealed to the called Believers IN - Christians and hidden from the unbelieving populations.)

      Jesus said to the Israelites, “Have you never read in the scriptures: ‘The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone. This is from the Lord, and it is marvelous in our eyes’? For this reason I tell you that the kingdom of God will be taken from you “Israelites” and given to a people who will produce its fruit, “true Christians.” The one who falls on This Stone will be broken to pieces, and the one on whom it falls will be crushed.” (Jesus and His Saints are going to take this world’s governments by force.) When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard His parables, they realized that He was speaking about them. They wanted to arrest Him, but they were afraid of the crowds, because the crowds regarded Him as a prophet.” Matt 21:42-46)

      (Some translations use “capstone” in verse 42, but Cornerstone is accurate because the imagery in Eph 2:20-22 and 1 Cor 3:11 indicates that original Greek refers to a cornerstone, not a capstone.) “The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone” is also used in Ps 118:22-23 and the “stone imagery” referencing Christ, His suffering and exaltation is common in the New Testament (see also Mark 12:10; Luke 20:17; Acts 4:11; 1 Pet 2:6-8; cf. also Eph 2:20). The irony in it’s use in Ps 118:22-23, is that Gentiles and Israelites rejected the coming King.

      Paul’s speaking of “time being short” caused us to go off on a tangents we hope was helpful. When people live to the times Matthew recorded Jesus describing in Matthew 24: “similar advice like Paul’s should be given by caring teachers.” Even now, we need to be getting very concerned about the hard times coming on this world. PAUL CONTINUES in chapter 7:.

       (1Cor 7:32-35; “And I want you to be free from concern. An unmarried man is concerned about the things of the Lord, how to please the Lord. But a married man is concerned about the things of the world, how to please his wife, and he is divided. An unmarried woman or a virgin is concerned about the things of the Lord, to be holy both in body and spirit. But a married woman is concerned about the things of the world, how to please her husband. I am saying this for your benefit, not to place a limitation on you, but so that without distraction you may give notable and constant service to the Lord.”) IN this and each age, people needed to have their minds on Jesus’ coming Kingdom.

       In Paul’s age it was traditional that a man ask the girl’s daddy for his daughter in marriage. A daddy could reject the pursuant.

       (1Cor 7:36-38; If anyone thinks he is acting inappropriately toward his daughter, if she is past the bloom of youth and it seems necessary, he should do what he wishes; he does not sin. Let them marry. But the man “father or guardian” who is firm in his commitment, and is under no necessity but has control over his will, and has decided in his own mind to keep his own daughter, “in the home” does well. So then, the one who allows her to marry does well, but the one who does not, does better.”) The Net Bible translation uses virgin rather than daughter. Paul’s advice in such situations, doesn’t suggest that marriages be arranged universally.

      (1Cor 7:39-40; “A wife is bound as long as her husband is living. But if her husband dies, she is free to marry anyone she wishes (only someone in the Lord). (40) But in my opinion she will be happier if she remains as she is – and I think that I too have the Spirit of God!”) Paul makes it clear that this is his personal opinion. Hardness of times, had much to do with his opinion.

     . Corinth’s populations was mostly non-Israelites, Jesus and His apostle referred to them as gentiles. Characteristically gentiles were flagrant idol worshipers, even more so than Israelites had become. Jesus had delivered Israel through Moses, from the Egyptian sin bondage. Israelites traditionally kept a semblance of God’s ten commandments. However Israelites were often taken in by Satan’s use of gentiles pagan worshiping of imaginary gods, Solomon had built worship centers for his pagan wives.

      Today our so called modern societies have not changed morally since Solomon’s day. Idolatry is just as rampant as before the flood. Thus we know from Jesus’ Word; “the end of man’s rule on earth is near.”

      Our understanding is helped when we realize Paul is writing his first Corinthian letter during the Passover and Feast of Unleavened Bread season. A time set aside for God’s people to self examine themselves, as on His Sabbath “Atonement.” Putting unleavened bread out of homes, pictures putting sin out of lives, personal and cumulative for purification.

       (1 Cor 8:1-3; With regard to food sacrificed to idols, we know that “we all have knowledge.” Knowledge puffs up, (as does leavening) but love builds up. If someone thinks he knows something, he does not yet know to the degree that he needs to know. But if someone loves God, he is known by God.”)

       As with leavening, “worldly knowledge and pride puffs up.” Knowledge gained by experimentation and worldly education without spiritual knowledge of God, puffs people up. Godly love “that which is gifted to Believers IN” builds up. To love God is to be loved by God. To love God and His Ways is to love His commandments with the knowledge that they are for our good.

Jesus’ Gospel Revealed to Prophets, Apostles and Believers, chapter 2

December 3rd, 2017

(To 7,950 in resident churches: people God is making temples of His spirit.)

12/3/17,  God’s 9th month, Kislev 15, 5778 until sunset.

      Our Lord God, “Jesus” inspired Moses to write the same principles at Deuteronomy 13: inspired Paul to write the same at 1Corinthians 5:9-13; regarding associations with ungodly folks  (I wrote you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people. In no way did I mean the immoral people of this world, or the greedy and swindlers and idolaters, since you would then have to go out of the world. (11) But now I am writing to you not to associate with anyone who calls himself a Christian who is sexually immoral, or greedy, or an idolater, or verbally abusive, or a drunkard, or a swindler. Do not even eat with such a person. For what do I have to do with judging those outside? Are you not to judge those inside? (13) But God will judge those outside. Remove the evil person from among you.”)

      The difference? Israelites in Moses, Joshua and even through David’s reign were a set aside nation for God’s purpose. “Jesus” the lord God of Israel was the Rock that led them.

(1Cor 10:1-4; “For I do not want you to be unaware, brothers and sisters, that our fathers were all under the cloud and all passed through the sea, and all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea, and all ate the same spiritual food and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they were all drinking from the spiritual Rock that followed them, and the rock was Christ.”) That Rock “Jesus” covenanted with Abraham; made promises that included all his future descendents! That Rock “Jesus the Testator” one giving Israelites a valid will “covenant” died to remit Israel and the world’s sins. Sacrificing His blood for the remission of sin. The Testator’s death voided the old covenant and ushered in a new faith covenant for Spiritual Israelites. Spiritual Israelites are saved through Jesus’ faith imputed to the mind.

       (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. Thus the law had become our guardian until Christ, so that we could be declared righteous by “Jesus’” faith. (25) 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. (27) For all of you ‘Christians’ 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.”)

        By believing IN all God’s Word through Jesus’ gifted faith we become spiritual Israelites, ‘Christ Like.’

      God’s set aside times are for His set aside people. Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, “whose name God changed to Israel” were set aside as a peculiar people to the Lord. It was by promise to Abraham that the Israelites were to be delivered on God’s schedule. (After struggling with our Lord - Creator “Jesus or His angel manifesting Himself in the flesh” Jacob was told: (“No longer will your name be Jacob,” the man told him, “but Israel, because you have fought with God and with men and have prevailed.” Gen 32:28) (“The word “Israel” means “God fights.”) This name replaces the name “Jacob;” it’s a promise and a call to faith. (In essence, the Lord is saying that Israel would have victory and receive the promises because God would fight for them.) Thus, under the Lord Jesus’ covenant promise, He made provision for non-Israelites to become Israelite by circumcising the foreskin and practicing God’s commands.

       Through His apostles Jesus taught God’s churches His deity and characteristics from the old covenant text: “that followers of Him were in fact heirs with Abraham.” As were Israelites of old, Christians are a set aside “sanctified” people, “spiritual Israelites, a people God fights for.” Remembering God’s Sabbaths is an act of loyalty for followers of Jesus, “realizing we are a set aside people through Him.”

      From the content of Paul’s letter to the Corinthians we see that folks were asking Paul about their problems dealing with the frustrations of the times. Conditions in Greece and around Corinth were bad, “similar to Sodom and Gomorra.” Additionally false teachers were confusing God’s called people and leading some from The Way. Paul was of the mind that Jesus’ return was imminent, thus his teaching in chapter 7.

      (1 Cor 7:1-6; “Now with regard to the issues you wrote about: “It is good for a man not to have sexual relations with a woman.” But because of immoralities each man should have relations with his own wife and each woman with her own husband. A husband should give to his wife her sexual rights and likewise a wife to her husband. It is not the wife who has the rights to her own body, but the husband. In the same way, it is not the husband who has the rights to his own body, but the wife. (5) Do not deprive each other, except by mutual agreement for a specified time, so that you may devote yourselves to prayer. Then resume your relationship, so that Satan may not tempt you because of your lack of self-control. (6) I say this as a concession, not as a command. I wish that everyone was as I am. But each has his own gift from God, one this way, another that.”)

     In verse 26 of chapter 7, Paul makes his reasoning clearer. (26) Because of the impending crisis I think it best for you to remain as you are.)” Apparently Paul was never married, but he understood marital relationships from God’s View. (“Abstain so you may devote yourself to prayer,” is the only reason Paul gives for suggesting that folks not marry.)

      (1Cor 7:8-10; “To the unmarried and widows I say that it is best for them to remain as I am. But if they do not have self-control, let them get married. For it is better to marry than to burn with sexual desire. (10) To the married I give this command – not I, but the Lord, a wife should not divorce a husband (but if she does, let her remain unmarried, or be reconciled to her husband and a husband should not divorce his wife.”) Paul is writing to Believers IN Jesus, a people converted from their old nature and gifted with spiritual insight. NOTE Paul’s caution about inserting his own opinion.

      (1Cor 7:12-16; “To the rest I say – I, not the Lord – if a brother has a wife who is not a believer and she is happy to live with him, he should not divorce her. And if a woman has a husband who is not a believer and he is happy to live with her, she should not divorce him. For the unbelieving husband is sanctified “set aside” because of the wife, and the unbelieving wife because of her husband. Otherwise your children are unclean, but now they are holy. (15) But if the unbeliever wants a divorce, let it take place. In these circumstances the brother or sister is not bound. God has called you in peace. For how do you know, wife, whether you will bring your husband to salvation? Or how do you know, husband, whether you will bring your wife to salvation?)

      God knows all things in advance. A believing person may be with an unbeliever for testing. (Growing in God’s grace and overcoming to the end is the goal.)

      (1 Cor 7:17-19; “Nevertheless, as the Lord has assigned to each one, as God has called each person, so must he live. I give this sort of direction in all the churches. Was anyone called after being circumcised? He should not try to undo his circumcision. Was anyone called who is uncircumcised? He should not get circumcised. (19) Circumcision is nothing and un-circumcision is nothing. Instead, keeping God’s commandments is what counts.”)

       Circumcision always looked forward to “being circumcised of heart.” God knows each person’s situation when He calls. He may wait until one is in a particular situation before calling. He knows what He wants each person to overcome. For example; “to live with an unbelieving spouse could be needed training, for God’s purpose.

      Hosea is an example. (Hosea 1:2; When the Lord first spoke through Hosea, He said to him, “Go marry a prostitute who will bear illegitimate children conceived through prostitution, because the nation “Israel” continually commits spiritual prostitution by turning away from the Lord.”)

       Israel was called to separate from the world and be God’s people. Failed to be obedient, “God thought of them as prostitutes.” Hosea was to learn first hand, how God felt toward His rebellious people.

     (1Cor 7:20-24; “Let each one remain in that situation in life in which he was called. Were you called as a slave? Do not worry about it. But if indeed you are able to be free, make the most of the opportunity. For the one who was called in the Lord as a slave is the Lord’s freedman. In the same way, the one who was called as a free person is Christ’s slave. You were bought with a price. Do not become slaves of men. (24) In whatever situation someone was called, brothers and sisters, let him remain in it with God.”)

      THE POINT? Each individual is called for God’s purpose. Some may need to learn in this age, “what it’s like to serve as someone’s slave and to make the best of it.” An employee may be an instrument God uses to call a business owner. A converted wife may be God’s tool in converting a husband. When a person is in a position to be a witness for good, it’s likely God’s doing. (In the situation called, “remain in it with God.”) Theologians should never usurp God’s will in a Christian’s life.

      (1Cor 7:25-28; “With regard to the question about people who have never married, I have no command from the Lord, but I give my opinion as one shown mercy by the Lord to be trustworthy. Because of the impending crisis I think it best for you to remain as you are. The one bound to a wife should not seek divorce. The one released from a wife should not seek marriage. But if you marry, you have not sinned. And if a virgin marries, she has not sinned. But those who marry will face difficult circumstances, and I am trying to spare you such problems.”)

       Until Jesus’ revelations to John; each apostle thought Jesus’ return was soon. Study Jude’s short letter to followers of Jesus. The fact is; even though Jesus’ coming was not to be during that apostolic age, “Paul’s advise spared problems.”

      (1Cor 7:29-31; “And I say this, brothers and sisters: The time is short. So then those who have wives should be as those who have none, those with tears like those not weeping, those who rejoice like those not rejoicing, those who buy like those without possessions, (31) those who use the world as though they were not using it to the full. For the present shape of this world is passing away.”)

      Times Paul lived was similar to this latter age. It seemed then to Paul, as it now seems to many of us. Surely Jesus’ return will be soon. But it isn’t yet, God’s holy seven annual Sabbaths reveals His gifted clue. Though it seems close, (study Matthew 24:) that man of sin isn’t revealed and the monetary situation Jesus describes isn’t here just yet. However for the Elect sake time will be cut short.

Jesus’ Gospel,Revealed to Prophets, Apostles and Believers chapter 1

December 2nd, 2017

(To 7,914 in resident churches: people God is making temples of His spirit.)

12/2/17,  God’s 9th month, Kislev 14, 5778 until sunset.

     “Jesus’ Revelations to John” are spiritual to a spiritual people. Abominable conduct to our Creator is revealed through Jesus’ apostle John, His prophets and each Believer. But through worldly education and false science Satan has the world opposed to Jesus’ doctrinal statements; making them offensive to all but the called. Including disobedient professing Christians and denominational minded theologians. Hopefully many offended people will tearfully turn, “when Jesus opens their understanding and calls to His Ways.” Denominational minded folks speak of being hopeful of a large, “back to Jesus” revival, but that isn’t likely according to Jesus‘ Word recorded by Matthew. Naturally God could supernaturally open minds of denominationally minded theologians in this age. But it’s certain, “the time is coming when the whole world will be taught Jesus’ Ways.” Deceiver Satan and his angelic followers will be bound for a long season.

       In previous studies we’ve reviewed Paul’s instructions regarding the dealings with Christians who turn from The Way. We’ve shared the seven doctrines, “God’s churches are obligated to teach and practice, from Hebrews 6:” Worldly theologians don’t heed Jesus’ teaching at Heb 6: and reject the fact that it was Jesus that inspired Moses’ writing. Apparently they aren’t mindful, “that Jesus is the same “yesterday, today and forever.” Jesus is the Lord, our Creator and coming King of Kings. (See Colossians 1:15-20)

      At Deut 12:32- 13:5, Moses wrote: “You must be careful to do everything I am commanding you. Do not add to it or subtract from it! (13:1) Suppose a prophet or one who foretells by dreams should appear among you and show you a sign or wonder, and the sign or wonder should come to pass concerning what he said to you, NAMELY, “Let us follow other gods” – gods whom you have not previously known – “and let us serve them.” (3) You must not listen to the words of that prophet or dreamer, for the Lord your God will be TESTING you to see if you LOVE Him with all your mind and being. You must follow the Lord your God and revere only Him; and you must observe His commandments, obey Him, serve Him, and remain loyal to Him. (13:5) As for that prophet or dreamer, he must be executed because he encouraged rebellion against the Lord your God who brought you from the land of Egypt, redeeming you from that place of slavery and because he has tried to entice you from The Way the Lord your God has commanded you to go. In this way you must purge out evil from within.”)

      The same Jesus that revealed His Way to Moses inspired Paul! NOW, at the end of the coming millennial age, “all unrepentant persons will die a “SECOND DEATH.”

     (Revelations 2:11; “The one who has an ear had better hear what the Spirit says to the churches. The one who conquers “overcomes” will in no way be harmed by the second death.’) Jesus’ apostle Paul is teaching Christians the same principles.

      (1 Cor 5:9-13; “I wrote you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people. In no way did I mean the immoral people of this world, or the greedy and swindlers and idolaters, since you would then have to go out of the world. (11) But now I am writing to you not to associate with anyone who calls himself a Christian who is sexually immoral, or greedy, or an idolater, or verbally abusive, or a drunkard, or a swindler. Do not even eat with such a person. For what do I have to do with judging those outside? Are you not to judge those inside? (13) But God will judge those outside. Remove the evil person from among you.”) Paul’ meaning is; “do that sinful person and God’s church a favor, by removing such a person.”

      (1 Cor 6:1-8; “When any of you has a legal dispute with another, does he dare go to court before the unrighteous rather than before the Saints? Or do you not know that the Saints will judge the world? And if the world is to be judged by you, are you not competent to settle trivial suits? (3) Do you not know that we will judge angels? Why not ordinary matters! So if you have ordinary lawsuits, do you appoint as judges those who have no standing in the church? I say this to your shame! Is there no one among you wise enough to settle disputes between fellow Christians? Instead, does a Christian sue a Christian, and do this before unbelievers? The fact that you have lawsuits among yourselves demonstrates that you have already been defeated. Why not rather be wronged? Why not rather be cheated? (8) But you “Christians” yourselves do wrong and cheat, and you do this to your brothers and sisters!”)

       During the apostolic age there was ONE Church of God, but unbelievers infiltrated and began assuming leadership positions. Today there are many in name only. Few called out obedient people. (The good news messages “Saints were taught by Jesus through Paul, have little semblance to what is being taught to professing Christians in this age.) Believers IN, who overcome the flesh and Satan’s influences to the end, “will rule with Jesus during His millennial reign. There will be no division!

     So we ask: “in your wildest imagination, can you think there will be a revival to God’s Way before Jesus returns?” (Yes we are aware that all things are possible with God.) But, Believers IN, are praying that Jesus’ kingdom soon come. One of Jesus’ promises is that, “for the Elect’s sake this age will be shortened.”

       Don’t we see that this world’s religions and all unbelievers. “love the status quo of this world’s system of things?” The holy scriptures teach us that governments will actually fight against Jesus, His angels and His Saints at His return; but His master plan will prevail!

      (1 Cor 6:9-11; “Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived! The sexually immoral, idolaters, adulterers, passive homosexual partners, practicing homosexuals, thieves, the greedy, drunkards, the verbally abusive, and swindlers will not inherit the kingdom of God. (11) Some of you once lived this way. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.”) Christians in every age, did live and practice ways they became ashamed of before God revealed Himself to them.

      The principle scriptural teaching is; “God does the calling, opens minds, gives repentance to, sanctifies, justifies in the loving nature and name of Jesus Christ. By His fathering spirit, God converts those He chooses. How awesome to know that we are God’s literal Children and heirs with Abraham.

      Jesus revealed the same principles to John, Moses and Paul. (Rev 21:5-8; “And the one seated on the throne said: “Look! I am making all things new!” Then He said to me, “John” “Write it down, because these words are reliable and true.” He also said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the one who is thirsty I will give water free of charge from the spring of the water of LIFE. The one who conquers “OVERCOMES” will inherit these things, and I will be his God and he will be My Son. (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.”) How can assemblies calling themselves Christian, condone things that are detestable to our coming King?

       (1 Cor 6:12; “All things are lawful for me” – but not everything is beneficial. “All things are lawful for me” – but I will not be controlled by anything.”) Paul recognizes his maturity in Christ. (Paul’s mind, his being and his actions were directed by his love for God Way. (Paul was mindful that folks are controlled by their internal belief system.) Believers in this worldly traditions are controlled by them. Believers in a particular denomination is controlled by it. Atheist are controlled by irrational human instinct. (We can’t understand these things, “except through God’s gifted holy spirit and revelations.) We Christians’ belong to Jesus as bond servants, “it’s the only freedom that exist.”

      (1 Cor 6:13-14; “Food is for the stomach and the stomach is for food, but God will do away with both.” The body is NOT for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. (14) Now God indeed raised the Lord and He will raise us by His power.” )

      The first resurrection is for Believers IN, and is to, “a spiritual eternal life,” Others of God’s choosing and timing will be in, “a second physical resurrection.” These will see God’s Way in action and “many will repent for having lived the way that seemed right.” Before New Jerusalem comes down; “all evil will be destroyed.” It’s Jesus and His apostles doctrine.

      (God’s fathering, “His begetting spirit, His promise of birth anew from above” converts individuals, “making each His literal Children.”) His children are promised a resurrection like Jesus‘ “a spiritual inheritance to eternal life.”  

      (1 Cor 6:15-17; “Do you not know that your bodies are MEMBERS of Christ? Should I take the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? Never! Or do you NOT know that anyone who is united with a prostitute is one body with her? For it is said, “The two will become one flesh.” (17) But the one united with the Lord is ONE spirit with Him.”) God’s gifted spirit make us AT ONE WITH HIM! Paul’s teaching metaphor is, (one called to be a Believer IN and turns from his gifted first love of God’s Way to follow another way, “commits spiritual adultery.”)

      God’s church is the accumulation of people called to follow Jesus, “Christians.” “God’s church is the bride of Christ.” A people married to, clothed with, immersed in Jesus’ Way. Thus Christians are likened to, “as being one flesh with Jesus.” One spirit and mind with Him.! We need to strive at being loyal!

      (1 Cor 6:18-20; “Flee sexual immorality! “Every sin a person commits is outside of the body” – but the immoral person sins against his own body. Or do you NOT know that your body is the TEMPLE of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are NOT your own? (20) For you “followers of Jesus” were bought at a price. Therefore glorify God with your body.”)

      THAT PRICE? Jesus’ suffered, shed His blood, “gave His life.” THIS too is why Jesus had Moses write that the Israelites should not put markings on their flesh as the gentiles did. This is why Jesus inspired Moses to write about clean and unclean foods. God does the sanctifying “the setting apart” of His people to be a peculiar people, “different from worldly people.

       Initially, Jesus’ apostles were expecting His return during their life time. They observed Christianities infiltrating by unbelievers. “People attempting to change God’s grace into a works methodology by which one could be saved.” Such teaching was and is still a majority denominational teaching. A method by which an individual is saved by willingly giving their heart to Jesus. Their principle teaching seems to be; “only meaningfully say you believe Jesus lived and died for your sin, “gets you membership in His kingdom. This erroneous teaching leaves God’s choosing and calling individuals out of the equation, “but fit’s the inherited appeal of people’s fleshly nature.”

      Persecutions from Israelites, non- Israelites, governments and the warring factions, caused Jesus’ apostles to believe Jesus’ prophecies as recorded in Matthew 24: were coming soon. In fact it is soon, according to God‘s timing. When Jesus’ revelations to John was given, obviously, “that man of sin must be revealed before this age’s end.” Obviously too, Jesus’ message and His deity would be twisted beyond recognition, to the unbelieving materialistic world. (Jesus said and it’s revealed to Christians; “false religions would deceive the whole world before His return.” (Even God’s Elect would be deceived, if possible.) (See Matthew 24:24 & Mark 13:22)

Apostasy and commentary, chapter 11

November 28th, 2017

(Sharing God’s View with 7,761 in resident churches: people being made temples of God’s spirit,)

11/28/17; God’s 9th month, Kislev 10, 5778 until sunset.

      From a human logic point of view; “there must be a methodology by which one can be saved.” Such logic is what worldly religions use as a foundation for their evangelism. Motivating people to “give their heart to the Lord” is the theme used in their campaigns. This too is part of the apostasy Jude saw on the horizon when he wrote, “Jude.” Consider the fact that Satan knows God the Father created him though God the Son, “Jesus.” Satan knows why Jesus came in the flesh; that his time is short and his future demise.

      After Jesus’ disciples returning form their missionary assignment and was telling Jesus’ about their power over demons “when using His name” Jesus said: “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.” Luke 10:18. (We need to know deceiver, lying Satan can appear in visible form, uses individuals and people groups to deceive and persecute God’s people. (Babylonians and Assyrians have been used to partner with Satan and persecute God’s people. The Word “Babylon” means confusion.) Jesus reveals this and the demise of Satan and his helper’s through His prophet Isaiah.

       (Isaiah 14:12-14; “Look how you have fallen from the sky, O shining one, son of the dawn! You have been cut down to the ground, O conqueror of the nations! (13) You said to yourself, “I will climb up to the sky. Above the stars of El. I will set up my throne. I will rule on the mountain of assembly on the remote slopes of Zaphon. I will climb up to the tops of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High!”

     (Isa 14:15-17; “But you were brought down to Sheol, to the remote slopes of the pit Those who see you stare at you, they look at you carefully, thinking: “Is this the man who shook the earth, the one who made kingdoms tremble? Is this the one who made the world like a desert, who ruined its cities, and refused to free his prisoners so they could return home?”’

     (Isa 14:18-21; “As for all the kings of the nations, all of them lie down in splendor, each in his own tomb. But you have been thrown out of your grave like a shoot that is thrown away. You lie among the slain, among those who have been slashed by the sword, among those headed for the stones of the pit, as if you were a mangled corpse. You will not be buried with them, because you destroyed your land and killed your people. The offspring of the wicked will never be mentioned again. Prepare to execute his sons for the sins their ancestors have committed. They must not rise up and take possession of the earth, or fill the surface of the world with cities.”

     (Isa 14:22-23; “I will rise up against them,” says the Lord who commands armies. “I will blot out all remembrance of Babylon and destroy all her people, including the offspring she produces,” says the Lord. “I will turn her iinto a place that is overrun with wild animals and covered with pools of stagnant water. I will get rid of her, just as one sweeps away dirt with a broom” says the Lord who commands armies.

      (Isa 14:24-27; “The Lord who commands armies makes this solemn vow: “Be sure of this: Just as I have intended, so it will be; just as I have planned, it will happen. I will break Assyria in My land, I will trample them underfoot on My hills. Their yoke will be removed from My people, the burden will be lifted from their shoulders. This is the plan I have devised for the whole earth; My hand is ready to strike all the nations.” Indeed, the Lord who commands armies has a plan, and who can possibly frustrate it? His hand is ready to strike, and who can possibly stop it?)

      Jesus’ apostle Paul was given revelations about Satan’s function.

      (Ephesians 2:1-3; And although you ‘followers of Jesus’ were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you formerly lived according to this world’s present path, according to the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the ruler of7 the spirit that is now energizing the sons of disobedience, among whom all of us also formerly lived out our lives in the cravings of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath even as the rest..”) Note: Paul includes himself when he was a Pharisee. To the Corinthians and we Believers Paul reveals. 

     (2Cor 4:2-6; “But we ‘followers of Jesus’ have rejected shameful hidden deeds, not behaving with deceptiveness or distorting the word of God, but by open proclamation of the truth we commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience before God. (3) But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled only to those who are perishing, among whom the god of this age has blinded the minds of those who do not believe so they would not see the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God. For we do not proclaim ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your slaves for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said “Let light shine out of darkness,” is the one who shined in our hearts to give us the light of the glorious knowledge of God in the face of Christ.”)

      Remember; Jesus revealed through Isaiah that all is preplanned.

      (Rev 20:7-10; “Now when the thousand years are finished, Satan will be released from his prison (Shoel - the pit - see Isaiah) and will go out to deceive the nations at the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to bring them together for the battle. They are as numerous as the grains of sand in the sea. They went up on the broad plain of the earth and encircled the camp of the Saints and the beloved city, but fire came down from heaven and devoured them completely. And the devil who deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet are too, and they will be tormented there day and night forever and ever.”

      (Rev 20:11-15; “Then I saw a large white throne and the one who was seated on it; the earth and the heaven fled from His presence, and no place was found for them. And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne. Then books were opened, and another book was opened – the book of life. So the dead were judged by what was written in the books, according to their deeds. The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and Death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each one was judged according to his deeds. Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death – the lake of fire. (15) If anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, that person was thrown into the lake of fire.”) Jesus revealed the same to His prophet “Malachi” and he wrote.

      (Mal 4:1 (3:19) “For indeed the day is coming, burning like a furnace, and all the arrogant evildoers will be chaff. The coming day will burn them up,” says the Lord who rules over all. “It will not leave even a root or branch. But for you who respect My name, the sun of vindication will rise with healing wings, and you will skip about like calves released from the stall. You will trample on the wicked, for they will be like ashes under the soles of your feet on the day which I am preparing,” says the Lord who rules over all.”) John the Baptist revealed the same when speaking of Jesus.

      (Matthew 3:11-12; “I baptize you with water, for repentance, but the One coming after me is more powerful than I am – I am not worthy to carry His sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. (12) His winnowing fork is in His hand, and He will clean out His threshing floor and will gather His wheat into the storehouse, but the chaff he will burn up with inextinguishable fire.”) Speaking to unbelievers “people loving this world’s system of things:” Jesus revealed and John wrote.

      (John  8:44-47; You people are from your father the devil, and you want to do what your father desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not uphold the truth, because there is no truth in him. Whenever he lies, he speaks according to his own nature, because he is a liar and the father of lies. But because I am telling you the truth, you do not believe Me. Who among you can prove Me guilty of any sin? If I am telling you the truth, why don’t you believe Me? The one who belongs to God listens and responds to God’s words. You don’t listen and respond, because you don’t belong to God.”)

      Jesus’ apostle Paul, His prophets Isaiah, Jeremiah, Daniel and others prophesied about Israel’s future. All Israel will be saved. (ROMANS 11:25-27; “For I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers and sisters, so that you may not be conceited: A partial hardening has happened to Israel until the full number of the Gentiles has come in. (26) And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written: “The Deliverer will come out of Zion; He will remove ungodliness from Jacob. (27) And this is My covenant with them, when I take away their sins.”) Paul is quoting from Isaiah 27:9, 59:20-21 and Jeremiah 31:33-34.)

       (Romans 6:21-23; “So what benefit did you then reap from those things that you are now ashamed of? For the end of those things is death. But now, freed from sin and enslaved to God, you have your benefit leading to sanctification, and the end is eternal life. For the payoff of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”) Jesus revealed these thing to Paul and these revelations kept him humble.

      (2 Corinthians 12:1-10; “It is necessary to go on boasting. Though it is not profitable, I will go on to visions and revelations from the Lord. I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago (whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows) was caught up to the third heaven. And I know that this man (whether in the body or apart from the body I do not know, God knows) was caught up into paradise and heard things too sacred to be put into words, things that a person is not permitted to speak. On behalf of such an individual I will boast, but on my own behalf I will not boast, except about my weaknesses. For even if I wish to boast, I will not be a fool, for I would be telling the truth, but I refrain from this so that no one may regard me beyond what he sees in me or what he hears from me, even because of the extraordinary character of the revelations. Therefore, so that I would not become arrogant, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to trouble me – so that I would not become arrogant. I asked the Lord three times about this, that it would depart from me. But He said to me, “My grace is enough for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” So then, I will boast most gladly about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may reside in me. Therefore I am content with weaknesses, with insults, with troubles, with persecutions and difficulties for the sake of Christ, for whenever I am weak, then I am strong.”) May we each be gifted with the grace of believing IN and overcome to the end.

       (Remember our English dictionary identifies apostasy as, “the renunciation of a religious - political belief or allegiance: someone renouncing a belief  Jude recognized the twisting of Jesus’ words, purpose for coming in the flesh, His doctrine and future as King of Kings.

The Apostacy and commentary, chapter 10

November 26th, 2017

 (Sharing God’s View with 7,694 in resident churches: people being made temples of God’s spirit,)

11/26/17; God’s 9th month, Kislev 8, 5778 until sunset.

      Familiarity breeds contempt: Its a human inherited characteristic and the reason Jesus explained why “families often become enemies over beliefs.” It isn’t limited to religion, “people of differing politics spar angrily.

        (Matthew 10:34-36; “Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace but a sword. For I have come to set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law, and a man’s enemies will be the members of his household.

     (Matt 10:37-40; “Whoever loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. And whoever does not take up his cross, ’life practices’ and follow Me is not worthy of Me. Whoever finds his life will lose it and whoever loses his life because of me will find it. “Whoever receives you ‘Believers IN’ receives Me, and whoever receives Me receives the One who sent Me.”) The major point to realize is, “if God isn’t opening minds, people lean to their own understanding, which is idolatry.” (Study Proverbs 3: we’re printing verses 5 - 12.)

     (Prov 3:5-12; “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding. Acknowledge Him in all your ways and He will make your paths straight.

Do not be wise in your own estimation; fear the Lord and turn away from evil. This will bring healing to your body, and refreshment to your inner self. Honor the Lord from your wealth and from the first fruits of all your crops; then your barns will be filled completely and your vats will overflow with new wine. My child, do not despise discipline from the Lord and do not loathe His rebuke. For the Lord disciplines those He loves, just as a father disciplines the son in whom He delights.”)

       Nations, family and individual problems’ are caused by disobedience.

       Pentecost, meaning, “count fifty” it’s fifty days from the weekly Sabbath after Passover and during the Feast of Unleavened Bread.  Google a “Judean calendar” and purchase one or more.) It was revealed to Jesus’ apostle Paul that, “God is entrusting the tribe of Judea with His oracles.” It’s one reason Jews have been so persecuted by gentiles and the world.

       (Romans 3:1-18; “Therefore what advantage does the Jew have, or what is the value of circumcision? Actually, there are many advantages. First of all, the Jews were entrusted with the oracles of God. What then? If some, “Jews” 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.” (Quote from Psalms 51:4) (5) But if our “we Christians” 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? 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!)

     Rom 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. 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.” “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.” “There is no fear of God before their eyes.”) (Paul is using quotes from, Psalms 5:9, 36:1, 140:3. 143:2 and Isaiah 59:7-8.)

        Israelites were expecting the Messiah when Jesus was born. Jews are still expecting a Messiah “likened to Moses.” Judaism still designates God’s calendar, denoting His annual Sabbaths. (Jesus was ask about His kingdom and the mother of one ask that her two sons have leadership positions, Jesus’ response was “it isn’t mine to give.”)  (Pilate ask Jesus if He were a King, Jesus answered; “for the reason I was born.”

       (John 18:33-38; “So Pilate went back into the governor’s residence, summoned Jesus, and asked Him, “Are you the king of the Jews?” Jesus replied, “Are you saying this on your own initiative, or have others told you about Me?” Pilate answered, “I am not a Jew, am I? Your own people and your chief priests handed you over to me. What have you done?” (36) Jesus replied, “My kingdom is not from this world. If My kingdom were from this world, My servants would be fighting to keep Me from being handed over to the Jewish authorities. But as it is, My kingdom is not from here.” Then Pilate said, “So you are a king!” Jesus replied, “You say that I am a king. For this reason I was born, and for this reason I came into the world – to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to My voice.” Pilate asked, “What is truth?”)

       What’s truth? Has been an ongoing  question since Adam. God’s Word proclaims “God is truth.” Proclaiming it, “Paul’s message was about the kingdom of God.”

      (Acts 20:25-35; Paul wrote, “And now I know that none of you among whom I went around proclaiming the kingdom will see me again. Therefore I declare to you today that I am innocent of the blood of you all. For I did not hold back from announcing to you the whole purpose of God. Watch out for yourselves and for all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God that He obtained with the blood of His own Son. I know that after I am gone fierce wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock. Even from among your own group men will arise, teaching perversions of the truth to draw the disciples away after them. Therefore be alert, remembering that night and day for three years I did not stop warning each one of you with tears. And now I entrust you to God and to the message of His grace. This message is able to build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified. I have desired no one’s silver or gold or clothing. You yourselves know that these hands of mine provided for my needs and the needs of those who were with me. By all these things, I have shown you that by working in this way we must help the weak, and remember the words of the Lord Jesus that He Himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” When Paul had said these things, he knelt down with them all and prayed.”)

        The good news from Jesus and His apostles is about His coming kingdom on earth, the resurrections; “sanctified believers” in the first resurrection and others in their own order. Jesus; nor did any apostle ever teach people to trust their own intellect or look to gentile philosophies. Rather they taught to do so is idolatry. Part of the apostate Jude saw taking place was unbelievers omitting Jesus’ resurrections doctrine in lieu of the demonic pagan philosophy “of a soul immortality.” That is, “everyone is born to live forever someplace” - “good to heaven and bad to an ever burning fire.” Let’s study Paul’s revelations about the resurrections.

       (1 Corinthians 15:12-19; “Now if Christ is being preached as raised from the dead, how can some of you say there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is futile and your faith is empty. Also, we are found to be false witnesses about God, because we have testified against God that he raised Christ from the dead, when in reality he did not raise Him, if indeed the dead are not raised. For if the dead are not raised, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is useless; you are still in your sins. Furthermore, those who have fallen asleep in Christ have also perished. For if only in this life we have hope in Christ, we should be pitied more than anyone.” (“Deceased unbelievers are in a state of perishing, until their own resurrection time and a later judgment; See Revelations 21:8”) 

      (15:20-28; “But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since death came through a man, “Adam” the resurrection of the dead also came through a man, “Jesus.” For just as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive. But each in his own order: Christ, the firstfruits; then when Christ comes, those who belong to Him. Then comes the end, (24) when He hands over the kingdom to God the Father, when He has brought to an end all rule and all authority and power. For He, “Jesus” must reign until He has put all His enemies under His feet. The last enemy to be eliminated is death. For He, “God the Father” has put everything in subjection under His, “Jesus’” feet. But when it says “everything” has been put in subjection, it is clear that this does not include the One who put everything in subjection to Him. And when all things are subjected to Him, “God the Father” then the Son Himself will be subjected to the One, “God the Father” who subjected everything to Him, so that God may be all in all.”) (NOTE that Paul’s prophecy jumps at verse 24 to when Jesus’ millennial rule ends and New Jerusalem comes down.) 

      (15:29-34;” Otherwise, what will those do who are baptized for the dead? If the dead are not raised at all, then why are they baptized for them? Why too are we in danger every hour? Every day I am in danger of death! This is as sure as my boasting in you, which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord. If from a human point of view I fought with wild beasts at Ephesus, what did it benefit me? If the dead are not raised, let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die. Do not be deceived: “Bad company corrupts good morals.” Sober up as you should, and stop sinning! For some have no knowledge of God – I say this to your shame!” (Remember, Jesus, His apostles and many Believers have died for God’s truth about resurrections, gifted salvation and judgment.)

       (15:35-41; But someone will say, “How are the dead raised? With what kind of body will they come?” Fool! What you sow will not come to life unless it dies. And what you sow is not the body that is to be, but a bare seed – perhaps of wheat or something else. But God gives it a body just as He planned, and to each of the seeds a body of its own. All flesh is not the same: People have one flesh, animals have another, birds and fish another. And there are heavenly bodies and earthly bodies. The glory of the heavenly body is one sort and the earthly another. There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon and another glory of the stars, for star differs from star in glory.”) Allow John’s revelation regarding our spiritual bodies.

     (1John 3:2-3; “Dear friends, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet been revealed. We know that whenever it is revealed we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is. And everyone who has this hope focused on Him purifies himself, just as Jesus is pure).

      (1Cor 15:42-49; “It is the same with the resurrection of the dead. What is sown is perishable, “will decay” what is raised is imperishable. It is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body. So also it is written, “The first man, Adam, became a living person” the last Adam, ‘Jesus’ became a life-giving spirit. However, the spiritual did not come first, but the natural, and then the spiritual. The first man is from the earth, made of dust; the second man is from heaven. Like the one made of dust, so too are those made of dust, and like the One from heaven, so too those who are heavenly. And just as we have borne the image of the man of dust, let us also bear the image of the man of heaven.”

      (1Cor 15:50-55; “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?” (Paul is quoting from Isaiah 25:8 and Hosea 13”14) “The flesh is mortal, but this mortal must put on immortality. (Review verse 53;For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality.”

      (15:56-58; “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.”)

       Jesus’ deeds “revel Him as Recreator,” He recreated the heavens and earth, recreated physical life in Lazarus, through Peter He recreated physical life to Tabatha, recreated bread and fish feeding thousands and He will recreate each individual in their own order.

The Apostacy and commentary, chapter 9

November 24th, 2017

  (Sharing God’s View with 7,646 in resident churches: people being made temples of His spirit,)

11/24/17; God’s 9th month, Kislev 6, 5778 until sunset.

It’s revealed to God’s people that His purpose for making mankind in His likeness and image is to make us family, “His literal offspring - children.” Jesus revealed it and inspired His apostle Peter to give us revelations.

(1 Peter 2:1-8; “So get rid of all evil, deceit, hypocrisy, envy and all slander. And yearn like newborn infants for pure, spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up to salvation, if you have experienced the Lord’s kindness. So as you come to Him, a living Stone rejected by men but chosen and priceless in God’s sight, you yourselves, as living stones, are built up as a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood and to offer spiritual sacrifices that are acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.(6) For it says in scripture, “Look, I lay in Zion a Stone, a chosen and priceless Cornerstone, and whoever believes in Him will never be put to shame.” (Quote from Isaiah 28:16) So you who believe see His value, but for those who do not believe, the Stone that the builders rejected has become the Cornerstone, (denoting an obstacle to faith, something that arouses anger and rejection. “quote from Isaiah 8:14.) and a stumbling-stone and a rock to trip over. They stumble because they disobey the Word, as they were destined to do.”) “Only the called out, “born from above” aren’t destined to trip.”

As Jesus is a living Stone. So too are we who believe IN. Believers IN are a spiritual house, a holy priesthood. Our obedience makes us acceptable to God the Father through Jesus Christ.

Jesus’ apostles’ letters are TO a called out converted people. (Thus, “if we have experienced the Lord’s kindness, we are also as living Stones -Saints.” (To be built a holy priesthood.) WHY? To offer spiritual sacrifices that are acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. HOW POSSIBLE? (Only through the imputation of God’s spirit to our being!)

(1 Peter 2:9-12; “But you “Christians” are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people of His own, so that you may proclaim the virtues of the One who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light. You once were not a people, but now you are God’s people. You were shown no mercy, but now you have received mercy.

(11) Dear friends, I urge you as foreigners and exiles to keep away from fleshly desires that do battle against the soul, and maintain good conduct among the non-Christians, so that though they now malign you as wrongdoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God when He appears.”) (No matter our nation or community: we Believers IN are foreign exiles to them as was Abraham!)

If we are believers IN His marvelous light it’s ONLY because He called us out of darkness. (a) Unbelievers are not capable of yearning for spiritual understanding. (b) Followers of Jesus are God called and chosen. (c) Growing to salvation is to experience God’s kindness. (d) Gifted to recognize our state of being; “our inherited from Adam nature.” (e) Gifted with a desire to turn to God‘s Way.” (f) Believers IN are built, “a spiritual house to offer spiritual sacrifices.” (g) Jesus is a priceless Cornerstone in God the Father‘s View and rejected by the world. (h) For unbelievers Jesus is the Stone they are destined to trip over.. (i) Believers IN are chosen to be God’s own, “a royal priesthood; a holy nation.” (j) We believe IN because of His grace and mercy; “not of our own choosing.”! (k) Believers can expect to be maligned and ostracized by established religions.) This is Jesus’ teaching, as revealed to Peter and each Believer IN. NOW BACK TO JESUS’ WORD THROUGH JOHN

(John 15:1-4; “I am the true vine and My Father is the gardener. He takes away every branch that does not bear fruit in Me. He prunes every branch that bears fruit so that it will bear more fruit. You ‘Believers IN’ are clean already because of the Word that I ’Jesus’ have spoken to you. Remain in Me and I will remain in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it remains in the vine, so neither can you unless you remain in Me.”)

Followers of Jesus Believe IN God as Abraham did. We are spirit led not to lean to OUR own understanding; that is, “we don’t trust your own fleshly intellect!” (Fruit NOT produced through Jesus, is what all worldly religions offer.) “Because of the Word, “believers IN Jesus are purified.” In John’s first letter to converted people he gets more to the point at verses 18-20.

(1 John 3:18-20; “Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue but in deed and truth. And by this we will know that we are of the truth and will convince our conscience in His presence, that if our conscience condemns us, that God is greater than our conscience and knows all things.”)

(John 15:5-8; “I am the vine; you are the branches. The one who remains in Me – and I in him – bears much fruit, because apart from Me you can accomplish nothing. 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. (Look back and review Revelations 21:8?) (7) If you remain in Me and My Words remain in you, ask whatever you want, and it will be done for you. (8) My Father is honored by this, that you bear much fruit and show that you are My disciples.”) God loves His kingdom, “thus, unbelievers will be thrown out and burned up.

(John 15:9-12; “Just as the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you; remain in My love. If you obey My commandments, you will remain in My love, just as I have obeyed My Father’s commandments and remain in His love. I have told you these things so that My joy may be in you, and your joy may be complete. My commandment is this – to love one another just as I have loved you.”) “JUST AS I HAVE LOVED YOU” has been repeated several times! Jesus is the Shepherd that has given ‘laid down’ His life for we sheep. Jesus’ teaching this New commandment, does not nullify His ten commandments, “but magnifies them spiritually.”

(John 15:13-15; “No one has greater love than this – that one lays down his life for his friends. You ‘followers of Me’ are My friends if you do what I command you. I no longer call you slaves, because the slave does not understand what his master is doing. But I have called you friends, because I have revealed to you everything I heard from My Father.”) Revealed if the key word.

Hopefully we prayerfully accept and believe IN Jesus‘ truth, “NO person can understand without His revealing!” Theology schooling adds nothing to spiritual reveled comprehension! (The apostle Paul always refer to himself as Jesus’ slave.) We each should be willingly proud to be His slave, “because He loved and chose us first.”

(John 15:16-17; “You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that remains, so that whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you. This I command you – to love one another.”)

If we believe IN God the Father and God the Son as manifested in the holy scriptures it’s because WE ARE CHOSEN: “we did not choose Him!” Jesus’ sacrificial death on our behalf, “is the love we are to have for one another.” We must be willing to die for one another if necessary. (JESUS speaks of His death as a commandment, received from His Father.) (Review John 10:18 & 14:31)

It’s not ONLY the degree or intensity of OUR love for one another that Jesus is referring to, by comparison His own death. John makes clear HOW we come to know Godly love in his first letter.

(1John 3:16-17; “We have come to know “Godly’ love by this: that Jesus laid down His life for us; thus we ought to lay down our lives for our fellow Christians. But whoever has the world’s possessions and sees his fellow Christian in need and shuts off his compassion against him, how can the love of God reside in such a person?”)

John expresses his own love while quoting Jesus’ teaching us how to love. We hope each understands the spiritual fulfillment of “God’s imputing His spirit to our minds to “make us AT ONE with Himself. If we are gifted with a desire to be AT ONE with Him; “seek to know His Ways.”

The apostasy Jude wrote about was primarily the result of Pharisee/Sadducees type Judaism and paganism infiltrating God’s called out people. They each had their personal agenda’s and spread their fleshly rational. (Rational like Cain’s, who thought God should be pleased with his sacrifice and way of thinking.) To unbelievers of every sort; “the mystery of God imputing His spirit in people of His choice, making them at one with Himself isn’t logical.” Unbelieving people spreading “what Jude called apostasy” were inserting their own ideas about right, wrong, good and evil. A miraculous opening of a person’s mind to understand the scriptures doesn’t fit fleshly minded rational. Unbelievers can’t accept that “believe IN Jesus’ and His deeds, is a “miraculous gift by grace event.”

(Luke 24:44-49; 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.”)

Jesus’ prophecy, “that repentance for the forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed in His name to all nations: isn’t happening today in full measure. To all nations will begin when His two witnesses miraculously proclaim it from Jerusalem (Review Rev 11:) and will continue during His millennial reign.

Jesus’ apostles were gifted to believe IN, “thus staying in Jerusalem expecting the fulfillment of Jesus’ words. Likely remembering Jesus’ words to Nicodemus, about the imputation of His spirit. (The wind blows wherever it will, you here the sound, but don’t know where it comes or goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the spirit.)

(John 3:5-8; Answering Nicodemus Jesus said, “I tell you the solemn truth, unless a person is born of water and spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is spirit. 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.”)

On that Pentecost after Jesus’ ascension, for His own purpose, God made His “likened to the wind miracle, both noisy and visible.”

(Acts 2:1-4; “Now when the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like a violent wind blowing came from heaven and filled the entire house where they were sitting. And tongues spreading out like a fire appeared to them and came to rest on each one of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit, and they began to speak in other languages as the Spirit enabled them.”) Israelites came from distant places to celebrate God’s holy Sabbath, “Pentecost.” Many of these had learned various languages.

(Acts 2:6-8; “When this sound occurred, a crowd gathered and was in confusion, because each one heard them speaking in his own language. Completely baffled, they said, “Aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans? And how is it that each one of us hears them in our own native language?”) The miracle was in the hearing and speech.

The Apostasy and commentary, chapter 9, (Sharing God’s View with 7,646 in resident churches: people being made temples of His spirit,)

11/24/17; God’s 9th month, Kislev 6, 5778 until sunset.

Pentecost, meaning, “count fifty” it’s fifty days from the weekly Sabbath during the Feast of Unleavened Bread. (You may Google “Judaism calendar” and purchase one or more.) It was revealed to Jesus’ apostle Paul, “God is entrusting the tribe of Judea to keep His oracles. It’s one reason Jews have been so persecuted by gentile populations.

(Romans 3:1-18; “Therefore what advantage does the Jew have, or what is the value of circumcision? Actually, there are many advantages. First of all, the Jews were entrusted with the oracles of God. What then? If some, “Jews” 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.” (Quote from Psalms 51:4) (5) But if our “we Christians” 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? 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!) (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. 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.” “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.” “There is no fear of God before their eyes.”) (Paul is using quotes from, Psalms 5:9, 36:1, 140:3. 143:2 and Isaiah 59:7-8.)

Israelite populations were expecting the Messiah when Jesus came. Jews are still expecting a Messiah likened to Moses. Thus Judaism still maintains God’s calendar, weekly and annual Sabbaths. Jesus was ask if He was going to set up His kingdom and one mother ask Him if her two sons could have leadership positions in His kingdom. When being examined by Pilate, Jesus said, “My kingdom is not from this world and for the reason of being a king, I was born.”

(John 18:33-38; “So Pilate went back into the governor’s residence, summoned Jesus, and asked Him, “Are you the king of the Jews?” Jesus replied, “Are you saying this on your own initiative, or have others told you about Me?” Pilate answered, “I am not a Jew, am I? Your own people and your chief priests handed you over to me. What have you done?” (36) Jesus replied, “My kingdom is not from this world. If My kingdom were from this world, My servants would be fighting to keep Me from being handed over to the Jewish authorities. But as it is, My kingdom is not from here.” Then Pilate said, “So you are a king!” Jesus replied, “You say that I am a king. For this reason I was born, and for this reason I came into the world – to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to My voice.” Pilate asked, “What is truth?”)

What is truth? Has been an ongoing question since Adam. God’s Word proclaims “God is truth.” Paul’s message to the gentile populations was about the kingdom of God.

(Acts 20:25-35; Paul wrote, “And now I know that none of you among whom I went around proclaiming the kingdom will see me again. Therefore I declare to you today that I am innocent of the blood of you all. For I did not hold back from announcing to you the whole purpose of God. Watch out for yourselves and for all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God that He obtained with the blood of His own Son. I know that after I am gone fierce wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock. Even from among your own group men will arise, teaching perversions of the truth to draw the disciples away after them. Therefore be alert, remembering that night and day for three years I did not stop warning each one of you with tears. And now I entrust you to God and to the message of His grace. This message is able to build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified. I have desired no one’s silver or gold or clothing. You yourselves know that these hands of mine provided for my needs and the needs of those who were with me. By all these things, I have shown you that by working in this way we must help the weak, and remember the words of the Lord Jesus that He Himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” When Paul had said these things, he knelt down with them all and prayed.”)

The good news from Jesus and His apostles is about His coming kingdom on earth, the resurrections; “sanctified believers in the first resurrection and others in their own order. None taught people to trust their own intellect or look to gentile philosophies. Part of the apostate Jude saw taking place was unbelievers omitting Jesus’ resurrections doctrine in lieu of the demonic pagan philosophy of immortality. Teaching that everyone is born to live forever someplace; “good to heaven and bad to ever burning fire.”

(1 Corinthians 15:12-19; “Now if Christ is being preached as raised from the dead, how can some of you say there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is futile and your faith is empty. Also, we are found to be false witnesses about God, because we have testified against God that he raised Christ from the dead, when in reality he did not raise Him, if indeed the dead are not raised. For if the dead are not raised, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is useless; you are still in your sins. Furthermore, those who have fallen asleep in Christ have also perished. For if only in this life we have hope in Christ, we should be pitied more than anyone.”

(15:20-28; “But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since death came through a man, “Adam” the resurrection of the dead also came through a man, “Jesus.” For just as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive. But each in his own order: Christ, the firstfruits; then when Christ comes, those who belong to Him. Then comes the end, (24) when He hands over the kingdom to God the Father, when He has brought to an end all rule and all authority and power. For He, “Jesus” must reign until He has put all His enemies under His feet. The last enemy to be eliminated is death. For He, “God the Father” has put everything in subjection under His, “Jesus’” feet. But when it says “everything” has been put in subjection, it is clear that this does not include the One who put everything in subjection to Him. And when all things are subjected to Him, “God the Father” then the Son Himself will be subjected to the One, “God the Father” who subjected everything to Him, so that God may be all in all.”) NOTE that Paul’s prophecy here at verse 24 jumps past Jesus’ millennial rule to when New Jerusalem comes down.)

(15:29-34;” Otherwise, what will those do who are baptized for the dead? If the dead are not raised at all, then why are they baptized for them? Why too are we in danger every hour? Every day I am in danger of death! This is as sure as my boasting in you, which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord. If from a human point of view I fought with wild beasts at Ephesus, what did it benefit me? If the dead are not raised, let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die. Do not be deceived: “Bad company corrupts good morals.” Sober up as you should, and stop sinning! For some have no knowledge of God – I say this to your shame!”

(15:35-41; But someone will say, “How are the dead raised? With what kind of body will they come?” Fool! What you sow will not come to life unless it dies. And what you sow is not the body that is to be, but a bare seed – perhaps of wheat or something else. But God gives it a body just as He planned, and to each of the seeds a body of its own. All flesh is not the same: People have one flesh, animals have another, birds and fish another. And there are heavenly bodies and earthly bodies. The glory of the heavenly body is one sort and the earthly another. There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon and another glory of the stars, for star differs from star in glory.”) Allow John’s revelation regarding our spiritual bodies.

(1John 3:2-3; “Dear friends, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet been revealed. We know that whenever it is revealed we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is. And everyone who has this hope focused on Him purifies15 himself, just as Jesus is pure).

(15:42-49; “It is the same with the resurrection of the dead. What is sown is perishable, “will decay” what is raised is imperishable. It is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body. So also it is written, “The first man, Adam, became a living person”; the last Adam, became a life-giving spirit. However, the spiritual did not come first, but the natural, and then the spiritual. The first man is from the earth, made of dust; the second man is from heaven. Like the one made of dust, so too are those made of dust, and like the One from heaven, so too those who are heavenly. And just as we have borne the image of the man of dust, let us also bear the image of the man of heaven.”

(15:50-55; “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?” (Paul is quoting from Isa 25:8 and Hosea 13”14) “In the flesh we are mortal, but this mortal must put on immortality. (Lets jump back to verse 53; For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality.”

(15:56-58; “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.”) A big portion of Jesus’ deeds was the revelation that He Recreated the heavens and earth, He recreated physical life in Lazarus and through Peter recreated physical life to Tabatha. He recreated bread and fish to feed thousands. He will recreate each in their own order. (It’s prophesied; All Israel to be saved ) ROMANS 11:25-27; “For I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers and sisters, so that you may not be conceited: A partial hardening has happened to Israel until the full number of the Gentiles has come in. (26) And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written: “The Deliverer will come out of Zion; He will remove ungodliness from Jacob. (27) And this is My covenant with them, when I take away their sins.” (Paul is quoting from Isaiah 27:9, 59:20-21 and Jeremiah 31:33-34.)

(Romans 6:21-23; “So what benefit did you then reap from those things that you are now ashamed of? For the end of those things is death. But now, freed from sin and enslaved to God, you have your benefit leading to sanctification, and the end is eternal life. For the payoff of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”) Jesus revealed these thing to Paul and kept him humble.

(2 Corinthians 12:1-10; “It is necessary to go on boasting. Though it is not profitable, I will go on to visions and revelations from the Lord. I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago (whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows) was caught up to the third heaven. And I know that this man (whether in the body or apart from the body I do not know, God knows) was caught up into paradise and heard things too sacred to be put into words, things that a person is not permitted to speak. On behalf of such an individual I will boast, but on my own behalf I will not boast, except about my weaknesses. For even if I wish to boast, I will not be a fool, for I would be telling the truth, but I refrain from this so that no one may regard me beyond what he sees in me or what he hears from me, even because of the extraordinary character of the revelations. Therefore, so that I would not become arrogant, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to trouble me – so that I would not become arrogant. I asked the Lord three times about this, that it would depart from me. But He said to me, “My grace is enough for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” So then, I will boast most gladly about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may reside in me. Therefore I am content with weaknesses, with insults, with troubles, with persecutions and difficulties for the sake of Christ, for whenever I am weak, then I am strong.”) May we each be gifted with the grace of believing IN and overcome to the end.