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Heart Circumcision, chapter 27

April 23rd, 2017

God’s 1st month, Nisan 26, 5777 begins at sunset today: 4/22/2017 began at midnight. . To 4,360 “in resident churches” and individuals “called to follow Jesus.”

     Satan has the world divided for his short term purpose and God is allowing it for His ultimate purpose. Satan wants each individual to think of themselves as divine and thus decide for themselves, “What’s right, wrong, good and evil. As Satan’s demise approaches he and his followers will become more ruthful toward every entity that teaches God’s truth. God is going to put Satan and his followers out of commission for one thousand years and afterward forever while His truth expands as water covers the sea. God’s ultimate purpose is that this world’s populations eventually see Satan for what he is. “The deceiver that desires each person be deceived.”

     Now God had His reason for not wanting Adam and Eve partaking from “the tree of life and knowledge of good and evil.” Today knowledge has increased and we now know; “when fleshly people intellectually choose for themselves they are rejecting God and yielding to demonic influences, “worldwide demonic division is the result.” (From God’s point of view, “He gave us talents and individualities to help and complement one another, “not to intellectually decide for ourselves what’s right, wrong, good and evil; when we do “divisionary chaos erupts.”) Prayerfully think through the foundational reason for division. 

      (Gen 2:9; God made every tree that was pleasing to look at and good for food. (Now the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil were in the middle of the orchard.) (Gen 2:16-17; “Then the Lord God commanded the man, “You may freely eat fruit from every tree of the orchard, but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will surely die.”)

     (Heb “dying you will die?” The imperfect verb form here has the nuance of the specific future because it is introduced with the temporal clause, “when you eat you will die.” That certainty is underscored with the infinitive absolute, “you will surely die.”)

     Whether vegetation, tree, mammal, animal, fish or human species, “every physical living thing is in the process of dying.

     Because God is love; He made The Way to eternal life.

     Genesis 3:4-5; “The serpent said to the woman, “Surely you will not die, for God knows that when you eat from it ‘tree of knowledge’ your eyes will open and you will be like divine beings who know good and evil.”) Satan called God a liar.

 Satan knew God had planned “the way” “the new covenant way”

 So people could become God’s heirs; “heirs with Abraham.” 

     (John 3:16; “For this is the way God loved the world: He gave His one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. “)

      Perish, can mean either (1) to be lost (2) to perish or be destroyed, depending on the context. The alternatives presented are only two (for this to be presented in terms of polar opposites): perish or have eternal life.

      (3:17-21; “For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world should be saved through Him. The one who believes IN Him is not condemned. The one who does not believe has been condemned already, because he has not believed IN the name of the one and only Son of God. (19) Now this is the basis for judging: that The Light has come into the world and people loved the darkness rather than The Light, because their deeds were evil. (20) For everyone who does evil deeds hates The Light and does not come to The Light, so that their deeds will not be exposed. (21) But the one who practices the truth comes to The Light, so that it may be plainly evident that his deeds have been done in God.”)

     (If there is a twofold reaction to Jesus in John’s Gospel, it should be emphasized that reaction is very much dependent on a person’s choice regarding deeds, a choice that is influenced by his desired way of life, (whether his deeds are wicked or are done in God.) (John 3:20-21). For John’s intent there is virtually no trace of  at the surface. Only when we look beneath the surface do we find statements like “no one can come to Me, unless the Father who sent Me draws him” (John 6:44).

     Deeds done in God are from His perspective, “as Creator it’s His prerogative to teach what’s right, wrong, good and evil.” Review verses 20-22 above. When Adam and Eve disobeyed “their deeds were self serving, not done in God.” Satan caused them to be suspicious of God’s motives, “thinking perhaps God did hold back something.”

    The same Lord that said, “don’t eat from a particular tree” is now Mediator of a New Covenant. See John 1:1-4, Col 1:15-20 and Heb 1:1-4.

     (Hebrews 9:15-28; “And so He ‘Jesus’ is the Mediator of a new covenant, so that those who are called may receive the eternal inheritance He has promised, since He died to set them free from the violations committed under the first covenant. (16) For where there is a will, the death of the one who made it must be proven. For a will takes effect only at death, since it carries no force while the one who made it is alive. So even the first covenant was inaugurated with blood. For when Moses had spoken every command to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of calves and goats with water and scarlet wool and hyssop and sprinkled both the book itself and all the people, and said, “This is the blood of the covenant that God has commanded you to keep.” And both the tabernacle and all the utensils of worship he likewise sprinkled with blood. (22) Indeed according to the law almost everything was purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness. So it was necessary for the sketches of the things in heaven to be purified with these sacrifices, but the heavenly things themselves required better sacrifices than these. (24) For Christ did not enter a sanctuary made with hands – the representation of the true sanctuary – but into heaven itself, and He appears now in God’s presence for us. And He did not enter to offer Himself again and again, the way the high priest enters the sanctuary year after year with blood that is not his own, for then he would have had to suffer again and again since the foundation of the world. But now He has appeared once for all at the consummation of the ages to put away sin by His sacrifice. (27) And just as people are appointed to die once, and then to face judgment, (28) so also, after Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many, to those who eagerly await Him He will appear a second time, not to bear sin but to bring salvation.”)

     Sketches? Or “prototypes,” “outlines,” referring to the earthly sanctuary. See Heb 8:5 for the prior use of this term.

     (Hebrews 8:1-6;” Now the main point of what we are saying is this: We have such a High Priest, One who sat down at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven, a minister in the sanctuary and the true tabernacle that the Lord, not man, set up. For every high priest is appointed to offer both gifts and sacrifices. So this One too had to have something to offer. (4) Now if He were on earth, He would not be a priest, since there are already priests who offer the gifts prescribed by the law. The place where they serve is a sketch and shadow of the heavenly sanctuary, just as Moses was warned by God as he was about to complete the tabernacle. For He says, “See that you make everything according to the design shown to you on the mountain.” But now Jesus has obtained a superior ministry, since the covenant that He mediates is also better and is enacted on better promises.”

    (7-9; “For if that first covenant had been faultless, no one would have looked for a second one. But showing its fault, God says to them, (“Look, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will complete a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah.It will not be like the covenant that I made with their fathers, on the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of Egypt, because they did not continue in My covenant and I had no regard for them, says the Lord.”

    (10; “For this is the covenant that I will establish with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord. I will put My laws in their minds and I will inscribe them on their hearts. And I will be their God and they will be My people.”

    Greek: “I will be to them for a God and they will be to Me for a people,” following the Hebrew constructions of Jeremiah 31.

  Future knowledge when Satan is bound.

     (11-13; “And there will be no need at all for each one to teach his countryman or each one to teach his brother saying, Know the Lord, since they will all know Me, from the least to the greatest.” “For I will be merciful toward their evil deeds, and their sins I will remember no longer.” (Quote from Jeremiah 31:31-34.) When He speaks of a new covenant, He makes the first obsolete. Now what is growing obsolete and aging is about to disappear.”)

     Everything in the old tabernacle looked forward to the new covenant.

    (Hebrews 9:8-10; “The Holy Spirit is making clear that the way into the holy place had not yet appeared as long as the old tabernacle was standing. This was a symbol for the time then present, when gifts and sacrifices were offered that could not perfect the conscience of the worshiper. (10) They served only for matters of food and drink and various washings; they are external regulations imposed until the new order came.” Greek; “until the time of setting things right.”)

     It’s the mystery of God’s Spirit living in people, “circumcision of heart gifted miraculously to the called Believers IN.” The law isn’t abolished; its spiritual benefits are stamped in the minds of spiritually Believing IN people. I will put My laws in their minds and I will inscribe them on their hearts. And I will be their God and they will be My people.”

Heart Circumcision, chapter 26

April 20th, 2017

God’s 1st month, Nisan 24, 5777 begins at sunset today: 4/20/2017 began at midnight. . To 4,350 “in resident churches” and individuals “called to follow Jesus.”

    Politicians, nations and denominations do compare themselves with one another, “do they not?” People do think themselves superior to one another, but where does such divisionary philosophies originate? Satan, the god of this age! He deceived Eve and Adam into deciding for themselves regarding good and evil. ““The serpent said to the woman “Surely you will not die, for God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will open and you will be like divine beings who know good and evil.”” Genesis 3:4-5. With Satan’s help they wanted to be divine; “thus be gods to themselves.” Choosing for ourselves “what to believe regarding right, wrong, good and evil is idolatry.” Trusting our intellect rather than God’s original word makes us our own little gods “which is idolatry.” People have been idolatrously yielding to Satan’s play book since creation.

     Today’s followers of Jesus, as were the Israelites of old, are a specifically and chosen called out people. A peculiar “believing IN people” misunderstood by the world. Jesus told us “if the world hated Him it would hate us.”

  Paul’s teaching regarding division.

     (2Cor 10:12-17; “For we would not dare to classify or compare ourselves with some of those who recommend themselves. But when they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are without understanding. But we will not boast beyond certain limits, but will confine our boasting according to the limits of the work to which God has appointed us, that reaches even as far as you. (14) For we were not overextending ourselves, as though we did not reach as far as you, because we were the first to reach as far as you with the gospel about Christ. Nor do we boast beyond certain limits in the work done by others, but we hope that as your faith continues to grow, our work may be greatly expanded among you according to our limits, so that we may preach the gospel in the regions that lie beyond you, and not boast of work already done in another person’s area. (17) But the one who boasts must boast in the Lord. For it is not the person who commends himself who is approved, but the person the Lord commends.”)

     We need to understand that we should not boast of our understandings except in the Lord and then only to other like minded people. People that love to debate regarding good and evil like to turn our own words back on us when we affirm our beliefs are revealed. Thus they can say, “their beliefs are revealed.” The fact we must rely on God’s opening our minds can’t be overstated.

       Our Opponents compare with Paul’s

      (2Cor 11:1-3; “I wish that you would be patient with me in a little foolishness, but indeed you are being patient with me! For I am jealous for you with godly jealousy, because I promised you in marriage to one husband, to present you as a pure virgin to Christ. But I am afraid that just as the serpent deceived Eve by his treachery, your minds may be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ.”

     Consider how Satan’s trickery led Eve from devotion to her Creator, appealing to Eve’s mind. First he questioned, “did God say?” Then he accused God of not being honest. Then he appealed to her fleshly desires and called God a liar. Satan was indeed proclaiming that Eve could be a god to herself.  

     (4-6; “For if someone comes and proclaims another Jesus different from the one we proclaimed, or if you receive a different spirit than the one you received, or a different gospel than the one you accepted, you put up with it well enough! For I consider myself not at all inferior to those “super-apostles.” (6) And even if I am unskilled in speaking, yet I am certainly not so in knowledge. Indeed, we have made this plain to you in everything in every way.”

     Paul knew as we must; “where his knowledge came from.

     (7-9; “Or did I commit a sin by humbling myself so that you could be exalted, because I proclaimed the gospel of God to you free of charge? I robbed other churches by receiving support from them so that I could serve you! When I was with you and was in need, I was not a burden to anyone, for the brothers who came from Macedonia fully supplied my needs. I kept myself from being a burden to you in any way, and will continue to do so.”

     Remember how Jesus met Paul in route to Damascus and opened his understanding?

    (10-12; “As the truth of Christ is in me, this boasting of mine will not be stopped in the regions of Achaia. Why? Because I do not love you? God knows I do! And what I am doing I will continue to do, so that I may eliminate any opportunity for those who want a chance to be regarded as our equals in the things they boast about.”)

      Others boasted about their trust in the law, about their credentials and heritages.

      (13-15;” For such people are false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. Therefore it is not surprising his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness, whose end will correspond to their actions.”)

     Satan now has the western world “a people who once had God’s holy scriptures in every home” believing that God condones all sorts of beliefs, customs, and practices such as homosexuality. We need to consider the result of our practices.

  Paul allows his fleshly nature be exposed.

     (16-33; “I say again, let no one think that I am a fool. But if you do, then at least accept me as a fool, so that I too may boast a little. What I am saying with this boastful confidence I do not say the way the Lord would. Instead it is, as it were, foolishness. (18) Since many are boasting according to human standards, I too will boast. For since you are so wise, you put up with fools gladly. For you put up with it if someone makes slaves of you, if someone exploits you, if someone takes advantage of you, if someone behaves arrogantly toward you, if someone strikes you in the face. (21) (To my disgrace I must say that we were too weak for that!) But whatever anyone else dares to boast about (I am speaking foolishly), I also dare to boast about the same thing. Are they Hebrews? So am I. Are they Israelites? So am I. Are they descendants of Abraham? So am I. Are they servants of Christ? (I am talking like I am out of my mind!) I am even more so: with much greater labors, with far more imprisonments, with more severe beatings, facing death many times. Five times I received from the Jews forty lashes less one. Three times I was beaten with a rod. Once I received a stoning. Three times I suffered shipwreck. A night and a day I spent adrift in the open sea. (26) I have been on journeys many times, in dangers from rivers, in dangers from robbers, in dangers from my own countrymen, in dangers from Gentiles, in dangers in the city, in dangers in the wilderness, in dangers at sea, in dangers from false brothers, in hard work and toil, through many sleepless nights, in hunger and thirst, many times without food, in cold and without enough clothing. (28) Apart from other things, there is the daily pressure on me of my anxious concern for all the churches. Who is weak, and I am not weak? Who is led into sin, and I do not burn with indignation? If I must boast, I will boast about the things that show my weakness. The God and Father of the Lord Jesus, who is blessed forever, knows I am not lying. (32) In Damascus, the governor under King Aretas was guarding the city of Damascus in order to arrest me, but I was let down in a rope-basket through a window in the city wall, and escaped his hands.”) See Acts 9:25.

    Revelations and Thorns in the Flesh.

      (2Cor 12:1-5;” 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. (5) On behalf of such an individual I will boast, but on my own behalf I will not boast, except about my weaknesses.”) 

      (Paradise is mentioned three times in the New Testament. In Luke 23:43 it refers to the abode of the righteous dead. In Rev 2:7 it refers to the restoration of Edenic paradise predicted in Isaiah 51:3 and Ezekiel 36:35. The reference here in 2Corinthians 12:4 is probably to be translated as parallel to the mention of the “third heaven” in v. 2. Assuming that the “first heaven” would be atmospheric heaven (the sky) and “second heaven” the more distant stars and planets, “third heaven” would refer to the place where God dwells. This is much more likely than some variation on the seven heavens mentioned in the pseudepigraphic book 2 Enoch and in other non-biblical and rabbinic works.)

     (2Cor 12:6-10; “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. (9) 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.”)

     Paul was aware that God knew him for better than he knew himself. His education in the law, through the Pharisee Sanhedrin system and being personally taught in paradise would make a less spiritual person arrogant. So Paul was thankful for any measure of weakness for the sake of Christ.

Heart Circumcision, chapter 25

April 18th, 2017

God’s 1st month, Nisan 22, 5777 begins at sunset today: 4/18/2017 began at midnight. . To 4,342 “in resident churches” and individuals “called to follow Jesus.”

    Today is the second of seven annual Sabbaths, ending the festival God set aside for His people, to consciously rid their homes of that which puffs up, “yeast representing sin.” Today, new covenant Christians are the Temples of God and as such reminded to self examine ourselves in Jesus’ Light. Let’s review the Passover meal custom as revealed to Paul.

     (1Cor 11:27-34; “For this reason, whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. A person should examine himself first - and in this way let him eat the bread and drink of the cup. For the one who eats and drinks without careful regard for the body eats and drinks judgment against himself. (30) That is why many of you are weak and sick, and quite a few are dead. But if we examined ourselves, we would not be judged. But when we are judged by the Lord, we are disciplined so that we may not be condemned with the world. So then, my brothers and sisters, when you come together to eat, wait for one another. If anyone is hungry, let him eat at home, so that when you assemble it does not lead to judgment. I will give directions about other matters when I come.”)

     If we self examine seriously we could each share a shortcoming or something God revealed that we should pay extra attention to in the area of overcoming. It’s how we are benefited by God’s energizing Holy Spirit and by which we should grow in the grace and knowledge of God.

  Love, key to giving of self.

     (2Cor 9:1-9; “For it is not necessary for me to write you about this service to the Saints, because I know your eagerness to help. I keep boasting to the Macedonians about this eagerness of yours, that Achaia has been ready to give since last year, and your zeal to participate has stirred up most of them. But I am sending these brothers so that our boasting about you may not be empty in this case, so that you may be ready just as I kept telling them. (4) For if any of the Macedonians should come with me and find that you are not ready to give, we would be humiliated (not to mention you) by this confidence we had in you. Therefore I thought it necessary to urge these brothers to go to you in advance and to arrange ahead of time the generous contribution you had promised, so this may be ready as a generous gift and not as something you feel forced to do. (6) My point is this: The person who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and the person who sows generously will also reap generously. Each one of you should give just as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, because God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace overflow to you so that because you have enough of everything in every way at all times, you will overflow in every good work. (9) Just as it is written, “He has scattered widely, he has given to the poor; his righteousness remains forever.” Quote from Ps 112:9.

     (10-15; Now God who provides seed for the sower and bread for food will provide and multiply your supply of seed and will cause the harvest of your righteousness to grow. You will be enriched in every way so that you may be generous on every occasion, which is producing through us thanksgiving to God, because the service of this ministry is not only providing for the needs of the Saints but is also overflowing with many thanks to God. (13) Through the evidence of this service they will glorify God because of your obedience to your confession in the gospel of Christ and the generosity of your sharing with them and with everyone. (14) And in their prayers on your behalf they long for you because of the extraordinary grace God has shown to you. Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!”)

    It is obvious that each apostle considered new covenant Christians “spiritual Israelites” in view of the many Old Testament quotes. We are compared with the faithful who regarded themselves as strangers and foreigners on earth.

     (Hebrews 11:8-10; “By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place he would later receive as an inheritance, and he went out without understanding where he was going. By faith he lived as a foreigner in the promised land as though it were a foreign country, living in tents with Isaac and Jacob, who were fellow heirs of the same promise. (10) For he ‘Abraham’ was looking forward to the city with firm foundations, whose architect and builder is God.

    (11-16; By faith, even though Sarah herself was barren and he was too old, he received the ability to procreate, because he regarded the one who had given the promise to be trustworthy. So in fact children were fathered by one man – and this one as good as dead – like the number of stars in the sky and like the innumerable grains of sand on the seashore. (13) These all died in faith without receiving the things promised, but they saw them in the distance and welcomed them and acknowledged that they were strangers and foreigners on the earth. For those who speak in such a way make it clear that they are seeking a homeland. (15) In fact, if they had been thinking of the land that they had left, they would have had opportunity to return. But as it is, they aspire to a better land, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore, God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them.

    (17-22; By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac. He had received the promises, yet he was ready to offer up his only son. God had told him, “Through Isaac descendants will carry on your name,” and he reasoned that God could even raise him from the dead, and in a sense he received him back from there. (20) By faith also Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning the future. (21) By faith Jacob, as he was dying, blessed each of the sons of Joseph and worshiped as he leaned on his staff. (22) By faith Joseph, at the end of his life, mentioned the exodus of the sons of Israel and gave instructions about his burial.”) Remember Galatians 3:29?

      (Heb 11:23-25; “By faith, when Moses was born, his parents hid him for three months, because they saw the child was beautiful and they were not afraid of the king’s edict. By faith, when he grew up, Moses refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, (25) choosing rather to be ill-treated with the people of God than to enjoy sin’s fleeting pleasure.”

     It is refreshing to consider that after almost 400 years Moses’ parents taught him about Abraham’s faith.

     (26-40; He regarded abuse suffered for Christ to be greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, for his eyes were fixed on the reward. By faith he left Egypt without fearing the king’s anger, for he persevered as though he could see the One who is invisible. By faith he kept the Passover and the sprinkling of the blood, so that the one who destroyed the firstborn would not touch them. By faith they crossed the Red Sea as if on dry ground, but when the Egyptians tried it, they were swallowed up. (30) By faith the walls of Jericho fell after the people marched around them for seven days. (31) By faith Rahab the prostitute escaped the destruction of the disobedient, because she welcomed the spies in peace. And what more shall I say? For time will fail me if I tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets. (33) Through faith they conquered kingdoms, administered justice, gained what was promised, shut the mouths of lions, quenched raging fire, escaped the edge of the sword, gained strength in weakness, became mighty in battle, put foreign armies to flight, (35) and women received back their dead raised to life. But others were tortured, not accepting release, to obtain resurrection to a better life. And others experienced mocking and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. (37) They were stoned, sawed apart, murdered with the sword; they went about in sheepskins and goatskins; they were destitute, afflicted, ill-treated (the world was not worthy of them); they wandered in deserts and mountains and caves and openings in the earth. And these all were commended for their faith, yet they did not receive what was promised. (40) For God had provided something better for us, so that they would be made perfect together with us.”)

      Our gifted faith in Jesus, His deity before and after His ascension and overwhelming evidence of our connection with Israel is foundation for faith in His promises.

     The apostles Authority from the Lord.

     (2Cor 10:1-11; “Now I, Paul, appeal to you personally by the meekness and gentleness of Christ (I who am meek when present among you, but am full of courage toward you when away!) – Now I ask that when I am present I may not have to be bold with the confidence that (I expect) I will dare to use against some who consider us to be behaving according to human standards. For though we live as human beings, we do not wage war according to human standards, for the weapons of our warfare are not human weapons, but are made powerful by God for tearing down strongholds. We tear down arguments (5) and every arrogant obstacle that is raised up against the knowledge of God, and we take every thought captive to make it obey Christ. (6) We are also ready to punish every act of disobedience, whenever your obedience is complete. You are looking at outward appearances. If anyone is confident that he belongs to Christ, he should reflect on this again: Just as he himself belongs to Christ, so too do we ‘apostles.’ (8) For if I boast somewhat more about our authority that the Lord gave us for building you up and not for tearing you down, I will not be ashamed of doing so. I do not want to seem as though I am trying to terrify you with my letters, because some say, “His letters are weighty and forceful, but his physical presence is weak and his speech is of no account.” (11) Let such a person consider this: What we say by letters when we are absent, we also are in actions when we are present.”)

     Many proponents of various religions attempt to sell themselves as apostles, but only those personally taught by Jesus are apostles. New Jerusalem’s twelve foundations are named for twelve of them. Paul’s future responsibilities under Jesus seems to be more toward non-Israelites. 

Heart Circumcision, chapter 24

April 16th, 2017

God’s 1st month, Nisan 20, 5777 begins at sunset today: 4/16/2017 began at midnight. . To 4,336 “in resident churches” and individuals “called to follow Jesus.”

    Yesterday was “Wave Sheaf Sabbath” the seventh day Sabbath during the week of Unleavened Bread Festival. From yesterday begin the count to Pentecost, “meaning count fifty” also called “First Fruits” or “Festival of Weeks.” Pentecost is the birth date of God’s New Covenant Church. Many were begotten by God’s energizing Holy Spirit on that Pentecost after Jesus‘ascension.

    (Leviticus 23:15-17; “‘You must count for yourselves seven weeks from the day after the Sabbath, from the day you bring the wave offering sheaf; they must be complete weeks. You must count fifty days – until the day after the seventh Sabbath – and then you must present a new grain offering to the Lord. From the places where you live you must bring two loaves of bread for a wave offering; they must be made from two tenths of an ephah of fine wheat flour, baked with yeast, as first fruits to the Lord.”

      (Lev 23:21-22; “‘On this very day you must proclaim an assembly; it is to be a holy assembly for you. You must not do any regular work. This is a perpetual statute in all the places where you live throughout your generations. When you gather in the harvest of your land, you must not completely harvest the corner of your field, and you must not gather up the gleanings of your harvest. You must leave them for the poor and the foreigner. I am the Lord your God.’”)

     Seven weeks from Yesterday will be Sivan 9 beginning at sunset and June 3 midnight past. Thus Pentecost will begin at sunset Saturday June 3 and end at sunset June 4. It was mid-morning on that Pentecost when Peter began explaining what people were seeing and hearing.

      (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. (4) All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit, and they began to speak in other languages as the Spirit enabled them.

    (5-13; “Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven residing in Jerusalem. 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? (8) And how is it that each one of us hears them in our own native language? Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and the province of Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabs – we hear them speaking in our own languages about the great deeds God has done!” All were astounded and greatly confused, saying to one another, “What does this mean?” But others jeered at the speakers, saying, “They are drunk on new wine!”

      What a miracle, what a methodic way to spread the “great deeds God has done. These ten or more groups from far off places were hearing Galileans from the Judean area speaking languages foreign to them but understood by the many visitors. After Pentecost these groups traveled home; carrying with them the good news Peter proclaimed.

     Let’s look forward to God’s next set aside holy season for His people. Remembering Two days remain in this first holy season, “Passover.” As mentioned much earlier, Paul had the Passover season foremost in mind as he penned these two Corinthian letters.

 Examination

    (1Cor 7:1-3; “Therefore, since we have these promises, dear friends, let us cleanse ourselves from everything that could defile the body and the spirit, and thus accomplish holiness out of reverence for God. Make room for us in your hearts; we have wronged no one, we have ruined no one, we have exploited no one. I do not say this to condemn you, for I told you before that you are in our hearts so that we die together and live together with you.”)

    God’s energizing Holy Spirit imputed to our minds gives “reverence for God, His Way, the desire to please Him and administer self control. 

     (1Cor 7:4-16; “I have great confidence in you; I take great pride on your behalf. I am filled with encouragement; I am overflowing with joy in the midst of all our suffering. For even when we came into Macedonia, our body had no rest at all, but we were troubled in every way – struggles from the outside, fears from within. (6) But God, who encourages the downhearted, encouraged us by the arrival of Titus. We were encouraged not only by his arrival, but also by the encouragement you gave him, as he reported to us your longing, your mourning, your deep concern for me, so that I rejoiced more than ever.

     (8-10; For even if I made you sad by my ‘first’ letter, I do not regret having written it (even though I did regret it, for I see that my letter made you sad, though only for a short time). (9) Now I rejoice, not because you were made sad, but because you were made sad to the point of repentance. For you were made sad as God intended, so that you were not harmed in any way by us. For sadness as intended by God produces repentance that leads to salvation, leaving no regret, ‘but worldly sadness brings about death.’”

      Godly sadness refreshes and draws us to Him. Godly sadness is feeling bad about a mistake. Fleshly sadness is mostly prompted by selfish desires not coming to fruition… 

     (11-16; For see what this very thing, this sadness as God intended, has produced in you: what eagerness, what defense of yourselves, what indignation, what alarm, what longing, what deep concern, what punishment! In everything you have proved yourselves to be innocent in this matter. So then, even though I wrote to you, it was not on account of the one who did wrong, or on account of the one who was wronged, but to reveal to you your eagerness on our behalf before God. (13) Therefore we have been encouraged. And in addition to our own encouragement, we rejoiced even more at the joy of Titus, because all of you have refreshed his spirit. For if I have boasted to him about anything concerning you, I have not been embarrassed by you, but just as everything we said to you was true, so our boasting to Titus about you has proved true as well. And his affection for you is much greater when he remembers the obedience of you all, how you welcomed him with fear and trembling. (16) I rejoice because in everything I am fully confident in you.”)

      Paul’s confidence in the Corinth church of God had to have been spirit driven because the sin was horrific.

     Collection for the Saints.

     (2Cor 8:1-9; “Now we make known to you, brothers and sisters, the grace of God given to the churches of Macedonia, that during a severe ordeal of suffering, their abundant joy and their extreme poverty have overflowed in the wealth of their generosity. For I testify, they gave according to their means and beyond their means. They did so voluntarily, begging us with great earnestness for the blessing and fellowship of helping the Saints. (5) And they did this not just as we had hoped, but they gave themselves first to the Lord and to us by the will of God. Thus we urged Titus that, just as he had previously begun this work, so also he should complete this act of kindness for you. (7) But as you excel in everything – in faith, in speech, in knowledge, and in all eagerness and in the love from us that is in you – make sure that you excel in this act of kindness too. I am not saying this as a command, but I am testing the genuineness of your love by comparison with the eagerness of others. For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that although He was rich, He became poor for your sakes, so that you by His poverty could become rich. “

    (10-15; “So here is my opinion on this matter: It is to your advantage, since you made a good start last year both in your giving and your desire to give, to finish what you started, so that just as you wanted to do it eagerly, you can also complete it according to your means. For if the eagerness is present, the gift itself is acceptable according to whatever one has, not according to what he does not have. (13) For I do not say this so there would be relief for others and suffering for you, but as a matter of equality. At the present time, your abundance will meet their need, so that one day their abundance may also meet your need, and thus there may be equality, as it is written: “The one who gathered much did not have too much, and the one who gathered little did not have too little.”) Quote from Exodus 16:18.

  As an apostle and overseer, Paul didn’t command.

    (2cor 8:16-24; “But thanks be to God who put in the heart of Titus the same devotion I have for you, because he not only accepted our request, but since he was very eager, he is coming to you of his own accord. And we are sending along with him the brother who is praised by all the churches for his work in spreading the gospel. In addition, this brother has also been chosen by the churches as our traveling companion as we administer this generous gift to the glory of the Lord Himself and to show our readiness to help. (20) We did this as a precaution so that no one should blame us in regard to this generous gift we are administering. For we are concerned about what is right not only before the Lord but also before men. And we are sending with them our brother whom we have tested many times and found eager in many matters, but who now is much more eager than ever because of the great confidence he has in you. If there is any question about Titus, he is my partner and fellow worker among you; if there is any question about our brothers, they are messengers of the churches, a glory to Christ. Therefore show them openly before the churches the proof of your love and of our pride in you.”)

      Paul’s associates were called out messengers. There is no good reason why scribes would change the imperative into a participle. Thus, messenger is almost surely the wording of the original text.

Heart Circumcision, chapter 23

April 14th, 2017

God’s 1st month, Nisan 18, 5777 begins at sunset today: 4/14/2017 began at midnight. . To 4,329 “in resident churches” and individuals “called to follow Jesus.”

      To worship in spirit and truth is to know God’s awesomeness and that He gives the knowledge of truth. Membership in God’s family, “His church” is eternal life; gifted through believing IN Jesus’. Believing that He is all He proclaimes Himself to be. No amount of brain power, smarts or intellect can make a person believe IN God as He manifest Himself to be through His prophets and apostles.

      The year Jesus sacrificed Himself and at the conclusion of the third day in the tomb, “as the next sunset bears witness to” He was spiritually resurrected to His former position “the spiritual likeness of God the Father.”

      (Luke 18:31-34; “Then Jesus took the twelve aside and said to them, “Look, we are going up to Jerusalem, and everything that is written about the Son of Man by the prophets will be accomplished. For He will be handed over to the Gentiles; He will be mocked, mistreated, and spat on. They will flog Him severely and kill Him. Yet on the third day He will rise again.” But the twelve understood none of these things. This saying was hidden from them, and they did not grasp what Jesus meant.”) The significance of these things are still hidden from the world.

  Matthew and Luke recorded Jesus’ emotion over Jerusalem.   

    Jesus wept over Jerusalem as He thought about the end of this age destructions. (Matt 24:15-23; “So when you see the abomination of desolation – spoken about by Daniel the prophet – standing in the holy place (let the reader understand), (Abomination of Desolation? Actions of Antiochus IV (or a representative of his) in 167 b.c. The words of Jesus seem to indicate that Antiochus was not the final fulfillment, but that there was (from Jesus’ perspective) still another fulfillment yet to come. Specifically to Antichrist and not likely fully realized until the period of the great tribulation at the end of the age (See Mark 13:14, 19, 24; Rev 3:10).

    (16-17; Then those in Judea must flee to the mountains. The one on the roof must not come down to take anything out of his house. (19-22; Woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing their babies in those days! Pray that your flight may not be in winter or on a Sabbath. For then there will be great suffering unlike anything that has happened from the beginning of the world until now, or ever will happen. And if those days had not been cut short, no one would be saved. But for the sake of the Elect those days will be cut short.”)

    (Luke  19:41-44; “Now when Jesus approached and saw the city, He wept over it, saying, “If you had only known on this day, even you, the things that make for peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes. (43) For the days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment against you and surround you and close in on you from every side. They will demolish you – you and your children within your walls – and they will not leave within you one stone on top of another, because you did not recognize the time of your visitation from God.”)

    Jesus revealed His deity but the experts didn’t understand.

    (Luke 20:41-44; “But He said to them, “How is it that they say that the Christ ‘one who has been anointed’ is David’s son? For David himself says in the book of Psalms, ‘The Lord said to My lord, Sit at My right hand, until I make Your enemies a footstool for Your feet.”’ If David then calls Him ‘Lord,’ how can He be his son?”

    (It was a common belief in Judaism that Messiah would be David’s son in that He would come from the lineage of David. On this point the Pharisees agreed and were correct. But their understanding was nonetheless incomplete, for Messiah is also David’s Lord. With this statement Jesus was affirming that, as the Messiah, He is both God and man.)

  Don’t follow the majority; endure to the end.  

     (Luke 21:5-7; “Now while some were speaking about the temple, how it was adorned with beautiful stones and offerings, Jesus said, “As for these things that you are gazing at, the days will come when not one stone will be left on another. All will be torn down!” So they asked Him, “Teacher, when will these things happen? And what will be the sign that these things are about to take place?”

    (8-9; He said, “Watch out that you are not misled. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am He and, ‘the time is near.’ Do not follow them! And when you hear of wars and rebellions, do not be afraid. For these things must happen first, but the end will not come at once.”

    (10-19; Then He said to them, “Nation will rise up in arms against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be great earthquakes, and famines and plagues in various places, and there will be terrifying sights and great signs from heaven. But before all this, they will seize you and persecute you, handing you over to the synagogues and prisons. You will be brought before kings and governors because of My name. (13) This will be a time for you to serve as witnesses. Therefore be resolved not to rehearse ahead of time how to make your defense. (15) For I will give you the words along with the wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to withstand or contradict. You will be betrayed even by parents, brothers, relatives, and friends, and they will have some of you put to death. You will be hated by everyone because of My name. Yet not a hair of your head will perish. By your endurance you will gain your lives.”)

  Morning of the nineteenth day of Nisan; which would arrive

 at the next sunset; “falling on the first day of the week that year.”    

      (Luke 24:1-11; “Now on the first day of the week, at early dawn, the women went to the tomb, taking the aromatic spices they had prepared. They found that the stone had been rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While7 they were perplexed about this, suddenly two men stood beside them in dazzling attire. The women were terribly frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? (6) He is not here, but has been raised! Remember how He told you, while He was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and on the third day rise again.” Then the women remembered His words, and when they returned from the tomb they told all these things to the eleven and to all the rest. Now it was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the other women with them who told these things to the apostles. (11) But these words seemed like pure nonsense to them, and they did not believe them. But Peter got up and ran to the tomb. He bent down and saw only the strips of linen cloth; then he went home, wondering what had happened.”)

     (John 21:1; “After this Jesus revealed Himself again to the disciples by the Sea of Tiberias. Now this is how He did so.

   (2-14; “Simon Peter, Thomas (called Didymus), Nathanael (who was from Cana in Galilee), the sons of Zebedee, and two other disciples of His were together. Simon Peter told them, “I am going fishing.” “We will go with you,” they replied. They went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing. (4) When it was already very early morning, Jesus stood on the beach, but the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. So Jesus said to them, “Children, you don’t have any fish, do you?” They replied, “No.” He told them, “Throw your net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” So they threw the net, and were not able to pull it in because of the large number of fish. (7) Then the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” So Simon Peter, when he heard that it was the Lord, tucked in his outer garment (for he had nothing on underneath it), and plunged into the sea. Meanwhile the other disciples came with the boat, dragging the net full of fish, for they were not far from land, only about a hundred yards. When they got out on the beach, they saw a charcoal fire ready with a fish placed on it, and bread. (10) Jesus said, “Bring some of the fish you have just now caught.” So Simon Peter went aboard and pulled the net to shore. It was full of large fish, one hundred fifty-three, but although there were so many, the net was not torn. “Come, have breakfast,” Jesus said. But none of the disciples dared to ask Him, “Who are you?” because they knew it was the Lord. Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish. (14) This was now the third time Jesus was revealed to the disciples after He was raised from the dead.”)

     (John 21:24-25; This is ‘John’ the disciple who testifies about these things and has written these things, and we know that His testimony is true. There are many other things that Jesus did. If every one of them were written down, I suppose the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.”)

     Ascension account by Luke.

    (Acts of the apostles 1:1-4; “I wrote1 the former2 account, Theophilus, about all that Jesus began to do and teach until the day He was taken up to heaven, after He had given orders by the Holy Spirit to the apostles He had chosen. To the same apostles also, after His suffering, He presented Himself alive with many convincing proofs. He was seen by them over a forty-day period and spoke about matters concerning the kingdom of God. (4) While He was with them, He declared, “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait there for what My Father promised, which you heard about from Me.

    (5-11; For John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” So when they had gathered together, they began to ask Him, “Lord, is this the time when you are restoring the kingdom to Israel?” He told them, “You are not permitted to know the times or periods that the Father has set by His own authority. (8) But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the farthest parts of the earth.” After He had said this, while they were watching, He was lifted up and a cloud hid Him from their sight. As they were still staring into the sky while He was going, suddenly two men in white clothing stood near them and said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand here looking up into the sky? This same Jesus who has been taken up from you into heaven will come back in the same way you saw Him go into heaven.”)

    “During forty days?” The phrase “over a forty-day period” is used rather than “during forty days” because (as the other New Testament accounts of Jesus’ appearances make clear) Jesus was not continually visible to the apostles during the forty days, but appeared to them on various occasions.” Seemingly Jesus ascended about seven to ten days before Pentecost.

Heart Circumcision, chapter 22

April 13th, 2017

      Examining ourselves in Jesus’ light is the godly theme this first of three holy seasons. Overcoming to the end is the Christian goal. The Lord having Israelites get leavening out of homes looked spiritually forward to our getting that which puffs up, out of our being, lives and practices. Blessed with a desire to overcome that which puffs up is God gifted; Paul explains.

      (Phil 2:12-13; “So then, my dear friends, just as you have always obeyed, not only in my presence but even more in my absence, continue working out your salvation with awe and reverence, (13) for the one bringing forth in you both the desire and the effort – for the sake of His good pleasure – is God.”) Our benefit; God’s pleasure.

     We mentioned in the last chapter, how unbelieving populations yield to “the get way” regarding their desire to celebrate, “that which puffs up” rather than “that which gives of self.”  We compared people’s inherited from Adam “get nature” to God’s gifting folks with His energizing Holy Spirit outlook and the result of each. Sharing that unbelievers love anniversaries that celebrate themselves, accomplishments and holidays with revelry overtones, rather than anniversaries that look back and forward to God’s planning.

      As Easter appeals to worldly populations more than Passover’s anniversary. Passover looks back to God’s accomplishments in antiquity; forward to His planned future for His people and the world. Regardless to religion, Satan has the little merchandise populations around the world celebrating as dictated to by overseers, blindly. The result is spiritual ignorance.

    Yesterday, Wednesday April 12 about sunset marked Jesus’ first full day in the tomb. Today, Thursday April 13 around sunset will mark Jesus’ second full day and tomorrow, Friday around sunset will mark Jesus’ accomplishment; “fulfilling that which He promised.” Saturday morning, 15th day of April as it falls this year, “Jesus’ tomb was found empty. The year Jesus died it would have been Sunday morning.

      (Matt 12:38-42; “Then some of the experts in the law along with some Pharisees answered Him, “Teacher, we want to see a sign from You.” But He answered them, “An evil and adulterous generation asks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. (40) For just as Jonah was in the belly of the huge fish for three days and three nights, so the Son of Man will be in the heart of the earth for three days and three nights. The people of Nineveh will stand up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, because they repented when Jonah preached to them – and now, something greater than Jonah is here! (42) The queen of the South will rise up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, because she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon – and now, something greater than Solomon is here!”) Quoting Jonah 1:17. ( On the queen of the South see 1 Kings 10:1-3 and 2 Chronicles  9:1-12, as well as Josephus. The South most likely refers to the eastern part of modern Yemen, although there is an ancient tradition reflected in Josephus which identifies this geo-political entity as Ethiopia.)

  Attempts to change God’s set aside times.

    Paul tells us at Romans 15:4 that all things written before are for our learning and instruction. Traditionally, people setting themselves us as leaders usually defy God in various ways. Such is the case with Jeroboam who thought to change God’s seventh month festival to the eighth month to better separate and control people.

    (1Kings 13:4-10; When the king heard what the prophet cried out against the altar in Bethel, Jeroboam, standing at the altar, extended his hand and ordered, “Seize him!” The hand he had extended shriveled up and he could not pull it back. The altar split open and the ashes fell from the altar to the ground, in fulfillment of the sign the prophet had announced with the Lord’s authority. (6) The king pled with the prophet, “Seek the favor of the Lord your God and pray for me, so that my hand may be restored.” So the prophet sought the Lord’s favor and the king’s hand was restored to its former condition. The king then said to the prophet, “Come home with me and have something to eat. I’d like to give a present.” But the prophet said to the king, “Even if you were to give me half your possessions, I could not go with you and eat and drink in this place. For the Lord gave me strict orders, ‘Do not eat or drink there and do not go home the way you came.’” (10) So he started back on another road; he did not travel back on the same road he had taken to Bethel. Then another prophet met the prophet saying “An angel told me with the Lord’s authority, to bring you back to my house so he can eat and drink.’ But he was lying to him. So the prophet went back with him and ate and drank in his house.’” Read how the two prophets wound up.

      End of Jeroboam’s Dynasty

    (1Kings 13:33-34; “After this happened, Jeroboam still did not change his evil ways; he continued to appoint common people as priests at the high places. Anyone who wanted the job he consecrated as a priest. This sin caused Jeroboam’s dynasty to come to an end and to be destroyed from the face of the earth.”)

    Jeroboam tried trickery, having his wife disguise herself in an attempt to fool God’s prophet. (1Kings 14:7- Go, tell Jeroboam, ‘This is what the Lord God of Israel says: “I raised you up from among the people and made you ruler over My people Israel. I tore the kingdom away from the Davidic dynasty and gave it to you. But you are not like My servant David, who kept My commandments and followed Me wholeheartedly by doing only what I approve. You have sinned more than all who came before you. You went and angered Me by making other gods, formed out of metal; you have completely disregarded Me. (10) So I am ready to bring disaster on the dynasty of Jeroboam. I will cut off every last male belonging to Jeroboam in Israel, including even the weak and incapacitated. I will burn up the dynasty of Jeroboam, just as one burns manure until it is completely consumed. Dogs will eat the members of your family who die in the city, and the birds of the sky will eat the ones who die in the country.”’ Indeed, the Lord has announced it!

 Peter shares our Faith Perfector and Pioneer’s attitude.   

     (1Peter 4:1-3; “So, since Christ suffered in the flesh, you also arm yourselves with the same attitude, because the one who has suffered in the flesh has finished with sin, in that he spends the rest of his time on earth concerned about the will of God and not human desires. For the time that has passed was sufficient for you ‘followers of Jesus’ to do what the non-Christians desire. You lived then in debauchery, evil desires, drunkenness, carousing, drinking bouts, and wanton idolatries.”

    We each lived to please ourselves until Jesus revealed Himself and called us to follow the characteristics He displayed. Our desire was to please the community at large.

    (4-6; So they ‘non-Christians’ are astonished when you do not rush with them into the same flood of wickedness, and they vilify you. They will face a reckoning before Jesus Christ who stands ready to judge the living and the dead. Now it was for this very purpose that the gospel was preached to those who are now dead, so that though they were judged in the flesh by human standards they may live spiritually by God’s standards.

    (7-10; For the culmination of all things is near. So be self-controlled and sober-minded for the sake of prayer. Above all keep your love for one another fervent, because love covers a multitude of sins. Show hospitality to one another without complaining. Just as each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of the varied grace of God.

    (11; Whoever speaks, let it be with God’s words. Whoever serves, do so with the strength that God supplies, so that in everything God will be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong the glory and the power forever and ever. Amen.

    (12-14; Dear friends, do not be astonished that a trial by fire is occurring among you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice in the degree that you have shared in the sufferings of Christ, so that when His glory is revealed you may also rejoice and be glad. If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory, who is the Spirit of God, rests on you.

     (15-19; But let none of you suffer as a murderer or thief or criminal or as a troublemaker. But if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but glorify God that you bear such a name. For it is time for judgment to begin, starting with the house of God. And if it starts with us, what will be the fate of those who are disobedient to the gospel of God? And if the righteous are barely saved, what will become of the ungodly and sinners? So then let those who suffer according to the will of God entrust their souls to a faithful Creator as they do good.”)

      Pray that God have mercy on this world’s populations. That time be shortened for their and our sake. Study Matthew 24:15-28.

     (Matthew 24:22; “And if those days had not been cut short, no one would be saved. But for the sake of the Elect those days will be cut short.”)

Heart Circumcision, chapter 21

April 12th, 2017

     God’s 1st month, Nisan 16, 5777 begins at sunset today: 4/12/2017 began at midnight. . To 4,320 “in resident churches” and individuals “called to follow Jesus.”

Rejoice if you know today is one of seven

“holy to the Lord and His people” annual Sabbaths.”

    We stewards are commanded to examine ourselves in Jesus’ light. Words like Paul’s should be applied to all converted to God‘s Way people. (1Cor 4:2-4; “Now what is sought in stewards is that one be found faithful. So for me, it is a minor matter that I am judged by you or by any human court. In fact, I do not even judge myself. For I am not aware of anything against myself, but I am not acquitted because of this. The one who judges me is the Lord.”) Even if we aren’t aware of anything and realize God is our judge; “we need to self examine.” Think twice before taking someone to court.

   (1Cor 6:1-3; “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? Do you not know that we will judge angels? Why not ordinary matters!”)

     Know by Jesus’ imputed energizing Holy Spirit that we are Saints. As such; know we are being judged in this life; loved enough to be kept on God’s Potter’s wheel for teaching and shaping to His spiritual likeness. Through Him we grow in knowledge by His grace.

     (1Cor 11:31-32; “But if we examined ourselves, we would not be judged. But when we are judged by the Lord, we are disciplined so that we may not be condemned with the world.”) It comes down to the fact that we Saints aren’t our own and can only boast in the Lord. Created in or being created in Christ for good works, thus no one can boast.

    (Ephesians 2:8-10; “For by ‘His’ grace you are saved through ‘gifted’ faith, and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God; it is not from works, so that no one can boast. For we are His workmanship, having been created in Christ Jesus for good works that God prepared beforehand so we may do them.”) “See also, Rom 3:30-31; Gal 3:14; Eph 3:17 and Col 2:12. “

 King David wrote Psalms 34 after pretending to be insane before Abimelech; causing Abimelech to send him away.

     (Psalms 34:1-22; I will praise the Lord at all times; my mouth will continually praise Him. (2) I will boast in the Lord; let the oppressed hear and rejoice! Magnify the Lord with me! Let’s praise His name together! I sought the Lord’s help and He answered me;

He delivered me from all my fears. (5) Those who look to Him for help are happy; their faces are not ashamed. This oppressed man cried out and the Lord heard; He saved him from all his troubles. (7) The Lord’s angel camps around the Lord’s loyal followers and delivers them.

   (“8-10; Taste and see that the Lord is good! How blessed is the one who takes shelter in Him! Remain loyal to the Lord; you chosen people of His, for His loyal followers lack nothing! Even young lions sometimes lack food and are hungry, but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.

    (11-15; Come children! Listen to me! I will teach you what it means to fear the Lord. Do you want to really live? Would you love to live a long, happy life? Then make sure you don’t speak evil words or use deceptive speech! Turn away from evil and do what is right! Strive for peace and promote it! The Lord pays attention to the godly and hears their cry for help.

    (16-18; But the Lord opposes evildoers and wipes out all memory of them from the earth. The godly cry out and the Lord hears; He saves them from all their troubles. The Lord is near the brokenhearted; He delivers those who are discouraged.

    (19-20; The godly face many dangers, but the Lord saves them from each one of them. He protects all his bones; not one of them is broken.

    (21-22; Evil people self-destruct; those who hate the godly are punished. The Lord rescues his servants; all who take shelter in Him escape punishment.”)

     Self examination in Jesus’ light can only take place with His people.

    For example; from within our inherited nature from Adam, we love to celebrate self serving anniversaries, particularly those that grandiose self, popular / famous people and memorable historical events. Merry type celebrations and parades excite the masses, even when they don’t understand their significance or historical foundation. Likewise rioting appeals to the lawlessness in people’s self serving agendas. In general, there are two ways of life, people either succumb to, “the get way or the give way.” Even unconverted people have the capacity to choose the better way when taught properly.

     We called out people; “we Saints of God” are gifted with the “mysterious to the world new covenant;” which is “God’ energizing Holy Spirit in us.” God’s new covenant with His people doesn’t apply to “the worldly unconverted.” God’s spirit in His people is a nature change, a life changer, an outlook changer, a goal changer and the down payment to eternal life. With this gifted knowledge comes a responsibility to mimic the Perfector and Pioneer of our faith, “Jesus.”

    Jesus’ coming and teaching revealed to Moses.

      (Deuteronomy 18:15-19; “The Lord your God will raise up for you ‘Israelites’ a prophet like me from among you – from your fellow Israelites; you must listen to Him. This accords with what happened at Horeb in the day of the assembly. You asked the Lord your God: “Please do not make us hear the voice of the Lord our God any more or see this great fire any more lest we die.” (17) The Lord then said to me, “What they have said is good. (18) I will raise up a prophet like you for them from among their fellow Israelites. I will put My words in His mouth and He will speak to them whatever I command. I will personally hold responsible anyone who then pays no attention to the words that prophet speaks in My name.”

    (20-22; “But if any prophet presumes to speak anything in My name that I have not authorized him to speak, or speaks in the name of other gods, that prophet must die. Now if you say to yourselves, ‘How can we tell that a message is not from the Lord?’ – whenever a prophet speaks in My name and the prediction is not fulfilled, then I have not spoken it; the prophet has presumed to speak it, so you need not fear him.”)

      To faithfully examine ourselves in Jesus’ light is to know Him, His message and characteristics. Part of His message is that His government is coming regardless of the world‘s wishers. (“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? Isaiah 14:24-27”)

     The hope faith of all followers of Jesus is, “that Jesus’ coming soon be.” That the world of peace and knowledge of God as promised through His prophets soon come. Self examination includes our seeking God’s will in all things and preparing our minds to think as He would have us to.

    Satan has the world going in a similar direction Jesus had Isaiah describe. Images Satan invented through unbelieving people; but God made a covenant with physical and spiritual Israelites. Study His comparisons‘. 

     (Isaiah 46:1-2; “Bel kneels down, (Bel was the name of a Babylonian god. The name was originally associated with Enlil, but later was applied to Marduk) Nebo bends low.  (Nebo is a variation of the name of the Babylonian god Nabu.)Their images weigh down animals and beasts. Your heavy images are burdensome to tired animals. Together they bend low and kneel down; they are unable to rescue the images; they themselves head off into captivity.”

    (3-4; “Listen to me, O family of Jacob, all you who are left from the family of Israel, you who have been carried from birth, you who have been supported from the time you left the womb. Even when you are old, I will take care of you, even when you have gray hair, I will carry you. I made you and I will support you; I will carry you and rescue you.”

     (5-7; “To whom can you compare and liken Me? Tell Me whom you think I resemble, so we can be compared! Those who empty out gold from a purse and weigh out silver on the scale hire a metal smith, who makes it into a god. They then bow down and worship it. They put it on their shoulder and carry it; they put it in its place and it just stands there;

it does not move from its place. Even when someone cries out to it, it does not reply; it does not deliver him from his distress.”

     (8-13; “Remember this, so you can be brave! Think about it, you rebels. Remember what I accomplished in antiquity! Truly I am God, I have no peer; I am God, and there is none like Me, who announces the end from the beginning and reveals beforehand what has not yet occurred, who says, ‘My plan will be realized, I will accomplish what I desire,’ who summons an eagle from the east, from a distant land, one who carries out My plan. Yes, I have decreed, yes, I will bring it to pass; I have formulated a plan, yes, I will carry it out. Listen to Me, you stubborn people, you who distance yourself from doing what is right. I am bringing My deliverance near, it is not far away; I am bringing My salvation near, it does not wait. I will save Zion; I will adorn Israel with My splendor.”)

     Believing IN the God that is the same yesterday, today, forever, created, re-creates, planned it all and knew us before the foundation of the world is eternal life.

Heart Circumcision, chapter 20

April 11th, 2017

     God’s 1st month, Nisan 15, 5777 begins at sunset today: 4/11/2017 began at midnight. . To 4,316 “in resident churches” and individuals “called to follow Jesus.”

     Nisan 15 God’s first annual Sabbath begins at sunset today. Nisan 15 and April 11 appear parallel on calendars; the exception is that April 11 began at 12:01 AM and Nisan 15 begins at the next sunset. About an eighteen hour difference.

     In keeping with Jesus’ Passover season, it’s time for “in resident Churches of God people” examine themselves in Jesus’ light. Look to Jesus the Pioneer and Perfector of our faith and His View regarding all matters. Religions, divided traditionalist and denominations are in bondage to the status quo; but we “in home churches of God” are made free by Jesus’ gifted faith imputed to our minds. Jesus and His apostles never intended that His followers be in bondage to governments and tradition. Worldly churches getting tax exemptions and government recognition must respond to their regulations as imposed. Prophecy and current conditions make it clear; in this later age; depending on the country, followers of Jesus need to operate as it were, “underground.”

   Paul explains.

      (2Cor 6:14-18; “Do not become partners with those who do not believe, for what partnership is there between righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship does light have with darkness? And what agreement does Christ have with Beliar? Or what does a believer share in common with an unbeliever? And what mutual agreement does the temple of God have with idols? For we ‘followers of Jesus’ 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.” (17) 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.”)

     Churches licensed by and given government tax exemptions can’t successfully function as churches of God.

    Perseverance

     (2Cor 4:1-6; “Therefore, since we have this ministry, just as God has shown us mercy, we do not become discouraged. But we 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. (5) 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,” (An allusion to Gen 1:3; see also Isaiah 9:2) is the One who shined in our hearts to give us the light of the glorious knowledge of God in the face of Christ.”)

   “Slave for Jesus’ sake? Accurate translation is “bondservant” found in other versions. Often indicating “one who sells himself into slavery to another.” But as this is archaic, few today understand its force.”

     Eternal Weight of Glory

    (2Cor 4:7-18; “But we have this treasure in clay jars, so that the extraordinary power belongs to God and does not come from us. We are experiencing trouble on every side, but are not crushed; we are perplexed, but not driven to despair; we are persecuted, but not abandoned; we are knocked down, but not destroyed, always carrying around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be made visible in our body.

    (11-18; “For we who are alive are constantly being handed over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus may also be made visible in our mortal body. (12) As a result, death is at work in us, but life is at work in you. But since we have the same spirit of faith as that shown in what has been written, “I believed; therefore I spoke,” ‘quote from Ps 116:10’ we also believe, therefore we also speak. We do so because we know that the One who raised up Jesus will also raise us up with Jesus and will bring us with you into his presence. (15) For all these things are for your sake, so that the grace that is including more and more people may cause thanksgiving to increase to the glory of God. Therefore we do not despair, but even if our physical body is wearing away, our inner person is being renewed day by day. For our momentary, light suffering is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison because we are not looking at what can be seen but at what cannot be seen. For what can be seen is temporary, but what cannot be seen is eternal.”)

     Living by Faith, Not by Sight

    (2Cor 5:1-10; “For we know that if our earthly house, the tent we live in, is dismantled, we have a building from God, a house not built by human hands, that is eternal in the heavens. (2) For in this earthly house we groan, because we desire to put on our heavenly dwelling, if indeed, after we have put on our heavenly house, we will not be found naked. (4) For we groan while we are in this tent, since we are weighed down, because we do not want to be unclothed, but clothed, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. (5) Now the One who prepared us for this very purpose is God, who gave us the Spirit as a down payment. Therefore we are always full of courage, and we know that as long as we are alive here on earth we are absent from the Lord – (7) for we live by faith, not by sight. Thus we are full of courage and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord. So then whether we are alive or away, we make it our ambition to please Him. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may be paid back according to what he has done while in the body, whether good or evil.”)

  Reconciliation

    (2cor 5:11-20; “Therefore, because we know the fear of the Lord, we try to persuade people, but we are well known to God, and I hope we are well known to your consciences too. We are not trying to commend ourselves to you again, but are giving you an opportunity to be proud of us, so that you may be able to answer those who take pride in outward appearance and not in what is in the heart. For if we are out of our minds, it is for God; if we are of sound mind, it is for you. For the love of Christ controls us, since we have concluded this, that Christ died for all; therefore all have died. (15) And He died for all so that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for Him who died for them and was raised. So then from now on we acknowledge no one from an outward human point of view. Even though we have known Christ from such a human point of view, now we do not know Him in that way any longer. (17) So then, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; what is old has passed away – look, what is new has come! And all these things are from God who reconciled us to Himself through Christ, and who has given us the ministry of reconciliation. (19) In other words, in Christ God was reconciling the world to Himself, not counting people’s trespasses against them, and He has given us the message of reconciliation. (20) Therefore we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making His plea through us. We plead with you on Christ’s behalf, “Be reconciled to God!” God made the One who did not know sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we would become the righteousness of God.”)

     If anyone is in Christ or if Christ is in anyone; “that one is a new creation.” Reconciliation is the end of conflict. Once gifted to believe IN, our desire is to be at one with God. The desire to be rebellious or defiant is replaced with a desire like Jesus’

    Christ’s Humility

    (Philippians 2:1-4; “Therefore, if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort provided by love, any fellowship in the Spirit, any affection or mercy, complete my joy and be of the same mind, by having the same love, being united in spirit, and having one purpose. Instead of being motivated by selfish ambition or vanity, each of you should, in humility, be moved to treat one another as more important than yourself. Each of you should be concerned not only about your own interests, but about the interests of others as well.”

     (5-11; 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! (9) As a result God exalted Him and gave Him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow

– in heaven and on earth and under the earth – and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.”)

Circumcision of heart and the resurrection from the dead.

       (Philippians 3:2-11; “Beware of the dogs, beware of the evil workers, beware of those who mutilate the flesh! For we are the circumcision, the ones who worship by the Spirit of God, exult in Christ Jesus, and do not rely on human credentials – though mine too are significant. If someone thinks he has good reasons to put confidence in human credentials, I have more: I was circumcised on the eighth day, from the people of Israel and the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews. I lived according to the law as a Pharisee. (6) In my zeal for God I persecuted the church. According to the righteousness stipulated in the law I was blameless. But these assets I have come to regard as liabilities because of Christ. More than that, I now regard all things as liabilities compared to the far greater value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things – indeed, I regard them as dung! – that I may gain Christ, and be found in Him, not because I have my own righteousness derived from the law, but because I have the righteousness that comes by way of Christ’s faithfulness – a righteousness from God that is in fact based on Christ’s faithfulness. (10) My aim is to know Him, to experience the power of His resurrection, to share in His sufferings, and to be like Him in His death, and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead.”)

     Paul shared many times that credentials amounted to nothing in regard to spiritual understanding.

 

Heart Circumcision, chapter 19

April 10th, 2017

God’s 1st month, Nisan 14, 5777: 4/10/2017. To 4,310 “in resident churches” And individuals “called to follow Jesus.”

    My apology for being a day ahead on the Passover day count. For years I have got a “Temple B’nai Israel” calendar to watch for and observe the seven annual Sabbaths. On Temple B’nai calendar Nisan 14 parallels April 10 and I assumed they counted from the previous sunset rather than the coming sunset. It does seem odd to me that Temple B’nai calendar would count the 14th day before it arrives. I surrender; today at sunset begins 14th Nisan “Passover.”

   In the year of Jesus’ death, many attempted to be secret believers for fear of the Synagogue officials who by the power of Rome could arrest. That was Paul’s primary objective until Jesus revealed Himself on that Damascus journey. Paul’s letters are testimonies to his believing IN faith and what it means to be gifted with a circumcised heart.

     (2Corinthians 1:1-2; “From Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, to the church of God that is in Corinth, with all the Saints who are in all Achaia. Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ!” Only an apostle could write, “from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” Obviously the likes of me do not have that authority.

    (2Cor 1:3-4; “Blessed is the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles so that we may be able to comfort those experiencing any trouble with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.”

    Each follower of Jesus shares this responsibility. Comforting one another in love in order to build up His church is imperative.

     (2Cor 1:5-11; “For just as the sufferings of Christ overflow toward us, so also our comfort through Christ overflows to you. But if we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort that you experience in your patient endurance of the same sufferings that we also suffer. (7) And our hope for you is steadfast because we know that as you share in our sufferings, so also you will share in our comfort. For we do not want you to be unaware, brothers and sisters, regarding the affliction that happened to us in the province of Asia, that we were burdened excessively, beyond our strength, so that we despaired even of living. (9) Indeed we felt as if the sentence of death had been passed against us, so that we would not trust in ourselves but in God who raises the dead. (10) He delivered us from so great a risk of death, and He will deliver us. We have set our hope on Him that He will deliver us yet again, as you also join in helping us by prayer, so that many people may give thanks to God on our behalf for the gracious gift given to us through the help of many.”

    (2Cor 1:12; “For our reason for confidence is this: the testimony of our conscience, that with pure motives and sincerity which are from God – not by human wisdom but by the grace of God – we conducted ourselves in the world, and all the more toward you.”

      Examination of self, exercising pure motives through faith revelations; “not human intellect, “but as gifted through the grace of God.” Paul had already experienced living according to human intellect; his conclusion “I determined to know nothing except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.”

     (2Cor 1:13-16; “For we do not write you anything other than what you can read and also understand. But I hope that you will understand completely just as also you have partly understood us, that we ‘apostles’ are your source of pride just as you also are ours in the day of the Lord Jesus. (15) And with this confidence I intended to come to you first so that you would get a second opportunity to see us, and through your help to go on into Macedonia and then from Macedonia to come back to you and be helped on our way into Judea by you.”

     (2Cor 1:17-24; “Therefore when I was planning to do this, I did not do so without thinking about what I was doing, did I? Or do I make my plans according to mere human standards so that I would be saying both “Yes, yes” and “No, no” at the same time? But as God is faithful, our message to you is not “Yes” and “No.” (19) For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, the one who was proclaimed among you by us – by me and Silvanus and Timothy – was not “Yes” and “No,” but it has always been “Yes” in Him. (20) For every one of God’s promises are “Yes” in Him; therefore also through Him the “Amen” is spoken, to the glory we give to God. But it is God who establishes ‘strengthens’ us together with you in Christ and who anointed us, who also sealed us and gave us the Spirit in our hearts as a down payment, ‘first installment,’ ‘pledge,’ ‘deposit.’

     Now I appeal to God as my witness, that to spare you I did not come again to Corinth. I do not mean that we rule over your faith, but we are workers with you for your joy, because by faith you stand firm.”) Note that its Paul’s custom to say so when he writes from his own mind. Paul is speaking of the sins he wrote about in Corinthians 1:

     (2Cor 2:1-13; “So I made up my own mind not to pay you another painful visit. For if I make you sad, who would be left to make me glad but the one I caused to be sad? And I wrote this very thing to you, so that when I came I would not have sadness from those who ought to make me rejoice, since I am confident in you all that my joy would be yours. (4) For out of great distress and anguish of heart I wrote to you with many tears, not to make you sad, but to let you know the love that I have especially for you. But if anyone has caused sadness, he has not saddened me alone, but to some extent (not to exaggerate) he has saddened all of you as well. This punishment on such an individual by the majority is enough for him, (7) so that now instead you should rather forgive and comfort him. This will keep him from being overwhelmed by excessive grief to the point of despair. Therefore I urge you to reaffirm your love for him. (9) For this reason also I wrote you: to test you to see if you are obedient in everything. If you forgive anyone for anything, I also forgive him – for indeed what I have forgiven (if I have forgiven anything) I did so for you in the presence of Christ, so that we may not be exploited by Satan (for we are not ignorant of his schemes). Now when I arrived in Troas to proclaim the gospel of Christ, even though the Lord had opened a door of opportunity for me, (13) I had no relief in my spirit, because I did not find my brother Titus there. So I said good-bye to them and set out for Macedonia.”)

    (2Cor 2:14-17; “But thanks be to God who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ and who makes known through us the fragrance that consists of the knowledge of Him in every place. For we are a sweet aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing – (16) to the latter an odor from death to death, but to the former a fragrance from life to life. And who is adequate for these things? (17) For we are not like so many others, hucksters who peddle the word of God for profit, but we are speaking in Christ before God as persons of sincerity, as persons sent from God.”)

     Jesus and His apostles caught a lot of flack, persecution and death because of their teaching absolutes. Claiming to have been sent from God. Worldly unbelievers have always attempted to make God fit their image of what they think gods should be.

     (2Cor 3:1-3; “Are we, ‘apostles’ beginning to commend ourselves again? We don’t need letters of recommendation to you or from you as some other people do, do we? You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everyone, revealing that you are a letter of Christ, delivered by us, written not with ink but by the Spirit of the living God, not on stone tablets but on tablets of human hearts.”)

     Tablets of human hearts? Circumcision of heart. By the energizing Holy Spirit of God living in people.

    (2Cor 3:4-6;”Now we have such confidence in God through Christ. Not that we are adequate in ourselves to consider anything as if it were coming from ourselves, but our adequacy is from God, who made us adequate to be servants of a new covenant not based on the letter but on the Spirit, for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.”)

    May we each pray not to assume adequacy from our human intellect. It’s the reason God commanded Adam not to eat “partake of” the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Adam and Eve did partake and humanity inherited that “god to one’s self mentality” Thus the many opinions, beliefs and denominations asserting that they represent God.

    Spirit’s Ministry

     (2Cor 3:7-8; “But if the ministry that produced death – carved in letters on stone tablets – came with glory, so that the Israelites could not keep their eyes fixed on the face of Moses because of the glory of his face (a glory which was made ineffective), how much more glorious will the ministry of the Spirit be?

    When Moses came down from Mt. Sinai with the tablets of the Decalogue the people were afraid to approach him because his face was so radiant (Exod 34:29-30).

     (2Cor 3:9- “For if there was glory in the ministry that produced condemnation, how much more does the ministry that produces righteousness, excel in glory! For indeed, what had been glorious now has no glory because of the tremendously greater glory of what replaced it. (11) For if what was made ineffective came with glory, how much more has what remains come in glory! Therefore, since we have such a hope, we behave with great boldness, and not like Moses who used to put a veil over his face to keep the Israelites from staring at the result of the glory that was made ineffective.”

    (14; “But their minds were closed. For to this very day, the same veil remains when they hear the old covenant read. It has not been removed because only in Christ is it taken away.”

     All who look to methodology have their minds closed. Only through revealed gifted faith reliance in Jesus are people’s minds opened miraculously.

     (15-18; “But until this very day whenever Moses is read, a veil lies over their minds, but when one turns to the Lord, the veil is removed. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is present, there is freedom. And we all, with unveiled faces reflecting the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another, which is from the Lord, who is the Spirit.”)

   The only freedom known to mankind is that through Jesus.

Heart Circumcision, chapter 18

April 8th, 2017

God’s 1st month, Nisan 12, 5777: 4/8/2017. To 4,305 “in resident churches” And individuals “called to follow Jesus.”

      During the span of time Jesus was working through His apostles, worldly governing conditions were much like today, with less welfare and more individual responsibility. As now, few worldly governmental leaders were Believers IN Jesus. Thus the persecution of Believers. Then and now it is imperative that Believers in Jesus separate from the worldly status quo “world system of things.” The way of God is the same yesterday, today and forever, ‘see Hebrews 13:8’ thus it has always been that few are gifted to believe IN.

       All nations have law, but when their laws oppose God’s Way “it’s lawlessness in His View.

      (2Corinthians 6:14-18; “Do not become partners, ’mismatched’ with those who do not believe, for what partnership is there between righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship does light have with darkness? And what agreement does Christ have with Beliar? (Beliar occurs only here in the New Testament. Beliar is a reference to Satan.)

Or what does a believer share in common with an unbeliever? (16) And what mutual agreement does the temple of God have with idols? For we are the temple of the living God, just as God said, “I will live in them and will walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be My people.” Therefore “come out from their midst, and be separate,” says the Lord, “and touch no unclean thing, and I will welcome you, (18) and I will be a father to you, and you will be My sons and daughters,” says the All-Powerful Lord.”) (Quote from Lev 26:12; similar to Jeremiah 32:38; and Ezekiel 37:27. Quote from Isaiah 52:11.)

      It is incumbent that followers of Jesus look out for fellow Believers. Our problem in this latter age is that we are so scattered that few of us personally know another Believing IN family. Never the less, we need to consider and digest Paul’s teaching regarding helping the Saints.

  Collections for the Saints in Jerusalem.   

      (1Cor 16:1-4; “With regard to the collection for the Saints, please follow the directions that I gave to the churches of Galatia: On the first day of the week, each of you should set aside some income and save it to the extent that God has blessed you, so that a collection will not have to be made when I come. (3) Then, when I arrive, I will send those whom you approve with letters of explanation to carry your gift to Jerusalem. And if it seems advisable that I should go also, they will go with me.”)

     Unbelieving people use this text and Paul’s letter to the Galatians for their pretext example of a Sabbath change. In the apostolic days, money, goods and services had to be physically sent “as in delivered.” A time before banking as we know it today. Getting collections together was an ordeal, ‘as in work’ thus Paul wanted the collection work done in advance and ready for delivery after the Sabbath.

     (1Cor 16:5-9; “But I will come to you after I have gone through Macedonia – for I will be going through Macedonia – and perhaps I will stay with you, or even spend the winter, so that you can send me on my journey, wherever I go. For I do not want to see you now in passing, since I hope to spend some time with you, if the Lord allows. But I will stay in Ephesus until Pentecost, because a door of great opportunity stands wide open for me, but there are many opponents.”)

    Consider Paul’s opponents and opportunities. In “Acts of the apostles” we read of riots in Ephesus, disrupting people shouting “great is Dianna” for several hours and Paul being stoned. Additionally many from Judea disrupted with their methodology for salvation teaching. However God was calling a people for His name and revealing the opportunity to Paul.

  Paul recognizes associates; fellow workers. 

     (1Cor 16:10-14; “Now if Timothy comes, see that he has nothing to fear among you, for he is doing the Lord’s work, as I am too. So then, let no one treat him with contempt. But send him on his way in peace so that he may come to me. For I am expecting him with the brothers. With regard to our brother Apollos: I strongly encouraged him to visit you with the other brothers, but it was simply not his intention to come now. He will come when he has the opportunity. Stay alert, stand firm in the faith, show courage, be strong. Everything you do should be done in love.”)

     (1Cor 16:15-24; “Now, brothers and sisters, you know about the household of Stephanus, that as the first converts of Achaia, they devoted themselves to ministry for the Saints. I urge you also to submit to people like this, and to everyone who cooperates in the work and labors hard. (17) I was glad about the arrival of Stephanus, Fortunatus, and Achaicus because they have supplied the fellowship with you that I lacked. For they refreshed my spirit and yours. So then, recognize people like this. (19) The churches in the province of Asia send greetings to you. Aquila and Priscilla greet you warmly in the Lord, with the church that meets in their house. All the brothers and sisters send greetings. Greet one another with a holy kiss.

    (21-24; I, Paul, send this greeting with my own hand. Let anyone who has no love for the Lord be accursed. Our Lord, come! The grace of the Lord Jesus be with you. My love be with all of you in Christ Jesus.”)

     These Christians and all Believers IN are gifted with circumcision of heart.

    When Jesus made a covenant of circumcision with Abraham, He was looking forward to God the Father’s calling out a people, planting a love for Himself in their minds; thus making His people at one with Himself. “Circumcising their hearts;” changing that inherited from Adam nature, to a nature likened to that of our Pioneer and Perfector of faith, “Jesus.” This revelation to Moses may have been as “his looking through glass indirectly, ‘darkened.’” (1Cor 13:12-13; “For now we see in a mirror indirectly, but then we will see face to face. Now I know in part, but then I will know fully, just as I have been fully known. And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.”

    (Deut 10:12-18; “Now, Israel, what does the Lord your God require of you except to revere Him, to obey all His commandments, to love Him, to serve Him with all your mind and being, and to keep the Lord’s commandments and statutes that I am giving you today for your own good?”

    (14-15; “The heavens – indeed the highest heavens – belong to the Lord your God, as does the earth and everything in it. (15) However, only to your ancestors did He show His loving favor, and He chose you, their descendants, from all peoples – as is apparent today.”

     (16-18; “Therefore, cleanse your heart and stop being so stubborn!  CLEANSE? Hebrew, “circumcise the foreskin of” Reference to the Abrahamic covenant prompts Moses to recall the sign of that covenant, namely, physical circumcision (Gen 17:9-14). Just as that act signified total covenant obedience, so spiritual circumcision (cleansing of the heart) signifies more internally a commitment to be pliable and obedient to the will of God (See Deut 30:6; Jer 4:4; 9:26).(17) For the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great, mighty, and awesome God who is unbiased and takes no bribe, who justly treats the orphan and widow, and who loves resident foreigners, giving them food and clothing.”) Study the whole.

  A future deliverance and cleansing.

      (Deut 30:4-6; “Even if your exiles are in the most distant land, from there, “the Lord your God will gather you and bring you back.” (5) Then He will bring you to the land your ancestors possessed and you also will possess it; He will do better for you and multiply you more than He did your ancestors. (6) The Lord your God will also cleanse, ‘circumcise’ your heart and the hearts of your descendants’ so that you may love Him with all your mind and being and so that you may live.”

     (7-10; “Then the Lord your God will put all these curses on your enemies, on those who hate you and persecute you. (8) You will return and obey the Lord, keeping all his commandments I am giving you today. The Lord your God will make the labor of your hands abundantly successful and multiply your children, the offspring of your cattle, and the produce of your soil. For the Lord your God will once more rejoice over you to make you prosperous just as He rejoiced over your ancestors, if you obey the Lord your God and keep His commandments and statutes that are written in this scroll of the law. But you must turn to Him with your whole mind and being.”)

          Israel’s Restoration through Confession and Repentance was preplanned. 

     (Leviticus 26:39-45; “‘As for the ones who remain among you, they will rot away because of their iniquity in the lands of your enemies, and they will also rot away because of their ancestors’ iniquities which are with them.

    (40-43; “However, when61 they confess their iniquity and their ancestors’ iniquity which they committed by trespassing against Me, by which they also walked in hostility against Me (and I Myself will walk in hostility against them and bring them in to the land of their enemies), and then their uncircumcised hearts become humbled and they make up for their iniquity, (42) I will remember My covenant with Jacob and also My covenant with Isaac and also My covenant with Abraham, and I will remember the land. (43) The land will be abandoned by them in order that it may make up for its Sabbaths while it is made desolate without them, and they will make up for their iniquity because they have rejected My regulations and have abhorred My statutes.”

     (44- “In spite of this, however, when they are in the land of their enemies I will not reject them and abhor them to make a complete end of them, to break My covenant with them, for I am the Lord their God. (45) I will remember for them the covenant with their ancestors whom I brought out from the land of Egypt in the sight of the nations to be their God. I am the Lord.’”)

  Circumcision evolved to a methodology of works for salvation.

     (Jeremiah  4:1-4; “If you, Israel, want to come back,” says the Lord, “if you want to come back to Me you must get those disgusting idols out of My sight and must no longer go astray. You must be truthful, honest and upright when you take an oath saying, ‘As surely as the Lord lives!’ If you do, the nations will pray to be as blessed by Him as you are and will make Him the object of their boasting.” (3) Yes, the Lord has this to say

to the people of Judah and Jerusalem: “Like a farmer breaking up hard unplowed ground,

you must break your rebellious will and make a new beginning; just as a farmer must clear away thorns lest the seed is wasted, you must get rid of the sin that is ruining your lives. (4) Just as ritual circumcision cuts away the foreskin as an external symbol of dedicated covenant commitment, you must genuinely dedicate yourselves to the Lord and get rid of everything that hinders your commitment to Me, people of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem. If you do not, my anger will blaze up like a flaming fire against you that no one will be able to extinguish. That will happen because of the evil you have done.”)

  No uncircumcised of heart “foreigners” in New Jerusalem.

     (Ezek 44:6-14; “Say to the rebellious, to the house of Israel, ‘This is what the sovereign Lord says: Enough of all your abominable practices, O house of Israel! When you bring foreigners, those uncircumcised in heart and in flesh, into My sanctuary, you desecrate it – even My house – when you offer My food, the fat and the blood. You have broken My covenant by all your abominable practices. You have not kept charge of My holy things, but you have assigned foreigners to keep charge of My sanctuary for you.”

    (9; “This is what the sovereign Lord says: No foreigner, who is uncircumcised in heart and flesh among all the foreigners who are among the people of Israel, will enter into My sanctuary.”

      (10-14; “‘But the Levites who went far from Me, straying off from Me after their idols when Israel went astray, will be responsible for their sin. (11) Yet they will be ministers in My sanctuary, having oversight at the gates of the temple, and serving the temple. They will slaughter the burnt offerings and the sacrifices for the people, and they will stand before them to minister to them. (12) Because they used to minister to them before their idols, and became a sinful obstacle to the house of Israel, consequently I have made a vow concerning them, declares the sovereign Lord, that they will be responsible for their sin. They will not come near Me to serve Me as priest, nor will they come near any of My holy things, the things which are most sacred. They will bear the shame of the abominable deeds they have committed. Yet I will appoint them to keep charge of the temple, all of its service and all that will be done in it.”) Study the whole.

     Consider why the Lord Jesus did not want Adam and Eve eating from the “knowledge of good and evil tree.” Why followers of Jesus must come out from among unbelievers.

    (Jeremiah 9:25-26; The Lord says, “Watch out! The time is soon coming when I will punish all those who are circumcised only in the flesh. That is, I will punish the Egyptians, the Judeans, the Edomites, the Ammonites, the Moabites, and all the desert people who cut their hair short at the temples, ’people of remote parts of the world.’  I will do so because none of the people of those nations are really circumcised in the Lord’s sight. Moreover, none of the people of Israel are circumcised when it comes to their hearts.”)

   Jesus’ apostle Paul explained.

      Rom 2:17-29; “But if you call yourself a Jew, ‘Christian’ and rely on the law and boast of your relationship to God and know His will and approve the superior things because you receive instruction from the law, and if you are convinced that you yourself are a guide to the blind, a light to those who are in darkness, an educator of the senseless, a teacher of little children, because you have in the law the essential features of knowledge and of the truth – (21) therefore you who teach someone else, do you not teach yourself? You who preach against stealing, do you steal? You who tell others not to commit adultery, do you commit adultery? You who abhor idols, do you rob temples? You who boast in the law dishonor God by transgressing the law! (24) For just as it is written, “the name of God is being blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you.”

Quote from Isaiah 52:5’

      (25- “For circumcision has its value if you practice the law, but if you break the law, your circumcision has become uncircumcision. Therefore if the uncircumcised man obeys the righteous requirements of the law, will not his uncircumcision be regarded as circumcision? And will not the physically uncircumcised man who keeps the law judge you who, despite the written code and circumcision, transgress the law? (28) For a person is not a Jew, ‘Christian’ who is one outwardly, nor is circumcision something that is outward in the flesh, (29) but someone is a Jew, ‘Christian’ who is one inwardly, and circumcision is of the heart by the Spirit and not by the written code. This person’s praise is not from people but from God.”)  Recipients’ of God’s gifted energizing Holy Spirit are circumcised of heart people.