To: People gifted with desire to be atOne with God the Father and God the Son “Jesus” “Spiritual Israelites” 6/15/19, God’s 3rd month 12th day of Sivan 5,779 until sunset.
Book Chapter 24
Satan inspires an independence whereby people think highly of their God created intellect as if it’s self obtained. God foreknew the nature He put in people and how our curiosity would work. He knew “even His chosen people” would be vulnerable to Satan’s deceptions and yield to his self serving nature. He knew and revealed to Moses, how and when He’d disperse His chosen people for their disobedience. That He’d reveal Himself to a few “during and after His resurrection and ascension. How gifted believing IN faith by grace through Jesus would save people from the result of their sin nature inherited through Adam. All this and more was planned from the foundation of the world. Even Satan’s being allowed to deceive will ultimately work for God’s purpose in purifying His chosen. The whole history of mankind’s unfolding events was preplanned. From the beginning a gifted “new nature” in His called out people would make them atOne with Himself through Jesus’ shed blood for the remission of sin.
Prophets and loyal angelic beings looked forward to this mystery being understood. How the Messiah’s coming and remission of lawlessness, “sin” could forgive. How and at what time God’s spirit would be gifted to His chosen Elect, making them “a people born from above” and ultimately serve with Jesus “as king of kings” implement the new world order. People being born from above is still a mystery to the world at large. How an all knowing Creator could predestine His imputing His spirit in a chosen people.
This rebirth was first manifested to the Israelites on that first Pentecost after Jesus’ ascension and is the example for future conversions. God’s plan includes, Jesus’ kingdom being established on earth, many being, “born from above” becoming recipients of His nature changing spirit. People will one day be convinced that Jesus inspired His prophet Joel to tell this future.
(Joel 2:27- “You will be convinced that I am in the midst of Israel. I am the Lord your God; there is no other. My people will never again be put to shame. An Outpouring of the Spirit. After all of this I will pour out My Spirit on all kinds of people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy. Your elderly will have revelatory dreams; your young men will see prophetic visions. Even on male and female servants I will pour out My Spirit in those days. I will produce portents both in the sky and on the earth – blood, fire, and columns of smoke. The sunlight will be turned to darkness and the moon to the color of blood, before the day of the Lord comes – that great and terrible day! It will so happen that everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be delivered. For on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there will be those who survive, just as the Lord has promised; the remnant will be those whom the Lord will call.”) Jesus’ apostle Paul was given the revelation to write.
(Rom 15:4-6;“For everything that was written in former times was written for our instruction, so that through endurance and through encouragement of the scriptures we may have hope. Now may the God of endurance and comfort give you unity with one another in accordance with Christ Jesus, so that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”)
True to the instinctive fleshly desires inherited from Adam, the Israelites in Samuel’s day, (and all people in every age since.) looked around at unbelieving people’s practices and thought to themselves, “these too are good people” they’re blessed as we are, “so let’s learn their way.” (Even Solomon fell victim, “to the ways of unbelieving gentiles.”)
True, God does send rain to the righteous, unrighteous, unbelievers and people in every age can choose the benefit of moral living. (Israelites in Samuel’s day found the ways of the gentiles appealing, so they considered the gentile practices worthy of incorporating with their God given practices.) Such evolutionary thinking has the whole world up side down and “God’s righteous Ways practically dismissed as being out of touch.”
God’s new covenant with His called out people, is slandered by unbelievers. The point? “until God reveals Himself, calls and gives people an atOne spirit, each person has a fleshly worldly condoning mind. Like the Israelites thinking, “practicing paganism must be okay, since God provides them with rain, raiment and food as to us.” So it is, “unbelieving people wants to decide for themselves, what is right, wrong, good and evil.”
(Jesus said; You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor’ and ‘hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemy and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be like your Father in heaven, since He causes the sun to rise on the evil and the good and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Even the tax collectors do the same, don’t they? And if you only greet your brothers, what more do you do? Even the Gentiles do the same, don’t they? So then, be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” Matt 5:43-48)
To be perfected like our heavenly Father is to yield to Jesus’ way of thinking.
(Phil 2:5-11; 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! 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.)
Jesus’ good news “gospel” has the same foundational truths, He gave the Israelites through Moses. (Be careful not to be ensnared like they “the unbelievers” are; do not pursue their gods and say, “How do these nations “neighbors” serve their gods? I will do the same.” You must not worship the Lord your God the way they worship! For everything that is abhorrent to the Lord your God, everything He hates, they have done when worshiping their gods.” Deuteronomy 12:)
This world’s religious people with their many beliefs don’t grasp the fact that God is allowing Satan to be their god, “likely until Jesus returns and binds him.” It has all been prophesied. (The same instinctive inherited nature that led the Israelites to explore the gentile way, still pulls people to be condoning of all religions.) When Jesus’ message isn’t accurately taught, “even some called out people become vulnerable to deceptions.” Naïve people are susceptible to deception, by false miracles and imaginary gods. Paul experienced it, even among people he had taught accurately.
(Galatians 1:6-10; “I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the One “God” who called you by the grace of Christ and are “now” following a different gospel – not that there really is another gospel, but there are some who are disturbing you and wanting to distort the gospel of Christ. But even if we (or an angel from heaven) should preach a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed! As we have said before, and now I say again, if any one is preaching to you a gospel contrary to what you received, let him be accursed! Am I now trying to gain the approval of people, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a slave of Christ!”)
The Pharisees and Sadducees in the apostolic era, were overly zealous looking to the law, “for their saving.” At the same time, many gentiles were led to seek the God of Abraham. Cornelius is a good example. (See Acts 10:) As we look at Paul’s letters; “find if you can” any condoning of gentile paganism. Remember too, the apostles’ letters are to, “a spirit begotten people, a people fathered by God, a people born from above.” Consider also, “At no time did Jesus’ apostles include the holy spirit in their worshipful salutations.”
(Ephesians 1:1-10; “From Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, to the Saints [in Ephesus], the faithful in Christ Jesus. Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ! (The identity of a Saint is; “one faithful to Jesus.”) “Blessed is the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms in Christ.” (Paul acknowledges, God the Father does the calling and we’re blessed in the heavenly realms in Christ.) For He “God the Father” chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world that we may be holy and unblemished in His sight in love. (5) He did this by predestining us to adoption as His sons “people” through Jesus Christ, according to the pleasure of His will – to the praise of the glory of His grace that He has freely bestowed on us in His dearly loved Son “Jesus.” (7) In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, “sin” according to the riches of His grace that He lavished on us in all wisdom and insight. (9) He did this when He revealed to us the secret of His will, according to His good pleasure that He set forth in Christ, toward the administration of the fullness of the times, to head up all things in Christ – the things in heaven and the things on earth.”)
As Israel was called and delivered because of promises to Abraham, so we are called out as, “followers of Jesus and saved by predestinated promise.” Thus, we too are heirs with Abraham. We worship God the Father and God the Son; who knew us individually before the foundation of the world! He called, He revealed the secret of His will. Revelation isn’t something from book learning. Revelation is gifted insight. God reveals according to His good pleasure.
(Eph 1:11-12; “In Christ we too “with Jesus” have been claimed as God’s own possession, since we were predestined according to the one purpose of Him who accomplishes all things according to the counsel of His will so that we, who were the first to set our hope on Christ, would be to the praise of His glory.”)
We in this last age “become the first according to God’s will.” As God’s possession, our purpose is to be, “atOne” with Him. Thus we obey from the heart, out of love toward God and not interested in following after those who do not understand. We love them and we as they, are in the world, but different in that we’re not of the world. Their god is that which they serve and practice. Jesus’ good news is veiled to them. Paul explains to we Saints.
(2Cor 4:1-6; “Therefore, since we “apostles” 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. For we do not proclaim ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your slaves for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said “Let light shine out of darkness,” is the One who shined in our hearts, to give us the light of the glorious knowledge of God in the face of Christ.”)
Be thankful that our Creator is a God of love, giving rain and other blessings to all. Remember Joel’s second chapter? God’s spirit is yet to be given to all kinds of people. Jesus’ revelations to John will ultimately be completed.
(Revelations 21:6-8; “He also said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the one who is thirsty I will give water “My spirit” free of charge from the spring of the water of life, “spirit of eternal life.” The one who conquers will inherit these things, and I will be his God and he will be My son. But to the cowards, unbelievers, detestable persons, murderers, the sexually immoral, and those who practice magic spells, idol worshipers, and all those who lie, their place will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur. That is the second death.”) The term, “second death” is used four times in Revelations, check each. May we each be led to question the things we practice.