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Heart Circumcision, chapter 8

March 24th, 2017

God’s 12th month, Adar 26, 5777: 3/24/2017. To the called “in resident churches.”

    The good news Jesus and His apostles brought did not eliminate His prophetic words through Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel and Habakkuk regarding His millennium reign. Consider a portion of Jesus’ word through Habakkuk and His prophecy about this end time age being likened to Noah‘s day. 

    (Habakkuk 2:13-20; “Be sure of this! The Lord who commands armies has decreed: The nations’ efforts will go up in smoke; their exhausting work will be for nothing. For recognition of the Lord’s sovereign majesty will fill the earth just as the waters fill up the sea. “You who force your neighbor to drink wine are as good as dead – you who make others intoxicated by forcing them to drink from the bowl of your furious anger, so you can look at their genitals. (nakedness) But you will become drunk with shame, not majesty. Now it is your turn to drink and expose your uncircumcised foreskin! The cup of wine in the Lord’s right hand is coming to you, and disgrace will replace your majestic glory! (17) For you will pay in full for your violent acts against Lebanon; terrifying judgment will come upon you because of the way you destroyed the wild animals living there.

      You have shed human blood and committed violent acts against lands, cities, and those who live in them. (18) What good is an idol? Why would a craftsman make it? What good is a metal image that gives misleading oracles?

    (Oracles? Hebrew “or a metal image, a teacher of lies.” The words “What good is” in the translation are supplied from the previous parallel line. “Teacher of lies” refers to the false oracles that the so-called god would deliver through a priest.)

     Why would its creator place his trust in it (image or teacher of lies.) and make such mute, worthless things? (19) The one who says to wood, ‘Wake up!’ is as good as dead – he who says to speechless stone, ‘Awake!’ Can it give reliable guidance? It is overlaid with gold and silver; it has no life’s breath inside it. But the Lord is in His majestic palace. The whole earth is speechless in His presence!”)

     Oracle, from our English dictionary. Source of wisdom, prophetic saying or a God given message. Allow Paul’s definition. (Romans 3:1-4; “Therefore what advantage does the Jew have, or what is the value of circumcision? Actually, there are many advantages. First of all, the Jews were entrusted with the oracles of God. What then? If some did not believe, does their unbelief nullify the faithfulness of God? (4) Absolutely not! Let God be proven true, and every human being shown up as a liar, just as it is written: “so that you will be justified7 in your words and will prevail when you are judged.” Quote from Psalms 51:4) The oracles of God include the law, God’s calendar and times He set aside ‘sanctified’ for our benefit and understanding.

      (Matthew 24:37-39; “For just like the days of Noah were, so the coming of the Son of Man will be. For in those days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day Noah entered the ark. And they knew nothing until the flood came and took them all away. It will be the same at the coming of the Son of Man.”)

    Paul knowing and understanding these things makes his letters more significant. Before the mystery of God’s spirit gifted to people, no one understood our relationship.

    (1Corinthians 3:16-23; “Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you? (Temple? Greek: You are God’s temple refers here to the church, since the pronoun you is plural in the Greek text. (In Corinthians 6:19 the same imagery is used in a different context to refer to the individual believer.) (6:19-20; “Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price. Therefore glorify God with your body.”)

    (1Cor 3:17-22; “If someone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him. For God’s temple is holy, which is what you are. Guard against self-deception, each of you. If someone among you thinks he is wise in this age, let him become foolish so that he can become wise. For the wisdom of this age is foolishness with God. As it is written, “He catches the wise in their craftiness.” And again, “The Lord knows that the thoughts of the wise are futile.” So then, no more boasting about mere mortals! For everything belongs to you, whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or the present or the future. Everything belongs to you, (23) and you belong to Christ, and Christ belongs to God.”) Remember; no boasting except in the Lord.

     People are persecuted; many have been killed for teaching this awesome truth.

    Digest what Jesus is saying as recorded in John’s gospel.

     (John 10:33-38; “The Jewish leaders replied, “We are not going to stone You for a good deed but for blasphemy, because You, a man, are claiming to be God.” Jesus answered, “Is it not written in your law, ‘I said, you are gods’? Quote from Psalms 82:6)

(35) If those people to whom the word of God came were called ‘gods’ (and the scripture cannot be broken), do you say about the One whom the Father set apart and sent into the world, ‘You are blaspheming,’ because I said, ‘I am the Son of God’? (37) If I do not perform the deeds of My Father, do not believe Me. But if I do them, even if you do not believe Me, believe the deeds, so that you may come to know and understand that I am in the Father and the Father is in Me.”) Consider those deeds and those Jesus did through His apostles. 

     (1Cor 4:1-5; “One should think about us ‘we apostles’ this way – as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. 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. So then, do not judge anything before the time. Wait until the Lord comes. He will bring to light the hidden things of darkness and reveal the motives of hearts. Then each will receive recognition from God.”) Paul’s focus in on the resurrection and his promised change.

    (1Cor 4:6-7; “I have applied these things to myself and Apollos because of you, brothers and sisters, so that through us you may learn “not to go beyond what is written,” so that none of you will be puffed up in favor of the one against the other. (7) For who concedes you any superiority? What do you have that you did not receive? And if you received it, why do you boast as though you did not?”) Puffed as yeast puffs bread. 

    God’s energizing Holy Spirit changes outlooks, makes us mindful of our gifted circumcision of heart, but doesn’t perfect immediately. Thus we need to grow in His grace and knowledge. Overcome to the end! (see Revelations 2:26)

   A little knowledge made some arrogant, but not the apostles.

    (1Cor 4:8- “Already you are satisfied! Already you are rich! You have become kings without us! I wish you had become kings so that we could reign with you! For, I think, God has exhibited us apostles last of all, as men condemned to die, because we have become a spectacle to the world, both to angels and to people. We are fools for Christ, but you are wise in Christ! We are weak, but you are strong! You are distinguished, we are dishonored! To the present hour we are hungry and thirsty, poorly clothed, brutally treated, and without a roof over our heads. (12) We do hard work, toiling with our own hands. When we are verbally abused, we respond with a blessing, when persecuted, we endure, when people lie about us, we answer in a friendly manner. We are the world’s dirt and scum, even now.”)

    (1Cor 4:14-21; “I am not writing these things to shame you, but to correct you as my dear children. For though you may have ten thousand guardians in Christ, you do not have many fathers, because I became your father in Christ Jesus through the gospel. I encourage you, then, be imitators of me. For this reason, I have sent Timothy to you, who is my dear and faithful son in the Lord. He will remind you of my ways in Christ, as I teach them everywhere in every church. (18) Some have become arrogant, as if I were not coming to you. But I will come to you soon, if the Lord is willing, and I will find out not only the talk of these arrogant people, but also their power. For the kingdom of God is demonstrated not in idle talk but with power. What do you want? Shall I come to you with a rod of discipline or with love and a spirit of gentleness?”) Paul isn’t suggesting that he be called father, but reckoning himself as a spiritual parent. His duty included encouraging and correcting.

    (1Cor 5:1-5; “It is actually reported that sexual immorality exists among you, the kind of immorality that is not permitted even among the Gentiles, so that someone is cohabiting with his father’s wife. And you are proud! Shouldn’t you have been deeply sorrowful instead and removed the one who did this from among you? (3) For even though I am absent physically, I am present in spirit. And I have already judged the one who did this, just as though I were present. When you gather together in the name of our Lord Jesus, and I am with you in spirit, along with the power of our Lord Jesus, turn this man over to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, so that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord.”) A congregations responsibility is to formally and lovingly remove such an individual from the family of believers in hope of seeing genuine repentance. Not hateful ostracizing that would cause disdain. Followers of Jesus are in this world, but can’t be part to the world’s corrupt system of things.

Heart Circumcision, chapter 7

March 23rd, 2017

God’s 12th month, Adar 25, 5777: 3/23/2017. To the called “in resident churches.”

    We believe each subscriber to be a called out follower of Jesus, one to whom God the Father has or is calling and giving over to Jesus for salvation. A Believer IN gifted with Godly repentance, a new outlook desiring to please Jesus in every way. It is through God’s spiritual calling and a gifted belief IN Jesus, that knowing faith is established, one’s outlook changed and eternal life gifted.

      All worldly religions attempt to persuade people to believe in their doctrine and use their prescribed method of repentance. God’s calling is from religions and this world system of things, to a knowing faith in Him as He presents Himself to be in the Holy Scriptures. Believing IN Him as He reveals Himself is eternal life. It is knowing Jesus as Creator, Deliverer, Mediator and coming King of Kings. One, whose teaching and that through His apostles, is The Way.

     Paul had a special calling and mission. The Lord Jesus said to Ananias; “Get up and go to the street called ‘Straight,’ and at Judas’ house look for a man from Tarsus named Saul. For he is praying, and he has seen in a vision a man named Ananias come in and place his hands on him so that he may see again.” Go, because this man is My chosen instrument to carry My name before Gentiles and kings and the people of Israel. For I will show him how much he must suffer for the sake of My name.” So Ananias departed and entered the house, placed his hands on Saul and said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you came here, has sent me so that you may see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” Immediately something like scales fell from his eyes, and he could see again. He got up and was baptized, and after taking some food, his strength returned.” See Acts 9: Through Jesus’ working in them, Paul and associates started churches, taught His good news, healed and gave physical life back. Thus, we have the evidence that Paul’s teachings are revelations from God/

    Paul subscribed to the humility of Jesus.

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

  Wisdom from God.

     (1Cor2:6-8; “Now we do speak wisdom among the mature, but not a wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are perishing. Instead we speak the wisdom of God, hidden in a mystery that God determined before the ages for our glory. (8) None of the rulers of this age understood it. If they had known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.”)

     Jesus fulfilled much of the prophecy He gave Daniel through His apostles. After Jesus’ death, resurrection, ascension, that Pentecost energizing Holy Spirit gifted and gentile Cornelius and family’s conversion, the gifted knowledge of God’s mystery; His living in people through His spirit was the revelation not previously revealed. The Old Testament scriptures were miraculously opened to their understanding. 

    (1Cor 2:9; “But just as it is written, “Things that no eye has seen, or ear heard, or mind imagined, are the things God has prepared for those who love Him.”)  

Imagined? “entered the heart,” an Old Testament expression, in which the heart functions like the mind. Quote from Isaiah 64:4.

    (1Cor 2:10-12; “God has revealed these to us by the Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. For who among men knows the things of a man except the man’s spirit within him? So too, no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. (12) Now we, ‘followers of Jesus’ have not received the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may know the things that are freely given to us by God.”)

      Denominational schools of theology attempt to teach God’s spirit through man’s spirit, “intellect.” Worldly intellect does not grasp God’s spiritual teaching until it’s supernaturally revealed. 

     (1Cor 2:13-16; “And we speak about these things, not with words taught us by human wisdom, but with those taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual things to spiritual people. (14) The unbeliever does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him. And he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned. The one who is spiritual discerns all things, yet he himself is understood by no one. (16) For who has known the mind of the Lord, so as to advise him?  But we have the mind of Christ.” Word spiritually gifted.)

     Only God can make us His spiritual people. Until He intervenes and calls, people are unbelievers. Not particularly of their own choosing. Spiritual people aren’t understood by the world as; Jesus was not understood by the Pharisees and Sadducees.

       Spiritually immature people are Self-deceived when they lean to their intellect.

     (1Cor 3:1-4; So, brothers and sisters, I could not speak to you as spiritual people, but instead as people of the flesh, as infants in Christ. I fed you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready. In fact, you are still not ready, for you are still influenced by the flesh. For since there is still jealousy and dissension among you, are you not influenced by the flesh and behaving like unregenerate people? (4) For whenever someone says, “I am with Paul,” or “I am with Apollos,” are you not merely human?”)

     When someone says I am of a particular denomination, is that not vain speech? Fleshly intellect alone cannot discern spiritual teaching.

     (1Cor 3:5-11; “What is Apollos, really? Or what is Paul? Servants through whom you came to believe and each of us in the ministry the Lord gave us. I planted, Apollos watered, but God caused it to grow. So neither the one who plants counts for anything, nor the one who waters, but God who causes the growth. The one who plants and the one who waters work as one, but each will receive his reward according to his work. (9) We are coworkers belonging to God. You are God’s field, God’s building. According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master-builder, I laid a foundation, but someone else builds on it. And each one must be careful how he builds. (11) For no one can lay any foundation other than what is being laid, which is Jesus Christ.”)

    Jesus is the Cornerstone, His deity and characteristics parallel that of God the Father’s. When we see Jesus we see God the Father; they are as one as followers of Jesus should be. 

     (1Cor 3:12-15; “If anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, or straw, each builder’s work will be plainly seen, for the Day will make it clear, because it will be revealed by fire. And the fire will test what kind of work each has done. If what someone has built survives, he will receive a reward. (15) If someone’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss. He himself will be saved, but only as through fire.”) Likely to refer to the destruction of the “work” by fire or the loss of the reward that could have been gained. Consider Jesus’ Word through Isaiah.

     (Isaiah 45:15-25; “Yes, you are a God who keeps hidden, O God of Israel, Deliverer! They will all be ashamed and embarrassed; those who fashion idols will all be humiliated. Israel will be delivered once and for all by the Lord; you ‘Israelites’ will never again be ashamed or humiliated. (18) For this is what the Lord says, the One who created the sky – He is the true God, the One who formed the earth and made it; He established it, He did not create it without order, He formed it to be inhabited – “I am the Lord, I have no peer. (19) I have not spoken in secret, in some hidden place. I did not tell Jacob’s descendants ‘Seek Me in vain!’ I am the Lord, the One who speaks honestly, who makes reliable announcements. (20) Gather together and come! Approach together, you refugees from the nations! Those who carry wooden idols know nothing, those who pray to a god that cannot deliver. Tell me! Present the evidence! Let them consult with one another! Who predicted this in the past? Who announced it beforehand? Was it not I, the Lord? I have no peer, there is no God but Me, a God who vindicates and delivers; there is none but Me. (22) Turn to Me so you can be delivered, all you who live in the earth’s remote regions! For I am God and I have no peer. I solemnly make this oath –

what I say is true and reliable: ‘Surely every knee will bow to Me, every tongue will solemnly affirm; they will say about Me, “Yes, the Lord is a powerful Deliverer.”’ ”All who are angry at Him will cower before Him. All the descendants of Israel will be vindicated by the Lord and will boast in Him.”)

      (John 3:16-21; “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. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world should be saved through Him. (18) 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. For everyone who does evil deeds hates the Light and does not come to the Light, so that their deeds will not be exposed. 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.”)

   Jesus, through Paul to Timothy explains.

     (2Timothy 1:9-14; He is the One who saved us and called us with a holy calling, not based on our works but on his own purpose and grace, granted to us in Christ Jesus before time began, but now made visible through the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus. He has broken the power of death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel! (11) For this gospel I, ‘Paul’ was appointed a preacher and apostle and teacher. Because of this, in fact, I suffer as I do. But I am not ashamed, because I know the One in whom my faith is set and I am convinced that He is able to protect what has been entrusted to me until that day. Hold to the standard of sound words that you heard from me and do so with the faith and love that is in Christ Jesus. Protect that good thing entrusted to you, through the Holy Spirit who lives within us.”)

     When Jesus returns, Satan bound, knowledge of Him abounds; recipients of His Holy Spirit will abound.

      (Isaiah 11:9-12; “They will no longer injure or destroy on My entire royal mountain,

     (Royal Mountain? The Lord’s “holy mountain” is the mountain from which He rules over his kingdom (see Ezek 28:14, 16). More specifically it probably refers to Mount Zion -Jerusalem or to the entire land of Israel (see Psalms 2:6; 15:1; 43:3; Isaiah 56:7; 57:13; Ezek 20:40; Obadiah 16; Zeph 3:11). The Lord’s universal kingdom is in view, standing for God’s worldwide dominion (see the next line).

    For there will be universal submission to the Lord’s sovereignty, just as the waters completely cover the sea. (10) At that time a root from Jesse ‘Jesus’ will stand like a signal flag for the nations. Nations will look to Him for guidance, and His residence will be majestic. At that time the sovereign master will again lift His hand to reclaim the remnant of His people from Assyria, Egypt, Pathros, Cush, Elam, Shinar, Hamath, and the seacoasts. (12) He will lift a signal flag for the nations; He will gather Israel’s dispersed people and assemble Judah’s scattered people from the four corners of the earth.”) Only Believers IN, comprehend the awesomeness of God’s planning. As always study the whole.

Heart Circumcision, chapter 6

March 21st, 2017

    God’s 12th month, Adar 25, 5777: 3/21/2017. To the called “in resident churches.”

    God’s covenant with His people required them to observe three seasons each year. They include seven annual Sabbaths foreshadowing His planned deliverances and saving of His people. That forerunner was deliverance from Egypt as promised Abraham. A more mimetic deliverance is yet to be.

    Israelites were delivered from Egypt on the fourteenth day of Nisan, on the exact preplanned day. Their travels, experiences and rebellions are recorded for our learning. That Passover kept in Egypt looked forward to Jesus; “as the Lamb of God” willingly coming in the flesh, exemplifying His Father’s will and nature, sacrificing Himself, shedding His blood for the remission of the world’s sins, resurrected to His former position as preplanned, becoming our mediator before God the Father and promising His return as king of kings. All preplanned, including Satan’s demise, peace on earth and New Jerusalem coming down with God the Father.

     The best orderly summation of God’s holy seasons is found at Leviticus 23: The first of three seasons is “Passover and Feast of Unleavened Bread.” Passover is the fourteenth day of Nisan; the Feast of Unleavened Bread Sabbath begins on the fifteenth day of Nisan. The second annual Sabbath end the feast is on the twenty first day of Nisan. The weekly Sabbath falling during the seven day festival is the Wave Sheaf offering, from which a fifty day count begins to the second season; third annual Sabbath “Pentecost.”

     The second of three seasons is Pentecost or First Fruits. Pentecost is the third annual Sabbath and means, “to count fifty.” The fifty day count begins on that Wave Sheaf Sabbath and so always falls seven weeks plus one day. Thus Pentecost is always on the first day of the week. That Pentecost after Jesus’ ascension is the birth date of His New Covenant church. The hidden mystery of, “God imputing His spirit in people” gifting immortality and gifted spiritual understanding revealed.  

     The third of three seasons culminates, with four annual Sabbaths in God’s seventh month. They include the fourth annual Sabbath, “Trumpets” on the first day of Nisan, foreshadowing Jesus triumphant return and the first resurrection. The fifth annual Sabbath, “Atonement” on the tenth day of Nisan foreshadows “Believers IN” literally being at one with Jesus. The sixth annual Sabbath beginning on the fifteenth day of Nisan, “that Sabbath begins the “Feast of Tabernacles” lasting eight days. The eighth day of the festival is the seventh annual Sabbath, foreshadowing final judgment and New Jerusalem coming down. Hopefully all called Believers understand the importance of observing these seasons. 

      For this study called, “Heart Circumcision” we think it appropriate to include Paul’s letters the Corinthians because Paul’s verbiage strongly indicates he is writing during or in close proximate to Passover and The Feast of Unleavened Bread. We intend to note these as we proceed.

         Paul’s salutation to God’s church at Corinth and all people set aside by God.

      (1Corinthians 1:1-3; “From Paul, called to be an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother. To the church of God that is in Corinth, to those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, and called to be Saints, with all those in every place who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, their Lord and ours. Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ!)

    As with Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, note that Paul does not include the Holy Spirit as a deity with God the Father and God the Son. As were the Israelites, God’s Saints are a set aside “sanctified” people of His choosing. A people “set aside for God’s purpose.” Paul’s letter is to all whose Lord is Jesus.

    (1Cor 1:4-9; “I always thank my God for you  ‘followers of Jesus’ because of the grace of God that was given to you in Christ Jesus. For you were made rich in every way in Him, in all your speech and in every kind of knowledge – just as the testimony about Christ has been confirmed among you – so that you do not lack any spiritual gift as you wait for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ. (8) He will also strengthen you to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful, by whom you were called into fellowship with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.”)

    Paul demonstrates tremendous faith in Jesus delivering each called person; making each blameless on the day of Jesus’ return. Saints are called into fellowship with Jesus. But growing pains and divisions are noted and Overseer council for encouragement is needed. Even though called and believing in Jesus for their saving, these Saints had the human problem of looking to personalities.

     (1Cor 1:10-17; I urge you, brothers and sisters, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, to agree together, to end your divisions, and to be united by the same mind and purpose. For members of Chloe’s household have made it clear to me, my brothers and sisters, that there are quarrels among you. (12) Now I mean this, that each of you is saying, “I am with Paul,” or “I am with Apollos,” or “I am with Cephas,” or “I am with Christ.” (13) Is Christ divided? Paul wasn’t crucified for you, was he? Or were you in fact baptized in the name of Paul? I thank God that I did not baptize any of you except Crispus and Gaius, so that no one can say that you were baptized in my name! (I also baptized the household of Stephanus. Otherwise, I do not remember whether I baptized anyone else.) For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel – and not with clever speech, so that the cross of Christ would not become useless.”)

     Jesus’ apostles were careful not to urge people into their personal teaching, but to teach Jesus as the Cornerstone and that each to prayerfully wait on spiritual revelations. It’s natural, “particularly for people prone to be religious” to lean to their own fleshly understanding. No apostle ever taught people to worship their own intellect, but that in fact to do so was idolatry.

    Jesus’ message through His death, resurrection and ascension.

     (1Cor 1:18-19; “For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and I will thwart the cleverness of the intelligent.” (Quote from Isaiah 29:14)

     (20-25; “Where is the wise man? Where is the expert in the Mosaic Law? Where is the debater of this age? Has God not made the wisdom of the world ‘personal intellect’ foolish? For since in the wisdom of God the world by its wisdom did not know God, God was pleased to save those who believe by the foolishness of preaching. (Gifted to comprehend spiritual verbiage.) (22) For Jews demand miraculous signs and Greeks ask for wisdom, but we preach about a crucified Christ, a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles. (24) But to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God. (25) For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.”)

     Human learning in and of itself grows vanity of all sorts. Talented leaders think to lead and persuade people, mostly for personal gain and popularity. It’s how Pharisees and Sadducees became denominations; how all organized religions start, but Believing IN followers of Jesus, are called, gifted with desire to be obedient, desire to be at one, ‘changed outlook; a heart circumcision’ and delivered. For the most part the lowly are called to confound the wise. Examine verse 27 below.

     (26-31; “Think about the circumstances of your call, brothers and sisters. Not many were wise by human standards, not many were powerful, and not many were born to a privileged position. (27) But God chose what the world thinks foolish to shame the wise, and God chose what the world thinks weak to shame the strong. God chose what is low and despised in the world, what is regarded as nothing, to set aside what is regarded as something, so that no one can boast in His presence. (30) He “God the Father” is the reason you have a relationship with Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, ‘a set aside position’ and redemption, so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”) Quote from Jeremiah 9:24.

God calls, puts us on His Potter’s Wheel for training and gives His energizing Holy Spirit to help us grow to the likeness of Jesus. That likeness?

      (Philippians 2:3-7; “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. 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.”) The theological point being made is that Christ looked just like other men, but He was not like other men (in that he was not sinful), though He was fully human.

     Jesus was the only One begotten of God the Father’s energizing Holy Spirit at the time.

    (John 1:14-18; “Now the Word became flesh and took up residence among us. We saw His glory – the glory of the One and only, full of grace and truth, who came from the Father. John testified about Him and shouted out, “This One was the One about whom I said, ‘He who comes after me is greater than I am because He existed before me.’” (16) For we have all received from His fullness one gracious gift after another. For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came about through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God. The only One, Himself God, who is in closest fellowship with the Father, has made God known.”)

     In this final verse of the prologue, the climactic and ultimate statement of the earthly career of the Logos, Jesus of Nazareth, is reached. The unique One (John 1:14), the One who has taken on human form and nature by becoming incarnate (became flesh, 1:14), who is Himself fully God (the Word was God, see John 1:1-5) and is to be identified with the ever-living One of the Old Testament revelation (Exodus 3:14), who is in intimate relationship with the Father, this One and no other has fully revealed what God is like. As Jesus said to Philip in John 14:9, “The one who has seen Me has seen the Father.”

     (John 3:16 For this is the way God ‘the father’ loved the world: He gave His one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. 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.”) REVEALED is the key. Schooling cannot make one a Believer IN. “Schooling cannot give one a circumcised heart.”

    (1John 4:9-10; “By this the love of God is revealed in us: that God has sent His one and only Son into the world so that we may live through Him. In this is love: not that we have loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins.”)

     The mystery to the world is that the very same energizing Holy Spirit in Jesus is gifted to Believers IN Him, making all Believers IN, begotten children as was Jesus. Review Ephesians 3:      

Heart Circumcision, chapter 5

March 18th, 2017

God’s 12th month, Adar 22, 5777: 3/18/2017. To the called “in resident churches.”

       After giving several parables to the Pharisees about the withered fig tree, two sons, the tenants etc Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the scriptures: ‘The stone the builders rejected has become the Cornerstone. This is from the Lord, and it is marvelous in our eyes’?

     This imagery is found in Eph 2:20-22 and 1Cor 3:11. The Greek term refers to a cornerstone, not a capstone. The use of “stone Imagery” in Psalms 118:22-23 is a reference to Christ, His suffering, exaltation and common in the New Testament. (See Mark 12:10; Luke 20:17; Acts 4:11 and 1 Peter 2:6-8. In Samuel’s day, Israel rejected the Lord “Jesus” wanting a king like the gentiles etc. so He dispersed them to gentile nations who had kings. Again in the New Testament “Jesus is rejected by the Israelites.”

     Jesus continued speaking to the Israelites, “primarily denominational Pharisees.”

They and the Sadducees had evolved doctrinally as uncalled leaders emerged.

    (Matt 21:43-46; “For this reason I tell you that the kingdom of God will be taken from you and given to a people who will produce its fruit. The one who falls on this Stone will be broken to pieces, and the one on whom it falls will be crushed.” (45) When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard Jesus’ parables, they realized that He was speaking about them. They wanted to arrest Him, but they were afraid of the crowds, because the crowds regarded Him as a prophet.”)

     Abraham’s descendents, particularly Jacob’s “Israelites” were God’s chosen people and were given covenant promises. (A covenant God has not forgotten and will yet keep.) (See Isaiah 35: for starters.) After Jesus’ ascension He revealed to His apostles that all people “called to believe IN Him” became spiritual Israelites. Remember Cornelius and family were the first “gentiles Believers IN.” They were the first gentiles God’s church at Jerusalem had to deal with. See Acts 10: 

     After Jesus’ parable about ‘Israelites’ being invited to a wedding banquet and each having excuses as to why they couldn’t attend He continued His parable. (Matt 22:8-14; Then the king said to his slaves, ‘The wedding is ready, but the ones who had been invited were not worthy.” And those slaves went out into the streets and gathered all they found, both bad and good, and the wedding hall was filled with guests. But when the king came in to see the wedding guests, he saw a man there who was not wearing wedding clothes. And he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you get in here without wedding clothes?’ But he had nothing to say. Then the king said to his attendants, ‘Tie him up hand and foot and throw him into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth!’ (14) For many are called, but few are chosen.”)

    How is it that God calls many but few are chosen? Does anyone know completely?  However it’s obvious from Jesus’ parable; “the called have preparation responsibilities.” Overcoming our inherited from Adam ‘get nature’ seek truth and grow in Jesus’ loving nature, is the responsibility we all have in common. It’s what gifted circumcision of heart and the Holy Spirit’s energizing work does on our behalf. Jesus and His apostles taught it.

   The characteristics of the God family is; “humility, submission to authority and love.”   

     (Ephesians 6:1- 9; “Children, obey your parents in the Lord for this is right. “Honor your father and mother,” which is the first commandment accompanied by a promise, namely, “that it may go well with you and that you will live a long time on the earth.

Quote from Exodus 20:12 and Deuteronomy 5:16.

     (4-9; “Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but raise them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. Slaves, obey your human masters with fear and trembling, in the sincerity of your heart as to Christ, not like those who do their work only when someone is watching – as people-pleasers – but as slaves of Christ doing the will of God from the heart. Obey with enthusiasm, as though serving the Lord and not people, because you know that each person, whether slave or free, if he does something good, this will be rewarded by the Lord. Masters treat your slaves the same way, giving up the use of threats, because you know that both you and they have the same master in heaven, and there is no favoritism with Him.”) Remember 1Cor 13:13; “And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.”

     Godly love, “the Holy Spirit and circumcision of heart” is spiritually gifted to called Believers IN. Characteristically, “it’s the spirit of love and that of a sound mind.”

 Consider Paul’s words to Timothy.

     (2Timothy 1:6-10; “Because of this I remind you to rekindle God’s gift that you possess through the laying on of my hands. For God did not give us a Spirit of fear but of power and love and self-control. (8) So do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord or of me, a prisoner for His sake, but by God’s power accept your share of suffering for the gospel. (9) He is the One who saved us and called us with a holy calling, not based on our works ‘not some methodology’ but on His own purpose and grace, granted to us in Christ Jesus before time began, but now made visible through the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus. He has broken the power of death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel!”)

      What could be more clear? The Holy Spirit is God’s energizing spirit to the mind, a power to exercise self control and share in suffering for the good news. Gifted for God’s own purpose, granted to Believers before time began. This was not revealed to people until the Son of God came in the flesh, revealing God the Father and their characteristics.

     As Jesus was tempted, so must we face up to spiritual warfare.

     (Ephesians 6:10-16; “Finally, be strengthened in the Lord and in the strength of His power. Clothe yourselves with the full armor of God so that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world rulers of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavens. (13) For this reason, take up the full armor of God so that you may be able to stand your ground on the evil day, and having done everything, to stand. (14) Stand firm therefore, by fastening the belt of truth around your waist, by putting on the breastplate of righteousness, by fitting your feet with the preparation that comes from the good news of peace, and in all of this, by taking up the shield of faith with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.”)

      The devil’s schemes are many, he is divided with many denominational views, designed to attract people prone to be religious. There is only one message and one truth, which in order to comprehend must be revealed. It is the mystery hidden until revealed on that Pentecost after Jesus’ ascension and more fully after the Cornelius family’s conversion. Review Acts 10: 

     (Eph 6:17-20; “And take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. With every prayer and petition, pray at all times in the Spirit, and to this end be alert, with all perseverance and requests for all the Saints. Pray for me also, that I may be given the message when I begin to speak – that I may confidently make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may be able to speak boldly as I ought to speak.”)

     Some prophets, Jesus and all His apostles except John were killed for presenting this good news; namely the truth regarding God’s spirit gifted to His chosen. Even today, these are fighting words from the minds of people believing in a methodology by which people can be saved. The natural mind can’t grasp God’s choosing individuals thousands of years before their birth nor preplanning latter day events including His millennial reign on earth.

      Christendom and the many calling themselves Evangelicals for the most part, refer to people believing IN God’s preplanning to the degree stated above as Calvinist; “doctrine of faith and predestination.” Today’s religions assume the Calvinist doctrine began with John Calvin, who maintained correctly that salvation comes through gifted faith in God and that God has already chosen those who will believe IN and be saved. Most seem to ignore that Isaiah, Jesus, Peter and Paul taught it first. See Isaiah 14:24, 46:8-13)

    (Isaiah 14:24; “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.”)

     (Isaiah 46:8-13; “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.”) Deliverance is preplanned. Satan will be bound.

     (Isaiah 35:8-10; “A thoroughfare will be there – it will be called the Way of Holiness.

The unclean will not travel on it; it is reserved for those authorized to use it – fools will not stray into it. No lions will be there, no ferocious wild animals will be on it – they will not be found there. Those delivered from bondage will travel on it; those whom the Lord has ransomed will return that way. They will enter Zion with a happy shout. Unending joy will crown them, happiness and joy will overwhelm them; grief and suffering will disappear.”) As always study the whole text.

     “In this context people authorized to use the Way of Holiness will be morally upright, who are the recipients of God’s deliverance, in contrast to the morally impure and foolish who are excluded from the new covenant community.”   

Heart Circumcision, chapter 4

March 16th, 2017

God’s 12th month, Adar 20, 5777: 3/16/2017. To the called “in resident churches.”

    Almighty God; our Daddy: we pray that many subscribers are being led to teach Your truth and thus spread Your good news to many. We understand that it isn’t through monetary strength, but through Your gifted Holy Spirit that Your truth must go forward. We share Your apostle Paul’s speech: “many of Your Saints should be teachers by now.” Thus we are asking those with gifted ability to teach; “apply yourselves according to God’s will.” In the holy nature of Jesus, we pray: AMEN.

    Jesus inspired Jeremiah to write: (9:23-24; The Lord says, “Wise people should not boast that they are wise. Powerful people should not boast that they are powerful. Rich people should not boast that they are rich. (24) If people want to boast, they should boast about this: (They should boast that they understand and know Me. They should boast that they know and understand that I, the Lord, act out of faithfulness, fairness, and justice in the earth and that I desire people to do these things,” says the Lord.”) What things? Consider your calling and serve according to gifted ability.

      We that understand have an awesome responsibility to share this good news.

    (John 9:39-41; Jesus said, “For judgment I have come into this world, so that those who do not see may gain their sight, and the ones who see may become blind.” Some of the Pharisees who were with Him heard this and asked Him, “We are not blind too, are we?” Jesus replied, “If you were blind, you would not be guilty of sin, but now because you claim that you can see, your guilt remains.”)

    It’s natural to contemplate why family and friends turn from our teaching, but when we have the mind of Christ, we know He does the calling. Jesus revealed this through Paul as follows.

     (1Cor 2:11-16; “For who among men knows the things of a man except the man’s spirit within him? So too, no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. Now we ‘believers IN Jesus’ have not received the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may know the things that are freely given to us by God. (13) And we speak about these things, not with words taught us by human wisdom, but with those taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual things to spiritual people. The unbeliever does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him. And he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned. (15) The one who is spiritual discerns all things, yet he himself is understood by no one. For who has known the mind of the Lord, so as to advise Him? But we have the mind of Christ.”) We who have the mind of Christ are allowed to humbly boast in the Lord.

Jesus inspired Jeremiah to speak of people only circumcised in the flesh.

     (Jeremiah 9:2526; 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. 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.”)

     What do all these people groups have in common? They think; “there must be a methodology by which we can know God and be saved.

Look back to chapter four; “The necessity to separate from gentile mentality.”

Restudy chapter 4:17-24, before continuing.

       (Ephesians 44:25-32; “Therefore, having laid aside falsehood, each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we ‘followers of Jesus’ are members of one another. Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on the cause of your anger. Do not give the devil an opportunity. (28) The one who steals must steal no longer; rather he must labor, doing good with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with the one who has need. You must let no unwholesome word come out of your mouth, but only what is beneficial for the building up of the one in need, that it may give grace to those who hear. (30) And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. You must put away every kind of bitterness, anger, wrath, quarreling, and evil, slanderous talk. Instead, be kind to one another, compassionate, forgiving one another, just as God in Christ also forgave you.”) Remember 1Cor 13:13; “And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.”

    What causes people to be angry? Is it not from within their fleshly inherited from Adam nature? How do we grieve “the Holy Spirit of God?” People gifted with it, grieve by not yielding to their calling. Finally, we should not forget where our understanding comes from and thus forgive one another as, “God in Christ forgave us.”

Ephesians, chapter 5: Imitate God’s characteristics.

     (Ephesians 5:1-5; “Therefore, be imitators of God as dearly loved children and live in love, just as Christ also loved us and gave Himself for us, a sacrificial and fragrant offering to God. (3) But among you, ‘followers of Jesus’ there must not be either sexual immorality, impurity of any kind, or greed, as these are not fitting for the Saints. (4) Neither should there be vulgar speech, foolish talk, or coarse jesting – all of which are out of character – but rather thanksgiving. For you can be confident of this one thing: that no person who is immoral, impure, or greedy (such a person is an idolater) has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.”) Where does the desire to imitate God’s character come from? See Philippians 2:13.

     (Eph 5:6-14; “Let nobody deceive you with empty words, for because of these things God’s wrath comes on the sons of disobedience. Therefore do not be partakers with them, for you were at one time darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of the light – (9) for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness, and truth – trying to learn what is pleasing to the Lord. Do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. For the things they do in secret are shameful even to mention. But all things being exposed by the light are made evident. (14) For everything made evident is light, and for this reason it says: “Awake, O sleeper!

Rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you!” (A composite quote, possibly from Isaiah 26:19, 51:17, 52:1, and 60:1.)

     Followers of Jesus are gifted with circumcision of heart; thus desire knowledge of God’s characteristics and Jesus’ message through His prophets and apostles.

     (Eph 5:15-21; “Therefore be very careful how you live – not as unwise but as wise, taking advantage of every opportunity, because the days are evil. For this reason do not be foolish, but be wise by understanding what the Lord’s will is. And do not get drunk with wine, which is debauchery, but be filled by the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, singing and making music in your hearts to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for each other in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, and submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ.”) God’s Spirit in us gives the energizing desire to be the overcome’s He would have us be. Jesus revealed to John at Revelations 2:26; “And to the one who conquers and who continues in my deeds until the end, I will give him authority over the nations”)

Circumcision of heart makes for a gifted submissive spirit.    

    (Eph 5:22-33; “Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord, because the husband is the head of the wife as also Christ is the head of the church – He Himself being the savior of the body. But as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything. (25) Husbands, love your wives just as Christ loved the church and gave Himself for her to sanctify her by cleansing her with the washing of the water by the word, so that He may present the church to Himself as glorious – not having a stain or wrinkle, or any such blemish, but holy and blameless. In the same way husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. (29) For no one has ever hated his own body but he feeds it and takes care of it, just as Christ also does the church, for we ‘followers of Jesus’ are members of His body. (31) For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and will be joined to his wife, and the two will become one flesh. (32) This mystery is great – but I am actually speaking with reference to Christ and the church. Nevertheless, each one of you must also love his own wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.”)

      In this latter age particularly, “love has waxed cold” demonic influences take on many tangents that cause division. This mystery of family relationships is only understood in view of God’s characteristics. Loving submissiveness is characteristic of the God family. Jesus is our perfect example as He demonstrated His submissive nature to God the Father. Paul’s explanation regarding Jesus’ attitude is for our benefit. 

     (Phil 2:5-11; “You should have the same ‘family’ 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.”)

    Remember Satan’s attitude when he was trying to tempt Jesus? He demonstrated total selfishness while Jesus demonstrated loving obedience. God the Father had made Jesus equal to Himself, creating all things through Him. (See Hebrews 1: John 1:1-5 and Colossians 1:15-20) Jesus never considered grasping for equality with His Father. Jesus demonstrated His loving nature by taking on the form of physical and nature of man. Jesus made Himself as a yielding lamb, suffering, shedding His blood and dying for the remission of the world’s sins. As the Son of God, Jesus was born with a circumcised heart. We are gifted with circumcision of heart, ’our down payment to eternal life” when we believe IN Jesus as He manifest Himself to be in the holy scriptures.  

Heart Circumcision, chapter 3

March 14th, 2017

God’s 12th month, Adar 18, 5777: 3/14/2017. To the called “in resident churches.”

      (1Corinthians 13:8-10; “Love never ends. But if there are prophecies, they will be set aside; if there are tongues, they will cease; if there is knowledge, it will be set aside. For we know in part, and we prophesy in part, but when what is perfect comes, the partial will be set aside.”) The circumcision of heart are Looking forward to that perfect One’s coming.

     God is the personification of love! God and love are forever! Jesus promised “time will be cut short for the Elect’s sake.” So, perhaps Jesus will return before some of the dire prophecies are complete. Jesus nor did His apostles set dates, mindful of God the Father’s loving mercy toward His called out ones, “His Elect.” His Elect are gifted to know Jesus’ message, love His Way and despise this world’s system of things. They aren’t likely to be deceived with this world’s populations. See Matthew 24:24. Thus God’s Elect are praying fervently that His kingdom soon come.

     Matt 24:36-41; “But as for that day and hour no one knows it – not even the angels in heaven – except the Father alone. For just like the days of Noah were, so the coming of the Son of Man will be. For in those days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day Noah entered the ark. (39) And they knew nothing until the flood came and took them all away. It will be the same at the coming of the Son of Man. Then there will be two men in the field; one will be taken and one left. There will be two women grinding grain with a mill; one will be taken and one left.”) Let’s review a portion of Paul’s revelations regarding the mystery understood by God‘s Elect..

Circumcision of Heart gifted.

     (1Cor 15:50-58; Now this is what I am saying, brothers and sisters: Flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. Listen, I will tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed – in a moment, in the blinking of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. (53) For this perishable ‘mortal’ body must put on the ‘spiritual’ imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality. Now when this perishable puts on the imperishable, and this mortal puts on immortality, then the saying that is written will happen, “Death has been swallowed up in victory.” (55) “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” “Quote from Isaiah 25:8.”

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

     Believers in a methodology by which people may be saved can’t seem to grasp God’s awesomeness in predestining things; including His choosing individuals before the foundation of the world.

    (Matt 11:25-26; At that time Jesus said, “I praise You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and intelligent, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this was your gracious will.”) God made it impossible to discern spiritual things through intellect, education and works of the flesh. Spiritual discernment is gifted to the called; Jesus said it.

     (John  16:25-28; “I have told you these things in obscure figures of speech; a time is coming when I will no longer speak to you in obscure figures, but will tell you plainly about the Father. At that time you will ask in My name, “nature” and I do not say that I will ask the Father on your behalf. For the Father Himself loves you, because you have loved Me and have believed that I came from God. (28) I came from the Father and entered into the world, but in turn, I am leaving the world and going back to the Father.”)

   Until gifted with God’s energizing Holy Spirit, Jesus’ apostles, nor can

we understand parables nor why Jesus spoke in parables. Jesus explained.

     (Matthew 13:10-17; “Then the disciples came to Him and said, “Why do you speak to them in parables?” He replied, “You have been given the opportunity to know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven, but they have not. For whoever has will be given more, and will have an abundance. But whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him. (13) For this reason I speak to them in parables: Although they see they do not see and although they hear they do not hear nor do they understand. And concerning them the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled that says: ‘You will listen carefully yet will never understand, you will look closely yet will never comprehend. For the heart of this people has become dull; they are hard of hearing, and they have shut their eyes,

so that they would not see with their eyes and hear with their ears and understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them.’ (A quote from Isaiah 6:9-10.)

    Thus parables both conceal or reveal depending on whether one is open to hearing what they teach.) Matt 13:16-17; “But your eyes are blessed because they see, and your ears because they hear. For I tell you the truth, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.”)

       Gifted Circumcision of Heart produces spiritual unity.

     (Ephesians 4:1-6; “I therefore, the prisoner for the Lord, urge you to live worthily of the calling with which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, making every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. (4) There is one body and one Spirit, just as you too were called to the one hope of your calling, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.”) Denominationalism?

     (7-9; “But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of the gift of Christ. Therefore it says, When He ascended on high He captured captives; He gave gifts to men.” Now what is the meaning of “He ascended,” except that He also descended to the lower regions, namely, the earth?”

     When He ascended on high He captured captives; He gave gifts to men.

     We believe Paul is writing from revelation. Many think of Psalms 68: here and that Paul may have modified the text he was citing in order to better support what he wanted to say. Such modifications are sometimes found in rabbinic exegesis from this and later periods, it’s also possible that Paul was simply citing a variant of Psalms 68: known to him but which has not survived outside its quotation here. Another possibility is that the words here, which strongly resemble Ps 68:19, are actually part of an early Christian hymn quoted by Paul. Parts of all are possible.

     (Ephesians 4:10-16; “He, ‘Jesus’ the very One who descended, is also the One who ascended above all the heavens, in order to fill all things. It was He who gave some as apostles, some as prophets, some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, to equip the Saints for the work of ministry, that is, to build up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God – a mature person, attaining to the measure of Christ’s full stature. (14) So we are no longer to be children, tossed back and forth by waves and carried about by every wind of teaching by the trickery of people who craftily carry out their deceitful schemes. (15) But practicing the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into Christ, who is the head. From Him the whole body ‘church’ grows, fitted and held together through every supporting ligament. As each one does its part, the body grows in love.”)

Purpose.

      Here we see God’s purpose in giving His energizing spirit, “the Holy Spirit” to His body, “His church.” To build up; attain unity faith and knowledge of Christ, to grow us to the full maturity of Christ’s stature; so we aren’t carried away by deceitful demonic schemes. This is only possible when God’s love is shed abroad in our hearts.

      (Romans 5:1-5; “Therefore, since we have been declared righteous by ‘Jesus’ gifted’ faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in the hope of God’s glory. only this, but we also rejoice in sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance, character, and character, hope. (5) And hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out6 in our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.”) Jesus’ faith and the Holy Spirit is gifted!

The necessity to separate from gentile mentality.

     (Ephesians 4:17-23; “So I say this, and insist in the Lord, that you no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking. They are darkened in their understanding, being alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardness of their hearts. (19) Because they are callous, they have given themselves over to indecency for the practice of every kind of impurity with greediness. But you did not learn about Christ like this, if indeed you heard about Him and were taught in Him, just as the truth is in Jesus. You were taught with reference to your former way of life to lay aside the old man who is being corrupted in accordance with deceitful desires, to be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and to put on the new man who has been created in God’s image – in righteousness and holiness that comes from truth.”)

      Spiritually created in God’s image people, strive to think as Jesus and love as Jesus.

     Philippians 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.”

Heart Circumcision, chapter 2

March 10th, 2017

      God’s 12th month, Adar 14, 5777: 3/10/2017. To the called “in resident churches.”

        (Matthew 18:20; “For where two or three are assembled in My name, I am there among them.”) In Jesus’ name means; “in the nature of” or “as an ambassadors of Jesus.” To use Jesus’ name in a superstitious manner doesn’t make for a miraculous appearance. People who use; “in the name of Jesus” without His gifting them with understanding of His deity and characteristics are superstitiously worshiping blindly. It’s idolatry when people imagine Jesus fitting some artist’s description, a baby in manger or a dead image on a cross.

     As The Son of God in fleshly form, Jesus looked and dressed like the ordinary men of the time. He willingly allowed Himself to endure the stripes for our healing and shed His blood for the remission of sin. He died, was buried and put in His tomb on the fourteenth day of Nisan as preplanned. They hurried to put Him in the tomb before sunset beginning the fifteenth day annual Sabbath, commencing the beginning of the Feast of Unleavened Bread. On the morning of Nisan eighteen, Jesus’ tomb was found empty. Jesus was three nights and three days in the tomb as Jonah was in the big fish’s belly. If the fourteenth of Nisan had fell on Friday that year they would have found His tomb empty on Tuesday.

This year, Nisan 14 will begin on the first day of the Roman Calendar week and end at sunset the second day. Coincides with Sunday April 9 and ending at sunset Monday April 10th. The big question is, “who cares?” Those gifted with circumcision of heart.

      People gifted with God’s spirit, “The Holy Spirit” have circumcised hearts. How does this miracle come to be? (John 3:7-8; “Do not be amazed that I said to you, ‘You must all be born from above.’ (8) The wind blows wherever it will, and you hear the sound it makes, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”)

      It isn’t from works; there is no methodology by which one can choose “in and of themselves.” The calling, desire and gift are of God the Father. It’s the mystery hidden throughout the ages. (Colossians 1:26; “It’s the mystery that has been kept hidden from ages and generations, but has now been revealed to His Saints.”) The mystery is “Christ in us” “a circumcision of heart” “a changed nature from that inherited from Adam to “one gifted by God.” Allow Jesus’ apostle Paul’s explanations.

     (Col 1:24-29; “Now I ‘Paul’ rejoice in my sufferings for you, and I fill up in my physical body – for the sake of His body, the church – what is lacking in the sufferings of Christ. I became a servant of the church according to the stewardship from God – given to me for you – in order to complete the word of God, (26) that is, the mystery that has been kept hidden from ages and generations, but has now been revealed to His Saints. ’not the world.’ God wanted to make known to them the glorious riches of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. (28) We proclaim Him ‘Jesus’ by instructing and teaching all people with all wisdom so that we may present every person mature in Christ. Toward this goal I also labor, struggling according to His power that powerfully works in me.”)

    It is God’s gifted power, “the Holy Spirit” that works in us, to give understanding and the desire to turn from this world’s system of things and to His glorious and holy way. (Philippians 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.”) Seek truth, pray for gifted desire.

      Remember Jesus’ personal messages and those through His apostle’s letters are to ’those assembling in His name.’       

     Paul’s salutation to God’s church at Ephesus.

     (Eph 1:1-2; “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!” Note the fact that Paul’s salutation doesn’t include the Holy Spirit. Is something wrong with His understanding? Paul understands that the Holy Spirit is God’s energizing power and through it God fathers individuals and gives the desire to know Him intimately. Now, each person to whom God’s spirit is given is children of God and as such members of His family, His church.

    Psalms 82:6-8; I thought, ‘You are gods; all of you are sons of the Most High.’ Yet you will die like mortals; you will fall like all the other rulers.” Rise up, O God, and execute judgment on the earth! For You own all the nations.”)

     (John 10:34-38; Jesus answered “Is it not written in your law ‘I said, you are gods’? Quote from Psalms 82:6. (35) If those people to whom the word of God came were called ‘gods’ (and the scripture cannot be broken), do you say about the One whom the Father set apart and sent into the world, ‘You are blaspheming,’ because I said, ‘I am the Son of God’? If I do not perform the deeds of My Father, do not believe Me. (38) But if I do them, even if you do not believe Me, believe the deeds, so that you may come to know and understand that I am in the Father and the Father is in Me.”) When we are gifted with His Holy Spirit; “it’s God putting us in His family.” Now Paul shares that same understanding.

      (Eph 1:3-14; “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. For He chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world that we may be holy and unblemished in His sight in love. “He makes us holy.” (5) He did this by predestining us to adoption as His Sons 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. In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace, that He lavished on us in all wisdom and insight. (9) He did this when He revealed to us the secret of His will, according to His good pleasure that He ‘God the Father’ set forth in Christ, toward the administration of the fullness of the times, to head up all things in Christ – the things in heaven and the things on earth. In Christ we too have been claimed as God’s own possession, since we were predestined according to the one purpose of Him who accomplishes all things according to the counsel of His will so that we, who were the first to set our hope on Christ, would be to the praise of His glory. And when you heard the word of truth (the gospel of your salvation) – when you believed in Christ – you were marked with the seal of the promised Holy Spirit, who is the down payment of our inheritance, until the redemption of God’s own possession, to the praise of His glory.” These secrets are revealed to those called for God’s purpose in this age. In Jesus’ millennial age, when Satan is bound, “all who call on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Abraham, Isaac and Jacob’s descendents, “Israelites, physical and spiritual” will be delivered and know to whom they owe allegiance.

    Jeremiah 33:15-16; “In those days and at that time I will raise up for them a righteous descendant of David, “Jesus.” “‘He will do what is just and right in the land. Under His rule Judah will enjoy safety and Jerusalem will live in security. At that time Jerusalem will be called “The Lord has provided us with justice.”

    (17-18; For I, the Lord, promise: “David will never lack a successor to occupy the throne over the nation of Israel. Nor will the Levitical priests ever lack someone to stand before Me and continually offer up burnt offerings, sacrifice cereal offerings, and offer the other sacrifices.”’”

   (19-22; The Lord spoke further to Jeremiah. “I, Lord, make the following promise: ‘I have made a covenant with the day and with the night that they will always come at their proper times. Only if you people could break that covenant could My covenant with My servant David and My covenant with the Levites ever be broken. So David will by all means always have a descendant to occupy his throne as king and the Levites will by all means always have priests who will minister before Me. (22) I will make the children who follow one another in the line of my servant David very numerous. I will also make the Levites who minister before Me very numerous. I will make them all as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sands which are on the seashore.’”

    (23-26; The Lord spoke still further to Jeremiah. “You have surely noticed what these ‘unbelieving  people are saying, haven’t you? They are saying, ‘The Lord has rejected the two families of Israel and Judah that He chose.’ So they have little regard that My people will ever again be a nation. (25) But I, the Lord, make the following promise: I have made a covenant governing the coming of day and night. I have established the fixed laws governing heaven and earth. Just as surely as I have done this, so surely will I never reject the descendants of Jacob. Nor will I ever refuse to choose one of My servant David’s descendants to rule over the descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Indeed, I will restore them and show mercy to them.”

Israelites and non-Israelites considered dead because of sin; now alive in Christ.

     (Ephesians 2:1-3; “And although you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you formerly lived according to this world’s present path, according to the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the ruler of the spirit ‘Satan’ that is now energizing the sons of disobedience, among whom all of us also formerly lived out our lives in the cravings of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath even as the rest…All whose heart isn’t spiritually circumcised, whose nature isn’t supernaturally changed are “sons of disobedience.” People loving this world’s system of things, “indulge in the flesh” “live the get way.”

    (Eph 2:4-10; “But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even though we were dead in transgressions, made us alive together with Christ – by grace you are saved! and He raised us up with Him ‘Jesus’ and seated us with Him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, ‘why?’ (7) to demonstrate in the coming ages ‘Jesus’ millennial and beyond’  the surpassing wealth of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. (No methodology - but His grace.) For by grace you are saved through ‘Jesus’’ faith, and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God; (9) it is not from works, so that no one can boast. For we ‘followers of Jesus’ are His, ‘The Father’s’ workmanship, having been created in Christ Jesus for good works that God prepared beforehand so we may do them.”)

    When we believe IN, “understand these things” it’s our evidence of our calling and the knowledge that God loved us first.

Heart Circumcision, chapter 1

March 8th, 2017

God’s 12th month, Adar 12, 5777: 5/8/2017. To the called in resident churches.

      Restoration through Confession and Repentance for God’s people was always preplanned for people gifted with a desire to become spiritual Israelites. For people called out for deliverance, similar to Israel’s deliverance from Egypt. From God’s View Egypt always represented sin, or in the verbiage of today, “this world’s system of things.” Called out Believers soon realize God’s magnificence in preplanning all things for His ultimate purpose.

    Isaiah 14:24-27; “The Lord who commands armies makes this solemn vow: “Be sure of this: Just as I have intended, so it will be; just as I have planned, it will happen. I will break Assyria in My land; I will trample them underfoot on My hills. Their yoke will be removed from My people; the burden will be lifted from their shoulders. (Assyria’s king metonymy stands for the entire group of nations God‘s people were scattered to.)

Isaiah 14:26-27; 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?”

     Israelites were scattered among the pagan gentiles because of their stubbornness regarding their lack of reliance on the Lord God to whom they covenanted with.  

     Isaiah 46:8-13; “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. (12) 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.”

      God doesn’t break promises. The promises followers of Jesus can rely on, are those pertaining to Abraham’s descendents. As God told Abraham about his descendents spending 430 years in bondage and was delivered on the exact date, Jesus foretold the events and times we find ourselves in today.

Promises to scattered physical and spiritual Israelites.    

     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. However, when they confess their iniquity and their ancestors’ iniquity which they committed by trespassing against Me, by which they also walked in hostility against Me (41) (and I Myself will walk in hostility against them and bring them into the land of their enemies), and then their uncircumcised hearts become humbled and they make up for their iniquity, 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. 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.’” All God’s statutes were for the people’s good, including a Sabbath rest for the land.

     Remember God changed Jacob’s name to “Israel” meaning “God fights or fights for.”

Today all followers of Jesus are spiritual Israelites; heirs with Abraham, thus prophecies pertaining to Israel include followers of Jesus. See Galatians 3:29

      Exhortation to Love Both God and one another.

     Deut 10:12-22; “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) 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. Therefore, cleanse your heart and stop being so stubborn! 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. (19) So you must love the resident foreigner because you were foreigners in the land of Egypt. Revere the Lord your God, serve Him, be loyal to Him and take oaths only in His name. He is the One you should praise; He is your God, the One who has done these great and awesome things for you that you have seen. (22) When your ancestors went down to Egypt, they numbered only seventy, but now the Lord your God has made you as numerous as the stars of the sky.”

 Circumcision of foreskin always looked forward to circumcision of the heart.

     Jeremiah 4:3-4; “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.”

      Jesus’ apostle Paul was gifted to understand circumcision of heart.

      Rom 2:28-29; “For a person is not a Jew who is one outwardly, nor is circumcision something that is outward in the flesh, but someone is a Jew 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.” Note that Paul equates Jew as Christian and so does Jesus in His revelations to John. See Rev 2:9, 3:9 and Galatians 2:14-18.

Only cure for stubbornness against God is a circumcision of the heart, otherwise people imagine God to be one to their liking, One who isn’t absolute.

      (Romans 2:1-29; “Therefore you are without excuse, whoever you are, when you judge someone else. For on whatever grounds you judge another, you condemn yourself, because you, who judge, practice the same things. Now we know that God’s judgment is in accordance with truth against those who practice such things. And do you think, whoever you are, when you judge those who practice such things and yet do them yourself, that you will escape God’s judgment?”

Rewarded for practicing The Truth, not a truth: that reward, eternal life.

     (4-8; “Or do you have contempt for the wealth of His kindness, forbearance, and patience, and yet do not know that God’s kindness leads you to repentance? But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath for yourselves in the day of wrath, when God’s righteous judgment is revealed! He will reward each one according to his works: eternal life to those who by perseverance in good works seek glory and honor and immortality, but wrath and anger to those who live in selfish ambition and do not obey the truth but follow unrighteousness.”

    (9-11; “There will be affliction and distress on everyone who does evil, on the Jew ‘Israelite’ first and also the Greek, but glory and honor and peace for everyone who does good, for the Jew first and also the Greek. For there is no partiality with God.”

Unconverted under the law. 

    (12-16; “For all who have sinned apart from the law will also perish apart from the law, and all who have sinned under the law will be judged by the law. For it is not those who hear the law who are righteous before God, but those who do the law will be declared righteous. (14) For whenever the Gentiles, who do not have the law, do by nature the things required by the law, these who do not have the law are a law to themselves. They show that the work of the law is written in their hearts, as their conscience bears witness and their conflicting thoughts accuse or else defend them, on the day when God will judge the secrets of human hearts, according to my gospel through Christ Jesus.

Teaching others is also teaching self.

    (17-24; “ 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? (23) You who boast in the law dishonor God by transgressing the law! For just as it is written, “the name of God is being blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you.”

     (25-28; “For circumcision has its value if you practice the law, but if you break the law, your circumcision has become un-circumcision. Therefore if the uncircumcised man obeys the righteous requirements of the law, will not his un-circumcision 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, 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.”

      Circumcision of the heart is a gifted desire to be holy because God is holy.

Philippians 2:13; “for the One bringing forth in you both the desire and the effort – for the sake of His good pleasure – is God.”

Hebrews, chapter 7

March 5th, 2017

God’s 12th month, Adar 7, 5777: 5/3/2017. To the called and 4,240 plus in resident churches.

     Jesus’ kingdom likened to the Davidic kingdom will be established on earth.

     Ezekiel  34:23-31; “I will set one shepherd over them, and he will feed them – namely, my servant David. He will feed them and will be their shepherd. I, the Lord, will be their God, and My servant David will be prince among them; I, the Lord, have spoken! “‘I will make a covenant of peace with them and will rid the land of wild beasts, so that they can live securely in the wilderness and even sleep in the woods. I will turn them and the regions around My hill into a blessing. I will make showers come down in their season; they will be showers that bring blessing. The trees of the field will yield their fruit and the earth will yield its crops. They will live securely on their land; they will know that I am the Lord, when I break the bars of their yoke and rescue them from the hand of those who enslaved them. They will no longer be prey for the nations and the wild beasts will not devour them. They will live securely and no one will make them afraid. I will prepare for them a healthy planting. They will no longer be victims of famine in the land and will no longer bear the insults of the nations. Then they will know that I, the Lord their God, am with them, and that they are My people, the house of Israel, declares the sovereign Lord. (31) And you, My sheep, the sheep of My pasture, are My people, and I am your God, declares the sovereign Lord.’”)

Think spiritual, think millennium.

      The messianic king is here called “David” (see Jeremiah 30:9 and Hosea 3:5, as well as Isaiah 11:1 and Micah 5:2) because He will fulfill the Davidic royal ideal depicted in the prophets and royal psalms (see Psalms 2, 89).

      Jesus; the messianic king (“David”) is called both “king” and “prince” in Ezekiel 37:24-25. The use of the term “prince” for this king facilitates the contrast between this ideal ruler and the Davidic “princes” denounced in earlier prophecies (see Ezekiel 7:27; 12:10, 12; 19:1; 21:25; 22:6, 25).

    The phrase “live securely” occurs in Ezekiel 28:26; 38:8, 11, 14; 39:26 as an expression of freedom from fear. It is a promised blessing resulting from obedience (see Leviticus  26:5-6). “The woods” are typically considered to be places of danger (Psalms 104:20-21; Jeremiah 5:6). “Showers of blessing.” Abundant rain, which in turn produces fruit and crops (v. 27), is a covenantal blessing for obedience (Leviticus 26:4).

     These promises include Abraham’s spiritual (Genesis 15:7) descendants (Genesis 15:8; Exodus 6:7). See Galatians 3:29.

    Ezekiel 39:7-8; “‘I will make My holy name known in the midst of My people Israel; I will not let My holy name be profaned anymore. Then the nations will know that I am the Lord, the Holy One of Israel. (8) Realize that it is coming and it will be done, declares the sovereign Lord. It is the day I have spoken about.”)

All previous Believers IN, are witnesses.

      Hebrews 12:1- “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, we must get rid of every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and run with endurance the race set out for us, keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus, the Pioneer and Perfector of our faith. For the joy set out for Him He endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken His seat at the right hand of the throne of God. (3) Think of Him who endured such opposition against Himself by sinners, so that you may not grow weary in your souls and give up. You ‘we’ have not yet resisted to the point of bloodshed in your struggle against sin. (5) And have you ‘followers of Jesus’ forgotten the exhortation addressed to you as sons?

     My son, do not scorn the Lord’s discipline or give up when He corrects you.For the Lord disciplines the one He loves and chastises every son He accepts.” (Quote from Proverbs 3:11-12)

     (7-13; “Endure your suffering as discipline; God is treating you as sons. For what son is there that a father does not discipline? But if you do not experience discipline, something all sons have shared in, then you are illegitimate and are not sons. (9) Besides, we have experienced discipline from our earthly fathers and we respected them; shall we not submit ourselves all the more to the Father of spirits and receive life? For they disciplined us for a little while as seemed good to them, but He does so for our benefit, that we may share His holiness. (11) Now all discipline seems painful at the time, not joyful. But later it produces the fruit of peace and righteousness for those trained by it. Therefore, strengthen your listless hands and your weak knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be put out of joint but be healed.”)

      There is the work of overcoming to be done after God’s fathering. After He reveals Himself and we see His benefit. Look back to the first paragraph in the previous chapter.

Overseers, help the called not to reject God’s warning.

     (Hebrews 12:14-19; “Pursue peace with everyone, and holiness, for without it no one will see the Lord. See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God, that no one be like a bitter root springing up and causing trouble, and through him many become defiled. (16) And see to it that no one becomes an immoral or godless person like Esau, who sold his own birthright for a single meal. “alluding to Genesis 27:34-41.” (17) For you know that later when he wanted to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no opportunity for repentance, although he sought the blessing with tears. (18) For you ‘followers of Jesus’ have not come to something that can be touched, to a burning fire and darkness and gloom and a whirlwind and the blast of a trumpet and a voice uttering words such that those who heard begged to hear no more. (“Describing the nation of Israel approaching God on Mt. Sinai (Exodus 19). There is a clear contrast with the reference to Mount Zion in v. 22, so this could be translated “a mountain that can be touched.” But the word “mountain” does not occur here and the more vague description seems to be deliberate.”)

    (Heb 12:20-21; “For they could not bear what was commanded: “If even an animal touches the mountain, it must be stoned.” In fact, the scene was so terrifying that Moses said, “I shudder with fear.” (Quote from Deut 9:19)

     (Hebrews 12:22-24; But you ‘followers of Jesus’ have come to Mount Zion, the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to myriads of angels, to the assembly and congregation of the firstborn, who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous, who have been made perfect, and to Jesus, the Mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks of something better than Abel’s does.”)

     (Hebrews 12:25-29; “Take care not to refuse the One who is speaking! For if they did not escape when they refused the One who warned them on earth, how much less shall we, if we reject the One who warns from heaven? Then His voice shook the earth, but now He has promised, “I will once more shake not only the earth but heaven too.” (27) Now this phrase “once more” indicates the removal of what is shaken, that is, of created things, so that what is unshaken may remain. So since we are receiving an unshakable ‘spiritual’ kingdom, let us give thanks, and through this let us offer worship pleasing to God in devotion and awe. (29) For our God is indeed a devouring fire.”)

      (Mediator?) in this context does not imply that Jesus was a mediator in the contemporary sense of the word, as working for compromise between opposing parties. NO; here the term describes Jesus’ function as the One who was used by God to enact a new covenant which established a new relationship between God and His people, but entirely on God’s terms.)

Think on 1Corinthians 13: “the love chapter” “greatest of all is love.”

     (Hebrews 13:1-7; “Brotherly love must continue. Do not neglect hospitality, because through it some have entertained angels without knowing it. Remember those in prison as though you were in prison with them, and those ill-treated as though you too felt their torment. Marriage must be honored among all and the marriage bed kept undefiled, for God will judge sexually immoral people and adulterers (5) Your conduct must be free from the love of money and you must be content with what you have, for He has said, “I will never leave you and I will never abandon you.” So we can say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper, and I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?” (7) Remember your leaders, who spoke God’s message to you; reflect on the outcome of their lives and imitate their faith.”)

     (8-16; “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever! Do not be carried away by all sorts of strange teachings. For it is good for the heart to be strengthened by grace, not ritual meals, which have never benefited those who participated in them. (10) We have an altar that those who serve in the tabernacle have no right to eat from. For the bodies of those animals whose blood the high priest brings into the sanctuary as an offering for sin are burned outside the camp. (12) Therefore, to sanctify the people by His own blood, Jesus also suffered outside the camp. We must go out to Him, then, outside the camp, bearing the abuse He experienced. For here we have no lasting city, but we seek the city that is to come. (15) Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, acknowledging His name. And do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for God is pleased with such sacrifices.”)

     (Heb 13:17-19; “Obey your ‘spiritual’ leaders and submit to them, for they keep watch over your souls and will give an account for their work. Let them do this with joy and not with complaints, for this would be no advantage for you. (18) Pray for us, for we are sure that we have a clear conscience and desire to conduct ourselves rightly in every respect. I especially ask you to pray that I may be restored to you very soon.”)

Benediction and Conclusion

     (Heb 13:20-21; “Now may the God of peace who by the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead the great shepherd of the sheep, our Lord Jesus Christ, equip you with every good thing to do His will, working in us what is pleasing before Him through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever Amen.”)

     (Heb 13:22-25; “Now I urge you, brothers and sisters, bear with my message of exhortation, for in fact I have written to you briefly. You should know that our brother Timothy has been released. If he comes soon, he will be with me when I see you. Greetings to all your leaders and all the Saints. Those from Italy send you greetings. Grace be with you all.”) Some disagree, but undoubtedly Hebrews is from Jesus through Paul. Timothy was a partner with Paul. Paul wrote Romans from his incarceration before being shipped to Rome, to God’s church at Rome. In Italy Paul writes from house arrest conditions back to Hebrews “spiritual Israelites” everywhere.

Hebrews, chapter 6

March 4th, 2017

    God’s 12th month, Adar 6, 5777: 3/4/2017. To the called and 4,240 plus in resident churches.

    Believing IN faith begins with God revealing Himself, His characteristics, holiness, righteousness and what’s pleasing to Himself. Rebellious Cain yielded to what seemed right to himself as do 99% of this world’s populations that think they are doing God’s will. Cain’s righteous brother Abel believed IN God and didn’t waver from making a blood sacrifice as commanded. Cain may have repented for having murdered his brother and that possible likelihood is that his son Enoch walked with God. (See Genesis 4:17) (Gen 5:23-24; “The entire lifetime of Enoch was 365 years. Enoch walked with God, and then He disappeared because God took him away.”) Righteous Abel’s blood still speaks to us; in that his yielding obedience is what’s pleasing to God.

     Worldly denominations calling themselves evangelicals are each walking in Cain’s shadow as they yield to and evolve with what’s politically correct. How different this world would be if Christendom repented; “turned to a mimicking of Abel’s faith.” How different if Christendom believed in Jesus’ Good News as presented to the Hebrews. How different if Christianity looked to the calendar Jesus gave Moses.

     Followers of Jesus shun pagan tradition that’s rooted in falsehood, like Baal - Jezebel worship, fertility deities and Aztec mythology.

      Godly faith is gifted as we believe IN Him as He manifest to be in His holy word.

Godly Faith is believing IN every word that proceeds from God.

      (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 was looking forward to the city with firm foundations, whose architect and builder is God.”)

    Abraham as did Abel, believed IN the Lord that called him out from his family, to live in areas not previously known to himself. He went forward not knowing the particulars but knew God kept promises. (Heb 13:8; “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever!) It’s the same when we are called to follow Jesus in this age, if we know He keeps promises. Today’s followers of Jesus are called to go out form this world’s system of things. Turn from practices and traditions that aren’t rooted in God’s way. Jesus tells us that we are likely to be ostracized by the citizenry at large when we follow Him.

(Similar to His calling Abraham and Moses, God calls people to be followers of Jesus.)

      When we understand these things, give Him all the praise, “it isn’t from our fleshly intellect that we understand.”

    (John 10:25-30; Jesus replied, “I told you and you do not believe. The deeds I do in My Father’s name testify about Me. But you refuse to believe because you are not My sheep. My sheep listen to My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish; no one will snatch them from My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all, and no one can snatch them from My Father’s hand. The Father and I are One.”)

    (Hebrews 11:11-13; “By faith, even though Sarah herself was barren and Abraham 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. 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.”)

      Followers of Jesus need to face the reality that they are as strangers in the community they reside in. When called and gifted with believing IN faith, we need to seek revelation and wait on His promises. Seeking out a denomination of choice isn’t following Jesus.   Peter explains to Believers.

     (1Peter 1:22-25; “You have purified your souls ‘being’ by obeying the truth in order to show sincere mutual love. So love one another earnestly from a pure heart. You have been born anew, not from perishable but from imperishable seed, through the living and enduring word of God. (24) For all flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of the grass; the grass withers and the flower falls off, but the word of the Lord endures forever.”) The gifted Holy Spirit in each Believer is “God’s imperishable seed.”

     (Heb 11:14-19; “For those who speak in such a way make it clear that they are seeking a homeland. 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. 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,” (19) and he reasoned that God could even raise him from the dead, and in a sense he received him back from there.”) Abraham knew the Lord as Creator, Re-Creator, Savior, Redeemer and Deliverer. 

    (Heb 11:20-22; “By faith also Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning the future. By faith Jacob, as he was dying, blessed each of the sons of Joseph and worshiped as he leaned on his staff. By faith Joseph, at the end of his life, mentioned the exodus of the sons of Israel and gave instructions about his burial.”) They each were gifted with knowing faith before pronouncing these blessings.

     These were all looking to Jesus’ promised deliverance as promised Abraham.

     (Exodus 12:40-42; “Now the length of time the Israelites lived in Egypt was 430 years. At the end of the 430 years, on the very day, all the regiments of the Lord went out of the land of Egypt. It was a night of vigil for the Lord to bring them out from the land of Egypt, and so on this night all Israel is to keep the vigil to the Lord for generations to come.”) In addition to revelations, in all likelihood Moses’ parents had told him of the Lord’s promise to Abraham.

     (Heb 11:23-27; “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, choosing rather to be ill-treated with the people of God than to enjoy sin’s fleeting pleasure. (26) 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.”)

     As Jesus foretold, we followers of Him are in a similar situations as was Moses in Egypt. We can choose the pleasures of this world’s system of things or if called, can choose “suffering for Christ to be of greater wealth.”
    (Heb 11:28-31; “By faith Moses 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. By faith the walls of Jericho fell after the people marched around them for seven days. By faith Rahab the prostitute escaped the destruction of the disobedient, because she welcomed the spies in peace.”)

      (Heb 11:32-40; “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. 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, and women received back their dead raised to ‘physical’ 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. They were stoned, sawed apart, murdered with the sword; they went about in sheepskins and goatskins; they were destitute, afflicted, ill-treated (38) (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. For God had provided something better for us, so that they would be made perfect together with us.”

     Better for us because as Daniel was told, “knowledge is increased in this latter age.”

      (Matt 19:29-30; “And whoever has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last first.

       See also Jesus’ parable regarding workers called to gather produce toward the end of the work day being paid the same as those who went to work earlier. Matt 20:8-16.

All written for people called last.

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

     Believers IN are spiritual Israelites “Jews if you prefer” regardless of nationality we are “at one” with one another, God the Father and God the Son.