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11/24/17; God’s 9th month, Kislev 6, 5778 until sunset.
It’s revealed to God’s people that His purpose for making mankind in His likeness and image is to make us family, “His literal offspring - children.” Jesus revealed it and inspired His apostle Peter to give us revelations.
(1 Peter 2:1-8; “So get rid of all evil, deceit, hypocrisy, envy and all slander. And yearn like newborn infants for pure, spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up to salvation, if you have experienced the Lord’s kindness. So as you come to Him, a living Stone rejected by men but chosen and priceless in God’s sight, you yourselves, as living stones, are built up as a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood and to offer spiritual sacrifices that are acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.(6) For it says in scripture, “Look, I lay in Zion a Stone, a chosen and priceless Cornerstone, and whoever believes in Him will never be put to shame.” (Quote from Isaiah 28:16) So you who believe see His value, but for those who do not believe, the Stone that the builders rejected has become the Cornerstone, (denoting an obstacle to faith, something that arouses anger and rejection. “quote from Isaiah 8:14.) and a stumbling-stone and a rock to trip over. They stumble because they disobey the Word, as they were destined to do.”) “Only the called out, “born from above” aren’t destined to trip.”
As Jesus is a living Stone. So too are we who believe IN. Believers IN are a spiritual house, a holy priesthood. Our obedience makes us acceptable to God the Father through Jesus Christ.
Jesus’ apostles’ letters are TO a called out converted people. (Thus, “if we have experienced the Lord’s kindness, we are also as living Stones -Saints.” (To be built a holy priesthood.) WHY? To offer spiritual sacrifices that are acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. HOW POSSIBLE? (Only through the imputation of God’s spirit to our being!)
(1 Peter 2:9-12; “But you “Christians” are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people of His own, so that you may proclaim the virtues of the One who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light. You once were not a people, but now you are God’s people. You were shown no mercy, but now you have received mercy.
(11) Dear friends, I urge you as foreigners and exiles to keep away from fleshly desires that do battle against the soul, and maintain good conduct among the non-Christians, so that though they now malign you as wrongdoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God when He appears.”) (No matter our nation or community: we Believers IN are foreign exiles to them as was Abraham!)
If we are believers IN His marvelous light it’s ONLY because He called us out of darkness. (a) Unbelievers are not capable of yearning for spiritual understanding. (b) Followers of Jesus are God called and chosen. (c) Growing to salvation is to experience God’s kindness. (d) Gifted to recognize our state of being; “our inherited from Adam nature.” (e) Gifted with a desire to turn to God‘s Way.” (f) Believers IN are built, “a spiritual house to offer spiritual sacrifices.” (g) Jesus is a priceless Cornerstone in God the Father‘s View and rejected by the world. (h) For unbelievers Jesus is the Stone they are destined to trip over.. (i) Believers IN are chosen to be God’s own, “a royal priesthood; a holy nation.” (j) We believe IN because of His grace and mercy; “not of our own choosing.”! (k) Believers can expect to be maligned and ostracized by established religions.) This is Jesus’ teaching, as revealed to Peter and each Believer IN. NOW BACK TO JESUS’ WORD THROUGH JOHN
(John 15:1-4; “I am the true vine and My Father is the gardener. He takes away every branch that does not bear fruit in Me. He prunes every branch that bears fruit so that it will bear more fruit. You ‘Believers IN’ are clean already because of the Word that I ’Jesus’ have spoken to you. Remain in Me and I will remain in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it remains in the vine, so neither can you unless you remain in Me.”)
Followers of Jesus Believe IN God as Abraham did. We are spirit led not to lean to OUR own understanding; that is, “we don’t trust your own fleshly intellect!” (Fruit NOT produced through Jesus, is what all worldly religions offer.) “Because of the Word, “believers IN Jesus are purified.” In John’s first letter to converted people he gets more to the point at verses 18-20.
(1 John 3:18-20; “Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue but in deed and truth. And by this we will know that we are of the truth and will convince our conscience in His presence, that if our conscience condemns us, that God is greater than our conscience and knows all things.”)
(John 15:5-8; “I am the vine; you are the branches. The one who remains in Me – and I in him – bears much fruit, because apart from Me you can accomplish nothing. If anyone does not remain in Me, he is thrown out like a branch, and dries up; and such branches are gathered up and thrown into the fire, and are burned up. (Look back and review Revelations 21:8?) (7) If you remain in Me and My Words remain in you, ask whatever you want, and it will be done for you. (8) My Father is honored by this, that you bear much fruit and show that you are My disciples.”) God loves His kingdom, “thus, unbelievers will be thrown out and burned up.
(John 15:9-12; “Just as the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you; remain in My love. If you obey My commandments, you will remain in My love, just as I have obeyed My Father’s commandments and remain in His love. I have told you these things so that My joy may be in you, and your joy may be complete. My commandment is this – to love one another just as I have loved you.”) “JUST AS I HAVE LOVED YOU” has been repeated several times! Jesus is the Shepherd that has given ‘laid down’ His life for we sheep. Jesus’ teaching this New commandment, does not nullify His ten commandments, “but magnifies them spiritually.”
(John 15:13-15; “No one has greater love than this – that one lays down his life for his friends. You ‘followers of Me’ are My friends if you do what I command you. I no longer call you slaves, because the slave does not understand what his master is doing. But I have called you friends, because I have revealed to you everything I heard from My Father.”) Revealed if the key word.
Hopefully we prayerfully accept and believe IN Jesus‘ truth, “NO person can understand without His revealing!” Theology schooling adds nothing to spiritual reveled comprehension! (The apostle Paul always refer to himself as Jesus’ slave.) We each should be willingly proud to be His slave, “because He loved and chose us first.”
(John 15:16-17; “You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that remains, so that whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you. This I command you – to love one another.”)
If we believe IN God the Father and God the Son as manifested in the holy scriptures it’s because WE ARE CHOSEN: “we did not choose Him!” Jesus’ sacrificial death on our behalf, “is the love we are to have for one another.” We must be willing to die for one another if necessary. (JESUS speaks of His death as a commandment, received from His Father.) (Review John 10:18 & 14:31)
It’s not ONLY the degree or intensity of OUR love for one another that Jesus is referring to, by comparison His own death. John makes clear HOW we come to know Godly love in his first letter.
(1John 3:16-17; “We have come to know “Godly’ love by this: that Jesus laid down His life for us; thus we ought to lay down our lives for our fellow Christians. But whoever has the world’s possessions and sees his fellow Christian in need and shuts off his compassion against him, how can the love of God reside in such a person?”)
John expresses his own love while quoting Jesus’ teaching us how to love. We hope each understands the spiritual fulfillment of “God’s imputing His spirit to our minds to “make us AT ONE with Himself. If we are gifted with a desire to be AT ONE with Him; “seek to know His Ways.”
The apostasy Jude wrote about was primarily the result of Pharisee/Sadducees type Judaism and paganism infiltrating God’s called out people. They each had their personal agenda’s and spread their fleshly rational. (Rational like Cain’s, who thought God should be pleased with his sacrifice and way of thinking.) To unbelievers of every sort; “the mystery of God imputing His spirit in people of His choice, making them at one with Himself isn’t logical.” Unbelieving people spreading “what Jude called apostasy” were inserting their own ideas about right, wrong, good and evil. A miraculous opening of a person’s mind to understand the scriptures doesn’t fit fleshly minded rational. Unbelievers can’t accept that “believe IN Jesus’ and His deeds, is a “miraculous gift by grace event.”
(Luke 24:44-49; Then Jesus said to them, “These are My words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about Me in the law of Moses and the prophets and the psalms must be fulfilled.” Then Jesus opened their minds so they could understand the scriptures, and said to them, “Thus it stands written that the Christ would suffer and would rise from the dead on the third day and repentance for the forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed in His name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. And look, I am sending you what My Father promised. But stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.”)
Jesus’ prophecy, “that repentance for the forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed in His name to all nations: isn’t happening today in full measure. To all nations will begin when His two witnesses miraculously proclaim it from Jerusalem (Review Rev 11:) and will continue during His millennial reign.
Jesus’ apostles were gifted to believe IN, “thus staying in Jerusalem expecting the fulfillment of Jesus’ words. Likely remembering Jesus’ words to Nicodemus, about the imputation of His spirit. (The wind blows wherever it will, you here the sound, but don’t know where it comes or goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the spirit.)
(John 3:5-8; Answering Nicodemus Jesus said, “I tell you the solemn truth, unless a person is born of water and spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not be amazed that I said to you, ‘You must all be born from above.’ (8) The wind blows wherever it will, and you hear the sound it makes, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”)
On that Pentecost after Jesus’ ascension, for His own purpose, God made His “likened to the wind miracle, both noisy and visible.”
(Acts 2:1-4; “Now when the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like a violent wind blowing came from heaven and filled the entire house where they were sitting. And tongues spreading out like a fire appeared to them and came to rest on each one of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit, and they began to speak in other languages as the Spirit enabled them.”) Israelites came from distant places to celebrate God’s holy Sabbath, “Pentecost.” Many of these had learned various languages.
(Acts 2:6-8; “When this sound occurred, a crowd gathered and was in confusion, because each one heard them speaking in his own language. Completely baffled, they said, “Aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans? And how is it that each one of us hears them in our own native language?”) The miracle was in the hearing and speech.
The Apostasy and commentary, chapter 9, (Sharing God’s View with 7,646 in resident churches: people being made temples of His spirit,)
11/24/17; God’s 9th month, Kislev 6, 5778 until sunset.
Pentecost, meaning, “count fifty” it’s fifty days from the weekly Sabbath during the Feast of Unleavened Bread. (You may Google “Judaism calendar” and purchase one or more.) It was revealed to Jesus’ apostle Paul, “God is entrusting the tribe of Judea to keep His oracles. It’s one reason Jews have been so persecuted by gentile populations.
(Romans 3:1-18; “Therefore what advantage does the Jew have, or what is the value of circumcision? Actually, there are many advantages. First of all, the Jews were entrusted with the oracles of God. What then? If some, “Jews” did not believe, does their unbelief nullify the faithfulness of God? Absolutely not! Let God be proven true, and every human being shown up as a liar, just as it is written: “so that you will be justified7 in your words and will prevail when you are judged.” (Quote from Psalms 51:4) (5) But if our “we Christians” unrighteousness demonstrates the righteousness of God, what shall we say? The God who inflicts wrath is not unrighteous, is He? (I am speaking in human terms.) Absolutely not! For otherwise how could God judge the world? For if by my lie the truth of God enhances His glory, why am I still actually being judged as a sinner? And why not say, “Let us do evil so that good may come of it”? – as some who slander us allege that we say. (Their condemnation is deserved!) (9-18; “What then? Are we better off? Certainly not, for we have already charged that Jews and Greeks alike are all under sin, just as it is written: “There is no one righteous, not even one, there is no one who understands, there is no one who seeks God. All have turned away, together they have become worthless; there is no one who shows kindness, not even one.” “Their throats are open graves, they deceive with their tongues, the poison of asps is under their lips.” “Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness.” “Their feet are swift to shed blood, ruin and misery are in their paths, and the way of peace they have not known.” “There is no fear of God before their eyes.”) (Paul is using quotes from, Psalms 5:9, 36:1, 140:3. 143:2 and Isaiah 59:7-8.)
Israelite populations were expecting the Messiah when Jesus came. Jews are still expecting a Messiah likened to Moses. Thus Judaism still maintains God’s calendar, weekly and annual Sabbaths. Jesus was ask if He was going to set up His kingdom and one mother ask Him if her two sons could have leadership positions in His kingdom. When being examined by Pilate, Jesus said, “My kingdom is not from this world and for the reason of being a king, I was born.”
(John 18:33-38; “So Pilate went back into the governor’s residence, summoned Jesus, and asked Him, “Are you the king of the Jews?” Jesus replied, “Are you saying this on your own initiative, or have others told you about Me?” Pilate answered, “I am not a Jew, am I? Your own people and your chief priests handed you over to me. What have you done?” (36) Jesus replied, “My kingdom is not from this world. If My kingdom were from this world, My servants would be fighting to keep Me from being handed over to the Jewish authorities. But as it is, My kingdom is not from here.” Then Pilate said, “So you are a king!” Jesus replied, “You say that I am a king. For this reason I was born, and for this reason I came into the world – to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to My voice.” Pilate asked, “What is truth?”)
What is truth? Has been an ongoing question since Adam. God’s Word proclaims “God is truth.” Paul’s message to the gentile populations was about the kingdom of God.
(Acts 20:25-35; Paul wrote, “And now I know that none of you among whom I went around proclaiming the kingdom will see me again. Therefore I declare to you today that I am innocent of the blood of you all. For I did not hold back from announcing to you the whole purpose of God. Watch out for yourselves and for all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God that He obtained with the blood of His own Son. I know that after I am gone fierce wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock. Even from among your own group men will arise, teaching perversions of the truth to draw the disciples away after them. Therefore be alert, remembering that night and day for three years I did not stop warning each one of you with tears. And now I entrust you to God and to the message of His grace. This message is able to build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified. I have desired no one’s silver or gold or clothing. You yourselves know that these hands of mine provided for my needs and the needs of those who were with me. By all these things, I have shown you that by working in this way we must help the weak, and remember the words of the Lord Jesus that He Himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” When Paul had said these things, he knelt down with them all and prayed.”)
The good news from Jesus and His apostles is about His coming kingdom on earth, the resurrections; “sanctified believers in the first resurrection and others in their own order. None taught people to trust their own intellect or look to gentile philosophies. Part of the apostate Jude saw taking place was unbelievers omitting Jesus’ resurrections doctrine in lieu of the demonic pagan philosophy of immortality. Teaching that everyone is born to live forever someplace; “good to heaven and bad to ever burning fire.”
(1 Corinthians 15:12-19; “Now if Christ is being preached as raised from the dead, how can some of you say there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is futile and your faith is empty. Also, we are found to be false witnesses about God, because we have testified against God that he raised Christ from the dead, when in reality he did not raise Him, if indeed the dead are not raised. For if the dead are not raised, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is useless; you are still in your sins. Furthermore, those who have fallen asleep in Christ have also perished. For if only in this life we have hope in Christ, we should be pitied more than anyone.”
(15:20-28; “But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since death came through a man, “Adam” the resurrection of the dead also came through a man, “Jesus.” For just as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive. But each in his own order: Christ, the firstfruits; then when Christ comes, those who belong to Him. Then comes the end, (24) when He hands over the kingdom to God the Father, when He has brought to an end all rule and all authority and power. For He, “Jesus” must reign until He has put all His enemies under His feet. The last enemy to be eliminated is death. For He, “God the Father” has put everything in subjection under His, “Jesus’” feet. But when it says “everything” has been put in subjection, it is clear that this does not include the One who put everything in subjection to Him. And when all things are subjected to Him, “God the Father” then the Son Himself will be subjected to the One, “God the Father” who subjected everything to Him, so that God may be all in all.”) NOTE that Paul’s prophecy here at verse 24 jumps past Jesus’ millennial rule to when New Jerusalem comes down.)
(15:29-34;” Otherwise, what will those do who are baptized for the dead? If the dead are not raised at all, then why are they baptized for them? Why too are we in danger every hour? Every day I am in danger of death! This is as sure as my boasting in you, which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord. If from a human point of view I fought with wild beasts at Ephesus, what did it benefit me? If the dead are not raised, let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die. Do not be deceived: “Bad company corrupts good morals.” Sober up as you should, and stop sinning! For some have no knowledge of God – I say this to your shame!”
(15:35-41; But someone will say, “How are the dead raised? With what kind of body will they come?” Fool! What you sow will not come to life unless it dies. And what you sow is not the body that is to be, but a bare seed – perhaps of wheat or something else. But God gives it a body just as He planned, and to each of the seeds a body of its own. All flesh is not the same: People have one flesh, animals have another, birds and fish another. And there are heavenly bodies and earthly bodies. The glory of the heavenly body is one sort and the earthly another. There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon and another glory of the stars, for star differs from star in glory.”) Allow John’s revelation regarding our spiritual bodies.
(1John 3:2-3; “Dear friends, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet been revealed. We know that whenever it is revealed we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is. And everyone who has this hope focused on Him purifies15 himself, just as Jesus is pure).
(15:42-49; “It is the same with the resurrection of the dead. What is sown is perishable, “will decay” what is raised is imperishable. It is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body. So also it is written, “The first man, Adam, became a living person”; the last Adam, became a life-giving spirit. However, the spiritual did not come first, but the natural, and then the spiritual. The first man is from the earth, made of dust; the second man is from heaven. Like the one made of dust, so too are those made of dust, and like the One from heaven, so too those who are heavenly. And just as we have borne the image of the man of dust, let us also bear the image of the man of heaven.”
(15:50-55; “Now this is what I am saying, brothers and sisters: Flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. Listen, I will tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed – in a moment, in the blinking of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality. Now when this perishable puts on the imperishable, and this mortal puts on immortality, then the saying that is written will happen, “Death has been swallowed up in victory.” “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” (Paul is quoting from Isa 25:8 and Hosea 13”14) “In the flesh we are mortal, but this mortal must put on immortality. (Lets jump back to verse 53; For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality.”
(15:56-58; “The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ! So then, dear brothers and sisters, be firm. Do not be moved! Always be outstanding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.”) A big portion of Jesus’ deeds was the revelation that He Recreated the heavens and earth, He recreated physical life in Lazarus and through Peter recreated physical life to Tabatha. He recreated bread and fish to feed thousands. He will recreate each in their own order. (It’s prophesied; All Israel to be saved ) ROMANS 11:25-27; “For I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers and sisters, so that you may not be conceited: A partial hardening has happened to Israel until the full number of the Gentiles has come in. (26) And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written: “The Deliverer will come out of Zion; He will remove ungodliness from Jacob. (27) And this is My covenant with them, when I take away their sins.” (Paul is quoting from Isaiah 27:9, 59:20-21 and Jeremiah 31:33-34.)
(Romans 6:21-23; “So what benefit did you then reap from those things that you are now ashamed of? For the end of those things is death. But now, freed from sin and enslaved to God, you have your benefit leading to sanctification, and the end is eternal life. For the payoff of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”) Jesus revealed these thing to Paul and kept him humble.
(2 Corinthians 12:1-10; “It is necessary to go on boasting. Though it is not profitable, I will go on to visions and revelations from the Lord. I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago (whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows) was caught up to the third heaven. And I know that this man (whether in the body or apart from the body I do not know, God knows) was caught up into paradise and heard things too sacred to be put into words, things that a person is not permitted to speak. On behalf of such an individual I will boast, but on my own behalf I will not boast, except about my weaknesses. For even if I wish to boast, I will not be a fool, for I would be telling the truth, but I refrain from this so that no one may regard me beyond what he sees in me or what he hears from me, even because of the extraordinary character of the revelations. Therefore, so that I would not become arrogant, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to trouble me – so that I would not become arrogant. I asked the Lord three times about this, that it would depart from me. But He said to me, “My grace is enough for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” So then, I will boast most gladly about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may reside in me. Therefore I am content with weaknesses, with insults, with troubles, with persecutions and difficulties for the sake of Christ, for whenever I am weak, then I am strong.”) May we each be gifted with the grace of believing IN and overcome to the end.