9/22/19, God’s 6th month, Elul, 22, 5,779 until sunset
To: Believers IN, a people desiring to be atOne with God the Father, God the Son and Heirs with Abraham.
People assuming mankind can fix climate change are unbelievers. The God of creation, sustains and has altruistic plans for this earth and His people. Pre-fixed plans that are unalterable. See Isa 11 & 12:
Isaiah 11:10-16; “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. 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. (13) Ephraim’s jealousy will end, and Judah’s hostility will be eliminated. Ephraim will no longer be jealous of Judah, and Judah will no longer be hostile toward Ephraim. They ‘Ephraim & Judah’ will swoop down on the Philistine hills to the west; together they will loot the people of the east. They will take over Edom and Moab, and the Ammonites will be their subjects. (11) The LORD will divide the gulf of the Egyptian Sea; He will wave His hand over the Euphrates River and send a strong wind, He will turn it into seven dried-up streams and enable them to walk across in their sandals. There will be a highway leading out of Assyria for the remnant of His people, just as there was for Israel, when they went up from the land of Egypt.”)
From Adam’s creation until now, people can’t get past a hostile attitude toward their Creator who loves them. A submissive spirit toward God is a must for eternal life.
Paul taught, a submissive spirit is of great price in his letters to the Corinthians. We must become submissive to Jesus as Lord over our conduct, practices and worship. The principle of submissiveness should began with children, then to those we’d draw wages from. The right submissiveness is spiritual training. In that context we need to recognize “we each inherited a self serving nature that resents being submissive.” Our nature like Adam and Eve’s, prefers thinking for and deciding for self in all matters regarding right, wrong, good and evil. Not cultivating a submissive toward God mindset, ’caused Israelites to want a king like their non-Israelite neighbors.
(1Samuel 8:4-9; “So all the elders of Israel gathered together and approached Samuel at Ramah. They said to him, “Look, you are old, and your sons don’t follow your ways. So now appoint over us a king to lead us, just like all the other nations have.” But this request displeased Samuel for they said, “Give us a king to lead us.” So Samuel prayed to the Lord. The Lord said to Samuel “Do everything the people request of you. For it is not you that they have rejected, but it is Me that they have rejected as their king. Just as they have done from the day that I brought them up from Egypt until this very day, they have rejected Me and have served other gods. This is what they are also doing to you. So now do as they say. But seriously warn them and make them aware of the policies of the king who will rule over them.”
If you’re spirit led, you recognize “only followers of Jesus are free today” there’s no other people on earth who aren’t in sin’s bondage.
(Samuel 8:10-18; “So Samuel spoke all the words of the Lord to the people who were asking him for a king. He said, “Here are the policies of the king who will rule over you: He will conscript your sons and put them in his chariot forces and in his cavalry; they will run in front of his chariot. He will appoint for himself leaders of thousands and leaders of fifties, as well as those who plow his ground, reap his harvest, and make his weapons of war and his chariot equipment. He will take your daughters to be ointment makers, cooks, and bakers. He will take your best fields and vineyards and give them to his own servants. He will demand a tenth of your seed and of the produce of your vineyards and give it to his administrators and his servants. He will take your male and female servants, as well as your best cattle and your donkeys, and assign them for his own use. He will demand a tenth of your flocks, and you yourselves will be his servants. In that day you will cry out because of your king whom you have chosen for yourselves, but the Lord won’t answer you in that day.”)
The words are ancient but the principle the same. In Moses’ day the whole world was already going the way that seemed right to their fleshly nature. Only God’s chosen people “the Israelites” had a covenant of freedom with their Creator. Agreeing to practice and live according to His righteous way. Today “Christians” followers of Jesus are gifted with a new covenant, under Jesus as Shepherd. These are “His Temple, His Church and family. Now back to Paul’s letter to God’s church at Corinth and all followers of Jesus.
(2Cor 8:16-22; “But thanks be to God who put in the heart of Titus the same devotion, I have for you, because he not only accepted our request, but since he was very eager, he is coming to you of his own accord. And we are sending along with him the brother who is praised by all the churches for his work in spreading the gospel. (19) In addition, this brother has also been chosen by the churches as our traveling companion as we administer this generous gift to the glory of the Lord Himself and to show our readiness to help. We did this as a precaution so that no one should blame us in regard to this generous gift we are administering. (21) For we are concerned about what is right not only before the Lord but also before men. And we are sending with them our brother whom we have tested many times and found eager in many matters, but who now is much more eager than ever because of the great confidence he has in you.”)
The trusted brother accompanying Titus isn’t named here for some reason. Paul is careful to display honesty before the church and outsiders. Careful not to lord over; thus he tells of Titus and companions coming of their own accord; “not commanded by Paul.”
Believers IN are under a faith/love covenant with our Lord, Savior and coming king, Jesus. Differing from the old covenant is the gifted desire to be atOne with God the Father and God the Son. Understand, those who aren’t recipients of His “spirit of truth” will be judged by His laws.
Members of God’s church at Corinth “as are scattered Christians around the world” are members of God’s family; our citizenship is in heaven. However we’re to obey fleshly governments to the degree God wills. Worldly governments usually includes a welfare system, society laws, taxes to support military and much more. This doesn’t diminish the Christian obligation to look out for one another and support overseers teaching God’s Way. Giving time or monetary support to denominations practicing a false way is idolatry. Support of less fortunate Christians is a large part of our responsibility..
(2Cor 9:1-4; “For it is not necessary for me to write you about this service to the Saints, because I know your eagerness to help. I keep boasting to the Macedonians about this eagerness of yours, that Achaia has been ready to give since last year, and your zeal to participate has stirred up most of them. But I am sending these brothers so that our boasting about you may not be empty in this case, so that you may be ready just as I kept telling them. (4) For if any of the Macedonians should come with me and find that you are not ready to give, we would be humiliated (not to mention you) by this confidence we had in you.”) Instructions for this preparation began in Paul’s first letter, let’s look back.
(1Cor 16:1-4; “With regard to the collection for the saints, please follow the directions that I gave to the churches of Galatia: On the first day of the week, each of you should set aside some income and save it to the extent that God has blessed you, so that a collection will not have to be made when I come. Then, when I arrive, I will send those whom you approve with letters of explanation to carry your gift to Jerusalem. And if it seems advisable that I should go also, they will go with me.”) The Christians in Jerusalem were having hard times in various ways. Christians in Galatia and Corinth were more prosperous and some had been making preparations for this giving for a long time.
(2Cor 9:5-15; “Therefore I thought it necessary to urge these brothers to go to you in advance and to arrange ahead of time the generous contribution you had promised, so this may be ready as a generous gift and not as something you feel forced to do. (6) My point is this: The person who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and the person who sows generously will also reap generously. (7) Each one of you should give just as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, because God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace overflow to you so that because you have enough of everything in every way at all times, you will overflow in every good work. Just as it is written, “He has scattered widely, He has given to the poor; His righteousness remains forever.” (quotation from Ps 112:9) Now God who provides seed for the sower “planter” and bread for food will provide and multiply your supply of seed and will cause the harvest of your righteousness to grow. (11) You will be enriched in every way so that you may be generous on every occasion, which is producing through us thanksgiving to God, because the service of this ministry is not only providing for the needs of the Saints but is also overflowing with many thanks to God. (13) Through the evidence of this service they will glorify God because of your obedience to your confession in the gospel of Christ and the generosity of your sharing with them and with everyone. And in their prayers on your behalf they long for you because of the extraordinary grace God has shown to you. Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!”)
To know that God is our Provider is a gift. Obedience to our New Covenant under Jesus is a submission to God’s law of love. Showing communities with action our submissiveness to Jesus’ law of love is to share our abundance. When we have abundance we should look for folks to help. Especially like minded Believers IN. We have a spiritual obligation to love others as Christ loved us. A willingness to give of ourselves in every way without recognition should be a goal worth seeking.
Heavenly Father: thank You for revealing Yourself through Your Son Jesus and Your inspired printed Word. May many be led to seek Your Way is our prayer in Jesus’ holy name. AMEN.