11/19/19, God’s 8th month, Cheshvan 21/5780.
To: Called out people living Jesus’ faith, “in the world but not of the world.”
Believers IN are joyful regarding the fact that Jesus has ascended and now our Mediator before God our Father. Having lived in the flesh and experienced temptation without sin, He’s the Pioneer of our salvation, one to mimic, whose ways we need to be immersed in and clothed with. His apostles understood none of these things until after His resurrection and gifted with the spirit of truth. When we understand, remember it’s gifted. No room for boasting of education, heritage or good deed works.
(John 16:19-23; “Jesus could see that they wanted to ask Him about these things, so He said to them, “Are you asking each other about this – that I said, ‘In a little while you will not see Me; again after a little while, you will see Me’? I tell you the solemn truth, you will weep and wail, but the world will rejoice; you will be sad, but your sadness will turn into joy. (21) When a woman gives birth, she has distress because her time has come, but when her child is born, she no longer remembers the suffering because of her joy that a human being has been born into the world. So also you have sorrow now, but I will see you again, your hearts will rejoice and no one will take your joy away from you. (23) At that time you will ask Me nothing. I tell you the solemn truth, whatever you ask the Father in My name ‘in My nature’ He will give you. Until now you have not asked for anything in My name. ‘nature’ Ask and you will receive it, so that your joy may be complete.”) (They couldn’t ask in Jesus’ nature until they were “born from above.”)
To ask in Jesus’ name is to ask as one of His called out ambassadors, in His gifted nature, characteristics and attributes. Some of what Jesus taught was in parables, but to His apostles privately He explained.
(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, 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. I came from the Father and entered into the world, but in turn, I am leaving the world and going back to the Father.”
(Review why Jesus spoke to the multitudes in Parables.)
(John 16:29-30; His disciples said, “Look, now you are speaking plainly and not in obscure figures of speech! Now we know that you know everything and do not need anyone to ask you anything. Because of this we believe that You have come from God.”
(John 16:31-33; Jesus replied, “Do you now believe? Look, a time is coming – and has come – when you will be scattered, each one to his own home, and I will be left alone. Yet I am not alone, because My Father is with Me. I have told you these things so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have trouble and suffering, but take courage – I have conquered the world.”)
Believing and practicing certain lies has blinding effects and hardens the heart against truth. It’s the reason Jesus’ apostle Paul explained at Romans 2:2-8; “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? 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, not obeying the truth but following unrighteousness.”)
Satan desires the whole world be deceived. He has dutifully and diligently continued to deceive since he sold Eve, then Adam on being disobedient to their Creator. His harmful lies include, (calling God a liar” saying; “Surely you will not die, for God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will open and you will be like divine beings who know good and evil.” Gen 3:4-5) The three lies? (1) “You’re going to live forever someplace.” (2) “By disobeying your eyes will be opened.” (3) “As divine beings, you’ll know good and evil.”
Believing, “surely you will not die” is to believe you’re born immortal. That each person lives forever in “a good or bad place.” Because of Satan’s lies, all major religions believe in some form of, “people having a component called “soul” that keeps living after death.” Even most modern translations of the holy scriptures have yielded to Satan’s agenda, erroneously translating the Hebrew word for “breath” and the Greek word for “spirit” to ”soul.” Is the truth obtainable, even without spiritual guidance? Should be.
(Genesis 2:7; “The Lord God formed the man from the soil of the ground and breathed into his nostrils “the breath of life” and the man became a living being.”) Not a living soul in the context of how the world has been deceived to think.) See Revelations 21:8, about the second death that’ll burn up unbelievers.
The Hebrew word (mishmash) is “breath”) used by God, meaning ‘life imparted to.” Its usage in the Hebrew conveys more than “a breathing living organism” (Hebrew -נֶפֶשׁ חַיַּה, nefesh khayyah). People given this “breath of life” becomes animated with life from God, having a functioning conscience. (See Job 32:8 & Proverbs 20:27) Human life is described in Genesis 2:7 “as consisting of a body (made from soil - from the ground) and breath” (given by God) Both animals and humans are called “living beings” (נֶפֶשׁ חַיַּה) but humankind becomes “a living being” in a different and more significant way. The Hebrew term “נֶפֶשׁ nefesh” is “being”) often translated “soul,” usually refers to the whole person. The phrase “נֶפֶשׁ חַיַּה - nefesh khayyah, “living being”) is used of both animals and human beings (see Genesis 1:20, 24, 30; 2:19).
Even our English dictionary allows various opinions: (Soul - spirit surviving death” in some systems of religious belief, the spiritual part of a human being that is believed to continue to exist after the body dies. The soul is sometimes regarded as subject to future reward and punishment, and sometimes able to take a form that allows it to remain on or return to earth. All worldly religions subscribe to some form of this definition.
The Hebrew word, “breath” makes a person “a living being” not the same as “the spirit of God that gives eternal life through Jesus.” God’s divine spirit empowers and energizes individuals. Let’s start with the beginning of God’s re-Creation.
Genesis 1:2; “Now the earth was without shape and empty, and darkness was over the surface of the watery deep, but the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the water.” “Spirit of God” is preserved here, as opposed to a translation like “wind for/breath of God” or mighty wind.” The word “God” represents the superlative. (Elsewhere in the Old Testament the phrase “Spirit of God” refers consistently to the divine spirit that empowers and energizes individuals (see Genesis 41:38; Exodus 31:3; and 35:31; Num 24:2; 1Sam 10:10; 11:6; 19:20, 23; Ezekiel 11:24; 2Chr 15:1; 24:20).
Not a third person, “but a power God uses to energize, gift understanding and knowledge to.” (Here’s an example.)
(Exodus 31:1-3; The Lord spoke to Moses: “See, I have chosen Bezalel son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, and I have filled him with the Spirit of God in skill, in understanding, in knowledge, and in all kinds of craftsmanship,) (Spirit of God likened to wind when Ezekiel was lifted up.)
(Ezekiel 11:24; “Then a wind lifted me up and carried me to the exiles in Babylonia, in the vision given to me by the Spirit of God.”)
Wind Or spirit. Elsewhere in Ezekiel the Lord’s Spirit is referred to as “the Spirit of the Lord” (11:5; 37:1) “the Spirit of God” or “My Spirit. (That is, the Lord’s) (36:27; 37:14; 39:29). The Hebrew word often refers to a wind as in Ezekiel (1:4; 5:10, 12; 12:4; 13:11, 13; 17:10, 21; 19:12; 27:26; 37:9). In Ezekiel 37:5-10 “a breath originates in the four winds” and is associated with the Lord’s “life-giving breath.” (See v 14) This breath enters into the dry bones and gives them life. In a similar fashion the breath of (Ezekiel 11:24 and 3:24) energizes - paralyzed Ezekiel. Breath and wind are related. (On the one hand it is a more normal picture to think of breath rather than wind entering someone, but since wind represents an external force, it seems more likely for wind rather than breath to stand someone up.) (Unless we should understand it as a disposition.) It may be that one should envision the breath of the speaker moving like a wind to revive Ezekiel, helping him to regain his breath and invigorating him to stand. A wind also transports the prophet ‘Ezekiel’ from one place to another (3:12, 14; 8:3; 11:1, 24; 43:5).Remember too Paul experienced “a taking up to the third heaven.”
So it is with everyone born of the spirit.
(John 3:5-8; Jesus answered, “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.’ 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.”) The same Greek word, “πνεύματος” (pneumatos - the English), may be translated “wind” or “spirit.” The physical illustrates the spiritual, although the force is heightened by the word-play here on wind-spirit. (At the end of the verse, the final usage of “πνεύματος” (pneumatos in English) refers to the Holy Spirit.”) (When God supernaturally begets or fathers, we don’t know the reality of how understanding comes about, “only that things are revealed that were previously not understood.” No amount of theological training can replace revelations.
On that Pentecost after Jesus’ ascension and the miracle of God’s Spirit gifted to many, the people ask, “what must we do?” Peter said to them, “Repent, and each one of you be baptized “immersed” in the name “nature - likeness” of Jesus Christ, for the forgiveness of your sins and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is for you and your children, and for all who are far away, as many as the Lord our God will call to Himself.” Acts 2:38-39.)
Now we should understand that the Holy Spirit isn’t a third person, “but God’s energizing force likened to the wind.” (Review John 14: from our last study.) The Holy Spirit is gifted to “Believing IN people” giving a Godly desire to be obedience to Jesus because they’re given to understand that He loved us first.