8/15/17, God’s 5th month, Av 22, 5777, it’s the third day until sunset. To 5,325 in resident churches and individuals God is calling to making temples of His Holy Spirit.
(John 10:25-28; Jesus replied, “I told you and you do not believe. The deeds I do in My Father’s name testify about Me. (26) 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.”)
Obviously Jesus is saying, “people that don’t believe IN Me as I manifested Myself to be in the holy scriptures, don’t believe because they aren’t My sheep.” Jesus gives believers IN Himself eternal life. Deeds Jesus did in God the Father’s name testify to His deity.
Teaching God’s truth can go in many directions from this point; we’re inspired to teach God’s Sabbath. People that don’t believe the seventh day is God’s Sabbath, “aren’t Jesus’ sheep.” Let’s reason together from inspired scripture. FIRST; His sheep know Jesus as Creator, Re-creator, Sustainer, Life giver, One who is Reconciliatory and AT ONE with God the Father’s purpose and planning. SECOND; Followers of Jesus know Him as the Lord God, Spokesman, Re-creator of this earth‘s form, from it’s void and darkness condition; then created Adam and Eve in their image. Jesus gave Adam, Eve, Cain and Abel commandments regarding right, wrong, good, evil and blood sacrifices.
(Gen 1:1-5; In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. (2) Now the earth was ‘became’ 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. (3) God said, “Let there be light.” And there was light! God saw that the light was good, so God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light “day” and the darkness “night.” There was evening, and there was morning, marking the first day.”) This was a re-creation from what had become without shape, empty and darkness! It’s confirmed at Colossians 1:15-20, John 1:1-5 and Hebrews 1:
(Colossians 1:15-20; “He ‘Jesus’ is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation, for all things in heaven and on earth were created by Him – all things, whether visible or invisible, whether thrones or dominions, whether principalities or powers – all things were created through Him and for Him. (17) He Himself is before all things and all things are held together in Him. (18) He is the head of the body, the church, as well as the beginning, the firstborn from among the dead, so that He Himself may become first in all things. For God ‘The Father’ was pleased to have all His fullness dwell in the Son (20) and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself by making peace through the blood of His cross – through Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven.”) We shouldn’t need more proof, but three witnesses is God’s way.
(John 1:1-5; “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was fully God. The Word was with God in the beginning. All things were created by Him, and apart from Him not one thing was created that has been created. In Him was life, and The Life was the Light of mankind. And The Light shines on in the darkness, but the darkness has not mastered it.”) The beginning was before A beginning “Re-creation.”
(Hebrews 1:1-4; “After God spoke long ago in various portions and in various ways to our ancestors through the prophets, in these last days He ‘God the Father’ has spoken to us in a Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, and through whom He created the world. (3) The Son is the radiance of His glory and the representation of His essence, and He sustains all things by His powerful word, and so when He had accomplished cleansing for sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high. (4) Thus He became so far better than the angels as He has inherited a name superior to theirs.”) Jesus sustains this earth and the whole universe. He is now our Mediator before God the Father. Having lived in the flesh, He knows our weaknesses, vulnerabilities and strengths.
If we believe IN Jesus, we know Him as the Lord God that communicated with Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph and Moses. We know Jesus kept His promise to Abraham and delivered his descendents “the Israelites” from Egyptian bondage through Moses. We know Jesus as the Lord God that gave Moses the ten commandments for the people’s good. We know Jesus as the Lord God that prophesied through Moses about Himself.
(Deut 18:15-19; “The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you – from your fellow Israelites; you must listen to Him. (16) This accords with what happened at Horeb in the day of the assembly. You asked the Lord your God: “Please do not make us hear the voice of the Lord our God any more or see this great fire any more lest we die.” The Lord then said to me, “What they have said is good. I will raise up a prophet like you for them from among their fellow Israelites. I will put My words in His mouth and He will speak to them whatever I command. I will personally hold responsible anyone who then pays no attention to the words that prophet speaks in My name.”)
We have record of Jesus’ life in the flesh, His teachings, deeds, miracles, appointing twelve apostles; His death, resurrection and ascension as was planned from a beginning, before He created Adam. Blood sacrifices looked forward to Jesus’ ultimate sacrifice for the remission of this world’s sins were instituted from Adam, Cain and Abel’s day until Jesus’ physical birth.
(Gen 4:3-5; “At the designated time Cain brought some of the fruit of the ground for an offering to the Lord. But Abel brought some of the firstborn of his flock – even the fattest of them. And the Lord was pleased with Abel and his offering, but with Cain and his offering He was not pleased. So Cain became very angry, and his expression was downcast.”)
God made covenant promises to Abraham regarding his physical and spiritual descendents. After 430 years to the day, He delivered Israel through Moses and offered a covenant to which the stubborn Israelites agreed to. After Israelites turned to the gods of the gentiles, God scattered them to the gentile nations. However true to His promise through Moses, “the Creator Jesus came in the flesh and died for remission of this world’s sins.” Began calling out a believing IN people to whom He would put His spirit in. Let’s consider the understanding revealed to Jesus’ apostle Paul and others.
Jesus’ mystery, “God in people, people in God.
Paul taught Jesus’ revelations through him to the Romans and we Believers, speaking of the mystery of God in us and we in God.
(Rom 16:25-27; “Now to Him who is able to strengthen you according to My gospel and the proclamation of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery that had been kept secret for long ages, but now is disclosed, and through the prophetic scriptures has been made known to all the nations, according to the command of the eternal God, to bring about the obedience of faith – to the only wise God, through Jesus Christ, be glory forever! Amen.) Paul gets more explicate to the Corinthians. Sharing the mystery to followers of Jesus, “God in man and man in God.”
(1Cor 2:6-16; “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. None of the rulers of this age understood it. If they had known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. (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.” God has revealed these to us by the Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. (11) 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 ‘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. (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 ‘followers of Jesus’ have the mind of Christ.”)
(Remember Jesus’ words, “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.” John 10:26.)
(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. 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?”
(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.”)
Not book learning; not conjured up faith; but revealed faith and knowledge.
(Eph 1:7-14; “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. He did this when He revealed to us the secret ‘mystery’ of His will, according to His good pleasure that He set forth in Christ, toward the administration of the fullness of the times, to head up all things in Christ – the things in heaven and the things on earth. 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.”)
God’s covenant through Abraham was first through Moses with a fleshly minded stubborn people, God will yet deliver. That spiritual covenant extends through Jesus with called out believing IN people.
(Galatians 3:23-29; “Now before ‘Jesus’’ faith came we were held in custody under the law, being kept as prisoners until the coming faith would be revealed. (24) Thus the law had become our guardian until Christ, so that we could be declared righteous by ‘His’ faith. But now that ‘Jesus’’ faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian. For in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God through faith. For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female – for all of you are one in Christ Jesus. (29) And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s descendants, heirs according to the promise.”) All preplanned before Re-creation.
When we followers of Jesus pray, we aren’t before physical Mt. Zion, as were the Israelites during Moses’ day; but before the city of the living God, heavenly Jerusalem.
(Heb 12:14-17; 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. And see to it that no one becomes an immoral or godless person like Esau, who sold his own birthright for a single meal. 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.
(18-21; “For you 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. 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.”
(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.”
Remember Abel sacrificed according to God’s command, while Cain did according to what seemed right, “deciding for himself what was right, wrong, good and evil.”