To: The scattered church of God. (12/14/18) God’s 10 month, Tevet 6, 5779, until sunset.
When the Family, God the Father and Creator, ReCreator, Sustainer, Deliverer, Mediator, coming King of Kings, “Jesus” is revealed, there’s no room for Satan’s deceptions nor a love of this world’s system of things. Seeing God as family, fathering others is the truth to be built on, so we may worship in spirit and truth, grow in the grace and knowledge of God.
Worldly religions don’t grasp the fact that God purposely allows Satan to be the god of this unbelieving world until an appointed time. Allowing Satan and his followers to present “manifest” themselves as angels of light. (See 2Corinthians 11:14) Unbelievers professing a belief in God while practicing the way of Baal, Diana etc, are tools of Satan. Followers of Jesus are called to believe IN, be atOne with Him, grow in grace and knowledge with a faith like Abraham’s. Followers of Jesus are called to over-come the nature inherited from Adam and be clothed in the nature of Jesus, gifted with spiritually revealed understanding that’s miraculously imputed to the mind. God the Father reveals Himself to a called people of His choosing, while allowing many sincere people to remain in spiritual darkness. (Loving Jesus as He’s manifested to be in the holy scriptures is gifted revelation.) Jesus characterizes it as being born again. A fathering of His spirit, gifted to characteristically “as the wind blows.” Jesus explained it during the Feast of Tabernacles season He was keeping.
(John 3:7-8; “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.”) Every recording of people’s receiving the Holy Spirit is similar. On the Pentecost after Jesus’ ascension it came visibly, sounding like wind, people miraculously heard and saw the likeness of tongues of fire set on each. Mary visited Elizabeth when she was about six months with John, on hearing Mary’s voice she and baby were recipients of the Holy Spirit. When Peter visited Cornelius’ home, his whole family was filled with God’s spirit.
The same Jesus promised deliverance of Abraham’s descendents “Israel” from sinful Egypt. Telling Abraham, “when the sins of the Amorites get to a particular point, I’ll give their lands to your descendents. He destroyed and had Israel destroy whole pagan populations. Loving Jesus’ righteous acts are gifted to the called! Hostiles claiming to love Jesus, “don’t know His deity nor His righteous characteristics.” It was Jesus on Mt. Sinai who gave Moses the ten commandments. (See John 1:1-5 and Colossians 1:15-20)
(John 14:15 “If you love Me, you will obey My commandments. Then I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Advocate to be with you forever – the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot accept, because it does not see Him or know Him. But you know Him, because He resides with you and will be in you.”) Note that Jesus defines “advocate” as, “one being with you forever the spirit of truth.” “advocate is the spirit of truth.” Some translators prefer “comforter” rather than “advocate.” “If you love Me?” Is to say, “If you love Me as I’m manifested to be in the holy scriptures.” (Not a “Me” as you or some denomination imagine Me to be.) Christendom in general loves a Jesus of various and many imaginations. Many wear crosses or trinkets to show their love for their imaginary Jesus. Many go to great lengths to show their love by attending a worship service on a fictitious set aside day “celebrating Jesus’ birth.” (They’re demonstrating a love of their Jesus.) (When Jesus says, “if you love Me” He’s speaking of Himself as the prophets and He Himself proclaims Himself to be in His inspired book, “The Revelations of Jesus to John.”)
The way of salvation “through Jesus’ shed blood sacrifice” was preplanned before Adam’s creation. The Family, God the Father and God the Son knew all Satan’s characteristics. Jesus’ disciples came back from a mission, telling of their successes. (Luke 10:17-18; “Then the seventy-two returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons submit to us in Your name!” So He said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.”) Satan’s allotted time purpose and demise was in God’s plan when he was thrown down. Abel’s worship with a blood sacrifice looked forward to Jesus’ shed blood for the remission of sin. After the flood and Israel’s deliverance, temple services with blood sacrifices, “all pointed to God’s planned salvation through Jesus. Jesus being Messiah, Savior, Mediator and King of Kings was pre-planned. (Resurrections, peace on earth under Jesus’ authority, deceiver Satan being bound, then loosed again to go out and deceive, judgment and New Jerusalem’s coming down were all preplanned.) Jesus is the Alpha and Omega, Creator and all knowing Pre-planner that all will worship one day.
Being led to Believe IN Jesus as He’s manifested to be, changes people’s inherited nature from “the way of get to the way of give.” It’s through God’s gifted spirit, “characterized as the wind blows” that our nature is changed, and we’re able to love as God loves and hate the things He hates.
(Luke 7:31-35; “To what then should I “Jesus” compare the people of this generation, and what are they like? They are like children sitting in the marketplace and calling out to one another, ‘We played the flute for you, yet you did not dance; we wailed in mourning, yet you did not weep.’ For John the Baptist has come eating no bread and drinking no wine, and you say, ‘He has a demon!’ I “The Son of Man” has come eating and drinking, and you say, ‘Look at Him, a glutton and a drunk, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ But wisdom is vindicated by all her children.”) Jesus is describing our self serving, self righteous inherited from Adam fleshly nature. Without God’s revelations, we conjure up and worship according to the dictates of our minds. Writing to Christ like people, Jesus’ apostle Paul describes the benefits of living according to God’s new gifted nature.
(Colossians 3:1-17; “Therefore, if you have been raised with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Keep thinking about things above, not things on the earth, for you ’Christians’ have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ (who is your life) appears, then you too will be revealed in glory with Him. So put to death whatever in your nature belongs to the earth: sexual immorality, impurity, shameful passion, evil desire, and greed which is idolatry. (6) Because of these things the wrath of God is coming on the sons “children” of disobedience. “Remember” You also “once” lived your lives in this way at one time, when you used to live among them. “worldly people” But now, put off all such things as anger, rage, malice, slander, abusive language from your mouth. Do not lie to one another since you “Christians” have put off the old man with its practices and have been clothed with the new man that is being renewed in knowledge according to the image of the One who created it. Here there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all and in all. (12) Therefore, as the Elect of God, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with a heart of mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience, bearing with one another and forgiving one another, if someone happens to have a complaint against anyone else. Just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also forgive others. And to all these virtues add love, which is the perfect bond. Let the peace of Christ be in control in your heart (for you were in fact called as one body to this peace), and be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and exhorting one another with all wisdom, singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, all with grace in your hearts to God. And whatever you do in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.”) This is where we must be spiritual, if we’re to love as Jesus describes love in His sermon on the mount.
(Luke 7:36-50; “Now one of the Pharisees asked Jesus to have dinner with him, so He went into the Pharisee’s house and took His place at the table. Then when a woman of that town, who was a sinner, learned that Jesus was dining at the Pharisee’s house, she brought an alabaster jar of perfumed oil. As she stood behind Him at His feet, weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears. She wiped them with her hair, kissed them, and anointed them with the perfumed oil. (39) Now when the Pharisee who had invited Jesus saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, He would know who and what kind of woman this is who is touching Him, that she is a sinner.” So Jesus answered him, “Simon, I have something to say to you.” He replied, “Say it, Teacher.” “A certain creditor had two debtors; one owed him five hundred silver coins, and the other fifty. When they could not pay, he canceled the debts of both. Now which of them will love him more?” (43) Simon answered, “I suppose the one who had the bigger debt canceled.” Jesus said to him, “You have judged rightly.” Then, turning toward the woman, He said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered your house. You gave Me no water for My feet, but she has wet My feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. You gave Me no kiss of greeting, but from the time I entered she has not stopped kissing My feet. You did not anoint My head with oil, but she has anointed My feet with perfumed oil. (47) Therefore I tell you, her sins, which were many, are forgiven, thus she loved much; but the one who is forgiven little loves little.” Then Jesus said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” But those who were at the table with Jesus began to say among themselves, “Who is this, who even forgives sins?” He said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”) The Alpha and Omega, the all knowing Jesus forgives sins. Study John’s defining words about who Jesus is at John 1:1-5 AND Paul’s description of the Jesus he proclaims at Colossians 1:15-20.
(Luke 8:1-3; “Some time afterward Jesus went on through towns and villages, preaching and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God. The twelve were with Him, and also some women who had been healed of evil spirits and disabilities: Mary (called Magdalene), from whom seven demons had gone out, and Joanna the wife of Cuza (Herod’s household manager), Susanna, and many others who provided for them out of their own resources.”) These followers of Jesus provided for His and His apostles’ physical needs. The good news, “gospel” is about the kingdom of God being established on earth. How people are called, gifted with the “spirit of truth” and put in God’s Family! Jesus’ coming will include angelic power, and resurrecting the dead in Christ.