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The Gospel, chapter 27

November 18th, 2018

To: Churches of God, His Elect: grace and peace from God our Father and our Lord Jesus’ (11/18/18. God’s 9th month, 10th day, 5779, until sunset.)

 

Jesus’ apostles were expecting the Messiah and thought He was about the business of setting up His kingdom when they were being called. Jesus first sent His disciples to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. Commanding they go not to others. It wasn’t until after His ascension that the time of the gentiles began with His calling Cornelius and family. (See Acts 10:) Review Peter’s vision, his trip to Cornelius’ home, that result and the Jerusalem church’s discussions about gentiles. Weekly and annual Sabbath keeping had been a prerequisite for Israelites since their deliverance from Egypt. Passover particularly because of their miraculous saving. A small divided number, “Sadducees and Pharisees” were allowed back in Judea under Roman authority.

 

Passover and Unleavened Bread season represents being saved by grace, looks forward and back to the Son of God’s blood sacrifice for the remission of sin, and the work of overcoming to the end. Forgiveness of sin relates to entrance into God’s Kingdom. After God’s chosen people were delivered by promise from sin, “Egypt” special talents were given to chosen people and set aside times for worship were given particular attention. (God filled Bezailel with His spirit gave him skill, understanding, knowledge in all kinds of craftsmanship. To do artistic design with gold, silver, bronze, cutting - setting of stone and wood. (Speaking to Moses God said.)

 

(Exodus 31:6-11; Moreover, I have also given him Oholiab son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan, and I have given ability to all the specially skilled, that they may make everything I have commanded you: the tent of meeting, the ark of the testimony, the atonement lid that is on it, all the furnishings of the tent, the table with its utensils, the pure lampstand with all its utensils, the altar of incense, the altar for the burnt offering with all its utensils, the large basin with its base, the woven garments, the holy garments for Aaron the priest and the garments for his sons, to minister as priests, the anointing oil, and sweet incense for the Holy Place. They will make all these things just as I have commanded you.”)

(Exodus 31:12-17; The Lord said to Moses, “Tell the Israelites, ‘Surely you must keep My Sabbaths, for it is a sign between Me and you throughout your generations, that you may know that I am the Lord who sanctifies you. So you must keep the Sabbath, for it is holy for you. Everyone who defiles it must surely be put to death; indeed, if anyone does any work on it, then that person will be cut off from among his people. (15) Six days work may be done, but on the seventh day is a Sabbath of complete rest, holy to the Lord; anyone who does work on the Sabbath day must surely be put to death. The Israelites must keep the Sabbath by observing the Sabbath throughout their generations as a perpetual covenant. It is a sign between Me and the Israelites forever; for in six days the Lord made the heavens and earth.”) (Sabbath keeping is a sign between God and those to whom He reveals Himself.) Only the called by promise were saved from Egypt “Egypt representing sin.” Israelites were chosen by promise to Abraham and Jesus delivered through Moses and Aaron, “a people God revealed Himself to at the time.”

 

God’s revealing Himself, calling Noah and saving his family from the flood was a miraculous new beginning. Same His revealing and individually calling Abraham, Isaac, Jacob. Joseph, Moses and Aaron, “by grace God revealed Himself to each “and their saving was by grace and promise.” Each looked to God’s revelations and grace for their saving. Each individually mindful of a need to separate from the world. But to lead a nation ‘even a chosen nation’ whose nature was that inherited from Adam, “a guardian was needed.” Laws and regulations for the good of all to whom Jesus is and isn’t revealed.

 

Jesus revealed the spiritual component of sin relating to yeast and the Feast of Unleavened Bread and Paul shared; (1Cor 5:6 Your boasting is not good. Don’t you know that a little yeast affects the whole batch of dough. Clean out the old yeast so that you may be a new batch of dough – you ‘followers of Jesus’ are, in fact, without yeast. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed. (8) So then, let us celebrate the festival, not with the old yeast, the yeast of vice and evil, but with the bread without yeast, the bread of sincerity and truth.”)

 

(Leviticus 23:4- “‘These are the Lord’s appointed times, holy assemblies, which you must proclaim at their appointed time. In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month, at twilight, is a Passover offering to the Lord. Then on the fifteenth day of the same month will be the Festival of Unleavened bread to the Lord; seven days you must eat unleavened bread. (7) On the first day ’’the fifteenth’ there will be a holy assembly for you; you must not do any regular work. You must present a gift to the Lord for seven days, and the seventh day ’’the twenty second’ is a holy assembly; you must not do any regular work.” (The Passover season is in God’s first month the fourteenth day at twilight through the twenty-second. The season is holy to God the Father, God the Son and all Believers IN. ) It’s perpetual.

 

At Matthew 25: Jesus gives two separate parables about His kingdom. The first is about ten virgins’ use of oil, some didn’t prepare properly is His point. The second is about talents, likewise their use should be wisely. People using wisely were awarded talents of those who didn’t. Next Jesus relates judgment to our loving others as ourselves, “doing for others as we’d have them do for us” finishing with these words: ‘I tell you the truth, just as you did not do it for one of the least of these, you did not do it for Me’ And these will depart into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”)

 

(Matt 26:1-5; “When Jesus had finished saying all these things, He told His disciples, “You know that after two days the Passover is coming, and the Son of Man will be handed over to be crucified.” Then the chief priests and the elders of the people met together in the palace of the high priest, who was named Caiaphas. They planned to arrest Jesus by stealth and kill Him. But they said, “Not during the feast, so that there won’t be a riot among the people.”)

 

Matt 26:17-25 “Now on the first day of the feast of Unleavened Bread ‘season’ the disciples came to Jesus and said, “Where do you want us to prepare for You to eat the Passover?” He said, “Go into the city to a certain man and tell him, ‘The Teacher says, “My time is near. I will observe the Passover with My disciples at your house.”’” So the disciples did as Jesus had instructed them, and they prepared the Passover. (20) When it was evening, He took His place at the table with the twelve. And while they were eating He said, “I tell you the truth, one of you will betray Me.” They became greatly distressed and each one began to say to Him, “Surely not I, Lord?” He answered, “The one who has dipped his hand into the bowl with Me will betray Me. The Son of Man will go as it is written about Him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would be better for him if he had never been born.” Then Judas, the one who would betray Him, said, “Surely not I, Rabbi?” Jesus replied, “You have said it yourself.”)

A New Covenant ordinance. (Matt 26:26-30; While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and after giving thanks He broke it, gave it to his disciples, and said, “Take, eat, this is My body.” And after taking the cup and giving thanks, He gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you, for this is My blood, the blood of the covenant, that is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. (29) I tell you, from now on I will not drink of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father’s kingdom.” After singing a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.”) (Note that Jesus identifies the blood of the covenant drink as “fruit of the vine” not His actual blood but representative of.)

 

(Matt 26:31-35; Then Jesus said to them, “This night you will all fall away because of Me, for it is written: ‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’ (Quote from Zach 13:7) (32) But after I am raised, I will go ahead of you into Galilee.” Peter said to Him, “If they all fall away because of You, I will never fall away!” Jesus said to him, “I tell you the truth, on this night, before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times.” (35) Peter said to Him, “Even if I must die with You, I will never deny you.” And all the disciples said the same thing.”)

 

Continue to read how Peter was challenged three times and denied. A point to digest is that Jesus knows us better than we know ourselves. He knows the intent of the heart. Another point to digest is Paul‘s understanding about where our desire comes from, “(Phil 2:12-13; “So then, my dear friends, just as you have always obeyed, not only in my presence but even more in my absence, continue working out your salvation with awe and reverence, (13) for the One bringing forth in you both the desire and the effort – for the sake of His good pleasure – is God.”

 

Times and seasons holy to God and His people are perpetual, we’ll observe them through out His millennial reign and together with God the Father after New Jerusalem comes down. The significance of God’s calendar can’t be overlooked.

The Gospel, chapter 26

November 14th, 2018

To: Churches of God, His Elect: grace and peace from God our Father and our Lord Jesus’ (11/14/18. God’s 9th month, 6th day, 5779, until sunset.)

 

Don’t doubt, our Creator and Sustainer is the Lord God of Israel, “Jesus our Savior.” He began leaving evidence all about as He communed with Adam, Eve, Abel, Cain and Enoch. Enoch may have been the first called to prophecy about this latter age and Jesus’ second coming, referring to deceived people as waterless clouds, twice dead, spewing out foam of their sham, people reserved for the depth of eternal darkness. Saying, (“The Lord is coming with thousands and thousands of His Holy Ones, to execute judgment on all, and to convict every person of all their thoroughly ungodly deeds they have committed, and of all the harsh words ungodly sinners have spoken against Him.” These people are grumblers and fault-finders who go wherever their desires lead them, and they give bombastic speeches, enchanting folks for their own gain.” (See Jude)

 

The gospel message revolves around Jesus Passing over sins, He is “our Passover - The Lamb of God who kept and died on Passover, for remission of the world’s sins. (A deliverance is a rescue, “a type of saving by promise.) (Rescue and Deliverance is the same in our English language.) The first Passover on record seems to be when Jesus had Moses prepare Israel for deliverance from Egypt as per His promise to Abraham. Sacrificing a lamb on the tenth day of the first month for consumption looked forward to our consuming - putting on Jesus. The Israelites were instructed to put up a lamb or goat according to family size, eat it in haste on the evening of Passover, ’the fourteenth’ “with sandals on feet ready for departure.” Blood from the sacrifice was to be put on door facings so the death angel would Passover. Before their departure the Lord God Jesus had the death angel take all the first born of Egypt. As promised Abraham the Egyptians gave them wealth and hurried them out.

 

When they got to the sea Moses instructed the priest to step in the water carrying the Ark of the Covenant out front. Israelites crossed the red sea on dry ground. When they were across, the Egyptians changed their minds and followed, “they were all killed.” This was a new promised beginning for God’s chosen people. It looked forward to when others would be gifted to believe IN, be called and chosen by promise. Both spiritual and physical Israelites “as God’s chosen people” are to keep The Passover perpetually.

 

Before Israel went into the promised lands the Lord God Jesus prophesied through Moses, telling how His people would prostitute themselves to other gods when they became prosperous, their punishment and another deliverance. (See Deuteronomy 18: and now read Jesus’ prophecy through Peter on the same subject.)

 

Acts 3:19- “Therefore repent and turn back so that your sins may be wiped out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and so that He may send ‘back’ the Messiah appointed for you – that is, Jesus. (21) This One heaven must receive until the time all things are restored, which God declared from times long ago through His holy prophets. (22) Moses said, ‘The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your brothers. You must obey Him in everything He tells you. Every person who does not obey that prophet will be destroyed and thus removed from the people.’ And all the prophets, from Samuel and those who followed him, have spoken about and announced these days. (25 You “Believers” are the sons of the prophets and of the covenant that God made with your ancestors, saying to Abraham, ‘And in your descendants all the nations of the earth will be blessed.’(26) God raised up His servant and sent Him first to you, to bless you by turning each one of you from your iniquities.”) (This is one of many instances of Jesus’ apostles quoting Moses. Review Deut 18:)

 

The next recorded Passover miracle is the Lord God Jesus having Joshua lead the Israelites across the Jordan river to the promised lands. These lands were given to the Israelites when these gentile nation’s sins, reached their limits as promised Abraham. (Joshua 1:1-3; “After Moses, “the Lord’s servant died” the Lord said to Joshua son of Nun, “Moses’ assistant” “Moses My servant is dead. Get ready! Cross the Jordan River! Lead these people into the land which I am ready to hand over to them. I am handing over to you every place you set foot, as I promised Moses.) Joshua sent out spies who stopped at Rahab the prostitute’s place. She shared that the whole land was fearful of the Israelites, because they had heard how their God had blessed them. (Joshua 2:10-15; Rahab said; “For we heard how the Lord dried up the water of the Red Sea when you left Egypt and how you annihilated the two Amorite kings, Sihon and Og, on the other side of the Jordan. When we heard the news we lost our courage and no one could even breathe for fear of you. For the Lord your God is God in heaven above and on earth below! So now, promise me this with an oath sworn in the Lord’s name. Because I have shown allegiance to you, show allegiance to my family. Give me a solemn pledge that you will spare the lives of my father, mother, brothers, sisters, all who belong to them, and rescue us from death.” The men said to her, “If you die, may we die too! If you do not report what we’ve been up to, then, when the Lord hands the land over to us, we will show unswerving allegiance to you.” Then Rahab let them down by a rope through the window. (Her house was built as part of the city wall; she lived in the wall.) (Paul mentions Rahab’s faith in Hebrews 11:) When the spies returned, they reported to Joshua, “All who live in the land are cringing before us!”

(Joshua 1:4-9; “Your territory will extend from the wilderness in the south to Lebanon in the north. It will extend all the way to the great River Euphrates in the east (including all of Syria) and all the way to the Mediterranean Sea in the west. No one will be able to resist you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not abandon you or leave you alone. (6) Be strong and brave! You must lead these people in the conquest of this land that I solemnly promised their ancestors I would hand over to them. (These are boundaries promised Abraham, Isaac and Jacob ’Israel’ they will occupy after Jesus returns.) Make sure you are very strong and brave Carefully obey all the law My servant Moses charged you to keep! Do not swerve from it to the right or to the left, so that you may be successful in all you do. This law scroll must not leave your lips! You must memorize it day and night so you can carefully obey all that is written in it. Then you will prosper and be successful. I repeat, be strong and brave! Don’t be afraid and don’t panic, for I, the Lord your God, am with you in all you do.”

 

(Joshua 3:5-17; “Joshua told the people, “Ritually consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will perform miraculous deeds among you.” Joshua told the priests, “Pick up the ark of the covenant and pass on ahead of the people.” So they picked up the ark of the covenant and went ahead of the people. (7) The Lord told Joshua, “This very day I will begin to honor you before all Israel so they will know that I am with you just as I was with Moses. Instruct the priests carrying the ark of the covenant, ‘When you reach the bank of the Jordan River, wade into the water.’” (9) Joshua told the Israelites, “Come here and listen to the words of the Lord your God!” Joshua continued, “This is how you will know the living God is among you and that He will truly drive out before you the Canaanites, Hittites, Hivites, Perizzites, Girgashites, Amorites, and Jebusites. (See Gen 15:16) Look! The ark of the covenant of the Ruler of the whole earth is ready to enter the Jordan ahead of you. Now select for yourselves twelve men from the tribes of Israel, one per tribe. When the feet of the priests carrying the ark of the Lord, the Ruler of the whole earth, touch the water of the Jordan, the water coming downstream toward you will stop flowing and pile up.” So when the people left their tents to cross the Jordan, the priests carrying the ark of the covenant went ahead of them. When the ones carrying the ark reached the Jordan and the feet of the priests carrying the ark touched the surface of the water – (the Jordan is at flood stage all during harvest time) the water coming downstream toward them stopped flowing. It piled up far upstream at Adam (the city near Zarethan); there was no water at all flowing to the sea of the Arabah (the Salt Sea). The people crossed the river opposite Jericho. (17) The priests carrying the ark of the covenant of the Lord stood firmly on dry ground in the middle of the Jordan. All Israel crossed over on dry ground until the entire nation was on the other side.)

Joshua 4:15-18; “The Lord told Joshua, “Instruct the priests carrying the ark of the covenantal laws to come up from the Jordan.” So Joshua instructed the priests, “Come up from the Jordan!” The priests carrying the ark of the covenant of the Lord came up from the middle of the Jordan, and as soon as they set foot on dry land, the water of the Jordan flowed again and returned to flood stage.”) NOTE God’s timing: it was the tenth day of His first month, as was Jesus’ ride into Jerusalem on a donkey. “on the fourteenth Jesus celebrated the Passover and allowed Himself to be crucified so our sins could be remitted. (Timing has and will always be important to our all knowing, preplanning God.)

(Joshua 4:19-24; “The people went up from the Jordan on the tenth day of the first month and camped in Gilgal on the eastern border of Jericho. Now Joshua set up in Gilgal the twelve stones they had taken from the Jordan. He told the Israelites, “When your children someday ask their fathers, ‘What do these stones represent?’ explain to your children, ‘Israel crossed the Jordan River on dry ground.’ For the Lord your God dried up the water of the Jordan before you while you crossed over. It was just like when the Lord your God dried up the Red Sea before us while we crossed it. He has done this so all the nations of the earth might recognize the Lord’s power and so you might always obey the Lord your God.”) Of all the people who had been in Egypt, only Joshua and Caleb were allowed to cross over. The young men had not been circumcised, so God had Joshua circumcise them. They were healed by the fourteenth day. How significant!

 

The same Lord God Jesus that dried up the red sea and the Jordan river had always planned His fleshly birth, experience life in the flesh, allow His own blood to be shed for the remission of sin, be our Mediator before the Father and return as king of kings and Lord of Lords.

The Gospel, chapter 25

November 12th, 2018

To: Churches of God, His Elect: grace and peace from God our Father and our Lord Jesus’  11/12/18. (9th month, 4th day, 5779, until sunset.)

 

God’s plan to make people spiritually at one with Himself is perpetual. His kingdom is spiritual and He has perpetually looked forward to people being born again, “born from above” changed to spirit beings. Fleshly people only think in terms of physical, “what seems right fleshly.” Purposely created vulnerable to the flesh in various degrees, concerned for what’s pleasurable, what feels right and profitable short term, but God’s commands, ways, promises and plans are perpetual. Fleshly people naturally think like Cain, who thought, “surely God will be pleased with what seems right to me” “my sacrifice should be sufficient.” Only a few saw fit to yield to God’s loving way before the Noah day flood. So, God made a new beginning through righteous Noah, “always looking forward to when His own sacrifice would make the only way for sins to be remitted. Only way to overcome the flesh. As Creator and life giver, “eternal life can only be through Jesus.

From the time of Adam’s creation our Creator God has allows Satan to put forth his agenda, deceive and be the “prince of the power of the air.” Creator Jesus gave Paul the understanding and he shared.

 

(Eph 2:1-3; And although you ’followers of Jesus’ were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you formerly lived according to this world’s present path, according to the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the ruler of the spirit that is now energizing the sons of disobedience, among whom all of us also formerly lived out our lives in the cravings of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath even as the rest

(Eph 2:4-10; But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even though we were dead in transgressions, made us alive together with Christ – by grace you are saved! - and He ’God the Father’ raised us up with Him ‘Jesus’ and seated us with Him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, to demonstrate in the coming ages the surpassing wealth of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. (8) For by grace you are saved through faith, and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God; it is not from works, so that no one can boast. For we ’followers of Jesus’ are his workmanship, having been created in Christ Jesus for good works that God prepared beforehand so we may do them.”) (No one can be saved by works, only through Jesus is salvation.)

 

A few hundred years after Noah our Creator, “the Lord God Jesus” made a new perpetual covenant through Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Joseph that’s documented in Genesis through Revelations. About four hundred years later, the Lord God Jesus called and revealed Himself to Moses, through whom He led the Israelites from Egypt. Through Moses distinct regulations were given to separate His chosen people from the demonically influenced, but the fleshly hardhearted Israelites “like Cain” thought surely the pagans aren’t so bad, after all God gives them rain and blessings.

 

(Deut 18:9-14; “When you enter the land the Lord your God is giving you, you must not learn the abhorrent practices of those nations. There must never be found among you anyone who sacrifices his son or daughter in the fire, anyone who practices divination, an omen reader, a soothsayer, a sorcerer, one who casts spells, one who conjures up spirits, a practitioner of the occult, or a necromancer. (12) Whoever does these things is abhorrent to the Lord and because of these detestable things the Lord your God is about to drive them out from before you. You must be blameless before the Lord your God. Those nations that you are about to dispossess listen to omen readers and diviners, but the Lord your God has not given you permission to do such things.” (A new beginning prophesied.)

 

(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. 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. (18) 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.”) (When we reject what Jesus spoke through Moses, we’re excusing and thinking like Cain.

 

Paul explains. (1Corinthians 13:8-13; ”Godly” Love never ends. But if there are prophecies, they will be set aside; if there are tongues, they will cease; if there is knowledge, it will be set aside. For we know in part, and we prophesy in part, but when what is perfect comes, the partial will be set aside. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. But when I became an adult, I set aside childish ways. For now we see in a mirror indirectly, but then we will see face to face. Now I know in part, but then I will know fully, just as I have been fully known. And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.”) (One day we’ll know God as He knows us.)

 

(Heb 13:1-9; “Brotherly love must continue. “among follows of Jesus” Do not neglect hospitality, because through it some have entertained angels without knowing it. Remember those in prison as though you were in prison with them, and those ill-treated as though you too felt their torment. (4) Marriage must be honored among all and the marriage bed kept undefiled, for God will judge sexually immoral people and adulterers. Your conduct must be free from the love of money and you must be content with what you have, for He has said, “I will never leave you and I will never abandon you.” So we can say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper, and I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?” (7) “Remember your “spiritual” leaders, who spoke God’s message to you; reflect on the outcome of their lives and imitate their faith. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever! Do not be carried away by all sorts of strange teachings. For it is good for the heart to be strengthened by grace, not ritual meals, which have never benefited those who participated in them.”) The following verses express the difference in our spiritual altar and the tabernacle altar of old.” (Ours is a spiritual alter!)

 

(Heb 13:10-16; “We have an altar that those who serve in the tabernacle have no right to eat from. For the bodies of those animals whose blood the high priest brings into the sanctuary as an offering for sin are burned outside the camp. Therefore, to sanctify the people by his own blood, Jesus also suffered outside the camp. We must go out to Him, then, outside the camp, bearing the abuse He experienced. For here we have no lasting city, but we seek the city that is to come. Through Jesus then, let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, acknowledging His name. And do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for God is pleased with such sacrifices.

(Heb 13:17-19; Obey your “God called spiritual” leaders and submit to them, for they keep watch over your souls and will give an account for their work. Let them do this with joy and not with complaints, for this would be no advantage for you. Pray for us, for we “apostles” are sure that we have a clear conscience and desire to conduct ourselves rightly in every respect. I especially ask you to pray that I ‘Paul’ may be restored to you very soon.”

(Heb 13:20-21; “Now may the God of peace who by the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead, the great shepherd of the sheep, our Lord Jesus Christ, equip you with every good thing to do His will, working in us what is pleasing before Him through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever. Amen.” (The following verse is proof that Paul wrote Hebrews.)

(Heb 13:22-25; Now I urge you, brothers and sisters, bear with my message of exhortation, for in fact I have written to you briefly. You should know that our brother Timothy has been released. If he comes soon, he will be with me when I see you. Greetings to all your leaders and all the Saints. Those from Italy send you greetings. Grace be with you all.”) Paul is sure that all scripture is for our encouragement as he expressed in Romans.

(Romans 15:1-6; But we who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak, and not just please ourselves. Let each of us please his neighbor for his good to build him up. For even Christ did not please Himself, but just as it is written, “The insults of those who insult you have fallen on me.” (Quote from Psalms 69:9) “For everything that was written in former times was written for our instruction, so that through endurance and through encouragement of the scriptures we may have hope. Now may the God of endurance and comfort give you unity with one another in accordance with Christ Jesus, so that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”)

 

(Rom 15:7-13; “Receive one another, then, just as Christ also received you, to God’s glory. For I tell you that Christ has become a servant of the circumcised on behalf of God’s truth to confirm the promises made to the fathers, and thus the Gentiles glorify God for His mercy. As it is written, “Because of this I will confess you among the Gentiles, and I will sing praises to your name.” (Quote from Psalms 18:49) And again it says: “Rejoice, O Gentiles, with His people.” (Quote from Deut 32:43) (11) And again, “Praise the Lord all you Gentiles, and let all the peoples praise Him.” And again Isaiah says, “The root of Jesse will come, and the one who rises to rule over the Gentiles, in Him will the Gentiles hope.” Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you believe IN Him, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”)

 

God didn’t allow Moses to cross the Jordan, because he failed to give God glory when He gave them water from a rock. The Lord God did reveal and Moses shared with the people that Joshua would lead them. Then God called Moses and Joshua to the meeting tent and told Moses what the people would do when they became prosperous. Consider how prosperity might change your outlook?

(Deuteronomy 31:16-23; “Then the Lord said to Moses, “You are about to die, and then these people will begin to prostitute themselves with the foreign gods of the land into which they are going. They will reject Me and break My covenant that I have made with them. At that time My anger will erupt against them and I will abandon them and hide My face from them until they are devoured. Many disasters and distresses will overcome them so that they will say at that time, ‘Have not these disasters overcome us because our God is not among us?’ But I will certainly hide Myself at that time because of all the wickedness they will have done by turning to other gods. Now write down for yourselves the following song and teach it to the Israelites. Put it into their very mouths so that this song may serve as My witness against the Israelites! (20) For after I have brought them to the land I promised to their ancestors – one flowing with milk and honey – and they eat their fill and become fat, then they will turn to other gods and worship them; they will reject Me and break My covenant. Then when many disasters and distresses overcome them this song will testify against them, for their descendants will not forget it. I know the intentions they have in mind today, even before I bring them to the land I have promised.” So on that day Moses wrote down this song and taught it to the Israelites, and the Lord commissioned Joshua son of Nun, “Be strong and courageous, for you will take the Israelites to the land I have promised them, and I will be with you.”)

 

Our self serving fleshly nature inherited from Adam doesn’t change to spiritual until God calls and grants His gifted turning, “repentance.” When God was promising these lands to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, more than 500 years before, He knew the outcome of His dealing with Abraham’s descendents. (Sharing with Abraham that the people “known as Amorites” who lived sinful lives would cause Him to remove them when their limit was reached.

(Genesis 15:13-16; “Then the Lord said to Abram, “Know for certain that your descendants will be strangers in a foreign country. They will be enslaved and oppressed for four hundred years. But I will execute judgment on the nation that they will serve. Afterward they will come out with many possessions. But as for you, you will go to your ancestors in peace and be buried at a good old age. (16) In the fourth generation your descendants will return here, for the sin of the Amorites has not yet reached its limit.”) God foreknew when He would lead Joshua and the Israelites across the Jordan and when the Amorites’ lands would revert.

The Gospel, chapter 24

November 10th, 2018

To: 13,587 In Resident Churches of God, His Elect: grace and peace from God our Father and our Lord Jesus’ (9th month, 2nd day, 5779, to sunset.)

Laypeople in so called Christian denominations aren’t made aware that “trappings of Christ Mass started long before Jesus’ birth.” Jesus inspired Jeremiah to write about some of them.

(Jeremiah 10:1-5; “You people of Israel, listen to what the Lord has to say to you. The Lord says, “Do not start following pagan religious practices. Do not be in awe of signs that occur in the sky even though the nations hold them in awe. (3) For the religion of these people is worthless. They cut down a tree in the forest, and a craftsman makes it into an idol with his tools. He decorates it with overlays of silver and gold. He uses hammer and nails to fasten it together so that it will not fall over. Such idols are like scarecrows in a cucumber field. (8; “The people of those nations are both stupid and foolish.

(Jer 10-14; The Lord is the only true God. He is the living God and the everlasting King. When He shows His anger the earth shakes. None of the nations can stand up to His fury. You people of Israel should tell those nations this: ‘These gods did not make heaven and earth. They will disappear from the earth and from under the heavens.’ The Lord is the One who by His power made the earth. He is the One who by His wisdom established the world. And by His understanding He spread out the skies. (14) All these idolaters will prove to be stupid and ignorant. Every goldsmith will be disgraced by the idol he made. For the image he forges is merely a sham. They are worthless, mere objects to be mocked. When the time comes to punish them, they will be destroyed. The Lord, who is the inheritance of Jacob’s descendants, is not like them. He is the One who created everything. And the people of Israel “those God fights for” are those He claims as His own. He is known as the Lord who rules over all.”)

God cares and exalts, Satan devours. Writing to followers of Jesus, Peter shares. (1Peter 5:6-8; “And God will exalt you ’followers of Jesus’ in due time, if you humble yourselves under His mighty hand by casting all your cares on Him because He cares for you. Be sober and alert. Your enemy the devil, like a roaring lion, is on the prowl looking for someone to devour.)

Satan likes “when professing Christians talk Jesus and practice paganism.” We cannot be Jesus’ witness while going along to get along. Jesus’ brother James was inspired to write; (“Adulterers, do you not know that friendship with the world means hostility toward God? So whoever decides to be the world’s friend makes himself God’s enemy.” James 4:4) Spiritual adultery is to claim belonging to Jesus while practicing things that are abominations to Him, “things He would not approve of.”

It’s not much difference in modern Christendom’s many denominational practices. Most are from worldly commercialized paganism, practices from Baal and Molech customs. Long before Jesus’ fleshly birth, Egyptians depicted the cross in the hands of the goddess Sekhet, as a hieroglyphic sign of life. Egyptian Christians (Copts) adopted the cross as its emblem, carried in the hands of the Egyptian priests and Pontiff kings as the symbol of their authority, as priests of the “sun god” and called ‘the Sign of Life’.” (A more precise characterization coincided with corresponding general changes in customs and beliefs.) The cross became the symbol of consecration, especially in the case of objects pertaining to burial. (In the proto-Etruscan cemetery of Golasecca every tomb has a vase with a cross engraved on it. Crosses of more or less artistic design have been found in Tiryns at Mycenae in Crete, and on a fibula from Vulca.)

Spirit led Christians are compelled to separate from paganism. Many who refuse are persecuted. Hebrews 11: is referred to as the faith chapter and 1Corinthians 13: the love chapter, a study of these provides spiritual understanding for the called. (Understand Godly faith and love is only understood by the few God chooses.) Thankfully in the coming peace age, “Jesus’ millennial reign” the many will be gifted with understanding. All the faithful mentioned in Hebrews 11: and Believers IN Jesus are miraculously gifted with believing IN faith.

(Heb 11:32-40; “And what more shall I say? For time will fail me if I tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets. Through faith they conquered kingdoms, administered justice, gained what was promised, shut the mouths of lions, quenched raging fire, escaped the edge of the sword, gained strength in weakness, became mighty in battle, put foreign armies to flight, and women received back their dead raised to life. But others were tortured, not accepting release, to obtain a resurrection to a better life. And others experienced mocking and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. They were stoned, sawed apart, murdered with the sword; they went about in sheepskins and goatskins; they were destitute, afflicted, ill-treated (the world was not worthy of them) they wandered in deserts and mountains and caves and openings in the earth. And these all were commended for their faith, yet they did not receive what was promised. (40) For God had provided something better for us, so that they would be made perfect together with us.”) Jesus indicated the called should count the cost.

Jesus and His apostles taught, “turn from idolatrous practices that camouflage His truth. Satan’s followers camouflage Jesus, making Him fit their ideas, mostly of which are held by pagans of old, thus causing people to look to a figurine on a cross, a baby in a manger and sunrise worship, all of which goes against every Godly principle shared in His Holy Word. Idolatrous worship camouflages peoples imagination about Jesus’ deity “as the all powerful Son of God.” The One who created all things. (See John 1:1-5. Colossians 1:15-20 & Heb 1:)

The Lord Jesus is the One who made promises to the Patriarchs, delivered Israel from Egyptian bondage, took lands from and killed pagan people, gave rules for moral living that were good for His chosen people, commanding that they not learn the ways of the pagans.

Satan is far more powerful than religious teachers of this world. He’s shrewd and manifest himself as an angel of light to deceive if possible, even the Elect. (See Matt 24:) He appeals to selfish pride and the “I’ll do it my way nature inherited from Adam.” He was about this business before the flood, in the Patriarchs days he was having his way with the Egyptian, Greeks and other cultures. (Remember the tactics Satan attempted on Jesus?)

During the apostles time Satan planted deceitful workers in God’s churches, causing Paul to write. (2Cor 11:13-15; “For such people are false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. Therefore it is not surprising his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness, whose end will correspond to their actions.”)

(Satan has been instrumental with powerful leaders. He’s allowed to give many their power. Study Isaiah 10: to discern how God used demonic led people, “like the Assyrian used to punish His disobedient people. As discussed previously, “Christianity as the world knows it,” has brought forward practices that are an abomination to the God of Abraham. As before the flood and as Jesus predicted (See Matthew 24:) people love tradition, gods of the imagination, have little desire to search for truth, and turn to the God, manifested in the scriptures.

Hebrews 11: is a snapshot of many faithful people, about what God did by or through their gifted faith, how many suffered persecution and death because of their faith. These people counted the cost, faithfully expecting God’s promises, knowing He had plans for their future.

(Heb 12:1-6; “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, we must get rid of every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and run with endurance the race set out for us, keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus, the Pioneer and Perfector of our faith. For the joy set out for Him, He endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken His seat at the right hand of the throne of God. (3) Think of Him who endured such opposition against Himself by sinners, so that you may not grow weary in your souls and give up. You have not yet resisted to the point of bloodshed in your struggle against sin. (5) And have you forgotten the exhortation addressed to you as sons? “My son, do not scorn the Lord’s discipline or give up when He corrects you. (6) “For the Lord disciplines the one He loves and chastises every son He accepts.” (Quote from Prov 3:11-12)

(Heb 12:7-13; “Endure your suffering as discipline; God is treating you as sons. For what son is there that a father does not discipline? But if you do not experience discipline, something all sons have shared in, then you are illegitimate and are not sons. Besides, we have experienced discipline from our earthly fathers and we respected them; shall we not submit ourselves all the more to the Father of spirits and receive “eternal” life? For they disciplined us for a little while as seemed good to them, but God does so for our benefit, that we may share His holiness. Now all discipline seems painful at the time, not joyful. But later it produces the fruit of peace and righteousness for those trained by it. Therefore, strengthen your listless hands and your weak knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be put out of joint but be healed.”)

Things happen in the lives of the called and diminises pride, causes an altruistic outlook, gives the desire to discern truth and be At One with Jesus. Normally Christians can look back and remember things that happened that changed their outlook. We did not personally cultivate the Godly love we have for one another.

(Heb 12:14-21; “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.” (If we pay attention we will observe bitterness in leaders that makes their followers like minded.) (16) 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.” (God grants repentance to His chosen, gives understanding that makes us see our errors, that of governments and the inherited natures unbelievers yield to.) (18) (“For you ‘followers of Jesus’ 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.” (Today, we followers of Jesus may come before God the Father through Him, who knows our weaknesses and the desires of our hearts.) (19) “For they “the Israelites delivered from Egypt” 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.”

(Heb 12:22-24; “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, “Jesus’ assembly” who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, “The Father” 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.” (The new covenant is with those God The Fathers calls, those He gives spiritual discernment to. Abel’s believing IN caused him to sacrificed with the sprinkling of blood, as commanded. Christians desire to be obedient because of being gifted and led to be, “believers IN.”)

(Heb 12:25-29 “Take care not to refuse the One who is speaking! For if they did not escape when they refused the One who warned them on earth, how much less shall we, if we reject the One who warns from heaven? Then God’s voice shook the earth, but now He has promised, “I will once more shake not only the earth but heaven too.” Now this phrase “once more” indicates the removal of what is shaken, that is, of created “physical” things, so that what is unshaken may remain. So since we are receiving an unshakable kingdom, let us give thanks, and through this let us offer worship pleasing to God in devotion and awe. (29) For our God is indeed a devouring fire.”)

God is spirit and His unshakable kingdom is spiritual. In the flesh we naturally think in terms of physical living and life. Through the flesh we are vulnerable to the flesh in various degrees, our concerns tend to be for what we see and feel. God’s love is spiritual, never ending and totally mature.

The Gospel, chapter 23

November 8th, 2018

To: 13,555 In Resident Churches of God, His Elect: grace and peace from God our Father and our Lord Jesus’ (8th month, 30th day, 5779, to sunset.)

Considering that Jesus is the True Vine ‘tree trunk’ and we followers the branches that can do nothing apart from Him, we know He is speaking spiritually. Many non-believers are gifted with talents to accomplish much in the realm of building, art, music etc. “but in the realm of spiritual, we can’t comprehend except God miraculously opens our understanding.” Likewise with Godly Faith, “All these faithful spoken of in Hebrews and the called in every age” were and are gifted with Believing IN faith.

(Heb 11:13-16; “These all died in faith without receiving the things promised, but they saw them in the distance and welcomed them and acknowledged that they were strangers and foreigners on the earth. For those who speak in such a way make it clear that they are seeking a homeland. In fact, if they had been thinking of the land that they had left, they would have had opportunity to return. But as it is, they aspire to a better land, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore, God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them.”) Believers IN have Jesus’ millennial kingdom and New Jerusalem our homeland. (See Rev 21:)

(Heb 11:17-19; By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac. He had received the promises, yet he was ready to offer up his only son. God had told him, “Through Isaac descendants will carry on your name,” (In Isaac seed will be named for you.” Quotation from Gen 21:12).

and he, ’Abraham’ reasoned that God could even raise him from the dead, and in a sense he received him back from there.”)

Abraham’s procreation days had past, thus God miraculously gave Isaac. Abraham didn’t fear death for himself or Isaac, because God had made Himself known, ‘revealed Himself.’ Abraham knew life was through God ‘the life giver.” Godly faith love was perfected in Abraham. When we know God’s attributes, characteristics and message, there is no fear of death. Jesus’ apostle John explains.

(1John 4:15-19; “If anyone confesses “through gifted knowing faith” that Jesus is the Son of God, God resides in him and he in God. And we have come to know and to believe the love that God has in us. God is love, and the one who resides in love resides in God, and God resides in him. By this love is perfected with us, so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment, because just as Jesus is, so also are we in this world. There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears punishment has not been perfected in love. We love because He loved us first.”)

Like gifted spiritual understanding, Godly love is gifted and perfected through the revelation that God calls and loves us first.

(Heb 11:20; “By faith also Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning the future.”)

(Heb 11:21; “By faith Jacob, as he was dying, blessed each of the sons of Joseph and worshiped as he leaned on his staff.” (Gen 47:31)

(11:22; “By faith Joseph, at the end of his life, mentioned the exodus of the sons of Israel and gave instructions about his burial.”

(Heb 11:23-26; “By faith, when Moses was born, his parents hid him for three months, because they saw the child was beautiful and they were not afraid of the king’s edict. By faith, when he grew up, Moses refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing rather to be ill-treated with the people of God than to enjoy sin’s fleeting pleasure. He regarded abuse suffered for Christ to be greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, for his eyes were fixed on the reward. (Even then Moses knew God planned a time of peace on earth and rule by the Messiah.)

(Heb 11:27-31; By faith Moses left Egypt without fearing the king’s anger, for he persevered as though he could see the One who is invisible. By faith Moses kept the Passover and the sprinkling of the blood, so that the one who destroyed the firstborn would not touch them. By faith they crossed the Red Sea as if on dry ground, but when the Egyptians tried it, they were swallowed up. By faith the walls of Jericho fell after the people marched around them for seven days. By faith Rahab the prostitute escaped the destruction of the disobedient, because she welcomed the spies in peace.”)

We know the Passover kept in Egypt looked forward to Jesus’ death. Our believing IN Jesus’ sacrificial blood, “giving His life for the remission of sin” is through and by whom eternal life is given. It starts with our being gifted to believe IN.

Our selfish nature wishes we could teach anonymously, because God’s truth divides families and friends, but that is cowardly. We’re called to teach and encourage others to be obedient ambassadors of Jesus. Followers of Jesus must teach against pagan practices and this world‘s system of things, “it’s what Jesus did.” We realize teaching Jesus, as He manifest Himself to be in the holy scriptures, will likely brings about persecutions. Christians, like Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Joseph are led to separate from the world at large. It’s why Jesus had Paul quote from Leviticus 26:12, Jeremiah 32:38, Ezek 37:27 and Isaiah 52:11, when he wrote.

(2Corinthians 6:16-17 “And what mutual agreement does the temple of God have with idols? For we “Christians” are the temple of the living God, just as God said, “I will live in them and will walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be My people.” Therefore “come out from their midst, and be separate,” says the Lord, “and touch no unclean thing, and I will welcome you, and I will be a father to you, and you will be My sons and daughters,” says the All-Powerful Lord.)

It’s why Jesus said; (“Remember what I told you, ‘A slave is not greater than His master. If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they, obeyed My word, they will obey yours too. But they will do all these things to you on account of My name, because they do not know the One who sent Me.” John 15:20-21)

Professing Christians who go along with this world’s system of things are loved by the world. Their practices tell the world, “I’m one of you.” To His followers Jesus said; (“If the world hates you, be aware that it hated Me first. If you belonged to the world, the world would love you as its own. However, because you do not belong to the world, but I chose you out of the world, for this reason the world hates you.” John 15:18-19)

Followers of Jesus are taught, “count the cost” when led to follow Him. He said; “If anyone comes to Me and does not hate (Meaning: love less by comparison.This figurative use of hate operates on a relative scale. God is to be loved more than family or self.) his own father and mother, and wife and children, and brothers and sisters, and even his own life, he cannot be My disciple. Whoever does not carry his own cross and follow Me cannot be My disciple. For which of you, wanting to build a tower, doesn’t sit down first and compute the cost to see if he has enough money to complete it? Luke 14:26)

Christ Mass, Easter and like traditions are part of the apostate Jude exposed. Satan inspired the apostate workers to mix paganism with Judaism and call it Christian. Motherhood worship, “the feminine aspect of divinity is an integral (popular) element of the Catholicism and the entire Indian fabric.” The entire Indian subcontinent, pagans Greeks, Romans, Celts etc. (Names like Anat, Aphrodite, Artemis, Diana, Gaia, Ishtar, Iris, Juno and Mary, are re-entered into Pagan Christianity as Virgin Mary (as Mother of God). One such tradition is Dianic Wicca. It’s goddess worship and neo-paganism, often visualized in three aspects: (Maiden, Mother and Crone.) (The maiden represents youth, emerging sexuality, the huntress running with her hounds. Symbolizing feminine power, fertility and nurturing.) (The Crone is thought of as wisdom, compassion which comes with experience, the one who guides through death’s experience.) The use of statutes and figurines brought forward and used in so called Christian services originated in paganism. Remember, Jacob’s father in law used them and Jacob‘s wife stole some.

Before Jesus the cross was used as the symbol of sacred fire or as a symbol of the sun, denoting its daily rotation. It has been interpreted as the mystic representation of lightning or the god of the tempest, or the emblem of the Aryan pantheon and the primitive Aryan civilization. The ancient Egyptians, often depicted the cross in the hands of the goddess Sekhet and as a hieroglyphic sign of life or of the living. Egyptian Christians (Copts) adopted it as the emblem of the cross. In his book, The Worship of the Dead, Colonel J. Garnier wrote: “The cross in the form of the ‘Crux Ansata’ … was carried in the hands of the Egyptian priests and Pontiff kings as the symbol of their authority as priests of the, “sun god” and was called ‘the Sign of Life’.” (In the Bronze Age a representation of the cross as conceived in Christian art appeared, and was popularized.) The more precise characterization coincided with a corresponding general change in customs and beliefs. The cross then came into use in various forms on many objects, fibulas, cinctures, earthenware fragments, and on the bottom of drinking vessels. De Mortillet believed that such use of the sign was not merely ornamental, but rather a symbol of consecration, especially in the case of objects pertaining to burial. (In the proto-Etruscan cemetery of Golasecca every tomb has a vase with a cross engraved on it. Crosses of more or less artistic design have been found in Tiryns at Mycenae in Crete, and on a fibula from Vulca.)

The apostate workers adaptation of the cross as a symbol of worship, helped bring in the mix of paganism and Judaism. Most professing Christian denominations do teach that Satan is the god of this world, (all but their particular world) but don’t seem to take into account that things with world wide popularity are likely demonically influenced. Such is the case with Christ Mass. It is celebrated as a major festival in most countries around the world, including many whose populations are mostly non-Christian. In some non-Christian countries, periods of former colonial rule introduced the celebration. Such as Hong Kong; in others, Christian minorities or foreign cultural influences have led populations to observe the holiday. Countries such as Japan, where Christmas is popular despite there being only a small number of Christians, have adopted many of the secular aspects of Christmas, such as gift-giving, decorations, and Christmas trees. Only about three countries in the world do not observe Christmas.

The Gospel, chapter 22

November 6th, 2018

To: 13,523 In Resident Churches of God, His Elect: grace and peace from God our Father and our Lord Jesus’ (8th month, 24th day, 5779, to sunset.)

      We who are fathered by God’s spirit are gifted with love for the ways, laws and oracles. We know “God the Father” as Gardener - Farmer - the One who Calls. Jesus likens Himself, “the Vine - tree trunk and His followers, branches.” He is speaking to people imputed with the Word - Spirit.

      (John 15:15:1-4; “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. (3) You “followers” are clean already because of the Word that I 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.

      (John15:5-8; “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. 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.

      (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. (11) 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.”) We can’t choose to be a branch, it’s the Father’s choice”)

       Jesus’ good news, “gospel” is about His first and second coming, His shedding blood for the remission of sin, ascending to The Father to be our Mediator, His millennial reign which was pre-planned from a beginning. Jesus inspired Jeremiah to write about His rule on earth.

      (Jeremiah 31:23-26; “The Lord God of Israel who rules over all says, “I will restore the people of Judah to their land and to their towns. When I do, they will again say of Jerusalem, ‘May the Lord bless you, you holy mountain, the place where righteousness dwells.’ The land of Judah will be inhabited by people who live in its towns as well as by farmers and shepherds with their flocks. I will fully satisfy the needs of those who are weary and fully refresh the souls of those who are faint. Then they will say, ‘Under these conditions I can enjoy sweet sleep when I wake up and look around.’”(Israel will be repopulated)

       (Jer 31:27-28; “Indeed, a time is coming,” says the Lord, “when I will cause people and animals to sprout up in the lands of Israel and Judah. In the past I saw to it that they were uprooted and torn down, that they were destroyed and demolished. But now I will see to it that they are built up and firmly planted. I, the Lord, affirm it!” The Lord Will Make a New Covenant with Israel and Judah. “A perpetual will from One”

      (Jer 31:29-33; “When that time comes, people will no longer say, ‘The parents have eaten sour grapes, but the children’s teeth have grown numb.’ Rather, each person will die for his own sins. The teeth of the person who eats the sour grapes will themselves grow numb. “Indeed, a time is coming,” says the Lord, “when I will make a new covenant with the people of Israel and Judah. It will not be like the old covenant that I made with their ancestors when I delivered them from Egypt. For they violated that covenant, even though I was like a faithful husband to them,” says the Lord. “But I will make a New Covenant with the whole nation of Israel after I plant them back in the land,” says the Lord. “I will put My law within them and write it on their hearts and minds. I will be their God and they will be My people.

      (Jer 31:34; “People will no longer need to teach their neighbors and relatives to know Me. For all of them, from the least important to the most important, will know Me,” says the Lord. “For I will forgive their sin and will no longer call to mind the wrong they have done.”)

       In this interim age between Jesus’ first and second coming, God the Father is calling a people to be co-rulers with Jesus, they’re His church, spiritual Israelites. David and Jesus’ apostles will have positions.

       God inspired Paul to write the same to the Hebrews. The New Covenant is about God’s calling and putting His laws in the minds of His chosen. Making people AT ONE with Himself.

       (Heb 10:16-27; “This is the covenant that I will establish with them after those days, says the Lord. I will put My laws on their hearts and I will inscribe them on their minds,” then He says, “Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no longer.” Now where there is forgiveness of these, there is no longer any offering for sin. (19) Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the sanctuary by the blood of Jesus, by the fresh and living way that He inaugurated for us through the curtain, that is, through His flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a sincere heart in the assurance that faith brings, because we have had our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed in pure water. (23) And let us hold unwaveringly to the hope that we confess, for the One who made the promise is trustworthy. And let us take thought of how to spur one another on to love and good works, not abandoning our own meetings, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging each other, and even more so because you see the day drawing near. (26) For if we deliberately keep on sinning after receiving the knowledge of the truth, no further sacrifice for sins is left for us, but only a certain fearful expectation of judgment and a fury of fire that will consume God’s enemies.

       (Heb 10:28-39; Someone who rejected the law of Moses was put to death without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. How much greater punishment do you think that person deserves who has contempt for the Son of God, and profanes the blood of the covenant that made Him holy, and insults the Spirit of grace? (30) For we know the One who said, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay,” and again, “The Lord will judge His people.” It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

(32) But remember the former days when you “Christians” endured a harsh conflict of suffering after you were enlightened. (after Jesus was revealed) At times you were publicly exposed to abuse and afflictions, and at other times you came to share with others who were treated in that way. (34) For in fact you shared the sufferings of those in prison, and you accepted the confiscation of your belongings with joy, because you knew that you certainly had a better and lasting possession. So do not throw away your confidence, because it has great reward. (36) For you need endurance in order to do God’s will and so receive what is promised. For just a little longer and He who is coming will arrive and not delay. But My righteous one will live by faith, and if he shrinks back, I take no pleasure in him. (39) But we “Christians” are not among those who shrink back and thus perish, but are among those who have faith and preserve their souls.”)

       May we be blessed with persevering knowing faith, like that of the Patriarchs who didn’t take up the ways of the ungodly, but waited their entire lives. A faith like Joseph’s, who knew a future deliverance awaited Israel and ask that his bones be taken with them.

      Chapter 11:, Defines faith and tells of the future deliverances.

      (Hebrews 11:1; “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for, being convinced of what we do not see.”) People that God the Father calls and makes Believers IN are sure, have conviction that desires to be AT ONE with Him. Pray for gifted faith in God and His promises. (Many professing Christians attempt to conjure up their faith and lead others to conjure up a faith from within their fleshly desires.) Without God’s revelations that dispels former fleshly imaginations, people’s beliefs aren’t faith by God’s definition.

       (Heb 11:2-3; “For by it “faith” the people of old received God’s commendation. By faith we understand that the worlds were set in order at God’s command, so that the visible has its origin in the invisible.”)

       Are we confident that God set the planets in order by His command? “That belief IN is foundation for gifted faith.” Without confidence that Jesus is Creator as manifested in the holy scripture, we have no faith in Him, “as He defines faith.” Hoping for good things such as healings is good, but that isn’t Godly faith without gifted belief IN.”

      (Heb 11:4; “By faith Abel offered God a greater sacrifice than Cain, and through his faith he was commended as righteous, because God commended him for his offerings. And through his faith he, “Abel” still speaks, though he is dead.”)

       Abel offered a blood sacrifice with an attitude of total submission, while Cain thought, “surely God will be pleased with a sacrifice of my choosing, “what seems right to me.” Through this recording of Abel’s faith, “he still speaks, though dead.” If God is revealed to us and we believe IN, as Abel, we know those who thought to change God’s Sabbath, did so with a mentality like that of Cain’s.

       (Heb 11:5-6; “By faith Enoch was taken up so that he did not see death, and he was not to be found because God took him up. For before his removal he had been commended as having pleased God. Now without faith it is impossible to please Him, for the one who approaches God must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who seek Him.”)

       By faith in the whole word of God, we believe Enoch was removed, so as not to see death at that time. (Remember Hebrews 9:27-28, “And just as people are appointed to die once, and then to face judgment, so also, after Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many, to those who eagerly await Him He will appear a second time, not to bear sin but to bring salvation.”) Apparently Enoch was removed to continue witnessing at another place. Perhaps Enoch was removed as Moses, so people wouldn’t mourn or know his burial place. Remember Jesus is the first born, to eternal life.

      (Heb 11:7; “By faith Noah, when he was warned about things not yet seen, with reverent regard constructed an ark for the deliverance of his family. Through faith he condemned the world and became an heir of the righteousness that comes by faith.”)

      We too are warned about things not yet seen and if we believe IN, we will reverently obey God. Noah, Abraham and all Believers IN are heirs of the promise that comes by gifted faith. Remember Jesus’ words to His apostle Thomas?

       It was difficult for Thomas to believe that Jesus was alive. Jesus appeared in the room where they were all assembled a second time.

      (John 20:27-29; “Then Jesus said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and examine My hands. Extend your hand and put it into My side. Do not continue in your unbelief, but believe.” Thomas replied to Jesus “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen Me? Blessed are the people who have not seen and yet have believed.”

      Heb 11:8-10; “By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place he would later receive as an inheritance, and he went out without understanding where he was going. By faith he lived as a foreigner in the promised land as though it were a foreign country, living in tents with Isaac and Jacob, who were fellow heirs of the same promise. For he was looking forward to the city with firm foundations, whose architect and builder is God.”)

       We too, live day by day, not knowing what the next holds, but know as Abraham that we have a city whose architect and builder is God, like Abraham we’re foreigners, though we know we’re inheriting the earth!

      (Heb 11:11-12; “By faith, even though Sarah herself was barren and Abraham was too old, Abraham received the ability to procreate, because he regarded the One who had given the promise to be trustworthy. So in fact children were fathered by one man – and this one as good as dead – like the number of stars in the sky and like the innumerable grains of sand on the seashore.”) All these were called, not one lived by a conjured up faith.

The Gospel, chapter 21

November 4th, 2018

To: 13,500 In Resident Churches of God, His Elect: grace and peace from God our Father and our Lord Jesus’ 8th month, 24th day, 5779, to sunset.

       Denominations that teach “God’s law is done away” are yielding to Satan’s deceptions. God’s law isn’t the Believer IN’s guardian because they’re recipients of God’s spirit which takes away the inherited hostility, and causes one to love His law. Until our inherited from Adam nature is changed to Jesus’ we’re hostile toward God’s oracles. Jesus taught it through Paul. 

      (Romans 8:5-11; For those who live according to the flesh have their outlook shaped by the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit have their outlook shaped by the things of the Spirit. For the outlook of the flesh is death, but the outlook of the Spirit is life and peace, because the outlook of the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to the law of God, nor is it able to do so. (8) Those who are in the flesh cannot please God. (9) You, ’Believers  however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, this person does not belong to Him. But if Christ is in you, your body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is your life because of ‘Jesus’’ righteousness. (11) Moreover if the Spirit of the One who raised Jesus from the dead lives in you, the One who raised Christ from the dead will also make your mortal bodies alive through his Spirit who lives in you.)

       Now the portion of God’s law “whereby the priest offered blood sacrifices for the remission of sin was never intended to perfect and is done away, because Jesus authored it through Moses until He would shed His own blood once for the remission of sin.

      (Hebrews 10:1-4; “For the law possesses a shadow of the good things to come but not the reality itself, and is therefore completely unable, by the same sacrifices offered continually, year after year, to perfect those who come to worship. For otherwise would they not have ceased to be offered, since the worshipers would have been purified once for all and so have no further consciousness of sin? (3) But in those sacrifices there is a reminder of sins year after year. For the blood of bulls and goats cannot take away sin.)

      (Heb 10:5-6; So when Jesus came into the world, He said, “Sacrifice and offering You did not desire, but a body You prepared for Me.Whole burnt offerings and sin-offerings You took no delight in. (7) “Then I (Jesus) said, Here I am: I have come – it is written of Me in the scroll of the book – to do your will, O God.’”) (Quote from Psalms 40:6-8)

      (Heb 10:8-10; “When He says above, “Sacrifices and offerings and whole burnt offerings and sin-offerings You did not desire nor did You take delight in them” (which are offered according to the law), then He says, “Here I am: I have come to do Your will.” He does away with the first (“method by which sins could be forgiven“) to establish the second. ((the new and only way) By His will we have been made holy through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.)

       (Heb 10:11-14; And every priest stands day after day serving and offering the same sacrifices again and again – sacrifices that can never take away sins. But when this priest “Jesus” had offered one sacrifice for sins for all time, He sat down at the right hand of God, where He is now waiting until His enemies are made a footstool for His feet. (14) For by one offering Jesus has perfected for all time those who are made holy.) Followers of Jesus are being perfected for all time by God the Father’s calling and giving them over to Jesus. (The writer is quoting Jeremiah 31:33-34 and the principle Moses wrote we shared before.)

       (Heb 10:15-18; And the Holy Spirit also witnesses to us, for after saying, “This is the covenant that I will establish with them after those days, says the Lord. I will put My laws on their hearts and I will inscribe them on their minds,” then He says, “Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no longer.” Now where there is forgiveness of these, there is no longer any offering for sin.”)

       David was also given to understand “that God does it all.” Through the spirit David often spoke the mind of Jesus.

       (Psalms 40:1-6; “I relied completely on the Lord, and He turned toward me and heard my cry for help. He lifted me out of the watery pit, out of the slimy mud. He placed my feet on a rock and gave me secure footing. He gave me reason to sing a new song, praising our God. May many see what God has done, so that they might swear allegiance to Him and trust in the Lord!

      How blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord and does not seek help from the proud or from liars! O Lord, my God, you have accomplished many things; You have done amazing things and carried out your purposes for us. No one can thwart You! I want to declare them and talk about them, but they are too numerous to recount! Receiving sacrifices and offerings are not your primary concern. You make that quite clear to me! You do not ask for burnt sacrifices and sin offerings.

      (Psalms 40:7-12 Then I say, “Look! I come! What is written in the scroll pertains to Me. I want to do what pleases You My God. Your law dominates My thoughts.” I have told the great assembly about Your justice. Look! I spare no words! O Lord, You know this is true. I have not failed to tell about Your justice; I spoke about Your reliability and deliverance; I have not neglected to tell the great assembly about Your loyal love and

faithfulness. O Lord, You do not withhold Your compassion from me. May your loyal love and faithfulness continually protect me! For innumerable dangers surround me. My sins overtake me so I am unable to see; they outnumber the hairs of my head so my strength fails me.

       (Psalms 40:13-17; Please be willing, O Lord, to rescue me! O Lord, hurry and help me! May those who are trying to snatch away my life be totally embarrassed and ashamed! May those who want to harm me be turned back and ashamed! May those who say to me, “Aha! Aha!” be humiliated and disgraced! (Remember Isaiah’s prophecy, shared before?) May all those who seek You be happy and rejoice in You! May those who love to experience Your deliverance say continually, “May the Lord be praised!” I am oppressed and needy! May the Lord pay attention to me! You are my helper and my deliverer! O my God, do not delay!) Followers of Jesus, concur with David.

       Remember a will is a covenant from one, a contract to be validated after the death of the testator. (Our Lord Jesus is our Creator and Testator.) His covenant promise is eternal life to His chosen Believers IN. (Review Heb 1: John 1:1-5 & Col 1:15-20)

       Jesus’ Elect and His being the Messiah “destined to die for remission of sin was preplanned from the foundation of the world.” He’s the Alpha and Omega, the first and last, to whom all power is given from God the Father. (The Lord Jesus’ covenant promise to Noah, the Patriarchs and called out heirs with Abraham, “are perpetual,” always looked forward to His shed blood for the remission of sin.) As Testator of His will, Jesus’ sacrificial death made His Covenant promise valid. (Whether looking forward, or backward, “Jesus’ covenant promise of eternal life is through His sacrificial death.”) The new covenant’s imputation of God’s spirit living in Abraham’s heirs are validated, by the Testator’s death and is a primary fulfillment of Jesus’ covenant promise with Abraham. (Repetition and review is good, so please bear with some.)

      The Lord Jesus’ covenant promise to Abraham included the Israelites physical deliverance from Egypt, (a sin type) and a likened deliverance of Abraham’s spiritual descendents’ “Christians.” A spiritual deliverance from that enslaving inherited from Adam sin nature, to worship and serve God in spirit and truth.

       Jesus’ physically delivering Israel through Moses and His giving the law was the keeping of a covenant promise the world calls the old covenant. The Lord Jesus promised blessings if they obeyed and they agreed. Their disobedience broke that contract.

       Abel, Enoch, the patriarchs, Moses, Samuel and each prophet looked forward in hope faith “to the Testator’s death and their being saved. Now the Testator has died, is resurrected, ascended, at the right hand of the Father serving as our Mediator. We look to Him as Lord, Savior, Mediator and coming king of kings, with knowing faith in His promised gift of eternal life. Jesus teaches it through His apostle Paul.

       (1Corinthians 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, “New Jerusalem’s coming down” when Jesus hands over the kingdom to God the Father, when He has brought to an end all rule and all authority and power. For He must reign until He has put all His enemies under His feet. (26) 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, “God the Father” who put everything in subjection to Him. And when all things are subjected to Jesus, 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.) HOW AWESOME, WHAT A FUTURE!

      Heb 9:15-28; “And so Jesus is the Mediator of a new covenant, so that those who are CALLED may receive the eternal inheritance He has promised, since He died to set them free from the violations committed under the first covenant. (16) For where there is a will, the death of the One who made it “the will” must be proven. For a will takes effect only at death, since it carries no force while the one who made it is alive. (18) So even the first covenant was inaugurated with blood. For when Moses had spoken every command to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of calves and goats with water and scarlet wool and hyssop and sprinkled both the book itself and all the people, (20) and said, “This is the blood of the covenant that God has commanded you to keep.” And both the tabernacle and all the utensils of worship he “Moses” likewise sprinkled with blood. Indeed according to the law almost everything was purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness. So it was necessary for the sketches of the things in heaven to be purified with these sacrifices, but the heavenly things themselves required better sacrifices than these. (24) For Christ did not enter a sanctuary made with hands – the representation of the true sanctuarybut into heaven itself, and He appears now in God’s presence for us. (25) And He did not enter to offer Himself again and again, the way the high priest enters the sanctuary year after year with blood that is not his own, for then He would have had to suffer again and again since the foundation of the world. But now He has appeared once for all at the consummation of the ages to put away sin by His sacrifice. (27) And just as people are appointed to die once, and then to face judgment, so also, after Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many, to those who eagerly await Him He will appear a second time, not to bear sin but to bring salvation.”) Review Isaiah 49: from the previous study and now Jesus’ apostle Paul’s defines Christians.

       (Galatians 3:23-29; “Now before faith came “was revealed” we were held in custody under the law, being kept as prisoners until the coming faith would be revealed. Thus the law had become our guardian “schoolmaster” until Christ, “Until Jesus was revealed to your minds” so that we could be declared righteous by, “Jesus’” faith. (until Jesus was revealed we lived according to fleshly understanding -not understanding God‘s Way) (25) 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. (all at one with Him because we believe IN Him) 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. And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s descendants, heirs according to the promise.”)

       As Abraham, Christians are called and saved by promise. God’s law is good, wholesome and righteous and a sketch of the imputation of His spiritual law of love gifted to His chosen. No one is saved by the law. God’s spirit in us does not do away with His law, but confirms the law’s goodness.

The Gospel, chapter 20 (11-2-18)

November 2nd, 2018

To: 13,467 In Resident Churches of God, His Elect: grace and peace from Him on His 8th month, 23rd day, 5779 until sunset.

       The word “testament” means “proof” something that shows something else exists or is true. Example: his remarkable recovery is a testament to the doctor’s skill. (2) a formal statement of beliefs or speech outlining beliefs. A will is a covenant from one, a contract to be validated after the death of the testator. (Creator, Lord Jesus is the Testator of His old and new covenants. Each gives promises of eternal life to His chosen.) Testator, Son of God “Jesus” was given that authority from God the Father. (See Heb 1:, John 1:1-5 & Col 1:15-20) The old testament always looked forward to the new, causing Moses to write: (Deuteronomy 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.

      (Deut 18:20-22; “But if any prophet presumes to speak anything in My name that I have not authorized him to speak, or speaks in the name of other gods, that prophet must die. (21) Now if you say to yourselves, ‘How can we tell that a message is not from the Lord?’ whenever a prophet speaks in My name and the prediction is not fulfilled, then I have not spoken it; the prophet has presumed to speak it, so you need not fear him.”)

      We who copy and teach from God’s word aren’t prophesying of our own accord, but repeating God’s revelations to His prophets and apostles. As we studied from Hebrews last time, “the Testator of the old died to usher in the new.” The parallels of the two testaments revolves around “promise, called, mercy and grace.” The new beginning was with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. The Lord God Jesus was their and our God. He miraculously came in the flesh fulfilling what was prophesied about Him. He prophesied about this latter age, saying: (Matt 24:22-24; “And if those days had not been cut short, no one would be saved. But for the sake of the elect those days will be cut short. Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There he is!’ do not believe him. For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.”)

       As the “Son of God, Messiah, Deliverer, Lord, Savior and coming king of kings, “Jesus died for remission of the sins of the world.” He is the Alpha and Omega, the first and last, to whom all power is given from God the Father. His testament promise with Enoch, Noah, the Patriarchs and called out heirs with Abraham, “are perpetual” always looking forward to His shed blood sacrifice for the remission of sin. (As Testator of His will, Jesus’ sacrificial death made His Covenant promise of eternal life through Him valid.) Whether looking forward, or back, Jesus’ covenant promise of eternal life is through His sacrificial death. God’s new covenant promise of the imputation of His spirit living in follower of Jesus, “Abraham’s heirs” are validated, through the Testator’s death, resurrection and ascension. It’s the primary fulfillment of Jesus’ covenant promise with Abraham. His covenant promise to Abraham included Israel’s deliverance from Egypt, (representing a sin type) and a like deliverance of Abraham’s spiritual, chosen descendents’ “Christians.” A Spiritual deliverance from our inherited from Adam sin nature, “to worship and serve God in spirit and truth.”

      Israelites’ physical deliverance under Moses was the keeping of stage one promise, called the old testament covenant. (God promised blessings if they obeyed and they agreed. Disobedience broke that contract, so they were dispersed to gentile countries. However the Patriarchs, Moses, Joshua and others were gifted to look forward in hope faith in a future resurrection and deliverance. (See Isaiah 22:, 35: , 51: -53:, 65:, Jeremiah 31: and Amos 9:11-15)

       The Son of God, Creator, Re-Creator and Savior’s death delivers all God’s promises. He is now at the right hand of God the Father, serving as our Mediator before His throne. He does this because He lived in the flesh and experienced temptations like ours. We Believers IN, “His Elect” are gifted to understand His message of mercy, grace and deliverance thus we aren’t going to be deceived. Jesus’ apostle Paul explains.

      (1Corinthians 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, when Jesus hands over the kingdom to God the Father, when He has brought to an end all rule and all authority and power. For He must reign until He has put all His enemies under His feet. (26) 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, “God the Father” who put everything in subjection to Him. And when all things are subjected to Jesus, 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.) HOW AWESOME, WHAT A FUTURE!

      Heb 9:15-28; “And so Jesus is the Mediator of a new covenant, so that those who are CALLED may receive the eternal inheritance He has promised, since He died to set them free from the violations committed under the first covenant. (16) For where there is a will, the death of the One who made it “the will” must be proven. For a will takes effect only at death, since it carries no force while the one who made it is alive. (18) So even the first covenant was inaugurated with blood. For when Moses had spoken every command to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of calves and goats with water and scarlet wool and hyssop and sprinkled both the book itself and all the people, (20) and said, “This is the blood of the covenant that God has commanded you to keep.” And both the tabernacle and all the utensils of worship he “Moses” likewise sprinkled with blood. Indeed according to the law almost everything was purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness. So it was necessary for the sketches of the things in heaven to be purified with these sacrifices, but the heavenly things themselves required better sacrifices than these. (24) For Christ did not enter a sanctuary made with hands – the representation of the true sanctuarybut into heaven itself, and He appears now in God’s presence for us. (25) And He did not enter to offer Himself again and again, the way the high priest enters the sanctuary year after year with blood that is not his own, for then He would have had to suffer again and again since the foundation of the world. But now He has appeared once for all at the consummation of the ages to put away sin by His sacrifice. (27) And just as people are appointed to die once, and then to face judgment, so also, after Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many, to those who eagerly await Him He will appear a second time, not to bear sin but to bring salvation.”)

       Jesus inspired Isaiah to express His love for His people, look forward to, write about His concern for His chosen and how the world will one day look to His people. Predestined heirs of Abraham.

       (Isaiah 49:14-26; Zion said, ‘The Lord has abandoned me, the Sovereign Master has forgotten me.’ Can a woman forget her baby who nurses at her breast? Can she withhold compassion from the child she has borne? Even if mothers were to forget, I could never forget you! Look, I have inscribed your name on My palms; your walls are constantly before me. Your children hurry back, while those who destroyed and devastated you depart. Look all around you! All of them gather to you. As surely as I live,” says the Lord, “you will certainly wear all of them like jewelry; you will put them on as if you were a bride. (19) Yes, your land lies in ruins; it is desolate and devastated. But now you “Israel” will be too small to hold your residents, and those who devoured you will be far away. (20) Yet the children born during your time of bereavement will say within your hearing, ‘This place is too cramped for us, make room for us so we can live here.’ Then you. “Israel” will think to yourself, ‘Who bore these children for me? I was bereaved and barren, dismissed and divorced. Who raised these children? Look, I was left all alone; where did these children come from?’” (22) This is what the Sovereign Lord says: “Look I will raise My hand to the nations; I will raise My signal flag to the peoples. They will bring your sons in their arms and carry your daughters on their shoulders. (23) Kings will be your children’s guardians; their princesses will nurse your children. With their faces to the ground they will bow down to you, “Israel” and they will lick the dirt on your feet. Then you will recognize that I am the Lord; those who wait patiently for Me are not put to shame. (24) Can spoils be taken from a warrior, or captives be rescued from a conqueror? Indeed,” says the Lord, “captives will be taken from a warrior; spoils will be rescued from a conqueror. I will oppose your adversary and I will rescue your children. I will make your oppressors eat their own flesh; they will get drunk on their own blood, as if it were wine. Then all humankind will recognize that I am the Lord, your Deliverer, your Protector, the powerful ruler of Jacob.” )

       Jacob’s name was changed to Israel. Meaning, “one God fights for.” Spiritual Israelites are followers of Jesus, Christians, Believers IN God’s plan for His people. Christians are examples now and will be more so, in His millennial kingdom. Let’s review Jesus’ definition of a Christian through His apostle Paul.

       (Galatians 3:23-29; “Now before faith came “was revealed” we were held in custody under the law, being kept as prisoners until the coming faith would be revealed. Thus the law had become our guardian “schoolmaster” until Christ, “Until Jesus was revealed to your minds” so that we could be declared righteous by, “Jesus’” faith. Until Jesus was revealed we lived according to our fleshly understanding ) (25) 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. (all at one with Him because we believe IN Him) 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. And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s descendants, heirs according to the promise.”)

       As was Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, Christians are called and saved by promise. We’re taught, God’s law is good, wholesome and righteous and a sketch of the imputation of His spiritual law of love gifted to His chosen. No one is saved by the law, but God’s spirit in us spiritually magnifies His law and confirms the world’s need for the law’s goodness.

The Gospel, chapter 19. (11-1-18)

November 1st, 2018

To: 13,447 In Resident Churches of God and all Saints. grace and peace from our God on His 8th month, 23rd day, 5779 until sunset.

       God’s foundation of prophecies, law and planning hang on Godly love. (Jesus was asked, which commandment in the law is the greatest? He said, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. The second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the law and the prophets depend on these two commandments.”) God’s callings and plans are based on Godly love, “not fleshly or instinctive love.” Our all knowing God has predestined His family, timing of events pertaining to His promises and their outcome. Spiritually fathering a child to be His own, is totally His choice. He knows His children’s needs, hears genuine request, reveals His coming kingdom, feeds spiritually, forgives as we’re led to forgive, leads and delivers from temptation. Study the sample prayer Jesus taught His apostles.

     (Matt 6:6-15; “But whenever you pray, go into your room, close the door, and pray to your Father in secret. And your Father, who sees in secret, will reward you. When you pray, do not babble repetitiously like the Gentiles, because they think that by their many words they will be heard. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him. (9) So pray this way: Our Father in heaven, may Your name be honored, may Your kingdom come, may Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we ourselves have forgiven our debtors. Lead us from temptation and deliver us from the evil one. “For if you forgive others their sins, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others, your Father will not forgive you your sins.”)

      We can’t convince the uncalled to worship as Jesus taught, to love God’s Way and shun the ways of the world. That loving one’s neighbors isn’t practicing customs to appease them, “but practice God’s Way as a witness.” Believers IN are gifted with desire to practice His Way, even if it brings on persecution. Otherwise, one day we’d  hear “you knew Me? why didn’t you obey Me?” God’s Way isn’t a “go along to get along way.

       God’s calling is a personal matter, not to be judged by others. It’s a revealing of His love, characteristics and attributes to our understanding. Apparently a person can reject, “however and if so: “God knew that in advance too.” Study Jesus’ parable about the sower. Individuals are the soil types and He distinguishes those called from those who hear but care more about other things. Speaking to His apostles, Jesus told of their gifted understanding and gave a parable about the worldly.

     (Matt 13:16 “But your eyes are blessed because they see, and your ears because they hear. (17) For I tell you the truth, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you “apostles’’ see but did not see it, and to hear what you ‘apostles’ hear but did not hear it. (18) “So listen to the parable of the sower: When anyone hears the word about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches what was sown in his heart; this is the seed sown along the path. The seed sown on rocky ground is the person who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy. But he has no root in himself and does not endure; when trouble or persecution comes because of the word, immediately he falls away. The seed sown among thorns is the person who hears the word, but worldly cares and the seductiveness of wealth choke the word, so it produces nothing. (23) But as for the seed sown on good soil, this is the person who hears the word and understands. He bears fruit, yielding a hundred, sixty, or thirty times what was sown.”) Before this sower parable Jesus gave one about the broad and narrow gates. (He is speaking of those NOT understanding and those who are gifted to understand!) Consider another parable.

       Matt 7:13-14; “Enter through the narrow gate, because the gate is wide and the way is spacious that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. (14) But the gate is narrow and the way is difficult that leads to life, and there are few who find it.”) Why? All people inherit a hostile outlook toward obedience, only God’s calling and gifting His loving desire can change it.

      Later Jesus answers their question about, “why parables.” He tells them, “less they not understand:” then He quotes Isaiah 6:9-10; “Go and tell these people: ‘Listen continually, but don’t understand! Look but don’t perceive!’ Make the hearts of these people calloused; make their ears deaf and their eyes blind! Otherwise they might see with their eyes and hear with their ears, their hearts might understand and they might repent and be healed.” (Recall, Joel prophesied of a time when all who call on the name of the Lord would be saved and Jesus inspired Zephaniah to write as followers;

       “Zeph 3:9-10; Know for sure that I will then enable the nations to give Me acceptable praise. All of them will invoke the Lord’s name when they pray, and will worship Him in unison. From beyond the rivers of Ethiopia,

those who pray to Me will bring Me tribute.” (As always study the whole and consider; why isn’t these scriptures clear to all? )

      (Matt 7:15-20; “Watch out for false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are voracious wolves. You will recognize them by their fruit. Grapes are not gathered from thorns or figs from thistles, are they? In the same way, every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree is not able to bear bad fruit, nor a bad tree to bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. So then, you will recognize them by their fruit.”)

      Writer of Hebrews, “we believe to be Paul“ was a Pharisee of Pharisees he advanced in that religious sect. With authorization of the high priest, he arrested and condoned the killing of Jesus’ follower. (Read Acts 7:) In addition to Jesus’ revelations, Paul understood the workings of the first covenant’s temple services and how it correlated with the second.

       (Heb 9:1-10; “Now the first covenant, in fact, had regulations for worship and its earthly sanctuary. For a tent was prepared, the outer one, which contained the lampstand, the table, and the presentation of the loaves; this is called the holy place. (3) And after the second curtain there was a tent called the holy of holies. It contained the golden altar of incense and the ark of the covenant covered entirely with gold. In this ark were the golden urn containing the manna, Aaron’s rod that budded, and the stone tablets of the covenant. (5) And above the ark were the cherubim of glory overshadowing the mercy seat. Now is not the time to speak of these things in detail. So with these things prepared like this, the priests enter continually into the outer tent as they perform their duties. But only the high priest enters once a year into the inner tent, and not without blood that he offers for himself and for the sins of the people committed in ignorance. (8) The Holy Spirit is making clear that the way into the holy place had not yet appeared as long as the old tabernacle was standing. This was a symbol for the time then present, when gifts and sacrifices were offered that could not perfect the conscience of the worshiper. (10) They served only for matters of food and drink and various washings; they are external regulations imposed until the new order came.”)

      By having the curtain to the holy of holy torn in this way, God was revealing the new covenant way to Himself. When Jesus died that symbolic way to the holy of holiest, “the temple curtain” was torn in two, from top to bottom. The earth shook and the rocks were split apart. And tombs were opened, and the bodies of many Saints who had died were raised. (The Saints came out of the tombs after Jesus’ resurrection and went into the holy city and appeared to many people.) Now when the centurion and those with him who were guarding Jesus saw the earthquake and what took place, they were extremely terrified and said, “Truly this One was God’s Son!” Matt 27:51-54))

        Jesus is the only Way to the holy of holiest. Physical bodies of Saints were resurrected! (Physical bodies of people “Israelites particularly” are yet to be resurrected and be shown God’s Way; many will turn to His truth and the unrepentant will die a second death. (See Revelations 21:8)

      (Heb 9:11-14; “But now Christ has come as the high priest of the good things to come. He passed through the greater and more perfect tent not made with hands, that is, not of this creation, and He entered once for all into the most holy place not by the blood of goats and calves but by His own blood, and so He Himself secured eternal redemption. (13) For if the blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a young cow sprinkled on those who are defiled consecrated them and provided ritual purity, how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, purify our consciences from dead works to worship the living God.”)

       Blood sacrifices from Abel’s time, through Samuel’s and the last Jerusalem Temple’s destruction, looked forward to Jesus’ life, “blood” sacrifice. The inner tent divide, looked forward to the Way Jesus provided. Thus, believing IN Jesus is to look to Him and practice obedience. His Way. When we believe IN Jesus as He manifest Himself to be, we know that it was He that made the first covenant with those He delivered through Moses from Egypt.

      That covenant was His will and testament through Moses with Israel: all the while looking forward to a more perfect spiritual one.

       (Heb 9:15-28; “And so Jesus is the mediator of a new covenant, so that those who are called may receive the eternal inheritance He has promised, since He died to set them free from the violations committed under the first covenant. (16) For where there is a will, the death of the one who made it must be proven. For a will takes effect only at death, since it carries no force while the One who made it is alive. (18) So even the first covenant was inaugurated with blood. For when Moses had spoken every command to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of calves and goats with water and scarlet wool and hyssop and sprinkled both the book itself and all the people, (20) and said, “This is the blood of the covenant that God has commanded you to keep.” And both the tabernacle and all the utensils of worship he likewise sprinkled with blood. (22) Indeed according to the law almost everything was purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness. So it was necessary for the sketches of the things in heaven to be purified with these sacrifices, but the heavenly things themselves required better sacrifices than these.

      (Heb 9:24- “For Christ did not enter a sanctuary made with hands – the representation of the true sanctuary – but into heaven itself, and He appears now in God’s presence for us. (25) And He did not enter to offer Himself again and again, the way the high priest enters the sanctuary year after year with blood that is not his own, for then He would have had to suffer again and again since the foundation of the world. But now He has appeared once for all at the consummation of the ages to put away sin by His sacrifice. (27) And just as people are appointed to die once, and then to face judgment, so also, after Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many, to those who eagerly await Him He will appear a second time, not to bear sin but to bring salvation.”)

       Jesus’ second coming is to resurrect His Saints to His likeness, bind Satan, bring peace, judgment and demonstrate Godly love.

       (Heb 10:1-4; “For the law possesses a shadow of the good things to come but not the reality itself, and is therefore completely unable, by the same sacrifices offered continually, year after year, to perfect those who come to worship. (2) For otherwise would they not have ceased to be offered, since the worshipers would have been purified once for all and so have no further consciousness of sin? But in those sacrifices there is a reminder of sins year after year. For the blood of bulls and goats cannot take away sins.

       (Heb 10:5-7; So when Jesus came into the world, He said, “Sacrifice and offering You did not desire, but a body You prepared for Me.Whole burnt offerings and sin-offerings You took no delight in. (7) “Then I said, Here I am: I have come – it is written of Me in the scroll of the book – to do your will, O God.’”) (Quotes from Psalms 40:6-8)

      Jesus’ life blood sacrifice, for the remission of sin was preplanned from the foundation of the world. Enoch, “the seventh from Adam wrote about Jesus’ coming with thousands.” Before Satan deceived Eve and Adam, Jesus’ blood sacrifice was pre-planned to make Believers IN Him “At One with Himself and God the Father.” Create in people a spiritual holiness, righteousness and give the desire to be likeminded with Himself. Adding to the family of God through Godly love was preplanned, even before Satan‘s rebellion. How awesome our God!

The Gospel, chapter 18

October 30th, 2018

To: “In Resident Churches of God, all Saints” grace and peace from our God. 10/30/18, God‘s 8th month, Cheshvan 22, 5779 until sunset.

       When we desire to think like and obey Jesus; “it’s by the grace of God.” It’s by God’s choice and grace when we’re given a desire to follow Jesus. He planned our calling from the foundation of the world. Our calling is special and for His purpose, we’re predestined.  (Philippians 2:12-13; So then, my dear friends, just as you have always obeyed, not only in my presence but even more in my absence, continue working out your salvation with awe and reverence, (13) for the One bringing forth in you both the desire and the effort – for the sake of His good pleasure – is God.) This is one of many scriptural text proving that God the Father does the calling. One of many, teaching, “we individually must work our salvation with awe and reverence.  Don’t  be  persuaded  by denominations.

       From a fleshly outlook, folks look for a denomination/ religion that fits their thinking. When God the Father reveals Jesus’ love, attributes and characteristics and people understand they are in fact His own: “people realize Jesus is the exact representation of His Father, “know they’re One in purpose/planning etc.” God the Father does it all through God the Son, making Him, “Creator, Re-Creator, Sustainer, Deliverer, Mediator, Lord and coming king of kings. When New Jerusalem comes down we’ll see that unity up close. 

       (Heb 1:1- After God spoke long ago in various portions and in various ways to our ancestors through the prophets, in these last days He 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 ’God the Son’  had accomplished cleansing for sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high. Thus He became so far better than the angels as He has inherited a name superior to theirs.)

       It’s Jesus’ Good News prophesied in His New and Old Testaments. Not only are God’s chosen in this age predestined, Israel is predestined to be delivered back to the borders promised through Abraham. As Jesus revealed through Paul to gentiles, “all Israel will be saved,” but at this time, Israel, particularly Judaism’s mind is darkened until the time of the gentiles is fulfilled.

      (Romans 11:25- 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. And this is My covenant with them, when I take away their sins.” (28) In regard to the gospel they are enemies for your sake, but in regard to election they are dearly loved for the sake of the fathers. For the gifts and the call of God are irrevocable.”) Paul is quoting from Isaiah 27: & 59: and Jeremiah 31:33-24.

       Let’s examine Jesus’ revelation through Isaiah.

       (Isaiah   14:1-6; The Lord will certainly have compassion on Jacob; He will again choose Israel as His special people and restore them to their land. Resident foreigners will join them and unite with the family of Jacob. Nations will take them and bring them back to their own place. Then the family of Jacob will make foreigners their servants as they settle in the Lord’s land. They will make their captors captives and rule over the ones who oppressed them. When the Lord gives you relief from your suffering and anxiety, and from the hard labor which you were made to perform, (4) you will taunt the king of Babylon with these words: “Look how the oppressor has met his end! Hostility has ceased. The Lord has broken the club of the wicked, the scepter of rulers. It furiously struck down nations with unceasing blows. It angrily ruled over nations, oppressing them without restraint.) As always study the whole. This chapter also speaks to Satan’s demise.

       Jesus good news “gospel” is about the whole earth being at rest, quite and breaking into song of praise. The subterranean world called Sheol, “which is regarded as the land of the dead” Including Satan will be amazed. The offspring of the wicked will never be mentioned again. They must not rise up and take possession of the earth, or fill the surface of the world with cities.” Remember Babylon represents all those that make for confusion.

      (Isa 14:22-23; “I will rise up against them,” says the Lord who commands armies. “I will blot out all remembrance of Babylon and destroy all her people, including the offspring she produces” says the Lord. “I will turn her into a place that is overrun with wild animals and covered with pools of stagnant water. I will get rid of her, just as one sweeps away dirt with a broom,” says the Lord who commands armies.

       (Isa 14:24-25; The Lord who commands armies makes this solemn vow: “Be sure of this: Just as I have intended, so it will be; just as I have planned, it will happen. I will break Assyria in My land, I will trample them underfoot on My hills. Their yoke will be removed from My people, the burden will be lifted from their shoulders.

      (Isa 14:26-27; This is the plan I have devised for the whole earth; My hand is ready to strike all the nations.” Indeed, the Lord who commands armies has a plan, and who can possibly frustrate it? His hand is ready to strike, and who can possibly stop it? The Lord Will Judge the Philistines

      (Isa 14:28-29; In the year King Ahaz died, this message was revealed: Don’t be so happy, all you Philistines, just because the club that beat you has been broken! For a viper will grow out of the serpent’s root and its fruit will be a darting adder.)

       This latter age and new beginning is defined as the time from Jesus’ birth until His return. His return and millennial rule will be a new beginning. We followers of Jesus in this age are a chosen predestined people heirs with Abraham. Israel’s deliverance form Egypt was a new beginning and an example to this age. The old covenant included circumcision, Israel’s deliverance, washings and blood sacrifices looked forward to the new, when Believers IN would become spiritual Israelites, fulfilling but not doing away with the old. The new is spiritual circumcision of the heart and people being made at one with God through His spirit, becoming God’s Temple. Again Jesus reveals it through Paul.

      (1Cor 3:16-23;” Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you? If someone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him. For God’s temple is holy, which is what you are. Guard against self-deception, each of you. If someone among you thinks he is wise in this age, let him become foolish so that he can become wise. For the wisdom of this age is foolishness with God. As it is written, “He catches the wise in their craftiness.” And again, “The Lord knows that the thoughts of the wise are futile.” So then, no more boasting about mere mortals! For everything belongs to you, whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or the present or the future. Everything belongs to you, (23) and you belong to Christ, and Christ belongs to God.”)

      (1Cor 6:19-20; “Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price. Therefore glorify God with your body.”) We that are called to Believe IN are purchased with Jesus’ blood.

      (Eph 1:3-14; ;Blessed is the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms in Christ. For He, “God the Father” chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world that we may be holy and unblemished in His sight in love. He did this by predestining us to adoption as His Sons through Jesus Christ, according to the pleasure of His will – (6 ) to the praise of the glory of His grace that He has freely bestowed on us in His dearly loved Son. 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. (9) He did this when He revealed to us the secret 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 (12) 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, (14) who is the down payment of our inheritance, until the redemption of God’s own possession, to the praise of His glory.”)

       We didn’t believe IN, Jesus’ Words through Paul, until God the Father called us to be Jesus’ Sheep, “His followers.” Remember God knows our heart, “mind, center of our being” desires and intents of the flesh. Family, friends and neighbors may know us; “first, by our practices and secondly, by our words.” Jesus knows the heart and intent of every person’s mind. Jesus spoke bluntly and had no problem calling the religious types of His day hypocrites, snakes and adding, (John 10:26-30; “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. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all, and no one can snatch them from My Father’s hand. The Father and I are One.”)

       Satan has all worldly denominations believing they were born immortal, that is “born to live forever someplace.” These don’t believe IN Jesus. In the above John 10: scripture Jesus is saying. (1) Friends of this world’s system of things aren’t My sheep. (2) I knows each that the Father gives Me, they listen to and follow Me. (3) I give them eternal life, “no one earns it.” salvation. (4) Those the Father gives Me, will never perish. (5) The Father and I are One and He is greater than I.

       Jesus’ brother, “James” concurs; (James 4:4-9; Adulterers, do you not know that friendship with the world means hostility toward God? So whoever decides to be the world’s friend makes himself God’s enemy. Or do you think the scripture means nothing when it says, “The spirit that God caused to live within us has an envious yearning”? But He gives greater grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud, but He gives grace to the humble.” So submit to God. But resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and make your hearts pure, you double-minded. Grieve, mourn, and weep. Turn your laughter into mourning and your joy into despair. Humble yourselves before the Lord and He will exalt you.”)

       The religions of our day are likened to the Pharisees and Sadducees, in that they take bits and pieces from scripture, “favorites” then ask questions in trickery form, to test responses. We need not debate with self righteous deceived unbelievers. We probably should say no more than Jesus’ response.

      (Matthew 22:34-40; “Now when the Pharisees heard that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, they assembled together. And one of them, an expert in religious law, asked him a question to test Him: “Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?” Jesus said to him, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. The second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the law and the prophets depend on these two commandments.”)