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John The Apostle, chapter 14

May 24th, 2018

To: 11,105 Churches of God, “people being made temples of His spirit.”

5/24/1, God’s 3rd month, Sivan 11, 5778 until sunset.

      Could Abraham have believed IN God without His being chosen? Afterward was Abraham tried? What caused Abraham to believe IN God, “opposed to believing there was a god.” Did he need a nature change? Can we have an internal “believing IN” love for God without it being gifted? An outgoing of Godly love without a gifted nature change? Are we able to love our persecutors and enemies from within our inherited from Adam nature? NO. (But, through God’s imputing His spirit in us “we’re able to love as Jesus loved.”) (Study Acts 7: about Stephen’s murders and his prayer: his last words were, “Father forgive them, for they don’t know.” Regardless of how hard one may work at it; “we can’t conjure up a belief IN, nor a Godly loving nature.”

      According to God’s Word and people’s action; “does the whole world practices a belief in the God of Abraham, or the devil?” Consider why Satan doesn’t want people practicing and keeping times holy to God. ANSWER! (Times holy to God and His people foreshadow His plan for our and the world’s saving!) Attempting to appear as an angel of light, “Satan and his followers lead unbelieving naive people in partial truths, as in; “if people believe Jesus lived, died and is resurrected they are saved.” (Such partial truths amounts to “a persons believing that;” “not believing IN.”) Believing IN what Jesus taught is to practice His righteousness.

      (Heb 2:11-18; “For indeed He who makes holy and those being made holy all have the same origin, and so He is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters, saying, “I will proclaim your name to My brothers; in the midst of the assembly I will praise You.” Again He says, “I will be confident in Him,” and again, “Here I am, with the children God has given Me.” Therefore, since the children share in flesh and blood, He ’Jesus’ likewise shared in their humanity, so that through death He could destroy the one who holds the power of death “that is, the devil.” (15) and set free those who were held in slavery all their lives by their fear of death. For surely His concern is not for angels, but He is concerned for Abraham’s descendants. (17) Therefore He, ’Jesus’ had to be made like His brothers and sisters in every respect, so that He could become a merciful and faithful high priest in things relating to God, to make atonement for the sins of the people. For since He Himself suffered when He was tempted, He is able to help those who are tempted.”)

      Jesus helps God the Father’s chosen as He helped Abraham, Isaac, Israel, Joseph and His apostles.

      Heavenly Father: make us mindful of Your seasons, Your holy times foreshadowing Your Ways and plan. Give many a desire to study Your Word and prove all things, is our prayer in the holy name of Jesus. AMEN.

      (Exodus 13:3-6; “Moses said to the people, “Remember this day on which you came out from Egypt, from the place where you were enslaved, for the Lord brought you out of there with a mighty hand – and no bread made with yeast may be eaten, on this day in the month of Abib, “Nisan” you are going out..”)

        Things God did for the Israelites are patterns for what He’s doing for us when He calls us out from our enslavement to sinful practices.” (Sin is; “Disobedience in His View.”) We, like His chosen “the Israelites” are in bondage to a demonic kingdom, “Satan’s Babylon!” The Israelites became “God’s predestined church in the wilderness” because promises were made to Abraham. (see Acts 7:38-39) (Today’s spiritual “Church of God” is made of people predestined and called individually, “as promised to Abraham.”)

      We were born in bondage to a sin nature, “an inherited nature” likened to the pattern of Israel’s bondage to Egypt.” The Lord God brings us out, “delivers us” from the practice of sin, by His mighty hand. From the desires of our inherited nature: “which is likened to Israel’s Egyptian enslavement.” When He chooses, the holy God of Abraham “Jesus” reveals Himself, calls us out and gives us to understand our sin predicament. (As Moses and the Israelites had to rely on God for their saving; “so do we!”) The same Lord, “Jesus” who led the Israelites through Moses, “calls and leads individuals today.” Calls to be circumcised of heart and love as Jesus loved. Jesus inspired His apostle Paul to teach the same as followers.

      (Romans 15:1-13; “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.” For everything that was written in former times was written for our instruction, so that through endurance and encouragement of the scriptures we may have hope. (5) 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. 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.” And again it says: “Rejoice, O Gentiles, with His people.” (11) And again, “Praise the Lord all you Gentiles, and let all the peoples praise Him.” (12) And again Isaiah says, “The root of Jesse “Jesus” will come, and the One who rises to rule over the Gentiles, in Him will the Gentiles hope.” (13) 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.”) Paul’s quotes are from Psalms 69:9; 18:49; 117:1; Deut 32:43; & Isaiah 11:10) Paul knew God’s Word and Jesus gave him spiritual understanding “to fit the Old and New.”

      In John’s good news, chapter 6:, “Jesus is in His second full year of doing deeds and teaching.” Making effort to show Himself the Son of God. He said; “the Father and all the prophets testified about Me.” Jesus explains that He did not come to judge the world at that time, “but to save the world.” Think about that; “how is Jesus going to save this world?” He is coming as King of Kings to forcefully apply His will on rebelliousness. (No denomination or organization is bringing God’s Kingdom.) His kingdom will be in spite of people’s desires, “no dependence on anyone.” (Worldly religions assume they have this responsibility; as they build and make merchandise of people.) Some say they’re working for God’s kingdom, “while spreading their religious brand.” Each deceived and deceiving as they erroneously teach a foundation Satan put forth. That foundation? (God knows you won’t surely die, but be like divine beings)

      Catholicism’s two brands, “Orthodox and Roman” organized about 325 AD. Divided over issues, but attempted to combine a symbolism of pagan, customs and times with a Judaism mix. Fulfillment of Jesus’ words was already taking place when His apostles taught. (Study Jude) (Organized religions assumed power, converted kings and wholesale persecutions erupted.) The world suffering “Muslim against Catholic wars” “Protestant against Catholic and Muslim wars” each demonic divisions!

      (Matt 24:4-6; Jesus said; “Watch out that no one misleads you. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and they will mislead many. You will hear of wars and rumors of wars. Make sure that you are not alarmed, for this must happen, but the end is still to come.”)

      The Hebrews writer we believe to be Paul, wrote about the plight of Jesus’ followers, who refused to conform to organized religions and demonic governments.

      (Heb 11:37-40; “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. For God had provided something better for us, so that they would be made perfect together with us.”) (Note the pattern likened to Israel’s)

      Millions have been persecuted and killed, “as division grew whole nations took sides on religious issues.” The church of England and Protestantism grew out of Catholicism, “each group organized and make merchandise of people.” Looking back, we can see demonic influences at every turn. Moslems, Hindus and others were about the business of establishing their religion. Satan’s initiatives are apparent; “separating, deceiving and dividing people groups.” Each accepting some form of Satan’s first lie. (God knows you won’t surely die, but be as divine beings)

John The Apostle, chapter 13

May 23rd, 2018

To: 11,089 Churches of God, “people being made temples of His spirit.”

5/23/1, God’s 3rd month, Sivan 9, 5778 until sunset.

      Jesus taught: “we Believers would be as foreigners in our own communities and among family.” Our persecutors would likely be these. He ask that we remember foreigners because our ancestors had been foreigners in Egypt.

      Matt 10:34-39; “Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace but a sword. For I have come to set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law, and a man’s enemies will be the members of his household. “Whoever loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me and whoever loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. And whoever does not take up his cross and follow Me is not worthy of Me. Whoever finds his life will lose it and whoever loses his life because of Me will find it.”) God’s Ways hasn’t changed since Abraham’s day. Paul used the Feast of Unleavened Bread example as a metaphor for getting rid of that which puffs up and replacing it with sincerity and truth.

     (1Cor 5:6-8; “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. 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.

     (1Cor 5:9-13; “I wrote you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people. In no way did I mean the immoral people of this world, or the greedy and swindlers and idolaters, since you would then have to go out of the world. But now I am writing to you not to associate with anyone who calls himself a Christian who is sexually immoral, or greedy, or an idolater, or verbally abusive, or a drunkard, or a swindler. Do not even eat with such a person. For what do I have to do with judging those outside? Are you not to judge those inside? But God will judge those outside. Remove the evil person from among you.”) It’s people calling themselves Christian we need to avoid “for their good,” Consider why God had Abraham and wife leave their families and why He changed their names.

       (Gen 17:15-15; “Then God said to Abraham, “As for your wife, you must no longer call her Sarai; Sarah will be her name. I will bless her and will give you a son through her. I will bless her and she will become a mother of nations. Kings of countries will come from her!”)

       God changed Abram and Sarai’s names, symbolized the past and their new names, “Sarah and Abraham” would remind them to believe IN God.

      Abraham’s understanding is revealed when the trial of trials faced him. He understood that God could resurrect, give and take life according to His will. So, when told to sacrifice Isaac, God got no argument from Abraham, because Abraham believed IN. On the way to sacrifice Isaac, Abraham told him, “God would provide a sacrifice.” (See Genesis 22:)

      (“Abraham looked up and saw behind him a ram caught in the bushes by its horns. So he went over and got the ram and offered it up as a burnt offering instead of his son. And Abraham called the name of that place, “The Lord provides.” It is said to this day, “In the mountain of the Lord provision will be made.” (15) The Lord’s angel called to Abraham a second time from heaven and said, “‘I solemnly swear by My own name decrees the Lord, ‘that because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son” I will indeed bless you, and I will greatly multiply your descendants so that they will be as countless as the stars in the sky or the grains of sand on the seashore. Your descendants will take possession of the strongholds of their enemies. Because you have obeyed Me, all the nations of the earth will pronounce blessings on one another using the name of your descendants.’” Gen 22:13-18) That name is Israel.

      This promised day’ conclusion is yet to come. Jesus tells us through His apostle Paul. (Galatians 3:26-29; “For in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God through faith. For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female, for all of you are one in Christ Jesus. (29) And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s descendants, heirs according to the promise.”)

       Many know these things have been said, “but believing IN these things is gifted.” The world at large is demonically led to believe false messages about a god of various people’s imaginations. The many are led to worship a different Jesus than the One manifesting Himself in the holy scriptures and keep times that are abominations to Him, “Abraham’s God.”

      God purposely led Abraham away from his idolatrous family and blessed him with knowing faith. In every generation, God calls out people to separate from this worlds practices and turn to practicing His Way. Turn from the sin nature inherited from Adam. We have records of how each apostle had to contend with people’s inherited nature that desired to turn back to the ways of the world, “back to idolatrous living.”

      (1John 5:13-20; “I have written these things to you who believe IN the name “nature” of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life. And this is the confidence that we have before Him: that whenever we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us in regard to whatever we ask, then we know that we have the requests that we have asked from Him. (16) If anyone sees his fellow Christian committing a sin NOT resulting in death, he should ask, and God will grant life to the person who commits a sin not resulting in death. There is a sin resulting in death. I do not say that he should ask about that. All unrighteousness is sin, but there is sin not resulting in death. (18) We know that everyone fathered by God does not “practice” sin, but God protects the one He has fathered, and the evil one cannot touch him. We know that we are from God, and the whole world lies in the power of the evil one. (20) And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us insight to know Him who is true, and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This One is the true God and eternal life. Little children, guard yourselves from idols.”)

       “The Seed” promised Abraham is Jesus and He came from His father to be the Light for mankind. Jesus said. (John 5:31-40;“If I testify about Myself, My testimony is not true. There is another who testifies about Me, and I know the testimony He testifies about Me is true. (33) You have sent to John, and he has testified to the truth. (I do not accept human testimony, but I say this so that you may be saved.) He “John” was a lamp that was burning and shining, and you wanted to rejoice greatly for a short time in his light. But I have a testimony greater than that from John. For the deeds that the Father has assigned Me to complete – the deeds I am now doing – testify about Me that the Father has sent Me. (37) And the Father who sent Me has Himself testified about Me. You people have never heard His voice nor seen His form at any time, nor do you have His Word residing in you, because you do not believe, “ME” the One whom He sent. (39) You study the scriptures thoroughly because you think in them you possess eternal life, and it is these same scriptures that testify about Me, but you are not willing to come to Me so that you may have life.”)

       Believing IN Jesus saves! That belief IN cannot be conjured up from some denominational thinking nor can our attempting to do good on the human plane. Modern theologians love the praise of people; “but Jesus leads us to understand the nature in man.”

      (John 5:41-47; “I do not accept praise from people, but I know you, that you do not have the love of God within you. I have come in My Father’s name, and you do not accept Me. If someone else comes in his own name, you will accept him. How can you believe, if you accept praise from one another and don’t seek the praise that comes from the only God? (45) “Do not suppose that I will accuse you before the Father.” The one who accuses you is Moses, in whom you have placed your hope. If you believed Moses, you would believe Me, because he wrote about Me. (47) But if you do not believe what Moses wrote, how will you believe My Words?”)

      Final condemnation will come from Moses because Moses wrote about Jesus. (The Pharisee mentality was to do Moses rather than believe Moses.) The Christendom mentality is “to serve in a denomination of choice” rather than believe IN God. Moses’ prophetic writing and Jesus’ words come from the same spiritual source. It was Jesus who lead and inspired Moses.

John The Apostle, chapter 12

May 20th, 2018

To: 11,035 Churches of God, “people being made temples of His spirit.”

5/20/1, God’s 3rd month, Sivan 6, 5778 until sunset. It’s Pentecost until sunset.

      (2Tim 4:1 I-8; I ‘Paul’ solemnly charge you before God and Christ Jesus, who is going to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom: Preach the message, be ready whether it’s convenient or not, reprove, rebuke, exhort with complete patience and instruction. (3) For there will be a time when people will not tolerate sound teaching. Instead, following their own desires, they will accumulate teachers for themselves, because they have an insatiable curiosity to hear new things. And they will turn away from hearing the truth, but on the other hand they will turn aside to myths. You, however, be self-controlled in all things, endure hardship, do an evangelist’s work, fulfill your ministry. For I am already being poured out as an offering, and the time for me to depart is at hand. (7) I have competed well; I have finished the race; I have kept the faith! Finally the crown of righteousness is reserved for me. The Lord, the righteous Judge, will award it to me in that day – and not to me only, but also to all who have set their affection on His appearing.”)

      Self righteous Pharisees gave the man Jesus healed a hard time about carrying his bed on the Sabbath. Many self righteous Christendom folk maintain that Jesus’ good news sets them free from the burden of Sabbath keeping: “no need to exercise self control or alter daily activities, no need to work at overcoming the pulls inherited from Adam’s sin nature etc.” The average professing Christian sees no need to rest on Sabbath days. Many “first day keepers likewise” go to church in the morning, see or participate sports the night before and the evening afterward. Practicing discipline and remembering Sabbaths is what Jesus taught. (Remembering we’re created in God’s image and likeness “is the worship God requires.”) Worship begins when we know God loves His creation. Jesus’ apostle Paul likened the Christian life to a race and Peter taught perseverance of faith. Sabbaths should be esteemed, “because the Lord God gave them for His chosen’s benefit.”

      (1Peter 1:5-11; For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith excellence, to excellence, knowledge; to knowledge, self control, to self control perseverance; to perseverance, godliness; to godliness, brotherly affection; to brotherly affection, unselfish love. For if these things are really yours and are continually increasing, they will keep you from becoming ineffective and unproductive in your pursuit of knowing our Lord Jesus Christ more intimately (9) But concerning the one who lacks such things – he is blind. That is to say, he is nearsighted, since he has forgotten about the cleansing of his past sins. Therefore, brothers and sisters, make every effort to be sure of your calling and election. For by doing this you will never stumble into sin. For thus an entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, will be richly provided for you.”)

       Self righteous Pharisees were critical of the healed man’s carrying his bed roll on the Sabbath. Christendom in general is critical of people’s remembering and setting Sabbaths apart.

      (John 5:14-15; “After this Jesus found him ’the healed man’ at the temple and said to him, “Look, you have become well. Don’t sin any more, lest anything worse happen to you.” The man went away and informed the Jewish leaders that Jesus was the One who had made him well.”)

       The indication? “the cause of this man’s disability was rooted in sin.” We all inherited a lawless, “sin nature” it’s the basic cause of imperfections.

Examples of people’s lawless actions are many. Let’s consider two.

     (1) God command that crops be rotated and lands allowed their Sabbath rest, “laying idle for one year is good.” Benefits are many.

     (2) God command His people live by His ten commandments, “for their good.” God’s view of lawlessness, “sin” is the only view that matters.

      (John 5:16-23; “Now because Jesus was doing these things on the Sabbath, the Jewish leaders began persecuting Him. So He told them, “My Father is working until now, and I too am working.” For this reason the Jewish leaders were trying even harder to kill Him, because not only was He breaking the Sabbath, but He was also calling God His own Father, thus making Himself equal with God. (19) So Jesus answered them, “I tell you the solemn truth, the Son can do nothing on His own initiative, but only what He sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, the Son does likewise. For the Father loves the Son and shows Him everything He does, and will show Him greater deeds than these, so that you will be amazed. (21) For just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, so also the Son gives life to whomever He wishes. Furthermore, the Father does not judge anyone, but has assigned all judgment to the Son, so that all people will honor the Son just as they honor the Father. The one who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent Him.”)

      God the Father and God the Son are One in deed, thought and purpose! Christians are spirit led to desire a Oneness with our Creator.

      (John 5:24-30; “I tell you the solemn truth, the one who hears “understands” My message and believes the One who sent Me has eternal life and will not be condemned, but has crossed over from death to life. (25) I tell you the solemn truth, a time is coming – and is now here – when the dead will hear “understandthe voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live. For just as the Father has life in Himself, thus He has granted the Son to have life in Himself, and He has granted the Son authority to execute judgment, because He is the Son of Man. (28) “Do not be amazed at this, because a time is coming when ALL who are in the tombs will hear His voice and will come out – the ones who have done what is good to the resurrection resulting in life, and the ones who have done what is evil to the resurrection resulting in condemnation. (30) I can do nothing on My own initiative. Just as I hear, I judge, and My judgment is just, because I do not seek My own will, but the will of the One who sent Me.”)

       Having these understanding, “it’s gifted.” When we understand “we love God and know that His Ways are for our good.” Thus we live to please Him because we love Him.

      The first resurrection is to eternal life, “the second is physical and can lead to eternal life.” (Many will be gifted with repentance for deeds done in this life.) (Study 1John 5:13-17)

      Heavenly Father and our Lord Jesus: thank You for mercy You’ve shown to this undeserving worlds sinful populations. Make us mindful of this worlds problems and give us “hope faith needed to endure to the end.” We thank You for the privilege of believing IN and for a yielding spirit that desires practicing Your holy Way. May our kingdom soon come, we ask In the holy name of our coming King of Kings, “Jesus” AMEN

       Pentecost was first called “the Festival of First Fruits. It matches the spring harvest of fruits and vegetables in Judea. Pentecost looks forward to when, “all who call on the name of the Lord will be saved.” 

       Satan is about the business of watering down the spiritual and prophetic meaning of Jesus’ life, death, burial, resurrection and ascension. Only the few teach the significances of Jesus’ promise to return, bind Satan and bring His peace to this earth. Few are looking forward to His return. Few desire practices that demonstrate spiritual understanding and the effect Christians have on others.

       God reveals Himself to us, “as He did Abraham” giving us to understand that our acquaintances are serving god’s of their imagination? This was Abraham’s state of being when God revealed Himself and told Abraham to go away from the country of his family and acquaintances. Abraham was obedient to God’s calling and lived as a foreigner in a strange land as he was directed. God blessed Abraham and he became the example of righteousness to the world. Abraham had faith in God’s promises, though most weren’t realized in his life time. We can learn spiritual lessons by reflecting on Abraham’s life. (His faith asset was that he believed IN God as God revealed Himself.) God revealed to Abraham that He was The Life giver and that He was going to make Abraham the father of many. The miraculous promises began when he and Sarah were past the normal reproductive age and Isaac was born.

John The Apostle, chapter 11

May 18th, 2018

To: 11,011 Churches of God, “a people being made temples of His spirit.”

5/18/1, God’s 3rd month, Sivan 4, 5778 until sunset.

      We pray, “we’re all able to keep the next two sanctified days holy to the Lord God.” This afternoon at sunset begins the weekly Sabbath and the next sunset begins Pentecost. For genuine followers of Jesus it represents the birth of “The Church of God” His new covenant with His chosen people and represents each Christian’s “birth from above.” Let’s celebrate membership in God’s family. Knowing we can’t boast except in Him: “He did it all.”    

      Christendom is out of touch “Pentecost’s miracle isn’t understood.” The miraculous mystery of God’s spirit gifted to people sums up the reality that His chosen are, ’spiritual Israelites’ His church. Each recipient a temple of God’s spirit and member of His family.

     (2Cor 4:11-18; For we who are alive are constantly being handed over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus may also be made visible in our mortal body. As a result, death is at work in us, but life is at work in you. But since we have the same spirit of faith as that shown in what has been written, “I believed; therefore I spoke,” we also believe, therefore we also speak. We do so because we know that the One who raised up Jesus will also raise us up with Jesus and will bring us with you into His presence. (15) For all these things are for your sake, so that the grace that is including more and more people may cause thanksgiving to increase to the glory of God. Therefore we do not despair, but even if our physical body is wearing away, our inner person is being renewed day by day. For our momentary, light suffering is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison because we are not looking at what can be seen but at what cannot be seen. For what can be seen is temporary, but what cannot be seen is eternal.”)

      (Acts 1:4-5; While He was with them, Jesus declared, “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait there for what My Father promised, which you heard about from Me. For John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”

     (Acts 1:6-9; So when they had gathered together, they began to ask Him, “Lord, is this the time when You are restoring the kingdom to Israel?” He told them, “You are not permitted to know the times or periods that the Father has set by His own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the farthest parts of the earth.” After He had said this, while they were watching, He was lifted up and a cloud hid Him from their sight.”)

      The same people camouflaging God’s calendar and His kingdom’s establishment on earth, attempted to set up a universal order, naming Peter it’s first pope. Teaching that Jesus assigned Peter as His successor. Popes having authority to name succeeding Popes. They added steeple to buildings of worship, to appease the pagans. (Google obelisk and find the Latin “obeliscus” Greek “obeliskos” “obelus” learn of its popularization in the mid-16th century.)

      Paul led “the church of God at Rome” but there’s no historical evidence that Peter ever went to Rome. Jesus’ apostle Paul did teach the Ephesians and we Christians about “Jesus’ church and it’s foundation.”

       (Eph 2:20-22; “You “Christians” have been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus Himself as the Cornerstone. In Him the whole building, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you, ’individually’ also are being built together into a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.”)

        Don’t follow unbelievers. Our Lord’s brother Jude, wrote about their apostasy, “it was already taking place in his day.” (study this short book) Paul also shared the same.

      (2Cor 6:14-18; “Do not become partners with those who do not believe, for what partnership is there between righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship does light have with darkness? And what agreement does Christ have with Beliar? Or what does a Believer share in common with an unbeliever? And what mutual agreement does the temple of God have with idols? For we “Christiansare 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.”)

      (The Greek term Βελιάρ (Beliar) is a spelling variant for Βελιάλ (Belial, see Judges 20:. The word occurs only here in the New Testament. Beliar is a reference to Satan.)

      Remember Jesus knows what’s in our nature: saying, (“Many will come in My name and shall deceive many.” Mark 13:6) Jesus also knew and advises, “a teacher has no honor in has own country.” That’s why it was practically impossible for people in Jesus’ home town to believe IN Him. Why? They knew His family, His mother, brothers and sisters. Thus, Jesus said; “familiarity breeds contempt.” Jesus and His apostles kept feast days.

       (John 4:43-48; “After the two days He departed from there to Galilee. (For Jesus Himself had testified that a prophet has no honor in His own country.) So when He came to Galilee, the Galileans welcomed Him because they had seen all the things He had done in Jerusalem at the feast (for they themselves had gone to the feast). (46) Now He came again to Cana in Galilee where He had made the water wine. In Capernaum there was a certain royal official whose son was sick. When he heard that Jesus had come back from Judea to Galilee, he went to Him and begged Him to come down and heal his son, who was about to die. So Jesus said to him, “Unless you “fleshly minded” people see signs and wonders you will never believe!”)

       It’s in our inherited nature to want to see and witness signs to help our fleshly un-beliefs. (See Matt 16:4)

       (John 4:49-54; “Sir,” the official said to Him, “come down before my child dies.” Jesus told him, “Go home; your son will live.” The man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him, and set off for home. While he was on his way down, his slaves met him and told him that his son was going to live. So he asked them the time when his condition began to improve, and they told him, “Yesterday at one o’clock in the afternoon the fever left him.” Then the father realized that it was the very time Jesus had said to him, “Your son will live,” and he himself believed along with his entire household. Jesus did this as His second miraculous sign when He returned from Judea to Galilee.”)

      (John 5:1-9; “After this there was a Jewish feast, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool called Bethzatha in Aramaic, which has five covered walkways. A great number of sick, blind, lame, and paralyzed people were lying in these walkways. (5) Now a man was there who had been disabled for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and when he realized that the man had been disabled a long time already, he said to him, “Do you want to become well?” The sick man answered him, Sir. “I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up. While I am trying to get into the water, someone else goes down there before me.” Jesus said to him, “Stand up! Pick up your mat and walk.” Immediately the man was healed, and he picked up his mat and started walking. (Now that day was a Sabbath.”)

      Jesus had all the creative and re-creative powers “as when He created Adam” instantly made this man whole! We should learn the characteristics of our Creator, “Jesus.” (God the Father, God the Son and angelic beings have powers that defy human logic.) We Believers IN, “Christians” will be changed to the likeness of Jesus at the FIRST resurrection.

      (John 5:10-13; “So the Jewish leaders said to the man who had been healed, “It is the Sabbath, and you are not permitted to carry your mat.” But he answered them, “The man who made me well said to me, ‘pick up your mat and walk.’ They asked him, “who is the man who said to you, ‘Pick up your mat and walk?” But the man who had been healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had slipped out, since there was a crowd in that place.”)

      See what worshipful rule keeping does to the minds of unbelievers? Fleshly thinking leads to trusting rules rather than the law giver. It amounts to living as if made for the law, “rather than loving the law because God gave it for our good.” The Sabbath is made for man, not man for the Sabbath (see Mark 2:27)

John The Apostle, chapter 10

May 17th, 2018

To: 11,002 Churches of God, “a people being made temples of His spirit.”

5/17/1, God’s 3rd month, Sivan 3, 5778 until sunset.

      Pentecost “the third annual Sabbath” is May 20; “Sivan 6” starting the previous sunset. Its one of The Lord God’s holiest days and birthday of His New Covenant Church. The primary promise to our ancestors was fulfilled. God’s spirit gifted to people making them temples, “at one within Himself” is still a mystery to the world. Today’s Christendom fulfills Jesus’ prophecy. Like Pharisees of old, “assuming Jesus is different than the Lord God who communed with Noah and Abraham.”

      A past Pharisee “Paul” was witnessing to king Agrippa when he said the following. (Acts 26:4-13; “Now all the Jews know the way I lived from my youth, spending my life from the beginning among my own people and in Jerusalem. They know, because they have known me from time past, if they are willing to testify, that according to the strictest party of our religion, I lived as a Pharisee. And now I stand here on trial because of my hope in the promise made by God to our ancestors, a promise that our twelve tribes hope to attain as they earnestly serve God night and day. Concerning this hope the Jews are accusing me, Your Majesty! Why do you people think it is unbelievable that God raises the dead? Of course, I myself was convinced that it was necessary to do many things HOSTILE to the name of Jesus the Nazarene. (10) And that is what I did in Jerusalem: Not only did I lock up many of the Saints in prisons by the authority I received from the chief priests, but I also cast my vote against them when they were sentenced to death. I punished them often in all the synagogues and tried to force them to blaspheme. Because I was so furiously enraged at them, I went to persecute them even in foreign cities. (12) “While doing this very thing, as I was going to Damascus with authority and complete power from the chief priests, about noon along the road, Your Majesty, I saw a light from heaven, brighter than the sun, shining everywhere around me and those traveling with me.”) As always study the whole.

     Again Paul explains. (Hebrews 5:11-14; “On this topic we have much to say and it is difficult to explain, since you, ’Hebrews’ have become sluggish in hearing. For though you should in fact be teachers by this time, you need someone to teach you the beginning elements of God’s utterances. You have gone back to needing milk, not solid food. For everyone who lives on milk is inexperienced in the message of righteousness, because he is an infant. But solid food is for the mature, whose perceptions are trained by practice to discern both good and evil.”)

       YES, we need training that comes through practices, “practices showing respect for what God has to say!”

      (John 4:27-30; “Now at that very moment Jesus’ disciples came back. They were shocked because He was speaking with a woman. However, no one said, “What do you want?” or “Why are you speaking with her?” Then the woman left her water jar, went off into the town and said to the people, “Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Surely He can’t be the Messiah, can He?” So they left the town and began coming to Him.”) Apparently this Samaritan woman was the first non-Israelite to be Jesus’ witness.

        (John 4:31-34; “Meanwhile the disciples were urging Him, “Rabbi, eat something.” But Jesus said to them, “I have food to eat that you know nothing about.” So the disciples began to say to one another, “No one brought Him anything to eat, did they?” (34) Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of the One who sent Me and to complete His work.”)

      Jesus is Creator. (See John 1:1-5, Colossians 1:15-20 and Heb 1:1-4) Jesus’ work is also God the Father’s work. (In this regard “They are One.) At that time, Jesus’ followers knew nothing about the indwelling holy spirit Jesus was referring to when He said; “I have food to eat that you know nothing about.”

      (John 4:35-38; ““Don’t you say, ‘There are four more months and then comes the harvest?’ I tell you, look up and see that the fields are already white for harvest! The One who reaps receives pay and gathers fruit for eternal life, so that the One who sows and the One who reaps can rejoice together. (37) For in this instance the saying is true, ‘One sows and another reaps.’ I sent you, “apostles” to reap what you did not work for; others have labored and you have entered into their labor.””)

      Who did the sowing? God the Father through God the Son, who called Moses and the prophets. They labored, many were killed and persecuted. Jesus’ apostles had the mission of teaching Believers IN about God’s Way and oracles. After believing IN and becoming gifted recipients of God’s spirit, Paul could say the following to the gentile Ephesus church.  

       (Ephesians 2:19-22; “So then you, “non-Israelites” are no longer foreigners and non-citizens, but you are fellow citizens with the Saints and members of God’s household, because you have been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus Himself as the Cornerstone. In Him the whole building, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.”)

        Christendom attempt to dismiss the Old Covenant as not being relevant to the new. Make their own theology, support their own schools and build their own membership. Not understanding that God’s imputed spirit in Believers making them at one with Himself. It’s the theological differences in Jesus’ new covenant and His old. Peter explains.

      (1Peter 4:10-11; “Just as each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of the varied grace of God. Whoever speaks, let it be with God’s Words, “oracles.” Whoever serves, do so with the strength that God supplies, so in everything God will be glorified through Jesus Christ. To Him belong the glory and the power forever and ever. Amen.”)

      (John 4:39-42; “Now many Samaritans from that town believed in Him because of the report of the woman who testified, “He told me everything I ever did.” So when the Samaritans came to Him, they began asking Him to stay with them. He stayed there two days, and because of His Word many more believed. They said to the woman, “No longer do we believe because of your words, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this One really is the Savior of the world.”)

      Many professing Christians claim that Jesus is their personal Savior; “how many know He is the Savior of this world?” He is going to return and save this world’s people from their destructive ways, “from it’s demonic divisionary god.” (study Matthew 24:) Jesus is going to bring peace, righteous judgment, knowledge of Himself and God the Father. Study Isaiah 11:, for our purpose let’s consider verse 9, (“They will no longer injure or destroy on My entire royal mountain. For there will be universal submission to the Lord’s sovereignty, just as the waters completely cover the sea.”)

       As Jesus was about to go to Jerusalem and celebrate His last Passover in the flesh, He spoke the following: (Matthew 20:17-19: “We are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be handed over to the chief priests and the experts in the law. They will condemn Him to death and will turn Him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and flogged severely and crucified. Yet on the third day, He will be raised.”)

       Not many years ago, unbelieving gentile churches were accusing the Jews for Jesus’ death, “incited hatred of Jews worldwide.” Causing death and persecutions, especially in Germany. (Jewish experts in the law did make the decision to arrest Jesus and they did hand Him over to the gentile ruling authorities.) Jesus knew exactly how things were going to unfold. Jesus inspired Isaiah to write much of the detail. See Isaiah 52:.

       Intelligent people in every age have always known; “Passover, Nisan 14” doesn’t fall on a particular day of the week annually. With demonic help, deceivers planned an agenda 2,000 plus years ago, camouflaging the reality of Passover’s meaning. (Causing division, chaos and persecutions among naïve Christendom in particular. Pagan zodiac worshipers accepted an imaginary Jesus. Appealing to pagan societies, “days of the week were named for pagan gods.” The same purposely twisting God’s Word, “saying Paul changed God’s seventh day Sabbath; “thus Christendom in general is now pagan.”

John The Apostle, chapter 9

May 16th, 2018

To: Churches of God, “a people being made temples of His spirit.”

5/16/18, God’s 3rd month, Sivan 2, 5778 until sunset.

       Heavenly Father: bless each truth seeking person to understand Your Way and give each perseverance to stand firm, is our prayer in Jesus’ holy name. AMEN

     Scriptural examples prove God‘s planning. (Matt 1:17; “So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations and from David to the deportation to Babylon, fourteen generations and from the deportation to Babylon to Christ, fourteen generations.”) According to scholars, Abraham was born about 1996 BC. Considering; from Abraham to Christ is 42 generations, “a biblical generation is about 47 years.” The point is; God plans.

       God’s set aside times are for the good of His set aside people and ultimately are examples to those who may be observing our lives. If we believe IN Jesus, we know this world is totally up side down, that Satan is its god and that Satan transforms himself as an angel of light. He uses deceived people developing prideful agendas. Deceiving naïve populations thinking fleshly.

       Before Jesus created aged wine from water, He went to Jerusalem to keep the Passover and week of Unleavened Bread. John the Baptist’s followers mentioned to Him that more people were coming to Jesus for baptism than to them. John said; “He must increase and I must decrease.” We don’t know of any miracle the Baptist did.

      (John 4:1-3; “Now when Jesus knew that the Pharisees had heard that He was doing more baptizing and had more disciples than John (although Jesus Himself was not baptizing, but His disciples were), He left Judea and set out once more for Galilee.”) Some translators “indicate competition between Jesus and the Baptist.” There was no purposeful competition.

       (John 4:4-10; “But Jesus had to pass through Samaria. Now He came to a Samaritan town called Sychar, near the plot of land that Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there, so Jesus, since He was tired from the journey, sat right down beside the well. It was about noon. A Samaritan woman came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give Me some water to drink.” (For His disciples had gone off into the town to buy supplies.) So the Samaritan woman said to Him, How can you, “a Jew” ask me, “a Samaritan woman” for water to drink? (For Jews have nothing in common with Samaritans.) (10) Jesus answered her, “If you had known the gift of God and who it is who said to you, ‘Give me some water to drink’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.”) Jesus was speaking in parable, as was His custom when speaking to the general populations. (see Matthew 13:10)

      Water represents God’s spirit. We can’t live physically without water, NOR can we live in the spirit, “except God gifts us with both! It’s what’s meant by, “you must be born from above!”

      (John 4:11-12; “Sir” the woman said to Him, “you have no bucket and the well is deep; where then do you get this living water? Surely you’re not greater than our ancestor Jacob, are you? For he gave us this well and drank from it himself, along with his sons and his livestock.”)

       As Nicodemus, this Samaritan woman’s thoughts were fleshly. Then and now Arabs and Jews are divided by demonically inspired religious views. It’s Satan’s purpose, “manifesting himself as an angel of light!”

      (John 4:13-14; “Jesus replied, “Everyone who drinks some of this “physical” water will be thirsty again. But whoever drinks some of the “spiritual” water that I will give him will never be “spiritually” thirsty again, but the “spiritual” water that I will give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up to eternal life.”) This meeting at Jacob’s well was preplanned!

       Let’s take time to rejoice, “if we’re followers of Jesus.” (As always, added words are for more precise understanding.) NO ONE is born with a spirit that lives forever someplace! As Jesus said, “the water that I will give, will become in you a fountain springing up to eternal life.” Eternal life is ONLY gifted by God our Father, through belief IN Jesus. Eternal life isn’t automatic and cannot be earned! Allow Jesus’ apostle Paul’s explanation to we Believers IN.

      (Eph 2:4-10; “But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, “we gifted to Believe IN” even though we were dead in transgressions, made us alive together with Christ – by grace you are saved! – and He raised us up with Him 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. For by grace are you saved, through faith, and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God; it is not from works, “not our own doing or decisionsso that no one can boast. For we, “Christians” are His workmanship, having been created in Christ Jesus for good works that God prepared beforehand so we may do them.”) Rejoice, “this understanding is gifted.” 

      We’re all born dead because of sin, “Adam’s we inherited and our own we nurtured.” If we are recipients of His gifted spirit, it’s that, “God the Father MADE us alive together with Christ.” It’s by His grace, NOT because of any prior action on our part. To demonstrate His mercy to the coming ages, “His grace and kindness toward us is in Christ Jesus!”

      (John 4:15-20; “The woman said to Him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I will not be thirsty or have to come here to draw water.” He said to her, “Go call your husband and come back here.” The woman replied, “I have no husband.” Jesus said to her, “Right, you are when you said, ‘I have no husband,’ for you have had five husbands and the man you are living with now is not your husband. This you said truthfully!” (19) The woman said to Him, “Sir” I see that you are a prophet. Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, and you people, “you Jews” say that the place where people must worship is in Jerusalem.”) Jesus knows each of us, just as He knew this woman! Now Jesus gives a millennial prophecy.

       (John 4:21-23; Jesus said to her, “Believe Me woman, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. You people, “gentiles” worship what you do not know. We, “Jews” worship what we know, because salvation is from the Jews.” But a time is coming – and now is here – when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father seeks such people to be His worshipers.”)

       All who aren’t called and chosen “worships what they assume.” “Salvation is from the Jews.” How so.? God’s plan for His chosen people’s being saved, is through Abraham’s SEED “Jesus.” David’s heir, “Jesus.”

      Jesus’ apostle Paul was given this understanding and shares with us.

      (Romans 3:1-4; “Therefore what advantage does the Jew have, or what is the value of circumcision? Actually, there are many advantages. First of all, the Jews were entrusted with the oracles of God. What then? If some did not believe, does their unbelief nullify the faithfulness of God? (4) Absolutely not! Let God be proven true, and every human being shown up as a liar, just as it is written: “so that you will be justified in your words and will prevail when you are judged.”)

       Oracles can mean, “the sustaining of God’s Way, a source of knowledge, wise sayings and God given messages.” Particularly as it pertains to people’s practices.” (God preplanned that the Jews maintain His calendar, oracles and holy times.) It was no accident that Jesus’ apostle Paul was inspired to write this bit of text. Jesus continued to teach and reveal Himself to this Samaritan woman.

      (John 5:24-26; “God is spirit, and the people who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” The woman said to Him, “I know that Messiah is coming” (the one called Christ) whenever He comes, He will tell us everything.” Jesus said to her, “I, the one speaking to you, am He.”)

      We must worship in spirit and truth? Attempt to worship God without His indwelling spirit and revealed truth is to worship the imaginary. Thus the many denominations. People who aren’t “born from above,” are yielded to the sum total of their fleshly understanding. Christendom is divided, confused by Satan and his followers manifesting themselves as angels of light. His followers assume God would allow calling on Jesus’ name while practicing paganism

John The Apostle, chapter 8

May 13th, 2018

To: Churches of God, “a people being made temples of His spirit.”

5/13/1, God’s 2nd month, Iyar 28, 5778 until sunset.

      We intend to get back to John’s good news about the coming kingdom of God, but let’s detour and consider from where we spiritual Israelites came. The Lord God chose to differentiate between Esau and Jacob while in Rebekah’s womb. (Gen 25:21-26; Isaac prayed to the Lord on behalf of his wife because she was childless. The Lord answered his prayer, and his wife Rebekah became pregnant. But the children struggled inside her and she said, “If it is going to be like this, I’m not so sure I want to be pregnant!” So she asked the Lord and the Lord said to her,

      “Two nations are in your womb and two peoples will be separated from within you. One people will be stronger than the other and the older will serve the younger.” (24) When the time came for Rebekah to give birth, there were twins in her womb. The first came out reddish all over, like a hairy garment, so they named him Esau. When his brother came out with his hand clutching Esau’s heel, they named him Jacob. Isaac was sixty years old when they were born.”)

       Descendents of Esau and Jacob still struggle. Within their various religious beliefs, both “believe there is a God.” Only a few spiritual Jews - Israelites are called to believe IN the God of Abraham. These followers of Jesus are spiritual Israelites. It was revealed to Paul. (Galatians 3 29; “And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s descendants, heirs according to the promise.”) Today’s spiritual Israelites are believers IN Jesus: “gifted with faith in His shed blood for the remission of sin.”

      (Gal 3:23-29; “Now before ‘Jesus’’ faith came ’ to us’  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 until, ‘belief IN’ Christ, so that we could be declared righteous by ’His’ faith. (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. For all of you who were baptized ‘immersed’ into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female – for all of you are one in Christ Jesus. (29) And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s descendants, heirs according to the promise.”)

        400 plus years after Jacob’s birth, Jesus delivered his descendent from Egyptian bondage through Moses to the promised lands. After Joshua and the Lord God Jesus’ rule through judges, “the last being Samuel” Stubborn Israelites wanted a king like the gentile nations. After Saul Jesus called and gave Israel king David. Though very fleshly, he became a man after the Lord God’s own heart and ruled Israel lovingly. When Jesus returns Jacob’s descendents and many more will become spiritual Israelites and sing the praises of king David.

     (1Chron 16: They brought the ark of God and put it in the middle of the tent David had pitched for it. That day David first gave to Asaph and his colleagues this song of thanks to the Lord: Give thanks to the Lord! Call on His name! Make known His accomplishments among the nations! Sing to Him! Make music to Him! Tell about all His miraculous deeds! Boast about His holy name! Let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice! Seek the Lord and the strength He gives! Seek His presence continually! (12) Recall the miraculous deeds He performed, His mighty acts and the judgments He decreed,

      (13-18; O children of Israel, God’s servant, you descendants of Jacob, God’s chosen ones! He is the Lord our God; He carries out judgment throughout the earth. Remember continually His covenantal decree, the promise He made to a thousand generations – the promise He made to Abraham, the promise He made by oath to Isaac! He gave it to Jacob as a decree, to Israel as a lasting promise, saying, “To you I will give the land of Canaan as the portion of your inheritance.”

      (19-22; When they were few in number, just a very few and foreign residents within it, they wandered from nation to nation and from one kingdom to another. He let no one oppress them, He disciplined kings for their sake, saying, “Don’t touch my anointed ones! Don’t harm My prophets!”

      (23-36; Sing to the Lord, all the earth! Announce every day how He delivers! Tell the nations about His splendor, tell all the nations about His miraculous deeds! For the Lord is great and certainly worthy of praise, He is more awesome than all gods. For all the gods of the nations are worthless,

but the Lord made the heavens. Majestic splendor emanates from Him, He is the source of strength and joy. Ascribe to the Lord, O families of the nations,

ascribe to the Lord splendor and strength! Ascribe to the Lord the splendor He deserves! Bring an offering and enter His presence! Worship the Lord in holy attire! (30) Tremble before Him, all the earth! The world is established, it cannot be moved. Let the heavens rejoice, and the earth be happy! Let the nations say, ‘The Lord reigns!’ Let the sea and everything in it shout! Let the fields and everything in them celebrate! Then let the trees of the forest shout with joy before the Lord, for He comes to judge the earth! Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good and His loyal love endures. Say this prayer: “Deliver us, O God who delivers us! Gather us! Rescue us from the nations! Then we will give thanks to Your holy name, and boast about Your praiseworthy deeds.” May the Lord God of Israel be praised, in the future and forevermore. Then all the people said, “We agree! Praise the Lord!”)

       A miraculous deliverance of Israel is yet to come. Nations are going to deliver back to the promised lands. Upheavals are prophesied; unless God the Father chooses to shorten time for the Elect’s sake suffering is on the horizon. However believers IN Jesus, led by His indwelling spirit are looking forward to ruling with Jesus.  

      (John 8:11-17; “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. (12) So then, brothers and sisters, we “Believers IN” are under obligation, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh (for if you live according to the flesh, you will die), but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body you will live. For all who are led by the Spirit of God are the sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of slavery leading again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption, by whom we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit it’s self bears witness to our spirit that we are God’s children. (17) And if children, then heirs (namely, heirs of God and also fellow heirs with Christ) – if indeed we suffer with Him so we may also be glorified with Him.”)

       Again, how are we made spiritual children of God? Jesus said; “Do not be amazed that I said to you, ‘You must all be born from above.’ The wind blows wherever it will, and you hear the sound it makes, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.” John 3:7-8)

      (John 3:22-30; “After this, Jesus and His disciples came into Judean territory, and there He spent time with them and was baptizing. John “the Baptist” was also baptizing at Aenon near Salim, because water was plentiful there and people were coming to him and being baptized. (24) (For John had not yet been thrown into prison.) Now a dispute came about between some of John’s disciples and a certain Jew concerning ceremonial washing. (26) So they came to John and said to him, “Rabbi, the One who was with you on the other side of the Jordan River, about whom you testified – see, He is baptizing, and everyone is flocking to Him!” John replied, “No one can receive anything unless it has been given to him from heaven. You yourselves can testify that I said, ‘I am not the Christ,’ but rather, ‘I have been sent before Him.’ The one who has the bride is the bridegroom. The friend of the bridegroom, who stands by and listens for Him, rejoices greatly when he hears the bridegroom’s voice. This then is my joy, and it is complete. He must become more important while I become less important.”)

      Spiritual humility and understanding his purpose was gifted to John the Baptist. He understood, “Jesus lived before him, thus was from above!”

      (John 3:31-35; “The One who comes from above is superior to all. The one who is from the earth belongs to the earth and speaks about earthly things. The One who comes from heaven is superior to all. He testifies about what He has seen and heard, but no one accepts His testimony. The one who has accepted His testimony has confirmed clearly that God is truthful. (34) For the One whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for He does not give the Spirit sparingly. (35) The Father loves the Son and has placed all things under His authority. The one who believes IN the Son has eternal life. The one who rejects the Son will not see life, but God’s wrath remains on him.”)

       NOTICE, John the Baptist is saying the very same thing that Jesus said! It was by revelation that The Baptist knew Jesus’ deity. Jesus said of this John; “no greater man has ever been born of woman.”

John The Apostle, chapter 7

May 12th, 2018

To: “Churches of God, people being made temples of His spirit.”

5/12/1, God’s 2nd month, Iyar 27, 5778 until sunset.

      Heavenly Father: forgive our un-beliefs, make us mindful that You are the Potter and we the clay. Teach us how to love You and one another; to love as Jesus’ example. We ask in Jesus’ name. AMEN

      A fleshly paradox to “believers that and the world” is; “Esau believed God but Jacob was gifted to believe IN God.” God chose Jacob, changed his name to Israel and promised to fight on his behalf. Seemingly God made Esau’s family more prosperous than Jacob’s, “short term.” Remember a famine caused Jacob to loose all but his immediate family and go to Egypt for food; “where son “Joseph” was serving as ruler under the Pharaoh. Famine conditions could have caused Jacob to loose faith in the Lord God’s promises: “perhaps he understood that he loved God because God chose and loved him first.” (Likewise with each believer IN, “We love ‘God’  because He loved us first.” 1John 4:19)

      We instinctively love on an animalistic plain, “me, mine, ours etc.” Godly love is gifted to those He calls, chooses and loves first.

      Folks debating law and grace don’t seem to understand, “Godly love, repentance and gifted belief IN.” The imputation of God’s spirit makes us at one with Him. (Believers IN Jesus’ sacrifice for the remission of sins “love Him from the realization that He loved us first.”) Such realization is God gifted faith likened to Jacob‘s. Through Jesus’ imputed faith “we understand the spiritual goodness and loving intent of His laws.” God is merciful to people using this understanding to teach Jesus’ Way: “which is obedience and God gifted respectful love.” This was revealed to Jesus’ apostle Paul.

      (Romans 2:13-14; “For it is not those who hear the law who are righteous before God, but those who do the law will be declared righteous. (14) For whenever the Gentiles, who do not have the law, do by nature the things required by the law, these ’believers IN’ who do not have the law are a law to themselves.”) Why? The love of God is shed abroad in their heart.

       When we’re gifted to understand the goodness of God’s laws, “we practice the principles written therein. We don’t need the command, “you shall NOT covet written” when it’s principle is written in our heart!

      (Rom 2:15-16; “They show that the work of the law is written in their hearts, as their conscience bears witness and their conflicting thoughts accuse or else defend them, on the day when God will judge the secrets of human hearts, according to my gospel through Christ Jesus.”)

       We don’t consider stealing another’s property or their mate “if we’re blessed with His indwelling spirit.” (The spiritual principle is, “God’s laws were made for people, not people for the law.”) This wasn’t understood by the Pharisee types. (For example: they kept the Sabbath rigorously and attempted to persecute Jesus for healing “doing good” on the Sabbath.) When we’re born from above “fathered by God’s spirit” we desire to be in sync with, “in harmony with” His Way. Spiritual obedience is to obey, from a respectful love of God point of view.

       (John 3:1-4; “Now a certain man, a Pharisee named Nicodemus, who was a member of the Jewish ruling council, came to Jesus at night and said to Him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the miraculous signs that you do unless God is with him.” (3) Jesus replied, “I tell you the solemn truth, unless a person is born from above, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man be born when he is old? He cannot enter his mother’s womb and be born a second time, can he?”)

       His thinking was fleshly; not realizing God’s impregnating, “fathering” was a NEW BIRTH. Let’s review Jesus’ explanation .

      (John 3:5-8; “Jesus answered, “I tell you the solemn truth, unless a person is born of water and spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not be amazed that I said to you, ‘You must all be born from above.’ (8) The wind blows wherever it will, and you hear the sound it makes, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”)

       When gifted with God’s spirit, “we don’t know exactly when or why it was gifted.” We realize we have a changed outlook, “a new realization of things from God’s point of view.” It’s still a mystery to unbelieving worldly populations!

      (John 3:9-12; “Nicodemus replied, “How can these things be?” Jesus answered, “Are you the teacher of Israel and yet you don’t understand these things? I tell you the solemn truth, we, “fathered by God” speak about what we know and testify about what we have seen, but you, “unbelieving” people do not accept our testimony. (12) If I have told you, “unbelieving” people about earthly things and you don’t believe, how will you believe if I tell you about heavenly things?”) Earthly, “physical things” about God, aren’t understood by unbelievers; so how can they “who aren’t born from above” understand spiritual things?

      (John 3:13-15; “No one has ascended into heaven except the one who descended from heaven, “the Son of Man.” Just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, so that everyone who believes IN Him may have eternal life.”)

       Miraculous things, “as Moses lifting up the serpent, were real and symbolic of spiritual things.” Moses’ lifting up the serpent symbolized Jesus’ resurrection. (No one has ascended into heaven except the one who descended from heaven, “the Son of Man.”)

      When God transferred authority from Elijah to Elisha, Elisha witnessed Elijah being translated toward the heavens. Elijah was moved to another place; “not taken to God’s heavenly throne; or do we think Jesus did not know what He was talking about?” (See 2 Kings 2:) NOW, it’s likely that Nicodemus thought Elijah had been taken to God’s throne in heaven. So we go to great length, teaching the difference in, “believing IN” opposed to “believing that.”

      (Jesus clearly tells Nicodemus, “the Son of Man must be lifted up, so that everyone who believes IN Him may have eternal life.”) A hundred times, YES! “everyone who believes IN Jesus, may have eternal life.” Believing IN Jesus has to do with His being revealed individually! Loving them first! No amount of theological training can make people Believers IN, “Christian!” (“The wind blows wherever it will, and you hear the sound it makes, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.” John 3:8)

      (John 3:16-21; “For this is the way God loved the world: He gave His one and only Son, so that everyone who believes IN Him will not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world should be saved through Him. (18) The one who believes IN Him is not condemned. The one who does NOT believe has been condemned already, because he has not believed IN the name of the one and only Son of God. (19) Now this is the basis for judging: that the Light has come into the world and people loved the darkness rather than the light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone who does evil deeds hates the light and does not come to the light, so that their deeds will not be exposed. (21) But the one who practices the truth comes to the light, so that it may be plainly evident that his deeds have been done in God.”)

       To practice truth “we must know the truth!” Satan deceives the world with camouflaged half truths. Jesus said; “Satan is the god of this world:” so people surrounded by this world’s system of things, “must have truth revealed.” Be aware “Satan and his followers do manifest themselves as angels of light” and thus have the whole world deceived! He causes confusion in the unbeliever’s mind and world wide division its result. So, unbelievers have hostility toward God, “built into the fleshly mind. Writing to Believers IN, Paul explains.

      (Romans 8:5-10; “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. You, “followers of Jesus” 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.”) Jesus’ not our own righteousness! Yielding to His righteousness and burying the old self!

John The Apostle, chapter 6

May 11th, 2018

To: “10,920 people gifted with desire to be “At One with God.” 5/11/18, God’s 2nd month, Iyar26, 5778 until sunset.

      Jesus reveals through His prophet Amos and others that He reveals His plan. (Amos 4:13; “For here He is! He formed the mountains and created the wind. He reveals His plans to men.” Jacob’s God reveals His saving plans through His Sabbaths. The seventh annual Sabbath, “The Last Great Day” reveals judgment. Jesus revealed the conclusion to John.

      (Revelations 20:11-16; “Then I saw a large white throne and the One who was seated on it; the earth and the heaven fled from His presence and no place was found for them. And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne. Then books were opened, and another book was opened – the book of life. So the dead were judged by what was written in the books, according to their deeds. The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and Death and Hades “the grave” gave up the dead that were in them, “resurrection” and each one was judged according to his deeds. Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death the lake of fire.

     (Rev 20:15-16; If anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, that person was thrown into the lake of fire.”)

       Choosing to live a moral life with Godly standards have their rewards in this life and the next; “after the first resurrection.” People gifted to believe IN Jesus are being judged in this life: “before the first resurrection.” Each believer IN Jesus, “who overcomes to the end will be saved.” (Be in the first resurrection.) (THE POINT! Called out believing IN persons must learn, choose and practice God’s Ways.) Good deeds in this life will be rewarded in the next. But God’s spirit isn’t gifted for moral living; “if so people could be saved by works!” Only God’s gifted spirit. imputed to the mind makes an individual at one with God, “a Christ Like person.” Let’s look to Jesus’ Words about being born again.

      (John 3:5-8; Jesus answered, “I tell you the solemn truth, unless a person is born of water and spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is spirit. (God’s miraculous imputation of His spirit to individuals’ is His fathering.)

      Do not be amazed that I said to you, “You must all be born ‘fathered’ from above.” (8) The wind blows wherever it will, and you hear the sound it makes, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”)

       People can choose to live a moral life, “but cannot choose to be fathered by God.” In John’s gospel account, he records Jesus’ choosing His disciples, turning water to aged wine, healing and resurrecting to physical life. Demonstrating, “witnessing” that He is indeed the Christ “the Son of God.”

       (John 2:12-16; “After this He went down to Capernaum with His mother and brothers ‘James & Jude we know of ’ and His disciples, they stayed there a few days. (13) Now the Jewish feast of Passover was near, so Jesus went up to Jerusalem. He found in the temple courts those who were selling oxen and sheep and doves and the money changers sitting at tables. So He made a whip of cords and drove them all out of the temple courts, with the sheep and the oxen. He scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. (16) To those who sold the doves he said, “Take these things away from here! Do not make My Father’s house a marketplace!”

      The Jewish feast of Passover? John’s gospel is to believing gentiles too; “people knowing Jesus to be the Passover Lamb, whose blood was shed for the remission of sin.” John’s reference to the Passover season shows it’s holy to Believers IN Jesus.

      Was Jesus angry? Yes. Did He sin? No. We need to be angry at sin, falsehood and such. Paul penned the principle.

       (Eph 4:25-26; “Therefore, having laid aside falsehood, each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members of one another. Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on the cause of your anger.”

      (John 2:17-22; “His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for your house will devour Me.” Quote from Psalms 69:9) So then the Jewish leaders responded, ‘What sign can you show us, since you are doing these things?’ (19) Jesus replied, “Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up again.” Then the Jewish leaders said to Him, “This temple has been under construction for forty-six years, and are you going to raise it up in three days?” (21) But Jesus was speaking about the temple of His body. So after He was raised from the dead, His disciples remembered that He had said this, and they believed the scripture and the saying that Jesus had spoken.”)

       Believers find it interesting that Jesus’ disciples DIDN’T believe IN, “as in gifted” until after His resurrection.) They believed THAT, Jesus was the Messiah, “but they did not believe IN, until it was gifted!”)

      After Jesus’ resurrection, He appeared and identified Himself.

     (John 20:20-23; “When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. So Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. Just as the Father has sent Me, I also send you.” And after He said this, He breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive anyone’s sins, they are forgiven; if you retain anyone’s sins, they are retained.”)

      Forgiving and retaining sins were to His apostles only, “they had no authority to pass this gift to others!” As with all fleshly people, “listeners wanted more signs.”

      (Luke 11:29-32; “As the crowds were increasing, Jesus began to say, “This generation is a wicked generation; it looks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah. For just as Jonah became a sign to the people of Nineveh, so the Son of Man will be a sign to this generation.”) That sign to the world is that Jesus was in the tomb three nights and three days! Now Jesus speaks of a physical resurrection.

      (John 11:31-32; “The queen of the South will rise up at the judgment with the people of this generation and condemn them, because she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon – and now, something greater than Solomon is here! (32) The people of Nineveh will stand up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, because they repented when Jonah preached to them – and now, something greater than Jonah is here!”)

       People Jonah witnessed to, the queen of Sheba and many others will be in that physical millennial resurrection with these listening to Jesus during that Passover season, AND the many that should be searching for truth in every age. Those Jonah witnessed to believed IN his message causing them to turn. The queen of the South searched for truth! She came hundreds of miles to hear Solomon’s wisdom and learn about his God, “the God of Abraham.”

       The religious pundits, choosing to divide and turn the world from the calendar God gave Israel will repent or be destroyed one day.

      (John 2:23-25; “Now while Jesus was in Jerusalem at the feast of the Passover, many people believed IN His name because they saw the miraculous signs He was doing. But Jesus would not entrust Himself to them, because He knew all people. He did not need anyone to testify about man, for He knew what was in man.)

      Jesus knows all people. Realize that Jesus knows each of us completely! DO WE KNOW what’s in man? A sin nature! The feast of the Passover includes the festival of Unleavened Bread. Passover is always on the fourteenth day of God’s first month. The day after Passover; the 15th of Nisan is an annual holy Sabbath and the 21st is an annual holy Sabbath. Removing leavening from homes, foreshadows our putting sin out, “overcoming the practice of sin.” Sin is that which God considers lawlessness. Hopefully we understand, “ONLY what God considers sin, matters.”

 

John The Apostle, chapter 5

May 10th, 2018

      To: “10,900 Churches of God” people desiring to be “At One with God.” 5/10/18, God’s 2nd month, Iyar25, 5778 until sunset.

      God revealed Himself to His prophet Amos and inspired Amos to write.

      (Amos 4:13; “For here He is! He formed the mountains and created the wind. He reveals His plans to men. He turns the dawn into darkness and marches on the heights of the earth. The Lord, the God who commands armies, is His name!”) Not only can God transfigure Himself physically, He allows angelic and demonic spirits to transfigure themselves.

      (John 1:32-34; “Then John testified, “I saw the Spirit descending like a dove from heaven and it “the spirit” remained on Jesus. And I did not recognize Him, but the One who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘The One on whom you see the Spirit descending and remaining – this is the One who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’ I have both seen and testified that this man is the Chosen One of God.”) Let’s review John the Baptist’s fathering and birth.

      (Luke 1:11-20; “An angel of the Lord, standing on the right side of the altar of incense, appeared to him. And Zechariah, visibly shaken when he saw the angel, was seized with fear. But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zechariah, for your prayer has been heard and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son; you will name him John. Joy and gladness will come to you and many will rejoice at his birth, for he will be great in the sight of the Lord. He must never drink wine or strong drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit, even before his birth. He will turn many of the people of Israel to the Lord their God. And he will go as forerunner before the Lord in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers back to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready for the Lord a people prepared for Him.”(18) Zechariah said to the angel, “How can I be sure of this? For I am an old man, and my wife is old as well.” The angel answered him, “I am Gabriel, who stands in the presence of God and I was sent to speak to you and to bring you this good news. (20) And now, because you did not believe my words, which will be fulfilled in their time, you will be silent, unable to speak, until the day these things take place.”) Gabriel transfigured himself and spoke with Zachariah.

      Like Jesus; John the Baptist was filled with God’s spirit in the womb! By revelation, John knew his mission and purpose.

      (John 1:35-39; “Again the next day John was standing there with two of his disciples. Gazing at Jesus as He walked by, he said, “Look, the Lamb of God!” When John’s two disciples heard him say this, they followed Jesus. Jesus turned around and saw them following and said to them, ‘What do you want?’ So they said to Him, “Rabbi” (which is translated Teacher), ‘where are you staying?’ Jesus answered, ‘Come and you will see.’ So they came and saw where He was staying and they stayed with Him that day. Now it was about four o’clock in the afternoon.

      (John 1:40-42; “Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter, was one of the two disciples who heard what John said and followed Jesus. He first found his own brother Simon and told him, “We have found the Messiah!” (which is translated Christ). Andrew brought Simon to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon, the son of John. You will be called Cephas” (which is translated Peter).”)

       Jesus would later tell Peter, “you are a little stone but on this Rock I will build My church.” Jesus is that Rock.

      (John 1:43-51; “On the next day Jesus wanted to set out for Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, “Follow Me.” (Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the town of Andrew and Peter.) Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found the one Moses wrote about in the law, and the prophets also wrote about – Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” (46) Nathanael replied, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip replied, “Come and see.” Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward Him and exclaimed, “Look, a true Israelite in whom there is no deceit!” (48) Nathanael asked Him, “How do you know me?” Jesus replied, “Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.” Nathanael answered him, “Rabbi, You are the Son of God; You are the king of Israel!” (50) Jesus said to him, “Because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree, do you believe? You will see greater things than these.” He continued, “I tell all of you the solemn truth – you will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.”)

       Not ONLY did Jesus know where Nathanael was before Philip found him; Jesus knew all twelve apostles and rebellious Judas before Adam’s creation. (Look at John 1:1-5, Colossians 1:15-20 and Heb 1:1-4 again.)

       (John 2:1-11; “Now on the third day there was a wedding at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there and Jesus and His disciples were also invited to the wedding. When the wine ran out, Jesus’ mother said to Him, “They have no wine left.” Jesus replied, “Woman, why are you saying this to Me? My time has not yet come.” His mother told the servants, “Whatever He tells you, do it.” Now there were six stone water jars there for Jewish ceremonial washing, each holding twenty or thirty gallons. Jesus told the servants, “Fill the water jars with water.” So they filled them up to the very top. Then He told them, “Now draw some out and take it to the head steward,” and they did. When the head steward tasted the water that had been turned to wine, not knowing where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew) he called the bridegroom and said to him, “Everyone serves the good wine first and then the cheaper wine when the guests are drunk. You have kept the good wine until now!” (11) Jesus did this as the first of His miraculous signs, in Cana of Galilee. In this way He revealed His glory, and His disciples believed IN Him.”)

      Mary didn’t forget how Jesus was fathered! Jesus knew how He was fathered. We that are gifted to follow Jesus, need to remember how we are fathered. May we each review in our minds, the awesomeness of our Creator. May He be revealed to the mind of each person studying this lesson.

      We Believers IN are being judged in this age, “before the resurrection.” The holy scriptures define a Christian as, “a recipient of God’s spirit.” Each Believer IN that overcomes to the end will be in the FIRST resurrection. (Study 1Corinthians 15:) Believers IN alive at Jesus’ coming will meet Jesus and the resurrected in the air: “return and serve in His kingdom. (A mystery to the world at large.) Worldly religions choose to teach: “EVERYONE is facing their final judgment in this age, before the resurrections.” Not so. The first resurrection is to a SPIRIT life; likened to Jesus’ current life. The SECOND is physical; “most and perhaps all Israelites will live again.” This understanding helps us digest Paul’s letter to the Romans.

      (Romans 2:1-16; “Therefore you are without excuse, whoever you are, when you judge someone else. For on whatever grounds you judge another, you condemn yourself, because you who judge practice the same things. Now we know that God’s judgment is in accordance with truth against those who practice such things. And do you think, whoever you are, when you judge those who practice such things and yet do them yourself, that you will escape God’s judgment? Or do you have contempt for the wealth of His kindness, forbearance and patience, and yet do not know that God’s kindness leads you to repentance? But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath for yourselves in the day of wrath, when God’s righteous judgment is revealed! (6) He will reward each one according to his works: eternal life to those who by perseverance in good works seek glory and honor and immortality, but wrath and anger to those who live in selfish ambition and do not obey the truth but follow unrighteousness. (9) There will be affliction and distress on everyone who does evil, on the Jew ’Believer’ first and also the Greek, but glory and honor and peace for everyone who does good, for the Jew ‘Believer’ first and also the Greek. For there is no partiality with God. For all who have sinned apart from the law will also perish apart from the law, and all who have sinned under the law will be judged by the law. (13) For it is not those who hear the law who are righteous before God, but those who do the law will be declared righteous. For whenever the Gentiles, who do not have the law, do by nature the things required by the law, these who do not have the law are a law to themselves. They show that the work of the law is written in their hearts, as their conscience bears witness and their conflicting thoughts accuse or else defend them, (16) on the day when God will judge the secrets of human hearts, according to my gospel through Christ Jesus.”)

      “Eternal life to those who persevere in good works, seeking the gift of glory, honor and immortality.” Those who lovingly live in the spirit of the law. Those who practice what’s righteous in God’s view. It is obvious to Believers IN; that the God of Abraham, “Jesus” isn’t revealed to everyone.