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God’s Master Plan, chapter 20 of 20

May 31st, 2020

To: World’s in Resident Churches of God. Sivan 8, 5,780 until sunset. 5/31/2020

   On this Holy Pentecost Sabbath it’s difficult for followers of Jesus to say what’s in minds spiritually and address what’s happening around the world demonically. We’re compelled to encourage those being called to follow Jesus and mindful that others may consider our efforts. The god of this age, ‘Satan’  has disrupted worldwide commerce, inspiring fake science to present likely models of possible ‘virus 19’ outcomes to the nations, causing chaos, then bad policemen in the U.S. to cause rioting in major cities.        

    God is allowing Satan a set time to dominate fleshly thinking people’s minds while calling out a few to be His own. Since the Pentecost after Jesus’ ascension followers of Jesus have become ‘last becoming first’ while those ‘first are last’ in His world saving plan. (Matt 19:28-30; Jesus said to His apostles, “I tell you the truth: In the age when all things are renewed, when the Son of Man sits on His glorious throne, you who have followed Me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And whoever has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or fields for My sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last first.”)

    On that Sabbath Pentecost Jesus’ apostles and many scattered Israelites were gathered to celebrate as commanded when that which was promised came in view and with noise likened to wind. Made recipients “born from above” children of God.

(Acts 2:1-11; “Now when the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like a violent wind blowing came from heaven and filled the entire house where they were sitting. And tongues spreading out like a fire appeared to them and came to rest on each one of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit, and they began to speak in other languages as the Spirit enabled them. (5) Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven residing in Jerusalem. When this sound occurred, a crowd gathered and was in confusion, because each one heard them speaking in his own language. (6)  Completely baffled, they said, “Aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans? And how is it that each one of us hears them in our own native language? Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and the province of Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabs — we hear them speaking in our own languages about the great deeds God has done!”) (These Galileans were speaking in ten or more languages not previously known to them, “great deeds God has done.) Normally “being born from above” occurs individually and different in this time.

    Speaking to Nicodemus Jesus said; (John 3:8’“Do not be amazed that I said to you, ‘You must all be born from above.’ The wind blows wherever it will, and you hear the sound it makes, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”) God does it all.

    Seeking and callings of God are His to give, Paul taught it: (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.”)

    Who has the mind to seek God’s will apart from organized religion? Basically Jesus commands called individual to do just that. The holy scriptures teach that this world’s religions have everything upside down, thinking it incumbent on them to bring peace. Example: (the so called, Holy Roman Empire grew faster than any empire ever, “by coercion.” Many still use fear tactics and coerce. Today radical Muslims think to bring their version of peace through coercion.) But followers of Jesus know; “peace on earth is prophesied to be “after Jesus’ return as King of Kings and is NOT for this age and time.” The Holy Scripture teach; “Satan is this age’s god.” Review Jesus’ words as recorded by His apostle Matthew again.

     (Matthew 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.” (see also Luke 12:49-53)

     Believers IN God teach “balance is the key!” But the self righteous push for debate and division! A self-righteous spirit causes some to force their will on others. The spirit of truth leads people to prove all things, by the God of truth, “then individually apply that truth.” We inherited a self serving argumentative spirit from Adam “that must be changed – must be overcome.”

     Jesus used “light” as an example. Light is silent but visible, “so should our living practices be, EXCEPT when asked about the hope God has put within us. Jesus’ apostle Peter puts this attitude we need to strive for in perspective.

     (1Peter 3:13-17; “For who is going to harm you if you are devoted to what is good? But in fact, if you happen to suffer for doing what is right, you are blessed. But do not be terrified of them or be shaken. But set Christ apart as Lord in your hearts and always be ready to give an answer to anyone who asks about the hope you possess. Yet, do it with courtesy and respect, keeping a good conscience, so that those who slander your good conduct in Christ may be put to shame when they accuse you. For it is better to suffer for doing good, if God wills it, than for doing evil.”)

     Mankind’s problem is in the nature inherited from the first man, “Adam” with Satan’s influence. God’s spirit reveals “that fleshly nature, how to recognize, despise and overcome it.”

     (1Corinthians 15:45-46; “So also it is written, “The first man, Adam, became a living person”; the last Adam “Jesus” became a life-giving spirit. However, the spiritual did not come first, but the natural, and then the spiritual.”) All are born with a sin nature; “the rich, powerful, prideful are naturally tempted to practice the pleasures of sin more so.”) Our Lord’s brother addresses this human problem.”

     (James 5:1-6; “Come now, you rich! Weep and cry aloud over the miseries that are coming on you. Your riches have rotted and your clothing has become moth-eaten. Your gold and silver have rusted and their rust will be a witness against you. It will consume your flesh like fire. “It is in the last days that you have hoarded treasure!” Look, the pay you have held back from the workers who mowed your fields cries out against you, and the cries of the reapers have reached the ears of the Lord of hosts. (5) You have lived indulgently and luxuriously on the earth. You have fattened your hearts in a day of slaughter. You have condemned and murdered the righteous person, although he does not resist you.”)

      Pray for those tempted, the rich, poor and all who inherited the fleshly nature of Adam that must ultimately be turned from. God desires, “we seek and put on the gifted nature of the second man “Jesus” that’s from heaven.”

     (1Corinthians 15:47-49; “The first man “Adam” is from the earth, made of dust; the second man “Jesus” is from heaven. Like the one ‘Adam’ made of dust, ‘so too are those made of dust’ and “like the one from heaven, so too those who are heavenly.” And just as we have borne the image of the man of dust, let us also bear the image of the man of heaven.’)

     The spirit mental outlook leads to our “overcome to the end,” waiting patiently for Jesus’ revelations and return.

     (James 5:7-12; “So, be patient brothers and sisters, until the Lord’s return. Think of how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the ground and is patient for it until it receives the early and late rains. (8) You also be patient and strengthen your hearts, for the Lord’s return is near. Do not grumble against one another, brothers and sisters, so that you may not be judged. See, the judge stands before the gates! (10) As an example of suffering and patience, brothers and sisters, take the prophets who spoke in the Lord’s name. Think of how we regard as blessed those who have endured. You have heard of Job’s endurance and you have seen the Lord’s purpose, that the Lord is full of compassion and mercy. (12) And above all, my brothers and sisters, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or by any other oath. But let your “Yes” be yes and your “No” be no, so that you may not fall into judgment.”)

     Why did the dispersed Israelites and why do we followers of Jesus need this kind of coaching from James? We were each born with Adam’s nature that must be continually in a state of conversion to Jesus’ nature. Each called person is commanded to seek spiritual growth, “seek the nature of Jesus” yield to the knowledge and admonition of the Lord to the end. Strive NOT to lose hope and recognize our perishable, mortal bodies must put on Jesus’ imperishable nature.”

     (1Corinthians 15:50-55; “Now this is what I am saying, brothers and sisters: Flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. Listen, I will tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we “Christians” will all be changed – in a moment, in the blinking of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable and we will be changed. (53) For this perishable body must put on the imperishable and this mortal body must put on immortality. Now when this perishable puts on the imperishable and this mortal puts on immortality, then the saying that is written will happen, “Death has been swallowed up in victory.” “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?”)

     Believers IN Jesus are heirs with Abraham “who believed IN the Lord’s Word.” Every person is born totally mortal and “immortality is gifted only through believing IN Jesus.” Consider the characteristics of Jesus’ miracles.

   (Dead were given back physical life, “instantly.”) (Lepers were made well and whole, “instantly.”) (Aged wine was made from water, “instantly.”) (5,000 plus were fed, when Jesus re-created fish and bread, “instantly.”) (At the last trump, the dead in Christ will be given spiritual life like Jesus’ “instantly.”) (After that and “in God’s timing” millions will be resurrected to a physical life, as was Lazarus, “instantly.”) People refusing to believe IN, “will die a second death.” How awesome our God. Jesus revealed a “second death” to John four times in His revelations to John. (See Rev 2:11, 20:5-6, 20:14-15  and 21:7-8.)

God’s Master Plan, chapter 19

May 29th, 2020

God’s Master Plan, chapter 19     26,260

To: World’s in Resident Churches of God. Sivan 6, 5,780 until sunset. 5/29/2020.

Today at sunset begins a weekly Sabbath and the next sunset, the annual Sabbath Pentecost. Sabbaths are set aside and made holy for God’s people, foreshadowing future plans for God’s way and peace on earth.    

    Heavenly Father: bless us with a faith like gifted to Abraham. Faith to love and yield obediently to Your Way because You revealed Yourself, gifted us with Jesus’ faith within; to know ourselves to be “temples of Your Holy Spirit.” We praise and thank You for these truths in the gifted nature of Jesus. AMEN.

     People spiritually led to believe IN God the Father and God the Son, miraculously inherit a family relationship. Become heirs with Abraham. (see Galatians 3:29) Now put in God‘s church; “the body of Believers IN, which Jesus is head.” The word, “church” means “assembly“ or “body of Believers.” Such bodies needs to assemble, review and study God’s Word together. (Jesus said; “For where two or three are assembled in My name, “nature” I am there among them.” Matthew 18:20) We can’t assemble in Jesus’ name, “that is by His authority” or “in His nature” unless we’re imputed with His Holy Spirit. Understanding this gives insight to Jesus’ Words at Matthew 18:20.

     (Matthew 18:15-20; “If your brother sins go and show him his fault when the two of you are alone. If he listens to you, you have regained your brother. But if he does not listen, take one or two others with you, so that at the testimony of two or three witnesses every matter may be established. If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. If he refuses to listen to the church, treat him like a Gentile or a tax collector.” (avoid) (18) “I tell you the truth, whatever you bind on earth will have been bound in heaven and whatever you release on earth will have been released in heaven. Again, I tell you the truth, if two of you on earth agree about whatever you ask, “My Father in heaven will do it for you.” For when two or three are assembled in My name, “nature” I am there among them.”) It is good to assemble with likeminded Believers IN and keep God’s commandments, including His weekly and annual Sabbaths.

     Believers IN God are blessed with gifted insight and maturity to think spiritually “superior to the fleshly way.” One can’t acquire a belief IN God by virtue of membership in some church. Why? We all inherited a fleshly nature that must be changed. (We must know that our previous old nature was naturally hostile to God’s Way.) (See James 4:4) Believing IN God is THE gift of hope faith. Believing IN God moves people from fleshly living practices to spiritual obedience. A majority who say, “I believe in Jesus,” aren’t taught the concept of what that really means. Allow the apostle Paul’s explanation.

     (Galatians 3:6-14; “Just as Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness, “so understand, that those who believe are the sons of Abraham.” The scripture foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, proclaimed the gospel to Abraham AHEAD OF TIME, saying, “All the nations will be blessed in you.” (See Gen 12:3 & 18:18) (9) So then those who believe are blessed along with Abraham the Believer. For all who RELY on doing the works of the law are under a curse, because it is written, “Cursed is everyone who does not keep on doing everything written in the book of the law.” (11) Now it is clear, no one is justified before God by the law, because the righteous one will live by faith. But the law is not based on faith, but the one who does the works of the law will live by them. (13) Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us (because it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree” in order that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham would come to the Gentiles, so that we could receive the promise of the Spirit by faith.”)

      Living and doing by the law, “amounts to “doing to gain salvation.” Living by Jesus’ gifted faith, “amounts to practicing His Way out of respect for and belief IN God.”

    Now as Jesus and His apostles clearly stated, “faith does not annul God’s law.” Believers IN are spiritually led to love and practice the spiritual principles of God’s law. Doing the law doesn’t translate into loving God.

     Jesus’ good news “GOSPEL” was shared with Abraham ahead of time! The Israelites, “unlike Abraham’s living by faith,” lived according to the dictates of the flesh, “human nature.” Relying on the law and traditions for their saving. “Put the law above the Law Giver.” In this way, “the law became a curse to those who lived by the law.”

     Jesus, “the Law Giver” demonstrated “showed the world” how His law relates to the love of God. Inspiring James’ mind and taught us His Ways through him. Showing, for example; “adultery has a deeper meaning than being unfaithful to one’s mate.” Spiritual adultery is dishonoring, disobeying the head of God’s Church, “Jesus Christ.”

     (James 4:4-10; “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. (5) Or do you think the scripture means nothing when it says, “The spirit that God caused TO LIVE WITHIN US has an envious yearning”? (6) 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. (9) Grieve, mourn, and weep. Turn your laughter into mourning and your joy into despair. (10) Humble yourselves before the Lord and He will exalt you.”)

     Believers IN are spirit led to examine ourselves in His Light. Ask God and consider, “to what degree does my friendship with this world take time from doing Your will?” This world’s god “Satan” wants our time and us. God says’ He’s jealous when we do not live His Way. (See Deuteronomy 4:24, 5:9, 6:15 and Ezekiel 39:25.

     His way is to resist; “DO NOT allow Satan to dominate!” Paul taught the same to the Gentiles, that James taught the dispersed Israelites and Jesus taught Abraham.

     (2 Corinthians 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, ‘Satan“? Or what does a Believer share in common with an unbeliever? (16) 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.” (17) 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.”)

     This is the good news, “gospel” shared with Abraham long before it was shared with his heirs, “physical and spiritual Israelites.”  (As Israelites in Egypt were not of Egypt, Christians are in this world but not of this world.) God’s chosen people could not free themselves from Satan’s sin trap. When 430 years were fulfilled, Jesus delivered Israel from Egyptian bondage through Moses. Today, followers of Jesus are spiritually delivered from this world’ system of things, but a greater deliverance is coming.

     (Exodus 12:40-42; “Now the length of time the Israelites lived in Egypt was 430 years. At the end of the 430 years, on the VERY day, all the regiments of the Lord went out of the land of Egypt. (42) It was a night of VIGIL for the Lord to bring them out from the land of Egypt, and so on this night all Israel IS TO KEEP THE VIGIL to the Lord for generations to come.”)

    Today, God has a people. A called out people, a chosen people, a royal priesthood, called out of darkness “Egypt - sin” and to The Light. Re-study 2Cor 6:14-18 and allow Peter’s explanation.

     (1 Peter 2:9-10; “But you, ‘followers of Jesus’ are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people of HIS own, so that you may proclaim the VIRTUES of the One who CALLED YOU OUT of darkness into His marvelous light. (10) You once were not a people, but now you are God’s people. You were shown no mercy, but now you have received mercy.”)

    SO, how do we proclaim the virtues of the One who called us out? Lovingly LIVE IT! (Virtue means, “goodness, good qualities and the value of.”) Christians show Jesus’ virtue with our lives in accordance to His calling! (The world calls people living God’s Way, “Neanderthals.” Believing IN and living Jesus’ Way is one and the same thing.

     (Luke 6:46; “Why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and don’t do what I tell you?”)

The Church is Jesus’ family and members are fathered by God the Father. Jesus said; “He no longer calls us slaves but friends, because the slave does not understand what his master is doing.” (“But I have called you friends, because I have REVEALED to you everything I heard from My Father. You did NOT choose Me, but I CHOSE you and appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that remains, so that whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you. This I command you – to love one another.” John 15:15-17)

     James taught, “a Believer IN should be compliant - conform to - His Way.

     (James 4:11-17; “Do not speak against one another, brothers and sisters. He who speaks against a fellow Believer or judges a Believer speaks against the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but its judge. But there is only One who is lawgiver and judge – the One who is able to save and destroy. On the other hand, who are you to judge your neighbor? (13) Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into this or that town and spend a year there and do business and make a profit.” You do not know about tomorrow. What is your life like? For you are a puff of smoke that appears for a short time and then vanishes. You ought to say instead, “If the Lord is willing, then we will live and do this or that.” (16) But as it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. (17) So whoever knows what is good to do and does not do it is guilty of sin.”)

    God knows us individually and He gives righteous humility to those who are led to seek Him. Speaking of THOSE without this knowledge “unbelievers,” Jesus inspired Isaiah to write.

     (Isaiah 29:13-16; ““The sovereign master says, “These people say they are loyal to Me; they say wonderful things about Me, but they are not really loyal to Me. Their worship consists of nothing but man-made ritual. Therefore I will again do an amazing thing for these people – an absolutely extraordinary deed. Wise men will have nothing to say, the sages will have no explanations.” Those who try to hide their plans from the Lord are as good as dead, who do their work in secret and boast, “who sees us? Who knows what we’re doing?” Your thinking is perverse! Should the potter be regarded as clay? Should the thing made say about its maker, “He didn’t make me”? Or should the pottery say about the potter, “He doesn’t understand?””)

     The gift of humility is of great price. Jesus shared the same principle in Proverbs.

     (Proverbs 27:1-2; “Do not boast about tomorrow; for you do not know what a day may bring forth. Let another praise you, and not your own mouth; someone else, and not your own lips.”)

     Abraham’s heirs, “spiritual Israelites” are a called out and a fathered people, spirit led to seek the humility God caused James, Isaiah and Solomon say we should aspire to.

God’s Master Plan, chapter 18

May 28th, 2020

To: World’s in Resident Churches of God. Sivan 5, 5,780 until sunset. 5/28/2020.

   Holy God our Creator and Sustainer: be merciful to forgive people of this age who aren’t given the mind to seek You as You’ve manifested Yourself in Your Holy Scriptures. Forgive those attempting to fit You to their view and live as seeming right to their fleshly minds. Reveal Yourself and call many is our prayer in Jesus’ holy name. AMEN.

     In an effort to expose demonic teaching we zeroed in on James’ teaching about the tongue. (The tongue is ruled by the mind and the mind by the belief system developed by this world’s system of things, “whose god is Satan.”) James wrote “the tongue sets fire to the course of human existence.”

   Satan desires worldwide division, confusion among families and war among nations. He wants individuals’ believing his first spoken lies to Eve, “these created a belief system in fleshly minds that have indeed set fire to the course of human existence. The Serpent ask Eve; “Is it really true that God said, ‘You must not eat from any tree of the orchard’?” Eve affirmed, God said, ‘you must not eat from a particular fruit, nor touch it, or else you’ll die.’ Then the Serpent calling God a liar, saying; “Surely you will not die, for God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will open and you will be like divine beings who know good and evil.”

     Satan’s lie appealed to Eve’s fleshly nature; he knew people would desire to be divine, “so as to decide for themselves “what’s right, wrong, good and evil.” His appealing words “set fire to the course of human existence.” (We should see; “that fleshly concept appealing to the fleshly mind.” Appealing to the fleshly mind was first put forth to people by the devil. When believed, “his lies make individuals little gods to themselves, which is idolatry.”

     (Satan’s saying, “Surely you won’t die” puts forth the idea that people live forever someplace. Thus, every major religion in the world, teach various forms of the concept; “people are born immortal.” That each person is born with an immortal spirit, ‘they call a soul’ a component in each that lives forever someplace. This erroneous doctrine Satan put forth, calling God a liar etc. has caused unscrupulous teachers to tie the symbolism of Gehenna “the valley of Hinnom” to an ever burning fire they called hell “where bad people burn forever.”

    The prophets, Jesus and His apostles taught, “Immortality is gifted through belief in Jesus’ shedding His blood for the remission of sin,” associated with God’s pre-planned resurrections. Not some symbolic superstition, founded on assumptions pagan gods “Molech’” and others is said to have taught.)

     SO it is, “the tongue is a fire!” polluting the entire body and “setting fire to the course of human existence.” The deception puts people in perpetual bondage until God delivers. (Jesus revealed His truth to His apostle John, in His revelations to him saying’ “But to the cowards, unbelievers, detestable persons, murderers, the sexually immoral and those who practice magic spells, idol worshipers, and all those who lie, their place will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur. That is the second death.” Revelations 21:8) Study the whole chapter. Jesus has the same apostle John write by revelation.

     (“This is what we proclaim to you: what was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have looked at and our hands have touched (concerning the word of life – and the life was revealed, and we have seen and testify and announce to you the Eternal Life “Jesus” that was with the Father and was revealed to us). What we have seen and heard we announce to you too, so that you may have fellowship with us (and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ). Thus we are writing these things so that our joy may be complete.” 1John 1:1-4)

     The reason God created man is camouflaged by the erroneous demonic teaching Satan has inspired regarding immortality and the fake science of evolution. Fleshly immoral people omit God’s Word; “that He created.” (God devised loving plans for His creation, “He’s the God is love.” 1John 4:8) He’s the master Architect’s preplanning, “that a called selected people be His literal heirs with Abraham in this age and even more during the millennial when all Israel will be saved.” In this age God is calling out a peculiar people “by this world‘s standards.” A people gifted with the faith of Jesus; ‘a circumcised of the heart people, born from above and heirs with faithful Abraham.’ Jesus inspired His apostle Paul to write.

     (1Cor 2:9-16; “But just as it is written, “Things that no eye has seenor ear heardor mind imaginedare the things God has prepared for those who love Him.” God REVEALS these things to us by His Spirit of Truth. (For the Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. For who among men knows the things of a man except the man’s spirit within him? So too, no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. Now we ‘followers of Jesus’ have not received the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may know the things that are freely given to us by God. And we speak about these things, not with words taught us by human wisdom, but with those taught by the Spiritexplaining spiritual things to spiritual people. (14) The unbeliever does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him. And he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned. The one who is spiritual discerns all things, yet he himself is understood by no one. For who has known the mind of the Lordso as to advise Him? But we Christians” have the mind of Christ.”)

    The mind of Christ is His Spirit of truth giving immortality, “no one can conjure up the mind of Christ.” No theology school can give it. God PREPARED, as in past tense. God reveals by His Spirit. The fleshly spirit of this world is anti-God, hostile and demonic.

     Paul taught it to the Romans. (Rom 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 deathbut 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 soThose who are in the flesh cannot please GodYou, 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 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.”)

     Only anti-Christ people believe they’re born to live forever someplace. People called to believe IN, “live BY Jesus’ teachings through His apostles.” Making each Christ Like and heirs with Abraham.

     (Gal 3:28-29; “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there’s 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.)

     (Eph 3:14-21; “For this reason, I “Paul” kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on the earth is named. I pray that according to the wealth of His glory He may grant you to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner person, that Christ may DWELL IN your hearts through faith, so that, because you have been rooted and grounded in love, you may be able to comprehend with all the Saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and thus to KNOW the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God. Now to Him who by the power that is working within us is able to do far beyond all that we ask or think, (21) to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”)

     Thank God for the wisdom and inspiration given to His apostles “that wisdom and knowledge surpasses human intellect.” The good news message, ‘gospel’ from Jesus and His apostles is, “we’re HEIRS of the promises, Christians,-Believers and the called, according to promise.” Unbelieving people can’t mentally absorb the love of God. Let’s continue with our Lord’s brother “James’” instructions to the dispersed Israelites.

     (James 3:13-18; “Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good conduct he should show his works done in the gentleness that wisdom brings. But if you have bitter jealousy and selfishness in your hearts, do not boast and tell lies against the truthSuch wisdom does not come from above but is earthly, natural and demonic. For where there is jealousy and selfishness, there is disorder and every evil practice. But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, accommodating, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial, and not hypocritical. (18) And the fruit that consists of righteousness is planted in peace among those who make peace.”)

    The called among us know the spiritual flow from Jesus and His apostles teaching. It‘s the “giving of love way toward one another.” (God’s Spirit manifest the jealously and selfishness of the human heart, that leads the called to repentance.) Thus, the fruit of His Spirit “produces pureness of heart, peaceable motives, gentleness and mercy.” Not only mercy toward Christians, but to unbelievers.

   Meditate on Paul’s prayer we studied in Ephesians 3: “I ‘Paul’ pray that according to the wealth of His glory He may grant you to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner person, that Christ may DWELL IN your hearts through faith, so that “because you have been rooted and grounded in love, you may be able to comprehend with all the Saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and thus to KNOW the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.” (That He may grant you to be strengthened.)

    Paul is speaking of strength gifted by grace through faith, ‘not strength of the human will!’ Not a human strength ‘to lord over people’ not strength earned through the study of theory that makes merchandise of people! BUT: “knowing the love of Christ that passes human knowledge.” LOVE gifted through God’s Spirit. The fleshly inherited nature, ‘that’s supported by the demonic’ is the root cause of divisions, false doctrine and war.’

    (James 4:1-3; “Where do the conflicts and where do the quarrels among you come from? Is it not from this, from your passions that battle inside you? (2) You desire and you do not have; you murder and envy and you cannot obtain; you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask; “you ask and do not receive because you ask wrongly, so you can spend it on your passions.”

    From Satan’s deceptions and fleshly nature people seek gods of the imagination. Unbelievers pray to get the upper hand and pray to win unrighteous wars. Some even pray to win games of chance, while making god’s figments of imaginations, thus their prayers are empty words.

     James said; “People don’t receive because they ask wrongly.” How do we ask rightly? First, we must be led to seek truth and believe as did Abraham. Allow Jesus’ apostle John’s introduction of “The Word-Jesus.” Review John 1:1-5, Colossians 1:15-20 and Hebrews 1: The “Word-Jesus” inspired the Holy Scriptures is the Lord Jesus that communed with Moses. The Spokesperson with God the Father, saying; (“Let us make humankind in Our image, after Our likeness, so they may rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move on the earth.”) (God created humankind in His own image, in the image of God He created them, male and female He created them. Genesis 1:26-27) God’s rule is, “there should be two or more witnesses.” So, we have three, “Jesus, John and the apostle Paul.” 

 

God’s Master Plan, chapter 17

May 26th, 2020

To: World’s in Resident Churches of God. Sivan 3, 5,780 until sunset. 5/26/2020.

      How can people who believe God is Creator, not believe He has a master plan for His creation? He reveals His choosing and much more through His prophets.

     Isaiah 14:24-27; “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. (26) This is the plan I have devised for the whole earth; My hand is ready to strike all the nations.” (Hebrew: “and this is the hand that is outstretched over 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?)

    (Isaiah 14:1-2; “The Lord will certainly have compassion on Jacob; (The reasons for Babylon’s coming demise is the Lord’s desire to restore His people.) 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. (2) Nations will take them ‘Israelitesand 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.”)

         (Isaiah 14:3-6; “When the Lord gives YOU “descendents of Jacob, (Christians. Spiritual Israelites) relief from your suffering and anxiety and from the hard labor which you were made to perform, 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 ’the scepter of rulers’ furiously struck down nations with unceasing blows. It angrily ruled over nations, oppressing them without restraint.”)

How can one believe, “practicing denominational values” saves?

     God allowed the demonic systems of Babylon and Assyria (this world’s system of things Satan represents) to lord over His people because of their disobedience; but such abusers of Jacob’s family will be punished for abusing His people. All nations have yielded to Satan’s systems, he’s this world’s god.

     Remember God’s covenant with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob was perpetual; their heirs will yet occupy to the borders promises. Speaking of abusers of His people, God had Isaiah continue.

     (Isaiah 14:22-29; “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.”) (Philistine is part of this world’s system that abuses God’s people and will likewise be destroyed.)

     (Isaiah 14:30-32; “The poor will graze in My pastures; the needy will rest securely. But I will kill your root by famine: it will put to death all your survivors.” (31) Wail, O city gate! Cry out, O city! Melt with fear, all you Philistines! For out of the north comes a cloud of smoke, and there are no stragglers in its ranks. How will they respond to the messengers of this nation? Indeed, the Lord has made Zion secure; the oppressed among His people will find safety in her.”) As always study the whole.

      Again in Isaiah’s chapter 46, God is promising good things for His people during His millennia reign. Understand, “genuine Christians are at One with Jesus.” Abraham, Isaac and Jacob’s heirs “whose name God changed to Israel” represents God’s family, “His church.”

      (Isaiah 46:3-4; “Listen to Me, O family of Jacob, all you who are left from the family of Israel, you who have been carried from birth, you who have been supported from the time you left the womb. Even when you are old, I will take care of you, even when you have gray hair, I will carry you. I made you and I will support you; I will carry you and rescue you.”

     (Isa 46:5-7; “To whom can you compare and liken Me? Tell Me whom you think I resemble, so we can be compared! Those who empty out gold from a purse and weigh out silver on the scale hire a metal smith, who makes it into a god. Then they bow down and worship it. They put it on their shoulder and carry it; they put it in its place and it just stands there; it does not move from its place. Even when someone cries out to it, it does not reply; it does not deliver him from his distress.”

     (Isa 46:8-13; “Remember this, so you can be brave! Think about it, you rebels! Remember what I accomplished in antiquity! Truly I am God, I have no peer; I am God, and there is none like Me, who announces the end from the beginning and reveals beforehand what has not yet occurred, who says, ‘My plan will be realized, I will accomplish what I desire,’ who summons an eagle from the east, from a distant land, One who carries out My plan. Yes, I have decreed, yes, I will bring it to pass; I have formulated a plan, yes, I will carry it out. (12) Listen to me, you stubborn people, you who distance yourself from doing what is right. I am bringing My deliverance near, it is not far away; I am bringing My salvation near, it does not wait. I will save Zion; I will adorn Israel with My splendor.”)

      God’s preplanning is obvious to His called out people. He announced Israel’s deliverance from Egypt some 400 plus years before delivering through Moses. Remember Jesus told us His time of return was in His Father’s hands.

      (Matt 24:36-44; “But as for that day and hour no one knows it – not even the angels in heaven – except the Father alone. For just like the days of Noah were, so the coming of the Son of Man will be. For in those days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day Noah entered the ark. And they knew nothing until the flood came and took them all away. It will be the same at the coming of the Son of Man. Then there will be two men in the field; one will be taken and one left. There will be two women grinding grain with a mill; one will be taken and one left. (42) “Therefore stay alert, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have been alert and would not have let his house be broken into. Therefore you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect Him.”)

    Believing Christians are hanging to Jesus’ promise, “knowing time will be cut short for the Elect’s sake.” Technically speaking, “we have been in the last days since Jesus’ ascension.” All who aren’t teaching His TRUTH are antichrist.

     (1John 2:18-19; “Children, it is the last hour, and just as you heard that the antichrist is coming, so now many antichrists have appeared. We know from this that it is the last hour. They went out from us, but they did not really belong to us, because if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us. But they went out from us to demonstrate that all of them do not belong to us.”

    (1John 2:20-23; “Nevertheless you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you all know. I have not written to you that you do not know the truth, but that you do know it, and that no lie is of the truth. (22)Who is the liar but the person who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This one is the antichrist: the person who denies the Father and the Son. Everyone who denies the Son does not have the Father either. The person who confesses the Son has the Father also.”)

     There are many antichrist but one truth. Antichrist don’t teach Jesus as He manifest Himself to be at “John 1:1-5. Colossians 1:15-20 and Hebrews 1.” Many teach “a God in three persons doctrine” not aware that no apostle ever addressed the Holy Spirit along with God the Father and God the Son in their salutation.

     (1John 2:24-26; “ As for you, followers of Jesus’ what you have heard from the beginning must remain in you. If what you heard from the beginning remains in you, you also will remain in the Son and in the Father. Now this is the promise that He Himself made to us: “eternal life.” These things I have written to you about those who are trying to deceive you.”

    (1John 2:27; Now as for you, the anointing that you received from Him resides in you, and you have no need for anyone to teach you. But as His anointing teaches you about all things, it is true and is not a lie. Just as it has taught you, you reside in Him children of God.)

    (1John 2:28-29; And now, little children, remain in Him, so that when He appears we may have confidence and not shrink away from Him in shame when He comes back. If you know that He is righteous, you also know that everyone who practices righteousness has been fathered by Him.”)

     The fathered by God people know Jesus as Creator, Re-creator, Sustainer, Mediator, Deliverer, Savior, coming King of Kings and know there’s a second resurrection, second death and that all Israel will be saved. The called are believers IN, “made at One with Jesus and looking forward to the first resurrection.” Looking forward to Jesus’ rule on earth, New Jerusalem’s coming down with God the Father and Jesus submitting Himself.

      (Revelations 21:1-4; Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and earth had ceased to exist, and the sea existed no more. And I saw the holy city – the New Jerusalem – descending out of heaven from God, made ready like a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying: “Look! The residence of God is among human beings. He will live among them, and they will be His people and God Himself will be with them. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes and death will not exist anymore – or mourning, or crying, or pain, for the former things have ceased to exist.”)

    (Rev 21:5-8’ And the one seated on the throne said: “Look! I am making all things new!” Then He said to me, “Write it down, because these words are reliable and true.” He also said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the one who is thirsty I will give water free of charge from the spring of the water of life. (7) The one who conquers will inherit these things, and I will be his God and he will be My son. (8) But to the cowards, unbelievers, detestable persons, murderers, the sexually immoral, and those who practice magic spells, idol worshipers, and all those who lie, their place will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur. That is the second death.”)

    People conquer their get nature inherited from Adam and put on Jesus’ nature through believing IN Jesus’ gifted faith to accomplish all His promises. (Most translations use the word “overcome” rather than conquer.) When immersed and clothed in Jesus’ faith, we inherit Jesus’ nature and love as He loves. Hostility toward obedience is turned to a desire to obey.

    (Philippians 2:12-16; 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, for the One bringing forth in you both the desire and the effort — for the sake of His good pleasure — is God. Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may be blameless and pure, children of God without blemish though you live in a crooked and perverse society, in which you shine as lights in the world by holding on to the word of life so that on the day of Christ I will have a reason to boast that I did not run in vain nor labor in vain.)

God’s Master Plan,chapte 16

May 25th, 2020

To: World’s in Resident Churches of God. Lyyar 31, 5,780 until sunset. 5/25/2020.

    Love cast out fear, Godly love cast out all fear including death. Fear is caused by many factors, mostly a lack of knowledge, or belief in our Creator. Whole armies have fled because of God causing fear. (See Judges 7:19-23) Other example’s is in first and second Chronicles. Fears, superstitions, governmental bureaucracy  and Satan have a lot in common when it comes to people’s enslavements due to lack of knowledge. When our president and administration were patting themselves on the back, boasting of economic successes my wife and I discussed; “if only they had the mind to give God credit for blessings,” but Christians have been expecting a lack of national blessings for a long time because of many factors. One major being, “our population’s attitude and supreme court decisions regarding abominable to God behaviors.” It’s like no one knows about Sodom and Gomorra.     

   Heavenly Father: as You reveal truth, help us expose enslavers of the naïve, making merchandise of Your people. Help us expose Satan’s motives and his ultimate demise. Help each know You as manifested in Your holy scriptures. We ask these things in the holy name and in the faith of Jesus AMEN.

   There are so many ways to verbalize, express our intended thoughts. We each sometimes stumble with our intended meanings unless we’re perfect individuals. Attempting to teach spiritual things to an unbelieving world is quite a challenge. How so? “Because, unbelieving people’s ingrained belief systems cannot be penetrated, by only human effort.” Only God can penetrate people’s ingrained belief systems.

    In religious circles there’re as many points of doctorial disagreements as there are people groups. It’s NOT natural that individuals examine the foundations of their personal beliefs once in their comfort zone. It’s natural that people think, “my religion.” So it is; “theirs” not God’s View. (Until individuals are spiritually gifted to understand Jesus’ deity, have a desire to teach His message and be AT ONE with Him, they shouldn’t attempt to teach.) “There’s no place for people with personal agendas in God’s family. Personal religious agendas are of the devil.

     Each professing Christian denomination, Hindi, Muslim etc. all proselytes and make efforts to keep their religion financially solvent and growing. Satan is divided and sees to it that major religions have their splinter groups. Many would give their life for their belief. While few understanding that THEIR belief began through some person with a personal agenda. Few understand; “There is a way that seems right to a person, but its end is the way that leads to death.” Proverbs 14:12)

    In every age, Jesus’ message has gone out to a hard hearted unbelieving people, “whether to dispersed Israelites or Gentiles” the majorities refused to believe IN Jesus. Jesus inspired Ezekiel to explain.

     (Ezek 3:1-7; “He, ‘the Lord’ said to me, “Son of man, go to the house of Israel and speak My words to them.” For you ‘Ezekiel’ are not being sent to a people of unintelligible speech and difficult language, but to the house of Israel – not to many peoples of unintelligible speech and difficult language, whose words you cannot understand – surely if I had sent you to them, they would listen to you! But the house of Israel is unwilling to listen to you, because they are not willing to listen to Me, for the whole house of Israel is hard-headed and hard-hearted.”

     How about this so called enlightened age? Rather than seeking God’s Way, each group hangs tight to what seems right to their OWN fleshly minds, rather than believing God. Each of Jesus’ apostles taught the same message, from different starting points and to folks with different backgrounds, but arriving at the same spiritual truths. (Which is: “the good news about the kingdom of God being established on earth and Jesus Christ our Savior, laying down His life for the remission of sin.”)

     Jesus miraculously opened the minds and personally taught each of His apostles. They were gifted to understand how the spiritual aspects of God’s ordained temple services related to salvation through Jesus. Temple items and services Jesus ordained through Moses, all related to Himself. The apostle Paul was given this spiritual over view and made reference to these more than some other apostles.

  Jesus inspired Peter to make reference to Paul’s teaching.

   (2 Peter 3:14-18; “Therefore, dear friends, since you are waiting for these things, strive to be found at peace, without spot or blemish when you come into His presence. And regard the patience of our Lord as salvation, just as also our dear brother Paul wrote to you, according to the wisdom given to him, speaking of these things in all his letters. Some things in these letters are hard to understand, things the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they also do to the rest of the scriptures. (17) Therefore, dear friends, since you have been forewarned, be on your guard that you do not get led astray by the error of these unprincipled men and fall from your firm grasp on the truth. (18) But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the honor both now and on that eternal day.”)

     Long before Jesus and His apostles, the prophets were identifying unprincipled people, who were leading people to the god of confusion. Our Lord’s brother also addressed the problem.

    (James 3:1-2; “Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers and sisters, because you know that we will be judged more strictly. (2) For we all stumble in many ways. If someone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect individual, able to control the entire body as well.”)

     It is difficult to correct something that has been misspoken. Hard hearted people do not like to even give one the opportunity, because they are very unforgiving. Whether a misunderstanding is from misspoken words or from people’s own doctrinal errors, most apply the same hardness of heart as God described to the Israelites. The degree in which pagan ways have infiltrated our English scriptural translations is a problem that causes many unbelievers to twist God’s Word. Unbelieving fleshly minded people teach a God fitting their own imagination, rather than as He manifest Himself to be in His inspired Word.

    (James 3:3-6; “And if we put bits into the mouths of horses to get them to obey us, then we guide their entire bodies. Look at ships too: Though they are so large and driven by harsh winds, they are steered by a tiny rudder wherever the pilot’s inclination directs. (5) So too the tongue is a small part of the body, yet it has great pretensions. Think how small a flame sets a huge forest ablaze. And the tongue is a fire! The tongue represents the world of wrongdoing among the parts of our bodies. It pollutes the entire body and sets fire to the course of human existence – and is set on fire by hell.“)

     HELL? The word translated hell is “Gehenna” a Greek transliteration of the Hebrew words (“Valley of Hinnom”). This was the valley along the south side of Jerusalem. In Old Testament times it was used for human sacrifices to the pagan god Molech (See Jeremiah 7:31; 19:5-6; 32:35), the valley of Hinnom came to be used as a place where human excrement and rubbish were disposed of and burned. In the inter testimonial period, it came to be used symbolically as the place of divine punishment (See Ezra 7:36) Here’s an example of how evolutionary thinking has infiltrated translations of God’s Word. 

    Today, the erroneous immortality of the soul doctrine has many false teachers tying the symbolism of Gahanna “hell” to the valley of Hinnom and teaching “a present day ever burning fire” a place where bad people burn forever. It’s a far stretch of God’s truth which is; “unconverted people will ultimately be burned up, which is the second death.” See Revelations 21:8.

     (The prophets, Jesus’ and His apostles teachings about God’s planned resurrections are replaced in pulpits with this symbolic superstition; “it’s foundation the pagan god Molech.”) SO IT IS, the tongue is a fire! “representing the world of wrongdoing among the parts of our bodies.” It pollutes the entire body and sets fire to the course of human existence.” The course of our existence is camouflaged by erroneous teaching that include evolution and omits God’s Word - “that He created.”

     (James 3:7-12; “For every kind of animal, bird, reptile, and sea creature is subdued and has been subdued by humankind. But no human being can subdue the tongue; it is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. (9) With it we bless the Lord and Father, and with it we curse people made in God’s image. From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. These things should not be so, my brothers and sisters. A spring does not pour out fresh water and bitter water from the same opening, does it? (12) Can a fig tree produce olives, my brothers and sisters, or a vine produce figs? Neither can a salt water spring produce fresh water.”)

     Meaning: “A person cannot teach spiritual things accurately unless imputed with God’s spirit.” We were all unbelievers until God opened our minds. Thus, unbelievers are spiritually ignorant. David puts this in context for us.

     (Psalms 94:8-16; “Take notice of this, you ignorant people! You fools, when will you ever understand? Does the one who makes the human ear not hear? Does the one who forms the human eye not see? Does the one who disciplines the nations not punish? He is the One who imparts knowledge to human beings! The Lord knows that peoples’ thoughts are morally bankrupt. How blessed is the one whom You instruct, O Lord, the one whom You teach from Your law, in order to protect him from times of trouble, until the wicked are destroyed. (14) Certainly the Lord does not forsake His people; He does not abandon the nation that belongs to Him. For justice will prevail, and all the morally upright will be vindicated. (16) Who will rise up to defend me against the wicked? Who will stand up for me against the evildoers?”)

     David knew the answer and thus was gifted with the spirit of patience; the spirit to wait on the Lord. In a similar way, temple items and worship in the temple God had Moses make; “circumcision in the flesh foreshadowed Believers IN, spiritually being circumcised of the heart. 

     (Jeremiah 9:23- The Lord says, “Wise people should not boast that they are wise. Powerful people should not boast that they are powerful. Rich people should not boast that they are rich. (24) If people want to boast, they should boast about this: They should boast that they UNDERSTAND and know Me. They should boast that they know and understand that I, the Lord, act out of faithfulness, fairness, and justice in the earth and that I DESIRE people to do these things,” says the Lord. (25) The Lord says, “Watch out! The time is soon coming when I will punish all those who are circumcised ONLY in the flesh. That is, I will punish the Egyptians, the Judeans, the Edomites, the Ammonites, the Moabites, and all the desert people who cut their hair short at the temples. I will do so because none of the people of those nations are really circumcised in the Lord’s SIGHT. Moreover, none of the people of ISRAEL are circumcised when it comes to their hearts.”)

     A God ordained miraculous change in our nature is the mystery, not understood by the world. That change can only come about when a person is called, their mind miraculously opened to see the erroneous way and responds by turning from the way that may seem right to what God says is right. That’s obedience! It’s the circumcision physical circumcision foreshadowed.

      (Luke 6:46-49; “Why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and don’t do what I tell you? “Everyone who comes to Me and listens to My words and puts them into PRACTICE – I will show you what he is like: He is like a man building a house, who dug down deep, and laid the foundation on bedrock. When a flood came, the river burst against that house but could not shake it, because it had been well built. (49) But the person who hears “UNDERSTANDS” and does not put My words into practice is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. When the river burst against that house, it collapsed immediately, and was utterly destroyed!”

     Spiritual teachers teach spiritual obedience, “obedience from the heart.” Obeying out of love for the One that first loved us. Believing IN God and His promises as written originally in the Old and New Covenants is gifted faith. We are told to “watch out” for those who teach a false way. Many things acceptable by this world’s modern thinkers are an abomination to our Creator. We cannot legitimately call ourselves a Christian, unless we are gifted to love as He loves and hate as He hates. Unless we are spiritually AT ONE WITH HIM. (His View Assemblies)

God’s Master Plan, chapter 15

May 22nd, 2020

To: World’s in Residence Churches of God.  Lyyar 29, 5,780 until sunset. 5/23/20.

    This seventh day is God and His people’s Sabbath, next Sabbath at sunset is Pentecost, the birthday of Jesus’ New Covenant Church. Two holy Sabbaths will be back to back. That’ll be weekly Sabbath May 30 and the third annual Sabbath Pentecost  May 31. (The fifty day count begins on the weekly Wave Sheaf Sabbath that’s between the first two annual Sabbaths, thus Pentecost is always on the first day. Study the whole published today. (His View Assemblies)

Prior to James’ writing to the dispersed Israelites, Jesus’ apostles had traveled to various providences where they’d been scattered. Afterward, as spirit led, Jesus’ apostles went out and then reported their successes back to the Jerusalem church. When James wrote, “the door of faith had been opened to called gentiles, gifting them with Jesus’ faith as to Israelites.” The gifted to Believe IN were being spiritually led to repent; “turn from their former way of get, to the way of give.” Receiving the message of truth as it was imputed to their minds. This imputation of God’s spirit to these Believers IN Jesus, gave James confidence to address their gifted internal desires to grow in the wisdom and knowledge of God.

     In large part, James’ letter was God’s simplified parental wisdom; “much like that taught by the prophets and Solomon. Things children should be taught before their teen years.

    (James 1:19-21; “Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters! Let every person be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger. For human anger does not accomplish God’s righteousness. So put away all filth and evil excess and humbly welcome the message implanted within you, which is able to save your souls.”)

    Who does the implanting? Jesus: through the door of faith. His truth implanted to one’s mind is “the door of faith being opened.” God’s implanted truth to one’s person‘s belief system converts and saves.

    God’s law for His set aside people includes how to love Him, how to love neighbor, rules regarding health, respecting the land and the need for circumcision of the heart. (See Lev 26:41; Deut 10:16; Jer 4:4; Ezek 44:9)

   (Romans 2:23-26; “You ‘Israelites’ who boast in the law dishonor God by transgressing the law! Just as it is written, “the name of God is being blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you ‘Israelites.” For circumcision has its value if you practice the law, but if you break the law, your circumcision has become un-circumcision. Therefore if the uncircumcised man obeys the righteous requirements of the law, will not his un-circumcision be regarded as circumcision?”

    (Rom 2:27-29; “And will not the physically uncircumcised man who keeps the law judge you who, despite the written code and circumcision, transgress the law? For a person is not a Jew, ‘Christian’ who is one outwardly, nor is circumcision something that is outward in the flesh, (29) but someone is a Jew, ‘Christian’ who is one inward, and circumcision is of the heart by the Spirit and not by the written code. This person’s praise is not from people but from God.”)

    Physical circumcision is God’s covenant with Abraham and descendents “to demonstrate a belief” obedience to God. A failure to obey God’s law broke the covenant. However circumcision always foreshadowed spiritual obedience as gifted to one’s being. Review Philippians 2:13 again.   

     Understanding truth is gifted to those “believing IN Jesus‘ faith.” One must believe that our Creator God is! Jesus taught it.

    (John 6:28-29; So, then they said to Jesus, “What must we do to accomplish the deeds God requires?” Jesus replied, this is the deed God requires – “to believe IN the One whom He sent.” But these ‘truths are recorded so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have LIFE in His name.”)

     It’s the door of faith, “it’s the message spiritually and miraculously implanted within one’s mind that saves.” Jesus taught it through Paul.

     (Hebrews 11:6; “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.”) Make no mistake, “such belief comes from above.” (Not theology schooling.)

     (James 1:22-25; “But be sure you live out the message and do not merely listen to it and so deceive yourselves. For if someone merely listens to the message and does not live it out, “practice it” he is like someone who gazes at his own face in a mirror. (24) For, he gazes at himself then goes out and immediately forgets what sort of person he was. But the one who peers into the perfect law of liberty and fixes his attention there and does not become a forgetful listener, but one who lives it out–“practices it” he will be blessed in what he does.”)

   We need to understand; our own inherited nature, how cares of the world and its divisionary false teachings, (are obstacles to our “living out the message.”)

    (James 1:26-27; “If someone thinks he is religious yet does not bridle his tongue and so deceives his heart, his religion is futile. Pure and undefiled religion before God the Father is this: ‘to care for orphans and widows in their misfortune and to keep oneself unstained by the world.’”)

     May we yield to the spirit’s rational teaching and grow. May we realize this world’s system of things “hinders the desire to be a doer pleasing Jesus.” This world’s system of things absorbs the careless Believer’s time. We must be careful that this world’s traditions NOT dilute our “faith of Jesus in us.” Jesus taught the principle of faithfully waiting on God through James and Isaiah.

    (Isaiah 64:4-9; “Since ancient times no one has heard or perceived, no eye has seen any God besides You, who intervenes for those who wait for Him. You assist those who DELIGHT in doing what is right, who OBSERVE Your commandments. Look, You were angry because we violated Your commandments continually. How then can we be saved?

     We are all like one unclean, our so-called righteous acts are like a menstrual rag in Your sight. We all wither like a leaf; our sins carry us away like the wind. No one invokes Your name, or makes an effort to take hold of You. For You have rejected us and handed us over to our own sins. Yet, Lord, You are our father. We are the clay, and you are our Potter; we are all the product of Your labor. Lord, do not be too angry! Do not hold our sins against us continually! Take a good look at Your people, at all of us!””)

     In Moses and Joshua’s day the Israelites knew they were chosen to be God’s people. In their Synagogues each Sabbath, they studied prophetic writings, their own history and the ten commandments were memorized by children early in their lives. Few Israelites, ‘even in the apostles time’ could foresee a time when “the door of faith would be opened to the Gentiles.” Now James’ letter is teaching the righteousness of God to dispersed Israelites, in a way many may not have considered before, “the door of Jesus’ faith opening through being gifted to understanding His message.”

    (James 2:1-7; “My brothers and sisters, do not show prejudice, if you possess faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ. For if someone comes into your assembly wearing a gold ring and fine clothing, and a poor person enters in filthy clothes, do you pay attention to the one who is finely dressed and say, “You sit here in a good place,” and to the poor person, “You stand over there,” or “Sit on the floor”? If so, have you not made distinctions among yourselves and become judges with evil motives? (5) Listen, my dear brothers and sisters! Did not God choose the poor in the world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom that He promised to those who love Him? But you have dishonored the poor! Are not the rich oppressing you and dragging you into the courts? (7) Do they not blaspheme the good name of The One you belong to?”)

     For the most part, it’s always been, “the rich, powerful and popular are held in high esteem by naïve worldly people.” People are slow to grasp the fact that they are being made merchandise of by the rich, politicians and this world‘s system of things. James has his finger on society’s pulse result “Adam’s nature we inherited.” Jesus through James is teaching “Believers IN Himself” that we are heirs with Abraham and how to show love for one another.”

     (James 2:8-12; “But if you fulfill the royal law as expressed in this scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing well. But if you show prejudice, you are committing sin and are “convicted by the law as violators.” (10) For, “the one who obeys the whole law” but fails in one point” has become guilty of all of it. For He who said, “Do not commit adultery,” also said, “Do not murder.” Now if you do not commit adultery but do commit murder, you have become a violator of the law. (12) Speak and act as those who will be judged by a law that gives freedom. For judgment is merciless for the one who has shown no mercy. But mercy triumphs over judgment.”)

     The commandments are kept spiritually perfect when Jesus’ love is imputed to our being. Resulting in “believing IN faith” being gifted with Godly love imputed to our being.

     (James 2:14-19; “What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but does not have works? Can this kind of faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacks daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, keep warm and eat well,” but you do not give them what the body needs, what good is it? (17) So also faith, if it does not have works, is dead being by its self. But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith without works and I will show you faith by my works. (19) You believe that God is One; well and good. Even the demons believe that – and tremble with fear.”)

     Believing IN requires action. Demons, Jesus encountered knew who He was, while many in religious circles refuse to believe He is the Christ. When professing Christians allow themselves to be stained by this world’s system of things; the world considers them as their own. Jesus expressed it.

     (Matt 6:24; “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.”)

   WHY is it necessary for Jesus to say this and have James write as he did to the dispersed Israelites? Even then people with self serving agendas were confusing the people about Jesus’ promised, grace and the law. Like today, “some believed Jesus lived, but were not gifted to believe IN.” So, James emphasized “believing IN faith” as in gifted grace; as in believing IN God’s promises.

     (James 2:20-26; “But would you like evidence, you empty fellow, that faith without works is useless? Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar? (22) You see that his faith was working together with his works and his faith was perfected by works. And the scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God and it was counted to him for righteousness,” and he was called God’s friend. You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone. And similarly, was not Rahab the prostitute also justified by works when she welcomed the messengers and sent them out by another way? (26) For, just as the body without the spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead.”)

     Abraham: nor can we do works in order to gain friendship with God! He: nor should we work to gain friendship but because we love and believed IN our Creator. Abraham was led to recognize God’s righteousness, creative powers and ability to keep promises. Abraham knew by faith that God could give life back to his heir, “Isaac.” Thus, Abraham’s actions demonstrated that belief.

     How do these things apply to this latter age? Faith in the God of Abraham is almost non-existing. Most people in this latter age have rejected the knowledge God passed to us through His apostles and prophets. That Jesus is Re-Creator, Creator, Sustainer, Deliverer, Mediator, the Resurrection and Life Giver. Many professing Christians reject Jesus as Creator. That He did creative works to demonstrate His deity, “miraculously healing, restoring physical life, creating food, feeding thousands and taking life from a fig tree.”

    (John 20:30-31; “Now Jesus performed many other miraculous signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not recorded in this book. But these are recorded so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God and that by believing you may have life in His name.”)

     (Revelations 3:5-6; “The one who conquers, “overcomes to the end” will be dressed like them in white clothing, and I will never erase his name from the book of life, but will declare his name before My Father and before His angels. The one who has an ear had better hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’)

     One of Satan’s many tools is, “this world’s system of things promoting the pleasures of sin.” ASK; are you a called out Believer IN? Has the door of faith been opened to you? Has God’s truth been implanted to your mind? Do you see that Satan’s way of get, is taking this world down a destructive path? Jesus reminded us; “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. But the gate is narrow and the way is difficult that leads to life and there are few who find it.” Matt 7:13-14) 

 

God’s Master Plan, chapter 14

May 22nd, 2020

d’s Master Plan, chapter 13     26,106

To: World’s in Residence Churches of God.  Lyyar 28, 5,780 until sunset. 5/22/20

  In this age followers of Jesus are “His Kingdom People” people God the Father called, gave Jesus for training, to grow in His grace: made members of His church. As was told to Daniel and Paul, “in this age the wicked will go on being wicked, the uncalled will keep questioning and twisting God’s Word to suite their whims, “to their own condemnation.”

   The denominations teach “Jesus changed His Father’s Sabbath and softened His Fathers’ laws. We identify unbelievers as “believers that” and believers as “believers IN.” Believers IN are gifted with spiritual discernment, to know God is unchanging and absolute. God the Father and God the Son are ‘One in purpose.’ Followers of Jesus understand His deity is as revealed at “John 1:1-5, Colossians 1:15-20 and Hebrews 1: particularly.” Jesus is the Alpha and Omega and firstborn from flesh to spirit. Let’s repeat James’ gifted understanding to scattered Israelites.

   (James 1:16-18; “Do not be led astray, my dear brothers and sisters. All generous giving and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or the slightest hint of change. By His sovereign plan He gave us “spiritual” birth through the message of truth, that we would be a kind of firstfruit of all He created.”)

     Since that Pentecost after Jesus’ ascension the called, ‘born from above’ are gifted with God’s energizing Holy Spirit and are the firstfruits of all His creation. It’s God’s principle regarding the last becoming first and the first last.

     The Firstfruits must be as is described at (Hebrews 13:5-9; “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 leaders, who spoke God’s message to you; reflect on the outcome of their lives and imitate their faith. (8) 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.”)

     Believing IN the Lord God Jesus benefited Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, Jesus’ apostles and all Believers IN through Jesus’ faith.

Jesus’ Church in this age and His coming Kingdom

 is built on His principle “last becoming first and first last.

    (Ephesians 2:19-22; So then you ‘followers of Jesus’ are no longer foreigners and noncitizens, 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 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.)

    Paganism’s recognition of gods and men will cease to exist when Jesus’ kingdom is established. Nations will come to learn about Israel’s God and seek guidance. See Isaiah 35: and 44: for our purpose let’s study 44:21-28;Remember these things, O Jacob, O Israel, for you are My servant. I formed you to be My servant; O Israel, I will not forget you! I remove the guilt of your rebellious deeds as if they were a cloud, the guilt of your sins as if they were a cloud. Come back to me, for I protect you.” (23) Shout for joy, O sky, for the LORD intervenes; shout out, you subterranean regions of the earth. O mountains, ‘governments give a joyful shout; you too, O forest and all your trees! For the LORD protects Jacob; He reveals His splendor through Israel. This is what the LORD, your Protector, says, the One who formed you in the womb: “I am the LORD, who made everything, who alone stretched out the sky, who fashioned the earth all by Myself, who frustrates the omens of the empty talkers and humiliates the omen readers, who overturns the counsel of the wise men and makes their advice seem foolish, (26) who fulfills the oracles of His prophetic servants and brings to pass the announcements of His messengers, who says about Jerusalem, ‘She will be inhabited,’ and about the towns of Judah, ‘They will be rebuilt, her ruins I will raise up,’ who says to the deep sea, ‘Be dry! I will dry up your sea currents,’ who commissions Cyrus, the one I appointed as shepherd to carry out all My wishes and to decree concerning Jerusalem, ‘She will be rebuilt,’ and concerning the temple, ‘It will be reconstructed.’ “

  About the law?

     Only people who’re followers of Jesus, “recipients of His energizing Holy Spirit” aren’t under the law: “because a love of God’s law is supernaturally imputed to their minds.” A spirit of loving fellow Christians and God is imputed to the mind of each Believers IN Jesus’ (not a people believing that Jesus lived) but a people who know He’s the keeper of promises, His holy seasons and Sabbaths are perpetual.  Hopefully we see the difference.    

   (Gifted Godly love for others assures that we honor the last six of God’s ten commandments, “they govern our conduct with others” “because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts.” (See Rom 5:5-6; And hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us. For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.) Gifted Godly love assures “the first four commandments govern our relationship with Him.)

      God’s law, “particularly His ten commandments” are guardians, “school masters” until the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts. We should be teaching children by parental example to honor authority; “whether God’s or laws of the land.” (Followers of, “the Jesus that’s manifested in His Holy Scriptures” have His written spiritual law stamped to their being.) “Thus followers of Jesus are unable to PRACTICE things that are in opposition to God’s law.”

     (Romans 7:7-10; What shall we, ’followers of Jesus who aren’t under the law’ say then? Is the law sin? Absolutely not! Certainly, I would not have known sin except through the law. For indeed I would not have known what it means to desire something belonging to someone else if the law had not said, “Do not covet.” (8) But sin, seizing the opportunity through the commandment, produced in me all kinds of wrong desires. For apart from the law, sin is dead. And I was once alive apart from the law, but with the coming ‘understanding’ of the commandment, sin became alive and I died. So I found that the very commandment that was intended to bring life brought death!”)

    The spiritual application of God’s law “being stamped to our being” was always God’s intent to make us at One with Himself. That’s why Moses was inspired to write about circumcision of the heart and Paul contended with people accusing him of teaching “the law was done away with.”

      (Rom 7:11-12; For sin, ’lawlessness seizing the opportunity through the commandment, deceived me and through it ‘that understanding’ I died. (12) So then, the law is holy, and the commandment is holy, righteous, and good.”)

      Understand, the result of practicing sin is eternal death, Paul was able to bury the old fleshly nature through his gifted belief in Jesus’ faith. The pulls in Paul’s flesh was not entirely eliminated, “but after being gifted to believe IN Jesus he recognized his sin nature and its pulls.”So the new Paul was gifted with a Godly desire to overcome to the end.

     (Rom 7:13-29; “Did that which is good, then, become death to me? Absolutely not! But sin, so that it would be shown to be sin, produced death in me through what is good, so that through the commandment sin would become utterly sinful. (14) For we, ’followers of Jesus know, “the law is spiritual”–but I am unspiritual, sold into slavery to sin. (15) For I don’t understand what I am doing. For I do not do what I want– ‘instead’ I do what I hate. But if I do what I don’t want, I agree that the law is good. But now it is no longer me doing it, but sin that lives in me. (18) For I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my flesh. For I want to do the good, but I cannot do it. For I do not do the good I want, but I do the very evil I do not want! Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer me doing it but sin that lives in me.”

    Paul’s desire ’that inner being spiritual outlook’ had been supernaturally changed. (Rom 7:21-25; “So, I find the law that when I want to do good, evil is present with me. For I delight in the law of God in my inner being. But I see a different law in my members waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that is in my members. (24) Wretched man that I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death?

   Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin.”

     God’s physical and spiritual laws are good for His people. Everything from physical circumcision to allowing “the land a Sabbath rest” serves those to whom the law is gifted to their understanding. A major thing contributing and causing people to ignore God is “the love of money, power it provides and our inherited self serving nature.”

   Remember Paul taught about Jesus from prophetic writings, Jesus’ revelations and his personal experience. Some believed, “the many did not.” Only those gifted with revelations from above “believe IN.” Technically, the Holy Spirit’s teaching the called. Not Paul’s nor our teaching here. Those being called are gifted with the desire to convert from the practices that honored imaginary gods to practices honoring our Creator. That desire comes from above, ‘Paul could not’ “nor can anyone give others that desire.”

   (Phil 2:13; “for the one bringing forth in you both the desire and the effort – for the sake of His good pleasure – is God.)

  Jesus’ truth divides people; as He said.

   (Matthew 10:34-36; “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.”)

      People who aren’t gifted to understand don’t grasp the fact that Jesus foreknew and does foreknow His people. Jesus said it.

     (Matt 10:24-30; “The Jewish leaders surrounded Jesus and asked, “How long will You keep us in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly. Jesus replied, “I told you and you do not believe. The deeds I do in My Father’s name testify about Me. But you refuse to believe because you are not My sheep. My sheep listen to My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish; no one will snatch them from My hand. 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.”)

     Heavenly Father: please lead us away from the evil one’s deceptions, to Your straight path wherein we inherit Eternal Life with Abraham. Make each Believers IN Your Way recognize false ways and turn from them. Give many Your gift of conversion and a belief IN, desiring to overcome our inherited nature to the end. In the holy name and nature of Jesus we ask. AMEN.

God’s Master Plan, chapter 13

May 20th, 2020

To: World’s in Residence Churches of God.  Lyyar 25, 5,780 until sunset. 5/19/20       

    Paul said; “oracles of God” were entrusted to the Jews. ‘See Romans 3:1-4.’ The first five books of God’s holy word is the whole law. (Jesus had Daniel prophecy; “In this latter age knowledge will be increased” (See Daniel 12:4 “But you, Daniel, close up these words and seal the book until the time of the end. Many will dash about, and knowledge will increase.”) We are in the latter age, but more pacifically Jesus is having Daniel look to the age of His millennial rule on earth.

     (Daniel 12:1-3; “At that time Michael, the great prince who watches over your people, will arise ‘stand up.‘ There will be a time of distress unlike any other from the nation’s beginning up to that time. (Also see Matthew 24:3-28) But at that time your own people, all those whose names are found written in the book, will escape. Many of those who sleep in the dusty ground will awake – some to everlasting life, and others to shame and everlasting abhorrence. But the wise will shine

like the brightness of the heavenly expanse. And those bringing many to righteousness will be like the stars forever and ever.”) Study the resurrection chapter, 1Corinthians 15:

      (Dan 12:4-7; “But you Daniel close up these words and seal the book until the time of the end.” Many will dash about and knowledge will increase.” I, Daniel, watched as two others stood there, one on each side of the river. One said to the man clothed in linen who was above the waters of the river, “When will the end of these wondrous events occur?” (7) Then I heard the Man clothed in linen who was over the waters of the river as He raised both his right and left hands to the sky and made an oath by the One who lives forever: “It is for a time, times, and half a time. Then, when the power of the one who shatters the holy people has been exhausted, all these things will be finished.”)

    (Dan 12:8-13; “I heard, but I did not understand. So I said, “Sir, what will happen after these things?” He said, “Go, Daniel. For these matters are closed and sealed until the time of the end. (10) Many will be purified, made clean, and refined, but the wicked will go on being wicked. None of the wicked will understand, though the wise will understand. From the time that the daily sacrifice is removed and the abomination that causes desolation is set in place, there are 1,290 days. Blessed is the one who waits and attains to the 1,335 days. But you should go your way until the end. You will rest and then at the end of the days you will arise to receive what you have been allotted.”)

     Jesus or perhaps His angel Michael or Gabriel is revealing to Daniel that he will arise to receive what has been allotted to him. People whom aren’t recipients of God’s energizing Holy Spirit will not understand. (It’s in part the mystery revealed to followers of Jesus and there’s more.)  

     (Rom 8-4; “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the life-giving Spirit in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and death. For God achieved what the law could not do because it ‘the law’ was weakened through the flesh. By sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and concerning sin, He condemned sin in the flesh, (4) so that the righteous requirement of the law may be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.”)

     Walking according to God’s spirit is to have the spirit of His law imputed to our minds. We would not know committing physical and spiritual adultery was sin; “except for the law says, ‘don’t commit adultery.’”

     (Rom 9:14-18; “What shall we say then? Is there injustice with God? Absolutely not! For He says to Moses: “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.” So then, it does not depend on human desire or exertion, but on God who shows mercy. (17) For the scripture says to Pharaoh; “For this very purpose I have raised you up, that I may demonstrate My power in you, and that My name may be proclaimed in all the earth.” (Quote from Exodus 9:16) So then, God has mercy on whom He chooses to have mercy, and He hardens whom He chooses to harden.”) When we have gifted desire to be AT ONE with God, He gave it. Review Philippians 2:13.

       A mystery to the world at large and understood by those called and gifted to understand.

  Paul explains what Daniel was told.

    (1Cor  15:50-58; Now this is what I am saying, brothers and sisters: Flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. Listen, I will tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed – (52) in a moment, in the blinking of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. (53) For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality. Now when this perishable puts on the imperishable, and this mortal puts on immortality, then the saying that is written will happen, “Death has been swallowed up in victory.” “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” (Quote from Isaiah 25:8) (56) The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ! So then, dear brothers and sisters, be firm. Do not be moved! Always be outstanding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.”)

  Our Lord’s brother James shares additional light.

     (James 1:10; “But the rich person’s pride should be in his humiliation, because he will pass away like a wildflower in the meadow.”) We have Godly pride with the knowledge of who we are in Jesus. These things were taught in the law and handed down to the Israelites back in Moses’ day.”)

Now we have new emphasis shared by James, from God’s spiritual point of view.

     (James 1:11-12; “For the sun rises with its heat and dries up the meadow; the petal of the flower falls off and its beauty is lost forever. So also the rich person in the midst of his ‘personal’ pursuits will wither away. ‘Happy is the one who endures testing, because when he has proven to be genuine, he will receive the crown of life that God promised to those who love Him.’”)

     Endure testing? To each of the seven churches, ‘in Jesus’ Revelations to John’ He says; “he that overcomes to the end shall be saved.” We demonstrate our believing IN, when we keep Jesus’ spiritual law. The crown of life is promised to those that love God.

  Temptation’s source?

      (James 1:13-14; “Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted by evil, and He Himself tempts no one. But each one is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desires.” )

     Our fleshly inherited desires are much like an elementary child’s. We need righteous parental guidance. We are lured and enticed by our inherited from Adam nature. People make bad decisions when they yield to selfishness and are overcomes with greed.

     (James 1:15; “Then when desire conceives, it gives birth to sin, and when sin is full grown, it gives birth to death.”) (The ultimate wages of sin is eternal death. Jesus’ apostle Paul was inspired to explain.)

     (Romans 6:23; “For the payoff ‘wages’ of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”)

     Solomon was inspired to write, “There is a way that seems right to a person, but its end is the way that leads to death. Even in laughter the heart may ache, and the end of joy may be grief. The backslider will be paid back from his own ways, but a good person will be rewarded for his. A naive person believes everything, but the shrewd person discerns his steps.” Prov 14:12-15)

     (James 1:16-18; “Do not be led astray, my dear brothers and sisters. All generous giving and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or the slightest hint of change. By His sovereign plan He gave us “spiritual” birth through the message of truth, that we would be a kind of first fruits of all He created.”)

     What birth is given through the message of truth.? James is speaking of spiritual birth. “BY HIS sovereign plan, God gives spiritual birth through the message of TRUTH.” SPIRITUAL BIRTH is James’ subject! Through the message of the truth; our accepting and believe IN, “is the gift of being born from above.” Remember James is sharing these truths with those “dispersed abroad” Israelites. Israelites and all called to Believers IN.

     Digest also: “there is NOT the slightest HINT of change from our Heavenly Father.” The foretold mystery of Christ living in Believers IN, has not changed. It is the fulfillment of God’s master plan. The door of faith opening to the Gentiles is not a change, but a fulfillment of His plan. Through His message of truth, we teach that every Believer IN “Christian” is an heir with Abraham. Paul taught it first.

     (Galatians 3:23-29; “Now before Jesusfaith came we were held in custody under the law, being kept as prisoners until the coming faith would be revealed. (not taught through worldly schooling) Thus the law had become our guardian until Christ, so that we could be declared righteous by ’Jesus’’ faith. But now that ‘Jesus’’ faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian. For in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God through faith. For all of you who were baptized “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. And IF you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s descendants, heirs according to the promise.”)

   While denominations think methodology to salvation, God chooses, calls and delivers a predestined people to demonstrate His foreknowledge and preplanning.    

God’s Master Plan, chapter 12

May 18th, 2020

To: World’s in Residence Churches of God.  Lyyar 24, 5,780 until sunset. 5/18/20       

     As the personification of love, truth, righteousness and holiness; God’s view is what Believers IN Jesus strive for. So why do many professing Christians wrestle with the subject of His view? We could choose several starting points on this subject and each one would leads to the same conclusion. The longest living of Jesus’ apostles ‘John’ wrote about Godly love. Jesus revealed the following through John.

     (1John 3:4; “Everyone who practices sin also practices lawlessness; indeed, sin is lawlessness.”) God considers “practicing what seems right to the fleshly mind rather than living His Way sin! Believers in God live by His command and oracles because they love Him, “because the love of God is spread abroad in their being.”

    (Ephesians 3:14-19; For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on the earth is named. I pray that according to the wealth of His glory He may grant you to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner person, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, so that, because you have been rooted and grounded in love, you may be able to comprehend with all the Saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and thus to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.) (It’s by revelation, not intellect.)

      (1John 3:5-6; “And you know that Jesus was revealed to take away sins and in Him there is no sin. Everyone who resides in Him does not, practice sin; everyone who, ‘practices’ sins has neither seen Him nor known Him.”) The next few verses reveal why the word “practice” is added before the word sin. 

     (1John 3:7-10; “Little children, let no one deceive you: The one who practices righteousness is righteous, just as Jesus is righteous. The one who practices sin is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was revealed: to destroy the works of the devil. Everyone who has been fathered by God does not practice sin, because God’s seed resides in him, and thus he is not able to sin, because he has been fathered by God. (10) By this the children of God and the children of the devil are revealed: Everyone who does not practice righteousness – the one who does not love his fellow Christian – is not of God.”)

     There in verse 9, the distinction is sharply drawn “the one who practices sin” is of the devil, “the one who is fathered by God” “does not practice sin.” John’s teaching is based on the sharp antithesis between recipients of God’s energizing Holy Spirit (true Christians) and His opponents (heretics).

     (1John 3:1-3; (See what sort of love the Father has given to us: that we should be called God’s children – and indeed we are! For this reason the world does not know us: because it did not know Him. (2) Dear friends, we, ’believers IN’ are God’s children now and what we will be has not yet been revealed. We ‘believersknow that whenever it is revealed we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is. (3) And everyone who has this hope focused on Him purifies himself, just as Jesus is pure)

     Believers IN Jesus, need to think of themselves as God‘s children “now.” We need to consider ourselves temples of His spirit and thus His law of love imputed to our minds. (Study first, second and third John. For our purpose in this study we go to Paul’s letter to God’s church at Rome and all Holy Spirit recipients.) Once a recipient of God’s energizing Holy Spirit His law is spiritually imputed to our minds. Then we’re accounted righteous by Jesus’ gifted ‘imputed’ faith to our being. (God’s law defines sin.)

      (Rom 3:19-20; “Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced and the whole world may be held accountable to God. For no one is declared righteous before Him by the works of the law, for through the law comes the knowledge of sin.”)

      God’s law is ‘the world’s’ guardian ‘teaching and defining sin!’ Only way NOT to be under God’s law is to have the spirit imputed to the mind.

      (Rom 3:21; “But now apart from the law the righteousness of God (which is attested by the law and the prophets) has been disclosed – namely, the righteousness of God through the faithfulness of Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction, all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”) (Study the whole.) Adam and Eve were the first to commit lawlessness in God’s View and we each inherited their sin nature.

     (Rom 5:12-14; “So then, just as sin entered the world through one man ‘Adam’ and death through sin and so death spread to all people because all sinned – for before the law was given, sin was in the world, but there is no accounting for sin ‘no reckoning’ when there is no law. Yet death reigned from Adam until Moses even over those who did not sin in the same way that Adam (who is a type ‘pattern of the coming One) transgressed.”) This is why Adam is called ‘the first man.’

    (Rom 5:15-17; “But the gracious gift is not like the transgression. For if the many died through the transgression of the one man, ‘Adam’ how much more did the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the One man Jesus Christ multiply to the many! And the gift is not like the one who sinned. For judgment, resulting from the one transgression, led to condemnation, but the gracious gift from the many failures led to justification. (5:17) For if, by the transgression of the one man, death reigned through the one, how much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ!”)

   God allowed many failures for His own purpose; so, before the grace of Jesus is multiplies to many who are gifted to believe IN. (Many are justified through Jesus’ gifted faith imputed to the minds, ‘’thus aren’t under the curse of the law.’ God’s law is still valid, ‘in that it identifies sin.’ When we believed IN and were immersed in ‘clothed with Jesus Christ’ the old self died with Him “buried with Him.”

     (Rom 6:1-4; “What shall we say then? Are we to remain in sin so that grace may increase? Absolutely not! How can we who died to sin still live in it? Or do you not know that as many as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? (4) Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, in order that just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too may live a new life.”) We should be able to say with Paul, “not I but Christ in me.”

     (Galatians 2:15-21; “We ’followers of Jesus’ are Jews by ‘spiritual birth and not Gentile sinners, yet we know “no one is justified by the works of the law but by the faithfulness of Jesus Christ.” We have come to believe in Christ Jesus, so that we may be justified by the faithfulness of Christ and not by the works of the law, because by the works of the law no one will be justified. (17) But if while seeking to be justified in Christ we ourselves have also been found to be sinners, ‘is Christ then one who encourages sin?’ Absolutely not! But if I build up again those things I once destroyed, I demonstrate that I am one who breaks God’s law. For through the law I died to the law so that I may live to God. (20) I have been crucified with Christ, and it is no longer I who lives, but Christ lives in me. So the life I now live in the body, I live because of the faithfulness of the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. (21) I do not set aside God’s grace, because if righteousness could come through the law, then Christ died for nothing!”)

    (Rom  6:12-14; “Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its desires, and do not present your members to sin as instruments to be used for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who are alive from the dead and your members to God as instruments to be used for righteousness. For sin will have no mastery over you, because you are not under law but under grace.”) Once God makes us His children, His energizing Holy Spirit delivers and leads us to serve Him.

Remember, sin is transgression of God’s law.

     (Rom 6:15-23; “What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? Absolutely not! Do you not know that if you present yourselves as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one you obey, either of sin resulting in death, or obedience resulting in righteousness? (17) But thanks be to God that though you were slaves to sin, you obeyed from the heart that pattern of teaching you were entrusted to, and having been freed from sin, you became enslaved to righteousness. (19) (I am speaking in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh.) For just as you once presented your members as slaves to impurity and lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness leading to sanctification. (20) For when you were slaves of sin, you were free with regard to righteousness. So what benefit did you then reap from those things that you are now ashamed of? For the end of those things is death. But now, freed from sin and enslaved to God, you have your benefit leading to sanctification, and the end is eternal life. (23) For the payoff of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”)

   Only Jesus was born immortal, we each inherited Adam’s sin nature and eternal death; but by the grace of God, believers in Jesus inherit eternal life. The law isn’t sin; “violating the law is.”

     (Rom 7:7-12; ”What shall we say then? Is the law sin? Absolutely not! Certainly, I would not have known sin except through the law. For indeed I would not have known what it means to desire something belonging to someone else if the law had not said, “Do not covet.” (8) But sin, seizing the opportunity through the commandment, produced in me all kinds of wrong desires. For apart from the law, sin is dead. And I was once alive apart from the law, but with the coming of the commandment sin became alive and I died. So I found that the very commandment that was intended to bring life brought death! (11) For sin, seizing the opportunity through the commandment, deceived me and through it I died. So then, the law is holy, and the commandment is holy, righteous, and good.”)

  Overcoming the flesh through God’s gifted spirit.

     (Rom 7:13-29; Did that which is good, then, become death to me? Absolutely not! But sin, so that it would be shown to be sin, produced death in me through what is good, so that through the commandment sin would become utterly sinful. For we know that the law is spiritual – but I am unspiritual, sold into slavery to sin. For I don’t understand what I am doing. For I do not do what I want – instead, I do what I hate. But if I do what I don’t want, I agree that the law is good. (17) But now it is no longer me doing it, but sin that lives in me. For I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my flesh. For I want to do the good, but I cannot do it. For I do not do the good I want, but I do the very evil I do not want! Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer me doing it but sin that lives in me.”)

     (Rom 7:21 So, I find the law that when I want to do good, evil is present with me. For I delight in the law of God in my inner being. But I see a different law in my members waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that is in my members. Wretched man that I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? (25) Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin.”)

      Look back to First John and know; sin will have its pull on the flesh, but as God’s children we can’t practice sin and expect to inherit eternal life. 

 

God’s Master Plan, chapter 11

May 16th, 2020

To: World’s in Residence Churches of God.  Lyyar 22, 5,780 until sunset. 5/16/20
God is the personification of love; Godly love is only comprehended through gifted knowledge of Him. He’s not only Re-Creator, Creator and Sustainer of this universe but of life itself. As architect of life God created “that life is in the blood.” At creation, knowing in advance that He’d fix mankind’s lawless problem leading to eternal death caused by Satan, “coupled with inherited nature” He pre-planned shedding His own life blood for the remission of sin and Satan’s ultimate demise.
First blood shed is recorded is at Genesis 4:3-4: “at a designated time Abel and Cain brought offerings to the Lord.” Cain brought fruit from the ground that didn’t please and Abel brought the firstborn of his flock that pleased the Lord. (Gen 4:5-7; Cain became angry, perhaps jealous of Abel: the Lord ask; “why are you angry? Isn’t it true that if you do what’s right you’ll be fine but if not sin is crouching at the door? Sin desires to dominate you but you must subdue it.) (Gen 4:8-10; Cain yielded to his inherited sin nature and killed Abel: afterward the Lord ask “what have you done? Your brothers’ blood cries from the ground.”) Study the whole.
Regarding eating, the Lord God Jesus said; (Gen 9:4-6; You must not eat meat with its life (that is, its blood) in it.) Regarding individual’s life He said; “For your lifeblood I will surely exact punishment, from every living creature I will exact punishment. From each person I will exact punishment for the life of the individual since the man was his relative. “Whoever sheds human blood, by other humans must his blood be shed; for in God’s image God has made humankind.”)
Through Moses the Lord God Jesus commanding Leviticus Priest to sacrifices clean, first born animals for sin offerings looking forward to “High Priest Jesus, the firstborn shedding His life blood for the remission of sin.”)
Creator Jesus lovingly planned His own physical death.
God Pre-planned that the One making the covenant with Israel had to die in order to establish the New Covenant. (Heb 9:17-22; For a will-“covenant” takes effect only at death, since it carries no force while the One who made it is alive. 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 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. Indeed according to the law almost everything was purified with blood and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.”)
Non-Israelites without God’s covenant worshiped gods of their imagination and the reason, “after Jesus’ death and His good news went out, gentiles needed the written instruction from the Jerusalem church.” After Peter presented successes among gentiles, “James wrote on behalf of the church.”    (Acts 15:13- “Brothers, listen to me. Simeon has explained how God first concerned Himself to select from among the Gentiles a people for His name. The words of the prophets agree with this, as it is written, ‘After this I will return, and I will rebuild the fallen tent of David; I will rebuild its ruins and restore it, so that the rest of humanity may seek the Lord, namely, all the Gentiles I have called to be My own,’ says the Lord, who makes these things known from long ago. “Therefore I conclude that we should not cause extra difficulty for those among the Gentiles who are turning to God, but that we should write them a letter telling them to abstain from things defiled by idols and from sexual immorality, from what has been strangled and from blood.”)
God’s covenanted law with His people, “Israel” is recorded in the first five books of The Holy Scriptures. “Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy.” (Quotes from the law are found in the Psalms, major, minor prophets writings, Jesus and His apostles words.) Regarding God’s law and oracles for His people, Jesus inspired His apostle Paul to write; (Romans 3:1-2; “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.”)
There doesn’t seem to be one single English word defining oracles. Our English dictionary defines oracles as; “wisdom, knowing, wise, or prophetic, mysterious, puzzling, ambiguous, or (enigmatic meaning mystery and ambiguity difficult to understand or interpret.) Translators share several possibilities; (1) God’s promises to the Jews. (2) National promises of messianic salvation given to Israel. (3) Most widespread interpretation sees the term as referring to the entire Old Testament generally.) Yes, oracles of God pertain to all things from agriculture to attributes.
Paul makes reference to believing IN the law of God, demonstrated in the whole book of Romans.
(Romans 3:3-8; “What then? If some did not believe, does their unbelief nullify the faithfulness of God? 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.” (Quote from Psalms 51:4) But if our unrighteousness demonstrates the righteousness of God, what shall we say? The God who inflicts wrath is not unrighteous, is He? (I am speaking in human terms.) Absolutely not! For otherwise how could God judge the world? For if by my lie the truth of God enhances His glory, why am I still actually being judged as a sinner? And why not say, “Let us do evil so that good may come of it”? – as some who slander us allege that we say. ‘Their condemnation is deserved!’)”
(Rom 3:9-18; “What then? Are we better off? Certainly not, for we have already charged that Jews and Greeks alike are all under sin, just as it is written: “There is no one righteous, not even one, there is no one who understands, there is no one who seeks God. All have turned away, together they have become worthless; there is no one who shows kindness, not even one.” (Verses10-12 are quotations from Psalms 14:1-3) (13) “Their throats are open graves, they deceive with their tongues, the poison of asps is under their lips.” (Quote from Psalms 5:9; & 140:3) “Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness.” (Quote from Psalms 10:7) “Their feet are swift to shed blood, ruin and misery are in their paths and the way of peace they have not known.” (Quote from Isaiah 59:7-8) “There is no fear of God before their eyes.”) (Quote from Psalms 36:1)
By his many quotes Paul is demonstrating the law’s benefit.
(Rom 3:19-23; “Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced and the whole world may be held accountable to God. For no one is declared righteous before Him by works of the law, for through the law comes the knowledge of sin. (An allusion to Ps 143:2) But now apart from the law the righteousness of God (which is attested by the law and the prophets) has been disclosed–(22) namely the righteousness of God through the faithfulness of Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction, all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.)
(Rom 3:24; “But they, ‘all who believe’ are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. God publicly displayed Him at His death as the mercy seat accessible through faith. (The word “accessible” is not in the Greek text but has been supplied to clarify the idea expressed by the prepositional phrase “effective through faith”)
This was to demonstrate His righteousness, because God in His forbearance had passed over the sins previously committed. (26) This was also to demonstrate His righteousness in the present time, so that He would be just and the Justifier of the one who lives because of Jesus’ faithfulness.”)
Remember our first recorded example of sins being passed over, is on that Passover night in Egypt when Moses was directed to have the Israelites put the blood of a clean animal over or on their door facings. That even was looking forward to Creator and life giver Jesus’ shed blood for the remitting of our sins.
Not our own conjured up faith, but our practicing living because of Jesus’ faithfulness. Thus no person can boast of works.
(Rom 3:27-31; Where then is boasting? It is excluded! By what principle? Of works? No, but by the principle of faith! For we consider that a person is declared righteous by faith apart from the works of the law. (29) Or is God the God of the Jews only? Is He not the God of the Gentiles too? Yes, of the Gentiles too! Since God is One, He will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through faith. (31) Do we then nullify the law through faith? Absolutely not! Instead we uphold the law.”)
Difference in the old and new covenants? Both gifted by promise to Abraham for a chosen people; the new differing through individual callings; gifting a belief IN Jesus’ redemptive faith for the remission- “the taking away of sin.” Individuals whom God fathers - “begets” “imputing His energizing Holy Spirit to the mind make individuals family.” God’s righteous law becomes ours through “a gifted love of Him.” His laws including His Sabbaths are made for man, not man for law.
(Matt 12:8 and Luke 6:5; “For the Son of Man is lord of the Sabbath.”
We need to teach our children how to give of themselves by setting an example. Teach how to develop attention span and give proper respect to parental authority. Realizing from the fleshly point of view, “it’s against our and our children’s inherited nature to give of ourselves as Jesus commanded.” So, how do followers of Jesus go about altering our children’s inherited nature? By Example. “Seeing parents yield to and respect the authority of God.” Teach the need to obey authority, whether our Creator, parental or governmental. Yielding to the whole word of God and following His instructions in the disciplining of children with parental love.
Whether parent or teacher, failure to teach righteousness is neglecting God ordained responsibility. It isn’t suppose to be easy.
May God give parents wisdom. The writer of Proverbs wrote: “Train a child in the way that he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.” Proverbs 22:6) Righteous guidance sets children’s foundation for spiritual growth. Starting place is realizing we have a “spiritual parent Father” that gives instructions for our learning and living practices.” Jesus’ followers know God loved each first and gave Himself so they could have life more abundantly. Loving God desires comes from above. Paul taught them.
(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, for the One bringing forth in you both the desire and the effort – for the sake of His good pleasure – is God.”
Let’s individually pray that God open doors of faith to our minds, so we can lovingly submit to His will. In times past God allowed everyone “particularly the gentiles” go the way that seemed right to themselves, “even though such practices are the way of death.” During the apostolic age, God began opening doors of faith to called out Israelites and gentiles. (See Acts 14:27)
Prior to the apostolic age, generally speaking, “non-Israelites rejected the Way of the God of Abraham.” In “Acts of the apostles” God’s inspired Word gives us the historical account of His opening the door of faith to His chosen. Giving His apostles much responsibility “taking His good news to Gentiles.”
Jesus inspired His brother “James” write to dispersed Israelites in his letter to those who grew up under the teachings of God’s ten commandments and were taught to honor their forefathers; especially Abraham. So, right away, James taught about growing in the faith, grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
(James 1:2-6; “My brothers and sisters, consider it nothing but joy when you fall into all sorts of trials, because you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect effect, so that you will be perfect and complete, not deficient in anything. (5) But if anyone is deficient in wisdom, he should ask God, who gives to all generously and without reprimand and it will be given to him. (6) But he must ask in faith without doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed around by the wind. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord, since he is a double-minded individual, unstable in all his ways. Now the believer of humble means should take pride in his high position.”)
Gifted with Jesus’ faith is a high position in Him. The door of faith, which is the crown of life, is opened to people of humble means and right living practices. Love is paramount among Believers. We must each consider ourselves, “sovereign of God individuals.” NOT our own, but belonging to God. People of humble means can hold their head high when they have knowledge of, “Him to whom they belong.”