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Perpetual Promises, chapter 18

November 19th, 2019

11/19/19, God’s 8th month, Cheshvan 21/5780. 

To: Called out people living Jesus’ faith, “in the world but not of the world.”

Believers IN are joyful regarding the fact that Jesus has ascended and now our Mediator before God our Father. Having lived in the flesh and experienced temptation without sin, He’s the Pioneer of our salvation, one to mimic, whose ways we need to be immersed in and clothed with. His apostles understood none of these things until after His resurrection and gifted with the spirit of truth. When we understand, remember it’s gifted. No room for boasting of education, heritage or good deed works.

(John 16:19-23; “Jesus could see that they wanted to ask Him about these things, so He said to them, “Are you asking each other about this – that I said, ‘In a little while you will not see Me; again after a little while, you will see Me’? I tell you the solemn truth, you will weep and wail, but the world will rejoice; you will be sad, but your sadness will turn into joy. (21) When a woman gives birth, she has distress because her time has come, but when her child is born, she no longer remembers the suffering because of her joy that a human being has been born into the world. So also you have sorrow now, but I will see you again, your hearts will rejoice and no one will take your joy away from you. (23) At that time you will ask Me nothing. I tell you the solemn truth, whatever you ask the Father in My name ‘in My nature’ He will give you. Until now you have not asked for anything in My name. ‘nature’ Ask and you will receive it, so that your joy may be complete.”) (They couldn’t ask in Jesus’ nature until they were “born from above.”)

To ask in Jesus’ name is to ask as one of His called out ambassadors, in His gifted nature, characteristics and attributes. Some of what Jesus taught was in parables, but to His apostles privately He explained.

(John 16:25-28; “I have told you these things in obscure figures of speech; a time is coming when I will no longer speak to you in obscure figures, but will tell you plainly about the Father. At that time you will ask in My name, and I do not say that I will ask the Father on your behalf. For the Father Himself loves you, because you have loved Me and have believed that I came from God. I came from the Father and entered into the world, but in turn, I am leaving the world and going back to the Father.”

(Review why Jesus spoke to the multitudes in Parables.)

(John 16:29-30; His disciples said, “Look, now you are speaking plainly and not in obscure figures of speech! Now we know that you know everything and do not need anyone to ask you anything. Because of this we believe that You have come from God.”

(John 16:31-33; Jesus replied, “Do you now believe? Look, a time is coming – and has come – when you will be scattered, each one to his own home, and I will be left alone. Yet I am not alone, because My Father is with Me. I have told you these things so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have trouble and suffering, but take courage – I have conquered the world.”)

Believing and practicing certain lies has blinding effects and hardens the heart against truth. It’s the reason Jesus’ apostle Paul explained at Romans 2:2-8; “Now we know that God’s judgment is in accordance with truth against those who practice such things. And do you think, whoever you are, when you judge those who practice such things and yet do them yourself, that you will escape God’s judgment? Or do you have contempt for the wealth of His kindness, forbearance, and patience, and yet do not know that God’s kindness leads you to repentance? But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath for yourselves in the day of wrath, when God’s righteous judgment is revealed. He will reward each one according to his works: eternal life to those who by perseverance in good works seek glory and honor and immortality, but wrath and anger to those who live in selfish ambition, not obeying the truth but following unrighteousness.”)

Satan desires the whole world be deceived. He has dutifully and diligently continued to deceive since he sold Eve, then Adam on being disobedient to their Creator. His harmful lies include, (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.” Gen 3:4-5) The three lies? (1) “You’re going to live forever someplace.” (2) “By disobeying your eyes will be opened.” (3) “As divine beings, you’ll know good and evil.”

Believing, “surely you will not die” is to believe you’re born immortal. That each person lives forever in “a good or bad place.” Because of Satan’s lies, all major religions believe in some form of, “people having a component called “soul” that keeps living after death.” Even most modern translations of the holy scriptures have yielded to Satan’s agenda, erroneously translating the Hebrew word for “breath” and the Greek word for “spirit” to ”soul.” Is the truth obtainable, even without spiritual guidance? Should be.

(Genesis 2:7; “The Lord God formed the man from the soil of the ground and breathed into his nostrils “the breath of life” and the man became a living being.”) Not a living soul in the context of how the world has been deceived to think.) See Revelations 21:8, about the second death that’ll burn up unbelievers.

The Hebrew word (mishmash) is “breath”) used by God, meaning ‘life imparted to.” Its usage in the Hebrew conveys more than “a breathing living organism” (Hebrew -נֶפֶשׁ חַיַּה, nefesh khayyah). People given this “breath of life” becomes animated with life from God, having a functioning conscience. (See Job 32:8 & Proverbs 20:27) Human life is described in Genesis 2:7 “as consisting of a body (made from soil - from the ground) and breath” (given by God) Both animals and humans are called “living beings” (נֶפֶשׁ חַיַּה) but humankind becomes “a living being” in a different and more significant way. The Hebrew term “נֶפֶשׁ nefesh” is “being”) often translated “soul,” usually refers to the whole person. The phrase “נֶפֶשׁ חַיַּה - nefesh khayyah, “living being”) is used of both animals and human beings (see Genesis 1:20, 24, 30; 2:19).

Even our English dictionary allows various opinions: (Soul - spirit surviving death” in some systems of religious belief, the spiritual part of a human being that is believed to continue to exist after the body dies. The soul is sometimes regarded as subject to future reward and punishment, and sometimes able to take a form that allows it to remain on or return to earth. All worldly religions subscribe to some form of this definition.

The Hebrew word, “breath” makes a person “a living being” not the same as “the spirit of God that gives eternal life through Jesus.” God’s divine spirit empowers and energizes individuals. Let’s start with the beginning of God’s re-Creation.

Genesis 1:2; “Now the earth was without shape and empty, and darkness was over the surface of the watery deep, but the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the water.” “Spirit of God” is preserved here, as opposed to a translation like “wind for/breath of God” or mighty wind.” The word “God” represents the superlative. (Elsewhere in the Old Testament the phrase “Spirit of God” refers consistently to the divine spirit that empowers and energizes individuals (see Genesis 41:38; Exodus 31:3; and 35:31; Num 24:2; 1Sam 10:10; 11:6; 19:20, 23; Ezekiel 11:24; 2Chr 15:1; 24:20).

Not a third person, “but a power God uses to energize, gift understanding and knowledge to.” (Here’s an example.)

(Exodus 31:1-3; The Lord spoke to Moses: “See, I have chosen Bezalel son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, and I have filled him with the Spirit of God in skill, in understanding, in knowledge, and in all kinds of craftsmanship,) (Spirit of God likened to wind when Ezekiel was lifted up.)

(Ezekiel 11:24; “Then a wind lifted me up and carried me to the exiles in Babylonia, in the vision given to me by the Spirit of God.”)

Wind Or spirit. Elsewhere in Ezekiel the Lord’s Spirit is referred to as “the Spirit of the Lord” (11:5; 37:1) “the Spirit of God” or “My Spirit. (That is, the Lord’s) (36:27; 37:14; 39:29). The Hebrew word often refers to a wind as in Ezekiel (1:4; 5:10, 12; 12:4; 13:11, 13; 17:10, 21; 19:12; 27:26; 37:9). In Ezekiel 37:5-10 “a breath originates in the four winds” and is associated with the Lord’s “life-giving breath.” (See v 14) This breath enters into the dry bones and gives them life. In a similar fashion the breath of (Ezekiel 11:24 and 3:24) energizes - paralyzed Ezekiel. Breath and wind are related. (On the one hand it is a more normal picture to think of breath rather than wind entering someone, but since wind represents an external force, it seems more likely for wind rather than breath to stand someone up.) (Unless we should understand it as a disposition.) It may be that one should envision the breath of the speaker moving like a wind to revive Ezekiel, helping him to regain his breath and invigorating him to stand. A wind also transports the prophet ‘Ezekiel’ from one place to another (3:12, 14; 8:3; 11:1, 24; 43:5).Remember too Paul experienced “a taking up to the third heaven.”

So it is with everyone born of the spirit.

(John 3:5-8; Jesus answered, “I tell you the solemn truth, unless a person is born of water and spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not be amazed that I said to you, ‘You must all be born from above.’ 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.”) The same Greek word, “πνεύματος” (pneumatos - the English), may be translated “wind” or “spirit.” The physical illustrates the spiritual, although the force is heightened by the word-play here on wind-spirit. (At the end of the verse, the final usage of “πνεύματος” (pneumatos in English) refers to the Holy Spirit.”) (When God supernaturally begets or fathers, we don’t know the reality of how understanding comes about, “only that things are revealed that were previously not understood.” No amount of theological training can replace revelations.

On that Pentecost after Jesus’ ascension and the miracle of God’s Spirit gifted to many, the people ask, “what must we do?” Peter said to them, “Repent, and each one of you be baptized “immersed” in the name “nature - likeness” of Jesus Christ, for the forgiveness of your sins and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is for you and your children, and for all who are far away, as many as the Lord our God will call to Himself.” Acts 2:38-39.)

Now we should understand that the Holy Spirit isn’t a third person, “but God’s energizing force likened to the wind.” (Review John 14: from our last study.) The Holy Spirit is gifted to “Believing IN people” giving a Godly desire to be obedience to Jesus because they’re given to understand that He loved us first.

Perpetual Promises, chapter 17

November 18th, 2019

11/18/19, God’s 8th month, Cheshvan 20/5780. 

To: Called out people living Jesus’ faith, “in the world but not of the world.”

If we were created with the capacity to choose what’s right, wrong, good and evil for ourselves there’d be no unity and no need for instruction. When independent minded folks trust their own intellect they come down on self serving issues and become argumentative. Such deficiency in our inherited sin nature is one reason Jesus came and His faith gifted to Believers IN “so there’d be unity among His chosen.” It’s why Jesus’ brother “James” was inspired to write to thoughtful persons being called for Jesus’ purpose.

(James 4:1-8; “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? 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. (4) Adulterers, do you not know that friendship with the world means hostility toward God? So whoever decides to be the world’s friend makes himself God’s enemy. Or do you think the scripture means nothing when it says, “The spirit that God caused to live within us has an envious yearning”? But He gives greater grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud, but He gives grace to the humble.” So submit to God. But resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and make your hearts pure, you double-minded.”)

When people decide for themselves what’s right, wrong, good and evil, they’re being gods to themselves. Their higher power isn’t the Creator God. Isn’t the God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Moses. Be aware that many false apostles assuming themselves smart are led by a demonic spirit. Some assume they’ve seen visions that don’t square with Jesus’ teaching through His prophets and the twelve. The divided devil originates many beliefs among those desiring to choose for themselves “which is spiritual idolatry.” In spite of wise council, such as, (Proverbs 14:12; “There is a way that seems right to a person, but its end is the way that leads to death” and God giving Samuel a prophetic message regarding Israel’s turning to the world, wanting to be like other nations and have a fleshy king they could see and look up to.”)

(1Samuel 8:10-18; So Samuel spoke all the words of the Lord to the people who were asking him for a king. He said, “Here are the policies of the king who will rule over you: He will conscript your sons and put them in his chariot forces and in his cavalry; they will run in front of his chariot. He will appoint for himself leaders of thousands and leaders of fifties, as well as those who plow his ground, reap his harvest, and make his weapons of war and his chariot equipment. He will take your daughters to be ointment makers, cooks, and bakers. He will take your best fields and vineyards and give them to his own servants. He will demand a tenth of your seed and of the produce of your vineyards and give it to his administrators and his servants. (16) He will take your male and female servants, as well as your best cattle and your donkeys, and assign them for his own use. He will demand a tenth of your flocks, and you yourselves will be his servants. In that day you will cry out because of your king whom you have chosen for yourselves, but the Lord won’t answer you in that day.”)

Today every nation and every individual chooses leaders to oversee them. Or a dictator to rule by use of military power. All such leaders look to their own fleshly intellect, “rather than to the God of creation.” If we look back to world history we have to admit James knew human nature’s pitfalls. A divided world, nations and families. Today we have “demonic forces against demonic forces.”

Jesus said it; “Every kingdom divided against itself is destroyed, and no town or house divided against itself will stand. So if Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then will his kingdom stand?” Matt 12:26.

Note that demonically led nations whose people are singular due to dictatorial power often grow stronger than divided democracies, “unless the God of creation deems otherwise.”

(Divider “Satan” desires nations to be about the business of destroying one another, “but God has a plan for His people and the world will look to them for guidance during His millennial reign,” Satan will then be bound and God’s Way instituted. It’s the only governmental hope for this earth.)

Ezekiel 37:21-23; Then tell them, ‘This is what the sovereign Lord says: Look, I am about to take the Israelites from among the nations where they have gone. I will gather them from roundabout and bring them to their land. I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel, and one king will rule over them all. They will never again be two nations and never again be divided into two kingdoms. They will not defile themselves with their idols, their detestable things, and all their rebellious deeds. I will save them from all their unfaithfulness by which they sinned. I will purify them; they will become My people and I will become their God.

(Ezek 37:24-28; “‘My servant David will be king over them; there will be one Shepherd for all of them. They will follow My regulations and carefully observe My statutes. They will live in the land I gave to My servant Jacob, in which your fathers lived; they will live in it – they and their children and their grandchildren forever. David My servant will be prince over them forever. I will make a covenant of peace with them; it will be a perpetual covenant with them. I will establish them, increase their numbers, and place My sanctuary among them forever. (27) My dwelling place will be with them; I will be their God, and they will be My people. Then, when My sanctuary is among them forever, the nations will know that I, the Lord, sanctify Israel.’”) Study this whole chapter to know and believe God can and will re-create His people; “then study Isaiah 35:”

The same Lord, John the Baptist introduces is He, that spoke through Ezekiel. Jesus’ deity was revealed to His apostles.

(John 1:6-13; A man came, sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify about The Light, so that everyone might believe through Him. He ’John’ himself was not the light, but he came to testify about The Light. The True Light, who gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. (10) He was in the world, and the world was created by Him, but the world did not recognize Him. He came to what was His own, but His own people did not receive Him. But to all who have received Him – those who believe IN His name – He has given the right to become God’s children – children not born by human parents or by human desire or a husband’s decision, but by God.”) (A re-birth.)

Believers IN Jesus are spiritual Israelites and heirs accordingly. Jesus’ apostle Paul explains; “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.” Galatians 3:27-29)

(John 1:14-18; “Now the Word became flesh and took up residence among us. We saw His glory – the glory of the One and only, full of grace and truth, who came from the Father. (15) John testified about Him and shouted out, “This One was the One about whom I said, ‘He who comes after me is greater than I am, because He existed before me.’” For we have all received from His fullness one gracious gift after another. For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came about through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God. The only One, ’Jesus’ Himself God, who is in closest fellowship with the Father, has made God ‘the Father’ known.”)

Jesus knew His apostles could not understand the spiritual significance of His coming, “shedding His blood, death, resurrection and ascension until He’d give them supernatural understanding.

(John 16:1-11; “I have told you all these things so that you will not fall away. They will put you out of the synagogue, yet a time is coming when the one who kills you will think he is offering service to God. (In this age it’s mostly Moslems, in previous ages, others were persecuting and killing thinking to do God service.) They will do these things because they have not known the Father or Me. But I have told you these things so that when their time comes, you will remember that I told you about them. “I did not tell you these things from the beginning because I was with you. But now I am going to the One who sent Me, and not one of you is asking Me, ‘Where are you going?’ Instead your hearts are filled with sadness because I have said these things to you. But I tell you the truth; it is to your advantage that I am going away. For if I do not go away, the Advocate ‘spirit of truth’ will not come to you, but if I go, I will send it to you. And when that one ’it’ comes, that one will prove the world wrong concerning sin and righteousness and judgment – concerning sin, because they ‘the world’ do not believe in Me; concerning righteousness, because I am going to the Father and you will see Me no longer; and concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world ’Satan’ has been condemned.”)

(John 16:12-16; “I have many more things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. But when that one, the Spirit of truth, comes, it will guide you into all truth. For that one ‘it’ will not speak on its own authority, but will speak whatever it hears, and will tell you what is to come. That one ‘spirit of truth’ will glorify Me, because it will receive from Me what is mine and will tell it to you. (15) Everything that the Father has is mine; that is why I said the Spirit will receive from Me what is mine and will tell it to you. In a little while you will see Me no longer; again after a little while, you will see Me.”)

SPIRIT guide to all truth? Sometimes translator helps are good and sometimes not. We must allow scripture to translate scripture. The assumption that the Holy Spirit is one of three Gods or “is God in three persons” isn’t verified in scripture, no apostle ever wrote, “from God the Father, Jesus and the holy spirit.”

(The Net Bible Translators attempt to explain that “Spirit” can be translated, “that one.” It will guide His disciples into all truth. What Jesus had said in John 8:31-32, (1) “If you continue to follow My teaching you are really My disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free,” will ultimately be realized in the ongoing ministry of that one to the disciples after Jesus’ departure. (2) The things that one speaks to them will not be things which originate from himself or itself. (that one’ will not speak on ‘its’ own authority) but things it has heard. The point here concerns the source of the things that one will say to the disciples and does not specifically exclude originality of content. (3) The Spirit is not the source or originator of these things – Jesus is the source, and He will continue to speak to His disciples through that Spirit who has come to dwell in them.

(If the Holy Spirit were an equal with God the Father and God the Son, then it could speak as such equally.) This does not answer the question completely, however whether these words are addressed to all followers of Jesus, or only to His apostles. Different modern commentators will answer this question differently.

Since in the context of the Farewell Discourse Jesus is preparing the twelve to carry on His ministry after His departure, it is probably best to take these statements as specifically related only to the twelve. Some of this seems to be directed to all believers; other parts of this statement are fulfilled through the apostles (Example; in giving the Book of Revelation Jesus speaks through the apostles to the church today, of things to come.) One of the implications of this is “a doctrine doesn’t have to be traced back to an explicit teaching of Jesus to be authentic; all that is required is apostolic authority.”) Jesus did speak to and through John. Net Bible commentary speculative was no help to me, but may help some.) Now back to John 16:

(John 16:17-18; Then some of His disciples said to one another, “What is the meaning of what He is saying, ‘In a little while you will not see Me; again after a little while, you will see Me,’ and, ‘because I am going to the Father’?” So they kept on repeating, “What is the meaning of what He says, ‘In a little while’? We do not understand what He is talking about.”)

They only began to understand after Jesus’ resurrection, when He fed them on the beach and after He came and breathed on, gifting the Holy Spirit .

Perpetual Promises, chapter 16

November 17th, 2019

11/17/19, God’s 8th month, Cheshvan 19/5780. 

To: Called out people living Jesus’ faith, “in the world but not of the world.”

God’s third holy season foreshadows end of demonic rule,

judgment, the resurrection, a thousand reign with King Jesus,

and New Jerusalem’s coming down.

(Matt 24:29-31; “Immediately after the suffering of those days, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of heaven will be shaken. (30) Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and all the tribes of the earth will mourn. They will see the Son of Man arriving on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And He will send His angels with a loud trumpet blast, and they will gather His Elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.”)

The third holy season is in God’s seventh month, including four of seven annual Sabbaths, “Trumpets, Atonement, Feast of Tabernacles and The Last Great Day.” Jesus’ prophet Daniel prophesied, “many will be resurrected to be atOne with and serve Jesus.” His return will be triumphant, a thousand year millennia will begin, then final judgment and New Jerusalem‘s coming down. There’s no reason to assume God’s plan will conclude there. (See Daniel 12: and Matthew 24:)

Sabbaths are set aside, “people aren’t for Sabbaths, but Sabbaths are for God’s people.” (See Mark 2:27-28)

Only called out “believing IN people” are gifted to understand the true significance of Jesus’ miraculous birth, His re-creations, creation, sustaining powers, death, resurrection, ascension, set aside times foreshowing His righteous ways and planning.

God’s way includes gifted humility that submits to His ordained authority, a love balanced with humility that’s practically nonexistent in this latter day. As Jesus predicted, “Godly love has indeed waxed cold.” Spiritual growth includes overcoming our inherited from Adam nature and yielding to God’s Way. Jesus made it clear ‘He came to do The Father’s will’ emphasizing “not My own.” Jesus’ apostle Paul taught Believers ‘you should have the same attitude toward one another that Christ Jesus had.’ (See Philippians 2:5) (The King James Translation reads; “let this mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus.” From His View there should be no division among His followers. So let’s look closer at this text and pray for spiritual guidance.

(Phil 2:1-6; “Therefore, if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort provided by love, any fellowship in the Spirit, any affection or mercy, complete my joy and be of the same mind, by having the same love, being united in spirit, and having one purpose. Instead of being motivated by selfish ambition or vanity, each of you should, in humility, be moved to treat one another as more important than yourself. (That’s Godly humility) Each of you should be concerned not only about your own interests, but about the interests of others as well. (5) You should have the same attitude toward one another that Christ Jesus had, who though He existed in the form of God did not regard equality with God as something to be grasped, but emptied Himself by taking on the form of a slave, by looking like other men, and by sharing in human nature.”)

Jesus shared human nature yet resisted lawlessness, “sin.” As the Pioneer of our salvation, He never questioned His Father’s authority. If each follower of Jesus prayerfully submitted there’d be no division. We’d each submit to His and governmental authorities to the degree that didn’t disobey Him.

(Phil 2:7-11; Jesus humbled Himself, by becoming obedient to the point of death – even death on a cross! As a result God ’the Father’ exalted Him and gave Him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow – in heaven and on earth and under the earth – and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.”)

Before gifting the Holy Spirit, ‘God’s family consisted of two,’ “God the Father and God the Son.” (Review John 1:1-5, Colossians 1:15-20 and Hebrews 1: to discern Jesus’ deity long before His miraculous birth to the human family. After Jesus’ assigned work in human form was completed He returned to His former position with His Father and remains submissive. Recipients’ of God’s spirit are “individually fathered by God” born to His family, “put in His church.” Paul taught it to God’s church at Corinth and the whole family of Believers.

(“Do you not know that you ‘followers of Jesus’ are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you? If someone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him. For God’s temple is holy, which is what you ‘followers of Jesus’ are.”)

(“Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price. Therefore glorify God with your body.”)

Paul’s subject in this chapter six has to do with physical and spiritual adultery. So let’s consider these verses from Jesus’ view as revealed to Paul. “There is no coalition between one being controlled and one being submissive.

(1Cor 6:12-19; “All things are lawful for me” – but not everything is beneficial. “All things are lawful for me” – but I will not be controlled by anything. “Food is for the stomach and the stomach is for food, but God will do away with both.” The body is not for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. (14) Now God indeed raised the Lord and He will raise us by His power. Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Should I take the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? Never! Or do you not know that anyone who is united with a prostitute is one body with her? For it is said, “The two will become one flesh.” (17-18; But the one united with the Lord is one spirit with Him. Flee sexual immorality! “Every sin a person commits is outside of the body” – but the immoral person sins against his own body.”)

Believes IN, look forward to our being resurrected and inheriting a body like Jesus’. Thus, “we’ll have no need for physical food.” In principle? “partnering with unbelievers” is as “committing to spiritual adultery.” Paul’s second letter to God’s church at Corinth addresses the same subject.

(2Cor 6:14-18; “Do not become partners with those who do not believe, for what partnership is there between righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship does light have with darkness? And what agreement does Christ have with Beliar? Or what does a believer share in common with an unbeliever? And what mutual agreement does the temple of God have with idols? For we ’followers of Jesus’ are the temple of the living God, just as God said, “I will live in them and will walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be My people.” (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.”)

Unbelievers yield to what seems right to their fleshly inherited from Adam nature, ‘minds.’ Adam and Eve yielded to the pleasures of sin, “what looked good to the eye.” The same with worldly Evangelic mentality, “you practice your faith and I’ll practice mine.” Believers IN yield to Jesus as the Pioneer of their gifted faith, which is “Jesus’ faith imputed to the mind” as was to His.

Through John, Jesus revealed His message to His Philadelphia church.

(Rev 3:12-13; “Because you have kept My admonition to endure steadfastly, I will also keep you from the hour of testing that is about to come on the whole world to test those who live on the earth. I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have so that no one can take away your crown. (12) The one who conquers ’overcomes to the end -(King James Translation) I will make a pillar in the temple of My God, and He will never depart from it. I will write on him the name of My God and the name of the city of My God (the New Jerusalem that comes down out of heaven from My God), and My new name as well. The one who has an ear had better hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’)

When considering Godly submissiveness in relation to the seven churches in the providence of Asia “Revelations 2: and 3:” with Daniel’s prophecy “Dan 12:” regarding increased knowledge in the latter days, it appears God’s church of Philadelphia demonstrates God’s values more than others. Let’s consider the Lord’s compliments and corrective words to each in relationship to being submissive.

We discover their characteristics likened to professing believers.

God’s church in Ephesus was complimented for steadfast endurance, not tolerating evil - putting to the test those claiming to be apostles, but were not and hating the practices of the Nicolaitans as the Lord did and chastised for having left their first love.

God’s church in Smyrna was complimented for their suffering poverty, standing against those calling themselves Jews ’Christian’ but really were not. Promised the crown of life itself for their obedience and would not be harmed by the second death. (See second death referred to in three other Revelations passages; 20:6, 20:14 and 21:8.)

God’s church in Pergamum was complimented for clinging to Jesus’ name, not denying their faith in Him, even though living where Satan lives and promises those conquering a new name and chastising some for following the teaching of Balaam and the Nicolatians.

God’s church in Thyatira was complimented for their love, faith, service, steadfast endurance, recent deeds, for not learning the deep secrets of Satan. Promising ruling authority over the nations. Chastises for tolerating Jezebel and prophesied against her.

God’s church in Sardis was complimented for having a few individuals whose clothes were not stained, who walked with Jesus. “For walking with Me dressed in white you are worthy and your names written in the book of life.” Chastised for presenting a false reputation, claiming to be alive, but in reality dead.

God’s church in Philadelphia was complimented for obeying Jesus’ word, not denying His name, for having kept Jesus’ admonition, enduring steadfastly. Promised to keep them from the hour of testing that is about to come on the whole world, to make a pillar in the temple of God the Father, they will never depart from, write on them the name of God and the name of the city of My God (the New Jerusalem that comes down out of heaven from My God), and His new name as well.

God’s church in Laodicea was not complimented. Jesus introduces Himself, “the Amen, the faithful true witness, the originator of God’s creation. Chastised for neither being cold or hot, but lukewarm and promises to vomit them out because they say, “I am rich and have acquired great wealth, and need nothing,” but do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind, and naked. Saying, “buy from Me white clothing so you can be clothed and your shameful nakedness will not be exposed, and buy eye salve to put on your eyes so you can see!” All those I love, I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent! Listen! I am standing at the door and knocking! If anyone hears My voice and opens the door I will come into his home and share a meal with him.

To each of the seven churches Jesus promises a similar outcomes if they did not conquer or overcome to the end. “I will grant the one who conquers permission to sit with Me on My throne, just as I too conquered and sat down with My Father on His throne. The one who has an ear had better hear what the Spirit says to the churches.) As always study the whole text to each church. Jesus’ corrective words revolves around people doing what seemed right rather than submitting to what He lovingly commands

Perpetual Promises, chapter 15

November 13th, 2019

11/13/19, God’s 8th month, Cheshvan 15/5780. 

To: Called out people living Jesus’ faith, “in the world but not of the world.”

Religions of man practice all sorts of tradition with no regard to foundations, aspects or spiritual overviews. Circumcision a prime example. Cutting back the flesh always looked forward to a spiritual Godly people’s cutting back “turning from” the fleshly nature and attributes inherited from Adam: to a circumcision of heart and mind as Jesus commanded through His New Covenant of gifted faith.

After promising Israel blessings for obedience and punishment for not obeying, the Lord knowing Israel’s future had Moses write. (Lev 26:40-42; However, when they confess their iniquity and their ancestors’ iniquity which they committed by trespassing against Me, by which they also walked in hostility against Me (and I myself will walk in hostility against them and bring them into the land of their enemies) then their uncircumcised hearts become humbled and they make up for their iniquity, I will remember My covenant with Jacob and also My covenant with Isaac and also My covenant with Abraham, and I will remember the land.) (Israelites are scattered and their deliverance and confession time is near.)

In Deuteronomy Moses recounted the people’s idolatrous conduct and his asking God not to destroy them. (Deut 10:111; “As for me, I stayed at the mountain as I did the first time, forty days and nights. The LORD listened to me that time as well and decided not to destroy you. Then He said to me, “Get up, set out leading the people so they may go and possess the land I promised to give to their ancestors.”)

The Lord Jesus had Moses explain that His commandments were for Israel’s good and how He chose their ancestors. (Deut 10:15-16; “However, only to your ancestors did He show His loving favor and He chose you, their descendants, from all peoples, as is apparent today. Therefore, cleanse your heart and stop being so stubborn!”) (King James translation is: Circumcise therefore the foreskin of your heart, and be no more stiffnecked.) (The way to a circumcision of heart for His people was always in God’s plan.)

The Lord God Jesus had His prophet Jeremiah get more detailed.

(Jer 4:1-2; “If you, Israel, want to come back,” says the LORD, “if you want to come back to Me you must get those disgusting idols out of My sight and must no longer go astray. You must be truthful, honest and upright when you take an oath saying, ‘As surely as the LORD lives!’ If you do, the nations will pray to be as blessed by Him as you are and will make him the object of their boasting.” (This is a prophesied reality, “when Israel is again delivered to their former borders, the nations will ask about their God.)

(Jer 4:3-7; “Yes, the LORD has this to say to the people of Judah and Jerusalem: “Like a farmer breaking up hard unplowed ground, you must break your rebellious will and make a new beginning; just as a farmer must clear away thorns lest the seed is wasted, you must get rid of the sin that is ruining your lives. (4) Just as ritual circumcision cuts away the foreskin as an external symbol of dedicated covenant commitment, you must genuinely dedicate yourselves to the LORD and get rid of everything that hinders your commitment to me, people of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem. If you do not, My anger will blaze up like a flaming fire against you that no one will be able to extinguish. That will happen because of the evil you have done.”)

Only the chosen individual Israelite’s nature was changed to a circumcision of heart mentality, the rest flirted with the unbelieving people groups. The Lord God Jesus had Ezekiel write: (Ezekiel 44:6-9;  “Say to the rebellious house of Israel, ‘This is what the sovereign LORD says: Enough of all your abominable practices, O house of Israel! When you bring foreigners, those uncircumcised in heart and in flesh, into My sanctuary, you desecrate it — even My house — when you offer My food, the fat and the blood. You have broken My covenant by all your abominable practices. You have not kept charge of My holy things, but you have assigned foreigners to keep charge of my sanctuary for you. This is what the sovereign LORD says: No foreigner, who is uncircumcised in heart and flesh among all the foreigners who are among the people of Israel, will enter into my sanctuary.”)

What’s changed? God doesn’t change, but now a loving obedient, circumcision of heart is given through Jesus’ faith. Obeying through a gifted loving desire is the reality of all followers of Jesus. The gifted desire is a calling by God the Father. (Philippians 2:12-13; “So then, my dear friends, just as you have always obeyed, not only in my presence but even more in my absence, continue working out your salvation with awe and reverence, for the One bringing forth in you both the desire and the effort — for the sake of His good pleasure — is God.) Jesus gave the same understanding to Paul.

(Romans 2:23-29; You who boast in the law dishonor God by transgressing the law! For just as it is written, “the name of God is being blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you.” For circumcision has its value if you practice the law, but if you break the law, your circumcision has become uncircumcision. (26) Therefore if the uncircumcised man obeys the righteous requirements of the law, will not his uncircumcision be regarded as circumcision? 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, but someone is a Jew ‘Christian’ who is one inwardly, 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.”)

Last study we considered Jesus’ breathing on and opening His apostles minds to understand scripture being likened to His giving life. (Gen 2:7; The LORD God formed the man from the soil of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.) In view of the gifted Holy Spirit, consider also the prophesied imagery of Ezek 37:1-14, “the physical resurrection of the dry bones:”

(Ezekiel 37:9; He said to me, “Prophesy to the breath, – prophesy, son of man – and say to the breath: ‘This is what the sovereign Lord says: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these corpses so that they may live.’” (In this text, breath is spirit, study the whole.)

(Ezekiel 37:14; “I will place My breath ’spirit’ in you and you will live; I will give you rest in your own land. Then you will know that I am the Lord – I have spoken and I will act, declares the Lord.’”)

The Lord’s promise, “I will put My Spirit within you, and you will come to life, and I will place you in your own land is the ultimate fulfillment of Ezekiel 37:. God looks to the regeneration of Israel after the establishment of Jesus’ messianic kingdom. His twelve apostles will sit on thrones ruling the twelve tribes of Israel.” (See Matthew 12;28)

Jesus revealed to His apostles that the gifted Holy Spirit was the gift of eternal life. Looking forward also to the fulfillment of Ezekiel’s prophecy. Peter also made use of and likened the gifted Holy Spirit in this age to Joel’s prophecy at “Joel 2:28-32,” in his sermon on the day of Pentecost as recorded in Acts 2:17-21.

Jesus breathed into the disciples the breath ‘spirit’ of eternal life. It’s the Holy Spirit that dwells in each Believer IN. Look again at John 7:38-39, particularly one part, “Just as the scripture says, ‘Out from within him will flow rivers of living water.’”

Now He ’Jesus’ said this about the Spirit whom those who believed IN Him were going to receive; for the Spirit had not yet been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.”) At John 20:22, Jesus had been glorified, so the Spirit could be given.

Jesus’ apostles believed Jesus was sent from God before the holy spirit was gifted to them, “but they didn’t believe IN as they did after being gifted with the Holy Spirit.” Look back and notice; “even on the eve of Jesus’ crucifixion, His apostles did not understand the necessity of His death.” (See John 16:31-33) Even after Jesus’ crucifixion, His apostles did not realize He was going to be resurrected. John 20:9) Remember they all went fishing.

Ultimate recognition of who Jesus is was only made clear to His apostles after the resurrection and Jesus’ appearances in the locked room. (Note the response of Thomas, who was not present at this first incident, in v. 28). Consider the relation of Jesus’ visit as recorded in John 20:22 to the account of the Holy Spirit being sent on Pentecost that year. Acts 2:)

The twelve were gifted with eternal life before the group gathering on Pentecost. The gifting of eternal life itself flowed out from God the Father. (John 7:38-39.) When people are called and Jesus revealed individually since that Pentecost after Jesus’ ascension. “The pattern of God’s gifting the Holy Spirit is similar to what we see throughout “Acts of the Apostles.” Look at the example of Cornelius and family’s conversion as recorded at Acts 10: and see how Jesus called the apostle Paul. Jesus’ revealing Himself to Paul was different and Paul’s conversion was powerfully different. Giving us to know that God’s callings is according as He plans. The holy scriptures reveal God’s holy, righteous, merciful, graceful and loving characteristics toward the world and particularly His called out ones in this age. Joel’s prophecy will only be completely fulfilled during Jesus’ millennial reign.

To help our understanding, God set aside three seasons.

(1)The Passover - Unleavened Bread. (2) First fruits-Pentecost.

(3) Feast of Tabernacles.)

Keeping these times shadow looking back and foreshadow looking forward. Giving revealed understanding to His people, “spiritual Israelites - followers of Jesus - Christians.” It’s revealed knowledge for these latter days and planned long before. Jesus had His prophet Daniel write; “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.” Dan 12:4. Preceding this verse Daniel wrote the same basic prophecy Jesus is quoted to have said as recorded in Matthew 24:

(Dan 12:1-3; “At that time Michael, the great prince who watches over Your people, will arise. There will be a time of distress unlike any other from the nation’s beginning up to that time. But at that time Your own people, all those whose names are found written in the book, will escape. (2) 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.”)

(Matt 24:15-25; “So when you see the abomination of desolation – spoken about by Daniel the prophet – standing in the holy place (let the reader understand), then those in Judea must flee to the mountains. The one on the roof must not come down to take anything out of his house, and the one in the field must not turn back to get his cloak. (19) Woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing their babies in those days! Pray that your flight may not be in winter or on a Sabbath. (Matt 24:21-25; For then there will be great suffering unlike anything that has happened from the beginning of the world until now, or ever will happen. And if those days had not been cut short, no one would be saved. But for the sake of the Elect those days will be cut short, no one would be saved. Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ! or ‘There He is!’ do not believe him. For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the Elect. Remember, I have told you ahead of time.”

Perpetual Promises, chapter 14

November 12th, 2019

11/12/19, God’s 8th month, Cheshvan 14/5780. 

To: Called out people living Jesus’ faith, “in the world but not of the world.”

Even semi-educated people know a good architect visualized his skyscraper, puts his planned design on paper and hires skilled workers to do details. However the super educated can’t admit that our loving Creator God visualized the outcome of His gifting eternal life to a people of faith, then proceed to see it’s completed. The following was revealed to Jesus’ apostle Paul; (1Cor 15:45-49; So also it is written, “The first man, Adam, became a living person,” (Quote from Gen 2:7) the last Adam ’Jesus’ became a life-giving spirit. However, the spiritual did not come first, but the natural, and then the spiritual. The first man is from the earth, made of dust; the second man ‘Jesus’ is from heaven. Like the one 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.” (1Cor 15:22-23) “For just as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive. But each in his own order: Christ, the firstfruits; then when Christ comes, those who belong to Him”)

The Good Shepherd came as He Himself prophesied. (John 10:11-13; I am the Good Shepherd. The Good Shepherd lays down His life for the Sheep. The hired hand, who is not a shepherd and does not own sheep, sees the wolf coming and abandons the sheep and runs away. So the wolf attacks the sheep and scatters them. Because he is a hired hand and is not concerned about the sheep, he runs away.”) (Compare this text with Jesus parable about the cower. See Matthew 13:18-23.)

(John 10:14-17; “I am the Good Shepherd. I know My own and My own know Me – just as the Father knows Me and I know the Father – and I lay down My life for the Sheep. I have other sheep that do not come from this sheepfold. I must bring them too, and they will listen to My voice, so that there will be one flock and One Shepherd. (17) This is why the Father loves Me – because I lay down My life, so that I may take it back again. No one takes it away from Me, but I lay it down of My own free will. I have the authority to lay it down, and I have the authority to take it back again, this commandment I received from My Father.”)

The Architect preplanned it all, He’s all knowing, the Alpha and Omega,

Re-Creator, Creator, Shepherd, Deliverer, Savior, Mediator and coming King of Kings. He preplanned that ultimately there’d thousands praising His Father and saying worthy is the Lamb.

(Rev 5:10-14; “You ’God the Father’ have appointed them as a kingdom and priests to serve our God, and they will reign on the earth.” Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels in a circle around the throne, as well as the living creatures and the elders. Their number was ten thousand times ten thousand – thousands times thousands – all of whom were singing in a loud voice: “Worthy is the Lamb who was killed to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and praise!” (13) Then I heard every creature – in heaven, on earth, under the earth, in the sea, and all that is in them – singing: “To the One seated on the throne and to the Lamb be praise, honor, glory, and ruling power forever and ever!” And the four living creatures were saying “Amen,” and the elders threw themselves to the ground and worshiped.”)

Spiritual and physical resurrections are preplanned. What a future through Creator Jesus’ giving of Himself. He will frustrate all Satan’s plans and put him away. God’s plan include this, the coming millennium age and beyond, after New Jerusalem’s coming down. Called Believers IN Jesus’ Word in this age are commanded to put on Jesus, be clothed with Jesus “be atOne mentally and inherit eternal life.” He preplanned to bring others not of this age. (John 10:16; “I have other sheep that do not come from this sheepfold. I must bring them too, and they will listen to My voice, so that there will be one flock and one Shepherd.”)

The reality of Satan.

Except for the miraculously called to understand Jesus’ message, others are deceived. Satan is the deceiver, his ways are divisive, denominations seem to think “all but us are deceived.” Jesus said the many would be deceived; (“For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the Elect. (Matt 24:24)

Remember, I have told you ahead of time. So then, if someone says to you, ‘Look, He is in the wilderness,’ do not go out, or ‘Look, He is in the inner rooms,’ do not believe him. For just like the lightning comes from the east and flashes to the west, so the coming of the Son of Man will be. (28) Wherever the corpse is, there the vultures will gather.” Matt 24:24-28.)

The same Greek term can refer to “eagles” or “vultures” but in this context it must mean vultures because the gruesome image is one of dead bodies being consumed by scavengers. Jesus’ answer is that when the judgment comes, the scenes of death will be obvious and so will the location of the judgment. See also Luke 17:37.

Jesus’ truth includes the fact that Satan is powerful but will ultimately be destroyed.

(Rev 13:15-18; “The second beast was empowered to give life to the image of the first beast so that it could speak, and could cause all those who did not worship the image of the beast to be killed. (16) He also caused everyone (small and great, rich and poor, free and slave) to obtain a mark on their right hand or on their forehead. Thus no one was allowed to buy or sell things unless he bore the mark of the beast – that is, his name or his number. This calls for wisdom: Let the one who has insight calculate the beast’s number, for it is man’s number, and his number is 666.”

(God’s Elect live by “believing IN faith” that “as God has planned so it will be.” See Isaiah 46”18-26.) Let’s pray for revealed faith and patience to wait on the Lord Jesus Christ. Through His apostle Paul, Jesus teaches; (“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? ’Revering to Satan.’ Or what does a believer share in common with an unbeliever? And what mutual agreement does the temple of God have with idols? For we are the temple of the living God, just as God said, “I will live in them and will walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be My people.” Therefore “come out from their midst, and be separate,” says the Lord, “and touch no unclean thing, and I will welcome you, and I will be a father to you, and you will be My sons and daughters,” says the All-Powerful Lord.” 2Corinthians 6:14-18.)

Consider God’s callings and conversions that make people “believers IN” rather than a “believer that.” Jesus’ apostles were “believers that” until after Jesus gifted them with His Holy Spirit. Consider how and when Jesus’ apostles were made or became “Believers IN? We should know that Jesus knew them and knows us better than we ourselves. We should know that we’re known individually, “better than we know ourselves.” How can people worship a God that doesn’t know them and have their ultimate good in His plan?

Let’s zero in on Jesus’ apostle Peter and consider the scripture’s record of his life. As with each apostle Jesus called Peter for a special mission, knowing that he didn’t yet understand His message. Peter was intrigued by what he observed and heard from Jesus. As with most Israelites, “Peter believed what his ancestors taught, their history, prophecies, the Lord’s commandments and a Messiah’s coming.” From their fleshly outlook, each apostle soon believed Jesus was that Messiah, Isaiah, Jeremiah and the other prophets wrote about. Seeing Jesus’ first miracle, “creating aged wine from water” they believed He was sent from God and were thinking He was that Deliver in the likeness of Moses or perhaps a king in the likeness of David. Many Israelites were familiar with “prophesied deliverance back to their former borders as written in Isaiah’s chapter 35:” (Study that chapter to discover and believe in that future deliverance.)

Like most called out people; in the beginning Peter was fleshly minded, until gifted to understand the holy scriptures. He had his own opinions and shared most of what was taught in the synagogues every Sabbath. In other words, he could have been characterized as a believing religious person. When he began following Jesus, Peter thought He was sent to accomplish the prophesied millennial reign. Thinking of Jesus in that light, Peter likened himself as a soldier for that cause, “until Jesus miraculously opened his mind and imputed it with His Holy Spirit.” Only then did Peter and his follow apostles become “Believers IN” Jesus.

After Jesus’ resurrection He miraculously imputed the Holy Spirit to His apostles minds, “the gifting eternal life” and to understanding the holy scriptures regarding the Passover. (Then they knew Jesus gave His life for the remission of the world’s sins on that Passover before His ascension.) “The fourteenth day of Nisan.” The fifteenth day was the first annual Sabbath and they hurried to put Jesus in the tomb before that fifteenth day Sabbath, they would’ve kept traditionally. They knew “The Wave Sheaf Sabbath” was the weekly Sabbath after the fifteenth day annual Sabbath, “which would begin the fifty day count to Pentecost.” (Pentecost meaning, ‘count fifty.’) The next few days the apostles locked themselves in for fear of the unbelieving Jews.

(John 20:19-23; “On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, “the disciples had gathered together and locked the doors of the place because they were afraid of the Jewish leaders.” Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. (21) So Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. Just as the Father has sent Me, I also send you.” And after He said this, He breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you ’apostles’ forgive anyone’s sins, they are forgiven; if you retain anyone’s sins, they are retained.”)

After this miraculous spiritual imputation “the apostles had a different outlook, causing them to look with expectation to Pentecost.”

(Receive the Holy Spirit?) The use of the Greek verb translated “breathed on’ describes the action of Jesus and recalls Gen 2:7, where “the Lord God formed man out of the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.”) (Now that same deity ‘the Lord - Jesus breathed the “breath - spirit of eternal life” from above, into His apostles. Note that Jesus’ apostles ONLY were gifted with the spirit of eternal life before Pentecost. So when Pentecost came, Peter particularly was given the spirit mind to teaching what it was all about.

Perpetual Promises, chapter 13

November 11th, 2019

11/11/19, God’s 8th month, Cheshvan 13/5780. 

To: Called out people living Jesus’ faith, “in the world but not of the world.”

Our loving ‘Creator, Planner’ has an ultimate purpose. Revealing to Paul that His plan was kept secret until after the Son of God came in the flesh and revealed God the Father. That secret is “non-Israelites are also called to be spiritual Israelites and heirs with Abraham. Paul closed his letter to the Romans with the following:(Rom 16:25-27; Now to Him who is able to strengthen you according to my gospel and the proclamation of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery that had been kept secret for long ages, but now is disclosed, and through the prophetic scriptures has been made known to all the nations, according to the command of the eternal God, to bring about the obedience of faith — to the only wise God, through Jesus Christ, be glory forever! Amen.)

Jesus revealed the secret to Paul, he to the Ephesians and we Believers, in his letter “titled Ephesians.” For a long time non-Israelites were jealous of Israel because of their God gifted successes, but for the most part stayed true to their imaginary gods. After Israel broke their covenant promises to be obedient to their ‘Deliverer - Protector’ who’d manifest Himself as, “One who’d fight for them.” God kept His promise and scattered them among the people whose god’s they turned to.

After Israel’s Lord God Jesus’ ascension He called Paul to be one of His special apostles ‘to take the good news to kings, gentiles and Israel.’

(Ephesians 3:1-7; “For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles - if indeed you have heard of the stewardship of God’s grace that was given to me for you, that by revelation the divine secret was made known to me, as I wrote before briefly. When reading this, you will be able to understand my insight into this secret of Christ. (5) Now this secret was not disclosed to people in former generations as it has now been revealed to His holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit, namely, that through the gospel the Gentiles are fellow heirs, fellow members of the body, and fellow partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus. I became a servant of this gospel according to the gift of God’s grace that was given to me by the exercise of His power.)

(Eph 3:8-13;To me — less than the least of all the Saints — this grace was given, to proclaim to the Gentiles the unfathomable riches of Christ and to enlighten everyone about God’s secret plan — a secret that has been hidden for ages in God who has created all things. (10) The purpose of this enlightenment is that through the church the multifaceted wisdom of God should now be disclosed to the rulers and the authorities in the heavenly realms. This was according to the eternal purpose that He accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord, in whom we have boldness and confident access to God because of Christ’s faithfulness. For this reason I ask you not to lose heart because of what I am suffering for you, which is your glory.)

(Eph 3:14-21; “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, (18) 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, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.)

The Jerusalem church of God shouldn’t have been overly surprised to learn that a gentile family had been converted and imputed with the Holy Spirit gifted to them on that Pentecost after Jesus’ ascension.

When Israel was supernaturally delivered from Egypt some Egyptians joined and were circumcised, ‘becoming a part of God’s people.’ Their keeping the Passover and submitting to circumcision was a parallel looking forward to “obedience through Jesus’ faith and gifted with circumcision of heart.” The Lord shared with Moses and Aaron.

(Exodus 12:48-49; “When a foreigner lives with you and wants to observe the Passover to the Lord, all his males must be circumcised, and then he may approach and observe it, ’the Passover’ and he will be like one who is born in the land – but no uncircumcised person may eat of it ’the Passover’ The same law will apply to the person who is native-born and to the foreigner who lives among you.”)

Pentecost is the birth date of God’s New Covenant Church and new Believers were mostly as babes in Christ, ‘with fleshly and spiritual growing pains.’ Peter had to rationally apply the spiritual aspect and explain to the Jerusalem church regarding acceptance of gentiles. (See Acts 2) From the fleshly nature point of view, people are born with biases.

After the seventy “Jacob’s family” went to Egypt, Joseph explained the Egyptian bias attitude regarding their keeping sheep and instructed them to say they were cattlemen. The Pharaoh then allowed Joseph to settle his family in Goshen

(Genesis 46:31-34; “Then Joseph said to his brothers and his father’s household, “I will go up and tell Pharaoh, ‘My brothers and my father’s household who were in the land of Canaan have come to me. The men are shepherds; they take care of livestock. They have brought their flocks and their herds and all that they have.’ Pharaoh will summon you and say, ‘What is your occupation?’ Tell him, ‘Your servants have taken care of cattle from our youth until now, both we and our fathers,’ so that you may live in the land of Goshen, for everyone who takes care of sheep is disgusting to the Egyptians.”)

As Israel’s populations grew in Egypt and Joseph was forgotten, Egyptian’s racial attitudes toward Israelites grew to the point of their making Israelites slaves. By the time God’s New Testament church’s birth, Israelites’ attitude toward gentiles were biased.

Jesus instructed His apostles to teach Israelites to be considerate of foreigners; “remembering you were once foreigners in Egypt.” We see the Pioneer of our faith, “Jesus” pointing the way of love. We’ve seen Jesus’ apostle Paul teaching that both gentiles and Israelites “become one in Christ.” (While the world has many biases, Believers IN - followers of Jesus are atOne.) The word “Christian” means “Christ Like” thus all followers of Jesus grow in ‘Christ Like attitudes and attributes’ becoming atOne with one another and Jesus.

The resurrected Mediator, Alpha and Omega revealed it to John.

(Revelations 1:1-2; “The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show His servants what must happen very soon. He made it clear by sending His angel to His servant John, who then testified to everything that he saw concerning the word of God and the testimony about Jesus Christ.” (See John 1:1-5, Colossians 1:15:20 and Heb 1:)

(Rev 1:3; “Blessed is the one who reads the words of this prophecy aloud, and blessed are those who hear and obey the things written in it, because the time is near!”) When Jesus revealed these words to John, “time was near from God’s perspective.” Time is much nearer now in His year 5,780.

(Rev 1:4-6; “From John, to the seven churches that are in the province of Asia: Grace and peace to you from “He who is,” and who was, and who is still to come, and from the seven spirits who are before His throne, and from Jesus Christ – the faithful witness, the firstborn from among the dead, the ruler over the kings of the earth. To the One who loves us and has set us free from our sins at the cost of His own blood and has appointed us as a kingdom, as priests serving His God and Father – to Him be the glory and the power for ever and ever! Amen.”)

The Greek word “Asia;” in the New Testament always refers to the Roman province of Asia, “which made up about one-third of the west and southwest end of modern Asia Minor.” Asia lay to the west of the region of Phrygia and Galatia. The words “the province of” is supplied to indicate to the modern reader that this does not refer to the continent of Asia. These seven churches in Asia were Believers IN Jesus, “having things in common with each other” and each particular church had their shortcomings we should study, meditate on and apply.

(Rev 1:7 (Look! He “Jesus is returning with the clouds.” (‘An allusion to Dan 7:13) Lets remember what the people watching Jesus ascent were told.

(Acts 1:10-11; “As they were still staring into the sky while He was going, suddenly two men in white clothing stood near them and said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand here looking up into the sky? This same Jesus who has been taken up from you into heaven will come back in the same way you saw Him go into heaven.”) and every eye will see Him, even those who pierced Him, and all the tribes on the earth will mourn because of Him. This will certainly come to pass!” Amen.)

Even those who pierced Jesus side will see Him when they’re resurrected to physical life as was Lazarus and Tabitha or Dorcas. (Acts 9:40-42; “But Peter sent them all outside, knelt down, and prayed. Turning to the body, he said, “Tabitha, get up.” Then she opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter, she sat up. He gave her his hand and helped her get up. Then he called the Saints and widows and presented her alive. This became known throughout all Joppa, and many believed in the Lord.”) Likewise when Jesus died, and after His resurrection many came out of their graves.

(Matt 27:50-53; “Then Jesus cried out again with a loud voice and gave up His spirit. Just then the temple curtain was torn in two, from top to bottom. The earth shook and the rocks were split apart. (52) And tombs were opened, and the bodies of many Saints who had died were raised. (They came out of the tombs after His resurrection and went into the holy city and appeared to many people.) Study Isaiah 35: - 37: about many Israelites living again. Now back to Revelations and Jesus’ witnessing to John and John to we Believers IN.

(Rev 1:8; “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God – the One who is, and who was, and who is still to come – the All-Powerful!”) While in the flesh, Jesus manifest Himself  as, “the Son of God” to His apostles, now after His ascension and to John He’s more vividly “the All Powerful!”

(Rev 1:9-11; “I, John, your brother and the one who shares with you in the persecution, kingdom, and endurance that are in Jesus, was on the island called Patmos because of the Word of God and the testimony about Jesus.” I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s Day when I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet, saying: “Write in a book what you see and send it to the seven churches – to Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea.”)

Study Revelations 2: and 3: Observe Jesus’ complementary and corrective words to these seven congregations. Note Rev 3:9 “where the word ‘Jew’ is used” meaning “Christian.” (Many calling themselves ‘Jews’ “Christians” are actually of the synagogue of Satan.) These seven congregations in the providence of Asia, have some characteristics similar to today’s modern professing Christian groups.

Jesus purchased for God the Father, “persons from every tribe, language, people, and nation. (You “God our Father” have appointed them as a kingdom and priests to serve our God, and they will reign on the earth.”

(Rev 5:6-9; “Then I ’John’ saw standing in the middle of the throne and of the four living creatures, and in the middle of the elders, a Lamb that appeared to have been killed. He had seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth. Then He ‘Jesus’ came and took the scroll from the right hand of the One ‘God the Father’ who was seated on the throne, and when He had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders threw themselves to the ground before the Lamb. Each of them had a harp and golden bowls full of incense (which are the prayers of the Saints) They were singing a new song: “You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals because you were killed, and at the cost of Your own blood you have purchased for God persons from every tribe, language, people, and nation.”)

Both Israelites and non-Israelites are One in Christ, all these are gifted to recognize truth and respond with thanksgiving. Jesus had explained to those willing to hear, before His resurrection and ascension. (Lets review from an earlier study.)

(John 10:7-10; So Jesus said to them again, “I tell you the solemn truth, I am the door for the sheep. All who came before Me were thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the door. If anyone enters through Me, he will be saved, and will come in and go out, and find pasture. (10) The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come so that they may have life, and may have it abundantly.”) The thieves and robbers deceive and make merchandise of people.

Perpetual Promises, chapter 12

November 10th, 2019

11/10/19, God’s 8th month, Cheshvan 12/5780. 

To: Called out people living Jesus’ faith, “in the world but not of the world.”

As God has planned, so it will be. (Isaiah 46:11-13; “I 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. 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 foreknew the result of His covenanting contract with the Israelites through His servant Moses and shared that result with him. God foreknew that He’d scatter Israelites and His revealing Himself to non-Israelites, ultimately making both one body of believers. Remember the controversy in God’s Jerusalem church over Peter’s taking the gospel to Cornelius? (See Acts 10:) Israelites assumed they were God’s only people and were biased toward gentiles.

As revealed in the last study; “Part of God’s purpose was served when Israel rejected His Way.” Their stubbornness resulted in God’s gifting chosen Gentiles His gift of repentance. It was God’s secret withheld from His prophets and the heavenly host until His appointed time to reveal it. Now through Jesus’ good news as revealed to His apostles, chosen gentiles can became fellow heirs, “members of The Body and fellow partakers of promises through Abraham.” Now revealed through Jesus’ apostle Paul. Pray for discernment.

(Ephesians 3:1-6; “For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles – if indeed you have heard of the stewardship of God’s grace that was given to me for you, that by revelation the divine secret was made known to me, as I wrote before briefly. (4) When reading this, you will be able to understand my insight into this secret of Christ. Now this secret was not disclosed to people in former generations as it has now been revealed to His holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit, (6) namely, that through the gospel the Gentiles are fellow heirs, fellow members of the body, and fellow partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus.

(Eph 3:7-9; I “Paul” became a servant of this gospel according to the gift of God’s grace that was given to me by the exercise of His power. To me – less than the least of all the Saints – this grace was given, to proclaim to the Gentiles the unfathomable riches of Christ and to enlighten everyone about God’s secret plan – a secret that has been hidden for ages in God who has created all things.

(Eph 3:10-13; “The purpose of this enlightenment is that through the church the multifaceted wisdom of God should now be disclosed to the rulers and the authorities in the heavenly realms. This was according to the eternal purpose that He “God the Father” accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord, in whom we have boldness and confident access to God because of Christ’s faithfulness. For this reason I ask you not to lose heart because of what I am suffering for you, which is your glory.”)

Remember Paul’s conversion and what was told Ananias who told Paul his future?

(Acts 9:10-19;” Now there was a disciple in Damascus named Ananias. The Lord said to him in a vision, “Ananias,” and he replied, “Here I am, Lord.” Then the Lord told him, “Get up and go to the street called ‘Straight,’ and at Judas’ house look for a man from Tarsus named Saul. For he is praying, and he has seen in a vision a man named Ananias come in and place his hands on him “Paul” so that he may see again.” But Ananias replied, “Lord, I have heard from many people about this man, how much harm he has done to your Saints in Jerusalem, and here he has authority from the chief priests to imprison all who call on Your name!” (15) But the Lord said to him, “Go, because this man is My chosen instrument to carry My name before Gentiles and kings and the people of Israel. For I will show him how much he must suffer for the sake of my name.” So Ananias departed and entered the house, placed his hands on Saul and said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you came here, has sent me so that you may see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” Immediately something like scales fell from his eyes, and he could see again. He got up and was baptized, and after taking some food, his strength returned.)

Much was revealed to Paul, some things he said couldn’t be spoken about. But now revealed to Believers IN that salvation is through faith in Jesus.”

(Ephesians 3:14-19; “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.”

(Eph 3:20-21; “Now to Him who by the power that is working within us is able to do far beyond all that we ask or think, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”) (Remember Jacob’s name change to ‘Israel’ means ‘God fights,’ thus all followers of Jesus become spiritual Israelites and Heirs with Abraham.)

God’s new spiritual covenant is with spiritual Israelites, “followers of Jesus through gifted faith.” (People gifted to understand God’s characteristics and deity with God the Son, have desires to be obedient through Jesus’ imputed faith, are God’s Elect.) A people Jesus was speaking of when He said, “if possible even the Elect would be deceived.” See Matthew 24:24.

(Ephesians 4:1-6; “I “Paul” therefore, the prisoner for the Lord, urge you to live worthily of the calling with which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, making every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. (4) There is one body and one Spirit, just as you too were called to the one hope of your calling, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.”)

When we believe IN Jesus’ revelations through His apostle Paul “there is no room for denominationalism.” No room to think methodology regarding how people are saved.

(Eph 4:7-10; “But to each one of us “followers of Jesus” grace was given according to the measure of the gift of Christ. Therefore it says, “When He ascended on high He captured captives; He gave gifts to men.” (See Psalms 68:18)

(Eph 5:9-10; Now what is the meaning of “He ascended,” except that He also descended to the lower regions, namely, the earth? He, the very One who descended, is also the One who ascended above all the heavens, in order to fill all things.”

God’s gifts people! Whether intellectual, creativity, spiritual talents such as healings or teaching, thank Him for His giving; there is no room for boasting or arrogance.

(Eph 4:11-13; “It was He who gave some as apostles, some as prophets, some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, to equip the Saints for the work of ministry, that is, to build up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God – a mature person, attaining to the measure of Christ’s full stature.” (Not earnable by works or goodness, but by grace.)

(Eph 4:14-16; “So we are no longer to be children, tossed back and forth by waves and carried about by every wind of teaching by the trickery of people who craftily carry out their deceitful schemes. (15) But practicing the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into Christ, who is the head. From Him the whole body grows, fitted and held together through every supporting ligament. As each one does its part, the body “church” grows in love.”)

Paul is teaching “the truth” so we may grow up into Christ’s character.

(Eph 4:17; “So I say this, and insist in the Lord, that you no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking.”)

Look around and take note of the fact ‘modern Evangelic denominations practice more gentile traditions today than fifty years ago.’ Note the evolution of what’s acceptable among professing Christians. Speaking of unbelievers Paul continues to explain why the many don‘t understand.

(Eph 4:18-24; They “gentiles or unbelievers” are darkened in their understanding, being alienated from the life of God because of ignorance that is in them due to the hardness of their hearts. Because they are callous, they have given themselves over to indecency for the practice of every kind of impurity with greediness. But you ’followers of Jesus’ did not learn about Christ like this, if indeed you heard about Him and were taught in Him, just as the truth is in Jesus. (22) You were taught with reference to your former way of life to lay aside the old man who is being corrupted in accordance with deceitful desires, to be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and to put on the new man who has been created in God’s image – in righteousness and holiness that comes from truth.”)

Through the truth, God’s Way is lived. Gentile and Israelites live according to the hardness of their hearts ‘until God reveals Himself and calls to His Way. When called out people hear God’s truth they recognize it because they are foreknown and are His sheep. (Jesus said it; “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.” John 10:26-30.)

(Eph 4:25-32; “Therefore, “you gentile followers of Jesus” having laid aside falsehood, each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members of one another. Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on the cause of your anger. Do not give the devil an opportunity. The one who steals must steal no longer; rather he must labor, doing good with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with the one who has need. You must let no unwholesome word come out of your mouth, but only what is beneficial for the building up of the one in need, that it may give grace to those who hear. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. You must put away every kind of bitterness, anger, wrath, quarreling, and evil, slanderous talk. Instead, be kind to one another, compassionate, forgiving one another, just as God in Christ also forgave you.”) Remember followers of Jesus are called without having done worthy works. We must forgive in a similar manner and thank God for His grace.

Perpetual Promises, chapter 11

November 8th, 2019

11/8/19, God’s 10th month, Cheshvan 8/5780. 

To: Called out living by Jesus’ faith people, “in the world but not of the world.”’

Jesus’ sheep are, “those whose names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life” and imputed with a oneness of spirit, with God the Father and God the Son “Jesus.” (John 10:5;“They will never follow a stranger. because they do not recognize the stranger’s voice.”) (Followers of Jesus are gifted with a loving desire to keep His commandments, “His Sabbaths particularly” and don’t recognize strange theology babblers.) Remember why Jesus spoke in parables?

(John 10:6-9; “Jesus told them this parable, but they did not understand what He was saying to them. So Jesus said to them again, “I tell you the solemn truth, I am the Door for the Sheep. All who came before Me were thieves and robbers, but the Sheep did not listen to them. I am the Door. If anyone enters through Me, he will be saved, will come in, go out and find pasture.”) The sheep that listened previously were the CALLED OUT, like Abraham and Moses. Today Jesus’ Word, practices, attributes, characteristics and deity is detailed and like previously, they who aren’t His sheep believe in idols etc. “heir imagination.” They’re denominationalist, thieves and robbers, sold on idols, methodologies and theologies of man’s design. They’re modern day Pharisees.

(John 10:10-13; “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come so that they may have Life, and may have it abundantly. “I am the good Shepherd. The good Shepherd lays down his Life for the Sheep. The hired hand, who is not a shepherd and does not own sheep, sees the wolf coming and abandons the sheep and runs away. So the wolf attacks the sheep and scatters them. Because he is a hired hand and is not concerned about the sheep, he runs away.”) (Is it not true? Modern day teachers of theology expect pay based on the number of parishioners.)

(John 10:14-15; “I am the good shepherd. I know My own and My own know Me — just as the Father knows Me and I know the Father — and I lay down My life for the Sheep.”) (Jesus’ Sheep are called out Believers IN His Word through His gifted faith: truth set’s each free.) Many modern theology teachers hold to an opinion that only the New Testament is Christendom adequate; but Jesus’ principle is, “if they didn’t believe Moses, neither will they believe IN Me.

(John 10:16; “I have other Sheep that do not come from this sheepfold. I must bring them too, and they will listen to My voice, so that there will be one flock and one Shepherd.”) Ours isn’t the last age, Jesus’ Kingdom age is prophesied to be coming, “knowledge will cover and all Israel saved.”

It was preplanned that the Israelite’s fall would work to God’s purpose in reconciling both Israelite, non-Israelite to Himself and both become one in Christ. Study Romans 11: and note that Israel is the tamed olive branch and non-Israelites the wild olive branch that are grafted into the tame and ultimately all be of the same foundation. (God says the following is absolute.)

Israel’s saving.

(Jeremiah 31:31-34; “Indeed, a time is coming,” says the LORD, “when I will make a new covenant with the people of Israel and Judah. It will not be like the old covenant that I made with their ancestors when I delivered them from Egypt. For they violated that covenant, even though I was like a faithful husband to them,” says the LORD. “But I will make a new covenant with the whole nation of Israel after I plant them back in the land,” says the LORD. “I will put my law within them and write it on their hearts and minds. I will be their God and they will be My people. “People will no longer need to teach their neighbors and relatives to know Me. For all of them, from the least important to the most important, will know Me,” says the LORD. “For I will forgive their sin and will no longer call to mind the wrong they have done.”

(Jeremiah 31:35; “The LORD has made a promise to Israel. He promises it as the One who fixed the sun to give light by day and the moon and stars to give light by night. He promises it as the One who stirs up the sea so that its waves roll. He promises it as the One who is known as the LORD who rules over all.”

Jeremiah 31:36-37; The LORD affirms, “The descendants of Israel will not cease forever to be a nation in My sight. That could only happen if the fixed ordering of the heavenly lights were to cease to operate before Me.” The LORD says, “I will not reject all the descendants of Israel because of all that they have done. That could only happen if the heavens above could be measured or the foundations of the earth below could all be explored,” says the LORD.

(Jeremiah 31:38-40; “Indeed a time is coming,” says the LORD, “when the city of Jerusalem will be rebuilt as My special city. It will be built from the Tower of Hananel westward to the Corner Gate. The boundary line will extend beyond that, straight west from there to the Hill of Gareb and then turn southward to Goah. The whole valley where dead bodies and sacrificial ashes are thrown and all the terraced fields out to the Kidron Valley on the east as far north as the Horse Gate will be included within this city that is sacred to the LORD. The city will never again be torn down or destroyed.”)

All Preplanned, all by promise

Christ Jesus Himself is and has always been the Cornerstone. In Him the whole building is being joined together, growing into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom all ’followers of Jesus’ are being built together into a dwelling place of God in the Spirit. No room for boasting or conceit.

(Rom 11:25-36; “For I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers and sisters, so that you may not be conceited: A partial hardening has happened to Israel until the full number of the Gentiles has come in. And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written: (See Isaiah 59:20 & Jer 31:33) “The Deliverer will come out of Zion; He will remove ungodliness from Jacob. And this is My ‘God’s’ covenant with them, when I take away their sins.” (28) In regard to the gospel they are enemies for your ‘you gentile’s’ sake, but in regard to Election they are dearly loved for the sake of the fathers. For the gifts and the call of God are irrevocable. Just as you were formerly disobedient to God, but have now received mercy due to their ‘Israelites’ disobedience, so they too have now been disobedient in order that, by the mercy shown to you, they too may now receive mercy. For God has consigned all people to disobedience so that He may show mercy to them all. (33) Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and how fathomless His ways! For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been His counselor? Or who has first given to God, that God needs to repay him? For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be glory forever! Amen. (Here’s absolute promises and the perfect example of perfect love.

More prophecy.

(Hosea 12:6; “But you must return to your God, by maintaining love and justice, and by waiting for your God to return to you.”)

(Amos 5:14-15; “Seek good and not evil so you can live! Then the LORD, the God who commands armies, just might be with you, as you claim He is. Hate what is wrong, love what is right! Promote justice at the city gate! (In your court houses.) Maybe the LORD, the God who commands armies, will have mercy on those who are left from Joseph.”)

God’s Steadfast Love and Compassion

(Micah 7:18-20; There is no other God like you! You forgive sin and pardon the rebellion of those who remain among your people. You do not remain angry forever, but delight in showing loyal love. You will once again have mercy on us; you will conquer our evil deeds; you will hurl our sins into the depths of the sea. You will be loyal to Jacob and extend your loyal love to Abraham, which you promised on oath to our ancestors in ancient times.”)

(1Cor 2:6-16; “Now we do speak wisdom among the mature, but not a wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are perishing. Instead we  speak the wisdom of God, hidden in a mystery, that God determined before the ages for our glory. None of the rulers of this age understood it. If they had known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. But just as it is written, “Things that no eye has seen, or ear heard, or mind imagined, are the things God has prepared for those who love him.” (Quote Isa 64:4) God has revealed these to us by the Spirit. 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. (12) Now we 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 Spirit, explaining 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 Lord.) Fleshly schooling can’t impute spiritual learning to fleshly people.

Perpetual Promises, chapter 10

November 6th, 2019

11/6/19, God’s 8th month, Cheshvan 8/5780. 

To: Called out living Jesus’ faith people, “in the world but not of the world.”

Believing IN faith comes from God’s fathering those whose names are written in “The Lambs Book of Life.” Chosen to be in God’s family and in His first resurrection. Lets study Jesus’ Words as revealed to Paul, he to the Ephesians and all Believers IN.

Ephesians 1:1-2; “From Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, to the Saints [in Ephesus] the faithful in Christ Jesus. Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ!” )

Only Jesus and His apostles have the authority to say “from God the Father.” Saints are people who’re faithful in Christ Jesus. No entity of man has the authority to make a person a saint.

Spiritual Blessings in Christ

(Ephesians 1:3-4; “Blessed is the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us “followers of Jesus” with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms in Christ. For He chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world that we may be holy and unblemished in His sight in love.”) Paul is writing to those who’re called to believe IN and follow Jesus.

John 10:7-8; “So Jesus said to them again, “I tell you the solemn truth, I am the door for the sheep. All who came before Me were thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them.”) Jesus’ followers listen to Him, believe IN Him and practice His attributes.

(John 10:14-18; “I am the good Shepherd. I know My own and My own know Me – just as the Father knows Me and I know the Father – and I lay down My life for the sheep. (16) I have other sheep that do not come from this sheepfold. I must bring them too, and they will listen to My voice, so that there will be one flock and one Shepherd. This is why the Father loves Me – because I lay down My life, so that I may take it back again. No one takes it away from Me, but I lay it down of My own free will. I have the authority to lay it down, and I have the authority to take it back again. This commandment I received from My Father.”)

Note Jesus saying, “there’s one flock and one Shepherd.“ God the Father and God the Son have preplanned this and the ages to come to be atOne.

(Ephesians 1:5-10; “He did this by predestining us to adoption as His Sons through Jesus Christ, according to the pleasure of His will – to the praise of the glory of His grace that He has freely bestowed on us in His dearly loved Son. In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace that He lavished on us in all wisdom and insight. (9) He did this when He revealed to us the secret of His will, according to His good pleasure that He set forth in Christ, toward the administration of the fullness of the times, to head up all things in Christ – the things in heaven and the things on earth.”) The fleshly mind can’t rationalize God being all knowing. Jesus displayed His all knowing God attribute to us.

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

God reveals the secrets of His will. Denominations claiming to believe IN Jesus, “yet deny God’s awesomeness to preplan detail” may believe a god exist, but don’t believe IN the God of Abraham as He’s manifested to be.” Many people are good from a worldly point of view, good citizens etc. Many live wholesome commendable to the world lives; their error? Teaching their own, or a theory taught them. (If our teaching isn’t individually revealed we’re assuming.) Review verse nine above.

NOW we should understand “teaching truth with authority is why Jesus and His apostles were persecuted and killed.” Teaching God’s absolutes with authority has always been hated by people not gifted to understand.

Followers of Jesus are God’s possessions.

(Ephesians 1:11-14; “In Christ we too have been claimed as God’s own possession, since we were predestined according to the one purpose of Him who accomplishes all things according to the counsel of His will so that we, who were the first to set our hope on Christ, would be to the praise of His glory. And when you heard the word of truth (the gospel of your salvation) – when you believed IN Christ – you were marked with the seal of the promised Holy Spirit, who is the down payment of our inheritance, until the redemption of God’s own possession, to the praise of His glory.”) What causes a person to set hope on Christ? Where does the desire come from?

Desiring Godly Wisdom and Revelation is gifted.

(Eph 1:15-19; “For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the Saints, I do not cease to give thanks for you when I remember you in my prayers. I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you spiritual wisdom and revelation in your growing knowledge of Him, – since the eyes of your heart have been enlightened – so that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what is the wealth of His glorious inheritance in the Saints, and what is the incomparable greatness of His power toward us who believe, as displayed in the exercise of His immense strength.”)

Growing knowledge of Jesus’ deity with the Father is revelation and knowledge of our inheritance.

(Eph 1:20-23; “This power He “God the Father” exercised in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly realms far above every rule and authority and power and dominion and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. (22) And God put all things under Christ’s feet, and He gave Him to the church as head over all things. Now the church is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.”) Each Believer IN is God’s temple.

(1Cor 3:16-17; “Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you? If someone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him. For God’s temple is holy, which is what you are.”)

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

Each person is spiritually dead until individually imputed with His life.

(Ephesians 2:1-3; “And although you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you formerly lived according to this world’s present path, according to the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the ruler of the spirit that is now energizing the sons of disobedience, among whom all of us also formerly lived out our lives in the cravings of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath even as the rest.”) Until individually called, each lived according to what seemed right to the fleshly inherited from Adam nature. Ruler of the kingdom of the air is Satan, “who has all but God’s called deceived.” See Matthew 24:24.

(Eph 2:4-7; “But God, “The Father” being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even though we were dead in transgressions, made us alive together with Christ – by grace you are saved! and He raised us up with Him “Jesus” and seated us with Him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, to demonstrate in the coming ages the surpassing wealth of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. (8-9; For by grace you are saved through faith, and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God; it is not from works, so that no one can boast.”)

(We’re His workmanship, having been created in Christ Jesus for good works that God prepared beforehand so we may do them.”) In the coming millennial age Saints will be the demonstration Paul is writing about. All were dead in transgressions until made alive in Christ for God the Father’s purpose.

New Life Corporate Family.

(Ephesians 2:11-22; “Therefore remember that formerly you, the Gentiles in the flesh – who are called “un-circumcision” by the so-called “circumcision” that is performed on the body by human hands – that you were at that time without the Messiah, alienated from the citizenship of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who used to be far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For He ’Jesus’ is our peace, the One who made both groups into one and who destroyed the middle wall of partition, the hostility, when He nullified in His flesh the law of commandments in decrees. He did this to create in Himself one new man out of two, thus making peace, and to reconcile them both in one body to God through the cross, by which the hostility has been killed. And He came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near, so that through Him we both ‘Israelites and gentiles’ have access in one Spirit to the Father. So then you are no longer foreigners and non-citizens, but you are fellow citizens with the Saints and members of God’s household, because you have been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus Himself as the Cornerstone. (21) In Him the whole building, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you ’followers of Jesus’ also are being built together into a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.”)

It was preplanned that Israelite’s fall would work to God’s purpose in reconciling both Israelite and non-Israelite to Himself and both become one in Christ. Study Romans 11: and note that Israel is the tamed olive branch and non-Israelites the wild olive branch that is grafted into to tame and ultimately all be of the same foundation.

Perpetual Promises, chapter 9

November 5th, 2019

  11/5/19, God’s 8th month, Cheshvan 7/5780.   20,967

To: Called out living Jesus’ faith people, “in the world but not of the world.”

God made promises to Abraham that are fulfilled and many are yet to be. All His promises are intended, some have stipulations such as God changing His mind if a nation turns from “what God views as evil.” )The end of this age is preplanned, but God also promises to cut it short for the Elect’s sake.) Israel’s being enslaved and their deliverance from Egypt was preplanned, told to Abraham and was fulfilled in exact timing. (The Son of God’s coming as the Messiah, Lamb of God, re-creating, doing miracles no one else had done, delivering from sin’s result by sacrificing His life’s blood and ascending to His former position; and now Mediator on our behalf before God the Father, has been fulfilled.) He’s The High Priest and is coming back to fulfill all promises.

(Heb 5:1-4; “For every high priest is taken from among the people and appointed to represent them before God, to offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins. He is able to deal compassionately with those who are ignorant and erring, since He also was subject to weakness, and for this reason He is obligated to make sin offerings for Himself as well as for the people. And no one assumes this honor on his own initiative, but only when called to it by God, as in fact Aaron was.”)

(Heb 5:5-6; “So also Christ did not glorify Himself in becoming high priest, but the One who glorified Him was God, who said to Him, “You are My Son! Today I have fathered you,” as also in another place God says, “You are a priest forever in the order of Melchizedek.” (quote from Psalms 110:4)

(Heb 5:7-10; During His earthly life Christ offered both requests and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to the One who was able to save Him from death and He was heard because of His devotion. (8) Although He was a Son, He learned obedience through the things He suffered. And by being perfected in this way, He became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey Him, and He was designated by God as high priest in the order of Melchizedek.” (Jesus was “High Priest Melchizedek” during Abraham’s day, long before Aaron and the Levites were appointed to serve.

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

God does the calling, gifts desire and effort, we’re obligated to depend on Jesus’ imputed spirit for guidance rather than fleshly intellect which is idolatry. Now the Hebrews writer gives us the basic Church of God doctrine. Find seven in the next text. (1) Repentance from dead works. (2) Faith in God. (3) Baptisms. (4) Laying on of hands.(5) Resurrection of the dead.(6) Eternal judgment. (7) Progress beyond the elementary, move to maturity, not laying the foundation over and over.

(Heb 6:1-2; “Therefore we must progress beyond the elementary instructions about Christ and move on to maturity, not laying this foundation again: repentance from dead works and faith in God, teaching about baptisms, laying on of hands, resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment.”)

(Heb 6:3-6; “And this is what we intend to do, if God permits. For it is impossible in the case of those who have once been enlightened, tasted the heavenly gift, become partakers of the Holy Spirit, tasted the good word of God and the miracles of the coming age, and then have committed apostasy, to renew them again to repentance, since they are crucifying the Son of God for themselves all over again and holding Him up to contempt.”)

Meditate on the above, “once supernaturally enlightened, tasted God’s gifts, imputed with the Holy Spirit and seen the reality of His millennial age to come; it’s like take demonically inspired hatred of God and turning back.

John 3:16; “For this is the way God “the Father” loved the world: He gave His One and only Son, so that everyone who believes IN Him will not perish but have eternal life.” The called must understand that believing IN constitutes a desire to obey“).

God the Father calls and gives the called over to Jesus. (Philippians 2:12-13; “So then, my dear friends, just as you have always obeyed, not only in my presence but even more in my absence, continue working out your salvation with awe and reverence, for the one bringing forth in you both the desire and the effort — for the sake of his good pleasure — is God.”) LOOK and consider, even Jesus prayed that God the Father glorify Him so He could glorify the Father.

(John 17:1-3; “When Jesus had finished saying these things, He looked upward to heaven and said, “Father, the time has come. Glorify Your Son, so that Your Son may glorify You – just as you have given Him authority over all humanity, so that He may give eternal life to everyone You have given Him. (3) Now this is eternal life – that they know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom You sent.”)

God the Father reveals Jesus and through Jesus we know the Father, “this is eternal life.“ Now we can’t know God the Father and Jesus Christ until their characteristics and attributes are supernaturally revealed. Till understanding is gifted and we know, God’s family righteousness is holiness.

(John 17:4-5; “I glorified You on earth by completing the work You gave Me to do. And now, Father, glorify Me at your side with the glory I had with you before the world was created.”) Believers understand and know the deity and lordship of Jesus.

(John 17:6-19; “I have revealed Your name to the men You gave Me out of the world. They belonged to You, and You gave them to Me, and they have obeyed Your word. Now they understand that everything you have given Me comes from You, because I have given them the words You have given Me. They accepted them and really understand that I came from You, and they believed that You sent Me. (9) I am praying on behalf of them. I am not praying on behalf of the world, but on behalf of those You have given Me, because they belong to You. Everything I have belongs to You, and everything You have belongs to Me, and I have been glorified by them. (11) I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to You. Holy Father, keep them safe in Your name ‘nature’ that you have given Me, so that they may be One just as we are One. When I was with them I kept them safe and watched over them in your name that You have given Me. Not one of them was lost except the one destined for destruction, so that the scripture could be fulfilled. But now I am coming to You, and I am saying these things in the world, so they may experience My joy completed in themselves. I have given them Your word, and the world has hated them, because they do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. (15) I am not asking You to take them out of the world, but that You keep them safe from the evil one. They do not belong to the world just as I do not belong to the world. (17) Set them apart in the truth; your word is truth. Just as You sent Me into the world, so I sent them into the world. And I set Myself apart on their behalf, so that they too may be truly set apart ‘sanctified.’) Rejoice if the world hates you “because of your living His Way.”

From God’s perspective “none are good.” (See Jeremiah 4:22)

Matt 19:17; He said to him, “Why do you ask Me about what is good? There is only one who is good. But if you want to enter into life, keep the commandments.” “Which ones?” he asked. Jesus replied, “Do not murder, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not give false testimony, honor your father and mother, and love your neighbor as yourself.”)

Paul asked, if God considered some good, “how could God judge the world?” How could all be judged as sinners if some were good? And why not say, “Let us do evil so that good may come of it”? – as some who slander us allege that we say. Paul defining Jesus’ Word, quoted “all have sinned and come short of the grace of God.“ Because all people have inherited Adam’s sin nature that must be turned from. From these conclusions consider Paul’s understanding and quotes from the Psalms.

(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.” “Their throats are open graves, they deceive with their tongues, the poison of asps is under their lips.” “Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness.” “Their feet are swift to shed blood, ruin and misery are in their paths, and the way of peace they have not known.” “There is no fear of God before their eyes.”) (Paul is quoting Psalms 14:1-3. 5:9 and 140:3.)

Until God supernaturally opens understanding, people are characterized as above.

Until God miraculously changes our nature from that described in verses above and imputes His spirit, we’re powerless to offer genuine repentance. He gifts the desire to spiritually be obedient. Paul instructed the Thessalonians.

(1Thess 5:15-22; “See that no one pays back evil for evil to anyone, but always pursue what is good for one another and for all. Always rejoice, constantly pray, in everything give thanks. For this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. Do not extinguish the Spirit. Do not treat prophecies with contempt. But examine all things; hold fast to what is good. Stay away from every form of evil.)