(To 8,974 “in resident” churches: “people God is calling and making temples of His spirit.”) 1/18/18 God’s 11th month, Shevat 3, 5778 until sunset.
Only Jesus’ gifted spirit can make one righteousness for salvation. No other person‘s righteousness can be imputed to another. (Ezek 14:19-20; “Or suppose I were to send a plague into that land, and pour out my rage on it with bloodshed, killing both people and animals. (20) Even if Noah, Daniel, and Job were in it, as surely as I live, declares the sovereign Lord, they could not save their own son or daughter; “they would save only their lives by their righteousness.” (Remission of sin and our being saved to eternal life is only through Jesus’ gifted spirit, making us at one with Himself and God our Father.)
Blood sacrifices ordained by God always looked forward to the ultimate sacrifice of Jesus’ shed blood for the remission of sin and our saving. On that Passover evening prior to Jesus’ deliverance of Israel from Egypt through Moses, “sheep or goat’s blood over doors, ‘so the death angel would pass over’ looked forward to Jesus’ saving a chosen people from the result of sin. ”God ordained animal blood sacrifices for worship and forgiveness of sins performed by Levite priest, “looked forward to our asking for forgiveness of sin in Jesus‘ name. The Pharisees, Sadducees and Jesus’ apostles were looking for a Savior King like Moses, until Jesus opened His apostles minds to understand the scriptures. Until then, ’even though Jesus’ deeds were known’ they thought of Jesus in fleshly terms.
The Pharisees and Sadducees were mindful that Mary’s husband “Joseph” was not Jesus’ father. (John 8:41-47; “Then they said to Jesus, “We were not born as a result of immorality! We have only one Father, God Himself.” Jesus replied, “If God were your Father, you would love Me, for I have come from God and am now here. I have not come on My own initiative, but He “God the Father” sent Me. (43) Why don’t you understand what I am saying? It is because you cannot accept My teaching. You people are from your father the devil, and you want to do what your father desires. He “the devil” was a murderer from the beginning, and does not uphold the truth, because there is no truth in him. Whenever he lies, he speaks according to his own nature, because he is a liar and the father of lies. But because I am telling you the truth, you do not believe Me. Who among you can prove Me guilty of any sin? If I am telling you the truth, why don’t you believe Me? The one who belongs to God listens and responds to God’s Words. You don’t listen and respond, because you don’t belong to God.”)
Like the Pharisees and Sadducees, most professing Christians are denominational minded; “lies, superstitions and lawlessness are their foundation.” The primary cause? The god of this age, ‘Satan’s’ deceptions. The EFFECT? Love waxes cold, proper respect of authority vanishes and God’s commandments are twisted. Knowledge that God is unchanging in principle and His promises of a new world order aren‘t taught. Strange teachings take hold. Knowledge of Jesus’ deity is lost on people desiring to go the way that seems right to their fleshly minds. Not mindful that Jesus is; “Creator, Re-creator, Sustainer, Deliverer, Mediator and our coming King of Kings.
(Hebrews 13:7-9: “Remember your leaders, who spoke God’s message to you; reflect on the outcome of their lives and imitate their faith. (8) Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever! (9) Do not be carried away by all sorts of strange teachings. For it is good for the heart to be strengthened by grace, not ritual meals, which have never benefited those who participated in them.”)
Our outlook should be spiritually SHAPED to believe God’s Truth and turned from human hero copying, which is akin to idolatry. Digest Paul’s words to the Roman Believers.
(Rom 8:5 “For those who live according to the flesh have their outlook shaped by the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit have their outlook shaped by the things of the Spirit. (6) For the outlook of the flesh is death, but the outlook of the Spirit is life and peace, because the outlook of the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to the law of God, nor is it able to do so. (8) Those who are in “led by” the flesh cannot please God. (9) You, ’Believers IN’ however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, this person does not belong to Him. (10) But if Christ is in you, your body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is your life because of ‘Jesus’’ righteousness. (11) Moreover if the Spirit of the One who raised Jesus from the dead lives in you, the One who raised Christ from the dead will also make your mortal bodies alive through His Spirit who lives in you. So then, brothers and sisters, we are under obligation, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh (13) (for if you live according to the flesh, you will die), but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body you will live. (14) For all who are led by the Spirit of God are the sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of slavery leading again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption, by whom we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit it self bears witness to our spirit that we are God’s children. (17) And if children, then heirs (namely, heirs of God and also fellow heirs with Christ) – if indeed we suffer with Him so we may also be glorified with Him.”)
Creation and the fact that the Son of God ‘Jesus’ is going to return, reign and judge according the Words He has already spoken. Our children must be taught to reflect on the thinking of the Psalmist.
(Psalms 146:1-10; “Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord, O my soul! I will praise the Lord as long as I live! I will sing praises to my God as long as I exist! (3) Do not trust in princes, or in human beings, “denominations” who cannot deliver! Their life’s breath departs, they return to the ground; on that day their plans die. (5) How blessed is the one whose helper is the God of Jacob, ’Israel’ whose hope is in the Lord his God, the one who made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, who remains forever faithful, vindicates the oppressed, and gives food to the hungry. The Lord releases the imprisoned. The Lord gives “understanding” sight to the blind. The Lord lifts up all who are bent over “the humble in spirit.” The Lord loves the godly. (9) The Lord protects those residing outside their native land; He lifts up the fatherless and the widow, but He opposes the wicked. (10) The Lord rules forever, your God, O Zion, throughout the generations to come!”)
We must be taught that God is the giver of all good things; “understanding and revealed knowledge, especially.” Paul closed his letter to the Romans as follows;
“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.” Romans 16:25-27)
Except there be a holy, righteous all knowing Creator God, there would be no genuine need for a particular moral code of conduct. Believing IN the God of Abraham is to know by faith that He is, (1) holy, (2) righteous, (3) all knowing, (4) that only mankind is made in His image, (5) there are purposes in His creations and that, (6) He gave mankind His particular moral code, whereby people are blessed when they choose to live therein. Lets look up, teach our children to look up, consider the heavenly bodies, the sun, moon, their precise movements and what force sustains them. What force keeps the sun burning at the right temperature to sustain life on earth? What force keeps this earth’s moon in the precise position that controls sea level? Then consider the motivation in people that makes them want to think these controls are by some accident.
There is a Satan, “that spirit being Jesus referred to when His disciples returned from their mission.” (Luke 10:17-18; “Then the seventy-two returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons submit to us in Your name!” So He said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.) Did that powerful spirit being, “Satan” actually tempt Jesus, as the holy scriptures describe? Does that powerful devil know God’s holy scriptures?
(Matthew 4:1-11; “Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. After He fasted forty days and forty nights He was famished. The tempter came and said to Him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become bread.” But He answered, “It is written, ‘Man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” (Quote from Deut 8:3) Then the devil took Him to the holy city, had Him stand on the highest point of the temple, and said to Him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down. For it is written, ‘He will command His angels concerning you’ and ‘with their hands they will lift you up, so that you will not strike Your foot against a stone.’” (Quote from Psalms 91:12) Jesus said to him, “Once again it is written: ‘You are not to put the Lord your God to the test.’” (Quote from Deut 6:16) Again, the devil took Him to a very high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their grandeur. And he said to Jesus, “I will give you all these things if you throw Yourself to the ground and worship me.” Then Jesus said to him, “Go away, Satan! For it is written: ‘You are to worship the Lord your God and serve only Him.’” (Quote from Deut 6:13) Then the devil left Him, and angels came and began ministering to His needs.”)
Jesus used Word He Himself had inspired Moses and David write. Satan knew the Son of God, “Jesus” came from His heavenly position, to live in the flesh and give His life for the sins of the world. Satan knew that Jesus was the very Creator that created him and removed him from the heavenly realms. Satan knows that he is allowed to influence and deceive the nations until the set time when he will be bound. He knows his time is short.