God’s 9th month, Kislev 6, 5777; - 12/6/2016, To In Resident Churches of God
To people with no interest in looking to the Light and to Believers, the Psalmist wrote.
(Psalms 94:8-23; “Take notice of this, you ignorant people! You fools, when will you ever understand? Does the one who makes the human ear not hear? Does the one who forms the human eye not see? Does the one who disciplines the nations not punish? He is the One who imparts knowledge to human beings! (11) The Lord knows that “fleshly” peoples’ thoughts are morally bankrupt. How blessed is the one whom You instruct, O Lord, the one whom You teach from Your law in order to protect him from times of trouble, until the wicked are destroyed. Certainly the Lord does not forsake His people; He does not abandon the nation that belongs to Him. For justice will prevail and all the morally upright will be vindicated. (16) Who will rise up to defend me against the wicked? Who will stand up for me against the evildoers? If the Lord had not helped me, I would have laid down in the silence of death. If I say “My foot is slipping” Your loyal love O Lord, supports me. When worries threaten to overwhelm me, Your soothing touch makes me happy. (20) Cruel rulers are not Your allies, those who make oppressive laws. They conspire against the blameless, and condemn to death the innocent. But the Lord will protect me and my God will shelter me. He will pay them back for their sin. He will destroy them because of their evil; the Lord our God will destroy them.”)
We may be persecuted, even killed for living Jesus’ faith, but we remember His promises.. We need to know that in our flesh, we tend to judge others more stringently than self and compare one to another. Additionally our fleshly nature pulls us “wants to creep back in areas we thought we had overcame.” Areas like jealousy, gossip, putting self and ours’ above others. Remember “Christians are called to overcome to the end.” (We need to understand, we each inherited the very same nature, that caused Adam, Eve and Cain to disobey our Creator.) Until supernaturally “born from above” we have pride in our fleshly intellect. Unaware of the need “to learn, seek and practice God’s Way of living.” Without gifted knowledge of our Creator and His purpose people cultivate lustfulness, likened to that of instinctive animals. Thank Jesus, His millennial kingdom is coming. Demonic forces will be bound and the world will know His Way. This is Jesus’ good news He taught through His apostles. Good News the world ignores.
We Believer IN comprehend, that our inherited nature is hostile and “leads to death.” Adam and Eve made that hostile choice, thus all people inherited their nature “thus we all die once.” (The mystery to the world is that God miraculously changes hostile minds inherited from Adam, “to the nature of Jesus.”) That’s what Jesus meant when He said; “we must be born again.” Thank God for His calling, choosing, giving the desire to obey, understand the mysteries and overcome our fleshly inherited nature to the end.
Heavenly Father: may Your Word penetrate our minds and bless us with a desire to know You and Your Son “Jesus” may it soon be done on earth as in heaven. Help us love one another as You would have us to. Thank You for revealed understanding of Your Way; we pray, we ask in Jesus’ holy name. AMEN)
Paul writes to Believers IN. (2Cor 4:1-5; “One should think about us, “we apostles” this way; as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. Now what is sought in stewards is that one be found faithful. So for me, it is a minor matter that I am judged by you or by any human court. In fact, I do not even judge myself. For I am not aware of anything against myself, but I am not acquitted because of this. The one who judges me is the Lord. (5) So then, do not judge anything before the time. Wait until the Lord comes. He will bring to light the hidden things of darkness and REVEAL the motives of hearts. Then each will receive recognition from God.”)
Remembering the scriptural teaching about Satan disputing with Michael the archangel over Moses’ body? Michael only said to Satan “may the Lord rebuke you.” Remember Jesus knows us all and all will be judged. (The mysteries of God is “People being born from above.” Holy scriptures defines the holy spirit as “the spirit of a sound mind.” “Miraculously imputed to His chosen.” Paul coached Timothy about his calling.
(2 timothy 1:6-14; “Because of this I remind you to rekindle God’s gift that you possess through the laying on of my hands. For God did not give us a Spirit of fear but of power and love and self-control. (8) So do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord or of me a prisoner for His sake, but by God’s power accept your share of suffering for the gospel. He is the One who saved us and called us with a holy calling, not based on our works but on His own purpose and grace, granted to us in Christ Jesus before time began, but now made visible through the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus. He has broken the power of death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel! For this gospel I was appointed a preacher, apostle and teacher. Because of this, in fact, I suffer as I do. But I am not ashamed because I know the One in whom my faith is set and I am convinced that He is able to protect what has been entrusted to me until that day. Hold to the standard of sound words that you heard from me and do so with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. (14) Protect that good thing entrusted to you, through the Holy Spirit who lives within us.”) A MYSTERY to the world; good news for we gifted Believers IN. Paul attempted to apply Jesus’ teaching to himself.
(1 Cor 4:6-13; “I have applied these things to myself and Apollos because of you, brothers and sisters, so that through us you may learn “not to go beyond what is written” so that none of you will be puffed up in favor of the one against the other. (7) For who concedes you any superiority? What do you have that you did not receive? (what do you have that was not gifted And if you received it why do you boast as though you did not? Already you are satisfied! Already you are rich! You have become kings without us! I wish you had become kings so that we could reign with you! For, I think, God has exhibited us apostles last of all, as men condemned to die, because we have become a spectacle to the world, both to angels and to people. We are fools for Christ, but you are wise in Christ! We are weak, but you are strong! You are distinguished, we are dishonored! To the present hour we are hungry and thirsty, poorly clothed, brutally treated and without a roof over our heads. (12) We do hard work, toiling with our own hands. When we are verbally abused we respond with a blessing, when persecuted we endure, when people lie about us, we answer in a friendly manner. We are the world’s dirt and scum, even now.”) We should NOT be puffed up because of this gifted knowledge. We should not follow people based on charisma and credentials.
EACH apostle knew “the servant is not above his master” as Jesus suffered they knew they were likely to. Thank God, we are still learning from Jesus and His apostles in this age. Believers IN are still spectacles to the populations at large.
(1Cor 4:14-21; I am not writing these things to shame you, but to correct you as my dear children. For though you may have ten thousand guardians in Christ, you do not have many fathers, because I became your father in Christ Jesus through the gospel. (16) I encourage you then, be imitators of me. For this reason, I have sent Timothy to you, who is my dear and faithful son in the Lord. He will remind you of my ways in Christ, as I teach them everywhere in every church. Some have become arrogant “puffed up” as if I were not coming to you. But I will come to you soon, IF the Lord is willing and I will find out not only the talk of these arrogant people, but also their power. For the kingdom of God is demonstrated not in idle talk but with power. What do you want? Shall I come to you with a rod of discipline or with love and a spirit of gentleness?”) Consider, what we should believe IN and practice to be imitators of Jesus?
Jesus inspired Paul to write the seven basic church doctrines at Hebrews 6: (“Therefore we must (7) progress beyond the elementary instructions about Christ and move on to maturity, not laying this foundation again: (1) repentance from dead works and (2) faith in God, (3) teaching about baptisms, (4) laying on of hands, (5) resurrection of the dead, and (6) eternal judgment. And this is what we intend to do, if God permits.” Heb 6:1-3)
These seven doctrines are followers of Jesus’ foundational beliefs. We “born from above” people are gifted with power to overcome demonic temptations, our fleshly nature, grow in God’s grace and knowledge of His Ways.
For the called who are being saved, we are compelled to continue Jesus’ work. We who are being saved need to know The Message, so as not to be deceived. Remember Jesus’ prophetic message about the end of this age? Jesus’ apostles came to Him privately asking about the end of this age. (In private Jesus either did not speak in parables or He explained His parables to His apostles. (see Matt 24:3) Jesus speaking of the very end, before His return, among other things, said: (“Pray that your flight may not be in winter or on a Sabbath. 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. 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” Matt 24:20-24)
Another part of the mystery is that Jesus’ called Elect know His message. It is not possible to deceive His Elect because His message is revealed. (False massagers will include a deceiver giving life to an image; other miracles will be performed to deceive “if possible, The Elect.) We need to know, Satan can individually or through demonically inspired persons do miracles.
Shared the seven basic doctrines of The Message from Hebrews 6: should cause in depth study. Consider why Jesus said “Pray that your flight may not be in winter or on a Sabbath.”
This work isn’t about attempted to build an organization, we do ask for prayer support for our efforts. Our commentaries aren’t political, nor do we have a personal axe to grind. We mix Jesus and His apostles’ scriptural teachings on like subjects as we go through the bible, book by book. We do repeat and expound subject by subject. Mindful that God’s truth offends the world at large “unbelievers” and the denominational minded. We hope subscribers aren’t offended but are prayerful supporters of God’s Way. Jesus was not making idle talk when He taught and inspired His apostles to write that Satan was the god of this world. (Demonic philosophies now reach every crevice of this world’s system; making God’s Way appear archaic to the so called educated.) Today, no government on earth is patterning God’s standard of rule for it‘s people. Satan has the whole world, it’s religions and governments practicing similar pagan customs as the gentiles were practicing in Moses’ day. Document with a few internet searches.
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