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The Gospel according to Luke, chapter 31

January 16th, 2019

  To: The Family of God, “His Church” people being made atOne with Him, scattered Israelites (1/16/19, God 11th month, Sh’vat 10, until sunset.

 

What about divided worldly organized religion’s foundation? Like the Pharisees and Sadducees in Jesus’ day, “they’re hostile’s toward Jesus’ deity, not mindful that He’s God the Son in whom all the Father’s attributes are.” Everything created is through God the Son. (Review Col 1:15-20) The Lord God Jesus made promises to Abraham and carried many out through Moses. Delivering Israel from sinful Egypt on the exact day promised. Not worshiping this Jesus in spirit and truth makes Satan organized religions “including Christendom” it’s god. Jesus to the Symrna church. (Rev2:9; “This is the solemn pronouncement of the One who is the first and the last, the one who was dead, but came to life: ‘I know the distress you are suffering and your poverty (but you are rich). I also know the slander against you by those who call themselves Jews - ’spiritual Israelites’ and really are not, but are a synagogue of Satan.” Jesus repeats at Rev 3:9.

Satan blinds and leads “self organizers” to think themselves, “angels of light.” Jesus’ apostles had to contend with these presenters of themselves as equals to His apostles. Paul explains Jesus’ position and the result of false teaching to the Corinthians.

(2Corinthians 11:12-15; “And what I am doing I will continue to do, so that I may eliminate any opportunity for those who want a chance to be regarded as our equals in the things they boast about. For such people are false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. Therefore it is not surprising his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness, whose end will correspond to their actions.”) So, what’s the end result for those who never turn from practices opposing God’s Way?

(Revelations 21:5-8; “And the One seated on the throne said: “Look! I am making all things new!” Then He said to me, “John” “Write it down, because these words are reliable and true.” He also said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the one who is thirsty (one’s desiring to turn from hostile ways opposing God’s) I will give water free of charge from the spring of the water of life. (7) The one who conquers “overcomes to the end” will inherit these things and I will be his God and he will be My son. But to the cowards, unbelievers, detestable persons, murderers, the sexually immoral, and those who practice magic spells, idol worshipers, and all those who lie, their place will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur. That is the second death.”) Consider, “as spiritual understanding was hidden from Jesus’ apostles until the appointed time, spiritual understanding is hidden from all but the called in this age.” God’s plan includes a physical resurrection, “as was Lazarus’ and Saints through His apostles after Jesus’ resurrection. Jesus gave us a taste of what’s to occur at His return.

(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. (53) (They came out of the tombs after His resurrection and went into the holy city and appeared to many people.”) These things are hidden from the many who think there’s a mythology for being saved, until an appointed time.

Satan wants the world mindful of everything but, “times God set aside for our benefit.” Evil desires made unscrupulous men want to be equal with Jesus’ apostles and use Jesus’ name to support paganism. (Sun worship and all paganism has always been an abomination to God.) All that’s evil from God’s point of view will ultimately be destroyed, including Satan. Things evil, in God’s View are revealed at Revelations 21:8 and throughout His written Word. (Especially the religious leaders among us, who put forth the acceptance of an imaginary Jesus as Lord, while practicing ways designed to honor imaginary gods. will be judged by Jesus’ Words.)

(John 12:48; Jesus said; “the one who rejects Me and does not accept My Words has a judge; the Word I have spoken will judge him at the last day.”) A Last Day for evil is certain. Jesus’ miraculous resurrection of Lazarus, and His feeding thousands, didn’t cause the Pharisees types to believers IN. Why? It wasn’t gifted to them. They could only see that Jesus the man, was disrupting their hold on people. Likewise today, ’as did Cain’ people practice ways that seem okay to human logic, “not perceiving Jesus as the promised Messiah, the One that must be obeyed.”

(Luke 20:20-26; “Then they watched Jesus carefully and sent spies who pretended to be sincere. They wanted to take advantage of what He might say so that they could deliver Him up to the jurisdiction of the governor. (Thus they asked Jesus, “Teacher, we know that you speak and teach correctly, and show no partiality, but teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. Is it right for us to pay the tribute tax to Caesar or not?” (23) But Jesus perceived their deceit and said to them, “Show Me a denarius. Whose image and inscription are on it?” They said, “Caesar’s.” So Jesus said to them, “Then give to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” Thus they were unable in the presence of the people to trap Jesus with His own words. And stunned by His answer, they fell silent.”)

People in whom it isn’t given to Believe IN, “see Jesus the man” son of a carpenter who came to alter Israel’s God’s commands. In the apostle’s days almost all Israelites were unified regarding “Abraham and their forefathers.” But true to his nature Satan caused division. Some factions believed in strict law keeping and others less so. Many believed in the resurrections and angels others denied both, accepting the pagan doctrine that teaches “people are born to live forever someplace.” (Re-study Genesis 3:, “the first lie.)

(Luke 20:27-40; “Now some Sadducees (who contend that there is no resurrection) came to Jesus. They asked Him, “Teacher, Moses wrote for us that if a man’s brother dies leaving a wife but no children, that man must marry the widow and father children for his brother. (See Deut 25:5, this practice was called levirate marriage, See also Ruth 4:1-12) Now there were seven brothers. The first one married a woman and died without children. The second and then the third married her, and in this same way all seven died, leaving no children. Finally the woman died too. In the resurrection therefore, whose wife will the woman be? For all seven had married her.” (Knowing the Sadducees thinking regarding immortality, Jesus could have asked, “if you believe they’re born immortal, where do you think they are today?”) (34-40; “So Jesus said to them, “The people of this age marry and are given in marriage. But those who are regarded as worthy to share in that age and in the resurrection from the dead neither marry nor are given in marriage. In fact, they can no longer die, because they are equal to angels and are sons of God, since they are sons of the resurrection. (37) But even Moses revealed that the dead are raised in the passage about the bush, where he calls the Lord the God of Abraham and the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob. Now He is not God of the dead, but of the living, for all live before Him.” Then some of the experts in the law answered, “Teacher, you have spoken well!” For they did not dare any longer to ask Him anything.”)

People regarded worthy to be in the first resurrection are spirit, likened to angels, not like in this age, but will no longer die. Jesus gave Sadducees more to think about.

(Luke 20:41-47; “But Jesus said to them, “How is it that they say that the Christ is David’s son? For David himself says in the book of Psalms, ‘The Lord said to My lord, Sit at My right hand, until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet.”’ (See Psalms 101:1) If David then calls Him ‘Lord,’ how can He be His son?”) (45-47; “As all the people were listening, Jesus said to His disciples, “Beware of the experts in the law. They like walking around in long robes, and they love elaborate greetings in the marketplaces and the best seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at banquets. They devour widows’ property, and as a show make long prayers. They will receive a more severe punishment.”) Denominations make merchandise of people, their leaders like to be supported elaborately & hold to views that are popular in political circles.

(Luke 21:1-9; “Jesus looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the offering box. He also saw a poor widow put in two small copper coins. He said, “I tell you the truth, this poor widow has put in more than all of them. For they all offered their gifts out of their wealth. But she, out of her poverty, put in everything she had to live on. Now while some were speaking about the temple, how it was adorned with beautiful stones and offerings, Jesus said, “As for these things that you are gazing at, the days will come when not one stone will be left on another. All will be torn down!” So they asked Him, “Teacher, when will these things happen? And what will be the sign that these things are about to take place?” (8) He said, “Watch out that you are not misled. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am He,’ and, ‘The time is near.’ Do not follow them! And when you hear of wars and rebellions, do not be afraid. For these things must happen first, but the end will not come at once.”) Misleading people, using Jesus’ name, saying He is the Messiah but twisting His Word in order to make merchandise of people. Saying the end is near, without knowledge.

(Luke 21:10-19; “Then Jesus said to them, “Nation will rise up in arms against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be great earthquakes, and famines and plagues in various places, and there will be terrifying sights and great signs from heaven. But before all this, they will seize you “followers of Me” and persecute you, handing you over to the synagogues and prisons. You will be brought before kings and governors because of My name. (13) This will be a time for you to serve as witnesses. Therefore be resolved not to rehearse ahead of time how to make your defense. For I will give you the words along with the wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to withstand or contradict. (16) You will be betrayed even by parents, brothers, relatives, and friends, and they will have some of you put to death. You will be hated by everyone because of My name. Yet not a hair of your head will perish. By your endurance you will gain your lives.”) Christendom has become a condoning culture of “believers that Jesus lived, “not believers IN Jesus.” Why would the worldly hate a follower of Jesus? Satan is it’s divisionary god. Selling divided Christendom denominations erroneous doctrines. Followers of Jesus have always been so outside the world’s thinking they’re hated by worldly religions. (Unless time is cut short for the Elect’s sake, Jerusalem area will be overrun again by gentiles.)

(Luke 21:20-24; “But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then know that its desolation has come near. Then those who are in Judea must flee to the mountains. Those who are inside the city must depart. Those who are out in the country must not enter the city, because these are days of vengeance, to fulfill all that is written. (23) Woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing their babies in those days! For there will be great distress on the earth and wrath against this people. They will fall by the edge of the sword and be led away as captives among all nations. Jerusalem will be trampled down by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.”)

Time of the Gentiles is this age in which non-Israelites dominate the world! But some are being called as it’s written, “becoming spiritual Israelites whom God does not fight for.” Review what the word Israel means. (When God changed Jacob’s name to Israel, He said; “No longer will your name be Jacob, but Israel, “because you have fought with God and with men and have prevailed.” Gen 32:28) (The name Israel is a common construction, using a verb with a theophoric element (אֵל, ’el) that usually indicates the subject of the verb. Here it means “God fights.” This name replaces the name Jacob; Israel is now both a promise and a call for faith. In essence, the Lord God is saying that Israelites would have victory and receive the promises because God would fight for them.)

Apparently “time of the Gentiles” will expire when Jesus returns. Until then, the gentile mentality dominated by Satan prevails. Until then, from Jesus’ perspective, “His followers are as foreigners, much like the Israelites were in Egypt.”

(Luke 21:33 “And there will be signs in the sun and moon and stars, and on the earth nations will be in distress, anxious over the roaring of the sea and the surging waves. People will be fainting from fear and from the expectation of what is coming on the world, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then they will see the Son of Man arriving in a cloud with power and great glory. But when these things begin to happen, stand up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near. “Then Jesus told them a parable: “Look at the fig tree and all the other trees. When they sprout leaves, you see for yourselves and know that summer is now near. So also you, when you see these things happening, know that the kingdom of God is near. I tell you the truth, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will never pass away.”) Being alert, faithfully watching and overcoming to the end, is the duty of Jesus’ followers.

The Gospel according to Luke, chapter 30

January 14th, 2019

  To: The Family of God, “His Church” people being made atOne with Him, scattered Israelites (1/14/19, God 11th month, Sh’vat 8, until sunset.

Called followers of Jesus, are led and blessed with a desire, to love Him with all our being and other Believers IN as ourselves. Characteristically followers of Jesus obey Him from a gifted love of His Way point of view. His Word will be our judge. (John 12:48; “The one who rejects Me and does not accept My words has a judge; the word I have spoken will judge him at the last day.”)

Followers of Jesus practice obedience because we’re mindful that He loved us first and gifted us to know Him and His message as manifested in His Word. His characteristics reveal, foreshadow His ordained weekly and annual Sabbaths. The holy scriptures teach that we can’t know God as He manifest Himself to be, “until He reveals Himself.” (Remember we just reviewed Jesus’ sharing the ordeal He was about to undergo in Jerusalem, but His twelve apostles didn’t understand.) (Luke 18:33-34; Jesus said; “They will flog the Son of man severely and kill Him. Yet on the third day He will rise again.” But the twelve understood none of these things. This saying was hidden from them, and they did not grasp what Jesus meant.”) Let none of us be individually puffed up because we grasp God’s truth. Let’s praise God for His gift of our calling and understanding.

(Luke 19:28-40; “After Jesus had said this, He continued on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. Now when He approached Bethphage and Bethany, at the place called the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two of the disciples, telling them, “Go to the village ahead of you. When you enter it, you will find a colt tied there that has never been ridden. Untie it and bring it here. If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ just say, ‘The Lord needs it.’” (32) So those who were sent ahead found it exactly as He had told them. As they were untying the colt, its owners asked them, “Why are you untying that colt?” They replied, “The Lord needs it.” Then they brought it to Jesus, threw their cloaks on the colt, and had Jesus get on it. As He rode along, they spread their cloaks on the road. As He approached the road leading down from the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of Jesus’ disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works they had seen: (38) “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” But some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples.” (40) He answered, “I tell you, if they keep silent, the very stones will cry out!”)

Zachariah foretold it, (Zach 9:9-10; “Rejoice greatly, daughter of Zion! Shout, daughter of Jerusalem! Look! Your king is coming to you: He is legitimate and victorious, humble and riding on a donkey – on a young donkey, the foal of a female donkey. I will remove the chariot from Ephraim and the warhorse from Jerusalem, and the battle bow will be removed. Then He will announce peace to the nations. His dominion will be from sea to sea and from the Euphrates River to the ends of the earth.”) Half the prophecy is for His second coming.

(Zach 9:1-9; “An oracle of the Word of the Lord concerning the land of Hadrach, with its focus on Damascus: The eyes of all humanity, especially of the tribes of Israel, are toward the Lord, as are those of Hamath also, which adjoins Damascus, and Tyre and Sidon, though they consider themselves to be very wise. Tyre “this world’s governments” built herself a fortification and piled up silver like dust and gold like the mud of the streets! Nevertheless the Lord will evict her and shove her fortifications into the sea – she will be consumed by fire. Ashkelon will see and be afraid; Gaza will be in great anguish, as will Ekron, for her hope will have been dried up. Gaza will lose her king, and Ashkelon will no longer be inhabited. A mongrel people will live in Ashdod, for I will greatly humiliate the Philistines. I will take away their abominable religious practices; then those who survive will become a community of believers IN our God, like a clan in Judah, and Ekron will be like the Jebusites. (8) Then I will surround My temple to protect it like a guard from anyone crossing back and forth; so no one will cross over against them anymore as an oppressor, for now I Myself have seen it.”) All twelve tribes of Israel will be secure.

(Zach 9:11-17; “Moreover, as for you, “Ephraim” because of our covenant relationship secured with blood, I will release your prisoners from the waterless pit. Return to the stronghold, you prisoners, with hope; today I declare that I will return double what was taken from you. I will bend Judah as My bow; I will load the bow with Ephraim, My arrow! I will stir up your sons, Zion, against yours, Greece, and I will make you, Zion, like a warrior’s sword. (14) Then the Lord will appear above them, and His arrow will shoot forth like lightning; the Lord God will blow the trumpet and will sally forth on the southern storm winds. The Lord who rules over all will guard them, “His chosen” and they will prevail and overcome with sling stones. Then they will drink, and will become noisy like drunkards, full like the sacrificial basin or like the corners of the altar. (16) On that day the Lord their God will deliver them as the flock of His people, for they are the precious stones of a crown sparkling over His land. How precious and fair! Grain will make the young men flourish and new wine the young women.”) Apostle John recorded this event, “Jesus’ coming to Jerusalem four days before the Passover, parallels the time in Egypt when He had Moses instruct the people to put up a lamb or goat, put blood on door facing and with sandals on feet ready to move out. Jesus had resurrected Lazarus and people were anxious to see him.

(John 12:9-19; “Now a large crowd of Judeans learned that Jesus was there, and so they came not only because of Him but also to see Lazarus whom He had raised from the dead. So the chief priests planned to kill Lazarus too, for on account of him many of the Jewish people from Jerusalem were going away and believing IN Jesus. (12) The next day the large crowd that had come to the feast heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet Him. They began to shout, “Hosanna! Blessed is the One who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessed is the king of Israel!” Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it, just as it is written, “Do not be afraid, people of Zion; look, your king is coming, seated on a donkeys colt!(Jesus’ disciples did not understand these things when they first happened, but when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that these things were written about Him and that these things had happened to Him.) (17) So the crowd who had been with Jesus when He called Lazarus out of the tomb and raised him from the dead were continuing to testify about it. Because they had heard that Jesus had performed this miraculous sign, the crowd went out to meet Him. (19) Thus the Pharisees said to one another, “You see that you can do nothing. Look, the world has run off after Him!”)

Now an end of this age prophecy. (Luke 19:41-44; “Now when Jesus approached and saw the city, He wept over it, saying, “If you had only known on this day, even you, the things that make for peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes. For the days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment against you and surround you and close in on you from every side. They will demolish you and your children within your walls – and they will not leave within you one stone on top of another, because you did not recognize the time of your visitation from God.”) Only those permitted know the way to peace, still hidden from the world, “If for no other reason the people should have recognized Jesus for His miraculous deeds.” The Pharisee religious organization wanted to kill Jesus and Lazarus because they were losing parishioners. “Remember Jesus is purposely going to Jerusalem to die for the remission of this world’s sins!” “Remember, sin is lawlessness to God’s Way. (Review 1John 3:4) Unless time is shortened, “Jerusalem may be overrun again.”

(Luke 19:45-48; “Then Jesus entered the temple courts and began to drive out those who were selling things there, saying to them, “It is written, ‘My house will be a house of prayer,’ (quote from Isa 56:7). but you have turned it into a den of robbers!” Jesus was teaching daily in the temple courts. The chief priests and the experts in the law and the prominent leaders among the people were seeking to assassinate Him, but they could not find a way to do it, for all the people hung on His words.”) Some hang to words of truth and others find no reason to even consider the same words? The many are purposely blinded until God’s set time.

(Luke 20:1-8; “Now one day, as Jesus was teaching the people in the temple courts and proclaiming the gospel, the chief priests and the experts in the law with the elders came up and said to Him, “Tell us: By what authority are You doing these things? Or who it is who gave you this authority?” (3) Jesus answered them, “I will also ask you a question, and you tell Me: John’s baptism – was it from heaven or from people?” So they discussed it with one another, saying, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ He will say, ‘Why did you not believe him?’ But if we say, ‘From people,’ all the people will stone us, because they are convinced that John was a prophet.” So they replied that they did not know where it came from. Then Jesus said to them, “Neither will I tell you by whose authority I do these things.”) Religious organizations become social clubs and defend their status quo.

(Luke 20:9-19; “Then Jesus began to tell the people this parable: “A man planted a vineyard, leased it to tenant farmers, and went on a journey for a long time. When harvest time came, he sent a slave to the tenants so that they would give him his portion of the crop. However, the tenants beat his slave and sent him away empty-handed. (11) So he sent another slave. They beat this one too, treated him outrageously, and sent him away empty-handed. (12) So he sent still a third. They even wounded this one, and threw him out. Then the owner of the vineyard said, ‘What should I do? I will send my one dear son; perhaps they will respect him.’ (14) But when the tenants saw him, they said to one another, ‘This is the heir; let’s kill him so the inheritance will be ours!’ So they threw the son out of the vineyard and killed him. What then will the owner of the vineyard do to them? (16) He will come and destroy those tenants and give the vineyard to others.” When the people heard this, they said, “May this never happen!” (17) But Jesus looked straight at them and said, “Then what is the meaning of that which is written: ‘The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone’? Everyone who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces, and the one on whom it falls will be crushed.” (19) Then the experts in the law and the chief priests wanted to arrest Jesus that very hour, because they realized He had told this parable against them. But they were afraid of the people.”) (See Ps 118:22-23 and the “stone imagery” as a reference to Christ and his suffering and exaltation is common in the NT (see also Matt 21:42; Mark 12:10; Acts 4:11; 1 Pet 2:6-8; cf. also Eph 2:20).

What about organized religions “each thinking themselves angels of light? Their plight next study.

The Gospel according to Luke, chapter 29

January 12th, 2019

To: The Family of God, “His Church” people being made atOne with Him, & scattered Israelites (1/12/19, God 11th month, Sh’vat 6, until sunset.

We pray that our and God’s purpose is one and the same. The reason God calls a person is to make that individual atOne with Himself. Lead and give “The Spirit of Truth.” The Comforter / Advocate / Holy Spirit / Spirit of Truth, teaches us everything necessary for our believing IN.

 

(John 15:26; “When the Advocate comes, whom I will send you from the Father – the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father – it will testify about Me and you also will testify, because you have been with Me from the beginning.”)

(John 14:24-31; “The person who does not love Me does not obey My words. And the Word you hear is not mine, but the Father’s who sent Me. “I have spoken these things while staying with you. (26) But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, will teach you everything, and will cause you to remember everything I said to you. “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; I do not give it to you as the world does.

Do not let your hearts be distressed or lacking in courage. (28) You heard Me say to you, ‘I am going away and I am coming back to you.’ If you loved Me, you would be glad that I am going to the Father, because the Father is greater than I am. I have told you now before it happens, so that when it happens you may believe. (30) I will not speak with you much longer, for the ruler of this world is coming. He has no power over Me, but I am doing just what the Father commanded Me, so that the world may know that I love the Father. Get up, let us go from here.”) People depending on their own intellect argue about the “Advocate-Comforter-Holy Spirit-Spirit of Truth’s definition and or it’s deity.

(John 16:7-11; 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 will not come to you, but if ‘when’ I go, I will send the Spirit of Truth to you. And when ’the “Spirit of Truth” comes, “The spirit of Truth” will prove the world wrong concerning sin and righteousness and judgment, concerning sin, because they ‘the world’ doesn’t 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 has been condemned.”) Satan has been condemned, but he rules the majority of this earth’s populations. Translators use “He and Him” for Advocate” but in each case it’s obvious that “Holy Spirit or Spirit of Truth” is its meaning.

(Luke 18:35-43; “As Jesus approached Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the road begging. When he heard a crowd going by, he asked what was going on. They told him, “Jesus the Nazarene is passing by.” (38) So he called out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” And those who were in front scolded him to get him to be quiet, but He shouted even more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” So Jesus stopped and ordered the beggar to be brought to Him. When the man came near, Jesus asked him, “What do you want Me to do for you?” He replied, “Lord, let me see again.” Jesus said to him, “Receive your sight; your faith has healed you.” And immediately he regained his sight and followed Jesus, praising God. When all the people saw it, they too gave praise to God.”)

Israelites that paid attention to prophetic writings knew that “the Messiah would come as a son of David.” Knew instant restoration and creativity is God’s attributes. (Again, review John 1:1-5, Col 1:15-20 and Hebrews 1.)

 

(Luke 19:1-10; “Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through it. Now a man named Zacchaeus was there; he was a chief tax collector and was rich. He was trying to get a look at Jesus, but being a short man he could not see over the crowd. So he ran on ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see Jesus, because Jesus was going to pass that way. (5) And when Jesus came to that place, He looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down quickly, because I must stay at your house today.” So he came down quickly and welcomed Jesus joyfully. And when the people saw it, they all complained, “He has gone in to be the guest of a man who is a sinner.” But Zacchaeus stopped and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord, half of my possessions I now give to the poor, and if I have cheated anyone of anything, I am paying back four times as much!” Then Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this household, because He too is a son of Abraham! For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”)

Jesus was of the tribe of Judea, a descendent of David and Abraham, He came to seek and save the lost. Remember too why Jesus spoke in parables?

(Matt 13:10-15; “Then the disciples came to Him and said, “Why do you speak to them in parables?” He replied, “You ’disciples’ have been given the opportunity to know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven, but they have not. For whoever has will be given more, and will have an abundance. But whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him.” (13-15; “For this reason I speak to them in parables: Although they see they do not see, and although they hear they do not hear nor do they understand. And concerning them the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled that says: ‘You will listen carefully yet will never understand, you will look closely yet will never comprehend. For the heart of this people has become dull; they are hard of hearing, and they have shut their eyes, so that they would not see with their eyes and hear with their ears and understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them.’)

 

(Luke 19:11-27; “While the people were listening to these things, Jesus proceeded to tell a parable, because He was near to Jerusalem, and because they “the people” thought that the kingdom of God was going to appear immediately. Therefore Jesus said, “A nobleman went to a distant country to receive for himself a kingdom and then return. And he summoned ten of his slaves, gave them ten minas, (A mina was a Greek monetary unit worth one hundred denarii or about four months’ wages for an average worker based on a six-day work week.) and said to them, ‘Do business with these until I come back.’ But his citizens hated him and sent a delegation after him, saying, ‘We do not want this man to be king over us!’ When he returned after receiving the kingdom, he summoned these slaves to whom he had given the money. He wanted to know how much they had earned by trading. (16) So the first one came before him and said, ‘Sir, your mina has made ten minas more.’ And the king said to him, ‘Well done, good slave! Because you have been faithful in a very small matter, you will have authority over ten cities.’ (18) Then the second one came and said, ‘Sir, your mina has made five minas.’ So the king said to him, ‘And you are to be over five cities.’ Then another slave came and said, ‘Sir, here is your mina that I put away for safekeeping in a piece of cloth. For I was afraid of you, because you are a severe man. You withdraw what you did not deposit and reap what you did not sow.’ The king said to him, ‘I will judge you by your own words, you wicked slave! So you knew, did you, that I was a severe man, withdrawing what I didn’t deposit and reaping what I didn’t sow? Why then didn’t you put my money in the bank, so that when I returned I could have collected it with interest?’ (24) And he said to his attendants, ‘Take the mina from him, and give it to the one who has ten.’ But they said to him, ‘Sir, he has ten minas already!’ (26) ‘I tell you that everyone who has will be given more, but from the one who does not have, even what he has will be taken away. But as for these enemies of mine who did not want me to be their king, bring them here and slaughter them in front of me!’”)

Think of the Israelites in Samuel’s day, who rejected God, wanting a king like gentile nations around them. Until we’re gifted with a new nature, “likened to Jesus’” we don’t love God as He manifest Himself to be in the holy scriptures, nor can we. Our inherited from Adam nature leads us in the way that seems right to that sin nature! Jesus is coming to be king of kings, His opposition is Satan, religious organizations and governments.

Even Jesus’ apostles first thought He was going to set up the kingdom of God on earth, re-instate Israel to it’s former borders and make them prosperous as before. They understood, “Israel” means; “God fights for.” Prophecies about Israel’s future are glorious. Jesus had inspired Moses, David and the other prophets to write about His millennial kingdom on earth. Experts and today’s religious establishments are blinded to the necessity of, “a rebirth, a new spiritual nature” in order to enter His kingdom, ‘His Church Family” inherit eternal life. People’s inherited opposition, hostile nature must be changed. We must be made spiritually “God’s very children.” Fathering by God individuals, makes people atOne with Him, “His family, His church and heirs with Abraham.”

The Gospel according to Luke, chapter 28

January 10th, 2019

To: The Family of God, “His Church” people being made atOne with Him, & scattered Israelites (1/10/19, God 11th month, Sh’vat 4, until sunset.

Self righteousness can be inherited but more likely develops from people’s trust in their intellect. When trusted as a guide to truth, “one’s own intellect becomes their god.” (Luke 18:9-14; “Jesus also told this parable to some who were confident that they were righteous and looked down on everyone else. “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood and prayed about himself like this: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people: extortionists, unrighteous people, adulterers – or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give a tenth of everything I get.’ The tax collector, however, stood far off and would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, be merciful to me, sinner that I am!’ I tell you that this man went down to his home justified rather than the Pharisee. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but he who humbles himself will be exalted.”) Vanity shows it’s self in many ways. Attempting to be overly humble is vanity. Law keeping can be vanity. Practicing God’s Way, because we love Him, is to love God and neighbor, without expecting praise.

(Luke 18:15-17; “Now people were even bringing their babies to Jesus for him to touch. But when the disciples saw it, they began to scold those who brought them. But Jesus called for the children, saying, “Let the little children come to Me and do not try to stop them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I tell you the truth, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child will never enter it.”) Jesus was blessing the little children, (See Mark’s account at 10:15-16) After taking little children in His arms, He placed His hands on them and blessed them, He was not putting them in His kingdom.

(Luke 18:18-30; “Now a certain ruler asked Jesus, “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good except God alone. You know the commandments: ‘Do not commit adultery, do not murder, do not steal, do not give false testimony, honor your father and mother.’” (21) The man replied, “I have wholeheartedly obeyed all these laws since my youth.” When Jesus heard this, He said to him, “One thing you still lack. Sell all that you have and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow Me.” (23) But when the man heard this he became very sad, for he was extremely wealthy. When Jesus noticed this, He said, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God! In fact, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.” (26) Those who heard this said, “Then who can be saved?” JESUS replied, “What is impossible for mere humans is possible for God.” And Peter said, “Look, we have left everything we own to follow You!” Then Jesus said to them, “I tell you the truth, there is no one who has left home or wife or brothers or parents or children for the sake of God’s kingdom who will not receive many times more in this age – and in the age to come, eternal life.”) “In the age to come, eternal life?” A resurrection! Jesus is not speaking to the multitudes here, nor is He speaking in parables. Jesus quoted five of His own commandments to the young ruler, then reveals the young man’s heart. Many will repent for having lived according to what seemed right and be fathered during Jesus’ millennial kingdom!

(Luke 18:31-34; “Then Jesus took the twelve aside and said to them, “Look, we are going up to Jerusalem, and everything that is written about the Son of Man by the prophets will be accomplished. For The Son of Man will be handed over to the Gentiles; He will be mocked, mistreated, and spat on. They will flog Him severely and kill Him. Yet on the third day He will rise again.” (34) But the twelve understood none of these things. This saying was hidden from them and they did not grasp what Jesus meant.”) Hidden even to those following Him until after His resurrection. Spiritual truth is hidden in this age to all but the called. It’s preplanned “the many will continue on the broad road that leads to eternal death until God the Father reveals Jesus. To His apostles, Jesus personally revealed His own persecutions, resurrection, ascension and His previous revealing to His prophets.

God the Son’s becoming the sacrificial Lamb. calling twelve apostles, giving spiritual understandings and building His New Covenant church thorough them was preplanned. Jesus’ second coming, His millennial reign, Satan bound, knowledge of Him covering like water the sea, Israel’s second deliverance and their occupying to the borders promised Abraham, evil’s destruction and New Jerusalem coming down with God the Father is preplanned. It’s twelve foundations of New Jerusalem being named for the twelve apostles of the Lamb and it’s twelve gates for the twelve tribes of Israel is preplanned. (Revelations 21:9-27; One of the seven angels spoke to me, saying, “Come, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb!” (His Church) So He took me away in the Spirit to a huge, majestic mountain and showed me the holy city, Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God. The city possesses the glory of God; its brilliance is like a precious jewel, like a stone of crystal-clear jasper. It has a massive, high wall with twelve gates, with twelve angels at the gates, and the names of the twelve tribes of the nation of Israel are written on the gates. (14-18) The wall of the city has twelve foundations, and on them are the twelve names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb. The angel who spoke to me had a golden measuring rod with which to measure the city and its foundation stones and wall. Now the city is laid out as a square, its length and width the same. He measured the city with the measuring rod at fourteen hundred miles (its length and width and height are equal). He also measured its wall, one hundred forty-four cubits according to human measurement, which is also the angel’s. The city’s wall is made of jasper and the city is pure gold, like transparent glass. (Each of it’s foundations decorated with various precious stones.) (21:27; Now I saw no temple in the city, because the Lord God – the All-Powerful – and the Lamb are its temple. The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, because the glory of God lights it up, and its lamp is the Lamb. The nations will walk by its light and the kings of the earth will bring their grandeur into it. Its gates will never be closed during the day (and there will be no night there.) They will bring the grandeur and the wealth of the nations into it, (27) but nothing ritually unclean will ever enter into it, nor anyone who does what is detestable or practices falsehood, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.”) Study the whole text. (All preplanned from the foundation of the world. see Matt 13:35 & 25:35, John 17:34, Eph. 1:4, Heb 4:3, 1Pet 1:20, Rev 13:8 & 17:8.

 

Defining Godly love is spiritually gifted to people God puts in His family, “His church.” We didn’t choose our parents and siblings, nor can we choose our spiritual re-birth “fathering.” We can’t choose our brothers and sisters in Christ! We’re commanded to love God and our spiritual family as ourselves! These are our neighbors in God‘s view. We can’t love God without realizing He loved us first. He does the revealing, imputing His loving spirit in us, to make us “atOne spiritually with Himself. This truth is verified spiritually through Jesus’ apostle John who defines Godly love.

(1 John 4:7-10; “Dear friends, let us love one another, because love is from God, and everyone who loves has been fathered by God and knows God. The person who does not love does not know God, because God is love. (9) By this the love of God is revealed in us: that God has sent His One and only Son into the world so that we may live through Him. (10) In this is love: not that we have loved God, but that God loved us and sent His Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins.”) Revealed to us? Meaning: spiritual understanding is gifted! Live through Jesus? Meaning: practice living according to the pattern He established. Jesus’ atoning sacrifice was always in God the Father’s plan as the only means, whereby He’d turn from divine wrath caused by sin.

(John 3:16; “For this is the way God loved the world: He gave His One and only Son, so that everyone who believes IN Him will not perish but have eternal life.”) Only people gifted to believe IN Jesus have eternal life!

(1John 4:15-19; “If anyone confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God resides in him and he in God. And we have come to know and to believe the love that God has in us. God is love, and the one who resides in, “Godly” love resides in God, and God resides in him. By this love is perfected with us, so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment, because just as Jesus is, so also are we in this world. (18) There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears punishment has not been perfected in love. (19) We love because He loved us first.”) Though Jesus ask His Father, “if possible let this cup pass from Me” His perfect love held back fear of death. (See Matt 28:39)

 

Through gifted revelation, “we know the love God gifts us with.” Even without spiritual guidance; it’s obvious that the love Jesus defined through John here “is different than human inherited instinctive love.” Which is a love like our physical parents should have taught us to develop, for family, friends and the world at large. (God the Father so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son so that “whosoever believes IN Him would not perish but inherit eternal life.”) (God the Son so loved the world that He atoned for the world’s sins by shedding His blood.) On that last trip with His apostles to Jerusalem, Jesus foretold the events. (Review Luke 18:31-34)

The twelve didn’t understand these things because they were yet to be given. Likewise, professing Christians don’t comprehend the love of God, until they’re called and its given! What love!

Jesus proceeded to Jerusalem, riding a donkey, kept the Passover and submitted to His death for the remission of our sins. Called followers of Jesus love Him with the realization that He loved them first. Believe IN because Jesus’ faith is gifted. Believe IN His prophetic Words as quoted in Matthew 24:, His prophesy through Daniel, Isaiah, John and others. (Jesus’ revelations to John is, “we know the whole world is deceived by followers of demonically influenced religions promoting a demonic calendar. We know its natural that they bring forward the same old pagan ideas Satan had the world observing before the flood and practiced at Sodom. Followers of Jesus aren’t surprised that the love of the many has waxed cold and that the world’s attention is geared to entertainment likened to the old pagan Roman cultures.

The Gospel according to Luke, chapter 27

January 8th, 2019

To: The Family of God, “His Church” people being made atOne with Him, & scattered Israelites (1/8/19, God 11th month, Sh’vat 2, until sunset.

Genuine and true followers of Jesus are led to know The Message and as such can’t be deceived, they’re Jesus’ Elect. He said the world would see demonic, miraculous signs to the degree that “if possible the Elect would be deceived. (Matt 24:24-25; “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.”) Satan has Christendom denominations condoning one another’s doctrine, saying, “we’re all trying to get to the same place. The apostles desired Jesus’ gifted faith.

 (Luke 17:5-6; “The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” So the Lord replied, “If you had faith the size of a mustard seed, you could say to this black mulberry tree, ‘Be pulled out by the roots and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.”) Jesus’ apostles are asking for an increase in the depth of faith. But Jesus is speaking of gifted knowing faith. (To believe IN Jesus is gifted faith, from God our Father’s calling. (Knowing God’s will in advance is knowing faith.) Such knowing faith was gifted to Jesus’ apostles at appropriate times after His ascension. An example is at Acts 9:39-41.

Peter was in Joppa when Tabitha - Dorcas died. They sent for Peter, so he got up and went with them. 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.”) Peter was gifted with knowing faith. Another example is with Paul, (See Acts 20:9-12) Jesus set the example. (Luke 8:49-56; A synagogue ruler’s daughter died, when Jesus was told He said, “Don’t be afraid; just believe, and she will be healed.” When Jesus came to the house, He didn’t let anyone go in with him except Peter, John, James, the child’s father and mother. Jesus said “Stop your weeping; she is not dead but asleep.” They made fun of Him, because they knew she was dead. But Jesus gently took her by the hand and said, “Child, get up.” Her spirit returned, and she got up immediately. Then he told them to give her something to eat. Her parents were astonished, but Jesus ordered them to tell no one what had happened.)

 Worldly religions attempt to conjure up faith; “a belief in images and organizations.” People gifted to know Jesus, know He has power over the physical, disease, life and death.

(Luke 17:7-10; “Would any one of you say to your slave who comes in from the field after plowing or shepherding sheep, ‘Come at once and sit down for a meal’? Won’t the master instead say to him, ‘Get my dinner ready, and make yourself ready to serve me while I eat and drink. Then you may eat and drink’? (9) He won’t thank the slave because the slave did what he was told, will he? (10) So you too, when you have done everything you were commanded to do, should say, ‘We are slaves undeserving of special praise; we have only done what was our duty.’”) So it is with people who’re gifted to be Believers IN Jesus! We’re born with a sin nature inherited from Adam, born mortal inheriting eternal death. When God our Father reveals Jesus and gives His gift of repentance, He fathers us with His nature, making us His Elect and heirs with Abraham.” Jesus’ apostle Paul was gifted to understand and explains to Jesus’ followers.

 (Galatians 3:23-29; “Now before ‘Jesus’’ faith came ‘gifted’ we were held in custody under the law, being kept as prisoners until the coming faith would be revealed. Thus the law had become our guardian until Christ, “was reveled” so that we could be declared righteous by “His” faith. But now that “His” faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian. For in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God through ‘His’ faith. For all of you who were baptized, “immersed” into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female – for all of you are ONE in Christ Jesus. And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s descendants, heirs according to the promise.”) Praise God for His love, planning and gifted understanding!

Most religions say everyone’s a child of God. From a physical creative point of view, all belong to God. However we’re not God’s spiritual children, “members of His spiritual family” until spiritually fathered, “begotten” by God the Father, through God the Son. “Such are God’s church!” “Spiritually born from above, recipients of His spirit.” Individuals He chooses and imputes a new nature to. People “to whom gifted faith has come.” Before God’s calling, revealing Jesus and Himself, all are under the guardianship of His law. Meaning, (“God’s law defines what’s sin in His View.”) When called, God the Father, God the Son revealed and we turn from the way that seemed right to His way “we’re being saved.” A degree of His nature and faith is imputed. A love of God’s Way replaces the old love of self serving ways! A desire to please God replaces the desire to please self! A desire to be Jesus’ slave becomes priority in living practices. SO Jesus’ apostle Paul could exclaim to God’s called out people; “those in whom faith has come” are now, “children of God through faith.” Before our calling and Jesus’ gifted faith imputed, “we’re not God’s children through faith!” Paul explains. (Review Galatians 3:23-29)

(Romans 5:8-11; “But God demonstrates His own love for us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, because we have now been declared righteous by His ‘Jesus’’ blood, we will be saved through Him from God’s wrath. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, how much more, since we have been reconciled, will we be saved by His life? Not only this, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received this reconciliation.”) In parable form Jesus explained that we servants should expect no special praise for having done our duty. “So you too, when you have done everything you were commanded to do, should say, ‘We are slaves undeserving of special praise; we have only done what was our duty.’” Luke 17:10)

(Luke 17:11-19; “Now on the way to Jerusalem, Jesus was passing along between Samaria and Galilee. As He was entering a village, ten men with leprosy met Him. They stood at a distance, raised their voices and said, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.” When Jesus saw them He said, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went along, they were cleansed. Then one of them, when he saw he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice. He fell with his face to the ground at Jesus’ feet and thanked Him. (Now he was a Samaritan.) Then Jesus said, “Were not ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Was no one found to turn back and give praise to God except this foreigner?” Then Jesus said to the man, “Get up and go your way. Your faith has made you well.”) Apparently all ten were healed, the Samaritan was more blessed because he was gifted to humbly give thanks, perhaps called.

(Luke 17:20-21; “Now at one point the Pharisees asked Jesus when the kingdom of God was coming, so Jesus answered, “The kingdom of God is not coming with signs to be observed, nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or ‘There!’ For indeed, the kingdom of God is in your midst.”) Referring to Himself as is clear in the next passage.

(Luke 17:22-35; “Then Jesus said to the disciples, “The days are coming when you will desire to see one of the days of the Son of Man, and you will not see it. Then people will say to you, ‘Look, there He is!’ or ‘Look, here He is!’ Do not go out or chase after them. (24) For just like the lightning flashes and lights up the sky from one side to the other, so will the Son of Man be in His day. But first He “the Son of God” must suffer many things and be rejected by this generation. Just as it was in the days of Noah, so too it will be in the days of the Son of Man. People were eating, they were drinking, they were marrying, they were being given in marriage – right up to the day Noah entered the ark. Then the flood came and destroyed them all. (28) Likewise, just as it was in the days of Lot, people were eating, drinking, buying, selling, planting, building; but on the day Lot went out from Sodom, fire and sulfur rained down from heaven and destroyed them all. (30) It will be the same on the day the Son of Man is revealed. On that day, anyone who is on the roof, with his goods in the house, must not come down to take them away, and likewise the person in the field must not turn back. Remember Lot’s wife! Whoever tries to keep his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life will preserve it. I tell you, in that night there will be two people in one bed; one will be taken and the other left. There will be two women grinding grain together; one will be taken and the other left.”) (Compare this text with Matthew 24:.) Jesus personally made a comparison of the times in both, “life practices in this age, are as before the flood and in Sodom.” No need to look for signs, we’re seeing them in people’s agnostic life practices.

False teachers are speaking in the name of Jesus, while practicing the same demonic ways, as were the people whose lands Jesus gave to the Israelites. Satan and his followers are still manifesting themselves as angels of light. Deceiving with bombastic words and practices that’s abominable to our Creator. Many of these teach enough partial truth to convince many bible studying people. (They’d deceive the very Elect, if it were possible.) (Review Matt 24:24) Mark quotes Jesus’ same passage Mark 13:21-23. (Luke 17:37; “Then the disciples said to Jesus, “Where, Lord?” He replied to them, “Where the dead body is, there the vultures will gather.”) The vultures are demonically inspired false teachers, always ready to make merchandise of unsuspecting people.

(Luke 18:1-8; “Then Jesus told them a parable to show them they should always pray and not lose heart. He said, “In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor respected people. There was also a widow in that city who kept coming to him and saying, ‘Give me justice against my adversary.’ For a while the judge refused, but later on he said to himself, ‘Though I neither fear God nor have regard for people, yet because this widow keeps on bothering me, I will give her justice, or in the end she will wear me out by her unending pleas.’” (6) And Jesus said, “Listen to what the unrighteous judge says! Won’t God give justice to His chosen Ones, who cry out to Him day and night? Will He delay long to help them? I tell you, He will give them justice speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on earth?”) Followers of Jesus desire His and our kingdom’s soon coming. The whole world will receive justice in His time.

The Gospel according to Luke, chapter 26

January 6th, 2019

To: The Family of God, “His Church” people being made atOne with Him, & scattered Israelites (1/6/19, God 10th month, Tevet 29 until sunset.

We don’t know Jesus until He reveals Himself and we see Him as Paul describes at Colossians 1:15-20. His followers love what He loves and hate abominable practices He hates. (Heavenly Father: thank You for those, You’ve called, minds You’re opening, understand and repentance You’re gifting. Help us know, repentance is, “a turning from the inherited from Adam nature, to Jesus’ gifted nature.” We seek Your revelations in the nature of Jesus. AMEN.)

Jesus’ so called “prodigal son” parable, his humbly returning to his father, asking to be treated as a servant, is a perfect attitude depiction that called and repentant people are led to, it’s our attitude too. Each apostle referred to themselves as Jesus’ slaves, an example to all Believers. Paul expressed his service mentality and spoke on behalf of the other apostles when he penned the following. (2Corinthians 1:18-22; “But as God is faithful, our message to you is not “Yes and “No.” For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, the One who was proclaimed among you by us, “we apostles, Silvanus and Timothy” was not “Yes and “No,” but it has always been “Yes in Jesus.” For every one of God’s promises are “Yes in Jesus” therefore also through Jesus the “Amen” is spoken, to the glory we give to God. But it is God “the Father” who establishes us together with you in Christ and who anointed us, who also sealed us and gave us the Spirit in our hearts as a down payment.”)

In Jesus’ “prodigal son” parable, “the son was first and always his father’s son.” Its the portrayal of each called out child of God in relation to the Father. Its spiritual, its the attitude forgiveness inspires. People blessed with much are less likely to think of themselves as servants, attitude is more likely to be, “I deserve what I have, including blessings.” Such was the mentality of the prodigal son’s brother. (Luke 15:25-32; “Now his older son was in the field. As he came and approached the house, he heard music and dancing. So he called one of the slaves and asked what was happening. The slave replied, ‘Your brother has returned, and your father has killed the fattened calf because he got his son back safe and sound.’ But the older son became angry and refused to go in. His father came out and appealed to him, but he answered his father, ‘Look! These many years I have worked like a slave for you, and I never disobeyed your commands. Yet you never gave me even a goat so that I could celebrate with my friends! But when this son of yours came back, who has devoured your assets with prostitutes, you killed the fattened calf for him!’ Then the father said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and everything that belongs to me is yours. It was appropriate to celebrate and be glad, for your brother was dead, and is alive; he was lost and is found.’”) We’re each under the sin penalty, “death” until God called revealed Himself and granted His gift of repentance. Like the prodigal parable, we have life in Christ. Let’s not forget why Jesus spoke in parables. (see Matthew 13:10)

(Luke 16:1-9; “Jesus also said to the disciples, “There was a rich man who was informed of accusations that his manager was wasting his assets. So he called the manager in and said to him, ‘What is this I hear about you? Turn in the account of your administration, because you can no longer be my manager.’ Then the manager said to himself, ‘What should I do, since my master is taking my position away from me? I’m not strong enough to dig, and I’m too ashamed to beg. (4) I know what to do so that when I am put out of management, people will welcome me into their homes.’ So he contacted his master’s debtors one by one. He asked the first, ‘How much do you owe my master?’ The man replied, ‘A hundred measures of olive oil.’ The manager said to him, ‘Take your bill, sit down quickly, and write fifty.’ Then he said to another, ‘And how much do you owe?’ The second man replied, ‘A hundred measures of wheat.’ The manager said to him, ‘Take your bill, and write eighty.’ The master commended the dishonest manager because he acted shrewdly. For the people of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their contemporaries than the people of light. (9) And I tell you, make friends for yourselves by how you use worldly wealth, so that when it runs out you will be welcomed into the eternal homes.”) Wealth, prestige and acceptability of, “people of worldly light” will diminish: we need to be careful with worldly associations. The world knows it’s own.

(Luke 16:10-13; “The one who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and the one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much. If then you haven’t been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will entrust you with the true riches? And if you haven’t been trustworthy with someone else’s property, who will give you your own? No servant can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.”) This world’s order of things pulls people to it’s entertainment binges, it’s way of economics and pagan practices. Most professing Christians put much effort into showing the world that they are indeed with them, “one of their own.”

(Luke 16:14-15; The Pharisees (who loved money) heard all this and ridiculed Jesus. But Jesus said to them, “You are the ones who justify yourselves in men’s eyes, but God knows your hearts. For what is highly prized among men is utterly detestable in God’s sight.”) We should ask ourselves, “what worldly entertainment and life practices do I get enthused about?

(Luke 16:16-18; “The law and the prophets were in force until John; since then, the good news of the kingdom of God has been proclaimed, and everyone is urged to enter it. (Remember the law was our schoolmaster until John, “now believing IN obedience supersedes the law.” See Galatians 3:24-25) But it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for one tiny stroke of a letter in the law to become void. “Everyone who divorces his wife and marries someone else commits adultery, and the one who marries a woman divorced from her husband commits adultery.”) Priority is now “believing IN Jesus” being obedient to His call, which gives us citizenship in God’s family, “making us servants to The King, but His commandments will always identify sin!”

Jesus’ parable about a rich man, Lazarus, hell, Abraham and being saved, has bottom line conclusions. The point of Jesus’ parable is, “even though one comes back from the grave and teaches, people will not believe.” (‘If they do not respond to Moses and the prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.’) People respond to the heaven, hell controversy much like they do politics.

Admittedly God’s use of transformations, such as Jesus being transfigured before Peter, James and John (See Mark 9: & Matthew 17:) and Saul contacting the witch of Endor, who pulled up Samuel. (See 1 Samuel 28:, aren’t necessarily for our total understanding: “all things are possible with God.” Likewise with Jesus’ parable conversation with the rich man. To consider the whole word of God regarding judgment we need to know the foreshadowing meaning of “the Last Great Day” and Rev. 21:8. (We need to remember, why Jesus spoke in parables. “Less they NOT understand.”)

(Luke 16:19-31; “There was a rich man who dressed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day. But at his gate lay a poor man named Lazarus whose body was covered with sores, who longed to eat what fell from the rich man’s table. In addition, the dogs came and licked his sores. (22) “Now the poor man died and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried. And in hell, “Hades” Greek term Hades stands for the Hebrew concept of Sheol. It is what many translators call hell today. “Sheol” Where the dead were gathered (Ps 16:10; 86:13). In the New Testament Hades has an additional negative force of awaiting judgment (Rev 20:10, “And the devil who deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet are too, and they will be tormented there day and night forever and ever.” (Rev 21:8; “But to the cowards, unbelievers, detestable persons, murderers, the sexually immoral, and those who practice magic spells, idol worshipers, and all those who lie, their place will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur. That is the second death.””) (LUKE 16: And in hell the rich man was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far off with Lazarus at his side. So he called out, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in anguish in this fire.’ But Abraham said, ‘Child, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things and Lazarus likewise bad things, but now he is comforted here and you are in anguish. Besides all this, a great chasm has been fixed between us, so that those who want to cross over from here to you cannot do so, and no one can cross from there to us.’ So the rich man said, ‘Then I beg you, father – send Lazarus to my father’s house (28) (for I have five brothers) to warn them so that they don’t come into this place of torment.’ But Abraham said, ‘They have Moses and the prophets; they must respond to them.’ Then the rich man said, ‘No, father Abraham, but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.’ (31) He ‘Abraham’ replied to him, ‘If they do not respond to Moses and the prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.’”) We’ll ultimately be judged by our deeds! The called have a duty to grow in the grace and knowledge of God, love as Jesus loved and overcome to the end. To followers of Jesus, Paul writes.

(Romans 2:6-16; “He will reward each one according to his works: eternal life to those who by perseverance in good works seek glory and honor and immortality, but wrath and anger to those who live in selfish ambition and do not obey the truth but follow unrighteousness. There will be affliction and distress on everyone who does evil, on the Jew first and also the Greek, but glory and honor and peace for everyone who does good, for the Jew first and also the Greek. For there is no partiality with God. (12) For all who have sinned apart from the law will also perish apart from the law, and all who have sinned under the law will be judged by the law. For it is not those who hear the law who are righteous before God, but those who do the law will be declared righteous. For whenever the Gentiles, who do not have the law, do by nature the things required by the law, these who do not have the law are a law to themselves. (15) They show that the work of the law is written in their hearts, as their conscience bears witness and their conflicting thoughts accuse or else defend them, on the day when God will judge the secrets of human hearts, according to my gospel through Christ Jesus.”)

Though Jesus is resurrected from the dead and revealed Himself; “do people turn to God’s way and abandon the old pagan world practices.?” Though Jesus is resurrected, ascended to God the Father and teaches, immortality is gifted through Him, do NOT worldly religions hang on to, “born with an immortality of the soul doctrine?” Teaching that everyone is born to live forever someplace. (Support that demonic lie, “an on going burning hell fire is taught by a majority, rather than the resurrections.” Demonic lies are stumbling blocks to the many that might otherwise seek God’s truth.

(Luke 17:1-4; “Jesus said to His disciples, “Stumbling blocks are sure to come, but woe to the one through whom they come!” It would be better for him to have a millstone tied around his neck and be thrown into the sea than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin. Watch yourselves! If your brother sins, rebuke him. If he repents, forgive him. Even if he sins against you seven times in a day and seven times returns to you saying, ‘I repent’ you must forgive him.”) “IF a BROTHER sins, rebuke him!” Our brothers and sisters in Christ are, “the others” God chooses to father! People He chooses to put in His church! (People who don’t repent, “aren’t led to Believe IN” are described by Jesus to John at Revelations 21:8. Read it thoughtfully again.

The Gospel according to Luke, chapter 25

January 4th, 2019

To: The Family of God, “His Church” people being made atOne with Him, & scattered Israelites (1/4/19, God 10th month, Tevet 27 until sunset.

Jesus’ apostle John was banished to the Island of Patmos for teaching Jesus, some time after His ascension He gave John revelations about His churches, the Kingdom of God and the future. John’s revelations are to the seven churches in the providence of Asia, from himself, Jesus and the seven spirits before Jesus’ throne. Addressing Jesus’ followers as a people set free from their sins, appointed a kingdom, as priest serving God the Father at the cost of His own blood. (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, (5) 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.”) This same John was inspired to write.

(1John 4:18-19; “There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears punishment has not been perfected in love. We love because He loved us first.”) Followers of Jesus are led to realize the need for repentance beyond a conjured up desire to live decently. A gifted turning from the old nature to the nature of Jesus, “a supernatural clothing, an immersing in Jesus.” After expressing His anger and punishments of His people for their evil practices, Jesus spoke of the need for nature change. A gifted NEW nature that Jesus had long since promised through Joel and other prophets. Let’s review Jesus’ revelations through Joel about His millennial rule on earth.

(Joel 2:28-32; “After all of this I will pour out My Spirit on all kinds of people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy. Your elderly will have revelatory dreams; your young men will see prophetic visions. Even on male and female servants I will pour out My Spirit in those days. I will produce portents both in the sky and on the earth – blood, fire, and columns of smoke. The sunlight will be turned to darkness and the moon to the color of blood, before the day of the Lord comes – that great and terrible day! (32) It will so happen that everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be delivered. For on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there will be those who survive, just as the Lord has promised; the remnant will be those whom the Lord will call.”) God’s annual holy day, “Pentecost” always looked forward to this new nature being gifted to people. This passage is key to the apostles explanation of the holy spirit’s coming on the day of Pentecost as recorded in Acts 2:17-21; Peter’s quoting Jesus’ words through Joel’s passage. “this is that spoken by the prophet Joel.” (Acts 2:16)

The New Testament experience on that Pentecost after Jesus’ ascension is a partial fulfillment of Jesus’ prophecy through Joel. Some portions of Joel’s prophecy have no precise counterpart in the experience. Parts are written in the past tense because God’s Word is certain. For example, there is nothing in the experience recorded in Acts 2, that exactly corresponds to the earthly and heavenly signs described in Joel 3:3-4. But inasmuch as the messianic age had already begun and the “last days” had already commenced with the coming of the Messiah, “Jesus” (See. Heb 1:1-2)

(In Acts 2: Peter’s pointing to Joel 3:1-5, the text is relevant to the advent of Jesus and the bestowal of the Spirit. The language Peter employs (“this is that”) stresses an incipient fulfillment of the Joel passage without precluding or minimizing a yet future and more exhaustive fulfillment in events associated with the return of Christ as supreme ruler.”) Jesus spoke the same principle regarding what He liken the kingdom of God to. The Pentecost after Jesus’ ascension when people’s minds were opened and their nature changed; “is a sampling of what’s yet to be.” (See Mark 4”40 & Luke 13:20) God’s beginning with Abraham and choosing a people for Himself, was all planned from the beginning. Remember the meaning of the name Israel is, (God fights for.) Remember who are heirs with Abraham. (Gal 3:29; “And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s descendants, heirs according to the promise.” We can rejoice over the prophetic words Jesus gives us through Isaiah.

(Isaiah 41:1-4; “The Lord Challenges the Nations “Listen to Me in silence, you coastlands! Let the nations find renewed strength! Let them approach and then speak; let us come together for debate! Who stirs up this one from the east? Who officially commissions him for service? He hands nations over to him, and enables him to subdue kings. He makes them like dust with His sword, like windblown straw with His bow. He pursues them and passes by unharmed; He advances with great speed. Who acts and carries out decrees? Who summons the successive generations from the beginning? I, the Lord, am present at the very beginning, and at the very end – I am the One. (5-14; “The coastlands see and are afraid; the whole earth trembles; they approach and come. They help one another; one says to the other, ‘Be strong!’ The craftsman encourages the metal smith, the one who wields the hammer encourages the one who pounds on the anvil. He approves the quality of the welding, and nails it down so it won’t fall over.” “You, My servant Israel, Jacob whom I have chosen, offspring of Abraham My friend, you whom I am bringing back from the earth’s extremities, and have summoned from the remote regions – I told you, “You are My servant.” I have chosen you and not rejected you. Don’t be afraid, for I am with you! Don’t be frightened, for I am your God! I strengthen you – yes, I help you – yes, I uphold you with My saving right hand! Look, all who were angry at you will be ashamed and humiliated; your adversaries will be reduced to nothing and perish. When you will look for your opponents, you will not find them; your enemies will be reduced to absolutely nothing. For I am the Lord your God, the one who takes hold of your right hand, who says to you, ‘Don’t be afraid, I am helping you.’ Don’t be afraid, despised insignificant Jacob, men of Israel. I am helping you,” says the Lord, your protector, the Holy One of Israel.

(15-20; “Look, I am making you like a sharp threshing sledge, new and double-edged. You will thresh the mountains and crush them; you will make the hills like straw. You will winnow them and the wind will blow them away; the wind will scatter them. You will rejoice in the Lord; you will boast in the Holy One of Israel. The oppressed and the poor look for water, but there is none; their tongues are parched from thirst. I, the Lord, will respond to their prayers; I, the God of Israel, will not abandon them. I will make streams flow down the slopes and produce springs in the middle of the valleys. I will turn the desert into a pool of water and the arid land into springs. I will make cedars, acacias, myrtles, and olive trees grow in the wilderness; I will make evergreens, firs, and cypresses grow together in the desert. I will do this so people will observe and recognize, so they will pay attention and understand that the Lord’s power has accomplished this, and that the Holy One of Israel has brought it into being.”

(21-2; “Present your argument,” says the Lord. “Produce your evidence,” says Jacob’s king. “Let them produce evidence! Let them tell us what will happen! Tell us about your earlier predictive oracles, so we may examine them and see how they were fulfilled. Or decree for us some future events! Predict how future events will turn out, so we might know you are gods. Yes, do something good or bad, so we might be frightened and in awe. Look, you are nothing, and your accomplishments are nonexistent; the one who chooses to worship you is disgusting. I have stirred up one out of the north and he advances, one from the eastern horizon who prays in My name. He steps on rulers as if they were clay, like a potter treading the clay. Who decreed this from the beginning, so we could know? Who announced it ahead of time, so we could say, ‘He’s correct’? Indeed, none of them decreed it! Indeed, none of them announced it! Indeed, no one heard you say anything! (27-28; I first decreed to Zion, ‘Look, here’s what will happen!’ I sent a herald to Jerusalem. I look, but there is no one, among them there is no one who serves as an adviser, that I might ask questions and receive answers. Look, all of them are nothing, their accomplishments are nonexistent; their metal images lack any real substance.”)

(This same Jesus inspiring Joel and Isaiah came fulfilling the Messianic promises, demonstrating His loyalty to God the Father and that He is Creator. (See John 1:1-5, Colossians 1:15-20 & Hebrews 1: Jesus’ prophetic words recorded in Matthew 24: & His revelations to His servant John are preplanned and certain. (EXCEPT: “for the Elect’s sake, those days will be cut short.” Matt 24:21-22)

(Luke 14:34-35; “Salt is good, but if salt loses its flavor, how can its flavor be restored? It is of no value for the soil or for the manure pile; it is to be thrown out. The one who has ears to hear had better listen!”) Jesus repeats this same principle to the spirits of the seven churches. (See Revelations 2: & 3:) Jesus came announcing the kingdom of God’s presence and His return. His called people’s minds were opened supernaturally and to the general public Jesus spoke in parables “less they NOT understand.” (Luke 15:1-24; “Now all the tax collectors and sinners were coming to hear Jesus. But the Pharisees and the experts in the law were complaining, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.” So Jesus told them this parable: “Which one of you, if he has a hundred sheep and loses one of them, would not leave the ninety-nine in the open pasture and go look for the one that is lost until he finds it? Then when he has found it, he places it on his shoulders, rejoicing. Returning home, he calls together His friends and neighbors, telling them, ‘Rejoice with me, because I have found my sheep that was lost.’ (7) I tell you, in the same way there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous people who have no need to repent. “Or what woman, if she has ten silver coins and loses one of them, does not light a lamp, sweep the house, and search thoroughly until she finds it? Then when she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin that I had lost.’ (10) In the same way, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of God’s angels over one sinner who repents. Then Jesus said, “A man had two sons. The younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the share of the estate that will belong to me.’ So he divided his assets between them. After a few days, the younger son gathered together all he had and left on a journey to a distant country, and there he squandered his wealth with a wild lifestyle. Then after he had spent everything, a severe famine took place in that country, and he began to be in need. So he went and worked for one of the citizens of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs. He was longing to eat the carob pods the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything. But when he came to his senses he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired workers have food enough to spare, but here I am dying from hunger! I will get up and go to my father and say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son; treat me like one of your hired workers.”’ So he got up and went to his father. But while he was still a long way from home his father saw him, and his heart went out to him; he ran and hugged his son and kissed him. Then his son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ But the father said to his slaves, ‘Hurry! Bring the best robe, and put it on him! Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet! Bring the fattened calf and kill it! Let us eat and celebrate, (24) because this son of mine was dead, and is alive again – he was lost and is found!’ So they began to celebrate.”) Individuals and Israel’s return to God will be much like this repentant son’s return. All those God’s fights for, are spiritual Israelites and will be awakened to reality and be led to repentance.

The Gospel according to Luke, chapter 24

January 3rd, 2019

To: The Family of God, “His Church” people being made atOne with Him, & scattered Israelites  (1/3/19, God 10th month, Tevet 26 until sunset.

In parable form, Jesus gave two examples of, “what we may compare the kingdom of God to?” Both parable examples demonstrate faith beginnings that keep growing. Abraham’s heirs in the world are prime examples. While the whole world moves to the beat of their inherited instinctive nature, coached by Satan, God calls a few He refers to as people, “born from above” “born again” “fathered” “the Saints” “heirs with Abraham” etc. (Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph and Moses, “likened to savior, prophet, with Jesus and His apostles are our faith foundation.) Jesus’ church foundation rest on these. To the gentiles “Ephesus Church of God” Paul wrote, “to you who had been foreigners concerning the house of God and whose practices were pagan.”.

(Eph 2:19-22; “So then you “gentiles” are no longer foreigners and non-citizens, but you are fellow citizens with the Saints and members of God’s household, because you have been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus Himself as the cornerstone. In Jesus the whole building, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.”) Individually we who are made temples in the Lord are being built. This small beginning is to fill the earth! This foundation of spiritual Israelites, “people God fights for” is to fill the earth! After conversion to this foundation, all people become, “spiritual Israelites!” One in Christ. (See Galatians 3:29)

(Luke 13:22-29; “Then Jesus traveled throughout towns and villages, teaching and making His way toward Jerusalem. Someone asked Him, “Lord, will only a few be saved?” So Jesus said to them, “Exert every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to. Once the head of the house gets up and shuts the door, then you will stand outside and start to knock on the door and beg him, ‘Lord, let us in!’ But he will answer you, ‘I don’t know where you come from.’ Then you will begin to say, ‘We ate and drank in your presence, and You taught in our streets.’ But He will reply, ‘I don’t know where you come from! Go away from me, all you evildoers!’ There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth when you see Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and all the prophets in the kingdom of God but you yourselves thrown out. (29) Then people will come from east and west, and from north and south, and take their places at the banquet table in the kingdom of God. But indeed, some are last who will be first, and some are first who will be last.””) Not able to? No one is saved, because they think they’re ready! Remember who gives the desire? Review Philippians 2:13.

(Luke 13:31-33; “At that time, some Pharisees came up and said to Jesus, “Get away from here, because Herod wants to kill You.” But Jesus said to them, “Go and tell that fox, ‘Look, I am casting out demons and performing healings today and tomorrow, and on the third day I will complete My work. Nevertheless I must go on My way today and tomorrow and the next day, because it is impossible that a prophet should be killed outside Jerusalem.’) Jesus considered Himself a prophet, for It was through His inspiration. that each prophet wrote about the future! Jesus’ work was and is preplanned to the moment of His sacrificial death and afterward beyond when New Jerusalem comes down. He came to willingly die for the sins of the world. He, “the Creator, ReCreator, Sustainer, Mediator and coming king of kings “is more valuable than the sum total of all living!”

(Luke 13:34-35; “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those who are sent to you! How often I have longed to gather your children together as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you would have none of it! Look, your house is forsaken! And I tell you, you will not see until you say, ‘Blessed is the One who comes in the name of the Lord!’” (A quote from Ps 118:26.) God’s judgment will not be lifted until Jesus’ returns. (See Luke 19:41-44;) “Now when Jesus approached and saw the city, He wept over it, saying, “If you had only known on this day, even you, the things that make for peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes. For the days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment against you and surround you and close in on you from every side. They will demolish you, “you and your children within your walls” and they will not leave within you one stone on top of another, because you did not recognize the time of your visitation from God.”) Grasp what’s being prophesied here? Things that make for peace are hidden from Israelites, “they paid no attention, they’re surrounded by enemies.”

(Luke 14:1-6; “Now one Sabbath when Jesus went to dine at the house of a leader of the Pharisees, they were watching Him closely. There right in front of Him was a man suffering from dropsy. So Jesus asked the experts in religious law and the Pharisees, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath or not?” But they remained silent. So Jesus took hold of the man, healed him, and sent him away. Then Jesus said to them, “Which of you, if you have a son or an ox that has fallen into a well on a Sabbath day, will not immediately pull him out?” But they could not reply to this.”) Professing Christians in this age, look at these Pharisees in a condescending manner, thinking they would have considered Jesus differently. They would not have, nor do they! Professing believers have a “Cain” mentality. “Surely God will be pleased with this other way.” (What seems right to my church and the dictates of my conscience.”) Think on that! Is that not putting God on a level with organized religion and one’s fleshly intellect?

(Luke 14:7-14; “Then when Jesus noticed how the guests chose the places of honor, He told them a parable. He said to them, “When you are invited by someone to a wedding feast, do not take the place of honor, because a person more distinguished than you may have been invited by your host. So the host who invited both of you will come and say to you, ‘Give this man your place.’ Then, ashamed, you will begin to move to the least important place. But when you are invited, go and take the least important place, so that when your host approaches he will say to you, ‘Friend, move up here to a better place.’ Then you will be honored in the presence of all who share the meal with you. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted. Jesus said also to the man who had invited Him, “When you host a dinner or a banquet, don’t invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors so you can be invited by them in return and get repaid. But when you host an elaborate meal, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind. Then you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you, for you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”) Totally opposite our fleshly instinctive nature, is it not? Only a miraculous nature change can alter our outlook to fit this spiritual characteristic. It’s the nature changing spiritual characteristic, we must inherit through Jesus in order to become heirs with Abraham!

(Luke 14:15-24; “When one of those at the meal with Jesus heard this, he said to Jesus, “Blessed is everyone who will feast in the kingdom of God!” But Jesus said to him, “A man once gave a great banquet and invited many guests. At the time for the banquet he sent his slave to tell those who had been invited, ‘Come, because everything is now ready.’ But one after another they all began to make excuses. The first said to him, ‘I have bought a field, and I must go out and see it. Please excuse me.’ (19) Another said, ‘I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I am going out to examine them. Please excuse me.’ (20) Another said, ‘I just got married, and I cannot come.’ So the slave came back and reported this to his master. Then the master of the household was furious and said to his slave, ‘Go out quickly to the streets and alleys of the city, and bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind, and the lame.’ Then the slave said, ‘Sir, what you instructed has been done, and there is still room.’ So the master said to his slave, ‘Go out to the highways and country roads and urge people to come in, so that my house will be filled. For I tell you, not one of those individuals who were invited will taste my banquet!’”) The principle? “many of the first will be last and many last will be first.” Claiming to be Christian doesn’t make it so! In fact Jesus said, it’s likely to be the opposite.

(Revelations 2:8-11; “To the angel of the church in Smyrna write the following: “This is the solemn pronouncement of the One who is the first and the last, the One who was dead, but came to life: ‘I know the distress you are suffering and your poverty (but you are rich). I also know the slander against you by those who call themselves Jews “Christian” and really are not, but are a synagogue of Satan. Do not be afraid of the things you are about to suffer. The devil is about to have some of you thrown into prison so you may be tested, and you will experience suffering for ten days. Remain faithful even to the point of death, and I will give you the crown that is life itself. The one who has an ear had better hear what the Spirit says to the churches. The one who conquers, “overcomes to the end” will in no way be harmed by the second death.’) (See also Rev 20:6, 20:14 & 21:8) Once Jesus is revealed, His kingdom tasted and people still commit apostasy, they’ll experience a second and permanent death.

(Luke 14:25-33 “Now large crowds were accompanying Jesus, and turning to them He said, “If anyone comes to Me and does not hate “love less by comparison” his own father and mother, and wife and children, and brothers and sisters and even his own life, he cannot be My disciple. Whoever does not carry his own cross and follow Me cannot be My disciple. For which of you, wanting to build a tower, doesn’t sit down first and compute the cost to see if he has enough money to complete it? (29) Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish the tower, all who see it will begin to make fun of him. They will say, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish!’ Or what king, going out to confront another king in battle, will not sit down first and determine whether he is able with ten thousand to oppose the one coming against him with twenty thousand? If he cannot succeed, he will send a representative while the other is still a long way off and ask for terms of peace. (33) In the same way therefore not one of you can be My disciple if he doesn’t renounce all his own possessions.”) HATE? Operates on a relative scale. God is to be loved more than self. This is impossible in and of our own volition! Only Jesus’ setting us free from our sins, “lawlessness” at the cost of His own blood can give us an inherited love likened to His. Study Revelations 1:4-6;

The Gospel according to Luke, chapter 23

January 2nd, 2019

To: The Family of God, “His Church” people being made atOne with Him, & scattered Israelites (1/2/19, God 10th month, Tevet 25 until sunset.

This world’s populations is perishing, being spiritually dumbed down and demonically confused. So called educated populations and it’s religions are in the same mental and spiritual mind set as were the chief priest, king Agrippa and Festus, when Jesus’ apostle Paul witnessed to them. Paul had occasion to witness to these before being sent to Rome for trial. Let’s review Paul’s witnessing, regarding His Conversion to Jesus’ Way. Paul explained that he was in the process of imprisoning people that professed belief in Jesus when he was abruptly called.

 (Acts 26:12-14; “While doing this very thing, as I was going to Damascus with authority and complete power from the chief priests, about noon along the road, Your Majesty, I saw a light from heaven, brighter than the sun, shining everywhere around me and those traveling with me. When we had all fallen to the ground, I heard a voice saying to me in Aramaic, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me? You are hurting yourself by kicking against the goads.’”) World’s populations, especially it’s divided denominations, claiming to believe in Jesus are kicking against the goads, (an idiom for stubborn resistance.) Paul, an intellectual, spoke several languages and called himself a Pharisee, thought he believed in the God of Abraham. Considering himself Abraham’s descendents, believed in creation, angels and keeping the law as given through Moses. (Paul held to stubborn resistance regarding Jesus’ resurrection and ascension; even witnessing deacon Stephen’s murder.) (Study Acts 7:) Paul’s mind was closed as he held to traditions that opposed Jesus’ revealed Way. His witness continues, before Agrippa and Festus.

(Acts 26:15-18; “So I “Paul” said, ‘Who are you, Lord?’ And the Lord replied, ‘I am Jesus whom you are persecuting. But get up and stand on your feet, for I have appeared to you for this reason, to designate you in advance as a servant and witness to the things you have seen and to the things in which I will appear “reveal” to you. I will rescue you from your own people and from the Gentiles, to whom I am sending you, to open their eyes so that they turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a share among those who are sanctified “set aside” by faith IN Me.’”) Paul didn’t consider himself a persecutor of Jesus, when he consented to Stephen’s murder, going about the high priest’s bidding and arresting Jesus’ followers. He was self-righteously following the dictates of his religion, “his faith.” (What’s your religion? Which denomination is the foundation for your faith?) Know this, there’s one God and one truth, review Jesus’ parable about His kingdom. (Matt 13:44-50; “The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure, hidden in a field, that a person found and hid. Then because of joy he went and sold all that he had and bought that field. “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant searching for fine pearls. When he found a pearl of great value, he went out and sold everything he had and bought it. “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was cast into the sea that caught all kinds of fish. When it was full, they pulled it ashore, sat down, and put the good fish into containers and threw the bad away. It will be this way at the end of the age. Angels will come and separate the evil from the righteous and throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”) Back to Paul’s witnessing.

(Acts 26:19-20; “Therefore, King Agrippa, I “Paul” was not disobedient to the heavenly vision, but I declared to those in Damascus first, and then to those in Jerusalem and in all Judea, and to the Gentiles, that they should repent, turn to God and perform deeds consistent with repentance.”)

Followers of Jesus aren’t likely to experience a heavenly vision, but He does gives the desire to search the Word of God, look to His heavenly expanse, order and consider who is it’s Sustainer. We can choose to search out, consider sources and foundations of traditions we practice. We can read and know the things God says are an abomination to Himself. We can know Jesus’ message through Paul, is to Israelites and Gentiles. Jesus sent Paul to unbelievers He was calling to repentance! As is true today, Jesus’ message through His servants is a call to repentance. The uncalled will keep to their tradition while the called are led to discern the need to change from old practices. Paul continues.

(Acts 26:21-23; “For this reason the Jews seized me in the temple courts and were trying to kill me. I have experienced help from God to this day, and so I stand testifying to both small and great, saying nothing except what the prophets and Moses said was going to happen: “that the Christ was to suffer and be the first to rise from the dead, to proclaim light, both to our people and to the Gentiles.”) Paul admitted as we should, “that he was unable to recognize God’s truth before his mind was miraculous opening and he converted. Jesus opened Paul’s understanding as He does each called person, “to know the prophets and Moses’ writings were God inspired.” Israelites, and gentiles “whose turf Jesus and His apostles invaded with His truth, wanted to kill them. (Satan’s power on people’s beliefs is testaments to this divided world’s condition.) Our Creator is allowing Satan to be this world’s temporary god. Allowing Satan to manifest himself as an angel of light. God revealed to Paul, who shares with us.

(2Cor 4:1-6; “Therefore, since we have this ministry, just as God has shown us mercy, we do not become discouraged. But we have rejected shameful hidden deeds, not behaving with deceptiveness or distorting the word of God, but by open proclamation of the truth we commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience before God. But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled only to those who are perishing, among whom the god of this age has blinded the minds of those who do not believe so they would not see the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God. For we do not proclaim ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your slaves for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said “Let light shine out of darkness,” is the one who shined in our hearts to give us the light of the glorious knowledge of God in the face of Christ.”

(2Cor 11:12- “And what I “Paul” am doing I will continue to do, so that I may eliminate any opportunity for those who want a chance to be regarded as our equals in the things they boast about. For such people are false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles (priest, pastors, reverends, fathers, overseers, rabbis, scholars etc.) of Christ. And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. Therefore it is not surprising his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness, whose end will correspond to their actions.”) Remember, One God, one truth. Back to Paul’s witnessing.

(Acts 26:24-29; “As Paul was saying these things in his defense, Festus exclaimed loudly, “You have lost your mind, Paul! Your great learning is driving you insane!” But Paul replied, “I have not lost my mind, most excellent Festus, but am speaking true and rational words. For the king knows about these things, and I am speaking freely to him, because I cannot believe that any of these things has escaped his notice, for this was not done in a corner. Do you believe the prophets, King Agrippa? I know that you believe. Agrippa said to Paul, “In such a short time are you persuading me to become a Christian?” Paul replied, “I pray to God that whether in a short or a long time not only you but also all those who are listening to me today could become such as I am, except for these chains.”) Each follower of Jesus agrees with Paul, “hoping readers of this text who practice pagan traditions, called Christian but are not, become such as we.

(Luke 13:10-17; “Now Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath, and a woman was there who had been disabled by a spirit for eighteen years. She was bent over and could not straighten herself up completely. When Jesus saw her, He called her to Himself and said, “Woman, you are freed from your infirmity.” Then He placed His hands on her, and immediately she straightened up and praised God. But the president of the synagogue, indignant because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath, said to the crowd, “There are six days on which work should be done! So come and be healed on those days, and not on the Sabbath day.” Then the Lord answered him, “You hypocrites! Does not each of you on the Sabbath untie his ox or his donkey from its stall, and lead it to water? Then shouldn’t this woman, a daughter of Abraham whom Satan bound for eighteen long years, be released from this imprisonment on the Sabbath day?” When Jesus said this all his adversaries were humiliated, but the entire crowd was rejoicing at all the wonderful things He was doing.”)

Whether directly or indirectly demonic spirits cause problems. Satan is the cause of sin’s result. Whether caring for the soil, family relationships or worship, Satan ultimately inserts enough half truths to distort truth. God knows all, He can shorten life, lengthen or intervene when He chooses. We are reminded through Solomon that time and chance does happen.

(Eccl 9:9-12; “Enjoy life with your beloved wife during all the days of your fleeting life that God has given you on earth during all your fleeting days; for that is your reward in life and in your burdensome work on earth. Whatever you find to do with your hands, do it with all your might, because there is neither work nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom in the grave, the place where you will eventually go. Again, I observed this on the earth: the race is not always won by the swiftest, the battle is not always won by the strongest; prosperity does not always belong to those who are the wisest, wealth does not always belong to those who are the most discerning, nor does success always come to those with the most knowledge – for time and chance may overcome them all. Surely, no one knows his appointed time!) Jesus’ instantaneous healings and those through His apostles, demonstrate His power to right or alter sin’s result. (All rebellious notions to God’s Way is sin.) With Satan’s coaching; Adam and Eve put humanity on the sin path that leads to eternal death. Jesus came, to ultimately put humanity on the believing IN, obedient path that leads to eternal life. (Satan’s choosing and leading people to become disobedient will ultimately work for the good of God‘s chosen.) Ultimately Satan is to be destroyed and humanity given to understand the effect of lawlessness against God. (God’s allowing Satan to be the god of unbelievers, will ultimate serve God’s purpose, as Satan’s purpose is revealed.) When Satan’s time expires the world will witness the result of his way. Instantaneous healings of spirit and body are on the horizon. Understand, only God has the authority to say what is lawless! “What is sin.” Ultimately Jesus will take away all sin! The last result being death. Then New Jerusalem and God the Father will come down. REMEMBER Jesus is revealed to take away sin, “lawlessness” and its result.

(1 John 3:4-5; “Everyone who practices sin also practices lawlessness; indeed, sin is lawlessness. And you know that Jesus was revealed to take away sins, and in Him there is no sin.) (Luke 13:18-20; “Thus Jesus asked, “What is the kingdom of God like? To what should I compare it? It is like a mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his garden. It grew and became a tree, and the wild birds nested in its branches.” Again Jesus said, “To what should I compare the kingdom of God? It is like yeast that a woman took and mixed with three measures of flour until all the dough had risen.”) “God’s Way” will flourish when Satan and the result of his way is destroyed. All in God’s plan since creation.”).. (Rev 21:5-8; “And the One seated on the throne said: “Look! I am making all things new!” Then He said to me, “Write it down, because these Words are reliable and true.” He also said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the one who is thirsty I will give water free of charge from the spring of the water of life. The one who conquers “overcomes to the end” will inherit these things, and I will be his “their” God and he “they” will be My son “children.” But to the cowards, unbelievers, detestable persons, murderers, the sexually immoral, and those who practice magic spells, idol worshipers, and all those who lie, their place will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur. That is the second death.”) The last enemy to be destroyed is death. Study 1Corinthians 15:.

The Gospel according to Luke, chapter 22

December 31st, 2018

To: The Family of God, “His Church” people being made atOne with Him, & scattered Israelites (12/31/18, God 10th month, Tevet 24 until sunset.

Prophecies Jesus gave through Joel and Matthew are parallel in many ways. Chapter one and part of two is about God allowing Israel’s punishment by their enemies. Afterward, restoration, blessings and God’s revealing. (Joel 2: 28 (3:1) After all of this I will pour out My Spirit on all kinds of people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy. Your elderly will have revelatory dreams; your young men will see prophetic visions. Even on male and female servants I will pour out My Spirit in those days. (30) I will produce portents both in the sky and on the earth – blood, fire, and columns of smoke. The sunlight will be turned to darkness and the moon to the color of blood, before the day of the Lord comes – that great and terrible day! (32) It will so happen that everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be delivered. For on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there will be those who survive, just as the Lord has promised; the remnant will be those whom the Lord will call.”) Study the whole and compare with Matthew 24:

On that Pentecost after Jesus’ ascension a partial fulfillment of Jesus’ prophecy through Joel was fulfilled and continues through God the Father’s calling and giving His desire that we be atOne with Jesus. A fulfillment, greater is coming during His millennial rule on earth. On that first Pentecost after Jesus’ ascension Peter explained. Acts 2:16-21; “But this is what was spoken about through the prophet Joel: ‘And in the last days it will be, God says,that I will pour out My Spirit on all people, and your sons and your daughters will prophesy, and your young men will see visions, and your old men will dream dreams. Even on My servants, both men and women, I will pour out My Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy. (19) And I will perform wonders in the sky above and miraculous signs on the earth below, blood and fire and clouds of smoke. The sun will be changed to darkness and the moon to blood before the great and glorious day of the Lord comes. And then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’”) Review Jesus’ prophecy through Ezekiel in the last study.

Now is a good time to think through, “how it is that Jesus became the first begotten Son of God.” From a beginning, Jesus is the created spirit Son of God, “the Alpha and Omega, the spokesman that said, let us make man in our image” All things were created by and for Jesus. (See Hebrews 1:1-13, John 1:1-5 and Colossians 1:15-20) Jesus was the first to be spirit begotten at conception, thus He became the first spiritually begotten flesh and blood person. (Miraculously fathering made Jesus the first fleshly begotten Son of God.) All people imputed with, “fathered by” God’s spirit, are members of and in His family, His church. Joel’s prophecy was for this and the coming millennial age, when all Israel, “those God fights for” will be saved.

(John 10:14-18; Jesus said, “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. 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.”) Worldly religions have conjured up many images of a Jesus fitting their imagination. These religious types, whose prayers may as well be to a scarecrow in a cucumber patch. Long before Jesus’ fleshly first coming, the Israelites had reverted to serving imaginary gods much like Christendom practices are today. Jesus had Jeremiah write.

(Jeremiah 10:1-5; “You people of Israel, listen to what the Lord has to say to you. The Lord says, “Do not start following pagan religious practices. Do not be in awe of signs that occur in the sky even though the nations hold them in awe. For the religion of these people is worthless. They cut down a tree in the forest, and a craftsman makes it into an idol with his tools. He decorates it with overlays of silver and gold. He uses hammer and nails to fasten it together so that it will not fall over. Such idols are like scarecrows in a cucumber field. They cannot talk. They must be carried because they cannot walk. Do not be afraid of them because they cannot hurt you. And they do not have any power to help you.”)

 

(Luke 12:49-53; Jesus said; “I have come to bring fire on the earth – and how I wish it were already kindled! I have a baptism to undergo, and how distressed I am until it is finished! Do you think I have come to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but rather division! For from now on there will be five in one household divided, three against two and two against three. They will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.”) This can’t be helped in this, “before His millennial” age! We called out people are spirit compelled, to think and live different than worldly unbelievers.

(Luke 12:54-59; “Jesus also said to the crowds, “When you see a cloud rising in the west, you say at once, ‘A rainstorm is coming,’ and it does. And when you see the south wind blowing, you say, ‘There will be scorching heat,’ and there is. You hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of the earth and the sky, but how can you not know how to interpret the present time? (57) “And why don’t you judge for yourselves what is right? As you are going with your accuser before the magistrate, make an effort to settle with him on the way, so that he will not drag you before the judge, and the judge hand you over to the officer, and the officer throw you into prison. I tell you, you will never get out of there until you have paid the very last cent!”

(Luke 13:1-5; “Now there were some present on that occasion who told Jesus about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices. He answered them, “Do you think these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans, because they suffered these things? No, I tell you! But unless you repent, you will all perish as well! Or those eighteen who were killed when the tower in Siloam fell on them, do you think they were worse offenders than all the others who live in Jerusalem? No, I tell you! But unless you repent you will all perish as well!”) Compare with 1Corinthians 15:, particularly verses 20-28, “all to be resurrected, each in their own order.”

(Luke 13:6-9; “Then Jesus told this parable: “A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came looking for fruit on it and found none. So he said to the worker who tended the vineyard, ‘For three years now, I have come looking for fruit on this fig tree, and each time I inspect it I find none. Cut it down! Why should it continue to deplete the soil?’ But the worker answered Him, ‘Sir, leave it alone this year too, until I dig around it and put fertilizer on it. Then if it bears fruit next year, very well, but if not, you can cut it down.’”) Individually, many are like this fig tree. Refusing to believe IN and practice revealed understanding. People should see us practicing, “The Way.” Jesus inspired Isaiah to write.

(Isaiah 3:11-12; “Too bad for the wicked sinners! For they will get exactly what they deserve. Oppressors treat My people cruelly; creditors rule over them. My people’s leaders mislead them; they give you confusing directions.”) Jesus had Isaiah write about future good days for Jerusalem.

(Isaiah 40:1-11; “Comfort, comfort My people,” says your God. “Speak kindly to Jerusalem, and tell her that her time of warfare is over, that her punishment is completed. For the Lord has made her pay double for all her sins.” (3-4; “A voice cries out, “In the wilderness clear a way for the Lord; construct in the desert a road for our God. Every valley must be elevated, and every mountain and hill leveled. The rough terrain will become a level plain, the rugged landscape a wide valley. (5-8; “The splendor of the Lord will be revealed, and all people will see it at the same time. For the Lord has decreed it.” A voice says, “Cry out!” Another asks, “What should I cry out?” The first voice responds: “All people are like grass, and all their promises are like the flowers in the field. The grass dries up, the flowers wither, when the wind sent by the Lord blows on them. Surely humanity is like grass. The grass dries up, the flowers wither, but the decree of our God is forever reliable.” (9-11; “Go up on a high mountain, O herald Zion! Shout out loudly, O herald Jerusalem! Shout, don’t be afraid! Say to the towns of Judah, “Here is your God!” Look, the sovereign Lord comes as a victorious warrior; His military power establishes His rule. Look, His reward is with Him; His prize goes before Him. Like a shepherd He tends His flock; He gathers up the lambs with His arm; He carries them close to His heart; He leads the ewes along.”)

How awesome our Creator and His plans.