Archive for November, 2016

Paul’s Letters to God’s churches, supporting text & commentary, chapter 55

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

God’s 8th month, Cheshvan 29, 5777; - 11/30/2016, To followers of Jesus.

A calling to the Light is a calling to the Family of God. Remember review is good and scripture needs to be considered from various angles. From the point of view that God chooses and is parenting us according to His will, let’s reconsider the following revelation to Peter.

(1 Peter 1:13-16; “Therefore get your minds ready for action by being fully sober and set your hope completely on the grace that will be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed. Like obedient children, do not comply with the evil urges you used to follow in your ignorance, but like the Holy One who called you become holy yourselves in all of your conduct, for it is written, “You shall be holy, because I am holy.”) Grace is brought to we believers IN when Jesus is revealed! It’s destiny “we followers of Jesus” are viewed holy by parent God. Only through our new gifted nature can we love and keep the spiritual intent of His law.

(1 Peter 1:17; “And if you address as Father the One who impartially judges according to each one’s work, live out the time of your temporary residence here in reverence.”) Again consider the reason for “The Feast of Tabernacles foreshadowing our living a temporary life in the flesh.”

(1 Peter 1:18-19; “You know that from your empty way of life inherited from your ancestors you were ransomed – not by perishable things like silver or gold, but by precious blood like that of an unblemished and spotless lamb, namely Christ.”) Remember Christ’s sacrifice was for the remission of this world’s sins and was preplanned before Adam’s transgression. How so? Satan’s purpose and successes were known before Adam’s creation.

(1 Peter 1:20-25; “Jesus was foreknown before the foundation of the world but was manifested in these last times for your sake. Through Jesus you now trust in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God. You have purified your souls by obeying the truth in order to show sincere mutual love. So love one another earnestly from a pure heart. You have been born anew, not from perishable but from imperishable seed, through the living and enduring word of God. For all flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of the grass; the grass withers and the flower falls off, but the word of the Lord endures forever. And this is the word that was proclaimed to you.”) Each Believer IN Jesus “is one born anew” one “born from above” “one God called and gave discernment to” and “granted His gift of eternal life to.” (So, we who are born from above aren’t considered as being in the flesh “spiritually speaking” but in the spirit “if so be that God’s spirit dwells in us.” Thus through Jesus we are family members inheriting the kingdom of God.

We prayerfully hope that each reader becomes a prayer partner and an ambassador of Jesus with us. Mindful that God is using other avenues to spread Jesus’ good news. Do a Google search for “Church of God Sabbath keepers” to find other associates. However always proving all things and holding to what is good. Our Christian duty is to prove all things and hold to what is good. Jesus’ apostle Paul wrote; “Do not extinguish the Spirit. Do not treat prophecies with contempt. But examine all things; hold fast to what is good. Stay away from every form of evil.” 1 Thess 5:19-22)

I want us to look at Paul’s 2nd letter to the Corinthians, it’s packed with useful teaching calling us to the Light. But to get the overview we need to look back to Romans 10: and Paul’s teaching regarding the Israelites of his day. (They had a zeal for God but established their own righteousness.) Concluding that it’s the same with many religions today; establishing their own beliefs. We can testify they have a zeal for a Jesus of their own view. They teach that Satan is the divider but regard their own intellect, superior. Which causes them to fall into Satan’s clutches of deciding for themselves what is right, wrong, good and evil. A gigantic error camouflaging their view of God’s choosing a people for His purposes. Generally they all teach “we are all trying to get to the same place” thus “all professing a believe in a Jesus of their imagination will be saved.” Not comprehending God’s pattern in choosing Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph and Moses. Nor that Jesus was in fact the Lord God dealing with and choosing each of them. That Jesus chose His apostles and said to the Israelites.

“You refuse to believe because you are not My sheep. My sheep listen to My voice, I know them and they follow Me. I give them eternal life and they will never perish; no one will snatch them from My hand. My Father who has given them to Me, is greater than all and no one can snatch them from My Father’s hand. The Father and I are One.” John 10:26-29)

People establishing their own righteousness as did the Israelites of old, want to believe that every person is born to live forever someplace. Omitting Jesus’ Word, “I give them eternal life” and Jesus’ revelations to Paul on the subject.

(2Cor 1:1-2; “From Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, to the church of God that is in Corinth, with all the saints who are in all Achaia. Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ!” Note too that the holy spirit isn’t including in Paul’s salutation. Meditate on why.

(2Cor 1:3-11; “Blessed is the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles so that we may be able to comfort those experiencing any trouble with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For just as the sufferings of Christ overflow toward us, so also our comfort through Christ overflows to you. (6) But if we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort that you experience in your patient endurance of the same sufferings that we also suffer. And our hope for you is steadfast because we know that as you share in our sufferings, so also you will share in our comfort. (8) For we do not want you to be unaware, brothers and sisters, regarding the affliction that happened to us in the province of Asia, that we were burdened excessively, beyond our strength, so that we despaired even of living. Indeed we felt as if the sentence of death had been passed against us, so that we would not trust in ourselves but in God who raises the dead. He delivered us “we followers of Jesus” from so great a risk of “eternal” death, and He will deliver us. We have set our hope on Him that He will deliver us yet again, (11) as you also join in helping us by prayer, so that many people may give thanks to God on our behalf for the gracious gift given to us through the help of many.”) It is likely that each called out person, “gets to a point of God dependency” for the purpose of teaching us the need in looking to the Light.

(2Cor 1:12-14; “For our reason for confidence is this: the testimony of our conscience, that with pure motives and sincerity which are from God – not by human wisdom but by the grace of God – we conducted ourselves in the world, and all the more toward you. (13) For we do not write you anything other than what you can read and also understand. But I hope that you will understand completely just as also you have partly understood us, that we are your source of pride just as you also are ours in the day of the Lord Jesus.”)

Pure motives is what each God called teacher prays for. Paul is saying that he isn’t writing anything that can’t be read in the holy scriptures elsewhere. Paul was called to be an apostle and expounded on these truths for the good of God’s people. Spiritual truths cannot be conjured up! Paul explained to us, “all who are in the flesh think fleshly.” The Israelites Paul spoke of at Romans 10: were and the many denominations today are fleshly, thus the many individual beliefs. To the spirit begotten, “those born from above” Paul wrote.

(2Cor 1:15-22; And with this confidence I intended to come to you first so that you would get a second opportunity to see us and through your help to go on into Macedonia and then from Macedonia to come back to you and be helped on our way into Judea by you. (17) Therefore when I was planning to do this, I did not do so without thinking about what I was doing, did I? Or do I make my plans according to mere human standards so that I would be saying both “Yes, yes” and “No, no” at the same time? (18) 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 – by me, Silvanus and Timothy – was not “Yes” and “No” but it has always been “Yes” in Him. (20) For every one of God’s promises are “Yes” in Him; therefore also through Him the “Amen” is spoken, to the glory we give to God. But it is God 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.”) “That down payment is what strengthens.” Always YES in Him? His promises are sure! Paul is saying that his plans were flexible, yielded to God’s will. Paul did expect His fellow brethren in Christ, help provide for his travel expenses. Give of self in love is what Jesus did and what He commands His people to do.

Can we understand that all these things revolved around Jesus’ new command? (“I give you a new commandment – to love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. Everyone will know by this that you are My disciples – if you have love for one another.” John 13:24-35)

Paul wrote the same principle to the Philippians.

(Philippians 1:27-30; “Only conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ so that – whether I come and see you or whether I remain absent – I should hear that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind, by contending side by side for the faith of the gospel, and by not being intimidated in any way by your opponents. This is a sign of their destruction, but of your salvation – a sign which is from God. For it has been granted to you not only to believe IN Christ but also to suffer for Him, since you are encountering the same conflict that you saw me face and now hear that I am facing.) Followers of Jesus are of one spirit and one mind.

Paul’s Letters to God’s churches, supporting text & commentary, chapter 54

Sunday, November 27th, 2016

God’s 8th month, Cheshvan 26, 5777; - 11/27/2016, To followers of Jesus.

His view assemblies is a network of in resident worshipers, “churches” a people believing IN the God of Abraham. God’s calling us to Jesus’ Light includes the gifted understanding that everything before Jesus’ ascension was a contribution to our spiritual learning. Israelites and gentile converts under Moses, Joshua, the judges, Saul, David, Solomon and the kings following him were under the law “for their good.” Children and unconverted adults are still under God’s law “for their good.” Spiritually converted to “Jesus’ Way people” are gifted to love the spiritual intent of the law as did Jesus and His apostles. Thus Paul could teach God’s church at Rome and we Believers IN, “The Lord knows those who are His.”

(Rom 8:3-11; “For God achieved what the law could not do because it “the law” was weakened through the flesh. By sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and concerning sin, He condemned sin in the flesh, so that the righteous requirement of the “spiritual” law may be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. (5) For those who live according to the flesh have their outlook shaped by the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit have their outlook shaped by the things of the Spirit. (6) For the outlook of the flesh is death, but the outlook of the Spirit is life and peace, because the outlook of the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to the law of God, nor is it able to do so. (8) Those who are in the flesh cannot please God. You, “followers of Jesus” however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, this person does not belong to Him. (10) But if Christ is in you, your body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is your life because of “Jesus’” righteousness. Moreover if the Spirit of the One “God the Father” who raised Jesus from the dead lives in you, the One who raised Christ from the dead will also make your mortal bodies alive through His Spirit who lives in you.”) Study these 8 verses, read them slowly in meditation mode. When we are “born from above” we become literally God’s children. We inherit from parent “God” an internal desire to know and be intimate with our Father and our Lord Jesus Christ.

(Rom 8:12-17; “So then, brothers and sisters, we “who are born from above” are under obligation, not to the flesh to live according to the flesh (for if you live according to the flesh, you will die), but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body you will live. (14) For all who are led by the Spirit of God are the sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of slavery leading again to fear but you received the Spirit of adoption, by whom we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit it’s self bears witness to our spirit that we are God’s children. And if children then heirs (namely, heirs of God and also fellow heirs with Christ – if indeed we suffer with Him so we may also be glorified with Him.”)

Followers of Jesus are gifted with the desire to be at one with God the Father. Paul taught it. (Philippians 2:12-13; “So then, my dear friends, just as you have always obeyed, not only in my presence but even more in my absence, continue working out your salvation with awe and reverence, for the one bringing forth in you both the desire and the effort – for the sake of his good pleasure – is God.

Jesus taught us through Paul, “Living God’s Way does make us unpopular with the world. That alone amounts to suffering to a degree.”

(Rom 8:18-30; “For I consider that our present sufferings cannot even be compared to the glory that will be revealed to us. For the creation eagerly waits for the revelation of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility – not willingly but because of God who subjected it – in hope that the creation itself will also be set free from the bondage of decay into the glorious freedom of God’s children. For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers together until now. Not only this, but we ourselves also, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we eagerly await our adoption, the redemption of our bodies. (the resurrection) (24) For in hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope, because who hopes for what he sees? (what is understood) But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with endurance. In the same way the Spirit helps us in our weakness, for we do not know how we should pray, but the Spirit itself intercedes for us with inexpressible groanings. And the spirit who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes on behalf of the Saints according to God’s will. And we know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to His purpose, because those whom He foreknew He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that His Son would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. (30) And those He predestined, He also called; and those He called, He also justified; and those He justified, He also glorified.”) We should now understand that Parent God does it all!

Christians are about God’s purpose, yielded to His choosing. God’s opening our mind is likened to a light flash; suddenly we see what we were blinded to previously.

(Rom 8:31-39; “What then shall we say about these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? Indeed, He who did not spare His own Son, but gave Him up for us all – how will He not also, along with Him, “His Son” freely give us all things? Who will bring any charge against God’s Elect? It is God who justifies. Who is the one who will condemn? Christ is the One who died (and more than that, He was raised), who is at the right hand of God, and who also is interceding for us. Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will trouble, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? (36) As it is written, “For your sake we encounter death all day long; we were considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we have complete victory through Him who loved us! For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor heavenly rulers, nor things that are present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in creation will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”) Remember Jesus is our Intercessor and He experienced life in the flesh. He knows our trials and in Him we have a new outlook. Now Jesus’ apostle Paul continued the same teaching in his Ephesians letter.

(Eph 1:3-10; “Blessed is the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms in Christ. For He chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world that we may be holy and unblemished in His sight in love. He did this by predestining us to adoption as His sons through Jesus Christ, according to the pleasure of His will – to the praise of the glory of His grace that He has freely bestowed on us in His dearly loved Son. In Jesus we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace that He lavished on us in all wisdom and insight. (9) He did this when He revealed to us the secret of His will, according to His good pleasure that He set forth in Christ, toward the administration of the fullness of the times, to head up all things in Christ – the things in heaven and the things on earth.”) The awesomeness of God’s preplanning is beyond the rational thinking of fleshy minds. It is revealed understanding, gifted spiritual discernment. Review those 8 verses in Romans again to discern that we cannot select our human or spiritual parent. Then lets review.

(Eph 1:11-14; “In Christ we too have been claimed as God’s own possession, since we were predestined according to the one purpose of Him who accomplishes all things according to the counsel of His will so that we, who were the first to set our hope on Christ, would be to the praise of His glory. And when you heard the word of truth (the gospel of your salvation) – when you believed IN Christ – you were marked with the seal of the promised Holy Spirit, who is the down payment of our inheritance, until the redemption of God’s own possession, to the praise of His glory.”) Other scriptures also teach that we who are gifted to be Believers IN are not our own. So we who are born from above must consider whose property we are. Realize too “only the few are led to believe IN this word of truth “this good news that saves.” Again lets review Jesus’ revelation to Peter and we children.

(1 Peter 1:3-7; “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By His great mercy He gave us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, that is into an inheritance imperishable, undefiled and unfading. It is reserved in heaven for you, who by God’s power are protected through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. This brings you great joy, although you may have to suffer for a short time in various trials. Such trials show the proven character of your faith, which is much more valuable than gold – gold that is tested by fire, even though it is passing away – and will bring praise and glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.”) Consider, we didn’t earn it; spiritual discernment is gifted revelation. No amount of book learning can give spiritual understanding!

(1 Peter 1:8-12; “You, “followers of Jesus” have not seen Him, but you love Him. You do not see Him now but you believe IN Him, and so you rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy, because you are attaining the goal of your faith – the salvation of your souls “being.” Concerning this salvation, the prophets who predicted the grace that would come to you searched and investigated carefully. They probed into what person or time the Spirit of Christ within them was indicating when He testified beforehand about the sufferings appointed for Christ and his subsequent glory. They were shown that they were serving not themselves but you, in regard to the things now announced to you through those who proclaimed the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven – things angels long to catch a glimpse of.”) Prophets of old nor were angels given to understand the things now revealed through the holy spirit to God’s children.

Paul’s Letters to God’s churches, supporting text & commentary, chapter 53

Friday, November 25th, 2016

God’s 8th month, Cheshvan 24, 5777; - 11/25/2016, To followers of Jesus.

A calling to the Light is a calling to seek God’s Way. To seek His Way; it must be revealed “there is a way that seems right to us that leads to death.” See Proverbs 14:11. Trusting our own intellect to determine what is right, wrong, good and evil is idolatry. We need to understand that when each person leans to their own understanding; it’s the framework of division Satan relishes in. Paul repeats Jesus’ teaching through him to God’s church at Rome and Ephesus.

(Eph 1:3-10; “Blessed is the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms in Christ. For He chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world that we may be holy and unblemished in His sight in love. He did this by predestining us to adoption as His sons through Jesus Christ, according to the pleasure of His will – to the praise of the glory of His grace that He has freely bestowed on us in His dearly loved Son. In Jesus we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses according to the riches of His grace that He lavished on us in all wisdom and insight. (9) He did this when He revealed to us the secret of His will, according to His good pleasure that He set forth in Christ, toward the administration of the fullness of the times, to head up all things in Christ – the things in heaven and the things on earth.”) Only looking to God for what is right, wrong, good and evil is believing IN.

The awesomeness of God in His preplanning is beyond our fleshly rational thinking. Foreign to the fleshy mind and isn’t a yielding to revealed understanding. Such only result in more division. We must be led to the understanding that we love God because He first loved us. That too is gifted spiritual discernment. To believe otherwise is the reason for the many denominations.

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

Other scriptures teach that we who are gifted to be Believers IN are not our own. It is wise to consider whose property we are. Only the few are led to believe IN the word of truth “the good news that saves.” Jesus revealed the same to Peter and he to us.

(1 Peter 1:3-7; “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By His great mercy He gave us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, that is into an inheritance imperishable, undefiled and unfading. It is reserved in heaven for you who by God’s power are protected through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. This brings you great joy, although you may have to suffer for a short time in various trials. Such trials show the proven character of your faith which is much more valuable than gold – gold that is tested by fire, even though it is passing away and will bring praise and glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.”) Know that spiritual discernment is gifted revelation. No amount of book learning can give it! Believing IN is to realize the result of living according to what seems right.

(1 Peter 1:8-12; “You, “followers of Jesus” have not seen Him, but you love Him. You do not see Him now but you believe IN Him and so you rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy because you are attaining the goal of your faith – the salvation of your souls “being.” Concerning this salvation the prophets who predicted the grace that would come to you searched and investigated carefully. They probed into what person or time the Spirit of Christ within them was indicating when He testified beforehand about the sufferings appointed for Christ and his subsequent glory. They were shown that they were serving not themselves but you, in regard to the things now announced to you through those who proclaimed the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven – things angels long to catch a glimpse of.”) Prophets of old nor were angels given to understand the things now revealed through the holy spirit to us in this latter age.

(1 Peter 1:13-16; “Therefore get your minds ready for action by being fully sober, and set your hope completely on the grace that will be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed. Like obedient children, do not comply with the evil urges you used to follow in your ignorance, but, like the Holy One who called you, become holy yourselves in all of your conduct, for it is written “You shall be holy, because I am holy.”) It’s our destiny to be holy by being gifted to believe IN and yielding to our new gifted nature.

(1 Peter 1:17; “And if you address as Father the One who impartially judges according to each one’s work, live out the time of your temporary residence here in reverence.”) The Feast of Tabernacles foreshadows our living a temporary life in the flesh.

(1 Peter 1:18-19; “You know that from your empty way of life inherited from your ancestors you were ransomed – not by perishable things like silver or gold, but by precious blood like that of an unblemished and spotless lamb, namely Christ.”) Christ’s sacrifice for the remission of our and this world’s sins was preplanned.

(1 Peter 1:20-25; “Jesus was foreknown before the foundation of the world but was manifested in these last times for your sake. Through Jesus you now trust in God who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory so that your faith and hope are in God. You have purified your souls by obeying the truth in order to show sincere mutual love. So love one another earnestly from a pure heart. You have been born anew not from perishable but from imperishable seed, through the living and enduring word of God. For all flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of the grass; the grass withers and the flower falls off, but the word of the Lord endures forever. And this is the word that was proclaimed to you.”) Each Believer IN Jesus, “is one born anew” one “born from above” God calls gives discernment to and grants His gift of eternal life.

From God’s view Believers IN aren’t in the flesh “spiritually speaking.” From God’s view Believers IN are in the spirit “if so be that God’s spirit dwells in us.” Thus through Jesus we are inheriting the kingdom of God.

Jesus teaches, “our being led to know and be obedient to God was His choice.” It’s natural to contemplate “why me?” The answer is “by grace, mercy and for His purpose.” Our inherited from Adam desire and nature must be changed to an inherited gifted spiritual desire from God. Remember Jesus explaining to Nicodemus that people must be, “born from above” and explained how that happens? Study John 3: for our purpose we zero in on verses 6-8 again. (What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not be amazed that I said to you, ‘You must all be born from above.’ The wind blows wherever it will, and you hear the sound it makes, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”)

All worldly religions zealously lean to their fleshly inherited intellect and all have a zeal for the god of their imagination, “but not in line with Jesus’ truth.” Consider Paul’s explanation about the Israelites zeal.

(Rom 10:1-4; “Brothers and sisters, my heart’s desire and prayer to God on behalf of my fellow Israelites is for their salvation. For I can testify that they are zealous for God, but their zeal is not in line with the truth. For ignoring the righteousness that comes from God, and seeking instead to establish their own righteousness, they did not submit to God’s righteousness. For Christ is the end of the law, with the result that there is righteousness for everyone who believes.) Religions of man seek their own righteousness.

We cannot inherit God’s kingdom while in our fleshly mindset “nature we inherited from Adam.” The reason we followers of Jesus can only boast in Him is that God does the calling, opens minds, grants repentance and changes our nature. The Father chooses. Jesus said it and John quoted Him as recorded in chapter 3:

We don’t know how or why we are born from above, except that it’s by His grace that our minds are opened. That mystery is likened to the wind, in that we don’t know how it came nor where its going! We only know our outlook regarding belief and life’s practices are miraculously changed. Things once loved aren’t loved anymore. Fleshly deep seated desires aren’t as they once were. Jesus’ apostle Paul explained to the Romans and all Believers IN.

(Rom 8:1-2; “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the life-giving Spirit in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and death.”) All people inherited the nature of Adam at birth. A hostile, lawless to God’s Way mind; “that inherited nature is the way of death.” Until supernaturally” born of the spirit” each individual is in bondage to that nature inherited from Adam. The natural mind takes pleasure in what they think they know. See 1 John 3:4. Paul wrote Timothy for his and our learning.

(2 Timothy 2:19 “However, God’s solid foundation remains standing, bearing this seal: “The Lord knows those who are His” and “Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from evil.”) That turning cannot be achieved by and through our own intellectual will.

Paul’s Letters to God’s churches, supporting text & commentary, chapter 52

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016

God’s 8th month, Cheshvan 21, 5777; - 11/22/2016, To followers of Jesus.

A calling to the Light results in our being led to know and be obedient to God. Know it was His choice, know “as He has planned so it will be. (Isaiah 46:8-13; “Remember this, so you can be brave! Think about it, you rebels! Remember what I accomplished in antiquity! Truly I am God, I have no peer; I am God, and there is none like Me, who announces the end from the beginning and reveals beforehand what has not yet occurred,

who says, ‘My plan will be realized, I will accomplish what I desire’ who summons an eagle from the east, from a distant land, one who carries out My plan. Yes, I have decreed, yes, I will bring it to pass; I have formulated a plan, yes, I will carry it out. Listen to Me, you stubborn people, you who distance yourself from doing what is right. I am bringing My deliverance near, it is not far away; I am bringing My salvation near, it does not wait. I will save Zion; I will adorn Israel with My splendor.”) See also Isaiah 2:12, 14:24-27, 22:5, 23:9, 29:15, 30:1, 32:6-6 & 34:8.

Our Creator planned our salvation through Jesus from the foundation of His creation. He gives the desire to know Him, He keeps His Elect on His potter wheel. It’s natural that we called contemplate “why me?” The answer is, “by grace, mercy and for His purpose.”

Our inherited from Adam desire and nature must be changed to an inherited gifted spiritual desire from God. Remember Jesus explaining to Nicodemus that people must be “born from above” and explained how that happens? Study John 3: for our purpose, we zero in on verses 6-8 again. Remember review and repetition is spiritually good.

(John 3:6-8; “What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not be amazed that I said to you, ‘You must all be born from above.’ The wind blows wherever it will, and you hear the sound it makes, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”)

Judaism and all religions zealously leans to their fleshly inherited intellect, all have a zeal for the god of their imagination but not in line with Jesus’ truth. Consider Paul’s explanation about the Israelites zeal.

(Rom 10:1-4; “Brothers and sisters, my heart’s desire and prayer to God on behalf of my fellow Israelites is for their salvation. For I can testify that they are zealous for God, but their zeal is not in line with the truth. For ignoring the righteousness that comes from God, and seeking instead to establish their own righteousness, they did not submit to God’s righteousness. For Christ is the end of the law, with the result that there is righteousness for everyone who believes.) We cannot inherit God’s kingdom, while in our fleshly nature inherited from Adam. God calls, opens minds, grants repentance and changes the nature of those He chooses. Jesus said it and John quoted Him as recorded in chapter 3: above.

Believers IN don’t know how they were” born from above” any more than we can know where the wind is going! We only know our outlook regarding life’s practices are miraculously changed. Things once loved aren’t loved anymore. Fleshly deep seated desires aren’t what they once were. Jesus’ apostle Paul explained to the Romans and all Believers IN.

(Rom 8:1-2; “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the life-giving Spirit in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and death.”) All but Jesus inherited the nature of Adam at birth, a nature that’s hostile, lawless toward God’s Way; “that inherited nature is the way of death.” Until supernaturally” born of the spirit” we each are in bondage to the nature inherited from Adam. The result of that lawlessness is death. (See 1 John 3:4.

(2 Timothy 2:19 “However, God’s solid foundation remains standing, bearing this seal: “The Lord knows those who are His,” and “Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from evil.”) That turning cannot be achieved by and through our own intellectual will.

(Rom 8:3-11; “For God achieved what the law could not do because it “the law” was weakened through the flesh. By sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and concerning sin, He condemned sin in the flesh, so that the righteous requirement of the “spiritual” law may be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. (5) For those who live according to the flesh have their outlook shaped by the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit have their outlook shaped by the things of the Spirit. (6) For the outlook of the flesh is death, but the outlook of the Spirit is life and peace, because the outlook of the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to the law of God, nor is it able to do so. (8) Those who are in the flesh cannot please God. You, “followers of Jesus” however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, this person does not belong to Him. (10) But if Christ is in you, your body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is your life because of “Jesus’” righteousness. Moreover if the Spirit of the One “God the Father” who raised Jesus from the dead lives in you, the One who raised Christ from the dead will also make your mortal bodies alive through His Spirit who lives in you.”) When we are “born from above” we are children of God. We inherit an internal desire to know, be intimate with God the Father and God the Son.

(Rom 8:12-17; “So then, brothers and sisters, we “who are born from above” are under obligation, not to the flesh to live according to the flesh (for if you live according to the flesh, you will die) but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body you will live. (14) For all who are led by the Spirit of God are the sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of slavery leading again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption, by whom we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit itself bears witness to our spirit that we are God’s children. And if children, then heirs (namely heirs of God and also fellow heirs with Christ – if indeed we suffer with Him so we may also be glorified with Him.”)

Living God’s Way does make us unpopular with the world. That alone amounts to suffering to a degree.

(Rom 8:18-30; “For I consider that our present sufferings cannot even be compared to the glory that will be revealed to us. For the creation eagerly waits for the revelation of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility – not willingly but because of God who subjected it – in hope that the creation itself will also be set free from the bondage of decay into the glorious freedom of God’s children. For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers together until now. Not only this, but we ourselves also, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we eagerly await our adoption, the redemption of our bodies. (the resurrection) (24) For in hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope because who hopes for what he sees? (what he understands) But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with endurance. In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness, for we do not know how we should pray but the Spirit itself intercedes for us with inexpressible groaning. And the spirit who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes on behalf of the Saints according to God’s will. And we know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to His purpose, because those whom He foreknew He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that His Son would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. (30) And those He predestined, He also called; and those He called, He also justified; and those He justified, He also glorified.”) Christians are about God’s purpose and His choosing. God opening our mind is likened to a light flash. Suddenly we see what we were blind to previously.

(Rom 8:31-39; “What then shall we say about these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? Indeed, He who did not spare His own Son, but gave Him up for us all – how will He not also, along with Him, “His Son” freely give us all things? Who will bring any charge against God’s Elect? It is God who justifies. Who is the one who will condemn? Christ is the One who died (and more than that, He was raised) who is at the right hand of God, and who also is interceding for us. Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will trouble, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? (36) As it is written, “For your sake we encounter death all day long; we were considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we have complete victory through Him who loved us! For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor heavenly rulers, nor things that are present, nor things to come nor powers nor height nor depth nor anything else in creation will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”) Remember Jesus is our Intercessor and He experienced life in the flesh. He knows our trials and in Him we have a new outlook. Now Jesus’ apostle Paul continued the same teaching in his Ephesians letter. Again, let’s be reminded, repetition is good for our learning and memory. Next chapter we see Paul writing the same to God’s church at Ephesus.

Paul’s Letters to God’s churches, suppoorting text & commentary, chapter 51

Monday, November 21st, 2016

God’s 8th month, Cheshvan 20, 5777; - 11/21/2016, To followers of Jesus.

Do we think Abraham knew and believed IN God, before God called him? (see Genesis 12:) Did Abraham know why he was selected to leave Canaan and his father’s family? No. Not until God revealed Himself. We can be sure that Abraham never thought himself worthy of God’s attention. God also revealed that Abraham’s heir, “Isaac” would be one of promise. Likewise one of Isaac’s sons was chosen to father the twelve tribes of Israel. The Lord Jesus revealed Himself, “perhaps through an angelic being” to Jacob, changed his name from Jacob to Israel. Israel meaning, “God fights.” Thus God made physical and spiritual Israelites special to Himself.

Isaac was born to parents whose ages were beyond natural reproduction and Isaac knew he was a product of promise. Isaac couldn’t forget that God providing that sacrifice for Abraham and himself. Isaac knew he was not worthy of being awarded God’s calling and blessings. Isaac’s son Jacob was the weaker brother and selected to be God’s Israel. He too knew he was not deserving but that God was working through him. God revealed Himself to this weaker of the two brothers when he was fleeing the stronger, “Esau.” An angel or perhaps Jesus Himself, wrestled with Jacob and made promises to him. Jacob set up a pillar stone at the place where his name was changed to Israel. “See genesis 33:22-29” Again; only a few know the Word Israel, means; “God fights.” God’s replacing the name Jacob combines a promise and a call to faith. In essence, the Lord was saying to Jacob that He would have victory and that through him the Messiah would come. That Messiah “Jesus” would also fight spiritual Israel’s battles. “See Galatians 3:29.”

Paul understood and teaches us that all these things are for our, ‘we followers of Jesus’’ learning. See Romans 15:4. Followers of Jesus are spiritual Israelites and heirs with Abraham. (Galatians 3:28-29; “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.

God has made known Israelite history; how His chosen people prostituted themselves to strange gods. Yet God says through Paul, “that all Israel will be saved.” Paul writes; (“And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written: “The Deliverer will come out of Zion; He will remove ungodliness from Jacob. And this is My covenant with them, when I take away their sins.” Rom 11:26-27)

Today as with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, God calls, grants repentance and takes away sin! It’s by promise! God’s promises through Abraham, Isaac & Jacob are to their heirs, “spiritual Israelites.” Not one of us deserve God’s call. Not one of us have earned this understanding. No human education system can give this spiritual knowledge. God prophesied through Isaiah.

(Isaiah 27:9-10; “So in this way Jacob’s sin will be forgiven, and this is how they will show they are finished sinning: They will make all the stones of the altars like crushed limestone, and the Asherah poles and the incense altars will no longer stand. For the fortified city is left alone; it is a deserted settlement and abandoned like the desert. Calves graze there; they lie down there and eat its branches bare.”) Spiritual Israelites will show, they are finished sinning? They will destroy pagan shrines. Remember, followers of Jesus, “are classified neither Jew nor Greek, neither slave nor free, 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.“ Gal 3:29-29) Today’s Christians are, “spiritual Jews” predestined for God’s purpose, as was Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Called to be “ambassadors” to the world as the Israelites were under Moses. Today’s Christians, despise paganism and love God’s holy Ways. God’s prophetic promises continue through Jeremiah.

(Jeremiah 31:33-34; “Indeed, a time is coming,” says the Lord, “when I will make a new covenant with the people of Israel and Judah. (Christians) It will not be like the old covenant that I made with their ancestors when I delivered them from Egypt. For they violated that covenant, even though I was like a faithful husband to them,” says the Lord. “But I will make a new covenant with the whole nation of Israel after I plant them back in the land,” says the Lord. “I will put My law within them and write it on their hearts and minds. I will be their God and they will be My people. (34) “People will no longer need to teach their neighbors and relatives to know Me. For all of them, from the least important to the most important, will know Me,” says the Lord. “For I will forgive their sin and will no longer call to mind the wrong they have done.”)

A love of God’s Ways is supernaturally written in the minds of “born from above people.” Jesus’ millennium is the time coming when all who call on the name of the Lord will be saved!

(Jeremiah 3:17-18; “At that time the city of Jerusalem will be called the Lord’s throne. All nations will gather there in Jerusalem to honor the Lord’s name. They will no longer follow the stubborn inclinations of their own evil hearts. At that time the nation of Judah and the nation of Israel will be reunited. Together they will come back from a land in the north to the land that I gave to your ancestors as a permanent possession. ”) All fleshly religious people follow the inclination of their self serving heart, just as Adam, Eve and Cain did. It’s inherited and only through Jesus can that nature be changed. As always study the whole.

(Zeph 3:8-20; “Therefore you, “spiritual Israelites” must wait patiently for Me,” says the Lord, “for the day when I attack and take plunder. I have decided to gather nations together and assemble kingdoms, so I can pour out my fury on them – all my raging anger. For the whole earth will be consumed by My fiery anger. Know for sure that I will then enable the nations to give Me acceptable praise. All of them will invoke the Lord’s name when they pray, and will worship Him, “Jesus” in unison. From beyond the rivers of Ethiopia, those who pray to Me will bring Me tribute. (11) In that day you will not be ashamed of all your rebelliousness against me, for then I will remove from your midst those who proudly boast, and you will never again be arrogant on My holy hill. I will leave in your midst a humble and meek group of people, and they will find safety in the Lord’s presence. The Israelites who remain will not act deceitfully. They will not lie, and a deceitful tongue will not be found in their mouth. Indeed, they will graze peacefully like sheep and lie down; no one will terrify them.” (14) Shout for joy, Daughter Zion! Shout out, Israel! Be happy and boast with all your heart, Daughter Jerusalem! The Lord has removed the judgment against you; He has turned back your enemy. Israel’s king, the Lord, is in your midst! You no longer need to fear disaster. On that day they will say to Jerusalem, “Don’t be afraid, Zion! Your hands must not be paralyzed from panic! The Lord your God is in your midst; He is a warrior who can deliver. He takes great delight in you; He renews you by His love; he shouts for joy over you.” (18) “As for those who grieve because they cannot attend the festivals – I took them away from you; they became tribute and were a source of shame to you. Look, at that time I will deal with those who mistreated you. I will rescue the lame sheep and gather together the scattered sheep. I will take away their humiliation and make the whole earth admire and respect them. At that time I will lead you – at the time I gather you together. Be sure of this! I will make all the nations of the earth respect and admire you when you see Me restore you,” says the Lord.”)

How awesome, what forgiveness, what preplanning! Today, the culmination of all Believers IN, “His church.” are to Jesus as a faithful wife and Jesus is as our faithful husband. Today God calls Believers out as He did Abraham and through His spirit, puts a love for His law within Believers, writing them in our hearts and minds. Thus we are His covenant people. Today we teach; Jesus and Him crucified for the remission of sins; introducing Jesus to all who will hear. During Jesus millennial kingdom, when Satan is bound, all people will know Him. The apostle Peter also put things in perspective.

(2 Peter 1:19-21; “Moreover, we possess the prophetic word as an altogether reliable thing. You do well if you pay attention to this as you would to a light shining in a murky place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. (20) Above all, you do well if you recognize this: No prophecy of scripture ever comes about by the prophet’s own imagination, for no prophecy was ever borne of human impulse; rather, men carried along by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.”) “Until the day dawn and the morning star rises in your hearts?” MEANING: Let us be prayerfully patient while waiting on revelation; regarding all things! Truth is revealed to each called individual in God’s timing. Rather than argue; “let’s wait on revelation and practice life with knowledge. Jesus revealed the resurrections and more to Paul.

(1Cor 15:1-2; “Now I want to make clear for you, brothers and sisters, the gospel that I preached to you, that you received and on which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold firmly to the message I preached to you – unless you believed in vain.”) According to the holy scriptures some have believed in vain by giving up the practices God put in place. “Hold firm to the message; not a message worldly religions teach.
(1 Cor 15:3-11; “For I passed on to you as of first importance what I also received – that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the THIRD day according to the scriptures, and that He appeared to Peter then to the twelve. Then He appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. (7) Then He appeared to James, then to all the apostles. Last of all, as though to one born at the wrong time, He appeared to me also. For I am the least of the apostles, unworthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. (10) But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace to me has not been in vain. In fact, I worked harder than all of them – yet not I, but the grace of God with me. Whether then it was I or they, this is the way we preach and this is the way you believed.”) Many “believe that” FEW “believe IN.” Meditate on the difference! Believing IN is by revelation, Believing IN, people are spiritually reborn. Believing IN, is to know that God’s Way is One Way. Believing IN is to be gifted with a yielding spirit to His Way.

The apostasy was taking hold during the time of Paul’s ministry included; “The teaching” people are born immortal, to live forever someplace, a heaven - hell teaching, no need for resurrections.

(1 Cor 15:12-19; “Now if Christ is being preached AS raised from the dead, how can some of you say there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is futile and your faith is empty. (15) Also, we are found to be false witnesses about God, because we have testified against God that HE raised Christ from the dead, when in reality He did not raise Him, if indeed the dead are not raised. (16) For if the dead are not raised, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is useless; you are still in your sins. (18) Furthermore, those who have fallen asleep in Christ have also perished. (19) For if only in this life we have hope in Christ, we should be pitied more than anyone.”) Satan led Balaam, Egyptians and many to believe the immortality lie. The sun and star gazing worshipers believed it.

We believe God; His resurrection of Jesus and all who died believing IN Jesus, “as He manifest Himself to be” will be in His first resurrection. All will be resurrected in their appointed order, judgment and a second death for unbelievers. (See Revelations 2;11, 20:6, 20:14 & 21:8) “The beginning of wisdom is to fear the Lord, and acknowledging the Holy One is understanding.” Proverbs 9:10)

(1Cor 15:20-24; But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since death came through a man, “Adam” the resurrection of the dead also came through a man, “Jesus.” (22) For just as in Adam ALL DIE, so also in Christ ALL WILL BE MADE ALIVE. But each in his own order: Christ, the firstfruits; then when Christ comes, those who belong to Him. (24) Then comes the end, when He hands over the kingdom to God the Father, when He has brought to an end all rule and all authority and power.”) Our calling is to overcome the devil and our inherited nature to the end. Jesus revealed these things to John, and to His people.

(Rev 3:12-13; “The one who conquers “overcomes” I will make a pillar in the temple of My God, and He will never depart from it. I will write on him the name of My God and the name of the city of My God (the new Jerusalem that comes down out of heaven from My God), and My new name as well. The one who has an ear had better hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’

(Rev 21:1-4; Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and earth had ceased to exist, and the sea existed no more. And I saw the holy city – the new Jerusalem – descending out of heaven from God, made ready like a bride adorned for her husband. (3) And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying: “Look! The residence of God is among human beings. He will live among them, and they will be His people, and God Himself will be with them. (4) He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death will NOT exist any more – or mourning, or crying, or pain, for the former things have ceased to exist.”)

God knew the beginning and He knows the ending.

Paul’s Letters to God’s churches, supporting text & commentary, chapter 50

Thursday, November 17th, 2016

God’s 8th month, Cheshvan 16, 5777; - 11/17/2016, To followers of Jesus.

Holy God: Your inspired holy scriptures demonstrate our unworthiness, that we are born with a lawless, “sin” nature. Our unbelieving minds yield to our fleshly nature. We each went the way that seemed right to our fleshly, “sin” nature, until You intervened, revealed, called and gave understanding of Your Way. Thank You, for all good things; in Jesus name we praise You. AMEN.

These studies aren’t intended for the world at large, but for people to whom God is dealing with. Likewise, Paul’s letters were to the converted followers of Jesus. Not to atheist, agnostics and denominationalist people likened to the die hard Pharisees and pagan groups. Many people Jesus and His apostles encountered refused to believe IN. God’s holy scriptures teach, “until God calls and opens understanding each individual goes the way that seems right to their divisionary fleshly intellect. Satan the deceiver and divider is the leader of people teaching against God’s truth.

Judaism, Islamist denominationalist and others using various forms of God’s name voice a respect for, ”people of the book” the old testament, particularly. They deny that Jesus was and is the Son of God the Father, the Creator, who came to save and died for the remission of sins. Few grasp the deity of Jesus and the old testament prophecies regarding the Messiah’s mission and purpose. The many don’t understand that each individual needs their lawless “sins” nature supernaturally changed to that of Jesus’. That through Jesus only is eternal life inherited. This truth was revealed to Jesus’ apostle Paul and he to all followers IN Jesus. “For just as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive. But each in his own order: Christ, the firstfruits; then when Christ comes, those who belong to Him. 1 Cor 15:22”

All worldly religions are deceived by Satan, “to believe in some form of people being born with immortality.” (Blinded to God’s scriptural teaching, “immortality is gifted by God through Jesus and by His grace.”) Understanding this mystery was hidden from the world until God’s appointed time to reveal the Originator of life, “Jesus.”

(Mark 4:10-12; “When Jesus was alone, those around Him with the twelve asked Him about the parables. Jesus said to them, ‘The secret of the kingdom of God has been given to you. But to those outside, everything is in parables, so that although they look they may look but not see, and although they hear they may hear but not understand, so they may not repent and be forgiven.’) Jesus is the One inspiring Isaiah to write likewise long before.

(Isaiah 6:9-10; “He “the Lord who became Jesus” said, “Go and tell these people: ‘Listen continually, but don’t understand! Look continually, but don’t perceive!’ Make the hearts of these people calloused; make their ears deaf and their eyes blind! Otherwise they might see with their eyes and hear with their ears, their hearts might understand and they might repent and be healed.”) It isn’t in God’s timing that Jesus be revealed to the whole world just yet! Why? It is all about God’s planning, timing and His choosing! It is all about Jesus! (Restudy John 1:1-5, Colossians 1:15-20 and Hebrews 1: It is also about God’s principle of the last becoming first. People in this latter age, “this age since Jesus’ ascension” and the millennial age to come. Paul explained to the Romans.

(Romans 11:25-27; “For I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers and sisters, so that you may not be conceited: a partial hardening has happened to Israel until the full number of the Gentiles has come in. And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written: “The Deliverer will come out of Zion; He will remove ungodliness from Jacob. And this is My covenant with them, when I take away their sins.” (Paul is quoting from Isaiah 27:9 & Jeremiah 31:33-34. ALL ISRAEL will be resurrected!)

(Romans 16:25-27; “Now to Him who is able to strengthen you according to my gospel and the proclamation of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery that had been kept secret for long ages, but now is disclosed, and through the prophetic scriptures has been made known to all the nations, according to the command of the eternal God, to bring about the obedience of faith – to the only wise God, through Jesus Christ, be glory forever! Amen.”

Jesus’ good news isn’t about Satan’s erroneous demonic doctrine, saying to Eve, “Surely you will not die, for God knows that when you eat from it “the forbidden fruit” your eyes will open and you will be like divine beings who know good and evil.” (Gen 3:5) Satan lied and called God a liar. Jesus’ good news is that God gives immortality through Him and He is going to return and reveal Himself to the world!

All people have inherited eternal death from Adam. Eternal life is only through the eternal Jesus, to those believing IN His resurrection and holy ways. (Again we refer to John 1:1-5, Colossians 1:15-20 & Hebrews 1: Let’s digest more here and now.

The Light

(1Cor 15:20-28; “But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead also came through a man. For just as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive. But each in his own order: Christ, the firstfruits; then when Christ comes, those who belong to Him. Then comes the end, when He hands over the kingdom to God the Father, when He has brought to an end all rule and all authority and power. For He must reign until He has put all His enemies under His feet. (26) The last enemy to be eliminated is death. For He “GOD THE FATHER” has put everything in subjection under His “JESUS’” feet. But when it says “everything” has been put in subjection, it is clear that this does not include the One “God the Father” who put everything in subjection to Him. “Jesus” (28) And when all things are subjected to Him, then the Son Himself will be subjected to the One who subjected everything to Him, so that God may be all in all.)

Through Adam, all people inherited eternal death; not an immortal soul! The result of sin is death! (See 1 John 3:4)

(1Cor 15:56-58; “The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ! (the Redeemer) So then, dear brothers and sisters, be firm. Do not be moved! Always be outstanding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.”) Followers of Jesus, need to be mindful of being firm to the end.

(1 Peter 5:8-11; “Our enemy the devil, like a roaring lion, is on the prowl looking for someone to devour. Resist him, strong in your faith, because you know that your brothers and sisters throughout the world are enduring the same kinds of suffering. And, after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace who CALLED you to His eternal glory in Christ will Himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. To him belongs the power forever. Amen.) Like a roaring lion, Satan placed imposters in God’s churches, in the apostolic days and now the whole world is deceived by false teachers.

Jesus’ brother Jude wrote of the apostate. Jude intended to write about our common salvation; that is, “God’s gifting individuals with His spirit.” But Jude was spirit led instead, to write about the apostate already taking place. Study Jude. That apostate included twisting and changing the will of God.

(1Cor 16:1-4; “With regard to the collection for the saints, please follow the directions that I gave to the churches of Galatia: On the first day of the week, each of you should set aside some income and save it to the extent that God has blessed you, so that a collection will not have to be made when I come. Then, when I arrive, I will send those whom you approve with letters of explanation to carry your gift to Jerusalem. And if it seems advisable that I should go also, they will go with me.”)

WHY set aside a gift on the first day of the week? NOT to keep the day holy! NOT necessarily to teach on that day! But to set aside foods, clothing and money; so that there be no collection when I come. Worldly religions want to find reasons NOT to be obedient! Why would God authorize a Sabbath change? Did we not just study, “you have been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus Himself as the cornerstone.? In Him the whole building, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.” Eph 2:20-22. People teaching such changes have the same mind that Cain demonstrated, “sacrificing differently than God commanded.”

(1 Cor 16:5-9; “But I will come to you after I have gone through Macedonia – for I will be going through Macedonia – and perhaps I will stay with you, or even spend the winter, so that you can send me on my journey, wherever I go. (7) For I do not want to see you now in passing, since I hope to spend some time with you, if the Lord allows. But I will stay in Ephesus until Pentecost, (9) because a door of great opportunity stands wide open for me, but there are many opponents.”)

Consider the times. The apostles and Believers IN had many opponents! Do we have fewer in this age? Why would Paul want to stay in Ephesus until Pentecost? He was marking the day and likely did not want to be traveling on God’s third annual Sabbath and birth date of His New Covenant Church. His people are still mindful of His Sabbaths; weekly and annual.

(1Cor 16:12-14; “With regard to our brother Apollos: I strongly encouraged him to visit you with the other brothers, but it was simply not his intention to come now. He will come when he has the opportunity. Stay alert, stand firm in the faith, show courage, be strong. Everything you do should be done in love.”)

Remember the love chapter, “1 Corinthians 13:” It’s worth a re-study. Do everything in love. Do every thing to build up!

(1Cor 16:15-21; “Now, brothers and sisters, you know about the household of Stephanus, that as the first converts of Achaia, they devoted themselves to ministry for the Saints. I urge you also to submit to people like this, and to everyone who cooperates in the work and labors hard. I was glad about the arrival of Stephanus, Fortunatus, and Achaicus because they have supplied the fellowship with you that I lacked. (18) For they refreshed my spirit and yours. So then, recognize people like this. The churches in the province of Asia send greetings to you. Aquila and Priscilla greet you warmly in the Lord, with the church that meets in their house. All the brothers and sisters send greetings. Greet one another with a holy kiss. I, Paul, send this greeting with my own hand. )

Paul was apparently the most traveled apostle that we have record of. Today, people think of church as a building where preaching lectures occur. God’s people are His church! In the apostolic age teaching Jesus, Him crucified for the remission of sins was the message and time was allotted for congregational discussion. Each being alert for possible revelations. Formal type lectures, books guiding people to a particular denominational doctrine only became popular during the fifteenth century.

Paul’s Letters to God’s churches, supporting text & commentary, chapter 49

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

God’s 8th month, Cheshvan 13, 5777; - 11/14/2016, To followers of Jesus.

How is it that the whole world is in darkness? How could the whole world be deceived? How is it that, “if possible even God’s Elect would be deceived? Every human person, “except Jesus” inherited the lawless nature of Adam. Until God supernaturally reveals Himself every person yields to that inherited from Adam nature. Jesus explains it through His apostle Paul. Again let’s review and meditate.

(Rom 1:21-25; “For although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God or give Him thanks, but they became futile in their thoughts and their senseless hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for an image resembling mortal human beings or birds or four-footed animals or reptiles. (24) Therefore God gave them over in the desires of their hearts to impurity, to dishonor their bodies among themselves. They exchanged the truth of God for a lie and worshiped and served the creation rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.”) AND to Gentile converts, Jesus had Paul write at Gal 4:8; “Formerly when you did not know God, you were enslaved to beings that by nature are not gods at all”)

All who aren’t called to believe IN, “people yielding to their inherited from Adam nature” make themselves and Satan their god. Jesus had Paul teach it to His church at Corinth.

(2Cor 4:3-6; “But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled only to those who are perishing, among whom the god of this age, “Satan” 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. (5) 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.”)

From the beginning God’s plan was to add to His family by saving mankind from himself and Satan’s deceptions. Fathering a chosen people with His nature, giving the gift of repentance and desire to be at one with Himself. Meditate on Philippians 2:13; “for the One bringing forth in you both the desire and the effort – for the sake of His good pleasure – is God.” Jesus had His apostle John explain the result of His fathering.

(1John 3:9-10; “Everyone who has been fathered by God does not practice sin, because God’s seed resides in him, and thus he is not able to “practice” sin, because he has been fathered by God. By this the children of God and the children of the devil are revealed: Everyone who does not practice righteousness – the one who does not love his fellow Christian – is not of God.”) God’s fathering is the miraculous imputation of His spirit seed to the mind. God’s fathering makes one, “born from above.” Also study John 3:3-8.

Jesus’ apostle Peter was given this understanding and shares it with followers of Jesus.

(1Peter 1:22-25; “You have purified your souls by obeying “practicing” the truth in order to show sincere mutual love. So love one another earnestly from a pure heart. You have been born anew, not from perishable but from imperishable seed, through the living and enduring word of God. (24) For all flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of the grass; the grass withers and the flower falls off, but the word of the Lord endures forever.) When Jesus returns, establishes His rule on earth, Satan and all semblance of paganism will be done away. God’s holy calendar will be looked to.

Jesus established His church through His apostles after His ascension. Paul was led to teach that Jesus’ church is built on the foundation of, “the apostles and prophets with Christ Jesus Himself as the cornerstone. In Him the whole building, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.” Eph 2:20-22)

Individually, we followers of Jesus are the Lord’s holy temple! Individually, we must be yielded to God and look to Him for discerning what is right, wrong, good and evil. Practicing otherwise is idolatry. Now back to Paul’s first letter to the Church of God at Corinth.

(1Cor 14:1-5; “Pursue love and be eager for the spiritual gifts, especially that you may prophesy. (teach) For the one speaking in a tongue does not speak to people but to God, for no one understands; he is speaking mysteries by the Spirit. But the one who prophesies “teaches” speaks to people for their strengthening, encouragement, and consolation. The one who speaks in a tongue builds himself up, but the one who prophesies “teaches” builds up the church. I wish you all spoke in tongues, but even more that you would prophesy. The one who prophesies is greater than the one who speaks in tongues, unless he interprets so that the church may be strengthened.”)

On that Pentecost after Jesus’ ascension, the miracle of people speaking in languages unknown to themselves was for God’s purpose. Through His spirit God gave words to speakers that they did not understand, “but those hearing did.” Paul never encouraged speaking in an unknown language for self gratification, only if interpretation is available.

(1Cor 14:6-12; “Now, brothers and sisters, if I come to you speaking in tongues, how will I help you unless I speak to you with a revelation or with knowledge or prophecy or teaching? It is similar for lifeless things that make a sound, like a flute or harp. Unless they make a distinction in the notes, how can what is played on the flute or harp be understood? (8) If, for example, the trumpet makes an unclear sound, who will get ready for battle? It is the same for you. If you do not speak clearly with your tongue, how will anyone know what is being said? For you will be speaking into the air. There are probably many kinds of languages in the world, and none is without meaning. If then I do not know the meaning of a language, I will be a foreigner to the speaker and the speaker a foreigner to me. It is the same with you. Since you are eager for manifestations of the Spirit, seek to abound in order to strengthen the church.”) Apparently some were attempting to speak in an unknown tongue as evidence of the manifestation of the spirit; which did not benefit the church.

(1Cor 14:13-36; “So then, one who speaks in a tongue should pray that he may interpret. If I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my mind is unproductive. What should I do? I will pray with my spirit, but I will also pray with my mind. I will sing praises with my spirit, but I will also sing praises with my mind. Otherwise, if you are praising God with your spirit, how can someone without the gift say “Amen” to your thanksgiving, since he does not know what you are saying? For you are certainly giving thanks well, but the other person is not strengthened. I thank God that I speak in tongues more than all of you, but in the church I want to speak five words with my mind to instruct others, rather than ten thousand words in a tongue. Brothers and sisters, do not be children in your thinking. Instead, be infants in evil, but in your thinking be mature. It is written in the law: “By people with strange tongues and by the lips of strangers I will speak to this people, yet not even in this way will they listen to me,” says the Lord. (22) So then, tongues are a sign not for believers but for unbelievers. Prophecy, however, is not for unbelievers but for believers.”) The miracle of speaking in an unknown language to oneself in an assembly only benefit’s a understanding unbeliever.

(23-25; “So if the whole church comes together and all speak in tongues and unbelievers or uninformed people enter, will they not say that you have lost your minds? But if all prophesy, “teach” and an unbeliever or uninformed person enters, he will be convicted by all, he will be called to account by all. The secrets of his heart are disclosed, and in this way he will fall down with his face to the ground and worship God, declaring, “God is really among you.”

(26-36; “What should you do then, brothers and sisters? When you come together, each one has a song, has a lesson, has a revelation, has a tongue, has an interpretation. Let all these things be done for the strengthening of the church. If someone speaks in a tongue, it should be two, or at the most three, one after the other, and someone must interpret. But if there is no interpreter, he should be silent in the church. Let him speak to himself and to God. Two or three prophets should speak and the others should evaluate what is said. And if someone sitting down receives a revelation, the person who is speaking should conclude. For you can all prophesy one after another, so all can learn and be encouraged. Indeed, the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets, for God is not characterized by disorder but by peace. As in all the churches of the Saints, (34) the women should be silent in the churches, for they are not permitted to speak. Rather, let them be in submission, as in fact the law says. (35) If they want to find out about something, they should ask their husbands at home, because it is disgraceful for a woman to speak in church. (36) Did the word of God begin with you, or did it come to you alone?”)

For they are not permitted to speak?” Paul does not intend that such silence prohibit speaking at all. He does mean, “not taking authoritative teaching roles.” The subject is unknown languages. His meaning is clarified in the next verses.

(1Cor 14:37-40; “If anyone “male or female” considers himself a prophet “teacher” or spiritual person, he should acknowledge that what I write to you is the Lord’s command. If someone does not recognize this, he is not recognized. So then, brothers and sisters, be eager to prophesy “teach” and do not forbid anyone from speaking in tongues. And do everything in a decent and orderly manner.”) Jesus’ Light shines when we, “Prove all things, hold fast that which is good.” 1 Thess 5:21) We each need to study and be convinced in our own mind; remembering that scripture interprets scripture.

What’s the beginning of wisdom? See Psalms 111:10; “To obey the Lord is the fundamental principle for wise living, all who carry out His precepts acquire good moral insight. He will receive praise forever.”

Paul’s Letters to God’s churches, supporting text & commentary, chapter 48

Monday, November 14th, 2016

God’s 8th month, Cheshvan 13, 5777; - 11/14/2016, To followers of Jesus.

God’s ultimate purpose for His people created in His image is that we live in His Light. Our temporary physical life is a learning experience with fleshly and spiritual obstacles to overcome. God purposely allowed Satan to deceive Adam and Eve and purposely allowed that we inherit their lawless nature. He purposely allows Satan to be the temporary god of this world. Purposely allows that all but His Elect be deceived. Jesus taught it through Mark and Matthew. (Mark 13:21-23; “Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘Look, there He is!’ do not believe him. For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, the Elect. Be careful! I have told you everything ahead of time.)

God being All in All, the Alpha and Omega has everything planned for His ultimate purpose. Back when Israel was dispersed to Babylon king Nebuchadnezzar had a troubling dream and God had Daniel in place to give him the interpretation.

(Daniel 2:37-45; “You, O king, are the king of kings. The God of heaven has granted you sovereignty, power, strength, and honor. Wherever human beings, wild animals, and birds of the sky live – he has given them into your power. He has given you authority over them all. You are the head of gold. Now after you another kingdom will arise, one inferior to yours. Then a third kingdom, one of bronze, will rule in all the earth. Then there will be a fourth kingdom, one strong like iron. Just like iron breaks in pieces and shatters everything, and as iron breaks in pieces all of these metals, so it will break in pieces and crush the others. In that you were seeing feet and toes partly of wet clay and partly of iron, so this will be a divided kingdom. Some of the strength of iron will be in it, for you saw iron mixed with wet clay. In that the toes of the feet were partly of iron and partly of clay, the latter stages of this kingdom will be partly strong and partly fragile. And in that you saw iron mixed with wet clay, so people will be mixed with one another without adhering to one another, just as iron does not mix with clay. In the days of those kings the God of heaven will raise up an everlasting kingdom that will not be destroyed and a kingdom that will not be left to another people. It will break in pieces and bring about the demise of all these kingdoms. But it will stand forever. You saw that a stone was cut from a mountain, but not by human hands; it smashed the iron, bronze, clay, silver, and gold into pieces. The great God has made known to the king what will occur in the future. The dream is certain, and its interpretation is reliable.”)

We are living in the last stage of human rule and the rejected Stone, “Jesus” in going to fulfill Daniel’s prophecy.

(Matthew 12:15-20; “Now when Jesus learned of this, He went away from there. Great crowds followed Him, and He healed them all. But He sternly warned them not to make Him known. This fulfilled what was spoken by Isaiah the prophet: “Here is My servant whom I have chosen, the one I love, in whom I take great delight. I will put My Spirit on Him, and He will proclaim justice to the nations. He will not quarrel or cry out, nor will anyone hear His voice in the streets. He will not break a bruised reed or extinguish a smoldering wick, until He brings justice to victory. And in His name the Gentiles will hope.”) Darkness will finally give way to the Light.

People overcoming the inherited fleshly pulls and demonic deceptions will be characterized by Paul’s next chapter.

(1 Corinthians 13:1-13; “If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but I do not have love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith so that I can remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give away everything I own, and if I give over my body in order to boast, but do not have love, I receive no benefit. Love is patient, love is kind, it is not envious. Love does not brag, it is not puffed up. It is not rude, it is not self-serving, it is not easily angered or resentful. It is not glad about injustice, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. But if there are prophecies, they will be set aside; if there are tongues, they will cease; if there is knowledge, it will be set aside. For we know in part, and we prophesy in part, but when what is perfect comes, the partial will be set aside. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. But when I became an adult, I set aside childish ways. For now we see in a mirror indirectly, but then we will see face to face. Now I know in part, but then I will know fully, just as I have been fully known. And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.”) Godly love is gifted maturity. A maturity that allows one to believe IN God and be at one with Him. As a child and even in his adult age, Paul thought fleshly. After conversion Paul began to think spiritually, even as Jesus.

 Jesus was keeping The Last Great Day of the Feast of Tabernacles when John recorded Him in saying.

(John 7:37-39; “On the last day of the feast, The Greatest Day, Jesus stood up and shouted out, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me, and let the one who believes IN Me drink. Just as the scripture says, ‘From within him will flow rivers of living water.’” (Now He said this about the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were going to receive, for the Spirit had not yet been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.)

The holy spirit was first sent in large measure to dwell in people on God’s third annual Sabbath, “Pentecost” which is the birth date of Jesus’ new covenant Church. Jesus reveals the workings of His spirit to Paul and all followers of Jesus.

(1 Corinthians 15:50-56; “Now this is what I am saying, brothers and sisters: Flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. Listen, I will tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed – in a moment, in the blinking of an eye, at the last Trumpet. For the Trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality. (54) Now when this perishable puts on the imperishable, and this mortal puts on immortality, then the saying that is written will happen, “Death has been swallowed up in victory.(A quote from Isaiah 25:8)Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” (A quote from Hosea 13:14)

(56) The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ! So then, dear brothers and sisters, be firm. Do not be moved! Always be outstanding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.”) Jesus’ apostle Paul wrote that he loved Gods church and warned about deceivers.

(2 Corinthians 11:12-15;“that 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 “we apostles” 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.”)

Some three hundred years later, this same movement Paul is identifying, went on to develop a calendar appealing to the pagan sun worshiping gentiles. Professing Christians purposely ignoring the importance of God’s calendar. Times God made holy for His people. Times foreshadowing Jesus’ return and followers of Jesus being literally changed to Jesus‘ spiritual likeness. Jesus reveals this truth through His apostle John, who shares it with His followers, “we Believers IN.”

(1 John 3:1-10; (“See what sort of love the Father has given to us: that we, “followers of Jesus” should be called God’s children – and indeed we are! For this reason the world does not know us: because it did not know Him.” Dear friends, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet been revealed. We know that whenever it is revealed we will be like Jesus, because we will see Him just as He is. And everyone who has this hope focused on Him purifies himself, just as Jesus is pure.) This hope purifies every Saint!

Only the called recognized Jesus when He came in the flesh and only the called believe IN Him now. The world did not know and does not recognize Jesus as Creator, Savior and coming King of Kings. Jesus’ people recognize their gifted understanding. Many believe that, “as did Adam.” Few believe IN, “as did Abel.” Fleshly minded people are Adam’s heirs, inheriting Adam’s lawless nature. The called out Elect are Abraham and Jesus’ heirs. All think fleshly until God the father and God the Son is revealed. Fleshly minded folks do what seems right to their inherited from Adam fleshy mind. Spiritually minded folks are gifted with a desire to mimic Jesus. With gifted to believe IN, comes the gifted desire to practice God’s righteous Ways and turn from the way that once seemed right to the fleshy mind..

(1 John 3:4-10; “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. Everyone who resides in Him does not “practice” sin; everyone who “practices” sins has neither seen Him nor known Him.”) When Jesus is revealed we are gifted to understand His Way and purpose. “Practice” is the key word here.

Individuals to whom Jesus is revealed cannot keep an occasional bad thought from entering the mind, but His spirit gifts us with power to control, evaluate, judge our thoughts, repent and turn to practicing righteous in His View.

(1 John 3:7-10; “Little children, let no one deceive you: The one who practices righteousness is righteous, just as Jesus is righteous. The one who practices sin “lawlessness in God’s Viewis of the devil, “do what seems right to the fleshly mind” because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was revealed: to destroy the works of the devil.”) We cannot be yielded to the flesh and God’s spirit simultaneously. “God’s Way and the devil’s at the same time.” Jesus sets the standards for His followers and only through Him is the knowledge of right, wrong, good and evil.

Satan wants us to believe we have a right to choose what is right, wrong, good and evil.. Satan wants people to remain fleshy, be lawless “sinful” like himself.

Paul’s Letters to God’s churches, supporting text & commentary, chapter 47

Friday, November 11th, 2016

God’s 8th month, Cheshvan 10, 5777; - 11/11/2016, To followers of Jesus.

Individuals that don’t believe Adam was supernaturally created, don’t believe IN Jesus. People not believing they should be obedient to Jesus, “from a love of Him mind set” don’t believe IN God. Thus the world at large, doesn’t believe IN the God of Abraham as He is manifested to be in the holy scriptures.

Jesus’ apostle Paul wrote from revealed understanding that God turned His created people over to darkness because when they knew Him as Creator they became futile and desired to make themselves God’s equal.

: (Romans 1:18-23; “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of people who suppress the truth by their unrighteousness, because what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes – His eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen, because they are understood through what has been made. So people are without excuse. For although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God or give Him thanks, but they became futile in their thoughts and their senseless hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for an image resembling mortal human beings or birds or four-footed animals or reptiles.”)

So now, God reveals Himself to individuals of His choice, calls and makes them His people. We can’t believe IN God, love Him as He manifest Himself to be and know His purpose, except through revelation. All the result of our self serving hardness of heart.

Adam and Eve did not glorify their Creator but listened to the voice of selfishness. Consider; “even after talking with God and being allowed to name animals, Adam yielded to self aggrandizement when tempted. Thus he was not gifted with a believing IN nature. So, God did not reveal His love and purpose, nor did He impute His nature to Adam and Eve.

Adam believed, “God was” but was not gifted to believe IN God at the time. After disobeying, he and Eve discovered their humanity, “their nakedness.” Their nature was fleshly NOT spiritual, as in one, “born from above.” Realizing their humanity and feeling guilt, they became ashamed. (study Genesis 3) (When they yielded to the serpent “Satan,” their fleshly desire awakened, “desiring to be wise in their own eyes” making Satan their god.)

This is what all fleshly minded people do until God reveals and directs otherwise! Otherwise people could boast. People cannot do differently until God opens their mind and reveals Himself. Remember even Jesus’ apostles were fleshly minded until after Jesus’ resurrection and He gifted them with the holy spirit.

John 20:19-23; “On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the disciples had gathered together and locked the doors of the place because they were afraid of the Jewish leaders. Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” When He had said this, He showed them his hands and His side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. So Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. Just as the Father has sent Me, I also send you.” (22) And after He said this, He breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you, “apostles” forgive anyone’s sins, they are forgiven; if you retain anyone’s sins, they are retained.”)

Much earlier, Jesus’ apostles had heard Jesus explain to Nicodemus, “how being born of the spirit took place” but they didn’t understand then. Do we now?

(John 3:5-8; “Jesus answered Nicodemus, “I tell you the solemn truth, unless a person is born of water and spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not be amazed that I said to you, ‘You must all be born from above.’ (8) The wind blows wherever it will, and you hear the sound it makes, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”)

We fleshly born people are fleshly until God supernaturally puts His spirit in us. That spirit is imputed like the wind, “we are made to contemplate how it was that we aren’t the same individuals as before.

From the beginning, God the Father willed that, “believers IN Jesus would be gifted with eternal life through Jesus.” Because of Adam and Eve’s considering another way and yielding to their selfish desires, everyone inherits a nature like theirs. But God was looking forward to His planned timing for putting His spirit in people. His holy spirit would be gifted on that Pentecost after Jesus’ resurrection! Always planned to be gifted by God the Father through God the Son, to His chosen.

The Son of God, “Jesus” came in the flesh and did miracles, feeding thousands, but the many like Adam and Eve, refused to believe IN Him because they were not gifted. How could that be? Jesus had explained that His sheep hear His voice, but they didn’t understand until after gifted with the holy spirit.

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

Consider the fact that life is in the blood. The shedding of blood is the shedding of life. Animal sacrifices always looked forward to the Son of God, “Jesus” shedding His blood for the remission of Adam, Eve’s, mine, yours and the whole world’s sins. His life more valuable than all others combined.

(“John 12:37-40; “Although Jesus had performed so many miraculous signs before them, they still refused to believe IN Him, so that the word of Isaiah the prophet would be fulfilled.” Isaiah wrote, “Lord, who has believed our message, and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?” For this reason they could not believe, because again Isaiah said, (40) “He has blinded their eyes and hardened their heart, so that they would not see with their eyes and understand with their heart, and turn to Me, and I would heal them.”)

Revealed is the key word! God’s seventh month foreshadows Jesus’ return, Satan being bound and knowledge of God’s Ways revealed to the world.

Consider; what has humanity evolve to without knowledge of our Creator God and His Ways.? (1) The strong desire positions, to help them lord over the weak. Bureaucracies grow, helping the strong accomplish their desire. (2) People invent gods and laws to fit their imagination: thus divisions and wars. (Study James 4:1-3. (3) Winners of conflicts give credit to their imaginary gods. (4) Relishing their intellect, individuals become gods to themselves, deciding for themselves what’s right, wrong, good and evil. (5) More chaos, confusion and animalistic life styles. This is where the populations are today! EVEN the many who profess Christianity.

Worldly religions evolve, becoming more accepting of social changes. Society and educators are teaching our children to involve with this world’s system, accept changing life styles and traditions.

As Jesus predicted, in these latter days knowledge has increased, and without spiritual knowledge of the true Creator God and His Ways, people digress to the demonic world’s way, the devil’s way and the road to self destruction. History of mankind also documents this fact! We see professing Christianity evolving from, once having standards for membership, now live by changing traditional values. Now excepting any and all life styles. They point to their fleshly knowledge having been increased through worldly education, scientific advancement and that all things continue as they were from the beginning. Churches fitting these characterizations are fleshly synagogues of Satan. Who could possibly think all the various denominations calling themselves Christian are Christ like?

Basic common sense is lost on so called higher education. The fact that mankind has a capacity for learning, gained fleshly knowledge, inventive skills etc. prove to thinking people that we are God’s special creation. Admitting these facts would diminish man’s fleshly desire to make gods fit his imagination but only a few believe God’s truth.

Our Creator loves His creation and has established order for His people, “His church.”

Where does Godly love come from? What is Godly love? Did Adam and Eve have the gift of Godly love? Can individuals conjure up a love for others, “as Jesus loved?” Not without a nature change! We each inherited Adam’s fleshly self serving nature. The result of that nature is death. Allow Paul’s explanation.

(1 Corinthians 15:20-28; “But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since death came through a man, “Adam” the resurrection of the dead also came through a man. “Jesus” For just as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive. But each in his own order: Christ, the first fruits; then when Christ comes, those who belong to Him. Then comes the end, when He hands over the kingdom to God the Father, when He has brought to an end all rule and all authority and power. For He “Jesus” must reign until He has put all His enemies under His feet. The last enemy to be eliminated is death. For He has put everything in subjection under His feet. But when it says “everything” has been put in subjection, it is clear that this does not include the One “God the Father” who put everything in subjection to Him. And when all things are subjected to Him, then the Son Himself will be subjected to the One who subjected everything to Him, so that God may be all in all.”)

Our nature must be changed to that of Jesus’.

(John 13:34-35; Jesus said; “I give you a new commandment – to love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. Everyone will know by this that you are My disciples – if you have love for one another.”)

It is gifted love, not one that can be conjured up. Not only a love of me, mine and ours. A gifted love that can truly love one’s enemy. It’s clear to Believers IN, “ Christians” that Godly love must be gifted, just as believing IN must be gifted. NOW Jesus’ Love chapter, is gifted through Paul. Lets save it for the next review.

Paul’s Letters to God’s churches, supporting text & commentary, chapter 46

Wednesday, November 9th, 2016

God’s 8th month, Cheshvan 8, 5777; - 11/9/2016, To followers of Jesus.

What keeps any individual or group in various degrees of darkness? Falsehoods! Believing in fabrications! Having confidence in personal opinions and one’s own intellect! What is freedom? Only believing truth can set a person free! Jesus taught it!

(John 8:31-41; Then Jesus said to those Judeans who had believed him, “If you continue to follow My teaching, you are really My disciples (32) and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” “We are descendants of Abraham,” they replied, “and have never been anyone’s slaves! How can you say, ‘You will become free’?” Jesus answered them, “I tell you the solemn truth, everyone who practices sin is a slave of sin. The slave does not remain in the family forever, but the son remains forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be really free.

I know that you are Abraham’s descendants. But you want to kill Me, because My teaching makes no progress among you. (38) I am telling you the things I have seen while with the Father; as for you, practice the things you have heard from the Father!”

They answered Him, “Abraham is our father!” Jesus replied, “If you are Abraham’s children, you would be doing the deeds of Abraham. But now you are trying to kill Me, a man who has told you the truth I heard from God. Abraham did not do this! You people are doing the deeds of your father.”)

The fact is; when we aren’t believing God’s truth, we aren’t free. If we believe Satan’s lies, he is our father or god.

It brings tears to the eyes of we Believers IN, when people we love hang on to demonic fabrications.

Back to Paul’s attempt to free people with Jesus’ truth.

We looked at a major portion of Paul’s first chapter of 1Ephesians 1, last study, lets consider the whole.

(Ephesians 1:3-14; “Blessed is the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms in Christ. For He chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world that we may be holy and unblemished in His sight in love. He did this by predestining us to adoption as His sons through Jesus Christ, according to the pleasure of His will – to the praise of the glory of His grace that He has freely bestowed on us in His dearly loved Son.

In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace (8) that He lavished on us in all wisdom and insight. He did this when He revealed to us the secret of His will, according to His good pleasure that He set forth in Christ, toward the administration of the fullness of the times, to head up all things in Christ – the things in heaven and the things on earth. (11) In Christ we too have been claimed as God’s own possession, since we were predestined according to the one purpose of Him who accomplishes all things according to the counsel of His will so that we, who were the first to set our hope on Christ, would be to the praise of His glory. And when you heard the word of truth (the gospel of your salvation) – when you believed in Christ – you were marked with the seal of the promised Holy Spirit, (14) who is the down payment of our inheritance, until the redemption of God’s own possession, to the praise of His glory.)

Worldly denominations want their members to feel good about their decision.

Members of God’s family defined.

Back to Corinthians and Jesus teaching through Paul, regarding membership.

(1Cor 12:19-26; “If they were all the same member, where would the body be? So now there are many members, but one body. The eye cannot say to the hand, “I do not need you,” nor in turn can the head say to the foot, “I do not need you.” (22) On the contrary, those members that seem to be weaker are essential, and those members we consider less honorable we clothe with greater honor, and our un-presentable members are clothed with dignity, but our presentable members do not need this. Instead, God has blended together the body, giving greater honor to the lesser member, so that there may be no division in the body, but the members may have mutual concern for one another. (26) If one member suffers, everyone suffers with it. If a member is honored, all rejoice with it.”)

As the world might say, “Jesus’ teaching through Paul is not rocket science.”

Fleshly speaking, “we can not be trusted in our fleshly instinctive inherited nature! Nor can we, “in the flesh” trust ourselves! We can’t be trusted until our nature is miraculously changed. Until our righteous Creator calls, reveals, changes our nature and makes us His literal children according to His will and purpose. Until He reveals Himself, grants repentance to and makes us His own through the imputation of His spirit to our minds. Followers of Jesus inherit a new nature, “made new creations, supernaturally born from above, thus followers of Jesus are no longer their own.”

Followers of Jesus belong to God the Father. Spirit led to work toward adapting to Jesus’ Way and likeness. Through Paul, Jesus is revealed to gifted, “like minded people.”

(1Corinthians 12:27-31; “Now you, “followers of Jesus” are Christ’s body, and each of you is a member of it. And God has PLACED in the church, first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, gifts of healing, helps, gifts of leadership, different kinds of tongues. Not all are apostles, are they? Not all are prophets, are they? Not all are teachers, are they? Not all perform miracles, do they? Not all have gifts of healing, do they? Not all speak in tongues, do they? Not all interpret, do they? (31) But you should be eager for the greater gifts.”)

Jesus SELECTED twelve to be apostles and New Jerusalem’s twelve foundations are named for these twelve. (“The wall of the city has twelve foundations, and on them are the twelve names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.” Rev 21:14)

Are there more apostles? What need is there for more? What would another apostle add to what’s been given? except to fulfill Jesus’ words through Isaiah.?

(Isaiah 8:19-20; “They will say to you, “Seek oracles at the pits used to conjure up underworld spirits, from the magicians who chirp and mutter incantations. Should people not seek oracles from their gods, by asking the dead about the destiny of the living?” Then you must recall the Lord’s instructions and the prophetic testimony of what would happen. Certainly they say such things because their minds are spiritually darkened.”)

Teachers whom God has NOT revealed Himself to, teach a different message than His twelve apostles. They are FALSE when they teach what’s logical to their fleshly minds. We have the chief corner stone, “Jesus.” He gave His truth through His apostles. God has made Believers IN, “One in Christ Jesus.” Another apostle? Paul shares more with the Ephesians and we Believers.

(Eph 2:19-22; “So then you “gentile followers of Jesus” 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 Him the whole building, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.”)

What a high calling! Key to it all is to honor and Love our Creator Jesus with the whole heart!

(1 Cor 12:31; And now I will show you a way that is beyond comparison.” (Followers of Jesus call the next chapter, “the love chapter.”) The subject is Godly Love. Not a fleshly love, hinged on self, me and mine. Not an animalistic instinctive love, likened to a mother bear protecting her cubs or a human mother caring for her baby. But an outgoing love, even for enemies. Likened to Creator Jesus’ love for the world, shedding His blood for the remission of sin and loving His church particularly.

We can’t choose, “in and of ourselves” to be a member of God’s church any more than we could have chosen our own parents. Our awesome God the Father does the choosing. Our heavenly father gives talents and places members in His body, “His church” for His purpose. Jesus said it.

(John 6:37-40; “Everyone whom the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will never send away. For I have come down from heaven not to do My own will but the will of the One who sent Me. Now this is the will of the One who sent Me – that I should not lose one person of every one He has given Me, but raise them all up at the last day. (40) For this is the will of My Father – for everyone who looks on the Son and believes IN Him to have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.”)

Eternal life is gifted through Jesus.

(John 6:32-37; “Then Jesus told them, “I tell you the solemn truth, it is not Moses who has given you the bread from heaven, but My Father is giving you the true bread from heaven. For The Bread of God is the One who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” So they said to Him, “Sir, give us this bread all the time!” (35) Jesus said to them, “I am The Bread of Life. The one who comes to Me will never go hungry, and the one who believes IN Me will never be thirsty.” But I told you that you have seen Me and still do not believe. Everyone whom the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will never send away.”)

Jesus’ isn’t speaking of people believing in a Jesus of their imagination, but the Son of God, as He reveals Himself to be. Certainly not an imaginary figurine likeness of an imagined Jesus.

Jesus is all in all. (Review John 1:1-5, Colossians 1:15-20 and Hebrews 1:) It was Creator Jesus that gave the ten commandments to Moses, “for our good.” Making us free from the enslavement of our inherited nature and Satan’s deceptions. Believers IN become servants to our Creator and His purpose.

It was Creator Jesus that rested on the seventh day and set the day aside for His people. So His people could take time to reflect on their being, purpose, responsibility and calling. Defiant, Muslims changed their rest day to the 6th, Catholic and Protestants changed theirs to the 1st. Such decisions by individuals and organizations are only disdaining to God.