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Heart Circumcision, chapter 13

Friday, March 31st, 2017

God’s 1st month, Nisan 4, 5777: 3/31/2017. To 4,261 “in resident churches” And each individual called to follow Jesus.

    “Jesus’ Good News” “as revealed to Peter and Paul” is an excellent tool for your group studies. When each has a copy to make notes in and write in questions for discussion, “you are proving all things and holding to what is good.” Order from any major book store.

     Information is now so readily available on the internet that people practicing worship services at times set aside by pagans to practice age old traditions have no excuse for such idolatry. Thus Paul taught followers of Jesus to refrain from practices that might cause a new convert to stumble. We that are gifted with Godly knowledge need to exercise it for the benefit of others. We who understand and love God’s law because He imputed its spiritual intent to our character by His energizing Holy Spirit see its spiritual benefit  

      (1Cor 10:23-11:1; “Everything is lawful,” but not everything is beneficial. “Everything is lawful,” but not everything builds others up.

   Everything is lawful?Paul cites slogans the Corinthians use to justify their behavior (See 6:12-13; 7:1; 8:1, 4). Paul agrees with their slogans in part, but corrects them to show how the Corinthians have misused their ideas.” People that teach lawlessness, such as abandoning God’s set aside Holy Sabbaths misuse Paul’s intent.

  Heart circumcision characteristics.

     (1Cor 10:24-11:1; “Do not seek your own good, but the good of the other person. Eat anything that is sold in the marketplace without questions of conscience, for the earth and its abundance are the Lord’s. If an unbeliever invites you to dinner and you want to go, eat whatever is served without asking questions of conscience. (28) But if someone says to you, “This is from a sacrifice,” do not eat, because of the one who told you and because of conscience – (29) I do not mean yours but the other person’s. For why is my freedom being judged by another’s conscience? If I partake with thankfulness, why am I blamed for the food that I give thanks for? So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God ‘to build others up.  Do not give offense to Jews or Greeks or to the church of God, just as I also try to please everyone in all things. I do not seek my own benefit, but the benefit of many, so that they may be saved. (11:1) be imitators of me, just as I also am of Christ.”)

     Many new converts in the city of Corinth had been associated with the “goddess Dianna and Artemis of the Ephesians.” Artemis was a Greek goddess worshiped particularly in Asia Minor, whose temple, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, was located just outside the city of Ephesus. See Acts 19:23-41. Paul dwelt with superstitions of every sort. Pagan cultures had many zodiac worshipers in addition to their handmade idols. The Pharisees and Sadducees were looking to the law for salvation.  

    Including women’s hair being their head’s covering.

     (1Cor 11:2-10; I praise you because you remember me in everything and maintain the traditions just as I passed them on to you. But I want you to know that Christ is the head of every man, and the man is the head of a woman, and God is the head of Christ. (4) Any man who prays or prophesies with his head covered disgraces his head. But any woman who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered disgraces her head, for it is one and the same thing as having a shaved head. (6) For if a woman will not cover her head, she should cut off her hair. But if it is disgraceful for a woman to have her hair cut off or her head shaved, she should cover her head. (7) For a man should not have his head covered, since he is the image and glory of God. But the woman is the glory of the man. For man did not come from woman, but woman from man. Neither was man created for the sake of woman, but woman for man. (10) For this reason a woman should have a symbol of authority on her head, because of the angels. (Seemingly Paul is making reference to loyal to God angels assigned to His people and subornation to Jesus.)

    (11-16; “In any case, in the Lord woman is not independent of man, nor is man independent of woman. For just as woman came from man, so man comes through woman. But all things come from God. (13) Judge for yourselves: Is it proper for a woman to pray to God with her head uncovered? Does not nature itself teach you that if a man has long hair, it is a disgrace for him, (15) but if a woman has long hair, it is her glory? For her hair is given to her for a covering. If anyone intends to quarrel about this, we have no other practice, nor do the churches of God.”) Other scripture verify; “the Godly family should exemplify the church relationship to Jesus.”

  Passover observation practices in memory of Jesus’ last supper

     (1Cor 11:17-22; “Now in giving the following instruction I do not praise you, because you come together not for the better but for the worse. For in the first place, when you come together as a church I hear there are divisions among you, and in part I believe it.  (19) For there must in fact be divisions among you, so that those of you who are approved may be evident. Now when you come together at the same place, you are not really eating the Lord’s Supper. For when it is time to eat, everyone proceeds with his own supper. One is hungry and another becomes drunk. Do you not have houses so that you can eat and drink? Or are you trying to show contempt for the church of God by shaming those who have nothing? What should I say to you? Should I praise you? I will not praise you for this!

    (1Cor 11:23-26; “For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night in which he was betrayed took bread, and after He had given thanks He broke it and said, “This is My body, which is for you. Do this in remembrance of Me.” In the same way, He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood. Do this, every time you drink it, in remembrance of Me.” For every time you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.”) Tradition usurps holiness to a degree when the Lord’s Passover isn’t practiced on Passover evening. A time to be much remembered because of Israel’s deliverance and our being saved through believing IN Jesus shed blood for remission of sin.

  Gifted to believe IN makes one worthy to examine self in Jesus’ light.

     (1Cor 11:27-33; “For this reason, whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. A person should examine himself first, and in this way let him eat the bread and drink of the cup. For the one who eats and drinks without careful regard for the body eats and drinks judgment against himself. (30) That is why many of you are weak and sick, and quite a few are dead, sleep. But if we examined ourselves, we would not be judged. But when we are judged by the Lord, we are disciplined so that we may not be condemned with the world. So then, my brothers and sisters, when you come together to eat, wait for one another. (34) If anyone is hungry, let him eat at home, so that when you assemble it does not lead to judgment. I will give directions about other matters when I come.”)

    A time for remorse, humility and thanksgiving for having been called and delivered to the family of God.

     Greek: “DEAD are asleep.” The verb literally means “sleep,” but it is often used in the Bible as a euphemism for the death of a believer. Sleep is more appropriate for believers.

  Gifts, manifestations of the Holy Spirit and healings

     (1Cor 12:1-3; “With regard to spiritual gifts, brothers and sisters, I do not want you to be uninformed. You know that when you were pagans you were often led astray by speechless idols, however you were led. So I want you to understand that no one speaking by the Spirit of God says, “Jesus is cursed,” and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit.”)

    People aren’t kept from speaking meaningless words without knowledge. Through God’s energizing Holy Spirit, no one can think Jesus is cursed and no one can know the degree in which Jesus is Lord except by God’s energizing Holy Spirit.

     (1Cor 12:4- “Now there are different gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are different ministries, but the same Lord. And there are different results, but the same God who produces all of them in everyone. (7) To each person the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the benefit of all. For one person is given through the Spirit the message of wisdom, and another the message of knowledge according to the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, and to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, to another performance of miracles, to another prophecy, and to another discernment of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, and to another the interpretation of tongues. (11) It is one and the same Spirit, distributing as He decides to each person, who produces all these things.”

 In other words, schooling in theology cannot give these gifts of God to individuals.  

Heart Circumcision, chapter 12

Friday, March 31st, 2017

God’s Elect are the called, gifted to know Jesus’ characteristics and message. Only His Elect aren’t likely to be deceived. The world looks to evolving tradition and marches to this world’s system of things making Satan’s deceptions easy. The two beast describes in the previous chapter, recorded from Revelations 13: are likely individuals who gain popularity with flattering speech and doing demonic miracles. Its more than individuals, the beast are, “this world’s deceiving system of things directed by Satan.” The system is here and our populations are ripe for the deceptions at hand. Remember Satan and his followers are permitted to reign until God’s set time.

     (Rev 13:7-11; “The beast was permitted to go to war against the Saints and conquer them. He was given ruling authority over every tribe, people, language, and nation, and all those who live on the earth will worship the beast, everyone whose name has not been written since the foundation of the world in the book of life belonging to the Lamb who was killed. If anyone has an ear, he had better listen!”)

   God has His purpose in allowing Satan to be the god of this world until a set time. Overcoming our inherited from Adam nature and yielding to God’s spirit of truth is what each Saint is called to. Jesus refers to it as “growing in the grace and knowledge of God.

As God planned, so it will be. See Isaiah 14:24 and 46:8-13.

     (Rev 13:10; If anyone is meant for captivity, into captivity he will go. If anyone is to be killed by the sword, then by the sword he must be killed. This requires steadfast endurance and faith from the Saints.”)

     Faith in God’s promises. Particularly to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Faith in God’s truth, that followers of Jesus are spiritual Israelites and heirs with Him and Abraham. See Galatians 3:29; “And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s descendants, heirs according to the promise.”

   Our Lord God is that which we serve.

      (1Cor 8:4-6; “With regard then to eating food sacrificed to idols, we know that “an idol in this world is nothing,” and that “there is no God but One.” If after all there are so-called gods, whether in heaven or on earth (as there are many gods and many lords), (6) yet for us ‘we followers of Jesus’ there is one God, the Father, from whom are all things and for whom we live, and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things and through whom we live.”

    (1cor 8:7-10; “But this knowledge is not shared by all. And some, by being accustomed to idols in former times, eat this food as an idol sacrifice, and their conscience, because it is weak, is defiled. Now food will not bring us close to God. We are no worse if we do not eat and no better if we do. (9) But be careful that this liberty of yours does not become a hindrance to the weak. For if someone weak sees you who possess knowledge dining in an idol’s temple, will not his conscience be “strengthened” to eat food offered to idols?”)

      Followers of Jesus need to be mindful of practices, not necessarily for our benefit but for the benefit of others whom God may be calling. Paul’s principle teaching goes beyond food and defines “followers of Jesus responsibility.”

    (1Cor 8:11-13; “So by your knowledge the weak brother or sister, for whom Christ died, is destroyed. If you sin against your brothers or sisters in this way and wound their weak conscience, you sin against Christ. For this reason, if food causes my brother or sister to sin, I will never eat meat again, so that I may not cause one of them to sin.”)

     Rights - responsibilities of heart circumcised people.

     (1Cor 9:1-5; “Am I not free? Am I not an apostle? Have I not seen Jesus our Lord? Are you not my work in the Lord? If I am not an apostle to others, at least I am to you, for you are the confirming sign of my apostleship in the Lord. This is my defense to those who examine me. Do we not have the right to financial support? (5) Do we not have the right to the company of a believing wife, like the other apostles and the Lord’s brothers and Cephas?”) Apparently Peter, James, Jude and other apostles had wives. Is Paul being self righteous, boasting that he and Barnabas seemingly are out working others?
    (1Cor 9:6-12; “Or do only Barnabas and I lack the right not to work? Whoever serves in the army at his own expense? Who plants a vineyard and does not eat its fruit? Who tends a flock and does not consume its milk? Am I saying these things only on the basis of common sense, or does the law not say this as well? (9) For it is written in the law of Moses, “Do not muzzle an ox while it is treading out the grain.” God is not concerned here about oxen, is He? Or is He not surely speaking for our benefit? It was written for us, because the one plowing and threshing ought to work in hope of enjoying the harvest. If we sowed spiritual blessings among you, is it too much to reap material things from you? (12) If others receive this right from you, are we not more deserving?)

     But we have not made use of this right. Instead we endure everything so that we may not be a hindrance to the gospel of Christ. (13) Don’t you know that those who serve in the temple eat food from the temple, and those who serve at the altar receive a part of the offerings? In the same way the Lord commanded those who proclaim the gospel to receive their living by the gospel. (15) But I have not used any of these rights. And I am not writing these things so that something will be done for me. In fact, it would be better for me to die than – no one will deprive me of my reason for boasting! For if I preach the gospel, I have no reason for boasting, because I am compelled to do this. Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel! For if I do this voluntarily, I have a reward. But if I do it unwillingly, I am entrusted with a responsibility. (18) What then is my reward? That when I preach the gospel I may offer the gospel free of charge, and so not make full use of my rights in the gospel.”)

      (1Cor 9:1921;” For since I am free from all I can make myself a slave to all, in order to gain even more people. To the Jews I became like a Jew to gain the Jews. To those under the law I became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the law) to gain those under the law. (21) To those free from the law I became like one free from the law (though I am not free from God’s law but under the law of Christ) to gain those free from the law.”)

     Why was Paul not under the law or we followers of Jesus not under the law? Only because the total benefit of God’s law is imputed to our minds, “His energizing Holy Spirit giving an internal desire to righteousness because He is righteous.  

     (1Cor 9:22; “To the weak I became weak in order to gain the weak. I have become all things to all people, so that by all means I may save some. (Out of context, one can assume that Paul is saying he saves. He means “by all means God may call and save through me. Verse 23 makes this clear.)

    (1Cor 9:23-26; “I do all these things because of the gospel, so that I can be a participant in it. Do you not know that all the runners in a stadium compete, but only one receives the prize? So run to win. Each competitor must exercise self-control in everything. They do it to receive a perishable crown, but we an imperishable one. So I do not run uncertainly or box like one who hits only air. 9:27 Instead I subdue my body and make it my slave, so that after preaching to others I myself will not be disqualified.”)

     All written for our learning; particularly Israel’s failure.

    (1Cor 10:1-4; “For I do not want you to be unaware, brothers and sisters, that our fathers were all under the cloud and all passed through the sea, and all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea, and all ate the same spiritual food, and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they were all drinking from the spiritual rock that followed them, and the rock was Christ.”) Jesus was Israel’s Deliverer through Moses and our Deliverer today.

    (1Cor 10:5-13; “But God was not pleased with most of them, for they were cut down in the wilderness. These things happened as examples for us, so that we will not crave evil things as they did. So do not be idolaters, as some of them were. As it is written, “The people sat down to eat and drink and rose up to play.” And let us not be immoral, as some of them were, and twenty-three thousand died in a single day. And let us not put Christ to the test, as some of them did, and were destroyed by snakes. (10) And do not complain, as some of them did, and were killed by the destroying angel. These things happened to them as examples and were written for our instruction, on whom the ends of the ages have come. (12) So let the one who thinks he is standing be careful that he does not fall. No trial has overtaken you that are not faced by others. And God is faithful: He will not let you be tried beyond what you are able to bear, but with the trial will also provide a way out so that you may be able to endure it.”)

   Remember Paul’s theme “Jesus our Passover”.

     (1Cor 10:14-22; “So then, my dear friends, flee from idolatry. I am speaking to thoughtful people. Consider what I say. Is not the cup of blessing that we bless a sharing in the blood of Christ? Is not the bread that we break a sharing in the body of Christ? (17) Because there is one bread, we ‘followers of Jesus’ who are many are one body, for we all share the One bread. (18) Look at the people of Israel. Are not those who eat the sacrifices partners in the altar? Am I saying that idols or food sacrificed to them amount to anything? No, I mean that what the pagans sacrifice is to demons and not to God. I do not want you to be partners with demons. (21) You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons. You cannot take part in the table of the Lord and the table of demons. (22) Or are we trying to provoke the Lord to jealousy? Are we really stronger than he is?)

Heart Circumcision, chapter 11

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

God’s 1st month, Nisan 2, 5777: 3/29/2017. To God’s “in resident churches.”

     Another detour because basically Jesus’ apostles were expecting the likes of another Nebuchadnezzar type governmental authority to immerge.

    When I served in the US military we used a universal time for worldwide events and various military movements. It served its purpose causing everyone to equate time to their particular areas. Time zones likewise serves the world similarly for trade and world order. For Christians desiring to observe sanctified ‘set aside’ times; each day begins and ends at sunset. Yesterdays - Monday’s sunset on our east coast began nine hours earlier in Jerusalem. God’s set aside times begins at Jerusalem and moves as God’s earth turns.

     The nations and organized worldly religions are working toward a one world order; a one world government if you please. The idea is to control economics, trade and people. Satan used King Nebuchadnezzar back in Daniel’s day, attempting to have people submit to a god of his making. Read about it at Daniel 3:  This we could call a dry run for what Satan is planning in the near future. Jesus refers to Satan as a beast or dragon in His revelations to John. As always, study the whole.

    (Revelations  13:5-8; “The beast was given a mouth speaking proud words and blasphemies, and he was permitted to exercise ruling authority for forty-two months. So the beast opened his mouth to blaspheme against God – to blaspheme both His name and His dwelling place, that is, those who dwell in heaven. (7) The beast was permitted to go to war against the Saints and conquer them. He was given ruling authority over every tribe, people, language, and nation, and all those who live on the earth will worship the beast, everyone whose name has not been written since the foundation of the world in the book of life belonging to the Lamb who was killed.

      It was given to him to go to war?” Here the passive construction has been simplified, the referent (the beast) has been specified for clarity, and καί (kai) has not been translated because of differences between Greek and English style.”

     “Many manuscripts omit the phrase “it was given to make war with the Saints and to overcome them” It is, however, found in, (051 1006 (1611) 1841 (1854) 2329 2344 2351). Although the manuscript evidence is somewhat in favor of the shorter reading. (a recently-discovered manuscript) for the longer reading balances things out. Normally, the shorter reading should be given preference. However, in an instance in which homoioteleuton could play a role, caution must be exercised. In this passage, accidental omission is quite likely. That this could have happened seems apparent from the two occurrences of the identical phrase “and it was given to him in v. 7.” The scribe’s eye seemingly skipped over the first κα δόθη ατ and went to the second, hence creating an accidental omission of eleven words.”

      As in Nebuchadnezzar’s day, “the beast is also the system of things imposed.” Look at what is imposed on so called democracies today. 

    (Rev 13:9-10; “If anyone has an ear, he had better listen! If anyone is meant for captivity, into captivity he will go. If anyone is to be killed by the sword, then by the sword he must be killed. This requires steadfast endurance and faith from the Saints.”)

      God has planned it from the foundation of the world. Saints know Jesus’ message, thus not possible to deceive.

    (Rev 13:11-15; “Then I saw another beast coming up from the earth. He had two horns like a lamb, but was speaking like a dragon. He exercised all the ruling authority of the first beast on his behalf, and made the earth and those who inhabit it worship the first beast, the one whose lethal wound had been healed. He performed momentous signs, even making fire come down from heaven in front of people and, by the signs he was permitted to perform on behalf of the beast, he deceived those who live on the earth. He told those who live on the earth to make an image to the beast who had been wounded by the sword, but still lived. (15) The second beast was empowered to give life ‘breath’

to the image of the first beast so that it could speak, and could cause all those who did not worship the image of the beast to be killed.”)

“Life - breath” In context the point is that the image of the first beast is made to come to life and speak of the beast; the word “first” has been supplied to specify the referent.)

    (Rev 13:16-18; “He also caused everyone (small and great, rich and poor, free and slave) to obtain a mark on their right hand or on their forehead. Thus no one was allowed to buy or sell things unless he bore the mark of the beast – that is, his name or his number. This calls for wisdom: Let the one who has insight calculate the beast’s number, for it is man’s number, and his number is 666.”)

    The holy scriptures teach us to compare scripture to scripture to obtain truth. The following if from Net Bible translators, just for observation. The translation man’s number suggests that the beast’s number is symbolic of humanity in general, while the translation a man’s number suggests that it represents an individual. A few manuscripts along with a few manuscripts known to Irenaeus {and two minuscule manuscripts, 5 and 11, no longer extant}(, read 616 here, and several other witnesses have other variations. Irenaeus’ mention of manuscripts that have 616 is balanced by his rejection of such witnesses in this case. As intriguing as the reading 616 is (since the conversion of Nero Caesar’s name in Latin by way of gematria would come out to 616), it must remain suspect because such a reading seems motivated in that it conforms more neatly to Nero’s gematria.”

   Wickedness worldwide.

        Consider a portion of Psalms 37: (1-8; “Do not fret when wicked men seem to succeed! Do not envy evildoers! For they will quickly dry up like grass, and wither away like plants. Trust in the Lord and do what is right! Settle in the land and maintain your integrity! Then you will take delight in the Lord, and He will answer your prayers. Commit your future to the Lord! Trust in Him, and He will act on your behalf.

    Psalms 37:9-11; Wicked men will be wiped out, but those who rely on the Lord are the ones who will possess the land. Evil men will soon disappear; you will stare at the spot where they once were, but they will be gone. But the oppressed will possess the land and enjoy great prosperity.

     Psalms 37:18; The Lord watches over the innocent day by day and they possess a permanent inheritance.

     Psalms 37:23; The Lord grants success to the one whose behavior He finds commendable. Even if he trips, he will not fall headlong, for the Lord holds his hand.

     Psalms 37:29-40; The godly will possess the land and will dwell in it permanently. The godly speak wise words and promote justice. The law of their God controls their thinking; their feet do not slip. But the Lord delivers the godly; He protects them in times of trouble. The Lord helps them and rescues them; He rescues them from evil men and delivers them, for they seek his protection.”

As we see Jesus’ Matthew 24: prophecies coming to past

Paul’s letters have more meaning and remember he is giving

 his opinion   

     (1Corinthians 7:32-40; “And I want you to be free from concern. An unmarried man is concerned about the things of the Lord, how to please the Lord. But a married man is concerned about the things of the world, how to please his wife, and he is divided. An unmarried woman or a virgin is concerned about the things of the Lord, to be holy both in body and spirit. But a married woman is concerned about the things of the world, how to please her husband. (35) I am saying this for your benefit, not to place a limitation on you, but so that without distraction you may give notable and constant service to the Lord.

     If anyone thinks he is acting inappropriately toward his virgin, if she is past the bloom of youth and it seems necessary, he should do what he wishes; he does not sin. Let them marry. (37) But the man who is firm in his commitment, and is under no necessity but has control over his will, and has decided in his own mind to keep his own virgin, does well. So then, the one who marries28 his own virgin does well, but the one who does not, does better.

    (7:39-40; A wife is bound as long as her husband is living. But if her husband dies, she is free to marry anyone she wishes (only someone in the Lord). But in my opinion, she will be happier if she remains as she is – and I think that I too have the Spirit of God!’)

     Sacrifice to Idols and mindful of revelations yet to be.

    (1Cor 8:1-3; “With regard to food sacrificed to idols, we know that “we all have knowledge.” Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up. If someone thinks he knows something, he does not yet know to the degree that he needs to know. (3) But if someone loves God, he is known by God.”)

     Note Paul reversal of, (1John 4:19; We love because He loved us first.) Saying (“if someone loves God, he is known of God.” It works both ways! If we love God, He gave the desire.

    (1Cor 8:4- “With regard then to eating food sacrificed to idols, we know that “an idol in this world is nothing,” and that “there is no God but one.” If after all there are so-called gods, whether in heaven or on earth (as there are many gods and many lords), yet for us there is one God, the Father, from whom are all things and for whom we live, and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things and through whom we live.

Heart Circumcision, chapter 10

Monday, March 27th, 2017

God’s 12th month, Adar 29, 5777: 3/27/2017. To the called “in resident churches.”

    Consider paralleling dates on God’s calendar begins at sunset and days on the Roman calendar began at midnight.” Sunset today will begin God’s first day of His first month, look up and observe the new moon. Nisan 13 will parallel April 9 this year and thus Passover will commence at sunset “Sunday” as the 14th of Nisan rolls in. The day hours of Passover parallels Monday April 10. A disciple named Joseph hastened to bury Jesus before the annual Sabbath that commenced on Nisan 15. Around sunset Nisan 17 or April 13 Jesus was resurrected, the following morning His tomb was found to be empty. It makes no difference how the dates may have lined up the year Jesus died.

     (Matthew 27:57-61; “Now when it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who was also a disciple of Jesus. He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then Pilate ordered that it be given to him. Joseph took the body, wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, and placed it in his own new tomb that he had cut in the rock. Then he rolled a great stone across the entrance of the tomb and went away. (Now Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were sitting there, opposite the tomb.)

    Sunday April 9 after sunset is when Passover should be observed. Beginning Monday April 10, Nisan 15 is The Feast of Unleavened Bread; a set aside time to examine ourselves in Jesus’ light. The fifteenth and twenty first day of Nisan are annual Sabbaths. The weekly Sabbath paralleling April 15, begins the fifty day count to God’s third annual Sabbath, Pentecost.

       It was likely around the first of Nisan that Jesus began to tell His apostles more seriously about His death and departure.

      No doubt, Paul knew of Jesus’ words (“Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.” Matt 5:5) Jesus opened His apostles’ understanding of the scriptures regarding spiritual Israelites. Let’s examine a portion He inspired Isaiah to write.

     Isaiah 49:7; “This is what the Lord, the Protector of Israel, their Holy One, says to the one who is despised and rejected by nations, a servant of rulers: (“Kings will see and rise in respect, princes will bow down, because of the faithful Lord, the Holy One of Israel who has chosen you.”)

     (49:8; “This is what the Lord says: “At the time I decide to show My favor, I will respond to you; in the day of deliverance I will help you; I will protect you and make you a covenant mediator for people, to rebuild the land and to reassign the desolate property.”

     (49:9-11; “You will say to the prisoners, ‘Come out,’ and to those who are in dark dungeons, ‘Emerge.’ They will graze beside the roads; on all the slopes they will find pasture. They will not be hungry or thirsty; the sun’s oppressive heat will not beat down on them, for One who has compassion on them will guide them; He will lead them to springs of water. I will make all My mountains into a road; I will construct My roadways.”

      (49:12-13; “Look, they come from far away! Look, some come from the north and west, and others from the land of Sinim! Shout for joy, O sky! Rejoice, O earth! Let the mountains give a joyful shout! For the Lord consoles His people and shows compassion to the oppressed.”

  Paul could write with knowing faith regarding who would inherit.

     (1Corinthians 6:9-11; “Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived! The sexually immoral, idolaters, adulterers, passive homosexual partners, practicing homosexuals, thieves, the greedy, drunkards, the verbally abusive, and swindlers will not inherit the kingdom of God. Some of you once lived this way. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.”)

    Sexual Immorality has been a demonic tool since creation.

    (1Cor 6:12-20; “All things are lawful for me” – but not everything is beneficial. “All things are lawful for me” – but I will not be controlled by anything. “Food is for the stomach and the stomach is for food, but God will do away with both.” The body is not for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. (14) Now God indeed raised the Lord and He will raise us by His power. (15) Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Should I take the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? Never! Or do you not know that anyone who is united with a prostitute is one body with her? For it is said, “The two will become one flesh.” (quote from Genesis 2:24) But the one united with the Lord is one spirit with Him. Flee sexual immorality! “Every sin a person commits is outside of the body” – but the immoral person sins against his own body. Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price. Therefore glorify God with your body.”)

     Celibacy and marriage parallels our “at one” relationship with Jesus

    (1Cor 7:1-7; “Now with regard to the issues you wrote about: “It is good for a man not to have sexual relations with a woman.” But because of immoralities, each man should have relations with his own wife and each woman with her own husband. A husband should give to his wife her sexual rights, and likewise a wife to her husband. It is not the wife who has the rights to her own body, but the husband. In the same way, it is not the husband who has the rights to his own body, but the wife. (5) Do not deprive each other, except by mutual agreement for a specified time, so that you may devote to prayer. Then resume your relationship, so that Satan may not tempt you because of your lack of self-control. I say this as a concession, not as a command. (7) I wish that everyone was as I am. But each has his own gift from God, one this way, another that.

    (7:8-11; “To the unmarried and widows I say that it is best for them to remain as I am. But if they do not have self-control, let them get married. For it is better to marry than to burn with sexual desire. To the married I give this command – not I, but the Lord – a wife should not divorce a husband 7:11 (but if she does, let her remain unmarried, or be reconciled to her husband), and a husband should not divorce his wife.

    (7:12-16; “To the rest I say – I, not the Lord – if a brother has a wife who is not a believer and she is happy to live with him, he should not divorce her. And if a woman has a husband who is not a believer and he is happy to live with her, she should not divorce him. (14) For the unbelieving husband is sanctified because of the wife, and the unbelieving wife because of her husband. Otherwise your children are unclean, but now they are holy. But if the unbeliever wants a divorce, let it take place. In these circumstances the brother or sister is not bound. God has called you in peace. For how do you know, wife, whether you will bring your husband to salvation? Or how do you know, husband, whether you will bring your wife to salvation?”) Either could be the human agent God uses to bring the other to saving believing IN knowledge. Note that Paul is making it clear that this paragraph is from his own mind, not the Lord’s.

     The gifted desire to be at one with Jesus and the circumstances of our calling.

    (1Cor 7:17-18; “Nevertheless, as the Lord has assigned to each one, as God has called each person, so must he live. I give this sort of direction in all the churches. Was anyone called after he had been circumcised? He should not try to undo his circumcision. Was anyone called who is uncircumcised? He should not get circumcised.”)

    According to the Judean historian Josephus, some Hellenistic Jews were embarrassed because of their circumcision; some attempted to reverse the appearance of circumcision by a surgical procedure. Remember too, Paul and each apostle thought Jesus’ return could be in their life time, in view of the Sodom and Gomorrah worldwide conditions. Thus Paul put forth his opinion on these things.

    (1Cor 7:19-24; “Circumcision is nothing and uncircumcision is nothing. Instead, keeping God’s commandments is what counts. Let each one remain in that situation in life in which he was called. (21) ‘Likewise’ Were you called as a slave? Do not worry about it. But if indeed you are able to be free, make the most of the opportunity. For the one who was called in the Lord as a slave is the Lord’s freedman. In the same way, the one who was called as a free person is Christ’s slave. (23) You were bought with a price. Do not become slaves of men. In whatever situation someone was called, brothers and sisters let him remain in it with God.”)

    7:25-31; With regard to the question about people who have never married, I have no command from the Lord, but I give my opinion as one shown mercy by the Lord to be trustworthy. Because of the impending crisis I think it best for you to remain as you are. The one bound to a wife should not seek divorce. The one released from a wife should not seek marriage. But if you marry, you have not sinned. And if a virgin marries, she has not sinned. But those who marry will face difficult circumstances, and I am trying to spare you such problems. (29) And I say this, brothers and sisters: The time is short. So then those who have wives should be as those who have none, those with tears like those not weeping, those who rejoice like those not rejoicing, those who buy like those without possessions, those who use the world as though they were

not using it to the full. For the present shape of this world is passing away.”)

     In recent years and now, some are attempting to set near time dates without knowledge of God’s preplanning. We do need to live as if Jesus’

return could be today. 

Heart Circumcision, chapter 9

Sunday, March 26th, 2017

God’s 12th month, Adar 28, 5777: 3/26/2017. To the called “in resident churches.”

     Time to make a detour from Paul’s letters to God’s church at Corinth.

    A person cannot take on a Godly spiritual outlook; anymore than one can give themselves a circumcised heart and no one can put themselves in God’s family, ‘church.‘ We can no more choose to be fathered by God, than we could have chosen our fleshly parents. God the Father and God the Son knew us from the foundation of the world.

    (John 6:64-65; “But there are some of you who do not believe.” (For Jesus had already known from the beginning who those were who did not believe, and who was going to betray Him.) So Jesus added, “Because of this I told you that no one can come to Me unless the Father has allowed him to come.”) Jesus calls those allowed friends.

   Friends

     (John 15:15-17; “I no longer call you ‘followers of Me’ slaves, because the slave does not understand what his master is doing. But I have called you friends, because I have revealed to you everything I heard from My Father. You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that remains, so that whatever you ask the Father in My name, ‘My nature” He will give you. This I command you – to love one another.”)

    Consider this tiny word, “love.” It is used so carelessly today that God’s intended meaning is lost. Animals and most people are born with instinctive love, ’natural concerning love’ for their offspring, ’their children.’ Most have a natural concerning love for parents and kin. Jesus is commanding His followers to love one another as He loves. A gifted outgoing Godly love that includes “desiring what’s best for our enemies.”    

     Jesus’ theme is; “Christians are chosen” by God. The theme appears frequently in other New Testament texts. (Rom 8:33; Eph 1:4; Col 3:12; and 1 Pet 2:4). Putting this together with His comment at John 15:14, we could ask whether Jesus is meaning “special significance at all for the twelve?” Jesus said in John 6:70 and 13:18 that He chose them, and at 15:17 above, makes clear that in the immediate context He is addressing those who have been with Him from the beginning. (In this Gospel account the twelve, are addressed as the most intimate and most committed followers of Jesus. They are presented as the models for all Christians, both in terms of their election and in terms of their mission.)

      The cost is revealed. (John  15:18-19; “If the world hates you, be aware that it hated Me first. If you belonged to the world, the world would love you as its own. However, because you do not belong to the world, but I chose you out of the world, for this reason the world hates you. (20) Remember what I told you, ‘A slave is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they obeyed My word, they will obey yours too.”) Regardless of who gives out the message; “if it’s Jesus’ message it will be rejected as He was rejected. It’s the nature of unbelievers to look to personality; theological degrees etc and they tend to think in terms of numbers.

      (John 15:21-22; “But they will do all these things to you on account of My name, ’My nature in the messenger” because they do not know the One who sent Me. If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not be guilty of sin. But they no longer have any excuse for their sin.”)

    People are responsible for revealed understanding. It’s better to have not heard, than to understand and still practice what is sin in His view. 

     (John 15:23-25; “The one who hates Me hates My Father too. If I had not performed among them the miraculous deeds that no one else did, they would not be guilty of sin. But now they have seen the deeds and have hated both Me and My Father. Now this happened to fulfill the word that is written in their law, ‘They hated Me without reason.’)

    Quote from Psalms 35:19 and 69:4. As a technical term “law” is usually restricted to the Pentateuch (the first five books of the Old Testament), here Jesus has a broader reference quoting from Psalms also cited elsewhere in John’s Gospel. (See John 2:17 and 19:29) In both these instances in contexts is associated with Jesus’ suffering and death).

    The gifting of His energizing Holy Spirit prophesied.

      “When the Advocate (Greek, “Helper - Counselor or Comforter”) (Greek; “Paraclete” meaning Holy Spirit - (or paraklhto” used at John 14:16, meaning Spirit of Truth.)

     (John 15:26; When the Advocate  comes, whom I will send you from the Father – the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father – it “His energizing Spirit” will testify about Me and you, ‘apostles’ also will testify, because you have been with Me from the beginning.”) An apostle is “one who was with Jesus from the beginning.”

   Preplanned as revealed to Abraham, Moses and most prophets.

     (Galatians 4:4-7; “But when the appropriate time had come, God sent out His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we may be adopted as sons with full rights. And because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, who calls “Abba! father!” So you are no longer a slave but a son, and if you are a son, then you are also an heir through God.”)

     The term “Abba” is the Greek transliteration of the Aramaic אַבָּא (’abba’), literally meaning “my father” but is taken over simply as “father,” used in prayer and in the family circle and later taken over by the early Greek-speaking Christians. Abba seems to have an endearing - intimacy meaning. Thus “daddy” is appropriate when comfortable with it.

    Heir with God? Followers of Jesus are heirs with Himself and Abraham. See Galatians 3:29.

  When chosen?

    2 Thessalonians 2:13-17; “But we ought to thank God always for you, brothers and sisters loved by the Lord, because God chose you from the beginning for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and faith in the truth. He called you to this salvation through our gospel, so that you may possess the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. (15) Therefore, brothers and sisters, stand firm and hold on to the traditions that we taught you, whether by speech or by letter. Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father, who loved us and by grace give us eternal comfort and good hope, (17) encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good thing you do or say.”)

     That you may possess the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. For Paul the ultimate stage of salvation is glorification. (See Romans 8:30;8:30; And those He predestined, He also called; and those He called, He also justified; and those He justified, He also glorified.) The glory of our Lord Jesus Christ is the imputation of His energizing Holy Spirit.

     James 1:17-18; “All generous giving and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or the slightest hint of change. By His sovereign plan He gave us birth through the message of truth, that we would be a kind of firstfruits of all he created.”) The message of truth is the Holy Spirit. People practicing their religion as if His Sabbath is changed are disobedient.

     1 Peter 2:8-10; “They stumble because they disobey the word, as they were destined to do. But you ’followers of Jesus’ are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people of His own, so that you may proclaim the virtues of the One who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light. You once were not a people, but now you are God’s people. You were shown no mercy, but now you have received mercy.”)

     Paul is making various allusions and quotes from Exodus 19:5-6; 23:22; Isaiah 43:20-21; Malachi 3:17 and Hosea 1:6, 9; 2:23.

   Back to Paul’s letters to God’s church at Corinth.     

    (1Cor 5:6-8; “Your boasting is not good. Don’t you know that a little yeast affects the whole batch of dough? Clean out the old yeast so that you may be a new batch of dough – you are, in fact, without yeast. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed. So then, let us celebrate the festival, not with the old yeast, the yeast of vice and evil, but with the bread without yeast, the bread of sincerity and truth.”)

    As noted earlier, Paul is alluding to The Feast of Unleavened Bread that begins on the fifteenth day of Nisan. Yeast represents evil within the church, specifically the immoral person described in 5:1-5 and mentioned again in 5:13.

    (1Cor 5:9-13; “I wrote you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people. In no way did I mean the immoral people of this world, or the greedy and swindlers and idolaters, since you would then have to go out of the world. (11) But now I am writing to you not to associate with anyone who calls himself a Christian who is sexually immoral, or greedy, or an idolater, or verbally abusive, or a drunkard, or a swindler. Do not even eat with such a person. For what do I have to do with judging those outside? Are you not to judge those inside? But God will judge those outside. Remove the evil person from among you.”)

     Individually or as a group of Believers IN, we must not have close association with people Paul describes in verse 11.

   Believers IN are a holy nation separate from the world.

       (1Cor 6:1-8; “When any of you has a legal dispute with another, does he dare go to court before the unrighteous rather than before the Saints? (2) Or do you not know that the Saints will judge the world? And if the world is to be judged by you, are you not competent to settle trivial suits? (3) Do you not know that we will judge angels? Why not ordinary matters! So if you have ordinary lawsuits, do you appoint as judges those who have no standing in the church? I say this to your shame! Is there no one among you wise enough to settle disputes between fellow Christians? Instead, does a Christian sue a Christian, and do this before unbelievers? (7) The fact that you have lawsuits among yourselves demonstrates that you have already been defeated. Why not rather be wronged? Why not rather be cheated? But you yourselves wrong and cheat, and you do this to your brothers and sisters!”) Though thought of as peculiar, we must remember “we are in the world but not of this world.”

 

Heart Circumcision, chapter 8

Friday, March 24th, 2017

God’s 12th month, Adar 26, 5777: 3/24/2017. To the called “in resident churches.”

    The good news Jesus and His apostles brought did not eliminate His prophetic words through Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel and Habakkuk regarding His millennium reign. Consider a portion of Jesus’ word through Habakkuk and His prophecy about this end time age being likened to Noah‘s day. 

    (Habakkuk 2:13-20; “Be sure of this! The Lord who commands armies has decreed: The nations’ efforts will go up in smoke; their exhausting work will be for nothing. For recognition of the Lord’s sovereign majesty will fill the earth just as the waters fill up the sea. “You who force your neighbor to drink wine are as good as dead – you who make others intoxicated by forcing them to drink from the bowl of your furious anger, so you can look at their genitals. (nakedness) But you will become drunk with shame, not majesty. Now it is your turn to drink and expose your uncircumcised foreskin! The cup of wine in the Lord’s right hand is coming to you, and disgrace will replace your majestic glory! (17) For you will pay in full for your violent acts against Lebanon; terrifying judgment will come upon you because of the way you destroyed the wild animals living there.

      You have shed human blood and committed violent acts against lands, cities, and those who live in them. (18) What good is an idol? Why would a craftsman make it? What good is a metal image that gives misleading oracles?

    (Oracles? Hebrew “or a metal image, a teacher of lies.” The words “What good is” in the translation are supplied from the previous parallel line. “Teacher of lies” refers to the false oracles that the so-called god would deliver through a priest.)

     Why would its creator place his trust in it (image or teacher of lies.) and make such mute, worthless things? (19) The one who says to wood, ‘Wake up!’ is as good as dead – he who says to speechless stone, ‘Awake!’ Can it give reliable guidance? It is overlaid with gold and silver; it has no life’s breath inside it. But the Lord is in His majestic palace. The whole earth is speechless in His presence!”)

     Oracle, from our English dictionary. Source of wisdom, prophetic saying or a God given message. Allow Paul’s definition. (Romans 3:1-4; “Therefore what advantage does the Jew have, or what is the value of circumcision? Actually, there are many advantages. First of all, the Jews were entrusted with the oracles of God. What then? If some did not believe, does their unbelief nullify the faithfulness of God? (4) Absolutely not! Let God be proven true, and every human being shown up as a liar, just as it is written: “so that you will be justified7 in your words and will prevail when you are judged.” Quote from Psalms 51:4) The oracles of God include the law, God’s calendar and times He set aside ‘sanctified’ for our benefit and understanding.

      (Matthew 24:37-39; “For just like the days of Noah were, so the coming of the Son of Man will be. For in those days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day Noah entered the ark. And they knew nothing until the flood came and took them all away. It will be the same at the coming of the Son of Man.”)

    Paul knowing and understanding these things makes his letters more significant. Before the mystery of God’s spirit gifted to people, no one understood our relationship.

    (1Corinthians 3:16-23; “Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you? (Temple? Greek: You are God’s temple refers here to the church, since the pronoun you is plural in the Greek text. (In Corinthians 6:19 the same imagery is used in a different context to refer to the individual believer.) (6:19-20; “Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price. Therefore glorify God with your body.”)

    (1Cor 3:17-22; “If someone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him. For God’s temple is holy, which is what you are. Guard against self-deception, each of you. If someone among you thinks he is wise in this age, let him become foolish so that he can become wise. For the wisdom of this age is foolishness with God. As it is written, “He catches the wise in their craftiness.” And again, “The Lord knows that the thoughts of the wise are futile.” So then, no more boasting about mere mortals! For everything belongs to you, whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or the present or the future. Everything belongs to you, (23) and you belong to Christ, and Christ belongs to God.”) Remember; no boasting except in the Lord.

     People are persecuted; many have been killed for teaching this awesome truth.

    Digest what Jesus is saying as recorded in John’s gospel.

     (John 10:33-38; “The Jewish leaders replied, “We are not going to stone You for a good deed but for blasphemy, because You, a man, are claiming to be God.” Jesus answered, “Is it not written in your law, ‘I said, you are gods’? Quote from Psalms 82:6)

(35) If those people to whom the word of God came were called ‘gods’ (and the scripture cannot be broken), do you say about the One whom the Father set apart and sent into the world, ‘You are blaspheming,’ because I said, ‘I am the Son of God’? (37) If I do not perform the deeds of My Father, do not believe Me. But if I do them, even if you do not believe Me, believe the deeds, so that you may come to know and understand that I am in the Father and the Father is in Me.”) Consider those deeds and those Jesus did through His apostles. 

     (1Cor 4:1-5; “One should think about us ‘we apostles’ this way – as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. Now what is sought in stewards is that one be found faithful. So for me, it is a minor matter that I am judged by you or by any human court. In fact, I do not even judge myself. For I am not aware of anything against myself, but I am not acquitted because of this. The one who judges me is the Lord. So then, do not judge anything before the time. Wait until the Lord comes. He will bring to light the hidden things of darkness and reveal the motives of hearts. Then each will receive recognition from God.”) Paul’s focus in on the resurrection and his promised change.

    (1Cor 4:6-7; “I have applied these things to myself and Apollos because of you, brothers and sisters, so that through us you may learn “not to go beyond what is written,” so that none of you will be puffed up in favor of the one against the other. (7) For who concedes you any superiority? What do you have that you did not receive? And if you received it, why do you boast as though you did not?”) Puffed as yeast puffs bread. 

    God’s energizing Holy Spirit changes outlooks, makes us mindful of our gifted circumcision of heart, but doesn’t perfect immediately. Thus we need to grow in His grace and knowledge. Overcome to the end! (see Revelations 2:26)

   A little knowledge made some arrogant, but not the apostles.

    (1Cor 4:8- “Already you are satisfied! Already you are rich! You have become kings without us! I wish you had become kings so that we could reign with you! For, I think, God has exhibited us apostles last of all, as men condemned to die, because we have become a spectacle to the world, both to angels and to people. We are fools for Christ, but you are wise in Christ! We are weak, but you are strong! You are distinguished, we are dishonored! To the present hour we are hungry and thirsty, poorly clothed, brutally treated, and without a roof over our heads. (12) We do hard work, toiling with our own hands. When we are verbally abused, we respond with a blessing, when persecuted, we endure, when people lie about us, we answer in a friendly manner. We are the world’s dirt and scum, even now.”)

    (1Cor 4:14-21; “I am not writing these things to shame you, but to correct you as my dear children. For though you may have ten thousand guardians in Christ, you do not have many fathers, because I became your father in Christ Jesus through the gospel. I encourage you, then, be imitators of me. For this reason, I have sent Timothy to you, who is my dear and faithful son in the Lord. He will remind you of my ways in Christ, as I teach them everywhere in every church. (18) Some have become arrogant, as if I were not coming to you. But I will come to you soon, if the Lord is willing, and I will find out not only the talk of these arrogant people, but also their power. For the kingdom of God is demonstrated not in idle talk but with power. What do you want? Shall I come to you with a rod of discipline or with love and a spirit of gentleness?”) Paul isn’t suggesting that he be called father, but reckoning himself as a spiritual parent. His duty included encouraging and correcting.

    (1Cor 5:1-5; “It is actually reported that sexual immorality exists among you, the kind of immorality that is not permitted even among the Gentiles, so that someone is cohabiting with his father’s wife. And you are proud! Shouldn’t you have been deeply sorrowful instead and removed the one who did this from among you? (3) For even though I am absent physically, I am present in spirit. And I have already judged the one who did this, just as though I were present. When you gather together in the name of our Lord Jesus, and I am with you in spirit, along with the power of our Lord Jesus, turn this man over to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, so that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord.”) A congregations responsibility is to formally and lovingly remove such an individual from the family of believers in hope of seeing genuine repentance. Not hateful ostracizing that would cause disdain. Followers of Jesus are in this world, but can’t be part to the world’s corrupt system of things.

Heart Circumcision, chapter 7

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

God’s 12th month, Adar 25, 5777: 3/23/2017. To the called “in resident churches.”

    We believe each subscriber to be a called out follower of Jesus, one to whom God the Father has or is calling and giving over to Jesus for salvation. A Believer IN gifted with Godly repentance, a new outlook desiring to please Jesus in every way. It is through God’s spiritual calling and a gifted belief IN Jesus, that knowing faith is established, one’s outlook changed and eternal life gifted.

      All worldly religions attempt to persuade people to believe in their doctrine and use their prescribed method of repentance. God’s calling is from religions and this world system of things, to a knowing faith in Him as He presents Himself to be in the Holy Scriptures. Believing IN Him as He reveals Himself is eternal life. It is knowing Jesus as Creator, Deliverer, Mediator and coming King of Kings. One, whose teaching and that through His apostles, is The Way.

     Paul had a special calling and mission. The Lord Jesus said to Ananias; “Get up and go to the street called ‘Straight,’ and at Judas’ house look for a man from Tarsus named Saul. For he is praying, and he has seen in a vision a man named Ananias come in and place his hands on him so that he may see again.” Go, because this man is My chosen instrument to carry My name before Gentiles and kings and the people of Israel. For I will show him how much he must suffer for the sake of My name.” So Ananias departed and entered the house, placed his hands on Saul and said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you came here, has sent me so that you may see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” Immediately something like scales fell from his eyes, and he could see again. He got up and was baptized, and after taking some food, his strength returned.” See Acts 9: Through Jesus’ working in them, Paul and associates started churches, taught His good news, healed and gave physical life back. Thus, we have the evidence that Paul’s teachings are revelations from God/

    Paul subscribed to the humility of Jesus.

      (1Corinthians 2:1-5; “When I ‘Paul’ came to you, brothers and sisters, I did not come with superior eloquence or wisdom as I proclaimed the testimony of God. For I decided to be concerned about nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified. And I was with you in weakness and in fear and with much trembling. My conversation and my preaching were not with persuasive words of wisdom, but with a demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith would not be based on human wisdom but on the power of God.”) Faith in God’s ability to reveal and deliver, not in personalities and persuasive words. 

  Wisdom from God.

     (1Cor2:6-8; “Now we do speak wisdom among the mature, but not a wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are perishing. Instead we speak the wisdom of God, hidden in a mystery that God determined before the ages for our glory. (8) None of the rulers of this age understood it. If they had known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.”)

     Jesus fulfilled much of the prophecy He gave Daniel through His apostles. After Jesus’ death, resurrection, ascension, that Pentecost energizing Holy Spirit gifted and gentile Cornelius and family’s conversion, the gifted knowledge of God’s mystery; His living in people through His spirit was the revelation not previously revealed. The Old Testament scriptures were miraculously opened to their understanding. 

    (1Cor 2:9; “But just as it is written, “Things that no eye has seen, or ear heard, or mind imagined, are the things God has prepared for those who love Him.”)  

Imagined? “entered the heart,” an Old Testament expression, in which the heart functions like the mind. Quote from Isaiah 64:4.

    (1Cor 2:10-12; “God has revealed these to us by the Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. For who among men knows the things of a man except the man’s spirit within him? So too, no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. (12) Now we, ‘followers of Jesus’ have not received the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may know the things that are freely given to us by God.”)

      Denominational schools of theology attempt to teach God’s spirit through man’s spirit, “intellect.” Worldly intellect does not grasp God’s spiritual teaching until it’s supernaturally revealed. 

     (1Cor 2:13-16; “And we speak about these things, not with words taught us by human wisdom, but with those taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual things to spiritual people. (14) The unbeliever does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him. And he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned. The one who is spiritual discerns all things, yet he himself is understood by no one. (16) For who has known the mind of the Lord, so as to advise him?  But we have the mind of Christ.” Word spiritually gifted.)

     Only God can make us His spiritual people. Until He intervenes and calls, people are unbelievers. Not particularly of their own choosing. Spiritual people aren’t understood by the world as; Jesus was not understood by the Pharisees and Sadducees.

       Spiritually immature people are Self-deceived when they lean to their intellect.

     (1Cor 3:1-4; So, brothers and sisters, I could not speak to you as spiritual people, but instead as people of the flesh, as infants in Christ. I fed you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready. In fact, you are still not ready, for you are still influenced by the flesh. For since there is still jealousy and dissension among you, are you not influenced by the flesh and behaving like unregenerate people? (4) For whenever someone says, “I am with Paul,” or “I am with Apollos,” are you not merely human?”)

     When someone says I am of a particular denomination, is that not vain speech? Fleshly intellect alone cannot discern spiritual teaching.

     (1Cor 3:5-11; “What is Apollos, really? Or what is Paul? Servants through whom you came to believe and each of us in the ministry the Lord gave us. I planted, Apollos watered, but God caused it to grow. So neither the one who plants counts for anything, nor the one who waters, but God who causes the growth. The one who plants and the one who waters work as one, but each will receive his reward according to his work. (9) We are coworkers belonging to God. You are God’s field, God’s building. According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master-builder, I laid a foundation, but someone else builds on it. And each one must be careful how he builds. (11) For no one can lay any foundation other than what is being laid, which is Jesus Christ.”)

    Jesus is the Cornerstone, His deity and characteristics parallel that of God the Father’s. When we see Jesus we see God the Father; they are as one as followers of Jesus should be. 

     (1Cor 3:12-15; “If anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, or straw, each builder’s work will be plainly seen, for the Day will make it clear, because it will be revealed by fire. And the fire will test what kind of work each has done. If what someone has built survives, he will receive a reward. (15) If someone’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss. He himself will be saved, but only as through fire.”) Likely to refer to the destruction of the “work” by fire or the loss of the reward that could have been gained. Consider Jesus’ Word through Isaiah.

     (Isaiah 45:15-25; “Yes, you are a God who keeps hidden, O God of Israel, Deliverer! They will all be ashamed and embarrassed; those who fashion idols will all be humiliated. Israel will be delivered once and for all by the Lord; you ‘Israelites’ will never again be ashamed or humiliated. (18) For this is what the Lord says, the One who created the sky – He is the true God, the One who formed the earth and made it; He established it, He did not create it without order, He formed it to be inhabited – “I am the Lord, I have no peer. (19) I have not spoken in secret, in some hidden place. I did not tell Jacob’s descendants ‘Seek Me in vain!’ I am the Lord, the One who speaks honestly, who makes reliable announcements. (20) Gather together and come! Approach together, you refugees from the nations! Those who carry wooden idols know nothing, those who pray to a god that cannot deliver. Tell me! Present the evidence! Let them consult with one another! Who predicted this in the past? Who announced it beforehand? Was it not I, the Lord? I have no peer, there is no God but Me, a God who vindicates and delivers; there is none but Me. (22) Turn to Me so you can be delivered, all you who live in the earth’s remote regions! For I am God and I have no peer. I solemnly make this oath –

what I say is true and reliable: ‘Surely every knee will bow to Me, every tongue will solemnly affirm; they will say about Me, “Yes, the Lord is a powerful Deliverer.”’ ”All who are angry at Him will cower before Him. All the descendants of Israel will be vindicated by the Lord and will boast in Him.”)

      (John 3:16-21; “For this is the way God loved the world: He gave His One and only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world should be saved through Him. (18) The one who believes in Him is not condemned. The one who does not believe has been condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the One and only Son of God. (19) Now this is the basis for judging: that the light has come into the world and people loved the darkness rather than the light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone who does evil deeds hates the Light and does not come to the Light, so that their deeds will not be exposed. But the one who practices the truth comes to the light, so that it may be plainly evident that his deeds have been done in God.”)

   Jesus, through Paul to Timothy explains.

     (2Timothy 1:9-14; He is the One who saved us and called us with a holy calling, not based on our works but on his own purpose and grace, granted to us in Christ Jesus before time began, but now made visible through the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus. He has broken the power of death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel! (11) For this gospel I, ‘Paul’ was appointed a preacher and apostle and teacher. Because of this, in fact, I suffer as I do. But I am not ashamed, because I know the One in whom my faith is set and I am convinced that He is able to protect what has been entrusted to me until that day. Hold to the standard of sound words that you heard from me and do so with the faith and love that is in Christ Jesus. Protect that good thing entrusted to you, through the Holy Spirit who lives within us.”)

     When Jesus returns, Satan bound, knowledge of Him abounds; recipients of His Holy Spirit will abound.

      (Isaiah 11:9-12; “They will no longer injure or destroy on My entire royal mountain,

     (Royal Mountain? The Lord’s “holy mountain” is the mountain from which He rules over his kingdom (see Ezek 28:14, 16). More specifically it probably refers to Mount Zion -Jerusalem or to the entire land of Israel (see Psalms 2:6; 15:1; 43:3; Isaiah 56:7; 57:13; Ezek 20:40; Obadiah 16; Zeph 3:11). The Lord’s universal kingdom is in view, standing for God’s worldwide dominion (see the next line).

    For there will be universal submission to the Lord’s sovereignty, just as the waters completely cover the sea. (10) At that time a root from Jesse ‘Jesus’ will stand like a signal flag for the nations. Nations will look to Him for guidance, and His residence will be majestic. At that time the sovereign master will again lift His hand to reclaim the remnant of His people from Assyria, Egypt, Pathros, Cush, Elam, Shinar, Hamath, and the seacoasts. (12) He will lift a signal flag for the nations; He will gather Israel’s dispersed people and assemble Judah’s scattered people from the four corners of the earth.”) Only Believers IN, comprehend the awesomeness of God’s planning. As always study the whole.

Heart Circumcision, chapter 6

Tuesday, March 21st, 2017

    God’s 12th month, Adar 25, 5777: 3/21/2017. To the called “in resident churches.”

    God’s covenant with His people required them to observe three seasons each year. They include seven annual Sabbaths foreshadowing His planned deliverances and saving of His people. That forerunner was deliverance from Egypt as promised Abraham. A more mimetic deliverance is yet to be.

    Israelites were delivered from Egypt on the fourteenth day of Nisan, on the exact preplanned day. Their travels, experiences and rebellions are recorded for our learning. That Passover kept in Egypt looked forward to Jesus; “as the Lamb of God” willingly coming in the flesh, exemplifying His Father’s will and nature, sacrificing Himself, shedding His blood for the remission of the world’s sins, resurrected to His former position as preplanned, becoming our mediator before God the Father and promising His return as king of kings. All preplanned, including Satan’s demise, peace on earth and New Jerusalem coming down with God the Father.

     The best orderly summation of God’s holy seasons is found at Leviticus 23: The first of three seasons is “Passover and Feast of Unleavened Bread.” Passover is the fourteenth day of Nisan; the Feast of Unleavened Bread Sabbath begins on the fifteenth day of Nisan. The second annual Sabbath end the feast is on the twenty first day of Nisan. The weekly Sabbath falling during the seven day festival is the Wave Sheaf offering, from which a fifty day count begins to the second season; third annual Sabbath “Pentecost.”

     The second of three seasons is Pentecost or First Fruits. Pentecost is the third annual Sabbath and means, “to count fifty.” The fifty day count begins on that Wave Sheaf Sabbath and so always falls seven weeks plus one day. Thus Pentecost is always on the first day of the week. That Pentecost after Jesus’ ascension is the birth date of His New Covenant church. The hidden mystery of, “God imputing His spirit in people” gifting immortality and gifted spiritual understanding revealed.  

     The third of three seasons culminates, with four annual Sabbaths in God’s seventh month. They include the fourth annual Sabbath, “Trumpets” on the first day of Nisan, foreshadowing Jesus triumphant return and the first resurrection. The fifth annual Sabbath, “Atonement” on the tenth day of Nisan foreshadows “Believers IN” literally being at one with Jesus. The sixth annual Sabbath beginning on the fifteenth day of Nisan, “that Sabbath begins the “Feast of Tabernacles” lasting eight days. The eighth day of the festival is the seventh annual Sabbath, foreshadowing final judgment and New Jerusalem coming down. Hopefully all called Believers understand the importance of observing these seasons. 

      For this study called, “Heart Circumcision” we think it appropriate to include Paul’s letters the Corinthians because Paul’s verbiage strongly indicates he is writing during or in close proximate to Passover and The Feast of Unleavened Bread. We intend to note these as we proceed.

         Paul’s salutation to God’s church at Corinth and all people set aside by God.

      (1Corinthians 1:1-3; “From Paul, called to be an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother. To the church of God that is in Corinth, to those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, and called to be Saints, with all those in every place who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, their Lord and ours. Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ!)

    As with Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, note that Paul does not include the Holy Spirit as a deity with God the Father and God the Son. As were the Israelites, God’s Saints are a set aside “sanctified” people of His choosing. A people “set aside for God’s purpose.” Paul’s letter is to all whose Lord is Jesus.

    (1Cor 1:4-9; “I always thank my God for you  ‘followers of Jesus’ because of the grace of God that was given to you in Christ Jesus. For you were made rich in every way in Him, in all your speech and in every kind of knowledge – just as the testimony about Christ has been confirmed among you – so that you do not lack any spiritual gift as you wait for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ. (8) He will also strengthen you to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful, by whom you were called into fellowship with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.”)

    Paul demonstrates tremendous faith in Jesus delivering each called person; making each blameless on the day of Jesus’ return. Saints are called into fellowship with Jesus. But growing pains and divisions are noted and Overseer council for encouragement is needed. Even though called and believing in Jesus for their saving, these Saints had the human problem of looking to personalities.

     (1Cor 1:10-17; I urge you, brothers and sisters, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, to agree together, to end your divisions, and to be united by the same mind and purpose. For members of Chloe’s household have made it clear to me, my brothers and sisters, that there are quarrels among you. (12) Now I mean this, that each of you is saying, “I am with Paul,” or “I am with Apollos,” or “I am with Cephas,” or “I am with Christ.” (13) Is Christ divided? Paul wasn’t crucified for you, was he? Or were you in fact baptized in the name of Paul? I thank God that I did not baptize any of you except Crispus and Gaius, so that no one can say that you were baptized in my name! (I also baptized the household of Stephanus. Otherwise, I do not remember whether I baptized anyone else.) For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel – and not with clever speech, so that the cross of Christ would not become useless.”)

     Jesus’ apostles were careful not to urge people into their personal teaching, but to teach Jesus as the Cornerstone and that each to prayerfully wait on spiritual revelations. It’s natural, “particularly for people prone to be religious” to lean to their own fleshly understanding. No apostle ever taught people to worship their own intellect, but that in fact to do so was idolatry.

    Jesus’ message through His death, resurrection and ascension.

     (1Cor 1:18-19; “For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and I will thwart the cleverness of the intelligent.” (Quote from Isaiah 29:14)

     (20-25; “Where is the wise man? Where is the expert in the Mosaic Law? Where is the debater of this age? Has God not made the wisdom of the world ‘personal intellect’ foolish? For since in the wisdom of God the world by its wisdom did not know God, God was pleased to save those who believe by the foolishness of preaching. (Gifted to comprehend spiritual verbiage.) (22) For Jews demand miraculous signs and Greeks ask for wisdom, but we preach about a crucified Christ, a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles. (24) But to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God. (25) For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.”)

     Human learning in and of itself grows vanity of all sorts. Talented leaders think to lead and persuade people, mostly for personal gain and popularity. It’s how Pharisees and Sadducees became denominations; how all organized religions start, but Believing IN followers of Jesus, are called, gifted with desire to be obedient, desire to be at one, ‘changed outlook; a heart circumcision’ and delivered. For the most part the lowly are called to confound the wise. Examine verse 27 below.

     (26-31; “Think about the circumstances of your call, brothers and sisters. Not many were wise by human standards, not many were powerful, and not many were born to a privileged position. (27) But God chose what the world thinks foolish to shame the wise, and God chose what the world thinks weak to shame the strong. God chose what is low and despised in the world, what is regarded as nothing, to set aside what is regarded as something, so that no one can boast in His presence. (30) He “God the Father” is the reason you have a relationship with Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, ‘a set aside position’ and redemption, so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”) Quote from Jeremiah 9:24.

God calls, puts us on His Potter’s Wheel for training and gives His energizing Holy Spirit to help us grow to the likeness of Jesus. That likeness?

      (Philippians 2:3-7; “Instead of being motivated by selfish ambition or vanity, each of you should, in humility be moved to treat one another as more important than yourself. Each of you should be concerned not only about your own interests, but about the interests of others as well. You should have the same attitude toward one another that Christ Jesus had,  who though He existed in the form of God did not regard equality with God as something to be grasped, but emptied Himself by taking on the form of a slave, by looking like other men, and by sharing in human nature.”) The theological point being made is that Christ looked just like other men, but He was not like other men (in that he was not sinful), though He was fully human.

     Jesus was the only One begotten of God the Father’s energizing Holy Spirit at the time.

    (John 1:14-18; “Now the Word became flesh and took up residence among us. We saw His glory – the glory of the One and only, full of grace and truth, who came from the Father. John testified about Him and shouted out, “This One was the One about whom I said, ‘He who comes after me is greater than I am because He existed before me.’” (16) For we have all received from His fullness one gracious gift after another. For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came about through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God. The only One, Himself God, who is in closest fellowship with the Father, has made God known.”)

     In this final verse of the prologue, the climactic and ultimate statement of the earthly career of the Logos, Jesus of Nazareth, is reached. The unique One (John 1:14), the One who has taken on human form and nature by becoming incarnate (became flesh, 1:14), who is Himself fully God (the Word was God, see John 1:1-5) and is to be identified with the ever-living One of the Old Testament revelation (Exodus 3:14), who is in intimate relationship with the Father, this One and no other has fully revealed what God is like. As Jesus said to Philip in John 14:9, “The one who has seen Me has seen the Father.”

     (John 3:16 For this is the way God ‘the father’ loved the world: He gave His one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world should be saved through Him. The one who believes in Him is not condemned. The one who does not believe has been condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the One and only Son of God.”) REVEALED is the key. Schooling cannot make one a Believer IN. “Schooling cannot give one a circumcised heart.”

    (1John 4:9-10; “By this the love of God is revealed in us: that God has sent His one and only Son into the world so that we may live through Him. In this is love: not that we have loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins.”)

     The mystery to the world is that the very same energizing Holy Spirit in Jesus is gifted to Believers IN Him, making all Believers IN, begotten children as was Jesus. Review Ephesians 3:      

Heart Circumcision, chapter 5

Saturday, March 18th, 2017

God’s 12th month, Adar 22, 5777: 3/18/2017. To the called “in resident churches.”

       After giving several parables to the Pharisees about the withered fig tree, two sons, the tenants etc Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the scriptures: ‘The stone the builders rejected has become the Cornerstone. This is from the Lord, and it is marvelous in our eyes’?

     This imagery is found in Eph 2:20-22 and 1Cor 3:11. The Greek term refers to a cornerstone, not a capstone. The use of “stone Imagery” in Psalms 118:22-23 is a reference to Christ, His suffering, exaltation and common in the New Testament. (See Mark 12:10; Luke 20:17; Acts 4:11 and 1 Peter 2:6-8. In Samuel’s day, Israel rejected the Lord “Jesus” wanting a king like the gentiles etc. so He dispersed them to gentile nations who had kings. Again in the New Testament “Jesus is rejected by the Israelites.”

     Jesus continued speaking to the Israelites, “primarily denominational Pharisees.”

They and the Sadducees had evolved doctrinally as uncalled leaders emerged.

    (Matt 21:43-46; “For this reason I tell you that the kingdom of God will be taken from you and given to a people who will produce its fruit. The one who falls on this Stone will be broken to pieces, and the one on whom it falls will be crushed.” (45) When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard Jesus’ parables, they realized that He was speaking about them. They wanted to arrest Him, but they were afraid of the crowds, because the crowds regarded Him as a prophet.”)

     Abraham’s descendents, particularly Jacob’s “Israelites” were God’s chosen people and were given covenant promises. (A covenant God has not forgotten and will yet keep.) (See Isaiah 35: for starters.) After Jesus’ ascension He revealed to His apostles that all people “called to believe IN Him” became spiritual Israelites. Remember Cornelius and family were the first “gentiles Believers IN.” They were the first gentiles God’s church at Jerusalem had to deal with. See Acts 10: 

     After Jesus’ parable about ‘Israelites’ being invited to a wedding banquet and each having excuses as to why they couldn’t attend He continued His parable. (Matt 22:8-14; Then the king said to his slaves, ‘The wedding is ready, but the ones who had been invited were not worthy.” And those slaves went out into the streets and gathered all they found, both bad and good, and the wedding hall was filled with guests. But when the king came in to see the wedding guests, he saw a man there who was not wearing wedding clothes. And he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you get in here without wedding clothes?’ But he had nothing to say. Then the king said to his attendants, ‘Tie him up hand and foot and throw him into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth!’ (14) For many are called, but few are chosen.”)

    How is it that God calls many but few are chosen? Does anyone know completely?  However it’s obvious from Jesus’ parable; “the called have preparation responsibilities.” Overcoming our inherited from Adam ‘get nature’ seek truth and grow in Jesus’ loving nature, is the responsibility we all have in common. It’s what gifted circumcision of heart and the Holy Spirit’s energizing work does on our behalf. Jesus and His apostles taught it.

   The characteristics of the God family is; “humility, submission to authority and love.”   

     (Ephesians 6:1- 9; “Children, obey your parents in the Lord for this is right. “Honor your father and mother,” which is the first commandment accompanied by a promise, namely, “that it may go well with you and that you will live a long time on the earth.

Quote from Exodus 20:12 and Deuteronomy 5:16.

     (4-9; “Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but raise them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. Slaves, obey your human masters with fear and trembling, in the sincerity of your heart as to Christ, not like those who do their work only when someone is watching – as people-pleasers – but as slaves of Christ doing the will of God from the heart. Obey with enthusiasm, as though serving the Lord and not people, because you know that each person, whether slave or free, if he does something good, this will be rewarded by the Lord. Masters treat your slaves the same way, giving up the use of threats, because you know that both you and they have the same master in heaven, and there is no favoritism with Him.”) Remember 1Cor 13:13; “And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.”

     Godly love, “the Holy Spirit and circumcision of heart” is spiritually gifted to called Believers IN. Characteristically, “it’s the spirit of love and that of a sound mind.”

 Consider Paul’s words to Timothy.

     (2Timothy 1:6-10; “Because of this I remind you to rekindle God’s gift that you possess through the laying on of my hands. For God did not give us a Spirit of fear but of power and love and self-control. (8) So do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord or of me, a prisoner for His sake, but by God’s power accept your share of suffering for the gospel. (9) He is the One who saved us and called us with a holy calling, not based on our works ‘not some methodology’ but on His own purpose and grace, granted to us in Christ Jesus before time began, but now made visible through the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus. He has broken the power of death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel!”)

      What could be more clear? The Holy Spirit is God’s energizing spirit to the mind, a power to exercise self control and share in suffering for the good news. Gifted for God’s own purpose, granted to Believers before time began. This was not revealed to people until the Son of God came in the flesh, revealing God the Father and their characteristics.

     As Jesus was tempted, so must we face up to spiritual warfare.

     (Ephesians 6:10-16; “Finally, be strengthened in the Lord and in the strength of His power. Clothe yourselves with the full armor of God so that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world rulers of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavens. (13) For this reason, take up the full armor of God so that you may be able to stand your ground on the evil day, and having done everything, to stand. (14) Stand firm therefore, by fastening the belt of truth around your waist, by putting on the breastplate of righteousness, by fitting your feet with the preparation that comes from the good news of peace, and in all of this, by taking up the shield of faith with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.”)

      The devil’s schemes are many, he is divided with many denominational views, designed to attract people prone to be religious. There is only one message and one truth, which in order to comprehend must be revealed. It is the mystery hidden until revealed on that Pentecost after Jesus’ ascension and more fully after the Cornelius family’s conversion. Review Acts 10: 

     (Eph 6:17-20; “And take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. With every prayer and petition, pray at all times in the Spirit, and to this end be alert, with all perseverance and requests for all the Saints. Pray for me also, that I may be given the message when I begin to speak – that I may confidently make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may be able to speak boldly as I ought to speak.”)

     Some prophets, Jesus and all His apostles except John were killed for presenting this good news; namely the truth regarding God’s spirit gifted to His chosen. Even today, these are fighting words from the minds of people believing in a methodology by which people can be saved. The natural mind can’t grasp God’s choosing individuals thousands of years before their birth nor preplanning latter day events including His millennial reign on earth.

      Christendom and the many calling themselves Evangelicals for the most part, refer to people believing IN God’s preplanning to the degree stated above as Calvinist; “doctrine of faith and predestination.” Today’s religions assume the Calvinist doctrine began with John Calvin, who maintained correctly that salvation comes through gifted faith in God and that God has already chosen those who will believe IN and be saved. Most seem to ignore that Isaiah, Jesus, Peter and Paul taught it first. See Isaiah 14:24, 46:8-13)

    (Isaiah 14:24; “The Lord who commands armies makes this solemn vow: “Be sure of this: Just as I have intended, so it will be; just as I have planned, it will happen.”)

     (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.”) Deliverance is preplanned. Satan will be bound.

     (Isaiah 35:8-10; “A thoroughfare will be there – it will be called the Way of Holiness.

The unclean will not travel on it; it is reserved for those authorized to use it – fools will not stray into it. No lions will be there, no ferocious wild animals will be on it – they will not be found there. Those delivered from bondage will travel on it; those whom the Lord has ransomed will return that way. They will enter Zion with a happy shout. Unending joy will crown them, happiness and joy will overwhelm them; grief and suffering will disappear.”) As always study the whole text.

     “In this context people authorized to use the Way of Holiness will be morally upright, who are the recipients of God’s deliverance, in contrast to the morally impure and foolish who are excluded from the new covenant community.”   

Heart Circumcision, chapter 4

Thursday, March 16th, 2017

God’s 12th month, Adar 20, 5777: 3/16/2017. To the called “in resident churches.”

    Almighty God; our Daddy: we pray that many subscribers are being led to teach Your truth and thus spread Your good news to many. We understand that it isn’t through monetary strength, but through Your gifted Holy Spirit that Your truth must go forward. We share Your apostle Paul’s speech: “many of Your Saints should be teachers by now.” Thus we are asking those with gifted ability to teach; “apply yourselves according to God’s will.” In the holy nature of Jesus, we pray: AMEN.

    Jesus inspired Jeremiah to write: (9:23-24; The Lord says, “Wise people should not boast that they are wise. Powerful people should not boast that they are powerful. Rich people should not boast that they are rich. (24) If people want to boast, they should boast about this: (They should boast that they understand and know Me. They should boast that they know and understand that I, the Lord, act out of faithfulness, fairness, and justice in the earth and that I desire people to do these things,” says the Lord.”) What things? Consider your calling and serve according to gifted ability.

      We that understand have an awesome responsibility to share this good news.

    (John 9:39-41; Jesus said, “For judgment I have come into this world, so that those who do not see may gain their sight, and the ones who see may become blind.” Some of the Pharisees who were with Him heard this and asked Him, “We are not blind too, are we?” Jesus replied, “If you were blind, you would not be guilty of sin, but now because you claim that you can see, your guilt remains.”)

    It’s natural to contemplate why family and friends turn from our teaching, but when we have the mind of Christ, we know He does the calling. Jesus revealed this through Paul as follows.

     (1Cor 2:11-16; “For who among men knows the things of a man except the man’s spirit within him? So too, no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. Now we ‘believers IN Jesus’ have not received the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may know the things that are freely given to us by God. (13) And we speak about these things, not with words taught us by human wisdom, but with those taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual things to spiritual people. The unbeliever does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him. And he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned. (15) The one who is spiritual discerns all things, yet he himself is understood by no one. For who has known the mind of the Lord, so as to advise Him? But we have the mind of Christ.”) We who have the mind of Christ are allowed to humbly boast in the Lord.

Jesus inspired Jeremiah to speak of people only circumcised in the flesh.

     (Jeremiah 9:2526; The Lord says, “Watch out! The time is soon coming when I will punish all those who are circumcised only in the flesh. That is, I will punish the Egyptians, the Judeans, the Edomites, the Ammonites, the Moabites, and all the desert people who cut their hair short at the temples. I will do so because none of the people of those nations are really circumcised in the Lord’s sight. Moreover, none of the people of Israel are circumcised when it comes to their hearts.”)

     What do all these people groups have in common? They think; “there must be a methodology by which we can know God and be saved.

Look back to chapter four; “The necessity to separate from gentile mentality.”

Restudy chapter 4:17-24, before continuing.

       (Ephesians 44:25-32; “Therefore, having laid aside falsehood, each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we ‘followers of Jesus’ are members of one another. Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on the cause of your anger. Do not give the devil an opportunity. (28) The one who steals must steal no longer; rather he must labor, doing good with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with the one who has need. You must let no unwholesome word come out of your mouth, but only what is beneficial for the building up of the one in need, that it may give grace to those who hear. (30) And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. You must put away every kind of bitterness, anger, wrath, quarreling, and evil, slanderous talk. Instead, be kind to one another, compassionate, forgiving one another, just as God in Christ also forgave you.”) Remember 1Cor 13:13; “And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.”

    What causes people to be angry? Is it not from within their fleshly inherited from Adam nature? How do we grieve “the Holy Spirit of God?” People gifted with it, grieve by not yielding to their calling. Finally, we should not forget where our understanding comes from and thus forgive one another as, “God in Christ forgave us.”

Ephesians, chapter 5: Imitate God’s characteristics.

     (Ephesians 5:1-5; “Therefore, be imitators of God as dearly loved children and live in love, just as Christ also loved us and gave Himself for us, a sacrificial and fragrant offering to God. (3) But among you, ‘followers of Jesus’ there must not be either sexual immorality, impurity of any kind, or greed, as these are not fitting for the Saints. (4) Neither should there be vulgar speech, foolish talk, or coarse jesting – all of which are out of character – but rather thanksgiving. For you can be confident of this one thing: that no person who is immoral, impure, or greedy (such a person is an idolater) has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.”) Where does the desire to imitate God’s character come from? See Philippians 2:13.

     (Eph 5:6-14; “Let nobody deceive you with empty words, for because of these things God’s wrath comes on the sons of disobedience. Therefore do not be partakers with them, for you were at one time darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of the light – (9) for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness, and truth – trying to learn what is pleasing to the Lord. Do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. For the things they do in secret are shameful even to mention. But all things being exposed by the light are made evident. (14) For everything made evident is light, and for this reason it says: “Awake, O sleeper!

Rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you!” (A composite quote, possibly from Isaiah 26:19, 51:17, 52:1, and 60:1.)

     Followers of Jesus are gifted with circumcision of heart; thus desire knowledge of God’s characteristics and Jesus’ message through His prophets and apostles.

     (Eph 5:15-21; “Therefore be very careful how you live – not as unwise but as wise, taking advantage of every opportunity, because the days are evil. For this reason do not be foolish, but be wise by understanding what the Lord’s will is. And do not get drunk with wine, which is debauchery, but be filled by the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, singing and making music in your hearts to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for each other in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, and submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ.”) God’s Spirit in us gives the energizing desire to be the overcome’s He would have us be. Jesus revealed to John at Revelations 2:26; “And to the one who conquers and who continues in my deeds until the end, I will give him authority over the nations”)

Circumcision of heart makes for a gifted submissive spirit.    

    (Eph 5:22-33; “Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord, because the husband is the head of the wife as also Christ is the head of the church – He Himself being the savior of the body. But as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything. (25) Husbands, love your wives just as Christ loved the church and gave Himself for her to sanctify her by cleansing her with the washing of the water by the word, so that He may present the church to Himself as glorious – not having a stain or wrinkle, or any such blemish, but holy and blameless. In the same way husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. (29) For no one has ever hated his own body but he feeds it and takes care of it, just as Christ also does the church, for we ‘followers of Jesus’ are members of His body. (31) For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and will be joined to his wife, and the two will become one flesh. (32) This mystery is great – but I am actually speaking with reference to Christ and the church. Nevertheless, each one of you must also love his own wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.”)

      In this latter age particularly, “love has waxed cold” demonic influences take on many tangents that cause division. This mystery of family relationships is only understood in view of God’s characteristics. Loving submissiveness is characteristic of the God family. Jesus is our perfect example as He demonstrated His submissive nature to God the Father. Paul’s explanation regarding Jesus’ attitude is for our benefit. 

     (Phil 2:5-11; “You should have the same ‘family’ attitude toward one another that Christ Jesus had, who though He existed in the form of God did not regard equality with God as something to be grasped, but emptied Himself by taking on the form of a slave, by looking like other men, and by sharing in human nature. He humbled Himself, by becoming obedient to the point of death – even death on a cross! (9) As a result God exalted Him and gave Him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow – in heaven and on earth and under the earth – and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.”)

    Remember Satan’s attitude when he was trying to tempt Jesus? He demonstrated total selfishness while Jesus demonstrated loving obedience. God the Father had made Jesus equal to Himself, creating all things through Him. (See Hebrews 1: John 1:1-5 and Colossians 1:15-20) Jesus never considered grasping for equality with His Father. Jesus demonstrated His loving nature by taking on the form of physical and nature of man. Jesus made Himself as a yielding lamb, suffering, shedding His blood and dying for the remission of the world’s sins. As the Son of God, Jesus was born with a circumcised heart. We are gifted with circumcision of heart, ’our down payment to eternal life” when we believe IN Jesus as He manifest Himself to be in the holy scriptures.