Grace, mercy and love, chapter 12

5/27/22, God’s 2nd month, Iyar 3, 5777 until sunset today. To 4,483 “in resident churches” and individuals “called to follow Jesus.” (Observe God’s new moon.)

     Before his rebellion and fall Satan was one of the most notable among God’s created angelic beings. He thought so highly of hmself that he desired to replace God and establish his own kingdom. Could be that jealously overcame him, when he learned of God’s plan to create mankind in His own image, likeness and even eventually overseeing angelic beings. Satan’s characteristics are revealed in the holy scriptures as the tempter, deceiver, prince of the power of the air, god of this age and the devil. His nature is that of a liar. (See John 8:44) Apparently Isaiah is referring to Satan in the following text.

     (Isaiah 14:12-14; “Look how you have fallen from the sky, O shining one, (‘Lucifer’ King James translation’) son of the dawn! You have been cut down to the ground, O conqueror of the nations! You said to yourself, “I will climb up to the sky. Above the stars of El I will set up my throne. I will rule on the mountain of assembly on the remote slopes of Zaphon. I will climb up to the tops of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High!”) This is the only biblical text using the name “Lucifer” as found in the King James Translation.

     Some translators believe Isaiah’s text is Canaanite mythology. The story is that, “O shining one son of the dawn  “Helel son of Shachar” developed a coup that failed and was hurled down to the underworld. The demonic king of Babylon is taunted for having similar unrealized delusions of grandeur. Christians see an allusion to the fall of Satan here. (In addition to Jesus characterizing Satan as a “murderer from the beginning, not uphold the truth, because there is no truth in him. Whenever he lies, he speaks according to his own nature, because he is a liar and the father of lies as recorded at John 8:44: Paul refers to Satan as the spirit ruler of the kingdom of the air.

     (Ephesians 2:1-3; “And although you, ‘followers of Jesus’ were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you formerly lived according to this world’s present path, according to the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the ruler of the spirit that is now energizing the sons of disobedience, among whom all of us also formerly lived out our lives in the cravings of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath even as the rest…”) Jesus made mention that He saw Satan fall like lightening. See Luke 10:18.

      Satan possesses a particular jealous nature; a demonic lying nature he desires to share with people. Adam and Eve believed his lie, succumbed to it and thus inherited a self serving nature that must die. We all inherited a nature likened to theirs that must be supernaturally changed as we are clothed with Jesus. As we believe IN and practice Jesus’ Ways. All followers of Jesus formerly lived fleshly lives, yielded to the desires of the flesh, practiced self serving agendas; until God called and put each on His truth path.

      As we learned from John 3: in the previous chapter, “we must be born from above in order to enter God’s kingdom.” Jesus got elementary with Nicodemus explaining how people are born from above. (John 3:7-8; “Do not be amazed that I said to you, ‘You must all be born from above.’ (8) The wind blows wherever it will, and you hear the sound it makes, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”) Spiritually born from above is a supernatural occurrence when God called people are gifted with a believing IN mindset and gifted with God‘s energizing Holy Spirit. Jesus’ apostle Paul explained: (“For every one of God’s promises are “Yes” in Him; therefore also through Him the “Amen” is spoken, to the glory we give to God. (21) But it is God who establishes us together with you in Christ and who anointed us, who also sealed us and gave us the Spirit in our hearts as a down payment.”  2Corinthians 1:20-21)

    Down payment? The Greek denotes the first payment or first installment as a guarantee or pledge for the completion of the transaction. The term is used figuratively of the Holy Spirit, the blessings promised by God. (See 2Corinthians 5:5, and  Ephesians 1:14)

     .(2Cor 5:1-10; “For we know that if our earthly house, the tent we live in, is dismantled, we have a building from God, a house not built by human hands, that is eternal in the heavens. (2) For in this earthly house we groan, because we desire to put on our heavenly dwelling, if indeed, after we have put on our heavenly house, we will not be found naked. For we groan while we are in this tent, since we are weighed down, because we do not want to be unclothed, but clothed, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. (5) Now the one who prepared us for this very purpose is God, who gave us the Spirit as a down payment. Therefore we are always full of courage, and we know that as long as we are alive here on earth we are absent from the Lord – for we live by faith, not by sight. (8) Thus we are full of courage and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord. So then whether we are alive or away, we make it our ambition to please Him. (10) For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may be paid back according to what he has done while in the body, whether good or evil.”) As always study the whole.

      Being born from above is a converted from a self serving agenda to a mindset desiring to please God. Followers of Jesus should know, “though in our fleshly bodies we are gifted with the mind of Christ.” We have His gifted desire to make it our ambition to please Him. The desire to practice sin is taken away when God the Father and God the Son are revealed..

    (Ephesians 1:7-14; “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace that He lavished on us in all wisdom and insight. (9) He did this when He revealed to us the secret of His will, according to His good pleasure that He set forth in Christ, toward the administration of the fullness of the times, to head up all things in Christ – the things in heaven and the things on earth.”

      Note how Jesus’ words through Paul parallels his text at Colossians 1:15-20, Hebrews 1: and Jesus’ words through John at 1:1-5, explain that God the Father willed everything to be done through God the Son.

    (Eph 1:11-14; “In Christ we too have been claimed as God’s own possession, since we were predestined according to the one purpose of Him who accomplishes all things according to the counsel of His will so that we, who were the first to set our hope on Christ, would be to the praise of His glory. (13) And when you heard the word of truth (the gospel of your salvation) – when you believed in Christ – you were marked with the seal of the promised Holy Spirit, (14) who is the down payment of our inheritance, until the redemption of God’s own possession, to the praise of His glory.”)

      We followers of Jesus know our Creator has planned it all. Our worship is singular and absolute knowing to whom we belong.

      As was shared in the previous chapter, Satan may be followed in a multitudes of ways. Many have thought themselves intellectual enough to figure God out and make Him one to fit their particular notion. Selling their notion to people making merchandise of them. They made figurine images and statutes resembling various animals and people they deemed as heroes to worship, even as God said don’t do it. They looked to the heavens and imagined seeing shapes they thought to be gods to worship. They named heavenly bodies after imaginary gods of their making. Made images to give sacrifice to and gods to bless everything from farming to human fetidity. Many of these pagan mythology practices are carried over and called Christian.

     But God the Father had a fathering plan in which He would reveal Himself.

     (Hebrews 1:1; “After God spoke long ago in various portions and in various ways to our ancestors through the prophets, in these last days He has spoken to us in a Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, and through whom He created the world.

    The Son is the radiance of His glory and the representation of His essence, and He sustains all things by His powerful word, and so when He had accomplished cleansing for sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high. Thus He became so far better than the angels as He has inherited a name superior to theirs.

     For to which of the angels did God ever say, “You are My son! Today I have fathered you”? And in another place He says, “I will be His father and He will be My son.” But when He again brings His firstborn into the world, He says, “Let all the angels of God worship Him!” And He says of the angels, “He makes His angels spirits and His ministers a flame of fire,” but of the Son He says, “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever, and a righteous scepter is the scepter of Your kingdom.

    You have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness. So God, your God, has anointed You over Tour companions with the oil of rejoicing.” And, “You founded the earth in the beginning, Lord, and the heavens are the works of Your hands. They will perish, but You continue. And they will all grow old like a garment, and like a robe You will fold them up and like a garment they will be changed, but You are the same and Your years will never run out.” But to which of the angels has He ever said, “Sit at My right hand until I make Your enemies a footstool for Your feet”? Are they not all ministering spirits, sent out to serve those who will inherit salvation?)

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