Grace, mercy and love, chapter 15

      6/2/17, God’s 3rd month, Sivan 7, 5777 until sunset today. To 4,514 in resident churches and individuals “called to follow Jesus.”

     At sunset today begins the weekly Sabbath and the next sunset is Pentecost, the birthday of God’s New Covenant Church. Lets honor God prayerfully by remembering and observing His holy Sabbaths; while we pray for a shortening of this demonic time. 

      Ideologies as in ’systems of religion beliefs’ other than God ordained are demonic in nature. Satan inspires many divisionary ideologies. Most are ‘believing that types’ that aren’t deep rooted. “Believing that types’ are those that give over to fleshy desires, personal ambition, lust and animalistic love. (Other ideologies are radial ‘believing IN types’ deep rooted with foundational beliefs ingrained in the mindset, unshakeable by human effort, principled in what they believe, thinking their beliefs are absolute truths.) (Such people either don’t believe there is a salvation, or that it can only be earned by keeping particular laws and as such aren’t tolerant toward those who disagree.) These are a danger to societies attempting to assimilate people groups.

      People thinking mankind can control the temperature on God’s earth are among these “believing IN” intolerant ideologies.

      I will attempt to give an example of a “believing that type” scenario. Some time back a Jewish Rabbi and a Catholic Priest did a news paper column titled, “The God Squad.” Each held to their personal differing beliefs, :while maintaining that the good in both religions went to heaven at death.” The god they each maintained a belief IN seemingly decreed no absolutes; No, ‘The Truth’ doctrine and NO, ’thus shall not’s.’ The Priest died a few years back, but the Rabbi still writes a weekly column giving out the same basic view with his answers to questions from his readers. His ideology is a ‘believing that type’ still teaching a god that saves the good from all faiths.       

     Jesus, His apostles and all genuine Christians are thought of as being somewhat radical by the many among this world’s populations, “believing IN living by - practicing God’s unalterable truths. God’s ‘believing IN’ principles were taught by His prophets and apostles: “have always caused upheavals in societies looking to various imaginary gods.” (Jesus taught His followers to separate from unbelievers for the unbeliever’s ultimate benefit - good.) Unbelievers need the witness of Christian conduct as laid out in the holy scriptures. (Followers of Jesus can’t in good conscious assimilate with pagan time keepers, idol worshipers, nor can they inner-marry with unbelievers; less God’s Way be diluted to a ’believer that type’ religion. (History documents and prophecy is laid out; many have been and many will be, persecuted and killed for these Godly principled beliefs.)

    The difference in Christian teachings and radical human ideologies is, “God’s gifted spirit in Christians causes a love and respect; even to those who would be God’s enemies.” That principle is taught through out the holy scriptures, Proverbs is a good one. (If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat, and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink, for you will heap coals of fire on his head, and the Lord will reward you.” Proverbs 25:21-22) “

      Worldly religions such at the Judeans in Jesus’ day and the many divided denominations in our day take offence at Jesus and His apostles words regarding “who belongs to God.” Consider and apply Jesus’ terminology as John recorded, in view of today’s many religions ideologies.

    (John 8:43-44; Jesus said; “Why don’t you understand what I am saying? It is because you cannot accept My teaching. You people are from your father the devil, and you want to do what your father desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does 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.”

     Jesus would use these same words to ‘believer that types’ spouting denominational persuasions. Jesus taught ‘the truth’ not ‘a truth’ as the God Squad team attempted.

     (John 8:45-47; “But because I am telling you the truth, you do not believe Me. Who among you can prove Me guilty of any sin? If I am telling you the truth, why don’t you believe Me? (47) The one who belongs to God listens and responds to God’s words. You don’t listen and respond, because you don’t belong to God.”

     Think of the persecution that would be applied, to any persons telling denominations these words today.   

     (John 8:48-51; The Judeans replied, “Aren’t we correct in saying that You are a Samaritan and are possessed by a demon?” Jesus answered, “I am not possessed by a demon, but I honor My Father – and yet you dishonor Me. (50) I am not trying to get praise for Myself. There is one who demands it, and He also judges. I tell you the solemn truth, if anyone obeys My teaching, he will never see death.”

     Jesus is speaking of “believing IN people” to whom God the Father imputes Jesus’ spirit to. Remember Hebrews 12:22-24? Review it. Now the Judeans response was from their fleshly inherited from Adam nature.

      (John 8:52-55; Then the Judeans responded, “Now we know you’re possessed by a demon! Both Abraham and the prophets died, and yet you say, ‘If anyone obeys My teaching, he will never experience death.’ (53) You aren’t greater than our father Abraham who died, are you? And the prophets died too! Who do you claim to be?” Jesus replied, “If I glorify Myself, My glory is worthless. The one who glorifies Me is My Father, about whom you people say, ‘He is our God.’ Yet you do not know Him, but I know Him. If I were to say that I do not know Him, I would be a liar like you. But I do know Him, and I obey His teaching.”

     These Judeans, Pharisees, Sadducees and religion ideologies in our day don’t have the understanding knowledge Believers IN have today as found in Hebrews 1:. John 1:1-5 and Colossians 1:15-20. The divided denominational thinking from the beginning has been fleshly.

     Jesus continues;  (John 8:56;“Your father Abraham was overjoyed to see My day, and he saw it and was glad.”

    Believing IN Abraham, David, Moses and all God called Believed IN the Messiah’s coming.

    (John 8:57-59; Then the Judeans replied, “You are not yet fifty years old! Have you seen Abraham?” Jesus said to them, “I tell you the solemn truth, before Abraham came into existence, I am!” Then they picked up stones to throw at Him, but Jesus hid Himself and went out from the temple area.”)

      Jesus added; (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.” John 10:38.)

     What an astonishing revelation to the Judeans at that time! (Jesus the Creator is the I AM.) Each apostle believed IN this absolute truth and taught it.

     Jesus’ apostles used similar words when identifying Jesus’ followers and His fleshly brother by birth became a believer IN. James too taught the truth, not a truth.

    (James 1:1; “From James, a slave of God and the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes dispersed abroad. Greetings!” 

     James was converted to Jesus’ Way some time after His resurrection, was gifted with God’s energizing Holy Spirit and proclaimed Jesus’ good news. 

  Joy in Trials for those gifted to know, God the Father and God the Son.

     (James 1:2-8; “My brothers and sisters, consider it nothing but joy when you fall into all sorts of trials, because you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect effect, so that you will be perfect and complete, not deficient in anything. (5) But if anyone is deficient in wisdom, he should ask God, who gives to all generously and without reprimand, and it will be given to him. But he must ask in faith without doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed around by the wind. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord, since he is a double-minded individual, unstable in all his ways.”)

  Believers IN can only boast in the Lord.

     (James 1:9- “Now the believer of humble means should take pride in his high position. But the rich person’s pride should be in his humiliation, because he will pass away like a wildflower in the meadow. For the sun rises with its heat and dries up the meadow; the petal of the flower falls off and its beauty is lost forever. So also the rich person in the midst of his pursuits will wither away. (12) Happy is the one who endures testing, because when he has proven to be genuine, he will receive the crown of life that God promised to those who love Him. (13) Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted by evil, and He Himself tempts no one. But each one is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desires. Then when desire conceives, it gives birth to sin, and when sin is full grown, it gives birth to death. (16) Do not be led astray, my dear brothers and sisters. 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. (18) 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.”)

     We are “born from above” by being gifted to believe IN The Truth. We believers IN can understand why the world and its religious ideologies hated Jesus and hates us.

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