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Ephesians, complementary text and commentary, chapter 6

Sunday, July 30th, 2017

7/30/17, God’s 5th month, Av 6, 5777, and day one until sunset. To 5,109 in resident churches and individuals God is making temples of His Holy Spirit.

      A few studies back we shared that God doesn’t change. “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, today and forever.” As God planned, so it will be and no one can frustrate His plans. (See Isaiah 14:24-27) We have shared God telling Abraham about certain people groups’ lands being reserved for his heirs because of their sins. Those lands were given to the Israelites after their deliverance from Egypt. We shared God’s destroying Sodom and Gomorrah because of their fleshly sins. God allowing Israelites to be dispersed back among cruel gentile nations because of their disobedience. Now in just a short time, “less than fifty years” we have witnessed so called western nations, USA particularly; turn to the likes of Sodom and Gomorrah. A supreme court twisting the USA’S constitution for beyond what the writers intended. The question all should be thinking about, “when will God say, enough is enough and punish for sinful behavior?

      The above demonstrates the flourishing paganism in the USA. Many of us recently watched the christening of the USS Gerald Ford and was struck by the Navy Chaplain’s so called prayer that purposely “named no deity.” His prayer was apparently to whoever might be listening. Reminded me of words Jesus’ apostle Paul noted to have seen in Ephesus, “to the unknown God.” To which Paul responded by preaching Jesus.       

     (Eph 5:17-21; “Wherefore be you not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is. And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the spirit; Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.”)

      Who is led to seek and find in our inner being, a belief in the God of Abraham? Can a person conjure up a belief IN God, at a time of their choosing? NO, but people can choose practices condoned by God rather than practices designed to honor imaginary gods. People can choose to be good citizens, change habits and worship the god of their imagination. To Believers IN God living at Thessalonica Paul explained.

     (1 Thessalonians 5:17-24; “Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. Quench not the Spirit. Despise not prophesying. PROVE all things; hold fast that which is good. Abstain from all appearance of evil. And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. (24) Faithful is HE that CALLED you, who also will do it.”)

     Once gifted to believe IN and turn to God’s Way, we must depend on Him to lead. Know that God’s truth is consistent throughout, He calls, He chooses, He opens minds and He does it all through our Savior, “Jesus.” God is about order, He is the master Architect and Builder. His plan is to save people, adding to His family; “His church.” All based on His view of love, “which is righteousness, holiness and hatred for all that is evil.” His family order and covenant with His church is likened to His expectation for Godly families.

     (Eph 5:22-31; “Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and He is the savior of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing. Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for it; That He might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the Word, That He might PRESENT it to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loves his wife loves himself. For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourishes and cherishes it, even as the Lord the church: For we, ’followers of Jesus’ are members of His body, of His flesh, and of His bones. (31) For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.”) See Genesis 2:23-24)

     People put in Jesus’ church are “covenantal God’s family.” Jesus gave His life for His church, “those called to be at one with Himself and God the Father” as the human family structure is commanded to be. So He may present His church to Himself as glorious. “Yielding to and practicing Jesus’ commands is evidence of our believing IN.” “Turning to what is right in His View is evidence of believing IN.” As to the spiritual magnification of His ten commandments, “loving Him and neighbor.” This is God’s pattern of authority and submission of His set aside “sanctified” people that make us free.

     (Eph 5:32-33: “This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church. Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.”)

     The evidence of His spirit in us is, “a believing IN mindset - outlook.” That is; “believing IN God as He manifest Himself to be in the holy scriptures; “totally trust in His Way.” Not our fleshly intellect.

     (Gal 5:22-25; “But the fruit “the result and practices” of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.”)

     To crucify the flesh one must recognize the flesh’s shortcomings, turn from the lust thereof; abandon what seems right to the mind, prayerfully turning to His Way and practicing love as He loves: Which includes hating what’s evil in His view.

     Jesus and each apostle’s instruction to Christians are from the foundation of love. “Love others even as ourselves.” Even non-believer’s living in this age are being observed by our Creator. Attitudes are being formed that may carry over into the millennium. It’s the reason a person’s attitude toward their life situation: whether slave, hired hand, boss, parent or child regarding authority is important. We Christians are spiritually taught to be content in whatever state of living God blesses us with.

     (Eph 6:1-3;Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. Honor your father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;) That it may be well with you, and you may live long on the earth.” (Some so called Christian religions teach that Paul abandoned the ten commandments. The next three verses prove otherwise.)

      (Eph 6:4-9; “And, you fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters according to the FLESH, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ; Not with eye service, as men pleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart; With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men: Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he be bond or free. And, you masters, do the same things unto them, forbearing threatening: knowing that your Master also is in heaven; neither is there respect of persons with Him.”)

      Noting that God doesn’t change in principle, let’s consider His prophecy through Jeremiah regarding Judea’s stubbornness. After telling Jeremiah what was about to happen to His people; Jeremiah recorded the following.

     (Jeremiah 13:15-27; “Then I said to the people of Judah, “Listen and pay attention! Do not be arrogant! For the Lord has spoken. Show the Lord your God the respect that is due Him. Do it before He brings the darkness of disaster. Do it before you stumble into distress like a traveler on the mountains at twilight. Do it before He turns the light of deliverance you hope for into the darkness and gloom of exile. (17) But if you will not pay attention to this warning, I will weep alone because of your arrogant pride. I will weep bitterly and my eyes will overflow with tears because you, the Lord’s flock, will be carried into exile.” The Lord told me, “Tell the king and the queen mother, ‘Surrender your thrones, for your glorious crowns will be removed from your heads. The gates of the towns in southern Judah will be shut tight. No one will be able to go in or out of them.

All Judah will be carried off into exile. They will be completely carried off into exile.’”

      (20) Then I said, “Look up, Jerusalem, and see the enemy that is coming from the north. Where now is the flock of people that were entrusted to your care? Where now are the ‘sheep’ that you take such pride in? What will you say when the Lord appoints as rulers over you those allies that you, yourself, had actually prepared as such? Then anguish and agony will grip you like that of a woman giving birth to a baby. You will probably ask yourself, ‘Why have these things happened to me? Why have I been treated like a disgraced adulteress whose skirt has been torn off and her limbs exposed?’ It is because you have sinned so much.

     (23) But there is little hope for you ever doing good, you who are so accustomed to doing evil. Can an Ethiopian change the color of his skin? Can a leopard remove its spots? (24) “The Lord says, ‘That is why I will scatter your people like chaff that is blown away by a desert wind. This is your fate, the destiny to which I have appointed you, because you have forgotten Me and have trusted in false gods. (26) So I will pull your skirt up over your face and expose you to shame like a disgraced adulteress!

     (27) People of Jerusalem, I have seen your adulterous worship, your shameless prostitution to, and your lustful pursuit of, other gods. I have seen your disgusting acts of worship on the hills throughout the countryside. You are doomed to destruction!

How long will you continue to be unclean?’”

      When Jeremiah wrote this chapter, ten tribes had already been removed. The Israelites turning to other gods was spiritual adultery and God’s punishment paralleled the law regarding an adulterous wife. We followers of Jesus are heart broken over our nations’ condoning abominable to God practices. 

Ephesians, complementary text and commentary, chapter 5

Saturday, July 29th, 2017

    7/29/17, God’s 5th month, Av 5, 5777, and day the Sabbath until sunset. To 5,100 in resident churches and individuals God is making temples of His Holy Spirit.

      All worldly religions, denominationalisms and nations have went the way of Baal “the old gentile Balaam worship” looking to the zodiac, figurine idols, statutes, the obelisk on worship places and the Asherah pole. (Asherah was a leading deity of the Canaanite pantheon, wife/sister of El and goddess of fertility. Commonly worshiped at shrines in or near groves of evergreen trees or, failing that, at places marked by wooden poles. Israelites were instructed to burn or cut these down (See Deut 12:3; 16:21; Judges 6:25, 28, 30; 2 Kgs 18:4) Look around and take note, “worldly religions take part in all or some of these abominable to God practices.”

     (Eph 4:17-19; “This I say therefore and testify in the Lord, that you “Christians” henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, Having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart: Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.”)

     Worldly religions give themselves over to the get way, “inherited from Adam and inspired by the devil.” Always living in the vanity of their minds. Doing what seemed right to their fleshly nature. God made a new beginning with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob “Israel.” God made Israelites His people, making them the greatest nation on earth until they rebelled and yielded to what seemed right to their fleshly nature. (“Proverbs 16:25; There is a way that seems right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.”)

     Thus God darkened their understanding, giving them over to a gentile mentality. Allowing blindness to people’s inner being because they desired disobedience. NOW through the gift of believing IN Jesus, Paul is teaching the Ephesians and all followers of Jesus to overcome to the end.

     (Eph 4:20-24; “But you have not so learned Christ; If so be that you have heard Him, and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus: That you put off concerning the former conduct, the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; (23) And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that you put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.”)

     Spiritually led followers of Jesus strive to renew the mind, be righteous and holy because He is both. When we believe IN Jesus, we are taught truth by revelation and are gifted with the desire that our practice please Him. Desire to turn from the get way, knowing that Satan is the author of it; all deceit and lustful living practices.

     (Eph 4:25-32; “Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbor: for we “Christians” are members one of another. Be you angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: Neither give place to the devil. Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labor, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needs. (29) Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby you are sealed unto the day of redemption. (31) Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamor, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be you kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake has forgiven you.”)

     This is elementary teaching to the mature Christian; “it would have been to believing Abraham.” The Holy Spirit leads us to be angry at sin, recognize Satan’s pulls on our fleshly nature and even more so on unbelievers. Followers of Jesus must work at overcoming the get way, practice self control and overcome the pulls of the flesh. Paul’s letter to the Ephesians teaches us how to love God and fellow believers. We know Paul is writing to Christians because in verse 30 it’s written, “grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby you are sealed unto the day of redemption.”

     When we read through this section of scripture thoughtfully, surely we each can find words of correction for ourselves. This practical letter to the Ephesians should be studied by all who profess to be followers of Jesus.

     (Eph 5:1-5; “Be you therefore followers of God, as dear children; And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us, and has given Himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet smelling Savor. But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becoming Saints; Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks. (5) For this you know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.”)

     Christians should think of themselves as literal children of God the Father and a slave servant with God the Son. When the Israelites, to whom God made Himself known, promised to obey, “it was a marriage covenant to the Lord God.” (They promising to be His people and He promising to be their God.) When they turned away, God referred to them as adulterers, “prostituting themselves.”

     In this New Covenant age, God calls, reveals Himself to individuals and the repentant believing IN person become family, “put in His church which is the bride of Christ.” When God calls, gifts understanding, repentance and His spirit; “it’s a fathering - begotten by or born again to be at one with parent God the Father.” Through Jesus God the Father ordained the gifting of His spirit, the believing IN process; “making Believers spiritual children of our spiritual Father; inheriting the Kingdom with Abraham under Christ.

     REMEMBER Jesus’ words? “Many will come saying I am the Christ and deceive many!”

     (Eph 5:6-10; “Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things comes the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. Be NOT you therefore partakers with them. For you were sometimes darkness, but now are you light in the Lord: walk as children of light: (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth; Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.”)

     Unbelievers seem to enjoy debating these verses, some saying; “everyone sins and therefore everyone is disobedient.” Jesus and each apostle’s principle teaching on this subject is, “don’t practice living disobediently.” True, even the holiest have a self serving thought come to the mind from time to time. That isn’t sin in God‘s view, “until yielded to and practiced!” (When led by God’s spirit in us, “we are led to repent when we slip” therefore God does not consider us sinners.”)

  Jesus’ good news are as parables to those who aren’t called in this age.

     Jesus told His parables to the populations at large, “so they would ponder but not understand their full meaning.” When ask why parables, Jesus quoted Isaiah saying; ““Although they see they do not see, and although they hear they do not hear nor do they understand.” And concerning them the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled that says: ‘You will listen carefully yet will never understand, you will look closely yet will never comprehend. For the heart of this people has become dull; they are hard of hearing,

and they have shut their eyes, so that they would not see with their eyes and hear with their ears and understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them.” Matt 13:13-15)

     Privately with His apostles, Jesus was more to the point. (Matt 19:27-30; “Then Peter said to Jesus, “Look, we “apostles” have left everything to follow You! What then will there be for us?” Jesus said to them, “I tell you the truth: In the age when all things are renewed, when the Son of Man sits on His glorious throne, you who have followed Me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And whoever has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or fields for My sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life. (30) But many who are first will be last, and the last first.”) Verse 30 is in parable form and Jesus’ apostles didn’t understand until later when Jesus opened their minds.

     At Matthew 20:1-16, Jesus gives His parable about the workers in the vineyard hired at various hours in the day and at the end of the work day, the last received the same pay as the first. Again Jesus concluded saying, “So the last will be first, and the first last.”

     We now understand that many called in these last days who overcome to the end, will be first. Last days being, “since Jesus’ ascension.”

     To Believe IN God as He manifest Himself to be in the holy scriptures is to know and totally trust in His Way. (People desiring to be religious for popularly and goodness sake, “those in whom Jesus isn’t revealed to” yield to their fleshly imaginations, attempting to rationally make God fit their fleshly intellect: “their idea of what God should be like.” These to whom Jesus isn’t revealed to, trust their fleshly intellect rather than God’s original printed word for revealed knowledge. Jesus’ Apostle John introduces Him as He revealed Himself to His apostles.

     (1 John 3:3-8; “And every man that has this hope in him purifies himself, even as HE is pure. Whosoever commits sin transgresses also the LAW: for SIN IS the transgression of the law. And you know that He was manifested “made known” to take away our sins; and in Him is no sin. Whosoever abides in Him sins NOT: whosoever sins has not SEEN “understood” Him, neither known Him. Little children, let no man deceive you: he that does righteousness is righteous, even as Jesus is righteous. (8) He that commits sin is of the devil; for the devil sins from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, “revealed - made known” that He might destroy the works of the devil.”)

     Who sins has not seen Him, neither know Him? Meaning: Once God the Father and God the Son’s love is revealed, our outlook regarding lawlessness to His Way is miraculously changed: we know our old self serving nature was evil in His View. Then we understand, “the many religions are yielded to man made doctrines.” Obeying the spiritual intent of His commandments becomes a primary concern, “including the fourth.” (Study 1 John.)

     (Eph 5:11-16; “Have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret. But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the Light: for whatsoever does make manifest “make known” is light. Wherefore He said, Awake you that sleep, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give you light. See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, (16) Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.”)

      Followers of Jesus aren’t comfortable among the worldly religious nor the politically correct, because their life practices are from darkness. Jesus is the Light of the world, He reproves. His revealing spirit makes light known! His Light gives people the desire to redeem the time. How do we go about redeeming the time? Remember who the holy scriptures teach the god of this age? Times people traditionally set aside, have no substance pertaining to or foreshadowing of God’s Way. Religions designed by people to fit their fleshly intellect leads to a second death if not turned from. Revelations 21;8)

 

Ephesians, complementary text and commentary, chapter 4

Friday, July 28th, 2017

    7/28/17, God’s 5th month, Av 4, 5777, and day 6 until sunset. To 5,089 in resident churches and individuals God is making temples of His Holy Spirit.

      Jesus’ teaching through Paul as revealed in chapters two and three was revealed to Daniel, long before to Jesus’ apostles. Demonism is spreading like wild fire across the world and particularly in countries professing to be Christian.

     (Dan 12:8-10; “And I heard, but I understood not: then said I, O my Lord, what shall be the end of these things? And He said, Go your way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end. Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand.”)

      The wicked are those condoning the spread of fleshly lust, yielding to political correctness and denying our Creator’s authority. Including the so called science wisdom worldly educators spouts; but the wise are those God calls and gives understanding to. The wise in God’s view are Believers IN. Jesus gave this prophecy to Daniel and revealed the same to His apostles. Followers of Jesus understand that spiritual knowledge and the desire to the obedient to God are gifts from God. None of the unbelievers shall understand! To BELIEVERS IN, the apostle Peter writes.

     (1 Pet 4:15-19; “But let none of you, ‘followers of Jesus’ suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men’s matters. Yet if any person suffer as a Christian, let that one not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf. For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear? Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to Him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.”) Our Creator gives understanding through His energizing Holy Spirit.

   Paul and Daniel taught this same message.

     (Eph 3:5-13; “Now this secret was not disclosed to people in former generations as it has now been revealed to His holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit, namely, that through the gospel the Gentiles are fellow heirs, fellow members of the body, and fellow partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus. (7) I became a servant of this gospel according to the gift of God’s grace that was given to me by the exercise of His power. To me – less than the least of all the Saints – this grace was given, to proclaim to the Gentiles the unfathomable riches of Christ and to enlighten everyone about God’s secret plan – a secret that has been hidden for ages in God who has created all things. The purpose of this enlightenment is that through the church the multifaceted wisdom of God should now be disclosed to the rulers and the authorities in the heavenly realms.(11) This was according to the eternal purpose that He accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord, in whom we have boldness and confident access to God because of Christ’s faithfulness. For this reason I ask you not to lose heart because of what I am suffering for you, which is your glory.”)

      Back when Adam and Eve were created, His eternal purposes through Jesus was preplanned. When He would reveal His secret plan, regarding all people. He also knew how Satan would influence his subordinates, ‘organized worldly religions’ to infiltrate and insult God; “even to the degree of naming days of the week after pagan gods.” The very pagan entities Jesus and His apostles taught against.

     (Eph 3:14-19; “For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, That He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might by HIS Spirit in the INNER MAN; That Christ may DWELL in your hearts by faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in LOVE, May be able to COMPREHEND with all Saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth and height; And to KNOW the love of Christ, which PASSES knowledge, that you might be FILLED with all the fullness of God. Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, Unto Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.”) (Matt 22:14; “For many are called, but few are chosen.”)

      The mystery? God’s gifted energizing spirit imputed now and Resurrections future!

     (1Cor 15:51-58; “Behold, I show you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound and  we shall be changed the dead shall be raised incorruptible. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this MORTAL must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on IMMORTALITY, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is your sting? O grave, where is your victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. (58) Therefore, my beloved brethren, be you steadfast, un-moveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as you know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.”)

     Jesus’ and His apostles’ teachings are the key to the mystery that’s been hidden throughout the ages. We in God and God in us serving as His temples. Understanding being opened to His called, a people gifted with the desire to be obedient because, “He loved us first.” (See 1John 4:19)

     A people gifted to Believe IN Jesus’ deeds: Israelites - non-Israelites sanctified, “set apart” to practice living His Way and for His purpose.

     Heavenly Father: give us Your gift of love, that we may love Your Way and abhor the fleshly, selfish way. Open many minds to see the folly of going the way that seems right. We pray in Jesus’ holy name. Amen.

      What is your life practicing primary vocation? How is that vocation used? Are your talents used to get or give? To serve or take? We each inherited and are motivated to practice the way of get, for self and those we consider ours, until God calls, changes our outlook, reveals His Way and we turn “repent.” Only then do people come to realize that they and their talents are gifted, “aren’t their own.” Until that is realized leaders can take advantage of the naïve; “use them as merchandise to enrich themselves.” They appeal to and take advantage of the people’s naïve,” inherited get way nature.” This is the way of democracies! People whose natures aren’t supernaturally changed aren’t capable of ruling themselves! Jesus and His apostles messages are to people whose outlooks “minds” are converted to understand that God’s Way is for our good and the way of get serves the devil.

     (Eph 4:1-3; “I “Paul” therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, urge you that you walk worthy of the vocation wherewith you are called, with all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.”)

     The Christian’s life practices is their spiritual VOCATION and each Christian is CALLED TO that vocation mimicking Jesus. Jesus as He manifested Himself to be in the holy scriptures is a keeper of the unity of God’s spirit.

     (Eph 4:4-6; “There is one body, and one spirit, even as you “Christians” are CALLED in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all, and in you all.”)

     Paul is writing to people gifted with God’s energizing spirit. It is about being “AT ONE-with our Creator.” The parallels are: “as is “God the Father and God the Son” as is “Jesus and His church” is as “a husband and wife relationship should be.”

     (Eph 4:7-16; “But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the GIFT of Christ. Wherefore He said, When He ascended up on high, He led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. (Now that He ascended, what is it but that He also descended first into the lower parts of the earth? He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that He might fill all things.) (11) And He gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the SAINTS, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ: (14) That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; (15) But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into Him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplies, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, making increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.”)

     Unbelievers, denominationalist, professing Christians and the world at large CANNOT comprehend verses seven through sixteen because they are spiritual for spiritual people. All except the called are blinded. Review Ephesians 2:11-13.

     How were we brought near? By being gifted to understand Jesus’ deeds and know that He is Lord. “Jesus’ apostle Peter also shared the condition of people prior to their being called and experiencing a nature change.”

     (1 Peter 4:1-6; “So, since Christ suffered in the flesh, you also arm yourselves with the same attitude, because the one who has suffered in the flesh has finished with sin, in that he spends the rest of his time on earth concerned about the will of God and not human desires. For the time that has passed was sufficient for you to do what the non-Christians desire. You lived then in debauchery, evil desires, drunkenness, carousing, drinking bouts, and wanton idolatries. So they, “non-Christians” are astonished when you do not rush with them into the same flood of wickedness, and they vilify you. They will face a reckoning before Jesus Christ who stands ready to judge the living and the dead. Now it was for this very purpose that the gospel was preached to those who are now dead, so that though they were judged in the flesh by human standards they may live spiritually by God’s standards.”)

     The world and it’s religions are divided, confused and at war to gain advantage. Believers IN - Christians, “are one spirit, one in mind and serving one Lord as He manifest Himself to be.” The giver of gifts, “talents” the one through whom edifies His body the church.”

 

 

Ephesians, complementary text and commentary, chapter 3

Thursday, July 27th, 2017

    7/27/17, God’s 5th month, Av 3, 5777, and day 5 until sunset. To 5,075 in resident churches and individuals God is making temples of His Holy Spirit.

      We are called to be ambassadors, witnesses; as such to teach the competent to teach and encourage others. (2 Tim 2:1-2; “So you, my child, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And entrust what you heard me say in the presence of many others as witnesses to faithful people who will be competent to teach others as well.”)

      When new in the faith, I tended to send studies to people I thought would appreciate learning that which had been revealed to me; “only to discover, I was offensive for the most part.” I learned, “people locked in denominationalism couldn’t comprehend my good intentions.” It took a while to digest Jesus’ teaching through Peter.  

      1Pet 3:15-17; “But set Christ apart as Lord in your hearts and always be ready to give an answer to anyone who asks about the hope you possess. Yet do it with courtesy and respect, keeping a good conscience, so that those who slander your good conduct in Christ may be put to shame when they accuse you. For it is better to suffer for doing good, if God wills it, than for doing evil.”) It may sound boastful to some, but we Believers IN need to consider ourselves dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus. Romans 6:11) We cannot make unbelievers understand that they are slaves to what they are obedient to. Rom 6:16) All the while we must test ourselves, being sure we are in the faith. 2Cor 13”5.) An exam? Brotherly love and evidence that our teacher is God. 1Thess 4:9.) Exam two? Work at shedding evil inherited urges and be holy because God is holy. 1Peter 1:14.)

  How are we made at one with God? Made to be Believers IN.

       (Eph 2:10-13; “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God has before ordained that we should walk in them. Wherefore remember, that you being in time past gentiles in the flesh, who are CALLED Un-circumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands; That at that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world: (13) But now in Christ Jesus you who sometimes were far off are made near by the blood of Christ.”)

      LET’S understand; our promises were first to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, whose name God changed to Israel. As God set Israel past, apart; “He now chooses, calls and sets Believers IN apart.” Israel past was a “set apart nation” “spiritual Israelites present are holy people, a royal priesthood.” Jesus teaches it through Peter.

     (1Peter 2;6-10; “For it says in scripture, “Look, I lay in Zion a stone, a chosen and priceless Cornerstone, and whoever believes IN Him will never be put to shame.” So you who believe see His value, but for those who do not believe, the stone that the builders rejected has become the Cornerstone, ( 8) and a Stumbling-stone and a Rock to trip over. They stumble because they disobey the word, as they were destined to do. (9) But you ‘Believers IN’ 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. (10) You once were not a people, but now you are God’s people. You were shown no mercy, but now you have received mercy.)

       As with other people groups in Moses, Samuel and David’s day: “God shows mercy to unbelievers by giving them rain and the like blessing as to Believers” but they aren’t blessed and shown the mercy of gifted spiritual understanding.” They don’t have the benefit of being “spiritual Israelites” a people God fights for.

      When Jesus delivered Israel from Egypt, it was a spiritual parallel to His calling and delivering His chosen followers from this sinful world in this new covenant age. When Israel was delivered a large group of Egyptians followed, being led to recognize Israel’s God. Even before Israel’s bondage to the Egyptians, Abraham and God’s chosen descendents were called to separate from the world at large. God’s chosen have always been a set aside, “sanctified” people, from the world. (In the world but not of the world. See John 15:19; Jesus said, (“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.”) Thus, when Israel past was delivered from sinful Egypt, God gave them rules of conduct for their good, separating them from non-Israelite cultures who honored imaginary gods.

      (For their good! “Jesus gave Israel His commands and oracles” that when practiced honored Him, as Creator God.”) These things Jesus instituted prior to His coming in the flesh, looking forward to when God the Father would send Him “Jesus” to called out Spiritual Israelites, ‘a sanctified - set apart from the world church.’ God’s New Covenant is with a called out spiritual Israel “His church” and a parallel with Israelites past. (Particularly, if a new reader, study John 1:1-5, Colossians 1:15-20 and Hebrews 1:)

      (Eph 2:14-17; “For JESUS is our peace, who has made “Israelites and non-Israelitesboth one, and has broken down the middle wall of partition between us; Having abolishednullified” in His flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in Himself of “from” two, one new man, “people” so making peace; (16) And that God might reconcile both unto Himself in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby: And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were near.”)

     Abolished? A proper English term which communicates this is “nullify” since this word carries the denotation of “making something legally null and void.” For this reason, the Net Bible translation retains the term “nullify” it’s the best choice of the available options, despite its problems.)

     Israelites were God’s covenant people by promises to Abraham and gifted with commandments for their good. Others strayed further from God’s way practicing things that honor imaginary gods. (the likes of Diana, Baal and Zeus) Today all Believers IN, “followers of Jesus” are made ONE in Jesus Christ! Paul explains, commandments contained in ordinances caused enmity “a middle wall of partition” is nullified in Jesus’ flesh. Symbolic of that; “when Jesus died the temple curtain separating the holy of holiest was physically split from top to bottom. “Commands in ordinances caused many Israelites to look to them for their saving, thus diverse to the law of FAITH and GRACE.” People gifted with faith in Jesus understand the commandments are summed up in Jesus‘ words: “believe In, Love God and Love neighbor.” Believing IN God is demonstrated by respectfully practicing the first four commandments and loving neighbor is demonstrated by practicing the last six.

      (Eph 2:18-22; “For through Jesus we both “Israelites & gentiles” have access by one Spirit unto the Father. Now therefore you “gentiles” are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the Saints, and of the household of God; (20) And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief Cornerstone; In whom all the building fitly framed together grows unto an holy temple in the Lord: (22) In whom you also are built together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.”) God’s habitation? God’s Spirit residing in individuals solves the mystery of His making His followers AT ONE with Himself.) Loving God’s laws are imputed to our minds through His energizing spirit; thus, Christians’ desire is to, “love what He loves and hate what He hates.”

     (Eph 3:1-7; “For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles, If you have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward: How that by revelation JESUS made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote before in few words; Whereby, when you read, you may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ)

     (5-7; Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now REVEALED unto His holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit; That the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, and of the same body, and partakers of god’s promise in Christ by the gospel: Whereof I was made a minister, according to the GIFT of the GRACE of God given unto me by the effectual working of His power.”)

     Paul did not choose Jesus, PAUL WAS MADE an apostle by the grace of God, to non-Israelites and Israelites. Paul was taught directly by Jesus through gifted revelation! LIKEWISE each called Believer IN is gifted with a yielding, obedient spirit to discern, compare spiritual to spiritual and thereby grow in grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. If honest we agree with Paul, “individually recognizing that our past conduct is the reason we could only be saved by His grace and are the least of all Saints.”

     (Eph 3:8-13; “Unto me, “Paul” who am less than the least of all Saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the un-searchable riches of Christ; And to

make “help” all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world has been HID in God, who created all things BY Jesus Christ: To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God, (11) According to the ETERNAL PURPOSE which He purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord: In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of Him. (13) Wherefore I desire that you faint not at my tribulations for you, which is your glory.”)

     Paul did not mean, “he personally make ALL MEN SEE what is the fellowship of this mystery.” Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Moses may not have known this mystery of God. (Calling a people through Jesus’ faith imputed to the mind, making people love and desire to be AT ONE with Himself.)

     Individually, called out Saints of God need to seek and wait on revelations as we study, prove all things and grow in the grace and knowledge of God. Followers of Jesus need to go out from this demonic world and separate themselves from worldly religions. (Knowing that in God’s timing, “we will one day know even as we are known.”

     (1 Corinthians 13:8-13; “Love never ends. But if there are prophecies, they will be set aside; if there are tongues, they will cease; if there is knowledge, it will be set aside. For we know in part, and we prophesy in part, but when what is perfect comes, the partial will be set aside. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. But when I became an adult, I set aside childish ways. For now we see in a mirror indirectly, but then we will see face to face. Now I know in part, but then I will know fully, just as I have been fully known. And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.”)

       Remember God enlightens whom He chooses and darkens the understanding of many until His set time.

 

 

Ephesians, chapter 2

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

7/25/17, God’s 5th month, Av 1, 5777, and day 3 until sunset. To 5,052 in resident churches and individuals God is making temples of His Holy Spirit.

      We now make a wide detour from Paul’s letter to the Ephesians to support his teaching with other scripture. In a beginning after the flood, God began making choices among people. Noah’s son Shem was the first God favored over his two brothers. (See Genesis 9:24-28.) The principle of God’s choosing who He would work through to accomplish His purpose is history. From Shem’s descendents came Abraham and God’s promises to and through Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. God changed Jacob’s name to “Israel” serving His purpose of adding to His family. Israel is the foundation from which followers of Jesus find themselves serving. God spoke with Abraham regarding his heirs.

      (Genesis 17:19-20; God said, “No, ‘Abraham’ Sarah your wife is going to bear you a son and you will name him Isaac. I will confirm My covenant with him as a perpetual, (forever: lasting for all time: lasting indefinitely: occurring repeatedly.) covenant for his descendants after him. As for Ishmael, I have heard you. I will indeed bless him, make him fruitful, and give him a multitude of descendants”) God further said; “But I will establish My covenant with Isaac, whom Sarah will bear to you at this set time next year.” Verse 21:)

     As Creator, God has the prerogative to bless whom He will and covenant with whom He chooses! All who don’t believe this aren’t believers IN!

       (“Do not be upset about the boy ‘Ishmael’ or your slave wife. Do all that Sarah is telling you because through Isaac your descendants will be counted. But I will also make the son of the slave wife into a great nation, for he is your descendant too.” Gen 21:12-13) Isaac’s marrying Rebekah was also preplanned.

      Isaac and Rebekah’s twin boys were Esau and Jacob. God chose and covenanted with Jacob; changing his name to Israel and preplanned that he father twelve sons. (See Gen 25:24 and forward.) The twelve gates of New Jerusalem are named for the twelve tribes of Israel. (See Revelations 21:12-21.) Few professing Christians understand the connection between the twelve tribes of Israel and the twelve apostles of the Lamb, ‘Jesus.’

       Israel’s history was and is preplanned. Spiritual Israel “Jesus’ Church” history was and is also preplanned. Moses, Joshua, Caleb, the good and bad kings before Samuel, plus King David’s physical and spiritual kingdom was and is preplanned. (See Isaiah 14:24 and 46:8-13 

       Followers of Jesus must understand the meaning of the word, “Israel.” the word “Israel” means, “God fights.” (We need to know that today’s spiritual Israelites are followers of Jesus and that He, the Son of God, “Jesus” was the Lord that communed with Moses; giving Israelites laws and oracles for their good. Followers of Jesus must know the spiritual parallels between God’s dealing with Israel past and Christians present. Hopefully we all understand that God gives revelations to whom He chooses. Our study in the previous chapter demonstrates that, “God chooses, fights for, calls and delivers those He makes spiritual Israelites.” Each follower of Jesus is preplanned from the foundation of the world and given like requirement as were Israel past.
     ( Deuteronomy 10:12-21; “Now, Israel, what does the Lord your God require of you except to revere Him, to obey all His commandments, to love Him, to serve Him with all your mind and being, and to keep the Lord’s commandments and statutes that I am giving you today for your own good? The heavens – indeed the highest heavens – belong to the Lord your God, as does the earth and everything in it. (15) However, only to your ancestors did He show His loving favor, and He chose you, their descendants, from all peoples – as is apparent today. Therefore, cleanse your heart and stop being so stubborn! For the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great, mighty and awesome God who is unbiased and takes no bribe, who justly treats the orphan and widow, and who loves resident foreigners, giving them food and clothing. So you must love the resident foreigner because you were foreigners in the land of Egypt. Revere the Lord your God, serve Him, be loyal to Him and take oaths only in His name. He is the one you should praise; He is your God, the one who has done these great and awesome things for you that you have seen.”)

     The only true God is the God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Israelites past an future; “not necessarily the God of the nation Israel present - Judaism.” Jesus was the Lord God of Moses, the Deliverer and is our Savior, the One and same Lord that led Israel from Egypt. The same Creator Lord God also became a fleshly person to redeem and die for the sins of the world. For the most part denominationalist don’t know the God of Israel past nor the God of spiritual Israel present, “Jesus’ Church - Christians.”

     Remember, Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever. (Study Hebrews 1:) Remember too; the one giving genuine desire and effort to be at one with Him, is God. (See Philippians 2:13) 

     (Jesus said to His chosen; “I no longer call you 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 He will give you. This I command you – to love one another.” John 15:15-17) This same Jesus also inspired Isaiah’s words.

     Isaiah 66:1-5; This is what the Lord says: “The heavens are My throne and the earth is My footstool. Where then is the house you will build for Me? Where is the place where I will rest? My hand made them; that is how they came to be,” says the Lord. I show special favor to the humble and contrite, who respect what I have to say.”

      (2-4; “The one who slaughters a bull also strikes down a man; the one who sacrifices a lamb also breaks a dog’s neck; the one who presents an offering includes pig’s blood with it; the one who offers incense also praises an idol. They have decided to behave this way; they enjoy these disgusting practices. So I will choose severe punishment for them; I will bring on them what they dread, because I called, and no one responded, I spoke and they did not listen. They did evil before Me; they chose to do what displeases Me.”

     Verse 5: “Hear the word of the Lord, you who respect what He has to say! Your countrymen, who hate you and exclude you, supposedly for the sake of My name, say, “May the Lord be glorified, then we will witness your joy.” But they will be put to shame.”)

     Those NOT chosen and gifted with an obedient desire nature in this age, go about doing what seems right to their fleshly inherited from Adam nature. Many like minded choose a religion of comfort, usually one yielding to political correctness, “social club.” Remember a first and second resurrection is prophesied.

      Paul’s teaching us and followers of Jesus at Ephesus about callings and being saved by grace, naturally goes beyond this world’s unbelieving people’s understanding. So, let’s consider his letter to the Romans also. Writing to non-Israelites “gentiles in the flesh” “Roman citizens” he explained that God’s chosen Israelites are, “the olive tree” “beloved for the Father’s sake” and gentiles “contrary to their nature” are grafted in.

      (Rom 11:24-29; “For if you, ‘gentiles’ were cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and were grafted contrary to nature into a good olive tree: how much more shall these, which be the natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree? For I would not, brethren, that you should be ignorant of this MYSTERY, lest you should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fullness of the gentiles be come in. (26) And so ALL Israel “those God fights for” shall be saved: as it is written, “There shall come out of Zion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob “Israel.” For this is My covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.” (28) As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but as touching the Election, they are beloved for the fathers’ sakes. (29) For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.”)

      God’s CALLING and gifts to HIS Elect is according to HIS purpose. We need to remember God’s promises to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and the prophetic words He gave through Moses. .

      (Rom 11:2-6; “God has not cast away His people which He foreknew. Know you not what the scripture said of Elias? how he makes intercession to God against Israel, saying, “Lord, they have killed your prophets, and dug down your altars; and I am left alone, and they seek my life.” (4) But what says the answer of God unto him? (“I have reserved to Myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to the image of Baal.”) (5) Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace. (6) And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.”)

     God does the choosing and tells His chosen how they should respond. (By grace we are saved, through FAITH, it is the gift of God.) God gives understanding and He blinds; according to His master plan.

      (Rom 11:7-8; “What then? Israel has not obtained that which he seeks for; but the ELECTION has obtained it, and the rest were BLINDED. (According as it is written, God has given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear; unto this day.”)

     All nations, denominationalist, Israelites and gentiles are blinded to His spiritual truth until God’s chooses to open their understanding!

     God is LOVE and His mercy is beyond our understanding. He has purposely made His Way a mystery to the world at large. Blindness in this age will ultimately be a blessing for many. God’s master plan includes a physical resurrection and unbelievers will die a second death. That second resurrection is likened to Lazarus’ whom Jesus resurrected after he had been dead four days.

      Jesus reveals a second death to John four time in His revelations to him. See Rev 2:11, Rev 20:6, Rev 20:14 and (Rev 21:8; “But the fearful, unbelieving, the abominable, murderers, whoremongers, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”)

      WHY a mystery to the world? IN large part, it’s because the world can not get past Satan’s first lie. Satan’s first lie is in large part the cause of world wide spread unbelief. Every major religious belief system accepts some form of his lie, “surely you won’t die, for God knows when you eat, “disobey” you will be like deities, knowing right and wrong.” (my words: see Genesis 3:. Paul’s letter to Timothy explains Jesus’ revelations of what it is like in this age.

     (2 Timothy 4:1-8; “I solemnly charge you “Timothy” before God and Christ Jesus, who is going to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom: Preach the message, be ready whether it is convenient or not, reprove, rebuke, exhort with complete patience and instruction. For there will be a time when people will not tolerate sound teaching. Instead, following their own desires, they will accumulate teachers for themselves, because they have an insatiable curiosity to hear new things. And they will turn away from hearing the truth, but on the other hand they will turn aside to myths. You, however, be self-controlled in all things, endure hardship, do an evangelist’s work, fulfill your ministry. For I am already being poured out as an offering, and the time for me to depart is at hand. I have competed well; I have finished the race; I have kept the faith! Finally the crown of righteousness is reserved for me. The Lord, the righteous Judge, will award it to me in that day – and not to me only, but also to all who have set their affection on Jesus’ appearing.”)

      Let’s thank God for His mercy on this unbelieving age. NOW back to Paul’s letter to the Believing Ephesians.

Ephesians, chapter 1

Sunday, July 23rd, 2017

    7/23/17, God’s 4th month, Tammuz 28, 5777, day 1 until sunset. To 5,030 in resident churches and individuals God is making temples of His Holy Spirit.

      Every follower of Jesus should know “the world will look to God’s calendar when Jesus returns.” Pagan holiday keeping will be understood for what they are. God’s Sabbaths, Israel’s history and Jesus’ blood sacrifice for the remission of this world’s sins, will be known as water covers the sea. We will perpetually look back and forward to God’s set aside annual Sabbaths and celebrate their purposes. 

     Jesus’ apostle Paul’s work with the people at Ephesus was tough going in part because the city was totally pagan. It was the epic centers for the goddess Diana’s temple. The Ephesians worshiped many imaginary gods. Here Paul found something like a billboard  saying; “to the unknown god.“ Paul used that as a foundation to teach Jesus.

     Seemingly all Jesus’ apostles gave their lives for the cause of Christ, only John seems to have lived to an old age but was sentenced to an island called Patmos because of the word of God and the testimony about Jesus. On the surface one might assume that Paul had the greater burden of, “starting churches among non-Israelites” but not necessarily. Peter, John, Matthew, Jesus’ two half brothers James and Jude’s task was no less burdensome. We don‘t know about all the apostles‘ travels and work, but from a human perspective, traditionalism was and is a giant obstacle to the work of the Lord. Demonic influences have always had their hold on gentiles and Israelites. When people are allowed to go the way that seems right to their fleshly inherited from Adam nature, the majority choose “the get way” “Jesus referred to that way as the love of money way.”

     Let’s understand, “only God can open a minds to recognize His truth.” In this present age, as in previous ages, tradition and demonic influences have the world upside down. In bondage, no less so spiritually, than were the Israelites in Egypt. The Apostle Paul sheds light on these things in his letter to the Ephesians.

     (Eph 1:1-6; “Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the Saints which are at Ephesus and to the faithful in Christ Jesus: Grace be to you, and peace from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: According as, He has CHOSEN us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love: (5) Having PREDESTINED us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, To the praise of the glory of His grace, wherein He freely bestowed on us in His dearly loved Son.”)

     CHOSEN; PREDESTINED, ADOPTED and Paul, by the will of God, is an apostle. Strange teachings to this world’s populations who were taught that individuals could choose to turn to God when they were ready. Note that Paul does not include God’s energizing Holy Spirit as a deity with God the Father and God the Son! Paul’s letter is to the Saints in Ephesus and to all the chosen who are faithful in Christ Jesus. If we are Believers IN; when did He choose us?  DOES Paul’s words fit with Jesus’?

     (John 15:14-17; “You are My friends, if you do whatsoever I command you. Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knows not what his lord does: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of My Father I have made known unto you. You have NOT chosen Me, but I have CHOSEN you, and ordained you, that you should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever you shall ask of the Father in My name, He may give it you. (17) These things I command you, that you love one another.)

     (Eph 1:7-14; “In whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace; Wherein He has abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence; Having made known unto us the MYSTERY OF HIS WILL, according to His good pleasure which He has purposed in Himself: (10) That in the dispensation of the fullness of times He might gather together IN ONE all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in Him: In whom also we have obtained an INHERITANCE, being PREDESTINED according to the purpose of Him who works all things after the counsel of His own will: (12) That we should be to the praise of His glory, who first trusted in Christ.”) All planned, see Isaiah 14:24 and 46:8-13

     No individual is worthy of eternal life. No individual is worthy of being set free from the bondage of sin. No individual can council or give advice to God. It’s through God’s all knowing master plan, that we are chosen for His purpose. God gives understanding, faith - trust and the mind to recognize truth to His chosen. Jesus as our paschal lamb, is unblemished. (See Heb 9:14 and 1 Pet 1:19) Since Believers are in Christ, God views us potentially unblemished and will make us ultimately without blemish. (See Jude 24; Eph 5:27 and Colossians 1:22).

     (Ephesians 1:14; “In whom you “gifted believers IN” also trusted, after that you heard the Word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that you believed, you were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise, Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of His glory.”)

     Understand our Creator God is ALL IN ALL; “all knowing.” There is no division among God’s heavenly called messengers nor His CHOSEN, predestined people. His Chosen people’s focus is on being obedient, holy because Jesus is holy, living righteously because Jesus lived a righteous life..

      (Eph 1:15-23;Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the Saints, Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may GIVE unto you the SPIRIT of wisdom and REVELATION in the knowledge of Him: The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His CALLING, and what the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the Saints, And what is the exceeding greatness of His power to us-ward who believe, according to the WORKING of His mighty power, Which He “God the Father” wrought in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead, and set Him at His own right hand in the heavenly places, Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: (22) And has put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be the head over all things to the church, (23) Which is His body, the fullness of Him that fills all in all.”) Compare the above text with John 1”1-5, Colossians 1:15-20 and Hebrews 1:

     God the Father GIVES the spirit of wisdom and revelation. Theological schooling can not give individuals revelation nor wisdom. Most teach a “traditional, acceptable with customs of their particular region. Organized religions strive not to be hated by the status quo. But that was not Jesus’ Way.

     (John 15:18-20; “If the world hate you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love his own: but because you are not of the world, but I have CHOSEN you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. (20) Remember the Word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted Me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept My saying, they will keep yours also.”)

     Compare Jesus and Paul’s words to that of popular worldly churches. They teach that you can choose to be a follower of Jesus when you are ready. This is only partially true, if when it’s recognized that, “God called, gave the desire to know Him intimately and opened the mind to spiritual understanding.”

     (Eph 2:1-3; “And you “Christians” has He “Godquickened, who were DEAD in trespasses and sins; wherein in time past you walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now works in the children of disobedience: Among whom also we all had our conversation “conduct” in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.”)

       The word; “Quickened” is added to make clear. (EVERY individual was born in sin “with a lawless toward God nature” and lived according to and in the environment to which we were accustomed to.) (“The wages of sin is DEATH, but the gift of God is eternal life.” Rom 6:23) (Satan as being the “god of this age” “prince of the power of the air” is the cause of this world’s condition.) He influenced our first parents to DISBELIEVE God. (We were all children of disobedience until God revealed Himself, CHOSE, called and granted His gift of repentance.) Until He gave us a new outlook, until He made us “BORN AGAIN” until He “fathered us with His spirit.” We all lived according to the desires of the flesh and mind until God chose to set us free! BY our INHERITED nature, we were born, “children of wrath.” We were each born with a rebellious mind, toward the God who gifted us with His calling. “Way of GIVE nature.”

      (Eph 2:4-7; “But God, who is rich in mercy, for His great love wherewith He loved us, Even when we were DEAD in sins, has quickened us together with Christ, (by grace you are saved;) And has raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: (7) That in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.”)

     Because of His love for us when we were still declared sinners, “God the Father gave His only begotten Son.” Paul is writing to called out Believers IN, not the world at large. A people being SAVED by grace. Thus, Believers IN are now; “as sitting together with Jesus in the heavenly.”) This is how we Believers IN are able to worship in spirit and truth. (Remember: Ephesians were non-Israelite, gentiles, previously pagans worshiping imaginary gods until they heard and believed IN the message of truth.)

     (Eph 2:8-9; “For by grace are you saved through “Jesus‘” faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.”) IF by gift, then who supposes one can demand the gift?

     (Eph 2:10-13; “For we, ‘followers of Jesus’ are God’s workmanship, ‘spiritually’ created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God has before ordained that we should walk in them. (His good works) Wherefore remember, that you being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are CALLED Un-circumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands; That at that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world: (13) But now in Christ Jesus you who sometimes were far off are made near by the blood of Christ.”)

     We hope this Ephesians study will clear up confusion about spiritual circumcision of the heart. Make us look forward to our being gifted with a circumcised heart. Paul wrote the same to the Galatians - non-Israelites “who were aliens to the covenant promises God made with Abraham until they were called, put in God’ church and made heirs with Abraham.. Now called, believing IN repentant non-Israelites are heirs with Abraham. See Galatians 3:29 and Romans 11:.

God’s Master Plan, chapter 20

Friday, July 21st, 2017

7/21/17, God’s 4th month, Tammuz 26, 5777, day 6 until sunset. To 5,002 in resident churches and individuals God is making temples of His Holy Spirit.

     The will and desire to seek God is gifted. Paul taught it: “So then, my dear friends, just as you have always obeyed, not only in my presence but even more in my absence, continue working out your salvation with awe and reverence, (13) for the one bringing forth in you both the desire and the effort – for the sake of his good pleasure – is God.” Philippians 2:12-13) Who has the mind to seek God’s will apart from organized religion? Basically Jesus commands called individual to do just that. The holy scriptures teach that this world’s religions have everything upside down. They think it’s incumbent on them to bring peace. (Example: the so called, holy Roman empire grew faster than any empire ever, “by coercion.” Many use the fear tactic coercion. Today radical Muslims think to bring their version of peace through coercion. But followers of Jesus know; “peace on earth is prophesied to be “after Jesus’ return as King of Kings and is NOT for this age and time.” The Holy Scriptures teach, :Satan is this age’s god.” Review Jesus’ words as recorded by His apostle Matthew.

     (Matthew 10:34-39; “Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace but a sword. For I have come to set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law, and a man’s enemies will be the members of his household. “Whoever loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me and whoever loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. And whoever does not take up his cross and follow Me is not worthy of Me. Whoever finds his life will lose it and whoever loses his life because of Me will find it.” (see also Luke 12:49-53)

     Believers IN teach, “balance is the key!” But the self righteous pushes for debate and division! A self-righteous spirit causes some to enforce their will on others. The spirit of truth leads people to prove all things by the God of truth, “then individually apply that truth.” We inherited a self serving argumentative spirit from Adam “that must be changed - overcome.”

     Jesus used “light” as an example. Light is silent but visible, “so should our living practices be, EXCEPT when asked about the hope God has put within us. The apostle Peter puts this attitude we need to strive for in perspective.

     (1 Peter 3:13-17; “For who is going to harm you if you are devoted to what is good? But in fact, if you happen to suffer for doing what is right, you are blessed. But do not be terrified of them or be shaken. But set Christ apart as Lord in your hearts and always be ready to give an answer to anyone who asks about the hope you possess. Yet, do it with courtesy and respect, keeping a good conscience, so that those who slander your good conduct in Christ may be put to shame when they accuse you. For it is better to suffer for doing good, if God wills it, than for doing evil.”)

     Mankind’s problem is in the nature inherited from the first man, “Adam” and Satan. God’s spirit reveals that fleshly nature, how to recognize, despise it and overcome it.

     (1 Corinthians 15:45-46; “So also it is written, “The first man, Adam, became a living person”; the last Adam “Jesus” became a life-giving spirit. However, the spiritual did not come first, but the natural, and then the spiritual.”) All are born with a sin nature; “the rich, powerful, prideful are naturally tempted to practice the pleasures of sin more so.” Our Lord’s brother addresses this human problem.

     (James 5:1-6; “Come now, you rich! Weep and cry aloud over the miseries that are coming on you. Your riches have rotted and your clothing has become moth-eaten. Your gold and silver have rusted and their rust will be a witness against you. It will consume your flesh like fire. “It is in the last days that you have hoarded treasure!” Look, the pay you have held back from the workers who mowed your fields cries out against you, and the cries of the reapers have reached the ears of the Lord of hosts. (5) You have lived indulgently and luxuriously on the earth. You have fattened your hearts in a day of slaughter. You have condemned and murdered the righteous person, although he does not resist you.”)

      Pray for those tempted more so; rich or poor we all inherited the fleshly nature of Adam that must ultimately be turned from. God desires, “we seek and put on the gifted nature of the second man “Jesus” that’s from heaven.”

     (1 Corinthians 15:47-49; “The first man “Adam” is from the earth, made of dust; the second man “Jesus” is from heaven. Like the one ‘Adam’ made of dust, ‘so too are those made of dust’ and “like the one from heaven, so too those who are heavenly.” And just as we have borne the image of the man of dust, let us also bear the image of the man of heaven.’)

     The spirit led mental outlook leads us to “overcome to the end” and wait patiently for Jesus’ revelations and return.

     (James 5:7-12; “So be patient, brothers and sisters, until the Lord’s return. Think of how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the ground and is patient for it until it receives the early and late rains. (8) You also be patient and strengthen your hearts, for the Lord’s return is near. Do not grumble against one another, brothers and sisters, so that you may not be judged. See, the judge stands before the gates! (10) As an example of suffering and patience, brothers and sisters, take the prophets who spoke in the Lord’s name. Think of how we regard as blessed those who have endured. You have heard of Job’s endurance and you have seen the Lord’s purpose, that the Lord is full of compassion and mercy. (12) And above all, my brothers and sisters, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or by any other oath. But let your “Yes” be yes and your “No” be no, so that you may not fall into judgment.”)

     Why did the dispersed Israelites and why do we followers of Jesus need this kind of coaching from James? We were each born with Adam’s nature, that must be continually in a state of conversion to Jesus’ nature. Each called person is commanded to seek spiritual growth, “seek the nature of Jesus” yield to the knowledge and admonition of the Lord to the end. Strive NOT to lose hope and recognize our perishable, mortal bodies must put on Jesus’ imperishable nature.”

     (1 Corinthians 15:50-55; “Now this is what I am saying, brothers and sisters: Flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. Listen, I will tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we “Christians” will all be changed – in a moment, in the blinking of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable and we will be changed. (53) For this perishable body must put on the imperishable and this mortal body must put on immortality. Now when this perishable puts on the imperishable and this mortal puts on immortality, then the saying that is written will happen, “Death has been swallowed up in victory.” “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” )

     Believers IN Jesus are heirs with Abraham “who believed IN the Lord’s Word” Every person is born totally mortal and “immortality is gifted only through believing IN Jesus.” Consider the characteristics of Jesus’ miracles. (Dead folks were given back physical life, “instantly.”) (Lepers were made well and whole, “instantly.”) (Aged wine was made from water, “instantly.”) (5,000 plus were fed, when Jesus re-created fish and bread, “instantly.”) (At the last trump, the dead in Christ will be given spiritual life like Jesus’ “instantly.”) (After that and “in God’s timing” millions will be resurrected to a physical life, as was Lazarus, “instantly.”) People refusing to believe IN, “will die a second death.” How awesome our God. Jesus repeated “second death” four times in His revelations to John..

     1) (Revelations 2:11; “The one who has an ear had better hear what the Spirit says to the churches. The one who conquers “overcomes” will in no way be harmed by the second death.’” 2). (Rev 20:5-6; “The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. Blessed and holy is the one who takes part in the first resurrection. The second death has no power over them, but they will be priests of God and of Christ, and they will reign with Him for a thousand years.” 3) (Rev 20:14-15; “Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death – the lake of fire. If anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, that person was thrown into the lake of fire.” 4) (Rev 21:7-8; “The one who conquers “overcomes” will inherit these things, and I will be his God and he will be My son. But to the cowards, unbelievers, detestable persons, murderers, the sexually immoral, and those who practice magic spells, idol worshipers, and all those who lie, their place will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur. That is the second death.”)

      God’s master plan includes destroying, “burning up” all who aren’t believers IN. God’s pureness, holiness and righteousness throughout His universe is coming. Until He comes, let us live according to Jesus’ teaching through Moses, His prophets and His apostles.

     (James 5:13-20; “Is anyone among you suffering? He should pray. Is anyone in good spirits? He should sing praises. Is anyone among you ill? He should summon the elders of the church, and they should pray for him and anoint him with oil in the name “nature” of the Lord. (15) And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick and the Lord will raise him up – and if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. So confess your sins to one another and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great effectiveness. (17) Elijah was a human being like us, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain and there was no rain on the land for three years and six months! Then he prayed again and the sky gave rain and the land sprouted with a harvest. (19) My brothers and sisters, if anyone among you wanders from the truth and someone turns him back, he should know that the one who turns a sinner back from his wandering path will save that person’s soul “being” from death and will cover a multitude of sins.”)

     So many are deceived by this world’s religions succumbing to demonic lies and yielding to the pagan doctrines of Molech, the zodiac and sun worship. We each need to study the Holy Scriptures personally, stay as close to the original as possible and compare spiritual truth to spiritual truth. Paul understood and taught that we each should consider, “God’s Word as true, though every individual a liar” and that the Jews are entrusted with the oracles of God.

      (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? 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 justified in your words and will prevail when you are judged.”) Carefully re-read the first paragraph of this study.

God’s Master Plan, chapter 19

Thursday, July 20th, 2017

7/20/17, God’s 4th month, Tammuz 25, 5777, day 5 of the week until sunset. To 4,992 in resident churches and individuals God is making temples of His Holy Spirit.

    Heavenly Father: bless us with a faith like You gifted Abraham. Faith to love and yield obediently to Your Way because You reveled Yourself. Gifted with Jesus’ faith within; knowing ourselves to be temples of Your Holy Spirit. We praise You and ask these thing in the gifted nature of Jesus. AMEN.

     People spiritually led to believe IN God the Father and God the Son, miraculously inherit a family relationship. Become heirs with Abraham. (see Galatians 3:29) Now put in God‘s church; “the body of Believers IN, in which Jesus is head.” The word, “church” means “assembly“ or “body of Believers.” Such a body needs to assemble, review and study together. (Jesus said; “For where two or three are assembled in My name, “nature” I am there among them.” Matthew 18:20) We can’s assemble in Jesus’ name, that is, “by His authority” or “in His nature” unless imputed with His Holy Spirit. Understanding this gives insight to Jesus’ Words previous to Matt. verse 20.

     (Matthew 18:15-20; “If your brother sins go and show him his fault when the two of you are alone. If he listens to you, you have regained your brother. But if he does not listen, take one or two others with you, so that at the testimony of two or three witnesses every matter may be established. If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. If he refuses to listen to the church, treat him like a Gentile or a tax collector.” (avoid) (18) “I tell you the truth, whatever you bind on earth will have been bound in heaven and whatever you release on earth will have been released in heaven. Again, I tell you the truth, if two of you on earth agree about whatever you ask, My Father in heaven will do it for you.” For when two or three are assembled in My name, “nature” I am there among them.”) It is good to assemble with like minded Believers IN that keep God’s commandments, including His weekly and annual Sabbaths.

     Believers IN God are blessed with gifted insight and mature in spiritual thinking that is superior to the fleshly way. One cannot acquire a belief IN God by virtue of membership in some church. Why? We each inherited a fleshly nature that must be changed. (We must know that our previous old nature was naturally hostile to God’s Way. (see James 4:4) Believing IN God is THE gift of hope faith. Believing IN God moves us from fleshly living practices to spiritual obedience. A majority who say, “I believe in Jesus,” aren’t taught the concept of what that really means. Allow the apostle Paul’s explanation.

     (Galatians 3:6-14; “Just as Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness, so then, understand that those who believe are the sons of Abraham. And the scripture foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, proclaimed the gospel to Abraham AHEAD OF TIME, saying, “All the nations will be blessed in you.” (see Gen 12:3 & 18:18) (9) So then those who believe are blessed along with Abraham the Believer. For all who RELY on doing the works of the law are under a curse, because it is written, “Cursed is everyone who does not keep on doing everything written in the book of the law. (11) Now it is clear, no one is justified before God by the law, because the righteous one will live by faith. But the law is not based on faith, but the one who does the works of the law will live by them. (13) Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us (because it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree” in order that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham would come to the Gentiles, so that we could receive the promise of the Spirit by faith.”)

      Living and doing by the book of the law, “amounts to a doing to gain salvation.” Living by Jesus’ gifted faith, “amounts to practicing His Way out of respect for and belief IN God.”

    Now as Jesus and His apostles clearly state, “faith does not annul God’s law.” Believers IN are spiritually led to love and practice the spiritual principles of God’s law. Worshipfully doing the law doesn’t translate into loving God.

     Jesus’ good news “GOSPEL” was shared with Abraham ahead of time! The Israelites, “unlike Abraham’s living by faith in God” began living pridefully, according to the dictates of the flesh, “human nature.” Relying on the law and traditions for their saving. “They put the law above the Law Giver.” In this way, the law became a curse to those who lived by the law.

     Jesus, “the Law Giver” demonstrated - “showed the world” how His laws relates to the love of God. Jesus inspired James’ mind and taught us His Ways through him. Showing us, for example; “adultery has a deeper meaning than being unfaithful to one’s mate.” Spiritual adultery is to dishonor and disobey the head of God’s Church, “Jesus Christ.”

     (James 4:4-10; “Adulterers, do you not know that friendship with the world means hostility toward God? So whoever decides to be the world’s friend makes himself God’s enemy. (5) Or do you think the scripture means nothing when it says, “The spirit that God caused TO LIVE WITHIN US has an envious yearning”? (6) But He gives greater grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud, but he gives grace to the humble.” So submit to God. But resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and make your hearts pure, you double-minded. (9) Grieve, mourn, and weep. Turn your laughter into mourning and your joy into despair. (10) Humble yourselves before the Lord and He will exalt you.” )

     Believers IN are spirit led to examine ourselves in His Light. Ask God and consider, “to what degree does my friendship with this world take time from doing Your will?” This world’s god “Satan” wants our time and us. God says, He is jealous when we do not live His Way. (See Deuteronomy 4:24, 5:9, 6:15 and Ezekiel 39:25.

     His way is to resist; “DO NOT allow Satan to dominate!” Paul taught the same to the Gentiles, that James taught the dispersed Israelites and Jesus taught Abraham.

     (2 Corinthians 6:14-18; “Do not become partners with those who do not believe, for what partnership is there between righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship does light have with darkness? And what agreement does Christ have with Beliar, ‘Satan“? Or what does a Believer share in common with an unbeliever? (16) And what mutual agreement does the temple of God have with idols? For we “Christians” ARE the temple of the living God, just as God said, “I will live in them and will walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be My people.” (17) Therefore “come out from their midst, and be separate,” says the Lord, “and touch no unclean thing, and I will welcome you, and I will be a father to you and you will be My sons and daughters,” says the All-Powerful Lord.”)

     This is the good news, “gospel” shared with Abraham long before it was shared with his heirs, “physical and spiritual Israelites.”  As Israelites were in Egypt but not of Egypt, Christians are in this world but not of this world. God’s chosen people could not free themselves from Satan’s sin trap. When 430 year time was fulfilled, Jesus delivered Israel from Egyptian bondage through Moses. Today, followers of Jesus are spiritually delivered from this world’ system of things, but a greater deliverance is coming.

     (Exodus 12:40-42; “Now the length of time the Israelites lived in Egypt was 430 years. At the end of the 430 years, on the VERY day, all the regiments of the Lord went out of the land of Egypt. (42) It was a night of VIGIL for the Lord to bring them out from the land of Egypt, and so on this night all Israel IS TO KEEP THE VIGIL to the Lord for generations to come.”)

    Today, God has a people. A called out people, a chosen people, a royal priesthood, called out of darkness “Egypt - sin” and to the Light. Re-study 2Cor 6:14-18. The apostle Peter explains.

     (1 Peter 2:9-10; “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. (10) You once were not a people, but now you are God’s people. You were shown no mercy, but now you have received mercy.”)

    SO, how do we proclaim the virtues of the One who called us out? Lovingly LIVE IT! (Virtue means, “goodness, good qualities and the value of.”) Christians  show His virtue with our lives in accordance to His calling.! The world will call those living God’s Way, “Neanderthals.” Believing IN and living Jesus’ Way is one and the same thing.

     (Luke 6:46; “Why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and don’t do what I tell you?”)

The Church is Jesus’ family and members are fathered by God the Father. Jesus said that He no longer calls us slaves but friends, 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 He will give you. This I command you – to love one another.” John 15:15-17)

     James taught, “a Believer IN should be compliant - conform to - His Way.

     (James 4:11-17; “Do not speak against one another, brothers and sisters. He who speaks against a fellow Believer or judges a Believer speaks against the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but its judge. But there is only One who is lawgiver and judge – the One who is able to save and destroy. On the other hand, who are you to judge your neighbor? (13) Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into this or that town and spend a year there and do business and make a profit.” You do not know about tomorrow. What is your life like? For you are a puff of smoke that appears for a short time and then vanishes. You ought to say instead, “If the Lord is willing, then we will live and do this or that.” (16) But as it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. (17) So whoever knows what is good to do and does not do it is guilty of sin.”)

    God knows us individually and He gives righteous humility to those who are led to seek Him. Speaking of THOSE without this knowledge “unbelievers,” Jesus inspired Isaiah to write.

     (Isaiah 29:13-16; ““The sovereign master says, “These people say they are loyal to Me; they say wonderful things about Me, but they are not really loyal to Me. Their worship consists of nothing but man-made ritual. Therefore I will again do an amazing thing for these people – an absolutely extraordinary deed. Wise men will have nothing to say, the sages will have no explanations.” Those who try to hide their plans from the Lord are as good as dead, who do their work in secret and boast, “Who sees us? Who knows what we’re doing?” Your thinking is perverse! Should the potter be regarded as clay? Should the thing made say about its maker, “He didn’t make me”? Or should the pottery say about the potter, “He doesn’t understand?””)

     The gift of humility is of great price. Jesus shared the same principle in Proverbs.

     (Proverbs 27:1-2; “Do not boast about tomorrow; for you do not know what a day may bring forth. Let another praise you, and not your own mouth; someone else, and not your own lips.”)

     Abraham’s heirs, “spiritual Israelites” are a called out and a fathered people, spirit led to seek the humility God caused James, Isaiah and Solomon say we should aspire to.

God’s Master Plan, chapter 18

Tuesday, July 18th, 2017

7/18/17, God’s 4th month, Tammuz 23, 5777, day 3 of the week until sunset. To 4,958 in resident churches and individuals God is making temples of His Holy Spirit.

      Holy God our Creator and Sustainer: be merciful to and forgive those who aren’t given the mind to seek You as You manifest Yourself to be in the holy scriptures. Forgive those attempting to fit You to their perspective and live the way seeming right to their fleshly minds. Reveal Yourself to people seeking Your Way is our prayer in the name of Jesus. AMEN.

     In our effort to expose demonic teaching in our last study, we zeroed in on James’ teaching, about the tongue. (Our tongue is ruled by our mind and our mind by our belief system.) So it is, “the tongue sets fire to the course of human existence.” Satan desires world wide division, confusion and war among nations. He desires each individual to

believes his first spoken lies to Eve. His lies and those allowing their tongue to repeat the principles he put forth, have indeed, “set fire to the course of human existence.”

     The shrewd devil ask Eve, “Is it really true that God said, ‘You must not eat from any tree of the orchard’?” Eve affirmatively answered, “God said, ‘You must not eat from a particular fruit, not touch it, or else you will die.’” Replying and calling God a liar, the devil said, “Surely you will not die, for God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will open and you will be like divine beings who know good and evil.”

      Satan’s lie appealed to Eve’s fleshly nature, “he knew people would desire to be divine and want to decide for themselves what was good and evil.” His words were appealing. (So we should see, “the fleshly concept of following what appeals - what seems good was first put forth by the devil.” Yielding to Satan’s lie makes individuals little gods to themselves, which is idolatry.

     (Satan saying, “Surely you won’t die” puts forth the idea that people live forever someplace. Thus, every major religion in the world, teach various forms of the concept; that “people are born immortal.” (“That each person is born with a immortal spirit, ‘called soul’ that lives forever someplace.”) The erroneous immortality of the soul doctrine Satan put forth, calls God a liar. Adding to that, unscrupulous teachers tie the symbolism of Gehenna “the valley of Hinnom” to an ever burning place of fire, they call hell. A place where bad people burn forever. (The prophets, Jesus’ and His apostles, all taught that immortality was a gift through Jesus and associated with God’s planned resurrections. Not a symbolic superstition, founded on the pagan god “Molech” teaching.)

     SO it is, “the tongue is a fire!” It pollutes the entire body and sets fire to the course of human existence.” (Jesus revealed His truth to His apostle John, saying, “But to the cowards, unbelievers, detestable persons, murderers, the sexually immoral and those who practice magic spells, idol worshipers, and all those who lie, their place will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur. That is the second death.” Revelations 21:8, study the whole chapter) The same apostle John wrote.

     (“This is what we proclaim to you: what was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have looked at and our hands have touched (concerning the word of life – and the life was revealed, and we have seen and testify and announce to you the Eternal Life “Jesus” that was with the Father and was revealed to us). What we have seen and heard we announce to you too, so that you may have fellowship with us (and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ). Thus we are writing these things so that our joy may be complete.” 1John 1:1-4)

     The reason for our creation is camouflaged by the erroneous teaching of evolution, and that all people are born immortal which omits God’s Word - “that He created.” (God has loving plans for His creation, “for God is love.” 1John 4:8) The master Architect’s preplanning includes people called to be His children in this age, in the millennial age and the saving of this earth. God’s called out people are a peculiar people by this world‘s standards. People gifted with the faith of Jesus; ‘a circumcised of the heart people, born from above and heirs with faithful Abraham. Jesus inspired the apostle Paul to write His words.

     (1 Cor 2:9-16; “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.” 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. Now we 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. 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. For who has known the mind of the Lord, so as to advise him? But we “Christians” have the mind of Christ.”)

    The mind of Christ is gifted! “no one can conjure up the mind of Christ.” No theology school can give it. God PREPARED, as in past tense. God reveals by His Spirit. The spirit of this world is anti-God - demonic.

     Paul taught it to the Romans. (Rom 8:5-11; “For those who live according to the flesh have their outlook shaped by the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit have their outlook shaped by the things of the Spirit. For the outlook of the flesh is death, but the outlook of the Spirit is life and peace, because the outlook of the flesh is HOSTILE to God, for it does not SUBMIT to the law of God, nor is it able to do so. Those who are in the flesh cannot please God. You, ‘followers of Jesus’ however, are NOT in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, this person does not belong to Him. But if Christ is IN you, your body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit IS your life because of righteousness. (11) Moreover if the Spirit of the One who raised Jesus from the dead lives IN you, the One who raised Christ from the dead will also MAKE YOUR MORTAL BODIES ALIVE through His Spirit who lives in you.”)

     Who believes they were born to live forever someplace? Gifted to believe IN and to live BY Jesus’ teachings through Paul MAKES one Christ Like and an heir with Abraham.

     (Gal 3:28-29; “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female – for all of you are ONE in Christ Jesus. And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s descendants, heirs according to the promise.)

     (Eph 3:14-21; “For this reason, I “Paul” kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on the earth is named. I pray that according to the wealth of His glory He may grant you to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner person, that Christ may DWELL IN your hearts through faith, so that, because you have been rooted and grounded in love, you may be able to comprehend with all the Saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and thus to KNOW the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God. Now to Him who by the power that is working within us is able to do far beyond all that we ask or think, (21) to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”)

     Thank God for the wisdom and inspiration given to His apostles. Gifted wisdom and knowledge that surpasses human intellect. The good news message, ‘gospel’ from Jesus and His apostles is to, “HEIRS of the promise - Christians - Believers IN and the called, according to promise.” Unbelievers cannot mentally absorb the love of God. Let’s continue with our Lord’s brother - James’- instructions to the dispersed Israelites.

     (James 3:13-18; “Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good conduct he should show his works done in the gentleness that wisdom brings. But if you have bitter jealousy and selfishness in your hearts, do not boast and tell lies against the truth. Such wisdom does not come from above but is earthly, natural, demonic. For where there is jealousy and selfishness, there is disorder and every evil practice. But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, accommodating, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial, and not hypocritical. (18) And the fruit that consists of righteousness is planted in peace among those who make peace.” )

    The called out among us know the spiritual flow from Jesus and His apostles teaching. It‘s the giving and love way toward one another. (God’s Spirit manifest the jealously and selfishness of the human heart and leads the called to repentance.) Thus, the fruit of His Spirit produces pureness of heart, peaceable motives, gentleness and mercy. Not only mercy toward other Christians, but to unbelievers too. Meditate on Paul’s prayer we just studied in Ephesians 3:.

     (“I ‘Paul’ pray that according to the wealth of His glory He may grant you to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner person, that Christ may DWELL IN your hearts through faith, so that, because you have been rooted and grounded in love, you may be able to comprehend with all the Saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and thus to KNOW the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.” (That He may grant you to be strengthened.)

     Paul is speaking of strength that is gifted by grace and through faith, not a strength of the human will! Not a human strength to lord over people, earned through the study of theory.! BUT, “to know the love of Christ that passes all human knowledge.” LOVE gifted through God’s Spirit.. Thus, the fleshly inherited nature, ‘supported by the demonic’ is the root cause of divisions, false doctrine and war.

     (James 4:1-3; “Where do the conflicts and where do the quarrels among you come from? Is it not from this, from your passions that battle inside you? (2) You desire and you do not have; you murder and envy and you cannot obtain; you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask; you ask and do not receive because you ask wrongly, so you can spend it on your passions.“)

     From Satan’s deceptions and our fleshly nature people seek gods devised by the imagination. So, unbelieving people pray to get the upper hand and pray to win unrighteous wars. People pray to win games of chance: games of human competition. People make God a figments of the imagination, thus their prayers are empty words.

     James said; “People do not receive because they ask wrongly.” So, how do we ask rightly? First, we must be led to seek truth and believe as did Abraham. Allow Jesus’ apostle John’s introduction of Jesus, “The Word.” Review John 1:1-5, Colossians 1:15-20 and Hebrews 1:. This same Word that inspired the holy scriptures to be written is the Lord Jesus that communed with Moses. This same Jesus is the Spokesperson with God the Father, saying; (“Let us make humankind in Our image, after Our likeness, so they may rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move on the earth.”) (God created humankind in His own image, in the image of God He created them, male and female He created them. Genesis 1:26-27) God’s rule is, “there should be two or more witnesses.” So, we have three witness, from John and the apostle Paul. 

God’s Master Plan, chapter 17

Sunday, July 16th, 2017

7/16/17, God’s 4th month, Tammuz 21, 5777, first day of the week until sunset. To 4,922 in resident churches and individuals God is making temples of His spirit.

      How can a people who believes in God as Creator, not believe He has a master plan for His creation?

     Isaiah 14:24-27; “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. I will break Assyria in My land, I will trample them underfoot on My hills. Their yoke will be removed from My people, the burden will be lifted from their shoulders. (26) This is the plan I have devised for the whole earth; My hand is ready to strike all the nations.” (Hebrew: “and this is the hand that is outstretched over all the nations.”) Indeed, the Lord who commands armies has a plan, and who can possibly frustrate it? His hand is ready to strike, and who can possibly stop it?) How can one believe there is a practice of doing by which one can be saved?

     God has allowed the demonic systems of Babylon and Assyria “this world’s system of things - Satan represents” to lord over His people because of their disobedience; but these abusers of Jacob’s family will be punished for the abuse of His people.

     (Isaiah 14:25-26; “I will break Assyria in My land, I will trample them underfoot on My hills. Their yoke will be removed from My people, the burden will be lifted from their shoulders. This is the plan I have devised for the whole earth; My hand is ready to strike all the nations.”) All nations have become part of Satan’s world system of things.

     (Isaiah 14:3-6; “When the Lord gives YOU “descendents of Jacob, Christians. Spiritual Israelites  relief from your suffering and anxiety, and from the hard labor which you were made to perform, you will taunt the king of Babylon with these words:

“Look how the oppressor has met his end! Hostility has ceased! The Lord has broken the club of the wicked, the scepter of rulers. It ’the scepter of rulers’ furiously struck down nations with unceasing blows. It angrily ruled over nations, oppressing them without restraint.”)

     (Isaiah 14:1-2; “The Lord will certainly have compassion on Jacob; (The reasons for Babylon’s coming demise is the Lord’s desire to restore His people.) He will again choose Israel as His special people and restore them to their land. Resident foreigners will join them and unite with the family of Jacob. (2) Nations will take them ‘Israelites’ and bring them back to their own place. Then the family of Jacob will make foreigners their servants as they settle in the Lord’s land. They will make their captors captives and rule over the ones who oppressed them.”)

     Remember God’s covenant with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob was perpetual; heirs of Abraham will yet occupy to the borders He promises.

     Speaking of the abusers of His people, God had Isaiah continue.

     (Isaiah 14:22- “I will rise up against them,” says the Lord who commands armies. “I will blot out all remembrance of Babylon and destroy all her people, including the offspring she produces,” says the Lord. “I will turn her into a place that is overrun with wild animals and covered with pools of stagnant water. I will get rid of her, just as one sweeps away dirt with a broom,” says the Lord who commands armies.

      The Philistines as a part of this world’s system of things who abuses God’s people will likewise be destroyed.\

     (Isaiah 14:30-32; “The poor will graze in My pastures; the needy will rest securely. But I will kill your root by famine: it will put to death all your survivors.” (31) Wail, O city gate! Cry out, O city! Melt with fear, all you Philistines! For out of the north comes a cloud of smoke, and there are no stragglers in its ranks. How will they respond to the messengers of this nation? Indeed, the Lord has made Zion secure; the oppressed among His people will find safety in her.”) As always study the whole.

      Again in Isaiah’s chapter 46, God is promising good things for His people during the millennia. Understand, genuine Christians are Abraham’s heirs and Jacob whose name God changed to Israel represents God’s family, “His church.”

      (Isaiah 46:3-4; “Listen to Me, O family of Jacob, all you who are left from the family of Israel, you who have been carried from birth, you who have been supported from the time you left the womb. Even when you are old, I will take care of you, even when you have gray hair, I will carry you. I made you and I will support you; I will carry you and rescue you.”

     (Isa 46:5-7; “To whom can you compare and liken Me? Tell Me whom you think I resemble, so we can be compared! Those who empty out gold from a purse and weigh out silver on the scale hire a metalsmith, who makes it into a god. They then bow down and worship it. They put it on their shoulder and carry it; they put it in its place and it just stands there; it does not move from its place. Even when someone cries out to it, it does not reply; it does not deliver him from his distress.”

     (Isa 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. (12) 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.”)

      God’s preplanning is obvious to His called out people. He announced Israel’s deliverance from Egypt some 400 plus years before delivering through Moses. Remember Jesus told us His time of return was in His Father’s hands.

      (Matt 24:36-44; “But as for that day and hour no one knows it – not even the angels in heaven – except the Father alone. 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. Then there will be two men in the field; one will be taken and one left. There will be two women grinding grain with a mill; one will be taken and one left. (42) “Therefore stay alert, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have been alert and would not have let his house be broken into. Therefore you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect Him.”) We are hanging to Jesus’ promise that, “time will be cut short for the Elect’s sake. Technically speaking, we have been in the last days since Jesus’ ascension. All who aren’t teaching THE TRUTH are antichrist.

     (1John 2:18-29; “Children, it is the last hour, and just as you heard that the antichrist is coming, so now many antichrists have appeared. We know from this that it is the last hour. They went out from us, but they did not really belong to us, because if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us. But they went out from us to demonstrate that all of them do not belong to us.”

    (20-23; “Nevertheless you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you all know. I have not written to you that you do not know the truth, but that you do know it, and that no lie is of the truth. (22)Who is the liar but the person who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This one is the antichrist: the person who denies the Father and the Son. Everyone who denies the Son does not have the Father either. The person who confesses the Son has the Father also.”)

     There are many antichrist but one truth. Most antichrist don’t teach Jesus as He manifest Himself to be at John 1:1-5. Colossians 1:15-20 and Hebrews 1: Many others teach a “God in three persons” doctrine: not understanding that no apostle ever addressed the Holy Spirit along with God the Father and God the Son in their salutation.

     (24-26; “ As for you, ‘followers of Jesus’ what you have heard from the beginning must remain in you. If what you heard from the beginning remains in you, you also will remain in the Son and in the Father. Now this is the promise that He Himself made to us: “eternal life.” These things I have written to you about those who are trying to deceive you.”

    (27; Now as for you, the anointing that you received from Him resides in you, and you have no need for anyone to teach you. But as His anointing teaches you about all things, it is true and is not a lie. Just as it has taught you, you reside in Him. Children of God.

    (28-29; And now, little children, remain in Him, so that when He appears we may have confidence and not shrink away from Him in shame when He comes back. If you know that he is righteous, you also know that everyone who practices righteousness has been fathered by Him.”)

     Only the called and fathered by God people know Jesus as Creator, Re-creator, Sustainer, Mediator, Deliverer, coming King of Kings, a second resurrection and all Israel being saved. Only the called are believers IN, who are looking forward to the resurrections, Jesus’ rule on earth and New Jerusalem’s coming down at the end of Jesus’ millennia rule; Jesus submitting Himself to God the Father.

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

    (5-8’ And the one seated on the throne said: “Look! I am making all things new!” Then He said to me, “Write it down, because these words are reliable and true.” He also said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the one who is thirsty I will give water free of charge from the spring of the water of life. (7) The one who conquers will inherit these things, and I will be his God and he will be My son. (8) But to the cowards, unbelievers, detestable persons, murderers, the sexually immoral, and those who practice magic spells, idol worshipers, and all those who lie, their place will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur. That is the second death.