God’s Master Plan, chapter 15

7/14/17, God’s 4th month, Tammuz 19, 5777, it’s day five until sunset. To 4,894 in resident churches and individuals God is making temples of His spirit.

      God’s law for His set aside people includes how to love God, how to love neighbor, rules regarding health, how to respect the land and the need for circumcision of heart. (See  Lev 26:41; Deut 10:16; Jer 4:4; Ezek 44:9)

     (Romans .2:23-29; “You who boast in the law dishonor God by transgressing the law! For just as it is written, “the name of God is being blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you ‘Israelites.” For circumcision has its value if you practice the law, but if you break the law, your circumcision has become un-circumcision. Therefore if the uncircumcised man obeys the righteous requirements of the law, will not his un-circumcision be regarded as circumcision?”

      (27-29; “And will not the physically uncircumcised man who keeps the law judge you who, despite the written code and circumcision, transgress the law? For a person is not a Jew, ‘Christian’ who is one outwardly, nor is circumcision something that is outward in the flesh, (29) but someone is a Jew, ‘Christian’ who is one inwardly, and circumcision is of the heart by the Spirit and not by the written code. This person’s praise is not from people but from God.”)

      Physical circumcision is God’s covenant with Abraham and descendents to demonstrate a belief obedience in God. A failure to obey God’s law broke the covenant. However circumcision always foreshadowed spiritual obedience as gifted to one’s being. Review Philippians 2:13 again.   

     Understanding truth is gifted to “believing IN Jesus‘ faith.” One must believe that our Creator God is! Jesus taught it.

     (John 6:28-29; “So then they said to Jesus, “What must we do to accomplish the deeds God requires?” Jesus replied, this is the deed God requires – “to believe IN the One whom He sent.” But these ‘truths’ are recorded so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have LIFE in His name.”)

     It’s the door of faith, it’s “the message spiritually and miraculously implanted within one’ mind that saves.” Jesus taught it through Paul.

     (Hebrews 11:6; “Now without faith it is impossible to please Him, for the one who approaches God must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who seek Him.”) Make no mistake, “that belief comes from above.”

     (James 1:22-25; “But be sure you live out the message and do not merely listen to it and so deceive yourselves. For if someone merely listens to the message and does not live it out, “practice it” he is like someone who gazes at his own face in a mirror. (24) For he gazes at himself and then goes out and immediately forgets what sort of person he was. But the one who peers into the perfect law of liberty and fixes his attention there, and does not become a forgetful listener, but one who lives it out – “practices it” he will be blessed in what he does.”) We need to understand; our own inherited nature, how the cares of the world and it’s divisionary false teaching, are obstacles to our “living out the message.”

     (James 1:26-27; “If someone thinks he is religious yet does not bridle his tongue, and so deceives his heart, his religion is futile. Pure and undefiled religion before God the Father is this: ‘to care for orphans and widows in their misfortune and to keep oneself unstained by the world.’”)

     May we yield to the spirit’s rational teaching and grow. May we realize how this world’s system of things hinders our desire to be a doer on behalf of Jesus. This world’s system of things absorbs the careless Believer’s time. We have to be careful that this world’s traditions NOT dilute the faith of Jesus in us. Jesus taught the principle of faithfully waiting on God through James and Isaiah.

     (Isaiah 64:4-9; “Since ancient times no one has heard or perceived, no eye has seen any God besides You, who intervenes for those who wait for Him. You assist those who DELIGHT in doing what is right, who OBSERVE Your commandments. Look, You were angry because we violated Your commandments continually. How then can we be saved?

     We are all like one who is unclean, all our so-called righteous acts are like a menstrual rag in your sight. We all wither like a leaf; our sins carry us away like the wind. No one invokes Your name, or makes an effort to take hold of You. For You have rejected us and handed us over to our own sins. Yet, Lord, you are our father. We are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the product of your labor. Lord, do not be too angry! Do not hold our sins against us continually! Take a good look at Your people, at all of us!””)

     In Moses and Joshua’s day the Israelites knew they were chosen to be God’s people. In their Synagogues each Sabbath, they studied prophetic writings, their own history and the ten commandments were memorized by children early in their lives. Few Israelites, even in the apostles time, could foresee a time when the door of faith would be opened to the Gentiles. Now James’ letter is teaching the righteousness of God to the dispersed Israelites, in a way many may not have considered before, the door of Jesus’ faith was being opened to them through their being gifted to understanding His message.

     (James 2:1-7; “My brothers and sisters, do not show prejudice, if you possess faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ. For if someone comes into your assembly wearing a gold ring and fine clothing, and a poor person enters in filthy clothes, do you pay attention to the one who is finely dressed and say, “You sit here in a good place,” and to the poor person, “You stand over there,” or “Sit on the floor”? If so, have you not made distinctions among yourselves and become judges with evil motives? (5) Listen, my dear brothers and sisters! Did not God choose the poor in the world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom that He promised to those who love Him? But you have dishonored the poor! Are not the rich oppressing you and dragging you into the courts? (7) Do they not blaspheme the good name of The One you belong to?”)

     For the most part, it has always been, that the rich, powerful and popular are held in high esteem by naïve worldly people. People are slow to grasp the fact that they are being made merchandise of, by the rich, politicians and this world‘s system of things.

     James has his finger on the pulse, the result of Adam’s nature we inherited. Jesus through James is attempting to teach “we Believers IN Himself” that we are heirs with Abraham and how to show love for one another.

     (James 2:8-12; “But if you fulfill the royal law as expressed in this scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing well. But if you show prejudice, you are committing sin and are convicted by the law as violators. (10) For the one who obeys the whole law but fails in one point has become guilty of all of it. For He who said, “Do not commit adultery,” also said, “Do not murder.” Now if you do not commit adultery but do commit murder, you have become a violator of the law. (12) Speak and act as those who will be judged by a law that gives freedom. For judgment is merciless for the one who has shown no mercy. But mercy triumphs over judgment.”)

     The last six commandments are kept spiritually perfect when Jesus’ love is imputed to our being. When gifted to have Godly love toward one another.

     (James 2:14-19; “What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but does not have works? Can this kind of faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacks daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, keep warm and eat well,” but you do not give them what the body needs, what good is it? (17) So also faith, if it does not have works, is dead being by itself. But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith without works and I will show you faith by my works. (19) You believe that God is One; well and good. Even the demons believe that – and tremble with fear.”)

       Believing IN requires action. Demons Jesus encountered knew who He was, while many in the religious circles refused to believe that He was the Christ. When professing Christians allow themselves to be stained by this world’s system of things; the world considers them as their own. Jesus expressed it.

     (Matt 6:24; “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.”) WHY was is necessary for Jesus to say this and James to write as he did to these dispersed Israelites? Even then people with self serving agendas were confusing the people about Jesus’ promises, grace and the law. Like today, some believed Jesus lived, but were not gifted to believe IN. So, James emphasized “believing IN faith” as in gifted grace; as in believing IN God’s promises.

     (James 2:20-26; “But would you like evidence, you empty fellow, that faith without works is useless? Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar? (22) You see that his faith was working together with his works and his faith was perfected by works. And the scripture was fulfilled that says, “Now Abraham believed God and it was counted to him for righteousness,” and he was called God’s friend. You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone. And similarly, was not Rahab the prostitute also justified by works when she welcomed the messengers and sent them out by another way? (26) For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead.” )

     Abraham did not do works in order to gain friendship with God! He did the works because He loved and believed IN his Creator. Abraham was led to recognize God’s righteousness, creative powers and ability to keep promises. Abraham knew by faith that God could give life back to his heir, Isaac. Thus, Abraham’s actions demonstrated that belief.

     How does these things apply to this latter age? Faith in the God of Abraham is almost non-existing. Most people in this latter age have rejected the knowledge God passed to us through His apostles and prophets. That Jesus is Creator, Sustainer and Life Giver. Even professing Christians reject Jesus as Creator, that He put on humanity, did creative works to demonstrate His deity, miraculously healing, restoring to physical life, creating instant food  feeding thousands and taking life from a fig tree.

     (John 20:30-31; “Now Jesus performed many other miraculous signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not recorded in this book. But these are recorded so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God and that by believing you may have life in His name.”)

     (Revelations 3:5-6; “The one who conquers, “overcomes to the end” will be dressed like them in white clothing, and I will never erase his name from the book of life, but will declare his name before My Father and before His angels. The one who has an ear had better hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’)

     One of Satan’s many tools is that, this world’s system of things promotes the pleasures of sin. ASK; are you a called out Believer IN? Has the door of faith been opened to you? Has God’s truth been implanted to your mind? Do you see that Satan’s way of get, is taking this world down a destructive path? Jesus reminds us.

     “Enter through the narrow gate, because the gate is wide and the way is spacious that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. But the gate is narrow and the way is difficult that leads to life, and there are few who find it.” Matt 7”13-14)

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