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Ephesians, Philippians, complementary text and commentary, chapter 21

Wednesday, August 30th, 2017

    8/30/17, God’s 6th month, Elul 7, 5777, it’s the fourth day until sunset. To 5,603 in resident churches; individuals God is calling; making temples of His Holy Spirit.

     After followers of Jesus meet Him in the air: return and the “Prince of the Power of the air” is bound; there will be no more massive flooding as we have seen in recent days. One God one truth: (hisviewassemblies)

       Disasters and disease are the result to God allowing nations go the way that seems right to themselves. What seems right to the majorities is to follow the god of this age, “The Prince of The Power of The Air” Jesus explained to the Ephesians through His apostle Paul. 

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

     Until God calls and imputes individuals with His energizing Holy Spirit; all go the way that seems right to their inherited from Adam nature. When Jesus the Creator, Re-creator, Savior and Mediator is revealed and we turn from our previous practices we become Spiritual Israelites. As heirs with Abraham, Isaac and ‘Jacob, whose name God changed to Israel’ we benefit according to His will. Remember Jesus is the Alpha and Omega that communed with Israel’s ancestors. 

      (Exodus 15:24 So the people murmured against Moses, saying, “What can we drink?” He cried out to the Lord, and the Lord showed him a tree. When Moses threw it into the water, the water became safe to drink. There the Lord made for them a binding ordinance, and there He tested them. (26) He said, “If you will diligently obey the Lord your God, and do what is right in His sight, and pay attention to His commandments, and keep all His statutes, then all the diseases that I brought on the Egyptians I will not bring on you, for I, the Lord, am your healer.”)

      Today’s Christendom professing people don’t even know Jesus as He manifest Himself to be in the Holy Scriptures from Genesis through Revelations. Most practice life as if to think of Jesus as a rebellious son who changed his father’s Laws. Not mindful that they are being obedient to “the Prince of the Power of the Air.” So, why is Satan so successful?  

     Satan palms himself off as, “an angel of light” presenting himself in various ways to deceive, if possible, “even God’s Elect.” (See 2 Corinthians 11:14 & Matthew 24:24) The vast majority of people attempting to worship God are worshiping an imaginary god as palmed off by Satan. Many use the right words while their mind imagines the god of their parents or the god of some denomination of choice.

     God’s Elect are those He calls, reveals Himself to and gives the desire from above to know Him intimately. Gifted with a desire to be at one with our Creator, “mentally and spiritually.” Jesus explained through His apostle Paul.

     (Ephesians 4:17-24; “So I say this, and insist in the Lord, that you no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking. They are darkened in their understanding, being alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardness of their hearts. Because they are callous, they have given themselves over to indecency for the practice of every kind of impurity with greediness. But you did not learn about Christ like this, if indeed you heard about Him and were taught in Him, just as the truth is in Jesus. You were taught with reference to your former way of life to lay aside the old man who is being corrupted in accordance with deceitful desires, to be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and to put on the new man who has been created in God’s image – in righteousness and holiness that comes from truth.”)

     Satan’s goal is to palm off an appealing to the flesh god.

      Satan likes to keep people busy, interested in work, pleasures, their religion and this world’s system of things; so as not to set aside private study and meditation time. The meaning of the words, “true worship” isn‘t considered. Few realize that worship is that which they put personal effort into. For many it’s their work, with little else on their mind. For many it’s their particular form of entertainment.

      Believers IN God’s Truth are spiritually led to be mindful of their belonging to God. Joyfully being obedient to His Way. Believers IN God are spiritually led to set aside meditation and study time. Enthusiasm for worldly entertainment loses it’s appeal. Believers IN are spirit led to seek God’s Way and Will, for their lives. (Christians are spiritually led to think as David, “to whom it was revealed that this earth, the sun, all things skyward and below were created by God. David knew he too belonged to our Creator God. David knew God was the sovereign ruler with authority over everything, including the devil and has power to accomplish His will absolutely.

     God made Adam in His own image, “gifting people with built in creative abilities and instinctive desires.” God knew in advance that people would instinctively want to rule themselves, “be gods to themselves.” “The disobedient that leads to eternal death.” Eve’s instinctive nature was an easy target for Satan. The result of Adam and Eve’s disobedience brought on an inherited death to all people. (But, God had a master plan by and through which people could inherit eternal life through Jesus.)

     Through Jesus’ shed blood, “His life” is eternal life. Through Jesus, “people’s instinctive nature can be changed from a desire of self rule, to a desire to be obedient to the life giver.” We each, as did Adam and Eve, “need a nature change in order to be AT ONE with their Creator.” God foreknew where that inherited nature would take mankind. He began revealing His plan for our saving through His friend Abraham. Through Jesus people are gifted to believe IN, inherit eternal life and be heirs with Abraham. It’s the preplanned Way through God’s Son, “Jesus the Christ.” Thus, through Jesus Christ only, “is eternal life.” God’s holy scriptures teach us that His ways are higher than our ways. He had Isaiah pen the following.

      (“Indeed, My plans are not like your plans, and My deeds are not like your deeds, for just as the sky is higher than the earth, so My deeds are superior to your deeds and My plans superior to your plans. The rain and snow fall from the sky and do not return, but instead water the earth and make it produce and yield crops, and provide seed for the planter and food for those who must eat. In the same way, the promise that I make does not return to Me, having accomplished nothing. No, it “My plan” is realized as I desire and is fulfilled as I intend.” Indeed you will go out with joy; you will be led along in peace; the mountains and hills will give a joyful shout before you, and all the trees in the field will clap their hands. Evergreens will grow in place of thorn bushes, firs will grow in place of nettles; they will be a monument to the Lord, a permanent reminder that will remain.” Isaiah 55:8-13)

     These things will be in Jesus’ millennial kingdom! GOD’S PROMISES will be delivered! Study the promises made to Abraham. God inspired His apostle Paul to pen the following; “And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s descendants, heirs according to the promise.” Galatians 3:29)

      God’s ABSOLUTE plans for Believers IN Jesus, cannot be comprehended, except through His gifted faith. The apostle’s difficulty in teaching the called revolve around FAITH. (That is; their believing IN and making God’s Word absolute in their own belief system.) For EXAMPLE: the Corinthians disputed, “had problems making judgments among themselves and APPLYING the Ways of God.” Paul instructed.

     (“When any of you has a legal dispute with another, does he dare go to court before the unrighteous rather than before the SAINTS? Or do you not know that the Saints will judge the world? And if the world is to be judged by you, are you not competent to settle trivial suits? Do you not know that we will judge angels? Why not ordinary matters!” 1 Corinthians 6:1-3)

     God’s plans for His creation is far superior to people’s natural imagination. God allows Satan to influence this world’s thinking and camouflage His Way. Often only slightly. Through revealed understanding, Believers IN know Satan’s purpose is to make people miss the mark, by disguising himself and his followers as angels of light. Let’s review Paul’s teaching regarding those teaching the false way.

      (“For such people are false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. Therefore it is not surprising his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness, whose end will correspond to their actions.” 2 Corinthians 11:13-15)

      THE apostate teaching from many of these fakes, “priest and protestant theologians” present a Jesus of their imagination. Not the Creator Jesus as He manifest Himself to be in the holy scriptures. The Muslims, Hindus, Judaism and others all present a God of their imagination.(How preposterous, but this is where Satan has the majority of this earth’s naïve population. Believers IN are led to prove all things. Paul taught the following in his letter to the Thessalonians.

      (“Do not treat prophecies with contempt. But examine all things; hold fast to what is good. Stay away from every form of evil. Now may the God of peace Himself make you completely holy and may your spirit and soul and body be kept entirely blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who CALLS you is trustworthy, and He will in fact do this.” 1 Thessalonians 5:20-24)

      Let’s each pray that Jesus’ faith be imputed to our minds. Jesus’ apostle Paul also wrote to God’s church at Rome and to all Believers, teaching us that the tribe of Judea is entrusted with God’s oracles.

      (“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 “are” 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.” Romans 3:1-4)

      God entrusted the Jews with His calendar and His Holy Days, among other truths. Thus the Jews have for a long time, been a thorn to the world at large. That thorn includes the catastrophes for Jews and Judaism, culminating in the conquest of Israel by Alexander the Great and his Greek army in 333 BC, which further reduced and splintered the small Jewish communities that survived. In addition to the threat of physical extermination, the Greek conquest added the danger of spiritual assimilation to Greek culture, “everything from Greek sports to Greek philosophy.” (Aristotle was Alexander the Greek’s tutor and companion on his conquest) Satan used these great attractions to Jews who wanted to abandon Jewish faith, practices and assimilate into the high secular culture of Hellenism.

      Had God not used the Maccabean revolt, Jews and Judaism would almost certainly have died out. Judaism would have taken its place along with Gnosticism as just another interesting but long dead religion of antiquity. However; because of God’s using one single family, a successful revolt kept Judaism alive and appealing.

     (Think about it: how different the history of the world would be if Judaism had died out two centuries before the birth of Jesus; no Jewish culture in which Christianity could have taken root and after another seven centuries there might never have been Islam.) The world would only know what God’s opponents wanted known.

      (John 6:32-40; Then Jesus told them, “I tell you the solemn truth, it is not Moses who has given you the bread from heaven, but My Father is GIVING you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is the One, “Jesus” who comes down from heaven and GIVES life to the world.” So they said to Him, “Sir, give us this bread all the time!” Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. The one who comes to Me will never go hungry, and the one who believes IN Me will never be thirsty. But I told you that you have seen Me and still do not believe. Everyone whom the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will never send away. For I have come down from heaven not to do My own will but the will of the One who sent Me. Now this is the will of the One who sent Me – that I should not lose one person of every one He has given Me, but raise them all up at the last day. (40) For this is the will of My Father – for everyone who looks on the Son and believes IN Him to have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.”

      Believing IN God’s Truth is to be mindful that we belong to God, “as in being joyfully obedient to His Way.” Believers IN are spirit led to seek God’s Way and Will for their lives.

Ephesians, Philippians, complementary text and commentary, chapter 20

Monday, August 28th, 2017

    8/28/17, God’s 6th month, Elul 5, 5777, it’s the second day until sunset. To 5,577 in resident churches; individuals God is calling; making temples of His Holy Spirit.

      Most people don’t choose to be an abomination to God, “they just follow this world’s demonic system of things; which is demonically influenced.” Such followers don’t know they are foregoing blessings by ignoring God’s laws. Everyone has a god and most have many. Atheists attempt to make themselves their god. Agnostics think there is no way to know absolutes. But the fact is; “everyone’s god is that which they look to for direction, guidance, protection and to identify what’s right, wrong, good and evil.”

      Many say to themselves; “I am my own person.” A famous singer made the song lyric,”I did it my way” popular. The truth is, “every individual is shaped by the culmination of, “parents, traditions, teachings exposed to” and if not spiritually led; “this demonic world’s system of things.” (Life style practices are shaped by the gods we look to!) For western civilizations, the gods looked to in this century differ greatly from those of the previous century. (That is: “Satan is more influential in government, education and religion now.”) He is this world’s god, the author of confusion and architect of deceptions. Jesus told us,” Satan would become more ruthful as his time drew short.” Jesus’ apostle Paul addressed God’s church at Corinth and all God’s people, “regarding Satan and his follower’s characteristics.”

      (2 Corinthians 11:13-15; “For such people are false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. Therefore it is not surprising his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness, whose end will correspond to their actions.”)

      Satan has always been the influencing power over this world’s system of things; “appealing to this world’s naïve populations.” Halloween, Christmas and Easter are his main camouflages to the so called Christian faith. The commercialization of these holidays are loved by merchants and naïve citizens ignorantly become merchandise of paganism. (Christendom for the most part, “purposely bury their heads to the commercial, worshiping aspects of these pagan holidays with no idea of their offensiveness to God.) (Not mindful and don’t care to be shown the root of paganism.) (Not mindful that the effort they go to in celebrating these traditions amounts to worship.) Followers of Jesus know, “God defines worship as, “practices honoring a thing, time or custom.” True followers of Jesus honor Him by practicing things holy to Him. But the god of this world “Satan” wants people to ignore things holy to God and go out of their way to practice customs, traditions and particularly those rooted in paganism.

     God’s called out people listen to and yield to His truths. God is truth! Jesus is truth! (This world’s populations are enslaved to its education systems, teachings that accept theory, honor mankind‘s accomplishments and discount God as Creator.) “This world’s educational system teach; “truth is different for each individual.” Such teaching is demonic, Satan’s inspirations and has been in play since Adam and Eve. The worldly educated living during the time of Jesus’ ministry on earth were asking, “What is truth?” Consider Jesus’ conversation with Pilate.

     (John 18:33-38; ““So Pilate went back into the governor’s residence, summoned Jesus, and asked Him, “Are you the king of the Jews?” Jesus replied, “Are you saying this on your own initiative, or have others told you about Me?” (35) Pilate answered, “I am not a Jew, am I? Your own people and your chief priests handed You over to me. What have you done?” Jesus replied, “My kingdom is not from this world “age.” If My kingdom were from this world, My servants would be fighting to keep Me from being handed over to the Jewish authorities. But as it is My kingdom is not from here.” Then Pilate said, “So you are a king!” Jesus replied, “You say that I am a king. For this reason I was born, and for this reason I came into the world – to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to My voice.” Pilate asked, “What is truth?”)

     Each worldly religion teach that their doctrine is truth and not only that, they say, “join us, learn truth and be saved.” But, does such teaching square with God’s scriptural teaching? NO. (When Jesus was teaching His apostles, about His going away and that He was preparing a place for them; Thomas said, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going. How can we know the way?” Jesus replied, “I am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. If you have known Me, you will know My Father too. And from now on you DO know Him and have seen Him.” John 14:5-7)

       They saw Jesus who said, “when you see Me you see the Father.” They saw the Son of God who said; “don’t make images of any kind.” 

      Jesus was and is now, AT ONE with God the Father, as is all Believers IN, Jesus. The QUESTION each individual should ask themselves is: “can people choose in and of themselves, to BELONG to and know God’s truth?” How can one choose the direction without God’s map showing The Way? (Additionally, could God trust unrighteous people in their natural inherited nature to handle His righteous Truth?) NO! (But many self righteous individuals think so highly of themselves intellectually, “to assume they know truth, in and of themselves.”) Is this not the reason for many religions? Jesus’ apostle, Peter explains in his second letter.

     (“But false prophets arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. These false teachers will infiltrate your midst with destructive heresies, even to the point of denying the Master who bought them. As a result, they will bring swift destruction on themselves. And many will follow their debauched lifestyles. Because of these false teachers, the Way of Truth will be slandered. (3) And in their greed they will exploit you with deceptive words. Their condemnation pronounced long ago is not sitting idly by; their destruction is not asleep.” 2 Peter 2:1-3)

      The demise of such people who do not repent when Jesus’ Truth, is revealed, “is spelled out in His revelations to His apostle John.”

     (Revelations 21:5-8; “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. The one who conquers “overcomes” 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.””)

     Jesus is the beginning and the end, “the Alpha and the Omega.” It was He who spoke the words, “let US make man in Our image.” It’s He that’s coming to restore all things. Do the thirsty desires to know truth? But, the many are complacent in the comfort of divided worldly religion! (People that are genuinely thirsty for truth are spiritually led to search the scriptures, “meditate on scripture’s intended meaning” and consider the flaws in their inherited nature.) (The called are spiritually led to turn from their inherited, “from Adam nature” “that previously seemed right” to the “Way God says is right.”) That defines repentance. “That’s a spiritually led turning.” “That’s a gifted desire from above.” Unrepentant, detestable people’s demise will be a second death.

      Righteousness on earth is coming as God preplanned from the beginning. (Worldly, self righteous fleshly people cannot bring, nor does it know how to bring peace on earth.) These love this world’s system of things and are influenced by the god of this age, “Satan.” Unbelieving people’s desires, “with Satan’s influence” is to be god’s to themselves. “Thus, humanity’s need is to be saved from himself.” (We need, “The Savior and the gifted nature change that’s through Him.) (MARK recorded Jesus’ same words we read in Matthew’s gospel. Mark 13:19-20)

       God’s ELECT Saints. “are those He chooses?” It’s predetermined that this demonic age will be shortened.

       Speculate about the changes Jesus and His followers will make on earth. If we know the Lord’s Ways and His message, our speculations will be fairly accurate. Ask, “what are the things God despises?” Does He tell us what pagan customs are abominations to Him? Israel’s history after Joshua gives us many clues.

      God led Moses, Joshua, Isaiah, Jeremiah and others to foretell Israel’s unfolding future. When unbelieving rulers led Israelites in the way of paganism; God withheld blessings. When righteous thinking rulers emerged and tore down the pagan shrines and high places of worship God blessed. (Finally, because of their disobedience, God dispersed ten tribes, and then afterward the tribe of Judea was dispersed.)

      Hezekiah is one of our better examples. God made him ruler at age 25. In the linage of David and Zachariah, Hezekiah did what God approved of. He eliminated the high places, smashed the sacred pillars, cut down the Asherah pole and demolished the bronze serpent that Moses had made.

      ASHERAH POLE? Asherah was an imaginary deity of the Canaanite pantheon, wife/sister of El and goddess of fertility. She was commonly worshiped at shrines in or near groves of evergreen trees. The pagan holiday Easter comes from this custom. DEMOLISHED the bronze serpent Moses made? Why? The people had begun offering incense to it. This is likened to the Old Covenant teaching about worshiping the law. Nothing was wrong with the bronze serpent image Moses made and nothing is wrong with God’s law. (EXCEPT when people worship the thing made or written, rather than our Creator.) The Pharisees and Sadducees began worshiping the law rather than the law giver. Jesus’ apostle Paul was one of these before conversion.

      Hezekiah obeyed the commandments which the Lord had given Moses. The Lord was with him and he was successful in all his endeavors. Hezekiah rebelled against the king of Assyria and refused to submit to him. He defeated the Philistines as far as Gaza and its territory, from the watchtower to the city fortress. (Study first and second Kings to find some of the many clues God gives regarding the changes to be made when Jesus returns.)

   When concerned over issues of war, Hezekiah sent for instruction from Isaiah.

      (2 Kings 19:5-7; “When King Hezekiah’s servants came to Isaiah, Isaiah said to them, “Tell your master this: ‘This is what the Lord says: “Don’t be afraid because of the things you have heard – these insults the king of Assyria’s servants have hurled against Me. Look, I “the Lord” will take control of his mind; he will receive a report and return to his own land. I will cut him down with a sword in his own land.”’”)

     GOD took control of the King of Assyria’s mind and the king met his fate in his own land. God can take control of any person’s minds. He can bless people with a calm self controlled mind or turn people over to the way that seems right to themselves. When individuals and nations practice the way that seems right to themselves, “they are headed for demonically influenced troubles.” (It’s speculation; but it’s very likely; “God is allowing Satan to control much of the world wide weather patterns, because of disobedience.) Most world leaders’ minds are arrogant, prideful in their unbelieving comfort zones. It’s isn’t speculation that God is allowing the god of this age “Satan” control over this world‘s system of things and the majority of this world‘s populations.

     Everything with demonic root in paganism will be destroyed after Jesus’ return

Ephesians, Philippians, complementary text and commentary, chapter 19

Saturday, August 26th, 2017

    8/26/17, God’s 6th month, Elul 3, 5777, it’s the Sabbath until sunset. To 5,543 in resident churches; individuals God is calling; making temples of His Holy Spirit.

    Heavenly Father: please keep us in Your will, love us, when necessary take us to Your potters wheel and lovingly discipline us. Thank You for revealing Yourself and keeping us mindful of Your Way, we ask and thank You in Jesus’ holy. name. AMEN.

     God promises to bind Satan for one thousand years, afterward releasing him to go out and deceive. Our Creator already knows who Satan will be most successful with. Jesus revealed to John; how, who and when Satan will be allowed to go out and cause havoc. It’s revealed why God is allowing Satan to have, “lording power” over people. (Overcoming our lawless inherited from Adam nature and Satan’s deceptions through our Believing in Jesus purifies as people put on the nature of Jesus.) (It’s God’s will that His called out people be purified through His Word; “be at one with Himself and God the Son” that is, be members in His church family.) Called out believing IN people need to grow in the grace and knowledge of God; develop His character, overcome our inherited nature and demonic obstacles. The Elect Saints of God will be in His first resurrection and alive Saints will meet Jesus and them in the air. The annual Holy Day, “Trumpets” foreshadows this miraculous event.

     (1Thess 4:16-18; “For the Lord Himself will come down from heaven with a shout of command, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be suddenly caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will always be with the Lord. Therefore encourage one another with these words.”) Many call this event, “the rapture.” Afterward, physical resurrections; God fulfilling His promises to Abraham, “Israelites miraculously delivered to the borders promised.) 

     (Revelations 20:7-10; “Now when the thousand years are finished, Satan will be released from his prison and will go out to deceive the nations at the four corners of the earth, ‘Gog and Magog’ to bring them together for the ‘end’ battle. They are as numerous as the grains of sand in the sea. They ‘those Satan successfully deceives’ went up on the broad plain of the earth and encircled the camp of the Saints and the beloved city, but fire came down from heaven and devoured them completely. And the devil who deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet are too, and they will be tormented there day and night forever and ever.”) (See also Isaiah 35:, 37:21-38, Ezekiel 38: & 39:) (The word, “forever” can mean, “until something ceases to exist.”)

      Satan is far more powerful than this world’s unbelieving populations realize. He is the deceiver of the whole world! Satan, his demons and people he deceives are about the business of teaching lawlessness to this earth’s unbelieving naïve people. Unless God the Father chooses to shorten His planned end of this age, “these forces will deceive all but the Elect with their defiant message and magic like miracles.” (Now is a good time to reflect on how the demonic Egyptian false prophets competing with Moses and Aaron prior to Israel’s deliverance from Egypt.)

     Only the people who are called and know God’s message will not be deceived. As we studied previously; Jesus’ coming will not be secretive. It’s planned that the heavens will be shaken, before the world sees Jesus’ appearing. (Unless God the Father chooses to shorten the time, no flesh would be saved.)

     (Matthew 24:29-31; “Immediately after the suffering of those days, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of heaven will shaken. (30) Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and all the tribes of the earth will mourn. They will see the Son of Man arriving on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And He will send His angels with a loud trumpet blast, and they will gather His Elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.”) “THE TRIBES of the earth will mourn!” WHY.? The people of this earth love the ways of this world’s system of things as Satan has divided it.

     “WITH A loud trumpet blast!” It is likely that Jesus’ second coming is planned to fit with His holy day, “Trumpets.” As Jesus’ preplanned crucifixion was on Passover and God‘s, “holy spirit” was given on Pentecost; His other holy days are significant in His planning. Worldly religions do not seem to realize that our Creator is all knowing and the architect of the future. King David was led to understand the characteristics of his Lord. David is said to have been a man after God’s own heart. He desired to build a temple for the worship of his God, likened to what God had the Israelites construct under Moses. However God would not allow David to follow through on its completion because of his previous sins. God did allow David and the people to make preparations. NOW, consider David’s gifted understanding, about his Creator. He understood that God was Creator and Sustainer of all.

      (1 Chronicles 29:10-12; “David praised the Lord before the entire assembly: “O Lord God of our father Israel, You deserve praise forevermore! O Lord, you are great, mighty, majestic, magnificent, glorious, and sovereign over all the sky and earth! You have dominion and exalt Yourself as the ruler of all. (12) You are the source of wealth and honor; You rule over all. You possess strength and might to magnify and give strength to all.”) At this point, re-study John 1:1-5, Colossians 1:15-20 and Hebrews 1”1-4.

      (Chronicles 29:13-16; Now, our God, we give thanks to You and praise Your majestic name! “But who am I and who are my people, that we should be in a position to contribute this much? Indeed, everything comes from You, and we have simply given back to You what is Yours. (15) For we are resident foreigners and nomads in Your presence, like all our ancestors; our days are like a shadow on the earth, without security. (16) O Lord our God, all this wealth, which we have collected to build a temple for You to honor Your holy name, comes from You; it all belongs to You.”)

     Arrogance would be removed, if we knew, “as David did. ”It’s GOD that gives people and nations wealth; “He can build up and He can take down.” He can allow Satan free reign or free people from His evil schemes. God can give people strength to overcome their inherited nature and Satan’s influences.

     (1 Chronicles 29:17-18; “I know, my God, that You examine thoughts and are pleased with integrity. With pure motives I contribute all this; and now I look with joy as Your people who have gathered here contribute to You. (18) O Lord God of our ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, maintain the motives of Your people and keep them devoted to You.”)

      God can give pure motives: keep people devoted to Himself! Does God have A PEOPLE today, that He calls His own? YES! They are Believers IN Jesus “a people who have been gifted to know His message.” These realize that their knowing His Way is not from within their own intellect; but gifted as it was to David.

     (1 Chronicles 29:19; “Make my son Solomon willing to obey Your commands, rules, regulations, and to complete building the palace for which I have made preparations.”)

     Solomon completed the Temple and we know of his great fleshly successes. Likely these contributed to his failure. Satan was able to use Solomon’s grandeur and powers, turning them to worldly pride. He married pagan wives and built pagan temples for them. The LESSON for us is, “don’t under estimate Satan.” BACK to Jesus’ Matthew 24: prophecy.

     (Matthew 24:32-35; “Learn this parable from the fig tree: Whenever its branch becomes tender and puts out its leaves, you know that summer is near. So also you, when you see all these things, know that He is near, right at the door. I tell you the truth, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place. (35) Heaven and earth will pass away, but My Words will never pass away.”) As we Christians know His message, we also know what the scoffers are thinking and saying! Scoffers doubt the flood & that Noah lived.

      (Matthew 24:36-41; “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. (41) There will be two women grinding grain with a mill; one will be taken and one left.”) (Study 1 Corinthians 15: Paul explaining the resurrection.)

      In Noah’s day as today the people had become oblivious to the Ways of God. People totally deceived, as unbelievers are in this age. Soon after the flood, people were again giving their time, attention and lifestyle practices over to imaginary gods. No doubt, entertainment became the craze of the people.

     (Matthew 24:42-44; “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.”) The end of this age for us, “is our death.”

      NOT ONLY will Jesus’ coming to rule this earth catch folks unprepared, “but the end of people’s current physical lives catch people unprepared.” The lesson, “STAY ALERT to world condition and Jesus‘ message.” (Stay attuned to God’s message of truth, rather than looking to personalities, traditions and this world’s system of things.) ASK “whose slave am I?” (KNOW; “the characteristics of our inherited nature is enslaving.) Know and understand, “worldly traditions are demonically designed to entrap, deceive and take us away from God’s purpose for our lives.)

     (Matthew 24:45-51; “Who then is the faithful and wise slave, whom the master has put in charge of His household, to give the other slaves their food at the proper time? Blessed is that slave whom the master finds at work when He comes. I tell you the truth, the master will put him in charge of all His possessions. But if that evil slave should say to himself, ‘My master is staying away a long time’ and he begins to beat his fellow slaves and to eat and drink with drunkards, then the master of that slave will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he does not foresee, and will cut him in two, and assign him a place with the hypocrites, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”) Believing IN Jesus is to believe IN His promises to the degree that we seek to know and live His Way. Study Jesus’ parable at Matthew 25:1-13.

     Our Lord, “Jesus the Christ - the first begotten Son of God the Father” promises to return with power, resurrect the dead in Christ first: change people in the blink of an eye.”

     Believers IN, under Jesus’ authority will take charge of this planet we call earth. Knowing God’s truth and trusting in His promises, “we still need to be mindful of Satan’s devises.” “Satan is likened to a roaring lion, desiring to devour.”

     Living the assumption way and being overly involved in this world’s system of things dampens people’s enthusiasm for the will of God in their lives. Jesus’ parable about the ten virgins is fitting with the pressures we all encounter.

 

Ephesians, Philippians, complementary text and commentary, chapter 18

Thursday, August 24th, 2017

    8/24/17, God’s 6th month, Elul 1, 5777, it’s the fifth day until sunset. To 5,508 in resident churches; individuals God is calling; making temples of His Holy Spirit.

     Look up and observe God’s new moon; the next new moon will begin God’s third holy season. The first day of His seventh month is Trumpets, the tenth is Atonement, the fifteenth begins the Feast of Tabernacles to be celebrated seven days and on the eighth day is The Last Great Day. Jesus was celebrating the last Great Day when John recorded His words. 

     (John 7:37-41; “On the last day of the feast, The Greatest Day, Jesus stood up and shouted out, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me, and let the one who believes IN Me drink. Just as the scripture says, ‘From within him will flow rivers of living water.’”(39) (Now He said this about the Spirit, whom those who believed IN Him were going to receive, for the Spirit had not yet been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.) Naturally there were differing opinions.

     (7:40-41; “When they heard these words, some of the crowd began to say, “This really is the Prophet!” Others said, “This is the Christ!” But still others said, “No, for the Christ doesn’t come from Galilee, does He?”)

      Superstitions come from demonic evolving narratives. Figments of imaginations and disbelief in the word of God. Idolatries of all sorts evolve from mankind’s desire to be his own little god and deny God’s absolute truths. Should not each individual consider and search for the origin of belief systems? Does truth matter and can fleshly minded people believe in the God of creation? Does our Creator have the prerogative to give people delusional minds? Does what’s believed matter and do beliefs enslave? Does truth set people free? Satan wants us enslaved to the belief that we are merely products of evolution and the cultures we grew up with.

      Consider how naïve people are effected by entertainment, advertisement and education. What shapes people toward conservatism and others toward governmental dependency? We need to acknowledge, “politicians, educators and advertisers shape naive people’s thinking?” AND That the bottom line is; “people are either led by this world’s demonic system of things or by God’s gifted spirit of a sound mind?” People can’t serve two masters!

  Love types.

     (1Corinthisns 13:8-13; “Godly” 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 ’followers of Jesus’ know in part, and we prophesy in part, (10) but when what is perfect comes, the partial will be set aside. (11) 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. (13) And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.”) As always study the whole subject.

      Is people’s love for one another temporary and instinctive as is animals love for their young? What sort of love is Jesus’ apostle Paul speaking of in Corinthians 13:? Do we naturally inherit Godly love for one another or is Godly love gifted? Does our natural fleshly love and concern for one another only for, “me, mine and ours?” Do people naturally love others of differing cultures and beliefs as they do like minded folks? Even fleshly speaking we know the answer is our own?

     Godly love as Jesus portrayed reaches out with compassion for this world’s condition.

Godly love is gifted through His Holy Spirit and not obtainable to unconverted fleshly minded folks. (Godly love gives people insight to understand this world’s direction and the cause.) (Godly love despises the demonic divisions and has compassion for people’s hurt because of it.)

     Fleshly instinctive love is love of me, mine and our; “as inherited from Adam.” Human instinctive love differs from animalistic love, “only from the perspective that we are made in the image of God.” It’s from that individual inherited gifted nature that God knows each one of us. (1Cor 13:12; “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.”) God knows each of us better than we know ourselves! God knows our DNA if you please.

       Godly gifted love is inherited through believing IN Jesus as He manifest Himself to be in the Holy Scriptures, God’s gifted Holy Spirit is; “the spirit of a gifted sound mind!”

People before the apostolic age was not privileged to know these things.

       (Ephesians 3:1-13; “For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles – if indeed you have heard of the stewardship of God’s grace that was given to me for you, (3) that by revelation the divine secret was made known to me, as I wrote before briefly. When reading this, you will be able to understand my insight into this secret of Christ.”

    (3:5-6; “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, (6) namely, that through the gospel the Gentiles are fellow heirs, fellow members of the body, and fellow partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus.”

     (3:7-9; “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.

      (3:10-13; “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. 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. (13) For this reason I ask you not to lose heart because of what I am suffering for you, which is your glory.”)

     It was preplanned, now revealed in the heavenly realms, according to God’s eternal purpose that we Believers IN Him have this understanding today.

      Understanding Godly love is to know God the Father and God the Son so loved us; “that they preplanned Jesus shedding His blood for the remission of the world’s sins! Believers inheriting Godly love reaches out to the world with Jesus’ good news message and desiring that Jesus’ kingdom and His peace soon be established on earth. (Such love is spiritual and gifted from above!)

     Regardless of national origin; people naturally choose to believe according to what has been disseminated to their minds through parental, cultural examples and this world’s evolving educational systems. (The only exception is God’s intervention, God’s merciful calling, His revealing Himself and opening understandings.) (That gifted understanding reveals the result of our inherited sin nature and causes a desired turn from having lived the way that seemed right to our inherited from Adam nature.) (Followers of Jesus now understand the result of people living the way that seems right to their inherited from Adam nature. The result of loving only, “me, mine and ours” is all around us, contributing to nations being against nations and self righteous custom practices, division, arguments, divorce and crime.)

      Remember our last study? These were the things Paul was fearful of finding in God’s church at Corinth when he returned. People naturally and generally put trust “faith” in the entities of their evolving cultures without examination. The majorities and particularly students of so called higher education accept theory as fact. It doesn’t seem to be in our nature to naturally question why the cultural differences in people exist, their origin or what and who instigated them.

      These things define this world’s populations, helps us understand origin of beliefs and characterizes people’s inherited nature. People should know that they are created beings, made in the image of our Creator and people should desire proof as to what His will is for their thinking and way of living. But that would be looking to our Creator rather than our own intellect. That would be making God‘s Way superior to what seems right to our fleshly inherited nature. Obstacles to such understanding include this world’s so called higher education system; teaches theory promotion, “there are no absolute truths regarding the manner of right living people should be yielded to.

     But there is a source for absolute truth. (An authority source; teaching us how we should think and live, that’s absolute!) There is also a demonic divisionary spirit in the world compelling folks to do according to what seems right to themselves individually.

     The source for truth is God’s holy scriptures teaching us to “prove all things, hold fast to what is good.” The apostle Paul wrote this to the Thessalonians: (“See that no one pays back evil for evil to anyone, but always pursue what is good for one another and for all. Always rejoice, constantly pray, in everything give thanks. For this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. Do not extinguish the Spirit. Do not treat prophecies “teachings” with contempt. But examine “prove” all things; hold fast to what is good. Stay away from every form of evil.” 1 Thess 5:15-22)

      Jesus’ teaching through Paul is revealed to Believers IN. God’s Holy Spirit leads us to understand that Paul’s teaching isn’t from his fleshly nature but from the nature of Jesus imputed to his mind. Even human logic teaches that people throughout the world need a nature change in order to live at peace with one another. (But, self serving disseminated education rejects Jesus and His apostles teachings. People naturally want to pay back evil with more evil. Living for the good of all, only comes from Godly gifted love. Our fleshly minds cannot deliver such thinking, “because in the flesh we are self serving.“

  Jesus shares through Paul..

      (Romans 8:5-17; “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, 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 “Jesus’” righteousness. 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. (12) So then, brothers and sisters, we are under obligation, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh, (for if you live according to the flesh, you will die), but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body you will live. For all who are led by the Spirit of God are the sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of slavery leading again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption, by whom we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit its self bears witness to our spirit that we are God’s children. (17) And if children, then heirs (namely, heirs of God and also fellow heirs with Christ) – if indeed we suffer with Him so we may also be glorified with Him.”)

     The divisionary demonic spirit in the world questions God’s existence and which imaginary Jesus to believe. Common sense should teach us that there is only one Christ Jesus and His Way one. Since the apostle Paul’s day and before unbelievers taught a God of their particular imagination and naïve folks have been believing without question or proof.  Paul taught the Corinthians and all Believers.

      (“For if someone comes and proclaims another Jesus different from the one we proclaimed, or if you receive a different spirit than the one you received, or a different gospel than the one you accepted, you put up with it well enough.” 2 Corinthians 11:4))

     So; why do folks put up with people teaching a Jesus other than the Jesus His apostles proclaimed? Jesus as He manifest Himself to be in the holy scriptures? Answer: “our naïve fleshly nature prefers looking to a teacher’s credentials rather than the message and prayerfully searching the scriptures to prove all things. Jesus told us in advance, “another Jesus would be taught and unbelievers would keep worshiping an non-existing god; one of their imagination.

     (Mark 13:5-6; “Jesus began to say to them, “Watch out that no one misleads you. Many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am He,’ and they will  deceive many:)

Ephesians, Philippians, complementary text and commentary, chapter 17

Monday, August 21st, 2017

    8/21/17, God’s 5th month, Av 27, 5777, it’s the second day until sunset. To 5,462 in resident churches; individuals God is calling; making temples of His Holy Spirit.

     Jesus did have His apostle Paul write; “prophecies may fail but My Word will never fail.” (See 1Cor 13:8) Believers IN will be joyous, if Jesus’ return is shortened to a time before two witnesses appeal to the world from Jerusalem, but that’s doubtful. So, what is it about these two witnesses’ message, “that will be upsetting to the world at large?” Why was Jesus and His apostles’ message so upsetting, “they were persecuted and all but one killed?” The world at large has always and will always yield to the demonic way of get; rather than God’s Way of give. The two witnesses’ message will correspond with God’s truth through His called out teachers! Thus if they hated Jesus’ message, they will hate His witnesses‘.

     CONSIDER this truth: “if a person teaching Jesus is popular and well received by family and community: “it’s not likely they’re teaching the true Jesus.” Why? Jesus’ message is almost totally opposite the popular doctrinal teaching among denominations.

(John 8:43-44; If you don’t understand what I am saying? It is because you cannot accept My teaching. You people are from your father the devil and you want to do what your father desires. He was a murderer from the beginning and does not uphold the truth, because there is no truth in him.”)The true Jesus is Creator and much more. (Review John 1:1-5, Heb 1:1-4 and Col 1”15-20.) It was Jesus that gave Moses the ten commandments and oracles of God, but popular denominationalist teach a Jesus that changed things to a condoning populous doctrine.

     Only Jesus was born immortal! The rest of humanity is born mortal! But it’s appealing to the world to teach that when a child dies before an age of accountability they live forever in heaven. John the Baptist taught, “the chaff will burn up.” (Matt 3:11-12; “I baptize you with water, for repentance, but the One coming after me is more powerful than I am – I am not worthy to carry His sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.(12) His winnowing fork is in His hand, and He will clean out His threshing floor and will gather His wheat into the storehouse, but the chaff He will burn up with inextinguishable fire.” Additionally, Jesus revealed a second death four times to John, in His revelations to him. 0that is the second death.) (See Revelations 2:11, 20:6. 20:14 and 21:8.) Denominationalist love the Satan inspired, “live forever someplace doctrine.”

     Jesus set aside holy times for His people: “times to reflect on His return, resurrections, judgment and peace on earth.” But, popular worldly teaching reverts to paganism that honors “the god of fertility “Easter.” The sun god, “Christmas.” (See Jeremiah 10:2-4) Jesus and His apostles taught the resurrections, Israelites’ future deliverance to borders promised Abraham and harmonious living. (See  Isaiah 22:, 35:, 51:, 65,,&

Jeremiah 31:.) Worldly religions teach various forms of immortality at birth and a “heaven or hell doctrine.” Few are led to study and prove the subject.

      When many Israelites rejected Jesus’ good news after His ascension: Jesus commanded some apostles to “turn to non-Israelites.” God’s Jerusalem church should have known: “based on promises to Abraham and past history of gentiles submitting to circumcision in order to become Israelite citizens.” “After gentiles were called to follow Jesus and turn from their old pagan ways, Barnabas and Paul explained the circumstances to the Jerusalem congregation.”

      (Acts 13:46-48; Both Paul and Barnabas replied courageously, “It was necessary to speak the word of God to you “Israelites” first. Since you reject it and do not consider yourselves worthy of eternal life, we are turning to the Gentiles. (47) For this is what the Lord has commanded us: ‘I have appointed you to be a light for the Gentiles, to bring salvation to the ends of the earth.’ (48) When the Gentiles heard this, they began to rejoice and praise the word of the Lord, and all who had been APPOINTED for eternal life.) (This turning to the Gentiles was a shocking rebuke to 1st century Jews who thought they alone were the recipients of the promise.)

     The Light of the world ‘Jesus’ was rejected  by stubborn fleshly Israelites; who were recipients of Jesus’ ten commandments and the oracles of God. Now we have this history, “Peter and Barnabas relating to the Jerusalem church of God about gentile conversions. Today, Jesus’ good news is still being rejected by demonically divided worldly religions: but God is still calling out a people APPOINTED FOR ETERNAL LIFE and taking them to His preverbal Potter’s wheel for training, learning and spiritual re-creation. The LORD had Jeremiah pen the following.

      (Jeremiah 18:1-12; “The Lord said to Jeremiah: “Go down at once to the potter’s house. I will speak to you further there.” So I went down to the potter’s house and found him working at his wheel. (4) Now and then there would be something wrong with the pot he was molding from the clay with his hands. So he would rework the clay into another kind of pot as he saw fit.

     (5-12; “Then the Lord said to me, “I, the Lord, say: ‘O nation of Israel, can I not DEAL WITH YOU as this potter deals with the clay? In My hands, you, O nation of Israel, YOU are JUST LIKE THIS potter’s hand.’ (7) There are times, “Jeremiah” when I threaten to uproot, tear down, and destroy a nation or kingdom. But if that nation, I threatened stops doing wrong, I will cancel the destruction I INTENDED to do to it. (9) And there are times when I promise to build up and establish a nation or kingdom. But if that nation does what displeases Me and does not OBEY Me, then I will cancel the good, I promised to do to it. (11) So now, tell the people of Judah and the citizens of Jerusalem this: The Lord says, ‘I am preparing to bring disaster on you! I am making plans to punish you. So, every one of you, STOP THE EVIL things you have been doing. Correct the way you have been living and do what is right.’(12) But they just keep saying, ‘We do not care what You say! We will do whatever we want to do! We will continue to behave wickedly and stubbornly!’”)

     God has been and IS in the process of re-creating a people for Himself. A people who loves Him because He first loved them. If we believe IN Him, we are yielded to the Master Potter’s hand. God’s plan includes re-creating this planet and finally bringing NEW JERUSALEM down.

      To believe in the gods of the many denominational sects and cultures, is to accept their imaginary gods and make them your own. This describes religions of this age. Knowingly or unknowingly: “religions teach various gods.” Not understanding that Satan’s purpose is to make parishioners merchandise. Religiously speaking the world is now back to the point that it was before the flood; when Jesus destroyed all but Noah, his family and selected breathing kinds.

     Worldly religions and their parishioners have their doubts about that flood’s occurrence as described in the book of Genesis. Unless people are a called and gifted to believe IN God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ, they have little faith confidence in the Genesis account of creation and the flood.

     Before that flood, “earth’s populations was divided by Satan influenced people groups as is today.” Practicing as they deem right in their own eyes; “becoming gods to themselves as is prevalent today.” They built cities much like cities in this age. Grew crops, used animals and invented machines. Life practices revolved around revelry as today. Jesus prophesied about His return.

     (Matt 24:36-41; “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. (38) 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.”)

      Jesus was Noah’s Lord. He was the only one God considered righteous. When Jesus returns there will be only a few believing IN God people. “A begotten by His Holy Spirit people.” These will be changed to spirit instantly. As recorded in the book of Matthew; Jesus was speaking to His apostles and His chosen people; “those to whom He is Lord.”

      (Matt 24:42 “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.”)

     Jesus will spiritually and physically set up His kingdom on earth. Born again people will return with Him and those alive “clothed with Jesus” will meet Him and them in the air. Jesus prophesied this through His apostle Paul. Jesus’ words were not intended for various religions that yield to fleshly imaginations: “unbelievers.”

     (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; “Now we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about those “followers of Jesus” who are asleep, so that you will not grieve like the rest who have no hope. (14) For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, so also we believe that God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep as Christians. For we tell you this by the Word of the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will surely not go ahead of those who have fallen asleep. (16) For the Lord Himself will come down from heaven with a shout of command, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be suddenly caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will always be with the Lord. Therefore encourage one another with these words.”)

      Noah was a preacher of righteousness, telling people of their coming destruction, “unless they turn and practice living righteously according to God’s Way.” But the people had made gods of their own imaginations, to believe, serve and even die for.

      At some point God gave those people over to delusions; as He is giving “unbelieving people in this age.” Through Paul, Jesus foretells the arrival of a demon powered person, and why people will believe in his lies.

     (2 Thessalonians 2:9-12;” The arrival of the lawless one will be by Satan’s working with all kinds of miracles and signs and false wonders, and with every kind of evil deception directed against those who are perishing, because they found no place in their hearts for the truth so as to be saved. Consequently God sends on them a deluding influence so that they will believe what is false. And so all of them who have not believed the truth, “but have delighted in evil will be condemned.”)

      To inherit God’s Kingdom we must believe the truth and practice God’s singular Way! We to whom truth is revealed need to be careful about our allegiance. We cannot be loyal to worldly people who are perishing, “family or otherwise” and to God at the same time. Don’t be embarrassed by His truth.

Ephesians, Philippians, complementary text and commentary, chapter 16

Sunday, August 20th, 2017

    8/20/17, God’s 5th month, Av 26, 5777, it’s the first day until sunset. To 5,429 in resident churches; individuals God is calling; making temples of His Holy Spirit.

     Tomorrow God’s created sun, moon and earth will align and cast the moon’s shadow across the USA from Oregon to South Carolina. How strange that people aren’t talking about our Creator’s sustaining powers that controls planetary movements.

     The world and majority of professing Christian don’t know Jesus as He manifest Himself to be in the Holy Scriptures. He is the Alpha and Omega, who was with God His Father planning our future. He revealed much to John in His “Revelations to John.” Jesus recommends that we read the book of Revelations OUT LOUD and often. Revelations to John are understood by most called Believers IN. We need to understand that Revelations to John aren’t necessarily in chronological order and some chapters are insets. An example is revelations 11: where Jesus reveals His two witnesses will be teaching His message to an unbelieving world. Let’s consider!

     (Rev 11:1-3; “Then a measuring rod like a staff was given to me, ‘John’ and I was told, “Get up and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and the ones who worship there. But do not measure the outer courtyard of the temple; leave it out, because it has been given to the Gentiles and they will trample on the Holy City for forty-two months.

    (3-4; And I will grant My two witnesses authority to prophesy ‘teach’ for 1,260 days, dressed in sackcloth. (These are the two olive trees and the two lamp stands that stand before the Lord of the earth.

     (5-6; If anyone wants to harm them, fire comes out of their mouths and completely consumes their enemies. If anyone wants to harm them, they must be killed this way. These two have the power to close up the sky so that it does not rain during the time they are prophesying. They have power to turn the waters to blood and to strike the earth with every kind of plague whenever they want.

     (7-9; When they have completed their testimony, the beast that comes up from the abyss will make war on them and conquer them and kill them. Their corpses will lie in the street of the great city that is symbolically called Sodom and Egypt, where their Lord was also crucified. For three and a half days those from every people, tribe, nation, and language will look at their corpses, because they will not permit them to be placed in a tomb.

     (10-13; And those who live on the earth will rejoice over them and celebrate, even sending gifts to each other, because these two prophets had tormented those who live on the earth. But after three and a half days a breath of life from God entered them, and they stood on their feet, and tremendous fear seized those who were watching them. Then they heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them: “Come up here!” So the two prophets went up to heaven in a cloud while their enemies stared at them. (13) Just then a major earthquake took place and a tenth of the city collapsed; seven thousand people were killed in the earthquake, and the rest were terrified and gave glory to the God of heaven.”)

       This is apparently when Jesus’ good news will go out to the whole world with power.   We believe their message will include more prophecy. Apparently after the time allotted; Jesus will return, the first resurrection, judgment and Satan bound in the order of God’s choosing. Israelites are to be miraculously delivered back to the borders promised to Abraham and live in harmony God‘s Way. (See Isaiah 35:) After one thousand years, Satan will be released to go out and deceive before his final demise.

      (Rev 21:1-8; “Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, (a re-creation!) for the first heaven and earth had ceased to exist and the sea existed no more (2) 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 ‘The Father’ is among human beings. He will live among them, and they will be His people, and God Himself will be with them. (4) 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) 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.” (6) 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.”)

     MAKE all things new? We have no need to understand it all: just that God the Son ‘Jesus’ is Creator, Re-Creator and Sustainer! He sustains the sun’s temperature, heavenly planetary order and this earth’s physical condition.

     Believers IN become literal children of God when, “called and given to desire a new nature, a re-created nature and be spiritually fathered by God. Only then are people gifted with immortality. When our lawless sin nature is revealed and God gifts us with a desire to mimic Jesus’ life, we become literal children of God and heirs with Abraham. Through Jesus only is, “the gift of a spiritual re-creation; “immortality.” Through Jesus, God’s Elect are given His energizing power to overcome to the end.

     Each Believing IN follower of Jesus is under construction while in the flesh. On God’s spiritual Pottery wheel if you please; being re-created to the spiritual image of Jesus! The goal being, “to think and live to please Him.”

     The Son of God, “Jesus” gifted Adam with the capability to name all breathing creatures and name them according to their gifted instinctive characteristics. Jesus gave the breath of life to each and designed “God’s law of “kind after kind.”

     (John 1:2-5; “All things were created by Jesus and apart from Him not one thing was created that has been created. In Jesus was LIFE and the LIFE was the LIGHT of mankind. The light shined on in the darkness, but the darkness has NOT MASTERED it.” (understood it.)

     God had purpose in making us in His image and allowing Satan to be “god of this age.” Purpose in giving us things to overcome. Purpose in allowing Satan to deceive Eve and she to coach Adam into disobeying our Creator. Purpose in allowing a spirit essence of disobedience: “a lawless “sin: nature.” Purpose in re-creating in the spiritual image of Jesus “in order to enter the kingdom of heaven.” We must overcome through Jesus’ gifted faith as did He. With His help we must overcome our inherited from Adam attributes; which are cowardly, unbelieving, detestable, murderous, immoral sexual desires, practicing magic, idolatry, lying and the such.” Turning from our inherited nature and to faith in Jesus is defined as repentance. Unrepentant people will have their place in the lake of fire; which is the second death. Rev 21:8.

      God’s first begotten was miraculously born of woman to live in the flesh and give His life so that “whosoever believed IN Him would be gifted with eternal life.” (immortality) Being led to believe IN Jesus includes recognizing, “God’s gifting our desire to overcome our inherited from Adam nature.” Understanding Jesus’ life is the example. Thus the spirit that guided Jesus’ life are imputed to, Believers IN

     It’s the mystery worldly religions don’t grasp. (The spirit of God in man.!) God leads His chosen to recognize the NEED to be saved through Jesus.

     (John 12:44-50; “But Jesus shouted out, “The one who believes in ME does not believe in Me, BUT in the One who sent Me, and the one who sees Me sees the One who sent Me. (46) I have come as a LIGHT into the world, so that everyone who BELIEVES IN ME should not remain in DARKNESS. (47) If anyone hears MY words and DOES NOT obey them, I do not judge him. For I have NOT come to judge the world, but to SAVE the world. (48) The one who rejects Me and does not ACCEPT My words has a judge; the WORD I have spoken WILL JUDGE HIM at the last day. For I have not spoken from My own authority, but the Father Himself who sent Me has commanded Me what I should say and what I should speak. (50) And I know that HIS commandment is ETERNAL LIFE. Thus the things I say, I say just as the Father has told Me.”)

      Obedience to God’s will is to “believe IN Jesus.” God’s master plan for His Kingdom is that His chosen people be born again, “to Jesus’ spiritual likeness.” Perhaps that plan was shared with His angelic beings before Adam’s creation. Perhaps it was God’s plan that caused jealously in Lucifer. At any rate, we can affirm that Lucifer believed that; but did not “believe IN.” Like many unbelieving people that profess Jesus, but have no desire to mimic His life.

     Lucifer, “whose name God changed to Satan” made himself God’s and mankind’s enemy; thus he must ultimately be destroyed.

     The Bible tells us “Satan knows his fate and will become more ruthless as the end of this age approaches.” Satan desires to deceive all mankind in similar fashion as he did Eve, “with lies and half truths that appeal to our fleshly human logic.” Re-visit Gen 3:4-6.

      Consider what appeals to our inherited nature and what we are prone to put first? Is it not taste, riches, attraction to the eye, sexual lustful desires and worldly wisdom; “that which makes us feel superior to others? (Jesus’ words, “seek FIRST the Kingdom of God” does not appeal to unbelievers.”

     Adam and Eve knew they were created and taught by their Creator; but they didn’t have the gifted spiritual capacity to believe IN, “as followers of Jesus are gifted to believe IN.” The gifted capacity to believe IN is a major part of God’s New Covenant master plan. The Apostle Paul explained to believers IN.

      (1Cor 10:10-13; “And do not complain, as some of them did, and were killed by the destroying angel. These things happened to them as examples and were written for our instruction, on whom the ends of the ages have come. (12) So let the one who thinks he is standing be careful that he does not fall. No trial has overtaken you that is not faced by others. And God is faithful: He will not let you be tried beyond what you are able to bear, but with the trial will also provide a way out so that you may be able to endure it.”)

      This age to whom the ends have come seems to be special to our Creator. The people living before Jesus’ physical birth did not have the many examples and available knowledge that we in this age have. As Jesus stated, “the WORDS He has spoken will judge, at the last day.”

     The end time age began with Jesus’ resurrection and ascension. Jesus came to His own, “the Israelites” and first sent His disciples to the ten lost tribes. After Jesus’ ascension He sent His apostles to the Israelites first. PETER shared Moses words to Israelites.

     (Acts 3:22-26; “”Moses said, ‘The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your brothers. You must obey Him in everything He tells you. Every person who does not obey that prophet will be destroyed and thus removed from the people.’ (24) And all the prophets, from Samuel and those who followed Him, have spoken about and announced these days. (25) You “Believers IN” are the sons of the prophets and of the covenant that God made with your ancestors, saying to Abraham, ‘And in your descendants all the nations of the earth will be blessed.’ (26) God raised up His servant and sent Him first to you, to bless you by turning each one of you from your iniquities.”) NOTICE, who does the turning? God does and will do the turning of His people.

Ephesians, Philippians, complementary text and commentary, chapter 15

Friday, August 18th, 2017

    8/18/17, God’s 5th month, Av 25, 5777, it’s the sixth day until sunset. To 5,387 in resident churches; individuals God is making temples of His Holy Spirit.

     The Holy Spirit is God’s energizing power through which He creates, re-creates and works miracles. Through His Holy Spirit God fathers whom He will. Jesus answered Nicodemus on the subject of being born again - “fathered by God.”

     (John 3:5-8; Jesus answered, “I tell you the solemn truth, unless a person is born of water and spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not be amazed that I said to you, ‘You must all be born from above.’ (8) The wind blows wherever it will, and you hear the sound it makes, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”)

      Christians are miraculously born of the spirit - “begotten - fathered’ when God reveals His characteristics and they are spiritually led to turn from their previous way of thinking, Being begotten by God’s spirit is a miraculous re-birth, ordained by God the Father through God the Son. Remember that Pentecost after Jesus’ ascension, when Jesus‘ disciples were together? God made His spirit likened to the wind, “visible and noisy.”

     (Acts 2:1-4; “Now when the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like a violent wind blowing came from heaven and filled the entire house where they were sitting. (3) And tongues spreading out like a fire appeared to them and came to rest on each one of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit, and they began to speak in other languages as the Spirit enabled them.”)

      On that Pentecost, God made the wind miraculously visible, looking like tongues of fire setting on them and causing each recipient of His spirit to speak in languages unknown to themselves, but understood by many in their native languages. (God never intended such miracles be signs or an ongoing proof phenomenon as evidence of believing IN.) He strictly spoke against looking for signs. (Matt 16:4; A wicked and adulterous generation asks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah.” Then He left them and went away.)

     Our evidence of His Holy Spirit in us is a changed nature; from a fleshly self-serving outlook to a spiritual loving outlook. (A gifted believing IN mindset; opposed to a belief that God exist.) Believing IN meaning? “totally yielded to, clothed with, immersed in and faithfully trusting God’s view on what’s right, wrong, good and evil.” Believers IN are spiritually led to know they can’t trust their fleshly nature to determining, right, wrong, good and evil. That’s our Creator God’s prerogative.

  Fleshly opposed to Spiritual knowledge.

      People can accumulate fleshly and scientific knowledge but spiritual knowledge is revealed to His chosen called out people.

     King David’s son, Solomon was awarded fleshly wisdom and spiritual understanding beyond others in his age. Understanding the magnificence of God’s creation and God’s sustaining control. Likewise spiritual revelations were given to Jesus’ apostles. Paul explained the mystery regarding God’s fathering a people for His kingdom.

      (Romans 11:25-27; “For I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers and sisters, so that you may not be conceited: A partial hardening has happened to Israel until the full number of the Gentiles has come in. And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written: “The Deliverer will come out of Zion; He will remove ungodliness from Jacob. (Israel) And this is My covenant with them, when I take away their sins.”) (Paul was quoting from Isaiah 27:9; & Jeremiah 31:33-34.)

     God’s covenant promise to Abraham is a covenant promise to Abraham’s descendents; Both physical and spiritual Israelites. It’s God’s prerogative to hardens whom He wills. for His planned set time and for taking away lawlessness “sin” according to His promise. Paul’s Roman letter is primarily to non-Israelite followers of Jesus and all begotten Christians.

     (Romans 11:28-33; “In regard to the gospel, they “Israelites” are enemies for your sake, but in regard to election they are dearly loved for the sake of the fathers. For the gifts and the call of God are irrevocable. Just as you were formerly disobedient to God, but have now received mercy due to their “the Israelites” disobedience, so they too have now been disobedient in order that, by the mercy shown to you, they too may now receive mercy. (32) For God has consigned all people to disobedience so that He may show mercy to them all. Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and how fathomless His ways!”) Additionally He calls and gives understanding to whom He chooses.

     (Romans 11:34-36; “For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been His counselor? Or who has first given to God, that God needs to repay Him? For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be glory forever! Amen.”) Jesus inspired His apostles John and Paul to give us written Words regarding His deity. (Review John 1:1-5, Colossians 1:15-20 and Hebrews 1:1-4.

      Solomon was given similar understanding, tells why he penned the Proverbs

 Jesus was inspiring Solomon’s wisdom to write about Himself.

      (Proverbs 1:1-27; “The Proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel: To learn wisdom and moral instruction and to discern wise counsel. To receive moral instruction in skillful living, in righteousness, justice, and equity. To impart shrewdness to the morally naive and a discerning plan to the young person. (Let the wise also hear and gain instruction and let the discerning acquire guidance!) To discern the meaning of a proverb and a parable, the sayings of the wise and their riddles.”)

      “Does not Wisdom call out? Does not understanding raise her voice? At the top of the elevated places along the way, at the intersection of the paths she takes her stand; beside the gates opening into the city, at the entrance of the doorways she cries out:”

      “To you, O people, I call out, and My voice calls to all mankind. You who are naive, discern wisdom! And you fools, understand discernment! Listen, for I will speak excellent things, and My lips will utter what is right. For My mouth speaks truth, and My lips hate wickedness. All the words of My mouth are righteous; there is nothing in them twisted or crooked. All of them are clear to the discerning and upright to those who find knowledge. Receive My instruction rather than silver, and knowledge rather than choice gold. (11) For Wisdom is better than rubies, and desirable things cannot be compared to her.

     “I, Wisdom, live with prudence, and I find knowledge and discretion. The fear “love” of the Lord is to hate evil; I hate arrogant pride and the evil way and perverse utterances. Counsel and sound wisdom belong to Me; I possess understanding and might. (15) Kings reign by means of Me, and potentates decree righteousness; by Me princes rule, as well as nobles and all righteous judges.”

      (17; I love those who love Me, and those who seek Me find Me. Riches and honor are with Me, long-lasting wealth and righteousness. My fruit “result” is better than the purest gold, and what I produce is better than choice silver. I walk in the path of righteousness,

in the pathway of justice, that I may cause those who love Me to inherit wealth, and that I may fill their treasuries.”

     (22; “The Lord “God the Father” created Me as the beginning of His works, before His deeds of long ago. From eternity I was appointed, from the beginning, from before the world existed. When there were no deep oceans I was born, when there were no springs overflowing with water; before the mountains were set in place – before the hills – I was born, before He made the earth and its fields, or the beginning of the dust of the world. (27) When He established the heavens, I was there; when He marked out the horizon over the face of the deep, when He established the clouds above, when the fountains of the deep grew strong, when He gave the sea His decree that the waters should not pass over His command, when he marked out the foundations of the earth, then I “Jesus” was beside Him as a master craftsman, and I was His delight day by day, rejoicing before Him at all times, rejoicing in the habitable part of His earth, and delighting in its people.” (Compare with John 1:1-5, Colossians 1:15-20 and Heb 1“1-4)

     (32) “So now, children, listen to Me; blessed are those who keep My Ways. Listen to My instruction so that you may be wise, and do not neglect it. Blessed is the one who listens to Me, watching at My doors day by day, waiting beside My doorway. For the one who finds Me finds life and receives favor from the Lord. But the one who does not find Me brings harm to himself; all who hate Me love death.”) The whole New Testament delivers this same truth, to those led to seek Jesus’ Way.

     The book of Genesis’ opening words are about God’s creations. – “In the beginning.” These truths written prominently in Gen 1: are also found in John’s prologue: “life” (John 1:4) “light” and “darkness.” Genesis 1: describes the first “physical” Re-creation; John 1: emphasis is describing the new Re-creation. But this is not to play off a false dichotomy “a difference” between “creation and re-creation.” Re-creation seems to have been both physical and spiritual.

     The first physical creation became void and without order. So, the new creation is actually a re-creation. God made the point of saying, “the physical comes before the spiritual. (In spite of the common understanding of John’s spiritual emphases, the “physical” re-creation should not be overlooked. Jesus the Creator is also the Re-Creator. (This is revealed in John 2: “Jesus re-creating - changing water into aged wine.” In John 11: “Jesus resurrecting Lazarus” in John 20-21, “God the Father resurrecting God the Son.” Jesus resurrected others to physical life through His apostles; “Dorcas through His apostle Peter.” (see Acts 9:39-41)

     God’s physical re-creation should be apparent when we consider Genesis 1:2; “Now the earth was without shape and empty, and darkness was over the surface of the watery deep, but the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the water.” (The earth was, but without shape, was empty and darkness prevailed.)

     The holy scriptures teach that God creates from nothing. God told Job that He hung the earth on nothing. Regarding re-creation; two things seem to be obvious.

    (a) There are signs of more than one, massive “worldwide” flooding all about us. The rebellion of Lucifer, whose name God changed to Satan and the apparent conflict. (“Luke 10:18; So Jesus said to them, I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.”) AND in Jesus’ revelations to John, “showing him the following vision.” (Rev 12:7-9; Then war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back. But the dragon was not strong enough to prevail, so there was no longer any place left in heaven for him and his angels. (9) So that huge dragon – the ancient serpent, the one called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world – was thrown down to the earth, and his angels along with him.)

     (b) God is re-creating mankind in His own spiritual image by imputing His spirit: “it’s the mystery to the world.” God is miraculously giving His chosen a new outlook, “a rebirth” and “a new covenant.” Consider: “Lazarus’ was a physical re-creation when Jesus resurrected him.” Lazarus came forth physically at Jesus’ command. Apparently Lazarus lived some time longer and died another physical death. Thus, a second and physical resurrection is certain, if there is a second death.

     The holy scriptures teach a first and spiritual resurrection for the Elect, at Jesus’ second coming. Jesus gave John a revealed vision of a future physical resurrection, the timing and it‘s conclusion.

     (Rev 20: 5-15; “The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were finished.” This is the first resurrection. (6) 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. (7) Now when the thousand years are finished, Satan will be released from his prison and will go out to deceive the nations at the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to bring them together for the battle. They are as numerous as the grains of sand in the sea. (9) They went up on the broad plain of the earth and encircled the camp of the Saints and the beloved city, but fire came down from heaven and devoured them completely. (10) And the devil who deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet are too, and they will be tormented there day and night forever and ever. (11) Then I saw a large white throne and the one who was seated on it; the earth and the heaven fled from His presence, and no place was found for them. (12) And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne. Then books were opened, and another book was opened – the book of life. So the dead were judged by what was written in the books, according to their deeds. (13) The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and Death and Hades ’the grave’ gave up the dead that were in them, and each one was judged according to his deeds. (14) Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the SECOND death – the lake of fire. (15) If anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, that person was thrown into the lake of fire.”)

     The graves gives up their dead! Then after some time, judgment; unrepentant persons will be thrown into the lake of fire to be destroyed. IF their names aren’t written in God’s book of life. (Coming: “a re-creation of life, judgment, unrepentant destroyed and the pureness of God dominating.”

Ephesians, Philippians, complementary text and commentary, chapter 14

Tuesday, August 15th, 2017

    8/15/17, God’s 5th month, Av 22, 5777, it’s the third day until sunset. To 5,325 in resident churches and individuals God is calling to making temples of His Holy Spirit.

     (John 10:25-28; Jesus replied, “I told you and you do not believe. The deeds I do in My Father’s name testify about Me. (26) But you refuse to believe because you are not My sheep. My sheep listen to My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish; no one will snatch them from My hand.”)

     Obviously Jesus is saying, “people that don’t believe IN Me as I manifested Myself to be in the holy scriptures, don’t believe because they aren’t My sheep.” Jesus gives believers IN Himself eternal life. Deeds Jesus did in God the Father’s name testify to His deity.

    Teaching God’s truth can go in many directions from this point; we’re inspired to teach God’s Sabbath. People that don’t believe the seventh day is God’s Sabbath, “aren’t Jesus’ sheep.” Let’s reason together from inspired scripture. FIRST; His sheep know Jesus as Creator, Re-creator, Sustainer, Life giver, One who is Reconciliatory and AT ONE with God the Father’s purpose and planning. SECOND; Followers of Jesus know Him as the Lord God, Spokesman, Re-creator of this earth‘s form, from it’s void and darkness condition; then created Adam and Eve in their image. Jesus gave Adam, Eve, Cain and Abel commandments regarding right, wrong, good, evil and blood sacrifices. 

     (Gen 1:1-5; In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. (2) Now the earth was ‘became’ without shape and empty and darkness was over the surface of the watery deep, but the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the water. (3) God said, “Let there be light.” And there was light! God saw that the light was good, so God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light “day” and the darkness “night.” There was evening, and there was morning, marking the first day.”) This was a re-creation from what had become without shape, empty and darkness! It’s confirmed at Colossians 1:15-20, John 1:1-5 and Hebrews 1:

      (Colossians 1:15-20; “He ‘Jesus’ is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation, for all things in heaven and on earth were created by Him – all things, whether visible or invisible, whether thrones or dominions, whether principalities or powers – all things were created through Him and for Him. (17) He Himself is before all things and all things are held together in Him. (18) He is the head of the body, the church, as well as the beginning, the firstborn from among the dead, so that He Himself may become first in all things. For God ‘The Father’ was pleased to have all His fullness dwell in the Son (20) and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself by making peace through the blood of His cross – through Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven.”) We shouldn’t need more proof, but three witnesses is God’s way.

     (John 1:1-5; “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was fully God. The Word was with God in the beginning. All things were created by Him, and apart from Him not one thing was created that has been created. In Him was life, and The Life was the Light of mankind. And The Light shines on in the darkness, but the darkness has not mastered it.”) The beginning was before A beginning “Re-creation.”

     (Hebrews 1:1-4; “After God spoke long ago in various portions and in various ways to our ancestors through the prophets, in these last days He ‘God the Father’ has spoken to us in a Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, and through whom He created the world. (3) The Son is the radiance of His glory and the representation of His essence, and He sustains all things by His powerful word, and so when He had accomplished cleansing for sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high. (4) Thus He became so far better than the angels as He has inherited a name superior to theirs.”) Jesus sustains this earth and the whole universe. He is now our Mediator before God the Father. Having lived in the flesh, He knows our weaknesses, vulnerabilities and strengths. 

     If we believe IN Jesus, we know Him as the Lord God that communicated with Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph and Moses. We know Jesus kept His promise to Abraham and delivered his descendents “the Israelites” from Egyptian bondage through Moses. We know Jesus as the Lord God that gave Moses the ten commandments for the people’s good. We know Jesus as the Lord God that prophesied through Moses about Himself.

     (Deut 18:15-19; “The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you – from your fellow Israelites; you must listen to Him. (16) This accords with what happened at Horeb in the day of the assembly. You asked the Lord your God: “Please do not make us hear the voice of the Lord our God any more or see this great fire any more lest we die.” The Lord then said to me, “What they have said is good. I will raise up a prophet like you for them from among their fellow Israelites. I will put My words in His mouth and He will speak to them whatever I command. I will personally hold responsible anyone who then pays no attention to the words that prophet speaks in My name.”)

     We have record of Jesus’ life in the flesh, His teachings, deeds, miracles, appointing twelve apostles; His death, resurrection and ascension as was planned from a beginning, before He created Adam. Blood sacrifices looked forward to Jesus’ ultimate sacrifice for the remission of this world’s sins were instituted from Adam, Cain and Abel’s day until Jesus’ physical birth.

      (Gen 4:3-5; “At the designated time Cain brought some of the fruit of the ground for an offering to the Lord. But Abel brought some of the firstborn of his flock – even the fattest of them. And the Lord was pleased with Abel and his offering, but with Cain and his offering He was not pleased. So Cain became very angry, and his expression was downcast.”)

     God made covenant promises to Abraham regarding his physical and spiritual descendents. After 430 years to the day, He delivered Israel through Moses and offered a covenant to which the stubborn Israelites agreed to. After Israelites turned to the gods of the gentiles, God scattered them to the gentile nations. However true to His promise through Moses, “the Creator Jesus came in the flesh and died for remission of this world’s sins.” Began calling out a believing IN people to whom He would put His spirit in. Let’s consider the understanding revealed to Jesus’ apostle Paul and others.

  Jesus’ mystery, “God in people, people in God.

    Paul taught Jesus’ revelations through him to the Romans and we Believers, speaking of the mystery of God in us and we in God.

      (Rom 16:25-27; “Now to Him who is able to strengthen you according to My gospel and the proclamation of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery that had been kept secret for long ages, but now is disclosed, and through the prophetic scriptures has been made known to all the nations, according to the command of the eternal God, to bring about the obedience of faith – to the only wise God, through Jesus Christ, be glory forever! Amen.) Paul gets more explicate to the Corinthians. Sharing the mystery to followers of Jesus, “God in man and man in God.”

     (1Cor 2:6-16; “Now we do speak wisdom among the mature, but not a wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are perishing. Instead we speak the wisdom of God, hidden in a mystery, that God determined before the ages for our glory. None of the rulers of this age understood it. If they had known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. (9) But just as it is written, “Things that no eye has seen, or ear heard, or mind imagined, are the things God has prepared for those who love Him.” God has revealed these to us by the Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. (11) 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 ‘followers of Jesus’ have not received the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may know the things that are freely given to us by God. (13) And we speak about these things, not with words taught us by human wisdom, but with those taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual things to spiritual people. The unbeliever does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him. And he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned. (15) The one who is spiritual discerns all things, yet he himself is understood by no one. For who has known the mind of the Lord, so as to advise him? But we ‘followers of Jesus’ have the mind of Christ.”)

     (Remember Jesus’ words, “But you refuse to believe because you are not My sheep. My sheep listen to My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish; no one will snatch them from My hand.” John 10:26.)

      (1Cor 15:50-58’ “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 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. 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?

     (56-58; “The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ! So then, dear brothers and sisters, be firm. Do not be moved! Always be outstanding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.”)

 Not  book learning; not conjured up faith; but revealed faith and knowledge.

    (Eph 1:7-14; “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace that he lavished on us in all wisdom and insight. He did this when He revealed to us the secret ‘mystery’ of His will, according to His good pleasure that He set forth in Christ, toward the administration of the fullness of the times, to head up all things in Christ – the things in heaven and the things on earth. In Christ we too have been claimed as God’s own possession, since we were predestined according to the one purpose of Him who accomplishes all things according to the counsel of His will so that we, who were the first to set our hope on Christ, would be to the praise of His glory. And when you heard the word of truth (the gospel of your salvation) – when you believed in Christ – you were marked with the seal of the promised Holy Spirit, who is the down payment of our inheritance, until the redemption of God’s own possession, to the praise of His glory.”)

      God’s covenant through Abraham was first through Moses with a fleshly minded stubborn people, God will yet deliver. That spiritual covenant extends through Jesus with called out believing IN people.

     (Galatians 3:23-29; “Now before ‘Jesus’’ faith came we were held in custody under the law, being kept as prisoners until the coming faith would be revealed. (24) Thus the law had become our guardian until Christ, so that we could be declared righteous by ‘His’ faith. But now that ‘Jesus’’ faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian. For in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God through faith. For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 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. (29) And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s descendants, heirs according to the promise.”) All preplanned before Re-creation.

When we followers of Jesus pray, we aren’t before physical Mt. Zion, as were the Israelites during Moses’ day; but before the city of the living God, heavenly Jerusalem.   

      (Heb 12:14-17; Pursue peace with everyone, and holiness, for without it no one will see the Lord. See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God, that no one be like a bitter root springing up and causing trouble, and through him many become defiled. And see to it that no one becomes an immoral or godless person like Esau, who sold his own birthright for a single meal. For you know that later when he wanted to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no opportunity for repentance, although he sought the blessing with tears.

     (18-21; “For you have not come to something that can be touched, to a burning fire and darkness and gloom and a whirlwind and the blast of a trumpet and a voice uttering words such that those who heard begged to hear no more. For they could not bear what was commanded: “If even an animal touches the mountain, it must be stoned.” In fact, the scene was so terrifying that Moses said, “I shudder with fear.”

     (22-24; “But you ‘followers of Jesus’ have come to Mount Zion, the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to myriads of angels, to the assembly and congregation of the firstborn, who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous, who have been made perfect and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks of something better than Abel’s does.”

     Remember Abel sacrificed according to God’s command, while Cain did according to what seemed right, “deciding for himself what was right, wrong, good and evil.”

Ephesians, Philippians, complementary text and commentary, chapter 13

Monday, August 14th, 2017

  8/14/17, God’s 5th month, Av 21, 5777, it’s the second day until sunset. To 5,312 in resident churches and individuals God is making temples of His Holy Spirit.

     All come up short when we evaluate ourselves in “The Light of God’s truth.” When worldly people are yielded to their fleshly desires and passions, their concerns are about their immediate circumstance, “me, mine and ours.” They don’t naturally evaluate their hope and prayer request, “prioritizing as Jesus suggested to His followers.”

     Jesus died for the sins of this world; those whom God the Father calls in this age and the age to come. Followers of Jesus are spirit led to have concerns like His. Primarily, that His kingdom soon come. Christians are gifted to have genuine concern for the world and particularly the called. Christians are gifted with believing IN faith; to be like minded with God.” Rather than have prayer concerns for “me, mine and ours, we are commanded to put others ahead of ourselves. To be otherwise, ‘people’s leanings are friendship with the world and likely considered spiritual adulterers by God.”

    When our Lord’s brother “James” wrote to the twelve tribes scattered abroad, he revealed to them and us, “why prayers aren’t answered.” (“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”) Additionally James had the audacity to call the twelve dispersed tribes, adulterers. Israel’s covenant agreement with their Creator was likened to a marriage covenant: “accepting the Lord God as their husband.” When they didn’t live up to their covenant promises, Israelites became spiritual adulterers and thus were dispersed as God had promised they would be. They began prioritizing their concerns and friendship with the world, “thus the worldly system became their God.” This is the case with professing Christians in this age, “friendship with the world” thus in bondage to this world‘s system of things.”

     (James wrote, “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.” James 2:4)

     Israel’s history is for Christians’ ‘spiritual Israelites’ learning! Paul wrote; (“For everything that was written in former times was written for our instruction, so that through endurance and through encouragement of the scriptures we may have hope. Now may the God of endurance and comfort give you unity with one another in accordance with Christ Jesus, so that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Romans 15:4-6)

     Believers IN, “followers of Jesus - Christians” are covenant wedded to Jesus and as such our focus must be parallel with His as a faithful wife, less we too be accounted as adulterers. At Jesus’ apostles request, He taught them where their inner concerns and focus should be regarding prayer.

     (Matt 6:7-15; “When you pray, do not babble repetitiously like the Gentiles, because they think that by their many words they will be heard. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him. So pray this way: “Our Father in heaven, may Your name be honored, may Your kingdom come, may Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” (FIRST we need to understand the deity of our God as; “God the Father and God the Son.” We should honor our heavenly Father as did Jesus. SECOND our number one concern, “inner focused desire as followers of Jesus” must be, that God’s kingdom soon come, that this world’s order will be as He planned and pleasing to Him.) When our inner desires are, “me, mine and ours” our prayer focus is on satisfying our self serving nature. Sure, we should ask for blessing, healings, protections and security, but all these should be secondary to desiring Jesus’ coming.

    (verse 11; “Give us today our daily bread.” (When we belong to God, our needs are promised, and we need to express thankfulness for them, while asking that they continue.”

    (verse 12; “and forgive us our debts, as we ourselves have forgiven our debtors.” (It is imperative that we seek to be gifted with a forgiving nature. Knowing the mercy bestowed on us and each Believer IN is without any merit on our part. Prior to God miraculously changing our nature, we were incapable of forgiving to the degree Jesus had in mind.”

     (verse 13; “And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.” (“Do not lead us into temptation” is not an accurate translation. (When we compare spiritual to spiritual scripture we find that God doesn’t tempt nor can He be tempted.) Our Lord’s brother “James” clarifies. “Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted by evil, and He Himself tempts no one. But each one is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desires. Then when desire conceives, it gives birth to sin, and when sin is full grown, it gives birth to death. Do not be led astray, my dear brothers and sisters. All generous giving and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or the slightest hint of change. By His sovereign plan He gave us birth through the message of truth, that we would be a kind of first fruits of all He created.” James 1:13-18) To be asking that we continuously be delivered from the evil one, “Satan” is to seek faith reliance on God to do just that.)

     (verses 14-15. “For if you forgive others their sins, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others, your Father will not forgive you, your sins.” (If we belong to God, we are gifted with a nature change likened to Jesus’ and as such, we know His mercy toward us is unmerited. So we need to be quick to forgive.)

     No one inherits from birth, a nature conducive to prayer as Jesus commanded. A mindset parallel with Jesus’ is required to be forgiving as He is..

     James 1:12; “Happy is the one who endures testing, because when he has proven to be genuine, he will receive the crown of life that God promised to those who love Him.”) (The holy scripture teaches “in principle;” that if we love God it is because we recognize that He loved us first, “by giving His only begotten Son, by having mercy on us individually, revealing His way, calling and opening our minds to know Him.)

     (James 1:21; “So put away all filth and evil excess, humbly welcome the message implanted within you, which is able to save your souls.”) It is Jesus’ doctrine, “gifted, implanted to our minds and spirit” that saves individuals. When we humbly welcome His gifted outlook - knowledge, there is no room for boasting except in Him.

     Each of Jesus’ apostles, Luke the physician and Jesus’ two brothers, “James and Jude” were all in agreement regarding God the Father and God the Son. Followers of Jesus are gifted to understand His parables in principle.

      (Matt 24:32-35; “Learn this parable from the fig tree: Whenever its branch becomes tender and puts out its leaves, you know that summer is near. So also you, when you see all these things, know that He is near, right at the door. I tell you the truth, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will never pass away.”) The generation alive when this world’s spiritual condition is likened to Sodom and Gomorra.

     (Matt 24:36-41; “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.”)

      Very soon after the first resurrection from the grave, believers IN Jesus will meet those and Jesus in the air. (Study 1 Corinthians 15:) Jesus is speaking to His followers, not the world at large. People in whom Jesus is Lord.

     (Matt 24:42-44; “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 “Christians” also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect Him.”

     (Matt 24:45-51; “Who then is the faithful and wise slave, whom the master has put in charge of His household, to give the other slaves their food at the proper time? Blessed is that slave whom the Master finds at work when He comes. I tell you the truth, the Master will put him in charge of all His possessions. But if that evil slave should say to himself, ‘My Master is staying away a long time,’ and he begins to beat his fellow slaves and to eat and drink with drunkards, then the Master of that slave will come on a day when he does not expect Him and at an hour he does not foresee, and will cut him in two, and assign him a place with the hypocrites, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”)

      Our actions speak louder than our words, “our living practices put us on display to the world.” The practices of modern professing Christians demonstrate their friendship is with the world. Many gifted with a desire to follow Jesus are likened to those in Jesus’ sower parable. Jesus speaking to His followers, explained His parable.

     (Matt 13:16-23; “But your eyes are blessed because they see, “understand” and your ears because they hear. For I tell you the truth, many prophets and righteous people longed to see “understand” what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.” (18) “So listen to the parable of the sower: When anyone hears the word about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one “Satan” comes and snatches what was sown in his heart; this is the seed sown along the path. The seed sown on rocky ground is the person who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy. (21) But he has no root in himself and does not endure; when trouble or persecution comes because of the word, immediately he falls away. The seed sown among thorns is the person who hears the word, but worldly cares and the seductiveness of wealth choke the word, so it produces nothing. (23) But as for the seed sown on good soil, this is the person who hears the word and understands. He bears fruit, yielding a hundred, sixty, or thirty times what was sown.”)

      We pray that our teaching provides many with fertile soil to put root in. Believing IN God’s Word as did Abraham, is the good soil.

Ephesians, philippians, complementary text and commentary, chapter 12

Saturday, August 12th, 2017

    8/12/17, God’s 5th month, Av 19, 5777, it’s the Sabbath until sunset. To 5,276 in resident churches and individuals God is making temples of His Holy Spirit.

     As was Jesus and His apostles teachings; ours isn’t to denominational people in their comfort zones; but to a called out to be heirs with Abraham people. Are followers of Jesus, ‘Christians‘ spiritual Israelites? If not, Jesus’ apostles sure missed the mark. Some Egyptians and other gentiles became Israelites by yielding to God’s covenant with Abraham; submitting to circumcision of the flesh. After Jesus’ ascension, called out gentiles became spiritual Israelites through believing IN; submitting to baptism, giving up their idols and turning to God’s Way: including His Sabbath.

     (Exodus 16:6-8; Moses and Aaron said to all the Israelites, “In the evening you will know that the Lord has brought you out of the land of Egypt, and in the morning you will see the glory of the Lord, because He has heard your murmurings against the Lord. As for us, what are we, that you should murmur against us?” Moses said, “You will know this when the Lord gives you meat to eat in the evening and bread in the morning to satisfy you, because the Lord has heard your murmurings that you are murmuring against Him. As for us, what are we? Your murmurings are not against us, but against the Lord.” As always study the whole.

     Exodus 16:22-26; And on the sixth day they gathered twice as much food, two omers per person; and all the leaders of the community came and told Moses. He said to them, “This is what the Lord has said: ‘Tomorrow is a time of cessation from work, a holy Sabbath to the Lord. Whatever you want to bake, bake today; whatever you want to boil, boil today; whatever is left put aside for yourselves to be kept until morning.’” (24) So they put it aside until the morning, just as Moses had commanded, and it did not stink, nor were there any worms in it.  Moses said, “Eat it today, for today is a Sabbath to the Lord; today you will not find it in the area. Six days you will gather it, but on the seventh day, the Sabbath, there will not be any.”) Spiritual Israelites need to be careful not to murmur against God’s truth. 

     People accusing Paul of teaching against the law on one hand; accused Paul of changing the Sabbath to the first day on the other hand. Such people don’t know God the Father nor God the Son.

      (Exodus 16:27- “On the seventh day some of the people went out to gather it, but they found nothing. So the Lord said to Moses, “How long do you refuse to obey My commandments and My instructions? See, because the Lord has given you the Sabbath, that is why He is giving you food for two days on the sixth day. Each of you stay where you are; let no one go out of his place on the seventh day.” So the people rested on the seventh day.”) Followers of Jesus are spirit led to understand God’s spiritual intent of the law, including His weekly and annual Sabbaths.

    Worldly religions twist Jesus, His prophets and apostles’ teaching; in part because of stubbornness, in part because of Satan’s deceiving Eve and Adam to think they could be divine beings, knowing what’s right, wrong, good and evil by defying God and eating forbidden fruit. Let’s look at Satan’s lie.

     (Genesis 3:1-5; “Now the serpent was more shrewd than any of the wild animals that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Is it really true that God said, ‘You must not eat from any tree of the orchard’?” The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit from the trees of the orchard; (3) but concerning the fruit of the tree that is in the middle of the orchard God said, ‘You must not eat from it, and you must not touch it, or else you will die.’” The serpent said to the woman, “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.”)

     Let’s pause at this point and put our thinking caps on. Satan is calling God a liar! Suggesting that God wants to hold back knowledge he says; “God knows when you eat you will understand and be like divine beings, knowing good and evil.”

    (Genesis 3:6-7; “When the woman saw that the tree produced fruit that was good for food, was attractive to the eye, and was desirable for making one wise, she took some of its fruit and ate it. She also gave some of it to her husband who was with her, and he ate it. Then the eyes of both of them opened, and they knew they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.”)

     When people yield to the pleasures of sin; desire to be wise from within themselves, rather than looking to God, they become little gods to themselves. This is one of the reasons Jesus taught through Paul; (“Think about the circumstances of your call, brothers and sisters. Not many were wise by human standards, not many were powerful, not many were born to a privileged position. But God chose what the world thinks foolish to shame the wise, and God chose what the world thinks weak to shame the strong. God chose what is low and despised in the world, what is regarded as nothing, to set aside what is regarded as something, so that no one can boast in His presence. He, “God the Father” is the reason you have a relationship with Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification and redemption, so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.” 1Cor 1:26-31)

      (Genesis 3:8-13; “Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God moving about in the orchard at the breezy time of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the orchard. But the Lord God called to the man and said to him, “Where are you?” The man replied, “I heard you moving about in the orchard, and I was afraid because I was naked, so I hid. (11) And the Lord God said, “Who told you that you were naked? Did you eat from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?” (12) The man said, “The woman whom you gave me, she gave me some fruit from the tree and I ate it.” So the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” And the woman replied, “The serpent tricked me, and I ate.”

     (Gen 3:14-15; The Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this,

cursed are you above all the wild beasts and all the living creatures of the field!  On your belly you will crawl and dust you will eat all the days of your life. And I will put hostility between you and the woman and between your offspring and her offspring; her offspring will attack your head, and you will attack her offspring’s heel.”

    (Gen 3:16; To the woman he said, “I will greatly increase your labor pains; with pain you will give birth to children. You will want to control your husband, but he will dominate you.”

     (Gen 3:17-31; But to Adam He said, “Because you obeyed your wife and ate from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat from it,’ cursed is the ground thanks to you; in painful toil you will eat of it all the days of your life. It will produce thorns and thistles for you, but you will eat the grain of the field. By the sweat of your brow you will eat food until you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you will return.”)

      What major worldly religion does not teach some form of Satan’s lie?

      Satan has deceived the whole world into believing that mankind is born immortal. (Teaching when little children die they go straight to heaven.) Teach, “unconverted sinners burn forever in hell” not knowing where the term hell comes from. Some teach immortality amounts to coming back to life in other forms. Some teach to kill infidels amounts to rewards in heaven. When any form of Satan’s lie is believed; “a good portion of Jesus and His Apostle’s teaching have to be ignored in order to support his lie.”

     Many pagans of old; worshiped Baal, other imaginary gods, astrology and carved images. (2Kings 17:16-17; “They abandoned all the commandments of the Lord their God; they made two metal calves and an Asherah pole, bowed down to all the stars in the sky and worshiped Baal. They passed their sons and daughters through the fire, and practiced divination and omen reading. They committed themselves to doing evil in the sight of the Lord and made Him angry.” These Baal worshipers thinking they were born immortal, thought to burn their children sent them to everlasting life; the ultimate sacrifice was to burn their children. Many professing Christians think children dying before an age of accountability go straight to heaven as angels. There are many forms and beliefs about Satan’s immortality lie.

     (THE TRUTH is; “only people begotten by God the Father through God the Son have immortality.” People spiritually fathered, “spiritually born anew” are recipients of eternal life. ONLY these will be in God’s FIRST resurrection! Thus Paul’s words quoted in the previous chapter are believed IN by followers of Jesus. (“My aim is to know Him, to experience the power of His resurrection, to share in His sufferings, and to be like Him in His death, and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead.”) Restudy Paul’s teaching in Hebrews 12: quoted in a previous study.

     Unbelievers from this and previous ages will be in another resurrection, see God’s goodness and will either repent or refuse to believe IN. People never yielding to and believing IN the king of kings will die a second death. (See Revelations 2:11; 20:6; 20:14 & (21:8; “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.”)

     (Phil 4:1; “So then, my brothers and sisters, dear friends whom I long to see, my joy and crown, stand in the Lord in this way. Understanding that our citizenship is in heaven and we wait for the Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ.”) Understand, “Believers IN are GIFTED with eternal life, “immortality. Understand; “at the resurrection our bodies will be transformed to one like Jesus’. (Phil 3:19-21)

     (Phil 4:2-7; “I appeal to Euodia and to Syntyche to agree in the Lord. Yes, I say also to you, true companions, help them. They have struggled together in the gospel ministry along with me and Clement and my other coworkers, whose names are in the book of life. Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I say, rejoice! Let everyone see your gentleness. The Lord is near! (6) Do not be anxious about anything. Instead, in every situation, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, tell your requests to God. And the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”)

     Paul believed his co-workers’ salvation was sure. Mature Christians know: “faith in Jesus’ promises are sure, gentleness and the absence of anxiety are their characteristics.”

     (Phil 4:8-9; “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is worthy of respect, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if something is excellent or praiseworthy, think about these things, what you learned, received, heard and saw in me, do. And the God of peace will be with you.”)

     Paul absolutely knew how he stood with his Lord Jesus Christ. He encourages us to prove all things and stand fast in the truth. God’s Word. “as penned originally” is truth.

     (Phil 4:10-23; “I have great joy in the Lord because now at last you have again expressed your concern for me. (Now I know you were concerned before but had no opportunity to do anything.) I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content in any circumstance. (12) I have experienced times of need and times of abundance. In any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of contentment, whether I go satisfied or hungry, have plenty or nothing. I am able to do all things through the One who strengthens me. Nevertheless, you did well to share with me in my trouble. And as you Philippians know, at the beginning of my gospel ministry, when I left Macedonia, no church shared with me in this matter of giving and receiving except you alone. For even in Thessalonica on more than one occasion you sent something for my need. I do not say this because I am seeking a gift. Rather, I seek the credit that abounds to your account. (18) For I have received everything, and I have plenty. I have all I need because I received from Epaphroditus what you sent – a fragrant offering, an acceptable sacrifice, very pleasing to God. And my God will supply your every need according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus. May glory be given to God our Father forever and ever. Amen. Give greetings to all the Saints in Christ Jesus. The brothers with me here send greetings. All the Saints greet you, especially those who belong to Caesar’s household. (23) The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.”)

     May we each be blessed as Paul, who could say; “In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of contentment, whether I go satisfied or hungry, have plenty or nothing. I am able to do all things through the One who strengthens me.”

     These worshipers in Caesar’s household was a church. Likely Caesar’s servants and Jesus’ bondservants. Jesus’ message through Paul sets all Believers IN “Christians” free from this world’s system of things and demonic doctrine that makes it impossible to be made merchandise of.