The Way 2 Eternal Life, revealed to Moses, prophets and apostles, chapter 15

10/31/17, God’s 8th month, Cheshvan 11, 5778 until sunset. To 7,019 in resident churches; individuals God is making temples of His Holy Spirit.

     Keep in mind; Jesus and His apostles were Not writing to unbelievers but to Believers IN, “to a people overcoming the flesh inherited from Adam and the devil‘s lies.”

       (1 John 4:4-6; You ‘Christians’ are from God, little children and have conquered them, (people loving this world’s system of things) because the one who is IN you is greater than the one who is in the world. They (people loving this world’s system) are from the world; therefore they speak from the world’s perspective and the world listens to them. (6) We “Christians” are from God; the person who knows God listens to us, but whoever is not from God does not listen to us. By this we know the Spirit of truth and the spirit of deceit.”) If God’s Holy Spirit were an equal deity with God the Father and God the Son; “each apostle must apologize for not including it in their salutations.”

       Jesus’ apostle John is saying that Believers IN are spirit led to recognize and respond to truths! Unbelievers scoff at God’s truth. Believers IN need to constantly remind our selves that; ‘we aren’t greater than our Master.’ “If the world persecuted Jesus they will persecute His followers.” (From this world’s PERSPECTIVE, “Jesus is as they imagine Him to be” NOT as He manifest Himself to be.) What’s Jesus’ perspective about the things this world loves?

       Christians love neighbors and especially fellow Christians, “because the love of God is miraculously spread abroad in our hearts.” NOT because Jesus’ commanded saying, “love your neighbor.” But because we are imputed with, ‘gifted with’ Godly love for one another. (Gifted with a yielding mind that makes Jesus Lord of our lives.) As such, loving enemies, “as Jesus loved us when we were unbelievers.” (Jesus didn’t love our unbelieving ways, “but us.”) Consider Jesus’ apostle Paul’s explanation to the Romans and us.

       (Romans 5:1-4; “Therefore, since we, ’Believers’ have been declared righteous by “Jesus’” faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have also obtained access by “His” faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in the hope of God’s glory. (3) Not only this, but we also rejoice in sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance and endurance, character and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.”)

       Being led to Recognize and overcome the devil’s temptations is for our good! Recognizing and overcoming the pulls of the flesh “produces endurance, character and hope!” The apostle John continues to explain this special gifted Godly love.

       (1 John 4:7-10; Dear friends, let us love one another, because love is from God, and everyone who loves has been fathered by God and knows God. The person who does not love does not know God, because God is love. (9) By this the love of God is REVEALED IN us: that God has sent His one and only Son into the world so that we may live through Him. (10) In this is love: not that we have loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins.”)

       Paul is not speaking of fleshly inherited instinctive love, “as natural love parents have for their children” but God gifted love that’s able to love impartially. Pharisee minded persons attempt to love God from within their fleshly inherited nature, “thus, they do and give for self serving reasons.” Work to attain! If this were possible people could boast of having gained salvation by works. (Godly love is ONLY attained through and by a miraculous gifted nature change, ‘a fathering.’) Jesus referred to this change as being, “born from above.” Fleshly minded people cannot love in Godly fashion. Paul explained, “nor can they comprehend Godly love.”

       (1 John 4:11-14; Dear friends, if God so loved us, then we also ought to love one another. No one has seen God “the Father” at any time. If we love one another, God resides in us and His love is perfected IN US. (13) By this we know that we reside IN God and He IN US: in that He has given us of His Spirit ‘His nature.’ And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son to be the Savior of the world.”)

     By the authority of God’s Word, “we know unbelieving people’s love claim” is instinctively fleshly. We know people calling Jesus Lord, “doesn’t make Him their Lord.” NOT everyone confessing that Jesus is the Son of God, believes He is Creator, Re-creator, Sustainer, Mediator and coming king of kings. The spiritual key is in verses 16 and 17 below.

       (1 John 4:15-19; “If anyone confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God resides in Him and He in God. (16) And we have come to KNOW and to believe the love that God has in us. God is love and the one who resides in love resides in God and God resides in him. (17) By this love is perfected with us, so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment, because just as Jesus is, so also are we in this world. (18) There is no fear in “Godly” love, but ‘His’ perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears punishment has not been perfected in love. (19) We love because He loved us first.”) verse 19 should read; “We love God and one another because He loved us first.”

        (In verse 19 above, no object is supplied for the verb ‘love’ (the author with his propensity for obscurity has left it to the readers to supply the object). The obvious objects that could be supplied from the context are either God himself or other believers (the brethren.) It may well be that John has both in mind at this point; the statement is general enough to cover both alternatives, although the following verse puts more emphasis on “love for the brethren.”) A better understanding of verses 15 & 16 is apparent when we consider them one sentence. (“LOVE’S meaning” in John’s text, is Godly Love.)

      The love chapter in God’s Word is, “1 Corinthians 13:” The King James Translators used the word “charity” which in modern English means “giving.” The love John is expressing is, “a giving of self love.” Giving over one’s self to another. THIS is what Jesus did. He gave Himself because He loves us.

       (1 John 4:20-5:4; “If anyone says “I love God” and yet hates his fellow Christian, he is a liar, because the one who does not love his fellow Christian whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. (21) And the commandment we have from Him is this: that the one who loves God should love his fellow Christian too. (5:1) Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been fathered by God, and everyone who loves the Father loves the child fathered by Him. (5:2) By this we know that we love the children of God: whenever we love God and obey His commandments. (5:3) For this is the love of God: that we keep His commandments. And His commandments do not weigh us down, (5:4) because everyone who has been fathered by God conquers the world.”) ‘Hate’ in verse 20 is better translated ‘love less by comparison.’ According to John, ‘obeying God’s commandments and loving fellow Believers is necessary.’

       This gifted understanding teaches us why we must love our enemy. Our and God’s enemies are those deceived by the devil and his accomplices. They do according to their inherited and learned belief systems. Believers are led to obey God’s commandments because we know they are given from Godly Love. They reveal the goodness of Godly love.

       (1 John 5:4-8; “This is the conquering power that has conquered the world: our faith.” Now who is the person who has conquered the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God? (6) Jesus Christ is the One who came by water and blood – not by the water only, but by the water and the blood. And the “His” spirit is the one who testifies, because the “His” spirit is the truth. (7) For there are three that testify, the spirit, the water and the blood, and these three are in agreement.”)

       THE King James Version contains an additional verse between verse 7 and 8. (The added verse in the King James was not present in the original Greek manuscripts. The following commentary explains. “Six Greek manuscripts introduce a gloss (an addition to the text not found in other manuscripts, which the advanced King James translates as, (in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.) IF these added King James words hold prominent in your mind, consider that this is the only place in the New Testament where the holy spirit is identified as a person or deity.

Skip the next five paragraphs unless you have a scholarly propensity. 

    The proponents of this addition are primarily Catholics, who wanted to sell their trinity doctrine. This is one of the errors Martin Luther did not find. FOR YOU who want scholarly evidence, the following is from the Net Bible translators.

      This reading, the infamous Comma Johanneum, (known as the trinity doctrine) has been known in the English-speaking world through the King James translation. However, the evidence – both external and internal – is decidedly against its authenticity. For a detailed discussion, see TCGNT 647-49. Our discussion will briefly address the external evidence. This longer reading is found only in nine late manuscripts; four of which have the words in a marginal note. Most of these manuscripts (221 2318 [18th century] {2473 [dated 1634]} and [with minor variations] 61 88 429 629 636 918) originate from the 16th century; the earliest manuscripts, codex 221 (10th century) includes the reading in a marginal note, added sometime after the original composition. The oldest manuscripts with the Comma in its text is from the 14th century (629), but the wording here departs from all the other manuscripts in several places. The next oldest manuscripts on behalf of the Comma, 88 (12th century) 429 (14th) 636 (15th), also have the reading only as a marginal note (v.l.). The remaining manuscripts are from the 16th to 18th centuries. Thus, there is NO sure evidence of this reading in any Greek manuscript until the 14th century (629), and that manuscript deviates from all others in its wording; the wording that matches what is found in the translation was apparently composed after Erasmus’ Greek New Testament was published in 1516. Indeed, the Comma appears in no Greek witness of any kind (either manuscript, patristic, or Greek translation of some other version) until A.D. 1215 (in a Greek translation of the Acts of the Lateran Council, a work originally written in Latin). This is all the more significant since many a Greek Father would have loved such a reading, for it so succinctly affirms the doctrine of the Trinity. The reading seems to have arisen in a 4th century Latin homily in which the text was allegorized to refer to members of the Trinity. From there, it made its way into copies of the Latin Vulgate, the text used by the Roman Catholic Church.

       The Trinitarian formula (known as the Comma Johanneum) made its way into the third edition of Erasmus’ Greek New Testament (1522) because of pressure from the Catholic Church. After his first edition appeared, there arose such a furor over the absence of the Comma that Erasmus needed to defend himself. He argued that he did not put in the Comma because he found no Greek manuscript that included it. Once one was produced (codex 61, written in ca. 1520), Erasmus apparently felt obliged to include the reading. He became aware of this manuscript sometime between May of 1520 and September of 1521. In his annotations to his third edition he does not protest the rendering now in his text, as though it were made to order; but he does defend himself from the charge of indolence, noting that he had taken care to find whatever manuscripts he could for the production of his text. In the final analysis, Erasmus probably altered the text because of politico-theologico-economic concerns: He did not want his reputation ruined, nor his Novum Instrumentum to go unsold. Modern advocates of the Trinity and King James Version generally argue for the inclusion of the Comma Johanneum “trinity doctrine) on the basis of heretical motivation by scribes who did not include it. But these same scribes elsewhere include thoroughly orthodox readings – even in places where the Trinity /Byzantine manuscripts lack them. Further, these advocates argue theologically from the position of divine preservation: Since this verse is in the Trinity, it must be original. (Of course, this approach is circular, presupposing as it does that the Trinity is in the original text.)

        In reality, the issue is history, not heresy: How can one argue that the Comma Johanneum goes back to the original text yet does not appear until the 14th century in any Greek manuscript (and that form is significantly different from what is printed in the Trinity; the wording of the Trinity is not found in any Greek manuscript until the 16th century)? Such a stance does not do justice to the gospel:

      Faith must be rooted in history. Significantly, the German translation of Luther was based on Erasmus’ second edition (1519) and lacked the Comma. “trinity doctrine” But the King James Version translators, basing their work principally on Theodore Beza’s 10th edition of the Greek New Testament (1598), a work which itself was fundamentally based on Erasmus’ third and later editions (and Stephanus’ editions), popularized the Comma “trinity doctrine” for the English-speaking world. Thus, the Comma Johanneum has been a battleground for English-speaking Christians more than for others.

       Satan is the Author of confusion: John, Peter and Jude testify that “false prophets brought in confusion with their teaching.” The holy spirit sent from God to dwell in people is the spirit of truth that dwells in Believers IN. (If an individual deity; multiplies it’s self many thousands of times in people were the case, “individual people would cease to be as individuals.)

       Why did Catholics want to sell this trinity lie? It fits their supposition that Peter was the first pope and power transferring from pope to pope. So they attempt to sell the world on the idea that they have power to put people in the church, make people saints and the like. All of which are contrary to Jesus’ and His apostles teaching. REMEMBER, if one lie is incorporated into one’s belief system; more lies must be believed to support the first. Let’s pray for God’s revelations to our minds.

       (1 John 5:9-12; “If we accept the testimony of men, the testimony of God is greater, because this is the testimony of God that He has testified concerning His Son. (10) (The one who believes IN the Son of God has the testimony in himself; the one who does not believe God has made Him a liar, because he has not believed IN the testimony that God has testified concerning His Son.) (11) And this is the testimony: God has given US “we Believers INeternal life, and this life is IN His Son. (12) The one who has the Son has THIS eternal life; the one who does not have the Son of God does not have this eternal life.”) Truth is all about believing IN Jesus as He manifest Himself to be in His ORIGINAL holy inspired scriptures.

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