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Jesus’ Gospel Revealed to Prophets, Apostles and Believers, chapter 20 of 20

Sunday, December 31st, 2017

(To 8,561 in resident churches: people God is making temples of His spirit.) 12/31/17,  God’s 10th month, Tevet 14, 5778 until sunset.

   : Heavenly Father: thank You for revealing Yourself through Your Son Jesus and Your inspired printed Word. May many be led to seek Your Way, is our prayer in Jesus’ holy name. AMEN.

      Idolatry takes on many forms. Whether the simplicity of image worship, scientific advancement or demonically twisting God’s Word. Long ago Jacob’s father in law “Laban” used figurine gods for worship. In this so called enlightened age, people still use and care for their figurines gods in worshipful fashion. Some wear images around their neck and carry then in their pocket. There’s a different figurine god “people pray to” for almost anything a person could wish or hope for. Others carefully take care of various seasonal decorative figurines that depict pagan seasons. In the book of Genesis, we have the account of Jacob’s favorite wife, “Rachel” stealing her daddy’s gods. When Jacob left Laban with all his belongings: Laban was mad about the situation, “but Jacob’s God warned Laban to be careful, “how he spoke to Jacob.” When Laban caught Jacob, he questioned him about his sudden departure, them accused him of taking his gods. (Gen 31:34-35; “Now Rachel had taken the idols and put them inside her camel’s saddle and sat on them.) Laban searched the whole tent, but did not find them. Rachel said to her father, “Don’t be angry, my lord. I cannot stand up in your presence because I am having my period.” Laban searched thoroughly, but did not find the idols.”) Whether planet, sun, denominational or figurine worship: “it’s idolatry “ When people advertise healing services, attempt to conjure up or duplicate the Pentecost miracle and teach a changing Jesus, differing His manifesting of Himself to be” it’s idolatry. 

     If Jesus did miraculous healings through Paul or any of Paul’s associates in Corinth, it isn’t recorded. It’s not in the nature of spirit led Christians to boast about anything; except gifted knowledge of God the Father and God the Son’s message. After Jesus’ 72 disciples returned from their mission and boasted of their power through His name; Jesus told them, (1) “rejoice that their names were written in heaven” and that you, (2) know Me and the Father “by revelation.”

       (Luke 10:17-20; “Then the seventy-two returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons submit to us in Your name!” So Jesus said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. Look, I have given you authority to tread on snakes and scorpions and on the full force of the enemy, and nothing will hurt you. (20) Nevertheless, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names stand written in heaven.”

       (10:21-22; “On that same occasion Jesus rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said, “I praise You Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because , (2) You have hidden these things from the wise and intelligent, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this was your gracious will. All things have been given to Me by My Father. No one knows who the Son is except the Father, or who the Father is except the Son and anyone to whom the Son decides to reveal Him.” (No amount of education helps people understand spiritual matter.)

        Rejoice when we understand these revealed truths. Worldly religions are prone to be prideful of membership, growth percentages, property holding and ability to influence. In Abraham, Isaac and Jacob’s day people began mixing paganism with the Lord God’s Word. Later evolving traditions and teaching an imaginary Jesus to gain pagan membership became the norm. This was and is the fulfillment of Jesus’ words, “many will come in My name, saying I am the Christ and deceive many.” Thus, Paul’s words at verses 3-4 of chapter eleven. (“But I am afraid that just as the serpent deceived Eve by his treachery, your minds may be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ. 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!”) AND (11:13-15,  “For such people are false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. (14) And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. (15) Therefore it is not surprising his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness, whose end will correspond to their actions.”)

       In Paul’s day, people with credentials from educational institutions were claiming to be apostles, boasting of their credentials and deceiving the many naïve people. In every age people that want to be thought of as being good, are prone to be religious and flock to this type deceivers. Most never study or read Jesus’ profound Words preserved for our learning.

       (2 Cor 11:16-33; “I “Paul” say again, let no one think that I am a fool. But if you do, then at least accept me as a fool, so that I too may boast a little. What I am saying with this boastful confidence I do not say the way the Lord would. Instead it is, as it were, foolishness. Since many are boasting according to human standards, I too will boast. For since you are so wise, you put up with fools gladly. (20) For you put up with someone making slaves of you, if someone exploits you, if someone takes advantage of you, if someone behaves arrogantly toward you, if someone strikes you in the face. (To my disgrace I must say that we were too weak for that!) But whatever anyone else dares to boast about (I am speaking foolishly), I also dare to boast about the same thing. (22) Are they Hebrews? So am I. Are they Israelites? So am I. Are they descendants of Abraham? So am I. (23) Are they servants of Christ? (I am talking like I am out of my mind!) I am even more so: with much greater labors, with far more imprisonments, with more severe beatings, facing death many times. Five times I received from the Jews forty lashes less one. Three times I was beaten with a rod. Once I received a stoning. Three times I suffered shipwreck. A night and a day I spent adrift in the open sea. (26) I have been on journeys many times, in dangers from rivers, in dangers from robbers, in dangers from my own countrymen, in dangers from Gentiles, in dangers in the city, in dangers in the wilderness, in dangers at sea, in dangers from false brothers, in hard work and toil, through many sleepless nights, in hunger and thirst, many times without food, in cold and without enough clothing. (28) Apart from other things, there is the daily pressure on me of my anxious concern for all the churches. Who is weak, and I am not weak? Who is led into sin, and I do not burn with indignation? (30) If I must boast, I will boast about the things that show my weakness. The God and Father of the Lord Jesus, who is blessed forever, knows I am not lying. In Damascus, the governor under King Aretas was guarding the city of Damascus in order to arrest me, (33) but I was let down in a rope-basket through a window in the city wall, and escaped his hands.”) Read this historical account at Acts of the Apostles, 9th chapter.

      (2 Corinthians 12:1-10; “It is necessary to go on boasting. Though it is not profitable, I will go on to visions and revelations from the Lord. (2) I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago (whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, (God knows) was caught up to the third heaven. (3) And I know that this man (whether in the body or apart from the body I do not know, (God knows) (4) was caught up into paradise and heard things too sacred to be put into words, things that a person is not permitted to speak. (5) On behalf of such an individual I will boast, but on my own behalf I will not boast, except about my weaknesses. (6) For even if I wish to boast, I will not be a fool, for I would be telling the truth, but I refrain from this so that no one may regard me beyond what he sees in me or what he hears from me, (7) even because of the extraordinary character of the revelations. Therefore, so that I would not become arrogant, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to trouble me – so that I would not become arrogant. (8) I asked the Lord three times about this, that it would depart from me. (9) But He said to me, “My grace is enough for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” So then, I will boast most gladly about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may reside in me. (10) Therefore I am content with weaknesses, with insults, with troubles, with persecutions and difficulties for the sake of Christ, for whenever I am weak, then I am strong.”)

      Some of Paul’s gifted understandings were about how the temple services, “as given to Moses and Aaron” related to “foreshadowing of” God’s planning. Study the book of Hebrews while asking for discernment.

      THIRD HEAVEN? There’s a heavenly throne out there. STUDY Revelations 4: Much of what’s revealed to John by Jesus in the book of Revelations may have been revealed to Paul. SUCH knowledge and understanding could well make a fleshly human arrogant, but Paul understood the Lord’s meaning in saying; “My grace is enough for you.” God taught Paul to be totally dependent on Him. Paul will be in the first resurrection and we Believers IN look forward to meeting him, “in whom God made great in His View.”

      (2 Cor 12:11-12; “I have become a fool. You yourselves forced me to do it, for I should have been commended by you. For I lack nothing in comparison to those “super apostles,” even though I am nothing. (12) Indeed, the signs of an apostle were performed among you with great perseverance by signs and wonders and powerful deeds.”)

       JESUS gave His apostles powers through Himself. (See Acts 28: Luke’s account of the miracles Jesus did through Paul on the island of Malta while in route to Rome.)

      (2 Cor 12:13-21; “For how were you treated worse than the other churches, except that I myself was not a burden to you? Forgive me this injustice! Look, for the third time I am ready to come to you, and I will not be a burden to you, because I do not want your possessions, but you. For children should not have to save up for their parents, but parents for their children. (15) Now I will most gladly spend and be spent for your lives! If I love you more, am I to be loved less? But be that as it may, I have not burdened you. Yet because I was a crafty person, I took you in by deceit! I have not taken advantage of you through anyone I have sent to you, have I? (18) I urged Titus to visit you and I sent our brother along with him. Titus did not take advantage of you, did he? Did we not conduct ourselves in the same spirit? Did we not behave in the same way? Have you been thinking all this time that we have been defending ourselves to you? We are speaking in Christ before God, and everything we do, dear friends, is to build you up. (20) For I am afraid that somehow when I come I will not find you what I wish, and you will find me not what you wish. I am afraid that somehow there may be quarreling, jealousy, intense anger, selfish ambition, slander, gossip, arrogance, and disorder. (21) I am afraid that when I come again, my God may humiliate me before you, and I will grieve for many of those who previously sinned and have not repented of the impurity, sexual immorality, and licentiousness that they have practiced.”)

      At one point Paul is boastful of the Corinthians, telling the church at Macedonia of their overcoming and complementing them on their freewill offerings for the church at Jerusalem. Now; Paul is afraid that many have gone backward spiritually. This is what can happens in God’s churches, “if and when unbelievers are allowed to gain leadership positions.” See Revelations 2: “Jesus’ admonition to the seven churches.”

      (2 Cor 13:1-10; “This is the third time I am coming to visit you. By the testimony of two or three witnesses every matter will be established. I said before when I was present the second time and now, though absent, I say again to those who sinned previously and to all the rest, that if I come again, I will not spare anyone, since you are demanding proof that Christ is speaking through me. He is not weak toward you but is powerful among you. (4) For indeed HE “Jesus” was crucified by reason of weakness, but He lives because of God’s power. For we also are weak in Him, but we will live together with Him, because of God’s power toward you. (5) Put yourselves to the test to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves! Or do you not recognize regarding yourselves that Jesus Christ is in you – unless, indeed, you fail the test! (6) And I hope that you will realize that we have not failed the test! Now we pray to God that you may not do anything wrong, not so that we may appear to have passed the test, but so that you may do what is right even if we may appear to have failed the test. (8) For we cannot do anything against the truth, but only for the sake of the truth. For we rejoice whenever we are weak, but you are strong. And we pray for this: that you may become fully qualified. (10) Because of this I am writing these things while absent, so that when I arrive I may not have to deal harshly with you by using my authority – the Lord gave it to me for building up, not for tearing down!”)

       Jesus was weak purposely in the flesh, but powerful in spirit. Jesus allowed His own crucifixion. As He was being arrested Jesus said to Peter; (“Put your sword back in its place! For all who take hold of the sword will die by the sword. Or do you think that I cannot call on My Father, and that He would send Me more than twelve legions of angels right now? How then would the scriptures that say it must happen this way be fulfilled?” Matt 26:52-54) It takes strength to turn the other cheek. Paul exercised weakness rather than to arrogantly lord over people.

      (2 Cor 13:11-13; “Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice, set things right, be encouraged, agree with one another, live in peace, and the God of love and peace will be with you. Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the Saints greet you. The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.”) The gospel about Jesus was proclaimed through Abraham, Moses, David, all His prophets and His apostles. His messages, promises and planning for the future are foreshadowed through His holy Sabbaths and sure. His is the only way of life. Through Jesus is the only way to immortality.

Jesus’ Gospel Revealed to Prophets, Apostles and Believers, chapter 19

Thursday, December 28th, 2017

(To 8,494 in resident churches: people God is making temples of His spirit.) 12/28/17,  God’s 10th month, Tevet 11, 5778 until sunset.

    According to John 15{18-27;  If the messenger, message and life style practices are popular in communities: “they aren’t representative of Jesus’ Truth.” Messengers and messages condoning various life styles practices and doctrines, demonstrate they’re from a fictional Jesus; “not the real Jesus.”

      (John 15:18-27; “If the world hates you, be aware that it hated Me first. If you belonged to the world, the world would love you as its own. However, because you do not belong to the world, but I chose you out of the world, for this reason the world hates you. Remember what I told you, ‘A slave is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they obeyed My word, they will obey yours too. (21) But they will do all these things to you on account of My name, because they do not know the One who sent Me. If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not be guilty of sin. But they no longer have any excuse for their sin. The one who hates me hates My Father too. (24) If I had not performed among them the miraculous deeds that no one else did, they would not be guilty of sin. But now they have seen the deeds and have hated both Me and My Father. (25) Now this happened to fulfill the word that is written in their law, ‘They hated me without reason.” When the Advocate comes, whom I will send you from the Father – the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father – it will testify about Me, (27) and you also will testify, because you have been with Me from the beginning.”)

       Advocate, “Helper” or “Counselor”; Greek “Paraclete, “suggest a helper rank with God the Father and God the Son.” “The Holy Spirit.” The Holy Spirit testifies about Jesus! (Net Bible Translators, attempting to clarify, take a different stance. They admit, “finding an exact English word is difficult “ that “no single English word has exactly the same range of meaning as the Greek word most translate “Comforter” used by the older English versions, “as Wycliffe.” In Today’s English “comforter” suggests a quilt or sympathetic mourner at a funeral. “Counselor” is adequate too, but they believe it too broad, in contexts as would be “marriage counselor” or “camp counselor.” “Helper or Assistant” could also be used, but believing a subordinate rank isn‘t adequate.. “Advocate,” is chosen by Net Bible translators, having more forensic overtones than the Greek suggest. In today’s English “advocate” is someone who “advocates” or supports a position or viewpoint and since this is what the Greek word “Paraclete” does for preaching the word, :advocate is selected in spite of drawbacks.”) We suggest, “Holy Spirit” is a better rendering than either of the above, “because when imputed to the mind it makes Believers IN. at one with God the Father and God the Son.” What better comfort, helper or advocate than that? The Holy Spirit, “ an advocate” wasn’t gifted on Pentecost.

       When people teaches for salary, parishioners must be pleased. Called by God people recognize truth is miraculously gifted through the imputation of God‘s spirit, and “are mindful that formal education can be a liability.” For the most part salaried - seminary trained teachers must support their denominational doctrine and the system of things condoned. (For example; “to speak out against the spiritual effects of overly indulging in popular sport’s could be detrimental to their vocation.”) Satan couldn’t be the god of this age if his deceptions weren’t loved by this world. Unbelievers are captivated by Satan’s many worldly system of things, “but not for much longer.” God’s Sabbaths foreshadows His coming “millennial Sabbath.”

      .(Revelations 20:1-3; “Then I saw an angel descending from heaven, holding in his hand the key to the abyss and a huge chain. He seized the dragon – the ancient serpent, who is the devil and Satan – and tied him up for a thousand years. The angel then threw him into the abyss and locked and sealed it so that he could not deceive the nations until the one thousand years were finished. (After these things he must be released for a brief period of time.)

       This earth is to be filled with the knowledge of God. Jesus set the stage for this understanding when He gave His parable about a wedding feast. (Restudy Matthew 22:13-14).Understanding this parable’s truth should give us knowledge about how to pray for the world at large.

      Since Adam people attempt to fit God into their fleshly way of thinking, inventing gods, setting aside times for them and inventing customs to honor their imaginary gods. The fertility god comes to mind; “remember it was Gregory that instituted the egg for Easter.” Because Satan and his followers manifest themselves as angels of light; “people are demonically led to ignore God’s Word, that characterizes God the Father and God the Son,” We looked at Isaiah 43: in a previous study, “that prophecy characterizes our Creator, as does Colossians 1:15-20, John 1:1-5 and Heb 1: In these scriptural text; “God characterizes Himself and His love for people made in His image” giving His righteous laws for our good.

       When our Creator God, “Lord and Savior Jesus” rested on the seventh day, He looked back at His creation, reflected and thought it good. He commanded His people to look back and forward, “reflect on  creation and rest.” Jesus’ followers are spirit led to reflect on and consider why we’re made in God’s image? Others don’t, “of their own accord” in part because they don’t believe IN God, as Creator. The world, ’influenced by Satan’ has distorted God’s Word regarding His creation, re-creation, sustaining and deliverance preplanning. (Distorted God’s prophetic Words through His prophets, about how and why the Son of God sacrificed Himself, “shed His blood for the remission of sins” so people, through Him could inherit eternal life.”) Demonstrating and proving Jesus’ love for His people was each apostle’s and is each Believer’s ambassadorial mission.

       (2 Cor 11:1-2; “I wish that you would be patient with me in a little foolishness, but indeed you are being patient with me! For I am jealous for you with godly jealousy, because I promised you in marriage to one husband, “Jesus” to present you as a pure virgin to Christ.”) Fleshly jealousy is self serving; godly jealousy is from within the gifted desire to build up. (A Believer IN - Christian’s life is as being married to Jesus and living as one with Him.) Believers IN are as, “one flesh and one mind with Jesus, as He intended Husband and wives marriages to be.”

      (2 Cor 11:3-4; “But I am afraid that just as the serpent deceived Eve by his treachery, your minds may be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ. 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!”)

      Professing Christian denominations would all say “there is one Jesus while teaching differing perception.” Different perception makes for a different Jesus! NOT ONLY is it possible to believe lies, but it’s possible to be yielded to a harmful spirit and thus another Jesus! (There are many, “other Jesus’ in people’s understandings.) Jesus characterized Himself as the Son of God the Father. Though a Son, Jesus looked to God the Father, “careful not to even think of usurping His authority.” (See Philippians 2:3) Jesus inspired John and Paul to characterize Himself as Creator, Sustainer and the One in whom all things consist. (We repeat; “study John 1:1-5 & Colossians 1:15-20)

      (2Cor 11:5-15; “For I consider myself not at all inferior to those “super-apostles.” And even if I am unskilled in speaking, yet I am certainly not so in knowledge. Indeed, we have made this plain to you in everything in every way. (7) Or did I commit a sin by humbling myself so that you could be exalted, because I proclaimed the gospel of God to you free of charge? (8) I robbed other churches by receiving support from them so that I could serve you! When I was with you and was in need, I was not a burden to anyone, for the brothers who came from Macedonia fully supplied my needs. I kept myself from being a burden to you in any way, and will continue to do so. (10) As the truth of Christ is in me, this boasting of mine will not be stopped in the regions of Achaia. (11) Why? Because I do not love you? God knows I do! And what I am doing I will continue to do, so that I may eliminate any opportunity for those who want a CHANCE to be regarded as our equals in the things they boast about. (13) For such people are false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. (14) And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. (15) Therefore it is not surprising his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness, whose end will correspond to their actions.”)

      When we understand God’s truth it’s incumbent on us to proclaim it, “unashamed and boldly.” It’s sinful to do otherwise! God knows our hearts and knows a deceiver’s tool is, “clever speech and the promotion of fleshly works” Many use charities that promote this world’s system of things, not build up honor to God.” If they do not teach this message it’s because there’s no light in them. (Many even proclaim, “the dead are looking down.”

       (Isaiah 8:19-22; “They, ’unbelievers’ will say to you, “Seek oracles at the pits used to conjure up underworld spirits, from the magicians who chirp and mutter incantations. Should people not seek oracles from their gods, by asking the dead about the destiny of the living?” (20) Then you must recall the Lord’s instructions and the prophetic testimony of what would happen. Certainly they say such things because their minds are spiritually darkened. (21) They, ’unbelievers’ will pass through the land destitute and starving. Their hunger will make them angry, and they will curse their king and their God as they look upward. When one looks out over the land, he sees distress and darkness, gloom and anxiety, darkness and people forced from the land.”

       (Isa 8:23-9:2; The gloom will be dispelled for those who were anxious. In earlier times He humiliated the land of Zebulun, and the land of Naphtali; but now He brings honor to the way of the sea, the region beyond the Jordan, and Galilee of the nations. (9:1-2) The people walking in darkness see a bright light; light shines on those who live in a land of deep darkness.

      (Isa 9:3-5; You, ’Jesus’ have enlarged the nation; You give them great joy. They rejoice in Your presence as harvesters rejoice; as warriors celebrate when they divide up the plunder. For their, ’unbeliever’s’ oppressive yoke and the club that strikes their shoulders, the cudgel the oppressor uses on them, You have shattered, as in the day of Midian’s defeat. Indeed every boot that marches and shakes the earth and every garment dragged through blood is used as fuel for the fire.

      (Isaiah 9:6-7; For a child has been born to us, a Son has been given to us. He shoulders responsibility and is called: Extraordinary Strategist, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

      “His dominion will be vast and he will bring immeasurable prosperity. He will rule on David’s throne and over David’s kingdom, establishing it and strengthening it

by promoting justice and fairness, from this time forward and forevermore. The Lord’s intense devotion to His people will accomplish this.”) This are what God’s Sabbaths foreshadow!

Jesus’ Gospel Revealed to Prophets, Apostles and Believers, chapter 18

Monday, December 25th, 2017

(To 8,444 in resident churches: people God is making temples of His spirit.) 12/25/17,  God’s 10th month, Tevet 8, 5778 until sunset.

      Jesus predicted the divisions He knew was coming to distort His word. His apostles saw the apostasy taking place; “Paul and Jesus’ brother Jude revealed it.”

      Historians tell us, Charlemagne’s crowning made the Byzantine Emperor redundant, and relations between the East and the West deteriorated until a formal split occurred between Orthodox and Roman Catholics in 1054. The schism was gradual over centuries; political and religions the cause. In the 400’s AD, the roman Empire split westward making it’s capital Rome and the Eastern Orthodox split eastward making it’s capital Constantinople - Istanbul Turkey, situated in the northwest of the country on the Bosporus.

      The divider and deceiver. “Satan” was and is the architect of such splits, whether they be among protestant factions, Judaism, Moslem etc. His purpose is to cause chaos in the world. All religious groups claim to have God’s approval, but Roman and Orthodox Catholics claim to represent Jesus Christ‘s kingdom on earth. Details of their split aren‘t important.

      Since the two Catholic groups have so much influence on professing Christians, it might be good to consider their differences in this present age. The Orthodox use the Judean Calendar, celebrate Christmas on January 7 and allow priest to marry. In countries where they dominate religiously, homosexuality is a crime. The Romans use the Gregorian calendar. name and set lengths of calendar months for rulers, celebrate Christmas on December 25 and don’t allow priest to marry. In countries where they dominate religiously, human behavior is more condoning.

      Orthodox Christians in Russia or Greece, celebrate a different date for Easter and thanks to Gregory XIII; the addition of Easter eggs. In 1582, the pope instituted a new calendar for all Catholics.

       The called recognize God’s truth, understanding, “truth is miraculously gifted.” (Many, because of their love for this world’s system of things and it’s traditions harden their hearts to God’s gifted understanding.) Many attempt to worship God in secret, ashamed to speak of their understanding with family and friends. It does take courage to acknowledge an unconditional love for God while living among unbelievers.

       Followers of Jesus are spirit led to know, “Satan’s deceptions, are loved by this world’s populations in each generation.” Unbelievers are captivated by Satan’s world system of things. (God is allowing Satan to be “the god of the nations” until Jesus’ second coming.) Jesus gave revelations to His servant John and John wrote, Revelations 20:1-3.

      ( “Then I saw an angel descending from heaven, holding in his hand the key to the abyss and a huge chain. He seized the dragon – the ancient serpent, who is the devil and Satan – and tied him up for a thousand years. The angel then threw him into the abyss and locked and sealed it so that he could not deceive the nations until the one thousand years were finished.”) (After these things he must be released for a brief period of time.)

       Then this earth will be filled with the knowledge of God. Jesus set the stage for this understanding when He gave His parable about a wedding feast. Many friends of the bride groom “Jesus” were invited, but each had other more important traditions to do and practice.. So he “Jesus” went out and invited strangers, “non-Israelites” to His feast. One of these came not knowing why he was invited, thus unprepared. (“Then the king said to his attendants, ‘Tie him up hand and foot and throw him into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth!’ For many are called, but few are chosen.” Matt 22:13-14)

       Understanding this truth should give us knowledge about how to pray for unbelievers and fellow Believers IN. Pray that each grow to love God more than worldly paganism. In every age people attempt to fit God into their fleshly way of thinking, inventing gods, setting aside times and customs to honor their imaginary gods. People are demonically led to ignore God’s Word, which characterizes God the Father and God the Son, “things they love and things hated.” We looked at Isaiah 43: in our last study which characterizes our Creator. We should understand that our Creator characterizes Himself and His love for people made in His image, by giving us His righteous laws for our good.

       When God rested on the seventh day, He looked back at His creation, reflected and thought it good for people to look back, reflect on His creation and rest. Followers of Jesus are spirit led to reflect on and consider why we are made in God’s image? Others don’t of their own accord; “in part because they don’t believe IN God, as Creator, Re-creator and Sustainer.”

      (Satan has blinded the world, distorted God’s Word regarding His creation and preplanning. Distorted the prophetic Words about how and why the Son of God would sacrifice Himself, “shed His blood for the remission of sins” so that people through Him could inherit eternal life.”) Demonstrating and proving Jesus’ love for His people was each apostle’s and is each Believer’s ambassadorial mission.

       (2Cor 10:1-5; “Now I, Paul, appeal to you personally by the meekness and gentleness of Christ (I who am meek when present among you, but am full of courage toward you when away!) now I ask that when I am present I may not have to be bold with the confidence that (I expect) I will dare to use against some who consider us to be behaving according to human standards. (3) For though we live as human beings, we do not wage war according to human standards, for the weapons of our warfare are not human weapons, but are made powerful by God for tearing down strongholds. We tear down arguments and every arrogant obstacle that is raised up against the knowledge of God, and we take every thought captive to make it obey Christ.”)

      This has and will be the mission of every called out believer in every age! (To tear down and expose Satan’s deceptions!) Why? BECAUSE people cannot worship our Creator God in spirit and truth, “while loving Satan’s worldly traditions that camouflage God’s truth!”

       (2Cor 10:6-11; “We are also ready to punish every act of disobedience, whenever your obedience is complete. You are looking at outward appearances. If anyone is confident that he belongs to Christ, he should reflect on this again: Just as he himself belongs to Christ, so too do we. For if I boast somewhat more about our authority that the Lord gave us for building you up and not for tearing you down, I will not be ashamed of doing so. (9) I do not want to seem as though I am trying to terrify you with my letters, because some say, “His letters are weighty and forceful, but his physical presence is weak and his speech is of no account.” (11) Let such a person consider this: What we say by letters when we are absent, we also are in actions when we are present.”)

       Jesus gave these authorities to His apostles only. Today Jesus opens doors for our sharing.

      (2Cor 10:12; “For we would not dare to classify or compare ourselves with some of those who recommend themselves. But when they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are without understanding.”) We need to be aware of, “teaching opinions that come from denominational training.”

       (2Cor 10:13-18; “But we will not boast beyond certain limits, but will confine our boasting according to the limits of the work to which God has appointed us, that reaches even as far as you. For we were not overextending ourselves, as though we did not reach as far as you, because we were the first to reach as far as you with the gospel about Christ. (15) Nor do we boast beyond certain limits in the work done by others, but we hope that as your faith continues to grow, our work may be greatly expanded among you according to our limits, so that we may preach the gospel in the regions that lie beyond you, and not boast of work already done in another person’s area. (17) But the one who boasts must boast in the Lord. (18) For it is not the person who commends himself who is approved, but the person the Lord commends.”)

       Jesus’ personal message and that through His apostles must be revealed in order that we recognize those teaching falsehoods. PAUL had his assignment; as an apostle to the Gentiles. His mission may have been the most difficult. When Paul was first called, Jesus communicated to His servant Ananias, when telling him to go and anoint Paul.

       (“But Ananias replied, “Lord, I have heard from many people about this man, how much harm he has done to your Saints in Jerusalem, and here he has authority from the chief priests to imprison all who call on Your Name!” But the Lord said to him, “Go, because this man is My chosen instrument to carry My Name before Gentiles, kings and the people of Israel. For I will show him how much he must suffer for the sake of My Name.” Acts 9:13-16) (“Read the accounts of Paul’s suffering in, “Acts of the Apostles.”)

       (2Cor 11:1-2; “I wish that you would be patient with me in a little foolishness, but indeed you are being patient with me! For I am jealous for you with godly jealousy, because I promised you in marriage to one husband, “Jesus” to present you as a pure virgin to Christ.”)

       Fleshly jealousy is self serving; godly jealousy is from within the gifted desire to build up. (A Believer IN - Christian’s life is as being married to Jesus.) Living as one with Jesus. Believers IN are as one flesh and one mind with Jesus, as He intended Husband and wives marriages to be.

      (2Cor 11:3-4; “But I am afraid that just as the serpent deceived Eve by his treachery, your minds may be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ. 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!”)

       Denominations all say, “that there is one Jesus while teaching different perception.” A different perception - a different Jesus! NOT ONLY is it possible to believe lies but, “it’s  possible to be yielded to a harmful spirit and ANOTHER JESUS!” (There are many, “other Jesus’ in people’s understandings.) Jesus characterized Himself as the Son of God. Though a Son, Jesus looked to God the Father, careful not to even think of usurping His authority. Jesus inspired John and Paul to characterize Himself as Creator, Sustainer and the one in whom all things consist. (Re-study John 1:1-5, Colossians 1:15-20 and Heb 1:)

       (2Cor 11:5-15; “For I consider myself not at all inferior to those “super-apostles.” And even if I am unskilled in speaking, yet I am certainly not so in knowledge. Indeed, we have made this plain to you in everything in every way. (7) Or did I commit a sin by humbling myself so that you could be exalted, because I proclaimed the gospel of God to you free of charge? (8) I robbed other churches by receiving support from them so that I could serve you! When I was with you and was in need, I was not a burden to anyone, for the brothers who came from Macedonia fully supplied my needs. I kept myself from being a burden to you in any way, and will continue to do so. (10) As the truth of Christ is in me, this boasting of mine will not be stopped in the regions of Achaia. (11) Why? Because I do not love you? God knows I do! And what I am doing I will continue to do, so that I may eliminate any opportunity for those who want a CHANCE to be regarded as our equals in the things they boast about. (13) 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. (15) Therefore it is not surprising his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness, whose end will correspond to their actions.”)

       Understanding God’s truth it is incumbent on us when we proclaim it, “unashamed and boldly.” It’s sinful to do otherwise. God knows our hearts. Deceiver’s tools are clever speech and the promoting of fleshly works, “as in charities that promote this world’s system of things and do not build up honor toward God.” If they do not teach this message it is because there is no light in them.

Jesus’ Gospel Revealed to Prophets, Apostles and Believers, chapter 17

Sunday, December 24th, 2017

(To 8,416 in resident churches: people God is making temples of His spirit.) 12/24/17,  God’s 10th month, Tevet 7, 5778 until sunset.

      Doing what seems right to the fleshly mind is idolatry. Only God has the authority to say, “what’s right, wrong, good and evil.

       Almighty God: Thank You for the knowledge that we can only worship You in spirit and truth when You’ve  revealed Yourself to our minds. Make us mindful that when we love You it’s because “You first loved us.” Thanks for creating Your likeness in us and revealing Your plan for our future. Thank You for the gifted desire to be at one with You and revealing Your Way. We desire to praise You in the nature of Jesus. AMEN.

       In Paul’s letters to the Corinthians he pulled no punches about the fact that God is all in all and knew us from the beginning. Consider too; Jesus’ Words to Israel through Isaiah, “regarding His control and His future plans.”

       (Isaiah 43:1-6; Now, this is what the Lord says, the one who created you, O Jacob, and formed you, O Israel: “Don’t be afraid, for I will protect you. I call you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I am with you; when you pass through the streams, they will not overwhelm you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not harm you. (3) For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Deliverer. I have handed over Egypt as a ransom price, Ethiopia and Seba in place of you. (4) Since you are precious and special in My sight, and I love you, I will hand over people in place of you, nations in place of your life. Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. From the east I will bring your descendants; from the west I will gather you. (6) I will say to the north, ‘Hand them over!’ and to the south, ‘Don’t hold any back!’ Bring My sons from distant lands, and My daughters from the remote regions of the earth, everyone who belongs to Me, whom I created for My glory, whom I formed – yes, whom I made!”)

        Our Creator knows His people! His promises to Abraham include all who are led to Believe IN Jesus. (If we belong to Christ, then we are Abraham’s descendants, “spiritual Israelites, “Jews” and heirs according to the promise. Galatians 3:29) Now Paul gets personal with God’s church at Corinth.

       (2Cor 7:1-10; “Therefore, since we have these promises, dear friends, let us cleanse ourselves from everything that could defile the body and the spirit, and thus accomplish holiness out of reverence for God. (2) Make room for us in your hearts; we “apostles” have wronged no one, we have ruined no one, we have exploited no one. I do not say this to condemn you, for I told you before that you are in our hearts so that we die together and live together with you. (4) I have great confidence in you; I take great pride on your behalf. I am filled with encouragement; I am overflowing with joy in the midst of all our suffering. (5) For even when we came into Macedonia, our body had no rest at all, but we were troubled in every way – struggles from the outside, fears from within. (6) But God, who encourages the downhearted, encouraged us by the arrival of Titus. We were encouraged not only by his arrival, but also by the encouragement you gave him, as he reported to us your longing, your mourning, your deep concern for me, so that I rejoiced more than ever. (8) For even if I made you sad by my letter, I do not regret having written it (even though I did regret it, for I see that my letter made you sad, though only for a short time). Now I rejoice, not because you were made sad, but because you were made sad to the point of repentance. For you were made sad as God intended, so that you were not harmed in any way by us. (10) For sadness as intended by God produces a repentance that leads to salvation, leaving no regret, but worldly sadness brings about death.”)

       WORLDLY sadness is of the flesh, it’s physical, emotional over personal cares and losses. We get sad over many things that amount to nothing. To be sadden over sin and repent is of great value. The congregation at Corinth “became one example.” They removed themselves from the paganism surrounding them.

       (2Cor 7:11-16; “For see what this very thing, this sadness as God intended, has produced IN YOU: what eagerness, what defense of yourselves, what indignation, what alarm, what longing, what deep concern, what punishment! In everything you have proved yourselves to be innocent in this matter. (12) So then, even though I wrote to you, it was not on account of the one who did wrong, or on account of the one who was wronged, but to reveal to you your eagerness on our behalf before God. (13) Therefore we have been encouraged. And in addition to our own encouragement, we rejoiced even more at the joy of Titus, because all of you have refreshed his spirit. (14) For if I have boasted to him about anything concerning you, I have not been embarrassed by you, but just as everything we said to you was true, so our boasting to Titus about you has proved true as well. And his affection for you is much greater when he remembers the obedience of you all, how you welcomed him with fear and trembling. (16) I rejoice because in everything I am fully confident in you.”)

       The Corinthian’s fear was not a fear of Titus or Paul; but a respect for the messages Jesus gave through His servants. (“Fearing the Lord is the beginning of moral knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” Proverbs 1:7) Moral knowledge, and godly traditional values taught by parents are good, but to live them out of respect for God’s Way is better.

       (2Cor 8:1-15; “Now we make known to you, brothers and sisters, the grace of God given to the churches of Macedonia, that during a severe ordeal of suffering, their abundant joy and their extreme poverty have overflowed in the wealth of their generosity. (3) For I testify, they gave according to their means and beyond their means. They did so voluntarily, begging us with great earnestness for the blessing and fellowship of helping the Saints. And they did this not just as we had hoped, but they gave themselves first to the Lord and to us by the will of God. Thus we urged Titus that, just as he had previously begun this work, so also he should complete this act of kindness for you. (7) But as you excel in everything – in faith, in speech, in knowledge, and in all eagerness and in the love from us that is in you – make sure that you excel in this act of kindness too. (8) I am not saying this as a command, but I am testing the genuineness of your love by comparison with the eagerness of others. For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that although He was rich, He became poor for your sakes, so that you by His poverty could become rich.

       So here is my opinion on this matter: It is to your advantage, since you made a good start last year both in your giving and your desire to give, to finish what you started, so that just as you wanted to do it eagerly, you can also complete it according to your means. (12) For if the eagerness is present, the gift itself is acceptable according to whatever one has, not according to what he does not have. (13) For I do not say this so there would be relief for others and suffering for you, but as a matter of equality. At the present time, your abundance will meet their need, so that one day their abundance may also meet your need, and thus there may be equality, (15) as it is written: “The one who gathered much did not have too much, and the one who gathered little did not have too little.”) (Quote from Exodus 16:18)

       Paul is sharing God’s principle of helping one another. Believers IN are spirit led to watch out for one another. Jesus that provided the manna “food” for the Israelites on their way to the promised lands and it is Jesus “who provides His people’s needs in each age.”

      (2Cor 8:16-22; “But thanks be to God who put in the heart of Titus the same devotion I have for you, because he not only accepted our request, but since he was very eager, he is coming to you of his own accord. And we are sending along with him the brother who is praised by all the churches for his work in spreading the gospel. (19) In addition, this brother has also been chosen by the churches as our traveling companion as we administer this generous gift to the glory of the Lord Himself and to show our readiness to help. We did this as a precaution so that no one should blame us in regard to this generous gift we are administering. (21) For we are concerned about what is right not only before the Lord but also before men. And we are sending with them our brother whom we have tested many times and found eager in many matters, but who now is much more eager than ever because of the great confidence he has in you.”) The trusted brother accompanying Titus isn’t named here for some reason. Paul is careful to display honesty before the church. Careful not to lord over; thus he tells of Titus and companions coming of their own accord.

       (2 Cor 8:23-24; “If there is any question about Titus, he is my partner and fellow worker among you; if there is any question about our brothers, they are messengers of the churches, a glory to Christ. Therefore show them openly before the churches the proof of your love and of our pride in you.”) Part of Paul’s mission was collecting food and money for less fortunate Believers.

      (2 Cor 9:1-4; “For it is not necessary for me to write you about this service to the Saints, because I know your eagerness to help. I keep boasting to the Macedonians about this eagerness of yours, that Achaia has been ready to give since last year, and your zeal to participate has stirred up most of them. But I am sending these brothers so that our boasting about you may not be empty in this case, so that you may be ready just as I kept telling them. (4) For if any of the Macedonians should come with me and find that you are not ready to give, we would be humiliated (not to mention you) by this confidence we had in you.”)

        We have reference to these collections in Acts of the Apostles and in Paul’s first letter. Let‘s review a portion of his first letter. (1 Corinthians 16:1-4; “With regard to the collection for the saints, please follow the directions that I gave to the churches of Galatia: On the first day of the week, each of you should set aside some income and save it to the extent that God has blessed you, SO THAT a collection will not have to be made when I come. Then, when I arrive, I will send those whom you approve with letters of explanation to carry your gift to Jerusalem. And if it seems advisable that I should go also, they will go with me.”) Why did Paul recommend “collecting on the first day?” Such collections was physical work, not to be done on the Sabbath.

       (2 Cor 9:5-15; “Therefore I thought it necessary to urge these brothers to go to you in advance and to arrange ahead of time the generous contribution you had promised, so this may be ready as a generous gift and not as something you feel forced to do. (6) My point is this: The person who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and the person who sows generously will also reap generously. Each one of you should give just as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, because God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace overflow to you so that because you have enough of everything in every way at all times, you will overflow in every good work. (9) Just as it is written, “He has scattered widely, He has given to the poor; His righteousness remains forever.” (Quote from Ps 111:9)

      Now God who provides seed for the sower “planter” and bread for food will provide and multiply your supply of seed and will cause the harvest of your righteousness to grow. (11) You will be enriched in every way so that you may be generous on every occasion, which is producing through us thanksgiving to God, because the service of this ministry is not only providing for the needs of the Saints but is also overflowing with many thanks to God. (13) Through the evidence of this service they will glorify God because of your obedience to your confession in the gospel of Christ and the generosity of your sharing with them and with everyone. And in their prayers on your behalf they long for you because of the extraordinary grace God has shown to you. Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!”)

     To know the Provider is a gift. NOTE, that Paul is treating this Corinthian church of God congregation as a set aside people. The Saints at Jerusalem were experiencing hard times and seemingly the Saints at Corinth were being blessed more abundantly with material things. Paul recognized “this was a test of faith for the Corinthians.” They needed to know their Provider and learn to share. When we are personally blessed with abundance, we should look around for folks to help, particularly like minded.

Jesus’ Gospel Revealed to Prophets, Apostles and Believers, chapter 16

Saturday, December 23rd, 2017

(To 8,407 in resident churches: people God is making temples of His spirit.) 12/23/17, God’s 10th month, Tevet 6, 5778 until sunset. It’s the Sabbath. Jesus’ Words, “in the world but not of the world” come alive for true Believers IN, when exposed to paganism during the equinox celebratory season. Few people take time to discover the origin of customs they practice. Initially the shortest day of the year was celebrated by sun worshipers, “who thought their prayers caused days to lengthen again.” When organized religion began using Jesus’ name to consolidate and recruit various pagan factions; “they ingeniously fictionalize Jesus’ birth date to coincide with the winter equinox.” Few realize the divisionary degree of their practicing customs, “for religious purposes have caused wars.” Both major Catholic groups and their protesting counter parts, “have chosen differing dates to celebrate a fictitious birth date for Jesus.” In the USA and Eastern nations, Orthodox Catholics use the Judean Calendar and celebrate Christmas on January 7; while Roman Catholics in western nations using the Roman calendar, celebrate December 25. (Followers of Jesus, “in the world but not of the world” are vexed in spirit by this world’s celebratory practices.)

As Lord of the Sabbath, (See Matt 12:8) Jesus celebrated the Feast of Tabernacles and on the eighth day, “the Last Great Day Sabbath” He 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.’” (Now Jesus 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.) John 7:37-39) Also see Isaiah 44:3, 55:1, 58:11, and Zechariah 14:8)

The apostles’ letters are written to “called to follow Jesus people.” Assemblies, known as, “The Churches of God.” People Paul served were mostly non-Israelites who came out of pagan cultures as they heard and believed the good news about Jesus. Before believing IN, these people were much like folks all around us. They were demonically led to worship carved images, statutes, imaginary traditional gods and looking to heavenly creations for signs. As in our age, many set aside the winter solstice as a time to worship their imaginary gods. Seemingly, Abraham’s God and our Savior Jesus Christ had not been proclaimed in the city of Corinth before Paul.

We need to understand, “until Jesus is revealed to people, they are likely to worship what can be seen, “planets or something of their own creation, rather than the Creator who made all things.” Paul’s and our mission is to, “make our Creator God known.” Lets continue our study of Paul’s second letter.

(2Cor 5:11-16; “Therefore, because we know the fear of the Lord, we try to persuade people, but we are well known to God, and I hope we are well known to your consciences too. We are not trying to commend ourselves to you again, but are giving you an opportunity to be proud of us, so that you may be able to answer those who take pride in outward appearance and not in what is in the heart. (13) For if we are out of our minds, it is for God; if we are of sound mind, it is for you. For the love of Christ controls us, since we have concluded this, that Christ died for all; therefore all have died. And He died for all so that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for Him who died for them and was raised. (16) So then from now on we acknowledge no one from an outward human point of view. Even though we have known Christ from such a human point of view, now we do not know Him in that way any longer.”)

From within our inherited fleshly nature, people naturally look to personalities rather than the message. No real fault until God’s message is revealed to the mind. WHEN Jesus Christ is revealed to our mind, “we can practice yielding to the love of Christ.” Until revealed, “as manifested to be in the holy scriptures” people worship from within their imagination, “gods are from within people’s fleshly nature until He makes Himself known.”

(2Cor 5:17; “So then, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; what is old has passed away – look, what is new has come!”) HOW can a person be a new creation, except to be, “born again.?” Except old desires pass away and new desires are yielded to. (see John 3:3 & 7)

(2Cor 5:18-19; “And all these things are from God who reconciled us to Himself through Christ, and who has given us the ministry of reconciliation. In other words, in Christ, God was reconciling the world to Himself, not counting people’s trespasses against them, and He has given us the message of reconciliation.”) God made the first move, He reconciled us to Himself through and by revealing Jesus. Note the past tense. WHAT does that make us; who are reconciled?

(2Cor 5:20-21; “Therefore we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making His plea through us. We plead with you on Christ’s behalf, “Be reconciled to God!” (21) God made the One “Jesus” who did not know sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we would become the righteousness of God.”)

What’s an ambassador’s duty? (To know the Ways and characteristics of the one being represented.) God is making His plea through us as we study His Word. Living Jesus’ Way, “putting on His righteousness” becomes our way.

As ambassadors for Christ, we need to understand the depth of His love. We need to know that Jesus was with His Father, “recreating this earth and created Adam. (See Colossians 1:15-20, John 1:1-5 and Heb 1:1-4) The Son of God, ’Jesus’ loved us back then and knew the sacrifice He would make in reconciling us and the world to His Father. To know Him is to love Him and know that He loved us first. His Love for us is beyond our natural understanding.

(2Cor 6:1-2; “Now because we are fellow workers, we also urge you not to receive the grace of God in vain. For He says, “I heard you at the acceptable time, and in the day of salvation I helped you.” Look, now is the acceptable time; look, now is the day of salvation!”)

It’s time to ask; “do I truly understand who Jesus is?” When we do understand, we also need to acknowledge that it is because He revealed Himself. (We cannot understand or know Jesus spiritually from within our own intellect, our own goodness, nor another individual’s spiritual understanding.) Some may receive this understanding, “that’s by grace” and put off repenting. PAUL explained to the Ephesians.

(Eph 2:4-10; “But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even though we were dead in transgressions, made us alive together with Christ – by grace you are saved! – and He raised us up with Him and seated us with Him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, to demonstrate in the coming ages the surpassing wealth of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. (8) For by grace you are saved through faith, and this is NOT from yourselves, it is the gift of God; it is NOT from works, so that no one can boast. (10) For we are His workmanship, having been CREATED in Christ Jesus for good works that God PREPARED BEFOREHAND so we may do them.)

When we believe IN, “the credit, workmanship, calling and mercy belongs to God! We cannot praise ourselves, boast or give credit to any individual, “because all truth - regardless from where it comes emits from God.” Paul shared the same through Timothy.

(2Tim 1:9-10; “He “Jesus” is the One who saved us and CALLED us with a holy calling, not based on OUR works but on His own PURPOSE and grace, granted to us in Christ Jesus BEFORE TIME BEGAN, but now made visible through the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus. He has broken the power of death and brought LIFE and immortality to light through the gospel!”)

(2Cor 6:3-10; “We do not give anyone an occasion for taking an offense in anything, so that no fault may be found with our ministry. (4) But as God’s servants, we have commended ourselves in every way, with great endurance, in persecutions, in difficulties, in distresses, in beatings, in imprisonments, in riots, in troubles, in sleepless nights, in hunger, by purity, by knowledge, by patience, by benevolence, by the Holy Spirit, by genuine love, by truthful teaching, by the power of God, with weapons of righteousness both for the right hand and for the left, through glory and dishonor, through slander and praise; regarded as impostors, and yet true; as unknown, and yet well-known; as dying and yet – see! – we continue to live; as those who are scourged and yet not executed; as sorrowful, but always rejoicing, as poor, but making many rich, as having nothing, and yet possessing everything. )

If anyone could boast about keeping the faith, “Paul could” but he did not give any credit to the flesh. To the Galatians & we believers Paul confessed.

(Galatians 2:20-21; “I have been crucified with Christ, and it is no longer I who live, but Christ LIVES in me. So the life I now live in the body, I live because of the faithfulness of the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. I do not set aside God’s grace, because if righteousness could come through the law, then Christ died for nothing!”) RIGHTEOUSNESS is only through Jesus Christ living in us.! No amount of our doing good can change our inherited nature.

(2Cor 6:11-13; “We have spoken freely to you, Corinthians; our heart has been opened wide to you. Our affection for you is not restricted, but you are restricted in your affections for us. Now as a fair exchange – I speak as to my children – open wide your hearts to us also.”)

Remember, Paul shared his sinful past, particularly his persecuting God’s Way people. This openness and Paul’s sharing his conversion experience was and is good witnessing for us. Sharing the details of past sins is not necessary an opening wide of one’s mistakes, in order to display genuine love.

(2Cor 6:14-18; “Do not become partners with those who do not believe, for what partnership is there between righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship does light have with darkness? And what agreement does Christ have with Beliar “Satan”? Or what does a believer share in common with an unbeliever? (16) And what mutual agreement does the temple of God have with idols? For we are the temple of the living God, just as God said, “I will live in them and will walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be My people.” Therefore “come out from their midst, and be separate,” says the Lord, “and touch no unclean thing, and I will welcome you, (18) and I will be a father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters,” says the All-Powerful Lord.”) (see Lev 26:12, Jer 32:38, Isa 52:11, Ezek 20:41, 2 Sam 7:14 & Isaiah 43:6)

Believers IN are called to be ambassadors for Christ, “to those we are able to commune with.” We cannot communicate within religious assemblies of deceived unbelievers because we have so little in common. We witness against them by not associating in their worship.

Jesus’ Gospel Revealed to Prophets, Apostles and Believers, chapter 15

Friday, December 22nd, 2017

(To 8,391 in resident churches: people God is making temples of His spirit.) 12/22/17,  God’s 10th month, Tevet 5, 5778 until sunset.

     Almighty God our Father: thank You for revelations and the understanding of Your holy scriptures. We know it isn’t from within ourselves, our mental capacity nor intellect, that The Way is comprehended. We thank and praise You in the gifted nature of Jesus. AMEN. 

       Let’s consider how much like Paul’s conversion is our own. Paul was an intellectual, raised through the ranks beyond his peers. He was attuned to the law; calling himself a Pharisee of Pharisees. Paul didn’t believe the things he has heard about Jesus. In his mind it wasn’t possible that a man named Jesus could have walked on water, recreated fish and bread and resurrected a man named Lazarus. He thought people following Jesus’ apostles were ludicrous. But Jesus saw Paul as a vessel “to point people to His Way.”

        Study Acts 9: Within a few hours after Jesus revealed Himself; “a transformation from unbelief to Believer IN took place. Prophecies about a Messiah’s coming were understood. He believed the deity he was attempting to persecute was alive and was speaking to him. Soon he was compelled to teach this Jesus and His attributes.

       Teaching that Jesus was all in all; the One who recreated this earth, from “without shape, empty and darkness” to the perfection he saw. The One who created Adam in the image and likeness of Himself and God the Father. The One who reveals, what’s, “right, wrong, good and evil.” The One who commanded Adam and Eve not to partake of a certain fruit from a certain tree; “less they die.” The One who revealed Satan’s desire to be mankind’s god. The One whose deeds and attributes identified Him as “the Son of God sent from above.” The One calling Paul to be a witness to all these things and much more.

       This Son of God, ’Jesus’ “sent from above” inspired His apostle John to describe His deity at John 1:1-5, inspired His apostle Paul to describe His deity at Colossians 1:15-20 and the Hebrews writer at “Heb 1:1-4 and beyond.” Jesus is Lord of the Sabbaths: “which foreshadows His millennial kingdom, His plan for repentance, gifting His spirit, making His people at one with Himself, the resurrections and New Jerusalem’s coming down with God the Father. (We aren’t predicting times nor setting dates; but it’s very likely, “six days for work represents this time before Jesus’ return” and “the seventh day Sabbath represents Jesus’ rule on earth.” It appears it’s about the sixth day and very near the Sabbath, “a rest from our own works and Satan‘s ability to interfere.”)     

       At the close of our last study in Paul’s 2nd letter to God’s church at Corinth, he is pointing out that we aren’t adequate from within ourselves; “that our adequacy is from God.” God makes us adequate to serve, “based on His life giving spirit.” That attempting to live by the letter of the law “from within our inherited fleshly nature” kills. (Spiritually living in Christ Jesus is to be gifted with a love of His Way, and that spirit gives life.) (2 Cor 3:4-6)

       (2 Corinthians 3:7-9; “But if the ministry that produced death – carved in letters on stone tablets – came with glory, so that the Israelites could not keep their eyes fixed on the face of Moses because of the glory of his face (a glory which was made ineffective), (8) how much more glorious will the ministry of the Spirit be? For if there was glory in the ministry that produced condemnation, how much more does the ministry that produces righteousness excel in glory!”) The life of a Believer IN, is an outlook change, resulting in, “Born from above.” Jesus’ spirit in us produces, “His righteousness, not our own.”

       (2 Cor 3:10-14; “For indeed, what had been glorious now has no glory because of the tremendously greater glory of what replaced it. For if what was made ineffective came with glory, how much more has what remains come in glory! (12) Therefore, since we have such a hope, we behave with great boldness, and not like Moses who used to put a veil over his face to keep the Israelites from staring at the result of the glory that was made ineffective. (14) But their minds were closed. For to this very day, the same veil remains when they hear the old covenant read.”)

       Who closed their minds? God for His purpose. (Review verse 14) It “the veil” has not been removed because “only in Christ is it taken away.”)

       (2Cor 3:15-18; “But until this very day whenever Moses is read, a veil lies over their minds, but when one turns to the Lord, the veil is removed. (17) Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is present, there is freedom. (18) And we all, with unveiled faces reflecting the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another, which is from the Lord, who is the Spirit.”)

       God does the UNVEILING! Believing IN, “is to have Jesus’ words sown in our hearts ‘minds’ gifted with a love for His Way.” Paul explained to the Romans and we called.

       (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. (27) And this is My covenant with them, when I take away their sins.”)

       By God’s grace, minds are opened and sinners saved; “led to repentance in this age.” By His grace He will yet save Israel! In God’s prophesied plan, “non-Israelites will also be chosen and have ungodliness removed.”

      (2Cor 4:1-2; “Therefore, since we have this ministry, just as God has shown us mercy, we do not become discouraged. (2) But we have rejected shameful hidden deeds, not behaving with deceptiveness or distorting the word of God, but by open proclamation of the truth we commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience before God.”)

       While there may be some glory in attempting to be a good person in the flesh; “only through God’s gifted spirit in us, are we able to worship in spirit and truth.” Only then can we begin to see ourselves in His light and “yield to His transformation of putting on the image of Jesus.”

      (2Cor 4:3-6; “But even if our gospel is VEILED, it is veiled ONLY to those who are perishing, among whom the god of this age has blinded the minds of those who do not believe so they would NOT see the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God. For we do not proclaim ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your slaves for Jesus’ sake. (6) For God, who said “Let light shine out of darkness,” is the one who shined in our hearts to give us the light of the glorious knowledge of God in the face of Christ.”) OUR CREATOR IS ALL KNOWING!

        Even as God is allowing the god of this age ‘Satan’ to partially blind, “it’s ultimately for His purpose and our good.” From the foundation of the world God chose Abraham, Moses, David, His apostles and “each Believer IN.” God’s good news “the gospel” includes the fact that God is righteous, all His Ways are holy and good. His kingdom will be established in spite of, “the god of this age” Satan and mankind’s resistance

      (2Cor 4:7-18; “But we have this treasure in clay jars, so that the extraordinary power belongs to God and does not come from us. We are experiencing trouble on every side, but are not crushed; we are perplexed, but not driven to despair; we are persecuted, but not abandoned; we are knocked down, but not destroyed, always carrying around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be made visible in our body. (11) For we who are alive are constantly being handed over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus may also be made visible in our mortal body. As a result, death is at work in us, “we apostles” but life is at work in you ”Believers.” (13) But since we have the same spirit of faith as that shown in what has been written, “I believed; therefore I spoke,” we also believe, therefore we also speak. (14) We do so because we know that the One who raised up Jesus will also raise us up with Jesus and will bring us with you into His presence. (15) For all these things are for your sake, so that the grace that is including more and more people may cause thanksgiving to increase to the glory of God. Therefore we do not despair, but even if our physical body is wearing away, our inner person is being renewed day by day. (17) For our momentary, light suffering is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison because we are not looking at what can be seen but at what cannot be seen. For what can be seen is temporary, but what cannot be seen is eternal.”) Our need.? Jesus’ faith in us!”)

       The Feast of tabernacles is a foreshadowing of what Paul is about to explain.

       (2 Corinthians 5:1-4; “For we know that if our earthly house, the tent we live in, is dismantled, we have a building from God, a house not built by human hands, that is eternal in the heavens. (2) For in this earthly house we groan, because we desire to put on our heavenly dwelling, if indeed, after we have put on our heavenly house, we will not be found naked. (4) For we groan while we are in this tent, since we are weighed down, because we do not want to be unclothed, but clothed, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life.”)

       Our physical body is the earthly house, made physical, mortal. Our eternal house is spirit - eternal life.

      (2Cor 5:5; “Now the One who prepared us for this very purpose is God, who gave us the Spirit as a down payment.”) God’s fathering, “our being begotten by His spirit” our freely receiving, is all defined as our being “born from above” and is a down payment, “sampling” of what is to be. God is preparing us. We should know that we are on His Potters wheel, at least occasionally.

       (2Cor 5:6-10; “Therefore we are always full of courage, and we know that as long as we are alive here on earth we are absent from the Lord – for we live by faith, not by sight. Thus we are full of courage and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord. So then whether we are alive or away, we make it our ambition to please Him. (10) For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may be paid back according to what he has done while in the body, whether good or evil.”)

       What is this faith? “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for, being convinced of what we do not see. For by it, “faith” the people of old received God’s commendation.” Heb 11:1-2) Having a desire to please God is gifted. Loving Him as He manifest Himself to be is gifted.

Jesus’ Gospel Revealed to Prophets, Apostles and Believers, chapter 14

Thursday, December 21st, 2017

(To 8,364 in resident churches: people God is making temples of His spirit.) 12/21/17,  God’s 10th month, Tevet 3, 5778 until sunset.

       It’s particularly a sad time of the year for Christians surrounded by pagan cultures. Groups attempting to look to the God of Abraham and Moses are hijacked by false prophets and reject the Savior of the world, “who came as He prophesied He would through Moses.” The Sadducees, Pharisee wings of Judaism; “never wanting to relinquish power” are blinded to the reality that the Son of God came: “did miraculous deeds; healing and recreating” and is going to return with power. Millions are blinded by Satan to think “their mortality hinges on an afterlife in another form.” Professing Christians calling Jesus their Lord refuse to practice living His Way: preferring rather to practice pagan cultural ways the Lord God said were an abomination to Him. It all amounts to spiritual adultery. The Lord God Jesus gave His apostle Paul the insight to write.

        (Romans 1:18-23; “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of people who suppress the truth by their unrighteousness, because what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. (20) For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes – His eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen, because they are understood through what has been made. So people are without excuse. For although they knew God, they did not glorify him as God or give Him thanks, but they became futile in their thoughts and their senseless hearts were darkened. (22) Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for an image resembling mortal human beings or birds or four-footed animals or reptiles.”

       (Rom 1:24-25; “Therefore God gave them over in the desires of their hearts to impurity, to dishonor their bodies among themselves. (25) They exchanged the truth of God for a lie and worshiped and served the creation rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.”

      (Rom 1:26-27; “For this reason God gave them over to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged the natural sexual relations for unnatural ones, and likewise the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed in their passions for one another. Men committed shameless acts with men and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.”

      (Rom 1:28-32; “And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what should not be done. They are filled with every kind of unrighteousness, wickedness, covetousness, malice. They are rife with envy, murder, strife, deceit, hostility. They are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, contrivers of all sorts of evil, disobedient to parents, senseless, covenant-breakers, heartless, ruthless. (32) Although they fully know God’s righteous decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but also approve of those who practice them.”)

       Building Churches of God among pagan cultures was part of Paul’s assignment. People of Corinth, “the Corinthians” worshiped the goddess Dianna. Built elaborate temples, worshiped creation, “looked to the winter equinox” and the god of fertility. 

When Paul wrote his second letter to the Corinthians, he was still thinking about the sinful conditions mentioned in his first letter. He had intended to return and address them.

       Paul continued. (2 Cor 2:5-11; “But if anyone has caused sadness, he has not saddened me alone, but to some extent (not to exaggerate) he has saddened all of you as well. (6) This punishment on such an individual by the majority is enough for him, so that now instead you should rather forgive and comfort him. This will keep him from being overwhelmed by excessive grief to the point of despair. Therefore I urge you to reaffirm your love for him. (9) For this reason also I wrote you: to TEST you to see if you are obedient in everything. If you forgive anyone for anything, I also forgive him – for indeed what I have forgiven (if I have forgiven anything) I did so for you in the presence of Christ, so that we may not be exploited by Satan (for we are not ignorant of his schemes.”)

        Satan schemes? We are seeing them worldwide. He is a demonic spirit; “working  in the world and among professing Christian churches!” The fellow cohabitating outside marriage, Paul wrote about in his first letter “had been removed from the church in obedience to God’s Way. Paul is asking the assembly to help this person repent, “by showing love; “teaching in Jesus’ nature.”.

        (2 Cor 2:12-13; “Now when I arrived in Troas to proclaim the gospel of Christ, even though the Lord had opened a door of opportunity for me, (13) I had no relief in my spirit, because I did not find my brother Titus there. So I said good-bye to them and set out for Macedonia.”) Paul’s revealing his humanity, may this also be a good lesson for us.

      (2 Cor 3:1; “Are we beginning to commend ourselves again? We don’t need letters of recommendation to you or from you as some other people do, do we?) Even in Paul’s day it was a fleshly human tradition that people obtain letters of recommendation when they traveled to places where they were unknown. Likely that had happened in Corinth.

       (2 Cor 3:2-3; “You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everyone, revealing that you are a letter of Christ, delivered by us, written not with ink but by the Spirit of the living God, not on stone tablets but on tablets of human hearts.” )

(Rom 2:28-29; “For a person is not a Jew “Christian” who is one outwardly, nor is circumcision something that is outward in the flesh, but someone is a Jew “Christian” who is one inwardly, and circumcision is of the heart by the Spirit and not by the written code. This person’s praise is not from people but from God.”)

        As was Paul to the Romans, “in Jesus’ revelations to John in the book of Revelations; Jesus used the word “Jew” to mean “Christ Like.” Circumcision in the flesh and the law on stone tablets foreshadowed a newness of spirit, “when God’s Word is written in people’s hearts they become a new creation.” Gifted with a changed outlook, “a change of heart.” The spiritual indwelling of God’s spirit, “is His fathering.” To the Galatians Paul wrote: (“For neither circumcision nor un-circumcision counts for anything; the only thing that matters is a new creation! And all who will behave in accordance with this rule, peace and mercy be on them, and on the Israel of God.” Gal 6:15-16)

     What’s meant by the words “THE ISRAEL of God?” The Word Israel literally means, “God fights.” The Israel of God are followers of Jesus and heirs with Abraham. (If you belong to Christ, you are Abraham’s heirs. Galatians 3:29)

      (2 Cor 3:4-6; “Now we have such confidence in God through Christ. Not that we are adequate in ourselves to consider anything as if it were coming from ourselves, but our adequacy is from God, who made us adequate to be servants of a new covenant not based on the letter but on the Spirit, for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.)

       People thinking themselves adequate are trusting their own intellect; “which is idolatry.” Immortality is gifted through the life of Jesus! Paul recognized his fleshly inherited inadequacy in all things. Paul recognized that he had nothing to do with his calling, his conversion nor his being an apostle.

       Heavenly Father: please bless us with a mind that desires to know You as You manifest Yourself to be in the holy scriptures. Reveal Yourself to each seeker, as You revealed Yourself to Abraham. It’s our hope and prayer in Jesus’ holy name. AMEN.

       Followers of Jesus are spiritually compelled to come out from among groups “not true to the ways of Abraham’s God.” Religious groups that evolve with society. The scriptures classify such people as unbelievers. Jesus made it clear; “the whole world would be deceived before His return” and “if possible, even the Elect would be deceived.” (See Matthew 24:24) The life styles and teaching of religions groups evolving with the world demonstrate the reality of Jesus’ Words.

      God’s spirit lives in Christians, “not because of anything adequately done”  but “because He called, revealed Himself and granted His gift of repentance.” Paul wrote at Romans 6:21-23; “So what benefit did you then reap from those things that you are now ashamed of? For the end “result” “benefit”) of those things is death. But now, freed from sin and enslaved to God, you have your benefit (“end” “result”) leading to sanctification, and the end “result” “benefit” is eternal life. For the payoff, (“end” “result” “benefit”) of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”)

        NOTE the words, “what benefit did you reap from.” (What were we gaining from our previous fleshly life style.?)The answer is “eternal death.” NOW freed from sin’s bondage, followers of Jesus are enslaved to God and “that benefit is being set apart ‘sanctification’ and eternal life.”

       Teaching from the holy scriptures many times over is: (1) All are born to die once, “as in Adam, all die.” (The only exception is; “Believers IN who are alive at Christ’s return will be changed instantaneously, meet Jesus and His resurrected Saints in the air“.) (Study 1 Corinthians 15:) (2) “Eternal life is gifted from God the Father, in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

        Jesus had Isaiah write about the millennial age to come at Isaiah 55:, in that chapter He says; “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.” Isa 55:8-9)

      God’s plan for all people is, ”resurrections of the dead.” (Believers IN first, with that payoff being “eternal life” 1st Corinthians 15:) Then Israel’s deliverance, restoration, physical resurrections and judgment. Many will repent and others will die a second death.

      Jesus revealed to His apostle John and he recorded. (Revelations 20:6; “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.)

       (Revelations 20:11-15; “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. 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. The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and Death and Hades “grave” gave up the dead that were in them, and each one was judged according to his deeds. Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death – the lake of fire. If anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, that person was thrown into the lake of fire.”) Who will that include.? Jesus revealed to John and he recorded.

       (Revelation 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.”) One could ask many questions that few people can answer about these things. May we each have faith in our Creator and wait on His revelations. His Ways are higher than our ways.

Jesus’ Gospel Revealed to Prophets, Apostles and Believers, chapter 13

Tuesday, December 19th, 2017

(To 8,316 in resident churches: people God is making temples of His spirit.) 12/19/17,  God’s 10th month, Tevet 1, 5778 until sunset.

      God’s awesome planning goes way beyond this, (before Jesus’ return.) age. On behalf of His followers, Jesus prayed to His and our Father.

       (John 17:6-8; “I “Jesus” have REVEALED Your name to the men you gave Me out of the world. They belonged to You, and You gave them to Me, and they have OBEYED YOUR WORD (7) Now they understand that everything you have given Me comes from You, because I have given them the Words You have given Me. They accepted them and really understand that I came from You, and they believed that You sent Me.”)

      We Believers should understand that truth is revealed, “gifted from above.” Thus we are able to understand and reject fleshly pride and led to boast “only in Him.” Understand too, “in this agnostic age; to say we KNOW something sounds prideful to them.” However we can’t deny what’s revealed. When His truth is revealed. “we are led to obey in the spirit of love.”

      (John 17:9-10; “I “Jesus” am praying on behalf of them. I am NOT praying on behalf of the world, but on behalf of those You have given Me, because they belong to You. Everything I have belongs to You, and everything You have belongs to Me, and I have been glorified by them.”) Not praying on behalf of the world? Jesus isn’t praying for people that desire to be little gods to themselves; “one’s He knows to be hardened unbelievers.”

      (John 17:11; “I “Jesus” am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to You. Holy Father, keep them safe in Your name that You have given Me, so that they may be ONE just as we are ONE.”)

       JESUS WAS physically with them at that moment, but spiritually speaking, “He was no longer in the world.” We followers are One with Him and God the Father; meaning. “we strive to think as He would have us to.” Strive to think as Jesus thought. (See Phil 2:3)
       (John 17:12-13; “When I, ’Jesus’ was with them I kept them safe and watched over them in Your Name that You have given Me. Not one of them was lost except the one destined for destruction, so that the scripture could be fulfilled. But now I am coming to You, and I am saying these things in the world, so they may experience My joy completed in themselves.”)

       THAT JOY is experienced when we are gifted to believe IN. (Let’s review the difference between “believing that and believing IN.” (“Believers IN” are One, “not divided” accept the whole word of God as His truth and practice it as Jesus did. “Believers that” think there’s a god who condones divisionary tangents.”)

      (John 17:14-19; “I, ’Jesus’ have given them Your Word, and the world has HATED them, because they do not BELONG to the world, just as I do NOT belong to the world. I am not asking You to take them out of the world, but that you KEEP them safe from the evil one. They do not BELONG to the world just as I do not belong to the world. Set them apart “SANCTIFY THEMin the truth; Your Word is truth. Just as You sent Me into the world, so I sent them into the world. (19) And I set Myself apart on their behalf, so that they too may be truly set apart”)

      It’s by revelation when these truths are understood! Christians - Believers IN, are “in but not of the world.” Inner mindset and heart’s desire is to live His Way now; while looking forward to His coming kingdom being established. There is no other Truth Way.

         We should be mindful of the holy scriptures that pertain to subject studies. We can’t include them all in one study, “those coming to mind are from His spirit within.” We close, “first Corinthian study” with Jesus praying to His Father for all His followers, “particularly His apostles.” Jesus’ apostles were recipients of His revelations: “spirit led to teach as were His prophets.” Long before giving understanding to people called to discern.” Called to learn God’s Ways and characteristics. So, Jesus’ apostles could write; “grace & peace from God the Father and God the Son.”

        NOW to Jesus’ good news through Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians. Note that 2ndCorinthians is from Paul and Timothy.

      (2 Corinthians 1:1-2; “From Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, to the church of God that is in Corinth, with all the Saints who are in all Achaia. Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ!”) We too, that teach God’s truth from revealed understanding; without personal agendas can say with Paul, “peace from God the Father and God the Son.”

      (2Cor 1:3-4; “Blessed is the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles so that we may be able to comfort those experiencing any trouble with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.”) WHY? So we may share our gifted comfort with others who experience trouble.

      (2Cor 1:5-11; “For just as the sufferings of Christ overflow toward us, so also our comfort through Christ overflows to you. But if we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort that you experience in your patient endurance of the same sufferings that we also suffer. And our hope for you is steadfast because we know that as you share in our sufferings, so also you will share in our comfort. (8) For we do not want you to be unaware, brothers and sisters, regarding the affliction that happened to us in the province of Asia, that we were burdened excessively, beyond our strength, so that we despaired even of living. Indeed we felt as if the sentence of death had been passed against us, so that we would not trust in ourselves but in God who raises the dead. He “God” delivered us from so great a risk of death, and He will deliver us. We have set our hope on Him that He will deliver us yet again, (11) as you also join in helping us by prayer, so that many people may give thanks to God on our behalf for the gracious gift given to us through the help of many.”)

      We Christians are gifted to understand; “we can’t trust our fleshly inherited natural minds to spiritually comprehend and overcome the fleshly nature’s pulls.” We are spirit led to ask God to keep us on His Potters wheel and grow us according to His will. THE BURDENSOM afflictions Paul and others suffered in Asia taught them not to trust in their fleshly minds, but to depend on God’s will in His work through them. Likely, many Believers IN experience similar trials. God teaches us to trust Him. Sometimes we, “like the Psalmist: “realize we have a rebellious nature in us.”

      The Psalmist wrote: “Look, I was guilty of sin from birth, a sinner the moment my mother conceived me.” Psalm 51:5) We are spiritually taught, “only God can cleanse us.” AGAIN the Psalmist shares; (“Have mercy on me, O God, because of your loyal love! Because of your great compassion, wipe away my rebellious acts! Wash away my wrongdoing! Cleanse me of my sin! For I am aware of my rebellious acts; I am forever conscious of my sin. Against You, “You above all.” I have sinned; “I have done what is evil in Your sight.” So You are just when you confront me; You are right when you condemn me.”” Psalm 51:1-4) “God’s condemnation may come about in various ways.”

      (2 Cor 1:12; “For our reason for confidence is this: the testimony of our conscience, that with pure motives and sincerity which are from God – not by human wisdom but by the grace of God – we conducted ourselves in the world, and all the more toward you.”) (Paul was gifted to understand that he could not rely on his human wisdom inherited from Adam.)

       (2Cor 1:13014; “For we do not write you anything other than what you can read and also understand. But I hope that you will understand completely just as also you have partly understood us, that we “apostles” are your source of pride just as you also are ours in the day of the Lord Jesus.”)

     Pure motives without agenda’s are from God. There is always an agenda within the fleshly mind’s motives. Pure motives are gifted and cannot be conjured up, “but are spiritually gifted!” Paul also explained to the Romans: “all who are in the flesh think fleshly.” To the spiritually begotten, “those born from above” Paul wrote.

       (Romans 8:9-11; “You, ’Believers IN’ however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, this person does not belong to Him. But if Christ is in you, your body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is your life because of righteousness. (11) Moreover if the Spirit of the One who raised Jesus from the dead LIVES in you, the One who raised Christ from the dead will also make your mortal bodies alive through His Spirit who lives in you.”)

      The spirit is our life, “because of WHOSE righteousness?” It’s all about our being gifted to Believe IN Him. The spirit of the One who raised Jesus from the dead will make Jesus’ followers’ MORTAL BODIES, immortal, through His spirit that lives within! Did any one think, halleluiah, praise be to God.!

      (2Cor 1:15-22; “And with this confidence I intended to come to you first so that you would get a second opportunity to see us and through your help to go on into Macedonia and then from Macedonia to come back to you and be helped on our way into Judea by you. (17) Therefore when I was planning to do this, I did not do so without thinking about what I was doing, did I? Or do I make my plans according to mere human standards so that I would be saying both “Yes, yes” and “No, no” at the same time? (18) But as God is faithful, our message to you is not “Yes” and “No.” (19) For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, the One who was proclaimed among you by us – “by me and Silvanus and Timothy” was not “Yes” and “No,” but it has always been “Yes” in Him. (20) For every one of God’s promises are “Yes” in Him; therefore also through Him the “Amen” is spoken, to the glory we give to God. But it is God who establishes us together with you in Christ and who anointed us, who also sealed us and gave us the Spirit in our hearts as a down payment.”)

       God’s spirit is a down payment to what? IMMORTALITY!. “Always YES in Him?” His promises and planning are sure! Paul is saying that his planning was always flexible to and yielded to God’s will. Giving of self in love is what Jesus did and expects us to do.

       All these things revolved around Jesus’ new command. (“I give you a new commandment – to love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.) Everyone will know by this that you are My disciples – if you have love for one another.” John 13:24-35)

       Paul wrote the same principle to the Philippians.

       (Philippians 1:27-30; “Only conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that – whether I come and see you or whether I remain absent – I should hear that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind, by contending side by side for the faith of the gospel, and by not being intimidated in any way by your opponents. This is a sign of their destruction, but of your salvation – a sign which is from God. For it has been granted to you not only to believe in Christ but also to suffer for Him, since you are encountering the same conflict that you saw me face and now hear that I am facing.”)

       Think back and consider the problems in God‘s church at Corinth we learned about in Paul’s first letter: Paul‘s promise to go and deal with them.

      (2Cor 1:23-2:4; “Now I appeal to God as my witness, that to spare you I did not come again to Corinth. I do not mean that we rule over your faith, but we are workers with you for your joy, because by faith you stand firm. (2:1-3; So I made up my own mind not to pay you another painful visit. For if I make you sad, who would be left to make me glad but the one I caused to be sad? And I wrote this very thing to you, so that when I came, I would not have sadness from those who ought to make me rejoice, since I am confident in you all that my joy would be yours. (2:4; For out of great distress and anguish of heart I wrote to you with many tears, not to make you sad, but to let you know the love that I have especially for you.”) REMEMBER the sinful conditions Paul wrote about in his first letter? He thought to come with boldness and see that the sins were purged from the congregation. He was spirit led to postpone.

Jesus’ Gospel Revealed to Prophets, Apostles and Believers, chaper 12

Monday, December 18th, 2017

(To 8,291 in resident churches: people God is making temples of His spirit.) 12/18/17,  God’s 9th month, Kislev 30, 5778 until sunset.

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       Holy and Almighty God: Thank You for preserving Your holy scriptures, that show us our unworthiness; that we are born with a lawless sin nature. We each were going the way that seemed right to our fleshly inherited nature, until You opened our understanding. Thank You for that point in time when You intervened and revealed Yourself and Your holy Son, “Jesus.“ Called us from the way of death to the way of Life. Make us thankful holy God and we praise You as Jesus did and in His nature. AMEN

       It’s good that many people choose a religion, are law abiding and practice good citizenship; “as long as they aren’t teaching their philosophy with an agenda.” Most people choose the religion of their parents and follow in close proximity. Others follow an impressive charismatic person. Such choices are through the fleshly mind and fit comfort zones, making people relatively content with themselves..

       Followers of Jesus are a chosen people, a people gifted with a desire to know Him intimately as He presents “manifest” Himself to be in the holy scriptures. Not chosen because of good works or a personal decision. Otherwise they could boast of personally making a good decision. That would be “saved by works.” Jesus’ apostle Paul explained the awesomeness of God’s choosing, “to all chosen people.  .

       (Ephesians 2:1-3: “And although you, “followers of Jesus” 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.”

      Ruler of the kingdom of the air is Satan. We all followed and lived according to what seemed right before truth came through God’ Word; “spoken or written.”

      (Eph 2:4-10; “But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even though we were dead in transgressions, “made us alive together with Christ – by grace you are saved!” and He “God the Father” raised us up with Him “Jesus” and seated us with Him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, (WHY?) to demonstrate in the coming ages the surpassing wealth of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you are saved through “gifted” faith, and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God; it is not from works, so that no one can boast. For we are His workmanship, having been created in Christ Jesus for good works that God prepared beforehand so we may do them.”) Praise God for His awesomeness and foreknowledge of all things.

       Judaism and Islamist voice respect for people of the book, “meaning the old testament.” (They each deny Jesus as the Son of God and Creator who came to save and died for the remission of sins. All worldly religions are deceived by Satan, “to believe in some form of immortality at birth.” Their teaching differs from God’s scriptural teaching, which is, “immortality is gifted by God, through Jesus and by His saving grace.” Understanding this mystery is hidden from the world, “until God’s appointed time to reveal Himself to individuals.”

       (Mark 4:10-12; “When Jesus was alone, those around Him with the twelve asked Him about the parables. Jesus said to them, “The secret of the kingdom of God has been given to you. But to those outside, everything is in parables, (12) so that although they look they may look but not see, and although they hear they may hear but not understand, so they may not repent and be forgiven.”) Long time previously Jesus had inspired Isaiah to write.

      (Isaiah 6:9-10; “He “God” said, “Go and tell these people: ‘Listen continually, but don’t understand! Look continually, but don’t perceive!’ Make the hearts of these people calloused; make their ears deaf and their eyes blind! Otherwise they might see with their eyes and hear with their ears, their hearts might understand and they might repent and be healed.”)

      Jesus’  teaching by Mark and Isaiah don’t fit human fleshy logic does it? The natural mind prefers to think, “I can choose whether or not to believe.” Why this principle in how God characterized Himself? It is all about His awesomeness. planning, timing and His advance choosing! Paul explained to the called out Romans and to all gifted to understand.

      (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. And this is My covenant with them, when I take away their sins.”) ALL ISRAEL will be resurrected! Study Ezekiel 37: and Isaiah 35: for starters. All believers IN Jesus are spiritual Israelites!

       (Romans 16:16:25-27; “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’s prophetic words as are many prophesies, speak to the future as if done, because of God’s absoluteness in future planning. God’s Ways aren’t now made known to all nations just yet. When? Study Revelations 11:

      Back to the revelations chapter Jesus reveals through Paul.

      (1Cor 15:20-23; “But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since death came through a man, “Adam” the resurrection of the dead also came through a man. “Jesus” For just as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive. But each in his own order: Christ, the firstfruits; then when Christ comes, those who belong to Him.” NOTE: Jesus had Paul jump from the first resurrection to the millennia’s end.

     (1Cor 15:24-26; Then comes the end, when He hands over the kingdom to God the Father, when He has brought to an end all rule and all authority and power. For He “Jesus” must reign until He has put all His enemies under His feet. (26) The last enemy to be eliminated is death. For He “GOD THE FATHER” has put everything in subjection under His “JESUS’” feet. But when it says “everything” has been put in subjection, it is clear that this does not include the One, “God the Father” who put everything in subjection to Him “Jesus.” (28) And when all things are subjected to Him, “God the Father” then the Son Himself will be subjected to the One “God the Father” who subjected everything to Him, so that God may be all in all.”) Re-study; John 1:1-5, Colossians 1:15-20. Heb 1:1-4 and Genesis 1:.

       (1Cor 15:56-58; “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! (58) 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.”)

       We Believers IN “Christians” need to be mindful of being firm to the end, because; (1Peter 5:8-11; “our enemy the devil, like a roaring lion, is on the prowl looking for someone to devour. (9) Resist him, strong in your faith, because you know that your brothers and sisters throughout the world are enduring the same kinds of suffering. And, after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace who CALLED you to His eternal glory in Christ will Himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. To him belongs the power forever. Amen.)

        A major establishing is to know God the Father and God the Son are the same yesterday, today and forever! Know “both weekly and annual Sabbaths are perpetual.” People desiring to practice what may seem right to their fleshly minds, follow Catholicism’s teaching regarding a Sabbath change: “they twist the scriptures.”  

       (1Cor 16:1-4; “With regard to the collection for the Saints, please follow the directions that I gave to the churches of Galatia: to the extent that (2) On the first day of the week, each of you should set aside some income and save it to God has blessed you, so that a collection will not have to be made when I come. (3) Then, when I arrive, I will send those whom you approve with letters of explanation to carry your gift to Jerusalem. (4) And if it seems advisable that I should go also, they will go with me.”)

        Why set ASIDE a gift on the first day of the week? NOT to keep the first day holy! NOT to particularly teach on that day! But do the work in advance; “that there be no collection when I come.” (Why do fleshly minded unbelievers want to find reasons NOT to be obedient? Remember Paul wrote; “because of calloused minds so they would not understand.“ Why would God authorize a Sabbath change? (Did we not just study, “you have been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus Himself as the cornerstone. In him the whole building, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.”” Eph 2:20-22) (So unbelieving Moslems set aside the sixth day and unbelieving professing Christians set aside the first day.)

       (1Cor 16:5-9; “But I, ’Paul’ will come to you after I have gone through Macedonia, for I will be going through Macedonia and perhaps I will stay with you, or even spend the winter, so that you can send me on my journey, wherever I go. For I do not want to see you now in passing, since I hope to spend some time with you, if the Lord allows. But I will stay in Ephesus until Pentecost, (9) because a door of great opportunity stands wide open for me, but there are many opponents.”) Already the apostles and Believers IN had many opponents! Think we have fewer in this age? Why remain in Ephesus until Pentecost? God’s people were mindful of His Sabbaths; weekly and annual.

      (1Cor 16:12-14; “With regard to our brother Apollos: I strongly encouraged him to visit you with the other brothers, but it was simply not his intention to come now. He will come when he has the opportunity.. Stay alert, stand firm in the faith, show courage, be strong. (14) Everything you do should be done in love.”) Remember 1 Corinthians 13:? It is worth a re-study.

       (1Cor 16:15-21; “Now, brothers and sisters, you know about the household of Stephanus, that as the first converts of Achaia, they devoted themselves to ministry for the Saints. I urge you also to submit to people like this, and to everyone who cooperates in the work and labors hard. I was glad about the arrival of Stephanus, Fortunatus, and Achaicus because they have supplied the fellowship with you that I lacked. (18) For they refreshed my spirit and yours. So then, recognize people like this. The churches in the province of Asia send greetings to you. Aquila and Priscilla greet you warmly in the Lord, with the church that meets in their house. All the brothers and sisters send greetings. Greet one another with a holy kiss. I, Paul, send this greeting with my own hand.”)

      Paul is the most traveled apostle we have record of. “God’s Church is where two or three are gathering.

      (1Cor 16:22-24; “Let anyone who has no love for the Lord be accursed. Our Lord, come! The grace of the Lord Jesus be with you. My love be with all of you in Christ Jesus.”) Unbelieving people who attempt to make Christianity their religion, attempt to make God fit their thinking. I call it the, “Cain syndrome” because he though to sacrifice according to what seemed right to him. Apparently he thought God should yield to his thinking.

Jesus’ Gospel Revealed to Prophets, Apostles and Believers, chapter 11

Sunday, December 17th, 2017

(To 8,271 in resident churches: people God is making temples of His spirit.) 12/17/17,  God’s 9th month, Kislev 29, 5778 until sunset.

     Humanity’s nature mimics regardless of heritage. Various superstitions seem to be the foundational binding that engrain religion and politics. Many people despise or hate others of particular political and religious views; without considering how the other came to their opinions. This is particularly noticeable in the USA’S politics these days. Many in the democratic party arena express hatred of republican views and vise versa.       

       Think about what humanity evolves to without revealed knowledge of our Creator Without looking to God and His laws? (1) The stronger through power and money evolve to positions of lording over the weaker. They form bureaucracies that grow as one helps the other lord over.(2) Imaginary gods are invented and evolve with beneficial laws to invented bureaucracies. Such fleshly thinking results to divisions, hatred and wars. (3) Winners of conflicts give credit to their imaginary gods. (4) Other individuals become gods to themselves, as they decide for themselves what’s right, wrong; good and evil. (5) Result of all the above is more chaos, confusion and animalistic life styles. Professing Christianity isn‘t excluded.

       Religions and politics evolve, as they become more accepted by majorities. Religions particularly have to make social changes in order to keep parishioners involved. Thus life style acceptability’s and traditions in societies become more animalistic. Historical evidence of Israel’s failures are recorded for our benefit. People digress to this world’s demonic system of things without our Creator’s intervening. Professing Christianity is traveling down the same path the Israelites did before God dispersed them. Religions point to their fleshly education’s increased through scientific advancement saying, “all things continue as they were from the beginning of time.” Thinking, “surely we are pleasing God! These characterizations are that of  fleshly synagogues of Satan. NOT Christ Like! Who can possibly think the various denominations calling themselves Christian are Christ like?

       Common sense is lost when so called higher education teaches against creation. (The fact that we have capacity for learning, gain fleshly knowledge and have inventive skills unlike other breathing critters, “should prove we are a special creation.”) The majority of our so called educated don’t like to admit this fact. To admit these facts would diminish people’s fleshly desire to be as little gods to themselves or make imaginary gods fitting their imagination. Acknowledging our Creator God is to acknowledge His righteousness, making us in His image, giving us His laws and planning our future. His righteousness sets forth punishments for disobedience, “He decrees as sin!” His righteousness makes the way for our saving, establishing order for His people. Establishing His church through His apostles,” on His faith being gifted.” Jesus’ apostle Paul was led to teach “Jesus’ church is built on the foundation of the apostles, prophets and Himself the Cornerstone.” (On that Cornerstone the whole building is being joined as it grows into a holy temple in the Lord, “whom you also are being built together into a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.” Eph 2:20-22)

       Now back to Paul’s first letter to God’s Church at Corinth.

      (1 Corinthians 14:33-36; “As in all the churches of the Saints, the women should be silent in the churches, for they are not permitted to speak. Rather, let them be in submissive, as in fact the law says. If they want to find out about something, they should ask their husbands at home, because it is disgraceful for a woman to speak in church. Did the word of God begin with you, or did it come to you alone?”)

      Reference: “For they are not permitted to speak.” Let’s consider Paul’s teaching at chapter 11:2-16, “which does gives women permission to pray or prophesy in the church.” Paul does not intend that silence, “prohibit women from speaking in the assembly.” Being silent means, “not taking authoritative teaching roles as Paul indicated to Timothy. (See 1 Timothy 2:. And consider Genesis 2:18. Paul’s continuance sheds balanced light.

      (1Cor 14:37-40; “If anyone “male or female” considers himself a prophet “teacher” or spiritual person, he should acknowledge that what I write to you is the Lord’s command. (38) If someone does not recognize this, he is not recognized. So then, brothers and sisters, be eager to prophesy “teach” and do not forbid anyone from speaking in tongues. And do everything in a decent and orderly manner.”)

       (“PROVE all things, hold fast to that which is good” 1 Thess 5:21) We needs to study the whole and be convinced in our own mind regarding all things, knowing that scripture interprets scripture and “a fear of God is the beginning of wisdom.” Psalms 111:10.) Having an obedient attitude toward the Lord is the fundamental principle for wise living; “all who carry out His precepts acquire good moral insight and receive praise forever.”) Jesus’ apostle Peter puts things in perspective.

       (2 Peter 1:19-21; Moreover, we possess the prophetic word as an altogether reliable thing. You do well if you pay attention to this as you would to a light shining in a murky place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. (20) Above all, you do well if you recognize this: No prophecy of scripture ever comes about by the prophet’s own imagination, for no prophecy was ever borne of human impulse; rather, men carried along by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.”) “Until the day dawn and the morning star rises in you hearts.” MEANING? Let us be prayerfully patient in and about all things. Truth is revealed to each called person in God’s timing. (Rather than debating; “we should wait on revelation: a wait to see mentality is worth it’s price.”)

       (1Cor 15:1-11; “Now I want to make clear for you, brothers and sisters, the gospel that I preached to you, that you received and on which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold firmly to the message I preached to you – unless you believed in vain. For I passed on to you as of first importance what I also received – that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the THIRD day according to the scriptures, and that He appeared to Cephas, “Peter” then to the twelve. (6) Then He appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. Then He appeared to James, then to all the apostles. (8) Last of all, as though to one born at the wrong time, He appeared to me also. For I am the least of the apostles, unworthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. (10) But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace to me has not been in vain. In fact, I worked harder than all of them – yet not I, but the grace of God with me. (11) Whether then it was I or they, this is the way we preach and this is the way you believed.”)

      Unless you believe in vain?” Apparently it’s possible to believe, while not patiently proving all things and yet have an obedient attitude. (Remember; Many “believe that” FEW “believe IN.” Meditate on this difference! Believing IN is by revelation and changes one’s outlook “life.” Believing IN, is to know that His is, “One Way.” Believing IN is to be gifted with a yielding spirit to “His Way.”

      (1Cor 15:12-19; “Now if Christ is being preached AS raised from the dead, how can some of you say there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is futile and your faith is empty. (15) Also, we are found to be false witnesses about God, because we have testified against God that HE raised Christ from the dead, when in reality He did not raise Him, if indeed the dead are not raised. (16) For if the dead are not raised, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is useless; you are still in your sins. (18) Furthermore, those who have fallen asleep in Christ have also perished. For if only in this life we have hope in Christ, we should be pitied more than anyone.”)

       False teachers skip over this resurrection doctrine, preferring to teach a, “all are born immortal doctrine.” That is, “all live forever someplace doctrine.” Satan led Balaam, the Egyptians and all pagans to believe some form of that lie. (See Gen 3:) “Christians believe God resurrected Jesus, that all who died believing IN Jesus will be in His first resurrection, physical resurrections, judgment and a second death for unbelievers. (See Revelations 2;11, 20:6, 20:14 & 21:8)

       (Proverbs 9:10; “The beginning of wisdom is to fear the Lord, and acknowledging the Holy One is understanding.)

      (1Cor 15:20-24; “But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since death came through a man, “Adam” the resurrection of the dead also came through a man, “Jesus.” (22) For just as in Adam ALL DIE, so also in Christ ALL WILL BE MADE ALIVE. But each in his own order: Christ, the first fruits; then when Christ comes, those who belong to Him. (24) Then comes the end, when He hands over the kingdom to God the Father, when He has brought to an end all rule and all authority and power.”)

        Believers IN are called is to believe God, overcome the devil’s temptations and our inherited nature. Jesus revealed these things to John, and is now revealing them to His people.

      (Rev 3:12-13; “The one who conquers “overcomes” I will make a pillar in the temple of My God, and He will never depart from it. I will write on him the name of My God and the name of the city of My God (the new Jerusalem that comes down out of heaven from My God), and My new name as well. (13) The one who has an ear had better hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’

       (Rev 21:1-4; “Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and earth had ceased to exist and the sea existed no more. And I saw the holy city – the new Jerusalem – descending out of heaven from God, made ready like a bride adorned for her husband. (3) And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying: “Look! The residence of God is among human beings. He will live among them, and they will be His people, and God Himself will be with them. (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.”)

       It’s all planned, God is the architect of His creation, knowing the beginning and end.