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

(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.

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