The Family, (God’s Household) chapter 21

To 9,947, In home churches:: “People being made temples of God’s spirit.” 3/11/18  God’s 12th month, Adar 25, 5778 until sunset.

       Heavenly Father and our Lord, “Jesus Christ: we pray these studies penetrate the minds of many and that You give each truth seeking person understanding. Give each perseverance of mind to turn from the ways of the world and to Your truth as it’s revealed in Your Word. We ask these things in the holy name of Jesus. AMEN

      The apostles’ letters were to a people led, called and gifted to comprehend spiritual truths. “Congregations of converted people.” When these letters are read in worldly, pagan practicing churches; “few grasp their significance.” Consider the evidence as gifted to Jesus’ apostle John in his first letter.

      (1John 2:12-17; “I am writing to you, little children, that your sins have been forgiven because of His name. I am writing to you, fathers, that you have known Him who has been from the beginning. I am writing to you, young people, that you have conquered the evil one. (overcome demonic ways) (14) I have written to you, “children, that you have known the Father.” I have written to you, fathers, “that you have known Him who has been from the beginning.” I have written to you, young people, that you are strong, and the word of God resides in you, and you have conquered the evil one. Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him, because all that is in the world (the desire of the flesh and the desire of the eyes and the arrogance produced by material possessions) is not from the Father, but is from the world. And the world is passing away with all its desires, but the person who does the will of God remains forever.”)

       Since Jesus’ ascension; “all spiritually converted people grasp John’s spirit inspired words. Words confusing to people who love this world’s system of things  Who are they? (People not keeping His commandments “in their spiritual intent!.”)(People who aren’t circumcised of heart. God speaking of “His punishing sinful people of all nations” had Jeremiah pen in part. As always study the whole.

      (Jeremiah 9:26;“I will do so because none of the people of those nations are really circumcised in the Lord’s sight. Moreover, none of the people of Israel are circumcised when it comes to their hearts.”) Jesus inspired Jeremiah to write these words for Israel, but they applies to “would be Christians today.” Christians are gifted to understand that we are spiritual Israelites and heirs with Abraham. (see Galatians 3:29)

       According to Jeremiah 1:2–3, Yahweh called Jeremiah to prophetic ministry in about 626 BC, about five years before Josiah king of Judah turned the nation toward repentance from idolatrous practices (2 Kings 22:3-13).In his early ministry, Jeremiah was primarily a preaching prophet, preaching throughout Israel.

      (Jeremiah 1:1-4;“If you, “Israel” want to come back,” says the Lord, “if you want to come back to Me you must get those disgusting idols out of My sight, must no longer go astray. You must be truthful, honest and upright when you take an oath saying, ‘As surely as the Lord lives!’ (If you do, the nations will pray to be as blessed by Him as you are and will make Him the object of their boasting.”) Yes, the Lord has this to say to the people of Judah and Jerusalem: “Like a farmer breaking up hard unplowed ground, you must break your rebellious will and make a new beginning; just as a farmer must clear away thorns lest the seed is wasted, you must get rid of the sin that is ruining your lives. Just as ritual CIRCUMCISION cuts away the foreskin as an external symbol of dedicated covenant commitment, you must genuinely dedicate yourselves to the Lord and get rid of everything that hinders your commitment to Me. People of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem, “if you do not, My anger will blaze up like a flaming fire against you that no one will be able to extinguish.” That will happen because of the evil you have done.”)

      Israel’s scattering and punishment isn’t for long; their deliverance is promised. Since Jesus’ ascension spiritual Israelites already have a new covenant with promises from the Lord.. All Israel will yet be delivered to their promised lands. Jesus’ apostle Paul was given to understand and reveals to us.

       (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. (26) 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.”)

      Jeremiah 31:31-34;“Indeed, a time is coming,” says the Lord, “when I will make a new covenant with the people of Israel and Judah. It will not be like the old covenant that I made with their ancestors when I delivered them from Egypt. For they violated that covenant, even though I was like a faithful husband to them,” says the Lord. (33) “But I will make a new covenant with the whole nation of Israel after I plant them back in the land,” says the Lord. “I will put my law within them and write it on their hearts and minds. I will be their God and they will be My people. “People will no longer need to teach their neighbors and relatives to know Me. For all of them, from the least important to the most important, will know Me,” says the Lord. “For I will forgive their sin and will no longer call to mind the wrong they have done.”)

       People who love this world’s system of things can’t understand that “God does it all.” He calls, gives repentance, the desire and leads for His righteous sake.

      Believers IN - Christians, are about the business of practicing truth because “the love of God is poured out to our hearts.” Our covenant commitment is to love God, understanding that we do love Him, “because He first loved us.!” Spiritually SPEAKING, today’s Israelites are those chosen to be Believers IN, God the Father and God the Son.

      Jesus reveals these things through His apostle Paul and others, for our understanding.

      (Galatians 3:26-29; “For in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God through faith. For all of you who were baptized “immersed” into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female – for all of you are one in Christ Jesus. And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s descendants, heirs according to the promise.” Gal 3:26-29)

     To have circumcised heart is to be immersed IN and clothed with Jesus. Mentally, spiritually and lovingly thinking as does Jesus.

      (1John 2: 1:5-10; ““Now this is the gospel message we have heard from Him and announce to you: God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with Him and yet keep on walking in the darkness, we are lying and not practicing the truth. (7) But if we walk in the Light as HE Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say we do not bear the guilt of sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. But if we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous, forgiving us our sins and cleansing us from all unrighteousness. (10) If we say we have not sinned, we make Him a liar and His word is not in us. (2:1) “My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous One, and He Himself is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for our sins but also for the whole world.””)

       GOD’S planned salvation includes all He leads and puts His spirit IN. All who turn from “the way that seems right to the fleshly mind and to our Creator’s Ways, “when it’s revealed.” When individually, one is led to understand! Each in their own order! (Study 1 Corinthians 15:)

       Confessing our sins should include; “understanding we were born with a sin nature.” A lawless nature that desires to live according to the flesh. That old nature wants to be friends with the world, “more than being God’s friend.”.

       Before spiritual conversion, “we were no different than Paul before his calling.” He lived a self righteous religious life in the flesh. A Pharisee persecuting Christians, “until Jesus was revealed.” Paul’s inherited nature and Satan’s deceptions were the root cause of his sinning against God. It’s also the root cause that people sin against their own bodies. (Loving the world amounts to, “our loving ourselves, as the fleshly nature dictates.”) We can’t love Jesus as He is manifested to be in the holy scriptures, “until He’s revealed.” Until then each individual goes the way that seems right to their fleshly inherited nature. That amounts to their religion, “whether called Atheism, Agnosticism, or some denominational brand.” (Imagining deities from deceptive teaching.) Jesus’ apostle John recorded Jesus’ teaching on this subject.

      (John 14:15-21; “If you love Me, you will obey My commandments. Then I will ask the Father, and He will give you another spirit to be with you forever, ‘the spirit of truth’ whom the world cannot accept, because it, ‘the world’ does not see, ‘understand’ the spirit of truth or know it. But you know the spirit of truth, because it resides with you and will be in you. (note John is saying, “the spirit of truth” NOT “a spirit of truth) (18); “I will not abandon you as orphans, I will come to you. In a little while the world will not see Me any longer, but you will see Me; because I live, you will live too. You will know at that time that I am in My Father and you are Me and I am in you. The person who has My commandments and obeys them is the one who loves Me. The one who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and will reveal Myself to him.”)  (Study this section prayerfully to discern that it’s God’s imputed spirit that with us forever and leads to understanding NOT A “He, Comforter or an Advocate.” Not understanding that it’s a new nature that ‘s gifted at repentance, making us at one with Jesus. (Translators insert a noun rather than “spirit“ thinking in terms of another deity; thus use capitalized  “Advocate  or Comforter”)

       The key to spiritual understanding is, “gifted revelation.” God’s gifted spirit, opens understanding, “gifting believing IN minds.” We know because, miraculously our desires are changed from worldly to spiritual practices.

      (John 14:22-26; “Lord,” Judas (not Judas Iscariot) said, “what has happened that You are going to reveal Yourself to US and NOT to the world?” Jesus replied, “If anyone loves Me, he will obey My Word, and My Father will love him, and WE will come to him and take up residence with him. The person who does not love Me does not obey My Words. And the Word you hear is not mine, but the Father’s who sent Me. (25) “I have spoken these things while staying with you. But the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, will teach you everything, and will cause you to remember everything I said to you.”)

       What a promise! Jesus’ apostle Paul explained to Timothy: “Because of this I remind you to rekindle God’s gift that you possess through the laying on of my hands. For God did not give us a Spirit of fear but of power and love and self-control, (KJV “sound mind” 2 Tim 1:6-7) It isn’t an advocate or comforter that was imputed by Paul’s laying on his hands, but God’s spirit.

        God’s gifted spirit teaches, “believing IN faith in His Ways and promises.” Provides understanding, desire and will to live pleasing lives to our Creator. God’s opening one’s mind is a miraculous event. Jesus described it as being, “born of the spirit” and likened to the wind.

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

      It is a mystery to the world and we Christians do not understand how God performs miracles, except to know that He is the all powerful, in whom nothing is impossible.

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