God’s Truth Explored, chapter 13

To: “10,545 in resident churches” people desiring to be “At One with God.” 4/22/18, God’s 2nd month, Iyar 7, 5778 until sunset.

       God’s law and ways are supreme, man’s laws and practices that don’t square with them are sinful. As Creator He has the prerogative to define sin as lawlessness. When His loving, righteous nature is revealed individually, we’re spiritually compelled to practice life and love as He loves. Only then do people know God’s supremacy in all things. This understanding is gifted spiritually and a calling to abandon previously held fleshly lawless practices that seemed right and turn to Jesus’ spiritual ways. It’s spiritual circumcision of the heart. We can’t practice lawlessness in God’s view and righteousness at the same time.

      (Gal 5:22-26; “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Now those who belong to Christ have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also behave in accordance with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, being jealous of one another.”) It’s the practice of overcoming sin. Growing in the grace and knowledge of God; becoming mature in Christ.

      (1Cor 2:6-16; “Now we do speak wisdom among the mature, but not a wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are perishing. Instead we speak the wisdom of God, hidden in a mystery, that God determined before the ages for our glory. None of the rulers of this age understood it. If they had known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. But just as it is written, “Things that no eye has seen, or ear heard, or mind imagined, are the things God has prepared for those who love Him.” God has revealed these to us by the Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. For who among ‘fleshly’ men knows the things of a man except the man’s spirit within him? So too, no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. Now we ’followers of Jesus’ have not received the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may know the things that are freely given to us by God. And we speak about these things, not with words taught us by human wisdom, but with those taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual things to spiritual people. (14) The unbeliever does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him. And he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned. The one who is spiritual discerns all things, yet he himself is understood by no one. (16) For who has known the mind of the Lord, so as to advise Him? But we ‘Believers IN’ have the mind of Christ.” ) No one knows the things of God, unless the spirit of God is gifted!

       When Jesus knew it was time for Him to die for our sins, He went out to pray, threw Himself to the ground and asked “if it be possible let this hour pass. Addressed His Father in a personal way saying, “Abba Father all things are possible for You. Take this cup away from Me. Yet not what I will, but what You will.” See Mark 14:35-36.) (Abba means “Father” in Aramaic.)

      Jesus felt that personal relationship with His Father, a relationship we must have, “to worship Him in spirit and truth.” Jesus’ shedding His life blood for the remission of our sins had been planned from the time of His re-creating this earth. (It was preplanned that the Creator of life “shed His life’s blood so a new spiritual life could be gifted.) Jesus’ spiritual life be imputed to a believing IN people.

      Who are unbelievers in God’s View? Does any other view matter? Professing Christians and others call themselves believers. How can all these people with varying doctrinal views be believers? Unless God is a divided deity? Jesus and His apostles taught “God is not divided and that understanding is spiritually discerned.”

      (1Cor 2:14; “The unbeliever does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him. And he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned.”) God’s view is “unbelievers are people God has not revealed Himself to. Believers are people God has revealed Himself to.)

       Consider Paul’s conversion. A strict law keeping Pharisee who believed keeping the law earned salvation. He believed in the Old Covenant and adamantly practiced the Pharisees doctrine. Paul could be likened to any devout denominationalist in our day. He explained to the Galatians.

      (Gal 1:13-17; “For you have heard of my former way of life in Judaism, how I was savagely persecuting the church of God and trying to destroy it. I was advancing in Judaism beyond many of my contemporaries in my nation, and was extremely zealous for the traditions of my ancestors. But when the One who set me apart from birth and called me by His grace was pleased to reveal His Son in me so that I could preach Him among the Gentiles, I did not go to ask advice from any human being, nor did I go up to Jerusalem to see those who were apostles before me, but right away I departed to Arabia, and then returned to Damascus.’)

       See that? ONCE Jesus revealed Himself to Paul, he understand the Old Covenant prophecies about the coming Messiah! Where does this Galatians and Colossians teachings put die hard denominationalist theories? If each group’s doctrinal beliefs are acceptable to God, then Jesus is a divided deity! The holy scriptures teach; “there’s no division between Jesus and God the Father.” Jesus had much to say on this topic. When the Pharisees were accusing Jesus of casting demons out by the power of the devil, He said;

       (“If I cast out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your sons cast them out? For this reason they will be your judges. But if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God has already overtaken you. How else can someone enter a strong man’s house and steal his property, unless he first ties up the strong man? Then he can thoroughly plunder the house. Whoever is not with Me is against Me, and whoever does not gather with Me scatters. For this reason I tell you, people will be forgiven for every sin and blasphemy, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven. Whoever speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven. But whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come. (33; “Make a tree good and its fruit will be good, or make a tree bad and its fruit will be bad, for a tree is known by its fruit. Offspring of vipers! How are you able to say anything good, since you are evil? For the mouth speaks from what fills the heart. The good person brings good things out of his good treasury, and the evil person brings evil things out of his evil treasury. I tell you that on the day of judgment, people will give an account for every worthless word they speak. For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”) Matt 12:22-37.)

       Spiritual discernment from these verses are: (1) “the spirit of God has already overtaken you.” Past tense: as in much of God’s Word, the meaning is “good as done; prophesy is sure.”) (2) “If the holy spirit leads us to understand truth, and we speak against that understanding, punishment is sure.” (3) The strong man could picture Satan, “he is to be tied up - bound.” (4) “False teaching scatters, “divides” with various erroneous teachings.” Teaching without spiritual discernment is serious and our words need to be carefully selected.

      Much that’s recorded in God’s Word, concerning Israelite history, is likened to what will unfold during Jesus’ millennial reign. For example: Josiah became king at eight years old. He was steadfast in doing what’s right in God‘s view. When Shaphan “a scribe” told king Josiah about the priest giving him a copy of a scroll, the king asked that it be read to him. When the king heard the words of the law scroll, he tore his clothes. Then ordered them; “Go, seek an oracle from the Lord for me and the people – for all Judah. Find out about the words of this scroll that has been discovered. For the Lord’s fury has been ignited against us, because our ancestors have not obeyed the words of this scroll by doing all that it instructs us to do.”) See 2Kings 22:) Much can be discerned about God from first and second Kings.

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