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John The Apostle, chapter 9

Wednesday, May 16th, 2018

To: Churches of God, “a people being made temples of His spirit.”

5/16/18, God’s 3rd month, Sivan 2, 5778 until sunset.

       Heavenly Father: bless each truth seeking person to understand Your Way and give each perseverance to stand firm, is our prayer in Jesus’ holy name. AMEN

     Scriptural examples prove God‘s planning. (Matt 1:17; “So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations and from David to the deportation to Babylon, fourteen generations and from the deportation to Babylon to Christ, fourteen generations.”) According to scholars, Abraham was born about 1996 BC. Considering; from Abraham to Christ is 42 generations, “a biblical generation is about 47 years.” The point is; God plans.

       God’s set aside times are for the good of His set aside people and ultimately are examples to those who may be observing our lives. If we believe IN Jesus, we know this world is totally up side down, that Satan is its god and that Satan transforms himself as an angel of light. He uses deceived people developing prideful agendas. Deceiving naïve populations thinking fleshly.

       Before Jesus created aged wine from water, He went to Jerusalem to keep the Passover and week of Unleavened Bread. John the Baptist’s followers mentioned to Him that more people were coming to Jesus for baptism than to them. John said; “He must increase and I must decrease.” We don’t know of any miracle the Baptist did.

      (John 4:1-3; “Now when Jesus knew that the Pharisees had heard that He was doing more baptizing and had more disciples than John (although Jesus Himself was not baptizing, but His disciples were), He left Judea and set out once more for Galilee.”) Some translators “indicate competition between Jesus and the Baptist.” There was no purposeful competition.

       (John 4:4-10; “But Jesus had to pass through Samaria. Now He came to a Samaritan town called Sychar, near the plot of land that Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there, so Jesus, since He was tired from the journey, sat right down beside the well. It was about noon. A Samaritan woman came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give Me some water to drink.” (For His disciples had gone off into the town to buy supplies.) So the Samaritan woman said to Him, How can you, “a Jew” ask me, “a Samaritan woman” for water to drink? (For Jews have nothing in common with Samaritans.) (10) Jesus answered her, “If you had known the gift of God and who it is who said to you, ‘Give me some water to drink’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.”) Jesus was speaking in parable, as was His custom when speaking to the general populations. (see Matthew 13:10)

      Water represents God’s spirit. We can’t live physically without water, NOR can we live in the spirit, “except God gifts us with both! It’s what’s meant by, “you must be born from above!”

      (John 4:11-12; “Sir” the woman said to Him, “you have no bucket and the well is deep; where then do you get this living water? Surely you’re not greater than our ancestor Jacob, are you? For he gave us this well and drank from it himself, along with his sons and his livestock.”)

       As Nicodemus, this Samaritan woman’s thoughts were fleshly. Then and now Arabs and Jews are divided by demonically inspired religious views. It’s Satan’s purpose, “manifesting himself as an angel of light!”

      (John 4:13-14; “Jesus replied, “Everyone who drinks some of this “physical” water will be thirsty again. But whoever drinks some of the “spiritual” water that I will give him will never be “spiritually” thirsty again, but the “spiritual” water that I will give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up to eternal life.”) This meeting at Jacob’s well was preplanned!

       Let’s take time to rejoice, “if we’re followers of Jesus.” (As always, added words are for more precise understanding.) NO ONE is born with a spirit that lives forever someplace! As Jesus said, “the water that I will give, will become in you a fountain springing up to eternal life.” Eternal life is ONLY gifted by God our Father, through belief IN Jesus. Eternal life isn’t automatic and cannot be earned! Allow Jesus’ apostle Paul’s explanation to we Believers IN.

      (Eph 2:4-10; “But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, “we gifted to Believe IN” 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. For by grace are you saved, through faith, and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God; it is not from works, “not our own doing or decisionsso that no one can boast. For we, “Christians” are His workmanship, having been created in Christ Jesus for good works that God prepared beforehand so we may do them.”) Rejoice, “this understanding is gifted.” 

      We’re all born dead because of sin, “Adam’s we inherited and our own we nurtured.” If we are recipients of His gifted spirit, it’s that, “God the Father MADE us alive together with Christ.” It’s by His grace, NOT because of any prior action on our part. To demonstrate His mercy to the coming ages, “His grace and kindness toward us is in Christ Jesus!”

      (John 4:15-20; “The woman said to Him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I will not be thirsty or have to come here to draw water.” He said to her, “Go call your husband and come back here.” The woman replied, “I have no husband.” Jesus said to her, “Right, you are when you said, ‘I have no husband,’ for you have had five husbands and the man you are living with now is not your husband. This you said truthfully!” (19) The woman said to Him, “Sir” I see that you are a prophet. Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, and you people, “you Jews” say that the place where people must worship is in Jerusalem.”) Jesus knows each of us, just as He knew this woman! Now Jesus gives a millennial prophecy.

       (John 4:21-23; Jesus said to her, “Believe Me woman, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. You people, “gentiles” worship what you do not know. We, “Jews” worship what we know, because salvation is from the Jews.” But a time is coming – and now is here – when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father seeks such people to be His worshipers.”)

       All who aren’t called and chosen “worships what they assume.” “Salvation is from the Jews.” How so.? God’s plan for His chosen people’s being saved, is through Abraham’s SEED “Jesus.” David’s heir, “Jesus.”

      Jesus’ apostle Paul was given this understanding and shares with us.

      (Romans 3:1-4; “Therefore what advantage does the Jew have, or what is the value of circumcision? Actually, there are many advantages. First of all, the Jews were entrusted with the oracles of God. What then? If some did not believe, does their unbelief nullify the faithfulness of God? (4) Absolutely not! Let God be proven true, and every human being shown up as a liar, just as it is written: “so that you will be justified in your words and will prevail when you are judged.”)

       Oracles can mean, “the sustaining of God’s Way, a source of knowledge, wise sayings and God given messages.” Particularly as it pertains to people’s practices.” (God preplanned that the Jews maintain His calendar, oracles and holy times.) It was no accident that Jesus’ apostle Paul was inspired to write this bit of text. Jesus continued to teach and reveal Himself to this Samaritan woman.

      (John 5:24-26; “God is spirit, and the people who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” The woman said to Him, “I know that Messiah is coming” (the one called Christ) whenever He comes, He will tell us everything.” Jesus said to her, “I, the one speaking to you, am He.”)

      We must worship in spirit and truth? Attempt to worship God without His indwelling spirit and revealed truth is to worship the imaginary. Thus the many denominations. People who aren’t “born from above,” are yielded to the sum total of their fleshly understanding. Christendom is divided, confused by Satan and his followers manifesting themselves as angels of light. His followers assume God would allow calling on Jesus’ name while practicing paganism

John The Apostle, chapter 8

Sunday, May 13th, 2018

To: Churches of God, “a people being made temples of His spirit.”

5/13/1, God’s 2nd month, Iyar 28, 5778 until sunset.

      We intend to get back to John’s good news about the coming kingdom of God, but let’s detour and consider from where we spiritual Israelites came. The Lord God chose to differentiate between Esau and Jacob while in Rebekah’s womb. (Gen 25:21-26; Isaac prayed to the Lord on behalf of his wife because she was childless. The Lord answered his prayer, and his wife Rebekah became pregnant. But the children struggled inside her and she said, “If it is going to be like this, I’m not so sure I want to be pregnant!” So she asked the Lord and the Lord said to her,

      “Two nations are in your womb and two peoples will be separated from within you. One people will be stronger than the other and the older will serve the younger.” (24) When the time came for Rebekah to give birth, there were twins in her womb. The first came out reddish all over, like a hairy garment, so they named him Esau. When his brother came out with his hand clutching Esau’s heel, they named him Jacob. Isaac was sixty years old when they were born.”)

       Descendents of Esau and Jacob still struggle. Within their various religious beliefs, both “believe there is a God.” Only a few spiritual Jews - Israelites are called to believe IN the God of Abraham. These followers of Jesus are spiritual Israelites. It was revealed to Paul. (Galatians 3 29; “And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s descendants, heirs according to the promise.”) Today’s spiritual Israelites are believers IN Jesus: “gifted with faith in His shed blood for the remission of sin.”

      (Gal 3:23-29; “Now before ‘Jesus’’ faith came ’ to us’  we were held in custody under the law, being kept as prisoners until the coming faith would be revealed. Thus the law had become our guardian until, ‘belief IN’ Christ, so that we could be declared righteous by ’His’ faith. (25) But now that ‘Jesus’ faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian. 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. (29) And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s descendants, heirs according to the promise.”)

        400 plus years after Jacob’s birth, Jesus delivered his descendent from Egyptian bondage through Moses to the promised lands. After Joshua and the Lord God Jesus’ rule through judges, “the last being Samuel” Stubborn Israelites wanted a king like the gentile nations. After Saul Jesus called and gave Israel king David. Though very fleshly, he became a man after the Lord God’s own heart and ruled Israel lovingly. When Jesus returns Jacob’s descendents and many more will become spiritual Israelites and sing the praises of king David.

     (1Chron 16: They brought the ark of God and put it in the middle of the tent David had pitched for it. That day David first gave to Asaph and his colleagues this song of thanks to the Lord: Give thanks to the Lord! Call on His name! Make known His accomplishments among the nations! Sing to Him! Make music to Him! Tell about all His miraculous deeds! Boast about His holy name! Let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice! Seek the Lord and the strength He gives! Seek His presence continually! (12) Recall the miraculous deeds He performed, His mighty acts and the judgments He decreed,

      (13-18; O children of Israel, God’s servant, you descendants of Jacob, God’s chosen ones! He is the Lord our God; He carries out judgment throughout the earth. Remember continually His covenantal decree, the promise He made to a thousand generations – the promise He made to Abraham, the promise He made by oath to Isaac! He gave it to Jacob as a decree, to Israel as a lasting promise, saying, “To you I will give the land of Canaan as the portion of your inheritance.”

      (19-22; When they were few in number, just a very few and foreign residents within it, they wandered from nation to nation and from one kingdom to another. He let no one oppress them, He disciplined kings for their sake, saying, “Don’t touch my anointed ones! Don’t harm My prophets!”

      (23-36; Sing to the Lord, all the earth! Announce every day how He delivers! Tell the nations about His splendor, tell all the nations about His miraculous deeds! For the Lord is great and certainly worthy of praise, He is more awesome than all gods. For all the gods of the nations are worthless,

but the Lord made the heavens. Majestic splendor emanates from Him, He is the source of strength and joy. Ascribe to the Lord, O families of the nations,

ascribe to the Lord splendor and strength! Ascribe to the Lord the splendor He deserves! Bring an offering and enter His presence! Worship the Lord in holy attire! (30) Tremble before Him, all the earth! The world is established, it cannot be moved. Let the heavens rejoice, and the earth be happy! Let the nations say, ‘The Lord reigns!’ Let the sea and everything in it shout! Let the fields and everything in them celebrate! Then let the trees of the forest shout with joy before the Lord, for He comes to judge the earth! Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good and His loyal love endures. Say this prayer: “Deliver us, O God who delivers us! Gather us! Rescue us from the nations! Then we will give thanks to Your holy name, and boast about Your praiseworthy deeds.” May the Lord God of Israel be praised, in the future and forevermore. Then all the people said, “We agree! Praise the Lord!”)

       A miraculous deliverance of Israel is yet to come. Nations are going to deliver back to the promised lands. Upheavals are prophesied; unless God the Father chooses to shorten time for the Elect’s sake suffering is on the horizon. However believers IN Jesus, led by His indwelling spirit are looking forward to ruling with Jesus.  

      (John 8:11-17; “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. (12) So then, brothers and sisters, we “Believers IN” are under obligation, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh (for if you live according to the flesh, you will die), but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body you will live. For all who are led by the Spirit of God are the sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of slavery leading again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption, by whom we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit it’s self bears witness to our spirit that we are God’s children. (17) And if children, then heirs (namely, heirs of God and also fellow heirs with Christ) – if indeed we suffer with Him so we may also be glorified with Him.”)

       Again, how are we made spiritual children of God? Jesus said; “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.” John 3:7-8)

      (John 3:22-30; “After this, Jesus and His disciples came into Judean territory, and there He spent time with them and was baptizing. John “the Baptist” was also baptizing at Aenon near Salim, because water was plentiful there and people were coming to him and being baptized. (24) (For John had not yet been thrown into prison.) Now a dispute came about between some of John’s disciples and a certain Jew concerning ceremonial washing. (26) So they came to John and said to him, “Rabbi, the One who was with you on the other side of the Jordan River, about whom you testified – see, He is baptizing, and everyone is flocking to Him!” John replied, “No one can receive anything unless it has been given to him from heaven. You yourselves can testify that I said, ‘I am not the Christ,’ but rather, ‘I have been sent before Him.’ The one who has the bride is the bridegroom. The friend of the bridegroom, who stands by and listens for Him, rejoices greatly when he hears the bridegroom’s voice. This then is my joy, and it is complete. He must become more important while I become less important.”)

      Spiritual humility and understanding his purpose was gifted to John the Baptist. He understood, “Jesus lived before him, thus was from above!”

      (John 3:31-35; “The One who comes from above is superior to all. The one who is from the earth belongs to the earth and speaks about earthly things. The One who comes from heaven is superior to all. He testifies about what He has seen and heard, but no one accepts His testimony. The one who has accepted His testimony has confirmed clearly that God is truthful. (34) For the One whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for He does not give the Spirit sparingly. (35) The Father loves the Son and has placed all things under His authority. The one who believes IN the Son has eternal life. The one who rejects the Son will not see life, but God’s wrath remains on him.”)

       NOTICE, John the Baptist is saying the very same thing that Jesus said! It was by revelation that The Baptist knew Jesus’ deity. Jesus said of this John; “no greater man has ever been born of woman.”

John The Apostle, chapter 7

Saturday, May 12th, 2018

To: “Churches of God, people being made temples of His spirit.”

5/12/1, God’s 2nd month, Iyar 27, 5778 until sunset.

      Heavenly Father: forgive our un-beliefs, make us mindful that You are the Potter and we the clay. Teach us how to love You and one another; to love as Jesus’ example. We ask in Jesus’ name. AMEN

      A fleshly paradox to “believers that and the world” is; “Esau believed God but Jacob was gifted to believe IN God.” God chose Jacob, changed his name to Israel and promised to fight on his behalf. Seemingly God made Esau’s family more prosperous than Jacob’s, “short term.” Remember a famine caused Jacob to loose all but his immediate family and go to Egypt for food; “where son “Joseph” was serving as ruler under the Pharaoh. Famine conditions could have caused Jacob to loose faith in the Lord God’s promises: “perhaps he understood that he loved God because God chose and loved him first.” (Likewise with each believer IN, “We love ‘God’  because He loved us first.” 1John 4:19)

      We instinctively love on an animalistic plain, “me, mine, ours etc.” Godly love is gifted to those He calls, chooses and loves first.

      Folks debating law and grace don’t seem to understand, “Godly love, repentance and gifted belief IN.” The imputation of God’s spirit makes us at one with Him. (Believers IN Jesus’ sacrifice for the remission of sins “love Him from the realization that He loved us first.”) Such realization is God gifted faith likened to Jacob‘s. Through Jesus’ imputed faith “we understand the spiritual goodness and loving intent of His laws.” God is merciful to people using this understanding to teach Jesus’ Way: “which is obedience and God gifted respectful love.” This was revealed to Jesus’ apostle Paul.

      (Romans 2:13-14; “For it is not those who hear the law who are righteous before God, but those who do the law will be declared righteous. (14) For whenever the Gentiles, who do not have the law, do by nature the things required by the law, these ’believers IN’ who do not have the law are a law to themselves.”) Why? The love of God is shed abroad in their heart.

       When we’re gifted to understand the goodness of God’s laws, “we practice the principles written therein. We don’t need the command, “you shall NOT covet written” when it’s principle is written in our heart!

      (Rom 2:15-16; “They show that the work of the law is written in their hearts, as their conscience bears witness and their conflicting thoughts accuse or else defend them, on the day when God will judge the secrets of human hearts, according to my gospel through Christ Jesus.”)

       We don’t consider stealing another’s property or their mate “if we’re blessed with His indwelling spirit.” (The spiritual principle is, “God’s laws were made for people, not people for the law.”) This wasn’t understood by the Pharisee types. (For example: they kept the Sabbath rigorously and attempted to persecute Jesus for healing “doing good” on the Sabbath.) When we’re born from above “fathered by God’s spirit” we desire to be in sync with, “in harmony with” His Way. Spiritual obedience is to obey, from a respectful love of God point of view.

       (John 3:1-4; “Now a certain man, a Pharisee named Nicodemus, who was a member of the Jewish ruling council, came to Jesus at night and said to Him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the miraculous signs that you do unless God is with him.” (3) Jesus replied, “I tell you the solemn truth, unless a person is born from above, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man be born when he is old? He cannot enter his mother’s womb and be born a second time, can he?”)

       His thinking was fleshly; not realizing God’s impregnating, “fathering” was a NEW BIRTH. Let’s review Jesus’ explanation .

      (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.’ (8) 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.”)

       When gifted with God’s spirit, “we don’t know exactly when or why it was gifted.” We realize we have a changed outlook, “a new realization of things from God’s point of view.” It’s still a mystery to unbelieving worldly populations!

      (John 3:9-12; “Nicodemus replied, “How can these things be?” Jesus answered, “Are you the teacher of Israel and yet you don’t understand these things? I tell you the solemn truth, we, “fathered by God” speak about what we know and testify about what we have seen, but you, “unbelieving” people do not accept our testimony. (12) If I have told you, “unbelieving” people about earthly things and you don’t believe, how will you believe if I tell you about heavenly things?”) Earthly, “physical things” about God, aren’t understood by unbelievers; so how can they “who aren’t born from above” understand spiritual things?

      (John 3:13-15; “No one has ascended into heaven except the one who descended from heaven, “the Son of Man.” Just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, so that everyone who believes IN Him may have eternal life.”)

       Miraculous things, “as Moses lifting up the serpent, were real and symbolic of spiritual things.” Moses’ lifting up the serpent symbolized Jesus’ resurrection. (No one has ascended into heaven except the one who descended from heaven, “the Son of Man.”)

      When God transferred authority from Elijah to Elisha, Elisha witnessed Elijah being translated toward the heavens. Elijah was moved to another place; “not taken to God’s heavenly throne; or do we think Jesus did not know what He was talking about?” (See 2 Kings 2:) NOW, it’s likely that Nicodemus thought Elijah had been taken to God’s throne in heaven. So we go to great length, teaching the difference in, “believing IN” opposed to “believing that.”

      (Jesus clearly tells Nicodemus, “the Son of Man must be lifted up, so that everyone who believes IN Him may have eternal life.”) A hundred times, YES! “everyone who believes IN Jesus, may have eternal life.” Believing IN Jesus has to do with His being revealed individually! Loving them first! No amount of theological training can make people Believers IN, “Christian!” (“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.” John 3:8)

      (John 3:16-21; “For this is the way God loved the world: He gave His one and only Son, so that everyone who believes IN Him will not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world should be saved through Him. (18) The one who believes IN Him is not condemned. The one who does NOT believe has been condemned already, because he has not believed IN the name of the one and only Son of God. (19) Now this is the basis for judging: that the Light has come into the world and people loved the darkness rather than the light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone who does evil deeds hates the light and does not come to the light, so that their deeds will not be exposed. (21) But the one who practices the truth comes to the light, so that it may be plainly evident that his deeds have been done in God.”)

       To practice truth “we must know the truth!” Satan deceives the world with camouflaged half truths. Jesus said; “Satan is the god of this world:” so people surrounded by this world’s system of things, “must have truth revealed.” Be aware “Satan and his followers do manifest themselves as angels of light” and thus have the whole world deceived! He causes confusion in the unbeliever’s mind and world wide division its result. So, unbelievers have hostility toward God, “built into the fleshly mind. Writing to Believers IN, Paul explains.

      (Romans 8:5-10; “For those who live according to the flesh have their outlook shaped by the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit have their outlook shaped by the things of the Spirit. For the outlook of the flesh is death, but the outlook of the Spirit is life and peace, because the outlook of the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to the law of God, nor is it able to do so. (8) Those who are in the flesh cannot please God. You, “followers of Jesus” 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, “Jesus’” righteousness.”) Jesus’ not our own righteousness! Yielding to His righteousness and burying the old self!

John The Apostle, chapter 6

Friday, May 11th, 2018

To: “10,920 people gifted with desire to be “At One with God.” 5/11/18, God’s 2nd month, Iyar26, 5778 until sunset.

      Jesus reveals through His prophet Amos and others that He reveals His plan. (Amos 4:13; “For here He is! He formed the mountains and created the wind. He reveals His plans to men.” Jacob’s God reveals His saving plans through His Sabbaths. The seventh annual Sabbath, “The Last Great Day” reveals judgment. Jesus revealed the conclusion to John.

      (Revelations 20:11-16; “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 “the grave” gave up the dead that were in them, “resurrection” 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.

     (Rev 20:15-16; If anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, that person was thrown into the lake of fire.”)

       Choosing to live a moral life with Godly standards have their rewards in this life and the next; “after the first resurrection.” People gifted to believe IN Jesus are being judged in this life: “before the first resurrection.” Each believer IN Jesus, “who overcomes to the end will be saved.” (Be in the first resurrection.) (THE POINT! Called out believing IN persons must learn, choose and practice God’s Ways.) Good deeds in this life will be rewarded in the next. But God’s spirit isn’t gifted for moral living; “if so people could be saved by works!” Only God’s gifted spirit. imputed to the mind makes an individual at one with God, “a Christ Like person.” Let’s look to Jesus’ Words about being born again.

      (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. (God’s miraculous imputation of His spirit to individuals’ is His fathering.)

      Do not be amazed that I said to you, “You must all be born ‘fathered’ from above.” (8) 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.”)

       People can choose to live a moral life, “but cannot choose to be fathered by God.” In John’s gospel account, he records Jesus’ choosing His disciples, turning water to aged wine, healing and resurrecting to physical life. Demonstrating, “witnessing” that He is indeed the Christ “the Son of God.”

       (John 2:12-16; “After this He went down to Capernaum with His mother and brothers ‘James & Jude we know of ’ and His disciples, they stayed there a few days. (13) Now the Jewish feast of Passover was near, so Jesus went up to Jerusalem. He found in the temple courts those who were selling oxen and sheep and doves and the money changers sitting at tables. So He made a whip of cords and drove them all out of the temple courts, with the sheep and the oxen. He scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. (16) To those who sold the doves he said, “Take these things away from here! Do not make My Father’s house a marketplace!”

      The Jewish feast of Passover? John’s gospel is to believing gentiles too; “people knowing Jesus to be the Passover Lamb, whose blood was shed for the remission of sin.” John’s reference to the Passover season shows it’s holy to Believers IN Jesus.

      Was Jesus angry? Yes. Did He sin? No. We need to be angry at sin, falsehood and such. Paul penned the principle.

       (Eph 4:25-26; “Therefore, having laid aside falsehood, each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members of one another. Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on the cause of your anger.”

      (John 2:17-22; “His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for your house will devour Me.” Quote from Psalms 69:9) So then the Jewish leaders responded, ‘What sign can you show us, since you are doing these things?’ (19) Jesus replied, “Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up again.” Then the Jewish leaders said to Him, “This temple has been under construction for forty-six years, and are you going to raise it up in three days?” (21) But Jesus was speaking about the temple of His body. So after He was raised from the dead, His disciples remembered that He had said this, and they believed the scripture and the saying that Jesus had spoken.”)

       Believers find it interesting that Jesus’ disciples DIDN’T believe IN, “as in gifted” until after His resurrection.) They believed THAT, Jesus was the Messiah, “but they did not believe IN, until it was gifted!”)

      After Jesus’ resurrection, He appeared and identified Himself.

     (John 20:20-23; “When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. So Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. Just as the Father has sent Me, I also send you.” And after He said this, He breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive anyone’s sins, they are forgiven; if you retain anyone’s sins, they are retained.”)

      Forgiving and retaining sins were to His apostles only, “they had no authority to pass this gift to others!” As with all fleshly people, “listeners wanted more signs.”

      (Luke 11:29-32; “As the crowds were increasing, Jesus began to say, “This generation is a wicked generation; it looks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah. For just as Jonah became a sign to the people of Nineveh, so the Son of Man will be a sign to this generation.”) That sign to the world is that Jesus was in the tomb three nights and three days! Now Jesus speaks of a physical resurrection.

      (John 11:31-32; “The queen of the South will rise up at the judgment with the people of this generation and condemn them, because she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon – and now, something greater than Solomon is here! (32) The people of Nineveh will stand up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, because they repented when Jonah preached to them – and now, something greater than Jonah is here!”)

       People Jonah witnessed to, the queen of Sheba and many others will be in that physical millennial resurrection with these listening to Jesus during that Passover season, AND the many that should be searching for truth in every age. Those Jonah witnessed to believed IN his message causing them to turn. The queen of the South searched for truth! She came hundreds of miles to hear Solomon’s wisdom and learn about his God, “the God of Abraham.”

       The religious pundits, choosing to divide and turn the world from the calendar God gave Israel will repent or be destroyed one day.

      (John 2:23-25; “Now while Jesus was in Jerusalem at the feast of the Passover, many people believed IN His name because they saw the miraculous signs He was doing. But Jesus would not entrust Himself to them, because He knew all people. He did not need anyone to testify about man, for He knew what was in man.)

      Jesus knows all people. Realize that Jesus knows each of us completely! DO WE KNOW what’s in man? A sin nature! The feast of the Passover includes the festival of Unleavened Bread. Passover is always on the fourteenth day of God’s first month. The day after Passover; the 15th of Nisan is an annual holy Sabbath and the 21st is an annual holy Sabbath. Removing leavening from homes, foreshadows our putting sin out, “overcoming the practice of sin.” Sin is that which God considers lawlessness. Hopefully we understand, “ONLY what God considers sin, matters.”


John The Apostle, chapter 5

Thursday, May 10th, 2018

      To: “10,900 Churches of God” people desiring to be “At One with God.” 5/10/18, God’s 2nd month, Iyar25, 5778 until sunset.

      God revealed Himself to His prophet Amos and inspired Amos to write.

      (Amos 4:13; “For here He is! He formed the mountains and created the wind. He reveals His plans to men. He turns the dawn into darkness and marches on the heights of the earth. The Lord, the God who commands armies, is His name!”) Not only can God transfigure Himself physically, He allows angelic and demonic spirits to transfigure themselves.

      (John 1:32-34; “Then John testified, “I saw the Spirit descending like a dove from heaven and it “the spirit” remained on Jesus. And I did not recognize Him, but the One who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘The One on whom you see the Spirit descending and remaining – this is the One who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’ I have both seen and testified that this man is the Chosen One of God.”) Let’s review John the Baptist’s fathering and birth.

      (Luke 1:11-20; “An angel of the Lord, standing on the right side of the altar of incense, appeared to him. And Zechariah, visibly shaken when he saw the angel, was seized with fear. But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zechariah, for your prayer has been heard and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son; you will name him John. Joy and gladness will come to you and many will rejoice at his birth, for he will be great in the sight of the Lord. He must never drink wine or strong drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit, even before his birth. He will turn many of the people of Israel to the Lord their God. And he will go as forerunner before the Lord in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers back to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready for the Lord a people prepared for Him.”(18) Zechariah said to the angel, “How can I be sure of this? For I am an old man, and my wife is old as well.” The angel answered him, “I am Gabriel, who stands in the presence of God and I was sent to speak to you and to bring you this good news. (20) And now, because you did not believe my words, which will be fulfilled in their time, you will be silent, unable to speak, until the day these things take place.”) Gabriel transfigured himself and spoke with Zachariah.

      Like Jesus; John the Baptist was filled with God’s spirit in the womb! By revelation, John knew his mission and purpose.

      (John 1:35-39; “Again the next day John was standing there with two of his disciples. Gazing at Jesus as He walked by, he said, “Look, the Lamb of God!” When John’s two disciples heard him say this, they followed Jesus. Jesus turned around and saw them following and said to them, ‘What do you want?’ So they said to Him, “Rabbi” (which is translated Teacher), ‘where are you staying?’ Jesus answered, ‘Come and you will see.’ So they came and saw where He was staying and they stayed with Him that day. Now it was about four o’clock in the afternoon.

      (John 1:40-42; “Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter, was one of the two disciples who heard what John said and followed Jesus. He first found his own brother Simon and told him, “We have found the Messiah!” (which is translated Christ). Andrew brought Simon to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon, the son of John. You will be called Cephas” (which is translated Peter).”)

       Jesus would later tell Peter, “you are a little stone but on this Rock I will build My church.” Jesus is that Rock.

      (John 1:43-51; “On the next day Jesus wanted to set out for Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, “Follow Me.” (Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the town of Andrew and Peter.) Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found the one Moses wrote about in the law, and the prophets also wrote about – Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” (46) Nathanael replied, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip replied, “Come and see.” Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward Him and exclaimed, “Look, a true Israelite in whom there is no deceit!” (48) Nathanael asked Him, “How do you know me?” Jesus replied, “Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.” Nathanael answered him, “Rabbi, You are the Son of God; You are the king of Israel!” (50) Jesus said to him, “Because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree, do you believe? You will see greater things than these.” He continued, “I tell all of you the solemn truth – you will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.”)

       Not ONLY did Jesus know where Nathanael was before Philip found him; Jesus knew all twelve apostles and rebellious Judas before Adam’s creation. (Look at John 1:1-5, Colossians 1:15-20 and Heb 1:1-4 again.)

       (John 2:1-11; “Now on the third day there was a wedding at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there and Jesus and His disciples were also invited to the wedding. When the wine ran out, Jesus’ mother said to Him, “They have no wine left.” Jesus replied, “Woman, why are you saying this to Me? My time has not yet come.” His mother told the servants, “Whatever He tells you, do it.” Now there were six stone water jars there for Jewish ceremonial washing, each holding twenty or thirty gallons. Jesus told the servants, “Fill the water jars with water.” So they filled them up to the very top. Then He told them, “Now draw some out and take it to the head steward,” and they did. When the head steward tasted the water that had been turned to wine, not knowing where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew) he called the bridegroom and said to him, “Everyone serves the good wine first and then the cheaper wine when the guests are drunk. You have kept the good wine until now!” (11) Jesus did this as the first of His miraculous signs, in Cana of Galilee. In this way He revealed His glory, and His disciples believed IN Him.”)

      Mary didn’t forget how Jesus was fathered! Jesus knew how He was fathered. We that are gifted to follow Jesus, need to remember how we are fathered. May we each review in our minds, the awesomeness of our Creator. May He be revealed to the mind of each person studying this lesson.

      We Believers IN are being judged in this age, “before the resurrection.” The holy scriptures define a Christian as, “a recipient of God’s spirit.” Each Believer IN that overcomes to the end will be in the FIRST resurrection. (Study 1Corinthians 15:) Believers IN alive at Jesus’ coming will meet Jesus and the resurrected in the air: “return and serve in His kingdom. (A mystery to the world at large.) Worldly religions choose to teach: “EVERYONE is facing their final judgment in this age, before the resurrections.” Not so. The first resurrection is to a SPIRIT life; likened to Jesus’ current life. The SECOND is physical; “most and perhaps all Israelites will live again.” This understanding helps us digest Paul’s letter to the Romans.

      (Romans 2:1-16; “Therefore you are without excuse, whoever you are, when you judge someone else. For on whatever grounds you judge another, you condemn yourself, because you who judge practice the same things. Now we know that God’s judgment is in accordance with truth against those who practice such things. And do you think, whoever you are, when you judge those who practice such things and yet do them yourself, that you will escape God’s judgment? Or do you have contempt for the wealth of His kindness, forbearance and patience, and yet do not know that God’s kindness leads you to repentance? But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath for yourselves in the day of wrath, when God’s righteous judgment is revealed! (6) He will reward each one according to his works: eternal life to those who by perseverance in good works seek glory and honor and immortality, but wrath and anger to those who live in selfish ambition and do not obey the truth but follow unrighteousness. (9) There will be affliction and distress on everyone who does evil, on the Jew ’Believer’ first and also the Greek, but glory and honor and peace for everyone who does good, for the Jew ‘Believer’ first and also the Greek. For there is no partiality with God. For all who have sinned apart from the law will also perish apart from the law, and all who have sinned under the law will be judged by the law. (13) For it is not those who hear the law who are righteous before God, but those who do the law will be declared righteous. For whenever the Gentiles, who do not have the law, do by nature the things required by the law, these who do not have the law are a law to themselves. They show that the work of the law is written in their hearts, as their conscience bears witness and their conflicting thoughts accuse or else defend them, (16) on the day when God will judge the secrets of human hearts, according to my gospel through Christ Jesus.”)

      “Eternal life to those who persevere in good works, seeking the gift of glory, honor and immortality.” Those who lovingly live in the spirit of the law. Those who practice what’s righteous in God’s view. It is obvious to Believers IN; that the God of Abraham, “Jesus” isn’t revealed to everyone.

John The Apostle, chapter 4

Wednesday, May 9th, 2018

To: “10,884 Churches of God” people desiring to be “At One with God.” 5/9/18, God’s 2nd month, Iyar24, 5778 until sunset.

      As Jesus’ apostles took His good news about the kingdom of God to the known world; they shared Israel’s history about God’s dealing with their ancestors. The four gospels and letters to the churches included quotes from Moses, David, the prophets were shared: “particularly those about Jesus’ birth and coming kingdom on earth.” Pharisees, Sadducees and pagan religions couldn’t grasp an all knowing God planning the demise of Satan, making Believers IN at one with Himself and returning to bring peace. Worldly religions still don’t grasp the awesomeness of Creator, Jesus.  

      (John 1:24-27; Now they had been sent from the Pharisees. So they asked John, “Why then are you baptizing if you are not the Christ, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?” John answered them, “I baptize with water. Among you stands One whom you do not recognize, who is coming after me. I am not worthy to untie the strap of His sandal!”)

      Aside from revelation; suppose John’s parents told him of cousin Mary’s visit when she was six months pregnant with Jesus and how he jumped with joy in her womb at her appearing? The Baptist grew up knowing of his own supernatural fathering and birth.

      (John 1:28-31; “These things happened in Bethany across the Jordan River where John was baptizing. On the next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! This is the One about whom I said, ‘After me comes a man who is greater than I am, because He existed before me.’ (31) I did not recognize Him, but I came baptizing with water so that He could be revealed to Israel.”)

       John the Baptist, was reluctant to elaborate about his own role, but willingly gives his testimony about Jesus. The apostle John’s emphasis is totally on John the Baptist’s witnessing Jesus. No attention is given to the Baptist’s call for national repentance and very little to his baptizing. Everything focuses on what the Baptist says about Jesus. (So he could be revealed to Israel.) REVEALED, is key. The Israelites then, nor we now can know Jesus as He manifest Himself to be, “unless revealed.” God’s choosing remains a mystery to the world at large. He chooses and reveals Himself to the predestined.

       We attempted to reveal our Creator’s awesomeness in the last study, “however we aren’t revealers!” We attempt to teach the realization: “only God can open minds to spiritual comprehension.” People who aren’t led to believe IN God, “can’t comprehend that our God re-Creates and creates from nothing.” God isn’t limited by so called science or physical laws of His own making. Remember Jesus’ miraculous healings? He instantly healed people with leprosy, making them completely well. Jesus stilled the roaring sea and It was He that revealed His awesomeness to Job.

      (Job 26:5-14; “The dead tremble – those beneath the waters and all that live in them. The underworld (Hebrew - Sheol) is naked before God; the place of destruction lies uncovered. He spreads out the northern skies over empty space; He suspends the earth on nothing. He locks the waters in His clouds, and the clouds do not burst with the weight of them. He conceals the face of the full moon, shrouding it with His clouds. He marks out the horizon on the surface of the waters as a boundary between light and darkness. The pillars of the heavens tremble and are amazed at His rebuke. By His power He stills the sea; by His wisdom He cut Rahab the great sea monster to pieces. (The mythical sea monster that represents the forces of chaos in ancient Near Eastern literature. In the translation, the words ‘the great sea monster’ have been supplied appositionally in order to clarify ‘Rahab.’)

       By His breath the skies became fair; His hand pierced the fleeing serpent. Indeed, these are but the outer fringes of His ways! How faint is the whisper we hear of Him! But who can understand the thunder of His power?”)

      One day His chosen will know even as God is knows. Understanding spiritual is foreign to the fleshly minds. The scripture reveal that Satan and his demons are spirits. Their powers that can only be controlled and ultimately destroyed by God. The holy scriptures teach, “recipients of God’s spirit are able to withstand the demonic spirits through God gifted power,” Remember Satan was allowed to tempt Jesus, “Jesus withstood, ‘overcame’ him” through His spirit and by His Word. We’re taught that God has the power to mold us as a potter does clay. He has plans for our spiritual rebirth, thus Believers IN are, “born again.” It’s a spiritual fathering, whereby He makes us at one with Himself. Believing IN the first resurrection of His Saints in this age and a physical resurrection during Jesus’ millennial rule. How awesome His Ways! Consider Paul’s understanding as he taught, believing Hebrews and we called.

      (Hebrews 2:5-18; “For He “God the Father” did not put the world to come, about which we are speaking, under the control of angels. Instead someone testified somewhere: “What is man that You think of him or the Son of Man, “Jesus” that you care for Him? You made Him lower than the angels for a little while. You crowned Him with glory and honor. You put all things under His control.” For when He put all things under His control, He left nothing outside of His control. At present we do not yet see all things under His control, but we see Jesus, who was made lower than the angels for a little while, now crowned with glory and honor because He suffered death, so that by God’s grace He would experience death on behalf of everyone. (10) For it was fitting for Him, “God the Father” for whom and through whom all things exist, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the Pioneer “Jesus” of their salvation perfect through sufferings. For indeed He who makes holy and those being made holy all have the same origin, and so He is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters, saying, “I will proclaim your name to My brothers; in the midst of the assembly I will praise You.” Again He says, “I will be confident in Him,” and again, “Here I am, with the children God has given Me.” (14) Therefore, since the children share in flesh and blood, He “Jesus” likewise shared in their humanity, so that through death He could destroy the one who holds the power of death (that is, the devil), and set free those who were held in slavery all their lives by their fear of death. (16) For surely His concern is not for angels, but He is concerned for Abraham’s descendants. Therefore He, ’Jesus’ had to be made like His brothers and sisters in every respect, so that He could become a merciful and faithful high priest in things relating to God, to make atonement for the sins of the people. (18) For since He Himself suffered when He was tempted, He is able to help those who are tempted.”)

       We’re all tempted and here is revealed understanding. “of the gifted power we Christians have to overcome the devil.”

       Who are Abraham’s descendants? Jesus’ apostle Paul explained to the Galatians Church of God and all Believers. (“For all of you who were baptized 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 3:27-29) Our Creator is in the process of creating new spiritual life in this age .

      (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.’ (8) 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.”)

      Fleshly people are born of water in the womb. A child comes forth when the mother’s water breaks. “Born from above” is God’s spiritual miracle, it’s likened to the wind, we don’t understand where it came from nor where its going. The imputation of God’s spirit makes individuals His temple, “at one with and a child of God.”


John The Apostle, chapter 3

Tuesday, May 8th, 2018

To: “10,866 Churches of God” people desiring to be “At One with God.” 5/8/18, God’s 2nd month, Iyar23, 5778 until sunset.

     Remember Jesus said “we servants aren’t greater than our master.” (John 13:16-17; “I tell you the solemn truth, the slave is not greater than his master, nor is the one who is sent as a messenger greater than the one who sent him. If you understand these things, you will be blessed if you do them.”) Each apostle taught the same in principle and we observe now, that fleshly love as inherited from Adam “is truly waxing cold.”

(Mark 13:12; “Brother will hand over brother to death, and a father his child. Children will rise against parents and have them put to death. You, “followers of Jesus” will be hated by everyone because of My name. But the one who endures to the end will be saved.”

Denominationalist are dividers of societies and adultery has to do with the spiritual and physical. Persons promising obedience, “then going on to live the way that seems right to their fleshly mind, “are committing spiritual adultery.” (To profess a belief IN Jesus and “keep practicing what seems right to the fleshly mind is spiritual adultery.”) Believers IN must turn from what seems right to the fleshly mind “as God reveals His Way and Himself.” Seeking a denomination of choice is idolatry. Jesus revealed the same to His prophets of old.

(Mal 3:6-7; “Since, I, the Lord, do not go back on My promises, you, sons of Jacob, “spiritual Israelites - Christians” have not perished. From the days of your ancestors you have ignored My commandments and have not kept them! Return to Me, and I will return to you,” says the Lord who rules over all.”)

Sons of Jacob and all people deserve eternal death; “all have sinned.” However, God made promises to Abraham, regarding his heirs. Promising deliverance, righteous rule and peace on earth with Jesus as King of Kings. Just as God called, gave understanding to, showed mercy to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, His apostles and all Believers IN; “He has been calling out and showing mercy to people of each generation, for His name sake.” People led to see the benefit of His commandments are delighted to serve as Jesus’ ambassadors .

A love of God’s Way, ‘above all else’ must be gifted individually, in order to renounce Satan’s way. Remember Jesus’ Words through His apostle Paul.

(2Corinthians 4:3-11; “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. “But we “Believers IN” have this treasure in clay jars, so that the extraordinary power belongs to God and does not come from us. We “Christians” 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.”)

We put our bodies on line when we stand for Jesus’ Way. As we keep Jesus’ Sabbaths, unbelieving societies are keeping the sixth day, first day and “some even the seventh day erroneously when it isn‘t kept in love.” (Ask people living in Muslim dominated countries, in Protestant, Roman or Orthodox Catholic dominated countries, about their freedom.) Jesus’ apostles were persecuted and most killed because of their obedience to Jesus’ Way. In every age and place, we discover that the disobedient seem to live happy lives. Seem to be just as successful as they gain privileges through deceit. God understands that and is patient.

(Malachi 3:13-18; “You have criticized Me sharply,” says the Lord, “but you ask, ‘How have we criticized you?’ You have said, ‘It is useless to serve God. How have we been helped by keeping his requirements and going about like mourners before the Lord who rules over all? So now, we consider the arrogant to be happy; indeed, those who practice evil are successful. In fact, those who challenge God, escape!’ (16) Then those who respected the Lord spoke to one another, and the Lord took notice. A scroll was prepared before Him in which were recorded the names of those who respected the Lord and honored His Name. “They will belong to Me,” says the Lord who rules over all, “in the day when I prepare My own special property. I will spare them as a man spares his son who serves him. Then once more you will see that I make a distinction between the righteous and the wicked, between the one who serves God and the one who does not.”)

     How is it that Satan seems so successful? Disguises himself! Speaking of him, unbelievers and false teachers, Jesus’ apostle Paul explains.

(2Corinthians 11:13-15; “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. Therefore it is not surprising that his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness, whose end will correspond to their actions.”)

One day the world will know “people’s unbelief made it possible for Satan to became god of this world.”

John The Baptist.

     (John 1:6-11; “A man came, sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify about the Light, “Jesus” so that everyone might believe through Him. “Jesus.” He himself, “John” was not the Light, but he came to testify about the Light. The true Light, “Jesus” who gives light, “understanding” to everyone, was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was created by Him, “Jesus” but the world did not recognize Him, “Jesus” He came to what was His own, but His own people did not receive Him.”)

Jesus came to the Israelites He loved, but they did not recognize Him because they were deceived to think of the Messiah’s coming; “only as a savior for Israel.” One likened or similar to Moses. Prophecies about the whole world being blessed through Abraham’s Seed, the time of the gentiles and peace on earth were foreign to their thinking.

(John 1:12-13; “But to all who have received Him – those who believe IN His name – He has given the right to become God’s children. Children not born by human parents or by human desire or a husband’s decision, but by God.”)

Each follower of Jesus is, “because of God’s decision!” He gives the RIGHT to be “born from above” be. “spiritually begotten” “fathered” NOT as by chance or choice, “likened to a husband’s decision.”

(John 1:14; “Now the Word “Jesus” became flesh and took up residence among us. We saw His glory – the glory of the One and only, full of grace and truth, who came from the Father.”)

The Word, “Jesus” said; “let US make mankind in Our image.” He manifested Himself as the Son of God the Father, the Alpha and Omega and coming King of Kings. Jesus inspired David’s and His apostles’ prophesies telling about His Love for His People.

(John 1:15-18; “John ‘the Baptist’ testified about Him and shouted out, “This One was the One about whom I said, ‘He who comes after me is greater than I am, because He existed before me.’ For we have all received from His fullness one gracious gift after another. For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came about through Jesus Christ. (18) No one has ever seen God. The only one, Himself God, who is in closest fellowship with the Father, has made God known.)

JESUS makes God the Father known to us! Jesus’ characteristics are likened to the Fathers! Grace and truth now comes THROUGH God’s Son; Jesus.

(John 1:19-23; “Now this was John’s “the Baptist” testimony when the Jewish leaders sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, “Who are you?” He confessed – he did not deny but confessed – “I am not the Christ!” So they asked him, “Then who are you? Are you Elijah?” He said, “I am not!” Are you the Prophet? He answered, “No!” Then they said to him, “Who are you? Tell us so that we can give an answer to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself? (23) John said, “I am the voice of one shouting in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way for the Lord,’ as Isaiah the prophet said.”)

The Baptist was quoting from Isaiah 40:3. John’s father was a priest and John knew the scriptures. John and Jesus are cousins. People were spirit led to be attentive to John the Baptist and so jealousness was real among the Pharisees and Sadducees.

John The Apostle, chapter 2

Monday, May 7th, 2018

John The Apostle, chapter 2

To: “10,847 Churches of God” people desiring to be “At One with God.” 5/7/18, God’s 2nd month, Iyar22, 5778 until sunset.

      We’re compelled to write about repentance. Followers of Jesus need to know that Godly repentance is; “a turning from our inherited from Adam nature to Jesus‘ nature. It’s what Passover and the week of Unleavened Bread is about. (Leavening representing that which puffs up, and sin.) Time to individually examine ourselves in Jesus’ Light: “put away that which isn’t genuine with God‘s help.” Things, that hinder worshiping in spirit and truth. When God calls, opens understanding and reveals Himself, “shortcomings in our inherited nature is also revealed.” Repentance is about dying with Jesus and living in the gifted nature of Jesus. Our inherited from Adam nature must be reborn as in “born from above - fathered by God. He reveals and calls individually, “correcting as a fleshly father should his children.” (Reveals that we inherited a nature that’s instinctively self serving.) Our inherited nature is such that desire others to perceive us “our character” as we would have them to. Thus we are natural hypocrites in our fleshly nature. We must work on that inherited flaw. Jesus inspired His apostle Paul to teach it.

     (1Corinthians 6:9-11; “Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived! The sexually immoral, idolaters, adulterers, passive homosexual partners, practicing homosexuals, thieves, the greedy, drunkards, the verbally abusive, and swindlers will not inherit the kingdom of God. Some of you once lived this way. But you, “repentant followers of Jesus’ were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name ‘nature’ of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.”)

       When God the Father and God the Son are revealed and we gifted with an internal desire to worship in spirit and truth, “we’re led to be immersed in Jesus’ Way.” Led to turn from the way that seemed right to our inherited fleshly nature, to the spiritual nature of Jesus’ love.

      We think it good to go through one biblical book or letter at a time. The last few weeks and today we’re teaching in what’s called, “sermon format.” Hopefully our teaching is encouraging to many who find themselves as merchandise to denominations. We do plan to go through the book of John. Remember when two are more are assembled in Jesus’ name, “nature” He is present.

      At the beginning of John’s good news, “gospel” book, he introduces Jesus. Unbelievers don’t perceive Jesus’ deity as John introduced Him.

      (John 1:1-5; “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was fully God. The Word was with God in the beginning. All things were created by Him, and apart from Him not one thing was created that has been created. In him was “IS’ life, and the life was the light of mankind. And the light shines on in the darkness, but the darkness has not mastered it.”) Jesus was with God the Father when the universe was created. Jesus is fully God. Through and by Jesus all things were created, He is the life and light to the world.

      Jesus’ apostle John may have been the only apostle not killed for being a follower of Jesus. He was persecuted and put on an island called Patmos, because of the word of God and the testimony about Jesus. John, Peter and James witnessed Jesus’ transfiguration that represented His kingdom.

       (Mark 9:1-8; And Jesus said to them, “I tell you the truth, there are some standing here who will not experience death before they see the kingdom of God come with power. Six days later Jesus took with Him Peter, James, and John and led them alone up a high mountain privately. And He was transfigured before them and his clothes became radiantly white, more so than any launderer in the world could bleach them. Then Moses and Elijah also appeared before them, talking with Jesus. So Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here. If you want, I will make three shelters – one for You, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” While he was still speaking, a bright cloud overshadowed them and a voice from the cloud said, “This is My One dear Son, in whom I take great delight. Listen to Him!” When the disciples heard this, they were overwhelmed with fear and threw themselves down with their faces to the ground. But Jesus came and touched them. “Get up,” He said. “Do not be afraid.” When they looked up, all they saw was Jesus alone.”)

      Believers IN understand our Creator’s awesomeness to the degree that He chooses to reveal! We’re taught that God and other spirit beings can transfigure themselves physically and God can create from nothing!” Moses and Elijah were NOT born immortal, but when God chose, He gifted them with His spirit ’immortality.’ (Fathered them, making each at one with Himself.) These will be in the first resurrection. These witnessed Jesus’ kingdom, with Moses and Elijah in their glorified form, conversing with Jesus and one another. They witnessed God the Father saying, “this is My Son.”

      Matthew recorded Jesus saying; (For what does it benefit a person if he gains the whole world but forfeits his life? Or what can a person give in exchange for his life? For the Son of Man will come with His angels in the glory of His Father, and then He will reward each person according to what he has done. I tell you the truth, there are some standing here who will not experience death before they see the Son of Man coming in His kingdom.” Matt 16:26-28)

      Jesus’ kingdom IS a literal governing authority on earth. Assisting Jesus in positions of His choosing “will be His Prophets, apostles and Saints; including Elijah and Moses.” These will be in the resurrection and rule with Jesus. John and Paul particularly were spirit led to explain Jesus’ deity and works from the foundation of the world. (See Col 1:15-20 from last study.)

      The solar system, planet earth and all living beings are Jesus’ creation. Mankind is created in His image and likeness. Not only is Jesus, Creator; He’s the Architect and knows the unfolding of events to the end. Thus, Jesus revealed future events, including God the Father coming down with New Jerusalem to John. Giving the very dimensions. (See Revelations 21:)

      This Jesus isn’t taught by worldly religions! He foreknew how He would be misrepresented and Mark recorded His Words.

      (Mark 13:3-8; “So while Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives opposite the temple, Peter, James, John, and Andrew asked Him privately, (no parable here) “Tell us, when will these things happen? And what will be the sign that all these things are about to take place?” Jesus began to say to them, “Watch out that no one misleads you. Many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am He’ and they will mislead many. you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed. These things must happen, but the end is still to come. For nation will rise up in arms against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places, and there will be famines. These are but the beginning of birth pains.”)

      The upheavals unfolding are painful, “likened to a woman’s birth pains.” World problems are the result of people turning from the Ways of God to lawless practices ‘sin.’ (Practices that honor pagan gods and ignores times holy to our Creator and His followers are “sin against God.”)

      To His apostles particularly, Jesus said. (Mark 13:9; “You must watch out for yourselves. You will be handed over to councils and beaten in the synagogues. You will stand before governors and kings because of Me, as a witness to them.”) That doesn’t mean other followers are exempt.

       We have the records of Believers’ persecutions and John told us why he was put on the island of Patmos.

       (Mark 13:10-11; “First the gospel must be preached to all nations. When they arrest you and hand you over for trial, do not worry about what to speak. But say whatever is given you at that time, for it is not you speaking, but the Holy Spirit.”)

       It’s prophesied that two witnesses are to tell Jesus’ good news, prophecy, interfere with the weather and be killed for their testimony. People will rejoice over their death. Through them, Jesus’ good news will go out with power. (Study Revelations 11:)

      Unbelievers are brainwashed, believing the theory of evolution. Not understanding that Jesus’ re-creating this earth less than six thousand years age, from it’s shape, emptiness and darkness “caused by a previous flood.” Created animal life and then mankind, “putting in man His and the Father’s likeness, ability to plan, create, procreate and develop moral standards.” The Lord God ‘Jesus’ had purpose in commanding them not to eat from the tree of  knowledge of good and evil.

      (Gen 2:16-17; Then the Lord God commanded the man, “You may freely eat fruit from every tree of the orchard, but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will surely die.”)

       Because we’re created in God’s image and for His purpose, “we need to rely on Him for knowledge of what’s right, wrong, good and evil.” (Doing otherwise is idolatry; which ultimately results in eternal death.) Thankfully, Creator Jesus came in the flesh “as the Lamb of God” shed His blood so sin could be remitted to all who believe IN Him.

John The Apostle, chapter 1

Saturday, May 5th, 2018

To: “10,803 Churches of God” people desiring to be “At One with God.” 5/5/18, God’s 2nd month, Iyar20, 5778 until sunset.

      God the Father and God the Son’s primary characteristic is love. God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son. John 3:16. (1John 3:16-17; “We have come to know love by this: that Jesus laid down His life for us; thus we ought to lay down our lives for our fellow Christians. But whoever has the world’s possessions and sees his fellow Christian in need and shuts off his compassion against him, how can the love of God reside in such a person?”)

      It was a loving act when the Lord God ‘Jesus’ created mankind in His image and likeness to ultimately be gifted with His spiritual likeness. “Be family; literal children of God the Father.” When the Lord God flooded this earth long before re-creating it, animals and mankind: He was looking forward to His bringing peace, security, righteous judgment, binding Satan and much more.

      Jesus’ miraculous fleshly birth was an act of love, thus the Baptist could say; “ (Matt 3:11-12; “I baptize you with water, for repentance, but the One coming after me is more powerful than I am – I am not worthy to carry His sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fork is in His hand, and He will clean out His threshing floor and will gather His wheat into the storehouse, but the chaff He will burn up with inextinguishable fire.”) Chaff represents people unwilling to believe IN and repent, His wheat are the called repentant who desire to be at one with Him.

       An angel appeared to Mary’s husband to be, ‘Joseph’  and shared Isaiah’s prophecy regarding Ahaz who didn’t want to put the Lord to test, so Isaiah said; (Isa 7:22-23; “This all happened so that what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet would be fulfilled: “Look! The virgin will conceive and bear a Son, and they will call him Emmanuel,” which means “God with us.”

      (Matt1:24-25; When Joseph awoke from sleep he did what the angel of the Lord told him. He took his wife, but did not have marital relations with her until she gave birth to a Son, whom he named Jesus.”)

      John the Baptist’s birth was also miraculous.

      (Luke 1:13-17; But the angel said, “Do not be afraid, Zechariah, for your prayer has been heard, and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son; you will name him John. Joy and gladness will come to you, and many will rejoice at his birth, for he will be great in the sight of the Lord. He must never drink wine or strong drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit, even before his birth. He will turn many of the people of Israel to the Lord their God. (17) And he will go as forerunner before the Lord in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers back to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready for the Lord a people prepared for Him.”) Called out predestined repentant people, have been prepared for Jesus.

      (Luke 1:34-45; Mary said to the angel, “How will this be, since I have not had sexual relations with a man?” The angel replied, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore the child to be born will be holy; He will be called the Son of God. (36) “And look, your relative Elizabeth has also become pregnant with a son in her old age – although she was called barren, she is now in her sixth month! For nothing will be impossible with God.” So Mary said, “Yes, I am a servant of the Lord; let this happen to me according to your word.” Then the angel departed from her.

      (Luke 1:39-45; In those days Mary got up and went hurriedly into the hill country, to a town of Judah, and entered Zechariah’s house and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her132 womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. She exclaimed with a loud voice, “Blessed are you among women and blessed is the child in your womb! (43) And who am I that the mother of my Lord should come and visit me? For the instant the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. And blessed is she who believed that what was spoken to her by the Lord would be fulfilled.”)

       Zachariah, Elizabeth, Mary and Joseph were descendents of Aaron and David. All these events were and Jesus’ second coming is predestined.

       Creator, re-Creator, Sustainer and coming King of Kings ‘Jesus’ with God His Father has pre-planned it all, prophesied it through Abraham, Moses and other prophets.    

       Jesus’ Supremacy was revealed to His apostles, “Paul proclaimed.”

      (Colossians 1:15-20; He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation, for all things in heaven and on earth were created by Him – all things, whether visible or invisible, whether thrones or dominions, whether principalities or powers – all things were created through Him and for Him. He Himself is before all things and all things are held together in Him. (18) He is the head of the body, the church, as well as the beginning, the firstborn from among the dead, so that He Himself may become first in all things. For God ’the Father’ was pleased to have all His fullness dwell in the Son. and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself by making peace through the blood of His cross – through Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven.”)

      Jesus loved His apostles, loves us and the world; “but He had a special relationship with His apostle John.” For proclaiming the Word of God and Jesus’ testimony John was confined to the island of Patmos.

      (Revelations 1:9-11; “I, John, your brother and the one who shares with you in the persecution, kingdom, and endurance that are in Jesus, was on the island called Patmos because of the word of God and the testimony about Jesus. (10) I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s Day when I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet, saying: “Write in a book what you see and send it to the seven churches – to Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea.”) Theologians and translators would have us believe the “Lord’s Day” to be the first day of the week; if so, “it certainly wouldn’t have been named after the sun and called Sunday.” Jerusalem will be under siege before Jesus’ returns and He tells us flee the persecution.

     (Matt 24:20-22; “Pray that your flight may not be in winter or on a Sabbath. For then there will be great suffering unlike anything that has happened from the beginning of the world until now, or ever will happen. And if those days had not been cut short, no one would be saved. But for the sake of the Elect those days will be cut short.”) Scriptural evidence indicate  more so that the Sabbath is the Lord’s Day.

        Jesus’ revelations to John is that he write in a book what he sees and sent to the seven churches: “obey, overcome - conquer to the end is each letter’s primary admonition.” Each letter either mentions seven stars or seven lampstands. (Rev 1::20; The mystery of the seven stars that you saw in My right hand and the seven golden lampstands is this: The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches and the seven lampstands are the seven churches.” Study these seven letters.

      Jesus walks among His seven churches, compliments for not tolerating evil, testing those calling themselves apostles, but are not. Admonishes not to leave their first love. Compliments for recognizing those claiming to be Jews ’Christian’ but are not. Advises that the devil is allowed to put some in prison that they may be tested. Ones overcoming to the end won’t be harmed by the second death. Don’t follow Balaam nor the Nicolaitians’ teaching, sacrifices to demons and sexual immorality. Jesus describes Himself as the Son of God, whose eyes are like fiery flame and feet like polished bronze.

      Some are admonished for tolerating Jezebel who calls herself a prophetess, deceiving to commit sexual immorality and sacrificing to idols. Promising to strike her followers with deadly diseases. Promising to punish for bad deeds. From the One who holds the seven spirits of God and the seven stars: I know your deeds, your reputation that you are alive, but in reality you are dead. Remember what you received and heard, obey and repent, or I will come like a thief against you. I the True One, hold the key of David, I open doors that no one can shut and shut doors no one can open: I know your deeds. I know ones with little strength, you that have obeyed My word and not denied My name. I am going to make those from the synagogue of Satan, who say they are Jews “Christian’ but are lying, come and bow at your feet and acknowledge that I have loved you.

        To each Jesus says; “he that has an ear had better here what the spirit says to the churches.

God’s Truth Explored, chapter 22 of 22

Thursday, May 3rd, 2018

To: “10,744 Churches of God” people desiring to be “At One with God.” 5/3/18, God’s 2nd month, Iyar18, 5778 until sunset.

      Almighty God: please make us individually mindful that we’re called out and siblings with one another. We’re chosen to be Your family, You impute Your spirit to whom You will and command that we love one another. Please give we each a compelling desire to love You and each other. Asking in the name and nature of Jesus. AMEN.

       When we pay attention to so called scientist, physicists, agnostics and atheists, we discover each berates the other’s logic. They enjoy debates to demonstrate intellect, “neither concludes valid points of the other.” Their in common logic is, “objection to the notion of a Creator God.” Rejecting God’s “kind after kind law” with a gradual mutational change theory over millions of years even though they can’t point to a single change occurring. They and even biblical scholars reject creation on the basis of archeological digs and so called carbon dating. Assuming God’s biblical account of creation written by Moses from revelation and sources less than six thousand years ago is saying, “God created the earth and all living in six days.” This isn’t to say God couldn’t: “all things are possible.” (See Matt 19:24) We have three biblical witnesses stating that Jesus is Creator and Sustainer of all things. (See John 1:1-5, Colossians 1:15-20 and Hebrews 1:1-4 - better the whole chapter. 

        The Genesis creation account is clearly Jesus’ re-creation. (Gen 1:2; “Now the earth was without shape and empty, and darkness was over the surface of the watery deep, but the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the water.”) This earth had been flooded, without shape, empty and dark. All sorts of living things had existed before: “pick any number of years.” Jesus’ deeds proved Himself to be “re-Creator” creating aged wine from water, feeding thousands from a basket of fish and bread, walking on water, re-creating life and physically resurrecting Lazarus and healing diseases, making the healed whole. Through His apostles Jesus did even greater miracles.   

      Until God the Father and God the Son, “Jesus” is revealed, individually, we think fleshly. The religious majorities think fleshly when they decide to join denominations of choice. Why and how so? (It’s not in our fleshly inherited nature to grasp God’s spiritual teachings until He chooses to reveal Himself.) Remember in our last study, we considered Jesus’ Words recorded at Matthew 10: and 24: “discussed that denying Him was more than speaking words of denial, but had to do with practices.” Jesus said, “Whoever denies Me before people, I will deny him also before My Father in heaven.” (IN fleshly people’s minds; “denying Jesus means, to think and perhaps say, that all this talk about what Jesus did and why He came is not true.”) Such fleshly thinking misses Jesus’ point! Jesus’ point is: “failure to practice My Righteous Ways before people is to deny Me!” In fact; “to practice life styles contrary to Jesus’ approval is to practice lawlessness, “sin!” WHY true? Because Jesus is the law giver and only He has the authority to tell us what’s right, wrong, good and evil. What God considers lawless is, “sin.” Jesus inspired His apostle John to explain.

      (1John 3:4-8; “Everyone who practices sin also practices lawlessness; indeed, sin is lawlessness. (sin & lawlessness are one and the same in the only view that matters) (5) And you know that Jesus was “is” revealed to take away sins, “lawlessness” and in Him there is no sin. Everyone who resides in Him does not “practice” sin; everyone who “practices” sin has neither seen Him nor known Him. Little children, let no one deceive you: The one who practices righteousness is righteous, just as Jesus is righteous. (8) The one who practices sin is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was (IS) revealed: to destroy the works of the devil.”)

       Jesus through John is speaking of, “practicing sin.” NOT a slip of the tongue or entertaining a selfish thought! Jesus is speaking of turning from practices, He deems, “lawless - sinful.” (For us to do that, “Jesus must be revealed to us individually.”) We can’t make another person understand Jesus’ Way and planned purpose for sacrificing Himself, “for the remission of sin!” (LOVE was and is Jesus’ purpose) He explains through John.

      (John 3:16;“For this is the way God loved the world: He gave His one and only Son, so that everyone who believes IN Him will not perish but have eternal life.”)

       Believing in Jesus is to have confident faith in His promises, to the degree that we delightful obey. If we are spirit led to study these words, we should understand that an individual cannot practice Jesus’ righteousness and practice demonic lawlessness at the same time. John continues.

      (3:17-21; “For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world should be saved through Him. The one who believes in Him is not condemned. The one who does not believe has been condemned already, because he has not believed IN the name of the One and only Son of God. Now this is the basis for judging: that the Light has come into the world and people loved the darkness rather than the Light, because their deeds were evil For everyone who does evil deeds hates the Light and does not come to the Light, so that their deeds will not be exposed. But the one who practices the truth comes to the light, so that it may be plainly evident that his deeds have been done in God.”)

       In other words, “when Jesus is revealed to our minds, practicing His righteousness is TO BE AT ONE with Him, spiritually and mentally.” (Why is Jesus revealed to an individual? To destroy the works of the devil in that ones life!) Satan wants us to practice unbelief: (that is, “practice what’s sinful in God‘s view.”) Jesus’ command, “that we walk in His Light, live as He lived.”

      Professing Christians say, “find a church-congregation of your choice.” God says, “turn to and wait on Me.” God’s words through His apostles and prophets all agree. “Turn to Me with all your hearts.” “If you love Me, keep My commandments.” Through His prophet Joel, Jesus teaches.

      (Joel 2:12-14; “Yet even now,” the Lord says, “return to Me with all your heart–with fasting, weeping, and mourning. Tear your hearts, not just your garments!” Return to the Lord your God, for He is merciful and compassionate, slow to anger and boundless in loyal love – often relenting from calamitous punishment. (14) Who knows? Perhaps He will be compassionate and grant a reprieve and leave blessing in His wake – a meal offering and a drink offering for you to offer to the Lord your God!”)

      A contrite repentant mind is the offering God wants. He gives the desire that we may offer “give back” praise to Him!

      (“My hand made them; that is how they came to be,” says the Lord. I show special favor to the humble and contrite, who respect what I have to say.” Isaiah 66:2)

      (Joel 2:15-16; “Blow the trumpet in Zion. Announce a holy fast; proclaim a sacred assembly! Gather the people; sanctify “set aside” an assembly! Gather the elders; gather the children and the nursing infants. Let the bridegroom come out from his bedroom and the bride from her private quarters. Let the priests, those who serve the Lord, weep from the vestibule “from your inner being” all the way back to the altar. Let them say, “Have pity, O Lord, on your people; please do not turn over your inheritance to be mocked, to become a proverb among the nations. Why should it be said among the peoples, “Where is their God?”)

       It’s what the world is saying today, “but not for long” is our prayer. May we be led to sincerely seek, God’s Way.

      It’s a fact; “God is allowing Satan to be the god of this age for His own purpose.” As pointed out in our last study; the god of this world enjoys chaos. Practicing Jesus’ righteousness requires spiritually gifted stamina: God reveals; “many are called but few chosen.” (see Matt 22:14)

       God know us, individually! He promises not to put on us more than we can endure. God has a loving plan for His people, “even for many who aren’t called in this age!”

      (Malachi 3:2-5; “Who can endure the day of His coming? Who can keep standing when He appears? For He will be like a refiner’s fire, like a launderer’s soap. He will act like a refiner and purifier of silver and will cleanse the Levites and refine them like gold and silver. Then they will offer the Lord a proper offering. “A contrite heart and repentant mind.“ (4) The offerings of Judah and Jerusalem will be pleasing to the Lord as in former times and years past. (5) “I will come to you in judgment. I will be quick to testify against those who practice divination, those who commit adultery, those who break promises, and those who exploit workers, widows, and orphans, who refuse to help the immigrant and in this way show they do not fear Me,” says the Lord who rules over all.”)

      Unbelieving people’s way of living is, “the practice of lawlessness in God’s view, “sin” it’s proof they do not know and love their Creator.