The Gospel, chapter 16

To: “In Resident Churches of God, all Saints” grace and peace from our God. 10/26/18, God‘s 8th month, Chestven 17, 5779 until sunset.

      As noted in an earlier study, many fuss over the appropriate name for our Creator God. Let’s review: (Exodus 3:13-15; Moses said to God, “If I go to the Israelites and tell them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you’ and they ask me, ‘What is His name?’ – what should I say to them?” (14) God said to Moses, “I am that I am.” And He said, “You must say this to the Israelites, ‘I am has sent me to you.’” God also said to Moses, “You must say this to the Israelites, ‘The Lord – the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, God of Isaac, God of Jacob – has sent me to you. This is My name forever, and this is My memorial from generation to generation.’)

      This may seem overly simplified, the point is “there’s only one God” Today, tomorrow and forever, God’s memorial will be, “He is the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob” “the I Am That I Am.” When Satan is bound and people realize God’s name parallels with Hebrews 1: and Colossians 1:15-20, divisions will be erased.    

      Jesus’ good news’ coming was prophesied by Moses, almost all the prophets and Jesus personally is so much more awesome than religious denominations assume. When Jesus’ apostle Paul was witnessing to King Agrippa and Festus, Festus exclaimed loudly, “You have lost your mind, Paul! Your great learning is driving you insane!” (Acts 26:24; Paul replied, “I pray to God that whether in a short or a long time not only you but also all those who are listening to me today could become such as I am, except for these chains.”) All followers of Jesus wish everyone could be as they. The awesomeness of God and His plan for His creation is revealed to called out Believers IN. Paul told the people of his Damascus experience; how he had persecuted Believers IN Jesus and then his faith in Jesus. (For example, unbelieving Christians, “think we Believers IN have lost our minds when we speak of resurrections, “as in more than one” equitable judgment, this earth being filled with knowledge of God without demonic interruptions, Israelites being miraculously restored to the borders God promised Abraham’s descendents, peace on earth under the rule of Jesus and His Saints, Satan’s release after one thousand years to go out and deceive again, ultimately to be destroyed, a second death for unbelievers, New Jerusalem’s coming down and God the Father demonstrating oneness with God the Son.)

       Jesus being our Creator is camouflaged by professing Christian denominations, (Review John 1:1-5, Colossians 1:15-20, Hebrews 1:, 7:, & 2 Peter 1:15-21) The Son of God and Creator willingly came, “to be born human, experience persecutions, overcome the flesh, practice living without sin, and shed His blood, “life” for the sins of this world’s people!

      Jesus demonstrated His Re-Creative and creative attributes while living in the flesh, making water into aged wine, restoring leprosy sufferers, feeding thousands by re-creating food, calming a stormy sea and resurrecting Lazarus to a renewed physical life after being dead four days. This same Jesus has promised to return with power and do away with unrighteousness. We Believers IN are expected to practice overcoming and be obedient to Jesus as He was to His Father. Jesus the revelator, revealed to His apostle John and John recorded for our learning.

       (Revelations 21:5-8; “And the one seated on the throne “Jesus” said: “Look! I am making all things new!” Then He “Jesus” said to me, “Write it down, because these words are reliable and true.” He also said to me, “It is done! (It has been preplanned and is absolute.) I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the one who is thirsty I will give water free of charge from the spring of the water of life. The one who conquers (overcomes the inherited from Adam sin nature through faith in ME.) will inherit these things, and I will be his God and he will be My son. (8) But to the cowards, unbelievers, detestable persons, murderers, the sexually immoral, and those who practice magic spells, idol worshipers, and all those who lie, their place will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur. That is the second death.”) Preplanned and absolute!

       Deceiver, “Satan” who influenced people before the flood, led the ungodly Egyptians and those who lived in Sodom & Gomorra, is the god of this world. He wants our belief system to be likened to his own. A system setting an unbelieving agenda, intents and thoughts! A belief nature that wants to make ourselves little gods.

       Know this, “when one or more of Satan’s lies is believed” God’s truth is camouflaged. One day people will practice living according to “what seem right.” (Demonic lies shape people’s lives, thoughts and intents of the heart.) We each need God’s supernatural intervention, “be born again” in order to overcome our inherited nature pulls. We must know that the god of this age is always “likened to a roaring lion.” (“Your enemy the devil, like a roaring lion, is on the prowl looking for someone to devour. Resist him, strong in your faith, because you know that your brothers and sisters throughout the world are enduring the same kinds of suffering. And, after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace who called you to his eternal glory in Christ will Himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. To Him belongs the power forever. Amen.” 1 Peter 5:8-11)

       Our Creator, “Jesus” knows each of us much better than we can possibly know ourselves. We each need to examine ourselves in His Light. We each need to ask, “Are we a go along to get along denominationalist people?” Jesus revealed that He as our High Priest, “appointed long before Aaron’s appointment and in similar fashion.” Aaron and his son’s served as forerunners - foreshadowing Jesus’ High Priest position. When led to believe IN Jesus, we desire to be like Him. “When we examine ourselves in His Light, we see our inherited flaws, motivated by self serving concerns.” (“Although Jesus was a Son, He learned obedience through the things He suffered. And by being perfected in this way, He became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey Him, and He was designated by God as high priest in the order of Melchizedek.” Hebrews 5:8-10)

      Melchizedek is first mentioned in the fourteenth chapter of Genesis. He was serving as king of Salem and Priest of the Most High God. He blessed Abram, saying, “Blessed be Abram by the Most High God, Creator of heaven and earth. Worthy of praise is the Most High God, who delivered your enemies into your hand.” Abram gave Melchizedek a tenth of everything. (In Psalm 110: the Lord declares that the Davidic king is a royal priest after the pattern of Melchizedek.) The good news “gospel” is about the king of kings bringing peace on earth, likened to a royal priest. God’s ruling Israel through priest, “the last being Samuel” was a foreshadowing of Jesus’ Melchizedek order when He returns.

       (Heb 5:11-14; “On this topic we have much to say and it is difficult to explain, since you have become sluggish in hearing. For though you should in fact be teachers by this time, you need someone to teach you the beginning elements of God’s utterances. You have gone back to needing milk, not solid food. (13) For everyone who lives on ’spiritual’ milk is inexperienced in the message of righteousness, because he is an infant. But solid food is for the mature, whose perceptions are trained by practice to discern both good and evil.”)

       We need to live and practice, as submitting to God’s training, “so we may have Jesus’ discernment about right, wrong, good and evil. (We can’t know what’s spiritually right, wrong, good and evil, while in our fleshly condition, which is hostile to the God of Creation. As Satan coached Eve to decide for herself, but we need to be preparing our minds and spirit to be conformed to Jesus’ millennial government. (think on it)

       The apostate religions of this world, claiming to serve Jesus’ cause are likened to prostitutes and in fact are as crucifying Jesus all over again! Teaching and practicing traditions of men, rather than yielding to God’s Way.

       (Heb 6:1-2; “Therefore we “Believers IN” must progress beyond the elementary instructions about Christ and move on to maturity, not laying this foundation again: (Teach Jesus as He manifest Himself to be in scripture, namely John 1:1-5, Colossians 1:15-20, Hebrews 1:, 7: and in the book of Genesis.) “repentance from dead works” (Turn from works of the flesh and seek His truth.) and “faith in God” (Believe IN His promises.) 6:2 “teaching about baptisms,” (Teach living as being immerse in Jesus and judgment, the baptism of fire.) “laying on of hands” (Demonstrate faith by yielding to spiritual authority.) “resurrection of the dead” (Teach God’s power to give life to the dead.) and “eternal judgment.” (Teach the end time judgment is spelled out at Revelations 21:8)

       (Heb 6:3-6; “And this is what we “Believers IN” intend to do, if God permits. For it is impossible in the case of those who have once been enlightened, tasted the heavenly gift, become partakers of the Holy Spirit, tasted the good word of God and the miracles of the coming age, and then have committed apostasy, (the renunciation of God’s Way - knowingly, rebelliously practice paganism.) to renew them again to repentance, since they are crucifying the Son of God for themselves all over again and holding Him up to contempt.”)

       Committing an unpardonable sin was once a topic of much discussion. Death bed confessions are popular among many professing Christians. Once enlightened we need to pray for the strength to never turn back!

       (Heb 6:7-12; “For the ground that has soaked up the rain that frequently falls on it and yields useful vegetation for those who tend it receives a blessing from God. But if it produces thorns and thistles, it is useless and about to be cursed; its fate is to be burned. (9) But in your case, dear friends, even though we speak like this, we are convinced of better things relating to salvation. For God is not unjust so as to forget your work and the love you have demonstrated for His name, in having served and continuing to serve the Saints. (11) But we passionately want each of you to demonstrate the same eagerness for the fulfillment of your hope until the end, so that you may not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and perseverance inherit the promises.”)

        The Patriarchs who lived by knowing faith, is whose examples God has preserved.

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