The Gospel, chapter 17

To: “In Resident Churches of God, all Saints” grace and peace from our God. 10/27/18, God‘s 8th month, Chestven 18, 5779 until sunset.

      Unbelievers don’t seem to know “the God of the old and new testaments are one and the same.” The Lord God of Enoch, Noah, Abraham, the twelve apostles and each Believer IN is Creator Jesus. Three inspired scriptural truths are. (John 1:1-5, Colossians 1:15-29 & Heb 1:) The Son of God is, “the I AM that I AM” (Study Exodus 2 and 3.) He preplanned a Re-Creation of planet earth after flooding and destroying what’s called pre-historic life. Prepared it for new life, particularly mankind’s, made in their image and likeness. He may have repositioned the stars, sun and moon to compliment His new creations, separating years, seasons, day and night for their needs. According to biblical chronology He created humankind less than 6,000 years ago.

        (Gen 1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.) (Since there’s no beginning and ending with God, this first verse should read, “in a beginning, not “the.” Scripture does identifies several new beginnings.

      (Gen 1:2;2) Now the earth was without shape and empty, darkness was over the surface of the watery deep, but the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the water.) Planet earth existed in disarray, because of a previous flooding. Next He’s speaking of a re-creation. 

       (Gen 1:3-5; God said, “Let there be light.” And there was light! God saw that the light was good, so God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light “day” and the darkness “night.” There was evening, and there was morning, marking the first day.) Earth to complete one turn on its axis making one full day. Study the whole taking into account, “kind after kind.”

       (Gen 1:6-8; God said, “Let there be an expanse in the midst of the waters and let it separate water from water. “Clouds from sea and oceans.” So God made the expanse and separated the water under the expanse from the water above it. It was so. God called the expanse “sky.” There was evening, and there was morning, a second day.”

      (Gen 1:9-10; God said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place and let dry ground appear.” It was so. God called the dry ground “land” and the gathered waters “seas.” God saw that it was good.

       (Gen 1:11-13; God said, “Let the land produce vegetation: plants yielding seeds according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds.” It was so. The land produced vegetation – plants yielding seeds according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. God saw that it was good. There was evening, and there was morning, a third day.

       (Gen 1:14-19; God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them be signs to indicate seasons and days and years and let them serve as lights in the expanse of the sky to give light on the earth.” It was so. God made two great lights – the greater light to rule over the day and the lesser light to rule over the night. He made the stars also. God placed the lights in the expanse of the sky to shine on the earth, to preside over the day and the night and to separate the light from the darkness. God saw that it was good. There was evening and there was morning, a fourth day.

       (Gen 1:20-23; God said, “Let the water swarm with swarms of living creatures and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the sky.” God created the great sea creatures and every living and moving thing with which the water swarmed, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. God saw that it was good. God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the water in the seas, and let the birds multiply on the earth.” There was evening, and there was morning, a fifth day.

        (Gen 1:24-25; God said, “Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: cattle, creeping things, and wild animals, each according to its kind.” It was so. God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the cattle according to their kinds, and all the creatures that creep along the ground according to their kinds. God saw that it was good.

       (Gen 1:26; Then God said, “Let us make humankind in our image, after our likeness, so they may rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move on the earth.”

       (Gen 1:27; God created humankind in His own image, in the image of God He created them, male and female He created them.)

       His purpose and plans are loving. God is love. God the Father and God the Son planned The Way in which humankind could inherit eternal life. The Noah day flood was a new beginning. Calling and making His awesome promises to Abraham was a new beginning. The Son of God’s sacrifice for the remission of sin was and is the ultimate New Beginning.

      (Heb 6:13-15; “Now when God made His promise to Abraham, since He could swear by no one greater, He swore by Himself, saying, “Surely I will bless you greatly and multiply your descendants abundantly.” And so by persevering, Abraham inherited the promise. (Jesus too persevered in that He learned from the things He suffered.)

      (Heb 6:16-29; For people swear by something greater than themselves, and the oath serves as a confirmation to end all dispute. In the same way God wanted to demonstrate more clearly to the heirs of the promise that His purpose was unchangeable, and so He intervened with an oath, so that we who have found refuge in Him may find strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us through two unchangeable things, (1) since it is impossible for God to lie. We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, sure and steadfast, which reaches inside behind the curtain, (2) where Jesus our forerunner entered on our behalf, since He became a priest forever in the order of Melchizedek.”)

      Our trust must be in Jesus, our desire must be to serve as He served and yield to Him as He yielded to God the Father. Though all power was given to Jesus, He never thought to usurp power or insert a will differing from His Father’s. (Study Philippians 2:)

       Now Satan and his followers are the opposite. The holy scriptures teach us that Satan thought highly of himself. God inspired Isaiah to share Satan’s outlook and gave us to understand the power God is allowing him to have.

       (Isa 14:12-16; “Look how you have fallen from the sky, O shining one, son of the dawn! You have been cut down to the ground, O conqueror of the nations! You said to yourself, “I will climb up to the sky. Above the stars of El (authority of our Creator) I will set up my throne. I will rule on the mountain of assembly on the remote slopes of Zaphon. I will climb up to the tops of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High!” But you ’Satan’ were brought down to Sheol, to the remote slopes of the pit. Those who see you stare at you, they look at you carefully, thinking: “Is this the man who shook the earth, the one who made kingdoms tremble?”)

      Likewise, Satan’s followers think to usurp authority, change times and devise spiritually idolatrous customs that cause people to error. Let us pray to have a mind like Jesus.’ Jesus inspired Paul to instruct us to be lovingly different.

      (Philippians 2:4-11; “Each of you should be concerned not only about your own interests, but about the interests of others as well. You should have the same attitude toward one another that Christ Jesus had, who though He existed in the form of God did not regard equality with God as something to be grasped, “as Satan and his followers do” but emptied Himself by taking on the form of a slave, by looking like other men, and by ’lovinglysharing in human nature. He humbled Himself, by becoming obedient to the point of death – even death on a cross! As a result God exalted Him and gave Him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow – in heaven and on earth and under the earth – and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.”)

       To believe IN Jesus, as the Creator Son of God, is to believe IN God the Father. Spiritually adulterous people committing to the apostate Jude wrote about, “went about changing God’s calendar, appropriated a paganism mix with Judaism and called it Christian. They still persecute genuine followers of Jesus who worship Him as the Son of God and Judaism. Christendom can’t understand “God’s name is a family name.”

       (1John 3:1-3; (See what sort of love the Father has given to us: that we should be called God’s children – and indeed we are! For this reason the world does not know us: because it did not know Him. Dear friends, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet been revealed. We know that whenever it is revealed we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is. And everyone who has this hope focused on Him purifies himself, just as Jesus is pure).”)

       We followers of Jesus are “now in God’s family” and it’s He that gives us the desire to be like Him.

      (Philippians 2:12-16; “So then, my dear friends, just as you have always obeyed, not only in my presence but even more in my absence, continue working out your salvation with awe and reverence, (13) for the One bringing forth in you both the desire and the effort – for the sake of His good pleasure – is God. Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may be blameless and pure, children of God without blemish though you live in a crooked and perverse society, in which you shine as lights in the world by holding on to the Word of Life so that on the day of Christ I will have a reason to boast that I did not run in vain nor labor in vain.”) (We Believers IN aren’t considered slaves but friends - owners.)

        (Gal 4:1-7; “Now I mean that the heir, as long as he is a minor, is no different from a slave, though he is the owner of everything. But he is under guardians and managers until the date set by his father. So also we, when we were minors, were enslaved under the basic forces of the world. (4) But when the appropriate time had come, God sent out His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we may be adopted as Sons with full rights. (6) And because you are Sons, God sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, who calls “Abba! Father!” So you are no longer a slave but a Son, and if you are a Son, then you are also an heir through God.” 

       Remember Abraham was a new beginning, grandson Jacob’s name was changed to Israel and Christians are spiritual Israelites. (Gal 3:29 And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s descendants, heirs according to the promise.) (Romans 11:25-27; For I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers and sisters, so that you may not be conceited: A partial hardening has happened to Israel until the full number of the Gentiles has come in. And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written: “The Deliverer will come out of Zion; He will remove ungodliness from Jacob. And this is My covenant with them, when I take away their sins.”) When we believe IN, it’s knowing faith.

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