The Gospel, chapter 18

To: “In Resident Churches of God, all Saints” grace and peace from our God. 10/30/18, God‘s 8th month, Cheshvan 22, 5779 until sunset.

       When we desire to think like and obey Jesus; “it’s by the grace of God.” It’s by God’s choice and grace when we’re given a desire to follow Jesus. He planned our calling from the foundation of the world. Our calling is special and for His purpose, we’re predestined.  (Philippians 2:12-13; 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.) This is one of many scriptural text proving that God the Father does the calling. One of many, teaching, “we individually must work our salvation with awe and reverence.  Don’t  be  persuaded  by denominations.

       From a fleshly outlook, folks look for a denomination/ religion that fits their thinking. When God the Father reveals Jesus’ love, attributes and characteristics and people understand they are in fact His own: “people realize Jesus is the exact representation of His Father, “know they’re One in purpose/planning etc.” God the Father does it all through God the Son, making Him, “Creator, Re-Creator, Sustainer, Deliverer, Mediator, Lord and coming king of kings. When New Jerusalem comes down we’ll see that unity up close. 

       (Heb 1:1- After God spoke long ago in various portions and in various ways to our ancestors through the prophets, in these last days He has spoken to us in a Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, and through whom He created the world. (3) The Son is the radiance of His glory and the representation of His essence, and He sustains all things by His powerful Word, and so when He ’God the Son’  had accomplished cleansing for sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high. Thus He became so far better than the angels as He has inherited a name superior to theirs.)

       It’s Jesus’ Good News prophesied in His New and Old Testaments. Not only are God’s chosen in this age predestined, Israel is predestined to be delivered back to the borders promised through Abraham. As Jesus revealed through Paul to gentiles, “all Israel will be saved,” but at this time, Israel, particularly Judaism’s mind is darkened until the time of the gentiles is fulfilled.

      (Romans 11:25- For I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers and sisters, so that you may not be conceited: A partial hardening has happened to Israel until the full number of the Gentiles has come in. (26) And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written: “The Deliverer will come out of Zion; He will remove ungodliness from Jacob. And this is My covenant with them, when I take away their sins.” (28) In regard to the gospel they are enemies for your sake, but in regard to election they are dearly loved for the sake of the fathers. For the gifts and the call of God are irrevocable.”) Paul is quoting from Isaiah 27: & 59: and Jeremiah 31:33-24.

       Let’s examine Jesus’ revelation through Isaiah.

       (Isaiah   14:1-6; The Lord will certainly have compassion on Jacob; He will again choose Israel as His special people and restore them to their land. Resident foreigners will join them and unite with the family of Jacob. Nations will take them and bring them back to their own place. Then the family of Jacob will make foreigners their servants as they settle in the Lord’s land. They will make their captors captives and rule over the ones who oppressed them. When the Lord gives you relief from your suffering and anxiety, and from the hard labor which you were made to perform, (4) you will taunt the king of Babylon with these words: “Look how the oppressor has met his end! Hostility has ceased. The Lord has broken the club of the wicked, the scepter of rulers. It furiously struck down nations with unceasing blows. It angrily ruled over nations, oppressing them without restraint.) As always study the whole. This chapter also speaks to Satan’s demise.

       Jesus good news “gospel” is about the whole earth being at rest, quite and breaking into song of praise. The subterranean world called Sheol, “which is regarded as the land of the dead” Including Satan will be amazed. The offspring of the wicked will never be mentioned again. They must not rise up and take possession of the earth, or fill the surface of the world with cities.” Remember Babylon represents all those that make for confusion.

      (Isa 14:22-23; “I will rise up against them,” says the Lord who commands armies. “I will blot out all remembrance of Babylon and destroy all her people, including the offspring she produces” says the Lord. “I will turn her into a place that is overrun with wild animals and covered with pools of stagnant water. I will get rid of her, just as one sweeps away dirt with a broom,” says the Lord who commands armies.

       (Isa 14:24-25; The Lord who commands armies makes this solemn vow: “Be sure of this: Just as I have intended, so it will be; just as I have planned, it will happen. I will break Assyria in My land, I will trample them underfoot on My hills. Their yoke will be removed from My people, the burden will be lifted from their shoulders.

      (Isa 14:26-27; This is the plan I have devised for the whole earth; My hand is ready to strike all the nations.” Indeed, the Lord who commands armies has a plan, and who can possibly frustrate it? His hand is ready to strike, and who can possibly stop it? The Lord Will Judge the Philistines

      (Isa 14:28-29; In the year King Ahaz died, this message was revealed: Don’t be so happy, all you Philistines, just because the club that beat you has been broken! For a viper will grow out of the serpent’s root and its fruit will be a darting adder.)

       This latter age and new beginning is defined as the time from Jesus’ birth until His return. His return and millennial rule will be a new beginning. We followers of Jesus in this age are a chosen predestined people heirs with Abraham. Israel’s deliverance form Egypt was a new beginning and an example to this age. The old covenant included circumcision, Israel’s deliverance, washings and blood sacrifices looked forward to the new, when Believers IN would become spiritual Israelites, fulfilling but not doing away with the old. The new is spiritual circumcision of the heart and people being made at one with God through His spirit, becoming God’s Temple. Again Jesus reveals it through Paul.

      (1Cor 3:16-23;” Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you? If someone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him. For God’s temple is holy, which is what you are. Guard against self-deception, each of you. If someone among you thinks he is wise in this age, let him become foolish so that he can become wise. For the wisdom of this age is foolishness with God. As it is written, “He catches the wise in their craftiness.” And again, “The Lord knows that the thoughts of the wise are futile.” So then, no more boasting about mere mortals! For everything belongs to you, whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or the present or the future. Everything belongs to you, (23) and you belong to Christ, and Christ belongs to God.”)

      (1Cor 6:19-20; “Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price. Therefore glorify God with your body.”) We that are called to Believe IN are purchased with Jesus’ blood.

      (Eph 1:3-14; ;Blessed is the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms in Christ. For He, “God the Father” chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world that we may be holy and unblemished in His sight in love. He did this by predestining us to adoption as His Sons through Jesus Christ, according to the pleasure of His will – (6 ) to the praise of the glory of His grace that He has freely bestowed on us in His dearly loved Son. In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace that He lavished on us in all wisdom and insight. (9) He did this when He revealed to us the secret of His will, according to His good pleasure that He set forth in Christ, toward the administration of the fullness of the times, to head up all things in Christ – the things in heaven and the things on earth. In Christ we too have been claimed as God’s own possession, since we were predestined according to the one purpose of Him who accomplishes all things according to the counsel of His will (12) so that we, who were the first to set our hope on Christ, would be to the praise of His glory. And when you heard the Word of truth (the gospel of your salvation) – when you believed in Christ – you were marked with the seal of the promised Holy Spirit, (14) who is the down payment of our inheritance, until the redemption of God’s own possession, to the praise of His glory.”)

       We didn’t believe IN, Jesus’ Words through Paul, until God the Father called us to be Jesus’ Sheep, “His followers.” Remember God knows our heart, “mind, center of our being” desires and intents of the flesh. Family, friends and neighbors may know us; “first, by our practices and secondly, by our words.” Jesus knows the heart and intent of every person’s mind. Jesus spoke bluntly and had no problem calling the religious types of His day hypocrites, snakes and adding, (John 10:26-30; “You refuse to believe because you are not My sheep. My sheep listen to My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish; no one will snatch them from My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all, and no one can snatch them from My Father’s hand. The Father and I are One.”)

       Satan has all worldly denominations believing they were born immortal, that is “born to live forever someplace.” These don’t believe IN Jesus. In the above John 10: scripture Jesus is saying. (1) Friends of this world’s system of things aren’t My sheep. (2) I knows each that the Father gives Me, they listen to and follow Me. (3) I give them eternal life, “no one earns it.” salvation. (4) Those the Father gives Me, will never perish. (5) The Father and I are One and He is greater than I.

       Jesus’ brother, “James” concurs; (James 4:4-9; Adulterers, do you not know that friendship with the world means hostility toward God? So whoever decides to be the world’s friend makes himself God’s enemy. Or do you think the scripture means nothing when it says, “The spirit that God caused to live within us has an envious yearning”? But He gives greater grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud, but He gives grace to the humble.” So submit to God. But resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and make your hearts pure, you double-minded. Grieve, mourn, and weep. Turn your laughter into mourning and your joy into despair. Humble yourselves before the Lord and He will exalt you.”)

       The religions of our day are likened to the Pharisees and Sadducees, in that they take bits and pieces from scripture, “favorites” then ask questions in trickery form, to test responses. We need not debate with self righteous deceived unbelievers. We probably should say no more than Jesus’ response.

      (Matthew 22:34-40; “Now when the Pharisees heard that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, they assembled together. And one of them, an expert in religious law, asked him a question to test Him: “Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?” Jesus said to him, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. The second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the law and the prophets depend on these two commandments.”)

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