The Gospel, chapter 19. (11-1-18)

To: 13,447 In Resident Churches of God and all Saints. grace and peace from our God on His 8th month, 23rd day, 5779 until sunset.

       God’s foundation of prophecies, law and planning hang on Godly love. (Jesus was asked, which commandment in the law is the greatest? He said, “‘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.”) God’s callings and plans are based on Godly love, “not fleshly or instinctive love.” Our all knowing God has predestined His family, timing of events pertaining to His promises and their outcome. Spiritually fathering a child to be His own, is totally His choice. He knows His children’s needs, hears genuine request, reveals His coming kingdom, feeds spiritually, forgives as we’re led to forgive, leads and delivers from temptation. Study the sample prayer Jesus taught His apostles.

     (Matt 6:6-15; “But whenever you pray, go into your room, close the door, and pray to your Father in secret. And your Father, who sees in secret, will reward you. When you pray, do not babble repetitiously like the Gentiles, because they think that by their many words they will be heard. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him. (9) So pray this way: Our Father in heaven, may Your name be honored, may Your kingdom come, may Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we ourselves have forgiven our debtors. Lead us from temptation and deliver us from the evil one. “For if you forgive others their sins, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others, your Father will not forgive you your sins.”)

      We can’t convince the uncalled to worship as Jesus taught, to love God’s Way and shun the ways of the world. That loving one’s neighbors isn’t practicing customs to appease them, “but practice God’s Way as a witness.” Believers IN are gifted with desire to practice His Way, even if it brings on persecution. Otherwise, one day we’d  hear “you knew Me? why didn’t you obey Me?” God’s Way isn’t a “go along to get along way.

       God’s calling is a personal matter, not to be judged by others. It’s a revealing of His love, characteristics and attributes to our understanding. Apparently a person can reject, “however and if so: “God knew that in advance too.” Study Jesus’ parable about the sower. Individuals are the soil types and He distinguishes those called from those who hear but care more about other things. Speaking to His apostles, Jesus told of their gifted understanding and gave a parable about the worldly.

     (Matt 13:16 “But your eyes are blessed because they see, and your ears because they hear. (17) For I tell you the truth, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you “apostles’’ see but did not see it, and to hear what you ‘apostles’ hear but did not hear it. (18) “So listen to the parable of the sower: When anyone hears the word about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches what was sown in his heart; this is the seed sown along the path. The seed sown on rocky ground is the person who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy. But he has no root in himself and does not endure; when trouble or persecution comes because of the word, immediately he falls away. The seed sown among thorns is the person who hears the word, but worldly cares and the seductiveness of wealth choke the word, so it produces nothing. (23) But as for the seed sown on good soil, this is the person who hears the word and understands. He bears fruit, yielding a hundred, sixty, or thirty times what was sown.”) Before this sower parable Jesus gave one about the broad and narrow gates. (He is speaking of those NOT understanding and those who are gifted to understand!) Consider another parable.

       Matt 7:13-14; “Enter through the narrow gate, because the gate is wide and the way is spacious that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. (14) But the gate is narrow and the way is difficult that leads to life, and there are few who find it.”) Why? All people inherit a hostile outlook toward obedience, only God’s calling and gifting His loving desire can change it.

      Later Jesus answers their question about, “why parables.” He tells them, “less they not understand:” then He quotes Isaiah 6:9-10; “Go and tell these people: ‘Listen continually, but don’t understand! Look but don’t perceive!’ Make the hearts of these people calloused; make their ears deaf and their eyes blind! Otherwise they might see with their eyes and hear with their ears, their hearts might understand and they might repent and be healed.” (Recall, Joel prophesied of a time when all who call on the name of the Lord would be saved and Jesus inspired Zephaniah to write as followers;

       “Zeph 3:9-10; Know for sure that I will then enable the nations to give Me acceptable praise. All of them will invoke the Lord’s name when they pray, and will worship Him in unison. From beyond the rivers of Ethiopia,

those who pray to Me will bring Me tribute.” (As always study the whole and consider; why isn’t these scriptures clear to all? )

      (Matt 7:15-20; “Watch out for false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are voracious wolves. You will recognize them by their fruit. Grapes are not gathered from thorns or figs from thistles, are they? In the same way, every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree is not able to bear bad fruit, nor a bad tree to bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. So then, you will recognize them by their fruit.”)

      Writer of Hebrews, “we believe to be Paul“ was a Pharisee of Pharisees he advanced in that religious sect. With authorization of the high priest, he arrested and condoned the killing of Jesus’ follower. (Read Acts 7:) In addition to Jesus’ revelations, Paul understood the workings of the first covenant’s temple services and how it correlated with the second.

       (Heb 9:1-10; “Now the first covenant, in fact, had regulations for worship and its earthly sanctuary. For a tent was prepared, the outer one, which contained the lampstand, the table, and the presentation of the loaves; this is called the holy place. (3) And after the second curtain there was a tent called the holy of holies. It contained the golden altar of incense and the ark of the covenant covered entirely with gold. In this ark were the golden urn containing the manna, Aaron’s rod that budded, and the stone tablets of the covenant. (5) And above the ark were the cherubim of glory overshadowing the mercy seat. Now is not the time to speak of these things in detail. So with these things prepared like this, the priests enter continually into the outer tent as they perform their duties. But only the high priest enters once a year into the inner tent, and not without blood that he offers for himself and for the sins of the people committed in ignorance. (8) The Holy Spirit is making clear that the way into the holy place had not yet appeared as long as the old tabernacle was standing. This was a symbol for the time then present, when gifts and sacrifices were offered that could not perfect the conscience of the worshiper. (10) They served only for matters of food and drink and various washings; they are external regulations imposed until the new order came.”)

      By having the curtain to the holy of holy torn in this way, God was revealing the new covenant way to Himself. When Jesus died that symbolic way to the holy of holiest, “the temple curtain” was torn in two, from top to bottom. The earth shook and the rocks were split apart. And tombs were opened, and the bodies of many Saints who had died were raised. (The Saints came out of the tombs after Jesus’ resurrection and went into the holy city and appeared to many people.) Now when the centurion and those with him who were guarding Jesus saw the earthquake and what took place, they were extremely terrified and said, “Truly this One was God’s Son!” Matt 27:51-54))

        Jesus is the only Way to the holy of holiest. Physical bodies of Saints were resurrected! (Physical bodies of people “Israelites particularly” are yet to be resurrected and be shown God’s Way; many will turn to His truth and the unrepentant will die a second death. (See Revelations 21:8)

      (Heb 9:11-14; “But now Christ has come as the high priest of the good things to come. He passed through the greater and more perfect tent not made with hands, that is, not of this creation, and He entered once for all into the most holy place not by the blood of goats and calves but by His own blood, and so He Himself secured eternal redemption. (13) For if the blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a young cow sprinkled on those who are defiled consecrated them and provided ritual purity, how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, purify our consciences from dead works to worship the living God.”)

       Blood sacrifices from Abel’s time, through Samuel’s and the last Jerusalem Temple’s destruction, looked forward to Jesus’ life, “blood” sacrifice. The inner tent divide, looked forward to the Way Jesus provided. Thus, believing IN Jesus is to look to Him and practice obedience. His Way. When we believe IN Jesus as He manifest Himself to be, we know that it was He that made the first covenant with those He delivered through Moses from Egypt.

      That covenant was His will and testament through Moses with Israel: all the while looking forward to a more perfect spiritual one.

       (Heb 9:15-28; “And so Jesus is the mediator of a new covenant, so that those who are called may receive the eternal inheritance He has promised, since He died to set them free from the violations committed under the first covenant. (16) For where there is a will, the death of the one who made it must be proven. For a will takes effect only at death, since it carries no force while the One who made it is alive. (18) So even the first covenant was inaugurated with blood. For when Moses had spoken every command to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of calves and goats with water and scarlet wool and hyssop and sprinkled both the book itself and all the people, (20) and said, “This is the blood of the covenant that God has commanded you to keep.” And both the tabernacle and all the utensils of worship he likewise sprinkled with blood. (22) Indeed according to the law almost everything was purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness. So it was necessary for the sketches of the things in heaven to be purified with these sacrifices, but the heavenly things themselves required better sacrifices than these.

      (Heb 9:24- “For Christ did not enter a sanctuary made with hands – the representation of the true sanctuary – but into heaven itself, and He appears now in God’s presence for us. (25) And He did not enter to offer Himself again and again, the way the high priest enters the sanctuary year after year with blood that is not his own, for then He would have had to suffer again and again since the foundation of the world. But now He has appeared once for all at the consummation of the ages to put away sin by His sacrifice. (27) And just as people are appointed to die once, and then to face judgment, so also, after Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many, to those who eagerly await Him He will appear a second time, not to bear sin but to bring salvation.”)

       Jesus’ second coming is to resurrect His Saints to His likeness, bind Satan, bring peace, judgment and demonstrate Godly love.

       (Heb 10:1-4; “For the law possesses a shadow of the good things to come but not the reality itself, and is therefore completely unable, by the same sacrifices offered continually, year after year, to perfect those who come to worship. (2) For otherwise would they not have ceased to be offered, since the worshipers would have been purified once for all and so have no further consciousness of sin? But in those sacrifices there is a reminder of sins year after year. For the blood of bulls and goats cannot take away sins.

       (Heb 10:5-7; So when Jesus came into the world, He said, “Sacrifice and offering You did not desire, but a body You prepared for Me.Whole burnt offerings and sin-offerings You took no delight in. (7) “Then I said, Here I am: I have come – it is written of Me in the scroll of the book – to do your will, O God.’”) (Quotes from Psalms 40:6-8)

      Jesus’ life blood sacrifice, for the remission of sin was preplanned from the foundation of the world. Enoch, “the seventh from Adam wrote about Jesus’ coming with thousands.” Before Satan deceived Eve and Adam, Jesus’ blood sacrifice was pre-planned to make Believers IN Him “At One with Himself and God the Father.” Create in people a spiritual holiness, righteousness and give the desire to be likeminded with Himself. Adding to the family of God through Godly love was preplanned, even before Satan‘s rebellion. How awesome our God!

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