The Gospel, chapter 20 (11-2-18)

To: 13,467 In Resident Churches of God, His Elect: grace and peace from Him on His 8th month, 23rd day, 5779 until sunset.

       The word “testament” means “proof” something that shows something else exists or is true. Example: his remarkable recovery is a testament to the doctor’s skill. (2) a formal statement of beliefs or speech outlining beliefs. A will is a covenant from one, a contract to be validated after the death of the testator. (Creator, Lord Jesus is the Testator of His old and new covenants. Each gives promises of eternal life to His chosen.) Testator, Son of God “Jesus” was given that authority from God the Father. (See Heb 1:, John 1:1-5 & Col 1:15-20) The old testament always looked forward to the new, causing Moses to write: (Deuteronomy 18:15-19; The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you – from your fellow Israelites; you must listen to him. (16) This accords with what happened at Horeb in the day of the assembly. You asked the Lord your God: “Please do not make us hear the voice of the Lord our God any more or see this great fire any more lest we die.” The Lord then said to me, “What they have said is good. I will raise up a prophet like you for them from among their fellow Israelites. I will put My words in His mouth and He will speak to them whatever I command. I will personally hold responsible anyone who then pays no attention to the words that prophet speaks in My name.

      (Deut 18:20-22; “But if any prophet presumes to speak anything in My name that I have not authorized him to speak, or speaks in the name of other gods, that prophet must die. (21) Now if you say to yourselves, ‘How can we tell that a message is not from the Lord?’ whenever a prophet speaks in My name and the prediction is not fulfilled, then I have not spoken it; the prophet has presumed to speak it, so you need not fear him.”)

      We who copy and teach from God’s word aren’t prophesying of our own accord, but repeating God’s revelations to His prophets and apostles. As we studied from Hebrews last time, “the Testator of the old died to usher in the new.” The parallels of the two testaments revolves around “promise, called, mercy and grace.” The new beginning was with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. The Lord God Jesus was their and our God. He miraculously came in the flesh fulfilling what was prophesied about Him. He prophesied about this latter age, saying: (Matt 24:22-24; “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. Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There he is!’ do not believe him. For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.”)

       As the “Son of God, Messiah, Deliverer, Lord, Savior and coming king of kings, “Jesus died for remission of the sins of the world.” He is the Alpha and Omega, the first and last, to whom all power is given from God the Father. His testament promise with Enoch, Noah, the Patriarchs and called out heirs with Abraham, “are perpetual” always looking forward to His shed blood sacrifice for the remission of sin. (As Testator of His will, Jesus’ sacrificial death made His Covenant promise of eternal life through Him valid.) Whether looking forward, or back, Jesus’ covenant promise of eternal life is through His sacrificial death. God’s new covenant promise of the imputation of His spirit living in follower of Jesus, “Abraham’s heirs” are validated, through the Testator’s death, resurrection and ascension. It’s the primary fulfillment of Jesus’ covenant promise with Abraham. His covenant promise to Abraham included Israel’s deliverance from Egypt, (representing a sin type) and a like deliverance of Abraham’s spiritual, chosen descendents’ “Christians.” A Spiritual deliverance from our inherited from Adam sin nature, “to worship and serve God in spirit and truth.”

      Israelites’ physical deliverance under Moses was the keeping of stage one promise, called the old testament covenant. (God promised blessings if they obeyed and they agreed. Disobedience broke that contract, so they were dispersed to gentile countries. However the Patriarchs, Moses, Joshua and others were gifted to look forward in hope faith in a future resurrection and deliverance. (See Isaiah 22:, 35: , 51: -53:, 65:, Jeremiah 31: and Amos 9:11-15)

       The Son of God, Creator, Re-Creator and Savior’s death delivers all God’s promises. He is now at the right hand of God the Father, serving as our Mediator before His throne. He does this because He lived in the flesh and experienced temptations like ours. We Believers IN, “His Elect” are gifted to understand His message of mercy, grace and deliverance thus we aren’t going to be deceived. Jesus’ apostle Paul explains.

      (1Corinthians 15:20-28; “But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since death came through a man, (Adam) the resurrection of the dead also came through a man. (Jesus) For just as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive. But each in his own order: Christ, the firstfruits; then when Christ comes, those who belong to Him. Then comes the end, when Jesus hands over the kingdom to God the Father, when He has brought to an end all rule and all authority and power. For He must reign until He has put all His enemies under His feet. (26) The last enemy to be eliminated is death. For He (God the Father) has put everything in subjection under His (Jesus’) feet. But when it says “everything” has been put in subjection, it is clear that this does not include the One, “God the Father” who put everything in subjection to Him. And when all things are subjected to Jesus, then the Son Himself will be subjected to the One (God the Father) who subjected everything to Him, so that God may be all in all.) HOW AWESOME, WHAT A FUTURE!

      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 “the will” 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 “Moses” likewise sprinkled with blood. 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. (24) For Christ did not enter a sanctuary made with hands – the representation of the true sanctuarybut 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 inspired Isaiah to express His love for His people, look forward to, write about His concern for His chosen and how the world will one day look to His people. Predestined heirs of Abraham.

       (Isaiah 49:14-26; Zion said, ‘The Lord has abandoned me, the Sovereign Master has forgotten me.’ Can a woman forget her baby who nurses at her breast? Can she withhold compassion from the child she has borne? Even if mothers were to forget, I could never forget you! Look, I have inscribed your name on My palms; your walls are constantly before me. Your children hurry back, while those who destroyed and devastated you depart. Look all around you! All of them gather to you. As surely as I live,” says the Lord, “you will certainly wear all of them like jewelry; you will put them on as if you were a bride. (19) Yes, your land lies in ruins; it is desolate and devastated. But now you “Israel” will be too small to hold your residents, and those who devoured you will be far away. (20) Yet the children born during your time of bereavement will say within your hearing, ‘This place is too cramped for us, make room for us so we can live here.’ Then you. “Israel” will think to yourself, ‘Who bore these children for me? I was bereaved and barren, dismissed and divorced. Who raised these children? Look, I was left all alone; where did these children come from?’” (22) This is what the Sovereign Lord says: “Look I will raise My hand to the nations; I will raise My signal flag to the peoples. They will bring your sons in their arms and carry your daughters on their shoulders. (23) Kings will be your children’s guardians; their princesses will nurse your children. With their faces to the ground they will bow down to you, “Israel” and they will lick the dirt on your feet. Then you will recognize that I am the Lord; those who wait patiently for Me are not put to shame. (24) Can spoils be taken from a warrior, or captives be rescued from a conqueror? Indeed,” says the Lord, “captives will be taken from a warrior; spoils will be rescued from a conqueror. I will oppose your adversary and I will rescue your children. I will make your oppressors eat their own flesh; they will get drunk on their own blood, as if it were wine. Then all humankind will recognize that I am the Lord, your Deliverer, your Protector, the powerful ruler of Jacob.” )

       Jacob’s name was changed to Israel. Meaning, “one God fights for.” Spiritual Israelites are followers of Jesus, Christians, Believers IN God’s plan for His people. Christians are examples now and will be more so, in His millennial kingdom. Let’s review Jesus’ definition of a Christian through His apostle Paul.

       (Galatians 3:23-29; “Now before faith came “was revealed” 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 “schoolmaster” until Christ, “Until Jesus was revealed to your minds” so that we could be declared righteous by, “Jesus’” faith. Until Jesus was revealed we lived according to our fleshly understanding ) (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. (all at one with Him because we believe IN Him) 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.”)

       As was Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, Christians are called and saved by promise. We’re taught, God’s law is good, wholesome and righteous and a sketch of the imputation of His spiritual law of love gifted to His chosen. No one is saved by the law, but God’s spirit in us spiritually magnifies His law and confirms the world’s need for the law’s goodness.

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