The Gospel, chapter, 29

To: God’s Elect: grace and peace from God our Father and our Lord Jesus. (11/23/18. God’s 9th month, 15th day, 5779, until sunset.)

Many saw a full moon today, look again the next two nights, you can hardly see a difference. It’s God’s calendar in motion.

God’s Elect aren’t a boastful people, rather humbled to have been called and have our minds opened to understand the holy scriptures. The Father calls, reveals Himself through Jesus and Jesus reveals Himself through His apostle Paul. (See Colossians 1:15-20) and study (1Cor 1:26-31; “Think about the circumstances of your call, brothers and sisters. Not many were wise by human standards, not many were powerful, not many were born to a privileged position. But God chose what the world thinks foolish to shame the wise, and God chose what the world thinks weak to shame the strong. God chose what is low and despised in the world, what is regarded as nothing, to set aside what is regarded as something, (29) so that no one can boast in His presence. He ’God the Father’ is the reason you have a relationship with Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification and redemption, so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”) We can’t lead an individual to Christ. We can only share Jesus’ introduction of Himself personally and through His apostles. Repentance comes when God the Father reveals Jesus and that He loved us before we loved Him.


When we’re tempted, follow Jesus’ example, “leave me alone, get behind me Satan.” We should know the world is under the law. The whole world needs a guardian, “the law.” Followers of Jesus too, need the law because the law identifies sin. Only recipients of God’s spirit aren’t under the law and that because He gracefully put a love of His magnified law in our minds. That magnified law! Example: (Matt 5:27 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Do not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to desire her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” (Matt 5:31 “It was said, ‘Whoever divorces his wife must give her a legal document.’ But I say to you that everyone who divorces his wife, except for immorality, makes her commit adultery, and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.”) When fathered by God, “a love of Him and His spiritual law is imputed to our being. Jesus taught it through the prophets and apostles.

(Rom 3:19-23; Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced and the whole world may be held accountable to God. (20) For no one is declared righteous before Him by the works of the law, for through the law comes the knowledge of sin. (21) But now apart from the law the righteousness of God (which is attested by the law and the prophets) has been disclosed – namely, the righteousness of God through the faithfulness of Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction, (23) for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”) God’s penalty for “lawlessness” in His view “sin” is death and the only way to avoid that penalty is through revealed belief IN Jesus’ shed blood for the remission of sin.


(Rom 3:24-26; But they ’we’ are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. God ‘the Father’ publicly displayed Him ‘God the Son’ at His death as the mercy seat accessible through faith. This was to demonstrate His righteousness, because God ‘the Son’ in His forbearance had passed over the sins previously committed. (26) This was also to demonstrate His righteousness in the present time, so that He would be just and the Justifier of the one who lives because of Jesus’ faithfulness.”) The old tabernacle mercy seat looked forward to Jesus as the sacrificial Lamb of God, shedding His blood so believer’s sins could be remitted.


(Rom 3:27-31; “Where, then, is boasting? It is excluded! By what principle? Of works? No, but by the principle of faith! For we consider that a person is declared righteous by faith apart from the works of the law. (29) Or is God the God of the Jews only? Is He not the God of the Gentiles too? Yes, of the Gentiles too! Since God is One, He will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through faith. (31) Do we then nullify the law through faith? Absolutely not! Instead we uphold the law.”)

Back to that Passover Jesus died on and His faith.


(Matt 26:36-46; “Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane, and He said to the disciples, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” He took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and became anguished and distressed. (38) Then He said to them, “My soul is deeply grieved, even to the point of death. Remain here and stay awake with Me.” Going a little farther, He threw Himself down with His face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if possible, let this cup pass from Me! Yet not what I will, but what you will.” (40) Then He came to the disciples and found them sleeping. He said to Peter, “So, couldn’t you stay awake with Me for one hour? Stay awake and pray that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” (42) He went away a second time and prayed, “My Father, if this cup cannot be taken away unless I drink it, your will must be done.” (43) He came again and found them sleeping; they could not keep their eyes open. So leaving them again, He went away and prayed for the third time, saying the same thing once more. Then He came to the disciples and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? Look, the hour is approaching, and the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. (46) Get up, let us go. Look! My betrayer is approaching!”)


Not only is the ‘good news’ about Creator, Re-Creator, Sustainer, Deliverer, Mediator and coming king of kings “Jesus” offering Himself as the Lamb of God for the remission of sin, “He passes over sin, shedding His life’s blood for it‘s remission.” Think of Jesus’ love. He fervently took His cause before God the Father three times


God the Father’s calling is a new covenant with a predestined people He mercifully calls and saves by promise and grace through God the Son’s blood sacrifice. (By grace we’re save, not of works but by Jesus’ faith..) (Jesus and His apostles taught that no one could be saved by works of the law, “all are born in sin and that death penalty must be paid.” So the Creator of life through whom is life “wills - testaments and covenants” by His life “that we may have eternal life through Him.” Thus, “giving His life for the remission of sin.” Forgiving sin by grace. (Shedding His life blood so the penalty for sin could be passed over.)


Looking back, “the Israelite’s Passover season deliverance from Egypt, their crossing the Jordan on like dates and Jesus allowing Himself to be hemmed in Jerusalem on the tenth through fourteenth is significance proof of our need for God’s calendar.”


(Joshua 5:10-12; “So the Israelites camped in Gilgal and celebrated the Passover in the evening of the fourteenth day of the month on the plains of Jericho. They ate some of the produce of the land the day after the Passover, “that day after is the first annual Sabbath, beginning the feast of Unleavened Bread.” including unleavened bread and roasted grain. The manna stopped appearing the day they ate some of the produce of the land; the Israelites never ate manna again.”)


Remember, in Egypt, on the 10th day of the first month, God had the Israelites put up a lamb or goat to be consumed on the 14th in haste. God had Joshua and the Israelites cross the Jordan on the 10th day of the first month and rejoiced on the 14th. Jesus entered Jerusalem on the 10th day of the first month, riding a donkey and preparing for His Passover sacrifice. The people shouted, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!”


In Egypt Moses had the Israelites put a blood sacrifice on their door facing on the 14th day of the first month. Sacrificial Blood representing Jesus shed blood protected from the death angel and looking forward to Jesus’ blood sacrificial blood saving Believers IN. In Egypt (representing sin) they ate the sacrifice with unleavened bread as commanded and were protected while the first born of all Egypt was killed. The Israelites were thrust out with their belonging and gifts from the Egyptians.


Today’s worldly professing Christians are products of the apostate Jude wrote about. They worship according to what seems right, yielding to their inherited from Adam fleshly nature. Likely most of Jesus’ apostles were still living when Jude exposed the pagan way mix with their teaching. We see that result all around us. God turns His back on such worship. Truth will prevail when Jesus returns and Satan bound, then the whole world will look to God’s calendar.


(Lev 23:4-8; “‘These are the Lord’s appointed times, holy assemblies, which you ’Israelites’ must proclaim at their appointed time. In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month, at twilight, is a Passover offering to the Lord. Then on the fifteenth day of the same month will be the Festival of Unleavened bread to the Lord; seven days you must eat unleavened bread. On the first day the 15th” there will be a holy assembly for you; you ‘spiritual Israelites’ must not do any regular work. You must present a gift to the Lord for seven days, and the seventh day “the 21stis a holy assembly; you ‘spiritual Israelites’ must not do any regular work.’”) Jesus was put in the tomb before the 15th day annual Sabbath’s beginning and was resurrected three days later. The 21st day is the second annual Sabbath. All these things were preplanned to the very day, long before God made promises to Abraham. The fourth annual Sabbath is 50 days from the wave sheaf mid week Sabbath.


On the day after the Sabbath that falls during the feast of Unleavened bread, the priest waved the sheaf before the Lord to be accepted for our benefit – on the day after the Sabbath the priest waved it. (on the first day of the week) 50 days from that first day after the weekly Sabbath during is “the Festival of Weeks” is Pentecost. (meaning, to count 50) Pentecost is the birthday of “The New Covenant Church of God.” (Lev 23:21; ‘On this very day you must proclaim an assembly; it is to be a holy assembly for you. You must not do any regular work. This is a perpetual statute in all the places where you live throughout your generations.”

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