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James’ Letter, chapter 3

Saturday, February 23rd, 2019

To: The called and people being called to be atOne with Jesus. 2/23/19, God’s 12th month 18th day of Adar 1 until sunset.

To have mercy is to be an object of another’s favorable disposition or action,” “to be a recipient of another’s favor, kindness.” The favor/kindness is sometimes earned, in response to an action or condition (see Gen 32:5; 39:4; Deut 24:1; 1 Sam 25:8; Prov 3:4; Ruth 2:10). This is the case in Gen 6:8, where v. 9 gives the basis (Noah’s righteous character) for the divine favor. Jesus’ apostle Paul explains that Jesus is our mercy seat.

(Romans 3:23-26; “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. But they “we believers IN Jesus” are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. God “the Father” publicly displayed Him at His death as the mercy seat accessible through faith. This was to demonstrate His righteousness, because God in His forbearance had passed over the sins previously committed. This was also to demonstrate His righteousness in the present time, so that He “God the Father” would be just and the justifier of the one who lives because of Jesus’ faithfulness.”)

The Christian life revolves around Jesus’ faithfully giving of Himself for the remission of our sins! (Jesus died because of our individual sins.)

Many unbelieving professing Christians have a problem with James’ letter to newly converted gentiles. Assuming newly converted gentiles could live by a lesser standard, “only turning from things defiled by idols, sexual immorality and blood.” NO, this isn’t what James is saying. (Instructing gentiles to demonstrate a change from their previous abominable practices and show genuine sincerity by yielding to these three basics.) This is parallel to foreigners in Moses day submitting to circumcision in order to become a part of Israel. (James wrote; “Therefore I conclude that we should not cause extra difficulty for those among the Gentiles who are turning to God, but that we should write them a letter telling them to abstain from things defiled by idols and from sexual immorality and from what has been strangled and from blood. For Moses has had those who proclaim him in every town from ancient times, because he is read aloud in the synagogues every Sabbath.” Acts 15:19)

Three basic things were particularly abominable to God “practices foreign to Israelite’s Godly gifted customs. Turning from these idolatrous customs wasn’t easy when their society condoned them. Things defiled by idols included their keeping times honoring imaginary gods, discarding statues, carved images and certainly to stop bowing to such. All followers of Jesus’ must submit to Christ like behavior. Paul explained in his letter to the gentile Ephesians.

(Eph 2:17-22; “And He “Jesus” came and preached peace to you who were far off “gentiles in the flesh” and peace to those who were near, “Israelites” so that through Jesus we both, “Israelites and gentiles” have access in one Spirit to the Father. So then you “gentiles” are no longer foreigners and non-citizens, but you are fellow citizens with the Saints and members of God’s household, because you have been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus Himself as the Cornerstone. In Him the whole building, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.”) Individually, every Christian is, “being built into God’s dwelling place!” Now back to James’ chapter 3:

(James 3:1- 6; “Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers and sisters, because you know that we will be judged more strictly. For we all stumble in many ways. If someone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect individual, able to control the entire body as well. And if we put bits into the mouths of horses to get them to obey us, then we guide their entire bodies. Look at ships too: Though they are so large and driven by harsh winds, they are steered by a tiny rudder wherever the pilot’s inclination directs. (5) So too the tongue is a small part of the body, yet it has great pretensions. Think how small a flame sets a huge forest ablaze. And the tongue is a fire! The tongue represents the world of wrongdoing among the parts of our bodies. It pollutes the entire body and sets fire to the course of human existence – and is set on fire by hell.”) James’ point is that we need to control our speech and particularly, teach truth.

Some translators used the word “hell” when another word is better. Idea that there’s a place, where an ever burning fire is reserved for unrepentant sinners isn‘t scriptural. It evolved over time from gentiles and took hold among Israelites as well. Translators quoting Jesus’ use are yielded to tradition, He’s actually saying, “Gehenna.” Translated, “hell” in the Greek its (γέεννα, geenna) and Hebrew its (ge Hinnom)“Valley of Hinnom”) This was the valley along the south side of Jerusalem. In Olden times it was used for human sacrifices to the pagan gods Molech and Baal (see Jeremiah 7:31; 19:5-6; 32:35), The valley of Hinmon was used as a place where human excrement and rubbish were disposed and burned. In the inter-testament period, it came to be used symbolically as the place of divine punishment. (See Ezra 7:36). There is a diving punishment for evil, including Satan and his followers. A second fire, sulfur and brimstone eternal death awaits those who refuse to believe IN and be obedient to Jesus’ way. The second death is found four time in “Jesus’ Revelations to John” See Revelations 21:8.

As Jesus’ apostles went out proclaiming His good news, they were witnesses to Jesus’ life, Word, “Jesus’ revelations gifting understanding of the prophecies relating to His birth, teaching, death, resurrection, ascension and His return to establish God’s kingdom. They had the Old Testament scriptures and perhaps James’ letter after a few years.

As we’ll see, Jesus’ brother James was concerned for Jesus’ followers, teaching that we practice self control as we join in service to the resurrected Lord “Jesus.” Though not explaining our inherited from Adam nature that leads to eternal death, but the new gifted nature through Jesus leading to everlasting life. He exposes our fleshly pulls leading to conflicts.

(James 3:7-18; “For every kind of animal, bird, reptile, and sea creature is subdued and has been subdued by humankind. But no human being can subdue the tongue; it is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless the Lord and Father, and with it we curse people made in God’s image. From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. These things should not be so, my brothers and sisters. A spring does not pour out fresh water and bitter water from the same opening, does it? Can a fig tree produce olives, my brothers and sisters, or a vine produce figs? Neither can a salt water spring produce fresh water.”) Most of us can attest to the fact that our tongue sometimes spouts off what crosses the minds, when we should hold a still tongue.

(James 3:13-13) “Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good conduct he should show his works done in the gentleness that wisdom brings. (This was likely James’ greatest gifted asset that caused the apostles to look to and recognize his leadership qualities.) (3:14; “But if you have bitter jealousy and selfishness in your hearts, do not boast and tell lies against the truth. Such wisdom does not come from above but is earthly, natural, demonic. For where there is jealousy and selfishness, there is disorder and every evil practice. But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, accommodating, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial, and not hypocritical. And the fruit that consists of righteousness is planted in peace among those who make peace.”)

Such wisdom comes from above with the gifted imputation of God’s spirit, “miraculously gifted to a called people desiring to be obedient to and atOne with Jesus, from a love of Him point of view.”

(James 4:1; “Where do the conflicts and where do the quarrels among you come from? Is it not from this? from your passions that battle inside you? (Our fleshly inherited from Adam nature that results in eternal death, if not miraculously changed.)

(James 4:2-4; “You desire and you do not have; you murder and envy and you cannot obtain; you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask; you ask and do not receive because you ask wrongly, so you can spend it on your passions. (4) 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.”)

(We need to understand where our fleshly passions come from. James is speaking of spiritual adultery more so than adultery against one’s spouse. If we claim to know Jesus and yet follow this world’s system of things, we are committing spiritual adultery against the One we should be married to, “namely Jesus.”

(James 4:5-10; “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 “God” 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.”)

God’s spirit in us causes an envious yearning? Translators takes “spirit” to be the lustful capacity within people that produces a divided mind (James 1:8, 14) and inward conflicts regarding God. (James 4:1-4, 6) God created an independency in man but He provides His grace and the new birth through Jesus’ gospel message. (James 1:18-25) This counteracts evil effects of our inherited sin nature. “God yearns jealously for the Spirit He causes to live within us.”

Followers of Jesus desire to be holy because God is holy. Never boastful about what God reveals, but humbly thankful for His gifted grace, calling and mercy. James and each apostles’ letters, are to God the Father and God the Son’s chosen, who’re gifted with Godly love and understanding that He loved them first. (He sacrificed His life for the remission of this world’s sins.) That prophesied result is to be a reality during His millennial reign on earth. To His called, chosen, the reality and gifted spiritual understanding is in this age.)

(James 4:11-17; “Do not speak against one another, brothers and sisters. He who speaks against a fellow believer or judges a fellow believer speaks against the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but its judge. But there is only One who is law giver and judge – the One who is able to save and destroy. On the other hand, who are you to judge your neighbor? (James understood his own yearnings before and after his believing IN Jesus, we should too.)

(James 4:13-17; “Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into this or that town and spend a year there and do business and make a profit.” You do not know about tomorrow. What is your life like? For you are a puff of smoke that appears for a short time and then vanishes. You ought to say instead, “If the Lord is willing, then we will live and do this or that.” But as it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. So whoever knows what is good to do and does not do it is guilty of sin.”) The wisdom to be gleaned from God’s Word is awesome.

James’ Letter, chapter 2

Friday, February 22nd, 2019

To: The called and people being called to be atOne with Jesus. 2/22/19, God’s 12th month 17th day of Adar 1 until sunset.

Jesus’ apostle Paul explained that when we’re gifted to love God, “His love is shed abroad in our hearts.”

(Romans 5:1-5; “Therefore, since we “Christians” have been declared righteous by “Jesus” faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in the hope of God’s glory. Not only this, but we also rejoice in sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance, character, and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.”) When God’s love is shed abroad to our minds, we love His Way, His law, we hate the things He hates and love the things He loves. It isn’t a confusing faith that allows a person to be blown about like the wind, “not double minded.” People who don’t have the love of God shed abroad in the mind, conjure up a faith based on denominational or personal theories. The character to do the works of the true Jesus’ faith is lacking.

(James 2:14-19; “What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but does not have ’Jesus’’ works? (Jesus’ message) Can this kind of faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacks daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, keep warm and eat well,” but you do not give them what the body needs, what good is it? So also faith, if it does not have works, is dead being by itself. But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith without works and I will show you faith by my works. You believe that God is One; well and good. Even the demons believe that – and tremble with fear.”)

It isn’t enough to believe God is one! We must have Jesus’ truth gifted to our minds, believe in His message as gifted through the prophets and apostles. We aren’t saved by works of the law, nor can we love the real Jesus until He’s revealed by God the Father. That revelation then demonstrates “the spirit of obedience” to His Way. Jesus and each of His apostles held Abraham up for our example of faithful obedience.

(James 2:20-26; “But would you like evidence, you empty fellow, that faith without works is useless? Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar? You see that his faith was working together with his works and his faith was perfected by works. And the scripture was fulfilled that says, “Now Abraham believed God and it was counted to him for righteousness,” and he was called God’s friend. You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone. And similarly, was not Rahab the prostitute also justified by works when she welcomed the messengers and sent them out by another way? For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead.”) Let’s meditate on this when we are tempted not to keep God’s Sabbaths in memory: His Sabbaths and His Ways. God’s imputing His spirit of truth to our minds is, “a birth from above” making us atOne with Him. His fathering is gifted immortality and miraculously sheds His love abroad in our heart. We’re alive in Jesus when begotten of His spirit.

Before Jesus’ came in the flesh and after His ascension for a time, the Jerusalem temple was managed by a high Priest, “of Levite’s tribe,” a mix of Pharisees and Sadducees persuasions. Roman authorities had allowed mostly Judean’s back and the temple rebuilt. Israelites were scattered among gentile populations. But “the Lord God Jesus” had another temple rebuilding in mind, planned long before His coming in the flesh. He had Isaiah name the One who’d bring it about.

(Isaiah 44:26-28; “Who fulfills the oracles of His prophetic servants and brings to pass the announcements of His messengers, who says about Jerusalem, ‘She will be inhabited, ’and about the towns of Judah, ‘They will be rebuilt, her ruins I will raise up,’ who says to the deep sea, ‘Be dry! I will dry up your sea currents,’ (28) who commissions Cyrus, the one appointed as shepherd to carry out all My wishes and to decree concerning Jerusalem, ‘She will be rebuilt,’ and concerning the temple, ‘It will be reconstructed.’”

(Isa 45:1-13; “This is what the Lord says to His chosen one, to Cyrus, whose right hand I hold in order to subdue nations before him, and disarm kings, to open doors before him, so gates remain unclosed: “I will go before you and level mountains. “governments.” Bronze doors I will shatter and iron bars I will hack through. (3) I will give you hidden treasures, riches stashed away in secret places, so you may recognize that I am the Lord, the One who calls you by name, the God of Israel. For the sake of My servant Jacob, Israel, My chosen one, I call you Cyrus’ by name and give you a title of respect, even though you do not recognize Me. I am the Lord, I have no peer, there is no God but Me.” (As always, study the whole.) The Lord God, ‘Jesus’ had Isaiah name and prophecy Cyrus’ rule and gifted characteristics before his birth.

(Isaiah 45:9-13; “One who argues with his Creator is in grave danger, one who is like a mere shard among the other shards on the ground! The clay should not say to the Potter, “What in the world are you doing? Your work lacks skill!” Danger awaits one who says to his father, “What in the world are you fathering?” and to his mother, “What in the world are you bringing forth?” This is what the Lord says, the Holy One of Israel, the One who formed him, ’Israel’ concerning things to come: “How dare you question Me about My children! How dare you tell Me what to do with the work of My own hands! (12) I made the earth, I created the people who live on it. It was Me – My hands stretched out the sky, I give orders to all the heavenly lights. It is Me – I stir him ‘Cyrus’ up and commission him; I will make all his ways level. He will rebuild My city; he will send My exiled people home, but not for a price or a bribe,” says the Lord who commands armies.”)

God raised up King Cyrus of Persia as prophesied some 700 years before. Cyrus fulfilled the Lord’s message spoken through Isaiah. The Lord stirred the mind of King Cyrus of Persia, to rebuild Judea and the temple in Jerusalem. (Thus said King Cyrus of Persia: “‘The Lord God of heaven has given me all the kingdoms of the earth. He has instructed me to build a temple for Him in Jerusalem, which is in Judah.” (Satan got in the way and troubled times followed, others ordered a stop to the rebuilding.) After Cyrus, God put King Darius in power, the temple problem was brought to his attention and he ordered a search of Cyrus’ records. It was found that Cyrus had given the following instructions.

(‘Let the temple be rebuilt as a place where sacrifices are offered. Let its foundations be set in place. Its height is to be ninety feet and its width ninety feet, with three layers of large stones and one layer of timber. The expense is to be subsidized by the royal treasury. Furthermore let the gold and silver vessels of the temple of God, which Nebuchadnezzar brought from the temple in Jerusalem and carried to Babylon, be returned and brought to their proper place in the temple in Jerusalem. Let them be deposited in the temple of God.’”) Darius then gave the order and rebuilding continued. See Ezra 1: - 6: This is the same temple Jesus predicted that would be torn down later.

Jesus had Isaiah prophesy about some Israelites returning and the temple rebuilt. Satan is still allowed to cause a hatred toward God’s Way people, over the whole world. Today Jews and followers of Jesus are hated. The little nation “Israel” will likely to be over run again, unless God shortens time for the Elect’s sake.

(Matthew 24:15-22; “So when you see the abomination of desolation – spoken about by Daniel the prophet – standing in the holy place (let the reader understand) then those in Judea must flee to the mountains. The one on the roof must not come down to take anything out of his house, and the one in the field must not turn back to get his cloak. (19) Woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing their babies in those days! Pray that your flight may not be in winter or on a Sabbath. For then there will be great suffering unlike anything that has happened from the beginning of the world until now, or ever will happen. 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.”)

Why would God have mercy and “pass over” selected people’s sins? Because of His mercy and promises to Abraham, Moses, David and His prophets. Except our sins, “lawlessness” be passed over, everyone’s sin nature inherited from Adam must die an eternal death. But Jesus, our Passover, resurrection, and through whom is life, shed His blood that our sin be remitted. Jesus revealed it to Paul and His followers.

(1Corinthians 15:20-23;” 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.“ (22) 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.”) Eternal death is the result of disobedience, but God made the way for His chosen to inherit eternal life through Jesus.

(1Cor 15:24-26; “Then comes the ‘millennial’ end, when He, “Jesus” hands over the kingdom to God the Father, when He, “Jesus” has brought to an end all rule and all authority and power. For He, “Jesus” must reign until He has put all His enemies under His feet. The last enemy to be eliminated is death.”) It’s prophesied that Jesus will rule with His Saints, 1,000 years, Satan to be bound, the first resurrection is His called out Saints, and then all Israel is to be saved, “resurrected” miraculously delivered to the borders promised Abraham. (see Isaiah 35:)

Prior to New Jerusalem coming down, Satan will be released for a short season, to go out and deceive the likes of Gog & Magog. Satan and they will attempt to make war, but Jesus will destroy all evil, before New Jerusalem and God the Father comes down. (see Revelations 20: & 21:.)

No one deserves inheriting eternal life! Every individual has sinned. All have inherited Adam and Eve’s sin, “lawless toward God” nature. All have sinned and come short of the glory of God. However, from the beginning, God made The Way through Creator Jesus, “justifying a called people, who believe IN because of Jesus’ faithfulness.”

James’ Letter, chapter 1

Wednesday, February 20th, 2019

To: The called and those being called to be atOne with Jesus. 2/19/19, God’s 12th month 14th day of Adar 1 until sunset.

James wrote his inspired epistle about 40-41 AD. His seems to be the first epistle written after Pentecost, proclaiming Jesus’ Good News from Jesus’ first church at Jerusalem. It seems Jesus’ apostle John with support of others organized the scriptures, likely from the island of Patmos where he was confined for teaching Jesus. James became the primary leader of, “The Church of God, Jerusalem.”

Jesus’ apostles, nor did any follower of Jesus ever dress in priestly attire after that Pentecost, following His ascension. Jesus purposely dressed like the average Judean. It is believed and likely provable that some of the Levite priest, serving the temple during Jesus’ ministry became “believers IN Jesus” and following His precepts in every way.

As Jesus predicted. unbelievers organized themselves, proclaimed themselves Jesus’ apostles, appointed a leader and called him, “Pope.” That organization grew into “the cultic apostate Jude recognized taking place and wrote about.” Per Jesus’ prophetic Word, that apostasy was destined to change times, bring in ungodly customs from paganism and practice times designed to honor imaginary pagan gods in the name of Jesus.

Jesus’ other apostles recognized James’ leadership. After Peter proclaimed Jesus’ good news to “gentile Cornelius and family they miraculously converted, but the church in Jerusalem was slow to accept that gentiles could become members. Peter and Barnabas, brought the issue before the Jerusalem church.

(Acts 15:12-18; “The whole group kept quiet and listened to Barnabas and Paul while they explained all the miraculous signs and wonders God had done among the Gentiles through them. After they stopped speaking, James replied, “Brothers, listen to me. Simeon “Peter” has explained how God first concerned Himself to select from among the Gentiles a people for His name. The words of the prophets agree with this, as it is written, ‘After this I will return, and I will rebuild the fallen tent of David; I will rebuild its ruins and restore it, so that the rest of humanity may seek the Lord, namely, all the Gentiles I have called to be My own, says the Lord, who makes these things known from long ago.” Quote from Amos 9:11-12)

James demonstrated the high degree of cultural sensitivity when he cited this version of Amos’s text. (The Septuagint Greek translation of the Old Testament that Gentiles would use.) Acts 15:19-21; “Therefore I “James” conclude that we should not cause extra difficulty for those among the Gentiles who are turning to God, but that we should write them a letter telling them to abstain from things defiled by idols and from sexual immorality and from what has been strangled and from blood. For Moses has had those who proclaim him in every town from ancient times, because he “Moses” is read aloud in the synagogues every Sabbath.”) James is not saying, these three things would be all that’s required of the gentiles for salvation. These are the changes necessary to demonstrate a believing IN change from their previous practices.

No doubt, James, with his mother, other brothers and sisters witnessed all Jesus’ deeds, “turning water into aged wine, healings, resurrecting Lazarus, ascending to heaven and no doubt, James was a recipient of God’s gifted Spirit of Truth on that Pentecost after ascension. (James’ mind was miraculously opened to understand the scriptures.) His letter to God’s called out people predates the book of Acts and Paul’s letters. Note that James’ epistle is going out to the dispersed Israelites, the majority of whom still are.

(James 1:1;; ““From James, a slave of God and the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes dispersed abroad. Greetings!” (Note that no apostle in their salutation ever included, “The Holy Spirit - The Spirit of Truth” or “spirit of a sound mind” with God the Father and Jesus Christ, because the Holy Spirit isn‘t an individual deity as is God the Father and God the Son.) Do a study, check original: “He” should read “that one” or “it.” “Jesus said; I’ll ask the Father and He’ll give you another (advocate, “K James Version comforter” Holy Spirit, spirit of truth or spirit of a sound mind.) These all identify the holy spirit. (John 14:12-13; “I have many more things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. But when “that onehe, ’itthe Spirit of truth, comes, “that one” he; ‘it’ will guide you into all truth. For “that one” he ’it’ will not speak on “that one’s” his ’itsown authority, but will speak whatever “that one” he ‘it’ hears, and will tell you what is to come.”) If the spirit of truth were a deity, it could speak with its own authority, not necessarily what only it hears.

(John 14:15-17; “If you love me, you will obey My commandments. Then I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Advocate to be with you forever – (17) the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot accept, because it ’the world’ does not see ‘that onehim “it” or know “that onehim “it.” But you know “that onehim “it” (the spirit of truth) because “that one” he “it” resides with you and will be in you.”) Jesus identifies the advocate as the spirit of truth and at 1Timothy 1:7 Paul identifies it as “spirit of a sound mind.” (John 16:12-16; “I have many more things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. (13) But when “that one” he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he ’that one’ will guide you into all truth. For that one will not speak on his own authority, but will speak whatever it hears, and will tell you what is to come. (14) He ’that one’ will glorify Me, because that one will receive from Me what is mine and will tell it to you. Everything that the Father has is Mine; that is why I said the Spirit will receive from Me what is Mine and will tell it to you. In a little while you will see Me no longer; again after a little while, you will see Me.”

(James 1:2-8; “My brothers and sisters, consider it nothing but joy when you fall into all sorts of trials, because you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect effect, so that you will be perfect and complete, not deficient in anything.” But if anyone is deficient in wisdom, he should ask God, who gives to all, “believers” generously and without reprimand, and it will be given to him. (6) But he must ask in faith without doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed around by the wind. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord, since he is a double-minded individual, unstable in all his ways.””)

James is saying, “we must ask in the gifted to our mind faith of Jesus, doubt indicates “Jesus hasn’t been miraculously revealed.” Such persons would still be confused as tossed around.

When Jesus is supernaturally revealed, His message to those familiar with us, causes contempt. Especially family and acquaintances. James is spirit led, recognizing “Jesus’ miraculous fathering and the One who fathers us.” (He’s submissive to his brother, calling himself a slave to Jesus.) Asking in faith, recognizing Jesus’ faith is gifted to believers IN. If we aren’t gifted to recognize God the Father and Jesus’ deity, our prayers are as to “wooden images. Such people’s asking, is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed around by the wind.”

(James 1:9-18; “Now the believer, “IN” of humble means should take pride in his high position, “calling.” But the rich person’s pride should be in his humiliation, because he will pass away like a wildflower in the meadow. For the sun rises with its heat and dries up the meadow; the petal of the flower falls off and its beauty is lost forever. So also the rich person in the midst of his pursuits will wither away. (12) Happy is the one who endures testing, because when he has proven to be genuine, he will receive the crown of life that God promised to those who love Him.”) In principle, scripture teaches “if we love God it’s because we recognize, “He loved us first” by giving His only begotten Son, having mercy on us individually, by revealing Himself to us, calling and opening our minds to know Him.)

(James 1:13-18; “Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God” for God cannot be tempted by evil and He Himself tempts no one. But each one is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desires. (15) Then when desire conceives, it gives birth to sin, and when sin is full grown, it gives birth to death. Do not be led astray, my dear brothers and sisters. All generous giving and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or the slightest hint of change. (18) By His sovereign plan He gave us “spiritual’ birth through the message of truth, that we would be a kind of first fruits of all He created.”)

(No variation or the slightest hint of change? is one of many text that tells us “God doesn’t change.” It’s in our inherited from Adam nature that we’re temped with self serving desires, lust, jealously and the like. To Nurture and yielding to that inherited nature “gives birth to death.” With our inherited from Adam nature and Satan’s deceptions we’re vulnerable to practice what seems right. After Jesus is revealed we must work to overcome to the end. When we have a desire to be obedient and know God intimately, “that desire comes from above!” Jesus’ gifted Spirit of Truth teaches “when believed IN that truth makes us, “a kind of first fruits of all Jesus created.” (Review Jesus’ deity as revealed at Hebrews 1:1-8, John 1:1-5 and Colossians 1:15-20.)

(James 1:19-27; “Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters! Let every person be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger. For human anger does not accomplish God’s righteousness. So put away all filth and evil excess and humbly welcome the message implanted within you, which is able to save your souls. (22) But be sure you live out the message and do not merely listen to it and so deceive yourselves. For if someone merely listens to the message and does not live it out, he is like someone who gazes at his own face in a mirror. For he gazes at himself and then goes out and immediately forgets what sort of person he was.”) Until God miraculously, “implants within us, His fathering.” We aren’t aware of “what kind of people we were before He revealed Himself.”

(James 1:25-27; “But the one who peers into the perfect law of liberty and fixes his attention there, and does not become a forgetful listener but one who lives it out – he will be blessed in what he does. If someone thinks he is religious yet does not bridle his tongue, and so deceives his heart, his religion is futile. Pure and undefiled religion before God the Father is this: to care for orphans and widows in their misfortune and to keep oneself unstained by the world.”)

Abraham was led to leave his family, go out from the temptations of this world’s system of things. Satan’s world system of things is designed to pull us in and enslave us to it’s practices! Not only was James gifted to understand the holy scriptures, James was gifted to understand human nature inherited from Adam. He understood the benefit of being gifted with Jesus’ nature and the internal struggle to remain true to that calling. He’s writing to Israelites scattered abroad and to a converted to Jesus’ Way people. Not the world at large. To a people whose desires are miraculously changed from self serving to being of service to God.

People can’t change their instinctive love for things, stuff and worldly pleasures, to a love for God’s Way, except God reveal Himself and Jesus. Then people can realize “that He love them first!” Our inherited nature is instinctively prejudice toward what’s considered “me, mine and ours” whether it be family, particular persuasions, class, culture or properties.

God called Abraham to leave all that, so he could be devoted to his Creator. We too must mentally leave all that’s tempting and worship God in spirit and truth.

(James 2:1-13; “My brothers and sisters, do not show prejudice if you possess faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ. For if someone comes into your assembly wearing a gold ring and fine clothing, and a poor person enters in filthy clothes, do you pay attention to the one who is finely dressed and say, “You sit here in a good place,” and to the poor person, “You stand over there,” or “sit on the floor.” If so, have you not made distinctions among yourselves and become judges with evil motives? (We need to be careful not to yield to instinctive inherited prejudices.) Listen, my dear brothers and sisters! Did not God choose the poor in the world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom that He promised to those who love Him? But you have dishonored the poor! Are not the rich oppressing you and dragging you into the courts? Do they not blaspheme the good name of the One you belong to? But if you fulfill the royal law as expressed in this scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing well. But if you show prejudice, you are committing sin and are convicted by the law as violators. For the one who obeys the whole law but fails in one point has become guilty of all of it. For He who said, “Do not commit adultery,” also said, “Do not murder.” Now if you do not commit adultery but do commit murder, you have become a violator of the law. Speak and act as those who will be judged by a law that gives freedom. For judgment is merciless for the one who has shown no mercy. But mercy triumphs over judgment.”)

What’s Love, chapter 3 of 3

Monday, February 18th, 2019

To: The called and those being called to be atOne with Jesus. 2/18/19, God’s 12th month 13th day of Adar 1, until sunset.

Jesus’ apostles ask Him, “then who can be saved?” (Matt 19:26-30; Jesus looked at them and replied, “This is impossible for mere humans, but for God all things are possible.” Then Peter said to Him, “Look, we have left everything to follow you! What then will there be for us?” Jesus said to them, “I tell you the truth: In the age when all things are renewed, when the Son of Man sits on His glorious throne, you ’twelve’ who have followed Me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. (29) And whoever has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or fields for My sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last first.”)

From Adam to when Jesus ascended, “we have no record of a national people being calling by promise and deliverance by promise as were Jacob’s descendents. No people group has ever been delivered and led by promise as were the Israelites “from sin’s bondage.” Creator Jesus called Moses to be Israel’s deliverer through Himself. He made Israel His holy people by promise. Israelites are the only people purposely put in a sinful bondage situation to be miraculously delivered by a covenant promise. It was all planned and promise to Abraham 430 years before deliverance. Israel’s whole history is for our example and learning.

Israel’s bondage situation parallels our individuals sin condition before God our Father revealed Jesus and our individual sin nature’s condition. As are Jacob’s descendents, we followers of Jesus are spiritual Israelites and saved by the same covenant promises made to Abraham. Jesus’ apostle Paul was given to understand.

(Gal 3:28-29; “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female – for all of you ‘Christians’ are atOne in Christ Jesus. And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s descendants, heirs according to the promise.”)

God’s calling Abraham, Isaac and Jacob’s descendents to be His chosen people was preplanned. They were the first to be chosen by grace and promise. God’s covenant promise to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is perpetual and yet to be manifested to the world. With Godly love Jesus gave Moses the ten commandments for His chosen people’s good. (The ten are Israel and the world’s law “guardian” identifying sin.) We’re all under that guardian for our good, “until God the Father calls and reveals Jesus’ faith to us individually.” Then the Love of God ‘the spirit of truth” is gifted to the minds of called out people “to become spiritual Israelites.” God’s imputed “spirit of truth” replaces the law guardian, “causing people to love and be atOne with God’s way.” The gifted “Spirit of Truth” doesn’t abolish God’s law, but stamps it’s goodness in our being, making each recipient atOne with Jesus spiritually.

Children and all who aren’t recipients of God’s Spirit of Truth need to be made aware, “they’re under the guardianship of God’s law defining what’s sin in His view. Individuals and nations that obey God’s laws are blessed. God is love and all His oracles define His loving character.

It’s the mystery to the world; “God’s spirit imputed to Believers IN Jesus making them atOne with Himself and each other. A spiritual people respecting His loving law as He does. A people knowing that we love Him because He loved us first. Remember Paul is writing to a converted people, not the world at large.

(Romans 6:15-23; “What then? Shall we ‘followers of Jesus’ sin because we are not under law but under grace? Absolutely not! Do you not know that if you present yourselves as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the One you obey, either of sin resulting in death, or obedience resulting in righteousness?”) Review, Hosea 9:9-10 on page two of chapter two. The Israelites themselves became as detestable to God “as the detestable things they loved. These things are recorded for our example, learning and good.

Conversion is a change in one’s belief, “particularly biblically speaking, it’s a nature change from fleshly to spiritual. Prior to a miraculous spiritual conversion everyone is a slave to their inherited from Adam sin nature!

(Rom 6:17-20; “But thanks be to God that though you were slaves to sin, you obeyed from the heart that pattern of teaching you were entrusted to, and ‘now’ having been freed from sin, you became enslaved to ’Jesus’’ righteousness. (I ‘Paul’ am speaking in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh.) For just as you once presented your members as slaves to impurity and lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness leading to sanctification. (20) For when you were slaves of sin, you were free with regard to righteousness.”) “Before spiritual conversion all are under God’s loving law of commandments which when honored are “physical individual and national blessings!”

(Rom 6:21-23; “So what benefit did you, “Believers” then reap from those things that you are now ashamed of? For the end of those things is death. But now, freed from sin and enslaved to God, you have your benefit leading to sanctification, and the end is eternal life. (23) For the payoff of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”)

God is love and to love Him as He manifest Himself to be in the holy scriptures is Godly Love. It’s God’s gifted love “the spirit of truth” that makes people atOne with Him. It was planned before Adam’s creation and Satan‘s rebellion. A chosen people saved by promised grace.

God’s promises to Abraham were partially carried out by blessing Isaac and Jacob’s families before the Egyptian bondage, then as a nation giving Israel lands previously occupied by pagan people groups. God’s promises were kept “when sending Israelites to bondage situations for disobedience. Promises are still being kept in this New Covenant age, “by God’s calling out a chosen spiritual people from various ethnicities to be atOne with Himself and one another - Jesus’ church.” (Review 1Peter 2:4-10 from chapter two page one.) Promises to Abraham include “a people of His own being called out of darkness, as were the nation Israel from Egypt. A people built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood and offer spiritual sacrifices that’s acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. Promises to Abraham include the resurrections, Jesus’ millennial reign, New Jerusalem’s coming down and more. All these things define Godly love through grace, Creator Jesus’ coming to remit sin and give eternal life through a sacrificial death and His shed blood.

As Jesus delivered Israel from sinful Egypt, today’s called out people are being delivered from this world’s sinful system of things. We’re commanded to come out from among them. Promises to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, “whose name was changed to Israel” are perpetual. Israel will yet be delivered from their enemies and re-established to the borders promised Abraham. These promises may be completed when New Jerusalem comes down. (See Isaiah 35: and Joel’s prophetic words about when “all who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” It may be that the last called will become first. Godly love is revealed to the called.

What’s Love, chapter 2

Sunday, February 17th, 2019

When Israel was in bondage to Egypt, the Egyptians were about as pagan as could be. When Jesus through Moses caused plagues on them, “that was Godly love.” Forty plus years later when pagan Amorites were killed and their lands given to Israel, “that was Godly love.” God told Abraham about Israel’s future bondage and whose lands they’d afterward occupy and why.

(Gen 15:13-16; “They will be enslaved and oppressed for four hundred years. But I will execute judgment on the nation that they will serve. Afterward they will come out with many possessions. But as for you, you will go to your ancestors in peace and be buried at a good old age. In the fourth generation your descendants will return here, for the sin of the Amorites has not yet reached its limit.”) God’s putting limits on people’s lawless behavior is Godly Love. The whole world is now in lawless mode, sins have about reached God’s limit. Creator Jesus dying for the sins of the world was Godly Love.

The Passover Israelites kept in Egypt, looked forward to the Passover Jesus would keep, “sacrificing His blood” for remission of the world’s sins. People called to believe IN and accept His blood sacrifice for their saving will be spared the grief planned for this lawless world. Followers of Jesus are, as were, “the Israelites” saved by the same promises made to Abraham. It’s Godly love. Jesus’ apostles revealed “we’re a holy nation.”

(1Peter 2:4-10; “So as you ’Christians’ come to him, ‘Jesus’ a living stone rejected by men but chosen and priceless in God’s sight, you yourselves, as living stones, are built up as a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood and to offer spiritual sacrifices that are acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. (6) For it says in scripture, “Look, I lay in Zion a stone, a chosen and priceless cornerstone, and whoever believes IN Him will never be put to shame.” (Quote from Isaiah 28:16) So you who believe ‘IN’ see His value, but for those who do not believe, the stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone, and a stumbling-stone and a rock to trip over. (Quotes from Psalms 118:22, Matt 21:42 & Acts 4:11).

They ’’the Israelites’ stumble because they disobey the word, as they were destined to do. But you “followers of Jesus” are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people of His own, so that you may proclaim the virtues of the One who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light. (10) You ’Christians’ once were not a people, but now you are God’s people. You were shown no mercy, but now you have received mercy.”) Because of “Godly Love” planned from the foundation of the world. Christians are a chosen people, “in the world but not of the world” a chosen nation, “to and through Jesus, whom God the Father has revealed. A people whose desire is to be atOne with God, “now and forever!”

(Rom 3:27-31) “Where, then, is boasting? It’s excluded! By what principle? Of works? No, but by the principle of faith! ‘Faith in Jesus’ accomplishments on our behalf. (28) For we consider that a person is declared righteous by faith apart from the works of the law. 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.”)

Believers IN. love the law because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts. There is no fear in Godly Love! Believers IN, love obedience because we love His righteous way, knowing He declaring us righteous by and through Jesus’ gifted faith.

Almighty God: thank You for calling and first loving us, thank You for Jesus and promises through Him. For revealing Jesus’ characteristics, His love, understanding and Your righteous Way. Thank You in Jesus’ name AMEN.

With the gifted imputation of God’s spirit, comes the realization that His Godly love was toward us while yet lawless. (1John 4:19; “We love because He loved us first.” Our calling and deliverance from the world’s corruptive path is God’s choosing. The principle of His choosing and loving us is the same as His loving Israel. Through His covenant promise with Abraham. After Jesus’ return, “Israel will again be delivered, not for any good in them nor on their part, but because He made a covenant promise.

(Hosea 9: 9-10; “They, “Israelites” have sunk deep into corruption as in the days of Gibeah. He will remember their wrongdoing. He will repay them for their sins. (10) When I found Israel, it was like finding grapes in the wilderness. I viewed your ancestors like an early fig on a fig tree in its first season. Then they, “Israelites” came to Baal-Peor and they dedicated themselves to shame – they became as detestable as what they loved.”) See Isaiah 35: learn of Israel’s future delivery. They became as detestable to God as the detestable to God things they loved. Like populations of this world’s detestable to God, lawlessness. Even fleshly instinctive love has waxed cold as Jesus predicted and Matthew recorded in chapter 24:.

God is purposely allowing Satan to be the god of this world for His ultimate purpose. Our sin nature inherited from Adam, is what we’re called to overcome, “to the end.” Overcome through Jesus’ faith imputed to our minds by promise. Not our goodness, not law keeping, but gifted Godly love, respecting His revealed way, His commandments. In last study we looked to Jesus’ teaching through Paul, regarding righteousness by faith. Let’s continue.

(Romans 5:1-11; “Therefore, since we have been declared righteous by ‘Jesus’’ faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have also obtained access by ’His’ faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in the hope of God’s glory. Not only this, but we also rejoice in sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance, character, and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out “imputed” in our hearts through the Holy Spirit that’s given to us. (6) For while we “individually” were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. (For rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person perhaps someone might possibly dare to die.) But God demonstrates His own love for us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (9) Much more then, because we have now been declared righteous by His blood, we will be saved through Him from God’s wrath. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, how much more, since we have been reconciled, will we be saved by His life? (11) Not only this, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received this reconciliation.”) Suffering through God’s gifted persevering spirit, produces endurance, Godly character, hope and Godly love. Called out to follow Jesus people endure because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts, “mind” by His spirit given to us. (Review verse 5 above.)

(Romans 5:12-17) “So then, just as sin entered the world through one man “Adam” and death through sin, and so death spread to all people because all sinned – for before the law was given, sin was in the world, but there is no accounting for sin when there is no law. Yet death reigned from Adam until Moses even over those who did not sin in the same way that Adam (who is a type of the coming One) transgressed. But the gracious gift is not like the transgression. For if the many died through the transgression of the one man, “Adam” how much more did the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one man Jesus Christ multiply to the many! And the gift is not like the one who sinned. For judgment, resulting from the one transgression, led to condemnation, but the gracious gift from the many failures led to justification. For if, by the transgression of the one man, “Adam” death reigned through the one, how much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in, “eternal” life through the One, Jesus Christ!”)

From the foundation of the world, “before Adam’s creation” Our Lord knew and allowed Satan’s interference. He allowed Satan to tempt Himself, even offering Him kingdoms of this world. Jesus overcame Satan, quoting scripture and by knowing His Father, We too can overcome to the end, by the Word and our knowing God the Father and God the Son. Without Satan’s deceptions we might not know evil, know what it’s like to hate lawlessness, develop an endurance nature, character, hope, know the power of Godly love in resisting the demonic as Jesus did and overcome through the gift of believing IN Jesus.

(Romans 5:18-21; “Consequently, just as condemnation for all people came through one transgression, so too through the one righteous act came righteousness leading to, “eternal” life for all people. For just as through the disobedience of the one man “Adam” many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of One man “Jesusmany will be made righteous. Now the law came in so that the transgression may increase, but where sin increased, grace multiplied all the more, so that just as sin reigned in death, so also grace will reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”)

When Jesus created Adam in His own image mentally and physically, He knew the shortcomings he‘d endure, his need to overcome and that He’d shed His own blood for the remission of Adam and world’s sins. It was preplanned that, through the sacrificing of His own blood, believing IN people would inherit eternal life. Be spiritually created to follow Him and be made in His spiritual image! To know Him is to love Him.

(Romans 6:1-4; “What shall we say then? Are we to remain in sin so that grace may increase? Absolutely not! How can we who died to sin still live in it? Or do you not know that as many as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, in order that just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too may live a new life.”)

Baptism symbolizes our believing in Jesus’ death, burial, resurrection and ascension for our saving. He’s now serving as our Mediator before God our Father. Knowing “as Jesus was raised from the dead and ascended we’ll be raised to eternal life.

(Romans 6:5-14; “For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, we’ll certainly be united in the likeness of His resurrection. We know that our old man, “nature” was crucified with Him so that the body of sin would no longer dominate us, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. (For someone who has died has been freed from sin.) Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with Him. (9) We know that since Christ has been raised from the dead, He is never going to die again; death no longer has mastery over Him. For the death He died, He died to sin once for all, but the life He lives, He lives to God, “the Father.” So you too consider yourselves dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus. (12) Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its desires, and do not present your members to sin as instruments to be used for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who are alive from the dead and your members to God as instruments to be used for righteousness. For sin will have no mastery over you, because you are not under law but under grace.”) It’s Godly love, all His judgments, past and future are from His loving grace. Purifying a people to be atOne with Himself is His purpose.

What’s Love? chapter 1

Saturday, February 16th, 2019

What’s love? Our English dictionary defines “love” as “tender affections, feel desire, passionate desire etc. It’s one of the words we’re careless with. It should be defined as, “outgoing concern even as to self.” Young people particularly, confuse infatuation, physical attraction and lust with love. The lack of genuine love among people causes divorce, adultery, undisciplined children and war. Few are taught “God’s definition of love.

Instinctive protective concern is an inherited given, and is confused with love. Instinctive love is what we’re born with, “each person and most animal naturally have instinctive concern we ‘call love’ for their own. Some people develop selfishness to the degree that it “borders demonic.” Many are demonically influenced; “it’s the only way to define the Hitler like, barbaric hatred of Jews. For the most part people of this sort don’t even have protective, instinctively love for our own. Normally people have outgoing concern for “me, mine and ours” throughout their lives. Animals generally demonstrate protective concern for their own, “to a set growth stage.”

Our definition of love should be, “genuine outgoing love for others as for ourselves”) We need to recognize “there’s fleshly love and there’s Godly love.”

(1John 4:15-19; “If anyone confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God resides in him and he in God. And we, “followers of Jesus” have come to know and to believe the love that God has in us. God is love, and the one who resides in love resides in God, and God resides in him. (17) By this love is perfected with us, so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment, because just as Jesus is, so also are we in this world. There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears punishment has not been perfected in ‘Godly’ love. (19) We love because He loved us first.

We have Godly love, only when He reveals Himself to us individually, revealing that He loved us first. Until God makes Himself known, we can only humanly develop, “genuine outgoing concern for others as for ourselves.”

For the most part God has always allowed the populations at large, “go the way that seemed right to themselves individually. God allowed Adam’s son, “Cain” rely on his own intellect, regarding his practices and sacrificing. We have the record of Cain’s error and that result. “Study Genesis 4:.” Jesus had that record brought forward through His apostle Paul, who wrote; “though dead, Cain’s brother Abel’s faith still speaks to us.”

(Heb 11:3-4; “By, “gifted’” faith we understand that the worlds were set in order at God’s command, so that the visible has its origin in the invisible. By faith Abel offered God a greater sacrifice than Cain, and through his faith he, “Abel” was commended as righteous, because God commended him for his offerings. And through his faith he “Abel” still speaks, though he is dead.”)

Abel still speaks to us through Jesus’ preserving that portion of his obedient life. Though allowed to go the way that seems right, the populations at large have always had Abel’s witness. Adam’s Son Seth became an obedient witness and afterward Abraham. Abraham’s life record still speaks and is available to the world. Abraham and other’s mistakes are made available for our learning. Though he walked with God, Abraham depended on his fleshly intellect at times. Like when he passed his wife off as his sister and was found out by Abimelech, who knew something of God’s Way.

(Gen 20:8-13; “Early in the morning Abimelech summoned all his servants. When he told them about all these things, they were terrified. Abimelech summoned Abraham and said to him, “What have you done to us? What sin did I commit against you that would cause you to bring such great guilt on me and my kingdom? You have done things to me that should not be done!” Then Abimelech asked Abraham, “What prompted you to do this thing?”

(11; Abraham replied, “Because I thought, ‘Surely no one fears God in this place. They will kill me because of my wife.’ What’s more, she is indeed my sister, my father’s daughter, but not my mother’s daughter. She became my wife. When God made me wander from my father’s house, I told her, ‘This is what you can do to show your loyalty to me: Every place we go, say about me, “He is my brother.”’”) Three lessons should be learned here. (1) No lie will stand the test of time. (2) God called Abraham and God made him wander from his family, away from developing pagan practices; as a witness to the world: and though now dead, “Abraham still speaks.” (3) We should not assume that others have no revealed knowledge of and has no fear of God.

Jesus‘ apostle John also speaks of Cain‘s error, describing it as evil, that teaches us about Godly love and righteousness in God‘s View. Teaching that, except we be gifted with the love of God, we are in our evil inherited from Adam nature as was Cain.

(1 John 3:11-17; “For this is the gospel message that you have heard from the beginning: that we should love one another, not like Cain who was of the evil one Satan” and brutally murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because Cain’s deeds were evil, but his brother “Abel’s” were righteous. (13) Therefore do not be surprised, brothers and sisters, if the world hates you. (Because the world is as Cain was; hating God’s righteousness. Wanting to live and practice as seems right to their personal intellect.) We know that we “who are called and whom God has revealed Himself to.“ have crossed over from death to life because we love our fellow Christians. The one who does not love remains in death. (People in whom God isn’t revealed have not inherited eternal life.!) Everyone who hates his fellow Christian is a murderer, (“as was Cain”) and you know that no murderer has eternal life residing in him. We have come to know love by this: that Jesus laid down His life for us; thus we ought to lay down our lives for our fellow Christians. (7) But whoever has the world’s possessions and sees his fellow Christian in need and shuts off his compassion against him, how can the love of God reside in such a person?”)

We now have the love of Jesus as our witness; but the world at large has turned to the demonic way, desiring to change The Way revealed to and through Seth, Noah, Abraham, Moses, Jesus and His apostles. The Way being? “to respect what our Creator has made holy to Himself and His followers.” His commandments, His Sabbaths that foreshadow His Way and planning. Let’s examine Paul’s understanding.

(Rom 3:1-2; “Therefore what advantage does the Jew have, or what is the value of circumcision? Actually, there are many advantages. First of all, the Jews were entrusted with the oracles of God.”) Remember Paul is writing to a converted to Jesus’ Way people, “gentiles for the most part!” Teaching them and us that God has entrusted certain things to the tribe of Judea for the keeping of His Way for our example.

(3-4; “What then? If some did not believe, does their unbelief nullify the faithfulness of God? Absolutely not! Let God be proven true, and every human being shown up as a liar, just as it is written: “so that you will be justified in your words and will prevail when you are judged.”) Paul was contending with pagan worshipers of the imaginary Zeus and Baal. A people whose ways had evolved to the demonic. A people who had made their own gods, calendars and set aside time to honor their imaginary gods.

(5-8; “But if our unrighteousness demonstrates the righteousness of God, what shall we say? The God who inflicts wrath is not unrighteous, is He? (I am speaking in human terms.) Absolutely not! For otherwise how could God judge the world? For if by my lie the truth of God enhances His glory, why am I still actually being judged as a sinner? And why not say, “Let us do evil so that good may come of it?” – as some who slander us allege that we say. (Their condemnation is deserved!”) Unbelievers twisted Paul’s words about grace and the law being our guardian prior to Jesus being revealed. Once Jesus is revealed and His spirit imputed to our minds, “we love the law as God’s intended it’s use.” Thus we understand through gifted love that the law was given for our good.

(9-18; “What then? Are we better off? Certainly not, for we have already charged that Jews and Greeks alike are all under sin, just as it is written: “There is no one righteous, not even one, there is no one who understands, there is no one who seeks God. (Verses 10-12 are a quotation from Ps 14:1-3). All have turned away, together they have become worthless; there is no one who shows kindness, not even one.” “Their throats are open graves, they deceive with their tongues, the poison of asps is under their lips.” (Quote from Ps 5:9; & 140:3.) “Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness.” (quote from Ps 10:7.) “Their feet are swift to shed blood, ruin and misery are in their paths, and the way of peace they have not known.” (Verses 3:15-17 is quoted from Isa 59:7-8.) “There is no fear of God before their eyes.” (Quote from Ps 36:1.) Jesus’ apostle Paul’s mind had been miraculously opened to understand the scriptures!

(19; “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.”))

Back in Abraham’s day, Abimelech and his people understood their relationship to God’s law; thus they feared God when they learned Abraham’s wife had been taken. However their fear for having broken God’s law did not make them righteous before God!

(20; “For no one is declared righteous before Him “God” by the works of the law, for through the law comes the knowledge of sin.”) God’s law defines sin.

(21-26; “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, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. But they (To whom Jesus is revealed and who are imputed with His spirit.) are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. (25) God “the Father” publicly displayed Jesus at His death as the mercy seat accessible through faith. This was to demonstrate His (Jesus’) righteousness, because God “the Father” 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.”)

Renunciation of the Faith, Apostate, chapter 5

Thursday, February 14th, 2019

To: “His Church” People gifted with a desire to be atOne with God. 2/14/19 God’s 12th month, day 9, Adar 1, 5779 until sunset

Renunciation of Jesus’ gifted faith was known and prophesied long before Jude. (Jude 4; “For certain men have secretly slipped in among you – men who long ago were marked out for the condemnation I am about to describe – ungodly men who have turned the grace of our God into a license for evil and who deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.”) False teachers then and today were marked out for their condemnation, “from the foundation of the world.” Our all knowing God knows about all the wars, Satan inspired religions and details of what’s going on today. People attempting to use God’s grace “to change His Way, Sabbaths and oracles to insert pagan customs are marked for condemnation.

Jesus’ miraculously saving Israelites from Egyptian bondage foreshadows His called people from this world’s system of things.

(Jude 5; “Now I, “Jude” desire to remind you (even though you have been fully informed of these facts once for all) that Jesus, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, later destroyed those who did not believe. You also know that the, “demonic” angels who did not keep within their proper domain but abandoned their own place of residence, He has kept in eternal chains in utter darkness, locked up for the judgment of the great Day. So also Sodom and Gomorrah and the neighboring towns, since they indulged in sexual immorality and pursued unnatural desire in a way similar to these angels, are now displayed as an example by suffering the punishment of eternal fire.”)

What Jude saw happening among Christians was a repeat of what happened to Israelites, not so long after Moses’ and Joshua. Jude is rationalizing with us; “that Jesus is the same, as when He punished rebellious angelic beings and the people of Sodom, so He will punish those marked out for condemnation.”

(Jude 8; “Yet these men, as a result of their dreams, defile the flesh, reject authority, and insult the glorious ones. But even when Michael the archangel was arguing with the devil and debating with him concerning Moses’ body, Michael did not dare to bring a slanderous judgment, but said, “to the devil.” “May the Lord rebuke you!” But these men do not understand the things they slander, and they are being destroyed by the very things that, like irrational animals, they instinctively comprehend.”)

Instinctive comprehension is fleshly, as in the nature we inherited from Adam. The way of unbelieving people is likened to instinctive behavior in animals. (Acting out their lives according to what seems right to their fleshly intellect.) It is making self, “one’s god.” This is what Cain did when he decided to sacrifice to God, according to what seemed right to himself.

Woe to them! For they have traveled down Cain’s path, and because of greed have abandoned themselves to Balaam’s error; hence, they will certainly perish in Korah’s rebellion. These men are dangerous reefs at your love feasts, feasting without reverence, feeding only themselves. They are waterless clouds, carried along by the winds; autumn trees without fruit – twice dead, uprooted; wild sea waves, spewing out the foam of their shame; wayward stars for whom the utter depths of eternal darkness have been reserved.”) Twice dead? Knowingly teaching what’s false is unforgivable, apparently. Such will die a second death. (Review Revelations 21:8)

(Jude 14; “Now Enoch, the seventh in descent beginning with Adam, even prophesied of them, saying, “Look! The Lord is coming with thousands and thousands of His holy ones, to execute judgment on all, and to convict every person of all their thoroughly ungodly deeds that they have committed and of all the harsh words that ungodly sinners have spoken against Him.” These people are grumblers and fault-finders who go wherever their desires lead them, and they give bombastic speeches, enchanting folks for their own gain.”) Jude apparently had access to Enoch’s writings. Enoch had revelations about Jesus’ coming to rule this earth, long before the flood.!

(Jude 17; But you, dear friends – recall the predictions foretold by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ. For they said to you, “In the end time there will come scoffers, propelled by their own ungodly desires.” These people are divisive, worldly, devoid of the Spirit. But you, dear friends, by building yourselves up in your most holy faith, by praying in the Holy Spirit, maintain yourselves in the love of God, while anticipating the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that brings eternal life. And have mercy on those who waver; save others by snatching them out of the fire; have mercy on others, coupled with a fear of God, hating even the clothes stained by the flesh.”) “End time” has been since Jesus’ ascension 2,000 Plus years ago, much closer now to Jesus’ return, the resurrections and peace on earth.

(Jude 24; “Now to the One, “Jesus” who is able to keep you from falling, and to cause you to stand, rejoicing, without blemish before His glorious presence, to the only God our Savior through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, power, and authority, before all time, and now, and for all eternity. Amen.”) The apostasy has filled every crevice of this world’s system of things. It takes gifted wisdom to recognize it.

Renunciations to God’s Way, Jude wrote about were revealed to Jesus’ prophets, Daniel and other prophets long before Jude. As in a class setting, Let’s consider and digest Jesus’ inspired words revealed to John and Paul at John 1:1-5, Colossians 1:15-20 & Hebrews 1: before proceeding. Had not Jesus’ deity been misunderstood, He wouldn’t have been killed. Had they known Jesus and God the Father, they would not have killed the Son of God. Had the men organizing Catholicism knew Jesus’ deity, they would not have mixed paganism with their view of Christendom, using His name. Today, “knowledge has been increased as Daniel prophesied” but Satan still has the world confused. Abominable to God things the gentiles worshiped and practiced is now common among the denominations. It seems none desire truth. Referring to the end of this age and beginning of Jesus’ millennial kingdom, He gave revelations to Daniel about much of what He spoke, recorded in Matthew 24:.

(Daniel 12:1-13; “At that time Michael, the great prince who watches over Your people, will arise. There will be a time of distress unlike any other from the nation’s beginning up to that time. But at that time Your own people, (spiritual Israelites, those who God fights for) all those whose names are found written in the book, will escape. Many of those who sleep in the dusty ground will awake – some to everlasting life, and others to shame and everlasting abhorrence. (3) But the wise will shine like the brightness of the heavenly expanse. And those bringing many to righteousness will be like the stars forever and ever. (4) “But you, Daniel, close up these words and seal the book until the time of the end. Many will dash about, and knowledge will increase.” I, Daniel, watched as two others stood there, one on each side of the river. One said to the man clothed in linen who was above the waters of the river, “When will the end of these wondrous events occur.?” Then I heard the man clothed in linen who was over the waters of the river as he raised both his right and left hands to the sky and made an oath by the One who lives forever: “It is for a time, times, and half a time. Then, when the power of the one who shatters the holy people has been exhausted, all these things will be finished.” (8) I heard, but I did not understand. So I said, “Sir, what will happen after these things?” He said, “Go, Daniel. For these matters are closed and sealed until the time of the end. (10) Many will be purified, made clean, and refined, but the wicked will go on being wicked. None of the wicked will understand, though the wise will understand. From the time that the daily sacrifice is removed and the abomination that causes desolation is set in place, there are 1,290 days. Blessed is the one who waits and attains to the 1,335 days. But you should go your way until the end. You will rest and then at the end of the days you will arise to receive what you have been allotted.”)

Only recently have scholars begun to unravel the complex religious rituals of Israel’s Canaanite neighbors. Much knowledge of the origins and character of these fertility cults remains tentative and widely debated. What’s revealed? “dark seductive practices that entice people are still being practiced by worldly denominations.”

The Israelites were commanded to rid their lands of these pagan practices, but true to their nature, “as Moses prophesied” they succumbed to leaders with self serving agendas. People of Israel were given knowledge of their Creator and Deliverer when they crossed the sea on dry ground, as they were being fed forty years, their shoes didn’t wear out and again when they crossed the Jordan, under Joshua. They were taught about Abraham living in the Negev desert, where God made His covenant of blood with him and sealed it with circumcision. They were taught about Moses’ meeting God at a burning bush and Moses learning the greatness of God’s name and receiving God’s commission to bring the Hebrews out of Egypt. God speaking to His people on Mount Sinai, reestablished His covenant to Abraham, giving the Ten Commandments.

Israel’s 40-year journey in the wilderness with Jesus accompanying them, protected them, feeding and guided them to the Promised Land didn‘t impact those who’d been delivered from Egypt. There was no doubt that Yahweh was God. However He was allowing Satan freedom to deceive many. When the Israelites entered Canaan, they found a land of farms, not shepherds, as they had been. The land was fertile beyond anything the Hebrews had ever seen.

The Canaanites attributed this fertility to their god Baal, in part that caused the Israelites’ belief problems. Began questioning the greatness of God, “could the God who had led them out of Egypt also be the Canaanite god?” The Canaanites attributed fertility to? Should this fertility god of the Canaanites be honored? Many rationalized, “maybe to be safe we should worship both” Yahweh and Baal. (Satan was winning the battle for hearts and minds of God’s people.) The book of Judges records their ongoing struggle, “Israelite’s attraction to the Canaanite gods and God’s disciplinary response.” Some repented and God mercifully forgave, but the Israelites kept looking to Baal, instead of their Creator and Deliverer. After Joshua and Samuel the Lord God commissioned King David and after him only a few kings attempted to give God allegiance. The worldwide spiritual battle is continuing, Satan at the helm until its Jesus’ time to take him out and establish peace on earth.

By the time of Ahab and Jezebel, the fertility cults appeared to have the official sanction of Israel’s leaders. Ahab with wife’s encouragement, built a temple to Baal at his capital, “Samaria.” All the while, prophets like Elijah “Whose name means, “Yahweh is God?,” Hosea, Isaiah, and Jeremiah thundered that Yahweh alone deserved the people’s allegiance. It took the Assyrian destruction of Israel and the Babylonian Captivity of Judah still, stubborn Israelites didn’t turn to the One omnipotent God. For the called, who’re gifted with the New Covenant and the desire to be atOne with Jesus, it’s vitally important to be totally committed to our Creator and Deliverer, “Jesus.” Don’t get trapped by worldly Christendom who’s still attempting to worship Baal and God.

Renunciation of the Faith, Apostate, chapter 4

Tuesday, February 12th, 2019

To: “His Church” People gifted with a desire to be atOne with God. 2/11/19 God’s 12th month, day 6, Adar 1, 5779 until sunset

The Passover Jesus commanded Moses have the Israelites keep on the 14th day of His first month, putting blood over door post to save their first born, their consuming a lamb or goat with unleavened bread representing their ridding themselves of sin and their deliverance from Egypt, ‘sin’ on the next day, “the first Holy annual Sabbath” looked forward to His observing the New Covenant Passover with His apostles. Wine representing His shed blood “His life for the remission of sin,” breaking bread representing His broken body and “His being the bread of life.”

(Exodus 12:39-42; “They baked cakes of bread without yeast using the dough they had brought from Egypt, for it was made without yeast – because they were thrust out of Egypt and were not able to delay, they could not prepare food for themselves either. Now the length of time the Israelites lived in Egypt was 430 years. At the end of the 430 years, on the very day, all the regiments of the Lord went out of the land of Egypt. (42) It was a night of vigil for the Lord to bring them out from the land of Egypt and so on this night all Israel is to keep the vigil to the Lord for generations to come.”)

The meaning of the word Israel is, “God fights.” Today’s followers of Jesus are spiritual Israelites, individuals God delivers from sinful living. Each known from the foundation of the world. The Father calls, reveals Jesus as the manifestation of Himself, gifts with a desire to obey and follow Jesus, through whom is eternal life.

The question each Christian should ask is; “What’s the significance of the name Israel and “who does God fight for in this age?” History demonstrates, “it began with God’s promises to Abraham and changing Jacob’s name to Israel. Jesus did lead, protect, bless and fought for the twelve tribes of Israel until the time preplanned, “when He allowed them to go the way that seemed right to themselves.” As prophesied through Moses, the Israelites began copying gentile customs and turning to imaginary gods; thus their dispersion as God said, through Moses. Promises to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses and David included a promised Messiah. Jesus prophesying through Moses, Isaiah, Ezekiel, Jeremiah, Amos, David and others. “One likened to Moses, a Deliverer who would die for the sins of the world.” Regardless of nationality, “Jesus’” followers would become spiritual Israelites! New Covenant Christians are those who God calls, gives spiritual understanding to, makes His own, grants faith in Jesus’ sacrifice for the remission of sins, fights for, giving persevering minds to, making them atOne with Himself thus making them His literal children.” Jesus’ apostle Paul explained.

(Galatians 3:23-29; “Now before, “Jesus‘” faith came we were held in custody under the law, kept as prisoners until the coming faith would be revealed. Thus the law had become our guardian until Christ, “was revealed” so that we could be declared righteous by, “Jesus’” faith. But now that. “His” faith has come, “been gifted” we are no longer under a guardian. For in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God through, “Jesus’” faith. For all of you who were baptized into Christ (immersed in Jesus’ belief) have clothed yourselves with Christ. (gifted to put on Jesus’ nature) (28) 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.”)

God the Father calls people to be Christ like, be parallel with His oracles, perpetual “ordinances” with people of promise. Physical circumcision is still an ordinance, but always looked forward to “circumcision of heart.”

(Exodus 12:43-50; “The Lord said to Moses and Aaron, “This is the ordinance of the Passover. No foreigner may share in eating it. But everyone’s servant who is bought for money, after you have circumcised him, may eat it. A foreigner and a hired worker must not eat it. It must be eaten in one house; you must not bring any of the meat outside the house, and you must not break a bone of it. The whole community of Israel (“those God leads and fights for”) must observe it. “When a foreigner lives with you and wants to observe the Passover to the Lord, all his males must be circumcised, and then he may approach and observe it, and he will be like one who is born in the land – but no uncircumcised person may eat of it. The same law will apply to the person who is native-born and to the foreigner who lives among you.” (50) So all the Israelites did exactly as the Lord commanded Moses and Aaron. And on this very day the Lord brought the Israelites out of the land of Egypt by their regiments.”) God’s church must guard against uncalled people’s inserting themselves for wrong reasons.

God’s instituting circumcision, calling Abraham, Isaac. Jacob; and changing Jacob’s name to Israel, is His pattern “looked forward to His gifting a circumcised heart and mind to a people of His calling, gifting them with a spirit of atOnement with Himself. (That is, “Gifting His people with a nature change.”) Today, God would say to would be Christians, as He said to backsliding Israelites through Jeremiah.

(Jeremiah 4:1-4; “If you, Israel, want to come back,” says the Lord, “if you want to come back to Me you must get those disgusting idols out of My sight and must no longer go astray. You must be truthful, honest and upright when you take an oath saying, ‘As surely as the Lord lives!’ If you do, the nations will pray to be as blessed by Him as you are and will make Him the object of their boasting.” Yes, the Lord has this to say to the people of Judah and Jerusalem: “Like a farmer breaking up hard unplowed ground, you must break your rebellious will and make a new beginning; just as a farmer must clear away thorns lest the seed is wasted, you must get rid of the sin that is ruining your lives. (4) Just as ritual CIRCUMCISION cuts away the foreskin as an external symbol of dedicated covenant commitment, you must genuinely dedicate yourselves to the Lord and get rid of everything that hinders your commitment to Me, people of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem. If you do not, My anger will blaze up like a flaming fire against you that no one will be able to extinguish. That will happen because of the evil you have done.”) To professing Christians today, Jesus would say, “you can’t follow Me and the world’s system of things simultaneously.”

Followers of Jesus “hates as He and loves His Way. That way is to God with our whole being, our neighbor enemies, but hate the enemy’s erroneous divisionary, “Satan inspired” ways. Followers of Jesus can’t take it on themselves to murder, as do some unbelievers. (Worldly religions thinking God wants their help to establish His rule on earth, are demonically led.) Jesus had Ezekiel prophesy in His name, regarding how His kingdom will be established.

(Ezek 37:21-23; “Then tell them, ‘This is what the sovereign Lord says: Look, I am about to take the Israelites from among the nations where they have gone. I will gather them from round about and bring them to their land. I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel, and one king will rule over them all. They will never again be two nations and never again be divided into two kingdoms. They will not defile themselves with their idols, their detestable things, and all their rebellious deeds. I will save them from all their unfaithfulness by which they sinned. I will purify them; they will become My people and I will become their God. (24-28; “‘My servant David will be king over them; there will be one shepherd for all of them. They will follow My regulations and carefully observe My statutes. They will live in the land I gave to My servant Jacob, in which your fathers lived; they will live in it – they and their children and their grandchildren forever. David My servant will be prince over them forever. I will make a covenant of peace with them; it will be a perpetual covenant with them. I will establish them, increase their numbers, and place My sanctuary among them forever. (27) My dwelling place will be with them; I will be their God, and they will be My people. Then, when My sanctuary is among them forever, the nations will know that I, the Lord, sanctify Israel.’”) Did Jude, James, Jesus and His apostles look forward to this age? They did.

Remembering a little history might be worth while. Study it!

The Crusades were a series of intermittent Papal sanctioned military campaigns. A common term for Muslim was Saracen; before the 16th century, the words “Muslim” and “Islam” were rarely used by Europeans. In Northern Europe the pagan Catholic church continued to battle what they considered paganism. The European war against Muslim expansion was recognized as a “religious war” or bellum sacrum from the beginning.

“From Catholic on line.” (A Third World War has begun, in spite of the fact that few people recognize it.) The conflict isn’t between communist and free as some western nations think, “instead its between Muslim and the rest of the world.” Militant Muslims in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria have stolen the headlines, “soon we’ll see them around the world, making a play for power.” The Quran instructs that the entire world is to be converted. Islam is not just for a few Middle Eastern countries, “the banner of Islam is intended for all nations.” Quran instructs, “if enticements of paradise don’t work, that banner should be raised with the help of the sword.” As Catholic’s thought to institute their religion a few hundred years ago, “Muslim’s believe it’s their time.”

God’s New Covenant Church is rooted in the prophetic writings about Jesus, His death, resurrection, ascension, “fulfilling what’s promised, is His church’s foundation.” God is in charge, “He opens minds, reveals Himself and Son “Jesus.” He’s building a righteous spiritual nation, a family atOne with Himself. (That first New Covenant Church founded on that Pentecost after Jesus’ ascension was primarily Israelites, mainly the tribe of Judah.) Many of them had problems when the likes of “Cornelius the gentile’s” conversion. Jesus sent Peter to initiate the first visit in a called out gentile’s home. (The Jerusalem Church’s growing pain? Rooted in their self righteous nature “their humanity” the notion that only Israelites were God’s chosen people.) Jesus had Moses prophesy about Israel’s nature, their stubbornness and how they’d yield to unscrupulous leaders. Jesus and His apostles foreknew what would happen to The Church of God.

(Matt 24:9-14; “Then they “unbelievers” will hand you over to be persecuted and will kill you. You “Believers” will be hated by all the nations because of My name “My loving nature in you.” Then many will be led into sin, and they will betray one another and hate one another. And many false prophets will appear and deceive many and because lawlessness will increase so much, the love of many will grow cold. But the person who endures to the end will be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached throughout the whole inhabited earth as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come.”) It’s God’s way “He’s shaping a loving God family in the image of Jesus.”

Divisionary hatred inspired by Satan invokes the apostasy our Lord’s brother, “Jude” witnessed and warned Jesus’ followers. Let’s review.

(Jude 1:1-3; “From Jude, a slave of Jesus Christ and brother of James, to those who are called, wrapped in the love of God the Father and kept for Jesus Christ. May mercy, peace, and love be lavished on you!” “Dear friends, although I have been eager to write to you about our common salvation, I now feel compelled instead to write to encourage you to contend earnestly for The Faith that was once for all entrusted to the Saints.”) What’s the Christian’s common salvation? The first three chapters have revealed a major part. It revolves around loving God, being obedient to Jesus’ Way, that’s entrusted! Called out followers of Jesus are empowered to overcome to the end and inherit eternal life.

Renunciation of the Faith, Apsotate, chapter 3

Sunday, February 10th, 2019

To: “His Church” People gifted with a desire to be atOne with God. 2/10/19 God’s 12th month, day 5, Adar 1, 5779 until sunset.

The Prophet Daniel was allowed to see into our future. After foreseeing demonic destructive rule on earth he was allowed to see the future demise of Satan. Symbolically Daniel saw ten horns representing rulers. (Dan 7:20-28; “I also wanted to know the meaning of the ten horns on its head, and of that other horn which came up and before which three others fell. This was the horn that had eyes and a mouth speaking arrogant things, whose appearance was more formidable than the others.(21) While I was watching, that horn began to wage war against the Holy Ones and was defeating them, until the Ancient of Days arrived and judgment was rendered in favor of the Holy Ones of the Most High. Then the time came for the Holy Ones to take possession of the kingdom. (23) “This is what he told me: ‘The fourth beast means that there will be a fourth kingdom on earth that will differ from all the other kingdoms. It will devour all the earth and will trample and crush it. (24) The ten horns mean that ten kings will arise from that kingdom. Another king will arise after them, but he will be different from the earlier ones. He will humiliate three kings.(25) He will speak words against the Most High. He will harass the Holy Ones of the Most High continually. His intention will be to change times established by law. They “the holy ones” will be delivered into his hand For a time, “times, and half a time.” But the court will convene, and his, “Satan’s” ruling authority will be removed – destroyed and abolished forever! (27) Then the kingdom, authority, and greatness of the kingdoms under all of heaven will be delivered to the people of the Holy Ones of the Most High. His, “Jesus’” kingdom is an eternal kingdom; all authorities will serve Him and obey Him.’ “This is the conclusion of the matter. As for me, Daniel, my thoughts troubled me greatly, and the color drained from my face. But I kept the matter to myself.”)This demonic apostasy began before Jude’s day, “paganism” has filled this earth.

No need to set dates or put names - faces to these despots who are destined to persecute Believers IN, “Christians.” These types have always spoke arrogantly against our Creator. NO wonder, Daniel’s thoughts were troubling. (These things are troubling to Christians, because we hate what Satan is doing to this earth’s populations.) Are these things troubling to religious teachers of our day? If so, they aren’t showing it! NOW, even the prophet Daniel had sin in his life that needed to be confessed and more was revealed.

(Dan 9:20-27; “While I was still speaking and praying, confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel and presenting my request before the LORD my God concerning His holy Mountain–yes, while I was still praying, the man Gabriel, whom I had seen previously in a vision, was approaching me in my state of extreme weariness, around the time of the evening offering.”) Remember all these things are for our example and learning. Believers IN: need to be confessing our sins; “sins of not overcoming as we should. sins of not loving as we should and sins of taking blessings for granted.” MAY we do as Daniel, “confess our and our fellow citizen’s sins. Praying that God have mercy and shorten this time of demonic rule.

(Dan 9:22-24; “Gabriel spoke with me, instructing me as follows: “Daniel, I have now come to impart understanding to you. At the beginning of your requests a message went out, and I have come to convey it to you, for you are of great value in God’s sight. Therefore consider the message and understand the vision. (24) “Seventy weeks have been determined concerning Your people and your Holy City to put an end to rebellion, to bring sin to completion, to atone for iniquity, to bring in perpetual righteousness, to seal up the prophetic vision, and to anoint a most Holy Place.”) Jesus died for this purpose! FOR THE REMISSION OF THE SINS OF THIS WORLD. Evil is to be destroyed and perpetual righteousness is coming.

(Dan 9:25-27; So know and understand: From the issuing of the command to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until an Anointed One, a prince arrives, there will be a period of seven weeks and sixty-two weeks. It will again be built, with plaza and moat, but in distressful times.(26) Now after the sixty-two weeks, an Anointed One will be cut off and have nothing. As for the city and the sanctuary, the people of the coming prince will destroy them. But his end will come speedily like a flood. Until the end of the war that has been decreed there will be destruction. (27) He will confirm a covenant with many for one week. But in the middle of that week He will bring sacrifices and offerings to a halt. On the wing of abominations will come One who destroys, until the decreed end is poured out on the one who destroys, “Satan””)

The end ‘time’ war is before New Jerusalem comes down. Worldly unbelievers had rather fight than switch. Unbelievers love being a god to themselves, “they love deciding for themselves, what’s right, wrong, good and evil. Apostasy will end when Jesus binds Satan and ushers in His Way.

Seeing the renunciation, “apostate” taking place, Jude knew who the real culprit was. He and many Israelites knew the facts regarding the Pharaoh of Egypt ordering Egyptian midwives to kill boy babies born to Israelite women, during the time of Moses’ birth, the king feared the population growth of the Israelites and the prophesied deliverer’s coming.” God intervened and gave Moses’ parents the mind to hide him and float him down river in a papyrus basket sealed with bitumen and pitch. Moses sister watched as Pharaoh’s daughter had the basket retrieved, “had compassion and took Moses.” Moses’ sister then ask if she would like her to find a nursing woman, she agreed and so Moses’ mother continued to nurse him. (Exodus 2:1-8) Satan knew enough about God’s planning to want Moses killed.

Likewise and for the same reason Satan wanted Jesus killed. When Herod heard the prophecy about a king to be born, he looked for Jesus to kill him. An angel appeared to Joseph and told him to take child and mother to safety. They stayed there until Herod was dead. (Matthew quoting from Hosea 11:1.) When Herod was not informed about Jesus’ location, he was enraged and sent men to kill all the children in Bethlehem and throughout the surrounding region from the age of two and under, according to the time he had learned from the wise men. (See Matthew 2:13-16)

Not only did Matthew have revelations, he was mindful of Jesus’ having Jeremiah prophecy regarding Jesus’ protection and the return of Israel to the borders promised Abraham, during Jesus’ millennial reign.

(Jeremiah 31:15; “The Lord says, “A sound is heard in Ramah, a sound of crying in bitter grief. It is the sound of Rachel weeping for her children and refusing to be comforted, because her children are gone.” (16-17; “The Lord says to her, “Stop crying! Do not shed any more tears! For your heartfelt repentance will be rewarded. Your children will return from the land of the enemy. I, the Lord affirm it! Indeed, there is hope for your posterity. Your children will return to their own territory. I, the Lord, affirm it!”) (Also see Isaiah 35:, Jeremiah like Isaiah is prophesying “a greater deliverance than Israel’s deliverance through Moses.

(Matthew 2:17-18; “Then what was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet was fulfilled: “A voice was heard in Ramah, weeping, loud wailing, Rachel weeping for her children, and she did not want to be comforted, because they were gone.”) Rachel was Jacob’s second and favorite wife. Remember Jacob’s name was changed to Israel. We’re looking at a two tier prophecy that includes a second deliverance for Israelites.

The common salvation Jude desired and writes about includes Israel’s history, and promises to Abraham regarding his descendent, “The Seed Jesus.” Jude understood Satan’s role in distorting The Faith. Do we?

Jesus’ apostles spent many hours listening to His teaching, considering His rationale and seeing His miraculous deeds, but their minds were not opened to understand the holy scriptures until Jesus gifted them with understanding! (This is one of the great mysteries to worldly religions and all unbelievers!) This mystery defies fleshly human logic! It was after Jesus’ resurrection, that He miraculously opened the holy scriptures to His apostles understanding!

(Luke 24:44-49; “Then Jesus said to them, “These are My words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about Me in the law of Moses and the prophets and the psalms must be fulfilled.” (45) Then Jesus opened their minds so they could understand the scriptures, and said to them, “Thus it stands written that the Christ would suffer and would rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance for the forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed in His name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You, “apostles” are witnesses of these things. (49) And look, I am sending you what My Father promised. But stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.”) The understanding regarding “proclaiming repentance for the forgiveness of sins in Jesus’ name to all nations is yet to happen!”

Jesus’ apostles stayed in Jerusalem and when Pentecost came the city was filled with Israelites from far and wide. The gifting of God’s spirit to Jesus’ followers was preplanned from the foundation of the world. On that Pentecost after Jesus’ ascension a partial fulfillment occurred and is still occurring. (Study Acts 2:) A much greater fulfillment is coming after the first resurrection as Jesus prophesies through Jonah.

Jesus’ New Covenant Family, His Church began on that Pentecost, as preplanned from the foundation of the world. God’s church isn’t a physical structure, “but a chosen people.” (A people God the Father choose, to be molded in Jesus’ spiritual likeness.) The process includes, “God revealing Himself, our shortcomings, giving us the desire to be atOne with Himself, learn and overcome to the end and turn to His Way.

Renunciation of The Faith, “apostate” Jude witnessed was organized by men who combined paganism, a little Judaism and selected teachings of Jesus and His apostles. Jesus and His apostles had kept, “His Passover” on the 14th of Abib, “Nisan” since Israel’s deliverance from Egypt. (Jesus manifested Himself as servant, Lord of Lords as He instituted, “the New Passover ordinance.” (Passover’s ordinances symbolisms, “foreshadows” the gifting of eternal life through Jesus’ shed blood and accepting His being, “the bread of life.”) Jesus said; “do this, in remembrance of Me.” “It’s a night to be much remembered.”

At the time of Jesus and His apostles keeping that Passover, “most Israelites were citizens under Roman authority.” Long before Jesus had dispersed them, “as had been prophesied” among the pagan gentiles, because of their disobedience. Before Jesus’ human birth Hezekiah had been led to allow some from the tribe of Judah, return to the Judean area. Jesus’ Passover ordinance was also for remembering when and how the Israelites were brought from Egypt to the promised lands, a miraculous delivering, fulfilling a big part of God’s promises to Abraham.

Renunciation of the Fatth, apostate, chapter 2

Sunday, February 10th, 2019

To: “His Church” People gifted with a desire to be atOne with God. 2/9/19 God’s 12th month, day 4, Adar 1, 5779 until sunset.

Chapter one of, “ Renunciation of The Faith, the Apostasy, includes the common salvation Jude intended to write to followers of Jesus. Believing the things we shared in chapter one. Jude’s observation of the apostasy already taking place, took him in the direction we see in His short letter titled “Jude.” (Faith in Jesus’ Words, His purpose, willingly sacrificing His blood for the remission of the world‘s sin, His practicing righteous living as He taught Israel and honoring times that looked forward to His return, were being mixed with the very pagan customs Jesus hated since the foundation of the world.) (See Colossians 2:8) So, Jude was compelled to disclose the apostasy he saw taking place. (Jesus’ spiritual and physical family, “His mother, brothers, sisters and those whose names are written in the Lamb book of Life were and are gifted with an overview of the Lord’s purpose in calling the forefathers, giving the prophets His words regarding His coming. These knew about the Messiah.”

Did we notice that our Lord God, ‘Jesus’ revealed the same evil practices to Moses and John, that if not repented of require a second death. Compare Deuteronomy 18:9-14 with Jesus’ Revelations to John at 21:8. Basically the same evil abominable to God practices are named in each. The major point in Jesus’ “Lazarus, rich man parable” is, ‘If they do not respond to Moses and the prophets, they’ll not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead. (See Luke 16:30-31) Jesus’ parable began at verse 22, “the rich man and beggar died, the beggar was carried to Abraham’s side, the rich in Hades,” looked up and saw the beggar and said, “father Abraham send Lazarus to my father’s house, (for I have 5 brothers) “warn them so they don’t come to this place of torment.” (Hades is the Greek word often translated “hell.” Where the dead are gathered (Psalms 16:10, 86:13 and Revelations 20:13) It’s from where God the Father brought up Moses and Elijah to converse with Jesus. Jesus had told His apostles they’d see the kingdom of God.

(Matt 17:1-8; Six days later Jesus took with him Peter, James, and John the brother of James and led them privately up a high mountain. And He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became white as light. (3) Then Moses and Elijah also appeared before them, talking with Him. So Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here. If you want, I will make three shelters – one for You, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” While he was still speaking, a cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is My one dear Son, in whom I take great delight. Listen to him!” When the disciples heard this, they were overwhelmed with fear and threw themselves down with their faces to the ground. But Jesus came and touched them. “Get up,” He said. “Do not be afraid.” When they looked up, all they saw was Jesus alone.”) Peter recalled and wrote about this glorious even in his second letter.

(2Peter 1:16-21; For we ‘apostles’ did not follow cleverly concocted fables when we made known to you the power and return of our Lord Jesus Christ; no, we were eyewitnesses of His grandeur. For He ‘Jesus’ received honor and glory from God the Father, when that voice was conveyed to Him by the Majestic Glory: “This is My dear Son, in whom I am delighted.” When this voice was conveyed from heaven, we ourselves heard it, for we were with Him on the holy mountain. (19) Moreover, we ‘apostles’ possess the prophetic word as an altogether reliable thing. You do well if you pay attention to this as you would to a light shining in a murky place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. Above all, you do well if you recognize this: No prophecy of scripture ever comes about by the prophet’s own imagination, for no prophecy was ever borne of human impulse; rather, men carried along by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.”)

Peter, James and John saw how God’s kingdom would ultimately be established on earth. The dead in Christ Jesus will be resurrected to spiritual life and many, “perhaps all Israel” resurrected as was Lazarus. (Ezek 37)

The natural mind thinks “methodology” in regard to salvation. Most Evangelicals teach, “choose, believe and trust Jesus for saving salvation.” Catholicism teaches that priest are authorized to give babies and adults who do certain penance salvation, “made members of God’s family.” (Jesus teaches, “God calls, reveals people’s sin nature condition, reveals Himself, grants repentance “a turning from that inherited nature” and a new spiritual birth.) God is the One who gives a desire to be atOne with Himself and Jesus. Jesus inspired Paul to teach:

(Phil 2:12-18; “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, for the One bringing forth in you both the desire and the effort – for the sake of His good pleasure – is God. (14) 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. But even if I am being poured out like a drink offering on the sacrifice and service of your faith, I am glad and rejoice together with all of you. And in the same way you also should be glad and rejoice together with me.”) God the Father chooses and makes His Saints atOne with Jesus and gives them over to Jesus for spiritual training.

(John 1:11-13; “Jesus came to what was His own, but His own people did not receive Him. But to all who have received Him – those who believe IN His name – He has given the right to become God’s children;–children not born by human parents or by human desire or a husband’s decision, but by God.”) Those called and gifted to believe IN, “are given the right to be parented by God - Fathered by God.” Not a human decision, but God’s!”)

Jesus’ own by promise are Israelites. Chosen by promise to Abraham. All believers IN, have Abraham’s example and are heirs with him. (Gal 3:29 And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s descendants, heirs according to the promise.”) (Noah, Enoch, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, Elijah, Jesus’ apostles, prophets and all His Saints are chosen. Their gift? “believing IN God.” “God revealed Himself and they Believed IN.” With belief IN comes the knowledge of things we should overcome, “our inherited nature and abominable to God practices.”

Followers of Jesus are thankful for His gifted spirit, thankful that He loved us first, thankful for the desire to be atOne with Him, hating what He hates and loving the things He loves.

Abraham was gifted with revelations.

Abraham was tried “if you prefer tested.” Think of that major test. God commanded him to sacrifice his only promised son and Abraham was willing to do it; “knowing that God was able to keep His promises.” Review that promise. (See Genesis 22:) What was this earth’s population like when Abraham was chosen? As today, the whole world was doing what seemed right to their inherited from Adam nature. Yielding to their notion of what’s right, wrong, good and evil, “rather than believing IN God.” (Is this not the case in our age?) But, God had a plan then and now, “a plan that will be carried out in spite of Satan and deceived mankind.”

God called Abraham, made promises that included Jesus, “the Seed” Abraham’s physical and spiritual heirs, “Christians.” Abraham is our believing IN faith example. God made him the spiritual father of all Believers IN. No APOSTASY in Abraham‘s believing IN.

(Hebrews 11:17-19; “By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac. He had received the promises, yet he was ready to offer up his only son. God had told him, “Through Isaac, descendants will carry on your name,” and Abraham reasoned that God could even raise Isaac from the dead, and in a sense Abraham received him back from there.”) This Hebrews chapter is called the faith chapter, study the whole.

(Genesis 22:15-22; “The Lord’s angel called to Abraham a second time from heaven and said, “‘I solemnly swear by My own name,’ decrees the Lord, ‘that because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son, I will indeed bless you, and I will greatly multiply your descendants so that they will be as countless as the stars in the sky or the grains of sand on the seashore. Your descendants will take possession of the strongholds of their enemies. Because you have obeyed Me, all the nations of the earth will pronounce blessings on one another using the name of your descendants.’”) That name is Israel. Possessing enemies strongholds is reserved for Jesus’ millennial reign. (Study Isaiah 35:) God gave the same promises to Isaac and Jacob, whose name He changed to Israel, “meaning, God fights.

Jesus’ apostle Paul was given to understand.

(Galatians 3:15-18; “Brothers and sisters, I offer an example from everyday life: When a covenant has been ratified, even though it is only a human contract, no one can set it aside or add anything to it. Now the promises were spoken to Abraham and to his descendant. Scripture does not say, “and to the descendants,” referring to many, but “and to your descendant,” referring to One, who is Christ. What I am saying is this: The law that came four hundred thirty years later does not cancel a covenant previously ratified by God, so as to invalidate the promise. For if the inheritance is based on the law, it is no longer based on the promise, but God graciously gave it to Abraham through the promise.”) (See Gen 12:7; 13:15; 17:7 & 24:7.) According to Paul, each of these should read to, “your descendent.”

God’s promises override the law! They don’t do away with the law. Recipients of God’s spirit love the law from a mature love point of view. We followers of Jesus, don’t need to be told, “you should not steal” or “you should not commit adultery” because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by God‘s fathering. Followers of Jesus are mindful of His promise, that we’re made righteous by “our being gifted to believe IN His shed blood for the remission of our sins.”

(Romans 5:8-11;”But God demonstrates His own love for us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, because we have now been declared righteous by His blood, we will be saved through Him from God’s wrath. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, how much more, since we have been reconciled, will we be saved by His life? Not only this, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received this reconciliation.”) Has the spread of Professing Christianity made a dent in the apostasy Jude saw taking place?

Denominations would argue the point: but the simple truth is, “ going against God’s prescribed Way and making Jesus’ teaching fit their own desired opinion is the apostasy.” Our inherited nature wants to go along, “go with the flow” and follow popular traditions. God’s Way is to stand for truth, “let God be true though every person a liar.” (See Romans 3:4) God had Abraham separate from the populations at large, walk with HIM and be His friend. Jesus’ call to His followers are the same! (Come out from among!) See 2Cor 6:17.