Paul’s Calling, Teaching and commentary, chapter 2

To: The Scattered, called to be Spiritual Israelites desiring to be atOne with Jesus. 3/3/19, God’s 12th month 26th day of Adar 1, 5,779 until sunset.

 Godly Love is the spiritual direction His called out people grow toward. We must grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus. Consider the spiritual condition of earth’s populations when Jesus came in the flesh. The Israelites were the only people on earth with a testator’s agreement “will” with Creator God, “Jesus.” They had broke their obedience covenant and so were scattered among ungodly pagan nations. God warned them through Moses, other prophets: “while revealing His love was perpetual and promising another deliverance.” “One like Moses from among them would come, “Him they must obey.” (See Deut 18:15-19) We know that One to be Jesus. The Lord God “Jesus”’ covenant with Israelites is perpetual: “I’ll be your God as a husband protector and you’ll be My people as obedient wives.” Commandments and oracles were written, rehearsed, particularly on the Sabbaths. All because of God’s loving promises to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph and through Moses. Israelites did nothing to earn such loving protection and grace. Their calling was and is all by promise and grace.

God’s promises through Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph and Moses were primarily for “the Descendent” “meaning Jesus.” Descendent Jesus, Creator Son of God would be obeyed, He’d come as the Messiah, “the Lamb of God” to save His people. He’d die to cancel the old covenant “will” in order to establish a new.” Miraculously He’d be spiritually conceived in the womb of a virgin, be born of water and spirit, grow in the flesh and spiritually, demonstrate with deeds that He was the Messiah “Son of God” who’d die for the remission of sins. (See Jesus’ words through Paul concerning “descendent.”

(Gal 3:15-20; 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. (16) Now the promises were spoken to Abraham and to his Descendent. Scripture does not say, “and to the, descendents” referring to many, but “and to your, Descendent” 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. (19) Why then was the law given? It was added because of transgressions, until the arrival of the descendant to whom the promise had been made. It was administered through angels by an intermediary. (20) Now an intermediary is not for one party alone, but God is one.”) (Obeying laws couldn’t purify one’s conscience as does believing IN God, as did Abraham.)

The previously self righteous Paul, a Pharisee, knew the inner workings of the first tent sanctuary in addition to Jesus’ revelations.

(Hebrews 9:1-8; Describes the first covenant’s outer and inner tents, “the inner contained the golden altar of incense, the ark of the covenant covered entirely with gold. In this ark were the golden urn containing the manna, Aaron’s rod that budded, and the stone tablets of the covenant. Only the high priest enters once a year into the inner tent, and not without blood that he offers for himself and for the sins of the people committed in ignorance. (8) The Holy Spirit is making clear that the way into the holy place had not yet appeared as long as the old tabernacle was standing. (Study the whole.)

(Heb 9:9-10; This was a symbol for the time then present, when gifts and sacrifices were offered that could not perfect the conscience of the worshiper. They served only for matters of food and drink and various washings; they are external regulations imposed until the new order came.)         (Heavenly Sanctuary)

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

(Heb 9:15-23; And so He is the Mediator of a New Covenant, so that those who are called may receive the eternal inheritance He has promised, since He died to set them free from the violations committed under the first covenant. (16) For where there is a will, the death of the one who made it must be proven. For a will takes effect only at death, since it carries no force while the one who made it is alive. (18) So even the first covenant was inaugurated with blood. For when Moses had spoken every command to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of calves and goats with water and scarlet wool and hyssop and sprinkled both the book itself and all the people, (20) and said, “This is the blood of the covenant that God has commanded you to keep.” (Quote from Exodus 24:8) And both the tabernacle and all the utensils of worship he likewise sprinkled with blood. Indeed according to the law almost everything was purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness. (23) So it was necessary for the sketches of the things in heaven to be purified with these sacrifices, but the heavenly things themselves required better sacrifices than these.)

(Heb 9:24-27; For Christ did not enter a sanctuary made with hands – the representation of the true sanctuary – but into heaven itself, and He appears now in God’s presence for us. And He did not enter to offer Himself again and again, the way the high priest enters the sanctuary year after year with blood that is not his own, (26) for then He would have had to suffer again and again since the foundation of the world. But now He has appeared once for all at the consummation of the ages to put away sin by His sacrifice. (27) And just as people are appointed to die once, and then to face judgment, so also, after Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many, to those who eagerly await Him He will appear a second time, not to bear sin but to bring salvation.”)

It’s necessary to repeat and review portions of Holy Scriptures because of new subscribers. Remember, Jesus changed Jacob’s name to, “Israel” which means, “God fights.” Followers of Jesus, “His Church” are spiritual Israel, “a chosen, called out and delivered people to be atOne with God the Father and God the Son by promise: “heirs with Abraham.”

(Gal 3:26-29; “For in Christ Jesus you are all Sons of God through faith. For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female – for all of you are one in Christ Jesus. And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s heirs, descendants, according to the promise.”) Primary promises to Abraham included Descendent Jesus, to and through whom is all promises. Being immersed in and clothed with Jesus makes people atOne with Him. We followers of Jesus consider Him our covering and Passover. God’s chose, and make promises to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Moses foreshadowing His choosing the likes of David, each apostle and each called out Believer IN. God’s loving purpose is “adding to the family of God.”

(Acts 13:1-3; “Now there were these prophets and teachers in the church at Antioch: Barnabas, Simeon called Niger, Lucius the Cyrenian, Manaen (a close friend of Herod the tetrarch from childhood) and Saul. While they were serving the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” Then, after they had fasted. prayed and placed their hands on them, they sent them off.     (Paul and Barnabas Preach in Cyprus)

(Acts 13:4-11; “So Barnabas and Saul, sent out by the Holy Spirit, went down to Seleucia, and from there they sailed to Cyprus. When they arrived in Salamis, they began to proclaim The Word of God in synagogues of the Jews. (Now they also had John as their assistant.) When they had crossed over the whole island as far as Paphos, they found a magician, a Jewish false prophet named Bar-Jesus, who was with the proconsul Sergius Paulus, an intelligent man. The proconsul summoned Barnabas and Saul and wanted to hear The Word of God. (8) But the magician Elymas (for that is the way his name is translated) opposed them, trying to turn the proconsul away from The Faith. But Saul (also known as Paul), filled with the Holy Spirit, stared straight at him and said, “You who are full of all deceit and all wrongdoing, you son of the devil, you enemy of all righteousness – will you not stop making crooked the straight paths of the Lord? (11) Now look, the hand of the Lord is against you, and you will be blind, unable to see the sun for a time!” Immediately mistiness and darkness came over him, and he went around seeking people to lead him by the hand. Then when the proconsul saw what had happened, he believed, because he was greatly astounded at the teaching about the Lord.”) Another example of knowing faith as when Jesus, through Peter resurrected Tabitha back to physical life. Through the holy spirit of truth, God revealed what he would do through Paul.

The apostles taught on Sabbaths to mixed Israelites & gentiles.

(Acts 13:13-14; “Then Paul and his companions put out to sea from Paphos and came to Perga in Pamphylia, but John left them and returned to Jerusalem. Moving on from Perga, they arrived at Pisidian Antioch, and on the Sabbath day they went into the synagogue and sat down.

(Acts 13:15-20; After the reading from the law and the prophets, the leaders of the synagogue sent them a message, saying, “Brothers, if you have any message of exhortation for the people, speak it.” So Paul stood up, gestured with his hand and said, “Men of Israel, and you Gentiles who fear God, listen: (17) The God of this people Israel chose our ancestors and made the people great during their stay as foreigners in the country of Egypt, and with uplifted arm He led them out of it. For a period of about forty years He put up with them in the wilderness. (19) After He had destroyed seven nations in the land of Canaan, He gave His people their land as an inheritance. All this took about four hundred fifty years. (From the time the Lord had Joshua lead them across the Jordan river.) After this He gave them judges through the time of Samuel the prophet.” Jesus led a stubborn people, forty years through Moses then commissioned Joshua. (Acts 13:21-23

Afterward, desiring to be like the gentiles, they asked for a king, and God gave them Saul son of Kish, a man from the tribe of Benjamin, who ruled forty years. After removing him, God raised up David their king

Testifying about him: ‘I have found David the son of Jesse to be a man after My heart, who will accomplish everything I want him to do.’ (23) From the descendants of this man God brought to Israel a Savior, Jesus, just as He promised.”

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