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The Christian obligation, chapter 3

Thursday, April 25th, 2019

The Christian obligation, chapter 3 17,024

To: A called to be “Spiritual Israelite People” atOne with Jesus. 4/25/19, God’s 1st month 20th day of Nisan, 5,779 until sunset.

Today at sunset will began the second of seven annual Sabbaths and end the “Feast of Unleavened Bread festival.” Time set aside to reflect on God’s Way and our relationship with Him. The following sunset will begin the weekly Sabbath. Sabbaths are holy to God, all who believe IN Him and foreshadow His perpetual plans. The weekly seventh day Sabbath is for reflecting on God’s rest from creating and our rest from works of the flesh. We need to consider the history of mankind and Israel’s particularly because their history is preserved for our learning. Jesus inspired Paul to write; (Rom 15:4-6; “For everything that was written in former times was written for our instruction, so that through endurance, through encouragement of the scriptures we may have hope. Now may the God of endurance and comfort give you unity with one another in accordance with Christ Jesus, so that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”)

Before God the Father revealed Jesus and Himself to us individually, we lived according to our fleshly desires, we were radical and hostile of mind toward God’s righteousness. We were much like Paul before his miraculous conversion. Paul thought he was doing God service when he held the coats of some who were stoning Stephen. (See Acts 7:) Jesus supernaturally revealed Himself, gave Paul spiritual understanding about the law and it’s magnification. Jesus’ personally revealed and called Paul, making him an apostle, primarily to the non-Israelites but a witness to Israelites as well.

It was Epaphras, not Paul, that first took the good news about Jesus to the Colossians. Each disciple and apostle always affirmed that, Jesus’ Father is our Father. The called Colossians like all believers IN; first heard “or by other means” came to believe the Messiah message regarding Jesus. Thus they had and all believers IN have a hope laid up in heaven. Paul confirms the Colossian’s work of faith and that of each called Believer.

(Col 1:9-14; “For this reason we also, from the day we heard about you, have not ceased praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that you may live worthily of the Lord and please Him in all respects – bearing fruit in every good deed, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to His glorious might for the display of all patience and steadfastness, joyfully giving thanks to the Father who has qualified you to share in the Saints’ inheritance in The light. (13) He ‘God the Father’ delivered us from the power of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of the Son He loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.”)

Now lets find seven doctrinal points from the above six verses? (1) God gives the knowledge of His will. (2) The purpose of our living is to please Jesus. (3) We should display fruits of His spirit in us. (4) God does the qualifying that we may share inheritance with the Saints in Jesus’ Light. (5) God delivers the called from the power of darkness. (6) God the Father transfers us to the kingdom of the Son He loves. (7) It’s through Jesus, “The Light” that we have redemption and forgiveness, for having lived according to what seemed right to our fleshly minds.

Now Jesus inspired Paul to share His deity, so we may believe IN Him as He’s manifested to be.

(Col 1:15-20; “He “Jesus” is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation, for all things in heaven and on earth were created by Him – all things, whether visible or invisible, whether thrones or dominions, whether principalities or powers – all things were created through Him and for Him. Jesus Himself is before all things and all things are held together “sustained” in Him. Jesus is the head of the body, the church, as well as the beginning, the firstborn from among the dead, so that He Himself may become first in all things. For God “the Father” was pleased to have all His fullness dwell in the Son and through Him “Jesus” to reconcile all things to Himself by making peace through the blood of His cross – through Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven.”)

Only if Christendom believed the seven belief’s above and these five verses defining Jesus there’d be no division! Is it interesting to anyone that Jesus would reveal these same belief IN principle’s to His apostle John?

Jesus does it all through the One subjecting all things to Himself.

(John 1:1-5; “In the beginning was the Word, “Jesus” and the Word “Jesus” was with God, “the Father” and the Word “Jesus” was fully God. The Word Jesus” was with God “the Father” in the beginning. All things were created by Him, “Jesus” and apart from Him “Jesus” not one thing was created that has been created. In Him “Jesus” was Life, and the Life “Jesus” was the Light of mankind. And the Light shines on in the darkness, but the darkness has not mastered it.”) See Hebrews 1: more verification.

All scriptural revelations are God inspired for our learning, “all reveal knowledge of His deity.”

Our all powerful Savior, Shepherd, Jesus “the Son of God” re-Created earth, created Adam and Eve, communed with Noah, flooded this earth, made promises to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, called Moses, hardened Pharaoh’s heart, delivered the Israelites exactly 430 years to very the day as was promised Abraham, gave Israel pagan people’s lands, sent the Israelites into captivity because they disobeyed, delivered a few back to Jerusalem, inspiring the rebuilding of a temple, supernaturally became a flesh and blood person in the womb of a virgin, displayed adult wisdom at age 12, turning water to aged wine, calmed seas, resurrected the dead, healed, fed thousands, prophesied His own death resurrection and ascension, through His prophets, then, to His apostles, promised to return, gave instruction after His resurrection, revealed Himself after His ascension to the right hand of His Father.

Hundreds witnessed the gifting of the Holy Spirit - “spirit of truth” making each recipient atOne with Jesus and one another. Afterward and still He’s revealing Himself to a chosen people. His apostles demonstrated authority gifted through Jesus. Paul explains, “it’s Jesus believers IN have gifted faith in, discerning that God the Father calls, gives us over to Him for saving, giving mercy, grace and knowledge of what we’re to become.

(Colossians 1:21-23; “And you “Christian gentiles” were at one time strangers and enemies in your minds as expressed through your evil deeds, but now He “Jesus: has reconciled you by His physical body through death to present you holy, without blemish, and blameless before Him – if indeed you remain in the faith, established and firm, without shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard. This gospel has also been preached in all creation under heaven, and I, Paul, have become its servant.”)

All who’re gifted to understand and practice living God’s truths are His servants, reconciled to Jesus, know that by Jesus’ mercy and grace, He did it all. The Father calls, reveals, gives the desire and He sees all things through as planned.

People God doesn’t reveal Himself to, “worship a god of their imagination.” Images developed through parents, teachers and societies. False doctrines established in one’s mind camouflage truth. It takes miraculous intervention and God’s revelation to remove demonic doctrines. Consider David’s understanding and prophetic words.

(2Samuel 7:18-29 “King David went in, sat before the Lord, and said, “Who am I, O Lord God, and what is my family, that you should have brought me to this point? And You didn’t stop there, O Lord God! You have also spoken about the future of Your servant’s family. Is this your usual way of dealing with men, O Lord God? What more can David say to You? You have given Your servant special recognition, O Lord God! For the sake of Your promise and according to Your purpose You have done this great thing in order to reveal it to Your servant. Therefore You are great, O Lord God, for there is none like You! There is no God besides You! What we have heard is true! Who is like Your people, Israel, a unique nation on the earth? Their “Israel’s - Jacob’s” God went to claim a nation for Himself and to make a name for Himself! You did great and awesome acts for Your land, before Your people whom You delivered for Yourself from the Egyptian empire and its gods. (24) You made Israel Your very own people for all time. You, O Lord, became their God. So now, O Lord God, make this promise You have made about Your servant and his family a permanent reality. Do as You promised, so You may gain lasting fame, as people say, ‘The Lord of hosts is God over Israel!’ The dynasty of Your servant David will be established before You, for You, O Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, have told Your servant, ‘I will build you a dynasty house.’ That is why Your servant has had the courage to pray this prayer to You. Now, O sovereign Lord, you are the true God! May Your Words prove to be true! You have made this good promise to Your servant! (29) Now be willing to bless Your servant’s dynasty so that it may stand permanently before You, for You, O sovereign Lord, have spoken. By Your blessing may your servant’s dynasty be blessed on into the future!”)

God changed Jacob’s name to Israel. David has a future dynasty under Jesus. Promises to Abraham, David and understandings given to Paul are all parallels. Paul wrote to the Galatians; (Gal 3:29; “And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s descendants, heirs according to the promise.”) David’s dynasty includes Jesus and His followers.

(Evident proof, Jesus born in the linage of David, died as a sacrificial Lamb, now He’s our Mediator and coming king of kings.)

It was preplanned that Jesus suffer, experience life’s complexities, trials, disappointments etc. while in the flesh. It’s revealed through Paul’s letter to the Hebrews.

(Hebrews 4:14-16; “Therefore since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast to our confession. For we do not have a high priest incapable of sympathizing with our weaknesses, but one who has been tempted in every way just as we are, yet without sin. Therefore let us confidently approach the throne of grace to receive mercy and find grace whenever we need help.”) Jesus knows our trials, therefore He’s merciful beyond our comprehension.

(Heb 2:8-17; “For when He, “God the Fatherput all things under His, “Jesus’” control, He left nothing outside of His control. At present we do not yet see all things under His control, but we see Jesus, who was made lower than the angels for a little while, now crowned with glory and honor because He suffered death, so that by God’s grace He, Jesus” would experience death on behalf of everyone. For it was fitting for Him, for whom and through whom all things exist, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the pioneer of their salvation perfect through sufferings. For indeed He who makes holy and those being made holy all have the same origin, and so He. “Jesus” is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters, saying, “I will proclaim your name to My brothers; in the midst of the assembly I will praise You.” Again He says, “I will be confident in Him,” and again, “Here I am, with the children God has given Me.” (14) Therefore, since the children share in flesh and blood, He, “Jesuslikewise shared in their humanity, so that through death He could destroy the one who holds the power of death (that is, the devil), and set free those who were held in slavery all their lives by their fear of death.” For surely His concern is not for angels, but He is concerned for Abraham’s descendants. (17) Therefore He, “Jesus” had to be made like His brothers and sisters in every respect, so that He could become a merciful and faithful high priest in things relating to God, to make atonement for the sins of the people. For since He Himself suffered when He was tempted, He is able to help those who are tempted.”)

Holy scriptures teach God’s family structure. It’s representative of His kingdom’s structure. Believing IN people practicing God’s Way “are His church” and represent that loving relationships Jesus manifested.

The Christian obligation, chapter 2

Wednesday, April 24th, 2019

To: A called to be “Spiritual Israelite People” atOne with Jesus. 4/24/19, God’s 1st month 19th day of Nisan, 5,779 until sunset.

When we belong to Jesus His truth is recognized, we look forward to growing in His spirit, truth and knowledge. His attributes are respected, we yearn to be clothed and immersed in Him. Review His parables from last study. (Matt 13:44-50) It’s the season to examine ourselves in His light. Think on our shortcomings and ask for divine help to overcome to the end.

(Rom 12:9-21; “Love must be without hypocrisy. Abhor what’s evil, cling to what’s good. Be devoted to one another with mutual love, showing eagerness in honoring one another. Do not lag in zeal, be enthusiastic in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, endure in suffering, persist in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the Saints, pursue hospitality. (14) Bless those who persecute you, bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty but associate with the lowly. Do not be conceited. (17) Do not repay anyone evil for evil; consider what is good before all people. If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all people. Do not avenge yourselves, dear friends, but give place to God’s wrath, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay,” (Quote from Deut 32:35) says the Lord. Rather, if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him a drink; for in doing this you will be heaping burning coals on his head. (Quote from Prov 25:21-22) (21) Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”)

Paul isn’t describing the nature we inherited from Adam but the new gifted nature that comes with being, “born from above.”

Duty to Civil Governments and God’s commandments.

(Rom 13:1-10; “Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except by God’s appointment and the authorities that exist have been instituted by God. So the person who resists such authority resists the ordinance of God and those who resist will incur judgment. (For rulers cause no fear for good conduct but for bad.) Do you desire not to fear authority? Do good and you will receive its commendation, for it is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be in fear, for it does not bear the sword in vain. It is God’s servant to administer retribution on the wrongdoer. Therefore it is necessary to be in subjection, not only because of the wrath of the authorities but also because of your conscience. (6 ) For this reason you also pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants devoted to governing. Pay everyone what is owed: taxes to whom taxes are due, revenue to whom revenue is due, respect to whom respect is due, honor to whom honor is due.”) Good parenting teaches respect for authority. (Prov 22:6 Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.)

(Rom 13:8-10; “Owe no one anything, except to love one another, for the one who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the law. For the commandments, “Do not commit adultery, do not murder, do not steal, do not covet,” (and if there is any other commandment) are summed up in this, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no wrong to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.”) God’s commandments, including the seventh is made for man, “not man for the law.” The spiritual intent of the whole law, is to honor God and neighbor. Jesus’ followers have no problem with His ten commandments “because we love His law of love.” Being “born from above” is to be gifted with the desire to be like Jesus. We see the spiritual good in His attributes. Review the last study. Know judgment is coming.

(2Cor 5:10; “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may be paid back according to what he has done while in the body, whether good or evil.”) We’ll all be judged by the Words Jesus spoke. (John 12:47-50; If anyone hears My words and does not obey them, I do not judge him. For I have not come to judge the world, but to save the world. The one who rejects Me and does not accept My words has a judge; the word I have spoken will judge him at the last day. For I have not spoken from My own authority, but the Father Himself who sent Me, commanded Me what I should say and what I should speak. And I know that His commandment is eternal life. Thus the things I say, I say just as the Father has told Me.”) Review Revelations 21:8.

Jesus was keeping “The Last Great Day” the seventh of seven annual Sabbaths when He spoke these words. The, “Last Great Day” looks forward to judgment. Question? Are we believers IN a mixture of evangelicals? What does Jesus teach?

(John 7:37-39; ”On the last day of the feast, the greatest day, Jesus stood up and shouted out, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me, and let the one who believes IN Me drink. Just as the scripture says, ‘From within him will flow rivers of living water.’” (Now Jesus said this about the Spirit, whom those who believed IN Him were going to receive, for the Spirit had not yet been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.”) The seventh day Sabbath and the seven annual Sabbaths will be kept in the millennium.

(God the Father and God the Son are ONE, characteristically. Jesus’ apostles and all Believers IN are gifted with His spirit of truth, making each atOne with Him.

Jesus’ apostle Paul was commissioned for a special purpose. (Acts 9:15-16; “But the Lord said to Ananias, “Go, because this man is My chosen instrument to carry My name before Gentiles and kings and the people of Israel. For I will show him how much he must suffer for the sake of My name.”) Paul had genuine concern for people “born from above.”

(Phil 4:10-14; “I have great joy in the Lord because now at last you have again expressed your concern for me. (Now I know you were concerned before but had no opportunity to do anything.) I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content in any circumstance. I have experienced times of need and times of abundance. In any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of contentment, whether I go satisfied or hungry, have plenty or nothing. I am able to do all things through the One who strengthens me. Nevertheless, you did well to share with me in my trouble.”) Hopefully these studies help us learn the secret of Paul’s contentment.

(Phil 4:15-20; “And as you Philippians know, at the beginning of my gospel ministry, when I left Macedonia, no church shared with me in this matter of giving and receiving except you alone. For even in Thessalonica on more than one occasion you sent something for my need. I do not say this because I am seeking a gift. Rather, I seek the credit that abounds to your account. For I have received everything, and I have plenty. I have all I need because I received from Epaphroditus what you sent – a fragrant offering, an acceptable sacrifice, very pleasing to God. And my God will supply your every need according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus. May glory be given to God our Father forever and ever. Amen.”)

May we Believer IN be spiritually led to participate in the spreading of Jesus’ good news. May we each be gifted with a priority desire, that God’s Kingdom, “our kingdom” soon come. From our fleshly minds, we believers IN find it difficult to understand why each reader doesn’t grasp the logic of God’s truth. But from our spiritually gifted understanding we know that God is the Opener of minds. Many today are like Paul was “denominationalist.” Prior to God’s calling, opening Paul’s mind, he was known as Saul to God’s church at Jerusalem, he was a persecuting Pharisee. Apostle Barnabas and John Mark were Paul’s first coworkers. John Mark wrote the gospel account titled, “Mark.” Luke the Physician accompanied Paul in much of his travels. (See Acts of the apostles, chapters 13:- 28:)

Understand, it was preplanned, Paul experienced disappointments mimicking Jesus’ and our own. John recorded it.

(John 12:37-43; “Although Jesus had performed so many miraculous signs before them, they still refused to believe in Him, so that The Word of Isaiah the prophet would be fulfilled. He said, “Lord, who has believed our message and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?” For this reason they could not believe, because again Isaiah said, “He has blinded their eyes and hardened their heart, so that they would not see with their eyes and understand with their heart, and turn to Me, and I would heal them.” Isaiah said these things because he saw Christ’s glory, and spoke about Him. Nevertheless, even among the rulers many believed in Him, but because of the Pharisees they would not confess Jesus to be the Christ, so that they would not be put out of the synagogue. For they loved praise from men more than praise from God.”)

Jesus experience disappointment when His hometown citizens didn’t believe because of their familiarity.

(Matt 13:53-58’ “Now when Jesus finished these parables, He moved on from there. Then He came to His hometown and began to teach the people in their synagogue. They were astonished and said, “Where did this man get such wisdom and miraculous powers? (55) Isn’t this the carpenter’s son? Isn’t His mother named Mary? And aren’t His brothers James, Joseph, Simon, and Judas? And aren’t all His sisters here with us? Where did He get all this?” And so they took offense at Him. But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in His hometown and in His own house.” And He did not do many miracles there because of their unbelief.”) Jesus experienced the same disappointments regarding people’s not believing IN as we do today.

Paul’s letter to God’s church at Colossae, is our next study choice. In part, because it’s in his Colossians letter, where God inspired Paul to identify Jesus as “The All in All” who was with God the Father in the beginning. A reality few professing Christians teach.

(Colossians 1:1-2; “From Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, to the Saints, the faithful brothers and sisters in Christ, at Colossae. Grace and peace to you from God our Father!”)

God the Father calls and He gives us over to Jesus! Revealed at John 17:11; where John quotes Jesus in prayer saying; (“I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to You. Holy Father, keep them safe in Your name that You have given Me, so that they may be One just as We are One.”) We Christians must be atOne, as God the Father and God the Son are. Paul had God’s authority to write, “Grace and peace to you from God the Father.”

In route to and after Damascus, Paul personally saw and was taught by Jesus. (This is one of several places in scripture, where the definition of an apostle is revealed.) Saints of God are identified as “the faithful brothers and sisters in Christ.” (Col 1:3-8; “We always give thanks to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, since we heard about your faith in Christ Jesus and the love that you have for all the Saints. Your faith and love have arisen from the hope laid up for you in heaven, which you have heard about in the message of truth, the gospel that has come to you. Just as in the entire world this gospel is bearing fruit and growing, so it has also been bearing fruit and growing among you from the first day you heard it and understood the grace of God in truth. You learned the gospel from Epaphras, our dear fellow slave – a faithful minister of Christ on our behalf – who also told us of your love in the Spirit.”) When we’re gifted to believe IN ‘understand’ God’s message of truth, our hope is laid up in heaven.

The Christian obligation, chapter 1

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019

To: A called to be “Spiritual Israelite People” atOne with Jesus. 4/23/19, God’s 1st month 18th day of Nisan, 5,779 until sunset.

This 18th day of Nisan is the calendar date Jesus’ tomb was found empty by the two Mary’s. On that particular year the 18th must have fell on a first day of the week. Passover, the first annual Sabbath of the year and Nisan 18 is always the same number of days from God’s first month’s new moon. All God’s set aside annual Sabbaths are set for particular dates of His months. Christendom in general prefers paganism, tradition and an imaginary Jesus. A condoning of various belief’s Jesus. Each person’s truth is theirs; no absolutes, Jesus.

Jesus’ parables weren’t meant to be understood by the populations at large but to those being called. (See Matt 13:10) Minds of the called and likely those being called at some point, are spiritually opened to recognize God’s truth. When found by what ever means, the discovery of truth is likened to Jesus’ following parables.

Matt 13:44-50; “The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure, hidden in a field, that a person found and hid. Then because of joy he went and sold all that he had and bought that field.

“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant searching for fine pearls. When he found a pearl of great value, he went out and sold everything he had and bought it.

“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was cast into the sea that caught all kinds of fish. When it was full, they pulled it ashore, sat down, and put the good fish into containers and threw the bad away. It will be this way at the end of the age. Angels will come and separate the evil from the righteous and throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

Let’s be comforted to know God’s promises are perpetual to people He foreknew; like promises to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph. Moses and each Believer IN. As Israel’s rejection is only a postponement. Jesus gave Paul the following revelation.

(Romans 11:1-10; “So I ask, God has not rejected His people, has He? Absolutely not! For I too am an Israelite, a descendant of Abraham, from the tribe of Benjamin. God has not rejected His people whom He foreknew! Do you not know what the scripture says about Elijah, how he pleads with God against Israel? (3) “Lord, they have killed your prophets, they have demolished your altars; I alone am left and they are seeking my life!” ‘Quote from 1Kngs 19:10, 14.’ But what was the divine response to him? “I have kept for myself seven thousand people who have not bent the knee to Baal.” (5) So in the same way at the present time there is a remnant chosen by grace. And if it is by grace, it is no longer by works, otherwise grace would no longer be grace. What then? Israel failed to obtain what it was diligently seeking, but the Elect obtained it. The rest were hardened, (8) as it is written, “God gave them a spirit of stupor, eyes that would not see and ears that would not hear, to this very day.” (9) And David says, “Let their table become a snare and trap, a stumbling block and a retribution for them; let their eyes be darkened so that they may not see, and make their backs bend continually. ‘quote from Ps 69:22-23.’”)

People God foreknew are kept for Himself and chosen by grace. His promises are perpetual. Others are allowed to go their way of choice and given a spirit of stupor, so they’re unable to spiritually comprehend in this age.

(Rom 11:11-12; “I ask then, they ‘Israel’ did not stumble into an irrevocable fall, did they? Absolutely not! But by their transgression salvation has come to the Gentiles, to make Israel jealous. Now if their transgression means riches for the world and their defeat means riches for the Gentiles, how much more will their full restoration bring?”)

Jesus inspired His prophets write about Israel’s full restoration long before. (See Isaiah 35: 51: and Jeremiah 31:) Borders promised Abraham are yet to be populated by Israelites. Additionally, non-Israelites who’re called to follow Jesus, become spiritual Israelites - Christian.

(Rom 11:13-16; “Now I ‘Paul’ am speaking to you Gentiles. Seeing that I am an apostle to the Gentiles, I magnify my ministry, if somehow I could provoke my people to jealousy and save some of them, ‘in this age.’ For if their rejection is the reconciliation of the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead? ‘A resurrection.’ If the first portion of the dough offered is holy, then the whole batch is holy, and if the root is holy, so too are the branches.”)

Life from the dead? “Could only be a physical resurrection” for the whole batch, root and branches! Some one will ask, “you mean people get a second chance?” We ask, did those who weren’t called and chosen ever have a first chance? Look back to verses 8 & 9, God will yet have mercy on those He gave the spirit of stupor to and whose table became a snare.

Think Spiritual Regarding God’s Chosen.

(Rom 11:17-24; “Now if some of the branches were broken off, and you, “gentiles” a wild olive shoot, were grafted in among them and participated in the richness of the olive root, do not boast over the branches. (Israel.) But if you boast, remember that you do not support the root, but the root “Israel” supports you. (19) Then you will say, “The branches were broken off so that I could be grafted in.” Granted! They were broken off because of their unbelief, but you ’spiritual Israelites - Christians’ stand by faith. Do not be arrogant, but fear! For if God did not spare the natural ‘chosen by promise’ branches, perhaps He will not spare you. (22) Notice therefore the kindness and harshness of God – harshness toward those who have fallen, but God’s kindness toward you, provided you continue in His kindness; otherwise you also will be cut off. And even they – if they do not continue in their unbelief – will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again. (24) For if you were cut off from what is by nature a wild olive tree, and grafted, contrary to nature, into a cultivated olive tree, how much more will these natural branches be grafted back into their own olive tree?)

Descendent heirs of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob are the root branch “by grace and promise as was Isaac’s birth.” Non-Israelites who’re called and become (“Gentile Believers IN are grafted in; as from a wild to a cultivated tree, to become heirs with Abraham by promised grace also.”) (Particularly the seventh from Adam’s time “Enoch,” to whom Jesus revealed His return with angelic beings. Jesus revealed Israel’s resurrection through the prophets: “speaking of His coming and Israel’s regaining prominence” and ruling with righteous judgment. It’s what Israelites and Jesus’ apostles were expecting when Jesus did His first miracle.

(Rom 11:25-27; “For I do not want you ‘Gentiles’ to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers and sisters, so that you may not be conceited: A partial hardening has happened to Israel until the full number of the Gentiles has come in. (26) And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written: “The Deliverer will come out of Zion; He will remove ungodliness from Jacob. And this is My covenant with them, when I take away their sins.”) (Quotes from Isaiah 59:20-21, 27:9 & Jeremiah 31:33-34.) (Always planned.)

These truths aren’t grasped by denominationalist. Satan’s immortality and heaven - hell final judgment doctrine camouflages these truths.

Our Molder - Potter, God our Father, willed that a full number of His chosen gentiles be grafted salvation with spiritual Israelites. He wills that all Israel be saved. (So, how will Israel’s sins be taken away?) God does it all. Remember Paul is primarily writing to Believing IN non-Israelites. God has allowed His promised people to become ungodly and promises to yet take away their ungodliness. When? After Jesus’ returns, Satan bound “and the kingdom of God established on earth.”

(Rom 11:28-32; “In regard to the gospel they, “the Israelites” are enemies for your sake, but in regard to election they are dearly loved for the sake of the fathers. (Abraham, Isaac & Jacob descendents - Israelites.) For the gifts and the call of God are irrevocable. (30) Just as you, “gentiles” were formerly disobedient to God, but have now received mercy due to their, “Israelites” disobedience, so they too have now been disobedient in order that, by the mercy shown to you, they too may now receive mercy. (32) For God has consigned all people to disobedience so that He may show mercy to them all.”) We’re all born with the sin nature inherited from Adam. Believers IN, are those “born from above” gifted with a new loving nature that desires to be atOne with God the Father and God the Son.

(Rom 11:33-36; “Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and how fathomless His ways! For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor?Quote from Isaiah 40:13Or who has first given to God, that God needs to repay him? ‘Quote from Job 41:11’ (36) For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be glory forever! Amen.”) How awesome our Creator!

A Believer’s Life is humility and compares to our body members.

(Rom 12:1-8; “Therefore I exhort you, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a sacrifice – alive, holy, and pleasing to God – which is your reasonable service. Do not be conformed to this present world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may test and approve what is the will of God – what is good and well-pleasing and perfect. For by the grace given to me I say to every one of you not to think more highly of yourself than you ought to think, but to think with sober discernment, as God has distributed to each of you, “Believers IN” a measure of faith. For just as in one body we have many members and not all the members serve the same function, so we who are many are one body in Christ, and individually we are members who belong to one another. (6) And we have different gifts according to the grace given to us. If the gift is prophecy, that individual must use it in proportion to his faith. If it is service, he must serve; if it is teaching, he must teach; if it is exhortation, he must exhort; if it is contributing, he must do so with sincerity; if it is leadership, he must do so with diligence; if it is showing mercy, he must do so with cheerfulness.”)

We’re obligated to exercise gifted talents on behalf of the whole family of God, “from a love of one another point of view.” Loving what God loves and abhorring what He hates.

Paul to the Philippians and commentary, chapter 12

Monday, April 22nd, 2019

To: People Called to be Spiritual Israelites, atOne with Jesus. 4/22/19, God’s 1st month 17th day of Nisan, 5,779 until sunset.On that 14th day of Nisan after their supper Jesus prayed fervently to His Father that the ordeal He was about to undergo pass, “not my will but Your’s be done He prayed.” The humiliation, stripes, persecutions and shedding blood as our sacrificial Lamb and remission of sin was all preplanned. He’d spend three nights and days in a tomb as Jonah was in the belly of a great fish. (That’s 15th 16th and 17th of Nisan, corresponding to 20th 21st & 22nd days of April this year.) After sunset today marks when Jesus’ fleshly body changed to a spiritual one and He’d go out from that tomb. If translations are accurate, the 17to Nisan would have been a weekly Sabbath that year.

(Matt 28:1-10; Now after the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb. Suddenly there was a severe earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descending from heaven came and rolled away the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were shaken and became like dead men because they were so afraid of him. (5) But the angel said4 to the women, “Do not be afraid; I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here, for he has been raised, just as He said. Come and see the place where He was lying. Then go quickly and tell His disciples, ‘He has been raised from the dead. He is going ahead of you into Galilee. You will see him there.’ Listen, I have told you!” So they left the tomb quickly, with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. (9) But Jesus met them, saying, “Greetings!” They came to Him, held on to His feet and worshiped Him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell My brothers to go to Galilee. They will see me there.”)

Christendom in general prefers worshiping a fiction Jesus, one whose name pagans like to attach with sun and Baal worship. Jesus said to the people looking for signs: “An evil and adulterous generation asks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. (Matt 12:40-42; For just as Jonah was in the belly of the huge fish for three days and three nights, so the Son of Man will be in the heart of the earth for three days and three nights. The people of Nineveh will stand up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, because they repented when Jonah preached to them – and now, something greater than Jonah is here! (42) The queen of the South will rise up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, because she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon – and now, something greater than Solomon is here!”)

It’s a hostile religiosity that likes to attach Jesus’ name to the likes of things He hates. Seemingly they ignore the manifestation of Himself revealed to Paul. (Col 1:15-20; “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation, for all things in heaven and on earth were created by Him – all things, whether visible or invisible, whether thrones or dominions, whether principalities or powers – all things were created through Him and for Him. He Himself is before all things and all things are held together in Him. He is the head of the body, the church, as well as the beginning, the firstborn from among the dead, so that He Himself may become first in all things. For God was pleased to have all His fullness dwell in the Son and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself by making peace through the blood of His cross – through Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven.”)

Today the same Creator gave Believers IN Himself a New Covenant and He’s our resurrected Lord and Mediator before God the Father. (So let’s review.)

Heb 9:15-28; And so He ’Jesus’ is the mediator of a new covenant, so that those who are called may receive the eternal inheritance He has promised, since he died to set them free from the violations committed under the first covenant. (16) For where there is a will, ‘covenant’ the death of the One who made it must be proven. For a will ‘covenant’ 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 and said, “This is the blood of the covenant that God has commanded you to keep.” And both the tabernacle and all the utensils of worship he likewise sprinkled with blood. Indeed according to the law almost everything was purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness. So it was necessary for the sketches of the things in heaven to be purified with these sacrifices, but the heavenly things themselves required better sacrifices than these. (24) For Christ did not enter a sanctuary made with hands – the representation of the true 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, 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.”)

How fitting that the very same Creator who made Adam in their image would come, live in the flesh and shed His blood that my sins could be remitted. To attach Jesus’ name to worship designed to honor any form of paganism is an abomination.

(Gal 3:23; “Now before ‘Jesus’’ faith came “gifted to the called” we ‘who are called’ were held in custody under the law, being kept as prisoners until the coming faith would be revealed.”) Think on it: until God is revealed individually, “all people have a faith likened to Cain’s.” Satan enticed Cain to think God would be pleased with his fleshly view of worship.”

(Gal 3:24-27; “Thus the law had become our guardian until Christ, “until we believed IN by gifted revelation.” so that we could be declared righteous by ‘His’ faith. But now that ‘His’ faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian. For in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God through faith. For all of you who were baptized “immersed” into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.”)

Believers IN are gifted with the mind of Jesus and desire obedience to Him as He did God His Father and our Father. Christians are not of this world’s system of things and should come out from among as did Abraham.

(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 are One in Christ Jesus. And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s descendants, heirs according to the promise.) Not only was Paul baptized with water; Paul was immersed in the spiritual love of Jesus. His daily thoughts revolved around Jesus and considered his body a temporary dwelling.

(2 Corinthians 5:1-5; “For we know that if our earthly house, the tent we live in, is dismantled, we have a building from God, a house not built by human hands, that is eternal in the heavens. For in this earthly house we groan, because we desire to put on our heavenly dwelling, if indeed, after we have put on our heavenly house, we will not be found naked. (4) For we groan while we are in this tent, since we are weighed down, because we do not want to be unclothed, but clothed, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. Now the one who prepared us for this very purpose is God, who gave us the Spirit as a down payment.”) Immortality is by promise and gifted. God our Father does the preparing and give the desire.

(2 Cor 5:6-7; “Therefore we ‘Believers IN’ are always full of courage, and we know that as long as we are alive here on earth we are absent from the Lord – for we live by faith, not by sight”) Thus we repeat: unbelievers live by sight. Professing Christians live by sight. Worldly pleasure dominates a lustful way of living.

(Romans 6:15-20; What then? Shall we 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? 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 having been freed from sin, you became enslaved to righteousness. (I 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. For when you were slaves of sin, you were free with regard to righteousness.”)

(2Cor 5:8-9; “Thus we are full of courage and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord. So then whether we are alive or away, we make it our ambition to please Him.”)

Christians submit to God’s spiritual law of love, which is a magnification of the old covenant law. We don’t need a constant review of the written law as did the Israel of old because it’s magnification is written in our minds.

Paul to the Philippians and commentary, chapter 11

Friday, April 19th, 2019

To: People Called to be Spiritual Israelites, atOne with Jesus. 4/19/19, God’s 1st month 14th day of Nisan, 5,779 until sunset.

After the Passover meal Jesus went out and prayed fervently to His Father that the ordeal He was about to undergo could pass, “not My will but Your’s be done He prayed.” The apostles waiting while He prayed fell asleep. Soon after Judas came with a band of synagogue authorities to arrested Jesus. They had to turn Him over to Pilate. It was a night and day to be much remembered; our Savior, Mediator and coming king of kings would humbly take all the His haters could dish out. After a Roman soldier pierced His side, He gave up His breath - spirit. (Gen 1:2) “Spirit of God” is preserved, as opposed to a translation like “wind from/breath of God” or “mighty wind” taking the word “God” to represent the superlative. Elsewhere in the Old Testament the phrase refers consistently to the divine spirit that empowers and energizes individuals (See Gen 41:38; Exodus 31:3; 35:31; Numbers 24:2; 1 Sam 10:10; 11:6; 19:20, 23; Ezek 11:24; 2 Chr 15:1; 24:20).

(Matt 27:1-2; When it was early in the morning, all the chief priests and the elders of the people plotted against Jesus to execute Him. They tied Him up, led him away and handed Him over to Pilate the governor.)

(Matt 27:11-14; Then Jesus stood before the governor, and the governor asked Him, “Are you the king of the Jews?” Jesus said, “You say so.” But when He was accused by the chief priests and the elders, He did not respond. Then Pilate said to him, “Don’t you hear how many charges they are bringing against You?” But He did not answer even one accusation, so that the governor was quite amazed.)

(Matt 27:27-31; Then the governor’s soldiers took Jesus into the governor’s residence and gathered the whole cohort around Him. They stripped Him and put a scarlet robe around Him and after braiding a crown of thorns, they put it on His head. They put a staff in His right hand, and kneeling down before Him, they mocked Him: “Hail, king of the Jews!” They spat on Him and took the staff and struck Him repeatedly on the head. When they had mocked Him, they stripped Him of the robe and put His own clothes back on Him. Then they led Him away to crucify Him.)

Jesus’ death ended the old covenant made with the Israelites through Moses. Now God the Father’s called out followers who’d believed IN Jesus would be fathered, ’born from above’ and be gifted with the covenant of promise through faith likened to Abraham’s.

(Galatians 3:23-29’ Now before ‘Jesus’’ faith or ‘faith in Jesus’ came we were held in custody under the law, being kept as prisoners until the coming faith would be revealed. Thus the law had become our guardian until Christ, so that we could be declared righteous by ‘His’ faith. (25) But now that faith ’in Him’ has come, we are no longer under a guardian. For in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God through faith. (27) 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. (29) And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s descendants, heirs according to the promise.)

(Hebrews 9:15-28; 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 ‘covenant’ the death of the One who made it must be proven. For a will ‘covenant’ 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, and said, “This is the blood of the covenant that God has commanded you to keep.” (21) 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. 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. 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. (our Mediator) (25) And He did not enter to offer Himself again and again, the way the high priest enters the sanctuary year after year with blood that is not His own, for then He would have had to suffer again and again since the foundation of the world. But now He has appeared once for all at the consummation of the ages to put away sin by His sacrifice. (27) And just as people are appointed to die once, and then to face judgment, so also, after Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many, to those who eagerly await him He will appear a second time, not to bear sin but to bring salvation.)

When gifted with the mind of Jesus; we desire obedience likened to Jesus’ obedience to God our Father. Like Jesus and Abraham, Christians are in this world but not of this world’s system of things.

Not only was Jesus’ apostles baptized with water; they were immersed in the spiritual love of Jesus. Their daily thoughts revolved around Jesus as they considered their bodies temporary dwelling.

(2Corinthians 5:1-5; “For we know that if our earthly house, the tent we live in, is dismantled, we have a building from God, a house not built by human hands, that is eternal in the heavens. For in this earthly house we groan, because we desire to put on our heavenly dwelling, if indeed, after we have put on our heavenly house, we will not be found naked. (4) For we groan while we are in this tent, since we are weighed down, because we do not want to be unclothed, but clothed, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. Now the one who prepared us for this very purpose is God, who gave us the Spirit as a down payment.”) All these things are by promise and gifted. God does the preparing, God gives the desire.

(2Cor 5:6-7; “Therefore we are always full of courage, and we know that as long as we are alive here on earth we are absent from the Lord – for we live by faith, not by sight”)

Unbelievers and professing Christians live by sight. Pleasure and the lustful way of living dominates.

(2Cor 5:8-9; “Thus we are full of courage and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord. So then whether we are alive or away, we make it our ambition to please Him.”)

Living by faith in God’s promises is submitting to God’s law of love: no need for the law of commandments when we love His Way. No need to be told “don’t steal from a neighbor” when we love our neighbor. No need to be told “keep God’s set aside holy times” when we love Him. So: Jesus’ new covenant is with people called to be believers IN Him. All the rest have a guardian “the law of God” Jesus’ Words as written since the foundation of the world.

(John 12:44-50; But Jesus shouted out, “The one who believes in Me does not believe in Me, but in the One who sent Me, and the One who sees Me sees the One who sent Me. (46) I have come as a light into the world, so that everyone who believes IN Me should not remain in darkness. If anyone hears My words and does not obey them, I do not judge him. For I have not come to judge the world, but to save the world. (48) The one who rejects Me and does not accept My words has a judge; the word I have spoken will judge Him at the last day. For I have not spoken from My own authority, but the Father Himself who sent Me has commanded Me what I should say and what I should speak. And I know that His commandment is eternal life. Thus the things I say, I say just as the Father has told Me.”)

God the Father and God the Son’s purpose in creating people in their image and likeness began by creating mortal physical lives with creative minds, to plan and love beyond instinctive animals. God’s ending purpose is spiritual with attributes like His own. That is to be “born from above” “spiritually fathered” and molded in the likeness of our spiritual Creator. It’s God’s Way to make people family. His method of perfecting in His image. Thus the command to overcome our sin nature and Satan’s deceptions to the end. The command to grow in the grace and knowledge of God.

 

Paul to the Phillippians and commentary, chapter 10

Thursday, April 18th, 2019

To: People Called to be Spiritual Israelites, atOne with Jesus. 4/18/19, God’s 1st month 13th day of Nisan, 5,779 until sunset.

Regardless our time zone, when the sun sets on this 13th day of Nisan “its Passover.” The day represents God the Father passing over sin through God the Son’s sacrificially shedding His blood for the remission of sin. The Son of God is through whom and by whom are all things. (See Colossians 1:15-20, John 1:1-5 and Hebrews 1:) He’s the Re-Creator, Creator, Deliverer, Savior, Mediator and coming King of Kings. He’s Jesus, the One whom there’s life, One who created Adam and Eve in their image and likeness, who willingly and temporarily submitted to being spiritually implanted as a sperm in the womb of a virgin. He and His Father’s purpose was that He experience human life, be the sacrificial Lamb that’d die for the sins of the world, “so Believers IN Him could inherit eternal life.” He’d shed His blood as The Sacrificial Lamb for the remission of the world’s sin; so all who’d call on His name as Believers IN Him could inherit eternal life.

Hebrews 9:15-28; And so He ’Jesus’ is the mediator of a New Covenant, so that those who are called may receive the eternal inheritance He has promised, since He died to set them free from the violations committed under the first covenant. For where there is a will, the death of the one who made it must be proven. (17) For a will takes effect only at death, since it carries no force while the One who made it is alive. 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 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. (22) Indeed according to the law almost everything was purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness. So it was necessary for the sketches of the things in heaven to be purified with these sacrifices, but the heavenly things themselves required better sacrifices than these. (24) For Christ did not enter a sanctuary made with hands – the representation of the true sanctuary – but into heaven itself, and He appears now in God’s presence for us. (25) And He did not enter to offer Himself again and again, the way the high priest enters the sanctuary year after year with blood that is not his own, for then He would have had to suffer again and again since the foundation of the world. But now He has appeared once for all at the consummation of the ages to put away sin by His sacrifice. 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.”) Study the whole.

If we’re Believers IN, our names are written in the book of life. We’ll be in the first resurrection. Others of God’s choosing will be in a second fleshly resurrection and become Believers IN. Jesus reveals this in His Revelations to John. (Study Revelations 2:11, 20:6, 20:13 & 21:8)

Who will die a second death?

(Rev 21:7-8; “The one who conquers will inherit these things, and I will be his God and he will be My son. (8) But to the cowards, unbelievers, detestable persons, murderers, the sexually immoral, and those who practice magic spells, idol worshipers and all those who lie, their place will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur. That is the second death.”)

It’s revealed in Paul’s letter to the Philippians and else where, “some Believers IN Jesus, can actually have the fleshly problem of desiring to make merchandise of others.” Resist this fleshly temptation.

(Phil 4:4-7; “Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I say, rejoice! Let everyone see your gentleness. The Lord is near! Do not be anxious about anything. Instead, in every situation, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, tell your requests to God. And the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”)

Gentleness minus vanity is to look out for our fellow Believers IN.

(Phil 4:8-9; “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is worthy of respect, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if something is excellent or praiseworthy, think about these things. And what you learned and received and heard and saw in me, do these things. And the God of peace will be with you.”)

Another of Joseph and Mary’s sons “James” puts the seal on this subject of faith.

(James 2:14-19; “What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but does not have works? 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? (17) 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. (19) You believe that God is One; well and good. Even the demons believe that – and tremble with fear.”) Demons and many professing believers are “believers that” demons fear their coming demise while the many believers that are deceived in their comfort zone.

People demonstrating faith in God practice living by and according to His 10 commandments.

(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,” (Quote from Gen 15:6) 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? (26) For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead.”)

WITHOUT God’s spirit imputed to our minds we’re spiritually dead. We’re as an egg in a woman’s womb, until a sperm unites with it. Only through His indwelling spirit, do we have eternal life. Gifted faith is demonstrated by our knowing His message and practicing His way; our fleshly bodies are made spiritually alive by the imputation of God’s spirit!

(John 3:5-8; “Jesus answered, “I tell you the solemn truth, unless a person is born of water and spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not be amazed that I said to you, ‘You must all be born from above.’ The wind blows wherever it will, and you hear the sound it makes, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”)

So is the miraculous event of being, “born from above.” We didn’t choose our earthly parents, nor the timing of our physical birth; “so it is with being born from above.” It begins when God reveals Himself, demonstrating He loved us first, blessing us with His gifted desire to seek His Way.

Heavenly Father: make us grateful for Your revealed truth and give each Believer IN a zeal for the spreading of Your Word. Thank You for grace and mercy, without which no one can be saved. In the gifted nature of Jesus we desire things soon be done on earth as in heaven. AMEN.

It’s a blessing and privilege to share God’s revealed truth. A blessing to understand through gifted faith that God created visible from invisible. Have you heard the remark; “you cannot get there from here?” It’s suppose to be tongue in cheek humor. There’s truth in that quotation when it comes to faith. Many scientific minded and the worldly religious folks doubt that God created this universe. (Without believing IN Jesus as Creator, it’s impossible to believe IN God; have believing IN faith like Abraham’s and its absurd to call one’s self a Christian.)

Satan likes people believing they’re born with eternal life. Wants folks conjuring up theories about the end result of this physical life. (When we’re gifted to believe IN God, “knowing that God gifts eternal life isn’t theory.” Re-study Paul’s understanding at Hebrews 11:1-3.

Regarding faith, consider two of Adam’s sons. Cain “believed that” he didn’t “believe IN,” so he sacrificed according to what seemed right to his fleshly nature. Abel “believed IN” and had no desire to substitute or consider what may’ve seemed right, “he made a blood sacrifice according to God’s instructions.” Abel had reverent regard for God’s Word and obeyed. (Abel “believed IN” Cain “believed that.”) (Study Genesis 4:) We see that few professing Christians believe IN God; their practices mimic Cain’s.

(Hebrews 11:4; “By faith Abel offered God a greater sacrifice than Cain, and through his faith he was commended as righteous, because God commended him for his offerings. And through his faith he still speaks, though he is dead.”) Abel’s obedience is an example and still the standard for believers IN, “Christians.”

(Heb 11:6; “Now without, “believing IN” faith it is impossible to please God, for the one who approaches God must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who seek Him.”) Faith in God is to acknowledge Him as He manifest Himself to be.

(Heb 11:8-10; “By faith Abraham obeyed, when he was called to go out to a place he would later receive as an inheritance and he went out without understanding where he was going. By faith he lived as a foreigner in the promised land as though it were a foreign country, living in tents with Isaac and Jacob, who were fellow heirs of the same promise. For he was looking forward to the city with firm foundations, whose architect and builder is God.”) Believers IN Jesus are in the same category as Abraham, “who lived in the world but wasn’t of the world.” Strangers in a foreign country. Abraham didn’t yield to questioning intellect, “but simply believed God.” God made a covenant promise with Abraham that includes all Abraham’s heirs. (Galatians 3:29; “And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s descendants, heirs according to the promise.) Christians are called OUT to separate from the ways of the world as was Abraham. Called to inherit eternal life through Jesus with Abraham. (Study all Hebrews 11:)

When we’re called to be Christ like, “it’s revealed that He loved us first” His love makes obedience desirable, so we’re gifted to love God’s Way. The desire to be obedient is a given. We’re no longer under commandments but desire Jesus’ faith. When we’re “born from above” we’re considered Jesus’ friend as was faithful Abraham. Remember the apostles’ letters were to Believers IN, God the Father and God the Son. A converted to His Way people.

Paul to the Phillippians and commentary, chapter 9

Wednesday, April 17th, 2019

To: People Called to be Spiritual Israelites, atOne with Jesus. 4/17/19, God’s 1st month 12th day of Nisan, 5,779 until sunset.

(John 20:30-31; Now Jesus performed many other miraculous signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not recorded in this book. But these are recorded so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in His name.”

(Luke 19:41-44; “Now when Jesus approached and saw the city, He wept over it, saying, “If you had only known on this day, even you, the things that make for peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes. (43) For the days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment against you and surround you and close in on you from every side. They will demolish you – you and your children within your walls – and they will not leave within you one stone on top of another because you did not recognize the time of your visitation from God.”) Seemingly, this prophecy is yet to happen, unless God the Father chooses to shorten time, “for the sake of the Elect.” Israel’s enemies are now surrounded Jerusalem and dedicated to the destruction of Jews - Israelites. They will do the things our Lord God Jesus views abominable. Matthew recorded Jesus.

(Matt 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. Woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing their babies in those days! (20) 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. (22) 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.) Israelites and particularly the Jews are hated by condoners of worldly traditional values, haters of God’s righteousness, “mainly because to them are the oracles of God committed.)

(Romans 3:1-4; “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 ‘are’ entrusted with the oracles of God. What then? If some ‘Jews’ 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.”) (Quote Psalms 51:4)

Likely it was on the 11th or 12th day of Nisan when Jesus entered the temple courts. (Luke 19:45-48; Then Jesus entered the temple courts and began to drive out those who were selling things there, saying to them, “It is written, ‘My house will be a house of prayer,’ but you have turned it into a den of robbers!” (Quote Jeremiah 7:11) (47) Jesus was teaching daily in the temple courts. The chief priests and the experts in the law and the prominent leaders among the people were seeking to assassinate Him, but they could not find a way to do it, for all the people hung on His words.”)

Satan’s attempt to reveal himself and his followers as angels of light offers some truth and many half truths. Undeniably they do some good. Most worldly denominational leaders support various community programs and we all should agree that it’s good when the hungry are fed, needy clothed and schooled. Good deeds will be rewarded when done altruistically. We should know organizational good deeds are bureaucratic, about forty percent of donations go to salaries and promotional advertisements. The Christian principle is individual direct support to the needy. Bureaucracies serve themselves first. Our point? Organizations and their programs camouflage their main purpose. Which is to provide income for themselves and co-workers. Generally the giving public never examine organizations’ inner workings. (Remember, the Christian duty is to prove all things, hold fast to what’s good and overcome our fleshly nature to the end.” see 1 Thess 5:21-24)

Jesus’ message” must be the criteria for worship.

Satan’s main demonic tools is to manifest himself and followers as “angels of light” to deceive the naïve. His fleshly good works is void of God’s truth, and why Jesus inspired Paul’s penning the following.

(2Cor 11:13-15; “For such people are false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. Therefore it is not surprising his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness, whose end will correspond to their actions.”)

Polytheist belief in more than one deity and pantheist believe God and the material world are one and the same thing. God being present in everything is palmed off in doing community services, “particularly to like minded people.” Such manifesting themselves as angels of light to deceive naïve people. It’s revelation when God’s people understanding the characteristics, ways, promises and purposes of God. Spiritually led people seek God’s way and prayerfully go to His Word to discern truth, “not organizations.” We need to know to whom God’s promises are made and to whom God is speaking. (For example in John’s fourteenth chapter, “Jesus isn’t speaking to every future Believer IN; but to His apostles.) Verses 12-14 had their initial fulfillment during the apostolic time. (“I tell you the solemn truth, the person who believes in Me will perform the miraculous deeds that I am doing and will perform greater deeds than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in My name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it.” John 14;12-14) But greater fulfillments are coming.

Jesus’ healing people when Peter’s shadow passed over them, is one of those greater works He promised. Jesus may have consider this a greater than His feeding thousands. Peter wasn’t thinking about each individual when his shadow passed over and saying a quick prayer asking for healing. Jesus did these healing to demonstrate “His working through His apostle.” In the case of such healings, it wasn’t knowing faith nor an attempt to conjure it up. Attempting to conjure up faith has no benefit, “knowing faith is gifted!” Exercising hope faith is good when we know who Jesus is, but why ask when we know we aren’t willing to be obedient. We’re attempting to share Jesus’ apostle’s understanding about their knowing and hope faith.

Peter demonstrated gifted knowing faith when he was called to Joppa after Tabitha died. (Acts 9:40-43; “When Peter arrived he sent people outside, knelt down and prayed. Turning to the body, he said, “Tabitha, get up.” Then she opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter, she sat up. He gave her his hand and helped her get up. Then he called the Saints and widows and presented her alive. This became known throughout all Joppa, and many believed IN the Lord. So Peter stayed many days in Joppa with a man named Simon, a tanner.“) Prior to Peter’s prayer, “Jesus gave him knowing faith.”

Hope faith prayer to God should be from the point of view that God knows best; thus we ask, “according to Your will.” We should understand in our submit to God, that we’re mere people who don’t know what’s best, in His overall plan. Understand, unbelievers’ prayers are only to gods of their imagination. Consider Paul’s definition of knowing - revealed faith, in his letter to the Hebrews.

(Heb 11:1-3; “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for, convinced of what we do not see. For by it ‘faith’ the people of old received God’s commendation. By faith we understand that the worlds were set in order at God’s command, so that the visible has its origin in the invisible.”) The King James Version reads; “now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”)

The apostles’ letters are to Believers IN, “a called out people to be Christ like.” People God was or is making His circumcision of the heart covenant with! So lets repeat from a previous study.

When Paul’s coworker Epaphroditus nearly died from sickness, “Paul was not gifted with knowing faith regarding the outcome of his sickness.” (Paul wasn’t gifted to know Jesus’ purpose regarding his co-worker’s calling.) Paul did ask people to be imitators of himself as he served in Jesus‘ nature. Let’s be imitators of Jesus and His apostles.

(Phil 3:17-21; “Be imitators of me, brothers and sisters, and watch carefully those who are living this way, just as you have us “we apostles” as an example. For many live, about whom I have often told you, and now, with tears, I tell you that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ. Their end is destruction, their god is the belly, they exult in their shame, and they think about earthly things.”) Bureaucratic organizations are in this category. Unbelievers’ mindset is on worldly things. Enemies Jesus was most concerned about were those using His name and deceiving the many. (see Matt 24:5) Judging from Jesus’ Words and scriptural evidence; ninety nine percent of those professing Christ are deceived and their religion vain. Of their own accord, they choose to be religious, choosing denominations that fits their inherited or chosen thinking, thus live according to what seems intellectually correct.

We can’t judge the outcome of people’s lives. We don’t know how or when God may choose to reveal Himself to any one individual. We who know God, can judge whether a person is presently in The Faith. That is if their citizenship is worldly and fleshly.

(Phil 3:20-21; “But our “we followers of Jesus” citizenship is in heaven – and we also await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform these humble bodies of ours into the likeness of His glorious body by means of that power by which He is able to subject all things to Himself.”)

Praise God! Believing IN this scriptural text, “is by revelation.” Practicing life according to this knowledge, “is to be atOne with Jesus.”

(Phil 4:1; “So then, my brothers and sisters, dear friends whom I long to see, my joy and crown, stand in the Lord in this way, my dear friends!”)

There’s only one way to, “stand in the Lord.” One way to believe IN Him: “it’s to be spiritually led to turn from living the previously seemed right to our intellect way, “our fleshly mind way” to practice His Way. The Way of life our Creator commands, “is to stand in the Lord.”

Each apostle experienced, “dealing with growing pains of new converts” especially those desiring to do things their way.

(Phil 4:2-3; “I appeal to Euodia and to Syntyche to agree in the Lord. Yes, I say also to you true companions, help them. They have struggled together in the gospel ministry along with me and Clement and my other coworkers, whose names are in the book of life.”)

Called believer’s IN have their names written in the book of life. They’ll be in the first resurrection. Others of God’s choosing will be in a second fleshly resurrection. Jesus reveals it in His Revelations to John. (Study Revelations 2:11, 20:6, 20:13 & 21:8)

Paul to the Phillippians and commentary, chapter 8

Monday, April 15th, 2019

To: People Called to be Spiritual Israelites, atOne with Jesus. 4/15/19, God’s 1st month 10th day of Nisan, 5,779 until sunset.

On this very same day Jesus rode a donkey from the Mt. of Olives to Jerusalem; years before “on this 10th of Nisan” He instructed Moses to have the Israelites put up a lamb or goat to be killed and eaten on the 14th day. (See Exodus 12:) (Matt 21: Jesus sent two for a donkey and colt, saying to one who’d ask “the Lord needs them.” Fulfilling (Zach 9:9) Matt 21:5; (Tell the people of Zion, Look, your king is coming to you, unassuming and seated on a donkey, and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’”) Along the way large crowds placed their coats and branches on the road, saying “blessed is the One who comes in the name of the Lord, Hosanna to the Son of David and saying “this is the prophet Jesus, from Nazareth in Galilee.” Our Savior like the sacrificial lamb He willingly submitted to be, “was put up to be killed on the 14th day. Three nights and days later they’d find His tomb empty.

Matthew recorded eleven disciples went to Galilee, mountain Jesus had designated to meet Him. Was Thomas one of the eleven? Apparently not and if so he was slow to believe IN. (See Matt 27:) John may be speaking of another “first day” or perhaps translators leaned on tradition. (John 20:19-23; On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the disciples had gathered together and locked the doors of the place because they were afraid of the Jewish leaders. Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. So Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. Just as the Father has sent Me, I also send you.” (22) And after He said this, He breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you ‘apostles’ forgive anyone’s sins, they are forgiven; if you retain anyone’s sins, they are retained.”) John said Thomas wasn’t among the apostles on that visit behind locked doors and Thomas stated that unless he saw with his own eyes he’d not believe.

(John 20:26-29; Eight days later the disciples were again together in the house, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” Then He said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and examine My hands. Extend your hand and put it into My side. Do not continue in your unbelief, but believe.” (28) Thomas replied to Him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen Me? Blessed are the people who have not seen and yet have believed.”)

(Previously Jesus had told an unbelieving crowd, “My sheep hear, listen, follow Me and I give them eternal life and the Father and I are One.”)

(Believers IN, “Christians” are AT ONE with Jesus and God the Father, understanding that Jesus is ReCreator, Creator, Sustainer, our Deliverer, now Mediator on our behalf before the Father and coming king of kings. Jesus inspired John to write. (John 1:1-5; “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was fully God. The Word was with God in the beginning. All things were created by Him, and apart from Him not one thing was created that has been created. In him was life, and the life was the light of mankind. And the light shines on in the darkness, but the darkness has not mastered it.”)

Jesus depicted unbelievers as those assuming God would be pleased with their choices regarding worship and life practices “people in darkness.” People not believing that eternal life is only through Creator Jesus. (John uses the Greek word for “eternal life” 37 times: 17 times outside the same prologue. (No need to insert the Greek since we aren’t attempting to teach translators.) It’s clear from the context that “eternal life” is meant. In “1John” he uses the Greek “ζωή 13 times, always meaning “eternal life.” Additionally is the allusion to Ps 36:9, which gives significant Old Testament background. “For with You is the fountain of life; In Your light we see light.” Other Judaism text expresses the similar idea. (Life, especially “eternal life” is one of the major themes of John’s Gospel.) Worldly organized religions, calling themselves Christian, dismiss Jesus’ apostle Paul’s plain talk about deceitful workers.

(Phil 3:1-3; “Finally, my brothers and sisters, rejoice in the Lord! To write this again is no trouble to me, and it is a safeguard for you. (2) Beware of the dogs, beware of the evil workers, beware of those who mutilate the flesh! For we “Believers IN “ are the Circumcision, the Ones who worship by the Spirit of God, exult in Christ Jesus, and do not rely on human credentials – though mine too are significant.”)

Today’s Circumcision are those God calls, gives humility and covenants with circumcision of heart people. Today’s circumcision are those, “called out to be Believers IN” - atOne with the Father and the Son.

Divided Christendom leaders are serving themselves, their denominations and demonic causes. Even when they’re doing good service, their objective is to make themselves popular. Often it’s good deeds that help them deceive the naive unbeliever. Speaking of such people, Paul was inspired to write.

(2Corinthians 13:15; “For such people are false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. Therefore it is not surprising his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness, whose end will correspond to their actions.”)

I found it appalling when some time back I witnessed a preacher saying to a congregation, “a church your size should be calling someone with a theological degree.” Back to Paul’s letter to the Philippians Believers.

(Phil 3:4-6; “If someone thinks he has good reasons to put confidence in human credentials, I have more: I was circumcised on the eighth day, from the people of Israel and the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews. I lived according to the law as a Pharisee. In my zeal for God I persecuted the church. According to the righteousness stipulated in the law I was blameless.”) Meditate on Paul’s statement. Denominational minded leaders in every community, have a zeal for their work as they see their calling. They manifest themselves as angels of light. There’s always some good and through good works many people are led to follow without proving their message. Paul admits that he had been one of these!! One day after our resurrections many more minds will be opened, many will repent for having practiced what seemed right to themselves. After his calling, Paul considered his previous assets as liabilities.

(Phil 3:7-9; “But these ’Pharisee - denominational’ assets I have come to regard as liabilities because of Christ. More than that, I now regard all things as liabilities compared to the far greater value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things – indeed, I regard them as dung! – that I may gain Christ, and be found in Him, not because I have my own righteousness derived from the law, but because I have the righteousness that comes by way of Christ’s faithfulness – a righteousness from God that is in fact based on Christ’s faithfulness.”) Based on Jesus’ faith, not his own!! It’s popular for people to use the terminology, “my faith.” Paul had his faith before his conversion. Afterward Paul was clothed with Jesus’ faith. Faith in Jesus is what God accomplishes in us when we’re a called people, “born from above.” When the mind of Jesus is revealed, “imputed” to our being.

When Jesus was thinking of going to Jerusalem to fulfill shedding His blood for the remission of sin. He was warned not to go, “a prophet came and used His belt in a prophetic warning. Let’s review Jesus’ private words to His apostles. (Matt 20:17-19; As Jesus was going up to Jerusalem, He took the twelve aside privately and said to them on the way, “Look, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be handed over to the chief priests and the experts in the law. They will condemn Him to death and will turn Him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and flogged severely and crucified. Yet on the third day, he will be raised.”

It’s good to consider Jesus’ apostles mindset then and Paul’s religious thinking before Jesus breathed on and gave them understanding of the scriptures. Look back and review Paul’s words at Philippians 3:1.

(Phil 3:10; “My aim is to know Him, to experience the power of His resurrection, to share in His sufferings, to be like Him in His death, and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead.”)

As Paul individualized his aim; we too should be mindful of “attaining to the resurrection.” (Restudy Jesus’ revelations to Paul “1Cor 15) Paul admits he’s still in the overcoming stage to maturity.

(Phil 3:12-16; “Not that I have already attained this – that is, I have not already been perfected – but I strive to lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus also laid hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself to have attained this. Instead I am single-minded: Forgetting the things that are behind and reaching out for the things that are ahead, with this goal in mind, I strive toward the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Therefore let those of us who are “being perfected” embrace this point of view. If you think otherwise, God will reveal to you the error of your ways. Nevertheless, let us live up to the standard that we have already attained.”)

Let’s practice keeping what we understand, while praying for God’s revelations, “regarding the error of OUR ways.” Understanding that Gods Ways are higher than our ways. (See Isaiah 55:9)

The New Covenants parallels the old.

The old covenant our Lord Jesus affirmed with Abraham was after the promises. Circumcision of the flesh was a physical reminder of God’s promises to an obedient people; those desiring to be a part of Israel submitted to it. All looked forward to circumcision’s spiritual component. The old looked forward to gifted circumcision of the heart. A nature change if you please. A spiritual fathering, by God the Father to those elected to be spiritual Israelites. A people He put in His church family. The holy scriptures strongly indicate that God’s called out people are kept on His preverbal potters wheel, for perfecting during this life. Making us disciplined children. After death God the Father’s called out Elect Saints are taken to that heavenly Mount Zion. It’s the heavenly place Paul visualized in prayer and looked forward to going after his death. Very likely, Paul wrote the following.

(Hebrews 12:22-29; “But ‘when’ you, “followers of Jesus, Elect Saints worship” you‘ve” come to Mount Zion, the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to myriads of angels, to the assembly and congregation of the firstborn, who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous, who have been made perfect, and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant and to the sprinkled blood that speaks of something better than Abel’s does. (25) Take care not to refuse the One who is speaking! For if they did not escape when they refused the One who warned them on earth, how much less shall we, if we reject the One who warns from heaven? Then His voice shook the earth, but now He has promised, “I will once more shake not only the earth but heaven too.” Now this phrase “once more” indicates the removal of what is shaken, that is, of created things, so that what is unshaken may remain. (28) So since we are receiving an unshakable kingdom, let us give thanks, and through this let us offer worship pleasing to God in devotion and awe. For our God is indeed a devouring fire.”) An independent study of the holy scriptures should make any honest thinking person suspicious of religious leaders, regardless of their fleshly good works.

Paul to the Phillippians and commentary, chapter 7

Saturday, April 13th, 2019

To: People Called to be Spiritual Israelites, atOne with Jesus. 4/13/19, God’s 1st month 8th day of Nisan, 5,779 until sunset.

Remember, we’re blessed indeed when we know we’re Believers IN. Seemingly more than 12 apostles were traveling with Jesus in route to Jerusalem. He was giving parables along the way. One about the Kingdom of God: a rich landowner hiring workers and paying those who worked less the same as the early hires. “So the last will be first, and the first last.” The strong indication is “some at the close of this age will be first.” Apparently hearing Jesus’ parable, Zebedee’s wife knelt before Jesus and ask that her two sons sit on Jesus’ right and left hands in His kingdom. Jesus said, “you don’t know what you ask, it’s already prepared by My Father.” (Matt 20:23)

Then Jesus called to the two brothers and said; (Matt 20:25-28; “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and those in high positions use their authority over them. It must not be this way among you! Instead whoever wants to be great among you must be your servant and whoever wants to be first among you must be your slave - just as the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.”)

(Matt 20:17-19; As Jesus was going up to Jerusalem, He took the twelve aside privately and said to them on the way, “Look, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be handed over to the chief priests and the experts in the law. They will condemn Him to death and will turn Him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and flogged severely and crucified. Yet on the third day, He will be raised.”)

It was about the 7th day of Nisan and perhaps Jesus was thinking back to His delivering the Israelites through Moses at this season of the year and saying to him; (Exodus 11:9-10; Pharaoh will not listen to you, so that My wonders may be multiplied in the land of Egypt.” So Moses and Aaron did all these wonders before Pharaoh, but the Lord hardened Pharaoh’s heart, and he did not release the Israelites from his land.” Even back then in Egypt, Jesus was looking forward to His being the sacrificial Lamb of God. (Jesus had said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, “This month is to be your beginning of months; it will be your first month of the year. Tell the whole community of Israel, ‘In the tenth day of this month they each must take a lamb for themselves according to their families – a lamb for each household. If any household is too small for a lamb, the man and his next-door neighbor are to take a lamb according to the number of people – you will make your count for the lamb according to how much each one can eat. Your lamb must be perfect, a male, one year old; you may take it from the sheep or from the goats. (6) You must care for it until the fourteenth day of this month, and then the whole community of Israel will kill it around sundown. (7) They will take some of the blood and put it on the two side posts and top of the doorframe of the houses where they will eat it. They will eat the meat the same night; they will eat it roasted over the fire with bread made without yeast and with bitter herbs. Do not eat it raw or boiled in water, but roast it over the fire with its head, its legs, and its entrails. You must leave nothing until morning, but you must burn with fire whatever remains of it until morning. This is how you are to eat it – dressed to travel, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand. You are to eat it in haste. It is the Lord’s Passover.”) (Exodus 12:1-11) It’s the season and events followers of Jesus must focus on, for worship and contemplation on how the season fits with events soon to come.

(Exodus 12:12-16; I ‘the Lord Jesus said to Moses’ will pass through the land of Egypt in the same night, and I will attack all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both of humans and of animals, and on all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment. I am the Lord. (13) The blood will be a sign for you on the houses where you are, so that when I see the blood I will pass over you, and this plague will not fall on you to destroy you when I attack the land of Egypt. (14) This day will become a memorial for you, and you will celebrate it as a festival to the Lord – you will celebrate it perpetually as a lasting ordinance. For seven days you must eat bread made without yeast. Surely on the first day you must put away yeast from your houses because anyone who eats bread made with yeast from the first day to the seventh day will be cut off from Israel. On the first day ‘the 15ththere’ll be a holy convocation, and on the seventh day ‘21st day’ there’ll be a holy convocation for you.

(Exodus 12:26-28; “When your children ask you, ‘What does this ceremony mean to you?’ then you will say, ‘It is the sacrifice of the Lord’s Passover, when He passed over the houses of the Israelites in Egypt, when He struck Egypt and delivered our households.’” The people bowed down low to the ground and the Israelites went away and did exactly as the Lord had commanded Moses and Aaron.”)

In two days, particularly the ‘10th of Nisan’ we should be remembering Jesus’ mind set as He rode a donkey into Jerusalem, “allowing Himself to be “put up” as a lamb for slaughter until the 14th day. The 14th around sunset should be a solemn remembrance as we celebrate Jesus’ new covenant ordnance, sacrificial death, the 15th first annual Sabbath, His three nights and days entombed, His resurrection “tomb empty” on the 18th day of Nisan. Think on putting away sin and celebrating the second annual Sabbath on the 21st day of Nisan. It’s the first of three holy seasons of the year ordained by God for believers IN to celebrate.

(Matt 27:50-56; On the stake or a cross Jesus cried out again with a loud voice and gave up His spirit. Just then the temple curtain was torn in two, from top to bottom. The earth shook and the rocks were split apart. (52) And tombs were opened, and the bodies of many saints who had died were raised. (They came out of the tombs after His resurrection and went into the holy city and appeared to many people.) Now when the centurion and those with him who were guarding Jesus saw the earthquake and what took place, they were extremely terrified and said, “Truly this one was God’s Son!” Many women who had followed Jesus from Galilee and given Him support were also there, watching from a distance. Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Joseph, and the mother of the sons of Zebedee.”) (Remember this is the same mother that ask Jesus that her two sons sit on Jesus’ right and left hand in His Kingdom.)

(Matt 27:57-61; “Now when it was evening, ’the 14ththere came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who was also a disciple of Jesus. He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then Pilate ordered that it be given to him. Joseph took the body, wrapped it in a clean linen cloth and placed it in his own new tomb that he had cut in the rock Then he rolled a great stone across the entrance of the tomb and went away. (Now Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were sitting there, opposite the tomb.”)

On or soon after the 18th day of Nisan Jesus appeared to two. Seemingly the weekly Sabbath fell on the 17th day of Nisan that year.

Matt 28:1-10; Now after the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb. Suddenly there was a severe earthquake, for an angel of the Lord1 descending from heaven came and rolled away the stone and sat on it. (3) His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were shaken and became like dead men because they were so afraid of him. (5) But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid; I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here, for He has been raised, just as He said. Come and see the place where He was lying. (7) Then go quickly and tell His disciples, ‘He has been raised from the dead. He is going ahead of you into Galilee. You will see Him there.’ Listen, I have told you! So they left the tomb quickly, with fear and great joy, and ran to tell His disciples. (9) But Jesus met them, saying, “Greetings!” They came to Him, held on to His feet and worshiped Him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell My brothers to go to Galilee. They will see Me there.”)

Receiving the Great Commission.

(Matt 28:16-20; “So the eleven disciples went to Galilee to the mountain Jesus had designated. When they saw Him, they worshiped Him, but some doubted. Then Jesus came up and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. (19) Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”)

Scholars deny the trinitarian baptismal formula in the Great Commission, was part of the original text of Matthew, there’s no manuscript support for their contention. F. C. Conybeare and the Eusebian Form of the Text of Matt. 28:19,” based his view on a faulty reading of Eusebius’ quotations of this text. The shorter reading has also been accepted, on other grounds, by a few other scholars. For discussion (and refutation of the conjecture that removes this baptismal formula), see B. J. Hubbard, The Matthean Redaction of a Primitive Apostolic Commissioning (SBLDS 19), 163-64, 167-75; and Jane Schaberg, The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (SBLDS 61) 27-61.

We don’t think this something to argue over, we do need to allow the holy scripture complement one another, beware of translators with agendas and who lean on tradition. One consideration is that Believers IN are promised the gifted “spirit of truth” “comforter or advocate” which makes each literally children of God. Jesus said; (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 him or know him. But you know him, because he resides with you and will be in you.”) Another consideration is that Jesus’ apostles never used or named the spirit of truth in their salutations with “God the Father and God the Son.” They did all agree “they were recipients of the Holy Spirit making them atOne with God the Father and God the Son.”

Jesus made it clear that many could not believe because they weren’t His sheep.

John 10:26-30; “But you “unbelievers” refuse to believe because you are not My sheep. My sheep listen to My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish; no one will snatch them from My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all, and no one can snatch them from My Father’s hand. (30) The Father and I are One.”) See Colossians 1:15-20, John 1:1-5, & Hebrews 1,  (We are blessed indeed when we know we’re Believers IN.)

Paul to the Phillippians and commentary, chapter 6

Friday, April 12th, 2019

To: People Called to be Spiritual Israelites, atOne with Jesus. 4/12/19, God’s 1st month 7th day of Nisan, 5,779 until sunset.

Israelites had been in Egypt more than 400 years, Deliverer Jesus was telling Moses and Aaron “say to the Pharaoh release My people so they may serve Me.” Plagues would come on Egypt if he refused, Jesus knew he’d refuse because He’d hardened Pharaoh’s heart. (See Exodus 10:) Satan had been leading the Egyptians and Israelites to serve imaginary gods and the Lord was allowing pagan priest to duplicate some miracles He did through Moses. Today’s world is like Egypt was and is. In bondage to the god of this world, Satan.

Through Moses Jesus sent locusts, destroying vegetation through out the land until nothing green remained. Afterward Pharaoh ask Moses to pray that the Lord take this death from him and Egypt. The Lord responded and caused an east wind to blow all the Locusts out in the red sea. Again the Lord hardened Pharaoh’s heart and he didn’t let the Israelites go.

(Exodus 11:1-3; The Lord said to Moses, “I will bring one more plague on Pharaoh and on Egypt; after that he will release you from this place. When he releases you, he will drive you out completely from this place. (2) Instruct the people that each man and each woman is to request from his or her neighbor items of silver and gold.” (Now the Lord granted the people favor with the Egyptians. Moreover, the man Moses was very great in the land of Egypt, respected by Pharaoh’s servants and by the Egyptian people.)

The deliverance of Israel from Egypt looked forward to greater things, “a spiritual deliverance of a called out people who’d lovingly be atOne with and obedient to their Deliverer - Jesus. After Jesus’ return a greater physical deliverance of Israel to the borders promised through Abraham.

(Jeremiah 31:31-32; “Indeed, a time is coming,” says the Lord, “when I will make a new covenant with the people of Israel and Judah. It will not be like the old covenant that I made with their ancestors when I delivered them from Egypt. For they violated that covenant, even though I was like a faithful husband to them,” says the Lord.

(Jer 31:33; “But I will make a new covenant with the whole nation of Israel after I plant them back in the land,” says the Lord. “I will put my law within them and write it on their hearts and minds. I will be their God and they will be My people.

Jer 31:34; “People will no longer need to teach their neighbors and relatives to know Me. For all of them, from the least important to the most important, will know Me,” says the Lord. “For I will forgive their sin and will no longer call to mind the wrong they have done.”

The Lord Guarantees Israel’s Continuance, promises are perpetual.

(Jer 31:35-37; The Lord has made a promise to Israel. He promises it as the One who fixed the sun to give light by day and the moon and stars to give light by night. He promises it as the One who stirs up the sea so that its waves roll. He promises it as the One who is known as the Lord who rules over all. The Lord affirms, “The descendants of Israel will not cease forever to be a nation in My sight. That could only happen if the fixed ordering of the heavenly lights were to cease to operate before Me.” (37) The Lord says, “I will not reject all the descendants of Israel because of all that they have done. That could only happen if the heavens above could be measured or the foundations of the earth below could all be explored,” says the Lord.”

Jerusalem Will Be Enlarged

Jer 31:38-40; “Indeed a time is coming,” says the Lord, “when the city of Jerusalem will be rebuilt as My special city. It will be built from the Tower of Hananel westward to the Corner Gate. The boundary line will extend beyond that, straight west from there to the Hill of Gareb and then turn southward to Goah. The whole valley where dead bodies and sacrificial ashes are thrown and all the terraced fields out to the Kidron Valley on the east as far north as the Horse Gate will be included within this city that is sacred to the Lord. The city will never again be torn down or destroyed.”)

The same Lord God Jesus making these promises is the Vine we branches must cling to, less we be burned up.

(John 15:6-7; “I am the Vine; you are the branches. The one who remains in Me – and I in him – bears much fruit, because apart from Me you can accomplish nothing. If anyone does not remain in Me, he is thrown out like a branch, and dries up; and such branches are gathered up and thrown into the fire, and are burned up.”) God’s spirit in Believers provides the power to practice living as attached to the Vine. During Jesus’ millennial kingdom many who lived and died in this age, will be physically resurrected and become Believers IN Jesus. At the final judgment all unbelievers will be burned up. (See Revelations 21:8)

(John 15:7-8; “If you remain in Me and My Words remain in you, ask whatever you want, and it will be done for you. My Father is honored by this, that you bear much fruit and show that you are My disciples.”) We honor God the Father and God the Son, by living as attached to The Vine, “Jesus.”

(John 15:9-17; “Just as the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you; remain in My love. If you obey My commandments, you will remain in My love, just as I have obeyed My Father’s commandments and remain in His love. I have told you these things so that My joy may be in you, and your joy may be complete. My commandment is this – to love one another just as I have loved you. (13) No one has greater love than this – that one lays down his life for his friends. You are My friends if you do what I command you. I no longer call you slaves, because the slave does not understand what his master is doing. But I have called you friends, because I have revealed to you everything I heard from My Father. You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that remains, so that whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you. This I command you – to love one another.”)

Heavenly Father: lead us to understand what’s meant by, “being clothed with and immersed in Christ.” Help our minds be yielded to Jesus and His apostles teaching, practices and faith. Make us mindful of divisionary religions and who they serve. Thank You for revealed understanding. In the name and nature of Jesus we praise You. AMEN.

Satan is the author of confusion, author of pagan practices camouflaging truth. He’s the god of this world. Our duty as called out Christians is, to prove all things, hold fast to what is good and overcome our inherited from Adam fleshly nature to the end. (see 1 Thess 5:21-24)

Paganism is practicing customs with worshipful overtures to gods of the imagination. The holy scripture principle defines a pagan as - a non-believer in Jesus, “the God of Abraham.” Believing IN God is to live and practice what He defines as good. Keeping holy, things, customs and times holy to Him.

(Our English dictionary defines paganism as, “a religious way of life, or degree of knowledge “polytheist” the worship of or belief in more than one deity, especially several, or “pantheist” ‘the belief that God and the material world are one and the same thing. That God is present in everything, or a belief in all imagined deities.)

It’s people imagining from within their fleshly intellect and followers of “ancient or current” man made customs of worship. (Including wearing of or looking to something that helps one remember, can be images, statutes and the dependency on one’s personal intellect for knowledge.)

Worshiping the Son of God and God the Father is, “singular worship” they’re as One and atONE with each other. Jesus makes this clear in all His Words pertaining to worship. His apostles were Believers IN this revealed truth. Writing from prison, Paul continues his letter to the Philippians.

( Phil 2:19-24; “Now I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you soon, so that I too may be encouraged by hearing news about you. For there is no one here like him who will readily demonstrate his deep concern for you. Others are busy with their own concerns, not those of Jesus Christ. (22) But you know his qualifications, that like a son working with his father, he served with me in advancing the gospel. So I hope to send him as soon as I know more about my situation, though I am confident in the Lord that I too will be coming to see you soon.)

Paul knew some co-workers were overly concerned with their own affairs, but each were “born from above Believers IN.”

(Phil 2:25-30; “But for now I have considered it necessary to send Epaphroditus to you. For he is my brother, coworker and fellow soldier, and your messenger and minister to me in my need. Indeed, he greatly missed all of you and was distressed because you heard that he had been ill. In fact he became so ill that he nearly died. But God showed mercy to him – and not to him only, but also to me – so that I would not have grief on top of grief. Therefore I am all the more eager to send him, so that when you see him again you can rejoice and I can be free from anxiety. So welcome him in the Lord with great joy, and honor people like him, since it was because of the work of Christ that he almost died. He risked his life so that he could make up for your inability to serve me.”)

An honest study of these five verses reveals the time of instantaneous healing through the apostles were near their end, “for a time.” Remember Jesus’ Words to His apostles. (John 14:12-14; “I tell you the solemn truth, the person who believes in Me will perform the miraculous deeds that I am doing, and will perform greater deeds than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in My name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it.”)

Two things should be considered. “Believing IN” isn’t “believing that” “Believing IN” is supernaturally gifted.” Believing that rationalizes God exist, without the conviction of being atOne with or attached to Jesus as a branch to the Vine.

In someone’s name, (particularly Jesus’) is as being of the same mind, likened to one sent as an ambassador, or gifted with the nature of Jesus. (No doubt; Paul prayed for Epaphroditus’ instant healing, but his healing wasn’t instant.) The last instantaneous healing recorded in the holy scriptures is at Acts 28:. When in route to Rome Paul and company were ship wrecked at the Island of Malta. There Jesus instantly healed the father of Publius, “the island’s ruler.”

All Jesus’ instant healings, resurrections, calming the sea and re-creating food for thousands, were evident proof of who He is. Likewise all Jesus’ healings through His apostles were evident proof of their position in Jesus. Peter’s shadow healing people as it passed over, like other miracles through His apostles were evident proof of Jesus’ working through them. When Jesus’ apostles, “Peter & John” commanded a cripple to stand and when Jesus resurrecting a deceased lady though Peter’s prayer; each and all such healings were through Jesus giving them, “knowing faith.” (In other words, Jesus revealed what He would do in advance of their asking.) Paul’s praying for Epaphroditus was through “hope faith.” That is, Paul had no advance revelation of instant healing. Using Jesus’ name in prayer and asking that our request be granted, should always be, “according to His will.” Being At One with Jesus is, “believing IN His will and desiring His will be done.” We’re blessed indeed when we know we’re Believers IN.