Paul’s Calling, Teaching and commentary, chapter 20

To: “Churches of God” Called to be Spiritual Israelites, atOne with Jesus. 4/2/19, God’s 13th month 26rd day of Adar 2, 5779 until sunset.

Paul’s love for newly converted gentiles is apparent, he pulled gentiles and Israelites together, “to be atOne with Jesus and all God’s people.” When folks aren’t called and God hasn’t opened their minds, people selectively choose scriptural text that fits presupposed notions and what seems right to the fleshly mind. In my family is a preacher relative that’s anti alcohol, I wouldn’t offer him a beer because it’d likely be offensive and he’d correctly consider it, “what’s not of faith is sin.” He and others have no problem eating unclean foods for the same reason, the same principle applies.

Jesus compels that we teach the whole word of God beginning with Genesis 1: “mindful of why Abel’s sacrifice was pleasing to God and Cain’s wasn’t.” How Jesus inspired Enoch “the seventh from Adam” to preach a future peace on earth. Job’s righteousness and Satan’s challenge to God regarding his character. How and why this world’s population “before the Noah day flood became animalistic in their behavior.” How God found Noah to be righteous in His view and had him warn the people by building an ark in preparation for the coming destructive flood. How and why the Lord God “Jesus” separated His chosen people from the world, “giving them set aside worship times that looked forward to a future peace on earth, circumcision and instructing about clean and unclean animal kinds, all for keeping them separated from the world and for their good.

God gave His chosen people laws and oracles to “set them aside” rules sanctifying them from the hostile populations at large. Sabbath keeping, circumcision, observing particular seasons and their annual Sabbaths, animal kinds not to partake of. These sanctifications and blessings for a chosen people caused jealousy, “adding to the hostility people already had toward God and His chosen people as He knew it would.” Even today, Jews are a most hated people because God has made them “custodians of the oracles of God.” (See Romans 3:1-4)

God doesn’t change; the same laws and oracles regarding how a set aside people should honor the Lord God “Jesus” with obedience is valid today. The same clean and unclean food kinds God had Noah preserve, He also had His chosen sanctified people “the Israelites” adhere to the principle.

(Lev11:1-11; The Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying to them, “Tell the Israelites: ‘This is the kind of creature you may eat from among all the animals1 that are on the land. You may eat any among the animals that has a divided hoof (the hooves are completely split in two) and that also chews the cud. However, you must not eat these from among those that chew the cud and have divided hooves: The camel is unclean to you5 because it chews the cud even though its hoof is not divided. (5) The rock badger is unclean to you because it chews the cud even though its hoof is not divided. The hare is unclean to you because it chews the cud even though its hoof is not divided. The pig is unclean to you because its hoof is divided (the hoof is completely split in two), even though it does not chew the cud. (8) You must not eat from their meat and you must not touch their carcasses; they are unclean to you.” (Not unclean to people NOT set aside for God’s purpose.) (Clean and Unclean Water Creatures) (9) “‘These you can eat from all creatures that are in the water: Any creatures in the water that have both fins and scales, whether in the seas or in the streams, you may eat. But any creatures that do not have both fins and scales, whether in the seas or in the streams, from all the swarming things of the water and from all the living creatures that are in the water, are detestable to you. Since they are detestable to you, you must not eat their meat and their carcass you must detest. Any creature in the water that does not have both fins and scales is detestable to you.”) (From God’s point of view, all this is for one reason only, “to keep God’s people atOne with and sanctified to Himself.)

One day the whole world will understand that Jesus is the One who Re-Created a chaotic earth that had been previously flooded; “from a darkness, with water covering the deep. After creating vegetation and planting a garden, Jesus created Adam and then Eve from him. Jesus revealed it to His apostles.

(Colossians 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. (17) He Himself is before all things and all things are held together ‘sustained’ 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 ‘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.”) See also John 1:1-5 and Hebrews 1: After Jesus opened His apostles’ minds to under-stand the scriptures, “they were able to teach Jesus from having been with Him and from the prophets writings.

Paul’s Goal in Ministry and recommending his associates.

(Rom 16:1-16; “Now I commend to you our sister Phoebe, who is a servant of the church in Cenchrea, so that you may welcome her in the Lord in a way worthy of the Saints and provide her with whatever help she may need from you, for she has been a great help to many, including me.” ‘The next 13 verses is praising those that assisted in the spread of the good news. For this study you may want to go to verse 17.

(Rom 16:3-16; “Greet Prisca and Aquila, my fellow workers in Christ Jesus, who risked their own necks for my life. Not only I, but all the churches of the Gentiles are grateful to them. Also greet the church in their house. Greet my dear friend Epenetus, who was the first convert to Christ in the province of Asia. Greet Mary, who has worked very hard for you. Greet Andronicus and Junia, my compatriots and my fellow prisoners. They are well known to the apostles, and they were in Christ before me. Greet Ampliatus, my dear friend in the Lord. Greet Urbanus, our fellow worker in Christ, and my good friend Stachys. Greet Apelles, who is approved in Christ. Greet those who belong to the household of Aristobulus. Greet Herodion, my compatriot. Greet those in the household of Narcissus who are in the Lord. Greet Tryphena and Tryphosa, laborers in the Lord. Greet my dear friend Persis, who has worked hard in the Lord. (13) Greet Rufus, chosen in the Lord, and his mother who was also a mother to me. ’his mother and mine’ Greet Asyncritus, Phlegon, Hermes, Patrobas, Hermas, and the brothers and sisters with them. Greet Philologus and Julia, Nereus and his sister, and Olympas, and all the believers who are with them. Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the churches of Christ greet you.”)

(Rom 16:17-20; “Now I urge you, brothers and sisters, to watch out for those who create dissensions and obstacles contrary to the teaching that you learned. Avoid them! For these are the kind who do not serve our Lord Christ, but their own appetites. By their smooth talk and flattery they deceive the minds of the naive. (19) Your obedience is known to all and thus I rejoice over you. But I want you to be wise in what is good and innocent in what is evil. The God of peace will quickly crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you.”)

The naïve find smooth talkers appealing and in general they look to people with theological credentials.

(Rom 16:21-27; “Timothy, my fellow worker, greets you; so do Lucius, Jason, and Sosipater, my compatriots. I, Tertius, “Paul” who am writing this letter, greet you in the Lord. Gaius, who is host to me and to the whole church, greets you. Erastus the city treasurer and our brother Quartus greet you. “Now to Him who is able to strengthen you according to my gospel and the proclamation of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery that had been kept secret for long ages, but now is disclosed, and through the prophetic scriptures has been made known to all the nations, according to the command of the eternal God, to bring about the obedience of faith – (27) to the only wise God, through Jesus Christ, be glory forever! Amen.”) God the Father, God the Son, all who have and who will believed IN are the family of God.

Revelations of the mystery has went out to the nations, but the mystery is revealed to the few in this age. Paul uses the term, “revelations of the mystery” twice “in verse 25 above and at Eph 3:3, so lets study through verse 21..

(Ephesians 3:1-21; “For this reason I, “Paul” the prisoner of Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles – if indeed you have heard of the stewardship of God’s grace that was given to me for you, (3; “that by revelation the divine secret was made known to me, as I wrote before briefly. When reading this, you, “Believers IN” will be able to understand my insight into this secret of Christ. Now this secret was not disclosed to people in former generations as it has now been revealed to His holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit, namely, that through the gospel the Gentiles are fellow heirs, fellow members of the body, and fellow partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus. I became a servant of this gospel according to the gift of God’s grace that was given to me by the exercise of His power. (8; To me – less than the least of all the Saints – this grace was given, to proclaim to the Gentiles the unfathomable riches of Christ and to enlighten everyone about God’s secret plan – a secret that has been hidden for ages in God who has created all things. (10; The purpose of this enlightenment is that through the church the multifaceted wisdom of God should now be disclosed to the rulers and the authorities in the heavenly realms. This was according to the eternal purpose that He accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord, in whom we have boldness and confident access to God because of Christ’s faithfulness. For this reason I ask you not to lose heart because of what I am suffering for you, which is your glory.”) The secret is, “God gives Godly love to His Elect” a love surpassing natural human love. A gifted love through our, “being born from above.” Being fathered by God.

(14-21; “For this reason I, “Paul” kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on the earth is named. I pray that according to the wealth of His glory He may grant you to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner person, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, so that, because you have been rooted and grounded in love, you may be able to comprehend with all the Saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and thus to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God. Now to Him who by the power that is working within us is able to do far beyond all that we ask or think, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”)

Spiritual comprehension is by revelation only. No theological schooling can give it.

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