The Christian Obligation, chapter 20

To: A people desiring to be atOne with God the Father and God the Son “Jesus” “Called to be Spiritual Israelites” 5/23/19, God’s 2nd month 18th day of Lyyar 5,779 until sunset.

Book Chapter 14

To worship in spirit and truth is yielding to the God of truth, “with believing IN faith that God is creator.” Begin with Genesis 1: “meditate on the reason we’re made in God’s image and likeness.” Is there purpose? Yes, He’s creating a people in His spiritual likeness to inherit eternal life through His Son Jesus. Consider why God rested on the seventh day and why He “ask people to do the same.” Setting the seventh day aside because God did and commanded it “is to acknowledges His supremacy.” It’s the starting point for “exercising believing IN faith.” The starting point of knowing the difference between “believing IN opposed to believing that.” Note that Adam, Eve and Cain believed that, “while Abel believed IN.” Abel’s believing IN is the reason his blood still speaks to us today. (See Genesis 4: and Hebrews 12:24)

Satan has people “haphazardly believing that,” choosing a fleshly comfort zone from which to worship; one fitting what seems right.” Thus, the Christendom mentality is to “believe that and be saved.” No particular “do’s and don’ts” no particular holy season or times. Making Christendom’s point of view “a condoning of all things” which leads to animalistic behavior likened to that exercised before the flood and Sodom - Gomorrah.

Satan has Christendom believing everyone’s born immortal, “that is, to live forever someplace.” Remember he called God a liar, saying, “God knows when you partake of what’s forbidden you’ll be like Divine beings, knowing good and evil.

Why parables? Jesus said, (Matt 13:10) “less they not understand.” Quoting what He’d had  Isaiah write at Isaiah 6:9-10: “He said, “Go and tell these people: ‘Listen continually, but don’t understand! Look continually, but don’t perceive!’ Make the hearts of these people calloused; make their ears deaf and their eyes blind! Otherwise they might see with their eyes and hear with their ears, their hearts might understand and they might repent and be healed.”

Why? When people knew God, “they didn’t glorify Him as God or give Him thanks, but became futile in their thoughts and their senseless hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for an image resembling mortal human beings or birds or four-footed animals or reptiles.” (See Romans 1:18-23) But God’s purpose can’t be thwarted “review why we’re created in His likeness.” It may be God’s reason for His doing the choosing, calling, opening minds and giving the desire to be atOne with Him. The reason to predestine. Remember He’s all knowing.

(See Phil 2:13, “for the One bringing forth in you both the desire and the effort – for the sake of His good pleasure – is God.”

Isaiah wasn’t through, he wanted to know how long it’d be before God would speak clearly.

(Isaiah 6:11-13; I replied, “How long, sovereign master?” He said, “Until cities are in ruins and unpopulated, and houses are uninhabited, and the land is ruined and devastated, and the Lord has sent the people off to a distant place and the very heart of the land is completely abandoned. (13) Even if only a tenth of the people remain in the land, it will again be destroyed, like one of the large sacred trees or an Asherah pole, when a sacred pillar on a high place is thrown down. That sacred pillar symbolizes the special chosen family.”)

Why the parable about Lazarus and the rich man? Remember John recorded at John 11: that Lazarus got sick and died. Lazarus’s sister Martha said to Jesus, (John 11:21; “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. But even now I know that whatever you ask from God, God will grant You.”)

(John 11:23-27; Jesus replied, “Your brother will come back to life again.” Martha said, “I know that he will come back to life again in the resurrection at the last day.” Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in Me will live even if he dies and the one who lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this?” (27) She replied, “Yes, Lord, I believe that You are the Christ, the Son of God who comes into the world.”) Jesus loved Lazarus and went to the place of burial, instructing that the stone be removed. Martha exclaimed, “Lord by now his body will smell bad.”

(John 11:40-44; Jesus responded, “Didn’t I tell you that if you believe, you would see the glory of God?” So they took away the stone. Jesus looked upward and said, “Father, I thank You that You have listened to Me. I knew that You always listen to Me, but I said this for the sake of the crowd standing around here, that they may believe that You sent Me.” (43) When He had said this, He shouted in a loud voice, “Lazarus” come out!” The one who had died came out, his feet and hands tied up with strips of cloth, and a cloth wrapped around his face. Jesus said to them, “Unwrap him and let him go.”)

The parable. (John 16:19-23; “There was a rich man who dressed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day. But at his gate lay a poor man named Lazarus (This is the one time in all the gospels that a figure in a parable is mentioned by name. It will become important later in the account.) whose body was covered with sores, who longed to eat what fell from the rich man’s table. In addition, the dogs came and licked his sores.” (Remember it’s a parable and Jesus’ reason for giving them.)

(John 16:22-31; “Now the poor man died and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried. (23) And in hell: as he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far off with Lazarus at his side.”

(Greek term Hades stands for the Hebrew concept of Sheol.)

(David understood: Ps 16:10-11; You will not abandon Me to Sheol; You will not allow Your faithful follower to see the Pit. You lead me in the path of life; I experience absolute joy in Your presence; You always give me sheer delight.”) David also used the word negatively. (Psalms 86:13 For you will extend Your great loyal love to me, and will deliver my life from the depths of Sheol.”) (The use of the English “hell” evolved from the Latin Vulgate’s translation and from where refuge was continually burning outside Jerusalem.)  Other uses of Sheol, Hades and grave in ASV, NASB, NRSV, KJV and NCV) “land of the dead localized in Hebrew thought as in the earth’s core or the grave” “the depths of the grave.”

(John 16:24-31; So he called out, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in anguish in this fire.’ But Abraham said, ‘Child, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things and Lazarus likewise bad things, but now he is comforted here and you are in anguish. (26) Besides all this, a great chasm has been fixed between us, so that those who want to cross over from here to you cannot do so, and no one can cross from there to us.’ So the rich man said, ‘Then I beg you, father – send Lazarus to my father’s house, (for I have five brothers) to warn them so that they don’t come into this place of torment.’ (29) But Abraham said, ‘They have Moses and the prophets; they must respond to them.’ Then the rich man said, ‘No, father Abraham, but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.’ (31) He replied to him, ‘If they do not respond to Moses and the prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.’”)

The point of Jesus’ parable is “if people won’t respond to Moses and the prophets they’ll not respond to Me “even when resurrected from the dead.”

Jesus revealed to John and he quoted.

(Revelations 20:11-15; Then I saw a large white throne and the One who was seated on it; the earth and the heaven fled from His presence, and no place was found for them. (12) And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne. Then books were opened, and another book was opened – the book of life. So the dead were judged by what was written in the books, according to their deeds. The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and Death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each one was judged according to his deeds. Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death – the lake of fire. (15) If anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, that person was thrown into the lake of fire.”)

Now that final judgment lake of fire will probably burn up those thrown into it, “until there’s nothing combustible left to burn.”

The Lazarus in Jesus’ parable isn’t the resurrected brother of Martha, but a factious person as is the rich man. Martha knew about the judgment day resurrection and Jesus confirmed it. By the time the various translations versions to English were printed the whole world was sold on Satan’s lie regarding immortality at birth. Paul taught truth.

(1Corinthians 15:1-11; “I want to make clear for you, brothers and sisters, the gospel that I preached to you, that you received and on which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold firmly to the message I preached to you – unless you believed in vain. For I passed on to you as of first importance what I also received – that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the scriptures and that He appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. (6) Then He appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. Then He appeared to James, then to all the apostles. Last of all, as though to one born at the wrong time, He appeared to me also. For I am the least of the apostles, unworthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. (10) But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace to me has not been in vain. In fact, I worked harder than all of them – yet not I, but the grace of God with me. Whether then it was I or they, this is the way we preach and this is the way you believed.

No Resurrection?

(1Cor 15:12-19; “Now if Christ is being preached as raised from the dead, how can some of you say there is no resurrection of the dead? (“How can some think, hell fire for the bad and heaven for the good”)  But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is futile and your faith is empty. (15) Also, we are found to be false witnesses about God, because we have testified against God that He raised Christ from the dead, when in reality He did not raise Him, if indeed the dead are not raised. For if the dead are not raised, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is useless; you are still in your sins. (18) Furthermore, those who have fallen asleep in Christ have also perished. For if only in this life we have hope in Christ, we should be pitied more than anyone.”

(1Cor 15:20-23; “But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since death came through a man, ‘Adam’ the resurrection of the dead also came through a man ’Jesus.’ For just as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive. But each in his own order: Christ, the firstfruits; then when Christ comes, those who belong to Him.”)

(1Cor 15:24; “Then comes the end, ‘of this age’ when He ‘Jesus’ hands over the kingdom to God the Father, when He has brought to an end all rule and all authority and power.”) (1Cor 15:25-28; For He ‘Jesus’ must reign until He has put all His enemies under His feet. The last enemy to be eliminated is death. For He ‘God the Father’ has put everything in subjection under His feet. But when it says “everything” has been put in subjection, it is clear that this does not include the One who put everything in subjection to Him. (28) And when all things are subjected to Him, then the Son Himself will be subjected to the One who subjected everything to Him, so that God may be all in all.””

(1Cor 15:29-34; Otherwise, what will those do who are baptized for the dead? (Paul’s reference to this practice is neither a recommendation nor a condemnation. He simply uses it as evidence from the lives of the Corinthians themselves to bolster his larger argument, begun in 15:12, that resurrection from the dead is a present reality in Christ and a future reality for them. Whatever they may have proclaimed, the Corinthians’ actions demonstrated that they had hope for a bodily resurrection.) If the dead are not raised at all, then why are they baptized for them? Why too are we in danger every hour? Every day I am in danger of death! This is as sure as my boasting in you, which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord. (32) If from a human point of view I fought with wild beasts at Ephesus, what did it benefit me? If the dead are not raised, let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die. (33) Do not be deceived: “Bad company corrupts good morals.” Sober up as you should, and stop sinning! For some have no knowledge of God – I say this to your shame!”)

Satan prefers that we have no knowledge, “but to belief IN just one of his lies camouflages truth until God supernaturally intervenes, calls and gives the desire to be atOne with Him.”

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