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The Christian Obligation, chapter 30

Saturday, June 15th, 2019

To: People gifted with desire to be atOne with God the Father and God the Son “Jesus” “Spiritual Israelites” 6/15/19, God’s 3rd  month 12th day of Sivan 5,779 until sunset.

Book Chapter 24

Satan inspires an independence whereby people think highly of their God created intellect as if it’s self obtained. God foreknew the nature He put in people and how our curiosity would work. He knew “even His chosen people” would be vulnerable to Satan’s deceptions and yield to his self serving nature. He knew and revealed to Moses, how and when He’d disperse His chosen people for their disobedience. That He’d reveal Himself to a few “during and after His resurrection and ascension.  How gifted believing IN faith by grace through Jesus would save people from the result of their sin nature inherited through Adam. All this and more was planned from the foundation of the world. Even Satan’s being allowed to deceive will ultimately work for God’s purpose in purifying His chosen. The whole history of mankind’s unfolding events was preplanned. From the beginning a gifted “new nature” in His called out people would make them atOne with Himself through Jesus’ shed blood for the remission of sin.

Prophets and loyal angelic beings looked forward to this mystery being understood. How the Messiah’s coming and remission of lawlessness, “sin” could forgive. How and at what time God’s spirit would be gifted to His chosen Elect, making them “a people born from above” and ultimately serve with Jesus “as king of kings” implement the new world order. People being born from above is still a mystery to the world at large. How an all knowing Creator could predestine His imputing His spirit in a chosen people.

This rebirth was first manifested to the Israelites on that first Pentecost after Jesus’ ascension and is the example for future conversions. God’s plan includes, Jesus’ kingdom being established on earth, many being, “born from above” becoming recipients of His nature changing spirit. People will one day be convinced that Jesus inspired His prophet Joel to tell this future.

(Joel 2:27- “You will be convinced that I am in the midst of Israel. I am the Lord your God; there is no other. My people will never again be put to shame. An Outpouring of the Spirit. After all of this I will pour out My Spirit on all kinds of people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy. Your elderly will have revelatory dreams; your young men will see prophetic visions. Even on male and female servants I will pour out My Spirit in those days. I will produce portents both in the sky and on the earth – blood, fire, and columns of smoke. The sunlight will be turned to darkness and the moon to the color of blood, before the day of the Lord comes – that great and terrible day! It will so happen that everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be delivered. For on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there will be those who survive, just as the Lord has promised; the remnant will be those whom the Lord will call.”) Jesus’ apostle Paul was given the revelation to write.

(Rom 15:4-6;“For everything that was written in former times was written for our instruction, so that through endurance and 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.”)

True to the instinctive fleshly desires inherited from Adam, the Israelites in Samuel’s day, (and all people in every age since.) looked around at unbelieving people’s practices and thought to themselves, “these too are good people” they’re blessed as we are, “so let’s learn their way.” (Even Solomon fell victim, “to the ways of unbelieving gentiles.”)

True, God does send rain to the righteous, unrighteous, unbelievers and people in every age can choose the benefit of moral living. (Israelites in Samuel’s day found the ways of the gentiles appealing, so they considered the gentile practices worthy of incorporating with their God given practices.) Such evolutionary thinking has the whole world up side down and “God’s righteous Ways practically dismissed as being out of touch.”

God’s new covenant with His called out people, is slandered by unbelievers. The point? “until God reveals Himself, calls and gives people an atOne spirit, each person has a fleshly worldly condoning mind. Like the Israelites thinking, “practicing paganism must be okay, since God provides them with rain, raiment and food as to us.” So it is, “unbelieving people wants to decide for themselves, what is right, wrong, good and evil.”

(Jesus said; You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor’ and ‘hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemy and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be like your Father in heaven, since He causes the sun to rise on the evil and the good and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Even the tax collectors do the same, don’t they? And if you only greet your brothers, what more do you do? Even the Gentiles do the same, don’t they? So then, be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” Matt 5:43-48)

To be perfected like our heavenly Father is to yield to Jesus’ way of thinking.

(Phil 2:5-11; You should have the same attitude toward one another that Christ Jesus had, who though He existed in the form of God did not regard equality with God as something to be grasped, but emptied Himself by taking on the form of a slave, by looking like other men, and by sharing in human nature. He humbled Himself, by becoming obedient to the point of death – even death on a cross! As a result God exalted Him and gave Him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow – in heaven and on earth and under the earth – and every tongue confess

that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.)

Jesus’ good news “gospel” has the same foundational truths, He gave the Israelites through Moses. (Be careful not to be ensnared like they “the unbelievers” are; do not pursue their gods and say, “How do these nations “neighbors” serve their gods? I will do the same.” You must not worship the Lord your God the way they worship! For everything that is abhorrent to the Lord your God, everything He hates, they have done when worshiping their gods.” Deuteronomy 12:)

This world’s religious people with their many beliefs don’t grasp the fact that God is allowing Satan to be their god, “likely until Jesus returns and binds him.” It has all been prophesied. (The same instinctive inherited nature that led the Israelites to explore the gentile way, still pulls people to be condoning of all religions.) When Jesus’ message isn’t accurately taught, “even some called out people become vulnerable to deceptions.” Naïve people are susceptible to deception, by false miracles and imaginary gods. Paul experienced it, even among people he had taught accurately.

(Galatians 1:6-10; “I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the One “God” who called you by the grace of Christ and are “now” following a different gospel – not that there really is another gospel, but there are some who are disturbing you and wanting to distort the gospel of Christ. But even if we (or an angel from heaven) should preach a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed! As we have said before, and now I say again, if any one is preaching to you a gospel contrary to what you received, let him be accursed! Am I now trying to gain the approval of people, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a slave of Christ!”)

The Pharisees and Sadducees in the apostolic era, were overly zealous looking to the law, “for their saving.” At the same time, many gentiles were led to seek the God of Abraham. Cornelius is a good example. (See Acts 10:) As we look at Paul’s letters; “find if you can” any condoning of gentile paganism. Remember too, the apostles’ letters are to, “a spirit begotten people, a people fathered by God, a people born from above.” Consider also, “At no time did Jesus’ apostles include the holy spirit in their worshipful salutations.”

Ephesians.

(Ephesians 1:1-10; “From Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, to the Saints [in Ephesus], the faithful in Christ Jesus. Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ! (The identity of a Saint is; “one faithful to Jesus.”) “Blessed is the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms in Christ.” (Paul acknowledges, God the Father does the calling and we’re blessed in the heavenly realms in Christ.) For He “God the Father” chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world that we may be holy and unblemished in His sight in love. (5) He did this by predestining us to adoption as His sons “people” through Jesus Christ, according to the pleasure of His will – to the praise of the glory of His grace that He has freely bestowed on us in His dearly loved Son “Jesus.” (7) In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, “sin” according to the riches of His grace that He lavished on us in all wisdom and insight. (9) He did this when He revealed to us the secret of His will, according to His good pleasure that He set forth in Christ, toward the administration of the fullness of the times, to head up all things in Christ – the things in heaven and the things on earth.”)

As Israel was called and delivered because of promises to Abraham, so we are called out as, “followers of Jesus and saved by predestinated promise.” Thus, we too are heirs with Abraham. We worship God the Father and God the Son; who knew us individually before the foundation of the world! He called, He revealed the secret of His will. Revelation isn’t something from book learning. Revelation is gifted insight. God reveals according to His good pleasure.

(Eph 1:11-12; “In Christ we too “with Jesus” have been claimed as God’s own possession, since we were predestined according to the one purpose of Him who accomplishes all things according to the counsel of His will so that we, who were the first to set our hope on Christ, would be to the praise of His glory.”)

We in this last age “become the first according to God’s will.” As God’s possession, our purpose is to be, “atOne” with Him. Thus we obey from the heart, out of love toward God and not interested in following after those who do not understand. We love them and we as they, are in the world, but different in that we’re not of the world. Their god is that which they serve and practice. Jesus’ good news is veiled to them. Paul explains to we Saints.

(2Cor 4:1-6; “Therefore, since we “apostles” have this ministry, just as God has shown us mercy, we do not become discouraged. But we have rejected shameful hidden deeds, not behaving with deceptiveness or distorting the word of God, but by open proclamation of the truth we commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience before God. (3) But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled only to those who are perishing, among whom the god of this age has blinded the minds of those who do not believe so they would not see the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God. For we do not proclaim ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your slaves for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said “Let light shine out of darkness,” is the One who shined in our hearts, to give us the light of the glorious knowledge of God in the face of Christ.”)

Be thankful that our Creator is a God of love, giving rain and other blessings to all. Remember Joel’s second chapter? God’s spirit is yet to be given to all kinds of people. Jesus’ revelations to John will ultimately be completed.

(Revelations 21:6-8; “He also said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the one who is thirsty I will give water “My spirit” free of charge from the spring of the water of life, “spirit of eternal life.” The one who conquers will inherit these things, and I will be his God and he will be My son. 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.”) The term, “second death” is used four times in Revelations, check each. May we each be led to question the things we practice.

The christian Obligation, chapter, 29

Thursday, June 13th, 2019

To: People gifted with desire to be atOne with God the Father and God the Son “Jesus” “Spiritual Israelites” 6/13/19, God’s 3rd  month 10th day of Sivan 5,779 until sunset.

Book Chapter 23

Satan’s hostility toward our all knowing, unchangeable Creator influences all but the chosen. All but the Elect are deceived and if it possible they’d be deceived. Speaking of these latter days, the very Re-Creator, Creator “Son of God - Jesus” said it; “For then there will be great suffering unlike anything that has happened from the beginning of the world until now, or ever will happen. And if those days had not been cut short, no one would be saved. But for the sake of the Elect those days will be cut short.” (21) Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There He is!’ do not believe him. For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the Elect. Remember, I have told you ahead of time.” Matt 24:21-25) The very purpose of Satan and his followers are to deceive the whole world. After all he’s being allowed to be this world’s god. (Always study the whole.)

(Matt 24:30-31; “Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and all the tribes of the earth will mourn. They will see the Son of Man arriving on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And He will send His angels with a loud trumpet blast, and they will gather His Elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.”)

The All Knowing said “I change Not” and “I’M the same yesterday today and forever.“ I’m the Alpha and Omega. (Heb 13:7-9; “Remember your leaders, who spoke God’s message to you; reflect on the outcome of their lives and imitate their faith. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever! Do not be carried away by all sorts of strange teachings. For it is good for the heart to be strengthened by grace, not ritual meals, which have never benefited those who participated in them.”) Satan has the world believing something to the effect that “Jesus came to water down His Father’s Way.”

Satan enticed the belief that Mohammad had authority to change God’s Sabbath, an equally absurd - ludicrous group calling themselves Christians believe Paul changed it. These and others are used to cause believing IN faith to be almost non-existing. After all who could trust a changing god. The only way to worship the all knowing Creator God in spirit and truth is to acknowledge His seventh day Sabbath. Seven is significant with God “having to do with perfection and His timing.” We won’t go there in this book but it’s worth exploration. Israelites’ desire for a king, to explore pagan gods etc caused Jesus to have Malachi write for all time.

Mal 2:17; “You have wearied the Lord with your words. But you say, “How have we wearied Him?” Because you say, “Everyone who does evil is good in the Lord’s opinion, and He delights in them,” or “Where is the God of justice?” (Today, the religious are the main perpetrators of condoning what’s bad in God’s view.) Jesus had Malachi continue.

Mal 3:1; “I am about to send My messenger, who will clear the way before Me. Indeed, the Lord you are seeking will suddenly come to His temple, and the messenger of the covenant, whom you long for, is certainly coming,” says the Lord who rules over all.”

Mal 3:2-4; Who can endure the day of His coming? Who can keep standing when He appears? For He will be like a refiner’s fire, like a launderer’s soap. He will act like a refiner and purifier of silver and will cleanse the Levites ‘those who teach’ and refine them like gold and silver. Then they will offer the Lord a proper offering. The offerings of Judah and Jerusalem will be pleasing to the Lord as in former times and years past.”) Remember how they promised to obey after deliverance from Egypt?

(Mal 3:5; “I will come to you in judgment. I will be quick to testify against those who practice divination, those who commit adultery, those who break promises and those who exploit workers, widows, and orphans, who refuse to help the immigrant and in this way show they do not fear Me,” says the Lord who rules over all.”) Let’s compare with Revelations 21:7-8; “The one who conquers will inherit these things, and I will be his God and he will be My son. 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.”

Remember God’s promises to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob are perpetual.

Mal 3:6-9; “Since, I, the Lord, do not go back on my promises, you, sons of Jacob, ‘Israel’ have not perished. From the days of your ancestors you have ignored My commandments and have not kept them! Return to Me, and I will return to you,” says the Lord who rules over all. “But you say, ‘How should we return?’ (8) Can a person rob God? You indeed are robbing Me, but you say, ‘How are we robbing You?’ In tithes and contributions! (9) You are bound for judgment because you are robbing Me – this whole nation is guilty.”) Satan has worldly religions zeroing in on this text from a monetary point of view, attempting to make folks feel guilt for not giving a tenth of their earnings to the organization. Making contributions to the synagogues of Satan is as bowing to an image. Obviously Jesus is having Malachi write about monetary and time contributions to His Temple. Plagues on people and nations are the result of not heeding.

(Mal 3:10-11; “Bring the entire tithe into the storehouse so that there may be food in My temple. Test Me in this matter,” says the Lord who rules over all, “to see if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you a blessing until there is no room for it all. (11) Then I will stop the plague from ruining your crops, and the vine will not lose its fruit before harvest,” says the Lord who rules over all. “All nations will call you happy, for you indeed will live in a delightful land,” says the Lord who rules over all.”) SEE ISAIAH 35: and Jesus’ gifted prophecy through Isaiah.

(Isaiah  40:1-4; “Comfort, comfort My people,” says your God. “Speak kindly to Jerusalem, and tell her that her time of warfare is over, that her punishment is completed.

For the Lord has made her pay double for all her sins.” (3) A voice cries out, “In the wilderness clear a way for the Lord; construct in the desert a road for our God. Every valley must be elevated, and every mountain and hill leveled. The rough terrain will become a level plain, the rugged landscape a wide valley.”) Always consider that some prophecies are metaphors - figurative of governments etc.

(Isa 40:5-8; The splendor of the Lord will be revealed, and all people will see it at the same time. For the Lord has decreed it.” A voice says, “Cry out!” Another asks, “What should I cry out?” The first voice responds: “All people are like grass, and all their promises are like the flowers in the field. The grass dries up, the flowers wither, when the wind sent by the Lord blows on them. Surely humanity is like grass. The grass dries up, the flowers wither, but the decree of our God is forever reliable.”) We Believers IN look to the whole Word of God, and recognize that He promises to cut time short for the Elect’s sake, thus as noted in 1Corinthians 15: some latter day prophecies may fail because of time being cut short. We each need to pray for that, “so much suffering is alleviated.”

(Isaiah 40:9-11; Go up on a high mountain, O herald Zion! Shout out loudly, O herald Jerusalem! Shout, don’t be afraid! Say to the towns of Judah, “Here is your God!” Look, the sovereign Lord comes as a victorious warrior; His military power establishes His rule.

Look, his reward is with Him; His prize goes before Him. (11) Like a Shepherd He tends His flock; He gathers up the lambs with His arm; He carries them close to His heart; He leads the ewes along. The Lord is Incomparable.) Let’s note Jesus’ promises at Isa 14:

(Isa 14:24-27; “The Lord who commands armies makes this solemn vow: “Be sure of this: Just as I have intended, so it will be; just as I have planned, it will happen. I will break Assyria ’Israel’s persecutor’ in My land, I will trample them underfoot on My hills.

Their yoke will be removed from My people, the burden will be lifted from their shoulders. (26) This is the plan I have devised for the whole earth; My hand is ready to strike all the nations.” Indeed, the Lord who commands armies has a plan, and who can possibly frustrate it? His hand is ready to strike, and who can possibly stop it?)

(Isa 40:12; “Who has measured out the waters in the hollow of His hand, or carefully measured the sky, or carefully weighed the soil of the earth, or weighed the mountains in a balance, or the hills on scales?”

(Isa 40:13-14; Who comprehends the mind of the Lord, or gives Him instruction as His counselor? From whom does He receive directions? Who teaches Him the correct way to do things, or imparts knowledge to Him, or instructs Him in skillful design?”

(Isa 40:15-18; Look, the nations are like a drop in a bucket; they are regarded as dust on the scales. He lifts the coastlands as if they were dust. Not even Lebanon could supply enough firewood for a sacrifice; its wild animals would not provide enough burnt offerings. (17) All the nations are insignificant before Him; they are regarded as absolutely nothing. To whom can you compare God? To what image can you liken Him?

(Isa 40:19-21; A craftsman casts an idol; a metal smith overlays it with gold and forges silver chains for it. To make a contribution one selects wood that will not rot; he then seeks a skilled craftsman to make an idol that will not fall over. (21) Do you not know?

Do you not hear? Has it not been told to you since the very beginning? Have you not understood from the time the earth’s foundations were made?

(Isa 40:22-24; He is the One who sits on the earth’s horizon; its inhabitants are like grasshoppers before Him. He is the One who stretches out the sky like a thin curtain, and spreads it out like a pitched tent. He is the One who reduces rulers to nothing; He makes the earth’s leaders insignificant. (24) Indeed, they are barely planted; yes, they are barely sown; yes, they barely take root in the earth, and then He blows on them, causing them to dry up, and the wind carries them away like straw.

(Isa 40:25-26; “To whom can you compare Me? Whom do I resemble?” says the Holy One. Look up at the sky! Who created all these heavenly lights? He is the One who leads out their ranks; He calls them all by name. Because of His absolute power and awesome strength, not one of them is missing.

(Isa 40:27 Why do you say, Jacob, Why do you say, Israel, “The Lord is not aware of what is happening to me, My God is not concerned with my vindication”? Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is an eternal God, the creator of the whole earth.

He does not get tired or weary; there is no limit to His wisdom. (29) He gives strength to those who are tired; to the ones who lack power, he gives renewed energy. Even youths get tired and weary; even strong young men clumsily stumble. (31) But those who wait for the Lord’s help find renewed strength; they rise up as if they had eagles’ wings, they run without growing weary, they walk without getting tired.”)

So it’s like Jesus had His apostle Paul write, explaining how the world’s population got to the point we’re at.

(Rom 1:18-32; “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of people who suppress the truth by their unrighteousness, because what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them.

(20-23; “For since the creation of the world his invisible attributes – His eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen, because they are understood through what has been made. So people are without excuse. For although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God or give Him thanks, but they 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.

(24-25; Therefore God gave them over in the desires of their hearts to impurity, to dishonor their bodies among themselves. They exchanged the truth of God for a lie and worshiped and served the creation rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.

(26-27; “For this reason God gave them over to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged the natural sexual relations for unnatural ones, and likewise the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed in their passions for one another. Men committed shameless acts with men and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.”

(28-32; And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what should not be done. They are filled with every kind of unrighteousness, wickedness, covetousness, malice. They are rife with envy, murder, strife, deceit, hostility. They are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, contrivers of all sorts of evil, disobedient to parents, (31) senseless, covenant-breakers, heartless, ruthless. Although they fully know God’s righteous decree that those who practice such things deserve to die ‘eternally’ they not only do them but also approve of those who practice them.”)

Because of the hardness of fleshly people’s hearts, “how could God rely on some method by which people could be saved?” How could God rely on works? To fulfill His purpose in making mankind in His image and likeness to become members of His holy family, He predestined those He’d call, grant repentance to and resurrect in the likeness of His Son.

The Christian Obligation, chapter 28

Tuesday, June 11th, 2019

To: People desiring to be atOne with God the Father and God the Son “Jesus” “Called to be Spiritual Israelites” 611/19, God’s 3rd  month 8th day of Sivan 5,779 until sunset.

Book Chapter 22

Satan and his self called followers are enemies of THE WAY, causing the many to think themselves capable of knowing truth through their fleshly intellect, but not so with Jesus’ apostles.

Paul was an intellectual, spoke several languages with accredited credentials. As we noted in last chapter, he consider these assets nothing in relationship to his knowing Jesus. All followers of Jesus are like minded and in the process of attaining God’s standards for our way of life. Remember, at Phil 3:12, Paul said, “not that I have already attained this - that is, “I have not already been perfected” so obviously Paul didn’t mean he was perfect but as Jesus’ apostle he had gifted authority.

(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. (20) But our 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.) Self called theologians’ god is their own fleshly mind, “their acquired intellect,” desire to lord over parishioners and live presumptive lives. Thus their followers become merchandise.

(Phil 4:1-7; “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! (2) 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. (Paul believed these individuals were foreknown to God and saved by His grace.)

(4) 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.”) We need to live with the expectation that the day of our Lord’s coming is near, that we don’t have the promise of tomorrow in these physical bodies, but eternal life through Jesus.

(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, received, heard and saw in me, “do these things.” And the God of peace will be with you.”) Do these things “practice The Way of righteous living.” The Way can’t include a mixture of paganism, Judaism, traditionalism and Christ! One of Satan’s many tools is to keep us busy with selfish concerns, entertainment and the like, so we forget the benefit of meditation and why God’s Sabbaths.

(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 “Jesus” who strengthens me. Nevertheless, you did well to share with me in my trouble.”)

Remember Paul’s commission? (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’s imprisonment gave opportunity to share Jesus with kings.

(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.”) When we worship the God of Abraham, “when He’s revealed to us individually” we can say with Paul; “my God will supply my every need according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus.” All genuine followers of Jesus are His Saints.

(Phil 4:21-23; “Give greetings to all the Saints in Christ Jesus. The brothers with me here send greetings. All the Saints greet you, especially those who belong to Caesar’s household. The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.”) The biblical definition of a Saint is, “a follower of Jesus.” Paul’s letter to the Colossians and this one must have been written in close proximity. The same co-workers are mentioned. Obviously Paul had a good relationship with Caesar’s servants.

Satan attempts to cause people to think of Jesus’ apostles as not being atOne. Many theologians subscribe to what’s called, “Pauline theory.” One such group are members of an order of Roman Catholic missionary priests, “the Missionary Society of St. Paul the Apostle” founded in New York in 1858. Many protestants also subscribe to the false notion that Paul’s teachings vary from Jesus’ and are more liberal. Jesus changing the Sabbath through Paul, for example. Only through twisting Paul’s teaching in many areas are they able to come to such conclusions.

Let’s explore Paul’s teaching on the Sabbath and a particular first day of the week. Paul taught on each day of the week. Look at Acts 20: and at what led to this particular first day theory. Paul and co-workers left Macedonia and spent months teaching as they traveled. Denominationalist types, “Pharisees and Sadducees” were plotting Paul’s murder, so he altered his plan going to Syria and returned through Macedonia. He and co-workers sailed away from Philippi after the days of Unleavened Bread and within five days came to others in Troas, “where they stayed for seven days.” People of this church were sending gifts to the needy Saints in Jerusalem. Paul wanted to be in Jerusalem by Pentecost. (Acts 20:16) To assume Paul waited until the first day of the week to teach is ludicrous. Dr. Luke wrote about this event.

(Acts 20:7; On the first day of the week, “which began at sunset after the seventh day” when we met to break bread, Paul began to speak to the people and because he intended to leave the next day, he extended his message until midnight.”) Be consistent, if twisters of scripture were honest they’d also teach the Sabbath was until midnight on the first day of the week! It’s obvious, the reason for teaching all night was that the people were anxious to be taught. Paul was witnessing “proclaiming the kingdom” and the people were of the opinion they’d not see him again. To the leaders Paul instructed.

(Acts 20:28-32; “Watch out for yourselves and for all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God that He obtained with the blood of His own Son. I know that after I am gone fierce wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock. Even from among your own group men will arise teaching perversions of the truth to draw the disciples away after them. Therefore be alert, remembering that night and day for three years I did not stop warning each one of you with tears. And now I entrust you to God and to the message of his grace.”) Today fleshly minded theologians have fulfilled Paul’s prophecy.

Heavenly Father: Thank You for the awesomeness of revelation. We’re thankful that You know our thoughts, intents, our physical and spiritual needs. Keep us on Your Potters wheel and grow us, we ask in Jesus’ holy name - nature. AMEN.

In Moses’ day the Egyptians thought themselves superior to others and particularly the Hebrews. Thinking it an abomination to eat or associate. (see Genesis 43: - 46:) The word, “abomination” can mean: detestable, horrible, intense disapproval, shameful or intense dislike. Consider the harm done when people look to manufactured gods. Such is abominations to our Creator.

Because of God’s promise to Abraham, “He set Jacob’s descendents aside” made them His promised people, “sanctified them” separated them from those practicing detestable things. God called Moses and made him a deliverer to Israel. Through Moses, Jesus gave them righteous standards of conduct and the promise of a Messiah, “Himself.” Prophesying it, “revealing to Moses that One likened to him would come.

(Deut 18:15-19; “The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you – from your fellow Israelites; you must listen to Him. This accords with what happened at Horeb in the day of the assembly. You asked the Lord your God: “Please do not make us hear the voice of the Lord our God any more or see this great fire any more lest we die.” The Lord then said to me, “What they have said is good. I will raise up a prophet like you for them from among their fellow Israelites. I will put My words in His mouth and He will speak to them whatever I command. I will personally hold responsible anyone who then pays no attention to the words that prophet speaks in My name.”) Jesus always spoke in the name of His Father.

(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. I have come as a light into the world, so that everyone who believes IN Me should not remain in darkness. If anyone hears, “understands” 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 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’s promises, calling and sanctification was never something that could be earned by works of any kind. These things were taught to the Israelites through Moses, as they’re revealed to Christians through Jesus and His apostles today.

(Deut 9:4; “Do not think to yourself after the Lord your God has driven them ‘the pagans’ out before you, “Because of my own righteousness the Lord has brought me here to possess this land.” It is because of the wickedness of these nations that the Lord is driving them out ahead of you.)

Likewise followers of Jesus are called to that understanding. God promised Israelites blessings, protection and the lands of the unbelieving people groups, “made a covenant of obedience with them at Hereb.” Commanding life practices, reflecting wholesome morals and His righteousness. (Instructing that some things be considered detestable to His people.) God gave them holy times that looked forward to a future spiritual rest, “times demonstrating and reminding them of their rejection of imaginary gods.”

(Deuteronomy 12:29-31; “When the Lord your God eliminates the nations from the place where you are headed and you dispossess them, you will settle down in their land. After they have been destroyed from your presence, be careful not to be ensnared like they are; do not pursue their gods and say, “How do these nations serve their gods? I will do the same.” You must not worship the Lord your God the way they worship! For everything that is abhorrent to the Lord your God, everything He hates, they have done when worshiping their gods. They even burn up their sons and daughters before their gods!”)

The pagans believed sacrificing their children was the ultimate gift to their god, “after all Satan “their god” said they were born to live forever someplace.”

The Christian Obligation, chapter 27

Sunday, June 9th, 2019

Dear Believers IN: “gifted with desire and effort to followers Jesus’ example in all things. 

About 50 years ago it became abundantly clear to me that organized religions were about the business of making all parishioners merchandise. I had been spiritually led to believe IN the whole word of God and that I couldn’t personally give discernment to anyone. It was revealed that “believers IN” and “believers that” were in differing camps. That most parishioners in organized religions were, “believers that” I was spiritually compelled to begin encouraging like minded “Believers IN” who were searching for truth. God has grown that little planted seed, into thousands of like minded believers IN. Our desire is to  encourage “believers IN” to stay the course and prayerfully get involved with spreading Jesus’ good news. Believers IN are the Elect, Jesus had in mind when He said, “all would be deceived, if possible even the Elect.” AND “For the Elect’s sake time would be cut short.”

Over three years ago I was wondering if God would allow me to complete our study through Genesis. Aneurisms were discovered on my aorta, medically viewed as time bombs. Doctors said without supernatural healing major surgery was a must. It was a thirteen hour procedure with much prayer for its success. Thanks be to our Creator, He’s kept me here to encourage a few. So I continue encouraging all who’ll hear, not only stay the course but share Jesus’ good news. Pray about starting a home study group with like minded believers IN, “perhaps a blog or web page similar to this one.” Remember “we can put God’s truth forward;” He does the calling, gifts repentance and delivers folks to believing IN faith like Abraham’s.

Satan attempts to camouflages Spiritual Circumcision.

Putting forth various methodologies.

Physical circumcision always looked forward to God’s supernaturally gifting people to shedding the fleshly nature outlook, worship Him in spirit and truth with a gifted spiritual outlook. Jesus and His apostles warned about “the many deceivers using His name, but presenting their own manufactured view.” Paul called such evil workers. “dogs.” (See Phil 3:1) Explaining that followers of Jesus are the circumcision, who worship in spirit and truth and “have the mind not to trust human credentials.” True to their inherited fleshly nature, “the many infiltrating God’s churches boast of their credentials.” These were and are enemies not understanding the significance of “circumcision of the heart - mind,” these self called view God’s churches as religious social clubs. Thus condoning practices that are abominations to our Creator. Speaking of credentials, Paul didn’t think highly of his.

(Phil 3:7-9; “But these assets, “called credentials”  I have come to regard 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.”)

Paul understood that it was Christ’s faithfulness looked to as gifted, or imputed to his mind that made him “Christ Like.“ Satan has denominationalist prideful about, “their own faith” a belief foundation from within their own fleshly intellect. (Believing IN Christ is to “put on” “be clothed with” or “immersed in” Christ.) Believers IN are taught to spiritually rely on Jesus’ gifted them His faith. Schooling and personal inherited intellect amounts to nothing, “when God isn’t reveal to us individually.” Though much had been revealed, Paul didn’t lose sight of his need to grow.

(Phil 3:10; “My aim is to know Him, to experience the power of His resurrection, to share in His sufferings and to be like Him in His death, and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead.”) Lets review Paul’s words in the first chapter?

(Phil 1:21-24;“For to me, living is Christ and dying is gain. Now if I am to go on living in the body, this will mean productive work for me, yet I don’t know which I prefer: I feel torn between the two, because I have a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far, but it is more vital for your sake that I remain in the body.”) Review the resurrection chapter, “1Corinthians 15:” for balanced understanding.

As a begotten Christian; “one, born from above” “one fathered by God” Paul was gifted with immortality, thus Paul was an heir with Abraham, gifted with eternal life. Paul will be in the First Resurrection.

Questions in many biblical student’s minds are; “Where is Paul now and where are all who have died in Christ? At what point in Paul’s life did he become, an heir with Abraham? When did Paul inherit eternal life? Paul was spiritually, “born from above” at conversion. Paul is now with Jesus and being perfected. Paul was known before the foundation of the world.

We aren’t born to live forever someplace, as Satan indicated to Eve and as those from the synagogues of Satan teach. This truth was revealed to Paul and is revealed to whom God chooses. See Rev 8:21.

Comparing followers of Jesus coming before God in prayer, to when Moses and the Israelites came before Him at Mount Sinai, “the Hebrews writer -likely Paul- teaches.”

(Hebrews 12:18-29; “For you “Believers IN” have not come to something that can be touched, to a burning fire and darkness and gloom and a whirlwind and the blast of a trumpet and a voice uttering words such that those who heard, “at Mount Sinai” begged to hear no more. For they could not bear what was commanded: “If even an animal touches the mountain, it must be stoned.” In fact, the scene was so terrifying that Moses said, “I shudder with fear.”

(22-24; “But you “Believers IN” have 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.” (The meaning? When you believers IN pray you’re before Mount Zion, the city of the living God, heavenly Jerusalem, myriads of angels, God’s church of the firstborn enrolled in heaven, before Jesus our mediator of the new covenant, the sprinkling of blood that speaks better than Abel’s.) Remember Abel’s blood still speaks.

(25-29; “Take care not to refuse the One “Jesus” 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 “Jesus’” 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. So since we ‘Believers IN’ 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.”)

We need not debate, “but believe IN the God of Abraham.” We need not to be overly concerned about what happens at the point of death. We do need to be concerned about “practicing God’s Way” while we live in our temporary bodies. The foreshadowing is; “The same Jesus that inspired this Hebrews text, led the Israelites from sin, “Egypt” and leads today’s believers IN from worldly perverted practices to His Way. He inspired the scriptural teaching about Himself.

(Matt 26:31-32; “Then Jesus said to them, “This night you will all fall away because of Me, for it is written: ‘I will strike the Shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’ But after I am raised, I will go ahead of you into Galilee.”) Paul wrote it too.

Romans 11:5-10; “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, 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.” 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.”

This earth is filled with idolatrous people. A people that don’t believe IN God as Creator. We cannot worship God in spirit and truth without believing IN Him as Creator and know Him, as He manifest Himself to be in the holy scriptures. Few in each age have worship this God of Abraham, “Jesus the Christ.” The Son of God, is our Creator Lord, Shepherd, Lamb of God, Mediator of the new covenant and coming King. He reveals His true identity at John 1:1-5, Colossians 1:15-20 and Hebrews 1:. Believers IN, obey Him because we’re gifted with a love of Him. It’s obedience from gifted love, required “less we be idolaters.”

When God is revealed and we‘re, “born from above” we know Him intimately as our Father “a family relationship is established.” Things holy to the Father are holy to His children. The seventh day has always been holy to our Creator and His believing IN children.

(Genesis 2:1-3; “The heavens and the earth were completed with everything that was in them. By the seventh day God finished the work that He had been doing, and He ceased on the seventh day all the work that He had been doing. God blessed the seventh day and made it holy “sanctified it” because on it “the seventh day” He ceased all the work that He had been doing in creation.”)

The verb “holy” can be translated “sanctify” meaning, “set apart.” The Hebrew word, (qiddesh) means “to make something holy; to set something apart; to distinguish it.” On the literal level the phrase means essentially that God made this day different. In the context of the Law, it means that the day belonged to God, for rest from ordinary labor, for worship, and spiritual service. The other six days are for believing people’s ordinary use. When the seventh day isn’t recognized as belonging to God, people go off on tangents, worship the creation rather than the Creator and attempt to make God fit their intellectual view of what they think He should be. (God foreknew these inclinations of His created people and allows Satan’s to tempt us purposely, demonstrating our need of a nature change “built on Jesus’ faith.” The need is “to be reborn” in order to overcome through Jesus’ faith in us.) Our Lord’s brother, “James” was inspired to write.

(James 4:5;“Or do you think the scripture means nothing when it says, “The spirit that God caused to live within us has an envious yearning?”) An envious yearning in us is inherited from Adam’s disobedience. (Now God has provided His grace, “a new nature” through the gospel message, that counteracts our inherited from Adam, fleshly nature.) James continued. (James 4:6-8; “But God gives greater grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud, but He gives grace to the humble.” So submit to God. But resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.”)

Jesus reveals Himself through what‘s created, revealed Himself to Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Joseph. Through the same spirit He called and commissioned His apostles. They, Paul and each Believer IN are spiritually “born from above.” Through His gifted spirit we know Jesus intimately and believe IN His and our Father’s plans

The Christian Obligation, chapter 26

Thursday, June 6th, 2019

To: A people desiring to be atOne with God the Father and God the Son “Jesus” “Called to be Spiritual Israelites” 6/6/19, God’s 3rd  month 3rd  day of Sivan 5,779 until sunset.

Book Chapter 20

The result of Satan’s deliberate disobedience is disbandment and ultimately eternal death. He’s aware “deceiving people will ultimately cause them to hate him when his self serving character is revealed.” People deliberately disobeying after “truth is revealed” may not be able to repent. Only God knows the degree of understanding revealed to each. Disobedience not turned from “repented of” after Jesus’ truth is revealed will ultimately result in eternal death. Allow Paul’s teaching.

(Romans 5:12-16; “So then, just as sin entered the world through one man ‘Adam’ and death through sin and so death spread to all people because all sinned – for before the law was given, sin was in the world, but there is no accounting for sin “explanation of” when there is no law. (14) Yet death reigned from Adam until Moses even over those who did not sin in the same way that Adam (who is a type of the coming One) transgressed. But the gracious gift is not like the transgression. For if the many died through the transgression of the one man, how much more did the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the One man Jesus Christ multiply to the many! (16) And the gift is not like the one who sinned. For judgment, resulting from the one transgression, led to condemnation, but the gracious gift from the many failures led to justification.”

Rom 5:17; “For if, by the transgression of the one man, ‘Adam’ death reigned through the one, how much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ!”

Rom 5:18-19; Consequently, just as condemnation for all people came through one transgression, so too through the One righteous act (“Jesus shedding His blood for the remission of sin.”) came righteousness leading to life for all people. (19) For just as through the disobedience of the one man ‘Adam’ many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of One man  ‘Jesus’ many ‘who believe IN’ will be made righteous.”

(Rom 5:20-21; “Now the law came in so that the transgression may increase, but where sin increased, grace multiplied all the more, so that just as sin reigned in death, so also grace will reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”)

Satan attempts to camouflage Re-Creator, Creator, Deliverer and the resurrection in whom is life, “Jesus.”

(Rom 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. (20) For when you were slaves of sin, you were free with regard to righteousness.

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

(Rom 7:13-20; “Did that which is good, ‘the law’ then, become death to me? Absolutely not! But sin, so that it would be shown to be sin, produced death in me through what is good, so that through the commandment sin would become utterly sinful. For we know that the law is spiritual – but I am unspiritual, sold into slavery to sin. (15) For I don’t understand what I am doing. For I do not do what I want – instead, I do what I hate. But if I do what I don’t want, I agree that the law is good. But now it is no longer me doing it, but sin that lives in me. (18) For I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my flesh. For I want to do the good, but I cannot do it. For I do not do the good I want, but I do the very evil I do not want! (20) Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer me doing it but sin that lives in me.”) God gifts believers IN with the desire and the effort, when we fail the spirit of truth leads to a turning, “repentance.” When we’re recipients of His spirit “we’re considered as NOT in the flesh but in the spirit.) (See Phil 2:13, in part it reads, “One who gives desire and effort is God.”

(Rom 7:21-25; “So, I find the law that when I want to do good, evil is present with me. For I delight in the law of God in my inner being. But I see a different law in my members waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that is in my members. Wretched man that I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? (25) Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin.”)

(Rom 8:1-4; “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the life-giving Spirit in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and death. (3) For God ‘the Father’ achieved what the law could not do because it was weakened through the flesh. By sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and concerning sin, He ‘Jesus’ condemned sin in the flesh, so that the righteous requirement of the law may be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.”) OUTLOOK IS THE DIFFERENCE!

(Rom 8:5-11; “For those who live according to the flesh have their outlook shaped by the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit have their outlook shaped by the things of the Spirit. (6) For the outlook of the flesh is death, but the outlook of the Spirit is life and peace, because the outlook of the flesh is hostile to God, for it ‘the flesh’ does not submit to the law of God, nor is it able to do so. (8) Those who are in the flesh cannot please God. You, ’believers IN’ however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, this person does not belong to Him. (10) But if Christ is in you, your body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is your life because of ‘Jesus’’ righteousness. (11) Moreover if the Spirit of the One who raised Jesus from the dead lives in you, the One who raised Christ from the dead will also make your mortal bodies alive through His Spirit who lives in you.”)

(Rom 8:12-17; “So then, brothers and sisters, we ‘believers’ are under obligation, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh (for if you live according to the flesh, you will die), but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body you will live. (14) For all who are led by the Spirit of God are the sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of slavery leading again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption, by who we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit itself bears witness to our spirit that we are God’s children. (17) And if children, then heirs (namely, heirs of God and also fellow heirs with Christ) – if indeed we suffer with Him so we may also be glorified with Him.”) Overcoming fleshly pulls inherited from Adam is only possible through gifted believing IN Jesus’ faithful serving as the Lamb of God. The Creator of life giving His life!

(1John 5:13-17; “I have written these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life. And this is the confidence that we have before Him: that whenever we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us in regard to whatever we ask, then we know that we have the requests that we have asked from Him. (16) If anyone sees his fellow Christian committing a sin not resulting in death, he should ask, and God will grant life to the person who commits a sin not resulting in death. There is a sin resulting in death. I do not say that he should ask about that. All unrighteousness is sin, but there is sin not resulting in death.”) (Those weaknesses Paul confessed to having!)

(1John 5:18-21; “We know that everyone fathered by God “recipients of His spirit” does not ‘purposely’ sin, but God protects the one He has fathered, and the evil one cannot touch him. We know that we are from God, and the whole world lies in the power of the evil one. (20) And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us insight to know Him who is true, and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This One is the true God and eternal life. (21) Little children, guard yourselves from idols.”)

Everyone inherited a self serving nature from Adam, its self preservation, desires self subscribed beliefs, ways and views. From that inherited nature, people of particular religions, race or skin color, develop biases regarding politics, legal issues etc. Satan blinds, encourages division and the worshiping of imaginary gods as each see fit. True to James’ defining words about our inherited nature. (Review James 4:1-3) When people yield to their own intellect, bias attitudes develop, issues of no consequence take hold and become friends to the demonic, thus hostility toward God’s Way. Such is spiritual adultery. Our Lord’s brother, “James” explains.

(James 4:4-10; ‘Spiritual’ Adulterers, do you not know that friendship with the world means hostility toward God? So whoever decides to be the world’s friend makes himself God’s enemy. “Or do you think the scripture means nothing when it says, “The spirit that God caused to live within us has an envious yearning”? But God gives greater grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud, but He gives grace to the humble.” So submit to God. But resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and make your hearts pure, you double-minded. Grieve, mourn, and weep. Turn your laughter into mourning and your joy into despair. Humble yourselves before the Lord and He will exalt you.”) (Remember Jesus’ words? “we can’t love God and money, we either hate the one or love the other?) This is Paul’s theme in his letters also.

(Philippians 2:19-21; “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.”) Without God’s spiritual guidance people fall in the clutch of self preservation above all else.

(Phil 2:22-28; “But you know his “Timothy’s” 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. 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.”)

Compare these apostolic time to the times we live. Likely little of the New Testament was in circulation and certainly not Jesus’ Revelations to John. Scattered congregations depended on Jesus’ apostles and those sent. The apostles primary concerns were that Christians stay true to God’s Way. Its obvious, the strong always enjoyed lording over the naive and false teachers infiltrated God’s churches.

Jesus revealed and John wrote; “To the angel of the church in Smyrna write: “This is the solemn pronouncement of the One who is the first and the last, the one who was dead, but came to life: ‘I know the distress you are suffering and your poverty (but you are rich). I also know the slander against you by those who call themselves Jews “Christian” and really are not, but are a synagogue of Satan.” Rev 2:8-9)

Jesus used similar words to His church at Philadelphia. (See Rev 3:9) (Jesus said, “Watch out that you are not misled. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am He “Christ” and, ‘The time is near.’ Do not follow them!” Luke 21:8) Likewise Paul warned the Philippians.

(Philippians 3:1-6; (““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. Beware of the dogs, beware of the evil workers, beware of those who mutilate the flesh! For we “Christians” 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 “credentials” too are significant. 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.””)

True to the inherited fleshly nature in people; false teachers were infiltrating the churches and boasting of their credentials. Few understood the significance of “circumcision of the heart - mind.” Few understand it today.

The Christian Obligation, chapter 25

Wednesday, June 5th, 2019

To: A people desiring to be atOne with God the Father and God the Son “Jesus” “Called to be Spiritual Israelites” 6/5/19, God’s 3rd  month 2nd  day of Sivan 5,779 until sunset.

Book Chapter 20

Satan wants people thinking in animalistic evolutional terms rather than “created in God’s image and likeness.” Satan doesn’t want us believing that God is earth’s Creator-Sustainer and has irrefutable plans for its survival. Puny people don’t consider the fact that one volcano eruption spews more carbon in one day than earth’s population in a generation. This knowledge doesn’t excuse the need to care for our environment. Only that we aren’t in control. God made animal nature “survival of the fittest” but put in people concern superior to that created in animals. The instinctive created nature in animals is locked in until God chooses to change it. Likewise the self serving sin nature inherited through Adam’s procreation can’t be altered except God giving His spirit.

We’re created with the capacity to individually practice what seems right, make choices, choose imaginary deities, worship our own intellect or look to God. All but the latter is idolatry. Our Creator tells us emphatically in His Word, that we’re clay, He’s the Potter, thus, to practices living from within our own reasoning is Idolatry. That’s exactly what Satan coached Eve, then Adam and Cain to do! They put what seemed rational to themselves, ahead of God’s instruction. For our learning, the holy scriptures teach that our inherited nature nurtures lust, division, war and the desire to lord over one another. Jesus’ half brother James, explains these human characteristics.

(James 4:1-3; “Where do the conflicts and where do the quarrels among you come from? Is it not from this, from your passions “inherited nature” that battle inside you? You desire and you do not have; you murder and envy and you cannot obtain; you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask; you ask and do not receive because you ask wrongly, so you can spend it on your passions.”)

Because of the hardness developed through disobedience, “many are blinded for a set time” but God gives the called an ability to analyze the result of human actions and look to Him for righteousness. The many are blinded because, they preferred the praise of people, “rather than the praise of our unseen Creator.” As with Eve, Adam and Cain, the fleshly mind finds it appealing to practice life according to inherited passions, “the get way.” Fleshly passions include love of money, power, fleshly lust, comfort in one’s own religion, the desire to lord over, etc.

Only escape from instinctively doing what seems right, is to “yield to God’s calling and turn - repent.” History demonstrates that without looking to God’s Way, majorities always evolve to and yield to their inherited fleshly thinking. This was the people’s state of being before the flood, afterward and where humanity is heading today. In countries where so many families have God’s holy scriptures in their homes; “anti God teaching and beliefs are growing rampantly each day.

From within our inherited fleshly nature we don’t have the capacity for Godly love. Self preservation isn‘t Godly love! We’re created to become, “holy because God is holy”

(1Peter 1:16; “for it is written, “You shall be holy, because I am holy.” A quote from Lev 19:2) Ultimately we’re created to become atOne with Jesus and God our Father. The called are gifted to live morally as God defines morality, “judge ourselves in Jesus’ Light and be atOne with Him. Jesus continues to teach God’s Ways to His chosen through Paul.

(Phil 1:27-30; “Only conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ so that – whether I come and see you or whether I remain absent – I should hear that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind, by contending side by side for the faith of the gospel, and by not being intimidated in any way by your opponents. This is a sign of their destruction, but of your salvation – a sign which is from God. For it has been granted to you not only to believe in Christ but also to suffer for Him, since you are encountering the same conflict that you saw me face and now hear that I am facing.”)

Jesus’ Way is; “yielding to and cultivating the gifted One true spirit. His word teaches that His Way has many opponents. Satan being the god of this world causes many divided opponents because he’s a divided, murderous, deceiving liar. Destruction is inevitable for Satan and his followers who don‘t repent.

(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.”) Our gifted belief IN Jesus gives power to overcome the oppositions we encounter. Desire and the effort to overcome is gifted from God. Christians practice His Way demonstrates belief in God.

(Philippians 2:1-3; “Therefore, if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort provided by love, any fellowship in the Spirit, any affection or mercy, complete my joy and be of the same mind, by having the same love, being united in spirit, and having one purpose. Instead of being motivated by selfish ambition or vanity, each of you should, in humility, be moved to treat one another as more important than yourself.”)

These are instructions to followers of Jesus, “a converted to God’s Way people.” A people spiritually called and spiritually led to turn from the inherited fleshly nature. Such are a people, “Born from above.” Gifted with humility and desire to treat others more important than ourselves! (God’s uniting spirit binds such people as one in like manner as God the Father and God the Son are One.)

Jesus promised His apostles, they’d do greater miracles than He, because He was going to His Father. (See John 14:12). Jesus said, “A slave is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they obeyed My word, they will obey yours too. (See John 15:20). As Jesus exemplified God the Father, Jesus’ apostles exemplified Jesus. As The Father is revealed through Jesus, Jesus reveals Himself through His apostles. Now Paul continues with the theme about how to treat each other.

(Phil 2:4-11; “Each of you should be concerned not only about your own interests, but about the interests of others as well. You should have the same attitude toward one another that Christ Jesus had, who though He existed in the form of God did not regard equality with God “the Father” as something to be grasped, but emptied Himself by taking on the form of a slave, by looking like other men, and by sharing in human nature. He humbled Himself, by becoming obedient to the point of death – even death on a cross! As a result God exalted Him and gave Him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow – in heaven and on earth and under the earth – and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.”)

Praise God the day’s coming when every person will know “Jesus is Lord.” Not only are we made in God’s image and likeness, “we’re made to need God as a child needs his human parent.” Followers of Jesus are spirit led to “put on Jesus the Christ, think as He did and does.” Our attitude toward other Believers IN grows to be like Jesus’ love for us. Followers of Jesus have no desire to be human deities, invent a religion “nor decide for ourselves what’s right, wrong, good and evil.” Our desire is to empty ourselves, “yield ourselves as slaves to Jesus.” Christians are gifted to believe IN the Son of God, who’s now ascended to His Father, intermediates on our behalf and through Him our inherited from Adam human nature is changed.

As the Son of God, “Jesus shared in human nature, experiencing temptation and overcame to the end.” It’s revealed we followers of Jesus are also tempted and as “Son’s of God we overcome through Jesus.” Jesus is our example “yielded to and prayed to His Father.” When we’re gifted to Believe IN as Jesus believed IN “we’re born from above.” Then we too are gifted with overcoming powers as was Jesus. Paul explained to the Hebrews.

(Heb 4:15; “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.”) Jesus entered that Sabbath rest “all Believer IN are also called to.” (Heb 4:1-3; “Therefore we must be wary “cautious” that, while the promise of entering His rest remains open, none of you may seem to have come short of it. For we had good news proclaimed to us just as they “the Israelites” did. But the message they heard did them no good, since they did not join in with those who heard it in faith. For we who have believed enter that “Sabbath” rest, as He has said, “As I swore in My anger, ‘They will never enter My rest!’ For forty years I was continually disgusted with that generation, and I said, ‘These people desire to go astray; they do not obey My commands.’ So I made a vow in My anger, ‘They will never enter into the resting place I had set aside for them.’ (Quote from Psalms 95:10-11) And yet God’s works were accomplished from the foundation of the world.”)

God the Father and “The Alpha and Omega, Jesus” planned things from the foundation of His creation to times beyond, New Jerusalem’s coming down.

(Heb 4:4-10; “For God has spoken somewhere about the seventh day in this way: “And God rested on the seventh day from all His works,” but to repeat the text cited earlier: “They will never enter My rest!” Therefore it remains for some to enter it, yet those to whom it was previously proclaimed did not enter because of disobedience. So God again ordains a certain day, “Today,” speaking through David after so long a time, as in the words quoted before, “O, that today you would listen as He speaks! Do not harden your hearts.” For if Joshua had given them rest, God would not have spoken afterward about another day.(9) “Consequently a Sabbath rest remains for the people of God. For the one who enters God’s rest has also rested from his works, just as God did from His own works.”)

The Seventh Day foreshadows our resting from doing works of the flesh, Jesus’ millennial rule on earth doesn’t change the fact that the seventh day is holy.

(Heb 4:11-13; “Thus we must make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one may fall by following the same pattern of disobedience. For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any double-edged sword, piercing even to the point of dividing soul from spirit, and joints from marrow; it is able to judge the desires and thoughts of the heart. And no creature is hidden from God, but everything is naked and exposed to the eyes of Him to whom we must render an account.”) Overcoming our fleshly nature and Satan’s demonic doctrines, “to the end” is God’s Way for His people.

(Philippians 2:12-13; “So then, my dear friends, just as you have always obeyed, not only in my presence but even more in my absence, continue working out your salvation with awe and reverence, for the One bringing forth in you both the desire and the effort – for the sake of His good pleasure – is God.”)

Let’s NOT be boastful when these truth are understood, “remember God gives the desire and effort!” Being saved is an individual gift. A gifted nature change is to be, “born from above.” Then we’re Sovereign individuals made in God’s image spiritually, understanding that He brought us forth and He gave the desire and effort for the sake of His good pleasure. Thus we work at pleasing Him with awe and reverence.

(Phil 2:14-18; “Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may be blameless and pure, children of God without blemish though you live in a crooked and perverse society, in which you shine as lights in the world by holding on to the Word of Life so that on the day of Christ, I will have a reason to boast that I did not run in vain nor labor in vain. But even if I “Paul” am being poured out like a drink offering on the sacrifice and service of your faith, I am glad and rejoice together with all of you. And in the same way you also should be glad and rejoice together with me.”)

In Paul’s day and now, we’re living in perverse societies. Worse today? Likely! But, as for as our being tempted, “Jesus has lived it.” Jesus did say, “these latter days would be likened to Sodom and Gomorra.” Overcome to the end is what we are called to do.

Followers of Jesus were once as “unbelieving governments, politicians, educators and the religious. Let’s not forget, ‘they’re driven and influenced by the fleshly nature inherited from Adam with Satan’s deceptions at every turn.”

The Christian Obligation, chapter 24

Monday, June 3rd, 2019

To: A people desiring to be atOne with God the Father and God the Son “Jesus” “Called to be Spiritual Israelites” 6/3/19, God’s 2nd month 29th day of Lyyar 5,779 until sunset.

Book Chapter 18

Satan doesn’t want us thinking Loyalty to our Creator. We’re clay and Creator God the Potter is fact. The significance of that truth? He has prerogative, we don’t. People want the prerogative to choose, “that is, be one’s own god.” That‘s idolatry! Our individual god is “that which we look to for guidance.” Whether person, statue or an imaginary deity, “that which we serve is our god.” However we did inherit a fleshly nature that wants its own way, “a sin nature that if not turned from results in eternal death.” That hostile sin nature wants to choose for its self what’s, right, wrong, good and evil, “but such choosing isn’t our prerogative because we’re made in God’s image, likeness and for His purpose.”

It’s the difference in people and animals who’re guided by instinct. People are gifted with created intellect in the likeness of  God’s. We can observe, plan, compare and develop moral character or choose to ignore God’s sustaining, planning, promises and loving laws.

Heavenly Father: great and wonderful are all your Ways; thank You for Your creations and for making us in Your image and likeness. Thank You for Your calling each Saint and gifting Your spirit of truth. Give us yielding overcoming minds that we may grow and worship You in spirit and truth is our prayer, in the name, “nature” of Jesus we pray. AMEN.

Jesus knew the whole world would be deceived before His return. Knew the vast majority would be in servitude to Satan, “most unwittingly.” Naïve people can’t see how they’re used for Satan’s purpose. How Satan’s demonic assumptions invade song lyrics, literature and religions, causing deceptive beliefs. (We repeat, “believing IN, only one demonic lie camouflages God‘s truth.”) We repeat, Satan’s most erroneous deception is his lie causing people to assume, “we’re born to live forever someplace.” It’s Satan’s first camouflaging lie taught in some form by every major religion. (Re-study Genesis 3:)

The word, “love” is probably the most powerful word we use in every day language that’s misunderstood. Especially understanding, “love’s meaning” in relation to how God loves.” (There’s two kinds of love; (1) “self-serving inherited through procreation of ours, mine and me. (2) Godly gifted love through God the Father’s injecting His spirit of truth through Jesus to the mind, “such Godly love makes people atOne with Him, able to love as He loves.”) (A study of 1Corinthians 13: gives us the full meaning of Godly love.) Our inherited fleshly minds have problems loving others as ourselves and judging righteously. The fleshly mind only knows love in respect to caring for and protecting one’s own property, family, friends, country and the like. (Fleshly love is likened to animal instinctive love in that regard, “similar to that of a female animal’s instinctively protecting their young.”) Jesus’ apostle Paul shares such love with called believers IN.

(Romans 8:5-11; “For those who live according to the flesh have their outlook shaped by the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit have their outlook shaped by the things of the Spirit. For the outlook of the flesh is death, but the outlook of the Spirit is life and peace, because the outlook of the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to the law of God, nor is it able to do so. Those who are in the flesh cannot please God. You, “followers of and believers IN Jesus” however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, this person does not belong to Him. But if Christ is in you, your body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is your life because of, “Jesus’ gifted” righteousness. Moreover if the Spirit of the One who raised Jesus from the dead lives in you, the One who raised Christ from the dead will also make your mortal bodies alive through His Spirit who lives in you.”) (Note that we’re mortal until injected with Jesus’ spirit.)

Christians “those called and gifted to believe IN Jesus” are gifted with Godly love “for one’s self and others alike.” Righteous Godly love considers others needs as their own. (Able to discern things not discernable in the flesh.) The characteristic of instinctive love is self centered, self preservation of mine and our turf. Revenge, a natural characteristic, “an eye for an eye is natural regarding genuine concern. Gifted Godly love considers others first, “applying self judgment likened to God’s, self examination in Jesus’ light.” God’s imputed gifted spirit opens His truths to the mind.

Writing to God’s church at Corinth about observing the Passover celebration, Jesus’ apostle Paul cautioned the people to examine themselves before partaking of it. (See 1Corinthians 11:28-32; Paul went on to say; (“it’s why many of you are weak, sick, and quite a few are dead.”) But if we’d examine ourselves, we’d not be judged. But when we’re judged by the Lord, we’re disciplined so that we may not be condemned with the world.” 1Cor 11:31-32)

(God is love. see John 4:16) Thus, God’s love toward His people, include judgment, discipline and righteousness. When we love God we endure suffering as discipline, knowing that God treats us as His children. (“For what son is there that a father does not discipline? But if you do not experience discipline, something all sons have shared in, then you are illegitimate and are not sons.) Besides, we have experienced discipline from our earthly fathers and we respected them; shall we not submit ourselves all the more to the Father of spirits and receive “eternal” life?” Hebrews 12:6-9)

In Jesus’ Revelations to John, regarding His church at Laodicea: Jesus said, “All those I love, I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent!” Rev 2:19)

God’s love of His people includes discipline that gets our attention, “when we don’t practice the things He reveals.” Godly love carries over to how we love our children. (“The one who spares his rod hates his child, but the one who loves his child is diligent in disciplining him.” Proverbs 13:24) God’s love for His people include “capital punishment when people aren’t willing to yield to His values.” (God’s loving way purges wickedness from a Godly nation. (See Deuteronomy 21:18-21.)

We’ve all seen instinctive love in action, but few recognize it for what it is. For example: “governments by people “in so called democracies” evolves as instinctive love to it’s populations for governmental self serving reasons. Results in, people’s loss of self esteem and moral character diminishment, “while politicians enrich themselves.” Finally economic chaos erupts. Likewise we’d define most charitable institutions as practicing instinctive love. Soon becoming bureaucracies with CEO’S making the big bucks, with a small fraction of donations getting to the needy. (As groups, fleshly minded people naturally evolve to instinctive love behavior, yielding to the self serving ways.) History of nations verify the same: (“it’s always been that when people attempt to rule themselves, they gradually evolve to the destructive, instinctive “get way.”) Fleshly people always yield to their instinctive inherited nature. The decline and fall of the Roman empire is a good example.

Instinctive love manifest its self in many ways. Our Creator God is ignored. (Jesus said it; “No servant can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other.” “You cannot serve God and money.” Luke 16:13) The fact is, “individuals either serves the true God of Abraham or they make something else their god, imaginary or otherwise.” Characteristically all fleshly people yield to instinctive love, “everyone sees things, their way.” Hurt me or my child, I get even. Instinctive love manifest it’s self when people find themselves in similar or same value as animal life. Like animals pastime pleasures revolves around entertainment and life style practices, “that are abominations to our Creator.” Jesus said, “these are signs of the times in which we live.” (Lawlessness increases so much, “that even instinctive love”  grows cold.)

Unbelievers scoff at attempts to shed light on this subject; but we must. Demonstrating His love for His chosen people, “the Israelites” God gave them standards to live by and “altruistic leaders.” True to the inherited instinctive love, “Israelites wanted a king like the pagan people around them.” So, God told Samuel, “the people aren’t rejecting you, they’re rejecting Me.” (When individuals, groups or nations reject God’s Way, they’re an idolatrous pagan people, “and soon evolve to haters of what God loves.”

(Matt 24:9-14; “Then they will hand you “Christians” over to be persecuted and will kill you. You will be hated by all the nations because of My name. Then many will be led into sin, and they will betray one another and hate one another. And many false prophets will appear and deceive many, and because lawlessness will increase so much, the love of many will grow cold. But the person who endures to the end will be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached throughout the whole inhabited earth as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end, “of this age” will come.”) The Christian way is difficult for many when surrounded by pagan societies. The question: who is gifted with the mind to examine themselves in Jesus’ Light and who is gifted with the desire to seek His Way? We can glean these truths from Paul’s letters to the churches.

We find the apostles repeating principle in various verbiage. We too repeat various text, from Jesus, His prophets, our Lord’s brothers James, Jude and others that support the subjects. Review is good, whether we’re blessed with near perfect memory or somewhat forgetful. As with Colossians and Philippians written during Paul’s time house arrest these authority allowed Paul visitors and coworker supports. Consider Paul’s humility.

(Phil 1:1-2; “From Paul and Timothy, slaves of Christ Jesus, to all the Saints in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi, with the overseers and deacons. Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ!”) With Paul’s intimate relationship with Jesus and God the Father was knowledge of God’s Ways and characteristics. As apostles they each had permission to write, “from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” Jesus inspired His apostles letters.

(Phil 1:3-6; “I thank my God every time I remember you. I always pray with joy in my every prayer for all of you because of your participation in the gospel from the first day until now. For I am sure of this very thing, that the One who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.”) That is until the day of Jesus’ return or perhaps until Jesus is revealed  individually and intimately. Each believers should be about the business of support as was, God’s church at Philippi, who participated in the spread of Jesus’ good news.”) A responsibility of all who are gifted with this understanding and gifted outgoing Godly love. We Believers IN like Paul, only had instinctive love in his heart until Jesus was revealed to our minds.

(Phil 1:7-11; “For it is right for me to think this about all of you, because I have you in my heart, since both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of THE gospel all of you became partners in God’s grace together with me. For God is my witness that I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus. And I pray this, that your love may abound even more and more in knowledge and every kind of insight so that you can decide what is best, and thus be sincere and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ to the glory and praise of God.”) We too can be partners with Paul. His letters are still going out. Our goal is, “to encourage the called to overcome to the end, thus, be blameless “for the day of Christ.”

(Phil 1:12-14; “I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that my situation has actually turned out to advance the gospel. The whole imperial guard and everyone else knows that I am in prison for the sake of Christ, and most of the brothers and sisters, having confidence in the Lord because of my imprisonment, now more than ever dare to speak the word fearlessly.”)

God always works things out for good, for those He is calling. True of the inherited nature in people; many in Paul’s day began teaching a Jesus of their own understanding. From their own fleshly instinctive love nature. This too is what Paul was doing as a Pharisee, before his conversion and what each self called teacher does.

(Phil 1:15-18; “Some, to be sure, are preaching Christ from envy and rivalry, but others from goodwill. The latter do so from love because they know that I am placed here for the defense of the gospel. The former proclaim Christ from selfish ambition, not sincerely, because they think they can cause trouble for me in my imprisonment. What is the result? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is being proclaimed, and in this I rejoice. Yes I will continue to rejoice.”)

Paul isn’t overly critical of those teaching from selfish ambition. His thoughts were, “if a Jesus of one’s imagination is being proclaimed, some may be led to investigate whether or not they speak truth. (See 1Thess 5:21) Those teaching Christ from goodwill were Paul’s supporters. As today, some teach for the sake of popularity and monetary gain. The problem in each age is that many find their comfort zone in denominations that teach a mix of Judaism and paganism, using Jesus’ name. Thus Jesus’ Words are fulfilled; (“”Jesus began to say to them, “Watch out that no one misleads you. Many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am He,’ and they will mislead many.”” Mark 13:5-6)

(Phil 1:19-26; “for I know that this will turn out for my deliverance through your prayers and the help of the Spirit of Jesus Christ. My confident hope is that I will in no way be ashamed but that with complete boldness, even now as always, Christ will be exalted in my body, whether I live or die. For to me, living is Christ and dying is gain. Now if I am to go on living in the body, this will mean productive work for me, yet I don’t know which I prefer: (23) I feel torn between the two, because I have a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far, but it is more vital for your sake that I remain in the body. And since I am sure of this, I know that I will remain and continue with all of you for the sake of your progress and joy in THE faith, so that what you can be proud of may increase because of me in Christ Jesus, when I come back to you.”)

Paul’s focus was on the betterment of the Philippians, you and I, without selfishness of any kind

Self preservation is a created characteristic in all living things. Though we’re created superior to all other breathing beings, “in God’s image and likeness.” Only called Believers IN have the capacity for altruistic concern, beyond instinctive love.