The Christian Obligation, chapter 27

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

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