The Christian Obligation, chapter 28

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.”

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