The Christian Obligation, chapter 34

To: People called to be atOne with God the Father and God the Son “Jesus” “Spiritual Israelites” 6/25/19, God’s 3rd  month 22nd day of Sivan 5,779 until sunset.

   Paul was a tool for Satan until Jesus’ moved Him from denominational darkness to His Light; afterward Paul  desired that his life characteristics mimic His Lord and Savior, Jesus’. Afterward there was no rebellion in Paul’s gifted spiritual nature! He knew he’d been miraculously moved from darkness to the Light. After Jesus’ revelations Paul practiced and loved Jesus’ Way. Loved the times and things Jesus loved and hating what Jesus hated. Later Paul would shared his previous convictions before being called and Jesus’ revealing Himself. Became mindful that Jesus was working through Him and the other apostles. (Paul more than many converted people could teach how to be on guard against the old inherited from Adam nature, it’s fleshly desires and the devil’s imitations, “selling himself as an angel of light.”) (Review 2Corinthians 11:14)

Through Jesus’ gifted spirit in us, “Paul recommends that our speech be wholesome, always building up fellow Believers IN and that we not grieve the holy spirit of truth.” (Review Eph 4:29-32)

The holy spirit of truth can be defined as, “the imputed mind of Jesus to our being.” His spiritual outlook is miraculously gifted to God’s called. Jesus explained to Nicodemus.

(John 3:5-8;“I tell you the solemn truth, unless a person is born of water and spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not be amazed that I said to you, ‘You must all be born from above.’ (8) The wind blows wherever it will, and you hear the sound it makes, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”)

Our mental and spiritual state of being must grow to the likeness of Jesus’. It’s power to prove that good and acceptable Way, the power to pursue pureness that emits from God. Followers of Jesus inherit the nature of compassion and forgiveness, so that, just as God in Christ forgave us we can forgive others. God the Father’s forgiveness is through God the Son, who lived an example for all Believers IN.

(Eph 5:1-5; “Therefore, be imitators of God “the Son” as dearly loved children and live in love, just as Christ also loved us and gave Himself for us, a sacrificial and fragrant offering to God “the Father.” But among you there must not be either sexual immorality, impurity of any kind, or greed, as these are not fitting for the Saints. Neither should there be vulgar speech, foolish talk, or coarse jesting – all of which are out of character – but rather thanksgiving. (5) For you can be confident of this one thing: that no person who is immoral, impure, or greedy, (such a person is an idolater) has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.”) Having these gifted characteristics, “makes us know to whom we belong.”

Jesus revealed the same in His revelations to John.

(Rev 21:7-8; “The one who conquers, “overcomes to the end” will inherit these things, and I will be his God and he will be My son. (8) 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.”) (If major worldly denomination’s preverbal hell was as they teach there’d be no judgment day nor a second death. Jesus’ and His apostles always reminded us about the deceiver and his follower’s characteristics.

Believers moved from darkness to light; from death to life.

(Eph 5:6-14; “Let nobody deceive you with empty words, for because of these things God’s wrath comes on the sons of disobedience. Therefore do not be partakers “practice their ways” with them, for you, “Christians” were at one time in darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of the light – for the fruit “the result” of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness, and truth – trying to learn what is pleasing to the Lord. (11) Do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. For the things they do in secret are shameful even to mention. But all things being exposed by the Light “Jesus” are made evident. For everything made evident is light, and for this reason it says: “Awake, O sleeper! Rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you!”)

Paul is making a composite quotation, possibly from Isaiah 26:19, 51:17, 52:1, and 60:1. Jesus is the One that inspired His prophets, thus He and His apostles quoted from them often.

(Eph 5:15-21; “Therefore be very careful how you live “what you practice” not as unwise but as wise, taking advantage of every opportunity, because the days are evil. For this reason do not be foolish, but be wise by understanding what the Lord’s will is. And do not get drunk with wine, which is debauchery, but be filled by the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, singing and making music in your hearts to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for each other in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, and submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ.”)

The way to revere Jesus is to practice His righteous Way of living. We need to know our life practices should benefit others. That can’t be done by mixing paganism with Judaism and calling it Christian, as do worldly organizations. Denominations mixing the two are pagan, serve this world’s system of things, it’s pagan calendars with times honoring imaginary gods. (AtOnement is key among God’s church and Godly families.)

(Eph 5:22-33; “Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord, because the husband is the head of the wife as also Christ is the head of the church – He Himself being the savior of the body “church.” But as the church “people born from above” submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything. Husbands, love your wives just as Christ loved the church and gave Himself for her, “that body of believers IN” to sanctify her by cleansing her with the washing of the water by the Word, so that He may present the church to Himself as glorious – not having a stain or wrinkle, or any such blemish, but holy and blameless. (28) In the same way husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. For no one has ever hated his own body but he feeds it and takes care of it, just as Christ also does the church, for we are members of His body. (31) For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and will be joined to his wife, and the two will become one flesh. (32) This mystery is great – but I am actually speaking with reference to Christ and the church. Nevertheless, each one of you must also love his own wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.”)

When Adam and Eve were created, Jesus was looking forward to this family oneness and His oneness to His church. When families and believing IN congregations, are atOne with Jesus, His gifted love prevails.

(Eph 6:1-4; “Children, obey your parents in the Lord for this is right. “Honor your father and mother,” which is the first commandment accompanied by a promise, namely, “that it may go well with you and that you will live a long time on the earth.” (Quote from Deut 5:16:) Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but raise them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.”) Remember Jesus’ point in His parable about Lazarus and the rich, “if they don’t believe Moses and the prophets they’ll not believe Me after I’m resurrected.)

Jesus and His apostles referred to the ten commandments, quoted and honored them. Governments, fleshly adults and children need God’s rule of law for their guidance. Gifted Believers IN “Christians” “people born from above” “recipients of God’s spirit of truth” have the mind of Jesus implanted and thus don’t need the law to the same degree. But that doesn’t abolish the law!

Don’t make apologies for repeating scriptural text, “review is good for wholesome study.” Paul repeats the same themes and using various verbiage in each letter. He taught the Galatians and we Believers IN. (Consider why the written commandments weren’t given ‘spelled out’ prior to Jesus delivering Israel through Moses.)

(Galatians 3:19-29; “Why then was the law given? It was added because of transgressions, until the arrival of the Descendant, “Jesus” to whom the promise had been made. It was administered through angels by an intermediary, “Moses.” Now an intermediary is not for one party alone, but God is One. Is the law therefore opposed to the promises of God? Absolutely not! For if a law had been given that was able to give “eternal” life, then righteousness would certainly have come by the law. But the scripture imprisoned everything and everyone under sin so that the promise could be given – because of the faithfulness of Jesus Christ – to those who believe. (23) Now before “Jesus’” faith came, “we believers - Christians” were held in custody under the law, being kept as prisoners until the coming faith would be revealed. Thus the law had become our guardian until Christ, “is revealed individually” so that we could be declared righteous by “Jesus’” faith. But now that “Jesus’” faith has come, “to we Believers IN” we are no longer under a guardian. For in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God through, “Jesus’” faith. For all of you who were baptized “immersed” into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female – for all of you, “Believers” are one in Christ Jesus. (29)And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s descendants, heirs according to the promise.”)

Remember; “Abraham’s believing in” made him acceptable as God’s friend. Christians must respect the rule of law, governments and God’s ten commandments. (Children need the commandments taught to them and fleshly adults need them as guardians.) Without adhering to God’s commandments, societies become divided and war is inevitable.

(Eph 6:5-8; “Slaves, obey your human masters with fear and trembling, in the sincerity of your heart as to Christ, not like those who do their work only when someone is watching – as people-pleasers – but as slaves of Christ doing the will of God from the heart. Obey with enthusiasm, as though serving the Lord and not people, because you know that each person, whether slave or free, if he does something good, this will be rewarded by the Lord.”)

Unconverted fleshly people from each generation will face judgment according to their deeds! Paul explained to the Romans and we Believers.

(Romans 2:2-8; “Now we know that God’s judgment is in accordance with truth against those who practice such things. And do you think, whoever you are, when you judge those who practice such things and yet do them yourself, that you will escape God’s judgment? Or do you have contempt for the wealth of His kindness, forbearance, and patience, and yet do not know that God’s kindness leads you to repentance? But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath for yourselves in the day of wrath, when God’s righteous judgment is revealed! (6) He will reward each one according to His works: (7) eternal life to those who by perseverance in good works seek glory and honor and immortality, but wrath and anger to those who live in selfish ambition and do not obey the truth but follow unrighteousness.)

Eph 6:12; “Masters, treat your slaves the same way, giving up the use of threats, because you know that both you and they have the same master in heaven, and there is no favoritism with Him. Finally, be strengthened in the Lord and in the strength of His power. Clothe yourselves with the full armor of God so that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world rulers of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavens.”) Paul is referring to Satan as the, “prince of the power of the air. See Eph 2:2.

(Eph 6:13-23; “For this reason, take up the full armor of God so that you may be able to stand your ground on the evil day, and having done everything, to stand. Stand firm therefore, by fastening the belt of truth around your waist, by putting on the breastplate of righteousness, by fitting your feet with the preparation that comes from the good news of peace, and in all of this, by taking up the shield of faith with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. And take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. With every prayer and petition, pray at all times in the Spirit, and to this end be alert, with all perseverance and requests for all the Saints. (19) Pray for me also, that I may be given the message when I begin to speak – that I may confidently make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may be able to speak boldly as I ought to speak.” (Each Christian is an ambassador in chains, and clothed with Jesus.)

Tychicus, my dear brother and faithful servant in the Lord, will make everything known to you, so that you too may know about my circumstances, how I am doing. I have sent him to you for this very purpose, that you may know our circumstances and that he may encourage your hearts. (23) Peace to the brothers and sisters, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Grace be with all of those who love our Lord Jesus Christ with an undying love.”)

May we each be gifted with a love for God and neighbor as Jesus loved.

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