Mockeries of Truth, chapter 8

7/8/19, God’s 4th month, 5th day of Tamuz, 5,779 until sunset. 

To: People called to be atOne with God the Father and God the Son.  “Heirs with Abraham.

As shared last study, “the only methodology to be saved is to keep God’s law perfectly.” That’s impossible because we’re all born heirs of Adam’s nature. Overcoming - conquering “that nature through Jesus’ gifted faith to our minds is the revealed way for each Believer IN. Jesus revealed it to John.

(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.”) A second death is God’s fulfillment of, “in dying you’ll surely die.”

Our judge is Jesus’ Words. (John 12:47-50; “If anyone hears 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.” (48-50; 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.”)

Jesus came as The Light to the world, but the world did not recognize Him. The world will recognize Him when He returns and Satan is bound.

Heavenly Father: thank You for blessing and believing IN You, Your Son Jesus and His promises. Thank You for Your gifted spirit of truth, joy, peace, knowledge and love for Your Way and one another. We praise and ask that You “help us be as thankful as we should be. In Jesus’ name we ask. AMEN.

Gifting Light to God’s church families.

Paul spent much time in Corinth. This ancient Greek city’s ruins are about 50 miles west of Athens Greece. Jesus established The Church of God at Corinth and other places through Paul. These mostly of gentiles heritage were being influenced by Satan using Judaism and paganism. Both groups tempted the people to turn back to the old fleshly nature’s methodologies and old customs honoring the creation rather than the Creator. The devil goal is to hinder spiritual understanding and growth.

(1Cor 1:1-3; From Paul, called to be an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Sosthenes, our brother: to the church of God that is in Corinth, to those who are sanctified, “set apart” in Christ Jesus, and called to be Saints, with all those in every place who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, their Lord and ours. Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ!”)

Note: each apostle’s letter goes out from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ with their authority. The apostles had revealed authority to say, “from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” Each was directly taught by Jesus personally or through His gifted revelation. Each apostle was set aside as ambassador’s of Jesus and God’s Kingdom. All genuine Christians “Believers IN” are called to be ambassadors’ of Jesus’ kingdom. Each having various responsibilities in relation to God gifted talents. Paul is writing to the Saints in every place, to all who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

(1Cor 1:4-9; I always thank my God for you, “followers of Jesus” because of the grace of God that was given to you in Christ Jesus. For you were MADE rich in every way in Him, in all your speech and in every kind of knowledge just as the testimony about Christ has been confirmed among you – so that you do not lack any spiritual gift as you wait for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ. (8) He will also strengthen you to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful, by whom you were called into fellowship with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.)

Note the lessons: God called, made, revealed Himself and promised strength to overcome to the end. Why? That we may have fellowship with His Son, Jesus. God the Father through His spirit of truth grows Believers IN, “in every kind of knowledge and teaches us to be cautious with our speech.”

(1Cor 1:10-12; “I urge you, brothers and sisters, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, to agree together, to end your divisions and to be united by the same mind and purpose. (That’s clothing and immersing in Jesus, being united as is God the Father and God the Son.)

For members of Chloe’s household have made it clear to me, my brothers and sisters, that there’s quarrels among you. Now I mean this, that each of you is saying, “I am with Paul,” or “I am with Apollos,” or “I am with Peter,” or “I am with Christ.”

(1Cor 1:13-17; “Is Christ divided? Paul wasn’t crucified for you, was he? Or were you in fact baptized in the name of Paul? I thank God that I did not baptize any of you except Crispus and Gaius, so that no one can say that you were baptized in my name! (I also baptized the household of Stephanus. Otherwise, I do not remember whether I baptized anyone else. (17) For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel – and not with clever speech, so that the cross of Christ would not become useless.”)

The apostles only baptized “in the name of Jesus.” Paul didn’t want to use his speaking proficiency, “he knew the weakness in human nature.” That naïve people are easily persuaded by flamboyancy. Through such many have yielded to the flesh, using demonic influence to built demonic cults. Paul is saying; “I could used clever speech, bring attention to myself rather than Jesus. The naïve do think personality, credentials  and rated schools rather than, “knowing Jesus’ message.” Spirit led apostles and teachers today are careful “NOT allowing themselves to be overly esteemed.”

(1Cor 1:18; “For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to we who are being saved it is the power of God.”) Believers are in the state - process of being saved to eternal life. Unbelievers are in a state of perishing while in their temporary fleshly bodies.

(1Cor 1:19; “For it’s written, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and I will thwart the cleverness of the intelligent.”)

Paul was mindful of Jesus’ inspiring Isaiah’ words.

(Isaiah 29:13-16; The sovereign Master says, “These people say they are loyal to Me; they say wonderful things about Me, but they are not really loyal to Me. Their worship consists of nothing but man-made ritual. Therefore I will again do an amazing thing for these people – an absolutely extraordinary deed. Wise men will have nothing to say, the sages will have no explanations.” Those who try to hide their plans from the Lord are as good as dead, who do their work in secret and boast, ‘Who sees us?’ ‘Who knows what we’re doing?’ Your thinking is perverse! Should the Potter be regarded as clay? Should the thing made say about its maker, “He didn’t make me”? Or should the pottery say about the Potter, “He doesn’t understand”?)

(1Cor 1:19-25; “Where is the wise man? Where is the expert in the Mosaic law? Where is the debater of this age? Has God not made the wisdom of the world foolish? For since in the wisdom of God the world by its wisdom did not know God, God was pleased to save those who believe by the foolishness of preaching. For Jews demand miraculous signs and Greeks ask for wisdom, but we preach about a crucified Christ, a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles. (24) But to those who’re called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God. (25) For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.”)

Paul and most apostles referred to Isaiah’s text speaking to this latter age! Through the power of preaching - writing sound words, “God reveals Jesus, opens minds, calls a people out and grants repentance to individual minds. NOW consider more from Isaiah’s 29th chapter as he speaks to the coming millennial age .

(Isaiah 29:17-24; ““In just a very short time Lebanon will turn into an orchard, and the orchard will be considered a forest. At that time the deaf will be able to hear words read from a scroll, and the eyes of the blind will be able to see through deep darkness. The downtrodden will again rejoice in the Lord; the poor among humankind will take delight in the Holy One of Israel. For tyrants will disappear, those who taunt will vanish, and all those who love to do wrong will be eliminated – those who bear false testimony against a person, who entrap the one who arbitrates at the city gate and deprive the innocent of justice by making false charges. So this is what the Lord, the one who delivered Abraham, says to the family of Jacob: Israel  “followers of Jesus” will no longer be ashamed; their faces will no longer show their embarrassment. For when they see their children, whom I will produce among them, they will honor My name. They will honor the Holy One of Jacob; they will respect the God of Israel. Those who stray morally will gain understanding; those who complain will acquire insight.”)

Many are ashamed that they believe IN the God of Abraham, because to do so makes them out to be strange in this deceived age. Jesus inspired the holy prophets to write about His kingdom being established on earth.

(1Cor 1:26-31; “Think about the circumstances of your call, brothers and sisters. Not many were wise by human standards, not many were powerful, not many were born to a privileged position. But God CHOSE what the world thinks foolish to shame the wise, and God CHOSE what the world thinks weak to shame the strong. God CHOSE what is low and despised in the world, what is regarded as nothing, to set aside what is regarded as something, so that no one can boast in His presence. He “God the Father” is the reason you have a relationship with Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification and redemption, (31) so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”) God the Father’s CHOOSING people is the reason they have a relationship with Christ Jesus!

Characteristically God works through the weak and brings about what seems impossible to people. Think of Jacob; he was the weak brother. Think of John the Baptist being born to parents past their reproductive age. In verse 31 above Paul is referencing Jeremiah 9:, so, let’s get a feel for how Jesus had Jeremiah pen this.

(Jeremiah 9:23-26; The Lord says, “Wise people should not boast that they are wise.

Powerful people should not boast that they are powerful. Rich people should not boast that they are rich. (24) If people want to boast, they should boast about this: They should boast that they understand and know Me. They should boast that they know and understand that I, the Lord, act out of faithfulness, fairness, and justice in the earth and that I desire people to do these things,” says the Lord. (25) The Lord says, “Watch out! The time is soon coming when I will PUNISH all those who are circumcised ONLY in the flesh. (26) That is, I will punish the Egyptians, the Judeans, the Edomites, the Ammonites, the Moabites, and all the desert people who cut their hair short at the temples. I will do so because none of the people of those nations are really circumcised in the Lord’s sight. Moreover, none of the people of Israel are circumcised when it comes to their hearts.”)

People ONLY circumcised in the flesh, normally apply self righteous pride to their doing things, worshiping laws rather than the law giver and customs handed down from paganism. It seems that no one understands the connection of cutting hair short at the temples, to circumcision. What we do understand is that in God’s sight, “circumcision should be of the heart.” Physical circumcision always looked forward to the spiritual circumcision “the magnification of it’s covenant and our thinking.”

Wise, powerful and the rich get praise of people, make merchandise of those they pretend to serve. Governments of man always make merchandise of people. The love of money and what it can do, is the root of all evil. (See 1Timothy 8:10) Fleshly man has nothing to boast about. (Jesus is saying through Jeremiah, “if people must boast, they should boast that they understand and know Me.” Who can understand and know our Creator, except He reveal Himself? To Believers IN it’s clear that God does the choosing, calling and grants His gift of repentance. Believers IN will be in the first and spiritual resurrection.

God is the judge, who knows the heart of all people; all will be judged according to their deeds and Jesus’ Word. When? At His timing. There’s to be a second resurrection for judgment and a second death for the hostile disobedient, “eternal life for Believers IN.” See the result for refusing to believe IN, “refusing to be repentant.” (See Revelations 2:11. 20:6, 20:14 & 21:8)

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