Mockeries of Truth, chapter 9

7/10/19, God’s 4th month, 7th day of Tamuz, 5,779 until sunset. 

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

We observers of Sabbaths, “the seventh day and the seven annuals” catch flack from and in many cases persecution for doing so. Some accuse us of attempting to gain salvation by works, but it’s they who maintain that, “there’s a method by which people can be saved.” Jesus, His apostles and we Believers IN emphatically teach that God does the calling and fathering.

Encouragement to the Persecuted.

(2Thessalonians 1:5-12; “This is evidence of God’s righteous judgment, to make you worthy of the kingdom of God, for which in fact you are suffering. For it is right for God to repay with affliction those who afflict you and to you who are being afflicted to give rest together with us when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with His mighty angels. With flaming fire He will mete out punishment on those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. They will undergo the penalty of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His strength, when He comes to be glorified among His Saints and admired on that day among all who have believed – and you did in fact believe our testimony. And in this regard we pray for you always, that our God will make you worthy of His calling and fulfill by His power your every desire for goodness and every work of faith, that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in Him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.”)

We teach and believe we followers of Jesus are transformed from our previous fleshly mindset to Jesus’ spiritual thinking. (Ephesians 2:4-10; But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even though we were dead in transgressions, made us alive together with Christ – by grace you are saved! and He ‘God the Father’ raised us up with Him ‘Jesus’ and seated us with Him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, (WHY?) (7) to demonstrate in the coming ages the surpassing wealth of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. (8) For by grace you are saved through ‘Jesus’’ faith, and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God; it is not from works, so that no one can boast. For we  ‘Believers IN’ are His workmanship, having been created in Christ Jesus for good works that God prepared beforehand so we may do them.”) (Prayerfully study the rest of Ephesians.)

Jesus knew He’s be rejected by law worshiping Israelites and

it was preplanned that He’d send some apostles to the Gentiles.

(John 1:11-13; He, “Jesus” came to what was His own, but His own people did not receive Him. But to all who have received Him – those who believe IN His name – He has given the right to become God’s children – “children not born by human parents or by human desire or a husband’s decision, but by God.”) (Know this: “if we believe IN, God gave it.”)

Heavenly Father: please give all truth seekers a zeal to study prayerfully, give Your desire and effort to practice Your Way. May we prayerfully yield to the mind of Jesus as we pray that our kingdom soon be established on earth. In the nature of Jesus we ask. AMEN

When given the desire, effort and opportunity to study the Holy Scriptures, contemplate on God’s Way and the result of failing to do so. We may be asked why we didn’t on that judgment day? Methodology thinkers don’t realize that Satan is the god this world’s system of things, thus they succumb to demonic thinking, “surely God will honor what seems right to me.”

Attempting to be providers,” governments play god to their populations.” Not far removed from the old Egyptian ruling Pharaohs who acted as gods too. For the most part, bureaucratic governments and educational leaders aren’t led to believe IN and so, have no or little regard for our Creator and His Ways. How so you may ask? They play into a system of bureaucrats scratching bureaucrats backs to keep support of the naive. Keeping status quo’s in place, at the expense of tax payers. They make particular educational degree requirements for various vocations etc. Methodology thinking religions mimic this same bureaucratic thinking. “A love of money” is the foundational error that keeps societies condoning bureaucrats making merchandise of them. Once in place, it’s almost impossible for societies to rid themselves of such bureaucratic enslavement.

The holy scriptures teach us that it’s natural for unbelievers to desire a king and them too desire lordship over others. This nature caused Israel to reject God through Samuel and God’s churches yield to deceivers during the apostolic era. True to Jesus’ predictions, this became more prevalent after His apostles died. (Wolves in sheep clothing came in, disrupted people’s thinking and kicked true Believers out.”) Followers of Jesus had to scatter to avoid persecution and for the most part, we’ll be scattered until Jesus returns. The apostle Paul was careful to distinguish himself from false apostles. May we take notice again.

(1Cor 2:1-5; “When I came to you, brothers and sisters, I did not come with superior eloquence or wisdom as I proclaimed the testimony of God. For I decided to be concerned about nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified. And I was with you in weakness and in fear and with much trembling. (4) My conversation and my preaching were not with persuasive words of wisdom, but with a demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith would not be based on human wisdom but on the power of God.”) (Human educational certificates from so called higher learning is what’s worshiped today.)

God’s spiritual power gives life, open minds and defeats the devil through Jesus. When false teachers intruded and spoke of heritages, education and such, “Paul did defend his own human credentials.” Despots likened to the Pharaoh’s exerted themselves and caused confusion, then persecutors forcefully took the lead and falsely accused Christ Like people. Consider Paul’s summation to the Hebrews about the combination of Jesus’ faith and the persecutions of Believers IN, from the time of Gideon, to and through the apostolic era.

(Hebrews 11:32-40; “And what more shall I say? For time will fail me if I tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David, Samuel and the prophets. Through faith they conquered kingdoms, administered justice, gained what was promised, shut the mouths of lions, quenched raging fire, escaped the edge of the sword, gained strength in weakness, became mighty in battle, put foreign armies to flight, and women received back their dead raised to life. But others were tortured, NOT accepting release, to obtain RESURECTION to a better life. And others experienced mocking and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. They were stoned, sawed apart, murdered with the sword; they went about in sheepskins and goatskins; they were destitute, afflicted, ill-treated (38) (the world was not worthy of them); they wandered in deserts and mountains and caves and openings in the earth. And these all were commended for their faith, yet they did not receive what was promised. For God had provided something better for us, so that they would be made perfect together with us.”)

Persecuting accusations used against Christians by unbelievers “was an accusation that Jesus was not miraculously conceived.” They couldn’t fathom Jesus being the only Son of God. Unbelievers held to a “three in one god doctrine” from paganism. Followers of Jesus “believing IN God the Father and God the Son” were expelled for not accepting their three in one doctrine. Soon these same persecutors began praying to Jesus’ mother, made imaginary statues with haloes and began honoring what God said was abominations to Him.

(1Cor 2:6-7; “Now we do speak wisdom among the mature, but not a wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are perishing. Instead we speak the wisdom of God, hidden in a mystery, that God determined before the ages for our glory.”)

Revealed knowledge worldly religions not grasping the awesomeness of revelations. Determining things before the ages and the glory of God’s calling “His chosen!” God’s putting His spirit in minds of chosen individuals. Remember, “His wisdom is purposely hidden from this world’s unbelievers.”

(1Cor 2:8-9; “None of the rulers of this age understood it. If they had known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. But just as it is written, “Things that no eye has seen, or ear heard, or mind imagined, are the things God has prepared for those who love Him.”)

The Holy Scriptures recognize Jesus as the prophesied Messiah, Savior, the Son of God, Re-Creator, Creator, Deliverer, Mediator and coming King of Kings. The rich and folks in high positions, are for the most part purposely blinded, regarding Jesus’ personage.

(1Cor 2:10-16; “God has revealed these things to “the called” by His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. For who among men knows the things of a man except the man’s spirit within him? So too, no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God, “within him.” Now we “Believers IN” have not received the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may know the things that are freely given to us by God. (13) And we speak about these things, not with words taught US by human wisdom, but with those taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual things to spiritual people. The unbeliever doesn’t receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him. And he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned. The one who is spiritual discerns all things, yet he himself is understood by no one. (16) For who has known the mind of the Lord, so as to advise him? But we “Christians” have the mind of Christ.”)

Remember PAUL is writing with authority, from our Creator. Christians are folks “born from above” “fathered by God.” We Believers IN, “are gifted with” the mind of Christ. Gifted with a mindset desiring to be lovingly obedient and overcome to the end! JESUS knows our situation. He came, “lived in the flesh to experienced humanity.” Paul taught the Hebrews, that Jesus learned obedience through things He suffered.

(Hebrews 5:7-10; “During His earthly life Christ offered both requests and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to the One who was able to save Him from death and He was heard because of His devotion. Although He was a Son, He learned obedience through the things He suffered. And by being perfected in this way, He became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey Him, and He was designated by God as high priest in the order of Melchizedek.”)

Should we who’re “born from above” NOT have to learn from things we suffer? Should we not experience growing as did Jesus? The holy spirit of truth leads us to be alert to revelations, “things happening to and around us and “be led to practice obedience.” The people in God’s church at Corinth didn’t grow as Paul expected. Fleshly influences took their toll. Some didn’t stay true to Paul’s spiritual teaching. Unbelievers secretly slipped in. These things are written for our learning.

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