Mockeries of Truth, chapter 15

7/24/19, God’s 4th month, 14th day of Tamuz, 5,779 until sunset. 

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

“At-one-meant” with God begins when He calls and opens minds to understand His deity as revealed at John 1:1-5, Hebrews 1: and the following Colossians text. (Col 1:15-20; He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation, for all things in heaven and on earth were created by Him – all things, whether visible or invisible, whether thrones or dominions, whether principalities or powers – all things were created through Him and for Him. He Himself is before all things and all things are held together ‘sustained’ in Him. He is the head of the body, the church, as well as the beginning, the firstborn from among the dead, so that He Himself may become first in all things. For God ’The Father’ was pleased to have all His fullness dwell in the Son and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself by making peace through the blood of His cross – through Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven.”)

Denominations can’t seem to believe IN this Jesus and when He isn’t believed IN by those professing to believe “it’s apostasy.” Our Lord’s brother Jude was allowed to see the consequence of “believing that.”

(Jude 1:3-4; “Dear friends, although I have been eager to write to you about our common salvation, I now feel compelled instead to write to encourage you to contend earnestly for the faith that was once for all entrusted to the Saints. For certain men have secretly slipped in among you – men who long ago were marked out for the condemnation I am about to describe – ungodly men who have turned the grace of our God into a license for evil and who deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.”)

How do people deny Jesus? We repeat, “Jude isn’t speaking about a verbally denial.” (He’s denied when people don’t obey and practice living His prescribed Way.) When people claiming to believe condone practices that honor imaginary gods. Even honoring the same customs of people groups whose lands God gave the Israelites because of their abominable practices. These people and Israelites later, yielded to demonically inspired agenda’s that opposed obedience to Creator Jesus. Desiring the way that seems right to our inherited from Adam nature leads to animalistic behavior.

The Israelites and Jesus’ apostles were expecting a Messiah who’d deliver them “as they’d been delivered for Egypt years before.” (They didn’t realize It was prophesied to be after the Messiah would come, teach about His kingdom, give His life for the remission of sin and spiritually lead a people to be atOne with Himself and God the Father.) The apostles particularly thought it time for the kingdom of God’s establishment. It was, but not in the way they expected, “His church’s establishment on gifted faith would initiate His kingdom on earth.”

Jesus knew His church would be infiltrated by hostile unbelievers who’d attempt to change His timing and purpose. (God’s kingdom on earth is founded through gifted faith like Abraham’s. God’s kingdom on earth will be established through His calling out a people, growing and shaping them to be made atOne.” It isn’t a manufactured methodology but by the will of God.

A religious method of works is what Paul was delivered from. The Pharisee’s false narrative was that anyone could receive salvation through choosing obedience to the law. Jesus’ apostles taught salvation was through gifted faith in Jesus. They’d be persecuted by Israelites, gentiles and governments who’d be Satan’s deceptive tools. Spiritual growth would include Jesus’ followers overcoming disagreements among themselves. To Jesus’ apostles His prophesies at Matthew 24:, seemed to be coming soon.

By the time Jesus was reveling to His apostle John, “it was obvious that His message and His deity would be twisted beyond recognition to a materialistic world.” He revealed to His apostles that false religions would deceive the whole world before His return. (From the content of Paul’s letters we see, “people were asking him about their problems dealing with the frustrations of what they thought were the last days.) Conditions in Greece, Corinth and Jerusalem were bad and false teachers were attempting to confuse “The Way.” The Way of God they’d been called to.

Paul understood demonic immortality’s pulls on the flesh

and how it‘d be used religiously.

(1Cor 7:1-6; Now with regard to the issues you wrote about: “It is good for a man not to have sexual relations with a woman.” But because of immoralities, each man should have relations with his own wife and each woman with her own husband. A husband should give to his wife her sexual rights, and likewise a wife to her husband. It is not the wife who has the rights to her own body, but the husband. In the same way, it is not the husband who has the rights to his own body, but the wife. Do not deprive each other, except by mutual agreement for a specified time, so that you may devote yourselves to prayer. Then resume your relationship, so that Satan may not tempt you because of your lack of self-control. (6) I say this as a concession, not as a command. I wish that everyone was as I am. But each has his own gift from God, one this way, another that.)

In verse 26 of this chapter, Paul makes his rational clear. (Because of the impending crisis, I think it best for you to remain as you are.) Apparently Paul never married, but he understood relationships from God’s View. The reason Paul gave was also. “so you may devote yourselves to prayer.” (Note that Paul separates his view from the Lord’s.)

(1Cor 7:8-10; To the unmarried and widows I say that it is best for them to remain as I am. But if they do not have self-control, let them get married. For it is better to marry than to burn with sexual desire. (10) To the married I give this command – not I, but the Lord – a wife should not divorce a husband (but if she does, let her remain unmarried, or be reconciled to her husband), and a husband should not divorce his wife.) Paul was cautious regarding inserting his own opinion. When people see chaotic times on the horizon Paul’s advice back then is good for any age to come.

(1Cor 7:12-16; “To the rest I say – I, not the Lord – if a brother has a wife who is not a believer and she is happy to live with him, he should not divorce her. And if a woman has a husband who is not a believer and he is happy to live with her, she should not divorce him. For the unbelieving husband is sanctified because of the wife, and the unbelieving wife because of her husband. Otherwise your children are unclean, but now they are holy. But if the unbeliever wants a divorce, let it take place. In these circumstances the brother or sister is not bound. God has called you in peace. (16) For how do you know, wife, whether you will bring your husband to salvation? Or how do you know, husband, whether you will bring your wife to salvation?) In other words, God may use one person through whom He’d call another.

God knows all things in advance. A believing person could be used in the call of an unbeliever for testing. We aren’t promised to be free from trials, but overcoming trials grows us spiritually. We’re led to grow in God’s grace and overcome to the end.

(1Cor 7:17-19; Nevertheless, as the Lord has assigned to each one, as God has called each person, so must we live. I give this sort of direction in all the churches. Was anyone called after he had been circumcised? He should not try to undo his circumcision. Was anyone called who is uncircumcised? He should not get circumcised. (For the purpose of thinking either was necessary for salvation.) (19) Circumcision is nothing and un-circumcision is nothing. Instead, keeping God’s commandments is what counts.)

God knows each person’s situation when He calls and reveals Himself. God may put an individual in a particular situation for His purpose. He knows how to grow each person. (For example; “living with an unbelieving spouse may be the training God desires one experience, “for His purpose.”) God’s prophet Hosea is an example. (Hosea 1:2; When the Lord first spoke through Hosea, He said to him, “Go marry a prostitute who will bear illegitimate children conceived through prostitution, because the nation continually commits spiritual prostitution by turning away from the Lord.”)

Israel like individuals was called to be God’s set aside “sanctified” people, “when they failed to be obedient to the calling, they became spiritual prostitutes.” Hosea had to learn first hand, how God felt toward His rebellious people.

(1Cor 7:20-24; “Let each one remain in that situation in life in which he was called. Were you called as a slave? Do not worry about it. But if indeed you are able to be free, make the most of the opportunity. For the one who was called in the Lord as a slave is the Lord’s freedman. In the same way, the one who was called as a free person is Christ’s slave. You were bought with a price. Do not become slaves of men. In whatever situation someone was called, brothers and sisters, let him remain in it with God.”)

Each called individual is called for God’s purpose, “needing to learn in this age what it’s like to serve as someone’s slave and make the best of it.” An employee may be the instrument God uses to call a business owner. A converted wife may be God’s tool to convert a husband. When we are in a position to be a witness for good, “it’s likely God’s doing.” (Review verse 24: “theologians should never lord over or usurp God’s will in people’s lives.) (Paul next paragraph is from his opinion that Jesus’ prophecy recorded at Matthew 24, was unfolding then.)

(1Cor 7:25-28; With regard to the question about people who have never married, I have no command from the Lord, but I give my opinion as one shown mercy by the Lord to be trustworthy. Because of the impending crisis I think it best for you to remain as you are. The one bound to a wife should not seek divorce. The one released from a wife should not seek marriage. But if you marry, you have not sinned. And if a virgin marries, she has not sinned. But those who marry will face difficult circumstances, and I am trying to spare you such problems.”)

Paul was a diligent overseer of the people, desiring the best for each. The facts are that even though Jesus’ coming was not to be during that apostolic age, people taking Paul’s advice were spared problems because of persecutions. (When we see Jesus’ Matthew 24:, prophecy nearing it’s conclusion, we need to consider Paul’s advice for the time.)

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