Mockeries of Truth, chapter 16

7/26/19, God’s 4th month, 16th day of Tamuz, 5,779 until sunset. 

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

God’s kingdom foundation is Jesus. Review Colossians 1:15-20 from last study. It was known before Adam’s creation that our loving Creator Jesus would later come in the flesh, shed His own blood so “people’s sins could be remitted and inherit eternal life through His shedding His life‘s blood.” Seemingly this was shared “at least in part” with angelic beings. We speculate that Satan and his followers became jealous over God’s plan to make it possible for humans to ultimately become literal children of God and be over angels. There’s not a lot of information relative to our ultimate association with angels, but there’s much information about angels looking out for we fleshly beings. When Jesus’ apostle Paul was teaching the church at Corinth about righteously judging fellow church members, he writes; (1Cor 6:3; “Do you not know that we will judge angels? Why not ordinary matters!”)

Jude was inspired to make comparisons between disobedient angelic beings and people committing apostasy. Rejected God’s authority, slander, make decisions from within their hostile inherited nature, traveling down Cain’s path, committing the same errors of Balaam’s and Korah‘s. Note: Jude goes all the way back to the time of Israel’s deliverance and Balaam’s later coaching the Israelites to sin.

(Jude 1:8-13; Yet these men, as a result of their dreams, defile the flesh, reject authority and insult the glorious ones. But even when Michael the archangel was arguing with the devil and debating with him concerning Moses’ body, he did not dare to bring a slanderous judgment, but said, “May the Lord rebuke you!” (10) But these men do not understand the things they slander, and they are being destroyed by the very things that, like irrational animals, they instinctively comprehend. Woe to them! For they have traveled down Cain’s path, and because of greed have abandoned themselves to Balaam’s error; hence, they will certainly perish in Korah’s rebellion. These men are dangerous reefs at your love feasts, feasting without reverence, feeding only themselves. They are waterless clouds, carried along by the winds; autumn trees without fruit – twice dead, uprooted; wild sea waves, spewing out the foam of their shame; wayward stars for whom the utter depths of eternal darkness have been reserved.”)

Followers of Jesus should know we’re in the latter days when Jesus’ Matthew 24: prophecies are near unfolding. Paul thought these days were close when he wrote.

(1Cor 7:29-31; And I say this, brothers and sisters: The time is short. So then those who have wives should be as those who have none, those with tears like those not weeping, those who rejoice like those not rejoicing, those who buy like those without possessions, those who use the world as though they were not using it to the full. For the present shape of this world is passing away.”)

Paul lived in times similar to these later days. To him and many today, it seems Jesus’ return will be soon. But it’s not yet, UNLESS God the Father cuts the time really short. WHY? The world is not quite like Sodom and Gomorra but moving fast! (Study Matthew 24:)

Whether it be a short or long time, our life spans are short. Our physical deaths ends the overcoming time we have in this age. Our time on this earth is a testing. Be mindful that many are not called in this age and Jesus’ Word will ultimately be the judge of all. Let’s repeat and review John’s teaching.

(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. 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. (50) And I know that His commandment is ETERNAL LIFE. Thus the things I say, I say just as the Father has told Me.”)

Some well meaning people are NOT called in this age for reasons we do not fully understand. Good intentions do not translate to a believing IN God as He manifest Himself to be. (Part of the good news is; “a resurrection, and opening of minds awaits many in the age to come.) Many well intending people will likely repent during Jesus’ millennial rule, some arrogant may not. (Review 1Corinthians 6:9-11 and Revelations 21:5-8)

A large majority in this age are in darkness and rejects Jesus just as He and God the Father knew they would. Jesus prophesied. (If possible even God’s Elect would be deceived.) When Satan is bound and Jesus revealed people will have no excuse for not believing IN Jesus. (When Jesus returns, the deceiver bound, knowledge of God will cover as water the sea; many people will be resurrected as was Lazarus. Many will repent for having lived the way that seemed right to their fleshly inherited nature.) People loving evil, “as Jesus describes evil” will die a second death. Jesus’ revelations to John on the subject needs to be repeated.

(Revelations 21:5-8; “And the One seated on the throne said: “Look! I am making all things new!” Then He said to me, “Write it down, because these words are reliable and true.” He also said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the one who is thirsty I will give water free of charge from the spring of the water of life. 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.”) Worldly religions can’t imagine God being this awesome. Writing to Believers, Paul explains.

(1Corinthians 15:20-34: “But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since death came through a man, “Adam” the resurrection of the dead also came through a man, “Jesus.” For just as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive. (23) But each in his own order: Christ, the firstfruits; then when Christ comes, those who belong to Him. Then comes the end, when He hands over the kingdom to God the Father, when He has brought to an end all rule and all authority and power. For He must reign until He has put all his enemies under His feet. The last enemy to be eliminated is death. (27) For He, “God the Father” has put everything in subjection under His, “Jesus’” feet. But when it says “everything” has been put in subjection, it is clear that this does not include the One, “God the Father” who put everything in subjection to Him. And when all things are subjected to Him, then the Son Himself will be subjected to the One, “God the Father” who subjected everything to Him, so that God may be all in all. (29) Otherwise, what will those do who are baptized for the dead? If the dead are not raised at all, then why are they baptized for them? Why too are we, “apostles” in danger every hour? Every day I am in danger of death! This is as sure as my boasting in you, which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord. If from a human point of view I fought with wild beasts at Ephesus, what did it benefit me? If the dead are not raised, let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die. Do not be deceived: “Bad company corrupts good morals.” Sober up as you should, and stop sinning! For some have no knowledge of God – I say this to your shame!)

Jesus’ apostles died for teaching these truths. Believing in God the Father, God the Son, the resurrections, gifted eternal life through Jesus, Jesus’ returning with power, His millennial rule and New Jerusalem coming down.

Heavenly Father: we Believers IN are thankful that You know our minds, attitudes and inherited characteristics. We honestly pray that You intervene in our minds, lead us to know, honor and practice Your Ways. Keep us on Your Potter’s wheel and grow us as is pleasing to Yourself. We ask in the nature and name of Jesus. AMEN

With the help of, “pride in their own intellect” Satan has denominations divided and each attempt to make Jesus fit their fleshly logic. The same Jesus that came in the flesh, is the Lord God that said, “let us make man in our image and likeness.” The same communed with Adam, Eve, Abel and Cain. Called Abraham friend, promised blessings to his physical and spiritual descendents. Our Lord revealed and had Malachi write.

(Mal 3:5-6; “I will come to you in judgment. I will be quick to testify against those who practice divination, those who commit adultery, those who break promises, and those who exploit workers, widows, and orphans, who refuse to help the immigrant and in this way show they do not fear Me,” says the Lord who rules over all. (6) “Since, I, the Lord, do not go back on My promises, you, sons of Jacob, have not perished.””)

Remember, Jacob’s name was changed to Israel. Today’s spiritual Israelites are followers of Jesus. (Review Galatians 3:29.) Lets review John’s introduction of Jesus.

(John 1:1-5; “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was fully God. The Word was with God in the beginning. All things were created by Him, and apart from Him not one thing was created that has been created. In Him was life, and the Life was the light of mankind. (5) And the light shines on in the darkness, but the darkness has not mastered it.”) Jesus’ apostle Paul writes the same at Colossians 1:15-20 and at Hebrews 1:1-4;

(Heb 1:1-4; “After God spoke long ago in various portions and in various ways to our ancestors through the prophets, in these last days He has spoken to us in a Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, and through whom He created the world. The Son is the radiance of His glory and the representation of His essence, and He sustains all things by His powerful word, and so when He had accomplished cleansing for sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high. Thus He became so far better than the angels as He has inherited a name superior to theirs.”)

We’re delivered from darkness to light when Jesus is revealed and we repent for having lived the way that seemed right to our fleshly intellect. As always study the whole text.

When did Jesus accomplished cleansing of sins? From when He re-creation and creating “it was planned that the Son of God would be our Messiah and sacrifice Himself for the sins of the world. Blood sacrifices and holy to God times, all looked forward to our being gifted with eternal life through Jesus’ shed blood, His accomplishments by and through His first and second coming is a mystery to people in darkness, trusting their own intellect, rather than God’s Word. The mystery? His gifted spirit living in people, giving the desire and effort to be at one with Himself. People imputed with the spirit of truth to the mind “desire to be atOne with Him and God the Father.” Through this gifted desire, we can enthusiastically honor things holy to Him.

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