Mockeries of Truth, chapter 18

7/30/19, God’s 4th month, 27th day of Tamuz, 5,779 until sunset. 

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

When speaking to Nicodemus, Jesus explained the miracle of being, “born again.” (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.” See John 3:5-8.)

Jesus was likely born during the third annual holy season. During the Feast of Tabernacles season, (Trumpets the first day of the seventh month, Atonement the tenth, Feast the fifteenth or Last Great Day the twenty second. It seems that His exact birth date is purposely camouflaged as is Moses’ burial place. He did set aside times looking back and forward to pre-planned points regarding our saving, peace on earth and judgment. No particular grave site nor birthday is set aside for worship. It isn’t recorded that Jesus celebrated His or anyone else’s birthday. The holy annual Sabbath, “Trumpets” could have been chosen for Jesus’ birth because it foreshadows Jesus triumphant return to rule this earth for one thousand years before New Jerusalem with God the Father comes down.

We “Believers IN” know this earth and heavenly bodies are sustained by our Creator Lord God Jesus. He sustains the sun, causing it to burn precisely according to plan. He keeps this earth moving precisely, creating the seasons. This earth’s moon at the exact distant, controlling the ocean tides etc. Our Creator is the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and ending. God our Father’s plan for Jesus’ millennial reign on earth will happen on His schedule.

Jesus’ apostles proclaimed Creator Jesus as He’s manifest Himself to be and taught these truths. (He and they teach us to “believe IN Him as Creator, not His creations.) Initially Jesus’ apostles thought His second return with power to rule would likely be in their life time. (Paul wrote; “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.” 1Corinthians 7:29-35)

We married Christians can see the logic in what Paul is teaching. Pleasing a mate is suppose to divide one’s attention. Remember, Paul is giving his opinion from two points of view. (Thinking Jesus’ prophecies recorded at Matthew 24 were at hand and it being natural to please one’s mate even as themselves. The same principle regarding children.

(1Cor 7:36-38; “If anyone “a father” thinks he is acting inappropriately toward his virgin, if she is past the bloom of youth (Referring to engagement: “if she is past the critical point,” “if passions are strong.” (The word, “passion here” literally means “to be past the high point.”) and it seems necessary, he should do what he wishes; he does not sin. Let them marry. But the man who is firm in his commitment and is under no necessity but has control over his will, and has decided in his own mind to keep his own virgin does well. So then, the one who “allows” marriage of his own virgin “daughter” does well, but the one who does not, does better.”)

The custom of fathers giving daughters for marriage goes way back. Remember Jacob worked seven years for his choice mate, only to be given the older sister; then another seven years for his choice. Paul is writing to Believers IN God’s Way. A Believers IN shouldn’t marry a nonbeliever.

(1Cor 7:39-40; “A wife is bound as long as her husband is living. But if her husband dies, she is free to marry anyone she wishes (only someone in the Lord). But in my opinion, she will be happier if she remains as she is – and I think that I too have the Spirit of God!”)

God’s rule for His chosen people is, “they shouldn’t enter into marriage with pagans.” Should not be unevenly yoked! (See 2Corinthians 6:4)

(1Cor 8:1-3 “With regard to food sacrificed to idols, we know that “we all have knowledge.” Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up. If someone thinks he knows something, he does not yet know to the degree that he needs to know. But if someone loves God, he is known by God.”)

We fleshly beings don’t know to the degree we need to, we know if we love God it’s because God loved us first, by revealing Himself. Only when His attributes are revealed can we love God and His Ways. Worldly knowledge, “that is education” puffs up and makes the fleshly minded natural person feel superior to the less educated. Such people then want to lord over others.

(1Cor 8:4-6; “With regard then to eating food sacrificed to idols, we know that “an idol in this world is nothing” and that “there is no God but One.” If after all there are so-called gods, whether in heaven or on earth (as there are many gods and many lords), yet for us “we Christians” there is One God, the Father, from whom are all things and for whom we live, and One Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things and through whom we live.”) (A side note: “had Paul believed the Holy Spirit to be deity with God the Father and God the Son, he missed the perfect opportunity in verse 4-6.)

Paul is again reinforcing his own words at Colossians 1:15-20, John’s introduction words recorded at John 1:1-5 and Hebrews 1:.

Demonic led societies rationalize about the sun and various planets permanency and began looking to God’s creation; “rather than to our loving law giving Creator who sustains all things.” Prideful people allow self devised opinions, look to divided clerics, thus are divided and confusion. It’s an unbelieving hostile nature that’ll prevail until Jesus’ return and Satan bound. Christians know sacrificing to an idol is nothing but a bad example for unbelievers. Consider why God would NOT want us sacrificing to idols? The Israelites were and we Christians are a set aside “sanctified” people; called to be an example in the world. (As Paul concluded for himself, “All things are lawful for me” – but not everything is beneficial. “All things are lawful for me” – but I will not be controlled by anything.” 1Cor 6:12)

Let’s be mindful of our example and realize “what we practice is what we worship.” We shouldn’t practice things rooted in paganism.

(1Cor 8:7-10; “But this knowledge is not shared by all. And some, by being accustomed to idols in former times, eat this food as an idol sacrifice and “their conscience because it is weak is defiled.” Now food will not bring us close to God. We are no worse if we do not eat and no better if we do. (Eat things sacrificed to idols.) (9) But be careful that this liberty of yours does not become a hindrance to the weak. For if someone weak sees you who possess knowledge dining in an idol’s temple, will not his conscience be “strengthened” to eat food offered to idols?”)

A person known by God; “is normally a person that loves God” and isn’t affected by idols, nor food sacrificed to an idol since we know an idol is nothing but a figment of another’s imagination. However our participation indicates a condoning that damages the conscience of people weak in the faith.

(1Cor 8:11-13; “So by your knowledge the weak brother or sister, for whom Christ died, is destroyed. If you sin against your brothers or sisters in this way and wound their weak conscience, you sin against Christ. (13) For this reason, if “sacrificed” food “meats” causes my brother or sister to sin, I will never eat meat again, so that I may not cause one of them to sin.”)

Our practices shouldn’t mimic this demonic world’s populations. We need to remember why we’re sanctified. When we suffer for the cause of Jesus, our mindset should be “so be it.” Idols and idolatry is at every turn in every society and God’s Word identifies Christians as “Christ Like People.” Until God opens a person’s understanding, “most idolize their own understanding, intellect, attitudes and ways that seem right to their inherited from Adam fleshly instinctive nature.” A nature inherited by all people, “that only God can supernaturally change.”

Consider these spiritual principles. (1) Our outlook needs to be, considerate of others, (2) things formally written are for we who’re called last, (3) for our learning and encouragement, (4) AND Eternal life is only inherited through Jesus.

In Matthew 20: Jesus’ parable is about late workers being paid the same wage as those hired early. Culminating in verses 15-16, Jesus says; “Am I not permitted to do what I want with what belongs to Me? ‘are you envious because I am generous?’ So the last will be first, and the first last.”)

Jesus’ apostle Paul teaches us, “everything written in former times are written for our instruction and for the particular reason of unity.”

(Romans 15:3-6; “For even Christ did not please Himself, but just as it is written, “The insults of those who insult you have fallen on Me.” For everything that was written in former times was written for our instruction, so that through endurance and through encouragement of the scriptures we may have hope. Now may the God of endurance and comfort give you unity with one another in accordance with Christ Jesus, so that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”)

God is about unity in heaven and on earth. Unity in His coming kingdom on earth, unity among believers IN, “His church” and unity in families.

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