Teachings of the Spirit of Truth, chapter 1

8/10/19, God’s 5th month, Av, 9, 5779 until sunset

To: Called to be atOne with God the Father and God the Son people, Heirs with Abraham.

As God is One so is His spirit, His church, His family, His way and truth. His gifting of His spirit of truth leads a person to genuine repentance - turning from personal agendas, what may have seemed right to the fleshly mind - nature, to the Jesus that’s manifested in the holy scriptures from Genesis through Revelations. (If spiritually led to do so, prayerfully review Col 1:15-20, John 1:1-5 and Hebrews 1: Then examine self in His Light.

Why would an organization of men, claiming to be Christ like, organize a calendar that incorporated all the pagan traditions of the very people whose lands God gave Israel? Practice their traditions that are abominations to our Creator? Make statutes drawing attention to nudity while worship the imaginary god of fertility, with rabbits, eggs etc. Why use the mother goddess, “Asherah’s” image, an imaginary sacred tree or pole as the Canaanite religions did to honor their imaginary Ugaritic-mother god? Why set aside the shortest day of the year as the pagans who worshiped the sun did and claim it Jesus’ birthday? Organizations of men, claiming to be followers of Jesus, set aside old pagan times and traditions on the Roman calendar to attract pagans societies. The answer: to attract people groups still practicing the abominations Jesus revealed through Moses and His apostles.

In Paul’s day many people from pagan cultures were called out through the hearing of Jesus’ good news about the kingdom of God. God the Father put these called Believers IN the message, in His Church, gifted them to understand His truths and turn from their previous practices. They became literal children of God, a chosen people gifted with the desire and effort to be atOne with Jesus and Godly repentance. Paul taught them, “God did it all.” That no person should boast of their spiritual understanding and their being saved by grace.

(1Corinthians 12:1-3; “With regard to spiritual gifts, brothers and sisters, I do not want you to be uninformed. You know that when YOU were PAGANS you were often led astray BY speechless idols, however you were led. (3) So I want you to understand that no one speaking by the Spirit of God says, “Jesus is cursed,” and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” EXCEPT by the Holy Spirit.”)

No one can say? Doesn’t mean “no on can speak these words” but that no one can knowingly by revelation say Jesus is the Son of God. Paul’s and our own conversions are our testimony. Until Jesus is supernaturally revealed with all the attributes described at “Colossians 1:15-20” to the mind, holy scripture identifies them as unbelieving - denominationalist as was Paul in his Pharisee religion. The fact: “until Jesus reveals Himself individually every person configures a god fitting their imagination.”   Christendom people DO speak the words, “Jesus is Lord” but they’re believers that, NOT believers IN.” (Paul is saying in reality; “until Jesus is revealed individually, no person can truthfully and knowingly say He’s my Lord.”) Paul explained that the desire and effort to worship in spirit and truth is gifted by God. (See Philippians 2:13)

Genuine spiritual calling and conversion is God’s fathering.

(1Cor 12:4-5; “Now there are different gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are different ministries, but the same Lord.”) God’s spiritual imputations, “His fathering individuals” is likened to human fathering in this regard. Differing gifts, talents and ministries are evident and not for individual acclaim or boasting.

(1Cor 12:6-11; “And there are different results, but the same God who produces all of them in everyone. To each person the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the benefit of all. (8) For one person is given through the Spirit, the message of wisdom, and another the message of knowledge according to the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, and to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, to another performance of miracles, to another prophecy, and to another discernment of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, and to another the interpretation of tongues. It is one and the same Spirit, distributing as God decides to each person, who produces all these things.”)

GOD’S decision! No spiritual gift is ever given for self serving purposes, but to benefit all. No boasting except in the Lord.

(1Cor 12:12; “For just as the body is one and yet has many members, and all the members of the body – though many – are one body, so too is Christ.”)

The church body - family are atOne with God the Father and  God the Son. God’s Church is One as God, is One! A body of Believers IN “Christians” who aren’t in competition with one another. Divisions are the result of individuals with agendas thinking to highly of themselves and their intellect. That result soon becomes a lording over others self serving organization. Leaders desire a following of themselves.

(1Cor 12:13-18; “For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body. Whether Jews or Greeks or slaves or free, we were all made to drink of the one Spirit. For in fact the body ‘church’ is not a single member, but many. If the foot says, “Since I am not a hand, I am not part of the body,” it does not lose its membership in the body because of that. And if the ear says, “Since I am not an eye, I am not part of the body,” it does not lose its membership in the body because of that. If the whole body were an eye, what part would do the hearing? If the whole were an ear, what part would exercise the sense of smell? (18) But as a matter of fact, God has placed each of the members in the body just as He decided.)

(How awesome to know our all knowing Creator places each member of His church as He decides.) There’s no room for teaching a methodology nor boasting of a personal decision. NOTE the past tense, “as He decided.” When did He decide? PAUL explained this to the Ephesians and all Believers IN.

(Eph 1:3-8; “Blessed is the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with EVERY spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms in Christ. For He chose us in Christ BEFORE the foundation of the world that we may be holy and unblemished in His sight in love. (5) He did this by predestining US to adoption as HIS sons through Jesus Christ, according to the pleasure of HIS will – to the praise of the glory of HIS grace that HE has freely bestowed on us in His dearly loved Son. (7) In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace that He lavished on US in all wisdom and insight.”)

SEE? It’s all about gifted eternal life by grace through God the Father’s calling us to believe IN Jesus! All about God the Father revealing Himself and His Son “in His timing!”

Generally the self called Clergy are like the Sadducees who came to Jesus, attempting to analyze and question Him about the resurrection. (Mark 12:18-19; “Sadducees (who say there is no resurrection) also came to Him and asked Him, “Teacher, Moses wrote for us: ‘If a man’s brother dies and leaves a wife but no children, that man must marry the widow and father children for his brother.’ (Quote from Deut 25:5.) This practice was called levirate marriage (See also Ruth 4:1-12) Described in Deut 25:5-10. The brother of a man who died without a son had an obligation to marry his brother’s widow. Serving several purposes: (1) It provided for the widow in a society where widows with no children to care for them wouldn’t be reduced to begging, and (2) it preserved the name of the deceased, who would be regarded as the legal father of the first son produced from that marriage.

(Mark 12:20-25; “There were seven brothers. The first one married and when he died he had no children. The second married her and died without any children and likewise the third. None of the seven had children. Finally, the woman died too. (23) In the resurrection, when they rise again, whose wife will she be? For all seven had married her.”

(Mark 12:24-27; Jesus said to them, “Aren’t you deceived for this reason, because you don’t know the scriptures or the power of God? For when they rise from the dead, they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven.” (26) Now as for the dead being raised, have you not read in the book of Moses, in the passage about the bush, how God said to him, ‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’? He is not the God of the dead but of the living. You are badly mistaken!”)

The first resurrection is to a spiritual life, Jesus had His apostle John explain. (1John 3:2-3 “Dear friends, “we followers of Jesus’ are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet been revealed. We know that whenever it is revealed we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is. And everyone who has this hope focused on Him purifies himself, just as Jesus is pure). “As God the Father and God the Son are One, “all God’s children are One in spirit now and will be as Jesus for all eternity. Sadducees questioning Jesus is much like Paul before his conversion and modern believers in a methodologist for salvation. They’re unbelievers who don’t know God the Son nor His Father’s all knowing agenda.

Jesus had Isaiah proclaim it. (Isa 43:10-12; You are my witnesses,” says the Lord,

“My servant whom I have chosen, so that you may consider and believe IN Me, and understand that I am He. No god was formed before Me, and none will outlive Me. I, I am the Lord, and there is no Deliverer besides Me. I decreed, delivered, proclaimed, and there was no other god among you. You ‘Israelites - Christians’ are My witnesses,” says the Lord, “that I am God.”)

(John 8:19; Then they began asking Him, “Who is your father?” Jesus answered, “You do not know either Me or My Father. If you knew Me you’d know My Father too.”

(John 8:21; Then Jesus said to them again, “I am going away, and you will look for Me but will die in your sin. Where I am going you cannot come.” (John 8:23-24 Jesus replied, “You people are from below; I am from above. You people are from this world; I am not from this world. Thus I told you that you will die in your sins. For unless you believe that I am He, you’ll die in your sins.”

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