Spirit of Truth, chapter 8

8/24/19, God’s 5th month, Av, 23, 5779 until sunset

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

God’s weekly and annual Sabbaths look forward to rest from normal work, being mindful of examining ourselves in Jesus’ Light and  His wholesome, loving planning. We don’t set dates but we’re mindful that God planned for a time of peace on earth and Satan bound for a thousand years. Considering the seven day week, our Sabbath being holy and God saying a thousand years is as a day with Him is a clue to when Jesus’ return is planned. (2Peter 3:8; “Now, dear friends, do not let this one thing escape your notice, that a single day is like a thousand years with the Lord and a thousand years are like a single day.”) Additionally we’re mindful of Paul’s Roman 3:1-3; revelation regarding the Jews being entrusted with the oracles of God which includes His calendar.  Consider it. (Rom 3:1-3; “Therefore what advantage does the Jew have, or what is the value of circumcision? Actually, there are many advantages. First of all, the Jews were entrusted with the oracles of God. What then? If some did not believe, does their unbelief nullify the faithfulness of God? Absolutely not! Let God be proven true, and every human being shown up as a liar, just as it is written: “so that you will be justified in your words and will prevail when you are judged.”

The Judean calendar year count is near accurate and it’s been about 5,780 years since Adam. (We believe 6,000 years represents six of seven thousand years before New Jerusalem’s planned coming down.) We believe its about 220 years until God the Father’s planned return of Jesus. We believe Jesus when He says “time will be shortened for the Elect’s sake. Matt 24:” We believe the “1Cor 13:8 scripture that says some “prophecies, will be set aside, tongues ceased and knowledge may be set aside” assuming that’s because of His shortening time for the Elect‘s sake. (1Cor 13:8-10; “Love never ends. But if there are prophecies, they will be set aside; if there are tongues, they will cease; if there is knowledge, it will be set aside. For we know in part, and we prophesy in part, but when what is perfect comes, the partial will be set aside.” We’re mindful that as Satan sees his end nearing, he’ll become more ruthful, cause people to become less loving and more deceitful with one another. Because of unbelief plagues are on the horizon.

See Revelations 15: and consider (Rev 16:8-9; Then the fourth angel poured out his bowl on the sun, and it was permitted to scorch people with fire. Thus people were scorched by the terrible heat, yet they blasphemed the name of God, who has ruling authority over these plagues, and they would not repent and give Him glory.

(Rev 16:10-11; Then the fifth angel poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast so that darkness covered his kingdom, and people began to bite their tongues because of their pain. (11) They blasphemed the God of heaven because of their sufferings and because of their sores, but nevertheless they still refused to repent of their deeds.”

(Rev 16:12-14;;Then the sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates and dried up its water to prepare the way for the kings from the east. (13) Then I saw three unclean spirits that looked like frogs coming out of the mouth of the dragon, out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. For they are the spirits of the demons performing signs who go out to the kings of the earth to bring them together for the battle that will take place on the great day of God, the All-Powerful.

Many followers of Jesus will be saved from these type plagues. (Rev 16:15-16; (Look! I will come like a thief! Blessed is the one who stays alert and does not lose his clothes so that he will not have to walk around naked and his shameful condition be seen.) Now the spirits gathered the kings and their armies to the place that is called Armageddon in Hebrew.” Always study the whole.)

Remember, Jesus’ apostle wrote about God’s reason for hardening the human heart.

(Rom 1:21-24; For although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God or give Him thanks, but they became futile in their thoughts and their senseless hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for an image resembling mortal human beings or birds or four-footed animals or reptiles. Therefore God gave them over in the desires of their hearts to impurity, to dishonor their bodies among themselves.”)

Jesus inspired His prophets and apostles to speak of God’s promises to Abraham’s heirs being perpetual, “promises regarding Abraham’s heirs are unfolding.”

(1John 3:1-3; (“See what sort of love the Father has given to us: that we, “followers of Jesus” should be called God’s children – and indeed we are! For this reason the world does not know us: because it did not know Him.” Dear friends, we 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 Jesus, 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.) It’s the hope purifying each Saint!

Only the called recognized Jesus as “the Son of God” when He came in the flesh and grew up among them. Unbelievers didn’t know nor recognize Him then nor now, even after seeing and reading about His miracles. Denominational minded Pharisees / Sadducees and today’s organizations are “mostly concerned about Jesus’ Way taking away their parishioners. The called recognize Jesus as Creator, Savior and coming King of Kings, but the many simply “believe that” rather than “believing IN.” Adam and Eve believed that. Few “believe IN” as did Abel, Enoch and Seth. Fleshly minded people are Adam’s heirs, inherit Adam’s lawless nature. Spiritual minded people “the Elect” are “believers In” and heirs with faithful Abraham.

(Galatians 3:26-29; For in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God through faith. For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female – for all of you are one in Christ Jesus. And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s descendants, heirs according to the promise.”)

All people think fleshly until God the father and God the Son is revealed. Fleshly minded folks do what seems right to their inherited from Adam fleshy mind. Spiritually minded folks are gifted with a desire to mimic Jesus. With gifted belief IN, comes the gifted desire to practice God’s righteous Ways and turn from the way that once seemed right to the fleshy mind..

(1John 3:4-6; “Everyone who practices sin also practices lawlessness; indeed, sin is lawlessness. And you know that Jesus was revealed to take away sins, and in Him there is no sin. Everyone who resides in Him does not “practice” sin; everyone who “practices” sins has neither seen Him nor known Him.”)

When Jesus is revealed people are gifted to understand His Way and purpose.

“Practice” is the key word here. People to whom Jesus is revealed “can’t keep from allowing an occasional bad thought from entering the mind, “but through His gifted spirit is power to control, evaluate, judge thoughts, repent and turn to practicing righteousness in His View.

(1John 3:7-10; “Little children, let no one deceive you: The one who practices righteousness is righteous, just as Jesus is righteous. The one who practices sin “lawlessness in God’s View” is of the devil, (doing what seems right to the fleshly mind.) because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was revealed: ‘to us individually’ to destroy the works of the devil.”)

We can’t be yielded to the flesh and God’s spirit simultaneously. The devil’s work is ongoing with idolatrous practices and worship until Jesus’ Way is revealed. Jesus sets the standard for His followers and only through Him is the knowledge of right, wrong, good and evil. Satan wants people believing they have a right to choose what’s right, wrong, good and evil. Satan wants people remaining fleshy, lawless and sinful like himself.

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