Spirit of Truth, chapter 9

8/26/19, God’s 5th month, Av, 25, 5779 until sunset

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

People knowing God didn’t acknowledge Him, so as Paul wrote “He allowed darkness and hardness of heart to overcome them until a future planned time.” Likewise Jesus used parables such as “Lazarus and the rich man” “less the populist not understand. Jesus quoting from the same revelation he gave Isaiah at Isa 6:9-10, answered His apostles. (This truth alone kills the notion of there being a human method by which people can be saved.)

(Matt 13:10-13; Then the disciples came to Him and said, “Why do You speak to them in parables?” He replied, “You have been given the opportunity to know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven, but they have not. For whoever has will be given more, and will have an abundance. But whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him. For this reason I speak to them in parables: Although they see they do not see, and although they hear they do not hear nor do they understand. And concerning them the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled that says: “then; He quotes that Isaiah text.”

After Jesus’ ascension He presented Himself and gave understanding of scripture to His apostles along with “the great commission.”

(Luke 24:44-49; Then He said to them, “These are My words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about Me in the law of Moses and the prophets and the psalms must be fulfilled.” (45) Then He opened their minds so they could understand the scripture, and said to them, “Thus it stands written that the Christ would suffer and would rise from the dead on the third day and repentance for the forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed in His name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You ‘apostles’ are witnesses of these things. And look, I am sending you what My Father promised. But stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.”)

It’s still true “unless our minds are supernaturally opened we don’t understand spiritual things. Now Paul wasn’t speaking in parables when he confirmed that all die in Adam and all will be made alive in Jesus; “each in their own order.”

(1Corinthians 15:20-24; But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead also came through a man. (22) For just as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive. 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.)

Review is good for each of us; let’s consider the whole. Four times in “Jesus’ revelation to John, “He speaks of the second death.”

(Rev 21:7-8; 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.”

The whole world is in darkness. How could the whole world be deceived? How is it that, “if possible even God’s Elect would be deceived? Every fleshly person, “except Jesus” inherited through pro-creation the lawless nature of Adam. Until God reveals Himself supernaturally and the recipient yields repentantly, “spiritual understanding is withheld.” The lawless inherited from Adam nature must be supernaturally changed in order to inherit eternal life. Jesus explains it through His apostle Paul. Let’s review and prayerfully meditate.

(Rom 1:21-25; “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. (24) Therefore God gave them over in the desires of their hearts to impurity, to dishonor their bodies among themselves. They exchanged the truth of God for a lie and worshiped and served the creation rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.”) To Gentile converts particularly Jesus had Paul write at Gal 4:8; “Formerly when you did not know God, you were enslaved to beings that by nature are not gods at all”)

All who aren’t called to believe IN, “yield to their inherited from Adam nature” making themselves and Satan their god. Jesus had Paul teach it to His church at Corinth.

(2Cor 4:3-6; “But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled only to those who are perishing, among whom the god of this age, “Satan” has blinded the minds of those who do not believe so they would not see the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God. (5) For we do not proclaim ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your slaves for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said “Let light shine out of darkness,” is the One who shined in our hearts to give us the light of the glorious knowledge of God in the face of Christ.”)

From the beginning God planned to add to His family by saving mankind from himself and Satan’s deceptions “through the shed blood of Creator Jesus.” Fathering a chosen believing IN Jesus as the Christ people through Jesus’ life. Giving His Godly nature and repentance from dead works. Giving His gift of repentance and the desire to be atOne with Jesus.

Meditate on Philippians 2:13; “for the One bringing forth in you both the desire and the effort – for the sake of His good pleasure – is God.” Jesus had His apostle John explain the result of God the Father’s fathering.

(1John 3:9-10; “Everyone who has been fathered by God does not practice sin, because God’s seed resides in him, and thus he is not able to “practice” sin, because he has been fathered by God. By this the children of God and the children of the devil are revealed: Everyone who does not practice righteousness – the one who does not love his fellow Christian – is not of God.”) God’s fathering is the miraculous imputation of His spirit seed to the mind. God’s fathering makes a person, “born from above.” Also study John 3:3-8.

Jesus’ apostle Peter was given this understanding and shares it with followers of Jesus.

(1Peter 1:22-25; “You have purified your souls by obeying “practicing” the truth in order to show sincere mutual love. So love one another earnestly from a pure heart. You have been born anew, not from perishable but from imperishable seed, through the living and enduring word of God. (24) For all flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of the grass; the grass withers and the flower falls off, but the word of the Lord endures forever.)

When Jesus returns, establishes His rule on earth, Satan and all semblance of paganism will be done away. God’s holy calendar will be looked to. Jesus established His church through His apostles after His ascension. Paul was led to teach that Jesus’ church is built on the foundation of, “the apostles and prophets with Christ Jesus Himself as the Cornerstone.” In Him the whole building, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.” Eph 2:20-22)

Individually, “followers of Jesus are the Lord’s holy temple!” Individually, we must be yielded to God and look to Him for “discernment of what is right, wrong, good and evil.” Practicing otherwise is idolatry. Now back to Paul’s first letter to the Church of God at Corinth.

(1Cor 14:1-5; “Pursue love and be eager for the spiritual gifts, especially that you may prophesy (teach.) For the one speaking in a tongue does not speak to people but to God, for no one understands; he is speaking mysteries by the Spirit. But the one who prophesies “teaches” speaks to people for their strengthening, encouragement, and consolation. The one who speaks in a tongue builds himself up, but the one who prophesies “teaches” builds up the church. I wish you all spoke in tongues, but even more that you would prophesy. The one who prophesies is greater than the one who speaks in tongues, unless he interprets so that the church may be strengthened.”)

On that Pentecost after Jesus’ ascension, the miracle of speaking in languages unknown to themselves was for God’s purpose. Through His spirit God gave words to the speakers that they did not understand, “but those hearing did.” Paul never encouraged speaking in an unknown language for self gratification, only if interpretation was included. (Study 1Cor 14:6-12 with that in mind.

Apparently some were attempting to speak in an unknown tongue as evidence of the manifestation of the spirit; which did not benefit the church.

(1Cor 14:13-36; “So then, one who speaks in a tongue should pray that he may interpret. If I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my mind is unproductive. What should I do? I will pray with my spirit, but I will also pray with my mind. I will sing praises with my spirit, but I will also sing praises with my mind. Otherwise, if you are praising God with your spirit, how can someone without the gift say “Amen” to your thanksgiving, since he does not know what you are saying? For you are certainly giving thanks well, but the other person is not strengthened. I thank God that I speak in tongues more than all of you, but in the church I want to speak five words with my mind to instruct others, rather than ten thousand words in a tongue. Brothers and sisters, do not be children in your thinking. Instead, be infants in evil, but in your thinking be mature. It is written in the law: “By people with strange tongues and by the lips of strangers I will speak to this people, yet not even in this way will they listen to Me,” says the Lord. (22) So then, tongues are a sign not for believers but for unbelievers. Prophecy, however, is not for unbelievers but for believers.”) The miracle of speaking in an unknown language of the speaker in an assembly only benefits an unbeliever.

(23-25; “So if the whole church comes together and all speak in tongues and unbelievers or uninformed people enter, will they not say that you have lost your minds? But if all prophesy, “teach” and an unbeliever or uninformed person enters, he will be convicted by all, he will be called to account by all. The secrets of his heart are disclosed, and in this way he will fall down with his face to the ground and worship God, declaring, “God is really among you.”

(26-36; “What should you do then, brothers and sisters? When you come together, each one has a song, has a lesson, has a revelation, has a tongue, has an interpretation. Let all these things be done for the strengthening of the church. If someone speaks in a tongue, it should be two, or at the most three, one after the other, and someone must interpret. But if there is no interpreter, he should be silent in the church. Let him speak to himself and to God. Two or three prophets should speak and the others should evaluate what is said. And if someone sitting down receives a revelation, the person who is speaking should conclude. For you can all prophesy one after another, so all can learn and be encouraged. Indeed, the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets, for God is not characterized by disorder but by peace. As in all the churches of the Saints, (34) the women should be silent in the churches, for they are not permitted to speak. Rather, let them be in submission, as in fact the law says. (35) If they want to find out about something, they should ask their husbands at home, because it is disgraceful for a woman to speak in church. (36) Did the word of God begin with you, or did it come to you alone?”)

“For they are not permitted to speak?” Paul does not intend that such silence prohibit speaking at all. He does mean, “women shouldn’t have authoritative teaching roles.” The subject is unknown languages. His meaning is clarified in the next verses.

(1Cor 14:37-40; “If anyone “male or female” considers himself a prophet “teacher” or spiritual person, he should acknowledge that what I write to you is the Lord’s command. If someone does not recognize this, he is not recognized. So then, brothers and sisters, be eager to prophesy “teach” and do not forbid anyone from speaking in tongues. And do everything in a decent and orderly manner.”)

Jesus’ Light shines when we, “Prove all things, hold fast that which is good.” 1 Thess 5:21) We each need to study and be convinced in our own mind; remembering that scripture interprets scripture.

What’s the beginning of wisdom? Psalms 111:10; “To obey the Lord is the fundamental principle for wise living, all who carry out His precepts acquire good moral insight. He will receive praise forever.”

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.