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Spirit of Truth, chapter 23

Sunday, September 22nd, 2019

9/22/19, God’s 6th month, Elul, 22, 5,779 until sunset

To: Believers IN, a people desiring to be atOne with God the Father, God the Son and Heirs with Abraham.

People assuming mankind can fix climate change are unbelievers. The God of creation, sustains and has altruistic plans for this earth and His people. Pre-fixed plans that are unalterable. See Isa 11 & 12:

Isaiah 11:10-16; “At that time a root from Jesse ;Jesus’ will stand like a signal flag for the nations. Nations will look to Him for guidance, and His residence will be majestic. At that time the sovereign Master will again lift his hand to reclaim the remnant of His people from Assyria, Egypt, Pathros, Cush, Elam, Shinar, Hamath, and the seacoasts. He will lift a signal flag for the nations; He will gather Israel’s dispersed people and assemble Judah’s scattered people from the four corners of the earth. (13) Ephraim’s jealousy will end, and Judah’s hostility will be eliminated. Ephraim will no longer be jealous of Judah, and Judah will no longer be hostile toward Ephraim. They ‘Ephraim & Judah’ will swoop down on the Philistine hills to the west; together they will loot the people of the east. They will take over Edom and Moab, and the Ammonites will be their subjects. (11) The LORD will divide the gulf of the Egyptian Sea; He will wave His hand over the Euphrates River and send a strong wind, He will turn it into seven dried-up streams and enable them to walk across in their sandals. There will be a highway leading out of Assyria for the remnant of His people, just as there was for Israel, when they went up from the land of Egypt.”)

From Adam’s creation until now, people can’t get past a hostile attitude toward their Creator who loves them. A submissive spirit toward God is a must for eternal life.

Paul taught, a submissive spirit is of great price in his letters to the Corinthians. We must become submissive to Jesus as Lord over our conduct, practices and worship. The principle of submissiveness should began with children, then to those we’d draw wages from. The right submissiveness is spiritual training. In that context we need to recognize “we each inherited a self serving nature that resents being submissive.” Our nature like Adam and Eve’s, prefers thinking for and deciding for self in all matters regarding right, wrong, good and evil. Not cultivating a submissive toward God mindset, ’caused Israelites to want a king like their non-Israelite neighbors.

(1Samuel 8:4-9; “So all the elders of Israel gathered together and approached Samuel at Ramah. They said to him, “Look, you are old, and your sons don’t follow your ways. So now appoint over us a king to lead us, just like all the other nations have.” But this request displeased Samuel for they said, “Give us a king to lead us.” So Samuel prayed to the Lord. The Lord said to Samuel “Do everything the people request of you. For it is not you that they have rejected, but it is Me that they have rejected as their king. Just as they have done from the day that I brought them up from Egypt until this very day, they have rejected Me and have served other gods. This is what they are also doing to you. So now do as they say. But seriously warn them and make them aware of the policies of the king who will rule over them.”

If you’re spirit led, you recognize “only followers of Jesus are free today” there’s no other people on earth who aren’t in sin’s bondage.

(Samuel 8:10-18; “So Samuel spoke all the words of the Lord to the people who were asking him for a king. He said, “Here are the policies of the king who will rule over you: He will conscript your sons and put them in his chariot forces and in his cavalry; they will run in front of his chariot. He will appoint for himself leaders of thousands and leaders of fifties, as well as those who plow his ground, reap his harvest, and make his weapons of war and his chariot equipment. He will take your daughters to be ointment makers, cooks, and bakers. He will take your best fields and vineyards and give them to his own servants. He will demand a tenth of your seed and of the produce of your vineyards and give it to his administrators and his servants. He will take your male and female servants, as well as your best cattle and your donkeys, and assign them for his own use. He will demand a tenth of your flocks, and you yourselves will be his servants. In that day you will cry out because of your king whom you have chosen for yourselves, but the Lord won’t answer you in that day.”)

The words are ancient but the principle the same. In Moses’ day the whole world was already going the way that seemed right to their fleshly nature. Only God’s chosen people “the Israelites” had a covenant of freedom with their Creator. Agreeing to practice and live according to His righteous way. Today “Christians” followers of Jesus are gifted with a new covenant, under Jesus as Shepherd. These are “His Temple, His Church and family. Now back to Paul’s letter to God’s church at Corinth and all followers of Jesus.

(2Cor 8:16-22; “But thanks be to God who put in the heart of Titus the same devotion, I have for you, because he not only accepted our request, but since he was very eager, he is coming to you of his own accord. And we are sending along with him the brother who is praised by all the churches for his work in spreading the gospel. (19) In addition, this brother has also been chosen by the churches as our traveling companion as we administer this generous gift to the glory of the Lord Himself and to show our readiness to help. We did this as a precaution so that no one should blame us in regard to this generous gift we are administering. (21) For we are concerned about what is right not only before the Lord but also before men. And we are sending with them our brother whom we have tested many times and found eager in many matters, but who now is much more eager than ever because of the great confidence he has in you.”)

The trusted brother accompanying Titus isn’t named here for some reason. Paul is careful to display honesty before the church and outsiders. Careful not to lord over; thus he tells of Titus and companions coming of their own accord; “not commanded by Paul.”

Believers IN are under a faith/love covenant with our Lord, Savior and coming king, Jesus. Differing from the old covenant is the gifted desire to be atOne with God the Father and God the Son. Understand, those who aren’t recipients of His “spirit of truth” will be judged by His laws.

Members of God’s church at Corinth “as are scattered Christians around the world” are members of God’s family; our citizenship is in heaven. However we’re to obey fleshly governments to the degree God wills. Worldly governments usually includes a welfare system, society laws, taxes to support military and much more. This doesn’t diminish the Christian obligation to look out for one another and support overseers teaching God’s Way. Giving time or monetary support to denominations practicing a false way is idolatry. Support of less fortunate Christians is a large part of our responsibility..

(2Cor 9:1-4; “For it is not necessary for me to write you about this service to the Saints, because I know your eagerness to help. I keep boasting to the Macedonians about this eagerness of yours, that Achaia has been ready to give since last year, and your zeal to participate has stirred up most of them. But I am sending these brothers so that our boasting about you may not be empty in this case, so that you may be ready just as I kept telling them. (4) For if any of the Macedonians should come with me and find that you are not ready to give, we would be humiliated (not to mention you) by this confidence we had in you.”) Instructions for this preparation began in Paul’s first letter, let’s look back.

(1Cor 16:1-4; “With regard to the collection for the saints, please follow the directions that I gave to the churches of Galatia: On the first day of the week, each of you should set aside some income and save it to the extent that God has blessed you, so that a collection will not have to be made when I come. Then, when I arrive, I will send those whom you approve with letters of explanation to carry your gift to Jerusalem. And if it seems advisable that I should go also, they will go with me.”) The Christians in Jerusalem were having hard times in various ways. Christians in Galatia and Corinth were more prosperous and some had been making preparations for this giving for a long time.

(2Cor 9:5-15; “Therefore I thought it necessary to urge these brothers to go to you in advance and to arrange ahead of time the generous contribution you had promised, so this may be ready as a generous gift and not as something you feel forced to do. (6) My point is this: The person who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and the person who sows generously will also reap generously. (7) Each one of you should give just as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, because God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace overflow to you so that because you have enough of everything in every way at all times, you will overflow in every good work. Just as it is written, “He has scattered widely, He has given to the poor; His righteousness remains forever.” (quotation from Ps 112:9) Now God who provides seed for the sower “planter” and bread for food will provide and multiply your supply of seed and will cause the harvest of your righteousness to grow. (11) You will be enriched in every way so that you may be generous on every occasion, which is producing through us thanksgiving to God, because the service of this ministry is not only providing for the needs of the Saints but is also overflowing with many thanks to God. (13) Through the evidence of this service they will glorify God because of your obedience to your confession in the gospel of Christ and the generosity of your sharing with them and with everyone. And in their prayers on your behalf they long for you because of the extraordinary grace God has shown to you. Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!”)

To know that God is our Provider is a gift. Obedience to our New Covenant under Jesus is a submission to God’s law of love. Showing communities with action our submissiveness to Jesus’ law of love is to share our abundance. When we have abundance we should look for folks to help. Especially like minded Believers IN. We have a spiritual obligation to love others as Christ loved us. A willingness to give of ourselves in every way without recognition should be a goal worth seeking.

Heavenly Father: thank You for revealing Yourself through Your Son Jesus and Your inspired printed Word. May many be led to seek Your Way is our prayer in Jesus’ holy name. AMEN.

Spirit of Truth, chapter 22

Saturday, September 21st, 2019

9/21/19, God’s 6th month, Elul, 21, 5,779 until sunset

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

In many countries politics has become more divisive than religion. More tolerant of religious differences than of people denying climate control causes. These intolerant unbelievers of creation seemingly don’t know “one volcano eruption puts more carbon emission out in one day than all other sources combined do in one year.” Unbelievers don’t know that Creator God controls, He’s Sustainer and has future plans. People’s moral decline causes God to look away and allow  Satan’s control. He’s “prince of the power of the air” the one God’s allowing much control because of disobedience. Paul explained.

(Eph 2:1-3; “And although you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you formerly lived according to this world’s present path, according to the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the ruler of the spirit that is now energizing the sons of disobedience,  among whom all of us also formerly lived out our lives in the cravings of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath even as the rest… )

Intolerance and people’s idea that they can affect earth’s weather is proof of “unbelief in God as Creator and Sustainer.” In the USA for example, people are persecuted for not going along with political correctness in this and other areas. (It’s divisive war of ideologies much as religions and in fact has become a religion.) It’s people worshiping the creation more than the Creator. What can followers of Jesus do? Stay as far away from these arguments as possible. Live a quiet life as much as possible. Jesus gave advice through Paul.

(2Cor 6:14-18; “Do not become partners with those who do not believe, for what partnership is there between righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship does light have with darkness? And what agreement does Christ have with Beliar “Satan”? Or what does a believer share in common with an unbeliever? (16) And what mutual agreement does the temple of God have with idols? For we “Christians” are the temple of the living God, just as God said, “I will live in them and will walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be My people.” Therefore “come out from their midst, and be separate,” says the Lord “and touch no unclean thing and I will welcome you, (18) and I will be a father to you, and you will be My sons and daughters,” says the All-Powerful Lord.”)

This Godly principle is repeated through out God‘s Word. Christians should not to be unequally yoked with unbelievers. Separating from unbelievers is sometimes difficult for people weak in the faith. Our fleshly nature wants to be so much accepted by acquaintances. In the future God will do the separating. (See Lev 26:10-16, Jer 32:37-42, Ezek 20:39-43, Isaiah 43:5-9 & 52:11-12.

For 20 plus years we’ve encouraged “in home worship.” Governments imposed regulations on formal places of worship keep increasing, making “in home worship necessary.” Our paper back book, “Jesus’ Good News” can be an asset if you do group study. (Matt. 18:20 reads; “For where two or three are assembled in My name, I am there among them.”) We ask blessings on your in home worship.

Believer IN are called to be ambassadors for Christ, “to people we’re able to communicate with.” We can’t communicate from within an assembly of unbelievers. We’re witnesses against them when we don’t associate in their worship. In Paul’s letters to the Corinthians, he pulls no punches about the fact that God is all in all and that He knew us from the beginning. Consider God’s Word to Israel regarding His control and His future plan. Christians are spiritual Israelites.

(Isaiah 43:1-6; “Now, this is what the Lord says, the one who created you, O Jacob, and formed you, O Israel: “Don’t be afraid, for I will protect you. I call you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I am with you; when you pass through the streams, they will not overwhelm you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not harm you. (3) For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Deliverer. I have handed over Egypt as a ransom price, Ethiopia and Seba in place of you. (4) Since you are precious and special in My sight, and I love you, I will hand over people in place of you, nations in place of your life. (5) Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. From the east I will bring your descendants; from the west I will gather you. (6) I will say to the north, ‘Hand them over!’ and to the south, ‘Don’t hold any back! Bring My Sons from distant lands, and My daughters from the remote regions of the earth, everyone who belongs to Me, whom I created for My glory, whom I formed – yes, whom I made!”)

Israel was saved from Egyptian bondage “depicting sin” by God’s promise to Abraham. Israel didn’t choose to leave Egypt, any more that we can choose to start believing IN. Afterward, God’s covenant with Israel hinged on their obedience. As God chose Israel by promise and chooses all His followers, creating each for His glory. His promises to Abraham included all who’re led to Believe IN Jesus. (If we belong to Christ, then we’re Abraham’s descendants “spiritual Israelites, Jews and heirs according to the promise.” (See Galatians 3:29)

(2Cor 7:1-10; “Therefore, since we have these promises, dear friends, let us cleanse ourselves from everything that could defile the body and the spirit and thus accomplish holiness out of reverence for God.) From a loving reverence for our Creator, who knew us before the foundation of the world! See 2Cor 2:2-10) (2) Make room for us “we apostles” in your hearts; we have wronged no one, we have ruined no one, we have exploited no one. I do not say this to condemn you, for I told you before that you are in our hearts so that we die together and live together with you. I have great confidence in you; I take great pride on your behalf. I am filled with encouragement; I am overflowing with joy in the midst of all our suffering. (5) For even when we came into Macedonia, our body had no rest at all, but we were troubled in every way – struggles from the outside, fears from within. (6) But God, who encourages the downhearted, encouraged us by the arrival of Titus. We were encouraged not only by his arrival, but also by the encouragement you gave him, as he reported to us your longing, your mourning, your deep concern for me, so that I rejoiced more than ever. (8) For even if I made you sad by my letter, I do not regret having written it (even though I did regret it, for I see that my letter made you sad, though only for a short time) Now I rejoice, not because you were made sad, but because you were made sad to the point of repentance. For you were made sad as God intended, so that you were not harmed in any way by us. (10) For sadness as intended by God produces a repentance that leads to salvation, leaving no regret, but worldly sadness brings about death.”)

People get sad over many things that amount to nothing, “to be sadden over sin and repent is of great price.” The congregation at Corinth is a good example. Remember in Paul’s first letter he addressed particular sins in detail. Titus’ return included information about their turning to God.

(2Cor 7:11-16; “For see what this very thing, this sadness as God intended, has produced IN YOU: what eagerness, what defense of yourselves, what indignation, what alarm, what longing, what deep concern, what punishment! In everything you have proved yourselves to be innocent in this matter. (12) So then, even though I wrote to you, it was not on account of the one who did wrong, or on account of the one who was wronged, but to reveal to you your eagerness on our behalf before God. Therefore we have been encouraged. And in addition to our own encouragement, we rejoiced even more at the joy of Titus, because all of you have refreshed his spirit. For if I have boasted to him about anything concerning you, I have not been embarrassed by you, but just as everything we said to you was true, so our boasting to Titus about you has proved true as well. And his affection for you is much greater when he remembers the obedience of you all, how you welcomed him with fear and trembling. (16) I rejoice because in everything I am fully confident in you.”)

The Corinthian’s fear was the messages of truth Jesus gave through His servants. (“Fearing the Lord is the beginning of moral knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” Proverbs 1:7) Values taught by parents are good, but to live respectful of God’s Way is better. Practicing His Ways from a love of Him View “can only be through a new gifted nature.”

(2Cor 8:1-15; “Now we make known to you, brothers and sisters, the grace of God given to the churches of Macedonia, that during a severe ordeal of suffering, their abundant joy and their extreme poverty have overflowed in the wealth of their generosity. (3) For I testify, they gave according to their means and beyond their means. They did so voluntarily, begging us with great earnestness for the blessing and fellowship of helping the Saints. And they did this not just as we had hoped, but they gave themselves first to the Lord and to us by the will of God. Thus we urged Titus that, just as he had previously begun this work, so also he should complete this act of kindness for you. But as you excel in everything – in faith, in speech, in knowledge, and in all eagerness and in the love from us that is in you – make sure that you excel in this act of kindness too. (8) I am not saying this as a command, but I am testing the genuineness of your love by comparison with the eagerness of others. For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that although He was rich, He became poor for your sakes, so that you by His poverty could become rich. So here is my opinion on this matter: It is to your advantage, since you made a good start last year both in your giving and your desire to give, to finish what you started, so that just as you wanted to do it eagerly, you can also complete it according to your means. (12) For if the eagerness is present, the gift itself is acceptable according to whatever one has, not according to what he does not have. For I do not say this so there would be relief for others and suffering for you, but as a matter of equality. At the present time, your abundance will meet their need, so that one day their abundance may also meet your need, and thus there may be equality, (15) as it is written: “The one who gathered much did not have too much, and the one who gathered little did not have too little.”)

Paul is referring to Exodus 16:18, sharing God’s principle of helping one another. Believers IN are spirit led to watch out for one another. It was Jesus providing manna “food” for the wondering Israelites, on their way to the promised lands and it is He that provides for His people’s needs in each age. Provisions may come from His convicting people who are blessed with much, to share.

Remember, God’s chosen are gifted with a Belief IN Him and from that gift flows the spirit of love, likened to living water. It’s the gift of eternal life. Chosen people are God’s Saints whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life. (They have gifted discernment and aren’t likely to be deceived. (Matt 24:24; “For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the Elect.”)

We each inherited a nature that makes us and our organizations lord over others. Those Lording over want your time and money. To this end organizations are likely to teach two extreme dogmas. (First, they dismiss the need for obedience to Jesus. Second, God ordained times are practically ignored, appealing to people’s natural inclination to do what seems right. Many put times God ordained holy in a category they deem “attempting to be saved by works: while teaching tithing “a rule for membership.”

Old covenant practices God set aside for His people, looked to Him as Creator and the One who sets righteous standards of conduct to be practiced. Paganism looks to gods of people’s imagination. Thus God told His people not to learn or yield to their practices.

God’s covenant with Israel under Moses and beyond had no taxes. The tithe supported the Levites, temple administration and the poor. A personal set aside tithe was for group celebrations, “travels to observe the holy seasons.” These seem to be the only parts of God’s covenant with Israel denominations like.

God’s new covenant with His called out people is a covenant of promise and love. Thus Jesus’ command that Christians love one another as He loved us. Pertaining to giving and support “we are to give to the needs of others, ‘particularly Christians’ and support God’s called out overseers as we’re able.” (Review Paul’s teaching, presented in the previous study, verses 1-15 of chapter 8.)

Religions attempting to make tithing a law for Christians, favor Matthew 23:23-24, which reads; (“Woe to you experts in the law and you Pharisees, hypocrites! You give a tenth of mint, dill, and cumin, yet you neglect what is more important in the law – justice, mercy, and faithfulness! You should have done these things without neglecting the others. Blind guides! You strain out a gnat yet swallow a camel!”)

Jesus’ point? “these people were prideful about doing what could be seen by others and neglecting things relating to love.” As a God set aside nation, Israel should have (past tense) tithed and they should have stayed true to the covenant they made with God. They should have never wanted a king like the gentiles around them. Why did they? As with all unbelieving people “they never wanted God ruling over them.”

Spirit of Truth, chapter 21

Friday, September 20th, 2019

9/20/19, God’s 6th month, Elul, 20, 5779 until sunset

To: The called Believers IN, people atOne with God the Father and God the Son. Heirs with Abraham.

Jesus’ apostles knew they weren’t their own, but belonged to Jesus. Purchased with His blood.

(Review 2Corinthians 5:13-16; “For if we ’apostles’ are out of our minds, it is for God; if we are of sound mind, it is for you. For the love of Christ controls us, since we have concluded this, that Christ died for all; therefore all have died. And He died for all so that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for Him who died for them and was raised. (16) So then from now on we acknowledge no one from an outward human point of view. Even though we, “apostles” have known Christ from such a human point of view, now we do not know Him in that way any longer.”)

Jesus’ apostles initially knew Him as a fleshly man, until He performed miracles no one else had done. After revealing Himself and particularly after opening their minds to understand the scriptures, they knew Him as “Son of God, Re-creator, Creator, Sustainer, Deliverer, Mediator and coming King of Kings.

After Paul’s conversion he understood the gift of life was through Jesus and resurrections as revealed through David and Isaiah were through Jesus. Other resurrections and judgments were revealed. Paul understood and taught  “God’s calling, giving repentance, His spirit and revelations were all for a predestined people. That until God’s message is revealed “people’s minds are spiritually blind.” That until the Lord Jesus of Abraham is believed IN and “a love of Jesus’ way is shed abroad to our inner being” people don’t know Him. Until God the Father and God the Son are revealed as manifested in the holy scriptures “people form gods from their fleshly imaginations.”

(2Cor 5:17; “So then, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; what is old has passed away – look, what is new has come!”) We can’t become a new creation on our own “not until we’re miraculously and supernaturally born again.” Only then are old desires replaced with new. New considerations and a love of God’s way is evidence of a new spiritual outlook. Evidence of God’s fathering. (See John 3:3, 7)

(2Cor 5:18-19; “And all these things are from God who reconciled us to Himself through Christ, and who has given us the ministry of reconciliation.”) Through Christ, God was reconciling the world to Himself, “not counting people’s trespasses against Him, is the message of reconciliation.” Ultimately God puts all the blame on scapegoat Satan! How so and why? Deceived folks don’t know they are. God the Father made the first move “reconciling the world to Himself through Jesus.” Note the past tense. The world is reconciled through Jesus! (Again remember 1Corinthians 15: Each resurrected in their own order!)

(2Cor 5:20-21; “Therefore we “who are reconciled now” are ambassadors for Christ. God witnessing His plea through us. We plead with the world “be reconciled to God!” on Jesus’ behalf. (21) God made the One “Jesus” who did not know sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we would become the righteousness of God.”)

WHAT’S an ambassador’s duty? “Show The personage of the One being represented, His characteristics, His plan for His people and this earth.” He’s revealing His plan through those He calls and grants His gift of turning. Those whose minds these word’s ring true to. Jesus’ ambassadors are given to understand the depth of His love. Know Jesus was with His Father when creating Adam. (Again see Colossians 1:15-20, John 1:1-5 & Hebrews 1: for an overview of Jesus‘ deity.)

Ambassadors are given to understand “they were loved before the world was Re-created.“ God knew the sacrifice He’d make “reconciling the world to Himself.” Knowing Jesus is to love Him and that He loved us first. That Love for us is beyond fleshly understanding.

(2Cor 6:1-2; “Now because we are fellow workers we also urge you not to receive the grace of God in vain. For He says, “I heard you at the acceptable time and in the day of salvation I helped you.” Look, now is the acceptable time; look, now is the day of salvation!”)

Now acceptable salvation is individually “when understanding is gifted!” Now is when God reveals Himself. Is it time to ask; “do I truly understand who Jesus is?” Where did that understanding come from? God gave it along with revealed Himself. Never through intellect, one’s goodness, nor another selling a denominational view. But gifted understanding, by grace and God’s mercy. Paul explained to the Ephesians and all followers of Jesus that God does the work.

(Eph 2:4-10; “But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even though we were dead in transgressions, made us alive together with Christ – by grace you are saved! – and He raised us up with Him “Jesus” and seated us with Him “Jesus” in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, to demonstrate in the coming ages the surpassing wealth of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you are saved through faith and this is NOT from yourselves, it is the gift of God; it is NOT from works, so that no one can boast. (10) For we are His workmanship, having been CREATED in Christ Jesus for good works that God PREPARED beforehand so we may do them.)

(We practice His good works when we believe IN Him. Believers credit His workmanship, knowing He called and mercy belongs to God.! We can’t praise self, boast or give credit to any individual; because all truth “regardless the source comes” emits from God. Paul shared the same to Timothy.

(2Tim 1:9-10; “He “God the Father” is the One who saved us and CALLED us with a holy calling, not based on OUR works but on His own PURPOSE and grace, granted to us in Christ Jesus BEFORE TIME BEGAN, but now made visible through the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus. He has broken the power of death and brought LIFE and immortality to light through the gospel!”)

When we understand theses things, we need to humbly give God the praise. Knowing “spiritual understanding is gifted by our spiritual God.” Know fleshly minds can’t grasp spiritual insight.

This world’s system of things hates His Way

Governments, societies and religions, all hated Jesus and His apostles for teaching the message of truth. Jesus told His followers in advance “they hated Me, they’ll hate you.” Jesus also gave the principle, “the servant is not greater than his master.”

Jesus’ apostle John was confined to an island, where Jesus’ revelations were given. Seemingly His others apostles were already killed. They didn’t intend to offend on personal levels, “knew God’s Word “the message” would offend unbelievers.

(2Cor 6:3-10; “We do not give anyone an occasion for taking an offense in anything, so that no fault may be found with our ministry. (4) But as God’s servants, we have commended ourselves in every way with great endurance, in persecutions, in difficulties, in distresses, in beatings, in imprisonments, in riots, in troubles, in sleepless nights, in hunger, by purity, by knowledge, by patience, by benevolence, by the Holy Spirit, by genuine love, by truthful teaching, by the power of God, with weapons of righteousness both for the right hand and for the left, through glory and dishonor, through slander and praise; regarded as impostors and yet true; as unknown, and yet well-known; as dying and yet – see! – we continue to live; as those who are scourged and yet not executed; as sorrowful, but always rejoicing, as poor, but making many rich, as having nothing, and yet possessing everything.”)

In each age “it’s always been, Jesus’ truth offends.” Paul didn’t give any credit to the flesh. Remember and review, “to the Galatians and all Jesus’ followers Paul wrote.”

(Gal 2:20-21; “I have been crucified with Christ, and it is no longer I who live, but Christ LIVES in me. So the life I now live in the body, I live because of the faithfulness of the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. I do not set aside God’s grace, because if righteousness could come through the law, then Christ died for nothing!”)

Practicing law from a fleshly outlook, amounts to self righteousness. Faithfully practicing God’s Truth “through a changed nature is by His grace and mercy.” Living His Way with a circumcised heart, is through His spirit living within! No amount of doing good in the flesh can change our inherited nature.

(2Cor 6:11-13; “We have spoken freely to you Corinthians; our heart has been opened wide to you. Our affection for you is not restricted but you are restricted in your affections for us. Now as a fair exchange – I speak as to my children – open wide your hearts to us also.”) Remember, Paul had shared his sinful past, particularly his persecuting God’s Way people. Openness and sharing his conversion experience was good witnessing. Minute details of past sins aren’t necessary for opening one’s heart.

Spirit of Truth, chapter 20

Wednesday, September 18th, 2019

9/18/19, God’s 6th month, Elul, 18, 5779 until sunset

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Continuing from 2Corinthians 5:5 and Philippians 2:13, we’re blessed when we understand “God calls, opens minds, gives desire - effort and imputes His spirit of truth to our minds. Such knowledge firmly planted, we should know we’re on God’s potter wheel, in preparation by grace and for His purpose.

(2Cor 5:6-10; Therefore we are always full of courage and we know that as long as we are alive here on earth we are absent from the Lord – for we live by faith, not by sight. (8) Thus we are full of courage and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord. So then whether we are alive or away, we make it our ambition to please Him. (10) For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may be paid back according to what he has done while in the body, whether good or evil.)

So let’s allow the Hebrews writer define this faith! (“Faith is being sure of what we hope for, being convinced of what we do not see. For by it the people of old received God’s commendation.” Heb 11:1-2) Our gifted Christ like nature’s ambition is to please God! Know His Message and Him as He’s manifested Himself to be! (Review Col 1:15-20.)

Heavenly Father: help us know “You’re the vine and we a branch” that our life is in You. Know we need Your strength to stand for Your truth. Help us teach without offending as much as possible. This we pray in the holy name of our coming King & Shepherd. AMEN.

If we could ask Jesus’ apostles, “what’s the greatest miracle gifted to you personally?” Each would likely say “His gifting His Holy Spirit and His opening my mind to understand the scriptures”

They were gifted with the Holy Spirit while purposely locking themselves in a room for fear of the people. When Jesus miraculously appeared, showed His hands, breathed on them and said “received the Holy Spirit.” Jesus opened their minds to understand the scriptures.

(John 20:22; “And after He said this, He breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit..(23) If you, “apostles” forgive anyone’s sins, they’re forgiven; if you retain anyone’s sins, they’re retained.”)

Explaining how people are, “born from above” Jesus said in effect “as the wind blows” you don’t know it’s origin or destinations, so it is with everyone born of the spirit.

(John 3:7-8; “Do not be amazed that I said to you, ‘You must all be born from above.’ 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.”) On the same occasion when the apostles were locked in, Luke recorded Jesus’ appearing.

(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 scriptures 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. (48) You, “apostles” are witnesses of these things. (49) 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.”)

Before the apostles’ minds were opened, Jesus had explained how it happens that people are “born from above” with these words; “as the wind blows, and you don’t know it’s origin or destinations, so it is with everyone born of the spirit “

Without question, when we understand spiritual matters, we know they’re gifted. When God’s family “His church’s characteristics” are revealed, know it’s to a people who’re miraculously “born from above.” Likewise, spiritual understanding is a calling.

Reviewing His foreshadowing

God divided each year into three seasons that foreshadows His Way and plan for His people. (see Leviticus 23:4)

(First of three seasons is “Passover and Unleavened Bread” set aside for remembering “Jesus’ blood sacrifice is for the remission of sin” reflection on our past, the cause of our turning to His holiness and from practices invented to honor imaginary gods.) There is no room for mixing pagan customs with His holy seasons. We need to reflect on God’s definition of sin during this season. We need to understand First John 3:4; “Everyone who practices sin also practices lawlessness; indeed, sin is lawlessness.” Lawless in God’s View.

(Second season is “Pentecost - Feast of First Fruits.” The word “Pentecost” means ‘to count fifty.’ It’ fifty days after the weekly Sabbath that falls during “Feast of Unleavened Bread.” Thus Pentecost is always on the first day of the week. Pentecost always looked forward to “foreshadowing” the miraculous gifting of God’s spirit of truth to His called out people. On that Pentecost following Jesus’ ascension, “the first miraculous gifting of His spirit as preplanned.” That gifted spirit makes His called out people atOne with Himself. Pentecost always looked forward to the birth date of Jesus’ New Covenant Church and more fulfillments are coming.

(Third season, significantly is in God‘s seventh month, containing four of God’s seven annual Sabbaths. The number seven has to do with completion. The season includes the day of “Trumpets” ‘1st day of God’s seventh month.’ “Atonement” ’the tenth day of God’s seventh month.’ A set aside day to afflict ‘fast’ our bodies and think about our ‘atonement’ with God. “Feast of Tabernacles - Feast of Booths” is the fifteenth day of God’s seventh month. Reminding us of our temporary bodies life, celebrate looking forward to the coming thousand years of peace on earth with Satan bound. “The Last Great Day” is the eighth day of the feast, the twenty second day of God’s seventh month.

The whole season looks forward to resurrections, knowledge of God covering the earth as water the sea, peace, righteousness and final judgment. Jesus’ prophecy through Joel will be fulfilled, “all who call on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Physical resurrections, Israel delivered to their former borders and their sins removed. New Jerusalem’s coming down with God the Father and God the Son’s yielding to Him. New Jerusalem’s size is revealed to John as being about fourteen hundred miles square and fourteen hundred miles tall.

(Revelations 21:9-27; “Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven final plagues came and spoke to me, saying, “Come, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb!” So he took me away in the Spirit to a huge, majestic mountain and showed me the holy city, Jerusalem descending out of heaven from God. The city possesses the glory of God; its brilliance is like a precious jewel, like a stone of crystal-clear jasper. It has a massive, high wall with twelve gates, with twelve angels at the gates and the names of the twelve tribes of the nation of Israel are written on the gates. There are three gates on the east side, three gates on the north side, three gates on the south side and three gates on the west side. The wall of the city has twelve foundations and on them are the twelve names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb. The angel who spoke to me had a golden measuring rod with which to measure the city and its foundation stones and wall. Now the city is laid out as a square, its length and width the same. He measured the city with the measuring rod at fourteen hundred miles (its length and width and height are equal). He also measured its wall, one hundred forty-four cubits according to human measurement, which is also the angel’s. The city’s wall is made of jasper and the city is pure gold, like transparent glass. The foundations of the city’s wall are decorated with every kind of precious stone. The first foundation is jasper, the second sapphire, the third agate, the fourth emerald, the fifth onyx, the sixth carnelian, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth chrysoprase, the eleventh jacinth, and the twelfth amethyst. And the twelve gates are twelve pearls – each one of the gates is made from just one pearl! The main street of the city is pure gold, like transparent glass. Now I saw no temple in the city, because the Lord God – the All-Powerful – and the Lamb are its temple. The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, because the glory of God lights it up, and its lamp is the Lamb. The nations will walk by its light and the kings of the earth will bring their grandeur into it. Its gates will never be closed during the day (and there will be no night there).

They will bring the grandeur and the wealth of the nations into it, but nothing ritually unclean will ever enter into it, nor anyone who does what is detestable or practices falsehood, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.”)

Paul’s two Corinthian letters are written to a people called out to be followers of the Lord Jesus Christ “the God of Abraham.” Specifically Paul’s letters are to the assemblies known as “The Church of God at Corinth” and to all followers of Jesus. The Corinthians were mostly non-Israelites, called out of pagan cultures. The called, heard and believed the good news about Jesus. Before gifted understanding, these people were much like folks in every age. Demonically led by the god of this age, a people worshiping carved images, statutes, imagining traditional gods and looking to the heavenly creations for signs. As in this later age, many set aside the winter solstice as a time to worship their imaginary god.

Understand; “until Jesus is revealed individually” people worship from a fleshly perspective, according to what seems right to the fleshly mind, things of their own creation. The populations at large don’t know, Creator Jesus. The reality of John 1:1-5, Colossians 1:15-20 and Hebrews 1: & 2: aren’t believed. Paul’s commission was and all Christian’s mission is, “attempt to make our Creator God known.”

Continue in Paul’s 2nd letter.

(2Cor 5:11-16; “Therefore, because we know the fear of the Lord, we try to persuade people, but we are well known to God and I hope we are well known to your consciences too. We are not trying to commend ourselves to you again, but are giving you an opportunity to be proud of us, so that you may be able to answer those who take pride in outward appearance and not in what is in the heart. (13) For if we are out of our minds, it is for God; if we are of sound mind, it is for you. For the love of Christ controls us, since we have concluded this, that Christ died for all; therefore all have died. And He died for all so that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for Him who died for them and was raised. (16) So then from now on we acknowledge no one from an outward human point of view. Even though we, “apostles” have known Christ from such a human point of view, now we do not know Him in that way any longer.”)

Understand, it’s natural that unbelievers look to personalities and to people’s credentials rather than to the message’s reality. Unbelievers will remain confused and blinded until God miraculously reveals Himself.

Spirit of Truth, chapter 19

Tuesday, September 17th, 2019

9/17/19, God’s 6th month, Elul, 17, 5779 until sunset

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We’ve dwelt on the difference between “believing IN and believing that” extensively. Attempting to appeal to thinking people’s logic, especially those God is calling in this latter age. (Jesus said, “He must bring others, not of this fold.” Meaning some before the flood, some before the apostolic age and many in the age since His resurrection and ascension. (Matt 19:28-30; “Jesus said to them, “I tell you the truth: In the age when all things are renewed, when the Son of Man sits on His glorious throne, you ‘apostles’ who’ve followed Me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And whoever has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or fields for My sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last first.”) Believers IN are mindful of and believe IN prophecy.

Jesus inspired His prophet Daniel to write about this latter age.

(Daniel 12:1-9; “At that time “the angel” Michael, the great prince who watches over Your people will arise. There will be a time of distress unlike any other from the nation’s beginning up to that time. But at that time Your own people, all those whose names are found written in the book will escape. (2) Many of those who sleep in the dusty ground will awake; some to everlasting life and others to shame and everlasting abhorrence. But the wise will shine like the brightness of the heavenly expanse. And those bringing many to righteousness will be like the stars forever and ever. (4) “But you, Daniel, close up these words and seal the book until the time of the end. Many will dash about, and knowledge will increase.”

(Dan 12:5-9; “I, Daniel watched as two others stood there, one on each side of the river. One said to the man clothed in linen who was above the waters of the river, “When will the end of these wondrous events occur?” Then I heard the man clothed in linen who was over the waters of the river as He raised both his right and left hands to the sky and made an oath by the One who lives forever: “It is for a time, times, and half a time. Then, when the power of the one who shatters the holy people has been exhausted, all these things will be finished.” (8) I heard, but I did not understand. So I said, “Sir, what will happen after these things?” He said, “Go, Daniel. For these matters are closed and sealed until the time of the end. Many will be purified, made clean, and refined, but the wicked will go on being wicked. None of the wicked will understand, though the wise will understand. From the time that the daily sacrifice is removed and the abomination that causes desolation is set in place, there are 1,290 days. Blessed is the one who waits and attains to the 1,335 days. But you should go your way until the end. You will rest and then at the end of the days you will arise to receive what you have been allotted.”)

Deliverance and resurrections has been the message since Adam. At Matthew 24: Jesus alluded to His own prophetic words through Daniel and in Paul’s 2nd letter to God’s church at Corinth, he pointed out that we are not adequate in ourselves “that our adequacy is from God” He makes us adequate to serve based on His spirit that gives eternal life.

Fleshly people attempting to believe IN are denominationalist as those looking to the law for salvation and “deciding for self what’s right, wrong, good and evil.” It amounts to idolatry. Living spiritually in Christ Jesus and being gifted with a love of His Way is eternal life. Review 2Cor 3:4-6.

(2Corinthians 3:7-9; “But if the ministry that produced death – carved in letters on stone tablets – came with glory, so that the Israelites could not keep their eyes fixed on the face of Moses because of the glory of his face (a glory which was made ineffective), (8) how much more glorious will the ministry of Jesus’ Spirit be? For if there was glory in the ministry that produced condemnation, how much more does the ministry that produces righteousness excel in glory!”) His truth revolves around gifted love of God’s Way.

The life of a Believer IN “a follower of Jesus” is from the gift of knowing we’re “Born from above.” It’s Jesus’ life “His spirit” in us, producing His righteousness, not our own. Gifted love of God’s spiritual law written in our minds is far superior to the written law.

(2Cor 3:10-18; “For indeed, what had been glorious now has no glory because of the tremendously greater glory of what replaced it. For if what was made ineffective came with glory, how much more has what remains come in glory! (12) Therefore, since we have such a hope, we behave with great boldness and not like Moses who used to put a veil over his face to keep the Israelites from staring at the result of the glory that was made ineffective. (14) But their minds were closed. For to this very day, the same veil remains when they hear the old covenant read.”) (Who closed their minds? God for His purpose.) (14) It “the veil” has not been removed because only in Christ is it taken away. But until this very day whenever Moses is read, a veil lies over their minds, but when one turns to the Lord, the veil is removed. Now the Lord is the Spirit and where the Spirit of the Lord is present, there is freedom. (18) And we all, with unveiled faces reflecting the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another, which is from the Lord, who is the Spirit.”) God does the UNVEILING!

Believing IN is “having Jesus’ words sown in our hearts and minds.” Gifted with love for His Way. Now consider, is Paul’s letter to the Romans in tune with Jesus’ prophetic words recorded in Matthew 24: and Daniel 12:?

(Romans 11:25-27’ “For I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery brothers and sisters, so that you may not be conceited: A partial hardening has happened to Israel until the full number of the Gentiles has come in. And so all Israel will be saved as it is written: “The Deliverer will come out of Zion; He will remove ungodliness from Jacob. (27) And this is My covenant with them, when I take away their sins.”)

By His grace, God opens minds and saves sinners who’re led to repentance By His grace. God will yet save Israel! (Today’s spiritual Israelites are Christians.) Included in God’s prophetic plan is fleshly non-Israelites, who when converted become spiritual Israelites.

(2Cor 4:1-2; “Therefore since we have this ministry just as God has shown us mercy, we do not become discouraged. (2) But we have rejected shameful hidden deeds, not behaving with deceptiveness or distorting the word of God, but by open proclamation of the truth we commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience before God.”)

There’s glory in a person’s attempt to be a good person in the flesh, but “only through Jesus’ gifted spirit in us” are we able to worship in spirit and truth. ONLY then are we able to see ourselves in His light. Then we’re able to yield to His transformation and put on the image of Jesus.

(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 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. For we do not proclaim ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord and ourselves as your slaves for Jesus’ sake. (6) 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.”) Remember why Jesus said He spoke to the populations in parables?

OUR Creator is all knowing and He’s allowing the god of this age to partially blind, “ultimately for His purpose.”

Before the foundation of the world, God chose Abraham, Moses, David, His apostles and each Believer IN! Jesus’ good news includes the fact that God is righteous and all His Ways are from His foundation of love. His kingdom will be established in spite of the god of this age and mankind’s resistance

(2Cor 4:7-18; “But we have this treasure in clay jars, so that the extraordinary power belongs to God and does not come from us. We are experiencing trouble on every side, but are not crushed; we are perplexed, but not driven to despair; we are persecuted, but not abandoned; we are knocked down, but not destroyed, always carrying around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be made visible in our body.”

(2Cor 4:11-18; “For we “apostles” who are alive are constantly being handed over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus may also be made visible in our mortal body. As a result, death is at work in us, “we apostles” but life is at work in you, “followers of Jesus.” (13) But since we have the same spirit of faith as that shown in what has been written “I believed; therefore I spoke” we also believe, therefore we also speak. We do so because we know that the One who raised up Jesus will also raise us up with Jesus and will bring us with you into His presence. (15) For all these things are for your sake, so that the grace that is including more and more people may cause thanksgiving to increase to the glory of God. (Many last will become first.) Therefore we do not despair, but even if our physical body is wearing away, our inner person is being renewed day by day. (17) For our momentary, light suffering is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison because we are not looking at what can be seen but at what cannot be seen. For what can be seen is temporary, but what cannot be seen is eternal.”) Our need? Jesus’ faith in us.

Our temporary fleshly bodies are foreshadowed by the “Feast of Tabernacles” Our fleshly bodies are temporary dwellings and temples of God’s spirit if indeed we believe IN.

(2Corinthians 5:1-4; “For we know that if our earthly house, the tent we live in, is dismantled, we have a building from God, a house not built by human hands, that is eternal in the heavens. (2) For in this earthly house we groan, because we desire to put on our heavenly dwelling, if indeed, after we have put on our heavenly house, we will not be found naked. (4) For we groan while we are in this tent, since we are weighed down, because we do not want to be unclothed, but clothed, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by, “eternal” life.”) “Our physical body, our earthly house, is made physical - mortal.” Our eternal house is spirit - eternal life.

God does it all

(2Cor 5:5; “Now the One who prepared us for this very purpose is God, who gave us the Spirit as a down payment.”) Remember Philippians 2:13? ‘God gives the desire and effort.’ And here at Corinthians 5:5, we see God prepares us. It’s all in the fathering of God, our “being born from above.” Our being fathered is His choice, our being “born from above” is the down payment, a sampling of what is to be!

Spirit of Truth, chapter 18

Monday, September 16th, 2019

9/16/19, God’s 6th month, Elul, 16, 5779 until sunset

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Let’s review the previous study. Paul knew his mission was to lift up Believers IN Jesus through the good news about the Kingdom of God. Jesus, His prophets / apostles never taught immortality was gifted at birth, nor that there’d be some method by which it could be obtained. They did teach the resurrection, deliverance, forgiveness and that God’s promises were perpetual. Even in Adam’s day, Jesus had the seventh from Adam “Enoch” write about God’s judgment.

(Jude 1: Enoch prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of His Saints, (15) To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him.)

The same Lord God Jesus that inspired Enoch long before the flood came as the prophesied Messiah, “the Lamb of God” willingly shedding His blood for the remission of the world’s sins. He’s coming back with angelic beings and thousands of resurrected Saints to execute the judgment Enoch wrote about. Jesus said; (John 10:(16) And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold them also I must bring, and they shall hear My voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd. Therefore My Father love Me, because I lay down My life, that I might take it again.”)

Jesus said, “the only sign to be given regarding His deity would be that He’d be in the heart of the earth as Jonah was in the belly of the large fish “three days and nights, then rise from death.” AND the Psalmist David ask, “does the One who disciplines the nations not punish? He’s the One who imparts knowledge to human beings!” Psalms 94:)

Paul’s letter to his young co-worker “Timothy” describes God’s gifted spirit to Believers IN.

(2Timothy 1:6-14; “Because of this I remind you to rekindle God’s gift that you possess through the laying on of my hands. For God did not give us a Spirit of fear but of power and love and self-control. (8) So do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord or of me a prisoner for His sake, but by God’s power accept your share of suffering for the gospel. He is the One who saved us and called us with a holy calling, not based on our works but on His own purpose and grace, granted to us in Christ Jesus before time began, but now made visible through the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus. He has broken the power of death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel!”)

Jesus’ apostle to gentiles, Israelites and kings was inspired to build churches of God, teach “the Kingdom of God” and warn people not to teach beyond what’s written.

(1Cor 4:6-13; “I have applied these things to myself and Apollos because of you, brothers and sisters, so that through us you may learn “not to go beyond what is written” so that none of you will be puffed up in favor of the one against the other. (7) For who concedes you any superiority? What do you have that you did not receive?”) None of us have superiority beyond what’s been inspired through His prophets, apostles, Creator and Sustainer “Jesus.” Look at the amount that’s been said and written that goes beyond truth.

(1Cor 4:14-21; I am not writing these things to shame you, but to correct you as my dear children. For though you may have ten thousand guardians in Christ, you do not have many fathers, because I became your father in Christ Jesus through the gospel. (16) I encourage you then, be imitators of me. For this reason, I have sent Timothy to you, who is my dear and faithful son in the Lord. He will remind you of my ways in Christ, as I teach them everywhere in every church. Some have become arrogant “puffed up” as if I were not coming to you. But I will come to you soon, IF the Lord is willing and I will find out not only the talk of these arrogant people, but also their power. For the kingdom of God is demonstrated not in idle talk but with power. What do you want? Shall I come to you with a rod of discipline or with love and a spirit of gentleness?”)

Consider, what we should believe IN and practice to be imitators of Jesus? Jesus inspired Paul to write the seven basic church doctrines at Hebrews 6: (“Therefore we must (7) progress beyond the elementary instructions about Christ and move on to maturity, not laying this foundation again: (1) repentance from dead works and (2) faith in God, (3) teaching about baptisms, (4) laying on of hands, (5) resurrection of the dead, and (6) eternal judgment. And this is what we intend to do, if God permits.” Heb 6:1-3)

These seven doctrines are for followers of Jesus’ foundational beliefs. We “born from above people” are gifted with power to overcome demonic temptations, our fleshly nature, grow in God’s grace and knowledge of His Ways.

The called who’re being saved are compelled to continue Jesus’ work. We who’re being saved need to know The Message, so as not to be deceived. Remember Jesus’ prophetic message about the end of this age? Jesus’ apostles came to Him privately asking about the end of this age. (In private Jesus either did not speak in parables or He explained His parables for His apostles understanding. (see Matt 24:3) Jesus speaking of the very end, before His return, among other things, said: (“Pray that your flight may not be in winter or on a Sabbath. For then there will be great suffering unlike anything that has happened from the beginning of the world until now, or ever will happen. And if those days had not been cut short, no one would be saved. But for the sake of the Elect those days will be cut short. Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There He is!’ do not believe him. For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the Elect” Matt 24:20-24)

Another part of the mystery is that Jesus’ called Elect know His message. It isn’t possible to deceive His Elect because His message is revealed. (False massagers will include a deceiver giving life to an image; other miracles will be performed to deceive “if possible, even the Elect.) We need to know, Satan can individually or through demonically inspired persons do miracles.

Sharing the seven basic doctrines of The Message from Hebrews 6: should cause in depth study. Consider why Jesus said “Pray that your flight may not be in winter or on a Sabbath.”

Our work isn’t about attempted to build an organization, “we do ask for prayer support for our efforts. Our commentaries aren’t political, nor do we have an axe to grind. We mix Jesus and His apostles’ scriptural teachings on like subjects as we go through the bible book by book.” We do repeat and expound subject by subject. Mindful that God’s truth offends the world at large “unbelievers” - denominational minded. Called subscribers aren’t offended but are prayerful supporters of God’s Way. Jesus was not making idle talk when He taught and inspired His apostles to write that Satan was the god of this world. (Demonic philosophies now reach every crevice of this world’s system; making God’s Way appear archaic to the so called educated.) Today, no government on earth is patterning God’s standard of rule for it‘s people. Satan has the whole world, religions and governments practicing similar pagan customs as the gentiles were practicing in Moses’ day. Document with a few internet searches.

We recommend our “Jesus inspired paper back from Amazon” It’s particularly valuable when two or three gather in Jesus’ name for an orderly study. It’s titled, “Jesus’ Good News” as revealed to Peter & Paul.

Spirit of Truth, chapter 17

Saturday, September 14th, 2019

9/14/19, God’s 6th month, Elul, 14, 5779 until sunset

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When Abraham was tested regarding the sacrifice of Isaac, he knew God would resurrect. In addition to his gifted faith, Abraham likely had Enoch’s writing about the Lord’s future coming. (Jude 1:14-15; And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of His Saints, (15) To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him.) Jesus led Moses and His prophets to speak of the resurrections, deliverance, judgment and that their fleshly lives were temporary. It’s what the four annual Sabbaths in God’s seventh month foreshadowed. Jesus would bring others “not of this fold” when He returned.

(John 10:14-17; “I am the good Shepherd, and know My sheep, and am known of mine. As the Father knows Me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep. (16) And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear My voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd. Therefore My Father love Me, because I lay down My life, that I might take it again.”) All God’s promises are perpetual. To Abraham whom the Lord called “friend” He promised “he’d become the father of so many they couldn’t be counted.”

(Psalms 94:8-23; “Take notice of this, you ignorant people! You fools, when will you ever understand? Does the One who makes the human ear not hear? Does the One who forms the human eye not see? Does the One who disciplines the nations not punish? He is the One who imparts knowledge to human beings! (11) The Lord knows that “fleshly” peoples’ thoughts are morally bankrupt. How blessed is the one whom You instruct, O Lord, the one whom You teach from Your law in order to protect him from times of trouble, until the wicked are destroyed. Certainly the Lord does not forsake His people; He does not abandon the nation that belongs to Him. For justice will prevail and all the morally upright will be vindicated. (16) Who will rise up to defend me against the wicked? Who will stand up for me against the evildoers? If the Lord had not helped me, I would have laid down in the silence of death. If I say “My foot is slipping” Your loyal love O Lord, supports me. When worries threaten to overwhelm me, Your soothing touch makes me happy. (20) Cruel rulers are not Your allies, those who make oppressive laws. They conspire against the blameless, and condemn to death the innocent. But the Lord will protect me and my God will shelter me. He will pay them back for their sin. He will destroy them because of their evil; the Lord our God will destroy them.”)

We may be persecuted, even killed for living Jesus’ faith way, but we remember His promises. We need to know that in our flesh, we tend to judge others more stringently than self and compare one to another. Additionally our fleshly nature pulls us “wants to creep back in areas we thought we’d overcame.” Areas like jealousy, gossip, putting self and ours’ above others. Remember “Christians are called to overcome to the end.” (Understand, we each inherited the very same nature, that caused Adam, Eve and Cain to disobey our Creator.)

Until supernaturally “born from above” we have pride in our fleshly intellect. We’re unaware of the need “to learn, seek and practice God’s Way of living.” Without gifted knowledge of our Creator and His purpose we cultivate lustfulness, “likened to that of instinctive animals.” Thank Jesus, the resurrection and His millennial kingdom is coming. Demonic forces will be bound and the world will know His Way. This is Jesus’ good news taught through His apostles. Good News the world ignores.

Believer IN comprehend, “our inherited nature is hostile and leads to death.” Adam and Eve made that hostile choice, thus all people inherited their nature “thus we all die once.” (The mystery to the world is that God miraculously changes hostile minds inherited from Adam, “to the nature of Jesus.”) That’s what Jesus meant when He said; “we must be born again.” Thank God for His calling, choosing, giving the desire to obey, understand the mysteries and overcome our fleshly inherited nature to the end.

Heavenly Father: may Your Word penetrate our minds and bless us with a desire to know You and Your Son “Jesus” may it soon be done on earth as in heaven. Help us love one another as You would have us to. Thank You for revealed understanding of Your Way; we pray, we ask in Jesus’ holy name. AMEN)

Paul and each apostle wrote to Believers IN. (2Cor 4:1-5; “One should think about us, “we apostles” this way; as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. Now what is sought in stewards is that one be found faithful. So for me, it is a minor matter that I am judged by you or by any human court. In fact, I do not even judge myself. For I am not aware of anything against myself, but I am not acquitted because of this. The one who judges me is the Lord. (5) So then, do not judge anything before the time. Wait until the Lord comes. He will bring to light the hidden things of darkness and REVEAL the motives of hearts. Then each will receive recognition from God.”)

Remembering the scriptural teaching about Satan “disputing with Michael the archangel over Moses’ body? Michael only said to Satan “may the Lord rebuke you.” This is how we should think when people teach erroneously. Remember Jesus knows us all and we’ll all be judged. (The mystery of God is that “People are being born from above.” Holy scriptures defines the holy spirit as “the spirit of a sound mind” and “the spirit of truth.” It’s what God the Father miraculously imputed to His chosen.” Paul coached Timothy about his calling.)

(2Timothy 1:6-14; “Because of this I remind you to rekindle God’s gift that you possess through the laying on of my hands. For God did not give us a Spirit of fear but of power and love and self-control. (8) So do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord or of me a prisoner for His sake, but by God’s power accept your share of suffering for the gospel. He is the One who saved us and called us with a holy calling, not based on our works but on His own purpose and grace, granted to us in Christ Jesus before time began, but now made visible through the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus. He has broken the power of death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel! For this gospel I was appointed a preacher, apostle and teacher. Because of this, in fact, I suffer as I do. But I am not ashamed because I know the One in whom my faith is set and I am convinced that He is able to protect what has been entrusted to me until that day. Hold to the standard of sound words that you heard from me and do so with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. (14) Protect that good thing entrusted to you, through the Holy Spirit who lives within us.”) A MYSTERY to the world; the good news for we who’re gifted Believers IN. Paul attempted to apply Jesus’ teaching to himself.

(1Cor 4:6-13; “I have applied these things to myself and Apollos because of you, brothers and sisters, so that through us you may learn “not to go beyond what is written” so that none of you will be puffed up in favor of the one against the other. (7) For who concedes you any superiority? What do you have that you did not receive? (what do you have that was not gifted And if you received it why do you boast as though you did not? Already you are satisfied! Already you are rich! You have become kings without us! I wish you had become kings so that we could reign with you! For, I think, God has exhibited us apostles last of all, as men condemned to die, because we have become a spectacle to the world, both to angels and to people. We are fools for Christ, but you are wise in Christ! We are weak, but you are strong! You are distinguished, we are dishonored! To the present hour we are hungry and thirsty, poorly clothed, brutally treated and without a roof over our heads. (12) We do hard work, toiling with our own hands. When we are verbally abused we respond with a blessing, when persecuted we endure, when people lie about us, we answer in a friendly manner. We are the world’s dirt and scum, even now.”) Paul was not puffed up over his gifted knowledge, and we should NOT be. We shouldn’t follow people based on charisma and credentials. EACH apostle knew “the servant is not above his master” as Jesus suffered they knew they would too. Thank God, we’re still learning from Jesus and His apostles. We believers IN too are spectacles to the populations at large.

Spirit of Truth, chapter 16

Thursday, September 12th, 2019

9/12/19, God’s 6th month, Elul, 12, 5779 until sunset

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This month is one of the few where the Roman calendar month aligns with God’s calendar. Observe God’s full moon in a couple of days and investigate how the Roman calendar came to be and why?

Paul was called to be one of Jesus’ apostles and as such had authority by the gifted imputation of Jesus’ nature to teach God’s Way. He and each apostle gave their lives for the Way. Each suffered persecutions because they taught Jesus’ resurrection, ascension, His being our Creator, Deliverer, Mediator and coming king of kings. Paul’s dealing with gentile converts differed somewhat from dealing with Israelite converts “in that gentiles previously worshiped many gods by imaginary names. Gentiles worshiped the god of fertility, god of thunder, the sun and others imaginary gods, “making Paul’s overseeing position more difficult.” Sinful sexuality plagued the gentile populations more than Israelites. Paul had to address a case in the Corinth church “where a man cohabitated illegally” and refers back to this in his second letter to the church.

(2Cor 1:23-24; “Now I appeal to God as my witness, that to spare you I did not come again to Corinth. I do not mean that we rule over your faith, but we are workers with you for your joy, because by faith you stand firm.”) Paul was careful not to be accused of lording over people, as was the custom of gentile, Pharisees and denominational types. Israelite and gentile groups had problems overcoming their old ways and “turning to Creator and Savior Jesus.” Establishing moral conduct has always been an ongoing struggle among people, “especially unbelievers.”

(2Cor 2:1-4; “So I made up my own mind not to pay you another painful visit. For if I make you sad, who would be left to make me glad but the one I caused to be sad? And I wrote this very thing to you, so that when I came I would not have sadness from those who ought to make me rejoice, since I am confident in you all that my joy would be yours. (4) For out of great distress and anguish of heart I wrote to you with many tears, not to make you sad, but to let you know the love that I have especially for you.”)    REMEMBER the sinful conditions Paul wrote about in his first letter? Paul intended to come with boldness and see to it that this sin was purged from the congregation.

(2Cor 3:1-3; “Are we beginning to commend ourselves again? We don’t need letters of recommendation to you or from you as some other people do, do we? You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everyone, revealing that you are a letter of Christ, delivered by us, written not with ink but by the Spirit of the living God, not on stone tablets but on tablets of human hearts.”) This parallel teaching to Jesus’ church is the same teaching through Moses and Paul, expanding on the fact that we’re individually temples of God’s spirit, “a circumcision of the heart people.”

(Rom 2:28-29; “For a person is not a Jew “Christian” who is one outwardly, nor is circumcision something that is outward in the flesh, but someone is a Jew “Christian” who is one inwardly and circumcision is of the heart by the Spirit and not by the written code. This person’s praise is not from people but from God.”) You’ll note in Jesus’ revelations to John, “the word “Jew” is used - “meaning Christ Like.” Circumcision in the flesh and the law on stone tablets foreshadowed a new spirit “when God’s Word would be written in people’s hearts. New creation means, God’s spirit living in His people.

To the Galatians Paul explained: (“For neither circumcision nor un-circumcision counts for anything; the only thing that matters is a new creation! And all who will behave in accordance with this rule, peace and mercy be on them, and on the Israel of God.” Gal 6:15-16) Remember we learned “Israel” means God fights for. Today’s Israel of God “are followers of Jesus.” Jesus is the Mediator before the Father “for Christ like folks.”

(2Cor 3:4-6; “Now we have such confidence in God through Christ. Not that we are adequate in ourselves to consider anything as if it were coming from ourselves, but our adequacy is from God, who made us adequate to be servants of a new covenant not based on the letter but on the Spirit, for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.”)

Note, Paul admits that he isn’t adequate from within himself to consider spiritual matters. Paul and we teach “Immortality is gifted through the life of Jesus.” Paul did and we should recognized our personal inadequacy in all things. Paul recognized as we should “we had nothing to do with our calling and conversion.” God’s spirit lives in Christians “not because of our adequacy but for His purpose.” He calls, reveals Himself and grants His gift of repentance. Let’s review.

(Romans 6:21-23; “So what benefit did you then reap from those things that you are now ashamed of? For the end “result” “benefit” of those things is “eternal” death. But now, freed from sin and enslaved to God, you have your benefit (“end result” leading to sanctification, and the end “result” “benefit” is eternal life. For the payoff “end result” “benefit” of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”)

What could be more clear? People aren’t born to live forever someplace! NOTE the words “what benefit did you reap from” and “what were you gaining from your previous fleshly life style?” The answer is “death.” Now freed from sin and enslaved to God our benefit is, “sanctification and the end is eternal life.” It is taught from the holy scriptures many times over: (1) We were born to die once, “as in Adam, all die.” The only exception being; “Believers IN who’re alive at Christ’s return.” (2) “Eternal life is gifted from God the Father, in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Jesus had Isaiah write about the millennial age to come.

(Isaiah 55:8-9; “Indeed, My plans are not like your plans, and My deeds are not like your deeds, for just as the sky is higher than the earth, so My deeds are superior to your deeds and My plans superior to your plans.”) God’s plans is to resurrect the dead in Christ first. Believers IN are to be in the first resurrection “their payoff” eternal life.” Afterward, physical resurrections and judgment. Many will repent for having lived the way that seemed right to their fleshly intellect. Some will die a second death. Let’s review Jesus’ revelation to John.

(Revelations 20:6; “Blessed and holy is the one who takes part in the first resurrection. The second death has no power over them, but they will be priests of God and of Christ, and they will reign with Him for a thousand years.)

(Revelations 20:11-15; “Then I saw a large white throne and the One who was seated on it; the earth and the heaven fled from His presence and no place was found for them. And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne. Then books were opened, and another book was opened – the book of life. So the dead were judged by what was written in the books, according to their deeds. The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and Death and Hades “grave” gave up the dead that were in them, and each one was judged according to his deeds. Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death – the lake of fire. If anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, that person was thrown into the lake of fire.)

(Revelation 21:8; 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.”) There’re many questions and few can answer them all. May we have faith in our Creator, His promises through His prophets, apostles and Himself. “His Ways are higher than our ways.”

The holy scriptures teach “followers of Jesus are the temples of God.” Our desire is to be Christ Like “as Jesus is manifested to be in the holy scriptures” comes from God the Father. So lets review Paul’s explaining again. (Philippians 2:12-13; (13) for the One bringing forth in you both the desire and the effort – for the sake of His good pleasure, is God.)

Jesus’ apostles knew their teaching couldn’t give people a desire to believe IN, nor a desire to be atOne with God the Father and God the Son. They knew as we should “no person can open another’s mind.” No amount of theology schooling can give spiritual understanding. The apostles and we, “have faith that God will use revealed words to open minds and give a desire to be spiritually Christ Like.” Thus, until miraculously called, “born from above” people go the way that seems right to their fleshly inherited from Adam nature. The desire to be holy, “Christ Like” in spirit and truth is gifted.

The uncalled can’t see the harm in mixing pagan ways and practices “in the name of Jesus.” They have no concern regarding where customs and tradition originate. Jesus and His apostles called such lack of concern, “deceiving one’s self.” It is in the nature of unbelievers to respect charisma and credentials rather than “truth in the message.”

(1Cor 3:18-23; “Guard against self-deception each of you. If someone among you thinks he is wise in this age, let him become foolish so that he can become wise. For the wisdom of this age is foolishness with God. As it is written, “He catches the wise in their craftiness.” And again, “The Lord knows that the thoughts of the wise are futile.” So then, no more boasting about mere mortals! For everything belongs to you “Christians” whether Paul or Apollos or Peter or the world or life or death or the present or the future. Everything belongs to you “Christians” and you belong to Christ, and Christ belongs to God.”)

Guarding against “self deception?” Remember who’s nature we inherited at birth and (“there’s a way that seems right that leads to death.” Proverbs 14:12.) We must respect God’s View and prayerfully examine His Way with the knowledge that “in the flesh, we’re spiritually ignorant!” Review Rom 8:5-11 again.

Spirit of Truth, chapter 15

Wednesday, September 11th, 2019

9/11/19, God’s 6th month, Elul, 11, 5779 until sunset

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God’s called out individual persons are, “His Church.” The Church of God at any address is atOne with all others. Each teaching, “Jesus, Him crucified, now alive and our Mediator before the Father in heaven.” Each believing IN Jesus as He’s manifested to be at Colossians 1:15-20, John 1:1-5 and Hebrews 1:. Each believes IN His whole message with gifted desire and effort to serve Him as He served God the Father for our example. The apostles’ letters aren’t to the world but to God’s church, “a converted Believing IN people.”

(2Cor 1:1-2; “From Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, to the church of God that is in Corinth, with all the Saints who are in all Achaia. Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ!”) Note the holy spirit isn’t included in Paul’s salutation. Meditate on why.

(2Cor 1:3-11; “Blessed is the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles so that we may be able to comfort those experiencing any trouble with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For just as the sufferings of Christ overflow toward us, so also our comfort through Christ overflows to you. (6) But if we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort that you experience in your patient endurance of the same sufferings that we also suffer. And our hope for you is steadfast because we know that as you share in our sufferings, so also you will share in our comfort. (8) For we do not want you to be unaware, brothers and sisters, regarding the affliction that happened to us in the province of Asia, that we were burdened excessively, beyond our strength, so that we despaired even of living. Indeed we felt as if the sentence of death had been passed against us, so that we would not trust in ourselves but in God who raises the dead. He delivered us “we followers of Jesus” from so great a risk of “eternal” death, and He will deliver us. We have set our hope on Him that He will deliver us yet again, (11) as you also join in helping us by prayer, so that many people may give thanks to God on our behalf for the gracious gift given to us through the help of many.”)

Each called out person persevering to the end, “grows to the point of God dependency.”

(2Cor 1:12-14; “For our reason for confidence is this: the testimony of our conscience, that with pure motives and sincerity which are from God – not by human wisdom but by the grace of God – we conducted ourselves in the world, and all the more toward you. (13) For we do not write you anything other than what you can read and also understand. But I hope that you will understand completely just as also you have partly understood us, that we are your source of pride just as you also are ours in the day of the Lord Jesus.”)

Pure motives is what each God called teacher prays to have. Paul is saying that he isn’t writing anything that can’t be read in the holy scriptures elsewhere, that he’d called to be an apostle, expounding on these truths for the good of God’s people. Spiritual truths cannot be conjured up! Paul had explained, “all who are in the flesh think fleshly.” The Israelites Paul spoke of at Romans 10: were and the many denominations today are fleshly, thus the many individual beliefs. To the spirit begotten, “those born from above” Paul wrote.

(2Cor 1:15-22; And with this confidence I intended to come to you first so that you would get a second opportunity to see us and through your help to go on into Macedonia and then from Macedonia to come back to you and be helped on our way into Judea by you. (17) Therefore when I was planning to do this, I did not do so without thinking about what I was doing, did I? Or do I make my plans according to mere human standards so that I would be saying both “Yes, yes” and “No, no” at the same time? (18) But as God is faithful our message to you is not “Yes” and “No.” For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, the One who was proclaimed among you by us – by me, Silvanus and Timothy – was not “Yes” and “No” but it has always been “Yes” in Him. (20) For every one of God’s promises are “Yes” in Him; therefore also through Him the “Amen” is spoken, to the glory we give to God. But it is God who establishes us together with you in Christ and who anointed us, who also sealed us and gave us the Spirit in our hearts as a down payment.”)

“That spirit down payment is what strengthens.” Always YES in Him? Meaning God’s promises are sure! Paul is saying that his plans were flexible, yielded to God’s will. Paul did expect His fellow brethren in Christ to help provide for his travel expenses. Give of themselves in love, is what Jesus did and what He commands His people to do. Understand, all these things revolved around Jesus’ new command? (“I give you a new commandment – to love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. Everyone will know by this that you are My disciples – if you have love for one another.” John 13:24-35)

Paul wrote the same principle to the Philippians.

(Philippians 1:27-30; “Only conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ so that – whether I come and see you or whether I remain absent – I should hear that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind, by contending side by side for the faith of the gospel, and by not being intimidated in any way by your opponents. This is a sign of their destruction, but of your salvation – a sign which is from God. For it has been granted to you not only to believe IN Christ but also to suffer for Him, since you are encountering the same conflict that you saw me face and now hear that I am facing.) Followers of Jesus are of one spirit and one mind.

Remember review is good and scripture needs to be considered from various angles. From the point of view that God chooses and is parenting us according to His will, let’s reconsider the following revelation to Peter.

(1Peter 1:13-16; “Therefore get your minds ready for action by being fully sober and set your hope completely on the grace that will be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed. Like obedient children, do not comply with the evil urges you used to follow in your ignorance, but like the Holy One who called you become holy yourselves in all of your conduct, for it is written, “You shall be holy, because I am holy.”) Grace is brought to we believers IN when Jesus is revealed! It’s destiny “we followers of Jesus” are viewed holy by our parent “God the Father.” Only through our new gifted nature can we love and keep the spiritual intent of His law. (1Peter 1:17; “And if you address as Father the One who impartially judges according to each one’s work, live out the time of your temporary residence here in reverence.”) Again consider the reason for “The Feast of Tabernacles foreshadowing our living a temporary life in the flesh.” (1Peter 1:18-19; “You know that from your empty way of life inherited from your ancestors you were ransomed – not by perishable things like silver or gold, but by precious blood like that of an unblemished and spotless lamb, namely Christ.”) Remember Christ’s sacrifice was for the remission of this world’s sins and was preplanned before Adam’s transgression. How so? Satan’s purpose and successes were known before Adam’s creation. (1Peter 1:20-25; “Jesus was foreknown before the foundation of the world but was manifested in these last times for your sake. Through Jesus you now trust in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God. You have purified your souls by obeying 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. 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. And this is the word that was proclaimed to you.”)

Each Believer IN Jesus “is one born anew” one “born from above” “one God called and gave discernment to” and “granted His gift of eternal life to.” (So, we who are born from above aren’t considered as being in the flesh “spiritually speaking” but in the spirit “if so be that God’s spirit dwells in us.” Thus through Jesus we are family members inheriting the kingdom of God. What about those refusing to believe IN, Jesus’ whole message?

“You refuse to believe because you are not My sheep. My sheep listen to My voice, I know them and they follow Me. I give them eternal life and they will never perish; no one will snatch them from My hand. My Father who has given them to Me, is greater than all and no one can snatch them from My Father’s hand. The Father and I are One.” John 10:26-29)

Spirit of Truth, chapter 14

Monday, September 9th, 2019

9/9/19, God’s 6th month, Elul, 9, 5779 until sunset

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A calling to the Light is to seek God’s Way, but His Way must first be revealed. There’s a way that seems right to a person that leads to death.” See Proverbs 14:11. Trusting or  looking to one’s own intellect to determine right, wrong, good and evil is idolatry. Our leaning to their own understanding is the divisionary framework Satan relishes. Paul repeated Jesus’ teaching through him to God’s church at Rome to the Ephesians.

(Eph 1:3-10; “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. 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. In Jesus 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. (9) He did this when He revealed to us the secret of His will, according to His good pleasure that He set forth in Christ, toward the administration of the fullness of the times, to head up all things in Christ – the things in heaven and the things on earth.”) Looking to God for right, wrong, good and evil is believing IN. Anything else, any other way is idolatry

The awesomeness of God’s preplanning is beyond our fleshly rational thinking. Such is foreign to the fleshy mind, but revealed understanding. Trying to comprehend from our fleshly minds only results in more division. Understand too, “we only love God because He first loved us.” This too is gifted spiritual discernment. So, does that answer the question of; why the many denominations? However, once God is revealed and we’re called to believe IN, “we know to whom we belong.”

(Eph 1:11-14; “In Christ we too have been claimed as God’s own possession, since we were predestined according to the one purpose of Him who accomplishes all things according to the counsel of His will so that we, who were the first to set our hope on Christ would be to the praise of His glory. And when you heard the word of truth (the gospel of your salvation) – when you believed IN Christ – you were marked with the seal of the promised Holy Spirit, who is the down payment of our inheritance, until the redemption of God’s own possession, to the praise of His glory.”)

Other scriptures also teach; “we who are gifted to be Believers IN aren’t our own.” It’s wise to consider whose property we are and know “only the few are led to believe IN the word of truth in this age.” Believing IN Jesus’ message is the good news that saves. He revealed the same to Peter and he to us.

(1Peter 1:3-7; “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By His great mercy He gave us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, that is into an inheritance imperishable, undefiled and unfading. It is reserved in heaven for you who by God’s power are protected through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. This brings you great joy, although you may have to suffer for a short time in various trials. Such trials show the proven character of your faith which is much more valuable than gold – gold that is tested by fire, even though it is passing away and will bring praise and glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.”)

Salvation in this age is all about being called and Jesus being revealed. Know; “spiritual discernment is gifted revelation.” No amount of book learning can give it! Believing IN is also realizing the result of living according to what’s revealed as “right, wrong, good and evil. It’s latter day knowledge not decimated “before Jesus’ glorification” in the detail revealed to His apostles.

(1Peter 1:8-12; “You, “followers of Jesus” have not seen Him, but you love Him. You do not see Him now but you believe IN Him and so you rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy because you are attaining the goal of your faith – the salvation of your souls “being.” Concerning this salvation the prophets who predicted the grace that would come to you searched and investigated carefully. They probed into what person or time the Spirit of Christ within them was indicating when He testified beforehand about the sufferings appointed for Christ and his subsequent glory. They were shown that they were serving not themselves but you, in regard to the things now announced to you through those who proclaimed the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven – things angels long to catch a glimpse of.”)

Prophets of old, nor were angels given the understanding now revealed through the holy spirit of truth to we called in this latter age. Remember Jesus’ parable about the “first becoming last and the last first?”

(1Peter 1:13-16; “Therefore get your minds ready for action by being fully sober, and set your hope completely on the grace that will be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed. Like obedient children, do not comply with the evil urges you used to follow in your ignorance, but, like the Holy One who called you, become holy yourselves in all of your conduct, for it is written “You shall be holy, because I am holy.”) We’re to be holy by “gifted Believe IN” and be yielded to our new gifted nature.

(1Peter 1:17; “And if you address as Father the One who impartially judges according to each one’s work, live out the time of your temporary residence here in reverence.”) The Feast of Tabernacles foreshadows our living this temporary life in the flesh.

(1Peter 1:18-19; “You know that from your empty way of life inherited from your ancestors you were ransomed – not by perishable things like silver or gold, but by precious blood like that of an unblemished and spotless lamb, namely Christ.”) Christ’s sacrifice for the remission of our and this world’s sins was preplanned.

(1Peter 1:20-25; “Jesus was foreknown before the foundation of the world but was manifested in these last times for your sake. Through Jesus you now trust in God who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory so that your faith and hope are in God. You have purified your souls by obeying 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. 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. And this is the word that was proclaimed to you.”)

Each Believer IN Jesus is, “one born anew” one “born from above” “one born again” God calls, “gives discernment, desire and effort to, grant His gift of eternal life.”

From God’s view, we Believers IN aren’t in the flesh “spiritually speaking.” From God’s view we Believers IN are in the spirit “if so be that God’s spirit dwells in us.” Thus through Jesus we’re inheriting eternal life and the kingdom of God.

Jesus said, “our being led to know and be obedient was God the Father’s choice.” Again, it’s natural to contemplate “why me?” Again, the answer is “by grace, mercy and for His purpose.” Our inherited from Adam desire and nature must be changed to an inherited gifted spiritual desire that’s God gifted. Remember how Jesus explaining to Nicodemus that people must be, “born from above” and explained how that happens? Re-study John 3: and for our purpose, zero in on verses 6-8 again. (What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not be amazed that I said to you, ‘You must all be born from above.’ 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.”)

It’s time for review. All worldly religions zealously lean to their fleshly inherited intellect and all have a zeal for the god of their imagination, “but not in line with Jesus’ truth.” Again consider Paul’s explanation about the Israelites zeal. Re-study Romans 10:1-4 and 8:11-2.

God’s calling us to Jesus’ Light includes gifted understanding that everything before Jesus’ ascension was a contribution to our spiritual learning. Israelites and gentile converts under Moses, Joshua, the judges, Saul, David, Solomon and the kings, who followed Him were under the law “for their good.” Children and unconverted adults are still under God’s law “for their good.” Spiritually converted to “Jesus’ Way people” are gifted to love the spiritual intent of the law as did Jesus and His apostles. Thus Paul could teach God’s church at Rome and we Believers IN, “The Lord knows those who are His.” Re-study the previous two studies, Romans 8:1-39. AND Ephesians 1:1-14 and 1Peter 1:1-25.

We prayerfully hope that each reader becomes a prayer partner; an ambassador of Jesus’ and mindful that God is using other avenues to spread Jesus’ good news. Google search: “Church of God Sabbath keepers” to find other associates. Always proving all things and hold fast to what is good. (“Do not extinguish the Spirit. Do not treat prophecies with contempt. But examine all things; hold fast to what is good. Stay away from every form of evil.” 1Thess 5:19-22)

Today’s denominations are like the Israelites Paul wrote about. They looked around and observed that the pagans around them were doing okay. Their not being Believers IN caused them to fall into Satan’s clutches of deciding for themselves what’s right, wrong, good and evil. That was a  gigantic error camouflaging their once held view that God chose then “a people for His purposes.” Denomination attempt to simplify saying, “we’re all tying to get to the same place.” While all profess a believe in a Jesus of their imagination for salvation. Not comprehending God’s pattern of choosing Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph and Moses. Nor that Jesus was in fact the Lord God who dwelt with and chose them. That same Jesus chose His apostles and said to the Israelites, “You refuse to believe because you are not My sheep. My sheep listen to My voice, I know them and they follow Me. I give them eternal life and they will never perish; no one will snatch them from My hand. My Father who has given them to Me, is greater than all and no one can snatch them from My Father’s hand. The Father and I are One.” John 10:26-29)

People establishing their own righteousness as did the Israelites of old, fall to the demonic notion, “every person is born to live forever someplace.” Omitting Jesus’ Word, “I give them eternal life” and Jesus’ revelations to Paul on the subject.