Spirit of Truth, chapter 24 of 24

9/24/19, God’s 6th month, Elul, 24, 5,779 until sunset

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

The holy scriptures define God’s church as individual temples in whom God’s spirit of truth dwells. His church is not a building nor a denomination, but a people ‘born from above’ in whom God gifts with a new nature. God’s church is the bride of Christ. A people wedded to, immersed in and clothed with Jesus Christ. Pentecost is the birth date of God’s “New Covenant Church” See Acts 2:

Speaking to those in whom His spirit would dwell, Jesus said; (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.”

“Again, I tell you the truth, if two of you on earth agree about whatever you ask, My Father in heaven will do it for you. For where two or three are assembled in My name ‘My nature’ I am there among them.” Matt 18:19-20)

Consider: Two spirit led individuals aren’t going to ask for anything outside the will of God! Two or more converted to God’s Way people “assembled for worship are in God’s family” their request would always be “in the context of what’s good for God’s church family.” It’s what’s meant when the apostles write, “don’t forsake the assembling together of yourselves.” They didn’t mean “don’t forsake getting together in a denominational building of choice to worship.” Rather, they uses quotes and principles from Moses, Jeremiah, Ezekiel and Isaiah to teach separation from those who aren‘t like minded. (See Lev 26:12; Jer 32:38; Ezek 37:27 and Isaiah 52:11. (Review 2Cor 6:14-18)

God’s people can’t be partners with people who’re overly involved with this world’s system of things. Denominations that boast of membership numbers, property holdings and their ability to influence governments. These worship tradition and a mixture of paganism in the name of Jesus.

Consider: God is allowing Satan to be the god of this world and Jesus said: “if they persecuted Me they will persecute you.” If the populations at large didn’t believe Jesus, how can we expect they’ll believe us. (The Greek term Βελιάρ (Beliar) is a spelling variant for Βελιάλ (Belial, see Judg 20:13 LXX). It occurs only here in the New Testament. Beliar references Satan. Consider: followers of Jesus are “the temple of the living God” and Jesus predicted the condition of this world before His return and it’s efforts to mix paganism in His name.

Remember Jesus’ apostles locked themselves in, for fear of the Temple hierarchy, those demanding Pilot crucify Jesus, the ’priest, Pharisees and Sadducees.’ Jesus’ apostles were always fearful as they combated paganism. Acceptance of tradition in Jesus’ name gained popularity during the apostles life. Fulfilling Jesus’ words “many will come in My name, saying I am the Christ and deceive many.” Paul’s words too at verses 3 & 4, in this (2Cor 11: “But I am afraid that just as the serpent deceived Eve by his treachery, your minds may be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ.” For if someone comes and proclaims another Jesus different from the One we proclaimed, or if you receive a different spirit than the one you received, or a different gospel than the one you accepted, you put up with it well enough!”) AND verses 13-15 (“For such people are false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. Therefore it is not surprising his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness, whose end will correspond to their actions.”)

In the apostles day and since, ‘people claiming to be led by Jesus, boast of their credentials and deceive many naïve people.” Most denominations are practicing various pagan traditions while claiming to represent Jesus. The paradox? Many well intended people thinking it good to be religious, ‘choose a church that fits their own fleshly thinking without searching God’s Word.’ We inherited such thinking from Adam and denominations are as darkened parables.

(Matthew 13:10-15; “Then the disciples came to Jesus and said, “Why do you speak to them in parables?” He replied, You “who are called” have been given the opportunity to know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven but they have not. For whoever has will be given more and will have an abundance. But whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him. For this reason I speak to them in parables: Although they see they do not see and although they hear they do not hear nor do they understand. And concerning them “those who aren’t called” the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled that says: ‘You will listen carefully yet will never understand, you will look closely yet will never comprehend. For the heart of this people has become dull; they are hard of hearing, and they have shut their eyes, so that they would not see with their eyes and hear with their ears and understand with their hearts and turn, “repent” and I would heal them.’”) Jesus revealed this parable to Isaiah, and here quotes it.

Jesus’ teaching doesn’t fit the narrative, “people are born to live forever someplace” as Satan palmed off on Eve and modern Christendom. Nor does it fit assumed methodology of the majorities.

Jesus and each apostle made it clear, “the called are gifted with opportunity to know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven but others aren’t so gifted. Fleshly religions make gods fit their fleshly thinking, maintaining the fleshly attitude “one denomination is as good as the other, after all we’re all trying to get to the same place.” So tradition and every imaginable life practice is condoned. They wonder why morality is at an all time low. To His followers Jesus continued.

(Matt 13:16-17; “But your eyes are blessed because they see and your ears because they hear. For I tell you the truth, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see but did not see it and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.”)

Prophets, righteous people and even angels could not comprehend the mystery of, “God’s spirit living in people” until the time allotted.  Touching on this mystery, Jesus began quoting in principle the same inspiration He gave the prophets. (Just as the scripture says, ‘From within him will flow rivers of living water. John 7:38; Now Jesus said this about the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were going to receive, for the Spirit had not yet been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.” (See Isaiah 44:3, 55:1, 58:11, and Zech 14:8, Jesus inspired these prophetic Words long before.)

When this truth is proclaimed, the many fit Jesus’ sower - planter parable.

(Matt 13:18-23; “So listen to the parable of the sower: When anyone hears the word about the kingdom and do not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches what was sown in his heart; this is the seed sown along the path. The seed sown on rocky ground is the person who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy. But he has no root in himself and does not endure; when trouble or persecution comes because of the word, immediately he falls away. The seed sown among thorns is the person who hears the word, but worldly cares and the seductiveness of wealth choke the word, so it produces nothing. But as for the seed sown on good soil, this is the person who hears the word and understands. He bears fruit, yielding a hundred, sixty, or thirty times what was sown.”) Now back to Paul’s 2nd letter to the Corinthians and all followers of Jesus.

(2Cor 11:16-33; “I “Paul” say again, let no one think that I am a fool. But if you do, then at least accept me as a fool, so that I too may boast a little. What I am saying with this boastful confidence I do not say the way the Lord would. Instead it is, as it were, foolishness. Since many are boasting according to human standards, I too will boast. For since you are so wise, you put up with fools, (false teachers with fleshly credentials, boasting and deceiving the naïve.) gladly. For you put up with someone making slaves - ‘merchandise’ of you, if someone exploits you, if someone takes advantage of you, if someone behaves arrogantly toward you, if someone strikes you in the face. (21) (To my disgrace I must say that we were too weak for that!) But whatever anyone else dares to boast about (I am speaking foolishly) I also dare to boast about the same thing. Are they Hebrews? So am I. Are they Israelites? So am I. Are they descendants of Abraham? So am I. (23) Are they servants of Christ? (I am talking like I am out of my mind!) I am even more so: with much greater labors, with far more imprisonments, with more severe beatings, facing death many times. Five times I received from the Jews forty lashes less one. Three times I was beaten with a rod. Once I received a stoning. Three times I suffered shipwreck. A night and a day I spent adrift in the open sea. (26) I have been on journeys many times, in dangers from rivers, in dangers from robbers, in dangers from my own countrymen, in dangers from Gentiles, in dangers in the city, in dangers in the wilderness, in dangers at sea, in dangers from false brothers, in hard work and toil, through many sleepless nights, in hunger and thirst, many times without food, in cold and without enough clothing. Apart from other things, there is the daily pressure on me of my anxious concern for all the churches. (29) Who is weak, and I am not weak? Who is led into sin, and I do not burn with indignation? (30 If I must boast, I will boast about the things that show my weakness. The God and Father of the Lord Jesus, who is blessed forever, knows I am not lying. In Damascus, the governor under King Aretas was guarding the city of Damascus in order to arrest me, (33) but I was let down in a rope-basket through a window in the city wall, and escaped his hands.”) Read this historical account at Acts 9: to discern why Paul boasted in things that showed his weakness.

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