This Earth and we’re made for His purpose, chapter 1

9/28/19, God’s 6th month, Elul, 28, 5,779 until sunset

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

No accident that Adam was created in God’s image and likeness. Our creative talents are purposely given by measure and likened to God’s own, “very elementary in comparison.” Our loving Creator is still creating, shaping and molding a chosen by promise people to grow in His spiritual image and likeness. That spiritual creation is more mysterious to the world than His physical creations. It’s God making a chosen people atOne with Himself. Gifting His spirit is “to make one a born again child of God.” It’s gifted immortality through Jesus, “eternal life.” He gives the desire and effort for His purpose. (See Phil 2:13; “for the One bringing forth in you both the desire and the effort — for the sake of His good pleasure — is God.)

Israel’s miraculous deliverance from Egypt is for our learning and likened to our deliverance from sin’s bondage. Israel’s deliverance was promised Abraham 430 years before. Chosen Jacob’s descendents did nothing to gain this deliverance but “it was God keeping a major part of His perpetual promises to Abraham.” (Consider the fact that only God’s chosen, set aside people were given His commandments, oracles and calendar for their good.) While God was delivering Israel to His lawful way of life and practices honoring Him for their good, He was allowing the rest go the way that seemed right to themselves. Likewise in Abraham’s day, all but Abraham, Sarah and Lot were living according to what seemed right. While talented people around this world were worshiping gods of their imagination, building grand structural buildings that are still wonders to the world, making war and enslaving. However God’s purpose for making a peculiar people in His image and likeness wasn’t forgotten.

God revealed to Moses that one in his likeness was to come and “to Him people must obey,” told Moses and other prophets how His people would digress to despicable conditions duplicating those before the flood and Sodom and Gomorra. But there’d be a called out set aside people who’d overcome by Jesus’ faith and endure to the end. A Messiah “whom people must obey” would come, rule, bind Satan and once again deliver His chosen people from demonic bondage. Jesus had several prophets write about that future deliverance: Isaiah at chapters 22:, 35:, 45:, 51:, 53: and 65:, Jeremiah 31: and Amos 9:11-15 are a few.

These prophecies are about another supernatural deliverance likened to that from Egypt and God taking away Israel’s sins while punishing those who’d hated them. It’ll also be the time Jesus’ prophet Joel wrote about, “when all who’d call on His name “the name of the Lord will be saved.”

As Israel was being delivered from Egyptian bondage to the promised lands they came to Mt. Sinai where the Lord God Jesus had them wash, sanctify themselves and come before Mt. Sinai. He had Moses come up to receive His commandments for His set aside people. (See Exodus 19: and 20:) There was shaking, thunder, lightning and the people including Moses were frightened. Today “worshipers following Jesus” have a new covenant and may come before spiritual Mt. Sinai.

A Kingdom That Cannot Be Shaken

Heb 12:18-29; “For you ’worshipers of Jesus’  have not come to something that can be touched, to a burning fire and darkness and gloom and a whirlwind and the blast of a trumpet and a voice uttering words such that those who heard begged to hear no more. For they could not bear what was commanded: “If even an animal touches the mountain, it must be stoned.” In fact, the scene was so terrifying that Moses said, “I shudder with fear.” But you ’followers of Jesus’ have come to Mount Zion, the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to myriads of angels, to the assembly and congregation of the firstborn, who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous, who have been made perfect,  (24) and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks of something better than Abel’s does.

(12:25-29; Take care not to refuse the One who is speaking! For if they did not escape when they refused the One who warned them on earth, how much less shall we, if we reject the One who warns from heaven? Then His voice shook the earth, but now He has promised, “I will once more shake not only the earth but heaven too.” Now this phrase “once more” indicates the removal of what is shaken, that is, of created things, so that what is unshaken may remain. So since we are receiving an unshakable kingdom, let us give thanks, and through this let us offer worship pleasing to God in devotion and awe. For our God is indeed a devouring fire.”)

Jesus’ delivering Israel through Moses was what “may possibly be called” part one of Jesus’ promised deliverance to Abraham’s heirs.

(Gal 3:28-29; There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.”)

It’s all God’s doing. While we followers of Jesus are experiencing a spiritual deliverance from bondage akin to Israel’s deliverance from Egypt; another physical deliverance of Israelites is pre-planned and so ultimately “all Israel will be saved.” Remember Jacob’s name was changed to “Israel” and that new name means, “God fights.”

As prophesied, Jesus came to His own, “the Israelites” who for the most part rejected Him. They misunderstood the prophets and were looking for One like Moses, who’d deliver all Israel as they’re going to be. Not looking for a Savior who’d demonstrate Godly attributes of re-creating food, give sight to the blind, heal the lame, resurrect to physical life and Himself willingly be sacrificed for the sins of the world. His plan always included set aside gentiles, much to Israelite’s dismay. Remember Cornelius and family were the first gentiles to become Believers IN after that Pentecost and receive the Holy Spirit as Israelites did on Pentecost. Peter was the one called to reveal Jesus.

It’s always been: “Jesus’ prophecies and good news regarding the kingdom of God’s coming is to His chosen. Promises are to Abraham’s heirs, both physical and spiritual Israelite to separate them from this world’s demonically led populations. Only to the Israelites were the oracles of God given, including His calendar, foreshadowing His planning. Thus a set aside people celebrate three annual holy seasons.

(1st holy season, Passover and Unleavened Bread draws attention to belief IN Jesus’ shed blood for the remission of sin and putting that which puffs up “sin” from our practices. (2nd holy season is Pentecost, “Feast of First Fruits” the gifting of God’s spirit and the birth date of God’s church. Giving His Holy Spirit of truth to called out Believers IN, makes each a temple of His spirit and literally “born again children” family. (3rd holy season includes four annual Sabbaths in God’s seventh month is: Trumpets, looking to our spiritual resurrection. Atonement, looking to our literally being atOne with God the Son and God the Father. Our seeing, worshiping and never usurping His will. Last Great Day, looks forward to Satan being bound, final judgment of sinful practices and finally after the Millennial reign “God the Father’s coming down with New Jerusalem. These holy set aside times for God’s people looked  forward to His planned salvation of His people and will look back during Jesus’ millennial reign and beyond for giving His praise for it all. Then we’ll understand why Jesus’ apostles never lorded over people.

Let’s review Paul’s explanation of his ways and teaching Jesus. (1Corinthians 2:1-5; “When I came to you, brothers and sisters, I did not come with superior eloquence or wisdom as I proclaimed the testimony God. For I decided to be concerned about nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified. And I was with you in weakness and in fear and with much trembling. My conversation and my preaching were not with persuasive words of wisdom, but with a demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith would not be based on human wisdom but on the power of God.”)

Characteristic of false teachers are their eloquent presentations, their boastfulness of credentials and their desire to lord over or make merchandise of people. Paul was well schooled in the law, spoke several languages and could have presented credentials, but the Holy spirit of truth in Paul didn’t allow that. Through gifted spiritual revelations (Paul taught the mysterious truth of God’s spirit living in people that changed their natures from fleshly thinking, “like that inherited from Adam, to spiritual thinking like that through Jesus.”

Paul shared details of his spiritual experience.

(2Corinthians 12:1-7; “It is necessary to go on boasting. Though it is not profitable, I will go on to visions and revelations from the Lord. I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago (whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows) was caught up to the third heaven. (3) And I know that this man (whether in the body or apart from the body I do not know, God knows) was caught up into paradise and heard things too sacred to be put into words, things that a person is not permitted to speak. On behalf of such an individual I will boast, but on my own behalf I will not boast, except about my weaknesses. (6) For even if I wish to boast, I will not be a fool, for I would be telling the truth, but I refrain from this so that no one may regard me beyond what he sees in me or what he hears from me, even because of the extraordinary character of the revelations. Therefore, so that I would not become arrogant, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to trouble me – so that I would not become arrogant.”)

Satan attempted to use Paul’s fleshly talents and “the extraordinary character of Jesus’ revelations to him” to woo people beyond his humanity. Paul knew and was thankful that God kept him humble, causing weakness that aided the Holy spirit of truth’s work.

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