Perpetual Promises, chapter 7

  11/3/19, God’s 8th month, Cheshvan 5/5780. 20,909To: A called out people living through Jesus’ faith, promises and expectations; in the world but not of the world.

Prior to Jesus’ fleshly life He was and IS Creator, The Alpha and Omega.

The Elohim of God the Father. The Lord God of old divested Himself to be begotten by God the Father in Mary‘s womb. He subjected Himself to like temptations we have, but without sin. Without yielding to lawlessness. Jesus gave Himself to be God the Father’s special, unique Lamb of God.

John 1:1-5; “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was fully God. Word was with God in the beginning. All things were created by Him, and apart from Him not one thing was created that has been created. In Him was life, and the life was the light of mankind. And the light shines on in the darkness, but the darkness has not mastered it.”) (A better rendering “in Him is life, the life is the Light of mankind.) Greeks attempting to rationalize how He could have created. Followers of Jesus know He’s Creator, Re-Creator, Sustainer, now our Mediator and soon coming King of Kings. When we look at the vastness of space, we know it’s sustained by a supernatural power.

Translator’s explanation of beginning.

In the beginning. The search for the basic “stuff” out of which things are made was the earliest one in Greek philosophy. It was attended by the related question of “What is the process by which the secondary things came out of the primary one (or ones)?,” (Aristotelian terminology, “What is the ‘beginning’ (same Greek word “beginning” John 1:1) and what is the origin of the things that are made?” In the New Testament the word usually has a temporal sense, “the first cause.” For John, the words “In the beginning” are most likely a conscious allusion to the opening words of Genesis – “In the beginning.” Other concepts which occur prominently in Gen 1, are also found in John’s prologue: “life” (1:4) “light” (1:4) and “darkness” (1:5). Gen 1 describes the first (physical) creation; John 1 describes the new (spiritual) creation. But this is not to play off a false dichotomy between “physical” and “spiritual”; the first creation was both physical and spiritual. The new creation is really a re-creation, of the spiritual (first) but also the physical. (In spite of the common understanding of John’s “spiritual” emphasis, the “physical” re-creation should not be overlooked; this occurs in John 2 with the changing of water into wine, in John 11: with the resurrection of Lazarus, and the emphasis of John 20:-21: on the aftermath of Jesus’ own resurrection. Remember graves were opened and many Saints came forth and witnessed.”)

Jesus also revealed His deity and powers to Paul who shares with the Colossians, Hebrews and all Believers. Know too; Jesus’ spiritually delivering His Sheep from the power of darkness is as miraculous as His creating visible from invisible.

Col 1:14-20; “He “God the Father” delivered us from the power of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of the Son He loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. (15) He, “God the Son” is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation, for all things in heaven and on earth were created by Him – all things, whether visible or invisible, whether thrones or dominions, whether principalities or powers – all things were created through Him and for Him. He Himself is before all things and all things are held together ’sustained’ in Him. (18) He is the head of the body, the church, as well as the beginning, the firstborn from among the dead, so that He Himself may become first in all things. For God ’The Father’ was pleased to have all His fullness dwell in the Son and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself by making peace through the blood of His cross – through Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven.”)

These things revealed differentiates “Believers IN from believers that.”

(Hebrews 1:1-4; “After God spoke long ago in various portions and in various ways to our ancestors through the prophets, in these last days He has spoken to us in a Son, whom He ’God the Father’ appointed heir of all things, and through whom He created the world. The Son is the radiance of His glory and the representation of His essence, and He sustains all things by His powerful Word, and so when He had accomplished cleansing for sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high. Thus He became so far better than the angels as He has inherited a name superior to theirs.”)

Heb 2:9-14; “For when He put all things under His ’Jesus’ control, He left nothing outside of His control. (quote Psalms 8:4-6) At present we do not yet see all things under His control, but we see Jesus, who was made lower than the angels for a little while, now crowned with glory and honor because He suffered death, so that by God’s grace He would experience death on behalf of everyone. For it was fitting for Him, for whom and through whom all things exist, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the pioneer of their salvation perfect through sufferings. For indeed He who makes holy and those being made holy all have the same origin, and so He is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters, saying, “I will proclaim your name to My brothers; in the midst of the assembly I will praise You.” Again He says, “I will be confident in Him,” and again, “Here I am, with the children God ’the Father’ has given Me.” Therefore, since the children share in flesh and blood, He likewise shared in their humanity, so that through death He could destroy the one who holds the power of death (that is, the devil), and set free those who were held in slavery all their lives by their fear of death. For surely His concern is not for angels, but He is concerned for Abraham’s descendants.”)

Here planned choice and Believers IN’S holiness in Jesus is defined.

Pioneer of our salvation made perfect through suffering.

The Greek word translated “pioneer” is used of a “prince” or leader, the representative head of a family. It also carries nuances of “trailblazer,” one who breaks through to new ground for those who follow Him. The same word is used some thirty-five times in the Greek Old Testament and four times in the New Testament, always of Christ (See Acts 3:15; 5:31; Psalms 22:22, Heb 2:10 and 12:2). As head of His church Jesus reveals God the Father, Himself and His Way. (Review Jesus’ own attributes as commanded the Israelites maintain in chapters 20 - 25 of Exodus.)

Romans 5:8-11; “But God demonstrates His own love for us, in that while we were still sinners “still in our lawless nature” Christ died for us. Much more then, because we have now been declared righteous by His blood, we will be saved through Him from God’s wrath. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, how much more, since we have been reconciled, will we be saved by His life? Not only this, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received this reconciliation.”)

Gifted to believe IN is to have a Godly desire to lovingly obey Him.

Rom 8:1-5; “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the life-giving Spirit in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and death. (3) For God achieved what the law could not do because it “the law” was weakened through the flesh. By sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and concerning sin, He condemned sin in the flesh, so that the righteous requirement of the law may be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.” (Believing IN gives us a loving desire to practice His attributes, shaped by the superior spiritual outlook.)

(Rom 8:6-7; “For those who live according to the flesh have their outlook shaped by the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit have their outlook shaped by the things of the Spirit. For the outlook of the flesh is death, but the outlook of the Spirit is life and peace, because the outlook of the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to the law of God, nor is it able to do so.”) (Remember God’s principle revealed to Isaiah about His preverbal potter’s wheel? He can do the shaping.)

Submit is key. From our fleshly nature submission goes against our selfish will. From within God’s gifted spiritual nature is the desire to please our Creator.

(Rom 8:8-11; “Those who are in the flesh cannot please God. You “believers IN Jesus” however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, this person does not belong to Him. But if Christ is in you, your body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is your life because of “Jesus’” righteousness. Moreover if the Spirit of the One “God the Father” who raised Jesus from the dead lives in you, the One who raised Christ from the dead will also make your mortal bodies alive through His Spirit who lives in you.”)

If this Romans text isn’t sufficient enough, Paul also taught, (2Cor 13:5; “Put yourselves to the test to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves! Or do you not recognize regarding yourselves that Jesus Christ is in you – unless, indeed, you fail the test!.”)

Rom 8:12-13; “So then, brothers and sisters, we “followers of Jesus” are under obligation, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh (for if you live according to the flesh, you will die), but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body “that nature inherited from Adam” you will live.”)

(Godly repentance begins when we’re gifted to recognize our inherited nature and gifted with His desire to turn.)

(Rom 8:14-16; “For all who are led by the Spirit of God are the sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of slavery leading again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption, by whom we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit itself bears witness to our spirit that we are God’s children.”)

Do we recognize gifted desire to be submissive to His will? Do we recognize our gifted revelations? How else are we able to examine ourselves?

(Rom 8:17-19; “And if children, then heirs (namely, heirs of God and also fellow heirs with Christ) – if indeed we suffer with Him so we may also be glorified with Him. For I consider that our present sufferings cannot even be compared to the glory that will be revealed to us. For the creation eagerly waits for the revelation of the sons of God.’)

Followers of Jesus suffer the consequence of not being part and partial with this world’s system of things. A consequence of being thought of as peculiar to the many.

(Rom 8:20-23; “For the creation was subjected to futility – not willingly but because of God who subjected it – in hope that the creation itself will also be set free from the bondage of decay into the glorious freedom of God’s children. For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers together until now. Not only this, but we ourselves also, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we eagerly await our adoption, the redemption of our bodies.”) (Believers IN are looking forward to the resurrection of our bodies to be in the likeness of Jesus’.) (Do we have evidence of revelations, do we know our understandings aren’t from mental intellect?)

(Rom 8:24-30; “For in hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope, because who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with endurance. In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness, for we do not know how we should pray, but the Spirit itself intercedes for us with inexpressible groanings. And God who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes on behalf of the Saints according to God’s will. (28) And we know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to His purpose, because those whom He foreknew He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that His Son would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And those He predestined, He also called; and those He called, He also justified; and those He justified, He also glorified.”) SO NO ONE CAN BOAST! MAY WE REALIZE WE LOVE HIM BECAUSE HE LOVED US FIRST.

(Hosea 9:10; “When I found Israel, it was like finding grapes in the wilderness. I viewed your ancestors like an early fig on a fig tree in its first season. Then they came to Baal-Peor and they dedicated themselves to shame — they became as detestable as what they loved.”)

(1John_4:19 We love because He loved us first.) The all knowing God predestined, He called, He loved us first.

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