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Plans for God’s chosen, chapter 27

Thursday, January 30th, 2020

Plans for God’s Chosen. Chapter, 27   23,242

Jan 30, 2,020. God’s 11th Month, Sh‘vat 4, year 5,780

To: 23,242 families, gifted with a desire to be atOne with God.

When individuals go to the Vine, mindful that the “called are branches” there’s no divisions regarding what’s right, good and evil. However only the called are gifted with a love of God’s Way. Only the called are gifted with a desire to abandon what previously seemed right to the fleshly mind’s logic. The many don’t have a love for God’s Way because they aren’t called in this age. Jesus said “I must bring others that aren’t in this fold.“ Jesus said, “I’m the Door and the called out ones don’t recognize strangers.”

(John 10:3-5; “The Doorkeeper opens the door for Him, and His sheep hear His voice. He calls His own sheep by name and leads them out. When He has brought all His own sheep out, He goes ahead of them and the sheep follow Him because they recognize His voice -message. They will never follow a stranger, but will run away from him, because they do not recognize the stranger’s voice - message.” (Remember why Jesus told parables? So they not understand.) (See Matthew 13:10)

(John 10:6-8; Jesus told them this parable, but they did not understand what He was saying to them. So Jesus said to them again, “I tell you the solemn truth, I am the Door for the sheep. All who came before Me were thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them.)

(John 10:9-11; I am the Door. If anyone enters through Me, he will be saved, and will come in and go out, and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come so that they may have life and may have it abundantly. “I am the Good Shepherd. The Good Shepherd lays down His life for the sheep.”) (The hired shepherds are divided and only scatter the sheep.)

(John 10:12-13; The hired hand, ‘the theology trained’ who is not a shepherd and does not own sheep, sees the wolf coming and abandons the sheep and runs away. So the wolf attacks the sheep and scatters them. Because he is a hired hand and is not concerned about the sheep, he runs away.)

(John 10:14-15; “I am the Good Shepherd. I know My own and My own know Me — just as the Father knows Me and I know the Father — and I lay down My life for the sheep.) (Others, particularly the Israelites will know Jesus after Satan is bound, they’re delivered back to their former borders and God’s kingdom established.)

(John 10:16; I have other sheep that do not come from this sheepfold. I must bring them too, and they will listen to My voice, so that there will be one flock and One Shepherd.)

(John 10:17-18; This is why the Father loves me — because I lay down My life, so that I may take it back again. No one takes it away from Me, but I lay it down of My own free will. I have the authority to lay it down, and I have the authority to take it back again. This commandment I received from My Father.”

(John 10:19-20; Another sharp division took place among the Jewish people because of these words. Many of them were saying, “He is possessed by a demon and has lost His mind! Why do you listen to Him?” Others said, “These are not the words of someone possessed by a demon. A demon cannot cause the blind to see, can it?”) (Jesus had His prophets tell of a future deliverance of Israel, greater than the deliverance from Egypt.)

(Ezekiel 34:22-24; I will save My sheep; they will no longer be prey. I will judge between one sheep and another. I will set one shepherd over them, and he will feed them — namely, My servant David. He will feed them and will be their shepherd. I the LORD will be their God, and My servant David will be prince among them; I, the LORD, have spoken!”)

Without a gifted love of God’s Way, “people rationalize about what if’s.” What if God created through evolution? Perhaps God caused the big bang and from there created through mutations? The ’what if’s’ go on and on. Satan caused Adam, Eve and Cain “look to their imagination, ponder what he said and thought, what if?” His words seemed okay to their fleshly logic at the time “when tempted with the idea of self determination.” They may have pondered to themselves “perhaps God didn’t tell us if there’s another way.”    Their trusting the devil and disobeying God was idolatry. Today too, “when people look beyond God’s authority, commands and oracles to determine what’s right, wrong, good and evil they’re committing idolatry.” That’s because we’re created in God’s image, likeness and for His purpose, “we’re not our own.”

When Israelites knew God they still wanted their way. (Jer 44:1-4; “The LORD spoke to Jeremiah concerning all the Judeans who were living in the land of Egypt, those in Migdol, Tahpanhes, Memphis, and in the region of southern Egypt. “The LORD God of Israel who rules over all says, ‘You have seen all the disaster I brought on Jerusalem and all the towns of Judah. Indeed, they now lie in ruins and are deserted. This happened because of the wickedness the people living there did. They made Me angry by worshiping and offering sacrifice to other gods whom neither they nor you nor your ancestors previously knew. I sent my servants the prophets to you people over and over again warning you not to do this disgusting thing I hate.”)

Not until Jesus came revealing the Father and purchasing a chosen people with His own blood was “the new covenant of faith made with His chosen.”

(Rom 10:16-17; But not all have obeyed the good news, for Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed our report ?” (Quote from Isaiah 53:1) Consequently faith comes from what is heard ‘understood’ and what is heard comes through preached ‘taught’ the word of Christ.”)

(Hebrews 1:1-9; 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 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. For to which of the angels did God ever say, “You are My son! Today I have fathered you”?  (Quote from Psalms 2:7) And in another place He says, “I will be His father and He will be My Son.” (Quote from 2Samuel 7”14) But when He again brings His firstborn into the world, He says, “Let all the angels of God worship Him!” And He says of the angels, “He makes His angels spirits and His ministers a flame of fire,” but of the Son He says, “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever, and a righteous scepter is the scepter of Your kingdom.”)

God made covenants with physical and spiritual Israelites while the world at large was worshiping imaginary gods. (Consider, “Bel was the entity of a Babylonian god. The name was originally associated with Enlil, but later was applied to Marduk) Nebo bends low. (Nebo is a variation of the name of the Babylonian god Nabu.)Their images weigh down animals and beasts. Your heavy images are burdensome to tired animals. Together they bend low and kneel down; they are unable to rescue the images; they themselves head off into captivity.”)

Promises to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob are perpetual. (Isa 46:3-4; “Listen to Me, O family of Jacob, all you who are left from the family of Israel, you who have been carried from birth, you who have been supported from the time you left the womb. Even when you are old, I will take care of you, even when you have gray hair, I will carry you. I made you and I will support you; I will carry you and rescue you.”

(Isa 46:5-7; “To whom can you compare and liken Me? Tell Me whom you think I resemble, so we can be compared! Those who empty out gold from a purse and weigh out silver on the scale hire a metal smith, who makes it into a god. They then bow down and worship it. They put it on their shoulder and carry it; they put it in its place and it just stands there; it does not move from its place. Even when someone cries out to it, it does not reply; it does not deliver him from his distress.”

(Isa 46:8-13; “Remember this, so you can be brave! Think about it, you rebels. Remember what I accomplished in antiquity! Truly I am God, I have no peer; I am God, and there is none like Me, who announces the end from the beginning and reveals beforehand what has not yet occurred, who says, ‘My plan will be realized, I will accomplish what I desire,’ who summons an eagle from the east, from a distant land, one who carries out My plan. Yes, I have decreed, yes, I will bring it to pass; I have formulated a plan, yes, I will carry it out. Listen to Me, you stubborn people, you who distance yourself from doing what is right. I am bringing My deliverance near, it is not far away; I am bringing My salvation near, it does not wait. I will save Zion; I will adorn Israel with My splendor.”)

Believing IN the God that’s the same yesterday, today, forever, who re-creates, creates, planned it all and knew us before the foundation of the world is eternal life.

Overcoming our inherited from Adam nature,

the devil and Putting on Jesus, is what we’re called to.

The Lord having Israelites put leavening out of homes looked spiritually “to our getting that which puffs up, out of our lives and practices. Desiring to overcome that which puffs up ‘sin’ is God gifted; Paul explains.

(Phil 2:12-13; “So then, my dear friends, just as you have always obeyed, not only in my presence but even more in my absence, continue working out your salvation with awe and reverence, (13) for the one bringing forth in you both the desire and the effort – for the sake of His good pleasure – is God.”) Our benefit; God’s pleasure.”)

In our last study we wrote of how the unbelieving populations yield to “the get way” regarding their desire and celebrations, “it’s that which puffs up” rather than “that which gives of self.” We each inherited from Adam “a get nature.” God gifts His called out ones with “His energizing Holy Spirit of truth” making their outlook and life practices fit a love for His Way. Unbelievers love anniversaries that celebrate themselves, accomplishments and holidays honoring old pagan gods, rather than God’s set aside holy times that look back and forward to His planning.

Plans for God’s chosen, chapter 26

Monday, January 27th, 2020

Jan 27, 2,020. God’s 11th Month, Sh’vat 1, year 5,780

To: 23,174 families, gifted with a desire to be atOne with God.

Jesus’ ambassadors know they’re branches clinging to Him for spiritual nourishment. Know Jesus as the Vine “they the branches through whom the Vine reveals to the called.” Paul knew himself a branch of the Vine through whom God is still calling out a people to be atOne with Jesus.

(Romans 10:11-13; For the scripture says, “Everyone who believes in Him will not be put to shame.” (Quote from Isa 28:16) For there is no distinction between the Jew and the Greek, for the same Lord is Lord of all, who richly blesses all who call on Him.  For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.) (BUT.)

(Rom 10:14-15; How are they to call on One they have not believed in? And how are they to believe in One they have not heard of? And how are they to hear without someone preaching ‘teaching’ to them? (15) And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How timely is the arrival of those who proclaim the good news.”) (We must obey through knowing faith.)

(Rom 10:16-17; But not all have obeyed the good news, for Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed our report ?” (Quote from Isaiah 53:1) Consequently faith comes from what is heard ‘understood’ and what is heard comes through the preached ‘taught’ word of Christ.”)

(Rom 10:18-19; But I ask, have they not heard? Yes, they have: Their voice has gone out to all the earth and their words to the ends of the world. But again I ask, didn’t Israel understand? First Moses says, “I will make you jealous by those who are not a nation; with a senseless nation I will provoke you to anger.”) (God said; because of Israel’s stubbornness, He’d make them jealous until a set time.) (That set time is coming, “See Isaiah 22:,35:,51: ,53:,65: Jeremiah 31: and Amos 9:11-15 for starters.”

The called understand, the spiritual key is gifted belief IN.

99% of people calling themselves believers aren’t, “they may believe a god exist” but don’t believe IN ‘as in KNOWING the God of Israel.’ (All who’re called to believe IN Jesus as He’s manifest to be in Holy scripture will be saved.) Called ambassadors put forth His Word with assurance that the called will understand, “turn from what had previously seemed right to the fleshly mind” to what God says is right.)

Thus the desire and effort to believe IN Jesus is supernaturally gifted. (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.) To be saved people have to be “born from above, begotten or fathered by God’s spirit. (John 3:13; 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.”) (The New Covenant is God’s promises to the “born again.”)

Since Adam and Eve’s deceptions by Satan “it’s in each person’s inherited fleshly nature to suppose God made a method of works: “denomination have a prescribed method” and each dead wrong. (1Cor 1:21; For since in the wisdom of God the world by its wisdom did not know God, God was pleased to save those who believe by the foolishness of preaching.) Paul understood and thus wrote; (1Cor 2:4; My conversation and my preaching were not with persuasive words of ‘fleshly’ 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.”)

Paul knew he was in Christ and Christ in him, he knew himself to be

“a circumcision of heart person” that would be resurrected as was Jesus. Understanding too that Jesus’ faithfulness saved.

(Philippians 3:2-11; “Beware of the dogs, beware of the evil workers, beware of those who mutilate the flesh! For we ‘Christians’ are the circumcision, the ones who worship by the Spirit of God, exult in Christ Jesus, and do not rely on human credentials – though mine too are significant. If someone thinks he has good reasons to put confidence in human credentials, I have more: I was circumcised on the eighth day, from the people of Israel and the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews. I lived according to the law as a Pharisee. (6) In my zeal for God I persecuted the church. According to the righteousness stipulated in the law I was blameless. But these assets I have come to regard as liabilities because of Christ. More than that, I now regard all things as liabilities compared to the far greater value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things – indeed, I regard them as dung! – that I may gain Christ, and be found in Him, not because I have my own righteousness derived from the law, but because I have the righteousness that comes by way of Christ’s faithfulness – a righteousness from God that is in fact based on Christ’s faithfulness. (10) My aim is to know Him, to experience the power of His resurrection, to share in His sufferings, and to be like Him in His death and so somehow to attain to the resurrection from the dead.”)

Over and over Paul shared that credentials amounted to nothing in regard to spiritual understanding.

‘Ambassadors’ like stewards are commanded to examine themselves in Jesus’ light. Paul’s words applied to all who’re converted to God‘s Way.

(1Cor 4:2-4; “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.”) (Even if not aware of anything, God is our judge; “we need to self examine.”

(Ephesians 2:8-10; “For by ‘His’ grace you are saved through ‘gifted’ faith, and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God; it is not from works, so that no one can boast. For we ‘believers’ are His workmanship, having been created in Christ Jesus for good works that God prepared beforehand so we may do them.”) (See also, Rom 3:30-31; Gal 3:14; Eph 3:17 and Col 2:12.) (We’re created in Christ Jesus through the imputation of His spirit.)

King David wrote Psalms 34 after pretending to be insane

before Abimelech; causing Abimelech to send him away.

(Psalms 34:1-7; I will praise the Lord at all times; my mouth will continually praise Him. (2) I will boast in the Lord; let the oppressed hear and rejoice! Magnify the Lord with me! Let’s praise His name together! I sought the Lord’s help and He answered me; He delivered me from all my fears. (5) Those who look to Him for help are happy; their faces are not ashamed. This oppressed man cried out and the Lord heard; He saved him from all his troubles. (7) The Lord’s angel camps around the Lord’s loyal followers and delivers them.)

(Psalms 34:8-10; Taste and see that the Lord is good! How blessed is the one who takes shelter in Him! Remain loyal to the Lord; you chosen people of His, for His loyal followers lack nothing! Even young lions sometimes lack food and are hungry, but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.)

(Psalms 34:11-15; Come children! Listen to me! I will teach you what it means to fear the Lord. Do you want to really live? Would you love to live a long, happy life? Then make sure you don’t speak evil words or use deceptive speech! Turn away from evil and do what is right! Strive for peace and promote it! The Lord pays attention to the godly and hears their cry for help.)

(Psalms 34:16-22; But the Lord opposes evildoers and wipes out all memory of them from the earth. The godly cry out and the Lord hears; He saves them from all their troubles. The Lord is near the brokenhearted; He delivers those who are discouraged. The godly face many dangers, but the Lord saves them from each one of them. He protects all his bones; not one of them is broken. Evil people self-destruct; those who hate the godly are punished. The Lord rescues his servants; all who take shelter in Him escape punishment.”)

Self examination in Jesus’ light is only through knowing Him. From our fleshly nature inherited nature from Adam, we love celebrating self serving anniversaries, parades that excite even when they aren’t understood and rioting appeals to the lawless. In general “there’s two ways of life, the get way and the give way.” Unconverted people too have capacity to choose the better when taught properly.

Converted to God’s way people are gifted to understand the “mysteries of the New Covenant” which is God’s gifted energizing Holy Spirit making each love His Way. The difference in the old and new covenants is “loving God’s way opposed to the inherited hostility toward it.” His New Covenant only applies to His Way people, it’s a nature change, a life changer, an outlook change, a desire change and the down payment to eternal life. With this gifted knowledge comes a responsibility to mimic our Perfector and Pioneer of our faith, “Jesus.”

Jesus’ coming and teaching revealed to Moses.

(Deuteronomy 18:15-19; “The Lord your God will raise up for you ‘Israelites’ a prophet like me from among you – from your fellow Israelites; you must listen to Him. This accords with what happened at Horeb in the day of the assembly. You asked the Lord your God: “Please do not make us hear the voice of the Lord our God any more or see this great fire any more lest we die.” (17) The Lord then said to me, “What they have said is good. (18) I will raise up a prophet like you for them from among their fellow Israelites. I will put My words in His mouth and He will speak to them whatever I command. I will personally hold responsible anyone who then pays no attention to the words that prophet speaks in My name.”)

(Deut 18:20-22; “But if any prophet presumes to speak anything in My name that I have not authorized him to speak, or speaks in the name of other gods, that prophet must die. Now if you say to yourselves, ‘How can we tell that a message is not from the Lord?’ – whenever a prophet speaks in My name and the prediction is not fulfilled, then I have not spoken it; the prophet has presumed to speak it, so you need not fear him.”)

Examining self in Jesus’ light is for those who He‘s revealed to, those knowing His message and characteristics. It’s knowing His government is coming. (“The Lord who commands armies makes this solemn vow: “Be sure of this: Just as I have intended, so it will be; just as I have planned, it will happen. I will break Assyria in My land; I will trample them underfoot on My hills. Their yoke will be removed from My people; the burden will be lifted from their shoulders. This is the plan I have devised for the whole earth; My hand is ready to strike all the nations.” Indeed, the Lord who commands armies has a plan, and who can possibly frustrate it? His hand is ready to strike, and who can possibly stop it? Isaiah 14:24-27”)

The hope faith of all Jesus’ followers is that His kingdom soon come. His peace and knowledge of His Way is promised through His prophets. Self examination includes seeking God’s will in all things and preparing our minds to think as He’d have us to.

Plans for God’s people, chapter 25

Friday, January 24th, 2020

Jan 24, 2,020. God’s 10th Month, Tevet 27, year 5,780

To: 23,074 families, gifted with a desire to be atOne with God.

What did Jesus mean saying, “what’s born of flesh is flesh and what’s born of Spirit is Spirit?” Answer. (Being born of the spirit makes one spiritual and only spiritually begotten people comprehend spiritual matters.) Jesus also said; “If I have told you people about earthly things and you don’t believe, how will you believe if I tell you about heavenly things?” See John 3:12) Jesus got very elementary with Nicodemus on the subject.

(John 3:5-8; Jesus answered, “I tell you the solemn truth, unless a person is born of water and spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is spirit. (7) 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.”) (Only supernaturally ‘born from above people’ are rid of the earthly hostilities toward God inherited from Adam. This includs the holy attributes He prescribes. ‘See Exodus 20: - 23:) (Fleshly people are partisan in their thinking, spiritually born from above people love one another.)

(Matt 22:37-40; Jesus was asked, ’which commandment is the greatest’ He responded; “’Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. The second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the law and the prophets depend on these two commandments.”)

In addition to God’s weekly ’seventh day holy Sabbath beginning at sunset’ He gave His people three seasons and seven annual Sabbaths that foreshadows His saving.

This coming Passover season, is a time for “In Resident Churches of God people” to examine themselves in Jesus’ light. Looking to Jesus “the Pioneer and Perfector of our faith” and His View regarding all matters. (Religions divided traditionalist and denominations who’re in bondage to the status quo; but, “In Resident Churches of God people” are made free by Jesus’ gifted faith imputed to our minds.) Jesus nor did any apostles ever intended that “followers of Jesus” be in bondage to governments and tradition.

Worldly churches receiving government tax exemptions and license must respond to regulations imposed, regardless if they fit with God’s Way. Prophecy and current world conditions make clear; “followers of Jesus need to operate as ‘underground’ in this latter age.

Jesus’ apostle Paul explained.

(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? Or what does a believer share in common with an unbeliever? And what mutual agreement does the temple of God have with idols? For we ‘followers of Jesus’ 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.” (17) Therefore “come out from their midst, and be separate,” says the Lord, “and touch no unclean thing, and I will welcome you, and I will be a father to you, and you will be My sons and daughters,” says the All-Powerful Lord.”) (Licensed, government tax exempt churches can’t successfully function as “Churches of God” when they have to obey the laws of the land.

Perseverance of the called.

(2Cor 4:1-6; “Therefore, since we have this ministry, just as God has shown us mercy, we do not become discouraged. 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. (3) 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. (5) For we do not proclaim ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your slaves for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said “Let light shine out of darkness,” (An allusion to Gen 1:3; see also Isaiah 9:2) is the One who shined in our hearts to give us the light of the glorious knowledge of God in the face of Christ.”)

“Slave for Jesus’ sake? Accurate translation is “bondservant” found in other versions of scripture, “indicating one who sells himself into slavery to another.” As this is archaic in people‘s minds, few people in today world can understand its force from their fleshly nature. (NOT reckoning one’s self a bondservant to Jesus demonstrates hostility and that another entity becomes one’s Vine.)

Eternal Weight of Glory

(2Cor 4:7-10; “But we ‘apostles’ have this treasure in clay jars, so that the extraordinary power belongs to God and does not come from us ‘we apostles‘ . 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. (12) As a result, death is at work in us, ’we apostles’  but life is at work in you. But since we have the same spirit of faith as that shown in what has been written, “I believed; therefore I spoke,” (‘quote from Ps 116:10’) 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. Therefore we do not despair, but even if our physical body is wearing away, our inner person is being renewed day by day. 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.”)

Living by Faith, Not by Sight

(2Cor 5:1-10; “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 life. (5) Now the One who prepared us for this very purpose is God. 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, (7) for we live by faith, not by sight. 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. 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.”) (Only ’born from above people’ can make it their loving ambition to please God in all things.)

Apostles’ Reconciliation

(2Cor 5:11-14; “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. 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 ’Christians’ have died.” (All followers of Jesus are as fleshly dead and spiritually alive.)

(2Cor 5:15-16; And Jesus died for all so that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for Him who died for them and was raised. So then from now on we acknowledge no one from an outward human point of view. Even though we have known Christ from such a human point of view, now we do not know Him in that way any longer.” (Followers of Jesus acknowledge one another from a spiritual point of view.)

(2Cor 5:17-20; So then, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; what is old has passed away – look, what is new has come! And all these things are from God who reconciled us to Himself through Christ, and who has given us the ministry of reconciliation. (19) In other words, in Christ God was reconciling the world to Himself, not counting people’s trespasses against them, and He has given us the message of reconciliation. (20) Therefore we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making His plea through us. We plead with you on Christ’s behalf, “Be reconciled to God!” 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.”)

If anyone is in Christ or if Christ is in anyone; “that one is a new creation.” Reconciliation is the end of conflict. (Reconciliation with God erases the once held hostilities toward His Way. Once gifted to believe IN, our desire is to be atOne with God. The desire to be rebellious or defiant is replaced with a desire to be like Jesus in every way.

Christ’s Humility

(Philippians 2:1-4; “Therefore, if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort provided by love, any fellowship in the Spirit, any affection or mercy, complete my joy and be of the same mind, by having the same love, being united in spirit, and having one purpose. Instead of being motivated by selfish ambition or vanity, each of you should, in humility, be moved to treat one another as more important than yourself. Each of you should be concerned not only about your own interests, but about the interests of others as well.”

(Phil 2:5-11; You should have the same attitude toward one another that Christ Jesus had, who though He existed in the form of God did not regard equality with God as something to be grasped, but emptied Himself by taking on the form of a slave, by looking like other men, and by sharing in human nature. He humbled Himself, by becoming obedient to the point of death – even death on a cross! (9) As a result God exalted Him and gave Him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow – in heaven and on earth and under the earth – and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.”) (Reconciled to God people can think like Jesus today, after Satan is bound and Jesus returns to establish God’s kingdom on earth; “all who call on the name of the Lord can be reconciled.” It‘s God‘s loving plan.)

Plans for God’s people, chapter 24

Thursday, January 23rd, 2020

Jan 23, 2,020. God’s 10th Month, Tevet 26, year 5,780

To: 23,045 families, gifted with a desire to be atOne with God.

When Jesus died, after Paul‘s conversion and even today some believers are secretive for fear of persecutions. In Paul’s day it was by power granted from Rome that Judaism’s Synagogue priest could order arrest and was Paul’s objective until Jesus revealed Himself on that Damascus journey. Paul’s letters are testimonies to his believing IN faith and what’s meant by being gifted with a “circumcision of heart nature.” In our politically correct societies, Christians have to be cautious about where they express Godly beliefs for fear of government protections of people’s abominable to God practices. Such national protections by governments professing to be Christian are an abominations to God in various ways, “particularly the ungodly practices Jesus had His apostle Paul writes about.”

(Romans 1:22-32; “Although people claimed to be wise, they became fools, exchanging the glory of the immortal God for an image resembling mortal human beings or birds or four-footed animals or reptiles. Therefore God gave them over in the desires of their hearts to impurity, to dishonor their bodies among themselves.

Exchanging the truth of God for a lie, worshiping and served the creation rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.

For this reason God gave them over to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged the natural sexual relations for unnatural ones, and likewise the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed in their passions for one another. Men committed shameless acts with men and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.

As they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what should not be done. They are filled with every kind of unrighteousness, wickedness, covetousness, malice. They are rife with envy, murder, strife, deceit, hostility. They are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, contrivers of all sorts of evil, disobedient to parents, senseless, covenant-breakers, heartless, ruthless.

Although they fully know God’s righteous decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but also approve of those who practice them.”) (The USA’S constitution like the Holy Bible, has been twisted by ‘hostile toward God people’ who’ve passed laws that protect evil practices; thus serving Satan.)

From inherited hostilities people twist and attempt to make the God of Israel, “one fitting their own self serving nature.” Not understanding that a oneness with the God of creation isn’t obtainable through our inherited from Adam nature, and that “a belief in God begins with His calling, opening the mind and giving the desire.” (See Phil 2:13)

Now to Second Corinthians.

(2Corinthians 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!”) (Only Jesus’ apostles had authority to write, “from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.”)

(2Cor 1:3-4; “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.”)

(Each follower of Jesus shares like responsibilities. Comforting one another in love for building up His church is imperative.)

(2Cor 1:5-11; “For just as the sufferings of Christ overflow toward us, so also our comfort through Christ overflows to you. 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. (7) 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. 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. (9) 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. (10) He delivered us from so great a risk of death, and He will deliver us. We have set our hope on Him that He will deliver us yet again, 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.”)

(When we’re gifted to understand “Jesus is our Vine through whom all spiritual nourishment and comfort flow” and we through faith as attached branches grow.)

(2Cor 1:12; “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.”)

(Examination of self, exercising pure motives through faith revelations; “not human intellect, “but as gifted through the grace of God.” Paul had already experienced living according to human intellect; his conclusion “I determined to know nothing except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.”)

(2Cor 1:13-16; “For we do not write you ’followers of Jesus’ 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 ‘apostles’ are your source of pride just as you also are ours in the day of the Lord Jesus. (15) 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.”) (Remember the apostles’ letters are to God’s churches. A converted to Jesus’ Way people.)

(2Cor 1:17-24; “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? But as God is faithful, our message to you is not “Yes” and “No.” (19) For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, the one who was proclaimed among you by us – by me and 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 ‘strengthens’ 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, ‘first installment,’ ‘pledge,’ ‘deposit.’

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.”) (Note: its Paul’s custom to say so when he writes from his own mind. Paul is speaking of the sins in God’s church he wrote about in Corinthians 1:)

(2Cor 2:1-13; “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. But if anyone has caused sadness, he has not saddened me alone, but to some extent (not to exaggerate) he has saddened all of you as well. This punishment ‘of shunning’ on such an individual by the majority is enough for him, (7) so that now instead you should rather forgive and comfort him. This will keep him from being overwhelmed by excessive grief to the point of despair. Therefore I urge you to reaffirm your love for him. (Meaning let him know your love is real.) (9) For this reason also I wrote you: to test you to see if you are obedient in everything. If you forgive anyone for anything, I also forgive him – for indeed what I have forgiven (if I have forgiven anything) I did so for you in the presence of Christ, so that we may not be exploited by Satan (for we are not ignorant of his schemes). Now when I arrived in Troas to proclaim the gospel of Christ, even though the Lord had opened a door of opportunity for me, (13) I had no relief in my spirit, because I did not find my brother Titus there. So I said good-bye to them and set out for Macedonia.”)

(2Cor 2:14-17; “But thanks be to God who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ and who makes known through us ’we apostles’ the fragrance that consists of the knowledge of Him in every place. For we are a sweet aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing – (16) to the latter an odor from death to death, but to the former a fragrance from life to life. And who is adequate for these things? (17) For we are not like so many others, hucksters who peddle the word of God for profit, but we are speaking in Christ before God as persons of sincerity, as persons sent from God.”)

Jesus and His apostles caught a lot of flack, persecution and death because of their teaching absolutes and claiming to have been sent from God. Worldly unbelievers have always attempted to make God fit an image of what they think gods should be.

(2Cor 3:1-3; “Are we, ‘apostles’ 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.”)

(Tablets of human hearts? “Circumcision of heart - changed nature” the energizing Holy Spirit of God living in people.

(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.”)

(May we each pray not to assume adequacy from our human intellect. It’s the reason God commanded Adam not to eat “partake of” the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Adam and Eve did partake and that humanity causes people to make “gods from their intellect.” Thus the many opinions, beliefs and denominations asserting that they represent God.)

Spirit’s Ministry

(2Cor 3:7-8; “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) how much more glorious will the ministry of the Spirit be?”)

(When Moses came down from Mt. Sinai with the ‘ten commandment’ tablets the people were afraid to approach him because his face was so radiant (Exod 34:29-30)  (The ministry that produces righteousness is gifted faith.)

(2Cor 3:9-14; “For if there was glory in the ministry that produced condemnation, how much more does the ministry that produces righteousness, excel in glory! For indeed, what had been glorious now has no glory because of the tremendously greater glory of what replaced it. (11) For if what was made ineffective came with glory, how much more has what remains come in glory! 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. It has not been removed because only in Christ is it taken away.”

(All who look to methodology have their minds closed. Only through revealed gifted faith reliance in Jesus are people’s minds opened miraculously.

(2Cor 3:15-18; “But until this very day whenever Moses is read, a veil lies over their minds, but when one turns to ‘believes IN’ the Lord, the veil is removed. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is present, there is freedom. 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.”)

The only freedom known to mankind is the freedom that’s through Jesus.

Plans for God’s people, chapter 23

Tuesday, January 21st, 2020

Jan 21, 2,020. God’s 10th Month, Tevet 24, year 5,780     

To: 23,006 families, gifted with a desire to be atOne with God.

The worshiping Christians before spiritual Mt. Zion Paul speaks of, are “Believers IN” who’re gifted with a “circumcision of heart.” When Jesus made a covenant of circumcision with Abraham, He was looking forward to “God the Father’s calling out a people, “planting a love of Himself in their minds” and making them His chosen, atOne with Himself, “circumcising their hearts” “changing that inherited from an Adam nature,” to our Pioneer and Perfector Jesus’ nature and faith. This revelation to Moses may have been as “Moses looking through a glass indirectly, as in darkened.’”

(1Cor 13:12-13; “For now we ‘followers of Jesus’ see in a mirror indirectly, but then we will see face to face. Now I know in part, but then I will know fully, just as I have been fully known. And now these three remain: “faith, hope, and love, but the greatest of these is love.”) Loving God cures the hostility people have toward His laws. Knowing God loves us, cures the inherited desire of choosing for ourselves what’s right, wrong, good and evil.)

God hasn’t changed, His desires for His chosen’s well being in Moses’ day, is the same for converted followers of Jesus in this age.

(Deut 10:12-13; “Now, Israel, ’and you spiritual Israelites’ what does the Lord your God require of you except to revere Him, love Him, serve Him with all your mind and being, and to keep the Lord’s commandments and statutes that I am giving you today for your own good?”

(Deut 10:14-15; “The heavens – indeed the highest heavens – belong to the Lord your God, as does the earth and everything in it. However, only to your ancestors did He show His loving favor, He chose you, their descendants, from all peoples – as is apparent today.”

(Deut 10:16; “Therefore, cleanse ‘circumcise’ your heart and stop being so stubborn!”) (CLEANSE? Hebrew: “circumcise the foreskin of” referencing the Abrahamic covenant prompts Moses to recall the sign of that covenant, namely, physical circumcision. (See Gen 17:9-14) Just as that act signified total covenant obedience, so spiritual circumcision ‘cleansing of the heart’ signifies more internally a commitment to be pliable and obedient to the will of God. (See Deut 30:6; Jer 4:4; 9:26).

(Deut 10:17-19; “For the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great, mighty, and awesome God who is unbiased and takes no bribe, who justly treats the orphan and widow, and who loves resident foreigners, giving them food and clothing.”) Study the whole.

Without God’s calling out and revealing Himself, “all follow the dictates of culture, what seems right through their training, schooling and inherited intellect. All individually decide for themselves, what’s right, wrong, good and evil. Without God’s revelations all are idolaters, but a world wide revelation is coming.

God’s future deliverance and cleansing is prophesied for Israel.

(Deut 30:4-6; “Even if your exiles are in the most distant land, from there, “the Lord your God will gather you and bring you back.” (5) Then He will bring you to the land your ancestors possessed, you also will possess it; He will do better for you and multiply you more than He did your ancestors. (6) The Lord your God will also cleanse, ‘circumcise’ your heart and the hearts, of your descendants’ so that you may love Him with all your mind and being and so that you may live.”

(Deut 30:7-10; “Then the Lord your God will put all these curses on your enemies, on those who hate you and persecute you. (8) You will return and obey the Lord, keeping all His commandments I am giving you today. The Lord your God will make the labor of your hands abundantly successful and multiply your children, the offspring of your cattle, and the produce of your soil. For the Lord your God will once more rejoice over you to make you prosperous just as He rejoiced over your ancestors, if you obey the Lord your God and keep His commandments and statutes that are written in this scroll of the law. But you must turn to Him with your whole mind and being.”)

Today’s followers of Jesus, genuine Christians, are a chosen called out people as was Abraham, Isaac and Jacob whose name was changed to “Israel.” (The name Israel is defined as: “God fights or fights for.”) Unlike the Israelites of old, “we spiritual Israelites are spiritual heirs of “the new covenant’s gifting Jesus’ faith in His death and shed blood for the remission of our sins. Physical and spiritual Israelites are heirs with Abraham. (See Galatians 3:29)

Israel’s Restoration through Confession and Repentance was preplanned.

(Leviticus 26:39; “‘As for the ones who remain among you, they will rot away because of their iniquity in the lands of your enemies and they will also rot away because of their ancestors’ iniquities which are with them.”) (In other words ’what you inherited.’)

(Lev 26:40-43; “However, when they confess their iniquity and their ancestors’ iniquity which they committed by trespassing against Me, by which they also walked in hostility against Me (and I Myself will walk in hostility against them and bring them in to the land of their enemies) and then their uncircumcised hearts become humbled and they make up for their iniquity, (42) I will remember My covenant with Jacob, My covenant with Isaac, My covenant with Abraham, and I will remember the land. (43) The land will be abandoned by them in order that it may make up for its Sabbaths while it is made desolate without them, and they will make up for their iniquity because they have rejected My regulations and have abhorred My statutes.”)

(Lev 26:44-45; “In spite of this, however, when they are in the land of their enemies I will not reject them and abhor them to make a complete end of them, to break My covenant with them, for I am the Lord their God. (45) I will remember for them the covenant with their ancestors whom I brought out from the land of Egypt in the sight of the nations to be their God. I am the Lord.’”)

Man’s hostile inherited nature caused “circumcision of heart doctrine”

to evolved to a methodology of works for salvation.

(Jeremiah 4:1-4; “If you, Israel, want to come back,” says the Lord, “if you want to come back to Me, you must get those disgusting idols out of My sight and must no longer go astray. You must be truthful, honest and upright when you take an oath saying, ‘As surely as the Lord lives!’ If you do, the nations will pray to be as blessed by Him as you are and will make Him the object of their boasting.” (3) Yes, the Lord has this to say to the people of Judah and Jerusalem: “Like a farmer breaking up hard unplowed ground, you must break your rebellious will and make a new beginning; just as a farmer must clear away thorns lest the seed is wasted, you must get rid of the sin that is ruining your lives. (4) Just as ritual circumcision cuts away the foreskin as an external symbol of dedicated covenant commitment, you must genuinely dedicate yourselves to the Lord and get rid of everything that hinders your commitment to Me, people of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem. If you do not, my anger will blaze up like a flaming fire against you that no one will be able to extinguish. That will happen because of the evil you have done.”)

No uncircumcised of heart “foreigners” in New Jerusalem.

(Ezek 44:6-8; “Say to the rebellious, to the house of Israel, ‘This is what the sovereign Lord says: Enough of all your abominable practices, O house of Israel! When you bring foreigners, those uncircumcised in heart and in flesh, into My sanctuary, you desecrate it – even My house – when you offer My food, the fat and the blood. You have broken My covenant by all your abominable practices. You have not kept charge of My holy things, but you have assigned foreigners to keep charge of My sanctuary for you.”

(Ezek 44:9; “This is what the sovereign Lord says: No foreigner, who is uncircumcised in heart and flesh among all the foreigners who are among the people of Israel, will enter into My sanctuary.”

(Ezek 44:10-14; “‘But the Levites who went far from Me, straying off from Me after their idols when Israel went astray, will be responsible for their sin. (Remember some became Pharisees and some Sadducees.) (11) Yet they will be ministers in My sanctuary, having oversight at the gates of the temple, and serving the temple. They will slaughter the burnt offerings and the sacrifices for the people, and they will stand before them to minister to them. (12) Because they used to minister to them before their idols, and became a sinful obstacle to the house of Israel, consequently I have made a vow concerning them, declares the sovereign Lord, that they will be responsible for their sin. They will not come near Me to serve Me as priest, nor will they come near any of My holy things, the things which are most sacred. They will bear the shame of the abominable deeds they have committed. Yet I will appoint them to keep charge of the temple, all of its service and all that will be done in it.”) Study the whole.

Consider why the Lord Jesus did not want Adam and Eve eating from the “knowledge of good and evil tree.” Why followers of Jesus must come out from among unbelievers.

(Jeremiah 9:25-26; The Lord says, “Watch out! The time is soon coming when I will punish all those who are circumcised only in the flesh. That is, I will punish the Egyptians, the Judeans, the Edomites, the Ammonites, the Moabites, and all the desert people who cut their hair short at the temples, ’people of remote parts of the world.’ I will do so because none of the people of those nations are really circumcised in the Lord’s sight. Moreover, none of the people of Israel are circumcised when it comes to their hearts.”)

Jesus’ apostle Paul explained.

(Rom 2:17-24; “But if you call yourself a Jew, ‘Christian’ and rely on the law and boast of your relationship to God and know His will and approve the superior things because you receive instruction from the law, and if you are convinced that you yourself are a guide to the blind, a light to those who are in darkness, an educator of the senseless, a teacher of little children, because you have in the law the essential features of knowledge and of the truth – (21) therefore you who teach someone else, do you not teach yourself? You who preach against stealing, do you steal? You who tell others not to commit adultery, do you commit adultery? You who abhor idols, do you rob temples? You who boast in the law dishonor God by transgressing the law! (24) For just as it is written, “the name of God is being blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you.”) ‘Quote from Isaiah 52:5’

(Rom 2:25-29; “For circumcision has its value if you practice the law, but if you break the law, your circumcision has become uncircumcision. Therefore if the uncircumcised man obeys the righteous requirements of the law, will not his uncircumcision be regarded as circumcision? And will not the physically uncircumcised man who keeps the law judge you who, despite the written code and circumcision, transgress the law? (28) For a person is not a Jew, ‘Christian’ who is one outwardly, nor is circumcision something that is outward in the flesh, (29) 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.”) Recipients’ of God’s gifted energizing Holy Spirit are a circumcised of heart people.

Plans for God’s people, chapter 22

Sunday, January 19th, 2020

Jan 19 - 2,020. God’s 10th Month, Tevet 22, year 5,780     

To: 22,946 families, gifted with a relationship desire with God the Father, God the Son and His Church.

Denominationalism’s views separated Judaism in the apostolic age, “Pharisees and Sadducee doctrines” divided the temple priest. Pharisees believed in resurrections and angels while Sadducees rejected both. Today’s believers in Jesus are singular, having unity with Him, worshiping Him as “the Vine and we the branches” followers of Jesus reject denominationalism.

(Romans 15:4-6; For everything that was written in former times was written for our instruction, so that through endurance and through encouragement of the scriptures we may have hope. Now may the God of endurance and comfort give you unity with one another in accordance with Christ Jesus, so that together we may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.)

(Today there’re spiritual components ‘parallels’ for we who’re called and gifted with His Holy Spirit 0f truth, “we’re the circumcised of heart people.” After Jesus’ ascension He breathed on and endowed His apostles with His spirit enabling them to understand the holy scriptures. On that following Pentecost they understood what was taking place. Since Jesus’ ascension and that following Pentecost; “all called out gifted with the Holy Spirit of truth people are gifted with immortality while living in the flesh and are The Church of God.” The imputation of God’s spirit is the ‘fathering.’ “Begotten of His Holy Spirit of truth makes recipients literally atOne with God the Father and God the Son.“ ‘Jesus.’

Jesus makes comparisons we need to understand through His apostle Paul “regarding the Israelites approaching Mt. Zion back when He had Moses come up and receive the law.” Paul writes of Moses saying “he exceedingly feared” when God shook the mountain and ‘even if an animal touched it, the animal had to be stoned.’ In the book of Hebrews, Jesus had Paul explain the spiritual parallel being “that when followers of Jesus worship they’re before the heavenly and spiritual Mt. Zion.”

(Hebrews 12:18-29; For you ‘worshipers’ 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. (See Exodus 19:) For they ‘the Israelites’ 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.” (See Deau 9:19)

(Heb 12:22-24; But you ’worshipers 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’re enrolled in heaven, and to God, the judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous, who have been made perfect, and to Jesus, the Mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks of something better than Abel’s does. (See Gen 4:10 & Heb 11:9)

(Heb 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’re 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.”)

Regarding the spiritually begotten ‘fathered’ ‘born from above people’ Jesus explained to Nicodemus who had ask how that could be.

(John 3:5-6; Jesus answered, “I tell you the solemn truth, unless a person is born of water and spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. What’s born of the flesh is flesh, and what’s born of the Spirit is spirit.” (All pro-created people are flesh born of water in the mother’s womb. All spiritually begotten ‘fathered by God people’ are recipients of Jesus spirit - nature.)

(John 3:7-14; Do not be amazed that I said to you, ‘You must all be born from above.’ (8) 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.) Nicodemus replied, “How can these things be?” Jesus answered, “Are you the teacher of Israel and yet you don’t understand these things? I tell you the solemn truth, We ‘gifted of God’ speak about what We know and testify about what We have seen, but you people do not accept Our testimony. If I have told you people about earthly things and you don’t believe, how will you believe if I tell you about heavenly things? No one has ascended into heaven except the One who descended from heaven — the Son of Man. Just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, so that everyone who believes in Him may have eternal life.”)

(God’s spiritual fathering is a miraculous event, “a spiritual opening of mind and spirit, so spectacular we can’t explain, except perhaps as His breathing on His apostles, opened their understanding.) Likened to the change that’ll take place with “Jesus’ followers who’ll be alive when Jesus returns.”

(1Thess 4:16-18; For the Lord Himself will come down from heaven with a shout of command, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be suddenly caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we’ll always be with the Lord. Therefore encourage one another with these words.)

During Jesus’ apostles lives, when He was working through them, ‘worldly governing conditions were much like today except less governmental welfare and more individual responsibility. As today, few worldly governmental leaders believed IN Jesus so “His followers were and are persecuted.” Then and now it’s imperative that Believers in Jesus separate from this world’s status quo “it’s system of things.” (Similar to Abraham’s example.) God is the same yesterday, today and forever. (See Hebrews 13:8) It’s always been that few are gifted to believe IN.

All nations have laws and when they oppose God’s Way “it’s lawlessness in His View.” Christians are instructed to separate mentally and spiritually.

(2Corinthians 6:14-18; “Do not become partners, ’mismatched’ 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?) (Beliar occurs only here in the New Testament and is referencing 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 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.”) (Quote from Isaiah 52;11, Lev 26:12; similar to Jeremiah 32:38; and Ezekiel 37:27.)

It’s incumbent on followers of Jesus that we look out for fellow Believers. Our problem in this age is that we’re so scattered that few personally know another Believing IN family. Nevertheless, we need to consider and digest Paul’s teaching regarding helping the Saints.

Collections for the Saints in Jerusalem IS another area

people twist to their own demise.

(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. (3) 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.”)

Unbelieving people use this text and Paul’s letter to the Galatians for their pretext example of a Sabbath change. In Jesus’ and the apostolic days, money, goods and services were physically sent “as in delivery.” Before banking was as we know it today. Getting collections together was an ordeal, ‘as in work.’ Paul wanted the collection work to be done in advance so as to be ready for delivery after the Sabbath.

(1Cor 16:5-9; “But I will come to you after I have gone through Macedonia – for I will be going through Macedonia – and perhaps I will stay with you, or even spend the winter, so that you can send me on my journey, wherever I go. For I do not want to see you now in passing, since I hope to spend some time with you, if the Lord allows. But I will stay in Ephesus until Pentecost, because a door of great opportunity stands wide open for me, but there are many opponents.”)

Consider Paul’s opponents and opportunities. In “Acts of the apostles” we read of riots in Ephesus, disrupting people shouting “great is Dianna” for several hours and Paul being stoned. Additionally many from Judea disrupted about methodology for salvation teaching etc. However God was calling a people for His name and revealing the opportunity to Paul.

Paul recognizes associates; fellow workers.

(1Cor 16:10-14; “Now if Timothy comes, see that he has nothing to fear among you, for he is doing the Lord’s work, as I am too. So then, let no one treat him with contempt. But send him on his way in peace so that he may come to me. For I am expecting him with the brothers. With regard to our brother Apollos: I strongly encouraged him to visit you with the other brothers, but it was simply not his intention to come now. He will come when he has the opportunity. Stay alert, stand firm in the faith, show courage, be strong. Everything you do should be done in love.”)

(1Cor 16:15-24; “Now, brothers and sisters, you know about the household of Stephanus, that as the first converts of Achaia, they devoted themselves to ministry for the Saints. I urge you also to submit to people like this, and to everyone who cooperates in the work and labors hard. (17) I was glad about the arrival of Stephanus, Fortunatus, and Achaicus because they have supplied the fellowship with you that I lacked. For they refreshed my spirit and yours. So then, recognize people like this. (19) The churches in the province of Asia send greetings to you. Aquila and Priscilla greet you warmly in the Lord, with the church that meets in their house. All the brothers and sisters send greetings. Greet one another with a holy kiss.

(21-24; I, Paul, send this greeting with my own hand. Let anyone who has no love for the Lord be accursed. Our Lord, come! The grace of the Lord Jesus be with you. My love be with all of you in Christ Jesus.”)

Plans for God’s chosen, chapter 21

Friday, January 17th, 2020

Jan 17 - 2,020. God’s 10th Month, Tevet 20, year 5,780     

To: 22,910 families called and gifted with desire to be family with God.

As is soon revealed to called out individuals “we aren’t our own, we were purchased with Jesus’ shed blood.” He did the calling, He gave the desire and effort to be atOne with Himself. Jesus revealed it through His apostles.

(Phil 2:12-13; “So then, my dear friends, just as you have always obeyed, not only in my presence but even more in my absence, continue working out your salvation with awe and reverence, for the One bringing forth in you both the desire and the effort — for the sake of His good pleasure — is God.”) (Don’t boast of your understanding.)

(1Cor 6:19-20; “Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price. Therefore glorify God with your body.”)

Followers of Jesus soon learn that it isn’t their prerogative to decide for ourselves what’s right, wrong, good and evil. Adam and Eve were the first people taught this lesson; Cain and Abel is our first example; “the scriptures teach because of his obedience Abel’s blood still speaks.” Cain was defiant, did what seemed right to his fleshly nature and Abel yielded to God’s command.

Gifted “circumcision of heart people” believe IN Jesus as He’s manifest to be in the Holy Scriptures. When God reveals Himself and we realized His goodness “characteristics - attributes” only then are we able to be totally repentant for having practiced what seemed right to our inherited from Adam nature. To believe IN is to know God loved us first, He made us His own and gifted a nature change! (See 1John 4:10)

The resurrection chapter teaches “God’s kingdom

and an orderly time of judgment.

(1Cor 15:1-2; “Now I want to make clear for you, brothers and sisters, the gospel that I preached to you, that you received and on which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold firmly to the message I preached to you – unless you believed in vain.”)

How do people believe in vain? Follow Cain’s example! Denominationalist’s way, “practicing what seems right to fleshly inherited intellect.”

(1Cor 15:3-11; “For I passed on to you as of first importance what I also received – that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the scriptures, (5) and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. Then He appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. (7) Then He appeared to James, then to all the apostles. Last of all, as though to one born at the wrong time, he appeared to me also. For I am the least of the apostles, unworthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. (10) But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace to me has not been in vain. In fact, I worked harder than all of them – yet not I, but the grace of God with me. Whether then it was I or they, this is the way we preach and this is the way you believed.”)

It’s  good to consider Paul’s calling in relationship to our own. Paul couldn’t turn from the Pharisee defiant denominational way until Jesus miraculously revealed Himself and if we know, believe IN God the Father and God the Son, it’s by revelation.

(1Cor 15:12-15; “Now if Christ is being preached as raised from the dead, how can some of you say there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is futile and your faith is empty. (15) Also, we are found to be false witnesses about God, because we have testified against God that He raised Christ from the dead, when in reality He did not raise Him, if indeed the dead are not raised.”)

(Most denominations teach the “heaven - hell” doctrine omit half the equation regarding resurrections. Refuse to believe IN the awesomeness of Ezekiel 37:) (Jesus physically resurrected Lazarus, others through His apostles and many more will be resurrected to a second physical life.)

(1Cor 15:16-19; “For if the dead are not raised, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is useless; you are still in your sins. Furthermore, those who have fallen asleep in Christ have also perished. For if only in this life we have hope in Christ, we should be pitied more than anyone.”) (Only in this life is what Satan has the world believing.) Note the two resurrection categories expressed (a) “if the dead aren’t raised” and (b) “those who have fallen asleep in Christ. Later in this chapter we’ll see, “each in their own order.“ First “a spiritual resurrection.” Others are God’s prerogatives.

(1Cor 15:20-23; “But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since death came through a man, ‘Adam’ the resurrection of the dead also came through a man. ‘Jesus’ (22) For just as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive. But each in his own order: Christ, the firstfruits; then when Christ comes, those who belong to Him.”)

Jesus was the first begotten by the Holy Spirit. His sperm was spiritually united with Mary’s egg; “He was the Son of God before birth” and the first to be resurrected from physical to a spiritual life. He’s the firstfruit and All who die in Christ will be in the first spiritual resurrection. All Israel and people of God’s choosing will be resurrected to a physical life. Jesus resurrecting Lazarus and through Peter, resurrecting Tabitha called Dorcas are two prime foreshadowing examples; See Acts 9:36-40. (Ezekiel 37: is one of several prophecies about Israelites being delivered back to the borders promised Abraham. (See Isa 22:, 35: , 51: -53:, 65:, Jeremiah 31:, Amos 9:11-15 & Micah for starters.)

Next Paul’s prophecy jumps about one thousand years.

(1Cor 15:24-28; “Then comes the end, ’see verses 25-28’ when He ‘Jesus’ hands over the kingdom to God the Father, when He ‘Jesus’ has brought to an end all rule and all authority and power. (25) For He must reign until He has put all his enemies under His feet. (26) The last enemy to be eliminated is death. (27) For He ‘God the father’ has put everything in subjection under His, ’Jesus’’ feet. (Quote from Psalms 8:6) But when it says “everything” has been put in subjection, it is clear that this does not include the One ’God the Father’ who put everything in subjection to Him. ‘Jesus.’ (28) And when all things are subjected to Him, then the Son Himself will be subjected to the One ’God the Father’ who subjected everything to Him, so that God may be all in all.”)

(There is no beginning and ending with God, there’s more plans after New Jerusalem’s coming down.)

(1Cor 15:29- “Otherwise, what will those do who are baptized for the dead? If the dead are not raised at all, then why are they baptized for them?

(Many suggestions have been offered for the puzzling expression ‘baptized for the dead.’ There are up to 200 different explanations for the passage. The most likely interpretation is that some Corinthians had undergone baptism to bear witness to the faith of fellow believers who had died without experiencing that rite themselves. Paul’s reference to the practice here is neither a recommendation nor a condemnation. He simply uses it as evidence from the lives of the Corinthians themselves to bolster his larger argument, begun in 15:12, that resurrection from the dead is a present reality in Christ and a future reality for them. Whatever they may have proclaimed, the Corinthians’ actions demonstrated that they had hope for a bodily resurrection.”)

(1Cor 15:30-34; “Why too are we in danger every hour? Every day I am in danger of death! This is as sure as my boasting in you, which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord. (32) If from a human point of view I fought with wild beasts at Ephesus, what did it benefit me? If the dead are not raised, let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die. (’An allusion to Isaiah 22:13; 56:12’) Do not be deceived: “Bad company corrupts good morals.” (34) Sober up as you should, and stop sinning! For some have no knowledge of God – I say this to your shame!”)

Why concern about the resurrected Body?

(1Cor 15:35-31; “But someone will say, “How are the dead raised? With what kind of body will they come?” Fool! What you sow will not come to life unless it dies. And what you sow is not the body that is to be, but a bare seed – perhaps of wheat or something else. (38) But God gives it a body just as He planned, and to each of the seeds a body of its own. All flesh is not the same: People have one flesh, animals have another, birds and fish another. (40) And there are heavenly bodies and earthly bodies. The glory of the heavenly body is one sort and the earthly another. There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon and another glory of the stars, for star differs from star in glory.”)

(1Cor 15:42-49; “It is the same with the resurrection of the dead. What is sown is perishable, what is raised is imperishable. ‘Spiritual’ It is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body. (45) So also it is written, “The first man, Adam, became a living person”; ‘living soul”; (Quote from Gen 2:7’) the last Adam ‘Jesus’ became a life-giving spirit. However, the spiritual did not come first, but the natural, and then the spiritual. (47) The first man ’Adam’ is from the earth, made of dust; the second man ‘Jesus’ is from heaven. Like the one made of dust, so too are those made of dust, and like the One ‘Jesus’ from heaven, so too those who are heavenly. And just as we have borne the image of the man of dust, let us also bear the image of the man of heaven.”)

(The original reading is in the future tense, “we will bear.” Thus a guarantee that believers will be like Jesus (and unlike Adam) in the resurrection. So live now as citizens of the kingdom that we are inheriting.

(1Cor 15:50-58; “Now this is what I am saying, brothers and sisters: Flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. Listen, I will tell you a mystery: We ‘followers of Jesus’ will not all sleep, but we will all be changed – in a moment, in the blinking of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. (53) For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality. Now when this perishable puts on the imperishable, and this mortal puts on immortality, then the saying that is written will happen, “Death has been swallowed up in victory.” (‘Quote from Isaiah 25:8’) “Where, O death is your victory? Where, O death is your sting?” (‘Quote from Hosea 13:14’) (56) The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ! So then, dear brothers and sisters, be firm. Do not be moved! Always be outstanding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.”)

(We “circumcision of heart people” are gifted with a Godly desire to follow the Perfecter and Pioneer of our faith, ‘Jesus.’

Plans for God’s chosen, chapter 20

Wednesday, January 15th, 2020

Jan 15 - 2,020. God’s 10th Month, Tevet 18, year 5,780     

To: A called people gifted with desire to be atOne with God, “His church.”

Jesus commissioned His apostles John and Paul to identify Himself as; “Re-Creator, Creator, Sustainer, One through whom life is, Deliverer, Healer, Protector, Mediator and coming King of Kings.” (See Col 1:15-20, John 1:1-5 and Hebrews 1:) Jesus set aside perpetual Holy Days for His called people. He’s the Alpha and Omega, Son of God and Spokesman who said, “Let us make man in our image and likeness.” He’s the Lord God that made promises to Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph and Moses. His kingdom and church family is built on the foundation God the Father commissioned Jesus with. Prophets, Apostles with Jesus Himself as “chief Cornerstone and Vine through whom His followers “the branches” are nourished.” His is the only truth.

As we prepare our minds for the coming Passover, we need to ask God for revelations regarding our short comings and to give us His gift of repentance. Consider Jesus’ parable concerning the “last becoming first and the first last.” Last are people in this age since Jesus‘ ascension. (It may be harder than in previous times because Satan realizes his time is short.) It’s prophesied that he’ll cause more disturbances for Jesus’ followers as he sees his time is about up. (Consider Heb 12:1-2; “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, we must get rid of every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and run with endurance the race set out for us, keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus, the Pioneer and Perfector of our faith.”) (In Matthew’s 24th chapter Jesus said in effect, “in these latter days love will wax cold, families will turn on one another and lawlessness will increase.” (Allow the apostle John’s definition of lawlessness.)

(1John 3:4-5; “Everyone who practices sin also practices lawlessness; indeed, sin is lawlessness. And you know that Jesus was revealed to take away sins, and in Him there is no sin.”)

Consider our Pioneer and Perfector riding into Jerusalem on a donkey before Passover. (Matt 21:1-5; “Now when they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, telling them, “Go to the village ahead of you. Right away you will find a donkey tied there, and a colt with her. Untie them and bring them to Me. If anyone says anything to you, you are to say, ‘The Lord needs them’ and he will send them at once. (4) This took place to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet: “Tell the people of Zion, ‘Look, your king is coming to you, unassuming and seated on a donkey, and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’ (Quote from Zachariah 9:9.)

There was never room for defiance in Jesus’ nature, He deliberately, humbled and willingly demonstrated His subordinate nature toward His and our God the Father. As Deliverer of Israel through Moses “our Perfector and Pioneer of the Christians faith, “Jesus our Lord and Savior” fed the Israelites manna forty years and gave them water from a rock through Moses. As the Son of God Jesus came as Savior of the world. “He demonstrated all the attributes of God the Father by re-creating aged wine, fish and bread, feeding thousands; He resurrected Lazarus after being dead four days. As the scriptures say; “it isn’t room in the book to record all Jesus’ miracles.”

All things that have been created were created by Creator Jesus. (See John 1:1-5) (Read 1John 1:1-4) (Colossians 1:15-20) and (Hebrews 1:1-4 now.) (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 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.”)

This same Re-creator, Creator, Deliverer, Savior and Mediator

humbled Himself in washing His apostles’ feet.

(John 13:1-17; “Just before the Passover feast, Jesus knew that His time had come to depart from this world to the Father. Having loved His own who were in the world, He now loved them to the very end. The evening meal was in progress, and the devil had already put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, that he should betray Jesus. Because Jesus knew that the Father had handed all things over to Him, and that He had come from God and was going back to God, (4) He got up from the meal, removed His outer clothes, took a towel and tied it around Himself. He poured water into the washbasin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to dry them with the towel He had wrapped around Himself. (6) Then He came to Simon Peter. Peter said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?” Jesus replied, “You do not understand what I am doing now, but you will understand after these things.” Peter said to Him, “You will never wash my feet!” Jesus replied, “If I do not wash you, you have no share with Me.” (9) Simon Peter said to Him, “Lord, wash not only my feet, but also my hands and my head!” Jesus replied, “The one who has bathed needs only to wash his feet, but is completely clean. And you disciples are clean, but not every one of you.” (11) (For Jesus knew the one who was going to betray Him. For this reason He said, “Not every one of you is clean.” (12) So when Jesus had washed their feet and put his outer clothing back on, He took His place at the table again and said to them, “Do you understand what I have done for you?” You call Me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and do so correctly, for that is what I am. (14) If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you too ought to wash one another’s feet. (15) For I have given you an example – you should do just as I have done for you. I tell you the solemn truth, the slave is not greater than his master, nor is the one who is sent as a messenger greater than the One who sent him. (17) If you understand these things, you will be blessed if you do them.”)

Unlike Jesus we inherited and were born with a defiant nature, which causes the many to rely on their own intellect rather than believe in creation, the God of Creation, order, structured and life practices He commands.

As a salesperson in my early twenties. My supervisor was assisting me when something came up about Jesus’ return and His millennial rule on earth. I made a comment regarding peace on earth and that “all would one day be in compliance with Jesus’ order of things.” My supervisor commented that he wouldn’t want to live in a situation where he couldn’t choose what to believe for himself. That ended our dialog, but I’ve never forgot it because his view defines the hostile nature we inherited from Adam.

The “Lord God Jesus” didn’t want Adam choosing for himself regarding. “what was right, wrong, good and evil.” (Genesis 2:15-17; “The Lord God took the man and placed him in the orchard in Eden to care for it and to maintain it. Then the Lord God commanded the man, “You may freely eat fruit from every tree of the orchard, (17) but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will surely die.”)

Why did God not want Adam deciding for himself “what’s good and evil?” People deciding for themselves opens the door of division, chaos and gives Satan opportunity to coach and deceive. That result is prevalent today. Thus, true to God’s promise, “all die once” and true to God’s promise, “people not obedient and submissive to His Way will die a second death.” (See Revelations 2:11, 20:6, 20:14 and read 21:8 now. (But to the cowards, unbelievers, detestable persons, murderers, the sexually immoral, and those who practice magic spells, idol worshipers, and all those who lie, their place will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur. That is the second death.”)

The good news for this age is that not everyone is called; God isn’t revealing Himself to everyone because it doesn‘t serve His ultimate purpose.  In the millennial age to come, “knowledge of Jesus’ Way will cover the earth.”

(Isaiah 11:9; “They will no longer injure or destroy on My entire royal mountain. For there will be universal submission to the Lord’s sovereignty, just as the waters completely cover the sea.”

Unity and being at one is God’s way.

(Gen 2:15-18 “The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a companion for him who corresponds to him.” (Note Adam’s created intellect in naming all God’s created animals too.

(Gen 2:21-24; “So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep, and while he was asleep, he took part of the man’s side and closed up the place with flesh. (23) Then the man said; “This one at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; this one will be called ‘woman,’ for she was taken out of man.” That is why a man leaves his father and mother and unites with his wife, and they become a new family, ‘one flesh.’)

Hebrew: “and they become one flesh?” The retention of the word “flesh” in the translation often leads to improper or incomplete interpretations. The Hebrew word refers to more than just a sexual union. When they unite in marriage, the man and woman bring into being a new family unit. The phrase “one flesh” occurs only here and must be interpreted in light of v. 23.” Without Godly knowledge “marriage is only a sexual union.”

The principle of family order is consistent with the reason God didn’t want Adam deciding for himself, “what is right, wrong, good and evil.” It’s why Jesus is head of His new covenant church. People choosing for themselves are the reason we have denominations that demonstrate Satan’s success. It’s caused Israelites in Jesus’ day to be Pharisees and Sadducees. Mankind’s inherited defiant nature feeds his desire to decide for self.

Look back to the previous chapter: “we studied Paul’s instruction regarding the difference in men and women’s role in the family.” Consider why women should be quiet in congregational teaching worship? (Greek: “For they are not permitted to speak.” In light of 1Cor 11:2-16, which gives permission for women to pray or prophesy in the church meetings, the silence commanded seems not to involve the absolute prohibition of a woman addressing the assembly. Therefore consider (1) some take “be silent” to mean not taking an authoritative teaching role as 1Timothy 2: indicates, but (2) another suggestion relates to the preceding regulations about evaluating the prophets (v. 29) Paul is indicating that the women should not speak up during such an evaluation, since such questioning would be in violation of the submission to male leadership that the Old Testament calls for. In the law, Gen 2:18-23)

The man and his wife were both naked, but they were not ashamed.”)

Paul’s letter to Timothy shares the nature Godly women should strive for.

(1Tim 2:9-16; “Likewise the women are to dress ‘adorn themselves’ in suitable apparel, with modesty, (‘moderation’ ‘sobriety’ ‘decency’ ‘sensibleness’ or “sound judgment’ and self control. Their adornment should be with good deeds, not braided hair gold, pearls or expensive clothing, as is proper for women who profess reverence for God. (11) A woman must learn quietly with all submissiveness. But I do not allow a woman to teach or exercise authority over a man. She must remain quiet. (13) For Adam was formed first and then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman, because she was fully deceived, fell into transgression. (15) But she will be delivered through childbearing, if she continues in faith and love and holiness with self-control.”)

Godly characteristics in men or women are hard to find in this latter age. This Passover season is the perfect time to evaluate ourselves in Jesus’ light.

Plans for God’s people, chapter 19

Monday, January 13th, 2020

Jan 13 - 2,020. God’s 10th Month, Tevet 16, year 5,780     

To: A called people gifted with desire to be atOne with God, “His church.”

Consider the difference in how Passover and the two Sabbaths associated with the season were planned for? Consider how this holy season should be prepared for. About eight days before Nisan 14, ‘in the year Jesus died” He began preparing His apostles for His departure. They didn’t comprehend Jesus’ value until He entered that locked room where His followers were assembled, because of fearing the local authorities.

(John 20:24-25; “Now Thomas (called Didymus), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. The other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he replied, “Unless I see the wounds from the nails in His hands, and put my finger into the wounds from the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will never believe it!”)

(John 20:26-29; Eight days later the disciples were again together in the house, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” Then He said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and examine My hands. Extend your hand and put it into My side. Do not continue in your unbelief, but believe.” Thomas replied to Him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen Me? Blessed are the people who have not seen and yet have believed.”)

Let’s prepare our minds for worship and thanksgiving on this coming Passover season. Let’s believe that Jesus is our Passover and Deliverer from sin’s broad way, “to His righteous path.” Starting on this coming Passover and through the following week, “let’s set aside time for examining ourselves in Jesus’ light and consider what He has delivered us from and to.” To Jesus’ followers Paul wrote and remember he’s writing during the season.

(1Cor 6:9-11; “Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived! The sexually immoral, idolaters, adulterers, passive homosexual partners, practicing homosexuals, thieves, the greedy, drunkards, the verbally abusive, and swindlers will not inherit the kingdom of God. Some of you once lived this way. But you ‘followers of Jesus’ were washed, you were sanctified, ‘set aside’ you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.”)

Our Lord, nor did any apostle ever tell us it would be easy turning from sinful practices while living is this world’s condoning sin system of things. As with the Israelites Jesus delivered through Moses, followers of Jesus in Paul’s day had their problems with standing firm in The Faith ‘the truth.’ To the Galatians Paul expanded.

(Galatians 1:6-10; “I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the One ‘God the Father’ who called you by the grace of Christ and are following a different gospel – not that there really is another gospel, but there are some who are disturbing you and wanting to distort the gospel of Christ. But even if we (or an angel from heaven) should preach a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed. (9) As we have said before, and now I say again, if anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to what you received, let him be accursed. Am I now trying to gain the approval of people, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a slave of Christ!”)

(Some manuscripts translate ‘accursed’ as, “condemned to hell” comparing scripture to scripture we know the likelihood of teaching another gospel is “a second death.” See Revelations 2:11, 20:6, 20:14 and 21:8.

Teaching followers of Jesus to Love and build up

one another was Paul’s primary objective.

True to their and our fleshly nature’s leanings, some in Christendom groups attempt to utter words that have no meaning as evidence of the Holy Spirit.

(1Cor 14:13-19; “So then, one who speaks in a tongue should pray that he may interpret. If I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my mind is unproductive. What should I do? I will pray with my spirit, but I will also pray with my mind. I will sing praises with my spirit, but I will also sing praises with my mind. (16) Otherwise, if you are praising God with your spirit, how can someone without the gift say “Amen” to your thanksgiving, since he does not know what you are saying? For you are certainly giving thanks well, but the other person is not strengthened. I thank God that I speak in tongues more than all of you, but in the church I want to speak five words with my mind to instruct others, rather than ten thousand words in a tongue.”)

Paul taught self control in prayerful thanksgiving and singing praises. Paul’s mind may have drifted to other languages; “but in the church he was careful that he be understood.”

(1Cor 14:20-25; “Brothers and sisters, do not be children in your thinking. Instead, be infants in evil, but in your thinking be mature. It is written in the law: “By people with strange tongues and by the lips of strangers I will speak to this people, yet not even in this way will they listen to Me, says the Lord.” (Quote from Isaiah 28:11-12) (22) So then, tongues are a sign not for believers but for unbelievers. Prophecy ‘teaching’ however, is not for unbelievers but for believers. So if the whole church comes together and all speak in tongues, and unbelievers or uninformed people enter, will they not say that you have lost your minds? (24) But if all prophesy, ‘teach’ and an unbeliever or uninformed person enters, he will be convicted by all, he will be called to account by all. The secrets of his heart are disclosed, and in this way he will fall down with his face to the ground and worship God, declaring, “God is really among you.”)

Remember when God’s energizing Holy Spirit came on believing Israelites on that Pentecost after Jesus’ ascension, “visitors from various countries heard them speaking wonderful words in languages they understood.” (Are not all these Israelites they said?) As with order “celebrating the Lord’s supper, Paul taught assembly order.”

(1Cor 14:26-33; “What should you do then, brothers and sisters? When you come together, each one has a song, has a lesson, has a revelation, has a tongue, and has an interpretation. Let all these things be done for the strengthening of the church. If someone speaks in a tongue, it should be two, or at the most three, one after the other, and someone must interpret. But if there is no interpreter, he should be silent in the church. Let him speak to himself and to God. (29) Two or three prophets ‘teachers’ should speak and the others should evaluate what is said. And if someone sitting down receives a revelation, the person who is speaking should conclude. For you can all prophesy ‘teach’ one after another, so all can learn and be encouraged. Indeed, the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets, (33) for God is not characterized by disorder but by peace.”)

Seemingly Jesus and Paul would’ve had a problem with the way many in Christendom conduct worship services in this age. Today Christendom’s groups attend to hear a lecture from a self called individual. If someone raising a hand to speak a revelation, ‘he’d be considered out of order.’

Godly submissiveness to order in His church

and family structure is of great spiritual value.

(1Cor 14:35-36; As in all the churches of the Saints, the women should be silent in the churches, for they are not permitted to speak. Rather, let them be in submission, as in fact the law says. (35) If they want to find out about something, they should ask their husbands at home, because it is disgraceful for a woman to speak in church. Did the word of God begin with you, or did it come to you alone?”) (Why? it’s God’s way. Yielding to Godly authority is of great spiritual value, “a Christian husband should be yielded to Christ, a wife to her husband and children to parental authority.)

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

Depending on where and economic status, today’s gatherings for worship have evolved from formal to informal settings and dress attire. Only a few fit the pattern Paul recommends in this chapter. The main reason is, “all worldly religions teach some form of methodology for salvation.” Their thinking seems to be, “revelations are in theological schoolings to be delivered to the merchandise.” As such they teach “individuals can choose whether or if, to be a follower of their religion.”

Their giant error is; “Believers IN Jesus are called through God the Father’s promised revelations, made alive in Jesus and saved by grace.”

(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 and seated us with Him 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 we are saved through ‘Jesus’’ 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.”) No works or individual intellectual decisions can save. God calls opens minds, gifts a turning and deliverance for His kingdom service.

Plans for God’s people, chapter 18

Sunday, January 12th, 2020

Jan 12 - 2,020. God’s 10th Month, Tevet 15, year 5,780     

To: A called people gifted with desire to be atOne with God, “His church.”

Our individual calling and deliverance is likened to Israel’s deliverance from Egypt in many ways. Israelites were predestined to be delivered by promise, “no good works, nor righteousness.” They were in physical and spiritual bondage “slaves to pagan Egypt” much as we followers of Jesus were in bondage to this world’s pagan practices inspired by Satan before God the Father revealed Jesus. This world’s Babylonian styled system of things has all the pagan Egyptian trappings the Israelites were under. As Jesus delivered Israelites and some Egyptians by promise through His called out servant “Moses,” He delivers a predestined called out by promise following from this world’s system of things. As Israelites struggled with their inherited nature’s desire to turn back: “called out followers of Jesus need to count the cost.” As Israel’s turning from old Egyptian customs wasn’t easy, “separating from the world can bring on persecutions.” Israel’s stubbornness through their fleshly nature was to the degree that most died before being delivered to the promised lands. There’s an important difference. Our individual spiritual callings and deliverances has parallels to Israelites physical deliverance, but “believers IN Jesus’ shed blood so our sins can be remitted “is accompanied by His Holy Spirit’s energizing power to overcome to the end.”

Jesus defines our spiritual calling and new nature through Paul.

(Romans 15:1-6; “But we who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak, and not just please ourselves. Let each of us please his, ‘Christian’ neighbor for his good to build him up. (3) For even Christ did not please Himself, but just as it is written, “The insults of those who insult you have fallen on Me.” Quote from Psalms 69:9. (Israel’s recorded fleshly failures are for our spiritual learning.)

Rom 15:4-6; “For everything that was written in former times was written for our instruction, so that through endurance and through encouragement of the scriptures we may have hope. Now may the God of endurance and comfort give you unity with one another in accordance with Christ Jesus, so that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”)

Today we aren’t necessarily blessed with “believing IN assemblies to congregate with” but we can pray for like minded believers whose struggles are similar to our own. May we each be encouraged to keep our minds fixed on Jesus as “The Vine and we the branches.” Our condition is similar to Abraham’s who lived among unbelievers, but we have spiritual examples.

(Hebrews 12:1-6; “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, we must get rid of every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and run with endurance the race set out for us, keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus, the Pioneer and Perfector of our faith. For the joy set out for Him He endured the cross, disregarding its shame and has taken His seat at the right hand of the throne of God. Think of Him who endured such opposition against Himself by sinners, so that you may not grow weary in your souls and give up. You have not yet resisted to the point of bloodshed in your struggle against sin. And have you forgotten the exhortation addressed to you as sons? “My son, do not scorn the Lord’s discipline or give up when He corrects you. “For the Lord disciplines the one he loves and chastises every son He accepts.”) Quote from Proverbs 6:11-12.

One God, One Body, One Message

with many members, defines God‘s church.

Disorder is the product of evil; unity is the of product of His righteousness. (James 3:16-18; “For where there is jealousy and selfishness, there is disorder and every evil practice. But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, full of mercy, accommodating and good fruit, impartial, and not hypocritical. And the fruit that consists of righteousness is planted in peace among those who make peace.”) We must conclude that all aren’t called to His peace in this age.

(2Corinthians 4:3-4; “But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled only to those who are perishing, among whom the god of this age ‘Satan’ has blinded the minds of those who do not believe so they would not see the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God.”) We must conclude “Satan has blinded all but God’s called.”

(1Corinthians 12:12-26; “For just as the body, ‘church’ is one and yet has many members, and all the members of the body – though many – are one body, so too is Christ. For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body. Whether Jews or Greeks or slaves or free, we were all made to drink of the one Spirit. (14) For in fact the body is not a single member, but many. If the foot says, “Since I am not a hand, I am not part of the body,” it does not lose its membership in the body because of that. And if the ear says, “Since I am not an eye, I am not part of the body,” it does not lose its membership in the body because of that. (17) If the whole body were an eye, what part would do the hearing? If the whole were an ear, what part would exercise the sense of smell? But as a matter of fact, God has placed each of the members in the body just as He decided. (19) If they were all the same member, where would the body be? So now there are many members, but one body. The eye cannot say to the hand, “I do not need you,” nor in turn can the head say to the foot, “I do not need you.” (22) On the contrary, those members that seem to be weaker are essential, and those members we consider less honorable we clothe with greater honor and our un-presentable members are clothed with dignity, but our presentable members do not need this. Instead, God has blended together the body, giving greater honor to the lesser member, so that there may be no division in the body, but the members may have mutual concern for one another. (26) If one member suffers, everyone suffers with it. If a member is honored, all rejoice with it.”)

Divided religions resent God’s loving togetherness

conclude that God works in all denominations.

(1Cor 12:27-31; “Now you, ‘individually’ are Christ’s body, and each of you is a member of it. And God has placed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, gifts of healing, helps, gifts of leadership, and different kinds of tongues. Not all are apostles, are they? Not all are prophets, are they? Not all are teachers, are they? Not all perform miracles, do they? Not all have gifts of healing, do they? Not all speak in tongues, do they? Not all interpret, do they? (31) But you should be eager for the greater gifts. And now I will show you a way that is beyond comparison.”)

That way beyond comparison is, “LOVE.” Chapter 13: is the love chapter.

The greatest of all is love which is “the manifestation of a circumcised heart.” Because there’s animalistic love, parental love and Godly perpetual love we insert Godly in front of love for greater understanding. Godly love like His promises are perpetual as the human parental love should be.

(1Cor 13:1-13; “If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but I do not have Godly love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith so that I can remove mountains, but do not have Godly love, I am nothing. If I give away everything I own, and if I give over my body in order to boast, but do not have Godly love, I receive no benefit.

(4-7; Godly Love is patient, Godly love is kind, it is not envious. Godly love does not brag it is not puffed up. It is not rude, it is not self-serving and it is not easily angered or resentful. It is not glad about injustice, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things and endures all things.”

(8-13; Godly love never ends. But if there are prophecies, they will be set aside; if there are tongues, they will cease; if there is knowledge, it will be set aside. For we know in part, and we prophesy in part, but when what is perfect ‘completion’ comes, the partial will be set aside. When I was a child, I talked like a child; I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. But when I became an adult, I set aside childish ways. For now we see in a mirror indirectly, but then we will see face to face. Now I know in part, but then I will know fully, just as I have been fully known. And now these three remain: faith, hope, and Godly love. But the greatest of these is Godly love.”)

How wonderful to worship a God who knows us fully, One who knew us before the foundation of the world and One who gives us His energizing Holy Spirit, “the spirit of a sound mind.”

(2Timothy 1:6-7; “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 ‘Godly’ love and self-control.”)

Pursue love, exercise gifts, particularly that which you teach interpret.

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

It’s obvious, chapter 12 and Paul’s theme “isn’t speaking of prophesies as in predicting the future” but teaching that builds up God‘s church.

(1Cor 14:6-12; “Now, brothers and sisters, if I come to you speaking in tongues, how will I help you unless I speak to you with a revelation or with knowledge or prophecy or teaching? It is similar for lifeless things that make a sound, like a flute or harp. Unless they make a distinction in the notes, how can what is played on the flute or harp be understood? If, for example, the trumpet makes an unclear sound, who will get ready for battle? (9) It is the same for you. If you do not speak clearly with your tongue, how will anyone know what is being said? For you will be speaking into the air. There are probably many kinds of languages in the world and none is without meaning. If then I do not know the meaning of a language, I will be a foreigner to the speaker and the speaker a foreigner to me. It is the same with you. Since you are eager for manifestations of the Spirit, seek to abound in order to strengthen the church.”)

God’s manifesting His energizing Holy Spirit in people on that Pentecost after Jesus’ ascension caused them to speak languages not understood by themselves, but to many from distant lands hearing Israelites who didn’t normally speak their language, speaking words of God made quiet an impression. Likewise God manifesting His spirit in Cornelius’ gentile family, causing them to speak an unfamiliar language. See Acts 10:. Both were evidence of God’s miraculously putting His energizing Holy Spirit in His called out people.

It was never intended that a perpetual sign be given to manifest God’s spirit in people as evidence of their conversion. (Matt 12:38-40; “Then some of the experts in the law along with some Pharisees answered Him, “Teacher, we want to see a sign from you.” But He answered them, “An evil and adulterous generation asks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. For just as Jonah was in the belly of the huge fish for three days and three nights, so the Son of Man will be in the heart of the earth for three days and three nights.”) See also Matt 16:4, Mark 8:12 and Luke 11:29. Meditate on “an evil adulterous population ask for signs.”