Plans for God’s chosen, chapter 13

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

To: In resident churches, people gifted with desire to be atOne with God.

Let’s take a detour from Paul’s letters to God’s church at Corinth.

Consider this fact, “people can’t of themselves take on a Godly spiritual outlooks anymore than a person can give themselves a circumcised heart.” People can’t put themselves in God’s family, ‘church‘ can’t be fathered by God, any more than to have chosen fleshly parents. We were known before the foundation of the world. Jesus said; (John 6:64-65; “But there are some of you who do not believe.” (For Jesus had already known from the beginning who those were who did not believe and who was going to betray Him.) So Jesus added, “Because of this I told you that no one can come to Me unless the Father has allowed him to come.”) Jesus calls the Father’s chosen friends. See John 15:15-17.

(John 15:15-17; “I no longer call you ‘followers of Me’ slaves, because the slave does not understand what his master is doing. But I have called you friends, because I have revealed to you everything I heard from My Father. You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that remains, so that whatever you ask the Father in My name, ‘My nature” He will give you. This I command you – to love one another.”)

Consider this tiny word, “love.” It’s used so carelessly today that God’s intended meaning is lost. Animals and most people are born with instinctive love, ’natural concerning love’ for their offspring, ’their children.’ Most people have a natural concerning love for parents, children and kin. Jesus is commanding His followers to love one another as He loves. A gifted outgoing Godly love that includes “desiring what’s best for our enemies.”

Jesus’ subject theme is; “the called are chosen” by the Father. This theme appears frequently in other New Testament texts. (Rom 8:33; Eph 1:4; Col 3:12; and 1 Pet 2:4.) Putting this theme with John 15:14, consider whether Jesus’ meaning is “significance only to the twelve?” Jesus said in John 6:70 and 13:18 that He chose them and at 15:17 above, makes clear that in the immediate context He is addressing those who have been with Him from the beginning. (In this Gospel account the twelve, are addressed as the most intimate and most committed followers of Jesus.) They’re presented as the models for all Christians, both in terms of their election and in terms of their mission.)

The cost too is revealed. (John 15:18-19; “If the world hates you, be aware that it hated Me first. If you belonged to the world, the world would love you as its own. However, because you do not belong to the world, but I chose you out of the world, for this reason the world hates you. (20) Remember what I told you, ‘A slave is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they obeyed My word, they will obey yours too.”)

Regardless of who’s giving out the message; “if it’s Jesus’ message it will be rejected as He was rejected.” It’s the nature that unbelievers look to personality; entities, theological degrees etc. Tend to think in terms of parishioner numbers.

(John 15:21-22; “But they will do all these things to you on account of My name, ’My nature in the messenger” because they do not know the One who sent Me. If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not be guilty of sin. But they no longer have any excuse for their sin.”)

Ignorance and demonic deceptions are excuses for spiritual law breaking. People are responsible for revealed understanding. It’s better to have not heard, than to understand and still practice what’s sin in God’s view.

(John 15:23-25; “The one who hates Me hates My Father too. If I had not performed among them the miraculous deeds that no one else did, they would not be guilty of sin. But now they have seen My deeds and have hated both Me and My Father. Now this happened to fulfill the word that is written in their law, ‘They hated Me without reason.’) (Quote from Psalms 35:19 and 69:4.) (As a technical term “law” is usually restricted to the Pentateuch (the first five books of the Old Testament) here Jesus has a broader reference quoting from Psalms also cited elsewhere in John’s Gospel. (See John 2:17 and 19:29) In these instances the contexts is associated with Jesus’ suffering and death).

Gifting of His energizing Holy Spirit was prophesied.

“When the Advocate (Greek: ’Paraaclet’ means ’spirit of truth’ helper - counselor or comforter”) (Paraklhto as used at John 14:16, means Spirit of Truth.) (John 15:26; When the Advocate comes, whom I will send you from the Father – the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father – it “His energizing Spirit” will testify about Me and you, ‘apostles’ also will testify, because you have been with Me from the beginning.”) An apostle is “one who was with Jesus from the beginning.”

Preplanned as revealed to Abraham, Moses and most prophets.

(Galatians 4:4-7; “But when the appropriate time had come, God sent out His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we may be adopted as sons with full rights. And because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, who calls “Abba! father!” So you are no longer a slave but a son, and if you are a son, then you are also an heir through God.”)

The term “Abba” is the Greek transliteration of the Aramaic אַבָּא (’abba’), literally meaning “my father” but is taken over simply as “father,” used in prayer, in the family circle and later taken over by the early Greek-speaking Christians. Abba seems to have an endearing - intimacy meaning. Thus “daddy” is appropriate when comfortable with it. Heir with God? Followers of Jesus are heirs with Himself and Abraham. See Galatians 3:29.

When chosen?

(2Thessalonians 2:13-17; “But we ought to thank God always for you, brothers and sisters loved by the Lord, because God chose you from the beginning for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and faith in the truth. He called you to this salvation through our gospel, so that you may possess the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. (15) Therefore, brothers and sisters, stand firm and hold on to the traditions that we taught you, whether by speech or by letter. Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father, who loved us and by grace give us eternal comfort and good hope, (17) encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good thing you do or say.”)

That you may possess the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ? For Paul the ultimate stage of salvation is glorification. (See Romans 8:30; Those He predestined, He also called; and those He called, He also justified; and those He justified, He also glorified.) The glory of our Lord Jesus Christ is His imputation of His energizing Holy Spirit.

James 1:17-18; “All generous giving and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or the slightest hint of change. By His sovereign plan He gave us birth through the message of truth, that we would be a kind of firstfruits of all He created.”) The Messenger of truth is the Holy Spirit. Practicing as if His Sabbaths were changed is disobedience. (The vast majority in this age are destined to be ignorantly disobedient for God’s ultimate purpose and be enlightened in the next age. Consider why and who’ll die a second death. (See Revelations 21:8)

(1Peter 2:8-10; “They stumble because they disobey the word, as they were destined to do. But you ’followers of Jesus’ are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people of His own, so that you may proclaim the virtues of the One who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light. You once were not a people, but now you are God’s people. You were shown no mercy, but now you have received mercy.”)

Paul is making various allusions and quotes from Exodus 19:5-6; 23:22; Isaiah 43:20-21; Malachi 3:17 and Hosea 1:6, 9; 2:23.

Back to Paul’s letter to God’s church at Corinth, written in

proximity to “Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread

(1Cor 5:6-8; “Your boasting is not good. Don’t you know that a little yeast affects the whole batch of dough? Clean out the old yeast so that you may be a new batch of dough – you are, in fact, without yeast. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed. So then, let us celebrate the festival, not with the old yeast, the yeast of vice and evil, but with the bread without yeast, the bread of sincerity and truth.”)

Alluding to The Feast of Unleavened Bread that begins the day after Passover on the fifteenth day of Nisan. Yeast representing ‘that which puffs up - vanity’ evil within the church, specifically as the immoral person described in 5:1-5 and mentioned again in 5:13.

(1Cor 5:9-13; “I wrote you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people. In no way did I mean the immoral people of this world, or the greedy and swindlers and idolaters, since you would then have to go out of the world. (11) But now I am writing to you not to associate with anyone who calls himself a Christian who is sexually immoral, or greedy, or an idolater, or verbally abusive, or a drunkard, or a swindler. Do not even eat with such a person. For what do I have to do with judging those outside? Are you not to judge those inside? But God will judge those outside. Remove the evil person from among you.”) (People practicing abominable behavior in God’s view should be shunned from worship meetings. Individually or as a group of Believers IN, we shouldn’t have close association with people Paul describes in verse 11.

Believers IN are a holy nation separate from the world.

(1Cor 6:1-8; “When any of you has a legal dispute with another, does he dare go to court before the unrighteous rather than before the Saints? Or do you not know that the Saints will judge the world? And if the world is to be judged by you, are you not competent to settle trivial suits? (3) Do you not know that we will judge angels? Why not ordinary matters! So if you have ordinary lawsuits, do you appoint as judges those who have no standing in the church? I say this to your shame! Is there no one among you wise enough to settle disputes between fellow Christians? Instead, does a Christian sue a Christian, and do this before unbelievers? (7) The fact that you have lawsuits among yourselves demonstrates that you have already been defeated. Why not rather be wronged? Why not rather be cheated? But you yourselves wrong and cheat, and you do this to your brothers and sisters!”) Know we’re thought of as peculiar in the world, “remember we’re in the world but not of this world.”

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