Plans for God’s chosen, chapter 16

Jan 9 - 2,020. God’s 10th Month, Tevet 12, year 5,780     

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

Comparing ourselves or nations among nations isn’t wise. Non are righteous and each will ultimately come to God for righteous training. Until Satan is bound the whole world will be divided, serving his demonic purpose, “in Babylonian confusion, self-righteous competing on demonically/politically correct scales.” It’s little difference in demonism and adhering to political correctness, “each condition is always evolving and Satan inspired.”

In our last study we looked to Deuteronomy 18:9-14, discerning what the world had become before the Lord God Jesus delivered Israel from demonic Egypt. Today nations are still practicing superstitious demonically inspired ways God delivered Israel from. The fact is, until God supernaturally reveals Himself, “Satan has each individual and nation following what seems right to their fleshy minds.” That’s dangerous and divisive. In other words each individual is traveling the broad road to destruction “until they’re called, granted a desire and effort by God to turn from what seems right to what He says is right. (See Proverbs 14:12, 16:25 and 18:17; “There’s a way that seems right to a person, but its end is the way that leads to death.” “16:25; There is a way that seems right to a person, but its end is the way that leads to death.” “18:17; The first to state his case seems right, until his opponent begins to cross-examine him.”)

Things that were an abominations to God during Moses’ day still are. Commandment, Oracles and Attributes God gave Israel for the people’s good back then still are. The world’s religions naively look to the likes of Catholicism, Mohammad, Protestantism, even Baal, while make imaginary gods “from star cluster shapes etc.” Avoiding the never changing Creator God’s commandments, oracles and attributes, “replacing with evolving traditions while marches to this world’s Babylonian system of things.

The two beast described in the previous study “Revelations 13” are likely demonically inspired individuals who gain popularity through flattering speech and do demonic miracles. The beast is also “this world’s deceiving system of things directed by Satan.” It’s here now and our populations are ripe for the deceptions at hand. Satan and his followers are permitted to conquer this world’s populations with ruling authority until God’s set time. It’s an end age prophecy.

(Rev 13:7-11; “The beast was permitted to go to war against the Saints and conquer them. He was given ruling authority over every tribe, people, language, and nation, and all those who live on the earth will worship the beast, everyone whose name has not been written since the foundation of the world in the book of life belonging to the Lamb who was killed. If anyone has an ear, he had better listen!”)

God has His purpose “allowing Satan to be the god of this world until His set time.” Overcoming his devices, our inherited from Adam nature and yield to God’s Holy Spirit of truth is what each Saint is called to. Jesus refers to this calling as “growing in the grace and knowledge of God.” It’s a calling and duty.

(2Peter 1:2-7; May grace and peace be lavished on you as you grow in the rich knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord! I can pray this because His divine power has bestowed on us everything necessary for life and godliness through the rich knowledge of the One who called us by His own glory and excellence. Through these things He has bestowed on us His precious and most magnificent promises, so that by means of what was promised you may become partakers of the divine nature, after escaping the worldly corruption that is produced by evil desire. For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith excellence, to excellence, knowledge; to knowledge, self-control; to self-control, perseverance; to perseverance, godliness; to godliness, brotherly affection; to brotherly affection, unselfish love.”)

(2Peter 3:14-18; “Therefore, dear friends, since you are waiting for these things, strive to be found at peace, without spot or blemish, when you come into His presence. And regard the patience of our Lord as salvation, just as also our dear brother Paul wrote to you, according to the wisdom given to him, speaking of these things in all his letters. Some things in these letters are hard to understand, things the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they also do to the rest of the scriptures. Therefore, dear friends, since you have been forewarned, be on your guard that you do not get led astray by the error of these unprincipled men and fall from your firm grasp on the truth. But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the honor both now and on that eternal day.”)

As God planned, so it will be, “writes Isaiah at 14:24 and 46:8-13.”

(Rev 13:10; If anyone is meant for captivity, into captivity he will go. If anyone is to be killed by the sword, then by the sword he must be killed. This requires steadfast endurance and faith from the Saints.”)

Faith in God’s promises are gifted. The promised faith to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob “is faith in God’s truth.” Knowing we’re followers of Jesus is being spiritual Israelites and heirs with Him and Abraham. (See Galatians 3:29; “And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s descendants, heirs according to the promise.”)

Followers of Jesus need to be mindful of practices, that aren’t necessarily for our benefit “but for the benefit of others whom God may be calling.” Jesus taught it through Paul, “His principle teaching goes beyond food and defines our responsibility.”

(1Cor 8:11-13; “So by your knowledge the weak brother or sister, for whom Christ died, is destroyed. If you sin against your brothers or sisters in this way and wound their weak conscience, you sin against Christ. For this reason, if food causes my brother or sister to sin, I will never eat meat again, so that I may not cause one of them to sin.”)

Rights and responsibilities of “circumcised of heart people.”

(1Cor 9:1-5; “Am I not free? Am I not an apostle? Have I not seen Jesus our Lord? Are you not my work in the Lord? If I am not an apostle to others, at least I am to you, for you are the confirming sign of my apostleship in the Lord. This is my defense to those who examine me. Do we not have the right to financial support? (5) Do we not have the right to the company of a believing wife, like the other apostles and the Lord’s brothers and Cephas?”)

Apparently Peter, James, Jude and other apostles had wives. Is Paul being self righteous, boasting that he and Barnabas seemingly worked more than others?

(1Cor 9:6-12; “Or do only Barnabas and I lack the right not to work? Whoever serves in the army at his own expense? Who plants a vineyard and does not eat its fruit? Who tends a flock and does not consume its milk? Am I saying these things only on the basis of common sense, or does the law not say this as well? (9) For it is written in the law of Moses, “Do not muzzle an ox while it is treading out the grain.” God is not concerned here about oxen, is He? Or is He not surely speaking for our benefit? It was written for us, because the one plowing and threshing ought to work in hope of enjoying the harvest. If we sowed spiritual blessings among you, is it too much to reap material things from you? (12) If others receive this right from you, are we not more deserving? But we have not made use of this right. Instead we endure everything so that we may not be a hindrance to the gospel of Christ. (13) Don’t you know that those who serve in the temple eat food from the temple, and those who serve at the altar receive a part of the offerings? In the same way the Lord commanded those who proclaim the gospel to receive their living by the gospel. (15) But I have not used any of these rights. And I am not writing these things so that something will be done for me. In fact, it would be better for me to die than – no one will deprive me of my reason for boasting! For if I preach the gospel, I have no reason for boasting, because I am compelled to do this. Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel! For if I do this voluntarily, I have a reward. But if I do it unwillingly, I am entrusted with a responsibility. (18) What then is my reward? That when I preach the gospel I may offer the gospel free of charge, and so not make full use of my rights in the gospel.”)

(1Cor 9:1921;” For since I am free from all I can make myself a slave to all, in order to gain even more people. To the Jews I became like a Jew to gain the Jews. To those under the law I became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the law) to gain those under the law. (21) To those free from the law I became like one free from the law (though I am not free from God’s law but under the law of Christ) to gain those free from the law.”) (The law and love of Jesus is imputed to our minds through “the Holy Spirit of truth, making us not under the law of Moses.”)

Why was Paul not under the law or we followers of Jesus not under the law? Only because the total benefit of God’s law is imputed to our minds, “His energizing Holy Spirit gives an internal desire to be righteous because He’s righteous.

(1Cor 9:22; “To the weak I became weak in order to gain the weak. I have become all things to all people, so that by all means I may save some. (Out of context, one can assume that Paul is saying he saves. He means “by all means God may call and save through me. Verse 23 makes this clear.)

(1Cor 9:23-27; “I do all these things because of the gospel, so that I can be a participant in it. Do you not know that all the runners in a stadium compete, but only one receives the prize? So run to win. Each competitor must exercise self-control in everything. They do it to receive a perishable crown, but we an imperishable one. So I do not run uncertainly or box like one who hits only air. Instead I subdue my body and make it my slave, so that after preaching to others I myself will not be disqualified.”)

All written for our learning; particularly Israel’s past failures.

(1Cor 10:1-4; “For I do not want you to be unaware, brothers and sisters, that our fathers were all under the cloud and all passed through the sea, and all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea, and all ate the same spiritual food, and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they were all drinking from the spiritual rock that followed them, and the rock was Christ.”) Jesus was Israel’s Deliverer through Moses and our Deliverer today.

(1Cor 10:5-13; “But God was not pleased with most of them, for they were cut down in the wilderness. These things happened as examples for us, so that we will not crave evil things as they did. So do not be idolaters, as some of them were. As it is written, “The people sat down to eat and drink and rose up to play.” And let us not be immoral, as some of them were, and twenty-three thousand died in a single day. And let us not put Christ to the test, as some of them did, and were destroyed by snakes. (10) And do not complain, as some of them did, and were killed by the destroying angel. These things happened to them as examples and were written for our instruction, on whom the ends of the ages have come. (12) So let the one who thinks he is standing be careful that he does not fall. No trial has overtaken you that are not faced by others. And God is faithful: He will not let you be tried beyond what you are able to bear, but with the trial will also provide a way out so that you may be able to endure it.”)

Paul is writing in proximity to “The Feast of Unleavened Bread” and “Jesus our Passover”.

(1Cor 10:14-22; “So then, my dear friends, flee from idolatry. I am speaking to thoughtful people. Consider what I say. Is not the cup of blessing that we bless a sharing in the blood of Christ? Is not the bread that we break a sharing in the body of Christ? (17) Because there is one bread, we ‘followers of Jesus’ who are many are one body, for we all share the One bread. (18) Look at the people of Israel. Are not those who eat the sacrifices partners in the altar? Am I saying that idols or food sacrificed to them amount to anything? No, I mean that what the pagans sacrifice is to demons and not to God. I do not want you to be partners with demons. (21) You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons. You cannot take part in the table of the Lord and the table of demons. (22) Or are we trying to provoke the Lord to jealousy? Are we really stronger than He is?)

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