Plans for God’s people, chapter 17

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

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

The future plight of the wicked is well documented through God’s Prophets and Apostles. The wicked include those refusing to believe IN Jesus.

(Rev 21:8; 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.”) Jesus’ apostle Peter wrote about the reason for Jesus’ good news being proclaimed.

(1Peter 4:5-6; They ‘unbelievers’ will face a reckoning before Jesus Christ who stands ready to judge the living and the dead. Now it was for this very purpose that the gospel was preached to those who are now dead, so that though they were judged in the flesh by human standards they may live spiritually by God’s standards.) (A second death requires a second fleshly life “a resurrection” likened to Lazarus’.) (Also see Ezekiel 37:) (The dead who’ve heard the gospel will have an opportunity to live spiritually by God’s standards.)

(1Pet 4:7-8; For the culmination of all things is near. So ’you followers of Jesus’  be self-controlled and sober-minded for the sake of prayer. Above all keep your love for one another fervent, because love covers a multitude of sins.”) (Fervent - effectual prayer by righteous people avails much.)

(KJT. James 5:16; “Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”) (Net Bible Translation. James 5:16; “So confess your sins to one another and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great effectiveness.”) (Jesus gave us His example of how we should pray.)

(Matt 6:7-16; When you pray, do not babble repetitiously like the Gentiles, because they think that by their many words they will be heard. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him. So pray this way: (Our Father in heaven, may Your name be honored, may Your kingdom come, may Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we ourselves have forgiven our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. “For if you forgive others their sins, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others, your Father will not forgive you your sins.”)

(1) We need to address our Heavenly Father with adjectives that honor Him. (2) Mindful of His kingdom’s coming and ask for a shortening. (3) Express thanks for His gifted desire for doing His will now and appreciation for coming peace. (4) Consistently ask for spiritual nourishment and the gift of clinging to the Vine ’Jesus.’ (5) Forgive others their debt to us so God will do likewise for us. (6) Ask that we be lead from temptation and be delivered from Satan. (7) Do so with the knowledge that we must have a forgiving nature toward others if we expect forgiveness.)

People who’re gifted with Godly knowledge need to exercise/practice His truth for the benefit of others. We who see His spiritual benefit have the love of God shed abroad in our beings, giving us a desire to build up one another.

(1Cor 10:23-11:1; “Everything is lawful,” but not everything is beneficial. “Everything is lawful,” but not everything builds others up. (Everything is lawful? Paul cites slogans the Corinthians use to justify their behavior (See 6:12-13; 7:1; 8:1, 4.) Paul agrees with their slogans in part, but corrects them to show how the Corinthians have misused their ideas.” People that teach lawlessness, such as abandoning God’s set aside Holy Sabbaths misuse Paul’s intent. (The same attributes Jesus inspired Moses gave the Israelites recorded in Exodus 20: - 25: are relevant for Christians today.)

Heart circumcision’s attributes.

(1Cor 10:24-11:1; “Do not seek your own good, but the good of the other person. Eat anything that is sold in the marketplace without questions of conscience, for the earth and its abundance are the Lord’s. If an unbeliever invites you to dinner and you want to go, eat whatever is served without asking questions of conscience. (1Cor 19:28-29; But if someone says to you, “This is from a sacrifice,” do not eat, because of the one who told you and because of conscience – (29) I do not mean yours but the other person’s. For why is my freedom being judged by another’s conscience? If I partake with thankfulness, why am I blamed for the food that I give thanks for? So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God ‘to build others up. Do not give offense to Jews or Greeks or to the church of God, just as I also try to please everyone in all things. I do not seek my own benefit, but the benefit of many, so that they may be saved. (1Cor 11:1) Be imitators of me, just as I also am of Christ.”)

Many new converts in the city of Corinth had been associated with the “goddess Dianna and Artemis of the Ephesians.” Artemis was a Greek goddess worshiped particularly in Asia Minor, whose temple, “one of the seven wonders of the ancient world” was located just outside the city of Ephesus. (See Acts 19:23-41. Paul dwelt with superstitions of every sort. Pagan cultures had many zodiac worshipers in addition to their handmade idols, while Pharisees and Sadducees were looking to the law for salvation.

Women’s hair is their head’s covering.

(1Cor 11:2-10; I praise you because you remember me in everything and maintain the traditions just as I passed them on to you. But I want you to know that Christ is the head of every man, and the man is the head of a woman, and God is the head of Christ. (4) Any man who prays or prophesies with his head covered disgraces his head. But any woman who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered disgraces her head, for it is one and the same thing as having a shaved head. (6) For if a woman will not cover her head, she should cut off her hair. But if it is disgraceful for a woman to have her hair cut off or her head shaved, she should cover her head. (7) For a man should not have his head covered, since he is the image and glory of God. But the woman is the glory of the man. For man did not come from woman, but woman from man. Neither was man created for the sake of woman, but woman for man. (10) For this reason a woman should have a symbol of authority on her head, because of the angels. (Seemingly Paul is making reference to loyal Godly angels assigned to His people and subornation to Jesus.)

(1Cor 11:11-16; “In any case, in the Lord woman is not independent of man, nor is man independent of woman. For just as woman came from man, so man comes through woman. But all things come from God. (13) Judge for yourselves: Is it proper for women praying to God with her head uncovered? Does not nature itself teach you that if a man has long hair, it is a disgrace for him, (15) but if a woman has long hair, it is her glory? For her hair is given to her for a covering. If anyone intends to quarrel about this, we have no other practice, nor do the churches of God.”) Other scripture verify; “Godly families should exemplify the church relationship to Jesus.”

Passover observation practices in memory of Jesus’ last supper

(1Cor 11:17-22; “Now in giving the following instruction I do not praise you, because you come together not for the better but for the worse. For in the first place, when you come together as a church I hear there are divisions among you, and in part I believe it. (19) For there must in fact be divisions among you, so that those of you who are approved may be evident. Now when you come together at the same place, you are not really eating the Lord’s Supper. For when it is time to eat, everyone proceeds with his own supper. One is hungry and another becomes drunk. Do you not have houses so that you can eat and drink? Or are you trying to show contempt for the church of God by shaming those who have nothing? What should I say to you? Should I praise you? I will not praise you for this!

(1Cor 11:23-26; “For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night in which he was betrayed took bread, and after He had given thanks He broke it and said, “This is My body, which is for you. Do this in remembrance of Me.” In the same way, He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood. Do this, every time you drink it, in remembrance of Me.” For every time you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes.”)

Tradition usurps holiness to a degree when the Lord’s Passover isn’t practiced on Passover evening. A time to be much remembered because of Israel’s deliverance and our being saved through believing IN Jesus’ shed blood for remission of sin.

Gifted to believe IN makes one worthy to examine self in Jesus’ light.

(1Cor 11:27-33; “For this reason, whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. A person should examine himself first, and in this way let him eat the bread and drink of the cup. For the one who eats and drinks without careful regard for the body eats and drinks judgment against himself. (30) That is why many of you are weak and sick, and quite a few are dead, sleep. But if we examined ourselves, we would not be judged. But when we are judged by the Lord, we are disciplined so that we may not be condemned with the world. So then, my brothers and sisters, when you come together to eat, wait for one another. (34) If anyone is hungry, let him eat at home, so that when you assemble it does not lead to judgment. I will give directions about other matters when I come.”)

Passover is a time for remorse, humility and thanksgiving for having been called and delivered to the family of God. (Greek: “DEAD are asleep.” The verb literally means “sleep,” but it is often used in the Bible as a euphemism for the death of a believer. Sleep is more appropriate for believers because they‘re promised the first resurrection.

Gifts, manifestations of the Holy Spirit and healings

(1Cor 12:1-3; “With regard to spiritual gifts, brothers and sisters, I do not want you to be uninformed. You know that when you were pagans you were often led astray by speechless idols, however you were led. So I want you to understand that no one speaking by the Spirit of God says, “Jesus is cursed,” and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit.”)

People aren’t kept from speaking meaningless words without knowledge. Through God’s energizing Holy Spirit of truth, no one can think Jesus is cursed and no one can know the degree in which Jesus is Lord except by God’s energizing Holy Spirit of truth.

(1Cor 12:4- “Now there are different gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are different ministries, but the same Lord. And there are different results, but the same God who produces all of them in everyone. (7) To each person the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the benefit of all. For one person is given through the Spirit the message of wisdom, and another the message of knowledge according to the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, and to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, to another performance of miracles, to another prophecy, and to another discernment of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, and to another the interpretation of tongues. (11) It is one and the same Spirit, distributing as He decides to each person, who produces all these things.”

In other words, theology schooling  can’t give Godly gifts to individuals.

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