Plans for God’s chosen, chapter 20

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.

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