Plans for God’s people, chapter 25

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.)

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