Circumcision of heart, chapter 4

Feb 16, 2,020. God’s 11th Month, Sh‘vat 20, year 5,789

To: 23,598 family units, gifted with a desire to be ‘at-One’ with God

All who call on the name of the Lord will be saved, but Paul adds, “how do we call on God except He be revealed?” How revealed without the hearing and seeing? How do we love God without knowing He loved us first? (1John 4:15-21; “If anyone confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God resides in him and he in God. And we ‘followers of Jesus’ have come to know and to believe the love that God has in us. God is love, and the one who resides in ‘Godly’ love resides in God, and God resides in him. (17) By this ‘Godly’ love is perfected with us, so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment, because just as Jesus is, so also are we ‘His followers’ in this world. There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears punishment has not been perfected in love. (19) We love because He loved us first. If anyone says “I love God” and yet hates his fellow Christian, he is a liar, because the one who does not love his fellow Christian whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. And the commandment we have from Him is this: that the one who loves God should love his fellow Christian too.”) (Legitimate questions - yes?) (John isn’t speaking of a “worldly - fleshly or animalistic’ love, but a love likened to Jesus’.)

The holy scriptures abound with knowledge about what God loves and hates. He hated what the age had become before Noah. He destroyed that age and began over, promising not to destroy with water again: ‘the rainbow being our reminder of that promise.’

(God began choosing a people who He’d ultimately make ’at-One’ with Himself by believing in faith, beginning with Abraham, Isaac and particularly Jacob.) It’s through Jacob whose name God changed to Israel ’meaning God fights or fights for’ that the circumcision, “cutting back of the foreskin covenant - symbolizing dedication to God” was carried through in large measure. Heir ship to the world was promises Abraham and carried over to the twelve tribes as preplanned by perpetual physical and spiritual promises. (Promises were made to Israel’s ancestors that’ll unfold after Jesus’ return and even when New Jerusalem comes down.” Jesus revealed to John and other followers about New Jerusalem’s coming.

(Revelations 21:10-12; So He ‘God’ took me away in the Spirit to a huge, majestic mountain and showed me the holy city, Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God. The city possesses the glory of God; its brilliance is like a precious jewel, like a stone of crystal-clear jasper. It has a massive, high wall with twelve gates, with twelve angels at the gates, and the names of the twelve tribes of the nation of Israel are written on the gates.”) (Study the whole.)

Proof that God does the choosing is in His changing Jacob’s name to Israel for His purpose was revealed to Moses who reviewed Israel’s circumstance.

(Deut 4:37-40; Moreover, because He ‘The Lord - Jesus’ loved your ancestors, He chose their descendants who followed them and personally brought you out of Egypt with His great power to dispossess nations greater and stronger than you and brought you here this day to give you their land as your property. Today realize and carefully consider that the LORD is God in heaven above and on earth below — there is no other! Keep His statutes and commandments that I am setting forth today so that it may go well with you and your descendants and that you may enjoy longevity in the land that the LORD your God is about to give you as a permanent possession.”) (Israel is yet to possess all God promised Abraham and spiritual Israelites ’followers of Jesus’ have the promise that “God fights or fights for.”)

God’s choosing a people was know by and revealed to Jesus’ apostles who shared it with scattered Israelites and gentiles. After coming to Antioch with the good news, the leaders there invited Paul to speak to the people. (Acts 13:16-20; “So Paul stood up, gestured with his hand and said, “Men of Israel, and you Gentiles who fear God, listen: The God of this people Israel chose our ancestors and made the people great during their stay as foreigners in the country of Egypt and with uplifted arm He led them out of it. For a period of about forty years He put up with them in the wilderness. After He had destroyed seven nations in the land of Canaan, He gave His people their land as an inheritance. All this took about four hundred fifty years. After this He gave them judges until the time of Samuel the prophet.”)

Promises perpetual

(Heb 1:1-3; 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.”) (Future planning is certain.)

After Jesus’ millennial rule, New Jerusalem and a final judgment, all people are ultimately going to be heirs with Abraham “who inherits the world.” All will be God’s people “spiritual Israelites” through Jesus who is “Re-Creator, Creator, Sustainer, Deliverer, Mediator, Savior and coming king of kings” who’ll ultimately deliver a believing in by faith predestined people to God the Father through spiritually conversion. That’ll make all who overcome “at-One” with Himself and God the Father. All people will ultimately love God with knowledge that He loved them first. 1John 4:19)

The second set aside holy season for God’s set aside people is ‘Feast of ‘first fruits - Pentecost’ and always looked forward to people being made ‘spiritually ‘at-One’ with God.’ When a love for God would be spread abroad by believing faith. A love of God faith love superseding commandments.

(Romans 5:1-6; Therefore, since we have been declared righteous by Jesus’ faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we ’followers of Jesus’ have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in the hope of God’s glory. Not only this, but we also rejoice in sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance, character, and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us. For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.”)

The Abraham covenant of circumcision ‘cutting back the foreskin’ is a symbol of complete dedication to God. It was made with Abraham and all his descendents “after Abraham’s believing IN faith.” Circumcision always looked forward to ’a dedicated to God heart - mindset.’ People dedicated to the God of Abraham ‘are a chosen people and keep times God made holy for His people‘s “remembering God’s past deeds and future plans.” (Remember Israel was scattered because of their turning to manufactured gods) Then, today and forever, followers of Jesus are heirs with Abraham.

(Gal 3:28-29; There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female — for all of you are one in Christ Jesus. And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s descendants, heirs according to the promise.”)

During Jesus’ fleshly life and His apostle’s time; Israelites from distant lands kept coming to Jerusalem for the three planned holy seasons.

Acts 2:5-13; “Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven residing in Jerusalem. When this sound occurred, a crowd gathered and was in confusion, because each one heard them speaking in his own language. Completely baffled, they said, “Aren’t all these who are speaking ? (8) How is it that each one of us hears them in our own native language? Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and the province of Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabs – we hear them speaking in our own languages about the great deeds God has done!”

People were astounded and greatly confused, saying to one another, “What does this mean?” But others jeered at the speakers, saying, “They are drunk on new wine!”)

What a miracle, what a methodic way to spread the “great deeds God had done.” These ten or more Israel groups from far away places were hearing Galileans from around the Judean area speaking languages foreign to them but understood by the many visitors. The Pentecost after Jesus’ ascension the people groups traveled home; carrying with them the good news Peter had proclaimed.

Israelites then looking forward to God’s next ‘set aside holy season ‘The Feast of Tabernacles.’ We should also be aware that Paul had the first holy season, ‘Passover and Feast of Unleavened Bread’ foremost in his mind as he penned the two Corinthian letters. A time for repentance, self examination and being sure we’re in the faith.

Examination and the Holy Spirit makes people reverence God.

(2Cor 7:1-3; “Therefore, since we have these promises, dear friends, let us cleanse ourselves from everything that could defile the body and the spirit, and thus accomplish holiness out of reverence for God. Make room for us in your hearts; we have wronged no one, we have ruined no one, we have exploited no one. I do not say this to condemn you, for I told you before that you are in our hearts so that we die together and live together with you.”)

God’s energizing Holy Spirit imputed to our minds “gives a reverence for God’s Way,” a desire to please Him and administer self control.

(2Cor 7:4-7; “I ‘Paul’ have great confidence in you; I take great pride on your behalf. I am filled with encouragement; I am overflowing with joy in the midst of all our suffering. For even when we came into Macedonia, our body had no rest at all, but we were troubled in every way – struggles from the outside, fears from within. (6) But God, who encourages the downhearted, encouraged us by the arrival of Titus. We were encouraged not only by his arrival, but also by the encouragement you gave him, as he reported to us your longing, your mourning, your deep concern for me, so that I rejoiced more than ever.

(2Cor 7:8-10; For even if I made you sad by my ‘first’ letter, I do not regret having written it (even though I did regret it, for I see that my letter made you sad, though only for a short time). (9) Now I rejoice, not because you were made sad, but because you were made sad to the point of repentance. For you were made sad as God intended, so that you were not harmed in any way by us. For sadness as intended by God produces repentance that leads to salvation, leaving no regret, ‘but worldly sadness brings about death.’”

Godly love mixed with sadness refreshes and draws us to Him. Godly sadness is feeling bad about a mistake. Fleshly sadness is mostly prompted by selfish desires with no spiritual fruition.

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