God’s Grace, Mercy and Love, chapter 1

March 13, 2,020. God’s 12th Month, Adar 17, year 5,789

To: To “God’s in Resident Churches” people called to be ‘atOne’ with Him.

False teachers may teach “saved by grace” yet not teach to live by Jesus’ righteous life practices. Faith without works is dead and so is works without faith. In Jesus’ Revelations to John He revealed the good and not so good practices of the seven churches of God. (To His Church in Thyatira He said, “hold on to what you have until I come (and don’t learn the so-called “deep secrets of Satan”) I do not put any additional burden on you.  And to the one who conquers and who continues in My deeds until the end, I will give him authority over the nations —he will rule them with an iron rod and like clay jars he will break them to pieces, just as I have received the right to rule from My Father — and I will give him the morning star. Rev 2:24-28)

(2Peter 2:17-20; These men ‘false teachers’ are waterless springs and mists driven by a storm, for whom the utter depths of darkness have been reserved. For by speaking high-sounding but empty words they are able to entice, with fleshly desires and with debauchery, people who have just escaped from those who reside in error. Although these false teachers promise such people freedom, they themselves are enslaved to immorality. For whatever a person succumbs to, to that he is enslaved. For if after they have escaped the filthy things of the world through the rich knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they again get entangled in them and succumb to them, their last state has become worse for them than their first.”) (Remember from God’s view, His law gives knowledge of sin.)

New Covenant and Law.

The New Covenant is with a called to be atOne with Jesus people, called through Jesus’ gifted faith as to Abraham. (“These are neither Jew nor Greek, neither slave nor free, neither male nor female, all are one in Christ Jesus. And if you belong to Christ, then you’re Abraham’s descendants, heirs according to the promise.” Galatians 3:28-29)

People in this and the millennial age, who aren’t called to live by Jesus’ faith “as Abraham, whose faith was counted as righteousness” are under the law.’ (Law as it being the school master.)

Because of Jesus’ faithfulness, believers IN Him are justified. Believers IN Jesus mimic His and His apostles’ life practices. These are heirs to eternal life with Jesus and Abraham. (Review Galatians 3:28-29) “Remember Abraham’s asset in God’s view is, “believing God.” Ours can be no less.

(Rom 3:20-26; “For no one is declared righteous before Him by the works of the law, for through the law comes the knowledge of sin. (21) But now apart from the law the righteousness of God (which is attested by the law and the prophets) has been disclosed – namely, the righteousness of God through the faithfulness of Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. But they are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. God publicly displayed Him at His death as the mercy seat accessible through faith. This was to demonstrate His righteousness, because God in His forbearance had passed over the sins previously committed. (26) This was also to demonstrate His righteousness in the present time, so that He would be just and the Justifier of the one who lives because of Jesus’ faithfulness.”) (Note and consider the responsibility God takes on Himself.)

The New Covenant is about mercy, grace and salvation

through believing IN Jesus’ faithfully accomplishing the Father’s will.

Rom 4:14-18; “For if they ‘followers of Jesus’ become heirs by the law, faith is empty and the promise is nullified. For the law brings wrath, because where there is no law, there’s no transgression either. For this reason it is by faith so that it may be by grace, with the result that the promise may be certain to all the descendants – not only to those who are under the law, but also to those who have the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all (as it is written, “I have made you the father of many nations”)

God whom Abraham believed – is the God who makes the dead alive ‘resurrects’ and summons the things that do not yet exist as though they already do. (18) Against hope Abraham believed in hope with the result that he became the father of many nations according to the pronouncement, “so will your descendants be.“

(Rom 4:19-25; “Without being weak in faith, he ‘Abraham’ considered his own body as dead (because he was about one hundred years old) and the deadness of Sarah’s womb. He did not waver in unbelief about the promise of God but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God. (21) He was fully convinced that what God promised He was also able to do. So indeed it was credited to Abraham as righteousness. (23) But the statement it was credited to him was not written only for Abraham’s sake, but also for our sake, to whom it will be credited, those who believe in the One who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead. He ‘Jesus’ was given over because of our transgressions and was raised for the sake of our justification.”) See Genesis 15:)

Grace and righteousness reigns.

Rom 5:14-17; “Yet death reigned from Adam until Moses even over those who did not sin in the same way that Adam (who is a type of the coming One) transgressed. But the gracious gift is not like the transgression. For if the many died through the transgression of the one man, how much more did the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one man Jesus Christ multiply to the many! (16) And the gift is not like the one who sinned. For judgment, resulting from the one transgression, led to condemnation, but the gracious gift from the many failures led to justification. For if, by the transgression of the one man, death reigned through the one, how much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one, Jesus Christ!”

Each to be resurrected in their own order ‘chosen by grace.’

(Rom 5:18-20; “Consequently, just as condemnation for all people came through one transgression, so too through the one righteous act came righteousness leading to life for all people. For just as through the disobedience of the one man ‘Adam’ many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of one man ‘Jesus’ many will be made righteous. (20) Now the law came in so that the transgression may increase, but where sin increased, grace multiplied all the more, so that just as sin reigned in death, so also grace will reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”)

Israelites’ hardness of heart caused stupor, but their restoration

is planned. The Elect have obtained salvation through Jesus’ faith

(Rom 11:5-10; “So in the same way at the present time there is a remnant chosen by grace. And if it is by grace, it is no longer by works, otherwise grace would no longer be grace. What then? Israel failed to obtain what it was diligently seeking, but the Elect obtained it. The rest were hardened, (8) as it is written, “God gave them a spirit of stupor, eyes that would not see and ears that would not hear, to this very day.” And David says, “Let their table become a snare and trap, a stumbling block and a retribution for them; let their eyes be darkened so that they may not see, and make their backs bend continually.”

Remember Israel’s deliverance was by promise to Abraham, they did nothing to earn being God’s chosen people. Their successes and failures

are written for our learning. (Rom 15:4; For everything that was written in former times was written for our instruction, so that through endurance

and through encouragement of the scriptures we may have hope.) Likewise

followers of Jesus are called descendents as promised Abraham.

(Rom 11:11-12; “I ask then, they ’Israel’ did not stumble into an irrevocable fall, did they? Absolutely not! But by their transgression salvation has come to the Gentiles, to make Israel jealous. Now if their transgression means riches for the world and their defeat means riches for the Gentiles, how much more will their full restoration bring?”)

(Remember God’s promises are sure, permanent and irrevocable.)

“This age ‘between Jesus’ ascension and His return’ is the latter age.”

God has preplanned it all. Satan is allowed to be the god of this world until God’s set time for his demise. Since Adam and Eve’s creation and particularly in this latter age ‘interval of time’  “Satan is the culprit causing all sorts of divisions.” Study Matthew 24: Nations against nations, family divisions and fleshly love waxing cold will continue until Jesus’ return and Satan bound.

Jesus’ kingdom, Israel’s deliverance, peace and judgment, preplanned.

(Isaiah 11:1-4; ”A shoot will grow out of Jesse’s ‘King David’s’ root stock, a bud will sprout from his roots. (See also See Jeremiah 30:9; Ezekiel 34:23-24; 37:24-25; Hosea 3:5; and Micah 5:2.) The Lord’s spirit will rest on Him – ‘Jesus’ a spirit that gives extraordinary wisdom, a spirit that provides the ability to execute plans, a spirit that produces absolute loyalty to the Lord. He ‘Jesus’ will take delight in obeying the Lord. He ‘Jesus’ will not judge by mere appearances, or make decisions on the basis of hearsay. He will treat the poor fairly, and make right decisions for the downtrodden of the earth. He will strike the earth with the rod of His mouth, and order the wicked to be executed.”)

(Rod of His mouth? (Hebrew; “by the breath of His lips He will kill the wicked. Breath of His lips refers to His speech, specifically in this context. His official decrees that the wicked oppressors be eliminated from His realm.”)

(Isaiah 11:5-9; “Justice will be like a belt around His waist, integrity will be like a belt around His hips. A wolf will reside with a lamb, and a leopard will lie down with a young goat; an ox and a young lion will graze together, as a small child leads them along. A cow and a bear will graze together, their young will lie down together. A lion, like an ox, will eat straw. A baby will play over the hole of a snake; over the nest of a serpent an infant will put his hand. They will no longer injure or destroy on My entire royal mountain, ‘governing authority.” For there will be universal submission to the Lord’s sovereignty, just as the waters completely cover the sea.”)

(MY entire royal mountain? My entire government? (Hebrew: “in all My holy mountain.” In the most basic sense the Lord’s “holy mountain” is the mountain from which He rules over His kingdom.) (See Ezek 28:14, 16). Specifically His royal mountain refers to Mount Zion/Jerusalem or to the entire land of Israel (See Psalms 2:6; 15:1; 43:3; Isaiah 56:7; 57:13; Ezekiel 20:40; Obadiah 16; Zephaniah 3:11). God’s worldwide dominion. “Knowledge of the Lord?” Recognition of the Lord’s sovereignty results in a willingness to submit to His authority.)

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