God’s Grace, Mercy and Love, chapter 5

March 19, 2,020. God’s 12th Month, Adar 23, year 5,789

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

God the Father and God the Son planned “The Son’s” giving Himself for the remission of sin EVEN before re-creating this earth and creating human life. God the Son created Adam and Eve in their likeness and image. Jesus is the Alpha and Omega, The One with the Father from a beginning.

Truths some consider speculation in this chapter was revealed to Jesus’ apostles. Particularly to John in, “Jesus’ revelations to John” and to Peter.

(2Peter 3:3-7; “Above all, understand this: In the last days blatant scoffers will come, being propelled by their own evil urges and saying, “Where is His promised return? For ever since our ancestors died, all things have continued as they were from the beginning of creation.” (5) For they deliberately suppress this fact, that by the Word of God, heavens existed long ago and an earth was formed out of water and by means of water. Through these things the world existing at that time was destroyed when it was deluged with water. (7) But by the same Word the present heavens and earth have been reserved for fire, by being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly.”)

Peter’s above prophecy and in his next section jumps beyond Jesus’ millennial 1,000 year reign, final judgment and New Jerusalem’s coming.

(2Peter 3:8-9; Now, dear friends, do not let this one thing escape your notice, that a single day is like a thousand years with the Lord and a thousand years are like a single day. (9) The Lord is not slow concerning His promise, as some regard slowness, but is being patient toward you, because He does not wish for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.”)

(This day of God is not Jesus’ coming to establish His rule, nor when Satan is bound, but many years after God the Father comes down with New Jerusalem and all Israel saved. All Israel being spiritual followers of Jesus. “He does not wish that any parish but all come to repentance.)

(2Peter 3:10-13; But the day of the Lord will come like a thief; when it comes the heavens will disappear with a horrific noise, and the celestial bodies will melt away in a blaze, the earth and every deed done on it will be laid bare. Since all these things are to melt away in this manner, what sort of people must we be, conducting our lives in holiness and godliness, while waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God? Because of this day, the heavens will be burned up and dissolve, and the celestial bodies will melt away in a blaze! But, according to His promise, we are waiting for new heavens and a new earth, in which righteousness truly resides.”)

(Remember God’s ultimate eternal plan is the growth of His spiritual family. All becoming Sons of God, all evil destroyed and only righteousness residing.)

(A thousand years is as one day with God. We‘re in the approximate year of 5,789, the seventh thousand year with Jesus reigning as king of kings is likened to a weekly Sabbath and foreshadowed by the weekly Sabbath.) (God’s set aside three seasons with seven annual Sabbaths foreshadows Repentance, Born from above, Jesus ruling with His Saints, Israel’s next deliverance to former promised borders, Nations recognizing Israel’s God, Peace on earth, Satan’s short term release and Judgment. Beyond that?)

All began with God and His plan.

(Genesis 1:1 “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”)

Beginning? A beginning? The referent of the word “beginning” has to be defined from the context “since there is no beginning or ending with God.” Verse two tells us the earth existed, without shape and empty. Something happened before this Re-creation.

(Gen 1:2 “Now the earth was without shape and empty and darkness was over the surface of the watery deep, but the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the water.”)

Planet earth was covered by water and darkness at the time of Jesus’ re-creation. The New Testament’s Holy Scriptures reveal other records of Jesus’ re-creating. (Creator Jesus re-created fish and bread feeding thousands at least twice. Created aged wine from water. He resurrected Lazarus to physical life after being dead four days and resurrected others through His apostle. Through Moses Jesus did many miracles demonstrating His re-creative and creative powers, creating and giving water from within a rock. Many more to numerous to mention. Jesus had Isaiah prophecy about Satan’s fall and revealed a spiritual warfare at a previous time. (Did spiritual warfare and Satan’s judgment cause this earth to become without shape, void, empty and without shape?) Jesus told His disciples that “He saw Satan fall like lightning.” (See Luke 10:18) Consider why God made a covenant with Noah and all living after another flood.)

Gen 9:12-17; And God said, “This is the guarantee of the covenant I am making with you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all subsequent generations: I will place My rainbow in the clouds, and it will become a guarantee of the covenant between Me and the earth. Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, (15) then I will remember My covenant with you and with all living creatures of all kinds. Never again will the waters become a flood and destroy all living things. When the rainbow is in the clouds, I will notice it and remember the perpetual covenant between God and all living creatures of all kinds that are on the earth.” So God said to Noah, “This is the guarantee of the covenant that I am confirming between Me and all living things that are on the earth.”)

Allow a little speculation; the Holy Scriptures reveals much about what is written in this chapter, however “some detail is left to faith speculation.”

Obviously this earth was flooded when Jesus’ re-creation began. Remember our studies of Hebrews 1:, John 1:1-5 and Colossians 1:15-20, confirming that all things were created by Jesus. So called pre-historic life, ‘dinosaurs etc’ were destroyed in the flood preceding the Noah day flood and all but Noah and family were destroyed in the last.

We Believers IN God the Father and God the Son, have knowing faith regarding creation and re-creation. We know God has made a perpetual covenant with His earth regarding it’s relationship to Him and His Son.

Re-creation.

(Gen 1:3-5; God said, “Let there be light.” And there was light! God saw that the light was good, so God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light “day” and the darkness “night.” There was evening, and there was morning, marking the first day.”

God the Father so loved God the Son that He willed that all things be created by, for and through Him. He planned and willed that Jesus become our sacrifice for the remission of our sin, “mankind’s lawless practices.” God foreknew mankind’s nature and Satan’s influences on people’s sinful beliefs and practices. Jesus as Lord God Creator, Re-creator and Sustainer, created and communed with Adam and Eve.

(Before Adam and Eve committed lawlessness; God the Father and God the Son knew and allowed Satan’s purpose in deceiving them through their fleshly nature.) Even then God the Father was planning “the way” for a family relationship with Himself through Jesus. So, by God the Father’s grace, mercy and love it was preplanned that Creator ‘Jesus’ would become flesh, put on the nature of mankind and shed His life blood so lawlessness could be forgiven to those called and chosen to believe IN.

God’s selecting and made friendship dealings with Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses and David, “all looked forward to Abraham’s seed, ‘descendents’ inheriting eternal life through the Son of God “Jesus’’ blood sacrifice. After creating and re-creating the earth and heavenly expanse by His energizing Holy Spirit, it was apparently Spokesman Jesus that said; “Let Us make humankind in our image, after our likeness, so they may rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move on the earth.”

(Gen 1:27-31; “God created humankind in His own image, in the image of God He created them, male and female He created them. God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply! Fill the earth and subdue it! Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and every creature that moves on the ground.” (29) Then God said, “I now give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the entire earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. (30) And to all the animals of the earth, and to every bird of the air, and to all the creatures that move on the ground – everything that has the breath of life in it – I give every green plant for food.” It was so. God saw all that He had made – and it was very good! There was evening, and there was morning, the sixth day.”)

Knowing the “Creator God is Jesus” is the foundation for believing IN faith.

(Gen 2:1-3; “The heavens and the earth were completed with everything that was in them. By the seventh day God ‘Jesus’ finished the work that He had been doing, and He ceased on the seventh day all the work that He had been doing. God ‘Jesus’ blessed the seventh day and made it holy because on it He ceased all the work that He had been doing in creation.”

(Gen 2:4; This is the account of the heavens and the earth when they were created – when the Lord God made the earth and heavens.”)

Three things people aren’t able to change (1) timing of the new moon’s appearance, (2) the seven day week cycle and (3) it’s Creator God’s prerogative to say what is right, wrong, good and evil.

(Gen 2:8; “The Lord God planted an orchard in the east, in Eden; and there He placed the man He had formed. The Lord God made all kinds of trees grow from the soil, every tree that was pleasing to look at and good for food. (Now the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil were in the middle of the orchard.)

(Note that the tree represents “the way” of knowledge of what’s right, wrong, good and evil.)

(Gen 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, 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.”)

Jesus, in effect is saying; “it is for your own good that you look to Me for knowledge regarding what’s good and evil. Remember angelic beings, including Satan is Jesus’ creation. Before Satan rebelled He had been a loyal angel, but when deceit overcame him, he became the devil. Jesus knew how Satan would work on Adam, Eve, all their descendents and that result. Next we’ll consider Adam’s intellect.

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