God’s Grace, Mercy and Love, chapter 9

March 23, 2,020. God’s 12th Month, Adar 28, year 5,789

To: 24,426  “In Resident Churches of God” people called to be ‘atOne’ with Him.

Tomorrow: Nisan 1, begins God’s first month, we’re 14 days from the Lord’s Passover season. 14th is Passover with 15th and 22nd annual Sabbaths concluding the season. After Jesus’ return rain will be withheld to nations that don’t celebrate His annual Sabbaths. See Zachariah 14:17-19; always study the whole, it’s serious with God. “Nations refusing to go up to Jerusalem and celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles will get no rain.” His Sabbaths look back and forward at His planned savings and judgments.

For new readers we want to establish Jesus’ identity, ‘deity’ and the fact that He does not change. (Heb 13:8; “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever!”) Jesus is the Lord God that inspired Moses’ mind, revealing the Old Testament Books of the law. (See John 1:1-5, Colossians 1:15-20 and,

(Heb 1:1-4; “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. (3) 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.”) Prayerfully study the whole chapter.

In these three scriptural text it’s established that God the Father willed that God the Son create all things, through Jesus all things were created and all things are sustained. God the Father willed that eternal life is through God the Son, ‘Jesus.’ God the Father and God the Son have not and will not change, the notable change in the law is that since Pentecost and Jesus’ ascension, recipients of His energizing Holy Spirit have the law ingrained, ‘imputed’ in the mind and thus become at one with God the Father and God the Son. The temple, blood sacrifices and all the workings associated with the law points to Jesus, “the law giver with whom Israel’s covenant was and is with.”

His death ended that first Old Covanant.

(Heb 9:11-12; “But now Christ has come as the high priest of the good things to come. He passed through the greater and more perfect tent not made with hands, that is, not of this creation, and He entered once for all into the most holy place not by the blood of goats and calves but by His own blood, and so He Himself secured eternal redemption.”

(Heb 9:13-14; “For if the blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a young cow sprinkled on those who are defiled consecrated them and provided ritual purity, how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, purify our consciences from dead works to worship the living God.”

(Heb 9:15-28; “And so He is the mediator of a new covenant, so that those who are called may receive the eternal inheritance He has promised, since He died to set them free from the violations committed under the first covenant. (16) For where there is a will, the death of the one who made it must be proven. For a will takes effect only at death, since it carries no force while the one who made it is alive. (18) So even the first covenant was inaugurated with blood. For when Moses had spoken every command to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of calves and goats with water and scarlet wool and hyssop and sprinkled both the book itself and all the people, and said, “This is the blood of the covenant that God has commanded you to keep.” (21) And both the tabernacle and all the utensils of worship he likewise sprinkled with blood. Indeed according to the law almost everything was purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness. (23) So it was necessary for the sketches of the things in heaven to be purified with these sacrifices, but the heavenly things themselves required better sacrifices than these. (24) For Christ did not enter a sanctuary made with hands – the representation of the true sanctuary – but into heaven itself, and He appears now in God’s presence for us. And He did not enter to offer Himself again and again, the way the high priest enters the sanctuary year after year with blood that is not his own, for then He would have had to suffer again and again since the foundation of the world. But now He has appeared once for all at the consummation of the ages to put away sin by His sacrifice. (27) And just as people are appointed to die once, and then to face judgment, so also, after Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many, to those who eagerly await Him He will appear a second time, not to bear sin but to bring salvation.”)

Jesus’ death ended the old covenant’s law regarding forgiveness of sins and ushered in the oneness obtainable through believing IN His shed blood for the remission of sin. That oneness is a putting on Jesus, clothing with and immersing one’s self in the life of Jesus. Jesus’ New Covenant is with a called out selected people; a Believing IN people by promise; in similar fashion to the Old Covenant. As Israelites were a separate people by promise through Abraham, followers of Jesus are a separated people by promise through Abraham and descendent Jesus.

Galatians 3:27-29; For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 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.”)

Only Jesus was born immortal.

(Rom 2:6-14; “He, ‘Jesus’ will reward each one according to His works: eternal life to those who by perseverance in good works seek glory and honor and immortality, but wrath and anger to those who live in selfish ambition and do not obey the truth but follow unrighteousness. There will be affliction and distress on everyone who does evil, on the Jew first and also the Greek, but glory and honor and peace for everyone who does good, for the Jew first and also the Greek. (11) For there is no partiality with God. For all who have sinned apart from the law will also perish apart from the law, and all who have sinned under the law will be judged by the law. For it is not those who hear the law who are righteous before God, but those who do the law will be declared righteous. (14) For whenever the Gentiles, who do not have the law, do by (their changed) nature the things required by the law, these who do not have the law are a law to themselves. They show that the work of the law is written in their hearts, as their conscience bears witness and their conflicting thoughts accuse or else defend them, on the day when God will judge the secrets of human hearts, according to my gospel through Christ Jesus.”)

Only the called out to believe IN people grow spiritually with the gifted desire to be at one with God the Father and God the Son. Others maintain a selfish ambition and do not obey the truth but follow unrighteousness.

(2Cor 3:1-6; “Are we, ‘apostles’  beginning to commend ourselves again? We don’t need letters of recommendation to you or from you as some other people do, do we? You, ‘followers of Jesus’ yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everyone, revealing that you are a letter of Christ, delivered by us, written not with ink but by the Spirit of the living God, not on stone tablets but on tablets of human hearts. Now we have such confidence in God through Christ. (5) Not that we are adequate in ourselves to consider anything as if it were coming from ourselves, but our adequacy is from God, who made us adequate to be servants of a New Covenant not based on the letter but on the Spirit, for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.”)

Times God the Father and God the Son set aide to be holy, for our benefit also foreshadow His planning. The weekly Sabbath looks forward to Jesus’ millennial rule on earth. Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread always looked forward to Jesus being our Passover; for our putting sin away and growing in the grace and knowledge of God. Festival of Weeks ‘Pentecost’ foreshadowed God’s gifting His people with His energizing Holy Spirit; was a God ordained Holy Day before Jesus’ ascension, and will remain so through out His millennial rule and beyond

Festival of Weeks, “Pentecost” means to ‘count fifty’

(Leviticus 23:15-16; “‘You must count for yourselves seven weeks from the day after the Sabbath, from the day you bring the wave offering sheaf; they must be complete weeks. You must count fifty days – until the day after the seventh Sabbath – and then you must present a new grain offering to the Lord.“ (A welfare system.)

(Lev 23:21-22; “‘On this very day you must proclaim an assembly; it is to be a holy assembly for you. You must not do any regular work. This is a perpetual statute in all the places where you live throughout your generations. (22) When you gather in the harvest of your land, you must not completely harvest the corner of your field, and you must not gather up the gleanings of your harvest. You must leave them for the poor and the foreigner. I am the Lord your God.’”)

The vegetable and fruit growing season around Jerusalem is such that around fifty days after Passover is the first harvest. Pentecost is a foreshadowing of first fruits, both harvest of food and first fruits of God’s energizing Holy Spirit.

Our Lord’s brother James was called to be a follower of Jesus and was elected to be a leader in the Jerusalem Church of God. Allow his shared wisdom.

(James 3:13-18; “Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good conduct he should show his works done in the gentleness that wisdom brings. But if you have bitter jealousy and selfishness in your hearts, do not boast and tell lies against the truth. Such wisdom does not come from above but is earthly, natural, demonic. (16) For where there is jealousy and selfishness, there is disorder and every evil practice. But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, accommodating, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial, and not hypocritical. And the fruit that consists of righteousness is planted in peace among those who make peace.”)

We live in a world that lacks wisdom, is earthly, natural and demonic because this world’s god is Satan.

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