God’s Master Plan, chapter 8

To: World’s in Residence Churches of God.  Lyyar 18, 5,780 until sunset. 5/12/20
Before Timothy was called to share the Good News, Jesus’ apostle Paul knew him and his mother. Paul’s teaching Timothy is a good example, after telling him to be content with what God gives he said “the rich fall into temptation, snares, foolishness and hurtful lusts, which draws men in destruction and perdition and; (1Tim 6:10-16; For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness. Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses. (13) I give you charge in the sight of God, who quickens all things, and before Christ Jesus, who before Pontius Pilate witnessed a good confession; That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukeable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ: Which in His times He shall show, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords; Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: (from within himself) to whom be honour and power everlasting.” Amen.)
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Faith in God is the only faith believers in Jesus should adhere to, but Satan “who Jesus said is the god of this age” has the world trusting “so called scientist who aren’t scientific,” they and religious teacher spew out fears that enslave and takes away God gifted wisdom and freedoms. Only through believing in Jesus is immortality and only through a love of Jesus is fear removed. At the present time Satan is proving himself to be the god of this world by enslaving people through fear: while manifesting himself as an angel of light. Of these Jesus inspired His apostle Paul to write; (“For such people are false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. Therefore it is not surprising his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness, whose end will correspond to their actions.”)
God made the Israelites natural branches by promise. Likewise when you and I are called and gifted to understand spiritual truths “it’s a promised calling.” Understanding God’s truths is to realize we’re predestined, “called to be at one with God the Father and God the Son as in a family relationship.” Jesus reveals through Paul how the world will come to know.
(Romans 11:24-27; “I don’t want you to be ignorant of this MYSTERY, brothers and sisters, so that you may not be conceited: A partial hardening has happened to Israel until the full number of the Gentiles has come in. (26) And so ALL ISRAEL WILL BE SAVED, as it is written: “The Deliverer will come out of Zion; He will remove ungodliness from Jacob. (27) And this is My covenant with them, when I take AWAY their sins.” )
Paul went to great length explaining to the Gentiles how and why they are grafted in with the natural branches, “that’s saved by promise.” (Israelites were told, “they were God’s chosen people, but few indeed, understood that it was through and by the promises to their fathers.” Their being chosen as God’s people had nothing to do with their own merits or goodness. Likewise followers of Jesus, “called to believe IN Him people” aren’t called because of their making right choices, merits or goodness. (By grace we are saved; see Ephesians 2:5-9 and let‘s study a portion of Paul‘s letter to Timothy.
(2Timothy 1:6-14; “Because of this I remind you to rekindle God’s gift that you possess through the laying on of my hands. For God did not give us a Spirit of fear but of power and love and self-control. (8) So do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord or of me, a prisoner for His sake, but by God’s power accept your share of suffering for the gospel. (9) He is the one who saved us and called us with a holy calling, not based on our works but on His own purpose and grace, granted to us in Christ Jesus before time began, but now made visible through the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus.”)
After being gifted to understand verses 6-10; the work of periodic rekindling should take place through our meditation, studying and seeking His revelations. Knowing God did the calling “NOT based on our works, but for His own purpose granted before time began” takes away all boasting or arrogance.
“He, ’Jesus Christ’ has broken the power of death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel! (11) For this gospel I, ’Paul’ was appointed a preacher, apostle and teacher. Because of this in fact, I suffer as I do. But I am not ashamed, because I know the One in whom my faith is set and I am convinced that He is able to protect what has been entrusted to me until that day. Hold to the standard of sound words that you heard from me and do so with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. Protect that good thing entrusted to you, through the Holy Spirit who lives within us.”)
Spiritual Life and immortality is through being gifted to believe IN Jesus’ good news! Only then can we know with Paul “the One in whom our faith is set.” This entrusted faith is through His energizing Holy Spirit that lives in us.
It’s that gifted faith that gives us the desire to remember and keep holy His set aside Sabbaths. Times given to the Israelites, as a perpetual sign, “demonstrating they were His set aside people.” A separated people from all others! Today we followers of Jesus know “we are spiritual Israelites.” (See Galatians 3:28-29) When Jesus delivered the Israelites through Moses, “a bread “called Manna” was supplied six days a week.” All that was not consumed on that day spoiled by the next morning. On the sixth day Israelites were commanded to gather twice the daily amount, “which did not spoil by the next morning.”
(Exodus 16:27-30; On the seventh day some of the people went out to gather it, ’manna – bread,’ but they found nothing. So the Lord said to Moses, “How long do you refuse to obey My commandments and My instructions? See, because the Lord has given you the Sabbath, that is why He is giving you food for two days on the sixth day. Each of you stay where you are; let no one go out of his place on the seventh day.” So the people rested on the seventh day.”)
Isaiah told of strangers becoming spiritual Israelites.
(Isaiah 56:1-5; “This is what the Lord says, “Promote justice! Do what is right! For I am ready to deliver you; I am ready to vindicate you openly. The people who do this will be blessed, the people who commit themselves to obedience, who observe the Sabbath and do not defile it, who refrain from doing anything that is wrong. (3) No foreigner who becomes a follower of the Lord should say, ‘The Lord will certainly exclude me from his people.’ The eunuch should not say, ‘Look, I am like a dried-up tree.’ For this is what the Lord says: “For the eunuchs who observe My Sabbaths and choose what pleases Me and are faithful to My covenant, I will set up within My temple and My walls a monument that will be better than sons and daughters. I will set up a permanent monument for them that will remain.
(Isa 56:6-7; “As for foreigners who become followers of the Lord and serve Him, who love the name of the Lord and want to be His servants – all who observe the Sabbath and do not defile it, and who are faithful to My covenant – (7) I will bring them to My holy mountain; I will make them happy in the temple where people pray to Me. Their burnt offerings and sacrifices will be accepted on My altar, for My temple will be known as a temple where all nations may pray.”)
(Isa 56:8; “The sovereign Lord, “the one who gathers the dispersed of Israel” says this “I will still gather them up.”) See Isaiah 35: to learn of the coming worldwide deliverance of Israel to their borders as promised Abraham.
NOW back to James’ letter to the dispersed tribes of his day. A letter to Israelites called to be Believers IN Jesus, “called out dispersed Israelites living among gentiles!”
(James 1:2-8; “My brothers and sisters, consider it nothing but joy when you fall into all sorts of trials, because you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect effect, so that you will be perfect and complete, not deficient in anything. (5) But if anyone is deficient in wisdom, he should ask God, who gives to all generously and without reprimand and it will be given to him. (6) But he must ask in faith without doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed around by the wind. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord, since he is a double-minded individual, unstable in all his ways.”)
Gifted faith knowledge as to why Jesus came, did miraculous re-creation, deeds demonstrating His deity, shedding His blood for the remission of sins and ascending back to His Father according to plan; isn’t something that can be conjured up. We don’t have all their travel records, but we know Jesus’ twelve apostles were sent to these dispersed Israelites. We know from the content of James’ letter that Jesus’ faith was gifted to many Israelites. James shared Jesus’ teaching about trials, testing, growing, faith and overcoming to the end. Steadfast endurance was a believing IN faith character needed then and needed in this age.
Israelites are the natural branches by promise to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Branches that get their nourishment from the Vine, “Jesus.” So, let’s review an earlier text.
(John 15:1-4; “I am the True Vine and My Father is the gardener. He takes away every branch that does not bear fruit in Me. He prunes every branch that bears fruit so that it will bear more fruit. You. ’apostles - followers of Me’ are clean already because of the word that I have spoken to you. Remain in Me and I will remain in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it remains in the vine, so neither can you unless you remain in Me.”
(John 15:5-6; “I am The Vine; you are the branches. The one who remains in Me – and I in him – bears much fruit, because apart from Me you can accomplish nothing. If anyone does not remain in Me, he is thrown out like a branch, dries up; and such branches are gathered up and thrown into the fire, and are burned up.”
“(John 15:7-8; “If you remain in Me and My words remain in you, ask whatever you want, and it will be done for you. My Father is honored by this, that you bear much fruit and show that you are My disciples.”
((John 15:9-16; “Just as the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you; remain in My love. If you obey My commandments, you will remain in My love, just as I have obeyed My Father’s commandments and remain in His love. (11) I have told you these things so that My joy may be in you, and your joy may be complete. My commandment is this – to love one another just as I have loved you. No one has greater love than this – that one lays down his life for his friends. (14) You are My friends if you do what I command you. I no longer call you slaves, because the slave does not understand what his master is doing. But I have called you friends, because I have revealed to you everything I heard from My Father. (16) You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that remains, so that whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you. This I command you – to love one another.”)
We must love fellow Believers IN Jesus, as He loves us. We must understand that Jesus was that Rock delivering Israel through Moses.
As James wrote to the dispersed tribes of Israel; Paul
writes to scattered spiritual Israelites around the world.
(1Corinthians 10:1-13; “For I do not want you to be unaware, brothers and sisters, that our fathers were all under the cloud and all passed through the sea, and all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea, and all ate the same spiritual food, and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they were all drinking from the spiritual rock that followed them, and the rock was Christ. (5) But God was not pleased with most of them, for they were cut down in the wilderness. These things happened as examples for us, so that we will not crave evil things as they did. (7) So do not be idolaters, as some of them were. As it is written, “The people sat down to eat and drink and rose up to play.” And let us not be immoral, as some of them were, and twenty-three thousand died in a single day. And let us not put Christ to the test, as some of them did, and were destroyed by snakes. And do not complain, as some of them did, and were killed by the destroying angel. (11) These things happened to them as examples and were written for our instruction, on whom the ends of the ages have come. So let the one who thinks he is standing be careful that he does not fall. No trial has overtaken you that is not faced by others. And God is faithful: He will not let you be tried beyond what you are able to bear, but with the trial will also provide a way out so that you may be able to endure it.”)
Only God’s called out people understand gifted revealed knowledge regarding physical and spiritual Israelites’ promised deliverance, “promised salvation” through Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, whose name God changed to Israel.

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