God’s Master Plan, chapter 15

To: World’s in Residence Churches of God.  Lyyar 29, 5,780 until sunset. 5/23/20.

    This seventh day is God and His people’s Sabbath, next Sabbath at sunset is Pentecost, the birthday of Jesus’ New Covenant Church. Two holy Sabbaths will be back to back. That’ll be weekly Sabbath May 30 and the third annual Sabbath Pentecost  May 31. (The fifty day count begins on the weekly Wave Sheaf Sabbath that’s between the first two annual Sabbaths, thus Pentecost is always on the first day. Study the whole published today. (His View Assemblies)

Prior to James’ writing to the dispersed Israelites, Jesus’ apostles had traveled to various providences where they’d been scattered. Afterward, as spirit led, Jesus’ apostles went out and then reported their successes back to the Jerusalem church. When James wrote, “the door of faith had been opened to called gentiles, gifting them with Jesus’ faith as to Israelites.” The gifted to Believe IN were being spiritually led to repent; “turn from their former way of get, to the way of give.” Receiving the message of truth as it was imputed to their minds. This imputation of God’s spirit to these Believers IN Jesus, gave James confidence to address their gifted internal desires to grow in the wisdom and knowledge of God.

     In large part, James’ letter was God’s simplified parental wisdom; “much like that taught by the prophets and Solomon. Things children should be taught before their teen years.

    (James 1:19-21; “Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters! Let every person be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger. For human anger does not accomplish God’s righteousness. So put away all filth and evil excess and humbly welcome the message implanted within you, which is able to save your souls.”)

    Who does the implanting? Jesus: through the door of faith. His truth implanted to one’s mind is “the door of faith being opened.” God’s implanted truth to one’s person‘s belief system converts and saves.

    God’s law for His set aside people includes how to love Him, how to love neighbor, rules regarding health, respecting the land and the need for circumcision of the heart. (See Lev 26:41; Deut 10:16; Jer 4:4; Ezek 44:9)

   (Romans 2:23-26; “You ‘Israelites’ who boast in the law dishonor God by transgressing the law! Just as it is written, “the name of God is being blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you ‘Israelites.” For circumcision has its value if you practice the law, but if you break the law, your circumcision has become un-circumcision. Therefore if the uncircumcised man obeys the righteous requirements of the law, will not his un-circumcision be regarded as circumcision?”

    (Rom 2:27-29; “And will not the physically uncircumcised man who keeps the law judge you who, despite the written code and circumcision, transgress the law? For a person is not a Jew, ‘Christian’ who is one outwardly, nor is circumcision something that is outward in the flesh, (29) but someone is a Jew, ‘Christian’ who is one inward, and circumcision is of the heart by the Spirit and not by the written code. This person’s praise is not from people but from God.”)

    Physical circumcision is God’s covenant with Abraham and descendents “to demonstrate a belief” obedience to God. A failure to obey God’s law broke the covenant. However circumcision always foreshadowed spiritual obedience as gifted to one’s being. Review Philippians 2:13 again.   

     Understanding truth is gifted to those “believing IN Jesus‘ faith.” One must believe that our Creator God is! Jesus taught it.

    (John 6:28-29; So, then they said to Jesus, “What must we do to accomplish the deeds God requires?” Jesus replied, this is the deed God requires – “to believe IN the One whom He sent.” But these ‘truths are recorded so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have LIFE in His name.”)

     It’s the door of faith, “it’s the message spiritually and miraculously implanted within one’s mind that saves.” Jesus taught it through Paul.

     (Hebrews 11:6; “Now without faith it is impossible to please Him, for the one who approaches God must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who seek Him.”) Make no mistake, “such belief comes from above.” (Not theology schooling.)

     (James 1:22-25; “But be sure you live out the message and do not merely listen to it and so deceive yourselves. For if someone merely listens to the message and does not live it out, “practice it” he is like someone who gazes at his own face in a mirror. (24) For, he gazes at himself then goes out and immediately forgets what sort of person he was. But the one who peers into the perfect law of liberty and fixes his attention there and does not become a forgetful listener, but one who lives it out–“practices it” he will be blessed in what he does.”)

   We need to understand; our own inherited nature, how cares of the world and its divisionary false teachings, (are obstacles to our “living out the message.”)

    (James 1:26-27; “If someone thinks he is religious yet does not bridle his tongue and so deceives his heart, his religion is futile. Pure and undefiled religion before God the Father is this: ‘to care for orphans and widows in their misfortune and to keep oneself unstained by the world.’”)

     May we yield to the spirit’s rational teaching and grow. May we realize this world’s system of things “hinders the desire to be a doer pleasing Jesus.” This world’s system of things absorbs the careless Believer’s time. We must be careful that this world’s traditions NOT dilute our “faith of Jesus in us.” Jesus taught the principle of faithfully waiting on God through James and Isaiah.

    (Isaiah 64:4-9; “Since ancient times no one has heard or perceived, no eye has seen any God besides You, who intervenes for those who wait for Him. You assist those who DELIGHT in doing what is right, who OBSERVE Your commandments. Look, You were angry because we violated Your commandments continually. How then can we be saved?

     We are all like one unclean, our so-called righteous acts are like a menstrual rag in Your sight. We all wither like a leaf; our sins carry us away like the wind. No one invokes Your name, or makes an effort to take hold of You. For You have rejected us and handed us over to our own sins. Yet, Lord, You are our father. We are the clay, and you are our Potter; we are all the product of Your labor. Lord, do not be too angry! Do not hold our sins against us continually! Take a good look at Your people, at all of us!””)

     In Moses and Joshua’s day the Israelites knew they were chosen to be God’s people. In their Synagogues each Sabbath, they studied prophetic writings, their own history and the ten commandments were memorized by children early in their lives. Few Israelites, ‘even in the apostles time’ could foresee a time when “the door of faith would be opened to the Gentiles.” Now James’ letter is teaching the righteousness of God to dispersed Israelites, in a way many may not have considered before, “the door of Jesus’ faith opening through being gifted to understanding His message.”

    (James 2:1-7; “My brothers and sisters, do not show prejudice, if you possess faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ. For if someone comes into your assembly wearing a gold ring and fine clothing, and a poor person enters in filthy clothes, do you pay attention to the one who is finely dressed and say, “You sit here in a good place,” and to the poor person, “You stand over there,” or “Sit on the floor”? If so, have you not made distinctions among yourselves and become judges with evil motives? (5) Listen, my dear brothers and sisters! Did not God choose the poor in the world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom that He promised to those who love Him? But you have dishonored the poor! Are not the rich oppressing you and dragging you into the courts? (7) Do they not blaspheme the good name of The One you belong to?”)

     For the most part, it’s always been, “the rich, powerful and popular are held in high esteem by naïve worldly people.” People are slow to grasp the fact that they are being made merchandise of by the rich, politicians and this world‘s system of things. James has his finger on society’s pulse result “Adam’s nature we inherited.” Jesus through James is teaching “Believers IN Himself” that we are heirs with Abraham and how to show love for one another.”

     (James 2:8-12; “But if you fulfill the royal law as expressed in this scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing well. But if you show prejudice, you are committing sin and are “convicted by the law as violators.” (10) For, “the one who obeys the whole law” but fails in one point” has become guilty of all of it. For He who said, “Do not commit adultery,” also said, “Do not murder.” Now if you do not commit adultery but do commit murder, you have become a violator of the law. (12) Speak and act as those who will be judged by a law that gives freedom. For judgment is merciless for the one who has shown no mercy. But mercy triumphs over judgment.”)

     The commandments are kept spiritually perfect when Jesus’ love is imputed to our being. Resulting in “believing IN faith” being gifted with Godly love imputed to our being.

     (James 2:14-19; “What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but does not have works? Can this kind of faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacks daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, keep warm and eat well,” but you do not give them what the body needs, what good is it? (17) So also faith, if it does not have works, is dead being by its self. But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith without works and I will show you faith by my works. (19) You believe that God is One; well and good. Even the demons believe that – and tremble with fear.”)

     Believing IN requires action. Demons, Jesus encountered knew who He was, while many in religious circles refuse to believe He is the Christ. When professing Christians allow themselves to be stained by this world’s system of things; the world considers them as their own. Jesus expressed it.

     (Matt 6:24; “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.”)

   WHY is it necessary for Jesus to say this and have James write as he did to the dispersed Israelites? Even then people with self serving agendas were confusing the people about Jesus’ promised, grace and the law. Like today, “some believed Jesus lived, but were not gifted to believe IN.” So, James emphasized “believing IN faith” as in gifted grace; as in believing IN God’s promises.

     (James 2:20-26; “But would you like evidence, you empty fellow, that faith without works is useless? Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar? (22) You see that his faith was working together with his works and his faith was perfected by works. And the scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God and it was counted to him for righteousness,” and he was called God’s friend. You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone. And similarly, was not Rahab the prostitute also justified by works when she welcomed the messengers and sent them out by another way? (26) For, just as the body without the spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead.”)

     Abraham: nor can we do works in order to gain friendship with God! He: nor should we work to gain friendship but because we love and believed IN our Creator. Abraham was led to recognize God’s righteousness, creative powers and ability to keep promises. Abraham knew by faith that God could give life back to his heir, “Isaac.” Thus, Abraham’s actions demonstrated that belief.

     How do these things apply to this latter age? Faith in the God of Abraham is almost non-existing. Most people in this latter age have rejected the knowledge God passed to us through His apostles and prophets. That Jesus is Re-Creator, Creator, Sustainer, Deliverer, Mediator, the Resurrection and Life Giver. Many professing Christians reject Jesus as Creator. That He did creative works to demonstrate His deity, “miraculously healing, restoring physical life, creating food, feeding thousands and taking life from a fig tree.”

    (John 20:30-31; “Now Jesus performed many other miraculous signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not recorded in this book. But these are recorded so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God and that by believing you may have life in His name.”)

     (Revelations 3:5-6; “The one who conquers, “overcomes to the end” will be dressed like them in white clothing, and I will never erase his name from the book of life, but will declare his name before My Father and before His angels. The one who has an ear had better hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’)

     One of Satan’s many tools is, “this world’s system of things promoting the pleasures of sin.” ASK; are you a called out Believer IN? Has the door of faith been opened to you? Has God’s truth been implanted to your mind? Do you see that Satan’s way of get, is taking this world down a destructive path? Jesus reminded us; “Enter through the narrow gate, because the gate is wide and the way is spacious that leads to destruction and there are many who enter through it. But the gate is narrow and the way is difficult that leads to life and there are few who find it.” Matt 7:13-14) 

 

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