Jesus’ teaching through His apostles,and commentary. chapter 1

    TO: World’s in residence Churches of God. Sivan 29, 5,780; 6/21/2020.

   A theology professor told a popular protestant denomination, “a congregation of your size should have a Dr. of Theology pastoring.” It’s the accepted way in schools of higher learning and even trade vocations. It’s an enslavement to bureaucracy that keeps talented people in the so called “working man’s class.” However such thinking is opposite Jesus’ teaching, particularly regarding spiritual understanding. Review our last study regarding spiritual gifts, God‘s callings and “how His sheep know Him and He them.” Today, called to believe IN Jesus people are gifted to recognize His truths, opposed to picking clerics based on credentials, agreement with and political correctness.

  Jesus’ apostle Paul shared similar spiritual truths with Timothy.

     (2Timothy 2:1-11; “So you my child, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And entrust what you heard me say in the presence of many others as witnesses to faithful people who will be competent to teach others as well. Take your share of suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No one in military service gets entangled in matters of everyday life; otherwise he will not please the one who recruited him. Also, if anyone competes as an athlete, he will not be crowned as the winner unless he competes according to the rules. The farmer who works hard ought to have the first share of the crops. Think about what I am saying and the Lord will give you understanding of all this. Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, a descendant of David; such is my gospel for which I suffer hardship to the point of imprisonment as a criminal, but God’s message is not imprisoned! So I endure all things for the sake of those chosen by God, that they too may obtain salvation in Christ Jesus and its eternal glory. This saying is trustworthy: (If we died with Jesus, we will also live with Him. If we endure we will also reign with Him. If we deny Him, He will also deny us. If we are unfaithful, He remains faithful, since He cannot deny Himself.”) ..    People understanding Jesus’ truths regarding His perpetual attributes, Sabbaths, chosen people and their future deliverance need to be sharing them. We may be judged on these truths one day.   (Eph 6:12; “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”)

    Popular powerful denominational leaders and demonic forces are real. Teachers sharing partial truths, play to demonic spiritual darkness in high places. Evil days, Jesus and His apostles spoke of are here. Satan is inspiring people to enforce his evil schemes. In the USA right now, “congregations entitled to tax exemptions can be forced to administer the likes of same sex marriages and other things abominable to God’s ordnances. It’s why Christians must come out from among such.  

     (Eph 6:13-16; “Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins gird about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith you shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.”) ..  Believers IN Jesus trust God as did Abraham. Paul said it best in his letter to the Romans in chapter 3:4; (”God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That you might be justified in your sayings, and might overcome when you are judged.”)

   (Eph 6:17-20; “And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all Saints; And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.”) ..   Each follower of Jesus should consider selves ambassadors. The mystery of the gospel is, “His Holy Spirit in people causes them to be AT ONE with God the Father and God the Son.”)

   (Eph 6:21-24; “But that you also may know my affairs, and how I do, Tychicus, a beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord, shall make known to you all things: Whom I have sent unto you for the same purpose, that you might know our affairs, and that he might comfort your hearts. Peace be to the brethren, and love with faith from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Grace be with all them that love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity.” Amen.) Paul ends his letter to the Ephesians saying; “from Rome, by Tychicus.”)

    Jesus’ apostles Paul and Peter helped John in his responsible canonizing the New Testament. .. From a fleshly view Paul may have been the most un-likely to have been chosen by Jesus to be one of His selected apostles. Paul’s commission to the non-Israelite populations put him at odds with many Israelites who had problems believing God would make gentiles their equal. (Acts 8:1; tells us that Paul’s consenting to Stephen’s death was instrumental in persecutions against God’s churches, causing many to scatter throughout Judea and Samaria, “except the Apostles.”)

   (Acts 9:3-9; “As Saul “Paul” journeyed he came near Damascus, suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven, he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, “Saul, Saul, why persecute you Me? Saul said, who are you, Lord? And the Lord said, “I am Jesus whom you persecute: it is hard for you to kick against the pricks.” Saul trembling and astonished said, “Lord, what will you have me to do?” And the Lord said unto him, “Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told you what you must do.” The men journeying with Paul stood speechless, hearing a voice, but seeing no man. Saul arose from the earth; when his eyes were opened, he saw no man: but they led him by the hand, and brought him into Damascus. Saul was three days without sight, and neither did eat nor drink.) ..     All in God’s master plan. It had been prophesied that the good news would first go to the Jews - Israelites. Jesus gave Paul a direct mission telling what to expect because of his calling. Jesus then had a Damascus Believer named Ananias go and anoint Saul, that he receive his sight and told Ananias the following: “Go your way: for he is a chosen vessel unto Me, to bear My name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel: For I will show him how great things he must suffer for My name’s sake.” THUS, Paul knew his mission and was blessed with Jesus’ faith to carry it out. (Jesus changed Saul’s name to “Paul” actually meaning “a lesser one.”) Paul must have been mindful of the meaning because he referred to himself as being the least of the apostles.) But Paul understood and shared Satan’s character with believers.

   (1Corinthians 14:33; “God is not characterized by disorder but by peace.”) So who is the author of disorder and division?

   (2Cor 4:4; “Among whom the god of this age has blinded the minds of those who do not believe.”) How did Satan become the god of this age? When people don’t want to believe IN and obey our Creator; they choose alternatives. Choosing not to believe IN the God of Noah and Abraham is idolatry; then all that’s left for each is fleshly desires. God blames this world’s divisionary confusion on Satan, for God isn’t about disorder but of peace. ..    God the Father made His Son Re-creator of this planet that had become as, “darkness over the deep.” Creator and Spokesman “Jesus” is re-creator of this earth, He was sent by the authority of God the Father to create, give instruction and ultimately  die “shed His blood” for the remission of this world’s sins. The Son of God born in the flesh, did the deeds of God and His sacrifice were preplanned from the foundation of the world. (See John 10:15-18.)

   Now Jesus’ teaches through Paul to Philippians and all believers.

  (Phil 2:1-2; “Therefore, if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort provided by love, any fellowship in the Spirit, any affection or mercy, complete my joy and be of the same mind, by having the same love, being united in spirit, and having one purpose.”) (This identifies God’s church.)

   When individuals are truly led by the Holy Spirit they grow in the grace and knowledge of God. Godly LOVE produces Oneness in mental and spiritual comfort. (The fruit, “result” of God’s gifted spirit in us is, “love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance; against such there is no law.” Gal 5:22-23.)

  (Phil 2:3-8; “Instead of being motivated by selfish ambition or vanity, each of you should, in humility, be moved to treat one another as more important than yourself.  Each of you should be concerned not only about your own interests, but about the interests of others as well. You should have the same attitude toward one another that Christ Jesus had, who though He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be grasped, but emptied Himself by taking on the form of a slave, by looking like other men, and by sharing in human nature. Jesus humbled Himself, by becoming obedient to the point of death– even death on a cross!”) ..   Consider the King James translation which reads; (“Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus. Who being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: but made of Himself no reputation and took upon Him the form of a servant and was made in the likeness of men: and being found fashioned as a man He humbled Himself and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.”) ..   The Son of God’s human life, deeds, sacrifice, resurrection, ascension; His return and commissioning His apostles was all preplanned. His future return as King of Kings, to reward righteousness and destroy evil is preplanned from the foundation of the world. ..  Jesus was the Lord God communicating with Noah in the building of the ark and miraculously caused the numbers of clean and unclean animals to enter for saving.

    (Genesis 7:2-4; “You must take with you seven of every kind of clean animal, the male and its mate, two of every kind of unclean animal, the male and its mate, and also seven of every kind of bird in the sky, male and female, to preserve their offspring on the face of the earth. For in seven days I will cause it to rain on the earth for forty days and forty nights, and I will wipe from the face of the ground every living thing that I have made.”) (See John 1:1-5, Colossians 1:15-20 and Hebrews 1: discerning Jesus’ deity. To worship Jesus in spirit and truth we must understand His communications with Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and His apostles. After Jesus’ millennial rule on earth, New Jerusalem is going to come down with its twelve gates named for the twelve tribes of Israel and its twelve foundations named for the twelve apostles of the Lamb.

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