Revelations to Jesus’ apostles and commentary, chapter 2

    TO: World’s in residence Churches of God. Tamuz 1, 5,780; 6/23/2020.

    Jesus’ faith motivation is through God’s choosing and calling. Practicing faith and living by God’s standards as “Jesus and His apostles prescribed. Until God miraculously changes an individual’s outlook, instinctive motives are of concern for self, me, mine and ours, family, my kind and my associates. Loving people of differing beliefs, nationalities and even an enemy as Jesus and His apostles prescribe requires a nature change. It’s the mystery of Holy Spirit imputation, Jesus’ good news believed in. From the foundation of the world, God’s planned nature change prescription is laid out for us in Abraham’s faith, Jesus’ calling and gifting His apostles with scriptural understanding. It’s making individuals literal children and AT ONE with Jesus. Believing IN God as He’s manifested to be, requires God the Father revealing Himself through God the Son. The many seem to find religious comfort in thinking God is likened to their personal imagination. The many think theology schooling is the way of salvation.

    God’s calling includes knowledge that He first loved us. (1John 4:19-21; We love because He loved us first. If anyone says “I love God” and yet hates his fellow Christian, he is a liar, because the one who does not love his fellow Christian whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. And the commandment we have from Him is this: that the one who loves God should love his fellow Christian too.)

 Believing IN God as He revealed Himself to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses and Jesus’ apostles leads us to love and practice His prescribed Way and spiritually remove ourselves from the ways of this demonic world. It begins with His supernatural calling, opening the mind to know God’s love as it’s revealed to be. That result? A changed outlook from the inherited Adam nature to God’s gifted nature, mindset likened to Jesus’. Then it becomes apparent that Satan desires to harm to people. That miraculous nature change requires God’s fathering with His spirit, a rebirth from the old nature. Only then can we love as Jesus and His apostles’ prescribes. It’s a gifted desire to love God’s Way as revealed in His holy Word. Otherwise we could boast about our own works. Jesus explains.

   (John 15:19-20; “If you were of the world, the world would love his own: but because you are not of the world, but I have CHOSEN you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. Remember the Word that I said unto you, “The servant is not greater than his lord.” If they have persecuted Me, they will also persecute you, if they have kept My saying, they will keep yours also.”)..   Spiritual understanding is gifted to those God chooses. It’s a gifted mindset that desires to be AT ONE with God the Father and God the Son. Our Creator preplanned it all when He re-created this earth, and created Adam and Eve...   (Phil 2:9-11; “As a result God “the Father” exalted “God the Son” Jesus, and gave Him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow – in heaven and on earth and under the earth – and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.”)   Jesus is the Christian’s mentor, Savior and Shepherd. Paul goes on to teach the Philippians and all Christians what we should be striving for...   (Phil 2:12-13; “So then, my dear friends, just as you have always obeyed, not only in my presence but even more in my absence, continue working out your salvation with awe and reverence, for the One BRINGING FORTH in you BOTH the DESIRE and the EFFORT – for the sake of HIS GOOD PLEASURE – is God.”)

   Being led to believe IN Jesus and obey with desire is gifted. Knowing that Jesus loves us and wants what’s best for us is gifted. Paul as Jesus’ ambassador and apostle could say, “obey not only in my presence but more in my absence.”  Now, each Christian’s responsible to prove, “work out our own salvation.” (“Letting God be true though every other person a liar.” See Rom 3:4) WHO should we credit for our understanding? The One bringing forth in us, the desire and effort - for HIS good pleasure is God! Any other way is of our own doing, not by God’s grace!

    (Phil 2:14-16; “Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may be blameless and pure, children of God without blemish though you live in a crooked and perverse society, in which you shine as lights in the world by holding on to the Word of Life so that on the day of Christ, I will have a reason to boast that I did not run in vain nor labor in vain.”)

   Societies were no different in the apostle’s days than in this age. Currently societies think of themselves as advanced from previous ones and certain kinds of knowledge have increased just as Jesus prophesied through Daniel. However, knowledge of our Creator God among worldly religions has decreased. Each age is a crooked and perverse society. WHY so? God is allowing Satan to be the god of this world and allowing man to go the way that seems right to his inherited from Adam nature.

   (Phil 2:17-18; “But even if I am being poured out like a drink offering on the sacrifice and service of your faith, I am glad and rejoice together with all of you. And in the same way you also should be glad and rejoice together with me.”)

   Remember Jesus’ words to Ananias in Damascus regarding Paul? Jesus said, “Go your way: for he is a chosen vessel unto Me, to bear My name before the Gentiles, kings and the children of Israel: for I will show him how great things he must suffer for My name’s sake.” Paul truly poured himself out to God’s chosen people and for Jesus’ calling.

   Timothy was also a chosen servant; he was with Paul when Philippians was being written. He was Paul’s assistant, sometimes secretary or scribe, as was Mark. Several copies of Paul’s letters were likely made and delivered to various church groups. (Epaphroditus delivered this letter to the Philippians.)

   (Phil 2:19-29; “Now I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you soon, so that I too may be encouraged by hearing news about you. For there is no one here like him who will readily demonstrate his deep concern for you. Others are busy with their own concerns, not those of Jesus Christ. But you know Timothy’s qualifications, that like a son working with his father, he served with me in advancing the gospel. So I hope to send him as soon as I know more about my situation, though I am confident in the Lord that I too will be coming to see you soon. But for now I have considered it necessary to send Epaphroditus to you. For he is my brother, coworker, fellow soldier, your messenger and a minister to me in my need. Indeed, he greatly missed all of you and was distressed because you heard that he had been ill. In fact he became so ill that he nearly died. But God showed mercy to him – and not to him only, but also to me – so that I would not have grief on top of grief. Therefore I am all the more eager to send him, so that when you see him again you can rejoice and I can be free from anxiety. So welcome him in the Lord with great joy, and honor people like him, since it was because of the work of Christ that he almost died. He risked his life so that he could make up for your inability to serve me.”)

    Remember the last instantaneous miraculous healings recorded in the Holy Scriptures? Jesus healed through Paul on the island of Malta after Paul and company were ship wrecked. First Paul was snake bitten and the superstitious people assumed he was a murderer, when he didn’t die, they assumed he was a god. Afterward Paul learned that the island ruler’s daddy was sick with fever and dysentery. “Paul went in to see him and after praying, Paul placed his hands on him and Jesus healed him. After this happened, many of the people on the island who were sick also came and were healed. The people bestowed many honors on Paul and his companions when preparing to sail and gave needed supplies. See Acts 28:3-10.

    Paul’s coworker Epaphroditus almost died because of the work of Christ. Seemingly the time of Jesus’ instantaneous miraculous healings through His apostles ended at Malta. If Jesus did instantaneous miraculous healings through His apostles or brothers James and Jude it isn’t recorded in our copies of the Holy Scriptures. People and denominations putting emphasis on healings, tongues and traditions are out of step with Jesus’ good news, the gospel. Jesus’ doctrine of love is what must be emphasized. Love as demonstrated to His called out followers, spiritual Israelites. Paul explained this in his letter to the Ephesians and all gifted Believers IN.

   (Ephesians 2:11-22; “Therefore remember that formerly you, the Gentiles in the flesh – who are called “un-circumcision” by the so-called “circumcision” that is performed on the body by human hands – that you were at that time without the Messiah, alienated from the citizenship of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who used to be far away have been brought near by your believing IN the blood, the lifeof Christ. For Jesus is our peace, the One who made both groups Israelites and gentiles into one and who destroyed the middle wall of partition, the hostility, when He nullified in His flesh the law of commandments in decrees. He did this to create in Himself one new man out of two, thus making peace, and to reconcile them both in one body to God through the cross, by which the hostility has been killed. And Jesus came and preached peace to you ‘gentiles’ who were far off and peace to those who were near, Israelites, so that through Jesus we both have access in one Spirit to the Father. So then you are no longer foreigners and non-citizens, but you are fellow citizens with the Saints and members of God’s household, because you, followers of Jesus, have been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus Himself as the cornerstone. In Jesus the whole building, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.”)

    Some of us are likely concerned with our own agenda and pursuits, Jesus’ said; “seek first the kingdom of God. It’s foolish to ask, why Paul didn’t miraculously heal his coworker? Healings done through Jesus apostles, were in part to demonstrate their credentials as apostles and Jesus’ work through them. Miraculous instant healings, as Jesus personally did and then did through His apostles were for manifestation of who He was and is. Indiscriminant healing showed God’s power and mercy. After Jesus’ ascension, He continued demonstrating His power through His chosen. Remember, deacon Stephen? (Study Acts 6 and 7) The likes of Jesus turning water into aged wine, His instantly healing lepers, His physically resurrecting Lazarus after being dead four days and Jesus healing through Peter’s shadow passing over folks making them whole, haven’t been witnessed since that apostolic age, to the best of our knowledge. Genuine HOPE faith is the fruit, result of believing IN Jesus and asking hopefully. “Knowing faith is having revealed evidence of God’s will before hand. (Study Acts 28:) 

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