Revelations to Jesus’ apostles and commentary, chapter 3

    TO: World’s in residence Churches of God. Tamuz 3, 5,780; 6/25/2020.

       There are many examples of knowing faith in the Holy Scriptures. Jesus’ apostles made known when Jesus’ faith was working in them. Notably at Acts 3:1-9; “A lame man at the Beautiful Gate was asking for money when Peter and John came by. Peter said to the man, we have no money but what we have we give you. In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, stand up and walk! Then Peter took hold of him by the right hand and raised him up and at once the man’s feet and ankles were made strong.” Obviously, Peter and John had advance knowing faith that Jesus was going to heal the lame man.

     Another time Peter found a man named Aeneas who was paralyzed, confined to bed eight years. Peter said to him; “Jesus the Christ heals you. Get up and make your own bed! And immediately he got up. Many turned to the Lord.” Acts 9:34-35. Jesus revealed His intent; through gifted knowing belief IN faith Peter acted.

     Again, a Believer named Tabitha, ‘meaning Dorcas’, died. When it was heard that Peter was in Joppa, he was sent for. When Peter arrived he knelt down and prayed. Turning to the body, he said, “Tabitha, get up. Then she opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter, she sat up. He gave her his hand and helped her get up. Then he called the Saints and widows and presented her alive.” Acts 9:36-43. In each of these healings and others; Jesus miraculously gave advance knowing faith and likewise to those believing In The Message of faith, many turned to Jesus.

     Since apostolic times, God the Father has called people by various means, revealing Himself through God the Son, opening minds to understand the scripture, commanding they prove all things, and hold to what’s good. On Jesus’ second appearance to His apostles in an upper locked room and Thomas present; Jesus showed the doubter His hands and side, afterward Thomas said; “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen Me? Blessed are the people who have not seen and yet have believed.” John 20:28.

      Even worldly logic teaches; majorities with diverse views aren’t true servants of God. If so it would mean that God is divided, which would go against every principle laid down by Jesus, His prophets and apostles. Jesus teaches that His follows aren’t divided, but spirit led to discern His truths. (Which is; He miraculously opens minds to understand the scriptures and the simplicities of His Way.) Gifting understanding that there’s purpose in His making people in His spiritual image, members of His family, understand the scriptures that teach, immortality is a predestined inherited gift. Not only do the gifted believe IN Jesus’ teachings, but know His church family is founded on the prophets, apostles with Jesus being the Corner Stone. Believers aren’t ashamed to practice His Way and separate from a divided society of demonically led people.

  Magnification of the law is spiritual.

     (Galatians 3:23; Now before Jesus’  gifted faith came, we were held in custody under the law, being kept as prisoners until the coming faith would be revealed.) Until Jesus’ gifted faith is revealed individually, people need to be kept under the law, for societal good.

   (Gal 3:24; Thus the law had become our guardian until Christ, so that we-who believe- could be declared righteous by His- faith.) Jesus’ gifted revealed faith in us, gives us to understand His love, be AT ONE with Him, yield to His Way, and be spirit led to love His law .

    (Gal 3:25; But now that –Jesus’- faith has come, -to us individually- we are no longer under a guardian. For in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God through -Jesus’- faith.) When led to believe IN Jesus, God fathers us with His spirit, making us literal children as is Jesus.

    (Gal 3:26-; For all of you who were baptized -spiritually immersed- into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.) When baptized into and clothed with Christ, He becomes our life and we then know to whom we belong.

    (Gal 3:27-29; 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.) Promises to Abraham and his descendents include our reigning as heirs with Jesus through the ages.

  Paul faced up to the enemies of Jesus’ good news, revealing erroneous

Doctrine’s taught from within people’s fleshly instinctive imaginations.

    (Phil 3:1-2; Finally, my brothers and sisters, rejoice in the Lord! To write this again is no trouble to me and it is a safeguard for you. Beware of the dogs, beware of the evil workers, beware of those who mutilate the flesh!) Jesus characterized hostile unbelievers as dogs.

     (Mark 7:25-28; For a certain woman, whose young daughter had an unclean spirit, heard of Jesus and came and fell at His feet: The woman was a Greek, a Syrophenician by nation; and she besought Jesus that He would cast the devil out of her daughter. But Jesus said unto her, “Let the children first be filled: for it is not meet to take the children’s bread, and to cast it unto the dogs.” And she answered and said unto Him, Yes, Lord: “yet the dogs under the table eat of the children’s crumbs.”)

     No way does Jesus’ word indicate a lack of compassion toward unbelievers. He complimented this lady for her faith, and when she returned home she found her daughter completely healed. People mutilating and marking their flesh to demonstrated one’s status, belief or faith is not new. Before the new covenant, Israelites were considered the circumcision. Today followers of Jesus are the circumcision.

    (Phil 3:3-6; For we- Christians- are the circumcision, the ones who worship by the Spirit of God, exult in Christ Jesus and do not rely on human credentials – though mine too are significant. If someone thinks he has good reasons to put confidence in human credentials, I have more: I was circumcised on the eighth day, from the people of Israel and the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews. I lived according to the law as a Pharisee. In my zeal for God I persecuted the church. According to the righteousness stipulated in the law I was blameless.)

     Paul had been a Pharisee religious do-gooder in his previous way of thinking, he kept the law precisely as pleasing to God under the law. Some, twisting Jesus’ good news were boasting of their credentials and were theologically trained, as people are today. Even under the law, physical circumcision pictured - looked forward to- being circumcision of the heart spiritually.

    Christians are heirs with Abraham: Christians are God’s circumcision, worshiping God in spirit and truth; exulted in Christ Jesus. Galatians, Philippians and called Christians today; contend with false teachers that hinder understanding. People who’re deceived workers boasting of their education and heritage to persuade the naïve, they boast of their education, not understanding that spiritual comprehension is by revelation. Paul did not consider his credentials assets, but liabilities in the teaching of Jesus’ good news.

   (Phil 3:7; But these assets, I have come to regard as liabilities because of Christ.)

    Paul’s knowing the law and having been a strict law keeper, discovered that his previous training was a hindrance to Jesus’ gifted faith. How so? The merits of being obedient to God’s commandments must be met with God’s spiritual intent. When Paul’s old nature was revealed, he understood the old nature was prone to be a source of pride about doing stuff. God’s Spirit in Paul complimented the law of love. Paul explains.

    (Phil 3:8-9; “More than that, I now regard all things as liabilities compared to the far greater value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things – indeed, I regard them as dung! – that I may gain Christ, and be found in Him, not because I have my own righteousness derived from the law, but because I have the righteousness that comes by way of Christ’s faithfulness – a righteousness from God that is in fact based on Christ’s faithfulness.’)

    When we have gifted faith, it’s based on Jesus’ faithful deeds learned from God the Father. Hope and knowing faith Jesus and His apostles teach, isn’t a faith to be conjured up. It’s Jesus’ gifted imputed faith to our minds. His Believer IN faith is what we must rely on. Not our own, but Jesus’ promise of His Spirit gifted faith. It’s evidence that the scriptures have been opened to our understanding.

   (Consider Hebrews 11:1-3; “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by faith the elders obtained a good report. Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.)

     Believers IN are blessed with-gifted, knowing faith that God created. We look about and note that this universe has order that must be sustained by a Sustainer. We note God’s -kind after kind- law and recognize His goodness in all things.

    (Phil 3:10-11; My aim is to know Him, to experience the power of His resurrection, to share in His sufferings and to be like Him in His death and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead. )

     How do we balance Paul’s teaching regarding a Christian’s death? (At Philippians 1:20; Paul said; “For me to live is Christ, to die is gain.” Above Paul emphasizes his desire to attain to the resurrection from the dead. Jesus and Paul taught that Believers IN Jesus is the gift of eternal life. Thus death is gain! Jesus and each apostle taught, “Believers IN Jesus would be in the first resurrection.” (Study 1Cor 15 and consider the difference between people’s believing IN and believing that.

    Jesus, His prophets and apostles taught that Abraham was yet to receive all the promises made to him, and that Believers IN are heirs with Abraham. PERHAPS Paul’s teaching regarding our worshiping God in New Covenant fashion as he wrote in Hebrews 12:18-29; will help.

    The Israelites wanted a go between to teach them God’s Way. They didn’t want to hear God directly, saying; “less we all die.” Asking that Moses to be their spokesman. Today, through His Spirit and by His Word, God speaks directly to individuals. The Word is Jesus. We need not be frightened to hear His teaching as were the Israelites of old; and when we go to God in prayer.

    (Heb 12:18-21; For you, -followers of Jesus- are not come unto the mount that might be touched and that burned with fire, nor unto blackness, darkness, tempest, the sound of a trumpet, and the voice of words; which voice they -the Israelites- that heard, entreated –Moses- that the word should not be spoken to them any more: (For they could not endure that which was commanded, And if so much as a beast touch the mountain, it shall be stoned, or thrust through with a dart: And so terrible was the sight, that Moses said, I exceedingly fear and quake:

    (Heb 12:22; But you -Christians  followers of Jesus- ARE COME unto mount Zion, unto the city of the living God, the HEAVENLY Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, to the general assembly and CHURCH OF THE FIRST BORN, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect, And to Jesus the MEDIATOR of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaks better things than that of Abel.)

    (Heb 12:23-27; See that you refuse not Him –Jesus- that speaks. For if they escaped not who refused Him that spoke on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from Him that speaks from heaven: Whose voice then shook the earth: but now He has promised, saying, “Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven.” And this word, Yet once more, signifies the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which CANNOT be shaken may remain.)

    (Heb 12:28; Wherefore we -Christians -followers of Jesus-receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear: For our God is a consuming fire.)

    Jesus’ apostles and Believers IN have faith in Jesus’ calling, know we’re gifted to believe IN and, have the scriptures opened to our understanding. Having evidence that we’re gifted with eternal life. Paul had faith that at his death he’d join, “innumerable company of angels, the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven; God the Judge of all, the spirits of just men made perfect, And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant.”

    Paul understood promises to Abraham, whom he was joint heir with in reality. That overcoming his inherited from Adam sin nature was commanded.

    (Phil 3:12-16; Not that I have already attained this – that is, I have not already been perfected – but I strive to lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus also laid hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself to have attained this. Instead I am single-minded: Forgetting the things that are behind and reaching out for the things that are ahead, with this goal in mind, I strive toward the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Therefore let those of us who are -being perfected- embrace this point of view. If you think otherwise, God will reveal to you the ERROR of your ways. Nevertheless, let us live up to the standard that we have already attained.)

      Paul was gifted to understand that he had not yet been perfected, and overcoming to the end was commanded. Verse fifteen should give pause to the view, -once saved always saved doctrine. True, once fathered, -begotten by God- and gifted with His Holy Spirit, He can certainly keep us. Loving Him and His Way leads us to strive for, and attain to Jesus’ perfection.

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