Revelations to Jesus’ apostles and commentary, chapter 4

To: World’s in residence churches of God, 96/26/20

 Last study Jesus revealed - defined knowing faith, and at Hebrews 11:1-3 we’re taught faith is evidence of things hoped for. On instant healings we considered it likely that Peter and John had hope faith before Jesus gave them His evidence. Regardless, they were gifted with knowing faith. So what about hope faith?…   (Matthew 6:5-9; When, you pray do not be like the hypocrites, because they love to pray while standing in synagogues and on street corners so people can see them. Truly I say to you, they have their reward. But whenever you pray, go into your room, close the door, and pray to your Father in secret. And your Father, who sees in secret, will reward you. When you pray, do not babble repetitiously like the Gentiles, because they think that by their many words they will be heard. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him. So pray this way: “Our Father in heaven, may your name be honored, may your kingdom come; may your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we ourselves have forgiven our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For if you forgive others their sins, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others, your Father will not forgive you your sins.”)…  Jesus made no mention of needing evidence in His sample hope prayer, but much is revealed. Seven is God’s number for perfection: see the seven parts below.

       1: May our father’s name, -nature- be honored. Consider how ambassadors

           represent countries.  Not only do they go in the name of their country, they

           represent their countries nature. We need to know and honor our

           Creator’s nature.

       2: We must believe IN Jesus’ coming kingdom on earth, and be gifted with

           desire that His kingdom soon come.

       3: We must desire God’s will, knowing His will is superior to our self serving

           hopes.

       4: We must believe God is our provider, and ask Him for provisions.

       5: We need to have already forgiven people indebted to us in order to expect

           forgiveness.

       6: We need to ask, and know, God can lead us from temptations and deliver

           from Satan’s way

       7: If we aren’t willing to forgive others we shouldn’t expect forgiveness.      

   Worldly religions are no more than superstitions. Folks teaching a – name it and claim it doctrine - are practicing superstition. People spreading ideas about receiving blessings by saying AMEN to supposition within certain time frames are practicing superstition.

   When we faithfully believing IN the God of Abraham as He’s manifested to be in the holy scriptures and pray in His nature, we should know our faith prayer saves. Followers of Jesus know, God knows our needs better than we do and as such we rely on His will when we ask for something. To pray to a Jesus of one’s imagination, without understanding His deity is like praying to an Asherah pole. (See 2Kings 17:10-12) 

   (John 15:5-8; I am the Vine; you - followers of Meare 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, such branches are gathered up and thrown into the fire, and are burned up. 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.)

    Hope prayer revolves around God knowing our needs and our NOT desiring what may contribute to temptations. Examining ourselves is commanded. Individually we should ask what Godly standards have we attained? Jesus’ perfection had its hold on Paul, and he understood the need for clinging to The Vine. If we stay true to our calling, God will reveal the error of our ways and grant our repentance.

    After His resurrection Jesus joined some disciples who were discussing what had happen in Jerusalem. Then Jesus revealed the prophets writings about Himself.

    (Luke 24:42-49: So they gave Jesus a piece of broiled fish, He took it and ate it in front of them. Then said to them, “These are My words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about Me in the law of Moses and the prophets and the psalms must be fulfilled.” Then Jesus opened their minds so they could understand the scriptures, and said to them, “Thus it stands written that the Christ would suffer and would rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance for the forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed in His name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. And look, I am sending you what My Father promised. But stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.”Less than fifty days later, Jesus’ followers received what His Father had promised on that Pentecost.

     After Jesus’ apostles asked, and Jesus explained why He spoke in parables, He gave His apostles another parable. They may not have understood it until after His resurrection when He opened their minds to understand the scriptures.

    (Matt 13:18-23; “So listen to the parable of the sower: When anyone hears the word about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one, Satan, comes  and snatches what was sown in his heart; this is the seed sown along the path. The seed sown on rocky ground is the person who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy. But he has no root in himself and does not endure; when trouble or persecution comes because of the word, immediately he falls away. The seed sown among thorns is the person who hears the word, but worldly cares and the seductiveness of wealth choke the word, so it produces nothing. But as for the seed sown on good soil, this is the person who hears the word and understands. He bears fruit, yielding a hundred, sixty, or thirty times what was sown.”)

    Some might think, only the people described in verse 23 are called. Let’s not be dogmatic, we need hope faith that God will reveal the error of our ways when we ask. Pray to be gifted with a spiritual mind that waits on God’s revelations, rather than following a denominational doctrine of choice. After Paul explained that his hold was on Jesus, and recommends that we imitate him.

    (Phil 3:17-18; Be imitators of me, brothers and sisters, and watch carefully those who are living this way, just as you have us as an example. For many live, about whom I have often told you, and now with tears, I tell you that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ.) 

    All who teach Jesus, aren’t followers of Him. Jesus says through Isaiah, at verse 20, below, “To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.

    (Isaiah 8:11-22; For the LORD spoke thus to me with a strong hand, and instructed me that I should not walk - practice livingin the way of this people, saying, “Say you not, A confederacy, to all them to whom this people shall say, A confederacy; neither fear you their fear, nor be afraid.” Sanctify - set aside - the LORD of hosts Himself; let Him be your fear, and let Him be your dread. And He shall be for a sanctuary; but for a stone of stumbling and for a rock of offence to both the houses of Israel, for a gin and for a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem. And many among them shall stumble, fall, be broken, be snared, and be taken.  Bind up the testimony, seal the law among My disciples. And I will wait upon the LORD, that hides His face from the house of Jacob, and I will look for Him. Behold, I and the children whom the LORD has given Me are for signs and for wonders in Israel from the LORD of hosts, which dwells in mount Zion. And when they shall say unto you, Seek unto them that have familiar spirits, and unto wizards that peep, and that mutter: should not a people seek unto their God? for the living to the dead? To the law and to the testimony: if they speak NOT according to THIS WORD, it is because there is NO light in them. And they shall pass through it, hardly bestead and hungry: and it shall come to pass, that when they shall be hungry, they shall fret themselves, and curse their king and their God, and look upward. And they shall look unto the earth; and behold trouble and darkness, dimness of anguish; and they shall be driven to darkness.)

    Compare Jesus prophetic words through Isaiah with Jesus’ prayer for Believers IN.

    (John 17:9-17; I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which You have given Me; for they are Yours. And all mine are Yours, and Yours are mine; and I am glorified in them. And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to You. Holy Father, keep through Your own name those whom You have given Me, that they may be ONE AS WE ARE. While I was with them in the world, I kept them in Your name: those that You gave Me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled. And now come I to You; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have My joy fulfilled in themselves. I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them, because they are NOT OF THE WORLD, even as I am not of the world. I pray NOT that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil. They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.  Sanctify - set apart - them through Your truth: Your word is truth.)

     We’re aren’t of the world when we practice the things societies of the world, practice. It’s Jesus’ MESSAGE we need to know and understand, not a denominational doctrine, not some reveared personality and NOT a traditional pagan mix with His Word!

    (Phil 3:19-21; “Their end is destruction, their god is the belly, they exult in their shame, and they think about earthly things. But our citizenship is in heaven – and we also await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will TRANSFORM these humble BODIES of ours into the LIKENESS OF HIS glorious body by means of that power by which He “Jesus” is able to subject all things to Himself.”)

     Paul looked forward to the spiritual gain in death and the transformation of his body at the resurrection. People contributing to the apostate will be destroyed, if they don’t repent.

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