Revelations to Jesus’ apostles and commentary, chapter 5

    TO: World’s in residence Churches of God. Tamuz 6, 5,780; 6/28/2020.

    Jesus’ Apostle’s letters to the churches are about living God’s Way through Jesus‘ faith as imputed to our minds. Keeping God’s commandments in their spiritual intent of the law requires a gifted circumcision of heart, its loving God the Father, God the Son and one another as Jesus loves. Jesus, His prophets and apostles emphasized that eternal life is gifted to the obedient. Jesus’ brother -Jude particularly- emphasizes that people contributing to the ongoing apostate are in danger. (Re-read Phil 3:19-21) Paul, knowing he was gifted with eternal life didn’t fear death, but looked forward to it and his body’s transformation at the first resurrection.

    Consider the goodness and purpose of God’s laws and oracles. Oracle is defined: 1. Source of wisdom, something considered to be a source of knowledge, wisdom, or prophecy. 2. Wise saying, wise or prophetic statement.

    Let’s consider Jesus’ apostle Paul’s partial conclusion and to whom God’s oracles are entrusted.

    (Romans 3:1-2; Therefore what advantage does the Jew have, or what is the value of circumcision? Actually, there are many advantages. First of all, the Jews were entrusted with the oracles of God.)

    Remember God dispersed the Israelites to bondage under harsh gentile rulers because of their spiritual adultery. (2Kings 17:7-12; This, happened because the Israelites sinned against the Lord their God, who brought them up from the land of Egypt and freed them from the power of Pharaoh king of Egypt. They worshiped other gods; they observed the practices of the nations whom the Lord had driven out from before Israel, and followed the example of the kings of Israel. Israelites said things about the Lord their God that were not right. They built high places in all their cities, from the watchtower to the fortress. They set up sacred pillars and Asherah poles on every high hill and under every green tree. They burned incense on all the high places just like the nations whom the Lord had driven away from before them. Their evil practices made the Lord angry. They worshiped the disgusting idols in blatant disregard of the Lord’s command.)

Much later Judeans were allowed to return, and

rebuild under Roman authority.

   (Romans 3:3-4; What then? If some, -Israelites- did not believe, does their unbelief nullify the faithfulness of God? Absolutely not! Let God be proven true, and every human being shown up as a liar, just as it is written: so that you will be justified in your words and will prevail when you are judged.) We’ll be judged according to our deeds by our righteous God. Unbelief doesn’t nullify God’s planning.

   (Rom 3:5-8; But if our unrighteousness demonstrates the righteousness of God, what shall we say? The God who inflicts wrath is not unrighteous is He? (I am speaking in human terms.) Absolutely not! For otherwise how could God judge the world? For if by my lie the truth of God enhances His glory, why am I still actually being judged as a sinner?  And why not say, “Let us do evil so that good may come of it” – as some who slander us, allege that we say. (Their condemnation is deserved!)

    Even in this latter age many allege that Paul taught folks to do away with God’s law. Paul agreed with John; knowing the law reveals and defines sin in God’s view.

    (1John 3:4-5; Everyone. who practices sin also practices lawlessness; indeed, sin is lawlessness. And you know that Jesus was revealed to take away sins, and in Him there is no sin.) As always study the whole.

   When we’re called and Jesus revealed to our minds, we must turn from the way that seems right to our fleshy minds to His Way. That’s Godly repentance, then, we’re supernaturally born from above, -fathered- and made members of His family, His church.

   (1John 1:7-2:2; But if we walk in the light as He Himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say we do not bear the guilt of sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. But if we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous, forgiving us our sins and cleansing us from all unrighteousness. If we say we have not sinned, we make Him a liar and His word is not in us. (1John 2:1-2; (My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin.) But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous One, and He Himself is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for our sins but also for the whole world.”)

Condemnation of this sinful world

    (Romans 3:9-18; What then? Are we better off? Certainly not, for we have already charged that Jews and Greeks alike are all under sin, just as it is written: “There is no one righteous, not even one, there is no one who understands, there’s no one who seeks God. All have turned away, and together they’ve become worthless; there is no one who shows kindness, not even one.Their throats are open graves, they deceive with their tongues, the poison of asps is under their lips.” Quotes from Psalms 5:9 and 140:3) Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness, their feet are swift to shed blood, ruin and misery are in their paths, and the way of peace they have not known.

(Verses 15-17 is quoted from Isaiah 59:7-8) There is no fear of God before their eyes. Quote from Psalms 36:1

    Without God’s gifted Holy Spirit we’re characterized as under sin. Unconverted people are under the law, Paul is writing to followers of Jesus who have the spirit of the law imputed to their minds: thus aren’t under the letter of the law because Jesus’ nature is imputed.

    (Rom 3:19-20; Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced and the whole world may be held accountable to God. For, no one is declared righteous before Him by the works of the law, for, through the law comes the knowledge of sin.)

    Sin is defined by God’s law. God’s view on each subject is what matters.

    (Rom 3:21-23; Now apart from the law the righteousness of God (which is attested by the law and the prophets) has been disclosed – namely, the righteousness of God through the faithfulness of Jesus Christ for all who believe. There is no distinction, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.)

    Not only does the law define sin; ignoring Jesus’ righteous obedience and faithfulness is sin.

    (Rom 3:24-26; But they, -followers of Jesus- are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. HOW SO? God publicly displayed Him at His death as the mercy seat accessible through faith. This was to demonstrate His righteousness, because God in His forbearance had passed over the sins previously committed. This was also to demonstrate His righteousness in the present time, so that He would be just and the Justifier of the one who lives because of Jesus’ faithfulness.) (Mercy seat? direct reference to the Mercy Seat covering the ark of the covenant.)

   Jesus is assessable through believing IN faith. The mercy seat in God’s temple looked forward to Jesus’ passing over our sins. Living because of Jesus’ faithfulness is to live as being “clothed with and baptized  -immersed-  in Jesus.” If redeemed by God the Father through God the Son, where is boasting?

   (Rom 3:27-31; Where then is boasting? It is excluded! By what principle? Of, works? No, but by the principle of faith! For we consider that a person is declared righteous by faith apart from the works of the law. Or is God the God of the Jews only? Is He not the God of the Gentiles too? Yes, of the Gentiles too! Since God is One, He will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through faith. Do we then nullify the law through faith? Absolutely not! Instead we uphold the –spiritual intent- of the law.)

What Law?

    (Exodus 15:26; He said, If you will diligently obey the Lord your God, and do what is right in His sight, and pay attention to His commandments, and keep all His statutes, then all the diseases that I brought on the Egyptians I will not bring on you, for I, the Lord, am your healer.) God’s commandments:

      1. Exodus 20:3 “You shall have no other gods before Me.

Our God is that which we yield to, love; tells us what’s right, wrong, good and evil.

      2. Exodus 20:4-6; “You shall not make for yourself a carved image or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above or that is on the earth beneath or that is in the water below. You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I, the Lord, your God, am a jealous God, responding to the transgression of fathers by dealing with children to the third and fourth generations of those who reject Me, and showing covenant faithfulness to a thousand generations of those who love Me and keep My commandments.

   Making images for remembering or any purpose takes away from genuine worship and shows disregard or ignorance.

      3. (Exodus 20:7. You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold guiltless anyone who takes Making images for reminders or any purpose takes away from genuine worship and either shows disregard or ignorance. God is holy, His name is holy: using any form of God’s name in slang form or habitually demonstrates either disrespect, ignorance or both.

      4. (Exodus 20:8-11; Remember the Sabbath day to set it apart as holy. For six days you may labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God; on it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, or your male servant, or your female servant, or your cattle, or the resident foreigner who is in your gates. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth and the sea and all that is in them, and He rested on the seventh day; therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and set it apart as holy.

    God made the seventh day holy for our good and His purpose, saying; “The Sabbath is made for man, not man for the Sabbath. All God’s laws and oracles are for our good.

      5. (Exodus 20:12; “Honor your father and your mother, that you may live a long time in the land the Lord your God is giving to you. Honoring parents is the first commandment with promise.

      6. (Exodus 20:13 “You shall not murder.

    Murder is generally an action of hatred. When the Holy Spirit resides in us, we may love an enemy less by comparison, but we love our enemies because when we were God’s enemy He loved us.

      7. (Exodus 20:14; “You shall not commit adultery.

    Don’t commit physical or spiritual adultery. The pledge of oneness to a spouse has parallel components for Christians being at one with God.

      8. (Exodus 20:15; “You shall not steal.

   Any form of thievery is stealing, property or wasting time in which we’re paid to accomplish a task.

      9. (Exodus 20:16; “You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.

    Giving false testimony is lying.

      10. (Exodus 20:17; “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, his male servant, his female servant, his ox, his donkey, nor anything that belongs to your neighbor. (Coveting things belonging to another parallels lustfulness.)

     (All who aren’t imputed with the Holy Spirit of truth and made at one with God are under the written law’s code. The first four tell unbelievers particularly how to love God, and the last six tell unbelievers particularly how to love their neighbor. People blessed with God’s fathering, -those born from above- have the love of God spread abroad in their being and don’t need the guardian of the written law. Elementary children and unbelievers need the law as guardian.

    Speaking of unbelievers John writes; (1John 4:10; They are from the world; therefore they speak from the world’s perspective and the world listens to them. We –believers- are from God; the person who knows God listens to us, but whoever is not from God does not listen to us. By this we know the Spirit of truth and the spirit of deceit. Dear friends, let us love one another, because love is from God, and everyone who loves has been fathered by God and knows God. A person who does not love does not know God, because God is love. By this the love of God is revealed in us: that God has sent His One and only Son into the world so that we may live through Him. In this is love: not that we have loved God, but that he loved us and sent His Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins.

 

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