Jesus’ revelations to His apostles and commentary, chapter 20

TO: In Home Churches of God. God’s 6th Month, Av 11, 5,780.  8/1/2020.   (Rom 5:5; Hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.) When Godly love is poured – given to our minds, we love God and the spiritual intent of His laws. The paragraph begins at verse 1. (Romans 5:1-4; Therefore, since we have been declared righteous by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in the hope of God’s glory. Not only this, but we also rejoice in sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance, character, and character, hope.) When Jesus’ faith is given, we’re His and no longer harbor animosity toward obedience. Without Godly love gifted each go the way that seems right or appeals to the flesh.

    Disasters and disease are the result of God allowing Satan’s influence, people responding to it and their selfish nature, rather than looking to God for guidance.  Whole nations go the way that seems right to its majority, and so follow the god of this age, The Prince of The Power of The Air. Jesus explains to the Ephesians and all His family through His apostle Paul. 

    (Ephesians 2:1-3; And although you gentiles were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you formerly lived according to this world’s present path, according to the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the ruler of the spirit that is now energizing the sons of disobedience, among whom all of us also formerly lived out our lives in the cravings of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath even as the rest.)

    Until God calls, imputes individuals with His energizing Holy Spirit of truth, all go the way that seems right to their inherited from Adam nature influenced by Satan. When Jesus our Creator, Re-creator, Savior and Mediator is revealed and we turn from previous practices, we each becomes Spiritual Israelites, heirs with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, whose name God changed to Israel. Then each benefits according to God’s will. Jesus is the Alpha and Omega that communed with Israel’s ancestors. We have the example of God bringing disease on pagan Egypt.

    (Exodus 15:24-26; So the people murmured against Moses, saying, What can we drink? Moses cried out to the Lord and the Lord showed him a tree. When Moses threw it into the water, the water became safe to drink. There the Lord made for them a binding ordinance, and there He tested them. He said, If you will diligently obey the Lord your God, do what is right in His sight, 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.)

     Christendom professing people don’t know Jesus as He’s manifested to be in the Holy Scriptures from Genesis through Revelations. Generally, Christendom thinks about Jesus as a rebellious son who changed his father’s Laws. Not mindful they’re obedient to the Prince of the Power of the Air. It’s why Satan is so successful.  

     Read again how Satan palms himself off as an angel of light, presenting himself in multiple ways to deceive if possible, even God’s Elect. See 2 Corinthians 11:14 & Matthew 24:24. A vast majority attempting to worship God are worshiping an imaginary god, as palmed off by Satan and his followers. Many attempt to use the right words while their mind imagines the god of their parents or some denomination of choice.

     God’s Elect are those He calls, reveals Himself to and gives desire and effort from above to know Him intimately. When gifted with desire and effort we’re at one mentally and spiritually with our Creator. Jesus explained through His apostle Paul.

    (Ephesians 4:17-24; So I say this, and insist in the Lord, that you no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking. They’re darkened in their understanding, being alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardness of their hearts. Because they are callous, they have given themselves over to indecency for the practice of every kind of impurity with greediness. But you did not learn about Christ like this, if indeed you heard about Him and were taught in Him, just as the truth is in Jesus. You were taught with reference to your former way of life to lay aside the old man who is being corrupted in accordance with deceitful desires, to be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and to put on the new man who has been created in God’s image – in righteousness and holiness that comes from truth.)

     Satan’s goal is to palm off a god that’s appealing to the flesh. He likes keeping people busy, interested in work, pleasures, their religion and this world’s system of things, so people won’t set aside private study and meditation time. Meaning of the words, true worship, isn‘t considered. Few realize, worship is that which they put personal effort into. For many worship is their work and their particular form of entertainment.

    Believers IN God’s Truth are spiritually led to be mindful of, to whom they belong. They joyfully obey His Way and are spiritually led to set aside Godly time. Enthusiasm for worldly entertainment loses its appeal. Christians are spiritually led to think as David, to whom it was revealed that this earth, the sun, all things skyward and below were created by God. David knew he too belonged to God, the sovereign ruler with authority over everything, including the devil and his power to accomplish his will.

     God made Adam in His own image, gifting him and his heirs with built in creative abilities and instinctive desires. He knew in advance that people would instinctively want to rule themselves, be their own gods, and be led to eternal death as Eve’s instinctive nature did. The result of Adam and Eve’s disobedience brought on an inherited death to all people. But, God had a master plan by and through which people could inherit eternal life through Jesus.

    Through Jesus’ shed blood- His eternal life, is the gift of eternal life. Through Jesus, people’s instinctive nature can be changed from a desire for self rule, to a desire to be obedient to the life giver. We each as did Adam and Eve, need a nature change in order to be AT ONE with our Creator. Because God foreknew where that inherited from Adam nature would take mankind, He began revealing His plan for our saving through His friend Abraham, who was gifted with belief IN God’s promises. Through Jesus we’re heirs with Abraham. Its God the Father’s preplanned Way through God the Son- Jesus the Christ, and through Jesus Christ only, is eternal life. God’s word teaches, His ways are higher than our ways. He had Isaiah pen the following.

     (Isaiah 55:8-13; Indeed, My plans are not like your plans, and My deeds are not like your deeds, for just as the sky is higher than the earth, so My deeds are superior to your deeds and My plans superior to your plans. The rain and snow fall from the sky and do not return, but instead water the earth and make it produce and yield crops, and provide seed for the planter and food for those who must eat. In the same way, the promise that I make does not return to Me, having accomplished nothing. No, it is realized as I desire and is fulfilled as I intend. Indeed you will go out with joy; you will be led along in peace; the mountains and hills will give a joyful shout before you, and all the trees in the field will clap their hands. Evergreens will grow in place of thorn bushes, firs will grow in place of nettles; they will be a monument to the Lord, a permanent reminder that will remain.)

     He’s having Isaiah speak of His millennial kingdom, His promises that’ll be delivered. Study the promises made to Abraham. God inspired His apostle Paul to pen the following; “And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s descendants, heirs according to the promise.” Galatians 3:29)

     God’s absolute plans for Believers IN Jesus, cannot be comprehended, except through His gifted faith. The apostle’s difficulty in teaching Jesus to the called revolved around they’re not understanding Jesus’ gifted faith. That is; their believing IN and making God’s Word absolute in their own belief system. Example; the Corinthians disputed, had problems making judgments among themselves and applying the Ways of God. Paul instructed.

     (1Cor 6:1-3; When, any of you have a legal dispute with another, does he dare go to court before the unrighteous rather than before the SAINTS? Or do you not know that the Saints will judge the world? And if the world is to be judged by you, are you not competent to settle trivial suits? Do you not know that we will judge angels? Why not judge ordinary matters?)

     God’s plan for His creation is far superior to people’s natural imagination. God allows Satan to influence this world’s thinking and camouflage His Way, often only slightly. Through revealed understanding, Believers IN, know Satan’s purpose is to make people miss the mark, by disguising himself and his followers as angels of light. Let’s review Paul’s teaching regarding those who teach a false way.

     (2Cor 11:13-15; For, such people are false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. Therefore it is not surprising his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness, whose end will correspond to their actions.)

      The apostate teaching from many of these fake priest and protestant theologians, present a Jesus of their imagination. Not the Creator Jesus as He’s manifested to be in the Holy Scriptures. Muslims, Hindus, Judaism and others all present a God of their imagination. How preposterous, but this is where Satan has the majority of this earth’s naïve populations. Believers IN are led to prove all things as Paul in his letter to the Thessalonians.

     (1Thess 5:20-24; Do not treat prophecies with contempt. But examine all things; hold fast to what is good. Stay away from every form of evil. Now may the God of peace Himself make you completely holy and may your spirit and soul and body be kept entirely blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who CALLS you is trustworthy, and He will in fact do this.)

      Pray that Jesus’ faith be imputed to our minds. His apostle Paul also wrote to God’s church at Rome and to all Believers, that the tribe of Judea is entrusted with God’s oracles.

      (Rom 3:1-3; 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 “are” entrusted with the oracles of God. What then? If some 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.)

      God entrusted the Jews with His calendar and His Holy Days, among other truths. Thus the Jews have for a long time been a thorn to the world at large. That thorn includes the catastrophes for Jews and Judaism, culminating in the conquest of Israel by Alexander the Great and his Greek army in 333 BC, which further reduced and splintered the small Jewish communities that survived. In addition to the threat of physical extermination, the Greek conquest added the danger of spiritual assimilation to Greek culture, everything from Greek sports to Greek philosophy. Aristotle was Alexander the Greek’s tutor and companion on his conquest. Satan used these great attractions to Jews who wanted to abandon Jewish faith, practices and assimilate into the high secular culture of Hellenism.

      Had God not used the Maccabean revolt, Jews and Judaism would almost certainly have died out. Judaism would have taken its place along with Gnosticism as just another interesting but long dead religion of antiquity. However; because of God’s using one single family, a successful revolt kept Judaism alive and appealing.

    Think about it, how different the history of the world would be if Judaism had died out two centuries before the birth of Jesus; no Jewish culture in which Christianity could have taken root and after another seven centuries there might never have been Islam. The world would only know what God’s opponents wanted known.

      (John 6:32-40; Then Jesus told them, I tell you the solemn truth, it is not Moses who has given you the bread from heaven, but My Father is GIVING you the true bread from heaven. For, the bread of God is the One, who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world. So they said to Him, Sir, give us this bread all the time! Jesus said to them, I am the bread of life. The one who comes to Me will never go hungry, and the one who believes IN Me will never be thirsty. But I told you that you have seen Me and still do not believe. Everyone whom the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will never send away. For I have come down from heaven not to do My own will but the will of the One who sent Me. Now this is the will of the One who sent Me – that I should not lose one person of every one He has given Me, but raise them all up at the last day. For this is the will of My Father – for everyone who looks on the Son and believes IN Him to have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.)

      Believing IN God’s Truth is being mindful that we belong to God, being joyfully obedient to His Way-His Will for living life.

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