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Paul to the Phillippians and commentary, chapter 5

April 11th, 2019

To: People Called to be Spiritual Israelites, atOne with Jesus. 4/11/19, God’s 1st month 6th day of Nisan, 5,779 until sunset.

As with the 72 disciples; Jesus sent out; Paul was given power over demons, the Lord Jesus revealed Himself, giving Paul understanding and the responsibilities of an apostle. Paul was writing from prison.

(Philippians 1:21-25; “For to me, living is Christ and dying is gain. Now if I am to go on living in the body, this will mean productive work for me, yet I don’t know which I prefer: I feel torn between the two, because I have a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far, but it is more vital for your sake that I remain in the body. (25) And since I am sure of this, I know that I will remain and continue with all of you for the sake of your progress and joy in the faith, so that what you can be proud of may increase because of me in Christ Jesus, when I come back to you.”)

Jesus’ New Covenant with a people being made atOne with Himself is still a mystery to the world as was His covenant with Abraham. Paul and each called out Believer IN, have a covenant with Jesus, which is, “we’re His temple, He lives in us and gives us the desire to be atOne with Himself.” The New Testament, is God’s New Covenant with His chosen gifted to be Believers IN; as was His old covenant through Moses with the Israelites. The New Covenant is by promise as was Abraham’s. Israelites’ and followers of Jesus’ deliverance was preplanned by promise to Abraham.

Paul knew God spiritually living in him was immortality. That his next conscious moment after death would be with Christ. So He could write; “I have a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far, but it is more vital for your sake that I remain in the body.” Paul’s instructions to the Philippians was in keeping with the principles God gave the Israelites.

(Phil 1:27-30; “Only conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ so that – whether I come and see you or whether I remain absent – I should hear that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind, by contending side by side for the faith of the gospel, and by not being intimidated in any way by your opponents. (Remember who Jesus said our opponents were most likely to be?) This is a sign of their destruction, but of your salvation – a sign which is from God. For it has been granted to you not only to believe in Christ but also to suffer for Him, since you are encountering the same conflict that you saw me face and now hear that I am facing.”) Gifted faith in God’s promises of eternal life and His instructions regarding our practices, should teach us the need for counting the cost. (See Luke 14:28)

Unbelievers don’t believe the book of Job, nor the miracle of God’s spiritual imputation that makes us literally atOne with Him, nor that believers IN are God’s temples, now. Believers IN are “His church” “His family.“ Of the many questions God posed to Job, one was; “Who has put wisdom in the mind? (See Exodus 26, 27 & 28:) (Exodus 28:3 reads; (“You “Moses” are to speak to all who are specially skilled, “whom I have filled with the spirit of wisdom.”) Again when God allowed Solomon to build His sanctuary; special talents were given for the purpose of building. Study 1Kings 5: (verse 12 reads; “So the Lord gave Solomon wisdom, as He had promised him.”)

Israel’s history is recorded in the holy scriptures for our learning. From our fleshly sin nature inherited from Adam we desire deciding for ourselves “what’s right, wrong, good and evil.” Thus be our own god. (Jesus defines gods as “that which we serve” and teaches “His characteristics - nature are understood only by revelation.) Thus, without revealed knowledge of God, people serve themselves, idolatrous images, organizations of men and private interpretation. Jesus puts forth this principle at Matthew 6:24; (“No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.”) This is why God tells His people not to make or have images, and to love Him with their whole being. Looking to, wearing or making an image of an imaginary deity is idolatry in God‘s view.

All go the way that seems right to the fleshly mind, until God reveals Himself individually. Thus, when left to ourselves, we’re on a self destructive path. Jesus’ explains that result. (Matthew 24:22-24; “And if those days had not been cut short, no one would be saved. But for the sake of the Elect those days will be cut short. Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There He is!’ do not believe him. For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the Elect.”)

God promises a new beginning, “a new age” in which knowledge of Himself will flow out as water covers the sea. His saves individuals and will save this world by His promised grace. (No organization of men are commissioned to bring about God’s kingdom.) His kingdom is to be established in spite of mankind’s rebellion and is preplanned. Today whole societies are yielded to the demonic Satan as he manifest himself to be an angel of light. He’s the god, vast majorities look to. From Adam, we’ve inherited a nature Isaiah described and Paul understood. In general Paul’s speaking of societies’ god.

(2Corinthians 4:3-4; “But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled only to those who are perishing, among whom the god of this age has blinded the minds of those who do not believe so they would not see the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God.”) “Review Col 1:15”

(Isaiah 64:4-8; “Since ancient times no one has heard or perceived, no eye has seen any God besides You, who intervenes for those who wait for Him. You assist those who delight in doing what is right, who observe Your commandments. Look, You were angry because we violated them continually. How then can we be saved? We are all like one who is unclean, all our so-called righteous acts are like a menstrual rag in Your sight. We all wither like a leaf; our sins carry us away like the wind.) Then Isaiah heard the voice of the sovereign Master say, “Whom will I send? Who will go on our behalf?” Isaiah answered, “Here I am, send me!”

(Isaiah 6:9-10; “He said, “Go and tell these people: ‘Listen continually, but don’t understand! Look continually, but don’t perceive!’ Make the hearts of these people calloused; make their ears deaf and their eyes blind! Otherwise they might see with their eyes and hear with their ears, their hearts might understand and they might repent and be healed.”) Jesus inspired Isaiah and He quoted from this same text at Mark 4:10-12. Jesus continued prophesying through Isaiah, revealing our sins.

(Isaiah 6:11-13; I replied, “How long, sovereign Master?” He said, “Until cities are in ruins and unpopulated, and houses are uninhabited, and the land is ruined and devastated, and the Lord has sent the people off to a distant place, and the very heart of the land is completely abandoned. Even if only a tenth of the people remain in the land, it will again be destroyed, like one of the large sacred trees or an Asherah pole, when a sacred pillar on a high place is thrown down. That sacred pillar symbolizes the special chosen family”) The Hebrew text reads “which in the felling, a sacred pillar in them.” Some translate the Hebrew word as “stump,” and translate, “which when chopped down, have a stump remaining in them.” Elsewhere the word refers to a memorial pillar. (2 Sam 18:18) The Qumran scroll “or like an Asherah pole”) translates, “like one of the large sacred trees or an Asherah pole.”)

The references to sacred trees and a sacred pillar suggest the destruction of a high place is in view, an apt metaphor for the judgment of idolatrous Judah and the world. The tree represents “the nation” is chopped down, but the stump (a righteous remnant) remains from which God can restore the nation. In this case “holy offspring” alludes to God’s ideal for His covenant people, the offspring of the patriarchs. Ironically that “holy” nation is more like a “sacred pillar” and it will be thrown down like a sacred pillar from a high place and its land destroyed like the sacred trees located at such shrines. Understood in this way, the ironic statement is entirely negative in tone, just like the rest of the preceding announcement of judgment. It also reminds the people of their failure; they did not oppose pagan religion, instead they embraced it. Now they will likely be destroyed in the same way they should have destroyed paganism.

All Israelites, Judaism, non-Israelites and professing Christians, embrace paganism as if there were no God instructing otherwise. The whole world’s practices have been and are now an abomination to the God of Abraham. (God is Love and from the foundation of the world, He planned the saving of His people.) It was preplanned that, Creator Jesus would be the sacrificial Lamb and shed His own blood for the remission of sin, “lawlessness.” Preplanned that God would call out a people and make them “the Church of God,” A called out chosen by promise people that would be led to be Christ Like. It’s to these called out people, that Jesus had His apostle Paul write encouragement to.

(Philippians 2:1-11; “Therefore, if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort provided by love, any fellowship in the Spirit, any affection or mercy, complete my joy and be of the same mind, by having the same love, being united in spirit, and having one purpose. Instead of being motivated by selfish ambition or vanity, each of you should, in humility, be moved to treat one another as more important than yourself. Each of you should be concerned not only about your own interests, but about the interests of others as well. (5) You should have the same attitude toward one another that Christ Jesus had, who though He existed in the form of God did not regard equality with God as something to be grasped, but emptied Himself by taking on the form of a slave, by looking like other men, and by sharing in human nature. (8) He humbled Himself, by becoming obedient to the point of death – even death on a cross! As a result God exalted Him 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’ called out apostle to the gentiles is writing to all Christians, he’s imprisoned for teaching the good news regarding Jesus’ calling out a people for His kingdom and setting people free to worship in spirit and truth by imputing in them a new nature. Paul reminds us of our old motivations, guided by selfishness but now guided by gifted humility. Jesus Christ is our example, submitting to Godly virtues. He inspired the prophesies He quoted from often.

(John 15:1-5; “I am the true Vine and My Father is the gardener. He takes away every branch that does not bear fruit in Me. He prunes every branch that bears fruit so that it will bear more fruit. You are clean already because of the Word that I have spoken to you. (Clean because you were called to believe IN The Word.) “Remain in Me, and I will remain in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it remains in the vine, so neither can you unless you remain in Me.”) Jesus’ new covenant with those God the Father calls to be Believers IN Jesus’ deeds and practice living as being attached to Him.”

Paul to the Phillippians and commentary, chapter 4

April 10th, 2019

To: People Called to be Spiritual Israelites, atOne with Jesus. 4/10/19, God’s 1st month 5th day of Nisan, 5,779 until sunset.

What matters to most of our so called educated populations? Are concerns regarding “me, mine and ours.” In part, they don’t think God’s Word squares, regarding daily events. Some interpret God’s Word to say that this earth’s age is less than 6,000 years old. Not mindful of God’s truth in “the Genesis account is a re-creation and a new creation.” True it’s less than 6,000 years since Adam’s creation, but a previous flood left the conditions we see spelled out in the Genesis account. (Gen1:2-3; Now the earth was without shape and empty, and darkness was over the surface of the watery deep, but the Spirit of God ‘breath of God’ was moving over the surface of the water. God said, “Let there be light.” And there was light!”) Spirit of God? is preserved here, “opposed to a translation like “wind from/breath of God” (NRSV) or “mighty wind” (NEB) taking the word “God” to represent the superlative.) People’s attitude hasn’t changed since Peter was inspired to write.

(2Pet 3:3-7; “Above all, understand this: In the last days blatant scoffers will come, being propelled by their own evil urges and saying, “Where is His promised return? For ever since our ancestors died, all things have continued as they were from the beginning of creation.” (5) For they deliberately suppress this fact, that by the word of God, heavens existed long ago and an earth was formed out of water and by means of water. Through these things the world existing at that time was destroyed when it was deluged with water. (7) But by the same word the present heavens and earth have been reserved for fire, by being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly.”)

Believers IN Jesus have no problem with science’s carbon dating, though not necessarily accurate. We know this earth’s age is much older than 6,000 years, “perhaps a million or more.” Educators misunderstand the fact of re-creation, that causes many to disbelieve God’s Word. Making science and their own fleshly logic, their god, or themselves little “god beings.” Rather than be believes IN as He’s manifested to be.”

Worshiping God in spirit and truth is to know by faith evidence, “that all things are possible with our Creator.” After Adam’s creation and he was placed in a particular area, “we have no biblical evidence regarding what God was doing on earth’s opposite side.” We have little to go on regarding how long it took for Adam’s descendents to cross oceans? We know the seventh from Adam, “Enoch” preached “the Lord’s coming with thousands to rule earth.” (See Jude 1:14) There were giants in those days. (see Genesis 6:) IN less than 2,000 years wickedness had spread to the degree that God destroyed and started over. (“Every inclination in the thoughts of peoples minds were on evil all the time.” Gen 6:5) Before the Noah day flood, there were hybrid human giants” “Offspring of the sexual union of the “sons of God” and the “daughters of humankind.” Some were the heroes, “famous hybrid men.”

Very large animals lived in some areas. (See Isaiah 27 for starters.) There’s room for some speculation and that’s okay, “if speculations aren’t taught as matters of fact.”

The first flooded earth was long before Adam’s creation, “perhaps when Lucifer rebelled and became Satan.” thus a re-creation, before Adam. Satan may have been banned from heaven, thousands or millions years before! Jesus revealed to John that there had been war in heaven when Satan rebelled. (See Rev 12:7) So yes indeed! We Christians should know there’s room in our thinking for the existence of dinosaurs before Adam’s creation. However we and the Jews particularly have biblical proof of the time line from Adam’s creation to now. (It’s been close to 5,780 years since Adam.) (See Romans 3:1-4)

(Gen 6:6-8; “The Lord regretted that he had made humankind on the earth, and He was highly offended. So the Lord said, “I will wipe humankind, whom I have created, from the face of the earth – everything from humankind to animals, including creatures that move on the ground and birds of the air, for I regret that I have made them.” But Noah found favor in the sight of the Lord.”) We can’t believe IN Jesus and not accept that the Noah day flood happened! In writing about the judgments of God, Peter speaks to the judgment of angels and the flood. (See 2 Peter 2:4)

(Gen 1:1; “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” (The translation assumes that the word translated “beginning” is in the absolute state rather than the construction (“in a beginning of, or when God created.”) In other words, the clause in v. 1 is a main clause, v. 2 has three clauses that are descriptive and supply background information and v. 3 begins the narrative sequence proper. The referent of the word “beginning” has to be defined from the context, that since there is no beginning or ending with God. (In a beginning could apply.) The verse refers to the beginning of the world as we know it; affirming that it is entirely the product of the creation or re-creation of God.

(Gen 1:2-5; “Now the earth was without shape and empty, and darkness was over the surface of the watery deep, but the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the water. God said, “Let there be light.” And there was light! God saw that the light was good, so God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light “day” and the darkness “night.” There was evening, and there was morning, marking the first day.”) The earth’s condition leaves room to speculate about it’s age, but none of these things hinder the gifted faith of Jesus’ followers. Angelic beings including Satan were created long before Adam. Isaiah was inspired to write about Satan’s vanity, his being allowed to rule nations and his demise.

(Isaiah 14:12-15; “Look how you have fallen from the sky, O shining one, son of the dawn! You have been cut down to the ground, O conqueror of the nations! You said to yourself, “I will climb up to the sky. Above the stars of El “deity” I will set up my throne. I will rule on the mountain of assembly on the remote slopes of Zaphon. I will climb up to the tops of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High!” But you were brought down to Sheol, to the remote slopes of the pit.”) (SHEOL? “The lowest depths of the earth”; (NAB) “to the depths of the nether world”; (NIV) “to the realm of death below”; (NLT) “to the depths of the grave.” No reference to hell and hell-fire – (which was a much later concept) – but to the innermost parts of the earth, as low down as one could get. Paralleling with “the foundations of mountains” makes this clear (Psalms 9:17; 16:10; 139:8; Isaiah 14:9, 15; Amos 9:2).

Jesus was there when Satan was removed. He said; “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.” Luke 10:17) Jesus sent 72 disciples out to tell the good news of the kingdom of God. They were given power over demons and on return they rejoiced over the response. Jesus put no importance on demon submission, saying; “I saw Satan fall like lightning, from heaven:” and told them to rejoice that their names were written in heaven.

Unbelievers aren’t helped by examining what God’s Word teaches about Jesus and His apostles’ beliefs. BUT, perhaps sharing what we believed will help folks that are being called. Paul wrote Timothy.

(1Tim 6:20-21; “O Timothy, protect what has been entrusted to you. Avoid the profane chatter and absurdities of so-called “knowledge, “science.” By professing it, “false science - knowledge” some have strayed from the faith. Grace be with you all.”)

Fleshly logic from our inherited nature has always diluted faith evidence. This brings us back to the fact that, “only those to whom God chooses to reveal Himself can believe IN.” Peter believed in Jesus’ promised return; creation; the flood, the final purification of all things by fire and Jesus’ revelation about unbelieving scoffers.

(2Pet 3:3-7; ““Above all, understand this: In the last days blatant scoffers will come, being propelled by their own evil urges and saying, “Where is His promised return? For ever since our ancestors died, all things have continued as they were from the beginning of creation.”” For they deliberately suppress this fact, that by the Word of God heavens existed long ago and an earth was formed out of water and by means of water. Through these things the world existing at that time was destroyed when it was deluged with water. But by the same word the present heavens and earth have been reserved for fire, by being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly.””) The Holy scripture reveal “affirms” these same truths to various people, over many years of separation.

God ask Job questions that He may ask us one day. (Job 38:4-41 “Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell Me, if you possess understanding! – or who stretched a measuring line across it? On what were its bases set, or who laid its cornerstone – when the morning stars sang in chorus, and all the sons of God shouted for joy? “Who shut up the sea with doors when it burst forth, coming out of the womb, when I made the storm clouds its garment, and thick darkness its swaddling band, when I prescribed its limits, and set in place its bolts and doors, when I said, ‘To here you may come and no farther, here your proud waves will be confined’? Have you ever in your life commanded the morning, or made the dawn know its place, that it might seize the corners of the earth, and shake the wicked out of it? The earth takes shape like clay under a seal; its features are dyed like a garment. (15) Then from the wicked the light is withheld, and the arm raised in violence is broken. (16) Have you gone to the springs that fill the sea, or walked about in the recesses of the deep? Have the gates of death been revealed to you? Have you seen the gates of deepest darkness? Have you considered the vast expanses of the earth? Tell Me, if you know it all! “In what direction does light reside, and darkness, where is its place, that you may take them to their borders and perceive the pathways to their homes? You know, for you were born before them; and the number of your days is great! Have you entered the storehouse of the snow, or seen the armory of the hail, which I reserve for the time of trouble, for the day of war and battle? In what direction is lightning dispersed, or the east winds scattered over the earth? Who carves out a channel for the heavy rains, and a path for the rumble of thunder, to cause it to rain on an uninhabited land, a desert where there are no human beings, to satisfy a devastated and desolate land, and to cause it to sprout with vegetation? (28) Does the rain have a father, or who has fathered the drops of the dew? From whose womb does the ice emerge, and the frost from the sky, who gives birth to it, when the waters become hard like stone, when the surface of the deep is frozen solid? (31) Can you tie the bands of the Pleiades, or release the cords of Orion? Can you lead out the constellations in their seasons, or guide the Bear with its cubs? (33) Do you know the laws of the heavens, or can you set up their rule over the earth? Can you raise your voice to the clouds so that a flood of water covers you? Can you send out lightning bolts, and they go? Will they say to you, ‘Here we are’? (36) Who has put wisdom in the heart, or has imparted understanding to the mind? Who by wisdom can count the clouds, and who can tip over the water jars of heaven, when the dust hardens into a mass, and the clumps of earth stick together? (39) “Do you hunt prey for the lioness, and satisfy the appetite of the lions, when they crouch in their dens, when they wait in ambush in the thicket? (41) Who prepares prey for the raven, when its young cry out to God and wander about for lack of food?)

The Son of God “Jesus” was asking Job these questions. (Revisit John 1;1-5, Col 1:15-20 & Hebrews 1:) Job was a blessed man, believing IN God. The book, “Job” is preserved for our understanding. When Satan was communing with God; he was asked, “what do you think of My servant Job? Satan’s response was, “Job is such only because You have your hand on him.” “Remove Your hand and I will make him curse You” Satan said. So God allowed Satan to have his way with Job for a time; “only Satan could not take his life.” Study Job. The truth conclusion is; “God is all knowing, the Creator with a concluding plan.

Paul to the Phillippians and commentary, chapter 3

April 8th, 2019

To: People Called to be Spiritual Israelites, atOne with Jesus. 4/8/19, God’s 1st month 3rd day of Nisan, 5779 until sunset.

Had Jesus not called Paul, revealed Himself and understanding the holy scripture he’d never have understood the spiritual magnification of God’s law, nor why the law was given. Pharisees like Christendom denominations have their particular regulations, “that if practiced was the way to salvation.” Though they may say different, Judaism and Christendom’s actions indicate a believing in methodology as the way to salvation; “thus Paul would’ve remained a Pharisee type in doctrinal thinking, had Jesus not revealed and gifted “the spirit of truth.” Though many in Christendom cultures teach a “saved by grace doctrine” they practice do’s and don’ts parallel to handed down theories of their particular denomination. That is, “they make merchandise of their parishioners.”

Paul shared it with God’s church at Rome.

(Rom 7:4-6; “So, my brothers and sisters, you ‘followers of Jesus’ also died to the law through the body of Christ, so that you could be joined to another, to the One who was raised from the dead, to bear fruit to God. For when we were in the flesh, the sinful desires aroused by the law, were active in the members of our body to bear fruit for death. But now we have been released from the law, because we ‘followers of Jesus’ have died to what controlled us, so that we may serve in the new life of the Spirit and not under the old written code.”) (Paul was teaching the spiritual magnification of the Law.) It’s about being immersed in Jesus. Believers IN Jesus must die to what had previously controlled our thoughts and practices. Namely, the inherited desires of the flesh, “stubborn rebelliousness toward God’s law, and conscious guilt when not kept perfectly.” When Jesus is revealed, we understand by revealing Himself, “He loved us first and gifted us with a desire to be atOne with Him.” God’s call to genuine repentance for having lived for self and turn to Him is the change He likened to the wind, “gifting the spirit of truth” it’s the “born from above” gifted experience.

Jesus explained to Nicodemus. (John 3:5-8: Jesus answered, “I tell you the solemn truth, unless a person is born of water and spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not be amazed that I said to you, ‘You must all be born from above.’ (8) The wind blows wherever it will, and you hear the sound it makes, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”)

When we love the spiritual intent of God’s law, “it’s magnification” we’re worshiping in His gifted spirit and truth. Being Christ like is to put on Jesus, as being “clothed with and immersed in His Views. Yielding to His spirit of truth, leads to spiritual comprehension.

After Paul’s conversion, and his receiving gifted evidence of the imputation of God’s spirit, he understood immortality was gifted through believing IN Jesus. He knew he’d be resurrected, as was Jesus. That his mind was united with Jesus’ spirit, now “born from above” immortality gifted to live eternally with God the Father and God the Son. He’d see Jesus as He is.

Satan has sold this world’s naïve populations on his lie, a false theory to “think people are born immortal.” Various concepts include evolution and Hindu’s think that “each person comes back to life in differing forms; perhaps another body, other parents or perhaps an animal.” Cattle are holy to some Hindu sects.

All people are born mortal beings with a particular kind of flesh. We’re made in God’s image and mortal until immortality is gifted through Jesus. Immortality like deliverance “is by promise to those called to be atOne with God the Son and God the Father.” It’s being gifted with a yielding to God spirit, “that loves what He loves and particularly His Way. Such called people are gifted to believe IN Christ Jesus as He manifest Himself to be through His prophets and apostles. (Revisit John 1:1-5, Colossians 1”15-20 & Hebrews 1:

Jesus’ human birth planned from the foundation of the world. (Luke 1:30-35; “So the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God! Listen: You will become pregnant and give birth to a son, and you will name Him Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. He will reign over the house of Jacob, “spiritual and physical Israelitesforever, and His kingdom will never end.”

Mary said to the angel, “How will this be, since I have not had sexual relations with a man?” The angel replied, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore the child to be born will be holy; He will be called the Son of God.”) Through His prophets, Jesus had foretold His own birth. His being the Messiah and born in David’s heritage line.

Paul explained this to God’s church at Rome.

(Rom 6:21-23; “So what benefit did you then reap from those things that you are now ashamed of? For the end of those things is death. But now, freed from sin and enslaved to God, you have your benefit leading to sanctification, and the end is eternal life. (23) For the payoff “wages” of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life, “immortalityin Christ Jesus our Lord.”)

Converted to be followers of Jesus people are rightly ashamed of their previous beliefs and practices; “understanding the end result of those things were eternal death. Now having been led to believe IN Jesus, Christians are freed from those practices leading to eternal death and gifted with a compulsion to put on Jesus. Believers IN are now recipients of the gift of eternal life. “immortality”

God’s Word proclaims that He works in mysterious ways. He chooses whose minds, to open. Jesus’ apostle Paul was led to explain that God saves some through the foolishness of preaching, “teaching.” Manner of revealing is God’s prerogative. God can use words or other means to penetrate minds and reveal Himself. Again, Paul explains to God’s people.

(1Corinthians 1:18-19; “For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and I will thwart the cleverness of the intelligent.”) (Quote from Isaiah 29:14.)

Godly wisdom is in these words. Believers IN think spiritually, while fleshly people are prone to think, “does that preacher have a theological degree?”

(1Cor 1:20-21; “Where is the wise man? Where is the expert in the Mosaic law? Where is the debater of this age? Has God not made the wisdom of the world foolish? For since in the wisdom of God the world by its wisdom did not know God, God was pleased to save those who believe by the foolishness of preaching.”) Teaching about the prophetic fulfillment of Jesus’ coming, His message, powers and promises, penetrate the minds of those being called.

(1Cor 1:22-23; “For Jews demand miraculous signs and Greeks ask for wisdom, but we preach about a crucified Christ, a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles.”) We must teach the awesomeness of God to this world’s populations.

(1Cor 1:24-25; “But to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.”) Unmistakably, Jesus’ apostles taught that understanding was to the called! Theological training can’t give spiritual comprehension.

(1Cor 1:26-31; “Think about the circumstances of your call, brothers and sisters. Not many were wise by human standards, not many were powerful, not many were born to a privileged position. But God chose what the world thinks foolish to shame the wise, and God chose what the world thinks weak to shame the strong. God chose what is low and despised in the world, what is regarded as nothing, to set aside what is regarded as something, so that no one can boast in His presence. He is the reason you have a relationship with Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification and redemption, so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”) We can’t boast of having spiritual understanding: it’s gifted to those God called by promise.

Satan uses many devices that hinder people from believing IN God the Father and God the Son. Remember why Jesus said He spoke to the crowds in parables? After telling a crowd the parable of the sower, Jesus explained privately to the twelve.

(Mark 4:10-20; “When Jesus was alone, those around Him with the twelve asked Him about the parables. He said to them, “The secret of the kingdom of God has been given to you. But to those outside, everything is in parables, so that although they look they may look but not see, and although they hear they may hear but not understand, so they may not repent and be forgiven.” (13) Jesus said to them, “Don’t you understand this parable? Then how will you understand any parable? The sower “teacher” sows the Word. These “people” are the ones on the path where the Word is sown: Whenever they hear, immediately Satan comes and snatches the Word that was sown in them. These are the ones sown on rocky ground: As soon as they hear the word, they receive it with joy. But they have no root in themselves and do not endure. Then, when trouble or persecution comes because of the Word, immediately they fall away. Others are the ones sown among thorns: They are those who hear the Word, but worldly cares, the seductiveness of wealth, and the desire for other things come in and choke the Word, and it produces nothing. But these are the ones sown on good soil: They hear the Word and receive it and bear fruit, one thirty times as much, one sixty, and one a hundred.”)

We should know Satan is powerful and God is purposely allowing him to be the god of this world. Our overcoming the pulls of our fleshly nature and Satan’s obstacles are the overcoming to the end we apparently need. Satan’s enticements have not changed since the day he sold Eve on eating forbidden fruit.

Many things hinder God’s Truth from taking hold. Some hindrance are tools of the lying Satan, “who wants us to miss out on eternal life.” Because of fleshly hostility and unbelief, God’s truth doesn’t penetrate until He calls, reveals Himself and gives the desire to be atOne with Himself. Thus Jesus’ Word through Paul; (Not many were wise by human standards, not many were powerful, not many were born to a privileged position. But God chose what the world thinks foolish to shame the wise, and God chose what the world thinks weak to shame the strong. God chose what is low and despised in the world, what is regarded as nothing, to set aside what is regarded as something, so that no one can boast in His presence. He is the reason you have a relationship with Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God and righteousness and sanctification and redemption, so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”) 1Cor 1:26-31) Remember God calls whom He will and hardens whom He wills, “all in the grand purpose of His kingdom.

Paul to the Phillippians and commentary, chapter 2

April 6th, 2019

To: “Churches of God” Called to be Spiritual Israelites, atOne with Jesus. 4/6/19, God’s 1st month 1st day of Nisan, 5779 until sunset. Today is God’s first month, first day, a new season for Believers IN God. Look up and observe His new moon. Satan has totally camouflaged God’s Way by influencing people to change times, customs and obedience as he did Adam and Eve. Satan can’t sustain nor change God’s sun, moon, and planet movements. He can’t change this earth’s movements in relation to the sun, nor God’s set aside holy seasons. As god of this earth’s populations he does have it’s populations looking to a pagan calendar, days honoring pagan gods etc. Jesus said it; (Matt 24:24-25; “For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the Elect. Remember, I have told you ahead of time.”)

Satan has camouflaged Jesus in the minds of organized denominations to think of Him as “one who came to change God the Father’s crude way.” It’s another of many demonic lies perpetuated on the world through organized religion and false science. The populations at large don’t want to know the real Jesus, who is “Re-Creator, Creator, Sustainer, Redeemer, Saviour, Mediator and coming King of Kings. See John 1:1-5, Hebrews 1 and Paul’s identifying Jesus at; (Colossians 1:15-20 may say it best: (He’s the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation, for all things in heaven and on earth were created by Him – all things, whether visible or invisible, whether thrones or dominions, whether principalities or powers – all things were created through Him and for Him. He Himself is before all things and all things are held together ’sustained’ in Him. He’s the head of the body, the church, as well as the beginning, the firstborn from among the dead, so that He Himself may become first in all things. For God ‘the Father’ was pleased to have all His fullness dwell in the Son and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself by making peace through the blood of His cross – through Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven.”)

Jesus is the Lord God who Re-Created this earth from its chaotic after flood condition, created animal life, Adam in His own image, then Eve. He communed with Adam, Eve, Satan, Cain, Abel Enoch, Seth and Noah. After the Noah day flood, the Lord God Jesus called Abraham and made promises to him regarding His descendents and particularly his descendent Jesus. He gave Abraham’s grandson Jacob the name change “Israel” meaning, “God fights.” After 430 years from the time promises were given to Abraham Jesus called and delivered Israel from Egyptian bondage through Moses.

(Leviticus 23:1-8; The Lord ‘Jesus’ spoke to Moses: “Speak to the Israelites and tell them, ‘These are the Lord’s appointed times which you must proclaim as holy assemblies – My appointed times: (The Weekly Sabbath) (3) “‘Six days work may be done, but on the seventh day there must be a Sabbath of complete rest, a holy assembly. You must not do any work; it is a Sabbath to the Lord in all the places where you live.

(The Festival of Passover and Unleavened Bread) (4) “‘These are the Lord’s appointed times, holy assemblies, which you must proclaim at their appointed time. In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month, at twilight, is a Passover offering to the Lord. Then on the fifteenth day of the same month will be the festival of unleavened bread to the Lord; seven days you must eat unleavened bread. On the first day ‘the 15ththere will be a holy assembly for you; you must not do any regular work. You must present a gift to the Lord for seven days and the seventh day ’the 21stis a holy assembly; you must not do any regular work.’’)

The Lord God Jesus’ covenant with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob; “the Israelites” was a covenant from promise to Abraham; “The One Promising that preplanned covenant was Jesus. That law covenant instituted with the Israelites was a result of the promises to Abraham. Israelites through Moses promised to obey their God as a wife and Jesus promised protection as a husband. Israelites broke the promise, “as a wife committing adultery” so the Lord God Jesus scattered them as promised, “but Jesus’ promise was perpetual” “only altering them to a permanent spiritual covenant with a called spiritual people “who’d be spiritual Israelites” after His death. That ultimate spiritual promise being preplanned “eternal life” through Jesus shed blood for the remission of sin. Allow Jesus’ explanation through Paul.

(Galatians 3:15-18; “Brothers and sisters, I offer an example from everyday life: When a covenant has been ratified, even though it is only a human contract, no one can set it aside or add anything to it. (Now the promises were spoken to Abraham and to his descendant. Scripture does not say, “and to the descendants,” referring to many, but “to your descendant,” referring to one, who is Christ.) (17) What I am saying is this: The law that came four hundred thirty years later does not cancel a covenant previously ratified by God, so as to invalidate the promise. For if the inheritance is based on the law, it is no longer based on the promise, but God graciously gave it to Abraham through the promise.

(Gal 3:19-22; Why then was the law given? It was added because of transgressions, until the arrival of the descendant ‘Jesus’ to whom the promise had been made. It was administered through angels by an intermediary. Now an intermediary is not for one party alone, but God is One. (21) Is the law therefore opposed to the promises of God? Absolutely not! For if a law had been given that was able to give life, then righteousness would certainly have come by the law. But the scripture imprisoned everything and everyone under sin so that the promise could be given – because of the faithfulness of Jesus Christ – to those who believe. (We Sons of God Are Heirs of Promise)

(Gal 3:23- “Now before ‘Jesus’’ faith came we were held in custody under the law, being kept as prisoners until the coming faith would be revealed. Thus the law had become our guardian until Christ, so that we could be declared righteous by ‘believing IN’ faith. (25) But now that ‘Jesus’ “believing IN” faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian. For in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God through “His” faith. For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. (28) 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.”)

Jesus’ gifted faith doesn’t do away with the law, “but magnifies it.” He said; (Matt 5:27-28; “You have heard that it was said, ‘Do not commit adultery. But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to desire her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” PLUS the covenant seal of belonging “circumcision” was after the promise to Abraham and always looked forward to spiritual circumcision of the heart. (Rom 2:28-29; “For a person is not a Jew ‘Christian’ who is one outwardly, nor is circumcision something that is outward in the flesh, but someone is a Jew who is one inwardly, and circumcision is of the heart by the Spirit and not by the written code. This person’s praise is not from people but from God.”) So it is with every part of the law.

God the Father and God the Son have pre-planned all things. Even beyond New Jerusalem’s coming down.

(1Cor 15:24-28; “Then comes the ‘millennial’ end, when He “Jesus” hands over the kingdom to God the Father, when He has brought to an end all rule and all authority and power. For He “Jesus” must reign until He has put all His enemies under His feet. The last enemy to be eliminated is death. For He “God the Father” has put everything in subjection under His “Jesus” feet. But when it says “everything” has been put in subjection, it is clear that this does not include the One “God the father” who put everything in subjection to Him. (Jesus) And when all things are subjected to Him, “God the Father” then the Son Himself will be subjected to the One “God the Father” who subjected everything to Him, so that God may be all in all.”)

Paul believed IN Jesus and the things He inspired David to write. He believed in gifted immortality through Jesus. Paul repented for having lived the way that had previously seemed right. Thus he was, “born from above.” Paul was gifted with a nature change and his mind was supernaturally opened to understand the holy scriptures. Things he once loved had no more importance and “the love of Jesus was imputed to his mind.” It was Paul’s evidence that he had been “born from above.” He’d been a Pharisee, “a denominationalist” and keeper of the law in worshipful fashion. His previous practices had been controlled by the law. Believing Israelites were God’s only chosen people. After his conversion he understood that loving Jesus “was to love His Way.” Loving God’s was to love His commandments and thus the fulfillment of the spiritual requirements of the law.

( Paul continues) (1Corinthians 15:29-34; “Otherwise, what will those do who are baptized for the dead? If the dead are not raised at all, then why are they baptized for them? Why too are we in danger every hour? Every day I am in danger of death! This is as sure as my boasting in you, which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord. (32) If from a human point of view I fought with wild beasts at Ephesus, what did it benefit me? If the dead are not raised, let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die. Do not be deceived: “Bad company corrupts good morals.” Sober up as you should, and stop sinning! For some have no knowledge of God – I say this to your shame!

The Resurrected Body, likened to a planted seed.

(1Cor 15:35-41; “But someone will say, “How are the dead raised? With what kind of body will they come?” Fool! What you sow will not come to life unless it dies. And what you sow is not the body that is to be, but a bare seed – perhaps of wheat or something else. But God gives it a body just as He planned, and to each of the seeds a body of its own. All flesh is not the same: People have one flesh, animals have another, birds and fish another. And there are heavenly bodies and earthly bodies. The glory of the heavenly body is one sort and the earthly another. There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon and another glory of the stars, for star differs from star in glory.”

(1Cor 15:42-49; “It is the same with the resurrection of the dead. What is sown is perishable, is raised imperishable. It is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body. (45) So also it is written, “The first man, Adam, became a living person”; the last Adam, “Jesus” became a life-giving spirit. However, the spiritual did not come first, but the natural, and then the spiritual. The first man, “Adam” is from the earth, made of dust; the second man, “Jesus” is from heaven. Like the one made of dust, so too are those made of dust, and like the one from heaven, so too those who are heavenly. (49) And just as we have borne the image of the man of dust, let us also bear the image of the man of heaven.”

(1Cor 15:50-55; “Now this is what I am saying, brothers and sisters: Flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. Listen, I will tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed – in a moment, in the blinking of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. (53) For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality. Now when this perishable puts on the imperishable, and this mortal puts on immortality, then the saying that is written will happen, “Death has been swallowed up in victory.” “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” (Quote from Isa 25:8 & Hosea 13:14)

(1Cor 15:56-58; “The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ! So then, dear brothers and sisters, be firm. Do not be moved! Always be outstanding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.”)

The promise of salvation through Jesus “the Descendent” was before the law as given to Moses. Every aspect of the law looked forward to it’s spiritual magnification.

Paul to the Phillippians and commentary, chapter 1

April 4th, 2019

To: “Churches of God” Called to be Spiritual Israelites, atOne with Jesus. 4/4/19, God’s 13th month 28th day of Adar 2, 5779 until sunset.

God’s church isn’t an organization that can be joined. God’s church is a family of God fathered individuals, chosen, called and set aside “sanctified” for His purpose. Jesus explained; (John 10:14-18; “I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know Me – just as the Father knows Me and I know the Father – and I lay down My life for the sheep. I have other sheep that do not come from this sheepfold. I must bring them too, and they will listen to My voice, so that there will be one flock and one shepherd. This is why the Father loves Me – because I lay down My life, so that I may take it back again. No one takes it away from Me, but I lay it down of My own free will. I have the authority to lay it down, and I have the authority to take it back again. This commandment I received from My Father.”)

Matt 7:21-23; “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter into the kingdom of heaven – only the one who does the will of My Father in heaven. On that day, many will say to Me, ‘Lord, Lord, didn’t we prophesy in your name, and in your name cast out demons and do many powerful deeds?’ Then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you. Go away from Me, you lawbreakers!’) Many other text teach us that only the fathered by God, “those born from above” are God’s family - His church.

Two weeks from today’s sunset will began Nisan 14, “Passover.” Divided Christendom will pay little or no attention. Christians will honor the season, try to keep the Passover, and the 15th and 21st companion annual Sabbaths. It’s the season to celebrate Creator - Savior Jesus’ shedding His life blood, so all who’re gifted to believe IN Him may have eternal life. It’s the season to be mindful of our inherited nature’s lawless pulls and seek Jesus’ help to overcome to the end. Time to rejoice over having been called to be atOne with the Father and the Son. Time to consider Jesus’ apostle’s calling and how they came to understand the scriptures.

(Philippians 1:1-2; “From Paul and Timothy, slaves of Christ Jesus, to all the Saints in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi, with the overseers and deacons. Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ!”) Jesus’ New Covenant, “New Testament” is covenant promises to His Saints. It isn’t with unbelievers nor divided Christendom.

A better title for one who pastors is, “Overseer.” No pastor or evangelist should ever wear the title, “reverend” Jesus instructs us to call no person reverend. It’s worth noting that no apostle ever included the Holy Spirit - Spirit of Truth “with God the Father and God the Son in their letters. Timothy was called servant and made an understudy to Paul. Paul taught and considered Timothy as his own son.

(Phil 1:3-6; “I thank my God every time I remember you ‘Philippians.” I always pray with joy in my every prayer for all of you, because of your participation in the gospel from the first day until now. For I am sure of this very thing, that the One who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.”)

Each apostle taught “God the Father personally begins and perfects His good work in each called Believer IN.” Each taught “unbelievers are rebels to the cause of Jesus.” King David was inspired to rationalize with and prophesy against unbelievers, folks we’d refer to as Christendom today.

(Psalms 2:1-12; “Why do the nations rebel? Why are the countries devising plots that will fail? The kings of the earth form a united front; the rulers collaborate against the Lord and His anointed king. They say, “Let’s tear off the shackles they’ve put on us! Let’s free ourselves from their ropes!” The One enthroned in heaven laughs in disgust; the Lord taunts them. Then He angrily speaks to them and terrifies them in His rage, saying, (6) “I Myself have installed My king on Zion, My holy hill.” The king says, “I will announce the Lord’s decree. He said to Me: ‘You are My Son! This very day I have become Your father! Ask Me, and I will give You the nations as Your inheritance, the ends of the earth as Your personal property.” You will break them with an iron scepter; You will smash them like a potter’s jar!’” So now, you ‘earthly’ kings, do what is wise; you rulers of the earth, submit to correction! (11) Serve the Lord in fear! Repent in terror! Give sincere homage! Otherwise He will be angry, and you will die because of your behavior, when His anger quickly ignites. How blessed are all who take shelter in Him!”)

The good news “gospel” each prophet and Jesus’ apostles taught was about eternal life through Jesus, keeping promises to Israel, bringing peace and righteous judgment to this earth.

(Phil 1:7-11; “For it is right for me to think this about all of you, because I have you in my heart, since both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel all of you became partners in God’s grace together with me. For God is my witness that I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus. And I pray this, that your love may abound even more and more in knowledge and every kind of insight so that you can decide what is best and thus be sincere and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ to the glory and praise of God.”)

Jesus’ command to His apostles and followers is: “love one another, just as I have loved you.” Each Christian’s goal should be to increase in knowledge and every kind of spiritual insight so as to stand blameless in the day of Christ. We must understand God’s definition of sin. Through God’s revealing Himself, granting repentance, “forgiveness” and our turning from the former practices of sin, we’re be considered blameless on that day.

(Phil 1:12-14; “I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that my situation has actually turned out to advance the gospel: The whole imperial guard and everyone else knows that I am in prison for the sake of Christ, and most of the brothers and sisters, having confidence in the Lord because of my imprisonment, now more than ever dare to speak the Word fearlessly.”)

Divided Christendom don’t do this, Satan has them thinking “your truth is how you believe.” If we belong to Jesus as Paul, “we know things Satan intended for, God can turn to a furtherance of the gospel. (Believing in Jesus as He’s manifested to be in the holy scriptures, “was then and today a radical idea.) Believing IN Jesus frees individuals from people groups that make merchandise of others. Think of the persecution that would come our way; if in large numbers people began leaving organized religions to follow God’s truths presented here. Paul was mindful of the nature in people that causes many to desire leadership for wrong reasons. We need to go out from among such. Jesus had Paul explain, (2Cor 6:16-18; “And what mutual agreement does the temple of God have with idols? For we ‘Christians’ are the temple of the living God, just as God said, “I will live in them and will walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be My people.” Therefore “come out from their midst, and be separate,” says the Lord, “and touch no unclean thing, and I will welcome you, and I will be a father to you, and you will be My sons and daughters,” says the All-Powerful Lord.”)

(Phil 1:15-18; “Some, to be sure, are preaching Christ from envy and rivalry, but others from goodwill. The latter do so from love because they know that I am placed here for the defense of the gospel. The former proclaim Christ from selfish ambition, not sincerely, because they think they can cause trouble for me in my imprisonment. What is the result? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is being proclaimed, and in this I rejoice.”)

Paul considered it good that people were talking about Jesus. He didn’t condone teaching an imaginary Jesus, but mindful that if God were calling they’d seek His truth. Many twist this scripture to support what’s popular and traditional while ridiculing the notions of absolutes.

(Phil 1:19-26; “Yes, and I will continue to rejoice, for I know that this will turn out for my deliverance through your prayers and the help of the Spirit of Jesus Christ. My confident hope is that I will in no way be ashamed but that with complete boldness, even now as always, Christ will be exalted in my body, whether I live or die. (21) For to me, living is Christ and dying is gain. Now if I am to go on living in the body, this will mean productive work for me, yet I don’t know which I prefer: I feel torn between the two, because I have a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far, but it is more vital for your sake that I remain in the body. (25) And since I am sure of this, I know that I will remain and continue with all of you for the sake of your progress and joy in the faith, so that what you can be proud of may increase because of me in Christ Jesus, when I come back to you.”)

Paul was, “born from above” imputed with the spirit of truth “Holy Spirit” he had a new spiritual life and knew he was gifted with eternal life. His mindset was that he’d maintain hope in Christ to the end. Paul and all believers IN are gifted with immortality. Paul knew he wasn’t born immortal, to live forever someplace (Because of Satan’s deception, various forms of a, “hell - heaven doctrine” have spread to all major religions.) (See Revelations 21:8) Paul knew he was gifted with immortality when he was “born from above.” Paul believed in and taught the resurrections. Lets study a portion of his letter to the Corinthians.

(1Cor 15:1-11; “Now I want to make clear for you, brothers and sisters, the gospel that I preached to you, that you received and on which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold firmly to the message I preached to you – unless you believed in vain. For I passed on to you as of first importance what I also received – that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the scriptures, and that He appeared to Cephas, ‘Peter’ then to the twelve. (after His resurrection) (6) Then He appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. Then He appeared to James, then to all the apostles. (8) Last of all, as though to one born at the wrong time, He appeared to me also. For I am the least of the apostles, unworthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace to me has not been in vain. In fact, I worked harder than all of them – yet not I, but the grace of God with me. Whether then it was I or they, this is the way we preach and this is the way you believed.”

(1Cor 15:12-19; “Now if Christ is being preached as raised from the dead, how can some of you say there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is futile and your faith is empty. Also, we are found to be false witnesses about God, because we have testified against God that He raised Christ from the dead, when in reality He did not raise Him, if indeed the dead are not raised. (16) For if the dead are not raised, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is useless; you are still in your sins. Furthermore, those who have fallen asleep in Christ have also perished. For if only in this life we have hope in Christ, we should be pitied more than anyone.”) Paul knew the day would come when he and all who had died in Christ, would be resurrected as was Jesus.

(1Cor 15:20-23; “But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since death came through a man, “Adam” the resurrection of the dead also came through a man. “Jesus” For just as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive. But each in his own order: Christ, the firstfruits; then when Christ comes, those who belong to Him.” Paul knew Jesus had inspired the prophets to write about Himself. That He’d return and set all things in order. Afterward New Jerusalem would come down. (see Revelations 21)

Paul’s Calling, Teaching and commentary, chapter 20

April 2nd, 2019

To: “Churches of God” Called to be Spiritual Israelites, atOne with Jesus. 4/2/19, God’s 13th month 26rd day of Adar 2, 5779 until sunset.

Paul’s love for newly converted gentiles is apparent, he pulled gentiles and Israelites together, “to be atOne with Jesus and all God’s people.” When folks aren’t called and God hasn’t opened their minds, people selectively choose scriptural text that fits presupposed notions and what seems right to the fleshly mind. In my family is a preacher relative that’s anti alcohol, I wouldn’t offer him a beer because it’d likely be offensive and he’d correctly consider it, “what’s not of faith is sin.” He and others have no problem eating unclean foods for the same reason, the same principle applies.

Jesus compels that we teach the whole word of God beginning with Genesis 1: “mindful of why Abel’s sacrifice was pleasing to God and Cain’s wasn’t.” How Jesus inspired Enoch “the seventh from Adam” to preach a future peace on earth. Job’s righteousness and Satan’s challenge to God regarding his character. How and why this world’s population “before the Noah day flood became animalistic in their behavior.” How God found Noah to be righteous in His view and had him warn the people by building an ark in preparation for the coming destructive flood. How and why the Lord God “Jesus” separated His chosen people from the world, “giving them set aside worship times that looked forward to a future peace on earth, circumcision and instructing about clean and unclean animal kinds, all for keeping them separated from the world and for their good.

God gave His chosen people laws and oracles to “set them aside” rules sanctifying them from the hostile populations at large. Sabbath keeping, circumcision, observing particular seasons and their annual Sabbaths, animal kinds not to partake of. These sanctifications and blessings for a chosen people caused jealousy, “adding to the hostility people already had toward God and His chosen people as He knew it would.” Even today, Jews are a most hated people because God has made them “custodians of the oracles of God.” (See Romans 3:1-4)

God doesn’t change; the same laws and oracles regarding how a set aside people should honor the Lord God “Jesus” with obedience is valid today. The same clean and unclean food kinds God had Noah preserve, He also had His chosen sanctified people “the Israelites” adhere to the principle.

(Lev11:1-11; The Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying to them, “Tell the Israelites: ‘This is the kind of creature you may eat from among all the animals1 that are on the land. You may eat any among the animals that has a divided hoof (the hooves are completely split in two) and that also chews the cud. However, you must not eat these from among those that chew the cud and have divided hooves: The camel is unclean to you5 because it chews the cud even though its hoof is not divided. (5) The rock badger is unclean to you because it chews the cud even though its hoof is not divided. The hare is unclean to you because it chews the cud even though its hoof is not divided. The pig is unclean to you because its hoof is divided (the hoof is completely split in two), even though it does not chew the cud. (8) You must not eat from their meat and you must not touch their carcasses; they are unclean to you.” (Not unclean to people NOT set aside for God’s purpose.) (Clean and Unclean Water Creatures) (9) “‘These you can eat from all creatures that are in the water: Any creatures in the water that have both fins and scales, whether in the seas or in the streams, you may eat. But any creatures that do not have both fins and scales, whether in the seas or in the streams, from all the swarming things of the water and from all the living creatures that are in the water, are detestable to you. Since they are detestable to you, you must not eat their meat and their carcass you must detest. Any creature in the water that does not have both fins and scales is detestable to you.”) (From God’s point of view, all this is for one reason only, “to keep God’s people atOne with and sanctified to Himself.)

One day the whole world will understand that Jesus is the One who Re-Created a chaotic earth that had been previously flooded; “from a darkness, with water covering the deep. After creating vegetation and planting a garden, Jesus created Adam and then Eve from him. Jesus revealed it to His apostles.

(Colossians 1:15-20; “He ‘Jesus’ is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation, for all things in heaven and on earth were created by Him – all things, whether visible or invisible, whether thrones or dominions, whether principalities or powers – all things were created through Him and for Him. (17) He Himself is before all things and all things are held together ‘sustained’ in Him. He is the head of the body, the church, as well as the beginning, the firstborn from among the dead, so that He Himself may become first in all things. For God ‘the Father’ was pleased to have all His fullness dwell in the Son and through Him ‘Jesus’ to reconcile all things to Himself by making peace through the blood of His cross – through Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven.”) See also John 1:1-5 and Hebrews 1: After Jesus opened His apostles’ minds to under-stand the scriptures, “they were able to teach Jesus from having been with Him and from the prophets writings.

Paul’s Goal in Ministry and recommending his associates.

(Rom 16:1-16; “Now I commend to you our sister Phoebe, who is a servant of the church in Cenchrea, so that you may welcome her in the Lord in a way worthy of the Saints and provide her with whatever help she may need from you, for she has been a great help to many, including me.” ‘The next 13 verses is praising those that assisted in the spread of the good news. For this study you may want to go to verse 17.

(Rom 16:3-16; “Greet Prisca and Aquila, my fellow workers in Christ Jesus, who risked their own necks for my life. Not only I, but all the churches of the Gentiles are grateful to them. Also greet the church in their house. Greet my dear friend Epenetus, who was the first convert to Christ in the province of Asia. Greet Mary, who has worked very hard for you. Greet Andronicus and Junia, my compatriots and my fellow prisoners. They are well known to the apostles, and they were in Christ before me. Greet Ampliatus, my dear friend in the Lord. Greet Urbanus, our fellow worker in Christ, and my good friend Stachys. Greet Apelles, who is approved in Christ. Greet those who belong to the household of Aristobulus. Greet Herodion, my compatriot. Greet those in the household of Narcissus who are in the Lord. Greet Tryphena and Tryphosa, laborers in the Lord. Greet my dear friend Persis, who has worked hard in the Lord. (13) Greet Rufus, chosen in the Lord, and his mother who was also a mother to me. ’his mother and mine’ Greet Asyncritus, Phlegon, Hermes, Patrobas, Hermas, and the brothers and sisters with them. Greet Philologus and Julia, Nereus and his sister, and Olympas, and all the believers who are with them. Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the churches of Christ greet you.”)

(Rom 16:17-20; “Now I urge you, brothers and sisters, to watch out for those who create dissensions and obstacles contrary to the teaching that you learned. Avoid them! For these are the kind who do not serve our Lord Christ, but their own appetites. By their smooth talk and flattery they deceive the minds of the naive. (19) Your obedience is known to all and thus I rejoice over you. But I want you to be wise in what is good and innocent in what is evil. The God of peace will quickly crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you.”)

The naïve find smooth talkers appealing and in general they look to people with theological credentials.

(Rom 16:21-27; “Timothy, my fellow worker, greets you; so do Lucius, Jason, and Sosipater, my compatriots. I, Tertius, “Paul” who am writing this letter, greet you in the Lord. Gaius, who is host to me and to the whole church, greets you. Erastus the city treasurer and our brother Quartus greet you. “Now to Him who is able to strengthen you according to my gospel and the proclamation of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery that had been kept secret for long ages, but now is disclosed, and through the prophetic scriptures has been made known to all the nations, according to the command of the eternal God, to bring about the obedience of faith – (27) to the only wise God, through Jesus Christ, be glory forever! Amen.”) God the Father, God the Son, all who have and who will believed IN are the family of God.

Revelations of the mystery has went out to the nations, but the mystery is revealed to the few in this age. Paul uses the term, “revelations of the mystery” twice “in verse 25 above and at Eph 3:3, so lets study through verse 21..

(Ephesians 3:1-21; “For this reason I, “Paul” the prisoner of Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles – if indeed you have heard of the stewardship of God’s grace that was given to me for you, (3; “that by revelation the divine secret was made known to me, as I wrote before briefly. When reading this, you, “Believers IN” will be able to understand my insight into this secret of Christ. Now this secret was not disclosed to people in former generations as it has now been revealed to His holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit, namely, that through the gospel the Gentiles are fellow heirs, fellow members of the body, and fellow partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus. I became a servant of this gospel according to the gift of God’s grace that was given to me by the exercise of His power. (8; To me – less than the least of all the Saints – this grace was given, to proclaim to the Gentiles the unfathomable riches of Christ and to enlighten everyone about God’s secret plan – a secret that has been hidden for ages in God who has created all things. (10; The purpose of this enlightenment is that through the church the multifaceted wisdom of God should now be disclosed to the rulers and the authorities in the heavenly realms. This was according to the eternal purpose that He accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord, in whom we have boldness and confident access to God because of Christ’s faithfulness. For this reason I ask you not to lose heart because of what I am suffering for you, which is your glory.”) The secret is, “God gives Godly love to His Elect” a love surpassing natural human love. A gifted love through our, “being born from above.” Being fathered by God.

(14-21; “For this reason I, “Paul” kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on the earth is named. I pray that according to the wealth of His glory He may grant you to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner person, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, so that, because you have been rooted and grounded in love, you may be able to comprehend with all the Saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and thus to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God. Now to Him who by the power that is working within us is able to do far beyond all that we ask or think, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”)

Spiritual comprehension is by revelation only. No theological schooling can give it.

Paul’s Calling, Teaching and commentary, chapter 19

April 1st, 2019

To: “Churches of God” Called to be Spiritual Israelites, atOne with Jesus. 4/1/19, God’s 13th month 25rd day of Adar 2, 5779 until sunset.    ( Walking in God’s light is opposite of fleshly arousal.)

(Rom 13:11-14; “And do this because we know the time, that it is already the hour for us to awake from sleep, for our salvation is now nearer than when we became believers. The night has advanced toward dawn; the day is near. So then we must lay aside the works of darkness, and put on the weapons of light. Let us live decently as in the daytime, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and sensuality, not in discord and jealousy. Instead, put on the Lord Jesus Christ and make no provision for the flesh to arouse its desires.”)

Paul is speaking to the called. The god of this world influences populations to unnatural arousals of the flesh, which includes love of money, power and lustful animalistic behavior. Be patience with new converts, allow each to grow in faith towards God’s will for themselves.

(Rom 14:1-4; “Now receive the one who is weak in the faith and do not have disputes over differing opinions. One person believes in eating everything, but the weak person eats only vegetables. The one who eats everything must not despise the one who does not and the one who abstains must not judge the one who eats everything, for God has accepted him. Who are you to pass judgment on another’s servant? Before his own master he stands or falls. And he will stand, for the Lord is able to make him stand.”)

Again let us realize Paul is writing to gentile who’re converted to Believe IN Jesus, “people who abandoned the things James and the apostles wrote about.” Naturally new and old converts need to grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus’ way.

(Rom 14:5-12; “One person regards one day holier than other days, and another regards them all alike. Each must be fully convinced in his own mind. The one who observes the day does it for the Lord. The one who eats, eats for the Lord because he gives thanks to God, and the one who abstains from eating abstains for the Lord, and he gives thanks to God. For none of us lives for himself and none dies for himself. (8) If we ‘believers IN’ live, we live for the Lord; if we die, we die for the Lord. Therefore, whether we live or die, we ‘believers IN’ are the Lord’s. For this reason Christ died and returned to life, so that He may be the Lord of both the dead and the living. But you who eat vegetables only – why do you judge your brother or sister? And you who eat everything – why do you despise your brother or sister? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God. For it is written, “As I live, says the Lord, every knee will bow to Me, and every tongue will give praise to God.” Therefore, each of us will give an account of himself to God.”) From the fleshly part of our nature we’re prone to be self-righteous about how we see things: the spirit of truth leads us to mimic Jesus’ thinking regarding all things. We can’t despise a Believer for being slow to conform. Self-righteousness can easily become an obstacle to atOnement.

(Rom 14:13-18; “Therefore we must not pass judgment on one another, but rather determine never to place an obstacle or a trap before a brother or sister. I know and am convinced in the Lord Jesus that there is nothing unclean in itself; still, it is unclean to the one who considers it unclean. (15) For if your brother or sister is distressed because of what you eat, you are no longer walking in love. Do not destroy by your food someone for whom Christ died. Therefore do not let what you consider good be spoken of as evil. For the kingdom of God does not consist of food and drink, but righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit. For the one who serves Christ in this way is pleasing to God and approved by people.”)

(Rom 14:19-23; “So then, let us pursue what makes for peace and for building up one another. Do not destroy the work of God for the sake of food. For although all things are clean, it is wrong to cause anyone to stumble by what you eat. It is good not to eat meat or drink wine or to do anything that causes your brother to stumble. (22) The faith you have, keep to yourself before God. Blessed is the one who does not judge himself by what he approves. But the man who doubts is condemned if he eats, because he does not do so from faith, and whatever is not from faith is sin.”) So the key is to quietly mimic Jesus, not boastfully vocalizing a self-righteous attitude that may make another feel you’re judging. Paul’s concern is for new converts. Think on the initial duty principles written to new gentile converts from the Jerusalem church.

(Acts 15:19-22; “Therefore I, “James” conclude that we should not cause extra difficulty for those among the Gentiles who are turning to God, but that we should write them a letter telling them to abstain from things defiled by idols and from sexual immorality and from what has been strangled and from blood. For Moses has had those who proclaim him in every town from ancient times, because he is read aloud in the synagogues every Sabbath.”)

Let’s be careful about taking things out of context and consider the whole word of God. Paul would write later, “So then you, “gentiles” are no longer foreigners and non-citizens, but you are fellow citizens with the Saints and members of God’s household, because you have been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus Himself as the Cornerstone. In Him 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.” Ephesians 2:19-22.)

Strong looking out for the weak, “is the principle of love.”

(Rom 15:1-6; “But we who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak, and not just please ourselves. Let each of us please his neighbor for his good to build him up. For even Christ did not please Himself, but just as it is written, “The insults of those who insult you have fallen on Me.” For everything that was written in former times was written for our instruction, so that through endurance and through encouragement of the scriptures we may have hope. Now may the God of endurance and comfort give you unity with one another in accordance with Christ Jesus, so that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”)

Note: Paul is directing gentiles to what’s written to Israel in former times. As Gentile converts grew in grace and knowledge they’d realize they’re becoming spiritual Israelites. A people coming out from among others practicing abominable things in God’s View. Let’s be patient with one another, just as Jesus is patient with us individually. As an apostle of Jesus, it was incumbent on Paul to share Israel’s history with the gentiles. Teaching that gentiles become heirs with Abraham, when they’re followers of Jesus. No doubt: Paul shared about his being present when deacon Stephen was murdered and Israel’s historical radical record. How Israelites were preparing to stone him. Study Stephens attitude regarding his murderers, at Acts 7:.

To assume gentiles were taught a differing gospel, than proclaimed to Israelites is ludicrous. Gentiles growing out from the likes of Baal worship, isn’t that much different than Israelites growing out from their thinking, salvation came through law keeping. Both groups and all Believers IN, must grow in the grace and knowledge of God the Father and God the Son.

All saved by grace.

(Rom 15:7-16; “Receive one another, then, just as Christ also received you, to God’s glory. For I tell you that Christ has become a servant of the circumcised on behalf of God’s truth to confirm the promises made to the fathers, “(patriarchs” (9) and thus the Gentiles glorify God for His mercy. As it is written, “Because of this I will confess you among the Gentiles, and I will sing praises to Your name.” ’Quote from Ps 18:49’ (10) And again it says: “Rejoice, O Gentiles, with His people.” ‘Quote from Deut 32:43’ And again, “Praise the Lord all you Gentiles, and let all the peoples praise Him. “Quote from Ps 117:1” And again Isaiah says, “The root of Jesse will come, and the one who rises to rule over the Gentiles, in Him will the Gentiles hope.” ‘Quote from Isaiah 11:10’ Now may the God of hope fill you ‘Gentiles’ with all joy and peace as you believe IN Him, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” ‘Root of Jesse is Jesus!’

(Rom 15:14-16; “But I myself am fully convinced about you, “gentiles” my brothers and sisters, that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, and able to instruct one another. But I have written more boldly to you on some points so as to remind you, because of the grace given to me by God to be a minister of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles. I serve the gospel of God like a priest, so that the Gentiles may become an acceptable offering, sanctified by the Holy Spirit.”

Sanctify; “means to be set apart.” As gentile populations grew in grace and knowledge of the God of Israel, they realized they’re set apart from the populations once a part of. As gentiles grew they had no problems with the oracles of God. Obviously, Paul wanted gentiles and Israelites to grow into holy temples of God.

(Rom 15:17-21; “So I boast in Christ Jesus about the things that pertain to God. For I will not dare to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me in order to bring about the obedience of the Gentiles, by word and deed, in the power of signs and wonders, in the power of the Spirit of God. So from Jerusalem even as far as Illyricum I have fully preached the gospel of Christ. And in this way I desire to preach where Christ has not been named, so as not to build on another person’s foundation, but as it is written: “Those who were not told about Him will see, and those who have not heard will understand.” ‘Quote from Isaiah 52:15’

(Rom 15:22-29; “This is the reason I was often hindered from coming to you. But now there is nothing more to keep me in these regions, and I have for many years desired to come to you when I go to Spain. For I hope to visit you when I pass through and that you will help me on my journey there, after I have enjoyed your company for a while.” (25) “But now I go to Jerusalem to minister to the Saints. For Macedonia and Achaia are pleased to make some contribution for the poor among the Saints in Jerusalem. For they were pleased to do this, and indeed they are indebted to the Jerusalem Saints. For if the Gentiles have shared in their spiritual things, they are obligated also to minister to them in material things. Therefore after I have completed this and have safely delivered this bounty to them, I will set out for Spain by way of you, and I know that when I come to you I will come in the fullness of Christ’s blessing.”

(30) “Now I urge you, brothers and sisters, through our Lord Jesus Christ and through the love of the Spirit, to join fervently with me in prayer to God on my behalf. Pray that I may be rescued from those who are disobedient in Judea and that my ministry in Jerusalem may be acceptable to the Saints, so that by God’s will I may come to you with joy and be refreshed in your company. Now may the God of peace be with all of you. Amen.”)

At the time Paul didn’t know that he would spend quite some time incarcerated in Jerusalem and Caesarea before his journey to Rome. Paul intended to send disciples ahead and he intended this letter be shared with the other churches.

Paul’s Calling, Teaching and commentary, chapter 17

March 28th, 2019

To: “Churches of God” Called to be Spiritual Israelites, atOne with Jesus. 3/28/19, God’s 13th month 21th day of Adar 2, 5779 until sunset.

Israel’s history is for our learning. It was God’s will that Jacob’s son “Joseph” go to Egypt, experience grace after trials and become second ruler to the Egyptian Pharaoh. The devastating drought, God revealing dreams to Joseph, the necessity of Jacob’s family going to Egypt for food and relying on son “Joseph” was preplanned. Pagan Egyptian’s disdain for God’s chosen people “Israelites” is recorded for our learning. God is still allowing the lying, murderous, deceiver “Satan” to influence this world’s ungodly populations’ attitude against His chosen people, “whether they be spiritual or physical Israelites” all for our learning. Even Israelites persecuted and killed God’s prophets. Speaking to the Israelite Pharisees and Sadducees Jesus said:

(Matt 23:29-36; “Woe to you, experts in the law and you Pharisees, hypocrites! You build tombs for the prophets and decorate the graves of the righteous. And you say, ‘If we had lived in the days of our ancestors, we would not have participated with them in shedding the blood of the prophets.’ By saying this you testify against yourselves that you are descendants of those who murdered the prophets. (32) Fill up then the measure of your ancestors! You snakes, you offspring of vipers! How will you escape the judgment of Gehenna? (34) “For this reason I am sending you prophets and wise men and experts in the law, some of whom you will kill and crucify, and some you will flog in your synagogues and pursue from town to town, so that on you will come all the righteous blood shed on earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah son of Barachiah, whom you murdered between the temple and the altar. (36) I tell you the truth, this generation will be held responsible for all these things!”)  — Paul shares, Why Israel’s Rejection

(Romans 9:1-5; “I am telling the truth in Christ (I am not lying!), for my conscience assures me in the Holy Spirit – I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. (3) For I could wish that I myself were accursed – cut off from Christ – for the sake of my people, my fellow countrymen, who are Israelites. To them belong the adoption as sons, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the temple worship, and the promises. To them belong the patriarchs, and from them, by human descent, came the Christ, who is God over all, blessed forever! Amen.”)

God the Father gave us God the Son, our Creator and Lord of the covenants, planted Him in Mary’s womb to experience life in the flesh, be tempted, become our sacrificial Lamb, Redeemer, Resurrection, Savior, Mediator and coming King of Kings.

(Rom 9:6-13; “It is not as though the word of God had failed. For not all those who are descended from Israel are truly Israel, nor are all the children Abraham’s true descendants; rather “through Isaac will your descendants be counted.” (Why? Isaac is by promise as are all true Israelites - Christians.) This means it is not the children of the flesh who are the children of God; rather, the children of promise are counted as descendants. (9) For this is what the promise declared: “About a year from now I will return and Sarah will have a son.” Not only that, but when Rebekah had conceived children by one man, our ancestor Isaac – even before they were born or had done anything good or bad (so that God’s purpose in election would stand, not by works but by His calling) (12) it was said to her, “The older will serve the younger,” just as it is written: “Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated.”)

It’s the mystery worldly religions don’t grasp. We’re called and saved by promise, as Isaac’s birth was by promise and as in Jacob, “Israel” we are Abraham’s heirs. Believers IN are by promise as was Isaac, selected before the foundation of the world.

(Rom 9:14-18; “What shall we say then? Is there injustice with God? Absolutely not! For He says to Moses: “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.” So then, it does not depend on human desire or exertion, but on God who shows mercy. For the scripture says to Pharaoh: “For this very purpose I have raised you up, that I may demonstrate My power in you, and that My name may be proclaimed in all the earth.” So then, God has mercy on whom He chooses to have mercy, and He hardens whom he chooses to harden.”)

Our Creator is more awesome than any worldly religions thinks Him to be.

Jacob’s name was changed to Israel, “meaning God fights.” Abraham’s grandson and Isaac’s son, chosen by God. His twelve sons are fathers of the twelve tribes, “New Jerusalem’s twelve gates are named for the 12 tribes.” (See Rev 21:12) Jacob’s spiritual descendents are “followers of Jesus and heirs with Abraham.” The hostile nature in people think it isn’t fair that God would or even could choose individuals to be atOne with Himself before the foundation of the world.

(Rom 9:19-26; “You will say to me then, “Why does He still find fault? For who has ever resisted His will?” But who indeed are you – a mere human being – to talk back to God? Does what is molded say to the molder, Why have you made me like this?” Has the potter no right to make from the same lump of clay one vessel for special use and another for ordinary use? (22) But what if God, willing to demonstrate His wrath and to make known His power, has endured with much patience the objects of wrath prepared for destruction? And what if He is willing to make known the wealth of His glory on the objects of mercy that He has prepared beforehand for glory – even us, whom He has called, not only from the Jews ‘Israelites’ but also from the Gentiles? (25) As He also says in Hosea:

I will call those who were not My people, My people, and I will call her who was unloved, My beloved.’” (Quote from Hosea 2:23.) “And in the very place where it was said to them, You are not My people, there they will be called sons of the living God.’”) (You see, God’s promises to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses and His apostles are perpetual, many to be fulfilled after Jesus’ return.)

(Rom 9:27-29; “And Isaiah cries out on behalf of Israel, “Though the number of the children of Israel are as the sand of the sea, only the remnant will be saved, for the Lord will execute His sentence on the earth completely and quickly.” Just as Isaiah predicted, “If the Lord of armies had not left us descendants, we would have become like Sodom and we would have resembled Gomorrah.”)

Without God’s revelations regarding these things, character development would become animalistic, “like the people of Sodom and Gomorrah.” But God’s plan to physically resurrect, mold and deliver His chosen people, will be a greater deliverance than the one from Egypt.

Israel’s rejection culpable - deserved

(Rom 9:30-33; “What shall we say then? – that the Gentiles who did not pursue righteousness obtained it, that is, a righteousness that is by faith, but Israel even though pursuing a law of righteousness did not attain it. (32) Why not? Because they pursued it not by faith but (as if it were possible) by works. They stumbled over the stumbling stone, “stone of stumbling” (33) just as it is written, “Look, I am laying in Zion a stone that will cause people to stumble and a rock that will make them fall, yet the one who believes IN Him will not be put to shame. (Quote from Isaiah 28:16) For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” (Quote from Joel 2:32.”) That stumbling stone, that rock is Jesus. To look to is to believe IN Him, is to love Him and desire to be His servant. (Thus, love the laws He gave for our good. To love the law is as Mark recorded Jesus saying about the Sabbath, “Then Jesus said to them, “The Sabbath was made for people, not people for the Sabbath. For this reason the Son of Man is lord even of the Sabbath.” Mark 27-28) This principle comes from Jesus’ instruction to Moses.

(Exodus 16:27-30; “On the seventh day some of the people went out to gather it, “manna” but they found nothing. So the Lord said to Moses, “How long do you refuse to obey My commandments and My instructions? See, because the Lord has given you the Sabbath, that is why He is giving you food for two days on the sixth day. Each of you stay where you are; let no one go out of his place on the seventh day.” So the people rested on the seventh day.”

Remember, during the time of Jesus’ apostles, Israelites were scattered because of their turning to other gods. Paul is mindful of the resurrections and Israel’s future deliverance.

(Rom 10:1-4; “Brothers and sisters, my heart’s desire and prayer to God on behalf of my fellow Israelites is for their salvation. For I can testify that they are zealous for God, but their zeal is not in line with the truth. For ignoring the righteousness that comes from God, and seeking instead to establish their own righteousness, they did not submit to God’s righteousness. For Christ is the end of the law, with the result that there is righteousness for everyone who believes.” (The translation should likely read, “For Christ is the end of the law, with the result being “there is righteousness for everyone who is called to be a believer IN.”) Having a desire for, “the truth” is gifted. ‘See Phil 2:13.’

(Rom 10:5-13; “For Moses writes about the righteousness that is by the law: “The one who does these things will live by them.” But the righteousness that is by faith says: “Do not say in your heart, Who will ascend into heaven?’” (that is, to bring Christ down) or “Who will descend into the abyss?” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). (8) But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (Quote from Deut 30:14) (that is, the word of faith that we preach,) because if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe IN your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. (10) For with the heart one believes and thus has righteousness and with the mouth one confesses and thus has salvation. For the scripture says, “Everyone who believes IN Him will not be put to shame.” (Quote from Isaiah 28:16) For there is no distinction between the Jew and the Greek, for the same Lord is Lord of all, who richly blesses all who call on Him. For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. (Quote from Joel 2:32.”)

Believing IN Jesus is key. (Jesus’ prophecy through Joel is, in large part for the millennial age. People in this age calling on a counterfeit, camouflaged lord of worldly religions, may as well be calling on images.)

(Rom 10:14-17; “How are they to call on One they have not believed in? And how are they to believe IN One they have not heard of? And how are they to hear without someone preaching to them? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How timely is the arrival of those who proclaim the good news.” ’Quote from Isaiah 52:7 & Nehemiah 1:15’ (16) But not all have obeyed the good news, for Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed our report?” Consequently faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes through the preached word of Christ.”)

We can’t get away from the fact that believing IN is gifted to the called. From the fact that proclaiming His Truth is salvation to all who believe IN.

(Rom 10:18-21; “But I ask, have they not heard? Yes, they have: Their voice has gone out to all the earth, and their words to the ends of the world. But again I ask, didn’t Israel understand? First Moses says, “I will make you jealous by those who are not a nation; with a senseless nation I will provoke you to anger.” (Quote from Psalms 19:4.) (20) And Isaiah is even bold enough to say, “I was found by those who did not seek Me; I became well known to those who did not ask for Me.” (Quote from Isa 65:1) But about Israel he says, “All day long I held out My hands to this disobedient and stubborn people!” (Quote from Isa 65:2.”)

The worldly methodologist, heaven for the good, hell fire for the bad people seem to think Jesus’ next coming is the end, NO it’s a new beginning. Romans chapter 11: verifies.

Paul’s calling, Teaching and commantary, chapter 16

March 26th, 2019

To: “Churches of God” Called to be Spiritual Israelites, atOne with Jesus. 3/26/19, God’s 13th month 19th day of Adar 2, 5779 until sunset.

Just as God’s laws “kind after kind, gravity and inertia” are absolutes, so is “without the shedding of blood there’s no remission of sin.” That law was always planned and became effective after Adam and Eve’s transgression. Cain and Abel knew to worship with blood sacrifices at designated times. (Gen 4:3-5; Abel took care of the flocks, while Cain cultivated the ground. At the designated time Cain brought some of the fruit of the ground for an offering to the Lord. But Abel brought some of the firstborn of his flock – even the fattest of them. And the Lord was pleased with Abel and his offering, but with Cain and his offering He was not pleased.) Even then “The Lord God Jesus” designated a time for sacrificial worship, that looked forward to His own sacrifice as “the Lamb of God” shedding His blood for the remission of sin. The best of the flocks, “one without blemish” were to be offered. The likely time would’ve been a weekly or annual Sabbath. A Sabbath rest was instituted when God rested on the seventh day, looking forward to His planned millennial rest and peace on earth.

(Rom 7:7-12; “What shall we say then? Is the law sin? Absolutely not! Certainly, I would not have known sin except through the law. For indeed I would not have known what it means to desire something belonging to someone else if the law had not said, “Do not covet.” But sin, seizing the opportunity through the commandment, produced in me all kinds of wrong desires. For apart from the law, sin is dead. (9) And I was once alive apart from the law, but with the coming of the commandment sin became alive, and I died. So, I found that the very commandment that was intended to bring life brought death! For sin, seizing the opportunity through the commandment, deceived me and through it I died. So then, the law is holy, and the commandment is holy, righteous, and good.”)

Some would agree with Jesus’ apostle Peter, regarding Paul’s letters being hard to understand and perhaps easy to twist. (See 2Peter 3-14-18, which reads in part, “just as also our dear brother Paul wrote to you, according to the wisdom given to him, speaking of these things in all his letters. Some things in these letters are hard to understand, things the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they also do to the rest of the scriptures.” verses 15-17) As always study the whole.

We realize coveting the belongings of someone else is wrong when we recognize God’s gifted commandment are for our good. (If there were no law giving Creator God each person would subscribe to and make their own self serving rules without regard for others, which is what unbelieving “hostile toward God people do.” Lets remind ourselves, Paul was a strict Pharisee prior to Jesus’ calling. Hostile to Jesus’ teaching regarding loving God with our whole being and one another as ourselves, “constituting the whole law of God.” It took Jesus’ calling and gifting Paul with His spirit to make him a believer IN the spiritual magnification of His law. Pharisee’s believed in strict law keeping for salvation. Thinking people were made for the law, “rather that Jesus’ teaching that the law was made for people.” After conversion, Paul was led to understand the laws spiritual intent and began demonstrating his love for the law’s whole purpose. So Paul asked himself about how this knowledge affected him.

(Romans 7:13-20; “Did that which is good, then, become death to me? Absolutely not! But sin, so that it would be shown to be sin, produced death in me through what is good, so that through the commandment sin would become utterly sinful. (14) For we know that the law is spiritual – but I am unspiritual, sold into slavery to sin. For I don’t understand what I am doing. For I do not do what I want – instead, I do what I hate. But if I do what I don’t want, I agree that the law is good. (17) But now it is no longer me doing it, but sin that lives in me. For I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my flesh. For I want to do the good, but I cannot do it. (19) For I do not do the good I want, but I do the very evil I do not want! Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer me doing it but sin that lives in me.” (Paul is recognizing his inherited fleshly sin nature.)

(Rom 7:21-24; “So, I find the law that when I want to do good, evil is present with me. For I delight in the law of God in my inner being. But I see a different law in my members waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that is in my members. Wretched man that I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death?”

(Paul was rescued from himself, “that is from the sin nature inherited from Adam that dominated him.)

(Rom 7:25; Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin.”) Paul was spiritually led to know his fight included overcoming that fleshly inherited nature and grow in the grace and knowledge of God.

Holy Spirit guides, giving strength.

(Rom 8:1-4; “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the life-giving Spirit in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and death. For God achieved what the law could not do because it was weakened through the flesh. By sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and concerning sin, He condemned sin in the flesh, so that the righteous requirement of the law may be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.”)

As long as we’re in this fleshly tabernacle we feel physical and mental hurts, but we know this fleshly life is temporary. We’re in this world but not of it because we now have a new outlook that’s spiritually shaped.

(Rom 8:5-11; “For those who live according to the flesh have their outlook shaped by the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit have their outlook shaped by the things of the Spirit. For the outlook of the flesh is death, but the outlook of the Spirit is life and peace, because the outlook of the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to the law of God, nor is it able to do so. Those who are in the flesh cannot please God. (9) You, “Believers IN” however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, this person does not belong to Him. (10) But if Christ is in you, your body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is your life because of, “Jesus’” righteousness. Moreover if the Spirit of the One, “God the Father” who raised Jesus from the dead lives in you, the One who raised Christ from the dead will also make your mortal bodies alive through His Spirit who lives in you.”) We’re converted - saved when God gifts us with His spiritual desire to be atOne with Himself and God the Son!

(Rom 8:12-17; “So then, brothers and sisters, we are under obligation, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh (for if you live according to the flesh, you will die,) but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body you will live. (14) For all who are led by the Spirit of God are the sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of slavery leading again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption, by who, we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit itself bears witness to our spirit that we are God’s children. And if children, then heirs (namely, heirs of God and also fellow heirs with Christ – if indeed we suffer with Him so we may also be glorified with Him.”)

In a previous study we considered, “why Jesus’ apostles didn’t include the Holy Spirit in their salutations with God the Father and Jesus Christ. No prophet nor apostle’s prayer ever included “in the name of the Holy Spirit. God’s gifted “Holy Spirit, comforter or spirit of truth” is gifted spiritual power He interacts, teaches and convicts our minds with, to love as He loves and hate what He hates; in other words, “be atOne with Him.” God can make His spirit visible as on that Pentecost after Jesus’ ascension. God can speak through and reveal through His spirit. His mind opening spirit is gifted to those He calls to be Believers IN, on a parallel with Abraham’s believing God. (Consider Galatians 3:26-29; “For in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God through, “gifted” faith. For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 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. (29) And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s descendants, heirs according to the promise.”)

(Rom 8:18-25; “For I consider that our present sufferings cannot even be compared to the glory that will be revealed to us. For the creation eagerly waits for the revelation of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility – not willingly but because of God who subjected it – in hope, that the creation itself will also be set free from the bondage of decay into the glorious freedom of God’s children. (22) For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers together until now. Not only this, but we ourselves also, who have the Firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we eagerly await our adoption, the redemption of our bodies. “Our resurrection.” For in hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen, “believed IN” is not hope, because who hopes for what he sees, “believes IN?” But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with endurance.”)

All aging things are in a gradual state of decay. Redemption of our bodies looks forward to when there’ll be no more decay.

(Rom 8::26 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness, for we do not know how we should pray, but the Spirit itself intercedes for us with inexpressible groanings. And it searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes on behalf of the Saints according to God’s will. And we know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to His purpose, because those whom He foreknew He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that His Son would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And those He predestined, He also called; and those He called, He also justified; and those He justified, He also glorified.”)

God is all in all, does it all, is all knowing, the beginning and ending of all things. Jesus is the Alpha and Omega, the Creator. (See John 1:1-5, Col 1:15-20 and Hebrews 1:.)

(Rom 8:31-39; “What then shall we say about these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? Indeed, He who did not spare His own Son, but gave Him up for us all – how will He not also, along with Him, freely give us all things? Who will bring any charge against God’s Elect? It is God who justifies. Who is the one who will condemn? Christ is the one who died (and more than that, He was raised), who is at the right hand of God, and who also is interceding for us. (35) Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will trouble, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written, “For your sake we encounter death all day long; we were considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” (Quote from Psalms 44:22) No, in all these things we have complete victory through Him who loved us! For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor heavenly rulers, nor things that are present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in creation will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”)

What amazing faith! God’s Elect are alluded to at Isaiah 50:8, where the reference is singular, but Paul applies this to all believers IN. “We were considered sheep to be slaughtered” indicates plural.

Paul’s Calling, Teaching and commentary, chapter 15

March 25th, 2019

To: “Churches of God” Called to be Spiritual Israelites, atOne with Jesus. 3/25/19, God’s 13th month 18th day of Adar 2, 5779 until sunset.

Since Adam, the penalty for disobedience covers all procreated people. Even partially procreated Jesus. (Heb 4:14-16; Therefore since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast to our confession. For we do not have a high priest incapable of sympathizing with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in every way just as we are, yet without sin. Therefore let us confidently approach the throne of grace to receive mercy and find grace whenever we need help.) We each need the spiritual help that only God can gift.

(Rom 5:12-17; “So then, just as sin entered the world through one man ‘Adam’ and death through sin, and so death spread to all people because all sinned – for before the law was given, sin was in the world, but there is no accounting for sin when there is no law. (14) Yet death reigned from Adam until Moses even over those who did not sin in the same way that Adam (who is a type of the coming One) transgressed. But the gracious gift is not like the transgression. For if the many died through the transgression of the one man, ‘Adam’ how much more did the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the One man Jesus Christ multiply to the many! And the gift is not like the one who sinned. For judgment, resulting from the one transgression, led to condemnation, but the gracious gift from the many failures led to justification. (17) For if, by the transgression of the one man, death reigned through the one, how much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ!?”)

We all inherited Adam’s sin nature, “that lets us do what seems right to our fleshly humanity, independent of God’s loving rule of law.” The result of that lawless, “sin nature” is eternal death. (So, what needs to be repented of? What needs to be turned from? Our inherited nature!) Blood sacrifices from Adam’s time, looked forward to “Creator, life giver Jesus’” shed blood for the remission of sin. (Adam, Eve and Cain’s disobediences is recorded for our learning.) It’s recorded that Abel’s blood still speaks to us. Think on that.

Jesus knew hostile people’s rationale regarding obedience. (Matt 23:34-36; “For this reason I am sending you prophets and wise men and experts in the law, some of whom you will kill and crucify, and some you will flog in your synagogues and pursue from town to town, so that on you will come all the righteous blood shed on earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah son of Barachiah, whom you murdered between the temple and the altar. (36) I tell you the truth, this generation will be held responsible for all these things! Judgment on Israel: Matt 23:37-38; “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those who are sent to you! How often I have longed to gather your children together as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you would have none of it! Look, your house is left to you desolate! For I tell you, you will not see Me from now until you say, ‘Blessed is the One who comes in the name of the Lord!’”

(Rom 5:18-21; “Consequently, just as condemnation for all people came through one transgression, so too through the one righteous act came righteousness leading to life for all people. For just as through the disobedience of the one man ‘Adam’ many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of one man ‘Jesus’ many will be made righteous. (20) Now the law came in so that the transgression may increase, but where sin increased, grace multiplied all the more, so that just as sin reigned in death, so also grace will reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”) The only route to eternal life is through Jesus. We’ll review Paul explaining this when we study, Philippians and Ephesians.

All must ultimately turn from the inherited from Adam lawless nature.

(Rom 6:1-4; “What shall we say then? Are we to remain in sin so that grace may increase? Absolutely not! How can we who died to sin still live in it? Or do you not know that as many as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? Therefore we, “Believers IN” have been buried with Him through baptism into death, in order that just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too may live a new life.”)

Believing IN is demonstrating a discontinuance of willfully sinning and turn to loving God’s Way. Possible through the supernatural imputation of the spirit of truth to our minds, Jesus refers to this miracle as, “being born from above.” That doesn’t mean, “we never sin again” it does mean, “with holy spirit’s help, we stop willfully committing what’s lawless in His View. Turn from behaviors He disapproves of. Once “born from above” “born again” and Jesus’ nature imputed, we aren’t considered sinners in His view.

(Rom 6:5-11; “For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, we will certainly also be united in the likeness of His resurrection. We know that our old man “nature” was crucified with Him so that the body of sin would no longer dominate us, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. (For someone who has died has been freed from sin.) (8) “Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with Him. We know that since Christ has been raised from the dead, he is never going to die again; death no longer has mastery over Him. (10) For the death He died, He died to sin once for all, but the life He lives, He lives to God. So you too consider yourselves dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus.”) When born from above Lawlessness toward our Creator no longer dominates.

(Rom 6:12-14; “Therefore do not let sin reign, “dominate” in your mortal body so that you obey its desires and do not present your members to sin as instruments to be used for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who are alive from the dead and your members to God as instruments to be used for righteousness. For sin will have no mastery over you, because you are not under law but under grace.”) God’s grace is; according to our English dictionary: “the capacity to tolerate, accommodate, or forgive: with God its more.

Believers IN are enslaved to God’s Righteousness. Thus in each apostle’s salutation, they introduce themselves as slaves.

(Rom 6:15-23; “What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? Absolutely not! Do you not know that if you present yourselves as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one you obey, either of sin resulting in death, or obedience resulting in righteousness? But thanks be to God that though you were slaves to sin, you obeyed from the heart that pattern of teaching you were entrusted to, and having been freed from sin, you became enslaved to righteousness. (I am speaking in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh.) For just as you once presented your members as slaves to impurity and lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness leading to sanctification. For when you were slaves of sin, you were free with regard to righteousness. (21) So what benefit did you then reap from those things that you are now ashamed of? For the end, “result” of those things is death. But now, freed from sin and enslaved to God, you have your benefit leading to sanctification and the end, “result” is eternal life. For the payoff, “result” of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”)

So how is it that all major religions teach some form of Satan’s lie regarding immortality? He said “Surely you’ll not die, for God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will open and you will be like divine beings who know good and evil.” (Genesis 3:)

Believers’ relationship to the Law; (Romans 7:1-6; “Or do you not know, brothers and sisters (for I am speaking to those who know the law) that the law is lord over a person as long as he lives? For a married woman is bound by law to her husband as long as he lives, but if her husband dies she is released from the law of the marriage. (3) So then, if she is joined to another man while her husband is alive, she will be called an adulteress. But if her husband dies, she is free from that law and if she is joined to another man, she is not an adulteress. So, my brothers and sisters, you also died to the law through the body of Christ, so that you could be joined to another, to the One who was raised from the dead, to bear fruit to God. (5) For when we were in the flesh, the sinful desires aroused by the law were active in the members of our body to bear fruit for death. But now we ‘Believers IN Jesus’ have been released from the law, because we have ‘spiritually’ died to what controlled us, so that we may serve in the new life of the Spirit and not under the old written code.”) Likewise the covenant Testator ‘Jesus’ died to free we Believers IN Him from the penalty of eternal death, law breaking imposed.

(Hebrews 9:15-27; And so He ‘the resurrected Jesus’ is the mediator of a new covenant, so that those who are called may receive the eternal inheritance He has promised, since He died to set them free from the violations committed under the first covenant. (16) For where there is a will, the death of the one who made it must be proven. For a will takes effect only at death, since it carries no force while the one who made it is alive. So even the first covenant was inaugurated with blood. For when Moses had spoken every command to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of calves and goats with water and scarlet wool and hyssop and sprinkled both the book itself and all the people, and said, “This is the blood of the covenant that God has commanded you to keep.” And both the tabernacle and all the utensils of worship he likewise sprinkled with blood. Indeed according to the law almost everything was purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness. (23) So it was necessary for the sketches of the things in heaven to be purified with these sacrifices, but the heavenly things themselves required better sacrifices than these. (24) For ‘Creator’ Christ did not enter a sanctuary made with hands – the representation of the true sanctuary – but into heaven itself, and He appears now in God’s presence for us. (As Mediator) And He did not enter to offer Himself again and again, the way the high priest enters the sanctuary year after year with blood that is not his own, (26) for then He ‘Jesus’ would have had to suffer again and again since the foundation of the world. But now He has appeared once for all at the consummation of the ages to put away sin by His sacrifice. (27) And just as people are appointed to die once, and then to face judgment, so also, after Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many, to those who eagerly await Him He will appear a second time, not to bear sin but to bring salvation.”)

The miracle of being born from above, the spirit of truth imputed, produces a genuine love for the spiritual intent of God’s law.