To: In residence Churches of God. God’s, 9th month, Kisiev 6, 5,981. 11/22/20
Called out people have a responsibility to meditate on and prove God’s Way; thus ‘work out your own salvation with reverence.’ Such isn’t really our own but His. When we err He’ll do the correcting if we continue trusting Him, rather than some denominational entity. Jesus’ apostle Paul said as much.
(Philippians 2:12-18; So then, my dear friends, just as you have always obeyed, not only in my presence but even more in my absence, continue working out your salvation with awe and reverence, for the One bringing forth in you both the desire and the effort – for the sake of His good pleasure – is God. Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may be blameless and pure children of God without blemish though you live in a crooked and perverse society, in which you shine as lights in the world by holding on to the Word of life, so that on the day of Christ I will have a reason to boast that I did not run in vain nor labor in vain. But even if I am being poured out like a drink offering on the sacrifice and service of your faith, I am glad and rejoice together with all of you. And in the same way you also should be glad and rejoice together with me.) Remember Jesus’ instruction through Peter on the subject?
(1Peter 5:8-11; Be sober and alert. Your enemy the devil, like a roaring lion, is on the prowl looking for someone to devour. Resist him, strong in your faith, because you know that your brothers and sisters throughout the world are enduring the same kinds of suffering. And, after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace who CALLED you TO His eternal glory in Christ will Himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. To Him belongs the power forever. Amen.)
Expressing His love for each called out people, Jesus had His apostle Paul write.
(2Corinthians 11:12-15; What I am doing I will continue to do, so that I may eliminate any opportunity for those who want a CHANGE to be regarded as our EQUALS in the things they, boast about. For such people are false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ, and no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. Therefore it is not surprising his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness, whose end will correspond to their actions.) Satan wants people trusting any but Jesus.
Denominational religions attempt to discount the reality of Satan; naturally it’s what he desires. Jesus demonstrated His power over Satan, overcoming temptations and giving His disciples like powers.
(Luke 10:17-20; Then the seventy-two returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons submit to us in Your name!” So JESUS said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. Look, I have given you authority to tread on snakes and scorpions and on the full force of the enemy and nothing will hurt you. Nevertheless, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names stand written in heaven.)
Jesus spoke of snakes, scorpions and enemy as Satan, as evil spirits. Study Isaiah 14: in context of this New Covenant teaching. Many biblical scholars attempt to twist Isaiah’s message, seemingly not aware of Jesus’ teaching about the devil.
Jesus’ apostle John’s message includes knowledge of Jesus’ righteousness regarding His return and how those fathered by God the Father should live.
(1John 2:28-29; And now, little children, remain in Him, so that when He appears we may have confidence and not shrink away from Him in shame when He comes back. IF you KNOW that He is righteous, you also KNOW that everyone who practices righteousness has been fathered by Him.)
King James Translation uses the word ‘begotten’ rather than ‘fathered.’ Person’s born from above, ‘born again’ are fathered by God as they’re imputed with His spirit. They then become a chosen spiritual child of God. His spirit doesn’t possess, as in taking charge, but teaches by giving understanding and strengthen through spirit revealed teaching, giving opportunity to grow and overcome through believing IN faith gifted through God’s grace.
Jesus explains the result of the Holy Spirit’s work through His apostle Paul. (Galatians 5:22-26; But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Now those who belong to Christ have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also behave in accordance with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, being jealous of one another.)
CRUCIFY FLESH? Make the flesh submissive. The Holy Spirit reveals that we’re born selfish, carnal minded, sinful and fleshly; each need to be overcome. God’s calling reveals His showing or helping us recognizes our fleshly nature’s shortcomings, and this leads to hatred of what we see. Then God gives a desire to turn from the natural fleshly way, ‘that’s repentance.’ Genuine repentance is a gifted compulsion to turn from the flesh to Jesus’ Way. God gifts the desire to go out from the world as Abraham was led to do. The repentant mind understands.
(Ephesians 2:8-10; For by grace you are saved through faith, and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God; it is not from works, so that no one can boast. For, we are His workmanship, having been CREATED in Christ Jesus for good works that God prepared beforehand so we may do them.)
It’s not seeking out a suitable denomination or trusting one’s own intellect, it’s a God calling and revealing Himself through Jesus.
Writing to the called people who have repented, John continues. (1John 3:1-3; See what sort of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called God’s children – and indeed we are! For this reason the world DOES NOT KNOW US; because the world did not know Him. (Dear Friends: we are God’s children NOW, and what we will be has not yet been REVEALED. We know that whenever it is revealed we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is. And everyone who has this hope focused on Him, PURIFYING himself, just as Jesus is pure.)
God gifted HOPE is more than a human wish. It is an inner compulsion driven by a love of His Way. A supernaturally changed nature that changes our practice way of living.
(1John 3:4; Everyone who practices sin also practices lawlessness; indeed, sin is lawlessness.)
Some professing Christians think, because Jesus fulfilled the law they live above the law. Impossible, not only does belief in demand law keeping it gives the desire to keep the spiritual intent of the law out of love for the Law Giver. Not letter of the law as in worship of. That was a Pharisee problem and why Jesus corrected them.
(1John 3:5-6; And you know that Jesus is revealed to take away sins and in Him there is no sin. Everyone who resides in HIM does not practice sin; everyone who practices sins has neither seen Him nor known Him.) DOES NOT SIN. Should be translated, ‘DOES NOT PRACTICE SIN.’ Review 1John 3:4 above. It’s the practicing of sins that’s lawlessness. CONVERTED, born from above, fathered by God people don’t practice sin knowingly.
As stated earlier, God’s spirit doesn’t possess as in control. It leads as in giving His desire to overcome our fleshly nature inherited from Adam. Thus the repetitive teaching at Revelations 3: ‘he that overcomes to the end shall be saved.’
If we’re Believers in God and still want to call ourselves sinners, OK. However John is saying that Believers in Christians who stop practicing lawlessness toward God aren’t considered sinners by God. If we believe in God and have genuinely turned from our nature inherited from Adam to Jesus’ nature, we’re at one with Him.
(1John 3:7-8; Little children, let no one deceive you, the one who practices righteousness is righteous, just as Jesus is righteous. The one who practices sin is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was revealed; to destroy the works of the devil.)
Jesus’ calling is the revealing of Himself to a person’s mind so as think of Him as He’s manifested to be by the prophets, Himself and His apostles. Believers are led to overcome temptations, the inherited from Adam nature and works of the devil.
(1John 3:9-10; Everyone who has been fathered by God does NOT practice sin, because God’s seed resides IN him, and thus he is NOT able to PRACTICE sin, because he has been fathered by God. By this the children of God and the children of the devil are revealed; everyone who does NOT practice righteousness – the one who does NOT love his fellow Christian – is not of God.)
A paradox in this age is, ‘many Believers aren’t acquainted with another person of like mind. Many find themselves in a situation like was Abraham and Sarah’s.
(1John 3:11; For this is the gospel message that you have heard from the beginning; that we should love one another, not like Cain who was of the evil one and brutally murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his deeds were evil, but his brother’s were righteous.)
We should understand, from the beginning, unbelievers despise Believers. The jealous spirit of the devil entered Cain. Satan is the jealous evil one that rebelled against his Creator, and is still fighting against Him. Satan’s influence fills this world and God permits it for His ultimate purposes. One purpose being; our overcoming demonic influences is for our ultimate overall good.
From the beginning blood sacrifices foreshadowed Jesus’ shed blood for the remission of the sins of the world. Cain thought to himself that God should be pleased with his vegetable sacrifice. God was not pleased by Cain’s altering His blood sacrifice Way. Abel obeyed, making a blood sacrifice pleasing to his Creator. Cain practiced sin. Jealously of his brother was sin and murder that sin result.
John used this metaphor, ‘practice sin’ for our consideration. Human nature has not changed, we’re all born with a nature like Cain’s and Solomon’s etc.
Thinking fleshly; Nicodemus was confused about Jesus’ statement, ‘you must be born again’ so he ask Jesus;’ how can this be?’ Jesus replied, ‘I tell you the solemn truth, unless a person is born from above, he cannot see the kingdom of God.’ Nicodemus then said, ‘How can a man be born when he is old?’ He cannot enter his mother’s womb and be born a second time, can he?’ (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.’ 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. AS THE WIND BLOWS so is everyone that is born of the spirit.)
Who’s in control? God’s calling is according to His timing and purpose! The imputation of God’s spirit to a person is likened to the wind. We don’t understand how it enters.
(John 3:9-14; Nicodemus replied, “How can these things be?” Jesus answered, “Are you the teacher of Israel and yet you don’t understand these things? I tell you the solemn truth, we speak about what we know and testify about what we have seen, but you people do not accept our testimony. If I have told you people about earthly things and you don’t believe, how will you believe if I tell you about heavenly things? (No one has ascended into heaven except the ONE who descended from heaven – the Son of Man.) Just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness so must the Son of Man be lifted up, so that everyone who BELIEVES IN Him may have ETERNAL LIFE.) Jesus was resurrected and ascended to the right hand of God the Father, so that everyone gifted to believe IN Him, MAY HAVE ETERNAL LIFE. Only Jesus was born with immortality and only Jesus never practiced sin knowingly.