To 34,181 subscribers to Original Jerusalem Church of God Teaching. 10/26/21, God’s 9th Mo. Cheshvan 20, 5,782
Few know the origin of their faith. To: 11,339 People being made temples of His spirit: Churches of God. 6/11/18, God’s 3rd month, Sivan 27, 5778 until sunset. Jewish Rabbi “Mark Gellman” writes the “God Squad” a column carried by many news papers. “God Squad” was started by Gellman and a now deceased priest; together they “tried to be all things to all people. careful not to offend.” Gellman’s column this week addressed the Jewish perspective regarding “does a human develop a soul?” A subject he probably wouldn’t have addressed when he was partnered. (Following is a shortened version.)Aristotle put forth the single greatest misunderstanding of the Hebrew Bible; “writing that all people have an indwelling component called a SOUL that never dies.’ Not true; people are created by God with what’s called in the Hebrew language, “nefish.” (Nefish is what God breathed into Adam, making him alive when he was but a lump of red earth.) This nefish isn’t a soul that lives beyond the death of the body, ‘it’s the God breathed breath of life.’ (When the body dies nefish dies.)(Our “nefish-less” body dies and returns to earth.) (Dust to dust ashes to ashes, my words.) Satan was way ahead of Aristotle, telling Eve, “God knows when you partake of the forbidden fruit, you will be divine, knowing good and evil.” Having ideas of a ‘soul body’ separation causes many divisionary problems.
Aristotle promoted this error in the year 333 BEC when teaching his ideas regarding matter. (The Rabbis of post biblical Judaism in the Talmud immediately codified this Aristotelian dualism.) Aristotelians/rabbinic teaching entered Christianity and later Islam and is the central part of the theology of all three Abrahamic faiths. (Others have similar doctrines.)
Gellman’s summation is; “we are clay and pieces of God.” On days you’re depressed, remember you are a piece of God. On days you think you’re God’s gift to the world remember that you’re basically “just mud with fingernails.” (Had Gellman explained Satan’s lies to Eve and if he were a believer in Jesus: “he would have explained that, “immortality is only gifted through Jesus’ life, and it was the Lord God, “Jesus” commanding Adam and Eve not to partake of the fruit on the tree in the middle of the orchard, less they die.) It was a loving command for their own good.
It was the Lord God “Jesus” who gave Moses the ten commandments and oracles regarding farming, caring for the less fortunate, child rearing and the family unite for their own good. Renown individuals with scholarly degrees and charismatic personalities set up organizations; used Jesus’ name with a mix of pagan customs to make themselves shepherds to the naïve. In 322 A.D. Emperor Constantine of Rome was converted to this religious mixture of paganism and Judaism. (With governmental authority Constantine enforced Catholicism on Rome and a big part of Europe, which developed into the Holy Roman Empire.) The ancient Roman language, “Latin” was popularized throughout Rome and its empire. (Adopted in medieval Europe as the language of education, culture, religion, and government.) Later becoming a romantic language developed from Vulgar “crude - tasteless” Latin. (It’s prominence during those medieval times, led to Latin-derived words entering vocabularies of other European languages.) The holy Roman empire experienced the fastest and territorial growth ever. Many books were outlawed in effort to control the populations. People refusing to convert were persecuted and killed. Their hold began to splinter when Catholicism’s authority began to be questioned by the likes of Martin Luther.
(When Martin Luther penned his theses, “the English Reformation was born” and with the backing of king Henry VIII was popularized. Called the Protestant Reformation.) This 16th century religious, political, intellectual, and cultural upheaval splintered the holy Roman empire. (That splintering opened the way for deceived and divided denominations.) People developed grandeur agendas, “their way” cults.” (Teaching, “Jesus is the Christ” and deceive the many; using Jesus’ name but not believing IN His message.) His message is, “The Way” not “a way” and all who aren’t led to know it are deceived.
Jesus said it, (Matt 24:24 “For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.”) Jesus’ words are clear, “only The Elect, will not be deceived.” Jesus’ followers are a called, “His Way People” and first called Christian in Antioch.”
(Acts 11:25-26; Then Barnabas departed for Tarsus to look for Saul, and when he found him, he brought him to Antioch. So, for a whole year, Barnabas and Saul met with the church and taught a significant number of people. Now it was in Antioch that the disciples were first called Christians.)
Jesus’ apostles were selected to carry His message to the world. His apostle Paul was selected to take His message to the Israelites, kings and gentiles. (He wrote at, Ephesians 2:18-22; Through Jesus we both have access in one Spirit to the Father. So then you are no longer foreigners and non-citizens, but you, “gentiles” 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.) Peter also taught that God’s called are chosen, Saints and a royal priesthood.
(1Peter 2:4-10; So as you come to Him, a living stone rejected by men but chosen and priceless in God’s sight, you yourselves, as living stones, are built up as a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood and to offer spiritual sacrifices that are acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. For it says in scripture, “Look, I lay in Zion a stone, a chosen and priceless cornerstone, and whoever believes IN Him will never be put to shame.” (Quote from Isaiah,) So you who believe see His value, but for those who do not believe, the stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone, and a stumbling-stone and a rock to trip over. (Quote Isaiah 8:14) They stumble because they disobey The Word, as they were destined to do. But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people of His own, so that yu may proclaim the virtues of the One who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light. You once were not a people, but now you are God’s people. You were shown no mercy, but now you have received mercy.) Peter taught that every true follower of Jesus was in fact a priest! People proclaiming a different message were destined to do so!
(John 10:14-18; I, “Jesus” 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.”) Not from this sheepfold? Jesus will bring some who lived before and some who will live again. Paul explains.
(1Corinthians 15:21-23; 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.)
(John 10:19; A sharp division took place among the Jewish people because of these words. Many of them were saying, “He is possessed by a demon and has lost his mind! Why do you listen to Him?” Others said, “These are not the words of someone possessed by a demon. A demon cannot cause the blind to see, can it?)
Instantiations’ miracles prove Jesus to be Creator and re-Creator. Today’s science community calls it a miracle, “that a small camera can flash images to the eye’s retina and make sight possible to the blind.” Our Creator made the eye, and this “blind from birth man’s eyes were made totally perfect.” Believing IN Jesus’ miracles is, “knowing faith.”
(John 10:22-26; Then came the feast of the Dedication in Jerusalem. It was winter, and Jesus was walking in the temple area in Solomon’s Portico. The Jewish leaders surrounded Him and asked, “How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly.” Jesus replied, “I told you and you do not believe. The deeds I do in My Father’s name testify about Me. But you refuse to believe because you are not My sheep.) (Jesus is saying, “If you were My followers you would believe!”)
(John 10:27-30; My sheep listen to My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish; no one will snatch them from My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all, and no one can snatch them from My Father’s hand. The Father and I are One.) (So, who has eternal life? Those who God the Father Calls and gives to Jesus. No one is born immortal.)
(John 10:31-33; The Jewish leaders picked up rocks again to stone Him to death. Jesus said to them, “I have shown you many good deeds from the Father. For which one of them are you going to stone Me?” The Jewish leaders replied, “We are not going to stone you for a good deed but for blasphemy, because you, a man, are claiming to be God.) (Christendom communities would condemn a Believer IN Jesus for saying of themselves, “I am a Saint.”
(John 10:34-39; Jesus answered, “Is it not written in your law, ‘I said, you are gods’? If those people to whom the word of God came were called ‘gods’ (and the scripture cannot be broken), do you say about the One whom the Father set apart and sent into the world, ‘You are blaspheming’ because I said, ‘I am the Son of God’? If I do not perform the deeds of My Father, do not believe Me. But if I do them, even if you do not believe Me, believe the deeds, so that you may come to know and understand that I am in the Father and the Father is in Me.” Then they attempted again to seize Him, but He escaped their clutches.”) Children of God inherit God’s nature.
(John 10:40-42; Jesus went back across the Jordan River again to the place where John had been baptizing at an earlier time, and He stayed there. Many came to Him and began to say, “John performed no miraculous sign, but everything John said about this man was true!” And many believed in Jesus there.)
Many were called and gifted to believe IN. Believing IN is to know we’re created by God for His purpose and know He’s making us in His image spiritually. Thus, our names are written in the Lamb’s book of life, and we will forever be with the Lord.