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Oracles of God, chapter 3

August 13th, 2022

To: 38,428 subscribers we pray God is making Temples of His spirit. 8/13/22, God’s 6th month, Av 16, 5,782

 The good news about Jesus and the kingdom of God was foretold by Enoch according to Jude. (Jude 1:14-19; Enoch, the seventh in descent beginning with Adam, even prophesied of them, saying, “Look! The Lord is coming with thousands and thousands of His holy ones, to execute judgment on all, and to convict every person of all their thoroughly ungodly deeds that they have committed, and of all the harsh words that ungodly sinners have spoken against him.) AND (Deut 18:15-19; “The Lord your God will raise up for you ’Israelites’ a prophet like me ‘Moses’ from among you – from your fellow Israelites; you must listen to Him. This accords with what happened at Horeb in the day of the assembly. You asked the Lord your God: “Please do not make us hear the voice of the Lord our God any more or see this great fire any more lest we die.” The Lord then said to me, “What they have said is good. I will raise up a prophet like you for them from among their fellow Israelites. I will put My words in His mouth and He will speak to them whatever I command. I will personally hold responsible anyone who then pays no attention to the words that prophet speaks in My name.)

  It was our Lord God ‘Jesus’ who had Moses tell Israel: (Exodus 19:4-19; ‘You yourselves have seen what I did to Egypt and how I lifted you on eagles’ wings and brought you to Myself. And now, if you will diligently listen to Me and keep My covenant, then you will be My special possession out of all the nations, for all the earth is mine, and you will be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words that you will speak to the Israelites. Israelites answered together, “All that the Lord has commanded we will do!” So Moses brought the words of the people back to the Lord.)

   The Lord said to Moses, “I am going to come to you in a dense cloud, so that the people may hear when I speak with you and so they’ll always believe in you.” And Moses told the words of the people to the Lord. The Lord said to Moses, “Go to the people and sanctify them today and tomorrow make them wash their clothes and be ready for the third day, for on the third day the Lord will come down on Mount Sinai in the sight of all the people. You must set boundaries for the people all around, saying, ‘Take heed to yourselves not to go up on the mountain nor touch its edge. Whoever touches the mountain will surely be put to death! No hand will touch him – but he will surely be stoned or shot through, whether a beast or a human being; he must not live.’

  When the ram’s horn sounds a long blast, they may go up on the mountain.” Now Mount Sinai was completely covered with smoke because the Lord had descended on it in fire, and its smoke went up like the smoke of a great furnace, and the whole mountain shook violently. When the sound of the horn grew louder and louder, Moses was speaking, and God was answering him with a voice.”) 

   A thousand or so years after the covenant of commandments was given, the same Lord God proclaimed through John the Baptist, Jesus Himself and apostles.

  (Acts 13:24-41; Before Jesus arrived, John had proclaimed a baptism for repentance to all the people of Israel. But while John was completing his mission, he said repeatedly, ‘What do you think I am? I am not He, but look; One is coming after me. I am not worthy, to untie the sandals on His feet! Brothers, descendants of Abraham’s family, and those Gentiles among you who fear Godthe message of this salvation has been sent to us. For the people who live in Jerusalem and their rulers did not recognize Him, and they fulfilled the sayings of the prophets that are read every Sabbath by condemning Him. Though they found no basis for a death sentence, they asked Pilate to have Him executed. When they had accomplished everything that was written about Him, they took Him down from the cross and placed Him in a tomb. But God raised Him from the dead, and for many days He appeared to those who had accompanied Him from Galilee to Jerusalem. These are now His witnesses to the people. And we proclaim to you the good news about the promise to our ancestors, that this promise God has fulfilled to us, their children, by raising Jesus, as also it is written in the second psalm, ‘You are my Son; today I have fathered you.’ But regarding the fact that He has raised Jesus from the dead, never again to be in a state of decay, God has spoken in this way: ‘I will give you the holy and trustworthy promises made to David.’) (Quote from Isaiah 55:3” (You are my son, ‘today I have fathered you’ is a Quote from Psalms 2:7, A promise of what the ultimate Davidic heir would be. For the English reader, ‘I have fathered’ makes clearer than ‘begetting.’)

   Therefore He also says in another psalm, ‘You will not permit your Holy One to experience decay.’ (Quote from Psalms 16:10) For David, after he had served God’s purpose in his own generation, died, was buried with his ancestors, and experienced decay, but the One whom God raised up did not experience decay. Therefore, let it be known to you, brothers, that through this One forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you, and by this One everyone who believes is justified from everything from which the law of Moses could not justify you. Watch out, then, that what is spoken about by the prophets does not happen to you: ‘Look, you scoffers; be amazed and perish! For I am doing a work in your days, a work you would never believe, even if someone tells you.’”) Quote from Habakkuk 1:5-7; defines the Babylon nation and its system that’s now world wide. The system of people doing what seems right to themselves.

   (Habakkuk 1:5-7; “Look ’Israel’ at the nations and pay attention! You will be shocked and amazed! For I will do something in your lifetime that you will not believe even though you are forewarned. Look, I am about to empower the Babylonians, that ruthless and greedy nation - people. They sweep across the surface of the earth, seizing dwelling places that do not belong to them. They are frightening and terrifying; they decide for themselves what is right.”

  The irony in Paul’s message iseven if someone tells you is that he’s now telling us that unbelievers, “face the peril of being scoffers” God is going to judge. (A parallel from Habakkuk and Paul is that Spiritual Israelites failed to see how Babylon’s system was rising to worldwide power, means perilous times and judgment for those sucked in by it. It is the system we live in today.

The apostle’s letters to is also Jesus’ good news.

  (Acts 13:42-43; “As Paul and Barnabas were going out, the people were urging them to speak about these things on the next Sabbath. When the meeting of the synagogue had broken up, many of the Jews and God-fearing proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas, who were speaking with them and were persuading them to continue in the grace of God.”) (Believing in is gifted to the called by grace. Reading and saying words, don’t make one a believer in the message, discernment is a spiritual gift.)

  (Acts 13:44-52; “On the next Sabbath almost the whole city assembled together to hear the word of the Lord. But when the Jews saw the crowds, they were filled with jealousy, and they began to contradict what Paul was saying by reviling him. Both Paul and Barnabas replied courageously, “It was necessary to speak the word of God to you. (Israelites) first. Since you reject it and do not consider yourselves worthy of eternal life, we are turning to the Gentiles. For this is what the Lord has commanded us: ‘I have appointed you to be a light for the Gentiles, to bring salvation to the ends of the earth.’”) 

   (Paul is alluding to the servant’s language at Isaiah 42:6 & 49:6.) When the Gentiles heard this, they began to rejoice and praise the word of the Lord, and all who had been appointed, for eternal life believed.”) (Appointed means ‘Predestined for eternal life’ and these had no problem with God’s commandments, nor His being all knowing, because the love of God was imputed to their minds.

  (Acts 13:49-52; So the word of the Lord was spreading through the entire region. But the Jews incited the God-fearing women of high social standing and the prominent men of the city, stirred up persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and threw them out of their region. So, after they shook the dust off their feet in protest against them, they went to Iconium. The disciples were filled with joy and with the  Spirit.)

  Jealously is a bad thing and prominent people normally think themselves above God’s pre-selecting and it is importance to people’s fleshy nature. (If God allowed His truth to magnify among today’s populous, to the degree that they’d leave organized religion, our lives would be in danger.)

  (Acts 14:1-7; “The same thing happened in Iconium when Paul and Barnabas went into the Jewish synagogue and spoke in such a way that a large group of both Jews and Greeks believed. But the Jews who refused to believe stirred up the Gentiles and poisoned their minds against the brothers. So, they stayed there for a considerable time, speaking out courageously for the Lord, who testified to the message of His grace, granting miraculous signs and wonders to be performed through their hands. But the population of the city was divided; some sided with the Jews, and some with the apostles. When both the Gentiles and the Jews (together with their rulers) made an attempt to mistreat them and stone them, Paul and Barnabas learned about it and fled to the Lycaonian cities of Lystra and Derbe and the surrounding region. There they continued to proclaim the good news.”)

Oracles of God, chapter 2

August 10th, 2022

To: 38,277 subscribers we pray God is making Temples of His spirit. 8/10/22, God’s 6th month, Av 13, 5,782.

We can’t improve on Jesus’ inspired teachings through His apostles. Jesus’ apostle Paul was inspired to define God’s love. (See 1Cor 13) May we accept, seek and apply His Loving principles to ourselves. Doing this honestly requires Holy Spirit guidance. Without this guidance, words roll off our tongues in fleshly mode from as our inherited (get way) nature desires. If our inherited from Adam nature isn’t miraculously altered God’s promised result is “eternal death. However, thankfully, God the Father through God the Son (Jesus) calls a people of His choice to repentance, changes their inherited fleshly nature to a new spiritual nature, one He refers to as “born again.”

   It begins with God the Father’s calling, revealing His Son Jesus and Himself through His Son. Revealing our self-serving nature as the “get way” and its ultimate result. This gifted belief leads to one’s desire to be At-One with God the Father and God the Son.

   Jesus who had eternal life with His Father and created all things, willingly became the prophesied Lamb of God, who’d shed His innocent blood for the remission of sins. Through His being spiritually begotten in the womb of a virgin Jesus inherited immortality in the flesh. From birth Jesus was also “born from above” “born again” or “fathering”. Jesus calls such spiritual recipients of the Spirit brethren, explaining how it come about 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.’ 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.)

   A like conversion was, gifted to Paul while in route to Damascus. Jesus inspired doctor, Luke’s writing in the gospel account titled, “Luke” and “Acts of the Apostles.” Dr. Luke was primarily a traveling companion of Peter and Paul. He tells of Jesus’ resurrection, appearances, ascension and then Pentecost when Peter explains what people were seeing and experiencing on that third annual Holy Sabbath. That Pentecost was a partial fulfillment of Jesus’ prophecy through His prophet Joel. That particular, Pentecost marks the birth date of Jesus’ New Covenant Church, a people who’d be “spiritual Israelites.” God’s chosen by promise a people, desiring to be At-One with Jesus and God the Father.

   Acts Chapter 7 is about persecutions, Believers IN Jesus being scattered, deacon Stephen’s sermon and his murder. Saul whose name, was changed to Paul was there condoning the murder. Acts 10: is about Peter’s being called to visit the home of a gentile, (Cornelius by name) about that family’s conversion and Peter selling the Jerusalem Church of God on the fact that, “God also calls out gentiles for His purpose and gifting with eternal life as to Israelites.”

   Under authority of Judaism’s High Priest, Pharisee Paul was arresting followers of Jesus, ‘while in route to Damascus to arrest more, Luke records.’ (Acts 9:1-22; Meanwhile Saul, still breathing out threats to murder the Lord’s disciples, went to the high priest and requested letters from him to the synagogues in Damascus, so that if he found any who belonged to the Way, either men or women he could bring them as prisoners to Jerusalem.

   (Acts 9:3-16; As he was going along, approaching Damascus, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?” So, he said, “Who are you, Lord?” He replied, “I am Jesus whom you are persecuting! But stand up and enter the city and you will, be told what you must do.” (Now the men who were traveling with him stood there speechless, because they heard the voice but saw no one.) So, Saul got up from the ground, although his eyes were open, he could see nothing. Leading him by the hand, his companions brought him into Damascus. For three days he could not see, and he neither ate nor drank anything.”

   “Now there was a disciple in Damascus named Ananias. The Lord said to him in a vision, “Ananias,” and he replied, “Here I am, Lord.” Then the Lord told him, “Get up and go to the street called ‘Straight,’ and at Judas’ house look for a man from Tarsus named Saul. For he is praying, and he has seen in a vision a man named Ananias come in and placed his hands, on him so that he may see again.” But Ananias replied, “Lord, I have heard, from many people about this man, how much harm he has done to Your Saints in Jerusalem, and here he has authority from the chief priests to imprison all who call on Your name!” But the Lord said to him, “Go, because this man is My chosen instrument to carry My name before Gentiles, kings, and the people of Israel. For I will show him how much, he must suffer for the sake of My name.”)

   (Acts 9:17-22; So, Ananias departed and entered the house, placed his hands on Saul, and said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you came here, has sent me so that you may see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” Immediately something like scales fell from his eyes, and he could see again. He got up and was, baptized; after taking some food, his strength returned. For, several days he was with the disciples in Damascus, and immediately he began to proclaim Jesus in the synagogues, saying, “This man is the Son of God.” All who heard him were amazed and were saying, “Is this not the man who in Jerusalem was ravaging those who call on this name, and who had come here to bring them as prisoners to the chief priests?” But Saul became more and more, capable and was causing consternation among the Jews who lived in Damascus by proving that Jesus is the Christ.”) 

   As with each person, particularly, those whose names are written in the “Lamb’s Book of Life” God knows each better than they know themselves. Paul’s lawlessness against Jesus’ Way people was bad, but “Jesus saw a moldable chosen instrument.” The remaining “Acts of the Apostles” chapters are mostly about Jesus’ gifted nature at work in His apostle Paul. Paul soon began realizing what he must suffer for having Jesus’ nature gifted to him and how disrupting people way of living was dangerous.

   (Acts 9:23-25; Now after some days had passed, the Jews plotted together to kill him, but Saul learned of their plot against him. They were also watching the city gates day and night so that they could kill him. But the disciples took him at night and let him down through an opening in the wall by lowering him in a basket.) (Followers of Jesus naturally have a loving and protective nature toward one another.)

   (Acts 9:26-30; When Paul arrived in Jerusalem, he attempted to associate with the disciples and they were all afraid of him, because they did not believe that he was a disciple. But, (apostle) Barnabas took Saul, brought him to the apostles and related to them how he had seen the Lord on the road, that the Lord had spoken to him, and how in Damascus he had spoken out boldly in the name of Jesus. So, he was staying with them, associating openly with them in Jerusalem, speaking out boldly in the name of the Lord. He was speaking and debating with the Greek-speaking Jews, but they were trying to kill him. When the brothers found out about this, they brought him down to Caesarea and sent him away to Tarsus.)

   As Paul communed with these apostles, they discerned through his gifted message that he was spirit led. Mature Believers IN, are gifted with a like insight(Acts 9:31; Then the church throughout Judea, Galilee, and Samaria experienced peace and thus was strengthened, living in the fear of the Lord and in the encouragement of the Holy Spirit, the church increased in numbers.)

   (Within about 40 years Jude was compelled to write about the apostasy he saw taking place, “a renunciation of the faith that’s now worldwide.” Soon afterward, believers IN were forced to flee from persecutions. The rest of chapter 9 is about Peter’s travels, Jesus healing Aeneas through Peter, people of Lydda and Sharon turning to the Lord, and Peter going to Joppa where, “Tabitha - Dorcas” had died, about Jesus resurrecting her to physical life through Peter.) See Acts 9:43. “So Peter stayed many days in Joppa with a  man named Simon, a tanner.”)

Oracles of God

August 8th, 2022

To: 38,258 subscribers we pray God is making Temples of His spirit. 8/8/22, God’s 6th month, Av 11, 5,782.

  Christendom is the combination of divided religions, claiming to be Jesus’ believers, it began with Roman and Orthodox Catholics, then trickling down through Protestantism. The vast majority turned from the Oracles of God, His calendar, commandments, and attributes that Jesus gave Israel for their benefit, to pagan Roman teaching and naming days of week for pagan gods.

  One would think Martin Luther would have had as much, ‘disdain’ for these wrongs as to the ‘one Pope error.’ Regarding Oracles of God, Jesus inspired His apostle Paul to pen, (Rom 3:1-4; Therefore, what advantage does the Jew have, or what is the value of circumcision? Actually there are many advantages, first of all, the Jews were entrusted with the oracles of God. What then? If some did not believe, does their unbelief nullify the faithfulness of God?  Absolutely not! Let God be proven true, and every human being shown up as a liar, just as it is written: so that you will be justified in your words and will prevail when you are judged.)

   Jesus knew entrusting the Jews with His Oracles would cause persecutions through the ages because doing so they’d not be able to conform to this worlds system of things. (Even in David’s time, groups persecuting Israel were named at Psalms 82:7-13; (In part their persecutors are the following groups: Gebal, Ammon, and Amalek, Philistia and the inhabitants of Tyre. Even Assyria has allied with them, lending its strength to the descendants of Lot. (Selah) Do to them as you did to Midian – as you did to Sisera and Jabin at the Kishon River! They were destroyed at En Dor; their corpses were like manure on the ground. Maatke their nobles like Oreb and Zeeb, and all their rulers like Zebah and Zalmunna, who said, “Let’s take over the pastures of God!” O my God, make them like dead thistles, like dead weeds blown away by the wind!”) Always read the whole, it doesn’t take much research to discover who these people groups are today.

   Oracles of God include His calendar, His holy seasons, weekly and annual Sabbaths. God’s 7th month will be in a few weeks; in it are 4 of His 7 annual Sabbaths. Beginning on August 28 is God’s 7th month, ‘Elul 1, 5,782’, it will be a new moon.

   At this point we need to consider how Jesus’ new covenant with His chosen is patterned after the old. The new covenant is spiritual, and the law magnified. (Two quick examples are Jesus saying, “I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to desire her has already committed adultery with her in his heart. Matt 5:28.” and at Matt 15:19; “For out of the heart come evil ideas, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander.”)

   The new covenant’s chosen are called to obey out of loving respect for their Creator and gifted with a nature desiring to be at-One with Him, not for gain or thinking themselves worthy, but knowing it’s by grace that they are called and saved. The change? The old covenant was with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, whose name was changed to Israel. The name ‘Israel’ meaning ‘God fights or fights for.’ Like Christians, God’s choosing Abraham, Isaac and Jacob had nothing to do with their deserving, but were chosen to be His people. So, Jesus’ new covenant is also with a predestined people with perpetual promises. With this in mind consider God’s oracles as being with a chosen physical nation and a chosen assembly of believers He makes His children; His Church of God.

   Paul wrote the Thessalonians’ with similar words, (2Thess 13-17; But we ought to thank God always for you, brothers and sisters loved by the Lord, because God chose you from the beginning for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and faith in the truth. He called you to this salvation through our gospel, so that you may possess the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Therefore, brothers and sisters, stand firm and hold on to the traditions that we taught you, whether by speech or by letter. Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father, who loved us and by grace gave us eternal comfort and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good thing you do or say.)  

   All in God’s seventh month, through the 22nd day. DAY OF TRUMPETS. Lev 23:24; On the first day of His seventh month is the day of Trumpets, you must have a complete rest, a memorial announced by loud horn blasts, a holy assembly. You must not do any regular work, but you must present a gift to the LORD. 

The Day of Atonement.

 The LORD spoke to Moses: “The tenth day of this seventh month is the Day of Atonement. It is to be a holy assembly for you, and you must humble yourselves and present a gift to the LORD. You must not do any work on this particular day, because it is a day of atonement to make atonement for yourselves before the LORD your God. Indeed, any person who does not behave with humility on this particular day will be cut off from his people. As for any person who does any work on this particular day, I will exterminate that person from the midst of his people! You must not do any work. This is a perpetual statute throughout your generations in all the places where you live. It is a Sabbath of complete rest for you, and you must humble yourselves on the ninth day of the month in the evening, from evening until evening you must observe your Sabbath.” 

The Feast of Booths (Tabernacles)

  The LORD spoke to Moses: “Tell the Israelites, ‘On the fifteenth day of this seventh month is the Feast of Shelters for seven days to the LORD. On the first day is a holy assembly; you must do no regular work. For seven days you must present a gift to the LORD. On the eighth day there is to be a holy assembly for you, and you must present a gift to the LORD. It is a solemn assembly day; you must not do any regular work. “‘These are the appointed times of the LORD that you must proclaim as holy assemblies to present a gift to the LORD – burnt offering, grain offering, sacrifice, and drink offerings, each day according to its regulation, besides the Sabbaths of the LORD and all your gifts, votive offerings, and freewill offerings which you must give to the LORD. “‘On the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when you gather in the produce of the land, you must celebrate a pilgrim festival of the LORD for seven days. On the first day is a complete rest and on the eighth day is complete rest. On the first day you must take for yourselves branches from majestic trees – palm branches, branches of leafy trees, and willows of the brook – and you must rejoice before the LORD your God for seven days. You must celebrate it as a pilgrim festival to the LORD for seven days in the year. This is a perpetual statute throughout your generations; you must celebrate it in the seventh month. You must live in temporary shelters for seven days; every native citizen in Israel must live in shelters, so that your future generations may know that I made the Israelites live in shelters when I brought them out from the land of Egypt. I am the LORD your God.’” So Moses spoke to the Israelites about the appointed times of the LORD.) (Moses wrote about a circumcision of heart being what God looked for and Paul addressed the spiritual application.

   (Romans 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 (Christian) who is one inwardly, and circumcision is of the heart by the Spirit and not by the letter. This person’s praise is not from people but from God.)  

 

The Good News according to Luke, chapter 22

August 5th, 2022

 To: 38,153 subscribers we pray ‘God is making Temples of His Spirit’, 8/5/22, God’s 6th month, Av, 8, 5,782, (Day 6 until sunset.)

    In the book of Psalms is the whole history of God’s chosen, past, present, and future, includes future deliverance and persecutors’ punishments. See   particularly book 4, it begins at Psalms 89 - 106, include 107 for additional overview.

   It was preplanned, (Creator Son of God Jesus) would be a fleshly human, learn from things He’d suffer, overcome temptations, die as the sacrificial Lamb of God, & be God The Father’s Christ. As the Testator, of the old covenant, His death would bring about the new. (Heb 9:11-14; teaches Christ came as the high priest of good things to come. A more perfect tent made without hands of this creation. He entered the most holy and secured with His own blood, eternal redemption for the believer. He offered Himself, without blemish to God the Father so those believing in Him could purify their conscience from dead works to serve the living God.)

   Heb 9:15-28; And so He 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. 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. 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. For 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. 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, for then He 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. 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 manyto those who eagerly await Him He will appear a second time, not to bear sin but to bring salvation.) (Consider that Jesus ‘the Son of God,’ is Re-Creator, Creator, Sustainer, Deliverer, Mediator and coming King of Kings, He shed His own blood so our sins could be remitted and we could inherit eternal life.) (Now back to Luke, it was still the 14th day of Nisan about noon and darkness came over the whole land.)

   Luke 23:44-49; It was now about noon and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon, because the sun’s light failed. The temple curtain was torn in two. (The curtain separating the holy of holiest.) Then Jesus, calling out with a loud voice, said, “Father, into your hands I commit My spirit!” And after He said this, He breathed His last. “Now when the centurion saw what had happened, he praised God and said, “Certainly this man was innocent!” And all the crowds that had assembled for this spectacle, when they saw what had taken place, returned home beating their breasts. And all those who knew Jesus stood at a distance, and the women who had followed Him from Galilee saw these things.)

Jesus’ Burial — Luke 23:50-56; “Now there was a man named Joseph who was a member of the council, a good and righteous man. (He had not consented to their plan and action.) He was from the Judean town of Arimathea and was looking forward to the kingdom of God. He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then he took it down, wrapped it in a linen cloth, and placed it in a tomb cut out of the rock, where no one had yet been buried. It was the day of preparation, (Still the 14th) and the Sabbath was beginning, (The 15th of Nisan, God’s first annual Sabbath) was about to begin. (Days before weekly and annual Sabbaths are preparation days.) The women who had accompanied Jesus from Galilee followed, and they saw the tomb and how His body was laid in it. Then they returned and prepared aromatic spices and perfumes.) (As commanded, ‘on the 15th day of Nisan’, annual  Sabbath they rested.)

   (So called, good Friday, Easter Sunday practices are to accommodate sun god worshipers, the god of fertility and other paganism. Perhaps the 16th day of Nisan fell on the first day of week that year: if so it would have been only two days after burial.)

   (Luke 24:1-12; Now on the first day of the week, at early dawn, the women went to the tomb, taking the aromatic spices they had prepared. They found that the stone had been rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were perplexed about this, suddenly two men stood beside them in dazzling attire. The women were terribly frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here but has been raised! Remember how He told you, while He was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and on the third day rise again.” Then the women remembered His words, and when they returned from the tomb, they told all these things to the eleven and to all the rest. Now it was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the other women with them who told these things to the apostles. But these words seemed like pure nonsense to them, and they did not believe them. But Peter got up and ran to the tomb. He bent down and saw only the strips of linen cloth; then He went home, wondering what had happened.)

  (Belief IN and understanding of the scriptures had not yet been gifted to the apostles, Jesus would soon make that gift a reality.) (Luke 24:13-43; Now that very day two of them were on their way to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem. They were talking to each other about all the things that had happened. While they were talking and debating these things, Jesus Himself approached and began to accompany them (but their eyes were kept from recognizing Him). Then He said to them, “What are these matters you are discussing so intently as you walk along?” And they stood still, looking sad. Then one of them, named Cleopas, answered him, “Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem who doesn’t know the things that have happened there in these days?”  Jesus said to them, “What things?” “The things concerning Jesus the Nazarene,” they replied, “a man who, with His powerful deeds and words, proved to be a prophet before God and all the people; and how our chief priests and rulers handed Him over to be condemned to death, and crucified Him. But we had hoped that He was the one who was going to redeem Israel. Not only this, but it is now the third day since these things happened. Furthermore, some women of our group amazed us. They were at the tomb early this morning, and when they did not find His body, they came back and said they had seen a vision of angels, who said He was alive. Then some of those who were with us went to the tomb, and found it just as the women had said, but they did not see Him.” So He said to them, “You foolish people – how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Wasn’t it necessary for the Christ to suffer these things and enter into His glory?” Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets, He interpreted to them the things written about Himself in all the scriptures. So, they approached the village where they were going. He acted as though He wanted to go farther, but they urged him, “Stay with us, because it is getting toward evening and the day is almost done.” So, He went in to stay with them.” — “When He had taken His place at the table with them, He took the bread, blessed, and broke it, and gave it to them. At this point their eyes were opened and they recognized Him. Then He vanished out of their sight. They said to each other, “Didn’t our hearts burn within us while He was speaking with us on the road, while He was explaining the scriptures to us?” So, they got up that very hour and returned to Jerusalem.

  They found the eleven and those with them, gathered together and saying, “The Lord has really risen, and has appeared to Simon!” Then they told what had happened on the road, and how they recognized Him when He broke the bread. – “While they were saying these things, Jesus Himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” But they were startled and terrified, thinking they saw a ghost. Then He said to them, “Why are you frightened and why do doubt arise in your hearts? Look at My hands and My feet; it’s Me. Touch Me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones like you see I have.” When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His feet. And while they still could not believe it (because of their joy) and were amazed, He said to them, “Do you have anything here to eat?” So, they gave Him a piece of broiled fish, and He took it and ate it in front of them.”) —-  Jesus’ Final Commission.

(Luke 24:44-53; “Then He said to them, “These are My words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about Me in the law of Moses and the prophets and the psalms must be fulfilled.” Then He opened their minds so they could understand the scriptures and said to them, “Thus it stands written that the Christ would suffer and would rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance for the forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed in His name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. And look, I am sending you what my Father promised. But stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.) (Some 50 days later at Pentecost, Jesus’ apostles were expecting Jesus’ promise. — Then Jesus led them out as far as Bethany, and lifting up His hands, He blessed them. Now during the blessing, He departed and was taken up into heaven. So, they worshiped Him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy and were continually in the temple courts blessing God.) (Luke gives us more of his account in, “Acts of the Apostles” writing to Theophilus as he does in his gospel account. Remember Luke isn’t an apostle, but a believer who primarily accompanied Peter and Paul in their travels and teaching.

The Good News according to Luke, chapter 21

August 2nd, 2022

To: 38,121 subscribers we pray ‘God is making Temples of His Spirit’, 8/3/22, God’s 6th month Av 6, 5,782.

     The night of that Passover was exhausting for Jesus, His apostles and persecutors. (It was still the 14th day of God’s 1st month Nisan. Characteristically having things in common binds people.

    (Luke 23:13-25; “Then Pilate called together the chief priests, the rulers, and the people, and said to them, “You brought me this man as one who was misleading the people. When I examined Him before you, I did not find this man guilty of anything you accused Him of doing. Neither did Herod, for he sent Him back to us. Look, He has done nothing deserving death. I will therefore have Him flogged and release Him. But they all shouted out together, “Take this man away! Release Barabbas for us!” (Now this man was a robber who had been thrown into prison for an insurrection started in the city, and for murder.)

    Pilate addressed them once again because he wanted to release Jesus. But they kept on shouting, “Crucify, crucify Him!” A third time Pilate said to them, “Why? What wrong has He done? I have found Him guilty of no crime deserving death. I will therefore flog Him and release Him.” But they were insistent, demanding with loud shouts that He be crucified. And their shouts prevailed. So, Pilate decided that their demand should be granted. He released the man they asked for, who had been thrown in prison for insurrection and murder. But he handed Jesus over to their will.”)

    For many years afterward, gentile Romans particularly, used politics and unscrupulous leaders to blame and persecute Jews for Jesus’ death. Even before World War 2 Catholics in Germany were silent partners to Hitler’s persecution of Jews. In part because the Jews could not be converted to Catholicism’s pagan practices. (All sinners are guilty of killing Jesus with our lawlessness, by living according to what seemed right to our intellect.) It was preplanned that the Son of God die for the remission of the world’s sins! No one took Jesus’ life, He gave it! The Son of God died so Believers IN Him could have their sins remitted and inherit eternal life!

   Temple authorities, Sadducees and Pharisees wanted Jesus killed. This also fulfilled Jesus’ parable about the land owner who finally sent his son to redeem his portion of the land’s production. (See Matt 21:33-46)

   (Luke 23:26-31; “As they led Jesus away, they seized Simon of Cyrene, who was coming in from the country. They placed the cross on his back and made him carry it behind Jesus. A great number of the people followed Jesus, among them women who were mourning and wailing for Him. But Jesus turned to them and said, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for Me, but weep for yourselves and for your children. For this is certain: The days are coming when they will say, ‘Blessed are the barren, the wombs that never bore children, and the breasts that never nursed!’ Then they will begin to say to the mountains, Fall on us! and to the hills, Cover us!’ For if such things are done when the wood is green, what will happen when it is dry?”)

   Jesus could have explained; “If these unbelieving people persecute to this degree, think how severe they will persecute ‘believers IN’ at the end of this age, when Satan knows his time is about up.” Jesus was thinking about the future times He described in Matthew 24: “days just prior to His return, when Satan, ‘knowing his end is near’ will become more ruthless and go after followers of Jesus.” (Jesus said, “except those days be shortened, no flesh would be saved alive, but for the Elect sake, those days will be shortened.) (My words, see Matthew 24::22)

    (Luke 23:32-38; Two other criminals were also led away to be executed with Jesus. So, when they came to the place that is called “The Skull,” they crucified Jesus there, along with the criminals, one on Jesus’ right and one on His left. But Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing.” Then they threw dice to divide His clothes. The people also stood there watching, but the rulers ridiculed Jesus, saying, “He saved others, let Him save Himself if He is the Christ of God, His chosen One!” The soldiers also mocked Jesus, coming up and offering Him sour wine, and saying, “If You are the king of the Jews, save Yourself!” There was also an inscription over Him, “This is the king of the Jews.”) 

  What love, to have the attitude, “forgive them.” I think of deacon Stephen, who was stoned to death while the apostle Paul held the coats of his murderers. Stephen died saying, “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they’re doing.” (study Acts 7

   (Luke 23:39-43; “One of the criminals who was hanging there railed at Jesus, saying, “Aren’t you the Christ? Save Yourself and us!” But the other rebuked him, saying, “Don’t you fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? And we rightly so, for we are getting what we deserve for what we did, but this man has done nothing wrong.” Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come in Your kingdom.” And Jesus said to him, “I tell you the truth today, you’ll be with Me in paradise.”) I moved the comma in that sentence as it should be. Translators inserting punctuations according to what seems right to themselves. (Believing that people are born to live forever someplace is a demonic doctrine.) All worldly religions adapted some form of this demonic deception. (Study Gen. 3:) Jesus and His apostles taught “immortality is gifted through Believing IN Jesus.” (Satan and his followers are calling God a liar when they teach, “people are born to live forever someplace.” (Study - see 2Corinthians 11:11-15 & let’s review.

    (After Satan questioned Eve about what God said about not eating certain fruit, Eve responded, (“We may eat of the fruit from the trees of the orchard; but concerning the fruit of the tree that is in the middle of the orchard, God said, ‘You must not eat from it, and you must not touch it, or else you will die.’” Satan replied, “Surely you will not die, for God knows when you eat from it your eyes will open and you will be like divine beings who know good and evil.” Genesis 3:3-5) Worldly religions teach, “people as fleshly divine beings know the good go up and the bad go down.” The fact is, we humans don’t naturally know from within our fleshly nature, “what’s right, wrong, good and evil.” Such is our Creator’s prerogative.)

     Our Lord’s brother, “James” penned; (James 1:14-15; “But each one is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desires. Then when desire conceives, it gives birth to sin, and when sin is full grown, it gives birth to death.”) The devil was able to appeal to Adam & Eve’s fleshly instinctive desires, but Jesus revealed His truth through His apostle Paul.

   (Romans 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. (God’s law is “don’t disobey.”) 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, (eating the forbidden) led to condemnation, but the gracious gift from the many failures led to justification. 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!) Then Jesus’ apostle John was inspired to write Jesus’ own words.

   John 15:5-6; “I am the vine; you ‘Believers’ are the branches. The one who remains in Me – and I in him – bears much fruit, because apart from Me you ‘Believers’ can accomplish nothing. If anyone does not remain in Me, he is thrown out like a branch, and dries up; and such branches are gathered up and thrown into the fire and are burned up.”) As Jesus stated, “I can do nothing of My own initiative.” Neither can we believers IN Jesus, do anything of spiritual consequence except through Him.

    John 5:19-30; So, Jesus answered them, “I tell you the solemn truth, the Son can do nothing on His own initiative, but only what He sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does the Son does likewise. For the Father loves the Son and shows Him everything He does, and will show Him greater deeds than these, so that you will be amazed. For just as the Father raises the dead and gives life, so also the Son gives life to whomever He wishes. Furthermore, the Father does not judge anyone, but has assigned all judgment to the Son, so that all people will honor the Son just as they honor the Father. The one who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent Him. “I tell you the solemn truth, the one who hears My message and believes the One who sent Me has eternal life and will not be condemned but has crossed over from death to life. I tell you the solemn truth, a time is coming – and is now here – when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live. For just as the Father has life in Himself, thus He has granted the Son to have life in Himself, and He has granted the Son authority to execute judgment, because He is the Son of Man. “Do not be amazed at this, because a time is coming when all who are in the tombs will hear His voice and will come out – the ones who have done what is good to the resurrection resulting in life, and the ones who have done what is evil to the resurrection resulting in condemnation. I can do nothing on My own initiative. Just as I hear, I judge, and My judgment is just, because I do not seek My own will, but the will of the One who sent Me.”) We followers of Jesus have the same reverence toward Him, as He the Father, because we’re as One as they’re as One. We as branches of a vine are nourished by Jesus’ spirit in us, thus we can do nothing of ourselves.

The Good News according to Luke, chapter 20

August 1st, 2022

To: 38,033 subscribers we pray ‘God is making Temples of His Spirit’, 8/1/22, God’s 5th month, Av, 4, 5,782, (Day 2 until sunset.)

   When Jesus first sent His disciples on missions, He commanded they take no provisions, He was present and protecting. (Luke 22:35-38; “Later Jesus said to them, “When I sent you out with no money bag, or traveler’s bag, or sandals, you didn’t lack anything, did you?” They replied, “Nothing.” He said to them, “But now, the one who has a money bag must take it and likewise a traveler’s bag too. And the one who has no sword must sell his cloak and buy one. For I tell you that this scripture must be fulfilled in Me, ‘And He was counted with the transgressors.’ (Quote from Isaiah 53:12) For what is written about Me is being fulfilled. So, they said, “Look, Lord, here are two swords.” Then He told them, “It is enough.”) Jesus would die as a criminal, on a stake between two. When Jesus sent them out at first they were under His supernatural guidance and protection, but later as the likes of Jesus’ apostle Paul went out they had people’s help, we should go out prepared. Jesus’ principle of counting the cost applies in this age.

   (Luke 22:39-46; “Then Jesus went out and made His way, as He customarily did, to the Mount of Olives and the disciples followed Him. When He came to the place, He said to them, “Pray that you will not fall into temptation.” He went away from them about a stone’s throw, knelt down and prayed, “Father, if You are willing, take this cup away from Me. Yet not My will but Yours be done.” (Then an angel from heaven appeared to Jesus and strengthened Him. And in Jesus’ anguish He prayed more earnestly, and His sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground. When Jesus got up from prayer, He came to the disciples and found them sleeping, exhausted from grief. So, Jesus said to them, “Why are you sleeping? Get up and pray that you will not fall into temptation!”) Twice in these verses Jesus said, “pray that you not fall into temptation.” That too should be our concerns. Temptations comes from two fronts. (1) Our own fleshly instinctive nature wants its own way, which is naturally the way of get. (2) Satan is always on the prowl, wanting to deceive and tempt us to succumb to his devices. (See 1Pet 5:8) and Paul explains our opposition in Galatians.

    (Gal 5:15-26; “However, if you continually bite and devour one another, beware that you are not consumed by one another. But I say, live by the Spirit and you will not carry out the desires of the flesh. For the flesh has desires that are opposed to the Spirit, and the Spirit has desire, that are opposed to the flesh, for these are in opposition to each other, so that you cannot do what you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. Now the works of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity, depravity, idolatry, sorcery, hostilities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish rivalries, dissensions, factions, envying, murder, drunkenness, carousing, and similar things. I am warning you, as I had warned you before: Those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God! (Compare this Galatian verse to Rev 21:8 and  verses 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.”) Now back to Luke.

   Remember it’s the 14th day of God’s first month, likely before midnight. The next sunset begins God’s first annual Sabbath of the year. These times don’t fall on particular days of a week.

   (Luke 22:47-53; “While Jesus was still speaking, suddenly a crowd appeared and the man named Judas, one of the twelve, was leading them. He walked up to Jesus to kiss Him. But Jesus said to him, “Judas, would you betray the Son of Man with a kiss?” When those who were around Jesus saw what was about to happen, they said, “Lord, should we use our swords?” Then one of them struck the high priest’s slave, cutting off his right ear. But Jesus said, “Enough of this!” And He touched the man’s ear and healed him. Then Jesus said to the chief priests, the officers of the temple guard, and the elders who had come out to get Him, “Have you come out with swords and clubs like you would against an outlaw? Day after day when I was with you in the temple courts, you did not arrest Me. But this is your hour, and that of the power of darkness!”)

   Imagine Jesus having the mind to heal at such an hour. (The chief priest and supporters could only see Jesus as a disruptive man on a mission to dilute their power over people. What we need to understand is that all these things were preplanned. Jesus the Creator and Son of God preplanned the shedding of His own blood for the remission of sin. Jesus’ apostle Paul was blessed to understand and share Jesus’ deity as John did, at John 1:1-5.)

   (Colossians 1:15-20; “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. Jesus Himself is before all things and all things are held together 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 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.”) Hebrews chapter 1: teaches the same and one day all the world will know this truth.)

    While Jesus was praying; “not Mine but His Father’s will be done” His apostles were tired and sleeping. It was the time of His Passover, the 14th day of God’s first month. Earlier in the evening Jesus had set the new covenant precedent for honoring Him on His Passover. (He’s the Believer’s Passover. By His stripes we’re healed, by believing IN Him as He manifest Himself to be, we’re saved from eternal death to eternal life. (Study Isaiah 53, for this study’s purpose see verses 4-7.

   (“But He lifted up our illnesses, He carried our pain; even though we thought He was being punished, attacked by God, and afflicted for something He had done. He was wounded because of our rebellious deeds, crushed because of our sins; He endured punishment that made us well; because of His wounds we have been healed. All of us had wandered off like sheep; each of us had strayed off on His own path, but the Lord caused the sin of all of us to attack Him. He was treated harshly and afflicted, but He did not even open His mouth. Like a lamb led to the slaughtering block, like a sheep silent before her shearers, He did not even open His mouth.”)

   Jesus’ apostle Peter knew Isaiah 53: and shares his understanding. (1Peter 2:20-25; “For what credit is it if you sin and are mistreated and endure it? But if you do good, suffer, and so endure, this finds favor with God. For to this you were called, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving an example for you to follow in His steps. He committed no sin nor was deceit found in His mouth. When He was maligned, He did not answer back; when He suffered, He threatened no retaliation, but committed Himself to God who judges justly. He Himself bore our sins in His body on the tree, that we may cease from sinning and live for righteousness. By His wounds you were healed. For you were going astray like sheep but now you, (followers of Jesus) have turned back to the Shepherd and Guardian of your souls.”) Again, it was all preplanned.

   (Matthew 26:26-30; “While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and after giving thanks He broke it, gave it to His disciples, and said, “Take, eat, this is My body.” And after taking the cup and giving thanks, Jesus gave it to them, saying, “Drink from, (this cup) all of you, for this is My blood, the blood of the covenant, that is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. I tell you from now on I will not drink of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father’s kingdom.” After singing a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.”) (Keeping Jesus’ Passover represents belief IN Jesus’ Godly life, and shedding His blood for the remission of sin. It’s believing IN what Jesus accomplished by sacrificing His life blood; it’s only through Jesus’ sacrificing His life blood for many that sinners are saved from eternal death.)

   Jesus came back to Jerusalem for the purpose of keeping His Passover, “this particular 14th day of His first month.” Jesus knew Judas was conspiring to aid the high priest in arresting Him.

   (Luke 22:54-62; “Then they arrested Jesus, led Him away, and brought Him into the high priest’s house. But Peter was following at a distance. When they had made a fire in the middle of the courtyard and sat down together, Peter sat down among them. Then a slave girl, seeing Peter as he sat in the firelight, stared at him, and said, “This man was with Jesus too!” But Peter denied it: “Woman, I don’t know Him!” Then a little later someone else saw Peter and said, “You are one of them too.” But Peter said, “Man, I am not!” And after about an hour still another insisted, “Certainly this man was with Him, because he too is a Galilean.” But Peter said, “Man, I don’t know what you’re talking about!” At that moment, while Peter was still speaking, a rooster crowed. Then the Lord turned and looked straight at Peter, and Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how He had said to him, “Before a rooster crows, today you will (have) denied Me three times.” And Peter went outside and wept bitterly.”) Remember, Peter was not yet a believer IN because Jesus had not yet opened his mind.

   (Luke 22:63-71; “Now the men who were holding Jesus under guard began to mock Him and beat Him. They blindfolded Him and asked Him repeatedly, “Prophesy! Who hit You?” They also said many other things against Him, reviling Him. (It’s after sunset the 14th) When day came, the council of the elders of the people gathered together, both the chief priests and the experts in the law. Then they led Jesus away to their council and said, “If you are the Christ, tell us.” But Jesus said to them, “If I tell you, you will not believe, and if I ask you, you will not answer. But from now on the Son of Man will be seated at the right hand of the power of God.” So, they all said, “Are you the Son of God, then?” He answered them, “You say that I am.” Then they said, “Why do we need further testimony? We have heard it ourselves from His own lips!”) (The 14th of God’s 1st month started before their Passover meal. The first annual Sabbath was coming up and Jesus would be entombed before that sunset beginning the 15th and be in the tomb thorough the 17th.

The Good News according to Luke, chapter 19

July 27th, 2022

To: 37,868 subscribers we pray ‘God is making Temples of His Spirit’, 7/28/22, God’s 4th month Tamuz 29, 5,782.

Almighty God and our Lord and Savior Jesus: Thanks for Your callings, revelations and gifted discernments. Lead us away from boastfulness of spiritual comprehension and humbly give You the glory and thanksgiving. Give us the mind to fervently pray that Your kingdom soon come, that some prophetic events described in Matt 24 fail and some spared. In the holy and gifted nature of Jesus we pray. AMEN.

Faithfully watching, being alert and overcoming our inherited from Adam nature to the end is the calling of Jesus’ followers. (Luke 21:34-36; “But be on your guard so that your hearts are not weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness. worries of this life, that day close down upon you suddenly like a trap. For that day will overtake all who live on the face of the whole earth. But stay alert at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that must happen, and to stand before the Son of Man.”) Remember Jesus’ Words will be our judge.

When Jesus was delivering the Israelites through Moses. He had them put up a lamb or goat on the 10th day of His first month. Looking forward to when He would ride a donkey into Jerusalem on the tenth day of His first month. “Adar - Abib or Nisan” as Judaism calls God’s first month.” Jesus allowed Himself to be “hemmed in” as the sacrificial lamb to be killed. He was aware of what would occur on that 14th day at sunset and before the next sunset. (It was preplanned, and important to the Israelites to entomb before that 15th date annual Sabbath. (God’s set aside seasons and annual Sabbaths never fall on particular week days, thus the resurrection theory on first day of week is a fluke.)

(Luke 21:37-38; “So every day Jesus was teaching in the temple courts, but at night He went and stayed on the Mount of Olives. And all the people came to Him early in the morning to listen to Him in the temple courts.”)We have no need to know why Judaism gave God’s months names nor why they call God’s first day of His seventh month “the new year.” Next first day of His seventh month “Tishrei 1”  they count year “5,783” corresponding to Sept on the Roman calendar. (Study Leviticus 23) It has been about 5,782 years since Jesus re-created earth from the chaotic condition it had become  and created Adam. So, why should followers of Jesus be mindful of God’s calendar? Paul taught gentile Believers IN Jesus, “that God entrusted the Jews with His oracles.” (See Rom 3:1-4) Non-Israel groups had developed their own calendars, so it was important that followers of Jesus understand who God’s oracles were entrusted to.

(Romans 3:1-4; “Therefore what advantage does the Jew have, or what is the value of circumcision? Actually, there are many advantages. First of all, the Jews were entrusted with the oracles of God. What then? If some did not believe, does their unbelief nullify the faithfulness of God? Absolutely not! Let God be proven true, and every human being shown up as a liar, just as it is written: “so that you will be justified in your words and will prevail when you are judged.”) God’s calendar keeps Judaism and Christians mindful of His set aside seasons, “Sabbaths” and is a major reason why the hostiles to Jesus’ way hates both.

When Jesus instructed Moses about keeping the Lord’s Passover in Egypt, “His own sacrifice for the remission of this world’s sins had long since been preplanned, as were individual predestinations, the calling and saving through gifted belief IN Jesus.” (Every part of that preparation activity in Egypt foreshadowed Jesus’ own sacrifice as our Passover.) Christendom’s attempt to replacing God’s Passover with Easter is ludicrously disobedience, an abomination. (Review Leviticus 23:4-8)

(Exodus 12:1-11; “The Lord ‘Jesus’ said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, “This month is to be your beginning of months; it will be your first month of the year. Tell the whole community of Israel, ‘In the tenth day of this month they each must take a lamb for themselves according to their families – a lamb for each household. If any household is too small for a lamb, the man and his next-door neighbor are to take a lamb according to the number of people – you will make your count for the lamb according to how much each one can eat. Your lamb must be perfect, a male, one year old; you may take it from the sheep or from the goats. You must care for it until the fourteenth day of this month, and then the whole community of Israel will kill it around sundown. They will take some of the blood and put it on the two side posts and top of the doorframe of the houses where they will eat it. They will eat the meat the same night; they will eat it roasted over the fire with bread made without yeast and with bitter herbs. Do not eat it raw or boiled in water, but roast it over the fire with its head, its legs, and its entrails. You must leave nothing until morning, but you must burn with fire whatever remains of it until morning. This is how you are to eat it – dressed to travel, sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand. You are to eat it in hast. It is the Lord’s Passover.”) (All foreshadowing Jesus’ Passover ordinance, to demonstrate His humble loving service, gifted trust in His shed blood sacrifice for the remission of sin.)

(Exodus 12:12-15; “I will pass through the land of Egypt in the same night, and I will attack all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both of humans and of animals, and on all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment. I am the Lord. The blood will be a sign for you on the houses where you are, so that when I see the blood I will pass over you, and this plague will not fall on you to destroy you when I attack the land of Egypt. This day will become a memorial for you, and you will celebrate it as a festival to the Lord – you will celebrate it perpetually as a lasting ordinance. For seven days you must eat bread made without yeast. Surely on the first day you must put away yeast from your houses because anyone who eats bread made with yeast from the first day to the seventh day will be cut off from Israel.”) Yeast, a puffing up agent, likened to our own vanity of doing things according to what seems right to our fleshly intellect, “regarding what’s right, wrong, good and evil.” Putting yeast out is a physical reminder to put sin away and we’d be wise to eat unleavened bread during the seven days. Knowing God’s holy times are perpetual for His called people.

During Jesus’ time in the flesh, Israelites were coming to Jerusalem from all over, to celebrate God’s holy seasons. Before Jesus’ death His miracles and teachings were well publicized making more people than usual to come.

(Luke 22:1-6; “Now the Feast of Unleavened Bread, which is called the Passover, was approaching. The chief priests and the experts in the law were trying to find some way to execute Jesus, for they were afraid of the people. Then Satan entered Judas, the one called Iscariot, who was one of the twelve. He went away and discussed with the chief priests and officers of the temple guard how he might betray Jesus, handing Him over to them. They were delighted and arranged to give him money. So, Judas agreed and began looking for an opportunity to betray Jesus when no crowd was present.”) (We ponder, how Judas could not have believed IN Jesus as the Messiah, but Jesus was aware, after all it was He who prophesied Judas’ betrayal. Satan is a powerful enemy, and we know God allows him to be the god of this world’s populations until a set time.)

(Luke 22:7-13; “Then the day for the feast of Unleavened Bread came, on which the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed. Jesus sent Peter and John, saying, “Go and prepare the Passover for us to eat.” They said to Jesus, “Where do you want us to prepare it?” He said to them, “Listen, when you have entered the city, a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him into the house that he enters, and tell the owner of the house, ‘The Teacher says to you, “Where is the guest room where I may eat the Passover with My disciples? Then he will show you a large furnished room upstairs, make preparations there. So, they went and found things just as Jesus had told them, and they prepared the Passover.”)Likely it was the 13th day of God’s first month, planning the 14th Jesus knew the donkey would be waiting for His ride into Jerusalem on the 10th. Jesus knew the upper room was being prepared. At this point Jesus’ apostles were still thinking God’s government on earth was about to be established. But Jesus is about to establish a new ordinance for spiritual Israelites, “Christians.”

(Luke 22:14-27; “Now when the hour came, Jesus took His place at the table and the apostles joined Him. And Jesus said to them, “I have earnestly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. For I tell you, I will not eat it again until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.” Then Jesus took a cup, and after giving thanks He said, “Take this and divide it among yourselves. For I tell you that from now on I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.” Then Jesus took bread, and after giving thanks He broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is My body which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of Me.” And in the same way Jesus took the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in My blood.”) Followers of Jesus should assemble on the 14th day of God’s first month at about sunset and do these things in memory of Jesus’ life, death, and promises. “But look, the hand of the one who betrays Me is with Me on the table. For the Son of Man is to go just as it has been determined, but woe to that man by whom He is betrayed!” So they began to question one another as to which of them it could possibly be who would do this. A dispute also started among them over which of them was to be regarded as the greatest. So, Jesus said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles lord over them, and those in authority over them are called ‘benefactors.’ Not so with you, instead the one who is greatest among you must become like the youngest, and the leader like the one who serves. For who is greater, the one who is seated at the table, or the one who serves? Is it not the one who is seated at the table? But I am among you as One who serves.”) (Understand, at this point in Jesus’ apostles’ lives, they’re thinking fleshly. Later Jesus opened their minds and gave them understanding of the scriptures. Today’s professing Christians think they can understand spiritual scripture through fleshly intellect.)

(Luke 22:28-34; “You are the ones who have remained with Me in My trials. Thus, I grant to you a kingdom, just as My Father granted to Me, that you may eat and drink at My table in My kingdom, and you will sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel. “Simon, Simon, pay attention! Satan has demanded to have you all, to sift you like wheat, but I have prayed for you Simon; that your faith may not fail. When you have turned back, “strengthen your brothers.” But Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, I am ready to go with you both to prison and to death!” Jesus replied, “I tell you Peter; the rooster will not crow today until you have denied three times that you know Me.”) Jesus’ Words do not fail. His twelve apostles will be in the first resurrection, and the twelve tribes of Israel restored to former borders under their authority. He strengthened Simon Peter so he could strengthen others. Apostles’ thinking was elementary before His spirit was gifted. They didn’t realize until later, how instinctively fleshly their thinking was as they debated who would be the greatest etc. They and all people can’t grasp spiritual understanding until it’s gifted.

 

Good News according to Luke, chapter 18

July 27th, 2022

To: 37,867 subscribers we pray ‘God is making Temples of His Spirit’, 7/27/22, God’s 4th month Tamuz 28, 5,782.

   God’s uses numbering which are more precise, than any of man’s sciences. 5 is the number of God’s grace or goodness toward man: mentioned 318 times in the Bible. (5 offerings God commanded to offer on the alter.) (10 commandments have two sets, 1 of 4 & 1 of 6 = 10 - 4 toward God & 6 toward neighbor.) (The Psalms are divided into 5 books.) (5 books of the law also known as the Pentateuch.) (4 gospels plus Acts equals 5 or, the New Testament Pentateuch-revealing Jesus’ teachings concerning the Law and the Prophets.) (The apostle John wrote 5 books centered on the grace of God & eternal life. John 3:16) When these numbers are added (3+1+6 is 10 or 2×5=10. (New Testament Greek has 24 letters, however it has two forms of the letter (sigma ‘o’ & ‘c’, making a total of 25 letters.) (5 is the number of grace; 5×5=25, or “grace upon grace, See John 1:16)

   (Luke 18:1-43; Then Jesus told them a parable to show them they should always pray and not lose heart. He said, “In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor respected people. There was also a widow in that city who kept coming to him and saying, ‘Give me justice against my adversary.’ For a while he refused, but later on he said to himself, ‘Though I neither fear God nor have regard for people, yet because this widow keeps on bothering me, I will give her justice, or in the end she will wear me out by her unending pleas.’” 

 And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unrighteous judge says! Won’t God give justice to his chosen ones, who cry out to Him day and night? Will He delay long to help them? I tell you, He will give them justice speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?) 

The Pharisee and the Tax Collector. Jesus also told this parable to some who were confident that they were righteous and looked down on everyone else. “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood and prayed about himself like this: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people: extortionists, unrighteous people, adulterers – or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give a tenth of everything I get.’ 

  The tax collector, however, stood far off and would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, be merciful to me, sinner that I am!’ I tell you that this man went down to his home justified rather than the Pharisee. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but he who humbles himself will be exalted.” 

Let the Children Come to Me. Now people were even bringing their babies to Him for Him to touch. But when the disciples saw it, they began to scold those who brought them. But Jesus called for the children, saying, “Let the little children come to me and do not try to stop them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I tell you the truth, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child will never enter it.

The Rich Ruler. Now a certain leader asked Him, “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good except God alone. You know the commandments: Do not commit adultery, do not murder, do not steal, do not give false testimony, honor your father and mother.’” The man replied, “I have wholeheartedly obeyed all these laws since my youth.” When Jesus heard this, He said to him, “One thing you still lack. Sell all that you have and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” But when the man heard this he became very sad, for he was extremely wealthy. When Jesus noticed this, He said, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God! In fact, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God. Those who heard this said, “Then who can be saved?” He replied, “What is impossible for mere humans is possible for God.” And Peter said, “Look, we have left everything we own to follow you! Then Jesus said to them, “I tell you the truth, there is no one who has left home or wife or brothers or parents or children for the sake of God’s kingdom who will not receive many times more in this age – and in the age to come, eternal life.” 

Jesus Foretells His Death a Third Time. (No parable here.) Then Jesus took the twelve aside and said to them, Look, we are going up to Jerusalem, and everything that is written about the Son of Man by the prophets will be accomplished. For He will be handed over to the Gentiles; He will be mocked, mistreated, and spat on. They will flog Him severely and kill Him. Yet on the third day He will rise again. But the twelve understood none of these things. This saying was hidden from them, and they did not grasp what Jesus meant. (Until Jesus later breathed on them, opening their minds to understand the scriptures did they understand scripture.) 

Jesus Heals a Blind Beggar. As Jesus approached Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the road begging. When he heard a crowd going by, he asked what was going on. They told him, “Jesus the Nazarene is passing by.” So he called out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” And those who were in front scolded him to get him to be quiet, but he shouted even more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” So Jesus stopped and ordered the beggar to be brought to Him. When the man came near, Jesus asked him, “What do you want Me to do for you?” He replied, “Lord, let me see again.” Jesus said to him, “Receive your sight; your faith has healed you.” And immediately he regained his sight and followed Jesus, praising God. When all the people saw it, they too gave praise to God. 

 

The Good News according to Luke, chapter 17

July 23rd, 2022

To: 37,555 subscribers we pray ‘God is making Temples of His Spirit’, 7/23/22, God’s 4th month, Tamuz 24, 5,782, (The Sabbath until sunset.)

   Followers of Jesus know they’re the few, aren’t political but proves all things holding fast to what’s good. They know commentaries and news media folk have agendas; backgrounds based on educational philosophies, which are recognized in view of Jesus’ teaching. They see things through Jesus’ view which isn’t of this world.    

 God’s use of numbers is seen in creation and His Holy Scripture; example, number 6 is man’s number, his weakness, evils of Satan and manifestation of sin. Man was created on the 6th day and appointed to work 6 days. Hebrew slaves were to serve 6 years and be released the 7th. 6 is associated with Satan in his tempting Jesus. 666 is the number and mark of the Beast of Revelations 13. 6 symbolizes man’s system separated from God and under Satan’s rule in 2 ways; 6 divided by 2 = 3; man’s system is made of 3 parts, each separated by a 6: (1) man’s government under Satan, (2) man’s religion worshiping Satan, (3) & man’s economic systems under Satan. 666 is multiplied by 7 it equals 4,662, which depicts man’s complete imperfections under Satan. When these numbers are added across, 4+6+6+2=18, & 18 divided by 3=6.

    Jesus and Zacchaeus. (Luke 19:1-20:18; Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through it. Now a man named Zacchaeus was there; he was a chief tax collector and was rich. He was trying to get a look at Jesus, but being a short man he could not see over the crowd. So he ran on ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see him, because Jesus was going to pass that way. And when Jesus came to that place, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down quickly, because I must stay at your house today.”

  So he came down quickly and welcomed Jesus joyfully. And when the people saw it, they all complained, “He has gone in to be the guest of a man who is a sinner.” But Zacchaeus stopped and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord, half of my possessions I now give to the poor, and if I have cheated anyone of anything, I am paying back four times as much!” Then Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this household, because he too is a son of Abraham! For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” 

The Parable of the Ten Minas. While the people were listening to these things, Jesus proceeded to tell a parable, because he was near to Jerusalem, and because they thought that the kingdom of God was going to appear immediately. Therefore He said, “A nobleman went to a distant country to receive for himself a kingdom and then return. And he summoned ten of his slaves, gave them ten minas, and said to them, ‘Do business with these until I come back.’ But his citizens hated him and sent a delegation after him, saying, ‘We do not want this man to be king over us!’ When he returned after receiving the kingdom, he summoned these slaves to whom he had given the money. He wanted to know how much they had earned by trading. So the first one came before him and said, ‘Sir, your mina has made ten minas more.’ And the king said to him, ‘Well done, good slave! Because you have been faithful in a very small matter, you will have authority over ten cities.’

  Then the second one came and said, ‘Sir, your mina has made five minas.’ So the king said to him, ‘And you are to be over five cities.’ Then another slave came and said, ‘Sir, here is your mina that I put away for safekeeping in a piece of cloth. For I was afraid of you, because you are a severe man. You withdraw what you did not deposit and reap what you did not sow. The king said to him, ‘I will judge you by your own words, you wicked slave! So you knew, did you, that I was a severe man, withdrawing what I didn’t deposit and reaping what I didn’t sow? Why then didn’t you put my money in the bank, so that when I returned I could have collected it with interest?’  And he said to his attendants, ‘Take the mina from him, and give it to the one who has ten.’ But they said to him, ‘Sir, he has ten minas already!’ 

  ‘I tell you that everyone who has will be given more, but from the one who does not have, even what he has will be taken away. But as for these enemies of mine who did not want me to be their king, bring them here and slaughter them in front of me!’”

The Triumphal Entry. After Jesus had said this, He continued on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. Now when he approached Bethphage and Bethany, at the place called the Mount of Olives, He sent two of the disciples, telling them, “Go to the village ahead of you. When you enter it, you will find a colt tied there that has never been ridden. Untie it and bring it here. If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ just say, ‘The Lord needs it.’” So those who were sent ahead found it exactly as He had told them. As they were untying the colt, its owners asked them, “Why are you untying that colt?” They replied, “The Lord needs it.” Then they brought it to Jesus, threw their cloaks on the colt, and had Jesus get on it. As He rode along, they spread their cloaks on the road. As He approached the road leading down from the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of His disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works they had seen: Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest! But some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Him, “Teacher, rebuke Your disciples.” He answered, “I tell you, if they keep silent, the very stones will cry out!” 

Jesus Weeps over Jerusalem. Now when Jesus approached and saw the city, He wept over it, saying, “If you had only known on this day, even you, the things that make for peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes.  For the days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment against you and surround you and close in on you from every side. They will demolish you – you and your children within your walls – and they will not leave within you one stone on top of another, because you did not recognize the time of your visitation from God.” 

Jesus Cleanses the Temple.  Then Jesus entered the temple courts and began to drive out those who were selling things there, saying to them, “It is written, ‘My house will be a house of prayer,’ but you have turned it into a den of robbers! Jesus was teaching daily in the temple courts. The chief priests and the experts in the law and the prominent leaders among the people were seeking to assassinate Him, but they could not find a way to do it, for all the people hung on His words.

The Authority of Jesus Challenged. Now one day, as Jesus was teaching the people in the temple courts and proclaiming the gospel, the chief priests and the experts in the law with the elders came up and said to Him, “Tell us: By what authority are you doing these things? Or who is it who gave You this authority?” He answered them, “I will also ask you a question, and you tell me: John’s baptism – was it from heaven or from people?” So they discussed it with one another, saying, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ He will say, ‘Why did you not believe him?’ But if we say, ‘From people,’ all the people will stone us, because they are convinced that John was a prophet.” So they replied that they did not know where it came from. Then Jesus said to them, “Neither will I tell you by whose authority I do these things.” 

The Parable of the Wicked Tenants. Then He began to tell the people this parable: “A man planted a vineyard, leased it to tenant farmers, and went on a journey for a long time. When harvest time came, he sent a slave to the tenants so that they would give him his portion of the crop. However, the tenants beat his slave and sent him away empty-handed. So he sent another slave. They beat this one too, treated him outrageously, and sent him away empty-handed. So he sent still a third. They even wounded this one, and threw him out. Then the owner of the vineyard said, ‘What should I do? I will send my one dear son; perhaps they will respect him.’ But when the tenants saw him, they said to one another, ‘This is the heir; let’s kill him so the inheritance will be ours!’ So they threw him out of the vineyard and killed him. What then will the owner of the vineyard do to them? He will come and destroy those tenants and give the vineyard to others.” When the people heard this, they said, “May this never happen! But Jesus looked straight at them and said, “Then what is the meaning of that which is written: ‘The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstoneEveryone who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces, and the one on whom it falls will be crushed.)  

 

 

The good News according to Luke, chapter 16

July 21st, 2022

To: 37,693 subscribers we pray ‘God is making Temples of His Spirit’, 7/21/22, God’s 4th month, Tamuz 22, 5,782, (Day 5 until sunset.)

   Genuine and true followers of Jesus are led to know The Message and as such can’t be deceived, they’re Jesus’ Elect. He said the world would see demonic, miraculous signs to the degree that “if possible the Elect would be deceived. (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 Christendom denominations condoning one another’s doctrine, saying, “we’re all trying to get to the same place,” but Jesus’ apostles desired Jesus’ gifted faith.

    (Luke 17:1-5; Jesus said to His disciples, “Stumbling blocks are sure to come, but woe to the one through whom they come! It would be better for him to have a millstone tied around his neck and be thrown into the sea than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin. Watch yourselves! If your brother sins, rebuke him. If he repents, forgive him. Even if he sins against you seven times in a day, and seven times returns to you saying, ‘I repent,’ you must forgive him.”) (People through whom stumbling blocks come, are those teaching assumed doctrines. Denominationalist assuming the law and Moses is done away with for the most part.)

   (Luke 17:5-6; The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” So the Lord replied, “If you had faith the size of a mustard seed, you could say to this black mulberry tree, ‘Be pulled out by the roots and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.”) (Jesus’ apostles were asking for an increase in the depth of faith. But Jesus is speaking of gifted knowing faith. To believe IN Jesus faith is from God our Father’s calling.(Revealed faith, ‘knowing God’s will in advance is knowing faith.’ Such knowing faith was gifted to Jesus’ apostles at appropriate times after His ascensionAn example is at Acts 9:39-41.) Peter was in Joppa when Tabitha – ‘Dorcas’ died. They sent for Peter, so he got up and went with them. Peter sent them all outside, knelt down, and prayed. Turning to the body, he said, “Tabitha, get up.” Then she opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter, she sat up. He gave her his hand and helped her get up. Then he called the Saints and widows and presented her alive.”) Peter was gifted with knowing faith. Another example is Paul’s; See Acts 20:9-12; where Jesus set the example. (Luke 8:49-56; A synagogue ruler’s daughter died, when Jesus was told He said, “Don’t be afraid; just believe, and she will be healed.” When Jesus came to the house, He didn’t let anyone go in with him except Peter, John, James, the child’s father and mother. Jesus said “Stop your weeping; she is not dead but asleep.” They made fun of Him, because they knew she was dead. But Jesus gently took her by the hand and said, “Child, get up.” Her spirit returned, and she got up immediately. Then he told them to give her something to eat. Her parents were astonished, but Jesus ordered them to tell no one what had happened.) (Denominations attempt to conjure up faith; “a belief in images and organizations.” People gifted to know Jesus, know He has power over the physical, disease, life and death.)

   (Luke 17:7-10; (Would any one of you say to your slave who comes in from the field after plowing or shepherding sheep, ‘Come at once and sit down for a meal’? Won’t the master instead say to him, ‘Get my dinner ready, and make yourself ready to serve me while I eat and drink. Then you may eat and drink’?  He won’t thank the slave because the slave did what he was told, will he?) So you too, when you have done everything you were commanded to do, should say, ‘We are slaves undeserving of special praise; we have only done what was our duty.’”) So it is with people who’re gifted to be Believers IN Jesus! We’re born with a sin nature inherited from Adam, ‘born mortal inheriting eternal death.’ “When God our Father reveals Jesus and gives His gift of repentance, He fathers us with His nature, making us His Elect and heirs with Abraham.” Jesus’ apostle Paul was gifted to understand and explains to Jesus’ followers.

   (Galatians 3:23-29; ‘Now before Jesus’ faith came (gifted) 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 (was reveled), so that we could be declared righteous by (His) faith. But now that (His) 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, (immersed) 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. And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s descendants, heirs according to the promise.)  (Praise God for His love, planning and gifted understanding!)

   Most religions say everyone’s a child of God. (From a physical creative point of view, all belong to God.) However we’re not God’s spiritual children, (members of His spiritual family) until spiritually fathered, (that is until begotten by God the Father, through God the Son.) Such people are God’s church! “Spiritually born from above, recipients of His spirit.” Individuals He chose and imputed with a new nature. People in whom gifted faith is gifted. Before God’s calling, His revealing Jesus and Himself,  all are under the guardianship of His law. Meaning, (“God’s law defines what’s sin in His View.”) When called, God the Father, God the Son revealed and we turn from the way that seemed right to His way “we’re being saved.” A degree of His nature and faith is imputed. A love of God’s Way replaces the old love of self serving ways! A desire to please God replaces the desire to please self! A desire to be Jesus’ slave becomes priority in living practices. SO Jesus’ apostle Paul could exclaim to God’s called out people; “those in whom faith has come” are now, “children of God through faith.” Before our calling and Jesus’ gifted faith imputed, “we’re not God’s children through faith!” Paul explains. (Review Galatians 3:23-29)

   (Romans 5:8-11; “But God demonstrates His own love for us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, because we have now been declared righteous by His ‘Jesus’ blood, we will be saved through Him from God’s wrath. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, how much more, since we have been reconciled, will we be saved by His life? Not only this, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received this reconciliation.”)

   In parable form Jesus explained that we servants should expect no special praise for having done our duty. (Luke 17:10-19; “So you too, when you have done everything you were commanded to do, should say, ‘We are slaves undeserving of special praise; we have only done what was our duty.’” “Now on the way to Jerusalem, Jesus was passing along between Samaria and Galilee. As He was entering a village, ten men with leprosy met Him. They stood at a distance, raised their voices and said, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.” When Jesus saw them He said, “Go and show your-selves to the priests.” And as they went along, they were cleansed. Then one of them, when he saw he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice. He fell with his face to the ground at Jesus’ feet and thanked Him.    (Now he was a Samaritan.) Then Jesus said, “Were not ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Was no one found to turn back and give praise to God except this foreigner?) Then Jesus said to the man, “Get up and go your way. Your faith has made you well.”) (Apparently all ten were healed, the Samaritan was more blessed because he was gifted to humbly give thanks, perhaps called.)

   (Luke 17:20-35; Now at one point the Pharisees asked Jesus when the kingdom of God was coming, so Jesus answered, “The kingdom of God is not coming with signs to be observed, nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or ‘There!’ For indeed, the kingdom of God is in your midst.) (Referring to Himself as is clear in the next passage.) “Then Jesus said to the disciples, “The days are coming when you will desire to see one of the days of the Son of Man, and you will not see it. Then people will say to you, ‘Look, there He is!’ or ‘Look, here He is!’ Do not go out or chase after them. For just like the lightning flashes and lights up the sky from one side to the other, so will the Son of Man be in His day. But first He “the Son of God” must suffer many things and be rejected by this generation. Just as it was in the days of Noah, so too it will be in the days of the Son of Man. People were eating, they were drinking, they were marrying, they were being given in marriage – right up to the day Noah entered the ark. Then the flood came and destroyed them all. Likewise, just as it was in the days of Lot, people were eating, drinking, buying, selling, planting, building; but on the day Lot went out from Sodom, fire and sulfur rained down from heaven and destroyed them all. It will be the same on the day the Son of Man is revealed. On that day, anyone who is on the roof, with his goods in the house, must not come down to take them away, and likewise the person in the field must not turn back. Remember Lot’s wife! Whoever tries to keep his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life will preserve it. I tell you, in that night there will be two people in one bed; one will be taken and the other left. There will be two women grinding grain together; one will be taken and the other left.”)

   (Compare this text with Matthew 24:.) Jesus personally made a comparison of the times in both, “life practices in this age, are as before the flood and in Sodom.” No need to look for signs, we’re seeing them in people’s agnostic life practices.