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Paul to the Philippians, chapter 1

September 24th, 2022

 To:39,783 subscribers we pray God is making Temples of His spirit. 9/24/22, God’s 6th month, Elul 28, 5,782. (The Sabbath until sunset)

   Next week will begin God’s 7th month, His third holy season, ‘Feast of Tabernacles.’ (Monday begins ‘Trishrel’ the 1st day and  Trumpets ‘Rosh Hashana.’ The day looks to Jesus’ return, the first resurrection, His bringing peace and righteous government.) (Atonement, ‘Yom Kippur,’ is 10 Tishrel, Oct 5) looks to Jesus’ followers being made One with Him, in His spiritual likeness, we’ll see Him as He is.) (Feast of Tabernacles ‘Sukkot’ means ‘temporary dwelling,’ 15th Tishrel, Oct 11, reminding us that our tabernacle, ‘skin’ is our temporary dwelling and a permanent spiritual tabernacle is our eternal reality.) (Great Day ‘Shmini Atzeret,’ 22nd Tishrel, Oct 17th looks to final judgment. See Revelations 21:8.)

  God’s church isn’t an organization that can be joined, it’s the family of God ‘fathered individuals,’ chosen, called and set aside ‘sanctified’ for His purpose. Jesus explained; (John 10:14-18; “I am the good shepherd. I, know my own and my own know Me – just as the Father knows Me and I know the Father – and I lay down My life for the sheep. I, have other sheep that do not come from this sheepfold. I must bring them too, and they will listen to My voice, so that there will be one flock and one shepherd. This is, why the Father loves Me – because I lay down My life, so that I may take it back again. No one takes it away from Me, but I lay it down of My own free will. I, have the authority to lay it down, and I have the authority to take it back again. This commandment I received from My Father.”) MATTHEW WRITES THE SAME. (Matt 7:21-23; “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter into the kingdom of heaven – only the one who does the will of My Father in heaven. On that day, many will say to Me, ‘Lord, Lord, didn’t we prophesy in your name, and in your name cast out demons and do many powerful deeds?’ Then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you. Go away from Me, you lawbreakers!”) ((Many other text teach us, ‘only the fathered by God, those born from above, are God’s family, His church.’))

   (Philippians 1:1-2; “From Paul and Timothy, slaves of Christ Jesus, to all the Saints in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi, with the overseers and deacons. Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ!”) ((Jesus’ New Covenant,-‘New Testament,’ is promises to His Saints. It isn’t with unbelievers nor divided Christendom. A better title for one who pastors is, “Overseer.” No pastor or evangelist should ever wear the title, “reverend” Jesus instructed us to call no person reverend. It’s worth noting too that no apostle ever included the Holy Spirit or Spirit of Truth, with God the Father and God the Son in their letters to God’s churches. Timothy was called servant and was made an understudy to Paul. Paul taught and considered Timothy as his own son.))

  (Phil 1:3-6; “I thank my God every time I remember you ‘Philippians.” I always pray with joy in my every prayer for all of you, because of your participation in the gospel from the first day until now. For I am sure of this very thing, that the One who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.”) ((Each apostle taught “God the Father personally begins and perfects His good work in each called Believer. Each taught “unbelievers are rebels to the cause of Jesus.” King David was inspired to rationalize with and prophesy against unbelievers, folks we’d refer to as Christendom today.))

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

   (Phil 1:7-11; “For it is right for me to think this about all of you, because I have you in my heart, since, both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel all of you became partners in God’s grace together with me. For God is my witness that I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus. And I pray this, that your love may abound even more and more in knowledge and every kind of insight so that you can decide what is best and thus be sincere and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ to the glory and praise of God.”) ((Jesus’ command to His apostles and followers is: “love one another, just as I have loved you.” Each Christian’s goal should be to increase in knowledge and every kind of spiritual insight, so, as to stand blameless in the day of Christ.)) ((We must understand God’s definition of sin. Through His revealing Himself, granting repentance, “forgiveness” and our turning from former practices of sin, then we’ll be considered blameless on that day.))

  (Phil 1:12-14; “I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that my situation has actually turned out to advance the gospel: The whole imperial guard and everyone else knows that I am in prison for the sake of Christ, and most of the brothers and sisters, having confidence in the Lord because of my imprisonment, now more than ever dare to speak the Word fearlessly.”) ((Divided Christendom don’t do this, Satan has them thinking “your truth is how you believe.” If we belong to Jesus as Paul, “we know things Satan may have intended to deceive, God can turn to a furtherance of the gospel. Believing in Jesus as He’s manifested to be in the holy scriptures, “was then and today a radical idea. Believing IN Jesus frees individuals from ‘people groups’ that make merchandise of others. Think of the persecution that would come our way; ‘if in large numbers people began leaving organized religions to follow God’s truths presented here.’ Paul was mindful of the nature in people that causes the many to desire leaders for wrong reasons. We need to go out from among such. Jesus had Paul explain to the Corinthians.))

   (2Cor 6:16-18; “And what mutual agreement does the temple of God have with idols? For we ‘Christians’ are the temple of the living God, just as God said, “I will live in them and will walk among themand I will be their Godand they will be My people.” Therefore “come out from their midstand be separate,” says the Lord, “and touch no unclean thing, and I will welcome youand I will be a father to you, and you will be My sons and daughters,” says the All-Powerful Lord.”)

(Phil 1:15-18; “Some, to be sure, are preaching Christ from envy and rivalry, but others from goodwill. The latter do so from love because they know that I am placed here for the defense of the gospel. The former, proclaim Christ from selfish ambition, not sincerely, because they think they can cause trouble for me in my imprisonment. What is the result? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is being proclaimed, and in this I rejoice.”) ((Paul considered it good that people were talking about Jesus. He didn’t condone teaching an imaginary Jesus, but mindful that if God were calling, they’d seek His truth. Many twist this scripture to support what’s popular and traditional while ridiculing the notions of absolutes.))

  (Phil 1:19-26; “Yes, and I will continue to rejoice, for I know that this will turn out for my deliverance through your prayers and the help of the Spirit of Jesus Christ. My confident hope is that I will in no way be ashamed but that with complete boldness, even now as always, Christ will be exalted in my body, whether I live or die. For to me, living is Christ and dying is gain. Now if I am to go on living in the body, this will mean productive work for me, yet I don’t know which I prefer: I feel torn between the two, because I have a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far, but it is more vital for your sake that I remain in the body. And since I am sure of this, I know that I will remain and continue with all of you for the sake of your progress and joy in the faith, so that what you can be proud of my increase because of me in Christ Jesus, when I come back to you.”) ((Paul was, “born from above” imputed with the spirit of truth “Holy Spirit” he had a new spiritual life and knew he was gifted with eternal life. His mindset was that he’d maintained hope in Christ to the end. Paul and all believers IN are gifted with immortality; know we’re not born immortal, that is ‘to live forever someplace.’ Because of Satan’s deception, various forms of a, “hell - heaven doctrine” has spread to all major religions. ‘Again see Revelations 21:8’ Paul knew he was gifted with immortality when he was “spiritually born from above.” Paul believed and taught the resurrections. Study 1Cor 15: for a refresher.  

Oracles of God, chapter 20

September 23rd, 2022

To 39,741 Subscribers we pray God is making Temples of His spirit, 9/21/22 God’s 6th Mo. Elul 25, 5,682

   Understanding who Jesus is as He inspired Paul to write at Col 1:15-20, Heb 1: John 1:1-4 and still think He’d authorize a Sabbath change is ludicrous. To know Jesus’ first miracle was to create aged wine from water and believe it a sin to partake of, is ludicrous.

   Paul’s love for newly converted gentiles is apparent, he pulled gentiles and Israelites together, “to be At-One with Jesus,” but when folks aren’t called and blessed with open minds, they selectively choose scriptural text that fits presupposed notions and what seems right to the fleshly mind. In my family is a preacher that’s anti-alcohol, I wouldn’t offer him drink because he’d likely be offended and correctly consider, “what’s not of faith is sin.” He and others seemingly don’t realize that followers of Jesus are heirs with Abraham and thus spiritual Israelites, so they have no problem eating unclean to Israel foods for the same reason and the same principle applies.

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

  God gave His chosen people laws and oracles to “set them aside” rules setting them apart from the hostile to God populations. Sabbath, keeping, circumcision, observe, ‘particular seasons’ ‘annual Sabbaths’ and animal kinds not to partake of. These sanctifications and blessings for a chosen people caused jealousy, adding to the hostility people had toward God. Even today, Jews are a most hated people because God has made them “custodians of His oracles.” (See Romans 3:1-4) (God doesn’t change; the same laws and oracles regarding how a set aside people should honor Him with obedience is valid today.) The same clean and unclean animal kinds God had Noah preserve, He also had His chosen sanctify, so the Israelites adhere to God ordained principles.

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

One day the whole world will understand that Jesus is the One who Re-Created a chaotic earth that had been previously flooded, from a darkness, with water covering the deep. After creating vegetation and planting a garden, Jesus created Adam, then Eve for and from him. Jesus revealed it to His apostles. (Colossians 1:15-20; “He ‘Jesus’ is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation, for all things in heaven and on earth were created by Him – all things, whether visible or invisible, whether thrones or dominions, whether principalities or powers – all things were created through Him and for Him. He Himself is before all things and all things are held together ‘sustained’ in Him. He is the head of the body, the church, as well as the beginning, the firstborn from among the dead, so that He Himself may become first in all things. For God ‘the Father’ was pleased to have all His fullness dwell in the Son and through Him ‘Jesus’ to reconcile all things to Himself by making peace through the blood of His cross – through Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven.”) See also John 1:1-5 and Hebrews 1: After Jesus opened His apostles’ minds to under-stand the scriptures, “they were able to teach Jesus from having been with Him and from the prophets’ writings.

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

(Rom 16:17-27; “Now I urge you, brothers and sisters, to watch out for those who create dissensions and obstacles contrary to the teaching that you learned. Avoid them! For these are the kind who do not serve our Lord Christ, but their own appetites. By their smooth talk and flattery they deceive the minds of the naive. Your obedience is known to all and thus I rejoice over you. But I want you to be wise in what is good and innocent in what is evil. The God of peace will quickly crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you.”) (Naïve folks find smooth talkers appealing to their fleshly intellect and in general, look to people with theological credentials.) “Timothy, my fellow worker, greets you; so do Lucius, Jason, and Sosipater, my compatriots. I, Tertius, “Paul” who am writing this letter, greet you in the Lord. Gaius, who is host to me and to the whole church, greets you. Erastus the city treasurer and our brother Quartus greet you. “Now to Him who is able to strengthen you according to my gospel and the proclamation of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery that had been kept secret for long ages, but now is disclosed, and through the prophetic scriptures has been made known to all the nations, according to the command of the eternal God, to bring about the obedience of faith – to the only wise God, through Jesus Christ, be glory forever! Amen.”) (God the Father, God the Son, all who have and who will believed IN are the family of God.)

Revelations of the mystery has, went forth to the nations ‘but the mystery is revealed to the few in this age.’ Paul uses the term, “revelations of the mystery twice” in verse 25 above and at Eph 3:3, so let’s study through verse 21. (Ephesians 3:1-21; “For this reason I, “Paul” the prisoner of Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles – if indeed you have heard of the stewardship of God’s grace that was given to me for you, “that by revelation the divine secret was made known to me, as I wrote before briefly. When reading this, you, (Believers IN) will be able to understand my insight into this secret of Christ. Now this secret was not disclosed to people in former generations as it has now been revealed to His holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit, namely, that through the gospel the Gentiles are fellow heirs, fellow members of the body, and fellow partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus. I became a servant of this gospel according to the gift of God’s grace that was given to me by the exercise of His power. To me – less than the least of all the Saints – this grace was given to proclaim to the Gentiles the unfathomable riches of Christ and to enlighten everyone about God’s secret plan – a secret that has been hidden for ages in God who has created all things. The purpose of this enlightenment is that through the church the multifaceted wisdom of God should now be, disclosed to the rulers and the authorities in the heavenly realms. This was according to the eternal purpose that He accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord, in whom we have boldness and confident access to God because of Christ’s faithfulness. For this reason, I ask you not to lose heart because of what I am suffering for you, which is your glory.”) (The secret is, “God gives Godly love to His Elect” a love surpassing natural human love. A gifted love through our, “being born from above.” Being fathered by God.) (14-21; “For this reason I, “Paul” kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on the earth is named. I pray that according to the wealth of His glory He may grant you to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner person, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, so that, because you have been rooted and grounded in love, you may be able to comprehend with all the Saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and thus to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God. Now to Him who by the power that is working within us is able to do far beyond all that we ask or think, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”) (Spiritual comprehension is by revelation only. No theological schooling can give it.)

Oracles of God, chapter 19

September 19th, 2022

To:39,619 subscribers we pray God is making Temples of His spirit. 9/19/22, God’s 6th month, Elul 23, 5,782. (Day 2 until sunset)

   Paul writes to the called, of God, but the god of this world influences populations to unnatural arousals of the flesh, including love of money, power, and lustful animalistic behavior. So, let’s be patience with new converts, allow each to grow in the faith God wills. (Rom 13:8-16; Owe no one anything, except to love one another, for the one who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the law. For the commandments, Do not commit adultery, do not murder, do not steal, do not covet,” (and if there is any other commandment) are summed up in this, “Love your neighbor as yourself. Love does no wrong to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law. And do this because we know the hour for us to awake from sleep is now, for our salvation is now nearer than when we became believers. The night has advanced toward dawn; the day is near. So, then we must lay aside the works of darkness, and put on the weapons of light. Let us live decently as in the daytime, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and sensuality, not in discord and jealousy. Instead, put on the Lord Jesus Christ and make no provision for the flesh to arouse its desires.) (Speaking of new converts Paul writes.

  ((Rom 14:1-4; Now receive the one who is weak in the faith and do not have disputes over differing opinions. One person believes in eating everything, but the weak person eats only vegetables. The one who eats everything must not despise the one who does not and the one who abstains must not judge the one who eats everything, for (if) God has accepted him. Who are you to pass judgment on another’s servant? Before his own master he stands or falls. And he will stand, for the Lord is able to make him stand.)) Again let us realize Paul is writing to gentile who’ve been converted to Believe IN Jesus, a people who have abandoned the things James and the apostles wrote them about. So, new and old converts need to grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus’ revealed way. Remember James and God’s Jerusalem church wrote to converted gentiles some particular things they must avoid right away to be baptized, keeping times and food consumption was purposely left out of the letter.

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

(Rom 14:13-23; Therefore, we must not pass judgment on one another, but rather determine never to place an obstacle or a trap before a brother or sister. I know and am convinced in the Lord Jesus that there is nothing unclean in itself; still, it is unclean to the one who considers it unclean. For if your brother or sister is distressed because of what you eat, you are no longer walking in love. Do not destroy by your food someone for whom Christ died. Therefore, do not let what you consider good be spoken of as evil. For the kingdom of God does not consist of food and drink, but righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit. For the one who serves Christ in this way is pleasing to God and approved by people. So then, let us pursue what makes for peace and for building up one another. Do not destroy the work of God for the sake of food. For although all things are clean, it is wrong to cause anyone to stumble by what you eat. It is good not to eat meat or drink wine or to do anything that causes your brother to stumble. The faith you have, keep to yourself before God. Blessed is the one who does not judge himself by what he approves. But the man who doubts is condemned if he eats, because he does not do so from faith, and whatever is not from faith is sin.”)) So, the key is to quietly mimic Jesus, not boastfully vocalizing a self-righteous attitude that may make another feel you’re judging. Paul’s concern is for new converts. Think on the initial duty principles written to new gentile converts from the Jerusalem church. New converts were taught to consider the whole Word including Moses.

((Acts 15:19-22; Therefore I, (James) conclude that we should not cause extra difficulty for those among the Gentiles who are turning to God, but that we should write them a letter telling them to abstain from things defiled by idols and from sexual immorality and from what has been strangled and from blood. For Moses has had those who proclaim him in every town from ancient times, because he is read aloud in the synagogues every Sabbath.) Let’s be careful about taking things out of context and consider the whole word of God. Paul would write later, ((So then you, (gentiles) are no longer foreigners and non-citizens, but you are fellow citizens with the Saints and members of God’s household, because you have been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus Himself as the Cornerstone. In Him the whole building, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling place of God in the Spirit. Ephesians 2:19-22.)) Strong looking out for the weak, is the principle of love.

((Rom 15:1-6; But we who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak, and not just please ourselves. Let each of us please his neighbor for his good to build him up. For even Christ did not please Himself, but just as it is written, “The insults of those who insult you have fallen on Me.” For everything that was written in former times was written for our instruction, so that through endurance and through encouragement of the scriptures we may have hope. Now may the God of endurance and comfort give you unity with one another in accordance with Christ Jesus, so that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.)) Note that Paul is directing gentiles to what’s written to Israel in former times. As Gentile converts grew in grace and knowledge, they’d soon realize they’re becoming spiritual Israelites. (A people coming out from among others practicing abominable things in God’s View.) Let’s be patient with one another, just as Jesus is patient with us individually. As an apostle of Jesus, it was incumbent on Paul to share Israel’s history with the gentiles. Teaching that, gentiles become heirs with Abraham, when they follow Jesus. No doubt: Paul shared about his being present when deacon Stephen was murdered, Israel’s historical record, and how they stoned him. Study Stephens attitude regarding his murderers, at Acts 7. To assume gentiles were taught a differing gospel, than proclaimed to Israelites is ludicrous. Gentiles growing out from the likes of Baal worship. How different that than Israel growing from thinking salvation came through law keeping. Both groups and all Believers IN, must grow in the grace and knowledge of God the Father and God the Son.  All saved by grace.

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

((Rom 15:14-16; “But I myself am fully convinced about you, (gentiles) my brothers and sisters, that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, and able to instruct one another. But I have written more boldly to you on some points so as to remind you, because of the grace given to me by God to be a minister of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles. I serve the gospel of God like a priest, so that the Gentiles may become an acceptable offering, sanctified by the Holy Spirit.)) Sanctify; means to be set apart. As gentile populations grew in grace and knowledge of the God of Israel, they realized they too were set apart from the populations once they were a part of. As gentiles grew they had no problems with the oracles of God. Obviously, Paul wanted gentiles and Israelites to grow into one holy temple of God.

(Rom 15:17-21; “So I boast in Christ Jesus about the things that pertain to God. For I will not dare to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me in order to bring about the obedience of the Gentiles, by word and deed, in the power of signs and wonders, in the power of the Spirit of God. So from Jerusalem even as far as Illyricum I have fully preached the gospel of Christ. And in this way I desire to preach where Christ has not been named, so as not to build on another person’s foundation, but as it is written: “Those who were not told about Him will seeand those who have not heard will understand. (Quote from Isaiah 52:15)) At the time Paul didn’t know he would spend time incarcerated in Jerusalem and Caesarea before journeying to Rome. Paul intended to send disciples ahead and he intended this letter be shared with the other churches. 

Oracles of God, chapter 18

September 16th, 2022

To: 39,543 subscribers we pray God is making Temples of His spirit. 9/17/22 God’s 6th “month, Elul 21, 5,783. (Day 6 until sunset.)

 We encourage followers of Jesus to keep the faith of Jesus, by honoring His set aside times. Keeping His set aside seasons helps keep His followers thinking spiritual rather than fleshly. His called know resting from normal activities and considering God’s Holy seasons are true freedoms from demonic deceptions.

   The weekly seventh day Sabbath looks to Jesus’ millennial rule on earth.

    First holy season, Passover observes Jesus’ death, why He died for our sins, the need to put what He considers sin away and plant seeds of righteousness.

   Second holy season, Pentecost ‘First Fruits’ looks to people being ‘spiritually ‘born anew’ made ‘At-One’ with God through Jesus, making each a literal child of God. Pentecost is the birth date of Jesus’ New Testament Church.

   Third holy season, ‘Feast of Tabernacles season’ has four of God’s seven annual Sabbaths in His seventh month.  Trumpets ‘Rosh Hashana’ is first day of (Tishrel, God’s 7th month, Sept 26 this year) looks to Jesus’ return, the first resurrection, His bringing peace and righteous government.

   Atonement, ‘Yom Kippur’ (10 Tishrel, Oct 5) looks to Jesus’ followers being made One with Him and in His spiritual likeness, we’ll see Him as He is.

   Feast of Tabernacles ‘Sukkot’ ‘temporary dwelling’ (15th Tishrel, Oct 11) reminds us that our skin is a temporary dwelling and a permanent spiritual tabernacle is our eternal reality.

   Last Great Day ‘Shmini Atzeret’ (22nd Tishrel, Oct 17th) looks to final judgment. See Revelations 21:8.

 These set aside times are perpetual for Israel and all God’s set aside peoole. So, what’s believers’ relationship to God’s other 10 commandments?

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

    (Hebrews 9:15-27; And so, He (the resurrected Jesus) is the mediator of a new covenant, so that those who are called may receive the eternal inheritance He has promised, since He died to set them free from the violations committed under the first covenant. 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 be purified with these sacrifices, but the heavenly things themselves required better sacrifices than these. For ‘our Creator’ Christ did not enter a sanctuary made with hands – the representation of the true sanctuary – but into heaven itself, and He appears now in God’s presence for us. (As Mediator) And He did not enter to offer Himself again and again, the way the high priest enters the sanctuary year after year with blood that is not his own, for then He ‘Jesus’ would have had to suffer again and again since the foundation of the world. But now He has appeared once for all at the consummation of the ages to put away sin by His sacrifice. And just as people are appointed to die once, and then to face judgment, so also, after Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many, to those who eagerly await Him He will appear a second time, not to bear sin but to bring salvation.”)

   The Holy Spirit of truth imputed to the mind produces a genuine love for God’s spiritual intent of the law. The old covenant law isn’t done away but fulfilled by Jesus’ sacrificing His life blood for the remission of sins previously committed. That fulfillment is a spiritual magnification of the law. Example; (Matt 5:27-28;  “You have heard that it was said, ‘Do not commit adultery. But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to desire her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.) With Jesus’ principle regarding adultery in mind, think about the other commandments, for example; ‘you shall not murder.’ To hate someone to the degree of wishing him dead is committing murder spiritually. Followers of Jesus can apply the same principle to each commandment.

    Study Acts of the Apostles, chapter 7, to see Stephens overview of Israel’s history. Israel’s history is for our learning. It was God’s will that Jacob’s son (Joseph) go to Egypt, experience God’s grace after trials and become second ruler to Egypt’s Pharaoh. A devastating drought, God’s revealing dreams to Joseph, the necessity of Jacob’s family going to Egypt for food and relying on Joseph was preplanned. Pagan Egyptian’s disdain for God’s chosen people is recorded for our learning. God is still allowing the lying, murderous, deceiver “Satan” to influence this world’s ungodly populations’ & attitude against His chosen people, whether they be spiritual or physical Israelites, all for our learning. Israelites even persecuted and killed God’s prophets. Speaking to the Pharisees and Sadducees Jesus said:

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

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

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

    (Rom 9:6-13; “It is not as though the word of God had failed. For not all those who are descended from Israel are truly Israel, nor are all the children Abraham’s true descendants; rather “through Isaac will your descendants be counted.”

    (Why? Isaac is by promise as are all true Israelites and Christians.) This means it is not the children of the flesh who are the children of God; rather, the children of promise are counted as descendants. For this is what the promise declared: “About a year from now I will return and Sarah will have a son.” Not only that, but when Rebekah had conceived children by one man, our ancestor Isaac – even before they were born or had done anything good or bad (so that God’s purpose in election would stand, not by works but by His calling it was said to her, “The older will serve the younger,” just as it is written: “Jacob I lovedbut Esau I hated.”)

     Its the mystery worldly religions don’t grasp. We followers of Jesus are called and saved by promise, as was Isaac’s birth by promise, as in Jacob, (Israel) was chosen. So, followers of Jesus are His and Abraham’s heirs. Believers IN are by promise as was Isaac and selected before the foundation of the world.

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

Oracles of God, chapter 17

September 16th, 2022

To:39,540 subscribers we pray God is making Temples of His spirit. 9/16/22, God’s 6th month, Elul 20,  5,782. (Day 6 until sunset)

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

  ((Rom 7:7-12; What shall we say then? Is the law sin? Absolutely not! Certainly, I would not have known sin except through the law. For indeed I would not have known what it means to desire something belonging to someone else if the law had not said, “Do not covet.” But sin, seizing the opportunity through the commandment, produced in me all kinds of wrong desires. For apart from the law, sin is dead. And I was once alive apart from the law, but with the coming of the commandment sin became alive, and I died. So, I found that the very commandment that was intended to bring life brought death! For sin, seizing the opportunity through the commandment, deceived me and through it I died. So then, the law is holy, and the commandment is holy, righteous, and good.)) — Some would agree with Jesus’ apostle Peter, regarding Paul’s letters being hard to understand and perhaps easy to twist. (See 2Peter 3-14-18, which reads in part, “just as also our dear brother Paul wrote to you, according to the wisdom given to him, speaking of these things in all his letters. Some things in these letters are hard to understand, things the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they also do to the rest of the scriptures.” verses 15-17) As always study the whole.

We realize coveting the belongings of someone else is wrong when we recognize God’s gifted commandment are for our good. (If there were no law giving Creator God, each person would subscribe to and make their own self-serving rules without any regard for others, which is what unbelieving hostile toward God people do. Remember Paul was a strict Pharisee prior to Jesus’ calling. Hostile to Jesus’ teaching regarding loving God with our whole being and one another as ourselves, constituting the whole law of God. It took Jesus’ calling and gifting Paul with His spirit to make him a believer in Jesus’ spiritual magnification of His law. The Pharisee denomination believed in strict law keeping to, obtain salvation. They thought like ‘people were made for the law’ not aware of Jesus’ teaching, ‘the law is made for people, not people for the law.’ After conversion, Paul was led to understand the laws spiritual intent and began demonstrating his love for the law’s whole purpose. So, Paul asked himself about how this knowledge affected him. Now back to Romans 7:13-25; “Did that which is good, then, become death to me? Absolutely not! But sin, so that it would be shown to be sin, produced death in me through what is good, so that through the commandment sin would become utterly sinful. For we know that the law is spiritual – but I am unspiritual, sold into slavery to sin. For I don’t understand what I am doing. For I do not do what I want – instead, I do what I hate. But if I do what I don’t want, I agree that the law is good. But now it is no longer me doing it, but sin that lives in me. For I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my flesh. For I want to do the good, but I cannot do it. For I do not do the good I want, but I do the very evil I do not want! Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer me doing it but sin that lives in me.” (Paul is recognizing his inherited fleshly sin nature.)

So, I find the law that when I want to do good, evil is present with me. For I delight in the law of God in my inner being. But I see a different law in my members waging war against the law of my mind and making me captives, to the law of sin that is in my members. Wretched man that I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death?” (Paul was rescued from himself, that is from the sin nature inherited from Adam that dominated him.) Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I, myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin.) Paul was spiritually, led to know his fight included overcoming that fleshly inherited from Adam nature and grow in the grace and knowledge of God.

Holy Spirit guides and  gives strength. ((Rom 8:1-4; There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the life-giving Spirit in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and death. For God achieved what the law could not do because, it was weakened through the flesh. By sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and concerning sin, He condemned sin in the flesh, so that the righteous requirement of the law may be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.))– As long as we’re in this fleshly tabernacle we feel physical and mental hurts, but we know this fleshly life is temporary. We’re in this world but not of it because we now have a new outlook that’s spiritually shaped.

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

((Rom 8:12-17; So then, brothers and sisters, we are under obligation, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh (for if you live according to the flesh, you will die,) but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body you will live. For all who are led by the Spirit of God are the sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of slavery leading again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption, by who, we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit itself bears witness to our spirit that we are God’s children. And if children, then heirs (namely, heirs of God, and also fellow heirs with Christ – if indeed we suffer with Him so we may also be glorified with Him.)) — In a previous study we considered, “why Jesus’ apostles didn’t include the Holy Spirit in their salutations with God the Father and Jesus Christ.” No prophet nor apostle’s prayer ever included “in the name of the Holy Spirit.” God’s gifted, Holy Spirit is the Comforter or Spirit of Truth, & is gifts spiritual power He interacts with, teaches and convicts our minds with, to love as He loves and hate what He hates; in other words, “be At-One with Him.” God can make His spirit visible as on that Pentecost after Jesus’ ascension. God can speak through and reveal through His spirit. His mind opening spirit is gifted to those He calls to be Believers in Him, on a parallel with Abraham’s believing God.))– (Consider, (Galatians 3:26-29; For in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God through, (gifted) faith. For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female – for all of you are one in Christ Jesus. And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s descendants, heirs according to the promise.)

((Rom 8:18-25; For I consider that our present sufferings cannot even be compared to the glory that will be revealed to us. For the creation eagerly waits for the revelation of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility – not willingly but because of God who subjected it – in hope, that the creation itself will also be set free from the bondage of decay into the glorious freedom of God’s children. For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers together until now. Not only this, but we ourselves also, who have the First-fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we eagerly await our adoption, the redemption of our bodies. (Our resurrection.) For in hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen, (believed IN) is not hope, because who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with endurance.)) — All aging things are in a gradual state of decay. Redemption of our bodies looks forward to when there will be no more decay.

((Rom 8::26 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness, for we do not know how we should pray, but the Spirit itself intercedes for us with inexpressible groanings. And it searches our hearts, knows, the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes on behalf of the Saints according to God’s will. And we know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to His purpose, because those whom He foreknew He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that His Son would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And those He predestined, He also called; and those He called, He also justified; and those He justified, He also glorified.)) –God is all in all, does it all, is all knowing, He’s the beginning and ending of all things. Jesus is the Alpha and Omega, the Creator. (See John 1:1-5, Col 1:15-20 and Hebrews 1:)– (Rom 8:31-39; What then shall we say about these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? Indeed, He who did not spare His own Son, but gave Him up for us all – how will He not also, along with Him, freely give us all things? Who will bring any charge against God’s Elect? It is God who justifies. Who is the one who will condemn? Christ is the one who died (and more than that, He was raised), who is at the right hand of God, and who also is interceding for us. Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will trouble, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written, “For your sake we encounter death all day long; we were considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” (Quote from Psalms 44:22) No, in all these things we have complete victory through Him who loved us! For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor heavenly rulers, nor things that are present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in creation will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.)) God’s Elect are alluded to at Isa. 50:8.

Oracles of God, chapter 16

September 12th, 2022

To:39,424 subscribers we pray God is making Temples of His spirit. 9/12/22, God’s 6th month, Elul 16, 5,782. (Day 2 until sunset)

   Jesus is the first to have been born of water and spirit. So He was the only and first begotten Son at the time. ((John 3:4-8; Nicodemus said to Jesus, “How can a man be born when he is old? He cannot enter his mother’s womb and be born a second time, can he?” 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.)) (We only know we’re spirit begotten when Jesus’ truth is revealed, spiritual things come together when the Holy Scriptures are miraculously opened to our understanding. It’s like the wind blowing, in that we hardly know it’s happening.))     

   Since Adam the penalty for disobedience covers all procreated people. Spiritually begotten Jesus never sinned. ((Heb 4:14-16; Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast to our confession. For we do not have a high priest incapable of sympathizing with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in every way just as we are, yet without sin. Therefore, let us confidently approach the throne of grace to receive mercy and find grace whenever we need help.)) (We each need the spiritual help only God can gift.) ((Rom 5:12-17; So then, just as sin entered the world through one man (Adam) and death through sin, and so death spread to all people because all sinned – for before the law was given, sin was in the world, but there is no accounting for sin when there is no law. 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 (Adam’s) transgression, 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!?))

All procreated people inherited Adam’s sin nature, it allows us do what seems right to our fleshly humanity, independent of God’s loving rule of law. The result of that lawless, (sin nature) is eternal death. (So, what needs to be repented of? What needs to be turned from?) That inherited nature!    Blood sacrifices from Adam’s time looked forward to Creator Jesus’ shed blood for the remission of sin. (Adam’s, Eve’s, Cain’s and all disobediences is recorded for our learning.) It’s recorded that righteous Abel’s blood still speaks to us because of his obedience. Think on that. Jesus knew hostile people’s rationale regarding obedience. To the hostile Israelites Jesus said; ((Matt 23:34-38; For this reason I am sending you prophets and wise men and experts in the law, some of whom you will kill and crucify, and some you will flog in your synagogues and pursue from town to town, so that on you will come all the righteous blood shed on earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah son of Barachiah, whom you murdered between the temple and the altar. I tell you the truth, this generation will be held responsible for all these things! “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those who are sent to you! How often I have longed to gather your children together as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you would have none of it! Look, your house is left to you desolate! For I tell you, you will not see Me from now until you say, ‘Blessed is the One who comes in the name of the Lord!’”)) Jesus had His apostle Paul add to this principle.

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

So, to inherit God’s kingdom all must ultimately turn from Adam’s lawless nature. ((Rom 6:1-4; What shall we say then? Are we to remain in sin so that grace may increase? Absolutely not! How can we who died to sin still live in it? Or do you not know that as many as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? Therefore we, (Believers) have been buried with Him through baptism into death, in order that just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too may live a new life.)) Believing is demonstrating a discontinuance of willfully sinning and lovingly turning to God’s Way. Only possible by the supernatural imputation of God’s spirit of truth to our minds. Jesus refers to this miracle as, “being born anew or from above.” That doesn’t mean we’ll never sin again, it does mean we’ll not willingly practice what we understand is sin in God’s view, with the Holy Spirit’s help. That’s turning from behaviors Jesus disapproves of. Once born from above Jesus’ nature is applied-imputed we aren’t considered sinners in His view.

((Rom 6:5-14; For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, we will certainly also be united in the likeness of His resurrection. We know that our old man (nature) was crucified with Him so that the body of sin would no longer dominate us, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. (For someone who has died has been freed from sin.) “Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with Him.” We know that since Christ has been raised from the dead, he is never going to die again; death no longer has mastery over Him. For the death He died, He died to sin once for all, but the life He lives, He lives to God. So, you too consider yourselves dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus. Therefore do not let sin reign, (dominate) in your mortal body so that you obey its desires and do not present your members to sin as instruments to be used for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who are alive from the dead and your members to God as instruments to be used for righteousness. For sin will have no mastery over you, because you are not under law but under grace.)) (According to our English dictionary grace is; “the capacity to tolerate, accommodate, or forgive” but with God its more. Believers IN God are enslaved to God’s Righteousness. Thus, in each apostle’s salutation, they introduce themselves as slaves)

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

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

Oracles of God, chapter 15

September 10th, 2022

To: 39,342 subscribers we pray God is making Temples of His spirit. 9/10/22 God’s 6th “month, Elul 14, 5,782. (The Sabbath until sunset.)

  Our inherited nature from Adam is described by Paul at Rom 3:13-14. In that fleshly nature we aren’t righteous, none understands the spiritual intent of God’s laws, we’re worthless, get bitter quickly and don’t know the way of peace in and of ourselves. Turning from that fleshly nature takes a God gifted desire to repent - change, be obedient to and clothed with Jesus’ nature. A desire for Jesus’ help and aware of what we deserve.

(Rom 3:19-31; Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced and the whole world may be held accountable to God. For no one is declared righteous before Him by the works of the law, for through the law comes the knowledge of sin.”) (We can’t define sin from God’s view without knowledge of His spiritual intent, when giving the law and oracles.) But now apart from the law the righteousness of God (which is attested by the law and the prophets) has been disclosed – namely, the righteousness of God through the faithfulness of Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction, all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. But they, (we) are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. God, *the Father) publicly displayed Him, (Jesus) at His death as the mercy seat accessible through faith. This was to demonstrate His righteousness, because God in His forbearance had passed over the sins previously committed. This was also to demonstrate His righteousness in the present time, so that He would be just and the Justifier of the one who lives because of Jesus’ faithfulness.) (Jesus did it all on behalf of those called to believe IN Him. God the Father calls, gives the desire and gives us over to Jesus for training.) (Paul explained in his letter to the Philippians. ((Phil 2:12-13; So then, my dear friends, just as you have always obeyed, not only in my presence but even more in my absence, continue working out your salvation with awe and reverence, for the one bringing forth in you both the desire and the effort – for the sake of His good pleasure – is God.”)) Where, then, is boasting? It is excluded! By what principle? Of works? No, but by the principle of, ‘gifted’ faith! For we consider that a person is declared righteous by faith apart from the works of the law. Or is God the God of the Jews only? Is He not the God of the Gentiles too? Yes, of the Gentiles too! Since God is One, He will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through faith. Do we then nullify the law through faith? Absolutely not! Instead, we uphold the law.) (Through gifted faith IN Jesus’ love and deeds we love the law! and see its goodness.)

What about Justification(Romans 4:1-5; What then shall we say that Abraham, our ancestor according to the flesh, has discovered regarding this matter? For if Abraham was declared righteous by the works of the law, he has something to boast about – but not before God. For what does the scripture say? “Abraham believed Godand it was credited to him as righteousness.” Now to the one who works, his pay is not credited due to grace but due to obligation. But to the one who does not work but believes in the One who declares the ungodly righteous, his faith is credited as righteousness.) (If in the flesh, we could keep the law perfectly, we’d be saved by obligation! Not by grace.)

(Rom 4:6-8; So even David himself speaks regarding the blessedness of the man to whom God credits righteousness apart from works: “Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven and whose sins are covered; blessed is the one against whom the Lord will never count sin.) (Quote from Psalms 32:1-2.) (The Greek word, “λογίζομαι logizomai” is translated “credited” in v. 3 above can also be translated “counted.” It occurs eight times in Rom 4:1-12, including here, each time with the sense of, “placed on someone’s account.” By itself the word is neutral, but, in particular contexts it can take on a positive or negative connotation. The other occurrences of the verb have been translated using a form of the English verb “credit” because they refer to a positive event: the application of righteousness to the individual believer. The use here in v. 8 is negative: the application of sin. A form of the verb “credit” was not used here because of the positive connotations associated with that English word, but it is important to recognize that the same concept is used here as in the other occurrences.”)

(Rom 4:9-22; Is this blessedness then for the circumcision or also for the uncircumcision? For we say; “faith was credited to Abraham as righteousness.” How then was it credited to him? Was he circumcised at the time, or not? No, he was not circumcised but uncircumcised! And he received the sign of circumcision as a seal of the righteousness that he had by faith while he was still uncircumcised, so that he would become the father of all those who believe but have never been circumcised, that they too could have righteousness credited to them. And he is also the father of the circumcised, who are not only circumcised, but who also walk in the footsteps of the faith that our father Abraham possessed when he was still uncircumcised. (For the promise to Abraham or to his descendants that he would inherit the world was not fulfilled through the law, but through the righteousness that comes by faith.) For if they become heirs by the law, faith is empty, and the promise is nullified. For the law brings wrath, because where there is no law there is no transgression either. For this reason it, (the promise) is by faith so that it, (the promise) may be by grace, with the result that the promise may be certain to all the descendants – not only to those who are under the law, but also to those who have the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all (as it is written, “I have made you the father of many nations” (Quoted Gen 17:5) He, (Abraham) is our father in the presence of God whom he believed – the God who makes the dead alive and summons the things that do not yet exist as though they already do. Against hope Abraham believed in hope with the result that he became the father of many nations according to the pronouncement, “so will your descendants be.” Without being weak in faith, he, (Abraham) considered his own body as dead (because he was about one hundred years old) and the deadness of Sarah’s womb. He did not waver in unbelief about the promise of God but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God. He was fully convinced that what God promised He was also able to do. So indeed, it was credited to Abraham as righteousness.)

(God who makes the dead alive and summons the things that do not yet exist as though they already do, promises that His kingdom will be established on earth, that all Israel will be saved; (be re-established to the borders promised Abraham.) (So, de we believe IN, or believe that?) To believe IN, is to live our life practices in expectation of God’s promises. (Believers IN aren’t prideful of any part of that nature inherited from Adam, mindful that its result is eternal death.) Believers IN are gifted with a loving respect for all God says is right and honor Him as did Jesus.) Again, allow Jesus’ teaching through Paul in his letter to the Philippians. Mindful that we can only think like Jesus through His gifted spirit: mindful that He is Creator, Re-Creator who willingly came to give His life, that we may have life.

(Phil 2:6-11; Though He (Jesus) existed in the form of God did not regard equality with God as something to be grasped but emptied Himself by taking on the form of a slave, by looking like other men, and by sharing in human nature. He humbled Himself, by becoming obedient to the point of death – even death on a cross! As a result, God exalted Him and gave Him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow – in heaven and on earth and under the earth – and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.) Believers IN are singular in faith likened to Abraham’s, knowing what God promises He’s going to deliver. (“Believers” that on the other hand, think like Cain who thought to worship God according to what seemed right to himself.”) Today’s believers that, like Cain, would think it okay to belong to any denomination who profess Jesus their savior.

As Paul taught in preceding verses, “God declared Abraham righteous for having believed IN His promises.” Jesus’ apostles recommends that we too believe IN, as did Abraham. (Romans 4:23-25; But the statement it was credited to him, (Abraham) was not written only for Abraham’s sake, but also for our sake, to whom it will be credited, those who believe IN the One who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead. He (Jesus)” was given over because of our transgressions and was raised for the sake of our justification.”

  Satan knew it was all preplanned from a beginning. The Messiah, as The Christ, would come in the flesh, be our sacrificial Lamb, our Mercy Seat, be resurrected to His former position, to be our Mediator and for our justification. He knew Believers’ destiny was to become spiritual and literally, Children of God. (Rom 5:1-11; Therefore, since we, (Believers IN) have been declared righteous by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in the hope of God’s glory. Not only this, but we also rejoice in sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance, character, and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was, (is) given to us.) (Called believers are gifted with knowing faith that God keeps us on His Potters wheel for molding to His liking.) For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. (For rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person perhaps someone might possibly dare to die.) 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 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, (Believers) have now received this reconciliation.) (We all need reconciliation because we’re born sinners, born with a lawlessness, even hostile nature toward God’s righteous love for us. That righteous love and concerned for our well-being is revealed in His law.  

Oracles of God, chapter 14

September 7th, 2022

To: 39,238 subscribers we pray God is making Temples of His spirit. 9/7/22 God’s 6th “month, Elul 11, 5,782. (Day 4 until sunset.)

When people turned from what’s holy to God, to what seemed right to their fleshly minds, God gave them over to depraved mind, to do what should not be done. (See Rom 1:28-29) Absolute moral codes evolved to demonic behavior from righteousness in God’s view, each practicing what seemed right individually. It’s now the world’s state of being, among denominations and politics alike, and will be until Jesus’ millennial kingdom is established. Nevertheless, there’s no excuse for not believing in God’s re-creation, creation, His being life giver, Sustainer, Savior, Deliver and Mediator. Jesus does sustain the sun, earth’s molten core, the solar system, and life it-self supernaturally. It’s common sense to the sound of mind. Believing IN Jesus’ shed blood for the remission of sin is another matter. (God the Father and God the Son’s deity, characteristics, powers and attributes must be supernaturally revealed in order to believe IN, love and be totally yielded to His Way.) Satan has the world believing there’s another way. If Jesus’ apostle Paul couldn’t convince the Jews meeting with him, to believe in Jesus by considering previous deeds, prophecy, knowledge, and his personal experience we should know it’s a matter of God’s calling. Paul attempts to explain bad practices to the Romans.

   (Romans 2:1-16; Therefore, you are without excuse, whoever you are, when you judge someone else. For on whatever grounds you judge another, you condemn yourself, because you who judge practice the same things. Now we know that God’s judgment is in accordance with truth against those who practice such things. And do you think, whoever you are, when you judge those who practice such things and yet do them yourself, that you will escape God’s judgment?

   Or do you have contempt for the wealth of His kindness, forbearance, and patience, and yet do not know that God’s kindness leads you to repentance? But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath for yourselves in the day of wrath, when God’s righteous judgment is revealed. He will reward each one according to his workseternal life to those who by perseverance in good works, seek glory and honor and immortality, but wrath and anger to those who live in selfish ambition and do not obey the truth but follow unrighteousness. There will be affliction and distress on everyone who does evil, on the Jew first and also the Greek, (gentile) but glory and honor and peace for everyone who does good, for the Jew first and also the Greek. For there is no partiality with God. For all who have sinned apart from the law will also perish apart from the law, and all who have sinned under the law will be judged by the law.

   For it is not those who hear the law who are righteous before God, but those who do the law will be declared righteous. For whenever the Gentiles, who do not have the law, do by nature the things required by the law, these who do not have the law are a law to themselves. They show that the work of the law is written in their hearts, as their conscience bears witness and their conflicting thoughts accuse or else defend them, on the day when God will judge the secrets of human hearts, according to my gospel through Christ Jesus.)

   Paul was able to write with authority through Jesus’ spirit living in him. Paul was, as are all Believers IN Jesus, “born anew” or “from above.” God’s chosen people were and are blessed with His written law, for their good and guidance. However previous, to being born anew people could not keep the spiritual intent of the law in the flesh. That is from within their fleshly inherited from Adam nature. (A supernatural spiritual conversion from our inherited from Adam, fleshly nature, to the gifted spiritual nature of Jesus, is the gift of eternal life.) It’s being ‘born anew’ ‘from above’ ‘born again’ or ‘fathered by God.’

Law keeping and good practices can’t change people’s nature.  (Romans 2:17-24; But if you call yourself a Jew, (Christian) and rely on the law and boast of your relationship to God, know His will, approve the superior things because you receive instruction from the law, if you are convinced that you yourself are a guide to the blind, a light to those who are in darkness, an educator of the senseless, a teacher of little children, because you have in the law the essential features of knowledge and of the truth, therefore you who teach someone else, do you not teach yourself? You who preach against stealing, do you steal? You who tell others not to commit adultery, do you commit adultery? You who abhor idols, do you rob temples? You who boast in the law dishonor God by transgressing the law! For just as it is written, “the name of God is being blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you, Israelites. (Quote from Isaiah 52:5)

    Based on the entirety of Jesus’ teaching though Paul, people practicing characteristics like above, have a Pharisee syndrome. Exercising the nature of Pharisee Jews are exemplified as recorded in the last chapter of Acts. (It’s spiritual.)

   (Romans 2:25-29; For circumcision has its value if you practice the law, but if you break the law, your circumcision has become uncircumcision. Therefore, if the uncircumcised obeys the righteous requirements of the law, will not his uncircumcision be regarded as circumcision? And will not the physically uncircumcised man who keeps the law judge you who, despite the written code and circumcision, transgress the law?

   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 written code. This person’s praise is not from people but from God.) In other words, born anew people have the love of God shed abroad in their hearts makes them followers of Jesus, Christ like.

Judaism should’ve understood this covenant principle from the law.

   The magnification of the spiritual intent of the law was explained. (Jeremiah 4:4; Just as ritual circumcision cuts away the foreskin as an external symbol of dedicated covenant commitment, you must genuinely dedicate yourselves to the Lord and get rid of everything that hinders your commitment to Me, people of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem. If you do not, my anger will blaze up like a flaming fire against you that no one will be able to extinguish. That will happen because of the evil you have done.) AND AGAIN.

    (Jeremiah 9:25; The Lord says, “Watch out! The time is soon coming when I will punish all those who are circumcised only in the flesh. That is, I will punish the Egyptians, the Judeans, the Edomites, the Ammonites, the Moabites, and all the desert people who cut their hair short at the temples. I will do so because none of the people of those nations are really circumcised in the Lord’s sight. Moreover, none of the people of Israel are circumcised when it comes to their hearts.) But physical  circumcision has its benefit and Paul tells the gentiles, that the oracles of God are preserved by the Jew.

    (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.”) Quote from Ps 51:4.)

    Paul was a chosen apostle, Jesus’ ambassador, whose calling and mission was detailed from the beginning of his conversion in route to Damascus. Right away, he who’d been persecuting the Saints, began proclaiming Jesus as the Christ written about by the prophets. Paul was spiritually gifted to understand the scriptures, ‘that God wanted people circumcised of heart.’ He explained, “For a person is not a Jew, “Christian” who is one outwardly, nor is circumcision something that is outward in the flesh, but someone is a Jew, who is one inwardly, and circumcision is of the heart by the Spirit and not by the written code. This person’s praise is not from people but from God” (Rom 2:28.)

   God’s covenant with physical Israelites was physical circumcision and has its advantages, but that covenant always looked forward to a spiritual circumcision of the heart. By the spirit means, spiritually led as in being called.  Jesus’ entrusted the oracles of God to Jews and Christ like followers was in fact an understanding that followers of Jesus, are spiritual Israelites. At the close of Romans 3:1-4; is the quote from Psalms 51:4, “so that you will be justified in your words and will prevail when you are judged.”)

   At Revelations 2:9 & 3:9, Jesus is revealing to John that He’s speaking of His followers when using “Jews.” At Rev 2:8-9; “To the angel of the church in Smyrna write the following: “This is the solemn pronouncement of the One who is the first and the last, the One who was dead, but came to life: ‘I know the distress you are suffering and your poverty (but you are rich). I also know the slander against you by those who call themselves Jews and really are not but are a synagogue of Satan.”)

   Likewise, to The Church of God ‘Philadelphia’ Jesus says; “Listen! I am going to make those people from the synagogue of Satan – who say they are Jews yet are not, but are lying – Look, I will make them come and bow down at your feet and acknowledge that I have loved you. Because you have kept my admonition to endure steadfastly, I will also keep you from the hour of testing that is about to come on the whole world to test those who live on the earth”) (Followers of Jesus are, spiritual Israelites, or as it were, “Jews.”)

    Allow Paul’s facetiousness study Romans 3:5-8; “None are righteous, nor do any seek God’s truth, “in and of themselves!” (Left to ourselves without the gifted desire to seek God’s Way, people follow what seems right intellectually and people calling themselves Christian aren’t excluded. Particularly they seek what’s most appealing to their fleshly way of thinking or just follow tradition. The “lawless in God’s view are all who inherited Adam’s nature. Paul describes followers of Jesus and others inherited characteristics. 

    (Rom 3:9-18; What then? Are we better off? Certainly not, for we have already charged that Jews and Greeks alike are all under sin, just as it is written: “There is no one righteousnot even one, there is no one who understands, there is no one who seeks God. All have turned awaytogether they have become worthless; there is no one who shows kindnessnot even one.” “Their throats are open graves, they deceive with their tongues, the poison of asps is under their lips.” “Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness.” “Their feet are swift to shed blood, ruin and misery are in their paths, and the way of peace they have not known.” “There is no fear of God before their eyes.”) (Paul is quoting from Isaiah 59:7-8, Psalms 5:9; 10:7, 36:1, 140:3.) Because, of the length and complexity of the Greek sentence, a new sentence was started at verse 13 in the translation. (Our inherited nature is what we must be led to turn from, in order to inherit the kingdom of God.) It is the gift of repentance that makes one, ‘born anew’ or ‘born from above.’

Oracles of God, chapter 13

September 3rd, 2022

To:39,116 subscribers we pray God is making Temples of His spirit. 9/3/22, God’s 6th month, Elul 7, 5,782. (The Sabbath until sunset)

   The Sabbath is for worship, reflection about God’s awesomeness, holiness, righteousness, mercy, and grace. About God being all in all; ‘that is He’s the life giver, sustainer of all His creation, plans the growth of His family through His Son Jesus’s life. His new covenant is with a prechosen people to whom He reveals Himself to, makes them born anew by giving of His Spirit, which is His own nature of love. Allow Jesus’ chosen apostle Paul’s explanation regarding this gifted hope to believers.

   (Romans 5:5-11; And hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us. For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. (For rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person perhaps someone might possibly dare to die.) 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 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.)

So, we who have been called, love God because He first loved us. We should be speaking of an AGUPA LOVE, ‘that is a gifted Godly love’ meaning a love superior to any other love.

   (1John 4:10-21; In this is love: not that we have loved God, but that he loved us and sent His Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins.  Dear friends, if God so loved us, then we also ought to love one another.  No one has seen God at any time. If we love one another, (As God loves us) God resides in us, and His love is perfected in us. By this we know that we reside in God and He in us: in that He has given us of His Spirit. And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son to be the Savior of the world. – If anyone confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God resides in him and he in God. And we have come to know and to believe the love that God has in us. God is love, and the one who resides in love resides in God, and God resides in him. By this (Godly) love is perfected with us, so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment, because just as Jesus is, so also are we in this world. There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears punishment has not been perfected in love. We love because he loved us first. If anyone says “I love God” and yet hates his fellow Christian, he is a liar, because the one who does not love his fellow Christian whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen.  And the commandment we have from Him is this: that the one who loves God should love his fellow Christian too.) 

God’s calling and making one ‘born anew’ is a supernatural event. – (John 3:3-15 Jesus replied to Nicodemus, “I tell you the solemn truth, unless a person is born from above, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”  Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man be born when he is old? He cannot enter his mother’s womb and be born a second time, can he?” 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. Nicodemus replied, “How can these things be?” Jesus answered, “Are you the teacher of Israel and yet you don’t understand these things? 

  I tell you the solemn truth, we speak about what we know and testify about what we have seen, but you people do not accept our testimony. If I have told you people about earthly things and you don’t believe, how will you believe if I tell you about heavenly things? No one has ascended into heaven except the One who descended from heaven – the Son of Man. Just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, so that everyone who believes in Him may have eternal life.”) 

   When the love of God is spread abroad in our hearts, we’re a new creation. Only then can we love as He loves. When that miraculous event occurs, we don’t want our life practices to be anything God considers sin. Then our desire is to be immersed in and clothed in Jesus, separate from this world’s system of things, similar, to how God had Abraham live.

After Paul and companions left Malta, we have no more scriptural references to miraculous healings. Paul is delivered to Rome. – (Acts 28:11-16; After three months we put out to sea in an Alexandrian ship that had wintered at the “Malta” island and had the “Heavenly Twins” as its figurehead. (heavenly twins? ‘twin gods’”; Greek “the Dioscuri” (a joint name for the pagan deities Castor and Pollux.) We put in at Syracuse and stayed there three days. From there we cast off and arrived at Rhegium and after one day a south wind sprang up and on the second day we came to Puteoli. There we found some brothers and were invited to stay with them seven days. And in this way we came to Rome. The brothers from there, when they heard about us, came as far as the Forum of Appius and Three Taverns to meet us. (Three Taverns was a stop on the Appian Way about 33 mi (55 km) south of Rome.) When Paul saw these brothers, he thanked God and took courage. When we entered Rome, Paul was allowed to live by himself, with the soldier who was guarding him.

Paul addresses the Jewish Community in Rome. Rehearsed his reasons for being there, what his accusers had done etc. – Today’s good news is about the hope of Israel and the kingdom of God as taught by the prophets, apostles. Believers in and Israel’s restoration of as prophesied in (Isaiah 22:, 35: 51: - 53: 65: Jeremiah 31: & Amos 9:11-15) Genuine Christians are still considered sects by organized religions

   (Acts 28:23-31; They set a day to meet with Paul and they came to him where he was staying in even greater numbers. From morning until evening he explained things to them, testifying about the kingdom of God and trying to convince them about Jesus from both the law of Moses and the prophets. Some were convinced by what he said, but others refused to believe. So they began to leave, unable to agree among themselves, after Paul made one last statement: “The Holy Spirit spoke rightly to your ancestors through the prophet Isaiah when He said, ‘Go to this people and say, “You will keep on hearing, but will never understand, and you will keep on looking, but will never perceive. For the heart of this people has become dull and their ears are hard of hearing, and they have closed their eyes, so that they would not see with their eyes and hear with their ears and understand with their heart and turn, and I would heal them.) (Quote from Isaiah 6:9-10.) Jesus quoted this Isaiah text and Matthew recorded it at (Matt 13:10 when asked why He spoke in parables.)

    Therefore be advised that this salvation from God has been sent to the Gentiles; they will listen!” Paul lived there two whole years in his own rented quarters and welcomed all who came to him, proclaiming the kingdom of God and teaching about the Lord Jesus Christ with complete boldness and without restriction.)

Oracles of God, chapter 12

September 1st, 2022

To: 39,038 subscribers we pray God is making Temples of His spirit. 9/1/22 God’s 6th month, Elul 6, 5,783. A new year according Israel’s count. (Day 5 until sunset.)

    Paul taught, “the righteous and unrighteous will be resurrected, each in their own order.” (Review 1Cor 15:23) Satan has the world upside down and as for as we know no worldly religion teaches prophesied spiritual and physical resurrections as did Jesus, His prophet and apostles. That is all Israel will be saved, physical resurrection and judgments are planned.  (See Ezekiel 37: Isaiah 22: 35: 51: - 53:, 65: Jeremiah 31: and Amos 9:11-15)

  NOW BACK TO Paul’s defense before Roman rulers, as he repeated several times.

    (Acts 26:19-32; Therefore, King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision, but I declared to those in Damascus first, and then to those in Jerusalem and in all Judea, and to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, performing deeds consistent with repentance. For this reason, the Jews seized me in the temple courts and were trying to kill me. I have experienced, help from God to this day, and so I stand testifying to both small and great, saying nothing except what the prophets, and Moses said was going to happen: that the Christ was to suffer and be the first to rise from the dead, to proclaim light both to our people and to the Gentiles.” As Paul was saying these things in his defense, Festus exclaimed loudly, “You have lost your mind, Paul! Your great learning is driving you insane!” But Paul replied, “I have not lost my mind, most excellent Festus, but am speaking true and rational words. For the king knows about these things, and I am speaking freely to him, because I cannot believe that any of these things has escaped his notice, for this was not done in a corner.” Do you believe the prophets, King Agrippa? I know that you believe. Agrippa said to Paul, “In such a short time are you persuading me to become a Christian?”

   Paul replied, “I pray to God that whether in a short or a long time not only you but also all those who are listening to me today could become such as I am, except for these chains.” So, the king got up, and with him the governor and Bernice and those sitting with them, and as they were leaving, they said to one another, “This man is not doing anything deserving death or imprisonment.” Agrippa said to Festus, “This man could have been released if he had not appealed to Caesar.”) What a witness to spiritual and physical Israel.

   (Acts 27:1-8; When it was decided we, (Luke, Paul and companions) would sail to Italy, they handed over Paul and some other prisoners to a centurion of the Augustan Cohort named Julius. We went on board a ship from Adramyttium that was about to sail to various ports along the coast of the province of Asia and put out to sea, accompanied by Aristarchus, a Macedonian from Thessalonica. The next day we put in at Sidon, and Julius, treating Paul kindly, allowed him to go to his friends so they could provide him with what he needed. From there we put out to sea and sailed under the lee of Cyprus because the winds were against us. After we had sailed across the open sea off Cilicia and Pamphylia, we put in at Myra in Lycia. There the centurion found a ship from Alexandria sailing for Italy, and he put us aboard it. We sailed slowly for many days and arrived with difficulty off Cnidus. Because the wind prevented us from going any farther, we sailed under the lee of Crete off Salmone. With difficulty we sailed along the coast of Crete and came to a place called Fair Havens that was near the town of Lasea.”) Under the lee? Means islands protection from wind.

    An apostle is, one whom Jesus witnessed through. Remember Paul was under the guidance and protection of Jesus, coworkers were called to assist him, together they witnessed and started Churches of God, including in the providence of Asia. It seems that Paul made three trips back to Jerusalem. (That last trip included bringing provisions for the Saints, which he was in the process of doing when he taught from the seventh to the second day of the week.) He was warned in Jerusalem about troubles awaiting him. Radical Judeans, stirred up by Synagogue officials, opposed Paul’s conduct. A Roman military commander saved Paul by arresting the radicals and enabling him to witness to governors Felix, Festus, king Agrippa and a multitude of others. Agrippa said; Paul could’ve been freed except for his appeal to Emperor Caesar. So, Paul is in route to Rome and likely the only apostle to go there.

Jesus used this violent storm to demonstrate Paul’s apostleship. “It was the third holy season, after the annual Sabbath “Atonement.”

(Acts 27:9-20; Since considerable time had passed and the voyage was now dangerous because the fast was already over, Paul advised them, “Men, I can see the voyage is going to end in disaster and great loss not only of the cargo and the ship, but also of our lives.” ((The fast refers to the Jewish Day of Atonement, “Yom Kippur.” As now the fall season is dangerous as winter winds would soon occur.)) (See also Suetonius, Life of Claudius 18; Josephus, J. W. 1.14.2-3 [1.279-281). “But the centurion was more convinced by the captain and the ship’s owner than by what Paul said. Because the harbor was not suitable to spend the winter in, the majority decided to put out to sea from there. They hoped that some-how they could reach Phoenix, a harbor of Crete facing southwest and northwest and spend the winter there.

   When a gentle south wind sprang up, they thought to carry out their purpose, so they weighed anchor and sailed close along the coast of Crete. Not long after this, a hurricane-force wind called the northeaster blew down from the island. When the ship was caught in it and could not head into the wind, we gave way to it and were driven along. As we ran under the lee of a small island called Cauda, we were able with difficulty to get the ship’s boat under control. After the crew had hoisted it aboard, they used supports, to undergird the ship. Fearing they would run aground on the Syrtis, they lowered the sea anchor, thus letting themselves be driven along.

    The next day, because we were violently battered by the storm, they began throwing the cargo overboard and on the third day they threw the ship’s gear overboard with their own hands. When neither sun nor stars appeared for many days and a violent storm continued to batter us, we finally abandoned all hope of being saved.) ((Paul and companions kept the annual Sabbath Atonement, “Yom Kippur” and some had continued their fasting.))

    (Acts 27:21-26; Since many of them had no desire to eat, Paul stood up among them and said, “Men, you should have listened to me and not put out to sea from Crete, thus avoiding this damage and loss. And now I advise you to keep up your courage, for there will be no loss of life among you, but only the ship will be lost. For last night an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I serve came to me and said, ‘Do not be afraid, Paul! You must stand before Caesar, and God has graciously granted you the safety of all who are sailing with you.’ Therefore, keep up your courage, for I have faith in God that it will be just as I have been told. But we must run aground on some island.” (Some 14 days had passed, they were now in the middle of, “Feast of Tabernacles.) (Acts 27:27-32; When the fourteenth night had come, while we were being driven across the Adriatic Sea, about midnight the sailors suspected they were approaching some land. They took soundings and found the water was twenty fathoms deep; when they had sailed a little farther, they took soundings again and found it was fifteen fathoms deep. Because they were afraid that we would run aground on the rocky coast, they threw out four anchors from the stern and wished for day to appear. (Then when the sailors tried to escape from the ship and were lowering the ship’s boat into the sea, pretending that they were going to put out anchors from the bow, Paul said to the centurion and the soldiers, “Unless these men stay with the ship, you cannot be saved.”) Then the soldiers cut the ropes of the ship’s boat and let it drift away.”

    (Acts 27:33-42; As day was about to dawn, Paul urged them all to take some food, saying, “Today is the fourteenth day you have been in suspense and have gone without food; you have eaten nothing. Therefore I urge you to take some food, for this is important for your survival. For not one of you will lose a hair from his head.” After he said this, Paul took bread and gave thanks to God in front of them all, broke it, and began to eat. So, all of them were encouraged and took food themselves. (We were in all two hundred seventy-six persons on the ship.) When they had eaten enough to be satisfied, they lightened the ship by throwing the wheat into the sea. (Shipwrecked) (Acts 27:39-44; When day came, they did not recognize the land, but they noticed a bay with a beach, where they decided to run the ship aground if they could. So, they slipped the anchors and left them in the sea, at the same time loosening the linkage that bound the steering oars together. Then they hoisted the foresail to the wind and steered toward the beach. But they encountered a patch of crosscurrents and ran the ship aground; the bow stuck fast and could not be moved, but the stern was being broken up by the force of the waves. Now the soldiers’ plan was to kill the prisoners so that none of them would escape by swimming away. But the centurion, wanting to save Paul’s life, prevented them from carrying out their plan. He ordered those who could swim to jump overboard first and get to land, and the rest were to follow, some on planks and some on pieces of the ship. And in this way all were brought safely to land.”)

    MALTA: (Acts 28:1-5; “After we had safely reached shore, we learned that the island was called Malta. The local inhabitants showed us extraordinary kindness, for they built a fire and welcomed us all because it had started to rain and was cold. When Paul had gathered a bundle of brushwood and was putting it on the fire, a viper came out because of the heat and fastened itself on his hand. When the local people saw the creature hanging from Paul’s hand, they said to one another, “No doubt this man is a murderer! Although he has escaped from the sea, Justice herself has not allowed him to live!” However, Paul shook the creature off into the fire and suffered no harm, but they were expecting that he was going to swell up or suddenly drop dead. So, after they had waited a long time and had seen nothing unusual happen to him, they changed their minds and said he was a god.)

Mark closed his gospel account with Jesus telling His apostles in part. (Mark 16:12-20; “After this He, (Jesus) appeared in a different form, two of them while they were on their way to the country. He rebuked them for their unbelief and hardness of heart because they did not believe them who had seen Him resurrected. These signs will accompany those who believe: (In My name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new languages; they will pick up snakes with their hands, and whatever poison they drink will not harm them; they will place their hands on the sick and they will be well.) After the had spoken to them, he was taken up into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God.) (Always read the whole.)

Jesus healed father of Publius through Paul.

 (Acts 28:7-10; Now in the region around that place were fields belonging to the chief official of the island, named Publius, who welcomed us and entertained us hospitably as guests for three days. The father of Publius lay sick in bed, suffering from fever and dysentery. Paul went in to see him and after praying, placed his hands on him and healed him. After this had happened, many of the people on the island who were sick also came and were healed. They also bestowed many honors and when we were preparing to sail, they gave us all the supplies we needed.) ((This appears to be the last recorded supernatural healings by Jesus through an apostle.)) Followers of Jesus should still lay hands on the sick and pray for healing when inspired. Believers in will be healed, if not in this age, in the coming millennial age.   ((Review Acts 3: Jesus revealed to Peter and John; gifted knowing faith that the lame man would be healed.))