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The Family, chapter 3

May 7th, 2021

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    People are coached to say, ‘Jesus is the Son of God’, ‘they love God’ etc, are speaking without understanding. Coaching is likely from sources whose god condones many imaginary beliefs, ‘unless the ways of God are revealed practiced and loved.’ It’s what Jesus’ apostle John communicated to God’s church when Jesus is revealed. 

    (1John 4:15-19; 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 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.)

   As Jesus is, so are we in this world? That is, if He resides in us, we are as Jesus, meaning our practices mimic His.  Protestant Christendom folk teach, (do a public confession, ‘say you believe in Jesus as Savior, turn from sin, and you are saved.’) What’s omitted? (Understanding, Jesus’ past, present and future deity, knowing God revealed the Holy Scripture; ‘opposed to simply believing Jesus lived and died for the remission of sin.’) (Believing in Jesus begins with looking to Him as Lord over your life practices, Originator of life, Re-creator, Creator, Deliverer, Redeemer, Mediator, and coming King of Kings. Such a belief produces a loving desire to please and obey Jesus as He God the Father.

    Christendom’s believe, and confess your sin crowd, teach a latitude of life choices. Called gifted to believe in people accepts the reality that God’s inspired word is absolute, and to be practiced out of a loving respect. These know Jesus as Lord, don’t desire alternate choices regarding practices, ‘what to turn from, what to turn to’, because it’s revealed to the mind, ‘knowing they’re bought with the price of Jesus’ shed blood.’ Know Jesus nourishes as a Vine the branch, and leads as a Shepherd the sheep.

Denominations practice many divisonary ways, according to what seems right to their fleshly nature - intellect, don’t define one being Christ Like, only a religion with choice ways.  According to Jesus it’s a must that His followers practice His truth, not many, but one truth. His aren’t evolving traditions, and not popular with the world. He told us who this world’s system of things worshiped, defining religions as ‘the blind leading the blind.’ Even people who only read the Holy Scriptures know that Jesus taught, ‘it’s the many that are deceived.’ He inspired Matthew, Mark and Luke to record His word in this regard.

(Luke 21:8; Watch out that you are not misled. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am He,’ and time is near. Do not follow them!) (Mark 13:5-6; Watch out that no one misleads you. Many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am He,’ and they will mislead many.) (Matthew 24:5; For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will mislead many.) We should know to, watch out, for the most popular doctrines, traditions, and practices. (When one is led to believe IN God, “practicing His Way rather than what may seem right, demonstrates believing IN.” Religions teach a belief in a god of personal choice, make manufactured deities out to be one fitting their personal ideas. Many denominations allow membership to people practicing life styles that are an abomination to our Creator. Differing the revelations Jesus gave His apostle Paul.)

(Rom 3:4; 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.) A quote from Psalms 51:4.

(John 3:18-21; The one who believes Jesus is not condemned. The one who does NOT believe has been condemned already, because he has not believed IN the name of the One and only Son of God. Now this is the basis for judging: that the Light has come into the world and people loved the darkness rather than the Light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone who does evil deeds hates the light and does not come to the light, so that their deeds will not be exposed. But the one who practices the truth comes to the Light, so that it may be plainly evident that his deeds have been done in God.)

    Coming to The Light is practicing of truth. We must consider every human teacher a liar, until proven in Jesus’ light. How many professing Christians are led to this mind set? John recorded Jesus’ words on this subject, recording Jesus saying; “seeing Me is to see the Father.”

(John 12:44-50; But Jesus shouted out, The one who believes IN Me does not, believe in Me, but in the One who sent Me, and the one who sees Me sees the One who sent Me. I have come as a Light into the world, so that everyone who believes in Me should not remain in darkness. If anyone hears My words and does not obey them, I do not judge him. For I have not come to judge the world, but to save the world. The one who rejects Me and does not accept My words has a judge; the word I have spoken will judge him at the last day. For I have not spoken from My own authority, but the Father Himself who sent Me has commanded Me what I should say and what I should speak. And I know that His commandment is eternal life. Thus the things I say, I say just as the Father has told Me.)

Jesus taught nothing His Father had not approved! Likewise, we must only teach what’s approved by Jesus.

Practices according to what seems right is idolatry, and makes a person their own god, which is what we’re prone to do, until His truth is revealed, miraculously.

Jesus teaches that Satan is real, and has many followers. Following any, other than Jesus, as He’s manifested to be, is idolatry. Satan leads some to make gods of the law by idolizing it. God’s ten commandments can be misused when His spiritual intent isn’t understood. Some religions make their own laws, some as an allegory symbolizing God’s commandments. Such feel good about developing their own standards, when in the name of Jesus it’s viewed as, committing spiritual adultery. Consider Paul’s explanation to the Galatians regarding laws, covenants, God’s promise and freedom.

(Gal 4:21-31; Tell me, you who want to be under the law, do you not understand the law? For it is written that Abraham had two sons, one by the slave woman and the other by the free woman. The son by the slave woman, was born by natural descent, while the other, the son by the free woman, was born through the promise. (These things may be treated as an allegory, for these women represent two covenants.) One is from Mount Sinai bearing children for slavery; this is Hagar. Now Hagar represents Mount Sinai in Arabia and corresponds to the present Jerusalem, for she is in slavery with her children.

    But the Jerusalem above is free, and she is our mother. For it is written: “Rejoice, O barren woman who does not bear children; break forth and shout, you who have no birth pains, because the children of the desolate woman are more numerous than those of the woman who has a husband.)

Children of the desolate woman are numerous and enslaved to their personal views, children of the woman with a husband is free, saved by promise.

But you brothers and sisters, are children of the promise like Isaac. But, just as at that time the one born by natural descent persecuted the one, born, according to the spirit, so it is now. But what does the scripture say? “Throw out the slave woman and her son, for the son of the slave woman will not share the inheritance with the son” of the free woman. Therefore brothers and sisters, we ARE NOT children of the slave woman but of the free woman.)

Freedom in Christ is by promise as was Isaac’s birth. Christians are called by promise, as a predestined wife, ‘Jesus’ church’ and head of the church is Jesus. Christians are Believers IN God, and spiritually law abiding. Christians love God’s Law, and obey in His spiritual intent. Practicing truth shows a belief in Jesus, God the Father and His promises, as did Abraham. (Gal 3:29; If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s descendants, heirs according to the promise.)

From the beginning, Satan’s purpose is, “cause people made in God’s image, doubt their Creator, regarding right, wrong good and evil. Consider Genesis 2:15-17; The Lord God took the man and placed him in the orchard in Eden to care for it and to maintain it. Then the Lord God commanded the man, “You may freely eat fruit from every tree of the orchard, but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will surely die.)

Its God’s prerogative to establish rules for, “what’s right, wrong, good, and evil.” Self serving people can’t know, nor discern these things from within their fleshly animalistic nature. Satan knew they’d desire knowledge independent of God, so he sold disobedience. Result: all people inherited Adam’s sin nature, that payoff is eternal death. Thus Jesus inspired Paul to write the following.

(Rom 6:23; For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ.) The originator of life, ‘Jesus’ created life to be in the blood, so, eternal life can only be through believing in Jesus’ shed blood for the remission of sin, planned before the foundation of the world. Satan wants people’s thinking independent of God for his destructive purpose.

(Genesis 3:4-5; The serpent called God a liar, saying to the woman, surely you will 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.)

    People can’t practice Jesus’ truth, and live Satan’s lie simultaneously; thinking people are born to live forever someplace, “that is have immortality from birth is a twist of many truths. Worshipfully yielding to imaginary gods, including one’s intellect is spiritual adultery.

    (Luke 16:10-13; The one who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and the one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much. If then you haven’t been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will entrust you with the true riches? And if you haven’t been trustworthy with someone else’s property, who will give you your own? No servant can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.)

Abominable to Jesus, things, ways, and practices are abominable to His followers. To practice truth one must be gifted to know truth.

The Family, chapter 2

May 4th, 2021

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    All people have instinctive, fleshly love, for ‘me, mine and ours.’ Instinctive love differs from Godly love, it isn‘t altruistic, God’s altruistic love considers others’ benefits more than their own. God is love, and when born from above, we’re ‘supernaturally gifted with a new nature’ we consider all things from God’s view.

    Only Jesus was a, ‘born of the spirit person.’ Impregnated by God’s spirit, in the womb of His mother ‘Mary’, purposely allowed to overcome the flesh and grow spiritually so people’s sins could be remitted through His shed blood.  

    (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.)

    Before His fleshly birth Jesus was the Son of God, the Alpha & Omega, Re-creator, Creator, and One through whom all things were allocated. Jesus had His apostle Paul explain; (Col 1:15-20; He 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 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 was pleased to have all His fullness dwell in the Son, and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself by making peace through the blood of His cross — through Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven.)

    The Son of God ’Jesus’, originator of life, willingly served in the flesh, and willingly became the sacrificial Lamb, who’d die for the sins of the world. He left us a historical legacy for our learning.  The Noah day flood, Sodom and Gomorrah, Israel’s history for all to see. (See ‘Acts of the Apostles’, chapter 7: (a young deacon named ‘Stephen’ presented an over view of Israel’s history up to the time of Jesus.) One who’d become Jesus’ apostle witnessed his stoning, condoned his murder, ‘then Jesus revealed Himself to him as he travel to Damascus to murder and persecute more followers of Jesus.

    Jesus giving sin laden countries to the Israelites was the loving thing to do, as was His coming in the flesh as the ‘Son of God - Lamb of God’ to demonstrate Godly attributes, and give of Himself, with no thought of usurping His Father’s position. He’s our Mediator, demonstrating Godly love that isn’t understood from within our inherited from Adam, animalistic intellect.

      (Philippians 2:3-11; Instead of being motivated by selfish ambition or vanity, each of you should, in humility, be moved to treat one another as more important than yourself. Each of you should be concerned not only about your own interests, but about the interests of others as well. You should have the same attitude toward one another that Christ Jesus had, who though He existed in the form of God did not regard equality with God as something to be grasped, but emptied Himself by taking on the form of a slave, by looking like other men, and by sharing in human nature. 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.)     

     People don’t naturally inherit altruistic love for one another. Godly love is gifted supernaturally from above. Only through His abiding spirit, are people able to love as Jesus loved. That is, ‘only when fathered by the Holy Spirit are people gifted with Godly love; even for enemies.

    Followers of Jesus love less by comparison, ‘the unrighteous.’ His followers have a gifted love for each, ‘but hate ourselves, and others inherited self serving way. Followers of Jesus are given to understand, ‘from where God has supernaturally brought us.’ Recognize that we each once yielded to what seemed right to that inherited from Adam nature.

    Instinctively most have fleshly love of spouse, children, next of kin, and our stuff, through our sin nature inherited from Adam; that is, ‘we tend to desire our own way,’ the way that seems right, to our fleshly mind. We’re prone to be self centered, self righteous, and love dominance. Fleshly love leads each down the broad destructive road, until God is supernaturally revealed, and imputes a nature change. Jesus referred to this change as, ‘being born again’, ‘born from above’, or ‘Fathered by God.’

      LOVE, the word; is thrown around habitually in daily speech, its intended meaning from God’s View is lost in these modern times. (The love chapter in Holy Scripture is, ‘first Corinthians 13: and its last sentence reads; (Now these three remain: faith, hope, and love, but the greatest of these is love.)

   Without gifted Godly love imputed to our minds, ‘faith and hope prayers amount to what‘s good for, ‘me, mine and ours.’ People like to define words like ‘love’ and ‘truth’ from within what seems right, rather than what God says is right. In other words, it’s in our instinctive nature to be gods to ourselves. This makes unbelieving people deny creation, reject God’s way, and, live an idolatrous life of deciding for self, ‘thus a god to themselves.’

    We use words like, ‘imputed to the mind’ because Godly love is a gifted imputation, a supernatural opening of understanding! Love is understood by a, ‘peculiar to the world people’, ’God‘s choosing.’ Consider Jesus’ apostle John’s definition of Godly love, obviously its more than fleshly love.

   (1John 4:7-14; Dear friends, let us love one another, because love is from God, and everyone who loves has been fathered by God and knows God. The person who does not love does not know God, because God is love. By this the love of God is revealed in us: that God has sent His One and only Son into the world so that we may live through Him. 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, 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.)

    These aren’t mere words, nor without truth understanding. TRUTH to people, ‘without imputed revelation is mere words.’ A coined term, ‘spiritual DNA’ may apply. Consider that as we look at John’s next five verses.

    (1John 4:15-19; 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 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. One who fears punishment has not been perfected in love. We love because He loved us first.)

      The foundation of knowing faith is to know we’re created in God’s image and for His purpose. We learn to make our speech pure in meaning, as His word is understood.

    We should note in these verses, that Jesus’ inspiration to John includes, God the Father and God the Son. He sent His Son and His Son was totally yielded to His Father.

    Jesus teaches us through His sample prayer, address His Father. In Jesus’ prayer, ‘during His ministry on earth’ (it’s clear that God the Father and God the Son are ONE in purpose, and Jesus is now with His Father at His heavenly throne. They’ll each reside in New Jerusalem, there’ll no longer be any curse, the throne of God and the Lamb will be New Jerusalem. See Rev 22:3) For this study consider chapters 21 & 22)

      (Mark 12:28-34; Now, one of the experts in the law came and heard them debating. When he saw that Jesus answered them well, he asked Him, Which commandment is the most important of all? Jesus answered, the most important is: (listen, Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is One. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.) (The second is: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” The expert in the law said to Him, that is true Teacher; you are right to say that He is One, and there is no one else besides Him. And to love Him with all your heart, with all your mind, and with all your strength and to love your neighbor as yourself is more important than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.” When Jesus saw that he had answered thoughtfully, He said to him, you are not far from the kingdom of God. Then no one dared any longer to question Him.)

     To love God with all our being, love neighbor as ourselves, must be gifted from above. Jesus is speaking of Godly gifted love, and revealed the same to John. Not instinctive inherited fleshly love, that’s mere words. Jesus inspired His prophet Micah to pen.

    (Micah 6:8; He has told you, O man, what is good, and what the Lord really wants from you: He wants you to promote justice, (KJV “love mercy”) be faithful, and to live obediently before your God.) To the Israelites Jesus spoke through Moses. 

    (Deuteronomy 7:7-11; It is NOT because you were more numerous than all the other peoples that the Lord favored and chose you – for in fact you were the least numerous of all peoples. Rather it is because of His love for you and His faithfulness to the promise He solemnly vowed to your ancestors that the Lord brought you out with great power, redeeming you from the place of slavery, from the power of Pharaoh king of Egypt. So realize that the Lord your God is the true God, the faithful God who keeps covenant faithfully with those who love Him and keep His commandments, to a thousand generations, but who pays back those who hate Him as they deserve and destroys them. He will not ignore those who hate Him but will repay them as they deserve! So keep the commandments, statutes, and ordinances that I today am commanding you to do.)

    Promises to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob are perpetual and will be carried out during Jesus’ millennial rule on earth.

      God is still in the business of choosing, and redeeming from the slavery of sin. The LORD’S loving promises to Abraham are extended to Believers. Jesus’ apostle Paul explained to the Galatians.

      (For in Christ Jesus you are all Sons of God through 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.) Gal 3:26-29.

      Believers are one in Jesus! ONE in the same way that God the Father and Jesus Christ the Son are ONE! AT ONE in righteousness, is Godly love. All people have a degree of instinctive love for self, we love ourselves and ours.

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

      We don’t know all the whys. We know we’re creation, and all things are at God’s prerogative. We know, ‘born from above is likened to wind’ we know if we have a changed outlook. It’s God’s love in action. Study John 3:

The Family, chapter 1

May 1st, 2021

   T0: 32,564 ‘Church of God teaching.’ God’s 2nd Mo. Lyyar 19, 5,781, 5/1/21.   Maturity and Godly faith is needed in marriage and child rearing. Light heartiness and youthfulness in marriage relations is good; but, not a good mix in child rearing. Children are born with a, ’me first mentality.’ In need of Godly correction and discipline with love. They’re quick to pick up on parental and societal hypocrisy, and likely to mimic these hypocrisies when God’s truth isn’t taught. The mark is missed when the ten commandments and oracles of God aren’t taught.

Satan’s influence on modern world thinking is; confusion but God isn’t the author of confusion/disorder. (See 1Cor 14:33 - KJT) Confusion’s result is, unhappy homes, unfaithful marriages, lack of loyalty and disruptive children. (Satan’s is the get way, and (giving children an abundance of stuff in place of loving discipline is counterfeit love.) God’s is the ‘way of give’, giving of time, and self with outgoing love, fashions godly children.) Parents exercising self discipline with discipline are mimicked by children. Our Creator’s attributes that need to be mimicked is that of love, mercy, grace and practice. Parent duty is, (be consistent in teaching discipline with love.) Intended result should be; (respect of authority, concern for others and knowledge of God’s way. These are a few things people will learn and practice when Jesus returns, communities will understand children’s needs.

Today Jesus is still teaching through Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, Joseph, His apostles and prophets’ examples. Godly principles don’t change; Peter shares God’s loving attributes by His destroying un-godliness during Abraham and Lot’s day.

    Abraham and nephew Lot accumulated animal herds, wealth and servants, they decided among themselves to separate because of arguments between their servants. Abraham had the mind to stay in rural areas; Lot’s choice put him among many unbelievers. Lot, his wife and children were exposed to and influenced by bad examples, and false teachers.

    Jesus’ apostle Peter used Lot’s family example for our learning in this latter age, this age in which Satan is the world’s god.(See 2Corinthians 4:3-4)

(2Peter 2:1-3; But false prophets arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. These false teachers will infiltrate your midst with destructive heresies, even to the point of denying the Master who bought them. As a result, they will bring swift destruction on themselves. And many will follow their debauched lifestyles. Because of these false teachers, ‘the way of truth will be slandered.’ And in their greed they will exploit you with deceptive words. Their condemnation pronounced long ago is not sitting idly by; their destruction is not asleep.)

Architect; ‘our Creator, Lord and Savior Jesus’, foreknew all things, and pronounced the result of people’s learning the false way. The many are destined to follow the broad false way; lacking understanding and yielding to false teachers. Few are led to question, and meditate on their chosen way of living. Few are led to independently look to God and His Word for individual guidance. The majority practice the way of sin, ‘lawlessness in God’s view’ regarding their conduct, in marriage, and training their children.) RESULT of such worship has been pronounced in advance! The question? Who has the mind to pay attention to their Creator’s laws given for their good?

(2Peter 2:4-10; For if God did not spare the angels who sinned, but threw them into HELL (Greek – TARTARUS - study the meaning below,) and locked them up in chains in utter darkness, to be kept until the judgment, and if He did not spare the ancient world, but did protect Noah, a herald of righteousness, along with seven others, when God brought a flood on an ungodly world, and if He turned to ashes the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah when He condemned them to destruction, having appointed them to serve as an example to future generations of the ungodly, and if He rescued Lot, a righteous man in anguish over the debauched lifestyle of lawless men, (for while he lived among them day after day, that righteous man was tormented in his righteous soul by the lawless deeds he saw and heard) – if so, then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from their trials, and to reserve the unrighteous for punishment at the day of judgment, especially those who indulge their fleshly desires and who despise authority.)

(TARTARUS, in Greek, is as in casting into, or holding captive.) This Greek verb - occurs only here in the New Testament, but its meaning is clearly established in both Hellenistic and Jewish literature. (Tartarus was thought of by the Greeks, ‘as a subterranean place lower than Hades where divine punishment was meted out, and so regarded in Israelite apocalyptic as well.) (BDAG 991 s.v.) Grammatically, it has been translated as an indicative because it is an attendant circumstance participle.)

The characteristics and plight of such leader’s of people, are described in Peter’s later part of verses 10-15.) (The “hell, hades, tartarus teaching” became a part of all demonic inspired religions, from the foundational lie Satan spoke to Eve, calling God a liar.) Saying, God knows that you will not surely die, but be as divine beings. The idea; you would not surely die, transpired into the thinking, ‘that all people are born immortal.’ Meaning, at death, there’s a final separation, of good and bad people living forever, but in separate place.

(2Peter 2:10-16; Brazen and insolent, they are not afraid to insult the glorious ones, yet even angels, who are much more powerful, do not bring a slanderous judgment against them before the Lord. But these men, like irrational animals – creatures of instinct, born to be caught and destroyed – do not understand whom they are insulting, and consequently in their destruction they will be destroyed, suffering harm as the wages for their harmful ways. By considering it a pleasure to carouse in broad daylight, they are stains and blemishes, indulging in their deceitful pleasures when they feast together with you. Their eyes, full of adultery, never stop sinning; they entice unstable people. They have trained their hearts for greed, these cursed children! By forsaking the right path they have gone astray, because they followed the way of Balaam son of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness, yet was rebuked for his own transgression (a dumb donkey, speaking with a human voice, restrained the prophet’s madness.)

BALAAM was one knowing the ways of God, but loved the, preeminence – status, or position” a Gentile government could offer. God allowed Balaam to lead His people to inner-marry with unbelieving gentiles.

(2Peter 2:17-22; These men (likened to Balaam) are waterless springs and mists driven by a storm, for whom the utter depths of darkness have been reserved. For by speaking high-sounding but empty words they are able to entice, with fleshly desires and with debauchery, (immoral behavior) people who have just escaped from those who reside in error. Although these false teachers promise such people freedom, they themselves are enslaved to immorality. For whatever a person succumbs to, to that he is enslaved. For if after they have escaped the filthy things of the world through the rich knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they again get entangled in them and succumb to them, their last state has become worse for them than their first. For, it would have been better for them never to have known the way of righteousness, than having known it, to turn back from the holy commandment that had been delivered to them. They are illustrations of this true proverb: A dog returns to its own vomit, and A sow, after washing herself, wallows in the mire.)

Peter is describing this world’s populations. The lesson for families in this age of immoral behaviors is, ‘LOOK TO GOD rather than people for the correct life style God blesses. Look to God, rather than modern day psychologist, regarding the training of children. (For whatever a person succumbs to, to that he is enslaved.)

At the time of Peter’s writing, all the apostles were very concerned about false teachers entering God’s churches and confusing the people. Consider Peter’s continued words at chapter 3: written to this converted to God’s Way congregation.

(2Peter 3:1-7; Dear friends, this is already the second letter I have written you, in which I am trying to stir up your pure mind by way of reminder: I want you to recall both the predictions foretold by the holy prophets, and the commandment of the Lord and Savior through your apostles. Above all, understand this: In the last days blatant scoffers will come, being propelled by their own evil urges and saying, “Where is His promised return? For ever since our ancestors died, all things have continued as they were from the beginning of creation.” For they deliberately suppress this fact, that by the Word of God heavens existed long ago and this earth was formed out of water and by means of water. Through these things the world existing at that time was destroyed when it was deluged with water. But by the same Word the present heavens and earth have been reserved for fire, by being kept for the day of judgment, and destruction of the ungodly.)

Jesus and each apostle taught the destruction of ungodly people, ‘a burning up.’ Satan’s successes are many; he literally has this earth’s populations upside down, confused about a multitude of things. He has succeeded through this world’s education system, how families should live, and rear their children. We are truly in a time much like, Lot experienced. Divorce, unfaithfulness, homosexuality is all around us, and condoned by the majorities. The only answer is the return of our Lord, Shepherd and Savior, Jesus Christ. (His View Assemblies)

From Jesus’ Good News, book, chapter 25

April 26th, 2021

When we’re led to believe IN, and practice Jesus’ teachings through His Prophets and apostles, we do need to count the cost. The cost is an ostracizing society.  Each worldly religion and people group have accepted the demonic philosophy, ‘what is true for one may not be true for another’, such as, ‘truth isn’t absolute.’ Such philosophies play into Satan’s desire to confuse the world. But Satan’s confusing, demonizing way is coming to an end. Pay attention to Jesus’ prophesy for Israel and the world through Jeremiah.

    (Jeremiah 3:14-25; Come back to Me, My wayward sons,” says the Lord, for I am your true Master. If you do, I will take one of you from each town and two of you from each family group, and I will bring you back to Zion. I will give you leaders who will be faithful to Me. They will lead you with knowledge and insight.

    In those days, your population will greatly increase in the land. At that time, says the Lord, “people will no longer talk about having the ark that contains the Lord’s covenant with us.” They will not call it to mind, remember it, or miss it. No, that will not be done any more! At that time the city of Jerusalem will be called the Lord’s throne. All nations will gather there in Jerusalem to honor the Lord’s name. They will no longer follow the stubborn inclinations of their own evil hearts. At that time the nation of Judah and the nation of Israel will be reunited. Together they will come back from a land in the north to the land that I gave to your ancestors as a permanent possession.

    I thought to Myself, ‘Oh what a joy it would be for Me to treat you like a son! What a joy it would be for Me to give you a pleasant land, the most beautiful piece of property there is in all the world!’ I thought you would call Me, ‘Father’ and would never cease being loyal to Me. But, you have been unfaithful to Me; nation of Israel,  like an unfaithful wife who has left her husband,’ says the Lord.

    A noise is heard on the hilltops. It is the sound of the people of Israel crying and pleading to their gods. Indeed they have followed sinful ways; they have forgotten to be true to the Lord their God.

   Come back to Me, you wayward people. I want to cure your waywardness. Say, ‘Here we are. We come to You because You are the Lord our God. We know our noisy worship of false gods on the hills and mountains did not help us. We know that the Lord our God is the only One who can deliver Israel.

    From earliest times our worship of that shameful god, Baal, has taken away all that our ancestors worked for. It has taken away our flocks and our herds, and even our sons and daughters. Let us acknowledge our shame. Let us bear the disgrace that we deserve. For we have sinned against the Lord our God, both we and our ancestors. From earliest times to this very day we have not obeyed the Lord our God.’)

    A few chapters back, we shared Isaiah 35: and portions of Zachariah which concurs with this Jeremiah prophecy and there is much more. As always study the whole.

    All Jesus’ apostles believed in Jesus’ return to rule on earth with His followers. Jesus’ apostles and many others were persecuted and killed for teaching this amazing truth.

Peter’s desire was to stir up our minds.

(2Peter 3:1-4; Dear friends, this is already the second letter I have written you, in which I am trying to stir up your pure mind by way of reminder: I want you to recall both the predictions foretold by the holy prophets and the commandment of the Lord and Savior through your apostles. Above all, understand this: In the last days blatant scoffers will come, being propelled by their own evil urges and saying, “Where is His promised return? For ever since our ancestors died, all things have continued as they were from the beginning of creation.)

    False teachers with their, ‘heaven - hell doctrines’ take followers away from the predictions of Jesus’ holy prophets, and apostles regarding His return with power to assume His kingdom on earth. They ignore Jesus’ Words, (Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets. I have not come to abolish these things but to fulfill them. I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth pass away not the smallest letter or stroke of a letter will pass from the law until everything takes place. So anyone who breaks one of the least of these commands and teaches others to do so will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever obeys them and teaches others to do so will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For, I tell you, unless your righteousness goes beyond that of the experts in the law and the Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.) Matt 5:17-20)

    FACT: God’s Word is absolute; if any one school of theology were teaching God’s truth; others would be teaching error and thus be serving the devil!

    (2 Peter 3:5-7; For they deliberately suppress this fact, that by the word of God heavens existed long ago and an earth was formed out of water and by means of water. Through these things the world existing at that time was destroyed when it was deluged with water. But by the same Word the present heavens and earth have been reserved for fire, by being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly.

    Peter understood what modern science has been groping with for years. Modern educators suppress the fact that by the Word of our Creator, the heavens and this earth existed before Adams creation. God formed this earth out of water, by means of water before a recreation. Worldly religions too, suppress this fact. It comes down to the matter of, ‘believing IN” rather than, “believing THAT.”

   Fact suppressors prefer teaching this present age’s end, culminates with a hell fire, rather than Jesus’ truth regarding His return with power, the resurrections,  and His bringing peace and healing a sin sick world.

    (2 Peter 3:8-9; Now, dear friends, do not let this one thing escape your notice, that a single day is like a thousand years with the Lord and a thousand years are like a single day. The Lord is not slow concerning His promise, as some regard slowness, but is being patient toward you, because He does not wish for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.)

    Jesus’ millennial age is coming, when all who sincerely call on the name of Jesus will be saved! May we learn to wait patiently on His promises, is Peter’s instruction. Also study the prophet Joel’s revelations.

    (2 Peter 3:10; But the day of the Lord will come like a thief; when it comes, the heavens will disappear with a horrific noise, and the celestial bodies will melt away in a blaze, and the earth and every deed done on it will be laid bare.)

    Peter’s prophecy includes Jesus’ coming with His Saints, the millennia and its end, when New Jerusalem comes down.

    (2 Peter 3:11-13; Since all these things are to melt away in this manner, what sort of people must we be, conducting our lives in holiness and godliness, while waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God? Because of this day, the heavens will be burned up and dissolve and the celestial bodies will melt away in a blaze! But, according to His promise, we are waiting for new heavens and a new earth, in which righteousness truly resides.)

(Peter’s prophecy is for times beyond New Jerusalem and the millennial end.)    We Believers are looking for Jesus’ next coming, our being raised to His likeness, Satan being bound, more physical resurrections, all Israel being saved, and knowledge of God filling this earth as water the sea.

    Afterward Satan will be loosed for a season, he’ll be allowed to gather his followers for final judgment: ‘the second death.’ God the Father will then come down with New Jerusalem.

     As revealed to John, New Jerusalem is a holy and glorious city, its foundations named for the apostles of the Lamb and its gates named for the 12 tribes of Israel.

  (Jesus’ apostle John suggested we read ‘the Book of Revelations out loud; and promises blessing for doing so.) (2 Peter 3:14-18; Therefore, dear friends, since you are waiting for these things, strive to be found at peace, without spot or blemish, when you come into His presence. And regard the patience of our Lord as salvation, 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. Therefore, dear friends, since you have been forewarned, be on your guard that you do not get led astray by the error of these unprincipled men and fall from your firm grasp on The Truth. But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him is the honor both now and on that eternal day.) May we allow God’s Word be true, though every person a liar. (Paul said it; ‘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.)

    Being Christ like is not a religion; it’s being AT ONE with Jesus. ‘Christ Like’ has nothing to do with, so called modern Christendom. (Roman, Orthodox Catholic, or any form of Protestantism does not make one a Christian.) (Christians are followers of that Jesus, whose apostles and Abraham’s heirs follow.). Each led to be a friend of, ‘that Jesus who called Moses, and led Israel from Egyptian bondage’ That bondage likened to sin.

    Jesus is destined to fulfill all that the prophets, and David wrote about Him. He is that King of kings and Lord of lords who is coming to rule with His Saints, the Son of God, the One through whom all things were, and are created. Jesus now and will always honor, His Father and our Father, His God and our God.

Jesus’ Good News: One God, one truth, one way, chapter 22 of 22

April 24th, 2021

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    A foreshadowing of Jesus’ good news went out long before His coming in the flesh. (Malachi 3:5-7; And I will come near to you in judgment; and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, against the adulterers, against those who swears falsely, against those that oppress the hirelings in his wages, the widow, the fatherless and that turn aside the strangers from his right, and fear not Me, says the LORD of hosts. For I am the Lord, I change not; therefore you sons of Jacob are not consumed. Even from the days of your fathers you are gone away from My ordinances and have not kept them. Return to Me and I will return to you, says the Lord of host.)

    Our teaching isn’t intended to be all in all on any particular subject. Our purpose is to encourage called out seekers of God’s truth, hoping each prayerful do bible study, and consider all things from God’s point of view. The called recognize that they’re sovereign individuals, ‘who must give account to God at His chosen time’, and responsibly is to prove, test, seek and obey according to Jesus’ revealed faith. The called are led to know comprehension, revelations, and faith aren’t scientific, nor is spiritual understanding. All these, defies human logic!

    Believing there’s something supernatural is natural to the human mind, but believing in, as in trust, and faith in Jesus isn’t spiritually natural. Believing Jesus came, and is now resurrected isn’t believing in Him, ‘believers in Him desire intimacy, ‘at one mindset with Him’, knowing, by faith that Jesus turned water into aged wine; gave physical life back to Lazarus, healed people, and gave life back through His apostle. It’s knowing by revealed faith, that Jesus is, Creator, Re-Creator, Originator of Life, Sustainer, Savior, Mediator, head of His church, and coming King of Kings.

      God’s fourth commandment; when remembered, keeps Him foremost in the mind, worshiping in spirit and truth. He wants His people to remember and know by faith that He’s, ‘I Am that I Am’, One who blesses, and in Him only, is true freedom. When the fourth command isn’t remembered, people soon follow what seems right to themselves.

    His chosen are led to know rationalizing from within the fleshly mind chooses to please self, ‘it’s yielding to the inherited animalistic nature.’ It isn’t looking to God for what is right, wrong, good and evil, but replaced by the desire to be divine, fleshly adequate, self serving, and trusting in one’s intellect. When these things aren’t believed, the result is bondage.

    Remembering God’s Sabbaths is the foundation for knowing His plan for saving the world.

(Exodus 20:8-11; in part) The seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD your God. For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day, wherefore He blessed the Sabbath day, and hallowed it.

Had Israel kept God’s Sabbaths as intended, they wouldn’t have fell to the pitfalls Isaiah describe in chapter 2. When Jesus returns all Israel will subscribe, and yield to the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Soon afterward other nations will come desiring to know about Israel’s God.

(Isaiah 2:1-9; Here is the message about Judah and Jerusalem that was revealed to Isaiah son of Amos. In the future the mountain of the Lord’s temple will endure as the most important of mountains, and will be the most prominent of hills. All the nations will stream to it, many people will come and say, ‘Come, let us go up to the Lord’s mountain, to the temple of the God of Jacob, so He can teach us His requirements, and we can follow His standards.’ For Zion will be the center for moral instruction; the Lord will issue edicts from Jerusalem. He will judge disputes between nations; He will settle cases for many peoples. They will beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks. Nations will not take up the sword against other nations, and they will no longer train for war.

    O descendants of Jacob, come, let us walk in the Lord’s guiding light, the Lord’s Day of Judgment. Indeed, O Lord, you have abandoned your people, the descendants of Jacob.

    For, diviners from the east are everywhere; they consult omen readers like the Philistines do. Plenty of foreigners are around. Their land is full of gold and silver; there is no end to their wealth. Their land is full of horses; there is no end to their chariots. Their land is full of worthless idols; they worship the product of their own hands, what their own fingers have fashioned. Men bow down to them in homage, they lie flat on the ground in worship.)

Descendants of Jacob are spiritually today’s New Covenant Israelites, ‘Christians’ heirs with Abraham. (Review Galatians 3:29 again) God abandoned His People, because they abandoned Him to riches, diviners, and twisters of His Word have deceived all but His Elect. One day, many will be ashamed. (Believers don’t need, ‘mountain & trees identified’, they mean governments and people.)

(Isaiah 2:10-17; Go up into the rocky cliffs, hide in the ground. Get away from the dreadful judgment of the Lord, from His royal splendor! Proud men will be brought low, arrogant men will be humiliated; the Lord alone will be exalted in that day. Indeed, the Lord who commands armies has planned a day of judgment, for all the high and mighty, for all who are proud; they will be humiliated; for all the cedars of Lebanon, that are so high and mighty, for all the oaks of Bashan; for all the tall mountains, for all the high hills, for every high tower, for every fortified wall, for all the large ships, for all the impressive ships, Proud men will be humiliated, arrogant men will be brought low; the Lord alone will be exalted in that day.)

Worldly religions don’t know, God had plans, He knew the pulls of the flesh, Satan’s successes, people’s preference to idol worship, to do what’s seems right to inherited fleshly minds. His plan is to completely eliminate Satan inspired hero idol worship, carved images, and everything that indicates the false way.

Study all Jesus’ prophecies through Isaiah. God has abandoned Israel, and the world for a set time. Only His New Covenant, called out people, believe in Jesus’ commands and spiritual teachings.

God doesn’t give consideration to mortals, ‘whose life’s breath is likened to instinctive animals’, but to the Life Giver, ‘Jesus’ and His apostles. James, Jude, Paul, and Peter experienced problems teaching God’s Way to people. Then and now people desire yielding to preeminence, delicate speech, rather than God.

Zechariah was also commissioned to teach about these latter days.

(Zech 14:1-11; A day of the Lord is about to come when your possessions will be divided as plunder in your midst. For I will gather all the nations against Jerusalem to wage war; the city will be taken, its houses plundered, and the women raped. Then half of the city will go into exile, but the remainder of the people will not be taken away. Then the Lord will go to battle and fight against those nations, just as He fought battles in ancient days.

    On that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives which lies to the east of Jerusalem, and the Mount of Olives will be split in half from east to west, leaving a great valley. Half the mountain will move northward and the other half southward. Then you will escape through My mountain valley, for the mountains will extend to Azal. Indeed, you will flee as you fled from the earthquake in the days of King Uzziah of Judah. Then the Lord My God will come with all His holy ones with Him. On that day there will be no light: the sources of light in the heavens will congeal. It will happen in one day, (a day known to the Lord) not in the day or the night, but in the evening there will be light. Moreover, on that day living waters will flow out from Jerusalem, half of them to the eastern sea and half of them to the western sea; it will happen both in summer and in winter. The Lord will then be king over all the earth.

    In that day the Lord will be seen as One with a single name. All the land will change, and become like the Arabah from Geba to Rimmon, south of Jerusalem; and Jerusalem will be raised up and will stay in its own place from the Benjamin Gate to the site of the First Gate and on to the Corner Gate, and from the Tower of Hananel to the royal winepresses. And people will settle there, there will no longer be the threat of divine extermination: Jerusalem will dwell in security.)

Extermination of Israel, ‘Jews particularly’, has been a demonic plot from before, Jesus’ ascension. Our God will shorten the time to prevent that reality. Satan’s desire to rid the world of Jews, and Christians’ is at work.

(Zech 14:12-21; But this will be the nature of the plague with which the Lord will strike all the nations that have fought against Jerusalem: their flesh will decay while they stand on their feet, their eyes will rot away in their sockets, and their tongues will dissolve in their mouths. On that day there will be great confusion from the Lord among them; they will seize each other and attack one another violently.

    Moreover, Judah will fight at Jerusalem, and the wealth of all the surrounding nations will be gathered up; gold, silver, and clothing in great abundance. This is the kind of plague that will devastate horses, mules, camels, donkeys, and all the other animals in those camps.

    Then all who survive from all the nations that came to attack Jerusalem will go up annually to worship the King, the Lord who rules over all, and to observe the Feast of Tabernacles. But if any of the nations anywhere on earth refuse to go up to Jerusalem to worship the King, the Lord who rules over all, they will get no rain. If the Egyptians will not do so, they will get no rain – instead there will be the kind of plague which the Lord inflicts on any nations that do not go up to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles. This will be the punishment of Egypt and of all nations that do not go up to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles. On that day the bells of the horses will bear the inscription “Holy to the Lord.”

    Cooking pots in the Lord’s temple will be as holy as the bowls in front of the altar. Every cooking pot in Jerusalem and Judah will become holy in the sight of the Lord who rules over all, so that all who offer sacrifices may come and use some of them to boil their sacrifices in them. On that day there will no longer be a Canaanite in the house of the Lord who rules over all.)

These prophecies are real. God’s revelations never described vehicles as we know them today. Jesus’ future rule is the prophecy. The gift of God’s loving faith in His Son, makes His people AT ONE. His Sabbaths and His calendar will be restored for all nations to observe. Roots in paganism will be destroyed. Currently the world is worshiping traditions, and fashion.

   It was in 326 AD that Catholics called selves Christians, and introduced Christmas as we know it today. In 1622 the papacy adopted Jan 1, as the year’s beginning. Allow a portion of Paul’s letter to the Galatians, close this study. We urge study of all God’s prophetic words, Jesus and His apostles teachings.

(Galatians 3:23-29; Now before, faith came we were held in custody under the law, being kept as prisoners until the coming faith would be revealed. Thus the law had become our guardian until Christ, so that we could be declared righteous by faith. But now that, faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian. For in Christ Jesus you, are all sons of God through, 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.)

Gifted faith in Jesus and His promises will help us endure the storms.

Jesus’ Good News: One God, one truth, one way, chapter 21

April 21st, 2021

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     New Covenant Christians Believe in what David, the prophets, and apostles said about Jesus Christ, and God the Father’s selecting, calling, gifting a spiritual desire to be obedient, one in mind, spirit, and with one another. Believing followers of Jesus are predestined, and God the Father makes each a temple of His spirit.

    God’s set aside annual Sabbaths, three seasons foreshadowing saving a chosen people. Jesus’ apostle Paul was gifted to explain to the Corinthians and all believers.

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

    First holy season; Passover and Feast of Unleavened Bread, represents, ‘one believing in Jesus, putting away, or ‘repenting of’ previous erroneous ways, ’thinking’, and putting on Jesus’ view way, trusting in His deeds, and accomplishments for the remission of, ‘the taking away of’ sins.

     Second holy season; Pentecost, ‘Feast of Fruits’, represents God’s giving His spirit, making one as, ‘born again’, ‘born from above’, or ‘fathered.’ Jesus was keeping the third season, last day particularly when He stood and shouted, (John 3:7-7; 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.)

   Third holy season; is four of seven annual Sabbaths in God’s seventh month. They are Trumpets, representing the first resurrection. Atonement; representing, literally being ONE in spirit with God. Feast of Tabernacles, ‘Festival of Booths’ with two annual Sabbaths, 15th and 21st of God’s seventh month, and seven of seventh annual Sabbaths; ‘Last Great day’ the 22nd day of God’s seventh month.     These represent God’s plans through New Jerusalem’s coming down, and final judgment, covenant promises to, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Jesus’ apostles, understanding the important of remember the meaning, and God’s purpose for changing Jacob’s name to ‘Israel’,  meaning, ‘God fights” or ‘fights for,’ and Isaac being Abraham’s son by promise.

    Jacob was God’s chosen son of Isaac, one who’d inherit God’s perpetual spiritual promises. God’s New Jerusalem kingdom gates are named for Jacob’s 12 sons, and its twelve foundations for Jesus’ twelve apostles. All these revolve around God’s promises, and pre-planning for His chosen.

    God gave us parallels through Moses, ‘the Lord God Jesus’ delivery of Israel from Egyptian bondage by promise’, ‘Egypt represented deliverance from sin’s result, through believing in Jesus. The Christian heritage is promised, through Abraham as was Israel’s deliverance. The Lord God Jesus made the nation Israel, and spiritual Israelites His own by promise, and gave each commands for their good. Covenants are by promise, including the ten commandments, attributes, and oracles of God. (Oracles include God’s calendar, Sabbaths reminding of God’s resting, His creation, keeping focus on His deliverance, and our physical bodies being temporary dwellings. Oracles of God include how to rear children, caring for the land by crop rotation, and being careful not to make images of any kind.

    Like Christians, Israel promised obedience as a wife, and the Lord God Jesus promised to be as their husband. Though disobedient, and scattered throughout the pagan world; the Lord God Jesus’ promises to Abraham’s heirs are perpetual.

    He’ll deliver again, and Israel will yet inherit the lands promised Abraham. For starters review a few prophesies: (Isaiah 22:, 35:, 51:, 65:, Jeremiah 31 and Hosea.)

As was the Lord God Jesus’ Old Covenant promised, His New Covenant with Christians are promised. Both are a set aside people for His purpose. Physical circumcision and oracles separated Israelites from the world at large, so too are circumcision of heart Christians set aside, and gifted with the same oracles of God.

None of this world’s uncalled populations understand, nor were physical Israelites given to understand the mystery of God living in His chosen. Before that Pentecost after Jesus’ ascension, His chosen were not gifted to understand the mystery of Godly love dwelling in people, love that comes from, ‘being born from above’, as taught at 1Cor 13: that believers in Jesus have  today.

    Gifted mature love is, by promised grace, as believing in faith. It’s the mystery hidden from the world purposely. God’s New Covenant is by faith, to a selected, chosen spiritual people. We know it as Godly love un-parallel.

(1Corinthians 13:8-13; Godly Love never ends. But if there are prophecies, they will be set aside; if there are tongues, they will cease; if there is knowledge, it will be set aside. For, we know in part, and we prophesy in part, but when what is perfect comes, the partial will be set aside. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. But when I became an adult, I set aside childish ways. For, now we see in a mirror indirectly, but then we will see face to face. Now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I have been fully known. And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.)

God’s gifted Holy Spirit includes the desire to be ‘one with Him.’ Jesus had Paul explain. (Phil 2:13; For the One bringing forth in you both the desire and the effort – for the sake of His good pleasure – is God.)

At Hebrews 10: Jesus’ apostle continues the same theme. (Because He loved us, He allowed Himself to become our sacrificial Lamb, and shed His blood for the remission of sin.)

    It was always pre-planned, ‘the Old Covenant with its laws, be shadows of the new in this latter ages. So too was calling Moses and making him Israel’s deliverer from Egypt’s bondage, looking to what Jesus would do through His death, ‘saving sinners from the bondage of sin’, calling chosen heirs making them His own, as in being ‘born from above people’, giving understanding that, ‘His laws are for our good.’ Including the Sabbath that’s, ‘made for people, not people made for the Sabbath.’

God’s summation. (Hebrews 10:1-18; For the law possesses a shadow of the good things to come but not the reality itself, and is therefore completely unable, by the same sacrifices offered continually, year after year, to perfect those who come to worship. For otherwise would they not have ceased to be offered, since the worshipers would have been purified once for all and so have no further consciousness of sin? But in those sacrifices there is a reminder of sins year after year. For the blood of bulls and goats cannot take away sins.

    So when He, came into the world, He said, (Sacrifice and offering You did not desire, but a body You prepared for Me.) (Whole burnt offerings and sin-offerings you took no delight in.

    Then I said, ‘Here I am: I have come, it is written of Me in the scroll of the book, to do Your will, O God.’ When He says above, Sacrifices, and offerings, and whole burnt offerings and sin-offerings You did not desire nor did You take delight in them, (which are offered according to the law,) then He says, ‘Here I am: I have come to do your will.’ He does away with the first to establish the second. By His will we have been MADE holy through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all, and every priest stands day after day serving and offering the same sacrifices again and again – sacrifices that can never take away sins.

   But when this Priest had offered one sacrifice for sins for all time, He sat down at the right hand of God, where He is now waiting until His enemies are made a footstool for His feet. For by one offering He has perfected for all time those who are made holy. And the Holy Spirit also witnesses to us, for after saying, “This is the covenant that I will establish with them after those days, says the Lord. I will put my laws on their hearts and I will inscribe them on their minds,” then He says, “Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no longer.” Now where there is forgiveness of these, there is no longer any offering for sin.)

Christians should be aware, ‘we cannot cause others to study God’s Word sincerely with intent of seeing things from His view, and gladly accept His corrections.’ Nor can we give others a desire to have an intimate relationship with their Creator.

Heavenly Father: thank You for revealing that we’re in the last days. We ask that many be called, and led to repent, for having lived the way that seemed okay to the fleshly mind. Give each a persevering will to worship, separate themselves from this world’s system of things, and turn to Your designated practices. We pray in and by the authority of Jesus. AMEN.

Jesus’ Good News: One God, one truth, one way, chapter 20

April 18th, 2021

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Our English dictionary defines religion as: (beliefs, worship, nature, worship of a deity or deities and divine involvement of human life. An institutionalized or personal system of beliefs, practices, values and attitudes. Obsession, cause or activity devoted to, Christianity, denomination, Monks, Nuns, false prophets or apostles.)

     Ideology; is defined as: (A system of social beliefs, organized system of beliefs, values, ideas forming basis of social, economic or political philosophy or programs. Opinions that shape the way a person or group class thinks, acts and understands the world.

      Superstition; is defined as irrational belief but usually deep-seated in the magical effects of a specific action or ritual, especially in the likelihood that good or bad luck will result from performing it, irrational and often quasi-religious belief in and reverence for the magical effects of some actions and rituals or the magical powers of some objects .

      We see many parallels in these definitions. What’s common? Each cultural defines mankind’s view. All are Satan inspired and demonically designed to divide and cause chaos among individuals, groups and nations. But our Creator God of Noah, Abraham, the prophets and Jesus’ apostles is truth. (The Apostate is renouncing of Jesus’ doctrine, Jude wrote about.) People renouncing a belief in Jesus Christ.

      In Jesus’ apostles’ time, God’s churches experienced a multitude of demonically led divisionary tactics. So much so that our Lord’s brother, ‘Jude’ wrote of such as being an apostasy of God’s truth taking place.        

      Heavenly Father: please have patience with our un-beliefs and discipline us as sons, according to our needs and Your will. We ask that You make us AT ONE with Yourself, in spirit, truth and righteousness. In Jesus’ holy nature we ask and pray. AMEN.

       Organized worldly professing Christian religions teach; God’s new covenant with His called out people, totally does away with the old, including the ten commandments and oracles of God. Not understanding that the old covenant with physical Israelites, has spiritual components with the new. For example; circumcision always looked forward to a “circumcision of the heart.”

     (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.) He’s saying, spiritual circumcision is dedicating ourselves to Him.”

      (Jer 9:25-26; 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.”) Jesus also gave this insight to His apostle Paul.

      Rom 2:23-29; 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.” For circumcision has its value if you practice the law, but if you break the law, your circumcision has become un-circumcision. Therefore if the uncircumcised man obeys the righteous requirements of the law, will not his un-circumcision 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, 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.)

       Let’s consider the old covenant from God’s view. It should go without saying; the old was before Jesus’ fleshly - physical birth. But, was it before Jesus? What was God the Son doing before Adam? before He wrote the ten commandments with His own finger? Allow Paul’s inspiration from Jesus’ words regarding His and God the Father powers. God’s truth is neither, superstition, ideology nor religion!

     Colossians 1:13-20; He delivered us from the power of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of the Son He loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. He, 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 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.)

      JESUS the Son of Mary, and step Son of Joseph, is the Son of God. ‘All was created by, for and through Him.’ Jesus inspired His apostle John to write the same at John 1:1-5. Jesus was the Lord God of the old covenant, and is the Lord God of the new. (He was the God that created and instructed Adam and Eve, ‘the same Jesus Satan approached regarding Job’s righteousness. (See Job 1:6 & 2:1)

    Jesus communed with Moses, at the burning bush, called Moses, and through Moses, He led the Israelites from Egyptian bondage as promised Abraham some 430 years earlier. The ten commandments, and oracles were given for His People, and for their good.( Not people for the commandments.) Jesus made a righteous covenant with His chosen People, and they agreed to its conditions through Moses.

       The Old Testament covenant with Israel was, as a physical marriage. Jesus the husband, and Israel His wife. Promising to be Israel’s husband, and they promising to be obedient as a wife. The Priest and Temple represented His Spirit dwelling among and guiding His people. Jesus commissioned Isaiah to teach Israel and us through his prophetic Word.

      (Isaiah 54:5-7; For your Husband is the One who made you – the Lord who commands armies is His name. He is your Protector, the Holy One of Israel. He is called, God of the entire earth. “Indeed, the Lord will CALL you back like a wife who has been abandoned and suffers from depression, like a young wife when she has been rejected,” says your God. “For a short time I abandoned you, but with great compassion I will gather you.)

     The great gathering of that wife is yet to be. Jesus’ prophecy through Isaiah is for physical Israel, the twelve tribes, and spiritual Israelites, “followers of Jesus in this age!” (Remember the new covenant defined in scripture was given to Paul and recorded.

      (Galatians 3:28-29; 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.) Re-study the first portion of Isaiah 54 also.

      God has abandoned His people for a time. He’s allowing Israel, and the world to, go the way of choice until His planned intervention. Only a few, called out people in this age are gifted to understand. (Jesus’ prophetic words continues through Isaiah.)

      (Isaiah 54:8-10; In a burst of anger I, rejected you momentarily, but with lasting devotion I will have compassion on you, says your Protector, the Lord. “As far as I am concerned, this is like in Noah’s time, when I vowed that the waters of Noah’s flood would never again cover the earth. In the same way I have vowed that I will not be angry at you or shout at you. Even if the mountains are removed and the hills displaced, My devotion will not be removed from you, nor will my covenant of friendship be displaced,” says the Lord, the one who has compassion on you.)

       How awesome God’s plans for His chosen Israel, and His New Covenant chosen. JESUS is the Lord, giver of physical and spiritual life! The One who resurrects, promises to return, and establish His righteous Way on earth. Jesus is presently the Husband to His church, the Protector, Savior and Shepherd to spiritual Israelites.

      When Paul and Barnabas finished making a report to the Jerusalem church, our Lord’s brother “James” replied; (Acts 15:12-18; Brothers, listen to me, Simeon has explained how God first concerned Himself to select from among the Gentiles a people for His name. The words of the prophets agree with this, as it is written, ‘After this I will return, and I will rebuild the fallen tent of David; I will rebuild its ruins and restore it, so that the rest of humanity may seek the Lord, namely, all the Gentiles I have CALLED to be My own, says the Lord, who makes these things known from long ago.)

     These things were made known to the likes of Noah,Abraham and Moses, long ago. JAMES IS alluding to Isaiah 45:21.

      NOW back to Jesus’ prophetic words through Isaiah. He is speaking of the time when His millennial rule on earth with His Saints is a reality.

      (Isaiah 54:11-12; O afflicted one, driven away, and un-consoled! Look, I am about to set your stones in antimony, and I lay your foundation with lapis-lazuli. I will make your pinnacles out of gems, your gates out of beryl, and your outer wall out of beautiful stones. (See Revelations 21:2) It’s how New Jerusalem is likened.

     (Isaiah 54:13-17; All your children will be followers of the Lord, and your children will enjoy great prosperity. You will be reestablished when I vindicate you. You will not experience oppression; indeed, you will not be afraid. You will not be terrified, for nothing frightening will come near you. If anyone dares to challenge you, it will not be my doing! Whoever tries to challenge you will be defeated. Look, I create the craftsman, who fans the coals into a fire and forges a weapon. I create the destroyer so he might devastate. No weapon forged to be used against you will succeed; you will refute everyone who tries to accuse you. This is what the Lord will do for His servants – I will vindicate them, says the Lord.)

      Organized religions attempt to sell their parishioners on the idea that they are commissioned to bring peace, (what a deceptive teaching!) Jesus the Christ is head of His church, thus the name Christian - Christ-like. God’s New Covenant is with those He CALLS, to be followers of Jesus, and gifts with His Spirit. (It’s the mystery of, ‘people being, born from above’, ‘people becoming spiritual Israelites’, ‘Jesus’ spirit living in people’, ‘makes physical people think spiritual’ – ‘Christ Like’. (Believers IN Jesus Christ, are New Testament Christians, and God’s temples.) Dwell on that until next time.

Jesus’ Good News: One God, one truth, one way, chapter 19

April 16th, 2021

 

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    The Lord God ‘Jesus’ made perpetual promises to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. (Our English dictionary defines ‘Perpetual’ as lasting forever or for an indefinitely long time.) We know from prophecies referred to in our last study that a greater deliverance, from Egypt is planned. We also know the sons of Jacob, ‘Israelites’ broke their covenant, causing God to scattered them among hostile to His way nations. (Thus the scripture at Malachi 3: For I am the Lord, I change not; therefore you sons of Jacob are not consumed. Even from the days of your fathers you are gone away from My ordinances and have not kept them. Return to Me and I will return to you, says the Lord of host.)

     Reason Israelites were not consumed is because God doesn’t change. (Ordinance means; a law or rule made by an authority, something prescribed or regularly done.) (Similarly; ‘Oracles means’ a source of wisdom, a source of knowledge or wise saying.)

    Jesus’ apostle Paul was inspired to write, (Rom 3:1-4; Therefore what advantage does the Jew have, or what is the value of circumcision? Actually, there are many advantages. First of all, the Jews were entrusted with the oracles of God. What then? If some did not believe, does their unbelief nullify the faithfulness of God? Absolutely not! Let God be proven true, and every human being shown up as a liar, just as it is written: “so that you will be justified7 in your words and will prevail when you are judged.) (Quote from Psalms 51:4)

    God’s Sabbaths, commandments, calendar, and suggested attributes are ordnances. Jesus Christ being the same yesterday today and forever, plus He’s the Lord that changes not, is absolute proof; ‘He hasn’t permitted a Sabbath change, that was gifted to His chosen for their good.

    Distorting God’s Word by using Jesus’ Apostle Paul’s writing at Troas, regarding a first day of the week collections for the Saints at Jerusalem, to change the Sabbath is reckless theology. Consider why Jesus or His apostle would want to change His Sabbath? Let’s consider how this reckless theory evolved.

    (Acts 20:5-7; These had gone on ahead, and were waiting for us in Troas. We sailed away from Philippi after the days of Unleavened Bread, and within five days we came to the others in Troas, where we stayed for seven days.    On the first day of the week, when we met to break bread, Paul began to speak to the people, and because he intended to leave the next day, he extended his message until midnight.)

    If this text could be used to change the seventh day Sabbath ordinance to the first day, explain Paul’s teaching until midnight. Verse 7 above clearly states, ‘on that first day they broke to eat a meal, and Paul spoke until midnight because of leaving the next day.  

    People teaching a Sabbath change don’t consider or care that Paul had just observed the feast of unleavened bread which would naturally have included the Passover, prior to that first day of the week, collection for the Saints at Jerusalem. When people desired Paul tarry longer, he consented not, but bade them farewell, saying, ‘I must by all means keep this feast that comes to Jerusalem’, but I will return again unto you, if God will, and he sailed from Ephesus. (See Acts 18:21) Paul kept the Feast of Unleavened Bread and intended to keep the next feast that comes to Jerusalem which would be Pentecost. Honest people find it strange, that a first day change overlooks the fact that Paul diligently kept God’s annual Sabbaths.

    After a young man fell from the loft where Paul was teaching late on that first day, was thought to be dead, Paul prayed, and told the congregation, ‘his life is in him.’ Afterward they talked until break of day, then Paul continued on his way. (Read verses 9-12) If folks used the same logic for a Sabbath day change, ‘they’d also teach keeping until the break of day!’

    From the beginning, God commanded that each day start and end at sunset. This text indicates that Paul started his sermon about sunset and kept teaching until morning, because he had so much to teach, and the people wanted to continue listening. Their meeting the first day to organize the collections for Jerusalem in no way changes God’s seventh day Sabbath. (Citizens of Troas were celebrating Paul’s being with them, and were hungry for what he had to say.) The people desired to understand much as possible before Paul left.

    When Pharisees criticized Jesus’ conduct regarding, keeping the Sabbath, He said to them, (the Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath, therefore the Son of Man is Lord also of the Sabbath. See Mark 2:27-28) A people worshiping Jesus as Lord could in no way think of changing the day, He proclaims to be the Lord of.

    No apostle ever taught strict law keeping as a means by which people could be saved, rather Jesus’ doctrine of faith, love, and overcoming the sin nature to the end. Loving God is to keep His Ways. Early New Covenant Churches, documented that Jesus revealed Himself through the apostles’ teaching. Allow Paul’s teaching on this subject.

    (1Corinthians 1:18-25; For, the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For, it is written, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and I will thwart the cleverness of the intelligent. (Quote from Isaiah 29:14) Where is the wise man? Where is the expert in the Mosaic law? Where is the debater of this age? Has God not made the wisdom of the world foolish? For, since in the wisdom of God the world by its wisdom did not know God, God was pleased to save those who believe by the foolishness of preaching. For Jews demand miraculous signs and Greeks ask for wisdom, but we preach about a crucified Christ, a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles. But to those who are CALLED, both Jews and Greeks, Christ is the power of God, and the wisdom of God. For, the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.)

    Followers of Jesus are miraculously gifted to understand, ‘minds must be opened supernaturally in order to know why God’s Sabbaths are holy.’

    Paul exposed the devises of Satan, and taught that Believers IN Jesus must be about overcoming the pulls of inherited nature. Part of overcoming our inherited nature is to overcome our natural resentment to God’s spiritual laws. Paul used Abraham’s faith in God, as the example. Believing IN faith; loving God, and honoring His Way, is how Jesus’ apostles worshiped God.

    They explained that the law keeping Israelites put strict law observance, pride in doing, above loving their Creator and neighbor. Inherited human nature willingly puts legalistic rule above love. Law keeping can become an idol.

    New Testament Christian are gifted with a desire to be personally holy, love God’s Way, and yield to servicing others. Jesus’ Apostle Peter gives us the perfect summation.

    (1Peter 1:13-21; Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: But as He which has CALLED you is holy, so be you holy in all manner of conduct; Because it is written “Be you holy; for I am holy.” And if you call on the Father, who without respect of persons judges according to every man’s work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear: forasmuch as you know that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conduct, received by tradition from your fathers; but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you, who by Him do believe IN God, that raised Him up from the dead, and gave Him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.)

    Note it’s, “by the revelation of Jesus Christ that, we fashion ourselves. Being holy is to recognize, redemption is by His precious blood, that Jesus is, foreordained-manifested in these last times for us.”

    Obviously Jesus’ apostles kept His weekly and annual Sabbaths. Paul went to great length explaining that the crux of his preaching was, ‘Jesus Christ and Him crucified.’ No Apostle, believer or Christian ever considered changing anything in God’s original words.

    Paul explains at Philippians 2:3-11; Complete my joy and be of the same mind, by having the same love, being united in spirit, and having one purpose. Instead of being motivated by selfish ambition or vanity, each of you should, in humility, be moved to treat one another as more important than yourself. Each of you should be concerned not only about your own interests, but about the interests of others as well. You should have the same attitude toward one another that Christ Jesus had, who though He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be grasped, but emptied Himself by taking on the form of a slave, by looking like other men, and by sharing in human nature. He humbled Himself, by becoming obedient to the point of death – even death on a cross! As a result God exalted Him and gave Him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow – in heaven and on earth and under the earth – and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.)

    Jesus revealed to John that near the end of this age, “a time He refers to as the abomination of desolation will be revealed”, then people in Judea should flee to the mountains because of the onset of persecutions. Of that time Jesus said, among other things; “Pray that your flight may not be in winter or on a Sabbath.” (Matt 24:20)

    Could be, Muslims and Jews think Jesus is referring to the sixth day, and Christendom think He’s referring to the first day. Thank God truth is revealed to His followers.

Jesus’ Good News: One God, one truth, one way, chapter 18

April 13th, 2021

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          Without yielding to God’s commandments, and oracles people are naturally prone to think highly of themselves, their superior intellect.’ It’s how Satan wants folks to think.

      Holy Scripture reveals, ‘in this age since Jesus’ ascension, the mystery of God’s spirit living in people is only understood by those gifted.’ Its speculative but we believe, ‘people who desire to be divine decide and make assumptions to please self.’ Consider what we know on this subject. All inherited Adam and Eve’s lawless sin nature, and from a fleshly logic’s point of view it’s likely, some would consider the devil as having some merit for calling God a liar. Did the devil have any merit? NO. He attempted to put himself on a level equal with God, and wanted folks to assume God didn’t want them to know their full potential. Such could’ve been a reason in Israelite minds, to consider the imaginary gentile gods. Regardless, God pre-planned a fix, ‘His chosen would be gifted with a New Covenant, by the One who made the first covenant, one of dying for the sins of the world.’ That is, allowing all but a few to go the way seems right to themselves. (See Proverbs 14:12)

     Jesus’ apostle Paul was gifted to understand God’s New Covenant with His called out people. (Colossians 1:25-29; I became a servant of the church according to the stewardship from God; given to me for you, in order to complete the word of God, that is, the mystery that has been kept hidden from ages and generations, but has now been revealed to His Saints. God wanted to make known to them the glorious riches of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. We proclaim Him by instructing and teaching all people with all wisdom so that we may present every person mature in Christ. Toward this goal I also labor, struggling according to His power that powerfully works in me.) As always study the whole text.

     So again, consider why God’s Old Covenant had to be changed, so His called could be saved by grace. Has God changed? Has humanity changed? No on both counts! God had purpose in giving people over until a set time.

    (Rom 1:24-32; Therefore God gave them over in the desires of their hearts to impurity, to dishonor their bodies among themselves. They exchanged the truth of God for a lie and worshiped and served the creation rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.)

    Abraham’s day and ours, ‘whole people groups like the Amorites, whose lands God gave Israel’, (when their sins reached His limit) choose a way seeming right in their fleshly minds, ‘but now by grace, God’s called Saints choose what He says is right through faith.

      (Romans 1:26-32; For this reason God gave them over to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged the natural sexual relations for unnatural ones, and likewise the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed in their passions for one another. Men committed shameless acts with men and received in themselves the due penalty for their error. (God’s giving people over, allows the hostiles many ideologies to choose from, to flourish, confuse, and cause chaos in the world.)

     And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what should not be done. They are filled with every kind of unrighteousness, wickedness, covetousness, malice. They are rife with envy, murder, strife, deceit, hostility. They are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, contrivers of all sorts of evil, disobedient to parents, senseless, covenant-breakers, heartless, ruthless. Although they fully know God’s righteous decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but also approve of those who practice them.)

    Secrets about God living in people through His spirit were not revealed to the Israelites, or any people groups before Jesus’ ascension, and now only revealed to the called in this latter New Covenant age. Paul explains.

     (Eph 1:9-12; He did this when He REVEALED to us the secret of His will, according to His good pleasure that He set forth in Christ, toward the administration of the fullness of the times, to head up all things in Christ – ‘the things in heaven and the things on earth.’ In Christ we too have been claimed as God’s own possession, since we were predestined according to the one purpose of Him who accomplishes all things according to the counsel of His will so that we, who were the first to set our hope on Christ, would be to the praise of His glory.) (That secret is revealed in Hebrews 12, review it.)

     (Eph 1:13-14; And when you heard the word of truth (the gospel of your salvation) – when you believed IN Christ – you were marked with the seal of the promised holy spirit, who is the down payment of our inheritance, until the redemption of God’s own possession, to the praise of His glory.)

     God’s Holy Spirit imputed to the mind is the evidence of conversion, and the down payment of our inheritance, ‘eternal life.’)

     (The ‘Greek’ words, ‘here Holy Spirit of promise’, has been translated as an attributive genitive.) Paul explained to the Galatians and all called people that this good news was told to Abraham ahead of time.

    (Galatians 3:6-14; Just as Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness, so then, understand that those who believe are the sons of Abraham. And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, proclaimed the gospel to Abraham ahead of time, saying, ‘All the nations will be blessed in you.’ So then those who believe are blessed along with Abraham the believer. For all who rely on doing the works of the law are under a curse, because it is written, ‘Cursed is everyone who does not keep on doing everything written in the book of the law.’ Now it is clear, no one is justified before God by the law, because the righteous one will live by faith. But the law is not based on faith, but the one who does the works of the law will live by them. Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us (because it is written, ‘Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree’) in order that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham would come to the Gentiles, so that we could receive the promise of the Spirit by faith.)

     Christendom practices evolving traditions, yield to their fleshly intellect, confused denominational doctrines, and a love of this world’s system of things. To such people Jesus said; (Matt 23:33-36; You snakes, you offspring of vipers! How will you escape being condemned to 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!)

     Denominational minded belief systems are much like Cain’s, who thought to worship God according to his own way of thinking. Allow the Hebrews writer.

     (Hebrews 12:1-6; Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, we must get rid of every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and run with endurance the race set out for us, keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus, the pioneer and Perfector of our faith. For the joy set out for Him He endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken His seat at the right hand of the throne of God. Think of Him who endured such opposition against Himself by sinners, so that you may not grow weary in your souls and give up. You have not yet resisted to the point of bloodshed in your struggle against sin. And have you forgotten the exhortation addressed to you as Sons? “My son, do not scorn the Lord’s discipline or give up when He corrects you. For the Lord disciplines the one He loves and chastises every Son He accepts.) Quote from, Prov 3:11-12.

      Jesus is our pioneer, and God the Father is revealed through God the Son, to show us the Father and reveal His deity. Believers in Jesus perfect their faith in Him. (Jesus’ love for us is greater than we can imagine, believers are heirs with Jesus and Abraham.)

     (Hebrews 12:7-13; Endure your suffering as discipline; God is treating you as Sons. For what son is there that a father does not discipline? But if you do not experience discipline, something all sons have shared in, then you are illegitimate and are not sons. Besides, we have experienced discipline from our earthly fathers and we respected them; shall we not submit ourselves all the more to the Father of spirits and receive life? For they disciplined us for a little while as seemed good to them, but HE does so for our benefit, that we may share His holiness. Now all discipline seems painful at the time, not joyful. But later it produces the fruit of peace and righteousness for those trained by it. Therefore, strengthen your listless hands and your weak knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be put out of joint but be headed.)

   This is only possible through God’s revealing Himself and Jesus, to us individually.

Jesus’ Good News: One God, one truth, one way, chapter 17

April 10th, 2021

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Satan knew about God’s plan to add family.

    Satan’s characteristics were established when he thought to usurp his Creator’s position. Likely becoming jealous when learned God’s intent to make people in His own spiritual likeness. Regardless his reasoning, the powerful Lucifer’s self serving character makes him the devil. Disorder and chaos is to his liking, and he is about the business of having the whole world follow his divisionary path. He’s a deceiving liar, and when believing even one of his deceptions, ‘God’s truth is distorted.’ (After 72 disciples reported back from their assigned trip, and told of their successes over demons, Jesus said to them; “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.” Luke 10:18.)

    When Jesus cast out demons, many crying out, “You are the Son of God!” Jesus confronted and rebuked them, not allowing them to speak, because they knew He was the Christ. Luke 4:41.)

    Jesus reveals that God’s character is opposite Satan‘s. (1Cor 14:32-33; Indeed, the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets, for God is not characterized by disorder but by peace.)

     God would be disorderly had He authorized a change in Sabbath days, His calendar, or commandments without there being a consequence? He’d be a god of confusion had He condoned representation by a universal religion, ‘Roman or Orthodox’, multiple protesting churches, or others: but God isn’t about disorder or confusion.

     Scripture teaches God’s church is a people, ‘born from above’, recipients of His holy spirit, gifted with Jesus’ likeness, desiring to be ONE with Him, chosen, known from the foundation of the world, and in the world but not of the world. (It’s Jesus’ believing IN faith imputed to the mind, desiring growth in His grace, and knowledge.)

     As Jesus was delivering Israel through Moses, at Mount Sinai the people were terrified at the sound of His voice, fire they witnessed, and ask that only Moses speak to them in the future. Some 430 years earlier, Jesus had shared His plan to deliver Abram’s discendents from Egyptian slavery. That physical enslavement represented spiritual enslavement to sin, that followers of Jesus could overcome, by a spiritual deliverance from the result of sin.

    Israel‘s supernatural deliverance was during the ‘Passover - Feast of Unleavened Bread season’, likened to Jesus’ passing over sins by promised grace, ‘forgiveness’, through believing in His preplanned deeds as the Son of God, Deliverer, Mediator and Savor. Revealing Himself the only avenue to immortality, salvation, overcoming Satan’s deceptions, and our inherited from Adam fleshly nature.

    As Israel needed deliverance from Egyptian enslavement, all people need Jesus’ spiritual deliverance from our inherited from Adam sin nature, and this world‘s demonic system of things.

     Let’s review the Lord God’s discussion about Israel’s enslavement, and their deliverance as promised Abraham. (Gen 15:13-16; Then the Lord said to Abram, Know for certain that your descendants will be strangers in a foreign country. They will be enslaved and oppressed for four hundred years. But I will execute judgment on the nation they will serve. Afterward they will come out with many possessions. But as for you, you will go to your ancestors in peace and be buried at a good old age. In the fourth generation your descendants will return here, for the sin of the Amorites has not yet reached its limit.)

    God was preplanning giving Israel Amorite lands, ‘when their sins reached its limit.’ (Exodus 12:40-44; Now, the length of time the Israelites lived in Egypt was 430 years. At the end of the 430 years, on the very day, all the regiments of the Lord went out of the land of Egypt. It was a night of vigil for the Lord to bring them out from the land of Egypt, and so on this night all Israel is to keep the vigil to the Lord for generations to come.)

     Review God’s definition of the word, ‘Israel’, Israel literally means, ‘God fights or fights for.’ Israelites are a chosen people God set aside by promise to Abraham. The Lord God ‘Jesus’ would deliver, protect, and give lands over to them perpetually. Though now dispersed to demonic led nations because of their disobedience, God’s promises are perpetual, meaning another even more spectacular deliverance is coming.

    Followers of Jesus are Abraham’s spiritual heirs regardless ethnicity. It’s the new covenant made possibly only after the One making the first died. (See Hebrews 9) (Galatians 3:28-29; 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.)

     Physical and spiritual Israelites were and are chosen by promise to Abraham, set aside people, predestined. Israel’s disobedience caused God to scatter His people to foreign nations until a set time. It’s also by design that both physical and spiritual Israelites are again enslaved to this world’s demonic system of things. By design that people need of a Deliverer for their saving.

    Israelites history is preserved for Jesus’ followers learning in this age. People led to discern that this world is likened to old Babylon and Egypt, in bondage to a worldwide system, whose god is Satan.

     Consider the condition of God’s set aside people today, people gifted with Jesus’ faith, and waiting on His promised deliverance. The writer of Hebrews explains to Believers that, ‘UNLIKE the Israelites standing before God at Mount Sinai in Moses’ day; believers in Jesus now worship, as standing before heavenly Jerusalem.’ (Review Hebrews 12:18-24.) The principle being that called people must overcome the inherited from Adam nature, and inherit by grace Jesus’ nature.

    Remember what God said to Cain that Abel’s blood ‘life’ crying out to Him, and Cain’s punishment? Then the Lord said to Cain, Where is your brother Abel? And he replied, I don’t know! Am I my brother’s guardian? But the Lord said, ‘what have you done? The voice of your brother’s blood is crying out to Me from the ground!’ (Genesis 4:9-12 So, now, you are banished from the ground, which has opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand. When you try to cultivate the ground it will no longer yield its best for you. You will be a homeless wanderer on the earth.)

    Spirits of people made righteous in this Hebrews 12 text, ‘are in God’s view a people whose spirits are being made perfect, now about that heavenly throne, and gifted with immortality. They’ll be in the first resurrection, according to Paul’s letter to the Corinthians.

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

     So let us heed Jesus’ word at Hebrews 12:25; Take care not to refuse the One who is speaking! For if they did not escape when they refused the One who warned them on earth, how much less shall we, if we reject the One who warns from heaven?)

     Cain’s guilt is that he yielded to what seemed right to himself. Thought to give God a sacrifice of his choosing rather than what was commanded. When learning that God considered Abel’s sacrifice righteous and his unrighteous, Cain’s attitude toward his brother changed to that of jealousy. (Self serving decisions regarding worship pleases Satan and dishonors God.) When people today practice what seems right to themselves rather than looking to God’s ordained practices they’re mimicking the god of confusion.

    The Hebrews writer reveals, that when we worship the true and living God, we’re spiritually before heavenly Mount Zion, the city of the living God, heavenly Jerusalem, many angels, the assembly of the firstborn, His church enrolled in heaven, to God the judge of all, before the SPIRITS of the righteous who have been made perfect, and JESUS the mediator of a New Covenant.

     Accordingly Moses and Elias’ spirits are there. Review Luke 2:28-35, and Eph 1:1-14; remember the mount of transfiguration account from a previous study.

     Satan espouses many ideologies to cause division and chaos, He’s the father of liars, and ideologies regarding worship are blatant sins. God puts limits on when ideologies are to be uprooted, as was the case before the Lord God ’Jesus’ gave the Amorite lands over to the Israelites. Ideologies regarding worship, ‘only seems right to fleshly minds.’ Jesus’ apostle Paul nailed it for our benefit.

      (Rom 1:20-23; For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes – His eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen, because they are understood through what has been made. So people are without excuse. For, though they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God or give Him thanks, but they became futile in their thoughts and their senseless hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for an image resembling mortal human beings or birds or four-footed animals or reptiles.)