Jesus’ Gospel Revealed to Prophets, Apostles and Believers, chaper 12

(To 8,291 in resident churches: people God is making temples of His spirit.) 12/18/17,  God’s 9th month, Kislev 30, 5778 until sunset.

      Relatively new subscribers may like to know about my Paper Back book; written primarily for group study. It’s Peter and Paul’s travels and teachings together, supporting text, some commentary and my personal mini bible index. (Titled: “Jesus’ Good News,” as revealed to Peter and Paul.) Available through Amazon and all major outlets.  

       Holy and Almighty God: Thank You for preserving Your holy scriptures, that show us our unworthiness; that we are born with a lawless sin nature. We each were going the way that seemed right to our fleshly inherited nature, until You opened our understanding. Thank You for that point in time when You intervened and revealed Yourself and Your holy Son, “Jesus.“ Called us from the way of death to the way of Life. Make us thankful holy God and we praise You as Jesus did and in His nature. AMEN

       It’s good that many people choose a religion, are law abiding and practice good citizenship; “as long as they aren’t teaching their philosophy with an agenda.” Most people choose the religion of their parents and follow in close proximity. Others follow an impressive charismatic person. Such choices are through the fleshly mind and fit comfort zones, making people relatively content with themselves..

       Followers of Jesus are a chosen people, a people gifted with a desire to know Him intimately as He presents “manifest” Himself to be in the holy scriptures. Not chosen because of good works or a personal decision. Otherwise they could boast of personally making a good decision. That would be “saved by works.” Jesus’ apostle Paul explained the awesomeness of God’s choosing, “to all chosen people.  .

       (Ephesians 2:1-3: “And although you, “followers of Jesus” were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you formerly lived according to this world’s present path, according to the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the ruler of the spirit that is now energizing the sons of disobedience, among whom all of us also formerly lived out our lives in the cravings of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath even as the rest.”

      Ruler of the kingdom of the air is Satan. We all followed and lived according to what seemed right before truth came through God’ Word; “spoken or written.”

      (Eph 2:4-10; “But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even though we were dead in transgressions, “made us alive together with Christ – by grace you are saved!” and He “God the Father” raised us up with Him “Jesus” and seated us with Him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, (WHY?) to demonstrate in the coming ages the surpassing wealth of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you are saved through “gifted” faith, and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God; it is not from works, so that no one can boast. For we are His workmanship, having been created in Christ Jesus for good works that God prepared beforehand so we may do them.”) Praise God for His awesomeness and foreknowledge of all things.

       Judaism and Islamist voice respect for people of the book, “meaning the old testament.” (They each deny Jesus as the Son of God and Creator who came to save and died for the remission of sins. All worldly religions are deceived by Satan, “to believe in some form of immortality at birth.” Their teaching differs from God’s scriptural teaching, which is, “immortality is gifted by God, through Jesus and by His saving grace.” Understanding this mystery is hidden from the world, “until God’s appointed time to reveal Himself to individuals.”

       (Mark 4:10-12; “When Jesus was alone, those around Him with the twelve asked Him about the parables. Jesus said to them, “The secret of the kingdom of God has been given to you. But to those outside, everything is in parables, (12) so that although they look they may look but not see, and although they hear they may hear but not understand, so they may not repent and be forgiven.”) Long time previously Jesus had inspired Isaiah to write.

      (Isaiah 6:9-10; “He “God” said, “Go and tell these people: ‘Listen continually, but don’t understand! Look continually, but don’t perceive!’ Make the hearts of these people calloused; make their ears deaf and their eyes blind! Otherwise they might see with their eyes and hear with their ears, their hearts might understand and they might repent and be healed.”)

      Jesus’  teaching by Mark and Isaiah don’t fit human fleshy logic does it? The natural mind prefers to think, “I can choose whether or not to believe.” Why this principle in how God characterized Himself? It is all about His awesomeness. planning, timing and His advance choosing! Paul explained to the called out Romans and to all gifted to understand.

      (Romans 11:25-27; “For I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers and sisters, so that you may not be conceited: A partial hardening has happened to Israel until the full number of the Gentiles has come in. And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written: “The Deliverer will come out of Zion; He will remove ungodliness from Jacob. And this is My covenant with them, when I take away their sins.”) ALL ISRAEL will be resurrected! Study Ezekiel 37: and Isaiah 35: for starters. All believers IN Jesus are spiritual Israelites!

       (Romans 16:16:25-27; “Now to Him who is able to strengthen you according to my gospel and the proclamation of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery that had been kept secret for long ages, but now is disclosed, and through the prophetic scriptures has been made known to all the nations, according to the command of the eternal God, to bring about the obedience of faith – to the only wise God, through Jesus Christ, be glory forever! Amen.”) Paul’s prophetic words as are many prophesies, speak to the future as if done, because of God’s absoluteness in future planning. God’s Ways aren’t now made known to all nations just yet. When? Study Revelations 11:

      Back to the revelations chapter Jesus reveals through Paul.

      (1Cor 15:20-23; “But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since death came through a man, “Adam” the resurrection of the dead also came through a man. “Jesus” For just as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive. But each in his own order: Christ, the firstfruits; then when Christ comes, those who belong to Him.” NOTE: Jesus had Paul jump from the first resurrection to the millennia’s end.

     (1Cor 15:24-26; Then comes the end, when He hands over the kingdom to God the Father, when He has brought to an end all rule and all authority and power. For He “Jesus” must reign until He has put all His enemies under His feet. (26) The last enemy to be eliminated is death. For He “GOD THE FATHER” has put everything in subjection under His “JESUS’” feet. But when it says “everything” has been put in subjection, it is clear that this does not include the One, “God the Father” who put everything in subjection to Him “Jesus.” (28) And when all things are subjected to Him, “God the Father” then the Son Himself will be subjected to the One “God the Father” who subjected everything to Him, so that God may be all in all.”) Re-study; John 1:1-5, Colossians 1:15-20. Heb 1:1-4 and Genesis 1:.

       (1Cor 15:56-58; “The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ! (58) So then, dear brothers and sisters, be firm. Do not be moved! Always be outstanding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.”)

       We Believers IN “Christians” need to be mindful of being firm to the end, because; (1Peter 5:8-11; “our enemy the devil, like a roaring lion, is on the prowl looking for someone to devour. (9) Resist him, strong in your faith, because you know that your brothers and sisters throughout the world are enduring the same kinds of suffering. And, after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace who CALLED you to His eternal glory in Christ will Himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. To him belongs the power forever. Amen.)

        A major establishing is to know God the Father and God the Son are the same yesterday, today and forever! Know “both weekly and annual Sabbaths are perpetual.” People desiring to practice what may seem right to their fleshly minds, follow Catholicism’s teaching regarding a Sabbath change: “they twist the scriptures.”  

       (1Cor 16:1-4; “With regard to the collection for the Saints, please follow the directions that I gave to the churches of Galatia: to the extent that (2) On the first day of the week, each of you should set aside some income and save it to God has blessed you, so that a collection will not have to be made when I come. (3) Then, when I arrive, I will send those whom you approve with letters of explanation to carry your gift to Jerusalem. (4) And if it seems advisable that I should go also, they will go with me.”)

        Why set ASIDE a gift on the first day of the week? NOT to keep the first day holy! NOT to particularly teach on that day! But do the work in advance; “that there be no collection when I come.” (Why do fleshly minded unbelievers want to find reasons NOT to be obedient? Remember Paul wrote; “because of calloused minds so they would not understand.“ Why would God authorize a Sabbath change? (Did we not just study, “you have been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus Himself as the cornerstone. In him the whole building, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.”” Eph 2:20-22) (So unbelieving Moslems set aside the sixth day and unbelieving professing Christians set aside the first day.)

       (1Cor 16:5-9; “But I, ’Paul’ will come to you after I have gone through Macedonia, for I will be going through Macedonia and perhaps I will stay with you, or even spend the winter, so that you can send me on my journey, wherever I go. For I do not want to see you now in passing, since I hope to spend some time with you, if the Lord allows. But I will stay in Ephesus until Pentecost, (9) because a door of great opportunity stands wide open for me, but there are many opponents.”) Already the apostles and Believers IN had many opponents! Think we have fewer in this age? Why remain in Ephesus until Pentecost? God’s people were mindful of His Sabbaths; weekly and annual.

      (1Cor 16:12-14; “With regard to our brother Apollos: I strongly encouraged him to visit you with the other brothers, but it was simply not his intention to come now. He will come when he has the opportunity.. Stay alert, stand firm in the faith, show courage, be strong. (14) Everything you do should be done in love.”) Remember 1 Corinthians 13:? It is worth a re-study.

       (1Cor 16:15-21; “Now, brothers and sisters, you know about the household of Stephanus, that as the first converts of Achaia, they devoted themselves to ministry for the Saints. I urge you also to submit to people like this, and to everyone who cooperates in the work and labors hard. I was glad about the arrival of Stephanus, Fortunatus, and Achaicus because they have supplied the fellowship with you that I lacked. (18) For they refreshed my spirit and yours. So then, recognize people like this. The churches in the province of Asia send greetings to you. Aquila and Priscilla greet you warmly in the Lord, with the church that meets in their house. All the brothers and sisters send greetings. Greet one another with a holy kiss. I, Paul, send this greeting with my own hand.”)

      Paul is the most traveled apostle we have record of. “God’s Church is where two or three are gathering.

      (1Cor 16:22-24; “Let anyone who has no love for the Lord be accursed. Our Lord, come! The grace of the Lord Jesus be with you. My love be with all of you in Christ Jesus.”) Unbelieving people who attempt to make Christianity their religion, attempt to make God fit their thinking. I call it the, “Cain syndrome” because he though to sacrifice according to what seemed right to him. Apparently he thought God should yield to his thinking.

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