At One With God the Father and God the Son, chapter 1

To 10,011, In Home Churches of God:: “People being made temples of God’s spirit.” 3/16/18  God’s 12th month, Adar 29, 5778 until sunset.\

       Look up and observe God’s new moon, sunset today, begins His first month. 14th Nisan is Passover.

       Few people in these so called modern times, know the characteristics of sheep from experience. Few domestic animals need the degree of constant care and protection as do sheep. God sees people as sheep needing a Shepherd. Without revealed guidance and Jesus’ lead, “each person drifts to what seems right based on parental guidance, education and experience.” All of which is works of the flesh. If we had godly, “upright parents” we have something to boast about. Our schooling and learning from experience is something to be proud about. But spiritual understanding must be gifted. Thus, God’s holy scripture, “likens people to sheep in need of a Shepherd.” Long before Jesus’ fleshy life and crucifixion, He revealed the following and much more through His prophet “Isaiah.” 

       (Isa 53:6; “All of us had wandered off like sheep; each of us had strayed off on his own path, but the Lord, “God our Father’ caused the sin of all of us to attack Him.”) Through Isaiah, Jesus revealed before hand, “His own suffering and how He like a sheep would go to His death.” (Study the whole chapter.) Our Shepherd, Jesus chose to bare the sins of the world. (He is going to save the world, “bind Satan and bring peace.”) A few sheep are being led, “in this prior millennial age to follow the Shepherd‘s lead” Satan influences the majority to go the way that seems right to their inherited from Adam nature. Through Peter Jesus instructs His sheep, “called Believers.”

      (1Peter 5:5-11; “In the same way, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. And all of you, CLOTHE yourselves with humility toward one another, because God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble. And God will exalt you in due time, if you humble yourselves under His mighty hand by casting all your cares on Him because He cares for you. (8) Be sober and alert. Your enemy the devil, like a roaring lion, is on the prowl looking for someone to devour. Resist him, strong in your faith, because you know that your brothers and sisters throughout the world are enduring the same kinds of suffering. (10) 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.)

       He Himself calls, restores, confirms, strengthens and establishes those to whom He reveals Himself. No believer IN Him can boast of spiritual understanding!

      After understanding is miraculously given; after God calls an individual; the work of overcoming - CLOTHING ourselves with the Ways of God begins. This “practicing truth.” is defined.  HOWEVER we do need to be warned about “counting the cost.”

       (Luke 14:28) Jesus warned: “And you, ’followers of Me’ will be hated by everyone because of My name. But the one who endures to the end will be saved.”)

      (Matt 10:22; “But the person who endures to the end will be saved.”) What gospel “good news” should we teach.?

      (Matt 24:13-14; “And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached throughout the whole inhabited earth as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come.”)

       Jesus’ revelations to His apostle John, (7 times, to the 7 churches.) The one who conquers, “overcomes” I will permit him to eat from the tree of life that is in the paradise of God.’” See Rev 2: & 3:)

       Jesus prayed to His Father, for His apostles and Elect.

      (John 17:6-19; “I have revealed Your name ‘characteristics and nature’ to the men You gave Me out of the world. They belonged to You, and You gave them to Me, and they have obeyed Your Word. Now they understand that everything You have given Me comes from You, because I have given them the Words You have given Me. They accepted them and really understand that I came from You, and they believed that You sent Me. (9) I am praying on behalf of them. I am NOT praying on behalf of the world, but on behalf of those You have given Me, because they belong to You. Everything I have belongs to You, and everything You have belongs to Me, and I have been glorified by them. I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to You. Holy Father, keep them safe in Your name, that you have given Me, so that they may be ONE just as WE are ONE. (12) When I was with them I kept them safe and watched over them in Your name that You have given Me. Not one of them was lost except the one destined for destruction, so that the scripture could be fulfilled. (13) But now I am coming to You, and I am saying these things in the world, so they may experience My joy completed in themselves. I have given them Your Word, and the world has hated them, because they do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. (15) I am not asking You to take them out of the world, but that You keep them safe from the evil one. They do not belong to the world just as I do not belong to the world. (17) Set them apart in the truth; Your Word is truth. (18) Just as You sent Me into the world, so I sent them into the world. (19) And I set Myself apart on their behalf, so that they too may be truly set apart.”)

       Once understanding is gifted, a genuine Christian is “God’s Elect” then he strives ‘works’ to please the Father, studies, prays, desires to think as He thinks, loves what God loves and hates what He hates. NOW Jesus continues praying for each called out Believer IN “Christian” All who convert because of the apostles’ testimony!

      (John 17:20-26; “I am NOT praying only on their behalf, but also on behalf of those who believe IN Me through their testimony, that they will all be One, just as You, Father, are in Me and I am in You. I pray that they will be in us, so that the world will believe that You sent Me. (22) The glory You gave to Me I have given to them, that they may be ONE just as we are One – I in them and you in me – that they may be completely One, so that the world will know that You sent Me, and You have loved them just as You have loved Me. (24) “Father, I want those You have given Me to be with Me where I am, so that they can see My glory that You gave Me because You loved Me before the creation of the world. Righteous Father, even if the world does not know You, I know You, and these men know that You sent Me. (26) I made known Your name, ’characteristics and nature’ to them, and I will continue to make it known, so that the love You have loved Me with may be in them, and I may be in them.”)

       God the Father and God the Son is in us when we’re gifted with His spirit.

       May we each PRAY for one another and for these gifts of love from God the Father, through God the Son, “Jesus.” Through the testimony of Jesus’ apostles our faith in God is increased, “to believe that He can make us AT ONE with Himself.” Jesus in us and God the Father in Him. Can we believe that God the Father loves His Elect, “as He loved Jesus?” He loves Jesus and He loved each called Believer, “before the creation of the world!” He said it! Believe IT!

       Heavenly Father and our Lord and Savior Jesus: “we pray that You make each truth seeking person aware of Your love, ‘even when we unknowingly practicing sin.’ We ask that You reveal Your Way and make each truth seeker Your own. It’s our prayer in the name of Jesus. AMEN

       God’s opening an individual’s mind is a miraculous and awesome event. Jesus said and John recorded; (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.” John 3:7-8)

       It’s a miraculous event when an individual is led to Believe IN our Creator God, “as He manifest Himself to be in His own Words.” When we’re gifted to know His mercy, characteristics and love. It’s an awesome thing to realize that our Creator knows our inherited from Adam nature, “it’s motives and all our fleshly concerns.” (It’s a miracle when we’re led to “understand our inherited, self aggrandizing nature and despise its result.”) It’s a miraculous gift when we desire to turn from that inherited nature and be clothed with Jesus. (Jesus and His apostles referred to this turning act as, “repentance.”) Understanding these things is God gifted. Discerning these things is to believe IN His Truth. Jesus and His apostles referred to these gifted understandings as, “being called.” Understanding these things is not from within our fleshly nature, “but gifted from above.” Thus, no one can boast.!

       When speaking of the gentiles being gifted with these understandings, Jesus’ apostle said; (“God, who knows the heart, has testified to them “the gentiles” by giving them the Holy Spirit just as He did to us, and He made no distinction between them and us, cleansing their hearts by ‘gifted’ faith. So now why are you putting God to the test by placing on the neck of the disciples a yoke that neither our ancestors nor we have been able to bear? On the contrary, we believe that we are saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus, in the same way as they are.” Acts 15:8-11)

       Until gifted to understand, “people don’t grasp Paul’s explanations to the gentile Ephesians regarding their calling.”

      (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 “the Fatherraised us up with Him, “Jesus” and seated us with Him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, 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 faith, and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God; it is not from works, so that no one can boast. (10) For we are His workmanship, having been created in Christ Jesus for good works that God prepared beforehand so we may do them.)

      Our Creator knew each of us before the foundation of the world! He makes Believers IN, alive in Christ. By grace He saves and spiritually seats us with Jesus. Understanding these things are NOT from within ourselves! We aren’t speaking about a person deciding to be religious and seeking a denomination of choice!

       (Eph 2:11-22; “Therefore remember that formerly you, ”the Gentiles in the flesh” who are called “un-circumcision” by the so-called “circumcision” that is performed on the body by human hands – that you were at that time without the Messiah, alienated from the citizenship of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who used to be far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ. (14) For He is our peace, the one who made both groups into one and who destroyed the middle wall of partition, the hostility, when He nullified in His flesh the law of commandments in decrees. He did this to create in Himself one new man out of two, thus making peace, and to reconcile them both in one body to God through the cross, by which the hostility has been killed. And He came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near, so that through Him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father. So then you are no longer foreigners and non-citizens, but you are fellow citizens with the Saints and members of God’s household, because you have been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus Himself as the Cornerstone. (21) 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.””)

        It was always in God’s plan to make a believing IN people from various ethnic cultures “spiritual Israelites” a called people He makes “at one” with Himself.

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