At One with God the Father and God the Son, chapter 8

To 10,096, to A people being made temples of God’s spirit. “Churches of God” 3/23/18 ,God’s 1st month, Nisan 7, 5778 until sunset. From “Old English Frīġedæg” hijackers of Jesus’ gospel got Friday; meaning; “day of Frige” associating the goddess Frigg with Roman goddess Venus; which is associated with many cultures.

Holy God: please reveal understanding, likened to Your apostle‘. Call, deliver, train and make us forever mindful of Your awesomeness. “You know the beginning and ending of all things.” Impute Jesus’ faith to us “that we may worship You in spirit, truth and love.” In Jesus’ holy name we pray. AMEN

(Luke 7:1-10; “A military commander had a highly regarded servant who was sick to the point of death. When he heard of Jesus’ presence he sent soldiers asking Jesus to heal his servant. When Jesus was still a great distant away the commander sent friends to say to Jesus; “I am not worthy to have You come under my roof. That’s why I didn’t presume to come to You.” Say the word and my servant must be healed. For I too am a man set under authority, with soldiers under me. I say to this one, ‘go’ and he goes, and to another, ‘come’ and he comes and to my slave, ‘do this’ and he does it.” When Jesus heard this, He was amazed; turning to the crowd that followed He said; “I tell you, not even in Israel have I found such faith!” So when those who had been sent returned to the house, they found the slave well.”)

Few people are gifted to know the controlling power of our Creator ’Jesus’ as did this commander; “his faith was gifted from above.” Gifted to know who Jesus was. Today, few know who Jesus is!

(Luke 7:11-15; “Soon afterward Jesus went to a town called Nain, His disciples and a large crowd went with Him. As He approached the town gate, a man who had died was being carried out, the only son of his mother (who was a widow), and a large crowd from the town was with her. When the Lord saw her, He had compassion for her and said to her, “Do not weep.” (14) Then He came up and touched the bier, and those who carried it stood still. He said, “Young man, I say to you, get up!” So the dead man sat up and began to speak, and Jesus gave him back to his mother. Fear seized them all, and they began to glorify God, saying, “A great prophet has appeared among us!” and “God has come to help His people!” This report about Jesus circulated throughout Judea and all the surrounding country.”)

Jesus’ giving physical life back to this dead son and restoring his health, is evidence that He IS the Son of God, Creator, Sustainer, Shepherd and coming King of Kings in whom God our Father delights.

Some professing Christians say they believe these miracles occurred. But few are LED to believe IN and LOVE the Son of God as He is manifested to be in the holy scriptures. When people are led to believe IN Jesus, “that focused belief purifies. as He is pure.” Jesus’ apostle John explains to Believers IN.

(1John 3:1-3; “See what sort of love the Father has given to us: that we should be called God’s children – and indeed we are! For this reason the world does not know us: because it did not know Him. Dear friends, we are God’s children now and what we will be has not yet been revealed. We know that whenever it is revealed we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is. And everyone who has this hope focused on Him purifies himself, just as Jesus is pure”)

We must be about the business of teaching, “the gospel of the kingdom of God” Jesus’ return, the resurrection and our being changed to the likeness of Him. (This must be our focus, our message and our life example to the world.) Realize particularly that, “worldly religious people are offended by Jesus’ message and Ways. If these things aren’t clear, “we need to study, meditate and pray for revelation.”

Even John the Baptist had doubts. He was in prison for having told Herod that he was living in adultery. John’s followers informed him about Jesus’ miracles

(Luke 7:18-20; So John called two of his disciples and sent them to Jesus, asking, “Are you the One who is to come, or should we look for another?” When the men came to Jesus, they said, “John the Baptist has sent us to you to ask, ‘Are you the One who is to come, or should we look for another?’” At that very time Jesus cured many people of diseases, sicknesses, and evil spirits and granted sight to many who were blind. So Jesus answered them, “Go tell John what you have seen and heard: The blind see, the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, the poor have good news proclaimed to them. Blessed is anyone who takes no offense at Me.”)

We need to meditate on these things, prove that Jesus is our coming Messiah and King of Kings. Jesus inspired Isaiah to pen words of hope “to erase our doubts.” Are we doubtful as was the Baptist? Let’s look again at Jesus’ prophecy through Isaiah.

(Isaiah 29:17-24; “In just a very short time Lebanon will turn into an orchard, and the orchard will be considered a forest. At that time the deaf will be able to hear words read from a scroll, and the eyes of the blind will be able to see through deep darkness. The downtrodden will again rejoice in the Lord; the poor among humankind will take delight in the Holy One of Israel. For tyrants will disappear, those who taunt will vanish,

and all those who love to do wrong will be eliminated; those who bear false testimony against a person, who entrap the one who arbitrates at the city gate and deprive the innocent of justice by making false charges. So this is what the Lord, the One who delivered Abraham, says to the family of Jacob. “Israel will no longer be ashamed; their faces will no longer show their embarrassment.” For when they see their children, whom I will produce among them, they will honor My name. They will honor the Holy One of Jacob; they will respect the God of Israel. (24) Those who stray morally will gain understanding; those who complain will acquire insight.”)

The miracles Jesus did personally and through His apostles, were forerunners to His powers that will be gifted when He returns. (Gaining spiritual comprehension as God reveals individually, should be the goal we seek.) Our coming King of Kings is the God of Abraham, the God of Israel and the One who delivered Israel from Egypt, “sin.”

He understands the likelihood of our being embarrassed when we live His Way, among communities of unbelievers! (When we count the cost, “of following Jesus” we should realize; “this world’s citizenry isn’t our friends” as they aren’t Jesus’ friends.) Following Jesus can be a lonely road, “from the fleshly point of view.” (“In the world but not of the world” makes followers of Jesus likened to Him, characteristically and in the friendship category.) (See John 15:18)

When God the Father and God the Son were creating; “they were also planning Jesus’ crucifixion and ascension.”

(Luke 18:31-34;“Then Jesus took the twelve aside and said to them, “Look, we are going up to Jerusalem, and everything that is written about the Son of Man by the prophets will be accomplished. For He will be handed over to the Gentiles; He will be mocked, mistreated, and spat on. They will flog Him severely and kill Him. Yet on the third day He will rise again.” But the twelve understood none of these things. This saying was hidden from them, and they did not grasp what Jesus meant.”)

Spiritual truths are still hidden from the world at large. Why? Hardness of heart.

(Matt 13:10-15; “For this reason I “Jesus” speak to them in parables: Although they see they do not see, and although they hear they do not hear nor do they understand. And concerning them “those not gifted to believe IN” the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled that says: ‘You will listen carefully yet will never understand, you will look closely yet will never comprehend. For the heart of this people has become dull; they are hard of hearing, and they have shut their eyes, so that they would not see with their eyes and hear with their ears and understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them.’)

People choose denominations, “rather than individually seeking God’s truth is proof of people’s hardness of heart and closed eyes.” Jesus’ words, as He inspired Isaiah to pen and quoted in this Matthew’s text has been true in each age, “but a new age is coming.” Jesus had His prophet Zachariah prophesy about the events of His first and second comings.

(Zach 9:9; “Rejoice greatly, daughter of Zion! Shout, daughter of Jerusalem! Look! Your king is coming to you: He is legitimate and victorious, humble and riding on a donkey – on a young donkey, the foal of a female donkey.”( This part of Zachariah’s prophecy has been fulfilled, “the next part is soon to be.” (Zach 9:10; “I will remove the chariot from Ephraim and the warhorse from Jerusalem, and the battle bow will be removed. Then He will announce peace to the nations. His dominion will be from sea to sea and from the Euphrates River to the ends of the earth.”) Compare with Isaiah 29:17-24,

(Mark 11:1-11; Now as they approached Jerusalem, near Bethphage and Bethany, at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two of His disciples and said to them, “Go to the village ahead of you. As soon as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there that has never been ridden. Untie it and bring it here. (3) If anyone says to you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ say, ‘The Lord needs it and will send it back here soon.’” So they went and found a colt tied at a door, outside in the street, and untied it. Some people standing there said to them, “What are you doing, untying that colt?” They replied as Jesus had told them, and the bystanders let them go. Then they brought the colt to Jesus, threw their cloaks on it, and Jesus sat on it. Many spread their cloaks on the road and others spread branches they had cut in the fields. Both those who went ahead and those who followed kept shouting, “Hosanna! Blessed is the One who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David! Hosanna in the highest!” (11) Then Jesus entered Jerusalem and went to the temple. And after looking around at everything, He went out to Bethany with the twelve since it was already late.”)

The Passover was approaching and time for another parable that only Believers JN would understand.

(Mark 12:1-12; “Then Jesus began to speak to them in parables: “A man planted a vineyard. He put a fence around it, dug a pit for its winepress, and built a watchtower. Then he leased it to tenant farmers and went on a journey. At harvest time He sent a slave to the tenants to collect from them His portion of the crop. But those tenants seized His slave, beat him, and sent him away empty-handed. So He sent another slave to them again. This one they struck on the head and treated outrageously. He sent another, and that one they killed. This happened to many others, some of whom were beaten, others killed. (6) He had one left, His one dear Son. Finally He sent Him to them, saying, ‘They will respect My Son.’ (7) But those tenants said to one another, ‘This is the heir. Come, let’s kill Him and the inheritance will be ours!’ So they seized Him, killed Him, and threw His body out of the vineyard. What then will the owner of the vineyard do? He will come and destroy those tenants and give the vineyard to others. (10) Have you not read this scripture: ‘The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone. This is from the Lord, and it is marvelous in our eyes’?” (12) Now they wanted to arrest Him (but they feared the crowd), because they realized that He told this parable against them. So they left Him and went away.”)

Jesus was referencing what He had inspired at Psalms 118:22-23. (So it is; from creation until now, the Cornerstone has been rejected by people thinking highly of their own opinion. People unwilling to seek God’s view, “prefer selling their view.”) But “God so loved the world that He gave His Son.” Our all knowing God planned it from the beginning.

(1John 3:1; (See what sort of love the Father has given to us: ’we followers of Jesus’ that we should be called God’s children – and indeed we are! For this reason the world does not know us: because it did not know Him.”)

The religious minded attempt to know God through, “personal intellect and studies.” (But God says; “He cannot allow that, less people boast.”)

(Eph 2:4-10; “But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, (His chosen) even though we were dead in transgressions, made us alive together with Christ – by grace you are saved! and He raised us up with Him 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. (10) For we are His workmanship, having been created in Christ Jesus for good works that God prepared beforehand so we may do them.”)

Is this understanding clear? Give God the praise. It’s spiritual discernment, “not gained through fleshly intellect, but gifted by God.” It’s the mystery, not revealed to the world.

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