God;s Truth Explored, chapter 12

To: “10,531 in resident churches” people desiring to be “At One with God.” 4/21/18, God’s 2nd month, Iyar 6, 5778 until sunset.

      Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and all called out people to whom God reveals Himself; “don’t need written law regarding how to love God and neighbor: “His love is shed abroad, ’poured out’ in the heart.”

      (Romans 5:5-6; “And hope does not disappoint, because the love of God5 has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit who is given to us. For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.” (While we were helplessly yielded to our inherited nature; “at the right time, God revealed Jesus Christ.”

     A God gifted desire to live in Jesus’ righteousness is from above. Its why and how Jesus’ apostle Paul could say; “ it’s no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me.” A circumcision of heart is what believers IN Jesus seek.

      (Romans 2:25; “For circumcision has its value if you practice the law, but if you break the law, your circumcision has become un-circumcision.”) Circumcision of the flesh is a covenant token of obedience to God. People relying on circumcision and law keeping for salvation is as un-circumcised. Obeying the spiritual intent of God’s law makes the uncircumcised as the circumcised.

      (Rom 2:26; “Therefore if the uncircumcised man obeys the righteous requirements of the law, will not his un-circumcision be regarded as circumcision?”) Knowing  to keep the righteous spiritual intent of God’s law through faith in Jesus’ sacrifice is gifted; “justification is by grace.”

      (Rom 2:27-28; “And will not the physically uncircumcised man who keeps the law judge you who, despite the written code and circumcision, transgress the law? For a person is not a Jew, “Christian” who is one outwardly, nor is ’spiritual’ circumcision something that is outward in the flesh, but someone is a Jew “Christian” who is one inwardly and circumcision is of the heart by the Spirit and not by the written code. This person’s praise is not from people but from God.”)

       Circumcision of the foreskin always looked forward to a God gifted changed nature, “the imputation of His spirit, which is circumcision of heart.” God’s chosen people’s love for God and one another is defined by His gifted nature change. Making us to lovingly live God’s Way as did Abraham.

      Gathering to worship in Jesus’ Name, “should be a worship in the spirit and nature of Jesus as he‘s manifested to be in His holy word.”  To worship in His name, worshipers must be Believers IN His shed blood for the remission of sin. Whether two, three, or many; “Jesus is pleased when we worship in His nature.” (Jesus said; “For where two or three are assembled in My Name, I am there among them.” Matt 18:20)

      Consider what Jesus means by, “in the name of” looking to an example. If your name were Sue and you send me to deliver your message to Joe; “I would be acting as your ambassador, to the degree appointed.” What if Joe questioned me about Sue’s intended purpose; the message’s full meaning etc? “As a dependable ambassador, I couldn’t elaborate without permission, and knowledge of Sue’s intended result.” (I could elaborate more if I knew Sue’s outlook, purpose, long term plan regarding the subject of the message and even morose if I knew Sue’s character.)

      Likewise, when we worship in Jesus’ name: “we must know Jesus and His Message.” Worshiping in Jesus’ name is to know His nature, purpose character, short and long term plans. Realizing “to know Jesus is to know God the Father.” Realize “God the Son and God the Father agree as One” Knowing Jesus personally revealed Himself, His character and plans to those ambassador apostles He sent out in His Name. Gathering to worship in Jesus’ Name, we need His revelations regarding His message. We must know His truth and be imputed with His spirit in order to worship in spirit and truth.

      (John 10:34-42; Jesus answered, “Is it not written in your law, ‘I said, you are gods’? (Quote from Psalms 2:6; The whole line reads “I say, you are gods, sons of the Most High, all of you.”) If those people to whom the word of God came were called ‘gods’ (and the scripture cannot be broken), do you say about the One whom the Father set apart and sent into the world, ‘You are blaspheming,’ because I said, ‘I am the Son of God’? (37) If I do NOT perform the deeds of My Father, do not believe Me. But if I do them, even if you do not believe Me, believe the deeds, so that you may come to know and understand that I am in the Father and the Father is in Me.” Then they attempted again to seize Him, but He escaped their clutches. (40) Jesus went back across the Jordan River again to the place where John had been baptizing at an earlier time, and He stayed there. Many came to Him and began to say, “John performed no miraculous sign, but everything John said about this man was true!” (42) And many believed IN Jesus there.”)

       God’s purpose in creating Adam and Eve in His image and likeness was to ultimately make them and their descendents literal sons of God. Jesus’ deeds in the flesh demonstrated his ability to create, re-create, resurrect and restore life. People accusing Jesus of blasphemy because He referred to Himself as the Son of God was in part because of their familiarity to His family.

      (Matt  13:53-5; “Now when Jesus finished these parables, He moved on from there. Then He came to His hometown and began to teach the people in their synagogue. They were astonished and said, “Where did this man get such wisdom and miraculous powers? Isn’t this the carpenter’s son? Isn’t His mother named Mary? And aren’t His brothers James, Joseph, Simon, and Judas? And aren’t all His sisters here with us? Where did He get all this?” And so they took offense at Him. But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in His hometown and in His own house.” And He did not do many miracles there because of their unbelief.”)

      Even fleshly logic gets this principle. Allow me to share a personal. (In a protestant theory class long age our instructor said: “if you want to present something new to an assembly, get an unknown with credentials to come and share it.”)

       The quote from Psalms 82:6 reads “I say, you are gods, sons of the Most High, all of you.” Jesus picks up on the term “sons of the Most High” in verse 36, referring to Himself as THE Son of God. The reason judges could be called gods was because they were vehicles of the word of God. Jesus is the Word incarnate, whom the Father sanctified and sent into the world to save the world. (verse 36) Thus, Jesus is saying, “If it is permissible to call men “gods” because they are the vehicles of the word of God, how much more permissible is it that I use the words “Son of God” in reference to Myself? If you do not believe My Words, then believe because of the works I do.”

      Each apostle was careful not to allow God‘s churches assume “because they as Believers IN, were not under the law, could abuse that freedom.

      (Gal 5:13-21; “For you were called to freedom, brothers and sisters; only do not use your freedom as an opportunity to indulge your flesh, but through love serve one another. For the whole law can be summed up in a single commandment, namely, “You must love your neighbor as yourself.” However, if you continually bite and devour one another, beware that you are not consumed by one another. But I say, live by the Spirit and you will not carry out the desires of the flesh. For the flesh has desires that are opposed to the Spirit, and the Spirit has desires that are opposed to the flesh, for these are in opposition to each other, so that you cannot do what you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. (Why? Believers IN obey Jesus in the spirit of the law!) Now the works of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity, depravity, idolatry, sorcery, hostilities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish rivalries, dissensions, factions, envying, murder, drunkenness, carousing, and similar things. I am warning you, as I had warned you before: Those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God!”)

        All who aren’t recipients’ of God’s spirit are under the law. Believers whose outlook ’nature’ has been supernaturally changed, have Jesus’ help to overcome these fleshly pulls. (Again, What is sin? The transgression of God’s law!)

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