John The Apostle, chapter 5

      To: “10,900 Churches of God” people desiring to be “At One with God.” 5/10/18, God’s 2nd month, Iyar25, 5778 until sunset.

      God revealed Himself to His prophet Amos and inspired Amos to write.

      (Amos 4:13; “For here He is! He formed the mountains and created the wind. He reveals His plans to men. He turns the dawn into darkness and marches on the heights of the earth. The Lord, the God who commands armies, is His name!”) Not only can God transfigure Himself physically, He allows angelic and demonic spirits to transfigure themselves.

      (John 1:32-34; “Then John testified, “I saw the Spirit descending like a dove from heaven and it “the spirit” remained on Jesus. And I did not recognize Him, but the One who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘The One on whom you see the Spirit descending and remaining – this is the One who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’ I have both seen and testified that this man is the Chosen One of God.”) Let’s review John the Baptist’s fathering and birth.

      (Luke 1:11-20; “An angel of the Lord, standing on the right side of the altar of incense, appeared to him. And Zechariah, visibly shaken when he saw the angel, was seized with fear. But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zechariah, for your prayer has been heard and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son; you will name him John. Joy and gladness will come to you and many will rejoice at his birth, for he will be great in the sight of the Lord. He must never drink wine or strong drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit, even before his birth. He will turn many of the people of Israel to the Lord their God. And he will go as forerunner before the Lord in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers back to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready for the Lord a people prepared for Him.”(18) Zechariah said to the angel, “How can I be sure of this? For I am an old man, and my wife is old as well.” The angel answered him, “I am Gabriel, who stands in the presence of God and I was sent to speak to you and to bring you this good news. (20) And now, because you did not believe my words, which will be fulfilled in their time, you will be silent, unable to speak, until the day these things take place.”) Gabriel transfigured himself and spoke with Zachariah.

      Like Jesus; John the Baptist was filled with God’s spirit in the womb! By revelation, John knew his mission and purpose.

      (John 1:35-39; “Again the next day John was standing there with two of his disciples. Gazing at Jesus as He walked by, he said, “Look, the Lamb of God!” When John’s two disciples heard him say this, they followed Jesus. Jesus turned around and saw them following and said to them, ‘What do you want?’ So they said to Him, “Rabbi” (which is translated Teacher), ‘where are you staying?’ Jesus answered, ‘Come and you will see.’ So they came and saw where He was staying and they stayed with Him that day. Now it was about four o’clock in the afternoon.

      (John 1:40-42; “Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter, was one of the two disciples who heard what John said and followed Jesus. He first found his own brother Simon and told him, “We have found the Messiah!” (which is translated Christ). Andrew brought Simon to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon, the son of John. You will be called Cephas” (which is translated Peter).”)

       Jesus would later tell Peter, “you are a little stone but on this Rock I will build My church.” Jesus is that Rock.

      (John 1:43-51; “On the next day Jesus wanted to set out for Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, “Follow Me.” (Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the town of Andrew and Peter.) Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found the one Moses wrote about in the law, and the prophets also wrote about – Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” (46) Nathanael replied, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip replied, “Come and see.” Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward Him and exclaimed, “Look, a true Israelite in whom there is no deceit!” (48) Nathanael asked Him, “How do you know me?” Jesus replied, “Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.” Nathanael answered him, “Rabbi, You are the Son of God; You are the king of Israel!” (50) Jesus said to him, “Because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree, do you believe? You will see greater things than these.” He continued, “I tell all of you the solemn truth – you will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.”)

       Not ONLY did Jesus know where Nathanael was before Philip found him; Jesus knew all twelve apostles and rebellious Judas before Adam’s creation. (Look at John 1:1-5, Colossians 1:15-20 and Heb 1:1-4 again.)

       (John 2:1-11; “Now on the third day there was a wedding at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there and Jesus and His disciples were also invited to the wedding. When the wine ran out, Jesus’ mother said to Him, “They have no wine left.” Jesus replied, “Woman, why are you saying this to Me? My time has not yet come.” His mother told the servants, “Whatever He tells you, do it.” Now there were six stone water jars there for Jewish ceremonial washing, each holding twenty or thirty gallons. Jesus told the servants, “Fill the water jars with water.” So they filled them up to the very top. Then He told them, “Now draw some out and take it to the head steward,” and they did. When the head steward tasted the water that had been turned to wine, not knowing where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew) he called the bridegroom and said to him, “Everyone serves the good wine first and then the cheaper wine when the guests are drunk. You have kept the good wine until now!” (11) Jesus did this as the first of His miraculous signs, in Cana of Galilee. In this way He revealed His glory, and His disciples believed IN Him.”)

      Mary didn’t forget how Jesus was fathered! Jesus knew how He was fathered. We that are gifted to follow Jesus, need to remember how we are fathered. May we each review in our minds, the awesomeness of our Creator. May He be revealed to the mind of each person studying this lesson.

      We Believers IN are being judged in this age, “before the resurrection.” The holy scriptures define a Christian as, “a recipient of God’s spirit.” Each Believer IN that overcomes to the end will be in the FIRST resurrection. (Study 1Corinthians 15:) Believers IN alive at Jesus’ coming will meet Jesus and the resurrected in the air: “return and serve in His kingdom. (A mystery to the world at large.) Worldly religions choose to teach: “EVERYONE is facing their final judgment in this age, before the resurrections.” Not so. The first resurrection is to a SPIRIT life; likened to Jesus’ current life. The SECOND is physical; “most and perhaps all Israelites will live again.” This understanding helps us digest Paul’s letter to the Romans.

      (Romans 2:1-16; “Therefore you are without excuse, whoever you are, when you judge someone else. For on whatever grounds you judge another, you condemn yourself, because you who judge practice the same things. Now we know that God’s judgment is in accordance with truth against those who practice such things. And do you think, whoever you are, when you judge those who practice such things and yet do them yourself, that you will escape God’s judgment? Or do you have contempt for the wealth of His kindness, forbearance and patience, and yet do not know that God’s kindness leads you to repentance? But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath for yourselves in the day of wrath, when God’s righteous judgment is revealed! (6) He will reward each one according to his works: eternal life to those who by perseverance in good works seek glory and honor and immortality, but wrath and anger to those who live in selfish ambition and do not obey the truth but follow unrighteousness. (9) There will be affliction and distress on everyone who does evil, on the Jew ’Believer’ first and also the Greek, but glory and honor and peace for everyone who does good, for the Jew ‘Believer’ first and also the Greek. For there is no partiality with God. For all who have sinned apart from the law will also perish apart from the law, and all who have sinned under the law will be judged by the law. (13) For it is not those who hear the law who are righteous before God, but those who do the law will be declared righteous. For whenever the Gentiles, who do not have the law, do by nature the things required by the law, these who do not have the law are a law to themselves. They show that the work of the law is written in their hearts, as their conscience bears witness and their conflicting thoughts accuse or else defend them, (16) on the day when God will judge the secrets of human hearts, according to my gospel through Christ Jesus.”)

      “Eternal life to those who persevere in good works, seeking the gift of glory, honor and immortality.” Those who lovingly live in the spirit of the law. Those who practice what’s righteous in God’s view. It is obvious to Believers IN; that the God of Abraham, “Jesus” isn’t revealed to everyone.

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