John The Apostle, chapter 12

To: 11,035 Churches of God, “people being made temples of His spirit.”

5/20/1, God’s 3rd month, Sivan 6, 5778 until sunset. It’s Pentecost until sunset.

      (2Tim 4:1 I-8; I ‘Paul’ solemnly charge you before God and Christ Jesus, who is going to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom: Preach the message, be ready whether it’s convenient or not, reprove, rebuke, exhort with complete patience and instruction. (3) For there will be a time when people will not tolerate sound teaching. Instead, following their own desires, they will accumulate teachers for themselves, because they have an insatiable curiosity to hear new things. And they will turn away from hearing the truth, but on the other hand they will turn aside to myths. You, however, be self-controlled in all things, endure hardship, do an evangelist’s work, fulfill your ministry. For I am already being poured out as an offering, and the time for me to depart is at hand. (7) I have competed well; I have finished the race; I have kept the faith! Finally the crown of righteousness is reserved for me. The Lord, the righteous Judge, will award it to me in that day – and not to me only, but also to all who have set their affection on His appearing.”)

      Self righteous Pharisees gave the man Jesus healed a hard time about carrying his bed on the Sabbath. Many self righteous Christendom folk maintain that Jesus’ good news sets them free from the burden of Sabbath keeping: “no need to exercise self control or alter daily activities, no need to work at overcoming the pulls inherited from Adam’s sin nature etc.” The average professing Christian sees no need to rest on Sabbath days. Many “first day keepers likewise” go to church in the morning, see or participate sports the night before and the evening afterward. Practicing discipline and remembering Sabbaths is what Jesus taught. (Remembering we’re created in God’s image and likeness “is the worship God requires.”) Worship begins when we know God loves His creation. Jesus’ apostle Paul likened the Christian life to a race and Peter taught perseverance of faith. Sabbaths should be esteemed, “because the Lord God gave them for His chosen’s benefit.”

      (1Peter 1:5-11; For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith excellence, to excellence, knowledge; to knowledge, self control, to self control perseverance; to perseverance, godliness; to godliness, brotherly affection; to brotherly affection, unselfish love. For if these things are really yours and are continually increasing, they will keep you from becoming ineffective and unproductive in your pursuit of knowing our Lord Jesus Christ more intimately (9) But concerning the one who lacks such things – he is blind. That is to say, he is nearsighted, since he has forgotten about the cleansing of his past sins. Therefore, brothers and sisters, make every effort to be sure of your calling and election. For by doing this you will never stumble into sin. For thus an entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, will be richly provided for you.”)

       Self righteous Pharisees were critical of the healed man’s carrying his bed roll on the Sabbath. Christendom in general is critical of people’s remembering and setting Sabbaths apart.

      (John 5:14-15; “After this Jesus found him ’the healed man’ at the temple and said to him, “Look, you have become well. Don’t sin any more, lest anything worse happen to you.” The man went away and informed the Jewish leaders that Jesus was the One who had made him well.”)

       The indication? “the cause of this man’s disability was rooted in sin.” We all inherited a lawless, “sin nature” it’s the basic cause of imperfections.

Examples of people’s lawless actions are many. Let’s consider two.

     (1) God command that crops be rotated and lands allowed their Sabbath rest, “laying idle for one year is good.” Benefits are many.

     (2) God command His people live by His ten commandments, “for their good.” God’s view of lawlessness, “sin” is the only view that matters.

      (John 5:16-23; “Now because Jesus was doing these things on the Sabbath, the Jewish leaders began persecuting Him. So He told them, “My Father is working until now, and I too am working.” For this reason the Jewish leaders were trying even harder to kill Him, because not only was He breaking the Sabbath, but He was also calling God His own Father, thus making Himself equal with God. (19) So Jesus answered them, “I tell you the solemn truth, the Son can do nothing on His own initiative, but only what He sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, the Son does likewise. For the Father loves the Son and shows Him everything He does, and will show Him greater deeds than these, so that you will be amazed. (21) For just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, so also the Son gives life to whomever He wishes. Furthermore, the Father does not judge anyone, but has assigned all judgment to the Son, so that all people will honor the Son just as they honor the Father. The one who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent Him.”)

      God the Father and God the Son are One in deed, thought and purpose! Christians are spirit led to desire a Oneness with our Creator.

      (John 5:24-30; “I tell you the solemn truth, the one who hears “understands” My message and believes the One who sent Me has eternal life and will not be condemned, but has crossed over from death to life. (25) I tell you the solemn truth, a time is coming – and is now here – when the dead will hear “understandthe voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live. For just as the Father has life in Himself, thus He has granted the Son to have life in Himself, and He has granted the Son authority to execute judgment, because He is the Son of Man. (28) “Do not be amazed at this, because a time is coming when ALL who are in the tombs will hear His voice and will come out – the ones who have done what is good to the resurrection resulting in life, and the ones who have done what is evil to the resurrection resulting in condemnation. (30) I can do nothing on My own initiative. Just as I hear, I judge, and My judgment is just, because I do not seek My own will, but the will of the One who sent Me.”)

       Having these understanding, “it’s gifted.” When we understand “we love God and know that His Ways are for our good.” Thus we live to please Him because we love Him.

      The first resurrection is to eternal life, “the second is physical and can lead to eternal life.” (Many will be gifted with repentance for deeds done in this life.) (Study 1John 5:13-17)

      Heavenly Father and our Lord Jesus: thank You for mercy You’ve shown to this undeserving worlds sinful populations. Make us mindful of this worlds problems and give us “hope faith needed to endure to the end.” We thank You for the privilege of believing IN and for a yielding spirit that desires practicing Your holy Way. May our kingdom soon come, we ask In the holy name of our coming King of Kings, “Jesus” AMEN

       Pentecost was first called “the Festival of First Fruits. It matches the spring harvest of fruits and vegetables in Judea. Pentecost looks forward to when, “all who call on the name of the Lord will be saved.” 

       Satan is about the business of watering down the spiritual and prophetic meaning of Jesus’ life, death, burial, resurrection and ascension. Only the few teach the significances of Jesus’ promise to return, bind Satan and bring His peace to this earth. Few are looking forward to His return. Few desire practices that demonstrate spiritual understanding and the effect Christians have on others.

       God reveals Himself to us, “as He did Abraham” giving us to understand that our acquaintances are serving god’s of their imagination? This was Abraham’s state of being when God revealed Himself and told Abraham to go away from the country of his family and acquaintances. Abraham was obedient to God’s calling and lived as a foreigner in a strange land as he was directed. God blessed Abraham and he became the example of righteousness to the world. Abraham had faith in God’s promises, though most weren’t realized in his life time. We can learn spiritual lessons by reflecting on Abraham’s life. (His faith asset was that he believed IN God as God revealed Himself.) God revealed to Abraham that He was The Life giver and that He was going to make Abraham the father of many. The miraculous promises began when he and Sarah were past the normal reproductive age and Isaac was born.

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