Genesis and the New Covenant, chapter 45

To: The Family of God, “people being made temples of His spirit” God’s Church  9/14/18, God’s 7th month, Tishrel 5/ 5779 until sunset.

       God revealed Himself and Abraham believed IN, “moved from family and acquaintances to the lands provided.” God was making a new beginning through Abraham, “setting Him and his descendents apart from the world.” Imposed circumcision as a sign of belonging. (Jesus’ apostles, “to whom He breathed on and gave understanding of the scriptures to” understood what God did and more particularly what He was going to do.  (Abraham’s descendents were going to inherit the world through faith.)

      (Romans 4:9-14; “Is this blessedness then for the circumcision or also for the un-circumcision? For we say, “faith was credited to Abraham as righteousness.” How then was it credited to him? Was he circumcised at the time, or not? No, he was not circumcised but uncircumcised! And he received the sign of circumcision as a seal of the righteousness that he had by faith while he was still uncircumcised, so that he would become the father of all those who believe but have never been circumcised, that they too could have righteousness credited to them. (By the gift of believing IN.) And Abraham also the father of the circumcised, who are not only circumcised, but who also walk in the footsteps of the faith that our father Abraham possessed when he was still uncircumcised. (13) For the promise to Abraham or to his descendants that he would inherit the world was not fulfilled through the law, but through the righteousness that comes by faith. For if they become heirs by the law, faith is empty and the promise is nullified.”)

       God’s promises and His preplanning cannot be nullified. If they could, He would not be “Lord of Lords.” If the law could change our inherited from Adam nature; ’that is, make us righteous in His view” there would be no need for creator Jesus’ sacrifice. 

      (Rom 4:15-16; “For the law “of works” brings wrath, because where there is no law there is no transgression either. For this reason it is by “believing IN God” faith, so that it “faith” may be by grace, with the result that the promise may be certain to all the descendants – not only to those who are under the law, but also to those who have the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all (as it is written, “I have made you the father of many nations.”)

       17-22; Abraham is our father in the presence of God whom he believed – the God who makes the dead alive and summons the things that do not yet exist as though they already do. (18) Against hope Abraham believed in hope with the result that he became the father of many nations according to the pronouncement, “so will your descendants be.” Without being weak in faith, Abraham considered his own body as dead (because he was about one hundred years old) and the deadness of Sarah’s womb. He did not waver in unbelief about the promise of God but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God. He was fully convinced that what God promised He was also able to do. So indeed it “believing IN faith” was credited to Abraham as righteousness. (23) But the statement it was credited to him was not written only for Abraham’s sake, but also for our sake, to whom it will be credited, those who believe IN the One “God the Father” who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead. He “Jesus” was given over because of our transgressions and was raised for the sake of our justification.”)

      The Lord Jesus who  communed with the Patriarchs looked forward to these latter days when people would be “called and led to believe IN His saving grace.” Believing IN Jesus “changes one’s nature from the way of get to the way of give.”

      (Rom 5:1-11; “Therefore, since we “Believers IN” have been declared righteous by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in the hope of God’s glory. Not only this, but we also rejoice in sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance, character, and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us. For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. (For rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person perhaps someone might possibly dare to die.) But God demonstrates His own love for us, in that while we were still sinners, (uncircumcised of heart) Christ died for us. Much more then, because we have now been declared righteous by His blood, we will be saved through Him from God’s wrath. (10) For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, how much more, since we have been reconciled, will we be saved by His life? Not only this, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received this reconciliation.”)

    (Reconciliation? “The making of two or more “apparently conflicting things” consistent or compatible”) By revealing Himself, God reconciles Himself with those He chooses.

      (Rom 5:12-17; “So then, just as sin entered the world through one man “Adam” and death through sin, and so death spread to all people because all sinned – for before the law “of works” was given, sin was in the world, but there is no accounting for sin when there is no law “of works.” Yet death reigned from Adam until Moses even over those who did not sin in the same way that Adam (who is a type of the coming One) transgressed. But the gracious gift is not like the transgression. For if the many died through the transgression of the one man, “Adam” how much more did the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the One man Jesus Christ multiply to the many! And the gift is not like the one who sinned. For judgment, resulting from the one transgression, (“Adams‘”) led to condemnation, but the gracious gift from the many failures led to justification. (17) For if, by the transgression of the one man, “Adam” death reigned through the one, how much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in “eternal” life through the One, Jesus Christ!”)

       God makes these promises through the gift of His spirit and ultimately the resurrections. Understanding this grace is an emotional thankful heart change. When Joseph made himself known to his brothers, an “emotion thankfulness overcame them all.”

      If God’s Word doesn’t convict a person to turn from the traditions of this world’s system of things, “to the traditions Jesus lived and taught through His apostles” likely that one isn’t called to “Believe IN at this time.” Jesus’ Words don’t penetrate the minds of hostile persons. He didn’t waste words on unbelievers, saying, “you don’t understand because you aren’t My Sheep,”

      (John 10:25-30; Jesus replied, “I told you and you do not believe. The deeds I do in My Father’s name testify about Me. But you refuse to believe because you are not My sheep. My sheep listen to My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish; no one will snatch them from My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all, and no one can snatch them from My Father’s hand. The Father and I are One.”) We can’t Believe IN God and practice paganism.

      God is working all things out according to His will and timetable. He preserves the called and unbeliever’s historical records for our learning in this latter age. Whether provable science, “a tried and proven system or personal invention;” believers IN are gifted to recognize God’s revelations. Consider Jesus’ teaching, “after He miraculously re-created food and fed many.”

      (John 6:25-29; When they found Jesus on the other side of the lake, they said to Him, “Rabbi, when did you get here?” Jesus replied, “I tell you the solemn truth, you are looking for Me not because you saw miraculous signs, but because you ate all the loaves of bread you wanted. “Do not work for the food that disappears, but for the food that remains to eternal life – the “spiritual” food which the Son of Man will GIVE to you. For God the Father has put His seal of approval on Him.” (28) So then they said to Him, “What must we do to accomplish the deeds God requires?” Jesus replied, “This is the deed God requires – to believe IN the ONE whom He sent.”)

       The accusation is; “you folks are only looking for Me for self serving reasons.” Many join religions for self serving purposes. In the minds of many, “it’s to avoid punishment and to earn salvation as a result of their action.” Why do the same percentages of church folks divorce, commit crimes and fill prisons as do the un-churched?

      The definition of a believer IN Jesus is; “one who obeys, worships in spirit and truth the One who is; “Creator, Re-creator, Sustainer, Deliverer, Mediator and coming King of Kings. Understanding; “we love Him because He first loved us” shedding His blood that our sins may be forgiven. “Thus, worshiping Jesus is to yield to His Way and put on His characteristics as revealed is the holy scriptures.” We have Joseph’s example in Genesis.

       Joseph stayed true to his revealed understanding, “believed IN the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.” He could speak confidently to the Pharaoh and forgive his brothers. We have another example in the New Testament.

       A man Jesus healed was thrown out of the Synagogue: “Jesus heard they had thrown him out, so He found the man and said to him, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?” The man replied, “And who is He, sir, that I may believe IN Him?” Jesus told him, “You have seen Him; He is the one speaking with you.” The healed man said, “Lord, I believe,” and he worshiped Jesus. (Jesus also said, “For judgment I have come into this world, so that those who do not see may gain their sight, and the ones who see may become blind.” John 9:35-39)

       DO we understand Jesus’ point? He opens understanding to whom He will and allows unbelievers to remain in their state of being. It was God that caused the Pharaoh to believe in Joseph’s words.

      Joseph was spiritually trained, he and Jacob received revelations. Joseph’s brothers were taught family heritage, “but as a Believer IN, Joseph didn’t need knowledge of the families heritage to accomplish God’s will. All Believers IN are gifted with these principles; “it’s what makes us at one with God the Father, God the Son and each other.”

      Paul wrote; (“Finally then, brothers and sisters, we ask you and urge you in the Lord Jesus, that as you received instruction from us about how you must live and please God (as you are in fact living) that you do so more and more. For you know what commands we gave you through the Lord Jesus. For this is God’s will: that you become holy, that you keep away from sexual immorality, that each of you know how to possess his own body in holiness and honor, not in lustful passion like the Gentiles “unbelievers” who do not know God. In this matter no one should violate the rights of his brother or take advantage of him, because the Lord is the avenger in all these cases, as we also told you earlier and warned you solemnly. For God did not CALL us to impurity but in holiness. Consequently the one who rejects this is NOT rejecting human authority but God, who gives HIS Holy Spirit to you. Now on the topic of brotherly love you have no need for anyone to write you, for you yourselves are taught of God to love one another. And indeed you are practicing it toward all the brothers and sisters in all of Macedonia. But we urge you, brothers and sisters, to do so more and more, to ASPIRE to lead a quiet life, to attend to your own business, and to work with your hands, as we commanded you. In this way you will live a decent life before outsiders and not be in need.”1 Thess 4:1-12)

      As was God’s covenant with Israel, “our New Covenant is NOT with the world at large” but with God. Our New Testament Covenant is not with a fleshly governed nation, nor a denomination, but with God. His church is scattered individuals to whom He has chosen, “set aside and fathered with His spirit.” His New Testament Covenant is one of promise, “likened to that with the Patriarchs.” (Jesus’ apostle Peter explains to Christians.

       (1Peter 2:9-10; “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people of His own, so that you may proclaim the virtues of the one who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light. You once were not a people, but now you are God’s people. You were shown no mercy, but now you have received mercy.”)

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