The Gospel, chapter 3

To: “In Resident Churches of God, all Saints” grace and peace from our God. 10/1/18, Tishrel 22, 5779, happy Sabbath.

      It’s the seventh of seven annual Sabbaths, set aside by Creator, Re-Creator, Sustainer, the Alpha and Omega “Jesus.” The world at large, particularly heirs of Jacob, whose name God changed to Israel will soon know Him as their God. There will be no division when knowledge of Him covers the earth.

       We got ahead of ourselves in our “Genesis and New Covenant” comparisons. So lets back up and consider life from the One who is, “The Way, the Truth and the Life. Abel was given to understand that life is in the blood and the blood sacrifice looked forward to, new eternal life through Jesus.

       (Lev 17:10-14; “‘Any man from the house of Israel or from the foreigners who reside in their midst who eats any blood, I will set My face against that person who eats the blood, and I will cut him off from the midst of his people, for the life of every living thing is in the blood. So I myself have assigned it to you ’Israel’  on the altar to make atonement for your lives, for the blood makes atonement by means of the life. Therefore, I have said to the Israelites: No person among you is to eat blood and no resident foreigner who lives among you is to eat blood. (13) “‘Any man from the Israelites or from the foreigners who reside in their midst who hunts a wild animal or a bird that may be eaten must pour out its blood and cover it with soil, for the life of all flesh is its blood. So I have said to the Israelites: You must not eat the blood of any living thing because the life of every living thing is its blood – all who eat it will be cut off.””)

       From Jesus’ re-creation, He and God The Father planned His human birth, “Jesus would become the Only spiritually Begotten of the Father: His Life, His shed blood - would be for the remission of the world’s sins.” Believers IN Jesus overcome “lawlessness in God’s view” by the shed blood of the Lamb and thus become at one with God. Knowledge of God’s plan to make people in His own image spiritually, “may have made Satan jealous and partly cause his rebellion.” Consider Jesus’ revelations to John.

      (Rev12:7-10) “Then war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back. But the dragon was not strong enough to prevail, so there was no longer any place left in heaven for him and his angels. So that huge dragon – the ancient serpent, the one called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world – was thrown down to the earth, and his angels along with him. (10) Then I heard a loud voice in heaven saying, “The salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the ruling authority of His Christ, have now come, because the accuser of our brothers and sisters, the one who accuses them day and night before our God, has been thrown down.

      (Rev 12:11-12; But they overcame him ’Satan’ by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony and they did not love their lives so much that they were afraid to die. Therefore you heavens rejoice, and all who reside in them! But woe to the earth and the sea because the devil has come down to you! He is filled with terrible anger, for he knows that he only has a little time!”)

      The Good News, “gospel” has always been about God’s kingdom coming, His people overcoming inherited from Adam’s nature and Satan’s deceptions. It’s very important that followers of Jesus know when and where Satan’s inspired traditions originated. We need to pray for the courage to resist traditions that honor imaginary gods.

      (Matt 19:28-30; Jesus said to them, “I tell you the truth: In the age when all things are renewed when the Son of Man sits on HIS glorious throne, you “apostles” who have followed Me will ALSO sit on twelve thrones, judging the 12 tribes of Israel. And whoever has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or fields for My sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life. (30) But many who are first will be last, and the last first.”)

      Worldly religions don’t understand the “Genesis New Covenant’s” parallel callings. The gospel, “good news” has always been about His kingdom’s coming and His called inheriting eternal life through Jesus, “who is our resurrections, About inheriting eternal life and the destruction of evil. It isn’t theory! It’s God’s good news to His called out Believers IN. His kingdom on earth, the resurrections and gifted eternal life.

      Jesus’ said His miracles, “were greater than any done before” and proofs to the called that He was the prophesied Messiah, “the Son of God” “the Lamb of God.”

       Proofs to the called? Not to those who aren’t called in this age “after Jesus’ ascension, who aren’t His sheep.

       (Jesus said; “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.” John 10:26-28)  He and His Father are as One. He was not then, nor will He ever be about the business of usurping His Father’s will, but will always be about being “At One with Him.” Followers of Jesus likewise “are about the business of being At One with Him.”

      Years before Jesus’ physical birth, some of the scattered Judean’s had been allowed to return to Jerusalem after Hezekiah ask God’s intervention. Judea was ruled from Rome during the apostles life time. Two sects of so called Judaism, Pharisee and Sadducees were allowed to practice their version of Judaism. Practicing the way that seemed right to themselves, “caused Jesus to have issues with both.”

      (Matt 4:23-25; “Jesus went throughout all of Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all kinds of disease and sickness among the people. So a report about Him spread throughout Syria. People brought to Him all who suffered with various illnesses and afflictions, those who had seizures, paralytics, and those possessed by demons and He healed them. And large crowds followed Him from Galilee, the Decapolis, Jerusalem, Judea, and beyond the Jordan River.”)

       Jesus was about the business of fulfilling “all that the prophets had written about Him.” That fulfillment includes Satan being bound and Jesus ruling this earth with His Saints. Jesus made it clear, “unbelievers were not His sheep.” Today’s professing religious pundits teach a hodgepodge of conjured up beliefs, manufactured by men. These, like Agrippa and Festus knew of Jesus’ miracles “but were unable to believe IN all that is written about Him.” They were about the business of pleasing Romans, the Sadducees and Pharisees: particularly the Caesar in Rome.

      When Judaism’s unbelievers wanted to kill Paul, he was hauled before Festus and Agrippa. As Paul began preaching Jesus, Festus said, “you have lost your mind.” Agrippa said, “In such a short time are you persuading me to become a Christian?

       (Acts 26:24-29; “As Paul was saying these things in his defense, Festus exclaimed loudly, “You have lost your mind, Paul! Your great learning is driving you insane!” But Paul replied, “I have not lost my mind, most excellent Festus, but am speaking true and rational words. For the king knows about these things, and I am speaking freely to him, because I cannot believe that any of these things has escaped his notice, for this was not done in a corner. Do you believe the prophets, King Agrippa? I know that you believe.” Agrippa said to Paul, “In such a short time are you persuading me to become a Christian?” Paul replied, “I pray to God that whether in a short or a long time not only you but also all those who are listening to me today could become such as I am, except for these chains.”) All believers IN could mimic Paul’s words.

       The gospel is about the kingdom of God and all things accomplished according to God’s purpose, promises and planning. From Adam’s creation “God’s called out people were led to believe IN the shedding of blood “for the remission of sins.” They each were aware of Satan’s deceiving influences would be brought to light, was preplanned.

       God is allowing Satan’s success, “dividing kingdoms and religions while manifesting himself as an angel of light.” His purpose is to divide, hurt and deceive. His followers think of themselves as, “lights to a lost world.” They advance theologies that seem right to themselves; theologies inherited from before and after the flood. We need to question; “what’s to happen to Satan and his followers?

       Review Revelations 19:19-21; “Then I “John” saw the beast and the kings of the earth and their armies assembled to do battle with the One who rode the horse and with His army. Now the beast “Satan” was seized, and along with him the false prophet who had performed the signs on his behalf – signs by which he deceived those who had received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image. Both of them were thrown alive into the lake of fire burning with sulfur. The others were killed by the sword that extended from the mouth of the One who rode the horse, and all the birds gorged themselves with their flesh.”)

       Much future was revealed to the Patriarchs, their revelations were in fact the gospel “good news.” God’s planning, encompasses the whole world. The Patriarchs looked forward to, “Jesus’ millennial kingdom!”

      (Gen 17:3-7: “Abram bowed down with his face to the ground, and God said to him, “As for Me, this is My covenant with you: You will be the father of a multitude of nations. No longer will your name be Abram. Instead, your name will be Abraham because I will make you the father of a multitude of nations. I will make you “Your descendents” extremely fruitful. I will make nations of you, and kings will descend from you. I will confirm My covenant as a perpetual covenant between Me and you. It will extend to your descendants after you throughout their generations. I will be your God and the God of your descendants after you.”)

       (Review Jeremiah 30:) (The renaming of Abram was a sign of confirmation to the Patriarch. Every time the name was used it would be a reminder of God’s promise. “Abram” means “exalted father,” probably referring to Abram’s father Terah. The name “Abram” looks to the past; Abram came from noble lineage. The name “Abraham” is a dialectical variant of the name Abram. But its significance is in the wordplay with the Hebrew, “the father of a multitude, which sounds like אַבְרָהָם, ’avraham, “Abraham”). The new name would be a reminder of God’s promise to make Abraham the father of a multitude.) Things God has planned for this earth’s people are so awesome; it’s difficult for our natural minds to comprehend. 

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