The gospel, chapter 6

To: “In Resident Churches of God, all Saints” grace and peace from our God. 10/8/18, Tishrel 29, 5779 until sunset              

      Agree? “we inherited a self serving, self governing, “my way” nature, until God miraculously calls and gives a desire for a new one.” Until He revealed Himself and changed our desires to His Way. To know God is gifted, “so no one can boast of having found God, or claim to have been saved independent of His calling!” We can only love God “as He manifest Himself to be” after He gifts our understanding, “after realizing He loved us individually, first.” It’s a major part of the New Covenant with a called out people.

      When the holy scriptures speak of loving our neighbor and God, “the meaning is not as with an instinctive conjured up fleshly love!” Rather, “it’s a God gifted love through His spirit.” It’s Godly Love likened to His own and comes through His fathering us. With this application in mind, examine Jesus’ apostle John’s teaching on the subject of love.

      (1John 4:7-10; “Dear friends, let us love one another, because love is from God, and everyone who ‘has Godly’ loves has been fathered by God and knows God. The person who does not ’have Godly’ love does not know God, because God is love. (From a fleshly outlook; there’s two kinds of love. One is instinctive, which is animalistic, concern for “me, myself and mine.” Mine includes, “my family, my nationality, my country and my imagined god, etc!” Second is “God gifted love, “through it we have a discerning love for our friends and enemies. God  from the realization that He first loved us first, individually !)

       By this, the love of God “the Father” is revealed in us: that God has sent His One and only Son into the world so that we may live through Him. (10) In this is love: not that we have loved God, “the Father” but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins.

      (1John 4:11-19; “Dear friends, if God so loved us, then we also ought to love one another. No one has seen God “the Father” at any time. If we love one another, God resides in us and His love is perfected in us. By this we know that we reside in God and He in us: in that He has given us of His Spirit. And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son to be the Savior of the world. (15) If anyone confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God “the Father” resides in him and he in God. (Love and Confess the two! Who are one in purpose.) And we have come to know and to believe the love that God has in us. God is love, and the one who reside in ‘His’ love, resides in God, and God resides in him. By this “gifted understanding” love is perfected with us, so that we may have confidence “knowing faith” in the day of judgment, because just as Jesus is, so also are we in this world. (18) There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears punishment has not been perfected in love. (19) We love because He loved us first.”)

       Believers IN are recipients of Godly love and a new nature. Its God calling and gifting us with Jesus’ faith and nature. John isn’t writing to the world at large, “unconverted, unbelieving people” but to called followers of God the Son, who is Creator, Sustainer, Deliverer, Mediator and soon coming King!

      We aren’t suppose to know God’s timing, we do know He can resurrect the dead, regardless of when they died. All who died in the Noah day flood, since and before. All are born to die once and a judgmental second death to the unrepentant is prophesied. (See Revelations 2:11, 20:6 & 20:14) (Let’s read Rev 21:7-8; “The one who conquers will inherit these things, and I will be his God and he will be My son. But to the cowards, unbelievers, detestable persons, murderers, the sexually immoral, and those who practice magic spells, idol worshipers, and all those who lie, their place will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur. That is the second death.”)

      God revealed Himself and made Noah “a preacher of righteousness” example to them and our age.” That generation didn’t respond, because from their inherited nature “they only desired pleasurable and fleshly things.” They only loved instinctively as do animals. From their instinctive inherited from Adam nature” which is a “me myself and mine self serving love.”)

       After the flood, Noah complimented Shem for looking to God’s Way. Shem’s descendents are first mentioned as “God’s called out people.” Through Shem came Abraham’s father “Terah. Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Joseph.” God had a long time purpose in changing Jacob’s name to Israel, “the word meaning, God fights or God fights for.” God was calling out a people for His name sake, a people through whom the Messiah, “the Son of God” would come in the flesh, die and spiritually live in people. Jesus is the firstborn among many chosen to be fathered by God the Father.

      Calling and revealing Himself is God’s way of increasing His family. Jacob’s son, “Joseph” was the only one of the twelve, God chose to reveal Himself to and Jacob’s name “Israel” is named on Joseph’s two sons, “Manasseh and Ephriam.” God made Joseph a type of savior to Israel and the world. Others, to whom God hasn’t reveal Himself, practice the ways that seems right to themselves.”

      The uncalled descendents of Noah’s other two sons, “Ham, Japheth, Jacob’s brother Esau and Hagar’s son Ishmael and others, still live Cain’s way, “doing what seems right to their inherited nature from Adam.” God’s called out set aside people; as was Abraham “are led to live separate from the world at large.” God reveals this to followers of Jesus by having us, “as He did Abraham, Isaac and Jacob” practice physical circumcision and look to His oracles. God continued imposing these things when delivering Israel’s descendents, having them live and practice as a chosen, separated from the world’s people. The principle continues, God doesn’t change, He reveals the same through His apostles for followers of Jesus.

       (2Cor 6:14-18; “Do not become partners with those who do not believe, for what partnership is there between righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship does light have with darkness? And what agreement does Christ have with Beliar? Or what does a believer share in common with an unbeliever? And what mutual agreement does the temple of God have with idols? For we are the temple of the living God, just as God said, “I will live in them and will walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be My people.” Therefore “come out from their midst, and be separate,” says the Lord, “and touch no unclean thing, and I will welcome you, and I will be a father to you, and you will be My sons and daughters,” says the All-Powerful Lord.”)

      Now Believers IN Jesus are heirs with Abraham, gifted with Jesus’ spirit in our minds, we love His Way. Jesus explains through Paul.

      (Rom 3:21-26; “But now apart from the law the righteousness of God (which is attested by the law and the prophets) has been disclosed – (22) namely, the righteousness of God through the faithfulness of Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. But they are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. God publicly displayed Him at His death as the mercy seat accessible through faith. This was to demonstrate his righteousness, because God in his forbearance had passed over the sins previously committed. This was also to demonstrate His righteousness in the present time, so that He would be just and the Justifier of the one who lives because of Jesus’ faithfulness.

       (Rom 3:27-28; “Where, then, is boasting? It is excluded! By what principle? Of works? No, but by the principle of faith! For we consider that a person is declared righteous by faith apart from the works of the law.”

      (Rom 3:29-31; “Or is God the God of the Jews only? Is he not the God of the Gentiles too? Yes, of the Gentiles too!  Since God is One, He will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through faith. Do we then nullify the law through faith? Absolutely not! Instead we uphold the law.”)

       Only the called have their fleshly outlook changed to spiritual. Again prayerfully consider Jesus’ revelation through Paul.

       Rom 8:6-11; “For the outlook of the flesh is death, but the outlook of the Spirit is life and peace, because the outlook of the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to the law of God, nor is it able to do so. Those who are in the flesh cannot please God. You, ’believers IN Jesus’ however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, this person does not belong to Him. (10) But if Christ is in you, your body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is your life because of righteousness. Moreover if the Spirit of the One who raised Jesus from the dead lives in you, the One who raised Christ from the dead will also make your mortal bodies alive through His Spirit who lives in you.”)

      Through gifted Believing IN faith, we’re heirs with David and Abraham. 

      (Rom 4:6-12; So even David himself speaks regarding the blessedness of the man to whom God credits righteousness apart from works: “Blessed8 are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven, and whose sins are covered; blessed is the one against whom the Lord will never count sin.” Is this blessedness then for the circumcision or also for the uncircumcision? 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. And he is 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.”

      The spirit is our life because of Jesus’ righteousness.

 

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