The Gospel, chapter 7

To: “In Resident Churches of God, all Saints” grace and peace from our God. 10/11/18, God‘s 8th month, Chestven 2, 5779 until sunset            

       As we observed in the “Genesis and the New Covenant” comparisons, Christendom don’t seem to get the connections. The old was established after the flood between God and Abraham’s descendents” namely “Israel.” The gospel of God’s kingdom on earth was preached long before by Enoch “the seventh from Adam.” Our Lord’s brother “Jude” speaks of God’s coming kingdom on earth through Enoch before the flood, then to Noah, Shem, Abraham etc.

       (Jude 1:11-15; Woe to them! For they ’unbelievers’ have traveled down Cain’s path, and because of greed have abandoned themselves to Balaam’s error; hence, they will certainly perish in Korah’s rebellion. These men are dangerous reefs at your love feasts, feasting without reverence, feeding only themselves. They are waterless clouds, carried along by the winds; autumn trees without fruit – twice dead, uprooted; (13) wild sea waves, spewing out the foam of their shame; wayward stars for whom the utter depths of eternal darkness have been reserved.”)

      Cain the unbelieving brother thought to sacrifice “worship” as seemed right to himself. Abel “the Believing one” yielded to and worshiped as God prescribed.

     Balaam’s error was that he wanted the riches offered by Balak. (Numbers 22:10-12; Balaam said to God, “Balak son of Zippor, king of Moab, has sent a message to me, saying, “Look, a nation has come out of Egypt, and it covers the face of the earth. Come now and put a curse on them for me; perhaps I will be able to defeat them and drive them out.” But God said to Balaam, “You must not go with them; you must not curse the people, for they are blessed.”

      (Num 22: -31; Balaam looked to omens but knew he couldn’t go against the God of Israel, when Moab’s rulers wanted him to curse Israel. He kept allowing Moab’s temptations. Finally he shared blame for Israel’s sins. (Num. 31:16; “Look, these people through the counsel of Balaam caused the Israelites to act treacherously against the Lord in the matter of Peor – which resulted in the plague among the community of the Lord!”

      The rebellious such as Cain, Balaam, Korah and teachers with erroneous messages are as “waterless clouds, carried along by the winds; autumn trees without fruit – twice dead, uprooted; wild sea waves, spewing out the foam of their shame; wayward stars for whom the utter depths of eternal darkness have been reserved,” according to Enoch and Jude.

      (Jude 1:14-16; “Now Enoch, the seventh in descent beginning with Adam, even prophesied of them, saying, “Look! The Lord is coming with thousands and thousands of His holy ones, to execute judgment on all, and to convict every person of all their thoroughly ungodly deeds that they have committed, and of all the harsh words that ungodly sinners have spoken against Him.” These people are grumblers and fault-finders who go wherever their desires lead them, and they give bombastic speeches, enchanting folks for their own gain.”)

       God’s predestined promise to Abraham regarding Israel, was not only a deliverance, but a calling out from sins message, “from bondage, to freedom in God.” A moral, law was given to abide in the way as believing IN God.” Israelites’ agreeing to be obedient was for their good.

       God’s New Covenant is a covenant of faith, “believing IN Jesus’ as did Abraham.” Believing IN God as the New Covenant prescribes doesn’t do away with, “but magnifies the law.” As physical circumcision looks forward to circumcision of the heart. Matthew demonstrates Jesus’ magnifications. (Matt 5:27-28; “You have heard that it was said, ‘Do not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to desire her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.”

      The Old Covenant and New Covenant is with Abraham’s predestined descendents, “those God reveals Himself to.” Remember God the Son revealed Himself to Israel through Moses. The New Covenant is with Abraham’s called out predestined heirs “spiritual Israelites.” A people to whom God makes at one with Himself through His gifted Holy Spirit. Allow Paul’s explanation.

     (Gal 3:26-29; “For in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God through faith. For all of you who were baptized ’immersed  into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. (28) There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female – for all of you are one in Christ Jesus. And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s descendants, heirs according to the promise.”)

       Physical Israelites and all unconverted people need the law as a school master. 

       (Gal 3:23-26; Now before ‘Jesus’’ faith came we were held in custody under the law, being kept as prisoners until the coming faith would be revealed. Thus the law had become our guardian until Christ, so that we could be declared righteous by ’His’ faith. But now that ‘Jesus’ faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian. For in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God through ‘His’ faith.”)

      Jesus, explaining to Nicodemus about being born from above, saying; “I tell you the solemn truth, unless a person is born of water and spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.. What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not be amazed that I said to you, ‘You must all be born from above.’ The wind blows wherever it will, and you hear the sound it makes, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”) The New Covenant is with people immersed in Jesus. “a predestined called out people” gifted with a spiritual believing IN Jesus mind.

      Believing IN Jesus’ fulfillment as “The Christ, giving His life for the remission of sin.” The New Covenant is between God and a predestined believing IN people, “a called gifted with desire to obey, please and be at one with their Creator.” It’s a gifted belief IN Jesus’ “shed blood” for the remission of sin. Spiritually believing IN, compels obedience. Paul explains.

       (2Thes 1:5-12; “This is evidence of God’s righteous judgment, to make you worthy of the kingdom of God, for which in fact you are suffering. For it is right for God to repay with affliction those who afflict you, and to you who are being afflicted to give rest together with us when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with His mighty angels. With flaming fire He will mete out punishment on those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. They will undergo the penalty of eternal destruction, (A second death.) away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His strength, when He comes to be glorified among His Saints and admired on that day among all who have believed – and you did in fact believe our testimony. And in this regard we pray for you always, that our God will make you worthy of His calling and fulfill by His power your every goodness and every work of faith, that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in Him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.”)

      Israel was scattered when Paul took Jesus’ good news to them and the gentiles. Paul explains their and the gentiles spiritual condition.

      (Romans 10:4; “Brothers and sisters, my heart’s desire and prayer to God on behalf of my fellow Israelites is for their salvation. For I can testify that they are zealous for God, but their zeal is not in line with the truth. For ignoring the righteousness that comes from God, and seeking instead to establish their own righteousness, they did not submit to God’s righteousness. For Christ is the end of the law, with the result that there is righteousness for everyone who believes.

      (Rom 10;5-13) For Moses writes about the righteousness that is by the law: “The one who does these things will live by them.” But the righteousness that is by faith says: “Do not say in your heart, Who will ascend into heaven?’” (that is, to bring Christ down) or “Who will descend into the abyss?” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). But what does it say? “The Word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith that we preach), because if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe IN your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and thus has righteousness and with the mouth one confesses and thus has salvation. For the scripture says, “Everyone who believes IN Him will not be put to shame.” (a quote from Isaiah 28:16) (12) For there is no distinction between the Jew and the Greek, for the same Lord is Lord of all, who richly blesses all who call on Him. For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” (Quote from Joel 2:32)

      (Rom 10;14-17; How are they to call on one they have not believed in? And how are they to believe IN one they have not heard of? And how are they to hear without someone preaching to them? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How timely is the arrival of those who proclaim the good news.” But not all have obeyed the good news, for Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed our report?” Consequently faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes through the preached word of Christ.”

      (Rom 10:18-21) But I ask, have they not heard? Yes, they have: Their voice has gone out to all the earth and their words to the ends of the world. But again I ask, didn’t Israel understand? First Moses says, “I will make you jealous by those who are not a nation; with a senseless nation I will provoke you to anger.” (20) And Isaiah is even bold enough to say, “I was found by those who did not seek Me; I became well known to those who did not ask for Me.” But about Israel he says, “All day long I held out My hands to this disobedient and stubborn people!”)

       The Old and New Covenants is with a predestined people, “Abraham‘s descendants” “Israelites and foreigners led to become spiritual Israelites.” A spiritual Israelite is one likened to Jacob’s name change, “Israel meaning - God fights or fights for.”

       King David is one of these, “from his linage Christ the Son of God, the Messiah Jesus” came, lived in the flesh and shed His blood for the remission of the worlds sins.

       Without a constant righteous leadership, Israel was unable to maintain a belief IN. When God allowed Israel go the way that seemed right to themselves, “they like the gentiles” made gods to fit their imagination. They needed the law of commandments. However Believers IN have God’s gifted imputed spirit, “righteous spiritual leadership.” The apostle John explains.

      (1John 1:5-9; “Now this is the gospel message we have heard from Him and announce to you: God is light and in Him there is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with Him and yet keep on walking in the darkness, we are lying and not practicing the truth. But if we walk in the light as He Himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin. (8) If we say we do not bear the guilt of sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. But if we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous, forgiving us our sins and cleansing us from all unrighteousness. If we say we have not sinned, we make Him a liar and His Word is not in us.”

      (1John 2:1-2; (My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin.) But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous One, and He Himself is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for our sins but also for the whole world.

      (1John 2:3-8; “Now by this we know that we have come to know God: if we keep His commandments. The one who says “I have come to know God” and yet does not keep His commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in such a person. But whoever obeys His Word, truly in this person the love of God has been perfected. By this we know that we are in Him. The one who says he resides in God ought himself to walk just as Jesus walked.”)

      We’re all born, “heirs of Adam’s nature.” We’re all born in sin. What is the sin we must turn from? That inherited nature, which is the way that seems right. Let God be true though every person a liar.

       (Rom 3:1-4; “Therefore what advantage does the Jew have, or what is the value of circumcision? Actually, there are many advantages. First of all, the Jews were entrusted with the oracles of God. What then? If some did not believe, does their unbelief nullify the faithfulness of God? Absolutely not! Let God be proven true, and every human being shown up as a liar, just as it is written: “so that you will be justified in your words and will prevail when you are judged.”)

      Desires of the flesh and demonic influences caused Israelites to want a king like the gentiles across their borders. As promised their disobedience caused God to scatter them among the gentile nations. But, God’s promises to His chosen through Abraham are perpetual, thus a future deliverance is certain.

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