Spirit of Truth, chapter 4

8/16/19, God’s 5th month, Av, 15, 5779 until sunset

To: Called to be atOne with God the Father and God the Son people, Heirs with Abraham.Fleshly denominations want their members feeling good about their decisions.Members of God’s family “church” defined by Jesus and apostles.Review Ephesians 1:. Then back to Corinthians and Jesus teaching through Paul, regarding church membership.

(1Cor 12:19-26; “If they were all the same member, where would the body be? So now there are many members, but one body. The eye cannot say to the hand, “I do not need you,” nor in turn can the head say to the foot, “I do not need you.” (22) On the contrary, those members that seem to be weaker are essential, and those members we consider less honorable we clothe with greater honor, and our un-presentable members are clothed with dignity, but our presentable members do not need this. Instead, God has blended together the body, giving greater honor to the lesser member, so that there may be no division in the body, but the members may have mutual concern for one another. (26) If one member suffers, everyone suffers with it. If a member is honored, all rejoice with it.”)

As the world might say, “Jesus’ teaching through Paul isn’t rocket science.”Fleshly minded people can’t be trusted in their inherited nature to serve in God‘s kingdom. Nor can fleshly people trust themselves, in spiritual matters. People can’t be trusted until their nature is miraculously changed from Adam‘s to Jesus’ nature. Only after our all knowing Creator calls, reveals Jesus, changes our nature and makes us His literal children are we Believers IN. Jesus and His apostles referred to this change as “being born again.” God the Father reveals, grants repentance and makes us His own through the imputation of His spirit. Until then all are unbelievers in His view. Called - repentant Believers inherit a new nature, made new creations, are supernaturally born from above and are no longer their own. Belonging to God is to be clothed with and immersion in Jesus. Revelations are to people who’re made atOne with God the Father and God the Son. Did Jesus teach it through His apostles?

(1Corinthians 12:27-31; “Now you, “followers of Jesus” are Christ’s body and each of you is a member of it. And God has PLACED in the church, first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, gifts of healing, helps, gifts of leadership, different kinds of tongues. Not all are apostles, are they? Not all are prophets, are they? Not all are teachers, are they? Not all perform miracles, do they? Not all have gifts of healing, do they? Not all speak in tongues, do they? Not all interpret, do they? (31) But you should be eager for the greater gifts.”)

God developed patterns to coincide with His message: numbers such as seven day weeks, three holy season, seven annual Sabbaths, twelve apostles, twelve tribes, twelve foundations of New Jerusalem are all significant in His message planning.

Jesus SELECTED twelve apostles, New Jerusalem has twelve foundations and twelve gates. Twelve foundations are named for the twelve apostles and twelve gates are named for the twelve tribes of Israel. (Rev 21:12-14; Jerusalem  has a massive, high wall with twelve gates, with twelve angels at the gates, and the names of the twelve tribes of the nation of Israel are written on the gates. There are three gates on the east side, three gates on the north side, three gates on the south side and three gates on the west side. The wall of the city has twelve foundations, and on them are the twelve names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.

Are there more apostles? Is there need for more? What could another apostle add to what’s been given? except to fulfill Jesus’ words through Isaiah?

(Isaiah 8:19-20; “They will say to you, “Seek oracles at the pits used to conjure up underworld spirits, from the magicians who chirp and mutter incantations. Should people not seek oracles from their gods, by asking the dead about the destiny of the living?” Then you must recall the Lord’s instructions and the prophetic testimony of what would happen. Certainly they say such things because their minds are spiritually darkened.”)

Teachers to whom God hasn’t revealed Himself, teach differing messages than did Jesus and His twelve apostles. They’re FALSE when they teach what’s logical to their fleshly minds. We have the chief Cornerstone, “Jesus.” He gave His truth through His apostles. God has made Believers IN, “AtOne in Christ Jesus.” Another apostle? Paul shares more with the Ephesians and we Believers.

(Eph 2:19-22; “So then you “gentile followers of Jesus” are no longer foreigners and non-citizens, but you are fellow citizens with the Saints and members of God’s household, because you have been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus Himself as the Cornerstone. In Him the whole building, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.”)

What a high calling! Key to it all is to honor and Love our Creator Jesus with our whole heart!

(1Cor 12:31; And now I will show you a way that is beyond comparison.” (Followers of Jesus call this next chapter, “the love chapter.”) The subject is Godly Love. Not a fleshly love that’s hinged on “self, me and mine.” Not an animalistic instinctive love, likened to a mother bear protecting her cubs or a human mother caring for her baby. Godly love is an outgoing love, even for unbelievers and God’s enemies. Likened to Creator Jesus’ love for the world, shedding His blood for the remission of sin and loving His church particularly.

We can’t choose, “in and of ourselves” to be a member of God’s church any more than we could have chosen our own human parents. Our awesome God the Father does the calling and choosing. He gives talents and places members in His body, “His church” for His purpose. Jesus said it.

(John 6:37-40; “Everyone whom the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will never send away. For I have come down from heaven not to do My own will but the will of the One who sent Me. Now this is the will of the One who sent Me – that I should not lose one person of every one He has given Me, but raise them all up at the last day. (40) For this is the will of My Father – for everyone who looks on the Son and believes IN Him to have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.”)

Eternal life gifted through Jesus. (John 6:32-37; “Then Jesus told them, “I tell you the solemn truth, it is not Moses who has given you the bread from heaven, but My Father is giving you the true bread from heaven. For The Bread of God is the One who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” So they said to Him, “Sir, give us this bread all the time!” (35) Jesus said to them, “I am The Bread of Life. The one who comes to Me will never go hungry, and the one who believes IN Me will never be thirsty.” But I told you that you have seen Me and still do not believe. Everyone whom the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will never send away.”)

Jesus’ isn’t speaking of a people believing in a Jesus of their imagination, but the Son of God, as He’s revealed in holy scripture. He can’t be worshiped as and imaginary figurine likeness of an imagined Jesus.

Jesus is all in all. (Review John 1:1-5, Colossians 1:15-20 and Hebrews 1:) It was Creator Jesus that gave the ten commandments to Moses, “for our good.” Made us free from the enslavement of our inherited nature and Satan’s deceptions. Believers IN are servants to our Creator and His purpose.

It was Creator Jesus that rested on the seventh day and set the day aside for His people. So His people could take time to reflect on their being, purpose, responsibility and calling. Defiant Muslims changed their rest day to the 6th: defiant Catholic and Protestants changed theirs to the 1st. Such decisions by individuals and organizations are abominations to God.

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