Universe, Earth and we’re for God’s purpose, chapter 16

10/17/19, God’s 7th month, Tishrei 17, 5,780 until sunset.

To: People desiring to be atOne with God the Father, God the Son and Heirs with Abraham.

Repentance is a turning from the inherited from Adam nature, its fleshly pulls and carnal desires “to the revealed drawing in to Jesus’ nature.” When we’re converted to His Way, He gives the desire to be atOne with Himself. His apostle Paul explains.

(Philippians 2:12-13; “So then, my dear friends, just as you have always obeyed, not only in my presence but even more in my absence, continue working out your salvation with awe and reverence, (13) for the One bringing forth in you both the desire and the effort – for the sake of His good pleasure – is God.)

It starts with a calling, a revelation of our lawlessness toward God and the gifted desire to turn. Jesus gave His parable on the subject, then explained the parable, Matthew, Mark and Luke recorded Him.

(Luke 8:9-10; “Then His disciples asked Him what this parable meant. He said, “You “apostles” have been given the opportunity to know the secrets of the kingdom of God, but for others they are in parables, so that although they see they may not see, and although they hear they may not understand.”

(Luke 8:11-15; “Now the parable means this: The seed is the word of God. Those “seed” along the path are the ones who have heard; then the devil “or one of his followers” comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved. (13) Those “seed” on the rock are the ones who receive the word with joy when they hear it, but they have no root. They believe for a while, but in a time of testing fall away. (14) As for the seed that fell among thorns, these are the ones who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by the worries and riches and pleasures of life, and their fruit does not mature. (15) But as for the seed that landed on good soil, these are the ones who, after hearing the word, cling to it with an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with steadfast endurance.”) Few seem to understand Jesus’ reason for giving parables; review verse ten above.

In view of Jesus’ explanation of His parable we do need to count the cost for living contrary to this world’s system of things “whose god is the devil” the bureaucracies, worldly religions etc. We need to take into account, Jesus’ explanation of why He came.

(Matthew 10:34-39; “Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace but a sword. For I have come to set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law, and a man’s enemies will be the members of his household. (37-39; “Whoever loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. And whoever does not take up his cross “way of life” and follow Me is not worthy of Me. Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life because of Me will find it.”)

It may be that we followers of Jesus need to apply more steadfastness and perseverance in this latter age than they of previous times. This may be the reason for Jesus’ parable about the last becoming first.

(Matthew 19:30; “But many who are first will be last, and the last first.” Jesus’ parable begins in chapter 20 and is about hiring of laborers in a vineyard. (Matt 20:8-16; “When it was evening the owner of the vineyard said to his manager, ‘Call the workers and give the pay starting with the last hired until the first.’ When those hired about five o’clock came, each received a full day’s pay. And when those hired first came, they thought they would receive more. But each one also received the standard wage. When they received it, they began to complain against the landowner, saying, ‘These last fellows worked one hour, and you have made them equal to us who bore the hardship and burning heat of the day.’ And the landowner replied to one of them, ‘Friend, I am not treating you unfairly. Didn’t you agree with me to work for the standard wage? Take what is yours and go. I want to give to this last man the same as I gave to you. Am I not permitted to do what I want with what belongs to me? Or are you envious because I am generous?’ So the last will be first, and the first last.”)

Life in the blood, particularly Jesus’

Jesus’ good news “gospel” is about people being saved through Jesus‘ shed blood. God’s set aside “sanctified” people were commanded not to partake of blood with the meat. (Deut 12:23-24; “However, by no means eat the blood, for the blood is life itself – you must not eat the life with the meat! You must not eat it! You must pour it out on the ground like water.”)

Blood representing life itself looked forward to Jesus shedding His blood “Life” for the remission of the world’s sin. The Passover before Israel’s deliverance with blood on door facings saved people from the death angel and looked forward to our being saved through Jesus’ blood sacrifice. On the Passover before Jesus’ death He instituted the Passover meal with wine representing His blood and bread representing His body.

(John 6:28-31; “So then they “those following Jesus” 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.” (30) So they said to Him, “Then what miraculous sign will you perform, so that we may see it and believe You? What will you do? Our ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness, just as it is written, ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’”

(John 6:32-34; 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!”)

“It was Jesus, the Alpha and Omega, the Lord God of Abraham and Moses that gave manna ‘bread’ from heaven for that forty years. See John 1:1-5, Col 1:20-25, and Heb 1:”

(John 6:35-36 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.”

“Consider the miracles Jesus had already done as a witness to who He is, and yet these wanted a greater miracle likened to His feeding their ancestors forty years.” Now note who is saved by grace!

(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.”

(“This is why we go to great length, attempting to explain the difference of believing IN opposed to believing THAT. People can of themselves come to believe most anything. Its natural to attempt being religious in one’s own mind, thinking to believe a god of the imagination or a god of one’s denomination exist and can save. “Such thinking is to put methodology up front.” Jesus stated, “I should not lose one person the Father has given Me “but resurrect each on the last day.” To believe Him “is to believe IN” not to believe in Him is to demonstrate hostility. Like the example of those attempting to judge God’s Way, as did the ones in Jesus’ parable about the laborers desiring what they though a fair wage.)

Familiarity

(John 6:41-46; “Then the Jews who were hostile to Jesus began complaining about Him because He said, “I am the bread that came down from heaven,” and they said, “Isn’t this Jesus the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How can He now say, ‘I have come down from heaven’?” Jesus replied, “Do not complain about Me to one another. (44) No one can come to me unless the Father who sent Me draws him, and I will raise him up at the last day. It is written in the prophets, ‘And they will all be taught by God.’ Everyone who hears and learns from the Father comes to Me. (Not that anyone has seen the Father except the One who is from God – He has seen the Father.)

The good news is about being called, gifted with understanding and desiring His Way.

(John 6:47-51; “I tell you the solemn truth, the one who believes “IN” has eternal life. I am the bread of life. Your ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. This is the bread that has come down from heaven, so that a person may eat from it and not die. I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats from this bread he will live forever. The bread that I will give for the life of the world is My flesh.”

Unbelievers are fleshly minded. Jesus’ apostle Paul explained. (Rom 8:5-11; “For those who live according to the flesh have their outlook shaped by the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit have their outlook shaped by the things of the Spirit. 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. (8) 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. But if Christ is in you, your body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is your life because of “Jesus” 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.”)

(John 6:52-58; “Then the Jews who were hostile to Jesus began to argue with one another, “How can this man give us His flesh to eat?” Jesus said to them, “I tell you the solemn truth, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in yourselves. The one who eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day. For My flesh is true food, and My blood is true drink. The one who eats My flesh and drinks My blood resides in Me, and I in him. Just as the living Father sent Me, and I live because of the Father, so the one who consumes Me will live because of Me. (58) This is the bread that came down from heaven; it is not like the bread your ancestors ate, but then later died. The one who eats this bread will live forever.”)

Jesus made the metaphor of eating and drinking Him clear with the ceremonial “Lord’s Supper.” Jesus’ apostle Paul draws the analogy for we Believers IN.

(2Cor 5:1-10; “For we “followers of Jesus” know that if our earthly house, the tent we live in, is dismantled, we have a building from God, a house not built by human hands, that is eternal in the heavens. For in this earthly house “body” we groan, because we desire to put on our heavenly dwelling, (3) if indeed, after we have put on our heavenly house, we will not be found naked. For we “followers of Jesus” groan while we are in this tent, since we are weighed down, because we do not want to be unclothed, but clothed, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. (5) Now the One who prepared us for this very purpose is God, who gave us the Spirit as a down payment. Therefore we are always full of courage, and we know that as long as we are alive here on earth we are absent from the Lord – (7) for we live by faith, not by sight. Thus we are full of courage and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord. So then whether we are alive or away, we make it our ambition to please Him. (10) For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may be paid back according to what he has done while in the body, whether good or evil.”)

Not only are we followers of Jesus being reconciled to God the Father through Jesus’ blood sacrifice in this age, “in Christ, God was reconciling the world to Himself, not counting people’s trespasses against them and He has given us, “we followers of Jesus -as ambassadors” with the message of reconciliation.

(2Cor 5:14-21; “For the love of Christ controls us, since we have concluded this, that Christ died for all; therefore all have died. And He died for all so that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for Him who died for them and was raised. (16) So then from now on we acknowledge no one from an outward human point of view. Even though we “apostles” have known Christ from such a human point of view, now we do not know Him in that way any longer. So then, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; what is old has passed away – look, what is new has come. (18) And all these things are from God who reconciled us to Himself through Christ, and who has given us the ministry of reconciliation. In other words, Therefore we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making His plea through us. We plead with you on Christ’s behalf, “Be reconciled to God!” (21) God “the Father” made the One “Jesus” who did not know sin to be sin for us, so that in Him “Jesus” we would become the righteousness of God.”)

Now we all know that God the Father does the calling and we are hopeful that sound words penetrate minds and encourage steadfastness.

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