Perpetual Promises, chapter 2

To: A called out people living by faith, promises and expectations; in the world but not of the world.  

It’s true, in this latter age particularly, ‘all but God’s Elect are deceived.’ God allows Satan to be the god of this age and gives people stupor of mind because of their hard hearts. It’s why religious denominations can’t fathom God being ‘the all knowing.’ One who knows the details of His planning. Jesus said; ”For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the Elect. Matt 24:24) God’s Elect are a predestined, ‘saved by promised grace people.’ Primarily Jacob’s descendent and more particularly heirs with Abraham. Our all knowing God said, “as I’ve planned, so it’ll be.“

Isaiah 2:12-24; “Indeed, the LORD who commands armies has planned a day of judgment, for all the high and mighty, for all who are proud — they will be humiliated; But when the sovereign master finishes judging Mount Zion and Jerusalem, then I will punish the king of Assyria for what he has proudly planned and for the arrogant attitude he displays. The LORD who commands armies makes this solemn vow: “Be sure of this: Just as I have intended, so it will be; just as I have planned, it will happen.)

So it is, God’s intentions for His people will be carried out. His plan for the arrogant will be carried out. People who aren’t called and gifted to understand in this age aren’t His Elect. Why? It was revealed to Paul and believers IN.

(Rom 1:18-20; For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of people who suppress the truth by their unrighteousness, because what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes — his eternal power and divine nature — have been clearly seen, because they’re understood through what’s been made. So people are without excuse.) (People preferred making images, looking to the celestial and in later times believing in the big bang or some other theory.)

(Rom 1:21-23; For although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God or give Him thanks, but they became futile in their thoughts and their senseless hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for an image resembling mortal human beings or birds or four-footed animals or reptiles.) (Study the whole.)

(Rom 1:26-42; For this reason God gave them over to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged the natural sexual relations for unnatural ones, and likewise the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed in their passions for one another. Men committed shameless acts with men and received in themselves the due penalty for their error. And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what should not be done. They are filled with every kind of unrighteousness, wickedness, covetousness, malice. They are rife with envy, murder, strife, deceit, hostility. They are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, contrivers of all sorts of evil, disobedient to parents, senseless, covenant-breakers, heartless, ruthless. Although they fully know God’s righteous decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but also approve of those who practice them.) (The book of Romans is to non-Israelites and Israelites.)

Jesus made it clear ‘people not understanding His words weren’t suppose to at that particular time.” People who aren’t called to be Jesus’ followers in this latter age aren’t His sheep. (John 10:26; But you refuse to believe because you are not My sheep.)

Speaking of Himself as being the bread of Life, Jesus said; “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 said these things while He was teaching in the synagogue in Capernaum. John 6:58-59)

(John 6:60-64; “Then many of His disciples, when they heard these things, said, “This is a difficult saying! Who can understand it?” When Jesus was aware that His disciples were complaining about this, He said to them, “Does this cause you to be offended? Then what if you see the Son of Man ascending where He was before? The spirit is the one who gives life; human nature is of no help! (Logic is no help.)The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life. (64) But there are some of you who do not believe.” (For Jesus had already known from the beginning who those were who did not believe, and who it was who would betray Him.)

(John 6:65- “So Jesus added, “Because of this I told you that no one can come to Me unless the Father has allowed him to come.” After this many of His disciples quit following Him and did not accompany Him any longer.”) (Many who think themselves God’s equal, think ‘this isn’t fair and assume there’s bound to be a method of works for salvation.)

John 6:67  So Jesus said to the twelve, “You don’t want to go away too, do you?” Simon Peter answered Him, “Lord, to whom would we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and to know that you are the Holy One of God!” Jesus replied, “Didn’t I choose you, the twelve, and yet one of you is the devil?” (Now He said this about Judas son of Simon Iscariot, for Judas, one of the twelve, was going to betray him.)

Jesus said; (John 10:16; I have other sheep that do not come from this sheepfold. I must bring them too, and they will listen to My voice, so that there will be one flock and one shepherd.) (The spirits of many deceased Saints are now being perfected in spiritual Mt. Sinai and many will be called in the millennial age to come.

It‘s the new covenant

(See Heb 12:) Speaking of prayerful worship, Jesus says; (Heb 12:22-29; “But you ‘followers of Jesus’ have come to Mount Zion, the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to myriads of angels, to the assembly and congregation of the firstborn, who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous, who have been made perfect, and to Jesus, the Mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks of something better than Abel’s does. Take care not to refuse the one who is speaking! For if they did not escape when they refused the one who warned them on earth, how much less shall we, if we reject the one who warns from heaven? Then His voice shook the earth, but now He has promised, “I will once more shake not only the earth but heaven too.” Now this phrase “once more” indicates the removal of what is shaken, that is, of created things, so that what is unshaken may remain. So since we are receiving an unshakable kingdom, let us give thanks, and through this let us offer worship pleasing to God in devotion and awe. For our God is indeed a devouring fire.”)

Israel’s and Christendom leaders in each age “feed themselves and make merchandise of people.

(Ezek 34:10; “This is what the sovereign LORD says: Look, I am against the shepherds, and I will demand My sheep from their hand. I will no longer let them be shepherds; the shepherds will not feed themselves anymore. I will rescue My sheep from their mouth, so that they will no longer be food for them.”)

The spiritual deliverance God is doing in this new covenant age differs from the physical deliverance He did through Moses, but patterned the same. Today, deliverance is individual, “a spiritual calling whereby God gives the desire to know Him and leads people to a turning ’repentance’ and a trust in Jesus’ faith. Paul explained to the gentile populations, a people likened to many of us.

(Ephesians 2:19-21; “So then you “gentiles” 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 “family” is 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.”)

Followers of Jesus are about the business of attempting to encourage people gifted with the desire to know God the Father, God the Son and practice His family characteristics. (Review Exodus 20: - 25:) Let’s heed Peter’s admonishments.

(2Peter 1:20-21; “Above all, you do well if you recognize this: No prophecy of scripture ever comes about by the prophet’s own imagination, for no prophecy was ever borne of human impulse; rather, men carried along by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.”)

God inspired Isaiah to write; (Isa 14:24; “The Lord who commands armies makes this solemn vow: “Be sure of this: Just as I have intended, so it will be; just as I have planned, it will happen.” We called to be Believers IN “know our Creator is in charge and all things are ultimately working for His purpose.”

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