Perpetual Promises, chapter 4

Perpetual promises, chapter 4  10/2819, God’s 7/28/5780.   20,746

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

Just thinking out loud. Generation has various meanings, depending on the subject. Regarding time in people’s life in this age, is considered 35 to 40 years. God seems to define a generation as about the same. (Num 32:13; So the Lord’s anger was kindled against the Israelites, and He made them wander in the wilderness for forty years, until all that generation that had done wickedly before the LORD was finished.) (Deu 2:14;  Now the length of time it took for us to go from Kadesh Barnea to the crossing of Wadi Zered was thirty-eight years, time for all the military men of that generation to die, just as the LORD had vowed to them.”) From Abraham to Christ is 42 generations or about 1,680 years. We’re about 12 of 14 generations since Adam according to Judaism’s calendar.

(John 8:31-32; “Then Jesus said to those Judeans who had believed Him, “If you continue to follow My teaching, you are really My disciples and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”)

Recognizing truth after hearing or reading it causes some to credit their intellect, but the truth is, “Truth found them.” Be reserved about understanding. The Truth “Jesus” does set us free: but know, practicing Truth can bring on persecutions.

(John 14:6-7; Jesus replied, “I am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. If you have known Me, you will know My Father too. And from now on you do know Him and have seen Him.”

(John 15:18-19; If the world hates you, be aware that it hated Me first. If you belonged to the world, the world would love you as its own. However, because you do not belong to the world, but I chose you out of the world, for this reason the world hates you.”)

(God’s characteristics are revealed and His spirit imputed to His chosen. His attributes are revealed through the prophets, Jesus and His apostles.

(Proverbs 1:1-4 “The Proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel: To learn wisdom and moral instruction, and to discern wise counsel. To receive moral instruction in skillful living, in righteousness, justice, and equity. To impart shrewdness to the morally naive, and a discerning plan to the young person.”)

(Prov 22:18-19; “For it is pleasing if you keep these sayings within you, and they are ready on your lips. So that your confidence may be in the Lord, I am making them known to you today – even you.”)

(1Cor 14:37-40; “If anyone considers himself a prophet or spiritual person, he should acknowledge that what I ’Paul” write to you is the Lord’s command. If someone does not recognize this, He is not recognized. So then, brothers and sisters, be eager to prophesy “teach” and do not forbid anyone from speaking in tongues “other languages.” And do everything in a decent and orderly manner.”)

Cornerstone “Jesus” inspired Paul to write about the resurrection.

(1Corinthians 15:12-19; “Now if Christ is being preached as raised from the dead, how can some of you say there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is futile and your faith is empty. Also, we are found to be false witnesses about God, because we have testified against God that He raised Christ from the dead, when in reality He did not raise Him, if indeed the dead are not raised. For if the dead are not raised, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is useless; you are still in your sins. Furthermore, those who have fallen asleep in Christ have also perished. For if only in this life we have hope in Christ, we should be pitied more than anyone.”)

Jesus’ good news ‘gospel’ is about His return, His kingdom’s establishment, spiritual and physical resurrections. (See Ezekiel 37: regarding physical.)

(1Cor 15:20-23; “But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep ‘in Christ.’ For since death came through a man, ’Adam’ the resurrection of the dead also came through a man ’Jesus.’ (22) For just as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive. But each in his own order: Christ, the firstfruits; then when Christ comes, those who belong to Him.”) (Other in their own order are to be resurrected to a physical life as was Lazarus, others and we have this example.: (Matt 27:50-54; “Jesus cried out again with a loud voice and gave up his spirit. Just then the temple curtain was torn in two, from top to bottom. The earth shook and the rocks were split apart. And tombs were opened, and the bodies of many saints who had died were raised. (They came out of the tombs after His resurrection and went into the holy city and appeared to many people.) Now when the centurion and those with him who were guarding Jesus saw the earthquake and what took place, they were extremely terrified and said, “Truly this one was God’s Son!”)

Jesus’ resurrection prophecy through Paul next jumps

forward to New Jerusalem’s coming down.

(1Cor 15:24-28; “Then comes the end, (age end) when He ’Jesus’ hands over the kingdom to God the Father, when He has brought to an end all rule and all authority and power. For He ’Jesus’ must reign until He has put all His enemies under His feet. The last enemy to be eliminated is death. (27) For He ’God the Father’ has put everything in subjection under His ’Jesus’ feet. But when it says “everything” has been put in subjection, it is clear that this does not include the One ‘God the Father’ who put everything in subjection to Him ‘Jesus.’ And when all things are subjected to Him ‘God the Father’ then the Son Himself will be subjected to the One who subjected everything to Him, so that God may be all in all.” (Study the whole, for our purpose here skip to verse 42.)

From perishable flesh to imperishable spirit.

(1Corinthians 15:42-49; “It is the same with the resurrection of the dead. What is sown is perishable, is raised is imperishable. It is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body. (45) So also it is written, “The first man, Adam, became a living person”; (Living soul” quote from Gen 2:7. “The Lord God formed the man from the soil of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.” The Hebrew term is נֶפֶשׁ (nefesh, “being” is often translated “soul,” but the word refers to the whole person.)

the last Adam became a life-giving spirit. However, the spiritual did not come first, but the natural, and then the spiritual. The first man ’Adam’ is from the earth, made of dust; the second man ‘Jesus’ is from heaven. (48) Like the one made of dust, so too are those made of dust, and like the one from heaven, so too those who are heavenly. And just as we have borne the image of the man of dust, let us also bear the image of the man of heaven.”)

God’s ultimate purpose, His spiritual family.

The fourth annual Sabbath ‘Trumpets’ looks forward to this.

(1Corinthians.15:50-58; “Now this is what I am saying, brothers and sisters: Flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. Listen, I will tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed – in a moment, in the blinking of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality. Now when this perishable puts on the imperishable, and this mortal puts on immortality, then the saying that is written will happen, “Death has been swallowed up in victory.” “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” (Paul was quoting from Isaiah 25:8 and Hosea 13:14)

(56-58; The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ! So then, dear brothers and sisters, be firm. Do not be moved! Always be outstanding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.”)

To the Philippi church and all Believers IN Paul added.

(Phil 3:20-21; But our citizenship is in heaven – and we also await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform these humble bodies of ours into the likeness of His glorious body by means of that power by which He is able to subject all things to Himself.”) (God’s creating includes His forming the human spirit and converted it to one like His own.)

(Zach 12:1 The revelation of the word of the Lord concerning Israel: The Lord – He who stretches out the heavens and lays the foundations of the earth, who forms the human spirit within a person.”)

Jesus made a blood sacrifice covenant once for all. Passover and animal blood sacrifices looked forward to Jesus sacrificing His life blood for the sins of the world.

(Hebrews 9:25-28; “And Jesus did not enter to offer Himself again and again, the way the high priest enters the sanctuary year after year with blood that is not his own, for then He ’Jesus” would have had to suffer again and again since the foundation of the world. But now He has appeared once for all at the consummation of the ages to put away sin by His sacrifice. And just as people are appointed to die once, and then to face judgment, so also, after Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many, to those who eagerly await Him He will appear a second time, not to bear sin but to bring salvation.”)

As promised Adam and Eve for disobedience, “all people are appointed to die once, then face judgment.” Jesus revealed more to John and we Believers.

Rev 21:5-8; And the One seated on the throne said: “Look! I am making all things new!” Then He said to me, “Write it down, because these words are reliable and true.” He also said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the one who is thirsty I will give water free of charge from the spring of the water of life. 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.”)

Remember Paul’s words at 1Corinthians 15:22; “For just as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive. But each in his own order: Christ, the firstfruits; then when Christ comes, those who belong to Him.” (Who will die a second death?)

Believers knowing Jesus’ message regarding immortality and His seven annual Sabbath foreshadowing’s can bring spiritual understanding forward. God’s covenant promises through Abraham, Isaac and Israel are eternal and Jesus’ gifted faith is ours.

New Jerusalem is God’s beacon “an eternal source of inspiration.” Its twelve gates named for the twelve tribes of Israel and its twelve foundations for the twelve apostles of the Lamb. What an awesome contemplation to meditate on, knowing Satan and his followers will then be no more.

New Jerusalem for those whose names are written

in the Lamb’s Book of Life.

(Revelations 21:22-27; “Now I saw no temple in the city, because the Lord God – the All-Powerful – and the Lamb are its temple. The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, because the glory of God lights it up, and its lamp is the Lamb. The nations will walk by its light and the kings of the earth will bring their grandeur into it. Its gates will never be closed during the day (and there will be no night there).(26) They ’the nations’ will bring the grandeur and the wealth of the nations into it, but nothing ritually unclean will ever enter into it, nor anyone who does what is detestable or practices falsehood, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.”)

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