Plans for God’s chosen, chapter 7

12/21/2,019 God’s 9th Month, Av 23, 5,780    

To: In resident churches, people gifted with desire to be atOne with God.

Circumcision of heart is gifted submissiveness to Godly authority.

Respect for governing authority is diluted when family authority isn’t Godly. When students riot it’s obvious they’re products of parents who aren’t believers in Jesus and the God of Abraham. Also the times we’re living in is on display when police authority isn’t respected. The believing IN, ‘Christ like way’ is taught to those who’re called by God the Father and Jesus’ apostle’s letters are to these.

(Eph 5:22-28; “Husbands, love your wives just as Christ loved the church and gave Himself for her to sanctify her by cleansing her with the washing of the water by the word, so that He may present the church to Himself as glorious – not having a stain or wrinkle, or any such blemish, but holy and blameless. In the same way husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself.

Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord, because the husband is the head of the wife as also Christ is the head of the church – He Himself being the Savior of the body. But as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.

(Eph 5:29-32; For no one has ever hated his own body but he feeds it and takes care of it, just as Christ also does the church, for we ‘followers of Jesus’ are members of His Body. (31) For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and will be joined to his wife, and the two will become one flesh. (See Genesis 2:23) (32; This mystery is great – but I am actually speaking with reference to Christ and the church. Nevertheless, each one of you must also love his own wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.”)

Particularly in this latter age, “love has waxed cold” demonic influences take on many tangents that cause many division. This mystery of family relationships is only understood in view of Godly characteristics. Loving submissiveness is characteristic of the God family. Jesus is our perfect example as He demonstrates His submissive nature to God the Father. Jesus’ apostle Paul’s explanation regarding Jesus’ attitude is for our benefit.

(Phil 2:5-11; “You ‘followers of Jesus’ should have the same ‘family’ attitude toward one another that Christ Jesus had, who though He existed in the form of God did not regard equality with God as something to be grasped, but emptied Himself by taking on the form of a slave, by looking like other men, and by sharing in human nature. He humbled Himself, by becoming obedient to the point of death – even death on a cross! (9) As a result God exalted Him and gave Him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow – in heaven and on earth and under the earth – and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.”)

(Hebrews 1:2-3; “In these last days He ’God the Father’ has spoken to us in a Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, and through whom He created the world. The Son is the radiance of His glory, the representation of His essence, and He ‘God the Son’ sustains all things by His powerful word, and so when He had accomplished cleansing for sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high.”)

(Heb 9:24-26; For Christ did not enter a sanctuary made with hands — the representation of the true sanctuary — but into heaven itself, and He appears now in God’s presence for us. And He 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 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.”)

Think of Satan’s attitude when he was trying to tempt Jesus? He demonstrated total selfishness while Jesus demonstrated loving obedience. God the Father had made Jesus equal to Himself, creating all things through Him. (See Hebrews 1: John 1:1-5 and Colossians 1:15-20) Jesus never considered equality with His Father something to be grasped. Demonstrated His loving nature by taking on physical form and nature of man. Jesus made Himself ‘as a yielding lamb’ suffering, shed His blood and died for the remission of the world’s sins. (As the Son of God, Jesus had circumcision of heart from the beginning.) We’re gifted with circumcision of heart, ’our down payment to eternal life” when we believe IN Jesus as He’s manifested to be in the holy scriptures, turn from our inherited from Adam nature and to Jesus’ nature.

God’s set aside a third holy season, ‘His annual Sabbaths, Trumpets, Atonement and Feast of Tabernacles foreshadows resurrections, being atOne with Jesus literally and ruling with Him. Jesus’ apostle Paul proclaimed.

(1Cor 15:50-55; 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. The trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. (53) For this perishable ‘mortal’ body must put on the ‘spiritual’ 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.” (55) “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” (Quote from Isaiah 25:8.)

(1Cor 15:56-58; “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.”)

Believers in a methodology by which people may be saved can’t seem to grasp God’s awesomeness in predestining things such as His timing for Jesus‘ return and His choosing individuals before the foundation of the world.

(Matt 11:25-26; At that time Jesus said, “I praise You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and intelligent, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this was your gracious will.”) God made it impossible to discern spiritual things through intellect, education and works of the flesh. Spiritual discernment is gifted to the called; Jesus said it.

(John 16:25-28; “I have told you these things in obscure figures of speech; a time is coming when I will no longer speak to you in obscure figures, but will tell you plainly about the Father. At that time you will ask in My name, “nature” and I do not say that I will ask the Father on your behalf. For the Father Himself loves you, because you have loved Me and have believed that I came from God. (28) I came from the Father and entered into the world, but in turn, I am leaving the world and going back to the Father.”)

Until gifted with God’s energizing Holy Spirit of truth, Jesus’ apostles, nor can we understand Jesus’ parables nor why He spoke in parables. Jesus explained.

(Matthew 13:10-17; “Then the disciples came to Him and said, “Why do you speak to them in parables?” He replied, “You have been given the opportunity to know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven, but they have not. For whoever has will be given more, and will have an abundance. But whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him. (13) For this reason I speak to them in parables: Although they see they do not see and although they hear they do not hear nor do they understand. And concerning them the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled that says: ‘You will listen carefully yet will never understand, you will look closely yet will never comprehend. For the heart of this people has become dull; they are hard of hearing, and they have shut their eyes, so that they would not see with their eyes and hear with their ears and understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them.’ (A quote from Isaiah 6:9-10.)

Parables are conceal or reveal depending on whether God has made a person open to hearing what they teach.)

Matt 13:16-17; “But your eyes are blessed because they see, and your ears because they hear. For I tell you the truth, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.”)

Paul explained ‘gifted Circumcision of Heart produces spiritual unity.’

(Ephesians 4:1-6; “I therefore, the prisoner for the Lord, urge you to live worthily of the calling with which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, making every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. (4) There is one body and one Spirit, just as you too were called to the one hope of your calling, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.”) Denominationalism?

(Eph 4:7-9; “But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of the gift of Christ. Therefore it says, “When He ascended on high He captured captives; He gave gifts to men.” Now what is the meaning of “He ascended,” except that He also descended to the lower regions, namely, the earth?” When He ascended on high He captured captives; He gave gifts to men.”)

We believe Paul is writing from revelation. Think of Psalms 68: Paul may have modified that text to better support what he wanted to say. Such modifications are sometimes found in rabbinic exegesis from this and later periods, it’s also possible that Paul was simply citing a variant of Psalms 68: known to him, but which has not survived outside its quotation here. Another possibility is that these words, which strongly resemble Ps 68:19, are actually part of an early Christian hymn quoted by Paul. Parts of all are possible. Paul continues to share.

(Ephesians 4:10-16; “He, ‘Jesus’ the very One who descended, is also the One who ascended above all the heavens, in order to fill all things. It was He who gave some as apostles, some as prophets, some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, to equip the Saints for the work of ministry, that is, to build up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God – a mature person, attaining to the measure of Christ’s full stature. (14) So we are no longer to be children, tossed back and forth by waves and carried about by every wind of teaching by the trickery of people who craftily carry out their deceitful schemes. (15) But practicing the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into Christ, who is the head. From Him the whole body ‘church’ grows, fitted and held together through every supporting ligament. As each one does its part, the body grows in love.”) Practicing His truth is to grow in spirit and knowledge.

Matthew 6:24; “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.

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