Plans for God’s chosen, chapter 10

12/27/2,019 God’s 9th Month, Av 29, 5,780    

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

(John 15:5-6; “I am the Vine; you are the branches. The one who remains in Me — and I in him — bears much fruit, because apart from Me you can accomplish nothing. “Spiritually.” If anyone does not remain in Me, he is thrown out like a branch, dries up; such branches are gathered up, thrown into the fire, and are burned up.”) (Spiritually called out people know Jesus is saying, “except you cling to -  look to Me only, you can’t understand spiritual things and only through My Word is salvation.”) God doesn’t open minds nor feed spiritually through pagan practicing entities and when devotionals for worship are from such entities that don‘t keep Jesus’ commandments “the entity is that person’s vine.” We can’t bypass Jesus and find His truth.

Jesus’ teaching through His apostle Paul’s letters to the Corinthians were during or in close proximately to the Passover - Feast of Tabernacles season. Paul’s verbiage strongly indicates it. We intend to note these as we proceed.

Paul’s Corinthian salutation is to God’s church at Corinth and all people who’re set aside for God‘s purpose. 

(1Corinthians 1:1-3; “From Paul, called to be an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God and Sosthenes our brother. To the church of God that is in Corinth, to those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, and called to be Saints, with all those in every place who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, their Lord and ours. Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ!”)

As with all the apostles’ letters, “note that they don’t include Holy Spirit as deity with God the Father and God the Son.” As were the Israelites by promise, God’s Saints are a set aside “sanctified” by promise people of His choosing and purpose. Paul’s letter’s are to all who’re called by God the Father. (Not to unbelievers.)

(1Cor 1:4-9; “I always thank my God for you ‘followers of Jesus’ because of the grace of God that was given to you in Christ Jesus. For you were made rich in every way in Him, in all your speech and in every kind of knowledge – just as the testimony about Christ has been confirmed among you – so that you do not lack any spiritual gift as you wait for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ. (8) He will also strengthen you to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God ‘the Father’ is faithful, by whom you were called into fellowship with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.”) It requires gifted spiritual wisdom to comprehend the above five verses.

Paul demonstrates tremendous faith in God’s delivering each called person; making each blameless on the day of Jesus’ return. His Saints are those called into fellowship with Jesus. (Throughout Paul reminds us to watch out because of growing pains and divisions in the church, noting that Overseer’s council for constant encouragement is needed.) Even though called and believing IN Jesus Saints are being saved, they’ll have more problems when they look to entities and personalities to find comfort.

(1Cor 1:10-17; I urge you, brothers and sisters, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, to agree together, to end your divisions, and to be united by the same mind and purpose. For members of Chloe’s household have made it clear to me, my brothers and sisters, that there are quarrels among you. (12) Now I mean this, that each of you is saying, “I am with Paul,” or “I am with Apollos,” or “I am with Cephas,” or “I am with Christ.” (13) Is Christ divided? Paul wasn’t crucified for you, was he? Or were you in fact baptized in the name of Paul? I thank God that I did not baptize any of you except Crispus and Gaius, so that no one can say that you were baptized in my name! (I also baptized the household of Stephanus. Otherwise, I do not remember whether I baptized anyone else.) For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel – and not with clever speech, so that the cross of Christ would not become useless.”)

In today’s age clever speech is the norm, Christendom is divided into denominations from Catholicism, Protestantism, Gnosticisms and each have their divisions. Jesus’ apostles were careful not to urge people to look to personal teachings, but that each must teach Jesus “the Cornerstone” and each prayerfully wait on spiritual revelations. It’s a natural characteristic, “particularly for people prone to be religious” to lean on their own fleshly understanding rather than wait for revelations. No apostle ever taught people to worship, “looking to their own intellect - understanding. In fact they taught to do so was idolatry.

(1Cor 1:18-19; “For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and I will thwart the cleverness of the intelligent.” (Quote from Isaiah 29:14)

(20-21; “Where is the wise man? Where is the expert in the Mosaic Law? Where is the debater of this age? Has God not made the wisdom of the world ‘personal intellect’ foolish? For since in the wisdom of God the world by its wisdom did not know God, God was pleased to save those who believe by the foolishness of preaching. (Giving comprehension through spiritual verbiage.) (22-25; For Jews demand miraculous signs and Greeks ask for wisdom, but we preach about a crucified Christ, a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles. But to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, ‘preaching’ Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God. (25) For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.”)

Human learning in and of itself is vanity of all sorts. Uncalled talented leaders think to lead, persuade for personal gain and popularity. It’s how Pharisees and Sadducees became denominations; it’s how all organized religions start, but Believers IN know Jesus as The Vine. They’re gifted with a spiritual desire to be obedient, be atOne, ‘change previous held outlooks’ for a circumcision of heart outlook and God’s deliverance. (As Paul writes, “for the most part it’s the lowly who’re called” to confound the wise. Examine verse 27 below.

(26-31; “Think about the circumstances of your call, brothers and sisters. Not many were wise by human standards, not many were powerful, and not many were born to a privileged position. (27) But God chose what the world thinks foolish to shame the wise, and God chose what the world thinks weak to shame the strong. God chose what is low and despised in the world, what is regarded as nothing, to set aside what is regarded as something, so that no one can boast in His presence. (30) He “God the Father” is the reason you have a relationship with Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, ‘a set aside position’ and redemption, so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”) Quote from Jeremiah 9:24.

God calls, puts us on His Potter’s Wheel to train through His energizing Holy Spirit. All to grow us in the likeness of Jesus spiritually. Jesus explains that likeness through Paul to us and His church at Philippi.

(Philippians 2:3-7; “Instead of being motivated by selfish ambition or vanity, each of you should, in humility be moved to treat one another as more important than yourself. Each of you should be concerned not only about your own interests, but about the interests of others as well. You should have the same 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.”) The theological point is “Christ looked just like other men, but He was not like other men.” (He wasn’t sinful though fully human.)

Jesus was the first fleshly person “to be fathered by God the Father’s energizing Holy Spirit.”

(John 1:14-18; “Now the Word became flesh and took up residence among us. We saw His glory – the glory of the One and only, full of grace and truth, who came from the Father. John testified about Him and shouted out, “This One was the One about whom I said, ‘He who comes after me is greater than I am because He existed before me.’” (16) For we have all received from His fullness one gracious gift after another. For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came about through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God. The only One, Himself God, who is in closest fellowship with the Father, has made God known.”)

In this final verse of the prologue, the climactic and ultimate statement of the earthly career of the Logos, Jesus of Nazareth, is reached. The unique One. (John 1:14; again; He’s the One who has taken on human form and nature by becoming incarnate (flesh) who is Himself fully God. (The Word was God. (See John 1:1-5) Jesus identified with the ever-living One. The Old Testament revelation (Exodus 3:14) shows He has an intimate relationship with the Father, “this One and no other has fully revealed what God is like.” As Jesus said to Philip in John 14:9, “The one who has seen Me has seen the Father.”

(John 3:16 For this is the way God ‘the father’ loved the world: He gave His one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world should be saved through Him. The one who believes in Him is not condemned. The one who does not believe has been condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the One and only Son of God.”)

REVEALED is the key. Schooling can’t make a person a Believer IN. “Schooling can’t give a person circumcision of heart.”

(1John 4:9-10; “By this the love of God is revealed in us: that God has sent His one and only Son into the world so that we may live through Him. In this is love: not that we have loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins.”) It’s the mystery to the world of unbelievers, that the very same energizing Holy Spirit in Jesus is gifted to those called to be Believers IN Him. It’s a fathering, as was Jesus making Believers IN, “begotten children as was Jesus.” Review Ephesians 3:

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