Plans for God’s chosen, chapter 11

12/29/2,019 God’s 10th Month, Tevet 1, 5,791    

To: In resident churches, people gifted with desire to be atO1ne with God.

Look up and observe God’s new moon, it’s God’s calendar we’re seeing.

Each subscriber is likely a called out follower of Jesus, one whom God has given a desire to be atOne with Him and our Savior Jesus. The Father calls and gives each over to Jesus for our salvation. We’re gifted with Godly repentance, a new outlook that desires to please in every way. It’s through God’s spiritual calling and a gifted belief IN Jesus, that knowing faith is established and eternal life gifted.

Worldly religions attempt to persuade people to believe in their doctrine and prescribed methods. God’s calling is to go out from religions, this world system of things and turn to a believing IN faith in Him as He’s presented in the Holy Scriptures. Believing IN Him as He’s revealed is eternal life. It’s knowing Jesus as Re-Creator, Creator, Deliverer, Savior, Lamb of God, Mediator and coming King of Kings. He called the prophets, apostles, calls each follower and teaches His Way through His gifted Holy Spirit of truth.

Paul had a special calling and mission. The Lord Jesus said to Ananias; “Get up and go to the street called ‘Straight,’ and at Judas’ house look for a man from Tarsus named Saul. For he is praying, and he has seen in a vision a man named Ananias come in and place his hands on him so that he may see again.” Go, because this man is My chosen instrument to carry My name before Gentiles and kings and the people of Israel. For I will show him how much he must suffer for the sake of My name.” So Ananias departed and entered the house, placed his hands on Saul and said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you came here, has sent me so that you may see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” Immediately something like scales fell from his eyes, and he could see again. He got up and was baptized, and after taking some food, his strength returned.” (See Acts 9:)

Through Jesus’ working in them, Paul and associates started churches, taught Jesus’ good news about the kingdom of God, healed and gave physical life back. Thus, we have the evidence that Paul’s teachings are revelations from God.

Paul subscribed to the humility of Jesus.

(1Corinthians 2:1-5; “When I ‘Paul’ came to you, brothers and sisters, I did not come with superior eloquence or wisdom as I proclaimed the testimony of God. For I decided to be concerned about nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified. And I was with you in weakness and in fear and with much trembling. My conversation and my preaching were not with persuasive words of wisdom, but with a demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith would not be based on human wisdom but on the power of God.”) Faith in God’s ability to reveal and deliver, not in persuasive personalities and eloquent words.

Wisdom from God.

(1Cor2:6-8; “Now we do speak wisdom among the mature, but not a wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are perishing. Instead we speak the wisdom of God, hidden in a mystery that God determined before the ages for our glory. (8) None of the rulers of this age understood it. If they had known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.”)

Jesus fulfilled much of the prophecy He gave Daniel through His apostles. After Jesus’ death, resurrection, ascension, that Pentecost energizing Holy Spirit gifted, gentile Cornelius family’s conversion, gifted knowledge of God’s mystery; (His living in people through His spirit) and revelation not previously revealed. Old Testament scriptures were miraculously opened to the call’s understanding.

(1Cor 2:9; “But just as it is written, “Things that no eye has seen, or ear heard, or mind imagined, are the things God has prepared for those who love Him.”) (Imagined? “entered the heart,” an Old Testament expression, in which the heart functions like the mind.) (Quote from Isaiah 64:4.)

(1Cor 2:10-12; “God has revealed these to us by the Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. For who among men knows the things of a man except the man’s spirit within him? So too, no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. (12) Now we, ‘followers of Jesus’ have not received the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may know the things that are freely given to us by God.”)

Each time we read these words thoughtfully and prayerfully they fulfill God’s purpose in giving them. Denominational schools of theology attempt to teach God’s spirit through man’s spirit, “through human intellect.” Worldly intellect doesn’t grasp God’s spiritual teaching until it’s supernaturally given.

(1Cor 2:13-16; “And we ‘apostles’ speak about these things, not with words taught us by human wisdom, but with those taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual things to spiritual people. (14) The unbeliever does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him. And he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned. The one who is spiritual discerns all things, yet he himself is understood by no one. (16) For who has known the mind of the Lord, so as to advise him? But we have the mind of Christ.”) (His Word spiritually gifted.)

Only God can make individuals His spiritual people. Until He intervenes and calls, people are unbelievers. Not particularly of their own choosing. Spiritual people aren’t understood by the world as; “Jesus was not understood by the Pharisees and Sadducees.” Immature people trusting their smarts are Self-deceived when they lean to their intellect.

(1Cor 3:1-4; So, brothers and sisters, I could not speak to you as spiritual people, but instead as people of the flesh, as infants in Christ. I fed you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready. In fact, you are still not ready, for you are still influenced by the flesh. For since there is still jealousy and dissension among you, are you not influenced by the flesh and behaving like unregenerate people? (4) For whenever someone says, “I am with Paul,” or “I am with Apollos,” are you not merely human?”)

When someone says “I’m of a particular denomination, is that not vain fleshly speech? Fleshly intellect alone cannot discern spiritual teaching.

(1Cor 3:5-11; “What is Apollos really? Or what is Paul? Servants through whom you came to believe and each of us in the ministry the Lord gave us. I planted, Apollos watered, but God caused it to grow. So neither the one who plants counts for anything, nor the one who waters, but God who causes the growth. The one who plants and the one who waters work as one, but each will receive his reward according to his work. (9) We are coworkers belonging to God. You are God’s field, God’s building. According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master-builder, I laid a foundation, but someone else builds on it. And each one must be careful how he builds. (11) For no one can lay any foundation other than what is being laid, which is Jesus Christ.”)

Jesus is the Cornerstone, His deity and characteristics parallel that of God the Father’s. When we see Jesus we see God the Father; they’re atOne as followers of Jesus must be and are when each know they’re the branch and He the Vine.

(1Cor 3:12-15; “If anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, or straw, each builder’s work will be plainly seen, for the Day will make it clear, because it will be revealed by fire. And the fire will test what kind of work each has done. If what someone has built survives, he will receive a reward. (15) If someone’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss. He himself will be saved, but only as through fire.”) Likely referring to the destruction of the “work” by fire or the loss of the reward that could have been gained. Consider Jesus’ Word through Isaiah.

(Isaiah 45:15-25; “Yes, you are a God who keeps hidden, O God of Israel, Deliverer! They will all be ashamed and embarrassed; those who fashion idols will all be humiliated. Israel will be delivered once and for all by the Lord; you ‘Israelites’ will never again be ashamed or humiliated. (18) For this is what the Lord says, the One who created the sky – He is the true God, the One who formed the earth and made it; He established it, He did not create it without order, He formed it to be inhabited – “I am the Lord, I have no peer. (19) I have not spoken in secret, in some hidden place. I did not tell Jacob’s descendants ‘Seek Me in vain!’ I am the Lord, the One who speaks honestly, who makes reliable announcements. (20) Gather together and come! Approach together, you refugees from the nations! Those who carry wooden idols know nothing, those who pray to a god that cannot deliver. Tell me! Present the evidence! Let them consult with one another! Who predicted this in the past? Who announced it beforehand? Was it not I, the Lord? I have no peer, there is no God but Me, a God who vindicates and delivers; there is none but Me. (22) Turn to Me so you can be delivered, all you who live in the earth’s remote regions! For I am God and I have no peer. I solemnly make this oath – what I say is true and reliable: ‘Surely every knee will bow to Me, every tongue will solemnly affirm; they will say about Me, “Yes, the Lord is a powerful Deliverer.”’ ”All who are angry at Him will cower before Him. All the descendants of Israel will be vindicated by the Lord and will boast in Him.”) (The terminology reveals Jesus is the speaker.)

(John 3:16-21; “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. (18) 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. (19) Now this is the basis for judging: that the light has come into the world and people loved the darkness rather than the light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone who does evil deeds hates the Light and does not come to the Light, so that their deeds will not be exposed. But the one who practices the truth comes to the light, so that it may be plainly evident that his deeds have been done in God.”)

Jesus, through Paul reveals to Timothy.

(2Timothy 1:9-14; He ‘God the Father’ is the One who saved us and called us with a holy calling, not based on our works but on His own purpose and grace, granted to us in Christ Jesus before time began, but now made visible through the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus. He ’Jesus’ has broken the power of death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel! (11) For this gospel I, ‘Paul’ was appointed a preacher and apostle and teacher. Because of this, in fact, I suffer as I do. But I am not ashamed, because I know the One in whom my faith is set and I am convinced that He is able to protect what has been entrusted to me until that day. Hold to the standard of sound words that you heard from me and do so with the faith and love that is in Christ Jesus. Protect that good thing entrusted to you, through the Holy Spirit who lives within us.”)

When Jesus returns, Satan bound, knowledge of Jesus abounding; recipients of His Holy Spirit of truth will abound.

(Isaiah 11:9-12; “They will no longer injure or destroy on My entire royal mountain. (Royal Mountain? The Lord’s “holy mountain” is the mountain from which He rules over his kingdom (see Ezek 28:14, 16). More specifically it probably refers to Mount Zion - Jerusalem or to the entire land of Israel. (See Psalms 2:6; 15:1; 43:3; Isaiah 56:7; 57:13; Ezek 20:40; Obadiah 16; Zeph 3:11). The Lord’s universal kingdom is in view, standing for God’s worldwide dominion (See the next line.) For there will be universal submission to the Lord’s sovereignty, just as the waters completely cover the sea. (10) At that time a root from Jesse ‘Jesus’ will stand like a signal flag for the nations. Nations will look to Him for guidance, and His residence will be majestic. At that time the sovereign master will again lift His hand to reclaim the remnant of His people from Assyria, Egypt, Pathros, Cush, Elam, Shinar, Hamath, and the seacoasts. (12) He will lift a signal flag for the nations; He will gather Israel’s dispersed people and assemble Judah’s scattered people from the four corners of the earth.”) Only Believers IN, comprehend the awesomeness of God’s planning. As always study the whole.

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