Jesus’ revelations to His apostles and commentary, chapter 15

TO: World’s in residence Churches of God. Tamuz 27, 5,780; 7/19/2020.

   It’s from within the fleshly mind’s desire that denominations teach a repentance leading to- one’s -being born from above-fathered, is an individual’s choice. Wrong. One can no more choose to be fathered by God than to choose their human parent. God the Father does the choosing of those who’ll be born from above in Christ Jesus, as He chose Isaac and Jacob. Jesus’ apostle Paul was given to understand.

    (Romans 9:6-7; It is not as though the word of God had failed. For not all those who are descended from Israel are truly Israel, nor is all the children of Abraham true descendants; rather “through Isaac will your descendants be counted.”) See Genesis 21:12.

    Isaac was Abraham’s son born of promise; God made the promise and chose this predestined method of building His spiritual kingdom. Paul continues.

   (Rom 9:8-9; This means it is not the children of the flesh who are the children of God; rather, the children of promise are counted as descendants. For this is what the promise declared: “About a year from now I will return and Sarah will have a son.”) See Genesis 18:10 & 18:14.

    Abraham’s son Ishmael, whom Hagar the Egyptian bore him was promised worldly greatness, as was Jacob’s brother Esau, but Paul is speaking of spiritual gifts prophesied through Savior Jesus. Like prophesied promises to Isaac’s wife Rebekah, where God made choice before the twin’s birth.   

   (Rom 9:10-13; Not only that, but when Rebekah had conceived children by one man, our ancestor Isaac even before they were born or had done anything good or bad (so that God’s purpose in election would stand, not by works but by his calling) it was said to her, “The older will serve the younger,” just as it is written: “Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated.”) See Malachi 1:1-3.

    God purposely changed Jacob’s name to Israel, meaning-God fights or fights for. It’s through Jacob’s family line, the twelve tribes of Israel, and through the tribe of Judah particular that Jesus was born. Moses and Aaron were Levites, the tribe God assigned temple, teaching and worship responsibilities. 

    (Rom 9:14-26; What shall we say then? Is there injustice with God? Absolutely not!  For He says to Moses: “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.” So then, it does not depend on human desire or exertion, but on God who shows mercy. For the scripture says to Pharaoh: “For this very purpose I have raised you up, that I may demonstrate My power in you, and that My name may be proclaimed in all the earth.” So then, God has mercy on whom He chooses to have mercy, and He hardens whom He chooses to harden. You will say to me then, “Why does He still find fault? For, who has ever resisted His will?” But who indeed are you — a mere human being — to talk back to God? Does what is molded say to the molder, “Why have you made me like this?” Has the potter no right to make from the same lump of clay one vessel for special use and another for ordinary use? But what if God, willing to demonstrate His wrath, and to make known His power, has endured with much patience the objects of wrath prepared for destruction? And what if He is willing to make known the wealth of His glory on the objects of mercy that He has prepared beforehand for glory even us, whom He has called, not only from the Jews but also from the Gentiles? As He also says in Hosea: “I will call those who were not My people, ‘My people,’ and I will call her who was unloved, ‘My beloved.‘” “And in the very place where it was said to them, ‘You are not My people,there they will be called ’sons of the living God.‘ “) Paul understood, Jesus prophesied the same through His prophet Isaiah.

    (Rom 9:27-29;  And Isaiah cries out on behalf of Israel, “Though the number of the children of Israel are as the sand of the sea, only the remnant will be saved, for the Lord will execute His sentence on the earth completely and quickly.” Just as Isaiah predicted, “If the Lord of armies had not left us descendants, we would have become like Sodom, and we would have resembled Gomorrah.”) If life giver Jesus’ deeds-work of salvation not in the overall plan, the whole world would be Sodom and Gomorrah. Think on that.

    As we see, Jesus’ apostle Paul was gifted to understand, Jesus’ inspiring of His prophets and sharing God’s prerogatives. How could we love a God who was not all knowing? How could we respect a God whose ways weren’t absolute?

Understanding Godly love is to know God the Father and the Son’s characteristics. It’s only by gifted revelations to our minds that we understand Godly love. God the Father’s sacrificing His only begotten Son, and God the Son, Jesus shedding His life blood for the remission of this world’s sins is unparalleled Godly love.

   People believing in Jesus through His gifted faith inherit God’s fathering, His spirit of Godly love, His ways, and so are put in His church family. Through Godly love we can reach out to the world with Jesus’ good news message, and have gifted desire that Jesus’ kingdom soon be established on earth. Such love is predestined, spiritually gifted from above!

     Regardless of national origin, people normally choose beliefs according to what’s disseminated to the mind through parental, cultural and, this world’s evolving educational systems. The only exception is,- God’s intervention, His mercifully calling, revealing Himself, and opening understandings. Gifted understanding reveals the result of our inherited sin nature, and causes our desires- outlook to change from, living the way that seems right to our inherited from Adam nature to Jesus’ way. It’s a supernatural calling, only then can people change from their loving, -me, mine and ours- to loving God and neighbor as one’s self. People loving me, mind and ours, contribute to nations warring against nations, self righteous custom practices, division, arguments, divorce and crime. Study the book of James.

     Remember our last study? These fleshly characteristics were, things Paul was fearful of finding in God’s Church at Corinth when he returned. People naturally and generally put trusting faith in the entities of evolving cultures without examination. Majorities and particularly students of so called higher learning, accept theory as fact. It doesn’t seem to be in our nature to naturally question why cultural differences exist, their origin or what and who instigated them. This defines our world’s hostile to God populations. It should help us want to understand origins of beliefs and characteristics inherited from Adam.

     Except for the inherited hostility in people, each should know they’re created beings, made in the image of God. We should desire proofs as to what God’s will is. But, that would amount to people looking to our Creator rather than their own intellect. Perhaps even admitting, God‘s Way are superior to what seems right to our fleshly inherited intellect and nature. Obstacles to this thinking include, world’s so called higher education system, teachers promoting no absolute regarding the manner of right living.

    There is a source for absolute truth, authority that teaches how we should think and live. There’s also a demonic divisionary spirit in the world compelling folks to do according to what seems right to themselves individually. The source of truth is God’s Holy Scriptures, teaching that we should- prove all things, hold fast to what’s good. Jesus’ apostle Paul wrote to the Thessalonians; (See that no one pays back evil for evil to anyone, but always pursue what is good for one another and for all. Always rejoice, constantly pray, in everything give thanks. For this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. Do not extinguish the Spirit. Do not treat prophecies –teachings- with contempt. But examine –prove- all things; hold fast to what is good. Stay away from every form of evil.) See 1Thess 5:15-22.

    Jesus’ teaching through Paul is revealed to the called who’re gifted to be Believers IN. God’s imputed Holy Spirit of truth, leads to understand that Paul’s teaching isn’t from his fleshly nature, but from the nature of Jesus imputed to his mind. Even human logic teaches that people throughout the world need a nature change in order to live at peace with one another. But, self serving disseminated education rejects Jesus and His apostles teachings. People naturally want to pay back evil with more evil. Living for the good of all comes from Godly gifted love. Our fleshly minds cannot deliver such thinking, -because in the flesh we’re self serving.

   Jesus shares through Paul, (Romans 8:5-17; For those who live according to the flesh have their outlook shaped by the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit have their outlook shaped by the things of the Spirit. For the outlook of the flesh is death, but the outlook of the Spirit is life and peace, because the outlook of the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to the law of God, nor is it able to do so. Those who are in the flesh cannot please God. You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, this person does not belong to Him. But if Christ is in you, your body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is your life because of righteousness. Moreover if the Spirit of the One who raised Jesus from the dead lives in you, the One who raised Christ from the dead will also make your mortal bodies alive through His Spirit who lives in you. So then, brothers and sisters, we are under obligation, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh, (for if you live according to the flesh, you will die,) but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body you will live. For all who are led by the Spirit of God are the sons of God. For, you did not receive the spirit of slavery leading again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption, by whom we cry, “Abba, Father. The Spirit its self bears witness to our spirit that we are God’s children. And if children, then heirs (namely, heirs of God and also fellow heirs with Christ) – if indeed we suffer with Him so we may also be glorified with Him.)

     The divisionary demonic spirit in the world questions God’s existence, and which imaginary Jesus to believe. Common sense should teach us, there is only one Christ Jesus and His Way one. Since Paul’s day and before unbelievers taught a God of their particular imagination, and naïve folks have been believing, such paganism without question or proof.  Paul taught the Corinthians and all Believers.

      (2Cor 11:4; For if someone comes and proclaims another Jesus different from the one we proclaimed, or if you receive a different spirit than the one you received, or a different gospel than the one you accepted, you put up with it well enough.)

     So; why do folks put up with people teaching a Jesus other than the Jesus His apostles proclaimed? A Jesus as He’s manifested in the Holy Scriptures? Answer, our naïve fleshly nature prefers looking to teacher’s credentials rather than the message and prayerfully searching the scriptures to prove all things. Jesus told us in advance, “another Jesus would be taught and unbelievers would keep worshiping non-existing gods of their imagination. See Mark 13:5-6.

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