Jesus’ revelations to His apostles and commentary, chapter 18

   TO: In Home Churches of God. God’s 6th Month, Av 7, 5,780. 7/28/2020.

   It’s no accident that God is allowing Satan be the god of this age. It’s so we may develop Godly character and overcome pulls to our inherited from Adam nature. We need to endure, put up with the same temptations Jesus encountered. The Hebrews writer explained that even Jesus was perfected and learned obedience through things He suffered. The same Son of God -Jesus, Matthew quotes is the Melchizedek, who was without father, without mother, without genealogy, had neither beginning of days nor end of life but is like the son of God, and so He remains a priest for all time.

   (Heb 5:8-10; Although He, was a Son, He learned obedience through the things He suffered. And by being perfected in this way, He became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey Him, and He was designated by God as high priest in the order of Melchizedek.) (Heb 5:7; During His earthly life Christ offered both requests and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to the One who was able to save Him from death and He was heard because of His devotion.)

    Before purposely coming in the flesh, the Lord God Jesus blessed Abraham and others while serving as the Most High’s priest, Melchizedek. See Gen 14:18-20. As the Most High’s priest, He never assume nor did He take initiatives independent of God the Father, likewise with Levite priest who only served as appointed. The principle went and goes forward.

    (Heb 5:1-6; For every high priest is taken from among the people and appointed to represent them before God, to offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins. He is able to deal compassionately with those who are ignorant and erring, since he also is subject to weakness, and for this reason he is obligated to make sin offerings for himself as well as for the people. And no one assumes this honor on his own initiative, but only when called to it by God, as in fact Aaron was. So also Christ did not glorify Himself in becoming High Priest, but the One who glorified Him was God, who said to him, “You are My Son! Today I have fathered you,” as also in another place God says, “You are a priest forever in the order of Melchizedek.”) Quotes from Psalms 2:7 and 110:3.

    Abraham understood much about Jesus’ coming kingdom on earth through his knowledge of Melchizedek.

   Heb 7:1-7; Now, this Melchizedek, king of Salem, priest of the Most High God, met Abraham as he was returning from defeating the kings and blessed him. To Him also Abraham apportioned a tithe of everything. His name first means king of righteousness, then king of Salem, that is, king of peace. Without father, without mother, without genealogy, He has neither beginning of days nor end of life but is like the son of God, and He remains a priest for all time. But see how great He must be, if Abraham the patriarch gave Him a tithe of his plunder. And those of the sons of Levi who receive the priestly office have authorization according to the law to collect a tithe from the people, that is, from their fellow countrymen, although they too are descendants of Abraham.)

    (Heb 7:6-10; But Melchizedek who does not share their ancestry collected a tithe from Abraham and blessed the one who possessed the promise. Now without dispute the inferior is blessed by the superior, and in one case tithes are received by mortal men, while in the other by Him who is affirmed to be alive. And it could be said that Levi himself, who receives tithes, paid a tithe through Abraham. For he was still in his ancestor Abraham’s loins when Melchizedek met him.

    (Heb 7:11; So, if perfection had in fact been possible through the Levitical priesthood, for on that basis the people received the law; what further need would there have been for another priest to arise, said to be in the order of Melchizedek and not in Aaron’s order?)

    Heb 7:12-19; For, when the priesthood changes, a change in the law must come as well. Yet the One these things are spoken about belongs to a different tribe, and no one from that tribe has ever officiated at the altar. For it is clear that our Lord is descended from Judah, yet Moses, said nothing about priests in connection with that tribe. And this is even clearer if another priest arises in the likeness of Melchizedek, who has become a priest not by a legal regulation about physical descent but by the power of an indestructible life. For here is the testimony about him: “You are a priest forever in the order of Melchizedek.” On the one hand a former command is set aside because it is weak and useless, for the law made nothing perfect. On the other hand a better hope is introduced, through which we draw near to God.)

    (Heb 7:20-24; Since this was not done without a sworn affirmation — for the others have become priests without a sworn affirmation, but Jesus did so with a sworn affirmation by the One who said to Him, “The Lord has sworn and will not change His mind, ‘You are a priest forever.‘” Accordingly, Jesus has become the guarantee of a better covenant. And the others who became priests were numerous, because death prevented them from continuing in office, but He holds His priesthood permanently since He lives forever.)

    (Heb 7:25-28; So He is able to save completely those who come to God through Him, because he always lives to intercede for them. For it is indeed fitting for us to have such a high priest: holy, innocent, undefiled, separate from sinners, and exalted above the heavens. He has no need to do every day what those priests do, to offer sacrifices first for their own sins and then for the sins of the people, since He did this in offering Himself once for all. For the law appoints as high priests men subject to weakness, but the word of solemn affirmation that came after the law appoints a Son made perfect forever.)

    Jesus’ apostle Paul presented the issue that followers of Jesus then, were treated much like true worshipers of each age. (1Thess 2:13-16; And so we too constantly thank God that when you received God’s message that you heard from us, you accepted it not as a human message, but as it truly is, God’s message, which is at work among you who believe. For you became imitators, brothers and sisters, of God’s churches in Christ Jesus that are in Judea, because you too suffered the same things from your own countrymen as they in fact did from the Jews, who killed both the Lord Jesus and the prophets and persecuted us severely. They are displeasing to God and are opposed to all people, because they hinder us from speaking to the Gentiles so that they may be saved. Thus they constantly fill up their measure of sins, but wrath has come upon them completely.)

    (Matthew 24:45-51; Who then is the faithful and wise slave, whom the master has put in charge of His household, to give the other slaves their food at the proper time? Blessed is that slave whom the master finds at work when He comes. I tell you the truth, the master will put him in charge of all His possessions. But if that evil slave should say to himself, ‘My master is staying away a long time’ and he begins to beat his fellow slaves and to eat and drink with drunkards, then the master of that slave will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he does not foresee, and will cut him in two, and assign him a place with the hypocrites, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.) To believe IN Jesus is to believe IN His promises, seek to know and live His Way. Study Jesus’ parable at Matthew 25:1-13.

     Jesus the Christ is the first begotten Son of God the Father. He promises to return with power, resurrect the dead in Christ first, then change alive believers in the blink of an eye. By Jesus’ authority He and these will rule planet earth. Even knowing God’s truth, trusting in His promises, we still need to be mindful of Satan’s devises. He’s likened to a roaring lion, desiring to devour. The assumptive way of over involvement in this world’s system dampens enthusiasm for living the will of God. Jesus’ parable about the ten virgins fits the pressures we encounter.

    Denominations don’t choose to be an abomination to God, by evolving with this world’s demonic system of things, they forego, even fleshly blessings by ignoring God’s laws. Consider; everyone has a god and most have many. Atheists attempt to make themselves their own god. Agnostics think there’s no absolutes and no way to know them. The fact is, everyone’s god is that which they look to for direction, guidance, protection and identify for them what’s right, wrong, good and evil.

      Many say, I am my own person. A famous singer made song lyrics, “I did it my way” popular. Thinking fleshly, individually we’re shaped by the culmination of parents, teachers and tradition, if not spiritually led otherwise. Life style practices are shaped by the gods we look to! Gods looked to in this century differ greatly from those of previous centuries. Jesus’ Matthew 24 prophecy indicates more demonic influence in government, education and religion in this latter age. He’s this age’s god, author of confusion and architect of many deceptions. Jesus said Satan would become more ruthful as his time drew short. Jesus’ apostle Paul wrote God’s church at Corinth, and all God’s people, regarding Satan and his follower’s characteristics.

      (2Corinthians 11:13-15; For such people are false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. Therefore it is not surprising his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness, whose end will correspond to their actions.) He’s always been an influencing power over this world’s system of things, appealing to this world’s naïve populations. Main camouflages worldly churches buy into are Halloween, Christmas and Easter. Commercialization of holidays, are loved by merchants and naïve citizens who ignorantly become merchandise of their pagan cultures. Christendom groups purposely bury their heads with no idea of their offensiveness to God.

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