Jesus’ revelations and commmentary, chapter 23

TO: World’s in residence Churches of God. God’s 6th Mo. Av 17, 5,780; 8/9/2020.

   Review is good. (John 10:24-28; Then came the Jews round about Jesus, and said unto Him, How long do You make us to doubt? If You be the Christ, tell us plainly? Jesus answered them, “I told you, and you did NOT believe: the works that I do in My Father’s name, they bear witness of Me. “But you believe NOT, because you ARE NOT of My sheep,” as I said unto you. “My sheep hear My voice, and I KNOW them and they follow Me: And I give unto them ETERNAL LIFE; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of My hand.) Jesus is creator, One revealing to Moses. Col 1:15-20.

      Jesus is clearly telling His followers two things that unbelievers can’t grasp. (a) Understanding spiritual things are gifted to His chosen, those He foreknew, those gifted with desire and effort to follow Him. See Philippians 2:13. (b) In this age, eternal life is only through Jesus and to those The Father chooses to be born from above.

     Likely all individuals may choose to be religious and follow an appealing brand. Choose to be a good citizen and pray to a god of one’s particular imagination. But to know God the Father and God the Son is only by gifted revelation; eternal life is only inherited through Jesus. Does this fact get in the way of the scriptural text that says- seek and you will find- or -knock and the door will open? NO, because if we have a genuine desire to know God as He reveals Himself, He gave it. To seek study, meditate on and be obedient to the Creator God as revealed to Abraham, Moses and Jesus’ apostles, is to those God knows. Review the John 10: text above again.

    Seeking God honestly is not attempting to be religious, joining a congregation that fits one’s particular view. Seeking God honestly is to, “let God be true, though all others be liars.” See Romans 3:4. Seeking God honestly could possibly start with an attempt to obey the ten commandments, but a called out individual would soon be gifted to understand the importance of knowing God’s characteristics, ways, attributes and oracles through gifted faith. It’s obeying from the foundation of love.

   Individually a person must be spirit led to understand the flaws in our inherited from Adam nature, desire repentance- a turning, and overcoming it, desire. Because in our inherited from Adam nature, people desires what seems right, and that only leads to death. See Proverbs 12:15; 14:12; 16:25 & 21:2. We can’t depend on fleshly intellect and other’s theology to understand spiritual truths.

    When people look to divided denominations they see a god through their lenses. As we reviewed before, if people won’t believe the God of Moses, they won’t believe even one who comes back from the grave and tells. Jesus revealed and Moses wrote, (Gen 2:1-3; The heavens and the earth were completed with everything that was in them. By the seventh day God finished the work that He had been doing, and He ceased on the seventh day all the work that he had been doing. God blessed the seventh day and made it holy because on it He ceased all the work that He had been doing in creation.) God gave Adam great intellect, even to name all other living critters according to their created characteristics. See Gen 2:20.

    The seventh day was set aside as holy before the command that a husband and wife be family, before the covenant of circumcision, the commandments or law.

   (Gen 2:21-25; So the LORD God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep, and while he was asleep, He took part of the man’s side and closed up the place with flesh. Then the LORD God made a woman from the part He had taken out of the man, and He brought her to the man. Then the man said, “This one at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; this one will be called ‘woman,’ for she was taken out of man.” That is why a man leaves his father and mother and unites with his wife, and they become a new family. The man and his wife were both naked, but they were not ashamed.) Always study the whole.

    Promises God made to Abraham was before the law, Jesus’ apostle Paul and Deacon Stephen made a point of explaining that the promises through faith preceded the law, but that in no way abolished the law. Some attempt to excuse Sabbath keeping because it’s the fourth of seven commands and was given by angels. See Acts 7:53. After Deacon Stephen told of the earth being God’s footstool etc. he went on saying, (Acts 7:52-58; Which of the prophets did your ancestors not persecute? They killed those who foretold long ago the coming of the Righteous One, whose betrayers and murderers you have now become! You received the law by decrees given by angels, but you did not obey it.” When they heard these things, they became furious and ground their teeth at him. But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, looked intently toward heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. Look! he said. “I see the heavens opened, and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God!” But they covered their ears, shouting out with a loud voice, and rushed at him with one intent. When they had driven him out of the city, they began to stone him, and the witnesses laid their cloaks at the feet of a young man named Saul.)

    Some excuse the seventh day by including it with the commandments, saying the law was given because of transgressions and administered through angels.  (Gal 3:19-29; For if the inheritance is based on the law, it is no longer based on the promise, but God graciously gave it to Abraham through the promise. Why then was the law given? It was added because of transgressions, until the arrival of the Descendant to whom the promise had been made. It was administered through angels by an intermediary. Now an intermediary is not for one party alone, but God is One. Is the law therefore opposed to the promises of God? Absolutely not! For if a law had been given that was able to give life, then righteousness would certainly have come by the law. But the scripture imprisoned everything and everyone under sin so that the promise could be given — because of the faithfulness of Jesus Christ — to those who believe. Now before faith came we were held in custody under the law, being kept as prisoners until the coming faith would be revealed. Thus the law had become our guardian until Christ, so that we could be declared righteous by faith. But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian. For in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God through faith.  For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female — for all of you are one in Christ Jesus. And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s descendants, heirs according to the promise.)

    Keep in mind, God’s Sabbath was set aside before all these.

   David was led to understand, the way of truth, which to David was to genuinely love GOD’S WAY. (Psalms 119:127-128; Therefore I love YOUR commandments above gold; yea, above fine gold. Therefore I esteem all YOUR precepts concerning ALL THINGS to be right; and I HATE every FALSE way.)

    Consider every false way? Its worldly religions devised from people’s fleshly imaginations. People carve worshiping images, looking to the sun, planets and revering other people in worship fashion until God is revealed. We aren’t naturally, in the flesh, able to understand and believe in God as David described Him in the Psalms.

    Others use Paul’s teaching through the night, because of the people’s hanging on to every word of Jesus’ message through him, to support their belief that Jesus allowed a Sabbath change. See Acts 20.

    The holy scriptures clearly teach that Satan is the god of this age, this world, and he’s Prince of the Power of the Air. We must conclude that Satan has this world’s system of things opposing God’s Way. Remember Jesus said, all would be deceived before the end of this age, even the Elect if possible. See Matthew 24.

    Jesus’ apostle Paul taught, (Rom 3:3-6; For what if some did not believe, shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect? God forbid: yea, let God be TRUE, but every man a liar; as it is written, that you might be justified in your sayings, and might OVERCOME when you are judged. But if our unrighteousness commends the righteousness of God, what shall we say? Is God unrighteous who takes vengeance? (I speak as a man) God forbid: for then how shall God judge the world?)

     Paul also shares, there’s a Godly attitude, void of fleshly pride, that we should be seeking if we are genuinely seeking God’s Way. (Romans 3:4-8; Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. Let this MIND be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, HE humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.)

     Each denominations are about the business of building constituents, organizations and selling their way, the way that seems right to themselves. Few seem to understand that God knows each better than we know ourselves. He looks at our inner being and does the leading. Consider how God shapes His chosen? Consider the depth of His knowledge about us.

     (Isaiah 29:14-16; Therefore I will again do an amazing thing for these people – an absolutely extraordinary deed. Wise men will have nothing to say, the sages will have no explanations. Those who try to hide their plans from the Lord are as good as dead, who do their work in secret and boast, who sees us? Who knows what we’re doing? Your thinking is perverse! Should the Potter be regarded as clay? Should the thing made say about its Maker, He didn’t make me? Or should the pottery say about the Potter, He doesn’t understand?)

    Jesus knows His people and His people are being led to know Him. The New Covenant is a contract between our Creator and those He calls to covenant with. When God calls an individual, He does the work of changing that individual’s outlook to His truth. God gives individuals a zeal for the study and meditation. He gives the desire to please, thus making Himself our God. He takes worldly desires away and replacing with spiritual thinking that comes from Himself. We’re led to ponder why me? Why am I understanding things so joyful to know and gifts so precious? Jesus’ parable about finding treasure fits the subject.

      (Matthew 13:44-46; The kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man has found, he hides, and for JOY thereof, goes and sells all that he has, and buys that field. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls: Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it.)

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