Way revealed to Abraham, Moses & Jesus’ apostles, chapter 5

To: In Home churches of God, God’s 6th Month, Ab 29, 5,780. 8/19/2020

    Back to Colossians 2:1-5. (For I want you to know how great a struggle I have for you, and for those in Laodicea, and for those who have not met me face to face. My goal is that their hearts, having been knit together in love, may be encouraged, and that they may have all the riches that assurance brings in their understanding of the knowledge of the mystery of God, namely, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. I say this so that no one will deceive you through arguments that sound reasonable. For though I am absent from you in body, I am present with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your morale and the firmness of your faith in Christ.)

     Denominations make many arguments sound reasonable to our fleshly mind. Its how, most any fluent speaker can influence. What were some of the arguments deceivers brought to the Colossians? (1) I have as much education as that Paul fellow, and also an Israelite. (2) It isn’t reasonable that any knowledge must be gifted. (3) God’s kingdom is no mystery, if whoever will may come. 

    God’s callings, choosing, opening minds, revealing Himself and speaking in parables is in part because of people’s desire to decide for themselves, what’s, right, wrong, good and evil. (Paul is saying, no one can deceive through false arguments, once the mystery of God’s kingdom is revealed, so stay true to Jesus’ message through me.) Perhaps Paul explained better to the Corinthians.

    (1Cor 2:10-13; 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 mans spirit within him? So too, no one knows the things of God EXCEPT by the spirit OF GOD. Now we 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. And we 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.) By US and WE, Paul means, we who’re called, and to whom Jesus and God the Father is revealed.

    Unbelievers argue their theory through denominational education, their studies in Greek and Hebrew, thinking it sufficient for spiritual understanding. God’s spirit and the Holy Scriptures condemn this argument as being worldly and instinctively fleshly. Overwhelming lesson here is, don’t debate with worldly minded folks. Only God can convert.

    (Colossians 2:6-8; Therefore, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in Him, rooted and built up in Him and firm in your faith just as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. Be careful not to allow anyone to captivate you through an empty, deceitful philosophy that is according to human traditions and the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ.)

This is a problem for religious unbelievers who lean on intellect. They’re captivated by so called higher education and teaching one philosophy is as good as another. Saying too, each person has the right to worship according to their individual understanding. Wrong: that’s idolatry and within its self, an abomination.

    Jesus said it; “broad is the way and MANY find it.” See Matthew 7:13.  Granted, many would give their lives for their beliefs: Convinced of their doctrine and sincerely deceived.  It’s so true, deceived people don’t know they are, and most do not care. Someone put the following on face book some time back, claiming it a quote from the Pope. May not be true, but it’s the way many do think. (It isn’t necessary to believe in God to be a good person. The traditional notion of God is outdated. One can be spiritual but not religious. It isn’t necessary to go to church and give money, for many, nature can be their church. Some of the best people in history didn’t believe in God, while some of the worst deeds were done in His name.) Many wars have been fought over demonic religions...  For the many the definition of church is; an organizations or building. Politically and fleshly speaking they’re accurate. But not parallel with Jesus and His apostles teaching on the subject. Jesus said, “not one is good but God.” See Matt 19:17. YES, the traditional notion of God is outdated among governments, and worldly religions, including protestant denominations. Not true with Jesus, His apostles, and His spiritually called out followers through gifted knowing faith. Jesus’ apostle Paul defines God’s church as; a people in whom God’s spirit dwells.

    (1Cor 3:16-18; Do you not know that you, are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you? If someone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him. For God’s temple is holy, which is what you are. Guard against self-deception, each of you. If someone among you thinks he is wise in this age, let him become foolish so that he can become wise.) YOU, means you followers of Jesus. If faith were in education, denominationalism and personalities, rather than God‘s inspired word; they’d be liabilities.

    (1Cor 3:19-23; For, the wisdom of this age is foolishness with God. As it is written, “He catches the wise in their craftiness.” And again, “The Lord knows that the thoughts of the wise are futile.” So then, no more boasting about mere mortals! For everything belongs to you, whether Paul, or Apollos or Cephas or the world, or life or death or the present or the future. Everything belongs to you and you belong to Christ, and Christ belongs to God.)  Quotes from 1Cor 6:19, Job 5:13 and, Psalms 94:11.

     Elementary students of the Holy Scriptures can judge whether one is a Believer. A Believer is one whose outlook is shaped by God’s imputed spirit to the mind...  (Romans 8:5-8; 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.)

    (Rom 8:9; 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.)

    (Rom 8:10-11; 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.) YOU, means you followers of Jesus, and RIGHTEOUSNESS means JESUS’ righteousness.

    (Rom 8:12-17; 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.)  We put to death the deeds of the body by God’s spirit through Jesus. Fleshly speaking, a good person is a law abiding citizen and neighbor. However even followers of Jesus aren’t good, in and of themselves. Perhaps Paul defines the church better to the Corinthians and all Believers.

    (2Cor 13:5-9; Put yourselves to the test to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves! Or do you not recognize regarding yourselves that Jesus Christ is in you – unless, indeed, you fail the test! And I hope that you will realize that we have not failed the test! Now we pray to God that you may not do anything wrong, not so that we may appear to have passed the test, but so that you may do what is right even if we may appear to have failed the test. For we cannot do anything against the truth, but only for the sake of the truth. For we, rejoice whenever we are weak, but you are strong. And we pray for this: that you may become fully qualified.) WE, means WE APOSTLES. Jesus’ apostles never allowed worship of themselves and insisted people prove all things. Relying on God and leaning on Him to qualify, grow and on His molding us in His spiritual image.

    (Philippians 2:5-8; You should have the 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. He humbled Himself, by becoming obedient to the point of death – even death on a cross!) Think of such humility, that the Son of God, the Re-Creator and our Creator, would allow that He live in the flesh and share in human nature, so by His shedding His life blood we could be gifted with eternal life through Him. Jesus came to be our Savior and example, dying for the remission of our sins.

    (Col. 2:6-8; Therefore, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in Him, rooted and built up in Him and firm in your faith just as you were taught and overflowing with thankfulness. Be careful not to allow anyone to captivate you through an empty deceitful philosophy that is according to human traditions and the elemental spirits of the world and not according to Christ.)

Paul and each person attempting to point the way, contends with people posing as angels of light. See 2Corinthians 11:14.

    We don’t mean to poke fun at the Pope, who apparently thinks deeper than the apparent quote posted on face book. However he does lean to tradition and politically correctness much more than Jesus’ Word allows. Jesus inspired His prophet Isaiah to write.

    (Isaiah 8:20; Then you must recall the Lord’s instructions and the prophetic testimony of what would happened, certainly they say such things because their minds are spiritually darkened.) (King James’ version reads: If they speak not according to this word it is because there is no light in them.)

    God allows religious unbelievers go the way that seem right to themselves and have many doctrines. (Jesus said; “ALL people are deceived, ALL are in spiritual darkness.” See Rev 18:23. There’s very little in God’s Word that religious haven’t tampered with and human evolving traditions are testimony to Satan’s powerful deceiving way.

God the Father and God the Son are exemplified through Jesus’ life.….  (Col 2:9-11; For in Him all the fullness of deity lives in bodily form, and you have been filled in Him, who is the head over every ruler and authority. In Him you also were circumcised, not however, with a circumcision performed by human hands, but by the removal of the fleshly body, that is through the circumcision done by Christ.) Followers of Jesus are spiritually the circumcision of heart. As Jacob’s name was changed to Israel, meaning, ‘God Fights’ has spiritual application, so cutting back the foreskin looked forward to; ‘God the Father through Jesus Christ removing our fleshly nature. Christians are spiritual Israelites, as the Israelites were a set aside people, so are Jesus’ followers. God gifts a belief in Jesus.

    Our instinctive fleshly inherited from Adam nature is overcome through Jesus’ imputed faith. God the Father does the calling, gives the desire, conviction and leads His chosen to be followers of Jesus. He opens minds to comprehend spiritual things! Thus no person can boast except in the Lord.Satan works through governments, worldly religions and people’s inheriting instinctive fleshly nature, to trust tradition and this world‘s system of things. Satan keeps people distracted from God and binds people to himself, how else could he be, god of this world?

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