Way revealed to Abraham, Moses & Jesus’ apostles, chapter 21

To: In Home churches of God, God’s 7th month, Tishrei 11, 5,881, 9/29/2020 

     Psalms 78: and Acts 7: are major text for the historical Christian foundation. They’re overviews of God’s dealings with His people, revealing that all fleshly minded people’s stubbornness toward God and why all must be born from above in order to inherit eternal live. A new nature must be implanted in each; why our loving Creator came to give His all, died as the sacrificial lamb so sins could be remitted.  

    Born from above followers of Jesus people are as foreigners in today’s world, much like Israelites were in Egypt. Followers of Jesus are in the world but not of the world, spiritual Israelites, Jesus’ heirs and Abraham’s descendents.

    The difference in old and new covenants are. (1) Under the old Israelites were under the guardianship of the law, a chosen people God called, blessed and fought for. (2) Under the new followers of Jesus are individually called out to be at one spiritually with God the Father and God the Son; Jesus’ gifted faith serves the desire to lovingly obey, gives knowledge of to whom belonging, know they’re spiritual Israelites, depend on His promises to save, deliver and mediate on their behalf.

    The Holy Scriptures define a believer as one to whom God’s spirit dwells, making each at ONE with God the Father and God the Son. That same miraculous Holy Spirit given through Jesus’ faith inspired Paul to share the following message with the Galatians and all Believers.   

     (Galatians 3:23-29; 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.) Being Abraham’s descendent and believing in Jesus makes one a spiritual Jew/Israelite. 

    God’s new covenant is defined in verses 23-29 above. People are still being called to this salvation, which is Jesus’ spirit imputed to the minds through being called to believe IN His good news. God gifted traditions are held on to by Jesus’ followers, because their the Way and times holy to God. Demonically led people changed God’s Sabbaths, named week days after pagan imaginary gods, these were of the same arrogant mindset as the lawless ones in each age. Unbelief and hostile minds causes folks to yield to Satan, his followers and personal intellect. Paul explained.

   (2Thess 3:1-5; Finally, pray for us, brothers and sisters, that the Lord’s message may spread quickly and be honored as in fact it was among you, and that we may be delivered from perverse and evil people. For not all have faith. But the Lord is faithful, and He will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one. And we are confident about you in the Lord, that you are both doing – and will do – what we are commanding. Now may the Lord direct your hearts toward the love of God and the endurance of Christ.) The evil one is Satan, through his followers he leads folks to be perverse and make merchandise of others.

    (2Thess 3:6-15; But we command you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, to keep away from any brother who lives an undisciplined life and not according to the tradition they received from us. For you know yourselves how you must imitate us, because we did not behave without discipline among you, and we did not eat anyone’s food without paying. Instead, in toil and drudgery we worked night and day in order not to burden any of you. It was not because we do not have that right, but to give ourselves as an example for you to imitate. For even when we were with you, we used to give you this command: If anyone is not willing to work, neither should he eat. For we hear that some among you are living an undisciplined life, not doing their own work but meddling in the work of others. Now such people we command and urge in the Lord Jesus Christ to work quietly and so provide their own food to eat. But you, brothers and sisters, do not grow weary in doing what is right. But if anyone does not obey our message through this letter, take note of him and do not associate closely with him, so that he may be ashamed. Yet do not regard him as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother.)

    Traditions taught by Jesus’ apostles were holy to God, whether family structured or keeping holy times.

    (2Thess 3:16-18; Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with you all. I, Paul, write this greeting with my own hand, which is how I write in every letter. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.)

    Jesus apostles suffered for the cause of Christ as they were destined to do. They and all Jesus’ followers will have their reward when He returns. Jesus pointed out that it’s hard for lovers of the world’s way to convert and be saved.

    (Matt 19:23-30; Then Jesus said to His disciples, “I tell you the truth, it will be hard for a rich person to enter the kingdom of heaven! Again I say, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter into the kingdom of God.) Jesus isn‘t referring to a literal sewing needle, we’re given to understand; there was a place familiar to them where camel’s had trouble getting through.

    (The disciples were greatly astonished when they heard this and said, “then who can be saved?” Jesus looked at them and replied, “This is impossible for mere humans, but for God all things are possible.” Then Peter said to Him, “Look, we have left everything to follow You! What then will there be for us?” Jesus said to them, “I tell you the truth; in the age when all things are renewed, when the Son of Man sits on His glorious throne, you who have followed Me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And whoever has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or fields for My sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last first.)

    Unbelievers practice dictates of their fleshly mind as inspired by demonically led leaders. Such have been influencing people before and after the flood, inspiring the worshiping of the planets, images and people to whom they make heroes. As with followers of Jesus today, God chose Abraham and instructed him to go out from the world and live righteously before Him. Abraham obeyed, God, made promises to him and his descendents, which include today’s followers of Jesus. As Israelites, followers of Jesus are a set aside – sanctified people. A people being delivered, saved by loving grace, a people Jesus fights for as the word ‘Israel’ indicates.

    Through Moses Jesus delivered the Israelites from Egyptian bondage. That bondage is likened to the bondage of sin all people are born in. Jesus’ delivering Israel from Egyptian bondage partially fulfills His promise to Abraham. As God often plans, that deliverance was on the exact same day after 430 years. Promises to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, whose name God changed to Israel, includes spiritual Israelites. Israel’s history is for our learning. Everything Jesus dealt with concerning Israel looked forward to His coming, instituting a new covenant which included His sacrificing His own life’s blood for the remission of sins. Followers of Jesus are a people called to be spiritual Israelites. Like Israel, they’re a people God fights for. Set aside to live and practice God’s Way, from the gifted position of loving God’s point of view. A people looking forward to the return of our Lord and Savior Jesus, to bind Satan, destroy wickedness and make peace on earth. It’s the hope of every follower of Jesus.

    The most important thing Christians can ask for is, gifted Godly love. Paul wrote to fellow Christians in part. (Phil 2:4-8; Each of you should be concerned not only about your own interests, but about the interests of others as well. You should have the same 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!)

     When people deciding for themselves what is right, wrong, good and evil they’re in fact, regarding themselves equal with God. Think themselves smarter than Satan. Jesus emptied Himself, yielded as a servant to God the Father and the people God gave Him. Not My will but Your will be done, was Jesus’ Way. It’s also The Way of God’s Elect, the called and chosen to be followers of Jesus.

     As we have learned from John 1:1-5, Colossians 1:15-20, Hebrews 1:1-4 and other text, Jesus was with God the Father when all things were being planned and created. It was He and His Father’s choosing that He come in the flesh, look like other men, humble Himself and take on the form of a slave. (Verse 5 of Philippians 2: in the King James translation reads, “let this mind be in you which was in Christ Jesus.”)

    A question to each called; can individuals choose to think like Jesus without being supernaturally gifted to do so? NO. So we should entertain, where does the desire to be like Jesus come from? Where does an attitude like Jesus’ and the desire to be at one with Him come from? These come from God’s FIRST loving us! From being chosen and called by God the Father to be at one with Himself and God the Son.

    On that Passover evening when Jesus knew He was going to be arrested, persecuted and killed; His prayer to His Father was, “Your will must be done.” (Matt 26:42; He went away a second time and prayed, “My Father, if this cup cannot be taken away unless I drink it, your will must be done.”

    All blood sacrifices commanded in temple services pointed to, looked forward to, our Creator Jesus’ own blood sacrifice for the sins of the world. All Jesus’ activities, past, present and future, were preplanned from the foundation of the world!

    God’s ultimate plan is to make a called chosen people spiritually at one with Himself. Seemingly this was known by His created angelic beings, including the one who became the rebellious Satan. Perhaps it was jealously that caused Lucifer’s rebellion.

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