Way revealed to Abraham, Moses & Jesus’ apostles, chapter 28

To: In home churches of God. Tishrei 26, 5,781,  10/14/20

    Jesus’ apostles didn’t understand the Holy Scriptures until after He returned, breathed on and opened their minds, even after spending more than three years, seeing miracles etc. with Him; but fleshly minded people attend denominational schools to learn their divisional doctrines. Few teach ‘being born again’ – ‘born from above,’ is essential for spiritual understanding. Few understand a supernatural changed nature makes recipients of the Holy Spirit literal children of God through Jesus’ shed blood sacrifice. The foundation for this understanding is through Isaac, ‘Abraham’s son’ of promise. Jesus revealed and Paul gives the lesson regarding these who’re chosen by promise.

     (Rom 9:1-5; I am telling the truth in Christ (I am not lying!) for my conscience assures me in the Holy Spirit I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. For I could wish that I myself were accursed — cut off from Christ — for the sake of my people, my fellow countrymen, who are Israelites. To them belong the adoption as sons, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the temple worship and the promises. To them belong the patriarchs, and from them, by human descent, came the Christ, who is God over all, blessed forever! Amen.)

    Writing to a largely gentile Church of God, Paul teaches; adoption as sons, promises and law is through Jesus the prophesied by Savior who is God over all. Compare with Colossians 1:15-20.

    (Rom 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 are all Abraham’s children true descendants; rather, “through Isaac will your descendants be counted.”) See Gen 21:12.

    Since Jesus’ ascension, glorification and return, genuine followers of Him are true Israel and heirs with Abraham. (Gal 3:26-29; 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.)

    Rom 9:8-13; 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.” 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 Gen 18:10-14 & 25:23.

    Genuine followers of Jesus are children of promise and counted as descendents.

    (Rom 9:14-18; 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.) See Exodus 9:16.

    Some religions attempt to sell a Jesus that loves everyone alike, ‘you choose, believe and be saved.’ Not understanding ‘that’s emotional works of the flesh.’ (Ephesians 2:8-10; For by grace you are saved through faith, and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God; it is not from works, so that no one can boast. For, we are His workmanship, having been created in Christ Jesus for good works that God prepared beforehand so we may do them.)

    (Rom 9:19-26; 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.“) See Isaiah 29:16 & 45:9.

     (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.” See Isa 10:22-23.” 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.”) See Isa 1:9.

     Had God not preplanned Jesus’ descendants humanity would be like Sodom. Its fleshly people’s desire to make gods, even Jesus in an image fitting their notion of how He should be, that causes division. Israel’s and each fleshly person’s unbelief was known to God before Moses was called to deliver by promise.

    (Rom 9:30-33; What shall we say then? —that the Gentiles who did not pursue righteousness obtained it, that is a righteousness that is by faith, but Israel even though pursuing a law of righteousness did not attain it. Why not? Because they pursued it not by faith but (as if it were possible) by works. They stumbled over the stumbling stone, just as it is written, “Look, I am laying in Zion a stone that will cause people to stumble and a rock that will make them fall, yet the one who believes in Him will not be put to shame.“)

    The denominational minded Pharisees and Sadducees, like today’s Christendom religions, assume they can intellectually or through schooling understand spiritual things. Many assume Christ being the end of the law means the law is done away; Christ is the end of the law of works for people who’re spiritually born from above, because God’s spiritual intent of the law is gifted to the mind, even magnifying. Remember what Jesus said about adultery? The principle; even to look lustfully is adultery. See Matthew 5:28. & 15:18; regarding murder.

    (Rom 10:1-4; Brothers and sisters, my heart’s desire and prayer to God on behalf of my fellow Israelites is for their salvation. For I can testify that they are zealous for God, but their zeal is not in line with the truth. For ignoring the righteousness that comes from God, and seeking instead to establish their own righteousness, they did not submit to God’s righteousness. For, Christ is the end of the law, with the result that there is righteousness for everyone who believes.)

     All Israelites aren’t spiritual descendents of Abraham and all who say they believe in Jesus aren’t spiritually born from above. Most professing Christians are in and of the world, practicing pagan partnerships to prove it.  

    (2Cor 6:14-18; Do not become partners with those who do not believe, for what partnership is there between righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship does light have with darkness? And what agreement does Christ have with Beliar? Or what does a believer share in common with an unbeliever? And what mutual agreement does the temple of God have with idols? For we are the temple of the living God, just as God said, “I will live in them and will walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be My people.” Therefore “come out from their midst, and be separate,” says the Lord, “and touch no unclean thing, and I will welcome you, and I will be a father to you, and you will be My sons and daughters,” says the All-Powerful Lord.) Always study the whole and review Heb 9: from last study. Peter shares the purpose for teaching Jesus’ good news.

     (1Peter 4:1-8; So, since Christ suffered in the flesh, you also arm yourselves with the same attitude, because the one who has suffered in the flesh has finished with sin, in that he spends the rest of his time on earth concerned about the will of God and not human desires. For the time that has passed was sufficient for you to do what the non-Christians desire. You lived then in debauchery, evil desires, drunkenness, carousing, drinking bouts and wanton idolatries. So they are astonished when you do not rush with them into the same flood of wickedness, and they vilify you. They will face a reckoning before Jesus Christ who stands ready to judge the living and the dead.

    Now it was for this very purpose that the gospel was preached to those who are now dead, so that though they were judged in the flesh by human standards they may live spiritually by God’s standards. For the culmination of all things is near. So be self-controlled and sober-minded for the sake of prayer.  Above all keep your love for one another fervent, because love covers a multitude of sins.)

    Heavenly Father: gift many the realization that Satan has the whole world deceived. Gift many to realize that only through Jesus, is the gift of turning from the way that seems right to the natural mind to Your truth. Bless and lead each called individual according to Your loving kindness we pray in Jesus’ name. AMEN

     The Church of God” is built on the foundations of Jesus’ prophets, apostles and Jesus Himself the chief cornerstone. God the Father’s calling out a people to Believe IN Jesus has its foundation in Abraham, who by promise and gifted faith walked with God. Promises to and through Abraham’s descendents include spiritual Israelites ‘Christians’ in this age since Jesus’ ascension. Followers of Jesus are spiritual Israelites. The word Israel, means “God fights.” The root goes back to, Abraham and particularly Our Lord changing Jacob’s name. Thus, if we belong to Christ, we’re Abraham’s descendants, heirs according to the promise.

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