Eternal Life, chapter 8

To: In home churches of God. God’s 8th month Cheshvan 14, 5,781,  10/31/20

   Jesus kept the annual Sabbaths and their connected feast days. (John 7:37-3 On the last day of the feast, the greatest day, Jesus stood up and shouted out, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me, and let the one who believes in Me drink. Just as the scripture says, ‘From within him will flow rivers of living water. Now He said this about the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were going to receive, for the Spirit had not yet been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.)

    Heavenly Father: please shorten this demonic deceptive age, rid earth of false messiahs and untruths that spiritually blind. Allow this study find truth seekers and help their efforts. We praise and ask in the name and nature of Jesus. AMEN.

     Obstacle to mental, intellectual and spiritual health is Satan’s lies, as was to Eve. He said in effect; ‘you’re divine and can decide for self what’s right, wrong, good and evil.’ When God isn’t looked to for truth and people decide for themselves what’s right, good and evil, they’re idolaters. The vast majority look to a traditional religion fitting their assumptions. People around the globe have made gods of wood, stone, metal and mentally visualize imaginary gods in the heavens. They allow their imagination to make the sun and heavenly bodies their gods. Worshiping the creation rather than the Creator and as many gods as there are people groups. Jesus’ apostle Paul explained as follows.

    (Romans 1:22-25; Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for an image resembling mortal human beings, birds, four-footed animals or reptiles. Therefore God gave them over to the desires of their hearts to impurity, to dishonor their bodies among themselves. They exchanged the truth of God for a lie and worshiped and served the creation rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.)

     ONE Creator made all things, including mankind in His own image. He gave His instruction manual we know as the Holy Scriptures, revealed Himself to Moses, the prophets and His apostles. From Genesis through Revelations, scriptures teach that God created, made mankind male and female for His family purpose. Jesus explained and Mark recorded. (Mark 10:6-9; But from the beginning of creation He made them male and female. For this reason a man will leave his father and mother, and the two will become one flesh. So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.)

    Believers in Jesus are spirit led to believe in God the Father, Jesus came to reveal His Father. Believers in are spirit led to grow sound minds intellectually, emotionally, spiritually, accept knowledge of God’s Way as truth, learn of His grace, mercy and promises. God leads His called out people in the way of love, trust and believing in faith, for His own purpose. He allows this world’s majority to be deceived by Satan’s lies and live in ways seeming right to their fleshly inherited nature. He allows people to decide as He did Eve and Adam. Consider Satan’s lies, that when believed in causes truth to be twisted.

     Knowing truth begins when people know God created them in His image and for His loving purpose. When people don’t believe God created, they accept partial truths and yield to fleshly agendas. People that don’t believe in creation are willingly ignorant.

    It should be common sense, when we know God created, we accept the fact that only He knows what’s right, wrong, good and evil for His people created in His image and likeness. Only God knows the life practices that promote what’s right, wrong, good, evil and which promote bad outcomes.

    At a point long ago, Satan found out that God had a plan to call out a people to be in His family. Since his rebellion Satan knows about God’s plan for his demise, ultimate judgment to end all evil. Likely, Satan’s rebellion sprang from God’s revealing that He was going to make a people in His spiritual likeness that would be over angelic beings as He is.

    People believing in Jesus are gifted with the mind of Christ which is immortality. Satan’s lie did contain partial truths, saying God knows when you eat you’ll be divine. Jesus said the following, (John 6:51-57; I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats from this bread he will live forever. The bread that I will give for the life of the world is My flesh.” Then the Jews who were hostile to Jesus began to argue with one another, “How can this man give us His flesh to eat?” Jesus said to them, “I tell you the solemn truth, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood you have no life in yourselves. The one who eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day. For, My flesh is true food, and My blood is true drink. The one who eats My flesh and drinks My blood resides in Me, and I in him. Just as the living Father sent Me, and I live because of the Father, so the one who consumes Me will live because of Me.)

    Immortality is gifted to called people who drink in and consume Jesus’ message. Believers in through Jesus are those whom God chooses to father. Satan’s two part lie includes, ‘disobey, take what’s forbidden as you desire, for God knows you’re made to live forever someplace, but He didn’t want you to know that.

Jesus’ apostle Paul understood and proclaimed.

    (2Corinthians 4:3-4; But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled only to those who are perishing, among whom the god of this age has BLINDED the minds of those who do NOT believe so they would not see the LIGHT of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God.)

    Jesus taught through His apostle Peter; ‘followers of Him are as foreigners while living in this world’s system of things.’ (1Peter 1:22-25; You have purified your souls by obeying the truth in order to show sincere mutual love. So love one another earnestly from a pure heart. You have been BORN ANEW, not from perishable but from imperishable seed, through the living and enduring word of God. For all flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of the grass; the grass withers and the flower falls off, but the word of the Lord endures forever.)

      Jesus is teaching through His apostle, NOT UNTIL you’re called, minds spiritually opened, BORN ANEW, is understanding gifted to you foreknown temples of My spirit. However you’re as grass, inheriting death from the first man Adam. After being BORN ANEW, you’re able to obey from a love of God mentality that truly believes in.

     (1Pet 2:1-3; So get rid of all evil and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander. And yearn like newborn infants for pure, spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up to salvation, if you have experienced the Lord’s kindness.) Experiencing God’s kindness is when His characteristics and message is revealed. When we understand, being immersed in Jesus is being spirit led to put the fleshly outlook to death and live through Him.

    (1Peter 3:13-22; For who is going to harm you if you are devoted to what is good? But in fact, if you happen to suffer for doing what is right, you are blessed. But do not be terrified of them or be shaken. But set Christ apart as Lord in your hearts and always be ready to give an answer to anyone who asks about the hope you possess. Yet do it with courtesy and respect, keeping a good conscience, so that those who slander your good conduct in Christ may be put to shame when they accuse you. For it is better to suffer for doing good, if God wills it, than for doing evil. Because Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, to bring you to God by being put to death in the flesh, but by being made alive in the spirit. In it He went and preached to the spirits in prison, after they were disobedient long ago when God patiently waited in the days of Noah as an ark was being constructed. In the ark a few, that is eight souls, were delivered through water. And this prefigured baptism, which now saves you – not the washing off of physical dirt but the pledge of a good conscience to God – through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who went into heaven and is at the right hand of God with angels and authorities and powers subject to Him.)

     BAPTISM symbolizes being immersed in the Word, ‘Jesus’ it’s a PLEDGE of obedience, symbolizing belief in which is the gifted obedience that saves. MAY WE KNOW, all things are possible with God.

    Jesus went and preached to the mortal spirits of deceased people that lived before the flood. A major problem for many bible students who believe people have immortal souls. But not to folks knowing the awesomeness of God. We do not need to know the particulars of Jesus’ spiritually communing with these deceased persons. Perhaps Jesus made some ready for the first resurrection. Perhaps He reviewed and re-enforced the message He delivered through Noah. REMEMBER the transfiguration of Moses, Elijah and Jesus? Jesus transfigured Himself and called up Moses and Elijah for witnessing to Peter, James and John? Jesus had told His apostles, in not many days you’ll see the kingdom. (Matt 17:1-3: Six days later Jesus took with Him Peter, James, and John the brother of James, and led them privately up a high mountain. And He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became white as light. Then Moses and Elijah also appeared before them, talking with Him.)

    Remember, God has no limitations. Satan, the devil, tempter and god of this age knows of Jesus’ creativity.

    (Matt 4:3-4; The tempter came and said to Him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become bread.” But He answered, “It is written, ‘Man does not live by bread alone,’ but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”)

    Consider Jesus’ creative powers. The Son of God and Creator, Jesus created aged wine from water, re-created food enough to feed thousands several times during His earthly ministry, made lepers instantly whole and He gave physical life back to deceased persons and also through His apostles. How awesome our Creator God, Jesus.

    Satan knows his demise, scripture and power allotted to him temporarily. Knows he’s allowed to be the god of unbelievers temporarily. God has His reasons.

    (Matt 4:5-11; Then the devil took Jesus to the holy city, had Him stand on the highest point of the temple, and said to Him, “If you are the Son of God, throw Yourself down. For it is written, ‘He will command his angels concerning You’ and ‘with their hands they will lift you up, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’” Jesus said to him, “Once again it is written: ‘You are not to put the Lord your God to the test.’” Again, the devil took Him to a very high mountain, and showed Him ALL the kingdoms of the world and their grandeur. And he said to Him, “I will give you all these things if you throw Yourself to the ground and worship me.” Then Jesus said to him, “Go away, Satan! For it is written: ‘You are to worship the Lord your God and serve only Him.’” Then the devil left Him, and angels came and began ministering to His needs.”)

    Jesus didn’t say, kingdoms aren’t yours to give. Believers know our Creator can take charge at will. The time is soon coming when Jesus will return and bind Satan as it is written in Jesus’ revelations to John. Satan’s power over nations and unbelieving people is likely beyond our ability to understand. We’re thankful to God for His promises.

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