Eternal Life, chapter 9

To: In residence Churches of God. God’s 8th month, Cheshvan 15, 5,981. 11/2/20……..Why Sabbaths, continued from last study.

     The only way to be in the world but not of this world’s system of things is to remember God’s Sabbaths and connecting festivals. Otherwise you practice what’s popular in particular societies, therefore become part of the system. Each then evolves with traditional evolving values, with what’s worldly acceptable and popular. Remembering God’s Sabbaths are for His intended purposes and sets His people apart for His purpose, which is to worship in spirit and truth, without normal cares in life. Our creator didn’t need rest but did to reflect on His activities.     

   Jesus said, only the Elect aren’t vulnerable to Satan’s deceptions. Hostile minded toward God’s way folks yield to false messiahs, preachers etc. join groups that seem good to their fleshly minds and fit comfort zones. Some leaders among them will perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the Elect. See Matt 24:24. People that don’t remember Sabbaths miss out on spiritual reflections intended for love of God worship, then spend time on worldly entertainment.

    Believing ONE demonic lie makes people subject to more deceptions. One distorted view of Jesus’ message, when believed in, requires another to prop it up. Believing in signs and wonders is superstition and also makes people vulnerable to demonism. Jesus’ truth, His Word and message, when totally believed IN and practiced is to worship in spirit and truth, likely be receptive to spiritual revelations.  Jesus’ apostle Paul explains.

    (1Thess 2:13; And so we too constantly thank God that when you received God’s message that you heard from us, you accepted it not as a human message, but as it truly is God’s message, which is at work among you who believe.)

    Jesus’ truths aren’t believed in among people who aren’t called and gifted with His spirit. The source of all knowledge is our Creator God’s to give, and outlined in His Holy inspired Scriptures and revealed to His People for His purpose. Only through Jesus can folks grow in the knowledge leading to spiritual, mental and emotional maturity. Speaking of apostles and all called believers in, Paul writes that ‘followers of Jesus have spiritually died with Him.’

     (2Cor 5:11-21; Therefore, because we know the fear of the Lord, we try to persuade people, but we are well known to God, and I hope we are well known to your consciences too.  We are not trying to commend ourselves to you again, but are giving you an opportunity to be proud of us, so that you may be able to answer those who take pride in outward appearance and not in what is in the heart. For if we are out of our minds, it is for God; if we are of sound mind, it is for you. For the love of Christ controls us, since we have concluded this; that Christ died for all, therefore all have died. And He died for all so that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for Him who died for them and was raised. So then from now on we acknowledge no one from an outward human point of view. Even though we have known Christ from such a human point of view, now we do not know Him in that way any longer.  So then, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; what is old has passed away — look, what is new has come! And all these things are from God who reconciled us to Himself through Christ, and who has given us the ministry of reconciliation. In other words in Christ, God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting people’s trespasses against them, and He has given us the message of reconciliation.

    Therefore we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making His plea through us. We plead with you on Christ’s behalf, “Be reconciled to God!” God made the One who did not know sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we would become the righteousness of God.)

    Genuine followers of Jesus are indeed ambassadors of God. How could one be reconciled to the God who set Sabbaths aside for their good and not yield to Him more willingly on set aside days for His purpose? Pharisees accused Jesus of breaking the law when He went through a field eating grain, but Jesus reminded them of David entering the temple and eating sacred bread intended for the priest only. (Then He said to them, “The Sabbath was made for people, not people for the Sabbath. For this reason the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath.” Mark 2:27-28)

    Jesus is Son of God, Son of man and Lord of the Sabbath; He willingly came in the flesh to sacrifice Himself for the sins of the world. Seemingly in this age, God the Father reveals His Son only to a few called out to be His Elect people. These know He’s absolute and unchanging except for conditioning people who turn and ask for forgiveness.

    The Son of God is the Deity who communicated with Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph and His apostles. Through Jesus God the Father calls, redeems and saves a people for His family purpose. Jesus made like promises to Abraham and delivered Israel from Egyptian bondage, a forerunner to Christian deliverance. The awesomeness of this wonderful truth was revealed to Jesus’ apostles and Paul wrote.

    (1Cor 10:1-4; For I do not want you to be unaware, brothers and sisters, that our fathers were all under the cloud and all passed through the sea, and all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea, and all ate the same spiritual food and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they were all drinking from the spiritual rock that followed them, and the rock was Christ.)   

    Unless God’s people remember and honor the Lord’s Sabbaths, they go off in many tangents following this world system of things. Sabbaths are set aside, ‘sanctified’ for a select people made to realize, they’re made for their good. When kept as intended Sabbaths keep people from celebrating worldly events that lead to sinful activities and cause them to be spiritually lackadaisical.  Pharisees accused Jesus of breaking the very law He Himself set aside for their good.

    The Holy Scriptures reveal the supremacy of Jesus; He’s Re-creator, Creator, Sustainer, Savior, High Priest, Mediator and coming King of Kings. He’s the Emissary of all who believe in Him, explaining through His apostle Paul.

    (Colossians 1:15-20; He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation, for all things in heaven and on earth were created by Him – all things, whether visible or invisible, whether thrones or dominions, whether principalities or powers – all things were created through Him and for Him. He Himself is before all things and all things are held together ’sustained’ in Him. He is the head of the body, the church, as well as the beginning, the firstborn from among the dead, so that He Himself may become first in all things. For God, ’the Father’ was pleased to have all His fullness dwell in the Son and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself by making peace through the blood of His cross – through Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven.)

     Major Protestant denominations view Jesus through Catholicism’s apostasy. Soon after Jesus’ ascension they used His name to organize a universal religion.   Jude wrote about the apostasy he saw taking place. Study the short book, ‘Jude.’ Catholicism incorporated many abominable to God practices from paganism with a little Judaism packed in to call it Christian. Astute people need not look further than back to Pope Gregory’s era calendar and consider who days of week are named for. The history of their persecuting true Believers in Jesus is available for all to see.

Jesus gave millennial prophecies and Commands for

 Jacob’s Heirs, spiritual Israel-Christians.

    (Isaiah 58:1-12; Shout loudly! Don’t be quiet! Yell as loud as a trumpet! Confront My people with their rebellious deeds; confront Jacob’s family with their sin! They seek Me day after day; they want to know My requirements, like a nation that does what is right and does not reject the law of their God. They ask Me for just decrees; they want to be near God. They lament, ‘Why don’t You notice when we fast? Why don’t You pay attention when we humble ourselves?’

    (Fasting is as sincere praying like the religious denominations do.)

    Look, at the same time you fast, you satisfy your selfish desires, you oppress your workers. Look, your fasting is accompanied your restoration by arguments, brawls, and fistfights. Do not fast as you do today, trying to make your voice heard in heaven. Is this really the kind of fasting I want? Do I want a day when people merely humble themselves, bowing their heads like a reed and stretching out on sackcloth and ashes? Is this really what you call a fast, a day that is pleasing to the Lord? No, this is the kind of fast I want.

   I want you to remove the sinful chains, to tear away the ropes of the burdensome yoke, to set free the oppressed, and to break every burdensome yoke. I want you to share your food with the hungry and to provide shelter for homeless oppressed people. When you see someone naked, clothe him! Don’t turn your back on your own flesh and blood! Then your light will shine like the sunrise; will quickly arrive; your godly behavior will go before you, and the Lord’s splendor will be your rear guard.

   Then you will call out, and the Lord will respond; you will cry out, and He will reply, ‘Here I am.’ You must remove the burdensome yoke from among you and stop pointing fingers and speaking sinfully. You must actively help the hungry and feed the oppressed. Then your light will dispel the darkness, and your darkness will be transformed into noonday. The Lord will continually lead you; He will feed you even in parched regions. He will give you renewed strength, and you will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring that continually produces water. Your perpetual ruins will be rebuilt; you will reestablish the ancient foundations. You will be called, ‘The one who repairs broken walls, the one who makes the streets inhabitable again.’

    (Isaiah 58:13; You must observe the Sabbath rather than doing anything you please on My holy day. You must look forward to the Sabbath and treat the Lord’s holy day with respect. You must treat it with respect by refraining from your normal activities, and by refraining from your selfish pursuits and from making business deals. Then you will find joy in your relationship to the Lord, and I will give you great prosperity and cause crops to grow on the land I gave to your ancestor Jacob.  Know for certain that the Lord has spoken.)

     It was hostility that caused Satan’s immortality and Sabbath change lies to be instituted. Study Paul’s letter to the Colossian’s and ponder whether translators had agenda’s. 

    (Colossians 2:16-19; Therefore do not let anyone judge you with respect to food or drink, or in the matter of a feast, new moon, or Sabbath days – these are only,    the shadow of the things to come, but the reality is Christ! Let no one who delights in humility and the worship of angels pass judgment on you. That person goes on at great lengths about what he has supposedly seen, but he is puffed up with empty notions by his fleshly mind. He has not held fast to the head from whom the whole body, supported and knit together through its ligaments and sinews, grows with a growth that is from God.)

(In verse two, the word ‘only’ isn’t in the Greek text, but supplied in English translations to bring out what they thought the Greek phrase was saying.)   Worshipers supposedly seen angels gets puffed up with fleshly superiority. Sabbaths, new moons, calendars and feast days do foreshadow Jesus’ millennial rule, judgment etc. Pagans worship images? And say feast days, new moon and Sabbaths are only for Old Covenant Israel.   

    (Col 2:20-23; If you have died with Christ to the elemental spirits of the world, why do you submit to them as though you lived in the world? Do not handle! Do not taste! Do not touch! These are all destined to perish with use, founded as they are on human commands and teachings. Even though they have the appearance of wisdom with their self-imposed worship and false humility achieved by an unsparing treatment of the body – a wisdom with no true value – they in reality result in fleshly indulgence.) Baptism, ‘immersion in Christ’ symbolizes burial of old self as having died with Christ to worldly, human commands and teachings.

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