Eternal Live, chapter 12

To: In residence Churches of God. God’s 8th month, Cheshvan 22, 5,981. 11/9/20

     Speaking of eternal life Jesus said, (Matt 16:26-28; For what does it benefit a person if he gains the whole world but forfeits his life? Or what can a person give in exchange for his life? For, the Son of Man will come with his angels in the glory of His Father, and then He will reward each person according to what he has done. I tell you the truth, there are some standing here who will not experience death before they see the Son of Man coming in His kingdom.” The Transfiguration

  (Matt 17:1-13; Six days later Jesus took with him Peter, James, and John the brother of James, and led them privately up a high mountain. And Jesus 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 Jesus. So Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here. If you want, I will make three shelters — one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”

    While Peter was still speaking, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is My One dear Son, in whom I take great delight. Listen to Him!” When the disciples heard this, they were overwhelmed with fear and threw themselves down with their faces to the ground. But Jesus came and touched them. “Get up,” He said. “Do not be afraid.”

    When they looked up, all they saw was Jesus alone. As they were coming down from the mountain, Jesus commanded them, “Do not tell anyone about the vision until the Son of Man is raised from the dead.” The disciples asked Him, “Why then do the experts in the law say that Elijah must come first?” He answered, “Elijah does indeed come first and will restore all things. And I tell you that Elijah has already come. Yet they did not recognize him, but did to him whatever they wanted. In the same way, the Son of Man will suffer at their hands.” Then the disciples understood that He was speaking to them about John the Baptist.)

    Peter wrote about this occasion in his second letter. These three apostles experienced Jesus’ coming in His kingdom. Moses, Elijah and all believers who overcome to the end will be resurrected and inherit eternal life. It’s how and why Peter could write as he did to the called. Peter isn’t writing to Pharisees, worshipers of Baal, the god of fertility nor worldly denominations of our day.

    (2 Peter 1:1-2; From Simeon Peter, a slave and apostle of Jesus Christ, to those who through the righteousness of our God and Savior, Jesus Christ, have been granted a faith just as precious as ours.)

    Faith, like the apostles’ is gifted faith, not a conjured up or taught by a person.

    (2Peter 1:2; May grace and peace be lavished on you as you grow in the rich knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord!)

    Key words in Peter’s letters are foreknowledge of God, chosen, obedience, slave, granted faith, grow and knowledge. How does Peter say faith is granted? Through the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ! May our prayer for one another be, May grace and peace be lavished on us as we grow in the rich knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord! To grow in knowledge people must accept certain truths, being thatJesus created all things, believe in what Jesus and the prophets said about Him, believe His promises, particularly His promised return.’ (Jesus said at John 6:29; This is the deed God requires – to believe in the ONE whom HE sent.)

    (2 Peter 1:3-4; I, can pray this because His divine power has bestowed on us everything necessary for life and godliness through the rich knowledge of the ONE who CALLED us by His own glory and excellence. Through these things He has bestowed on us, His precious and most magnificent promises, so that by means of what was promised you may become partakers of THE DIVINE NATURE after escaping the worldly corruption that is produced by evil desire.)

    How’s that divine nature gifted? By promise! Worldly religions wants people believing Satan’ lie; ‘you are born divine and thus can decide what’s right, wrong, good and evil. Peter taught growing in Jesus’ faith teaches His righteousness. Vanity in unbelieving people causes a denial that they’re living according to worldly corruption and evil desires. Most aren’t mindful of the corruption in this world’s entertainment and the many time consuming things that are ungodly in His view.

    Consider that Satan knew God’s plan for mankind, included His making THE WAY for Believers IN to be partakers of God’s divine nature. Satan’s twist wants folks thinking they’re born with a divine nature, with a spirit within that lives forever someplace, rather than to be supernaturally born again and be gifted with God’s divine nature.

    (Review Genesis 3:1-7; When Eve saw that the tree produced fruit that was good for food, was attractive to the eye, and was desirable for making one wise, she took some of its fruit and ate it. She also gave some of it to her husband who was with her, and he ate it. Then the eyes of both of them opened, and they knew they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.)

    Prior to their disobedient act of idolatry, Adam and Eve were not mindful of their nakedness. Satan knew what would appeal to the self serving side of their nature. A desire to be wise in our own view of self appeals to our fleshly inherited nature. A result of Adam and Eve’s disobedience is the aging process, death to themselves and all their offspring. HOWEVER, may it be revealed to each; God planned it all from the foundation of the world. MAY we each who’re called be gifted with faith like that of Abraham, Moses and Peter’s.

    (Hebrews 11:23-27; By faith, when Moses was born, his parents hid him for three months, because they saw the child was beautiful and they were not afraid of the king’s edict. By faith, when he grew up, Moses refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing rather to be ill-treated with the people of God than to enjoy sin’s fleeting pleasure. He regarded abuse suffered for Christ to be greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, for his eyes were fixed on the reward.

    By faith he left Egypt without fearing the king’s anger, for he persevered as though he could see the One who is invisible.)

    This defines, Believers IN Jesus. Persevering faith in God’s Way is visualizing His promises.

    (2 Peter 1:5-8; For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith excellence, to excellence, knowledge; to knowledge, self-control; to self-control, perseverance; to perseverance, godliness; to godliness, brotherly affection; to brotherly affection, unselfish love. For IF these things are really yours and are continually increasing, they will keep you from becoming ineffective and unproductive in your pursuit of knowing our Lord Jesus Christ more intimately.) This is The Way of people Believing in Jesus’ promises. To know Jesus intimately is to know His characteristics, and have His spirit imputed to our mind. Followers of Jesus’ goal must be to overcome to the end. (See Revelations 3)

     KEEP in mind, Peter isn’t writing to the world at large, but to the called who’re mindful that only God can open minds of the spiritually blind.

    (2 Peter 1:9-11; But concerning the one who lacks such things – he is blind. That is to say, he is nearsighted, since he has forgotten about the cleansing of his past sins. Therefore, brothers and sisters, make every effort to be sure of your CALLING AND ELECTION. For by DOING this you will never stumble into sin. For, thus an entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will be richly provided for you.)

     Jesus’ words through Peter should make the heart swell a bit. It does if we belong to Him. Is there enthusiasm for His Kingdom? It is if we belong to Him. Do we pray that His Kingdom soon come? We do if we know Him. These teachings and knowledge is for the called people in this, since Jesus ascended age. (The principle Jesus taught is, ‘So the last will be first, and the first last.’ Matt 20:16) (Another principle, ‘many are called but few chosen.’ Matt 22:14)

    Consider Jesus’ wedding feast invitation parable and understand why He gave parables? Review Matthew 13:10; to discern why Jesus used parables.

    (Matt 22:1-14; Jesus spoke to them again in parables, saying: “The kingdom of heaven can be compared to a king who gave a wedding banquet for his son. He sent his slaves to summon those who had been invited to the banquet, but they would not come. Again he sent other slaves, saying, ‘Tell those who have been invited, Look! The feast I have prepared for you is ready. My oxen and fattened cattle have been slaughtered, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding banquet. But they were indifferent and went away, one to his farm, another to his business. The rest seized his slaves, insolently mistreated them, and killed them. The king was furious! He sent his soldiers, and they put those murderers to death and set their city on fire. Then he said to his slaves, ‘The wedding is ready, but the ones who had been invited were not worthy. So go into the main streets and invite everyone you find to the wedding banquet.’ And those slaves went out into the streets and gathered all they found, both bad and good, and the wedding hall was filled with guests. But when the king came in to see the wedding guests, he saw a man there who was not wearing wedding clothes. And he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you get in here without wedding clothes?’ But he had nothing to say. Then the king said to his attendants, ‘Tie him up hand and foot and throw him into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth!’ For, many are called but few are chosen.)

    Jesus’ prophets were persecuted and killed. History indicates all Jesus’ apostles but John was killed. The Israelites in large measure refused to believe, but today’s called people are invited to repent, grow in grace and knowledge of God the Father and God the Son, Jesus Christ. Apparently many are called but few seriously attempt to live a pleasing to Him life. Its why did Peter say, the called need to be stirred up. The called, once enlightened, sometimes don’t hold fast to the faith?

    Peter indicated to the overseers, ‘shepherds of the flocks’ that the called need constant spiritual care, constant reminders of callings and promises. Thus, when folks teach, they’re reminding themselves and all who’re called.

     (2 Peter 1:12-15; Therefore, I intend to remind you constantly of these things even though you know them and are well established in the truth that you now have. Indeed, as long as I am in this tabernacle, I consider it right to stir you up by way of a reminder, since I know that my tabernacle will soon be removed, because our Lord Jesus Christ revealed this to me. Indeed, I will also make every effort that, after my departure, you have a testimony of these things.)

    Thankfully, we still have Peter’s testimony! Thank God we have His written Word. Rightfully, it saddens to think of Peter’s knowing his end was near. Peter and each apostle understood, ‘the servant is not greater than his Master.’

    Jesus said, ‘they persecuted Me they will persecute you.’ Peter knew he was gifted with eternal life and would be in the first resurrection. Knew he and the other apostles would one day rule over the twelve tribes of Israel. (See Revelations 21:18)

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