Eternal Life, chapter 14

To: In home churches of God. God’s 8th month Cheshvan 27, 5,781,11/14/20

   (Acts 11:25-26; Then Barnabas departed for Tarsus to look for Saul, and when he found him, he brought him to Antioch. So for a whole year Barnabas and Saul met with the church and taught a significant number of people. Now it was in Antioch that the disciples were first called Christians.) Christianity isn’t a religion not an organization, only born again with Jesus’ spirit of truth people are Christian. These called believers are gifted to see all things from Jesus’ point of view.

    Ultimately there’ll be no division among His church family. They’re spirit led to hate what God hates and love what He loves. They can’t evolve with societies. Jesus’ apostle Paul explained the workings of the spirit.

    (Philippians 2:3-11; Instead of being motivated by selfish ambition or vanity, each of you should in humility, be moved to treat one another as more important than yourself. 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! As a result God exalted Him and gave Him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow; in heaven, on earth, under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.)

    Followers of Jesus can’t live animalistic life styles nor change beliefs to match society’s evolutions. They know this Jesus could never authorize commandment changes that He gave Moses for the people’s good. Jesus’ apostle Paul explains how we need to respond to such people, even those we’d consider them enemies.

     (Philippians 4:5-7; Let everyone see your gentleness. The Lord is near! Do not be anxious about anything. Instead, in every situation through prayer and petition with thanksgiving tell your requests to God. And the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Pray for those who would be your enemy.) Likewise remember Peter’s teaching to those who war against righteousness, saying they’re brazen and insolent NOT afraid to insult the glorious Ones. Review 2Peter 2:11-16

    Some are like Balaam who knew God was in charge, but from selfish leanings kept toying with the demonic. Like hostiles in each age preferring to following what’s traditionally popular, toy with superstitions, trust fleshly people’s teaching, refuse to prove God’s Word and don’t considering the ultimate result of actions.

     Moses, Jesus and each apostle prophesied about ungodly people infiltrating and mixing in God’s church. The role of false teachers is to bring in destructive beliefs. In the above 2Peter text, ‘to your midst is implied’ giving the connotation of secretiveness. Any false teaching is destructive to people’s spiritual standing.

     How do false teachers infiltrate congregations and spin God’s truth? As Satan, they appeal to the fleshly inherited nature as to Eve. Regardless of educational credentials, unbelievers are nearsighted when it comes to spiritual truths. Paul attested to that, saying his formal education was not an asset. Review 2Peter 2:17-18, and consider Jesus’ parable explanation His Word and kingdom.

      (Matthew 13:18-23; When anyone hears the Word about the kingdom and does not understand it, (the evil one comes and snatches what was sown in his heart; this is the seed sown along the path.) (The seed sown on rocky ground is the person who hears the Word and immediately receives it with joy. But he has no root in himself and does not endure; when trouble or persecution comes because of the Word, immediately he falls away.) (The seed sown among thorns is the person who hears the Word, but worldly cares and the seductiveness of wealth choke the Word, so it produces nothing.) (But as for the seed sown on good soil, this is the person who hears the Word and understands. He bears fruit yielding a hundred, sixty, or thirty times what was sown.)

    Every FALSE teaching leads to a devious outcome. Remember why Jesus said He spoke in parables? See Matthew 13:10. He spoke in parables so people who aren’t called would NOT understand during this age. In the following parable, ‘weeds’ represents false teachers, wheat God’s chosen.

     (Matthew 13:24-30; Jesus presented them with another parable, the kingdom of heaven is like a person who sowed good seed in his field. But while everyone was sleeping, an enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat and went away. When the plants sprouted and bore grain, then the weeds also appeared. So the slaves of the owner came and said to him, ‘Sir, didn’t you sow good seed in your field? Then where did the weeds come from?’ He said, ‘An enemy has done this.’ So the slaves replied, ‘Do you want us to go and gather them?’ But he said, ‘No, since in gathering the weeds you may uproot the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest. At harvest time I’ll tell the reapers, first collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned, but then gather the wheat into my barn.) THIS IS RIGHEOUS JUDGMENT.

      Now that we know how Satan infiltrates God’s church, what’s His follower’s duty to the One who calls? It’s to study and believe IN Jesus. (Jesus’ Apostle Paul explains; ‘examine all things hold fast to what is good. Stay away from every form of evil.’ Now may the God of peace Himself make you completely holy and may your spirit and soul and body be KEPT entirely blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is trustworthy, and He will in fact do this. 1Thess 5:21-24)

    Knowingly or not, false teachers have personal agendas, ‘wanting people to trust them and their respective denominations.’ Knowingly or not, make merchandise of parishioners. God‘s Word teaches that each called individual has a responsibility to work out their salvation with fear and trembling, and people shouldn’t be made merchandise of. Jesus’ apostles were careful NOT to make people merchandise, rather encourage by way of remembering and obeying.

     Scoffers may not say, but their way of life does their talking, teaching evolution, poking fun of believers, but God’s plan includes an ultimate destruction of the unrepentant. Jesus reveals the following to His followers through John.

      (Rev 21:7-8; The one who conquers will inherit these things and I will be his God and he will be My son. But to the cowards, unbelievers, detestable persons, murderers, the sexually immoral, and those who practice magic spells, idol worshipers and all those who lie, their place will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur. That is the SECOND death.)

      Scoffing people belittle believers, Jesus’ resurrection teachings and the many who trust IN Him. Not mindful the second death is referred to four times in Jesus’ revelations to John. In order to die a second death one would have to had lived and died previously.

     In a previous study we were taught that Jesus’ apostle Peter believed IN creation as recorded in the book of Genesis. See Pet 3:5-7. We learned that the Son of God said through Isaiah that He had a plan for this world that could not be altered. Isaiah 14:24-26. Peter shared his understanding of God’s thinking and characteristics. Review 2Peter 3:8-9. May we each understand, spiritual understanding is gifted. Standing alone the two verses above seem to contradict Peter’s chapter 2:11-18. (However people that are unable to believe IN Jesus in this life will believe when they see His glory during His millennial reign.)

     Believing IN God’s planning, a spiritual and physical resurrections carries with it, a belief in a second death for those who refuse. Verse 9 has been a battleground between Armenians and Calvinists, until it’s understood that Peter is writing to the Church of God.

      The Armenians argue that God wants all people to be saved in this age, but either through inability or restriction of His own sovereignty He doesn’t interfere with peoples’ wills. That logic doesn’t include Jesus’ revelations to John about the second death. Calvinist’s are more accurate, arguing that the word ‘any’ means ‘any of you’ that are called will repent before Christ’s return, because it’s God’s will. Neither group, seem to understand yet; ‘that God preplanned a physical resurrection’ and that all Israel, ‘those God fights for’ will be saved. The word, ‘Israel’ means, ‘God fights.’ Believers IN should now understand the core reason for so much confusion, comes from religious people’s believing Satan’s first lie. When believed Satan’s lie causes all worldly religions much confusion, thinking people are born immortal.

     Without revealed knowledge of God’s millennial plan, Jesus’ return with power, the resurrections and final judgment, these groups are hopeless confused. Think on Isaiah 14, that God’s plan for His people and this planet cannot be thwarted. The foundation of GOD’S sovereign will is Godly love. God is love. His love is superior to human love and His love includes righteous hatred of evil.

     (John 4:7-10; For this reason God commands that we Believers IN love one another, because love is from God and everyone who loves as God loves, knows Him and has been fathered by God. Person’s who does not love do not know God, because GOD IS LOVE. By this the love of God is REVEALED in us; that God has sent His one and only Son into the world so that we may live through HIM. In this is love; not that we have loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins.)

     Without the gift of Godly love, people can only love instinctively. Partiality fondness is a characteristic of instinctive love. That is, without Godly love people naturally love from their God created fleshly inherited instinctive position. Godly love cannot be understood by unbelievers, it’s gifted to the called believers IN. They’re people knowing God is truth and judges righteously. NOT supposing God is right, but knowing! Loving God and knowing His righteousness makes us AT ONE with Him.

      It was Godly love when He sent the flood destroying evil, saving Noah and seven, Godly love when He destroyed Sodom and Gomorra, saving righteous Lot, Godly love when He punished the Egyptians and delivered Israel, Godly love when He took unbelieving people’s lands and gave to Israel.

      Believers IN are gifted to know God is righteous. He has the sovereign right to say what’s right, wrong, good and evil. From Almighty God the Father’s love He gave His only begotten Son, ‘Jesus; for the remission of this world’s sins.

We need to know that the author of confusion and deceiver is the devil. See 1Cor 14:33 and 2John 1:7. God is the giver of physical and spiritual life, Restorer of life, The Master Architect and in Him only is righteousness and His promises are sure.

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