Eternal Life, chapter 16

To: In home churches of God. God’s 9th month Kislev 2, 5,781. 11/18/20   ….    The new covenant like the old is a contract between God and a people He selects to be one with Himself, His church family in this age. People approach gods with an attitude, ‘god I’d like to make a contract with you on my terms.’ That’s what denominations do, that’s what people thinking Catholicism began doing within less than three hundred years after Jesus’ ascension. Built an organization using Jesus and His mother’s name while incorporating a pagan calendar recognizing pagan gods, was an abomination to our Creator God. They began practicing the same things people practiced whose lands God took and gave to Israel because of their practices. Things they assumed isn’t worthy of comment.

    Last study we examined Isaiah 11:1-16, where Isaiah revealed prophecy about Jesus’ fleshly heritage, His second coming to bring peace, righteous judgment, and supernaturally re-deliver Israel to former promised lands. How they’d make former enemies subjective to themselves and nations coming to them to learn of their God. Jesus’ first coming was to make His Father known through Himself, call apostles to be ambassadors after His return to heaven, call out a chosen people who’d be one with Himself, God the Father and at one with one another; who’d be defined as His church. His apostles’ letters were to these scattered and selected followers of Jesus.

    Jesus’ apostle John‘s letters are written to called out Christians.

    (1John 1:1-2; This is what we proclaim to you: what was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have looked at and our hands have touched (concerning the Word of Life – and the Life was revealed, and we have seen and testify and announce to you the Eternal Life that was WITH the Father and was REVEALED to us.)

    Eternal life is only through Jesus Christ, to believers IN and requires gifted revelation for understanding. John recognizes his fellow apostles, saying, ‘what we have seen, heard, announce to you and so you could have fellowship with God’s Son Jesus Christ.’

      (1John 1:3; What we have seen and heard we announce to you too, so that you may have fellowship with us (and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ.)

    Note that each apostle had respect for God’s gifted energizing Holy Spirit as being the gifted mindset making them at one with God the Father and God the Son. Never is the Holy Spirit identified as deity.

    (1John 1:4; Thus we are writing these things so that our joy may be complete.)

    John characterizes Jesus as, ‘The Word of Life’ also saying, ‘this truth is revealed to we apostles.’ Speaking for the twelve apostles and to each spirit gifted Christian’s joy. That joy comes through obeying the truth and doing the assigned work.

     (1John 1:5-10; Now this is the gospel message we have heard from Him and announce to you: God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with Him and yet keep on walking in the darkness, we are lying and not practicing the truth. But if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say we do not bear the guilt of sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. But if we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous, forgiving us our sins and cleansing us from all unrighteousness. If we say we have not sinned, we make Him a liar and His Word is not in us.)

    John is in total agreement with his own writing at, John 1:1-5, Paul’s Colossians 1:15-20 and Hebrews 1: as to Jesus’ deity. 

    (1John 2:1-2; My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may NOT sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous One, and He Himself is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for our sins but also for the whole world.)

    Advocate is the Holly Spirit.

    Jesus died for the lawlessness against God the Father and Himself. We that are called to be at one with God in this age are identified as a royal nation. See 1Peter 2:9-10; But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people of his own, so that you may proclaim the virtues of the One who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light. You once were not a people, but now you are God’s people. You were shown no mercy, but now you have received mercy.) We are to proclaim His virtues in this age and will be proclaiming them more so when we are serving in His millennial reign. We are each guilty for having lived the way that appealed to our fleshly nature inherited from Adam. That nature is what must be turned from. Each apostle wrote the good news message as the Holy Spirit led. Their accounts aren’t verbatim but each true in word and principle. NOW, if we aren’t careful, we will be slack in our thankfulness to God for preserving these truths for our life practices. WHY? Jesus said; (Matt 24:11-14; And many false prophets will appear and deceive many, and because lawlessness will increase so much, the LOVE of many will GROW cold. But the person who ENDURES to the END will be saved. And THIS gospel of the kingdom will be preached throughout the whole inhabited earth as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come.)

     God’s message throughout is, ‘we need to work at NOT allowing love to grow cold!’ We need to be mindful of PERSONAL inherited and catered to weaknesses. Both Peter and Paul went to great lengths, advising that each Saint persevere in The Way. That is to walk in His Light, practicing His Way. It’s the way to fellowship with Jesus and one another.

     (1John 2:3-6; Now by this we KNOW that we have come to know God, if we KEEP His commandments. The one who says, I have come to know God and yet does not keep His commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in such a person. But whoever obeys His Word, truly in this person the love of God has been perfected. By this we KNOW that we are in Him. The one who says he resides in God ought himself to walk just as Jesus walked)

   Joyfully obeying from the heart is what Believers IN are gifted with a desire to do. Knowing love is to obey Him. The principle applies to our helping, loving one another and giving without expecting gain. If we attempt to obey God for personal gain, expecting payment, such obedience isn’t out of love.

     (1John 2:7-8; Dear friends, I am not writing a new commandment to you, but an old commandment which you have had from the beginning. The old commandment is the Word that you have already heard. On the other hand, I am writing a new commandment to you which is true in Him and in you, because the darkness is passing away and the true light is already shining.)

    It’s new because, now the spirit essence of God resides in you. Only after Jesus is revealed to the mind, is His true Light shining. We obey His commandments because He reveals that He first loved us; thus we’re spirit led to love Him.

    (1John 2:9-11; The one who says he is in The Light but still hates his fellow Christian is still in the darkness. The one who loves his fellow Christian resides in the light, and there is no cause for stumbling in him. But the one who hates his fellow Christian is in the darkness, walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes.)

    The English word ‘love’ has evolved in people’s minds and used haphazardly. John is speaking of Godly love. A gifted love, beyond the unbeliever’s grasp. There is no cause for stumbling when we are gifted with Godly love.

     (1John 2:12; I am writing to you, little children, that your sins have been forgiven because of His name.)

    Because of His name is, believing IN His name for the remission of sin. A better rendering for our age is, because of His nature in you. Each Believer IN is an ambassador for Jesus Christ. Because His spirit resides in or is imputed to, we aren’t our own, but His. Our sins are forgiven because Jesus became our sacrificial Lamb of God. His nature is imputed to our being, making us at one with Him.

    (1John 2:13; I am writing to you fathers, that you have known Him who has been from the beginning. I am writing to you young people that you have conquered the evil one.)

    John could be assuming his readers had read his gospel account. We assume you may not have. So examine verses 1-5 closely.

    (John 1:1-5; In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was fully God. The Word was with God in the beginning. All things were created by Him, and apart from Him not one thing was created that has been created. In him was life, and the Life was the light of mankind. And the light shines on in the darkness, but the darkness has not mastered it.)

    Known Him that is from the beginning? Is to conquer the evil one, overcome the devil. The phrase, the evil one’ is used in John 17:15, referencing Satan. Satan is also the one being spoken of in the following occurrences. (1John 2:14; 3:12; 5:18, 19). John writes, ‘he that overcomes to the end, shall be saved, seven times in Revelations 3. DON’T let it escape your notice, John, like Peter, is writing to Believers IN Jesus.

    (1John 2:14; I have written to you, children, that you have known the Father. I have written to you fathers that you have known Him who has been from the beginning. I have written to you young people that you are strong, and the Word of God resides IN you, and you have conquered the evil one.)

    John is writing to folks that have been gifted to Know that Jesus is from the beginning. John and his intended readers aren’t worshiping an image of a baby in a manger, a statue or image of an imaginary Jesus, but the revealed Son of God and the Father, who fulfilled the prophecies about Himself and is now at the right hand of God the Father.

    (1 John 2:15-17; Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him, because all that is in the world (the desire of the flesh and the desire of the eyes and the arrogance produced by material possessions) is not from the Father, but is from the world. And the world is passing away with all its desires, but the person who does the will of God remains forever.)

    Will of the Father? (John 14:23-24; Jesus replied, If anyone loves Me, he will OBEY My Word, and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and take up RESIDENCE with him. The person who does not love Me does not obey My Words. And the Word you hear is not Mine, but the Father’s who sent Me.)

    OVERCOME is to grow in grace and knowledge of God to the end. We need to focus on God’s spirit in us, recognize our inherited fleshly nature and keep the desires of the flesh at bay. Unbelievers have a natural pride problem called vanity. Not realizing that they are, ‘but potters clay’ in God’s hand and that all belong to Him. Believers IN, are gifted to know and be genuinely thankful in a Godly love way. How can a person believing in Abraham’s God, believe in the likes of evolution? The apostle Paul shares.

     (Galatians 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.)

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