Eternal Life, chapter 17

To: In home churches of God. God’s 9th month Kislev 4, 5,781, 11/20/20

    What’s Jesus and each apostle’s primary warning to Believers? (Matt 7:15; Watch out for false teachers coming in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are voracious wolves.) The many are as wolves. A metaphor is used pointing out that these false prophets appear to be one thing but in reality they’re something else. The many aren’t necessarily purposely false teachers, the deceived don’t know they are. How so? (1) If they know they’re purposely evil as is the devil. (2) We must conclude, deceptions are of the devil, and people teaching erroneous doctrines knowingly or unknowingly are tools of the devil. His tools are many. So called false science, entertainment and education play into Satan’s overall purpose, playing to the cause of unbelief. The shrew Satan understands how to appeal to the self serving nature we inherited from Adam. Generally speaking the things that seem good to our fleshly nature are wrong because we are instinctively self serving individuals. How true the proverb, ‘There’s a way that seems right to a person, but its end is the way that leads to death.’ Prov 14:12

    A false belief Satan originated is, ‘people are born immortal’ appeals to the flesh. Immortality being God gifted by covenant promise doesn’t appeal, because that’d make conformity to His Way an obligation. (Consider the fleshly preferences, when a young child is lost to death. (1) The child became an angel or (2) went to heaven to be with angels and we’ll be joined one day.) The latter is more appealing to the fleshly nature and both rooted to Satan’s first lie, practiced by pagans long ago.

    Worshipers of Molech practiced a form of the demonic belief that everyone is born immortal, ‘born to live forever someplace’ causing little children to be sacrificed in the heated arms of an image. Thinking such an ultimate sacrifice was a gift to their god. Today’s teaching, ‘everyone is born with an immortal soul separate from the body, and lives forever someplace is pagan rooted.’

    (Jesus had Moses write; ‘You must not give any of your children as an offering to Molech, so that you do not profane the name of your God.’ I am the Lord! Lev 18:21) God removed pagan people groups and gave the lands to Israelites because of their many practices. The foundation of all such immortality beliefs derives from Satan’s first lie. Review Genesis 3:

    (Lev 20:1-5; The Lord spoke to Moses; You are to say to the Israelites, ‘Any man from the Israelites or from the foreigners who reside in Israel who gives any of his children to Molech must be put to death, the people of the land must pelt him with stones. I Myself will set My face against that man and cut him off from the midst of his people, because he has given some of his children to Molech and thereby defiled My sanctuary and profaned My holy name. If, however the people of the land shut their eyes to that man when he gives some of his children to Molech so that they do not put him to death, I Myself will set My face against that man and his clan. I will cut off from the midst of their people both him and all who follow after him in spiritual prostitution, to commit prostitution by worshiping Molech.)

    How important to practice God’s truth. Persons or people groups practicing any form of pagan worship are in fact committing spiritual prostitution. When the deceived don’t know they are, God’s mercy is promised.

    Jesus and His apostles taught; ‘immortality is gifted through life giver, ‘Jesus.’

     (John 2:22-23; Who is the liar but the person who denies that Jesus is The Christ? This one is the antichrist; the person who denies the Father and the Son. Everyone who denies the Son does not have the Father either. The person who confesses the Son has the Father also.)

    The spiritually gifted and called understand, Jesus is The Christ as defined in John’s gospel at (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.)

    The above five verses does not characterize THE JESUS this world’s Christian denominations teach.

    (1John 2:24-25; As for you, what you have heard from the beginning MUST remain in you. If what you heard from the beginning remains in you, you also will remain in the Son and in the Father. Now this IS the promise that He Himself made to us; eternal life.) MARK recorded a conversation.

    (Mark 10:28-31; Peter began to speak to Jesus, ‘Look, we have left everything to follow You!’ Jesus said, ‘I tell you the truth, there is no one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for MY sake and for the SAKE of the gospel, who will not receive in this age a hundred times as much – homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children, fields, all with persecutions – and in the AGE TO COME eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last first.) This and the age to come, includes Jesus’ millennial reign on earth.

    (1John 2:26-27; These things I have written to you about THOSE who are trying to DECEIVE you. Now as for you, the anointing that you received from Him RESIDES in you and you have no need for anyone to teach you. But as His anointing teaches you about all things, it is true and is not a lie. Just as THE anointing has taught you, you reside in it.)

    ALL who do not teach that ETERNAL LIFE is a gift from God the Father through Jesus the Son are antichrist!

   (John 3:14-15; Just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, so that everyone who believes IN Him may have eternal life.) Eating and drinking Jesus is a metaphor meaning, to live and believe in Jesus.  

    (John 6:53-54; 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.) JESUS is metaphorically speaking and Quoting from Deut 8:3; Jesus told the devil. It is written, ‘Man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God. See Matt 4:4. Jesus’ spirit residing in, makes a person ONE with Him.

    (John 14:15-21; If you love Me, you will obey My commandments. Then I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Advocate to be with you forever – the Spirit of Truth, whom the world CANNOT accept, because it does not see Him or KNOW Him. But you know the spirit of truth, because it resides with you and will be IN you. I will not abandon you as orphans, I will come to you. In a little while the world will not see Me any longer, but you will see Me; because I live, you will live TOO. You will know at that time that I am in My Father and you are IN Me and I am in you. The person who has My commandments and obeys them is the one who loves Me. The one who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and will REVEAL Myself to him.)

    Believers lovingly obey because the Advocate, ‘Holy Spirit’ dwells within. When we’re called, we’re made aware of the sin nature inherited from Adam and desire a gifted turning from it. God’s spirit is the Advocate, the energizing revelator of His will. It opens minds and makes the Holy Scriptures come alive to understandings.

    Understand that all things are possible with God. He could rise up stones to worship Him. He can call and give understanding in the way of His choosing and traditionally He calls through a people of His choosing. We understand, we can’t call or reveal God the Father and God the Son to anyone. God the Father does the calling through God the Son who sometimes uses ambassadors through their speaking and writing. Even death bed repentances are possible but don’t reveal the Godly characteristic needed.  

    We pray that through these words of truth many minds will be opened, many will be gifted with His gift of repentance. We’re mindful that only God can call, give understanding to and by His mercy put a person on His spiritual Potter’s wheel for shaping according to His will. May we each pray for a yielding spiritual mindset toward our Creator God.

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