Eternal Life, chapter 19

To: In home churches of God. God’s 9th month Kislev 8, 5,781. 11/24/20

   Heavenly Father: thank You for revealing Yourself and Your Son Jesus. Lead and grant a yielding spirit, is our prayer in Jesus’ holy name. AMEN

     In a previous study we reviewed Jesus’ introduction and characterization of Himself through Isaiah and Paul, how God the Father calls individuals to become believers and recipients of His spirit through Jesus; meaning spiritually born from above and that result of their lives. (John recorded Jesus saying; ‘we must believe that He is the Christ sent by God the Father, must repent for having lived the way that seemed right to the fleshly mind and ‘be born again’ to enter the kingdom of heaven.) (Jesus explained the mystery saying; the wind blows wherever it will, and you hear the sound it makes, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.) Explaining too HOW God the Father showed His love for this world’s people.

     (John 3:16-18; For, this is the WAY God loved the world; He gave His One and only Son, so that everyone who believes IN Him will not perish but have ETERNAL life. For, God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world should be saved through Him. The one who believes IN Him is not condemned. The one who does NOT believe has been condemned already, because he has not believed IN the name of the One and only Son of God.)

     To believe in Jesus is to accept His introduction as He manifests Himself to be in the Holy Scriptures. (Review Colossians 1:15-20, John 1:1-5 and Hebrews 1:1-4) To be saved, inherit eternal life Jesus is saying, ‘people must abandon what seems right to the fleshly mind,- intellect - and accept His Word regarding what’s right, wrong, good and evil. When considering Jesus’ spiritually revealed words, people naturally ponder, ‘how can any individual not subscribe to the whole word of God?’ How can a person still think they’re born immortal? Or think all people go to heaven or hell at death.

    God’s holy word tells us how such beliefs get started. Simply put, they believe in one or more demonic lie meant for that purpose. However it’s deeper than that.

     All people inherit Adam and Eve’s lawless ’sin’ nature, all naturally inherit a desire that things be their way; UNTIL God the Father reveals Himself through God the Son. UNTIL it’s revealed to people’s minds through God’s spirit, ‘that our inherited from Adam nature must be put to death.’ How does that come about? Through God’s supernaturally revealing Himself, His characteristics, desires and plans through the prophets, Jesus and His apostles. Through Jesus’ apostle John He reveals that His mind opening spirit is likened to the wind. We neither know where it came from nor where it’s going. Thus, God’s Holy Spirit recipients are those He predestined to be His children and heirs with faithful Abraham. A people whose fleshly outlook God miraculously changes to a spiritual outlook. So it is, one can no more choose to be fathered by God, than they could’ve chosen their parents. Through His apostle Paul, Jesus puts forth His truth on the subject.

    (Romans 8:5-8; For those who live according to the flesh have their outlook shaped by the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit have their outlook shaped by the things of the Spirit. For the outlook of the flesh is death, but the outlook of the Spirit is life and peace, because the outlook of the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to the law of God, nor is it able to do so. Those who are in the flesh cannot please God. You however are NOT in the flesh but IN the spirit, IF indeed the Spirit of God lives in you.)

    Think on it, can an individual decide within themselves to put on a spiritual outlook? Decide from within themselves to abandon their fleshly outlook. Can one demand God grant His spirit to the mind? God must give the desire and effort according to Jesus’ apostle Paul.) See Philippians 2:13.

    (Rom 8:9-11; Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, this person does not belong to Him. But if Christ is in you, your body is dead because of sin, but the SPIRIT IS YOUR LIFE, because of righteousness. Moreover if the Spirit of the One who raised Jesus from the dead lives in you, the One who raised Christ from the dead will also make your MORTAL BODIES ALIVE through His Spirit who LIVES in you.) People can only become immortal through Jesus’ gifted spirit, making them at one with Himself.

    (Rom 8: 12-14; So then, brothers and sisters, we are under obligation, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh (for if you live according to the flesh, you will die), but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body you will live. For all who are led by the Spirit of God are the Sons of God.)

    God’s gifted Holy Spirit inserts a Godly outlook and gifted immortality.

    Unbelieving people can’t understand, ‘NOT living obedient lives as Jesus did are jealous of righteousness in others, as Cain regarding Abel’s righteous decision.’ (Jesus said; if they hated Me they will hate you too and had John add the spiritual.)

     (1John 3:13-17; Therefore, do not be surprised, brothers and sisters, if the world hates you. We know that we have crossed over from death to life because we love our fellow Christians. The one who does not love remains in death. Everyone who hates his fellow Christian is a murderer and you know that no murderer has eternal life residing in him. We have come to know love by this; that Jesus laid down His life for us; thus we ought to lay down our lives for our fellow Christians. But whoever has the world’s possessions and sees his fellow Christian in need and shuts off his compassion against him, how can the love of God reside in such a person?)

    Here’s the same spiritual magnification of the law principle Jesus used regarding His command, ‘do not commit adultery.’ (He added, whoever looks with desire has committed adultery in the heart.) (Matt 5:27-28; You have heard that it was said, ‘Do not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to desire her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.)

     In this present age, we’re blessed indeed if we are able to have fellowship with other Believers. We’re a scattered people and need to pray for a faith like that of Abraham’s; who went out not knowing where to, but believing IN God.

       (1John 3:18-24; Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue but in deed and truth. And by this we will know that we are of the truth and will convince our conscience in His presence, that if our conscience condemns us, that God is greater than our conscience and knows all things. Dear friends, if our conscience does not condemn us, we have confidence in the presence of God and whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we KEEP His commandments and DO the things that are pleasing to Him. Now this is His commandment: that we BELIEVE IN the name of His Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as He gave us the commandment. And the person who keeps His commandments resides in God and God in him. Now by this we KNOW that God resides in us: by the Spirit He has given us.) We can’t conjure up His spirit, we can’t of ourselves study it up, the principle being, by grace we are saved from the result of our inherited nature!

     Gifting by God spirit is, ‘likened to the wind’ and individualized to His called recipients when He imputes it, when He fathers His child. Regarding words like

‘begotten’ ‘born again’ ‘born from above’ and ‘fathered,’ the fleshly minded outlook  thinks fleshly. The spiritually gifted mind thinks spiritual. The fleshly mind tends to think, ‘letter of the law’ when the word, ‘keep’ is used. Fleshly minded folks are prone to think characteristically as the Pharisees Jesus corrected. Believers IN are led to worship the giver of the law out of a gifted love for Him, given to understand that God is love and His commandments teach us how to love. When born from above, God’s spirit of love teaches His spiritual intent of His laws and how to use the letter of the law when dealing with elementary children and unconverted adults.

    Governments must use the letter of the laws they pass, because unconverted citizens aren’t likely to think, spiritual intent, adults are like children relative to law. Laws, whether governmental or God’s commandments, laws are as schoolmasters, ‘guardians’ until a love of their intent is imputed to the mind. From this perspective, believers live by faith in God and love for one another as gifted by Him.

    WHEN the law giver, ‘Jesus,’ is revealed and we submit to Him; ‘we become ONE with Him.’ Spiritually led to love what He loves and hate what He hates.

    (Galatians 3:23-29; Now before faith came we were held in custody under the law, being kept as prisoners until the coming faith would be revealed. Thus the law had become our guardian until Christ, so that we could be declared righteous by faith. But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian. 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.)

      Review Jesus’ promises to Abraham and promises to those who obey Him. The promise is eternal life to Believers, restoration of lands to Israel and much more.

     (1John 4:1-3; Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to determine if they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses Jesus as the Christ who has come in the flesh is from God, but every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God and this is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming, and now is already in the world.)

     The MANY are false. Professing believers say Jesus came in the flesh, but few say He is the same Messiah Moses and the prophets said would come to rule and bring peace. Few believe IN His message, to the point of obedience.

   (Luke recorded Jesus saying; Why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and don’t do what I tell you? Everyone who comes to Me and listens to My Words and puts them into practice – I will show you what he is like: He is like a man building a house, who dug down deep, and laid the foundation on bedrock. When a flood came, the river burst against that house but could not shake it, because it had been well built. But the person who hears and does not put My Words into practice is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. When the river burst against that house, it collapsed immediately, and was utterly destroyed. Luke 6:47-49)

     People saying Jesus was born of a virgin and not believe His total message is likened to building on sand. Believe and obey His message is like having a firm foundation. It’s prophesied that many are deceived by Satan, his followers and miracle workers who present false doctrines because they do not know and obey Jesus’ message. Primarily there’s two spirits, the spirit of truth and the spirit of error. The spirit of truth is through the gifting of spiritual revelations about God the Father and God the Son. The world can’t comprehend it because only believers are His friends.

    (Jesus said; I no longer call you slaves because the slave does not understand what His master is doing. But I have called you friends, because I have REVEALED to you everything I heard from My Father. You did not choose Me, but I CHOSE you and appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that remains, so that whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you. This I command you – to love one another. John 15:15-17)

      The spirit of error cannot understand the awesomeness of God to preplan things to the end. Consider Jesus’ apostle Paul’s teaching.

      (Ephesians 1:3-14; Blessed is the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms in Christ. For He CHOSE us in Christ BEFORE the foundation of the world that we may be holy and unblemished in His sight in love. He did this by predestining us to adoption as His Sons through Jesus Christ, according to the pleasure of His will – to the praise of the glory of His grace that He has freely bestowed on us in His dearly loved Son. In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace that He lavished on us in all wisdom and insight. He did this when He REVEALED to us the secret of His will, according to His good pleasure that He set forth in Christ, toward the administration of the fullness of the times, to head up all things in Christ – the things in heaven and the things on earth. In Christ we too have been claimed as God’s OWN possession, since we were PREDESTINED according to the one purpose of Him who accomplishes all things according to the counsel of His will so that we, who were the first to set our hope on Christ, would be to the praise of His glory. And when you heard the word of truth (the gospel of your salvation) – when you believed IN Christ – you were marked with the SEAL of the promised Holy Spirit, who is the down payment of our INHERITANCE, until the redemption of God’s own possession, to the praise of His glory.) Study and compare John 1:1-5, Colossians 1:15-20 & Hebrews 1:

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