Jesus’ Good News and about His kingdom, chapter 2

To: In home churches of God, His 10th month, Tivet 22, 5,781. 1/8/21

    Converted believers are temple recipients of God’s spirit, and aren’t comfortable attempting to worship with unconverted people. Jesus inspired His apostle Paul to write 2Coronthians on this subject.

    (2Cor 6:14-18; “Do not become partners with those who do not believe, for what partnership is there between righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship does light have with darkness? And what agreement does Christ have with Beliar? Or what does a believer share in common with an unbeliever? And what mutual agreement does the temple of God have with idols? (See 1Cor 3:16 also) For, we are the temple of the living God, just as God said, I will live in them and will walk among them, I will be their God, and they will be my people.” Therefore “come out from their midst, and be separate,” says the Lord, “and touch no unclean thing, and I will welcome you, and I will be a father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters,” says the All-Powerful Lord.)

    People are easily indoctrinated according to what they’re exposed to, views established by traditions, customs, religions and politics. Youth are more apt to change views according to respect for and credentials of the teacher. A primary biblical example is; hard hearted Israelites were sold on Egyptian indoctrinations to the degree that only Joshua and Caleb believed in Moses’ God, change outlooks, and so were not permitted to cross the Jordan River to the promised lands. Once indoctrinated and one’s comfort zone established people are pretty much locked into it, thus the many denominations. Only God’s calling and revelations can convert. Paul wrote it as followers.

    (1Cor 6:13-14; Food is for the stomach and the stomach is for food, but God will do away with both. The body is NOT for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. Now God indeed raised the Lord and He will raise us by His power.)

   The first resurrection will be Believers in Jesus to spiritual eternal life. Others of Gods choosing and His timing will be in a second and physical resurrection. These too will see God’s Way in action and many will be called to repent from having lived the way that seemed right. By the time New Jerusalem comes down all evil will be destroyed. It’s Jesus and His apostles’ teaching.

    God’s fathering with His begetting spirit is ‘new birth from above’ making each His literal Child, and resurrecting to the likeness of Jesus. 

    (1Cor 6:15-17; Do you not know that your bodies are MEMBERS of Christ? Should I take the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? Never! Or do you NOT know that anyone who is united with a prostitute is one body with her? For it is said, “The two will become one flesh.” (Quote from Gen:2:14) But the one united with the Lord is ONE spirit with Him.)

    God’s gifting His spirit makes each recipient AT ONE WITH HIMSELF. Paul’s teaching metaphor is; one called to be a Believer IN, then turns from God’s Way to another way, commits spiritual adultery.

    God’s church is the accumulation of people called to follow Jesus, be the bride of Christ, as in married to, clothed with, and immersed in Jesus’ Way. His Church is likened to, being one flesh, one spirit and mind with Jesus. We need to strive at being loyal because we’re not our own.

     (1Cor 6:18-20; Flee sexual immorality, every sin a person commits is outside of the body, but the immoral person sins against his own body. Or do you NOT know that your body is the TEMPLE of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are NOT your own? For you were bought at a price. Therefore glorify God with your body.)

     The price is Jesus’ suffering, shedding His blood, giving His life. It’s the reasons Jesus had Moses write that the Israelites should not put markings on their flesh, or partake of unclean foods as the gentiles. God does the sanctifying, ‘setting apart’ to make His, a peculiar people different from worldly people.

     Initially Jesus’ apostles were expecting Him to return during their life time. They observed Christianities’ infiltration of unbelievers attempting to change God’s grace, to a methodology of works by which one could be saved. Such teaching was and still most denominational teachings, methods by which individuals are saved by attempting to give their heart to Jesus. The teaching seems to be; ‘one meaningfully saying they believe Jesus lived and died for their sins, gets membership in His kingdom. Such erroneous teaching leaves God’s choosing and calling individuals out of the equation, but fit’s the inherited appeal of people’s fleshly nature.

    Persecutions by Israelites, non-Israelites, governments and warring factions caused Jesus’ apostles to believe His prophecies recorded in Matthew 24: were coming soon. They were correct according to God‘s timing. When Jesus’ revelations were given to John about the man of sin being revealed before this age’s end; obviously Jesus’ message and deity had to be twisted beyond recognition, to a unbelieving materialistic world. Jesus said; ‘false religions would deceive the whole world before His return.’ Even God’s Elect would be deceived if possible. See Matthew 24:24 & Mark 13:22 then review Deuteronomy 13 and 1Cor 5:9-13,

    No difference from the time of Israelites in Moses, Joshua and even through David’s reign, than now; God’s chosen were a set aside people for His purpose then and now. Jesus was the lord God of Israel, their Lord and Rock, leading them, and He’s His church’s Head, Lord, Husband, Savior, Deliverer, Mediator, Resurrection and coming King of Kings. Jesus inspired Paul to write as followers in this regard.

    (1Cor 10:1-4; For I do not want you to be unaware, brothers and sisters, that our fathers were all under the cloud and all passed through the sea, and all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea, and all ate the same spiritual food and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they were all drinking from the spiritual Rock that followed them, and the rock was Christ.)

    That Rock, Jesus covenanted with Abraham, made perpetual promises that included all his future descendents. That Rock, Jesus, ‘the Testator’ was the One giving Israelites a valid will, ‘covenant,’ died to remit Israel and the world’s sins; sacrificing His life’s blood for the remission of the world’s sin. The Testator’s death voided the old covenant and ushered in a new faith covenant for Spiritual Israelites. Followers of Jesus are heirs with Abraham, spiritual Israelites, and saved through Jesus’ faith imputed to the mind. Let’s review what’s new again.

     (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.)

     By being called to believing IN all God’s Word through Jesus’ gifted faith people become spiritual Israelites, Christian, ‘Christ Like.’

      God’s set aside times were, and are for His set aside people. Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, ‘whose name God changed to Israel,’ were set aside to be a peculiar people to the world and the Lord. It was by promise to Abraham that the Israelites were to be delivered on God’s schedule. After struggling with the Lord, ‘Creator Jesus or His angel manifesting Himself in the flesh.’ Jacob was told: (No longer will your name be Jacob, the man told him, ‘but Israel,’ because you have fought with God and with men and have prevailed.) See Gen 32:28. The word ‘Israel’ means, ‘God fights,’ or ‘God fights for.’ This name replaced the name ‘Jacob,’ and the name is a promise and a call to faith.

    In essence, the Lord is saying that Israel would have victory and receive the promises because God would fight for them. Thus, under the Lord Jesus’ old covenant promise, He made provision for non-Israelites to become Israelite by circumcising the foreskin and practicing God’s commands.

    Through His apostles Jesus revealed to God’s churches, His characteristics and deity from the old covenant text; saying, followers of Him were in fact heirs with Abraham. As were old covenant Israelites, Christians are a set aside, ‘sanctified’ people, ‘spiritual Israelites’ a people God fights for.

    Remembering God’s Sabbaths is an act of loyalty for Jesus’ followers, who realize they’re a set aside people through Him. From the content of Paul’s letter to the Corinthians we see folks were asking Paul about their problems dealing with the frustrations of the times. Conditions in Greece and around Corinth were bad, ‘similar to Sodom and Gomorra.’ Additionally false teachers were confusing God’s called people, leading some from The Way. Paul was of the mind that Jesus’ return was imminent, thus his teaching in chapter 7.

      (1Cor 7:1-6; Now with regard to the issues you wrote about: It is good for a man not to have sexual relations with a woman. But because of immoralities each man should have relations with his own wife and each woman with her own husband. A husband should give to his wife her sexual rights and likewise a wife to her husband. It is not the wife who has the rights to her own body, but the husband. In the same way, it is not the husband who has the rights to his own body, but the wife. Do not deprive each other, except by mutual agreement for a specified time, so that you may devote yourselves to prayer. Then resume your relationship, so that Satan may not tempt you because of your lack of self-control. I say this as a concession, not as a command. I wish that everyone was as I am. But each has his own gift from God, one this way, another that.)

     In verse 26 of chapter 7, Paul makes his reasoning clear. Because of the impending crisis I think it best for you to remain as you are. Apparently Paul was never married, but understood marital relationships from God’s View. Abstain so you may devote yourself to prayer, is the only reason Paul gives for suggesting they not marry.

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