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From Jesus’ Good News, book, chapter 25

Monday, April 26th, 2021

When we’re led to believe IN, and practice Jesus’ teachings through His Prophets and apostles, we do need to count the cost. The cost is an ostracizing society.  Each worldly religion and people group have accepted the demonic philosophy, ‘what is true for one may not be true for another’, such as, ‘truth isn’t absolute.’ Such philosophies play into Satan’s desire to confuse the world. But Satan’s confusing, demonizing way is coming to an end. Pay attention to Jesus’ prophesy for Israel and the world through Jeremiah.

    (Jeremiah 3:14-25; Come back to Me, My wayward sons,” says the Lord, for I am your true Master. If you do, I will take one of you from each town and two of you from each family group, and I will bring you back to Zion. I will give you leaders who will be faithful to Me. They will lead you with knowledge and insight.

    In those days, your population will greatly increase in the land. At that time, says the Lord, “people will no longer talk about having the ark that contains the Lord’s covenant with us.” They will not call it to mind, remember it, or miss it. No, that will not be done any more! At that time the city of Jerusalem will be called the Lord’s throne. All nations will gather there in Jerusalem to honor the Lord’s name. They will no longer follow the stubborn inclinations of their own evil hearts. At that time the nation of Judah and the nation of Israel will be reunited. Together they will come back from a land in the north to the land that I gave to your ancestors as a permanent possession.

    I thought to Myself, ‘Oh what a joy it would be for Me to treat you like a son! What a joy it would be for Me to give you a pleasant land, the most beautiful piece of property there is in all the world!’ I thought you would call Me, ‘Father’ and would never cease being loyal to Me. But, you have been unfaithful to Me; nation of Israel,  like an unfaithful wife who has left her husband,’ says the Lord.

    A noise is heard on the hilltops. It is the sound of the people of Israel crying and pleading to their gods. Indeed they have followed sinful ways; they have forgotten to be true to the Lord their God.

   Come back to Me, you wayward people. I want to cure your waywardness. Say, ‘Here we are. We come to You because You are the Lord our God. We know our noisy worship of false gods on the hills and mountains did not help us. We know that the Lord our God is the only One who can deliver Israel.

    From earliest times our worship of that shameful god, Baal, has taken away all that our ancestors worked for. It has taken away our flocks and our herds, and even our sons and daughters. Let us acknowledge our shame. Let us bear the disgrace that we deserve. For we have sinned against the Lord our God, both we and our ancestors. From earliest times to this very day we have not obeyed the Lord our God.’)

    A few chapters back, we shared Isaiah 35: and portions of Zachariah which concurs with this Jeremiah prophecy and there is much more. As always study the whole.

    All Jesus’ apostles believed in Jesus’ return to rule on earth with His followers. Jesus’ apostles and many others were persecuted and killed for teaching this amazing truth.

Peter’s desire was to stir up our minds.

(2Peter 3:1-4; Dear friends, this is already the second letter I have written you, in which I am trying to stir up your pure mind by way of reminder: I want you to recall both the predictions foretold by the holy prophets and the commandment of the Lord and Savior through your apostles. Above all, understand this: In the last days blatant scoffers will come, being propelled by their own evil urges and saying, “Where is His promised return? For ever since our ancestors died, all things have continued as they were from the beginning of creation.)

    False teachers with their, ‘heaven - hell doctrines’ take followers away from the predictions of Jesus’ holy prophets, and apostles regarding His return with power to assume His kingdom on earth. They ignore Jesus’ Words, (Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets. I have not come to abolish these things but to fulfill them. I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth pass away not the smallest letter or stroke of a letter will pass from the law until everything takes place. So anyone who breaks one of the least of these commands and teaches others to do so will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever obeys them and teaches others to do so will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For, I tell you, unless your righteousness goes beyond that of the experts in the law and the Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.) Matt 5:17-20)

    FACT: God’s Word is absolute; if any one school of theology were teaching God’s truth; others would be teaching error and thus be serving the devil!

    (2 Peter 3:5-7; For they deliberately suppress this fact, that by the word of God heavens existed long ago and an earth was formed out of water and by means of water. Through these things the world existing at that time was destroyed when it was deluged with water. But by the same Word the present heavens and earth have been reserved for fire, by being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly.

    Peter understood what modern science has been groping with for years. Modern educators suppress the fact that by the Word of our Creator, the heavens and this earth existed before Adams creation. God formed this earth out of water, by means of water before a recreation. Worldly religions too, suppress this fact. It comes down to the matter of, ‘believing IN” rather than, “believing THAT.”

   Fact suppressors prefer teaching this present age’s end, culminates with a hell fire, rather than Jesus’ truth regarding His return with power, the resurrections,  and His bringing peace and healing a sin sick world.

    (2 Peter 3:8-9; Now, dear friends, do not let this one thing escape your notice, that a single day is like a thousand years with the Lord and a thousand years are like a single day. The Lord is not slow concerning His promise, as some regard slowness, but is being patient toward you, because He does not wish for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.)

    Jesus’ millennial age is coming, when all who sincerely call on the name of Jesus will be saved! May we learn to wait patiently on His promises, is Peter’s instruction. Also study the prophet Joel’s revelations.

    (2 Peter 3:10; But the day of the Lord will come like a thief; when it comes, the heavens will disappear with a horrific noise, and the celestial bodies will melt away in a blaze, and the earth and every deed done on it will be laid bare.)

    Peter’s prophecy includes Jesus’ coming with His Saints, the millennia and its end, when New Jerusalem comes down.

    (2 Peter 3:11-13; Since all these things are to melt away in this manner, what sort of people must we be, conducting our lives in holiness and godliness, while waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God? Because of this day, the heavens will be burned up and dissolve and the celestial bodies will melt away in a blaze! But, according to His promise, we are waiting for new heavens and a new earth, in which righteousness truly resides.)

(Peter’s prophecy is for times beyond New Jerusalem and the millennial end.)    We Believers are looking for Jesus’ next coming, our being raised to His likeness, Satan being bound, more physical resurrections, all Israel being saved, and knowledge of God filling this earth as water the sea.

    Afterward Satan will be loosed for a season, he’ll be allowed to gather his followers for final judgment: ‘the second death.’ God the Father will then come down with New Jerusalem.

     As revealed to John, New Jerusalem is a holy and glorious city, its foundations named for the apostles of the Lamb and its gates named for the 12 tribes of Israel.

  (Jesus’ apostle John suggested we read ‘the Book of Revelations out loud; and promises blessing for doing so.) (2 Peter 3:14-18; Therefore, dear friends, since you are waiting for these things, strive to be found at peace, without spot or blemish, when you come into His presence. And regard the patience of our Lord as salvation, just as also our dear brother Paul wrote to you, according to the wisdom given to him, speaking of these things in all his letters. Some things in these letters are hard to understand, things the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they also do to the rest of the scriptures. Therefore, dear friends, since you have been forewarned, be on your guard that you do not get led astray by the error of these unprincipled men and fall from your firm grasp on The Truth. But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him is the honor both now and on that eternal day.) May we allow God’s Word be true, though every person a liar. (Paul said it; ‘Let God be proven true, and every human being shown up as a liar, just as it is written: so that you will be justified in your words and will prevail when you are judged.)

    Being Christ like is not a religion; it’s being AT ONE with Jesus. ‘Christ Like’ has nothing to do with, so called modern Christendom. (Roman, Orthodox Catholic, or any form of Protestantism does not make one a Christian.) (Christians are followers of that Jesus, whose apostles and Abraham’s heirs follow.). Each led to be a friend of, ‘that Jesus who called Moses, and led Israel from Egyptian bondage’ That bondage likened to sin.

    Jesus is destined to fulfill all that the prophets, and David wrote about Him. He is that King of kings and Lord of lords who is coming to rule with His Saints, the Son of God, the One through whom all things were, and are created. Jesus now and will always honor, His Father and our Father, His God and our God.

Jesus’ Good News: One God, one truth, one way, chapter 22 of 22

Saturday, April 24th, 2021

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    A foreshadowing of Jesus’ good news went out long before His coming in the flesh. (Malachi 3:5-7; And I will come near to you in judgment; and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, against the adulterers, against those who swears falsely, against those that oppress the hirelings in his wages, the widow, the fatherless and that turn aside the strangers from his right, and fear not Me, says the LORD of hosts. For I am the Lord, I change not; therefore you sons of Jacob are not consumed. Even from the days of your fathers you are gone away from My ordinances and have not kept them. Return to Me and I will return to you, says the Lord of host.)

    Our teaching isn’t intended to be all in all on any particular subject. Our purpose is to encourage called out seekers of God’s truth, hoping each prayerful do bible study, and consider all things from God’s point of view. The called recognize that they’re sovereign individuals, ‘who must give account to God at His chosen time’, and responsibly is to prove, test, seek and obey according to Jesus’ revealed faith. The called are led to know comprehension, revelations, and faith aren’t scientific, nor is spiritual understanding. All these, defies human logic!

    Believing there’s something supernatural is natural to the human mind, but believing in, as in trust, and faith in Jesus isn’t spiritually natural. Believing Jesus came, and is now resurrected isn’t believing in Him, ‘believers in Him desire intimacy, ‘at one mindset with Him’, knowing, by faith that Jesus turned water into aged wine; gave physical life back to Lazarus, healed people, and gave life back through His apostle. It’s knowing by revealed faith, that Jesus is, Creator, Re-Creator, Originator of Life, Sustainer, Savior, Mediator, head of His church, and coming King of Kings.

      God’s fourth commandment; when remembered, keeps Him foremost in the mind, worshiping in spirit and truth. He wants His people to remember and know by faith that He’s, ‘I Am that I Am’, One who blesses, and in Him only, is true freedom. When the fourth command isn’t remembered, people soon follow what seems right to themselves.

    His chosen are led to know rationalizing from within the fleshly mind chooses to please self, ‘it’s yielding to the inherited animalistic nature.’ It isn’t looking to God for what is right, wrong, good and evil, but replaced by the desire to be divine, fleshly adequate, self serving, and trusting in one’s intellect. When these things aren’t believed, the result is bondage.

    Remembering God’s Sabbaths is the foundation for knowing His plan for saving the world.

(Exodus 20:8-11; in part) The seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD your God. For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day, wherefore He blessed the Sabbath day, and hallowed it.

Had Israel kept God’s Sabbaths as intended, they wouldn’t have fell to the pitfalls Isaiah describe in chapter 2. When Jesus returns all Israel will subscribe, and yield to the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Soon afterward other nations will come desiring to know about Israel’s God.

(Isaiah 2:1-9; Here is the message about Judah and Jerusalem that was revealed to Isaiah son of Amos. In the future the mountain of the Lord’s temple will endure as the most important of mountains, and will be the most prominent of hills. All the nations will stream to it, many people will come and say, ‘Come, let us go up to the Lord’s mountain, to the temple of the God of Jacob, so He can teach us His requirements, and we can follow His standards.’ For Zion will be the center for moral instruction; the Lord will issue edicts from Jerusalem. He will judge disputes between nations; He will settle cases for many peoples. They will beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks. Nations will not take up the sword against other nations, and they will no longer train for war.

    O descendants of Jacob, come, let us walk in the Lord’s guiding light, the Lord’s Day of Judgment. Indeed, O Lord, you have abandoned your people, the descendants of Jacob.

    For, diviners from the east are everywhere; they consult omen readers like the Philistines do. Plenty of foreigners are around. Their land is full of gold and silver; there is no end to their wealth. Their land is full of horses; there is no end to their chariots. Their land is full of worthless idols; they worship the product of their own hands, what their own fingers have fashioned. Men bow down to them in homage, they lie flat on the ground in worship.)

Descendants of Jacob are spiritually today’s New Covenant Israelites, ‘Christians’ heirs with Abraham. (Review Galatians 3:29 again) God abandoned His People, because they abandoned Him to riches, diviners, and twisters of His Word have deceived all but His Elect. One day, many will be ashamed. (Believers don’t need, ‘mountain & trees identified’, they mean governments and people.)

(Isaiah 2:10-17; Go up into the rocky cliffs, hide in the ground. Get away from the dreadful judgment of the Lord, from His royal splendor! Proud men will be brought low, arrogant men will be humiliated; the Lord alone will be exalted in that day. Indeed, the Lord who commands armies has planned a day of judgment, for all the high and mighty, for all who are proud; they will be humiliated; for all the cedars of Lebanon, that are so high and mighty, for all the oaks of Bashan; for all the tall mountains, for all the high hills, for every high tower, for every fortified wall, for all the large ships, for all the impressive ships, Proud men will be humiliated, arrogant men will be brought low; the Lord alone will be exalted in that day.)

Worldly religions don’t know, God had plans, He knew the pulls of the flesh, Satan’s successes, people’s preference to idol worship, to do what’s seems right to inherited fleshly minds. His plan is to completely eliminate Satan inspired hero idol worship, carved images, and everything that indicates the false way.

Study all Jesus’ prophecies through Isaiah. God has abandoned Israel, and the world for a set time. Only His New Covenant, called out people, believe in Jesus’ commands and spiritual teachings.

God doesn’t give consideration to mortals, ‘whose life’s breath is likened to instinctive animals’, but to the Life Giver, ‘Jesus’ and His apostles. James, Jude, Paul, and Peter experienced problems teaching God’s Way to people. Then and now people desire yielding to preeminence, delicate speech, rather than God.

Zechariah was also commissioned to teach about these latter days.

(Zech 14:1-11; A day of the Lord is about to come when your possessions will be divided as plunder in your midst. For I will gather all the nations against Jerusalem to wage war; the city will be taken, its houses plundered, and the women raped. Then half of the city will go into exile, but the remainder of the people will not be taken away. Then the Lord will go to battle and fight against those nations, just as He fought battles in ancient days.

    On that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives which lies to the east of Jerusalem, and the Mount of Olives will be split in half from east to west, leaving a great valley. Half the mountain will move northward and the other half southward. Then you will escape through My mountain valley, for the mountains will extend to Azal. Indeed, you will flee as you fled from the earthquake in the days of King Uzziah of Judah. Then the Lord My God will come with all His holy ones with Him. On that day there will be no light: the sources of light in the heavens will congeal. It will happen in one day, (a day known to the Lord) not in the day or the night, but in the evening there will be light. Moreover, on that day living waters will flow out from Jerusalem, half of them to the eastern sea and half of them to the western sea; it will happen both in summer and in winter. The Lord will then be king over all the earth.

    In that day the Lord will be seen as One with a single name. All the land will change, and become like the Arabah from Geba to Rimmon, south of Jerusalem; and Jerusalem will be raised up and will stay in its own place from the Benjamin Gate to the site of the First Gate and on to the Corner Gate, and from the Tower of Hananel to the royal winepresses. And people will settle there, there will no longer be the threat of divine extermination: Jerusalem will dwell in security.)

Extermination of Israel, ‘Jews particularly’, has been a demonic plot from before, Jesus’ ascension. Our God will shorten the time to prevent that reality. Satan’s desire to rid the world of Jews, and Christians’ is at work.

(Zech 14:12-21; But this will be the nature of the plague with which the Lord will strike all the nations that have fought against Jerusalem: their flesh will decay while they stand on their feet, their eyes will rot away in their sockets, and their tongues will dissolve in their mouths. On that day there will be great confusion from the Lord among them; they will seize each other and attack one another violently.

    Moreover, Judah will fight at Jerusalem, and the wealth of all the surrounding nations will be gathered up; gold, silver, and clothing in great abundance. This is the kind of plague that will devastate horses, mules, camels, donkeys, and all the other animals in those camps.

    Then all who survive from all the nations that came to attack Jerusalem will go up annually to worship the King, the Lord who rules over all, and to observe the Feast of Tabernacles. But if any of the nations anywhere on earth refuse to go up to Jerusalem to worship the King, the Lord who rules over all, they will get no rain. If the Egyptians will not do so, they will get no rain – instead there will be the kind of plague which the Lord inflicts on any nations that do not go up to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles. This will be the punishment of Egypt and of all nations that do not go up to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles. On that day the bells of the horses will bear the inscription “Holy to the Lord.”

    Cooking pots in the Lord’s temple will be as holy as the bowls in front of the altar. Every cooking pot in Jerusalem and Judah will become holy in the sight of the Lord who rules over all, so that all who offer sacrifices may come and use some of them to boil their sacrifices in them. On that day there will no longer be a Canaanite in the house of the Lord who rules over all.)

These prophecies are real. God’s revelations never described vehicles as we know them today. Jesus’ future rule is the prophecy. The gift of God’s loving faith in His Son, makes His people AT ONE. His Sabbaths and His calendar will be restored for all nations to observe. Roots in paganism will be destroyed. Currently the world is worshiping traditions, and fashion.

   It was in 326 AD that Catholics called selves Christians, and introduced Christmas as we know it today. In 1622 the papacy adopted Jan 1, as the year’s beginning. Allow a portion of Paul’s letter to the Galatians, close this study. We urge study of all God’s prophetic words, Jesus and His apostles teachings.

(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.)

Gifted faith in Jesus and His promises will help us endure the storms.

Jesus’ Good News: One God, one truth, one way, chapter 21

Wednesday, April 21st, 2021

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     New Covenant Christians Believe in what David, the prophets, and apostles said about Jesus Christ, and God the Father’s selecting, calling, gifting a spiritual desire to be obedient, one in mind, spirit, and with one another. Believing followers of Jesus are predestined, and God the Father makes each a temple of His spirit.

    God’s set aside annual Sabbaths, three seasons foreshadowing saving a chosen people. Jesus’ apostle Paul was gifted to explain to the Corinthians and all believers.

        (1Corinthians 15:50-55; Now this is what I am saying, brothers and sisters; flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. Listen, I will tell you a mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed, in a moment, in the blinking of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we, will be changed. For this perishable body, must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality. Now when this perishable puts on the imperishable, and this mortal puts on immortality, then the saying that is written will happen, (Death has been swallowed up in victory. Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?(Quote from Hosea 13:14)

    First holy season; Passover and Feast of Unleavened Bread, represents, ‘one believing in Jesus, putting away, or ‘repenting of’ previous erroneous ways, ’thinking’, and putting on Jesus’ view way, trusting in His deeds, and accomplishments for the remission of, ‘the taking away of’ sins.

     Second holy season; Pentecost, ‘Feast of Fruits’, represents God’s giving His spirit, making one as, ‘born again’, ‘born from above’, or ‘fathered.’ Jesus was keeping the third season, last day particularly when He stood and shouted, (John 3:7-7; Do not be amazed that I said to you, ‘You must all be born from above.’ 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.)

   Third holy season; is four of seven annual Sabbaths in God’s seventh month. They are Trumpets, representing the first resurrection. Atonement; representing, literally being ONE in spirit with God. Feast of Tabernacles, ‘Festival of Booths’ with two annual Sabbaths, 15th and 21st of God’s seventh month, and seven of seventh annual Sabbaths; ‘Last Great day’ the 22nd day of God’s seventh month.     These represent God’s plans through New Jerusalem’s coming down, and final judgment, covenant promises to, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Jesus’ apostles, understanding the important of remember the meaning, and God’s purpose for changing Jacob’s name to ‘Israel’,  meaning, ‘God fights” or ‘fights for,’ and Isaac being Abraham’s son by promise.

    Jacob was God’s chosen son of Isaac, one who’d inherit God’s perpetual spiritual promises. God’s New Jerusalem kingdom gates are named for Jacob’s 12 sons, and its twelve foundations for Jesus’ twelve apostles. All these revolve around God’s promises, and pre-planning for His chosen.

    God gave us parallels through Moses, ‘the Lord God Jesus’ delivery of Israel from Egyptian bondage by promise’, ‘Egypt represented deliverance from sin’s result, through believing in Jesus. The Christian heritage is promised, through Abraham as was Israel’s deliverance. The Lord God Jesus made the nation Israel, and spiritual Israelites His own by promise, and gave each commands for their good. Covenants are by promise, including the ten commandments, attributes, and oracles of God. (Oracles include God’s calendar, Sabbaths reminding of God’s resting, His creation, keeping focus on His deliverance, and our physical bodies being temporary dwellings. Oracles of God include how to rear children, caring for the land by crop rotation, and being careful not to make images of any kind.

    Like Christians, Israel promised obedience as a wife, and the Lord God Jesus promised to be as their husband. Though disobedient, and scattered throughout the pagan world; the Lord God Jesus’ promises to Abraham’s heirs are perpetual.

    He’ll deliver again, and Israel will yet inherit the lands promised Abraham. For starters review a few prophesies: (Isaiah 22:, 35:, 51:, 65:, Jeremiah 31 and Hosea.)

As was the Lord God Jesus’ Old Covenant promised, His New Covenant with Christians are promised. Both are a set aside people for His purpose. Physical circumcision and oracles separated Israelites from the world at large, so too are circumcision of heart Christians set aside, and gifted with the same oracles of God.

None of this world’s uncalled populations understand, nor were physical Israelites given to understand the mystery of God living in His chosen. Before that Pentecost after Jesus’ ascension, His chosen were not gifted to understand the mystery of Godly love dwelling in people, love that comes from, ‘being born from above’, as taught at 1Cor 13: that believers in Jesus have  today.

    Gifted mature love is, by promised grace, as believing in faith. It’s the mystery hidden from the world purposely. God’s New Covenant is by faith, to a selected, chosen spiritual people. We know it as Godly love un-parallel.

(1Corinthians 13:8-13; Godly Love never ends. But if there are prophecies, they will be set aside; if there are tongues, they will cease; if there is knowledge, it will be set aside. For, we know in part, and we prophesy in part, but when what is perfect comes, the partial will be set aside. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. But when I became an adult, I set aside childish ways. For, now we see in a mirror indirectly, but then we will see face to face. Now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I have been fully known. And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.)

God’s gifted Holy Spirit includes the desire to be ‘one with Him.’ Jesus had Paul explain. (Phil 2:13; For the One bringing forth in you both the desire and the effort – for the sake of His good pleasure – is God.)

At Hebrews 10: Jesus’ apostle continues the same theme. (Because He loved us, He allowed Himself to become our sacrificial Lamb, and shed His blood for the remission of sin.)

    It was always pre-planned, ‘the Old Covenant with its laws, be shadows of the new in this latter ages. So too was calling Moses and making him Israel’s deliverer from Egypt’s bondage, looking to what Jesus would do through His death, ‘saving sinners from the bondage of sin’, calling chosen heirs making them His own, as in being ‘born from above people’, giving understanding that, ‘His laws are for our good.’ Including the Sabbath that’s, ‘made for people, not people made for the Sabbath.’

God’s summation. (Hebrews 10:1-18; For the law possesses a shadow of the good things to come but not the reality itself, and is therefore completely unable, by the same sacrifices offered continually, year after year, to perfect those who come to worship. For otherwise would they not have ceased to be offered, since the worshipers would have been purified once for all and so have no further consciousness of sin? But in those sacrifices there is a reminder of sins year after year. For the blood of bulls and goats cannot take away sins.

    So when He, came into the world, He said, (Sacrifice and offering You did not desire, but a body You prepared for Me.) (Whole burnt offerings and sin-offerings you took no delight in.

    Then I said, ‘Here I am: I have come, it is written of Me in the scroll of the book, to do Your will, O God.’ When He says above, Sacrifices, and offerings, and whole burnt offerings and sin-offerings You did not desire nor did You take delight in them, (which are offered according to the law,) then He says, ‘Here I am: I have come to do your will.’ He does away with the first to establish the second. By His will we have been MADE holy through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all, and every priest stands day after day serving and offering the same sacrifices again and again – sacrifices that can never take away sins.

   But when this Priest had offered one sacrifice for sins for all time, He sat down at the right hand of God, where He is now waiting until His enemies are made a footstool for His feet. For by one offering He has perfected for all time those who are made holy. And the Holy Spirit also witnesses to us, for after saying, “This is the covenant that I will establish with them after those days, says the Lord. I will put my laws on their hearts and I will inscribe them on their minds,” then He says, “Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no longer.” Now where there is forgiveness of these, there is no longer any offering for sin.)

Christians should be aware, ‘we cannot cause others to study God’s Word sincerely with intent of seeing things from His view, and gladly accept His corrections.’ Nor can we give others a desire to have an intimate relationship with their Creator.

Heavenly Father: thank You for revealing that we’re in the last days. We ask that many be called, and led to repent, for having lived the way that seemed okay to the fleshly mind. Give each a persevering will to worship, separate themselves from this world’s system of things, and turn to Your designated practices. We pray in and by the authority of Jesus. AMEN.

Jesus’ Good News: One God, one truth, one way, chapter 20

Sunday, April 18th, 2021

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Our English dictionary defines religion as: (beliefs, worship, nature, worship of a deity or deities and divine involvement of human life. An institutionalized or personal system of beliefs, practices, values and attitudes. Obsession, cause or activity devoted to, Christianity, denomination, Monks, Nuns, false prophets or apostles.)

     Ideology; is defined as: (A system of social beliefs, organized system of beliefs, values, ideas forming basis of social, economic or political philosophy or programs. Opinions that shape the way a person or group class thinks, acts and understands the world.

      Superstition; is defined as irrational belief but usually deep-seated in the magical effects of a specific action or ritual, especially in the likelihood that good or bad luck will result from performing it, irrational and often quasi-religious belief in and reverence for the magical effects of some actions and rituals or the magical powers of some objects .

      We see many parallels in these definitions. What’s common? Each cultural defines mankind’s view. All are Satan inspired and demonically designed to divide and cause chaos among individuals, groups and nations. But our Creator God of Noah, Abraham, the prophets and Jesus’ apostles is truth. (The Apostate is renouncing of Jesus’ doctrine, Jude wrote about.) People renouncing a belief in Jesus Christ.

      In Jesus’ apostles’ time, God’s churches experienced a multitude of demonically led divisionary tactics. So much so that our Lord’s brother, ‘Jude’ wrote of such as being an apostasy of God’s truth taking place.        

      Heavenly Father: please have patience with our un-beliefs and discipline us as sons, according to our needs and Your will. We ask that You make us AT ONE with Yourself, in spirit, truth and righteousness. In Jesus’ holy nature we ask and pray. AMEN.

       Organized worldly professing Christian religions teach; God’s new covenant with His called out people, totally does away with the old, including the ten commandments and oracles of God. Not understanding that the old covenant with physical Israelites, has spiritual components with the new. For example; circumcision always looked forward to a “circumcision of the heart.”

     (Jeremiah 4:4; Just as ritual circumcision cuts away the foreskin as an external symbol of dedicated covenant commitment, you must genuinely dedicate yourselves to the Lord and get rid of everything that hinders your commitment to Me, people of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem. If you do not, My anger will blaze up like a flaming fire against you that no one will be able to extinguish. That will happen because of the evil you have done.) He’s saying, spiritual circumcision is dedicating ourselves to Him.”

      (Jer 9:25-26; The Lord says, “Watch out! The time is soon coming when I will punish all those who are circumcised only in the flesh. That is, I will punish the Egyptians, the Judeans, the Edomites, the Ammonites, the Moabites, and all the desert people who cut their hair short at the temples. I will do so because none of the people of those nations are really circumcised in the Lord’s sight. Moreover, none of the people of Israel are circumcised when it comes to their hearts.”) Jesus also gave this insight to His apostle Paul.

      Rom 2:23-29; You, who boast in the law dishonor God by transgressing the law! For, just as it is written, the name of God is being blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you.” For circumcision has its value if you practice the law, but if you break the law, your circumcision has become un-circumcision. Therefore if the uncircumcised man obeys the righteous requirements of the law, will not his un-circumcision be regarded as circumcision? And will not the physically uncircumcised man who keeps the law judge you who, despite the written code and circumcision, transgress the law? For a person is not a Jew, who is one outwardly, nor is circumcision something that is outward in the flesh, but someone is a Jew who is one inwardly, and circumcision is of the heart by the Spirit and not by the written code. This person’s praise is not from people but from God.)

       Let’s consider the old covenant from God’s view. It should go without saying; the old was before Jesus’ fleshly - physical birth. But, was it before Jesus? What was God the Son doing before Adam? before He wrote the ten commandments with His own finger? Allow Paul’s inspiration from Jesus’ words regarding His and God the Father powers. God’s truth is neither, superstition, ideology nor religion!

     Colossians 1:13-20; He delivered us from the power of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of the Son He loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. He, is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation, for all things in heaven and on earth were created by Him – all things, whether visible or invisible, whether thrones or dominions, whether principalities or powers – all things were created through Him and for Him. He Himself is before all things and all things are held together in Him. He is the head of the body, the church, as well as the beginning, the firstborn from among the dead, so that He Himself may become first in all things.)

      JESUS the Son of Mary, and step Son of Joseph, is the Son of God. ‘All was created by, for and through Him.’ Jesus inspired His apostle John to write the same at John 1:1-5. Jesus was the Lord God of the old covenant, and is the Lord God of the new. (He was the God that created and instructed Adam and Eve, ‘the same Jesus Satan approached regarding Job’s righteousness. (See Job 1:6 & 2:1)

    Jesus communed with Moses, at the burning bush, called Moses, and through Moses, He led the Israelites from Egyptian bondage as promised Abraham some 430 years earlier. The ten commandments, and oracles were given for His People, and for their good.( Not people for the commandments.) Jesus made a righteous covenant with His chosen People, and they agreed to its conditions through Moses.

       The Old Testament covenant with Israel was, as a physical marriage. Jesus the husband, and Israel His wife. Promising to be Israel’s husband, and they promising to be obedient as a wife. The Priest and Temple represented His Spirit dwelling among and guiding His people. Jesus commissioned Isaiah to teach Israel and us through his prophetic Word.

      (Isaiah 54:5-7; For your Husband is the One who made you – the Lord who commands armies is His name. He is your Protector, the Holy One of Israel. He is called, God of the entire earth. “Indeed, the Lord will CALL you back like a wife who has been abandoned and suffers from depression, like a young wife when she has been rejected,” says your God. “For a short time I abandoned you, but with great compassion I will gather you.)

     The great gathering of that wife is yet to be. Jesus’ prophecy through Isaiah is for physical Israel, the twelve tribes, and spiritual Israelites, “followers of Jesus in this age!” (Remember the new covenant defined in scripture was given to Paul and recorded.

      (Galatians 3:28-29; 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.) Re-study the first portion of Isaiah 54 also.

      God has abandoned His people for a time. He’s allowing Israel, and the world to, go the way of choice until His planned intervention. Only a few, called out people in this age are gifted to understand. (Jesus’ prophetic words continues through Isaiah.)

      (Isaiah 54:8-10; In a burst of anger I, rejected you momentarily, but with lasting devotion I will have compassion on you, says your Protector, the Lord. “As far as I am concerned, this is like in Noah’s time, when I vowed that the waters of Noah’s flood would never again cover the earth. In the same way I have vowed that I will not be angry at you or shout at you. Even if the mountains are removed and the hills displaced, My devotion will not be removed from you, nor will my covenant of friendship be displaced,” says the Lord, the one who has compassion on you.)

       How awesome God’s plans for His chosen Israel, and His New Covenant chosen. JESUS is the Lord, giver of physical and spiritual life! The One who resurrects, promises to return, and establish His righteous Way on earth. Jesus is presently the Husband to His church, the Protector, Savior and Shepherd to spiritual Israelites.

      When Paul and Barnabas finished making a report to the Jerusalem church, our Lord’s brother “James” replied; (Acts 15:12-18; Brothers, listen to me, Simeon has explained how God first concerned Himself to select from among the Gentiles a people for His name. The words of the prophets agree with this, as it is written, ‘After this I will return, and I will rebuild the fallen tent of David; I will rebuild its ruins and restore it, so that the rest of humanity may seek the Lord, namely, all the Gentiles I have CALLED to be My own, says the Lord, who makes these things known from long ago.)

     These things were made known to the likes of Noah,Abraham and Moses, long ago. JAMES IS alluding to Isaiah 45:21.

      NOW back to Jesus’ prophetic words through Isaiah. He is speaking of the time when His millennial rule on earth with His Saints is a reality.

      (Isaiah 54:11-12; O afflicted one, driven away, and un-consoled! Look, I am about to set your stones in antimony, and I lay your foundation with lapis-lazuli. I will make your pinnacles out of gems, your gates out of beryl, and your outer wall out of beautiful stones. (See Revelations 21:2) It’s how New Jerusalem is likened.

     (Isaiah 54:13-17; All your children will be followers of the Lord, and your children will enjoy great prosperity. You will be reestablished when I vindicate you. You will not experience oppression; indeed, you will not be afraid. You will not be terrified, for nothing frightening will come near you. If anyone dares to challenge you, it will not be my doing! Whoever tries to challenge you will be defeated. Look, I create the craftsman, who fans the coals into a fire and forges a weapon. I create the destroyer so he might devastate. No weapon forged to be used against you will succeed; you will refute everyone who tries to accuse you. This is what the Lord will do for His servants – I will vindicate them, says the Lord.)

      Organized religions attempt to sell their parishioners on the idea that they are commissioned to bring peace, (what a deceptive teaching!) Jesus the Christ is head of His church, thus the name Christian - Christ-like. God’s New Covenant is with those He CALLS, to be followers of Jesus, and gifts with His Spirit. (It’s the mystery of, ‘people being, born from above’, ‘people becoming spiritual Israelites’, ‘Jesus’ spirit living in people’, ‘makes physical people think spiritual’ – ‘Christ Like’. (Believers IN Jesus Christ, are New Testament Christians, and God’s temples.) Dwell on that until next time.

Jesus’ Good News: One God, one truth, one way, chapter 19

Friday, April 16th, 2021

 

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    The Lord God ‘Jesus’ made perpetual promises to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. (Our English dictionary defines ‘Perpetual’ as lasting forever or for an indefinitely long time.) We know from prophecies referred to in our last study that a greater deliverance, from Egypt is planned. We also know the sons of Jacob, ‘Israelites’ broke their covenant, causing God to scattered them among hostile to His way nations. (Thus the scripture at Malachi 3: For I am the Lord, I change not; therefore you sons of Jacob are not consumed. Even from the days of your fathers you are gone away from My ordinances and have not kept them. Return to Me and I will return to you, says the Lord of host.)

     Reason Israelites were not consumed is because God doesn’t change. (Ordinance means; a law or rule made by an authority, something prescribed or regularly done.) (Similarly; ‘Oracles means’ a source of wisdom, a source of knowledge or wise saying.)

    Jesus’ apostle Paul was inspired to write, (Rom 3:1-4; Therefore what advantage does the Jew have, or what is the value of circumcision? Actually, there are many advantages. First of all, the Jews were entrusted with the oracles of God. What then? If some did not believe, does their unbelief nullify the faithfulness of God? Absolutely not! Let God be proven true, and every human being shown up as a liar, just as it is written: “so that you will be justified7 in your words and will prevail when you are judged.) (Quote from Psalms 51:4)

    God’s Sabbaths, commandments, calendar, and suggested attributes are ordnances. Jesus Christ being the same yesterday today and forever, plus He’s the Lord that changes not, is absolute proof; ‘He hasn’t permitted a Sabbath change, that was gifted to His chosen for their good.

    Distorting God’s Word by using Jesus’ Apostle Paul’s writing at Troas, regarding a first day of the week collections for the Saints at Jerusalem, to change the Sabbath is reckless theology. Consider why Jesus or His apostle would want to change His Sabbath? Let’s consider how this reckless theory evolved.

    (Acts 20:5-7; These had gone on ahead, and were waiting for us in Troas. We sailed away from Philippi after the days of Unleavened Bread, and within five days we came to the others in Troas, where we stayed for seven days.    On the first day of the week, when we met to break bread, Paul began to speak to the people, and because he intended to leave the next day, he extended his message until midnight.)

    If this text could be used to change the seventh day Sabbath ordinance to the first day, explain Paul’s teaching until midnight. Verse 7 above clearly states, ‘on that first day they broke to eat a meal, and Paul spoke until midnight because of leaving the next day.  

    People teaching a Sabbath change don’t consider or care that Paul had just observed the feast of unleavened bread which would naturally have included the Passover, prior to that first day of the week, collection for the Saints at Jerusalem. When people desired Paul tarry longer, he consented not, but bade them farewell, saying, ‘I must by all means keep this feast that comes to Jerusalem’, but I will return again unto you, if God will, and he sailed from Ephesus. (See Acts 18:21) Paul kept the Feast of Unleavened Bread and intended to keep the next feast that comes to Jerusalem which would be Pentecost. Honest people find it strange, that a first day change overlooks the fact that Paul diligently kept God’s annual Sabbaths.

    After a young man fell from the loft where Paul was teaching late on that first day, was thought to be dead, Paul prayed, and told the congregation, ‘his life is in him.’ Afterward they talked until break of day, then Paul continued on his way. (Read verses 9-12) If folks used the same logic for a Sabbath day change, ‘they’d also teach keeping until the break of day!’

    From the beginning, God commanded that each day start and end at sunset. This text indicates that Paul started his sermon about sunset and kept teaching until morning, because he had so much to teach, and the people wanted to continue listening. Their meeting the first day to organize the collections for Jerusalem in no way changes God’s seventh day Sabbath. (Citizens of Troas were celebrating Paul’s being with them, and were hungry for what he had to say.) The people desired to understand much as possible before Paul left.

    When Pharisees criticized Jesus’ conduct regarding, keeping the Sabbath, He said to them, (the Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath, therefore the Son of Man is Lord also of the Sabbath. See Mark 2:27-28) A people worshiping Jesus as Lord could in no way think of changing the day, He proclaims to be the Lord of.

    No apostle ever taught strict law keeping as a means by which people could be saved, rather Jesus’ doctrine of faith, love, and overcoming the sin nature to the end. Loving God is to keep His Ways. Early New Covenant Churches, documented that Jesus revealed Himself through the apostles’ teaching. Allow Paul’s teaching on this subject.

    (1Corinthians 1:18-25; For, the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For, it is written, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and I will thwart the cleverness of the intelligent. (Quote from Isaiah 29:14) Where is the wise man? Where is the expert in the Mosaic law? Where is the debater of this age? Has God not made the wisdom of the world foolish? For, since in the wisdom of God the world by its wisdom did not know God, God was pleased to save those who believe by the foolishness of preaching. For Jews demand miraculous signs and Greeks ask for wisdom, but we preach about a crucified Christ, a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles. But to those who are CALLED, both Jews and Greeks, Christ is the power of God, and the wisdom of God. For, the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.)

    Followers of Jesus are miraculously gifted to understand, ‘minds must be opened supernaturally in order to know why God’s Sabbaths are holy.’

    Paul exposed the devises of Satan, and taught that Believers IN Jesus must be about overcoming the pulls of inherited nature. Part of overcoming our inherited nature is to overcome our natural resentment to God’s spiritual laws. Paul used Abraham’s faith in God, as the example. Believing IN faith; loving God, and honoring His Way, is how Jesus’ apostles worshiped God.

    They explained that the law keeping Israelites put strict law observance, pride in doing, above loving their Creator and neighbor. Inherited human nature willingly puts legalistic rule above love. Law keeping can become an idol.

    New Testament Christian are gifted with a desire to be personally holy, love God’s Way, and yield to servicing others. Jesus’ Apostle Peter gives us the perfect summation.

    (1Peter 1:13-21; Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: But as He which has CALLED you is holy, so be you holy in all manner of conduct; Because it is written “Be you holy; for I am holy.” And if you call on the Father, who without respect of persons judges according to every man’s work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear: forasmuch as you know that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conduct, received by tradition from your fathers; but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you, who by Him do believe IN God, that raised Him up from the dead, and gave Him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.)

    Note it’s, “by the revelation of Jesus Christ that, we fashion ourselves. Being holy is to recognize, redemption is by His precious blood, that Jesus is, foreordained-manifested in these last times for us.”

    Obviously Jesus’ apostles kept His weekly and annual Sabbaths. Paul went to great length explaining that the crux of his preaching was, ‘Jesus Christ and Him crucified.’ No Apostle, believer or Christian ever considered changing anything in God’s original words.

    Paul explains at Philippians 2:3-11; Complete my joy and be of the same mind, by having the same love, being united in spirit, and having one purpose. 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 and on earth and under the earth – and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.)

    Jesus revealed to John that near the end of this age, “a time He refers to as the abomination of desolation will be revealed”, then people in Judea should flee to the mountains because of the onset of persecutions. Of that time Jesus said, among other things; “Pray that your flight may not be in winter or on a Sabbath.” (Matt 24:20)

    Could be, Muslims and Jews think Jesus is referring to the sixth day, and Christendom think He’s referring to the first day. Thank God truth is revealed to His followers.

Jesus’ Good News: One God, one truth, one way, chapter 18

Tuesday, April 13th, 2021

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          Without yielding to God’s commandments, and oracles people are naturally prone to think highly of themselves, their superior intellect.’ It’s how Satan wants folks to think.

      Holy Scripture reveals, ‘in this age since Jesus’ ascension, the mystery of God’s spirit living in people is only understood by those gifted.’ Its speculative but we believe, ‘people who desire to be divine decide and make assumptions to please self.’ Consider what we know on this subject. All inherited Adam and Eve’s lawless sin nature, and from a fleshly logic’s point of view it’s likely, some would consider the devil as having some merit for calling God a liar. Did the devil have any merit? NO. He attempted to put himself on a level equal with God, and wanted folks to assume God didn’t want them to know their full potential. Such could’ve been a reason in Israelite minds, to consider the imaginary gentile gods. Regardless, God pre-planned a fix, ‘His chosen would be gifted with a New Covenant, by the One who made the first covenant, one of dying for the sins of the world.’ That is, allowing all but a few to go the way seems right to themselves. (See Proverbs 14:12)

     Jesus’ apostle Paul was gifted to understand God’s New Covenant with His called out people. (Colossians 1:25-29; I became a servant of the church according to the stewardship from God; given to me for you, in order to complete the word of God, that is, the mystery that has been kept hidden from ages and generations, but has now been revealed to His Saints. God wanted to make known to them the glorious riches of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. We proclaim Him by instructing and teaching all people with all wisdom so that we may present every person mature in Christ. Toward this goal I also labor, struggling according to His power that powerfully works in me.) As always study the whole text.

     So again, consider why God’s Old Covenant had to be changed, so His called could be saved by grace. Has God changed? Has humanity changed? No on both counts! God had purpose in giving people over until a set time.

    (Rom 1:24-32; Therefore God gave them over in the desires of their hearts to impurity, to dishonor their bodies among themselves. They exchanged the truth of God for a lie and worshiped and served the creation rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.)

    Abraham’s day and ours, ‘whole people groups like the Amorites, whose lands God gave Israel’, (when their sins reached His limit) choose a way seeming right in their fleshly minds, ‘but now by grace, God’s called Saints choose what He says is right through faith.

      (Romans 1:26-32; For this reason God gave them over to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged the natural sexual relations for unnatural ones, and likewise the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed in their passions for one another. Men committed shameless acts with men and received in themselves the due penalty for their error. (God’s giving people over, allows the hostiles many ideologies to choose from, to flourish, confuse, and cause chaos in the world.)

     And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what should not be done. They are filled with every kind of unrighteousness, wickedness, covetousness, malice. They are rife with envy, murder, strife, deceit, hostility. They are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, contrivers of all sorts of evil, disobedient to parents, senseless, covenant-breakers, heartless, ruthless. Although they fully know God’s righteous decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but also approve of those who practice them.)

    Secrets about God living in people through His spirit were not revealed to the Israelites, or any people groups before Jesus’ ascension, and now only revealed to the called in this latter New Covenant age. Paul explains.

     (Eph 1:9-12; 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.) (That secret is revealed in Hebrews 12, review it.)

     (Eph 1:13-14; 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.)

     God’s Holy Spirit imputed to the mind is the evidence of conversion, and the down payment of our inheritance, ‘eternal life.’)

     (The ‘Greek’ words, ‘here Holy Spirit of promise’, has been translated as an attributive genitive.) Paul explained to the Galatians and all called people that this good news was told to Abraham ahead of time.

    (Galatians 3:6-14; Just as Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness, so then, understand that those who believe are the sons of Abraham. And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, proclaimed the gospel to Abraham ahead of time, saying, ‘All the nations will be blessed in you.’ So then those who believe are blessed along with Abraham the believer. For all who rely on doing the works of the law are under a curse, because it is written, ‘Cursed is everyone who does not keep on doing everything written in the book of the law.’ Now it is clear, no one is justified before God by the law, because the righteous one will live by faith. But the law is not based on faith, but the one who does the works of the law will live by them. Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us (because it is written, ‘Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree’) in order that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham would come to the Gentiles, so that we could receive the promise of the Spirit by faith.)

     Christendom practices evolving traditions, yield to their fleshly intellect, confused denominational doctrines, and a love of this world’s system of things. To such people Jesus said; (Matt 23:33-36; You snakes, you offspring of vipers! How will you escape being condemned to the judgment of Gehenna? “For this reason I am sending you prophets and wise men and experts in the law, some of whom you will kill and crucify, and some you will flog in your synagogues, and pursue from town to town, so that on you will come all the righteous blood shed on earth’, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah son of Barachiah, whom you murdered between the temple and the altar. I tell you the truth, this generation will be held responsible for all these things!)

     Denominational minded belief systems are much like Cain’s, who thought to worship God according to his own way of thinking. Allow the Hebrews writer.

     (Hebrews 12:1-6; Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, we must get rid of every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and run with endurance the race set out for us, keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus, the pioneer and Perfector of our faith. For the joy set out for Him He endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken His seat at the right hand of the throne of God. Think of Him who endured such opposition against Himself by sinners, so that you may not grow weary in your souls and give up. You have not yet resisted to the point of bloodshed in your struggle against sin. And have you forgotten the exhortation addressed to you as Sons? “My son, do not scorn the Lord’s discipline or give up when He corrects you. For the Lord disciplines the one He loves and chastises every Son He accepts.) Quote from, Prov 3:11-12.

      Jesus is our pioneer, and God the Father is revealed through God the Son, to show us the Father and reveal His deity. Believers in Jesus perfect their faith in Him. (Jesus’ love for us is greater than we can imagine, believers are heirs with Jesus and Abraham.)

     (Hebrews 12:7-13; Endure your suffering as discipline; God is treating you as Sons. For what son is there that a father does not discipline? But if you do not experience discipline, something all sons have shared in, then you are illegitimate and are not sons. Besides, we have experienced discipline from our earthly fathers and we respected them; shall we not submit ourselves all the more to the Father of spirits and receive life? For they disciplined us for a little while as seemed good to them, but HE does so for our benefit, that we may share His holiness. Now all discipline seems painful at the time, not joyful. But later it produces the fruit of peace and righteousness for those trained by it. Therefore, strengthen your listless hands and your weak knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be put out of joint but be headed.)

   This is only possible through God’s revealing Himself and Jesus, to us individually.

Jesus’ Good News: One God, one truth, one way, chapter 17

Saturday, April 10th, 2021

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Satan knew about God’s plan to add family.

    Satan’s characteristics were established when he thought to usurp his Creator’s position. Likely becoming jealous when learned God’s intent to make people in His own spiritual likeness. Regardless his reasoning, the powerful Lucifer’s self serving character makes him the devil. Disorder and chaos is to his liking, and he is about the business of having the whole world follow his divisionary path. He’s a deceiving liar, and when believing even one of his deceptions, ‘God’s truth is distorted.’ (After 72 disciples reported back from their assigned trip, and told of their successes over demons, Jesus said to them; “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.” Luke 10:18.)

    When Jesus cast out demons, many crying out, “You are the Son of God!” Jesus confronted and rebuked them, not allowing them to speak, because they knew He was the Christ. Luke 4:41.)

    Jesus reveals that God’s character is opposite Satan‘s. (1Cor 14:32-33; Indeed, the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets, for God is not characterized by disorder but by peace.)

     God would be disorderly had He authorized a change in Sabbath days, His calendar, or commandments without there being a consequence? He’d be a god of confusion had He condoned representation by a universal religion, ‘Roman or Orthodox’, multiple protesting churches, or others: but God isn’t about disorder or confusion.

     Scripture teaches God’s church is a people, ‘born from above’, recipients of His holy spirit, gifted with Jesus’ likeness, desiring to be ONE with Him, chosen, known from the foundation of the world, and in the world but not of the world. (It’s Jesus’ believing IN faith imputed to the mind, desiring growth in His grace, and knowledge.)

     As Jesus was delivering Israel through Moses, at Mount Sinai the people were terrified at the sound of His voice, fire they witnessed, and ask that only Moses speak to them in the future. Some 430 years earlier, Jesus had shared His plan to deliver Abram’s discendents from Egyptian slavery. That physical enslavement represented spiritual enslavement to sin, that followers of Jesus could overcome, by a spiritual deliverance from the result of sin.

    Israel‘s supernatural deliverance was during the ‘Passover - Feast of Unleavened Bread season’, likened to Jesus’ passing over sins by promised grace, ‘forgiveness’, through believing in His preplanned deeds as the Son of God, Deliverer, Mediator and Savor. Revealing Himself the only avenue to immortality, salvation, overcoming Satan’s deceptions, and our inherited from Adam fleshly nature.

    As Israel needed deliverance from Egyptian enslavement, all people need Jesus’ spiritual deliverance from our inherited from Adam sin nature, and this world‘s demonic system of things.

     Let’s review the Lord God’s discussion about Israel’s enslavement, and their deliverance as promised Abraham. (Gen 15:13-16; Then the Lord said to Abram, Know for certain that your descendants will be strangers in a foreign country. They will be enslaved and oppressed for four hundred years. But I will execute judgment on the nation they will serve. Afterward they will come out with many possessions. But as for you, you will go to your ancestors in peace and be buried at a good old age. In the fourth generation your descendants will return here, for the sin of the Amorites has not yet reached its limit.)

    God was preplanning giving Israel Amorite lands, ‘when their sins reached its limit.’ (Exodus 12:40-44; Now, the length of time the Israelites lived in Egypt was 430 years. At the end of the 430 years, on the very day, all the regiments of the Lord went out of the land of Egypt. It was a night of vigil for the Lord to bring them out from the land of Egypt, and so on this night all Israel is to keep the vigil to the Lord for generations to come.)

     Review God’s definition of the word, ‘Israel’, Israel literally means, ‘God fights or fights for.’ Israelites are a chosen people God set aside by promise to Abraham. The Lord God ‘Jesus’ would deliver, protect, and give lands over to them perpetually. Though now dispersed to demonic led nations because of their disobedience, God’s promises are perpetual, meaning another even more spectacular deliverance is coming.

    Followers of Jesus are Abraham’s spiritual heirs regardless ethnicity. It’s the new covenant made possibly only after the One making the first died. (See Hebrews 9) (Galatians 3:28-29; 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.)

     Physical and spiritual Israelites were and are chosen by promise to Abraham, set aside people, predestined. Israel’s disobedience caused God to scatter His people to foreign nations until a set time. It’s also by design that both physical and spiritual Israelites are again enslaved to this world’s demonic system of things. By design that people need of a Deliverer for their saving.

    Israelites history is preserved for Jesus’ followers learning in this age. People led to discern that this world is likened to old Babylon and Egypt, in bondage to a worldwide system, whose god is Satan.

     Consider the condition of God’s set aside people today, people gifted with Jesus’ faith, and waiting on His promised deliverance. The writer of Hebrews explains to Believers that, ‘UNLIKE the Israelites standing before God at Mount Sinai in Moses’ day; believers in Jesus now worship, as standing before heavenly Jerusalem.’ (Review Hebrews 12:18-24.) The principle being that called people must overcome the inherited from Adam nature, and inherit by grace Jesus’ nature.

    Remember what God said to Cain that Abel’s blood ‘life’ crying out to Him, and Cain’s punishment? Then the Lord said to Cain, Where is your brother Abel? And he replied, I don’t know! Am I my brother’s guardian? But the Lord said, ‘what have you done? The voice of your brother’s blood is crying out to Me from the ground!’ (Genesis 4:9-12 So, now, you are banished from the ground, which has opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand. When you try to cultivate the ground it will no longer yield its best for you. You will be a homeless wanderer on the earth.)

    Spirits of people made righteous in this Hebrews 12 text, ‘are in God’s view a people whose spirits are being made perfect, now about that heavenly throne, and gifted with immortality. They’ll be in the first resurrection, according to Paul’s letter to the Corinthians.

     Review a portion. (1Cor 15:50-55; Now, this is what I am saying, brothers and sisters: Flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. Listen, I will tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed – in a moment, in the blinking of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. For, this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality. Now when this perishable puts on the imperishable, and this mortal puts on immortality, then the saying that is written will happen, ‘Death has been swallowed up in victory.’ ‘Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?’)

     So let us heed Jesus’ word at Hebrews 12:25; Take care not to refuse the One who is speaking! For if they did not escape when they refused the One who warned them on earth, how much less shall we, if we reject the One who warns from heaven?)

     Cain’s guilt is that he yielded to what seemed right to himself. Thought to give God a sacrifice of his choosing rather than what was commanded. When learning that God considered Abel’s sacrifice righteous and his unrighteous, Cain’s attitude toward his brother changed to that of jealousy. (Self serving decisions regarding worship pleases Satan and dishonors God.) When people today practice what seems right to themselves rather than looking to God’s ordained practices they’re mimicking the god of confusion.

    The Hebrews writer reveals, that when we worship the true and living God, we’re spiritually before heavenly Mount Zion, the city of the living God, heavenly Jerusalem, many angels, the assembly of the firstborn, His church enrolled in heaven, to God the judge of all, before the SPIRITS of the righteous who have been made perfect, and JESUS the mediator of a New Covenant.

     Accordingly Moses and Elias’ spirits are there. Review Luke 2:28-35, and Eph 1:1-14; remember the mount of transfiguration account from a previous study.

     Satan espouses many ideologies to cause division and chaos, He’s the father of liars, and ideologies regarding worship are blatant sins. God puts limits on when ideologies are to be uprooted, as was the case before the Lord God ’Jesus’ gave the Amorite lands over to the Israelites. Ideologies regarding worship, ‘only seems right to fleshly minds.’ Jesus’ apostle Paul nailed it for our benefit.

      (Rom 1:20-23; For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes – His eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen, because they are understood through what has been made. So people are without excuse. For, though they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God or give Him thanks, but they became futile in their thoughts and their senseless hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for an image resembling mortal human beings or birds or four-footed animals or reptiles.)

 

Jesus’ Good News: One God, one truth, one way, chapter 16

Tuesday, April 6th, 2021

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           The creation account at Genesis 1 reveals, a Re-Creation as Moses described, the earth became empty, without shape as we know it today, the sun wasn’t shining through to the watery deep, and God’s spirit was moving over the surface, and Moses is describing a Re-Creating. (Gen 1:1-3; In a beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was, without shape and empty, and darkness was over the surface of the watery deep, but the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the water. God said, “Let there be light.” And there was light!)

    When God flooded earth during Noah’s time, animal species from before the first flood were not mentioned, the wording suggest the earth was without shape, and water everywhere.  

According to Jesus’ apostle Paul’s letter to the Colossians and all believers, God the Son did the Re-creating, Created and sustains. Same truth is revealed at John 1:1-5. (Study Colossians 1:15-20, and Hebrews 1.)

The holy scriptures and spiritual revelations teach, ‘God the Father and God the Son are two individuals’, One in purpose. They’re in agreement, their spirit binding the togetherness, and holiness. Their spirit hovered over the watery deep. That same Holy Spirit of truth is imputed to humankind making each recipient holy in God’s view, and ONE, ‘in agreement with Him. God’s Holy Spirit can be characterized as, ‘the powerful ongoing nature of God, the spirit of a sound mind, and God‘s helper.’ God’s spirit is the, ‘God in man mystery that’s been hidden for ages but now revealed, manifested to followers of Jesus.’ Jesus explains through Paul.

(1Cor 2:6-16; Now we do speak wisdom among the mature, but not a wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are perishing. Instead we speak the wisdom of God, hidden in a mystery that God determined before the ages for our glory. None of the rulers of this age understood it. If they had known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. But just as it is written, “Things that no eye has seen, or ear heard, or mind imagined, are the things God has prepared for those who love Him.” God has revealed these to us by the Spirit. (Quote from Isa 64:4)

    For the Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. For who among men knows the things of a man except the man’s spirit within him? So too, no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. (Quote from Isa 40:13)

    Now we have  not received the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may know the things that are freely given to us by God. And we speak about these things, not with words taught us by human wisdom, but with those taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual things to spiritual people. The unbeliever does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him. And he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned. The one who is spiritual discerns all things, yet he himself is understood by no one. For who has known the mind of the Lord, so as to advise him? But we have the mind of Christ.)

So why are the so called colleges of higher learning teaching theology? Speaking of the Oneness and power of God’s Spirit living in His followers Paul also explains this in his second letter to Timothy.

     (2Tim 1:6-14 Because of this I remind you to rekindle God’s gift that you possess through the laying on of my hands. For God did not give us a Spirit of fear but of power and love and self-control. So do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord or of me, a prisoner for His sake, but by God’s power accept your share of suffering for the gospel. He is the One who saved us and called us with a holy calling, not based on our works but on His own purpose and grace, granted to us in Christ Jesus before time began, but now made visible through the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus. He has broken the power of death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel! For this gospel I was appointed a preacher and apostle and teacher. Because of this, in fact, I suffer as I do. But I am not ashamed, because I know the One in whom my faith is set and I am convinced that He is able to protect what has been entrusted to me until that day. Hold to the standard of sound words that you heard from me, and do so with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. Protect that good thing entrusted to you, through the Holy Spirit who lives within us.)

Jesus, ‘the Word, and Spokesman’ is the Son of God, known as the Lord God Creator to Adam, Eve, Noah, Abraham, Moses and all to whom He revealed Himself. The holy scriptures reveal that God the Father has not been seen, and only His voice has been heard. (See Matt 3:17, 17:5, Luke 3:22, 9:35 and 2Peter 1:17)

    After telling His apostles they’d see the kingdom of God; Jesus revealed the heavenly kingdom to three apostles when He took Peter, John and James up a mountain to pray. Moses and Elijah appeared and will be among those we’ll see in His kingdom.

(Luke 9:27-36; As Jesus was praying, the appearance of His face was transformed, and His clothes became very bright, a brilliant white. Then two men, Moses and Elijah, began talking with Him. They appeared in glorious splendor and spoke about His departure that He was about to carry out at Jerusalem. Now Peter and those with him were quite sleepy, but as they became fully awake, they saw Jesus’ glory and the two men standing with Him. Then as the men were starting to leave, Peter said to Jesus, Master, it is good for us to be here, let us make three shelters, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah, not knowing what he was saying. As Peter was saying this, a cloud came and overshadowed them, and they were afraid as they entered the cloud. Then a voice came from the cloud, saying, “This is My Son, My Chosen One. Listen to Him!” After the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone. So they kept silent and told no one at that time anything of what they had seen.) Peter remembered and shared this experience in his second letter.

(2Peter 1:16-21; For we did not follow cleverly concocted fables when we made known to you the power and return of our Lord Jesus Christ; no, we were eyewitnesses of His grandeur. For He received honor and glory from God the Father, when that voice was conveyed to Him by the Majestic Glory: “This is My dear Son, in whom I am delighted.” When this voice was conveyed from heaven, we ourselves heard it, for we were with Jesus on the holy mountain. Moreover, we possess the prophetic word as an altogether reliable thing. You do well if you pay attention to this as you would to a light shining in a murky place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. Above all, you do well if you recognize this; No prophecy of scripture ever comes about by the prophet’s own imagination, for no prophecy was ever borne of human impulse, rather men carried along by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.) That Majestic Glory’s voice was that of God the Father.

When God the Son spoke, ‘let us make humankind in our image’ God the Father was there and in agreement.

    (Genesis 1:26-27; Then God said, “Let us make humankind in Our image, after Our likeness, so they may rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move on the earth. God created humankind in His own image, in the image of God He created them, male and female He created them.)   

 Adam was the first to be made in God’s image.

God the Son revealed His coming rule to Moses, having him speak.

     (Deut 18:15-19; The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you – from your fellow Israelites; you must listen to Him. This accords with what happened at Horeb in the day of the assembly. You asked the Lord your God; “Please do not make us hear the voice of the Lord our God any more or see this great fire any more lest we die.” The Lord then said to me, “What they have said is good, I will raise up a prophet like you for them from among their fellow Israelites. I will put My words in His mouth and He will speak to them whatever I command. I will personally hold responsible anyone who then pays no attention to the words that prophet speaks in My name.”)

Now back to Paul’s letter to followers of Jesus.

    (Colossians 1:17-19; Jesus Himself is before all things and all things are held together in Him. He is the head of the body, the church, as well as the beginning, the firstborn from among the dead, so that He Himself may become first in all things. For God was pleased to have all His fullness dwell in the Son and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself by making peace through the blood of His cross – through Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven.)

To worship Jesus in spirit and truth, people must know Jesus as Re-Creator, Creator, Sustainer, Mediator, Deliverer, Life giver, and our coming king of kings. He created humankind, making it that life’s in the blood, thus the emphasis on the shedding of blood. Blood sacrifices looked forward to Jesus’ own sacrifice. Jesus’, and our life is in the blood. The Son of God agreed with God His Father, ‘He’d be made flesh and blood for the purpose of sacrificing that life for the remission of sins.’

     All pre-planned from the beginning. (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. (Review John 1:1;5.)

    The result of the sin nature inherited from Adam is eternal death. Until people are called and believe in Jesus’ shed blood for their saving, ‘eternal death is that inheritance.’ The inherited from Adam nature represents darkness, that can‘t ‘in of its self’ see The Light, ‘Jesus‘.

God family’s way is one. No division in planning, holy days, or mankind’s future. Ultimately Satan is being used in God’s plan for our saving, his obstacles, and our inherited nature is to be overcome to the end. Things Satan does to harm, God ultimately uses for good.

Satan’s concocted deceptions include many half truths, and doctrines designed to confuse. God calls Satan the author of confusion, manifesting himself as an angel of light, and lording over many denominations who think themselves doing good. He causes many to make Jesus out to be one likened to their imagination. Jesus knew this in the beginning.

(Matthew 25:3-5; As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, His disciples came to Him privately and said, tell us, when will these things happen? and what will be the sign of Your coming and of the end of the age? Jesus answered them, “Watch out that no one misleads you. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ’, and they will mislead many.”)

    The distorted world view is that God condones all religions. But He reveals One God, one absolute truth, and one way.

Jesus’ Good News: One God, one truth, one way, chapter 15

Saturday, April 3rd, 2021

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    This has been a set aside week since before Moses, to reflect on lives, on what’s right, wrong, good and evil in God’s view. Satan knows about God’s plan to add to His family. His demonic characteristics were established when he thought to usurp his Creator’s power; ‘then Lucifer became Satan, the devil.’ Seemingly this powerful spirit being became jealous when learning of God’s intent to make people in His image and likeness, with the potential of inheriting eternal life, be in God’s spiritual likeness, ‘that is becoming family.’ Regardless Lucifer’s reasoning, this powerful rebellious spirit being is allowed to be, ‘prince of the power of the air’, ‘god of unbelieving hostiles’, and those loving this world’s system of things. Satan’s self serving characteristic’s are adopted by folks desiring to decide what’s right, wrong, good and evil.

    Characteristically Satan loves disorder, chaos, and causing people to believe in his lies. His intent is to have the whole world following his lead, and believe in one or more of his deceptions that distort God’s Word.

     When Jesus cast demons out, they crying out, You’re the Son of God! Jesus confronted and rebuked them, not allowing them to speak, “because they knew that He was the Christ.” (See Luke 4:41) Jesus revealed God the Father’s character through Paul, as being opposite that of Satan‘s.

    (1Cor 14:32-33; Indeed, the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets, for God is not characterized by disorder but by peace.)

    Consider; God would be disorderly had He authorized a Sabbath day change, or His calendar of holy times be set aside, without a consequence. God would be about confusion, and disorder had He at any point condoned, ‘two universal churches, multiple protestant churches, Hinduism, Muslimism, and etc ‘representing Himself.’

     The holy scriptures teach; God’s church is made of a called out people, gifted from above with His spiritual character and likeness, a people gifted with desire and effort to be AT ONE with Him, a people of His choosing, and re-born from above. A predestine, known from the foundation of the world people, ‘in but not of this world.’

    Genuine followers of Jesus are gifted with ‘Oneness of mind to love God, one another, and think like Him spiritually. (It’s Jesus’ believing IN faith imputed to the mind, desiring to grow in His grace, and knowledge.) 

     As Jesus was delivering Israel through Moses, ‘at Mount Sinai they were terrified at the sound of His voice, and the fire they witnessed.’ About 430 years earlier, God had shared His plan to deliver Abraham’s discendents from Egyptian enslavement that represented spiritual sin. Bondage representative of our enslavement to sin’s result in this age, and this world’s system of things.

    Israel‘s supernatural deliverance, Passover and the Feast of Unleavened bread has a spiritual likeness to, ‘followers of Jesus‘, looking to their Deliverer and overcoming sin’s pulls.’ As Israel needed a Deliverer, all people need Jesus’ deliverance from our inherited Adam’s sin nature. and this world‘s system of things. Thus be delivered from our inherited nature.

    God discussed Israel’s enslavement to a foreign country and their deliverance with Abraham. (Gen 15:13-16; Then the Lord said to Abram, Know for certain that your descendants will be strangers in a foreign country. They will be enslaved and oppressed for four hundred years. But I will execute judgment on the nation that they will serve. Afterward they will come out with many possessions. But as for you, you will go to your ancestors in peace and be buried at a good old age.

    In the fourth generation your descendants will return here, for the sin of the Amorites has not yet reached its limit.) (Here we see a generation being about one hundred years.) God was also preplanning Israel’s taking the Amorites lands, when their sins reached its limit. 

Nations should be thinking, ‘what’s our sin limitation?’

    (Exodus 12:40-44; Now, the length of time the Israelites lived in Egypt was 430 years. At the end of the 430 years, on the very day, all the regiments of the Lord went out of the land of Egypt. It was a night of vigil for the Lord to bring them out from the land of Egypt, and so on this night all Israel is to keep the vigil to the Lord for generations to come.)

    It’s a good time to review God’s definition of the word, ‘Israel’, the word literally means, ‘God fights’ or ‘God fights for.’ Israelites are a people God set aside by promise to Abraham, promising He’d deliver, protect, and give lands over to them. Today’s Israelites are Jesus and Abraham’s heirs, and followers of Jesus’ commandments.

    (Galatians 3:28-29; 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.)

    Physical and spiritual Israelites were and are ‘chosen by God’s promises, ‘a set aside people.’ Because of their disobedience, ‘God scattered His people to a foreign nation until a set time.’ (Physical and spiritual Isrealites are again scattered, enslaved, and in need of a Deliverer.) Israel’s history is preserved for followers of Jesus learning. Set aside, and led to discern that this world is likened to old Egypt, and its people in bondage to a sinful worldwide systems, whose influencing god is Satan.

    Consider the condition of God’s set aside people in today’s world. People God fights for, in this world but NOT of this world, gifted with Jesus’ imputed faith, and waiting on His promised spiritual and physical deliverance.

    The writer of Hebrews, we believe to be the apostle Paul, explained to Believers in Jesus; ‘UNLIKE the Isrealites standing before God at Mount Sinai; worshipers are standing before heavenly Jerusalem.’

    (Hebrews 12:18-21; For you, have not come to something that can be touched, to a burning fire and darkness, gloom, a whirlwind, the blast of a trumpet and a voice uttering words such that those, who heard, begged to hear no more. For, they could not bear what was commanded, If even an animal touches the mountain, it must be stoned. In fact, the scene was so terrifying that Moses said, ‘I shudder with fear.’) (See Deut 9:19)

    God’s presence on Mount Sinai was such that, it could be touched but they were warned NOT to touch. However today, Believers may spiritually come before Heavenly Jerusalem in the name of Jesus. Remember, Jesus’ apostles’ letters are to followers of Jesus.

    (Hebrews 12:22-24; But you, have come to Mount Zion, the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, to myriads of angels, to the assembly, congregation of the firstborn, who are enrolled in heaven, to God, the judge of all, to the spirits of the righteous, who have been made perfect, to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks of something better than Abel’s does.

Remember; God said to Cain that Abel’s blood cried out to Him.

 Then the Lord said to Cain, ‘where is your brother Abel?’ And Cain replied, I don’t know! Am I my brother’s guardian? But the Lord said, ‘what have you done?’ The voice of your brother’s blood is crying out to Me from the ground!) (See Genesis 4:9-10)

     These spirits of righteous people in God’s view are people whose spirit is being made perfect, and now about that heavenly throne. A people gifted with immortality, ‘righteous in God’s View’, being perfected and will be in the first resurrection. Hebrews text is agreeing with Paul’s Corinthians letter.

    (1Cor 15:50-55; Now this is what I am saying, brothers and sisters: Flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. Listen, I will tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed – in a moment, in the blinking of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality. Now when this perishable puts on the imperishable, and this mortal puts on immortality, then the saying that is written will happen, “Death has been swallowed up in victory.” “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?)

     We need to understand the significance of God’s annual Sabbaths, ‘two wrap the days of Unleavened Bread’ are about Jesus’ passing over our sins, our repentance, and He dying so people’s sins could be forgiven. (Third) ‘Pentecost’, looking back and forward to God’s gifting His spirit and the birth date of His New Covenant Church.’ (Fourth) ‘Trumpets’ sounding trumpets will announce Jesus’ triumphant return, and the first resurrection. (Fifth) ‘Atonement’, foreshadows the change to ‘at-one-ment’, spiritually with Jesus’ likeness. (Sixth) ‘Feast of Tabernacles’ remembering that we are temporary in our physical bodies, and looking to Jesus’ millennial rule on earth, our literally being One with God. (Seventh) ‘Last Great Day’ looking to final judgment, Satan bound, and New Jerusalem’s coming down.

     (Hebrews 12:25; Take care not to refuse the One who is speaking! For if they did not escape when they refused the One who warned them on earth, how much less shall we, if we reject the One who warns from heaven? )

     Let’s not be like Cain who yielded to what seemed right, rather than looking to his Creator for what’s right, wrong, good, and evil. Who thought to give God a sacrifice of his choosing rather than what was commanded. When Cain learned that God considered Abel’s sacrifice righteous and his unrighteous, his attitude toward his brother changed to that of jealousy. Such jealousy pleases Satan. When Cain practiced what seemed right to his fleshly nature, rather than looking to God ordained practices, ‘he was mimicking the god of confusion’, Satan.

       God declared ABEL righteous and thus his spirit is being made perfect according to this Hebrews 12 scripture. Abel’s Believing IN made him as today’s Believers IN Jesus, ‘heirs with faithful Abraham!’

       The Hebrews writer reveals, that when we worship the true and living God; we’re before spiritual Mount Zion, the city of the living God, heavenly Jerusalem, before many angels, the assembly of the firstborn, ‘His church’ enrolled in heaven, to God the judge of all, before the SPIRITS of the righteous who are being made perfect, AND before JESUS the mediator of a New Covenant. (Moses and Elias’ spirits are there. See Luke 2:28-35)

   Remember the mount of transfiguration? Moses and Elias appeared, spoke with Jesus, Peter, John and James witnessed.

   Immortality is gifted to God’s chosen, ‘the obedient Believers’ Christians. Paul explains the Believer’s spiritual condition in the heavenly realms.

      (Eph 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.)

      GOD’S insight isn’t to be questioned, revealing through Isaiah, “My ways are higher than your ways and My thoughts higher than your thoughts.”    Jesus is the Alpha and Omega, knowing the beginning and ending. THUS, Jesus could tell Abraham exactly how long his discendent heirs would be in Egyptian bondage.

Jesus’ Good News: One God, one truth, one way, chapter 14

Thursday, April 1st, 2021

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    This week is set aside by Jesus to reflect on why He came, lived in the flesh, and died to give believers a new covenant. Creator Jesus purposely put in Adam an inherited self serving, prone to be disobedient nature; one desiring to make its own choices. Satan took advantage and deceived. Adam and Eve chose to disobey, and choose for self, ‘what’s right, wrong, good and evil’, rather than looking to their Maker.

     What person naturally understands that, ‘way seeming right to our inherited nature is the way of death’, or ‘through pro-creation Adam’s sin nature is passed to everyone’, or ‘only through Jesus our sin nature can be changed, and thus inherit eternal life.

     In Adam all people; through pro-creation are, ‘born in sin; inheriting eternal death’. Through Jesus our sin nature can be supernaturally changed, by repenting and believing in Jesus’ purpose for shedding His blood for the remission of the world’s sins.

     Study Peter’s two letters carefully, pray that Jesus reveal Himself to your mind. In addition to understanding the need of a NEW NATURE, ‘know that Satan, demons, and human followers have agendas. Among Jesus’ warnings to His followers is, ‘we aren’t exempt from a suffering likened to His.’

    (Jesus said; ’a disciple is not greater than his teacher, nor a slave greater than his master. For a disciple becomes like his teacher, and the slave like his master. If they call the head of the house ‘Beelzebul’ how much more will they defame the members of his household!’ Matt 10:24-25) Likewise Peter explained Satan’s purpose.

    (1Peter 5:8-11; Be sober and alert. Your enemy the devil, like a roaring lion, is on the prowl looking for someone to devour. Resist him, strong in your faith, because you know that your brothers and sisters throughout the world are enduring the same kinds of suffering. And, after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace who CALLED you to HIS eternal glory in Christ will Himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. To Him belongs the power forever. Amen.)

    The believer in Jesus must overcome to the end. WHAT to overcome? The pulls of our inherited from Adam nature, demonic deceptions, and yield to Jesus’ calling us out from this world’s system of things. Thus inherit through Jesus, His believing by faith nature. Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Savior, Jesus. So WHO do we need to resist, and flee from? Satan, his deceptions, demons, false teachers, and our own inherited from Adam nature pulls, as Peter describes.

    (2Peter 2:17; These men are waterless springs and mists driven by a storm, for whom the utter depths of darkness have been reserved. (note the past tense) (2Pet 2:18-22; For by speaking high-sounding but empty words they are able to entice, with fleshly desires and with debauchery, people who have just escaped from those who reside in error. Although these false teachers promise such people freedom, they themselves are enslaved to immorality. For whatever a person succumbs to, TO THAT he is enslaved. For if after they have escaped the filthy things of the world through the rich knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they again get entangled in them and succumb to them, their last state has become worse for them than their first. For it would have been better for them never to have known the way of righteousness than having known it, to turn back from the holy commandment that had been delivered to them. They are illustrations of this true proverb, ‘A dog returns to its own vomit’, and ‘a sow, after washing herself, wallows in the mire.)

    Jesus also said, ‘we need to count the cost.’ (Whoever does not carry his own cross, and follow Me cannot be My disciple. For which of you, wanting to build a tower, don’t sit down first and compute the cost to see if he has enough money to complete it? Luke 14:27-28) May we be gifted with The Faith to know that Jesus does keep all His promises.

    Satan is giving unbelieving scoffers a lot to scoff about. The apostle Paul delivers a powerful indictment to such people.

    (Romans 1:18-25; For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of people who suppress the truth by their unrighteousness, because what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes – His eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen, because they are understood through what has been made. So people are without excuse. For, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God or give Him thanks, but they became futile in their thoughts and their senseless hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for an image resembling mortal human beings or birds or four-footed animals or reptiles. Therefore God gave them over in the desires of their hearts to impurity, to dishonor their bodies among themselves. They exchanged the truth of God for a lie and worshiped and served the creation rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.)

     Way back, from within their fleshly intellect, people learned the movements of God’s heavenly bodies, and set their calendars to the winter equinox. BUT God led His people from, ‘heavenly planet worship, to His appointed times that foreshadow His plan, judgments and outcomes.

     (Lev 23:1-8; The Lord spoke to Moses, ‘Speak to the Israelites and tell them, These are the Lord’s appointed times which you must proclaim as holy assemblies – My appointed times.’ Six days work may be done, but on the seventh day there must be a Sabbath of complete rest, a holy assembly. You must not do any work; it is a Sabbath to the Lord in all the places where you live. ‘These are the Lord’s appointed times, holy assemblies, which you must proclaim at their appointed time.

    In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month, at twilight, is a Passover offering to the Lord. Then on the fifteenth day of the same month will be the festival of unleavened bread to the Lord; ‘seven days you must eat unleavened bread.’ On the first day there will be a holy assembly for you; you must not do any regular work. You must present a gift to the Lord for seven days, and the seventh day is a holy assembly; you must not do any regular work.)

    God appointed for His people, times corresponding to His plan for our saving. Passover and the events described in Exodus 12, foreshadowed Jesus’ shed blood, and His death for the remission of sins. Other holy times described in Leviticus 23, foreshadow God’s gifting people with His holy spirit, to make them at one with Himself, the resurrection and Jesus’ millennial kingdom on earth. Study the book.

    Many people have made false predictions based on their fleshly notions which they get from demonic sources. Giving demonic led unbelieving scoffers ammunition to say, ‘where is the promise of His coming?’

    (Heavenly Father: please lead each called person to search Your Word for truth, forgive un-beliefs, have mercy on the populations, shorten Your planned end of man’s rule on earth, is our prayer in the holy name of Jesus. AMEN.)

     To worship God in spirit and truth, people must know God as He manifest Himself to be in the holy scriptures. Jesus said, (John 4: 22-24; You people worship what you do not know. We worship what we know, because salvation is from the Jews. But a time is coming – and now is here – when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father seeks such people to be His worshipers. God is spirit, and the people who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.)

     The New Covenant and salvation is to His chosen, by promise through Abraham. (Jesus is ‘at one’ with God His Father, the fulfillment and spiritual magnification of His commandments. He is the Lord God who wrote the ten commandments with His own finger. Review John 1:1-5, Col 1:15-20 and (Hebrews 1:1-4; After God spoke long ago in various portions and in various ways to our ancestors through the prophets, in these last days He has spoken to us in a Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, and through whom He created the world The Son is the radiance of His glory and the representation of His essence, and He sustains all things by His powerful Word, and so when He had accomplished cleansing for sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high Thus He became so far better than the angels as He has inherited a name superior to theirs.)

      Jesus doesn’t manifest Himself as a baby in a manger, on a crucifix, a cross, nor as an evolving Messiah at odds with His Father. He does manifest Himself as the unchanging Son of God, Re-Creator, Creator, Sustainer, Mediator, Deliverer, and coming king of kings. The revelation was long before.

     (Malachi 3:6-9; Since, I, the Lord, do not go back on My promises, you, sons of Jacob, have not perished. From the days of your ancestors you have ignored My commandments and have not kept them! Return to Me, and I will return to you, says the Lord who rules over all. But you say, ‘How should we return? Can a person rob God? You indeed are robbing Me, but you say, ‘How are we robbing You?’ In tithes and contributions! You are bound for judgment because you are robbing Me – this whole nation is guilty.)

     People go to great length to avoid believing IN God as He manifest Himself to be in the holy scriptures. Change God’s set aside holy times, use crucifix images, set up statutes, and twist His Word to fit notions. Let’s alter the questioning.

    If God allowed you to recognize Him as He did Moses, if you were surrounded by paganism as Moses in Egypt; to what degree would you resist pagan culture? The Hebrews writer says the following about Moses. (By faith, when Moses grew up, he refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing rather to be ill-treated with the people of God than to enjoy sin’s fleeting pleasure. He regarded abuse suffered for Christ to be greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, for his eyes were fixed on the reward. By faith Moses left Egypt without fearing the king’s anger, for he persevered as though he could see the one who is invisible. Heb 11:24-27)