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

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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.

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