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

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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.)

 

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