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

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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.

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