The Family, chapter 11

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    Born from above Christians are under the New Covenant with Jesus. His followers need to consider, what is sin? How does Jesus define sin? He reveals and His apostle John wrote.

    (1John 1:8; Now this is the gospel, (good news) message we have heard from Him and announce to you; God (Jesus) is light, and in Him there is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with Him and yet keep on walking in the darkness, (practicing sin) we are lying and not practicing the truth. But if we walk in The Light, as He Himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another and the blood of Jesus cleanses us from all sin. If we say we do not bear the guilt of sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. But if we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous, forgiving us our sins and cleansing us from all unrighteousness. If we say we have not sinned, we make Him a liar and His word is not in us.)

    (1John 2:1-2; My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not (practice) sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate, with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous One, and He Himself is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for our sins but also for the whole world.)

   Jesus Christ, the righteous One” is the advocate, and practicing things God defines as sin, is to walk in darkness. Jesus defines Himself as, (The Light.) If we aren’t clothed with and immersed in Christ Jesus, (we aren’t walking in His Light.) Because; (He Himself is the atoning sacrifice.) Thus, Jesus’ spirit in us is the advocate. (Italicized words are for support in second and third John.) (How does a person know they love God? They love His commandments.)

       (1John 2:3-6; Now by this we know that we have come to know God, if we keep His commandments. The one who says, I have come to know God, and yet does not keep His commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in such a person. But whoever obeys His word, truly in this person the love of God has been perfected. By this we know that we are in Him. The one who says he resides in God ought himself to walk just as Jesus walked.) (So simple, yet hostile professing Christians love the pagan way.)

    Remember Jesus said after His parable about Lazarus and the rich man; “if they didn’t obey Moses and the prophets, neither will they hear; if one is raised from the dead speaks.”)

    (Luke 16:30-31; Then the rich man said, ‘No, father Abraham, but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.’ Jesus replied to him, ‘If they do not respond to Moses and the prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.)

    The resurrected Jesus speaking through His apostle said, ‘the blood of Abel still speaks to us, if we know why he was murdered.’  See Heb 12:24.

    (1John 2:7-11; Dear friends, I am not writing a new commandment to you, but an old commandment which you have had from the beginning. On the other hand, The old commandment is the word that you have already heard. I am writing a new commandment to you which is true in Him and in you, because the darkness is passing away and the true light is already shining. The one who says he is in the light but still hates his fellow Christian is still in the darkness. The one who loves his fellow Christian resides in the Light, and there is no cause for stumbling in him. But the one who hates his fellow Christian is in the darkness, walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes.) (Difference in old and new commandment is, Jesus‘ spirit, - the advocate, lives in Believers. thus the true Light is shining. How so? Allow Jesus’ words through His apostle Paul.

    (1Corinthians 15:20-23; But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since death came through a man, (Adam) the resurrection of the dead also came through a man (Jesus.) For just as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive. But each in his own order: Christ, the first fruits; then when Christ comes, those who belong to Him.)

     Pentecost is the ‘Feast of First Fruits’ Jesus is the first fruits, meaning, Jesus is the first spirit begotten to be resurrected to eternal life.

    Various idolatrous theologies are developed through people yielding to fleshly logic. People putting personal beliefs and those of hero’s ahead of our Creator’s word as did Adam and Eve. Many religions come about through people’s fleshly logic. Religions promoting acceptable life styles evolve, from what was once NOT acceptable to demonic paganism God hates. For example, Jesus’ apostle Paul taught, ‘people practicing abominable to God lives, should be shunned. Until recent years, even worldly organized churches taught congregations to live according to the apostles’ teaching, regarding moral values. What did Paul teach on the subject? He wrote Corinthians during or in close proximity with the Passover season, thus his terminology regarding eating with Christians.

  (1Corinthians 5:9-13; I wrote you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people. In no way did I mean the immoral people of this world, or the greedy and swindlers and idolaters, since you would then have to go out of the world. But now I am writing to you not to associate with anyone who calls himself a Christian who is sexually immoral, or greedy, or an idolater, or verbally abusive, or a drunkard, or a swindler. Do not even eat with such a person. For what do I have to do with judging those outside? Are you not to judge those inside? But God will judge those outside. Remove the evil person from among you.)

   In this end time church age, Jesus’ teaching through Paul is practically ignored. The point! People with only Fleshly logic, think congregations representing Jesus can‘t associate with people who practice abominable to God life styles. Time keeping for example, we know the earth’s annual revolving around the sun denotes the passing of years. We know the history of why the pagan Roman calendar makes July and August have 31 days, and why February has 28, except 29 every fourth year, was all to fit man’s calendar to the sun worshiping winter equinox. If possible the powers developing the Roman calendar would have altered the new moon’s appearance, and the seven day week cycle; but that isn’t possible. Only if God stopped the earth’s spin on it’s axis, could the moon and seven day week cycle change!

   People can call the seventh day by another name, but it’s still God’s Sabbath, holy to Him and His followers. No person nor organization of men can change what’s holy to God.

    (Gen 2:3; God blessed the seventh day and made it holy because on it He ceased all the work that He had been doing in creation.) (Exodus 20:8-11; remember the Sabbath day to set it apart as holy. For six days you may labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God; on it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, or your male servant, or your female servant, or your cattle, or the resident foreigner who is in your gates. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth and the sea and all that is in them, and He rested on the seventh day; therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and set it apart as holy.)

    (Mark 2:27-28; Then JESUS said to them, The Sabbath was made for people, not people for the Sabbath. For this reason the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath.) THE point! People with only fleshly logic, should be able to  discern that only God can change His holy times.

    Emperor Constantine had no authority in the year 321 AD, to change God’s Sabbath to the first day! In people’s fleshly inherited nature they’re gullible, like sheep in need a Shepherd. Until the true Shepherd is revealed people like sheep, follow what seems right.

    Jesus was dealing with the fleshly logic in people when He said, (John 3:11-13; I tell you the solemn truth, we speak about what we know and testify about what we have seen, but you people do not accept Our testimony. If I have told you people about earthly things, and you don’t believe, how will you believe if I tell you about heavenly things? No one has ascended into heaven except the one who descended from heaven – the Son of Man. Just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, so that everyone who believes in HIM may have eternal life.)

    People can’t believe IN Jesus, through the inherited from Adam fleshly nature - logic! People can believe, ‘there’s a Jesus’ but that isn’t believing in. People’s fleshly nature and logic wants things to be, as seems right.’

    The proverbs writer said, ’there’s a way that seems right to a man, but it’s end is death.” It’s why ‘through believing in Jesus’ we’re ‘supernaturally born from above’, ‘our nature changed from, ‘hostile to a yes Lord mentality of obedience.’ A gifted calling, as was Moses’. A gifted circumcision of the heart, as Jesus revealed the same Old Covenant to Jeremiah.

   (Jeremiah 9:23-26; The Lord says, Wise people should not boast that they are wise. Powerful people should not boast that they are powerful. Rich people should not boast that they are rich. If people want to boast, they should boast about this: They should boast that they understand and know Me. They should boast that they know and understand that I, the Lord, act out of faithfulness, fairness, and justice in the earth and that I desire people to do these things, says the Lord. 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.)

    Circumcision of heart is to, ‘be gifted with a nature change.’ Study Paul’s explanation to followers of Jesus again, regarding our inherited fleshly logic.

    (Romans 8:8-11; Those who are in the flesh cannot please God. You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, this person does not belong to Him. But if Christ is in you, your body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is your life because of righteousness. Moreover if the Spirit of the One who raised Jesus from the dead lives in you, the one who raised Christ from the dead will also make your mortal bodies alive through His Spirit who lives in you.)

    Even fleshly logic teaches; we need help to overcome this bondage of sin, we each inherited.

    (2Cor 5:17-21; So then, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; what is old has passed away – look, what is new has come! And all these things are from God who reconciled us to Himself through Christ, and who has given us the ministry of reconciliation. In other words in Christ, God, was reconciling the world to Himself, not counting people’s trespasses against them, and He has given us the message of reconciliation. Therefore we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making His plea through us. We plead with you on Christ’s behalf, “Be reconciled to God!” God made the one who did not know sin, to be sin for us, so that in Him we would become the righteousness of God.)

       We pray that each called person understands that our inherited from Adam nature is the way of death and that eternal life is only through Jesus.

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