The Family, chapter 12

he Family, Chapter 12                                                                

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   Repentance is gifted when God calls, reveals Jesus as He’s manifested to be in Holy Scripture, our inherited sin nature, and gifts a desire and effort to know Him intimately. That’s God changing the inherited from Adam sin nature to Jesus’ nature, that He described as being ‘born again’ - ‘born from above’, becoming at One with Himself and God the Father. Knowing through revealed faith that God the Father and God the Son are One in family and purpose. (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.)

   Another definition for repentance is, ‘a turning from what had previously seemed right, to Jesus’ prescribed way’, an immersion in, a clothing, and obedience to Jesus as He’s manifested to be. Another could be, ‘being spiritually led to turn from, having lived according to what had seemed right, ‘usurping God’s authority’ to Jesus led practices. His apostle Paul shared Jesus’ attitude and motivation, Christians must grow to.

    (Philippians 2:3-11; 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.)

    Genuine repentance recognizes the need for a nature change. Since Jesus’ personal ministry on earth, ‘particularly since His ascension’, His followers, ‘regardless of heritage’ becomes spiritual Israelites. It’s by promise, predestined, ‘a sanctified people of God’s choosing.’ As Israel’s heritage was predestined by promise to Abraham, their delivered from Egyptian bondage, representing sin, ‘so too followers of Jesus are delivered from this world’s system of things. God’s deliverance isn’t ‘for people’s good works or righteousness’, but by promise to Abraham. These things were revealed to Jesus’ apostles and now to His followers.

   (2Timothy 1:9-10; 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.)

   Heavenly Father: make us mindful that Your rules are for our well being. Give us to understand, ‘Your way is holy, righteous and good, that Your righteous planning is on our behalf, and the reason we’re called. Please gift each with a desire for Your kingdom’s soon coming. We ask in Jesus’ holy name. AMEN

    The world doesn’t understand God‘s grace, mercy, love and perpetual planning. It rejects God, and makes its own rule fit their particular liking. Becoming vulnerable to the fleshly inherited from Adam nature and Satan’s demonic way. Until God intervenes, reveals Himself and grants repentance, each individual is an idolater. In the flesh people idolize worldly possessions, revere others with power, and heroes to fit their fleshly ideals. That natural inclination is the way to eternal death.

    (Prov 14:12; There is a way that seems right to a person, but its end is the way that leads to death.)

    Few are spiritually led to understand that all people inherited several problems at birth. (1) The fleshly nature wants its own way, (the way that seems right) rather than God’s Way. (2) Satan’s ‘get way’ appeals to the self serving nature. (3) People don’t naturally discern that repentance is, ‘a yielding to what God says is right, a forsaking of what may seems right to the fleshly inherited nature.

     Only when God spiritually intervenes do people discern that, ‘it’s idolatry to reject God.’ That deciding for self regarding, what’s right, wrong, good and evil is idolatry; ‘which makes each little gods.’ Yielding to worldly generated influences is demonic. We know this because God says, ‘Satan is the god of this world, ‘age.’) People yielding to influences that disagrees with God’s Way, is proof that they aren’t believers IN God.

    Now many believe, there’s a supernatural deity’ but few are led to study His Word and seek to know Him as He is manifested to be in His own inspired prophetic revelations through His prophets and apostles. Even fewer people are spiritually gifted to discern that Jesus is the Creator Son of God. Thus, until God reveals Himself, people are not naturally willing to forsake the way that seems right to their fleshly inherited nature, to Jesus’ prescribed way. Consider Paul’s words to called people who’re led to believe.

    (2Corinthians 4:1-6; Therefore, since we have this ministry, just as God has shown us mercy, we do not become discouraged. But we have rejected shameful hidden deeds, not behaving with deceptiveness or distorting the word of God, but by open proclamation of the truth we commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience before God. But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled only to those who are perishing, among whom the god of this age has blinded the minds of those who do not believe so they would not see the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God. For, we do not proclaim ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your slaves for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said “Let light shine out of darkness,” is the One who shined in our hearts to give us the light of the glorious knowledge of God in the face of Christ.) (See Isaiah 9:2 & Gen 1:3, also.) Jesus is the Spokesperson’ saying; (Let there be light. And there was light!)

    People living the way that seems right to themselves are rejecting God’s Way and, perishing. Satan’s influence blinds the minds of fleshly minded unbelievers. Making that they can’t grasp that Jesus manifested Himself as, the Christ, ‘the image of God the Father.’ So, what about, those who are perishing, among whom the god of this age has blinded the minds of? Those who don’t believe because of Satan’s influence so they’d not see the light of the glorious gospel of Christ? Are they doomed to eternal punishment? NO. Are they in a place of torment? NO. Will they be resurrected and face God’s righteous judgment? YES.

      The worldly can’t grasp the grace, mercy and loving ways of our Creator God. They don’t know His planning is certain as prophesied through Isaiah.

    (Isa 14:24; The Lord who commands armies makes this solemn vow, be sure of this; just as I have intended, so it will be; just as I have planned, it will happen.)

    Preferring to believe a demonic doctrine of, an ongoing ever burning hell fire that punishes bad folks forever. Satan’s lie causes an erroneous belief that people are born immortal at birth. These views come from Satan’s two lies and his deceptiveness.

     After the devil questioned Eve about what God had said, Eve replied, ‘God said, we must not eat from it, and not touch it, or else we will die.’ Gen 3:3) Then the devil called God a liar, saying, ‘surely you will not die, for God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will open and you will be like divine beings who know good and evil.’ Gen 3:4-5) Lie number one is surely you will not die. Meaning you are born immortal, that is: born to live forever someplace.) Lie number two, ‘You will be like divine beings who know good and evil.’ That is; ‘as divine beings, you’ll know what’s right for you.’

    (All worldly religions practice living, as if they believe in one or more of these demonic lies!)

   These doctrinal foundations hinges on Satan’s lies. The Islam’s, Catholics, Protestants and the rest, teach some form of these two lies.

    People believing in, the God of Abraham, yield to God’s View, regarding what’s right, wrong, good, and evil. They refuse the way, God’s Word says are an abomination to Him, are mindful that abominations to God, are to His people also. Things God’s Word says are holy to Him, are holy to Believers in Him.

    When worldly religions question Jesus’ teaching through Paul regarding, “those who are perishing, among whom the god of this age has blinded the minds of those who do not believe so they would not see the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, assume their particular group is enlightened. But, when they’re resurrected, they’ll see God‘s Way in progress, it‘s goodness, and then many will be gifted with repentant minds! (All will be resurrected, each in their own order.) (1Cor 5:22-23; For just as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive. But each in his own order: Christ, the firstfruits; then when Christ comes, those who belong to Him.) As Jesus restored Lazarus’ back to fleshly life; after being dead four days, He can restore life, after hundreds or thousands of years! All will be righteously judged.

    Christians, having these precious truth revealed in this age, are a ‘born from above people’, recipients of His Holy Spirit, and will be in the first resurrection. Jesus’ promises are certain. To His disciples Jesus says; (Do not let your hearts be distressed. You believe in God; believe also in Me. There are many dwelling places in My Father’s house. ‘Otherwise, I would have told you,’ because I am going away to make ready a place for you. And if I go and make ready a place for you, I will come again and TAKE you to be with Me, so that where I am you may be too. And you know the way where I am going.) John 14:1-3)

     Followers of Jesus are spirit led to turn from what seems right to the fleshly inherited nature and stand firm, to the end. Digest Paul’s words to Believers, at 1Cor 15:1-11.

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