The Family, chapter 16

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   Children who really get to know honest law abiding parents of integrity normally want to grow and share parents characteristics out of respectful love. Believing parents didn’t steal they’re likely to avoid the temptation out of loving respect. Likewise when our Creator God is revealed and His goodness, righteousness, holiness and love made known, we desire to mimic, obey out of loving respect. With this revealed knowledge we don’t need the law telling us not to steal, commit adultery etc. When God’s gifted love is shed abroad in our hearts we’re compelled to love Him. Followers of Jesus are gifted with a desire from above to love as He loves.

     Holy Scripture is clear, godly love will decrease in these latter days. Through deceived people Satan leads the many into sinful life practices, and causes worldly religions to despise God’s Way and people. Matthew recorded Jesus’ Words.

      (Matt 24:9-14; Then they will hand you over to be persecuted and will kill you. You will be hated by all the nations because of My Name. Then many will be led into sin, and they will betray one another and hate one another. And many false prophets will appear and deceive many, and because lawlessness will increase so much, the love of many will grow cold. But the person who endures to the end will be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached throughout the whole inhabited earth as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come.) (End of this demonic age.) Jesus inspired His apostle Paul to write likewise.

    (2Corinthians 11:12-15; And what I am doing I will continue to do, so that I may eliminate any opportunity for those who want a chance to be regarded as our equals in the things they boast about. For such people are false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. Therefore it is not surprising his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness, whose end will correspond to their actions.)

     Worldly religions disseminate enough partial truths to make merchandise of religious minded people. The naïve aren’t aware of the Divider’s desires. Unaware their divisive theories play into Satan’s plan. The many teach people can accept Jesus at a time of their choosing, and be saved when they‘re ready to accept Him. Jesus taught through His apostles, ‘His followers are called and predestined’ thus speaking in parables to hostile people toward His Way people. All weren’t being called then, not being called in this age. He opens minds and speaks spiritually to people He gifts with understanding.

     (Matt 13:10-11; Then the disciples came to Jesus and said, Why do you speak to them in parables” He replied, you have been given the opportunity to know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven, but they have not.)

    Similar words were recorded by John. (John 13:34-35; I give you a new commandment – to love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. Everyone will know by this that you are My disciples – if you have love for one another.)

   People must be gifted with a nature change, to love as Jesus commanded. Yes Jesus loves sinners, but He is speaking to a people called to be Believers in Him, people gifted to love one another, ‘just as I have loved you!’ How did Jesus demonstrate His love? He gave of Himself, His time and life. TODAY’S Believers are scattered, and if we have occasion to associate with likeminded Believers we’re blessed indeed. True Believers share a special fellowship with God the Father, God the Son, and one another. Exercising fellowship of love is Jesus’ new commandment. It’s His sign by which His are known.
(John 15:9-17; Just as the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you; remain in My love. If you obey My commandments, you will remain in My love, just as I have obeyed My Father’s commandments and remain in His love. I have told you these things so that My joy may be in you, and your joy may be complete. My commandment is this – to love one another just as I have loved you. No one has greater love than this – that one lays down his life for his friends. You are My friends if you do what I command you.

    I no longer call you slaves, because the slave does not understand what His master is doing. But I have called you friends, because I have revealed to you everything I heard from My FatherYou did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that remains, so that whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you. This I command you – to love one another.)

     It’s the foundational starting point to The Way. True believers must practice truth! Loving as Jesus loved, and obeying as He obeyed. We’re to obey Jesus’ special command to love all His followers, ‘just as He loves each of us.

    Christians are Jesus’ friends, and He reveals everything to them, ‘that He heard from His Father!’ We’re to realize we’re gifted to understand, ‘know He chose and loved us first.’ (That is Jesus loved us before we loved Him.) We’re gifted to know, ‘we’re appointed to go and bear fruit that remains.’ HOW? By practicing truth that remains, ‘witness as He did’ so those gifted may understand and obey. Ambassadors, ‘representatives of Jesus’, practice living as Jesus led His apostles to live. All that will remain of our living is, “the fruit others glean from seeing our practices in Him.” Everything else is a passing shadow.

    (1John 3:13-14; Therefore, do not be surprised, brothers and sisters, if the world hates you. We know that we have crossed over from death to life because we love our fellow Christians, the one who does not love remains in death.)

     IN our old fleshly inherited from Adam nature people want this world’s citizens to love them. In the new Jesus gifted nature, we understand the reality of His Words, ‘if they hated Me they will hate you.’ Jesus’ apostles experienced this world’s hatred. The question should be, ‘are we judging ourselves in His Light, and have we crossed over from death to life?’

    Remember God told Adam and Eve, ‘but you must not eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will surely die.’ Gen 2:17) Meaning? Deciding for ourselves, what’s right, wrong, good and evil is the path to eternal death. Adam and Eve’s, eating from the forbidden tree to discern knowledge independent of God was idolatry. Followers of Jesus are spiritually led to know, ‘loving in the manner Jesus taught is to be immersed in Him’, that’s believe IN Jesus. True Christians are raised to life, ‘in Jesus.’ Jesus taught it through His apostle, Paul.

    (1Cor 15:22-23; For just as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive. But each in his own order: Christ, the first fruits; then when Christ comes, those who belong to Him.)

    (1John 3:15-17; Everyone who hates his fellow Christian is a murderer and you know that no murderer has eternal life residing in him. We have come to know love by this: ‘that Jesus laid down His life for us; thus we ought to lay down our lives for our fellow Christians.’ But whoever has the world’s possessions and sees his fellow Christian in need and shuts off his compassion against him, how can the love of God reside in such a person?)

     Sharing and giving that which sustains life is the, ‘Christian characteristic inherited through Jesus!’ (Note also, ‘if no murderer has eternal life, then they aren’t born immortal.)

    (1John 1:5-8; Now this is the gospel message we have heard from Him and announce to you, God 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, we are lying and not practicing the truth. But if we walk in the Light as He, ‘God the Father’ is in the light, we have fellowship with one another and the blood of Jesus ‘His Son’ 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.)

     Each bears guilt of sin, through our fleshly pro-creation inheritance. Practicing truth is to shun darkness. The shed blood of God the Father’s Son, (Jesus) cleans us from all sin as we walk in His Light, and love as He loves.

    We know we’re unworthy of His calling, we know we deserve eternal death, because we inherited the lawless nature of Adam. If we’re converted to His Way, we know it’s because He loved us first.

   (1John 1:9-10; 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.) Individually, we must confess; ‘we lived in the flesh before being supernaturally converted’, each inherited Adam‘s sin nature.  If we understand friendship with Jesus, it’s gifted.

    Even Jesus experienced pulls of the flesh, He resisted the fleshly nature and never practiced sin. JESUS’ apostle explained.

      (Hebrews 5:8-10; Although He, was a Son, He learned obedience through the things He suffered. And by being perfected in this way, He became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey Him, and He was designated by God as high priest in the order of Melchizedek.) Likewise Christians learn obedience from the things experienced, ‘if we belong to Him.
(John 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.) Through His spirit, God leads and calls out individuals, giving them to recognize their need for Him, and a nature change. It is a gifted conversion, ‘from the practice of lawlessness against God’s Way, to the practice of His commands, regarding good, evil, right and wrong.’

    When converted to God’s Way and slip back to the pulls of our inherited fleshly nature, ‘we have an advocate’ (Jesus Christ) our Shepherd’s spirit is imputed to the mind to give the needed strength.

   (1John 5:1-4; Everyone who believes that ‘Jesus is the Christ’ has been fathered by God, and everyone who loves the Father loves the child fathered by Him. By this we know that we love the children of God: whenever we love God and obey His commandments. “For this is the love of God: that we keep His commandments.” And His commandments do not weigh us down, because everyone who has been fathered by God conquers (overcomes) the world.)

      Believers obey God’s commandments because we Love Him. It’s our evidence that we are fathered by God, ‘if we know these things, happy are we if we do them.’ John 13:17) Believing Jesus is the Christ, is to believe in Him as He manifest Himself to be.

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