One with God the Father, Jesus and one another, chapter 10

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   When Jesus comes back He’ll bring peace to this earth, but in this age His message is intended to divide, it isn’t revealed to all, and gifted to a few called. (See Matt 13:10-17 about why Jesus spoke in parables.)

   (Matt 10:34-39; Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace but a sword. For I have come to set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law, and a man’s enemies will be the members of his household.) Always study the whole.

    Denominational minded folks in their religious comfort zones don’t seek truth or explore because of tradition, family and what’s popular. It takes courage to even read about what God considers sin, but allow Paul’s letter to the Ephesians @ 5:1-14; to wrap His truths.

    (Eph 5:1-14; Therefore, be imitators of God as dearly loved children and live in love, just as Christ also loved us and gave Himself for us, a sacrificial and fragrant offering to God. But among you there must not be either sexual immorality, impurity of any kind, or greed, as these are not fitting for the Saints. Neither should there be vulgar speech, foolish talk, or coarse jesting – all of which are out of character – but rather thanksgiving.

    For you can be confident of this one thing: that no person who is immoral, impure, or greedy (such a person is an idolater) has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. Let nobody deceive you with empty words, for because of these things God’s wrath comes on the sons of disobedience. Therefore do not be partakers with them, for you were at one time darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of the light – for the fruit of The Light consists in all goodness, righteousness, and truth – trying to learn what is pleasing to the Lord.

    Do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness, rather expose them. For the things they do in secret are shameful even to mention. But all things being exposed by the Light are made evident. For everything made evident is light, and for this reason it says: “Awake, O sleeper! Rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you!)

We people are Like Sheep

Few in these so called modern times, know the characteristics of sheep from experience. Few domestic animals need the degree of constant care and protection as do sheep. God sees His people as sheep, in need of a Shepherd’s care. Without revelation guidance and Jesus’ lead, “people drift to what seems right based on parental guidance, education and experience.” All of which is works of the flesh. (Godly upright parents have something to boast about but only in the Lord.) Godly schooling and learning experience is something to be proud of, ‘only in the Lord.’) Spiritual understanding must be gifted as it was to Jesus’ apostles. The reason Holy Scripture, ‘likens people to sheep in need of a Shepherd’ was revealed long before Jesus’ fleshy life, crucifixion, resurrection and ascension, He revealed the following to His Isaiah.’

   (Isa 53:6; All of us had wandered off like sheep; each of us had strayed off on his own path, but the Lord, caused the sin of all of us to attack Him.) Through Isaiah, Jesus revealed, His own suffering, ‘why and how He, ‘like a sacrificial lamb’ would be sacrificed.) Study the whole chapter.

    God the Father and Jesus chose that He’d bare the sins of the world, save the world, bind Satan and bring peace. Few sheep are being led, in this, ‘prior millennial age’ to follow this Shepherd‘s lead, because Satan is allowed to influences the majority to go the way that seems right to their inherited from Adam nature. Through Peter, Jesus instructs His sheep, ‘His called Believers’, on how to clothe themselves in Him.

    (1Peter 5:5-11; In the same way, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. And all of you, CLOTHE yourselves with humility toward one another, because God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble. And God will exalt you in due time, if you humble yourselves under His mighty hand by casting all your cares on Him because He cares for you.

   Be sober and alert. Your enemy the devil, like a roaring lion, is on the prowl looking for someone to devour. Resist him, strong in your faith, because you know that your brothers and sisters throughout the world are enduring the same kinds of suffering. And, after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace who called you to His eternal glory in Christ will Himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. To Him belongs the power forever. Amen.)

    God calls, restores, confirms, strengthens and establishes those to whom He reveals Himself. No believer can boast of spiritual understanding!

     After understanding is miraculously given, ‘individually’ we’re to do the work of overcoming, ‘CLOTHING’ ourselves with the Ways of God.’ This practicing truth defines THE WAY. However people need coaching about, ‘counting the cost.’

    (Luke 14:28) Jesus warned; and you, will be hated by everyone because of My name. But the one who endures to the end will be saved.)

    (Matt 10:22; But the person who endures to the end will be saved.) So, what gospel (what good news) should we teach?

    (Matt 24:13-14; 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.)

    7 times to the 7 churches Jesus said, ‘the one who conquers, (overcomes) I will permit him to eat from the tree of life that is in the paradise of God. (See Rev 2: & 3, and John 17:6-19; to study Jesus’ prayer to His Father, for His apostles and Elect. (Now discover Jesus’ authority)

    (Luke 7:1-10; A military commander had a highly regarded servant who was sick to the point of death. When he heard of Jesus’ presence he sent soldiers asking Jesus to heal his servant. When Jesus was still a great distant away the commander sent friends to say to Jesus; “I am not worthy to have You come under my roof. That’s why I didn’t presume to come to You.” Say the word and my servant must be healed. For I too am a man set under authority, with soldiers under me. I say to this one, ‘go’ and he goes, and to another, ‘come’ and he comes and to my slave, ‘do this’ and he does it.” When Jesus heard this, He was amazed; turning to the crowd that followed He said; “I tell you, not even in Israel have I found such faith!” So when those who had been sent returned to the house, they found the slave well.”)

    Few people are gifted to know the controlling power of our Creator ’Jesus’ as did this commander; ‘his faith was gifted from above.’ Gifted to know who Jesus was. Today few know who Jesus is!

    (Luke 7:11-15; Soon afterward Jesus went to a town called Nain, His disciples and a large crowd went with Him. As He approached the town gate, a man who had died was being carried out, the only son of his mother (who was a widow), and a large crowd from the town was with her. When the Lord saw her, He had compassion for her and said to her, “Do not weep.” Then He came up and touched the bier, and those who carried it stood still. He said, “Young man, I say to you, get up!” So the dead man sat up and began to speak, and Jesus gave him back to his mother. Fear seized them all, and they began to glorify God, saying, “A great prophet has appeared among us!” and “God has come to help His people!” This report about Jesus circulated throughout Judea and all the surrounding country.)

    Jesus’ gave physical life back to this dead son and restoring his health, is evidence that He’s the Son of God, Creator, Sustainer, Shepherd and coming King of Kings, in whom God our Father delights.

    Some professing Christians say they believe these miracles occurred. But few are LED to believe IN and LOVE the Son of God as He’s manifested to be in the Holy Scriptures. When people are led to believe IN Jesus, “the focused belief purifies as He is pure.” Jesus’ apostle John explains to Believers IN.

    (1John 3:1-3; See what sort of love the Father has given to us: that we should be called God’s children – and indeed we are! For this reason the world does not know us: because it did not know Him. Dear friends, we are God’s children now and what we will be has not yet been revealed. We know that whenever it is revealed we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is. And everyone who has this hope focused on Him purifies himself, just as Jesus is pure) Believers must be about the business of teaching this ‘gospel’ of the kingdom of God, Jesus’ return, resurrection, and our being changed to His likeness. This must be our focus, message and our life example to the world. Realize particularly that the worldly religious are offended by Jesus’ message and Ways. If these things aren’t clear, we need to study, meditate and pray for revelation.

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