One God, One Truth, chapter 19

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   Today at sunset begins the seventh of seven annual Sabbaths, ‘Last Great Day’, it was on this Greatest Day that Jesus shouted out; (“If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me, and let the one who believes in Me drink. Just as the scripture says, ‘From within him will flow rivers of living water.’ (Now He said this about the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were going to receive, for the Spirit had not yet been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.” See John 7:37-39) Study this whole seventh chapter, Jesus had sent His apostle’s ahead and at mid Feast He came up and began to teach at the temple.

    The same spirit in The Lord God Creator, ‘The Son of God and God the Father ‘conceived Jesus in His mother Mary’s womb’, and would be gifted to a chosen people on the next Pentecost, (The third of seven annual Sabbath) which would  also become the birth date of God’s New Covenant Church; after Jesus’ ascension and glorification.

    Jesus had revealed much more through Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Hosea, Moses and others about Israel’s future. See Jesus’ revelations through Matthew and Isaiah regarding spiritual Israelites future.

     (Matt 10:40-43; Whoever receives you (Believers) receives Me, and whoever receives Me receives the One who sent Me. Whoever receives a prophet in the name of a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward. Whoever receives a righteous person in the name of a righteous person will receive a righteous person’s reward. And whoever gives only a cup of cold water to one of these little ones in the name of a disciple, I tell you the truth, he will never lose his reward.)

     Jesus is saying; “it isn’t likely that many will receive us!.” Jesus’ terminology is stronger than, ‘had He said’, “if one receives the personage of Me.” He is speaking in terms of defending His truth, thus, (whoever gives only a cup of cold water to one of these little ones) ‘these believing ones.’ Speaking of His awesomeness, the same Jesus inspired Isaiah to write.

     (Isaiah 64:4-6; Since ancient times no one has heard or perceived, no eye has seen any God besides You, who intervenes for those who wait for Him. You assist those who delight in doing what is right, who observe Your commandments. Look, You were angry because we violated them continually. How then can we be saved? We are all like one who is un-clean, all our so-called righteous acts are like a menstrual rag in your sight.)     

     People who’re prone to be religious are easily deceived by Satan, rather than wait on revelation, study and seek truth, they’re prone to seek a denomination of choice, a movement or cult that meets their fleshly expectations. The many buy into the worldly accepted theory, ‘practices doesn’t matter, we’re all trying to get to the same place.’ Not realizing ‘so called righteous acts always have agendas.’ Religious groups help their own, ‘that’s good, except they do so with the agenda of knowing, publishing righteous acts are good publicity.’ Righteous acts with agenda’s make merchandise of the naïve as does big government. Primarily worldly religions’ messages are, “live a moral life according to our sociality doctrine and be saved.” So they evolve, reflecting the populations’ outlook and life styles acceptable to current society outlooks that fit most worldly denominations. If such outlooks were acceptable to Jesus, He wouldn’t have given the following parables.

    (Luke 14:26; If anyone comes to Me and does not hate (love less by comparison) his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, and even his own life, he cannot be My disciple.) (This figurative use of (hate) operates on a relative scale, God is to be loved more than family or self.) This requires our knowing God as He manifest Himself to be in the holy scriptures, NOT as the world manifest Him to be! (Likewise with ‘whoever does not carry his own cross’, speaks figuratively in the context of rejection. If priorities are not allegiance to Jesus, people aren’t followers of Him and face possible rejection.

    Luke 9:23-33; Whosoever does not carry his own cross and follow Me cannot be My disciple. For which of you, wanting to build a tower, don’t sit down first and compute the cost to see if he has enough money to complete it? Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish the tower, all who see it will begin to make fun of him. They will say, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish!’ Or what king, going out to confront another king in battle, will not sit down first and determine whether he is able with ten thousand to oppose the one coming against him with twenty thousand? If he cannot succeed, he will send a representative while the other is still a long way off and ask for terms of peace. In the same way therefore not one of you can be My disciple if he does not renounce all his own possessions.)

      Renounce all that’s dear; if it hinders practicing Jesus’ Way. Jesus ALONE is the head of His church and He knows each better than we know ourselves. Satan and his deceived followers do not want us to believe Jesus’ apostle Paul’s explanation regarding Satan blinding people’s understanding.

     (2Corinthians 4:3-6; 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 (apostles) 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.)

    We should see that God the Father gives understanding and knowledge of Himself through Jesus. (Through Jesus’ sacrificing Himself, our believing and practicing His Way; we’re gifted with a nature change. (We’re born from above.)

    Jesus also gave a parable about a landowner who hired people at various hours of the day and when the landowner gave the same pay to the last hired as to the first; the ones hired first complained.

     (The landowner replied to one of them, ‘Friend, I am not treating you unfairly. Didn’t you agree with me to work for the standard wage? Take what is yours and go. I want to give to this last man the same as I gave to you. Am I not permitted to do what I want with what belongs to me? Or, are you envious because I am generous?’ So the last will be first, and the first last. See Matt 20:13-16)

     Called to believe in Jesus people don’t attempt to make Him fit their fleshly thinking. They aren’t prone to think how our Creator should react in various situations. It isn’t that people’s thinking is upside down, but they don’t know God as He’s manifested to be. He manifest Himself as Landowner, Creator, Revealer and righteous Judge of all.

     The Lord God Jesus told the first created person, “If you disobey you will surely die.” Adam disobeyed and God called that disobedience, “sin.” Each person has inherited Adam’s sin nature, ‘the same kind of hostility Adam reacted to. All people are born heirs of Adam, ‘sinners at birth, and born to die ONCE.’ (God teaches throughout His Word that the result of sin is death.) All have sinned, thus, all deserve eternal death. (See 1 John 3:4) We don’t deserve eternal life, and we cannot earn eternal life, eternal life can only be gifted through God the Son, “Jesus.” He teaches, (we each must be reborn; born from above) simply meaning, “people must be gifted with a nature change.” (A new birth, that’s only gifted through God’s calling, revealing Jesus and giving understanding.)

    The holy scriptures teach; God calls, reveals our sin nature and chooses to reveal Himself to whom He will.

     Worldly religion teaches; it’s your choice, whether to be “born from above or not.” The holy scripture teaches ‘God calls, opens minds and grants repentance.’ A worldly-fleshly turning isn’t all bad, ‘breaking bad habits and attempting to live a more moral life has its blessings.’ (But God gifted repentance, is through His revealing His Way and giving a desire to know Him intimately.) Called out people seek gifted understanding, desiring to grow and overcome to the end, is pleasing to God. (Review Isaiah 64:4-6)

    We can only live His Way through His power, to the end through God’s spirit in us.

   (2Corinthians 4:7-18; But we (Believers) have this treasure in clay jars, so that the extraordinary power belongs to God and does not come from us. We are experiencing trouble on every side, but are not crushed; we are perplexed, but not driven to despair; we are persecuted, but not abandoned; we are knocked down, but not destroyed, always carrying around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be made visible in our body. For we who are alive are constantly being handed over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus may also be made visible in our mortal body.

     As a result, death is at work in us, (we apostles) but life is at work in you. But since we have the same spirit of faith as that shown in what has been written, “I believed; therefore I spoke,” we also believe, therefore we also speak. We do so because we know that the One who raised up Jesus will also raise us up with Jesus and will bring us with you into His presence. For all these things are for your sake, so that the grace that is including more and more people may cause thanksgiving to increase to the glory of God.

    Therefore we do not despair, but even if our physical body is wearing away, our inner person is being renewed day by day. For our momentary, light suffering is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison because we are NOT looking at what can be seen but AT what cannot be seen. For, what can be seen is temporary, but what cannot be seen is eternal.)

    Likely 99% of those we know, do not believe IN our Creator as He manifest Himself to be in His holy Word. Don’t believe God sustains the sun, controls weather patterns etc, He’s going to return and bring peace to this demonically deceived world. (So do we have the wit to ask God for the gift of understanding?) Populations at large depend on their own wit, their fleshly way of thinking, their intellect, which is idolatry. It’s the sin nature inherited from Adam. Allow Jesus’ conclusion, presented through His apostle Paul.

    (1Cor 15:20-26; But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits 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 firstfruits; then when Christ comes, those who belong to Him. Then comes the end, when He hands over the kingdom to God the Father, when He has brought to an end all rule and all authority and power. For He must reign until He has put all His enemies under His feet. The last enemy to be eliminated is death.)

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