John, chapter 10

To: 33,965 subscribers to, Original Church of God Teaching, God’s 8th Mo. Tishei 19, 5,782, 9/25/21.    The world’s Christendom populations accept traditionalist and denominatonalist in their congregations as long as they profess a belief in Jesus. Seemingly these are in a category like the Samaritan woman Jesus conversed with at Jacob’s well, and those Samaritans He spent two days with afterward: ‘they believed Jesus was the prophesied Christ’, but were not then aware of God’s sending His indwelling spirit to live within them, and change their nature from fleshly to spiritual.

    Or, perhaps Christendom groups are more like Cain, who knew God commanded a particular sacrifice at a designated time, but thought, ‘surely God will be pleased  with a sacrifice worship of my choosing.  (See Heb 11:4 & Gen 4)

     Christians are ‘Christ Like’, God’s churches are a called out people, ‘God family members’, literal children, ‘fellow heirs with Jesus and Abraham.’ (Christians are built on a particular foundation as we read in last study, at Ephesians 2:19-22, ‘they’re made mindful of all God’s oracles, the need to be yielded servants of Jesus, and shun all claiming to be Christian while yielding to pagan practices.

    Christians know others have done the labor, ‘sowed the seed, and they’ve entered their labor.’ (Lets read John 4:35-38 again, where Jesus is saying; ““Don’t you say, ‘There are four more months and then comes the harvest?’ I tell you, look up and see that the fields are already white for harvest! The One who reaps receives pay and gathers fruit for eternal life, so that the One who sows and the One who reaps can rejoice together. For in this instance the saying is true, ‘One sows and another reaps.’ I sent you, (apostles) to reap what you did not work for; others have labored and you have entered into their labor.)

    Christendom groups attempt to dismiss the Old Covenant, as not being relevant to the new, make their own theology, support their own schools, and build their own membership. (Not knowing that God’s spirit is gifted to true believers, making each, ‘at one with Himself.) It’s the theological differences in Jesus’ New Covenant, and the old one to physical Israel. Jesus inspired Peter to explain.

     (1Peter 4:10-11; Just as each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of the varied grace of God. Whoever speaks, let it be with God’s Words, (oracles.) Whoever serves, do so with the strength that God supplies, so in everything God will be glorified through Jesus Christ. To Him belong the glory and the power forever and ever. Amen.)

     (Review John 4:39-42; ‘Samaritans who first came to Jesus believed in Him because of the woman who testified, “He told me everything I ever did.” Then the Samaritans came to Him asking that He stay with them. He stayed two days, and because of His Word many more believed. They said to the woman, “No longer do we believe because of your words, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this One really is the Savior of the world.)

     Like these Samaritans, many Christendom groups claim Jesus to be their personal Savior; ‘but how many know He’s the Savior of this world?’ That He’s going to return and save this world’s remaining populations from their destructive ways, influenced by a demonic divisionary Satan. (Study Matthew 24)

    Jesus is going to bring peace, righteous judgment, knowledge of Himself and God the Father. (Study Isaiah 11) For our purpose now, let’s consider verse 9; (They will no longer injure or destroy on My entire royal mountain. For there will be universal submission to the Lord’s sovereignty, just as the waters completely cover the sea.)

       As Jesus was about to go to Jerusalem to celebrate His last Passover in the flesh, He spoke the following as recorded by Matthew at 20:17-19; We are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be handed over to the chief priests and the experts in the law. They will condemn Him to death and will turn Him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and flogged severely and crucified. Yet on the third day, He will be raised.)

    Not many years ago, unbelieving fleshly gentile churches were accusing the Jews, for Jesus’ death, ‘they incited hatred of Jews that is still worldwide.’ Causing death, persecutions, and brought to bear on the world’s populations, ‘a gentile mix of  paganism and Judaism, calling it Christian’, across Europe and more so in Germany.

    (Jewish experts in the law did make the decision to arrest Jesus, and they did hand Him over to the gentile ruling authorities to murder.) Jesus knew exactly how these things were going to unfold; ‘thus many years before He inspired Isaiah write much of the detail.’ See Isaiah 52.

    Jesus, His prophets and apostles didn’t hesitate to say ‘God’s Word is truth’

 To Timothy, Paul wrote.

     (2Tim 4:1 I-8; I (Paul) solemnly charge you before God and Christ Jesus, who is going to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom: Preach the message, be ready whether it’s convenient or not, reprove, rebuke, exhort with complete patience and instruction. For there will be a time when people will not tolerate sound teaching. Instead, following their own desires, they will accumulate teachers for themselves, because they have an insatiable curiosity to hear new things. And they will turn away from hearing the truth, but on the other hand they will turn aside to myths.

     You, however, be self-controlled in all things, endure hardship, do an evangelist’s work, fulfill your ministry. For, I am already being poured out as an offering, and the time for me to depart is at hand. I have competed well; I have finished the race; I have kept the faith! Finally the crown of righteousness is reserved for me. The Lord, the righteous Judge, will award it to me in that day – and not to me only, but also to all who have set their affection on His appearing.)

    Self righteous Pharisees gave the man Jesus healed a hard time about carrying his bed on the Sabbath. Many self righteous Christendom folk maintain that Jesus’ good news sets them free from the burden of Sabbath keeping:  no need to exercise self control or alter daily activities, no need to work at overcoming the pulls inherited from Adam’s sin nature etc.

    The average Christendom group sees no need to rest on Sabbath days. Most treat their set aside first day likewise, worship on first day morning, those more loyal to their denomination return that night, filling in their afternoon’s by participating in various sports entertainments.

     Christians practice discipline and remember the Sabbaths as Jesus did.

    (By remembering that we’re created in God’s image, likeness, and for His purpose, Christians honor Him with their practices mimicking His. Worshiping God requires that people know Him as He manifest Himself in Holy Scripture, they love and respect His creation and holy Ways. Jesus’ apostle Paul likened the Christian life to a race and Peter taught the perseverance of faith.

    Sabbaths should be esteemed, because the Lord God Jesus gave them for His chosen people’s benefit. To called out believers, Peter wrote; (1Peter 1:5-11; For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith excellence, to excellence, knowledge; to knowledge, self control, to self control perseverance; to perseverance, godliness; to godliness, brotherly affection; to brotherly affection, unselfish love. For if these things are really yours and are continually increasing, they will keep you from becoming ineffective and unproductive in your pursuit of knowing our Lord Jesus Christ more intimately.

    But concerning the one who lacks such things – he is blind. That is to say, he is nearsighted, since he has forgotten about the cleansing of his past sins. Therefore, brothers and sisters, make every effort to be sure of your calling and election. For by doing this you will never stumble into sin.

    For, thus an entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, will be richly provided for you.)

    As self righteous Pharisees were critical of the healed man’s carrying his bed roll on the Sabbath, and Christendom folk in general are critical of people remembering and setting Sabbaths days apart.

    (John 5:14-15; After this Jesus found him (the healed man) at the temple and said to him, “Look, you have become well. Don’t sin any more, lest anything worse happen to you.” The man went away and informed the Jewish leaders that Jesus was the One who had made him well.)

    The indication is; “the ultimate cause of this man’s disability was rooted in sin.” We all inherited a lawless, ‘sin nature’, and it’s the basic cause of all imperfections.

Examples of people’s lawless actions causing problems are many. Let’s consider two.

     (1) God command that crops be rotated, and lands allowed their Sabbath rest, ‘that the land lay idle for one year being good for the land and people’s health.

     (2) God commanded His people to live by His ten commandments, for their good. Not for their salvation, but to be in sync with His righteous laws. Christians know God’s view of ‘sin’ is lawlessness, and His is the only view that matters.

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