John, chapter 11

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    King James Translation uses of the word, ‘carnal’ meaning fleshly mind, identifying people opposed to God’s truth. Fleshly as inherited from Adam, opposes spirit gifted truth and faith as Jesus revealed through Moses, other prophets, and apostles. These naturally look for reasons not to have total belief in God’s Word, ‘rather they’re more subject to believe the likes of; ‘mankind can fix global warming, alien’s, zodiac-angelic worship, and the pseudo science of carbon dating etc.’ All these when trusted, dilute genuine believing in faith.  

    Satan has his fix on the fleshly mind as he did Eve’s, ‘a little twist here and there to cause a lack of trust in God.’ Disbelief in Jesus’ revelations through Moses, regarding the Noah day flood, promises made to Abraham, prophecies, and revelations to the apostles. Jesus explained through Paul that His truth and church foundations is on these. Consider some revelations to believers given by Jesus through His apostle Peter.

    (2Peter 3:1-6; Dear friends, this is already the second letter I have written you, in which I am trying to stir up your pure mind by way of reminder: I want you to recall both the predictions foretold by the holy prophets and the commandment of the Lord and Savior through your apostles.

    Above all, understand this: In the last days blatant scoffers will come, being propelled by their own evil urges and saying, “Where is His promised return? For ever since our ancestors died, all things have continued as they were from the beginning of creation.”

   For they deliberately suppress this fact, that by the word of God heavens existed long ago and an earth was formed out of water and by means of water.

    Through these things the world existing at that time was destroyed when it was deluged with water.) (Next Peter’s prophecy jumps to after Jesus’ millennial rule and New Jerusalem’s coming down to this current earth.)

    (2Pet 3:7-13; But by the same word the present heavens and earth have been reserved for fire, by being kept for the ‘day of judgment and destruction’ of the ungodly.  Now, dear friends, do not let this one thing escape your notice; that a single day is like a thousand years with the Lord and a thousand years are like a single day. The Lord is not slow concerning His promise, as some regard slowness, but is being patient toward you, because He does not wish for any to perish but for all to come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come like a thief; when it comes, the heavens will disappear with a horrific noise, and the celestial bodies will melt away in a blaze, and the earth and every deed done on it will be laid bare. Since all these things are to melt away in this manner, what sort of people must we be, conducting our lives in holiness and godliness, while waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God? Because of this day, the heavens will be burned up and dissolve, and the celestial bodies will melt away in a blaze! But, according to His promise, we are waiting for new heavens and a new earth, in which righteousness truly resides.)

    With Satan’s help unbelieving educators, scientist, politicians and our own fleshly nature, allows many obstacles to blind our belief in God as being Creator, and His promises. No wonder Jesus ask the question, (My words) “will I find faith on earth when I return.” (See Luke 18:8) So, fleshy minded people find reason to doubt God’s word when pseudo science puts out theories. Believers in God, ‘those to whom He’s revealed’ know through Jesus’ gifted faith, find reason to suspect demonic influence when things don’t square or align with His revelations.

    Through Jesus, His prophets and apostles we’re taught that planet earth has been flooded at least twice. Before the Noah day flood there were various dinosaur types, air breathing animals, fish, large under water sea critters etc. We’re also taught that true believers would be few, ‘particularly in this latter age’ they’d be as foreigners in their communities and even among family. Persecutors would likely be one’s own families, and why Jesus ask that we remember the foreigners because ‘our ancestors had been foreigners in Egypt.’

     (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. “Whoever loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me and whoever loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. And whoever does not take up his cross and follow Me is not worthy of Me. Whoever finds his life will lose it and whoever loses his life because of Me will find it.)

    God’s Way hasn’t changed since Noah and Abraham’s day. Jesus’ apostle Paul used the Feast of Unleavened Bread example as a metaphor for getting rid of that which puffs up our fleshly nature, and replacing it with sincerity and truth.’ Through Paul, Jesus spoke to believers.

    (1Cor 5:6-8; Your boasting is not good. Don’t you know that a little yeast affects the whole batch of dough? Clean out the old yeast so that you may be a new batch of dough – you (followers of Jesus) are in fact without yeast. For Christ, our Passover Lamb, has been sacrificed. So then, let us celebrate the festival, not with the old yeast, (nature) the yeast, of vice and evil, but with the bread without yeast, the bread of sincerity and truth.) (Then Jesus had Paul write about how church fellowship should be managed.)

    (1Cor 5:9-13; I wrote you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people. In no way did I mean the immoral people of this world, or the greedy and swindlers and idolaters, since you would then have to go out of the world. But now I am writing to you not to associate with anyone who calls himself a Christian who is sexually immoral, or greedy, or an idolater, or verbally abusive, or a drunkard, or a swindler. Do not even eat with such a person. For what do I have to do with judging those outside? Are you not to judge those inside? But God will judge those outside. Remove the evil person from among you.)

   (These if calling themselves Christian need to be avoided, ‘for their good. Consider why God had Abraham and wife leave their families, and why He changed their names.

    (Gen 17:15-15; Then God said to Abraham, “As for your wife, you must no longer call her Sarai; ‘Sarah will be her name.’ I will bless her and will give you a son through her. I will bless her and she will become a mother of nations. Kings of countries will come from her!)

     Changing Abram and Sarai’s names, symbolized the past and their new names, “Sarah and Abraham” would remind them to believe IN and trust God.

     Abraham’s understanding is revealed when the trial of trials faced him, knowing God could resurrect, and give or take life according to His will, he told Isaac, God would provide a sacrifice and got no argument from Isaac; ‘they believed IN.’ (See Genesis 22:13-18; Abraham looked up and saw behind him a ram caught in the bushes by its horns. So he went over and got the ram and offered it up as a burnt offering instead of his son. And Abraham called the name of that place, “The Lord provides.” It is said to this day, “In the mountain of the Lord provision will be made.”

    The Lord’s angel called to Abraham a second time from heaven and said, “‘I solemnly swear by My own name decrees the Lord, ‘that because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son” I will indeed bless you, and I will greatly multiply your descendants so that they will be as countless as the stars in the sky or the grains of sand on the seashore. Your descendants will take possession of the strongholds of their enemies. Because you have obeyed Me, all the nations of the earth will pronounce blessings on one another using the name of your descendants.) (That name is Israel.)

    That promised day’s conclusion is yet to come. Jesus tells us through His apostle Paul. (Galatians 3:26-29; For in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God through faith. For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female, for all of you are one in Christ Jesus. And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s descendants, heirs according to the promise.) (So, believing in Jesus makes each believing in person a spiritual Israelite.)

     Many have been told these things, but to believe IN them is gifted. The world at large is demonically led to believe false messages about gods of various people’s imaginations. Many are led to worship a different Jesus than the One manifesting Himself in these Holy Scriptures, and so, keep times that are abominations to Him, ‘Abraham’s God.’

      God purposely led Abraham away from his idolatrous family and blessed him with knowing faith. Apparently God calls some in each generation, to separate from this worlds system of things, ‘its practices’ from the nature inherited from Adam. There are records of each apostle contending with people’s inherited nature, how some desired to turn back to the old ways of the world; ‘back to idolatrous living.’

     (1John 5:13-20; I have written these things to you who believe IN the name (nature) of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life. And this is the confidence that we have before Him: that whenever we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us in regard to whatever we ask, then we know that we have the requests that we have asked from Him. If anyone sees his fellow Christian committing a sin NOT resulting in death, he should ask, and God will grant life to the person who commits a sin not resulting in death.

    There is a sin resulting in death. I do not say that he should ask about that. All unrighteousness is sin, but there is sin not resulting in death. We know that everyone fathered by God does not (practice) sin, but God protects the one He has fathered, and the evil one cannot touch him. We know that we are from God, and the whole world lies in the power of the evil one. And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us insight to know Him who is true, and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This One is the true God and eternal life. Little children, guard yourselves from idols.)

     The Seed promising Abraham is Jesus, and He came from His father to be the Light for mankind. Jesus said; (John 5:31-40; If I testify about Myself, My testimony is not true. There is another who testifies about Me, and I know the testimony He testifies about Me is true. You have sent to John, and he has testified to the truth.

   (I do not accept human testimony, but I say this so that you may be saved.) He (John) was a lamp that was burning and shining, and you wanted to rejoice greatly for a short time in his light. But I have a testimony greater than that from John. For the deeds that the Father has assigned Me to complete – the deeds I am now doing – testify about Me that the Father has sent Me.

    And the Father who sent Me has Himself testified about Me. You people have never heard His voice nor seen His form at any time, nor do you have His Word residing in you, because you do not believe, the One whom He sent. You study the scriptures thoroughly because you think in them you possess eternal life, and it is these same scriptures that testify about Me, but you are not willing to come to Me so that you may have life.)

     Believing IN the whole Jesus saves. That belief IN cannot be conjured up from denominational thinking, nor can our attempting to be good on the human plane. Modern theologians love the praise of people; but Jesus leads people to understand the nature in man.

     (John 5:41-47; I do not accept praise from people, but I know you, that you do not have the love of God within you. I have come in My Father’s name, and you do not accept Me. If someone else comes in his own name, you will accept him. How can you believe, if you accept praise from one another and don’t seek the praise that comes from the only God. “Do not suppose that I will accuse you before the Father.”

    The one who accuses you is Moses, in whom you have placed your hope. If you believed Moses, you would believe Me, because he wrote about Me. But if you do not believe what Moses wrote, how will you believe My Words?)

     Condemnation will come from Moses because Moses wrote about Jesus. (The Pharisee mentality was to do Moses, rather than believe Moses.) The Christendom mentality is (to serve a denomination of choice) rather than believe IN God. Moses’ prophetic writings, and Jesus’ words come from the same spiritual source. Jesus was leading and inspired Moses.


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