John, chapter 13

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   Could Abraham have believed IN God without His being chosen? Afterward was Abraham tried? What caused Abraham to believe IN God, opposed to believing there was a God? Did he need a nature change? Can we have an internal ‘believing IN’ and love for God without His gifting? or an outgoing Godly love without His gifting a nature change? Are people able to love their persecutors and enemies from within their inherited from Adam nature? NO. (But, through God’s imputing His spirit in us we’re able to love as Jesus loved.) (Study Acts 7: about Stephen’s murders and his prayer: his last words were, Father forgive them, for they don’t know. Regardless of how hard one may work at it; we can’t conjure up a belief in God, or a Godly loving nature from with the flesh.

     According to God’s Word and people’s action; does the whole world practices a belief in the God of Abraham, or the devil? and consider why Satan doesn’t want people practicing and keeping times holy to God?

   Times holy to God and His people foreshadow His plan for our and the world’s saving. Attempting to appear as an angel of light, Satan and his followers lead unbelieving naive people in partial truths, as in; (if people believe Jesus lived, died and is resurrected they’re saved.) Such partials amounts to, “a believing that, rather than a believing IN.” A believing in what Jesus taught is to practice His way commandments and righteousness.

     (Heb 2:11-18; “For indeed He who makes holy and those being made holy all have the same origin, and so He is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters, saying, “I will proclaim your name to My brothers; in the midst of the assembly I will praise You. Again He says, “I will be confident in Him,” and again, “Here I am, with the children God has given Me.” Therefore, since the children share in flesh and blood, He ’Jesus’ likewise shared in their humanity, so that through death He could destroy the one who holds the power of death “that is, the devil,” and set free those who were held in slavery all their lives by their fear of death. For, surely His concern is not for angels, but He is concerned for Abraham’s descendants. Therefore He, (Jesus) had to be made like His brothers and sisters in every respect, so that He could become a merciful and faithful high priest in things relating to God, to make atonement for the sins of the people. For, since He Himself suffered when He was tempted, He is able to help those who are tempted.)

    Jesus helps God the Father’s chosen as He helped Abraham, Isaac, Israel, Joseph and His apostles.

    Heavenly Father: make us mindful of Your set aside seasons, Your holy times that foreshadow Your Way and plans. Give many a desire to study Your Word and prove all things, is our prayer in the holy name of Jesus. AMEN.

     (Exodus 13:3-6; Moses said to the people, “Remember this day on which you came out from Egypt, from the place where you were enslaved, for the Lord brought you out of there with a mighty hand – and no bread made with yeast may be eaten, on this day in the month of Abib, (Nisan) you are going out.”)

    Things God did for the Israelites are patterns for (metaphors for) what He’s doing for us when He calls us out from the enslavement to sinful practices. (Sin is; disobedience in His View.) Chosen people today, ‘like Israel in Egypt’ are in bondage to this world’s demonic system of things, which is Satan’s Babylon. By God’s choosing, ‘Israel became ‘God’s predestined church in the wilderness,’ by promise to Abraham. (See Acts 7:38-39) (Today ‘spiritual Israel is God’s Church’ also predestined by promise to Abraham; called individually to be made temples of His spirit.)

    All are born in bondage to the sin nature inherited from Adam, ‘likened to the pattern of Israel’s bondage to Egypt.’ The Lord God Jesus brings us out, “delivers in similar patter to His delivering Israel.” A spiritual deliverance from the practice of sins; by His mighty power, desires are changed from fleshly to spiritual. By God the Father’s choosing, and giving us over to Jesus’ we grow in His likeness, so we can worship in spirit and truth. God the Father is revealed through God the Son, and He gives us to understand our sin predicament. (As Israel was made to rely on Moses as God’s chosen deliverer, Christians rely on Jesus’ as Deliverer, Savior and Mediator before the Father. The same Lord, (Jesus) who led the Israel through Moses, had Moses prophecy about His coming and how He must be obeyed. Christians are called to be circumcised of heart, and love as Jesus loved. Jesus inspired His apostle Paul to teach the same as followers.

    (Romans 15:1-13; But we who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak, and not just please ourselves. Let each of us please his neighbor for his good to build him up. For even Christ did not please Himself, but just as it is written, “The insults of those who insult you have fallen on Me.” For, everything that was written in former times was written for our instruction, so that through endurance and encouragement of the scriptures we may have hope. Now may the God of endurance and comfort give you unity with one another in accordance with Christ Jesus, so that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

    Receive one another then, just as Christ also received you, to God’s glory. For I tell you that Christ has become a servant of the circumcised on behalf of God’s truth to confirm the promises made to the fathers, and thus the Gentiles glorify God for His mercy. As it is written, “Because of this I will confess you among the Gentiles, and I will sing praises to your name.” And again it says: “Rejoice, O Gentiles, with His people.” And again, “Praise the Lord all you Gentiles, and let all the peoples praise Him.” And again Isaiah says, “The root of Jesse (Jesus) will come, and the One who rises to rule over the Gentiles, in Him will the Gentiles hope.”

    Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you believe IN Him, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.) (Paul’s quotes are from Psalms 69:9; 18:49; 117:1; Deut 32:43; & Isaiah 11:10) Paul knew God’s Word and Jesus gave him spiritual understanding, to fit the Old with the New.

   In John’s good news, chapter 6: Jesus is in His second full year of doing deeds, teaching, and showing Himself to be the Son of God. (He said; “the Father and all the prophets testified about Me.”) Explaining that, He did not come to judge the world at that time, but to save the world. Think about that; how is Jesus going to save this world? He’s coming as King of Kings to forcefully apply His will on rebelliousness. No denomination or organization is bringing God’s Kingdom, but will be in spite of people’s desires, no dependence on anyone.

    (Worldly religions assume they have this responsibility, as they build and make merchandise of people. Some say they’re working for God’s kingdom, while spreading their religious brand. Each deceived and deceiving as they erroneously teach a foundation Satan put forth. (That lie? God knows you won’t surely die, but be like divine beings.)

    Catholicism’s two brands, “Orthodox and Roman” organized about 325 AD. Divided over issues, but attempted to combine a symbolism of pagan, customs and times with a Judaism mix. Fulfillments of Jesus’ words were taking place when His apostles taught. (Study Jude) (Organized religions assumed power, converted kings and wholesale persecutions erupted.) The world suffered “Muslim against Catholic wars” “Protestant against Catholic and Muslim wars” each demonic divisions.

    (Matt 24:4-6; Jesus said; “Watch out that no one misleads you. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and they will mislead many. You will hear of wars and rumors of wars. Make sure that you are not alarmed, for this must happen, but the end is still to come.)

    The Hebrews writer we believe to be Paul, wrote about the plight of Jesus’ followers, who refused to conform to organized religions and demonic governments.

    (Heb 11:37-40; They were stoned, sawed apart, murdered with the sword; they went about in sheepskins and goatskins; they were destitute, afflicted, ill-treated (the world was not worthy of them); they wandered in deserts and mountains and caves and openings in the earth. And these all were commended for their faith, yet they did not receive what was promised. For God had provided something better for us, so that they would be made perfect together with us.) (Note the pattern likened to Israel’s in Egypt.)

     Millions have been persecuted and killed, as division grew whole nations took sides on religious issues. The church of England and Protestantism grew out of Catholicism, each group organized and make merchandise of people. Looking back, we can see demonic influences at every turn. Moslems, Hindus and others were about the business of establishing their religion. Satan’s initiatives are apparent; “separating, deceiving and dividing people groups.” Each accepting some form of Satan’s first lie. (God knows you won’t surely die, but be as divine beings)

 

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