John, 24

To 34,158 subscribers to Original Jerusalem Church of God Teaching. 10/22/21, God’s 9th Mo. Cheshvan, 16, 5,782.

     After telling Eve God lied, he said; ‘when you eat from the forbidden tree’s fruit you will be divine’ “knowing good and evil.” Appealing to Eve wouldn’t you say! But fleshly people aren’t adequate to choose right from wrong. Why? When we choose from within self, division is the result. Division is what Satan wants and what God doesn’t want for His people. Paul understood this part of human nature and taught, “we aren’t adequate to choose what’s good, evil, right and wrong, from within the flesh. As creating in His image people, God planned that we ultimately be united with Him. Be at one with Him and one another as He and Jesus are.

     (2Cor 3:4-6; Now we have such confidence in God through Christ. Not that we are adequate in ourselves to consider anything as if it were coming from ourselves, but our adequacy is from God, who made us adequate to be servants of a new covenant, not based on the letter but on the Spirit, for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.) When we’re servants in God new covenant for us, His imputed - gifted spirit unifies us, gives the desire to be at one with Him. Leads us to a faith like Abraham’s, to whom God called ‘friend.’ Allow the Hebrews writer’s input.

    Believing in God accomplishes togetherness. (Heb 13:5-16; Your conduct must be free from, the love of money and you must be content with what you have, for He has said, “I will never leave you and I will never abandon you.” So, we can say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper, and I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?” Remember your leaders, who spoke God’s message to you; reflect on the outcome of their lives and imitate their faith. ‘Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever!’ (In the flesh people are divided and easily influenced by denominational minded people with agendas.)

    Do not be carried away by all sorts of strange teachings. For it is good for the heart to be strengthened by grace, not ritual meals, which have never benefited those who participated in them. (We (believers) have an altar that those who serve in the tabernacle have no right to eat from. For the bodies of those animals whose blood the high priest brings into the sanctuary as an offering for sin are burned outside the camp.) Therefore, to sanctify (set aside) the people by His own blood, Jesus also suffered outside the camp. We must go out to Him then, outside the camp, bearing the abuse He experienced.

    For here we have no lasting city, but we seek the city that is to come. Through Him (Jesus) then, let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God. that is, the fruit of our lips, acknowledging His name. And do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for God is pleased with such sacrifices.

    (GOD’S is the spirit of righteous law, and love. Likened to circumcision of the heart.) Allow Paul’s explanation to God’s church at Rome.

     (Rom 2:28-29; For a person is not a Jew (Christian) who is one outwardly, nor is circumcision something that is outward in the flesh, but someone is a Jew who is one inwardly and circumcision is of the heart by the Spirit and not by the written code. This person’s praise is not from people but from God.)

     Our natural fleshly state of being is overly mindful of what people may think and what can they do to us. But we believers know that Jesus does not change! His Way, as expressed in His sermon on the mount, will be His Way in the millennium. Believers are looking to and for that heavenly city, (New Jerusalem.)

    (Back to John 9: AFTER Jesus healed the blind man, people couldn’t agree on whether he was the one Jesus had healed.)

   Let’s repeat; (John 9:8-17; Then the neighbors and the people who had seen him previously as a beggar began saying, “Is this not the man who used to sit and beg?” Some people said, “This is the man!” while others said, “No, but he looks like him.” The man himself kept insisting, “I am the one!” So, they asked him, “How then were you made to see?” He replied, “The man called Jesus made mud, smeared it on my eyes and told me, ‘Go to Siloam and wash.’ So, I went and washed and was able to see.”

    They said to him, “Where is that man?” He replied, “I don’t know.” They brought the man who used to be blind to the Pharisees. (Now the day on which Jesus made the mud and caused him to see was a Sabbath.) So, the Pharisees asked him again how he had gained his sight. He replied, “He put mud on my eyes and I washed, and now I am able to see.” Then some of the Pharisees began to say, “This man is not from God, because He does not observe the Sabbath.” But others said, “How can a man who is a sinner perform such miraculous signs?” Thus, there was a division among them. So, again they asked the man who used to be blind, “What do you say about Him, since He caused you to see?” “He is a prophet,” the man replied.)

     The gift of believing IN Jesus was a mystery to the Judeans and still a mystery to this world’s unbelievers. (The natural unbeliever’s inherited fleshly mind thinks; “I can believe IN and turn to Jesus when I’m ready.”) Jesus and each apostle say differently.

    Believing IN isn’t as simple as looking at historical facts. Mountains of evidence prove that Jesus came, lived, died and was raised again, “but knowing history doesn’t make one a believer IN Jesus.” It can cause a person to believe Jesus lived, however believing in Jesus makes a person trust and live a mimicking Jesus life. Believe that it’s simply looking at historical facts, and perhaps trusting in someone saying, ‘just believe and be saved.’

     Jesus’ brother and Jerusalem church leader ‘James’ said; “the demons believe and tremble.” God can turn a, believing that person into a believing in person, which gives the desire to know Him intimately. (Seeking to know Jesus as He manifest Himself to be in the holy scriptures isn’t from the imagination of some person or denomination.)

    (Heavenly Father: we thank You for the privileged gift of believing IN You, Your Ways and promises. Please bless each reader with a yielding to Your way mind. (A resolve to faithfully overcome to the end.) We pray and ask in Jesus’ name. AMEN.)

    We think it important to continuously get back to the basic demonic indoctrination that has worldly religions confused. Satan’s worldwide deception takes people on various forms of his first two major lies. Every worldly religion teaches some form of these. (1) People are born immortal, ‘that is live forever someplace. and (2) people are divine, ‘knowing from within themselves what’s good, evil, right and wrong. (No need to examine God‘s View for these.)

     Satan was saying to Eve, “Surely you will not die, for God knows that when you eat, (the forbidden) your eyes will open and you will be like divine beings who know good and evil. (The devil caused Eve and then Adam to lose faith in their Creator.) They rationalize and doubted God’s motives when He said, “concerning the fruit of the tree that is in the middle of the orchard, you must not eat from it, nor touch it, or else you will die.”) (Today’s norm when someone is to say, ‘they’re looking down.’

    It can’t be said to often; “Satan’s two lies are embraced in some form, by every major worldly religion.” (Google what each one teaches regarding their view of immortality.)

     Jesus taught that He’s the Life and inspired His apostles to teach that eternal life is only through Himself. (Fleshly people deciding for themselves on this subject has the whole world divided.) Eternal life is only gifted to people called to be Believers IN Jesus. (God the Father reveals Himself and His Son Jesus to whom He chooses.) People gifted to believe IN also desire a loving intimacy with their Creator. (Believing IN these things is, gifted faith that saves.)

     Fleshly beliefs are speculative until God reveals Himself and opens understanding. Fleshly accumulated beliefs are by way of fleshly choice, producing a weak hope inspired by imaginations, principles and acceptance of opinions. The Hebrews writer, explains, that gifted believing IN faith is from God.

     (Heb 11:1-3; Now faith is being sure of what we hope for, being convinced of what we do not see. For by it the people of old received God’s commendation. By faith we understand that the worlds were set in order at God’s command, so that the visible has its origin in the invisible.)

      God’s truth rings sure in the called person’s mind, after His characteristics and nature is revealed. Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses and many others, received a believing IN faith in God’s commendation when He chose to reveal Himself. (Study Genesis.)

    Fleshly logic yields to the law of cause and effect, physical science, things seen. Thus, the idea of an ‘all knowing Creator God, creating visible from invisible isn’t understood by our fleshly beliefs system.’ Even hope faith requires more. So, when people attempt to imagine God from their fleshly minds, it’s imaginary, and why Jewish leaders, not gifted to Believers IN, had problems with Jesus’ words, actions and miracles. (Review John 9:18-23, for fear of the High Priest the parents said, ‘he’s an adult ask him.)

    Is the Jesus Christ being introduced by John, the same One being taught by major religions? Do major religions teach that believing IN, is gifted? Do the things major religions teach evolve as does so called science? Are abominations to God being taught, talked about and explained?  Believers IN need patience with and extend mercy to the deceived because, the deceived don’t know they are. Remember God knows our hearts, and some deceived organizations do have agendas that help the poor, downtrodden and naïve. Good intentions will be rewarded during Jesus’ millennial reign.

 

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