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To: 34,165 Subscribers to Original Jerusalem Church of God Teaching. 10/25/21, God’s 9th Mo. Cheshvan 19, 5,782

    Believing in Original Church of God teaching is gifted, it isn’t from intellect nor smarts that we’re called to believe in the God of Abraham and our Lord and Savior Jesus. Likewise coming to terms with the blind man’s healing the Judeans would discredit their own doctrinal teachings, as would modern Christendom do in order to believe in the resurrections. Particularly this latter; to believe in creation and re-creation as scripture teaches, ‘so called scientific theories are discredited.

    An example: As we write today an active massive volcano is spewing, on one of Spain’s islands, putting out more carbon monoxide in one day than oil using machines can in a whole year, proving the futility of man’s thinking to control climate. The same Lord God Jesus that re-created this planet and created mankind in His image and likeness sustains this earth, the sun and earth’s molten rock core.

     Jesus is going to return, resurrect His followers, deliver Israel to their previous borders promised Abraham, establish order and rule with His Saints. Nations will be seeking guidance from Israel not long after that. Knees will bow and all will praise the God of Israel. (See Isaiah 22:, 35: , 51: -53:, 65:, Jeremiah 31: and Amos 9:11-15 for starters.)

     At John 9:24-40; is the account of the Judeans’ summoning the man who had been blind, saying to him; “Promise before God to tell the truth.” We know this man is a sinner because He breaks the Sabbath.

     Like these Judeans, it’s imperative that all denominational leaders have personal agendas, express loyalty to their order etc. None understanding, ‘if one denomination were right in God’s view, all others are following the god of this world. Disagree? If you do, you’re saying God is divided and has no particular characteristic. Perhaps you’re thinking like Cain, who sacrificed according to what seemed right to himself rather than obey as instructed.

     As with these truths going out to unbelievers, the man whose sight was restored attempted to reason with the Synagogue leaders. Their response, who do you think you are? They kicked him out of their assembly. After hearing   that they had thrown him out, Jesus found the man and said to him; “Do you believe IN the Son of Man?” The man replied, “And who is He, sir, that I may believe IN Him?” Jesus said, ‘I am He who is speaking to you.’

     This is why we repeat scripture that defines Jesus’ deity; hoping some will understand who Jesus is, and more will say, ‘teach us, that we may believe IN.

     

     Scoffers, mostly those educated in this world system of things teach theory. Jesus’ disciples ask, ‘why was this fellow blind?’ Who sinned? Jesus’ answer, “so that the acts of God may be revealed through what happens to him.”

     Are God’ characteristics being revealed to us? He calls and gives spiritual insight to His chosen and He gives blindness to unbelievers for their ultimate good, those thinking they’re divine, able to discern what’s good, evil, right and wrong.

     Understand, none of us are good. The nature we’ve inherited is bad. After being gifted with the gift of God’s Holy Spirit; ‘after born from above’ people yield to His View regarding what’s right, wrong, good out of loving respect.

    (John 9:40-41; Some of the Pharisees who were with Jesus heard this and asked Him, “we are not blind too, are we?” Jesus replied, “If you were blind, you would not be guilty of sin, but now because you claim that you can see, your guilt remains.” (It’s better to admit we don’t know than to claim we know and teach it.)

   Jesus explains; (John 10:1-6; I tell you the solemn truth, the one who does not enter the sheepfold by the door, but climbs in some other way, is a thief and a robber. The one who enters by The Door is the Shepherd of the sheep. The doorkeeper opens the door for Him, and the sheep hear His voice. He calls His own sheep by name and leads them out. When He has brought all His own sheep out, He goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow Him because they recognize His voice, (His message.) They will never follow a stranger, but will run away from him, because they do not recognize the stranger’s voice, Jesus told them this parable, but they did not understand what He was saying to them.)

      Jesus is the way, truth and light! He’s the Shepherd of Believers. He chooses, calls, leads, and gifts followers to understand His message, Remember why Jesus said He spoke in parables? Let’s consider again.

     (Matt 13:10-17; Then the disciples came to Him and said, “Why do you speak to them in parables?” He replied, “You have been given opportunity to know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven, but they have not. For whoever has will be given more and will have an abundance. But whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him. For this reason, I speak to them in parables: Although they see they do not see, and although they hear they do not hear, nor do they understand. And concerning them the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled that says: (‘You will listen carefully yet will never understand, you will look closely yet will never comprehend. For the heart of this people has become dull; they are hard of hearing, and they have shut their eyes, so that they would not see with their eyes and hear with their ears and understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them.’) “But your eyes are blessed because they see, and your ears because they hear. For I tell you the truth, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.)

     Unbelieving populations, like the hostile Judeans can’t grasp. Isaiah was led by Jesus to prophesy this truth; Jesus repeats it and “yet religions denominations think theology schooling will usurp God’s Word. So, if we believe IN, let’s give God the praise; “we didn’t earn it.” (If we believe IN, it’s because He loves us first.) God’s whole purpose is from His Loving foundation. If we don’t see God’s love in His predestining; we don’t understand Isaiah’s prophecy.

    (John 10:7-13; So Jesus said to them again, “I tell you the solemn truth, I am the door for the sheep. All who came before Me were thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the door. If anyone enters through Me, he will be saved, and will come in and go out, and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come so that they may have life and may have it abundantly. “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep. The hired hand, who is not a shepherd and does not own sheep, sees the wolf coming and abandons the sheep and runs away. So, the wolf, (divides) attacks the sheep, (make them merchandise) and scatters them. Because he is a hired hand, (A salaried leader) and is not concerned about the sheep, he runs away.) NOTICE, Jesus repeats these truths several times, usually three.)

Owned, bought with the price of Jesus’ blood.

    Followers of Jesus consider themselves owned; because of the wolves, His sheep are truly scattered. (Deceivers seeped into His church, during His apostles’ lifetime.) During, Paul, Peter, Jude and John’s life. So, Jesus’ words; “many will come and say I am the Christ and deceive many.)

      May we each be led to seek Jesus’ truth, prove all things and, erroneous teaching. Satan is divided, his followers attempt to divide, distort and steal Jesus’ truth from people’s minds. Called Out Believers are commanded to overcoming, work and witness to the end. May God have mercy.

 

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