Oracles of God, chapter 2

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We can’t improve on Jesus’ inspired teachings through His apostles. Jesus’ apostle Paul was inspired to define God’s love. (See 1Cor 13) May we accept, seek and apply His Loving principles to ourselves. Doing this honestly requires Holy Spirit guidance. Without this guidance, words roll off our tongues in fleshly mode from as our inherited (get way) nature desires. If our inherited from Adam nature isn’t miraculously altered God’s promised result is “eternal death. However, thankfully, God the Father through God the Son (Jesus) calls a people of His choice to repentance, changes their inherited fleshly nature to a new spiritual nature, one He refers to as “born again.”

   It begins with God the Father’s calling, revealing His Son Jesus and Himself through His Son. Revealing our self-serving nature as the “get way” and its ultimate result. This gifted belief leads to one’s desire to be At-One with God the Father and God the Son.

   Jesus who had eternal life with His Father and created all things, willingly became the prophesied Lamb of God, who’d shed His innocent blood for the remission of sins. Through His being spiritually begotten in the womb of a virgin Jesus inherited immortality in the flesh. From birth Jesus was also “born from above” “born again” or “fathering”. Jesus calls such spiritual recipients of the Spirit brethren, explaining how it come about to Nicodemus.

   (John 3:5-8; Jesus answered, “I tell you the solemn truth, unless a person is born of water and spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not be amazed that I said to you, ‘You must all be born from above.’ The wind blows wherever it will, and you hear the sound it makes, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going. So, it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.)

   A like conversion was, gifted to Paul while in route to Damascus. Jesus inspired doctor, Luke’s writing in the gospel account titled, “Luke” and “Acts of the Apostles.” Dr. Luke was primarily a traveling companion of Peter and Paul. He tells of Jesus’ resurrection, appearances, ascension and then Pentecost when Peter explains what people were seeing and experiencing on that third annual Holy Sabbath. That Pentecost was a partial fulfillment of Jesus’ prophecy through His prophet Joel. That particular, Pentecost marks the birth date of Jesus’ New Covenant Church, a people who’d be “spiritual Israelites.” God’s chosen by promise a people, desiring to be At-One with Jesus and God the Father.

   Acts Chapter 7 is about persecutions, Believers IN Jesus being scattered, deacon Stephen’s sermon and his murder. Saul whose name, was changed to Paul was there condoning the murder. Acts 10: is about Peter’s being called to visit the home of a gentile, (Cornelius by name) about that family’s conversion and Peter selling the Jerusalem Church of God on the fact that, “God also calls out gentiles for His purpose and gifting with eternal life as to Israelites.”

   Under authority of Judaism’s High Priest, Pharisee Paul was arresting followers of Jesus, ‘while in route to Damascus to arrest more, Luke records.’ (Acts 9:1-22; Meanwhile Saul, still breathing out threats to murder the Lord’s disciples, went to the high priest and requested letters from him to the synagogues in Damascus, so that if he found any who belonged to the Way, either men or women he could bring them as prisoners to Jerusalem.

   (Acts 9:3-16; As he was going along, approaching Damascus, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?” So, he said, “Who are you, Lord?” He replied, “I am Jesus whom you are persecuting! But stand up and enter the city and you will, be told what you must do.” (Now the men who were traveling with him stood there speechless, because they heard the voice but saw no one.) So, Saul got up from the ground, although his eyes were open, he could see nothing. Leading him by the hand, his companions brought him into Damascus. For three days he could not see, and he neither ate nor drank anything.”

   “Now there was a disciple in Damascus named Ananias. The Lord said to him in a vision, “Ananias,” and he replied, “Here I am, Lord.” Then the Lord told him, “Get up and go to the street called ‘Straight,’ and at Judas’ house look for a man from Tarsus named Saul. For he is praying, and he has seen in a vision a man named Ananias come in and placed his hands, on him so that he may see again.” But Ananias replied, “Lord, I have heard, from many people about this man, how much harm he has done to Your Saints in Jerusalem, and here he has authority from the chief priests to imprison all who call on Your name!” But the Lord said to him, “Go, because this man is My chosen instrument to carry My name before Gentiles, kings, and the people of Israel. For I will show him how much, he must suffer for the sake of My name.”)

   (Acts 9:17-22; So, Ananias departed and entered the house, placed his hands on Saul, and said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you came here, has sent me so that you may see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” Immediately something like scales fell from his eyes, and he could see again. He got up and was, baptized; after taking some food, his strength returned. For, several days he was with the disciples in Damascus, and immediately he began to proclaim Jesus in the synagogues, saying, “This man is the Son of God.” All who heard him were amazed and were saying, “Is this not the man who in Jerusalem was ravaging those who call on this name, and who had come here to bring them as prisoners to the chief priests?” But Saul became more and more, capable and was causing consternation among the Jews who lived in Damascus by proving that Jesus is the Christ.”) 

   As with each person, particularly, those whose names are written in the “Lamb’s Book of Life” God knows each better than they know themselves. Paul’s lawlessness against Jesus’ Way people was bad, but “Jesus saw a moldable chosen instrument.” The remaining “Acts of the Apostles” chapters are mostly about Jesus’ gifted nature at work in His apostle Paul. Paul soon began realizing what he must suffer for having Jesus’ nature gifted to him and how disrupting people way of living was dangerous.

   (Acts 9:23-25; Now after some days had passed, the Jews plotted together to kill him, but Saul learned of their plot against him. They were also watching the city gates day and night so that they could kill him. But the disciples took him at night and let him down through an opening in the wall by lowering him in a basket.) (Followers of Jesus naturally have a loving and protective nature toward one another.)

   (Acts 9:26-30; When Paul arrived in Jerusalem, he attempted to associate with the disciples and they were all afraid of him, because they did not believe that he was a disciple. But, (apostle) Barnabas took Saul, brought him to the apostles and related to them how he had seen the Lord on the road, that the Lord had spoken to him, and how in Damascus he had spoken out boldly in the name of Jesus. So, he was staying with them, associating openly with them in Jerusalem, speaking out boldly in the name of the Lord. He was speaking and debating with the Greek-speaking Jews, but they were trying to kill him. When the brothers found out about this, they brought him down to Caesarea and sent him away to Tarsus.)

   As Paul communed with these apostles, they discerned through his gifted message that he was spirit led. Mature Believers IN, are gifted with a like insight(Acts 9:31; Then the church throughout Judea, Galilee, and Samaria experienced peace and thus was strengthened, living in the fear of the Lord and in the encouragement of the Holy Spirit, the church increased in numbers.)

   (Within about 40 years Jude was compelled to write about the apostasy he saw taking place, “a renunciation of the faith that’s now worldwide.” Soon afterward, believers IN were forced to flee from persecutions. The rest of chapter 9 is about Peter’s travels, Jesus healing Aeneas through Peter, people of Lydda and Sharon turning to the Lord, and Peter going to Joppa where, “Tabitha - Dorcas” had died, about Jesus resurrecting her to physical life through Peter.) See Acts 9:43. “So Peter stayed many days in Joppa with a  man named Simon, a tanner.”)

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