To: In Home churches of God, God’s 7th month Tishrei 16, 5,781. 10/4/2020
The renunciation of Jesus’ gifted faith and gospel caused His brother ‘Jude’ to write about it. The world had gone away from God long before Jesus came as the Light and to reveal God the Father; call out a chosen spiritual Israelite people for His own and now Jude is seeing the apostate - renunciation of Jesus’ good news taking place in Jesus’ church. Each apostle spoke of these imposters attempting to lead people, saying their credentials were superior to the apostles and manifesting themselves as angels of light. Jude was compelled to write about what he saw taking place. He first wanted to write about follower’s of Jesus’ common salvation but saw the making of a camouflaged Jesus being presented. Saw people changing times, twisting Jesus’ words, make Him out to be one opposed to the law and accepting pagans in His church. Today the whole world looks to a pagan calendar whose week days are named after their gods. Jesus ask a question, ‘will the Son of Man find faith on earth?’ (Luke 18:7-8; Won’t God give justice to His chosen ones, who cry out to Him day and night? Will He delay long to help them? I tell you, He will give them justice speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on earth?) No, He’ll only find His Elect not deceived. “For the Elect’s sake He’ll cut time short.” (Matt 24:22; And if those days had not been cut short, no one would be saved. But for the sake of the Elect those days will be cut short.)
Jesus also spoke of THE SABBATH, not a Sabbath.
(Mark 2:27-28; Then He said to them, The Sabbath was made for people, not people for the Sabbath. For this reason the Son of Man is lord even of the Sabbath.)
Believers respond to Jesus in loving obedience because He revealed that God loved us first, called, opened minds, revealed Himself, His characteristic and attributes. Believers understand, God don’t need people, people need God. (Matt 3:9-10; Don’t think you can say to yourselves, We have Abraham as our father. For I tell you that God can raise up children for Abraham from these stones! Even now the ax is laid at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.) It’s revealed to believers that called out people are for His purpose, for adding to His family.
Before creating Adam, the Way to eternal life was planned; He’d create in people, His own spiritual likeness. A spiritual likeness necessary to inherit eternal life with God the Father through God the Son. Jesus. Thus fathering a people to be at one with Himself, developing a spiritual family who would ultimately share all things. Jesus revealed and had His apostle Paul share with His chosen gentiles.
(Eph 2:17-22; And He came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near, so that through Him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father. So then you are no longer foreigners and non-citizens, but you are fellow citizens with the Saints and members of God’s household, because you have been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus Himself as the Cornerstone. In Him the whole building, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.)
(1Cor 3:15-17; If someone’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss. He himself will be saved, but only as through fire. Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you? If someone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him. For God’s temple is holy, which is what you are.)
Again Paul re-affirms; (1Cor 6:18-20; Flee sexual immorality! “Every sin a person commits is outside of the body” — but the immoral person sins against his own body. Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price. Therefore glorify God with your body.) Always study the whole.
Genuine chosen believers IN Jesus are the holy temples in the Lord. Spiritually begotten - fathered by God the Father, are each being built together into a dwelling place of God. He chooses who He’ll parent and lead to be at one with Himself. He revealed to and inspired His apostle Peter write to the chosen.
(1Peter 2:4-10; So as you come to Him, a living stone rejected by men but chosen and priceless in God’s sight, you yourselves, as living stones, are built up as a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood and to offer spiritual sacrifices that are acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. So you who believe see His value, but for those who do not believe, the stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone, and a stumbling-stone and a rock to trip over. They stumble because they disobey the word, as they were destined to do. But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people of His own, so that you may proclaim the virtues of the One who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light. You once were not a people, but now you are God’s people. You were shown no mercy, but now you have received mercy.)
Through Jesus’ gifted faith people can know they’re called. The called can strive to be AT ONE with Jesus, because of being gifted to love Him as He’s manifested to be in the Holy Scriptures.
(1Peter 2:11-12; Dear friends, I urge you as foreigners and exiles to keep away from fleshly desires that do battle against the soul, and maintain good conduct among the non-Christians, so that though they now malign you as wrongdoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God when He appears.)
Satan has the world so misguided that people accuse followers of Jesus of attempting to gain salvation by doing. Thus will malign until He appears. It was preplanned that people inherit a fleshly nature that needed to overcome through Jesus’ gifted faith. A people called out of darkness into Jesus’ marvelous light. Humanities history is important in discerning God’s holy Word, which is miraculously preserved for our learning.
God has instituted new beginnings and their purposes will be made clear to the world when Jesus returns. One of these is that followers of Jesus need to be mindful of is; ‘Abraham, Isaac and Jacob’s callings.’ Chosen followers of The Way are ‘spiritual Israelites.’ Review Jesus’ words to some travelers after His resurrection.
(Luke 24:25-27; So He said to them, “You foolish people – how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Wasn’t it necessary for the Christ to suffer these things and enter into His glory?” Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets, He interpreted to them the things written about Himself in all the scriptures.”) Revealing the prophetic writings about Himself. Should we not do the same?
Before Adam’s creation, God the Father was looking forward to when He’d bring New Jerusalem to this earth. He preplanned the twelve gates being named for the twelve tribes of Israel and the twelve foundations for Jesus’ twelve apostles. His purpose is revealed to Believers IN Jesus.
(Revelations 21:9-14; Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven final plagues came and spoke to me, saying, “Come, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb!” So he took me away in the Spirit to a huge, majestic mountain and showed me the holy city, Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God. The city possesses the glory of God; its brilliance is like a precious jewel, like a stone of crystal-clear jasper. It has a massive, high wall with twelve gates, with twelve angels at the gates, and the names of the twelve tribes of the nation of Israel are written on the gates. There are three gates on the east side, three gates on the north side, three gates on the south side and three gates on the west side. The wall of the city has twelve foundations, and on them are the twelve names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.)
God’s Way of calling and promising is revealed through Abraham, Isaac and Jacob (whose name God changed to Israel for His purpose). The word ‘Israel’ means, ‘God fights.’ Jesus Himself ‘the chief corner stone’ leads His people, ‘spiritual Israelites - His church.’
Before the foundation of the world, Creator Jesus’ coming in the flesh and dying for the sins of the world was preplanned. It was Creator Jesus that walked with, led Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, Joshua, Caleb, Samuel, His twelve apostles and many others. Jesus delivered Israel from Egypt through Moses and His dealings with the Israelites has many spiritual parallels with His calling out individuals, delivering and leading to be spiritual Israelites, ‘Christians.’ They’re the people God fights for in this age. What an eternal future we have in Jesus.
In the 49th year, on the first day of the eleventh month Moses addressed the Israelites as the Lord had instructed Him.
(Deuteronomy 1:3; God had given the Israelites the lands of many powerful people. At Horeb the Lord our God spoke to Moses saying, “You have stayed in the area of this mountain long enough. Get up now, resume your journey, heading for the Amorite hill country, to all its areas including the arid country, the highlands, the Shephelah, the Negev, and the coastal plain – all of Canaan and Lebanon as far as the Great River, that is, the Euphrates.” Go occupy the territory I have already given you, God said. Territory that I the Lord, promised to give to your ancestors Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and their descendants.” Administrators of groups of thousands, hundreds, fifties, tens and, other tribal officials. Moses said, “These should not be intimidated by human beings, for judgment belongs to God. If the matter being adjudicated is too difficult, they should bring it before me for a hearing.)
The lesson for us? Israelites had fleshly fears, a lack of faith in God’s promises. They rebelled, complained, saying, “Because the Lord hates us he brought us from Egypt to deliver us over to the Amorites so they could destroy us! What is going to happen to us? Our brothers have drained away our courage by describing people who are more numerous and taller than we are, and great cities whose defenses appear to be as high as heaven itself! Moreover, they said they saw Anakites there.”) Anakites were giant people. See Num 13:33; Deut 2:10, 21;& 9:2, these were descended from a certain Anak whose own forefather Arba founded the city of Kiriath Arba, Hebron. See Josh 21:11.
Moses responded, (“Do not be terrified of them! The Lord your God is about to go ahead of you; He will fight for you, just as you saw Him do in Egypt and in the desert, where you saw Him carrying you along like a man carries his son. This He did everywhere you went until you came to this very place.” However, through all this you did not have confidence in the Lord your God, the one who was constantly going before you to find places for you to set up camp. He appeared by fire at night and cloud by day, to show you the way you ought to go.”)
What a spiritual parallel for believers IN Jesus in these latter days, Christians have had similar spiritual obstacles with demonically driven un-believers. The Israelites’ lack of faith caused God to call them an evil generation. Many were not to see the good land promised to their ancestors! The exception was Caleb, Joshua and their families. Moses told them, “the Lord was also angry with me on your account, telling me that neither would I be able to go there.” Your children, who as yet do not know good from bad, will go there; I will give them the land and they will possess it.
Moses continued speaking, Then, you responded to me and admitted, “We have sinned against the Lord. We will now go up and fight as the Lord our God has told us to do.” So you each put on your battle gear and prepared to go up to the hill country. But the Lord told me: “Tell them this: ‘Do not go up and fight, because I will not be with you and you will be defeated by your enemies.’” I spoke to you, but you did not listen. Instead you rebelled against the Lord and recklessly went up to the hill country. The Amorite inhabitants of that area confronted you and chased you like a swarm of bees, striking you down from Seir as far as Hormah. Then you came back and wept before the Lord, but He paid no attention to you whatsoever. Therefore, you remained at Kadesh for a long time – indeed, for the full time.””
As with God telling Isaiah not to pray for the rebellious people because He would not hear, God allowed these rebellious Israelites to be defeated. It will be likewise with the many using Jesus’ name and teaching denominational doctrines and making merchandise of people. Divided, disobedient to God’s Way professing Christian denominations think God hears their sermons and prayers. Seemingly not understanding that believing IN is, demonstrated by faithfully practicing obedience.
The Way to be at one with God, is to lovingly respond to His call and look to Him for all knowledge regarding right, wrong, good and evil. Believe IN God the Father and God the Son; is to love His Way and shun the way of this world’s system of things.