Why Jacob becomes Israel

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Jacob wrestled with God as a man and prevailed. This is the reason for the name change because there was a change in character. Jacob had this testimony that he wrestled with God and won.

You see Jacob was forced to recon with the hauntings of his past. He had left Labon having obtained a notable prize, his wife Rachel. A name that means; the breath of God. And yes, she is a picture of Gods Holy Spirit. From the Hebrew; Ruach=Breath and EL =God. Ruachel in English is Rachel.

Jacob, having been tricked numerous times by Laban,  wrestled with him over every agreement of everything he said. Having honed his skills in wrestling with Laban, departing from their, now to return home with his new family and earnings to his father’s house.

However, Jacob feared his brother Esau would avenge him for leaving with the promise of the full inheritance of their father Isaac. You see Esau accused Jacob of stealing his inheritance, and he did. Jacob dressed like Esau, felt like Esau and had the right words to say to their flailing father Isaac and received the blessing that belonged to the firstborn which technically was Esau.

Jacob now being found as a man in-between without a country, he sought to return home. Oh, but wait. His brother Esau vowed to kill him for his theft. This was a deep seated fear Jacob had to reconcile with and the reason He sought God on this night to wrestle with.

Jacob had sent his servants and family to go homeward first with gifts to appease his brothers anger against him.

This night of wrestling with God was different though because it is with God that this wrangling takes place.

When we find ourselves in similar circumstances of wrestling with God. Trying to take Him at His word and making sense of what we believe, our faith and His promises. Maybe even trying to justify ourselves, our cause and our pursuence of the things God has said and we just don’t feel He is there for us and it is hard to move forward. This is where we wrestle with God. What is our part, what is Gods part and what to expect.

It is good to note here that “whoever loves their life will loose it, but whoever looses their life for My sake, gains life for eternity” says our God. Not that we can’t enjoy and love what we are experiencing, but hold on loosely. Also don’t forget the mandate to put off the things of the world.

This lesson from Jacob teaches us that when God challenges us in our reasoning, it is not to discourage us, but to build us up. You think “didn’t God say? And you ask, God, didn’t you assure me certain outcomes in my life? Well you are right where God wants you.

Are you willing to go toe to toe and wrestle with God as an equal? To not back down or bow out? To challenge Him to His face about His promises and how they apply to us now?

This is what he wants from you, an equal.  That’s what He gave you, a mirror image of Himself, and He wants you to learn how to use your new inheritance gifted to you from the cross where your vows were to bury your old person to start walking in newness of life. Don’t you think it’s time to start doing that?

What better way to do it than to spar with the Master. This is actually a compliment from Him that He would give you the unction (His Holy Spirit) to challenge Him. So don’t think you are not equipped, provided that you know scripture.

He brought you to this place for this cause for your personal development and growth in godliness, meaning God-like-ness, and not religious piety. He hates that.

The purpose of the gospel, is for God to bring forth offspring fitted like Himself. Isn’t that what Paul said was the purpose of the Gospel in Ephesians 4? “13 till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: 14 that we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive (and detain us from working out our salvation). Till we become perfect and the full stature and image of God?”

That we, taking God at His word, as owning what He said He gave us, believing it and appropriating these things by faith and challenging the obstacles in front of us with the things He has said. Not “hath God really said” Like Satan said” But, God you said, it’s in your word, you promised, it’s been awhile and I’ve waited patiently. This was Jacob’s quest with both Labon and the Angel of God in human form that night.

God wants you to spot light the things He said to you in His word and conversation and challenge Him. All your thoughts and conversation with God is prayer.

Here is a principle you must understand. You see the Son at His transfiguration with the Father, had His talk with Him and said “Father, I have given your word to those you have given me out of this world and they have kept it”.  And how does He know we kept it? Because it comes back out of our mouths at times like these where we call due the promises. You bring to rememberance the things He has said to your heart in prayer, not as though He forgot, but by re-iterating it as something you expect to obtain and own as co-heirs in Christ. This is taking God at His word and His willingness and His ability to perform.

John 3 says that “we have come to the light to clearly see that what is required by us is done by God”. That the package of the giftings are with Him for the opperating of these things to take place not in a carnal way. “Not by power or by might but by My Spirit says the Lord”.

Here is a principle you must understand. We are told that the Kingdom is preached and the violent/aggressive take it by force”. With this you are taught to press in. To grab ahold, to attain.

This is what that means.  You challenge Him. This is how you please God. He does not take your challenge as a threat or as disrespect, but gladly as a family member rising up to the challenge, He goes toe to toe.

And the good thing is that when you go to the Father to take a stand by upholding His word back to Him, He shows you how to do that yourself without Him. That is the purpose for the excersize. or verbal wrestling match, our transformation into Him.

This wrestling with God is orchastrated by Him, for you to realize your new self like His self and to use your tools of faith to overcome all your obstacles on your own. This makes the Father happy that you do what He does. This is what Christ meant when He said “I do the works of the Father” and “it’s the Father in me that does the work”.

The objective of your sojourney on earth is just this. Just as a family of lawyers or physicians or family business. When they get together for family gatherings and meals. To talk about the family trade, the Father is most happy when all at the table are regarded as co-equal, same stature (Ephesians 4.13) and importance and talk about the business as equal partners. We must be about our Fathers business.

This is what our Heavenly Father desires from us, our participation. That we know what our full inheritance is and know how and when to use it as being joint heirs of the things of God in Christ.

This have all the Elect, of those who have taken God the Father at His word, and use the things He has said as their own. So much so in fact that an encounter with us could be mistaken as an encounter with Him.

Does this seem a little far fetched or out of reach? We’ll just look at this encounter John the apostle had in the last chapter of the Revelation. He stooped to worship the angel that showed him those revelations and the angels reply? “See that you don’t do that, for I am one of thy brethren of those who keep the Testimony of Jesus Christ (of those who took God at His word and own it is how we keep it). Worship Him”.

John encountered a co-equal partner in the Fathers business, doing the work of the Father by cultivating word.

And you? Have you set out to “lay a hold of why Christ laid hold of you? Have you heard the full gospel of “the Kingdom of God at hand” as opperationable and opened for our use and habitation. That even now it’s at hand?

Well then continue to press in. With this challenge comes a name change because this is the new nature and a character change.

After Jacob wrestled with God that night and prevailed, he advanced toward his brother and when he finally saw his brother Esau he said he beheld the face of God. The whole picture came together. That is the point. We now have no enemies that were not defeated at the cross, except faith. That you do not fear, but believe and trust that the journey and the outcome is secured for His Elect.

For Jacob, his new name is Israel, and from the Hebrew language means “this one will rule like God”. This is the lesson.

That is what Adam was given from the beginning and lost for all born of him, that is restored to us who are born again “in Christ” to exsude our new nature.

Those who have obtained in the way that Jacob did to become Israel, we are more than offspring of Abraham, but also of the true Israel of God.

The Kingdom of God is at hand, for you to be a part of. Amen

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ABC’s The Building Blocks of Faith

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The Last Will and Testament of God, called “The New Testament” is our foundation and starting point.

The New Testament is a Will and Testament. Like with any Will, for it to be in force, there must be a death before the heirs recieve the families treasures. That after the death, the goods are dispersed.

That death took place with Jesus Christ at the cross. He took not just our bad doings people call sins to the cross, but our whole old nature. Scripture says “on Him was laid the inequity of us all, and by His stripes (and death) we are healed. It was at the cross that all the judgment to every human being to ever live, was laid on that man. You see the judgment due each person there, because sin is a self imposed sentence.

When someone rejects God, they don’t get the next best thing but the opposite, so they are self condemned. “18 “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God”. The arms of Christ at the cross are wide open to everyone.

This is why as believers we are to associate once with His death and ours through Baptism where you take a vow to be buried with Him, to be raised in newness of life. The fear and the threat of death should have no power over you.

Christ died once so that we wouldn’t have to and to never approach Him again and talk about sin, because sin in Gods eyes is unbelief, and puts you back underneath the cross.

Just like a faucet that has been hooked to a new water source, the pipes have to be cleaned, but when the new source of water flows all residual dirt gets washed away. Multiple confessions don’t clean you, the cross does and the continual work of the Holy Spirit does. Your only real sin now is to not believe. Faith is the tool given to quelch doubt and fear.

Hebrews say “how much more the blood of Christ through the eternal spirit purge your conscience from dead works (sin focused thinking) to serve the living God”. To be un-detoured by the boogie men of the day, to receive the strength of Gods Holy Spirit for fearless godly living.

All conversation of sin becomes a denial of the cross and a distraction for mature believers. You become what you focus on, so we focus not on the cross and sin like many religions. We have a Heavenly calling

All the world’s Marvel’s, be they good or bad become distractions for you from the gift of God.

They do not know the resurrected, risen savior. That is the one saving act for all humanity where we who put our faith and affection in Him. The life that He gave us is who He is now and who He was before “He became flesh and dwelled among us”. This is what He gives us, Himself.

Any other such saving or Savior rejects the Savior of the cross. There are many reasons to seek a cures and a solutions, but Jesus/Yeshua is the cure and the solution for all of mankind. He bought, paid in full and redeemed humanity with the cross, and now offers a full pardon of a guilt free life to ALL would be believers as a result of that payment rendered on your behalf.

And however thankful we are for that moment, we are called to move forward, to maturity in the faith, to learn of what we have been given as a result of that death, then to impliment it and own it. He gave us Himself. A self like His Self for us to have an Eternal life. In this way we are the children of God.

As Paul put it to those in Corinth “16 Therefore, from now on, we regard no one according to the (old human nature called) flesh. Even though we have known Christ according to the flesh (in a form like us), yet now we know Him like that no longer. 17 Therefore, if anyone is “in Christ” (and not your old Adamic nature), they are a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new (in terms of thinking). 18 Now all (these) things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself (and all that He has) through Jesus Christ, and has given us this ministry of reconciliation, 19 that is that, God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not [d]imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us this word (message) of reconciliation.” This is THE gospel. Not a sin focused life, but a to live in harmony with God in spirit and truth. With this understanding sin looses its grip. If you focus on your wrong doings you are held captive to them. That is why that mindset cannot benefit you.

If you are waiting for another Jesus to help you or save you (savior), you reject His one time saving act of the cross. That is our inheritance and the storehouse where we get all our goods for Godly living, so don’t look back.

You see there is no mention of a third covenant or another death or payment for you to receive your reward but the one we are gifted by faith. For this reason it says in Hebrews 11. But without faith it is impossible to please (and receive from) God, for those who come to God must believe that He is, and that He rewards those who diligently seek Him.

For this reason scripture says that “we are joint heir’s of the things that are in Christ Jesus. That “in Him dwells the fullness of the God Head Body, and you are complete (have the whole package of who He is) in Him”. And “10 He was in the world, and the world was made by Him, and the world did not know Him. 11 He came to His [c]own, and His [d]own did not receive Him. 12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave power to become the children of God, even to those who believe in His name: 13 who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. (John 1)

This power we have been given is called Gods Holy Spirit, for daily Godly living and constant association with the living God who says “I will never leave you or forsake you”. You just have to turn inward.

2 Peter says that “Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, 3 ­ through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature (now), having escaped (by giving you these tools) the corruption that is in the world through lust”. Lust being the passion of aquiring and possessing safety mechanisms to protect you from death.

Death no longer has a hold of those who received this promise of a new life.

This is really quite amazing given the fact that right now the world looks like it’s going to Hell in a hand basket. But Gods building project is going on quite well and “the gates of Hell will not prevail”.

You see creation serves the creator just fine. It all pans out in the end. For now trade your fear for faith, God is in control.

The Kingdom of God is at hand. Do not let anybody Rob you of this reward.

The Knowing

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God can be articulated to the intellect but he cannot be constructed. Nor can anything be constructed to house Him.

For God to need things manufactured for Him is an oxymoron and out of character for Him. For the Maker to be in need of somebody to make something for Him is nonsense. God cannot be manufactured but he can be articulated. That is why His Only Begotten became word for us. He declares The Father.

It is as we receive Word, we become like word. So much so in fact we become like Them. We become one. The Hebrew word for this is Echad (Deuteronomy 6.4), and the Greek words are Koinania (1 John 1-6) and Ekionos. This is a oneness of pluralities, a discourse.

Articulation is an invisible tool for the invisible God. His articulation is done by words. “John 1.In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.”

Words are Gods building blocks in the spirit of your mind. This word is defined as God’s Son. Why? Because not only is he the exactitude of the father, He is also the invisible embodiment of the very things of God and the delivery mechanism from Him to us. He said “I and the Father are one”. We become one with Him too.

The Son has the authority of the Father. He said “all things have been given Me in Heaven and on Earth. And because we have taken Him at His word, we become joint heir’s with Him of all things. But more importantly of His things, He has held nothing back. In this way we are authorized versions for others conversions. Not just to proclaim a name unto salvation, but the full message with all its steps unto the completion of the Gospel message all the way to Glory. There is no other mechanism to accomplish this than word, and the articulation of it. So we do. We call it the gospel.

And it’s not just that historical references or things about God are passed on through this  articulation. Oh no, much greater than this. It is His very genetics and DNA contained and passed down through the gospel. This is for our Transfiguration from a created being to a spirit being. Like it says in John 3: ye must be born again, to be born of the Spirit. And “for the time that is coming is already here when you worship the Father in Spirit and Truth” different from creation.

An elemental understanding of God is false because God is not made up of elements or constructs such are common to man. There are no borders or boundaries or restrictions that God is subject to, for if He were He would not be God. He is sovereign over His creation, but not subjected to it.

God is boundless in his ways unrestricted unfettered unhindered to whom belong eternal glory amen.

No one has seen God at anytime but the Son declares Him with perfect articulation. No human has seen the Son either in His natural construct of who He was before “He became flesh and dwelled among us. Paul met Him as the light brighter than the noon day sun, a site not seen with carnal eyes.

If we see the Son as He truly is being the accumulation of all the Father said, we see the Father. The two are indistinguishable and inside each other, as are we. We are “hidden in Christ“ and see the things hidden here are for us.

The Son said “He who has seen Me has seen the Father. He was not talking about carnally visual aspects, or a physical potrait would be the testimony of the Son. So height, hair color, weight, nationality and skin color have zero relevance with the Almighty. Those are flesh coverings and flesh He is not. So you should know it is incumbent upon you to learn how to put it off as we show you here.

It was Peter who instructed us saying “Yes, I think it is right, as long as I am in this [f]tent, to stir you up by reminding you, 14 knowing that shortly I must [g]put off my tent, just as our Lord Jesus Christ showed me. 15 Moreover I will be careful to ensure that you always have a reminder of these things after my departure”.

When the Son came to His own His own did not receive him, because they were expecting Him to become like them and cohabitate with them in the things they had made. Hmm! But because the things made after the patterns, from Moses and David, of things only to teach about the eternal. This they forgot and became idolatrous and adulterous and missed out on the vortex to the Father, provided by those mechanisms because they sought it not by faith. They were expecting the facts.

For this reason they were turned till “not one stone was left upon another”. This was God sifting through their ruble for the remnants. The left over rejects were ordered “not to depart from Jerusalem till you have the promise heard from Me. Upon receiving the Holy Spirit they were instructed to get out of Jerusalem.

As Christ prophesied that “on them was laid all the guilt from Righteous Abel, to Zechariah whom they murdered. This was required of that generation. The sins not appropriated at the cross was laid on them because they rejected the Only Begotten, and God’s final warning!

They saw not the Eternal value in that one. But to as many as received Him, not his carnal nature but His spiritual, to them He gave power to become His children even those who believe in his name, and continue to believe in Him even through the obstacles to the contrary they face along the way. This one pleases God.

If you are still with us, you must be of this sort, or horribly confused. Pray the Father for understanding.

Those who truely see Him as He is, see the Father in Him. This is why the Son said “He who has seen Me has seen the Father” and “From now on you have seen Him and Known Him”.

That it is us who see him as He is in His before time construct of Spirit and Truth, as touching the invisible. To this “We are being transfigured from the glory to the glory”. But to those who were fixed on the old testament teaching tools? They saw not his glory for they saw the robes and sandals only and thought He was like them. They judged the outward appearance and couldn’t see who was inside because they weren’t listening.

They thought the transformation was for Him. For Him to become like them, reduced to a singularity.

If that is so then who transforms into whom? And if “that which is flesh is flesh” and “flesh and blood does not inherit the Kingdom”? Why do many even today believe that the Only Begotten One must make a camio appearance to pull them out of their own destitution?

If He “has given us everything that pertains to life and god-like-ness” already? What more must He do? The answer is nothing. You see He is seated waiting for His enemies to become His footstool”. You see, He already “defeated Satan sin and death” at His first and only saving. Their is no other saving but just a fearful judgment as spoken of here in Hebrews 10,

26 For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, 27 but a certain fearful expectation of judgment, and fiery indignation which will devour the adversaries. 28 Anyone who has rejected Moses’ law dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. 29 Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, counted the blood (and cross) of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing, and insulted the Spirit of grace!”

There are those who were expecting a man in kingly attire on a studly horse. They we’re embarrassed by the Peasant on a donkey. The physical became a distraction and they saw him not as He is. But those of us who know Him as a contrast to the physical understood Him perfectly. Those who understood Him as Shiloh riding on the foal of a colt understood that the reign of the Jews was over. (Genesis 49.)

Those who speak of Him coming again, know Him not for He is already here in His original, pre-incarnate self. He is the “Lo I am with you always, throughout the ages even to the End”. He is the same yesterday today and forever. He did change when He became flesh and dwelled among us, because in Him dwelled the fullness of the Godhead body”. And if you expect Him to appear again in bodily form, how can He be to us now the “behold I stand at the door and knock. To those who open up to Me, I will come in and feed them”. Hopefully you are open and willing for He is “at hand”. Amen!

This is why He does not receive his testimony from man for he knows what’s in man. More carnal fabrications for fascinations and excuses.

But “we speak what we hear and testify to what we’ve seen”, for we have eyes and ears of a different nature. We “endure as seeing him who is invisible”.

He who was “born a King”, need not appear as a king just so you can believe. The Son did not come here to become anything, but to prove who he already was.

John the Apostle was explicit, that we know him who is from the beginning. He put on His man momentarily, then put it off. This is proof that he is unchangeable in character and in nature and construction.

But there is a coming one who is not yet, whose coming is according to the working of Satan “with all lying signs and wonders” and duplicates. He is making a simulation of the invisible for he walked among the coals of fire. The coming one is the becoming one who is not yet but must be for a short time then go into perdition with all who fear him and obey his emmisaries.

He takes on the appearance of a Christ and the promises of a savior. But any carnal representation as such are counterfeits. He would love for you to think Jesus needs to come again, because he knows that all who reject the Saving of God that has already happened, will gather to the one that’s coming later. This is the end time gathering of those who want to be saved in a different way to protect their earthly status and carnal expectations of Heaven on earth.

The Sons purpose was to expire all the parables and attach the Elects affection on  what they represent. He proved this when he went to the father and said father I have completed the work you have given me to do I have given Those whom you’ve given me out of this world I have given them your word and they have kept it. The verbal articulation was completed in us. We call this salvation. In him dwells the fullness of the godhead body and because we have received His word and His Spirit, of his fullness we have received because Word is where it comes from, because Word came from the mouth of God, coupled with His breath. Not oxygen but the spirit of God we call the gift of life, the comforter and helper.

So we too can say that we all are collectively one in the father. This is true koinania, the genetic information we need to be like them is cryptically embedded in scripture for us to become the gift that is given.

The coming one is a becoming one as though he is not yet but must be and is there for disqualified as being eternal.

It is as we take all the concepts of God displayed in the law and the prophets and more clearly seen in the Son and expire them in the heavens being the regions of our mind the access is through the heart the very place of God.

The gospel message has its fulfilled purpose in us and need not take us any further. As Peter stated receiving the end of your faith the salvation of your soul of God’s work completed in you before your departure.

The salvation of the soul is to be restored to its proper purpose of full interaction with God. The soul, mind and heart is the only invisible element you have. It’s the only Eternal access point you have to the father and without this restoration there is no eternity.

As a seed in the dirt seems insurmountable and unimportant to the plant, for it sees no light and lives in dirt so too is the man of the Earth. But if it contains the genetics of the Living God sown in our hearts through the gospel being watered by the Holy Spirit it becomes enamored with another element. It’s sites and focuses are no longer in the shell, so too with the metamorphosis of a butterfly from a caterpillar. The two are constructs of different elements and feature in contrast to one another.

One crawls on the dirt the other flies in the air. So to those who have sown the words of God in their heart and water with it the Holy Spirit, this becomes the thing that is said. Which is word. Gods Word. The very genetics of God, sown in our heart. In this way we become Godly.

There is no such thing as life and an afterlife. It is those who in their carnal body being ignorant of the things of God are The Walking Dead, hoping for something later. They are dead to the things of God that are Ubiquitous and piercing all time and matter, without distorting them. If this were not so the Son would not of said “let the dead bury their dead”. And John the Apostle would not of said ” those who have the Son has life those who have not the Son have not life”. Those who have not the Son have the contrast. And the contrast will be taken out of the way for the Eternal to remain.

And it is also true that the dust returns to the Dust. Those who do not acquire the spirit acquire nothing. Those are fixed on a carnal fulfillment of the scriptures hope in vain. For this reason they are said to be poor blind and naked. Not knowing the riches in Christ they are poor not seeing the kingdom of God at hand. They are blind not putting on the cloaking of Christ they are naked.

Anything made of time and matter will be dissolved. That’s why those who hold onto a construct and a hope of God becoming a feature subject to time and matter, specifically the second coming, their hopes will be tarnished. Those who put on Christ now, put on the very words He spoke, and become the things that He has said.

The son said “father I have finished the work that you’ve given me to do I have given them your word and they have kept it”.  Nothing else needs to be said. This Son is the final say so. We just need to repeat it to be true for us. We are those who reverberate and echo the things that He said to be like Him.

We who have received the Son in this way as an embodiment of the concepts and attributes of God, are the offspring of God. It is us who speak the words to confirm who we are by where we have been and where we go, the very place we stay.

Christ said “no one has descended from heaven but he who descended from Heaven, that is the son of man who is in heaven” (speaking of Himself) So we too can take these words and expire them and fulfill them in ourselves in the same way. That just as He was and just as He is, so are we in the world. Because He was not a man in the world. He was himself in a human body, being the word the very exact expression of the Father as are we. And “no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again” and we see. And “no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born above” and so we were. “We are a kind of first fruits of his creation” being born of word and spirit of his kind of non-elemental spirit and Truth.

We testify of what we hear and speak of what we seen because of the place that we have been. So that makes us a visitor while we are here. We are the constituents of another Nation/Kingdom. We who are visitors from their called ambassadors. For who can be an ambassador from a country they’ve never had residence in. You could only be an ambassador and a representative of something that you are a part of otherwise you would just be a spokesperson.

This is what happens to those who speak of another coming Kingdom because the “Kingdom of God being at hand”. They quite obviously have not been to the place they are forecasting into the future. The term “at hand” has no relevance to them.

Like a baby bird in the nest who prefers a soft pre-chewed worm, so too a carnal believer is hooked on parables. This is the same as preferring the old wine for it is better, they reject the new.

Those who pay ties at the temple pay for building projects and give in to sacrifices. These are slow to receive the invisible for the visible. The things they did are of no Eternal value. If it does not serve as a crossover Point into the eternal it amounts to nothing but idolotry. For our Christ has entered into the heavens now not to Tabernacle made by hands but a tabernacle made by God, Eternal on the Heavens. That is the place of our homage, the place of our affections, and where our sacrifices and our givings go.

As God said through Isaiah “why do you trample My courts with your feasts and your sacrifices? Who has required this of you?” It is to receive God as He is and offered him the sacrifice of praise that is acceptable to him. The acceptable sacrifice is to present a mirror image of His Son back to Him, a sweet smelling savor.

If you appear at the altar to leave a gift and know not the Gift Giver, the Giver becomes a taker and you leave empty-handed.

To some people He appears as a thief, for even what they think they have shall be taken. And those who have an expectation of a future Jesus have nothing. If you knew the Gift Giver and the things He possessed you would receive immediately the things that you asked for. For this reason the son said to the disciples until now you have asked for nothing in My name ask for your joy to be full. Up till that point they were with of man named Jesus and they approached the man Jesus to ask the Father for things. Because their misconceptions of the Son, was they were denied access.

But we know the Gift Giver and we know the gift. All the gifts are in Gods Christ. All Things become new in Christ. You just need to figure out what All Things Are. They are Eternal.

You may look at some and think they are poor but they possess all things in this way. You may be “poor, blind and naked”. Poor, because you don’t have the riches of Christ. Blind, because you cannot see His Kingdom at hand. Naked, because you have not put on the loins of your mind the things He has said. You remain in your catatonic Adamic state of being of being naked of the things of God and driven by fear and shame.

For this reason John the Apostle said “love not the world nor the things of the world for those who love the world, the love of the father is not in them. But we love God.

There are those things that were with God from the beginning. These things are his. Everything else will be burned. (2 Peter 3.10)

If you really knew the Gift Giver in truth, you would not have to ask because the things have already been given. You would just thank Him instead. “We have been given everything that pertains to life and godliness through the knowledge of him who calls us to glory and virtue”. To share his virtue we are the called. We who know the Gift Giver in this way being the recipients and now ourselves gift-givers. As it is written “those who reject you rejects Me and those who receives you received Me”. We are His stewards and the conduit of the things that are His. We are the conveyors and the purveyors of the water that doesn’t cost money we are recipients of the Living Water and become Wells of Living Water as our Leader said “those who believe in Me, out of their being will spout out rivers of living waters”.  Who also said like effervescent water “shaken up, slapped down on the table, uncorked and spouting out”, so too will be those filled with Gods Holy  Spirit.

Christ approached the woman in Samaria at the well and asked for water. Had she known the gift-giver she would have asked Him for water. She said “I know the Christ when he comes he shall tell us all things”. In response Jesus said I whom you are seeking, I am He. That was His  explanation of what people expect at a 2nd coming. She was filled enough to go tell the whole city. “This is the Christ”, not that He is going to be when He comes again.

In our age there are many still waiting. God does not repeat Himself. But fortunately we do. We call it the Gospel. This is the gospel and the good news. In this way, “The Kingdom of God is at hand”. Amen and Amen!

Paul digresses for the love of his countryman in the flesh

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In the book of Romans,  Paul so eloquently taught of the resurrection by faith all the way up through chapter 8, to fall back into old covenant expectations of a future saving and Savior for his old cohorts.
In Romans Chapter 9, Paul pours out his heart for his flesh liniage in a dramatic fashion saying “I tell the truth in Christ, I am not lying, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Spirit, that I have great sorrow and continual grief in my heart. For I could wish that I myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my [a]countrymen according to the flesh, who are Israelites”. Showing us that Paul is fully aware of their shortfall in purpose and ultimate demise. And here showing the distinction between flesh and spirit, faith and facts, that “But it is not that the word of God has taken no effect. For they are not all Israel who are of Israel”. 
And “That is, those who are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God; but the children of the promise are counted as the seed.”
Paul correctly shows us the distinction between flesh and spirit and further clarifies the distinction by describing for us the remnant and the Election by faith as seen here, “31 but Israel, pursuing the law of righteousness, has not attained to the law [d]of righteousness. 32 Why? Because they did not seek it by faith”. They were caught up in the pictures and patterns, but never caught the purpose for what they defined of something invisible. But then in chapter11 Paul was trying to justify his countrymen according to the flesh, the Israelites. Paul now uses an old covenant concept to support his hopes for them to be saved saying 26 “The Deliverer will come out of Zion. And He will turn away ungodliness from Jacob; And 27 For this is My covenant with them when I take away their sins”.

But these are provisions, and promises given to us in The New Covenant, that were already in effect as of Pauls writing this. This is evidenced by him writing it after the cross where all the sin of humanity were already delt with as he wrote in previous chapters of the same book where he emphatically teaches the resurrection by faith, being the one act that catapolts you beyond sin and death saying,  For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death. And “He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies [d]through His Spirit who dwells in you.”

This is the resurrection to life by faith. And also “if it is faith it is no longer works” or physically manifest because it is one or the other, faith of fact, carnal or spiritual. Or God is unjust.

However, then in chapter 11 Paul applies an old covenant promise toward his countrymen of a future saving saying that the deliverer will come out of Zion.

Paul is confused. He says this as tho this old covenant promise has a future fulfillment of another act for another payment for sin and another saving for his kinsman according to the flesh? “When I take away their sins?” Mmh. That is steeped in old covenant lingo that anticipated Gods sacrifice of His Son.

Jesus Christ said “all the Law and the prophets were till John the Baptist, now the Kingdom is preached and all are entering”. Jesus Christ came ushering in that Kingdom they anticipated. Now all the law and the prophets are fulfilled and expired documents. Meaning that the old covenant promises have no forward speaking relevance to us in the New Covenant era. We are the recipients of all the old testament promises and there is no 3rd covenant to supercede the one in force by the Only Begotten. There is no newer Covenant that could be used to verify Paul’s ascertstion here that “this is My covenant with them when I take away their sins” . The old only testifies to what we now have. All the sins of humanity have been dealt with in regard to being resurrected and saved. That is your testimony and acknowledgment from your baptism by which you have covenanted with God’s new Covenant.
Everybody past present and future must go to the cross to receive forgiveness of sins for salvation unto newness of life. There is no other payment to be rendered. “This is My covenant with them when I take away their sins”. Yes, the blood of Christ. Any other hope is blasphemous.
Even Peter acknowledged the prophets “12 To them it was revealed that, not to themselves, but to [e]us they were ministering the things which now have been reported to you”. These are our testimonies, that they wanted. We have the deliverer, forgiveness of sins, salvation and the resurrected life or Christ died in vain. That’s what a Savior does. And God’s only Begotten does things right because He does them once. That is what righteous means. A right that needs no addendums, corrections, modifications or to be repeated.
And here from Peter explaining Paul’s writings “as also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things, in which some things are hard to understand, which untaught and unstable people twist to their own destruction, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures”.
You must understand that Paul’s Epistles are progressive in nature. Meaning, he grew as he pressed in as do we. Just as our Christ told Paul at his conversion from the bright light from heaven “Paul I have appeared to you to testify to the things you have seen, and of the things I will yet show you” showing us that Christ is a progressive series of Revelations and Paul as well as us are in transition by these visitations from this bright light.
Next we will address the concept in Romans 13 that teaches us strict obedience to those in government and authority, a thing Paul did not do. Jesus called the god of this age and the usurper.
As always, The Kingdom of God is at hand. As our Lord said however “My Kingdom is not from here”.
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why Paul said to Timothy “I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might show all long-suffering, as a pattern (or a progression) to those who are going to believe on Him “
In this way Paul laid the necessary building blocks, or doctrines, that are necessary to give us a platform to build upon. Even as Paul said to those in Corinth, “According to the grace of God which was given to me, as a wise master builder I have laid the foundation, and another builds on it.” And that foundation is unto the resurrection. You cannot build in Gods Kingdom with your old nature.
This is the starting point of the New Covenant in the expiration of the old because the resurrection was where the old was suppose to take you as far as the old would take you.
In Acts 26 Paul was on trial with the Gentile King Agrippa, to defend himself from the punishment of death from the Jews. Paul testified to the resurrection as an Old Covenant objective saying “And now I stand and am judged for the hope of the promise made by God to our fathers. To this promise our twelve tribes, earnestly serving God night and day, hope to attain. For this hope’s sake, King Agrippa, I am accused by the Jews. Why should it be thought incredible by you that God raises the dead?” (Means resurrection.
Peter refered to Noah’s flood as a baptism. Then we have the Red Sea crossing after the Israelites (not Jews) painted the top of their front doors with blood so that the angel of death passed over. To then go through the water where all their enemies were drowned. Hmm, sounds like Baptism to me. Then also the second generation with Joshua crossed the Jordan River to cross over to possess the land of promises. These are all resurrection patterns to learn to walk in newness of life. This is the objective of baptism, and the book from Paul we call Romans.
And since the old way of walking it out didn’t work, God sent His Son to show us the “new and living way to the Father”.
 Warning: Anyone who has not received the resurrection as a foregone conclusion, has denied the Son of God and the purpose of the cross. I would not want to be found there. In other words, if you have not received the washing of sins unto the resurrection as a foregone conclusion already gifted to you from the cross, you are floundering in the faith and put yourself back under the old covenant. Because that’s what they were looking for too as we have just explained.
And what is worse than rejecting the gift of God by His Son, and more blasphemous, is to expect a second coming Jesus to save you from your sins and your woes and your shortfalls in your shortcomings as a human. This was the demise of the whole old testament, and why even the Jews said “it is expediant that one man should die for man’s sins.
It was Paul who opened up Romans saying that he was prepared to preach the gospel message of Jesus Christ which is the power of God for salvation. as not being a new testament concept alone. And it was Hebrews that says that the gospel message was preached to them as well as to us but did not profit them not being mixed with faith.
Paul was in transition and his Revelations at the time of Romans, was to solidify the Resurrection, a firm foundation to stand upon and build your faith. this is why the book of Romans was ranked first among the Pauline Epistles right after the book of Acts which would be better off called, the defense of the gospel. because that was what Paul was to do in that book and that is what it ended up and it’s conclusion with him in his own rented home preaching the kingdom of a hand as something he had never said before according to the book of acts.
The complete expiration of the old was still foreign to Paul for even the whole book of Romans primarily delt with the various concepts of the washing off the old man at baptism, the redemption, to be declared righteous, for justification unto the life of the resurrection. Of which all of these are foundation stones and primary principals of Gods Kingdom now.
The works up to baptism are all old covenant concepts. Think of John the Baptist. He was last and greatest because the resurrection is as far as the Prophets take you. Now you need new stuff to grow your faith in things of The Kingdom.
Even as David affirmed ““Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven,
And whose sins are covered;
Blessed is the man to whom the Lord shall not impute sin.” (Romans 4)
We know these are the objectives of the old covenant because even Paul spoke of his countryman of the flesh about the resurrection. When Paul was on trial in Rome he said “Men and brethren, I am a Pharisee, the son of a Pharisee; concerning the hope and resurrection of the dead am I being judged?” Paul went on to say of them “they strove night and day hoping to attain. They knew this.
It was the Pharisees that believed in the baptism of life to persue the resurrection as evidenced at the Red Sea where the angel of death passed over those who appropriated the blood, to eat the Passover in haste, to be baptised in the Red Sea which assayed their fears and killed all their enemies, to walk in a new life with a clean slate with new tools “to lay hold of” their inheritance. Even in the face of the giants, they failed to acquire because they refused to acknowledge Gods word as being strong enough to empower them to walk through their enemies and obstacles. For this they we’re rejected.
Hebrews chapter 2 warned us not to do what they did saying “Therefore we must give [a]the more earnest heed to the things we have heard, lest we drift away. For if the word spoken through angels proved steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just [b]reward, how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation.” As many of the Old Covenant seekers did.
 
And again  from Hebrews chapter 6. For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted the heavenly gift, and have become partakers of the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come, [c]if they fall away, to renew them again to repentance, since they crucify again for themselves the Son of God, and put Him to an open shame.”
And “Therefore, leaving the discussion of the elementary principles of Christ, let us go on to [a]perfection, not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, of the doctrine of baptisms, of laying on of hands, of resurrection of the dead, and this we will do if God permits”. This shows us the baptism and resurrection are first principals.
This is why the foundational Testimony of baptism is that, your old person with it’s sin is washed away to be raised (resurrected) to walk in newness of life. This is your starting point like it was for the Israelites at the Red Sea crossing, and again at the Jordan river with Joshua because the first generation failed.
For this reason, the book of Romans is foundational, a place to stand upright and righteous, meaning right standing with God or upright and raised (resurrected) up, to move on to reach out to lay hold of why Christ laid hold of you, which is Glory.
Paul affirms this in Romans 3 that ” all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God” describing the object and completion of salvation. Being Gods Glory in each one of us. That the Glory is the objective of the gospel and your target after baptism. But there are many more steps, and fortunately for us, Paul goes through these in his other Epistles.
Paul affirms this in Romans 8 29 For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, for Him to be the firstborn among many brethren. 30 Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.”
There is however a big gap of missing pieces between being Justified and being Glorified that Paul does not discuss in the Epistle to the Romans. Which is again proof that the book of Romans teaches the first steps of faith into Baptism and the expiration of all the law and prophets because that is as far as they go as we just showed you with the Red Sea.
Part 2
This is why the Pharisees were chided by Jesus Christ, Him saying “you are not entering the kingdom not are you allowing those who are trying to do so” thereby being condemned and unfit. This is where Paul started out and consented to kill early believers.
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there was only one sacrifice for all time as the writer of Hebrews put it,
26 He then would have had to suffer often since the foundation of the world; but now, once at the end of the ages.
 Paul had earlier on in Romans defined the true Jew with circumsion of the heart, and the remnants shall be saved, but not the circumsion of the flesh. So his eyes were opening.
By the time Paul wrote Galatians he wished those of the circumsision would just “cut themselves off”. Which is better rendered to “castorate themselves”. So Paul made his cut from that bunch but it wasn’t easy. For even after Paul’s 14 years in the winderness, he went to Jerusalem to speak to those who were apostles before him and was seen having Timothy circumsised showing us that even then Paul was confused from the start. But by the time he wrote Galatians not only did he break away from the mutilation, Paul goes on to plead for the castoration of that whole old testament culture saying ““Cast out the bondwoman and her son, for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman”.
It is now the modern Jews and their sympathizers that use these old covenant carnal saving concepts to justify another Jesus to come upon another Israel (m eroniously meaning a land and not the people) and another man-made temple for another man Messiah, to save the world, which spits in the face of the saving at the cross. Save, saving, savior, do you get it?
 So Paul defending his carnal liniage in Romans is from his old man.  He then in his own words says “even so these also have now been disobedient, that through the mercy shown to you (meaning the promise to the gentiles in Abraham) that they also may obtain mercy”.
 Which saying is true. But it is by faith to anyone. Faith has always been the method. But that doesn’t mean all who went before without faith, will receive what those who have faith do. At best they would be judged according to their works with the rest of mankind at the judgment after the thousand year reign when those who missed out on the elect of the age and are judged according to their works as seen here in Revelation 20, And they lived and reigned with Christ for [a]a thousand years. But the rest of the dead did not live again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection”. Meaning us who received it. We’ve received a whole lot more. We have moved on from those basic tenants of the faith that the new covenant allows. 
In closing this topic of Paul trying to elevate his cohorts and predisessors of the flesh to resurrection status in Romans
 It was Paul who went on to say that “What then? Israel has not obtained what it seeks; but the elect have obtained it, and the rest were blinded”.
 Who also said earlier on “For they are not all Israel who are of Israel, nor are they all children because they are the seed of Abraham; but, “In Isaac your seed shall be called.” That is, those who are the children of the flesh (or genetic lineage), these are not the children of God; but the children of the promise are counted as the seed.”
 Which is why Abram was promised his seed as the sand of the seas, but Abr-ah-am seed was as the stars of Heaven, showing us the two seeds, Ishmael and Isaac. But the real seed that was to be blessed was from Genesis 12 to Abraham that “in your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed. And that word seed meant singular referring to Christ. That the nations and the gentiles if all who except Christ by faith, are those who are “in Christ” as joint heir’s of the things that he has, and God is no respecter of persons.
Amen