A Warning / A Blessing

The Warning

  Galatians 1: 6-10   Paul addresses the Church of Galatia  ( And US all )

I am astonished at the promptness with which you have turned away from the one who called you and have decided to follow a different version of the Good News. Not that there can be more than one Good News; it is merely that some troublemakers among you want to change the Good News of Christ; and let me warn you that if anyone preaches a version of the Good News different from the one we have already preached to you, whether it be ourselves or an angel from heaven, he is to be condemned. I am only repeating what we told you before: if anyone preaches a version of the Good News different from the one you have already heard, he is to be condemned. So now whom am I trying to please — man, or God?  Would you say it is men’s approval I am looking for?  If I still wanted that, I should not be what I am — a servant of Christ.

To whom shall I speak and give warning, That they may hear? Indeed their ear is uncircumcised, And they cannot give heed. Behold, the word of the Lord is a reproach to them; They have no delight in it. 
The present world as opposed to the ‘world to come’ of the messianic era. It coincides with the rule of Satan,  Gen.3: Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. 5 For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
Knowing good and evil, where has this brought us..?.. shy away from God, His truth and adhere to fables and the powers / allures of the world. Where anything goes except the truth of Jesus Christ.  I believe the era in which Yeshua came and the method in which He was subject to has been a symbol for the ages, speaks volumes of a loving God dying an innocent man for the sins of each person past, present and future and coming alive (resurrecting) in His purity and victoriously from the Sheol’s of hell to get the keys of life and death from the serpent, the evil one of this world. The warning to stay away from doing evil and death, the blessing of forgiveness and the love of God, eternal life.

Acts 26:18 to open their eyes, in order to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in Me (Yeshua/Jesus Christ).

Darkness, destruction, chaos from the god of this world and all his little minions who do his dirty work. 

  2Cor. 4: 4 whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them.

Eph.2: 2 in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience,

 Jn 12: 31 Now is the judgment of this world; …

And coincides with the rule of sin and law.

“Beware that you do not forget the Lord your God by not keeping His commandments, His judgments, and His statutes which I command you today, 

 Gal. 3:19 What purpose then does the law serve? It was added because of transgressions, till the Seed should come to whom the promise was made; 

The Blessing

By dying and rising Christ has freed us from these forces and made us members of His kingdom, of God’s kingdom.

 Rom. 14:17 for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.  Not to gorge on food or drunk in sin but alive in the truth of a Savior, who freely gives and satisfies our needs. If He feeds the birds of the air how much more precious are we.

 Col 1:13 He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love,

 Eph. 5: 5 For this you know, that no fornicator, unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolaters, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.

John 3:5  Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.

Though we will not be completely freed till we also rise from the dead and the living translated at the advent of our Lord Jesus Christ. We can do our best to stay in Yeshua’s open arms, with His grace, His Spirit in us not to backslide back to the attractions of this temporary world that leads to spiritual blindness. And forfeit the kingdom to come. But keep our eyes on God, in the heaven’s looking for Jesus’ return.

Romans Chapters 5 – 8 : covers Salvation: Faith guarantees salvation; Deliverance from sin and death and law: the comparison of Adam and Jesus; Repentance, turning away from evil; Baptism, the submerging of self and the rising of a new creation in Christ; Holiness not sin to be the master; the Christian is freed from the slavery of sin, through Christ who freed us; speaks of the reward of sin and the reward of holiness; he (Paul) explains the role of the Law as God intended; The inward struggle: our inner battle of doing what’s right vs not to; the life of the spirit given to us; everyone moved by the Spirit is a son of God; Glory as our destiny: God has called us to share His glory; these chapters enriches you with God’s love for us.

 1 Thes. 4:13 But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. 14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus.  15 For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep (dead). 16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. 18 Therefore comfort one another with these words.

The Holy Scriptures’ is full of sage advice on being on the side of God through the power of His Son Jesus/Yeshua (the ONLY way to the Father), who upon going back to the Father to advocate for us left us not alone but sent us His Spirit, His Holy Spirit to guide us, comfort us, bring us to an honest, open relationship with the Father.

The speeding up of endtime events is coming to a head, NOW is the acceptable hour to be right with our Creator. God fills the emptiness by inviting Him into your heart. A personal decision each of us must make. The battle of the mind and heart is at stake and a choice must be made on who YOU give your allegiance to. He gives us a warning to be part of His kingdom or not. It’s all about Him not us. Pride and arrogance destroys us from within and has no place in God’s kingdom. God gives us the freedom to choose but the evil one enslaves you with blindness to the truth, tempts you to disobedience, at a very high cost – your eternal life. Choose this day in whom you follow..

May our Lord give each one of us the understanding, discernment to the truth, to trust Him, have faith in Him, to be on guard and resist the evil tendencies all around us from the prince of the powers of the air and his henchmen. That our lives may be a blessing til His return. I pray in Jesus’ holy name, Amen.

Take the chance, Jesus loves you. Believe and ask Him to come into your heart. He will help you be the person You were meant to be from creation.  Keep doing what’s right, actively seeking God, praying always and leave the rest to God. Do not be afraid for God is in control. His kingdom is coming, be ready to be a part of His glorious return.  Godspeed.

*The Jerusalem Bible, NKJV, BibleGate was used throughout. (emphases given)

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