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  • GOD’S SAVING ENMITY
    Part 5

    MID-WEEK MANNA FROM PASTOR NAT’S DESK:
    February 1, 2023

    GOD’S SAVING ENMITY
    Part 5

    Again, Genesis 3:15 is the beginning of all the prophecies and promises of the Bible, as fleshed out in the everlasting gospel plan prepared before the foundations of the earth were laid for creation. If we truly desire to know “the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth,” i. e., “the truth as it is in Jesus” that saves fallen, sinful humanity FROM (not “in”) the power of sin, “the world, the flesh and the devil,” we first must learn to trace from cause to effect.

    Indeed, for “the wages of sin is death” (Rom. 6:23). The consequences of a seemingly “small” wrong choice or a “minor” yet willful digression from God’s express will as revealed “unto the law and testimony” (Isa. 8:20), can and has resulted in humiliating, painful, long-lasting, and in the Fall at Eden, global consequences—such as the sinful curiosity of Eve and Adam’s obsessive love for her over their Creator.

    Paul precisely refers to this, declaring: “Wherefore, as by one man, sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned. . . .

    Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam’s transgression, who is the figure of Him that was to come [as the promised ‘Seed of the woman.’].” Rom. 5: 12, 14.

    The omnipotent mouth that simply spoke into existence both “the heaven and earth and all that in them is” in six literal days of 24 hours (except the creation of man which He formed with His own hands from the dust of the ground of Eden) was the same mouth that pronounced and defined the true nature of the GREAT CONTROVERSY on EARTH (which first started in heaven, Rev. 12: 3-9), the main issue between the two armies and their respective commanders-in-chief; as to who eventually emerges victorious; and by what master strategy, method, and plan.

    Abel the First Martyr; Cain the First Murderer. The murder of Abel by his own elder brother Cain (the very first two sons of Adam and Eve, their very first “seed”) is both the first example of the enmity between “Satan and his seed and the woman and her seed;” it is also the type of the antitypical declaration of Christ four thousand years after the fall in Eden to all His first faithful followers on earth in the New Testament, Christian dispensation, starting with the First Twelve disciples (in training).

    He solemnly told them, as “it is written” in the following Scriptures found in
    Matt. 10: 16- 18, 21-25, 32-39, KJV. all emphasis mine):
    “Behold, I send you forth as SHEEP among WOLVES: be ye therefore WISE as serpents, and HARMLESS as doves. But beware of men: for they will deliver you up to the councils [of apostate religions such as “the beast and its image,” Rev. 13], and they will scourge you in their synagogues [places of religious worship and activity]. And you shall be brought before governors and kings [politically corrupt secular and state powers-that-be] for My sake, for a testimony AGAINST them and for the Gentiles. . . . And the BROTHER SHALL DELIVER UP THE BROTHER TO DEATH, AND THE FATHER THE CHILD: AND THE CHILDREN SHALL RISE UP AGAINST THEIR PARENTS, AND CAUSE THEM TO BE PUT TO DEATH. And you shall be HATED [the enmity in action and at work] of all men for My name’s sake; but HE THAT ENDURETH TO THE END SHALL BE SAVED.

    “But when they PERSECUTE you in this city, flee ye into another: for verily I say unto you, Ye shall not have gone over the cities of Israel, till the Son of man be come. The DISCIPLE is not above the MASTER nor the SERVANT above his LORD. It is ENOUGH for the disciple that he be AS his Master, and the servant AS his Lord. If they called the Master of the house Beelzebub [‘prince of devils’|, how much MORE shall they call them of His household? 
    
     “Whosoever therefore shall CONFESS ME before men, him will I confess ALSO before My Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall DENY ME before men, him will I ALSO DENY before My Father which is in heaven. 
    
     “Think not that I am come [in His first advent] to  send PEACE on earth: I came not to send peace but a SWORD. For I am come to SET A MAN AT VARIANCE [enmity] AGAINST HIS FATHER, AND THE DAUGHTER AGAINST THE MOTHER, AND THE DAUGHTER-IN-LAW AGAINST HER MOTHER-IN-LAW. AND A MAN’S FOE [enemy at enmity] SHALL BE THEY OF HIS OWN HOUSEHOLD. 
    
    “He that loveth FATHER OR MOTHER MORE THAN Me is NOT WORTHY of Me: and he loveth SON OR DAUGHTER more than Me not worthy of Me. And he that taketh NOT HIS CROSS [as defined above], and followeth after Me [My example] is not worthy of Me. He that findeth his life [for his self’s sake] shall lose it: and   he that loseth his life [for Christ and righteousness’ sake] shall find it.”

    Moreover, Jesus said of this manifested enmity (see chapter 15: 1-27): “These things have I spoken unto you, that you should not be offended. [why?] “They shall put you out of the synagogues [accused and anathemized as “soulless heretics’ consigned damnation and eternal torment of hell fire’]: yea, THE TIME COMETH, that whosoever KILLETH YOU will think that HE DOETH GOD SERVICE. And these things will they do unto you, because they had not known the Father nor Me.” John 16: 1-3, KJV.

    If we do not invoke the grace-imparted anew principle of enmity/hatred that God put immediately after the fall between Satan and the woman and their respective “seeds,” we will invariably become the most efficient agents of Satan and the worst enemies of God’s faithful people in these last days. Therefore “examine yourselves, prove yourselves whether you are really in the true “faith of Jesus.”

    To be continued next MWM, God willing. Bless all, NMF.

  • GOD’S SAVING ENMITY-Part 4

    MID-WEEK MANNA FROM PASTOR NAT’S DESK:
    January 25, 2023

    GOD’S SAVING ENMITY-Part 4

    “But unto the Son He saith, Thy throne, O God, is forever and ever: a scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Thy kingdom. Thou hast loved righteousness and HATETH INIQUITY; therefore God, even Thy God, hath anointed Thee with the oil of gladness above Thy fellows. And Thou, Lord, IN THE BEGINNING hast laid the foundations of the earth; and the heavens are the works of Thy hands: They shall perish; but Thou REMAINEST; and they shall all wax old as does a garment. And as a vesture shalt Thou fold them up, and they shall be changed: but Thou art THE SAME, AND THY YEARS SHALL NOT FAIL.” Heb. 1: 8-14, KJV.

    Apostle Paul, moved by the Holy Spirit, wrote these holy Scriptures but the real author is Jesus the Word, who is the
    “Author and Finisher of our faith,” the “Alpha and Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End,” “the One altogether lovely” and is “the same yesterday, today, and forever.”

    Apostle John, called “the beloved disciple” in the New Testament (prophet Daniel was also called “the beloved” in the Old Testament), likewise moved by the same Holy Spirit, penned the sublime words of life and truth describing differently, yet in perfect harmony and unity with Paul, who addressed his epistle Hebrews, to the Hebrew-speaking Jews in his time (Galatians was addressed to the Gentile converts to early Christianity).

    In the introduction of the the fourth of the “synoptic gospel” books, John wrote of the same “Son whom God the Father addresses as God” (Jesus Himself declared, “I and My Father are one”), in these
    “In the BEGINNING was the WORD and the Word was with God AND THE WORD WAS GOD. The SAME was in the beginning with GOD. All things were MADE by Him; and without Him was not ANYTHING made that was made. In Him was LIFE; and the life was the LIFE of men.” John 1: 1-4, KJV (emphasis mine).

    Then, following in verse 14, John helps those spiritually-minded to begin grasping the spiritual depths of the “mystery of godliness” (cf. 1 Tim. 3:16)of the mystery of the incarnation:

    “And the WORD WAS MADE FLESH and dwelt among us (and we beheld His GLORY, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father) FULL OF GRACE AND TRUTH.” (emphasis mine).

    It is the “glory” of “fulness of saving “grace and truth”—not the luminous, physical-vision-blinding glory—that John and his fellow disciple-apostles “beheld,” i. e., eventually spiritually discerned only after His resurrection and ascension, after the promised descent and empowerment by the Holy Spirit at Pentecost.

    Indeed, God’s amazing GRACE in the gospel is “the power of God unto salvation” from the power of sin and Satan and his “seed.” And “the TRUTH that shall “make us free” from the alluring bondage and slavery to our cherished, self-centered, self-indulgent sins is the ENMITY, the new principle of HATRED against INIQUITY or sin, “transgression of the law,” and further described as: “All unrighteousness is sin,” and “to him that knoweth to DO good, and doeth it NOT, to him it is SIN.”

    Not until we correctly interpret, properly appropriate and faithfully apply the divine provisions of God’s ENMITY towards sin and God’s GRACE which “MUCH MORE abounds where and when sin abounds,” will the professed Christian become a victorious OVERCOMER over “the world, the flesh, and the devil.” And Jesus the Word made flesh says, and our Example says,” “overcome EVEN AS I overcame,” if you want to “sit down and sup with Me now, then later after My return, to be part of My bride at the “wedding supper of the Lamb.”

    So TODAY, if you WILL hear His voice, HARDEN NOT your hearts.”

    To be continued next MWM, God willing. Bless all,NMF.

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