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1 Peter 2:3-5: NKJV:  As newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word that you may grow (in salvation), thereby, if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is gracious. Coming to HIM as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God and precious, you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

 

The first living stone was Jesus Christ (Firstfruit, Romans 11:16) first holy human presented as an offering to God. Before the offering of Christ to God an offering was made to the tabernacle. The tabernacle represents the church which represents God. The caretakers and congregation for the church of God are required by the law (John 21:17).* Deuteronomy 18:4-5: The firstfruits of your grain and your new wine and your oil, and the first of the fleece of your sheep, you shall give him (the priest). For the Lord your God has chosen him out of all your tribes to stand to minister in the name of the Lord, him and his sons forever.*. As sons of God we must prove our love with obedience to the law. * John 14:15: If you love ME keep MY commandments. * The church of God began at Jerusalem in the year 31 and was soon scattered to all parts of the world (Acts 8:1, 11:19-20, James 1:1).

 

The church of God that began in Jerusalem represents the church that will be established at the return of Christ. Thereby, as a mother feeds, cares and teaches her children the righteous way, so will God teach HIS sheep * Isaiah 2:3:… He will teach us HIS ways and we will walk in HIS paths. For out of Zion shall go forth the law and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. * In this age, Jerusalem and the church is in bondage with the child of Hagar (Ishmael).

 

Galatians 4:25-26: For this Hagar is Mount Sinai in Arabia, and corresponds to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children---But the Jerusalem (Church of God) above is free, which is the mother of all. * You were born because of the promise, just as Isaac was. But the child who was born in the natural way (Ishmael) made trouble for the child who was born because of the Spirit of God (Isaac). The same situation is taking place to this day.* Galatians 4:30-31: Nevertheless, what does the Scripture say? Cast out the bondwoman and her son, for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman. So then, brethren, we are not children of the bondwoman but of the free. * With freedom we must keep the laws of heaven where at death, your human spirit is stored until the return of Christ.

 

Hebrew 12:22-23: But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, to an innumerable company of angels, to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are registered in heaven, to God the Judge of all, to the spirits of just men made perfect…* 1 Thessalonians 5:22-23: Abstain from every form of evil. Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. * However, there is another powerful spirit that deceives the whole world from the beginning. That is Satan the devil (Revelation 12:9, Genesis,chapter 3). Satan is also the temporary god of this evil world (2 Corinthians 4:4).

 

Revelation 2:24-26: Now to you I say, and to the rest in Thyatira, as many as do not have this doctrine, who have not known the depths of Satan, as they say, I will put on you no other burden. But hold fast what you have till I come. And he who overcomes, and keeps MY works until the end, to him I will give power over the nations---

 

Thyatira is the fourth of the seven churches of God established in the first century. Various historical documents verify the Apostle Paul and two of the original Apostles went to Britain. Peter went to Upper Asia Minor, Europe, Britain and Scythia. James, son of Alpheus went to Spain, Ireland and Britain. Simon the Zealot went to Egypt, Cyrene, Mauritania, Libya and Britain. Matthew and Thomas traveled to Parthia, Persia and other parts near India. The apostolic Waldenses (French: Validois) settled in the French Alps in the early second century. By the middle of the third century, the church in Rome almost ended the Thyatira era with killing and burning.

 

2 Thessalonians 2:3-4: …The son of perdition (Satan, the devil) who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God. * Revelation 12:9: So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

 

James 1:18-21: (God) Of His own will HE brought us forth by the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of HIS creatures. So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God. Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.

 

For those with fervent desire to obey God, it is because he has been drawn (John 6:44) by the Spirit of God and called (Matthew 22:14), chosen to search the truth of the coming kingdom. The fruit of the conclusion is to live with a change in the way of life. * I remain your brother in Christ. Be blessed until we meet again.

 

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