October 27th.

2 Chronicles 24 / Daniel 5 / Acts 3-4

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All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they shared everything they had. With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and much grace was upon them all.

The NT is the written witness of the sons who were compelled by love, trust and the actual belief that what was happening was actually happening, because it was truly out of the ordinary. An ideal description of real, actual love, compelled by the love of God that was truly in the believers' hearts in the first century to respond to what was happening inside of them. How far away that is from how the humans naturally are and what they're capable of wanting to do, because of what's instinctually inside them to tend to hoard for themselves like a squirrel hiding its nuts.

There were no needy persons among them. For from time to time those who owned lands or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales and put it at the apostles' feet, and it was distributed to anyone as he had need.

The mere idea of someone selling his property and giving it for the leaders of this group to take care of those who needed it is extraordinary. It shows that a profound sense of trust existed between the people and those leaders. It's one thing to give some of our money that's so precious to us, but to give everything means you have placed your care in someone else's hands. It's hard to comprehend through all the lies, but this is what the Father loves to see. It shows a sense of real faith and a display of the most real kind that you actually believe and trust the process and the One who has initiated it in us. Fear is for wild animals; trust is for the sons who want to please the Father.

Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a fraction of a penny.

Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, "I tell you the truth, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on."

Contrast what happened in the first century with those who say that the condition is still applicable and available today, and is going on in them and those they gather around themselves to validate that in each other. They say that their theories about love are love, and that love must be going to church on Sunday and being nice to the people, carrying on the lie that this putrid display is actually the same love Jesus commanded that his followers had for one another. They sing their songs about love and think it means anything. They sit and listen to the expert because they assume he must know something they don't know.

The usual admission to not being able to love is "well, we're not perfect," which is only an admission that gets nullified by their other overriding assumption that they are correct about their doctrine so nothing else matters because that somehow makes them good. The others just pretend that the discrepancy doesn't exist, like they have a retarded relative they keep locked in the basement, but don't want anyone (esp. themselves) to find out about it. This is the animal urge to hide, and the best way is when you can convince even yourself that the thing isn't there. "But we believe the right facts, which makes us pleasing to God," is what this group thinks in their heart. Their repentance is from what the "bad people" do, according to the lie that always exists in the humans in their desire to always be the "good people" (and every one of them thinks they are). The Father wants His own sons near Him, so the repentance that the living God requires from those who are called is to come away from the animal nature that drives them to continue to define them as mere animals, an unclean animal unable to come near to God.

In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the Desert of Judea and saying, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near."

When Jesus heard that John had been put in prison, he returned to Galilee. From that time on Jesus began to preach, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near."

Why is it important to repent from giving in to the animal cravings that well up inside us? Because they are a powerful force that drives the animals to do what they do and be what they are, but the Father wants His own sons to be driven by another force of power than that which is naturally found to exist in all the wild animals (humans included). In these recorded descriptions of the NT beginnings, this force of power called the spirit caused those who were being affected by it to behave exactly opposite to what they would normally act while under the power of the animal, the normal state of human behavior.

God made them act toward one another who were not family, like they were family, because that is the main message to this whole episode of the accounts of the spirit. Not that the spirit was doing all these circus like showy demonstrations to awe the people, as though it were for their sake to be entertained. The whole point of the spirit is how it compelled those who were under it to act—as though they were an actual family and treated each other as such not just with words that mean nothing (like in church when the people call themselves brother and sister because they think it's what they should do, but they don't mean it), but with the most powerful displays of faith, selling what they had and giving it to the apostles to do with it as they saw fit.

A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.

There isn't any love in mouthing words. "I love you" means nothing. What means something is acting and doing, because if love is genuine it creates trust, and makes one want to take care of the object of that love. Real love has nothing to do with how this culture has exploited it to make so much money. In the same fashion the genuine spirit of God has nothing to do with how the liars have exploited it for their own gain, to say they have something they can't have because it hasn't been available since about the 4th or 5th century. The spirit of God's purpose was to reveal the Father and His purpose to those to whom it was sent. That is a good enough reason for the spirit to have existed in that time period, revealing the secret mystery of God's plan to those who were being included in that secret family.

A great deal of idealism is required to think that love is possible, considering the way that the humans naturally and instinctively are, a condition they're bound to and cannot separate themselves from no matter what they think or say. With God the things that are impossible for men are possible. "With God" means that it isn't by anything that is natural in the humans, by which that would be accomplished. The humans who think they can love as per Jesus' commands to his followers, by some will or purpose that is naturally within them, are just fooling themselves, and they also fool those who are gullible, the sheep that look to them for guidance. There isn't any capacity to love naturally found in the humans, except that which is done by compulsion and instinct e.g., infatuation between individuals toward finding a mate; a parent's natural instinct to take care of its brood. Otherwise what's in the humans is always about taking care of itself.

Those who assume to have what the first century believers had are dreamers who should, instead of pretending and trying to get others to pretend along with them, just say they can't do it, which would be in agreement with what's actually in them to be able to do, although they pretend it isn't because they think they're going to get something from God by pretending and hiding behind whatever wall they think they can throw up that might fool some of the humans around them.

The sons come to know that their Father doesn't want games or lies, He wants those who want Him to be honest and not just pretend and hide what's in their heart, behind what they say and do on the outside, with their mouth and the life they pretend to live on the outside. Perhaps they don't even realize it's a lie, just because that's what the humans are instinctively compelled to do, after the likeness of the first humans who hid from God in their first encounter with Him after they died, who were made into the wild animal via their nature, as per how they now exist. That is, bound up with the wild animals, with a nature that leads and guides them because they wanted what the animal offered them instead of God—they trusted it instead of God, so He gave them over to it. The One who would break that curse was spoken about, even when the original judgment was pronounced.

I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers;
he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.

Moses said, 'The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your own people; you must listen to everything he tells you. Anyone who does not listen to him will be completely cut off from among his people.'

Indeed, all the prophets from Samuel on, as many as have spoken, have foretold these days. And you are heirs of the prophets and of the covenant God made with your fathers. He said to Abraham, `Through your offspring all peoples on earth will be blessed.' When God raised up his servant, he sent him first to you to bless you by turning each of you from your wicked ways.

 

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