Feeding the Sheep

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Comments & Questions
What types of love or Feeding and shepherding i Jesus tlking about in John 21:15-17
Abraham, Moses, John the Baptist and Jesus all taught The Way of freewill offerings that lead to liberty under God and condemned the way of forced offerings like the Corban of the Pharisees and the foolishness of Saul and the bondage and confusion of Babylon.
The welfare of the world is a snare. Early Christians did not apply for the wages of unrighteousness and free bread offered by the world of Rome but modern Christians do.
Like Israel and it's Levites the Kingdom of God and His Church require the Virtues of God in our hearts and minds in order to receive His Grace.
What are the Altars of living stones and what was the Sacrifice of the Red Heifer?
The Way of God is not the way of the world but to keep the commandments we need the grace of God put in our hearts and minds which only comes if we repent and seek while extending that forgiveness and grace to others.
Why do Modern Christians fail to see they are in need of repentance because of their covetous practices which has turned them into human resources and cursed their children?
How come people today cannot seem to learn from the warnings of history taught by Polybius?
Why are people failing to test their faith as instructed in the warnings of Peter, Paul, James, and John.
Jesus took the kingdom from those who were doing contrary to the ways of God and appointed it to those who would bear fruit replacing the Levites with His Church.
Corban, Social Security, Mammon
Matthew 22:32, Luke 20:38, Romans 14:9, Colossians 2:20

Removing scales: Additional Essays

Following are a series of essays that are meant to open our eyes about the nature of the Church and the gospel of the kingdom. Our prayer is that it broadens your understanding of what the prophets were offering us and the path that leads to the kingdom and its righteousness.

Feeding the Sheep

Each of us must have our understanding opened to comprehend the nature of His Kingdom and Church. This is what we are to seek in communion with His precepts: doing as He says and allowing the doctrine of His gospel which shall be fulfilled in us. The Kingdom is at hand and within our reach. We must seek it and apply to it. Put on the full character, or armor, of God the Father, that you may all eat in the Kingdom, established by Christ the King.

He saith unto him the third time, Simon, [son] of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.” John 21:17

God’s government has always been dependent upon free will offerings, faith, hope and charity. Living in such a system matures the souls of men and women in the ways of God. Living in other systems makes us slothful subjects263 or beasts, devouring our neighbors and their children for our personal benefit. The way of the kingdom alters our thinking in the manner we relate to each other. This system of self governance designed by God brought the people together as a nation in a hostile land under the ways of God. The people were bound together in mutual service, charity, and love of God and each other.

No system can guarantee the morality of the people. It may lead men to virtue, but it cannot make men choose to do good. Liberty under God requires the daily practice of those qualities that mark the character of God, the name of God, which is Christ.

If we love God then we will seek the kingdom and His righteousness. That righteousness means that we will seek justice and mercy for our neighbor as much as ourself. We will extend to him the same freedom and liberty would want for our self by truly loving our neighbor as ourself.

The Kingdom of God at hand is a way of life. It is vastly different from what the Pharisees had come to believe concerning the prophets and the nature of God’s government. The Gospel of the kingdom is for the living.264 The kingdom was a way to live in the “world” but not of it. Jesus’ kingdom was not a part of the “world”265 of the other nations where benefactors exercised authority one over the other. The world had become like Egypt where, “Everyone wants to live at the expense of the state. They forget that the state lives at the expense of everyone.”266

How do we live in the world, but not of it? How do we keep the commandments of God in a world that is bound by policy to break them? What does God hate and what has caused us to stumble?

Then Peter and the [other] apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.” Acts 5:29

Footnotes

  • 263Proverbs 12:24 “The hand of the diligent shall bear rule: but the slothful shall be under tribute.”

  • 264Daniel 4:17 “... to the intent that the living may know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will, and setteth up over it the basest of men.”

  • Daniel 6:26 “I make a decree, That in every dominion of my kingdom men tremble and fear before the God of Daniel: for he is the living God, and stedfast for ever, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed, and his dominion shall be even unto the end.”

  • Mark 12:27 “He is not the God of the dead, but the God of the living: ye therefore do greatly err.” [Matthew 22:32, Luke 20:38, Romans 14:9, Colossians 2:20]

  • 265 2889 kosmov kosmos [from the base of komizo from a primary komeo (to tend, i.e. take care of)] 1) an apt and harmonious arrangement or constitution, order, government.

  • 266-- Frederic Bastiat, (1801-1850) French economist, statesman, and author. The Law, by Frederic Bastiat, 1850



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