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Righteousness (2)

”…took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;

2)            The Spirit of God no doubt led Paul into a future erroneous didacticism when he lashed at his converts with, “O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you? 2) This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? 3) Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh” [Galatians 3:1-3]?

Desiderius Erasmus

                Armed with the influence of Desiderius Erasmus (1469-1536) and Philipp Melanchthon (1497-1560) –Humanists, who were also church going teachers of Bible–, a man called Jacobus Arminius (1560-1609) taught ‘conditional predestination’ to lay the foundation for Arminianism, made global by his friends, called The Remonstrance, after his death. The Remonstrance issued a five doctrinal points known as Arminianism. The fifth teaches that having been “incorporated into Christ by true faith,” Christ “keeps them from falling” only if they continue to believe. Their cautious implication is that if a person does not continue to cooperate with Christ he will become “devoid of (saving) grace.” In scriptural honesty, I do not know of any verse that supports this fifth point of Arminianism. You can either be a Bible believing Christian or a follower of Arminianism. Selah!

                “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him” [2Corinthians 5:21]. Our righteousness is resident in Him, the Holy One of Israel. The word ‘righteousness’ is dikaiosunē (dik-ah-yos-oo’-nay). From Thayer Definition it is: ‘in a broad sense, state of him who is as he ought to be, righteousness, the condition acceptable to God.’ Strong’s Definition has this: ‘equity (of character or act); specifically (Christian) justification.’

                We have in Romans 6:23, “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Our sinful nature, because it happens to be what we are innately guilty of, attracts the ‘wage’ of ‘death.’ We get paid for our wrongdoings. When it comes to ‘righteousness,’ however, it is not of our toil. Jesus toiled for it, so we can only be a recipient of it through the Divine generosity of being a ‘gift.’ A gift is not an original ownership of the recipient. ‘Gift’ of the above verse is charisma (khar’-is-mah): ‘1. a (divine) gratuity, i.e. deliverance (from danger or passion) 2. (specially), a (spiritual) endowment 3. (subjectively) religious qualification 4. (objectively) miraculous faculty.’ The Greek charisma comes from charizomai (khar-id’-zom-ai) ‘to grant as a favor, i.e. gratuitously, in kindness, pardon or rescue.’ Grace, as we understand it, is an unmerited favour.

                The spiritual rebirth of our celestial regeneration that leads to our righteousness is brought to pellucid understanding in Ephesians 2:8-10 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9) Not of works, lest any man should boast. 10) For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. The word ‘grace’ is charis (khar’-ece): ‘1. graciousness (as gratifying), of manner or act 2. (especially) the divine influence upon the heart, and its reflection in the life 3. (also) gratitude.’ A different ‘gift’ in verse 8 is the Greek doron (do`-ron), which means: ‘a present, specially, a sacrifice.’ In verse 9 there is ‘works’ which in Greek is ergon (er’-gon): ‘1. toil (as an effort or occupation) 2. (by implication) an act.’ Kauchaomai (kau-khah’-om-ai) is the Greek for ‘boast’ and means: ‘to vaunt {in a good or a bad sense}.’ Now, the word ‘walk’ of the 10th verse is an interesting peripateo (per-ee-pat-eh’-o): ‘1. to tread all around, i.e. walk at large (especially as proof of ability) 2. (figuratively) to live, deport oneself, follow (as a companion or votary).’ Peripateo comes from peri (per-ee’) and pateo. Peri means ‘1. (properly) through (all over), i.e. around 2. (figuratively) with respect to’ and pateo (pat-eh’-o), ‘to trample {literally or figuratively},’ comes from a derivative meaning a “path.”

Righteousness is a gift from Jesus

                Not of pious toils of the believer’s faith, but by the graciousness of the Divine influence upon the heart of the believer is the submission of verse eight of the 2nd chapter of Ephesians. There is not even any room for righteous boasting. Extravagant self-praise is what the scripture views of it. This ‘walk’ of the 10th verse reminds me of Enoch’s. That walk and this one in this 10th verse is nothing short of ‘a lifestyle.’ The Hebrew ‘walk,’ halak means ‘lifestyle.’ Our righteousness is, ergo, an interpretation of the righteousness of Christ, in which we are wrapped. A lifestyle that points at the Lord Jesus. Amen.  

                You can put on the righteousness of Jesus by getting born again. Say this simple prayer, meaning it from your heart:

“Dear heavenly Father, I come to You now in the name of Jesus Christ. I believe in my heart that Jesus is the Son of God. I believe that Jesus died on the cross for my sin. I believe that You raised Him from the dead. I confess with my mouth that Jesus is Lord and I receive Him now as my Lord and my Saviour. I give God all the glory. Amen!”      

(…to be continued…)

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Righteousness (1)

The LORD Jesus, our righteousness.

1)            Led, avidly, by Pastor W.F. Kumuyi, founder and the General Superintendent of Deeper Life Bible Church, many other churches treat righteousness and holiness as the two-in-one vehicle that takes one to heaven, making it the main Christian focal point. Huge mistake. Jesus is the knowledge and deed that opens the gates of heaven, leading to eternal peace. The scriptural understanding of these churches is that you must continue to lead a personal righteous and life of holiness to gain entrance into heavenly bliss. What, therefore, is righteousness? What is holiness? How are these dyadic virtues of Divinity attainable?

            “By the things we constantly do,” the General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church, Pastor W.F. Kumuyi, will most definitely asseverate. This is the clearest indication of the fact that it is by works. Works? Nay! Let us understand how righteousness is attained from the Pauline extrapolative didacticism of Romans 4:2-4, 2) “For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath whereof to glory; but not before God. 3) For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness. 4) Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt.” The word ‘righteousness’ is dikaiosunē which is ‘justification’, by definition. Abraham received ‘justification’ by faith and not by works. Is it not a scriptural foregone conclusiveness of Isaiah 64:6 that ‘all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags’? The Hebrew for ‘righteousnesses’ is tsedâqâh (tsed-aw-kaw’) ‘rightness (abstractly), subjectively (rectitude), objectively (justice), morally (virtue) or figuratively (prosperity).’ The legality of the terms and conditions of one’s justification before the thrice holy Jehovah is the application of faith.

                If it is by works, then, God has entered into indebtedness soteriologically speaking. Will God owe anyone? The Divinity does not owe anybody, can never owe anybody. Soteriology is strictly by faith, lest any should boast. Amen.

            If the Lord, who is ‘our righteousness’ in Jeremiah 23:6, is also ‘our life’ in Colossians 3:4, then my total exclusion in the acquired toga of righteousness is clearly stated in Galatians 2:20, “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” Paul drives it home, crossing every ‘t’ and dotting every ‘i’ in the next verse, “I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain” (Galatians 2:21). ‘Frustrate’ is the Greek atheteō (ath-et-eh’-o): ‘to set aside, that is, (by implication) to disesteem, neutralize or violate.’ The grace of God is the active ingredient that makes each one of our salvation, justification and sanctification a possibility. Righteousness comes with the total package of salvation. It is an inherent nature of the saved individual. It is not earned, it is an imputation.

God’s wondrous works

                Zacharias pointed out the necessary outwardness of our piety, saying: “In holiness and righteousness before him, all the days of our life” [Luke 1:75]. The reason for this show of the inherent ‘righteousness’ is simply that it is our duty to interpret righteousness for the beneficial digestion of what we are to their blind ocular perception. Our Christian lives are interpretation of the righteousness of Christ, our Dwelling. In Greek the word ‘holiness’ is hosiotēs (hos-ee-ot’-ace) ‘piety towards God, fidelity in observing the obligations of piety, holiness.’ From the heathen, with whom God had no spiritual transaction of any covenant, God expected no piety. To the Israel of His covenant, even before the parturition of the patriarchal twelve, God said, “….Be ye holy; for I am holy” [1Peter 1:16]; taken from Leviticus 11:44. God was careful not to say it to the Egyptian, Roman, Indian or Chinese. Only to one nation of Israel He had the covenant, ergo, Paul will often write, “First to the Jew then to the Gentiles.”

This cup is the New Testament in my blood

                Soteriological attainment had to be modified by the original enactor when Jesus intimated, “the new covenant…” in Luke 22:20, “Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you.” The Greek for ‘testament’ is diathēkē (dee-ath-ay’-kay): ‘properly a disposition, that is, (specifically) a contract (especially a devisory will); a compact, a covenant.’ The Greek diathēkē comes from diatithemai (dee-at-ith’-em-ahee) Thayer Definition: ‘1. to arrange, dispose of, one’s own affairs a. of something that belongs to one b. to dispose of by will, make a testament 2. to make a covenant, enter into a covenant, with one.’Strong’s Definition: ‘to put apart, that is, (figuratively) dispose (by assignment, compact or bequest).’ Man’s pious ritualism will not attain soteriology. If it had become God’s business, then it must be understood that only the Members of the Trinity are involved in the establishment, execution and maintenance of soteriological grace. “By grace; through faith, it says, not of work lest any man should boast” [Ephesians 2:8-9]. ‘Lest’ is the Greek hina me (hin’-ah may’) ‘in order (or so) that not.’ ‘Any man’ is tis (tis’) ‘some or any person or object;’ and ‘should boast’ is kauchaomai (kau-khah’-om-ai) ‘to vaunt.’

                You can put on the righteousness of Jesus by getting born again. Say this simple prayer, meaning it from your heart:

“Dear heavenly Father, I come to You now in the name of Jesus Christ. I believe in my heart that Jesus is the Son of God. I believe that Jesus died on the cross for my sin. I believe that You raised Him from the dead. I confess with my mouth that Jesus is Lord and I receive Him now as my Lord and my Saviour. I give God all the glory. Amen!”      

(…to be continued…)

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“…and under his wings shalt thou trust

CONJUGAL PALAVER (2)

(…continued from part one…)

                Do the womenfolk not still think themselves much smarter than their husbands? They got it from you know who –Eve. Who was the first created human? Adam, the male. Who was the first political ruler on earth? Nimrod. Who was the first to experience rapture without tasting death? The wisest king? The first recorded strongest of mankind, who was the person? Who is still regarded as the wisest of humanity? Solomon. The woman was the first to fall into sin, but who died for the redemption of mankind? The best singer, cook, athlete, fashion designer and scientist are all males; even the global one hundred richest people in prosperity, is each one of them not the man?                                                                                                                        

Stupidity lent Adam, the man, a hand. Tragically he took the evil hand of ungodliness (got into an unholy wedlock -unknown to him- with the Evil one). Adam lost the Divine-donated dominion of the earth. Sad! Rather than admit his culpability Adam tried to shift the blame with another stupid, “The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat” Adam, were you trying to indict the LORD God? Couples are not truthful enough to own up to their inadequacies. Yes, Mr. Husband, you are the head of the home. But when you goof, admit that you have been a jerk! There is nothing to be ashamed of, because God expects us to exhibit a character of integrity. Amen!  

You weren’t deceived. Adam, you shouldn’t have allowed this!

                How he got himself into this mess still continues to knock one’s mind into an unfathomable befuddlement. A Yoruba proverb says, “It’s with one’s mouth that’s used to reject a meal.” Of all the hundreds of edibles in Eden why should this very cursed fruit be the one to be tasted? It did not occur to the intelligence of the man that this sinful acceptance was the earth’s inaugural installation of Satanism. It was an endorsement of the woman’s apostasy –what Adam did. This was the beginning of Adamic palaver of conjugal relationship. The eating of the forbidden fruit placed God’s institution at the mercy of the merciless Lucifer.

Loveless marriage

                 Having tasted of evil, it was not difficult for the adversary to whisper the next stupidity of, “The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat” [Genesis 3:12]. Jawejura is a Yoruba parlance which literally means ‘throw leaves around the body.’ It is used in reference to a raving lunatic. Genesis 3:7 has, and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.The third stupid act of Adamic sinfulness proves that a stroll away from God causes dementia. Manipulation of Satanism easily told them to hide from the omniscient eyes of Jehovah, whose omnipresence is indubitable. Satan began the matchmaking of people based on sentimentalism. Asylums got on the increase. Marital homes became the lodging places for spiritually incongruous couples. Wonder why divorce cases are on the increase as the days roll by? The Devil hates God’s institution of marriage. With maniacal cackles we allow him to attack marriages.

Conjugal palaver is of Satanism

                Satanic incursion collapsed the institution, giving room for Cain to be installed as the priest of Satan’s religion. Religion espouses the worshipper to the deity. The marriage institution suffered a huge blow when Lamech, in Genesis chapter five, married two wives, the first in human history of conjugation. Lamech means ‘destruction.’ Cain’s sister, who also doubles as wife his is not named. The reason for it is not farfetched. The religion of Satanism must be shrouded in the secrecy known of the occult minaciousness. The first of Lamech’s wives is called `Adah (aw-daw’) in Hebrew and it means: ‘ornament.’ His second wife was Zillah, Tsillah (tsil-law’) in Hebrew, meaning: ‘shadow or fugitive.’ An ornament, just like another furniture and of course, a shadow of its original authorship; into this is what Lucifer turned God’s well intentioned marriage, intended to legalize Adamic relationship with God, the Eternal Creator. When Adam married the Woman, it was a conjugal union with his sister. What happened? God became Adam’s Father-in-law, who already was His Father –having created both directly with His hands.

                The marital palaver can be taken care of very easily. Let the man love the Lord with all his heart, mind, thoughts and strength. Let him seek the face of the Creator in every situation, no matter how inconsequential. Let him love his wife with the love of Jesus. Ephesians 5:25 reads, Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; Colossians 3:19 instructs, Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them. The word ‘love’ is agapao (ag-ap-ah’-o) ‘to love (in a social or moral sense) {chiefly of the heart (wholehearted, unconditional, devoted). Agapao, the verb form of agape (ag-ah’-pay) is different from phileo (fil-eh’-o) which is chiefly ‘of the head (feelings, conditional, sentimental)}.’

                This is what the Bible says in the book of Colossians 3:18, “Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as it is fit in the Lord.” What is ‘submit yourselves’ in Greek? It is hupotassō (hoop-ot-as’-so): ‘to arrange under, to subordinate; reflectively to obey.’ The woman is the Church. The Church obeys the Lord Jesus, the Head of the Church. What engenders the conjugal palaver is the man’s inability to love the wife as unconditionally as Christ Jesus loves the Church and died for her. The wife’s contumacious proclivity destroys the spiritual equilibrium of the home.

(Concluded)

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CONJUGAL PALAVER (1)

                How could you fail to remember the instructional words of your husband, dear Mrs. Wife? You cannot afford to forget the generative utterance of the mouth of your husband. Your push into the mind of forgetfulness is a connotative disregard to the oracular afflatus of the Most High. The spirit of your forgetfulness is a goad of Satanism. The day you said, “I do,” to him is the day of his installation as the priest of your marital home. This is God’s protocol. There is, absolutely, nothing you can do about this, Mrs. Wife.                                                                                                                                                       He doubles as the head and the priest of the family.  

Marriage is a covenant

                Be wise, dear wife, and accord him all the support he needs. His instructions, his wants and vision earnestly need you to be his biggest fan and supporter. If you did not know these things concerning a husband then what are you doing in his life? If you had an awareness of this phenomenon regarding marriage and you decide to veer off the course of his words, you are nothing short of a Delilah and of course, the Jezebel come to disrupt the spiritual equilibration of the desideratum needed by this man to achieve his goals, as far as God is concerned.

Think Jesus, matrimonially.

                Marriage is solely God’s institution, designed to enable the population of righteous offspring of humanity. The LORD God who created Adam, the male, is the same Creator who brought Adam, the female, into physical phenomenon. As far as God is concerned, the pristine duo had spiritual briefing of His existence. Each had been briefed separately on his or her conjugal role. God brought the female to the male to be introduced to him, the first occupant of Eden Garden, and to see what he had to say about that new creativity. The superintendency of the male Adam is underscored by the facticity of the female Adam being brought into the Eden, where Adam, the male, sat in occupation of it in his domination of the entire globe.

                An affront to the ethics of divine protocol is not only unladylike; it is a total disregard to the physical presence of the Creator. You do not, as a matter of courtesy, welcome yourself into a home of the landlord, who is setting his eyes on you for the first time. The male Adam had to utter the words of welcome, not to the Creator who happens to be the true Owner, but the newly introduced entity, to whom was given the sobriquet, ‘Woman’.

                It is, whether you like it or not, and without sounding chauvinistic, a man’s world.

                No doubt, would it have been an affront to the protocol of the Creator’s institution if the Bible had recorded the introduced one as saying, “This is the bone of my bones and the flesh of my flesh, he shall be called man.” The aberrational push of the breath of those words were put in check by the briefing which the LORD God had etched into her psyche. The first set of the word ‘man’ that shows up in Genesis chapter 1 verse 26 to chapter 2:22 is hyponymically ‘Adam’. It comes out a total number of 11 times (Genesis 1:26, 27,2:5, –twice in 2:7–, 2:8, 15, 16, 18, 22; and 13 times if you add the two times Adam comes in chapter 2 verse 19. It is the Hebrew ‘âdâm (aw-dawm’): ‘ruddy, that is, a human being (an individual or the species, mankind, etc.).’ It (‘âdâm) comes from a root: âdam (aw-dam’): ‘to be red, red. To show blood (in the face), that is, flush or turn rosy.’                                                                                   

                It was the responsibility of the man to name, being the head of the family. The authority found in verbal pronouncement lies with Adam, the male. He stands, dear wife, in authority before the Creator, even to His divine admiration. Mrs. Adam, how could you have forgotten the Divine briefing of the day of your making? As you walked the first ever walk side by side the Creator, did He not intimate you with the protocol to be observed in the home you were about to be ushered into? God did tell you that His word was with the man. That every utterance of authority concerning the marriage institution must proceed from the lips of the man: for he is the appointed priest of the Most High God in your home. Amen.      

One flesh divided into two!

                She should have accorded her husband her infamous serpentine discourse. It never occurred to her where she was plunging the entire human race when she thought within herself, “I’ve got this.” The tempter meant a wicked business! Unbeknown to the woman was a tsunami that had taken the innoxious form of a three minute’s foggy drizzle. It, she ominously thought, was just a harmless curiosity that hissed through fanciful fangs devoid of venom of paralysis. She took upon herself, the role that had no existence in the marital code of Eden –God’s home.

                She spoke, unconstitutionally, without the authorisation from the authorised Adam. Words, before God, are so important that they must be brought before His adjudication. Armed with an idiotic confidence, unfortunately, she did not know that she was actually working against the will of God. What an ironic event! The one who was created to bait the enemy of God into incarceration is falling prey to a serpentine manipulation!  

(…to be concluded…)

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IS THE LORD GOD THE AUTHOR OF MORAL EVIL? (nine)

“Sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor” (Mark 10:21)

(Continued from part 8…)

9)            The biggest didactic problem of Scripture by pastors is the contextual pretermission. While the Mark issue pertains to Divine soteriological grace, that of Genesis and Luke demonstrates the fact that, ‘whatever He promises He is able to perform’ (Romans 4:21). What God says not, He does not try to do. Does this point to God’s weakness? Not at all! The holy writ elucidates in Psalm 12:6, “The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.” Let us understand some words in this verse. ‘Pure’ is the Hebraic ṭâhôr or ṭâhôr (taw-hore’): ‘pure (in a physical, chemical, ceremonial, ethical or moral sense).’ The next is ‘tried’ and it is tsâraph (tsaw-raf’): ‘to smelt, refine, test.’ The term ‘purified’ is zâqaq (zaw-kak’): ‘to purify, distil, strain, refine, purge, (figuratively) extract, clarify.’

                I do not know why some minds will stray away from scriptural reality. They lean on the erratic thoughts of carnality that suggests a likelihood of Jehovah’s weakness all because He cannot do evil. What the LORD God simply does is to limit His acts to His spoken Word. His Word is actually Himself –the Lord Jesus–, a Personage! The LORD God limits Himself by the limitlessness of His Divinity! What makes the One who is limited by His limitlessness to be less Almighty? This Being must be absolutely unlimited in goodness. With this revelation, tell me how weak is HIS Almighty Being?!

                Let us say, Pastor Chris Okotie has an uncanny strength of an ox and a stallion put together, and possesses a coition capability engagement with five very active women, to the extent of doing twenty minutes per person. Let us also say that he is endowed with the virility to sleep with each of them and start all over again and again the third straight time and still be untired, will this man of God be a weakling if he should refuse to use his endowed manhood to commit adultery or fornication? Selah!

The sacredness of the Word of God is: tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.

                In Psalm 12:6, the ‘furnace of earth’ is a cupel –a small circular receptacle used in assaying gold or silver with lead. As the silver is assayed to rid it of every impurity, so does God look at the word of His intended act. The LORD God goes from the eternity past, to the present days of the earth, and unto the eternity to come, making sure that every word of His Divine mouth will never go out of philosophical, ethical and moral fashion; and then He speaks it. Every will of Jehovah is absolutely perfect! This reminds me of Proverbs 30:5-6, Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him. 6) Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.The ‘pure’ found in the 5th verse is tsaraph (tsaw-raf’): ‘to fuse (metal), i.e. refine (literally or figuratively);’ while the ‘liar’ of the next verse is kazab (kaw-zab’): ‘to lie (i.e. deceive), literally or figuratively.’ God cannot lie: for it is of the evil one. If God should commit any evil, He most definitely falls from His Almighty state, queuing behind Lucifer, the father of lies. So, tell me. Why will God mess His Divinity with evil?

Reverend Chris Okotie -erudition of bucolic ecumenism.

                Sinfulness never crawls into His divine mind, ergo, He never utters a willingness to perpetrate the evil. Does it not say somewhere “God: that cannot lie,” in Titus 1:2? And are we not strengthened by: “…in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us” (Hebrews 6:18)? Does His inability to lie make Him less Almighty? Nay! Untrue statements are not contained in the Logos, ergo, no rhema publishes a lying tongue of the Divinity. Rev. Chris Okotie teaches that “Even when God says that a black object is white, go and take a look at it, it will change to white, simply because whatever He says comes to pass.” Amen.

Rid your mind of unscriptural thoughts. Get born again. Say this simple prayer, believing it with all your heart. Say:

“Dear heavenly Father, I come to You now in the name of Jesus Christ. I believe in my heart that Jesus is the Son of God. I believe that Jesus died on the cross for my sin. I believe that You raised Him from the dead. I confess with my mouth that Jesus is Lord and I receive Him now as my Lord and my Saviour. I give God all the glory. Amen!”

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IS THE LORD GOD THE AUTHOR OF MORAL EVIL? (eight)

The LORD God visited Abraham

(Continued from part 7…)

8)            Someone said to me, “God can do anything He wants (good or evil).” I corrected him, “Not really,” and concluded with, “there are some things He won’t do.” A Scripture of disagreement he hurled at me was, “And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible” [Mark 10:27]. The disciples of Jesus were wondering who could be saved when He explained to them how difficult it is for rich people who love their wealth more than their service to God, to make it to heaven at the end of their earthly sojourn. Soteriology is the rhema context of Mark 10:27. God can do whatever it takes, including dying the goriest death of the Golgotha cross to save mankind.

He’s got the world in His hand!

                The guy also quoted, “For with God nothing shall be impossible” [Luke 1:37]. He, like many others do not know that the word ‘nothing’ is made up of three Greek words: ou, pas and rhema. Ou (oo) is ‘the absolutely negative; no or not.’ Pas (pas) –which happens to be the Greek for ‘all things’ of Mark 10:27– means: ‘individually, each, every, any, all, the whole, everyone, all things, everything.’ Rhēma (hray’-mah) is: ‘that which is or has been uttered by the living voice, thing spoken; word; any sound produced by the voice and having definite meaning; topic.’ This scripture does not in any way make an inference to God’s ability or readiness to do anything –evil act inclusive.

                Will God worship His creation; will He steal or give bribes? Will he hate a righteous person? Is it possible for Jehovah God to lie, commit adultery and or slander the innocent?

“…for with God all things are possible” (Mark 10:27)

                This is what the Greek rendition of ‘nothing shall be impossible’ is: “There is not anything spoken by the mouth of God that shall be impossible for Him to perform.” The truth is that, Gabriel uttered the self-same words of the LORD God, Is any thing too hard for the LORD?” [Genesis 18:14] in His visitation to Abraham’s family. This was the LORD’s query when Sarah laughed, saying, “Shall I of a surety bear a child, which am old” [Genesis 18:13]? Now, ‘any thing,’ the Hebrew dâbâr (daw-baw’), is a masculine noun: BDB Definition: ‘speech, word, speaking, thing, saying, utterance.’ Strong’s Definition: ‘a word; by implication a matter (as spoken of) of thing.’ This the Hebraic rendition of “Is any thing too hard for the Lord?” היפלא מיהוה דבר and the transliteration is hayippale meihovah dabar, with the English translation: “Shall a word (or thing) be wonderful from the Lord? i.e., Can any thing be too great a miracle for him to effect?’

                From the definitions above, it is of crystal pellucidity that the Greek ou, pas and rhema ‘nothing’ and the Hebrew dâbâr ‘any thing’ do not paint an illative conclusion of God’s ability to actuate both good and evil deeds. God’s wishes are the infallible thoughts of His tried words of Psalm 12:6. Form eternity past to eternity to come the thought of God remains philosophically, ethically and morally fashionable. Amen!

Rid your mind of unscriptural thoughts. Get born again. Say this simple prayer, believing it with all your heart. Say:

“Dear heavenly Father, I come to You now in the name of Jesus Christ. I believe in my heart that Jesus is the Son of God. I believe that Jesus died on the cross for my sin. I believe that You raised Him from the dead. I confess with my mouth that Jesus is Lord and I receive Him now as my Lord and my Saviour. I give God all the glory. Amen!”

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HAPPY NEW 2020 YEAR!

                The Bible never told us that things will always be rosy and easy. The scriptural facticity is that things will be more difficult as the days increase. The lengthier the days of the Christian era gets, the closer it moves to the day of the Antichrist: for he must have his own evil dispensation. Man, à la Adam’s original sin, did engender a spiritual queue behind Satanism at the Eden fall. Thanks be to the Almighty Jehovah who promised soteriology.                                                                                                                                                                                Based on the kerygma that comes with the gracious promises of the Divinity, faith is able to draw blessedness from otherwise ominous bleakness of satanic hegemony of global politicking. The Bible says, “(For we walk by faith, not by sight:)” [2Corinthians 5:7]. Let us go, in faith, therefore, shopping for the good things of the New Year two thousand and twenty.                                                                                    

The first number in this year is 2. Two is the number of witness and of testimony. Trust the Lord with all your heart and your testimony will be double because two comes twice.                                                             

                Do you realize that after each two comes the zero? Zero is nothing on its own. The Devil, man’s enemy, comes of his wicked own. In the name of Jesus, Lucifer is nothing when you make Jesus your sole confidant. There are equal number of two and zero; meaning that the enemy will like to make you think that he is equal in strength with Jesus. It is the deceit he has always fed the spiritually unwary humans. Listen to what Jesus says in John 10:10, “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” This thief may be the roaring lion seeking whom to devour, but the gospel truism is that Jesus, our Saviour, is the prevailing Lion of the tribe of Judah. Believe in the efficacy of God’s words of His promises, and you will, by His grace, testify of His beneficence this new 2020 year. Amen.                       

               Add two and two and you come to the number four. Four is the number of creation. What does that say? The good Lord has created huge opportunities for you this year to the glory of His name. Day four of creation was when the lights were called into being. Creation did not commence until God said, “Let there be light.” This is the True Light that shineth into the life of all that cometh into the world. Walk into 2020 as a recipient of the best. Amen!                                                                                  

The sum of 20+20=40. This sum is of maturity. Trust in the Lord and the fruits of great opportunities are ready for harvest. No matter the juvenility of your biological stage you are matured to take over! You are the awaiting phenomenon! Amen!

                You can never lose –if you put all your eggs in just one basket. The wisdom of the world counsels you not to put all your eggs in one basket lest you run into economic loss. But as far as the word of God is concerned you must put all your eggs in one basket: the basket of Jesus. Whatever calculations they operate into your life you will not lose. If the enemy should perform a mathematical 20-20=0 or 2-2=0, the Bible says all their calculated machinations shall come to a big, fat nought –zero. Let them carry out an operation of multiplication with the numbers, let it not lead you into any apprehension, they have succeeded in making a Jabez of your life.

                The Bible says, “And Jabez was more honourable than his brethren” [1Chronicles 4:9]. This was a man that it is said of him, “and his mother called his name Jabez, saying, Because I bare him with sorrow.” You are not a man or a woman of sorrow. You are an ‘honourable’ person. The word ‘honourable’ comes from the Hebrew kabad (kaw-bad’) (or kabed {kaw-bade’}) ‘1. to be heavy, i.e. in a bad sense (burdensome, severe, dull) or in a good sense (numerous, rich, honorable 2. causatively, to make weighty (in the same two senses).’ Like Jabez, you will become a superbly heavyweight in riches. Nothing stops you from becoming a financial powerbroker, to the glory of the LORD God.

                Are they trying a division to reduce you to nothingness? Fret not! Whether it is 20 divided 20 or 2 divided by 2, the answer remains 1. What is one? It is the unity of the Godhead. When they try the abracadabra of division, they only succeed in placing you firmly in the Lord’s beneficent hand. Praise the Lord! Happy New Year!

The LORD, Which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.

Get born again to receive the blessing of Jesus. Say this prayer of salvation:

“Dear heavenly Father, I come to You now in the name of Jesus Christ. I believe in my heart that Jesus is the Son of God. I believe that Jesus died on the cross for my sin. I believe that You raised Him from the dead. I confess with my mouth that Jesus is Lord and I receive Him now as my Lord and my Saviour. I give God all the glory. Amen!”  

The Christmas Story (Part four)

4)            The story of Christmas is about the LORD God who showed up in the Garden of Eden. God the Father will not descend from the throne room of the Rainbow Administration of the celestial assizes. Who, ergo, is the Visitant of Genesis 3:8, And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden?” In order to save the pristine parents, the LORD God did not only kill animals to effect an expunction of the sin of Adamic disobedience, He evangelized the ultimate soteriological blood sacrifice. He performed the Eden immolation to enter into a blood relationship with mankind.

Sword: Word of God. Sash: sacerdotalism (indicating answered prayers. Amen!).

                Frankincense, a gift from the wise men, is sacerdotal. It is in recognition of the fact that this holy Baby is going to be a priest –the Priest of all believers. “Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek” [Psalm 110:4]. The myrrh vaticinates His death for the salvation of humanity.

                The Baby Jesus came with human blood to perfect the exchange required to save man absolutely. 2Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. When a statement begins with a conjunction like ‘therefore’ (hoste (hoce’-teh) ‘so too, i.e. thus therefore’) it presupposes a string of thought. Paul’s mentation of 2Cor 5:14 runs thus: For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead: where ‘constraineth,’ sunecho (soon-ekh’-o) means: ‘1. to hold together, i.e. to compress (the ears, with a crowd or siege) or arrest (a prisoner) 2. (figuratively) to compel, perplex, afflict, preoccupy.’ The love of our Saviour has held us together to enable us have sound understanding.

His death atoned for our sin.

                 The scriptural pellucidity is here pointed at in this next verse, And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again [2Cor 5:15]. If the onliness of Jesus’ act had not gone beyond dying for us, we all would have died and remain dead as dodo, pathetically. He rose from the dead to give us the same zoe (Godly life of eternity). Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more [2Cor 5:16]. Jesus is no more of flesh and blood. He is no longer the man who thirsted, hungered and slumped in exhaustion. He is the true LORD from heaven. The Saviour of the world.

                So, when Paul said “old things are passed away,” the Greek meaning of ‘old things’ is archaios (ar-khai`-os) ‘original or primeval.’ Original sin of the Adamic nature of sinfulness known of the born again person are ‘passed away’ that is, parerchomai (par-er’-khom-ai) ‘1. to come near or aside 2. to approach (arrive) 3. to go by (or away) 4. (figuratively) perish or neglect 5. (causative) avert.’ The story of Christmas deals with the erasure of damning sins. You cannot have your spiritual location inside the Christ and be guilty of any sin. Impossible! Jesus took care of all that spiritual putrefaction. Amen! The verse says that every individual whose spiritual location is found in Christ is ‘a new creature.’ The word ‘new’ is kainos (kai-nos’) ‘new (especially in freshness).’ If the freshness comes from the throne of God’s celestial assizes, then it follows that this freshness is simply eternal!

He is the LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS (JEHOVAH TSIDKENU).

                ‘Creature’ of 2Corinthians 5:17 is an interesting ktisis (ktis’-is) ‘1. original formation 2. (properly) the act 3. (by implication) the thing.’ Jesus has created an original creature the likes of Adam’s original sinless existence. You cannot be held of any sin again. This is what the excitement of the story of Christmas is all about. We are no longer sinners; we are righteous people, who are called born again Christians. 2Corinthians 5:21 “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” Our righteousness is not of our making. We cannot maintain this new creaturehood. Christ maintains the righteousness. No man can be trusted with it. Too precious before the thrice holy God it is.

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

                Philippians 3:9 And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: and this is what the Christmas story brings to mankind. The Christmas story is about the construction of a brand new creation. Merry Christmas! 

                Get born again to receive the free Spirit of Christmas. Say this prayer of salvation:

“Dear heavenly Father, I come to You now in the name of Jesus Christ. I believe in my heart that Jesus is the Son of God. I believe that Jesus died on the cross for my sin. I believe that You raised Him from the dead. I confess with my mouth that Jesus is Lord and I receive Him now as my Lord and my Saviour. I give God all the glory. Amen!”  

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The Christmas Story (Part three)

The wise men worshipped Jesus

3)            The Christmas story is of heaven reinstating Adam to his dominion role. Power must change hands. And seeing an imminent abscission of the spiritual power (i.e. of spiritism) that protects the global political hegemony of Satanism, Herod became very jittery. An arrangement to surcease God’s intention preoccupied Herod’s demonic stance. God is always steps ahead of His enemies. The wise men who had by then come to the understanding of the incarnation that must precede the practicality of soteriological design had no problem, whatsoever, obeying the instruction of Matthew 2:12 “And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way.”

                Why did they give the Baby Jesus gifts of gold, and frankincense, and myrrh?

                Gold signifies royalty. They asked, in Matthew 2:2, “Where is he that is born King of the Jews?” Prophet Isaiah made a vaticination of, “…and the government shall be upon his shoulder…” To Pilate’s, the governor’s, question of Matthew 27:11, “Art thou the King of the Jews?” the Bible says, “And Jesus said unto him, Thou sayest.” John 18:37, “Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice.” Of the same Jesus it is written in Revelation 19:16, “And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.”

AND WITHOUT HIM WAS NOT ANY THING MADE THAT WAS MADE [John 1:3].

                The sovereignty of Christ is one and the same as that of the First Member of the Godhead, God the Father. Psalm 22:28, “For the kingdom is the LORD’S: and he is the governor among the nations.” The word ‘nations’ is gowy (go’-ee) (rarely (shortened) goy {go’-ee}) ‘1. a foreign nation 2. (hence) a Gentile 3. (figuratively) a troop of animals, or a flight of locusts.’ Even foreign nations, represented by the wise men will come under the sovereignty of Jesus. “For God is the King of all the earth: sing ye praises with understanding. 8) God reigneth over the heathen: God sitteth upon the throne of his holiness” [Ps 47:7-8]. Who is this in the prophetic utterance of Daniel 7:14 “And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.” It is none other than the One who would destroy the Antichrist. Jesus Christ! Is it not for this reason He came to the world at Christmas?

The annunciation commenced His earthly sojourn

                Zechariah 14:9 says, And the LORD shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one LORD, and his name one. Revelation 11:15, And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever. Who is the ‘Lord’ in this verse, and who, if I may ask, is the Christ? Can they be One individual? They are the First and the Second Members of the Godhead. The Scripture, through the Divine Logos, revealed Them in this rhema, I and my Father are one [John 10:30]. While the definition of ‘are,’ esmen (es-men’) is: ‘we are,’ [indicative of first person plural of eime –exist– is the same as the ‘am’ in Jehovah’s “I AM”]; the noun ‘one’ is heis (heis`) is a neuter gender, meaning, ‘one thing, essence.’ Jesus is of the same essence as the unseen God the Father. The Christmas story is about the Incarnation (of the Most High Jehovah).

Which was, and which is, and which is to come, the Almighty –JESUS.

                The Christmas story is about Jesus, “…ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting [Micah 5:2]. ‘From of old’ is the Hebrew qedem (keh’-dem) (or qedmah {kayd’-maw}) ‘1. the front, of place (absolutely, the fore part, relatively the East) or time (antiquity) 2. often used adverbially (before, anciently, eastward);’ and ‘from everlasting’ is `owlam (o-lawm’) (or lolam {o-lawm’}) ‘1. (properly) concealed, i.e. the vanishing point 2. (generally) time out of mind (past or future) 3. (practically) eternity 4. (frequentatively, adverbially, especially with prepositional prefix) always.’ Only God, I believe, can be said to proceed from eternity past.

                Get born again to receive the free Spirit of Christmas. Say this prayer of salvation:

“Dear heavenly Father, I come to You now in the name of Jesus Christ. I believe in my heart that Jesus is the Son of God. I believe that Jesus died on the cross for my sin. I believe that You raised Him from the dead. I confess with my mouth that Jesus is Lord and I receive Him now as my Lord and my Saviour. I give God all the glory. Amen!”  

(…to be concluded…)

The birth of the Saviour

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The Christmas Story (Part two)

The wise men ask King Herod, “Where is the King of the Jews?”

2)            The Christmas story, truly, is the story of the Most High. It is an emancipative design of soteriology. So much information is couched here in Matthew 2:1,Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, and in verse 11, And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.This is undoubtedly of a historical event.

                Bethlehem means ‘the house of bread (i.e. in a fertile land).’ Jesus is the Bread of life (John 6:33, 35, 48 & 51). John 6:35 “And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.” Judaea, the same as Judah, means ‘praise.’ His birth is a prophetic fulfilment of great joy. Luke 2:13-14, “And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, 14) Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” Praises of the angelic host signified an end to the angelic conflict boldatiously engendered by the procacity of Lucifer in the satanic putsch. The Adamic original sin question has finally been resolved by this incarnational ingenuity of the Trinity.

                Herod is the Greek Herodes (hay-ro’-dace) meaning ‘heroic.’ This king is Herod the Great. His heroic greatness is of man, the labour to which greatness is wood, hay and stubble (1Cor. 3:12) which profiteth nothing (John 6:63). Jesus is the true Hero of our miserable life of sinfulness. Herod’s political heroism cannot be compared to the soteriological kerygma of the Lord Jesus which says of Him, The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world (John 1:29). The geographical ‘east,’ from where the wise men or Magi came from is anatole (an-at-ol-ay’) ‘1. a rising of light 2. (figuratively) dawn 3. (by implication) the east (also in plural).’ Man had been looking esoterically at the sun in the worship of the sun god, Baal or Nimrod. The true Light shone into the cogitations of these astrologers and they decided to seek the Truth even Jesus. They forsook idolatrous Nimro-Semiramic assistance, turned to Jesus, the King of kings, and the Saviour of mankind.

                They came to Jerusalem which in Hebrew is Yruwshalaim (yer-oo-shaw-lah’-im) (rarely Yruwshalayim {yer-oo- shaw-lah’-yim}) and it means: ‘founded peaceful.’ Who is the Prince of peace [Isaiah 9:6]? Jesus! Who is the foundation upon which our Christian faith stands as a construction [1Corinthians 3:11]? Jesus! ‘House’ of verse Matthew 2:11 is oikia (oy-kee’-ah): ‘1. (properly, abstractly) a residence 2. (usually, concretely) an abode 3. (by implication) a family (especially domestics).’ In approaching the ‘house’ where the Baby Jesus was born, the wise men identified themselves with the family of God. No one comes to God’s abode and will not fall down in worship of Him, who alone is truly worthy of our worship. Amen! Mary is of the Hebraic Miryam (meer-yawm’). It means ‘bitterness’ and it means ‘rebelliously.’ Since the woman’s vitiation of God’s instruction of “but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil thou shalt not eat of it” [Gen. 2:17], mankind had incessantly disobeyed God. It was important that a woman and more importantly a one whose sobriquet is a reminder of the Adamic, should be the one to say, “Yes, thy will be done, O LORD God!”

                They gave from their ‘treasures’ which is thesauros (thay-sau-ros’): ‘a deposit, i.e. wealth.’ The wise men gave of their possessions to acknowledge the Lordship of the Lord of lords. They gave in worship of the Most High. They understood this is Ancient of days who had become the Infant of days. The word ‘gifts’ from the wise men is doron (do`-ron) ‘a present, specially, a sacrifice.’ It dawned on them that this is the ultimate gift from the beneficence of the eternal Father, which will turn out to be the ultimate sacrifice for the redemption of this sinful world.

                Get born again to receive the free Spirit of Christmas. Say this prayer of salvation:

“Dear heavenly Father, I come to You now in the name of Jesus Christ. I believe in my heart that Jesus is the Son of God. I believe that Jesus died on the cross for my sin. I believe that You raised Him from the dead. I confess with my mouth that Jesus is Lord and I receive Him now as my Lord and my Saviour. I give God all the glory. Amen!”  

(…to be continued…)

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