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SPIRIT RELEVANCE (Part Four)

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 (…continued from part three)

In a widening of the scope of His relevance Matthew 28:19 recorded “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:” the very words of our Lord, Jesus. Is the Father, God? Does John 1:1 call Jesus, the Word of God? If it takes only the Deity to commence the work of spiritual rejuvenation and the Holy Spirit is involved, then, He is a Personage. Amen.

                I do not know of how a one, purported to be an insentient being, could have the capability to search the heart of man in order to aid an effective prayer. Let us look at the prayer perspective in scripture. Ephesians 6:18 “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.” The preposition ‘in’ is en (en): ‘A primary preposition denoting (fixed) position (in place, time or state), and (by implication) instrumentality (medially or constructively), that is, a relation of rest.’ Only God can give rest, which has its location in the Spirit.

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“Tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high

An intelligent and acceptable discourse with the Father in heaven can only be achieved with the assistance of the Holy Spirit. Romans 8:27, “And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.” The phrase ‘maketh intercession,’ entugchanō (en-toong-khan’-o) as explained by Thayer Definition: ‘to go to or meet a person, especially for the purpose of conversation, consultation, or supplication’. And according to Strong’s Definition: ‘to chance upon, that is, (by implication) confer with; by extension to entreat (in favor or against).’ The preceding verse of Romans 8:26 says, “Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.” The uttered groans, as gibberish as they sound, happen to be the composition of the Holy Spirit. How can He know God’s design and consequently order our tongues to unlock it with the groaning keys? He is God. That is the relevance.

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Galatians 4:6 “And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.” The word ‘sons’ is uihos (hwee-os’), the highest form of the five (brephos, nepios, paidion, teknon and huios) types of sonship. Our spiritual infirmities hinder holy discourse, so, the Spirit, resident in us, puts the correct and perfect words in our mouths, ensuring that we do not ask amiss. The Divinity would not be caught in a lowbrow soliloquizing state. He (the Holy Spirit), therefore, speaks to Himself (i.e. the Father) by using my vocal cord; the Father answers back and the holy beat of divine discourse goes sweetly on! What does that make me? I become the vehicular agent of divine tête-à-tête, of course! The Holy Ghost is a Person. He helps to build our faith as the Bible points out in Jude 1:20 “But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost.” As Christians we are triply protected by the Father, Son and the Spirit. The Bible makes this clear.

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  The great commission: “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations…”

For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one” [1John 5:7]. The word ‘one’ is: heis (hice): ‘numeral one, also serves as neuter.’ The oneness goes beyond mental concordance among them, the Spirit being One of Them –who also wields a mental discretion. The gender neutrality is of essence: The three are of transcendent essence of immanence and of eternity. 1Corinthians 2:13, “Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.” It is, for this reason, not difficult to understand His pedagogic role, I believe. This is what 1Corinthians 12:3 says, “Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost.” Amen!                               (…to be concluded…)

 

SPIRIT RELEVANCE (Part Three)

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    But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send….

 (…continued from part two…)

In the Arian view, “God the Father is a Deity and is divine and the Son of God is not a Deity but divine (I, the LORD, am Deity alone. Isaiah 46:9). Holy Spirit (the illuminating and sanctifying power) is neither God the Father nor Lord/Master. First Corinthians 8:5 – 8:6. They believe that the Father and the Son are separate beings with separate consciousness and that the Holy Spirit is not a conscious being but instead the power of God.

Unless these followers of the fourth century Arius believe that the Bible is fraught with contradictory errors, Genesis 1:2 apprises of the role of the Holy Spirit as co-Creator. His action of ‘moved’ in Hebrew is râchaph (raw-khaf’): ‘to brood;’ is exactly what the mother hen does to generate energy for procreation. Matthew 1:18, “Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.” As Christ did with the clay to produce the first Adam, so the Holy Ghost did to effect the birth of Jesus, the last Adam. Amen. 1Corinthians 6:19, “What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?” A temple serves as a place of worship assemblage. As the LORD led them through the wilderness in the cloud, and took the seat of Divinity in Solomon’s Temple, so He sits in the spirit realm of every believer: a proof of His omnipresence.

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Christadelphians was founded by Dr. John Thomas in 1864. Christadelphians believe God is one indivisible unity, not three distinct persons existing in one God. They deny the divinity of Jesus, believing he is fully human and separate from God. The “holy spirit” terminology in the Bible is interpreted as referring to God’s power, or God’s character/mind (depending on the context). Also, founded by Frank Ewart in 1913, Oneness Pentecostals believe that there is one God and God is one. Throughout time God manifested himself in three ways or “forms” (not persons), as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Oneness Pentecostals take issue with the Trinity doctrine chiefly for its use of the term “person.” And for the adherents of Binitarianism, “They taught that the Holy Spirit is not a distinct person, but is the power or divine influence of the Father and Son, emanating out to the universe, in creation, and to believers.”

Is it true that the Holy Spirit is just an impersonal inanimate thing? Why then will the word of God say of Him: “And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come;” in Matthew 12:32? The Greek for ‘Spirit,’ pneuma, means: ‘wind or breath.’ How can anyone, in any way, sin against an ordinary wind? Or is the Spirit of God an unseen robot to be said of Him in Luke 2:26 “And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord’s Christ.

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Mark 13:11 reads, “But when they shall lead you, and deliver you up, take no thought beforehand what ye shall speak, neither do ye premeditate: but whatsoever shall be given you in that hour, that speak ye: for it is not ye that speak, but the Holy Ghost. “ This cannot be a robot. The human author of the book of Luke penned in the third chapter of the twenty-second verse thus: “And the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased.” He is really not an inanimate thing! Let us see Him in another activity found in Acts 13:2 “As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them.” Mark some words of exhibition: ‘said,’ ‘me’ and ‘I.’

The verb ‘said’ is made up of two Greek words: epō (ep’-o): ‘to speak, say (by word or writing)’ and dē (day): ‘a particle of emphasis or explicitness; now, then, etc..’ What about ‘me’? It consists of: moi (moy): ‘to me;’ and te (teh), which from Thayer Definition is:                                                                                                          ‘not only … but also;                                                                                                                   both … and;                                                                                                                                        as … so.                                                                                                                                       Strong’s Definition: ‘A primary particle (enclitic) of connection or addition; both or also.’ Then the pronoun ‘I,’ indicative of His Personality, as He takes full responsibility of the call. In the most absolutely certainty the Holy Spirit is not a mere inanimate thing!     (…to be continued…)

SPIRIT RELEVANCE (Part two)

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THE HOLY SPIRIT SAT IN THE HOLIEST OF ALL AS GOD

Throughout the theophanous phenomenon of the Messianic enterprise, wrought in a man called Jesus, the Holy Spirit was there in the holiest of the temple; a place where only the high priest was privileged an access, just once a year, and must approach the room with the blood of atonement in his hands. It was a grave, awe inspiring business. It could cost the high priest his life if he should treat the ritual with any levity. History teaches that two high priests did die while performing the annual rite. At the epical final pronouncement of “It is finished,” the Holy Ghost left the temple, “And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom;…..” in Matthew 27:51; simply because of what Pauline’s Hebrews 10:20 “By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh” attests to. Amen.

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As a co-Creator it is quite instructive to understand that He stood side by side the Father to raise the Lord Jesus from the grave. Before the passion week Jesus had intimated on the relevance of the Holy Spirit: John 14:26, “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.” Ahead of the time Jesus would sit in the heavenly assizes, in accordance with scriptural sacerdotalism, Spirit relevance is seen in John 16:7, “Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.”

The relevance is buttressed here in John 16:13 “Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.” God understands that Lucifer is the god of this world so, we, the holy offspring of the Most High must be empowered to deal with satanic jingoism. Luke 24:49 “And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.” Without the Holy Spirit we can do absolutely nothing to please Jehovah God.

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Is the Holy Spirit a Personage? Let us do an exploration of the Bible, where this Spirit of God is designated ‘Holy Spirit,’ ‘Spirit’ (with a capital ‘S’) and ‘Holy Ghost.’ I want to start from the Old, Jewish, Testament of Isaiah 63:10, “But they rebelled, and vexed his holy Spirit: therefore he was turned to be their enemy, and he fought against them.” The word ‘vexed’ comes from the Hebraic ‛âtsab (aw-tsab’) ‘(properly) to carve, that is, fabricate or fashion; hence (in a bad sense) to worry, pain or anger.’ Only an emotionable entity can be made to go through the reaction of Isaiah’s reminiscence. Ephesians 4:30, “And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.” Lupeō (loo-peh’-o) is the Greek word for ‘grieve’ which means: ‘to distress; reflexively or passively to be sad.’ For the fact that this Spirit can be grieved should be a constant warning to us that He is watching (which can only be consummated by a living Entity).

Hebrews 10:29, “Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?” The clause, ‘done despite unto’ is one Greek word enubrizō (en-oo-brid’-zo) ‘to insult.’ I know how very easy it is to wriggle out of this glaring facts with your calculated pandering of Jehovah’s Witness sect who teach that: “The Holy Spirit is an impersonal force from Jehovah, but not God.” They infer that an inanimate thing cannot be insulted. Agreed! Acts of the Apostles 5:3 reads, “But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land?”

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There are two spirits involved here, in the above verse. If we believe that Satan has a physical palpability, then he told Ananias to ‘lie,’ which is: pseudomai (psyoo’-dom-ahee): ‘to utter an untruth or attempt to deceive by falsehood.’ Any uttered untruthfulness is an immediate affront to the Holy Spirit. It was His Divine presence that received the sacerdotal adoration as He was seated as Jehovah of Israel, in the holiest of the temple. He is still present in every feat of mankind from the day of Pentecost, because His presence is the result of God’s promise of Luke 24:49 “And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.”                            

 (…to be continued in the next part…)

SPIRIT RELEVANCE (Part one)

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The first time ‘spirit’ is used in scripture is in the Book of Genesis. In the Hebrew, Genesis is bereeshith, which, taking its seminality from the first scripts of the Bible, means ‘in the beginning’, speaking of generation, that is, creationism.

“And the Spirit of God moved…” The Hebrew ‘moved’ is râchaph (raw-khaf’) meaning: ‘to brood; by implication to be relaxed.’ The Holy Spirit’s co-creatorship is the source of generative power of the Divinity. The ‘moved’ is Hebraically expressive of a mother hen brooding over her eggs, generating the necessary energy to enable the hatching success. When you come across scientific didacticism pointing to creation as taking its seminal point from an egg you should know where they got it from (albeit a scriptural anomaly).

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And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

The word ‘spirit’ is rûach (roo’-akh) in Hebrew, meaning, fundamentally, ‘wind’ i.e. ‘breath of life.’ It is the vital principle or animating force within a living being. The seat of life. The spirit that God put inside man became man’s rendezvous with God. God is a spirit, the Bible teaches. A certain spiritual vacuousness took over man’s constitution when he partook of the sinful nature. Adam died spiritually when he sinned against his Maker.

After the fall man lost that fellowship with the Divinity as we read in 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.” The word ‘walking,’ in the Hebrew, is hâlak (haw-lak’): ‘to walk (in a great variety of applications, literally and figuratively) i.e. to go, walk, come, depart, proceed, move, go away, to die, live, manner of life (figuratively);’ and in this context, God’s lifestyle. Every evening they enjoyed a spiritual rendezvous with the LORD God in their Eden home, which is God’s house. God’s Spirit, the Holy Spirit, attracted the LORD God into that earthly abode, making this fellowship the first Church on earth.

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The Bible says, “And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul” [Genesis 2:7]. ‘Breathed’ is nâphach (naw-fakh’): ‘to puff, in various applications (literally, to inflate, blow hard, scatter, kindle, expire; figuratively, to disesteem).’ What He blew was not an ordinary wind, it has life just as his Maker. It was a rational wind; the ‘breath’ is neshâmâh (nesh-aw-maw’): ‘a puff, that is, wind, angry or vital breath, divine inspiration, intellect or (concretely) an animal;’ and the word ‘life,’ chay (khah’-ee) is: ‘alive; hence raw (flesh); fresh (plant, water, year), strong; also (as noun, especially in the feminine singular and masculine plural) life (or living thing), whether literally or figuratively;’ it is actually chaiyim i.e. ‘lives’ (two lives: spirit and soul). This made man to be different from animals. But at the sinful fall the Holy Spirit left the third and spirit realm of Adam. Spiritual death.

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Before the fall, man was sinless, living in the age of innocence or the dispensation of innocence. Christ, the LORD God, their Creator, came physically to have Church (having called or chosen them from large available clay) fellowship with them. God, the Father, did not come to them. There would not have been a salvaging second chance for the Adamic race, if He, God the Father, should appear physically to man. He is a Judge. Man made use of his conscience, to demonstrate his free moral agency, when he sinned. This brought him into the second dispensation of conscience in God’s calendar. He must use a blood carrying living animal to bring himself back into fellowship, having agreed with the Holy Spirit’s silent confirmation of blood sacrifice. This is what the obduracy of Cain repudiated. He spurned the leading of the Holy Spirit! From then the Holy Spirit came to place Himself on man’s head and not inside of him. It is for this reason the Old Testament will have, “Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me” [Psalm 51:11]. He left anytime man sinned (1Samuel 16:14, 28:15; 1Samuel 10:6, 16:13).

Cain’s repudiation automatically empowered Lucifer to set up his religious hegemony over the man of the earth. Spiritual dichotomy. Antediluvian saints like Enoch humbled himself before God, and was led by His Spirit: for of him it is said, “And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him” [Genesis 5:24]. The Holy Spirit is the same worshipped Jehovah, whose physical presence (albeit in His characteristic invisibility) was seated in the third, holy of holiest, compartment of the Jerusalem Temple. He received worship as the Jehovah God of Israel.

(…to be continued…)

FAITH RESPONSIBLE (II)

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(…continued from the first part)         It is all about Jesus, hence, another scripture, “Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;” found in Titus 2:13. John used three verses: “1) That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life; v2) (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;) v3) That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ” [1Jn 1:1-3]. If there are only two forces: good and evil; and only one of them is merciful as Jude 1:21 “Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life” clearly evinces, should there be any wonder why a father will cry out in a desperate sincerity in Mark 9:24, “And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief?” Amen!

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It is so evident that the great God [Titus 2:13], and the One who framed the world (Hebrews 11:3) should, no doubt, be the Author of our faith. Christ Jesus is our chief leader when exercising faith; and being in possession of this gospel fact, the disciples approached Him in Luke 17:5, “And the apostles said unto the Lord, Increase our faith.” Acts 5:31, “Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.” ‘Saviour’ is sōtēr (so-tare’): ‘saviour, deliverer, preserver; a deliverer, that is, God or Christ’. This sōtēr comes from sōzō (sode’-zo): ‘to save, keep safe and sound, to rescue from danger or destruction’. The chief reason for the exercising of faith is to come into spiritual contact with God to enable one’s celestial citizenship.

Revelation 1:8 is an indubitable authentication that only Jesus holds this dual office of the ‘Author’ and ‘Finisher’, which reads, “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.” As the Alpha and Omega He also spans the entire twenty-four letters of the Greek alphabets.

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Every word of faith must have a Logos corroboration. Is this Lord a One said to be “which is, and which was, and which is to come”? Then this One spans the three realms of time. He ‘is’, as the Lord of this Adamic age. He ‘was’ because His existence was the ancient of days at creationism. He ‘is to come,’ to perfect a sinless eternity to come, being the One by whom all things consist as it is revealed in Colossians 1:17, “And he is before all things, and by him all things consist”.

Hebrews 7:19 makes Him the ‘Finisher’, which reads, “For the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better hope did; by the which we draw nigh unto God”. Christ remains the only hope for mankind. Our faith must be in response to His finished work. Hebrews 10:14 informs, “For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.” His works of faith make meaningful, every step of the journey of faith we embark on. The Bible says in Psalms 138:8, “The LORD will perfect that which concerneth me: thy mercy, O LORD, endureth for ever: forsake not the works of thine own hands.” Who is this LORD who perfects that which concerneth me? It is the same Christ of Hebrews 12:2. How do I know this? The Bible clarifies this in Romans 11:36, “For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.”

It pays huge dividends to rest in Jesus who will be with us forever as 1Corinthians 1:7-8 attests to. 7) “So that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ: 8) Who shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.” In Philippians 3:9, true faith that is responsible takes its seminality from its Author and Consummator as it quotes, “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.”

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The reason for all this exegesis on faith is to get us to the right place; and that happens to be in Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:6, “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:” for at His appearance we would need not exercise any more faith having come face to face with Him who is the Amen. A multi-millionaire does not need faith to acquire a fifty-dollar pair of shoes. At the Lord’s appearance it is time to enjoy an unspeakable love! Amen!! Hallelujah!!!

   (Conclusion)

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FAITH RESPONSIBLE (I)

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Every act of man is a reaction to the prevalent force from two entities of good and evil. Man was made to be a believer. We know that not everything is to be believed; man, hence, is accountable for that which he has made himself to live by. Amen.

“Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God,” says Hebrews 12:2. The word ‘looking’, aphoraō (af-or-ah’-o), comes from apo (apo’) meaning: ‘of separation; “off”, that is, away (from something near), in various senses (of place, time, or relation; literally or figuratively)’; and horaō (hor-ah’-o) ‘(Properly) to stare at, that is, (by implication) to discern clearly (physically or mentally); by extension to attend to; by Hebraism to experience; passively to appear’. From Thayer Definition: ‘looking’ means ‘to turn the eyes away from other things and fix them on something’, and from Strong’s Definition: ‘to consider attentively’. If it says ‘looking’ then it whips up the spirit of continuity of this act of faith. ‘Unto’ is eis (ice): ‘towards; to or into (indicating the point reached or entered), of place, time, or (figuratively) purpose (result, etc.)’. Our focus must, scripturally speaking, be a continual reaching out to Jesus.

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The word ‘author’ is called, in the Greek, archēgos (ar-khay-gos’) which comes from archē (ar-khay’) (properly abstract) a commencement, or (concrete) chief ‘ and agō (ag’-o) ‘properly to lead; by implication to bring, drive, (reflexively) go, (specifically) pass (time), or (figuratively) induce’. This makes archēgos ‘the chief leader, and not a writer. What is ‘finisher’? It is the Greek word, teleiōtēs (tel-i-o-tace’): ‘a perfector, a completer, that is, consummater‘. Faith is an established understanding in the heart which one sees as the solution to problems. The foundational ground of faith is of utmost importance. To the unlearned heart, faith can come from anywhere, and to such mind, it is debatable when you say that true faith stems from the knowledge of the word of God, in the name of Jesus. Your faith cannot stand the true test of global vicissitudes outside Christ based faith. All other ground, as the hymn renders, is sinking sand.

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Do we have scriptures that agree with ‘looking’? Isaiah 8:17 reads, “And I will wait upon the LORD, that hideth his face from the house of Jacob, and I will look for him.” Chapter 45:22 of Isaiah says, “Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.” Prophet Micah, in the 7th chapter of the 7th verse of his prophetic book also agrees with, “Therefore I will look unto the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation: my God will hear me.”

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Abraham showed unwavering faith according to God’s will

Definitely, it will take the collaboration with the One with spiritual disposition, for us to expend faith. This takes us to John 1:29, “The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.” Our faith, exercised, can only find a surest footing in the One who can find a lasting solution to our sinful nature. John 6:40, “And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.” Even the father of faith developed his faith power from the only source as we read in John 8:56, “Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad.” Abraham made contact with the Author of pistis (pis’-tis), the Greek word for faith. It is a feminine noun –an indication of its profitable productivity. It is defined as: ‘persuasion, that is, credence; (morally) conviction (of religious truth, or the truthfulness of God or a religious teacher), (especially) reliance upon Christ for salvation; (abstractly) constancy in such profession; (by extension) the system of religious (Gospel) truth itself’.

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The uniqueness of faith is so evident. It is captured in Hebrews 11:3, “Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.” Ten times God spoke at the creationism, God being fully aware that absolutely nothing could challenge His words of creation. God, at creation, exhibited faith in Himself. We cannot draw perfect faith from our being. Impossible. Atheists and Humanists will erroneously believe otherwise.

Philippians 3:20, “For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:” tells us where Christians come from, spiritually. The neuter ‘conversation’ is politeuma (pol-it’-yoo-mah): ‘a community, that is, (abstractly) citizenship (figuratively)’. The Holy Spirit made it known to Paul who failed to disbelieve, so, he wrote, “Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing” [2Timothy 4:8]. (…to be continued…)

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LOVE (What’s It?) part two

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                                   Out of the mouths of babes….

(…continued from the 1st part)                                                                                                                  In verse 5 of 1Corinthians 13, we have ‘behave itself unseemly’, aschēmoneō (as-kay-mon-eh’-o) is: ‘to be (that is, act) unbecoming’. ‘Seeketh not her own’ means ‘does not engage in things that would not be for the common good’. ‘Easily provoked’ is paroxunō (par-ox-oo’-no): ‘to sharpen’ i.e. (allow a sharp, rapid, acid anger in you). ‘Thinketh’, logizomai (log-id’-zom-ahee): ‘to take an inventory, that is, estimate (literally or figuratively)’. ‘Evil’ is kakos meaning: ‘worthless, injurious, depravity’.

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”Thinketh no evil’ means, according to Clark’s Commentary, “Believes no evil where no evil seems”. From Jamieson, Fausset & Brown’s Commentary, “imputeth not evil [ALFORD]; literally, “the evil” which actually is there (Pro 10:12; 1Pe 4:8 (refs2)). Love makes allowances for the falls of others, and is ready to put on them a charitable construction. Love, so far from devising evil against another, excuses “the evil” which another inflicts on her [ESTIUS]; doth not meditate upon evil inflicted by another [BENGEL]; and in doubtful cases, takes the more charitable view [GROTIUS]”. And I concur with an, “Amen!”

God Love is True

Verse 6 says, ‘Rejoiceth not in iniquity’, because love will rather exult the verity and the truth but frown at falsehood. ‘Love’ in verse 7 covers, endures, all afflictions, without complaining. Believes all that are not palpably false. Hopes for the better even when others are tired of hoping. Endures patiently to the end. Verse 8 has ‘never’ oudepote (oo-dep’-ot-eh) ‘not even at any time, that is, never at all,’ and ‘faileth’, ekpiptō (ek-pip’-to) ‘to drop away; specifically be driven out of one’s course; figuratively to lose, become inefficient’. Love will never go out of fashion. It is truly eternal. Reverend Chris Okotie, in a teaching of his, said, “If you ask me the definition of God, I’ll tell you it is simply ‘love’.” How absolutely concise and very correct you are, my dear Pastor! One can only access this agapē of God when it is channelled through the energy of the Holy Spirit via an experiential knowledge of Jesus, the anointing Anointed.

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Jesus exhibited the spirit of longsuffering when He patiently taught His disciples to fit into the Kingdom of God that was at hand. Kindness of agapē drove Him to heal the blind man who had spent years beside the Bethesda pool, and for which same reason He fed about 18,000 people who attended His crusade. I just do not see why He will harbour any recourse to envy anybody, being the Creator of all in existence. Those who have attained the spiritual maturity should not for any reason wrap themselves at any point in time in the toga of jealousy. When you read where Jesus says, “Verily, verily I tell you…” He is pointedly making an intimation of the fact that He is not a braggart. God vaunteth not. Jesus is so humble you hardly see any marked difference when found in the midst of His disciples. He never puffed Himself up.

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The gentleman in Jesus would not permit Him to take steps of unbecomingness. Whatever Jesus sought for Himself was definitely for the common good of all. Selflessly, Jesus died for all sinners. Knowing what was at stake, Jesus did not allow the acidity of the provocative anger to burn Him out, enduring the grueling, sanguinary death of the cross. “Then said Jesus,” in Luke 23:34, “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do…” in order to perfect ‘thinketh no evil’ thereby imputing no evil on His captors; a classic proof of a genuine adorable Lover.

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The Lord Jesus did not praise their business acumen at money changing, neither did He extol Judas’ business venture. He overturn the table, whipped them because, “ye have made it a den of thieves”, reminding them, “My house shall be called the house of prayer;” [Matthew 21:13]; and told him in Matthew 26:24, “The Son of man goeth as it is written of him: but woe unto that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! It had been good for that man if he had not been born”.

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He swallowed death, stopping it from taking me to hell.

Twelve things do distinguish love. Twelve is the number of our Lord Jesus. One man of God defines agapē thus: “A love called out of the heart of the lover on account of the value the lover has placed on the object of his love”. It is truly a commitment: to take care of another person. Love, from my exegesis, is really not, “what’s it?” It is should actually be “who is it?” because Love is a Personage. The Lord Jesus epitomizes all what love is. Praise the Lord!

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LOVE (What’s It?) part one

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It does not find its true delineation in the realm of emotionalism. No doubt about the fact that emotion can be symptomatic of love, but is it not very well known medically that a symptom of tiredness does not necessarily serve as the diagnosis for malaria?

Our emotions are not stable. They do have the tendency to fizzle out at an advent of another experiential stage of existence. Emotions often becloud the good sense of true judgment of a prevailing issue. Feelings ride on the wings of volatility for prominence and survival. Your feelings cannot be wholly trusted.

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Love is not a feeling per se. It is a state of being. Love, actually, is a Personage. In the book of 1John 4:8, it reads: “He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love”. The 19th verse: “We love him, because he first loved us.” ‘Loveth’, ‘love’ and ‘loved’ (verse 19) is the Greek agapaō (ag-ap-ah’-o): ‘to love (in a social or moral sense)’; it is the verb form of agapē. ‘Knoweth’ is ginōskō (ghin-oce’-ko) ‘to learn to know, come to know, get a knowledge of, perceive’; ‘to “know” (absolutely)’. ‘Love’ in verse eight is agapē (ag-ah’-pay): ‘brotherly love, affection, good will, love, benevolence; love feasts’. Agapē is a feminine noun, therefore, very productive. No one knew love until God showed it. The same love moved God to descend from His most highly exalted heaven to save the lost souls.

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Love, no matter what!

The grammatical femininity of agapē is indicative of worship. Whatever receives veneration has become a husband, spiritually. Jesus, who receives worship, is espoused to the Church {Ephesians 1:22, “And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church”; Ephesians 5:25-32, where verse 25 reads: “Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it”}. Nimrod has the appellation of Baal and one of the meanings of Baal is ‘husband’. Wherever you see the symbolism of the moon, crescent or the sun, know that it could be a replication of Baal worship. It should not surprise anyone that Diana worship involves libidinousness. Diana is the same person as Semiramis, the moon goddess wife of Nimrod, the Baal. Anyone who comes to Jehovah God with the agapē of Christ will be doing so with the role of a worshipping stance.

 

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The word, ‘charity’ in 1Corinthians 13:1-13 is Agapē, where we see the credentials of love. Faith is so vital that without it none can receive anything from God. We even understand that faith is what God employed at creationism. Hope keeps our faith at the highest degree of its zeal but love is the greatest among the three: “And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity” [1Corinthians 13:13]. “And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment” [Mark 12:30]. Love, unlike virtues like hope and faith, is all encompassing. It is the very essence of God. You show faith to exhibit God, but when you love you are God in disguise. It is for this reason esoteric cultism enjoins its initiated ones to cultivate the habit of philanthropy in order to balance the good with their evil deeds.

God is a Spirit

God is a Spirit. Love, truly expressed, must flow from Him. You cannot manifest genuine love unless it is energized by the Holy Spirit. Verse three of 1Corinthians 13:3-8 reads, “And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.” Esoterically fueled philanthropy is an attempt in otiosity. Verse 4, “Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up;” where ‘suffereth long’, makrothumeō (mak-roth-oo-meh’-o) means: ‘to be long spirited, that is, (objectively) forbearing or (subjectively) patient’. ‘Kind’ is chrēsteuomai (khraste-yoo’-om-ahee) ‘to show oneself useful, that is, act benevolently’. ‘Envieth’ is zēloō (dzay-lo’-o) ‘to have warmth of feeling for or against’; while ‘not’ oú (ou), is absolutely negative adverb no or not’. ‘Vaunteth’, perpereuomai (per-per-yoo’-om-ahee) Middle voice from πέρπερος perperos (braggart; perhaps by reduplication of the base of peran (per’-an) –which   comes from– peirō (to “pierce”); through (as adverb or preposition), that is, across’.) means: ‘to boast’; ‘not’ is oú (ou). ‘Puffed up’, phusioō (foo-see-o’-o) means: ‘in the primary sense of blowing; to inflate, that is, (figuratively) make proud (haughty)’.       (…to be concluded…)

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THE GAME IS UP!!! (part two)

 

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…continued from part one                                                                                                    The Lord brought us closer when He taught, “When ye pray, say, Our Father who art in heaven….” A brilliant thinking man began to find solid stronghold to free himself from the shackles of satanic gaol, suddenly realizing that God is his Father. Be an overcoming child of God. Be wise. Capitalize on the finished work of Jesus. He went to the cross to shed a substitutionary blood for all who are born into sin. The Devil thought that was the end of the scriptural narrative. Three days! Three for the Trinity: The perfect manifestation of the Godhead. One day each for the saints of the past, present day of His incarnation, and the future days of His followers. Three days and nights for the salvation of souls who so desire.

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There was nothing the enemy could do. 1Corinthians 2:8, “Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.” Too late! The game was up! All you need is to believe and know like Paul who maintained categorically in all sincerity, “For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day” [2Timothy 1:12].

 

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“O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?” This is the rhetoric Paul puts forth in 1Corinthians 15:55. Satan did his cruelest worst to no avail. Today, as a Christian, 1John 4:4 makes crystal clear, “Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.” The reason is found in the confidence brewing words of our Lord, “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world” [John 16:33]. Tell the devil, “The game is up for you. You’ve lost. You’re the loser! Speak God’s word in faith, as if you are the author of it, and he will most definitely be thrown into abject, clueless stupor. Do not be ignorant of the truth in the depressed mannerism of the jittery Israelites; do come to an aggressive conclusion of Romans 8:37, “Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.”

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Take the stand of Ephesians 6:13, “Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.” And because it is possible the preceding 14th verse enjoins, “Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;” all because the One who had overcome for you is fighting on your behalf in Revelation 6:2, “And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.”

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“Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.” This is found in Luke 10:19 where ‘power’ is exousia ex-oo-see’-ah): ‘privilege, that is, (subjectively) force, capacity, competency, freedom, or (objectively) mastery (concretely magistrate, superhuman, potentate, token of control), delegated influence.’ Let me explain this verse to the titillation of somebody. This is a transfer of divine power to His body: the Church, which includes you and me. The LORD has given you the authority over the knavishness of the enemy. Use it!

A crazy mistake his dubious game plan turned out to be. You cannot be too sure of your resolve when you wield a stand of marginalization towards the authority. Lucifer was too sure of himself in his insubordinate circumvention of divine authorization.

Jesus testified of your archenemy, “And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven” in Luke 10:18. The days of traumatizing you with his insufferable molestations are over. He has lost the war.

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Resist the Devil! He’ll flee!!

I have often told Satan that I will expose him. Just get born again and throw, in faith, the word of scripture in his face. Lucifer has no solution to it now and forever! The Bible says, “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you” [James 4:7]. The word ‘submit’ is hupotassō (hoop-ot-as’-so): ‘to subordinate; reflexively to obey.’

Anthistēmi (anth-is’-tay-mee) is the Greek word for ‘resist’ meaning: ‘to stand against, that is, oppose.’ Then comes the word ‘flee’. It is called, in Greek, pheugō (fyoo’-go): ‘to run away (literally or figuratively); by implication to shun; by analogy to vanish.’ Lucifer, the greatest evil, will flee, looking for a way of escape at the mention of the name of JESUS! For your information, Lucifer is scared stiff of you (but he will play on your ignorant intelligence). Lucifer knows the potency of the power the Christian commands. He does everything in his insidious craftiness to incapacitate you. He debilitates you by keeping you from the use of the name of Jesus.

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The game he started is over. Amen!

Get truly born again by saying this sinners’ prayer: “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 GAME IS UP!!! (Part one)

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Christians are more powerful than they know and Satan is aware of it

He had lost the game he started. He forgot that God does not play games. God only thinks, speaks and does things true. Who told you, Lucifer, that you could change the course of divine operation?

Lucifer was extravagantly reckless in his utilization of his God given freewill to all intelligent beings. His iniquitous clamour pitched him against the will of the Divinity. Disaster of a cataclysmic proportion! Satan, you started a game you could never enjoy, continue or receive any aid in playing it to a positive conclusion. So woefully you failed. The spirit of stupid ignorance has a way of goading its slave into sheer fruitless audacious degenerate aberrancy. In this state, you will think, even in the full glare of hopelessness, that there is yet a card (nonexistent) or move that you can play, till you are absolutely wrecked.

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In the day iniquity was found in you….

It was too late for the great Lucifer when God prophesied in Ezekiel 28:15, “Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.” And an earlier, “How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!” of Isaiah 14:12, was another lamentation of an extinction of a perfect creation of God. In his demented crave for deification, he pilfered the abstraction of the sun as his emblem of worship. As the ‘son of the morning,’ he is an angelic creation. ‘Morning’ speaks of the brightness of light.

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JESUS is the Morning Star

Jesus is the light (John 1:4-9), the morning star (Revelation 2:28, 22:16), and even the eternal light to the new earth (Revelation 21:23). Knowing fully well how devoid of ubiquity he is, the only way he could deceive Cain was to take him to the east of Eden where the ubiquitous sun manifested. He chose a place called Nod. Wrong initial step tends to serve as a magnetic influence of an attraction of a continuity of evil junctures. The name ‘Nod’ means: ‘wandering (of aimless fugitive), vagrancy, exile.’ Satanic worship of the worst order of shenanigan machinations had been sown, proving Lucifer to be the original Machiavellian prince of darkness.

In his exhilarating fashion of catechism, the ebullient teacher of the Bible, Rev Chris Okotie, in his exegesis of Genesis 1:14 submitted that, “There’s no third light. The Antichrist is not a light.” Ponderous a manna for human cogitation. “Jesus,” he said, “is the greater sun light while Adam is the lesser moon light,” in conclusion, “you are the stars,” addressing the Household Of God Church born again congregation. Very truthfully apropos, I do agree.

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Hunter before (In defiance of) the LORD

The genesis of universal sun worship took place in Babel. Nimrod went by the epithet ‘hunter before the LORD.’ He hunted humans for the sacrificial worship of Satan. Nimrod, who was bel or Baal, was also the sun god. Lucifer used him to win the earth to himself. His wife, Semiramis, was deified as the moon goddess. With the deification of Tamuuz, their son, the Babylonian trinity of idolatry was consummated. There is hardly any idolatry that does not take its seminality from Nimrodic sun worship. The saintly haloes drawn on the heads of pious ones is of Nimrod: for it has no scripture endorsement.

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But for the divinely authorization of the blood sacrificial ritual, many would have died and thrown into hell. God made a way of repentance with it. This corroborates 2Peter 3:9, “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” As many as displayed an aversion for sinful acts, those are the ones God has given an opportunity to steer clear of divine judgment. Too many humans keep defying God. Satan is winning, it seems. Then, one day, the prophecy of all prophecies was consummated in Luke 1:31, “And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS.” Amen!!

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Be of good cheer! Lucifer has lost the game he started!

Get truly born again by saying this sinners’ prayer: “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…)

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