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 (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!”

(…to be concluded…)

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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 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!”  

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The Christmas Story (Part one)

For unto us a child is born….a Son is given

                It is so amazing going through the contextual characterization of the Christmas story.                                         

Mary: the femininity of virtuous and vestal reserve.                                                                                                                                        

 Joseph: the just man and the provider of the legality of a ménage.       

Gabriel: the herald of celestial acknowledgement.                                                                                               

The Magi: wise men from the Orient.                                                                                                                                             The shepherds: characters who adumbrate Jesus.

Baby Jesus: the humanity of Christ, the Everlasting Father.                                                                                                                 

Holy Ghost: the energizing Spirit (the Second Member) of the Godhead.

God needed a just man. He found him in Joseph. Amen!

                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. The legitimacy of this birth warrants Mary’s espousal to a man. The celestial abode is a family entity. That is where Christ comes from. When Jesus said, In my Father’s house are many mansions: of John 14:2, the word ‘house,’ oikia (oy-kee’-ah) means: ‘1. (properly, abstractly) a residence 2. (usually, concretely) an abode 3. (by implication) a family (especially domestics).’ The angels are never referred to as slaves; they are called ‘sons.’ Two chapters of Book of Job do this justice: 1:6 Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them. Job 38:7 says, “When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?” In both verses, the word ‘sons’ is ben (bane): ‘1. a son (as a builder of the family name), in the widest sense (of literal and figurative relationship, including grandson, subject, nation, quality or condition.’

                Joseph must be involved to provide paternal headship required of every family. Joseph must be a legitimate husband for the family to receive God’s approval. He met all the spiritual requirements. How? Joseph comes from the Davidic lineage which bestows the majestic status on Jesus. The book of Matthew chapter one has, undoubtedly, is of Joseph. Matthew 1:1 began the genealogy: The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham. It went on to verse six where the royalty of Jesus reads: And Jesse begat David the king; and David the king begat Solomon of her that had been the wife of Urias (Matthew 1:6); and to the conclusive, And Jacob begat Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ (Matthew 1:16).

Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth

                In the first chapter of Luke it says somewhere: And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth” (Luke 1:26). Who is Gabriel? He introduced himself in Luke 1:19, And the angel answering said unto him, I am Gabriel, that stand in the presence of God; and am sent to speak unto thee, and to shew thee these glad tidings. What is the meaning of Gabriel? It is the Hebraic גַּברִיאֵל Gabriy’el (gab-ree-ale’) ‘1. man of God 2. Gabriel, an archangel.’ Gabriy’el comes from two words: geber (gheh’-ber) which generally means: ‘a person simply’ but (properly) a valiant man or warrior;’ and the second is ‘el (ale) ‘1. Strength 2. (as adjective) mighty 3. (especially) the Almighty (but used also of any deity).’ This angel is ‘man of God’ who came to announce the incarnation the God-man, the Lord from heaven and the Second Member of the Godhead. Gabriel’s noel involvement is an endorsement of the One (of Revelation 4:2), who sits on the throne of the celestial assizes.

                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, so says the Bible in Matthew 2:1. The word ‘wise’ is the Greek, magos (mag’-os): ‘1. a Magian, i.e. Oriental scientist 2. (by implication) a magician or sorcerer.’ They were, as men, more than one individual, ergo, Magi in the plurality of their number (the Bible, silent about the exact number, we cannot say three, regardless of the number of the gifts they offered). Professionally they were star and moon gazing astrologers of the Spirit offending Nimro-Semiramic order. It was very apropos to necessitate the visit of the Magi. They represent the spiritual powers of Satanism, which must bow before the LORD God, because it says, And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: [Matthew 2:11]. ‘Worship’ is proskuneo (pros-koo-neh’-o) ‘1. to fawn or crouch to 2. to fall face down (prostrate) in adoration 3. a physical act of lowering oneself in humble submission with an attitude of utmost adoration or respect.’

Shepherds must be involved. HE is the Great Shepherd!

                The Greek rendition poimen (poy-mayn’) meaning ‘a shepherd;’ will be well understood from the Hebraic ra`ah (raw-aw’) ‘1. to tend a flock i.e. pasture it 2. (intransitively, literally or figuratively) to graze 3. (generally) to rule 4. (by extension) to associate with (as a friend).’ The shepherds were so overjoyed to receive the Good Shepherd (John 10:11), Great Shepherd (Hebrews 13:20) even the Chief Shepherd (1Peter 5:4) of Psalm 23, Jehovah Jesus. Amen!

                Baby Jesus, the central of attraction, is the nonpareil Adam. The seemingly weakling of His infancy is the humanity of ‘which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty. The swaddling-clothed infantility is the Bishop of our dying souls (1Peter 2:25).

                If this is the Son of God, is not germane that the Holy Spirit must be involved for the consummate midwifery of His incarnation? God must be involved in God’s business. Amen!

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

                Job and his trials

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(7)          A differentiating, incriminatory commination of Satanism was the tag placed on Lucifer in the scriptural documentation of: “And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?” [Job 1:8]. ‘Escheweth’ in Hebrew is śûr (soor) ‘to turn aside (off), depart.’  Râ‛âh (rah) remains the Hebraic definition of ‘evil’ here and in every mentioning of it. The Devil is explicitly the evil one and the propagator of it. If God were to have a scintilla of evil in Him, the boldacious proclivity of Lucifer would definitely had reminded God of it.

The usual outpouring psalmodic Spirit-infusion of Davidic scripting is of crystal clarity in, “For thou art not a God that hath pleasure in wickedness: neither shall evil dwell with thee” [Psalm 5:4]. Evil is a component of Satanism. It has its dwelling home with Lucifer, in whom the activism of iniquity was first a discovery. I just do not know why people would not see the eternal destruction it portends if God should bring Himself to an inconsequentially tiny taste of evil. He will cease to be the Almighty: simply because He stands to be judged for wrongdoing. For the sake of His eternal goodness, the LORD, my God will never drink of evil. Hallelujah!

The wisest individual poured it forth so beautifully in Proverbs 12:20, “Deceit is in the heart of them that imagine evil: but to the counsellors of peace is joy.” Pregnant with arcanum is this Solomonic scriptorial ingenuity. Is God not too real to toy with a soiling deceitfulness? Jehovah is not the liar known of man, neither will He ever seek for repentance, having committed a sin. ‘Adonay alone is Jehovah; He must not change: to save us from annihilation. The verb ‘imagine’ is chârash (khaw-rash’) ‘to scratch, that is, (by implication) to engrave, plough; hence (from the use of tools) to fabricate (of any material); figuratively to devise (in a bad sense); hence (from the idea of secrecy) to be silent, to let alone; hence (by implication) to be deaf (as an accompaniment of dumbness).’ God is absolutely good and complete. He is the ultimate nonpareil Being. There is nothing to add and nothing to remove from Him. Only a demented mind will associate God with evil.

                The word ‘counsellors’, is ya`ats (yaw-ats’) ‘1. to advise. 2. (reflexively) to deliberate or resolve.’ The ‘counsellors’ from this verse can only be an advise from the mind of God, ergo, it is of ‘peace’ and the Hebrew word for which is shalowm (shaw-lome) ‘1. safe. 2. (figuratively) well, happy, friendly. 3. (abstractly, as noun) well-being, one’s welfare. 4. (by extension) health, prosperity, peace.’ It is quite understandable that while deceit comes from the imagination of evil, the counselling mind of God preaches peace that brings joy. The question now is, who is the Counsellor of Isaiah 9:6? Whose peace passeth all understanding (Philippians 4:7)? In whose presence is the fullness of joy (Psalm 16:11)? Selah!

                The minutest of evil, the size of the least of the fraction of an office pin poke cannot find its containerising incursion into the Holy One of Israel.

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? (six)

 God created the universe

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(6)          As ineffably large God is, in whom alone is contained all knowledge, time and space, you will not find an infinitesimally small evil lurking anywhere in Him. Archives and archives of unfathomable knowledge both known and undisclosed are in Him. Three dimensional is the creationism of time. Scientifically incalculable is the number hidden inside the eternity past; borrowed from eternity is the allotment of time given to created intelligence; and still absolutely indeterminable is the calculation of eternity to come! How big is the scientific measurement of the phenomenon, called the universe? The diameter of the observable universe is approximately 93 billion light-years. If 1 light-year = 9,460,730,472,580,800 metres (exactly), then 1 light-year in km. is 9,460,730,472,580,800 ÷ 1000 which comes to 9,460,730,472,580.8 km. The volume of the universe will be 4⁄3πr³. Half of 93b = 46.5 billion km which brings the calculations to 4/3 × 22/7 × 46,500,000,000 × 46,500,000,000 × 46,500,000,000 × 9,460,730,472,580.8 cu. km. Its calculation is a mind blowing number!

                It comes to the staggering 8,572,232,605,953,543,425,739,632,000,000,000,000,000cu. km. (eight tredecillion, five hundred and seventy two duodecillion, two hundred and thirty two undecillion, six hundred and five decillion, nine hundred and fifty three nonillion, five hundred and forty three octillion, four hundred and twenty five septillion, seven hundred and thirty nine sextillion, six hundred and thirty two quintillion cubic kilometres). Is it not very interesting to note that this humongous space of the universe excludes the very third heaven abode of Divine Majesty? The minutest of evil, the size of the least of the fraction of an office pin poke cannot find its containerising incursion into the Holy One of Israel.

The awesomeness of HIS presence to Moses’ ocular experience

It is quite germane to quote Scriptures to betoken theological didacticism. Isaiah 7:14-15 reads “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. 15) Butter and honey shall he eat, that he may know to refuse the evil, and choose the good.” Immanuel is the exact image of the Most High, God the Father (John 1:14; John 1:18; John 12:45; John 14:9; John 14:10; John 15:24; 2Cor.4:4; Phil 2:6; Col 1:15; Heb 1:3). Immanuel, that is, God, deeming it fit to make man His habitation, prophet Isaiah prophesied, will refuse to do evil. The word ‘refuse’ is ma’ac (maw-as’): ‘1. to spurn. 2. (intransitively) to disappear.’ The ‘evil’ in this verse is the same Hebrew word ra` (rah) adjרָעָהra`ah (raw-awh’), a feminine noun used in every ‘evil’ found in all the verses given, meaning: ‘1. bad. 2. (as noun) evil (natural or moral).’

The LORD God visited Abraham

Numbers 32:13 “And the LORD’S anger was kindled against Israel, and he made them wander in the wilderness forty years, until all the generation, that had done evil in the sight of the LORD, was consumed.”  God told them somewhere in Scripture which has the Peterine quoting of “Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy” (1Peter 1:16). The word ‘holy’, hagios (hag’-ee-os), has its origin from hagos (an awful thing) and it means: ‘most holy thing, a saint, sacred (physically pure, morally blameless or religious, ceremonially consecrated).’ Jehovah is sacredly different from other gods and their goddesses counterparts, whose final destination is hell. Again in Deuteronomy 1:35, the holy God’s anger against intolerable evil is, “Surely there shall not one of these men of this evil generation see that good land, which I sware to give unto your fathers,” which resulted in the annihilation of about two million Israelites, in the wilderness. God gave His covenant word of preserving Abraham’s seeds (Genesis 17:7) but He is too holy to compromise.

(…to be continued…)

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!”

(…to be continued…)

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