I WILL GIVE YOU REST [part one]

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 1)           One hardly appreciates the mental grokking of it until one is ushered into the physical reality of basking in true rest. The human mind constantly yearns for the serenity that comes from the cessation of physical travails associated with man’s life on this terra firma. Rest, indeed, is a subjective delicacy psychogenically sought after by every individual. Man’s greatest enemy, the kahuna of task masters, Lucifer, having stumbled on the best way to bring mankind into abject subjugation, sold religious piety to the warped mentality of Adam’s progeny. True rest is absolutely nonexistent in religious toils. Jesus, ergo, had to come to man’s rescue.

            Matthew 11:28, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” This is the solution to man’s yearning for freedom from religious slavery. This rest is found nowhere else but in the Creator.

“Come unto Me….I will give you rest.”

            The verb ‘come,’ in the Greek, is deute (dyoo’-teh). It is a Greek imperative form of deuro (dyoo’-ro) –‘here’ and εἶμι eimi (‘to go’)– meaning: ‘come hither, come here, come interjection, come! come now!’ The word ‘labour,’ kopiaō (kop-ee-ah’-o) is: ‘to grow weary, tired, exhausted (with toil or burdens or grief), to feel fatigue; by implication to work hard.’ ‘Heavy laden’ is phortizō (for-tid’-zo): ‘to place a burden upon, (properly as a vessel or animal), that is, (metaphorically) to overburden with ceremony (or spiritual anxiety).’ While the pronoun ‘you,’ humas (hoo-mas’): ‘an accusative case of the 2nd person you (as the object of a verb or preposition);’ an interesting thing is that ‘give’ and ‘rest’ mean the same anapauō (an-ap-ow’-o): ‘(reflexively) to repose (literally or figuratively (be exempt), remain); by implication to refresh; of calm and patient expectation.’

I Am, the Good Shepherd: JESUS!

            Is it possible for any man to give this kind of rest to anyone? Jesus promises anyone who obeys Him, “I will anapauō you anapauō.” This is perfect rest. This is why ‘rest’ must be mentioned twice: for emphasis. Only the Creator can offer this anapauō. It is not difficult to figure out the One who can establish this safe rest which can only be celestial. The Author of this given rest is found in this Scripture, “And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made” [Genesis 2:2]. It is absolutely essential for God to choose the seventh day to institute His day of rest. Is it not the scriptural numerology for perfection? It also proves His perfect control of universal affairs.

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The LORD of Sabbath showed Himself on Mount Sanai

                The Hebrew rendition of the sobriquet ‘God’ in Genesis 2:2 is a titillating ‘Ělôhı̂ym (el-o-heem’). This is ‘God’ in the plural. The singular is ‘Ě̆lôahh (el-o’-ah). God the Father will not vacate the celestial throne. The only One that makes Himself visible to human perception is the Second Member of the Godhead. The Christ. When ‘Ělôhı̂ym is employed in the introduction of God, what it simply means is that the Members of the Godhead are acting in strict consonance. Christ, in His preincarnational manifestation, came into Eden as the LORD God of creationism. He is the Author of Sabbath and the Lord of rest. Amen!

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Perfect rest of the Garden of Eden

            The Hebraic ‘rested’ of Genesis 2:2 is shâbath (shaw-bath’): ‘to repose, that is, desist from exertion; used in many implied relations (causatively, figuratively or specifically).’ The One who rested on the first ever seventh day of human existence is the very One who says to restless man, “Come unto Me……and I will give you rest.”

                The Matthew 11:28 mand of ‘come’ is a divine summon of Old Testamentary understanding. Prophetic utterance of Isaiah 45:22 says, Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.” What do I see?  It is saliency: gaping at the unraveling of the deity of Jesus. Is it not apropos that if God did make a repetition of the deute it must be by none else but God Himself? There is no recorded history of any other person offering a soteriological invitation of an eternal consequence. In another prophecy it goes thus: “Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price” (Isaiah 55:1). Confer Isaiah 53:2 & 3; John 6:37; John 7:37 & Rev 22:17.

He went about doing good (Acts 10:38)

                The scriptural reference to ‘all’ is found in, Psalm 38:4, “For mine iniquities are gone over mine head: as an heavy burden they are too heavy for me.”  This psalmodic complaint is a universal dirge of every soulish entity. Ecclesiastes 2:22 “For what hath man of all his labour, and of the vexation of his heart, wherein he hath laboured under the sun?” Man’s operose emprise, geared towards spiritual relevance amounts, absolutely, to nothing unless one takes the expected steps of divine protocol that answers the imperative deute of Jesus. Amen!

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                Jesus will give you rest only if you will receive His life. Get born again. Say this simple 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…)

HE IS IN FULL CONTROL (Part five)

Faithful Abraham

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5)            After many years of Nimrodic temerarious worship saw an introduction of the faith endearing walk of Abraham. Abraham’s tyro walk even as it exposed the tremulousness of an abecedarian at his sight of the imposing hegemonic Egyptian Pharaoh, God, latching on the covenant He had with Abraham, got Him swinging into action. The table turned in Abraham’s favour. It was the Pharaoh who had to appease Abraham, making him very rich.

                Show wisdom. Stand on the pillar of faith and the riches of the world will be yours, just like that, in Jesus’ name!

Abraham received blessing from Melchizedek

                All that was necessary for Abraham to have was not twelve princes like Ismael. Just one Isaac was all that was required to hold the baton of patriarchy: and that puts God’s transcendence to bear on weak human affairs. Have faith. Did Joseph not make his entrance as an Egyptian slave? What happened when God involved His control in his slavery life? At the time of a huge increase in Israel’s population, it was a return bout when Egypt had metamorphosed into the superpower of the entire globe. Pharaoh’s ungodly proclivity ran him as insane as his liar-father, Lucifer. His temerity earned him his comeuppance. Amen.

                Every machination of the Antichrist must be designed to accept God’s protocol. Control! Satanism cannot, dares not operate outside God’s sanction of his evil games. The Bible says he will give the number representing his name (666) to the people he will lord it over. He must do that. His hegemonic Satanism is just seven years. He cannot exceed this. Control. The Church must experience the eschatological rapture a la Enoch’s ‘translation’ and before then the Antichrist son of Lucifer cannot set up any earthly governmental machinery over born again members of the body of Christ -the true Christians. Impossible! “Impossican’t!” (My Pastor, Rev. Chris Okotie will jocularly asseverate).

The Holy Spirit is our spiritual energy

                Our physical presence on terra firma is God’s full control over the governmental emergence of the evil antics of the son of perdition. There cannot be two masters on a ship. The stark reality is simply that our presence will make it impossible for his satanic hegemony. One prayer from true Christians will bind and cast him to the hellish abode he eventually belongs. God’s equitable jurisdiction, therefore, must allow Satan to have his evil day.

                The propriety of jurisprudence, in this context of Lucifer being the god of this world system, owing to the historical fact that Adam gave the earth to the Devil when he sinned, man’s slavery to a physical dominion of the Antichrist is a comeuppance. Even in his hegemonic stance in the eschatology of Divine calendar, Jehovah does not cease to be in control. Israel will be God’s mouthpiece. His covenant with Israel is His legality. Israel has seven more years to receive her Messiah. God’s control makes it imperative for Lucifer not to have more than seven remaining years of the Law Dispensation. Of the seven, the Antichrist must do good deeds during the first half.

Satan almost killed lovely ‘BBB,’ a wonderful blogger, but Jesus was in full control!

                Jesus took three and a half years of the seven (in His ministry of going about doing good). After the peaceful years: “For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape” [1Thessalonians 5:3] is the betiding phenomenon. Evil as never before. He will be left with only the second half of the seven years to unleash all the cruelty of the demented mind of Satan, his lost father of lies. The Divine calendar of Dispensation of Grace, having brought to its logical conclusion by the rapture of Christians, the remaining part of the suspended Dispensation of the Law is employed to deal with the Antichrist and his foul father when Israel would have to cry unto Jehovah as usual, and even to the chagrin of Israel, Jesus will be the One to show up: for He is the Jehovah –in the fullest control! Amen. Hallelujah!!

                Man has always been a bad manager of his life. Let God be in control of your life for proper management. Get born again. Say this prayer, meaning it:

“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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God forgave the first Woman -Eve.
Jehovah is in firm control

HE IS IN FULL CONTROL (Part four)

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4)            He is in full control:

As the Father: in Genesis 1:3 “And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.” He is the Author of creationism. Revelation 4:2 “And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne.” This is the Eternal Father, seated majestically over His Rainbow Administration. This is the first time His physical presence receives a scriptural recording. The truth is that, the word ‘one’ is in italics, proving that it is not of the original Johannine script (remove the pronoun ‘one’ of the verse and it comes out more forcefully). The word ‘throne’ is thronos (thron’-os) and it has the definitions of: ‘1. a stately seat, “throne” 2. (by implication) power 3. (concretely) a potentate, sovereign, or ruler.’ Thronos comes from thrao “to sit.”

As the Christ: 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.” As Jesus Christ His absolute proof of being in control of His life is read in John 10:18, “No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.”Neither of the Eternal Father nor the Holy Spirit, save the Eternal Son, is ever beheld by the naked eyes of man.

And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters” (Genesis 1:1).

As the Holy Spirit: in Act 20:28, “Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.” Before the crucifixion of Jesus, He sat, in the holy of holiest, as the LORD God of Israel to be worshipped. After the resurrection, from the day of Pentecost, He has taken control of the Church Age till the second coming of the Messiah.

                Most certainly, dominion got transferred from Adamic hegemony to that of the indwelling serpentine spirit. However, by the protevangelium of Genesis 3:15 the man, technically, was brought in to represent God, putting Him, the LORD God, in control. When God’s breath, which He put in man’s creation, mixes with the faith in God’s word, man becomes his creator’s oracular afflatus –office of a regnant prophet. The meaning of Seth, Adam’s third son, is the Hebraic shêth (shayth): compensation; put, that is, substituted.’ Having been put in place by divine authorisation, the Bible says, “And to Seth, to him also there was born a son; and he called his name Enos: then began men to call upon the name of the LORD” [Gen 4:26]. The LORD never did lose control. Amen.

                Enoch was translated, according to Pauline apostolic teaching where the ‘translation’ of Hebrews 11:5, metathesis (met-ath’-es-is) means: transposition, that is, transferral (to heaven), disestablishment (of a law).’ Man was taken to a place of rest, awaiting a certain glorification and eventual return to his ownership of the earth which has been given to him as a Divine donation. Amen. One of the meanings of ‘translation’ is ‘disestablishment of the law’ and the salience of questioning should be, “What law?” It is the law of ‘sin and death’ [Romans 8:2]; a reminder of the couch, “The soul that sinneth, it shall die” [Ezekiel 18:20]. Proving His transcendental hegemon He disestablished the clog in the wheels of Adamic spiritual progression. That administrative abrogation enabled paradise access to an antediluvian saint like Enoch.

The annihilating, great Deluge

                The oldest Adamic creature in history, Methuselah, was made to sleep in Abraham’s Bosom just before the annihilating great Deluge (an age which got the importation of the pervasive wickedness from Cain’s city of Nod). He must be kept safe, all because of the facticity of not wanting to have not more than eight souls in the ark: eight is the number of new beginnings. Is HE not in control? Selah! Is the LORD God in spiritual control of your life? Then, categorically speaking, you have absolutely nothing to worry about! Definitely not!

                Man has always been a bad manager of his life. Let God be in control of your life for proper management. Get born again. Say this prayer, meaning it:

“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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HE IS IN FULL CONTROL (Part three)

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3)            “And the LORD did that thing on the morrow, and all the cattle of Egypt died: but of the cattle of the children of Israel died not one” [Exodus 9:6]. In several ways, Egypt lost, when this plague came upon it. It caused heavy loss of sources of food. Money realised from cattle businesses went kaput. Egypt’s religious reverence of the bull was rendered irrelevant. More pollution destroyed the lives of Godless Egypt.

            “And it shall become small dust in all the land of Egypt, and shall be a boil breaking forth with blains upon man, and upon beast, throughout all the land of Egypt” [Exodus 9:9]. Why would God employ the use of ashes to punish and assert His domination? Ashes are synonymous to humility. Pharaoh’s procacity earned him disgrace, excruciating pain and ill-health. “And the hail smote throughout all the land of Egypt all that was in the field, both man and beast; and the hail smote every herb of the field, and brake every tree of the field” [Exodus 9:25]. A miracle within a miracle! The fire of the thunder was not smouldered neither was the hail melted.

                A grievous combination of miraculous wonder was the comeuppance of the disbelieving hardened heart of Pharaoh. “For they covered the face of the whole earth, so that the land was darkened; and they did eat every herb of the land, and all the fruit of the trees which the hail had left: and there remained not any green thing in the trees, or in the herbs of the field, through all the land of Egypt” [Exodus 10:15]. The LORD God brought prosperity to Egypt because His children were about to be part of her. Disobedience to the LORD God is such an evil resulting in comeuppance of catastrophic cataclysm. Pharaoh asked for it, just the same way the world would ask for an equal devastation in the eschatological evil rule of the Antichrist.

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            Exodus 10:23, “They saw not one another, neither rose any from his place for three days: but all the children of Israel had light in their dwellings.” A similar phenomenon was actually playing out in Abraham’s Bosom between those who slept in the LORD and the wicked dead. Seeing not one another, in the Egypt land of Pharaoh, is indicative of total confusion. In Goshen, there was light! A slightest stroll away from God is a plunge into pitch darkness of Satanism. Satan is the first to experience the gloom of dark ignorance and into it his fellow disobedient beings go. Amen. “And all the firstborn in the land of Egypt shall die, from the firstborn of Pharaoh that sitteth upon his throne, even unto the firstborn of the maidservant that is behind the mill; and all the firstborn of beasts” [Exodus 11:5].

Dagon, water deity, couldn’t help Pharaoh.

                Sinfulness is a contagion. A languorous effort to renew the mind is a blatant refusal to heed God’s call to repentance. It is as evil as deciding to tow the inglorious path of the progenitor of the antediluvian miscreants. Cain was the first born human ever to come through biological parturition. Cain’s procacious act was reenacted by Pharaoh. His (Cain) spiritual demise led him to his eventual physical death. His progeny died in the great deluge for dishonouring God’s word (likened to water); no wonder Pharaoh perished in the fluidity of liquid ocean. His will, even the will of God, is in full control. His will is not a created phenomenon. His will is His Word: a Personage –Jesus Christ— the Lord of glory. The verity of His absolute control is irrefragable.

Moses receives instruction from Jehovah

            It was important to establish His full control when He instructed Moses in Exodus 30:6, “And thou shalt put it before the vail that is by the ark of the testimony, before the mercy seat that is over the testimony, where I will meet with thee.” Without Him Israel would have gone into extinction. As long as man’s existence features His holy presence of Divine control, the concept of Emmanuel is a truism.

                Man has always been a bad manager of his life. Let God be in control of your life for proper management. Get born again. Say this prayer, meaning it:

“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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Righteousness (5)

“I AM the REVIVIFICATION.”

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5)            Righteousness subjects one to the LORD God. Romans 6:22 But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life. The meaning of ‘servants’ is the Greek douloo (dou-loh’-o): ‘to enslave.’ It comes from the root doulos (dou`-los) meaning: ‘1. (involuntarily) a slave 2. (of necessity) a bond-servant 3. (figuratively) a voluntary, fully devoted servant {literal or figurative, involuntary or voluntary; frequently, therefore in a qualified sense of subjection or subserviency},’ it means the same as deo (deh’-o) ‘1. to bind 2. (regarding marriage) to be bethrothed, to pledge to give oneself in marriage 3. bond(-man), servant.’ Righteousness is a gift to only one species of creation: Christians!

The LORD JESUS, our RIGHTEOUSNESS!

                And there is a very good reason for robing us in this honourificabilitudinitatibus. Immediately you are born again it automatically turns you into a member of the celestial Family of the Godhead! You cannot be unrighteous and belong to this Godhood Family. “And if I go……that where I am, there ye may be also, is the Lord’s promise in John 14:3. God must do something. He robed His sworn children, ergo, in His own righteousness so that we may legally constitute of the Divine Family of Jehovah. It is never of our doing. Carnality has eaten, too rottenly deep into us to achieve this feat! It is that marriage to the Lamb that clothes us in eternal righteousness. Amen!

                The first time ‘righteousness’ comes out in the Bible is here in Genesis 15:6 And he believed in the LORD; and he counted it to him for righteousness. Now, let us do some studies. The action word ‘believed’ is ‘aman (aw-man’), meaning: ‘1. (properly) to build up or support. 2. to foster as a parent or nurse. 3. (figuratively) to render (or be) firm or faithful. 4. to trust or believe. 5. to be permanent or quiet. 6. (morally) to be true or certain. 7. (once, Isaiah 30:21) to go to the right hand.’ Abraham’s faith in the God that called him did it. Faith, we understand, cometh by hearing and hearing the sound word of Scripture, God’s protocol. Righteousness is not a lucre proceeding from the sweat of our moil. It is a gift, a Divine donation.

                The next word is ‘counted’ which is the Hebraic chashab (chaw-shaɓ’): ‘1. (properly) to plait or interpenetrate. 2. (literally) to weave. 3. (generally) to fabricate. 4. (figuratively) to plot or contrive (usually in a malicious sense). 5. (hence, from the mental effort) to think, regard, value, compute.’ God did some calculations when He saw Abraham’s faith. Jehovah placed a value on Abraham’s belief (in HIM), then He credited Abraham’s act with ‘righteousness.’ If Abraham did not show faith it would not have worked. The ‘righteousness’ is tsdaqah (tsed-aw-kaw’), a feminine noun speaking of productiveness. Whose production? Abraham’s? Nay! God’s fabrication, tailored for those who receive Jesus as Lord and Saviour. Tsdaqah means: ‘1. (abstractly) rightness. 2. (subjectively) rectitude. 3. (objectively) justice. 4. (morally) morality, virtue. 5. (figuratively) prosperity.’

                Being defined as ‘rightness, rectitude and morality’ it is nothing short of a Right Standing. Jesus ‘counts’ us as His, and the resultant effect is to credit the Christians’ life with His righteousness. Why? He is THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS of Jeremiah 23:6. Praise the Lord!

“I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” Halleluyah!

                “For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light: 9) (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;) 10) Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord” [Ephesians 5:8-10]. “Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God” [Phil 1:11]. “That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God” [Col 1:10]. Our walk of righteousness is, indeed, an interpretation of God’s right standing as opposed to covert wickedness of satanic creep. Is it of our doing? Certainly not! The righteousness of Scripture is evidently of Divinity, lest any should boast. Amen!                                                                                                                                                             The first biblical couch of ‘righteousness,’ in Genesis 15:6, was Mosaic. Moses never saw Abraham. How did he come to know of Abrahamic life? It was dictated to him by God, (which was, and which is and which is to come), Jehovah who saw it all. Without doubt, I can hear God telling Moses, “Abraham believed Me -the I AM- and, opening a celestial account on his behalf, I calculated and entered the sum of ‘righteousness’.” Where did Abraham get the faith? From the Word of God. Abraham owned neither the faith nor the Word: for both are of God. Selah!

                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!”    

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Righteousness (4)

The Church is protected in His righteousness

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4)            Some people should be careful lest the righteousness of their hortatory be mere religious quackhood of Pharisaical brassbound; that of Sadducean myopia or the proclivious excessiveness of the boldacious Scribes of Matthew 5:20, “For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.” The Scribes and the Pharisees were too legalistic. So soaked inebriately in the legalism of Judaism, the quackhood of religious sanctimonious facade had become their masquerade. They had fashioned their own theological stance. Exhibitionism has taken over righteousness as the ordered norm.

                Righteousness is not a visibility of a worn toga. It is the covering raiment for the regenerated soul. Not visible to the naked eyes, it becomes apropos for the corporeality of the redeemed to interpret the honourificabilitudinitatibus of the new man in Christ. Who is this new man? He is revealed in Colossians 3:9-10, which reads, “…seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; 10) And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him: The new man is the creation of the Lord Jesus of whom the Scripture says, “…and without him was not any thing made that was made [John 1:3]. The new man’s spiritual locale is found in his Maker. 2Corinthians 5:17, Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. The new man is eternally in Christ for two reasons: Christ is eternal –the everlasting Father of Isaiah 9:6–; the word ‘new’ (of 2Cor. 5:17) is the Greek kainos (kai-nos’) ‘new (especially in freshness).’ The Eternal Father sees the newness of this freshness ceaselessly. On His eternal right hand sits Christ the Preserver of the redeemed newness.

 JEHOVAH TSIDKENU

                The word ‘image’ of Colossians 3:10 is eikon (ei-kone’) ‘1. a likeness 2. (literally) statue, profile 3. (figuratively) representation, resemblance.’ If he possesses the likeness of Him that created him, simple logical understanding demands that he should bear the fruit of his Maker to prove the verity of his newness. Galatians 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23) Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. It is not a matter of law, which is compulsorily cleft onto à la religion. Our righteousness is a walk with the Lord. Galatians 5:16-18, This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. 17) For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. 18) But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law. Righteousness has separated us from the fleshly proclivity of our old man, found in Galatians 5:19-21,Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, 20) Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, 21) Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings,propelled by the workings of demonism.

                The new man in Christ is the man of Psalm 1:3. The life of the new man strictly becomes the business of the Divinity. John 15:2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. The words ‘taketh away,’ airo (ai’-ro), means: ‘1. to lift up 2. (by implication) to take up or away 3. (figuratively) to raise (the voice), keep in suspense (the mind) 4. (specially) to sail away (i.e. weigh anchor) 5. (by Hebraism) to atone for sin.’ Airo, contextually, is not of the Hebraic definition of ‘atonement.’ What more proof do we need to show that the life of the new man is strictly the business of the Divinity when ‘purgeth’ is kathairo (ka-thai’-rō) means: ‘1. to purify. 2. (specially) to trim back from superfluous or dispensable growth (down to the essential). 3. (spiritually) to trim and purify?’ Those who misrepresent Jesus are the likes of Judas Iscariot, the heretic Simon Magnus and the rich man who denied the mendicant Lazarus a good life: they were removed, being useless.

                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!”     

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Righteousness (3)

In Jesus we become the righteousness of God (2Cor. 5:21)

(Continued from part two…)

3)            “I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness” [Romans 6:19]. The word ‘yield’ is paristemi (par-is’-tay-mee) (or prolonged paristano par-is-tan’-o): ‘1. to stand beside 2. (transitively) to exhibit, proffer 3. (specially) recommend 4. (figuratively) substantiate 5. (intransitively) to be at hand (or ready), aid.’ Righteousness is truly an exhibitory stand that substantiates your new life as a born again child of the Almighty. You are already saved. What is expected is your Godly exhibited stance. The ‘righteousness’ here is dikaiosunē and the ‘holiness’ is hagiasmos (hag-ee-as-mos’) defined by Thayer Definition as: ‘consecration, purification; the effect of consecration; sanctification of heart and life.’

                It is not our righteousness, as the Bible instructs in Ephesians 4:24, “And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true.” The verb ‘put on’ is enduo (en-doo’-o) ‘to invest with clothing.’ The adjective ‘new’ is kainos (kai-nos’) ‘new (especially in freshness);’ and ‘create’ is ktizo (ktid’-zo) ‘to fabricate, i.e. found (form originally).’ Righteousness is a toga, a state of being, as a matter of fact. It is a toga that remains ever fresh all because the eternal LORD keeps it an eternal reality. Jesus tells us in Matthew 5:6 “Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.” The truth is that one cannot hunger after these virtues without being born again.

“Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness” [2Peter 3:13]. Whose righteousness? God’s, of course! The word ‘dwelleth’ is the Greek katoikeo (kat-oi-ke’-ō): ‘to house permanently, i.e. reside.’ An inherent permanence of righteousness does not mark the ways of the present progenies of Adam. It was lost in Eden. If man, through the spiritual rejuvenation, finds in the soteriological package a Godly righteousness, it is most definitely, of the finished work of the Author of salvation -Jesus Christ. In the next 14th verse of 2Peter chapter 3, the writer mentions ‘without spot and blameless.’  

Someone may ask what it means to be ‘without spot and blameless,’ and whether it implies the loss of heavenly citizenry or not. It does not. Spots and blames rob one of crowns in heaven. 1Corinthians 3:12-15, Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; 13) Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. 14) If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. 15) If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.

                The righteous walk receives the crowns of gold, silver or precious stones; while that of unrighteousness is reduced to worthless ashes of the hay, wood and stubble. Verse 15 intimates of a loss and that nevertheless his salvation is a surety. It is a gift. The word of God says, For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance (Romans 11:29). ‘Gifts’ is charisma (khar’-is-mah) ‘1. a (divine) gratuity, i.e. deliverance (from danger or passion) 2. (specially), a (spiritual) endowment 3. (subjectively) religious qualification 4. (objectively) miraculous faculty.’ The abstract ‘calling’ is klesis (klay`-sis) 1. a calling 2. (specially) a divine calling 3. (figuratively) an invitation 4. (by extension) a name.’

The adjective ametameletos (am-et-am-el’-ay-tos) is the Greek for ‘without repentance,’ meaning: ‘irrevocable.’ Soteriology is firmly fashioned in absolute security, courtesy of Divine protocol. Apostles, pastors, evangelists, teachers (of the word) and prophets are called forever. I cannot read of any man of God who retired out of old age. When the Nigerian government tried to make an incursion into the ecumenism, it was Pastor E.A. Adeboye, head of the RCCG that unfortunately succumbed to that pressure by someone who (unfortunately still, a pastor of RCCG) that tried to enforce the ungodly incursion. In the same vain, an unregenerated soul, heeding the call to become a Christian, can never lose this new status of Divine Paternity of the Most High Jehovah. Amen!

THIS IS CHRISTIANITY. JESUS DIED TO BRING IT INTO REALITY.

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

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

  (…to be continued…)

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Righteousness (1)

The LORD Jesus, our righteousness.

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

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

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

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

God’s wondrous works

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

This cup is the New Testament in my blood

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

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

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

(…to be continued…)

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“…and under his wings shalt thou trust

CONJUGAL PALAVER (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!”

(Concluded)

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