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

God is irreproachable of Adamic fall

(Continued from part one…)

2)            “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning” [James 1:17]. Evil does not emanate from God. Remember that at the end of every day of creation God’s assessment was “good.” And a basking in the euphoria of divine accomplishment was the well-deserved rest of the first seventh day of this present world. The book of James 1:14 explains that, “But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.” The words ‘drawn away’ is exelkō (ex-el’-ko): ‘to drag forth, that is, (figuratively) to entice (to sin).’ Man, not God, is the true author of his evil predicament. “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” [Romans 6:23].

                Life eternal, ‘zoe’ in Greek, is attributable to God. The only way God can serve a death penalty is by a creative act of bârâ’ (create or call forth out of nothing). Evil is absolutely alien to God’s characteristic goodness. Death hides nowhere in Him, in whom was life; the life of which was the light of men [John 1:4]. God is the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world [John 1:9]. God definitely tries people; but He does not tempt anyone into destruction. James 1:13, “Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man.” While (from the Apostle’s teaching) the ‘temptation’ of verse 12 is peirasmos (pi-ras-mos’) –in this context- it is: ‘an experiment, attempt, trial, a putting to proof (by experiment [of good]),’ the ‘tempted’ of the 13th verse is: peirazō (pi-rad’-zo): ‘entice i.e. solicitation (to sin).’ Apostle James wants us to understand that peirasmos is a probatory act allowed by God for a reward e.g. Abraham and his trials (not temptations). Trials are meant to bring out the Godly best out of you, in the final analysis. Peirazō of verse 13, i.e., an enticement to sin, is never in God’s character. He will not bring an ineludible necessity to sinning on you. He will never be an accessory to any spiritual crime. Amen!

            Islam believes that the deterministic proclivity of God’s creationism had made Him to pen down what will eventuate in the life of every individual –destiny, they call it. The first question engendered by this belief is, were you there when the Creator was doing that (documentational preparation of your future earthly life)? Was anybody aware of it when an unpalatable omen was scribbled against his –about to live– life? Why would God decide that a particular man, before his parturition, must die peacefully; but for this woman before she was born, was tagged with a fatal death? Childlessness for some; others must live impecunious lives and die so. Whimsically giddy. God is not sadistic: for that is what necessitarianism (on the contrary) teaches concerning Divine operations.

            Divine documentation, kept in heaven, is believed to be in force, controlling every activity on terra firma. “In fact,” you will hear some people, “you did accent to every befalling predicament that was written concerning you (in heaven) before you came to the world.” Islam and its fatalism expects you to accept whatever happens. God, according to their fatalistic proclivity, is responsible for rape (it was written against your name after all –in heaven). Armed robbery, prostitution, backbiting, faithlessness etc. are God’s handiwork? What moral justification will He possess, after having planted these ills in man’s life, to sit in celestial adjudication? None! I am yet to come across any individual to testify of his heavenly existence before his eventual birth into our world. Adam and all of us, his descendants, began our lives here on earth. “Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me” [Psalm 51:5]. You cannot be fashioned in heaven and possess a sinful nature. The next scripture is Christ’s quotation, “Not that any man hath seen the Father, save he which is of God, he hath seen the Father” [John 6:46]. This deterministic dogmatism can never be from the mind of God. Satanism, most certainly, is its concoction.

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

THE LORD AS A RESISTER OF BALAAM

            Mohammedan necessitarianism has found a strong foothold in human philosophical existence such that fatalistic beliefs have taken complete control of man’s reasoning. Man forgets that his mentation is governed by only two external forces of good or evil (and never ever from the two: for Amos 3:3 quizzes, “Can two walk together, except they be agreed?”). Is Jehovah the author of moral evil? To most people, especially faithful Moslems, the Creator does all things both good and evil. How true is this philosophy?

            A scripture an unwary reader of the Bible is very likely to quote in an argumental defence is Isaiah 45:7 “I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things.” Does it not look so convincingly true that God Almighty should be very likely held responsible for these global evil acts? If, as He has by His very Self asserted, God formed, created and made these things He, from the English reading, will find it an impossibility to wriggle out of culpability! But to start with the gospel truth, God, the Creator can never be culpable of any evil. It is absolutely impossible.

                The Hebrew interpretations are the needed solutions to a pellucid understanding of Isaiah 45:7. The word ‘form’ is yâtsar (yaw-tsar’): ‘to mould into a form; especially as a potter; figuratively to determine (that is, form a resolution).’ Bârâ’ (baw-raw’) is the Hebrew for ‘create’ and it means: ‘to create, shape, form (out of nothing). ‘Make’ is ‛âśâh (aw-saw’): ‘to do, fashion, accomplish, make (out of an existing material’). The technicalities involved in these definitions bring the true import of God’s asseveration. Amen. Before I go into the exegesis of the subject let me delve into the historical background leading to this verse.

            The prophetic utterance of Isaiah began, in the first verse, with, “Thus saith the LORD to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have holden, to subdue nations before him; and I will loose the loins of kings, to open before him the two leaved gates; and the gates shall not be shut;” about one and a half centuries before King Cyrus came into being, to disabuse his religious belief concerning the true Supreme Being, Jehovah God. He, Jehovah, is the One who controls creation and not the ill-conceived Oriental belief which teaches that there are two coexistent Oromasden and Ahrimanen, ever struggling with each other, where Oromasden is the deity responsible for light or good, and Ahrimanen as the god who creates darkness or evil. God gave this prophecy to assert His sovereignty over both. 

          As the first Potter, God formed the sun and the radiation of it. God said that to prove His eternal supremacy over their universal veneration of Nimrod, the heathenish sun god, Baal. Of truth is the fact that the apprehended Truth is the Liberator (John 8:32)! ‘Make’ and ‘create’ are slightly different, technically. When God said, “I make peace,” the information is simply that He brought it out of Himself: the LORD God is an Existing Object. Is Jehovah not the epitome of peace? One of His names is the Prince of peace. In the creation of darkness it has to be called forth out of nothing, which the Greek Septuagint calls ex nihilo. “This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all” [1John 1:5]. Peace, the LORD God gives to His children, Israelites, contextually, and to Christians, by extension. It is for the same reason God must bârâ’ evil: to serve as punishment. Errors are attractions of negativity. Lucifer creates nothing.

            Why would God give a restrictive law of “But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die” [Genesis 2:17], if not to save them from the consequences of the negativity of erratic ill. Another prevalent truth stems from the facticity that Eden is God’s home; and rules must guard every abode, not forgetting that the entire earth is the LORD’s. God made us free moral agents as attested to in Genesis 2:16 “And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:” The same God expects us to follow His revealed will. Your refusal to honour His word will place you before His celestial assizes. God’s irreproachability, having told man what to do, is evident.

                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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UNFORGIVING JEHOVAH? (VI)

”Judas, betrayest thou the Son of man with a kiss?”

(…continued from part five…)

VI)         Judas was bent on this heinous mission of betrayal. I, honestly, do not see the reason why he should not have allowed table manners (since they were eating) to instruct him that wanting more money (having stolen from the ministry’s bag) is tantamount to gluttony, punishable by stoning, according to Divine Law of Moses. The incorrigibility stance of him had wedged stones in his dark heart to enable him to allow the reverberation of “but woe unto that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! it had been good for that man if he had not been born” in his Israelite mind.

Guilty of filthy lucre!

                The offending word ‘betray’ is paradidōmi (par-ad-id’-o-mee) which has a definition of: ‘to give a city or person into another’s hands, (according to Herodotus) esp. as an hostage, to deliver up, surrender, (Latin) dedere, (Herodotus), (Thucydides), etc.; also, with notion of treachery, to betray.’ Judas did not know that he was embarking on a treacherous escapade against the LORD, his God. The truth is that after Judas realized his wrong doing, the Bible says of him in Matthew 27:3 to have “repented himself” the Greek of which is metamellomai (met-am-el’-lom-ahee) meaning: ‘self-pity or regret;’ which is quite different from metanoeō (met-an-o-eh’-o) ‘to think differently or afterwards that is reconsider (morally to feel  compunction)’ of Matthew 3:2. Metanoeō or metanoia (met-an’-oy-ah) –of 2Peter 3:9– is the ‘repentance’ that leads to salvation.

But without faith it is impossible to please him (God): (Hebrews 11:6)

                Faithlessness and disobedience are opprobrious oppugnance to the persona of His awed Deity. These flaws of human proclivity prevent God from His providential role. To those who have been affected by the psyche of Satanism, it is an occasion to thank these human flaws which, according to their thinking, aid the calibration of God’s strength, ergo, His weakness as well. God? Weak!? It can only be a brew from the elements of turpitude! ‘Almighty’ in Greek is pantokratōr (pan-tok-rat’-ore) –which comes from pas (pas) ‘all, any, every, the whole’ & kratos (krat’-os): ‘force, strength;’– and it means: ‘he who holds sway over all things; the ruler of all.’ The opprobry of our faithlessness does not rob God of His dignity. It only informs Him of the choice of our moral agency. The LORD God is a Gentleman!

                The title ‘Almighty’ shows up 57 times in the Bible. 48 times in the Old Testament and 9 times in the New Testament (all begin with a capital letter) and each one is in connection with none other than JEHOVAH God. That any person will, from whatever perception, dump or smear the Living Jehovah God with the persona of asthenia is not only blasphemous and aberrational, it is a didacticism from the philosophical dyslogy of Satanism. As the Almighty, He does not just know all omnisciently, His nonpareil ubiquity is so phenomenal and His omnipotence is magnificently awe inspiring! How can any fool allow his audacity to trace even an infinitesimal debilitation to this God?

                The logical reasoning of fallen man will lead his dementia to a discovery of circumstantially known etiolated breach of God’s nonpareil power. They have no idea who the LORD God truly is. “It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers; that stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in: 23) That bringeth the princes to nothing; he maketh the judges of the earth as vanity” [Isaiah 40:22-23]. If doubt is an element of faith, as propounded by Tillich, it follows that God could probably had betrayed an element of doubt when creating the world by His faith! Beware of these misleading philosophers!  

                Verses 25 & 26 “To whom then will ye liken me, or shall I be equal? saith the Holy One. 26) Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who hath created these things, that bringeth out their host by number: he calleth them all by names by the greatness of his might, for that he is strong in power; not one faileth.” The erudition of the Old Testament prophet continues his writing in Isaiah 40:28-31 “Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding. 29) He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. 30) Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: 31) But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”

                God, from the above verses, is this great, powerful and omniscient yet He found it expedient to come to our world to save erring mankind! Pauline insight into Divine protocol scripts in Romans 5:8 pointing out that, But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. How unforgiving can God be? Selah!

Judas, you brought this on yourself!   

            Wash yourself clean from the original sin that takes one to hell for eternity. Get born again by saying 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!”  

(Concluded)

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UNFORGIVING JEHOVAH? (V)

Samson, the reckless Judge of Israel.

(…continued from part four…)

V)           If God had not an intention to use Samson to destroy Philistine, his office as a Judge in Israel would have been an absolute waste! Let us see what we have in Judges 14:3 “Then his father and his mother said unto him, Is there never a woman among the daughters of thy brethren, or among all my people, that thou goest to take a wife of the uncircumcised Philistines? And Samson said unto his father, Get her for me; for she pleaseth me well.” Samson had got it all wrong from day number one, if you ask me. A national revival did commence in Israel with the putting away of strange wives even to the inclusion of children born into such anomalous families in Ezra 10:3! That was done in conferment with Deuteronomy 7:3. Tragic was the end of Samson, of whom is the true historical recording of the world’s strongest individual ever.

David gripped by the lust of the flesh

                Did David not know what he was getting himself into? Part one of his evil deed is mentioned here: 2Samuel 11:2-4 And it came to pass in an eveningtide, that David arose from off his bed, and walked upon the roof of the king’s house: and from the roof he saw a woman washing herself; and the woman was very beautiful to look upon. 3) And David sent and enquired after the woman. And one said, Is not this Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite? 4) And David sent messengers, and took her; and she came in unto him, and he lay with her; for she was purified from her uncleanness: and she returned unto her house.”

“…and hast taken his wife to be thy wife…”

            This is part two of Davidic escapade. And it came to pass in the morning, that David wrote a letter to Joab, and sent it by the hand of Uriah. 15) And he wrote in the letter, saying, Set ye Uriah in the forefront of the hottest battle, and retire ye from him, that he may be smitten, and die” (2Sam 11:14-15). Whose deed would not face any trial? This is David’s. 2Samuel 12:9 Wherefore hast thou despised the commandment of the LORD, to do evil in his sight? thou hast killed Uriah the Hittite with the sword, and hast taken his wife to be thy wife, and hast slain him with the sword of the children of Ammon.”

 David, you’re guilty as charged!

            The consequence of every ill act is an attendant sentence. David’s are found in 2Samuel 12:10, “Now therefore the sword shall never depart from thine house; because thou hast despised me, and hast taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be thy wife;” and in 2Samuel 12:14 Howbeit, because by this deed thou hast given great occasion to the enemies of the LORD to blaspheme, the child also that is born unto thee shall surely die.” Guilty, most definitely, was David, as charged. His first act was against the law of Exodus 20:17 “Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour’s.”

Thou shalt not commit adultery -with Bathsheba

                Exodus 20:14 “Thou shalt not commit adultery.” David had carnal knowledge of Bathsheba, the legal wife of, not just another man, but a dutiful soldier, currently fighting for the glory of Israel, of which David is the king! Ironic! Exodus 20:13 says, Thou shalt not kill.” David wrote, edited and directed the plot that sniffed out the life of an innocent Uriah! Exodus 20:15, “Thou shalt not steal.” One of the definitions of ‘taken’ in 2Samuel 12:10, which is lâqach (law-kakh’) means ‘seize’ which implies the use of force. Sleeping with another man’s wife is nothing short of purloining. Murdering her husband with the intention of marrying her is theft as well.

His heart attitude was the bane of Judas’ destruction.

          The heart attitude of Judas, which he could not manage, destroyed him. Matthew 26:21-24 “And as they did eat, he said, Verily I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me.”  22)“And they were exceeding sorrowful, and began every one of them to say unto him, Lord, is it I? 23) And he answered and said, He that dippeth his hand with me in the dish, the same shall betray me. 24) The Son of man goeth as it is written of him: but woe unto that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! it had been good for that man if he had not been born.”

(…to be concluded…)

                Wash yourself clean from the original sin that takes one to hell for eternity. Get born again by saying 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!”

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UNFORGIVING JEHOVAH? (III)

(…continued from part two…)

III)        They (Zimri & Cozby of Numbers 25:6-15) lack the conduciveness of the comfortable love of God. They must be of Midian i.e. midyân (mid-yawn’) which means: ‘strife.’ Midian is the son of Abraham by Keturah and progenitor of the tribe of Midianites or Arabians defined as: ‘strife, contention, brawling’ the origin of which is a variation for mâdôn (maw-dohn’): ‘object of contention; a contest or quarrel.’ Take a good look at Quranic teachings of Islam and you will understand that the Arabian begotten Islam is in a contest, with the Bible, for the True God. To them, He is nothing but Allah, never JEHOVAH. Their Allah, the creator of determinism that involves intentionalism, from Quranic point, made sure that some people were created for hell fire torture! The Logos, Christ, secernates the Bible from the Qur’an.

Is this inscription not anti-Christianity? Where is the Islamic salaam (peace)?  

            A wise individual will often allow himself a rewarding dose of ratiocinatio. The wise one will not waste time in asking God for the forgiveness of all sins. Praise the Lord!

Lucifer wanted to be the forth in the Godhead!

                Lucifer stepped out of the boundary of mercy, when he led the first putsch against the rainbow administration of the LORD God. Before the celestial treasonable felony, Prophet Ezekiel made known what had transpired billions of years past: Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee (Ezekiel 28:15). Lucifer meant to raise an insurrection when the Bible recorded Revelation 12:4, And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven…” And to perfect his nefariousness, Revelation 12:7 & 8 say, And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, 8) And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. He earned hell for himself together with the evil fallen angels.

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Cain! Why? How many brothers were on earth?

                Cain stupidly rejected the LORD’s offer. The LORD God spoke to Cain like a good Father does. Genesis 4:6 And the LORD said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen? Cain, like Lucifer, his evil father, busied himself with too much sulking and would not give any respect to his Creator! If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him (Genesis 4:7). The words ‘doest well’ in Hebrew is yatab (yaw-tab’): ‘1. to be (causative) make well, literally (sound, beautiful) or figuratively (happy, successful, right).’ S‘eth (seh-ayth’) is the word for ‘be accepted’ and it means: ‘1. an elevation or leprous scab 2. (figuratively) elation or cheerfulness 3. exaltation in rank or character.’ Cain, how could you display such an egregious audacity before the LORD God, even the Creator?

                Cain would have had his firstborn rank reinstated only if he had followed divine protocol by offering the right sacrifice. ‘Sin,’ from this verse is chatta’ah (khat-taw-aw’) (or chattacth {khat-tawth’}) ‘1. an offence (sometimes habitual sinfulness), and its penalty, occasion, sacrifice, or expiation 2. (concretely) an offender.’ Chatta’ah comes from chata’ (khaw-taw’): ‘1. (properly) to miss 2. (hence, figuratively and generally) to sin 3. (by inference) to forfeit, lack, expiate, repent 4. (causatively) to lead astray, condemn.’ Sin offering, contextually, was all the Lord God was asking for to expiate his disobedience. The verb ‘lieth’ is rabats (raw-bats’): ‘1. to crouch (on all four legs folded, like a recumbent animal) 2. by implication, to recline, repose, brood, lurk, imbed.’ The animal that crouches on all fours is the sacrificial lamb or goat. Do you not have them in abundance, O! Cain!?

They were forewarned in Genesis 2:17

                Adam and his wife knew what was in store for them. Genesis 2:16, And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: The Hebrew for ‘commanded’ is tsavah (tsaw-vaw’) ‘1. (intensively) to constitute, enjoin.’ This constitution makes man a free moral agent. Absolute freedom is chaotic. A codicil comes to make Adam responsible for disobedience in Genesis 2:17, But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. Did he and his wife, Adam the female not know that they would be cutting their lives short by the disobedience? Satanic knowledge killed them.

                Pharaoh knew that the God of Moses could only be the Omnipotent Deity. Exodus 9:13 “And the LORD said unto Moses, Rise up early in the morning, and stand before Pharaoh, and say unto him, Thus saith the LORD God of the Hebrews, Let my people go, that they may serve me.” This is the Almighty God, the Creator. He had come to exercise His Almighty power over the mighty Pharaoh and his pantheons of Egyptian adoration. Pharaoh’s rejection of the True God was his destruction. Anyone who rejects the worship of Jehovah, is an Antichrist. Hell bound. The remaining verses were not threats. They served as soteriological evangelism to a heathen Pharaoh and the entire Egypt.

(…to be continued…)

                Wash yourself clean from the original sin that takes one to hell for eternity. Get born again by saying 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!”      

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UNFORGIVING JEHOVAH? (I)

“Had I known” has always come too late! Achan!

1)            “Oh yes! It’s perfectly clear to me that you’re such an unforgiving soul!” A wife vented her anger on her husband’s allusion to a past event. “You call yourself a Christian,” she resumed, “but won’t allow my brother the luxury of a teeny-weeny taste of forgiveness for what he did decades ago! Shame on you!” As far as the wife was concerned, “You are a deviation from your Father in heaven.” After moments of what she deemed a ratiocinative venture I heard her whisper, “Well, this God can be so unforgiving sometimes.”

Only eight souls survived the great Deluge

            He should have forgiven the pristine parents of Eden and used that occasion to shame the Devil. Should He not have manifestly appear in Person to warn the Antedeluvian Age of the impending annihilation? If He had shown that magnanimity He would not need come down to meet the Nimrod ruled world to remind them of what their grandparents told them about the deluge and its destruction. So many questions make man think he is or could be smarter than God. Why, ergo, would God choose the path of unforgiveness? Come to the scriptural voyage with me.

            In the book of Exodus 23:20-21 we read of His warning to Israel. 20)“Behold, I send an Angel before thee, to keep thee in the way, and to bring thee into the place which I have prepared. 21) Beware of him, and obey his voice, provoke him not; for he will not pardon your transgressions: for my name is in him.” This cannot be a created angel. No angel of creationism is vested with pardoning of transgressions in Scripture. This is Christ in His preincarnational walk with the work of His creation. He proved His absolvent equality with the Father in Luke 5:24, “But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power upon earth to forgive sins, (he said unto the sick of the palsy,) I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy couch, and go into thine house.” We understand from Scripture that “the Father is in me (Jesus), and I in him (Eternal Father) [John 10:38]; and these following verses are in agreement: John 10:30; John 14:11; John 14:20; John 17:11; John 17:21.

                Is Jehovah’s name in Christ? Yes! “Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am” [John 8:58]. ‘I AM’ is God’s title and here in the Book of John it is the Greek Ego Eime, the same as “I AM THAT I AM” of Exodus 3:14. All the names of God are telescoped into the name of Jesus. Remember “…All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth” of Matthew 28:18? When the same God proclaimed Himself He made it crystal clear in Exodus 34:6-7, “And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, 7) Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children’s children, unto the third and to the fourth generation.”

                This words cannot be that of Joshua as some believe, or from the praying lips of Moses as the Jerusalem Targum scripts and also as Vulgate Latin version puts it. The allusive prayer of Moses in Numbers 14:17-18, “And now, I beseech thee, let the power of my Lord be great, according as thou hast spoken, saying ……” is quite evident the proclamation is from Jehovah. He is merciful and forgiving but He will never condone any act of disobedience. The love of God is, of course, longsuffering but never eternal suffering. Disobedience is an affront to His persona. A classic example is the situation in Israeli camp.

            It is recorded in the Book of Numbers chapter 25 from verse 6 to the 15th. 6) “And, behold, one of the children of Israel came and brought unto his brethren a Midianitish woman in the sight of Moses, and in the sight of all the congregation of the children of Israel, who were weeping before the door of the tabernacle of the congregation.” This looks like a record breaking egregious affront!

The LORD, the LORD…forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin

            Verse 7 reads,“And when Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, saw it, he rose up from among the congregation, and took a javelin in his hand; 8) And he went after the man of Israel into the tent, and thrust both of them through, the man of Israel, and the woman through her belly. So the plague was stayed from the children of Israel. 9) And those that died in the plague were twenty and four thousand.” Phinehas did what the LORD God would have done to the audacity of his affront.

          Wash yourself clean from the original sin that takes one to hell for eternity. Get born again by saying 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 continued…)

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THE NEW SPIRITUAL SPECIES (three)

   “I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee” Hebrews 13:5

 (Continued from part two)

(3)          Christians are not just another race of people, we are so close to Him, the Most High, as closer as His next of kin. ‘Nation’ (from 1Peter 2:9) is ethnos (eth’-nos): ‘a race (as of the same habit), that is, a tribe.’

                Tell me what titillation envelopes you coming to the realisation that you and the Most High are of the same tribal group? This is the nationality of the new spiritual species. ‘Peculiar’ has two definitive words of: eis (ice): ‘into, unto, to, towards, for, among,’ and peripoiēsis (per-ee-poy’-ay-sis):’a preserving, a preservation, possession, one’s own property, an obtaining.’

 Christians are divinely called out species

            What is ‘peculiar’ saying? Christians are a people obtained as God’s possession: a preservation of His Divine delight. It actually gives you a picture of a circle with a dot inside the circle. You, the special species, are the dot. God is the circle. A divine hedge around you: His especial prized property. If the Lord does not open the circular hedge none can access you to harm you. Remember Job, the righteous man? I am His prized possession. Are you a born again Christian? An affirmative answer means you are God’s best possession. He has kept you in the best of glorious places: in Himself! Your peculiarity is a possession safely treasured in Divinity.

                Why do you think Pauline apostolic penmanship will read, “But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him” [1Corinthians 2:9]? When glorified, we will look better than angels. “Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is” [1John 3:2]. Jesus tells us in John 14:17, “Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.” If the Spirit of God the Father, and of God the Son has taken a residence in our spirit realm, on account of the fact that we are born again Christians, then we have an endowment of the mind of Christ.

                There should be no wonder why it is written, “Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life” [1Corinthians 6:3]? It amazes me when a whole lots of Bible teachers and pastors will say that the good works we do on earth provide the materials for the architectural construction of the celestial buildings of our heavenly habitation. They certainly do not understand the Scripture. They teach from the reading of the KJV Elizabethan English rendition. They forget that the Septuagint is in the Greek of the New Testament. Without the Hebrew understanding it is very difficult, if not impossible, to teach the Old Testament. John 14:2, “In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.” Shall we look at the Greek understanding of the key words? ‘House’ is oikia (oy-kee’-ah): ‘properly residence (abstractly), but usually (concretely) an abode (literally or figuratively); by implication a family (especially domestics).’ Oikia, in this context is strictly of the domestic family. Angels, to our scriptural knowledge are sons of God.          

Do angels have physical construction of houses (according to scriptures)? Monē (mon-ay’) is the Greek for ‘mansions’ and it means: ‘a staying, that is, residence (the act or the place).’ Monē is specifically ‘room or space, large, wide, wide-stretched,’ in this context. I once asked someone while explaining this, “Which is larger, the ‘house’ or the ‘mansion’ from our architectural understanding?” He answered, “Mansion.”

                Then followed my rhetoric, “How come the ‘mansion’ is inside the smaller ‘house’?” ‘Many,’ polus (pol-oos’) means ‘large, wide, wide-stretched (space).’ The ‘many mansions’ tells us of large room or space for all Christians. Topos (top’-os) is the Greek for ‘place’ which means: ‘a spot (generally in space, but limited by occupancy; topos is different from chōra (kho’-rah): [‘a region or country, i.e. a tract of land] is a larger but particular locality), that is, location (as a position, home, tract, etc.); figuratively condition, opportunity; specifically a scabbard.’

            John 14:3, “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.” Where exactly is the Topos of Jesus? Luke 22:69 has the answer. “Hereafter shall the Son of man sit on the right hand of the power of God.” This is our special Topos -the right hand of the Majesty. Amen!  

 “I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.”

                Get born again and be counted among the new species of humanity, say this prayer with all your heart, 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!” 

(Concluded)

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THE NEW SPIRITUAL SPECIES (two)

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  “…your life is hid with Christ in God” Colossians 3:3

(Continued from part one)

(2)          Not like the bulls, rams and lambs hitherto used in sacrificial exculpation, the expendability of which necessitated daily sanguinary butchered ritual for atonement, Jesus rose to live forever. That made the difference, soteriologically. At the pouring forth of the blood of the object of sacrifice in death, the sacrificant is absolved of the hanging judgment. The life of an innocent animal is exchanged for that of the sacrificing wrong doer. The dead animal is not recallable. When Jesus rose from the dead, the Eternal One, who is also the Holy One of Israel, came back from the dead to sniff out death from our essence. The Bible says, “we were quickened together with him:” for in so doing we rose never to die spiritually again, living as eternally as our Saviour, ‘who was, who is, and is to come. Amen!’ “O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out.” How many sins were forgiven? The Book of Colossians’ answer is, “All!”

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THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS (Jer. 23:6), “that we might be made the righteousness of God in him (2Corinthians 5:21).

            If the scriptural factuality is of 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;” does it not follow that the regenerated soul of a Christian is a spiritually brand new man? This word ‘new’ is the Greek kainos (kahee-nos’): ‘new (especially in freshness).’ Paul did not use neos or neōteros (neh’-os): ‘new, recently born, young, youthful, properly so with respect to age.’ This freshness is located in the spiritual silo or refrigeration of the eternal Christ Jesus. The newness of this freshness, coming from the throne of the Eternal Father, is definitely eternal!

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 “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature…”

                “For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation” [Romans 10:10]. The noun ‘righteousness’ is the Greek dikaiosunē (dik-ah-yos-oo’-nay): ‘a feminine noun which speaks specifically of (Christian) justification.’ The feminity stance makes our justification a proper Bride of the Righteous Lamb, who has sworn the oath of “I will never leave nor forsake thee.” Most definitely, our life, as His mystical body on terra firma, has its locale majestically in Christ, the Second Member of the Godhead. “When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory,” so says the word of God in Colossians 3:4, where ‘life’ is zoe, ‘God’s kind of life.’ The life of this new species cannot be lost, having its location in Christ, who continually takes care of it: for it is His own life! Amen!

            What does it say in Colossians 3:3? It reveals what the spiritual baptism does. “For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.” “Why,” if any should ask, “will God hide us doubly in Him and in Christ?” Eternal security! That is the answer. God would not trust any other but Him -Jesus. He does not want another careless blunder from an egregious stupidity displayed by the first Adam. “In him was life; and the life was the light of men” [John 1:4].

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“In him was life; and the life was the light of men”

                God made the absolutely best choice when He chose Jesus. He, most definitely, chose Himself when He chose to hide us in Jesus. Is Jesus not Emmanuel? “O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out.”  God did all of these marvellous deeds to ensure our eternal safety, knowing fully well that we, as free moral agents could disrupt His ineffable plan of salvation. We, as the new spiritual species, have, therefore, become too priceless; bought with the invaluable sinless blood of the Lamb of Jehovah.

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HIS ASCENSION ENGENDERED OUR FUTURE RAPTUROUS ASCENSION

          1Peter 2:9, “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light.” Amen. What is ‘chosen’? It is eklektos (ek-lek-tos’): ‘select; by implication favorite.’ What one does with and for a favourite belonging is what God does for and with us. When you have to discipline your body do you destroy it for whatever reason? I believe not. ‘Generation’ is genos (ghen’-os) meaning: ‘kindred or offspring.’ Christians are not just another race of people, we are so close to Him, the Most High, as closer as His next of kin. ‘Nation’ is ethnos (eth’-nos): ‘a race (as of the same habit), that is, a tribe.’

                Get born again and be counted among the new species of humanity, say this prayer with all your heart, 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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THE NEW SPIRITUAL SPECIES (one)

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 “…having forgiven you all trespasses…” Colossians 2:13

            Of what stunt am I expected to pull to perfect the finished toil of God as pertaining to the salvation of man? Being told of an engagement in a life-long work of morality to maintain my spiritual regeneration, doubtless, makes me the consummator of my salvation. The Christian soteriological stance is of eternal consequence (John 3:15, 16; 10:28). Do I have the capacity to containerise the essence of divine soteriology? Does theology imbue regeneracy with the power of sustenance, thereby, keeping my salvation as new as when the Author of salvation rose from the dead for my justification? What elbow grease can any Christian consummate to save himself from losing his spiritual regeneration? Having paid in full when He said, “It is finished,” how much am I still owing?  Selah!

           What did God do? He sowed Jesus as a seed faith to serve as the Divine mechanism for the regeneration of fallen Adam. Of course, Adam sinned to turn the perfection of day number six (where God said “very good” compared to “good” of days one to the fifth) into imperfection of mankind. All fell in Adam: the reason for a continual oblational act of exculpation. Then appeared Jesus. He died; the Just One. He rose to save all who would come to Him. Humanity perished in Adam, who could not save even himself. Jesus, on the other hand, rose to save, as the last Adam, and eternally too. The key of life is now in His divine hand. All Jesus had to do was to commit just one sin to plunge us back into hell bound sin. I thank God for His wisdom. “O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out” [Romans 11:33]!

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            The germination of Jesus bore fruits. They are called Christians -the new species of the creativity of Jehovah. Is there any crop that builds a silo for itself? Is it not the farmer who puts the valuable fruitfulness into the preserving silo? Jesus is the vine -the true vine. God the Father is the Husbandman who places the regenerated new species of creation into Christ, the Eternal Son, in whom is life -life eternal. As no man can save himself, no man can, as well, maintain this newness of spiritual life in Christ Jesus, who is the Author and Finisher of the saving faith. Amen!

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          Colossians chapter two is quite informative in this regard. Let us look at verse 13 which reads, “And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses.” The word ‘dead’ is nekros (nek-ros’): ‘From an apparently primary word νέκυς nekus (a corpse); dead (literally or figuratively.’ The next word ‘in,’ is en (en): ‘a primary preposition denoting (fixed) position (in place, time or state).’ ‘Sins’ is paraptōma (par-ap’-to-mah): ‘a side slip (lapse or deviation), that is, (unintentional) error or (wilful) transgression.’ Then we have ‘quickened together’ suzōopoieō (sood-zo-op-oy-eh’-o): ‘to reanimate conjointly with (figuratively).’ The word ‘with’ which is sun (soon) is ‘A primary preposition denoting union; with or together [but much closer than meta (met-ah’) denoting accompaniment; “amid” (local or causal) after, behind; or para (par-ah’) ‘from, of, at, by, besides, near], ‘that is, by association, companionship, process, resemblance, possession, instrumentality, addition, etc.’ Charizomai (khar-id’-zom-ahee) is the Greek for ‘forgiven’ and it is defined as: ‘to grant as a favor, that is, gratuitously, in kindness, pardon or rescue.’ We have ‘all’ which is pas (pas): ‘any, every, the whole.’ The word ‘trespasses’ is the same as the above paraptōma.

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 He is risen! Forgiven forever!

            From the definitions above, the natural man’s deadness has its locational state in sinfulness. Mankind, in his Adamic nature, is nothing but a walking cadaver. Now, for the gentile nation of Colosse, which had no partaking of the Divine circumcision treaty, they were ‘doubly dead.’ Having agreed with the sooth of John 3:3 “…Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God;” and had gone ahead with its Romans 10:9-10 actuation, a miracle which only God could perform occurred. His rise from the dead had established a reanimation of believing souls! Christ Jesus happens to be an eternal Being. From that eternity past the Trinity had resolved to save the Adamic race.

                Get born again and be counted among the new species of humanity, say this prayer with all your heart and 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 continued…)

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SATAN FELL BEFORE THE ETERNAL GOD (Revised) *2*

 WORSHIP: SATAN’S UNHOLY CRAVE

*2*            Adam did not understand that Lucifer was merely extending his apocalyptic judgment upon him and the entire humanity when he came to show the woman how to become God. Even till this very day, people hardly know how steep into an apocalyptic end they are being hounded into as they vote an emphatic, “Yes,” to Satanism. The doomed guy has done his perfect homework, or rather his covin work, with the sole intention of derailing man’s destiny of actuating godliness. “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness,” is the revelatory word of the Scripture.

 I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven

            I know that he knew his doom was a certainty from the word of God. Luke 10:18, And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven;” was the revelation of Jesus. In John 16:11, the Lord said, Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged. ‘Is judged,’ grammatically, is in the perfect tense, therefore, Satan’s judgment is a foregone conclusion. Revelation 12:12 reveals, Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time. Satanism is an attempt to give dividends of doom to the inhabitants of the terra firma. Lucifer is an evil genius. A calculating nocent, who leaves no stone unturned in his deleterious proclivity.

Thou wast perfect in thy ‘light bearing’ ways…

            Remember the things Ezekiel 28:15 told us? He was ‘perfect’ at his creation. God did not make an evil being. He decided to be so, against God’s design. This is why he had successfully deceived billions of intelligent beings. He exhibits fallacy of ‘perfection.’ Satan’s ‘ways’ are no longer God’s ways. He has suffered a spiritual derailment. Anyone who follows him runs into derailment. He has been able to chart a lifestyle of delusion for his followers. He has kept them in the gulag of his religions.

            God said, “till iniquity was found in thee,” making Lucifer the man of ‘iniquity’ which, in Hebrew, is ‛evel (eh’-vel): ‘(moral) evil, injustice, unrighteousness; wrong.’ Lucifer, in his garb of unrighteousness, dared to look at, and challenged, the holiness of the One who sits on the throne, Judgment fell upon his stiff-necked penchant.

Now an angel of doom: who was once the light bearer.

                In conclusion, Satan’s fall was before an eternal ‘Ĕlôhı̂ym, so, expectedly, his doom must, as adjudication should have it, be eternal. Dolorously, Lucifer has no second chance to latch on to. No angel has that spiritual luxury bestowed on him at creationism. Lucifer behaved like no true son of Jehovah. Bastardy. How could he walk before God, capped in sheer expropriatory audacity? Usurpation. To even think he could, with the third angelic host, expugn heaven is crazy. Procacious! Lucifer, you cannot be worshipped as God. You do not go by the epithetic, “who was, who is, and is to come.” Jesus is truly so: for “And he is before all things, and by him all things consist” [Colossians 1:17]. The verb ‘is,’ esti (es-tee’), means: ‘Third person singular present indicative of Eime –the AM of God name, ‘I Am’– he (she or it) is; also (with neuter plural) they are.’ Esti, in this sense, is not about a being of creation. It speaks of ‘existence.’ The preposition ‘before’ is pro (pro) ‘fore, that is, in front of, prior (figuratively superior) to.’ This esti of Jesus is from eternity. None, save God, can claim to have an eternal existence.

                It also says of Him, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” [John 1:1]. ‘Beginning’ is archē (ar-khay’), meaning: ‘origin or commencement.’ Every ‘was’ of this verse is ēn (ane): ‘an imperfect tense of Eime; I (thou, etc.) was (wast or were).’ His being had been before creation and still remains so till eternity to come. So, what do we have here? “In the beginning” means: ‘before the origin or commencement of all time and created existence.’ Did the Word not give it (creation) being? Simply put, the time involved here is from all eternity. Jesus has all authority to claim deity; He, it was, who was involved in the ineffable kenoō of Philippians 2:7, “But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:”

                If the Bible says ‘form of a servant,’ it presupposes that He was, in truth, not a servant. The words ‘made’ and ‘reputation’ are of the same Greek, kenoō (ken-o’-o) ‘to make empty, that is, (figuratively) to abase, neutralize, falsify.’ Jesus emptied Himself of Deity! If not, who could had accosted Him, the Lord of glory, and arrested Him for judgment, flogging and the eventual crucifixion? If He had not kenoō Himself there would be no soteriological expectation!

           Thankfully, Adamic progeny has been graced with a second chance. Let him sin against God a million times; the million and first transgression that brings you before HIM becomes your 2nd chance. No angel was this fortunate!

                Be wise. Get Jesus involved in your life. Get born again. In all sincerity 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!” 

(Concluded)

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