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A study on Grace and a warning about doctrines

God and the word of His grace…builds up and gives an inheritance

Acts 20:32~

And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified.

2Peter 1:2~

Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord,

Colossians1:5,6~

5 For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof ye heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel;

6 Which is come unto you, as it is in all the world; and bringeth forth fruit, as it doth also in you, since the day ye heard of it, and knew the grace of God in truth:

 

It is the gospel of Christ.

Acts 20:24~

But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.

 

Jesus Christ is the gift of salvation by God’s grace.

Romans 5:15~

But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many.

Titus 2:11~

For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,

 

 

By it we are saved through faith.

Romans 5:2~

By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

Ephesians 2:8~

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

 

 

Its not by ourselves… so be thankful giving glory to God

1Corinthians 1:4~

 I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ;

2Corinthians 4:15~

 For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God.

2Thessalonians 1:12~

 That the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and ye in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

Doctrines VS Grace according to God:

Hebrews 13:9~

Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines. For it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace; not with meats, which have not profited them that have been occupied therein.

 

Living under the grace of God as seen upon Jesus Christ as a child.

Luke 2:40~

And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him.”

It is an on going event.

Acts 13:43~

Now when the congregation was broken up, many of the Jews and religious proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas: who, speaking to them, persuaded them to continue in the grace of God.

Acts 14:26~

And thence sailed to Antioch, from whence they had been recommended to the grace of God for the work which they fulfilled.

Acts 15:40~

And Paul chose Silas, and departed, being recommended by the brethren unto the grace of God.

 

It can be seen.

Acts 11:23~of Barnabas upon seeing the brethren in Antioch…

Who, when he came, and had seen the grace of God, was glad, and exhorted them all, that with purpose of heart they would cleave unto the Lord.

 

It BUILDS UP…to bring forth fruit.

Colossians 1:6~

Which is come unto you, as it is in all the world; and bringeth forth fruit, as it doth also in you, since the day ye heard of it, and knew the grace of God in truth:

 

IT BUILDS UP… the Body of Christ.

1Corinthians 3:10~

According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.

Ephesians 3:7~

Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power.

2Corinthians 8:1~

Moreover, brethren, we do you to wit of the grace of God bestowed on the churches of Macedonia;

It BUILDS UP… by our testimony – We testify by it with simplicity and godly sincerity, not by fleshly wisdom

2Corinthians 1:12~

For our rejoicing is this, the testimony of our conscience, that in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom, but by the grace of God, we have had our conversation in the world, and more abundantly to you-ward.

Ephesians 3:2~

If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward:

1Peter 5:12~

By Silvanus, a faithful brother unto you, as I suppose, I have written briefly, exhorting, and testifying that this is the true grace of God wherein ye stand.

 

It is a blessing we can pass on to others.

Romans 1:7~

To all that be in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Romans 16:20~

And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.

2Corinthians 9:14~

And by their prayer for you, which long after you for the exceeding grace of God in you.

2John 1:3~

Grace be with you, mercy, and peace, from God the Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love.

1Peter 1:2~

Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied.

 

Consider others in the measure of faith that God has given them at this season as you have and had in days past. Lest ye be defiled by the root of bitterness growing troubles by living ignorantly.

Romans 12:3~

For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.

Romans 15:15~

Nevertheless, brethren, I have written the more boldly unto you in some sort, as putting you in mind, because of the grace that is given to me of God,

Hebrews 12:15~

Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled;

Its not to be taken in vain

1Corinthians 15:10~

But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.

2Corinthians 6:1~

We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain.

Galatians 2:21~

I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.

Hebrews 10:29~

Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?

 

The 3 bear witness to this- Grace of Jesus Christ, Love of God, and Communion of the Holy Ghost:

2Corinthians 13:14~

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen. The second epistle to the Corinthians was written from Philippi, a city of Macedonia, by Titus and Lucas.

1Thessalonians 1:1;5~

1 Paul, and Silvanus, and Timotheus, unto the church of the Thessalonians which is in God the Father and in the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.

5 For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance; as ye know what manner of men we were among you for your sake.

 

We should be good stewards of God’s grace.

1Peter 4:10~

As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.

 

God gives grace to the humble. He will perfect, establish, strengthen and settle you after the time of suffering. Jesus being the perfect example.

1Peter 5:5~

Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.

1Peter 5:10~

But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.

Hebrews 2:9~

But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.

 

Warning about grace converters – subtle ungodly men

Jude 1:4~

For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.

Light ‘OF’ the world VS light ‘IN’ the world

Jesus Christ  is the light OF the world

John 8:12~

¶ Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

John 9:5~

As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.

John 12:46~

I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness.

 

Being IN the world, a true child of God desires to be a light IN the world and not be part of its darkness

Philippians 2:15~

That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;

Our calling as believers…

Ephesians 5:7-14~

8 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.

11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.

12 For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret.

13 But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light.

14 Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.

…to take the light of Christ to the world and glorify our Father in Heaven.

Matthew 5:14-16~

14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.

15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.

16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

 

My understanding – This light is not our own nor of any man, it is from God by His Son Jesus Christ, glorify God as His light shines on men.

The Lord’s Guide to Prayer

If you are a professing true Christian and a follower of Jesus Christ, this is how Jesus himself tells us about how one should pray, so no matter what they tell you abide by these…

Matthew 6:5-8~

5 And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.

6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.

7 But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.

8 Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.

With the guide, He even gave us the model prayer to follow:

next verses 9-13~

9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.

10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

11 Give us this day our daily bread.

12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

He reiterates the forgiveness part in verses 14 and 15:

14 For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:

15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

 

God VS Idols

There is only one God. His only image is Jesus Christ His Son.

Colossians 1:14~20

14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:

15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:

16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:

17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.

18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.

19 For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;

20 And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.

The other images and statues and pictures are of imposters, stay away from them. see Jeremiah 10:1~16

1 Hear ye the word which the LORD speaketh unto you, O house of Israel:

2 Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them.

3 For the customs of the people are vain: for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe.

4 They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not.

5 They are upright as the palm tree, but speak not: they must needs be borne, because they cannot go. Be not afraid of them; for they cannot do evil, neither also is it in them to do good.

6 Forasmuch as there is none like unto thee, O LORD; thou art great, and thy name is great in might.

7 Who would not fear thee, O King of nations? for to thee doth it appertain: forasmuch as among all the wise men of the nations, and in all their kingdoms, there is none like unto thee.

8 But they are altogether brutish and foolish: the stock is a doctrine of vanities.

9 Silver spread into plates is brought from Tarshish, and gold from Uphaz, the work of the workman, and of the hands of the founder: blue and purple is their clothing: they are all the work of cunning men.

10 But the LORD is the true God, he is the living God, and an everlasting king: at his wrath the earth shall tremble, and the nations shall not be able to abide his indignation.

11 Thus shall ye say unto them, The gods that have not made the heavens and the earth, even they shall perish from the earth, and from under these heavens.

12 He hath made the earth by his power, he hath established the world by his wisdom, and hath stretched out the heavens by his discretion.

13 When he uttereth his voice, there is a multitude of waters in the heavens, and he causeth the vapours to ascend from the ends of the earth; he maketh lightnings with rain, and bringeth forth the wind out of his treasures.

14 Every man is brutish in his knowledge: every founder is confounded by the graven image: for his molten image is falsehood, and there is no breath in them.

15 They are vanity, and the work of errors: in the time of their visitation they shall perish.

16 The portion of Jacob is not like them: for he is the former of all things; and Israel is the rod of his inheritance: The LORD of hosts is his name.

Worshiping idols and images is utterly useless and vain. Some are still willingly ignorant about this, even kissing the idols that they worship. If only they read and study the Word of God.

Hosea 13:2~

And now they sin more and more, and have made them molten images of their silver, and idols according to their own understanding, all of it the work of the craftsmen: they say of them, Let the men that sacrifice kiss the calves.

The true identity of these ‘gods’:

Deuteronomy 32:16-18~

16 They provoked him to jealousy with strange gods, with abominations provoked they him to anger.

17 They sacrificed unto devils, not to God; to gods whom they knew not, to new gods that came newly up, whom your fathers feared not.

18 Of the Rock that begat thee thou art unmindful, and hast forgotten God that formed thee.

also 1Corinthians 10:19-21~

19 What say I then? that the idol is any thing, or that which is offered in sacrifice to idols is any thing?

20 But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils.

21 Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table, and of the table of devils.

The enemy’s game in doing this is to make blind the lost – see 2 Corinthians 4:4~

In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

 

Seeking and Finding God

Seeking and Finding God: 
WHEN? – Early
Proverbs 8:17~

” I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me.”

HOW? – With all your heart and soul…

Jeremiah 29:13~

“And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.”

also Deuteonomy 4:29~

“But if from thence thou shalt seek the LORD thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul.”

…And with prayer and supplications, with fasting and sackloth and ashes (describes a humbled spirit)…

see Daniel 9:3~

“And I set my face unto the Lord God, to seek by prayer and supplications, with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes:”

WHY Seek God?

WHY? because you need Him… 

Psalms 63:1~

“A Psalm of David, when he was in the wilderness of Judah. O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is; “

WHY? because God pardons those who have hearts ready to seek Him… 

2 Chronicles 30:18-20~

18 “For a multitude of the people, even many of Ephraim, and Manasseh, Issachar, and Zebulun, had not cleansed themselves, yet did they eat the passover otherwise than it was written. But Hezekiah prayed for them, saying, The good LORD pardon every one
19 That prepareth his heart to seek God, the LORD God of his fathers, though he be not cleansed according to the purification of the sanctuary.

20 And the LORD hearkened to Hezekiah, and healed the people.”

WHY? because it changes you… 

2Chronicles 34:3~

“For in the eighth year of his reign, while he was yet young, he began to seek after the God of David his father: and in the twelfth year he began to purge Judah and Jerusalem from the high places, and the groves, and the carved images, and the molten images.”

WHY? because there is a reward… 

Psalms 69:6~

“Let not them that wait on thee, O Lord GOD of hosts, be ashamed for my sake: let not those that seek thee be confounded for my sake, O God of Israel.”

Psalm 69:32~

“The humble shall see this, and be glad: and your heart shall live that seek God.”

WHY? because its the best decision to make… 

1Chronicles 28:9~

“And thou, Solomon my son, know thou the God of thy father, and serve him with a perfect heart and with a willing mind: for the LORD searcheth all hearts, and understandeth all the imaginations of the thoughts: if thou seek him, he will be found of thee; but if thou forsake him, he will cast thee off for ever.”

also 2Chronicles 15:13~

“That whosoever would not seek the LORD God of Israel should be put to death, whether small or great, whether man or woman.”

Seek God with all your heart  and soul right now!

Biblical testimony of why KJV is the authentic word of God

It is necessary and in fact very critical to read about the King James Only issue as it pertains to the food for your spirit. Its like food for the body, there’s a good reason why you don’t eat rotten food or poison as you know its harmful to your health. Similarly, the food for our spirit should be pure, free from leaven – untainted, un-mingled with worldly influence and man’s doctrines and ideologies. It should be free from the corruption of unclean hands and poisonous lies intentionally put in by evil men with worldly, corrupt  and wicked agendas. For we know they have subtly “crept in unawares” since the early beginnings. This is why we need to be aware of what we read and decide which bible to put our trust on.

First of all, God is able to preserve His word and so we have it now with us, just as our forefathers always had it before…

see Psalm 12:6-7~

 6 The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.

7 Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.

Where to expect its going to come from?

Acts 11:26~

“And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.”

Who may we expect to publish it?

Psalm 68:11~

“The Lord gave the word: great was the company of those that published it.”

Fact#1: there’s a huge amount of manuscripts supporting the textus receptus (TR) which came from Antioch, the indicator of true bible nesting grounds, the word ‘Christian’ being coined for the first time there. The KJV is derived from that same TR text. The preservation of the texts and the multitude of identical works are indeed witnessing with each other the fulfillment of the promise of God to preserve His word forever.

Fact#2:  The Authorized King James Version has survived for 400 years since its release in 1611. It was the era where the English language was reaching its grandure, a time of literature in its peak. Later, some of the original old English words’ spellings would change though the form and essence of the words themselves and their meanings remain the same, preserved all through the centuries.  Being the last major English translation that came directly from the uncorrupted text, it is witnessed by not only a handful but many collaborating translations before it (after being meticulously stripped of all the denominational and political nuances that they previously carried), the translators stuck to only the exact word meanings of the then existent manuscripts and set aside the various political influences from corrupting the very text. This purification of the words and the preservation of its true equivalence to the text has been wrought to provide us with the pure word of God in English. And this Bible never changed, it never contradicted itself, never proven wrong and yes, the same word meanings are still relevant today. Why settle for the newer ones coming out in the modern day which are heavily stained by contradictions, errors and raise doubts about the purity of its translators not to mention its source. Here’s an eye opener – the Authorized King James version or AKJV is the only one that will stand out against the rest of the modern translated bibles combined -on issues that deal with: the Diety of Christ, the Identity of the devil, the path to Salvation and the presence of the Spirit of God in it.

Simple tests: compare the all other bibles with the AKJV on these verses (from OT to NT)-

  1. Test of the identity of the fourth person in the Fiery Furnace: Daniel 3:25: “He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.” the modern bibles have “…son of the gods…” but even ol’ Neb knew who the fourth person was… next verse (26 ) says “Then Nebuchadnezzar came near to the mouth of the burning fiery furnace, and spake, and said, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, ye servants of the most high God, come forth, and come hither. Then Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, came forth of the midst of the fire.” Don’t ever let the critics tell you Nebuchadnezzar didn’t know better who Jesus was, he very well did.
  2. Test of the identity of the one who fell from Heaven: Isaiah 14:12: “How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! ” on the other hand, the other bibles did 2 things- 1.) hide Satan by removing his name ‘Lucifer’ and 2.) put in ‘Day Star’ something that is attributed to Jesus Christ in 2Peter 1:19: “We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: ” talk about double jeopardy on this one!
  3. Test of having the true Spirit of God in it: 1John 4: “2 Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: 3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.” Here the other bibles remove “come in the flesh” in the verse that describes the spirit of antichrist. Devious but they shot themselves on the foot, I guess they cant help admitting it. You don’t have to go to bible school to figure out which bible has the true Spirit of God.
  4. Test of the way to Salvation: Acts 8:37: “And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.” The other bibles just gutted this out of its pages, why??? this is the very salvation of our souls! the only thing that really matters.
  5. Test of the Bible being inspired by God thru holy men: 2Peter 1:21:  “For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.” In other versions, the ‘holy’ in holy men is gone, these other bibles were done by, logically speaking, un-holy-men.

Fact#3: The oldest publishing house and oldest university press still in existence today is Cambridge. These are the same folks who carry the corrected, shall we say, more exact typography (no mistakes, proper spelling, all correct text) of the King James Bible. Get the Pure Cambridge Edition of the KJV. The acid test include the following verses:

1. “or Sheba” not “and Sheba” in Joshua 19:2
2. “sin” not “sins” in 2 Chronicles 33:19
3. “Spirit of God” not “spirit of God” in Job 33:4
4. “whom ye” not “whom he” in Jeremiah 34:16
5. “Spirit of God” not “spirit of God” in Ezekiel 11:24
6. “flieth” not “fleeth” in Nahum 3:16
7. “Spirit” not “spirit” in Matthew 4:1
8. “further” not “farther” in Matthew 26:39
9. “bewrayeth” not “betrayeth” in Matthew 26:73
10. “Spirit” not “spirit” in Mark 1:12
11. “spirit” not “Spirit” in Acts 11:28
12. “spirit” not “Spirit” in 1 John 5:8

The unimaginable Greatness of God

Among some of the ‘mysterious’ verses of the Bible, this one has been part of many debates that usually come in creation VS evolution circles and so it is indeed a curious verse that can be interpreted in ways that can either become an enlightenment or a point of confusion (much have been attributed to the latter).

I have proven to myself through the years that I have been reading the word of God, that His word is without error and learned that God reveals His message in season. I hope to share this for the verse in question: 2Peter 3:8

“But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.”

If you notice, the above statement comes as a warning. It is important that we be not ignorant of this truth that our one day is as a thousand years with the Lord and similarly so it implies, a thousand years is a mere day to Him.

I call this verse with the preceding verses from 1-7 as – the “unimaginable Greatness of God”.

You see our one day’s worth of events, seems like a thousand years to God in our perspective – seeing the works of His hands in a lot of details just to get though one day. We sometimes observe it or even ponder about how our day unfolded, but mind you we miss a whole lot of things going on in the background without our awareness they’re even taking place. Think about the workings of each sub atomic particles in our cells, to the movement of blood in our veins, the functioning of our organs, to the processing of information of our brains which forms our minds, senses, etc.; to the digestion of the food we eat, air flow through inhaling and exhaling, the growing of tiny hairs on our skin. Then think about each visible and invisible creatures in and outside our body – the single and multi-celled organisms in the water and the airborne ones, even the reproductive cells and symbiotic organisms, their systems are so complex. Think about the earth’s atmosphere, the weather cycles, , the laws of Physics working with consistency and rhythm, the unchanging cycles of this world. Every event that happens in a day of this life cannot be explained in a day, not even a few years. In our own body, we haven’t figured out a lot of things yet, let alone the rest of everything outside it, even this understanding is a gift from God.

Ecclesiastes 8:17~

“Then I beheld all the work of God, that a man cannot find out the work that is done under the sun: because though a man labour to seek it out, yet he shall not find it; yea farther; though a wise man think to know it, yet shall he not be able to find it.”

Maybe these things don’t matter or are unimportant to you. But either way, we practically cannot fathom the vastness of our world let alone the greatness of the Creator. Think about the planets and the stars and the galaxies and the universe. All in one day, God makes their little events happen all in harmony and balance. 

Tomorrow, we can only hope that things will go on as we perceive it. If we were in our right minds, we’d pray that God continues to be gracious to us in each day. Don’t ever forget that apart from the physical, He works in each of us by rearing us to maturity in the faith, helping us along the way, to understand His ways, dealing with our struggles, our disobedience, disciplining us when we become boastful and proud. By His mercy and grace , He leads us to salvation and we live and have our being. With His patience, He bears our lack of faith in spite of the many times we’ve proven Him over and over. We still fall by our disobedience to His will. Relying in the futility of our efforts to please Him, we stumble. He has longsuffering and love for us.

This is the God we serve.  Don’t you think we need to surrender to Him everything and believe in Him, depend on Him. Afterall, He’s the one who decides when all of these goodness will come to an end. In the end of our day, we realize only God  can do all these things. In the beginning, He created everything. In six days he did. To us it seems thousands of years. That’s truly how great God is and we haven’t even scratched the surface.

P.S. You know its funny as others think it even took billions of years:)

P.S.#2 – Conversion exercise: since 1 day =1000 yrs. and being that God made everything in 6 days before he ‘rested’, now the earth is 6,000 yrs old; maybe this work is also close to being completed and “God’s rest” is finally coming pretty soon and we are being reminded about this. See the whole scripture lesson below:

2Peter 3:1-8~

1 This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; in both which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance:

2 That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour:

3 Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,

4 And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.

5 For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:

6 Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:

7 But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.

8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.

God bless your soul today. In Jesus Christ’s name, Amen.

What Prosperity?

When I was brought back from my own Egypt, or land of bondage, when my eyes have just been opened to the truth of God’s word and His ways and being led by the Holy Spirit in the renewal of my mind, this has been one of the things that I have heard other brethren in Christ talk about and have even been at one point convinced of the doctrine of prosperity in this life. Unknowing babes in Christ are the primary victims to this false gospel. But subtle as it is, we are warned to stay away from this doctrine. Clearly in His word, God has taught us the simplicity of Christ and so follow Him instead of being distracted by the vain imaginings of people corrupting the word of God as these are the very same teachings from the synagogue of satan (Rev 2:9). Dear follower of Christ beware!

Lets go back to Matthew 23:23~ 26, Jesus’ rebuke of the Pharisees being hypocrites focusing on the outward physical things rather than the weightier inward ones which are the spiritual things. In verse 23 it tells us that the law (Love God and your fellowmen – both embodied in the ten commandments), judgement (by God for unbelievers) , mercy (God’s gift of Christ) and faith (in Jesus Christ as we wait for His coming) are what matters most. Mathew 23…

23 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier [matters] of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.

24 [Ye] blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel.

25 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess.

26 [Thou] blind Pharisee, cleanse first that [which is] within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also.

Then we have 1 Timothy 6 exposing the heresy of the Prosperity Gospel teaching.

First, God’s will for us is to be humble and work well under our masters, honoring them, giving no reason for God’s name and doctrine to be blasphemed. Moreso those masters that are brethren in Christ. This makes me wonder who really controls the worker’s unions?

1 . Let as many servants as are under the yoke count their own masters worthy of all honour, that the name of God and [his] doctrine be not blasphemed.

2 And they that have believing masters, let them not despise [them], because they are brethren; but rather do [them] service, because they are faithful and beloved, partakers of the benefit. These things teach and exhort.

Clearly its stated in 1Timothy 6 the devisings of the enemy about this matter of seeking “a better life now” through prosperity in this earthly life.

3 If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, [even] the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness;

4 He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings,

5 Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.

The false doctrine – “having gain is godliness”. These two are never related to each other. Very clear is the instruction – withdraw thyself from it.

God’s definition of great gain :

6 . But godliness with contentment is great gain.

7 For we brought nothing into [this] world, [and it is] certain we can carry nothing out.

8 And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.

Godliness which is filling your spirit with the word of God and doing what it says being renewed by it every day, and being content with what you have is great gain. BIG difference!

Here is the pitfall of being rich with material possessions:

9 But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and [into] many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.

10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

Instead of getting caught up with this distraction of the enemy and feeding your soulish, fleshly desires, seek the Lord and His righteousness

11 But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.

12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.

Remember Mathew 3

33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day [is] the evil thereof.

Let no man tell you otherwise, thus saith the Lord.

Back to the Roots of the Law?

I have been bothered in my heart about a certain wave of doctrine that promotes one sounding much like ‘works salvation’. It preaches about being right with God by keeping the old Law, venturing back to supposed Hebrew origins to be able to comply to the ‘real way’ of worship and service. Mostly focuses on the Jewish traditions and the old culture where the use of words in the original tongue, practice of rites and rituals are the highlights of this movement. This message is a warning to anyone getting caught up in this, Read Romans 2 below. In my study, I have broken it up into sections for its context and application.

1.) First, a warning about judging others: the key is – having seen God’s goodness to us (the fact that we are still alive today), we should repent for our own sins, for God will judge everyone and there is no escape. verses 1~6

1 Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things.

But we are sure that the judgment of God is according to truth against them which commit such things.

And thinkest thou this, O man, that judgest them which do such things, and doest the same, that thou shalt escape the judgment of God?

Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?

But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God;

Who will render to every man according to his deeds:

2.) Scripture explains the way of God’s Judgement: The Good choice and the Bad choice – Verses 7~11

To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life:

But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath,

Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile;

10 But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile:

11 For there is no respect of persons with God.

Notice in God’s eyes, we are all equal, though it is also written, “judgement begins in the house of God”. if you claim to know God and His commands, the more will be asked of you.

‘The Law’ is a set of rules given by God to His chosen people in the desert after rescuing them out from the land of bondage. He gave it through Moses in the Old Testament – this was the 10 Commandments and the ordinances that came with it.

3.) We find the explanation about the law covering even those who did not know the Mosaic laws themselves, because there is a New law that God put in the hearts of men… verses 12~15

12 For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law;

13 (For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.

14 For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves:

15 Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;)

4.) Everyone (Jews and non-Jews) who boasts in “keeping the law” beware. verses 16~27:

16 In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel.

17 Behold, thou art called a Jew, and restest in the law, and makest thy boast of God,

18 And knowest his will, and approvest the things that are more excellent, being instructed out of the law;

19 And art confident that thou thyself art a guide of the blind, a light of them which are in darkness,

20 An instructor of the foolish, a teacher of babes, which hast the form of knowledge and of the truth in the law.

21 Thou therefore which teachest another, teachest thou not thyself? thou that preachest a man should not steal, dost thou steal?

22 Thou that sayest a man should not commit adultery, dost thou commit adultery? thou that abhorrest idols, dost thou commit sacrilege?

23 Thou that makest thy boast of the law, through breaking the law dishonourest thou God?

24 For the name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles through you, as it is written.

25 For circumcision verily profiteth, if thou keep the law: but if thou be a breaker of the law, thy circumcision is made uncircumcision.

26 Therefore if the uncircumcision keep the righteousness of the law, shall not his uncircumcision be counted for circumcision?

27 And shall not uncircumcision which is by nature, if it fulfil the law, judge thee, who by the letter and circumcision dost transgress the law?

The Law never excused anyone, there are tons of examples in the Old Testament about people who died for disobeying the Law. A lot of those cases where it involved Jews only had to disobey once and they’re gone. Why would we think it would excuse us now?

5.) God’s true people are the Jew in heart: see the rest of it (verses 28~29)…

28 For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh:

29 But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.

In the end, God is not mocked. He knows your heart. He knows every desire. When you do these things, who is glorified? If its not God, then it all ends up in vanity. Be careful not to stumble and know also that there are terrible ‘woes’ about causing others to stumble in their walk of faith.

Seek righteousness by faith, see Romans 9:31~32

31 But Israel, which followed after the law of righteousness, hath not attained to the law of righteousness.

32 Wherefore? Because they sought it not by faith, but as it were by the works of the law. For they stumbled at that stumblingstone;

“Not of works, lest any man should boast.” Ephesians 2:9

A Choir for the Lord – Ministering Grace to the hearers

One can read through the Bible and easily miss this part of David’s preparation of the choir for God’s temple. But while reading God’s message on the 12th day of May this year – I Chronicles chapter 25, I find that there is a profound learning behind the mere appointment of Asaph, Heman and Jeduthun.

1 Chronicles 25:1~7;

1 Moreover David and the captains of the host separated to the service of the sons of Asaph, and of Heman, and of Jeduthun, who should prophesy with harps, with psalteries, and with cymbals: and the number of the workmen according to their service was:

2 Of the sons of Asaph; Zaccur, and Joseph, and Nethaniah, and Asarelah, the sons of Asaph under the hands of Asaph, which prophesied according to the order of the king.

3 Of Jeduthun: the sons of Jeduthun; Gedaliah, and Zeri, and Jeshaiah, Hashabiah, and Mattithiah, six, under the hands of their father Jeduthun, who prophesied with a harp, to give thanks and to praise the LORD.

4 Of Heman: the sons of Heman; Bukkiah, Mattaniah, Uzziel, Shebuel, and Jerimoth, Hananiah, Hanani, Eliathah, Giddalti, and Romamtiezer, Joshbekashah, Mallothi, Hothir, [and] Mahazioth:

5 All these [were] the sons of Heman the king’s seer in the words of God, to lift up the horn. And God gave to Heman fourteen sons and three daughters.

6 All these [were] under the hands of their father for song [in] the house of the LORD, with cymbals, psalteries, and harps, for the service of the house of God, according to the king’s order to Asaph, Jeduthun, and Heman.

7 So the number of them, with their brethren that were instructed in the songs of the LORD, [even] all that were cunning, was two hundred fourscore and eight.

To begin understanding, let me share with you what the names of these three men mean in the Hebrew translation.

  • Asaph – Collector
  • Heman – Faithful
  • Jeduthun – Laudatory (applicable to Praise, Bemoaning, Thanksgiving)

Together, they can be joined to form, in my understanding, their description of God’s purpose for them: “Collection of Faithful Singers”

Quite a clue there, but the Word of God shows more. Verse 1 of this chapter shows that these three shall “prophesy with harps, with psalteries, and with cymbals”.

In the first verse, the phrase ‘to prophesy’ uses the Greek word ‘naba’ to mean – ‘speak with inspiration’, applicable in this case is for these men to sing with inspiration and with instruments – harps, psalteries, and cymbals!

How wonderful our God is. He has provided us with a lot of ways which we can serve Him. Singing songs and playing instruments for Him, prophecy came from men like these appointed for the service together with the priests (who were normally assigned with trumpets! see 1 Chronicles 15:24; 16:6).

Each of these 3 men were described a ‘seer’ in separate passages. To be a seer means a beholder in vision, a prophet.

Asaph in verse 1 prophesied according to the order of the king. His name is on the following Psalms – 50, 73,74,75 until the 83rd, a total of 12 Psalms. He received the psalm from David on 1 Chronicles 16:7~36. This was the time when David brought the ark of the covenant into the tent he himself pitched for it after he conquered Jerusalem. The verses from 7th till the 22nd is found identical to the Psalm 105:1~15.

1 Chronicles 16:7~36 says:

7 Then on that day David delivered first [this psalm] to thank the LORD into the hand of Asaph and his brethren.

8 Give thanks unto the LORD, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the people.

9 Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him, talk ye of all his wondrous works.

10 Glory ye in his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the LORD.

11 Seek the LORD and his strength, seek his face continually.

12 Remember his marvellous works that he hath done, his wonders, and the judgments of his mouth;

13 O ye seed of Israel his servant, ye children of Jacob, his chosen ones.

14 He [is] the LORD our God; his judgments [are] in all the earth.

15 Be ye mindful always of his covenant; the word [which] he commanded to a thousand generations;

16 [Even of the covenant] which he made with Abraham, and of his oath unto Isaac;

17 And hath confirmed the same to Jacob for a law, [and] to Israel [for] an everlasting covenant,

18 Saying, Unto thee will I give the land of Canaan, the lot of your inheritance;

19 When ye were but few, even a few, and strangers in it.

20 And [when] they went from nation to nation, and from [one] kingdom to another people;

21 He suffered no man to do them wrong: yea, he reproved kings for their sakes,

22 [Saying], Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm.

23 Sing unto the LORD, all the earth; shew forth from day to day his salvation.

24 Declare his glory among the heathen; his marvellous works among all nations.

25 For great [is] the LORD, and greatly to be praised: he also [is] to be feared above all gods.

26 For all the gods of the people [are] idols: but the LORD made the heavens.

27 Glory and honour [are] in his presence; strength and gladness [are] in his place.

28 Give unto the LORD, ye kindreds of the people, give unto the LORD glory and strength.

29 Give unto the LORD the glory [due] unto his name: bring an offering, and come before him: worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness.

30 Fear before him, all the earth: the world also shall be stable, that it be not moved.

31 Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice: and let [men] say among the nations, The LORD reigneth.

32 Let the sea roar, and the fulness thereof: let the fields rejoice, and all that [is] therein.

33 Then shall the trees of the wood sing out at the presence of the LORD, because he cometh to judge the earth.

34 O give thanks unto the LORD; for [he is] good; for his mercy [endureth] for ever.

35 And say ye, Save us, O God of our salvation, and gather us together, and deliver us from the heathen, that we may give thanks to thy holy name, [and] glory in thy praise.

36 Blessed [be] the LORD God of Israel for ever and ever. And all the people said, Amen, and praised the LORD.

37 So he left there before the ark of the covenant of the LORD Asaph and his brethren, to minister before the ark continually, as every day’s work required:

Jeduthun prophesied with the harp to give thanks and to praise the Lord. He is labelled as ‘chief musician’ in the psalms of David – Psalm 39, 62 and 77 (the latter psalm being Asaph’s words or ‘prophecy’).

His 5 sons were named and mentioned to have prophesied. His sons also took duty as ‘porters’ or gatekeepers of the temple.

Heman was said to be “the king’s seer in the words of God to lift up the horn” (1 Chronicles 25:5). I would think he was well versed in the Word and I can only conclude his wisdom from that note as he was compared to King Solomon in 1Kings 4:31. It was also specifically stated that God gave him 14 sons and 3 daughters in verse 4.  God’s favor was definitely upon Heman and his household.

I can only see of one psalm with Heman’s name on it – Psalm 88 and it was for the sons of Korah. but the sons of Korah had their names on a lot of psalms mostly attributed to an unknown chief musician the lyrical style of which are familiar among the songs and that of Psalm 88.

Asaph and Heman were also singers according to 1Chronicles 15:19:

So the singers, Heman, Asaph, and Ethan, [were appointed] to sound with cymbals of brass;

All three seemed to be attributed to playing or handling harps, cymbals and psalteries. So they’re singing prophetic songs while playing instruments to complete the music. This is true service in Praise and Worship. Its not coming from earthly sources, its coming from the Lord himself.

Im convinced that the gift of songs (and others related to our vocal capacity) is given by the Lord for a purpose and this can be found in 1 Corinthians 14:26 –

How is it then, brethren? when ye come together, every one of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying.

Recall a few verses before that on verse 15 –

I would that ye all spake with tongues, but rather that ye prophesied: for greater [is] he that prophesieth than he that speaketh with tongues, except he interpret, that the church may receive edifying.

Even during the time of David in the OT, they practiced through the singing of psalms this edifying or the building up of the body of Christ.

I love this verse from Ephesians, chapter 4 verse 29:

Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.

Praise God for the gift of music and this ability to make sounds. Let us not do it in vain but instead for it to minister grace unto the hearers.

Our prayer- Lord God, is for you to have your way with your Word and touch us and move us with it, encourage us and build us up as we hear your words in psalms and hymns and edifying songs. Praise your holy Name dear God our Father in Jesus Christ’s name we pray, Amen.