Worship Part 2- Worship is knowledge and understanding of God.
Cult, Occult and World Religion have set their own doctrinal beliefs which were either taken from the Bible or have their own practice using their ancient belief pass on from generation to generations, such as; supernatural, superstitious and mystical beliefs.
There is a belief in multiple gods called polytheism contrary to Christian, Judaism and Islam that only believe in one God which was revealed to us by the Son Jesus the Christ being a fully man and fully God. Lord and Savior and the hope of rising again after death are the foundations of that confidence we have in Jesus Christ. In Islam Jesus was a messenger of God, but not the Son of God; a Prophet and not a Savior while the Jews believe that Jesus is not the Messiah and a false prophet for failure to fulfill biblical prophecies. Within Christian community, there are groups or denominations that believe that Jesus is a prophet, if not a teacher but mostly united interpreting the Book of Revelation as symbolic.
Paul works have a great influence in Christian religion. Many already settled from his teachings and do not want to talk about it even in Bible Studies. The best thing to do is, if it doesn’t affect us physically, mentally and spiritually harm us, then we can stay in the world where knowing the truth cannot be reached and could only harm us at the end of time when we are not able to enter the gate of heaven because of something we did in the past, the choices we made and the unsettled confusion that the Word of God is true.
As the scholars continue discussing the different values and messages of Jesus and Paul, it become very controversial to many seekers of the truth and those who does not want to settle for less. Jesus preached the kingdom of God and Paul did not. Paul teaches justification by faith alone while on Jesus side is justification together with work. Paul’s forgiveness is through Jesus Christ (Ephesians 4:32: Colossians 3.12-13). Jesus taught forgiveness through the Lord’s Prayer. After Jesus ascended the work of Jesus was pass on to the apostles and they preached the work of Jesus Christ and not the identity of Jesus while Paul is about the redemption and resurrection of Jesus; it’s about Jesus. What are we going to make up on these differences? Can the two differences come together? What is then when we reconcile these two, will it solve the confusion? The messages of Jesus and Paul were fundamentally different. One thing for sure will be in agreement is that both teachings leads to salvation.
Revelation is given to those who earnestly seek the truth of God and according to the Bible seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and everything will be added to you. This means the knowledge and understanding of Him and His word. Keep the faith then follow the instructions as stated in Mathew 7:7-8 “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye. shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh. findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.” (KJV).
The Bible said that there is no secret that will not be revealed and when it comes during our time, God will let us know in many ways and we do not have to worry about it. The key is to be closer to His word; always read the Bible and search for trusted commentary of the past. We must be aware that there are many that we may see and think is the right one but it is not and when in doubt, we must pray and ask guidance from the Holy Spirit that is within us to find the truth. God will send someone to bring us the good news when we at least expect it, through visions and dreams sometimes. Patience is needed as well as being humble and kind which will bring us closer to God’s revelation.
The Bible says that all things were created by Him and for Him and it is referring to Jesus. This may seem to be a bit controversial that made me think about the church in Colossae that Paul never visited. He wrote: “For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that is on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. -Colossians 1:16(NKJV).
That is why I have to find out and never cease seeking for the truth. Who Jesus is? Is He God’s Messenger, a Prophet, Savior or a Creator? The answer depends on what denomination we belong or religion we are in. Even those that believe in the Trinity have questions that need answers. This is the reason why God the Father gave us Freedom of Will. We can search all we want to find things for our satisfaction but we have to be aware that the Free Will is not a blank check that we can do whatever we want to do.
Be reminded that there is a limit how much we are allowed to know within the authorized limit covered within His Purpose and Will and beyond that it will be an abuse of discharging our freedom of will. If we use our free will in an abusive way, our protection will be released. Likewise, our souls will be lost again and back to being under the watchful eyes of the adversaries whose sleep has been denied until they do evil things. We need a quick fix by praying and asking for forgiveness and admit our fault and try next time to be careful in making actions and decisions that may lead to a broken relationship with God. Who knows what will be the return when we abuse our free will and what will be the reward if we don’t.
In Matthew 6:24 says: "No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both; either you love one and hate the other.” If we choose money over God what do you think will be the result? Free Will plays an important role in our life.
There is an unintentional mistake and there is a willful mistake. We cannot make both mistakes at the same time. This is very clear it is our choice regardless of what the consequences or effects it will bring. Free will doesn’t mean free to make a wrong choice. It is free to make a careful choice. “According to His word “seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and everything will be added unto you. Only the truth will give us freedom.” Although as stated in Genesis 11 that nothing we propose to do will not be withheld from us.
This was the time when God gave mankind Free Will. This is the time when mankind are multiplying on the face of the earth and continue with their evil thoughts. Choosing God of Mercy and Grace is the right choice and no one else besides Him and the reward is priceless. He also gave us a choice that when we believe the Son whom He sent so that through him the world maybe save we will have eternal life and if we don’t, then we will perish. It seems a condition with one definite direction but it is still a choice that we have to make. The assurance of eternal life or perish and no claim where we are heading. It is like when we inhale and exhale, we feel it but we don’t see it. Perish connotes gone forever. Like a balloon that when it pops, we feel the pressure but we do not see the air that causes it. What is our choice after all these illustrations? It seems no other way but God’s way and doubts no more but assurances that God is all in all. We will freely worship God without any doubt hanging on our head and no heavy load on our shoulder but joy and gladness.
One of the will of God is to acknowledge His existence and in return worshipping Him will come like a wind touching our souls so His presence will be felt and this is a confirmation that our spirit is converted to His Spirit. We should not ignore what Jude said about the last day, that there will be people following their own ungodly lust and cause divisions among believers. Not having the Spirit of God, we have to keep ourselves in the love of God and wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring us to eternal life.
We should avoid to falter our faith and strengthened our relationship with Him and be mindful that there are scoffers ready to devoid our spirit whose purpose is to complicate things in our mind by infusing a different teachings for their own gain. We should not allow those ungodly people to enter our space and give time for their lies. We should always be on guard and try not to associate with any of these people for any reason and protect our relationship not to have even a dot of doubt that may lead us to be separated from the love of God. We should be like the Bereans that when they heard a Scriptures new to their ears or new interpretations, they do not argue but instead they search for the truth.
On Tue, Nov 12, 2019 at 8:29 PM Gloria Vitug (Revised 11/30/19)