Three Pillars of Christian Spiritual and Physical growth Wisdom, Knowledge and Understanding
Part I- In the beginning
In the beginning when God made time available after His creation of the universe in His space and the earth in particular; by utterance He made everything exist and thru His word He filled the earth with His creations and His breathe gives life to a three dimensional image He created using His hands a man, Adam from dust of the earth He created Him and through His Spirit he became a living soul. God’s breathe not only gave Adam time to live in His space but also the garden to enjoy. The Garden of Eden, the paradise made perfect and with the animals, plants and vegetables kingdom together was given to him to take care of. Adam was created with a superficial intelligence; he gave all these creations names of its own. They live the time when the wolves doesn’t prey for the lambs, a lion does not fattened a calf, the cow and the bear graze together while their young lives together, the lion eat dry grains like an ox, snakes does not harm the kids even they stretch their hand on them, and the mountains are untouched and continue to give fresh air and habitat to other God’s creations.
When God created Adam His plan was to multiply the earth with living souls but must be subdued not to overpopulate the earth. And when the time comes that Adam needs a companion to help taking care of the garden, God put Adam into sleep and from his body God took one of his ribs and Eve come into existence and become part of Adam’s life; God blessed them and they became one. The garden is the first place where God is with human being and Adam fellowship with Him with gladness, we can feel how delighted God was seeing His love bore a happy life. God who knows everything, even the things to come, never interfered to every decision we made and even the circumstances of that decision. He left everything to His creations the responsibility of our action, but at the end we know that God cannot let us always abuse our free will to do things against His will. When He said do not do that, do not do it, but aside from that do whatever you want to do and feel blessed about it for God will never stop His children to do good deeds.
No matter how much we see brightness and wonderful life that surround us, if we are not aware of the presence of those that live in the dark waiting for victims to stop the flow of light that will lead us falling into the pit of entrapment where gnashing, wailing and weeping combined is the worst pain that will ever be experienced by someone because of its eternal nature. Adam’s failure to stay in the light brought us into this situations from generations to generations as if we are in everlasting condemnation and will only end up when God said; “enough is enough and I will bring the human back into one both male and female and they will live together as one; no religion and no possession, no evil thoughts that will exist, no pain and no gain, no struggle to seek Him.” God will bring forth His Spirit present as we inhale and exhale the Spirit of nature which is one of God’s attribute.
Part II- Knowledge on Dust
The dusts of the earth have no signs to submit or relinquish their powers to the inhabitants of the earth. So as the habit of mankind will never change and will always surrender to the energy of money, power and lust. Our consciousness and skills are only second when choosing the brightest part of who we are. Our weaknesses to temptations are the deepest fall to our sinful life, and it unveils our wickedness and joy of temporary victory.
The purpose of life can only be learned through reasoning and experience and from the gift of wisdom from God. When we find who we are, we let go of fleshly condition and once enlightened, we will no longer be a victim of ignorance. We will walk and talk not dictated by our corrupted mind and body, but fresh and alive renewed by the Spirit, a light bearer. We will convince those that are full of fear, rebuke those who are full of sin and hatred, and we will encourage those who are full of doubt.
The Holy Spirit will lead us after we fully understand the reason of our existence. Our free will, sometimes lead us to wrong choices, wrong decisions and actions. We let our emotion to be greater than our thoughts. Our mind can easily be corrupted on what we hear, see and feel. In order to avoid this situation, our soul must have constant communication with God and that is through praise and worship.
Through the wisdom of God we can help others from their ignorance to the reality and potentiality of their existence. With the gift of revelation we can help others to be enlightened. We get revelation through vision, when we wake up in the early morning, in our dreams, signs and wonders of nature, fellowshipping with others.
“We who are strong ought to bear with the shortcomings of the weak and not to please ourselves. Each of us should please his neighbor for his good, to build him up. For even Christ did not please Himself, but as it is written: “The insults of those who insult you have fallen on Me.” (Romans 15:1-3)
When God during the creation, He used His word and everything came into existence and when He created man He said “let us make man in our image and likeness” and he used His hands to form man and gave life by breathing to His nostril and man became a living soul. In this work of God, He revealed to us that man is a soul clothe with skin as vessel and became a living soul when He breathed on it. Was the soul to start with is a dead soul? If God will conceal this thing, who are we to question it? “For He Himself knows our frame; He is mindful that we are but dust.”(Psalm 103:14). Isaiah 55 8-9 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8-9 (ESV)
We can expound our knowledge through our experience but we cannot claim that it is what it is. When we talk about the power of the dust we can come up with so many ideas but the truth is not there, for the truth can only be found in the written word of God. “Then the Lord said to Moses, “Say to Aaron, ‘Stretch out your staff and strike the dust of the earth, so that it may become gnats in all the land of Egypt.” “And they did so. Aaron stretched out his hand with his staff and struck the dust of the earth, and there were gnats on man and beast. All the dust of the earth became gnats in all the land of Egypt.” Exodus 8:16–19
“And the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, “Take handfuls of soot from the kiln, and let Moses threw them in the air in the sight of Pharaoh. It shall become fine dust over all the land of Egypt, and became boils breaking out in sores on man and beast throughout all the land of Egypt.” Exodus 9:8-9. Boil came upon to all the Egyptians. Dust really can be harmful. We are talking about any kind of dust, it can go into your eyes, you can inhale and clog your nostril and may go eventually into your lungs. So small and yet it can be used against a human being as weapons.
As the technology advances, we have high end vacuums and air filters to get rid of dusts. Still we cannot totally eliminate dust and they come back so quick. After cleaning the house, dusting our furniture while using super dust cleaners, in just seconds you will see the dust again. Dusts contain mixtures of hair, fibers, bacteria, dust mites, human skin cell and many more. When we talk about dust we can go back before the seven days creation, the question could be why the presence of dust already exists. Does God created dust? Or God created something that turn into dust. Does it have something to do with Ezekiel 18:4 “Behold, all souls are mine; the soul of the father as well as the soul of the son is mine: the soul who sins shall die.” The Scripture supported this soul that sin; in Ecclesiastes 12:7 ESV “And the dust returns to the earth as it was, and the spirit returns to God who gave it.”
Part III— Knowledge in Reincarnation
Reincarnation is the belief that after death, a person’s soul begins life in a new body within the context of a cycle of deaths and rebirths. It is very different from the biblical teaching of resurrection which refers to an event at the end of this age when those who trust in Jesus are brought into new life, with new bodies that will live forever. With this definition in mind, the one verse that may lead to an understanding that Jesus taught or believed in reincarnation can be found in Matthew 11.
While he was preaching in Galilee, Jesus speaks to the crowds about John the Baptist and says to them; “if you are willing to accept it, he is Elijah who is to come” (Matthew 11:14) Jesus also made direct reference to an Old Testament prophecy by Prophet Malachi 4:5 "Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the great and awesome day of the LORD comes." Many of the Jewish religious leaders believed and taught that Elijah would return before the coming of the Messiah and anticipated during the time of Jesus.
In John 1:21, The priest from Jerusalem approached John and asked him, “What then? Are you Elijah?” He said, “I am not.” “Are you the Prophet?” And he answered, “No.” No one would ever answer if you are a reincarnation or not. Reincarnation differs from resurrection. In Reincarnation you do not know anything about your past, while our belief on resurrection is the same body to be risen. So John doesn’t lie he just don’t know. So, John the Baptist up to this time remains a mystery whether he is the reincarnation of the great prophet Elijah or not?
When angel Gabriel speaks upon Zechariah about the birth of his son John and the life and ministry that John will have as it is written; "he will go before him in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready for the Lord a people prepared" Luke 1:17. Jesus' words saying that John is Elijah and John saying that he isn't, is not in conflict at all. Whom are you are going to believe, when both do not lie?
What was proven that reincarnation belief exist at that time of the past. We do not need to compare the similarities between John the Baptist and Prophet Elijah in appearance and works ministry— (2 Kings 1:8 with Matthew 3:4) Their message about repentance— (1 Kings 18:21 with Luke 3:3) and both have power and anointed Prophet. Elijah has to come as any other man that has to die to enter the kingdom of God and favoritism is not the nature of God. Jesus said; “I declare to you, brothers and sisters, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable.” God’s thought and ways are higher than ours and we cannot quarrel about His written word.
Elijah was taken up in a Chariot of Fire and Horse of Fire; his body was never found does not mean he is still physically alive. Chariot of Fire is believe to be a metaphor and may also mean a ravaging fire that can do an extensive damage to the body, that it can disintegrate a flesh, while the Horse of Fire could mean as the speed and strength of the fire, like a wildfire. We should have an open mind and deal less on controversies, God’s word so as the Son should not be put in vain. Elijah did not die as many embraced this notion and some interpreted the event a miracle.
Part IV— Knowledge to be Born to Die
Either the pro life or pro choice; letter of the laws or gift of grace; distractors against the good workers and reincarnation and resurrection plays in the mind of people and develop confusion iof they will not submit to God’s truth. Job talks about death; “Death is a sure thing—man is born to die.”Job 3:11—“Why died I not from the womb? why did I not give up the spirit when I came out of the belly?”do this tell us that it is better not to be born and die. In Psalms 90:10 reminds us that “the length of our days is seventy years—or eighty, if we have the strength” (NIV) this were given to the Jews due to their disobedience over and over again.
During Noah’s time God’s grace gave the sons of God and daughters of men 120 years before the deluge that wipeout human race except for Noah’s righteousness and his household that continue God’s purpose to humanity. God’s grace through Jesus Christ is very open like a blank check it could be earlier than 70 for some or later than 120. If you will look at this way it’s more than thousands of years and human lives still exist. “The writer to the Hebrews says it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment (Hebrews 9:27).
Job asked God “But when people die, their strength is gone. They breathe their last, and then where are they? (Job 14:10); King Solomon stated in Ecclesiastes 9 says—“here is hope, however, for anyone who is among the living; for even a live dog is better than a dead lion.” 5“For the living know that they will die, but the dead know nothing. They have no further reward, because the memory of them is forgotten.” 6“Their love, their hate, and their envy have already vanished, and they will never again have a share in all that is done under the sun”
Part V—Knowledge of Forgiveness
Jesus died on the cross for the forgiveness of sin is a well planned and coordinated teachings in Christianity and based it on the last supper of Jesus Christ with his disciples during the last few days of his freedom here on earth. Jesus told his disciples the New Covenant as it is written in Matthew 26:28, "for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins." Jesus deals with the sins of the world, and offered his life for the forgiveness of all.
The New Testament makes it very clear in Hebrews 9:22 – “without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.” If we will not stop here and continue our study and base it what Paul said in Romans 15 Accept One Another—“…3For even Christ did not please Himself, but as it is written: “The insults of those who insult You have fallen on Me.” ‘4For everything that was written in the past was written for our instruction, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures, we might have hope.’ ‘5Now may the God who gives endurance and encouragement grant you harmony with one another in Christ Jesus”—Romans 15:3-5 Berean Study Bible
So, what was written in the Old which is consistent to the New is in the teachings of the Tanach, As we have learned that Paul is very well versed with the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) or he will not write what he wrote in Romans 15. Learned Christians insist that the absolute need for a blood sacrifice is rooted in the Torah, and used as proof is Leviticus 17:11 “For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls; for it is the blood that makes an atonement for the soul.”
The apostle Paul declares: “38 Be it known unto you therefore, men and brethren, that through this man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins” “39 And by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses.” (Acts 13:38-39).
I will leave this up to those who wants to pursue the studies base in Leviticus 17:11, and see what enlightenment will be given to you. If Paul diverged this part of the truth as he said that “we are not under the law but under grace,” pray that a personal revelation be upon you. Jesus and His Apostles live under the laws of the Old Covenant and there is no doubt in many minds about their obedience the Old Testament.
Part VI – Understanding Awareness
God put us under one umbrella. God’s umbrella of love to cover us neither from the heat of the sun nor get soak from the rain. Love comes in many ways. He is pleased when we do good things and He disciplines us when we do wrong. He gets angry when we disobey Him but He will never hate us. God is very patient waiting for our repentance but will never reject us when we come to Him when we ask for help. He is always there to help us; He always answers our request on His time and on His ways, it is not how slow He comeback to us for an answer but how our patience is being measured that way.
He wants us to love one another, to bless one after the other. God will give us what we gave others. When we take care of others, He will take care of us. When we are happy doing those things God is more than happier, because that is the way He wants us to be, to be like Him. It is not all physical things to do the work but also spiritual. Adam was created in God’s image and likeness, with His love and kindness God created all Adam’s may need and enjoy. Adam who was given the breath of life directly from God and had the opportunity to fellowship with God face to face, then what more could Adam had missed in paradise when he had it all.
Disobedience comes to play due to hidden knowledge of man and not of their unawareness of the presence of evil. God was there with him side by side and he had all the time to seek for advice and talked to Him directly. Our all knowing God will definitely not lie to tell him the existence that will cause death, even He had plans for humanity to expand He will tell no lie. God gave Adam the free will to name His creations and there is no doubt in anyone’s mind that Adam exercised that will. Maybe Adam became too comfortable that maybe he thought that everything was under control and what he did know at that time that he was not fully equip yet of the armors of God that will prevent or delay the deception.
VII – Understanding Salvation
Adam at that time was and is the only begotten Son of God, (which means to father or produce as offspring). Something is begotten when it's been generated by procreation— in other words, it's been fathered. A somewhat old fashioned adjective, begotten is the past participle of the verb beget, which means to father or produce as offspring. https://www.vocabulary.com/dictionary/begotten
John 3:16, One of the most popular and most often quoted bible verse that focus on our salvation: "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." Our salvation is a gift from God and the Bible is very clear about it. “God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this, it is a gift from God.’ ‘ Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it” Ephesians 2:8-9 (NLT). We cannot take advantage of the grace of God like our abuse in the free will that God gave us. Salvation is a process of redemption, it cleanses us of our sin, and it gets rid of any foreign spirit in our body that made us imperfect. Salvation is regarded as a wall to prevent from any toxic attack to our freedom from sin. Sharing our personal experience is one of many ways to return favor that God has given us, through sharing they might accept the Son to stay in their lives, so the old man will flee and the new man will be born. In John 4:38- 42, a woman whose life has changed after she met Jesus, told others about her encounter and they believe.
When we testify about the goodness of God and the Son, the people that hear our testimony will be enlightened, through us. The word of God becomes the way for them to know God, The water that they will drink will become a living water, the water of salvation. Through us they will never be thirsty again. They do not need to go anywhere to worship God but to the place or mountain of their choice. Jesus said to the woman that it doesn’t matter whether she worship the Father on the mountain or in Jerusalem, The time has already come that worshipping God is not about location but about how we worship the Father. The Father is looking for those who will worship Him in Spirit and in truth.
When we plant seed about God’s righteousness, purpose and will, the process to enjoy the gift of salvation begins. We have a saying that I planted the seed, I cooked it myself and other people enjoyed it. It means accepting the calling of God to spread His word, we become the bridge of their relationship with God. You become part of them receiving the saving grace of God. From death for lack of knowledge to life of knowing the Spirit that gives life. When we are saved, our sins are washed away; our sins which had defiled us are forgiven. We are rescued and freed from the force of sin through the power of the Holy Spirit. The sin who kept us captive for a long time will be put under our feet. It will be our choice how to manage our new life without sin. It could be a struggle, but faith, hope and love can mange that for us. Do not let sin to get out of our grip and start its evil work again. We should always remember that we are God’s children and no one can snatch us from Him, but we should always be on guard.
Once saved always saved! Salvation guarantees eternal security. It doesn’t mean that being saved is the same thing as salvation. Saved is our standing after regeneration and salvation refers to come into possession of divine inheritance. Salvation is God’s work and His sovereign power can wash out our sins and renew our spirit and reform our body. We can feel it that every morning we wake up we are a new person. If we do not feel it that way then we need to talk to Him before we go sleep. We can compare ourselves before we go sleep and when we wake up and in between confession is needed to see and feel the difference. Is that the way it feels when the body is resurrected? Refresh and rejuvenated. Since in the flesh it feels sinless for a second and back to be sinner again for hours till we sleep again and the cycle goes on and on like spinning wheel that goes around and around.
God’s mercy is the source of grace and none of these will be available to us without the main source, which is Love. Love is the greatest gift among others that we received from the Father. As the Father is merciful to the sons (us), He saved us not of our righteous work but of His love. His grace washed out our sins and through the work of the Holy Spirit we become a new man with renewed Spirit. This renewal of mind, body and spirit transforms us to be a new creation, born from above and our spirit becomes the Spirit that will allow us to see the kingdom of God. Prophet Ezekiel said from the word of God “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.” “And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws. Ezekiel 36:26–27; “As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.” James 2:26.
When salvation is an act of God there is guarantee it is secured and we have to do nothing but to be faithful to Him. We have to avoid offending Him, obey the will and work with His plan to be with Him forever. We might not even know that we are offending God by not examining the lifestyle of those people that is using His word for their own benefits. We have to be mindful that God can also be using them for you to hear the word but the responsibility lies on our shoulder. It is our responsibility to do what we think is right if we feel that we are called to do such a thing.
Many preachers are good entertainers also. They will manipulate our emotions and in response, we take it as a blessing. We should not fall for this because in reality, sometimes, it is just full entertainment, a show that will lead our focus to His talent rather than make us feel good, blessed and satisfied to hear the word of God. It takes away the glory of the word of God and replaced by a show. We have to follow the attitude of the Bereans that according to the Book of Acts, when they received the word of God being preached and with readiness in mind and habit, when they get home, they searched the scriptures whether those things that they heard were true". In addition to our knowledge, they do not search for only one day but daily and many of them believed as the result.
When our senses dictate our soul, it is already given as it is our nature to listen to ourselves. However, sometimes, the substance of the preaching is not able to reach the understanding of the human brain, but because our total submission is to the world of entertainment. The Preacher will entertain us with their talents and they give joy to our soul than our spirit. We have to be mindful about faith leaders who are interested to their advancement in life and not to the spiritual growth of the members. We see preachers who are only interested to know or to get an easy access to our pocket. They use their talents to get into people’s mind and soul so they can maintain their lavish life.
Jude mentioned about; “These people are grumblers and complainers, living only to satisfy their desires. They brag loudly about themselves, and they flatter others to get what they want.” Jude tells us also: “But you, my dear friends, must remember what the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ predicted. They told you that in the last times there would be scoffers whose purpose in life is to satisfy their ungodly desires. These people are the ones who are creating divisions among you. They follow their natural instincts because they do not have God’s Spirit in them” Jude 1:17-19
For God to act on our salvation, we have to defend the faith that God entrusted to us that some ungodly people made their way to churches wearing sheep clothing and inside they are goats they say that God’s grace allows them to live in abundance. For example, some claim that God told them to buy jets to reach places, and live in a mansion. And many of us fall through this lies.
Jude even compares these people to be like animals doing things with their instinct or whatever their instinct tells. This we do not have to worry because they are doing this on their own destruction. Be sure to be alert for they will divide or confuse us with our fellow workers. When these ungodly people fellowship with us, we must be aware that there are dangers for our faith to be attacked. We must be aware that when they start opening their mouth, we must also start to open our mouth to rebuke them.
Now that we are aware the act of God about salvation, we need to act on our part to receive the saving grace that He said in the Gospel of John: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16 (NKJV) There are hidden message in this word of God and was revealed to others and not to all. Those who got the revelation should act accordingly. Spread the love and we will be glad we did. Due to our faith and acceptance to God’s only Son we are saved. Once we are saved we are always be saved “38-39For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39; We have to bear in mind that the God who gave the gift of salvation is the same God that saved us and that God will keep us because He wants us to be with Him through eternity. He is the only God and no one else besides Him.
John 3:16-17 is the center passage of our salvation, maybe we already heard more than enough that God sent the Son to die on the cross for our sin, is that how we want to pass on to the generation to come about our God? How could you justify when the Bible can prove that God disagree and punished those who did sacrificial offerings of their children. But then again those who lack understanding and quick to judge may ask why did God ask Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac? With respect to God, Abraham followed God but when the sacrificial act is going to carry out a messenger from God stops Abraham. God’s power intervened and a ram was sacrificed instead. Abraham was called then friend of God.
God sent His one and only Son not to die but through him the world might be saved. Does God want the Son to die on the cross, to suffer and to be humiliated? Is that the way to redeem us for our sin? Or Is there something else besides that we should know or we must not know? When we seek for the truth the truth will set us free from doubt, confusion and lack of understanding. Jesus Himself said in John 10: 17-18 “For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life that I may take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This charge I have received from my Father.” John 10:17-18. It is very clear that it is voluntary act of the Son of God. God has all the power to stop it but he will not transgress the authority He has given the Son. The will of the Son is respected by the Father.
Jesus said if anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture.” We can say life will go on and on it can be an up and down, but everyone who believes in Him shall not be lost. No principalities in the heavenly realm can snatched anyone from Him because the gate is already opened for those who believe in the Son. The arms of the Lord are our refuge and will protect us all the way through. The Lord keeps watch over us as we come and go, both now and forever. Wherever we go and whatever we do, we will be blessed. Ref: Jeremiah 37:4, Psalm 37:4, Psalm 121:8, Deuteronomy 28:6.
Once we are saved we are saved and it cannot be undone. We don’t lose our salvation, but for those after accepting the assurance of salvation then returned to the old ways and lost it, then being saved is just the sense that controls our soul or emotional feelings and not the spirit that gives life. It is stated in John 3:15 that said “that whoever believes in Jesus Christ will "have eternal life not eternal soul or immortal soul." The promise of eternal life will never be in error as it is written in the Bible that what we believe is free from error. It is harder to understand that salvation can be lost than a guarantee of eternal security. Once we have it, it is ours and God never wants it back. God wants everyone to be saved and to fully understand the truth of His word. There is only one God, only one way to be saved, one deliverer of truth and one source of life.
To understand why it is not possible for God to take back what He gave because of His nature. God is love which is His nature and God is the giver of life. It is also necessary for us to understand that death is the end of our physical life here on earth. It is not because God allows it but our sin makes it happen. The wages of sin is death. We believe that Jesus conquered death and why people still die? Simple answer for simple question: because we are sinners. Our human nature made us vulnerable to sin. Paul said we all sinned and short of the glory of God and definitely we need a savior and God by nature is the giver of salvation. Psalms referred God as the Savior of man. “I, even I, am the LORD, and apart from me there is no savior” (Isaiah 43:11).
Part VIII- Understanding Faith
When God created a three dimensional lifeless being using the dust of the earth, this lifeless being was given the breathe of life. The breathless being upon receiving the breath of life became a living soul. This creation can give us an enlightenment of what really happened during the sixth day creation. It could lead to a big disagreement to many sides of religious denomination. One side may say it was only Adam that was directly created by His own hand, but there are some doctrinal views that said mankind was mentioned which means mankind was created and not only Adam.
Our generations are full of conflict and some rely only on what others belief was true especially. Many believe when the words were coming out from the mouth of the men of church or sometimes addressed as man of God. They stop seeking for the truth and whatever they heard is what they believe and pass it on to the next person. Our generation has more easy access to many different opinions through digital technology that may lead in developing their own opinion. This somehow leads to their own interpretation.
Aside from personally hearing from various church leaders whose understanding differ from one understanding to another, we might try to consider to ask ourselves why using the same Bible leads them to different interpretations. There are denominations that do not believe on the Trinity. Some do not believe in the baptism of the Holy Spirit and some believe in Oneness, but only one thing that they keep and almost all in agreement when it comes to tithes.
Why would other denomination criticize other’s doctrinal views and ready for a fight to prove that they have a better understanding of the Scriptures. Somehow, this argument is being discussed in the presence of church members who are not matured enough to deal with conflicts and whose faith is still in danger to collapse. This issue results for some to walk away who don’t want to get involve. Eventually, it sometimes becomes a heated arguments. What difference does it make having different versions of the Bible which is supposed to be the living word of God that believers should respect. One Bible among thousands different versions should not be a hindrance and stop us in seeking the truth and allow our mind to end up to be corrupted.
The Scriptures is a love letter to us from God. It is our personal treasure that we should take care and protect it from false claim. When we read the Bible, we may hear God talking to our soul and when we meditate on His word, we may experience the joy in our heart. We have to focus our attention to God and ignore distractions. Our personal relation with Him and other’s personal relationship with God is between the Father and the sons.
Religion if you lack awareness may lead in controlling our life. Religion will not save us, it’s our faith, belief and relationship with the LORD Almighty and the Lordship of the Son and with the help of the Holy Spirit who made us partaker of the divine nature of God is our assurance of life to eternity. Some religion will take us away from the truth and some treat us as their property. It is not easy to say, but that is how it looks nowadays that religion becomes a big business and business has competitions. Why? Because it brings money to the congregation and few calls it an organization.
Corruptions made its way inside the church and spreads like wildfire without fear anymore to the Giver of life? New version of the Bible means new books to sell? Is the new version more truthful? If that is the issue; what are we going to believe now? Will it be the new version against the old version of the Bible? Will that lead to people against people? God is good all the time but there are consequences to every act if the motive is evil!
Person of Faith compare to a person who believes can be similar but distinct to one another. Like Jesus when He said, I and the Father are one. This is not confusing at all when properly explained, but if someone who believes that Jesus is all and all and disregarding the Father then it is a different situation.
Faith in this nature definitely needs a careful examination and explaining so that no one can grasp a wrong idea that may lead to broken interpretation of the truth. Our belief system must be revisited especially when we only inherited the doctrine that our parents believe. It is not easy to embrace new teachings when we are rooted from the old. The advice we can get is to make comparison of what is to believe means, as to what is faith.
Faith according to the Bible Hebrews 11: 1" Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen". Faith which links us with God and becomes our only hope to provide for all our needs and believe that His word to be true; that there is no other God besides Him. While developing a great relationship with Him, we need to practice to be humble. By believing and by being submissive to Him, recognizing the power He possess can never be measured. His love is greater than anyone from heaven to earth. He created the universe in His space and time in the planet earth. By faith He created it all and believes that He did.
With the assurance of things hoped for, by faith we will eventually see and touch it and believe that we will enjoy it than not. Our experience will never be experienced by those who do not know Him and those who do not want to listen that God exists and surely they will miss the reward of eternal life. God’s love is immeasurable and His purpose for all human is to be like Him and His will to be with Him. He did not make it difficult for us to understand. in Hebrews 11:6 says; “Anyone who approaches God must have faith that God exists and the reward is worth finding Him.”
Faith and belief are two distinct words but one destination when we describe our attitude toward God. Faith is our commitment to the invisible God and belief rely on God’s manifestation of His power and might through the Prophets who interpret the visions experienced by the kings of things to come and the sacramental offering to be done by a priest. These are the three anointed people of the ancient times. This belief has been a secret for a long time but was revealed in due time and now known to us that makes it not a secret anymore while a mystery in itself remains as it is.
Faith remains a mystery and belief could be a secret that lost its real meaning once revealed. For nothing is hidden that will not be made manifest, nor is anything secret that will not be known and come to light. It is no longer a secret. We have to be careful that we treat a secret a secret and mystery a mystery and we cannot interchange it or we will lose the true meaning of what we hope for. Faith in God involves what we hope for, something that we are still waiting, something that will be visible to our naked eyes, our citizenship to the new heaven and new earth. The King of kings will be seated on the earthly throne of David and will be ruled by His Saints. While believing in God is what we sought for, something we may already have done, something that God have done as a learning example for us in this generation. We believe of things we can do, and not to do, according to the word of God.
It is the glory of God to conceal things, but the glory of kings is to search things out. When the secret is revealed, the responsibility belongs to us, but if it is not, the secret still belongs to God. This confirms that believing has been made known through His living word. We believe that the Bible is a progressive word of God that updated itself to the present time. Faith needs confidence and endurance that God has control of His creations and includes but not limited to our imagination. Belief involves commitment and action which can also involve both physical and spiritual. Faith is trust in God’s word to be true while belief coordinate our confidence with our attitude. By faith there will be judgment to come and I believe that God is the Judge. We believe in the coming of the Alpha and the Omega—The Almighty One.
Praising God is an act of faith and He is everywhere and all knowing God, a belief that we are confident to be true. In a carnal example of faith and belief, just looking on the sky, by the feeling of the breeze we can claim to believe that it is going to rain. One time with my experience with the elder of the church, she testified the power of faith by stopping the rain, at that time there was an urgency to deliver the food to an event and this claim was witnessed by a co-church member. We may believe it or not, it is our choice. It could be factual or it could be a creation of the mind.
We can wrongfully be judged of being arrogant by claiming that our God is the greatest provider of our needs. Actually they misjudge my confidence to be an arrogance which is a big difference! By this example, we can determine what faith can do and what believing can achieve. God is a Spirit and faith is the unseen work of our spirit that can only be noticeable the way we walk by faith and not by sight. We can hear the voice of God by reading the Bible; we can hear it but we cannot see it and that is faith at its highest. Faith comes by hearing the word of God. Some may have doubt but they are those that have unmeasured faith. True hearers of the words are also doer of His truth.
God is a Spirit and we worship Him through Spirit. Our admiration and faithfulness will not come back to us void. Faith can move mountains of doubt and if there is doubt, we can counter it by simply watering the seeds that is already planted in us. Our faith will grow with power and confidence to fight the good fight of faith. We can see the rain falls and where it is heading and we believe that the sun gives strength to our body. We also believe that what comes up must come down. We believe that the absence of knowledge is ignorance, thus, ignorance can cause us to fall to deceptions and temptations. Have faith in God and believe in Him will convince us to admire and know Him better. When we seek Him, we will find Him through His word that is no longer a secret in our generation. His mystery will dictate that knowing the secret which he revealed will help us to be a stronghold of faith and the mystery and will remain untouch until we meet Him face to face.
Faith and belief are two words in one. He is in us and we are in Him. The moon and the sun are two different creation of God. Both have the same one function that is similar to each other which is to give lights. However, in general it was created for the good of His creations including the great benefit for humans to enjoy. We all have faith. Some may have different faith from one another and some may have the same faith. Faith varies from faith to faith. By faith we can say that God will bless those who bless you. Do we believe it? This will positively generate a profound or intense response and the follow up question of why? Because that is what God said! Faith and belief goes well together and that’s the fact we know about God.
When we talk about faith we also talk about desire with great expectations that will happen. Faith is part of our hope though faith can stand by itself, hope plays an important role with our faith. It adds up to our steadfastness, it strengthens our willingness to wait for the things to come. Hope alone is not sufficient without faith. Faith is the foundation of hope. It gives the purpose for us to be strong. Let say, we are hoping that the tree in our backyard bear much fruit next harvest. Hoping to have much harvest gives no assurance while faith according to what is written has the assurance of things hoped for— Hebrew 11:1
Part IX—Wisdom of Love
Jesus replied when asked which are the most important commandment. “The most important commandment is this: ‘Listen, O Israel! The Lord our God is the one and only Lord. 30 And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.’ The second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ No other commandment is greater than these.” Mark 12:28-31(NLT)
Faith, hope, and love belong to godly living. With the help of the Holy Spirit, we will be guided to be truthful, honorable, courageous, forgiving, admirable and kind. These values define humankind relationship with God and it reflects God himself in us. Paul identified that love is the greatest and the most important virtues among the three. 1 Corinthians 13:13 The letter addressed to young Corinthian believers who were living in darkness practicing immorality, disunited in faith and ignorance of the word of God which inspired Paul to write the letter to correct their ungodly practices.
Love is number one among the fruit of the Spirit and was/is number one for a reason. We couldn't live our lives without love from God. There are no chances to survive in this troubled earth. Love introduces us to God. He is and He was and He will love us no matter what our misjudgment in life. He will never leave us nor forsake us. That is His faithful promise, our assurance that we are holding up to this time, but we also have to understand we need to be faithful and hopeful to please Him.
Love has many splendors and only love from God have luster or brilliance, and definitely conquers all. Love that can be trusted forever, humble and patient. Love is kind and not prideful, prudent and not judgmental, happy for the success of others and not envy. Love is respect not only to oneself but to others too, slow to anger and quick to forgive, give credit where credit is due and not claiming one’s work for own benefit or advancement. Love can be conditional for the salvation of mankind. Love rejoices the truth of God and reject evilness. Faith and hope will never falter when covered with the love of God. We should always put God first in the center of this journey. God’s love is the foundation of our existence.
God is love and His mercy and grace is the good things that ever happen to humanity. Without His love, we are nothing and still remain dust of the earth. Because without love there is no redemption and without love there is no hope of forgiveness. John tells us “Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.” 1 John 4:7-8 (NIV)
Faith and hope are defined in the dictionary as follows: Faith is confidence or trust in a person or thing or a belief not based on proof and Hope is an optimistic attitude of mind based on an expectation or desire. Faith says it is so now, and hope says in the future it could happen.
Philippians 4:7-9 tells us: “Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” “And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” “Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you.”
Let us rejoice and be glad that the love of God to humanity will never come to pass that easy, unless we go deeper to sin that will never be forgiven.
Thank you Lord of all creations, thank you for the life full of joy and adventures. Thank you for your Son Jesus who showed us love same as you do. Please help us to be like you, your love, and your care, help us to be stronger in time of defending the kingdom you have bestowed upon us. Help us in this journey that without you we are nothing but with you we are bigger than any attacker we could imagine.
Thank you Father in Jesus name our 2nd and last Adam and thank you Holy Spirit for the joy of being in me. Amen