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Divine and Human Changes

Changes occurs in Human and Divine

When special things happen and it’s good, it is more likely to come from God. But when in doubt then it is not from God. The Spirit of God will let us discern when the feelings are from God. God is God of order and truth and will not confuse our minds. He can change the circumstances for our favor but His word will still be fulfilled.

God is merciful and graceful not to change for our sake. We knew Him that His word will never change but there is a way that He alone can do. Adam and Eve didn’t die on the spot it took so many centuries before they eventually die and so as mankind. Wages of sin is death. Humans cannot escape death and decay unless you are faithfully following the will of God with the standard of Elijah and Enoch that escape death because they asked for it.

There are many times God forgave our sins and that is a living testimony. instead of being punished, as the wages of sin is death, He gave us a chance to change. Forgiveness is God’s strength and we cannot measure how patiently He can forgive us, as long as you come to Him and humbly ask for forgiveness. He can change the circumstances but always bear in mind that His word is definitely going to happen if you continue disregarding His Will.

Changes made by he Spirit:

The name change in the Bible is very common and the name itself has a message attached.  Abram was changed to Abraham. The name of God was put in the middle of his name because Abraham is a friend of God. Jacob was changed to Israel which means “one who has been strong against God,” God change her name from Sarai to Sarah who signifies the strength of a nation.

Change names happen either intentional or God changes it because of His own liking and wishes.  If God does it with you, wait for His time to tell you why He did it; it could be in an instant, months, or years,  it depends on how you respond.  There is a reason behind it and that will define who you are or who and what you could be.

We do not have a new name to change the circumstances but God changes it.   For example, why was the original name of Jesus as instructed by the angel changed from Immanuel to Jesus?  It was a secret at their time, nobody knew, but on our time it probably makes it clearer.  No secret is being kept forever, but it is the glory of God to conceal things.  The name change may already have been revealed to the chosen ones.

God was directly involved with humanity’s activity during ancient Israel and with the involvement of the Gentiles, His saving grace was extended. That could be the reason why the change of name happened. Immanuel is the name of an angel that means God with us. We could say that an angel will dwell among us, or God through an angel will be with us; an old belief that we all have a guardian angel.  When angels showed up to Abraham they gave the message of the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. Could it be the same message of destruction but was halted to give chance to the Gentiles to be saved.

From God being with us, it was changed to God saves (Jesus).  It is very clear in our mind to share this revealed truth which is in line or pattern to the previous history of God trying to save the people, many times.   During Noah’s time, 120 years of grace was given to them so they can change their behavior; in Jonah’s time, Nineveh was saved for destruction for 40 years when they accepted the word of God preached by Prophet Jonah.

Prophets after Prophets witnessed that the disobedience pays a heavy punishment.  We have to change and drop all unpleasantness that only leads us to go deeper from white lies to a much bigger sin. The outcome of not changing sooner is the danger that sinful acts can become habitual. We must turn to God because His mercy, grace, and love are God’s giveaways and it might be too late when the end of the ages comes. so, it is not forever, and yet many still turn their back away and embrace a temporal joy.  We need to change in order to be saved, and to be saved is the opportunity to live where God is.

The human contribution to change:

Humans’ control of the Bible does not spare the Book of Revelation to this manipulation; these profiteers will change what was originally written for their financial gain and to push their own tenet and understanding. Their desire to profit from the Word of God made it worse when they show that they do not fear to go to hell. These are the people that make this world a living hell and maybe they probably do not believe hell at all.

Either material or spiritual, their main purpose is to gain wealth even they lost their souls; and to recruit lost souls, they use it for their own gain.   They twist the word to have their own proprietary ownership, published perversion of the original book to accommodate or to please a certain group. How much more would they need to do to destroy the word given to us for our guidance, for our learning to avoid the fiery punishment due to ignorance that is meant only for our body, and now facing the destruction of our souls?

God is not delighted for all the inequities made by humans’ desire for easy and luxurious living.  They distance themselves by committing to sin to satisfy the desires of the flesh, and at the same time abusing the mercy and grace of God.  God is patiently waiting for us to turn to Him until we find our way back.  While we are still lost, we should not use the name of the Son as a magical code to enter the narrow gate without making an effort to make a change and acknowledge the Father. 

We can never feel being loved unless we know what love is. Love gives us the choice to be happy and anything outside of it could be in the realm of hate which the mind dictates. God is Love and His love gives joy. Acknowledging the presence of God is an experience of love. The One True God will give us a chance to continue the reconciliation that the Son started and finished on the cross, though we are sinners He still loves us.  We have sinned back to back, and likewise, we ask for forgiveness over and over again.  We need to change our behavior and reintroduce ourselves for reconciliation with the Father once and for all. 

After Jesus completely erased the inherited sin from the father of mankind, humans are back again sinning.  Back to Noah’s time, when God saw what had become of the human race embracing wickedness, He sent a flood to perish the inhabitants of the earth.  Human existence had been reset and later back on sinning, back in darkness again.  Doing wicked things can cost our souls, but doing righteous work, we gain acceptance from heaven and later will be rewarded with our own domain to rule.

Our Personality can be changed.

We are being blessed with love and forgiveness from God and we should not ignore that love. There are people with unacceptable personalities that need a little change in order to get along with others. Christian living should inspire us for that change; the behavior, attitude, openness, genuineness, thoughts, honesty, helpfulness, forgiveness, and more to mention we can make all the lists that we need to change and when it comes from the heart, the Holy Spirit is going to make it happen. We must do it from our heart.

We can make mistakes because of our imperfection, but we cannot always make it an excuse that our imperfection makes us do so. With a change of heart, one can also have a change of personality. Practice makes perfect. We are all the perfect imperfection people of God. There is perfection seeded within us that we can access to change that lost perfect personality. We need to work with the Holy Spirit in order to regain that lost perfection.

God is immeasurable in the riches of His knowledge and wisdom. He knows our ways and our thoughts more than we know ourselves.  

Was sin totally wiped out?  Is repeat offenders have a place in God’s mansion? The only reason I can see is to stay under His wings, pray without ceasing, and let your soul try harder to regain the Spirit that was lost with a contrite heart.  We need a change of heart and God will listen and the gate of heaven will reopen for our sake. If this is not the way it is going to happen, then we can never fully understand the decisions of God. “My word will accomplish what I desire and succeed in the purpose for which I sent it.” (Isa 55:11).

With a glorified body, we can also have a glorified name. Everything will be new in heaven and on earth. While we are here on earth let us enjoy God’s creations; help and encourage others for this big change that there will be kings and priest on the new earth until we know who will be kings that will rule their own domain and who will be the priest that will intercede between man and God.

Bishop Joseph

Dr. Joseph Vitug, Ph.D. - Bishop Emeritus

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