Exhortations

Does God take the blessings?

Does God take back the blessings He gave us? 

Did Job mention something about God taking back His blessings? Job never knew why he was blessed with prosperity and then shredded into unbearable circumstances. He lost everything, including his family. Humans always turn away from God when something wrong happens, and they rage at God, blaming Him for letting bad things happen to good people. Are we that good?

Job couldn’t find out why it happened to him (Job), and having no good help from his friends’ advice, Job turned the blame on himself and felt that he was not good enough to plead his situation to God effectively. 

However, Job never turned away from God. His faith never weakened, no matter how grim the circumstances of his life had become. Instead, he showed how to keep the faith and how to fight the good fight of faith. Job later proved his faithfulness and righteousness, defeating the challenges that Satan was wrong in picking him and God was right in letting Satan test Job. Job later received double restitution.

When God gave power and authority to Jesus, God did not ask them to return what He had given him. But Jesus knows God very well, and he (Jesus) is voluntarily giving it back. In Luke 10:19, Jesus assures us that He has given us the power to overcome all the enemy’s power and that nothing shall harm us. In Matthew 18, Jesus says, “Whatever we bind on earth, will be bound in heaven, and whatever we loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.

Why did God give us life only to die? Does this mean that God takes it back? He allows us to taste life only for some time, and we, as his creation, should accept that limitation. We are here today to enjoy the precious life with Him, but what do we do in return? We turn our back away, continue sinning, corrupting His creations, and abusing our free will. We have a chance, and we call it grace. It has an expiration, and it is coming very soon to all.   If we do not express our hearts filled with the spirit of repentance in its most genuine meaning and not the works of our lips, where do you think we are heading after this life?  

Death is taking life away; we can get it back through resurrection. Therefore, we should learn the lesson of the past, and if given a chance with a more substantial body to resist sin, then we can make it through; but if sin is still more robust than the will of the fleshes, then we need to keep being resurrected over and over, but resurrection doesn’t work that way. Once resurrected and received a glorious body, eternal life has been fulfilled; death has been defeated again for good. So, the only one that can defeat sin is its death. Sin dies when we all return and submit under the wings of God.

In God’s government, or the kingdom of God, there is no law that people can commit sins, and when there is no law, there is no sin. People who lack knowledge can come to this confusion. How would the world look without the law that controls bad behavior, survival of the fittest, hard work, sleepless nights, stress, worries, and anxiety? Influential to the powerless, fortunate to the unfortunate, and authority and the influential will dictate the lives of every individual.

It will look like a world without God. So the law, on the other hand, the law is mandated only to those who live in darkness, but in God’s kingdom, sin is dead; no one knows about sin. So, life will be good, and anything good comes from God. So we need God, and that is the bottom line.

With a glorious body, eternal life, and living with God, our mind has no room to miss the mark. Once sin is defeated, it will perish, and there will be no more trace of its existence. That is why we will no longer be under the bondage of the law.

Psalm 57:2 says, “I cry out to God Most High, to God who fulfills his purpose for me.” The key to understanding this passage is our submission to God’s purpose for our life. There is nothing we can do but obey His Will if we want to receive the promise of eternal life. If we resist fulfilling every purpose He has for us, God will not change the days of our lives, and He is the only one who can change the circumstances. However, our choices and actions depend on us and not God to act.

Bishop Joseph

Bishop Joseph Vitug, Ph.D. - Bishop Emeritus

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