Exhortations

The Breath of Life: Truth

The Breath of Life: Truth

The Son, Jesus Christ, has nothing to do with our belief in him.   We lean towards the understanding of men and sometimes take the glory that belongs to the Almighty Father. Jesus said: “The Father is mightier than I.” Do His will, and I will be with you, and you will be with me. Is this not enough for everybody to believe and stop the division of truth? Why would the itchy ears not understand that Jesus is not taking glory from the Father?   Jesus never claimed that he was God; however, his apostle John wrote and claimed that Jesus was God. Why blame someone that does not have anything to do about it? While on the cross, Jesus’ only last Word that we should remember is when he said, “It’s finished,” Therefore, we must not add any more nails to his cross.

We love and honor Jesus as a Savior and obedient Son to the Father. We are honored to be called his brothers, sisters, and mothers and should be proud of his accomplishments. The problem unifying Christian theology on this part was in the authorship of John the apostle of Jesus Christ when he claimed that Jesus is God. The Oneness believers made a strong position on these passages: “Before Abraham was, I am”— John 8:58; “The Father and I are one”—John 10:30; “If you see me you see the Father”—John 14:9.

Another passage pointing to Jesus and claiming his name is the Word is John 1:1: ” In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2-He was with God in the beginning. 3-Through him, all things were made; without him, nothing was made that has been made. 4-In him was life, which was the light of all humanity. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome” it.

Genesis 1- In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. 2- The earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the deep surface, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.

3- God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 4- God saw that the light was good and separated the light from the darkness. 5- God called the light “day” and the darkness “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning.

There were many opinions, discussions, and heavy debates about whether Jesus is the Son of God, He is the Word, and He is God. I never heard anyone brought up to make a better understanding that God is a Spirit, and as Jesus said, “God is a Spirit and has to be worshipped in Spirit and Truth.” If Jesus is God and he is a Spirit, there will be two Spirits: the Spirit of the Father and the Spirit of the Son. If you combine the two Spirits, there will only be one Spirit and no more distinction. Who will it be: The Spirit of the Father or the Spirit of the Son? How are we going to call them? Would it be “The Holy Spirit?” If we are doing this as part of our learning—Bible Study, we must be excused of “blasphemy,” and there is no intention to make the work unholy. To seek the truth as God commanded us, we must seek His kingdom first and foremost and search the Scriptures—the Bible.

“With the Breath of God, Breathable becomes an inspired work of the Holy Spirit. “Knowing this first that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, for prophecy never came by the will of man, but “holy men of God” spoke as the Holy Spirit moved them.” (2 Peter 1:20–21). This is a reminder that we do not just listen to any man who looks decent and speaks well and entertains us,  as well as he preaches the Word of God but a “holy men of God.” Therefore, listen to your heart. The Holy Spirit will always help you to discern the truth.

“These things I have spoken to you while being present with you. But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything and bring all I said to your remembrance.” (John 14:26). This ended Jesus’ direct contact with us before he ascended to heaven. Instead, the Son Jesus turned over the direct involvement in human activities to the Holy Spirit of God. “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work”—2 Timothy 3:16-17.

All Christians are ministers of the good news (gospel), and we need to be equipped with proper knowledge and understanding before we can even guide the less mature Christians to the correct doctrine. We must not be ashamed of presenting ourselves if we rightly present God’s Word of truth.

Love begets love, so as hates begets hates. We must know that not everyone who speaks about the Lord is telling us the truth. The Lord does not even know them. Many will claim they work in the Lord’s name, yet the Lord doesn’t know them and even chases them away—Matthew 7:21-23. We should not play safe when danger is at hand, but with the help of the Holy Spirit, we can discern all these maneuverings by the evildoers.

The Holy Spirit will bring us joy while working with God’s Word. He will inspire us to breathe more so we can exhale more, so many will receive the truth about God’s saving grace—His Word.

  God is calling all His chosen ones to populate the Word to those we can reach, share, like, and love, and invite more to be blessed with the truth coming very soon from the third section of His Holy Word—The Revelation.

Bishop Joseph

Bishop Joseph Vitug, Ph.D. - Bishop Emeritus

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