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Lost Souls Series

Part 2 – Lost Souls Series

In the Garden of Eden where life began, also the birth of sins of mankind began so death for the wages of sins is death. Adam and Eve were kicked out of the garden as punishment. One more rule that they have to follow is to multiply and replenish the earth and subdue it. God does not change his mind, what he said he does and when He said not to eat the fruit of good and evil or they die, after many years they died. The first death was they were separated from God which is spiritual and He changes the circumstance by letting them live for many years but eventually, death comes 2nd death (Body) so as all of mankind. They followed the command to multiply, replenish, and subdue it.

God is just and His work is perfect, all His ways are righteous and upright, God is faithful to His word and impartial in judgment. God is merciful and graceful to forgive our sins and yet He judges those who do injustice and wickedness. God sees the hearts and minds of men and witnesses injustice progresses as human signs of progress in this world today.

We always ask: “Why God allows bad things to happen to good people? How good should we need to be to avoid bad things to happen? Why will God created something that destroys His own creations? What really are the intentions of God? If we were born to be wild, is there a valid point to be nice?  Can we achieve satisfaction in this life, or we will never be filled and still wants some more? Do God’s image and likeness is still within us? God is a Spirit and His truth is suppose to be with us.

Try to answer those questions if it will lead you to receive blessings. I wish you will. Years ago I have very good plans to help people improve their lives when I win the lottery and yet the one that I know that won without any plan, doesn’t know what to do. Why is that? We can never understand God’s decision, He has the thoughts higher than our thoughts, and ways that we don’t have. We are sinners to begin with and deserve to be chastised once in a while but it doesn’t mean that we are out of God’s love. God’s love sometimes is by way of discipline, give us a lesson and I believe that we are not predestined Creations we have our free will to change whatever we feel will deliver a good result. We cannot create heaven but we can make our own heaven and dreams are everyone’s reach.

However, to achieve to the level of understanding of God’s involvement in human activity is by looking back how He handed His wrath to disobedient, to evildoers, and to those who worship idols through these patterns we will learn how He does justice. We have to remember that He is a just Judge, He is the Only Judge and Witnesses all the things that we do, yes “we can run but we cannot hide” probably we must better understand how God views it. He witnesses our good deeds and minus our wrongdoings, do you think we will still have more good deeds left to avoid judgment?

When we look back from ancient history we will know how God carried His judgments; Death to Adam and Eve for disobedience.  The serpent received punishment for its role in the fall of man, God changes the serpent into a snake and crawl and eat dust. God protected Cain in killing Abel after Cain went to God for refuge and he still met the punishment as “fugitive and wanderer.”

For refusing to let the Israelite free, God punished the Pharaoh by sending ten plagues to Egypt. When the people in Noah’s time won’t stop offending God, God sent a deluge that wipeout Mankind except for Noah’s family.

God is good but never tests His goodness and patience nor tries to be at the same level. He sent fiery fire to Sodom and Gomorrah to punish the wicked. Lot’s wife turned to Pillar of Salt for disobedience. Moses was denied to enter the Promised Land due to sin. David’s and Bethesda’s sins cost the life of their son.

There are many more in the Old Testament that God punishes the offenders. Being just He also gives blessings to those that are obedient to His will. Noah’s family was saved. God bless Abraham to be called His friend and David is after God’s own heart. Moses becomes the steward of the law and Jesus receives the power and authority and later the Son will give it back to the Father when all the enemies including death are under his feet. So that God will be all in all.

Abraham won many battles and David received forgiveness and God commanded him just to gather the materials needed to build the temple because of his sins and His son Solomon built it. There are many more to mention; punishments, blessings, and forgiveness, and all of these are for us to learn that God is just. If we focus on those things that happened in the past, it will give us the understanding to stay in the light. God judges the wicked and gives rewards to those who feared Him.  

Will He judge us even we feared Him? What we must be concerned about is when we offend Him with intentions to disobey His will. “And the LORD said, “I will cause all my goodness to pass in front of you, and I will proclaim my name, the LORD, in your presence. I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.” Scripture also tells us that He is a just God who will judge injustice and wrongs. God sees the hearts and minds of men and that alone is an inspiration to walk in His image and likeness.  

Romans 12:19, ESV: “Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” Another version” Romans 12:19, KJV: “Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.”

Since the beginning of life, God was involved in human activities.  What else would we think that God the Father will not be involved in the last days?  His absence on the last day will not have any significant meaning at all if He will not be present. There is an assurance that He will be the judge so His presence is super significant.  And I heard the angel in charge of the waters say, “Just are you, O Holy One, who is and who was, for you brought these judgments.” God is “coming” to pass judgment and to reward everyone according to his deeds, and those stay faithful and follow the footsteps of Christ to the end, will have the right to the tree of life forever. (John 11:25-26).

The Almighty God witnesses everything; those that are committing adultery, speaking lies about Him, worshipping idols, nothing is hidden in His eye, their guilt is not concealed in God’s eyes, and He witnesses everything that we are accountable; on everything, we have done. “These six things the Lord hates, yes, seven are an abomination to Him: A proud look, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that are swift in running to evil, a false witness who speaks lies, and one who sows discord among brethren” (Proverbs 6:16-19). — Reference: Proverbs 15:3; Jeremiah 16:17; Jeremiah 29:23

“And it is to him that we must all give an account of ourselves. Hebrews 4:13”—GNT Good News Translation.

 “There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the One who is able to save and to destroy [the one God who has the absolute power of life and death]; but who are you to [hypocritically or self-righteously] pass judgment on your neighbor?”—James 4:12 Amplified Bible (AMP)

It is for God to judge, not for us.

“Never pull each other to pieces, my brothers. If you do, you are judging your brother and set yourself up in the place of God’s Law; you have become in fact a critic of the Law. Yet if you start to criticize the Law instead of obeying it you are setting yourself up as judge, and there is only one judge, the one who gave the Law, to whom belongs absolute power of life and death. How can you then be so silly as to imagine that you are your neighbor’s judge?” James 4:12 J.B. Phillips New Testament (PHILLIPS)

Revelation 22:18-19 “I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this scroll: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to that person the plagues described in this scroll. 19 And if anyone takes words away from this scroll of prophecy, God will take away from that person any share in the tree of life and in the Holy City, which are described in this scroll.”

This clarifies the confusion that it is God, the Almighty Father who witnesses all the iniquities of human behavior, will be the Judge according to what they had done — The Almighty God and no one else besides Him. He will reward those who acknowledge His existence.

To God be the glory

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Bishop Joseph

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