Exhortations

Stay Justified

Stay Justified – Justification by Faith

When you do good things not only for yourself and humbly submit to God with all your heart and soul, you already showed the goodness of God to mankind. We represent God in this troubled earth and our mission to continue to bring God in everyone’s heart is our main mission as ministers of the gospel of the LORD as delivered to us by the Son Jesus our Lord.

The Son was sent by the Father with a mission that through him the world may be saved, and the Son finished the mission that pleased the Father. The followers of Jesus Christ did the same work and they continued the work of Jesus Christ as Apostles,  representing the Body of Christ and preaching the Gospel throughout the world. The world at that time is not as big as the world today because of the progression of the human race.

The good news of Jesus Christ about God the Almighty Father and the kingdom was first introduced as a church, the Body of Christ, but was not fully understood and accepted. That’s the way it has been designed by the Spirit. Jesus said that you shall know the truth and truth will set you free, but how? Seek the kingdom of God first and everything will be added unto you.

God will not give us a hard time to find Him if we know how to forgive, to be humble coupled with a pure heart and soul. This solely speaks for itself to be justified by faith, the first step towards salvation. Once we are justified, it could change both our spiritual and physical being; we could receive the gift of the Holy Spirit, and once sanctified, we might be able to be a partaker of the Divine Nature of God.

To be justified and sanctified, we need Jesus Christ. God said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” To interpret this passage in concise form for easy understanding means that God sacrificed his son for the salvation of mankind. To be justified and not to perish, we need to believe that he is the Son of God.

When Jesus said that “I and the Father are one”, many extreme religious leaders mistranslated and formed their group and was called Oneness, omitted the Father in their teachings, and even baptized the new converts only in the name of Jesus Christ. This becomes a controversy and later as generations come to pass, it was fixed, and started baptizing the new converts using the formula of the three persons of the Trinity.

We should not lose hope even though we are temporarily losing the battle. After all their winning, the end will come and they will be in the losing end while it would be a victory for us.  Even we struggle to survive so as not to miss the mark,  we still have God’s open arms: “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9 ESV

Stay focus not to get lost in translation and we would be able to maintain being justified and sanctified in our journey towards full sanctification and through the final step towards glorification.

Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10 ESV

God is all in all!

Bishop Joseph

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

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