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The Gift of Truth

The Gift of Truth.

Every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. God is not partial, nor does he show favoritism— James 1:17. The gift of salvation is from God and is offered to everyone willing to receive it. God has given grace to those who have already received it yet continue to desire the flesh and still lack the interest to seek Him.

God’s gifts of mercy are for those who ask diligently and humbly for forgiveness. How can you be forgiven if you don’t ask? How can you be close to Him if you don’t seek His face? How can you strengthen your relationship with Him without praying or communicating regularly? How can you stay focused on Him when constantly distracted by your worries and anxiety? How can you represent Him when you are representing another master? How can you restart reconstructing the false belief that you inherited or learned from false witnesses?

Many are lost in the translation of the Word of God; either false prophets feed them and false witnesses, or they are rooted in beliefs passed on to them by their parents, who did not even know how to open the Bible. There were times in history when our view was that the missionaries, priests, and other evangelists didn’t want the recruits to have a Bible due to fear that knowing too much may end up dividing the word of truth. A lack of awareness is not an excuse for not knowing the truth. They hide something you don’t want to know if they do not want to hear you asking questions.

The Bible said to ask; Matthew 7:7 says, “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened to you.” If this does not work, you must be insistent to keep asking, seeking, and knocking. By faith, you will eventually receive what you asked, see what you are seeking, and finally, doors will open for you to be equipped and filled with the knowledge you are longing for. His word is a love letter to be cherished by His children, and we are His children who need a Father to protect us from evil spirits in heavenly places. A true child of God covers the sacredness of the Father, and no one should try to add or divide His word of truth.

If the Father has chosen the Jews as His chosen people, How about us who also belong to Him? Are we the second-class children? The Jews were the chosen people of God, but it doesn’t mean they are the favorite people. On the contrary, God chose them for a mission that, for thousands of years now, is still not even close to accomplishing. Jesus accomplished his mission in three years, but the Jews, until now, are rejecting that Jesus is not the Messiah they are waiting to come.

When did Jesus say they would not see him until they acknowledged him as their Messiah? But how about the non-Jews? Are the Gentiles part of their rejection of why God delayed the end of the ages for thousands of years? Though most of Isaiah’s prophecies belong to Israel, we are also part of his preaching, being the child of God. Isaiah 41:10 So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen, help, and uphold you with my righteous right hand.” That is what God does to His children. He will never leave them nor forsake them.

But our sins also have a bearing that the end of the ages is delayed, and that is God’s grace, an extension for us to have a change of heart. This is how we are, as stated in Mark 7:21-23–”For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within and defile a person.”

Neither Jews nor Gentiles have any special treatment. Each of us has a mission to accomplish, but to the Jews predestined by God to be part of the end time, we don’t have the right to question the ways of God. So, we must revisit what Jesus said before we throw that question. In Matthew 5:20 ESV— Jesus said, “Unless your righteousness is better or exceeds that of the righteousness of the scribes and then you will never enter the kingdom of heaven…

Jesus is talking about these specific groups of religious leaders and their obedience to the commandments of God. However, they are criticized for letting their left hands know what their right hands are doing. What we should watch is to overdo it and become self-righteous.

Jesus reconciled us with the Father and acknowledged the Father as the One true God; our approach to this truth is that the Father shall always be present when we praise the Son. Some believers omitted the name of the Father, making the word of God void- Mark 7:13. Traditional worship such as this does not please God. Jesus means God saved, and this leads the Father to be the Savior and the Son to be a savior or the saving grace from God. Salvation is a gift from God. “I am the first and the last, and there is no God but Me.” Isaiah 44:6

Oh, LORD of Host, we trust every word you say that you want us to be with you. Thank you for the Spirit of Truth entrusted to us and the kingdom your adversary and his minions will never overtake. God is all-powerful, our all-in-all.

Bishop Joseph

Bishop Joseph Vitug, Ph.D. - Bishop Emeritus

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