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The Wages of Sin

Wages of Sin

The Wages of sin is death.  Jesus’ death was caused by taking our sins and his resurrection has proven the power of God over the prince of the air.  Jesus won the battle by being alive again and never to see death forevermore.  His glorious body is sin proof and the father of Lies will get his vengeance to vulnerable innocent people of God.

Jesus defeated death and victoriously regained the seat to the throne of righteousness.  The sin made by the 1st Adam cost him the throne and the paradise and allowed sins’ to enter the world. The sin by the 1st Adam had been wiped out by the work of the 2nd Adam, as well as the other faith heroes listed in the book of the Hebrews.

Not only the human being before our time transgressed the Law of God, but we also belong with those transgressors that are doomed to see corruption.   Anybody without exception will meet death when they work against the will of God.  Anybody whether in heavenly places, on earth, and even above and beyond the firmament will pay-off their sins with death, and that includes the rebellious angels that want to take His kingdom before the foundation of the earth.

When God turned the switch on and the light blinded the prince of this world and his minions, they already know that their end is near knowing that they have nothing to lose but to be more aggressive in deceiving and tempting the people of God; with a thought that maybe the more people they get to sin, the more they can buy time to hold the judgment against them because they know that God wants all His people to be with Him. 

No matter what they think they are already a loser and the minions should open their eyes that there is no winning situation. Their leader just wants to stay in power and he is using them to continue his fight against our God Almighty.  The power of the Prince of this world is coming to an end and his reign is soon to perish on earth and all the places he does his evil work.  He is prepared for this final battle against the plan of God. He knows God very well because He was with God before the foundation of the earth and likewise, he is God’s favorite angel.

God gave him almost everything except for one, His supreme immeasurable power and authority to rule over them.  Though he rebelled against God, our God of mercy and grace, this prince was given the earth to rule with a warning without exception, “do not touch my anointed.”

The Devil has been called many different names in various heavenly places: Beelzebub, Lucifer, Satan, Mephistopheles, the Prince of Darkness, Beelzebub, Mephistopheles, Lord of the Flies, the Antichrist, Father of Lies, Moloch, or simply Satan.  He appeared with various physical descriptions: with horns, long nails, hooves feet, and tail with spearhead. With scary description by poet Dante Alighieri in Divine Comedy (Inferno) brought fear in the mind of people from all walks of life. 

Jesus Christ redeemed us across the board from the bondage of sin, an inheritance we do not need; our sins are wiped out and we become a new creation from above.  Sinners or saints, believers, and non-believers, Jews, and gentiles all are considered covered by his redemptive work before the cross. After his death, Jesus was raised from the dead until his ascension to heaven and left the redeemed people back to sin again.

The sin has been erased but the nature of humans remained intact. The nature of the flesh is just waiting to be revived and if the mark is missed again, it will slowly come back to life. The sinful nature that man recreated can only be undone by man alone.  Sin did not die on the cross; it made an Impact that it comes back with a vengeance and devours the ignorant and lack of knowledge of the word of God more aggressively.

Prophet Ezekiel preached that: the soul that sin dies, this means that it is the individual sinner; also he said that the sin of the father is not the sin of the son;  likewise, the sin of the son is not the sin of the father. This is part of the freedom of the will. David prayed to ask for help and forgiveness, he said that “his soul is clinging to the ground.” We have to be aware that we need to save our soul, not the flesh which is already owned by the dust of the earth, and when David died, he saw the corruption of his body.

Adam surrendered the earth to the prince of the world and lost all the rights to rule over it; but the people God started to realize that we still have the right to reclaim the earth through a good fight of faith, the hope of winning and love to regain the lost paradise back to perfection in the heavenly realm.  The principalities can only exercise their potential to win the battle if we will give up our right to fight against all odds.

Faith in God will give us the backing from above and the Holy Spirit can only do so much because of our free will, but if we will allow him to use us, there will be light on the path we take, and we must use the word of God to fight the good fight of faith. When there is light it weakens the darkness. When the powerful word of God is used they flee from us.  Either the flesh or the soul when it sins, the consequence is death.

We do not work hard to go to hell but we have to work hard for our salvation since the principalities with their prince rule this earth and they look at us like a scavenger who wants to get the treasure of the earth.  We are a threat to their lifestyle and we are rebels to them that want to overthrow their kingdom.

In the mount of transfiguration where the three disciples of Jesus witnessed the presence of Moses and Elijah while Jesus was in the process of transfigurations, the voice from the cloud said to them “this is my Son my beloved Son whom I am well pleased.” The appearance of Moses and Elijah made me suggest that both are in the flesh in order for Peter, James, and John to recognize them. If they are in the flesh they did not come from heaven as Scriptures said that flesh and blood cannot enter the gate of heaven.

If they were dead, only cloth with flesh for that special event, then they died with sin since the wages of sin is death. Elijah and Enoch didn’t see death they were taken to heaven.  We can make another opinion that heaven (Garden of Eden) on earth still exists; the paradise lost has been put in use where the righteous await before the final curtain goes down.

When Jesus spoke to his disciples that the Father’s mansion has many rooms prepared for them, this is very clear that the disciples will eventually die and with the assurance that their destination is heaven.

In our life, sin is one thing we can do without exerting any effort, the sin of lying.  Lies, big or small is still considered a sin, white lies to avoid harm is also a lie.  God hates all liars and doomed to take part in the lake of fire.  God who does not change His mind and whatever he planned and said, He will do it, but God is full of mercy that He could change the circumstances without breaking the word He said.

Once the prince of the world meets the grace period and didn’t change, judgment will be handed including his minions. Our role as actors on this stage will be over and we will face the real us when the curtain opens once and for all. I believe that our souls will be saved; we will have a glorious body.  What kind? I believe it is not covered with flesh but something else which is not revealed in this generation.

May the good LORD of Host, bless and keep you may His face shine upon you and give you peace.

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Bishop Joseph

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

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