Thursday, June 18, 2020

Do You Believe In Dispensation?

Has God Dealt Differently To People Of Different Ages?

Question: Do you believe in dispensation? Has God dealt differently to people of different ages? If it is true, then how can salvation of one's soul be based on the faith in the universal Messiah of whole humanity who is Jesus Christ, when people who lived before Christ's coming could not even come to know him as their Savior and Lord in those ages as Christ was revealed to the world just two thousand years ago only?

Answer: Greetings in Jesus wonderful name!

I believe in dispensation, which means 'a political, religious, or social system prevailing at a particular time.' In other words, God dealing with humans were divided in to seven different category of time within a group of generations or a generation, through which God in various ways with various system of reaching out took place uniquely towards humans which made them respond universally and differently.

The curse is the result of human volition used selfishly without God, and the blessings of restoration comes through belief in Christ which makes them live above self for the will of God.

The five major aspects of influence for the division of dispensation by God in reaching out to humans differently and uniquely are due to the following reasons, 1) a curse on the serpent, 2) a change in womanhood and childbearing, 3) a curse on nature, 4) the imposing of difficult work on mankind to produce food, and 5) the promise of Christ as the seed who will bruise the serpent's head (Satan).


In the Bible seven distinct administrations are set before us. Each has its own beginning and ending; each is characterized by certain distinctive principles of God's dealings; each ends in a crisis or judgment peculiar to itself, save No. 7, which is without end. These may be tabulated thus :

1) The Edenic state of innocence
(Gen 1:26; 2:20; 3:8, 11).
End -- the expulsion from Eden.

2) The period "without law" (the times of ignorance,
Acts 17:30).
End -- The Flood, and the judgment on Babel.

3) The era under law
(John 1:17; Matt 21:43-44).
End - The rejection of Israel.

4) The period of grace
(John 1:17).
End - The "day of the Lord".

5) The epoch of judgment of the world system
(Rev 13:1-10; John 12:31).
End - The destruction of Antichrist.

6) The millennial age
(Rev 20:4-6).
End - The destruction of Satan, and the judgment of the great white throne.

7) The eternal state of glory
(Dan 7:27; 4:34-35; 2:44-45).
No End

All seven dispensations exhibit differing characteristics which call for the close attention of the Bible students.

Regarding the salvation of one's soul, the Lord has not changed one bit from the time of first Adam our forefather to the present time we live which is the end of this age. God has always saved humans by faith in Him
(Heb 11:1, 6), the eternal void in humans was kept by design to make him seek God and find Him (Eccl 3:11). Faith comes in to people when they hear God's word written in the Bible, or God speaking to them in dreams and visions, or through circumstances, or by any other means and methods that God has chosen to reveal in His will and in His time to those who seek Him (Rom 10:17). God is not just a God of the past to only speak through the written Word to limit his reach though it is the primary way of his outreach to humanity, but He is also the God who lives in the present time and is in control of the future time who is able to reveal himself to the seeking heart through any means, methods and models outside of time in which He lives. So though the dispensation have changed in reaching to humans through different ways, God has revealed himself through creation and nature itself which must lead all humans to seek for God sincerely and be saved through it (Acts 17:26-27). Human's problem is not in finding revelation of God, but rather they are without excuse for the times they wasted without seeking God because what they did further with whatever revelation they have received is what they are accountable for at the end before God (Rom 1:19-21; Luke 12:43-44, 47-48). God is just and therefore He has sent forth his call to all people to get saved to the ends of the earth, and therefore thereafter seek him with their whole heart (Isa 45:22).

So salvation is not dependent upon any of the way of the dispensation of God's reaching out to humans, but it is in their response to God back through faith with whatever way God has reached out to them. God will never demand anything unjustly for which we are not able to respond by faith in whatever generation we have lived from the beginning to the end. If we take one step towards God, God will respond back to us by taking two step towards us who are seeking Him
(Jam 4:8).

Christ came at the appointed time so that God's planned mystery which has been hidden from previous generations and ages could be revealed to the Church, and through the Church to the whole world in this present age of grace which we live for the Glory of God in Christ Jesus
(Heb 1:1-2). And thus the "time past" is obviously distinguished from "these last days" in which we live presently (Heb. 1:2), so that we might be able to "rightly divide the word of truth" (2 Tim. 2:15). It is essential to regard the times in which the words were spoken, as well as the times to which they refer, to properly believe the truth and receive the power of heaven to be rewarded by God and walk in His favor presently.

The present administration of God is in grace, not in law, judgment, or glory, and belongs to the "dispensation" (oikonomia) of the Mystery, that secret
"which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to His saints" (Col. 1:26), that secret "which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men" (Eph. 3:5). Hid in God from the beginning of the world (see Eph. 3:9), it was kept secret since the world began (see Rom. 16:25).

Humans cannot save themselves, God has to save them from sin in every generation. So in each generation whoever have walked in faith automatically gets saved by God whether they have know the mystery of Christ or not previously before the coming of Christ to this earth. But God reveals to all humans the ultimate reason why they ended up in heaven is all because of Christ and His work for them
(Eph 4:8; 1 Pet 3:18-20; 4:5-6; 1 John 2:2). For the same reason, those who will be in hell will know justly why they ended up in hell fire because of choosing life without God based on their own self-life.

God wants us to believe what has been revealed to us and also to humans in every generation they have lived, not worry about what has been hidden to us in His will
(Deut 29:29), which might be revealed later to us if we presently continue to hear Him and obey what he says to us day by day.

Praise the Lord!

Much Blessings...


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Sunday, May 31, 2020

Even Though I Try, I Can't Overcome Sin?

Why I Can't Overcome Sin Even Though I Pray And Read The Bible?

Question: I have a question. Why I can't overcome sin even though I pray and read the Bible?

Answer: Greetings to you in Jesus mighty name!

It is good that you are trying to overcome sin, that in itself shows that there is a new nature that is working in you as a saved believer and a son of God in Christ Jesus
(1 John 3:9). It is not just you but the great apostle Paul who wrote by inspitation nearly one third of the whole of the New Testament Bible, was bewailing about his inability to overcome sin even though he was trying to please God by faith, working in ministry being a blessing to many, a saved man indeed (Acts 26:15; 1 Cor 12;3). In fact ironically, Paul said that, what he will to do he was not able to do, instead what he hates to do that he practices (Rom 7:15). Then he found the hard way, the greatest discoverey in his ongoing spiritual life, that is by understanding himself, he said that the law of God is spiritual, but he was carnal and sold under sin from the day he was born as a sinner, so by showing the inclination to keep the law he had agreed that the law of God is good that is why he is trying to keep it. But as a born sinner we all sin, as a born again believer we all want to overcome sin. So whenever we fail to keep the law as a believer, God understands our hardship of how a weak spirit-man within us have been overcome by the sin nature that dwells in us. This keeps us humble to accept the fact that even though we do the basics of reading the Bible to strengthen our spirit man and pray to God inorder to communicate with Him to receive power over sin regularly, yet because we grow spiritually only over a period of time and not instantly, therefore we fail to do the good we want to, but we tend to do the evil we will not want to do (Rom 7:14, 16-18). It is like a small boy becoming a young boy and then becoming strong as a adult and then a Father. We are a human being and not a human doing. Therefore, just like in our physical life it takes time to grow in stature, it also takes time to spiritually grown in stature (Luke 2:52).

When we fail our way to go forward in faith without giving up, we tend to grow gradually but steadily over a period of time
(1 John 2:12-14). Only dead fish go with the flow, that which is alive goes against the flow. In the same way, because we are spiritually alive and are increasing in wisdom and stature, we need to go against the flow of sin that is in the world around us even though we find it hard.

Sin which works in us through our indwelling sin nature pulls us back now and then to discourage us from moving forward
(Rom 7:20). The self-discovery in our spiritual life to understand that the potential evil is present within us, but at the same time God has given us a greater potential in our new nature to keep sin away by God's awesome grace that strengthen us through the trials and tribulations of this life can only keep us in the right position as a overcomer (Rom 7:21-23). This truth makes us accept that until we die the war against sin will continue to exist, and as a good soldier of Christ Jesus we need to fight until we die and go on to be with the Lord to receive the reward for it from Him (Rom 7:24-25). That does not mean we will continue to be defeated all the time as God has promised that sin shall not have dominion over us the believers in Christ Jesus (Rom 6:14), at the same time this does not mean that we will have victory all the time without ever failing or falling once in a while due to our spiritual pride that comes often to pull us down (Gal 6:1, 3; 1 Cor 10:13). Thus there is no better way we find than to fail forward in our spiritual life. 

As Jesus Christ is the doctor for our soul, and we are the patient who are sinners in need of healing, let us stay close to the doctor all the time so that in case of any emergency we can approach him and keep ourselves in a healthy state free from the disease of sin and death which is lack of fellowship with God
(Luke 5:31; Heb 4:16). Whenever we sin consciously, we need to run to Jesus Christ to confess it and become cleansed by His blood so that we could continue to serve God and have close fellowship with Him with a good conscience (Heb 9:14; 1 John 1:7, 9; 2:1-2; Acts 24:16).

God has not demanded us to become sin-free but wants us to maintain a good conscience towards Him which is a prerequisite to serve Him
(1 Peter 3:21; 1 Tim 1:18-20; Heb 9:14). God wants us to cleanse ourselves from conscious sins (Jam 4:17; 2 Cor 6:16-17; 7:1), so that He would be able to keep us away from unconscious sins by revealing it and giving us the power to overcome it for His Glory (Gen 20:6; Rom 14:23; 1 John 1:9).

Having, understood the big picture, let us get in to the unique area of personal faith for overcoming over sin. This is all about how we see sin and how we should see Jesus when we are tormented by sin's evil power exhibited within us through our sin nature. The first greatest truth to behold is, when Jesus died for our sins by dying on the cross, and then getting resurrected and ascending in to the throne of the right hand of God, we see the truth applied to us in our baptism. In both the spiritual and physical baptism, we have been buried with Jesus Christ. Just as Jesus Christ rose from the grave by the power of the Holy Spirit, we should also walk in the newness of life from the new nature by the power of the Holy Spirit
(Rom 6:4; 8:11). If we live with a conscious faith that our old man that acts in a evil and carnal way has already been crucified with Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior, sins's power over us will lose its way so that we shall no longer be in its control over us by our conscious dependance upon Him (Rom 6:6). If we choose to believe this form of doctrine that say that we are no longer slaves of sin but only fighters against it as a soldier of the army of Jesus Christ and choose to surrender all our bodily members for the Lord Jesus to control it from within through the new nature which has been given by Him as a gift to us (Rom 6:17; 2 Tim 2:2-3), then sin shall subside and heavenly righteousness of faith shall reign through our lives. While as we continue to identify ourselves with Jesus Christ by faith more and more and start to unite together in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall be in the likeness of His resurrection now in our spiritual life which leads us in to a place of victory where we will experience a dimension of life just like Jesus so that sin shall have no more control over us just like it does not have control over Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior, thus forever we will live overcoming life, and forever we will live even for eternity (Rom 6:5).

So gaining power over sin is like a boxer who disciplines himself in both power and skill to become better and better, so that in a particular match now and then they will be tested for both their power and skill to be rewarded now and also for eternity. All people will want to gain mastery over sin even when they are unsaved because sin is a reproach to any people
(Prov 14:34), but only the saved finally master over it to thus not just run as like fighting it out as beating the air, but really beating the enemy through their faith that comes to them through regular feeding of the Word of God and prayer through which the power of God comes in to action on behalf of them to give them supernatural victory over sin for the Glory of God (Rom 10:17; Eph 6:12-13, 16-18). Every believer who fights against sin and disciplines his body to bring it in to subjection, is competing against himself to earn eternal reward of a imperishable crown from God which is the eternal prize they will receive gloriously. All believers who do not become religious but rather run this race with faith will not be disqualified, but rewarded by God for their spiritual valor and their fighting spirit (1 Cor 9:24-27).

God is not pleased with any of our dead religious routines of reading the Bible and praying for some time that we do thinking that we are doing for Him, but He is always pleased when we connect to Him in faith, hope and love to receive from Him His power to overcome sin patiently with perseverance
(1 Cor 13:13; Heb 6:1, 12; 10:35-36). So the bottom line is, grow close to the heart of God and choose positively and learn to run away from sin like Joseph (Gen 39:9-10, 12), because the sin of unbelief easily ensnares us in our heart to make us look away from Jesus (Heb 12:1-2). Another important thing is that we cannot grow altogether in a day spiritually to master over sin, but as we learn to hate sin and run away away from it each time instead of giving in to its deceitful lust, we will learn to run the race victoriously day by day against sin with perseverance which was set before us by God so that we could earn eternal imperishable crown for the Glory of our Lord Jesus Christ (Heb 12:1-2).

Drawing near to God is the chief end of all humans, overcoming sin is the means through which we fulfill it for the Glory of God
(Heb 4:16). So let our focus be always on the Lord and not our own perfection or to say clearly our imperfection which sin brings (Heb 12:2)!   

Day by day we grow in the Lord, 
Like a watered plant that keeps growing, 
Like a flower we blossom after a season, 
When we have faith and perseverance everyday.

Never give up as sin is our enemy, 
Fight sin through your death in Jesus, 
Kill sin until it dies without power, 
When every thoughts and desires is surrendered to Him.

You are not fighting the air but a invisible enemy, 
Who uses sin to set a trap and keep you in its snare, 
It is one thing to be religious and fail, 
But it is totally another thing to be spiritual and overcome sin.

God is pleased when you have faith in Him and His promises, 
When you pray He moves in power on your behalf, 
Setting you free from the shackles of sin's defeat, 
He is our Savior and Lord of all creation who owns us.

Never become discouraged by your constant defeat, 
B'cos you are failing your way to victory through faith, 
Real failure is not failing but giving up our fight, 
In God we trust and in Him we live and move and have our being!

You are growing stronger day by day, 
Never believe the enemies lies, 
To discourage you from your eternal reward, 
To make you seem smaller when you are taller than all.

The blood of Jesus cleases your conscience from sins, 
Run to Jesus when the least of sin touches you and confess, 
In confessing of sin, sin loses its power, 
Never learn to stand on anything but the righteousness of faith.

To position you for good works that are meant by God, 
For you to do and revel in the Glories of eternity to behold, 
Nothing else but to rejoice again and again in what Jesus has done for us all, 
Full of faith, hope and love, but love stands alone at the end of it all!


Much Blessings...


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Thursday, May 28, 2020

Can We Write 'RIP' In Social Media In Seeing Someone Is Nomore?

Is It Biblical To Say 'Rest In Peace' (RIP)?

Question: Is it Biblical to say "Rest In Peace" as we often see it written on the coffin box and people writing in social media as a condolence on hearing the death of a friend or a loved one or anybody who is dead? Can we write 'RIP' in social media in seeing someone is nomore? Does the Bible even mention of such a wish or a prayer to God regarding the dead?

Answer: Greetings in Jesus mighty name!

The Bible is very clear about the eternal destinies of people who die, all those who have believed Jesus Christ as the Son of God and have died, have died yet live in the spirit because of Jesus Christ and therefore are sleeping in the Lord
(John 14:19; 11:13), and they will live rise up after the Rapture to live forever in the New Heaven and New Earth that will have New Jerusalem suspended over it aerially which will make us possible to live with God, as we in our New Glorious Body will be able to enter it any moment we desire and be in the immediate Presence of God forever and ever (John 11:25-26; 2 Peter 3:13; Heb 12:22). Those who are in the unsaved state of sin and rebellion against God and reject God's grace to accept the Lord Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior will die in their sins and will go straight to hell fire even after living a religious life (John 8:24; Mark 9:45-46).

In other words, whether we say 'RIP' (i.e.) Rest In Peace or not, those who are saved and have died will rest in peace and those who have died without salvation will rest without peace
(Isa 48:22; 57:2, 20-21).

Yes we often see the acronym RIP (or R.I.P.) is often seen carved on tombstones, and the words rest in peace are often heard at wakes and funerals. It comes from the Latin blessing requiescat in pace
(literally, “may he begin to rest in peace”)

The Bible never even one time has told people to pray for the dead as each person who dies, are judged by God according to the life they have lived and the work the have done throughout their earthly lives. The very appointment of God that each humans face in their lives to give an account for it starts the day they die and after that comes judgement, either for good works for those are saved or for the evil works for those who have remained unsaved
(Heb 9:27-27; Dan 12:13; Rev 20:11-15).

In fact speaking to the dead is an abominable practice God has clearly told His people not to get involved with, as they might end up communicating with demons that will completely misguide them in disguise to make them end up in hell fire and keep them up forever away from God
(Deut 18:10-13; Lev 19:31; 20:27; 1 Sam 28:3-25). God does want living people with life that He has given to them to consult Him and not the dead on behalf of the living (Isa 8:19-20). All the dead people are in the jurisdiction of God after their die (Matt 10:28), the saved will be with God after their death and the unsaved will end up in Sheol which is a direct translation of the Hebrew word which means it is a place of darkness to which spirits of the dead go. The Greek word used in the Bible for it is Hades which is a hostile place whose gates cannot prevail against the church because God has saved them from it through Jesus Christ the Messiah of it (Matt 16:18).

It seems that the Hades has a lot of demonic control within its operation and existence through the expression that Jesus used saying that it cannot prevail over the Church, in fact, Jesus himself holds the keys of Death and Hades that is why hades of darkness cannot prevail over the light of the Church which is the physical body of Christ Jesus on earth as He remains the spiritual and physical head to control its existence and operation from heaven which is His throne
(Rev 1:18; Eph 1:22-23; Isa 66:1). Death and Hades will ultimately relinquish their dead and be cast into the lake of fire after the end of this earth's existence (Rev 20:13-14).

There are certain absolutes of the truth that we need to understand before we can fully understand RIP (Rest In Peace):

1) The condition in which a person will live after death is determined by the life He lives now, and no prayer of others or even himself after death can change his eternal state
(John 8:24).

2) Obiviously once someone dies no amount of prayer for them can change their eternal destinies that they have attained, either they are on the way to hell's torment without God for eternity or on the way to heaven to be with God in peace for eternity based on the life lived on earth through the choice of accepting God's way of Jesus Christ 
(Luke 16:26).

3) Jesus did not pray but only wept seeing his dead friend Lazarus has died because it is appointed by God for all humans to once die and after that judgment with God is fixed by Him. But later he commanded him to arise and he lived which is a demonstration of what is going to happen to all believers. No matter how long it takes Jesus to arrive on earth, He will finally come and raise up the entire body of Believers who have died since His ascension to heaven. David stopped praying seeing that his little baby boy has died and have gone on to be with the Lord
(John 11:34-35; 2 Sam 12:20-23). This shows that in hope of resurrection we are commited to the ground.    

4) After a person dies, they are only rewarded but cannot work to change their eternal state anymore. The reward for the righteous dead are many gifts and glories of God in heaven. But for the unrighteous unsaved dead, there are many torments and many many more afflictions of stripes in hell
(Luke 12:46-48).

5) Paul prayed to God for Onesiphorus his fellow worker in his ministry saying,
"May the Lord show mercy to the household of Onesiphorus, because he often refreshed me and was not ashamed of my chains. On the contrary, when he was in Rome, he searched hard for me until he found me. May the Lord grant that he will find mercy from the Lord on that day! You know very well in how many ways he helped me in Ephesus." (2 Timothy 1:16-18). Some have used this passage to argue for praying for the dead. It is said that Paul prayed for mercy for Onesiphorus, a man who was dead. Therefore Paul believed his prayer could have some affect on the outcome of the destiny of Onesiphorus. When Paul says, "May the Lord grant that he will find mercy from the Lord on that day!", it was not about his eternal destiny that Paul was praying but rather about the reward for all his works he did in providing Paul in the ministry of the Lord. Onesiphorus was already a saved believer who helped Paul the apostle in his ministry, so there cannot be an iota of doubt that Paul was praying for his reward to be huge in heaven which will be given him by the Lord on the day of the judgment as a reward apart from sin for salvation that God has for every believer (Heb 9:27-28; Rev 22:12).

6) Praying for the dead is contrary to everything the Bible teaches. Even when Paul the apostle expressed how the believers are
"baptised for the dead", he was not saying that after death people were baptized to go to heaven but rather he was expressing the theological stance of the water baptism that every believer takes which point to him or her dying to old life and living towards God the new life which He has given them through their belief in the death and resurrection of Christ Jesus on behalf of them (1 Cor 15:1-4, 29; Rom 6:3-7). Thus saying, “Rest in peace,” writing “RIP,” and other forms of prayers for the dead are rooted in Catholic tradition, not the Word of God.

We do not see the exact words 'rest in peace' used any where in the Bible, because Bible teaches humans about the most important thing to do while alive, to look to God and live and not worry whether we will be given a good burial after death or not because in the light of eternity, how we live now towards God while alive is what will decide our eternal destiny in our after life
(Eccl 12:7, 13-14). What I say is, a good burial and a ceremony is needed for every human being from the view point of our earthly life (Eccl 6:3), but in the view point of heavenly life Jesus said, 'let the dead bury the dead,' which means he was telling that commonly anybody could give a decent burial and a ceremony for any human but only the living who lives after death will follow God on earth even before they die on earth (Matt 8:22; Luke 9:60). Hallelujah!

Paul said that
“to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord” (2 Corinthians 5:8), which shows that death for a Christian is not the end, but only a beginning for a better life with God in heaven. Thus when any human who receives Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior, they end up with Him in Zion the New Jerusalem when they die (Heb 12:22).

Because the thought of death can be frightening and at the same time disheartening and much sorrowful, people through the years have invented some platitudes with which to comfort themselves, and it is not wrong to do it when we know that someone has died as a Christians
(1 Thess 4:18). When someone dies, we often hear unbiblical statements such as “She’s an angel now” and “God needed another angel in heaven”; but people become like angel without power to procreate physically after their death (Matt 22:30), but every Christian who dies become sons of God in Christ Jesus who are more powerful and glorious that the best of the angels present in heaven as they are always close to the heart of God through the Holy Spirit who will help them have an open audience with God all the time in their thoughts for eternity (John 8:35; Gal 3:26; Rom 8:19; Isa 65:24; Heb 2:5-10). Sometimes, we hear the bromide through the mouth of unbelievers, “He’s in a better place,” spoken with no thought that he might actually be in a worse place as he too might have died as a unbeliever. People who never have time for God suddenly grow religious at a funeral, this cannot make their wish come true as they themselves need to repent and turn to God and accept his solution of believing in Jesus Christ to get saved and avoid hell (Acts 16:31).

Sometimes we even see unsaved Pastors, pronouncing a prayer of blessing professionally over the dead and saying that the dead is in heaven with God, in such cases both are heading to hell fire, the Pastor needs to repent and be saved before someone unsaved says the same prayer over his dead body too. They try to assure themselves and others that, regardless of the deceased’s relationship with God while on earth, he or she is in heaven now. But we must not ignore what Scripture teaches, and therefore only say good things of eternal life about someone only when we know that they are saved, or else speak only of the good things of the earthly life of someone and not the heavenly for those who have died
(Rom 12:15).

As humans live forever, only two option exist for them to make a choice while alive, to choose heaven or hell
(Matthew 10:28; 25:46; Mark 9:43). Jesus pointed to a rich who sought not God in his earthly life, He told that he ended up in hell fire, but a poorest man without food and in much want and sickness ended up in heaven because he sought God and had peace with Him (Luke 16:19-31). As the Bible says, there is no peace for the wicked (Isa 57:21), let us not say like the hypocritical false prophets, "peace, peace when there is not peace", thus deceiving ourselves and also others who need the Gospel to get saved (Jer 6:14; Ezek 13:10). Let none of us be the blind leaders of the blind. According to Scripture, a person who dies without Christ is not “resting in peace” (see John 3:18).

So the bottom line is to be truthful even while mourning, to say as it is, is the truth that can bring blessing to people and comfort to the heart of those who remain yet unsaved. Sharing the truth of the Scripture to people to make them aware of the good news of Jesus Christ even in the funeral homes, will do more good than bandaging the wounds without cleaning the pus. It is better to hit people with truth, than to give kisses of lies to deceive them from eternal truth that has the power to save them and make them think about it to make a decision to get saved. Truth sets us all free from sin and fear of death! Jesus is the truth we speak about always.

As REST IN PEACE (RIP) is a prayer with which we say to God to keep the dead in peace if they are saved or best wishes to the dead to remain in peace until the day of resurrection, which reveals the real meaning of REST IN PEACE (RIP),
(i.e.) "May he begin to rest in peace!". Let us say to the saved whom we know about their lives lived on earth these above phrases, and not say commonly to everyone whom we come to see being dead. Those who have lived their lives worthy of the Lord can be pronounced with such REST IN PEACE (RIP Wishes) as they are the one who will remain in peace with God and will rise again to be resurrected in their glorious body to be eternally rewarded with God's inheritance when Jesus comes to the earth during Rapture to take the Church to the prepared place for it in the New Heaven and New Earth.

When we do not know whether someone is saved or not, or we know that someone who has died is unsaved, it is better to comfort the family and friends saying that we will pray for their comfort and relief from their sorrow and not say
'Rest In Peace (RIP)' to the deceased, as a wish towards them or as a prayer for them towards God. As we know that whatever may be our wishes, the eternal destiny of each humans is sealed forever and cannot be changed after their death (John 3:18-21), let us pray that the Gospel of the Lord Jesus which we share may become effective in the lives of people whom we share with, so that we could be able to say "REST IN PEACE" - RIP to them truthfully after they die and go on to be with the Lord (Isa 57:2; Dan 12:13). Hallelujah!

Only in heaven there will be peace, in hell no peace but only torment, so get saved before it is too late
(John 3:16).

It is never wrong to say, "Rest In Peace" to the saved, and also never wrong praying for the comfort of the bereaved unsaved's family and friends, and pray for them all to come to the saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ which God desires
(1 Tim 2:3-4). But to wish or pray for the unsaved dead is unbiblical and therefore we need to avoid saying something as a cliche and start speaking about the truth of Jesus Christ that can only set people free from sin and fear of death to give them the assurance of a heavenly life with God through Jesus Christ.

Much Blessings....


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Sunday, May 17, 2020

Who Is The Good Samaritan?

Is Jesus The Good Samaritan That He Spoke About?

Question: Who is the good Samaritan? Is Jesus the good Samaritan that He spoke about?

Answer: Greetings in Jesus wonderful name!

This is a dimension of revelation that a dear preacher spoke about saying Jesus being the good Samaritan.

Let us dig a little bit and see how it fits.

Hear the Parable of good Samaritan,
"25 And behold, a certain lawyer stood up and tested Him, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” 26 He said to him, “What is written in the law? What is your reading of it?” 27 So he answered and said, “‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind,’ and ‘your neighbor as yourself.’” 28 And He said to him, “You have answered rightly; do this and you will live.” 29 But he, wanting to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” 30 Then Jesus answered and said: “A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, who stripped him of his clothing, wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. 31 Now by chance a certain priest came down that road. And when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. 32 Likewise a Levite, when he arrived at the place, came and looked, and passed by on the other side. 33 But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was. And when he saw him, he had compassion. 34 So he went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; and he set him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. 35 On the next day, when he departed, he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said to him, ‘Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I come again, I will repay you.’ 36 So which of these three do you think was neighbor to him who fell among the thieves?” 37 And he said, “He who showed mercy on him.” Then Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”" (Luke 10:25-37).

The above parable is a setting of one dimension probing in to the other,
(i.e.) an earthly dimension asking and probing about the heavenly eternal dimension. A finite dimenion trying to understand and apprehend a infinite eternal heavenly dimension. A earthly lawyer of the law testing a heavenly law of life in person who is eternal, uncreated, fully God, fully Man, who is not dependant on anything created for its existence.

The earthly law is not made to keep, but to understand that they are law-breakers according to the Bible by nature
(1 Tim 1:9). Thus by knowing that we are sinners, lawless, ungodly, unholy, profane and insubordinate, we should be able to run towards God seeking the fullness of Christ which makes us free (Gal 3:24-25). When we run to Christ seeking salvation from sin, sickness and death (Rom 4:5), God imputes righteousness in our account in heaven apart from any work of ours (Rom 4:6). That is when all our sins are forgiven and we become a child of God. Hallelujah!

The Earthly Lawyer Vs The Heavenly Lawyer

This earthly lawyer tests the heavenly lawyer Jesus by asking the question,
“Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?”

Little did this man realize that He was speaking with the very Creator of all humans, who created it for His own purpose. The one reason he was not able to see beyond the humanness of Jesus appearance was because the lawyer had a critical spirit to judge and not act as a real lawyer for humanity which includes himself. This man was trying to sit on the throne of the Judge which only belongs to God, when he should have been acting as a lawyer for humanity and live for the Glory of God.

When a man want to test the very giver of law, who gave it in to the hands of Moses through angels (Gal 3:9). Boy, he must be filled with pride. Pride and prejudice go together. Jesus came in to this earth not to make a show of his power and boast about himself, but rather to express what God is like when he relates and become one with the humanity which He has created for His Glory. Jesus the great Creator became one with his creation in humanity! Hallelujah!

The pride of the lawyer was due to his learning much about the law, but prejudice came in to his heart because he was a unsaved finite human trying to understand the infinite God. The lawyer was only able to see Jesus as a perfect human and was not able to look beyond that in to Divinity of the God-Head within Him.

Jesus always asked question to answer a question, because he knew that giving better understanding might help make them think rightly for them to open up their heart towards God, who is only able to reveal His truth to humans. Others wise every human no matter how wise and noble, they cannot be able to know anything about God and eternal life (1 Cor 2:11; Eccl 3:11).

It is human wisdom that asks God how I can enter in to heaven by my works and by my own strength? It is human ingeniousness that seeks for a way to eternal life by its own effort and strength, it happened in Babel where God came down to check human work which was so big and awesome that it led to idolatry and self-glorification that God totally rejected because it led to demonic rulership over humans, that is why the Bible describes that those people living at that post-diluvial flood timeline wanted to build "a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and [they said] let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth." (Gen 11:4). To build a tower in a city whose top may reach heaven, does reveal that humans wanted partnership with demonic fallen angels, and in lust for power tried to keep them to be subordinates to them to fulfill their wish when in fact they became slaves to themselves, and thus wanted to produce a one world religion of works to maintain "a name" because of the fear of being scattered upon the whole earth.

In other words, every time human wisdom substitutes and works for itself to enter in to heaven, they end up only with a religious name without God involved in it because it will work against the will of God. Here the will of God from the day of creation of humans is to, "fill the earth and subdue it" (Gen 1:28), but Satan was working against the will of God through humans desiring something that God hates which is idolatry (Col 3:5). In idolatry man chooses his own god and end up being a slave to it rather than obey their Creator God to be blessed to fill the earth and subdue it under Him (Rom 6:16).

The Heavenly Lawyer Jesus wanted every human to get back in to the will of God and align themselves to God through the example of Jesus which he had shown to all humanity through his life lived on earth.

When Somebody Wants A Religion And Not God, Jesus Points Them To The Law Of Moses?

Jesus answered the earthly lawyer asking him the following question, "What is written in the law? What is your reading of it?". Every one according to Jesus who understand the purpose of the law, will live with the law. And in the same way, everyone who does not understand the purpose of the law, will live without the law and become lawless overtime. So in the whole wide world, the law of God has been set by Him and especially in the nation of Israel where the Bible has become the civil, religious and criminal law for the good conduct of the whole nation. The Psalmist says to God like this, "The entrance of Your words gives light; It gives understanding to the simple." (Psa 119:130). So we know that because of the Law of Moses, the life within the nation of Israel was full of light. God's laws are the best of the best because He gave to humans out of understanding their ability and inability perfectly. Praise the Lord!

There were so many nations around the world till Jesus came, but mostly in all instances they looked to the nation of Israel for the exalted righteousness of God as a example for the rest of the world (Deut 28:37; 1 Kings 9:6-9; Psa 44:9-26; Joel 2:17).

But in many other nations the Lord left themselves to choose their own law of the land and the culture they wanted to keep (Psa 33:12; Deut 32:8). Man's ignorance of the true knowledge of God brought religion, through which cultures embraced pantheism and monotheism and the like (Acts 17:28-29).

But in the midst of such darkness without the light of the Word of God, God wanted humans to seek individually and find Him personally (Acts 17:27). The division in languages that happened in Babel of confusion scattered people in to all the world based on unique languages and destroyed the idolatry of all humans, that is to lift themselves up to gods of this world which are not gods and instead make them seek the true and living Creator God to find solutions both temporally and eternally for themselves and their nations in the midst of existing confusions (Acts 17:26; Rev 7:9; 5:9; Gen 11:9)

Because the earthly lawyer had read the law and understood up to a certain extent in his mind without the heart, he was able to answer Jesus saying, “‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind,’ and ‘your neighbor as yourself.’”

But again Jesus the heavenly lawyer appreciated the earthly lawyer for his correct answer and said to him, “You have answered rightly; do this and you will live.” The earthly lawyer beaing a religious man, immediately wanted to justify himself before Jesus and there again asked him saying, “And who is my neighbor?”.

Who Is My Neighbor?

Everybody who lives in the planet earth is our neighbour and that includes our enemies, because God has put them in so that we can know that nomatter how much we try, we are not able to keep the law perfectly with out breaking it even once (Jam 2:10).

Jesus told parables which are stories that compares a earthly scenario to reveal the heavenly truth that they each hearer of it need to understand. Jesus always trusted that God would open the heart of the hearers who are seeking Him, and make them understand deep spiritual truths through the parables. Other wise he also believed, that those who do not have a seeking heart, God will shut the door of their heart so that these people will hear the parable but will not understand it. These onlookers or rebels may even become convicted by the parable when it reveals their inner heart, but they will not be able to receive the spiritual blessings out of it in to their lives.

Hear the Parable from the lips of Jesus, “A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, who stripped him of his clothing, wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. 31 Now by chance a certain priest came down that road. And when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. 32 Likewise a Levite, when he arrived at the place, came and looked, and passed by on the other side. 33 But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was. And when he saw him, he had compassion. 34 So he went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; and he set him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. 35 On the next day, when he departed, he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said to him, ‘Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I come again, I will repay you.’ 36 So which of these three do you think was neighbor to him who fell among the thieves?” 37 And he said, “He who showed mercy on him.” Then Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”" (Luke 10:25-37).

In the above parable, there are some hard questions to ask. It is, who is the certain man and who are the theives. Who is the certain priest, who is the certain Levite, and who is the Samaritan? Who is the innkeeper? Who is the neighbour to the Samaritan?

We know that the certain man who went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, fell among the thieves who stripped him of his clothing, wounded him and deperated, leaving him half dead. Jesus was the heavenly traveller who came from heaven (John 6:38), he was indeed an outsider and people called him Samaritan because they never understood his virgin birth at all in his own nation (John 8:48; Matt 1:18; 22:45; John 10:33, 36).

Jericho’s location was key to its significance. The city was situated in the lower Jordan Valley, just west of the Jordan River and about ten miles northwest of the Dead Sea. It sat in the broadest part of the Jordan plain more than 800 feet below sea level and nearly 3,500 feet below Jerusalem, which was only 17 miles away. This geographical detail explains why Jesus said in His above parable that the good Samaritan “went down from Jerusalem to Jericho” (Luke 10:30). In other words, in this earthly life each human who goes to religion of earthly Jerusalem, is sure of going down towards deathly Jericho day by day which is the valley of death that leads towards the shadow of it which is sickness and disease which leads them towards the place where darkness and torment exists for the sins of humanity (Psa 23:4)

In other words, Jesus came to Jerusalem to bring a transformation and take them to heavenly Jerusalem, but lo and behold the religious Jewish people who lived in the earthly Jerusalem who were appointed by men to be leaders of the people of God rejected him (Matt 23:37-29), and therefore Jesus chose a new nation from all the nations of people to become the people of God (Matt 21:42-43), therefore he he did not stay in Jerusalem but changed direction and started to walk down the Calvary path towards Jericho to fight the fight against Satan and his demons to give salvation to the Gentiles as a Samaritan among them (Col 2:11-23; Rom 11:25).

Jericho the place of victory through praise, where by faith the righteous could flourish as palm trees in Christ Jesus through His righteousness was not reached before Cavary, but he was on the way walking behind the believers fallen lives on the way of pilgrimage towards Jericho with them for three and half years.

All those who pursued God when they fell in to sin and death were never helped by the religious thieves of the Pharisees, Levites and the long religious order of tradition as they have become hireling instead of being a shepherd to have compassion on the sheep-sinners (John 10:11-13). They were down on the road lying half dead not knowing whether they will go to heaven or hell fire for their imperfect religious law-walk of Jerusalem, which they left when Jesus met on the way when they were down and out on the road hit by the religious thieves and left for dead, and they changed their direction and went with Jesus towards the reality of God in Jericho seeking by faith.

Thus when the Priest and Levite the Old System of the Law could not save them from imminent death to their soul and lack of assurance of eternal life, Jesus as the rejected Samaritan and a class outsider from the pure Jewish circles, entered the scene and had compassion on the people who were on their way to eternal death of hell fire and healed them and saved them and gave them eternal life through his grace of death, resurrection and ascension to the believers through their faith (John 1:17; Matt 9:36).

Jesus took the wounded man on the road who can be likened to a sin sick believers on whom He had compassion (Matt 9:36), and so he went to him and bandaged his sin sick wounds by pouring on oil of the Holy Spirit by sealing him with salvation and giving him the opportunity to partake in the wine of the fullness of the Holy Spirit (1 John 2:27; Eph 1:13-14; 5:18; 1 Cor 11:23-26, 27-29); and he set him on his own animal which is nothing but the sacrifice of his own body in which the believer gets all the benefit of what he has achieved through his death, burial, resurrection and ascension (Rom 6:5-6, 11; Acts 1:11), brought him to an inn of the Church where he is fed to good health with healthy doctrines which makes them rich for eternity (2 Cor 8:9; 1 Tim 3:15), and took care of him by saving him from sin and sickness and death of the soul (Rom 8:32; 1 Pet 2:24), and made sure that they be sovereignly taken care of by God who is the inn keeper of the inn which is the Church (John 14:2; Luke 15:17-22).

We know that there are no free lunches anywhere except for the sons of the house in heaven whom their heavenly Father owns (John 8:35; Gal 3:26), so Jesus Christ has to pay for our sins and have to redeem our soul from death, so that we could live as the sons of God by believing Him through faith (1 Cor 6:20; 1 Peter 1:17-21; Heb 9:12). Jesus paid the price through his death for the recovery of the holistic health of the wounded human who were recovered from the road to be kept safe for healing by the inn keeper (Matt 8:14-17; John 17:14-19).

The price Jesus paid to the Father God was very costly, it cost him his sinless life to be put on the line of the fire of God's judgment. By paying the price, he redeemed mankind from hell fire to make them the sons of God and thus take them to heaven.

Jesus directly took care of the wounded sinners for three and half years when he was with all the believers physically (Acts 1:1-3), but then after that time he paid "two denarii" which means two days wages to stay in the inn and told the inn keeper to take care of the wounded sinner (John 3:16; Eph 3:14-15; John 17:20-26). Two days are two thousand years in the sight of the Lord (2 Pet 3:8). Now that nearly two thousand years have passed by, just as Jesus told and promised, He will return back soon to receive all the believers to Himself in His Father's house in the New Heaven and New Earth which has been prepared for their eternal stay (John 14:1-4)

Lot of people are working with the inn-keeper to run the inn (Matt 9:38), whatever is spent on behalf of the sin-sick sinners within the inn of the Church, all those things Jesus has told that it will be repaid back when he comes to take the Church to be with himself after the Rapture of the Church (Matt 10:40-42; 19:27-29; Mark 10:28-31; Rev 22:12). Hallelujah!

Jesus Is The Only Good Samaritan From Whom We Learn Compassion!

When a man told Jesus as a good teacher to Him, immediately he responded to him saying, why do you call me good, no one is good except God (Mark 10:18). In fact, he was saying to this ignorant religious man, you can only really know me as good in reality and truth only when you come to know me as God and call me as God and experience my goodness in your life as the one and only good God.

So as far as Jesus is concerned, there were Pharisees and Levites who walked before him, they would not turn to help the wounded man on the road because really they do not have the reality of the life of God within them to supply this half dead man on the road of life who was bleeding and inching towards eternal death because of his sin sick soul. All humans have sinned and have fallen from the Glory of God
(Rom 3:9, 23), and therefore every man has to first sacrifice to God for their own sins and then only can be able to sacrifice to God on behalf of sinful fellow humans and brethren every day (Heb 7:27-28; 10:11). Most of the Pharisees who were not able to sense the sinfulness within their own heart, became total hypocrites who said one thing to people and did totally another thing of rebellion against God in their own life and living. They became hireling altogether, when Satan and the enemies of God came against the sheepish people of God, they fled for their own lives (Matt 23:1-10, 23-27; John 10:7-13, 14).

So Jesus as the one and only qualified sinless lamb of God became the heavenly High Priest on behalf of people by giving himself as a sacrifice to God once and for all time
(Heb 7:27; 8:1; 9:12), became He is the one and only Good Samaritan who gave His very own life for the wounded sin sick sinners who were left on the road of life as half dead by the religion bigots, all of which the Jews rejected because of their tradition which blinded them completely in to sel-righteous deception and thus killed Jesus who stood against their blindness, thus Jesus the very prince of life who was pre-appointed by God for death was sacrificed for the sinners who needed his mercies and grace (Mark 7:9-13; John 1:36-37; Acts 3:15; John 15:13). In other words, the enemity of the Pharisees towards Jesus grew to such an extent of killing him because Jesus was the friend of sinners while they as religious bigots were the enemy of the same sinners, as they considered themselves self-righteously as holy men of God being deceived and deceiving others who followed them (Matt 11:19; John 8:10-12)

So we as sin sick sinners have been invited by Jesus to come and learn from him the humble heart needed to follow God and gentleness towards fellow humans which God requires for a relationship with humans which is eternal life
(Matt 11:28-30; 1 Pet 5:5; Jam 3:6-10; 4:6; Mic 6:8; 1 John 3:15; John 17:3). By measuring how we are able to love the sinners who are ready to die on the road of life and show compassion to them is what we can only learn from Jesus alone. Hallelujah! That is why He is the one and only GOOD SAMARITAN sent by God to rescue all of us and take us to our Father's House or the Inn in the new heaven and new earth.

Praise the Lord! Hallelujah!

Doing The Works Of Faith Does Not Save Us, But Authenticates That We Are Saved!

The first step is to get saved from sin by Jesus, and then after receiving the new nature of God as the sons of God by faith, we should learn to live the new nature of God by loving God and showing compassion and love towards our fellow humans.

There is a very important truth that apostle James says in his Book that clearly co-relates to what our Lord Jesus Christ wants to sink in to our heart through Good Samariatan parable, here is what he says,
"14 What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? 17 Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. 18 But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. 19 You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe—and tremble! 20 But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead?" (Jam 2:14-20).

In the above passage, we see that the apostle James clearly wants us to understand that if faith is present, surely enough we will do the works of faith without fail. Those who say that they are saved, and does not have any good works of faith are deceiving themselves and are continuing to live as the unsaved sons of hell fire. Saving faith will have works of compassion that will succeed it. In other words, we do not work our way to get saved, but rather when we are saved we work our way to heaven's reward and glory! Praise the Lord!

We are not saved by good works, but rather we are saved by God for good works which He has preplanned for us before the foundation of the world
(Eph 2:10). Any faith that does not have works of faith done in compassion is a dead faith of the unsaved human.

When Jesus finally told the self-deceived lawyer of the law with a critical spirit,
"36 So which of these three do you think was neighbor to him who fell among the thieves?” 37 And he said, “He who showed mercy on him.” Then Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”" (Luke 10:36-37), for the first time this man's eyes of the heart got opened and was able to realize that those who show mercy to every one are one who have been saved by God to inherit eternal life. In other words, Jesus made him understand that living a religious life like a Pharisee or a Levite cannot save him, but those who trust in the soul saving work of God through Jesus Christ who only as a good Samaritan could help people do good work through infusing his new nature can be able to not only save us, but also help us do the good works which he has prepared for each of His children as long as they live on earth for the Glory of God.

The bottom line of this parable Jesus conveyed is, religions can say do, but it cannot save the soul as it does not have divine power operating through it. But when we believe Jesus, He says to us done, our sin sick soul He saves first and then He helps us overcome sin and spend our lives with works of faith to live pleasing to God and be rewarded eternally for the Glory of God! Hallelujah!

Does the above lawyer or any other human in the entire planet have the power to live a life pleasing to God without Jesus? Can any human love God and his neighbour without being saved by God through Jesus? Can any human inherit eternal life without the Good Samaritan Jesus Christ? The answer to all of the above questions are a BIG NO, so we must come to believe Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior and ourselves as sinners to repent and become saved from sin by calling on His name and confessing Him before other humans after we are saved as a sign of our faith that has come within
(1 Cor 12:3; Luke 18:13; Acts 2:38-39; Rom 10:13; Matt 10:32).

Recognize the Good Samaritan Jesus Crist who has saved you, and you will never be disappointed by the tragedies that had happened in your life on the the road of life unexpectedly. Because of the fallen nature of sin which leads to death, all humans must come to the saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ. Satan and his demons operate always in deceit through our very own sin nature within and want to make us justify ourselves before God and fellow humans, therefore every child of God should be careful enough to self-examine themselves first and then should judge others justly and righteousness by the help of God just like Jesus has done for us by showing compassion for us by saving us from sin freely through shedding His own sinless blood, and so we should do likewise to all the needy wounded-sinners like us to reveal the nature of God and bring Glory to God
(1 Cor 11:31; John 7:24).

Those who are religious and self-justify before God knowingly, even God cannot save them from sin and death to give them eternal life through the Good Samaritan Jesus Christ whom he has sent to save sinful humans. God will not force any human to become saved because it is against his nature which wants humans to choose voluntarily by their own will and volition to get saved and have eternal fellowship with God. Hallelujah!

Don't believe the lawyer within you to justify yourself, but you judge yourself first and then let God justify you. When you justify yourself, you remain unsaved. But when you judge yourself as sinner in need of God's mercy and grace, God justifies you as righteous in His own sight by substituting Jesus' perfect righteousness on your account
(Luke 18:9-14). What a good God He is and what a righteous God He is at the same time, how He could be righteous to judge our sin and at the same time could show compassion to us righteously through punishing His very own beloved begotten Son Jesus Christ (Rom 3:21-26; 11:22)! This is what the righteousness of God is that has been revealed to us! Remember it is not our own righteousness, it is God's righteousness working on behalf of us to make us bright and right before the sight of God and our fellow humans supernaturally. Hallelujah!

Much Blessings...


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