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The fallen angels

19 July 2018

The fallen angels

demonology

When Satan rebelled against God many angels followed him in his rebellion; we don’t know their number but we know that they are many. The angels of Satan are free to act all over the world. Paul wrote to the Corinthians that an angel of Satan was given to him to torment him, in order to keep him from becoming conceited because of the surpassingly great revelations from the Lord (2 Corinthians 12:7 – Both the IBRV and the IBDV read ‘un angelo di Satana’ that is, ‘an angel of Satan,’ while the KJV, NKJV and NIV read ‘a messenger of Satan’). As we saw before, before the return of Christ, Michael and his angels will fight against Satan and his angels, but Satan and his angels will not prevail and they will be hurled to the earth (Revelation 12:7-9). The everlasting fire was prepared by God for Satan and his angels (Matthew 25:41), therefore the angels of Satan were appointed to be thrown into the everlasting fire, where they will be tormented forever and ever.

Besides these angels, there are other wicked angels who – unlike the above mentioned angels – are not free to act in this world, because they are in a prison called Tartarus (Greek word which indicates the deepest abyss of Hades). God cast them down to this place, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved for judgement, because they did not keep their first estate but left their own habitation and gave themselves over to fornication (2 Peter 2:4; Jude 6-7). As to these angels, in the book of Genesis it is written that they saw that the daughters of men were beautiful and they took wives for themselves of all whom they chose (Genesis 6:1-4).

According to the Word of God, we will judge the fallen angels (1 Corinthians 6:3). Read more…

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Cherubim and Seraphim

16 July 2018

Cherubim and Seraphim

ANGELOLOGY

The first reference to the cherubim in the Bible is found in Genesis 3:24: “So He drove out the man; and He placed cherubim at the east of the garden of Eden, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to guard the way to the tree of life” (NKJV). God dwells between the cherubim (1 Samuel 4:4; Psalm 80:1; Isaiah 37:16). The prophet Ezekiel saw them in a heavenly vision; here are his words: “Now it came to pass in the thirtieth year, in the fourth month, in the fifth day of the month, as I was among the captives by the river of Chebar, that the heavens were opened, and I saw visions of God. In the fifth day of the month, which was the fifth year of king Jehoiachin’s captivity, The word of the LORD came expressly unto Ezekiel the priest, the son of Buzi, in the land of the Chaldeans by the river Chebar; and the hand of the LORD was there upon him. And I looked, and, behold, a whirlwind came out of the north, a great cloud, and a fire infolding itself, and a brightness was about it, and out of the midst thereof as the colour of amber, out of the midst of the fire. Also out of the midst thereof came the likeness of four living creatures. And this was their appearance; they had the likeness of a man. And every one had four faces, and every one had four wings. And their feet were straight feet; and the sole of their feet was like the sole of a calf’s foot: and they sparkled like the colour of burnished brass. And they had the hands of a man under their wings on their four sides; and they four had their faces and their wings. Their wings were joined one to another; they turned not when they went; they went every one straight forward. As for the likeness of their faces, they four had the face of a man, and the face of a lion, on the right side: and they four had the face of an ox on the left side; they four also had the face of an eagle. Thus were their faces: and their wings were stretched upward; two wings of every one were joined one to another, and two covered their bodies. And they went every one straight forward: whither the spirit was to go, they went; and they turned not when they went. As for the likeness of the living creatures, their appearance was like burning coals of fire, and like the appearance of lamps: it went up and down among the living creatures; and the fire was bright, and out of the fire went forth lightning. And the living creatures ran and returned as the appearance of a flash of lightning. Now as I beheld the living creatures, behold one wheel upon the earth by the living creatures, with his four faces. The appearance of the wheels and their work was like unto the colour of a beryl: and they four had one likeness: and their appearance and their work was as it were a wheel in the middle of a wheel. When they went, they went upon their four sides: and they turned not when they went. As for their rings, they were so high that they were dreadful; and their rings were full of eyes round about them four. And when the living creatures went, the wheels went by them: and when the living creatures were lifted up from the earth, the wheels were lifted up. Whithersoever the spirit was to go, they went, thither was their spirit to go; and the wheels were lifted up over against them: for the spirit of the living creature was in the wheels. When those went, these went; and when those stood, these stood; and when those were lifted up from the earth, the wheels were lifted up over against them: for the spirit of the living creature was in the wheels. And the likeness of the firmament upon the heads of the living creature was as the colour of the terrible crystal, stretched forth over their heads above. And under the firmament were their wings straight, the one toward the other: every one had two, which covered on this side, and every one had two, which covered on that side, their bodies. And when they went, I heard the noise of their wings, like the noise of great waters, as the voice of the Almighty, the voice of speech, as the noise of an host: when they stood, they let down their wings. And there was a voice from the firmament that was over their heads, when they stood, and had let down their wings. And above the firmament that was over their heads was the likeness of a throne, as the appearance of a sapphire stone: and upon the likeness of the throne was the likeness as the appearance of a man above upon it. And I saw as the colour of amber, as the appearance of fire round about within it, from the appearance of his loins even upward, and from the appearance of his loins even downward, I saw as it were the appearance of fire, and it had brightness round about. As the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud in the day of rain, so was the appearance of the brightness round about. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD. And when I saw it, I fell upon my face, and I heard a voice of one that spake” (Ezekiel 1:1-28; cf. Ezekiel 10:1-22). Two cherubim of gold were placed upon the ark in the Holiest of all in the Tabernacle (Exodus 25:17-22; Hebrews 9:5). The veil of the Tabernacle (which separated the Holy Place from the Most Holy Place) was woven with an artistic design of cherubim (Exodus 26:31). Please note that in Hebrew the plural of cherub is cherubim, although the King James Version uses the word cherubims.

The seraphim (from the Hebrew word saraph which means ‘to be on fire’) are mentioned by the prophet Isaiah in his book. Here are his words: “In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple. Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly. And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory. And the posts of the door moved at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke” (Isaiah 6:1-4). As for the seraphim also, it must be said that the plural of seraph is seraphim, even though the KJV uses the word seraphims. Read more…

The comprehension of the Bible

13 July 2018

The comprehension of the Bible

THEBIBLE

Since the Bible is a book composed of writings inspired by the Holy Spirit of the Lord, in order to understand it a man needs the illuminating work of the Lord in his heart, for the Lord is the One who makes a man understand the Scriptures correctly. Now, through some passages of the Scriptures and some comments on them, I am going to demonstrate what I have just said.

Before His death, Jesus had said to His disciples: “Behold, we go up to Jerusalem, and all things that are written by the prophets concerning the Son of man shall be accomplished. For he shall be delivered unto the Gentiles, and shall be mocked, and spitefully entreated, and spitted on: And they shall scourge him, and put him to death: and the third day he shall rise again. And they understood none of these things: and this saying was hid from them, neither knew they the things which were spoken” (Luke 18:31-34). There are some other Bible verses which state that the disciples of Jesus understood neither the Scriptures that spoke about Jesus nor the words of Jesus that predicted His death and His resurrection, which are these: “These things understood not his disciples at the first …” (John 12:16); “But they understood not this saying, and it was hid from them, that they perceived it not ….” (Luke 9:45); “But they understood not that saying, and were afraid to ask him” (Mark 9:32). Please note that the disciples, even though they had believed that Jesus was the Christ, the Son of God who had come forth from the Father, had not yet understood the things that Moses and the prophets had said about the Christ, that is, that He had to suffer and raise from the dead. But why had not those men (who had believed in Him) understood yet the things which had been written about Him? Because the meaning of those Scriptures was veiled from them, and thus they could not understand them. They understood them after Jesus rose again, for it was then that the Lord opened their minds so that they might comprehend them, as it is written: “And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me. Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures” (Luke 24:44-45); it was then that they “remembered that these things were written of him, and that they [the Jews] had done these things unto him” (John 12:16). What happened to the disciples of Jesus shows us that in order to comprehend the Scriptures which speak about Jesus Christ, it is not sufficient to read them or to hear them, because it is necessary for the Lord to open the minds of those who read them or hear them, so that they might understand them, just as He did toward His disciples when He appeared to them after His resurrection. Therefore, if it was the Lord Himself who made His disciples understand the Scriptures why should we think that nowadays He can’t make people understand the Scriptures without using any person? Is there anything too hard for the Lord? Have the ways of the Lord changed?

When Jesus spoke to His disciples about the Holy Spirit, whom He would send to them after His ascension to heaven, He said to them: “I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now. Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come” (John 16:12-13), and also: “But the Comforter, which [who] is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things…..” (John 14:26). Therefore, we learn from these words that Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to teach us all things and to guide us into all truth. Someone may ask: ‘Didn’t Jesus speak those words only to His apostles?’ Yes, Jesus spoke those words to His apostles, however they are addressed to all the disciples of Christ. Obviously, in the Church God has appointed teachers, who have the gift of teaching and thus they are able to teach the doctrines of the Bible, however teachers are not able to make people comprehend the Scriptures, for that’s an ability possessed by the Spirit of God, who was sent from heaven and who dwells in every believer.

One day Jesus rejoiced in the Spirit and said: “I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes: even so, Father; for so it seemed good in thy sight” (Luke 10:21). We also acknowledge that God reveals the things concerning the Kingdom of God to those who change and become as little children, while He hides them from those who are very learned and think they are wise and intelligent. And we are, by the grace of God, among the little children to whom God has revealed His Son and the things pertaining to His kingdom, and we praise Him for this, yes, we praise Him because we acknowledge that we have come to the knowledge of the truth because God gave us that understanding which nobody else on the face of the earth could have given to us. We could have listened to the best orator, the most eloquent preacher of the Gospel and of the things pertaining to the Kingdom of God, but had it not been for the supernatural intervention of God we would never have understood what is so simple (but many have made it so difficult and complicated by empty words). What is so simple? The message of salvation and the way to be saved.

The apostle Paul said to Timothy: “Consider what I say; and the Lord give thee understanding in all things” (2 Timothy 2:7). As you can see, Paul believed that the Lord Himself would make Timothy understand the things he had written to him; not a particular group of believers with the ability to interpret correctly the things he had written, but the Lord Himself.

The apostle Paul said to the Philippians: “Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you” (Philippians 3:15). With these words Paul expressed his confidence that if the saints of Philippi did not understand some things he had written to them, the Lord would have made them understand those things by a revelation. As you can see, in these last two verses I have quoted the Scripture stresses the powerful illuminating work of God in the heart of believers.

John wrote: “But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him” (1 John 2:27). Therefore, John believed that it was the anointing received from God that would teach the believers about all things, and not a particular group of bishops appointed by the Lord. The words of the apostle John confirm the words that Jesus said about the Holy Spirit when He promised the Holy Spirit to His disciples: “He shall teach you all things” (John 14:26). However, at this point a clarification is needed: the fact that the anointing we have received from the Holy One teaches us all things doesn’t mean that we don’t need the ministers of God, otherwise the Scripture would contradict itself because it states that in the Church God has appointed apostles; prophets; evangelists, pastors and teachers, for the perfecting of the saints and for the edifying of the body of Christ (Ephesians 4:11-12). I repeat this concept in these terms: John, by those words, did not mean that since the believers have received the anointing from the Holy One, they don’t need to be taught by anybody, because the believers in Jerusalem “continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers” (Acts 2:41-42); Paul stayed in Corinth “for a year and a half, teaching them the word of God” (Acts 18:11 – NIV); and he said to Timothy: “These things command and teach” (1 Timothy 4:11), and to Titus: “These things speak ….” (Titus 2:15). John simply meant that we who know the truth don’t need the arbitrary and contradictory teachings about Jesus Christ which are spread by many impostors across the world, because the teachings about Jesus Christ that we have received from the Holy Spirit are true and sufficient to our salvation. We know all the things that can save our souls because the anointing of the Holy One teaches us everything and so we don’t need the diabolical and damnable teachings of the Roman Catholic Church, or the Mormon Church, or the Watchtower Society, or the Unification Church, or some other false church. Therefore, to sum up, although the anointing of the Holy One teaches all the believers, those who have received the gift of teaching must teach the believers the things pertaining to the kingdom of God in order to strengthen them in their faith and to help them grow spiritually, and the believers must continue steadfastly in their doctrine because this is the will of God. Both those who teach and those who are taught must always bear in mind these words said by Paul to Timothy: “Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee” (1 Timothy 4:16). Please note that salvation is promised to the minister who is an example to the believers and teach them the sound doctrine, and also to those who hear his teaching and put it into practice.

The apostle Paul said to the Corinthians: “But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them” (2 Corinthians 4:3-4). Today, by the grace of God, besides the writings of the Old Testament that speak about Jesus, we have also the writings of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John which speak very clearly about the birth of Jesus, His life, His teachings and powerful works, His death and His resurrection, however many of those who read and hear the Gospel written by those men, don’t understand it, and among them there are millions and millions of Roman Catholics across the world. They have the pope, the cardinals, the bishops, the priests, and many theologians, but the Gospel is veiled to them. Why is it veiled? Because their minds have been blinded by the devil, their minds have been darkened, and thus they can’t see the light emanating from the Gospel of God. What man must do in order to be saved is written very clearly, yet what is written so clearly is pitch dark to them. Why? Because their leaders have darkened the Gospel through their tradition they handed down, so what is light to us is darkness to them; and how great is that darkness! As the Jews when they read the Old Testament have a veil which covers their hearts and prevents them from recognizing that the prophetic Scriptures were fulfilled in Jesus of Nazareth, so there is a great number of men who read or hear the Gospel but their minds are blinded. They are on the way of destruction and as long as they don’t repent and believe with their heart in what they read or hear they will not be able to understand the Gospel. As you can see, a man can understand the Gospel only through the illuminating work of God in his heart, thus we reject the doctrine which says that a particular group of people has the power to make people comprehend the words of the Gospel.

In conclusion, there are two kinds of people in this world: those who have understood the Scripture because they have humbled themselves before God and the Lord has opened their minds to understand it and they continue to understand it because the Spirit of God guides them into all truth; and those who live in darkness with their minds blinded by the devil because they refuse to humble themselves before God and prefer to hear the human precepts rather than the precepts of God so clearly written in the Bible.

Last but not least, in reading the Holy Scripture, each of us must divide the word of God rightly (2 Timothy 2:15), which means that we must interpret it correctly otherwise we will give space to false doctrines. I could give you many examples to show you that if we don’t do this, we will give space to false doctrines, but I will give you only one example. Jesus Christ one day stated that His Father was greater than He (John 14:28); now, it is evident that if those words are taken out of context and they are not compared with other words they might lead us to believe that Jesus was not God during the days of His flesh; whereas, if we compare them with other Bible passages we will realize that this is not the true meaning of those words of Jesus. Therefore, I exhort you to read carefully the Scriptures and when you find some difficult passages, I urge you to pray and to look for the right explanation of those passages in the Bible, for I am fully persuaded that the Scripture explains the Scripture. I tell you from personal experience that often a verse or a passage becomes clear when studied in the light of other Bible statements on the same subject, and that if we compare Scripture with Scripture, we are guarded against becoming unbalanced in our views. As for some particular passages which seem not to have a Biblical explanation, I exhort you not to worry, because God has not promised to reveal us all secrets and mysteries during our earthily life, as it is written: “The secret things belong unto the LORD our God….” (Deuteronomy 29:29). Remember that even Paul, who was a man full of divine wisdom who wrote most of the New Testament epistles said: “I know in part” (1 Corinthians 13:12). As for those biblical passages which seem to oppose science, I tell you these things: first, the Bible is always right, while scientific discoveries or thesis have many times proved to be nothing but lies, so beware of all those who affirm that the Bible opposes science, for when it seems so it is not the Bible which opposes science but rather science which opposes the Bible; second, even though the Bible does not describe things in precise scientific terms, it does not give misinformation: so when the Bible states that the sun rises (Ecclesiastes 1:5), it does not tell a lie, for actually that’s what every human being sees with his own eyes. Is it not true that we see the sun rise in the east? On the other hand, even the Naval Almanac uses the term ‘sunrise’, and nobody dares to charge the Almanac with error. Therefore, the Bible describes the rising of the sun not in scientific terms, but as it appears to be. Remember this: had God used advanced scientific terminology in the Bible, which He could have, people would have understood nothing. I say it again, beware of all those who state that the Bible opposes science, for the Bible cannot oppose the truth (thus, it cannot oppose true scientific discoveries, for true scientific discoveries confirm the truthfulness of the Bible), for it is truth (John 17:17). Since the One who inspired the writers of the Bible is the Creator of all things, who thus knows everything about the universe, and at the same time He is the God of truth, who loves truth but hates falsehood, even when His Word deals with matters of science it tells the truth, even though it does not use an advanced scientific terminology. Let God be true, but every man a liar.

Let me say now some words about the method of interpretation which we should use in reading the Bible. The literal method of interpretation is the only consistent approach, in contrast to the allegorical method. By the literal method of interpretation, I mean understanding the words of the Scripture according to their ordinary, customary, apparent meaning as determined by grammar, context, and historic usage. Of course, this method does not exclude symbolism, but it means that we should only attribute a figurative or symbolic meaning when the context or wording itself indicates such. So we can attribute a symbolic or figurative meaning to recognizable figures of speech, parables, types, or symbols indicated as such in the Scripture, and some prophetic references. However, we should be always very prudent when we interpret allegorically those parts of the Scripture which can be interpreted in this way, lest we give allegorical interpretations which are inconsistent with the teaching of the Scripture. The history of the Church teaches us that over the centuries many false teachers and prophets have brought into the Church many false doctrines and damnable heresies using the allegorical method of interpretation. Furthermore, I tell you to beware of all those who take the Bible figuratively, thus they give allegorical meaning to everything or nearly everything that is written in it, for they are greatly mistaken: these people have adopted this method of interpretation for they want to evade the clear meaning of statements they do not want to accept, for they are rebellious people who want to live according to the flesh and not according to the Spirit. They make the Bible say things which it doesn’t say: they will bear their sin. Read more…

The Three are One and dwell in us

9 July 2018

The Three are One and dwell in us

THETRINITY

Now let’s see some verses of the Scripture which show us that the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit dwell in us.

The Word teaches that God the Father dwells in us

Jesus said: “If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him” (John 14:23). John says: “Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God” (1 John 4:15). And Paul says: “And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people” (2 Corinthians 6:16).

The Word teaches that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, dwells in us

Jesus said: “Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing” (John 15:4-5). Paul says to the Ephesians: “For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith” (Ephesians 3:14-17). The same apostle says to the Colossians: “To whom [the saints] God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Colossians 1:27). He says to the Galatians: “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me” (Galatians 2:20), and to the Romans: “And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness” (Romans 8:10), and to the Corinthians: “Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?” (2 Corinthians 13:5).

The Word teaches that the Holy Spirit dwells in us (bear in mind that He is called also the Spirit of God and Spirit of His Son)

Jesus said: “Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you” (John 14:17). Paul says to the Romans: “But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his” (Romans 8:9). He says to the Corinthians: “What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?” (1 Corinthians 6:19), to the Galatians: “And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father” (Galatians 4:6), and to Timothy: “That good thing which was committed unto thee keep by the Holy Ghost which dwelleth in us” (2 Timothy 1:14). James says: “Or do you think that the Scripture says in vain, ‘The Spirit who dwells in us yearns jealously?” (James 4:5 – NKJV).

Brothers, as you can see, these verses of the Scriptures show clearly that God and Christ Jesus and the Holy Spirit dwell in us. How can we understand all this? We can’t, at the moment we can only accept this by faith. Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His works! Read more…

The blasphemy against the Holy Spirit

6 July 2018

The blasphemy against the Holy Spirit

SpiritIn the Gospel according to Matthew we read: “Then was brought unto him one possessed with a devil [demon], blind, and dumb: and he healed him, insomuch that the blind and dumb both spake and saw. And all the people were amazed, and said, Is not this the son of David? But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, This fellow doth not cast out devils [demons], but by Beelzebub the prince of the devils [demons]. And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand: And if Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself; how shall then his kingdom stand? And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils [demons], by whom do your children cast them out? therefore they shall be your judges. But if I cast out devils [demons] by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you. Or else how can one enter into a strong man’s house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man? and then he will spoil his house. He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad. Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men. And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come” (Matthew 12:22:32), and in the Gospel according to Mark we read: “And the scribes which came down from Jerusalem said, He hath Beelzebub, and by the prince of the devils [demons] casteth he out devils [demons]. And he called them unto him, and said unto them in parables, How can Satan cast out Satan? And if a kingdom be divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand. And if Satan rise up against himself, and be divided, he cannot stand, but hath an end. No man can enter into a strong man’s house, and spoil his goods, except he will first bind the strong man; and then he will spoil his house. Verily I say unto you, All sins shall be forgiven unto the sons of men, and blasphemies wherewith soever they shall blaspheme: But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation: Because they said, He hath an unclean spirit” (Mark 3:22-30).

As you can see, Jesus rebuked sharply those who said that He had the prince of demons and that by his help He cast out demons, because by saying those words they blasphemed against the Holy Spirit of God, for Jesus cast out demons by the help of the Holy Spirit and not by the help of Satan. In other words, because they attributed the work of the Holy Spirit through Jesus to Satan, blaspheming thus against the Spirit. They asserted that He was possessed by Beelzebub, not filled with the Holy Spirit. They attributed the power to drive out demons, not to the Holy Spirit of God, but to the prince of demons. And because of the seriousness of their offense Jesus told them that they would never be forgiven, for they were guilty of an eternal sin.

Now we know that Jesus Christ still baptizes His disciples with the Holy Spirit, and when they are baptized they are filled with the Holy Spirit and begin to speak with other tongues as the Spirit gives them utterance, just as on the day of Pentecost (in Jerusalem, about two thousand years ago) about one hundred and twenty disciples began to speak in other tongues after they were filled with the Holy Spirit. We know also that the Holy Spirit still distributes His gifts to believers according to the will of God. So there are still Christians who speak with different kinds of tongues to God by the Spirit, who interpret those tongues by the supernatural help of the Spirit of God, who prophesy by the Spirit, who receive a word of wisdom and a word of knowledge by the same Spirit, who perform miracles and healings by the Holy Spirit, who discern evil spirits (demons) and cast them out of the demon possessed in the name of Jesus Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit (demons come out of these people by the power of the Holy Spirit, who is much more powerful than Satan and all his demons), and those who are enabled by the same Spirit to perform signs and wonders through the gift of faith. All these things are wrought by the Holy Spirit, for the edification of the saints, and these things lead us to glorify the glorious and powerful name of Jesus Christ. So we praise and glorify the name of Jesus Christ because in His name the works of the devil are destroyed, his schemes brought to light and exposed, the saints are comforted and encouraged in their faith, and many unbelievers repent of their sins and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ. Yes, because many people across the world believe in Jesus when they see the supernatural manifestation of the Holy Spirit. However, there are many people who affirm that those Christians who speak in other tongues, cast out demons, heal the sick, perform miracles, prophesy, have visions and revelations and so on, are of the devil because they have evil spirits or are demon-possessed. Therefore, these people say against these Christians the same things that those scribes and Pharisees said against Jesus while He was still on the earth. And unfortunately, among these ignorant people there are many who claim that they have believed in God and in His Son. They belong to many and various Protestant Churches. These people are greatly mistaken because they don’t know the Scriptures nor the power of God. I exhort you, brethren, to beware of them, because they deny the power of our immutable God, and speak against the Holy Spirit. And if you, who are reading these words, are tempted to say that those Christians who have these spiritual manifestations in their life have evil spirits or are demon-possessed, I exhort you to resist the devil and not to say these evil things, lest you blaspheme against the Holy Spirit. Know this, that they are full of the Holy Spirit, and the Holy Spirit is working through them. I exhort you to seek the face of the Lord, and to desire earnestly the baptism with the Holy Spirit and the gifts of the Spirit. You will be blessed, and you will not regret your decision. You will finally know the power of God and you will be thanking the Lord until the end of your life for making known to you His power.

I want to tell you one more thing. According to the Scriptures, if a believer denies the Lord Jesus Christ, that is, if he denies that He died on the cross for our sins and rose again for our justification, he tramples the Son of God underfoot, counts the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing and insults the Spirit of grace. Such a man commits the “sin unto death” (1 John 5:16) and therefore at his death he will go to perdition (hell) together with the wicked and on the day of judgement he will be cast into the lake of fire. For it is clearly written: “For if we sin wilfully [that is, if we commit the sin unto death] after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, but a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. He that despised Moses’ law died without mercy under two or three witnesses: Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace? For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people. It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God” (Hebrews 10:26-31). Therefore, to insult the Spirit of grace is to sin unto death. Flee from the sin unto death, for it is the most serious sin a believer may commit, since it is impossible for those who commit this sin to be brought back to repentance, for they crucify again for themselves the Son of God and put Him to an open shame (Hebrews 6:4-6). In other words, flee from the sin unto death, for a believer can repent of all sins he may commit except the sin unto death, for this is the unforgivable sin. Read more…

Jesus can be known

3 July 2018

Jesus can be known

JesusTo many people Jesus of Nazareth is only an historical personage, who lived about two thousand years ago somewhere in the land of Israel, of whom the Bible says that He lived a holy life, did many miracles and then He died. To us Jesus of Nazareth is much more than that, for He is the Son of the Living God who was sent by God into this world to die for our sins. But His story did not end with His death, for the third day Jesus rose again by the power of God and after forty days He was taken up into heaven. He lives! And we have known Him; yes, we know Him personally. We came to know Him when we repented of our sins and believed in His name. Formerly we did not know Him, to us He was a stranger, even though we knew that He had lived many centuries ago in the land of Israel, He had lived a sinless life, and He had died on the cross for our sins and risen again the third day. But that glorious day, on which we repented of our sins and believed in Him, we tasted His love, His power, His goodness, His faithfulness; in other words, we discovered His reality. He forgave our sins and caused us to be born again; by His mercy we were born again, we became new creatures in Him and from that time on we have never been the same again. He manifested Himself in our life, and came to dwell in us. We now feel He lives in us, He is always with us, His divine presence never leaves us. Blessed be His holy name now and forevermore. Amen.

If you don’t know Jesus, I urge you to humble before Him, acknowledging that you are a sinner, then repent of your sins and believe that He is the Christ, the Son of the living God, who died on the cross for our sins and rose again for our justification. Talk to Him as if He were physically near you. When you do these things you will feel immediately forgiven and will experience the new birth. The peace and the joy of the Lord will flood your heart, and you will never be the same. Read more…

The death and the resurrection of Jesus

25 June 2018

The death and the resurrection of Jesus

JesusIn the fullness of the time Jesus Christ (the Son of God, who was in the bosom of the Father before He came into the world) died “for our offences, and was raised again for our justification” (Romans 4:25).

As for His atoning sacrifice, it was foretold centuries before by the prophet Isaiah in these terms: But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken. And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth. Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand. He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities. Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors” (Isaiah 53:5-12).

As you can see, according to the Scripture, Jesus had to die that He might make atonement for our sins through the offering of His body. Perhaps you are wondering why His sacrifice was necessary for the atonement or remission of our sins. Well, the reason was this. Divine justice – God’s holy law – requires death as the penalty for sin. God chose to bind Himself by the principle of death for sin, thus without the shedding of blood (the giving of an innocent victim) there could be no release from this penalty and no restoration to fellowship with the Holy God. That’s why according to the law sins were atoned by the blood of animals, as it is written: “For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul” (Leviticus 17:11), and those animals had to be perfect and pure in order to be accepted by God. However, those atoning sacrifices (or sin offerings) were only a shadow of the perfect atoning sacrifice of the Messiah – that’s why the blood of those animal sacrifices could not take away sins –, who was the Innocent Victim, that God foreordained before the foundation of the world. So Jesus of Nazareth, being the promised Messiah, had to shed His own blood for the atonement or remission of our sins. The death of animals was not sufficient to remit our sins, because we are much greater than they in that we were created in the image of God; neither could an ordinary person suffer the penalty in our place, for each one deserves eternal death for his own sins. Only a sinless person could atone for our sins, but there was none. So God sent His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, who existed with Him in heaven from eternity and who was pure and innocent, in order to provide a suitable substitute. Jesus Christ was without sin for He was born without sin and lived a sinless life, and thus He could be a perfect substitute. Thus God provided a substitutionary sacrifice for our sins through the death of the sinless man Jesus Christ, as John wrote: “He loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins” (1 John 4:10NIV). Jesus was the “lamb without blemish and without spot, who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world” (1 Peter 1:19-20) but was sacrificed in these last times for us, so that through His precious blood we might obtain the remission of our sins. His perfect sacrifice, in laying down His life for us, has fully met the holy and just requirements of God’s law. Christ suffered the penalty of sin on our behalf. God inflicted the penalty for sin on Christ, so that through His atoning death we might be forgiven and reconciled to God. He did not become a sinner, but He became the sin bearer, the sin offering, the sacrifice for our sins, as it is written: “So Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many” (Hebrews 9:28 – NKJV), and again: “For He [God] made Him [Jesus Christ] who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him” (2 Corinthians 5:21 – NKJV). In the light of what the Scripture teaches, therefore, the death of Jesus Christ was the manifestation of the love of God toward us.

As for the resurrection of Jesus Christ, it also was foretold by God centuries before it occurred, for David said concerning the Christ: “I have set the LORD always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope. For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell [Hebrew: Sheol; Greek: Hades]; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption. Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore” (Psalm 16:8-11). It is evident that David did not speak of himself but of the Christ, for the patriarch David died and was buried and saw corruption; but Jesus Christ, whom God raised from the dead, did not see corruption. David, being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his body, according to the flesh, he would raise up the Christ to sit on his throne; He foreseeing this, spoke concerning the resurrection of Christ, that His soul was not left in Hades, nor did His flesh see corruption. But why was the resurrection of Jesus Christ necessary to our salvation? To answer to this question I need to speak about certain things the High Priest had to do on the day of atonement with the blood of the sacrifices he offered for his own sins and for the sins of the people of Israel. Now on that particular day the High Priest had to offer some animals to make atonement (through their blood) for his own sins and for the sins of the Israelites; here is what is written in the law of Moses: “And Aaron shall bring the bullock of the sin offering, which is for himself, and shall make an atonement for himself, and for his house, and shall kill the bullock of the sin offering which is for himself: And he shall take a censer full of burning coals of fire from off the altar before the LORD, and his hands full of sweet incense beaten small, and bring it within the vail: And he shall put the incense upon the fire before the LORD, that the cloud of the incense may cover the mercy seat that is upon the testimony, that he die not: And he shall take of the blood of the bullock, and sprinkle it with his finger upon the mercy seat eastward; and before the mercy seat shall he sprinkle of the blood with his finger seven times. Then shall he kill the goat of the sin offering, that is for the people, and bring his blood within the vail, and do with that blood as he did with the blood of the bullock, and sprinkle it upon the mercy seat, and before the mercy seat” (Leviticus 16:11-15). Now, as you can see, the blood of both animals (the bullock and the goat) had to be brought by the High Priest within the veil, that is, into the Most Holy Place and sprinkled upon the mercy seat and before it. Those sin offerings, of course, were a shadow of the sacrifice of Christ, only a shadow, for the law has a shadow of the good things to come, and not the very image of the things (Hebrews 10:1). And in fact the blood of those sacrifices, which were offered year by year, could not take away sins from the conscience of the worshipers, while the blood of Jesus, which He offered once for all for our sins, can take away sins from the conscience of those who believe in Him. But let’s go back to the place where the blood of the sin offerings had to be brought by the High Priest after the killing of the goat of the sin offering and the bull of the sin offering on the day of atonement. The law says that the blood of those sin offerings had to be brought into the Most Holy Place of the sanctuary, which was a man-made sanctuary. Therefore, as the High Priest had to bring the blood of both the bull and the goat into the Most Holy Place, so Jesus, the High Priest of good things to come, after having offered Himself as a ransom for our sins, had to enter the Most Holy Place of the sanctuary which is in heaven (which is not man-made and of which the sanctuary on earth was only a copy), not by means of the blood of goats and calves, but by His own blood, to obtain eternal redemption for us. So He had to enter into heaven itself to appear in the presence of God for us. It is evident therefore that if Jesus after His death had to enter into heaven by means of His own blood in order to finish (or to complete) His work of redemption, He had to be raised from the dead as well. And that is what happened after three days; then after forty days He was taken up into heaven at the right hand of the Father. The Scripture says: “But Christ came as High Priest of the good things to come, with the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands, that is, not of this creation. Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption” (Hebrews 9:11-12 – NKJV), and again: “For Christ did not enter a man-made sanctuary that was only a copy of the true one; he entered heaven itself, now to appear for us in God’s presence. Nor did he enter heaven to offer himself again and again, the way the high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year with blood that is not his own. Then Christ would have had to suffer many times since the creation of the world. But now he has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself” (Hebrews 9:24-26 – NIV). That’s why the Scripture declares that the resurrection of Jesus took place “for our justification” (Romans 4:25), and also that if Christ has not been raised – as some say – our faith is vain and we are still in our sins (1 Corinthians 15:17).

Conclusion

Therefore Jesus Christ bore all our sins in His own body, and through His death we have been reconciled to God. The Just suffered for the unjust “that he might bring us to God” (1 Peter 3:18). As Paul says to the saints of Colosse: “For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell; And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven. And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled in the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight” (Colossians 1:19-22). So it is very evident that if a man wants to be reconciled to God he must believe in the blood of Jesus Christ, as it is written that God has set forth Jesus Christ “to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; to declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus” (Romans 3:25-26). There is no other way for a man to be reconciled to God, I say it again, no other way. A man can be reconciled to God only through faith in Jesus Christ, for it is only by faith that a man is justified.
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