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The baptism with the Holy Spirit

14 May 2018

The baptism with the Holy Spirit

SpiritOne day John the Baptist, the messenger sent from God to prepare the way of the Lord, who baptized Jesus Christ in the Jordan river, said these words to the Jews: “I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire” (Matthew 3:11) and after he had baptized Jesus, he said: “I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him. And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost. And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God” (John 1:32-34).

Therefore there is a baptism called ‘the baptism with the Holy Spirit,’ which is administered by the Lord Jesus Christ.

The promise of the Father confirmed by the Son

After His resurrection, Jesus Christ appeared to His disciples over a period of forty days. And a short time before He ascended into heaven to the right hand of God, He commanded the apostles “that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me. For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence” (Acts 1:4-5). As you can see, the promise of the Father, about which Jesus spoke to His disciples, was nothing but the baptism with the Holy Spirit. For, first He told them to wait for the promise of the Father and then He told them that they would be baptized with the Holy Spirit in a few days. Therefore when they would be baptized with the Spirit, the promise of the Father would be fulfilled. So let me explain to you what God had promised, let me explain what the promise of God was, so that you may understand the baptism with the Holy Spirit.

Under the Old Testament God had said that He would pour out the Holy Spirit upon the house of Israel, for He said to Israel through the prophet Isaiah: “Yet now hear, O Jacob my servant; and Israel, whom I have chosen: … I will pour my spirit upon thy seed… ” (Isaiah 44:1,3). God confirmed that promise through the prophet Ezekiel (Ezekiel 39:28,29), and also through the prophet Zechariah (Zechariah 12:10). Therefore the Lord had promised to bless His people (whom He foreknew) by pouring out His Holy Spirit upon them. However, the Lord said that He would pour out His Spirit not only upon Israel but also upon the Gentiles, for He said through the prophet Joel: “And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy….” (Acts 2:17; Joel 2:28). As you can see, God, by saying “upon all flesh” (Acts 2:17), predicted that He would show personal favouritism to no man, for He would give the Holy Spirit to all, that is to say, both to Jews and to Gentiles. So we have seen that God through the prophets of old promised that He would pour out the Holy Spirit upon all flesh. Now let us see when and how Jesus confirmed and predicted the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, because, as we have said, His disciples heard Him speak of the promise of the Father.

Jesus confirmed and predicted the outpouring of the Spirit while He was in Jerusalem, during the feast of the Tabernacles, as it is written: “On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, ‘If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’ But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified” (John 7:37-39 – NKJV). As you can see, the expression “as the Scripture has said” (John 7:38) shows that the promise of the Holy Spirit was in the oracles of the prophets of old, and we saw it just a short time ago. However, why did Jesus speak about rivers of living water in relation to the Holy Spirit, who would be given? Because the prophets compared the outpouring of the Spirit to rain sent upon dry and thirsty ground. For instance, the prophet Isaiah said from God: “For I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground: I will pour my spirit upon thy seed, and my blessing upon thine offspring…. Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert. The beast of the field shall honour me, the dragons and the owls: because I give waters in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert, to give drink to my people, my chosen. ….. When the poor and needy seek water, and there is none, and their tongue faileth for thirst, I the LORD will hear them, I the God of Israel will not forsake them. I will open rivers in high places, and fountains in the midst of the valleys: I will make the wilderness a pool of water, and the dry land springs of water….. Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing: for in the wilderness shall waters break out, and streams in the desert. And the parched ground shall become a pool, and the thirsty land springs of water: in the habitation of dragons, where each lay, shall be grass with reeds and rushes ….. and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not. (Isaiah 44:3; 43:19-20; 41:17,18; 35:6,7; 58:11). As you can see, God promised that He would pour out water upon the wilderness and He would open rivers and fountains in the midst of the dry and thirsty land. And which is the water that can quench the thirst of a soul? It is the living water that our Lord Jesus Christ gives to those who come to Him, and this living water is the Holy Spirit, which becomes in them a fountain of water springing up into eternal life. However, as it is necessary for the rain to fall upon the desert in order to see rivers and fountains in the midst of the desert, so it was necessary for the Holy Spirit to be poured out in order to see rivers of living water flowing out of the belly of the believers in Jesus Christ. Therefore the “rivers of living water,” of which the Scripture had spoken, refer to the Holy Spirit, who is received by those who believe in Jesus. Yes, because in order to receive the Holy Spirit it is necessary to believe in Jesus Christ. Paul confirms this when he says to the Ephesians: “In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise” (Ephesians 1:13), and to the Galatians: “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith” (Galatians 3:13-14). Therefore the words of Paul confirm fully the following words of Christ: “He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water” (John 7:38). Another important thing that must be said in relation to the above mentioned words of Jesus is this: when Jesus spoke those words, the Holy Spirit had not yet been given, because Jesus had not yet been taken up into heaven. So it was necessary for Jesus to be glorified so that the Holy Spirit might be given; that is to say, it was necessary for Jesus to die, to rise again and to leave this world to go back to His Father who had sent Him, so that the Holy Spirit might be poured out (therefore the promise of the Father could not be fulfilled while Jesus was still on the earth).

Jesus confirmed and predicted the outpouring of the Spirit also on the night He was betrayed, for on that night Jesus spoke about the coming of the Holy Spirit. For instance, He said: “And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; 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 14:16-17), and: “But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which [who] proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me: And ye also shall bear witness, because ye have been with me from the beginning” (John 15:26-27), and again: “Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment” (John 16:7-8). These last words confirm what I said before, that is, it was necessary for Jesus to be glorified so that the Holy Spirit might be given. And in fact the promise of the Spirit was fulfilled a few days after He was taken up into heaven, precisely on the day of Pentecost.

Someone may ask me: ‘If the Holy Spirit had not yet been given, and the disciples received Him on the day of Pentecost, which followed His ascension to heaven, why is it written that when Jesus appeared to His disciples He said to them: “Receive ye the Holy Ghost”? The answer is this: because when Jesus (the day on which He rose again) said to His disciples: “Receive ye the Holy Ghost” (John 20:22), the disciples received a certain measure of the Holy Spirit, but they did not receive the fullness of the Spirit (that is to say, they were not filled with the Holy Spirit), because one receives the fullness of the Spirit when he is baptized with the Holy Spirit. Then you will say: ‘Why do you say that the disciples were not baptized with the Holy Spirit on that occasion?’ Well, because forty days after His resurrection, Jesus said to them: “Ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence” (Acts 1:5). I ask you: ‘How could we say that they were baptized with the Spirit on the day Jesus appeared to them and spoke to them those words, if forty days later Jesus Himself told them that in a few days they would be baptized with the Spirit? Don’t you think that if the disciples of Jesus had been baptized with the Spirit on the day Jesus rose again, forty days later Jesus would not have told them that they would be baptized with the Holy Spirit in a few days? Don’t you think that if on that day the disciples of Jesus had been baptized with the Spirit, Jesus would have contradicted Himself by saying to them just before His ascension that a few days later they would be baptized with the Holy Spirit?

The fulfilment of the promise on the day of Pentecost

So Jesus told His disciples that they would be baptized with the Holy Spirit in a few days (I say it again, He said this forty days after His resurrection). And His words were fulfilled a few days later, just as He had said: for on the day of Pentecost, which according to the law is seven weeks after the Passover, at nine o’ clock in the morning, while the disciples were praying, they were baptized with the Holy Spirit. Here is the biblical record of the fulfilment of the prediction concerning the baptism with the Holy Spirit: “And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance” (Acts 2:1-4). So at nine o’ clock in the morning on the day of Pentecost, the disciples received the Holy Spirit, and ‘rivers of holy words,’ spoken in other tongues, began to flow out of their belly. Being exalted to the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promised Holy Spirit, Jesus poured out the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:33).

It must be said also that on that day those who received the Holy Spirit were Jews by birth, there were not any Gentiles among them. However, after some time the Gentiles also received the Spirit. The first Gentiles who received the Spirit were Cornelius, a roman centurion, and his household. One day, the apostle Peter was sent by God to the house of Cornelius to preach the Gospel to him and all his household, and while Peter was speaking to them the Spirit fell on them and they began to speak with other tongues, as the apostles and the other disciples did on the day of Pentecost. Here is what Luke says: “While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word. And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost. For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God” (Acts 10:44-46). That event confirmed that the promise of the Holy Spirit was not only for the Jews and their children but also for all those whom the Lord would call, as Peter had said to the Jews on the day of Pentecost: “For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call” (Acts 2:39). And after Cornelius and his household many other Gentiles received the Spirit in the days of the apostles. Till now millions of Gentiles across the world have received the Spirit.

The fact that the Holy Spirit was received first by the circumcised believers and then by the uncircumcised believers, confirms also that just as the Gospel of the grace of God had to be preached first to the Jews and then to the Gentiles (Acts 13:46-47; Romans 15:8-12), so the promised Holy Spirit had to be received by the Jews first and then by the Gentiles. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ for His great faithfulness. Amen.

The sign of tongues

As we have seen, Luke says that when the disciples were filled with the Holy Spirit “they began to speak with other tongues” (Acts 2:4). So let us dwell upon this spiritual manifestation which occurred when the disciples were filled with the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost.

Speaking with other tongues was a phenomenon that had never occurred before that day. It is true that under the Old Testament when the Holy Spirit came upon someone a particular thing happened. For instance, every time the Holy Spirit came upon Samson, He gave him a superhuman strength (Judges 14:6,19; 15:14); when the Spirit came upon Saul he prophesied among the prophets (1 Samuel 10:10); and when the Spirit came upon Zechariah the son of Jehoiada, he prophesied against the people (2 Chronicles 24:20). However, no one began to speak with other tongues when the Spirit came upon him, for it was on the day of Pentecost that men started to speak in other tongues when the Spirit came upon them. In other words, for speaking in other tongues began to mark the coming of the Spirit upon men from the day of Pentecost on. That is confirmed by the following facts written by Luke in his second book to Theophilus.

Here is what happened to Cornelius and his household immediately after they believed in Jesus: “While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word. And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost. For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God” (Acts 10:44-46). The apostle Peter was at the house of Cornelius, a roman centurion, and was speaking to a group of Gentiles, and while he was preaching the Gospel to them, the Spirit came upon those Gentiles, and they began to speak with other tongues. The believing Jews who had come with Peter to the house of Cornelius, were astonished at seeing that the Holy Spirit had been poured out upon the Gentiles also, because they had thought till that moment that the promised Spirit was only for the Jews. But how did those circumcised believers realize that God had given the Holy Spirit to those Gentiles also? They realized it because while Peter was speaking they suddenly heard them speaking with other tongues. Read more…

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Colonel Sanders was a freemason

11 May 2018

Colonel Sanders was a freemason

“Greetings in Jesus name, Colonel Harland David Sanders (1890-1980) was a freemason till his death, but in the article it is not said, why? Do you think that a Christian can be a Freemason? Freemasons are of the devil.
Please read here: https://www.masonsonthelevel.com/…/colonel-harland…/
http://www.rizpahshriners.org/famousshriners.htm
http://freemasonry.bcy.ca/biography/sanders_h/sanders_h.html
Look at his gravestone, there is upon it a square and compass
https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/colonel-sanders-grave

Harland David Sanders was a 33° degree Freemason http://freimaurer-wiki.de/index.php/En:Harland_Sanders

Freemasonry is of the Devil!”

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The names and titles of Jesus

8 May 2018

The names and titles of Jesus

JesusThe different names and titles of Jesus used in the Bible reveal something about Him (that is, about His deity, His humanity, His character, His earthly life, the greatness of His glory and power after His resurrection, His work in heaven and among His Church after His ascension to heaven, etc.). Let us look at them, bearing in mind that Jesus derives from the Hebrew “Joshua” (Y’shua), which means ‘Yahweh saves.’

The Christ – from the Greek ‘Christòs,’ which means ‘the Anointed One’ – (Matthew 1:16; Matthew 16:16)

The Lord’s Christ (Luke 2:26)

The Christ of God (Luke 9:20)

The Christ, who has been appointed for you [the Jews] (Acts 3:20 – NIV)

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The Messiah – from the Hebrew ‘Mashiach,’ which means ‘The Anointed one’ – (Psalm 2:2; John 1:41; 4:25-26)

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The Son (Psalm 2:12)

The Son of God (Romans 1:4)

The Son of the living God (Matthew 16:16)

The Son of God, who was to come into the world (John 11:27 – NIV)

The Son of God, whose eyes are like blazing fire and whose feet are like burnished bronze (Revelation 2:18 – NIV)

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The Son of the Father (2 John 3)

The Son of the Blessed (Mark 14:61)

The Son of the Highest (Luke 1:32)

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The beloved son of God, in whom God is well pleased (Matthew 3:17)

The only begotten of the Father (John 1:14), who is in the bosom of the Father (John 1:18 – NKJV)

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The Lord (Luke 24:34 – Greek ‘Kurios’)

The Lord, who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty (Revelation 1:8 – NKJV)

The Lord of Glory (1 Corinthians 2:8; James 2:1)

The Lord of peace (2 Thessalonians 3:16)

The Lord God of the holy prophets (Revelation 22:6)

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The LORD of hosts (Psalm 24:10).

The LORD our righteousness (Jeremiah 23:6)

The LORD strong and mighty, the LORD mighty in battle (Psalm 24:8)

The LORD my God (Zechariah 14:5)

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Lord of lords (Revelation 17:14 and Revelation 19:16)

Lord both of the dead and living (Romans 14:9)

Lord of the Sabbath (Luke 6:5 – NKJV)

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God (Hebrews 1:9 – Greek ‘Theos,’ translated as ‘God’)

God blessed for ever (Romans 9:5)

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The true God (1 John 5:20)

The mighty God (Isaiah 9:6)

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The mystery of God which has been revealed to His saints

30 April 2018

The mystery of God which has been revealed to His saints

holy-bibleJesus Christ is an elect and precious chief cornerstone to those who believe, but a stone of stumbling to those who do not believe

God said through the prophet Isaiah: “Behold, I lay in Zion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded” (1 Peter 2:6; Isaiah 28:16). That chief cornerstone is Jesus Christ, as it is written: “And [ye] are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord” (Ephesians 2:20-21), and the building which has been built upon Him (who is a precious and elect chief cornerstone to all those who believe in Him) is the Church of God “the pillar and ground of the truth” (1 Timothy 3:15).

Now, as I said before, God predicted that whoever believes on Him (the sure foundation laid by God in Zion) will not be put to shame. However, He predicted also that the elect stone (His Anointed One) would be rejected by the builders and would become a stone of stumbling to the disobedient, for God said: “The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone” (Psalm 118:22 – NKJV) and: “And he shall be for a sanctuary; but for a stone of stumbling and for a rock of offence to both the houses of Israel, for a gin and for a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem. And many among them shall stumble, and fall, and be broken, and be snared, and be taken” (Isaiah 8:14-15). That man called Simeon, who was just and devout and was waiting for the Consolation of Israel, when he took the Child Jesus up in his arms, said to Mary, the mother of Jesus, among other things: “Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel …” (Luke 2:34), and that’s exactly what happened in the days of Jesus and of the apostles, for at that time many Jews stumbled at the Word because they were not obedient to the Gospel, and bear in mind that today many Jews (most of them) still stumble at the Word for they don’t want to obey the Gospel of the grace of God. The apostle Peter says about those Jews who were and are disobedient to the Gospel that this is “what they were destined for” (1 Peter 2:8 – NIV), because their fall is part of the mystery of His will according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself before the foundation of the world and accomplished in the Lord Jesus Christ in the fullness of the time, so that salvation might come to us who are Gentiles by birth.

Through the fall of the Jews salvation has come to the Gentiles

The apostle Paul says that because of their fall “salvation has come to the Gentiles” (Romans 11:11NKJV). Therefore God’s salvation, which is in Christ Jesus, has come to every nation and people because Jesus Christ was rejected by the Jews.

God’s salvation has come to all nations so that the prophetic Scriptures might be fulfilled, for God had said that He would make His Anointed One the light for the nations and His salvation to the ends of the earth. The prophets of old foretold through the Spirit that both God’s salvation and God’s righteousness would be made known and extended to every nation; let us see in which terms they foretold these things and how the things they said were fulfilled.

God, through the prophet Isaiah, said about His Holy Servant: “Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles” (Isaiah 42:1; the last part of this passage in the NIV is translated in this way: “He will bring justice to the nations”), and that was fulfilled because Jesus Christ preached to men the righteousness of God which is by faith; He said: “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life” (John 5:24), – he will not come into condemnation or judgement because he is clothed with the righteousness of God, or rather, because he has become the righteousness of God in Christ – and these words are addressed both to Jews and Gentiles. That we also who are Gentiles by birth one day would be justified by faith, had been foretold by God to Abraham in this way: “And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed” (Genesis 22:18), and that is what happened for we have been justified in Jesus Christ, who is the seed of Abraham, who of God was made unto us righteousness according to what the prophet Jeremiah had said about Him: “In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is his name whereby he shall be called, the Lord our righteousness” (Jeremiah 23:6). Paul said to the Jews in Antioch of Pisidia: “And by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses” (Acts 13:39); these words are faithful because “Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth” (Romans 10:4), for whoever believes in Jesus Christ receives the remission of all his sins and is justified because Jesus became for us “righteousness” from God. God had said: “My righteousness will soon be revealed” (Isaiah 56:1 – NIV) and He kept His word because He revealed it in the fullness of the time and so was fulfilled the Scripture which says: “His righteousness He has revealed in the sight of the nations” (Psalm 98:2 – NKJV). With regard to His salvation, too, God promised to make it known and to extend it to all men; He said: “My salvation is about to come” (Isaiah 56:1 – NKJV) and also: “Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else. …. and beside me there is no saviour” (Isaiah 45:22: 43:11). We know that God has revealed His salvation because Christ (of God) was made for us “redemption” (1 Corinthians 1:30) and this salvation is offered to all men, both Jews and Gentiles, because it is written: “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Romans 10:13; Joel 2:32). Jesus Christ is the Lord, who still says: ‘Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, …. and beside me there is no saviour’. And we who are Gentiles have been saved by the Lord with an everlasting salvation, that is, with that salvation of which the prophets spoke in ancient times and that in the fullness of the time was proclaimed by Jesus Christ, who said: “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved” (John 10:9), and by the apostles who proclaimed this great salvation to both Jews and Gentiles.

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The sinful condition of men and the end awaiting them

26 April 2018

The sinful condition of men and the end awaiting them

REDEMPTIONThe Scripture says that all have sinned and come short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23), therefore all men are slaves of sin because he who commits sin is a slave of it (John 8:34). And since “the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23), men are dead in their trespasses and sins, I mean spiritually dead. Men walk according to the course of this evil world, according to the prince of the power of the air (Satan), they gratify the cravings of their sinful nature following its desires and thoughts (Ephesians 2:1-3). They walk after the flesh, they are carnally minded, and for this reason they cannot please God, who is holy (Romans 8:5-8). They are called children of disobedience for they refuse to obey to God; and also children of wrath because the fierce anger of God is upon them for God hates all workers of iniquity (Psalm 5:5). Being slaves of sin, men are totally depraved, in their flesh there is no good, they are unable to do good works. God is disgusted with their conduct, as He was disgusted with men’s conduct in the days of Noah, as it is written: “God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth” (Genesis 6:12). His fury has come up in His face, and at the appointed time He will pour forth His fury upon this wicked world. On that day He will have no mercy on the wicked, He will break their teeth, upon the wicked He will rain snares, fire and brimstone, and an horrible tempest: this will be the portion of their cup (Psalms 11:6). Their iniquity in this moment is flattering their hearts, but in that day God will punish them for all their sins.

An afterlife full of torments is awaiting sinners, because this is God’s immediate punishment on them after death. In other words, after death sinners will be cast into hell (Hades), as it is written: “The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God” (Psalm 9:17). Hell is an awful place of torment located in the heart of the earth, without any order, a place of darkness where there is a fire not blown, and where – as Jesus said – there is weeping and gnashing of teeth. The story about the rich man and Lazarus, told by Jesus Christ, teaches us clearly that sinners go immediately to hell when they die and that in this place they are tormented with fire. Here is this important story: “There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day: And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores, And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; And in hell [Hades] he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame. But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented. And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence. Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father’s house: For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment. Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them. And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent. And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead” (Luke 16:19-31).

Then on the day of judgement, all sinners will rise again and stand before God to be judged according to their works and condemned to an endless shame and torment into the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone, which is the second death. This is what we read in the book of Revelation: “And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell [Hades] delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. And death and hell [Hades] were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire” (Revelation 20:11-15), “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death” (Revelation 21:8), “and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever” (Revelation 20:10). Read more…

The nature of angels

23 April 2018

The nature of angels

ANGELOLOGY

Angels (the word angel derives from the Greek word angelos which literally means ‘messenger’) are created beings, as it is written: “For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him” (Colossians 1:16). We don’t know exactly when angels were created by God. We know, however, for sure that when God created the earth they already existed, for the Scripture says that when God laid the foundations of the earth all the angels “shouted for joy” (Job 38:7). Since they are created beings, they are not worthy to be worshiped. The worship of angels is forbidden by the Scriptures, for when John fell down to worship before the feet of the angel who had showed him many heavenly things and many things still to come, the angel admonished him saying: “See thou do it not: for I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book: worship God” (Revelation 22:9). Don’t let anyone who delights in the worship of angels cheat you of your reward (Colossians 2:18). Therefore, beware of the Roman Catholics, because they worship angels; they are of those who changed the truth of God into a lie and “worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen” (Romans 1:25NKJV). And beware also of those who, even though they don’t worship angels, teach that Christians have the authority to command angels, for this is inconsistent with the Scripture, which teaches that only God does have the authority to command them. Pray to God and have faith in Him alone, and He will dispatch His angels to minister to you as He wills, but do not command the angels of God to meet your needs, for this is contrary to the will of God for you.

Angels are spirits, for they are called “spirits” (Hebrews 1:14), that is to say, they do not have a body of flesh and bones as we human beings have. However, they have the power to manifest themselves in human form in order to be seen by people. Those two angels who were sent by God to Sodom looked like human beings, for Lot gave them some food to eat (Genesis 19:1,3) and the people of Sodom called them “men” (Genesis 19:5). The angels of God may still take bodily form as in the days of old; as for this eventuality, it must be said that the Scripture states that some people, by entertaining strangers, “have unwittingly entertained angels” (Hebrews 13:2 – NKJV). Furthermore, it must be said that in Biblical times every time the angels of God appeared to people they appeared as men. Since the angels are spirits, they can appear and disappear, and they can travel at great speed. In the Bible are recorded various visions and dreams in which angels appeared. For instance, Jacob saw in a dream the angels of God ascending and descending on a ladder whose top reached to heaven (Genesis 28:12); an angel of the Lord appeared in dream to Joseph to tell him to take the young Child Jesus and His mother and flee to Egypt (Matthew 2:13); two angels of God appeared in a vision to Mary Magdalene after the resurrection of Jesus (John 20:12); and an angel of God appeared to Cornelius in a vision to tell him to send some men to Joppa and call for Peter (Acts 10:3-6). Since angels were created by a command of God, they are not the spirits of the departed righteous, nor are they glorified human beings.

Angels are immortal, for one day Jesus, in speaking to the Sadducees about the resurrection of the dead, said that those who “shall be accounted worthy to obtain that world, and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry, nor are given in marriage: neither can they die any more: for they are equal unto the angels; and are the children of God, being the children of the resurrection” (Luke 20:35-36).

Angels are very numerous, “thousand thousands …. and ten thousand times ten thousand”, says Daniel (Daniel 7:10). John says that he heard the voice of many angels round about the throne of God “and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands” (Revelation 5:11). The author of the epistle to the Hebrews says that we have come “to an innumerable company of angels” (Hebrews 12:22). Read more…

‘No tithe, no heaven’ statement

20 April 2018

‘No tithe, no heaven’ statement

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Pastor Enoch Adeboye na di overall pastor for di Redeemed Christian Church of God, one of di biggest church for Nigeria.

From: https://www.bbc.com/pidgin/tori-43750556

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