Teaching and Faith Messages
from your Pastor Glenn
Exhortation for the Church
September 15, 2022
Exhortations in the Bible are written to encourage us, to incite us to act, or earnestly advise us as followers of our Lord Jesus.
Exhortations by a church leader exhorts us when we know they are speaking God’s word from Scripture as disciples of Jesus. In Hebrews 13, we find words of exhortation.
Hebrews 13: 7 and 17 exhorts church members how they need to remember and treat leaders who oversee their church.
Hebrews 13: 7 Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith.
Overseers of church must be remembered by the way they have lived their lives as faithful followers of Jesus. Paul teaches Timothy the qualities an overseer must have in 1 Timothy 3.
Overseers must be above reproach, the husband of but one wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him with proper respect. He must not be a recent convert, or he may become conceited and fall under the same judgment as the devil. He must also have a good reputation with outsiders, so that he will not fall into disgrace and into the devil's trap.
This description of church leaders is what church members must look for in their overseers and not by their credentials of college or seminary degrees and recognized as your relationship with them grow over time. Those who are mature in Christ must help leaders when they are struggling to meet these qualities and overseer must humbly receive. These qualities every leader must embrace and hold themselves accountable to, to lead a church.
When a pastor has these qualities the church in turn should follow what Hebrews exhorts in:
Hebrews 13: 17 Obey your leaders and submit to their authority. They keep watch over you as men who must give an account. Obey them so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no advantage to you.
Church members are to obey and submit to leader’s authority with the Holy Spirit’s teaching, counsel, and guidance when leader’s instructions and teaching, are true to Jesus’ teachings and that of his apostles and not of their own instincts.
Members who follow their own instincts and disobey leadership will be held accountable to Jesus for not knowing and obeying his teachings and commandments.
Hebrews 13: 8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
This exhortation is for our reassurance that from creation, to the present and for all eternity that the Word of God is true and never changes. We can trust that everything in the Bible past, present and future has been and will be forever true.
Hebrews 13: 9 Do not be carried away by all kinds of strange teachings. It is good for our hearts to be strengthened by grace, not by ceremonial foods, which are of no value to those who eat them. 10 We have an altar from which those who minister at the tabernacle have no right to eat.
We are exhorted to discern carefully what is true to Jesus and to distinguish when teachings are strange to God’s truth so that we are not carried away by them.
There were sacrificial, special festivals and days that was God’s laws in the OT, but today we no longer are required to follow these laws because we have been freed from them by the grace of God through the sacrifice of his Son. We no longer are required to partake the flesh of animal sacrificed at the temple for our forgiveness but now partake the spiritual flesh and blood of Jesus to remember the eternal forgiveness we have received by it.
Hebrews 13: 11 The high priest carries the blood of animals into the Most Holy Place as a sin offering, but the bodies are burned outside the camp. 12 And so Jesus also suffered outside the city gate to make the people holy through his own blood. 13 Let us, then, go to him outside the camp, bearing the disgrace he bore.
The sacrificial animal blood was waved before the Most Holy of Holies by the high priest but because of Jesus’ blood that was shed outside of the temple before the presence of his Father and his beaten body that bears the disgrace of our sins, we no longer seek God’s forgiveness with the blood of animal sacrifices at a temple but receive God’s grace of forgiveness by the blood of his Son for all eternity at any time and at any place.
Hebrews 13: 14 For here we do not have an enduring city, but we are looking for the city that is to come.
We are exhorted not to seek a kingdom of God on earth but look forward to God’s kingdom in heaven when Jesus takes us home to his Father.
Hebrews 13: 15 Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise--the fruit of lips that confess his name. 16 And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.
We are exhorted to continually make sacrifices of praise by thankfully confessing the name of Jesus for his sacrifice and to do good to all and share with those in need.
Hebrews 13: 18 Pray for us. We are sure that we have a clear conscience and desire to live honorably in every way. 19 I particularly urge you to pray so that I may be restored to you soon.
We are encouraged to pray for church leaders that they lead with a clear conscience before Jesus by living a life that is honorable to God and glorifies his name.
Hebrews 13: 20 May the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, 21 equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.
We are exhorted to faithfully stand firm in the peace we have with God by his covenant made possible through Jesus’ resurrection and that Jesus our great Shepherd continue to equip us through the Holy Spirit to do what is good and pleasing to God’s will that glorifies our Lord Jesus forever.
Be safe in Jesus,
September 6, 2022
After Jesus went home to his Father, he sent the Holy Spirit to give birth to his first church in Jerusalem by his apostles. The spiritual heart of this church is described in:
Acts 2:44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need. 46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.
The first church had a strong spiritual bond to be together because of the common faith they had in wanting to be with Jesus forever. They met daily in the temple court as brothers and sisters of Jesus. And as a family that took care of those in need as others helped financially. They gathered often in their homes to have fellowship meals, communion and worshipped as one with glad and sincere hearts which made them grow united in their faith in Jesus.
What makes a church the body of Christ its being a family in Christ, caring for each other’s needs and to fellowship together as often as possible by having meals, communion, and worship together with the purpose to grow united the same faith in the knowledge and understanding of our Lord Jesus. A church needs to meet in person so that the spiritual gift we receive from the Holy Spirit can be used for the common good of the church.
1 Corinthians 12: 4 There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit. 5 There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. 6 There are different kinds of working, but the same God works all of them in all men. 7 Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.
The Holy Spirit has given every believer a spiritual gift to use for the betterment of the church and not for oneself but to unify the church and not divided.
1 Corinthians 12: 11 All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he gives them to each one, just as he determines.
The Holy Spirit determines the spiritual gift we each receive, and no individual can give a spiritual gift to someone or give themselves a spiritual gift. Spiritual gifts are for the common good of the church. So, no gift is greater than any other gift, all gifts are needed to be the one body of Christ.
1 Corinthians 12: 12 The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So, it is with Christ. 13 For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body--whether Jews or Greeks, slave or free--and we were all given the one Spirit to drink.
1 Corinthians 12: 27 Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.
We all receive a spiritual gift when we meet as the church so that we can use our gift to unite as one body in Christ. We must treat all spiritual gifts with equal importance and necessary to function as the body of Christ because God has arranged the gift we received for his purpose.
So, how do we use our spiritual gift as the body of Christ when we do not gather as his body. It has been 2 years since we met Sundays at KIS and we need to gather together again as one body of Christ.
The Lord has taught me that having Sunday service at a house will be taxing on the homeowner and upon their neighbors which I learned because of our tunnel vision when doing church, we do not think that the noise we generate and parking we take may be bothering the neighbors. This is something Paul said we need to be aware of so that we do not lose the respect of our neighbors.
1 Thessalonians 4: 11 Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands, just as we told you, 12 so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.
We are thankful to have Kailua Intermediate School for a season but now we are unable to return. We have an opportunity to rent a classroom on Sunday at Kailua Christian Church which many of us once attended. There may be an uncomfortable feeling about going back there. But I see that as opportunity for us to show the spiritual heart of Jesus’ 1st church and then Jesus may send those who were being saved to join us.
Please let me know what the Holy Spirit is discerning in you so we can decide best way to gather again as the body of Christ.
Be safe in Jesus, Ps. Glenn
Protect the Word of God
August 30, 2022
One of the many attributes of love written in 1 Corinthians 13 is to always protect and John writes in 1 John how believers are to protect themselves and the body of Christ. John teaches what we should and should not do, what to expect in the future to protect ourselves and that God’s truth protects us.
1 John 2: 15 Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For everything in the world--the
cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has
and does--comes not from the Father but from the world. 17 The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever.
We need to protect ourselves from sinful craving, lusting with our eyes and to boast of what we have and achieved in this world because that is loving the world more than God. John said that one day all the worldly things people love will one day perish and the only thing that will remain is God and all those who have loved God by obeying his will. God tested Abraham to see if he loved him first more than his son Isaac, so we should also ask ourselves if there is anything in this world that you love more than God that keeps you from obeying his will.
1 John 2: 18 Dear children, this is the last hour; and as you have heard that the antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come. This is how we know it is the last hour. 19 They went out from us, but they did not really belong to us. For if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us; but their going showed that none of them belonged to us.
We need to protect ourselves by being ready for the coming of the antichrist. John said this over 1900 years ago and many Christians have become complacent in protecting themselves from the antichrist. John teaches that we will know the antichrist is close in coming when people in church begin to leave the truth found in the Bible and begin to follow what is not found in the Bible. This is what Paul warned in 2 Thessalonians 2, that there will be a rebellion within churches when churches no longer know or obey the truth of Scripture and follow their own instincts of what is good to them and not what is good to God.
1 John 2: 20 But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and all of you know the truth. 21 I do not write to you because you do not know the truth, but because you do know it and because no lie comes from the truth.
The Holy Spirit’s anointing is God’s words that he has given to us in the Bible. These are God’s truth and everything that is not found in the Bible is a lie. That is why Jesus commands us to be his disciples of God’s word so that we remain in the truth so that we can distinguish when someone is lying about God’s truth.
1 John 2: 22 Who is the liar? It is the man who denies that Jesus is the Christ. Such a man is the antichrist--he denies the Father and the Son. 23 No one who denies the Son has the Father; whoever acknowledges the Son has the Father also.
The Holy Spirit teaches that Jesus is the Son of God, he is God and anyone who denies that Jesus was sent by God to represent the Father himself also is denying the Father because they are one. Anyone who denies Jesus as being God is antichrist. Only when we acknowledge that the Son and the Father are one then we are one with them.
1 John 2: 24 See that what you have heard from the beginning remains in you. If it does, you also will remain in the Son and in the Father. 25 And this is what he promised us—even eternal life. 26 I am writing these things to you about those who are trying to lead you astray. 27 As for you, the anointing you received from him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about all things and as that anointing is real, not counterfeit--just as it has taught you, remain in him.
John taught the churches God’s truth from what we read in the book of John and when that truth remains in us then Jesus and the Father will remain us and even eternal life.
Jesus promised that all who believe in him, he will send the Holy Spirit to dwell in them forever. The Holy Spirit is the anointing we have received from Jesus to teach us his truth. When we know the truth of God’s word and can distinguish what is counterfeit. When we know God’s truth from the Bible then we can trust that it is the Holy Spirit who is teaching you. This trust is so that we do not feel incapable to know God’s truth and depend only in teaching by those who have theological degrees.
When you are not being taught by the Holy Spirit to know God’s word then you will not be able to discern when someone with a theological degree is teaching what is counterfeit to God’s truth.
I have witness this when a teacher of authority in the UCC church told me what I said at a church meeting was untrue because he studied Greek and Hebrew language to interpret the true meaning of Scripture which allowed gay union and gay pastors in church. He was trying to lead the church astray from what was clearly taught in Scripture that any kind of sexual immorality cannot be tolerated or condone in church it must be holy to Christ.
You must trust in the Holy Spirit’s teaching of what is written clearly in the Bible so that you can discern every teaching you hear.
That is why Jesus said he never put his trust in man because he knew what was in man.
1 John 2: 28 And now, dear children, continue in him, so that when he appears we may be confident and unashamed before him at his coming. 29 If you know that he is righteous, you know that everyone who does what is right has been born of him.
We are God’s children because we do what is righteous to Jesus because we know and obey his teachings and commandment out of love for God and have the confidence and be unashamed when Jesus comes to take us home.
God did not create the world to be sin but was made from his love because everything he made was good. Only when our sinful nature distorted and abused God’s design in how to enjoy his creation it was cursed.
We have God’s truth being taught to us by his Holy Spirit from the Bible so that we can protect ourselves from following our sinful nature and do what is true to Jesus.
Be safe in Jesus, Ps. Glenn
August 24, 2022
Faith is believing in the miraculous and wonderous things God did and the spiritual and demonic stories that we read in the Bible. All these stories were supernatural events that goes beyond scientific explanation and the laws of nature.
God’s supernatural stories are to help us to believe what is impossible is possible with God. It also helps us to understand the supernatural spiritual realm that exist around us.
The History or Discovery channel have attempted to explain away the supernatural things God did by disproving it with a natural event or scientifically.
God does not ask us to prove to others that he exists because he already has done that by the evidence found in his creation which Paul said in Romans and because of the evidence found in creation no one will have any excuse that God does exist.
Reading the gospel Jesus told stories of what he has seen to teach us what we must believe and learn from.
One story was about the shrewd manager and what he did to gain friends and the woman who constantly pestered the judge for justice.
Jesus also told a story Luke to help us understand about where the spirit goes when body dies and what the spirit can do.
Luke 16: 19 "There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and lived in luxury every day. 20 At his gate was laid a beggar named them.' Lazarus, covered with sores 21 and longing to eat what fell from the rich man's table. Even the dogs came and licked his sores. 22"The time came when the beggar died, and the angels carried him to Abraham's side. The rich man also died and was buried. 23 In hell, where he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side. 24 So he called to him, 'Father Abraham, have pity on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in agony in this fire.' 25 "But Abraham replied, 'Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, while Lazarus received bad things, but now he is comforted here and you are in agony. 26 And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been fixed, so that those who want to go from here to you cannot, nor can anyone cross from over there to us. 27 "He answered, 'Then I beg you, father, send Lazarus to my father's house, 28 for I have five brothers. Let him warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.'. 29 "Abraham replied, 'They have Moses and the Prophets; let them listen to 30 " 'No, father Abraham,' he said, 'but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.' 31 "He said to him, 'If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.' "
This is a true story that only Jesus could have witnessed and share to teach us what happens to people’s spirit when they pass away.
Jesus tells us that the rich man did not care about Lazarus’ health and hungry condition as he begged the rich man for the craps of food that fell off his table. The rich man completely ignored Lazarus.
Then Jesus teaches what happens to the spirit of them both when they died. Lazarus’ spirit was carried by angels to Abraham’s side which was a place of comfort and the rich man’s spirit went to hell a place of agony. These 2 places were completely separated from each other where no one could go even if they wanted to. We learn that people’s spirit are consciences and aware of its surrounding and has feelings after it leaves the body. They can communicate and see each other.
This place of comfort where Lazarus and Abraham’s spirits were was not in heaven but a waiting place under the ground because Jesus had not died for sins of the world which would then allow believers to go to heaven. We know this was not heaven because Samuel’s spirit came up from the ground when he spoke to Saul.
Jesus teaches that there are only two options where a person’s spirit can go determined by God by the choices that person’s makes. That is why we are forever thankful to our Lord Jesus for saving us by his Father’s grace that all who believes in him will be with him forever in heaven.
Jesus wants us to have clear understanding what happens to people’s spirit when they die and that spirits have feelings, comfort and agony, they can see and speak in the spiritual realm and the earthly like Samuel’s spirit which God allowed. Remember the chasm no spirit could cross. This knowledge is to give you the confidence of knowing what happens in the spiritual realm and will help you explain to someone if they ask you what the Bible teaches when someone dies.
Jesus ends his story by teaching that faith in God does not come from seeking things that are supernatural like someone coming back from dead or seeking anything that is supernatural. Faith that pleases God is one that comes from knowing and believing in his words which Paul said in Romans 10:17 that faith comes by hearing the word about Christ.
So, seek all truths from God’s word and apply them to help you know the heart and mind of God and only do his will.
Be safe in Jesus, Ps. Glenn.
August 15, 2022
In Acts 13:22, God said that David was a man after his heart because David loved God and would do anything that God asked him to do.
David knew it pleased God when he completely obeyed his commandments, and he asked God to test him to see that his heart and mind was blameless before him.
Psalms 26: 1 Vindicate me, O Lord , for I have led a blameless life; I have trusted in the Lord without wavering. 2 Test me, O Lord , and try me, examine my heart and my mind; 3 for your love is ever before me, and I walk continually in your truth. 4 I do not sit with deceitful men, nor do I consort with hypocrites;5 I abhor the assembly of evildoers and refuse to sit with the wicked. 6 I wash my hands in innocence, and go about your altar, O Lord, 7 proclaiming aloud your praise and telling of all your wonderful deeds. 8 I love the house where you live, O Lord, the place where your glory dwells. 9 Do not take away my soul along with sinners, my life with bloodthirsty men, 10 in whose hands are wicked schemes, whose right hands are full of bribes. 11 But I lead a blameless life; redeem me and be merciful to me. 12 My feet stand on level ground; in the great assembly I will praise the Lord.
My Bible commentary said that David may have written this psalm during the time his son Absalom was attempting to take over his kingdom. So, we know this is after David had committed adultery with Bathsheba and murdered, her husband Uriah and repented seeking God’s forgiveness which God gave him.
David knew God was faithful in his forgiveness and again sought after the heart of God by living a blameless life by walking continually in God’s truth and staying away from those whose character God rejected. David sought God’s mercy asking him to redeem his life from those who were scheming to take it. He asked God to test him to see if he was worthy to be saved by the blameless life, he lived for him.
Some may think God expects every believer to be just like David and live a blameless life that measures up his, but the Bible does not say we need to be like David, but we need to have the faith David had in God. The Bible teaches each believer will receive their own measure of faith by God which he wants us to use for him.
Romans 12: 3 For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you.
This is just like Jesus’ parable of the different measure of talents Jesus gave to his servants to invest in God’s kingdom.David asked God to test him, but Jesus wants us to test our own faith to see if his Spirit dwells in us.
2 Corinthians 13: 5 Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you--unless, of course, you fail the test? 6 And I trust that you will discover that we have not failed the test.
Paul said that we should examine our faith by testing it to see if the Spirit of Jesus dwells in us. Paul said that his life will show that he has not failed to do what Jesus has asked him to do because of his faith in the truth he has found in Jesus.
2 Corinthians 13: 7 Now we pray to God that you will not do anything wrong. Not that people will see that we have stood the test but that you will do what is right even though we may seem to have failed. 8 For we cannot do anything against the truth, but only for the truth.
In Corinthians 11: 1, Paul said to follow his example as he follows the example of Christ. To test ourselves to see if Jesus dwells in us is to know his truth like Paul and obey what Jesus commands us to do.
John 13: 34 "A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another."
Jesus commands us to love one another the way he has loved us and to examine ourselves and test ourselves to see if we love the way he has loved us.
When we love like Jesus, we are made holy to God set apart for his use. Jesus is not commanding us to live a blameless life because he knows all will sin and false short of God’s glory but to live a life knowing we are saved by God’s grace through faith in him and obey him out of Love. Because love covers a multitude of sin.
1 Peter 4: 8 Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.
This is how we are to love like Jesus.
John 13: 1 It was just before the Passover Feast. Jesus knew that the time had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he now showed them the full extent of his love. 2 The evening meal was being served, and the devil had already prompted Judas Iscariot, son of Simon, to betray Jesus. 3 Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; 4 so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. 5 After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples' feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him. 6 He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, "Lord, are you going to wash my feet?" 7 Jesus replied, "You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand." 8 "No," said Peter, "you shall never wash my feet." Jesus answered, "Unless I wash you, you have no part with me." 9 "Then, Lord," Simon Peter replied, "not just my feet but my hands and my head as well!" 10 Jesus answered, "A person who has had a bath needs only to wash his feet; his whole body is clean. And you are clean, though not every one of you." 11 For he knew who was going to betray him, and that was why he said not everyone was clean. 12 When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. "Do you understand what I have done for you?" he asked them. 13 "You call me 'Teacher' and 'Lord,' and rightly so, for that is what I am. 14 Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another's feet.15 I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. 16 I tell you the truth, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. 17 Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.
Jesus washed his disciples’ feet out of love for them and not as a symbolic gesture. He first dressed himself as a servant showing that he has come serve them out of his love for them and then wash his disciples’ feet which was at time a house servant’s duty to clean the dirty feet of a quest. Jesus also told Peter that it was not necessary for him to wash what was already clean. Meaning love is not caring for what is not necessary but only what is.
Jesus’ washing of his disciples’ feet has been used as a symbolic gesture by ceremonially washing someone’s feet just like water baptism or having a wedding ceremony. It’s only a symbolic gesture because there are some who have not kept what they gestured.
Jesus is not looking for symbolic gestures when serving him. He wants what James said we need to prove our faith in Jesus by our deeds and not by our words or gestures.
So, when you examine yourself if you truly love others with Jesus’ love test to see if it is by deeds of servitude caring for others in their time of needs.
Be safe in Jesus, Ps. Glenn.
July 19, 2022
In Matthew 24, Jesus gave us clear instructions of what we should be doing in:
Matthew 24: 42 "Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come.
Jesus said we should be watching for the day he returns to take us home. In Matthew 24:31. Jesus said he will return in the sky and will send his angels to gather his elect from all over the world and take them home.
Before Jesus returns, he said his faithful and wise servants that he has put in charge are responsible to prepare his servants by feeding them spiritual food, so that they will know what to do before he returns.
Matthew 24: 45 "Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom the master has put in charge of the servants in his household to give them their food at the proper time? 46 It will be good for that servant whose master finds him doing so when he returns.
So, what will Jesus be looking for when he returns?
Luke 18: 8 However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?"
Jesus will be looking for the true faith we must have in him. Faith that has matured in the hope of assurance of our salvation and the certainty of eternal life because of our faith that we have in him.
Hebrews 11: 1 Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.
Pastors are the wise and faithful servants who must teach and lead Jesus’ servants to mature in their faith in Jesus through God’s word to prepare them before Jesus returns. They also must teach that God will test their faith to see if it will remain true to his Son as he did in:
Hebrews 11: 32 And what more shall I say? I do not have time to tell about Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel and the prophets, 33 who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, and gained what was promised; who shut the mouths of lions, 34 quenched the fury of the flames, and escaped the edge of the sword; whose weakness was turned to strength; and who became powerful in battle and routed foreign armies. 35 Women received back their dead,
raised to life again. Others were tortured and refused to be released, so that theymight gain a better resurrection. 36 Some faced jeers and flogging, while still others were chained and put in prison. 37 They were stoned ; they were sawed
in two; they were put to death by the sword. They went about in sheepskins and goatskins, destitute, persecuted and mistreated—38 the world was not worthy of them. They wandered in deserts and mountains, and in caves and holes in the ground. 39 These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised. 40 God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect.
These people of faith remained true to God even when faced with death and God commended them for that kind of faith. Most Christians do not experience that kind of life-threatening test of their faith in God that refuses to forsake God. This is the kind faith God commends, one that remains steadfast in the hope it has in him and promise of being with him. God wants us to have that same kind of faith and God said he will help us build up our faith to be steadfast because he loves us and calls us his children.
Hebrews 12: 4 In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. 5 And you have forgotten that word of encouragement that addresses you as sons: "My son, do not make light of the Lord's discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you, 6 because the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes everyone he accepts as a son." 7 Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as sons. For what son is not disciplined by his father? 8 If you are not disciplined (and everyone undergoes discipline), then you are illegitimate children and not true sons. 9 Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of our spirits and live! 10 Our fathers disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, that we may share in his holiness. 11 No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it. 12 Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees. 13 "Make level paths for your feet," so that the lame may not be disabled, but rather healed.
Our faith increases in righteousness and peace when we go through God’s discipline that he does out of love for us and his punishment because we are called his children. And when we train ourselves in them our faith grows to be steadfast and not weak and feeble but will be like his Son whose faith was out of love for his Father which made him willingly die for him.
Jesus wants our faith to be like his because his saints will be tested one day to see if it will be willing to die for him when the anti- Christ is revealed and kill the saints because of their faith in him.
There are those who believe that their faith will not be tested with their life because they will be raptured before the coming of the anti-Christ saving them from being killed by him.
I once believed this and that prophetic signs of Jesus’ return were so I would be ready to be raptured and not be killed by the anti-Christ.
Paul words in 2 Thessalonians teaches that the prophetic signs of Jesus return is so we can prepare our faith to be ready when the anti-Christ comes to destroy the saints because Paul said the Lawless one, the anti-Christ will reign, exalt himself before Jesus returns.
Our faith must be true to Jesus and our Father’s will because Satan has declared war on God’s children.
Revelations 12: 17 Then the dragon was enraged at the woman and went off to make war against the rest of her offspring—those who obey God's commandments and hold to the testimony of Jesus.
Our faith must be ready when the first beast appears because God will allow him to make war against his saints and conquer them.
Revelations 13: 7 He was given power to make war against the saints and to conquer them.
This will be like the persecution and killing of the early Christians who Caesar ordered to be killed by wild animals for sport or were crucified or burned as human torches because they refused to forsake the name of Jesus. They were not raptured.
Jesus teaches what our faith must be ready for by what the anti-Christ will do.
Revelations 13: 15 He (2nd beast the anti-Christ, the lawless one) was given power to give breath to the image of the first beast, so that it could speak and cause all who refused to worship the image to be killed. 16 He also forced everyone, small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on his right hand or on his forehead, 17 so that no one could buy or sell unless he had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of his name.
Our faith will be tested to see if it is willing to surrender one’s life for Jesus by refusing to worship the image of the beast and take his mark. But Jesus says that those who do shrinks back from their faith will be forever tormented and destroyed.
Revelations 14: 9 A third angel followed them and said in a loud voice: "If anyone worships the beast and his image and receives his mark on the forehead or on the hand, 10 he, too, will drink of the wine of God's fury, which has been poured full strength into the cup of his wrath. He will be tormented with burning sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and of the Lamb. 11 And the smoke of their torment rises for ever and ever. There is no rest day or night for those who worship the beast and his image, or for anyone who receives the mark of his name."
Hebrews 10: 38 But my righteous one will live by faith. And if he shrinks back, I will not be pleased with him."39 But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who believe and are saved.
We also learn that those whose faith willingly surrenders their life for Jesus will be blessed if they should die before the coming of the anti-Christ.
Hebrews 14: 12 This calls for patient endurance on the part of the saints who obey God's commandments and remain faithful to Jesus. 13 Then I heard a voice from heaven say, "Write: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on." "Yes," says the Spirit, "they will rest from their labor, for their deeds will follow them."
We will be blessed if we should die before the anti-Christ comes because of the deeds that we have done through faith that surrenders itself to Jesus we will go home to be with God forever.
We also will be blessed if we are one of the saints who the anti-Christ martyrs. We will be resurrected and will reign with Jesus for thousand years on earth.
Revelations 20: 4 I saw thrones on which were seated those who had been given authority to judge. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony for Jesus and because of the word of God. They had not worshiped the beast or his image and had not received his mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life and reigned with Christ a thousand years.
As brothers and sisters in Christ I want our faith to be prepared for what is to come before Jesus returns and not mislead you to think that you will be raptured before the anti-Christ comes.
Paul said we need to work out your salvation with fear and trembling so I know we must teach God’s word the way he wants it done.
2 Timothy 3: 16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
If my teaching sounds like I am correcting and admonishing, I do it because of my love for Jesus and for you and how much I do not want us to go off the narrow path home to God.
We should not think that we are adults and should not be taught that way because you will always be a child in God’s eyes who will always need his correction and admonishment so that our faith remains true to him.
Faith that is ready to surrender their life for Christ comes by believing what the saints in Hebrews believed.
Hebrews 11: 13 All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance. And they admitted that they were aliens and strangers on earth.
14 People who say such things show that they are looking for a country of their
own. 15 If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had opportunity to return. 16 Instead, they were longing for a better country--a heavenly one. Therefore, God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.
Hebrews 12: 1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of
witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily
entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. 2 Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
Faith that surrenders itself to Jesus is one that longs to be with God forever and not this world. It is Faith that sees this world as strange because God does not reign in it making it foreign to them because we are citizens of heaven.
When our faith is like theirs, we no longer are afraid to surrender our life for Jesus because of the hope that we have in him and his promise to be with God forever with all their heart, mind, soul and strength.
This is kind of faith Jesus will look for when he returns. Faith willing to give their life for hm and not be unprepared like the 5 foolish virgins in his parable who were unprepared by not bringing extra lamp oil and missed going with Jesus.
Be safe in Jesus, Ps. Glenn.
Winning Hearts for Christ
July 13, 2022
I once thought that evangelism is sharing the gospel to unbelievers outside of church. Like Billy Graham who had big tent gathering to reach unbelievers outside of church.
I also assumed that everyone who goes to church knows the gospel and wanted eternal life with God.
The Lord has allowed me to witness in myself and in others in church that we did not truly know and understands the gospel of Jesus that saves to bring us home to our Father in heaven. I also learned that I truly do not know who will go to heaven. Only God knows the heart and mind of what people believe is true to him and be saved.
Jesus calls us to go make disciples for him meaning we are responsible to teach new believers the gospel of Jesus that will save them.
In Ephesians 4, one of the gifts in the church is the evangelists and they also were gifted to prepare the church for works of service to build it up so that they all reach unity in their faith in the complete knowledge of Jesus.
So, evangelism is to be taught in the church.
Jesus said that his gospel is a narrow path and door to his Father and only a few find it.
So, we should not assume that everyone in church is the few that are on Jesus’ narrow path to his Father if they are not being evangelized to know and understand the whole gospel truth.
Eternal life comes through knowing what is having faith in Jesus as your Lord and Savior and being obedient to his teachings and commandments because you love him. This is what should be evangelized in church to keep everyone on the narrow path to be with God forever because no one comes to the Father but through the Son and no one comes to the Son unless his Father calls them to him.
We must evangelize that God’s promise of eternal life is not because you do good works in church or that you follow God’s laws. Eternal life is promised through God’s grace and faith in Jesus. That is why we must evangelize in church so that no one falls short of being in God’s rest, eternal life which Hebrews warns.
Hebrews 4: 1 Therefore, since the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us be careful that none of you be found to have fallen short of it. 2 For we also have had the gospel preached to us, just as they did; but the message they heard was of no value to them, because those who heard it did not combine it with faith. 3 Now we who have believed enter that rest,
The Israelites fell short of receiving God’s promise rest in the promise land because when the gospel was preached to them, they did not value it and had no faith in it. It is the same for us today that we must preach clearly the whole gospel message of Jesus so that no one fall short and off the narrow path of God’s promise of eternal rest with him.
Pastors are not the only one responsible for church members falling short of their salvation. Pastors are responsible to preach the gospel, but they are not responsible for members to know and understand the gospel and have faith in it. We are brothers and sisters in Christ, so this responsibility falls upon every family member in church.
Everyone who has confessed Jesus as their Lord should have faith and understanding of how not to fall short in their love for God and should recognize when someone is falling short or do not love for Jesus because the do not obey his teachings and commandment or really want eternal life.
They come to church just to make friends and for the social activities. There will some who will do things to win hearts for themselves, some seek to have important status or authority in church. They all are looking out for their own interest and not what interest Christ. We who are mature in Christ are called to correct and admonish them with the gospel to save them so that they will repent and be saved.
There will be those who come seeking God because they were once lonely and felt unloved but found the God who loves them and now are seeking to know and love him. We who love Jesus are responsible to evangelize to them and teach them the gospel so that can be one with God and his family and not fall short of their salvation.
The clear sign of our salvation is when we long to be with Jesus.
Hebrews 9:28 so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many
people; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.
When your hope is in being with Jesus it becomes the anchor of your salvation because this hope keeps you on his narrow path home to our Father.
Be safe in Jesus, Ps. Glenn.
Be Imitators of God
June 17, 2022
As disciples of Jesus, we should know what Jesus wants us to do in every situation that God has planned for us. Because Paul said we have the mind of Christ, walk like Jesus and be imitators of God.
Ephesians 5: 1 Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children 2 and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
To be able to do what Jesus wants us to do it must be done out of faith. Faith that believes that Jesus willingly gave himself as a sacrificial offering to ransom us from our death penalty for our sins. That he did this out of love for his Father and their love for us. If you believe this, you will love God with all your heart because he calls you his children and welcomes you into his eternal kingdom.
To love God is to willingly die to sin knowing that this pleases him. Jesus said if anyone wants to be with him, they must deny themselves, pick up their cross, meaning to die to sin and to follow his teachings and commandments.
Paul teaches in Ephesians how to imitate what God wants us to do.
Ephesians 5: 3 But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God's holy people.
There cannot be any hint of sexual immorality and that is same sex union, adultery after a divorce that was not out of unfaithfulness or an unbelieving spouse wanting a divorce. There cannot be sex outside the bond of marriage. Sexual immorality is anything that is not true to God design that he created it to be from Scripture.
There cannot be any kind of impure acts or thoughts in the heart of believers that is not Christ loving and pure to each other as a family of God.
1 Timothy 5: 1 Do not rebuke an older man harshly but exhort him as if he were your father. Treat younger men as brothers, 2 older women as mothers, and younger women as sisters, with absolute purity. 3 Give proper recognition to those widows who are really in need.
There cannot be any love for wealth which Jesus said is the root of all Evil. When money becomes a person or a church first importance, they have lost their first love. Churches that conduct service just to increase their wealth has lost its first love for Jesus. A church is the body of Christ and Jesus as its head who wants everyone to work out their salvation with fear and trembling so that they repent and be saved. The church does this by first loving Jesus and obey his will that all be united in faith, having the complete and full knowledge of him,
Revelations 2: 4Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken your first love. 5 Remember the height from which you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place.
Just the hint of sexual immorality, impurity and greed, Pastors, church leaders and mature disciples are responsible to protect the body of Christ and keep Christ’s bride holy to Jesus. Hints of sin must be confronted quickly so it does not spread, condoned, or tolerated by immature believers in church. We must protect Christ bride and not a person’s sinful nature by correcting, admonishing sinfulness with God’s word with 1 Corinthians 13 love to save the lost and not be afraid to hurt someone’s feelings. When we condone or tolerate someone’s impurity it misleads them to continue in sin which drives the Holy Spirit away from them. Loving some in church is not giving in to their sinful actions but to love them by confronting their bad choices, so they can repent and be one with the Holy Spirit again.
When we love Jesus, we capture our every thought and conform it to him which changes the way we speak.
Ephesians 5: 4 Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving. 5 For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person--such a man is an idolater--has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.
As disciples of Christ, we have the light of God’s wisdom to know and understand his truth so that we will not be deceived by empty words that is spoken in and out of church but live with the wisdom of God.
Ephesians 5: 6 Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God's wrath comes on those who are disobedient. 7 Therefore do not be partners with them. 8 For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light 9 (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) 10 and find out what pleases the Lord. 11 Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. 12 For it is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. 13 But everything exposed by the light becomes visible, 14 for it is light that makes everything visible. This is why it is said: "Wake up, O sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you." 15 Be very careful, then, how you live-- not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord's will is.
To love Jesus is not being asleep in knowing his teachings and commandment for the they are the light that saves us and the power of God.
Be safe in Jesus, Ps. Glenn
Be A Living Sacrifice
June 8, 2022
The apostle Paul was sent by Jesus to preach and teach the Gentiles his gospel of salvation and this gospel is the foundation of all the churches of Jesus Christ.
Paul said that the power of God is the gospel which is the Word of God and that is Jesus. This means that everything that Jesus taught, commanded and did was God’s Word. Jesus sent his chosen apostles to proclaim his gospel and to make disciple commanding them to obey his teaching and be completely emersed in knowing the name of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
So, every believer in church must be a disciple and follower of Jesus that is maturing in knowing the teachings and commandments of Jesus because they believe in his gospel.
Jesus’ gospel must be true to God’s word, or our faith will not be true to Jesus. That is why Paul said in Philippians that we must work out our salvation with fear and trembling. Do not take for granted that your faith is true to God when you do not know God’s word.
Jesus told the Pharisees you read the Old Testament Scripture because you think it will give you eternal life, but the OT Scripture was to reveal him. Today we have the Holy Spirit’s New Testament of Jesus’ words that reveals God’s will which is to believe, listen and obey to his Son and you will receive eternal life. This is the new covenant we have with God it is no longer the old covenant which no one could follow and obey to receive the promise land.
Because of God’ grace Paul passionately preached the gospel with the strong desire to save those who were seeking God. This same passion and desire should be in every believer’s heart in church because they believe it is through God’s grace and belief in the gospel of Jesus they are saved and will be with God forever.
Paul teaches in Romans 12, what a believer that love Jesus becomes.
Romans 12: 1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God--this is your spiritual act of worship.
Out of love Jesus willingly sacrificed himself to save us so those who are thankful willingly offer their body as a living sacrifice out of our love for Jesus. Paul teaches what a living sacrifice will do.
Romans 12: 2 Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will.
A living sacrifice knows what is and is not conforming to patterns of this world. To do this you must renew your mind and see things from God’s perspective and then you will be able to know what God approves and what pleases his perfect will. Paul teaches what God’s will is which we must renew our minds to obey.
Romans 12: 3 For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you. 4 Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, 5 so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. 6 We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man's gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. 7 If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; 8 if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully. 9 Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. 10 Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves. 11 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. 12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. 13 Share with God's people who are in need. Practice hospitality.
The renewing of our minds begins in the way we fellowship with each other in church as brothers, and sisters in Christ which does not follow the pattern of this world. Paul continues to teach how we must treat everyone including those in this world.
14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.
15 Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.
16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.
17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody.
18 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. 19 Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God's wrath, for it is written: "It is mine to avenge; I will repay," says the Lord. 20 On the contrary: "If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head." 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
The power of Jesus’ gospel is our faith, a faith that is a living sacrifice.
Be safe in Jesus
Temple of God
June 2, 2022
When I was a new Christian, I thought a church was a building where Christians gathered to worship God. Just like the temple in the Old Testament where I thought God dwelled in making the building sanctified and holy. The building is where you could go to be close to God and where he would hear your prayers, a shelter where God would protect you.
But as I matured as a disciple of God’s word, I have come to understand what God’s temple is and where He dwells. This is very important to know so that we are not misled in knowing what God’s temple is and how this understanding effects the future prophesies before Jesus returns.
We first must understand if God actually lived in the temple.
God did not ask David to build him a temple it was what David’s desire to build the temple for God. God allowed David to build the temple through his son Solomon. Solomon understood what the temple would be to God and the purpose it would serve.
2 Chronicles 6: 18"But will God really dwell on earth with men? The heavens, even the highest heavens, cannot contain you. How much less this temple I have built! 19 Yet give attention to your servant's prayer and his plea for mercy, O Lord my God. Hear the cry and the prayer that your servant is praying in your presence. 20 May your eyes be open toward this temple day and night, this place of which you said you would put your Name there. May you hear the prayer your servant prays toward this place.
Solomon said God could not be contained in a man-made temple and we should not think God would dwell among men. The temple is where God would place his name not himself. The temple was where people could pray to him and he would see from heaven and hear their prayers.
And God tells Solomon how the people should pray so he would hear their prayers.
2 Chronicles 7: 14 if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land. 15 Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place. 16 I have chosen and consecrated this temple so that my Name may be there forever. My eyes and my heart will always be there.
God said His eyes and ears will be attentive when they prayed with the right heart and then he will make the temple sacred and his Name would remain in it and his eyes would keep watch over it and his heart would be there. God also warned Solomon what would make him reject this temple.
2 Chronicles 7: 19 "But if you turn away and forsake the decrees and commands, I have given you and go off to serve other gods and worship them, 20 then I will uproot Israel from my land, which I have given them, and will reject this temple I have consecrated for my Name. I will make it a byword and an object of ridicule among all peoples. 21 And though this temple is now so imposing, all who pass by will be appalled and say, 'Why has the Lord done such a thing to this land and to this temple?' 22 People will answer, 'Because they have forsaken the Lord, the God of their fathers, who brought them out of Egypt, and have embraced other gods, worshiping and serving them-that is why he brought all this disaster on them.'
God did reject this temple when it was destroyed by the Babylonians because the Israelites forsake God’s decrees and commandments and worshipped other gods and the Romans destroyed the rebuilt temple in 70 AD because the Jews forsake Jesus’ teaching and commandments and refused to worship him as God because Jesus was the temple of God.
John 2: 18 Then the Jews demanded of him, "What miraculous sign can you show us to prove your authority to do all this?" 19 Jesus answered them, "Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days."
When Jesus gave up his spirit on the cross the curtain that covered the entrance to the most holy of holies in God’s temple was torn from top to bottom.
Matthew 27: 50 And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit. 51 At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to
The opening of the curtain meant when Jesus died for our sins we no longer will be separated from God. Before only the high priest could enter the most holy place after being purified and only once a year.
Hebrews 9: 7 But only the high priest entered the inner room, and that only once a year, and never without blood, which he offered for himself and for the sins the
people had committed in ignorance.
Read Hebrews 9:8-28, the Holy Spirit teaches why the most holy of holies was open through Jesus.
Hebrews 9: 8 The Holy Spirit was showing by this that the way into the Most Holy Place had not yet been disclosed as long as the first tabernacle was still standing. 9 This is an illustration for the present time, indicating that the gifts and sacrifices being offered were not able to clear the conscience of the worshiper. 10 They are only a matter of food and drink and various ceremonial washings-- external regulations applying until the time of the new order.
Because the Most Holy Place in the temple was still standing to receive the gifts and sacrifices for the forgiveness of one’s sins it would not remove the quilt of our sins it remained in our conscience.
The temple was where the Israelites were commanded to go by God to receive his forgiveness of their sins by shedding the blood of their animal sacrifice that represented their blood being shed for their sins. But this continuous need to make animal sacrifice could not free their consciences of their continuous sinning. Only when Jesus entered the temple of God in heaven as our high priest and sacrificed his sinless self once and for all for the world’s sins, only then all sins past, present and future were forgiven. Opening the door for all to receive eternal life. Jesus is our mediator before his Father in heaven, being our eternal ransom for sin which frees us from having a guilty conscience that kept us from being with God.
Therefore, there is no longer a need for a man-made temple to be with God. Jesus is the temple which we go to and be one with God.
Hebrews 10: 19 Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, 20 by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, 21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. 25 Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another--and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
We are told not to give up on meeting together because we become the temple of God, which is the body of Christ, the church and not a building.
1 Corinthians 12: 27 Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.
So, when the curtain was torn open it means God’s name is no longer in a man-made temple. Now his Holy Spirt dwells in the temple of a believer and when believers gather, they become the body of Christ the temple of God.
So, when Paul speaks of the lawless one who sets himself in God’s temple and proclaim himself to be God which temple is Paul speaking of, a new man-made temple which God will no longer need to dwell in or is it the temple of believer’s body that the Holy Spirit now dwells in?
Paul said we should know the schemes of Devil wanting God’s children to be unprepared for the coming of the Lord. Believing in which kind of temple will gets you ready for the Lawless One? God’s temple that exists now in believers or the man-made one that is still waiting to be built.
Be safe in Jesus,
You are the Light of Jesus
May 27, 2022
Is being the light of Jesus in this world important to Him? Yes, it is.
Jesus said this in:
Matthew 5: 14 "You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden.
15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead, they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.
Jesus calls us to be his light before people. The question is how does Jesus want his disciples to shine His light in this world? Jesus teaches what our light should look like.
John 8: 12 When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life."
Jesus said those who follow him become his light in this dark world. So, your light is following Jesus’ teachings and commandments and exampling what Jesus and his apostle’s did in the Bible that glorified God. So, our words and actions become the light of Jesus in this world.
That is why Jesus commissioned his apostles to go make disciples by completely soaking them to know the name of the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit and obey his teaching.
Matthew 28: 19Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."
When we are completely soaked in knowing the name of God and obey Jesus’ teachings and commandments, we become the light of Jesus doing his Father’s will and glorifying him in this world. Being the light of Jesus is not guessing or assuming or feeling what Jesus wants you to do. As disciples of Christ, we know what to do by the Holy Spirit recalling it to us.
Our light will expose the darkness in this world and does not condemn but live a life that glorifies Jesus by doing what pleases God and that is to love as Jesus has loved us.
When we gather as the body of Christ, we are not like the world that lives in darkness. We are the one light of Jesus who know, understand, and obey Jesus as our Lord and Savior.
When we shine the light of Jesus in this world it is with the heart desire of God that all repent and be saved and not perish. We do not condemn people of their sins because then we become hypocrites of our own sins.
Our light is God’s love expressed by our good deeds is so that those who are seeking God can find him in the darkness of this world so when they ask you of the hope you have you can share the gospel and invite them to come to the Father who loves them.
Our light must be with an attitude to save people because it is the day of salvation.
2 Corinthians 6: 2 For he says, "In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you." I tell you, now is the time of God's favor, now is the day of salvation.
Spiritual wisdom tells us that the light we shine the world will not understand that it is our of our love for God, but out of love we always forgive them and remain steadfast that our light is to glorify Jesus and to save people and never to show our righteousness as a Christian.
Paul teaches how our light should shine before others.
1 Thessalonians 4:11 Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.
Our light is to daily lead a quiet life that minds its own business and to work with our hands which will win the respect of unbelievers who God may open their heart to ask you about your faith.
We must always be ready and prepared because our light may be tested for being a Christian and be judged by the way the world falsely sees a Christian. But our confidence does not stand secure on the world’s judgment but that of Jesus’ judgment of the light we shine for him.
Be the light of Christ always,
Holy Spirit Reminds You
May 9, 2022
Last Sunday I shared that Jesus’ brothers and sisters are those who are disciples of his teaching, who know his Father’s will and obeys it. (Matthew 12: 49-50).
As a disciple of God’s words, Jesus said you will be reminded of what he said by the Holy Spirit.
John 14: 26 But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.
This recalling of God’s words by the Holy Spirit is the evidence of God’s presence in you. You do not need to memorize the Bible address of where it is written you just need to know it is written in Scripture. Just like Jesus when he quoted Scripture verses from the OT, he just said it is written.
Do not feel pressured to memorize Scripture, just reach the Bible continuously seeking to know the heart and mind of God. Then the Holy Spirit will remind you what is written in it and the more you feed yourself daily in God’s word the more the Holy Spirit will recall to you, even where to find it.
When the Holy Spirit’s reminding comes to you quickly you begin to hear and see things from God’s perspective. You become someone who is quick to listen and slow to speak in discerning what is true. You measure your words and actions to be true to God’s word.
It is also important to know who receives the Holy Spirit.
John 7: 38 Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living
water will flow from within him." 39 By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given since Jesus had not yet been glorified.
Jesus said anyone who believes in him will receive the Holy Spirit who will come and makes his home in a believer. So, it is very important to know what you believe in Jesus is true to Scripture.
Jesus warned that there will many false Jesus’, false prophets and false teachers who will distort God’s word about him, his teachings and his Father’s will for us.
Jesus proclaimed that God is his Father, meaning he is claiming to be God, co-equal to his Father. This is what the Pharisees knew he was saying and said that was blasphemous.
John 5: 17 Jesus said to them, "My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I, too, am working." 18 For this reason the Jews tried all the harder to kill him; not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was even calling God his own Father, making himself equal with God.
As disciples we believe Jesus is our Lord, our God and obey his teachings as the will of God.
John 5: 19 Jesus gave them this answer: "I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does. 20 For the Father loves the Son and
shows him all he does. Yes, to your amazement he will show him even greater things than these. 21 For just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, even so the Son gives life to whom he is pleased to give it. 22 Moreover, the Father judges no one, but has entrusted all judgment to the Son, 23 that all may honor the Son just as they honor the Father. He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father, who sent him. 24 "I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life.
To hear Jesus’ word means you obey it as the will of his Father who gives eternal life to all who believe in his Son as their Lord and what he did to save us.
Believing in Jesus is not just in thought it must transform into action. Jesus said our faith in him must be one of loving obedience only then will the Holy Spirit come and make his home in you.
John 14: 23Jesus replied, "If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.
A disciple of Jesus constantly trains themselves to read the whole Bible. I encourage you to read daily following the daily bookmark or any reading plan that covers the whole Bible. Read seeking the heart and mind of God so you know his will, which is to obey his Son’s teachings and commandments.
In Matthew chapter 5-7, Jesus teaches what he wants us to obey which the Holy Spirit will remind you when you are in a situation which it will apply to.
Jesus taught we must distain committing any sin. Do not commit adultery with our eyes. Marriage must always be faithful and do not divorce unless unfaithful. To always forgive those who sin against you. To love your enemies. Do not judge like a hypocrite. When you give to help others and when you pray do it in secret to the Lord then you will receive his reward in heaven.
Do you recall these teachings in Matthew? If you do, it is the Holy Spirit reminding you of it, so obey them out of love for Jesus and the Holy Spirit will remain in you.
I say the Holy Spirit will remain in you means that he can also leave.
1 John 2: 27 As for you, the anointing you received from him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about all things and as that anointing is real, not counterfeit--just as it has taught you, remain in him.
The Holy Spirit will only teach you what is true to Scripture and not what is counterfeit and only those who seek God’s truth in Scripture will the anointing of the Holy Spirit remain in them. This anointing of the Holy Spirit in us is our guarantee of our eternal life with God.
Ephesians 1: 13 And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, 14 who is a deposit guaranteeing our
inheritance until the redemption of those who are God's possession--to the praise of his glory.
This truth of the Holy Spirit remaining in you teaches that the saying once saved always saved does not stand in Scripture. If it did Paul would not have said, we need to work out our salvation with fear and trembling.
So, be a Christ disciple and seek God with all your heart in Scripture and the Holy Spirit will remind you of what he taught you and obey it and this will assure you of his seal remaining in you assuring your eternal inheritance.
Be safe in Jesus, Ps. Glenn
May 2, 2022
Being the family of Jesus, we are his church.
We gather as brothers and sisters in Christ which means we are Jesus’ brothers and sisters making us the children of God the family of God.
Jesus teaches what makes us his brothers and sisters.
Matthew 12: 46 While Jesus was still talking to the crowd, his mother and brothers stood outside, wanting to speak to him. 47 Someone told him, "Your mother and brothers are standing outside, wanting to speak to you." 48 He replied to him, "Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?" 49 Pointing to his disciples, he said, "Here are my mother and my brothers. 50 For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother."
Jesus said his family members are those who are his disciples that do the will of his Father, and the will of his Father is to listen to his Son.
Jesus tells what it takes to be his disciple.
Matthew 16: 24 Then Jesus said to his disciples, "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. 25 For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it.
A disciple of Jesus is someone who denies oneself, takes up their cross, which means willing to die for Jesus and follows him by obeying his teachings and commandments as their Lord.
When someone calls themselves a Christian, a believer or a brother or sister in Christ you do not know if they are what Jesus would call his disciple. Only they and Jesus would know if they were.
So, when we gather as the body of Christ, we are confessing to each other that we are a disciple of Jesus, who do the will of God, who denies oneself, willing to die for Jesus and obeys his teaching and commandments.
The only means we have in knowing if someone is our brother or sister in Christ is by the spiritual fruit Jesus said they will bear.
Matthew 7: 17 Likewise every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them. 21 "Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.
So, to bear good fruit we would need to know the will of God and to know God’s will we need to be a disciple of God’s word learned through the Holy Spirit. Spiritual fruit are evident by our words and actions that pleases God and for someone to recognize these spiritual fruit they themselves would need to be a mature disciple of God’s word.
Hebrews 5: 12 In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God's word all over again. You need milk, not solid food! 13 Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. 14 But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.
You need to constantly train yourself in God’s word to know his truth to do his will because you know good from evil.
God is pleased when we believe Jesus is his Son and that you love him by obeying his teachings and commandments and spiritually maturing through Holy Spirit.
Before Jesus went home to his Father, he gave clear instructions for his church and one is for faithful and wise servant he has put in charge of his church prepares his servants for his return.
Matthew 24: 44 So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him. 45 "Who then is the faithful and wise
servant, whom the master has put in charge of the servants in his household
to give them their food at the proper time? 46It will be good for that servant whose master finds him doing so when he returns. 47 I tell you the truth, he will put him in charge of all his possessions.
So, pastors of a church is put in charge to prepare Jesus’ servants for his return. They do this by teaching the flock to be a disciple of Christ feeding on the word of God daily so that they know what pleases their Father’s will. So, when Jesus returns, they will recognize his voice when he calls them, and Jesus will find his good and faithful servants and welcome them into his kingdom.
Being ready for Jesus is not just when he returns it is also if he should call you home before he returns.
My hope is that I have been serving you by teaching you to be a disciple of Jesus and encouraging you to constantly train yourself daily in God’s word so that you know God’s will and obey it so that you will always be ready for Jesus when he calls you home.
And let’s pray that every faithful and wise servant is clearly teaching their flock as their brother or sister in Christ to prepare them so that they can go home to Jesus.
Be safe in Jesus, Ps. Glenn
God's Kingdom and His Righteousness
April 26, 2022
At one time it seemed like our home in these islands was isolated from all the increasing violent crimes that are occurring on the mainland and in the world but now it has become worrisome seeing the increase in murders, violent crimes, robbery and abuse of children and women in our islands.
Paul tells believers to mark these terrible times that will increase during these last days before the Lord returns.
2 Timothy 3: 1But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. 2 People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, 4 treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God—5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them. 6 They are the kind who worm their way into homes and gain control over weak-willed women, who are loaded down with sins and are swayed by all kinds of evil desires, 7 always learning but never able to acknowledge the truth.
Paul was not only talking about people in this world he was identifying people in the church who had a form of godliness but denied its power, those who did not love God but loved pleasure and those who were weak willed who were always hearing God’s word but never acknowledging its truth.
Some of those who committed crimes may have gone to church at one time or were brought up in a family who attended church but when at church did they witness the power of God and acknowledgement of God’s truth by members in church especially in their own family.
If the church only had a form of godliness because they did not teach the power of God and acknowledges its truth, they would bear the fruits of terrible people which would reproduce in their children. They would be people who love what pleases them and not what pleases God
This is where Paul teaches that the church must judge within itself to see if their church has the power of God and acknowledges its truth. Paul tells us what the power of God is and why it must be taught.
Roman 1: 16 I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. 17 For in the gospel a righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: "The righteous will live by faith." 18 The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness,
The power of God is the good news that the Word of God has come to us in the flesh to bring God’s salvation to the world. The gospel is the teachings and commandments of our Lord Jesus which must be the foundational teaching whenever the church gathers in his name.
So, that they know how to love and please God and become the righteousness of his Son and receive the power of his salvation. A church that wants to be saved by the power of God will bear Spiritual fruit and not terrible ones.
When we live in the power of God’s word we live with the wisdom and understanding of our Lord Jesus who teaches us not to worry.
Matthew 6: 25"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than
food, and the body more important than clothes?
Matthew 6: 31 So do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.
Jesus said we should not worry about our life necessities because your Father knows our needs and he will provide them if you seek him first.
Matthew 6: 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
God’s kingdom is where God reigns and seeking his kingdom first is making God your king above all other things. Seeking God righteousness first is being like his Son first in our life. Doing this first you will receive God’s kingdom and his righteousness and everything for our life.
Does this include not worrying about the evil in this world?
If you receive the kingdom of God and his Son’s righteousness, you have the power of God’s salvation knowing neither death nor life can separate you from the love of God.
Romans 8: 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Let us be in Christ Jesus our Lord. Ps. Glenn
Ambassadors for Christ
April 18, 2022
At easter we commemorate the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. His resurrection assures the resurrection of all who believe in him.
We have not witnessed Jesus’ resurrection, but we believe in those who did see Jesus’ empty tomb on the third day and then Jesus’ bodily appearance and speaking to them to prove his resurrection by their testament in the Bible.
Jesus said we will be blessed when by faith we believe in his resurrection.
John 20: 29 Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
We are blessed because by faith we believe in Jesus’ resurrection after dying on the cross for our sins and like Jesus we who believe in him will also resurrect and be with him forever.
Paul preached that we must be firm in our faith in Jesus’ resurrection and our own resurrection and to refute those in church who do not believe in it.
1 Corinthians 15: 12 But if it is preached that Christ has been raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? 13 If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. 14 And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith.15 More than that, we are then found to be false witnesses about God, for we have testified about God that he raised Christ from the dead. But he did not raise him if in fact the dead are not raised. 16 For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised either. 17 And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. 18 Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost. 19 If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men. 20 But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep. 21 For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. 22 For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive.
Jesus’ gospel it is a message of eternal life with God after death for those who believe that Jesus is the Son of God who died for their sins and rose from the grave receiving God’s forgiveness so not to sufferer spiritual death; eternal separation from God.
Jesus’ resurrection is proof of his victory over death and our victory over the sting of death giving us eternal life which comes by God’s grace through faith in his Son which we must fearfully hold on to and not abandon.
This is the fear that Paul had when he preached the gospel to persuade others to believe in what is unseen.
2 Corinthians 5: 11 Since, then, we know what it is to fear the Lord, we try to persuade men. What we are is plain to God, and I hope it is also plain to your conscience. 12 We are not trying to commend ourselves to you again but are giving you an opportunity to take pride in us, so that you can answer those who take pride in what is seen rather than in what is in the heart.
Paul is not asking us to take pride in him but to take pride in the truth that he preached about Jesus and his salvation which is sown in our heart by our love for Jesus in what is unseen and not what can be seen.
2 Corinthians 5: 14 For Christ's love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. 15 And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again. 16 So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!
Believing Jesus died to give you eternal life transforms you to love Jesus with all you heart, no longer living for yourself but only for Jesus. You no longer see Jesus as the world those the way the Jews saw Jesus as their King who would save them from their enemy the Romans like God did for King David. When people want Jesus to fulfill their will and not God’s will they have a worldly view of Jesus. As a new creation in Christ, you perspective is like Jesus’ and your old earthly perspective is gone.
2 Corinthians 5: 18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men's sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 20 We are therefore Christ's ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ's behalf: Be reconciled to God. 21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
Jesus died for the world’s sins to make a way for the world to be reconciled back to his Father. We are ambassadors of Jesus to share his gospel of reconciliation with those who are seeking God so that they can find their way back home to Him. Jesus message is one that reconciles and not one that condemns but one that saves through faith in Jesus.
2 Corinthians 6: 1 As God's fellow workers we urge you not to receive God's grace in vain. 2 For he says, "In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you." I tell you, now is the time of God's favor, now is the day of salvation.
Ever since the world was redeemed by Jesus’ death and resurrection, we have been in the time of God’s favor of his forgiveness that gives eternal life by God’s grace through faith in his Son. Now is the time of God’s salvation.
Easter is a time to reaffirm our calling to be ambassadors of Jesus’ salvation to those who are seeking God by sharing a message of reconciliation of his forgives so that they can be with him and his love forever.
When you are reconciled with God, you are a new creation in Christ you love what he loves and separate yourself from what unbeliever’s love. You do not yoke yourself to unbelievers in the world.
2 Corinthians 6: 14 Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? 15 What harmony is there between Christ and Belial? What does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? 16 What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said: "I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people." 17 "Therefore come out from them and be
separate, says the Lord. Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you." 18 "I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty."
Not yoking yourself to unbelievers in this world is not separating or associating with them it’s not joining yourself in what they believe. Paul clarifies this in:
1 Corinthians 5: 9 I have written you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people—10 not at all meaning the people of this world who are immoral, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters. In that case you would have to leave this world. 11 But now I am writing you that you must not associate with anyone who calls himself a brother but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or a slanderer, a drunkard or a swindler. With such a man do not even eat. 12 What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside?
If we separated ourselves from unbelievers in this world, we no longer can be ambassadors for Christ and share a message of reconciliation with God.
Paul teaches that we must be able to judge those who say they are your brother or sister in Christ but act like an unbeliever they are the ones you should not associate with but point out their shortcoming so that they can repent and be reconciled back with God and be one with the body of Christ again.
Easter is a reminder to test yourself to see if you are a new creation in Christ and be reconciled back with God because you believe in Jesus’ death and resurrection and living to love him because your utmost desire is to be with him forever.
Be safe in Jesus, Ps. Glenn
April 11, 2022
You may have heard someone put a spin on a truth to benefit themselves or someone. A spin is to twist the truth for one’s advantage.
Being honest in telling the truth plainly and at times people will twist the truth or just plain lie to protect themselves or someone from the consequences for telling the truth.
You would think this would not happen in churches, but that is what Paul was dealing with.
1 Corinthians 11: 18 In the first place, I hear that when you come together as a church, there are divisions among you, and to some extent I believe it. 19 No doubt there have to be differences among you to show which of you have God's approval.
There will be people in the church that will twist God’s truth to benefit their own belief to get what they want. There will be those who do not know God’s truth and will make up their own truth so that church will be what they want it to be. Paul saw this in church, and he needed to defend God’ truth from those who were twisting it to benefit themselves. To protect the church Paul tells us what we should do.
2 Corinthians 4: 1 Therefore, since through God’s mercy we have this ministry, we do not lose heart. 2 Rather, we have renounced secret and shameful ways; we do not use deception, nor do we distort the word of God. On the contrary, by setting forth the truth plainly we commend ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.
We should always set forth God’s truth plainly which gives us the confidence what we set forth are true to God and those who hear our words become conscientiously aware of God’s truth.
That is why Paul said we should never go beyond what is written in Scripture.
1 Corinthians 4: 6 Now, brothers, I have applied these things to myself and Apollos for your benefit, so that you may learn from us the meaning of the saying, "Do not go beyond what is written." Then you will not take pride in one man over against another.
As followers of our Lord Jesus the words we speak and the words we hear must be the plain truth of God’s word which the Holy Spirit will recall to you if you are a disciple of God’s word.
Paul tells why there will be unbelievers in church that do not accept God’s plain truth.
2 Corinthians 4: 3 And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. 4 The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.
God’s truth has come through his Son’s gospel, but there will be those who are blinded by what they want more in this world than the gospel. They refuse to accept the truth of Jesus’ teachings who is God and will perish.
Paul teaches the attitude we should have when teaching and hearing God’s truth.
2 Corinthians 4: 5 For we do not preach ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus' sake. 6 For God, who said, "Let light shine out of darkness," made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the
knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. 7 But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.
We must remember we are only a servant of Jesus and must only speaks the plain truth of his teachings for his sake. We are only a vessel of the Holy Spirit whose teaching we speak and hear which is God’s truth that he recalls to us. This truth is the light that shines through the darkness of our doubts and unbelief.
The plain truth of God’s word becomes our doctrine that saves us.
1 Timothy 4: 16 Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.
A church is the body of Christ when believers gather to only follow Jesus and obey his teachings. We do measure a church as the body of Christ the way the world would measures by the number of people, by its building, its ministries, its worship music, its talented people or by its pastor. The church should be measured by its members loving Jesus first and know and obey the plain truth of his teachings and commandments as his disciples. Then the church can be assured that the Holy Spirit dwells in its members and their seal that guarantees their eternal inheritance. That is the church that will never lose heart as they serve Jesus in the assurance of what they hope for and certain of what they do not see now waiting for them in heaven.
2 Corinthians 4: 16Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
When we believe in God’s plain truth of what is unseen, we overcome our momentary earthly troubles because of what we know we will become when we leave this earth.
2 Corinthians 5: 1 Now we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands.
2 Meanwhile we groan, longing to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling, 3 because when we are clothed, we will not be found naked. 4 For while we are in this tent, we groan and are burdened, because we do not wish to be unclothed but to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. 5 Now it is God who has made us for this very purpose and has given us the Spirit as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.
Believing that you will never die because Jesus resurrected to give you eternal life in a new spiritual body gives you the lasting hope of being in your new spiritual body with Jesus forever.
2 Corinthians 5: 6 Therefore we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord. 7 We live by faith, not by sight. 8 We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord. 9 So we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it. 10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive what is due him for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad. 11 Since, then, we know what it is to fear the Lord, we try to persuade men. What we are is plain to God, and I hope it is also plain to your conscience.
When Jesus is your first love you will always have a strong desire to be home with the Lord like Paul did which will make your goal to pleases Jesus knowing that he will judge what you do to be good or bad. This will make you fearfully share only the plain truth when sharing Jesus’ gospel which will make your conscience right with Jesus.
Be safe in Jesus,
Being the Body of Christ
April 4, 2022
In 1 Corinthians 6, Paul calls upon pastors and church leaders to counsel and make judgement in settling disputed between believers in their church.
This is where their teaching, counseling and judgment must be inline with Jesus’ teachings and commandment which he gave to his apostles to teach the church.
Paul said to appoint those in church who are of little account to judge disputes because the leaders were not willing to settle disputes in church.
1 Corinthians 6: 4 Therefore, if you have disputes about such matters, appoint as judges even men of little account in the church! 5 I say this to shame you. Is it possible that there is nobody among you wise enough to judge a dispute between believers?
How many believers settle a dispute by seeking their pastor or church leader counsel? Trusting that they will receive Godly counsel and instructions when they themselves do not know Jesus’ teaching and when they learn it is from Jesus are willing to submit to it because Jesus is their Lord.
Paul said in: 2 Timothy 2:5 Similarly, if anyone competes as an athlete, he does not receive the victor's crown unless he competes according to the rules.
For us to win the prize of being with God we must follow the rules that Jesus has set forth for us to receive it. This is not working for our salvation it is knowing how to work out our salvation with fear and trembling by staying on the narrow path Jesus has set for us to follow.
What pastor’s set before the church is the teachings and commandments of Jesus which they use to settle disagreements, but it will be up to the believer to obey their counsel because they personally know it is true to Jesus and that he is their Lord.
These rules are the works of service that the church follows so that they become united in one faith to have the complete knowledge of our Lord Jesus that Paul taught is Ephesians 4.
I shared some of Paul’s rules last time ending with the husband and wife being responsible to care for their marital needs to protect their marriage from the temptations of the devil.
Paul continues in chapter 7 teaching why men and women should or should not marry, what a believing wife must do if she separates from her husband, a believing husband must not divorce their believing wife, reason for not divorcing and when divorce is allowed when married to an unbelieving spouse and who a believing widow or widower should marry.
Chapter 8, Paul teaches the freedom we have in Christ and to be careful in how we use our freedom before others.
1 Corinthians 8: 9 Be careful, however, that the exercise of your freedom does not become a stumbling block to the weak.
Paul said those who are knowledgeable in the freedom they have in Jesus need to be careful not to flaunt that freedom before other believers whose faith is still growing to distinguish good and evil. Flaunting our freedom may make them believe it is okay to sin.
1 Corinthians 8: Now about food sacrificed to idols: We know that we all possess knowledge. Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up. 2 The man who thinks he knows something does not yet know as he ought to know. 3 But the man who loves God is known by God.
Loving Jesus is doing everything out of love for him and when we do not do it out of love for God, we will not be known by him.
In chapter 9 Paul said when he preaches the gospel, he does it voluntarily because he knows then he will receive a reward in heaven. Those who do preach should receive an earning if they are sowing spiritual seeds, but Paul said he is compelled to preach because of his love for Jesus and he will become whatever is needed to save some because of his love for them.
So, when we follow these rules that Paul lays out for the church it must be done out of our love for God which Paul teaches in Corinthians 13.
In chapter 10 Paul wants the church to learn from Scripture God’s reasons for punishing the Israelites as a warning for us not to commit idolatry, sexual immorality, to test God and to grumble to God as they did. We also must not participate in any other religion rituals even though we know their god or gods do not exist because they are worshipping demons.
In chapter 11, Paul said men and women in church must respect the authority that God has created them to be as they serve each other unto the Lord. Communion must always be taken respecting the holiness of the bread and the fruit of the vine being the broken body and shed blood of their Lord Jesus.
In chapter 12, Paul said it is through the Holy Spirit that one proclaims “Jesus is Lord” because this statement is true to God. Spiritual gifts are given by the Holy Spirit as he determines and not by others and he gives these spiritual gifts for the common good of the church.
In chapter 13, Paul teaches everything we do must be done out of love for God or it has no meaning to him. Paul describes the attributes of Godly love.
In chapter 14, Paul said the gift everyone should seek is speaking God’ word, which is prophesy because it edifies the church giving it strength, encouragement, and comfort. Tongues should only be spoken when it can be interpreted so it can edify the whole church and tongues are evidence for unbelievers.
In chapter 15, Paul teaches never doubt the resurrection of Jesus for it is one of the pillars of our faith for our salvation. It is the proof like Jesus our body will one day resurrect not in flesh but into a new spiritual body like Jesus.
In chapter 16, Paul teaches that our giving should be to help those in need and done not as a sacrifice but in keeping with our income so that what we receive from the Lord cares for our own needs.
These are clear rules we as a church must understand and follow to settles any disputes and disagreements and obey as on to the Lord.
Be safe in Jesus.
The Body of Christ is God's Armor
March 29, 2022
I have shared the importance of wearing the armor of God, which is God’s Truth, his righteousness, Jesus’ gospel of peace, having faith in Jesus, our salvation in Jesus, using God’s word to protect us and praying in the Spirit on all occasions. This armor only protects us when we understand its meaning and believe in it to stand against the devil’s schemes that he uses to attack us to lead us away from Jesus.
God’s armor is to believe in the forgiveness of God’s grace, to believe Jesus is the Son of God who died on the cross for our sins and rose from the grave.
This armor is put in action by loving God by obeying Jesus’ teachings and commandments in the gospels and the letters his apostles wrote for his church to protect itself from the devil’s schemes to destroy the church.
We need to protect the body of Christ because Paul warns in 1 Thessalonians 4 of the rebellion of the church before Jesus returns.
Paul was one of Jesus’ chosen apostles.
1 Corinthians 1: Paul, called to be an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God,
Paul’s 1st Corinthian letter teaches the church the armor it needs to wear to protect the body of Christ. The most important armor that the church must wear is to only follow Jesus because some church members were not but were following church leaders.
1 Corinthians 1: 11 My brothers, some from Chloe's household have informed me that there are quarrels among you. 12 What I mean is this: One of you says, “I follow Paul"; another, "I follow Apollos"; another, "I follow Christ." 13 Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Were you baptized into the name of Paul?
The church must only follow Jesus, when they are not, they are dividing the body of Christ because Jesus is no longer the head of his church and only through Jesus, we become a member of his body.
1 Corinthians 1: 30 It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God--that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. 31 Therefore, as it is written: "Let him who boasts boast in the Lord."
When we follow Jesus we receive the wisdom of God, his righteousness, his holiness, and his salvation through the Holy Spirit. Our boasting can only be in Jesus and not in an apostle, a saint, a pastor, a teacher, in a church or in a denomination.
Boasting in the Lord is to give glory to God. So, when you boast in someone other than Jesus you are giving glory to them, crediting them for giving you God’s wisdom or even for saving you or someone, when all these things has come about through God’s will and not by a person or by an environment.
Paul teaches how we should recognize apostles, pastors, and teachers.
1 Corinthians 3: 4 For when one says, "I follow Paul," and another, "I follow Apollos," are you not mere men? 5 What, after all, is Apollos? And what is Paul? Only servants, through whom you came to believe--as the Lord has assigned to each his task. 6 I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow. 7 So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. 8 The man who plants and the man who waters have one purpose, and each will be rewarded according to his own labor. 9 For we are God's fellow workers; you are God's field, God's building.
Pastors and teachers only plant and water with God’s words and never with their own personal beliefs. They should never seek gratitude for being a servant of Jesus because their teaching is a gift, they received from the Holy Spirit it’s not their own. Paul said when we use our gift according to God’s purpose, we will receive a reward from him in heaven it should never be used for personal gain.
Pastors and teachers pray in the Spirit that God will uses their teaching to make the listener grow which also depends on the kind of soil the listener has.
We must only boast and follow Jesus giving him thanks for the Holy Spirit who teaches us God’s wisdom which will protect the church from false teaching and spiritual death.
1 Corinthians 2: 12 We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us. 13 This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, expressing spiritual truths in spiritual words. 14 The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned. 15 The spiritual man makes judgments about all things, but he himself is not subject to any man's judgment: 16 "For who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct him?" But we have the mind of Christ.
When you hear teaching or speak what you believe is true to God you must discern that it is true to God’s word. Never agree with a teaching because the teacher is an eloquent speaker or a friend, you must only agree with teaching through your love for Jesus’ teachings and commandments that the Holy Spirit has taught you is true to God’s word.
Paul said in 1 Corinthians 3: 12, When you build upon the foundation of Jesus’ gospel with God’s truth, they are spiritual gold, silver and precious stones which you will be rewarded in heaven for using, but if you build with things that are not precious to Jesus like wood, hay or straw it will burn up when it passes through Jesus’ purifying fire. You still will be saved because of your faith in his gospel but the useless things you were building with will be burned up and you will not receive a reward from Jesus.
When you follow Jesus, you will have his mind and you will know how to build on his foundation at church.
In chapter 4, God’s armor is to always stand upon the teachings of Jesus’ apostles and follow their examples of living for Christ because they were his servant, and they know the secret things of God.
1 Corinthians 4: 1 So then, men ought to regard us as servants of Christ and as those entrusted with the secret things of God.
God’s armor in chapter 5, the church must never tolerate anyone who is sexual immoral, greedy, idolater, slanderer, a drunkard, or a swindler in the body of Christ which must always be kept holy for Jesus as its bride.
1 Corinthians 5: 9 I have written you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people—10 not at all meaning the people of this world who are immoral, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters. In that case you would have to leave this world. 11 But now I am writing you that you must not associate with anyone who calls himself a brother but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or a slanderer, a drunkard or a swindler. With such a man do not even eat. 12 What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not tojudge those inside? 13 God will judge those outside. "Expel the wicked man from among you."
Today you will find that this armor is not used in many church denominations today.
This armor is only for the church and not for believers to use to judge and condemn the immoral in this world.
God’s armor in chapter 6 is for believers who have a dispute with each other to seek counsel and judgement by church leaders and not to go seek the judgment of those in the world who do not know Jesus or obey him. This is only between believers who profess Jesus as their Lord and submit to the same church leadership.
1 Corinthians 6: 1 If any of you has a dispute with another, dare he take it before the ungodly for judgment instead of before the saints? 2 Do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if you are to judge the world, are you not competent to judge trivial cases? 3 Do you not know that we will judge angels? How much more the things of this life! 4 Therefore, if you have disputes about such matters, appoint as judges even men of little account in the church!
God’s armor in Chapter 7 is for the husband and wife to diligently care for their spouse’s marital needs to protect their marriage from the devil’s temptation to destroy it.
1 Corinthians 7: 5 Do not deprive each other except by mutual consent and for a time, so that you may devote yourselves to prayer. Then come together again so that Satan will not tempt you because of your lack of self-control. 6 I say this as a concession, not as a command.
Marriage was created by God for a man and woman to unite as one flesh for the spiritual wellness of their marriage and to raise Godly children.
So, the armor we need to put on to protect the church from the devil is to only follow and boast in the Lord, to obey the teachings and examples of Jesus and his apostles, do not allow anything that is immoral in church, believers to settle their disputes through the counsel of church leaders and for married couples to care for each other’s marital needs.
When a church wears all this armor it will be the body of Christ.
Be safe in Jesus
Spiritual Battles are ours to Fight
March 21, 2022
I have heard of religious groups that say that they are bullet proof because of their faith in Jesus. They say no harm will befall them because they literally believe what Jesus said in Mark 16 that a snake bite or drinking poison will not harm them.
I have heard people say that God will surround a believer with his angels to protect them and fight demons for them or God himself will go out before them and fight for them which Moses did say to the Israelites before they entered the promised land.
Deuteronomy 9: 1 Hear, O Israel. You are now about to cross the Jordan to go in and dispossess nations greater and stronger than you, with large cities that have
walls up to the sky. 2 The people are strong and tall-Anakites! You know about them and have heard it said: "Who can stand up against the Anakites?" 3 But be assured today that the Lord your God is the one who goes across ahead of you like a devouring fire. He will destroy them; he will subdue them before you. And you will drive them out and annihilate them quickly, as the Lord has promised you.
God promised to go before the Israelites and destroy their enemies. But this promise was conditional upon the Israelites completely following and obeying his commandments.
Reading Deuteronomy, we know God knew it was impossible for them to do this because of their sinful nature and they did disobey God and received his promised curse that he forewarned them they would receive if they disobeyed him.
Today people say they believe in God’s promise to go before them and fight for them because they are now under God’s grace having been forgiven of their sins. Is that true?
Jesus promised his presence would always be with his disciples.
Matthew 28: 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."
Jesus said he will always be with those who love and obey him which he promised in John 14. But it is false to believe that Jesus will go out and fight our spiritual battles. Paul teaches something different.
Ephesians 6: 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against
the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.
Paul said our battle is with the spiritual forces of evil. James said the devil is like a prowling lion looking for someone to devour. Paul did not say Jesus will go out and fight evil for us. He said we need to put on the full armor of God, and we must stand our ground in that spiritual battle.
The Holy Spirit’s teaching provides us the spiritual armor to go into battle. He will not make you put it on, nor will he fight your battles with it.
Jesus told his disciples they will be protected by his name in John 17. He said our faith in his name will protect us from evil. Those who love Jesus will always have the Holy Spirit in them if they have faith in his name. This faith in Jesus must be true to his name which makes up the armor of God. That armor is putting on the breast plate of his righteousness, his belt of truth, his helmet of salvation, his gospel on your feet, using his word as a sword, and faith in him as our shield.
God wants us to fight our spiritual battles with the spiritual armor that he has provided and as you use them it will mature our faith as we witness it defeat our spiritual enemies.
Jesus commands us in Matthew 7 to put his teachings into practice which gives us a solid foundation and makes us stand strong in the storms to come.
In Galatians, Paul was dealing with the spiritual battle of life and death in this church. Paul warns the church not to follow a different gospel from the one they already received from him. A gospel that was proved to be true when they received the Holy Spirit and by the evidence of the power of the Holy Spirit miracles he did.
There were Jews in the church telling Gentile believers that they must be circumcised, or they will not be accepted by God. Paul warns if they are circumcised themselves they must follow all the OT laws to be saved and if that was possible then there would be no need for Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross.
Paul put on the armor of God as he confronted the false teachers that were misleading and confusing church member. He said those who teach a false gospel should be condemned to hell because they were leading believers to spiritual death.
Paul went out to fight his spiritual battle. He did not wait upon God to go out to fight for him. So, we should not think that God will fight our battles. If you want God to do that you would need to be perfect in following all the laws of God in the Old Testament, which is impossible to do because we sin.
We are in a spiritual battle because Revelations 12:17 says that the devil has made war against God’s children and if you are not prepared to battle the devil with God’s armor you will be defeated and sin.
But always remember that Jesus has defeated the devil on the cross for you and he promises that all who repent and seek his forgiveness will not perish they will be restored as a child of God if they do not doubt this everlasting truth.
Be safe in Jesus
Jesus is Our Freedom
March 15, 2022
Paul said that those who hope in Christ their lives have been predestined according to God’s plan for them for his purpose of his will.
Ephesians 1: 11 In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, 12 in order that we, who were the first to hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory.
So, we can look back at our life and see God’s plan that he had predestine for us to find the hope we now have is Jesus.
Looking back, I grew up in a home that did not know Jesus. We were supposedly Buddhist, but I did not know what that meant because we did not study or practice Buddhism. I first heard the gospel of Jesus when I was 21, when I attended a Campus Crusade for Christ meeting and heard the 4 spiritual laws of God.
This is the 4 spiritual laws.
The 1st law.
1. God loves you and created you to know Him personally. John 3:16 "God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life".
And this is eternal life: John 17: 3 "Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent".
The 2nd law is Man is sinful and separated from God, so we cannot know Him personally or experience His love. Romans 3: 23 "All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God".
Man was created to have fellowship with God; but, because of his own stubborn self-will, he chose to go his own independent way and fellowship with God was broken. This self-will, characterized by an attitude of active rebellion or passive indifference, is evidence of what the Bible calls sin. Our sins separate us from God. Romans 6:23, "The wages of sin is death"
This death is spiritual separation from the presence of God. 2 Thessalonians 1:8,9 "...(Those) who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus...will be punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord..."
The 3rd law is Jesus Christ is God's only provision for man's sin. Through Him alone we can know God personally and experience God's love. Jesus died in our place for our sins. Romans 5: 8 "God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us".
Jesus Rose From the Dead. 1 Corinthians 15:3-6 "Christ died for our sins...He was buried...He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures...He appeared to Peter, then to the twelve. After that He appeared to more than five hundred..." .
Jesus is the Only Way to God. John 14: 6 "Jesus said to him, 'I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me'".
The 4th law, it is not enough just to know these truths... We must individually receive Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord; then we can know God personally and experience His love.
These 4 spiritual laws as a disciple of God’s word for 23 years I have come to truly believe they are the gospel truths that will give eternal life to anyone who believes in it by faith.
When I first heard the spiritual laws, I did not understand it or believe in it, because when I went to Campus Crusades, I was not seeking God. I went there because of the deep loneliness that I had. But after attending several meetings I found a strong presence of God’s Spirit in the students there and at one meeting God made himself real in my heart and miraculously my loneliness disappeared making me believe that God was real in my life, and I never wanted him to leave.
At that time, I was someone that Paul described in Acts 17. Someone seeking and reaching out to God but did not know how to find him.
The 4 spiritual laws were shared to me again, but I still could not grasp its meaning because I did not understand what eternal life was because I did not know the true God and Jesus Christ which Jeus said in John 17:3, you needed to know to have eternal life. So, I became a disciple of God’s word and sought to know the true God and Jesus Christ for the Bible.
Learning from God’s plan in my Campus Crusade experience I saw that the gospel was presented in 2 ways in the New Testament. One to the Jews which Peter did in Acts 2. Peter shared Scripture from the Old Testament to reveal Jesus because Jesus said he came only to the lost sheep of Israel. The Jews were God’s chosen people who knew and believed in God and the covenant God had with their father Abraham from the Old Testament. They believed in the written words of his prophets and their prophecies of their Messiah. That is how Peter shared the gospel to Jesus them.
But through God’s grace and faith in Jesus dying for the sins of the world even the Gentiles who believed in Jesus would have eternal life.
Paul was sent by Jesus to be his apostle to the Gentiles, so his gospel would take a different approach then Peter’s gospel to the Jews which we see in Acts 17.
Most children who were raised in a Christian church grew up believing in God like the Jews. Debby as a child and my children grew up in church believing in God of the Bible. I was different, I did not grow up believing in God, I was a Gentile pagan who did not know or believed in the God of the Bible.
I believed in things of the world just like the people in Athen the apostle Paul spoke to in the Acts 17. That is why I could not embrace the 4 spiritual laws because I did not know the true God and Jesus Christ as someone who was a Gentile pagan. It took a long time seeking to find the true God in the Bible and I did find him and now understand and believe in the 4 spiritual laws.
Paul’s Galatian’s letter was written to Gentiles that he converted through his teachings of the gospel that gives freedom from the law because of the hope we have in Jesus. But these Gentile believers were easily swayed to follow a different gospel by Jews who told them they must obey the laws of Moses or they would not have eternal life.
Galatians 1: 6 I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you by the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel—7 which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ.
Paul received the true gospel personally from Jesus and he battled against the Jews who misused God’s laws to confuse and pervert the Gentile believers to follow a different gospel other than the one they first believed in Christ. Paul knew if they followed this false gospel, it would lead them away from Jesus and to spiritual death.
This Galatians letter and all the other letters written by Paul and the other apostles are the written truth of their Lord Jesus which they wrote through the Holy Spirit. The gospel truth of Christ frees us from the curse which Paul said came from God’s OT laws because no one could fulfill God’s law that would have made someone holy and righteous because our sinful nature. The laws led us to death which is not good news.
As we study Galatians you will see how Paul clarified and justified the freedom we have in Jesus and not in the OT laws which cannot help us come to know our true God and Jesus Christ and provide a way home to our loving God.
We may have come to know God by being raise in a Christian church or come to know of God as a Gentile pagan of this world. But understanding the truth of the gospel is how we each heard it shared from where we were in our belief in God.
Jesus said he came to give us eternal life, so what you have been taught about the gospel is to learn to know the true God and Jesus Christ which would give you the hope of having eternal life.
John 17: 3 "Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent".
Our hope in receiving eternal life is to know the true God and Jesus Christ and obey his gospel.
2 Thessalonians 1:8,9 "...(Those) who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus...will be punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord..."
In hindsight can you see God’s predestine plan he had for you to come to where you are today as someone who is his chosen, his elect, his son and daughter.
Be safe in Jesus,
This is My Son
March 7, 2022
Paul said in:
1 Corinthians 12: 3 Therefore I tell you that no one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says, "Jesus be cursed," and no one can say, "Jesus is Lord," except by the Holy Spirit.
Paul said those who say “Jesus is Lord” proclaims this through the Holy Spirit because they are uttering prophetic truth. Anyone who says that Jesus is Lord even though they do not know or believe in Jesus they are still stating something that is true to God. Jesus is Lord.
When someone speaks prophecy from God it does not mean that person understands what they said or believe in the prophecy. They may even refuse to speak it or even question it. We know this because Balaam who spoke God’s oracles blessing the Israelites later cause the Israelites to sin. We know Jonah refused to speak God’s prophesy to Nineveh, Jeremiah questioned God’s will for him, and John the Baptist questioned if Jesus was the Messiah. We also see this with Peter.
In Matthew 16, Jesus asks his disciples who do people say that he is and then asked his disciples who do you say I am.
Matthew 16: 13 When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, "Who do people say the Son of Man is?" 14 They replied, "Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets." 15 "But what about you?" he asked. "Who do you say I am?" 16 Simon Peter answered, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God." 17 Jesus replied, "Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by man, but by my Father in heaven.
Peter proclaims Jesus is the Christ and the Son of God and this proclamation is the foundation which the body of Christ is built on. This truth is the key to our salvation, and it is not Peter being the key to our salvation or him being the foundation of the church which some have made him.
The disciples said some Jews believed that Jesus was a prophet of God like John the Baptist, Elijah, or Jeremiah. A prophet is someone who speaks the words God has given them. What Peter proclaimed, Jesus said was given to him by his Father in heaven, meaning Peter’s words were prophetic and not from his own understanding.
We know what Peter proclaimed was not something he believed in because he later rebukes Jesus for saying that he would be killed.
Matthew 16: 22 Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. "Never, Lord!" he said. "This shall never happen to you!" 23 Jesus turned and said to Peter, "Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men."
What Peter prophesized about Jesus he did not understand because his mind was like that of men.
Later Jesus took Peter, James, and John up the mountain to pray and they saw Jesus being glorified and heard the voice of God clearly telling them who Jesus is to him.
Mark 9: 7 Then a cloud appeared and enveloped them, and a voice came from the cloud: "This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to him!"
In Numbers 12:6, God said that he speaks to his prophets by visions and dreams but only with Moses he spoke face to face and clearly. Here on the mountain God speaks clearly to these disciples that Jesus is his Son, that he loves and commanded them to listen to him.
Today we have the living word of God in the Bible that gives eternal life to those who by faith believes that Jesus is the beloved Son of God and listens to him. And by having faith in Jesus the Holy Spirit comes and makes his home in them to teach, guide, and counsel his words in the Bible to have the full knowledge of Jesus Christ our Lord.
Believing God’s word is true is by faith and not by sight because only by faith we are healed. That is what Jesus said he will look for when he returns just as he looked for faith in people in the gospel.
After Jesus returned from the mountain, he found a group of people surrounding his disciples because they could not drive out a demon in a boy.
Mark 9: 19 "O unbelieving generation," Jesus replied, "how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring the boy to me."
Jesus asked the boy’s Father how long his son has been possessed by this demon.
Mark 9: 22 "From childhood," he answered. "It has often thrown him into fire or water to kill him. But if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us." 23" 'If you can'?" said Jesus. "Everything is possible for him who believes." 24 Immediately the boy's father exclaimed, "I do believe; help me overcome my
To help the father’s unbelief Jesus removed the demon from his son.
Mark 9: 28 After Jesus had gone indoors, his disciples asked him privately, "Why
couldn't we drive it out?" 29 He replied, "This kind can come out only by prayer."
Jesus’ spirit becomes troubled because of people’s unbelief in him, just as he was troubled with Mary and those with her in John 11. After witnessing all the miracles he showed them that he had the authority of God in him they still did not believe in him. They were just like the Israelites who did not believe in God after all the miraculous things he showed them in Egypt, at the Red Sea and in the desert.
Even his disciples struggled with their faith which Jesus often admonished them for having little faith in him. Their little faith kept them from healing the boy. Jesus tells them they could not heal the boy because this kind of healing comes only by prayer and prayer without faith in him is powerless. Without genuine faith in Jesus, we cannot release the impossible that is our Father’s will.
Jesus teaches who he will identify as his followers
Mark 9: 35 Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, "If anyone wants to be first, he must be the very last, and the servant of all."
Being last and a servant of all is foreign to people in this world, but it must never be strange for those who are children of God. We must always care for the needs of others especially our church family, helping with their burdens and seeking their interest first. This is the salt Jesus looks for in his followers in his parable.
Mark 9: 49 Everyone will be salted with fire. 50 "Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can you make it salty again? Have salt in yourselves and be at peace with each other."
Saltiness is putting others first and serving to care for the needs of our brothers and sisters in the body of Christ. Because that salt will be tested by fire by Jesus.
1 Corinthians 3: 11 For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 If any man builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, 13 his work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each man's work. 14 If what he has built survives, he will receive his reward. 15 If it is burned up, he will suffer loss; he himself will be saved, but only as one escaping through the flames.
Every prophecy, teaching and commandments that God wants us to know and obey is written for us in the Bible. We cannot add or take away any of it. And only by faith in Jesus can it be empowered to glorify and honor God’s will for us.
So let us be Jesus’s salt in the church and a light for this world to see.
Be safe in Jesus.
Old and New Wine Skin
March 1, 2022
Reading the books of Moses, we learn after 400 years in Egypt the Israelite had grown accustomed to their Egyptian lifestyle which made them rebel against God’s plan for them to go and take the promised land he promised to give them, but refused when they were told by their spies of its giant inhabitants.
Numbers 14: 2 All the Israelites grumbled against Moses and Aaron, and the whole assembly said to them, "If only we had died in Egypt! Or in this desert!
3 Why is the Lord bringing us to this land only to let us fall by the sword? Our
wives and children will be taken as plunder. Wouldn't it be better for us to
go back to Egypt?" 4 And they said to each other, "We should choose a leader and go back to Egypt."
The Israelites did not believe in God’s promise that he would go before them and help them defeat their enemies in the promised land. They just feared what the spies said that there were giants in that land that would destroy them. They did not believe God and treated Him with contempt and wanted a new leader to take them back to Egypt and this angered God.
Numbers 14: 11 The Lord said to Moses, "How long will these people treat me with contempt? How long will they refuse to believe in me, in spite of all the miraculous signs I have performed among them?
The Israelites had witnessed all the wonders of God’s miraculous signs against the Egyptians, walked through the parted Red Sea and watched their enemy being covered by the sea and destroyed, receiving daily bread from heaven. Witnessing all these miracles by God and yet they did not believe His promise to give them this promised land. Their contempt angered God and he would not allow them to enter his promise land.
Numbers 14:21 Nevertheless, as surely as I live and as surely as the glory of the Lord fills the whole earth, 22 not one of the men who saw my glory and the miraculous signs I performed in Egypt and in the desert but who disobeyed me and tested me ten times- 23 not one of them will ever see the land I promised on oath to their forefathers. No one who has treated me with contempt will ever see it.
The spies that gave the bad report were killed by God which made the Israelites fear God realizing they have sinned and then presumed that God still wanted them to go and take the promised land which God commanded he would not let them enter.
Numbers 14: 40 Early the next morning they went up toward the high hill country. "We have sinned," they said. "We will go up to the place the Lord promised."
41 But Moses said, "Why are you disobeying the Lord 's command? This will not succeed! 42 Do not go up, because the Lord is not with you. You will be defeated by your enemies, 43 for the Amalekites and Canaanites will face you there. Because you have turned away from the Lord, he will not be with you and you will fall by the sword." 44 Nevertheless, in their presumption they went up toward the high hill country, though neither Moses nor the ark of the Lord 's covenant moved from the camp. 45 Then the Amalekites and Canaanites who lived in that hill country came down and attacked them and beat them down all the way to Hormah.
It is dangerous to assume the will of God and not know his will from what he commands and teaches from Scripture. Presuming God’s will lead to destruction like these presumptive Israelites.
Never assume what God’s will is, you need to always know it is God’s word. When you hear someone says something about God’s will you are responsible to know it is from Scripture and not assume. Knowing God’s word is the firm foundation to know what is true to God.
God is faithful in keeping his promises and he did not tolerate any contempt by the Israelites who did not obey his commandments. Abraham believed God’s promise to give his offspring’s this promised land, but the Israelites had no faith in God and wanted to return to Egypt. They feared the giants more than believing God’s promise that he would go before them and fight for them.
Israelites often treated God with contempt, and he wanted to wipe them out, but Moses would appeal to him to forgive them and God relented and forgive them but still punished those who showed him contempt.
In the NT we find a God of grace through his Son to forgive sin and not condemn. Jesus was the promised Messiah that the Jews were waiting for, but Jesus was not the Messiah the Jews assumed he would be and refused to accept Jesus as their Messiah. Instead they held fast to the laws of Moses.
Mark 2: 5 When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, "Son, your sins are
forgiven." 6 Now some teachers of the law were sitting there, thinking to themselves, 7 "Why does this fellow talk like that? He's blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?" 8 Immediately Jesus knew in his spirit that this was what they were thinking in their hearts, and he said to them, "Why are you thinking these things? 9 Which is easier: to say to the paralytic, 'Your sins are forgiven,' or to say, 'Get up, take your mat and walk'? 10 But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins . . . ." He said to the paralytic, 11"I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home."
The teachers of the law did not accept Jesus’ authority to forgive sin because they did not believe he was their Messiah. They showed contempt towards Jesus, but Jesus showed his authority to forgive sin by healing the paralytic to prove he was sent by God which Isaiah said the Messiah would set the oppressed free.
Jesus did not condemn them for their contempt for him but forgave them. Jesus forgave even to the point where he was dying on the cross asking his Father to forgive them for not knowing what they were doing.
The Jewish leaders were unwilling to repent because they assumed the Messiah would follow the laws of the Old Testament. They refused to become a new creation in Christ which Jesus said they need to do in his parable.
Mark 2: 20 But the time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them, and on that day they will fast. 21 "No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment. If he does, the new piece will pull away from the old, making the tear worse. 22 And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. If he does, the wine will burst the skins, and both the wine and the wineskins will be ruined. No, he pours new wine into new wineskins."
Jesus teaches to understand his teachings you cannot remain in your old OT beliefs or assumptions you must become a new creation in Christ.
2 Corinthians 5: 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!
Being a new creation is to always remain new in your understanding of Christ as you continually study God’s words. Receiving Jesus’ teachings as living and growing in you through the Holy Spirit who will help you mature and transform your mind to grown in having the whole knowledge Christ.
This transformation of God’s OT law to his law of grace and forgiveness through faith in his Son is found in these passages.
In the OT, God commanded if anyone did any work on the Sabbath they must be die.
Numbers 15: 32 While the Israelites were in the desert, a man was found gathering wood on the Sabbath day. 33 Those who found him gathering wood
brought him to Moses and Aaron and the whole assembly, 34 and they kept him in custody, because it was not clear what should be done to him. 35 Then the Lord said to Moses, "The man must die. The whole assembly must stone him outside the camp." 36 So the assembly took him outside the camp and stoned him to death, as the Lord commanded Moses.
To break the Sabbath law meant death. Jesus changes this Sabbath law to his.
Mark 2:23 One Sabbath Jesus was going through the grainfields, and as his disciples walked along, they began to pick some heads of grain. 24 The Pharisees said to him, "Look, why are they doing what is unlawful on the
The Pharisee saw God’s Sabbath law in Numbers 15 being broken. This being the Lord’s law only the Lord could change that law, which Jesus did.
Mark 2: 25 He answered, "Have you never read what David did when he and his
companions were hungry and in need? 26 In the days of Abiathar the high priest,
he entered the house of God and ate the consecrated bread, which is lawful only for priests to eat. And he also gave some to his companions." 27 Then he said to them, "The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. 28 So the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath."
Jesus reminds the Pharisees that David also broke God’s law because he was God’s anointed and now God’s anointed Son is with them and he is Lord over the Sabbath and has the authority to change the Sabbath law.
Jesus said the Sabbath law was made for man to rest from his work and not a law not to work because of a Sabbath day. Jesus proclaims that he is the Lord of the Sabbath and now we rest in Him and not in the law. Jesus has become our eternal Sabbath rest in God.
Hebrews 4 explains this Sabbath rest we have in Jesus.
Hebrews 4: 1 Therefore, since the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us be careful that none of you be found to have fallen short of it. 2 For we also have had the gospel preached to us, just as they did; but the message they heard was of no value to them, because those who heard did not combine it with faith. 3 Now we who have believed enter that rest, just as God has said, "So I declared on oath in my anger, 'They shall never enter my rest.' " 4 And yet his work has been finished since the creation of the world. For somewhere he has spoken about the seventh day in these words: "And on the seventh day God rested from all his work." 5 And again in the passage above he says, "They shall never enter my rest." 6 It still remains that some will enter that rest, and those who formerly had the gospel preached to them did not go in, because of their disobedience.
7 Therefore God again set a certain day, calling it Today, when a long time later
he spoke through David, as was said before: "Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts." 8 For if Joshua had given them rest, God would not have spoken later about another day. 9 There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for
the people of God; 10 for anyone who enters God's rest also rests from his own work, just as God did from his. 11 Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will fall by following their example of disobedience.
Jesus is our sabbath rest through faith in him who gives us an eternal rest with God in heaven. We no longer depend on the laws made for the Sabbath which the Israelites did not believe would give them rest. That is why the sabbath was just a shadow of the eternal rest we would have in Jesus.
Colossians 2: 16 Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day.
17 These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is
found in Christ.
This reality in Christ only comes to those whose wine skin remains new and have become a new creation in Christ where the old has gone and new has come.
Your sabbath rest is in the name of Jesus, the Son of God, our Lord and Savior.
February 18, 2022
The 6 elementary teachings from Hebrews 6 were written for disciples of Jesus and not something you would want to talk about to an unbeliever. As disciples we believe the Bible is the living word of God, and every word in it is true but unbelievers will not accept it’s truth. Jesus’ teachings will help his disciples to mature in having a united knowledge and understanding about Him and his will for us to obey.
To understand and believe in God’s truth Solomon’s proverb teaches we must fear God.
Proverbs 9: 10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
People in this world and some in churches do not fear God which makes it impossible for them to understand the wisdom and knowledge that comes from His word because they have no fear in obeying God’s will that is found in it.
The last elementary teaching is “Eternal Judgment”. This teaches why we should fear God. Paul says God commands the world to repent because of his Son’s eternal judgment that has been set to come.
Acts 17: 29 "Therefore since we are God's offspring, we should not think that the
divine being is like gold or silver or stone--an image made by man's design
and skill. 30 In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent. 31 For he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed. He has given proof of this to all men by raising him from the dead.”
A day has been set when Jesus will judge this world and his disciples need to understand and believe in His eternal judgment and be repentant, so not to perish with those who do not fear God.
There are pastors that preach fire and brimstone sermons which is about Jesus’ final judgment when he will judge unbelievers for what they have done and send them to the lake of fire. Sermons of the eternal judgment put the fear of God in the heart of the listener so that they repent to God’s grace and be faithful to Jesus as their Lord. Is it wrong to put this kind of fear of God in the heart of a believer?
Jesus said this:
Matthew 10: 28 Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.
Jesus said we should fear God who can destroy not only the body but also the soul in hell.
I never heard any pastor teach God’s eternal judgment at the 2 church I attended. But teaching of the eternal judgment is one of the elementary teachings which we need to understand so that we can mature to understand more solid spiritual teachings.
I think pastors do not teach God’s eternal judgment is because they are afraid church members may turn away from them and may leave the church. I know this is true when I shared Jesus’ parable of the sheep and goats in Matthew 25, and someone left the church because of that. I have found that people prefer a church where the pastor teaches from the Bible or from their own personal experiences about life applicable lesson. A pastor who can keep the listeners attention by interjecting funny quirks or jokes or worldly factual subject.
They do like pastors that uses Scripture to admonish, correct or train in righteousness, which Scripture is for to know the will of God.
2 Timothy 3: 16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness,
A pastor is the shepherd of Jesus’ sheep, responsible to protect and help them get home to their Father by teaching them useful Scripture that will keep the sheep safe and not get lost. Pastors teaching is not to draw the sheep to follow them, so they do not leave the church. A pastor just wants to be a family member of Jesus’ flock who has been given a spiritual gift to care for his brothers, and sisters teaching them how to love the way Jesus has loved them. Teaching the sheep to only hear and recognize the voice of Jesus by knowing and obeying His will from Scripture and Jesus’ will is to know his eternal judgment.
In Revelations 20, Jesus’ eternal judgment will be for those whose name are not written in the book of life.
Revelations 20: 11 Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. Earth and sky fled from his presence, and there was no place for them. 12 And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books. 13 The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each person was judged according to what he had done. 14 Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death. 15 If anyone's name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.
This is the final eternal judgment of those who have not died in Christ and bodies where not resurrected in the gathering of the saints. This is the resurrection of people’s spirit rising to face judgment by Jesus. This is like the rich man’s spirit in Jesus’ story in Luke 16 who was suffering in the grave waiting to stand before Jesus sitting on his white throne and be judged by him. The throne is white because Jesus’ eternal judgment will be pure and just.
Their name will not be found written in the book of life and they will be thrown into the lake of fire. This lake of fire was prepared by God for the devil, beast, anti-Christ and all the fallen angels.
Matthew 25: 41 "Then he will say to those on his left, 'Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.
Revelations 20: 10 And the devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet had been thrown. They will be tormented day and night for ever and ever.
Our Father never wanted this lake of fire to be a place for his children that he loved from the beginning, but it was the only place he could send those who were condemned for refusing to love and believe in his Son that he sent to save them.
John 3: 16 "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, thatwhoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God's one and only Son.
This is Jesus’ eternal judgment for those who do not believe in God’s one and only Son. Jesus will also judge those who call him Lord to see if their faith is genuine by how they loved obeying him. Those whose faith is genuine will be called his elect, his chosen, his Father’s children who will resurrect and gathered when Jesus comes with his angels to bring them home to his Father before His eternal judgment.
Be safe in Jesus,
The Resurrection of the Dead
February 7, 2022
The 5th elementary teaching in Hebrews 6 is, “the resurrection of the dead”. This resurrection is for those who have died in Jesus and their dead body being resurrected like Jesus and be with Him forever.
The resurrection of the dead is something Marth believed when she told Jesus that she believed that to her dead brother Lazarus will resurrect in the last day.
John 11: 23 Jesus said to her, "Your brother will rise again." 24 Martha answered, "I know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day." 25 Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; 26 and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?" 27 "Yes, Lord," she told him, "I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who was to come into the world."
Martha’s belief in the resurrection of the dead was taught to her by the Pharisee’s teaching of the resurrection of the dead which they believed in.
Acts 23: 8 (The Sadducees say that there is no resurrection, and that there are neither angels nor spirits, but the Pharisees acknowledge them all.)
Pharisee’s belief in the resurrection is not the same resurrection that Jesus promises to give those who believe in Him.
The Pharisees affirmed the doctrine of a literal resurrection of dead Jews physical body on the last day when their messiah returns and be reunited with their spirit.
Jesus tells Martha that he is the resurrection and the life for all who believes in him even though they die will live and those who are alive and believe in Him will never die because he is the Messiah.
This is the elementary teaching Jesus wants us to understand and believe in as the resurrection of the dead and is not just for the Jews but for all who believes he is the Messiah, our Savior. And it will not be a literal body of flesh resurrection but a resurrection into a new transformed spiritual body.
1 Corinthians 15: 42 So will it be with the resurrection of the dead. The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable; 43 it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; 44 it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body. 45 So it is written: "The first man Adam became a living being"; the last Adam, a lifegiving spirit. 46 The spiritual did not come first, but the natural, and after that the spiritual. 47 The first man was of the dust of the
earth, the second man from heaven. 48 As was the earthly man, so are those who are of the earth; and as is the man from heaven, so also are those who are of heaven. 49 And just as we have borne the likeness of the earthly man, so shall we bear the likeness of the man from heaven. 50 I declare to you, brothers, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. 51 Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed 52 in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. 53 For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. 54 When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: "Death has been swallowed up in victory."
At the resurrection our body will no longer be of flesh but transformed instantly into a new imperishable spiritual body like our Lord Jesus because flesh and blood can never inherit the Kingdom of God.
Our new spiritual body being like Jesus we will no longer desire the thing our flesh desired it will only want to love and please our Father and be in his love forever.
Jesus teaches what will happen at the resurrection.
Matthew 24: 30"At that time the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and all the nations of the earth will mourn. They will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky, with power and great glory. 31 And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.
Jesus will return the same way he left this time with his angels and gather God’s elect from all over the world.
Acts 1:11 "Men of Galilee," they said, "why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven."
Everyone will see Jesus coming down from the sky with his angels to gather and take all his elect home and the wicked will be left behind.
Matthew 24: 39 and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 40 Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. 41Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left. 42 "Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come.
I heard a pastor say that those taken in this story are the wicked people because the wicked were taken away in the flood and those left are the elect. This story is about Jesus coming to take his elect by his angels and gather them with the other elect. If the wicked are taken, where are they taken to and if the elect is left when are they taken by the angels. Jesus mentions the flood as an analogy of no one knowing when he will return to take the elect away and not the wicked. So, Jesus teaches in Matthew 24: 42-51 to keep watch and be ready for his return.
Revelations 20:11-15, tell what will happen to those who are left behind because their name was not written in the book of life. The wicked dead will appear not in flesh and blood but in spirit on the last day before Jesus sitting on his throne to be judged by him and sentence to suffer 2nd death.
Jesus teaches in Matthew 25 who are his elect in his parables of the faithful wise servant, the 5 wise virgins and his sheep. So, as disciples we have no excuse for not knowing what God’s chosen elect should be doing.
Paul teaches the order of how God’s elect will be resurrected.
1 Thessalonians 4: 14 We believe that Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him.15 According to the Lord's own word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left till the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.
Those who died in Christ their spirit will return with Jesus and their dead body will resurrect first before living believers and be transformed into a new spiritual body and join their spirit in the sky. This is the gathering of all God’s elect who will be with Him forever. This also confirms that when you die your spirit goes home to Jesus and comes back at the resurrection.
We need a new spiritual body for our spirit and not just remain as a spirit. Paul explains why in:
2 Corinthians 5: Now we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands.
2 Meanwhile we groan, longing to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling, 3 because when we are clothed, we will not be found naked. 4 For while we are in this tent, we groan and are burdened, because we do not wish to be unclothed but to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. 5 Now it is God who has made us for this very purpose and has given us the Spirit as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come. 6 Therefore we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord. 7 We live by faith, not by sight. 8 We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord. 9 So we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it.
Our spirit longs to be with its new heavenly dwelling it’s spiritual body with God in heaven. Because in our earthly body our spirit groans and is burdened as our body dies making our spirit long to be clothed with our spiritual body that will never die guaranteed by the Holy Spirit presence in us. And to be away from your body your spirit is at home with the Lord.
Jesus has given us signs we must watch for before he returns. He also gave Paul other prophetic signs we need to look out for before the coming of the Lord Jesus to gather his elect.
2 Thessalonians 2: 1 Concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered to him, we ask you, brothers, 2 not to become easily unsettled or
alarmed by some prophecy, report or letter supposed to have come from us,
saying that the day of the Lord has already come. 3 Don't let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of
lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction.
There are 2 events those who long for Jesus’s return should be watching out for, the rebellion within the church and the appearance of the man of lawlessness, the anti-Christ.
The rebellion will be the increase of false teaching and the pursuit of things not taught by the apostles for Christ church. It is when the church no longer obeys Jesus to go make disciples by teaching them to obey his teaching so that they completely know the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
The 2nd event is the appearance of the anti-Christ which will be made known to all believers before Jesus returns which we see in Revelations 13-14 happening to the Saints.
We need to know all this to understand the resurrection of the dead when Jesus returns. Paul teaches who are those that will be saved and resurrected when Jesus comes.
2 Thessalonians 2: 13 But we ought always to thank God for you, brothers loved by the Lord, because from the beginning God chose you to be saved through the sanctifying work of the Spirit and through belief in the truth. 14 He called you to this through our gospel, that you might share in the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ
God’s elects are those he has chosen before creation because he foreknew who would believe in the truth of his Son’s gospel which teaches the truth of these elementary teachings, so that we will not go astray by false teaching and be saved and ready to resurrect with a new spiritual body for our spirit when Jesus returns to gather his elect and be with him forever.
Be safe in Jesus,
Laying on Hands
Jan 31, 2002
I hope you have been making a constant effort as you study God’s word to apply anything that the Holy Spirit reveals to you regarding these elementary teaching so that it matures you as Hebrews 5:14 teaches we need to constantly train ourselves in God’s word so that we begin to understand solid spiritual food so that we can distinguish good from evil. We cannot remain as infants in God’s word.
The 4th elementary teaching from Hebrews 6 is “Laying on of hands”.
In the gospel, we see Jesus at times laying his hand or touching someone to heal them as seen in Matthew.
Matthew 8: 3 Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. "I am willing," he said, "Be clean!" Immediately he was cured of his leprosy.
Matthew 8: 15 He touched her hand and the fever left her, and she got up and began to wait on him.
Matthew 9: 25 After the crowd had been put outside, he went in and took the girl by the hand, and she got up.
Matthew 9: 29 Then he touched their eyes and said, "According to your faith will it be done to you"; 30 and their sight was restored.
We need to remember one reason Jesus did miraculously healing was to show that he was sent by God and had the authority to speak for God.
Acts 2: 22 "Men of Israel, listen to this: Jesus of Nazareth was a man accredited by God to you by miracles, wonders and signs, which God did among you through him, as you yourselves know.
Jesus also healed by the power of the Holy Spirit that was upon him.
Matthew 12: 28 But if I drive out demons by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.
Luke 5: 17 And the power of the Lord was present for him (Jesus) to heal the sick.
Some have come to believe because Jesus touched or laid his hands on people that it was also necessary for them to touch the person to heal them, but the gospel teaches that Jesus also healed without touching the person. At time he just spoke, and people were healed.
Examples of this is when Jesus healed the centurion’s sick servant who he did not touch or see but just spoke it and he was healed because of the centurion’s faith or the 10 lepers who asked Jesus to heal them and Jesus just told them to go show themselves to the priest and on the way they were healed because they believed and obeyed what Jesus told them to do.
So, healing comes by faith in Jesus through the power of the Holy Spirit, but always by God’s will. God’s will because not all will be healed just as Paul asked God to be healed of his torn in his side 3 times and was not healed but told by God that his grace was sufficient for him.
Also, the apostles healed as a sign that they were sent by Jesus to be his spokesman.
Romans 15: 18 I will not venture to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me in leading the Gentiles to obey God by what I have said and done- -19 by the power of signs and miracles, through the power of the Spirit.
So, healing is not a matter of laying hands on someone it is by the power of Holy Spirit through faith in Jesus. It is also a spiritual gift given by the Holy Spirit to someone as he determines. Laying hands on someone to ask for healing is not wrong, but it is wrong to think it is necessary to heal someone and not remembering it will be God’s decision to heal them.
So, the elementary teaching of laying on of hands should apply to what will build up the church in works of service to unite it in one faith and complete knowledge of Jesus. This is what laying of hands was for in:
Acts 13: 1 In the church at Antioch there were prophets and teachers: Barnabas,
Simeon called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen (who had been brought up with
Herod the tetrarch) and Saul 2 While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, "Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them." 3 So after they had fasted and prayed, they placed their hands on them and sent them off. 4 The two of them, sent on their way by the Holy Spirit
The prophets and teachers placed their hands on Barnabas and Paul to acknowledge that they were chosen to do the work of the Holy Spirit for the building up of Christ church. It was to choose church leaders.
Also seen in Acts 6 when the church selected 7 men who they believe were filled with the Holy Spirit and God’s wisdom to be its deacons and brought them to the apostles who commissioned them by laying their hands on them.
Acts 6: 6 They presented these men to the apostles, who prayed and laid their
hands on them.
Paul also warns Timothy not too hastily lay his hands when selecting church leaders.
1 Timothy 5: 22 Do not be hasty in the laying on of hands,
The elementary teaching of laying on of hands is choosing a church leader that will help build the church.
Paul instructs Timothy of the characteristic that a church leader must have to lay his hands upon. Characteristic that the Holy Spirit looks for to give the gift of spiritual leadership.
1 Timothy 3: 2 Now the overseer must be above reproach, the husband of but one wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, 3 not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. 4 He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him with proper respect. 5 (If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God's church?) 6 He must not be a recent convert, or he may become conceited and fall under the same judgment as the devil. 7 He must also have a good reputation with outsiders, so that he will not fall into disgrace and into the devil's trap.
The elementary teaching of laying on of hands is to choose church leaders that will accomplish God’s will for his Son’s church which every disciple will be responsible for knowing this clear instruction given to them of the characteristic they must have to lead Christ church.
Be safe in Jesus
Jan 24, 2022
The 3rd elementary teaching in Hebrews 6 is teaching on baptism which is important to understand and believe from God’s word and not what others wants it to be. In Luke 20, Jesus asked this question to the Pharisees in verse 3 “Tell me, ‘John’s baptism was it from heaven or from men?”
Jesus asked the Pharisees if they believed John’s baptism was from God or was it John’s own idea. I know there are different teachings on water baptism, so we need to be very careful in how we interpret baptisms in the Bible by trusting and seeking the Holy Spirit guidance for its truth because when misinterpreted it becomes harmful.
I remember a church sister once said to me that someone she believed was a Christian told her when her mother passed away that her mother would not go to heaven because she was not water baptized. I also know of a person who goes to a church that teaches this need to be water baptized to be saved. There is also a belief that babies need to be water baptized so if they should die before accepting Jesus they still will be saved.
When people believe the act of water baptism is required for a person to be saved it takes away God’s salvation by his grace through faith in his Son. Paul teaches salvation is by faith and not by works. Our salvation has nothing to do with being water baptized, if it did is it becomes a work to be saved and not grace by faith.
Baptize is first found in the NT when John the Baptist began baptizing Jews. In John 3 we learn what water baptism meant to the Jews at that time.
John 3: 23 Now John also was baptizing at Aenon near Salim, because there was plenty of water, and people were constantly coming to be baptized. 24 (This was before John was put in prison.) 25 An argument developed between some of John's disciples and a certain Jew over the matter of ceremonial washing. 26 They came to John and said to him, "Rabbi, that man who was with you on the other side of the Jordan--the one you testified about--well, he is baptizing, and everyone is going to him." 27 To this John replied, "A man can receive only what is given him from heaven.
Water baptism was a ceremonial washing meaning it is a formal observance of a ritual. The Jews also practiced this ceremonial washing by baptizing a Gentile when they wanted to convert to Judaism.
John was baptizing Jews to ceremonially wash them to show that they accepted what he was preaching to repent from their sins.
Jesus’ disciples were baptizing Jews who accepted what Jesus was preaching the coming of God’s kingdom. There is another Biblical baptism which comes only by faith in Jesus is the baptism of the Holy Spirit.
Matthew 3: 11 "I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me will come one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not fit to carry. He will
baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.
This baptism is what Jesus commissioned his disciples to do before he left commanding them to baptize disciples in the name of the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit.
The Greek meaning of baptize is to completely soak, so the baptism Jesus commands us to do is to completely immerse a believer to know and believe in the Father, Son and Holy Spirit and obeying his teaching and by this faith they are baptized by the Holy Spirit coming and dwelling in them.
This is what disciples and apostles were doing in Acts.
Acts 18: 24 Meanwhile a Jew named Apollos, a native of Alexandria, came to Ephesus. He was a learned man, with a thorough knowledge of the Scriptures. 25 He had been instructed in the way of the Lord, and he spoke with great fervor
and taught about Jesus accurately, though he knew only the baptism of John. 26 He began to speak boldly in the synagogue. When Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they invited him to their home and explained to him the way of God more adequately.
Acts 19: While Apollos was at Corinth, Paul took the road through the interior and arrived at Ephesus. There he found some disciples 2 and asked them, "Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?" They answered, "No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit." 3 So Paul asked, "Then what baptism did you receive?" "John's baptism," they replied. 4 Paul said, "John's baptism was a baptism of repentance. He told the people to believe in the one coming
after him, that is, in Jesus." 5 On hearing this, they were baptized into the name of the Lord Jesus. 6 When Paul placed his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they spoke in tongues and prophesied.
Both Apollos and the disciples only knew the baptism of John the Baptist, but Priscilla and Aquila explained to Apollos more adequately the way of having faith in God’s grace and faith in his Son. With this faith in Jesus, Apollos was baptized by the Holy Spirit and given the gift to teach Christ church.
In Acts 19, Paul first asked the disciples if they received the Holy Spirit, but they never heard of the Holy Spirit but only knew of what John the Baptist preached about repentance. So, Paul explained to them to believe in Jesus the one John said would come after him. Hearing this the disciples believed in what Paul said and were baptized by the Holy Spirit into Jesus’ name. Paul did not water baptize them they were baptized the Holy Spirit because of their faith in Jesus..
Paul did not know if these disciples believe in his words, so he laid his hand on them to find out if they received the Holy Spirit and the Holy Spirit confirmed this to Paul when they began speaking in tongues and prophesying. Paul now believed that the Holy Spirit was with these disciples making him confident that he could use these disciples to help him build the body of Christ.
The baptism of the Holy Spirit is not something a person can give to another person by laying their hands just because Paul did. Remember Paul was an apostle of Jesus, and this happen for Paul for his ministry given to him by Jesus. The Holy Spirit only comes to those who have a genuine faith in Jesus.
Paul teaches in Corinthians 14 that tongues is for the unbeliever to hear which Paul needed to believe that these new disciples of Christ had the Holy Spirit dwelling in them.
It is a false teaching when people say they can give the gift of tongues to someone. The Bible teaches that gifts are given by the will of the Holy Spirit as he decides and not the will of people.
Paul teaches when we are baptized by the Holy Spirit, he give us a spiritual gift for the building up of the church to be united in its faith in Jesus. Gifts are not to be prideful in but used humbly in servitude to Jesus. The gift of tongues is not needed to prove you are saved or the evidence to be a church leader. Read Timothy and Titus which Paul outlines the qualities of an Overseer. There is no mention of having tongues. Spiritual gifts are never used for gaining a personal following or for aggrandizing. Only tongues have a dual purpose when spoken, to edify the church only when it can be interpreted or to be used in private or in quiet prayer to God.
There is only one baptism that Jesus commanded his followers to do and that is to baptize disciples to completely know the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit through Jesus’ teaching and obey it so that the Holy Spirit will always remain as their seal guaranteeing their eternal inheritance.
Understanding the elementary teaching of baptisms will help you understand the reason why the apostles water baptized Gentile and Jewish believers to believe that Jesus suffered and died and rose on the third day and to repent and receive the forgiveness of sins. This is the same for a church member who choose to be water baptized they are confessing the same belief before the body of Christ so that the body can help them to be true to that confession to Jesus.
Hebrews 5 teaches we must constantly train ourselves in God’s word to mature in knowing his Father’s will so that we can distinguish what is good from evil.
Do not be satisfied or be overconfident in knowing the heart and mind of Jesus for we will fully know everything only when we see Jesus, face to face.
So, continually seek the wisdom of the Holy Spirit to know his truth and he will give his wisdom generously to those who ask him.
Be safe in Jesus,
Faith in God
Jan 20, 2022
I pray that you all believe the importance of maturing in knowing Jesus by being his disciple and chosen not to remain immature in your spirit by just drinking spiritual milk and not pursue eating solid spiritual food.
Drinking milk is when you just depend on someone other than the Holy Spirit to teach you the heart and will of God.
The next few Sundays I will be teaching on the elementary teachings in Hebrews 6 which it says we need to know first so that we all can move on to mature teaching and eat solid spiritual food through the teaching and guidance of the Holy Spirit teaching us its spiritual meaning.
Last week I shared about acts that lead to death and about sin that does not lead to death.
Let’s look at the 2nd elementary teaching in Hebrews 6 having faith in God.
Paul teaches the importance of having faith in God.
Ephesians 2: 8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith--and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—9 not by works, so that no one can boast.
We are saved because of God’s grace when he sent his Son to die for our sins while we were still sinners and by having faith in Jesus, we receive God’s salvation. This is one of the pillars of Jesus gospel that we build on.
Having faith in God is completely different from what the world believes faith is.
The world when it hears the word faith it may first think of the word “f-a-t-e”. Which means something that will happen in the future that they have no control over.
But when asked to define “f-a-i-t-h” the world believes it is to wish with a strong desire for something that seems unattainable and hope it will happen.
That kind of faith is not the faith Jesus wants us to have. Hebrew teaches what faith is.
Hebrews 11: 1 Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.
Faith in God is not wanting what is unattainable or want it to happen, it being sure and certain of what we hope for even though we do not see it now.
This is the faith Abraham, Isaac and Jacob had when God told them that someday they would inherit the promised land even though they would not receive it in their lifetime.
Hebrews 11: 8 By faith Abraham, when called to go toa place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going. 9 By faith he made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise.
Hundreds of years after Abraham, Isaac and Jacob were buried God fulfilled his promise to them when Joshua led the Israelites into the promised land because of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob faith in God and his promise to them.
This is the elementary faith we must have in believing Jesus’ promise of someday going home to be with our Father in heaven. A faith that is sure and certain in this hope to be with God as seen by the way we live our lives on this earth like other people with the same faith.
Hebrews 11: 13 All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance. And they admitted that they were aliens and strangers on earth.14 People who say such things show that they are looking for a country of theirown. 15 If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had opportunity to return. 16 Instead, they were longing for a better country--a heavenly one. Therefore, God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.
Faith in God is believing we are aliens and strangers on earth longing to be at home in a country of our own with our Father in heaven. It is a faith that never wants what this world gives but hope in what we will receive in the future.
Faith in God is certain and sure of this hope because Jesus made this hope possible and by having faith in him as our Lord and Savior.
Faith in God believes that Jesus is the Son of God who came to earth born in flesh to be our sacrifice for ours sins by dying on the cross for them and believing he was buried in a tomb and resurrected from his grave 3 day later and went home to be with his Father. Faith in God loves Jesus by obeying his teaching and commandment and by this faith receives the Holy Spirit to dwell in them to be their teacher, guide, counselor, and seal guaranteeing their eternal inheritance.
This is the elementary faith we must have in God so that we can mature in the complete wholeness of knowing Jesus and be able to serve him.
You know you are maturing when you can capture your every thought and conform it to Christ and do not depend on others to hold you accountable to Jesus. If Jesus is your Lord, you know how to serve him and not your own self-interest or what you think is right for you.
Have the mind of Christ and your life will be worthy to God and less angry and frustrated.
Elementary Teaching 2
Jan 11, 2022
I shared the importance for a disciple of Jesus to mature in their knowledge and understanding of Jesus and it begins by understanding and knowing the 6 elementary foundational teachings found in Hebrews 6.
1. repentance from acts that lead to death
2. faith in God
3. Teaching about baptisms
4. the laying on of hands
5. the resurrection of the dead
6. eternal judgment.
And Hebrews tell how we do this 5: 12, But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.
To mature we need to constantly train in knowing these elementary truths to mature so that we can distinguish good from God’s perspective and not evil from the worlds.
As members of the body of Christ we must all pursue to grow in the full knowledge of Jesus Christ to be called his church. That is what Paul teaches in:
Ephesians 4: 12 to prepare God's people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.
We are building up to be united in maturity in the knowledge of Jesus as his church. That is what Paul tells us to do so that we will not be misled by false teachings especially about the elementary teachings by being infants is understanding them.
Ephesians 4: 14 Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming.15 Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ.
These elementary teachings in Hebrews are important for every disciple to mature in and be united as a church having the same faith and knowledge of them from Jesus and his apostles’ teachings.
Let’s look at the first elementary teaching in Hebrews which is too repentant from acts that leads to death. This death is spiritual death called 2nd death which means to be separated from God’s presence for all eternity.
Repentance is turning from doing what is evil and turn towards what is good to God. Evil is sin that is acted out which leads to death. This could be mentally like lusting in your heart or physically being sexually immoral.
Now there is sin that does not lead to death.
1 John 5: 16 If anyone sees his brother commit a sin that does not lead to death, he should pray and God will give him life. I refer to those whose sin does not lead to death. There is a sin that leads to death. I am not saying that he should
pray about that. 17 All wrongdoing is sin, and there is sin that does not lead to death.
John teaches that not all sin will lead to death but there are sins that will. Sin is disobeying Jesus’ teachings and commandments and those of his apostles, it is not having faith in Jesus and making him your Lord, it is anything that is not true to God and his will for us and his creation, visible or invisible. So, which sin will not lead to death? This is what Paul said in:
1 Corinthians 3: 10 By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as an expert builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should be careful how he builds. 11 For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 If any man builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw,13 his work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each man's work. 14 If what he has built survives, he will receive his reward. 15 If it is burned up, he will suffer loss; he himself will be saved, but only as one escaping through the flames.
The church foundation must be built on what is true to Jesus’ gospel that saves us from our sins. What we build upon Christ foundation that can be burned up by God’s cleansing fire is things that is worthless to him because it does not help the church mature in Jesus. But those who build worthless thing on Christ foundation will have that sin which is worthless to Jesus burned away but still be saved because of their faith in Jesus. But those who build on Christ foundation with things God considers as gold, silver or costly stones will pass through his cleansing fire and receive their reward in heaven.
When you mature in your understanding of these 6 elementary teaching you will find them as foundational truths that are pillars in Christ foundation keeping you from being misled by the craftiness of men teaching but grow in the knowledge of Christ and know how to build upon his foundation with things that will stand his Father’s cleansing fire.
Be safe in Jesus,
Jan 3, 2022
Happy New Year!
In 2 Corinthians 13:5, Paul teaches that we need to examine our faith to see if it is in Christ. As followers and disciples of our Lord Jesus let us begin this new year by examining ourselves to see how much our faith has matured in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus. Jesus has said his family members are his disciples, those who know and obey his Father’s will. So how much have you matured in your knowledge in knowing your Father’s will and one is to listen to his Son. Jesus said that the truth he has given us will set us free if we know his truth from his teachings in the Bible. That is why he only called his disciples his friend because they sought to know Him and understand his teaching.
So, examine yourself and ask if you have matured in your understanding and knowledge of Jesus from when you first began walking with him as a disciple of his word or have you been a slow learner. In Hebrews it warns us not to be a slow learner or you will not mature.
Hebrews 5: 11 We have much to say about this, but itis hard to explain because you are slow to learn.12 In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God's word all over again. You need milk, not solid food! 13 Anyone who lives on milk, being still
an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. 14 But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.
This food is every word that Jesus said proceeds from the mouth of God which we have written for us in the Bible. Only those who constantly train themselves in God’s word will mature in knowing the righteousness of God to know what is good from evil. Those who do not constantly train themselves in God’s word will be slow in their understanding of the elementary truths of God and not mature. Hebrews tells us what these elementary truths are which we must train ourselves to understand as the foundation of truth to build upon to mature in Christ.
Hebrews 6: 1 Therefore let us leave the elementary teachings about Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from acts that lead to death, and of faith in God, 2 instruction about baptisms, the laying
on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment.
There are 6 elementary truths that we must understand first to mature in Christ.
Biblically repentant from sins that leads to 2nd death. To know and understand what sins to God are and turn from it.
Biblically have true faith in God from his prophets and Jesus’ apostles’ teachings.
Biblically know the teachings about water baptisms, called by the Jews as ceremonial washing to convert to a new belief and the other baptism by the Holy Spirit which is to only one that will save you and know how to receive His baptism.
Biblical teaching of laying on of hands which is choosing and knowing who can be, overseers, pastors, deacons, teachers, or evangelist of the body of Christ.
Biblically know who, why and when those who have died will be resurrected in Christ.
Biblically knowing why, when and what God’s eternal judgment is.
When you look at these 6 elementary teachings churches have made their doctrinal statement of what they mean, and you find that their doctrinal statements are not all the same. If not the same, which is true to God so we can move on to maturing in his righteousness to know what is good from evil.
This responsibility will rest on Christ disciples who constantly train themselves in God’s word seeking the very heart and mind of Christ through the Holy Spirit teaching which begins by understanding these elementary teachings and not be a slow learner.
To be a child of God you must seek him with all your heart and personally know his will from his word and not depend on others to teach you but depend on the Holy Spirit to teach you.
Be someone Jesus can call his friend, be his disciple.
Light of the World
Dec 29, 2021
We just celebrated the 2nd Covid restricted Christmas this past Saturday. Again being warned of the potential of getting the virus if we do not follow safety guidelines to protect ourselves and our family.
I am reminded of Paul’s words in:
Romans 8:28 “We know in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, those who have been called according to His purpose.”
So, we should recognize the good purpose of God for these 2 Covid Christmas because of our love Him and his purpose for them.
Every Christmas people in the world celebrate the season of Christmas but how many really stop to take to heart it’s true meaning of Jesus’s birth to be the Savior of the world but instead get caught up with everything that is not about Jesus. I think God’s good purpose for these Covid Christmas is to truly take more time to remember why He sent his beloved Son to die for our sins and to be the light that came to expose the darkness that was in this world.
John 9: 4 As long as it is day, we must do the work of him who sent me. Night is coming when no one can work. 5 While I am in the world, I am the light of the world."
Our Savior Jesus also came to be the light of God’s truth, so that all who believed in him would receive his Father’s gift of eternal life. Jesus also said that while he was in the world, he would be its light, but night would come when he left.
John 12: 35 Then Jesus told them, "You are going to have the light just a little while longer. Walk while you have the light, before darkness overtakes you. The man who walks in the dark does not know where he is going. 36 Put your trust in the light while you have it, so that you may become sons of light."
John 12: 46 I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness.
Jesus said when he left darkness would come but warns us not to let darkness overtake us by putting our trust in his light and be children of his light.
Now that Jesus has left, the world is in darkness where Satan roams as a hungry lion trying to devour God’s children with his temptations and lies.
The light of Jesus is the word of God from the Bible where we learn of his teachings and commandments that exposes the darkness that leads to death, but all who remain in Jesus’ light keeps it shining until he returns.
The light of Jesus lives is all who love him, and this is how we love Jesus and become his light in the world.
John 14: 15 "If you love me, you will obey what I command.16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever—17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.18 I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. 19 Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. 20 On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. 21 Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me. He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love him and show myself to him."
Those who love Jesus are his disciples who know his teachings and commandment and obey them as their light through the Holy Spirit’s counseling who will dwell in us forever.
John 14: 23 Jesus replied, "If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.
This light of God’s truth is something we must keep filled with so that it does not go out which Jesus teaches in his parable the light of the 10 virgins.
Matthew 25: 1 "At that time the kingdom o heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. 2 Five of them were foolish and five were wise. 3 The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them. 4 The wise, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps. 5 The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep. 6 "At midnight the cry rang out: 'Here's the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!' 7 "Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps. 8 The foolish ones said to the wise, 'Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.' 9 " 'No,' they replied, 'there may not be enough for both us and you. Instead, go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves.' 10 "But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut. 11 "Later the others also came. 'Sir! Sir!' they said. 'Open the door for us!' 12 "But he replied, 'I tell you the truth, I don't know you.' 13 "Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour.
Loving Jesus is keeping the light of our lamp filled with God’s truth, so that our light does not go out and be overtaken by darkness preventing us from seeing Jesus’ when he returns.
So, let our light shine by knowing why Jesus was born to us on the day we call Christmas and to love him by obeying his teachings and commandments, so that they will make their home in us forever.
John 14: 23 Jesus replied, "If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.
Be safe in Jesus, Ps. Glenn
Be Busy for the Lord and Not a Busy Body
Dec 13, 2021
This past week I was watching and listening to a local morning news show, and they said a survey showed that the most stressed-out state is ours. Hawaii has the most stressed-out people. The survey said that the high stress factors are cost of living, especially the high cost of houses and rent, the traffic and road conditions and it is the 2nd loudest state.
Compounding our state’s stress is this Covid virus and how it has changed the way we live with all its restrictions and fear, you can imagine there is a lot of stressed people which leads to depression, abuse, and angry people.
As follower we are told to give all our anxiety to the Lord.
1 Peter 5: 6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
We know that God knows our every need because he loves and cares for us. We just need to trust in him in every difficult situation or condition because we are in his mighty hands and every difficult situation, we go through we will serve God in them for his good purpose for us.
Jesus also teaches that we should not worry about our needs.
Matthew 6: 25 "Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than
food, and the body more important than clothes?
Matthew 6: 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
The way we overcome our stress is to seek for God’s kingdom and his righteousness when we are going through difficult times. The way we do that is to look at how he created us for his kingdom’s good purpose for his righteousness. When we live the way that God created us to be, we can overcome the stressful things of this world and receive all the things God wants to give us.
Let’s look at Genesis and see God’s kingdom purpose for us.
Genesis 2: 7 the Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.
8 Now the Lord God had planted a garden in the east, in Eden; and there
he put the man he had formed.
Genesis 2: 15 The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.
God created us with the ability to work to care for his creation. So, doing God’s righteousness is to do work in caring for other people especially those in his family. When we work to care for what God cares for he will give us his peace and not the stressful things of this world.
Paul teaches that work is part of winning the respect of others which will relieve stress from outsiders.
1 Thessalonians 4: 11 Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands, just as we told you, 12 so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.
Paul said to wins the respect of others is to live a quiet life and to mind your own business. Extroverts will have a hard time with this but blessed are the introverts in Christ. And to work with your own hands so that you are not dependent on others to care for your needs. These 3 things, living a quiet life, minding your own business, and working with your own hands Paul side will win the respect of others. When others respect you the less stress you will have from them
This is also true in marriage where the husband works to care for the needs of his wife and their children, he will receive their respect and less stress.
Paul tells us the attitude Jesus our Lord wants us to have when it comes to work.
2 Thessalonians 3: 6 In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, we command you, brothers, to keep away from every brother who is idle and does not live according to the teaching you received from us.7 For you yourselves know how you ought to follow our example. We were not idle when we were with you,8 nor did we eat anyone's food without paying for it. On the contrary, we worked night and day, laboring and toiling so that we would not be a burden to any of you.9 We did this, not because we do not have the right to such help, but in order to make ourselves a model for you to follow.10 For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: "If a man will not work, he shall not eat."11 We hear that some among you are idle. They are not busy; they are busybodies.12 Such people we command and urge in the Lord Jesus Christ to settle down and earn the bread they eat.13 And as for you, brothers, never tire of doing what is right.
God created us with the ability to work, he also said in the OT to be thankful because he is the one who give us the ability to prosper. When we use this ability to and care for others in their need we are doing it for his kingdom and righteousness. We are his righteousness by not being burdensome by being idle and not working to care for our own needs which Paul said leads to being a busybody that leads to sin and more stress.
God created us to work for his kingdom purpose and righteousness because of the hope we have in Jesus our Lord who will give us his peace and his strength in times when we are weary and tired.
Isaiah 40: 29 He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. 30 Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; 31 but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
Be safe in Jesus, Ps. Glenn
The Body and the Blood
Dec 10, 2021
Though we are separated physically as the body of Christ we are never separated in spirit being united in one faith and in one love for the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
This season of change because of the covid virus we know it is our Father’s will for us and as followers of Christ we do not surrender to it in distress or hopelessness but have learned to persevere through it by our faith and hope we have in Jesus and his promise of eternal life. We know our perseverance pleases God because we do it out of love for him which make us known to him and draws us closer to him.
Our perseverance in Christ will also save us.
Hebrews 10: 36 You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. 37 For in just a very little while, "He who is coming will come and will not delay. 38 But my righteous one will live by faith. And if he shrinks back, I will not be pleased with him." 39 But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who believe and are saved.
We persevere through hard times because we believe Jesus died on the cross to save us which keeps us steadfast knowing we will never be defeated in hard times because we will live forever in Jesus. That is what Paul’s words teaches in:
2 Corinthians 4: 8 We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; 9 persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. 10 We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. 11 For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus' sake, so that his life may be revealed in our mortal body.
So, to keep Jesus’ death in our body, Jesus provided a way to remind us of his sacrifice by eating his body and drinking his blood which we do when taking communion. Jesus instituted this in:
Matthew 26: 26 While they were eating, Jesus took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying, "Take and eat; this is my body." 27 Then he took the cup, gave thanks and offered it to them, saying, "Drink from it, all of you. 28 This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the
forgiveness of sins. 29I tell you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it anew with you in my Father's kingdom."
Jesus said eating the broken bread represented his broken body that he suffered on the cross for our sins and drinking of the wine represented his blood that covers our sins. In the OT the people were told to eat the sacrificed animal which represented their death penalty for their sins and the sprinkling of the animal blood over the altar represent their blood atonement to cover their sins.
But now Jesus is our one time forever sacrifice which we must eat his body and drink his blood so that we receive it as our body being broken and our blood being shed for the forgiveness of our sins.
That is what we must believe when taking communion. Jesus tells us what we are doing when we are taking communion.
John 6: 51 I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world."
John 6:53 Jesus said to them, "I tell you the truth, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. 54 Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.
55 For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink. 56 Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in him. 57 Just as the living Father sent me and I live because of the Father, so the one who feeds on me will live because of me. 58 This is the bread that came down from heaven. Your forefathers ate manna and died, but he who feeds on this bread will live forever.”
To the unspiritual person hearing these words of Jesus made them think Jesus was talking about cannibalism. Jesus saw this unspiritual hearing in some of the disciples.
John 6: 60 On hearing it, many of his disciples said, "This is a hard teaching. Who can accept it?" 61 Aware that his disciples were grumbling about this, Jesus said to them, "Does this offend you? 62 What if you see the Son of Man
ascend to where he was before! 63 The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life.
Jesus said he spoke spiritual words which takes spiritual hearing and understanding and without spiritual hearing his word will be offensive because you are trying to understand it with human perspective and understanding.
Paul teaches how we should receive communion.
1 Corinthians 11: 23 For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, 24 and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, "This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me." 25 In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me." 26 For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes.27Therefore, whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord. 28 A man ought to examine himself before he eats of the bread and drinks of the cup. 29 For anyone who eats and drinks without recognizing the body of the Lord eats and drinks judgment on himself.
So, when we take communion when we gather together again or when you spiritually take communion in spirit with Jesus remember what it means and examine how it has spiritually renewed your heart and mind to love God with all your heart.
Be safe in Jesus,
Lord of Heaven and Earth
Nov 16, 2021
We have just finished reading 1 Corinthians in our daily bookmark. This letter by Paul for churches give very clear instructions in how the body of Christ should conduct itself and for believers to follow and obey.
Paul teaches the kind of mind a disciple of Christ should have.
1 Corinthians 2: 16 "For who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct him?" But we have the mind of Christ.
Paul said that believers have the mind of Christ meaning we need to think like Jesus and feel what Jesus felt. What gave him joy, what made him suffer and what made him angry.
The gospel revealed how Jesus felt and how he responded. We need to remember that whatever Jesus felt he was revealing what his Father was feeling because he said he came to reveal his Father. But to have the mind of Christ we need to have the mind of the Holy Spirit.
1 Corinthians 2: 14 The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned. 15 The spiritual man makes judgments about all things, but he himself is not subject to any man's judgment: 16 "For who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct him?" But we have the mind of Christ.
So, to understand the mind of Christ a disciple must of have the Holy Spirit to teach them to understand the Spirit of God. With the guidance of the Holy Spirit let us look at Mark 11 and understand the heart and mind of Jesus.
Mark 11: 12 The next day as they were leaving Bethany, Jesus was hungry. 13 Seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to find out if it had any fruit. When he reached it, he found nothing but leaves, because it was not the season for figs. 14 Then he said to the tree, "May no one ever eat fruit from you again." And his disciples heard him say it.
Mark 11: 19 When evening came, they went out of the city. 20 In the morning, as they went along, they saw the fig tree withered from the roots. 21 Peter remembered and said to Jesus, "Rabbi, look! The fig tree you cursed has withered!"
In this story Jesus was hungry for the fruit of the fig tree even though he knew it was not in season to bear figs. Jesus became angry and cursed the tree and it withered and died.
To understand this story, we need to see it with our spirit which Jesus said we need to use to understand his words because they are spirit and will give life.
John 6: 63The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life.
When the fig tree did not provide figs for Jesus its Creator, even though it was out of season, it disobeyed God’s will and Jesus cursed the tree and it withered. The tree chose to remain in its natural state and not be supernatural for its Creator.
The spiritual meaning of this story is Jesus hungers for spiritual fruit he wants us to bear for him which he teaches in:
John 15: 1 "I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2 He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. 3 You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. 4 Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. 5 "I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. 6 If anyone does not remain in me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. 7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you. 8 This is to my Father's glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples. 9 "As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 10 If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father's commands and remain in his love.
We are spiritual branches that live connected to Jesus as our vine that nourishes. As his branches Jesus said we must bear fruit for him, or we will be cut off from him and wither. To remain fruitful, Jesus said you must remain in his love by obeying his Father’s commands and the evidence of spiritual fruit are:
Galatians 5: 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control.
Spiritual fruit must bear all these qualities. They cannot be fake human fruits; they must be real spiritual fruit that comes from remaining in Jesus’ love by obeying his teaching and commandments.
As we mature in the mind of Christ, we will bear an abundant of fruit for him as we spiritually learn and remember spiritually the way Jesus feels about things, so that we will always be prepared to preach his Word in season or out of season.
2 Timothy 4: 2 Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage--with great patience and careful instruction.
Be disciples of Jesus and know his heart by being in God’s word daily, drinking in its truth and bear much fruit for him.
Be safe in Jesus,
Nov 9, 2021
In the last day the world will be judged by Jesus and that includes everyone who have confessed that Jesus is their Lord. We will stand before him and Jesus will judged us for the things we have done for him as our Lord.
2 Corinthians 5: 10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive what is due him for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.
Jesus tells what will happen to some who have called him Lord on that day.
Matthew 7: 21 "Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?' 23Then I will tell them plainly, 'I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!'
This is very important to understand because it is essential for our salvation just as much as believing in God’s grace, you must have faith in Jesus as your Lord.
That is what Paul said in:
Romans 10: 8 But what does it say? "The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart," that is, the word of faith we are proclaiming: 9 That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.
If you have confessed Jesus as your Lord, you are promising to give him your complete obedience in what he teaches and commands us to do. You are his servant; he is not yours. He is your Lord and King. If you obey Jesus as your Lord, you will be known by him and be saved and not perish. Jesus came to show us how to be a servant when he served his disciples while on earth. Now he sits on the judgement seat judging how his servants serve him as their Lord.
I know there are some who think attending church, giving to the church and or doing good works for the church will make them known to God and he will help them get what they want in this world. God did not send his Son so that we can have what we want in this world, the Bible clearly teaches what Jesus came to give us.
John 3: 16 "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
Jesus came to give us eternal life and He is looking for those who wants to be with him and his Father forever. Those who are faithful to Jesus as their Lord are those who love him for dying for their sins giving them a heart that desires to obey him so that they can be with God forever.
If God has given you a taste of eternal life believing that in heaven there will be no more pain, no more tears and no more sorrow but just his love forever there must be a change in your life that has made God your ultimate treasure making you continually seek him, by reaching out to him and finding him by making his Son the Lord of your life.
Jesus commands us to put his teachings into practice and through practice your mind will become like his and he will see you as his good and faithful servant and will usher you into his Father’s kingdom.
2 Corinthians 5: 9 So we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it.
Be safe in Jesus
Believe the Truth
Nov 4, 2021
As disciples of Christ, we believe that the Bible is the very word of God given to us by his prophets and apostles and the Bible reveals the heart of God to us, his will and purpose for us.
As a new Christian we may have developed our beliefs from Christian family members, Christian friends, a pastor, Bible teachers, Christian speakers, and from Christian books you read because you trust that their words were true to God. And by believing in them this became your doctrine.
I have shared that Paul told Timothy that his doctrine is what will save him if perseveres in them and this is true for our doctrine. Do you believe your doctrine will save you? When you look at your doctrine who or what influenced what you believe to be true to God? I believe it is very important to know how you form the foundation of what you believe is true to God.
When you were a new believer you were not spiritually mature to filter what you were taught by others through the Holy Spirit teaching of Scripture. So, every new believer will be developing their doctrine by those who they put their trust in.
New Christians who love Jesus are the most vulnerable because of their spiritual immaturity in understanding the heart and mind of Christ. When they go to church, they can be taken advantage to do things in church Jesus has not asked believers to do but do it out of guilt or obligation to God.
Jesus commissioned mature disciples to go make disciple which is to nurture new believers to mature in knowing Jesus as their Lord by always put their trust completely in God’s word because it is active and alive to correct their heart in knowing God.
Hebrews 4: 12 For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
It is God’s word that is spiritually active and alive that judges the thoughts and attitude of our own spirit to makes us mature in our knowledge of Jesus and grow in the wholeness of Christ, knowing how to obey his Father’s will.
For us to spiritually mature it will require our spirit to always remain new so that it can grow in its understanding of God’s word so that we do not remain fixed on what we believed as immature believers.
Jesus tells us to remain new in this parable.
Mark 2: 21 "No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment. If he does, the new piece will pull away from the old, making the tear worse.
22 And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. If he does, the wine will burst
the skins, and both the wine and the wineskins will be ruined. No, he pours new wine into new wineskins."
Jesus was speaking to the Jewish leaders who were fixed in their own traditions and beliefs making them unable to hear God’s Son telling them to repent and believe in him who his Father in heaven has sent to give them a new convent promising them eternal life.
To find the ever-abundant treasure of God’s truth is to always be new to the Holy Spirit’s teaching as you mature in God’s word and the more you understand God’s truth the more it will set you free.
But we must always be aware that not everyone in church will choose to be new to the Holy Spirit’s teaching just as Paul had this challenge with his listeners in:
Acts 28: 22 But we want to hear what your views are, for we know that people everywhere are talking against this sect." 23 They arranged to meet Paul on a certain day, and came in even larger numbers to the place where he was staying. From morning till evening he explained and declared to them the kingdom of God and tried to convince them about Jesus from the Law of Moses and from the Prophets. 24 Some were convinced by what he said, but others would not believe. 25 They disagreed among themselves and began to leave after Paul had made this final statement: "The Holy Spirit spoke the truth to your forefathers when he said through Isaiah the prophet: 26 " 'Go to this people and say, "You will be ever hearing but never understanding; you will be ever seeing but never perceiving." 27 For this people's heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them.' 28 "Therefore I want you to know that God's salvation has been sent to the Gentiles, and they will listen!"
To grow in your understanding in Christ is to remain new to hear and see with spiritual eyes and ears and not remain calloused and hardly hear and have your eyes closed. Repentance is not a one-time event it’s a forever renewing of the mind and heart as a disciple of Christ growing in the knowledge of your Lord Jesus.
Please be true to Jesus and refine your doctrine of faith to be Holy Spirit defined by his word in Scripture.
Be safe in Jesus.
The Peter in Me
Nov 4, 2021
Peter was known as one of the pillars of the first church of our Lord Jesus.
Jesus said this to Peter in:
Matthew 16: 16 Simon Peter answered, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God." 17 Jesus replied, "Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by man, but by my Father in heaven. 18 And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. 19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven."
Some believe when Jesus told Peter that on this rock, he will build his church that Peter whose name means rock that he would be the foundation of Jesus’ church. That whatever Peter binds on earth will be bound in heaven and will be the keys of church doctrine and its salvation.
If this is true, we should also look what Jesus told Peter after he acknowledge that he was the Christ the Son of the living God.
Matthew 16: 21 From that time on Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life. 22 Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. "Never, Lord!" he said. "This shall never happen to you!" 23 Jesus turned and said to Peter, "Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men."
If Peter was to bind on earth that Jesus will not be killed than our salvation would never be loose in heaven. But Jesus rebuked Peter for having a mind that wants what Satan desires the things of man and not having a mind for the things of God.
So, Peter is not the rock of Christ church it was what Peter acknowledged that is the rock, the foundation of the church, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God."
Because what Peter said was not his own it was from God.
17 Jesus replied, "Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by man, but by my Father in heaven.
The rock of the church is having faith in Jesus as Christ the Lord, the Son of the living God. It’s not following Peter or Paul or any man, but Jesus alone. That is what Paul teaches in the beginning of 1 Corinthians.
As we read stories of Peter, we need to look at what the Holy Spirit wants us to learn from them and to examine ourselves to see if we have the same tendency to do what Peter said and did as things of man.
We already learn Peter was not afraid to rebuke the one he called the living Son of God because he felt he knew what was better to do than God.
Peter also did things that had no purpose or meaning to God. We learn this when Jesus took Peter, James, and John up the mountain to pray, and Peter saw the transfiguration of Jesus and saw Moses and Elijah.
Matthew 17: 3 Just then there appeared before them Moses and Elijah, talking with Jesus. 4 Peter said to Jesus, "Lord, it is good for us to be here. If you wish, I will put up three shelters--one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah." 5 While he was still speaking, a bright cloud enveloped them, and a voice from the cloud said, "This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!"
Why did Peter want to build a shelter for them? In Mark’s version it said that Peter did not know what to say because he was frightened and in Luke it said that Peter did not know what he was saying.
What Peter was feeling was an overwhelming awe of Jesus’ glory, the same way he felt when Jesus filled his fishing net miraculously with fish he was overcome by fear at the glory of Jesus and did not know what to do in his presence.
This time in fear Peter wanted to build a shelter for Jesus thinking this would please him.
But God stopped Peter and covered him in cloud so he could not see and told him that Jesus was his Son whom he loves and well pleased in, just listen to him.
So, do you have those same inclinations as Peter, to do something you think will please Jesus or do something because you feel guilty and want to do something because you feel you owe God, or do you do things for Jesus because you think his agenda is your agenda?
Peter did this when he promised Jesus, he would die for him but instead denied him 3 times because Jesus did not fulfil his agenda.
What God wants us to do is to know him by just listening to his Son whom he loves and is well pleased in.
The Holy Spirit does not control our choices, he reveals God’s choices to us from Scripture and making us responsible for our choices. We learn this from the story in Acts when Peter was shown in a vision that God made all things clean. That there was no favoritism between Jews and Gentile believers, but in Galatians 2, Paul rebuked Peter for favoring his Jewish brothers and not his Gentile brothers. The Holy Spirit did not make Peter choose what was right with God, Peter chose to follow the things of man.
That is why Paul tells us in Philippians to work out your salvation with fear and trembling because the measure of faith we use God will use to measure us.
Be safe in Jesus.
How do I Inherit Eternal Life
Oct 13, 2021
What people think heaven will be like comes from other people’s concept of heaven in movies or books. It could be from myths that someone in church may have been taught.
What if someone ask you about heaven and what they must do to get there, what would you tell them?
Before answering it would be best to discern if their spirit is sincerely seeking out these questions. Begin by asking them if they believe in God? If they say yes, then you can share that you believe that heaven is where God lives and reigns and that you can share only what God says heaven will be like and how you can be with him from the Bible, because you believe it is the very word of God.
If they are willing to listen, then they may be someone Paul said is seeking God and trying to reach out to him and find him.
To help them find God, ask them what they think heaven is like.
People’s concept of heaven would be from what I said earlier or may be what they want heaven to be like, but not the way Jesus says it will be.
This is what the Jesus says it will be like.
Revelations 21: 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, "Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. 4 He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away."
Revelations 22: 3 No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him. 4 They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. 5 There will be no more night. They will
not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign for ever and ever.
Jesus said in heaven, God will dwell with you and he will wipe away all your tears, there will be no more death, mourning, crying or pain. You will forever live with Him and serve Him and bear his name. There will be no more night but live in the light of God and reign with him forever.
This description of what heaven is the prophecy of Jesus that you can share as God’s word and we are warned not to add or take away from it.
Revelations 22: 18 I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book. 19 And if anyone takes words away from this book of prophecy, God will take away from him his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book.
Will this description of heaven appeal to everyone? No.
But there will be those who are being called and drawn by God and are seeking God and you who know and love him can help them find him.
Begin by sharing that God loves them so much because they are his children because when he created Adam and Eve, he loved them by giving them his breath, a life-giving spirit which lives forever which gives our body life and this spirit that dwells in us make us God’s children.
But because of Adam and Eve’s sin and our sins, which is being disobedient to God’s will we were cursed to die for our sins which is to be forever separated from God and his heaven.
Now God still loved his children so very much that he made a way for them to be with him forever and that is through his Son, Jesus to die for the penalty of our sins.
And if you believe that Jesus is the Son of God who came to earth and took on the flesh of man and died for your sins on the cross and rose from the grave on the 3rd day and confess that he is your Lord, God promises you will be with him forever in heaven. But this belief must also be with the right heart for God which Jesus teaches.
Jesus teaches what a person heart must be like it they want to inherit eternal life.
Luke 10: 25 On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. "Teacher," he asked, "what must I do to inherit eternal life?" 26 "What is written in the Law?" he replied. "How do you read it?" 27 He answered: " 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind' ; and, 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' " 28 "You have answered correctly," Jesus replied. "Do this and you will live."
So, your belief in Jesus is to love him with all your heart, soul, strength and mind. Jesus gives an example of what this means in:
Luke 18: 18 A certain ruler asked him, "Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?" 19 "Why do you call me good?" Jesus answered. "No one is good--except God alone. 20 You know the commandments: 'Do not commit adultery, do not murder, do not steal, do not give false testimony, honor your father and mother.' " 21 "All these I have kept since I was a boy," he said. 22 When Jesus heard this, he said to him, "You still lack one thing. Sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me." 23 When he heard this, he became very sad, because he was a man of great wealth. 24 Jesus looked at him and said, "How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God!
To love God is to love him more than anything in this world especially the world’s riches even your own life wanting to be with Jesus in his kingdom which Jesus promised to the thief who was dying next to him.
Luke 23: 39 One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: "Aren't you the Christ? Save yourself and us!" 40 But the other criminal rebuked him.
"Don't you fear God," he said, "since you are under the same sentence? 41We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong." 42 Then he said, "Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom. " 43 Jesus answered him, "I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise."
These Scripture passages are for you to know for certain what is true to God, so share to someone who is seeking God for the first time these Scriptures would be overwhelming to them. Begin by sharing what they need to believe in Jesus and it must be with all their love for God and wanting to be with him heaven more than this world.
If they believe in you words and repent they will seek for help in understanding how to love God and this opens the door to their heart for you to teach them God’s word or invite them to a church body that are spiritually mature that can teach them God’s word by the Holy Spirit.
Remember Jesus reassures us that only he knows who he will allow to come to know him and his Father.
Luke 10: 22 "All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows who the Son is except the Father, and no one knows who the Father is except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him."
But as children of God, you must always be prepared to share the hope you have in him.
Be safe in Jesus,
Indescribable Love of God
Sept 7, 2021
In Matthew 12:48-50 Jesus tells his disciples they are his Father’s children because they obeyed his Father’s will. Everyone who say they are child of God must know God and obey his will by being a disciple of Jesus, a student of his word.
A disciple who obeys God’s word are holy to God because they remain in his will and believe in what his word really is in these 2 Scripture passages.
Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it
judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
2 Timothy 3: 16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
God’s word will judge if your heart’s thoughts and attitude is spiritually for Jesus or for our flesh. Scripture is God breathed meaning it is the very word of God which you must put your sole trust to learn, rebuke, correct and train in to be God’s righteous and to know how to do fruitful labor for him.
God’s word is the only means to fully know God spiritually and you should not hold on to your personal life experiences or that of other people’s experience to know God and his truth because they appeal to your human senses it does not appeal to your spiritual sense which comes from only God’s word. We can trust that God has vetted everyone who were written in the Bible and not those outside of the Bible to be his example. You only can measure the spiritual fruit that someone bears is true to Scripture.
Jesus said his words are spirit and not of the flesh.
John 6:63, Jesus said, “The Spirit gives life, the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life.”
Jesus is saying to understand his words requires the Holy Spirit and not your human sense. So, to understand Jesus’ teachings and his Father’s will for you it comes through the Holy Spirit recalling to you God’s words from Scripture.
The Holy Spirit is teaching you when you hear someone’s teaching, and you recall their words from your spiritual knowledge of God’s words and examples from the Bible.
That is why Jesus said no one will understand his parables unless they are one of his disciples because his teaching was not for those who see things from a worldly perspective.
Matthew 13:10 The disciples came to him and asked, "Why do you speak to the people in parables?" 11 He replied, "The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them. 12 Whoever has will be given more, and he will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him. 13 This is why I speak to them in parables: "Though seeing, they do not see; though hearing, they do not hear or understand. 14 In them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah: " 'You will be ever hearing but never understanding; you will be ever seeing but never perceiving. 15 For this people's heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise, they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them.16 But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear. To understand the spiritual teaching of Jesus is to define it from God’s perspective. So, how would you spiritually describe the love of God? Describing it from a worldly perspective can never justify the true love of God. God’s love can only be defined by his word.
This is how Paul describes God’s love.
Romans 8: 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Being finite human beings, we can only imagine what these things are that can never separate us from God’s love.
If you never experience any of these things that Paul spoke of, then how can we truly describe or compare God’s love from anything we see or experience from our finite life on this earth.
When someone compare God’s love to something they love here on earth that is what they will want in heaven. I heard someone say Disney World is like being in heaven. But a disciple of God’s word will know what heaven will be like from Jesus’ words in Revelations.
What we should understand about God’s love it is indescribable to anything here that we will experience in our lifetime on earth or anything in all of God’s creation. We will only know God’s love when we are in it in heaven because God is love. You can only imagine what it will be like in heaven from Jesus’ perspective.
Be safe in Jesus
August 31, 2021
When you hear a sermon and in that sermon the teacher uses personal self-analogy or examples from this world hoping you will recall a similar experience or example from this world to help you understand Jesus and God’s will what sense are you using to understand their teaching?
Your human or spiritual sense.
In John 6 63, Jesus said, “The Spirit gives life, the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life.”
To know if you understand Jesus and his Father’s will is through the Holy Spirit recalling the spiritual words of Jesus and his life example and that of his apostles.
If you cannot spiritually understand a sermon of Jesus and his apostle’s teachings and their life examples but need worldly examples to understand, you are using your human instincts and not the Holy Spirit to know Jesus and his Father’s will for you.
You will know it is the Holy Spirit teaching in you when you hear a teaching and recall it from your spirit knowledge of words and examples from the Bible.
You must put your complete trust in God’s word and not in your life and examples of this world, but only have the mind of Christ.
Be safe in Jesus,
In The Later Times
August 11, 2021
There is a growing division in churches over the covid vaccine between those who say it is okay to take and those against it.
This division does not fulfill Christ mandate that his body be united as one in spirit and faith.
Any kind of division should never be brushed off as a personal choice of a believer because those who confess that Jesus is their Lord must subject themselves completely to his will as his servants and obey God’s will and not personal choices.
There is also a danger when people say that God’s word does not want people to take the vaccine.
I have heard that there are some pastors that are teaching that the covid vaccine is the mark of the beast found in Revelations 13.
To take the mark of the beast is to identity yourself with the beast. To worship him, obey his will, and have sincere devotion to him.
When someone takes the mark willingly and knowingly, they will forever be tormented in the lake of fire.
Revelations 14: 11 And the smoke of their torment rises for ever and ever. There is no rest day or night for those who worship the beast and his image, or for anyone who receives the mark of his name."
Revelations 13 says that it is the 2nd beast who will persecute and kill those who do not worship the image of the beast and take his mark. This 2nd beast is the anti-Christ, the lawless one that Paul spoke of in 2 Thessalonians 4. Paul said this lawless one must first be revealed to believers before Christ returns.
So, how can the covid vaccine be the mark of the beast when the anti-Christ has not been revealed to believers.
Our God is not an unjust God. He will not allow his children to unknowingly take the mark of the beast. The Holy Spirit will clearly reveal the anti-Christ and the mark that he will force everyone to take. This taking of the mark will be a clear choice to either follow Jesus and refuse the mark or follow the beast and wear his mark.
The Holy Spirit teaches in Scripture what will keep someone from inheriting eternal life. They are rejecting Jesus as your Lord and Savior, to blaspheme the Holy Spirit, to be unforgiving, to willfully sin, to willfully worship the image of the beast and to willfully take the mark of the beast.
God is a just and forgiving and will always provide a means for someone to repent from their sinful choice and receive his forgiveness.
If the vaccine is the mark of the beast, it will be impossible to remove when it exists in your body. It condemns a believer who did not willingly take the vaccine because it identified as the mark of the beast. It provides no recourse to repent, and they will be eternally unforgivable and forever separated from God.
That does not sound like a patient God who wants all to be able to repent and not perish.
In 2 Peter 1:2, it reads, Grace and peace is your in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. This knowledge we have in Jesus is knowing that he wants us to do all things out of love by being obedient to him. So, when a believer takes the vaccine out of love to protect their loved ones, their church family, and those around them to protect them from getting sick you are someone Jesus calls his sheep.
Matthew 25: 34 "Then the King will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry, and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty, and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick, and you looked after me, I was in prison, and you came to visit me.'
Getting vaccinated to protect others from getting sick is serving Jesus as his servants by caring for others from getting the deadly virus. Jesus said those who care for others will be blessed by his Father and inherit His kingdom.
Scripture does not say that the Covid vaccine is the mark of the beast because the Lawless one has not been revealed and it makes it impossible for some to repent. Nor does it say if it changes your body’s DNA it changes you from the image of God, because the image of God is Spirit and not the body that God made from dust. Nor does it say you will be condemned because it has the DNA of aborted babies. Roman 8: 28 Paul said, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
God has not wasted the life of aborted babies but has glorified their innocence to save others just as his Son’s innocent death saved us from spiritual death. That is the same understanding Joseph had in:
Genesis 50:20, You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.
God’s word does not teach that Jesus died to save your body. You are not sin because you have a disease, have a blood transfusion or organ transplant from someone of this world. So, in the same way taking the vaccines does not make your body more sinful. Jesus said he came to save your spirit and not your flesh.
John 6: 63 The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life.
And Paul said:
1 Corinthians 15: 50 I declare to you, brothers, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable.
Our sinful body will never inherit heaven, but how you use your body to serve Jesus while on earth to care and help others out of love for God is what will count as being worthy to him.
We need to always remember what Paul said in:
Romans 8: 28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
If you love Jesus, God will work for your good because you are following his purpose as his children to love others as he has loved you.
I must always keep in mind what Paul said, not to teach what is not true to the Holy Spirit and someone who has abandoned their faith in Jesus’ teachings and commandments.
1 Timothy 4: 1 The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. 2 Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron. 3 They forbid people to marry and order them to abstain from certain foods, which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and who know the truth. 4 For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, 5 because it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer. 6 If you point these things out to the brothers, you will be a good minister of Christ Jesus, brought up in the truths of the faith and of the good teaching that you have followed.
We are in the later time and Paul warns us to be aware when teaching is from a hypocritical liar that teaches believers not to do things that God has meant for his good and to be thankful for.
The Holy Spirit will always set before us choices that will example Jesus’ obedience to his Father’s will to show his love and mercy that saved us.
Paul said salvation is by grace through faith that is true to the name of Jesus. He also states in Colossians that God has set before us the choice to be faithful to his Son and follow the right path he has set before us in his teaching to remain reconciled with God.
Colossians 1: 22-23, But now he has reconciled you by Christ's physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation-- 23 if you continue in your faith, established and firm, not moved from the hope held out in the gospel.
Salvation rest upon your choice to continue in your faith which dismiss the once saved always saved belief. If that was true, there would not be the need to continue in your faith to remain holy in God’s sight and in the gospel. Paul said in Philippians to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, because Jesus said the path to his Father is narrow. Salvation is conditional by the faith that you choose to follow and believe is true to Jesus.
God’s word does not say you must take the vaccine it is your choice to choose what best examples the love he showed you, but he does want us to discern when teaching is hypocritical and not true to Jesus’ teaching.
Eternal life is to know God and Jesus, so let the Holy Spirit counsel and guide you to be a living sacrifice and do what Jesus wants his sheep to do.
Be safe is Jesus, Ps. Glenn