Discovering God’s Purpose for Giving Life

3/28/2020 0 Comments

God's Purpose for Giving Life

If only all of us would realize the amount of importance that God gives to human life and the very purpose of our existence, probably, nobody would misuse his life. Instead, everyone will surely try to spend it rightfully.

In MATTHEW 10:29-30 (KJV), the Lord Jesus Christ said,

29 Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father.
30 But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.

When Christ said that the Father knows even the number of the strands of hair we have in our head, He is just showing us how important we are to the Father and how much the Father loves us, that even the minutest details of our being, like our hair, are well accounted for and well taken care of.

There was a time when the Apostle Paul was going to Rome, but while sailing, their ship met a tempest. All of the passengers started to panic and became frantic because of the sea turbulence. However, in the midst of their fear and hopelessness, God sent His angel to Paul to allay their fears, and to give him an assurance that they would reach their destination.

ACTS 27:23-24 (KJV) says,

23 For there stood by me this night the angel of God, whose I am, and whom I serve,
24 Saying, Fear not, Paul; thou must be brought before Caesar: and, lo, God hath given thee all them that sail with thee.

God, through His angel, assured him that there shall be no loss of any man’s life among them, but of the ship. Meaning, even if their ship gets wrecked, no life would be lost and they would be able to reach Rome.

ACTS 27:34 (KJV) says,

Wherefore I pray you to take some meat: for this is for your health: for there shall not an hair fall from the head of any of you.

The angel even guaranteed Paul that not a single strand of hair shall fall from the head of any of them because they were being protected by God.

For God, the life of a man is very precious. To further illustrate it, Christ made reference to sparrows, that although they are without much worth because they are sold at a very cheap price, not one of them will fall on the ground, or die, without the consent of the Father.

If the sparrows are given that assurance that they would not die unless the Father wills it, then, all the more that we can be sure that we, humans, will not die if the Father does not will it — because we are more important than those sparrows.

On the other hand, it also implies that if we die, it is because the Father has willed it.

Our life comes from God; our existence is dependent on Him. What we need to understand is the rightful way of spending our lives. God gives us life for us to use it in serving Him. He wants us to obey His commandments and to fulfill His will. Biblically speaking, such is our ultimate duty and the end-goal of our existence.

ECCLESIASTES 12:13 (KJV) says,

Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.

We exist to serve God and to fulfill His commandments. We were created to do good works.

EPHESIANS 2:10 (KJV) says,

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

For God, human life is very important; that is why He commanded us not to kill, and anybody who takes somebody else’s life will be made accountable. He also commanded us to love, even our enemies.

It is apparent that such teachings manifest how much God values human life. Therefore, it is but proper that we spend our lives rightfully. And that is by serving Him and obeying His commandments.


The Pale Horse and the Plagues It Brings

3/21/2020 0 Comments

Meaning of the pale horse in the Bible

The misfortunes and catastrophes that happen on earth today are but a partial fulfillment of John’s vision about the four horsemen and the four horses in the Book of Revelation.

One of the four horses is the pale horse, and he that rides on it had been given the power to bring plagues on earth. In fact, one-fourth of the earth’s population will experience different kinds of plagues that the pale horse brings.

REVELATION 6:8 (KJV) says,

And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.

You will notice that in this particular verse, the English word “death” was used; in the Filipino rendition the word salot, which means plague, was used. We have to understand that, sometimes, translators of the Bible used words interchangeably.

Besides, in reality, plagues indeed result in deaths. But for certain, the occurrence of plagues is really mentioned in the Bible.

In REVELATION 22:18 (KJV) it says,

For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:

The corresponding Greek word to the word “plagues” in this verse is plēgē (play-gay), which means, “a stroke; by implication, a wound; figuratively, a calamity: stripe, wound.”

from G4141; a stroke; by implication a wound; figuratively a calamity: stripe, wound (-ed).

Therefore, a plague is something that causes damage to lives, and it can come in the form of calamities, infestations, pestilences or epidemic diseases. Also, it comes very suddenly and unexpectedly.

This dispensation has witnessed and experienced the emergence of many plagues, like Ebola, SARS, Avian flu, Swine flu, etc., and the most recent is the coronavirus disease or COVID-19.

For us not to suffer from these plagues, we are admonished to do something.

REVELATION 18:4 (KJV) says,

And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.

It is apparent that plagues are a result of man’s sinfulness. That is why the Bible tells us to “come out of her,” so that we won’t be partakers of her sins, nor recipients of her plagues. We have to depart from our sinful ways and follow God instead.

Actually, as early as the time of Moses, God had already spoken that mankind would suffer from plagues because of his disobedience to God’s will. So, it is not surprising that plagues happen today because so many people now have become very disobedient to God and they have no inclination to do good deeds anymore.

Their preoccupation has been in doing evil things, like taking advantage of their fellowmen, drug-using and drug-selling, and murdering even the helpless and the innocent. This gross wickedness of men and their deliberate refusal to obey God are two of the reasons why people experience plagues.

If the plagues that are experienced globally are represented by the pale horse, the three other horses represent equally formidable events that mankind is bound to experience.

The red horse is symbolic of wars and bloodshed as the one riding this horse has been given the power to take peace from the earth and to let men kill one another.

REVELATION 6:4 (KJV) says,

And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword.

The black horse, on the other hand, represents starvation and extreme poverty.

REVELATION 6:5 (KJV) says,

And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand.

And lastly, the white horse represents deceitful religions, false Christs, and false prophets.

REVELATION 6:2 (KJV) says,

And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.

(I am sorry I cannot give you in this particular article an extensive and in-depth discussion on the significance of the four horsemen and the four horses; that would be too lengthy. But God willing, I will be able to do it in our future postings.)

What I am trying to point out is that the Bible really speaks of plagues and pestilences that may befall mankind.

For instance, during the early part of the 20th century, in 1918 to be specific, almost 40 million people died of influenza.

Probably, the corona virus that infects the world today is the mutated version of the influenza virus. Both viruses cause cough and colds, and respiratory tract infection. However, unlike COVID-19, the influenza virus is controllable as health experts have already found antibiotics that can combat it. There are even anti-flu vaccines that are already available today.

But the COVID-19, having undergone mutation, is tougher and more dreadful; it spreads very easily and is highly contagious. See what happened to the passengers in a particular cruise ship? Overnight, more than 60 people got infected. What makes it more alarming is the fact that there is still no antidote yet that could quell the potency of the virus; hence, it is fatal.

What we need to realize is, plagues like the COVID-19 that lead to the death of many are all the doings of one of the four horsemen, the one that sat on the pale horse, and are a consequence of man’s disobedience to God.

Undoubtedly, our best defense against all these is our obedience to the will of God.



Coronavirus Pandemic Fears: How Should Christians Prepare?

3/14/2020 53 Comments

Pestilences, natural calamities, wars, and the escalation of human wickedness to a degree never imagined before are some of the signs of the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. Christ, Himself, had foretold this to His Apostles when they asked Him, “What shall be the sign of thy coming?”

MATTHEW 24:4-7 (KJV) tells us what the Lord Jesus Christ told them:

4 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.
5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.
6 And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.

The Lord Jesus Christ said that before His coming, there shall be famines, pestilences or plagues, and earthquakes. A proof that the Bible is authentic and that the pronouncements of the Lord Jesus Christ therein are all true is the fact that we are experiencing these things now, including the wars or the uprisings of nations against other nations. And we know that wars and natural calamities can result to more problems, like famine and starvation.

That particular prophetic pronouncement was given by Christ thousands of years ago. During that time, it was unimaginable that people would ever starve because even beggars then had something to eat.

But today, food has become a major problem. There are people now who hardly eat in a day. We also hear of stories about people who die of hunger.

But what is more alarming is that there are pestilences now which are man-made. For instance, in Syria they were using something which seemed to have been meant for biological and chemical warfare, something that could annihilate people instantly. A video on the Internet shows that when a person inhales the substance, he suffers from a convulsion or a seizure attack and after a while, dies.

Undoubtedly, all these catastrophic events that we see around us now are signs of the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. The question is, how shall we prepare for that day of the Lord?

2 PETER 3:10-11 (KJV) says,

10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.
11 Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness.

The preparation that we should make should not be the kind of preparation that others are doing. They are preparing underground shelters or bunkers, which they believe could offer them refuge and protection.

In Singapore, for example, there are houses with built-in bomb shelters. Of course, such shelters cannot offer us absolute protection for they are all destructible. So, what is the kind of preparation that we have to make?

The Lord Jesus Christ, through the Apostle Paul, said that we have to prepare by leading a holy and godly life. Christ wants us to live a holy life filled with compassion to others, especially to the poor, to the abandoned children, to the widows, and to the orphans. We have to give them a part of ourselves.

Another video uploaded on the Internet showed that there were children in Haiti eating cookies made out of clay. What they did was they put sugar in a mixture of water and clay (similar to the clay used by potters) and shaped it into cookies. Then, they put the clay cookies under the sun to dry. Once dry, they are eaten by children.

When I saw that video I felt a pang in my heart. So I immediately told one of our Church workers in Latin America to go to Haiti, to the very place where those children eating clay cookies were situated.

I told him to look for a place there which could function as a feeding center for the poor. With God’s help, and in coordination with the concerned government agency in Haiti, this feeding center is already operational. And each day, there are lots of people who go there, falling in line to get packs of cooked food for free.

I am also contemplating on having similar feeding centers in the major cities in the Philippines to address the need for food of street children and beggars, and even of malnourished and neglected children.

Sometimes, I cannot help but feel bad about the rich people who feed their dogs with big cuts of meat, and yet they can’t even offer their starving neighbors something to eat.

It is apparent that the dogs of the rich are even in a much, much better position than the street children. Why? The rich owners of those dogs do not mind spending a huge amount of money for their dogs’ sustenance and maintenance — they are brought to veterinarians regularly; they are given vitamins; they are also given periodic grooming; and they even sleep in air-conditioned rooms.

Unlike those dogs, street children have to rummage trash cans in hope of finding something that could fill their empty stomachs. They are dirty; their clothes are tattered; and they sleep on the cold pavement because they are homeless. Indeed, we can say that the lives of the pet dogs of the rich are more enviable.

But which do you think will please God: caring for and feeding a dog sumptuously, or caring for and feeding a beggar or an orphan? Definitely, God will be pleased if you will spend your money on something that could alleviate the hunger and sufferings of your poor fellowmen, instead of spending it in pampering your dogs.

God wants us to live a holy life. In order to attain that, we have to live in accordance with His teachings, like not indulging in vices, in extravagance, and in worldly pleasures. Instead, He wants us to be compassionate to others, especially to the needy.

That is exactly what we, in the Church of God International, are trying to do. We do our very best to comply with what God wants from us. That is why we have put up a free diagnostic center to help those who do not have anything to pay for their laboratory tests and diagnosis.

We also have schools that offer full scholarship to poor but deserving students. And the scholarship grant that we offer is inclusive of free tuition and miscellaneous fees, free uniforms, free lunch, and free use of computers and other instructional materials.

We also conduct regular medical missions in different parts of the world wherein we offer medical, dental, and optical services, even vitamins and medicines. And we also have shelters for orphans, abandoned babies, and the elderly.

All these free services and forms of assistance are extended to all, regardless of their religion or race.

We do not know what tomorrow may bring. We can never tell if tomorrow we will still be alive; we do not know either if, one of these days, we will also become victims of man-made or natural calamities. And because of these uncertainties, it is very important that we are always prepared for what is to come, most especially for the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ.

But apart from doing works of holiness and showing compassion to others, it is best that before the Lord comes, you’ll be able to find the true Church where the true faith is, and where genuine obedience to God is practiced zealously.



Never Enough: How Man's Greed Can Lead to God's Wrath

3/07/2020 11 Comments

Consequences of Greediness

Natural calamities like volcanic eruptions, earthquakes of great magnitude, devastating typhoons and floods, and the emergence of infectious diseases, like the Covid-19 that started in China and has killed and infected thousands of people in different parts of the globe, are but some of the tragic incidents that have happened in our time. And take note, they came in succession, if not simultaneously.

Adding to these are the social and political unrests in many countries, as well as the hostile and volatile relationship between some nations, which could lead to war if not settled diplomatically.

All these events cause fear and panic to many as they all pose threats to life. Many couldn’t help but think if these things are already the fulfillment of certain biblical pronouncements.

For one, everything that happens today had been predicted in the Bible. Dr. Michio Kaku, a Japanese Nobel Prize awardee, was right when he said that, “God is a mathematician.” As a mathematician, God can calculate all the things that are going to happen to humanity.

If you collect all pieces of information about all the events that happened throughout the centuries and analyze all sides of every issue, you will arrive at the conclusion that all those things that happened and are happening now before our eyes are really bound to happen.

There is no way by which we can avoid them, especially so if we consider the fact that there are other circumstances that are not seen by man, but are seen by God. Summing up everything, you will realize that all the gruesome and inhumane things that happen on earth stem from man’s greed.

Wars happen because man has become very greedy. He is never content with what he has. Today, for instance, we witness how China, a powerful nation, expands its territory by grabbing lands, islands, and seas that rightfully belong to the Philippines.

They do this even though their action is not in accordance with the international law that defines territorial boundaries. Instead of honoring the law, they defy it; instead of respecting the sovereign rights of the natives, they disregard them – all because of greed.

What is noticeable is that most of the powerful countries that bully and harass the more inferior ones are dominated by atheists or by people who do not believe in God.

Isn’t it that China is a communist country, and communists do not believe in the Almighty God? I am not saying that all Chinese do not believe in God; in fact, in our Church, we have many Chinese brethren. I also personally know some Chinese who are kindhearted and God-fearing. I am referring to atheists, in general.

I am inclined to believe that an atheist, or a non-believer of God, would not do anything good. That is not just a personal opinion, but that is what the Bible says.

In PSALM 53:1 (KJV), it says,

A fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. Corrupt are they, and have done abominable iniquity: there is none that doeth good.

People who do not believe in God or the atheists are doers of evil things; all the evil things that happen to humanity are the doings of atheists. These people can be very destructive because they fear no God. Their god is themselves.

God has calculated the degree of wickedness that man is capable of doing. And if he will not exercise restraint in his actions, more catastrophic events like wars are bound to happen on earth.

One of the reasons why wars break out is territorial invasion. A more powerful nation employs force to acquire the territory it desires even if it would mean violating and trampling upon the rights of the people in that territory. But that should not be the case.

ACTS 17:26 (KJV) says,

And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation;

There are boundaries that God had set. Aside from that, there are also boundaries that had been defined by international law. All we have to do is to honor what God and the law of men have decreed. But why do others refuse to honor the law? It is because of greed!

It is also because of greed that some people engage in illegal businesses, like the production and selling of prohibited drugs, which destroy lives. Aside from that, because of their greed for power, there are also nations that experiment on chemicals that could annihilate people instantly, even innocent and defenseless children.

Actually, there are speculations that in Wuhan, where this new strain of coronavirus originated, there is a laboratory that was experimenting on biological warfare. I do not really know if it is true, but it is a possibility, especially if you are to consider the rate that this virus spreads.

But whether it is true or not, we can be sure that these things are done by people who do not acknowledge God, by people who do not have any God in their lives.

You see, people who believe in God have love and mercy in their hearts. They care even for their enemies. They give their enemies something to eat and something to drink whenever they hunger and thirst. And they would not dare do anything that could inflict harm on their fellowmen.

Apparently, all the grim things that happen now are the results of man’s greed. Greed angers God, and His anger is manifested in different ways. Sometimes, God uses nature to express His anger; hence, there are volcanic eruptions that happen.

PSALM 104:32 (KJV) says,

He looketh on the earth, and it trembleth: he toucheth the hills, and they smoke.

Even earthquakes are manifestations of God’s anger.

JOB 9:5-6 (KJV) says,

5 Which removeth the mountains, and they know not: which overturned them in his anger.
6 Which shaketh the earth out of her place, and the pillars thereof tremble.

Strong typhoons also express God’s anger.

JEREMIAH 25:32-33 (KJV) says,

32 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, Behold, evil shall go forth from nation to nation, and a great whirlwind shall be raised up from the coasts of the earth.
33 And the slain of the LORD shall be at that day from one end of the earth even unto the other end of the earth: they shall not be lamented, neither gathered, nor buried; they shall be dung upon the ground.

God sends strong typhoons which bring heavy downpours. And because of continuous heavy rains, some areas become flooded. People drown in floods; sometimes, their bodies are carried by the water current to different places. There are instances when their corpses can no longer be retrieved. As a result, they are not given proper burial, and their loved ones a chance to lament or mourn for them.

We can say that all these are consequences of man’s sinfulness. Man has become very distant to God; he hardly prays; and he has no desire anymore to do good deeds. Instead of doing good deeds to his fellowmen, he has devised ways on how he can take advantage of them. He thinks of nothing but wicked things.

GENESIS 6:5 (KJV) says,

And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

This was the reason why during the time of Noah, God brought the people a great flood. Their wickedness angered God.

GENESIS 6:7 (KJV) says,

And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.

Therefore, God is angered if what we do are all evil things. Remember, God did not create man to be evildoers.

EPHESIANS 2:10 (KJV) says,

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

We were created to do good works. Unfortunately, many of us do not do good works to others. Many think of what is good and beneficial only to them. All their thoughts and actions are geared toward personal gains only; they hardly care about the welfare of their fellowmen.

That is why I never get tired teaching our brethren in the Church of God to do good deeds to all people, regardless of their religious affiliation. In fact, our organization regularly holds medical missions, feeding programs, and blood donation projects not just in the Philippines but in some parts of the world also like Haiti, Brazil, and many more.

We have also put up institutions and shelters for the abandoned and the homeless. We have an Infant Care center for abandoned babies; we have orphanages for minors; and we have shelters for the elderly who have been neglected by their children. Aside from that, we also hold rescue and relief operations in times of calamities and disasters.

I am very thankful to God because our brethren in the Church of God really put into practice the Christian virtues that they have learned from the Bible. They actively support and participate in all our endeavors that aim to help our fellowmen, most especially in our blood donation projects.

In fact, the Philippine Blood Center has given recognition to our organization for seven consecutive years for being the top blood donor in the country. Our brethren in the Church have learned to give a part of themselves, not just their money to other people, without asking for anything in return. They are not selfish; they are not greedy.

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If only there would be no greedy persons, if only the whole of mankind would practice love and respect for each other, and if only all people would develop faith in and obedience to God, then this world would be a better place to live in. And when that happens, there won’t be war, starvation, exploitation, pestilences and calamities anymore. All men will live in peace and harmony.

But as long as man refuses to acknowledge and obey Him, as long as man continues with his sinful ways, humanity will also continue to experience different forms of sufferings. Remember, man’s sinfulness angers God.

Very clearly, in having faith in God and in obeying His commandments, we have nothing to lose and we have so much to gain. We can even merit eternal life.

But if you choose not to believe in Him, if you choose to take His words for granted, you’ll gain nothing but the wrath of God, and you might also lose your chance of salvation.



The Truth About Tithing

2/29/2020 12 Comments

The Truth About Tithing

Pastors who want to accumulate lots of money for themselves capitalize on the pronouncement on Malachi 3:10. They make people believe that if they want to be showered with blessings from heaven, they should pay tithes.

That is a clear deception! Why? Because Malachi 3:10 is not a commandment for Christians but for the Israelites.

As written in MALACHI 4:4 (KJV),

Remember ye the law of Moses my servant, which I commanded unto him in Horeb for all Israel, with statutes and judgments.

Tithing, or the paying of ten percent, is a part of the law of Moses. However, this law is no longer in effect in the Christian dispensation because when the Lord Jesus Christ came, He changed the law; He changed the priesthood. Hence, the change in the priesthood necessitated the change in the law also.

As written in HEBREWS 7:12 (KJV),

For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law.

Unfortunately, this particular verse is not being read by the advocates of tithing. They want their members to pay tithes regularly because it means sure money for them.

It is apparent that those pastors and ministers do not understand that the law on tithing had its efficacy only during the time of the priesthood of Moses. So, its efficacy had expired. What is in effect now is the law of Christ. That is why in the Christian era, the law of Moses should no longer be enforced.

ACTS 13:39 (KJV) says,

And by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses.

The law of Moses had been superseded by the law of Christ. What we have to fulfill now is the law of Christ.

GALATIANS 6:2 (KJV) says,

Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.

The law of Christ does not require us to pay tithes. We have nothing to pay. We do not owe pastors anything so why do we have to pay them?

Christians are not commanded to pay tithes. The commandment to Christians is explicitly stated by the Apostle Paul in his epistle to the brethren in Corinth.

In 2 CORINTHIANS 9:7 (KJV), it says,

Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.

Every man, every Christian in the era of Christianity does not pay; instead, he gives, contributes, or donates, according to what his heart tells him. The desire to give emanates from his heart, and the amount to be given is likewise dictated by his heart. There is no fixed amount and the giving should be done voluntarily, “not grudgingly” because “God loveth a cheerful giver.” Because of this, the first-century Christians who helped the work of God in the Church did not just give ten percent.

2 CORINTHIANS 8:3 (RSV) says,

For they gave according to their means, as I can testify, and beyond their means, of their own free will,

They gave beyond their means, by their own free will; nobody dictated to them how much they should give. If you’re giving ten percent, it means that you are not giving by your own free will but by the will of your pastor.

Bear in mind that the law on tithing, which was a part of the law of Moses, was the will of God during the time of the Israelites. But the law of Moses had been replaced by the law of Christ. And under the law of Christ, you have to give, not ten percent, but according to what is purposed by your heart.

Please, don’t be deceived!


On Wedding Rings, Traditions of Man, and Obeying God

2/22/2020 5 Comments

Are wedding rings Biblical

It has been a practice of many people from different societies, from different walks of life to put too much importance on a wedding ring. For one, they regard it as a symbol of love. Because of this, married people, the women especially, are reluctant to remove it from their finger in their fear that others might wrongly interpret it. But most of all, they fear that it might infuriate or displease their husbands.

Basically, a ring, be it a wedding ring, is but an accessory or an ornament whose karat and precious stones intricately laid therein define the social status of both the wearer and the giver.

But even if it is made out of the finest material, still, a ring doesn’t measure the love, fidelity, and commitment of the contracting parties in marriage to each other; and neither is it a permanent possession. A ring can be lost if the owner is careless and negligent; it can be stolen if it captures the interest of thieves; it can be pawned and never be redeemed anymore if the owner experiences financial difficulties.

But does it mean that if the wedding ring is gone, or if the wife removes it from her finger, her relationship with her husband will also go awry? Does it also mean that simply because the wife defies the tradition of wearing a wedding ring, she no longer loves her husband? Absolutely, not!

The Bible tells us of things that we have to follow, and they are the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ. Our obedience should be to His teachings, not to dogmas formulated by man, not to traditions, and not to cultural practices.

Biblically speaking, women are admonished not to wear adornments like rings, even if it is a wedding ring.

1 TIMOTHY 2:9-10 (KJV) says,

9 In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array;
10 But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works.

So, if a woman obeys this admonition, if she removes her ring from her finger, it is a manifestation of her fear in God and obedience to God. And husbands should not take that negatively. They should also understand that their wives’ obedience should be rendered, above all, to God, and not to them, nor to traditions.

Obedience to God can make a woman a good wife. Being a good wife does not depend on the wedding ring; the ring has nothing to do with it. To be a good wife, a woman has to be guided by the word of God, and not by the customs and traditions of man.

Furthermore, if a woman obeys Christ’s commandment that she should not wear gold, or pearls, or costly array, she is able to prove that her faithfulness and loyalty is to Him and to His words which, in effect, can make her a better wife to her husband.

A wife should not worry about her husband’s would-be reaction or displeasure if he sees that she has taken her wedding ring off her finger. The Lord will enlighten the mind of her husband for them not to have any trouble. She just has to deal with him very well.

1 PETER 3:1 (KJV) says,

Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives;

By her good behavior and by her modest attitude, a wife can win her husband. When her husband sees how her obedience to the word of God works in her positively, she can easily convert him to be of God also. She does not have to say anything. With God’s help, his mind will be enlightened. And eventually, he will become a follower of Christ too.

A simple piece of advice: Instead of adhering to traditions and beliefs of man, obey the Lord and the Lord will take care of your problems, including your marital concerns.

As written in 1 PETER 5:7 (RSV),

Cast all your anxieties on him, for he cares about you.

Entrust to God all your anxieties and problems, even the problems that you and your husband might encounter in the future. Trust Him for He cares about you. AMEN.


Is It True Love? Finding the ‘One’ Without Looking for Them

2/15/2020 9 Comments

Finding Love Through God

Every man and woman who enters into marriage always dreams of having a blissful married life that will last until death. Although it does not always happen, it is achievable. For one, this can be achieved if you happened to marry a prudent man or woman; otherwise, the relationship would surely be shaky and troublesome.

The question is, how can you find a prudent spouse?

If you are going to search for a partner in life or for a spouse using your own standards, chances are, your search might be in vain. Or perhaps, the spouse that you’ll find is not really prudent. Why?

PROVERBS 19:14 (KJV) says,

House and riches are the inheritance of fathers: and a prudent wife is from the LORD.

A prudent spouse comes from God. And you will be able to determine that he/she comes from God if he/she upholds and abides by the teachings of God.

2 TIMOTHY 3:17 (KJV) says,

That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.

The people of God are thoroughly taught of all good works. That being the case, you can be sure that they can be prudent husbands and wives when they get married.

Yes, it is very possible to find a prudent husband or wife. Just be patient enough to wait. And when the right time comes, you’ll be able to meet somebody who fears God and puts great importance to His teachings.

Do not marry a drunkard; do not marry somebody who is laden with all kinds of vices; do not marry a person who is ill-tempered and is easily provoked to anger. Actually, God does not even want you to associate or have a relationship with ill-tempered and furious persons.

PROVERBS 22:24-25 (KJV) says,

24 Make no friendship with an angry man; and with a furious man thou shall not go:
25 Lest thou learn his ways, and get a snare to thy soul.

Instead of befriending or associating with them, God wants you to avoid them, especially those who have bad temper and have the tendency to be violent and disrespectful. If you marry such a kind of person, you might just end up being abused, physically and verbally.

It is best not to jump into marriage hastily for you not to suffer in the end. Wait for the prudent person that God will give you. Always remember that a God-given spouse is prudent – he/she is without any vices, and he/she heeds to the teachings of God. And with that person, you could have a blissful and lasting marriage.


Baptism Washes Away Sins

2/08/2020 0 Comments

Forgiveness in Baptism

Will all the sins committed by a person be forgiven upon receiving baptism in the Church of God?

To answer the question, let us consider the declarations of the Apostle Paul. According to him, in his assessment, he could be considered as one of the chief sinners in the whole world. This is because he committed lots of grave sins against God, against the Lord Jesus Christ, and against the early Christians. Nevertheless, he was able to obtain mercy.

1 TIMOTHY 1:12 (KJV) says,

And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry;

The Apostle Paul was thankful to the Lord Jesus Christ because He counted him faithful. He was fully aware that in counting him faithful, the Lord surely employed lots of consideration and mercy.

1 TIMOTHY 1:15 (KJV) says,

This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.

He knew how great a sinner he had been; in fact, he called himself a “chief sinner.” To regard himself as a chief sinner in the whole world, not just in Israel, not just in one of the tribes of Israel, but in the whole world, was indeed a very bold claim. But he had reasons to believe so.

1 TIMOTHY 1:13 (KJV) says,

Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief.

There was a time in his life that he was a blasphemer; he said things and did things which were against God. Aside from being a blasphemer, he was also injurious and a persecutor of the Church and of the early Christians. However, he obtained God’s mercy since he did those things out of ignorance and unbelief.

In other words, he was forgiven from all those contemptible things that he did. How? What did God command him to do, so that his sins would be forgiven?

God told him to be baptized.

ACTS 22:16 (KJV) says,

And now what tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.

Very clearly, the baptism taught by the Bible is a requisite to the forgiveness of all sins.

Baptism washes away a person’s sins, even if that person was a “chief sinner” like the Apostle Paul.

May God bless you!


Why Does God Allow Suffering?

2/01/2020 0 Comments

Suffering is Man-made

Whenever man experiences misfortunes and sufferings, his tendency is to question God’s love for him. Indirectly though, he is somehow rationalizing that he is suffering because God forsook him. That is, of course, a very wrong line of thinking. Man should realize that all his sufferings are but results, or consequences, of his sins and disobedience to God.

God created man in His image and likeness, according to the Bible. Man was upright when God created him. There was no evil on earth in the beginning; there was no death either. If there was no death, it implies that there was no sickness or illnesses also. There was practically nothing that could pose a threat on the life of man then. At the same time, God also made available to the first man and woman everything that they would need for their sustenance.

GENESIS 2:16-17 (KJV) says,

16 And the LORD God commanded man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:
17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.

God placed Adam and Eve in a garden that was both botanical and zoological. They were given the freedom to eat every fruit there except that of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil; otherwise, they would surely die. This means that death would only come if they would disobey God’s commandment, but if they would faithfully abide by His instructions, they would never experience death. Unfortunately, Adam and Eve failed to obey this one commandment of God. And because of this disobedience, death and sufferings came.

ROMANS 5:12 (KJV) says,

Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:

It is apparent that the sufferings of humanity are but a penalty to men’s misdeeds. Sad to say, whenever these things come, instead of acknowledging their wrongdoings, they even question God’s love, mercy, and sense of justice. Others even make it appear that God is a party to their sufferings.

God is a God of justice. And justice must be exercised in every way possible. The universe functions because of justice. As we have learned in science, there is a pull of the sun upon the earth. Aside from the sun, other heavenly bodies around it likewise pull the earth. There has to be an equal pull for the earth to be maintained on its axis and on its path where it revolves around the sun. The sun cannot pull more than what it is allowed to pull because there is gravity that emanates from the sun and there is also gravity that emanates from other heavenly bodies around us, from planets.

Justice, or equal and symbiotic pull, maintains life on earth. If there is no justice, things will go wrong. According to scientists, if we happened to be much closer to the sun, we will be burned; and if we happened to be a little bit farther from it, we will freeze. So, mathematically speaking, we are in an exact place, or spot, in the universe where life could be maintained.

Even social justice is also very important. That is, there should be justice between husband and wife, between parents and children, among members of a family, within a race, within a community, within a nation.

To maintain justice and good relationship within a family, parents must be good providers to their children, and children should be helpers to their parents. It would be injustice to parents if all the tasks will be assigned to them; the same way that it would be injustice to the children if all the duties and responsibilities will be assigned to them.

Justice means equality. In the Greek Bible, it is dikaiosune. In every area of life there must be dikaiosune, or equality. If we go against the law of God, if we go against the rule of equality, we have to suffer the consequences of our disobedience.

This is the reason why people now suffer. Man’s disobedience has destroyed the DNA. What the DNA should contain has been polluted by man’s sins, by his refusal to listen to the justice of God, by the abuses that he does to himself, like taking drugs, and the abuses that he does to the environment. Now, the air is only 21% oxygen and has a very high percentage of carbon which causes lung problems, allergies, and other diseases. The presence of pollutants in the air is a result of man’s abuse of our natural resources.

Many years ago, people who were studying the environment conducted a test. They dug the layers of ice in the North Pole and in the South Pole. The layers, or strata, of ice represented a particular age or period in the history of this planet. In their study, they discovered the presence of a higher percentage of oxygen in a particular layer of ice (which represented a certain age or period). And it was much, much higher than its percentage in our present time.

No wonder why so many bacteria and viruses thrive now. The presence of oxygen at a certain percentage can kill viruses and bacteria. This has been discovered by alternative doctors. That is why, whenever there is an infection, alternative doctors introduce oxygen to the body by injecting the patient with a fluid known as hydrogen peroxide (H2O2). Hydrogen peroxide will introduce more oxygen into the bloodstream to control the spread of the virus. Sometimes they also use Ozone treatment. Ozone is Oxygen3 (O3). If Oxygen 3 is injected to the bloodstream, much of the bacteria and viruses that infect a person are destroyed.

What am I trying to drive at? People today experience different kinds of sufferings because of their own recklessness and abuses, and because of their disobedience to God. If people did not disobey God, they would not die. God is capable of sustaining our lives even unto what the Bible calls, eternal life.

Definitely, our physical body will age, but God has the power to give us extra strength and extra years. Remember, Methuselah reached the age of 969; Noah lived until he was 950 years old. Imagine, Noah was already 600 years old when God commanded him to build a ship! And at that age, he was still very strong. But look at the people now; they easily grow weak and they die quite young. Sometimes, people already die at the age of 50, 60, or 70. Why? It is because of their abuses in life.

In other words, sufferings are borne out of man’s wrongdoings and abuses, and because of his refusal to obey the words of God.


Not Grudge but Love and Gratefulness to Parents

1/25/2020 0 Comments

Why forgiving your parents is a way to salvation

Often have I come across sons and daughters who, due to certain reasons, have developed grudges against their parents.

Definitely, it is not right for children to develop and harbor negative feelings towards their parents! And if it already exists, it must be rid of right away. How?

The primary thing that children must do is to think and ponder. Ask yourselves, had your mother and father not fallen in love with each other, do you think you would come to existence? If God did not use them to be His instruments to your existence, do you think you would be born?

As we know, a human being is formed when the sperm cell of a man unites with the egg cell of a woman. The sperm cell and the egg cell have 23 chromosomes each. We must realize that all the cells in our body have 46 chromosomes each; only the sperm cell and the egg cell have 23 chromosomes respectively.

However, when the man’s sperm cell with 23 chromosomes meets the woman’s egg cell with 23 chromosomes after sexual intercourse, a cell with 46 chromosomes is formed. This cell will then divide into many cells, until a fetus is formed. And this fetus becomes a child that grows in the womb of a mother.

My point is, had it not for your mother and your father who contributed 23 chromosomes each, there wouldn’t be a “you” today. In other words, next to God, you owe your life and existence to your parents. So, why bear a grudge against them?

To children who have grudges against their parents, please take note of this. No matter how bad your parents are in your sight, no matter what it is that they had done that caused you deep pain, it is best that you forgive them and forget whatever they did that hurt you. Instead of remembering their shortcomings that only embitter you, why not remember instead the good things that they had done for you?

Actually you have so much to be thankful for to your parents. Foremost is, they reared you; they took care of you even from the time that you were still in the womb of your mother; and they raised you the best way they could. Proof to that is, you are still alive until this very moment, and with God’s mercy, you are without any physical deformity or any physical disability.

I don’t think that any son or daughter would ever survive and be what they are today if their parents had been cruel to them all their lives. Remember, no human being will ever survive if nobody will take care of him.

Humans are not like tortoises. When a mother tortoise lays eggs on the seashore, she will just cover the eggs with sand and then leave. After a certain period, the eggs will hatch, and soon after, you can see young tortoises frolicking in the sea right away. We can be sure that, so long as no predators will victimize them, the young tortoises will live even without being attended to by their mothers.

The same is true with newly-hatched chicks. They, too, can manage on their own even without being fed and cared for by hens. They will be able to survive so long as they won’t be devoured by rats, dogs, and cats.

But it is a totally different thing with humans. An infant has to be breastfed by his mother, he has to be taken care of, and he has to be watched over, day and night. A baby grows and continues to live because there are hands that feed him, cuddle him, and protect him. And those are the hands of his parents.

If, later on, the child felt that his parents had not been good parents to him for they failed to provide him with a good education and other comforts in life, nonetheless, those could not outweigh all the good deeds and sacrifices made by his parents when he was growing up. He must not feel bad especially if their failure to provide him with a comfortable life or a good education was due to their limited financial resources, and not because they loved him less.

Every child must always show appreciation and gratitude to his parents. As what the “Pasyon” says, “Even if the bones and flesh of a child would be ground into tiny pieces, it wouldn’t be commensurate to the sacrifices and hardships endured by his parents just to raise him.”

English Translation:
This you should be anxious of
And remember oft
The sufferings, pains and all
That in patience were borne
By your father and mother
Even if you finely ground
All the flesh and bones you have
Include the hairs on your body too
It will never be enough to repay
All the pains they bore for you
If you will not change
Your rebellious state
You will not find grace
Instead, invite the hate
Of the Lord our God

Besides, God is displeased with ungrateful children. In the Bible, children who were disrespectful and did not show gratitude to their parents went astray.

However, it is a reality that there are children who have the tendency to be rebellious and ungrateful to their parents. That is why the Bible has a specific admonition to children.

EPHESIANS 6:1-3 (KJV) says,

1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.
2 Honour thy father and mother; which is the first commandment with promise;
3 That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.

God has a promise to children who honor their father and mother: they will live long on earth.

So, if there is a deep-seated anger or hatred or bitterness in your heart towards your parents because they failed to live up to your expectations, or they have done you wrong, you better get rid of that feeling if you want to be a recipient of God’s promise.

Moreover, the word of God has the power to convert an ill feeling into something pleasant and beautiful. With God’s help, you can replace the anger that you feel with respect; and your hatred and bitterness, with love. That is very possible to happen because the word of God is capable of altering our thoughts and feelings.

Let me share with you a little story. In the 1980s, I used to be one of the resource persons in the radio program of Mr. Manolo Favis. In one particular broadcast, we were talking about suicide and the people who commit suicide. There I said, “People who commit suicide are stupid! Why will you commit suicide? Why will you put an end to your life when you are not the one who owns it?”

I was unaware that while we were broadcasting, there was one person who turned on his radio just to check the time, and he was able to listen to what I said. He was checking the time because come 10 PM he was going to commit suicide. (It was only about 9 PM then.)

Apparently, he thought of committing suicide because he was also feeling bad about his parents. But when he heard me say that it is stupidity to commit suicide and the people who committed suicide are all stupid, he got enlightened and he decided not to carry out anymore what he planned to do that night.

Later on, that man came to see me personally. He was crying while he was thanking me. He said my statement brought him back to his senses, and had it not been for what he heard from me, he could have ended his life. I was happy deep inside because I saw how the word of God worked in him.

Similarly, the word of God can also work in children who have grudges against their parents. It can make them kindhearted and forgiving sons and daughters. Isn’t it that God also forgives us when we turn back to Him? God forgives all our sins when we repent and submit ourselves to baptism.

ACTS 2:38 (KJV) says,

Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

If God forgives, why can’t you? Remember, God does not sin; He does not commit mistakes; yet He understands and gives considerations to us whenever we commit sins. He forgives us. If God, who does not commit any sin and does not make any mistake, is able to forgive, will it be difficult for you, who sin and make mistakes, to forgive your mother and your father?

MATTHEW 6:14-15 (KJV) says,

14 For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:
15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

When you forgive you will also be forgiven. All the bitterness, all the pain and anguish, and all the things that defile your heart can be cleansed by the word of God.

JOHN 15:3 (KJV) says,

Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.

Those are the words of the Lord Jesus Christ.

JAMES 1:21 (KJV) says,

Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.

Bear in mind, we cannot be with our parents all our lives. When they pass away, it would be then that you will realize how much you love them and how much you want them by your side. And you would wish that you had more time together.

At certain points in my life, I had also wished that my parents were still around. I love my parents very much. My father passed away in the year 2000, and my mother in 2003. During those years, I had so many things to attend to being a leader of a congregation; I had very limited time to spend with them. Until now, I miss both of them, especially when I happened to be in other countries. In my heart, I wished they were with me when I was in Hong Kong, Singapore, the USA, and in other places.

We have no power to turn back the hands of time; therefore, it is best that we make the most out of the time that our parents are still with us.

We only have one set of parents – the man and the woman that God used to bring us forth into this world. Make them feel your love. Doing this does not necessarily require you to spend a single centavo. You can show them your love by being caring and respectful to them at all times. And instead of grudges, let the feeling of appreciation and gratefulness for their unconditional love dwell and prevail in your heart. In addition, you can also show them your love by inviting them to join you in listening to the word of God.

It is good to love your parents; it a commandment of God. Just make sure that your love for them will not exceed your love for God and the Lord Jesus Christ.


Be Prayerful: Christians Pray Without Ceasing

1/18/2020 , 0 Comments

Why Christians Should Pray Without Ceasing

The Bible is teaching us of the rightful time, or instances, when we should pray. For one, we have to pray regularly; God commanded the Christians to pray day and night.

1 THESSALONIANS 5:17 (KJV) says,

Pray without ceasing.

What does that admonition mean? How are we going to pray without ceasing? Does it mean that we will devote all our time in praying, and we will no longer do other things, like working for a living, for instance?

This is how 2 TIMOTHY 1:3 (KJV) explains it:

I thank God, whom I serve from my forefathers with pure conscience, that without ceasing I have remembrance of thee in my prayers night and day;

To pray unceasingly means to pray night and day. Meaning, before going to bed, or when you wake up the next morning, or before you start doing anything that you have to do on a given day, you need to pray first. If you were able to accomplish everything that you need to accomplish, bear in mind that you were able to do it because God helped you. So, it is but proper that you pray to Him, thank Him, before you go to sleep.

The Lord Jesus Christ urged the apostles to always pray, and He showed them what fervent and constant prayers can do through a parable.

LUKE 18:1-7 (KJV) says,

1 And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;
2 Saying, There was a city judge, which feared not God, neither regarded man:
3 And there was a widow in that city; and she came unto him, saying, Avenge me of mine adversary.
4 And he would not for a while: but afterward he said to himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man;
5 Yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.
6 And the Lord said, Hear what the unjust judge saith.
7 And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them?

The Lord Jesus Christ narrated this parable to point out to the apostles that, if the unjust judge yielded to the continual supplication of a widow, all the more that God would listen to the prayers of His people. He said, “And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them?”

It is an established truth in the Bible that Christians pray day and night.

Aside from praying before and after sleeping, there are also other instances that we are supposed to pray. We also have to pray before eating.

1 TIMOTHY 4:4-5 (KJV) says,

4 For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving:
5 For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.

Today, we can eat even the foods that the Israelites had been prohibited from eating like pork, for example. The Israelites had been prohibited from eating so many things, but during the time of the early Christians, the Apostle Paul taught them that, “every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused.”

In our time, in the Christian dispensation, God no longer prohibits us from eating meat. I just wonder why those who practice vegetarianism refuse to eat meat and fish when the Lord Jesus Christ, Himself, ate fish with His apostles when He was still here on earth! Not only the vegetarians, but even other religions in our time prohibit the eating of beef and pork. The word of God says, we can eat meat now. Only, we have to pray before eating. Ask God to bless the food that you are going to eat and practically everything that you are going to ingest.

We also ought to pray in times when we are heavily laden, when we are in a very difficult situation and we have nowhere to go, when we are troubled by so many problems and we do not know anymore what to do. These are the times that we need God’s help; these are the times that we need to pray.

PHILIPPIANS 4:6-7 (KJV) says,

6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

In life, we have our own cares and worries. We worry about so many things – problems, hardships, illnesses, finances, etc. But the word of God is very comforting and very reassuring. We need not worry about anything but by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God which passes all understanding shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

So, each time that you are beleaguered by problems and worries, pray to God. And if you are a servant of God, you ought to pray at any opportune time, in any situation. Always be prayerful.



God Tests His Servants

1/11/2020 0 Comments

Why does God allow suffering

Tests and trials come from God. God tries, or tests, His servants for very good reasons.

DEUTERONOMY 13:3 (KJV) says,

Thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams: for the LORD your God proveth you, to know whether ye love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul.

Tests and trials serve as a gauge for God to see if you are steadfast in your faith, if you are enduring, and if you love Him with all your heart and with all your soul. And once you are proven to be so, you will merit a priceless reward.

If we are to make a comparison, it is just like going to school wherein a teacher first gives his students a thorough discussion of the subject matter. Afterwards, he gives them a test or an examination to find out if they remembered and if they understood what he had taught them. And the result of the test will serve as the teacher’s basis in giving them grades that they deserve.

The same is true with God. He teaches us His words, and after that, He would test us if we understand and if we obey His teachings; He would test us if our faith will remain unmoved even in the midst of adversities and challenges. If we pass His test, we will then earn His trust.

Trust is not easily achieved; it is something that has to be worked for. Isn’t it that, even in an ordinary household, the owners of the house do not readily give their trust to their servant? The servant has to prove first to his masters that he is trustworthy, that he is not a kidnapper or a thief. Because it would be too risky if they would immediately entrust to him their house and their children when his trustworthiness has not been proven yet. But once the servant has proven his honesty and obedience, he eventually earns the trust of his masters.

God, Himself, also tests people; He searches their hearts and probes their minds to see if they are truthful and faithful, or not.

JEREMIAH 17:9-10 (KJV) says,

9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?
10 I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.

And when He finds out that you are faithful, trustworthy, and you have no ill intentions, He will be with you.

After having tried, what does the Bible say?

1 PETER 1:6-7 (KJV) says,

6 Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations:
7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:

According to the Apostle Peter, although tests and trials may sadden us, yet, we should not despair even if they come repeatedly or in succession because, if we are able to overcome all of those, we are partakers in the suffering of our Lord and we will merit honor and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ.

God tries and tests us to see the depth of our faith; He wants to see if we will remain steadfast in our service and obedience to Him. And passing His tests will mean our salvation.

If the students who consistently passed all the tests and examinations given to them by their teachers qualify for graduation; on our part as servants of God, if we will be able to pass the tests that God gives us, if we will be able to prove to Him our faith and obedience to His words, and if we will be able to show Him that we love Him with all our heart and with all our soul, then we will merit the salvation of our soul.

1 PETER 1:8-9 (KJV) says,

8 Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:
9 Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.

After successfully passing the trials and tests, we will receive the ultimate goal of our faith, which is the salvation of our soul. That is why it is very important that we deal with the tests and trials that come in our lives the biblical way.

So, whenever you go through difficult situations, whenever you experience trials, the best thing that you should do is pray. Do not be mad; do not despair. Just pray.

It’s just unfortunate that there are people who, when faced with tests and trials, become wild and violent. And instead of invoking God, they resort to alcohol and drugs. If this will be your attitude, you will never pass the test. And if you fail to pass the test, the consequence is, you will not merit any reward.

But if you want to be rewarded by God, you need to pass His tests and trials. Don’t forget, His reward is the salvation of your soul.



'Missing Years of Jesus Christ Mystery' Solved

1/04/2020 0 Comments

The missing years of Jesus Christ

Some people claim that there seemed to be some missing details in the Bible’s presentation of the life story of the Lord Jesus Christ. According to them, what were only narrated was His birth and the time that He was already preaching, but the events that transpired after His birth until before the start of His ministry were not recounted.

And because of these alleged missing details, some pastors invented silly stories that state that during those times Christ was not in Israel. They said that He went to India and studied yoga there, and after that, He returned to Israel.

Of course, that is a big lie! Christ never left Israel. He was born there; He grew up there; He preached there; He died there; and He resurrected there. That is the full story of the Lord Jesus Christ. The Bible did not miss out any period in the life story of Christ, and never did He leave Israel.

From His birth until He was twelve years old, Jesus Christ was with his foster parents in Nazareth.

LUKE 2:41-51 (KJV) says,

41 Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the feast of the passover.
42 And when he was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem after the custom of the feast.
43 And when they had fulfilled the days, as they returned, the child Jesus tarried behind in Jerusalem; and Joseph and his mother knew not of it.
44 But they, supposing him to have been in the company, went a day’s journey; and they sought him among their kinsfolk and acquaintance.
45 And when they found him not, they turned back again to Jerusalem, seeking him.
46 And it came to pass, that after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions.
47 And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers.
48 And when they saw him, they were amazed: and his mother said unto him, Son, why hast thou thus dealt with us? behold, thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing.
49 And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business?
50 And they understood not the saying which he spake unto them.
51 And went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject unto them: but his mother kept all these sayings in her heart.

The Bible tells us that every year, Joseph and Mary went to Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover. The Jews were commanded to celebrate it in commemoration of their liberation from bondage in Egypt of the time that they experienced God’s salvation and peace.

The word “passover” in English, or pascha or paz in other languages, signifies peace. We have to remember that on the eve before the Israelites left the land of Egypt, the “destroyer” came to every Egyptian household and all their firstborns died. However, it did not enter the household of the Israelites; instead, it just passed over them. Hence, nobody among them died.

Passover implies peace. While there was great lamentation in all of Egypt due to the death of all their firstborns, there was peace in the dwellings of the Israelites because the angel of death or the “destroyer” passed over them.

That was the event that the Jews were commanded to celebrate every year. And for twelve years, Christ was always with His foster parents each time that they went to Jerusalem to celebrate it.

When Christ was twelve years old, there was an incident that happened. Joseph and Mary went to Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover, and when they returned to Nazareth they did not notice right away that the twelve-year-old Jesus was not with them. All the while they were thinking that He was in company with their kinsfolk and acquaintance. When they found out that He was not with them, they went back to Jerusalem and looked for Him for three days until they realized that He was at the temple.

When Mary saw Him, she told Him, “Son, why hast thou thus dealt with us? behold, thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing.” The Lord Jesus Christ answered, “How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business?” Mary and Joseph did not understand what Christ said but verse 51 said, “And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth...” This implies that He joined them back to Nazareth.

It was in Nazareth where Jesus Christ grew up.

LUKE 4:16 (KJV) says,

And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read.

Christ wouldn’t be called a Nazarene if He did not grow up there. When He became a young man, what was Christ doing?

MARK 6:3 (KJV) says,

Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? and are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended at him.

Christ already started preaching. He was called the carpenter because He inherited the craft and occupation of His foster father Joseph, who was a carpenter. The verse also referred to Him as the son of Mary because when He was already preaching, Joseph had already passed away.

LUKE 3:23 (KJV) says,

And Jesus himself began to be about thirty years of age, being (as was supposed) the son of Joseph, which was the son of Heli,

The Lord Jesus Christ was about thirty years of age when He started preaching. This means that from age twelve until He was about thirty years old Christ was in Nazareth.

The Jews knew that He was the son of Joseph, a carpenter. And being a son of a carpenter, they knew also that He never had any education. That was the reason why they marveled at His excellence when they heard Him preaching.

JOHN 7:15 (KJV) says,

And the Jews marveled, saying, How knoweth this man letters, having never learned?

They knew that He was unlearned because they witnessed His life, from His youth until the time that He was already preaching. That is why it is preposterous to believe that He left Israel and went to India, and stayed there for eighteen years, because there were people who witnessed practically His entire life.

The Bible is complete in its account. Christ never left Israel. That was where He stayed; that was where He worked as a carpenter (in Nazareth); that was where He preached. After preaching, He was crucified. When He died, He resurrected after three days; He stayed with the apostles and taught them for forty days and forty nights; after forty days, the apostles witnessed His ascension to heaven. That is the full story of Christ; nothing is missing.

ACTS 1:21-22 (KJV) says,

21 Wherefore of these men which have companied with us all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us,
22 Beginning from the baptism of John, unto that same day that he was taken up from us, must one be ordained to be a witness with us of his resurrection.

Luke had a full understanding of everything that happened; and he never mentioned in his book that the Lord Jesus Christ was at any particular point not in Israel or that He was somewhere else.

LUKE 1:1-3 (KJV) says,

1 Forasmuch as many have taken in hand to set forth in order a declaration of those things which are most surely believed among us,
2 Even as the delivered them unto us, which from the beginning were eyewitnesses, and ministers of the word,
3 It seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write unto thee in order, most excellent Theophilus,

Luke, as an evangelist, conducted a thorough investigation of all things from the very first. That is why his account on the life story of the Lord Jesus Christ is complete and comprehensive, following proper chronology.

His gospel began with his introduction of Saint John the Baptist who, in turn, was the one who introduced Christ. And then he talked about the birth of Christ and where He was born, including the month and year of His birth.

He also recounted how, for twelve years, Christ joined His foster family as they went to Jerusalem yearly to commemorate the Passover; and also, how He worked as a carpenter. And when He was thirty years of age, He was baptized by John the Baptist, and then, He started preaching, etc. And finally, His death, resurrection and ascension to heaven. In other words, what Luke rendered was a complete narration of Christ’s life story. Nothing is missing.

May God bless you!