YOU MUST BE BORN AGAIN

Joh 3:1  There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: 
Joh 3:2  The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him. 
Joh 3:3  Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. 
Joh 3:4  Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born? 
Joh 3:5  Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. 
Joh 3:6  That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 
Joh 3:7  Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. 
Joh 3:8  The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit. 
Joh 3:9  Nicodemus answered and said unto him, How can these things be? 
Joh 3:10  Jesus answered and said unto him, Art thou a master of Israel, and knowest not these things? 
Joh 3:11  Verily, verily, I say unto thee, We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen; and ye receive not our witness. 
Joh 3:12  If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things? 
Joh 3:13  And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven. 
Joh 3:14  And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: 
Joh 3:15  That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. 
For God So Loved the World

The Holy City

The endless war in the Middle East has as an excuse the giving of that land to the Jews by God. Nothing further from the truth. The Old Covenant was made with the ancient Hebrews but the New Covenant includes people from every nation, kindred, and tongue.

False Christianity has deceived the majority of churches that support these fake jews of our days.

Preaching Christ

Many churches today think that Matthew 28:28 is relevant and important to their faith. It is true that God commanded his people to go throughout the world to preach the Gospel. The only problem with this is that in their haste to go and preach little attention is given to the message.

What is to preach the goods news of salvation? Is it a mixed message of feeling-good techniques, or a psychological way to get out of depression, etc? Most messages in a majority of churches have been made to please the hearers and to enlarge the preachers’ coffers. Is this to preach Christ?

Today’s most popular message is “Jesus loves you”, but not even Christ preached those words. Christ never went around telling people that He loved them. On the contrary, His very first words were “Repent”.

All of us need salvation from the wrath of God and from death. That is the reality of our human condition. We have sinned and are far away from God. In order to live, we need to know God. We need to know the truth of the Gospel. God sent His Son Jesus Christ to be the propitiation for our sins.

The message of the Gospel was “Repent and believe the Gospel” and the message has not changed. It is the same today, Go to all nations and preach the Gospel, Repent and believe.

The Reality of Sin

“The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked”

Jeremiah 17:9.

The “heart of Man”; what is the meaning of this phrase “the heart of man”?

Many believe that “THE HEART” conveys the vital source of one’s emotions and feelings over against “THE HEAD” or the intellectual processes. However, this definition of “the heart” is discordant with the biblical definition as in this verse in the book of Jeremiah – “The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked…”

According to many other places in the Scriptures, the heart represents the core nature of one’s life. The heart is the center or focus of all his or her desires, motives, and moral choices.

We all should know and understand the truth concerning Mankind as it suffered the terrible consequences of the Sin and Fall of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden; that is, the imputation of the sin of Adam and the condemnation of God upon the whole Human Race. We read in God’s Word – “by the offence of one (i.e. Adam’s) judgment came upon all men to condemnation” (Romans 5:18A)

“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”, we read in Romans 3:23. And also, we read in Romans 3:10-12 “As it is written, There is no righteous, no, not one: There is none that understands, there is none that seeks after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that does good, no, not one.”

The “Heart of Man” is deceitful and desperately wicked, this is the reality of the darkness and wickedness of Man’s HEART, as there is no light in him (i.e., Mankind) as GOD is Light. Jesus said in the Gospel of John – “And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil. For everyone that does evil hates the light, neither comes to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.” John 3:19-20

Before God destroyed the ancient world with a great flood during the days of Noah, what did God say in the Book of Genesis concerning “The HEART of Man”? – 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” Genesis 6:5

Jesus Christ again also described to us in His Word concerning the nature of the depraved heart of man in the Gospel of Mark, “For from within, out of the HEART of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: All these evil things come from within, and defile the man” Mark 7:21-23

The Nature of Man is totally corrupted and depraved toward God as Mankind effortlessly is deceived and deluded, as they walk in the vanity of their mind, as their understanding is darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness and the hardness of their heart; and by no process of their religion and morality (the works and merits of man), philosophy, psychology, education or culture can he be refined and made fit for the Kingdom of God.

The reality of the imputation of Adam’s sin upon the whole Human Race is that “all have sinned and come short of the glory of God”; and all are spiritually dead (Ephesians 2:1) with respect to God, in their sins and trespasses. “We are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags, and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away. And there is none that calls upon thy Name, that stirreth up himself to take hold of thee: for thou hast hid thy face from us and hath consumed us because of our iniquities” Isaiah 64:6-7

THE GLORY AND THE POWER OF JEHOVAH GOD IN THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST

“For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish, foolishness; but unto us which are saved, it is the power of God” 1Corinthians 1:18

The Gospel is the revelation of God’s power to save His Elect from their sins (Ephesians 1:3-7) as it is given to Mankind as – THE WORD OF GOD. The preaching of the True Gospel leaves sinners with no hope of salvation but that, which is found ONLY in the Person and accomplished work of Christ. We read this in 2 Corinthians 4:5-7, “For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.”

The Natural Man who is spiritually dead to the things of God and walking in darkness cannot accept and receive the True Gospel proclaimed unto them, for the Truth is “foolishness” unto them. Natural Man in his religious pride and self-righteousness believes with all sincerity, (because it seems right to him- Proverbs 14:12) that there are things they can bring about or work out to please God in meriting forgiveness of sins and to rid their hearts of guilt. “The Lord looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God. They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that does good, no, not one” Psalm 14:2-3

Therefore, with Man it is impossible but with God, all things are possible, that is, it is Jehova God who justifies the ungodly by His work and power of regeneration and granting unto his Elect-People repentance from dead works and idolatry and granting unto them faith to believe in the Person and perfect work of Jesus Christ who satisfied the demands of God’s Holy Law on behalf of His People, thereby imputing Christ’s Righteousness unto them. Jesus said in the Gospel of John, “you must be born of God” (John 1:12-13; John 3:3-5) i.e., you must be regenerated, you must be given by God a new Heart, a new Spirit, created anew as a NEW CREATION in CHRIST JESUS (2 Corinthians 5:17). This is the power of God in the preaching of the Gospel, this is the Glory of the Knowledge and Wisdom of God in the Person and Work of Jesus Christ.

“A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments and do them.” Ezekiel 36:26-27

“For He has made Him (Christ) to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.” 2 Corinthians 5:21

The True Gospel reveals that as its foundation, it is based solely upon the true merits of Jesus Christ – “who knew no sin”. Jesus Christ is the Eternal God who would become incarnate according to the Scripture (Isaiah 9:6), who would obey the Law of God perfectly according to the Scripture (Isaiah 42:4), who would as our substitute give His life as the spot-less Passover Lamb to atone for the sins of His Elect-People according to God’s Everlasting Covenant (Isaiah 53:10); “Now the God of Peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that Great Shepherd of the sheep, through the Blood of the Everlasting Covenant, make you perfect in every good work to do His will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever, Amen.” Hebrews 13:20-21

Christ was born for the sole purpose of Jehova God to “save His people from their sins” – the sins of His Elect-People would be imputed unto Christ – “who knew no sin” – became sin for us. “For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures” 1 Corinthians 15:3-4. It is in Jesus Christ that we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His Grace. Ephesians 1:7

It was Jesus Christ the Righteous who was delivered to God as an offering for our offenses and was raised again for our justification (Romans 4:25). It is in our souls that we as true-believers are raised with Christ as He was raised victoriously from the dead, that is, we have experienced the resurrection, the new birth, even so, we walk in newness of life in Christ Jesus, holy, blameless and irreproachable in the Sight of Almighty God. “There is therefore now no condemnation to them who are in Christ Jesus” Romans 8:1

This is the remedy for the awful predicament of Man, that is, that God commands all to “repent and believe the Gospel” (Acts 17:30; Mark 1:15). God demands that we all must turn from our idolatry and dead works. That is, repent from ever believing that salvation is conditioned on the sinner, by whatever we think we can do or must do. Salvation is not based on what man can do or must do, but it is based on what Christ did, even from before the foundation of the world. Therefore, God commands that we believe the Gospel and trust in “the Righteousness of Christ”, the Righteousness which of GOD by faith. For it is God alone who can save His people by His power according to the Covenant of Grace. He alone must change and prepare their hearts and cause their ears to hear the True Gospel. It is God alone who must change their wicked and deceitful hearts and give them a new heart (Regeneration), and give them His Holy Spirit (Baptism of the Holy Spirit), so that they may believe the Truth by faith, for in this Gospel the Righteousness of God is revealed. The Righteousness of God through the faith of Jesus Christ (Romans 1:16-17; 3:22). As Jesus said in the Gospel, “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” John 14:6. This Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ is the Power and Glory of God manifested unto us in the Person and work of Jesus Christ; it is the Power of God unto salvation to everyone that believes. He alone, to whom must be given the Honor and Glory forever, and ever. Amen.

The Old Covenant

God gave the Old Covenant to ancient Israelites by the hand of Moses. This Old Covenant consisted of multiple laws -including the ten commandments- that all Israel had to follow under penalty of death.

According to Christ, God gave the Old Covenant to the Hebrews of old because of their transgression and their rebellion. They were never able to keep the laws of the Old Covenant. The priests did not help the people to follow in righteousness.

God send them prophets to rebuke, warn and admonish them of their evil ways, but they did not listen. They killed their prophets and stoned those God sent to them, and they never listened.

The Old Covenant was a covenant written on stone and the people who were supposed to keep it, broke it constantly. Until, the Messiah, the One Appointed to fulfill the Old Covenant and to redeem the ones under its heavy weight, came.

That was the Lord Jesus Christ, the Messenger of the Covenant. He fulfilled the Law in all its commandments. He abolish death and brought immortality to life as He banished the Old Covenant nailing it to His Cross.

Christ fulfilled and abolished the Old Covenant, that He could establish the New. Now, the believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, are under the New Covenant. Christ made ALL things New. Now, we can be regenerated by the Power of the Holy Spirit. We are New people walking with Christ in the New Covenant.

Ancient Israel

There are many Christians today who believe that that nation in the Middle East called Israel, that was founded by the English Zionists in 1948 is the legitimate nation of the descendants from Ancient Israel.

These people in the Middle East who moved there after WWII and occupied Palestine, did so proclaiming their ancestry as coming from Ancient Hebrews. They use the Bible to assert their “right” to live in Palestine claiming that God gave them the land. But is it true?

What does the bible say?

Women of Christ

There are many women mentioned in the Bible. Women who served God with all their hearts. They were godly women whose focus was to please the Lord in all they did. How were they able to do it?

Today, there there are many Christian women who don’t follow Christ. They are deceived by the lies of the world. Most Christian women in our sad days keep their focus on the achievements of the material lives. They have very little thought or not thought at all on the things from above, the things pertaining to God. Today, sadly, many women who call themselves Christians do not resemble the image of Christ. They are not true women of Christ.

Life

I was born into a family of ten children. I was the third one. In my position, I was able to witness the arrival of many beautiful babies that I loved and protected as if they were mine. It was a blessed life.

I was eighteen-years-old when the last of my siblings was born in 1970. At that time, there were eight children under 12 at home. My home was good enough for all of us (my father had built us a house) and even though we were poor, we had food, we had shelter and we had God. We had a good life.

I was on my mother’s side as a young teenager every time she was pregnant, but I never realized it because she was extremely discreet and being a little “chubby” she was able to conceal it. She would not say anything, except to my father I guess, but the rest of us will learn of the new arrival just the day she left for the delivery at the hospital. Sometimes, it could be a strange life.

I only knew of my last brother’s birth a few months before. My mother was in a little distress; she was feeling a little overwhelmed with so many children already and that’s how I learned that she was expecting again. And I say a little because my mother never exaggerated. I think she was tired and not too happy. She had a busy life.

My father was a responsible man as I have never met one. He worked and provided for all of us. He built our house with the help of his brothers and was always looking for ways to improve our lives. I think my father was just perfect. Everything he created with his hands (from a wooden box to a house and everything in between) was a work of art. And yes, my father was a Christian who knew the Bible and worshipped the Lord Jesus Christ. We had a safe life.

In all our distresses as a large family, I will never forget the face of my father every time a new baby came home. His face will illuminate with a glow from heaven when he saw his children for the first time. He was the happiest man on Earth. It was like if that eighth, or ninth, or tenth child was the first, the only one, to him. I believe that all the sadness and fears of my mother during her pregnancies, dissipated at the very moment her husband saw his new-borns because his face was a diamond to behold. It was a wonderful life.

At first, as I was growing up, I did not understand why my father was so happy, but through the years (almost every year) I started sharing in that joy and felt the love that surrounded us from birth. It is a vivid memory planted in my heart forever. It gives me life.

As time went by, I started questioning the wisdom of having large families, mainly because I was reading about new things available to women to avoid pregnancy. It was the time of the creation of pill contraceptives. I remember my reaction when the doctor who created this pill asserted that if he were a woman he would never take it. It was horrifying to me.

I even questioned the wisdom of my father, How could a man with so many children be so happy for one more? People around were looking at us like freaks in a circus. Women were told to avoid pregnancy and eventually to abort the fruit of their womb. And men did not care anymore. Life in the world became despicable and terrifying.

I became a teacher, got married and never got pregnant. I remember one day, early in my marriage, something came to me that made me feel extremely desirous of having a child. It was like deep in my heart I yearned for a child. I cried, I prayed (because I also know the Bible and worship the Lord Jesus Christ) but nothing happened. I never had a child of my own. I just thanked God and accepted my life.

Today, I have a new life. I am a 66-year-old widow witnessing the life of this world crumbling around. Children do not bring joy anymore to our society. There are mediocre leaders laughing, cheering and applauding at the prospect of killing children legally. These mediocre leaders only live to care about money, power and the destruction of the rest of us. They have chosen death. They have no life.

And I wonder, How can a mother-to-be destroy her own child? How can a man be so irresponsible to allow his child to be destroyed? How can people who seem to be intelligent get caught in the lies of the wicked and be able to destroy their own flesh? There are answers to these questions in the light of God, and everyone is encouraged to find them. These are the matters of life.

For now, just a word to the men and women who have allowed strangers to lead them in the way of destruction: change and choose life. Stop paying attention to the hypnotizing voices of the evil enchanters. Take a grip on your life. Turn around and start thinking for yourself. Seek and find the true life.

Men and women should understand that promiscuity and sexual gratification alone do not lead to happiness. It leads to pain, destruction, and regret. God commands His children to keep pure, to do good and to walk in the way of righteousness. Abortion and the killing of new-borns is evil, it is the way of death.

I know it is by the Grace of God that we are what we are, but God says that even the wild beasts care for their offspring. How much more humans should? It is a sad hour for our communities when many young men and women love the pleasures of the flesh before the safety of marriage and a home. They have not learned to nurture their lives.

As a child, I was blessed with a home where there were love, peace, and safety for each and every child God sent to it. A home with a man and a woman who cherished their children as gifts from God, each one different and unique but welcomed all the same. A home with no excess (and a few times scarcity) but we all were greeted at birth with exceeding joy. All of us have hidden within our hearts that joy shining on my father’s face as he smiled at us when we arrived into the world. That is life.

Soul Fitness

Nowadays, fitness is not only a multi-billion dollar business but almost at every corner, every day, we encounter new fitness and health professionals able to guide us through the intricate roads of losing weight, bat wings and love handles.

The amazing thing I find, is that each and everyone of these fitness “gurus” has a “spiritual” component in his system. Most of them, add ‘meditation’ to their programs. This ‘meditation’ translates into steps that people take to concentrate mostly in breathing. Although, it can be part of the specific exercise routine itself.

We realized that most of these gurus have a religion that has nothing to do with Christianity, which is my faith and (I want to believe) that of many American women like me. They resemble more the mystical religions of different peoples around the world, and they have incorporated these “meditation” practices as an essential part for the effectiveness of their programs.

I started questioning and wondering about this; can we as Christians participate in this kind of programs? I just remembered one of my favorite verses, “For bodily exercise profits little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.”

We as Christians should not be part of “meditations” that may take our minds away from our God and the Lord Jesus Christ, but I do not see anything wrong with exercise, and God neither.

It is important to exercise to keep healthy and able to work and do things in our body but it is much more beneficial to exercise ourselves for godliness. At least, God the Creator has given us all things that pertain to life and also to godliness.

Why do we want to engage in an exercise program that will take us on a strange road when we have everything in our favor to live a healthy life and in addition, to rest assured that our souls are also fit for heaven?

We know that the old adage of “you are what you eat” is true; and we can learn that “we are what we think” may be also a reality. Christ says, “where your treasure is, there is your heart (mind) also”. We know that we need whole food to nourish our bodies, likewise we need healthy doctrine (teachings) to nurture our souls.

Remember, “A sound mind in a sound body”? It actually starts with the mind. If we feed our minds the most nutritious food the body will feel the benefits too. As we cannot expect to live healthily by eating junk food, our minds cannot be sound when we have no knowledge of the True God and His Word, the Bible.

I know that many do not believe in the God of the Bible, but that is irrelevant. He talks to His children and they will hear. God, in Jesus Christ, gave us all things for his children to enjoy and to take care of our minds and bodies. He gives us our daily helathy bread at our tables, and the bread of life for our souls in His Word.

The fitness gurus of the world want to glue together their private “spirituality” with the health of our God-created bodies, when we already (if we are true believers) have the Spirit of the Living God dwelling in us to help us meditate in the wonderful works of our God and Savior Jesus Christ.

We should meditate every day, but not to control our breathing or to gain muscle mass but to grow in the knowledge of our God in His Word. We should “exercise ourselves rather unto godliness.”¬†

The Christian Church (Last Part)

When Christ ascended to be with the Father after His resurrection, the Church was left like a widow. In Luke 18:1 we can read the parable of the unjust judge, who did not fear God, neither regarded men.

Christ taught this parable to teach His people that it was necessary to always pray without fainting. The church was left in a condition that requires of her to constantly abide in God’s presence with prayer and supplications.

In Revelation 12, Christ describes the struggle that His Church was going to face until His coming again for her. The Church was given place in the wilderness where she is nurtured and protected until the Bridegroom comes to take her out of this present evil world.

The church of Christ, the company of all true believers in the world, live in constant prayer and supplication before the Creator who will keep them from falling and will avenge them speedily, even when He bears long with them.

We have to pray without ceasing. We have to deny ourselves and retract ourselves from the ways of the world, that we can be ready and alert looking for the blessed hope and the glorious appearing of our great God and our Lord Jesus Christ.