The Chosen People

The Bible talks about a “chosen people”. God chose these people to be His special people who were called out of the world to follow Him in obedience, reverence and loving submission.

These people started from a man named Abraham. God commanded him to leave the land of his birth and travel far away to a land that would be given to him and his descendants if they would follow and obey God and His precepts.

For four hundred years, these people were slaves in the land of Egypt, but God delivered them from the hand of their oppressors and guided them into Canaan, the promised land.

The descendants of Abraham became a great nation and God himself ruled over them until they decided to put God out and get a king like the other nations that surrounded them who knew not God.

One of these kings was King David to whom God gave the promise that from His descendants there was going to be the King of King with an everlasting Kingdom.

This promised King arrived about a thousand years later in the person of the Lord Jesus Christ. As the promised King, Jesus fulfilled all the prophecies and all the promises given in the Scriptures.

One of those promises was that Abraham was going to be the father of many nations. This happened when the Hebrews rejected Christ and His disciples went to all the other nations to preach the good news of the Messiah. All the chosen from the nations who believed the Gospel would eventually become the Chosen people of God.

So, today, the true Chosen People are the true believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, who is the true Messiah and eternal Life.

The Chosen People of God

The first Christians were Hebrews. The Hebrews were the descendants of Abraham, who was called by God to leave Babylon and follow Him. God took Abraham to the land of Canaan which later became the land of Israel.

As Abraham sojourned in Canaan, God promise him that he would be the Father of meny ntions, but his son Isaac and his grandson Jacob would become a chosen nation before Him if they kept His Laws.

In addition, God promised Abraham that one day his descendants would possess not only the land of Canaan but that they would inherit the whole Earth. This promise was fulfilled to the Hebrews first in the day of Pentecost, after the ascension of Christ.

From then on, the Hebrew believers began to proclaim that Christ was the promised Messiah and to teach of the resurrection and eternal life. God fulfilled His promise to the Hebrews in Pentecost and the Gentiles started listening about Christ and His work for the first time.

But, after that glorious event, the world of the chosen began to change. There was no more temple, no more old rituals, no more sacrifices. God was all in all through the redemptive work of Christ. There were no more Hebrews, no more Gentiles, no more divisions, but now all the world was allowed to learn the Good News of Salvation, and the believers were not only Hebrews but chosen people from all the nations of the world.

So, the Bible tells us the history of how the Hebrews were chosen by God in the Old Covenant and how they were entrusted to open the door to all nations of the world that they could also learn the about the Promise and how they also were part of it. They were chosen, before the foundation of the world, to bring the Good News of Salvation to the whole world.

Today, the Chosen people of God are the believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, who love Him sincerely and who bring the good news of Salvation to the world.

What denomination represents the true Church of Christ?

There are around two thousand Christian denominations in the United States alone. They all use the Bible, they sing the same songs and they are very similar in the liturgy. But, are they faithful representatives of the true church of Christ?

Even though, all of these churches have a gospel, how are we certain that what they preach is the true Gospel of Christ? Do they all agree in faith and doctrine? Are all consistent with the true teachings of the Bible?

Unfortunately, the reality is that these are all independent denominations. They may have the Bible, but their gospel is different from one church to another. This fact should be of great concern for all the people involved. Is anyone questioning why are they part of this or that church?

That’s what most people are failing to do. Isn’t that one of the most important warnings given to God’s people? to test the spirits if they are of God? How do we test or prove the spirits? How do we know what is truth and what is a lie? How do we assure ourselves if these churches are preaching the true Gospel?

We have the answer to all of these questions in the Bible, the Word of the Living God! We can only test the spirits when we have knowledge of the Bible. When we read it and know its content. A closed Bible in the bookshelf will not teach us anything. 

Once we start reading and studying the Bible, we will know if what the churches teach agree with what God says in His Word. There is no other way. If we are truly interested in knowing the Truth of God, we should read the Scriptures faithfully. We will find the answer. 

All these denominations may have the appearance of godliness, but if we are in search of truth, we will realize that the center of these churches is not Christ. They have other purposes that appear noble (taking care of the poor, comfort for the afflicted, etc) but knowing Christ and ourselves is not their main purpose. 

We have to examine ourselves and be certain that we walk in the Light of the Gospel, the true Gospel of Christ; He already revealed it to us in the Bible. We should study it and know the Truth that we may be able to test the spirits in all of these churches with different names, and make sure we are not being deceived and that the Spirit of Christ really dwells there.

Is Christmas Christian?

The answer is: No. It is not. The proof is in all the history behind it. This history is available to anyone who is interested in knowing the origins of this empty ritual that many “Christian” churches celebrate today to the gratification of the world’s economy.

This secular history indicates that the celebration of Christmas was foreign to the first Christians. It was not until the third century when Constantin made Christianity (a pseudo-Christianity of his own making) the official religion of the Roman Empire, that this ritual was introduced in the churches of the time.

The Bible does not allow for celebrations of Christ’s birth. There is no one place in God’s Word where the birthday of any saint was celebrated. We find wedding feasts and dedications of temples and houses, like in Psalm 30, but there is no mention of anyone’s birthday with the exception of the wicked, pagan King Herod in Mark 6:21, where we learn of the demised of John the Baptist.

In the book of Ecclesiastes 7:1 says, “A good name is better than precious ointment; and the day of death than the day of one’s birth.” In other words, the day of birth is not better, because we all are born into this kingdom of darkness and into an evil world ruled by evil men.

Christmas celebrations belong in the evil world we have to live in. It is, and since 1870 always has been, a commercial holiday with the sole purpose of enticing the ignorant masses to worship the king of darkness: Satan. It is so unfortunate that today’s Christian kids are not taught to separate from the world. On the contrary, they are deceived by “well-intentioned” parents to believe in idols like Santa and elves that appear and disappear and to accept these behaviors as innocuous.

God does not look on this with indifference as many “Christians” pretend. He very clearly states that if we love the world, the Love of the Father is not in us. If we are friends of the world and the worldly system of religion, we make ourselves enemies of the True God. We cannot serve two masters.

Christmas is a worldly holiday as all other religious holidays are. Christmas was born out of the heart of wicked, evil men devoid of the Spirit of God. They made it a tradition within the so-called Christian churches, but God also warns His people about it, “Full well you reject the commandment of God, that you may keep your own tradition.” Mark 7:9. Judge yourselves if it is lawful to obey men rather than God.

In conclusion, Christmas is NOT Christian. We are not called to be part of the world, but to separate from it, and we should teach our children to do so. We worship the Lord in Spirit and in Truth. There is no room for decorations, rituals, and gifts in our worship. Our worship is a sacrifice that honors and gives thanks to God. As Hebrews 13:15 reminds us, “By him, therefore, let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.”

The Christian Church (part 2)

If the Church of Christ is not divided, if the Church of Christ is only One, Why are there so many churches? The answer is simple: every “church” has come out of the heart of man. Men – most of them non-believers – have created and established their own churches. They have created their own rules and regulations to organize their congregations.

That is why we have so many different Christian churches. Some practice “ordinances”; others call it “sacraments”; some view the atonement as particular; most see it as universal; some call themselves Bible believers; others do not care about the Truth of the Bible.

We could spend a lifetime describing all these different church practices and beliefs, but it would be easier to see what all of these churches have in common – and it is not the Gospel, they all collect mandatory offerings and tithes and the most “powerful” sermon of the year is stressing the “importance” of these collections. This should be a good warning to us to discern if those who practice this are a true church of God.

As believers, we have the responsibility to search and know that if the church we are part of is a true church of God or if it has been formed by the “inspiration” of men instead of the Holy Spirit.

How do we check and be sure the church we belong to is a true church of God? God gives us the answer: “Try the spirits whether they are of God…” (1John 4:1) We try the spirits with the Truth of the Word of God. As believers, we should be able to discern the Truth from the lie. How can we know we are saved or are we deceiving ourselves? This is crucial to know. Are we walking with Christ or are we walking in one of the thousand false ways of the world? Is the church we belong to a true church of God? Do they preach the True Gospel?

In order to answer these questions, every believer should have a working knowledge of the Truth of the Scripture. Among these Truths regarding the church, we can name a few: Christ said, “Where two or three are gathered together in my name, I am there in the midst of them.” (Matthew 18:20) Also, “You are the temple of God” (1Cor. 6:19) Also, Revelation 21:22 speaks about a glorious future with NO temple. With these statements, Christ is dismissing the idea that we need a particular kind of building or place to congregate and become a “church”.

The grand Jewish temple was yet standing when Christ and Paul uttered those words and they were signaling to the destruction of that temple (Matthew 24) and the opening of the very “throne of Grace” (Hebrews 4:16) where the believers can enter boldly to obtain mercy and grace in the time of need. Now, all true believers, have access to the very Throne of God through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

Then, as we test the spirits with God’s Word – our precious Spiritual Sword – we must realize that if Christ is with us in Spirit and in Truth (John 4:23) if we are called to worship God in Spirit and in Truth (John 4:24) if He is in our midst when two of us (husband and wife; one family) are gathered in His Name, if our bodies are the temple of God, and if we are allowed to come boldly to the Throne of Grace, then we really do not need a cathedral, or chapel, or sanctuary, or any tangible building to come before the very presence of the Living God.

The true believers in the Lord Jesus Christ are in continuous communion with God, anywhere and everywhere; no need of building, no need of offerings, no need of holidays, because WE are the true church of God.

 

The Christian Church

Many people call themselves Christians in our world today. People who go to church, pray publicly, sing a lot, get baptized, and give offerings or pay dues to belong in the church community of their choice. They have been taught that is the way to God. But, Is it?

There are more than sixteen hundred kinds of “Christian” churches in the United States alone. One has to ask, Which one is the right one? They all are very similar in practice, and they all use the Bible in some way, but which one is the right one? Are they all telling the Truth?

One thing is for sure, not all of these churches know or follow the Bible. They have rituals and outward practices that may appear pious but most of them have no regard for the truth of the Scriptures. Biblical doctrine is ignored, changed, and unimportant.

What does Christ and His Word teach about the church? Are all of these churches real Christian churches? We need to examine this in the light of the Scriptures if we want to know the way of truth. It is very important to be sure of the path we take because it is a matter of life and death; eternal life and eternal death.

The Bible teaches that there is only one way to God: the Lord Jesus Christ. He is the Way. Regarding His Church the Bible also says, Is Christ divided? Did Christ come to create different churches? Of course not! There is only One true church. But, which one?

The first thing we need to learn is that Christ created the church. He built it and declared that “the gates of hell shall not prevail against it”. This is of great significance and it is imperative to understand what Christ meant as He was preparing His church to face this present evil world.

The church is a spiritual body in communion with the Lord Jesus Christ.

(To be continued)

 

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Christ is Coming Again

The so called Christian world of our days is preoccupied about Christ’s second coming. Unfortunately, the majority of “Christians” have no idea of what God really says about it. Most believe the lie that pastors and false teachers tell them, especially from the popular, false system called ‘Dispensationalism’.

When the disciples asked the Lord, “What shall be the sign of thy coming and of the end of the world?” in Matthew 24:3, Jesus unequivocally answered, “Take heed that no man deceive you”. He reiterates that warning against deception three more times in verses 5, 11, and 24. Christ warned His people against the great deception that would prosper in the religious world before His second coming.

We only need to look around and realize how many different doctrines prevail today regarding Christ’s second coming. In every generation a false teacher arises claiming that Christ will be coming at a specific date that they have “calculated” and they draw big crowds into their deception. These are masters of deception that if it were possible, they would be able to deceive even the very elect – “if it were possible”.

The Gospel that most people hear nowadays is false. Very few are concerned or interested in going to the Scriptures and search what God truly says regarding sin, salvation, Christ’s coming and eternal damnation. Let’s see what the Scriptures say:

The first thing that Christ says about His second coming is that “of that day and hour knoweth no man”. This should be sufficient to disqualified anyone claiming that Christ is coming on such and such a date. Still, many fall for this deception. They do not believe the Scriptures but prefer to believe the lie.

Also, many so called “christians” see nothing wrong with sin. They have followed the way of “this present evil world”. This is the kingdom of Satan, and sin and deception prevail. We all are born in sin and in iniquity we are formed and come to this world in a lost state. Christians today seem not to believe the reality of sin. Most are conformed to this world and want to believe that sin is not exceedingly sinful as the Scriptures say.

Only the Lord Jesus Christ can deliver us from the bondage of Satan and sin. But we need to know the Truth about it. No one can “accept” Christ or “invite” Him into their hearts because we are all spiritually dead in sin. That is a terrible indictment. The first thing the sinner has to do is recognize his hopeless state and his urgent need of a Savior, and that the only Savior is the Lord Jesus Christ.

Christ is coming again, and His reward is with Him. People should be very concerned about their eternal destiny. Instead of being preoccupied for the “signs” of His coming, we should be assured that we are saved. Am I walking in the Spirit with Christ? Do I have the faith of Christ? When Christ comes, will He receive me with His elect? These questions are the most important to ask ourselves, and we find the answers in the Scriptures of Truth.

Be watchful because Christ is returning at a time when the many will not expect, but occupy yourself with making sure of your election and your salvation with fear and trembling. That is the priority.

Beware of false teachers and false teachings!

 

In Everything Give Thanks

Eph_5:20 Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Thanks should be given to God the Father in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, because that is His will.

Col_1:12 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:

He chose us and made us partakers of the inheritance of the Saints in light. Even when we did nothing to deserve it.

1Th_5:18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

That is why we give thanks first and foremost for our salvation, and for giving us the wonderful gift of Faith.

Heb_13:15 By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.

That is our living sacrifice. Jesus Christ the Lamb of God crucified on behalf of His people, sacrificed once for all, that we could come boldly to the throne of grace and offer our sacrifice of Thanksgiving.

2Th_2:13 But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth.

Amen!

Common Grace and the Free Offer

There is a big problem with the preaching of the Gospel today. Thanks to people like Billy Graham, most church goers have been lead to believe that God loves everybody, every single human being who walks on this planet.

Christian churches have used one single verse from the Bible, John 3:16, to support this idea. The preachers and teachers in most churches make a strong emphasis on the words, “For God so loved the world”, almost dismissing the rest of the clause, “all who believe in Christ”.

Others question the idea of a God who loves everyone by saying, “If God loves the world, why there is so much evil?”

The difficulty arises from the fact that most people do not know the truth about God and mostly about us. We need to know God’s Word and learn what He says, first. We can find the answers in His Word.

God, who created the heavens and the Earth, and who made man with His own hands, is Spirit. He declares who He is: Holy, Righteous, Inhabits unapproachable Light. He designed and created a world and universe for His own pleasure and glory. His idea was to create a Kingdom on Earth with people that will honor, obey and love Him.

 

 

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