Aug 18

Unquenchable Fire

The Lord describes the final destination of the wicked as a place of unquenchable fire. This place was created for the devil and his ministers, and also for the reprobate, who know not Christ.

The image of fire is continuously present in the Bible. It is associated with judgment and in the case of hell, it is also eternal.

Many religions try to downplay the fire of Hades, like those who want to preach that God is loving and will never send “good” people to hell. But the Bible is clear to point out the nature and manifestation of the “just judgment of God”.

When the Lord Jesus Christ described the eternal punishment of the reprobate, He said it was a place of darkness, and weeping and gnashing of teeth. He also added that its fire never quenched and its worm never died.

We read in the Revelation of Jesus Christ, which is the last book of the Bible, that the men that are punished by God clenched their teeth at Him because of their torment.

That is the key word: torment. There are several places where this torment is described. The rich man in Luke 16 was tormented in Hades. We also read in Revelation that the wicked, Satan and his ministers will be tormented in hell (lake of fire) forever and ever.

This final punishment is the manifestation of the just judgment of God: His justice and His glory. That is the unquenchable torment of fire. Contrary to those who preach annihilation, hell is forever and its fire shall never quench.

 

Jul 07

Saved from What?

Judging by the way Christianity operates today, we could think that everybody knows that he is saved, and everybody knows what salvation is.

There is a pernicious belief among Christians that all who belong in a church or profess to be “born again” are saved for sure. Many proclaim that “whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved”, meaning that by reciting or “affirming” words, people are automatically saved.

Few ponder about the reality of sin and death, and inquire, “saved from what?”

True Christianity, the one that emanates from the Bible, clearly explains from what we need to be saved. As usual, we always have to start from the beginning.

When Adam fell into sin, he left the human race in complete corruption. Now, we are born in sin, and the wrath of God abides in us. We are subjected to the bondage of sin and death.

“There is no righteous, no, not one. There is none that does good, no, not one. There is none that seeks after God…There is no fear of God before their eyes.” Romans 3

We are all dead in trespasses and sin. We are spiritually dead. We, by nature, are children of wrath.

In this hopeless condition, there is no man on earth who can cry out to God for mercy, because we are all dead. Dead people do not cry out.

The only hope is that God will bestow His Grace upon us, like He did upon Noah, who “found Grace before the Lord” and God saved him and his family from the wrath that He poured upon the ancient world with the flood.

That is what we have to be saved from. We have to be saved from the wrath of God that is to come upon this corrupted world.

That’s why we preach Christ. He is the only hope, because He only can save us from the wrath to come. But, no one can come to Christ unless the Father draws him.

We hope in the Grace of God, that He will reveal Christ, the Saviour,  in us and that He will save us from the wrath of God which is to come.

“And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.” John 3:19

“He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.” John 3:36

 

 

Jul 03

God, the Creator

“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth”… Gen. 1:1

In eternity past, something we can only speculate about, God was.

Then, God decided to create this world, the universe and humankind. He says in Revelation 4:12 that He created all these things for His own pleasure.

God created man. He created man perfect. He created man and woman to rule and have dominion over the rest of His creation. He created the animals and the vegetation of the whole world. God saw that everything He had created was good.

He created good… and He also created evil.

God planned the fall of man with the sole purpose of redeeming a people for Himself. He planned this in eternity and He brought it to fulfillment in time.

There are many today, who deny God’s existence. They believe in unproven theories of the world’s cataclismic beginnings. They don’t know that the Creator laughs at them and He has prepared a place where they will be for eternity lamenting their foolishness: Hades.

God, the Creator, saves His people everyday, but He also damns those who He did not choose to salvation. He is the potter and we are the clay. He makes vessels of honor and vessels of dishonor; vessels of mercy and vessels of wrath.

“Has not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make a vessel unto honor, and another unto dishonor?”  Rom. 9:21

So, what pitiful man should say before the Creator of the universe?

When Job, who was a just man, was justifying himself before God, and God spoke to him and said, “Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth?…”

Job could only respond, “I have heard of you…but know my eyes see you. Therefore I abhor myself and repent in dust and ashes.”  Job 38-42

That’s the reaction of a man who recognizes how helpless he really is. That’s the saving faith attitude that everyone should have…but…all have no faith, because faith is a gift of God, also.

 

 

 

Jun 22

Is The Bible Difficult to Understand?

That’s what priests, pastors, preachers, and even so called theologians tried to make people believe. Satan, of course, has always been behind their endeavour, because he doesn’t want to be known; he wants to advance his fight against Christ and the people of God.

The enemies have succeeded, so far, because very few people go to the Bible with the confidence that they will find the truth. Most people think that they cannot know or interpret the Scriptures on their own. They feel the need to use other books with the interpretaions of men to study the Bible.

The fact is that the Bible interprets itself. God guided His people in the Old Covenant, ancient Israel, and gave them His Word. They were given many details as to God’s plan for the redemption of His people. God laid out His way and work in the eyes of His elect, because He wanted them to know Him and to understand Him as Jeremiah 9:24 clearly states.

The Bible reveals God, the Creator. He is also the Saviour and the Redeemer of His saints. The Bible is not a book for the world, who do not know God. It is not a book of psychology to help you get along with your spouse, or to solve your financial problems. The Bible is the spiritual book given by God so man can know and find the remedy for his spiritual bankruptcy.

The Bible is a spiritual book, only. It is the only book given to humankind by the Living God, that they can see their terrible predicament. Although, the people of God are the only ones who benefit from it.

To those who say and proclaim that the Bible is difficult to understand, I will ask: How many times have you read the Bible? How much of your life do you spend searching the Scriptures with the sole purpose of knowing God and searching for the truth about Him and us?

John 5:39 “Search the Scriptures; for…they testify of me”

Study the Bible and do not fall into the trap of thinking that you cannot understand it. The Spirit of God may guide you and you may find the truth, and the truth shall make you free, indeed.

Jun 03

Who is God?

Every religion has its gods. The world is full of religions and gods. But in the beginning it was not so. There was one God and no religion.

The God of the Bible is the true God, and the only way to know Him is by reading and understanding the Scriptures, because He reveals Himself, to whom He wants, in it.

Many “Christians” have been erroneously taught that the God of the Bible (who btw is not the God of any other religion) looks like a benign, benevolent old man with a long beard sitting down on a throne. That He is calling everybody, inviting them with a soft, crying voice to come to him, and that people can reject him.

People believe that the God of Christianity loves everyone and that He sent Christ to die for the whole world. If this were so, then the whole world would be Christian and saved. However, that is not the case at all.

This picture of God, created by the mind of the wicked (Satan) and his ministers, is false. This is the image of a powerless, pitiful god. He is no different than the mythological gods, which are products of men’s imaginations.

The true God reveals Himself in His Scripture of Truth as an omnipotent, omniscient, and above everything else, holy God. A God who loves His people, but who condemns the unrighteous. A God who saves, but a God who also damns.

God is the Creator. He created man and everything in the universe. He created man with a soul and a spirit, for the purpose of creating a people for Himself. God also determined the fall of men. It was His purpose to reveal Himself in the face of Jesus Christ, and to show His glory in the work of redemption.

God is holy, righteous, and just. He loves His people, but He hates sin and the wicked who practice sin shamelessly. God gave His truth to His people that they would be able to walk in His way. God cleanses, purifies, and sanctifies His people out of the filthiness of this cursed humankind.

God is not like man. God is truth, and light. There is no darkness in Him. He is saving His people from their sins and from death with a powerful, outstretched arm. So, do not imagine God as a little, sweet old guy begging you to come to him. He is not doing that.

God is powerful beyond our comprehension, and when He calls, He will regenerate, He will cleanse, He will give faith, and He will give His people a new heart after His own mind. He equips His people with an armour to fight against sin.

On the other hand, if God does not give you ears to hear, He will damn you for eternity. That’s the terrible truth we should not ignore.

 

 

 

 

 

May 30

Sin is the Big Problem

Sin is a word that most people don’t want to hear today. Today’s Christian Gospel has changed to the point that Christians do not understand the reality and the consequences of sin anymore.

Preachers have told their congregations, “God hates sin, but loves the sinner” and that misinterpretation of God’s Word has corrupted the mind of many (maybe most) into believing that one can live like a thief, adulterer, whore monger, whore, homosexual, murderer, lier, drunker, drug addict, covetous greedy bastard and still be a saved person.

Well, there is something very wrong with that idea. Preachers who teach their congregations that lie are reprobate men, who haven’t been cleansed of their own sin. They profess to be holy but they walk after their own lust.

The truth is that, yes, we all are sinners and we cannot approach our Holy God in our own terms. We all carry the seed of iniquity in our members, and we all have a deceitful and wicked heart. We are all born in transgression and we will all follow the way of sin and death if God didn’t intervine to change us and regenerate us from our wicked sinful way.

Every human being comes into this world with a sinful soul. Separated from the presence of God, without knowledge and without hope. It is like every one of us comes with the mark of the beast on the forehead: 666, which means “human born in sin and enslaved to the beast (Satan)”.

Also, God hates sin and He hates sinners. He loves only the sinners that He regenerates. He changes the heart of those sinners to make them shun away from sin. They become free from sin and do not live any longer in it.

The problem of sin is so grievous that sinners do not see it, because they are blind and cannot see the reality and the horrific consequences of their sin. Sin is sin, and only God’s power can cleanse us from it. All who live and delight in sin are giving proof that they do not know God, and they have not been regenerated by the Holy Spirit. He is the only one who can regenerate our corrupt hearts and make us walk in newness of life, away from sin.

 

May 25

Exceedingly Sinful Sin

Before the fall, man had fellowship with God. Then, man sinned and became stranged from that fellowship. He could no longer appear before God, because God rejected him and cut him off.

Man was left in a terrible predicament. He became spiritually blind and dead. Man has no eyes to see God, or ears to hear God’s Word.

When Christ came as a man, he had the purpose and intention to open the eyes and the ears of His people. Christ’s work was to restore the fellowship between God and man as before the fall. He became the Highway of righteousness leading to the presence of the Living God. There is no other way, Christ is the only, unique and perfect way to God.

Now, humankind still lays in sin and death, but some people are being illuminated by God’s Grace and they come to the understanding of His Word. According to God’s Word, man is born in iniquity and has no hope. He is condemned already. He is lost and in his way to eternal damnation, because that is the condition in which Adam’s sin left humankind.

Only God can restore a soul and save him from sin and death. But, men love darkness rather than light, because their deeds are evil. Men are corrupt in mind and soul. That’s the reason why people do not shun away from sin anymore. Adultery, fornication, fraud, lies, greed, and all other forms of sexual abominations, are even passed by “Christians” as personal choices and “rights” that people have.

The reality is that sin is sin, and it will always be, even when people try to justify themselves and change its name. People can change the name of sin, but for God, who is Holy, sin will destroy humankind. God is the only one who can show us how exceedingly sinful sin really is.

 

May 13

The Reality of Sin

To understand the reality of sin, we must first understand the character of God.

Among all His qualities, God has revealed to His people that He is holy and righteous. He hates sin and sinners, and all kind of wickedness and abominations.

The knowledge of good and evil came to man from the perspective of Satan. Man acquired his own standard of good and evil. He did not understand, and much less liked, God’s standard of good and evil.

The history of ancient Israel gives us a glimpse into the way of God in regards of good and evil. God is good, and He also is love,  and His goodness and love stem from His righteousness, His holiness, and His truth.

In contrast, man is not good. Man, humankind, is spiritually dead; he cannot approach God, because he is sinful, born in iniquity. Man deceives himself by changing the name of sin. For him, sin is not sin anymore. In his imagination, in the thoughts of his wicked heart, man sees himself as “not too bad”, “sick”, and “able to correct himself”. All these are just the lies he believed from Satan. Man learned to be self-righteous.

The reality is that man is lost, in bondage to sin. After the fall, the human race lost the relationship with God. God expelled the man out of his Garden, and prevented him from eating of the tree of life anymore. Man was left with a “deceitful and desperately wicked heart” (Jer. 17:9)

God did all these things because He was going to sent Christ to shed His blood to cleanse a people for Himself. The filthiness of sin was so grievous,  that the only way it could be cleansed was by the blood of Christ.

Ancient Israel, the people chosen by God in the Old Covenant, (they are not the people of God anymore) were not different than the world today. God, before destroying them for their iniquity, warned them through Jeremiah:

“Behold, ye trust in lying words, that cannot profit. Will you steal, murder, and commit adultery, and swear falsely, and burn incense unto Baal, and walk after other gods whom ye know not; and come and stand before me in this house, which is called by my name, and say, We are delivered to do all these abominations?”  Jer. 7:8-10

Self-righteous Hebrews were not much different than self-righteous Christians, and the rest of our present world. So, sin is still sin, and still “the wages of sin is death”.

 

 

May 11

Hell Has Enlarged Herself

1Co 6:18  “Flee fornication. Every sin that a man commits is outside the body; but he who commits fornication sins against his own body.”

The word “fornication” comes from the Greek “porneia”, from where “porno” also is derived, and it means harlotry, whoredom, sexual immorality.

There are 32 verses in the Bible that talk about fornication. At first, it defined the actions of a man and a woman having intercourse outside the covenant of marriage.

God created marriage between a man and a woman in the Garden of Eden. He created them, male and female, and gave them the marriage covenant to be together “’till death did them part”.

After man fell into sin, his marriage blissfulness was broken. Man became a depraved creature, full of wickedness and rebellion against God. He forgot the God who created him and followed after his new master, the devil.

In this condition, the human heart sought new inventions. Sinful and wicked inventions. Man was always seeking something new and different, but far from God. Man broke his marriage covenant and corrupted himself by commiting adultery, and going after strange flesh (homosexuality).

We read in Romans 1:21-32

“Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened…Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools…

Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: … Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.

For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.”

Notice that God says twice, “God gave them up” in this passage. This is the most terrible thing that can happen to men, in addition to death.

That’s the reason why Isaiah prophesied that “hell has enlarged herself, and opened her mouth without measure: and their (men’s) glory, and their multitude, and their pomp, and he that rejoices, shall descend into it.”  (Isa. 5:14)

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May 10

The New Covenant

There are a number of passages in the Bible that talk about covenants. The very first one we read about is the covenant God made with Noah after the flood (Gen. 9)

This was the first time that God mentioned a covenant to a man. It was about not destroying humankind again with a flood as He had done. He gave the rainbow as a token of this covenant. (Gen. 9:9-13)

This covenant with Noah was the first revelation of the convenant that God had already made within the Godhead (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) before the foundation of the world.

God refers to it as the Everlasting Covenant. God, the Father, made a covenant with Christ, the Son, that He would create a people for His glory. He wanted to create a creature who would worship Him and love Him, and delight in His presence.

God wanted to create a creature in His image, with his qualities of holiness and righteousness. In order to make this creature pure as gold, God also created Satan and evil.

God knew that this creature, this human being, was going to fall into the trap of the devil, and was going to sin against Him. That was the part that the Son had to play in His Father’s wondrous epic: He had to become a man, and give His own life in order to redeem this creature. That was the covenant.

Christ, the Son, came to do His Father’s will. He came to shed His blood in propitiation for the sins of His people. He washed His people in His own blood, to justify them before God, to deliver them from the bondage of sin and death, and to make them as pure as gold.

Only the believers in the Lord Jesus Christ can have this knowledge and understanding, and they will be able to discern the work of God, the Almighty.