Glory of God

“Whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” (1 Cor 10:31).

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” (Jer 29:11)

The glory of God in your life is that you run a good race on earth, return to heaven where you came from, and remain with Him forever.

Therefore, I say to you whatever you do in this life should be done to enhance your chances of qualifying to participate in the rapture of the church of Jesus Christ. Rapture delimits eternal destination. Church rapture is better than the rapture of tribulation martyrs.

To be raptured dead or alive is the highest hope of attaining what was written about you in the Lamb’s Book of Life in heaven. Every believer in Christ Jesus has an expected end, which can be attained by striving to enter heaven through the narrow path with a strait gate.

Entry into heaven is by grace. Attainment of expected end is by works. Both are important.

FATHERHOOD OF GOD

There are two kingdoms on earth with two fathers. The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is the Father of Jesus and His brethren.

In John 20:17 Jesus said to her, “Do not cling to Me, for I have not yet ascended to My Father; but go to My brethren and say to them, ‘I am ascending to My Father and your Father, and to My God and your God.'”

Satan is the god of this world and he has children. “You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it.” (John 8:44)

Christians in a denominational setting who ascribe fatherhood to their General Overseer cannot at the same time claim to be children of God. It is unbiblical for God has said: “I am the LORD, that is My name; and My glory I will not give to another, nor My praise to carved images.” (Isa 42:8)

Nothing on earth including air is free. Your salvation was bought by God from the slave market of sin at an inestimable and irredeemable price. You cannot be a child of God and a child of the devil at the same time. Also you cannot be a child of God and the child of another man contemporaneously. It’s a form of idolatry.

“So you should not be like cowering, fearful slaves. You should behave instead like God’s very own children, adopted into his family—calling him “Father, dear Father. For his Holy Spirit speaks to us deep in our hearts and tells us that we are God’s children. And since we are his children, we will share his treasures—for everything God gives to his Son, Christ, is ours, too. But if we are to share his glory, we must also share his suffering.” (Rom 8:15-17)

Fatherhood carries with it glory. “Children’s children are the crown of old men, and the glory of children is their father. (Prov 17:6). The concept of ‘father-in-the-Lord’ was neither taught by Christ nor the twelve Apostles. Rather, it is one of the deeds of the Nicolaitans that Jesus hates. Stop it.

 

SONS OF MEN

Adam was a son of God. He was created in the image of God.

Cain was born in the image of fallen Adam, so are all of Adam’s descendants. Hence Jesus said that one born in the image of fallen Adam must be reborn in the image of the Second Adam Jesus Christ to become a son of God.

Sons of men need to be transformed by the renewing of the mind with the Word of God to become sons of God.

 

EIGHT_WAY TEST ON MEDITATION

EIGHT_WAY TEST ON MEDITATION

What you think determines what is in your heart. What is in your heart determines what you say.  What you say determines who you are and who you are determines your final destination, which can be heaven or the lake of fire.

As a minister of the gospel of Christ, what you tell your congregation shapes their thought-pattern.  You can send members of your congregation to heaven or to hell depending on what you feed their hearts and minds with.  That is why the Bible says: “My brethren, let not many of you become teachers, knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgment. For we all stumble in many things. If anyone does not stumble in word, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle the whole body.” (Jam 3:1-2 NKJV)

Submitting yourself to God is not merely accepting the substitutionary work of Christ and being born again. That’s part of it.  In the main, it means submitting your thoughts, words and action to the standards of God’s Word, the Bible and the control of the Holy Spirit.

Some decade ago, I was a member of Rotary International. The club has a motto called ‘The Four-Way Test.’ It was recited at every weekly meeting of the Club. It goes like this:

The 4-way test of the things we think say or do:

  • Is it the TRUTH?
  • Is it FAIR to all concerned?
  • Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
  • Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?”

Rotary International is not a Christian organisation. People from different faiths belong to it. The four-way test is a good guide. The world would become a more peaceful place to live in if everybody followed these rules.

While visiting the Philippines, I attended a Rotary meeting where I was asked to say a few words.  I spoke on God’s 8-way test, using the 4-way test as analogy. I posited that man lives in two dimensions. Events take place in the spirit realm before they manifest in the physical realm. The four-way test can only be achieved in this life if the spiritual dimension is taken care of. God searches the hearts and the reigns.

Sometime ago I had a dream where I was shown how the thoughts of my heart were transmitted in heaven like news from a radio broadcasting station. The sound was so loud that I was thoroughly embarrassed that what I was thinking in the privacy of my heart was heard clearly not by God only but by heavenly personalities. I made the common mistake of thinking that God listens to me only when I am praying.

At that time I adjusted by thinking habit. But as time went on there was a relapse. Recently, I am ashamed of the type of thoughts that cross my mind and are allowed to linger for a fleeting moment before I came to myself. So, this write-up is designed to remind me of what to do per time regarding my thought-life.

We have formalised prayer to the point that we become conscious of our thoughts when we knell to pray or in worship mode. Even at such times distractions occur. James tells us that “A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.”(Jam 1:8).

I have come to realise that meditation is an important aspect of prayer. Our prayer life depends more on what we think about when we are not in prayer mode than what we talk about at private or corporate altars.

The bible has made provision for thinking the right thoughts. This is because spiritual warfare is a battle of the mind. “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy–meditate on these things.” (Phil 4:8 NKJV)

Philippians 4:8 is the Bible standard for meditation. Anything that falls short of this eight-way test must be discarded. For a thought to enter a believer’s mind and be entertained it must be subjected to this eight-way test:

  • Is it the TRUTH?
  • Is it NOBLE?
  • Is it JUST?
  • Is it PURE?
  • Is it LOVELY?
  • Is it of GOOD REPORT?
  • Is it VIRTUOUS
  • Is it PRAISEWORTHY?

If the answer to the thought that is lingering in your mind is positive on these eight points, then go ahead and meditate on it. The Lord will be delighted. As it is written: “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.”

The most assured way of drawing near to God is through proper meditation.  Use the eight-way test. It works.

 

 

 

 

 

 

LAMB’S BOOK OF LIFE: Seven-Sealed Scroll

Seven-Sealed Scroll

In eternity past God the Father had a meeting with God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. The sons of God were in attendance. The purpose of the meeting was the expansion of the household of God by creating a physical domain for the eternal habitation of God and His children.  God the Holy Spirit wrote the minutes of the meeting engrossed it with seven seals and handed it over to God the Father, which is where it is to this day.

Although the three members of the Godhead have important roles to play in the creation and redemption process, the central figure in that plan is God the Son hence the Scroll is also known as the Lamb’s Book of Life.

The Scroll was written both on the inside and on the outside as the eternal plan of God for the ages. Consequently, in the Original Plan of God provision was made for the creation of Angels, Time, the Heavens, Earth and Mankind. This Plan was written on the inside of the Book and has already been carried out.

Since Omniscient God knew about the failure of some of His created beings, modalities were set for the redemption of what God would lose. Thus, on the outside of the Book was written the Plan of Redemption.

What is written on the parchment is God’s plan for the expansion of His household from the invisible to the visible realm.

The Scroll is about Jesus the Lamb of God and His brethren. The earth was created for them.

The Lamb of God is God the Father in human flesh. Jesus Christ is the Son of God; He is also the Son of Man. The brethren of the Lamb are sons of God also known as Hypostatic Chips who need earthen vessels to transform to sons of men in order to quality to inherit the earth.

Since Jesus has gone to the Cross why has He not taken the Scroll from the Father? Two main reasons: the leasehold God gave to the first Adam has not expired. Secondly, Jesus is the Head of the church. His wife is not with Him. Therefore church rapture must take place before He becomes eligible to take the title deed of the earth from the Father.

Therefore, the church must be in heaven before the Lord can take possession of His domain.

This is part one of a series of short messages on the Lamb’s Book of Life.