Saturday, April 28, 2007

Stultum Est Errare - It Is Stupid To Make Errors!

Do not be anxious about anything,
but in everything by prayer and supplication,
with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
And the peace of God,
which surpasses all understanding,
will guard your hearts and your minds in Jesus Christ,
see Philippians 4:6 - 7.

The reason for mingling thanksgiving with prayer is for example found in John 14:14, where we read: "If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it", and see also John 16:24.

Thus we do not come to Jesus as slaves to an unfeeling tyrant craving for a boon, but as children who draw near to a loving Father, expecting to receive abundantly from His liberal hands. Thanksgiving is the right spirit in which to come before the Lord God, who daily loads us with all kinds of benefits.

We obtain whatsoever we want through the power which lies in the name of Jesus, see John 14:13, "for with God all things are possible", see Mark 10:27. Because "all things are possible to him that believeth", see Mark 9:23.

"Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need", see Hebrews 4:16, and compare also with Mark 11:24.

Luck stands for: Labouring Under Correct Knowledge. And we get this correct knowledge and wisdom, through the Holy Spirit and the New Testament, thanks to our Lord Jesus Christ, see Colossians 2:3, and see also 1 Corinthians 1:24.

Darwin said that it is not the strongest who survive, but those who best adapt to changes. And we should be prepared for changes in this world, since we often are ruled by politicians, who, when they see light at the end of the tunnel, go out and buy some more tunnel.

But the more religious a country is, the better people behave there. And in our modern societies we slowly start to prepare for life without oil, since global oil supply may have peaked already in December 2005 - see Revelation 6:6 - and watch the Hubbert Clip, concerning the World Crude-Oil Production,

The Book of Revelation testifies concerning Jesus: "Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen", see Revelation 1:7. "And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints", see Jude 1:14.

The Lord Jesus will fight against our enemies and touch down on the Mount of Olives, see Acts 1:11, Revelation 16:15, and Revelation 19:11 - 16, and this generation will experience it, see Luke 21:32. And the Lord God shall be King over all the earth, see Matthew 6:10, and Revelation 11:15, and of His Kingdom there shall be no end, see also Luke 1:33.

The dreams of all good people will be fulfilled, see also , but all sinners will be tormented in hell, see Luke 16:23.

It is stupid to make errors - and considering the eternal consequences of hellfire, it is especially stupid to reject our Lord God, see Matthew 18:9.

"Nihil solliciti sitis, sed in omnibus oratione et obsecratione cum gratiarum actione petitiones vestrae innotescant apud Deum. Et pax Dei, quae exsuperat omnem sensum, custodiet corda vestra et intellegentias vestras in Christo Iesu", Philippians 4:6 - 7.

Saturday, April 21, 2007

Improve And Encourage Others

One's vocation is a calling from God. Paul for example remained in his secular "calling" as a tentmaker while pursuing his spiritual calling as a gospel evangelist. In line with this the New Testament states: "Let every man abide in the same calling wherein he was called", see 1 Corinthians 7:20.

Paul urged the newly converted of his day to not give up their job, but said: "Wherefore I beseech you, be ye followers of me", see 1 Corinthians 4:16; see also 1 Thessalonians 2:9.

When you have people among you, who have love as their driving force, and who share the gospel and their everyday lives, the whole atmosphere around you gets better. Everything about life contributes also to preaching.

Paul understood the value of doing his work well, and understood it as well to be as much part of preaching as talking to large crowds in the synagogues or market places, see Acts 18:3, and 1 Thessalonians 2:8. Thus working do not take you away from your preaching, and the workplace can indeed also be recognized as a place of preaching.

But some struggle with their lives, like this man in India, see

It has been said that 95 percent of Christians do not win souls to Christ, and this is probably true. But life in general is like that.

The best 5% of all salesmen are doing most of all the sales. The top 5% tennis players in the world make the most money among the tennis players. If you work in a large company, you know that the top 5% in that company earn the most money there. And if you work for any MLM company you will also find that the top 5% in that organization make almost all the money in that business.

One of the most pernicious roadblocks to success is a manifestation of greed. The bigger the return you pursue, the bigger the risk you must take. The larger the return you attempt, the larger your drawdowns will be. An experienced money management executive has stated that professional money managers should be satisfied with consistent annual returns of 20 percent. If talented professionals should be satisfied with that, what should you be satisfied with?

And speaking of talented persons, here is a nice song of the French singer Alizee, see Another of my favorites is Lorie, see

God supplies His people with all their material needs, see Philippians 4:19: "But take heed lest by any means this liberty of yours become a stumblingblock to them that are weak, see 1 Corinthians 8:9.

The secrets of God are also trusted to the Christians - through the Holy Spirit - because we have the mind of Christ, see 1 Corinthians 2:13 - 16, and are stewards of the mysteries of God, see 1 Corinthians 4:1. "For nothing is secret, that shall not be made manifest; neither any thing hid, that shall not be known and come abroad", see Luke 8:17.

For the gifts of the Holy Spirit see 1 Corinthians 12:4 - 11.

Jesus came with a very important message. Without His excellent recruiting of the apostles the gospel message would have fallen flat to the ground.

Some Churches would not grow if Enoch was the pastor and Elijah was the piano player. Your catch is not the measurement of your ministry.

As a preacher, it is not your responsibility to tell Christians where to fish; it is your responsibility to throw them the net.

We should carry the positive attitude of Christ in relation to others - by focusing on good things - and encourage them and help them to improve.

Listen to

"Et septimus angelus tuba cecinit, et factae sunt voces magnae in caelo dicentes: 'Factum est regnum huius mundi Domini nostri et Christi eius, et regnabit in saecula saeculorum' ", Revelation 11:15.

Saturday, April 14, 2007

All Roads Lead To Hell, Except The One And Only Way To God - Jesus Christ

"Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus", see Hebrews 10:19.

It is an eternal disaster to look elsewhere than to Jesus for salvation, for he who does not have the Son of God does not have life, see 1 John 5:12.

Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me", see John 14:6. Jesus is not a way or one of many ways to God, but "the way" in singular.

The apostle Peter declared the one and only way to salvation, when he said: "Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole...Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved", see Acts 4:10, 12. Peter’s words are unequivocally clear: Salvation is found in no one else than Jesus Christ.

"For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ", see 1 Corinthians 3:11, but "the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God", see 1 Corinthians 1:18.

It is written that "no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven", see John 3:13. Thus Jesus is the only one that ever ascended up to heaven.

"Christ died for our sins", see 1 Corinthians 15:3, and was raised to life for our justification, see Romans 4:25. Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, so Christ was sacrificed once - see also John 10:17, 18 - to take away the sins of many people; and He will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for Him, see Hebrews 9:27 - 28, and compare with Acts 1:10 - 11, and John 20:12.

Just as God completed His work of creation on the seventh day, see Genesis 2:2, so now Jesus has completed His work of restoration, see John 1:29 and 19:30. Jesus accordingly said concerning Himself: "I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last", see Revelation 1:8, and 22:13.

The water of life is free, this is God's free grace, see Revelation 22:17, and this reminds us of God's willingness that to anyone who wants a place in the new earth He is willing to freely give it, see Romans 8:32.

While Jesus was on earth He promised to those who were thirsty, and came to Him, and believed in Him that streams of living water will flow from within them, see John 7:37 - 39. Here Jesus was talking about the Holy Spirit, which was to be poured out on the disciples at Pentecost, see Acts 2:33.

Just as the giver of the water of life lives for ever so will the receiver, compare with Revelation 22:5. The tree of life, by which man might live for ever is watered by the river of life, see Revelation 22:2, and compare with Genesis 3:22.

The second death is meant to contrast with the eternal life of those who drink the water of life, and only those in the Lambs book of life avoid the second death, see Revelation 20:14 - 15. The second death is a place of death, mourning, crying, pain, and tears.

The two features that most characterize the devil are murderer and liar, see John 8:44. In Revelation 13:14 we find the beast out of the earth deceiving the inhabitants of the earth, and in Revelation 20:8 we find the devil deceiving the nations.

"And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea", see Revelation 21:1. This follows immediately upon the judgement scene in which the devil, the beast and the false prophet, and all whose names are not in the book of life are consigned to the lake of fire, see Revelation 20:10, 15, compare with Matthew 25:46; and the earth and the heaven fled from Christ's presence, see Revelation 20:11, and compare also with 2 Corinthians 5:10.

The apostle Peter speaks about the destruction of the present earth, and he speaks of new heavens and a new earth were righteousness dwells, see 2 Peter 3:12 - 13.

This is in other words a new beginning.

Just as in Genesis 1:1 God created the heavens and the earth, now there is a completely new creation, according to God's words: "Behold, I make all things new", see Revelation 21:5, and compare with 2 Corinthians 5:17.

The old creation, with its sin, pain and suffering, is not our permanent dwelling, and has through Christ been liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God, see Romans 8:19 - 22.

That there will no longer be any sea has to do with the sea as one of seven evils as being no more; the others being death, sorrow, crying, pain, curse, and night, see Revelation 21:1, 4, 22:3, 5.

There is no longer any sea because the world and its people are no more, compare with Revelation 17:15. In the book of Revelation the sea is very much connected to the people of the world and their judgement, therefore it has no place in the new order of things.

The beast also came out of the sea, tossing and turning peoples and nations - that is political ferment - and the prostitute sat on many waters representing peoples, multitudes, nations and languages.

The sea is also the recipient of the plagues associated with the second trumpet, see Revelation 8:8 - 9, and the second bowl, see Revelation 16:3.

The wicked can be compared to the tossing sea which cannot rest. The storms, death and destruction associated with the sea are at odds with the calmness and peace of the New Jerusalem, God's paradise. That there is no sea in the new earth contrasts with the lake of fire in which the wicked dwell.

But now is our citizenship in heaven, "from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself", see Philippians 3:20 - 21.

Those desiring to inherit the transfigured Kingdom of Christ must go to this new life by the narrow path of self-reformation, as Christ taught, see Matthew 7:13 - 14, and John 3:5. There is no other way.

The Kingdom of Jesus Christ is a society of spiritually renewed people, see also Romans 12:2, and "we shall all be changed", see 1 Corinthians 15:51 - 52, because our mortal bodies must put on immortality, see 1 Corinthians 15:53 -54, and be caught up "to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord", see 1 Thessalonians 4:17.

"Omne, quodcumque facitis in verbo aut in opere, omnia in nomine Domini Iesu gratias agentes Deo et Patri per ipsum", Colossians 3:17.

Sunday, April 08, 2007

"If A Man Die, Shall He Live Again?" - Job 14:14

In the New Testament we find all the answers to the Old Testament questions.

If Christ be not raised, then our faith is vain, see 1 Corinthians 15:17.

But the good news of Easter is that Jesus Christ is alive!

The foundation of the Christian faith is the gospel. And the gospel is this: "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", see 1 Corinthians 15:3 - 4.

There are many evidences of the resurrection of Christ. Christians risking their lives is evidence of the resurrection. Paul's conversion is evidence of the resurrection. Jesus' appearance to 500 followers is evidence of the resurrection, see 1 Corinthians 15:6. Jesus' gravesite is evidence of the resurrection, because the absence of Christ's body is evidence of the resurrection.

An angel sat on a stone by the door of Jesus empty tomb and said, "I know that ye seek Jesus", see Matthew 28:5. Then the angel said, "He is not here: for he is risen", see Matthew 28:6.

At the time James - Jesus' own brother - was not a believer, yet Jesus appeared to him, see 1 Corinthians 15:7.

James, the brother of our Lord, became the bishop in Jerusalem. Do you know the most difficult people to convince in your life? It is your family. It was James - the brother of Jesus - who became the leader of the Church in Jerusalem.

The New Testament teaches, "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house", see Acts 16:31.

The Scripture says that the same power that raised Jesus from the dead will raise us from the dead if His Spirit lives in us, see Romans 8:11.

The New Testament tells us furthermore that "the wages of sin is death", see Romans 6:23. By taking the punishment for all our sins, Jesus suffered once for our sins, "the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God", see 1 Peter 3:18. We have also the New Testament promise that the blood of Jesus Christ cleanses us from all sin, see 1 John 1:7.

The New Testament says, "If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved", see Romans 10:9. The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the chief proof of the Christian faith. God will make us alive together with Christ, see Ephesians 2:5 - 6, when we trust in Him.

In the resurrection of Jesus Christ we have the answer to Job's great question of the ages: "If a man die, shall he live again?", see Job 14:14. The New Testament teaches: because Christ lives, we shall live also, see John 14:19. On that first Easter, Mary wept because the tomb was empty, but that very fact signaled the emptying of the graves of all believers at the return of Christ.

"But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept", see 1 Corinthians 15:20. The resurrection of Christ guarantees our similar resurrection.

"Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross", see Philippians 2:5 - 8.

From the New Testament we learn that sin came into the world through Adam, and death through sin, and so death passed upon all men, because all have sinned, see Romans 5:12. The New Testament thus always links death with sin, and says that the sting of death is sin, which as we know comes from the Old Testament law, see 1 Corinthians 15:56.

The fact that Jesus is alive today assures an eternal destiny to those who believe that what Jesus did on the cross was done on their behalf.

Jesus promised: "I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die", see John 11:25 - 26.

"Haec est enim voluntas Patris mei, qui misit me, ut omnis, qui videt Filium et credit in eum, habeat vitam aeternam; et resuscitabo ego eum in novissimo die", John 6:40.

Friday, April 06, 2007

Do You Believe God Died For You?

The Virgin Birth of Jesus Christ is extremely significant and precious to all who truly believe the New Testament, see Luke 1:30 - 35.

But Jesus was not from a perfect family!

And who was really the father of Jesus' father?

In Luke Heli is said to be the father of Joseph, see Luke 3:23, while Jacob was Joseph's father according to Matthew 1:16. The explanation of this contradiction has to do with the levirate law among the Jews, which prescribes that when a man dies childless his widow shall not marry to another; but his brother shall take her, and raise up seed for his brother. The child, therefore, of the second marriage is legally the child of the first. Heli having died childless, his widow became the wife of his brother Jacob, and Joseph was the offspring of the marriage, by nature the son of Jacob, but legally the son of Heli. Interestingly the gospel of Matthew gives the natural descent, and Luke his legal descent.

When Jesus was born His "biological" father was absent, and He was raised by His mother and step-father Joseph.

One day soon the Temple will again stand as a place for God in which He dwells amongst the people of Israel, compare with 2 Thessalonians 2:4, and Revelation 11:1.

That day Jesus stood accused before the high priest He did not defend Himself, see John 18:19 - 23. Jesus had not come to defend Himself, but He had come to die, see John 10:17.

When the accusation was made that Jesus had defiled the Sabbath, even though He had often explained to them that He was the Lord of the Sabbath, see Matthew 12:8, He did not defend Himself at that time against the Adversary, but God will soon rebuke Satan, and reaffirm Jesus' legitimacy, and remove Israel’s guilt in a single day.

When believers look to the One who died for them, they cease the worship of men, compare with 1 Corinthians 3:4.

False accusations was heaped against Jesus. He who made His Father's name public would be declared guilty of blasphemy by the high priest. The only man on earth ever to be completely righteous, would cruelly be killed. Soon the executors of Christ would spit in His face, and buffet Him, while others would smite Him with the palms of their hands, see Matthew 26:67.

But, "we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought: But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory: Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory", see 1 Corinthians 2:6 - 8.

"Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us", see 1 John 3:16. He is the Father of all nations, see John 14:9.

Jesus declared that the most important commandment is: "Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord", see Mark 12:29.

Now, we are looking "for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ", see Titus 2:13, the "One God and Father of all", see Ephesians 4:6. We Christians recognize that "God is one", see Galatians 3:20, since "there is but one God, the Father", see 1 Corinthians 8:6; compare with John 14:9.

There is one throne in heaven and One sits upon it, see Revelation 4:2. Jesus was before all things, see John 1:1, Colossians 1:17 and Revelation 1:17 - 18. By Him all things consist, see John 1:3, and Colossians 1:17. Jesus is "the firstborn from the dead", see Colossians 1:18, and Revelation 1:5.

Now the old law is cast out. We are under the new law - intended for all, see 1 Timothy 4:10 - the law of Christ, see Matthew 17:5, 28:18 - 20, John 12:48, 2 Corinthians 3:9, Galatians 6:2, and Hebrews 8:7 - "the perfect law of liberty", see James 1:25.

Jesus showed that the only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love, compare with Galatians 5:6.

"Omnis, qui negat Filium, nec Patrem habet; qui confitetur Filium, et Patrem habet", 1 John 2:23.

Sunday, April 01, 2007

Has The New Testament Been Tampered With?

We Christians must base our faith on the Word of God - sola scriptura - as the Reformers put it, compare with Romans 10:17.

The original New Testament in Latin is part of the Roman birthright, but in 303 AD, about 200 years after the last New Testament book was completed, the Roman Emperor Diocletian began a 10-year persecution of the Church, demanding that Christians relinquish their sacred writings to be destroyed.

Concerning the ratification of the New Testament Canon, the Third Council of Carthage, in 397 AD, formally ratified the 27 books of the New Testament that we recognize today.

But who decided which books to include in the Bible? The 27 books which make up the New Testament Canon have been determined and fixed authoritatively by God. The canonical writings were immediately canonical, needing no authority conveyed to them by Church officials.

The New Testament writing, not its writers, were inspired, literally God-breathed, see 2 Timothy 3:16, and the power and life of God has been breathed into the New Testament itself.

A book that belongs in the New Testament is said to be "canonical", or part of the "canon" of Scripture. The term canon comes from the Greek word kanon, which means "that which measures". In other words the New Testament canonical books carries God's authority, against which we should measure our lives and conduct.

Jude 1:3 also exhorts all Christians to "earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints".

Concerning Paul's "lost" letter to the Laodiceans, see Colossians 4:16, this mysterious "epistle from Laodicea", referred to in Colossians, is actually Paul's Epistle to the Ephesians.

Different textual variations of the New Testament became important for later Christian doctrines. And as you know, the devil is hidden in the details.

The Orthodox Christian doctrine states that God the Father is distinct from Jesus the Son of God, and some Protestants nowadays believe that the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, are three different gods. Interestingly, Islam claims that its holy book - the Koran - is infallible. The Koran claims that Christian believers believe in three different gods - the Father god, the Son god, and the Mother god.

But Jesus disclosed His very nature and identity with God when He said, "he that hath seen me hath seen the Father", see John 14:9.

On one occasion Satan said to Jesus, "If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down from hence: For it is written, He shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee: And in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone", see Luke 4:9 -11. But Christ answered, "Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God", see Luke 4:12. Jesus in this way declared Himself to be "The Lord thy God", the Christ, the Anointed One, in order for the spiritually discerned, to behold Himself as God.

Jesus concluded: "That the Son of Man is Lord also of the sabbath", see Luke 6:5. The assumption of authority to alter Sabbath observance, was nothing less than claiming all power over all things earthly.

Jesus acted as only God could act when He said: "the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins", see Matthew 9:6. Accordingly Christ confirmed: "Before Abraham was, I am", see John 8:58.

Jesus clearly claimed to be God, and proved it by doing the works of God.

Through the disciples Jesus created an army of righteousness on the march. But when later generations formed an organization overwhelmingly bureaucratic, with offices, positions and salaries, the Power of the Spirit waned, and the Gospel of the Spirit is today almost a lost Gospel.

But Jesus promised that the truth shall make us free, see John 8:32. Satan can only do what the Lord allows him to do, compare with Matthew 28:18.

Most of the New Testament text can be reconstructed, from New Testament quotations, by the early Church Fathers.

1 Peter 5:1 originally read that Peter was a witness to the "sufferings of God". This text was later changed to the "sufferings of Christ".

Another example is Matthew 19:17, Mark 10:18, and Luke 18:19. There Jesus says, according to newer New Testament manuscripts: "Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God", see Mark 10:18. The original version of this verse is "no one is good except God the Father alone": "Nemo bonus nisi unus Deus Pater", compare with Justin around 140 AD, Irenaeus around 185 AD, Clement of Alexandria around 207 AD, and Hippolytus around 222 AD.

The reason why this and other New Testament verses were changed, is that if the New Testament read that no one is good except the Father, then there would be trouble for Trinitarians, who believe Jesus is God, but not God the Father.

Therefore Trinitarians tampered with the fundamental truth that Jesus is God the Father, but see John 14:9.

Furthermore, in 2 Peter 1:2, it originally read "Grace and peace be multiplied to you through the knowledge of God, our Lord Jesus", but today we read, in our modern Bibles, "Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord".

These changes made in the New Testament version we have today, are due to a bunch of malicious Church leaders, who got together, and decided which written interpretations and languages was most advantageous to them in maintaining their power - nationally, politically and economically - and then they forced everyone else to accept them as the authoritative "Word of God".

How true are the Old Testament words: "Woe to the rebellious children, saith the Lord, that take counsel, but not of me; and that cover with a covering, but not of my spirit, that they may add sin to sin", see Isaiah 30:1.

Today some Church denominations refuse women to preach the glorious words of the gospel, while other Church denominations gladly shake hands with and support every possible dictator and oppressor in every corner of the world. Concerning these the apostle Peter prophesied: "The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire", see 2 Peter 2:22.

The first Christians made no difference between Jesus and God, and for the discerned Christian reader no later manuscript alters a fundamental of the Christian faith.

From John 14:9 we understand that Christ is the Father, and from 1 John 3:16 that He is God.

The deity of Christ is affirmed in the earliest manuscripts just as it is in the later ones. So what you have in your hands today is still essentially what was originally written.

"Nemo bonus nisi unus Deus Pater", Matthew 19:17.