The Son of God

John 3: 16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Appears on the billboards of Christian Churches across the globe.

Those who accept the Trinity and those who understand the expression “only begotten Son” as a direct reference to the separateness of the two.

The Apostle John is often quoted as the source of the Trinitarian doctrine, however, when I first read Alexander Hislop’s “The Two Babylons” it took moments to realize that this doctrine was adopted from Eastern Religions in the 4th Century AD.

Jesus is clearly identified by the Apostle as the Son of God and he comes in the role of the “Son of Man” why?

Well, John explains in the following verses John 3: 17 “For God did not send his Son into the world for him to judge the world, but for the world to be saved through him.18 Whoever exercises faith in him is not to be judged. Whoever does not exercise faith has been judged already, because he has not exercised faith in the name of the only-begotten Son of God.” How we acknowledge Jesus’ role in God’s purpose for humankind explains what outcome we can expect.

Exercise Faith

Faith in what? Verse 14 clearly helps us to understand his role “14 And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so the Son of man must be lifted up,15 so that everyone believing in him may have everlasting life.”

The copper serpent in the wilderness was raised and those afflicted by the plague affecting the nation were required to look at the serpent, understanding that this would provide relief. What a simple message – look at the figure and you’ll be healed. But is that what was required? No those Israelites had to believe that the serpent would be used by Jehovah God to heal them, restore their relationship with him.

So how is the sacrifice of Jesus’ life like that serpent? Jesus was raised up before the world as the ransom for humankind, our sin and our separation from God. So those looking at Christ would have to recognise that specific role, he is the ransom the price paid for our sins.

Is it too much to ask?

As restrictions are lifted surrounding COVID19 we see many reactions, some describing it as liberating, others saying it is irresponsible but insisting on their rights. Recently, going into a retail outlet I was asked to wear a mask, I complied because it made others comfortable and there wasn’t any ventilation at the back of the shop. The person who followed me in refused to comply and the shop owner refuse to let the person in.

Was it too much to ask the person who refused to wear a mask and use a hand sanitiser to follow the infection control measures? Not at all! All of the circumstances taken into account the shop owner was thinking of everyone.

Now when Jehovah God made the provision for us to be reconciled to him he required that we acknowledge his Son Jesus, he stipulated we had to extend our faith to include the value of Jesus’ sacrifice because through it we are potentially in line for salvation. Nothing complex in that.

Through our faith in the value of Jesus’ ransom sacrifice, we are demonstrating that we exercise faith in God’s Kingdom and the opportunity for salvation.

Ensuring we acknowledge that the son exists in his own right and is not a person in the trinity is essential. Note the words of John 17: 3 This means everlasting life, their coming to know you, the only true God, and the one whom you sent, Jesus Christ.4 I have glorified you on the earth, having finished the work you have given me to do.5 So now, Father, glorify me at your side with the glory that I had alongside you before the world was. and again in verse 25 Righteous Father, the world has, indeed, not come to know you, but I know you, and these have come to know that you sent me.26 I have made your name known to them and will make it known, so that the love with which you loved me may be in them and I in union with them.”

Jehovah God gave credit to his son for the gift of the ransom that Jesus gave therefore, God raised him up, accepted the value of his sacrifice and by our personal faith in that ransom sacrifice we can live and enjoy a relationship with our heavenly father.

So 1 John 5: 3 “For this is what the love of God means, that we observe his commandments; and yet his commandments are not burdensome,4 because everyone who has been born from God conquers the world. And this is the conquest that has conquered the world, our faith.”

The conclusion is that “those who believeth in him” will gain everlasting life because God raised Jesus to be the symbol of salvation in our modern wilderness, the only means we have to exercise faith in Jehovah God is to acknowledge the role of his son who became the “Son of Man” to give his life as a ransom in exchange for many.

Is it reasonable to ask that we continue to search for what we know and understand about Jesus, separating him from the Godhead of false Christianity? “Know the truth and the truth will set you free”.

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Faith in Action Today

Fishermen and boat users attach precious things to ropes and chains in safe places knowing they can return to them.

Hebrews 2: 1 That is why it is necessary for us to pay more than the usual attention to the things heard by us, that we may never drift away.

Those who fail to moor effectively often return to find what they had is lost.

Find the truth about life and know that Faith is our secure Harbour an anchor in our life.

Pushing

Daniel 11: 40 “In the time of the end the king of the south will engage with him in a pushing, and against him the king of the north will storm with chariots and horsemen and many ships; and he will enter into the lands and sweep through like a flood”

Bible scholars have been able to track the prophetic fulfilment of Daniel chapter 11. Identifying the powers, their wars and activities, how they have different ideologies but both want and enjoy wealth and power.

Are we seeing the next stage of this prophetic fulfilment?

Russia the agressor and the democratic powers trying to hold a line in opposition but because of their material interests always giving ground. It appears to be the case.

Yet there is one thing that unites the Kings, their desire for power, which fuels their need to oppose those who advocate for God’s Kingdom.

Daniel 11: 44 Looms Large

The reports out of the east do not refer to China or Asia because the east is where he will come to his end.

If we look to the parallel prophesy in Revelation the powers of the world unite in opposition and begin a process that leads to their defeat.

Given the final book of the Bible was written in 98 A.D. we have had the time to unravel the mysteries because as Daniel 12: 4 “As for you, Daniel, keep the words secret, and seal up the book until the time of the end. Many will rove about, and the true knowledge will become abundant.” explains there is a time period when that information is known.

We are living in an unparalleled period of human history, to unite the world against a common foe the politicians are going to need an easy target. Biblically it is shown to be religion, faith in God has been replaced by jingoism and nationalism.

The riches of the religion are the initial attraction and its power over people. Envy and greed will cause the governments to turn against the structures. Leaving only those with deep-seated faith who are prepared to die for their exclusive devotion to God. We need to ask ourselves? Would I be prepared to die for my faith? Would I betray my faith or recant on my belief to save my life? Remember what the Devil taunted God with. In Job 2: 4 “But Satan answered Jehovah: “Skin for skin. A man will give everything that he has for his life.5 But, for a change, stretch out your hand and strike his bone and flesh, and he will surely curse you to your very face.” Your life for your faith.

In Russia, China, Germany, Eastern Europe, Islamic states and tyrannies Christians have been martyrs since the days of Stephen, James and Peter. 1900 years of faith but billions sold out their faith to false doctrines, philosophical religious concepts, yes they left the Bible and worked on their Creed, their acceptable gift to God. As I once heard it described as their shopping list.

Be very clear because Jesus was in Matthew 7 and Matthew 24 not everyone saying they serve God does so acceptably and they will be caught up in this conflict without protection.

Those who appear to have the least protection who advocate God’s Kingdom know 1 true Christian servant + Jehovah God forms the majority. They understand the truth of the words at Isaiah 54: 17 “No weapon formed against you will have any success, And you will condemn any tongue that rises up against you in the judgment. This is the heritage of the servants of Jehovah, And their righteousness is from me,” declares Jehovah.”

So as we look down the barrel of two opposing human government styles remember the solution isn’t with them. They are puppets, the governments are manipulated by Satanic forces and those who service Jehovah know for a certainty Romans 8: 35 “Who will separate us from the love of the Christ? Will tribulation or distress or persecution or hunger or nakedness or danger or sword?36 Just as it is written: “For your sake we are being put to death all day long; we have been accounted as sheep for slaughtering.”37 On the contrary, in all these things we are coming off completely victorious through the one who loved us.38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life nor angels nor governments nor things now here nor things to come nor powers39 nor height nor depth nor any other creation will be able to separate us from God’s love that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Jesus told us to “Keep on the Watch!” When we see the signs to use discernment and take our stand on the side of God’s Kingdom because it will be victorious.

Now you’re asking what convinces this crazed fool to write these stark words. It is simple lives are at stake, the burning building is collapsing but there is still time left for people to find the exit and find salvation.

To choose life is a positive step to do nothing or reject the words of the Bible is the convenient position but like the toad in the pan of boiling water whatever happens as soon as the lid goes on the options have run out.

God said to Israel “Choose Life!” Yes find out how to make that affirmative decision now because the water is boiling, the building is burning and the political system is sinking locate the escape routes now!

A Test of Faith

Christians are facing the greatest period of personal threats to their faith. Is it happening to you?

Every day something challenges our resolve to remain faithful. This includes:

  • Public opinion
  • Political opposition
  • Our own desires
  • The media propoganda, and
  • Many other things

Do you ask when facing these challenges “why me? why us? why them?” We can all ask these questions and there are two scriptural answers note the first at Ecclesiastes 8: 9 “All of this I have seen, and I applied my heart to every work that has been done under the sun, during the time that man has dominated man to his harm”. this point is emphasised in the Psalms 146: 3 “Do not put your trust in princes Nor in a son of man, who cannot bring salvation.”

Human rulership, leadership and the inclination of the heart are never leading to salvation. Our lives are too short, we have the tendency to look after our own and left to ourselves the outcomes are always littered with unintended consequences.

The second scriptural reason 1 Peter 5: 8 “Keep your senses, be watchful! Your adversary, the Devil, walks about like a roaring lion, seeking to devour someone.” that someone is you. Why? Let the Bible explain Revelation 12: 7 “And war broke out in heaven: Miʹcha·el and his angels battled with the dragon, and the dragon and its angels battled 8 but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them any longer in heaven. 9 So down the great dragon was hurled, the original serpent, the one called Devil and Satan, who is misleading the entire inhabited earth; he was hurled down to the earth, and his angels were hurled down with him.” He is on a limited timeline. Revelation 12: 12 ...”Woe for the earth and for the sea, because the Devil has come down to you, having great anger, knowing that he has a short period of time.”

The scriptures give us hope, however, notice what the Bible also explains in Revelation 3: 11 “I am coming quickly. Keep holding fast to what you have, so that no one may take your crown.” Jesus promise to act on our behalf

Action on our part

We are not to fight or engage with the Satanic controlled governments and leadership of this world. We are to focus on what Jesus instructed at John 17: 3 “This means everlasting life, their coming to know you, the only true God, and the one whom you sent, Jesus Christ.”

We must get to know God and Jesus Christ. Our faith draws us into union with Christ and his father. Therefore, we need to take note of the time, grasp the limited opportunities and build our faith.

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Stand firm in the Faith and see the salvation that rescues humanity.

The End of Suffering – Through the Death of Jesus

Many have spent the last few days thinking about the birth of Jesus, focusing on him as a baby. Celebrating his birth in religious and social settings based on traditions.

How was the birth of Jesus described in the Bible? Luke 2: 10 But the angel said to them: “Do not be afraid, for look! I am declaring to you good news of a great joy that all the people will have.11 For today there was born to you in David’s city a savior, who is Christ the Lord.12 And this is a sign for you: You will find an infant wrapped in strips of cloth and lying in a manger.”13 Suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly army, praising God and saying:14 “Glory in the heights above to God, and on earth peace among men of goodwill.

Note that the account refers to Jesus as the “Saviour” by the Angel. His birth, life and sacrifice would result in “on earth peace among men of goodwill”.

Relevant for today!

Can the birth of a baby over 2000 years ago have any effect on today and our future?

How can his birth bring peace to the earth?

The words of John 1: 29 “The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and he said: “See, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” highlight the role Jesus took on, taking away the sins of the world. How could he do this?

The Bible explains that the scales of justice must be balanced. Adam the first Human is created perfect, his sin is the direct cause of human suffering and death. He passed imperfection to his family. To balance the scale another perfect human life would need to be tested to demonstrate that humans will worship God voluntarily and sacrifice everything. Jesus a perfect man, directly identified by God as his son (Adam is also called a son of God) performed many miracles, taught about God’s right to rule and God’s Kingdom as being the only solution to Human problems. The Bible accounts clearly show Jesus was executed but no crime or sin was found against him. False charges led to his death.

So the scales balanced. To prove this the accounts continue to explain Jesus resurrection and how Jesus was elevated to his father’s side.

Jehovah God appointed his resurrected son Jesus to be the King of his Kingdom the very point of Jesus prayer Matthew 6: 9 “You must pray, then, this way: “‘Our Father in the heavens, let your name be sanctified.10 Let your Kingdom come. Let your will take place, as in heaven, also on earth. What is God’s will for the? Simple! the restoration of the conditions given to Adam. These include:

  • Peace
  • Good Health
  • Worthwhile work
  • Homes for everyone
  • Safety and Security
  • Food
  • an end to all the isses that affect human society, including human governments.

The key point to take from this post remains that Jesus as a child had not achieved any of these things, he had to be tested, publicly and the outcome had to demonstrate that a perfect human would serve Jehovah God out of love even to the point of death.

The end to all suffering impacts us be we can “Enjoy Life Forever”, take this opportunity to consider the bible’s discussion of real hope and lasting benefits for you and those you love.

The End of Suffering – Signs of the “Last Days”

When Jesus was on earth he taught us many things about getting the best from life and that when things became desperate not to despair. He explained things would get bad, that those living in the period of the “Last Days” would see wars, hear reports of wars, see famine, pestilence and human suffering on a scale never seen before.

Jesus gave those with faith hope – he told them to raise their heads up because deliverance is near.

Identify the “Last Days”

The Apostle Paul wrote about this time and the key characteristics of people living at that point note his words at 2 Timothy 3: 1 But know this, that in the last days critical times hard to deal with will be here.2 For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, haughty, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, disloyal,3 having no natural affection, not open to any agreement, slanderers, without self-control, fierce, without love of goodness,4 betrayers, headstrong, puffed up with pride, lovers of pleasures rather than lovers of God,5 having an appearance of godliness but proving false to its power; and from these turn away

The Apostle is describing people and the prevailing attitudes, being critical times hard to deal with. One translation renders them perilous times, it will be hard to be a Christian.

Faith is being tested

Christians are facing a great challenge to their personal faith. God’s standards don’t change. So our faith must be founded on those same standards and hope.

For example, Adultery is condemned in the Bible, has our association with others who don’t follow bible standards or have any faith meant we feel society has moved on – we have progressed? We can ask the same question about many other points like the use of idols.

So we are challenged by the behaviour of others, the standards of society and we need to find answers to complex questions.

Help is available Read the Bible online, study the Bible and get to know God personally. The last days naturally come to an end, what replaces them? What hope do we have? where can we find more answers? The Articles linked in A Better World is Near answer these questions.

What Happened in Afghanistan?

Human Governments failed! Singling out one Government for criticism isn’t productive and really it is unnecessary.

The Bible answers this question in an open and direct manner. Note the words of the Apostle Paul when writing in 2 Timothy 3: But know this, that in the last days critical times hard to deal with will be here.2 For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, haughty, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, disloyal,3 having no natural affection, not open to any agreement, slanderers, without self-control, fierce, without love of goodness,4 betrayers, headstrong, puffed up with pride, lovers of pleasures rather than lovers of God,5 having an appearance of godliness but proving false to its power; and from these turn away.

This description catalogues the litany of failings that allowed the level of freedom promised to people who would eventually be lost to the rulership of religious groups.

Did God allow this to happen?

Yes and No! The bible explains in great detail that God made provision for Human rulership when they rejected him. Again note the words in Ecclesiastes 8: 9 “All of this I have seen, and I applied my heart to every work that has been done under the sun, during the time that man has dominated man to his harm.” and 1 John 5: 19 “We know that we originate with God, but the whole world is lying in the power of the wicked one.”

The inhumanity of the situation highlights that basic compassion is missing, the reason? As a family our life chances were sacrificed for this type of freedom. The right to determine how the few will rule the many. How the unseen forces manipulate events to play out a vile, evil and grotesque series of events.

Will real peace and security ever be attained by governments?

The Bible leaves us in no doubt Jeremiah 10: I well know, O Jehovah, that man’s way does not belong to him. It does not belong to man who is walking even to direct his step.

The outcome of their efforts 1 Thessalonians 5: 3 “Whenever it is that they are saying, “Peace and security!” then sudden destruction is to be instantly on them, just like birth pains on a pregnant woman, and they will by no means escape.

Human Governments have none of the key answers, 2020, 2021 have emphasised that point, first disease, then natural disasters, war, political unrest all demonstrate that for life to continue this needs to take place Revelation 11: 18 But the nations became wrathful, and your own wrath came, and the appointed time came for the dead to be judged and to reward your slaves the prophets and the holy ones and those fearing your name, the small and the great, and to bring to ruin those ruining the earth.”

Let governments and religions, science and commerce wage war against God. Popular culture indicates that humankind can defeat any foe, the reality is that all the weapons on earth can’t defeat the weather, resolve the earthquakes, prevent the raging fires. Like the ant saying to the motor vehicle “I command you to stop!” the consequences are clear.

So now we find the words of Acts 17: 27 “so that they would seek God, if they might grope for him and really find him, although, in fact, he is not far off from each one of us.”

God Care and soon it will be his time to act for the oppressed, abused and damaged. Let us all continue to pray for Gods Kingdom to COME and Soon.

How to Find The TRUTH

In these terrible times we are living in many people are turning to religion to find some sort of hope and comfort.

However, they are often finding there are so many differences of belief, almost a “pick ‘n’ mix” where you can suit yourself, as to what you want to believe, literally choosing what suits you.

So how can we find the truth?

Is there a true Religion?

When Jesus was on earth he made a simple statement about how to identify the true religion. He said at Matthew 7: 16 “by their fruits you will recognize them”

The Bible presents those identifying characteristics as:

  1. Teaches the truth based on God’s Word the bible, not on human philosophy or ideology. This includes the truth about the “Soul” (Psalms 37:29) and the hope of everlasting life on a paradise earth (Isaiah 35: 5,6)
  2. The true religion helps to know God – teaching his personal name Jehovah (Psalm 83: 18)
  3. Focuses on Jesus Christ and God’s Kingdom as mankind’s only hope
  4. Promoting unselfish love and respect for all races and cultures (Acts 10: 34,35)
  5. the true religion is a way of life; its followers keep gods high moral standards in all areas of life and find joy in their worship.

These are just five points aspects of the true religion Jesus spoke of. The bible encourages us follow a religion not because it suits us and our lifestyle but that it is clean and undefiled from the standpoint of God James 1: 27.

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Understanding God’s Love

Church leaders around the world will be addressing their followers in the Easter period for many reasons, most will focus on the state of the world and assign some measure of accountability to humans and our flawed state.

Yet few will focus on how the world we live in is evidence that we are at a personal tipping point.

The Gift God Gave!

We find ways to look at Jesus birth and death as isolated events, the priests, clergy and religious minds have used these celebrations as ways to generate income not faith.

Remember the words of the Angels to the Shepherds at Jesus birth: Luke 2: 10 And the angel said unto them, Be not afraid; for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which shall be to all the people: 11 for there is born to you this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord.”

Christ the Saviour – he made that clear when he stated at Matthew 20: 28even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.

God promised this ransom when Adam and Eve rebelled against his lawful rulership.

Why a time of hope?

Jesus words again explain at Luke 21: 28But when these things begin to come to pass, look up, and lift up your heads; because your redemption draweth nigh.

What things?

Let the context explain Luke 21: 10 “Then said he unto them, Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; 11 and there shall be great earthquakes, and in divers places famines and pestilences; and there shall be terrors and great signs from heaven.”

At the point of salvation humanity will have faced a series of unparalleled events. These began in the 20th Century and have accelerated to this period in 2021.

So why commemorate the death of Jesus Christ in 33 CE in March 2021? The Psalmist puts it this way in Psalm 2: 7 “Let me proclaim the decree of Jehovah; He said to me: “You are my son; Today I have become your father. 8 Ask of me, and I will give nations as your inheritance And the ends of the earth as your possession. 9 You will break them with an iron sceptre, And you will smash them like a piece of pottery.” 10 So now, you kings, show insight; Accept correction, you judges of the earth. 11 Serve Jehovah with fear, And rejoice with trembling. 12 Honour the son, or God will become indignant And you will perish from the way, For His anger flares up quickly. Happy are all those taking refuge in Him.”

The raised Jesus Christ opens the only route to salvation and how we accept his role and rulership determines whether we are to be judged as righteous or face the consequences on rejecting “the Gift of God” his son who suffered and died for each of us.

It will soon be too late to recognise Christ as our saviour because as the Psalm 2 tells us he goes subduing his enemies. God doesn’t delight in the fact that billions will take no note and will lose their precious lives.

Follow this theme in part 2

Contemporary Faith

Reading the posts of many bloggers who express faith it always intrigues me how the expressions reflect what they want to believe.

If for example a person with faith wants to believe or practice something not condoned in the scripture the first step is to rationalise the context. To explain what the author meant. Some even tell us that God would change views at the same time as society.

A Classic Rationalisation

The use of images and idols in the Christian Church but 1 John 5: 21 possibly one of the last three books written simply states: “21 Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen.” The christian church has made so much of devotional images in worship and has licensed the production of them it is viewed as an appropriate part of personal worship.

The bible writers hadn’t changed their message from Genesis to Revelation Idolatry is to be condemned, it is associated with unclean or impure worship. But, “as we have faith god will understand”. That is a bit like saying I’ll park on the pavement here or abandon my car in the middle of the road, the authorities will understand I just have an errand to run.

Think of another 1 Corinthians 6: 9 -11 is often the focus of religious groups because it says homosexuality is practised by unrighteous people. But have you taken the time to read the rest of the scripture “Those who are sexually immoral, idolaters, adulterers, men who submit to homosexual acts, men who practice homosexuality,10 thieves, greedy people, drunkards, revilers, and extortioners will not inherit God’s Kingdom.” That same list includes practices that are accepted in most religious groups or excused because there are mitigating circumstances.

Faith and Morality

Is it possible to have faith in the God of the Bible and live in a way that the Bible (the christian guide) clearly states is immoral from god’s point of view?

Paul in making the statement in 1 Corinthians 6 opens with the words “Do not be mislead” so those who relax their moral code to ensure that their faith reflects contemporary thinking are certainly missing the point.

Jesus made the point repeatedly when healing others that their faith had been a major factor. We know Jesus had the power to do many things but he refers to the faith of those he healed. Not all of those who received that healing followed him publicly because they were afraid of how society would treat them.

The same applies today. Many want to stand out and clearly state that certain practices, views or religious activities are incompatible with God’s standards and inheriting the Kingdom.

Contemporary Faith isn’t going to save anyone when it deviates from the scripture therefore, jealously guard the bible teachings, check out what the bible actually says for yourself.

Remember although God’s capacity to forgive is bigger than our heart, God provides a moral line of acceptable conduct, yes what is required for modern faith remains consistent, to keep his commands, observe his teaching and show our faith, literally draw close to god because he WILL draw close to you.