Friday, July 17, 2009

The Biblical Perspective of The GOSPEL OF CHRIST

The Biblical Perspective of
The Gospel of Christ

By Kola Ajibola


In the religious world today, it appears several things are being regarded by several people as the Gospel of Christ. To confirm this, just ask ten or more people who profess to be Christian: “What is the Gospel of Christ?” Definitely, you will receive as many answers as the number of people questioned and alas, differing and sometimes contradicting answers. The situation is worse, when the question is asked from those who do are not “Christians”.
According to the founder of Christianity, it is a taught religion, “If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself” (John 7:17). Paul, wrote under the influence of Holy Spirit that we should “Prove all things; hold fast that which is good” (1 Thessalonians 5:21). John, another apostle of Christ said that “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.” (I John 4:1). It is from this standpoint that we want to implore you sincerely to reason along as we consider the Biblical perspective of the Gospel of Christ.

Gospel is “a word of Anglo-Saxon origin, and meaning "God's spell", i.e., word of God, or rather, according to others, "good spell", i.e., good news. It is the rendering of the Greek _evangelion_, i.e., "good message." It denotes (1) "the welcome intelligence of salvation to man as preached by our Lord and his followers. (2.) It was afterwards transitively applied to each of the four histories of our Lord's life, published by those who are therefore called 'Evangelists', writers of the history of the gospel (the evangelion). (3.) The term is often used to express collectively the gospel doctrines; and 'preaching the gospel' is often used to include not only the proclaiming of the good tidings, but the teaching men how to avail themselves of the offer of salvation, the declaring of all the truths, precepts, promises, and threatenings of Christianity." It is termed "the gospel of the grace of God" (Acts 20:24), "the gospel of the kingdom" (Matt. 4:23), "the gospel of Christ" (Rom. 1:16), "the gospel of peace (Eph. 6:15), "the glorious gospel," "the everlasting gospel," "the gospel of salvation" (Eph. 1:13)” (Easton Bible Dictionary).

According to Romans 1:16:-18, “… the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith. For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness.”

Jesus Christ commanded His disciples that they should “… Go … into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned” (Mark 16:15-16).
Paul inferred that the gospel must be heard having been preached by a Preacher (Romans 10:13-17). The gospel of Christ has FACTS to be preached, heard and believed, COMMANDS to be obeyed and PROMISES to be received.

Three facts were presented in the Bible about Jesus Christ. When writing to the Corinthians, Paul said, “Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; by which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain; For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that 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: ” (I Cor. 15:1-4).

Fact Number One - Christ died for our sins:
Jesus Christ died because of your sins and mine. Sin, according to the Bible is “All unrighteousness…” (1 John 5:17). “Whatsoever is not of faith is sin” (Romans 14:23). James said, “Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin” (James 4:17). John proclaimed with all clarity that “Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law” (1 John 3:4).

Jesus Christ was the Lamb of God that was presented to the world as sacrificial Lamb that was slain to take away the sins of the world. John, the baptizer, “… seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world” (John 1:29). Jesus Christ was born for that purpose. “And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin … For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil (1 John 3:5, 8).

He is the only one that is qualified to take away our sins because nobody condemned Him of sin. Listen to the challenge He threw in those days: “Which of you convinceth me of sin? And if I say the truth, why do ye not believe me?” (John 8:46).

Jesus Christ died because of your sins and mine and not because of His own sins for He has none. The Bible is full of testimony that He did not sinned. Peter testified that He “… did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:” (1 Peter 2:22). For this reason, God “… hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him” (2 Corinthians 5:21). Jesus Christ once lived in this world of sin, and “was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin” (Hebrews 4:15).

Some may claim that they are without sin, Bible referred to them as liars (I John 1:8). “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;” (Romans 3:23; 5:12; 3:9; 6:16). Bible then inform us that “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23). That is why we need Jesus Christ who died for us – the ungodly (Romans 5:5-8).

Some still maintains today that Jesus did not died by relying on statement(s) of a man who was born around 570 A.D. The story of death of Jesus Christ could not be better narrated by such person who was not yet born than those who were eye witnesses. Paul, in his defense before King Agrippa and Festus said, “For the king knoweth of these things, before whom also I speak freely: for I am persuaded that none of these things are hidden from him; for this thing was not done in a corner” (Acts 26:26). The death of Christ is not hidden and none of the incident happened in a corner in 33 A. D. and suffice to say that it cannot be sufficiently be disprove by person or some group of persons after more than 600 years of occurrence.

That He will died has been in the eternal plan of God: “For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself” (Hebrews 9:26) and that He did when He offered Himself “to bear the sins of many;” (Hebrews 9:28). Your sins and mine killed Jesus Christ!

Did Christ die? YES, He did. Having being molested, humiliated, tortured and scourged, Jesus Christ was crucified on the Cross in a place called in the Golgotha Hebrew language meaning a place of a skull in between two criminals (John 19:17-18). His garment was taken away from Him (John 19:23) and was divided into four parts thereby fulfilling Psalm 22:18. He became thirsty (John 19:28; Psalm 69:21) and was made to drink a vessel full of vinegar. When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and He bowed His Head, and gave up the ghost (John 19:29-30). Luke, a physician, in his account said the same thing (Luke 23:46). Likewise, Mark and Matthew also testified to the same fact (Mark 15:37; Matthew 27:50).

I also, hereby “ delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures.”

Fact Number Two - Christ was Buried:
The second fact of the gospel is that Jesus Christ was buried. Account of His burial can be read in Matthew 27:57-60; Mark 15:42-47; Luke 23:50-56 and John 19:33-42. Let us consider the account of John.

“But when they came to Jesus, and saw that he was dead already, they brake not his legs: But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood and water. And he that saw it bare record, and his record is true: and he knoweth that he saith true, that ye might believe. For these things were done, that the scripture should be fulfilled, A bone of him shall not be broken. And again another scripture saith, They shall look on him whom they pierced. And after this Joseph of Arimathaea, being a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews, besought Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus: and Pilate gave him leave. He came therefore, and took the body of Jesus. And there came also Nicodemus, which at the first came to Jesus by night, and brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about an hundred pound weight. Then took they the body of Jesus, and wound it in linen clothes with the spices, as the manner of the Jews is to bury. Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden; and in the garden a new sepulchre, wherein was never man yet laid. There laid they Jesus therefore because of the Jews' preparation day; for the sepulchre was nigh at hand.”

Again, with humility of heart I say that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried.

Thursday, February 26, 2009


By Kola Ajibola

Just like some other Bible subjects, Lord’s Supper has been grossly misunderstood by many. Some, out of their ignorance (even though they claim competence) have set out divergent and erroneous theories on the great Biblical Subject.Our aim in this little effort is not to address all errors being taught by all false teachers on this subject but only to examine few of those errors critically by examining some Bible passages and go a little into secular History. Hence, our assignment is to verify whether the weekly observance of Lord’s Supper is a command or an opinion or a misapplication of the Word of God. Our objective is that the reader should be able to state unequivocally the reason(s) why Christians proclaims the Lord’s death till He comes (in keeping His Memory) on every Sunday.

What was the Supper called?

In the Bible, four terms were used to describe the Supper. It was called the Lord’s Supper in 1 Corinthians 11:20. In 1Corinthians 10:21, it was referred to as the Lord’s Table. The Greek text literally reads “the table of the Lord.” (Ferrell Jenkins, The Early Church, page 55). It was called Communion in 1 Corinthians 10:16. In both Acts 20:7 and 1 Corinthians 10:16; it was described as breaking of bread.Apostle Peter admonished Christians in 1Peter 4:11 that “If any man speak, let him speak as oracle of God” (KJV); “whoever speaks, is to do so as one who is speaking the utterances of God; …” (ASV); “if anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God…..;” (NIV). In summary, this is to call Bible things by Bible names (Titus 2:1; 1 Corinthians 4:6; 2 John 9). Regrettably, men as usual have deviated and digressed by calling Lord’s Supper all sorts of names not found in the pages of the Scriptures, such as Mass, Sacrament, etc.Institution of Lord’s SupperThe Lord’s Supper was instituted by Jesus Christ during the Jewish Passover. He instituted this most enduring memorial of all time: the Lord’s Supper as the feast of Passover drew to a close. “While they were eating, Jesus took some bread.” (Matthew 26:26a; see Luke 22:19; Mark 14:22). The bread Jesus took was part of the one used for Passover. Passover was first observed by the Israelites in Egypt (Exodus 12:1-13:10); God instructed Israelites to observe this feast annually to commemorate the fact that God delivered Israel from Egypt (Deuteronomy 16:1). This feast is referred to as feast of unleavened Bread (Exodus 23:15; 34:18; Leviticus 23:6) because Israelites had been instructed not to eat leavened bread (Exodus 13:3) but they are to eat unleavened bread for seven days (Exodus 13:6-7; 34:18; Leviticus 23:6). “And when He had given thanks, He broke it and said ‘this is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of Me’” (1 Corinthians 11:24). Jesus had employed a figure of speech called metaphor when He held unleavened bread and said ‘this is My body’ – The Bible is full of metaphors. For example, Jesus called Herod a fox (Luke13:31, 32). In John 10:9, Jesus said, ‘I am the door’ and in John 15:1, He said “I am the true vine”. What Christ was saying was that the bread represented His body which will soon be hung on a Roman Cross.“In the same way He took the cup also …” (1Corinthians 11:25). The word cup (Greek, poterion) is used of “a cup, a drinking vessel” but it is also used “by metonymy of the container for the contained, the contents of the cup, what is offered to be drink. Luke 22:20b…” (Thayer, 533). Jesus explanation of the cup was that it stand for the fruit of the vine (Matthew 26:27-29)Purpose of Lord’s SupperThe primary purpose of Jesus Christ’s death was to secure the forgiveness of sins of those who would do His will and obey His commands (see 1Corinthians 15:3; Ephesians 1;7), these are His friends (John 14:13-15).Lord’s Supper is to serve as a memorial – “do this in remembrance of me” (1 Corinthians 11:24). It is to provide a proclamation of the Lord’s death till He comes- (1 Corinthians 11:26). It is to provide predictive element - to be observed until the Lord’s return and it is to be a communion with other Christians and Christ – (1 Corinthians 10:16).

The observance of Lord’s Supper in the Early Years of the ChurchIn Matthew 26:29, Jesus promised to drink the fruit of the vine “new with you in My Father’s Kingdom.” Some still believe this is to be in a distant future while some believe this to be in heaven. Conversely, the Bible teach that the church is the kingdom of Christ (Colossians 1:13), Kingdom of heaven (Matthew 11:11; 13:33); Kingdom of God (Mark 9:1; Acts 8:12; 19:8). The Kingdom of God comes into existence on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2). Not later than when the church came into existence in Acts 2 that we read of Lord’s Supper as part of the worship of the church in 33 A.D (Acts 2:42; 20:7; 1 Corinthians 11:17-34). With the available facts on our disposal as gleaned from the New Testament, when the saints gathered together in the New Testament on the Lord’s day (first day of the week), they gather “to brake bread” (Acts 20:7; 1 Corinthians 11:20, 33) and this they do often (1 Corinthians 11:26,33).

The elements of the Supper as earlier highlighted are unleavened bread and fruit of the vine (vine is used of the grapevine; that is juice made from grapes).As regards the manner of observance, it is a time of self – examination because the Holy Spirit instructs “But let a man examine himself …” (1 Corinthians 11:28). All participants must partake in a worthy manner (1 Corinthians 11:27-30).As to the day of observance, early Christians participated in this feast on the first day of the week – “and upon the first day of the week, when the disciple came together to break bread…” (Acts 20:7). The early Christian did not observed this feast on any other day than the first day of the week. A week will pass without Christian gathering together to “break bread” if such week has no first day!Is Weekly Observance of Lord’s Supper a Command or Opinion or Misapplication?“Do this in His remembrance” (Luke 22:19)

Going by the foregoing, a sincere student of the Bible would have come to understand that Jesus Christ had commanded His follower to “do this in His remembrance”. This is a command from the Lord. This instruction had ruled out any opinion on this matter. It is either we obey Him or we flagrantly disobey His commands. Later, Paul confirmed this by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit in 1 Corinthians 11:23-26.With the record of Acts 20:7, the early Christians (this time at Troas) obeyed Christ and Paul was with them and they (apostle Paul inclusive) partook of the Lord’s Supper on Sunday (first day of the week – the Lord’s Day). Paul had written to Christians to “Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ” (1Corinthians 11:1).

The Voice of History

Let us consider some early writings by some church Historians:

1. 90AD DIDACHE: “Christian Assembly on the Lord’s Day:
1. But every Lord’s day do ye gather yourselves together and break bread and give thanksgiving after having confessed your transgressions, that your sacrifice may be pure…….” (Didache: The teaching of the Twelve Apostles, Chapter xiv). This was written before the death of Apostle John (the beloved). If it were to be error, John would have contended it in any his writings.

2. 100AD BARNABAS: “We keep the eighth day (Sunday) with joyfulness, the day also in which Jesus rose again from the dead” (The Epistle of Barnabas, 100AD 15:6-8).

3. 110AD Pliny: “they were in the habit of meeting on a certain fixed day before it was light, when they sang in alternate verses of hymn to Christ, as to a god, and bound themselves by a solemn oath not to (do) any wicked deeds, never to commit any fraud, theft, or adultery, never to falsify their word, nor deny a trust when they should be called upon to deliver it up; after which it was their custom to separate, and then reassemble to partake of good–food-but food of an ordinary and innocent kind...”

4. 150AD JUSTIN: “And on the day called Sunday, all who live in cities or in the country gather together in one place, and the memoirs of the apostles or the writings of the prophets are read, as long as time permits; then when the reader has ceased, the President verbally instructs, and exhorts to the imitation of these good things. Then we all rise together and pray, and as we before said, when our prayer is ended, bread and wine and water are brought and the President in like manner offers prayers and thanksgiving, according to his ability and the people assent, saying Amen; and there is a distribution to each, and a participation of that over which thanks have been given …” (first apology of Justin, Weekly Worship of the Christians; ch. 68).

5. “When the Christians were assembled, prayers were recited; the Holy Scriptures was read; short discourses on Christian duties were addressed to the people. Hymns were sung; and at last, the Lord’s Supper and the love feasts were celebrated” (Mosheim, V.I, p. 164). He proceeded, “when Christians celebrated the Lord’s Supper, which they were accustomed to do chiefly on Sundays…….” (E. M. Borden, Church History, pg. 452-43).(To read more of this, you can go to for more information).

Misapplication And Misunderstanding Of The Lord’s Supper

As early as second century, men have started to misapply the plain teachings of the Bible, Lord’s Supper inclusive. Even, as at then, good men rose up to “contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all handed down to the Saints” (Jude 3, ASV).In the second century, as strange as it may seem, some things were introduced that had not been taught or practiced by the apostles and the inspired evangelists. The use of water as a sacred emblem, were introduced in some places (E.M. Bordem, church History, pg. 42). Mosheim stated without any ambiguity that: “It is certain, that to religious worship, both public and private, many rites were added, without necessity; and to the offence of sober and good men” (Mosheim, V.I., p.161).The author of the “Council of Nice,” says, of the second and third centuries:“The state of religion during the second and third centuries, exhibits melancholy proof of the gradual departure from the simplicity of the gospel. It was a dark day for the church. The Lord’s Supper began to be called a sacrifice; and the minister was called a priest.” (E. M. Bordem, Church History, pg. 43).

In this age, we have several people who claim to have the knowledge of the Lord and His word but do woefully and publicly display their deplorable ignorance of the Lord and His word; especially on this issue of Lord’s Supper. Many have gone to the press even on air to say that Lord’s Supper is for remission/forgiveness of sins (contrary to baptism which Bible says is for remission of sins – Acts 2:38). Some have even said that Lord’s Supper is for longevity of life. That is wrong!Some have even argued in the recent past that the phrase “as oft as” found in 1Corinthians 11:24-26 does not imply every Sunday. Such thought continued to suggest further that because of the definite article “the” in Acts 20:7 –“Upon the first day of the week” they say “English usage surely will translate this to mean the particular week in question.”As noted earlier, this is an ignorance of simple and plain truth of the Bible.

I wonder how those people who reason this way will harmonize Exodus 20:8. God told Israelites to “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy,” (emphasis, KSA) would they say that because of the word ‘the’, Israelites were to keep the Sabbath “the particular week in question”? Which weeks of the month or the year? Of course, any Bible students know that Israelites keep all Sabbath days holy not just one Sabbath because every week has its Sabbath! Our friends of this strange persuasion should consider this and understand that even in Acts 20:7, the disciples at Troas met on the first day of the week to break bread. The fact that Paul tarried seven days at Troas indicates that the first day of the week was apparently the regular time the disciple assembled to break bread (Acts 20:6; Ferrell Jenkins, The Early Church, pg. 57).

In 1 Corinthians 16:2, where the similar language was use in connection with the collection for the saints, the Greek in this verse literally means “on the first day of every week” and is so rendered by New American Standard Version and New International Version (NIV). So, on the first day of every week (every Sunday), early Christians communed and gave to the Lord.Why Restoring Weekly Observance of Lord’s Supper Today in churches of Christ?In short, we in the churches of Christ observe the Lord’s Supper on every Sunday because that is the example given to us by early Christians under the direction of inspired men. This is a fitting day because:1. Christ rose on the first day of the week (Luke 24:1,13, 21, 46, Mark 16:9) and declared to be son of God with power (Romans1: 4).

2. The church was established on the first day of the week (Acts 2).

3. The disciples at Troas met on the first day of the week (Acts 20:7).

4. Paul gave orders to the churches of Galatia and to the Saints at Corinth to take collection on the first day of the week (1Corinthinas 16:1-2).We employ all to come back to the Bible by practicing only those thing contained there in especially in the New Testament.


We have tried to show that the weekly observance of the Lord’s Supper is a command from the Lord, an example clearly seen in the early Christian’s practices and literatures. We have shown that it was not an opinion even though, as years rolled by many have misapplied and misunderstood the simple teachings of the New Testament.We like to appeal to you once again to consider the love of God and come back to Him to follow His Word. He will save us to the uttermost if we follow and obey His words, after all, he has said, “Why do you call me Lord, Lord, when you do not do what I command you…” (Luke 6:46).

Remember, we take the Lord’s supper every first day of the week because that is the only day we have authority from the scripture to take it , “And whatsoever ye do, in word or in deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him” (Colossians 3:16).Stop adding to God’s word, way and doctrine! You have to because of the consequence of doing so. “Whosoever goeth onward and abideth not in the teaching of Christ, hath not God, he that abideth in the teaching, the same hath both the Father and the Son" (2 John 1:9)!

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By Kola Ajibola

Some people think of Heaven as a better place while some think it does not exist at all. Some people are not sure how it look like and what to expect on getting to the place. You too, might have been wondering what to expect when we get to heaven.The Bible is the only book that goes much farther in giving us a glimpse into the celestial city of God.Northwestern University School of Education conducted a survey on “Whether Heaven Exist” or not. Out of 500 denominationalists that responded to the survey, 59% agreed that Heaven exist. In America today, only 77% believe there is Heaven. To you, my brethren, I want to believe, you agreed that there is heaven.On this premise, I want to discuss on What to expect in heaven and what not to expect.

God – I Kings 8:30; Matthew 6:9
• Jesus Christ – Hebrews 9: 12, 24; 10:12; 8:1
• Holy Spirit – Rev. 22:17• Faithful angels – Matthew 18:30; 24:36

Unclean – Revelation 22:15
• Unregenerate – Matthew 25:41-46; 2 Thess. 1:7-9; Rev. 14:9-12; 21:8; 1 Pet. 1:4
• Darkness and Sun – Rev. 22:5
• Flesh and blood – 1 Cor. 15:50
• Sorrow – Rev. 7:17; 21:4


i. Excuse by way of choice – Heb. 10:25;
1. Excuse from giving their lives to God – Matt. 10:392.
Excuse themselves from loving their brethren – I Jhn 3:143.
Excuse themselves from accountability – Acts 17:30.
Excuses are not new: e.g. Gen. 3:12; Exo. 3:11, 13; 4:1, 10; Matt. 7:22-23; Luke 9:57-62; 14:16-24.

ii. Those who do nothing here for the Lord are rewarded for their lack of works: Matt. 16:27; Rom. 2:13; 1 Cor. 3:8; Gal. 6:7-8; Col. 3: 24-25

iii. Those unwilling here to sacrifice: Consider what Christ gave – II Cor. 8:9 and juxtapose it to what He expect - Luke 14:33.

I don’t care attitude is not well pleasing to God – Illustration: Haggai 1:2-11; Zeph. 1:12 – Complacency, Ezek. 33:30-33.

C. “I WAS ONCE A FAITHFUL CHRISTIAN” – Matt. 16:24-27; 2 Cor. 5:9-10; Phil. 3:7-11. The good you do yesterday does not excuse you today. Consider the example of Moses: Heb. 11:24-29; God did not overlook Moses’ sin because of what faith he showed in the past: Num. 20:2-12 cf. Deut. 34:4-5. Also, example of church at Ephesus, they did well in the past but now left their first love – Rev. 2:1-5.

Heaven will be a place of everlasting life. It appears there is no other way to best describe heaven that this. Jesus said “And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.” – Matt. 25:46. We will be in heaven for ever and ever, without end, no duration of time, it is till infinity ). Read also I Cor. 15:42, 50.

• Heaven will be a place of no sorrow. The Hebrew writer stated, “It is appointed unto man once to die…” (Heb. 9:27). Tears are the common lot of humanity. The first death is recorded in Genesis 4:8; and, since that time, death has brought emotional pain, grief, and painful separations. In this life, we experience sickness, sorrow, and heartbreak. But think about it. In heaven there will be no more pain, suffering, sorrow, tears, and no more sad and heartbreaking farewells. John wrote, “God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes and there shall be no more death; neither sorrow, nor crying; neither shall there be any more pain, for the former things have passed away” (Rev. 21:4).

• Heaven will be a place of rest. The Bible states, “There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God” (Heb. 4:9). The Holy Spirit said that those in heaven will “rest from their labors” (Rev. 14:13). The “rest” of heaven means that we will never be tired, weak, sick, or unfulfilled. A glorified spiritual body will know nothing of fatigue or exhaustion.

• There will be no sin in heaven. Sin robs one of joy, peace, and contentment and brings shame and guilt. But John writes, “there shall in no wise enter into it anything that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination or maketh a lie, but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life’ (Rev. 21:27). There will be no sinfulness of any kind in heaven.

• Heaven will be a place of activity. There will be joyous worship. We will serve in heaven. We will be fully engaged in worshipping God. John, the beloved writes that “…his servants shall serve him” (Rev. 22:3). Service without time demands; service without frustration; service without fear of failure for the enemy will have been overcome; and service without growing tired for our spiritual bodies will never grow weary and old. We will also commune with the patriarchs of old, the faithful of the Old Testament, the faithful of Christianity; and we will enjoy the fellowship of God.

• Heaven is a realm of Righteousness. Rev. 4:8; Lk. 9:26;, Heb. 12:23.

• A place of reunion and recognition. Cf. Gen. 25:8; Gen. 37:35; 2 Sam. 12:23; Matt. 8:11.

• A place for reliability of our Hope. Acts 24:15; cf. 23:6, I Cor. 15.


Heaven is a real place, a city made not with hands (2 Cor. 5:1) prepared for
• righteous saints (Matt. 25:34, 37; 13:43),
• the saved (John 3:5, 18, 21)
• those who endure (Rev. 2:10)
• obedient (Rev. 22:14; John 5:29)
• persecuted (Matt. 5:11, 12)
• those whose name had been enrolled (Luke 10:20; Heb 12:23).

Heaven is a beautiful place we should all be.Let us all yield to the call of Hezekiah who pleaded with the children of Israel that “serve the Lord your God, that the fierceness of His wrath may turn away from you” (II Chro. 30:8; cf. 29:8, 10; Ezra 9:4; 10:3).

Do you you want to get to Heaven? God want you there. Jesus had gone several years ago to prepare you a place, why should you prefer otherwise. Let us examine ourselves and make necessary corrections so as to be with GOD in that beautiful and everlasting place of joy, where there is no night, sorrow, pain, heartache, trouble, fear and all that ache.We can get there if and only if we are FAITHFUL.God bless you. Amen.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

What does God say, when He says nothing?

Bible study on authority, silence of the Scriptures.
God commands us to do the things authorized by Christ (Col. 3:17). We're not to go beyond what He's commanded (1 Cor. 4:6); if do, we do not abide in the teaching of Christ and do not have God (2 Jn. 1:9).
The Old Testament is for our LearningPaul tells us that the Old Testament is for our learning (Rom. 15:4). We learn about God, the success of the saints, and the doom of sinners.
One lesson we learn from the Old Testament is that God's silence does not authorize anything. Rather, God's silence is prohibitive.
We communicate to one another in everyday life, the same way God communicates with us in His word. God does not give us all the "do nots" when giving a command, He just tells us what to do. Likewise, parents do not give a million "do nots" when issuing a command; they simply give the command and expect it to be obeyed.
Think about this: What would the Bible be like, if God gave us every "do not" in His word?
The Bible would be so big, we couldn't read it in a lifetime. We could never come to a knowledge of the truth (1 Tim. 2:4).
The Bible would be filled with things that haven't been invented yet. It would be so confusing we couldn't understand it.
A Lesson from MosesIn Numbers 20:7-12, Moses did not believe or honor God. Therefore, God punished Him by prohibiting him from entering the Promise Land.
What did Moses do when he disbelieved God, thus dishonoring Him? He struck the rock rather than speaking to it.
It may seem like a rather minor infraction, striking a rock rather than speaking to it. But it wasn't minor to God, because it reflected Moses disbelief, and resulted in dishonoring God before Israel.
When God gives us a command, He expects us to obey. If we do something other than what He's commanded, our heart is not right with God as we rebel against His authority.
Saul's Unlawful SacrificeIn Samuel 13:1-15, Saul was afraid of an impending war with the Philistines. Samuel told Saul to wait seven days, till the appointed when he would offer a burnt offering to the Lord.
On the seventh day, Saul was afraid the Philistines would attack, and unlawfully offered the burnt sacrifice himself. After Saul offered the sacrifice, Samuel came and asked, "What have you done?"
Saul offered several excuses, claiming that he "forced" himself to offer the sacrifice. These excuses may seem wise in the eyes of men. But Samuel told Saul he hadn't kept the commandment of the Lord; therefore, the Lord would give his kingdom to another man, a man after His own heart.
Israel Sacrificing Children to MolechShortly after entering the Promise Land, Israel embraced pagan idol worship. One of the most disgusting practices they adopted was sacrificing their children to Molech.
God gives the Israelites two reasons why sacrificing their children was a sin (Jer. 7:31; 32:35).
He hadn't commanded the sacrifice.
This abomination hadn't even entered His mind.
God clearly tells the Israelites that their actions were sinful, simply based on the fact that He had not commanded the sacrifice.
This is an important lesson for us to learn. If we do something God has not authorized in His word, it is a sin.
Paul's Proof that the Law had been ChangedPaul plainly states the fact that God changed the law (Heb. 7:12, 18). Today, we live under the law of Christ (Gal. 6:2; 1 Cor. 9:21), not the law of Moses.
To prove that God had changed the law, Paul reminds them that Jesus serves as king and high priest in heaven, after the order of Melchizedek.
Since Jesus was from the tribe of Judah, and God had never authorized priests from that tribe, Paul concludes that God (of necessity) change the law before Christ could serve as our priest (Heb. 7:13-17). Jesus could not serve as priest under the Mosaic Law, since God had been silent regarding priests from His tribe.
This shows us that the apostles and first century Christians recognized this fact: We can only do the things God authorizes in His word. If God is silent regarding a matter, we do not have authority to do it.
Do All in the Name of the LordIn Colossians 3:17, Paul says, "Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus. . . ."
Simply put, we are to do the things Jesus authorizes in His word. If Jesus has not authorized it, we are forbidden from doing it.
This is the same lesson we learn from the Old Testament: Do what God has authorized, not more or less.