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Sunday, May 29, 2016

Insight from the Four-Drachma Coin from the Fish's Mouth

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UNSEEN GOSPEL. Most of us just read past it and miss the rich Kingdom insight it reveals.

My first question is, why did Jesus do it---tell Peter to throw out the line to get a four-drachma coin from the mouth of the first fish he'd catch?

Why not do a job and earn a living just like everyone else?

Here's the passage:
After Jesus and his disciples arrived in Capernaum, the collectors of the two-drachma temple tax came to Peter and asked, “Doesn’t your teacher pay the temple tax?”
“Yes, he does,” he replied.
When Peter came into the house, Jesus was the first to speak. “What do you think, Simon?” he asked. “From whom do the kings of the earth collect duty and taxes—from their own children or from others?”
“From others,” Peter answered.
“Then the children are exempt,” Jesus said to him.  “But so that we may not cause offense, go to the lake and throw out your line. Take the first fish you catch; open its mouth and you will find a four-drachma coin. Take it and give it to them for my tax and yours.” [Matthew 17]
Why not, instead, go catch fish, sell them and use the money to pay for the tax? That would've been practical and made better sense.

And how would preachers today interpret this? They'd say God never intended this to be interpreted literally, or else we'd all go out fishing to see if there was money in the fish's mouth and then try to make a living out of that.

And then we'd all laugh.

But just the same, why did Jesus make Peter do it literally, and none of them were laughing about it?

Sons are Exempt

And why did Jesus call his disciples away from catching fish (and call Matthew away from collecting taxes) and why didn't he himself do any job?

Jesus was into full-time preaching and healing. He never did a job.

ANSWER: Because sons are exempt. They are exempted from the curse that had fallen into this world.
"Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat food from it all the days of your life. It will produce thorns and thistles for you, and you will eat the plants of the field. By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return.” [Genesis 3]
Being sons of God, we are exempted from the curse of going through painful toil just to earn a living. The blood of Jesus has cut the effect of the curse from us. Our Father's desire then is for sons to do His will full-time---just as his will for Adam and Even before the Fall was just to manage Eden and worship him, not do any hard work to earn their keep.

God's original plan was for us to freely get everything we need from creation---like take money from the mouth of the first fish we catch from our fishing hobby to pay our taxes with. No sweat.

Jesus did exactly that, and isn't he the Way to the Father? Because he is the Way and the Life, aren't we supposed to follow his ways and live his Life?

Jesus, the Second Adam, is the only Way for us to go back to God's Original Plan.

It's clear that in Jesus' mind, the kings of the earth should collect taxes and duties from their subjects, not from sons. Don't we have the mind of Christ? Earthly toil belongs only to those who opt not to be sons and daughters of the King and heirs of the Kingdom.

And even if we have to abide by some earthly ruling "so that we may not cause offense," we should get everything we need straight from the hand of God, as the Israelites were given manna straight from heaven for free because they were full-time into doing God's will for them.

Slaving ourselves to a job or boss isn't God's plan, no matter how "fulfilling" the job is. It's still part of the curse.

"You were bought at a price; do not become slaves of human beings." [1 Corinthians 7.23]
Work is part of the curse. Your job, no matter how lucrative or how glamorous it looks like, is really part of the curse when man fell. 

That's why the goal is to be free from anything that entangles us---and that includes work---so we can utilize our full lives for God and His Word.

However, in the meantime, because we're yet so accustomed to work and enslaving ourselves to it, the apostle Paul counsels us to free ourselves of it gradually.

Were you a slave when you were called? Don’t let it trouble you—although if you can gain your freedom, do so. [1 Corinthians 7.21]
How It All Starts

Do your job well but also get ready to gain your freedom soon. How is that freedom coming about?

First, through signs and wonders. God can provide your needs supernaturally like how Jesus got the drachma coin for paying taxes from the fish's mouth. Like how he fed 5,000 and then 4,000 people with a few bread and fish. Like how ravens fed Elijah with bread and meat in the morning and evening. Like how God gave the Israelites manna. Like how he fed them quail in the desert. Like how God moved the wise men to bring the boy Jesus gold, frankincense and myrrh. 

Like how God can command "foreigners (to) work your fields and vineyards" [Isaiah 61.5] so we can focus on His Word and Kingdom on earth.

God will provide all our needs using the treasures of unbelievers because we are his ministers and servants doing his will (not church denominational works or activities).

And you will be called priests of the Lord, you will be named ministers of our God. You will feed on the wealth of nations, and in their riches you will boast. [Isaiah 61.6]
These are not just fancy passages that are too good to be true. A lot of church people will probably laugh at this, but I believe all this will happen soon in these last days. God is about to free believers from toils and hardships from making a living so they can serve Him full-time for His end-time plans.

Second, believers will surrender all their possessions and resources at the apostles' feet like what happened in the Acts church. The apostles will in turn distribute the resources equally, according to each one's needs.

There were no needy ones among them, because those who owned lands or houses would sell their property, bring the proceeds from the sales, and lay them at the apostles' feet for distribution to anyone as he had need. [Acts 4.34-35]

God displayed this supernatural lifestyle in the bible not so we can just marvel at them but to let us know how he wants us to live like Jesus, even in supplying for our material needs.

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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Jesus' Another Most Hated Teaching--Being Least of All. And He Meant It

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UNSEEN GOSPEL. Among often missed points of the Unseen Gospel in the bible is how God favors the least. Everybody reads about it but almost no one really sees it. Jesus emphasized how the least among us is the greatest, and anyone who wants to be great or first must be servant of all.

And yet no one wants to be least. They all want to be great.

Fact is, today you should aim at being the boss to be great. The only sure way to greatness is if you make it to the top. The world does it like that, and so does the church. Everyone's after being great but hates being least.

The world says you cannot be great by being the least. But God says you should be the least to be the greatest.

Who do you believe? Who does the church believe?

Jesus was Least

Jesus believed it with all his heart and came here being the least. He started and ended ministry by remaining the least. So he became the greatest in the Father's eyes. He never bothered about greatness. In fact, he stressed that he could do nothing except what the Father told him to. Moreover, he allowed John to baptize him in Jordan and had two of John's disciples to be his first disciples.

He never bothered about titles and degrees and it didn't matter if he had no church building of his own, merely "usurping" synagogues and the temple areas even if he wasn't among the recognized religious leaders of that time. He didn't even have a pillow to lay his head on.

So I wonder about preachers and ministers who show off their mansions and cathedrals.

He died being rejected by the big, popular religion of that time and by the people. He died a shameful death. Even his disciples abandoned him.

Even before that, he chose to be born in a dirty, musty, smelly manger where animals ate and defecated. He opted to be born in Bethlehem, the worst town in Israel, and grow up in Nazareth, a place where nothing good could come from, said Nathanael.

However, because we hate anything least, we choose to associate Christ's birth with a festive holiday filled with carols, gifts, salary bonuses and shopping. We have made the Nativity something glamorous. We've made it to be the greatest holiday of all. We have equated Christ's birth with having lots of money and parties.

And even the modern church miss the point altogether.

God intended all this (Jesus always being the least) to be a highlight in Jesus' life. This shows us the powerful truth that the least is the greatest in the Kingdom. But we choose to close our eyes to it. Instead, we focus on greatness alone---greatness in this world.

So, all the church knows today is how to be great without being least.

So, the church have joined the mad race to greatness. We build huge church buildings. We want to have mega churches filled with people and making huge income. We put up branches and franchises we call "church planting" everywhere we can. We choose high-sounding names for our churches so the world would take notice. Pastors pursue their masters and doctorate degrees to be respectable.

We are doing all we can to show the world we can also be great. But we do nothing to show God we can be least.

Great in this World

At the same time, we have failed to appreciate the Kingdom epitome of greatness---being the least. We fail to see the riches of Christ's teachings in being poor in spirit, meek, persecuted, belittled, mourning, and despised. We don't recognize these virtues any longer because we have long been steeped in the value system of the world.

We opt to do only the things that will make us great "for the glory of God." We fear being underrated by the world. We fear its rejection. So we do all we can to catch its attention. We try hard to fit its standards, to flow along its currents, to be smoothly integrated into its system. We imitate what it does. We try to have what it has. We even try to sound like it when we sing in church.

And as long as we keep doing this, we drift farther away from being the least. And the more we hate being the least.

Thus, the more we fail at being great in God's Kingdom.

Sure, we admire greatness on earth. We praise big and successful church ministries and ministers who manage to build big, peopled and moneyed churches. We want to be like them and put them on pedestals as models.

We imagine them to get the greatest rewards when we all get to heaven.

But we forget one vital thing---to God, the least among us is the greatest, and the greatest among us is the least.

What Least is NOT

Least is not being incompetent, inept, amateurish, inefficient, substandard or lackadaisical. In fact, being least in the Kingdom means you have fully dedicated your life to the King and His Kingdom exclusively, making sure you're within Kingdom standards all the time.

It is more of your life and character quality than what you do, achieve or possess.

It doesn't mean you become timid or defeatist or inferior. On the contrary, being least makes you live and think like a king---because you're of the Kingdom, not as a subject, but as son or daughter of the King. An heir, co-heir with Christ.

But being Kingdomly like Jesus is very different from the ways of royalty in this world. The ways of Godly royalty is laid out by Jesus in his Sermon on the Mount or Beatitudes. Being Kingdomly or having the kingly anointing means you become poor in spirit, meek, mourning, persecuted, lowly, etc.

In short, the least.

And yet, we are confident because as Jesus is in this world, so are we [1 John 4.17]

By this is love perfected with us, so that we may have confidence for the day of judgment, because as he is so also are we in this world.
In another version:

And as we live in God, our love grows more perfect. So we will not be afraid on the day of judgment, but we can face him with confidence because we live like Jesus here in this world.
It is hard to be least while trying to be great in this world. It is difficult be great in this world and in God's Kingdom, too. It is something like what Jesus said about the rich---it is hard for them to enter the Kingdom.

And for sure, you can never be great in the Kingdom without being least in it, too.

Forget about greatness. Just serve God with your all, quietly and meekly.

GOD's Flesh: And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God; I myself will see him with my own eyes—I, and not another. How my heart yearns within me! [Job 19,26-17]

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Pursuing Jesus' Most Hated Teaching

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People like hearing about God's love and grace and mercy. You see them flocking en masse in churches that teach nothing but these three and related matters.

And indeed, God is rich in love, in grace and in mercy. In fact, God is love. But all these will have true meaning only in the context of Jesus' most hated teaching---giving up everything.

If not, they will remain mere motivational topics to keep people comfortable and challenge them to do more in church---not offer their bodies as living sacrifices, holy and acceptable to God.

Offer Our Bodies

This is the whole point of worship and service---to offer our bodies as living sacrifices. What do we mean by living sacrifices? It does not mean tiring ourselves out in ministry doing this and that, going here and there, being seen on stage and being super active in church.

The passage says, "offering our bodies as living sacrifices, holy and acceptable to God, which is our spiritual worship."

Holy and acceptable to God. See that?

Without this, anything we do in church becomes a thing for fun clubs or cause oriented groups. The main reason for church is the offering, just as it was in the temple in the Old Testament.

Without the offering, everything is silly nonsense.

There were gold utensils, furnishings and implements in the temple used in worship, but they were not the reason why the temple was built. They were all used to help the worshiper with his offering.

Today, church people fuss with gold utensils, furnishings, implements and the temple. They spend all their energies and resources on them---but not on the offering.

No right offering, no worship.

YOU are the offering---your life and character.

Give Up!

Problem is, in God's eyes, only the offering matters. Only the quality of our lives and how we keep our bodies holy and acceptable to him are important.

And how do we make offer our bodies to God as living sacrifices, holy and acceptable?

ANSWER: By giving up everything---sin, ego, rights and privileges, worldliness and especially possessions.

He told his disciples: "Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will never fail, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys." [Luke 12.33]

This was among the things the Acts church did.

There were no needy ones among them, because those who owned lands or houses would sell their property, bring the proceeds from the sales, and lay them at the apostles' feet for distribution to anyone as he had need.

You have to give up all, sometimes even your church ministry if it doesn't help you offer your body as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God.

If your church helps you feel okay even if you have a rotten character or enjoying sin, it is against Jesus' most hated teaching---which is giving up everything.

Today, churches teach how you can enjoy a relationship with God without having to give up anything. They don't preach on what you need to get rid in your life but merely motivate you on how to have a better church.

GOD's Flesh: And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God; I myself will see him with my own eyes—I, and not another. How my heart yearns within me! [Job 19,26-17]

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Would You Have Joined Jesus' Ministry?

Would you join this church?
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Would you have joined Jesus' ministry if you'd been there?

Especially if you saw how he had no church building, no riches, no property, no formal education, no formal clothes, no titles or degrees, and no home---not even a pillow to lay his head on?

A poor pastor?

On top of that, the popular church leaders with the big ministries all denounced him.

One time he declared:
Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them. [John 7.38]
Today, we realize the power of this passage because we already know it comes from the Son of God. But back then, it came from a poor carpenter who had no finances or bank account or property to back up his claims. 

You looked at him and you saw someone looking just as poor and helpless as you were, probably even poorer---and later you'd see him abandoned by his own disciples and haplessly nailed on the cross.

Today, church people clap their hands and shout "Amen!" when pastors or ministers with huge ministries and church buildings and riches and properties and cars and mansions quote the passage above. It's easy to believe when the one quoting it lives in plenty. People would marvel at how the declaration is backed by "proofs."

But have the same passage quoted by a poor and miserable-looking pastor with a tiny church ministry and see if he gets the same applause. The audience would probably frown at him and think, "What he says should be seen in his life first."

Indeed, what you preach should be seen in your life, but this has to do with character, not riches.

Jesus preached about preparing mansions in his Father's House. But seeing him then, the first thing you'd probably notice was how he had no home or property of his own. He even borrowed the donkeys he used for his Triumphant Entry. He had no "car" of his own, so to speak.

So, how could he be talking about providing mansions?

People today tend to join plenty. They seek material prosperity first before they can believe any Kingdom principle and commit to it. The principle should be espoused by someone rich or moneyed before they can applaud and believe it.

How many times have I seen certain principles in the bible espoused by poor pastors and not applauded by church people? But when the same people hear it from rich or celebrated pastors or those who have titles and degrees, they appreciate its worth.

A moneyed pastor with a huge and impressive church building preaching on giving may easily convince church people about it. But when a poor pastor does it, people tend to think he's just trying to get their money for himself.

Most Christians today seek churches that work, not God (in fact, anything that equates to material prosperity). They prefer churches with posh buildings and facilities, where they sit together with celebrities and influential people, churches with big names they can be proud to be part of.

Jesus intently did away with all that in his time. It was in God's grand plan that Jesus would come as a kid of poor parents, born in a dirty, musty manger, and growing in Israel's most backward town.

"Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?" Nathanael asked. [John 1.46]

He came that believers may have Life---God's abundant life. And that life was not to be marketed or promoted around like a consumer product, with gimmicks, fanfare and attractions to lure people with.

Like bible quizzes, nice sound systems, musical instruments, fancy worship, church programs, concerts, pop fellowships, etc. Or visitations, motivations or dole outs.

That Life should be willingly pursued with all one's life. In fact, you have to barter your earthly life with it.

If you had to be repeatedly invited, lured or forced to join a church, you were not offered the Jesus ministry. You were offered a fun  or a cause-oriented club membership.

The only way to get that Life is if you totally and willingly surrender your earthly life to God through Christ and start pursuing and living the simple, lowly Life of  Jesus---meek, low-profile and perceived as poor by the world.

You have to pursue it with your all. There's no other way.

If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. [Luke 9.23]
So, would you have joined Jesus' ministry if you had lived back then?

Jesus' ministry was too much for the rich, young ruler. He couldn't imagine himself being poor, dispossessed of his priced possessions, position and achievements. And most of us feel the same way today. We do not like to be numbered among the weak, unglamorous and poor. Our flesh can't stand being nobodies to the world.

That's why when preachers cheer about power, riches and possessions, their congregations shout resounding amens and multitudes flock to them, not realizing that in God's Kingdom, real power is made perfect in weakness, real strength is in the frail posture of total dependence on God.

That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. [2 Corinthians 12.10]
In fact, real riches is in knowing Christ's self abasement---that he chose to be poor and despised (though rich) so we can be made rich. And being "made rich" is in living the Life of Jesus alone (not being rich with the world). It's in imitating that self-abasement. In the Kingdom, abasement is riches. True riches is only through the lowly Life of Jesus---when you give up everything for Him.

Unfortunately, it is that lowliness and weakness that most of us are allergic of. We hate the mere smell of it. We want to be associated with material power.

We always look for a "good" church to be part of---meaning, one respected by people. Noticed by the world. At least, one with a decent property, building, facilities and perhaps a vehicle? And we've lose sight of what God's will really is. That in his second coming, Christ will again choose the appearance of abasement---the lamb that was slain---before he shocks everyone, unmasking himself to be really the King and Judge. 

Honestly, if presented with the cross or a pedestal, what would you choose? To help you answer, look at the church you belong to. Why did you choose it over smaller ones?

GOD's Flesh: And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God; I myself will see him with my own eyes—I, and not another. How my heart yearns within me! [Job 19,26-17]

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

What If We Didn't Judge One Another?

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JUDGMENT. What if no one judged anyone as many today demand? Even church people demand this. Even some church leaders. People today cry out in the wilderness---"Do not judge us!" Or "Don't be judgmental!"

Imagine if we all stopped judging.

What would happen to the world? What would happen to church? It will be exactly as the time Moses went up Sinai for 40 days and the Israelites engaged in idolatrous revelry at the foot of the mountain. Without judgment, people are hellbent on idolatry, even church people.

God's judgment is His love. He judges because He wants to correct our ways. He wants us to stay in straight paths. And in the bible, God did this by sending his servants to pronounce the judgment on people. His servants spoke for Him.

If God is in you in Christ, you also should judge because you love your neighbor as yourself. Prophets were called to pronounce God's judgments. And they were hated for it. Just like today.

And today, God wants prophets in church:

And God has placed in the church first of all apostles, second prophets... [1 Corinthians 12.28]
People who love to wallow in their sins hate judgment. Ahab and Jezebel hated Elijah for it. Ahab hated Micaiah for it. Haman hated Mordecai for it. The Jews hated Jeremiah for it. John the baptizer was decapitated by Herod for it.

It's God's way---he will always send his servants to judge. He will send a "prophet" (a Godly friend or relative) to you for direction, encouragement, comfort or judgment.

Right Judgment

Jesus did say, "Do not judge, so you won't be judged." But the whole context says get rid of the plank on your own eyes first before you judge your brother. After clearing your eyes of debris, "then you can get rid of the speck of dust on your brother's eye."

Make sure you're clean first before you try to clean others.

Romans 2 further explains this---make sure you are not guilty of the same sin before you judge your brother. There are judgmental folks who love judging others while being guilty of sin themselves. This is wrong judgment.

Another wrong judgment is judging people based on appearances, not truth.

Jesus said: "Make a right judgment [John 7.24].

He also said: "If your brother sins against you, go and confront him privately." [Matthew 18.15]. This means you point out his wrong; you can't do this without judging. After all, "judging" means making sensible conclusions about someone or something.

If you accidentally wear a pair of shoes different in color from each, right judgment tells you it's wrong. Everyday, we need judgment to discern right from wrong. If you're going to Cubao, right judgment tells you to ride a bus going to Cubao, not Baguio.

Thus, you cannot live without making judgments.

Some say rebuking and correcting are good, but judging someone isn't.

You cannot correct or rebuke anyone without making a sensible conclusion that he or she is wrong. A sensible conclusion is right judgment. As simple as that.

Judging Everybody

Well, there are those who like telling people they're wrong or telling them what to do. Sensible judgment means you should have wisdom on how and when to release judgment on people. Here are some tips:

1. Judge when God tells you to. But some folks would abuse this. They'd claim God told them to judge everyone they meet. Here are signs God really talks to you:

  • You are deep in God's Word. You live it out everyday.
  • You are meek. There's no sign of pride or self conceit or self centeredness.
  • You have the fruit of the Spirit. Jesus said you will know them by their fruit.
2. Judge when you're asked your opinion. I often just pray for people who are in the wrong. But once they ask my opinion, I declare God's Word like a prophet---direct, outright and fearless. But if I'm not asked, I just keep mum and pray.

3. Judge when people like to control you. A lot of people love to control other people and tell them what to do or believe. If people try to invade your privacy like this, then judge. Tell them to their faces: "YOU ARE WRONG!"

4. Judge those under you. You have the responsibility to judge your spouse and kids and also people who work for you or who are under your leadership or jurisdiction. Teachers can judge their pupils or students while they're in school, for instance. But outside school, they should wait for their students to ask their help or opinion.

Do not judge or correct other people's kids or other teacher's pupils.

5. Let the Word judge when preaching. Do away with harmless or motivational preaching designed not to hurt people. Preach the Word and the Word will automatically do the judging through the Holy Spirit.

Remember: Don't judge anyone in the street you see doing wrong, unless it's a matter of life or death. You cannot tell everybody what they should do. You are not the Holy Spirit. Often, what God wants you to do is just pray for people. 

GOD's Flesh: And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God; I myself will see him with my own eyes—I, and not another. How my heart yearns within me! [Job 19,26-17]

Friday, May 6, 2016

When GOD Steps in in Politics

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Elections are just a few days ahead, and the church, as usual, doesn't know what it should do---though it pretends to.

A lot of them join the political circus, thinking they have to "get involved" and be God's representative (whatever that means) in the fanfare, when all it does to them is get divided, ending up fighting each other.

The times armies ended up killing each other in the bible was when God fought against them.

Anyway, on the other hand, some church people also refuse to get involved because---like those who involve themselves--they, too, really don't know what to do.

But they have one common denominator---they think God will involve Himself someway in politics.

It was the same thing when Israel was waiting for the coming Messiah---they thought he was going to get involved politically and liberate them from Rome. Jesus never lifted a finger to do it. Instead, he introduced His Kingdom. The Kingdom had its own agenda, and it included nothing of this world.

It was a strange and unique one.

This is what we believers are called to do---usher in the Kingdom, make straight paths for it---not support the petty kingdoms of men.

"Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for Him." [Matthew 3]

We can get powerful hints about His second coming from His first advent. Because GOD never changes. He will always choose the lowly paths. They once planned to enthrone him, but Jesus refused to have anything to do with human politics.

Jesus, knowing that they intended to come and make him king by force, withdrew again to a mountain by himself. [John 6.15]

To Jesus, it's the Father's endorsement or nothing.

God didn't get involve in Egyptian politics. Instead, he took Moses out of it all and brought him to the wilderness. And there God taught him how to be humble. You have to be stripped of your ego, pride, ambition and all worldly systems before you can truly represent the Kingdom on earth.

God also didn't use Babylon politics to release the Jews from captivity. He used his sovereignty over human politics (directly commanded Cyrus to free the Jews) to send them all back to their own land, exactly after 70 years. He didn't tell Daniel, Ezra or Nehemiah to run for president in Babylon or Persia, but they were strategically positioned in enemy territory. all in preparation for the great second exodus back to Israel.

The Kingdom thing here is being strategically positioned by God, not joining politics or running for government positions.

Moreover, God's agenda then was in Israel, not in Egypt or Babylon.

God never meant them to stay in the worldly systems of those nations. He meant them to go back to the Land He promised to their fathers and there employ His Word and ways.

God may step in now and then and intervene in politics---but not to get involved in the system or place His bets in an election---but to use strategically positioned people to take out His own and bring them into His Kingdom on earth. Because His agenda is for the Kingdom and in His Kingdom alone.

Noah was strategically positioned on earth to take out God's chosen ones and bring them into the Ark. He didn't run for president or senator so that when elected into office he could institute changes. 

Hope is not that God will use worldly politics by improving it and getting involved in it. Real hope is that Jesus has His own Kingdom different from anything in this world and He is setting it up with the Kingdom people He has been preparing for His last big move in history.

Remember, Jesus said...

My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jewish leaders. But now my kingdom is from another place. [John 18.36]
Then...

The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Messiah, and he will reign for ever and ever. [Revelation 11.15]

God meant us to get out from all worldly systems and go back to His plan---to inherit the Kingdom he promised to our forefathers. A Kingdom not of this world but which is in this world.

GOD's Flesh: And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God; I myself will see him with my own eyes—I, and not another. How my heart yearns within me! [Job 19,26-17]

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

GOD's Flesh EBook: Deeper Faith to Take Us Back to God's Original Plan

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We're born again not to do religious dead works again. Often, after getting born again, we just transfer to another religion or church. But God's design is that we're born again to do the Father's work in exactly the way Jesus did it. That's why Jesus lives in us.
"And the Father's work is to believe in the One He has sent," [John 6.29].
On the day we finally and really believe the WORD, we will understand that the Father and the Lord Jesus are really and fully (100%) living in us through the Holy Spirit in us---and that we, completely one in Christ, are God's flesh on earth.
On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. [John 14.20]
Anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father. [John 14.12]
Glorify God in our bodies. That's the goal, said Paul. And the body is flesh. Thus, the body is God's flesh. God inhabits our flesh in Christ and we live in God through Christ. In fact, we no longer live in this body but Christ does.

Once we all manifest God in our bodies (all of us living the LIFE of Christ), true unity among believers will happen, and there will be one glorious church of Jesus Christ, which is without spot or wrinkle or any other blemish. Denominations will disappear. In fact, as I'm writing this review, it's already happening!

Then genuine Kingdom building on earth by the glorious church will start.

But as it is, only empires of men they call "churches" are built and "planted" everywhere, not God's true church and Kingdom.

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GOD's Flesh: And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God; I myself will see him with my own eyes—I, and not another. How my heart yearns within me! [Job 19,26-17]

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Why Nicodemus Failed to See Even Jesus' Earthly Teachings

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"I have spoken to you of earthly things and you do not believe; how then will you believe if I speak of heavenly things?" [John 3.12]

Being born of water and spirit was something out of this world to Nicodemus, but it was still basic, earthly teaching as far as Jesus was concerned. 

Nicodemus was "Israel's teacher," very knowledgeable in sound bible-based human theology and doctrines. He was an expert actually, probably holding a doctorate degree---and yet he found Jesus' earthly teachings confusing.

What more Jesus' heavenly teachings?

One good thing about Nicodemus---he wanted to believe, so much so that he risked his life and career when he visited Jesus personally. It was an evil thing for the Sanhedrin to be associated with Jesus. But when he heard a sampling from Jesus, Nicodemus couldn't figure it out: "How can this be?" And it was merely earthly teaching.

Why did simple, uneducated folks like the disciples (Jesus himself was "unschooled" said John 7.15) understand Jesus' earthly and heavenly teachings and highly educated ones like Nicodemus, Caiaphas and Pilate didn't?

1. First, human theology and doctrines have nothing to do with Kingdom teachings.

2. Kingdom people understand Kingdom or heavenly teachings because "we speak of what we know, and we testify to what we have seen," according to Jesus. True believers testify about what they have seen.

Seeing is vital. Jesus had said no one can "see" the kingdom of God unless he is born again. Being born-again enables you to see. And understanding Kingdom teachings is not about your educational attainment even in your theological studies. Human understanding, intellect or scholarship has nothing to do with it. 

It's about seeing.

People bitten by snakes in the time of Moses got healed when they looked at and "saw" the lifted bronze snake. And Jesus said, just as the bronze snake was lifted up, he too must be lifted up. Why? So believers could see him and understand both his earthly and heavenly teachings.

You must see Jesus clearly in every passage of the bible---Old and New Testaments. Born again does that to you. If you're not born again, you won't understand even his earthly teaching---and no wonder why church denominations today cannot agree on their doctrines.

And no wonder, too, that so many Christians don't really read their bibles. So they just stay active in church. Many young people stay out of serious bible studies but join excitedly when the church has concerts or plays. This is because they don't see anything in the spirit.

Another earthly teaching is Christ's glorious church which is without any denomination. Most pastors and church people cannot imagine this. "How can this be?" they ask.

How much more if they see Jesus' heavenly teachings---like, Christ in you the hope of glory, being God's flesh on earth through Christ, and how God will display his manifold wisdom and power in these last days to spiritual beings (both angels and devils) using his glorious church [Ephesians 3.10]?

Here it is:

His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms,

A lot of church people can't even believe the simple truth that there is a perfect church---his glorious church which is without spot or wrinkle or any other blemish. They still insist there is no perfect church---like how the fool insists that there is no God. 

Only God can open your spiritual eyes, if you are in Christ, to see what He has prepared for you. Not even your sophisticated education can open God's wonders to you.

"No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him. These are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit." [1 Corinthians 2.9-10]
And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God; I myself will see him with my own eyes—I, and not another. How my heart yearns within me! [Job 19,26-17]

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