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“I have loved you even as the Father has loved me. Remain in my love. When you obey my commandments, you remain in my love, just as I obey my Father’s commandments and remain in his love. I have told you these things so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your joy will overflow!

This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you. There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you slaves, because a master doesn’t confide in his slaves.

Now you are my friends, since I have told you everything the Father told me. You didn’t choose me. I chose you. I appointed you to go and produce lasting fruit, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask for, using my name.

This is my command: Love each other.

(‭John‬ ‭15‬:‭9-17‬ NLT)

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Salvation In Jesus Christ Is By The Grace Of God-The Father Alone

But God, our Father is so unfathomable rich in His mercy and love; And it is exactly because of His great and intense love for us that the Father raised us back to life when He raised Jesus Christ from the dead; even though we were dead-buried under a mountain of our sins and rebellions. It was His very intention to give us the very life of Jesus Christ Himself; a brand new creation life through His resurrection. So now, we are made alive together in union with Christ-His Son, and as partakers Christ’s salvation.

It is only by God’s grace and unmerited favour that we have been saved! We did not deserve any of this at all, no matter who we are or what we do. We can never earn this by ourselves.

And since we are raised together with Jesus Christ on earth, the Father (not only let but) made us to sit together with our beloved King Jesus on the heavenly throne; as joint-heirs. Through Christ our Saviour, we are now of heavenly royal bloodline. The Father did this so that He can demonstrate convincingly and affirmingly to us that from now to all eternity to come, we will always be in (and will never again fall out of) His immeasurable wealth of grace and goodness in Christ Jesus. We stand as a living testimony of the certain love that was staked on the cross, His very own Son – Jesus the Messiah.

It is purely by the grace of God the Father alone that you are saved from destruction when you believed in Christ through faith. This gift of salvation is from the Father, and not earned, so no one can take credit for it except God Himself.

Salvation is not a reward, it is a free GIFT. This precious gift is something bestowed voluntarily to us by our Father, without the need of any compensation, condition or requirement. God fully paved and paid everything for this salvation; we have done nothing to deserved it, so obviously we have nothing to brag about.

For we are God’s masterpiece, a heavenly crafted art. We are created and recreated, in Jesus Christ; so we can fulfil our destiny of accomplishing the good things ordained by the Father who has prepared for us long ago; living the path of the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live for His glory.

 

a personal reflection of  Ephesians 2:4-10

 

 

 

Reinhard Bonnke: The Bible Was Not Just Written

Just to add: And to tell us what the Lord had done for us…

I haven’t been writing much lately. Partly, it has been a difficult time for my family and I. Our beloved pet who had been faithfully with us for the last 10 years fell very sick and passed away recently. And with his passing, being a close part of the family, I asked God if I will ever see my good buddy again. Initially, I was unsure, as no theology is very clear on this. I am certain of my eternal salvation in Christ and that of my loved ones, but I am hesitant and unsettled about ever seeing my dog again.

Then one day, a small still voice inside me assured me…

This little fellow will be waiting for me in my mansion in heaven when I eventually get there

I am not in the mood for fairy tales or romantic myths. So, what does the Bible have to say?

In John 3:16; For God so loved the world, that He gave His one and only Son… God, the Father, so loved the world, the whole world, and this is including all His creation. Suppose, if God send His Son just for humans, John 3:16 would probably read: For God so loved mankind! that He sent His Son… Granted that the later part, …whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life; is meant for human beings who have the mind to accept and believe in Christ, also because we are the only creation able to make moral decisions; But what we established here is the Father’s love, that so loved His own creation to send His Son for redemption, for the world and beyond just people.

God loves and saves animals too; if not, Noah’s ark would hold only Noah’s human family members and not all the other animals. Noah’s Ark, a picture of Jesus Christ, is the salvation that saves and covers us from the judgement that rained down. The coverings from judgement and death were not only for humans but extended to animals too. “Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? And not one of them is forgotten before God.” Luke 12:6

In the future Kingdom of God, life flourish!

In that day the wolf and the lamb will live together; the leopard will lie down with the baby goat. The calf and the yearling will be safe with the lion, and a little child will lead them all. The cow will graze near the bear. The cub and the calf will lie down together. The lion will eat hay like a cow. The baby will play safely near the hole of a cobra. Yes, a little child will put its hand in a nest of deadly snakes without harm. Nothing will hurt or destroy in all my holy mountain, for as the waters fill the sea, so the earth will be filled with people who know the Lord. Isaiah 11:6-8

One critical knowledge we know from the Bible is that there will be animals in heaven. Animals still exist when Christ reign on the throne and it’s not wishful thinking. We will not be simply idling about on clouds playing harps for eternality; we will be leading animals and interacting with each other and with animals as we like. We will be celebrating life, victory, joy and the very presence of God! Without this knowledge, this entire post will be utterly useless.

“The Kingdom of Heaven is like a mustard seed planted in a field. It is the smallest of all seeds, but it becomes the largest of garden plants; it grows into a tree, and birds come and make nests in its branches.” Matthew 13:31-32   Yes, God is more concern with saving His best creation, the crown jewel – us! But that doesn’t limit Him to redeem the rest of His creation. The possibility in heaven is much bigger than we can conceive; and then bigger still that birds come. And then bigger still that birds nests in it. Our tiny minds cannot fathom what is being installed for us in heaven.   But with eager hope, the creation looks forward to the day when it will join God’s children in glorious freedom from death and decay. For we know that all creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. Romans 8:21-22;   Even creation eagerly awaits their redemption and freedom from death and decay; Yes, your pets know and eagerly await their redemption and freedom from death! See my previous post, Animal Instincts On Redemption.

He will live with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them. He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.” And the one sitting on the throne said, “Look, I am making everything new!” Revelation 21:3-5

But ultimately, what comforts and assures me most is the fact my God is far bigger than what I think He is. He loves me far more than what I can fancy, (Ephesians 3:19). My joy will be far more complete than what I can comprehend. My expectation will be far exceeded. He will wipe every tear from our eyes and if we cry because we missed our pets, what make you think He cannot restore what we have lost? If we people know how to give good gifts to our children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask him?! (Matthew 7:9).  If God will restore the entire heaven and entire earth, and if Jesus can bring Lazarus back to life, can He not restore your little pets?!?!!

For nothing is impossible with God. ” Luke 1:37 Come on, our God is bigger! Our God is greater!!

Some may call this conclusion ignorant, naïve or even wishful thinking. But I call this FAITH.

PS: Just one more question, will you be in heaven? It will be pointless to ponder whether your pet goes to heaven if you not going to be there yourself. The only way is to accept Jesus Christ as your Saviour and have the full assurance that you will go to heaven and receive eternal life. As for your pets being in heaven, go there and find out (the joy) yourself.

Heavenly Dog, TONG TONG

In Loving Memory
Tong Tong
(02 Jan 2003 – 02 Sept 2013)

See Jesus Christ (In Every Book Of The Bible)

Christmas is coming…

While the bells continue ringing (the cash register ones I meant), cars honing and people merrying, one has to wonder sometimes what it all sums down to. I am all for
celebrating Christmas; with the Christmas trees, the presents, even Santa “Clause” (I did that on purpose..) which I find rather objectionable previously because it’s not rooted in Christianity. But now I know I don’t have to be too legalistic and judgmental. Just enjoy it in your own special way.

You see, whatever our perception, it all depends on our choice we want to lean-to; the positive or the negative. Even the Holy Spirit can even show you amazing things from the worldly scape. For some reason, people just loves Christmas trees, and it can point to the Tree of Life – Jesus. Even the nicely decorated trees can be contrasted to the one real bloody tree that my Savior hanged on, which was later glorified. And the so-many presents below the tree further signifies the gifts that comes from the cross. The healing, the love, the life, the prosperity, the anointing with our names on it. And even, in my humble opinion, the weird and out-of-place Santa Claus (especially in the tropics) seems like a blur-shadowy figure of our
warm, loving and generous Father in heaven.

Strange right…

 

See Jesus Christ (In Every Book Of The Bible)

Going back to the Bible, we can similarly see Jesus everywhere. Jesus didn’t just appear in the Gospels. He wasn’t just talked about in the epistles in New Testament. Jesus can be found and pointed to in every single book in the Bible, including the Old Testaments. And the most amazing part is that every book reveals or reinforce a particular facade of Christ:

in Genesis: Jesus is The Seed of The Woman, a descendant of Abraham, a king in the line of Judah in the order of Melchizedek. The sacrified Son (as like Isaac, Gen 22) and a rejected brother (as like Joseph, Gen 27).

in Exodus: Jesus is The Passover Lamb, the leader and deliverer out of slavery (as like Moses), the manna from heaven, the rock that gave water, the Tabernacle in the camp and every item inside (Brazen Alter, Lampstand, Table of Showbread, Ark of the Covenant, etc.).

in Leviticus: Jesus is The High Priest, personified by the sacrifices and offering, the Jewish festivals (Passover, Atonement, Trumpets, etc.). The scapegoat and the what Christ does as our high priest.

in Numbers: Jesus is The Cloud and The Fire, the Messiah that would be King. The healer in the bronze serpent. The Water from the Rock.

in Deuteronomy: Jesus is The Prophet Like Moses, worshipped by angels. He is the cities of refuge.

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in Joshua: Jesus is The Captain of Our Salvation, our leader into the promise land (as like Joshua), the commander-in-chief of the Army.

in Judges: Jesus is The Judge And Lawgiver, the true judge for the living and the dead.

in Ruth: Jesus is The Kinsman Redeemer, the descendent of Boaz and Ruth. As personified by Boaz. in

1 & 2 Samuel: Jesus is The Prophet of The Lord, exalted by God with power. A descendent of David, personified by David – the exiled King. The faithful friend (Jonathan).

in 1 & 2 Kings, 1 & 2 Chronicles: Jesus is The Reigning King, for the Millennial Reign (as like Solomon). Multiplying bread and healing leper (as like Elisha).

in Ezra: Jesus is The Faithful Scribe, the builder of the temple (Zerubbabel).

in Nehemiah: Jesus is The Rebuilder of The Broken Down Walls, the rebuilder of the walls of salvation (as like Nehemiah).

in Esther: Jesus is Mordecai, the personified. The Guardian.

in Job: Jesus is The Dayspring From on High, the sufferings and the subsequent blessings (as like Job).

in Psalms: Jesus is The Lord Who Is Our Shepherd, the resurrected Son of God, that was despised and crucified; Hated without cause, rejected by the Israelites. But now seated on the right hand of God.

in Proverbs & Ecclesiastes: Jesus is Wisdom of God.

in The Song of Solomon: Jesus is The Lover & Bridegroom.

in Isaiah: Jesus is The Suffering Servant. Born of a virgin, the Immanuel “God with us”. The God and Man, with 7-fold spirit upon Him. He healed the blind, lame and deaf, preceded by a forerunner. A light to the Gentiles but despised by the Israelite nation. He was whipped and beaten; and finally die as a guilt offering for sin. But He resurrected and live forever.

in Jeremiah & Lamentations: Jesus is The Weeping Prophet, the righteous Branch, our righteousness.

Untitledin Ezekiel: Jesus is The son of Man, a descendent of David.

in Daniel: Jesus is The Son of Man coming in the clouds of Heaven, given an everlasting kingdom. He came 483 years after the decree to rebuild Jerusalem. Foretold He would be killed and revealed as the stone that smashed the kingdoms of the world. The 4th Man in the fiery furnace.

in Hosea: Jesus is The Bridegroom Married to The Backslidden Woman, the faithfulness to his adulterous wife.

in Joel: Jesus is Baptized With The Holy Spirit And Fire, offered salvation to all mankind and baptize people with the Holy Spirit.

in Amos: Jesus is The Burden Bearer, that darken the day at noon during Messiah’s death.

in Obadiah: Jesus is The Mighty Savior.

in Jonah: Jesus is The Forgiving God, being 3 days and 3 nights in the belly of a fish.

in Micah: Jesus is The Messenger With Beautiful Feet, born in Bethlehem and from everlasting.

in Nahum: Jesus is The Avenger of God’s Elect.

in Habakkuk: Jesus is The Great Evangelist, Crying For Revival, the Messiah that would come from Teman at His return, full of glory. With intercession and prayer for His people (Habakkuk).

in Zephaniah: Jesus is The Restorer of God’s Lost Heritage.

in Haggai: Jesus is The Cleansing Fountain, who visited the 2nd temple.

in Zechariah: Jesus is The Pierced Son, a Priest and King who ride into Jerusalem on a donkey.  The Messiah who would be God and be pierced.

in Malachi: Jesus is The Son of Righteousness, Rising with Healing in His Wings, the Messiah who would be God who appear at the temple and His forerunner came in the spirit of Elijah.

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 in Matthew: Jesus is The King, the Song of David, the King of the Jews, the Son of God and the Bridegroom.

in Mark: Jesus is The Wonder Worker/Servant, The Holy One of God, the Servant, the King of Israel.

in Luke: Jesus is The Son of Man, the Horn of Salvation and the Consolation of Israel.

in John: Jesus is The Son of God, the Begotten Son, the Lamb of God, the Bread of Life, the Light of the world, the I AM, the Door of the sheep, the Good Shepherd, the Resurrection and Life, the Way, the Truth and the Life. The True Vine.

in Acts: Jesus is The Ascended Lord, the Prince of Life, the Judge of the living and the dead, the Just One, and the Hope of Israel.

in Romans: Jesus is The Justifier, the Rock of Offense, the Deliverer, the Lord of the dead and the living. The Root of Jesse.

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in 1 & 2 Corinthians: Jesus is The Gifts of The Spirit, the First-Fruit and the Last Adam.

in Galatians: Jesus is The One Who Sets Us Free, the Lord Jesus Christ.

in Ephesians: Jesus is The Christ of Riches, the Head of All Things and the Cornerstone.

in Philippians: Jesus is The God Who Meets Our Every Need, the Name above all names.

in Colossians: Jesus is The Fullness of The Godhead, the Image of the Invisible God, the Head of the body, the Beginning, the Firstborn of the dead and the Hope of Glory.

in 1 & 2 Thessalonians: Jesus is The Soon Coming King, the lord of Peace.

in 1 & 2 Timothy: The Mediator Between God And Man, the King of Ages and the Mediator.

in Titus: Jesus is The Faithful Pastor, the Blessed Hope. The Great God and Saviour.

in Philemon: Jesus is The Friend That Sticks Closer Than a Brother, the Lord Jesus Christ.

in Hebrews: Jesus is The Blood That Washes Away My Sins, the Heir of all things, the Faithful High Priest, the Author and Finisher of our faith.

in James: Jesus is The Great Physician, The Lord of Glory and the Judge at the door.

in 1 & 2 Peter: Jesus is The Chief Shepherd, and the Living Stone.

in 1 & 2 & 3 John:Jesus is Everlasting Love, the Eternal Life and the Righteous.

in Jude: Jesus is The Lord Who Came Down with 10,000 Saints, the Only Wise God our Savior.

in Revelation: Jesus is The King of Kings and the Lord of Lords! The Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. The Lion of the Tribe of Judah, the Word of God, the King of kings and Lord of lords, the Bright Morning Star.

This Christmas discover Jesus in the Bible yourself… You will be amazed…

Have a blessed Christmas….

How many of us when look into the Bible, longed to really understand it. How many of us wished we can comprehend every passage inside out. How many of us simply want to see God in the Scriptures and His Word coming alive in us. Actually, we can! But still, sometimes this may seem a little overwhelming. For modern day believers, the foundational cornerstone must not be further than the gospel of grace of Jesus Christ in post-resurrection written by the Apostle Paul in the Bible.

In order to understand the key of the gospel, we must have a proper view of the Bible; who wrote it and what authority the writers have. We all know that the Bible are divided into the Old Testament and the New Testament. In both sections, we have to deal with the history of different people, in other times, in various covenant relationships with God. Because of this, distinct laws, practices and rituals sometimes appear to be in conflict. And when we read the Bible, we have to understand whose it is addressing to; whether to believers then, believers now, non-believers, Jews or Gentiles – then or now.

The Secret Key to the Bible, Mark 1:35

In the Old Testament, as God spoke through Prophets of old; He promised to descend to earth and reign as King forever. The Israelites then looked and waited for the Messiah–Immanuel, or “God with us.”  While the Old Testament speak of the prophecy of the Messiah, The New Testament is the fulfillment of that prophecy.

However, Calvary’s cross was the people’s answer or rejection to the offer of their Messiah, Jesus the Christ, as in the prophecy too. Then, the risen Christ chose a proud Pharisee and blasphemer, Saul of Tarsus, to be His special ambassador. Jesus Himself met Saul on the Damascus road. Deep in the Arabian desert, Jesus unfolded the “unadulterated” gospel to Saul. He would later return to Jerusalem as the Apostle Paul. His distinctive message would be salvation by grace through faith in the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ, see Romans 5:1-11.

This letter is from Paul, an apostle. I was not appointed by any group of people or any human authority, but by Jesus Christ himself and by God the Father, who raised Jesus from the dead. All the brothers and sisters here join me in sending this letter to the churches of Galatia. May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace. Jesus gave his life for our sins, just as God our Father planned, in order to rescue us from this evil world in which we live. All glory to God forever and ever! Amen.

But even before I was born, God chose me and called me by his marvelous grace. Then it pleased him to reveal his Son to me so that I would proclaim the Good News about Jesus to the Gentiles.     Galatians 1:1-5, 11-12

In the first chapter of Galatians, Paul writes that his unique gospel, was the only true gospel of God. So emphatic was he, that he declared anyone preaching another gospel was under the curse of God, see here. In verse 11, Paul declared that the gospel he preached was not of human nature; He states that he did not learn his gospel from the apostles. The gospel was not passed on to him from man but was received by direct revelation by the Lord Jesus Christ.

The Secret Key to the Bible,

Only after fourteen years, did Paul go back Jerusalem and gained acceptance and support from the other apostles, James, Peter and John, see here. So what is the main message from this “radical” apostle?  If there is only one thing you can take away from this post, take this!

But when the right time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, subject to the law. God sent him to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law, so that he could adopt us as his very own children. And because we are his children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, prompting us to call out, “Abba, Father.” Now you are no longer a slave but God’s own child. And since you are his child, God has made you his heir.     Galatians 4:4-7

This my friend, is the gospel of His loving grace.

 

Ever wonder why in the New Testament of the Bible are there four Gospels of Jesus? Why the need to be written by four different disciples, but mostly with accounts that were similar and repeated? Well, with these multiple accounts and witnesses, not only was Jesus’ earthly ministry verifiable and accountable, but more importantly, these four gospels give four unique pictures and aspects of Jesus and His work.

The Four Gospels of Jesus, A Mystery Revealed

The King of Kings (Gospel of Matthew)
In Matthew’s account, the gospel started by tracing the ancestry of Jesus all the way back to King David and then to Abraham. This is because Jesus is God’s fulfillment to His covenant that a great King and promised Messiah would come from among their line of descendents. Matthew’s gospel was written primarily for the Jews then. Within the writings of Matthew, Jesus portrays His majestic fulfillment of Old Testament prophecies about Himself, the ultimate identity to who He is; the King of kings and the Lord of lords where His kingdom will never end.

The kingship and power of Jesus can also be represented as a Lion, the Lion of Judah. This symbolism goes back to the time when Jacob, father of the nation of Israel, called his sons together on his deathbed to bless each one with a prophecy concerning their future. As he came to Judah, he likened him to a young lion that would one day overpower his enemies, earning the adulation and allegiance of all his brothers. And from this came the tribe of Judah, where King David, King Solomon and Jesus the Messiah came from; the royal bloodline.

The Humble Servant (Gospel of Mark)
With Mark’s account, Jesus and his work were portrayed as a patient Servant constantly on the move, serving, ministering and working tirelessly, instantly responsive to the needs of the people and to the leading of the Spirit. From the start to the end of this book, we see Jesus in the role of the humble Servant; and the way how He did it. Even in the last verse of Mark, after Jesus’ resurrection and ascension to heaven, He continues the work that He began when He was on earth.  And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs.  Mark 16:20  To this day, we know that He is still continuing His good works.

The Gospel of Mark is depicted as the Ox, the great burden bearer, the great accompanying worker, the great almost untiring animal. Mark’s gospel was written primarily for the Romans then. Jesus as the serving One, the One who always does the will of the Father.

The Perfect Man (Gospel of Luke)
Luke’s account not only traces Jesus’ earthly ancestry all the way back to Adam, the first man, but also tells us of Jesus’ childhood and the lives of his earthly family. In this way, Luke establishes Jesus’ humanity. Jesus often referred to Himself as Son of Man. Written primarily for the Greeks then, the moving description and narration of His suffering and temptation to forego the cross in the Garden of Gethsemane shows both His humanity as well as His perfection, the perfect Man.

Illustrated with the head of man, Jesus came in perfection, and his life lived perfectly for our imperfect living becomes transferred to us. In his death he pays the debt, because in Luke, sin is set forth as a debt we owe to God. Every sin that we commit is like a debt, and Jesus paid the debt we owed to God. His resurrection is like a receipt stamped paid, the proof that the debt has been paid. He went through every temptation and experienced everything known to mankind so that He could identify with us completely. In this way, He was the perfect substitute for mankind, the perfect sacrifice to redeem us from sin.

The Son of God (Gospel of John)
Jesus’ divinity is established from the beginning of John’s account. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God.  John 1:1-2  John records no genealogy because Jesus as God has got no beginning and has got no end. His genealogy begins before time and identifies Jesus as the Eternal One who was with God and who is God

John wrote primarily to the Church, believers, disciples, describing how Jesus felt about peoples’ reaction to His ministry. And this book contains multiple records of Jesus’ “I am” declarations, for example, “I am the bread of life” (John 6:35), “I am the light of the world” (John 8:12), “I am the door” (John 10:9), and “I am the resurrection and the life” (John 11:25). This is significant because in Exodus 3:14, God declared His name to Moses as “I am who I am”.

The eagle represents the Gospel of John. The eagle, which can fly so high, and look with uncovered eye at the meridian sun, becomes a symbol of the Gospel of John which sets forth Jesus as the Divine Son of God. The whole concentration is the divinity of Jesus. It starts in eternity, it opens in eternity. The Gospel of John goes on to describe many things with a “higher” level of theology and spirituality than the other three gospels.

It is most interesting to note that in all three other gospels, Matthew, Mark and Luke wrote about the Great Tribulation (Matt 24-25, Mark 13, and Luke 21). However, John makes no reference to this very important message in his gospel. I reckon this is probably a hint that the Church won’t be present on earth during that period but will have been called up (Rapture) to the awaiting Bridegroom.

How exciting!