ANSWER TO WHAT IS TRUTH?, THE WAY?, ETC.   SUMMARY.

  1. Parable of the wise builder (Mt. 7:24-27). The rock Jesus tucked in it is code for finding the way, the truth, and the life He is (John 14:6), and more.
  • Now Christ is the Rock, a mass of rocks and is eternal (1Cor. 10:4) – insert.

 Dialogue:

  • Jesus asked, who do men say I am (Mt. 16:13)?

–  Some say, John, some say, Elijah, some say, Jerimiah, etc.

To the disciples, He asked, but who do you say that I am?

  • Peter said You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.
  • Jesus responded you are Peter, on this Petras (fixed rock) I will build My Church, etc. (Mt. 16:17-19).
  • What is the rock? [A1]. Some say it is Peter. [A2]. Some say you are Christ, the Son of the living God. [A3]. Some say ‘truth’ as shown in A3.

 

A1.     Review of existing thoughts. Regarding Peter, death prevented him from continuing in office like many priests under the law (Heb. 7:23). Scripture stated Peter; is Petros – insecure stone (John 1:42), demonstrated by his action at Antioch (Gal. 2:11-21). *Also, Jesus did not commit Himself to man… (John 2:24), and Peter was a man. Therefore, Peter wasn’t the rock Jesus meant.

By the way, Jesus is the head of his church (Eph. 5:23).

A2.   For, “You are Christ, the Son of living God,it was known before Jesus’ posed the inquiry to them.

  • Therefore, it was a statement of fact and neither a revelation nor the rock (Lk. 2:11, Ps. 2:7).
  • Scripture also stated Christ is the entire Rock, and not the rock.

A3. What did God reveal to Peter? * It is His raw word. It is established by two witnesses. viz:

  • [i]. The word of God is truth (John 17:17) and *[ii]. The hearer of the voice of Jesus is of truth (John 18:37).
  • Jesus is truth, (John 14:6), also, is the Spirit of truth, and Jesus is the Word, a mass of word.
  • Also, the word of God is right, all His work is done in truth (Ps. 33:4). Thus, truth is the rock Jesus meant.
  1. What is truth? Truth is work done or spoken right according to the word of God.
  • Comparing Rock and Christ, rock is to Rock, what word is to the Word, who is Christ.

**So, the rock is truth as God’s word is truth.

  • It is by being of truth a man is a living stone being built up a spiritual house (1Pet. 2:5).
  • Conversion of the hearer(s) of the word of God to Christ-like being begins by a steady embodiment of truth (Gal. 2:20). * It is how we live, move, and have our being in God (Acts 17:28). WOW!
  • Jesus is not the rock for He is not the word but the Word (Rev. 19:13). Rather He is the mass of truth

(John 14:6), like the Rock is a mass of rocks. Gospel of grace is the message of truth and is the way.

 

C. Significance of knowing what truly the rock is.

  1. God looks at a thing differently from a man unless he looks at it with His lens.
  2. rock as the foundation of the church of Christ is Spirit, as His church too.
  3. The human body is truly the temple of the Holy Spirit (1Cor. 6:19), built in 3 days (John 2:19).
  4. Not knowing the truth is church and its language causes divisions (1Cor. 1:13) and misreading.
  5. Truth is universal, eternal, and is Christ’s body, His church, and is what is meditated in bread and wine intake at lord’s supper, in remembrance of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross.
  1. Church unity depends on knowing that the rock and the language of the church is truth (1Cor. 1:10).
  2. Headship of the congregation is based on the gift of grace (John 21:15-17) and focuses on the gospel (Acts 6:4).
  3. The right interpretation of the bible is only by God’s truth taught only by the Spirit of truth (1Cor. 1:19).

Welcome to RTGF. Am Dr Danson Ubebe, Teacher & Author. This is the 17th episode of our teaching series. It is when a man cannot understand the teaching of Jesus that he designs his own doctrine like the Pharisees under the law. A striking example is His teaching about the rock. Unknown to man, the rock encapsulates all you need to know about the person of Jesus, the truth which came through Him, and about the salvation of the soul. Our objective of today’s teaching is to decode the rock for the benefit of the world.

Quote.

The lack of understanding of Jesus’ teaching about the rock is the root of the doctrine of worldly things, division, etc., and of partiality. People who do so have only succeeded to separate themselves and all who believe them from Jesus.     It has its consequences which will be listed later if time permits. Until you get the understanding of the rock, you are on your own.

 

Refer Summary.

At Horeb (Num 20:11) Moses struck the Rock instead of speaking to it. Then Israel drank water, a spiritual drink. Rock is made-up of rocks. Jesus referred to rock as the foundation of His church to show His church is spiritual. Let us look at the Summat for practical illustration.

 

Quote (1Cor. 10:4).

“and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them, and that Rock was Christ.” Let us look at the practical illustration.

 

Refer Summary.

As part of the beatitudes, Jesus told the parable of the wise and foolish builders (Mt. 7:24-27). The bookish interpretation is that he who hears His word and does it is wise, but if not, he is foolish. But scripture is not a storybook, but spiritual. So, the parallel spiritual interpretation is in reference to His church, the house of God whose foundation is the rock. The wise regards the church as his spiritual house built on a foundation of rock. As rock is unchangeable so nothing can sway what a wise man believes and does according to the word of God. At stake here, is to know the body of Christ whose flesh is the food we eat and whose blood is the true drink (John 6:51-57).

 

Quote (Mt. 7:24-27).

“Therefore, whoever hears these saying of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock, the floods came, and the rain descended, and the winds blew and beat on the house, and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock. But everyone who hears these thighs of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand, and the rain descended, the flood came, and the winds blew and beat the house, and it fell and great was the fall.” Let us look at the Summary for practical illustration.

 

Refer Summary.

Dialogue between Jesus and disciples.

 

Quote (Mt. 16:17-19).

“Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. And I also say to you, that you are Peter, and on this rock, I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. And I give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”

 

Refer Summary.

Read current views of people regarding what the rock is (A1 to A3). and A.1, etc.

 

Quote (Heb. 7:23)

“And there were many priests because they were prevented by death from continuing.”

(John 1:42). “And he brought him to Jesus. Now when Jesus looked at him, He said, “You are Simon the son of Jonah, you shall be called Cephas” (which is translated, A Stone).”

(John 2:24). “Jesus did not commit Himself to them, because He knew men”

Let us look at the Summary for practical illustration.

 

Refer Summary.

A2. People who believe the rock is “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God” stated statement of fact, etc., shown in the following Quotes.

 

Quote (Ps. 2:7).

“I will declare the decree. The Lord has said to Me, You are My Son, today I have begotten You.”

(Lk. 2;11).

“For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” Let us look at the practical illustration.

 

Refer Summary.

A3. What did Peter hear and reveal to him? He heard the word of God through spiritual ears for the word of God is spirit (John 6:63) …

 

Quote (John 18:37).

Pilate, therefore, said to Him, “Are You a king then?” And “Jesus answered, you are right that I am a king. For this course, I was born, and for this course, I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.”

Pilate said to Him, “What is truth” (John 18:38). Let us look at the practical illustration.

 

Refer Summary.

  1. What is truth? Etc. Compare Rock and Christ….

 

Quote (Ps. 33:4).

“For the word of the Lord is right, and all His work is done in truth.”

So, truth is anything done right according to the word of God.

 

(Gal. 5:22-23).

Therefore, live in truth “the fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.”

Let us look at the practical illustration.

 

Refer Summary.

‘C.’ The significance of knowing what the rock really is.

 

Quote.

  1. What Is the Church?
  2. Jesus Is Truth, Whoever Hears His Voice Is of The Truth (John 18:37) – He Is Foundation the Church (1Cor.3:11), Chief Corner Stone (1Pet. 2:4; Eph. 2:20) and the Apostles and Prophets.
  3. Jesus’ body, shown in Insert, is made-up of units of truth who hear His voice.
  4. Each unit represents a living Stone being built to Spiritual House (1pet. 2:5).
  5. Whoever hears Jesus’ voice Is His sheep and follows Him (John 10:27-28).

3.1. Together they form the flock or congregation of men of truth (1Cor. 12:25-

27).

  1. This is the church and it is the body of Christ (Col. 1:24).
  2. Members together and individually is the Church of Christ (Rom. 12:4-5).
  3. A Church Is known through Godly Ethics (Gal. 5:22-23), and not by man-made structure.
  4. Liars, etc., are not fit to be the Church of Christ (Acts 5:5,10), Exemplified by Ananias and wife (Acts 5:4-5, 10).

 

Quote

(1Cor. 12:25-27) – “That there should be no schism (division) in the body, but members should have the same care for one another. And if one member suffers, all the members suffer it, or if one member Is honored, all the members rejoice with it. Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually.”

 

(Acts 5:4-5,10) – “While It remained, was it not your own? And after it was sold,

was it not in your own control? Why have you conceived this thing in your heart? You have not lied to man, but to God. Then Ananias, hearing these words fell and breathed his last. So, great fear came upon all those who heard these things. Then immediately, she fell at his feet and breathed her last. And the young men came in and found her dead, and carrying her out, buried her by her husband.”

 

Whatever is untruth corrupt. It is a similar way corrupt substances in building blocks can make it unstable or even collapse. In a similar way, harden hearts or bad company can corrupt once devoted friends (1Cor. 15:33) – “Do not be deceived, Evil company corrupts good habits.” Not every friend or associate means well for you.

 

Quote – E.         LEARNING POINTS.

  • The body of Christ is truth. so, it is the food (bread) and drinks (wine) that came down from heaven.
  • To eat his flesh and drink his blood is to abide in him and he in whoever (John 6:56). So, he is the bread of life and he who comes to him shall never hunger and believe in him shall never thirst (John 6:35).
  • Hence, he said, “most assuredly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the son of man and drink his blood you have no life in you” (John 6:53).
  • So, the lord’s supper is to remember Jesus for his body broken for us and the cup
  •    as the new covenant in his blood, resolving to abide in him for he suffered on
  •    the cross for us to be saved (1Pet. 4:1-3).
  • To partake in the lord’s supper unworthily is to eat it when the heart is not of
  •    truth (1Cor. 11:24-29).
  • But if the heart of the partaker is of truth, the bread and wine intake would
  •    suggest the real body of Christ. Let us look at the practical illustration.

 

People who are of truth dot congregations worldwide. Scripture labels them as wheat. But are mixed with weeds. The consequences of separating from Christ are devastating. So, scripture declared.

 

Quote.

“For many (of the faith) walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Jesus, whose god is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame – who set their mind on earthly things. For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.” (Phil. 3:19-20)

 

Demonstrating impartiality, “Then Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, each took his censer and put fire in it, and incense on it, and offered, profane fire before the Lord, which He had not commanded them. So, the fire went out from the Lord and devoured them, and they died before the Lord.” (Lev. 10:1-2). Remember Aaron was Moses’ right-hand man, in setting Israel free from bondage in Egypt.

 

“Not everyone who says to Me, Lord, Lord, shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name? And then, I will declare to them, I never knew you, depart from Me, you who practiced lawlessness!” (Mt. 7:21-23)

 

Unless you know the truth about the rock on which Jesus built His church you will be in limbo.

 

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You are welcome to Return to God Forum. I am Dr. Danson Ubebe – Teacher and Author. This is Ep. 16 of our teaching series. It is a sixth of a sub-series; “Called to the kingdom of God”.

Our topic today is Sleep and the way.

Objective: To showman was not created to sleep and how sleep can hinder knowledge of the way.

Text: Sleep is one of the normal things in life. But the way cannot be known unless a determined effort is made to first find what is the truth. It is insufficient to say Jesus is the way and the truth.

Reflection on sleep and the way.

God revealed by scripture the things which belong to man (Deut. 29:29). But till now, most Christians, high and low, show little or no interest in knowing them. Two of the pillars of sanity in the faith are events from the foundation of the world to the birth of Cain and the knowledge of the way without being like doubting Thomas (John 14:5). Both capture the essence of sleep and the way.

The things God has revealed were once the mystery man keenly sought without finding out. So, he could not know how he got here, and where he is going. It may sound shocking to some that God did not create man to sleep, for like begets like, and God does not sleep (Ps. 121:4).

It appears most people are ignorant of who is like Godhead among spirit, soul, and body. Be it known that it is the soul, and he is a spirit by reason of his Maker who is the father of the spirit of all flesh (Num. 16:22). Currently, the soul is being converted by the law of the Lord to the glory of Christ (Ps. 19:7; 2Cor. 3:18). The soul is like the word of the Lord amidst grass and flower.

The grass withers and the flower falls away, but the word lasts forever (1Pet. 1:23-24). Likewise, the grass is like the spirit formed within man (Zech. 12:1b), and the flower-like body formed as his exterior (Gen. 2:7). So, as the word lasts forever, so is the soul being renewed (2Cor. 4:16). But the spirit and body can be tied by evil. This is the setting of scripture:

 

Today, man has twisted the setting like Jesus observed the Jews were like their father – Satan (John 8:44). Everyone claims to speak the truth and to hear from God. But say things contrary to God’s word which includes speaking with one voice (1Cor. 1:10). And 99.9% of their predictions turn out false. How then can you say you know Jesus as the way when you do not know the truth? And how can you know the truth when you are asleep? E.g., Most believers do not know why man is a spirit, and yet, he is not the born-again spirit which is of God (1John 4:13). 

 

You cannot understand scripture on your own. Everyone needs the Spirit of truth to teach and remind him of what Jesus said (John 14:26), for the word of God is a spirit (John 6:63). It is impossible to understand it with school learning. Scholarship makes the faithful speak subjectively like the ignorant.

Those who know the truth speak with one voice, have the same mind and soul, and work in unity or make the same judgment, as one who follows the way (1Cor. 1:10). This was the manner of first-century disciples whose labor was evident (Acts 4:32-37).

 

It is for this purpose God gave the Spirit of truth to dwell in us as our teacher (1John 2:27). But man usurped the role of the anointing of the Spirit of truth. Meaning he has taken the title of priest, so to speak, to himself disregarding God’s command against it (Heb. 5:4).

 

Most believers, high and low, threaten the scripture-like storybook. They present it repeatedly without in-depth knowledge. So, it is easy for them to believe in man instead of God. E.g., They disown religion which is God’s pure and undefiled method of worship (James 1:27). Instead, Christianity is said to be a relationship as per the opinion of man. The relationship is common in every covenant, even with the devil. But pure and undefiled religion is unique to God. 

 

Mystery of sleep. God does not slumber nor sleep (Ps. 121:4), and Adam was likewise created, for like begets like. Adam lost his godly sight instantly he sinned. Hiding, as Adam did in Eden is a metaphor for sleep. It separated the soul from God. So, sin simulated sleep to keep the man out of God’s sight, for He cannot look at sin (Hab. 1;13).

Since then, man cannot see things like God. So, to man sleep is for rest and reenergizing the body. But the primary function of sleep is to sow the soul like seed for him to wake anew in a different form in another place (Lk. 8:5-8). The sleep separated the soul from God to be a slave to the sin he chose. It was in this context Jesus said Lazarus’ death was sleep which separated him from the living (John 11:11). It suggests Adam was asleep when God cursed him and clothed his nakedness etc.

 

The sleep in Eden separated man from God in spirit and body. Eden is on celestial earth with its glory (1Cor. 15:40). It is above the firmament. If only the spirit died man would have been looking glorious like God and like Jesus in His transfiguration until mortal death. But is it so now? Or a man would have been born a zombie or sleepwalking, for the dead spirit will oppose the live body. 

Transit of man from timeless to time-based life.

The timeless land is of celestial earth where life is forever (Gen. 2:17). The earth where God formed man is above a divide called the firmament. In it are the garden of Eden and the tree of life. The same tree is in the kingdom of God (Rev. 22:2). It suggests the garden of Eden is like the kingdom of God.

It affirms Eden is lit by the light God called out of darkness to lay the foundation of the world. This was proven in a previous video. Below the divide is the part of the darkness that was upon the deep (Gen. 1:2). It was not reclaimed by the light God spoke to be. It was left as terrestrial earth (1Cor. 15:40), a place of refuge for sinful nature, of whom Satan is the pioneer (Gen. 1:5-8).

In it, God created day and night, and the sun, the moon, and stars in the firmament to give light in turn to the hosts (Gen. 1:14-18). Adam woke up as a fully matured man on time-based life under the sun as a slave to Satan (Rom. 6:16). Afterward, his descendants subsequently began to be born from his loins as slaves to Satan to this day.

 

The light Adam had in Eden is like the light shown on Paul on his way to Damascus (Acts 22:6). Eden is on different earth from the earth we dwell in, like life after death in new Jerusalem is on a different earth. The day and night, sleep and wake, and seasons began on terrestrial earth. If you knew where you came from and going, shown in previous videos, you will fear God and keep to His word. And will not be careless about God telling me this or that. 

Childbirth is a replay of Adam’s transit sleep.

Like Adam experienced pangs of iniquity and transgressions when he woke up below the sun, so is every baby born to date (Ps. 51:5) into the earth of total forgetfulness of God (Eph. 4:18).

 

A man begins to live life in sinful flesh when he wakes from this first transit sleep, oblivious of the way of God. So, he cannot see, hear, and receive knowledge of Him. Till he is awake to the truth he will remain blind, deaf, and dull in heart and cannot know the truth and find the way to eternity. As a distraction, he goes about gathering and collecting things that are dying (Eccl. 2:26). The pleasure from them keeps him asleep to the truth. But Jesus was without the defects. 

 

The hardness of man’s heart.

Between the first wake and the second death is the opportunity is given to everybody to believe in Jesus, the Savior (Lk. 2:11). So, do not harden your heart to believe Jesus and to please God by faith, for he who comes to Him must believe that He is (Heb. 11:6). Jesus unveiled two pathways – one through the narrow gate to life, and the other through the wide gate to destruction (Mt. 7:13-14). The wide gate attracts multitudes, and these are those who go to the house of prayers with reasons unrelated to Christ. But the narrow gate attracts remnants who go to fellowship to hear the voice of God.

 

To hold onto unproven dogma suggests a hardened heart, unbelief. E.g., grace is unmerited favor. Faith in God till the soul receives salvation requires matching works (Phil. 2:12). But faith for worldly things through prayer and believe you have received it is different. 

 

Finding the way.

To find the way is the priority of fellowship. In any congregation, there are two groups of people. Both are fully awake from night sleep. But only one is awake to the truth. The other is resistant to truth. This is the deceived and deceiving who sow the seed of satisfaction by the content of what they teach and preach. They flood ears with sure salvation, prosperity, and being born-again without mentioning the daily sacrifice like Jesus first suffered for us before He was born-again (1Pet. 4:1-6), and Judgment Day, and lake of fire, etc.

These feeds define Broadway to destruction in the full glare of those asleep to the truth. Only a few find and enter by the narrow gate to life (Mt. 7:13-14). Even Paul with God’s grace and despite his unparallel labor with Christ was not perfect (Phil. 3:13-16). It suggests it is self-deception to ignore warnings about evil works (Gal. 5:19-21), etc. Those who give thought to the caution, scripture described as wheat, and those who ignore it as the tares.

 

The mix of tares and wheat is in every congregation. Only biblical knowledge by the Spirit of truth enables man to know the groups. Asking questions is one way to learn. 

 

Tares are asleep to the truth.

These are the deceived and deceiving who preach and teach messages different from the gospel of the cross of Jesus and Him crucified which Paul received from Christ (1Cor. 2:2). It is the only gospel that guaranteed the salvation of man (Gal. 6:14).

Messages about the gain of things that perish with the user cannot keep man saved. Scripture described the tares severally as goats (Mt. 25:32-33), the five foolish virgins (Mt. 25:3, 8, 10-15), and the foolish man who built his house on the sand (Mt. 7:25). Evidence of the tares is rigidity in allegiance to the minister and his ministry, and belief in church dogma which does not have scriptural validity.

Tares are stiff-necked, unwilling to listen to superior knowledge and understanding of scripture or even believe scripture. Neither are they critical about what they are told by their minister. Everyone does whatever is right in his own eyes (Deut. 12:8).

 

The tares believe in once saved, saved forever, and man and not God, and do not test what they hear with scripture. They are fond of saying God told them this or that, etc. They forget God will someday deny everyone who denied His word (Mt. 7:21-23). 

 

The insert shows examples of tares and wheat separated in a congregation. While wheat goes to hear the voice of God, the tares go to do church or personal agenda. But,

                                            

The wheat is awake to the truth for they hear the voice of Christ.

The wheat is of the truth (John 18:37). They teach and preach only the cross of Jesus and Him crucified (1Cor. 2:2). It is the only gospel that crucified the world to man, and those who faithfully believe in the world (Gal. 6:14). The office of a minister of the wheat is not for every Tom, Dick, and Harry to take to himself or be assigned by man or any worldly authority. Rather man can only affirm those who have been anointed by the Spirit of truth, for no man takes the honor to himself (Heb. 5:4-6).

Hearing of truth comes by the anointing of the Holy Spirit who also teaches men all things true and not a lie (1John 2:27). The minister is a bondservant of the people. It cascades down accordingly. The wheat makes it a habit to affirm if what he hears agrees with scripture before taking it to heart (Acts 17:11-12). Wheat is likened to the sheep, the five wise virgins, and the wise man who built his house on the rock.

There must be a reason one submits to God (James 4:12). To hear the voice of God is not necessarily by audible voice or face-to-face talk. It is to let the work one does be right or be according to the word of God. Truth is to do everything in strict agreement with the word of God (Ps. 33:3), for the word of God is truth (John 17:17). Devotion to the truth is the way, which is the cross of Jesus and Him crucified (Gal. 6:14).

 

The wheat is remnants in a congregation. They believe in the gospel of the cross of Jesus and Him crucified. If you deny it, what is the reason for your faith? Knowledge of biblical truth is for all. So, age, length of service, etc. do not matter. It is God who blesses whom He chose to bless. 

Second chance to live an everlasting life, the advent of Jesus.

For a final chance to live in eternity, God gave Jesus to save the world that every man who believed in Him should not perish but have everlasting life (John 3:16). So, the Spirit of God raised a standard against sin (Is. 59:19). Jesus was crucified on the cross as the sin man committed before.

Then, God forgave man the sin he committed previously (Rom. 3:25). It saved mankind as one body in Christ by grace through faith (Eph. 2:8-9). So, everyone must believe in Jesus to be saved. Then abide in Him going forward. But it is impossible for offenses must come (Lk. 17:1). Before Jesus ascended, He gave gifts to men to equip the saints, for the work of the ministry, etc. (Eph. 4:11- 13).

The gifts represent authority to hear the voice of Christ and be of truth (John 18:37). So, point people to Christ, and guide against deliberate sin by desires, motives, physical senses, and actions (Job. 31:1). Endure every situation and let the suffering of Jesus in the flesh for us be what motivates you (1Pet. 4:1-3).

 

Those who hear the voice of Christ direct people to the message of His cross and Him crucified. It is for daily sanctification (1Thes. 4:3). They repent for transgressing, and do the will of God, and do self-denial service to people with agape love. 

Second transit sleep is called mortal death.

The difference from the first transit sleep is that it does not separate man from God. Rather it separates man from the living. It leads the dead to Judgment Day. When death calls, the spirit goes to God and is directed to holding abode, known as either Hades, away from the Lord or Paradise which is in the presence of the Lord, so to speak. Those who believe and abide in Christ to the end will receive an end of faith, and the soul will receive salvation in due time (1Pet. 1:9).

 

Final wake. The last wake is from the second transit sleep (1Thes. 4:15). It is to give account to God on Judgment Day of a life lived in the flesh (1Pet. 4:3-6). The verdict will reveal who believed Jesus and who denied Him. Those who believed will get a second chance to live as the righteousness of God and those who rejected Him to live in condemnation forever (Dan. 12:2-3). Then Christ will give glorious body to the saved (Phil. 3:21). The unsaved are sent to the lake of fire forever.

 

In summary, there are two transit sleep, one inborn, and one of ignorance of the truth.  

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Hello Audiences! Welcome to Return to God Forum. I am Dr. Danson Ubebe – Teacher and Author. This is Episode 14. It is the fourth of the series; “Called to the kingdom of God.” It is written God hates lying tongue (Ps. 120:2). An example is to interpret scripture by substitution of opinion of man – for instance, unmerited favor for grace, Peter for rock, etc. In Return to God Form, we interpret scripture with scripture to unlock the mystery in the word. Then equip those who have ears to hear with sound knowledge of God’s word (Eph. 4:12-14). “And you will know the truth, the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32).

Our topic today is What is the Righteousness of God and who is predestined?

Aim is to show the righteousness of God is the final rank in the hierarchy of righteousness and to be predestined is a choice offered to all men.

In Episode 13, we clarified “grace and truth which came through Jesus (John 1:17), and the rock on which Jesus build His church, and the church Jesus established.” Today’s lecture is on righteousness and predestination. End of Intro,

 

Misconception about righteousness of God. To be the righteousness of God is to have same trait of Him. But the common opinion of many believers suggests that the man who has right standing with God, or believes, or does what is right is the righteousness of God. But man lacks knowledge of absolute truth in all things to liken his behaviors to the traits of God. So, man cannot rightly equate his actions to God’s judgment. Moreover, a man can do or believe right in his eyes, different from the truth, which is the perception of God. Without knowing what the righteousness of God truly is, the correct answers to the following questions and more will elude us: (1). Will a man who once received righteousness lose it or not?

(2). With risen Jesus as example of born again, is earthly man currently like Him?

(3). What makes the spirit, and soul, and body the righteousness of God? Etc.

 

Emphasis. Under the law the Scribes and Pharisees exalted themselves above measure. It was due to lack of knowledge. They saw themselves as the authority of the law and as above board. Today by survey, the posture of many who claim to believe in Jesus; preachers and lay men alike, suggests similar attitude of the Pharisees. This is borne out of pride. The sin committed by Adam infused the pride of life in man, for he was then in his loins. Earlier the sin of Satan infested the earth when he fell on it from heaven (Rev. 12:9). So, the earth and all that are in it are perishing (1John 2:17). But God is holy. Likewise, is the righteousness of God. So, mortality cannot be righteousness of immortality. But presently a believer is one third the righteousness of God (i.e., the spirit), sealed with the Spirit of truth (John 14:17), and is two third righteousness by faith. The two third is yet the substance of things hoped for (Heb. 11:1). What is the difference between righteousness and the righteousness of God? End of emphasis.

 

Comparing righteousness of God and righteousness. Righteousness portrays the characteristics of the Kingdom of God (Rom. 14:17). God gives it as a gift to the man who believes in Christ (Rom. 5:17). But man cannot be righteousness of God by right doing or by believe right in his own eyes. The righteousness of God is an individuality of His kingdom. So, he is a spirit being of God. For man to be the righteousness of God he must possess the personality of divine nature (2Pet. 1:4). An individuality of God is like Jesus Christ who is the righteousness of God. To be this righteousness, a man must be wholly born again in spirit, soul, and body. This, Jesus has obtained for us by grace through faith (Eph. 2:8). It remains to be made real in earthly man. So, it is still in the realm of faith, the substance of things hoped for (Heb. 11:1). However, God do give gift of righteousness to anyone dead in the spirit and body because of sin, to believe or do right according to His will (1Sam. 10:10). But the righteousness of God is personification of right believe or doing. Hence if Christ is in man the Spirit is life because of righteousness (Rom. 8:10).

Emphasis. Christ is the first born-again from the dead (Col. 1:18). But the man who believes is only one third fully born again. And he is two third born again by grace through faith. So, two third of members of man still harbor the law of sin (Rom. 7:23). This remains to be cleansed and is ongoing. Only born-again aspect of man can be the righteousness of God. E.g., the Spirit. Note that the man God created and now saved is the soul and not the born-again Spirit – proven in previous Episode. End of emphasis.

 

Christ is the Lord our righteousness (Jer. 23:6). Christ Jesus is the High Priest of God (Zech. 6:12-13). He is upright in every way of life. Likewise, God created man upright (Eccl. 7:29). Everyone who regards himself according to the Spirit is to walk in like manner. This also applies to the man of faith of Abraham (Rom. 4:16). It is by doing so a man can live according to the fruit of the Spirit. This is to exhibit a lifestyle of; love, joy, peace, faithfulness, self-control, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, and meekness (Gal. 5:22-23). Therefore, the gift of righteousness is a privilege to live in accordance with the will of God (John 7:17). This was the way of life of the apostles of Christ in the First Century. It made them conspicuous in the society and were in Antioch first labeled Christ- like, from which men derived Christianity (Antioch 11:26).

 

Emphasis. The man who believes moves gradually up the ladder of righteousness until he is completely born-again as co-heir with Christ. The final gift is the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus (2Cor. 5:21). It is then he is perfect. Even when man lives for God according to the Spirit, at the same time he lives life in the flesh for which he will give account to God (1Pet, 4:4-6). End of emphasis.

 

Righteousness of God and faith. Until man stands in the divine grace by faith through Christ, he cannot see things the same way God sees them. For the thoughts and ways of God are higher than those of man (Is.55:8-9). So, unless God gives to man the gifts to do His will, he cannot please Him. God created man upright in the beginning (Eccl. 7:29). But sin stripped him of the image. So, he must first be regenerated fully before he would receive wholly the righteousness of God in Christ. Meanwhile, his exposure to the righteousness of God in Christ from faith to faith is gradual (Rom. 1:16-17). This is indicative of concurrent upward surrender of man to God’s increasing splendor and closeness to him. It will go on till man receives the end of faith and the soul receives salvation (1Pet. 1:9). It is not what is received in an earthly body. Why? Jesus finished the work of salvation and cut it short of righteousness on earth (Rom. 9:28). It gives credence to why Paul declared that he had not achieved, though he fought the good fight of faith (Phil. 3:12-13). To be the righteousness of God goes with perfection, which means to be counted amongst the assembly of God. Even the Patriarchs still wait for it till now (Heb. 11:40). So, let our focus be on the good fight of faith like Paul, for now.

 

Emphasis. Self-effort cannot bring man close to doing things to please God. It is only Him that draws man close to Himself. Although the body of sin (made up of the old nature entangled by sin) was destroyed (Rom. 6:6), the law of sin remains in members of man opposing the law of God according to the inward man (Rom. 7:22-24). Until the sinful nature is flushed out of man, spiritual warfare between light and darkness will range on (Eph. 6: 10-11). Meanwhile let the object of our faith be in the cross of Jesus and Him crucified (1Cor. 2:2). End emphasis.

Gift of righteousness is in ranks. God gives righteousness as He pleases to man for a purpose. Abel, Noah, Abraham, and other fathers of faith received different ranks of righteousness by their blood (Mt. 23:35). But none has received the gift of the righteousness of God. It is the crown for the faithful who endures to the end (2Tim. 4:8). But God gives the general gift of righteousness as He likes. For example, God anointed Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon, a Gentile as a righteous servant. It was for a purpose; to carry the stiff-necked nobles and kith and kin and the sacred vessels in Judah and Jerusalem to captivity for seventy years (Jer. 27:6, 20-22). So, the gift of righteousness is to make one have right standing with or believe in God for a time. It is different from the gift of the righteousness of God in Christ which is eternal in kingdom of God (2Cor. 5:21).

Emphasis. The fathers of faith received the gift of righteousness as per rank due them. It helped them have faith in God and to be adjudged righteous (Rom. 4:9). It is the similar the gift Jesus exchanged for the sins man committed before Calvary. So, make no mistake to regard it as the righteousness of God. This He has reserved for those who abide in Jesus and endure to the end (1John 4:13-15). However, it is received from faith to faith as shown previously (Rom. 1:17). End of emphasis.

 

The spirit, soul and body are born-again at different times. The union of all three make up man. Meanwhile, only the spirit is born again (Gal. 2:20). It is a gift received when man first believed in Christ. The believe saved man from the shackles of Satan by grace through faith (Eph. 2:8-9). Now, the soul is being renewed by the Holy Spirit (1Cor. 4:16). It is after completion the body will be changed to glorious body at the second coming of Christ (Phil. 3:21). The man will then be wholly born again and be given the righteousness of God as a prize. It is the born-again spirit who helps a believer to be spiritually minded (Rom. 8:6b). When the soul aligns with the spirit, the man will walk like Jesus walked (1John 2:6). It is the process of walk in the Spirit. This is the answer to the call to regard oneself according to the Spirit. It is by the walk man will be a faithful partaker of the heavenly calling (Heb. 3:1). It is climaxed by change of spirit, soul, and body to a heavenly nature like Christ, in Christ. Once a man becomes the righteousness of God, he does not and cannot sin again (1John 3:9). It is by this understanding; no man is righteous on Earth (Rom. 3:10) or is continuously upright (Eccl. 7:29). But to believe right or do right or be in right standing with God according to the opinion of man will not make man not to commit sin on earth (Eccl. 7:20). Whereas, whoever is the righteousness of God displays divine calling continuously. It is not possible by mortal man because Jesus finished the work of born again and cut it short in righteousness upon the Earth (Rom. 9:28).

 

Emphasis. When Jesus was born-again, man too was born-again. The man was raised with and in Him (Eph. 2:5-6). The man represents humanity. Now that everyman is a member of humanity, a believer hereafter is to regard himself according to the Spirit, in the manner of Christ (2Cor. 5:16) and no longer known according to the flesh. But he still carries about mortal body and the corrupted soul. So, that a man wholly born again like Christ is meanwhile by faith and not in concrete terms. End of Emphasis.

 

Is it possible to lose righteousness once received? Scripture provides the answer in different books. As explained earlier what God gives in full to the man who lives outside His kingdom is simply righteousness and not the righteousness of God. Scripture declared; thus, “But when a righteous man turns away from his righteousness and commits iniquity, and does according to all the abominations that the wicked man does shall he live? All the righteousness which he has done shall not be remembered, because of unfaithfulness of which he is guilty and the sin which he has committed, because of them he shall die (Ezek. 18:24)” In similar manner, “For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted the heavenly gift, and … if they fall away, to renew them again to repentance…” (Heb. 6:4-6).

 

Emphasis. The righteousness of God is a basic part of divine being. Only Satan and his angels once enjoyed it before they rebelled and were cast out of heaven. Then the like of apostle Paul were enlightened to great degree. Far from it that grace covers lawlessness and allow misbehave. Light and darkness do not co-exist (2Cor. 6:14). So, the gift of righteousness once received can be lost. How gift of righteousness of God is received is not comparable to how sinful nature was received. As for sinful nature man was in the loins of Adam when he committed sin. So, every of his intake affected man in his loins. End of emphasis.

What it means to be predestined. It is written Christ is the vine. A man who believes and abides in Him is a fruitful being (John 15:4). If a believer who once abided in Him backslides and would not repent his attachment will change to dead link which merely hangs from Him. So, he will be cast out into darkness like withered vine branch (John 15:6). There is no safe fence between light and darkness for lukewarm attitudes as declared by scripture (Rev. 3:16). The analogy suggests Jesus, and man as the son of God, are of the same origin, like vine and the branch (Lk. 3:38). So, God knew everyone (Jer. 1:5). All being are alive with free will and opportunities to do His will (John 17:3). To do His will determines His set standard of predestination. So, everyone who does His will is predestined. It is the predestined that is afterward justified, and glorified (Rom. 8:30). So, God did not single out certain people to meet the standard He had set, for all face temptation (James 1:13-15). Rather everyone makes own choice to, or not to, live holy and blameless life of God (Eph. 1:4-5). God is ever impartial (Acts 10:34-43). Jesus Christ set an example for everyone by sacrificing Himself for all to imitate and to attain predestined mark (Rom. 3:25). After the forgiveness of past sins, He warned man, like He did to Adam, not to do evil else, he would not enter the kingdom of God (Gal. 5:19-21). The consequence of disobeying God in this case is the second death in eternity (Rev. 20:14). Reference Episode 4 for visual aid of consequence via this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5UGhWP-f15k

 

Emphasis. To be predestined is a choice open to all men. Everybody risks failure by his free will. Whoever denies Jesus on end will be rejected like it happened to Adam. So, he would also die (1Cor. 6:9- 10). This is the second death (Rev. 21:8). You cannot wish away the similarity between the warning to Adam and to man under grace. End of emphasis.

 

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Hello Audiences! Welcome to Return to God Forum. I am Dr. Danson Ubebe – Teacher and Author. This is Episode 13; the third of the series; “Called to the kingdom of God.” Our task is to equip you with knowledge of the word of God (Eph. 4:12-14). More so as lack of knowledge destroys the people of God (Hos. 4:6). It is known that grace and truth came through Jesus (John 1:17). The importance of grace and truth requires you to know what they truly represent and what made them special. You will only know this by hearing the message again, and again. So, our topic today is ‘grace and truth’; the mysteries unveiled – Ministry of Jesus, Part 3.
The objective is to show how grace and truth are iconic gifts.
In Episode 12, we probed the identity and functions of spirit, soul and body, and the step-by-step transformation to born-again. Today we will deepen the study of grace and truth in Parts A and B. End of intro.

Part A.

Grace is an iconic gift. It is a puzzle we have interpreted and proven with scripture. Over the years grace has been described in various ways without proof. Examples are, unmerited favor, power, etc. Is God author of confusion? To single out and brand grace as unmerited favor is absurd. This is because all other gifts are unmerited. The poison of wrong description of grace could ruin multitudes of souls. You cannot be like first century disciples of Christ, who walked like Him, if you lack understanding of grace in the perspective of God (Acts 11:26)? It is when you know the biblical interpretation you can live life in the flesh for God (Phil. 1:27). “And you shall know the truth, the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32). Divine grace is not given to man in isolation of Jesus. This was testified to, when power left Jesus the moment the woman with the issue of blood was healed (Mk. 5:25-30). Similarly, Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord to save a remnant of humanity on the surface of the earth (Gen. 6:8). It was for God to fulfil His promise (Gen. 3:15); to give eternal life to man (1John 2:25). For similar reason of salvation, grace was also given to Paul to lay the foundation of the gospel of the cross of Jesus and Him crucified (1Cor. 3:10). Grace is a fruit of administrative arm of the reign of Jesus. It stands out like a thumb among the gifts of God. Its functions are multi-dimensional. It is like the diverse functions of arm forces in human rule. Grace could trigger divine power, favor, protection, blessing, etc. Whereas favor is an earthly benefit and both God and men give it. For example, Jesus and Samuel respectively increased in favor with God and men (Lk. 2:52; Sam. 2:26).

Emphasis. Only scripture can interpret scripture with similar statement to reveal its true meaning, be it grace or any word of God. It is the Spirit of truth who dwells in man that reveals it to him (John 14:17, 26) by either intuition, or vision, or dream. or voice (Is. 30:21). Extra meanings are guesswork of people deceived and deceiving. It is similar way favor has craftily been changed to grace in some Holy Bible for selfish reasons. If you get what grace is wrong; you will not receive the full benefit of the gospel of the cross of Jesus. For grace intervenes where man’s effort ends. When scripture interpret itself, it is watertight. No option can discredit it, unlike views of man. Example, what then is the difference between grace and faith, etc. for all are unmerited. Now what is the purpose of grace? End emphasis.

Pathway to grace. For tidiness, it is necessary to first map the path to grace. God knew man would fall prey to sin. Therefore, He designed the cross of Jesus before the foundation of the world, to save man by grace through faith (Eph. 1:4-6). It means God was not taking unaware by the sin of Adam. The sin in the garden of Eden stripped man of every gift of God (Gen. 3:6-8). From that moment sin separated man totally from God (Is. 59:2). It implied his death was both spiritual and physical, which was his outward look. It was the only time God appointed for man to die once before Judgment (Gen. 2:17; Heb. 9:27). Check your scripture. View video for detail explanation at this given link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JnkD0u5wd-0. Thereafter man merited only death (Rom. 6:23). This was mirrored at the temple in Jerusalem with the veil which separated man from the ark of testimony (Ex. 26:35).

Emphasis. Adam’s sin turned man to deep darkness; the nature of Satan (Is. 60:2a). It was like the darkness upon the deep before the foundation of the world (Gen. 1:2). It is why the heart of man is evil (Jer. 17;9). And man is born in iniquity (Ps. 51:5), and short of the glory of God (Rom. 3:23). The glory was his outward look like the physical body – Like begets like. So, it was necessary for man to be born again to live with God (John 3:3; 5), because Adam instantly died bodily and spiritually in Eden (Gen. 3:7-8). This is explained in the link shown earlier. End emphasis.

Grace ushered in new creation; born-again. At Calvary Jesus was crucified as the sinful nature Adam became when he believed Satan instead of God in the garden of Eden (Gen. 3:7-8). Instantly the veil mentioned earlier, torn from top to bottom (Mt. 27:51). It meant removal of barrier of separation between God and man. The blood of Jesus set a door in our hearts (Rev. 3:8). The door leads to the new way through His flesh for man to pass and be saved and find pasture (John 10:9). Next God who commanded light out of darkness (Gen. 1:3) shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus (2Cor. 4:6). As the light of God shone in our hearts, the Lord arose over us and the glory seen upon us (Is. 60:2b). Then, God accepted the sacrifice of Jesus for our offences and He forgave man the sins he committed previously (Rom. 3:25). People generally omit referring to the phrase “previous sins” when discussing forgiveness of our sins at Calvary. So, mankind was saved (from past sins) by grace through faith of God (Eph. 2:8-9). God was in Christ, reconciling men to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them. He dedicated to us the word of reconciliation (2cor.5:19). So, the Sprit gave gifts to men (1Cor. 12: 3-11). As Jesus resurrected, complete born-again mankind was raised together with Him, shown by bodies of saints who rose (Mt. 27:51-53). This is known as our common salvation by our common faith (Jude 3). It set a stage for all things to gather in Christ (Eph. 1:10). It gave access to the spirit man by faith to live with God and for the dust to return to dust, when man sleeps on earth (Eccl. 12:7), till the Day of Judgment (1Cor. 15:52). In the interim, everyone must work out the salvation of his soul (Phil. 2:12). The work is made fruitful by living grace through faith in Christ daily (1Cor. 15:10; Heb. 4:16).

Emphasis. Now each believer runs looking at the glory of the Lord upon him and is steadily being transformed to the same glory by the Spirit of the Lord (2Cor. 3:18). This will go on till he receives the end of faith and the soul receives salvation (1Pet. 1:9). The common salvation by grace happened once for everybody. It suggests once you believe stay abided in Jesus, which is the only condition to be saved forever (Mk. 8:34). After that, he would require daily saving grace to work out salvation of his soul (Phil. 2:12). End emphasis.

God revealed the source of grace. Same Spirit gave general gifts to men (1Cor. 12:4-11). Besides Him, is the “Spirit of glory and of God.” It is He who rest on a man blessed when he is reproached for the sake of Jesus (1Pet. 4:14). But only the spiritual (inner) man gets the direct impression. The natural man is not aware. This is because natural mind cannot perceive the things of the Spirit of God. Neither can natural man receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, nor can he know them, because they are spiritually decerned (1Cor, 2:14). So, there is a puzzle here. To unveil the mystery, God used the occasion of the prayer of Paul to Him to remove the thorn in his flesh to tell him: “My grace is sufficient for you” (2Cor. 12:9). What does this mean? By examining the statement God made, it means; when the “Spirit of glory and of God” rest on the inner man, the fruit of grace of God is produced to safeguard the natural man.

Emphasis. It shows the relationship between the spiritual and natural man is by divine relay in form of either insight, or vision, or dream, or voice (Is. 30:21) like Paul heard. This is generally facilitated by the Spirit of truth who dwells in us (John 14:26). Every gift is unmerited, regardless of the source. So, what is the difference between the gifts of the “Spirit of glory & of God” and of the Spirit? End emphasis.

Finding what made grace unique, an iconic gift. As shown before, the “Spirit of glory and of God” produces the fruit of grace to reveal the identity of the producer Spirit. Now Jesus is God (John 1:1) and the glory of God (Heb. 1:3). Therefore, the “Spirit of glory and of God” is the “Spirit of Christ Jesus.” It means it is the Spirit of Christ who rest on man reproached for the sake of Jesus’ name to produce grace on His behalf to help the natural man in time of need (Heb. 4:16). What is the purpose of the grace of God? The Spirit of Christ is part of the reign of Christ. Therefore, the Spirit produces grace as mark of Christ’s mediation for man before God. Regarding the flow of grace, it comes from God to Christ, and to man. Therefore, grace is “intersession of Christ for the Saints” (Rom. 8:34). This fixed link of grace to the reign of Christ makes it iconic and different from favor. WOW!
So, the gospel of grace is to preach Jesus as the man who died for our sins, who was buried, and who resurrected to save us and now intervenes for us (1Cor. 15:10; Gal. 1:6-7). It is same as, but the reversed order of, the gospel of the cross of Jesus and Him crucified (Gal. 6:14). It is the only valid gospel which incorporates the full counsel of God (Acts 20:24-27).

Emphasis. Grace comes by plea of Christ to God for man to get help in time of need (Heb. 4:16). Unlike favor, Christ is a participant in every situation for the gift of grace (1Pet. 2:21). Hence, as law entered that offence might abound, even so when sin abounded, grace abounded much more (Rom. 5:20). Grace is the companion of truth – Part B. End of emphasis.

Part B.

This is first ever proof of what truth signifies, using scripture to interpret scripture. It is truth that upholds gospel of grace. Truth has eluded man because he sidelined the Spirit of truth who alone God gave authority to remind him of word of Jesus (John 14:26). People rather chose to accept the mistake of fathers of the church who gave less attention to the iconic gift of truth. By the grace of God, the lid which had covered truth has been removed for man to know what truth is. Like grace, truth also stands out like a thumb in the knowledge of the gospel of salvation.
To unveil truth, Jesus began by likening who hears His word and does it, to a wise man who built his house on a rock. The house was lambasted by ferocious storm and flood, but it stood firm (Mt. 7:24-27).
On another occasion, Jesus asked His disciples who men thought He is. They gave wrong answers (Mt. 16: 13). So, He asked them; who do you say am I? Peter said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God” (Mt. 16:16). Jesus said Peter was right. And that it was not revealed to him by flesh and blood, but by His Father who is in heaven. Then Jesus said to him too; you are Peter. Translated as a piece of stone in Greek (John 1:42).
Next, Jesus declared the puzzle: “on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.” (Mt. 16:18). “And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you lose on earth will be loosed in heaven” (Mt. 16:19).

Emphasis. Has this puzzle been really solved till now? Let us interrogate the prevailing opinions: Catholics believe it is Peter. Non-Catholics believe it is: “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God”. Is any of them correct? Let us find out. End emphasis.

Interrogating the views: First the Catholics. They believe Peter is the rock- insert left bottom. We found following – Jesus is the Rock (1Cor. 10:4) – insert bulk. He is also eternal. He proposed to build His church on the rock- insert left bottom. But Peter is a creature prevented by death from continuing in office, like the priest under the law (Heb. 7:23).
Also, Peter means a piece of stone (insert – right), which is not the same as a rock (left insert bottom). Indeed, Jesus did not commit Himself to man for He knows all things (John 2:24-25). But He fingered Peter to be the rallying point if he lived (John 21:15-17). If He committed not Himself to man, why would He commit His church to man? Was Peter not a man? Therefore, Peter is not the rock Jesus promised to build His eternal church on.
In Jesus’ dialogue with His disciples, He referred to ‘you’ as who He would give the keys of heaven (Mt. 16:19). On the face, it would suggest it is Peter. Really? Instead, the ‘you’ refers to he who hears His voice. And the ‘keys’ refer to the Holy Spirit. This, He confirmed when He gave the Holy Spirit (the keys) to His disciples (hearer of His voice) after His resurrection (John 20:22-23).

Second, Non-Catholics believe the revelation: “You are the Christ; the Son of the living God” is the rock. But this was known before Jesus posed the question to the disciples. Quote: “…You are My Son, today I have begotten You (Psalm. 2:7).”
And: “… For there is born to you this day in the city of David, a Savior, who is Christ the Lord (Luke 2:11).” Also, rock is specific to His body, but Christ Jesus refers to the entire Rock (ref. insert). Moreover, the view suggest Jesus promised to build His church on Himself. That would not sound well to the ears of decerning persons. Therefore, the Non-Catholics is not correct too.

Emphasis. It means views of men are wrong. So, what did God who knows all things (Isaiah 40:26) revealed to Peter? God made Peter to look at Jesus through His prism (pinhole). So, he saw who truly He is. It is how to know what truth of things by His word and His Spirit is. A wrong verdict of the rock will produce wrong church. Can you see why there are so many differences in world churches? End of emphasis.

The proof of what God revealed to Peter. The Rock equal to Christ is a mass of rock (ref. insert). Similarly, Jesus said He is the truth (John 14;6). But scripture did not corroborate Jesus elsewhere. Now wait! The word of God is truth (Ps. 33:4). And Jesus is the Word of God (Rev. 19:13). Comparing the Rock and Jesus, in turn, the rock which formed the mass of Rock is equal to the word of God or the truth which formed the body of the Word of God, who is Christ.
It means the rock is to the mass of Rock, what the truth is, to the body of Jesus. Therefore, what God revealed to Peter is that Jesus is the truth (Mt. 16:16); to affirm His claim of being the truth.

If custodians of the law had known Jesus is truly who He said He is, they would have accused Him of usurping the status of the son of king David, who they believed God anointed as king forever (2Sam. 7:12-16). So, He forbade the disciples from disclosing it to the people (Mt. 16:20).
Now the word, the rock and the church, which is the body of Christ and His flesh, are of the same composition – The truth (Lk. 22: 19-20). Thus, truth is the bread which came from heaven. It gives credit to the saying of Jesus: “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Man and drinks His blood, you have no life in you… “This is the bread which came down from heaven… “(John 6:53-58). So, the iconic meaning of “truth” is the “rock (Mt. 16:18),
and “he who hears His voice (The church which is the body of Christ),”
and vice versa. WOW!

Emphasis. The church is assembly of truth and is the body of Christ (Rom. 12:4-5).
So, each unit of truth is of His body (1Cor. 12:27).
But assembly of His church is made up of people who hear the voice of Jesus (John 18:37).
So, in Lord’s Supper, the bread man eats as His body affirms his choice to follow, or hunger for Him. And the wine he drinks as His blood affirms his thirst for, or believe in, the word of truth which is the body; the bread from heaven (John 6:35). End emphasis.

The Church is incarnation of truth. So, a church is the personification of truth. The Head and Shepherd is Christ Jesus. He came in form of man to bear witness (Is. 55:4). First to the law fulfilled (Mt. 5:17). Next, to testify as a Messiah to truth and unveil it as the new covenant in His blood (John 18:37). It is a man who is of God that hears His word (John 8:47). It is hearing that gives power of God to continue in the doctrine, fellowship of apostles, in the Lord’s Supper, and in prayers (Acts 2:42). Truth is the common thread that bond all members worldwide (1Cor. 10:16-17). It is the symbol of faithfulness and oneness in an assembly at every location and across all locations of the church Jesus founded. Jesus knocks always on the door of every heart. Those who hear His voice will open the door for Him to come in and sup together (Rev. 3:20). Such men are His sheep (John 10:27-28). They shall be separated from the goats someday (Mt. 25:32-33). It is the shepherd who enters by the door the sheep hears and follows. Equally, the shepherd only opens the door for his sheep (Mt. 10:2-5).

Emphasis. The church is known by all round morals through adherence to truth.
Truth is the universal language which binds all members together.
The Church is not a building. It is also not the congregation. The church has same mind of Christ Jesus (Phil. 2:5). Like the rock, a church must be free from all forms of corruption.
So, run from itching fingers, and ears; predicted by scripture (2Tim. 4:1-4).
Examples Any gospel besides the gospel of Jesus and Him crucified (Gal. 6:14).
Namely, doctrine of sectorial traditions and beliefs not backed by scripture, material prosperity, and motivational message, fables, and everything else emotional. All of them could trigger untruth. End emphasis.

Extracts. This teaching answered frequently asked questions like,
what is grace, what is truth, what is the rock Jesus built His church on, and what is the church? All proven with scripture interpreting scripture.
Acknowledgment. All credit goes to the Spirit of truth who spoke through me as a servant of the people for the foregoing interpretations of grace and truth. They form the lifeline of the church of truth founded by Christ. It is futile to deny them by human logic, orthodox tradition, or emerging vanity.
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Hello, Audiences! Welcome to Return to God Forum. Our goal is for you to know the truth. Our messages are exact witness of scripture. If they fall on deaf ears, you have nobody else to blame. This is Episode 11. It is the beginning of a new Series, titled; “Called to the kingdom of God.” We will start with solving certain puzzles in the ministry of Jesus. It is an amazing learning experience.

My name is Dr. Danson Ubebe – Teacher and Author.

Our topic for today is Puzzles; Jesus’ ministry – Part 1.

Our objective is: To focus our labor with Christ on the kingdom of God.

 

The Ministry of Jesus is to prepare man to know the pathway to heaven. So, Jesus focused His teaching and preaching on the kingdom of God. Why? The kingdom belongs to God. She is not among the things revealed; which belong to man (Deut. 29:29). The kingdom is new and is peculiar; different from the world known to man. Additionally, the kingdom is everlasting. She is not about eating and drinking but; righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Ghost (Rom. 14:17).

Jesus promised to go and prepare a place; mansions, for those who believe and follow Him; for He is the way to the kingdom (John 14:1-6). God is the king and ruler of the kingdom.

His authority is absolute. Other authorities in and outside the kingdom are below His rank. For example; He is head of Christ, and Christ is head of man, and man is head of the woman (1Cor. 11:3). All things in the kingdom have spirit structure, and the realm is within you (Lk. 17:21). This is the outline of the kingdom revealed to man.

 

Emphasis: For an introduction, Jesus tailored His ministry to guide man to fit into the kingdom. It is a place where man’s effort is not required to get things done. For example, Jesus in the flesh needed a door to enter a closed room. But after His resurrection, He could enter the closed room without entrance (John 20:19).

So, only those who believe and abide in Jesus will receive from Him nutrients to produce fruit of repentance, agape love, and etc. (John 15:4-5), and to be like Christ (1John 3:2). Against desires for earthly things, let your labor produce fruit of the spirit as treasures you require to store in heaven (Mt .6:20-21). As God is the absolute authority in the kingdom, so is His word the final authority on earth. So, it is unbelief to believe the imaginary opinion of man over His word. It is said that Christianity today is mostly run according to the opinion of man.

 

The faith of the new covenant. Abraham is the father of faith. It was based on blind belief. The law was our tutor to make us have faith acceptable to God (Gal. 3:24). What is the difference between faith under the old and new covenants? The things revealed, belong to man. They do not require faith to believe.

For such things, scriptures fully clarify them. For example, under the old covenant faith was based on Him for His wonders. In error, it was embraced in the new covenant. For example, in the eucharis. But eucharis belongs to man. So, how the bread and wine at eucharis are actually the body and blood of Jesus, does not require faith to believe. For the substance; the body, which is the ‘truth’ has been revealed. We no more hope for the evidence of the things.

According to scripture, Jesus is the truth (John 14:6). So, the bread and wine intake at eucharis represent the actual body and blood of Jesus respectively (John 6:53-56). But you need understanding. (View video of proof at: http://youtube.com/c/returntogodforum – Title: Fake against Jesus built a church; Episode 9). Jesus’ crucifixion ended His ministry. It climaxed the reign of sinful nature and unveiled the dawn of grace for our common, and daily salvation, and hope for everlasting life. So, the “cross of Jesus” is the object of faith in God under the new covenant. But believers still carry about the born-again spirit who submits to God and sealed by Holy Spirit (Eph. 1:13-14), tied to the soul and body of flesh opposing the spirit (Rom. 7:14-25). This is the predicament of believers. Until the flesh submits to God for the devil to flee (James 4:7), there wouldn’t be a bodily born-again man like resurrected Christ from the dead (Col. 1:18).

 

Emphasis. Every message not comprehensively supported by the word of God is a lie. So, it is a lie to believe the bread and wine in-take at Lord Supper (eucharis) transform in turn to real body and blood of Christ – unexplained! It is also not true eucharis is a mere ritual. Unless you know the real rock, on which Jesus built His church, you cannot grasp the life of the Lord’s Supper. The message of the cross of Jesus and Him crucified (1Cor. 2:2) is the reason for our faith in God. It is what guaranteed our total salvation. Wrong knowledge is like putting the wrong foot forward. It makes scripture be seen in a different light; which is unprofitable to a child of God. Instead, it leads to destruction (Mt. 7:13). For example, if you do not know the basic knowledge of grace, of truth, of rock Jesus built His church, of the kingdom of God, of life of eucharis, and etc., of what use is your teaching and preaching? Regarding the predicament of believers, the overbearing lust of the flesh (soul and body) makes man override godly desires by the spirit with selfish desires of the flesh in our hearts (Gal. 5:19-21) – DEMO VOICEOVER. It is your desire that makes you do evil. It is neither God nor the devil (James 1:13-14).

 

Let’s examine; Model of three persons in one and the kingdom of God within man. As spoken by God, man is three persons in one (Gen. 1:27). These are the spirit, soul, and body (1Thes. 5:23). How then is the kingdom within man as claimed before? The answer is in solving the puzzles: ‘Quote.’ “The kingdom of God is within you (Lk. 17:20-21).” And, “But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell (Mt. 10:28).” ‘Unquote.’

To explain the claim, God begot man. So, his heart was of the same kingdom of; righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost – the fruit of the Spirit of the light of God. But sin separated our hearts from it (Is. 59:2). So, our hearts became deep darkness like the deep in the beginning (Is. 60:2). Now by the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross and His resurrection, God restored the kingdom when He shone in our hearts to shine the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus (2Cor. 4:6). It means the kingdom of God is the manifestation of the fruit of the spirit (Gal. 5:22-23). It explains the statement that as Christ is, so are we who walk in this world according to the spirit (1John 4:17).

Also, to fear God is an affirmation of His utmost rank and Jesus’ loyalty to Him. For Jesus came, not to kill, but to save man, as it is written (Mk. 2:13-17). Only God has the power to forgive, or condemn those who stray from His statues; like David, when he ate the showbread (Mt. 12:4). Also, by the sacrifice of Jesus, God forgave man for the sins he committed before (Rom. 3:25). So, He was raised because of the justification His sacrifice once earned for humanity once too (Rom. 4:25).

 

Emphasis. As shown in the voiceover, the kingdom is expressed in the virtues of God, not in the environment (Lk. 17:20-21). Jesus did not come to create a new soul. He lacked his own power to do so. Whoever believes in Christ will be saved (Acts 16:31). Then he will be given the spirit of God (1John 4:13), who will receive one-time sanctification, which resurrection of Jesus guaranteed for man. So, he walks daily according to the spirit and no longer according to the flesh (1Cor. 6:11). But the soul and body still struggle with flesh and require daily sanctification to walk in the spirit. It is sustained by the grace of God, which is the intercession of Christ for the saints (Rom. 8:34) – DEMO VOICEOVER. Only those who fear God and endure to the end shall escape His wrath (Mt. 24:13).

 

How do you explain the puzzles; Jesus came to save man (Mk. 2:13-17), yet he was crucified with Christ (Gal. 2:20), and who is the man God created in His image (Gen. 1:27)?  Every man was baptized into His death and resurrection (Rom. 6:3-11). For this purpose, God prepared the soul of Jesus as the second Adam (1Cor. 15: 42-9) for offering as sin sacrifice (Is. 53:10). He was made a sin for sinners (2cor 5:21). John testified to this when he identified Him as the Lamb of God (John 1:29). So, it’s the soul of Jesus who died for His friend to be saved (John 15:13). By it, the soul God created was baptized into His death and resurrection. Both were raised together as born-again, similar to water baptism. But the man raised with and in Christ stands for humanity. Now each being is of the likeness and image of Adam (Gen. 5:3). So, he must first believe in Christ to be saved (Acts 16:31). Next, is to race to Him together with people of like mind, as living stones; being built up a spiritual house (1Pet. 2:5). God is a Spirit, so is the soul. Therefore, the soul is a spirit because his Maker is a Spirit (John 4:24). So, the man we regard as a spirit is the soul. That is, you are a soul; like the seed of grass which survives when the shoots wither.

 

Emphasis: Many are deceived to think the born-again spirit, which God gave at the moment they believed, made them born-again. So, they align with man opinion of the west that; “man is a spirit, he has a soul, and lives in a body.” Was it the spirit or soul who sinned and died? Check it out at (Ezek. 18:20-21). So, who is the man God told not to eat the fruit (Gen. 2:17)? In real terms, each man of flesh is outside Christ. So, the righteousness of Christ was not ingrained in him when he believed, for he has a process to first go through – to work out the salvation of his soul (Phil. 2:12). It is unlike the in-built sin in the seeds of Adam, for humanity was in his loins when he sinned. It was how he could multiply (Gen. 1:28). With the salvation of man’s soul, he will receive the crown of the righteousness of God (2Tim. 4:8). So, how are you the righteousness of God now, besides by faith? If it is by faith, it is a thing hoped for (Heb. 11:1).

 

Why do water baptism? We do water baptism to demonstrate rejection of the image of Adam (Gen. 5:3), and to embrace Jesus. The exercise is to complement our belief in Him, in our hearts. So, it involves both the inner and outer man. It is the forerunner to the baptism of man by Holy Spirit into the death, burier, and resurrection of Jesus (Rom. 6:3-13).

 

Emphasis. Water baptism is a public denial of the old way of life for a holy life. Jesus is our example (Mt. 3:15). To stand in water, depicts the decision we made in our hearts. Immersion; buries the past. Rise out of water signals choice to imitate Jesus, as He imitated God (John 5:19).

 

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TITHING – THE WRITTEN TRUTH.

 

Hello Audience! Welcome to RTGF TV program. We are delighted to present Episode10; the last of the ROOT Series – “know the truth….” What is truth? Though Jesus is the truth, it was clarified in Episode 9 for ref. Without knowing what truth is, it is impossible to worship God in the spirit and truth (John 4:24). Today’s title is: Tithing; the written truth. Tithing has been a controversial subject for long. This is because truth has eluded the people. But scripture has not made room for discordant voices. It is man who overrides word of God with his opinion. This title is an extract from our new book title: “The Riddle.” – Revealed 2020AD!

My Name is: Dr. Danson Ubebe; Teacher and Author.

Topic. Willful transgressions.

Objective: To learn to please God, and not man.  

 

Origin of tithing. Abram began tithing with a tenth of war plunder. He willingly gave ten percent of his booty of war once to Melchizedek (Gen. 14:14-20), king of Salem (Peace) and prince of the Most-High God who have no father, no mother and no genealogy (Heb. 7:1-2). This suggests him to be the shadow of the substance; who is Christ Jesus (Col. 2:17); the Prince of Peace (Is. 9:6) and custodian of all authority in heaven and earth (Mt. 28”18). Melchizedek first gave bread and blessed him. Abram tithe was in response and closed forever. So, his son Isaac, born of blood and flesh, did not continue it.

Emphasis: Tithe by Abram was an expression of faith in God for the seed of promise to him. It was a response to the blessing he first received from Melchizedek. It signified his thanks to God. It was not by compulsion but out of his free will to demonstrate his faith in God. It is similar to what scripture described as pure and undefiled religion under grace (James 1:27) – voluntary service, giving, care, etc. God stated it similarly in another scripture (Mt. 25:33-40).

The origin of the law. After Isaac, was his son Jacob. He had a wrestling dwell with God but did not prevail. Then Jacob made a vow to give a tenth to God of the blessing he would receive from Him (Gen 28:20-22). It made tithing a demand culture. However, he did not fulfill his vow personally. So, when God set Israel, Jacob’s children free from bondage in Egypt, He gave them the law through Moses (John 1:17). Amongst the children, Levi received the priesthood. God commanded that he receives tithes according to the law from his brethren (Heb. 7:5). The tithe was one-tenth of farm produce. God gave it to the tribe of Levi as an inheritance in lieu of land allotment in the land flowing with milk and honey (Lev. 27:30-32). They too paid a tenth of it to God but He gave it back to them (Num. 18:21). At a time, Israel neglected payment of tithe to the priests. So, the Levites abandoned their priesthood duty to fend for themselves. As a result, Israel robbed God (Mal. 3:8). Then He declared: “You are cursed with a curse, for you have robbed Me, even this whole nation. Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, That there may be food in My storehouse, And try Me now in this.” And etcetera.

Emphasis: It was the payment of Jacob’s vow that was imposed on his children by law, so to speak. So, tithing according to the law was a practice of circumstance and not a standing commandment. But they were unable to fulfill it, for to fail in one aspect meant failure in all requirements of the law (James 2:10). So, when Jesus came to save man, He first fulfilled the law (Mt. 5:17). Therefore, those who do the work of the law to this day are under curse of the law by choice (Gal. 3:10).

 

God used tithing to show life continues after death. Attention of many believers is on tithing to receive increase. Can tithing offer anything else? One mystery made known by the process of tithing is disclosure of evidence of life after death. In apparent reference to tithing generally, scripture declared that mortal men receive tithe, but there he who blessed Abraham receives them, of whom it is witnessed that he lives. Even Levi, who receive tithes, paid tithes through Abraham, so to speak (Heb. 7:7-11).

 

Emphasis: That he “receives them of whom it is witnessed that he lives” is a hard statement. To many preachers it means Melchizedek receives tithe paid by mortal men to this day. So, it is used to justify payment of tithe under the gospel of grace. But they forget that tithe is of the work of the hands of man. And that God does not require anything produced by hands of man to serve Him under grace (Acts 17:25). Rather it is for serving fellow men (1John 4:20-21). So, what is scripture saying? It requires visual text package to explain as follows: According to scripture, God prepared a country for those who confessed they were strangers and pilgrims on earth and desire a better place (Heb. 11:13-16). So, the phrase; “he receives them,” means those of faith of Abraham who paid tithe and are asleep are received there by Melchizedek (Heb. 7:8). In the country is Paradise for those of faith of Abraham till made perfect (Heb. 11:39-40). It is the testimony by Melchizedek that Abraham lives and there is life after death. Those not of faith of Abraham camp in the section known as Hell, separated from Paradise with impregnable gulf (Lk. 16:26). 

From paradise, they will rise first (1Thes. 4:15-17) for Judgment and reward respectively by either Christ (2Cor. 5:10) or the White Throne (Rev. 20: 12-15). Those whose names are in the book of life will be made perfect and enter everlasting life. Those whose names are not found in the book of life will be condemned to the Lake of fire (Dan. 12:1-3). 

COUNTRY GOD PREPARED FOR

THOSE OF FAITH OF ABRAHAM

Abram’s tithe was for children of promise (Gal. 3:29), but Levi’s tithe was for Israel that now is (Lev. 26:46). The Levi was in the loins of Jacob who came from the loins of Isaac who in turn came from the loins of Abraham when he paid tithe to Melchizedek (Heb. 7:9-10).

 

But those not given Law and of faith of Abraham were in the loins of the Seed of promise, who is Christ, by whom man is born again. Though Isaac was in the loins of Abraham, he did not pay tithe himself. But Jacob made a vow to pay tithe. So, tithing according to the law is based on demand by children of flesh and blood. It is therefore different from Abram’s tithe which was with regards to the children of promise.

 

So, children of Jacob received the law to pay his vow. The Law could not make anyone perfect under the Levitical priesthood. So, under grace tithing is a nullity. Moreover, the gift of grace which God gave out of His self-counsel aligns with His self-counsel of seed of promise to Abraham. It makes the receiver to give praise and thanks to God, not with material things. Scripture describes this practice as pure and undefiled religion – visit inmates, feed and clothe the needy, and etc. (James 1:27). God stated it similarly in another scripture (Mt. 25:33-40).

 

Emphasis: Under grace giving is sacrificial. It is from the greater to the lesser. Giving produces circle of flow of blessing from God to both the giver and receiver and thanks and praise from them to God. Whereas, tithing according to the law is subjective and is based on give by the lesser to expect increase from the greater. Example: The widow gave all she had (Mk. 12:41-44). Early century church did not tithe.

 

Rather they collected on the first day of the week what God laid in the heart of each one as he may prosper, storing up, so to speak, gifts for saints in Jerusalem (1Cor. 16:1-3). We are to give to those who feed us with the word of truth and the deprived. It was the show of love of God and to demonstrate our thanks and praise to Him who has blessed us. It serves more purposes than tithing.

 

PROMISE – CHRIST JESUS

Jesus is not entitled to collect tithe. Levi tithe is the tribe inheritance. It is forbidden to transfer it to another tribe (Num. 36: 5-10). Now Jesus belonged to another tribe. Therefore, He was not qualified to demand or receive tithe. So are His disciples. Whoever defiles this deny Jesus; the Master who fulfilled the Law (Mt. 5:17-20). To affirm His right as the Savior of man, He washed the feet of His disciples (John 13:5-20).

 

By it He fulfilled the custom of Israel which gave ROFR to the Next of kin. So, man as Next of kin of Adam surrendered his right of first refusal to Jesus to redeem him (Ruth 4:1-11). Else, nothing God made could redeem his soul or buy his safety (Ps. 49:6-9). So, Jesus shut up everyone under sin (Rom. 8:3-4). It made Christ the end of law for righteousness to everyone who believes (1John 5:3).

 

This meant the change from old to new way of serving God. It formalized, change of Levitical to Christ priesthood (Heb. 11-16). It annulled tithing totally. Therefore, it is transgression to rebuild tithing which Jesus once destroyed, so to speak (Gal. 2:18). Some may argue He did not condemn tithing (Mt. 23:23). Neither did He approve of it!

 

Emphasis: Many see washing of the feet of the apostles by Jesus as example of only service. Rather it represents change to new order of service. First was to seek and get man’s approval to surrender his right to Him as his savior, for he could not save himself. It shows He did not impose His will on man. It was freely given as Peter shown (John 13: 8-9). It qualified Him to carry the burden of man to fulfill the law and saved man.

 

It reversed how Adam(man) surrendered his dominion to Satan in Garden of Eden. Also, Jesus neither condemned nor approved tithing because He lived under the Law and was mindful not to offend it. He made it clear that whoever shall deny Him before men, him He will also deny before His Father which is in heaven (Mt. 10:33).

 

Tithing re-introduced. In the first five century there was no demand for and payment of tithe. Why was it so? The disciples knew and kept to the truth – Jesus fulfilled the purpose for tithe and it stood abolished. So, they feared God. Disciples sought first the kingdom of God and His Righteousness (Mt. 6:33). Why was tithe re-introduced? By early medieval period (5th – 1500th AD), warfare which had been the chief source of gathering wealth began to dry up.

 

Focus turned to agricultural revolution. It turned out to be the new form of exploitation by newly introduced parish. The Christian nobility began to squeeze revenues out of the land which they controlled through more productivity and pastoral care. Soon church began to tax the new farming resources by demanding a scriptural tenth of agricultural produce; the tithe resurfaced. (Reference: A History of Christianity. The first three thousand years – by DARMAID Mac CULLOCH).

 

    Emphasis: Tithing was re-introduced in the 6th century. It was stiffly resisted by congregations. Notwithstanding, it was re- enforced in 8th century by instrument of parliamentary law in England. It was of agricultural produce until 1836 when produce was replaced with cash for rent. Though the law was latter abolished, church continued to ask for and collect tithe to this day. Now it is clear that to tithe is not to please God, but man in contrast to scripture (Gal. 1:10).

 

“After the fact”: To tithe is to rebuff Jesus, as a liar. It is a brazen exploitation of those who lack knowledge of the truth. Christian nobility uses it as weapon of fear to scare people to succumb to it, using all known arsenal to justify it.  Scripture predicted this time (2Pet. 2:1-3). One can see why Jesus did not commit Himself to man for He knows everything about him (John 2:24-25).

 

Emphasis: This is not an attempt to dissuade you from your belief or unbelief. But to make you know the truth. It is only the truth you know that will make you free. The choice to either please God or man is yours. 

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Intro. Hello Audience! Welcome to RTGF TV program. This is Episode 8 of the ROOT Series – The title is: Know the truth and enter by the door before He is shut (Rev 3:7-8). Our title today is: God explained Grace. Scripture is the ultimate source of what is truth. Once misinterpreted, it will sow the seed of fallen away from Jesus. As it is written the fallen away will happen first before the coming of Christ and the gathering together to Him (2Thes. 2:1-3). So, to teach and preach man’s opinion of scripture distant people from the kingdom of God. It is why judgment must begin at the house of God (1Pet. 4:17).

 

My Name is: Dr. Danson Ubebe; Teacher and Author.

Topic. Explanation of Grace by God. 

Objective: To know what Grace truly is.

                         

HOW GOD EXPLAINED GRACE.

BY THE DEATH OF MAN IN THE GARDEN OF EDEN,

HE REJECTED EVERYTHING FREE FROM GOD (GEN. 3:6-8). 

   SINCE THEN EVERY GIFT HAS BEEN UNMERITTED & UNEARNED. 

GRACE & TRUTH CAME THROUGH JESUS CHRIST (JOHN 1:17). IT SHOWS GRACE & TRUTH ARE EXCLUSIVE GIFTS.

SO, WHAT IS GRACE?

BEFORE ADVENT OF JESUS MAN WORSHIPED GOD AT THE TEMPLE.

THE VEIL OF THE TEMPLE SYMBOLIZED TOTAL SEPARATION OF SINFUL MAN FROM GOD (Ex 26:31-35). 

WHEN JESUS DIED THE VEIL TORN FROM TOP TO BOTTOM (MT.27:51).

IT SIGNALED REMOVAL OF SIN BARRIER BETWEEN MAN & GOD.

THEN GOD WHO COMMANDED LIGHT TO SHINE OUT OF DARKNESS SHOWN IN OUR HEARTS TO GIVE THE LIGHT OF THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE GLORY OF GOD IN THE FACE OF JESUS (2COR. 4:6).

* SO, THE SPIRIT OF GOD GAVE GIFTS TO MAN (1COR. 12:4).

ALSO, IN A SITUATION WHERE ENEMIES BLASPHEME GOD, THE SPIRIT OF GLORY & OF GOD COULD REST UPON ANY MAN WHO IS REPROACHED FOR THE SAKE OF JESUS’ NAME (1PET. 4:14). 

ON THE PART OF THE VICTIM GOD IS GLORIFIED.

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN? 

GOD EXPLAINED IT BY REASSURING PAUL THUS: 

MY GRACE IS SUFFICIENT FOR YOU (2COR. 12:9).

IT IMPLIED THAT THE “REST OF THE SPIRIT OF GLORY & OF GOD” ON BUFFETED PAUL PRODUCED “GRACE” TO HELP HIM ENDURE. 

NOW JESUS IS GOD (JOHN 1:1) & 

HE IS ALSO THE GLORY OF GOD (HEB. 1:3).

**THUS, THE SPIRIT OF GLORY & OF GOD IS THE SPIRIT OF CHRIST.

SO, GRACE COMES FROM GOD TO CHRIST WHO MEDIATES FOR MAN & HE IS SAVED BY GRACE THROUGH FAITH FOR THE SAKE OF HIS NAME.

SO, GRACE IS INTERCESSION OF CHRIST FOR THE SAINTS (ROM. 8:34).

IT INSPIRES MAN TO TRUST IN JESUS & WALK LIKE HIM (1JOHN 2:6).

Note: 

*It is the Spirit of God who gave gifts to man – these 

  are the gifts in the category of favor. 

**But it is the Spirit of Jesus Christ who gave the Grace.

  1. As every gift is undeserved, it is wrong to single out  

    and label grace as unmerited. What of other gifts too?

  1. Fear & believe the word of God according to scripture & not of man who described grace as unmerited favor.

 

Situations for grace:

1a. When God forgave & forgot the sins man   

      committed in the past (Rom. 3:25). 

1b. When God saved man from eternal condemnation 

      (Eph. 2:8-9).

  1. When man has exhausted his powers – like in the 

    case of the woman with issue of blood (Lk. 8:43-48).

  1. When situation overwhelms man (2Cor. 12:9).
  2. During dire situations – accident, sudden attack,  

    Demo of power of God over evil (Dan. 3:16), & etc.

  1. When God repent from destroying life from the   

    surface of the earth because of man’s wickedness –  

    like in the case of Noah (Gen. 6:5-8).

  1. In every setting that might give glory to God, like 

    Daniel in the lion’s den (Dan. 6:16).

 

We were saved by grace through faith, not by works (Eph. 2:8-9).

Wrong interpretation of grace leads to wrong understanding of salvation.

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Hello Audiences! Welcome to RTGF. Over the centuries, men have been overriding strange word of God with human opinion and passed as though it is truth. The most recent is rewriting grace as favor. So confirm what you hear or read with true scripture. Ask questions.

We do not only teach the truth by the Holy Spirit prompting we encourage viewers to interrogate our teaching and contact us via WhatsApp Number or email below. This Episode is a review of the previous six Episodes of the ROOT Series; titled; “know the truth and enter by the door before He is shut – Rev. 3:7-8.”My name Dr, Danson Ubebe, teacher and Author.

Out topic for today is: Summary of the basis for godly knowledge of the Holy bible.
Our objective is: To give everyone chance to know the truth about some crucial words essential for sound Christian education.

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The word of truth is a source of excitement – remedy for depression. It sets before us in heaven assurances for the hope we have as the anchor of our soul. The hope is the Great High Priest; who is Christ Jesus (Col 1:5). Everyone is given the choice to either believe and abide in Jesus and enter by the narrow gate leading to testing way to life. Or deny Him and enter by the wide gate which leads to Broadway to destruction (Mt. 7:13-14).

Episode 1, examined what scriptural grace truly is. Men label grace as either unmerited favor or other tags. But God Himself revealed grace differently as the fruit produced by the Spirit of Christ (1Pet. 4:14), and as the intercession of Jesus for man (Rom. 8:34). Grace is one instrument of reign of Jesus. It can only be given by God. So grace is unlike favor which both God and man can give (Lk. 2:52).

Though the objective of the cross of Jesus is salvation, the object of the cross of the Lord Jesus Christ is the gift of grace to man (Gal. 6:14). By grace through faith all men were once saved as one body (Eph. 2:8-9). But each person is to choose to believe in Jesus to be saved or reject Him and be unsaved forever. A wrong reading of grace leads to wrong knowledge of gospel of Jesus – Gal. 1:7. Insert

Episode 2, highlights three Pillars of Christianity (Mt. 16:16-19) – the rock on which Jesus promised to build His church, the truth God Himself revealed is the rock, and the church Jesus founded on the rock. So, the truth is the basis of the church of Christ which is His body (1Cor. 12:26-27). Thus, a believer or church is an incarnation of truth.

As Jesus is the Rock (1Cor. 10:4) and Rock is a combination of units of rock, so also the body or church of Christ is the union of persons of truth. In this context Jesus told Pilate: “Quote”; “…and for this cause, I have come into the World, “that I should bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My word (John 18:37)”;

“Unquote”. So, Jesus as the truth is the foundation of His church. Moreover the truth is the objective of the church of Christ, and His church is known by personal morals not structure. Only truth guarantees eternal life. It is the will of God for those who believe in Christ (John 6:38-40).

The truth is the power of God for man to continue in the doctrine and fellowship of the apostles, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers (Acts 2:42). Thus, the pillars dovetail to the Lord’s Supper. For the constant reminder of the objective of shedding of the blood of Jesus on the cross oft Calvary; the salvation of our soul. (Ref. insert).


Episode 3 reveals why we are here. It touched briefly on timeless creation. Then foundation of the world of time. From one chaotic earth of darkness caused by fallen Satan God made two earth in different realms of life. Celestial and terrestrial. As required by God, the sea and earth brought forth to both earth at once the host He made in them.

He made man in His image and likeness in His Word (Gen. 1:27); the arrowhead in whom dwelled mankind. Episode explained what God mean by He created man; male and female He made them. On celestial earth He planted the Garden of Eden for him to serve (Gen. 2:8). It explained events, including origin of blood in man, in Eden till God drove him into the realm of terrestrial earth of darkness for his sin. It was the beginning of time-based life.

God called firmament dividing the two-earth heaven. In it, God made the sun, moon and stars. They rule over human day and night in turn, provide essential light (Gen. 1:14-18) and moon create seasons (Ps. 104:19). Gave brief outline of the incarnation of God in the flesh. (Continue in insert).

Episode 4 is about the journey of life. It gives at a glance where man is from, he is, and is going – life or death (Deut. 30:19). The lifestyle on earth is the determinant factor of choice of destination. It laid down necessary kind of life which leads to life and that which leads to death. To end up in life requires you to live by faith in God and match it with corresponding work in the flesh

– “Quote”; “Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans, and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world (James 1:27)” – this is one instant men have override word of God with own opinion of: “Christianity is a relationship”.

Things of the flesh will perish on earth (Mt. 6:19-21). Focus your gospel only on the cross of the Lord Jesus Christ (Gal. 6:14), and Him crucified (1Cor. 2:2). Until man is made perfect or given glorious body he will remain born again only by grace through faith and not bodily. This faith is of the substance of things hoped for (1Cor. 6:14).

The substance is Christ-like stature whose body will never die. But earthly body will surely die. This is the doubt against man claiming born again with earthly body. According to scripture God forgave man only past sins (Rom. 3:25). Not present and future sins. Scripture further fueled this by warning all, including believers to flee evil (Gal. 5:19-21).

After mortal death the saved spirit will go to Paradise from where he will go for judgment by Christ and given award. With his name in the Book of life he will move on to the kingdom of God (Rev. 21:2-4).

The unsaved will go via Hell to “White Throne Judgment” and end up in Lake of fire (Rev. 2o:14-15). Be wise. For details read the blog and view the video at: http://www.youtube.com/c/returntogodforum.

Episode 5 unveiled Jesus as the living tabernacle. On earth He was and in heaven where He is seated on the right hand of God before His Throne (Rev. 21:3-4). Before Jesus was born, God declared to Himself with an oath what He would personally do (Is. 45:23), and more. First Jesus came as the Word of God and as God (John 1:1).

Next, He presented as the Seed of a woman according to promise (Gen. 3:15). Later born as a child in the flesh according to prophesy (Is. 9:6). Then trio God came down to dwell in Him (Mt. 3:16). So, Jesus became a living tabernacle and the double of the trio God (Col. 1:15).

How? – This is hard talk, reflect on it – {i. The Word materialized, ii. Trio God who is unchanging lodged Himself in Him (Mt. 3:16-17), iii. He created soul in like manner (Gen. 1:26-27)}. Thus, God dwelled bodily in Him (Col. 2:9). So, He fulfilled the oath He made.

After Jesus ministry He suffered, crucified and buried and resurrected together with humanity (Rom. 6:3-11). God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself (1Cor. 5:19-21). Humanity was born again by the word of God. Thus, as He is so we, in this world (1John 4:17). So, we are to seek only those things which are in heaven (Col. 3:1).

And daily equip the saints with biblical knowledge of the gifts He gave to some men before He ascended (Eph. 4:11-14). Jesus now intercedes for us by means of grace (Rom. 8:34). – Refer Insert for highlights.

Episode 6 examines born again. Jesus was crucified for our justification and by it God forgave man past sins (Rom. 3:25). Clearly not present and future sins. He was raised for our sanctification, which is sustained by imitating Jesus and enduring to the end (Heb. 6:12).

Certainly, man has been born again with glorious body through the word of God in Christ (1Pet. 1:23-25). But the man is humanity {i. An arrowhead, a reversal of Adam stature in the beginning (Reference. Episode 3), ii. It is in him all men will gather in Him (Eph. 1:10); as living stone are being built up a spiritual house; a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ (1Pet. 2:5)}.

Individual with body of flesh is born again by grace through faith in God (Eph. 2:8-9); not with body of flesh. So it is still substance of things hoped for (Eph. 4:13). Born again Jesus is the testimony and the empty tomb too. He showed difference between body of flesh and of glory by ability to dissolve pass barriers, appear and disappear (John 20:19).

Is not done with earthly body. Currently the inner man is being renewed (2Cor. 4:16). Does this suggest the spirit man who is the soul has been born again now? The answer is no. So fleshly man cannot be the righteousness of God as it is yet by faith as he races to be the perfect man in Christ (2Cor. 5:21).

To be the righteousness of God follows a process which must be completed first. – Believe to be saved (Acts 16:31). Next be delivered from the power of darkness and conveyed into the kingdom of Christ (Col. 1:13) for washing with the word of God and regeneration of the Holy Spirit (Titus 3:15), and etc. So to be the righteousness of God is not by fiat.

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The bible represents the collection of God’s words of life and of death (2 Cor. 3:6-10). Knowing the Mystery of the collection is the true foundation of sound understanding of its message.The Holy Bible is one book which shows clearly how all things, seen and unseen, came into existence, as well as how they will end. God who took the form of man on earth as Jesus was unequivocal about the conflict between the Kingdom of God and darkness.

Knowing the contrast will make man to know that God is, and fear God, and to give Him due reverence. In the Kingdom of God is an eternal light, whereas, outside the Kingdom there is no eternal light but everlasting deep darkness. The following schematics represent the testimony of the Kingdom of God and the Domain of darkness. The domain of darkness comprises of the entire Air and the visible world and the Night region of the Earth which God created in the beginning. It is from the latter that God stretched out the visible and time regulated world of matter.

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Truth and life and real light exist in the Kingdom of God alone (John 14:6). The world which man lives in and the Air in-and-around it and the darkness which God called night in the beginning are in deep darkness. Every man is darkness in his old nature and was born in iniquity and sin (Ps. 51:5).

This architecture suggests that the gospel of salvation is meant to make man change from his old nature, which is dead, to the new nature which is life. This change happens through gradual slide in behavior by grace of God, coupled with faith from the old to the new way of living which is the form of life in the kingdom of God (Lk. 11:2c).

Unfortunately, the commonly observed message in today’s quest for salvation suggests otherwise. Rather the interest of many professing Christianity today seems to point to some form of paganism (Mt. 6:31:32). This suggests why it is difficult to distinguish the believer in God from a non believer nowadays. All now seek the same earthly things of darkness.

But understanding the mystery of the bible is the only truth that will turn the misfortune around for good. A man who knows the truth will not need anybody to make him change his lifestyle in obedience of the word of God.

As it was examined in the model architecture previously, the visible world is a mere shadow and a familiar terrain to man. So the mystery is certainly not of that world. Rather it is of the invisible world where truth is the only order perpetually.

It is in the invisible world that everything which God spoke into existence assumed the nature of substance of the form which He desired it to be. Until God came down to earth in the form of man nobody had any idea about the mystery of the bible (Phil. 2:6-8). His manifestation made man to know that Jesus is the wisdom of God for man (1Cor. 1:30). So being the wisdom made Jesus the personification of the mystery of Christianity.

Thus, Jesus can be likened to a long nail driven in part into a wall in a king’s house and on it is hung all his treasures of glory (Ezra 9:8).

Now Jesus has reconciled man to God. This opened the door for man to behold the glory of God. But Jesus personifies this glory, being the founding father of the new covenant. He is equally the first man of the new creation, the eternal life of the new clan, the revelation of God (John 1:18), and man’s everlasting life (Is. 9:6-7).

This suggests therefore that Jesus is the mystery of the words of the Holy Bible (1Tim. 3:16). So whoever desires to see and enter the kingdom of God must of necessity abide in Jesus (John 15:4-5).

Abiding in Christ means a total embrace of all that pleases God and denying self of all that God disapprove of in His word.

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