Faith is a gift given by the grace of God; but it is still demanding to be an inspired teacher or preacher. I try to be true by giving proper verses to what I want to put forward, but the facts are that I am still learning. In a way a true believer does not have to learn, because praising the Lord is all that is necessary and the way is given by faith. Still they are so many passages that surprise me every now and than when I here someone else talk about it or when I just come across them by myself. I believe that everyone should be teaching and preaching even when knowing few bible verses.
By faith we know the bible to be true. The truthiness of the bible is in fact it’s teaching for the well being of our soul. I can not really explain what the soul is or what will survive next to Jesus, but I truly believe that he will care for his children. When our soul is healthy all our being is healthy. I can not explain the sickness and all the injuries but what I can say is that Jesus cured every human suffering when he was on earth and his heritage is still going strong.
Today’s scientists are doing their best to explain the miracles of the Old and the New Testament. The plagues of Egypt that eventually gave freedom to the Jews are explain by the eruption of a volcano probably Santorini that may coincide with the time period. Similar phenomena’s have happened in our modern time with the eruption of volcanoes; water turning orange red, gas killing people sleeping on the ground like for the first born of the Egyptian. Natural or not the crossing of the red sea comes by a fantastic timing.
The Passover where the Jews saved their family from an angel of death by putting the blood of a sheep on their door is in fact the announcement of the coming of the Lord where the Father has his revenge saving all life that he chooses with the faithfulness of his son.
The New Testament is about Jesus and his miracles are spontaneous. We must now live by the light of Jesus, looking to him when the devil bights us. Our wrongs are washed away by our belief in the blood of Christ.
About Jesus who was sacrifice
Mark 12, 28-31 One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?”
29“The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ 31The second is this: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”
Mathew 18, 1-5 At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who, then, is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”
2 He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. 3 And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. 4 Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 5 And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.
Jesus has an obedient child accepts his fathers decisions
Mathew 16, 21-23 From that time on Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.
22 Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. “Never, Lord!” he said. “This shall never happen to you!”
23 Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.”
Mathew 23, 11The greatest among you will be your servant.
Righteous people will sometime sacrifice themselves for the love of God by living a secluded life like so many congregations have done through the years. I do not believe in sacrifice without production, still God must appreciate every effort to please him. We must help others but we must also be in accordance with God. If God can destroy the world because mankind is ruining the better aspect of creation where spirituality exist like the shining light of love, God can also bring meaning to everything.
Luke 19 39-40 and some of the Pharisees from the multitude said unto him, Teacher, rebuke thy disciples. 40 And he answered and said, I tell you that, if these shall hold their peace, the stones will cry out.
Jesus man made flesh said:
John 19 … Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.
Mathew 12, 40 for as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the whale; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.
Jesus Prays on the Mount of Olives
Luc 22, 42-44 “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” 43 An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him. 44 And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground.
Was the sweat already blood or blood to be? To me it is the same greatness of reality where a divine healer will be put to the test of resurrection. Still we must consider the torture of our God made man in obedience to the greater part of himself, the father of all creation.
Jesus, who loved everyone, healed the sick, thought charity and the path to follow, had to pray for his soul in the pursuit of his# accomplishment. Jesus is God and said so himself in simple terms. He is God’s only son, light born from light. We must understand that such purity will be strong at its return. Jesus was on a mission for the father.
When I was an adolescent I read science-fiction comics and I still like the related cinema and series like Star Trek, they had good moral and meaning. What I mean to say is that it feels like reliving with Jesus what I often contemplated, that man has the universe inside of himself, for the simple reason that I believe that what ever we may think or imagine, exist in a dimension somewhere, what ever we learn exist and we are just comparing the notes that we find; this said, we must be careful not to sin by thought because it might affect our reality.
I like the following verses showing how Jesus is God.
Colossians 1, 12-20 and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light. 13 For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
15 The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. 17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. 19 For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.
Those verses always have an interesting translation but the following might be more southing for the sinners that we are.
Colossians 1, 21-23 Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behaviour. 22 But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation— 23 if you continue in your faith, established and firm, and do not move from the hope held out in the gospel. This is the gospel that you heard and that has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven, and of which I, Paul, have become a servant.
The good news of the Gospel is love resurrected, when we reach for that divine reality, our caprices become less interesting. It is impossible to have the smallest place in heaven unless we are saint. But we all had a moment when we felt love and charity and by so we know with what we must identify. The fact is that we just have to remember our redeemer. I must better myself a lot because the old man is still within me and the child must grow. Grace is always at hand but we must be careful of the worldly content surrounding us that can very easily impregnate us, so we must always remember that we are sinners and recall our Guide and try to imitate him. Every day we have occasions to redeem ourselves but we must keep hope that all is done by Jesus-Christ our saviour and remember him so.
The following verses show how mankind has not change for thousands of years, as Paul reminds us of philosophy.
Colossians 2, 6-10 So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, 7 rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.
8 See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ.
9 For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, 10 and in Christ you have been brought to fullness. He is the head over every power and authority
Today, I belie that we can have the luxury of philosophy in a learning process, as long as it does not interfere with our faith. I find it very surprising even shocking that so many people of different culture or social classes have a substantial library at their home but have never read the Bible or the New Testament that is so easy to go through. God knows the heart, which is why I ask for a small place in heaven; note that it is still making me a saint. The secret is to let him in and to recognise our faults that we want to be rid of and to pray and hope. Most importantly when we have faith is to keep it, we must regret our faults or our sins and repent, we must better ourselves in works and charity, and in some we must exercise ourselves in pleasing God. When we are honest in recognizing our true value for moving in the proper direction we can find our way with the help of God.
Mathew 7, 21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.
God knows our hearts and we can not cheat him.
Acts 4, 32-37 All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had. 33 With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all 34 that there were no needy persons among them. For from time to time those who owned land or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales 35 and put it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to anyone who had need.
36 Joseph, a Levite from Cyprus, whom the apostles called Barnabas (which means “son of encouragement”), 37 sold a field he owned and brought the money and put it at the apostles’ feet.
Acts 5, 1-11 1 Now a man named Ananias, together with his wife Sapphira, also sold a piece of property. 2 With his wife’s full knowledge he kept back part of the money for himself, but brought the rest and put it at the apostles’ feet.
3 Then Peter said, “Ananias, how is it that Satan has so filled your heart that you have lied to the Holy Spirit and have kept for yourself some of the money you received for the land? 4 Didn’t it belong to you before it was sold? And after it was sold, wasn’t the money at your disposal? What made you think of doing such a thing? You have not lied just to human beings but to God.”
5 When Ananias heard this, he fell down and died. And great fear seized all who heard what had happened. 6 Then some young men came forward, wrapped up his body, and carried him out and buried him.
7 About three hours later his wife came in, not knowing what had happened. 8 Peter asked her, “Tell me, is this the price you and Ananias got for the land?”
“Yes,” she said, “that is the price.”
9 Peter said to her, “How could you conspire to test the Spirit of the Lord? Listen! The feet of the men who buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out also.”
10 At that moment she fell down at his feet and died. Then the young men came in and, finding her dead, carried her out and buried her beside her husband. 11 Great fear seized the whole church and all who heard about these events.
Truthfulness is having. Someone who is truthful does is best.
Mathew 25, 29 For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them
We must not just think of helping others, we must act.
Mathew 25, 31-36 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.
34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
The good news is that God resurrected his son our Lord. We can now profit from his grace and from the help of the Holy Ghost. The Holy Spirit helps us to understand the suffering of the cross, which I believe to be the thirst of mankind calling for help and the resurrection is the hope that we keep.
1 Corinthians 1, 30-31 It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. 31 Therefore, as it is written: “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.”
Bad news awaits those that do not believe in the innocence of God.
Hosea 6, 6 For I desire goodness, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt-offerings.
This past verse tells me that God did not sacrifice Jesus but mankind did take that decision. Jesus obeyed the father’s whish and the father left mankind free to choose. God gave a ram caught to Abraham to free him from the grief of sacrificing his son. But effectively God demonstrated his power and his tolerance as his mercy rendering Jesus into flesh. We may very well comprehend what is the Lamb of God. To me it is the tenderness of a child. The scriptures may have been accomplished but I do believe that better sense from mankind would have pleased God. Compared to the parable of the vine growers, here, the son his resurrected but the faith of the wrong doers will be alike so let us not be so vein as not to admit our sins but to regret them and accept Jesus redemption. We must practice ourselves to do better with the help of prayers and the Holy Spirit.
Jesus has accomplished the scriptures and is the corner stone; he his symbolic for different Christian cultures and his origin is undeniable.
Hebrew 13, 9-16 Do not be carried away by all kinds of strange teachings. It is good for our hearts to be strengthened by grace, not by eating ceremonial foods, which is of no benefit to those who do so 10 We have an altar from which those who minister at the tabernacle have no right to eat.
11 The high priest carries the blood of animals into the Most Holy Place as a sin offering, but the bodies are burned outside the camp. 12 And so Jesus also suffered outside the city gate to make the people holy through his own blood. 13 Let us, then, go to him outside the camp, bearing the disgrace he bore. 14 For here we do not have an enduring city, but we are looking for the city that is to come.
15 Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that openly profess his name. 16 And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.
John 6, 27-29 Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For on him God the Father has placed his seal of approval.” 28 Then they asked him, “What must we do to do the works God requires?” 29 Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.”
Ephesians 2, 8-10
8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
1 John 4, 2 This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God,
We understand very well that Jesus suffered as a martyr, died and was resurrected. Now we have an example to follow in hope for forgiveness and redemption for life. The more we pray the more we near God.
The grace of the Lord Jesus be with you.