THE CHRISTIAN WALK
|Sunday, July 28, 2019|
Cameron, Texas, USA
t is one of the most famous and popular verses that has been translated into many of the world's languages and dialects. It is the most quoted verse in the entire Holy Bible and many unbelievers can and indeed do quote it as well. Here it is: "For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that everyone who believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life" (John 3:16). Written by the apostle that our Lord Jesus Christ loved, John, this important verse captured the raison d'être of the redemptive work of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ when He died on the Cross and resurrected three days later.. It is also the essentialism of the Judeo-Christian faith compared with the rest man-made religions of the world; that, the Creator of the heaven and the universe became One with us and sojourn with His created beings in order to reconcile us to Him. That is the meaning of the Name: Emmanuel, which means; God With Us.
But elsewhere in the Gospel, Apostle John wrote yet in another epistle that we should not love the world. "Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world-the desires of the flesh, the desires of the eyes, and the pride of life-is not from the Father but from the world. The world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God remains forever" (I John 2:15-17). Are these two scriptures written by the same author contradictory? How can we reconcile the two? How the True Lord God Almighty could love the world and yet admonished us His true believers and genuine worshippers to hate what He God Almighty loved? Let's unpack this seeming oxymoron.
The English Language is one of the most bastardized languages on earth. It has borrowed prolifically hodgepodge of words, phrases and clichés from other languages and has stolen many expressions, phrases, words and idioms from the Holy Bible. At a time, the Normans and Saxons were compelled to complain loudly and grumble openly at the linguistic thefts of the Anglo-Saxons. I should know, because I have a terminal degree in English and Literary Studies, yet with all the university degrees out there, it is very difficult to understand the Holy Bible without being inspired by the Author of the Word of Life; the Holy Spirit, because as Apostle Paul aptly pointed out: "All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness (2 Timothy 3:16). This is why even those who are professors and the highly-educated minds of the world can read the Holy Bible and can't understand it. Consequently, unless you have given your life to the Lord Jesus Christ by confessing your sins and ask Him to come into your life as Lord and Savior which He is and through Him you are sealed with the Holy Spirit, you cannot understand the Holy Bible. In other words, it is possible to be able to quote the Holy Bible, read from Genesis to Revelation like other worldly books, and still unable to understand the Holy Bible, because it is only the letters that you will know, for it is only the Holy Spirit that makes it come alive. Every word in the Word of Life is life itself just as our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ pointed out: "The Spirit-referring to the Holy Spirit-is the One who gives life. The flesh doesn't help at all. The words I speak to you are spirit and are life" (John 6:63-64). As Apostle Paul also pointed out: "For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God…" (I Corinthians 1:19) because; "The man (and woman) without the (Holy) Spirit does not accept the things that come from the (Holy) Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, (and her) and he (or she) cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned" (I Corinthians 2:14).
For ages, believers have quoted John3:16 as it was translated, yet the Holy Spirit meant that the True Lord God Almighty loved the human race. As a matter of fact, the last prayers of our Lord Jesus Christ which I consider the greatest prayers in the entire Holy Bible made this abundantly clear that the Sovereign Lord God Almighty didn't love the world. In John 17:1-26, there were three groups of people that our Lord Jesus Christ prayed for on the eve of His physical departure from the earth namely: the apostles who had toiled and worked with Him for thirty-three years; those early believers who heard and believed the gospel through Apostle Peter sent to the Jews and later Apostle Paul sent to the Gentiles and finally, those of us believers of today and those that will also believe before the Second Coming of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, Hallelujah! In these three-schematic prayers, Jesus Christ prayed pointedly in Verse 9 thus: "I pray for them-referring to the apostles-I am not praying for the world, but for those You have given Me, because they are Yours." If the Sovereign Lord God Almighty loved the world, why would He say He didn't pray for the world? Simple; He didn't create the world. The proper rendition of John 3:16 which is so popular in the world should have been truly translated from the original Greek Text as follows:"For God so loved the human race that He gave His one and only Son, that everyone who believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life."
There are marked differences between the world and the earth. The Sovereign Lord God Almighty didn't create the world; He created the earth as we read in the Book of All Beginnings thus: "In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth" (Gen. 1:1). The earth consists of the ecosystem, the arboreal domain, the terrestrial domain and the human species which are all visible and vital for our existence. In the earth that the Lord God created we have the planetary system, water, air, sun and other elements without which there won't be life on earth. These four earthly domains were represented by the four living creatures of lion, calf, flying eagle and man at the Tabernacle of the Almighty God in heaven (Revelation 4: 7-8).
When Adam and Eve fell, the power and authority that the Almighty God gave them over the earth passed onto Satan or to put it correctly, Satan stole the power, but Satan doesn't have the authority. Because Satan and his demons have been flushed out of heaven as a result of their rebellion against their Maker; they proceeded to set up alternative system on earth extremely and intensely opposed to the Lord God Almighty. This opposition is what is known as the world. Apostle John identified these four worldly domains thus: the lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh, the pride of life and self-independence from the Almighty God. Satan and his demons want to be gods and they failed to realize that forlorn and pyrrhic ambition in heaven; nevertheless, they haven't ceased from pursuing that desire on earth today. This selfish ambition is expressed in the world through the following structures put in place on earth by Satan and his co-rebels namely: politics, economics, education, arts and entertainment, sports and music, social media and the mass media, religion, New Age, self-beliefs, atheism, culture, customs and traditions. Believe it or not, the way and manner the current global system is arranged is diametrically-opposed to worshipping the True Lord God Almighty. In fact, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ didn't dispute with Satan when the Chief Evil One told our Lord Jesus Christ "The devil led Him up to a high mountain and showed Him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. And he said to Him: I will give You all their authority and splendor, it has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to. If You worship me, it will all be Yours." (Luke 4:5-7). Satan didn't refer to the kingdoms of the earth here, but of the world, because Satan knows he doesn't create and thus own the earth. For the spiritually-educated and those indwelled by the Holy Spirit, words matter, and thus decoding what Satan meant is vitally important to upend the wiles and atrocities of the Evil One in the lives of believers. Equally, Satan didn't use the word: "power," but instead used the word; "authority" which is the legal instrument needed to exercise power. It is this authority over the earth today that is in under intense contention between the human race and Satan. Surely, Satan has power which he has deployed to his co-fallen angels and residual of it to their ignorant human tagalongs and agents; but to those of us that the Holy Spirit has vouchsafed this mortal spiritual combat and its arsenals for victory, Satan and his horrible losers do not have the authority over the earth. Without the earth which was created by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, Satan's illegitimate worldly system could not have been erected. Anon, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is coming to bulldoze and wipe away this illegitimate worldly system put together by Satan, Hallelujah! No wonder, Jesus Christ Himself told those of us who have made up our minds to shun the world and followed Him; "My Kingdom is not of this world" (John 18:36).
Consequently, if you are a genuine follower of the King of kings and true believer of the Lord of lords, you must be extremely careful to know the differences between the earth and the world. Furthermore, you must declare your allegiance here and here right now; the world or Jesus Kingdom. The former is right here now while the latter is in the future. The former is instant gratification and fleetingly ephemeral while the latter is eternal, permanent and everlasting. The two are intensely opposed to each other and you cannot be in the two places at the same time. If you own the world as Satan dangled before our Lord Jesus Christ, which is a lie from the bottomless pit; then you cannot partake of the future Kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Do not proceed further by doubting the reality of this Bi-Polar Eternal Domains but just ask the Rich Man and Lazarus in Luke 16:19-31; Habakkuk 2:5; Revelation 20:13-14 etc.
Why does the True Lord God Almighty hate the world? Why does He want us to shun the world? Why is it that any of His true believer who loves the world cannot have the love of the father at the same time? Why is the world and the Kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ opposed to each another? I will tell you.
Disobedience: In the Kingdom of the Almighty God, there is Only One Person Who calls the shots: Jesus Christ of Nazareth, period! This is not surprising because He made it plainly: " I am a jealous God" (Exodus 20: 5). Consequently, in this Kingdom, there is only One Boss; Jesus Christ, Hallelujah! On the other hand, there are many gods and goddesses as exemplified by Satan and his demons in the world. In fact, they are not only incorrigibly rebellious to their Maker, but are also teaching some human beings to proclaim themselves gods and these are being horns woggle by Satan and his fallen angels. Satan and his demons tried to be gods and goddesses in heaven and they ran into trouble. That was the reason the Almighty God flushed and kicked them out of the Elysian Abode and blackest of darkness has been reserved for them. If Satan and his rebellious hordes could not make it in heaven and their days are numbered on earth, what gave you human beings the hope and faintest idea that you too can make it where Satan your father failed? Our Lord Jesus Christ warned: "Why do you call Me Lord, my lord and yet do not do what I say?" (Luke 6:46; John 6:46). It is this disobedience of people of the world that incensed the Creator and He is justified to punish the disobedient and reward the obedient just like any earthly father will treat his children.
Sin: Just as there are natural laws that govern the earthly domain so also are spiritual laws governing God's relationship to humans and vice-versa. Even among human beings, societies have formulated laws guiding our interactions and relationships to and with one another. These laws are necessary in order to ensure peace and harmony in human affairs. As we know quite well, infractions of these man-made laws have consequences and punishments. That is why in every society, there are prisons and penitentiaries to punish those who breach such man-made laws. Similarly, the Lord God Almighty has made some laws guiding human relationship to nature in order for harmony to exist in His Creation. When any human being infracts these laws, there will be serious consequences from the Sovereign Lord God Almighty of Divine Order, Hallelujah! If you think you can get away with flouting God's Divine Law guiding human relationships on earth which is called sins; you are self-deluding. Hear Him: "Look, I am coming soon…Let him or her who does wrong continue to do wrong; let the vile person continue to be vile, let the one who does right continue to do right, and let the holy person continue to be holy. Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with Me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done" (Revelation 22:7, 11-12). Even an elementary school kid can get it! This is not complicated at all!
Satan's Rule: The True Lord God Almighty hates the world, because the current worldly system is being ruled by Satan, the Archenemy of the Lord God Almighty. Your fellow human being is not your enemy; the Lord God Almighty is not your enemy. He created you and gave you and me life. We have one enemy; "…your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour" (I Peter 5:8). My Lord and Savior Jesus Christ didn't create this beautiful earth and gave it to Satan; rather, Satan stole it as a result of the disobedience of our First Parents; Adam and Eve. Consequently, Adam and Eve became outlaws and were flushed out of God's Eden. However, God is Love and this His Immutable Love made Him to come down physically to the earth to fix Satan and his demons two thousand years ago. Now, He wants you to accept the free and general offer of liberation in the Blood Atonement of His Son; Jesus Christ Who defeated Satan and his evil minions on Calvary. This freedom is available right now and it is yours for the taking. If you spurn this offer, you consign yourself to Satan's illegal rule and make yourself an enemy of God. Here, I plead with you friend as Apostle Paul pled years ago: "…as Christ's ambassadors…God is making His appeal through us. We implore you on Christ's behalf; Be reconciled to God" (2 Corinthians 5:20). Your rejection of this reconciliation is fraught with dire consequences.
His Will Constantly Thwarted: Satan is the god of this currently worldly system and he and his devilish hordes strive constantly and actively to oppose and thwart the will of the Almighty God on earth. This unbiblical saying is so popular on earth: the voice of the people is the voice of God. Wrong! Nowhere is this saying written in the Book of Life. The Good Lord God Almighty doesn't rule the world; Satan rules the world and causes majority of human beings to oppose the will of the Almighty God on earth. As a matter of fact, the will of the True Lord God Almighty is rarely done on earth. No wonder our Lord Jesus Christ taught us to pray this way: " Our Father who is in heaven, hallowed be Your Name, Your Kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven" (Matthew 6:9-10; Luke 11:1-4). A friend once boasted to me that I should see how their religion is growing fast and very soon, they will be in the majority and take over the world. I congratulated him on their majority way to the Nether Gloom. Friend, our True Lord God Almighty is not the God of Majority, but of the righteous, period!
Impending Doom and Destruction: How can the True Lord God Almighty love the current world that He has reserved for destruction and total extinction when the time comes? Take it or leave it; the True Lord God Almighty has scores; I mean plenty scores to settle with the human race. I laughed at those spiritually blind folks shouting the other day that the ocean must be saved, there is global warming and the earth is melting and the flora and fauna of the earth must be redeemed. You aren't seeing anything yet. Read the entire Book of Revelation and you will discover the level of God's fury about to be unleashed on the human race. I would have been out of here by the time the divine fireworks begin. You see, the Sovereign Lord God Almighty is a God of Love; but my brothers and sisters pray you do not see His Other Side; " for our God is a consuming fire" (Hebrews 12:29). He had sent prophets upon prophets, herald and messengers that were uncountable; He has demonstrated His patience toward the human race, because of His Eternal Love. He topped it all by coming personally and physically to show us the way back home; yet many on earth and in the world have shunned and continue to rebuff Him. Folks; a time is coming and right now in the corner as we are inching toward that D-Day right now that His Saving Grace will be exhausted by a recalcitrant and stiff-necked world and human race. Consequently, the Apocalypse will be let lose. Don't joke with the Lord God Almighty. Sin must be punished. Rebellion is like as witchcraft before the True Lord God Almighty.
A New Heaven and New Earth:- Paradise was lost in the Garden of Eden as a result of the disobedience and sin in tow of our First Parents; Adam and Eve. Soon and very soon, Paradise which had been regained on Calvary by our Lord Jesus Christ when He broke the back of Satan and disgraced him and his minions shall be visible for all to see. The Elizabethan polemicist, John Milton captured it beautifully in his epic Paradise Lost which was eventually regained in Volume IV 960. Make no mistake about the fact that the current heaven, earth and world will inevitability be uprooted and completely destroyed (2 Peter 3:7) and in their stead: "Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband" (Revelation 21:1-2). This is our new home and permanent eternal abode. The current world has an expiration date. Where will you be: this temporary world or coming permanent earth? The choice is yours!
SEE THIS PROPHECY ON NIGERIA AND ITS FULFILMENT BEFORE OUR VERY EYES
On Friday January 06, 2017, we wrote the following in this column
"Do not treat the issue of Ibrahim Yaqoub El-Zakyzaky like a child's play as this may snowball to another frightening dimension like Boko Harma. Just as past administrations in post-1999 laid the foundation for the emergence of Boko Haram, your government is unwittingly preparing another fertile and robust ground for a Boko-Haram-like terrorist group to take-off right now in Nigeria. The religious and ethnic tension in Southern Kaduna may lead to the assassination of Gov. Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai. Move in now as the president and commander-in-chief of Nigerian Armed Forces and douse the fire. It is a time bomb waiting to explode. Learn from history Mr. President." See the link to that epochal prophecy published in this column about two years ago here: https://nigeriaworld.com/feature/publication/fayemiwo/010617.html
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