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“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” (Matt. 7:21).

The will of the Father is to do what the word says. The will of the Father is revealed in His word. The life of our Lord Jesus and His teaching also revealed the will of God to us. The word empowers and helps us to develop our faith. It is necessary for Christians to pray for ears to hear, the heart to understand and spiritual empowerment to act the word.
The book of James speaks mostly on how to put the word of God into practice. In this James stated.
“But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves… But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty (Love) and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the word, this one will be blessed in what he does” (Jas. 1:22-25).
Who is the doer of the word except the one who does the will of the Father. It is not the one who memorized the whole Bible; not the one who preaches the word all the time; not the one who backed a Ph.D. in theology; not the one who speak in tongue; not the one who displayed outward or inward appearance justifying their faith: but the one who does the will of the Father. The parable of the god Samaritan explains it.

The Parable of the Good Samaritan

“And behold, a certain lawyer stood up and tested Him, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” 26 He said to him, “What is written in the law? What is your reading of it?” So he answered and said, “ ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind,’[a] and ‘your neighbor as yourself.’”[b] And He said to him, “You have answered rightly; do this and you will live.”
But he, wanting to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”
Then Jesus answered and said: “A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, who stripped him of his clothing, wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. 31 Now by chance a certain priest came down that road. And when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. Likewise a Levite, when he arrived at the place, came and looked, and passed by on the other side.
But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was. And when he saw him, he had compassion. So he went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; and he set him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. On the next day, when he departed, he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said to him, ‘Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I come again, I will repay you.’ So which of these three do you think was neighbor to him who fell among the thieves?” And he said, “He who showed mercy on him.” Then Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.” (Luke 10:25- 37 NKJV)

The man who came to test Jesus was a lawyer, that is, one who is expert in the law or the word of God. Just like many of us claimed to know the word of God today and probably have a title that distinguish us to be man or woman of God. May be our appearance in person or on social media or the size of our church or the miracle we see on television tells the world that you are expert in the word of God. But this man came to test Jesus; likewise, we Christians of nowadays are testing the Lord. We know the truth, but we always want to justify our own contrary action.
The man asks Jesus, “what must I do to inherit eternal life”. The Bible states that no one can mock God. He knows the intents of our heart because He is Omnipresent, Omniscient and Omnipotent. He answered the man’s question with a question “what is written in the law”

Brethren, please let us study the word of God thoroughly and meditate on it thoroughly; many people will question your faith, situations will question your faith. For example, poverty will test you whether to take what does not belong to you or not; lust may question you whether to fornicate or not because your spouse did not satisfy you sexually and so on. At the cross road of taking decision, you better be filled with the spirit of God to prompt you to apply the right application of the word.
Many times we Christians know what the word of God says but lack the correct application and the spiritual meaning of the word. If we don’t meditate on the word of God and allow the Holy Spirit to enlighten us, we will lose the right application of the word.
In another instance, we know the word and the correct application of it, but because of our unwillingness to adhere because of unrighteous benefit and selfish motives, we pretend not to know. Sometimes, we try to justify our deliberate wrong action by claiming ignorance of the word; know this, you cannot mock God.
Furthermore, we know the word but we do not act the word; human nature in the absence of the spirit always gives excuse for disobedience or not willing to do the will of God.
The man travelling from Jerusalem to Jericho definitely in one of their own or liken him to be a Christian to a Christian. The priest is his spiritual father, the Levite is one of those that the man is looking up to emulate in the church; and it is within the power of these two to rescue their fellow, but they ignored him. They put aside the Law; they fail to do what they have being preaching to the people to do.
That is the situation with many Christians nowadays; they find it difficult to help one another. They have all sorts of strategy to extort from those in need. We know those who are in need, but we pretend not to see them. The priest and the Levite preached hospitality, mercy, help etc. but would not act it. All Christians are priests and Levites and we must show the world how to act the word by being an example.
The Good Samaritan’s action shows the following fruits of the spirit that must be revealed in the life of every Christian as the evidence of their faith and acting the word.
• Love
• Compassion
• Hospitality
• Help
• Mercy
• Care
• Longsuffering
• Kindness
• Faithfulness
Hence, Jesus said,

‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me. “Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, … And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’(Matt. 25:34-40)

As Apostle Paul said, that we need to examine ourselves; you need to examine yourself if indeed you act the word. You need to put the word into action. Just like David said, “I delight to do your will, O my God, and Your law (word) is within my heart (Ps. 40:8)

Christian edification message

The word is the will of God and is all about love; love for God and love for others. Love for others is not revealed in others unless we obey the word. The evidence of our obedience is seen in acting the word. Acting the word results to the manifestation of the good that others (your neighbor) derive from it. As Christians, if you don’t obey and act the word, you will not be able to show love to others, neither will you be able to bear with others.
The totality of acting the word is to love God and others. Showing your love to others is obedience to the word of God; when you obey the word of God, you have shown your love to the father.
Today, pray for grace, spiritual empowerment and strength to act the word so that you will be able to show your love for others.

By Lawrence Abitogun

Christianedification.org


completion of part 1,2&3

The need to walk in truth without removing the ancient landmarks   

Let this be in the mind of all Christians that there is no disparity between the Old Testament and the New Testament. Both are very relevant and they form the bedrock for proper Christian living and practices. Therefore, let every Christian be faithful to observe and walk in the biblical landmarks – direct commandments and revelations from God, and the teaching of our Lord Jesus as laid down and practiced during the apostolic era.

We are to be careful about what we hear concerning the word of God; because, what we hear from teacher and preacher of the word can be sweet and hypnotizing the way it is expressed to impress their listeners with their thought. Many of these preachers and teachers are expert in psychology and are good vocalists; however, believers must be sensitive and discern no matter how plausible, popular, pressed or preferred their message. A Christian who reads the Bible daily will be able to do what the scripture says “test all things; and hold fast to what is good” (1Thess. 5:21).

We must be discipline, think rationally and be at alert to spiritual pitfall to prevent anyone from falling into the baits of false ministers of the word. Though, some wear physical or imaginary collars as ministers, many of them are enemies of the gospel because of their divided loyalty.

God’s truth is one of the old things; yet, it remains unchanging in reality. The truth that the world needs is rooted in the word of God, which are written of the old. Though old; still, it is new every day. Any new thing must be an offshoot of the old. Truth will always be truth.

Those that distorted the truth do it not because it is no more the truth; but they called it old because of their sinful selfish motive and expected unrighteous gains: their actions are not of God. Any change that does not stem in the truth of the word of God is wrong.

The scripture states that Demas has forsaken Paul for he loves this present world (2Tim 4:10); this is very true of many ministers and believers today; they have departed from ancient landmarks. However, I will keep pounding on the ministers of the word that they are responsible for the problem that is facing Christianity; and it is their responsibility to put it right: because they are the ones removing the ancient landmarks – “New cart” to carry the Ark of the Lord.

Many believers by nature are prone to shifting from any existing foundation for many reasons; some of which are

  • Nature – man is vulnerable, falling for satanic enticements, adamic nature etc.
  • Pressure – from persecution, peer, worldly Christians etc.
  • Popularity – preference, worldliness, norms of the day etc.
  • Tradition

Conclusion –

The position of the church now is to preserve the truth – the word of God. Many are in the world today who wants to know the truth; and most of them rely on what they will hear from the ministers of the word. Many show indifference to Christianity because, many Christian do not live a life of an example to convince the world. the scripture states

“Do we begin again to commend ourselves? Or do we need, as some others, epistles of commendation to you or letters of commendation from you? You are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read by all men; clearly you are an epistle of Christ, ministered by us, written not with ink but by the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of flesh, that is, of the heart” (2Cor. 3:1-3).

Many people want to hear the truth and would want to live by the truth; but, Christians who have the truth with them have failed to preserve it; hence, truth seekers are being deprived from knowing the truth. It is our joint responsibilities as Christians, ministers and believers alike, to show the world the landmarks of the word of God.

Christians must come together regardless of their denomination, affiliation, church, individual differences; we need to unite, fight a common war of faith; let us repair and restore the truth of the word of God without moving the ancient landmarks. Remember, a new cart used to carry the ark of covenant without the approval of God can have a serious consequence. The word of God from Genesis to Revelation is our inheritance that must not fade, but preserved; because it is new every morning till eternity. It must pass down to every succeeding generation.

 

By Lawrence Abitogun


Have you read part 1&2?

Fighting against the name of God

Nations and individual spirituality is at downward trend. In the USA, the Ten Commandment has been removed from schools and public places. As if that is not enough; recently, some atheist still went ahead to file a suit in the Supreme Court; pushing to declare the reciting of national pledge in schools and public meetings as unconstitutional: Just because the name “God” is in it. Good anyway, the request was denied.

The effect of the removal of these landmarks may not be felt immediately, but if allowed, destructive landmarks are being laid which will affect the future generation of any nation, church or individual negatively.

Let me make this clear, the day that United States of America removes “In God we trust” from their currency, that day the economy of America will start to crumble; that day it will seize to be the most powerful nation; and that day the empire will fall.

Removal of total dependence on God

The scripture states

“Come now, and let us reason together,” Says the Lord, (Is. 1:18a)

There is the need for Christians, especially, the ministers of the word, for a rethinking on how to restore these landmarks that have been removed or in the process of being removed. The downward trend of peace all over the world is partly the fault of Christians who are unable to stand their ground to lead the world in the way of the Lord.

Most of our recent past spiritual leaders have handed nothing much of spiritual inheritance to the coming generation. Technology has taking away our spiritual inheritance. God is the sole custodian of spiritual guide line that enhances development in humanity; he has given us this to benefit us; but is quickly forgotten that it is the doing of the Lord. Hence, new generation are forgetting the goodness and power of God as being responsible for where the world is today. There is the need to go back to the ancient landmarks of total dependence on God.

Lost of identity

Denominational issue is one of the problems facing Christianity today. Denominational doctrines have replaced the truth of the word of God; thus, truth has been compromised with error (Jude 3). Modern day prosperity preachers (Mammon preachers – Matt. 6:24) have obscured the ancient landmarks of Holiness. Thus believers have been robbed off of their vast spiritual inheritance and the enjoyment that is in it.

Our general identity as Christians has been replaced by denomination. To many Christians, to say “I’m a Christian” is not satisfactory answer to the question “are you a Christian?” however, they want you to mention which denomination you belong. The issue of denomination has reduced the oneness and unity expected among Christians today. Every denomination has its own doctrine fashioned to suites the belief of their founder; thus dividing Jesus Christ among themselves.

Every denomination and church doctrine and individual Christian life must be in line with these landmarks of apostolic doctrine:

  1. “There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all” (Eph. 4:4-6)
  2. The Bible is one, from Genesis to Revelation; any condemnation of any part will render the whole word of God untrue. It is better and even necessary to use unadulterated  original translated Bible that are not biased in their commentary or those whose original meaning of the words has been changed or distorted (e.g. marriage order).
  3. Jesus Christ is the Son of God. The preeminence of Jesus Christ as Lord over the church is Paramount to our faith and church; not the crown or title. Crown or title does not make any human being be the head of the church. If this should happen, it then becomes idolatry. But the scripture states, But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” (Jn. 423-24)
  4. The Lord Jehovah is the only true God. Right from creation, He has never change; His word has never change; and Jesus’ gospel is never in opposition to the law and the prophets. As God had delivered to Moses, He delivered to the prophets and He sent His Son to confirm the formers; and the Son empowers us with the Holy Spirit.
  5. Believe in the power of the Holy Spirit as the guiding light in any church or individual life.
  6. Baptism should be by immersion for those who profess faith in Jesus Christ as the Son of God. Jesus Christ instituted baptism primarily for public profession of faith, and that such a profession is part of the definition of baptism. Under new covenant, the requirement of personal faith before baptism is absolute.

 

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By Lawrence Abitogun






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