GOD ONE PEOPLE - AN INVALUABLE COMPENDIUM OF GOD'S SECRETS
GOD!! ONE PEOPLE!! "
- GOD, MAN, SPIRIT
- SIN, SALVATION AND PRAYER
- GOD'S PLAN FOR HIS PEOPLE
- THE ONE AND ONLY TRUE
- WHY SHOULD THE LORD JESUS
SUFFER AND DIE FOR SINNERS ?
- CHRISTIANS, END-TIME,
MILLENNIUM, JUDGMENT, HELL AND KINGDOM OF GOD
- THE HOLY BIBLE AND TRUE
- REVELATION ABOUT ETERNAL
LIGHT AND ETERNAL KINGDOM
- BESTOWAL OF DIVINE EXPERIENCE
- GOD'S MINISTERS OR SERVANTS
- FOODS, GREETINGS AND
- BAPTISM AND LORD'S SUPPER
OR HOLY COMMUNION
- THE LORD'S CHURCH
- THE LAST DAY
- GOD IS WONDERFUL !
GOD IS TERRIBLE ! GOD'S FINAL CALL TO BE THE ONE PEOPLE !
A Prayer of Adoration
THE ONE AND ONLY TRUE GOD
Our LORD JESUS CHRIST, though eternally in possession of the divine nature of GOD, did not regard HIS own heavenly existence or divine lifestyle as important but HE emptied HIMSELF. HE emptied HIMSELF by veiling HIS glory and taking on HIMSELF a true and
sinless human nature. At all times, CHRIST remained GOD. HE retained always the nature and attributes of GOD, and HE took a human nature. Therefore, HE took a human body, and ministered and served among men, and finally HE gave HIS most glorious life a ransom for sinners of the world.
Again, our LORD JESUS CHRIST emptying HIMSELF, assumed a servant's or slave's nature and appeared in the likeness of men; and being found in the appearance as a man, HE humbled HIMSELF and became obedient unto death, even death by crucifixion.
Further, before establishing the LORD's Supper or the Holy Communion, our LORD JESUS CHRIST washed the feet of HIS disciples, and wiped them with the towel that was wrapped round HIM. This shows HIS true humility. Our LORD JESUS CHRIST washed and wiped HIS disciples' feet or HIS servants' feet, like a servant or slave. People are caught by pride, the evil character of Satan, the devil. To save and redeem us from this evil character of Satan, our LORD JESUS CHRIST took this humility.
Moreover, our LORD JESUS CHRIST has eternally possessed the very nature of GOD. To possess the very nature of GOD is to be GOD. Our LORD JESUS CHRIST is GOD the FATHER and GOD the HOLY SPIRIT. Again, to possess the very nature of GOD is to be equal with GOD the FATHER and GOD the HOLY SPIRIT. Our LORD GOD, JESUS CHRIST is equal with GOD the FATHER and GOD the HOLY SPIRIT. So, our LORD JESUS CHRIST is the GOD of TRINITY, and HE is the TRIUNE GOD, and HE is the ONE GOD and the ONLY ONE GOD and the ONE AND ONLY TRUE GOD.
Besides, our LORD JESUS CHRIST decided not to continue enjoying HIS heavenly existence. HE assumed a servant's or slave's position and appeared in the likeness of men. Consequently, due to HIS outward appearance, many people recognized HIM as a mere man. But HE was still the Son of GOD or GOD the SON, possessing the divine nature of GOD. That is, at all times, HE remained GOD. At all times, HE remained GOD the FATHER and GOD the SON and GOD the HOLY SPIRIT. At all times, HE remained GOD, the ONE GOD and the ONLY ONE GOD and the ONE AND ONLY TRUE GOD. Praise The LORD! Alleluia!
Furthermore, our LORD JESUS CHRIST willingly gave up HIS divine existence with all its benefits and advantages, for the sinners. HE considered sinners as more important than HIMSELF. HE concerned HIMSELF with their needs and HE gave more importance to their needs than to HIS own affairs.
So, HIS name has been highly exalted by GOD the FATHER. The name that is above all others is 'JESUS'. JESUS' name is more excellent than every other name and JESUS' name is the highest and the greatest of all names. Hence, every being in heaven and on earth and under the earth should submit to HIM. In the most holy name of JESUS, every knee should bow and every tongue should confess that JESUS CHRIST is LORD, to the glory of GOD the FATHER. Therefore, all must have a universal submission before our LORD JESUS CHRIST; all must have a universal confession that JESUS CHRIST is LORD, that is, GOD. All must acknowledge HIM LORD, that is, GOD. Thus, the glorification of 'JESUS' is the glorification of GOD the FATHER, for HIS honour; and the glorification of 'JESUS' is the glorification of GOD the SON, for HIS honour; and the glorification of 'JESUS' is the glorification of GOD the Holy Spirit, for HIS honour; and the glorification of 'JESUS' is the glorification of the ONE GOD and the ONLY ONE GOD and the ONE AND ONLY true GOD, for HIS honour. Praise The LORD! Alleluia!
“Who, being in the form of GOD, thought it not robbery to be equal with GOD: But made HIMSELF of no reputation, and took upon HIM the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion (appearance) as a man, HE humbled HIMSELF, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore GOD also hath highly exalted HIM, and given HIM a name which is above every name: That at the name of JESUS every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that JESUS CHRIST is LORD, to the glory of GOD the FATHER.” Philippians 2:6-11
4.2 VISIT OF THE WISE MEN
Here ‘things’ means ‘those’.
When our LORD JESUS CHRIST, the ONE AND ONLY TRUE GOD was born in Bethlehem, a wonderfully brilliant star of the LORD and of great significance and glory appeared in the sky. This star, being a star of the first magnitude was clearly visible to the people of India. The star was different from other stars in its size, brightness and clearness. It was very low in the sky, so that everyone could see it. It was a lovely as well as an awe-inspiring sight.
Many Jews or the Israelites were living at that time in India, which is in the east to the country of Israel. The Jews had told the Indians that their only glorious GOD would be born into this world as MESSIAH or MESSIAS. 'MESSIAH' or 'MESSIAS' means 'CHRIST'. They had told them also about many wonders and miracles that would be performed by HIM. The three wise men who were astronomers in India believed these facts. They were anxiously waiting for the LORD to be born in the world. They were very eager to see and worship the LORD. Hence, they studied the language of the Jews thoroughly.
The three wise men were astronomers, and they were great teachers of three great kings in India in those days. The teacher of the king had his own throne on the right side of the king's throne. When his teacher takes his seat, the king would rise from his throne and bow to him in respect. The king would sit on his throne only after his teacher had sat on his throne. The king would also worship the feet of his teacher. Thus the wise men who were also astronomers, were men greater than the kings. They were great teachers of kings. They were counsellors to the kings. They were not ordinary men. They were great men of wisdom and knowledge. They were greatly respected and they were such a great people that they even crowned the kings. The kings obeyed their words and did everything according to their advice. When the wise men happened to leave for a
distant place, their old footwears would be placed at the foot of their thrones as a means to remember them. In the absence of their teachers, the kings used to bow to their old footwears. These three astronomers were thus great men. They were sages and hermits.
The three wise men (astronomers) were also great men and royal in their dignity. As evidence of their royal dignity, they went to Jerusalem, the royal capital of Israel and naturally met the king Herod in his palace and spoke to him. the three royal visitors asked Herod, the king, in the language of the Jews,
“Where is HE that is born king of the Jews? for we have seen HIS star in the east, and are come to worship HIM.”
St. Matthew 2:2
This event reveals the fact that even Herod, the king had not known the birth of CHRIST because the LORD had hidden it to Herod. Herod, the king came to know of the birth of our LORD JESUS CHRIST only after the three wise men had enquired about the birth of our LORD. If these three wise men had been ordinary men and if they had not known the language of the Jews, they would never have dared go to the royal residence or meet the king or speak to him. If they had been ordinary men, they would have gone only to ordinary people to enquire about the birth of CHRIST. It is a common fact that ordinary people would try to know things only from ordinary people. We can very well assume also that the three wise men carried royal letters from their respective kings. Well prepared for their long journey, the three wise men walked in total safety, provided by their wisdom. Therefore, their entry into the palace and gaining an appointment with the king were easy things for them. Praise The LORD! Alleluia!
4.3 THE DIVINE SECRET
These three wise astronomers used to observe the changes and appearances in the sky everyday. They learned many things from their observations. When they were observing the sky as usual, they saw a wonderful and miraculous new star in the sky, on the very day it appeared. The star was lower in the sky than the other stars. Its brightness was impressive. Its appearance was wonderful and extraordinary. On seeing this wonderful and special star, the wise men understood clearly with their great wisdom that the MESSIAS or CHRIST, the ONE AND ONLY TRUE GOD was born in the world. At once, the three wise men informed their respective kings about the birth of the ONE AND ONLY TRUE GOD. They informed their kings also about their journey to the country of Israel for worshipping the LORD and they set off for the country of Israel. The LORD was merciful to the wise men for their great desire, eagerness, wish, longing and thirst. Praise The LORD! Alleluia!
The three wise men set off on their journey to worship the LORD most High, the Creator of all things. They took with them gold, frankincense, and myrrh as offerings to the LORD. The offerings of these three things reveal their great wisdom. Gold is for kings; frankincense is for GOD and myrrh is for the dead. The offerings made by the wise men are symbols of their faith, hope and belief that JESUS CHRIST, the glorious King and glorious GOD of heaven, the LORD MESSIAS would suffer for the sinners and would be laid in the grave. The three wise men went to Israel on foot from India, to worship the LORD with fear and humility. To reach Israel they walked for about two years. To reach Israel they made a very long and hard trek. To reach Israel they made a very long and difficult journey on foot.
The evidence for the fact that the three wise men (astronomers) walked for two years to reach Jerusalem is found in the sorrowful event given below. The king Herod's vicious plan was to know from the wise men, the place where CHRIST was and to murder HIM.
Therefore, he called the wise men secretly and enquired them about the time the star appeared. He sent them to Bethlehem cunningly asking them to go and worship CHRIST, the child and to inform him so as to enable him to go and worship the child. The three wise men went to Bethlehem and worshipped CHRIST. Then GOD warned them in a dream not to return to Herod. Therefore, they took another route to India, their native land. When Herod came to know what the wise men had done to him, his rage was kindled. Calculating the date, the star appeared in the east, Herod sent his men and cruelly slaughtered all male children at Bethlehem and around it who were two years of age and under. This event clearly proves the truth that the wise men had to walk for two years to reach the country of Israel.
They walked such a great distance to worship the LORD because they had the knowledge that their sufferings would bring them immense blessings from the LORD. Though they were men greater than their kings, their knowledge about the ONE AND ONLY TRUE GOD and their godliness, fear of GOD and their humility were remarkable and appreciable and unparalleled in the history of the world.
When the three wise men were walking towards Israel, the star of the LORD that appeared on the day the LORD was born in the world guided them in great brightness in a low altitude. When they saw the star, they were filled with astonishment, thrill and joy and they journeyed admiring the wonderful way the LORD guided them. The guiding star at last stood above the place where JESUS CHRIST was as a child.
They rejoiced to see the star stand still. They entered the house, where the ONE AND ONLY TRUE GOD, JESUS CHRIST was. They saw the child and Mary. They fell down before the child, the LORD JESUS CHRIST and worshipped HIM. Then they opened their treasures and offered gold, frankincense and myrrh to the child, the LORD JESUS CHRIST. Then they returned to India, their native land in great joy. See St. Matthew 2:1-18.
Epiphany is a Christian festival held on 6 January in memory of the coming of the Magi (the three wise men) to the baby JESUS at Bethlehem.
This glorious and wonderful event of the Magi (the three wise men) reveals the fact that there has been a glorious and blessed relationship between India and Israel, by the work of the ONE AND ONLY TRUE GOD, JESUS CHRIST. This is a wonderful matter, a divine secret. This divine secret between India and Israel will certainly reveal the divine relationship between India and Israel. All in an appropriate time will know this divine relationship created by GOD HIMSELF openly. This is a true and certain fact. Praise The LORD! Alleluia!
Now from some Indian Hindu prayer songs, we can very well understand that these songs were drawn sometime later from the strong belief of these three wise men (the Magi) about our LORD GOD, JESUS CHRIST. These songs very clearly show the Indian Hindu Revivalism due to the visit of the Magi to Bethlehem in Israel. The interpreted meanings of some Indian Hindu prayer songs are given as follows.
4.5 ORIGIN OF ALL LANGUAGES
“We worship you for you have been born holy from the Virgin!”
See St. Matthew 1:23
“We worship you for you have been born of the HOLY SPIRIT!
See St. Matthew 1:18
“We worship you for you have come in the name of the Son!”
See St. John 6:69
“We worship you for you have come in acute poverty!”
See St. Luke 2:7; 9:58; II Corinthians 8:9
“We worship you for you have obtained circumcision!”
See St. Luke 2:21
“We worship you for you have died on a three edged spear like tree!”
See St. John 19:17-18
[ The three-edged Indian spear resembles the wooden cross.]
“We worship you for you have borne five great wounds!”
See Psalm 22:16; St. John 19:34
[ Our LORD JESUS CHRIST has two great wounds on HIS hands and
two great wounds on HIS legs and one great wound on HIS side.]
“We worship you for you have overcome death!”
See I Corinthians 15:55; Isaiah 25:8
“We worship you for you have sacrificed yourself!”
See Ephesians 5:2; Hebrews 9:14
“We worship you for you are the Almighty GOD!”
See Revelation 21:22
“We worship you for you are the great GOD!”
See Titus 2:13
“We worship you for you are the everlasting celibate!”
See St. Matthew 19:10-12
“And the Jews marvelled, saying, How knoweth this Man letters, having never learned?”
St. John 7:15
‘Learned’ means ‘studied’.
Our LORD GOD, JESUS CHRIST has known all the letters of the Jewish language and all the letters of all other languages of the world, without being taught by anyone. In fact, our LORD GOD is the originator of all the languages of the world.
“And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech. And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded. And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do. Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech. So the LORD scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city. Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the LORD did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the LORD scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth.”
Genesis 11:1, 5-9
‘Go to’ means ‘come’. ‘Confound’ means ‘confuse’. ‘Upon’ means ‘over’. ‘Let us go down’-the plural does not refer to angels, but is a plural of Majesty.
Again, our LORD GOD, JESUS CHRIST could read all languages; HE could speak all languages; HE could write in all languages; HE could understand all languages, without learning or studying any language. Once in Nazareth, JESUS went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and read a passage from the book of the prophet Isaiah.
“And HE came to Nazareth, where HE had been brought up: and, as HIS custom was, HE went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up for to read. And there was delivered unto HIM the book of the prophet Esaias (Isaiah). And when HE had opened the book, HE found the place where it was written, The Spirit of the LORD is upon me, because HE hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; HE hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the LORD. And HE closed the book, and HE gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on HIM. And HE began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.”
St. Luke 4:16-21
‘Bruised’ means ‘oppressed’. ‘Minister’ means ‘attendant’. ‘Ears’ means ‘hearing’.
When the LORD GOD finished speaking to Moses on mount Sinai, HE gave him the two tablets of the testimony (Ten Commandments), the tablets of stone inscribed by the finger of GOD in Jewish language.
“And HE gave unto Moses, when HE had made an end of communing with him upon mount Sinai, two tables of testimony, tables of stone, written with the finger of GOD.”
When our LORD JESUS CHRIST was about thirty, John the Baptist who was a servant of GOD and a sage and a hermit baptized HIM in river Jordan. Thus, our LORD JESUS CHRIST set HIMSELF an example of people who are baptized. JESUS was baptized in river Jordan by total immersion in much water. See St. Luke 3:21-23; St. John 3:23.
“And JESUS, when HE was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto HIM, and HE saw the Spirit of GOD descending like a dove, and lighting upon HIM: And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is MY beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”
St. Matthew 3:16-17
The word 'baptize' (baptizo in Greek) means 'to dip or immerse in water'. The descending of the Spirit of GOD fulfilled the predicted sign to John, the Baptist in order to indicate the true MESSIAH. See St. John 1:33; Isaiah 11:2. The dove was a symbol of innocence and purity. The voice from heaven is that of GOD the FATHER. There can be no doubt that GOD the FATHER spoke, GOD the Holy Spirit descended and GOD the SON (the LORD JESUS CHRIST) was baptized. Thus, all three functional Persons of the holy TRINITY of GOD were wonderfully involved here. Our LORD JESUS CHRIST is the ONLY GOD of TRINITY and HE is the ONLY TRIUNE GOD.
Following HIS public baptism, our LORD JESUS CHRIST was led out by the Holy Spirit into the wilderness of Judaea to be tempted by the devil. There, JESUS had fasted forty days and forty nights. After this fasting, JESUS was hungry. The tempter (Satan) came to JESUS and said,
“If thou be the Son of GOD, command that these stones be made bread.”
St. Matthew 4:3
It proves that JESUS is, in fact, the Son of GOD!
But JESUS answered and said,
“It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of GOD.”
St. Matthew 4:4
The second temptation took place on a pinnacle of the temple. The tempter (the devil) again said to JESUS,
“If thou be the Son of GOD, cast thyself down: for it is written, HE shall give HIS angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.”
St. Matthew 4:6
JESUS answered and said,
“It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the LORD thy GOD.”
St. Matthew 4:7
‘Tempt’ means ‘test’.
The third temptation took place at a peak of a very high mountain. Satan, the usurper, showed the kingdoms of the world to JESUS, the rightful King. Then Satan, the devil said to JESUS,
“All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.”
St. Matthew 4:9
JESUS answered him and said,
“Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the LORD thy GOD, and HIM only shalt thou serve.”
St. Matthew 4:10
‘Get thee hence’ means ‘away with you’.
Then the devil left HIM, and angels came and ministered to HIM.
Since our LORD GOD, JESUS CHRIST was tempted and tested; HIS holy and righteous people are also tempted and tested by HIM.
“The LORD trieth the righteous: ...”
‘Trieth’ means ‘tests’.
Our LORD GOD, JESUS CHRIST delivers HIS people from temptations.
“The LORD knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, ...”
II Peter 2:9
“For in that HE HIMSELF hath suffered being tempted, HE is able to succour them that are tempted.”
‘Succour’ means ‘aid’.
“Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the LORD hath promised to them that love HIM.”
‘Is tried’ means ‘has been proved’.
Our LORD GOD, JESUS CHRIST has said,
“Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: ...”
St. Matthew 26:41
In JESUS' first teaching on prayer, HE asked HIS people to pray,
“And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil (the evil one): ...”
St. Matthew 6:13
Lead us not into temptation, is a plea for the great help of GOD in our daily life. Our GOD does not tempt us to do evil. However, our GOD allows testing us in order to give us the opportunity to prove our faithfulness to HIM and to strengthen our faith.
4.8 DIVINE HEALER
Temptation: This is the Greek word PEIRASMOS which means trial. The root of this word is PEIRA which means experience. The meaning of temptation depends on who tempts. If it is GOD, it is for the purpose of proving someone and never for the purpose of causing him to fall. If it is the devil that tempts, then it is for the purpose of causing one to fall. So, the temptations here spoken of are not only the direct assaults of the evil one (Satan), but the trials and sorrows of life by which our souls are purified and refined, as gold and silver are purged from their dross in a furnace.
We pray here that we may not be tempted 'above that we are able', but that with the temptation GOD may also make 'a way to escape', that we may be able to bear it (I Corinthians 10:13).
But deliver us from evil (the evil one): This is a prayer that GOD may keep us 'from all the sin and wickedness and from the ghostly enemy and from everlasting death'.
Our LORD JESUS CHRIST healed all kinds of diseases and illnesses, cast out devils and evil spirits, opened the eyes of the blind, gave sight to people born blind, made the lame walk, healed the handicapped, made the deaf hear, made the dumb speak, healed the lepers and raised the dead.
“And JESUS went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.” St. Matthew 9:35
“JESUS answered and said unto them, Go and shew John again those things which ye do hear and see: The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them.” St. Matthew 11:4-5
Our LORD JESUS CHRIST is the good healer; HE is the great and divine healer; HE is the heavenly healer; HE is the only healer from heaven.
4.9 GREAT MIRACLES
4.10 DIVINE SURGEON
“to HIM who alone doeth great wonders: for HIS mercy endureth for ever.”
“Behold, I am the LORD, the GOD of all flesh: is there anything too hard for ME?” Jeremiah 32:27
Our LORD JESUS CHRIST has performed great miracles and wonders. HE raised Lazarus from his grave after four days of his death (St. John 11:1-45). HE walked on the sea (St. Matthew 14:22-27). HE calmed the wind and sea (St. Mark 4:35-41). HE fed more than 5000 people with five loaves and two fishes, with twelve basketfuls of leftover collected (St. Matthew 14:13-21). HE convinced the people that HE was GOD, by performing great wonders and great signs. JESUS CHRIST is the LORD, the GOD of all mankind. Nothing is too hard for HIM.
Our LORD JESUS CHRIST has also the name the divine 'Physician' or ‘Surgeon’. HE is the divine surgeon of heaven. HE is the divine physician of heaven. HIS priceless, precious, unblemished, spotless and absolutely holy blood is a glorious medicine of heaven and gives mankind sound health and healing. HIS holy blood gives sound health and healing to man's mind, soul and body.
“Is there no balm in Gilead; is there no physician there? why then is not the health of the daughter of MY people recovered?”
“Go up into Gilead, and take balm, O virgin, the daughter of Egypt: in vain shalt thou use many medicines; for thou shalt not be cured.”
The spiritual meaning of the word 'Gilead' is 'CALVARY' where the LORD JESUS CHRIST was crucified. The spiritual meaning of the word 'Balm' is 'the most holy blood of JESUS CHRIST'.
It is the LORD JESUS CHRIST, the divine surgeon of heaven, who performs surgical operations. HE is the divine doctor of heaven. The LORD JESUS CHRIST does not do anything as the doctors of the world do. It is not necessary for HIM to do what they do. the moment our LORD thinks of any illness, any disease, any problem, any tumour, any wound and any weakness it will be cured. They are miraculously cured.
The LORD JESUS CHRIST is the GOD who heals miraculously. HE is the miraculous healer. There is no disease or illness, which the LORD JESUS CHRIST cannot heal or cure. The LORD JESUS CHRIST heals by sending HIS Words, by sending HIS Power, by HIS Touch and by HIS Scars. See St. Matthew 8:1-17; Isaiah 53:5; St. Mark 5:25-34.
jesus christ, the LORD also heals through HIS servants. The LORD JESUS CHRIST has commanded HIS servants and given authority and power to them to heal the sick and those possessed by devils, by anointing them with oil and by prayer.
“And HE ordained twelve, that they should be with HIM, and that HE might send them forth to preach, And to have power to heal sicknesses, and to cast out devils.”
St. Mark 3:14-15
“And they went out, and preached that men should repent. And they cast out many devils, and anointed with oil many that were sick, and healed them.”
St. Mark 6:12-13
The LORD JESUS CHRIST is the same yesterday, today and for ever.
“JESUS CHRIST the same yesterday, and today, and for ever.”
4.12 JESUS MAKES HIMSELF INACCESSIBLE
Even today, our LORD JESUS CHRIST is performing miracles, wonders, healing diseases and casting away the devils through HIS servants. Those who live by perfect faith on the LORD will not seek any other cure or medicine. They do not have any need for them.
JESUS called and appointed twelve disciples and HE designated them apostles. HE ordained twelve that they might be with HIM and that HE might send them out to preach. HE gave them the authority to heal sicknesses and to drive out evil spirits and devils or demons. They went out and preached that people should repent and they drove out many devils and anointed many sick people with oil and healed them.
Anyone that wants to be with JESUS must be like HIM. He must be a celibate. Before JESUS called Peter, he was a married man. However, after Peter was called, he left his wife and everything and he adopted a celibate lifestyle.
“Then Peter began to say unto HIM, lo, we have left all, and have followed thee.”
St. Mark 10:28
Once, the Jews picked up stones to stone HIM. But JESUS was hidden from them and was not seen in the temple grounds. While they were preparing to stone HIM, JESUS made HIMSELF inaccessible to them (St. John 8:59).
4.13 THE TRANSFIGURATION
Again, the Jews drove HIM out of Nazareth, and took HIM to the brow of the hill on which the town (Nazareth) was built, in order to throw HIM down the cliff. While they were preparing to throw HIM down the cliff, JESUS made HIMSELF inaccessible to them. HE walked away through the crowd (St. Luke 4:29-30).
Further, JESUS fed about five thousand men, besides women and children, with five loaves and two fishes. HIS disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were leftover. When we include women and children, the number of those who ate will be above ten thousand; since in such gatherings, the number of women will be certainly greater than the number of men. Thus by including women and children, the number of those who ate will be above ten thousand (St. Matthew 14:13-21).
On seeing the above miracle, the Jews attempted to make JESUS a king by force. Hunger was common. Hence most people were ready to follow MESSIAH or CHRIST who could multiply food. While they were preparing to catch HIM to make JESUS a king, JESUS made HIMSELF inaccessible to them. HE went higher into the mountains alone (St. John 6:3-15).
Our LORD JESUS CHRIST took with HIM HIS disciples Peter, James and John the brother of James and led them up a high mountain by themselves. There HE was transfigured before them. HIS face shone like the sun and HIS clothes became white as the light, as bright as a flash of lightning. Just then, two men, Moses and Elias (Elijah) appeared in glorious splendour, talking with JESUS. They spoke about HIS death, which HE was about to bring to fulfilment at Jerusalem.
As the men were leaving, Peter said to JESUS,
“LORD, it is good for us to be here: if thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles (shelters); one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias.”
St. Matthew 17:4
Peter did not know, what he was saying, they were so frightened. while he was speaking, a bright cloud appeared and enveloped them, and a voice came from the cloud, saying,
“This is MY beloved SON, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye HIM.”
St. Matthew 17:5
When the disciples heard this, they fell facedown to the ground, terrified. But JESUS came and touched them, and said,
“Arise, and be not afraid.”
St. Matthew 17:7
When they looked up, they saw no one except JESUS. As they were coming down the mountain, JESUS commanded them, saying,
“Tell the vision to no man, until the Son of man (the LORD JESUS CHRIST) be risen again from the dead.”
St. Matthew 17:9
See St. Matthew 17:1-9; St. Mark 9:2-9; St. Luke 9:28-36.
The witness of Peter verifies the testimony that this was a real experience (II Peter 1:17-18).
From the glorious appearance of Moses and Elias (Elijah), anyone can clearly understand that they were the most important servants and prophets of the LORD GOD, during the Old Testament period.
No prophet had risen in Israel like Moses, whom the LORD knew face to face. Joshua was filled with the spirit of wisdom because Moses had laid his hands on him. So the Israelites listened to Joshua and did what the LORD had commanded Moses. Lastly, Moses climbed mount Nebo from the plains of Moab to the top of Pisgah, across from Jericho. There the LORD GOD showed him the whole land of Israel, the Promised Land. Then Moses died in the land of Moab and he was buried by the LORD in the land of Moab when he was 120 years old, but to this day, no one knows where his grave is. This shows his great significance and supremacy in the sight of the LORD GOD (Deuteronomy 34:1-12).
The LORD GOD took Elias (Elijah) alive into heaven. This shows the pre-eminent position which elijah had won by his zeal and devotion in the eyes of the LORD (II Kings 2:1-12). From the glorious appearance of Elias, his future ministry with Enoch, who was also taken by the LORD GOD into heaven without dying, is confirmed (Genesis 5:24; Hebrews 11:5; Revelation 11:3-13).
5.1 THE LORD'S PRAYER
Once our LORD JESUS CHRIST was praying in a certain place. When HE finished, one of HIS disciples said to HIM,
“LORD, teach us to pray.”
St. Luke 11:1
Then, HE taught HIS disciples the model prayer. This prayer is often called "The LORD's Prayer". But, in reality, this prayer is a disciple's prayer. HE taught, "This is how you should pray".
“Our FATHER which art in heaven, Hallowed be THY name. THY kingdom come. THY will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For THINE is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.”
St. Matthew 6:9-13
GOD, the LORD JESUS CHRIST commands us to address GOD as 'Our FATHER'. Our heavenly FATHER is the giver of every good and perfect gift (James 1:17; I Timothy 6:17). HE provides us all physical benefits and spiritual benefits.
“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the FATHER of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.”
”…The living GOD, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy.”
I Timothy 6:17
The greatest gift of all is the gift of salvation (Hebrews 2:3).
”For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of GOD.”
Our GOD, the LORD JESUS CHRIST is a FATHER of the fatherless and a defender of widows.
“A FATHER of the fatherless, and a judge of the widows, is GOD in HIS holy habitation.”
The fatherless is mainly a reference to the spiritually destitute, the unsaved people. We are of GOD our FATHER through creation, but our sins, iniquities and trespasses have alienated us from GOD. But GOD comes to us as a father to the fatherless, the spiritually orphans. GOD will be a FATHER to those who acknowledge their spiritually orphaned condition, the spiritually bankrupt condition.
Our LORD JESUS CHRIST is the everlasting FATHER (Isaiah 9:6). As a father pities his children, so the LORD pities those who fear HIM (Psalm 103:13). GOD, the LORD JESUS CHRIST cares for those who fear HIM and those who love HIM.
"Which art in heaven"
We should sincerely pray, "Our FATHER who art in heaven". If we sincerely pray for salvation from sins, HE gives us salvation from sins. "Our FATHER who art in heaven" means that our salvation is rooted in heaven. The saved people have become citizens of heaven, and eternally they will be with GOD in heaven.
Our heavenly FATHER is majestic, infinite and great. HE gives us divine life. HE cares for our material need. HE is the source of our strength and supply. Hence we need not be wanting.
"Hallowed be THY name"
Hallowed be THY name addresses the attention of the prayer toward GOD, the LORD JESUS CHRIST and reverence for HIS holy name and HIS holy person.
'Hallowed' means 'holy', which means 'set apart'. GOD's name is Holy (Isaiah 57:15). His name is set apart. Each of us has a name to identify us. GOD needs no such identification because HE alone is god.
But, GOD does give HIMSELF many names, such as JEHOVAH, JESUS, CHRIST, the LORD of hosts, etc. These names describe HIS attributes or characteristics.
GOD, the LORD JESUS CHRIST in all of HIS fullness is set apart (hallowed) as the ONLY GOD, whom we are to fear, revere, obey, serve, glorify and worship. HE alone is supremely holy, righteous and majestic. HE is the Creator of the world and upholds it by the word of HIS supreme power (Hebrews 1:3).
"THY kingdom come"
The kingdom of god represents the full and effective reign of GOD. For one to see or to enter into, the kingdom of GOD requires that he/she should be born-again or saved or regenerated. JESUS said unto Nicodemus,
“Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of GOD.”
St. John 3:3
Again, JESUS said unto Nicodemus,
“Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of GOD.”
St. John 3:5
Here 'water' is 'the Word of truth' (James 1:18).
The kingdom of GOD is prepared from the foundation of the world (St. Matthew 25:34). Our LORD JESUS CHRIST HIMSELF establishes the kingdom of GOD. The kingdom of GOD consists of all who will become saved and live with CHRIST for ever and ever in HIS kingdom.
When we pray, "THY kingdom come", we are saying, "O GOD, we want to be part of YOUR kingdom; we want to be saved. THY kingdom come in our lives". And we are also saying, "O GOD, we want THY kingdom to go out into the whole world and encompass all who are to be saved. We pray that the programme of salvation which YOU designed from before the foundation of the world will come to fruition".
"THY will be done"
If you are unsaved, GOD's will is not part of your life. If you are unsaved, you are going to live with your own will and not according to GOD's will.
"THY will be done" prayed from our hearts means, "O GOD, make us obedient to THEE; help us to abandon ourselves to THEE; bring us the will of us in conformity with the will of THEE; we want THEE to be our Saviour".
Our LORD JESUS CHRIST has completely fulfilled the will of GOD.
“For even CHRIST pleased not HIMSELF; but, as it is written, The reproaches of them that reproached THEE fell on ME.”
Further, the will of GOD ultimately includes the eternal damnation of the sinners or the unsaved. GOD's justice must be satisfied. When the Judgment day comes, HE will bring vengeance upon the sinners or the unsaved. That is implied in the phrase, "THY will be done".
"THY will be done in earth, as it is in heaven"
GOD's will was fully established in heaven. Our LORD JESUS CHRIST was in perfect obedience to the FATHER's will. In the garden of Gethsemane, JESUS prayed,
“Not what I will, but what THOU wilt.”
St. Mark 14:36
Our LORD JESUS CHRIST's perfect obedience illustrates the perfect will of GOD. We ought to pray as HE prayed so that in all our life we might be obedient to GOD, the LORD JESUS CHRIST. And we ought to pray for the earth, the whole world to come under the perfect will of GOD and HIS will must be fully established in earth.
"Give us this day our daily bread"
Here, GOD, the LORD JESUS CHRIST is teaching us to pray for physical sustenance and spiritual sustenance. We are dependent upon GOD for food, clothing, shelter, etc., but in St. Luke, our LORD JESUS said to HIS disciples,
“Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat; neither for the body, what ye shall put on. The life is more than meat, and the body is more than raiment. Consider the ravens: for they neither sow nor reap; which neither have storehouse nor barn; and GOD feedeth them: how much more are ye better than the fowls?”
St. Luke 12:22-24
Again, in St. Luke, JESUS said to HIS disciples,
“For all these things do the nations of the world seek after: and your FATHER knoweth that ye have need of these things.”
St. Luke 12:30
GOD gives no guarantee that believers in the LORD JESUS CHRIST will always have their stomachs full of food. Whether we have enough to eat or not is immaterial. The important question that GOD wants us to face is: Are we spiritually nourished?
So, we should pray, "O GOD, give us each day the spiritual bread that will sustain us throughout the future".
What is the spiritual bread that the Holy Bible talks about? Our LORD JESUS CHRIST says,
“I am the bread of life: he that cometh to ME shall never hunger; and he that believeth on ME shall never thirst.”
St. John 6:35
Again HE says,
“I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is MY flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.”
St. John 6:51
Our LORD JESUS CHRIST is the spiritual bread. HE is the living bread. HE is the living bread which came down from heaven.
In St. Luke, our LORD JESUS CHRIST taught HIS disciples to pray,
“Give us day by day our daily bread.”
St. Luke 11:3
From the above mentioned things, when we tie the phrase "day by day" together with the phrase in St. Matthew 6:11, "Give us this day our daily bread", we get this content: "Give us CHRIST day by day, on a continuing basis, that we might have bread for the morrow, from moment to moment".
So, we should pray, "O GOD, give us the LORD JESUS CHRIST as our spiritual bread for today and tomorrow and forevermore". And when we pray "Give us this day our daily bread", we are saying to GOD, "O GOD give us the LORD JESUS CHRIST that we might be in HIM, spiritually nourished and strengthened, so that we can walk day to day, moment to moment. Whatever the future holds, HE is sufficient for us".
Thus, this prayer, as a pattern, cares first for GOD's name, GOD's kingdom and GOD's will, and second for our physical and spiritual needs.
"And forgive us our debts"
'Debts' refer to 'sins', which are our moral and spiritual debts in GOD's righteousness.
We are debtors to GOD because we have sinned. The wages of sin is death-the second death, the fiery lake of burning sulphur (Romans 6:23; Revelation 21:8). There is a penalty that we must pay to GOD for our sins, and that payment is eternal damnation in hell, the fiery lake of burning sulphur.
When we pray, "forgive us our debts", we are praying, "O GOD, have mercy on us. We are sinners. Will YOU pay the penalty that we rightly deserve to pay?"
Our LORD JESUS CHRIST came to endure hell on our behalf. HE came to ransom us from the wrath of GOD and from the power of the grave and from the Judgment of GOD and from eternal damnation in hell.
"As we forgive our debtors"
The unsaved can be bitter, resentful and angry if they believe they have been wronged by another person's word or deed. This is because mankind by nature is egotistical and proud.
If the saved one has resentment in his/her heart against some individual, then he/she should examine his/her heart. When he/she has resentment, he/she has to ask, "Am I born-again? How can I expect GOD to forgive me if I continue with this unforgiving sin?" Everyone should examine and find what salvation is. Therefore, the phrase, "As we forgive our debtors", is a reminder to examine ourselves to determine whether we are truly saved.
"And lead us not into temptation"
It is a plea for the providential help of GOD in our daily life. The word 'lead' means 'bring'.
Satan, the devil is the tempter. The word tempter and the word temptation are the same in Greek.
Now, does "lead us not into temptation" mean, "O GOD, bring us along so that we will not be tempted by Satan, the devil?"
“My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations.”
Further, we read,
“Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: …”
GOD is saying it is a blessing, something to be joyful about, when Satan tempts you.
Again, we read,
“There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: …”
I Corinthians 10:13
GOD is saying it is normative for the believer to walk in the path of temptation.
Therefore, "lead us not into temptation" cannot be understood to mean "bring us not into a situation in which we are tempted of Satan".
Now, the solution to understanding, "lead us not into temptation" is found when we mean the word "temptation" as 'trial'. Truly, in every temptation we are being tried, but there is a trial, which every human being should face because of his/her sins.
Another usage of the word "temptation" is:
“Because thou hast kept the Word of MY patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.”
Here, "the hour of temptation" means "the hour of trial". In Greek "PEIRASMOs" means "temptation" and "PEIRAZO" means "try".
In Revelation 3:10, GOD is talking about judgment day. The unsaved are going to be tried, to be tested, at the judgment seat of GOD, the LORD JESUS CHRIST. Because there is none righteous, they will be found guilty and cast into hell, the fiery lake of burning sulphur. That is the "trial" we desperately wish to avoid as we pray, "bring us not into trial".
The true believers or the saved people do not come into that hour of trial. We, the true believers do not have to stand before the judgment throne of GOD, the LORD JESUS CHRIST because we have already been tried. Since, CHRIST stood before the judgment seat of Pilate, we, the saved are not required to stand before the judgment seat of GOD, the LORD JESUS CHRIST. Our LORD JESUS CHRIST had become sin for us (II Corinthians 5:21); HE has already given an account of all the sins of the saved.
When Satan, the devil comes to tempt you through the circumstances around you, he is trying you to discover whether you are going to remain faithful to GOD or whether he can get you to sin.
GOD never comes with that kind of temptation. GOD tempts no man to evil.
“Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of GOD: for GOD cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth HE any man.”
Sometimes GOD will remove HIS hand of restraint from us, but HE would never cause us to sin.
The unsaved will be brought, not led, into trial. CHRIST is coming as the Judge, and every eye shall see HIM, and everyone of the unsaved is going to give an account of his/her sins (Revelation 1:7; I Peter 4:5).
"Deliver us from evil"
The word 'evil' here can be understood as Satan, the devil, as sin, as the wrath of GOD, as the judgment of GOD and as hell, the fiery lake of burning sulphur.
Before we are saved, we are in bondage to Satan, the devil. If we submit ourselves to GOD and resist Satan, the devil, we are promised that he will flee from us (James 4:7).
Again, before we are saved, we are in bondage to sin (St. John 8:34) and we are in bondage under the rudiments of the world (Galatians 4:3). These are the terrible evils to which every human being is enslaved.
Furthermore, before we are saved, we are under the wrath of GOD and we are under the judgment of GOD and we are under eternal damnation in hell. The judgment of GOD is a terrible evil and hell is also a most terrible evil.
Therefore, the prayer "deliver us from evil" is also a prayer for salvation. The saved are set free from bondage to sin and Satan and are set free from bondage under the rudiments of the world and they are delivered from the wrath of GOD and from the judgment of GOD and from hell.
"For THINE is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen."
The LORD's prayer concludes with this wonderful doxology. These words constitute a fitting and climactic affirmation of faith.
The focal point is on GOD: "Our FATHER, who art in heaven. Hallowed be THY name". Then the focal point shifts to GOD's salvation programme in the world through CHRIST.
JESUS tells us how to pray. The LORD's Prayer is a magnificent prayer given to mankind who desperately needs salvation. In this prayer, we see salvation. CHRIST in this beautiful prayer says, come to GOD about salvation. In this sweet little prayer, we see that all of the glory throughout eternity goes to GOD. Praise GOD for HIS wonderful prayer of salvation!
Our LORD JESUS CHRIST did not intend this prayer to be merely recited with empty meaninglessness. At this juncture, I wish to remind you a story of a palmyrah climber who meaningfully recited this wonderful prayer.
Once there lived a poor palmyrah climber. He was uneducated. He had a wife and children. He had a staunch belief in the ONE AND ONLY TRUE GOD, the LORD JESUS CHRIST and he knew the LORD's Prayer by heart. And he did not know any other prayer.
One day, after finishing his palmyrah climbing in the evening, he went to his house. It was night. When he went into his house, his wife and children frighteningly said to him that in their neighbour's house there was a terrible sorcerer to do sorcery against them. But he said to them, "Don't be afraid. Our GOD will see to it".
Then, finishing his usual bath in hot water and taking his supper, he asked them to sleep. But they did not sleep due to terrible fear.
Then he went into his private room and shut the door. He knelt down on the floor and bowed down his head and lifted up his folded hands and recited the LORD's Prayer meaningfully in Tamil with all his heart and with all his soul and with all his might and with tears and with humility and with broken-heart, before the most holy presence of our GOD, the LORD JESUS CHRIST.
Our loving GOD heard his heartfelt reciting of the LORD's Prayer. Our GOD, the LORD JESUS CHRIST is the ONLY GOD who hears our prayers (Psalm 65:2).
At that time, the sorcerer was doing his sorcery against the poor palmyrah climber and against his poor family vehemently. Then, the sorcerer's sorcery was suddenly stopped. He was unable to continue his sorcery against the poor palmyrah climber and against his poor family. He became slow of speech and dull of tongue and he was like a man in the midst of fire.
Then, the sorcerer said to that household, "Someone has tied my sorcery. I can't do anything against them by my sorcery. Now, I am like a man in the midst of terrible fire. I am going back to my house". And he went away at once.
By the meaningful and heartfelt reciting of the LORD's Prayer, our GOD the LORD JESUS CHRIST had completely tied the sorcery of this terrible sorcerer. There is no sorcery against HIS people (Numbers 23:23). Our GOD, the LORD JESUS CHRIST had done a great and wonderful thing to the poor palmyrah climber and to his poor family through this wonderful LORD's Prayer. Praise The LORD! Alleluia!
Finally, during CHRIST's last preaching before crucifixion, HE asked HIS disciples to ask in HIS name.
“Hitherto have ye asked nothing in MY name: ask (in MY name), and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.”
St. John 16:24
So, everyone should finish his/her prayer like this. "We ask all these things in the most holy and wonderful name of the LORD AND SAVIOUR JESUS CHRIST, our Redeemer. Amen".
5.2 THE GREAT COMMANDMENT
'Amen' means 'may it be so'. It is used at the close of a prayer or hymn.
One of the Pharisees, an expert in the law, tested our LORD JESUS with this question:
“Master, which is the great commandment in the law?”
St. Matthew 22:36
JESUS said to him,
“Thou shalt love the LORD thy GOD with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”
St. Matthew 22:37-40
In this, our LORD GOD, JESUS CHRIST summarized the responsibility of everyone to GOD as "Love the LORD your GOD with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind" and the responsibility of everyone to man as "Love your neighbour as yourself". Praise The LORD! Alleluia!
5.3 THE LORD'S CALL
Our loving LORD lovingly calls the entire humanity. Our loving GOD, the LORD JESUS CHRIST lovingly calls the entire humanity. HIS call is impelling and irresistible. It is an urgent and unignorable call. It is a serious and significant call. It is the only call that is glorious and divine. It is the most supreme call as it emanates from the most High GOD, the GOD of gods and the LORD of lords.
What is the purpose of this call? The Holy Bible, the Holy Word of GOD attributes 20 motives for this call.
1. Call to sinners to repentance, that is, the call to salvation (St. Luke 5:32; Acts 17:30).
2. Call to receive HIS full and final salvation, that is, to change this corruptible earthly body into a most glorious incorruptible body like HIS (II Thessalonians 2:13-14; Philippians 3:21; I Corinthians 15:54).
3. Call to be justified and glorified by HIM (Romans 8:30).
4. Call to come out of darkness into HIS marvellous light (I Peter 2:9).
5. Call to give HIS power and wisdom (I Corinthians 1:24).
6. Call to give the peace of GOD to rule in our hearts (Colossians 3:15).
7. Call to give HIS patience (I Peter 2:20-21).
8. Call to receive the prize of the high calling of GOD in CHRIST JESUS, that is, the kingdom of GOD (Philippians 3:14).
9. Call to the fellowship of JESUS CHRIST our LORD (I Corinthians 1:9).
10. Call to do HIS ministry (Romans 1:1).
11. Call to liberty without any sinful nature (Galatians 5:13).
12. Call to live as saints (I Corinthians 1:2).
13. Call to give HIS holiness (I Thessalonians 4:7).
14. Call to hold HIS eternal life (I Timothy 6:12).
15. Call to receive the eternal inheritance (Hebrews 9:15).
16. Call to live in GOD, the LORD JESUS CHRIST (I Peter 5:10).
17. Call to suffer a little while in HIS name (I Peter 5:10).
18. Call to make us perfect and get established (I Peter 5:10).
19. Call to strengthen and settle us (I Peter 5:10).
20. Call to HIS eternal glory (I Peter 5:10).
Our LORD calls us with the heavenly calling (Hebrews 3:1). HE calls us with a holy calling (II Timothy 1:9). The calling of GOD is irrevocable (Romans 11:29). So, we should walk worthy of the calling we have received by a prayerful life.
“…Ye walk worthy of the vocation (calling) wherewith ye are called.”
5.4 ELECTION AND PREDESTINATION
The people of the whole world are GOD's workmanship (creation), created in CHRIST JESUS to do good works, which GOD, the LORD JESUS CHRIST prepared beforehand for us to walk in them.
“For we are HIS workmanship, created in CHRIST JESUS unto good works, which GOD hath before ordained (prepared) that we should walk in them.”
Hence, all people of the world are the called. Our LORD GOD, JESUS CHRIST lovingly calls all people of the world. HE lovingly calls,
“Come unto ME, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”
St. Matthew 11:28
Further, our LORD JESUS CHRIST has said,
“I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”
St. Luke 5:32
Here, the righteous refers to the Pharisees, who thought they were righteous. But they were truly self-righteous sinners. So, each and everyone should repent of his/her sins.
Besides, the Holy Bible clearly tells that the gifts and calling of GOD are irrevocable; that is, they cannot be changed or altered.
“For the gifts and calling of GOD are without repentance (irrevocable).”
Since all have sinned and no one is righteous, our LORD JESUS CHRIST calls all sinners. The following verses prove universal guilt.
“For all have sinned, and come (fall) short of the glory of GOD.”
“…There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none
that seeketh after GOD. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become
unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one. Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips: Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness: Their feet are swift to shed blood: Destruction and misery are in their ways: And the way of peace have they not known: There is no fear of GOD before their eyes.”
The people of the whole world are the called and those who believe in our LORD JESUS CHRIST are the predestined people of GOD. Those HE predestined, HE also called.
“Moreover whom HE did predestinate, them HE also called: …”
"Many be called, but few chosen".St. Matthew 20:16. Our GOD, the LORD JESUS CHRIST also predestined the people chosen to be conformed to the image of HIS SON (the most glorious image of HIS own).
“For whom HE did foreknow, HE also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of HIS SON, …”
GOD, the LORD JESUS CHRIST predestined us to the praise of HIS glorious grace (Ephesians 1:5-6).
Now, all the regenerated people of the world are the elected or the chosen people of GOD. HE chose us in HIM before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless before HIM covered with HIS love.
“According as HE hath chosen us in HIM before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before HIM in love.”
"Before the foundation of the world" and "before the world began" (Ephesians 1:4; II Timothy 1:9) means GOD in HIS sovereign will had, in principle determined and planned to choose, elect and predestinate us with a holy calling so that we may do what is pleasing to HIM and live up to HIS expectation and experience all the spiritual benefits and blessings.
This election is purely the election of grace (Romans 11:5). This call is purely the call of grace (Galatians 1:15). It is the heavenly calling of GOD (Hebrews 3:1); it is a holy calling of GOD (II Timothy 1:9). It is a divine call to salvation (II Thessalonians 2:14). It is a divine call to holiness (I Thessalonians 4:7). It is a divine call to eternal life (I Timothy 6:12).
The doctrine of election and predestination is a very important one to the believer. It is a complex and complicated doctrine to understand. It has been widely discussed in Christian circles. There have been a lot of arguments for and against this vital and crucial doctrine. Many have tried to explain this, many have questioned it and some have despised it. In the first instance, let us recognize that we are treading into a very sensitive and much debated area and hence we have to proceed very carefully in the exploration of this subject.
May our LORD be with us and enlighten and illuminate to us the truth, Alleluia!
Let us begin by recalling Ephesians 1:4-5.
“According as HE hath chosen us in HIM before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before HIM in love: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by jesus christto HIMSELF, according to the good pleasure of his will.”
HE hath chosen (EKLEGOMAI) us. This verb in Greek means "to select or choose out of". From this verb we have the noun 'EKLOGE', which means 'choice or election'. Verse 4, given above means that at one particular time in the past, before the foundation of the world GOD chose us in HIM that we should be holy and without blame before HIM in love. This Greek verb also indicates that it was GOD's own decision.
The second verb in verse 5 also relates to the subject of GOD's election of the believer. PROORIZO (PRO-before and Horizo-to determine). This compound verb means to determine or decree beforehand or to predestinate. This is the same verb used in Romans 8:29 and translated 'did predestinate'. So election is contained in predestination.
In the Old Testament, we find:
“For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy GOD: the LORD thy GOD hath chosen thee to be a special people unto HIMSELF, above all people that are upon the face of the earth.”
Our LORD JESUS CHRIST has also taught the truth of election in St. John 6:44.
“No man can come to ME, except the FATHER which hath sent ME draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.”
St. John 6:44
“I speak not of you all: I know whom I have chosen: ...”
St. John 13:18
GOD has chosen people out of all the world (Revelation 5:9; 7:9) to belong to HIM and the church is that people.
The truth of election is clearly explained in James 2:5.
“Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not GOD chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which HE hath promised to them that love HIM?”
Three Greek words, EKLOGE, EKLEKTOS, and EKLEGO are translated as either election, elect or chosen and used some fifty times in the New Testament. Romans 11:5, "Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election (EKLOGE) of grace" and II Peter 1:10, "Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election (EKLOGE) sure" are some examples.
Also Colossians 3:12, "Put on therefore, as the elect (EKLEKTOS) of GOD, holy and beloved, ..." Titus 1:1, "According to the faith of GOD's elect (EKLEKTOS)". St. Matthew 22:14, "For many are called, but few are chosen (EKLEKTOS)". Ephesians 1:4, "According as HE hath chosen (EKLEGO) us in HIM before the foundation of the world".
Our LORD JESUS has repeatedly said that the FATHER gives whomever HE chooses to the SON.
“All that the FATHER giveth ME shall come to ME; and him that cometh to ME I will in no wise cast out. For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of HIM that sent ME. And this is the FATHER's will which hath sent me, that of all which HE hath given ME I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day.”
St. John 6:37-39
Apostle Paul stresses the fact that GOD's election is completely the result of HIS sovereign purpose and grace.
“Who (the LORD) hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to HIS own purpose and grace, which was given us in christ jesus before the world began.”
II Timothy 1:9
So, we accept that GOD's choice is based on nothing but HIS own will and that HIS choice proceeds from HIS bountiful and generous grace granted to the unworthy, the undeserving and the unmerited.
No one can resist GOD's will.
“…Who hath resisted HIS will?”
No one can question GOD and no one can reply against GOD.
“...O man, who art thou that repliest against GOD?...”
“…All day long I have stretched forth MY hands unto a disobedient and gainsaying (contrary) people.”
Anything that is formed by a man could never say to him who formed it, "why have you made me like this?"
“…Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, why hast thou made me thus?”
Now, GOD has formed or created mankind. GOD is the creator of mankind. So, GOD does have power over mankind. Hence, no one should talk back to GOD and no one should question GOD. What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with GOD? Certainly not!
“What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with GOD? GOD forbid (Certainly not). For HE saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.”
In the opening verse of his first epistle, apostle Peter says that he writes to those who are "Elect according to the foreknowledge of GOD the FATHER" (I Peter 1:2). Later he says,
“But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of HIM who hath called you out of darkness into HIS marvellous light.”
I Peter 2:9
Here the word 'foreknowledge' and its implications need to be clearly understood. It is unfortunate that some commentators have given a faulty interpretation of this term. They say that our GOD is all-knowing, omniscient and so HE knows what would happen in
the future. And HE knew who would believe the gospel and who would not. So, HE predestinated those who would choose to believe to inherit the kingdom of GOD. Though this argument seems to be acceptable, there is scriptural evidence that is definitely to the contrary. Let us analyse further this theory.
First of all, does it not make man's will supreme rather than the sovereign will of the almighty GOD? Did not our LORD JESUS tell HIS disciples "Ye have not chosen ME, but I have chosen you", St. John 15:16.
Secondly, this theory gives undue credit to man for his own salvation and this is not true.
“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of GOD: not of works, lest any man should boast.”
Thirdly, this thought erroneously assumes that man under the bondage of sin can still seek after GOD. According to Romans 3:11, "There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after GOD".
So, it is obvious that GOD's sovereign will alone is the basis of HIS divine purpose and plan that brings salvation to sinners and man's will has no part in it. Thus election and predestination becomes part of GOD's salvation plan and this can be effected in the life of the believer through salvation. And salvation is absolutely the work of GOD and is carried out by the HOLY SPIRIT through sanctification, conformity to CHRIST's image (Romans 8:29), good works (Ephesians 2:10), inheritance (I Peter 1:2, 4-5) and eternal glory (Romans 9:23).
Advantages of Election:
(i) GOD's children are saved from sins and given the desire to obey HIM.
(ii) GOD's grace and peace will be experienced in the elect.
(iii) The doctrine of election recognizes GOD's supreme authority, exalts GOD, enhances worship and all the glory is given to the LORD only. It emphasizes the fact that GOD alone can grant forgiveness to HIS people (Proverbs 20:9; Micah 6:7; Ephesians 1:7; I John 1:7; 3:5).
(iv) It promises an eternity of spiritual privileges and blessings as expressed by Paul in Ephesians 1:3-14.
(v) It produces ultimate joy. When the elect are convinced of GOD's never-changing love (St. Luke 10:20) from before the foundation of the world and on into eternity, they cannot but exult and rejoice.
(vi) This doctrine of predestination provides a powerful motivation to holy living. The thought that the elect are predestinated encourages them to live a life worthy of the election, a life of obedience, holiness, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering, forbearance and forgiving (Colossians 3:12-13).
(vii) An important and practical component of election is divine protection and security. For the elect's sake, whom HE hath chosen, HE hath shortened the days of affliction and tribulation (St. Mark 13:20). Our LORD has assured them that they will be raised up at the last day (St. John 6:36-40).
Now a question arises. Can a man know if he is one of the elect or predestinated? This is a very difficult and perplexing question to answer; however it is an extremely essential question, worthy to be answered.
The answer will be revealed to us if we carefully and diligently study St. Paul's epistle to the Romans. In this great epistle not a single mention of election or predestination is made until we are halfway through the eighth chapter. What is the reason? Until we are sure that we are children of GOD and free from condemnation (Romans 8:1-17) we are neither in the right direction nor in the mature position to receive the truth of election.
In the early chapters of Romans, we are convinced of the ruined and wretched condition of the guilty sinner. Then comes the justification of the sinner by faith through the finished work of our LORD and SAVIOUR, JESUS CHRIST; now the believer is freed from the mastery of sin and delivered from the clutches of the law. This leads to the blessed stage of "no condemnation" ensured by the witness of the HOLY SPIRIT as the "children of GOD".
Only after this series of spiritual experiences does the believer learn that he has been predestinated by GOD to adoption of son by JESUS CHRIST to HIMSELF and is one of the elect. Then only he becomes absolutely certain to declare:
“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love GOD, to them who are the called according to HIS purpose. For whom HE did foreknow, HE also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of HIS SON, that HE might be the firstborn among many brethren. moreover whom HE did predestinate, them HE also called: and whom HE called, them HE also justified: and whom HE justified, them HE also glorified.”