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In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.” Genesis 1:1-2

INTRODUCTION

There is no doubt in my heart that this post is not going to be accepted by some people, particularly, the liberal theologians and atheists. Nevertheless, I am determined to write this post about the beginning. There is no other authority to which I shall refer except the bible. I believe the bible gives us an accurate account of the creation of the world and the origin of mankind. We shall look at verses 1 and 2 of Genesis chapter 1.

I. THE FIRST VERSE

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

There is so much information contained in the first verse of the bible. We are given the foundation and the beginning of the whole visible and invisible universe. These ten words are very important and if they are ignored, anyone attempting to describe the origin of the universe will by all means sound stupid.

Here we are:

a) God

There is no questions to  who is the subject of this verse. God is the main character in this verse. It is very interesting that the word for God in Hebrew appears as a plural. The singular for God is ‘El’ but in Genesis 1:1,  it is ‘Elohim.’ So it suggest to us that God is more than one person. Moses clarified this in Deuteronomy 6:4 by saying “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God (Elohim) is one Lord:” God is more than one person but He is one God.

b) In the beginning

We are given the timing of the creation of the whole universe.  It happened in the beginning. Some people would ask, “Beginning of what?” Well, this is the beginning of time and also the beginning of God’s work of creation. This is when everything started. I don’t know if there was a bang or it was just deafening silence but whatever it was, it marked the beginning of the whole universe. And God was there before it started.

c) Created

In this single verse we are also told of the action that God took. He created. The word used in the Hebrew language is ‘Bara.’ This particular word can only be used with respects to God. This is because it is only God who created everything out of nothing. He created everything without the use of pre-existing material. None of us can ever create anything at any given time. We can only make things out of materials that already exist, but to create was only pulled off by God alone in the beginning. Therefore God is the sole creator.

d) The heaven and the earth

• The Heavens

This tells us about what God really created. He created not only time (the beginning) but also He created space (heaven) that can be occupied. He created the heavens in their divisions. I am very much convinced that on the very first day the heavens and the host of them were brought forth. The Hebrew word for heavens is שָׁמָ֑יִם “shamayim.” This word is in the plural form and it suggests to us that in the beginning, there existed more than one heaven. It does not matter how many heavens are there,  what matters is they did not just pop up by themselves. God created them.

• The Earth

Like the heavens, the earth was also created in the beginning. There shouldn’t be any doubt about the origin of the earth. The earth was created by God and the case rests there. The psalmist sang, “Of old hast thou [God] laid the foundation of the earth:” (Psalm 102:25a). God created the earth and established it. He set it up for his own pleasure. He was pleased to create it. The earth was completely his own idea. It is God alone who could have thought of creating the earth and also to know what to do with it. He had the means and infinite wisdom to create it. No evolutionist, astronomer or even an atheist who can possess enough wisdom and knowledge to successfully contend or do any other thing against the fact that God created it all.

II.  THE SECOND VERSE

And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

• THE GAP THEORY

This verse has been for centuries a seat for argument among the theologians. There are many views surrounding this verse. With the rise of Darwinian evolution, there has been theologians who came to believe that between verse one and verse two, there are millions, if not billions of years. This idea is called “the gap theory.” There is a suggestion of a pre-Adamic creation, which existed and was destroyed with the earth somewhere between verse one and verse two. As for the author of this post and those who are of like mind, we reject this notion.

• CONTINUATION

It is very clear that verse two is simply the continuation of the first verse. Any intelligent human being can see that the first verse introduces the story of creation by mentioning the earth’s creation in the beginning and then proceeds into the second verse to tell us about the condition of the earth at the moment of it’s creation. If one would continue reading verses 3-31, they would notice that these verses are summarized in verse one. Then in Genesis 2:1-3, the story of the six day creation which was introduced in Genesis 1:1 is concluded. God did not finish the work of creation in verse one and then waited for millions of years to start over in verses 2-31. God started His work of creation on the first day and finished it on the sixth and on the seventh day he stopped creating because He was done. Here is the conclusion statement on creation, “Thus the HEAVENS and the EARTH were FINISHED, and all the host of them.” (Genesis 2:1). This verse tells us that the heavens were created and were completed at the same time as the earth. Exodus 20:11 tells us, “…in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day:…

• And the earth was without form and void

Here in this verse we learn that the earth itself in the very beginning was not organized. There was no atmosphere, there was no land but it was a large mass of probably frozen water. There was no life of any sort. The planet was not suitable for any kind of life to thrive there on. There was no sun to give it light and warmth. But God was still at work and six days later the earth would be filled with light, life and beauty.

• And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

This is the first mention of the Spirit of God in the Bible. The Holy Spirit was waiting to begin the work of arranging the earth into a life sustaining environment. He moved across the face of the waters, waiting for God’s instruction. God himself worked the earth by the power of his Spirit. He gave it life and beauty and all was pleasant to Him.

CONCLUSION

There is no question that the Bible teaches that God created the heavens and the earth in six days and that He rested from all His work of creation on the seventh day. The first and the second verses of the Bible give us the introductory summary into the six day creation campaign and there was no million or billion year gap between verse one and two. By God’s grace on the next post, we shall look at the events that take place during the six days in verses 3 -31 of Genesis 1.

  On the morning of the Sabbath Day (10-01-2015) at 07:08, I received an SMS from brother Jono saying, “Hi man of GOD hope c u street later ta j” I couldn’t respond to it because I wasn’t really sure if I was going to town that day, after all I enjoy resting on this day. It is the day of rest, is it not? After deep thinking I decided to get ready and I took my back pack which is always packed with some tracks, a digital camera, a video camera, my KJV Bible and a bottle of water. I got my bicycle ready and I cycled 9.03Km for 25minutes to town. When I got to our favourite preaching spot, (that is to say the city centre) right outside City Hall of Pietermaritzburg, I phoned Brother Jono and told him that I was in town. I didn’t know if he was coming to town or not but he thanked me for letting him know.

While I was getting ready to preach, I heard a car hooting. I looked and to my greatest joy it was Brother Gary. He went and parked the car and then joined me. While we were busy discussing some theological controversies we have encountered on social networks, we were joined by Brother Aziz and minutes later Brother Jono joined us.

 

 

Lungisa Joctrey preaching on 1 Timothy 1:15
Lungisa Joctrey preaching on 1 Timothy 1:15

I was then greeted by a Muslim man whom I had known while I was in prison and I started a short lived debate by simply asking him as to when he will become a Christian. I can’t recollect the actual words that were exchanged but it was about Jesus being the Son of God, a thing any good Muslim finds to be blasphemous. After that I took the stand and preached on Jesus Christ coming to save sinners (1 Timothy 1:15). While I was preaching we were joined by Brother Philip and he assisted in handing out gospel tracts. When I made the end of my speech, Brother Gary preached next, raising his voice to glory of our God and Saviour Yahshua haMashiach (Jesus Christ) while Brothers Jono, Aziz, Philip and I, handed out tracts. While I took some pictures, I spotted Brother Mandlakhe Mncwabe coming towards us and he joined us in handing out tracts.

DSCF1902After Brother Gary had made the end of preaching, we said our goodbyes and all the brothers departed except Mandlakhe who was chatting with me while I was getting my cycling gear ready (that is gloves, cap, sunshades and some good music). When we were about to part, this young man by the name of Mxolisi came to us. He had been standing by while I was preaching and he was listening to what I was saying because I had changed the language from English to IsiZulu.

Before he could tell us anything about himself, I picked up from his tongue that he was a member of the TACC. He told us that he was listening to the preaching but he could not understand the part where I said God punished His Son on the cross. I then explained from Isaiah 53, how that it was prophesied that “it pleased the LORD to bruise Him” linking it with Jesus’ well known cry, “Eli Eli lama sabchthani!!?”

Isaiah 53:4-12 KJV

(4) Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.

(5) But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

(6) All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.

(7) He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.

(8) He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken.

(9) And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.

(10) Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.

(11) He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.

(12) Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.

He then asked us if we had received the Holy Spirit. This is the question I always get when I converse with the TACC people and I enjoy answering it. So we answered him, “No one can believe on the Lord Jesus Christ without the Holy Spirit, because according to Jesus the Holy Spirit is the one that comes to convict the world of sin, righteousness and judgment. Paul also tells us in 1 Corinthians 12:3 that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calls Jesus accursed and no one can say Jesus is the Lord except by the Holy Spirit”

“There is a lot of misunderstanding here” He said, “What I know is, in the book of Acts when the people of Samaria had believed the apostles were called for to lay hands on them so that they would receive the Holy Spirit. And when Simon the witch saw that “through the laying on of the hands of the apostles the people received the Holy Spirit” he produced money asking if they could sell this power to him. You see there, it shows that one can only receive the Holy Spirit through the laying on of the hands of the apostles”

DSCF1907“You are mistaken” I interrupted, “You see, Acts 8:18, tells us of Simon’s opinion based on his observation. He was not an apostle therefore we cannot be taught by his opinions. This is Simon’s opinion and not the ultimate rule that one would ONLY receive the Holy Ghost through the laying on of the hands of the apostles. There are accounts on the book of Acts where believers received the Holy Ghosts without having the apostle’s hands laid on them. One elephant in the room is Cornelius. Peter did not lay hands on anyone in the house of Cornelius but they received the Holy Ghost while Peter was preaching. Paul himself received the Holy Spirit when he was in Damascus, there was no apostle there. Ananias was not an apostles but he laid hands on Paul and He received the Holy Spirit ”

(Acts 9:17 KJV)

“And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house; and putting his hands on him said, Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest, hath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost.”

“But what do you say of the people that Paul asked if they had received the Holy Ghost sinced they believed and they said no, and they hadn’t heard that there was any Holy Spirit?” He asked

“The people that Paul found in Ephesus in Act 19:1-6- were not Gentiles and they were not Christians, but they were Jews who were the disciples of John the Baptist, since they were baptized by John the Baptist. Now Paul was compelled to preach to them the gospel of Jesus Christ and after that they were baptized again in the name of Lord Jesus. Then the Holy Spirit came on them.”

“I believe you are now answered on the issue of receiving the Holy Spirit, can we move on?” Mandlakhe asked

“Yes, I would like to ask you, what do you say of the resurrection of the dead?” Mxolisi asked

“The Bible says the dead will rise from their graves, just like Jesus was raised from His grave, as we all know that the disciples and the women found His grave empty. I know that your church the TACC, teaches that the dead are saved through the works of those are yet alive and they come and live in the bodies of the living in order to perform good deeds. That is not true, because firstly, the book of Ecclesiastes tell us that the dead have not a part in anything that is done under the sun. Secondly, the book of Revelation tells us that on the last judgment the dead are judged based on what is written on the books, according to their works. Those who qualify for heaven are those who have their names written on the Lamb’s Book of Life. There’s one way that anyone could have his name on that book. It is to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ.”

“But there were people in the times of Abraham who had never heard the gospel…” said Mxolisi

DSCF1904“Abraham heard the gospel, as it is written, “Abraham believed God and it was accounted to him for righteousness” You see, he was justified by faith before the coming Jesus Christ, same goes for Noah. As for the people who lived before the days of King Shaka (for the gospel came to this land in the days King Shaka) where the gospel wasn’t heard, Paul says of them, “For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves: Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another”  It is God’s business to deal with those who haven’t heard the gospel but I tell you the truth, that the laws of God were written in their hearts, therefore their conscience made them aware of what right or wrong. Those who have sinned without the law shall perish without the law and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law.

DSCF1905“I have no argument on this matter” Brother Mandlakhe added, “I take what the scripture says, the person who believes on the Lord Jesus Christ shall be saved and the one who doesn’t believe will go to hell, that is enough for me”

Romans 2:12-16 KJV

(12) For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law;

(13) (For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.

(14) For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves:

(15) Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;)

(16) In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel.

“Are you guys from Faith Mission?” Mxolisi asked

“No, We believe in the Lord Jesus Christ” I replied.

He then took my number down and promised that he would try to connect me to some of the TACC guys who might try to explain their faith to me. I responded, “That would be great, I wish to meet them because it seems like there is a lot of deception you have been taught by your pastors. I don’t blame them but I blame their teachers. You need to search the scriptures yourself and not just take the words of men. Do like the Bereans in Acts 17 who searched the scriptures in order to see if what the apostles taught was true or not.”

Amen.

ALL GLORY TO OUR GOD ALONE

 

The Two Evils
Introduction

You might be having questions in your mind regarding the title of this post. I wouldn’t blame you if you do have questions because I would do the same if I were in your position. Needless to say, the whole world is surrounded by (if not drowning in) evil. All the wickedness that we see in the world is due to that people have committed two greater evils before God their creator. And we shall discuss these evils shortly. All scripture references will be taken from the unadulterated non-copyrighted Authorized King James Version of the Holy Bible (1611). The main purpose of this post is to warn God’s people and to give glory to God.
Point Raised
“For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water.” Jeremiah 2:13
As we all know that these are the words of God by prophet Jeremiah. Our God who will not tell a lie spoke and His infallible word remains. God said and is still saying in His word that His very own people have committed not one but two evils. These two evils are:

  • They have forsaken me the fountain of living waters
  • And hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water

God exposed the sin of His people yet they refused to repent. He warned them but they would not return from their ways. They have provoked the Lord since He brought them out of the land of Egypt the house of bondage. They saw His wonderful works, they saw His deliverance, His provision but they would not refrain from provoking the Lord to anger. Their children were also a stiff-necked people, they went and whored after strange gods and forsook the Lord and the Lord sold them to their enemies. The Lord had mercy on them and raised up judges to deliver them and to judge among them.

They continued to provoke the LORD and they demanded a king in the days of Samuel the seer. They rebelled against their eternal King who lead them, fought for them and provided for them. The Lord gave them the king out of the tribe of Benjamin. Saul the Benjamite sinned against the LORD by not taking heed of the command that God gave concerning the Amalekites that he should surely destroy them and everything that belong to the Amalekites. Saul allowed that the things which were accursed be brought to the land of Israel that they may be offered unto the LORD. The LORD was sorely displeased and rejected Saul as king. The Lord sent Samuel to anoint David the son of Jesse, the son of Obed, the son Boaz the husband of Ruth the Moabitess.

1. “They have forsaken me the fountain of living waters”
The first evil that has been committed by the people of God is that they have forsaken God. They have removed themselves from the very fountain of living waters. This is rebellion at its best. Forsaking the LORD is to rebel against Him, His laws and everything that He had put in place. One evidence of that people have forsaken the LORD is that they start refusing His word. They claim that the present times are more advanced than the word of God. They attempt at all times to change the scriptures by omitting what they deem irrelevant for these times or that which is offensive to the general public. They add their own words which would agree with all their abominable lust-filled idolatrous lives.

We live in the time where the Lord Jesus Christ, the very source of life is being forsaken by many. Many churches have removed Jesus from His throne and they have put their own false christs to rule over them. Though they say “In the name of Jesus” it is only another “Jesus” they are calling. This attack against the true God and Christ was seen by the Psalmist and is found in the second psalm, being laid out in this manner, “Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.” (Psalm 2:1-3) The nations and all the rulers of the world have ganged up against God and against his anointed. They say “let us break their bands asunder and cast away their cords from us.” They have removed all ties between them and God.

Instead of total surrender to the Son of God, the people have distanced themselves from the true God and censored anything that glorifies Christ on circular media. They allow only that which would blaspheme. The non-discerning Christian will be deceived thinking what they see and hear on television is the truth, while the name of Christ is being desecrated before them and they be busy nodding amens to all the circular religious television garbage.
In most government institutions, it is okay to say the word god but as soon as you say Jesus Christ, it becomes a problem. The societies believe in a god but not the true God. They would settle with anyone who says “god” because anything can be called “god” thus giving room to pluralism which says, “You have your god and I have mine.” This is to turn away from the One True God who made all things.

The modern day churches have deviated from biblical evangelism and biblical preaching of the word. Churches are now built by means of entertainment and motivation. Circular/demonic music is now played in what is supposed to be (by circular definition) the house of God. Repentance, Judgment, Hell and other gloom and doom sort of messages have not only been tossed out the window but they have found their place in the nearest garbage bin by these circular church builders. Church meetings are no longer about “Thus saith the Lord…” but instead they are about “You need to speak the word over your life…” The truth of God is being turned into a lie. That which is created is now being lifted far above that Creator who is blessed forever. Amen. The people of God have forsaken the LORD. They have committed an evil thing.

2. “And hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water”

The people have not only forsaken the LORD but they have found an alternative for God. This is the second of the two evils. The people ran after Asher and Baalim, the gods which were no gods at all. To say “they hewed them cisterns, broken cisterns, that hold no water” tells us that the people have replaced God with inferior or useless alternatives. They forsook the very spring of living waters and put their trust in that which cannot hold the water due to that it is broken or weak. They entrusted their lives to self made gods and systems of men. They made their own religions instead of living by the words that proceed from the mouth of God.

Some people have denied the existence of God and opted to believe that nonsensical idea of evolution which is based on nothing but fiction. The Roman Catholic people have removed Christ (as if it were possible) from running the church and they appointed the Pope in instead. The Pope decided that faith on Jesus Christ is not enough for salvation, thus he glorified Mary the mother of Christ. This over glorification of Mary is deception because this catholic Mary is just an anthropomorphization of Isis, an idol of the heathens. The Hindus bow to every abominable idol which they themselves have made and not only that, but also, just about anything is a god to any Hindu. Muslims have opted to follow their false prophet Elijah Muhammad who dared to write a book and renounced Jesus as the Son of God. Muhammad started his own religion based on a lie, just like any other false religion.

TBN, God TV and other few “multi-million dollar pastor” owned networks have been spreading lies in the name of the Lord. They perpetrated the old lie of the serpent which he told Eve in the Garden of Eden, saying “Ye shall be like gods.” They have removed the teachings of Christ and have spread men’s teachings. The Bible is now a reference book and their books are now the “must have” pieces of scripture. Often you hear them quoting from their books rather than quoting from the gospels or from any other book in the bible. If they happen to quote the bible, it would be to back the heretical points they have raised by misrepresenting the scripture or reading from the perversions of scripture which they have translated themselves in order to suit their abominable and damnable heresies.

People have hewed themselves broken cistern that can hold no water. They have trusted in the words of men and have rejected the infallible life giving Word of the True and Holy God. They condemn the bible as irrelevant to this day and age. They have put their trust in what they believe, only on the basis that “the pastor said so, therefore it must be true.” The churches today have formulated their own ways and have strayed from the way of truth. This is evil and it will not go unpunished unless the church returns to the very spring of living waters. God is that spring of living waters.
There is no need for false fire and false rain. These wicked preachers forsook God the very spring of living and now they stand in their churches shouting that the “rain of the Holy Spirit is falling” not realizing that they are just being blessed by demons and not God. How can God be in something He is not part of? If God were to bring the rain of fire, would all these sinners and hypocrites survive? Will God change and be the friend of those who blaspheme His name? God forbid! Surely He will utterly do away with the wicked who persist in their wickedness. As the LORD spoke about the destruction of the cities of Israel because of their evil doings, He is warning us today and we should take heed.

“Hast thou not procured this unto thyself,
in that thou hast forsaken the LORD thy God,
when he led thee by the way? And now what hast
thou to do in the way of Egypt, to drink the waters of Sihor?
or what hast thou to do in the way of Assyria,
to drink the waters of the river? Thine own wickedness
shall correct thee, and thy backslidings shall reprove thee: know therefore
and see that it is an evil thing and bitter,
that thou hast forsaken the LORD thy God,
and that my fear is not in thee, saith the Lord GOD of hosts. ”
(Jeremiah 2:17-19)

The Most Miserable Church – The Paid Sheep Membership

The modern day church is the most embarrassing and miserable church to my opinion. It has moved away from the truth and it is being slowly infiltrated by all sorts of wicked evil beasts that seek to kill and destroy all the flocks of God. This modern day church is fast asleep while the devil and his cohorts march in freely all the way from the door to the pulpit in order to teach the people of God with one objective in mind and that is to lead them astray. The so called bride of Christ is actively committing adultery with idols and heretical teachings and practices.

I am very concerned by the ignorance of the Christians of today. Many Christians know just about anything that is happening in the world than they know about what God has to say in the bible. The young people know more about the music charts and the pop idols than knowing the will of God for each day. Church buildings are packed with goats that go there for entertainment and they wear name tags that are labelled “Christian – A Paid Sheepfold Member.” The church is losing its status of being the sheepfold of God and has now become a place where goats meet to pay the hired clowns who will in return feed them all the garbage that get no one to heaven. There are no more sheep in most churches because

  1. The goats chase them away
  2. The shepherd clowns/wolves fed on them and then turned their sheepskin into clothing in order to attract more sheep that will come and be served for dinner, while the goats enjoy the show.
  3. The owner of the sheep, the Master Shepherd has taken them away from these blood thirst wolves and placed them under the care of the true shepherd who serves the will of his Master

Whatever the reason is, it remains true that many church buildings have become night clubs and movie theatres, some have gone to such an extreme as to become a circus, where all sort of demonic activity is for show. There are more motivators than preachers and sin is never challenged because the paying goats will be offended and therefore cease the funding of the circus. The goats are never interested in becoming sheep because they will have to change their diet and lifestyle, so instead of being transformed they think it would work better for them of they buy or rent the sheep status. The Sheep Membership status is charged according to the level of the wage or salary that the goat earns from their work. The requested share of the salary or wage is 10% and then the goat will be encouraged or sometimes threatened to give a little more in order to get more benefits which are only reserved for sheep. You may want to call that Sheep Membership Plus Account. That is often backed up by Malachi 3:10-12.

It is very strange that this section of the bible is well emphasized in the modern church buildings, while other sections are not well attended to.  For example, chapter 20 of Exodus verses 8-11 which talks about resting on the Sabbath Day and the keeping of this day holy. It seems like the wolves are not interested on the rest of neither goats nor sheep, they are making business with the Tithing law and there is very little chance that the Sabbath law will benefit any of the wolves. If tithing were to be kept because it is the command from God and that God promises to protect and bless the sheep, why is not the law of the Sabbath kept because it is also command from God and God made promises to the keeper of this law?

Let us look at these laws

The law of Tithing as quoted in Malachi

Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it. And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the LORD of hosts. And all nations shall call you blessed: for ye shall be a delightsome land, saith the LORD of hosts.”  (Malachi 3:10-12 KJV)

And now, let us look at how this is to be applied and who should benefit on the proceedings brought as per application of the law of tithing, as shown in the book of Deuteronomy.

Thou shalt truly tithe all the increase of thy seed, that the field bringeth forth year by year. And thou shalt eat before the LORD thy God, in the place which he shall choose to place his name there, the tithe of thy corn, of thy wine, and of thine oil, and the firstlings of thy herds and of thy flocks; that thou mayest learn to fear the LORD thy God always. And if the way be too long for thee, so that thou art not able to carry it; or if the place be too far from thee, which the LORD thy God shall choose to set his name there, when the LORD thy God hath blessed thee: Then shalt thou turn it into money, and bind up the money in thine hand, and shalt go unto the place which the LORD thy God shall choose: And thou shalt bestow that money for whatsoever thy soul lusteth after, for oxen, or for sheep, or for wine, or for strong drink, or for whatsoever thy soul desireth: and thou shalt eat there before the LORD thy God, and thou shalt rejoice, thou, and thine household, And the Levite that is within thy gates; thou shalt not forsake him; for he hath no part nor inheritance with thee. At the end of three years thou shalt bring forth all the tithe of thine increase the same year, and shalt lay it up within thy gates: And the Levite, (because he hath no part nor inheritance with thee,) and the stranger, and the fatherless, and the widow, which are within thy gates, shall come, and shall eat and be satisfied; that the LORD thy God may bless thee in all the work of thine hand which thou doest.” (Deuteronomy 14:22-29 KJV)

As we can see in Malachi 3, that God commanded that the tithes must be brought in the storehouse so that there may be food in His house. The statement “that there may be meat (food) in my house” is by no means referring to the house(s) of God’s servants nor of the Levites nor of the prophets. It refers to the house of God.  The beneficiaries of the collections of Tithes are stated in Deuteronomy  and these are:

  1. The Levite
  2. The Stranger/Traveller/Pilgrim
  3. The Fatherless/Orphan
  4. The Widow

I have much doubt that all these beneficiaries receive their fair share of the proceedings from the tithe collections. I am not off the mark by so saying, because, first of all we don’t have the Levites in the churches today neither can the pastors nor the preachers qualify to be addressed as such. If the Lord Jesus Christ did away with the law as is taught in the modern day churches, then the Levites shouldn’t exist because they were appointed under provision of the law, which would be now inapplicable.  If the law is no longer applicable, the principle of tithing will then be of no effect because it is only enforced by the law although this principle did not originate from the law.  Tithing was first done by Abraham when he met Melchizedek the priest of the most high God (Genesis 14:18-20; Hebrews 7:1). To say that it was instituted before the law was given by Moses’ hand does not mean that the people must be forced to keep this principle. The Sabbath was also made known before Moses came.

The law of the Sabbath was instituted on the Seventh day when God finished the work of creation.  The week has always been seven days and on the seventh day God commanded rest. Why don’t we hear these hypocritical prosperity preachers teach people this command? It is because this command offers no gain for them. So, as much as tithing has a promise, the Sabbath keeping also has a promised attached to it, see Isaiah:

Thus saith the LORD, Keep ye judgment, and do justice: for my salvation is near to come, and my righteousness to be revealed. Blessed is the man that doeth this, and the son of man that layeth hold on it; that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and keepeth his hand from doing any evil. Neither let the son of the stranger, that hath joined himself to the LORD, speak, saying, The LORD hath utterly separated me from his people: neither let the eunuch say, Behold, I am a dry tree. For thus saith the LORD unto the eunuchs that keep my sabbaths, and choose the things that please me, and take hold of my covenant; Even unto them will I give in mine house and within my walls a place and a name better than of sons and of daughters: I will give them an everlasting name, that shall not be cut off. Also the sons of the stranger, that join themselves to the LORD, to serve him, and to love the name of the LORD, to be his servants, every one that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and taketh hold of my covenant; Even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer: their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted upon mine altar; for mine house shall be called an house of prayer for all people. The Lord GOD which gathereth the outcasts of Israel saith, Yet will I gather others to him, beside those that are gathered unto him.” (Isa 56:1-8)

As you can see that God is making a promise on Sabbath keeping, not only to the Israelites or the Jews but also to the non-Jewish people, the Gentiles (to be exact). We the non Jewish Christians have enjoined our self to God through His Son and are claiming to be keeping the commands of God in keeping the tithing principle, but we are doing ourselves no justice because we have neglected another command on which God has even a better promise than that in Malachi, when he says on the quote above, “Also the sons of the stranger, that join themselves to the LORD, to serve him, and to love the name of the LORD, to be his servants, every one that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and taketh hold of my covenant; Even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer: their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted upon mine altar; for mine house shall be called an house of prayer for all people.”

Besides the heresy and the twisting of scripture that is brought in by the wolves into the church, I am concerned by those individuals who call themselves Christian and yet at the same time doubt or ignore the Bible or are offended by it. I fail to comprehend this behaviour. These people only read the nicer parts of the bible and the hard condemning negative part of it they ignore. They say they trust the word of God which is the bible, but at the same time they distrust it in the matters pertaining to sin and the punishment thereof. A vast majority of those who claim to be Christians are failing to believe that there is a place called hell. They doubt that God can cast people into such a horrible place.

I don’t blame these people. The blame must be laid upon their teachers who should be telling them the truth but are cowards and therefore opt to lie to them, giving them false hope concerning the future. I am not surprised that even the preachers do not believe in the straight forward biblical preaching of the gospel anymore. This is evident by the amount of events and activities that appeal to the flesh which the churches are organising in order to increase attendance in their local church buildings. When these people (the unbelievers) get into these church concerts they get entertained and are told that God loves them. They walk out justified in their sins, knowing that God loves them no matter how much they get to sin.

Many of these goats find a platform in these churches to perform and build their fame. Their sin is not challenged as long as they use their talents for God. They can get themselves a girlfriend from this church and fornicate with her as long as he uses his talent for God and also use his talent to bring in more goats like him who will bring in the tithes and offerings to help the pastors and the shareholders of this church business get rich. He can sing worldly music as long as he throws a few words like Jesus, Lord or God in his demonic song. No one will suspect him if the song says Jesus. It doesn’t matter what he sings about Jesus as long as the song say Jesus or Christ then the song is Christian and can be sung at church to entertain the ever demanding paying goats.

On the contrary  to the mentality of the cowardly goat centred churches, the bible teaches in the book of Revelation saying,

But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death” (Revelation 21:8).

And  again in 1 Corinthians, “I wrote unto you in an epistle not to company with fornicators: Yet not altogether with the fornicators of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or with idolaters; for then must ye needs go out of the world. But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat. For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? do not ye judge them that are within? But them that are without God judgeth. Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person.” (1Co 5:9-13).

And again “Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God” (1Co 6:9-10). There is no nicer way of the saying this except for the Bible way!!

At about 17:50, today, the 11th of December 2012, I went to my garden just to look at how it is doing. While I was observing that beauty and the growth of the vegetables that I have planted there, I realized that they were growing according to my will and to my satisfaction. My joy was disturbed by the sight of tares that I have not planted, they grow among my vegetables and they were corrupting their beauty and cleanliness. I started plucking them out. While I was busy, plucking the tares out, I noticed one of my plants that was diseased. The sight of it was disgusting. Without any further hesitation I plucked it up by root and threw it away from my goodly vegetables, it broke my heart to throw it away but I had to do it for the sake of the healthy plants.

When I was done with the tares I realized that I love my garden and I love all the plants that I put there which do my will, while I hate every diseased plant and tares which are rebellious and corrupt. Then it hit me, my garden was no different from the world and the church. The bible has no place where it says, “God loves sinners but hate sin.” On the contrary, it does mention that “God hates all the workers of iniquity” and that “He is angry with the wicked every day.”

Let us look at these verses;

“The foolish shall not stand in thy sight: thou hatest all workers of iniquity. Thou shalt destroy them that speak leasing: the LORD will abhor the bloody and deceitful man.” (Psalm 5:5-6)

“God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day. If he turn not, he will whet his sword; he hath bent his bow, and made it ready.” (Psalm 7:11-12)

The LORD trieth the righteous: but the wicked and him that loveth violence his soul hateth. Upon the wicked he shall rain snares, fire and brimstone, and an horrible tempest: this shall be the portion of their cup.” (Psalm 11:5-6)

Now, the bible shows us how God feels about the wicked. It says that He is angry with the wicked every day. God is Holy, He hates sin and sinners. To say that God hate sinners is not well received in the modern day churches. The reason for this is that the teachings of the bible are ignored by the general Christian community. The bible is not like all the cowardly pastors who don’t want to offend anyone with the truth. It tells thing as they are meant to be told and it is to be taken seriously or else people will pay the price that comes with either ignorance or disobedience, which is destruction.

The verses I have shown above, tell us that God will not rain favour and blessings upon the wicked but He will let snare, fire, brimstone and horrible tempest to fall upon them. These words must be taken seriously. We must consider these words and comprehend the message they are communicating to us. God will destroy the wicked, just like He did away with the wicked in the days of Noah and wasted the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, so will He do it yet again. The death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ will not prevent the end of the wicked because only those who believe on the name of the Lord Jesus will be saved. The rest of the people who do not believe on the Son of God will perish.

Those who disagree with the statement that God hate sinners often pull their defence from John 3:16. Let us look at John 3:16,

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)

As we can see, this verse does not say that God loved the sinners but it says that God loved the world. The Greek word that is used in the verse for world is κόσμος (kosmos) which does not in any way refer to sinner(s) but instead it refers to a heavenly body (star or planet) and the inhabitants thereof. The word for sinners is ἁμαρτωλός (amartolos) and it is not found in John 3:16.

Remember the story of my garden, when I said that I love my garden it did not mean that I love everything that is in it. I don’t love the tares and those little animals that eat my vegetables. The fact that the tares get watered doesn’t mean that I want them in my garden. They only benefit for the sake of my vegetables. There is a day appointed where I will get rid of the tares and gather my harvest into the kitchen. God hate sinners and all the workers of iniquity. The wicked are alive today and they get to be successful, that doesn’t mean that God loves them, they are only around because of the righteous. Abraham asked God if He would destroy the wicked if there were a number of righteous people in the city of Sodom and Gomorrah and God said that He will not destroy them for the sake of the those righteous people.

And Abraham drew near, and said, Wilt thou also destroy the righteous with the wicked? Peradventure there be fifty righteous within the city: wilt thou also destroy and not spare the place for the fifty righteous that are therein? That be far from thee to do after this manner, to slay the righteous with the wicked: and that the righteous should be as the wicked, that be far from thee: Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right? And the LORD said, If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will spare all the place for their sakes. And Abraham answered and said, Behold now, I have taken upon me to speak unto the Lord, which am but dust and ashes: Peradventure there shall lack five of the fifty righteous: wilt thou destroy all the city for lack of five? And he said, If I find there forty and five, I will not destroy it. And he spake unto him yet again, and said, Peradventure there shall be forty found there. And he said, I will not do it for forty’s sake. And he said unto him, Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak: Peradventure there shall thirty be found there. And he said, I will not do it, if I find thirty there. And he said, Behold now, I have taken upon me to speak unto the Lord: Peradventure there shall be twenty found there. And he said, I will not destroy it for twenty’s sake. And he said, Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak yet but this once: Peradventure ten shall be found there. And he said, I will not destroy it for ten’s sake.” (Gen 18:23-32)

As we can see that God would spare the whole wicked community for the sake of the few righteous people who are found among them. Unfortunately for the world of Noah, God told Noah to prepare an ark. He brought the flood and destroyed the world while saving the Noah, his family and the rest of the animals that were in the ark. The same went for Sodom and Gomorrah where God drew Lot and his family out and did away with his enemies. Also in Jericho, God delivered Rahab and her family and condemned the rest to death. God loved the world in the days of Noah and so to save it, he got rid of the wicked with the flood and the righteous were safe in the ark. God still promises yet again that He would destroy the wicked and that he will do away with the destroyers of the earth.

“And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth.” (Rev 11:18

The Lord will get rid of false believers

“Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares? He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up? But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn…” “…He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man; The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one; The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels. As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world. The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.(Matthew 13:24-30, 37-43)

The text above shows that God allows the tares to grow to gather with the good seed. He then explains that the good seed are the children of the kingdom while the tares are the children of the wicked one (the devil). He commands that the tares and the good seed must be allowed to grow together for the sake of the good seed. He said that it might happen that when they should deal with the tares, they would also uproot the wheat (good seed). The day is coming where the tares will be burnt with fire and the wheat be gathered into the barn. Rest assured my dear reader that God hates sinners and He will get rid of them unless they repent and believe in the name of His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. Those who turn to Him will be given the righteousness of the Son of God but those who refuse Him will be destroyed, irrespective of who they are.

THE LOVING, GOOD AND JUST GOD

Scores of people have a very absurd idea of God. The very nature of God is well misunderstood among the people, both those who claim to love God and those who hate God. There are three attributes of God that are not dealt with in most churches and these are the Love of God, the Goodness of God and the Justness of God. The purpose of this post is to discuss the love of God, His goodness as well as His Justice. We will prove the love of God for His people, then show that God is good, and thereafter we will prove that God is just and finally show how these qualities of God meet.

The Love of God

It is well known that God is Love. Many people teach that God is love, even those who do not read the bible know this truth. Almost every religion in this world sing the same anthem of love. There is so much compromise happening amongst the religions and within the societies based on “God is love.”

When we look through the pages of the bible from Genesis to Revelation, we see the love of God. The love which our lowly minds cannot assay to reach or to comprehend. We see many examples of God showing His love to His people at various times in history. He created them, provided for them, fought for them and did many wonders in their favor. Out of all these things, the most imponderable of them all is, recorded in John 3:16,

    For God so loved the world, that He gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life

The passage above, shows us the extent of God’s love for the world. God loved the world in such a manner that He gave His only begotten Son to prevent the destruction of those who would believe in Him. All the laws and traditions that are set up in the world could not do anything for the fallen seed of Adam, touching the matters pertaining to salvation. Nothing could be done to save men, but the expression of the love of God made amends in order to save mankind.

Paul writes, “But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Rom. 5:8). The love of God is not just a talk, he didn’t only tell people that He loved them but He went and expressed His love through His Son Jesus the Christ. God expressed and displayed His love for us, in that, while were wallowing in our sins and misery, while we hated him, while we sought Him not and while we went everyone to his own way, Christ died for us. In his first epistle John shows us that God is love (1Jn 4:8). But he doesn’t stop there, he also shows us that God loved us and that is how he showed it to us. He says “In this was manifested the love of God towards us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him” (1 Jn 4:9). God’s love cost Him His Son and therefore it must not be taken lightly. We will see why not at the end of this post.

To learn that God loved us and gave His son while we were yet sinners, show us that there are no conditions that would influence His love for us. He loved us for no reason on our part. He Himself is love and His love for us fails not. He shows that even though we perish due to sin and rebellion against Him, He takes no pleasure in the death of the wicked. ( Ezekiel 33:11)

Due to such an overwhelming love of God, people tend to think that God is like a “teddy bear.” That is detrimental because God in His love is also jealous. He did show in the pages of the bible that indeed He is a Jealous God and a consuming fire, some of the facts to which many people and preachers tend to turn a blind eye. Bowing to idols and serving false gods, stirs up God’s love into jealousy, thus provoking Him to anger and no man can prevail against Him.

The Goodness of God

There is no doubt of that God is good to almost everyone that profess to know and to serve Him. A lot of people are heard saying “Good is good all the time” and these words are often said when things are going well in the person’s life. My question though is, “Is the goodness of God understood?” Surely, this is a question that should be answered in a way that enlightens those who claim to know and comprehend the goodness of God and those who confess not to know it.

God Is Good

” Praise ye the Lord. O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.” (Psalm 106:1)

In the book of Psalms and also in other parts of scripture we keep reading that God “…is good and his mercy endureth forever.” One example of this is when the tribe of Judah was attacked by the Moabites and Ammonites, they went to battle singing “Praise the Lord, for He is good, his mercy endureth forever” and the LORD fought for them (2 Chronicles 20:1-25). It appears that God’s goodness is made manifest by his infinite mercy. God, in His goodness relates with sinners through his mercy. If the Lord God of heaven and earth was not merciful, then His goodness alone can prove to be detrimental against the human race.

God the creator of the heavens and the earth is good and he abhors all wickedness. Consider this conversation between God Moses:

    18 And he said, I beseech thee, shew me thy glory. 19 And he said, I will make all my goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of the Lord before thee; and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will shew mercy on whom I will shew mercy. 20 And he said, Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live. 21 And the Lord said, Behold, there is a place by me, and thou shalt stand upon a rock: 22 And it shall come to pass, while my glory passeth by, that I will put thee in a clift of the rock, and will cover thee with my hand while I pass by: 23 And I will take away mine hand, and thou shalt see my back parts: but my face shall not be seen.” (Exodus 33:18-23)

Moses, though he had found grace in the sight of the Lord and was able to speak to Him face to face, he did not qualify to see the face of God. Moses was a sinner and an ordinary man. Evidently, he could not enter the promise land due to disobedience (Numbers 20:1-12). Should Moses have seen the face of God in person, he would have been destroyed. The glory and the goodness of God would have been his demise because the glory of God is a “consuming fire” (Hebrew 12:29, Deuteronomy 4:24). The only person who qualifies to see God is the one who have a pure heart (Matthew 5:8).

For us to understand the goodness of God, it maybe expedient to look at his relation with sin. Many times people have confused the phrase “God is good” with “God is nice.” Being nice and being good are two different things. If God were a nice God, he would be “okay” with sin and all the sinfulness of men. He would only count the few good works of rapists and murderers and overlook the bad things they do. He would not have sent his Son to die for sinners because that would not be necessary. As long as the bloody murderer say he is sorry and helps pay taxes or religiously pays church money, he’ll be good to go to heaven. Unfortunately for many, God is good not “nice.

The goodness of God should be more terrifying to a sinner as much as a criminal is terrified of a good judge. Consider the scene in the mount, where God and Moses met to exchange the law:

    6 And the Lord passed by before him, and proclaimed, The Lord, The Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, 7 Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children’s children, unto the third and to the fourth generation. ” Exodus 34: 6-7 KJV

Carefully read the text in bold italics, this is God declaring Himself to Moses. God says that He forgives iniquities, transgressions and sin and at the same time He says, He will by no means clear the guilty and that He visits the iniquities of the fathers upon the children, to the third and the fourth generation.

Will by no means clear the guilty

Scripture tells us in Isaiah 33:22 that “The LORD is our Judge, the LORD is our lawgiver, the LORD is our king, He will save us.” If God is good and is also a judge, it means that He is the “good judge.” The good judge is the judge that upholds and execute justice. He gives everyone according to what they deserve (Jeremiah 25:14, Revelation 20:12-13). It is God through the prophet Ezekiel, who says “… the soul that sinneth, it shall die.” (Ezekiel 18:4). Paul also writes to the Roman church stating that “…the wages of sin is death…” (Roman 6:23). The LORD is our lawgiver and He is our judge. If we keep the law we will have no fear of the Judge but if we break the law, surely we shall seek to take refuge and hide ourselves from the righteous Judge. For if God will by no means clear the guilty, surely sinners will not live to tell the tale of God’s judgment against them. The wages of sin is death, therefore the offender must pay by death.

Forgiving iniquity, trangression and sin

God is a Good, Righteous and Holy Judge and is also the Saviour, for it is written “…he will save us.” (Isaiah 33:22). God will not forgive sins unless a fine is paid. Blood must be offered, and the atonement must be made on behalf of the sinner because “without the shedding of blood is no remission” (Hebrews 9:22). People had to offer up the blood of bulls and of goats and ashes of heifers so that they may be purified but that only dealt with the flesh. The conscience was not cleansed. The writer to the Hebrews confirms this when he says

    1 For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers there unto perfect. 2 For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins. 3 But in those sacrifices there is a remeberence again made of sins every year. 4 For it is impossible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.” (Hebrews 10:1-4)

The guilty was not cleared, in other words the guilty conscience was not eased, even though the blood of animals was shed for the sins of men. God’s wrath was not satisfied with those offerings yet He forgave them as long as they offered them according to the law. God speaks of himself as merciful, which is why we are not destroyed, His mercy holds His just and holy wrath from making an end of us accordingly as we deserve. Sins can be forgiven but punishment still stands and blood must be shared. So God forgives and punishes sinners, the only thing that keeps us from hell and satisfies God’s wrath against us is the death of His Son on the cross of Calvary. That is the gift of God and that is God’s work. None of us can boast!

So it is imperative for people to comprehend that God is good because He execute justice, He gives sinners what they deserve and gives the righteous according to their works. God is good because He keeps His promises and that he will fulfill everyone of them. As He had promised that the wicked will perish and the righteous will inherit the earth, so shall it be!

The Justness of God

Many people would not understand the phrase “God is Just” due to that many of the younger generations do not make use of the word “just” to its formal context as it was used in the olden days. The meaning which the word “just” carries in this text is, “something which is legally or ethically right.

God is Just

He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he.” (Deuteronomy 32:4)

The portion of scripture above, shows us that God does not have double standards. He remains the same and cannot change. Let us make note of the following:

1) He is the Rock
2) His work is Perfect
3) All His ways are judgement
4) A God of truth and without iniquity
5) Just and Right is He

He is the Rock

That “He is the Rock” shows us the immutability, faithfulness and trustworthiness of God. Any rock cannot be moved and any house that is founded upon a rock cannot fall. It is therefore safe to trust in God and to look to him for safety. In that “God is just”, Him being the Rock proves to us that He remain just for ever. James confirms that with God there is no variableness, neither is there a shadow of turning with him(James 1:17b). So, God cannot be changed nor moved! (Malachi 3:6, Hebrews 13:8)

His work is perfect

Every thing that God have made is perfect, His judgments are perfect, His law is perfect (Psalm 19:7) and His gifts are good and perfect (James 1:17a). The fact that the work of God is perfect gives us an impression that God will never make a mistake. The greatest and most incredible of God’s work is the work of salvation. God, sending His only begotten Son to die in the place of sinners was not a mistake, it didn’t come as a surprise to Him. It was out of His perfect will, to begin the work and perfect it. Another impression that we are getting is that God’s work is finished. It is not to be redone or retried, because that work of salvation was finished, completed, well done and perfected by God, through His Son, Jesus Christ!!!

All His ways are judgment

One of the things that many people need to understand about God is that He is a King and that He presides over His kingdom forever. Every kingdom have laws and standards under which the citizens of that particular kingdom should live. God’s kingdom have a foundation upon which it stands. Every law and standard is based on this foundation. The psalmist reveals that,

    Justice and judgment are the habitation of thy throne: mercy and truth shall go before thy face.” (Psalm 89:14)

Yes, the basis of God’s rule is Justice and judgment. He execute His rule in righteousness, as it is written,

    Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: the sceptre of thy kingdom is a right sceptre.” (Psalm 45:6)

Justice is upheld, His mercy multiplied and His truth prevails!!! The ways of God are judgments, His judgments are good (Psalm 119:39), are right (Psalm119:75), and are as a light that shines (Hosea 6:5).

A God of Truth and Without Iniquity

The bible teaches us that God is not a man that He should lie (Numbers 23:19) and in Him is no darkness (1 John 1:5). God does not have double standards. He is the God of truth. He hates iniquity as it is written, “Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity…” (Hebrew 1:9). Since God is the God of truth and is without iniquity, He will in the end overthrow liars and all workers of iniquity. (Deuteronomy 32:35-39, Revelation 20:11-15, 21:8). At the same time, He will show mercy on those who love him and keep his commands and those who turn away from evil and from lying lips! He is the Holy God.

Just and Right is He

As scripture shows us that Justice, Judgment and Righteousness are important factors of God’s rule, it is therefore necessary to understand that God is just and righteous. To hear that God is just should tell us more about the way God does things. To say God is just, means that He is not corrupt and that He will not justify the wicked person or condemn a righteous person. He executes righteous judgment upon all and respects no persons whatsoever. To put things on a more understandable manner, God does everything legally and He breaks no law even though He is above the law. He gives everyone according to what they deserve, whether it be good or bad (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14, 2 Corinthians 5:10, Revelation 20:11-15).

How does the Goodness, the Justness and the Love of God affect us?

God is good and we are not good as it is written, “All have sinned and come short of the glory of God” (Roman 3:23). God must then get rid of us by casting us into hell fire, due to our sins. His Goodness and Holiness demands that we be removed from His presence and it bars us from entering heaven. His Justness condemns us to Hell. It verifies that we are guilty of transgressing the laws of God and therefore we must be punished. His Love made amends for Justice to take place without our ruin.

When God sent His Son to die for us, it was then that His Justness and Goodness was working for our good and not for our destruction. That which was to be laid upon us was laid upon the Son of God. The Son of God was heard crying out, “Eli Eli lama sabachthani?” That is to say “My God My God why have you forsaken me?” Isaiah said,

    Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in his hand. He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities. Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.” (Isaiah 53:10-12)

God bruised His Son so that we can be justified through faith in Him. Justified only by faith!!!

It is important for us to know that although God is love, He is also Good and Just. If we sin willingly, He will make an end of us, because God cannot be a friend of sinners and He cannot be a friend of the unjust! That is why He calls us to be holy as He is Holy!! (1 Peter 1:15-16)