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Is Your Name in the Book of Life? 

The-Gran-Book-with-Heavenly-Citizenship-n1gmw3p66jdj2rww2rj4v4imifddg6otv6s33jfda8[KJV] Revelation 21:27 And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the LAMB’S BOOK OF LIFE.

[NIV] Revelation 20:15 Anyone whose name was not found written in the BOOK OF LIFE was thrown into the lake of fire.

Those who are going to make heaven are those whose name are written in the lamb’s book of life! This leads us to one of the most dreadful question:

Is Your Name in the Book of Life?

After I received the life of Christ (salvation experience), I used to have unnecesary recurrent tachycardia coupled with phobia anytime I hear this question simply because I had some very funny unscriptural ideas😂

It was generally believed that you can never be sure of making heaven as long as you’re flesh and blood on this side of eternity (earth). Hence you should always examine yourself, confess your sins intermittently, pleading the blood of Jesus frequently, re-dedicating your life to Jesus etc. (sin consciousness) 

Majority of the people who say the above are those who believed that salvation is an exchange. Jesus died for them and they now have to also give their life to Christ

This is absolutely unscriptural! Click Here for more!

If that belief was correct, So how come a man (flesh and blood) named Paul (an apostle) could be so sure of where he was going (Heaven)?

[KJV] 2 Timothy 4:1 I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom;

[KJV] 2 Timothy 4:2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine.

[KJV] 2 Timothy 4:3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;[

KJV] 2 Timothy 4:4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

[KJV] 2 Timothy 4:5 But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.

[KJV] 2 Timothy 4:6 For I am now ready to be offered, and the TIME OF MY DEPARTURE IS AT HAND.

[KJV] 2 Timothy 4:7 I have FOUGHT A GOOD FIGHT, I have FINISHED MY COURSE, I have KEPT THE FAITH:

[KJV] 2 Timothy 4:8 Henceforth there is LAID UP FOR ME A CROWN OF RIGHTEOUSNESS, which THE LORD, THE RIGHTEOUS JUDGE, shall GIVE ME at that day: and NOT TO ME ONLY, but unto ALL THEM ALSO that love his appearing.

How could he be so certainly certain with all certainty that he was going to make it to heaven?

You shall find out soon, keep on reading…

This is a very important matter,
so be prepared to read a couple of scripture
before we draw our conculsion

#ONE

[KJV] John 1:4 In him was LIFE; and THE LIFE was the light of men.

#TWO

[KJV] John 5:39 Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have ETERNAL LIFE: and they are they which TESTIFY OF ME.

[KJV] John 5:40 And ye will not come to me, that ye might HAVE LIFE.

#THREE

[KJV] John 3:15 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have ETERNAL LIFE.

[NIV] John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have ETERNAL LIFE.

#FOUR

[NIV] John 3:36 Whoever believes in the Son has ETERNAL LIFE, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on them.

#FIVE

[NIV] John 6:40 For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and BELIEVES IN HIM shall HAVE ETERNAL LIFE, and I will RAISE THEM UP at the last day.”

#SIX

[NIV] John 6:27 Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to ETERNAL LIFE, which THE SON OF MAN WILL GIVE YOU. For on him God the Father has placed his seal of approval.”

#SEVEN

[KJV] John 10:28 And I GIVE unto THEM ETERNAL LIFE; and they SHALL NEVER PERISH, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.

[KJV] John 10:29 My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and NO MAN IS ABLE TO PLUCK THEM OUT OF MY FATHER’S HAND.

HALLELUJAH!

#EIGHT

[KJV] Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the GIFT OF GOD IS ETERNAL LIFE through Jesus Christ our Lord.

#NINE

[NIV] 1 Timothy 1:16 But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would BELIVE IN HIM and RECEIVE ETERNAL LIFE.

#TEN

[NIV] John 17:1 After Jesus said this, he looked toward heaven and prayed: “Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you.

[NIV] John 17:2 For you granted him authority over all people that he might GIVE ETERNAL LIFE to all those you have given him.

[NIV] John 17:3 Now THIS IS ETERNAL LIFE: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.

#ELEVEN

[NLT] Titus 1:2 This truth gives them confidence that THEY HAVE ETERNAL LIFE, which God—who does not lie—promised them before the world began.

#TWELVE

[KJV] 1 John 1:1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the WORD OF LIFE;

[KJV] 1 John 1:2 (For the LIFE was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that ETERNAL LIFE, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;)

[KJV] 1 John 1:3 That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.

#THIRTEEN

[NLT] Titus 3:7 Because of his grace he declared us righteous and gave us confidence that we will INHERIT ETERNAL LIFE.”

#FOURTEEN (Lastly)

[KJV] 1 John 5:11 And this is the record, that GOD HATH GIVEN US ETERNAL LIFE, and THIS LIFE IS IN HIS SON.

[KJV] 1 John 5:12 HE THAT HATH THE SON HATH LIFE; and HE THAT HATH NOT THE SON OF GOD HATH NOT LIFE.

[KJV] 1 John 5:13 These things have I written unto YOU THAT BELIEVE ON THE NAME OF THE SON OF GOD; that ye MAY KNOW THAT YE HAVE ETERNAL LIFE, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.

If you’re lost in all the scriptures, you could still quickly check the last one again.

Have you believed in the son?

If yes, it means you have the son!

Eternal life is in the son!

Because you have the son, you have recieved ETERNAL LIFE!

RECALL: Is your name in the Lamb's Book of Life?

You now know that: what you received at salvation is eternal life!

In the books (records) of those who have eternal life, what makes you doubt if your name is there or not?

It takes only an annoying preacher to complicate even the very simple things of Christ!

[KJV] Ephesians 2:4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,

[KJV] Ephesians 2:5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)

[KJV] Ephesians 2:6 And hath raised us up together, and MADE US SIT TOGETHER IN HEAVENLY PLACES IN CHRIST JESUS:

Perhaps you’re not sure yet, If you have the son, you have life and hence your name IS WRITTEN IN THE LAMB’S BOOK OF LIFE!

GLORY TO GOD! HALLELUYAH!

You’re blessed because you are in Christ!

©Victor Oluwatobi Fabuluje

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Should We Pray Much More in Tongues? 

This got ME really super excited! While refreshing my insights in the place of study. It all adds up in an all-new dimension.

I’m sharing this post because I’ve seen some charter and post lately in attempts to prove some other unscriptural teachings make common or little the importance of Praying in Tongues!

So Most folks including myself believe in spending ample time to pray in the Holy Ghost but these guys don’t share that opinion…

 (I'm sorry I can't do a refresher course perhaps you're
unlearned concerning Spiritual things but 
carefully read Chapter 12,13&14 of 1 Corinthians 
in context for a good start)

SHOULD WE PRAY MORE IN TONGUES AND WHY?

I Corinthians 12 Explicitly unveils to us the Gifts (plural) of the Spirit unlike any other Epistles

Paul made us to know they (the gifts) are Nine (9) which are all part of the selfsame Spirit!

7 out of the 9 was seen in manisfestation throughout the Old Covenant with the exception of two.

These two was specially reserved to be unveiled in the New Covenant

They include;

  • Tongues and
  • Interpretation of Tongues

Then there must be something unique about the duo right?

Now let us do a needful digression

[NLT] Hebrews 8:6 But now Jesus, our High Priest, has been given a ministry that is FAR SUPERIOR to the old priesthood, for he is the one who mediates for us a far BETTER COVENANT with God, BASED ON BETTER PROMISES.

  • The New Covenant is Better
  • The New Covenant is Based on Better Promises
  • The New is SUPERIOR to the old

[NLT] Hebrews 8:13 When God speaks of a “NEW” COVENANT, it means he has made the first one OBSOLETE. It is NOW OUT OF DATE and will soon disappear.

»The New Covenant is “New”

  • The First one (Old Covenant) is Obsolete
  • The Old Covenant is OUTDATED

Based on the above, let’s think of both as though an application software;

  • The Old Covenant is beta version or Version 1.0
  • The New Covenant is Final Version or Version 2.0

Now there’s a package in both versions called “Gifts of the Spirit”

  • The version 1.0 has 7 available features (of that package called gift of the Spirit)
  • Then Version 2.0 has 7 available features plus 2 extra premium features called (Tongues & Interpretation of Tongues)

That being said, there is a Church that was not lacking behind in maximizing all the 9 features in the Version 2.0

[NIV] 1 Corinthians 1:6 God thus confirming our testimony about Christ among you.[

NIV] 1 Corinthians 1:7 Therefore YOU DO NOT LACK ANY SPIRITUAL GIFT as you eagerly wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed.

Now that we know that they had all the 9 in manifestation in that CHURCH, then here comes a man called Paul and he said something so profound!

[KJV] 1 Corinthians 14:18 I thank my God, I SPEAK WITH TONGUES MORE THAN YE ALL:

[NIV] 1 Corinthians 14:18 I thank God that I speak in tongues more than all of you.

ONE MAN uses version 2.0 More than a whole CHURCH? Wow! #MyNumberOneExcitement!

[NIV] 1 Corinthians 14:19 But in the church I would rather speak five intelligible words to instruct others than ten thousand words in a tongue.

Reading in context, this man is saying he does more speaking in tongues than the whole church when not in Church especially right?

The emphasis in the whole chapter is on Tongues and Interpretation of tongues cum prophecy

This same man stressed how Tongues edifies the speaker and with interpretation edifies the Church in the same chapter (1 Corinthians 14)

He also said in another place about the version 2.0

[KJV] Ephesians 6:18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

[NIV] Ephesians 6:18 And PRAY IN THE SPIRIT ON ALL OCCASIONS with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.

[NLT] Ephesians 6:18 PRAYER IN THE SPIRIT at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.

And another person rendered it (version 2.0) this way;

[KJV] Jude 1:20 But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, PRAYING IN THE HOLY GHOST.

[NIV] Jude 1:20 But you, dear friends, by building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit,

[NLT] Jude 1:20 But you, dear friends, must build each other up in your most holy faith, pray in the power of the Holy Spirit,

And James told us;

The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available [dynamic in its working]. James 5:16B AMPC

Now note that everyone who did #GreaterWorks according to John’s Gospel received the Version 2.0 Final Update 😉

[KJV] John 14:12 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, THE WORKS THAT I DO shall HE DO ALSO; and GREATER WORKS than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.

[KJV] Luke 24:49 And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be ENDUED WITH POWER from on high.

[KJV] Acts 1:8 But ye shall RECEIVE POWER, after that the HOLY GHOST IS COME UPON YOU: and ye shall be WITNESSESS UNTO ME both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

#MyNumberTwoExcitement

It then adds up to explain why Paul seems to do much more (wrote more epistles etc) and demonstrated it with the Spirit’s Power compared to other follower of Christ in his time.

The Supernatural was as though natural in Paul’s Ministry which would be simply because he used maximally and mastered the PREMIUM FEATURES OF THIS VERSION 2.0 (What really makes version 2.0 a true to be called 2.0)

[KJV] 1 Corinthians 2:4 And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in DEMONSTRATION OF THE SPIRIT AND OF POWER:

He FULLY preached the gospel of Christ!

[KJV] Romans 15:18 For I will not dare to speak of any of those things which Christ hath not wrought by me, to make the Gentiles obedient, by WORD and DEED,

[KJV] Romans 15:19 Through MIGHTY SIGNS AND WONDERS, by the POWER OF THE SPIRIT OF GOD; so that from Jerusalem, and round about unto Illyricum, I have FULLY PREACHED THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST.

He was  a very effective witness according to Acts 1:8 Yes?

We know that the Gospel without Power can not be the Gospel!

The Gospel does not attract the power of God!

The GOSPEL IS the POWER OF GOD!

[KJV] Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the GOSPEL OF CHRIST: for it IS THE POWER OF GOD unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.

Lastly, we see here too the effect Paul’s mastery of version 2.0

[KJV] 1 Thessalonians 1:5 For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in POWER, and IN THE HOLY GHOST, and in much assurance; as ye know what manner of men we were among you for your sake.

Note that everyone filled with the Holy Ghost spoke in tongues! Tongues was the evidence that they were filled

So shouldn’t we have mastery of the premium feature of Version 2.0 Also?

If you’re not lost in the illustrations, I suppose you have the correct answer ALREADY!

Perhaps you’re lost, RE-READ AGAIN and again maybe slower than before 😙

You’re blessed because you’re in Christ!

© Victor Oluwatobi Fabuluje

Prayer: My Exposition from James 5:13-18

34769-27112-cm-prayer-righteous-man-powerful-effective-socialJames 5:13‭-‬18 KJV

13. Is any among you afflicted? LET HIM PRAY. Is any merry? let him sing psalms.  

14. Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and LET THEM PRAY over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord:  

15. And the THE PRAYER OF FAITH shall save the sick, and THE LORD SHALL RAISE HIM UP; and IF HE HAVE COMMITTED SINS, THEY SHALL BE FORGIVEN HIM. 

16. Confess your faults one to another, and PRAY ONE FOR ANOTHER, that ye may be healed. The effectual FERVENT PRAYER of a righteous man availeth much.  

17. Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and HE PRAYED EARNESTLY that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months. 

18. And HE PRAYED AGAIN, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit.

My Deductions

#1 Prayer is mentioned not only in verse 16, it started from verse 13 and we could say that (in context) there is emphasis on prayer! 

There is both praying and anointing in verse 14 but verse 15 made it clear by placing emphasis on prayer and not the oil used for the anointing. It is the PRAYER OF FAITH that shall save the sick

#2 The prayer (of the elders in verse 14) is a prayer of faith and It is the PRAYER of faith that will bring the healing

#3 The Healing of the sick comes before forgiveness! (Verse 15)

It wasn’t a mistake, Healing was paid for (in the atonement) and it happened even before the atonement.

[NIV] Matthew 8:16 When evening came, many who were demon-possessed were brought to him, and he drove out the spirits with a word and healed all the sick.

[NIV] Matthew 8:17 This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah: “He took up our infirmities and bore our diseases.”

His Body was broken (He paid for healing) before He was crucified (died, was buried and ressurrected) and became the propritiation of our sins

[KJV] Romans 3:25 Whom God hath set forth to be a PROPITIATION through faith IN HIS BLOOD, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;

[NIV] Romans 3:25 God presented Christ as a SACRIFICE OF ATONEMENT, through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished—

 

[KJV] 1 John 2:2 And he is the PROPITIATION FOR OUR SINS: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.

[NIV] 1 John 2:2 He is the ATONING SACRIFICE FOR OUR SINS, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.

 

[KJV] 1 John 4:10 Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the PROPITIATION FOR OUR SINS.

[NIV] 1 John 4:10 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an ATONING SACRIFICE FOR OUR SINS.

 

[KJV] Matthew 26:28 For this is my blood of the new testament, which is SHED for many FOR THE REMISSION OF SINS.

Raising the sick comes first followed secondly by forgiveness (If s/he has sinned)

Before you crucify that sister that “her sins are responsible for her sickness”, pray for her to be healed first! When she’s made whole, you can then address sin.

Don’t use her sin as a excuse for your failure when you had prayed and nothing seems to change!

Secret sins or whatever is to be dealt with later after the Healing. Never a requirement to guarantee receiving Healing!  

#4 The confession of faults one to another is not to be forgiven nor healed (because the prayer of faith has already healed the sick), but to be made whole (i.e free from faults/offences from one to another)

The body of Christ having faults, offences one to another would be in strife, envy and in that atmosphere, evil practices will thrive.

There will be no desire to PRAY ONE FOR ANOTHER (which is of utmost importance)  and hence, the body is not whole,  wholesome, United etc. 

[KJV] James 3:16 For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.

[KJV] 1 Corinthians 3:3 For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?

#5 The prayer of a righteous man is a prayer of faith and it makes tremendous power available which is dynamic in its working (Verse 16B). 

Confess to one another therefore your faults (your slips, your false steps, your offenses, your sins) and pray [also] for one another, that you may be healed and restored [to a spiritual tone of mind and heart]. The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available [dynamic in its working].
James 5:16 AMPC

[KJV] James 1:6 But let him ASK IN FAITH, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.

[KJV] James 1:7 For let not that man think that he shall RECEIVE any thing of the Lord.

[KJV] James 1:8 A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.

A prayer when not in faith (doubt) can not affect or effect any change.

#6 Lastly, Verse 17 and 18 is an example of such prayer of faith of a righteous man (Elijah) 

Hope you’re blessed?

You’re blessed because you’re in Christ!

©Victor Oluwatobi Fabuluje

“I Gave My Life to Christ” 

Curry-The (Kindly read all through please, thanks)

This term has been used often times for “salvation experience” by most people (including myself) for years because; 

“that was how we met it”

“that is what everybody says” etc.

But we hardly ever bothered to know that throughout the scriptures, it wasn’t used for salvation.

“To give your LIFE to the Lordwas only used ONCE in the Epistles

[KJV] 2 Corinthians 8:5 And this they did, not as we hoped, but first gave their own selves to the Lord, and unto us by the will of God.

This was used for service/commitment and never for salvation!

Salvation is to receive/God does the giving in Christ Jesus!

#1

[KJV] John 1:11 He came unto his own, and his own RECEIVED him not.

[KJV] John 1:12 But as many as RECIEVED HIM, to them GAVE HE POWER TO BECOME the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:

#2

[KJV] 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.

#3

[KJV] Acts 8:14 Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had RECEIVED the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John:

[KJV] Acts 8:15 Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might RECIEVE the Holy Ghost:

#4

[KJV] Romans 5:17 For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which RECIEVED abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)

You RECIEVE a gift! There is NO exchange!

[KJV] Ephesians 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

[KJV] Ephesians 2:9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.

[KJV] Ephesians 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

Our part is TO RECEIVE not give, it is not of works too!

It is on this unscriptural premise “I gave my life to Christ” that made one feel or think;

"I have not surrendered all..."
 "I gave my life but took it back..."
 "I gave my life but quickly borrowed it back..."
 "I gave my life but withdrew it..."

But it is Jesus who gave to us and It’s ETERNAL!

[KJV] John 10:24 Then came the Jews round about him, and said unto him, How long dost thou make us to doubt? If thou be the Christ, tell us plainly.

[KJV] John 10:25 Jesus answered them, I told you, and ye believed not: the works that I do in my Father’s name, they bear witness of me.

[KJV] John 10:26 But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you.

[KJV] John 10:27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:

[KJV] John 10:28 And I GIVE unto them ETERNAL LIFE; and they shall NEVER PERISH, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.

[KJV] John 10:29 My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.

You can’t perish with eternal life! GLORY! 

[KJV] 1 John 5:11 And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.

[KJV] 1 John 5:12 He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.

[KJV] 1 John 5:13 These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.

We have eternal life now! At salvation God gives and we receive! 

However in service we give (of all He gave us) and he recieves.

Blessings!

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For further reading

WHEN EXACTLY IS A PERSON SAVED?

[KJV] Romans 10:8 But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;

[KJV] Romans 10:9 That if thou shalt CONFESS with thy mouth THE LORD JESUS, and shalt BELIEVE in thine heart THAT GOD HATH RAISED HIM FROM THE DEAD, thou shalt BE SAVED.

[KJV] Romans 10:10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

WHAT EXACTLY IS THE GOSPEL?

[KJV] 1 Corinthians 15:1 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you THE GOSPEL which I preached unto you, which also YE HAVE RECEIVED, and wherein ye stand;

[KJV] 1 Corinthians 15:2 By which also YE ARE SAVED, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.

[KJV] 1 Corinthians 15:3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that CHRIST DIED FOR OUR SINS according to the scriptures;

[KJV] 1 Corinthians 15:4 And that HE WAS BURIED, and that HE ROSE AGAIN the third day according to the scriptures:

………..

[KJV] 1 Corinthians 15:11 Therefore whether it were I or they, SO WE PREACH, and SO YE BELIEVED.

Any Gospel that makes little or exclude (His death, burial and ressurection) is NOT THE Gospel! 

HIS FINISHED WORK IS ETERNAL YOU MEAN?

#1

[KJV] Hebrews 5:9 And being made perfect, he became the AUTHOR of ETERNAL SALVATION unto ALL THEM THAT OBEY HIM;

[NIV] Hebrews 5:9 and, once made perfect, he became the source of ETERNAL SALVATION for all who obey him

[NLT] Hebrews 5:9 In this way, God qualified him as a perfect High Priest, and he became the source OF ETERNAL SALVATION  for all those who obey him.

#2

[KJV] Hebrews 7:24 But this man, because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood.

[KJV] Hebrews 7:25 Wherefore he is able also to SAVE THEM TO THE UTTERMOST that come unto God by him, seeing HE EVER LIVETH to make intercession for them.

#3

[KJV] Hebrews 10:1 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 thereunto PERFECT.

[KJV] Hebrews 10:2 For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins.

[KJV] Hebrews 10:3 But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of sins every year.

[KJV] Hebrews 10:4 For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.

[KJV] Hebrews 10:5 Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thout wouldest not, BUT A BODY hast thou prepared me:

[KJV] Hebrews 10:6 In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin THOU HAST HAD NO PLEASURE.

[KJV] Hebrews 10:7 Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God.

[KJV] Hebrews 10:8 Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by the law;

[KJV] Hebrews 10:9 Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. HE TAKETH AWAY THE FIRST, that he may ESTABLISH THE SECOND.

[KJV] Hebrews 10:10 By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of THE BODY of Jesus Christ ONCE FOR ALL.

[KJV] Hebrews 10:11 And every priest STANDETH DAILY and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which CAN NEVER TAKE AWAY SINS:

[KJV] Hebrews 10:12 But this man, after he had offered ONE SACRIFICE FOR SINS FOR EVER, sat down on the right hand of God;

[KJV] Hebrews 10:13 From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool.

[KJV] Hebrews 10:14 For by ONE OFFERING HE HATH PERFECTED FOREVER THEM THAT ARE SANCTIFIED.

[NIV] Hebrews 10:14 For by one sacrifice he has MADE PERFECT FOREVER those who are being made holy.

[NLT] Hebrews 10:14 For by that one offering he FOREVER MADE PERFECT those who are being made holy.

[KJV] Hebrews 10:15 Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us: for after that he had said before,

[KJV] Hebrews 10:16 This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their HEARTS, and in their MINDS will I write them;

[KJV] Hebrews 10:17 And their sins and iniquities will I REMENBER NO MORE.

[KJV] Hebrews 10:18 Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin.

[KJV] Hebrews 10:19 Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus,

#4

[KJV] 2 Corinthians 5:15 And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.

[KJV] 2 Corinthians 5:16 Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more.

[KJV] 2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if ANY MAN BE IN CHRIST, he is a NEW creature: old things are passed away; behold, ALL THINGS ARE become NEW.

[KJV] 2 Corinthians 5:18 And all things are of God, who hath RECONCILED US to HIMSELF by JESUS CHRIST, and hath given to us the MINISTRY OF RECONCILIATION;

[KJV] 2 Corinthians 5:19 To wit, that God was IN CHRIST, RECONCILING THE WORLD unto himself, NOT IMPUTING their trespasses unto them; and hath COMMITTED unto us THE WORD OF RECONCILIATION.

[KJV] 2 Corinthians 5:20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, BE YE RECONCILED to God.

[KJV] 2 Corinthians 5:21 For he hath MADE HIM TO BE SIN FOR US, who knew no sin; that we might be MADE THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD IN HIM.

Hope you’re blessed?
Blessings!

REMOVE NOT THE ANCIENT LANDMARK… DON’T FORSAKE OLD TRADITIONS?

I supposed quite a number must have heard this cliche amongst the Christain faith

“Remove not the ancient landmark, which thy fathers have set, don’t forsake tradition”

Below is the scriptural reference

[KJV] Proverbs 22:28 Remove not the ancient landmark, which thy fathers have set.

Is this verse really talking about “not forsaking old tradition/practice“? Let’s see

#One

Let us read in context by seeing the proceeding verse

[KJV] Proverbs 22:28 Remove not the ancient landmark, which thy fathers have set.

[KJV] Proverbs 22:29 Seest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men.

Could they be possibly talking about frowning decietfulness (being a cheat) and encouraging diligence instead?

Let’s find out

#Two

Let us cross-reference it in the light of other available scriptures

[KJV] Deuteronomy 19:14 Thou shalt not remove thy neighbour’s landmark, which they of old time have set in thine inheritance, which thou shalt inherit in the land that the Lord thy God giveth thee to possess it.

[KJV] Proverbs 23:10 Remove not the old landmark; and enter not into the fields of the fatherless:
[KJV] Proverbs 23:11 For their redeemer is mighty; he shall plead their cause with thee.

I believe we’re seeing the truth as it is now! yes or yes?

#Three

Let us examine the same text in two other version (NIV and NLT) in strict compliance with the “Principle of Context” #One above

[KJV] Proverbs 22:28 Remove not the ancient landmark, which thy fathers have set.

[NIV] Proverbs 22:28 Do not move an ancient boundary stone set up by your ancestors.

[NLT] Proverbs 22:28 Don’t cheat your neighbor by moving the ancient boundary markers set up by previous generations.

 

[KJV] Proverbs 22:29 Seest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men.

[NIV] Proverbs 22:29 Do you see someone skilled in their work? They will serve before kings; they will not serve before officials of low rank.

[NLT] Proverbs 22:29 Do you see any truly competent workers? They will serve kings rather than working for ordinary people.

Based on the findings above;

The text was refering to land boundaries, it has nothing to do with “old tradition” or “old practices”.

Why should any leader (anyone) use this text to enslave or manipulate people whenever a scriptural change is needful?

This is pure Preachercraft!

Whenever Christian practices are based on false premises, apostasy, error, heresy etc. are inevitable!

And hence, change (un-learning and re-learning) is needful!

It doesn’t matter how many centuries it’s been done nor the social standing of the leader, A change is needed!

Every of “your experiences” must be based on THE WORD! And not otherwise!

Perhaps you’re a victim, I hope you will take correction…

You’re Blessed because you’re in Christ!

#Charis

​WHAT IS THE RELEVANCE OF THE HOLY SCRIPTURES [OLD TESTAMENT/GENESIS TO MALACHI]? 

I’ve seen quite a number of posts lately (especially by ‘repute’ Christian leaders) and it’s really disheartening seeing their misplacement of priorities… And hence this post. I’ll talk less so let’s examine the following Scriptures together.

#ONE

[NIV] John 5:39 You study the Scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life. These are the very Scriptures that TESTIFY ABOUT ME,

[NIV] John 5:40 yet you refuse to come to me to have life.

#TWO

[KJV] Luke 24:25 Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken:

[KJV] Luke 24:26 Ought not Christ to have SUFFERED these things, and to enter into HIS GLORY?

[KJV] Luke 24:27 And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in ALL THE SCRIPTURES the THINGS CONCERNING HIMSELF.

#THREE

[KJV] Luke 24:44 And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, CONCERNING ME.

[KJV] Luke 24:45 Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures,

[KJV] Luke 24:46 And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behooved Christ TO SUFFER, and to rise from the dead the third day:

[KJV] Luke 24:47 And that repentance and remission of sins should be PREACHED in HIS NAME among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.

[KJV] Luke 24:48 And ye are witnesses of these things.

[KJV] Luke 24:49 And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.

#FOUR

[KJV] John 1:45 Philip findeth Nathanael, and saith unto him, We have FOUND HIM, of WHOM Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.

#FIVE

[KJV] 1 Peter 1:9 Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.

[KJV] 1 Peter 1:10 Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you:

[KJV] 1 Peter 1:11 Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it TESTIFIED beforehand THE SUFFERINGS of CHRIST, and THE GLORY that should follow.

[KJV] 1 Peter 1:12 Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into.

#SIX

[KJV] 2 Peter 1:16 For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty.

[KJV] 2 Peter 1:17 For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.

[KJV] 2 Peter 1:18 And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount.

[KJV] 2 Peter 1:19 We have also A MORE SURE WORD OF PROPHECY; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:

[KJV] 2 Peter 1:20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.

[KJV] 2 Peter 1:21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.

Now, it is only fair and scriptural too that a truth of a matter will be established based on two or three witnessess and hence the above Chapters and verses.

So the conclusion based on those scriptures above are;

#1. The Scriptures (Genesis-Malachi) all Testify of Christ!

#2. They are holy because they testify of Christ (not of man’s will)!

#3. They unveil Christ (His sufferings and the glory that would follow) to us!

#4. It can not be called Holy Scriptures if Christ is not the focal point!

#5. If you can not see him in the scriptures, you can’t see him elsewhere

#6. When you stop seeing Christ but man from the scriptures, then you’re really lost (lol)

#7. If the “types” and “shadows” (Genesis to Malachi) testify of Christ, then the Emphasis in the Four Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John), Acts, Epistles and Revelation couldn’t have shifted from Christ

[KJV] Revelation 1:1 The Revelation of JESUS CHRIST, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John:

#8 Since they all testify of Christ and are all “God-breathed”, no book is superior! Any concept must be examined in the light of ALL THE SCRIPTURES available!

It's like scratching your nose with Cobra's head the 
moment you begin to pick and choose (lol)

I hope you get the message?

You’re blessed because you’re in Christ!

“Work Out” Not “Work For” Your Salvation 

The Bible says in 2 Timothy 2:15 Study (Be diligent) to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

The importance of “Rightly dividing the Word of Truth” can not be over emphasised.

Not rightly dividing the Word of Truth leaves us (the hearers/followers) an “Incomplete Truth”

Incomplete truth is a very shallow (myopic) knowlege that is more lethal than Ingorance!

The Incomplete-knowledge as a result forms the basis of “wrong doctrines” within the christian community.

Those wrong doctrines taught religiously over a period of time (especially by people you hold in high esteem/regard)  form  “Mental Strongholds”

These “Mental Strongholds” make it so hard to see and accept the truth even when it stares us in the face and hence the need for this bible verse…

[NLT] 2 Corinthians 10:4 We use God’s mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments

[NLT] 2 Corinthians 10:5 We destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing God. We capture their rebellious thoughts and teach them to obey Christ.

If you are a Saved, God’s Word must be the authoritative platform for your beliefs, devotion, doctrines, practice, teachings and CORRECTION!

 Not a philosopher's material or one of those high sounding
catch-phrases, cliches, rhetorics and quotes!

Irrespective of how many decades or centuries you’ve believed the wrong “things” doesn’t make it right!

So, it is of neccessity and utmost importance your ability to “un-learn” those wrong stuffs and “re-learn” the truth (In light of God’s Word).

That being said, let us examine this scriptural verse which among the Christain folks today is causing a (needless) hullaballoo

[KJV] Philippians 2:12 Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, WORK OUT your own salvation with fear and trembling.

The Keyword “WORK OUT” is simply an English word which can not in any way mean “WORK FOR” as used in this context.

This simply put, rules out the ungodly idea that “we are to work for our salvation”!

[KJV] Ephesians 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

[NLT] Ephesians 2:8 God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God.
[KJV] Ephesians 2:9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.

[NLT] Ephesians 2:9 Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.

It’s not a reward for being sober, ability to shed tears etc.

It’s sense knowledge that a GIFT will no longer be one whenever there are certain requirements to be met, things to be done, to deserve/merit it! and at such becomes what? A prize, An Award, Reward etc.

Now let us obey “the principle of context” by reading the proceeding verse

[KJV] Philippians 2:13 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.

[NLT] Philippians 2:13 For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.

This simply put means zero human effort! Wow! Praise God! Hallelujah!

So why the fuss on whether justification is by faith or by works?

It’s a baseless, needless and unscriptural argument!

Kindly read the following should you’re in any form of doubt concerning this charter…

Romans 4:1‭-‬16 KJV
1. What shall we say then that Abraham our father, as pertaining to the flesh, hath found?
2. For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath whereof to glory; but not before God.
3. For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.
4. Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt.
5. But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.
6. Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works,
7. Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered.
8. Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.
9. Cometh this blessedness then upon the circumcision only, or upon the uncircumcision also? for we say that faith was reckoned to Abraham for righteousness.
10. How was it then reckoned? when he was in circumcision, or in uncircumcision? Not in circumcision, but in uncircumcision.
11. And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had yet being uncircumcised: that he might be the father of all them that believe, though they be not circumcised; that righteousness might be imputed unto them also:
12. And the father of circumcision to them who are not of the circumcision only, but who also walk in the steps of that faith of our father Abraham, which he had being yet uncircumcised.
13. For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith.
14. For if they which are of the law be heirs, faith is made void, and the promise made of none effect:
15. Because the law worketh wrath: for where no law is, there is no transgression.
16. Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all,

21. And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.  [22] And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness.

Romans 4:21‭-‬22 KJV

Still doubting?…

Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:  [2] By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

Romans 5:1‭-‬2 KJV

Still unconvinced?… Here’s another Truth

Galatians 3:1‭-‬14 KJV
1. O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you?
2. This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?
3. Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?
4. Have ye suffered so many things in vain? if it be yet in vain.
5. He therefore that ministereth to you the Spirit, and worketh miracles among you, doeth he it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?
6. Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.
7. Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham.
8. And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed.
9. So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.
10. For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them.
11. But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith.
12. And the law is not of faith: but, The man that doeth them shall live in them.
13. Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:
14. That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.

I hope you’re blessed?

If you’re still not convinced, kindly comment below (with scriptures; chapter and verse) why you don’t want to agree… Thanks!

You’re blessed because you are in Christ!
Fabuluje, V.O.  August 2017.