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Rapture: The Redemption of our Bodies

o death, where is thy stingWHAT EXACTLY IS THE RAPTURE?

The Word “Rapture” was coined to describe a series of phenomenom. It’s not exactly seen in any verse of scripture and hence there seemed to be divergence of understanding hence varying perceptions and beliefs

Some folks in their attempt to preach the Gospel amplify eternal judgement (heaven and hell) to threaten the unsaved folks in an attempt to win them but that’s definitely not the message of the Gospel.

There are other need based gospel such as; 

"Come and Give your life to Christ and you will make heaven"

"Run away from Hell"

"Hell is real! Repent!"

"Give your life to Christ Now! Tommorrow maybe too late!"

"Is Your Name in the book of Life?" (click to read more)

"Give your life to have a better life"

I’ve done a previous post on “I Gave my Life to Christ” where some of the issues above were adequately dealt with please kindly check it out. 

You simply PREACH the Gospel to the Unsaved folks while you TEACH the Saved!

An unsaved man has no business with Teachings on Escatology, heaven or hell.

The above teachings too are not in anyway to threaten the believer! 

It’s taught to believers for them to rejoice!

It is the hope the early believers had and to wit they encouraged one another in the face of peril and sword!

These days, it is taught primarily to invoke fear in believers which should not be the case. 

At the end of this post, you’ll see why every believer should rejoice whenever and wherever they hear about The Rapture!

At salvation;

  • Our spirit was saved! Our soul and body wasn’t exactly born again though
  • So our soul is being saved! (by the renewing of your mind Romans 12:1-2)
  • Then our body will be saved! (Rapture: Redemption of our bodies)

Enough of talking let us examine a couple of scriptures… 

Are you ready?

#One

  • Romans 8:11-39 KJV

[11] But if THE SPIRIT OF HIM THAT RAISED UP JESUS FROM THE DEAD DWELL IN YOU, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also QUICKEN YOUR MORTAL BODIES BY HIS SPIRIT THAT DWELLETH IN YOU. 

[12] Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. 

[13] For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye THROUGH THE SPIRIT do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. 

[14] For as MANY as ARE LED BY THE SPIRIT OF GOD, they ARE THE SONS OF GOD. 

[15] For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but YE HAVE RECEIVED THE SPIRIT OF ADOPTION, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. 

[16] THE SPIRIT itself BEARETH WITNESS WITH OUR SPIRIT, that WE ARE THE CHILDREN OF GOD: 

[17] And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him , that we may be ALSO GLORIFIED TOGETHER. 

[18] For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with THE GLORY WHICH SHALL BE REVEALED IN US. 

[19] For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the MANIFESTATION OF THE SONS OF GOD. 

[20] For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope, 

[21] Because the creature itself also shall be DELIVERED FROM THE BONDAGE OF CORRUPTION into the GLORIOUS LIBERTY OF THE CHILDREN OF GOD. 

[22] For we know that the WHOLE CREATION GROANETH AND TRAVAILETH in pain together until now. 

[23] And NOT ONLY THEY , but OURSELVES ALSO, WHICH HAVE THE FIRSTFRUITS OF THE SPIRIT, even we ourselves GROAN WITHIN OURSELVES, waiting for THE ADOPTION, to wit , THE REDEMPTION OF OUR BODY.

[24] For we are SAVED BY HOPE: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? 

[25] But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it . 

[26] Likewise THE SPIRIT ALSO HELPETH OUR INFIRMITIES: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but THE SPIRIT itself MAKETH INTERCESSION FOR US with groanings which cannot be uttered. 

[27] And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because HE MAKETH INTERCESSION FOR THE SAINTS ACCORDING TO THE WILL OF GOD. 

[28] And we know that ALL THINGS WORK TOGETHER FOR GOOD to THEM THAT LOVE GOD, to them who are the CALLED ACCORDING TO HIS PURPOSE. 

[29] For whom he did FOREKNOW, he also did PREDESTINATE TO BE CONFORMED TO THE IMAGE OF HIS SON, that he might be THE FIRSTBORN AMONG MANY BRETHREN. 

[30] Moreover whom he did PREDESTINATE, them he ALSO CALLED: and whom HE CALLED, them HE ALSO JUSTIFIED: and whom he JUSTIFIED, them HE ALSO GLORIFIED. 

[31] What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, WHO CAN BE AGAINST US? 

[32] He that SPARED NOT HIS OWN SON, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not WITH HIM ALSO FREELY GIVE US ALL THINGS?

[33] Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is GOD THAT JUSTIFIETH. 

[34] Who is he that condemneth? It is CHRIST THAT DIED, yea rather, that is RISEN AGAIN, who is even AT THE RIGHT HAND OF GOD, who also MAKETH INTERCESSION FOR US. 

[35] Who shall SEPARATE US FROM THE LOVE OF CHRIST? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 

[36] As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. 

[37] Nay, in all these things WE ARE MORE THAN CONQUERORS THROUGH HIM THAT LOVED US. 

[38] For I AM PERSUADED, that neither DEATH, nor LIFE, nor ANGELS, nor PRINCIPALITIES, nor POWERS, nor THINGS PRESENT, nor THINGS TO COME, 

[39] Nor HEIGHT, nor DEPTH, nor ANY OTHER CREATURE, SHALL BE ABLE TO SEPARATE US FROM THE LOVE OF GOD, WHICH IS IN CHRIST JESUS OUR LORD.

(Verse 28-39 simply put is Eternal Security  (click to read more!) 

For the sake of comprehension, Let us look at some few verses again in the New Living Translation

  • Romans 8:16-25 NLT 

[16] For his Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God’s children.

[17] And since we are his children, we are his heirs. In fact, together with Christ we are heirs of God’s glory. But if we are to share his glory, we must also share his suffering.

[18] Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will reveal to us later.

[19] For all creation is waiting eagerly for that future day when God will reveal who his children really are.

[20] Against its will, all creation was subjected to God’s curse. But with eager hope,

[21] the creation looks forward to the day when it will join God’s children in GLORIOUS FREEDOM FROM DEATH AND DECAY.

[22] For we know that ALL CREATION HAS BEEN GROANING as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.

[23] And WE BELIEVERS ALSO GROAN, even though WE HAVE THE HOLY SPIRIT WITHIN US AS A FORETASTE OF FUTURE GLORY, for we long for OUR BODIES TO BE RELEASED from SIN and SUFFERING. We, too, WAIT WITH EAGER HOPE FOR THE DAY when GOD WILL GIVE US FULL RIGHTS AS HIS ADOPTED CHILDREN, including the NEW BODIES HE HAS PROMISED US. (John 14:2,3)

[24] WE WERE GIVEN THIS HOPE WHEN WE WERE SAVED. (If we already have something, we don’t need to hope for it.

[25] But if we look forward to something we don’t yet have, WE MUST WAIT PATIENTLY AND CONFIDENTLY.)

IN John 14:1-3 Jesus talked about going to prepare a place for us. It is figurative. The “mansions” simply put are Bodies prepared for us. Let us examine more evidences from scripture

#Two

  • 2 Corinthians 5:1-21 NLT

[1] For we know that when this EARTHLY TENT WE LIVE IN IS TAKEN DOWN (that is, when we die and leave this EARTHLY BODY), we will HAVE A HOUSE IN HEAVEN, an ETERNAL BODY MADE FOR US BY GOD HIMSELF and not by human hands.

[2] WE GROW WEARY IN OUR PRESENT BODIES, and WE LONG TO PUT ON OUR HEAVENLY BODIES LIKE NEW CLOTHING.

[3] For WE WILL PUT ON HEAVENLY BODIES; WE WILL NOT BE SPIRITS WITHOUT BODIES.

[4] WHILE WE LIVE IN THESE EARTHLY BODIES, WE GROAN AND SIGH, but it’s not that we want to die and get rid of these bodies that clothe us. Rather, WE WANT TO PUT ON OUR NEW BODIES so that these DYING BODIES WILL BE SWALLOWED UP BY LIFE.

[5] GOD HIMSELF HAS PREPARED US FOR THIS, and AS A GUARANTEE HE HAS GIVEN US HIS HOLY SPIRIT.

[6] SO WE ARE ALWAYS CONFIDENT, even though we know that as long as we live in these bodies we are not at home with the Lord.

[7] For WE LIVE BY BELIEVING AND NOT BY SEEING.

[8] YES, WE ARE FULLY CONFIDENT, and we would rather BE AWAY FROM THESE EARTHLY BODIES, for then WE WILL BE AT HOME WITH THE LORD.

[9] So whether we are here in this body or away from this body, OUR GOAL IS TO PLEASE HIM.

[10] For we must all stand before Christ to be judged. We will each receive whatever we deserve for the good or evil we have done in this earthly body.

[11] Because we understand our fearful responsibility to the Lord, WE WORK HARD TO PERSUADE OTHERS. God knows we are sincere, and I hope you know this, too.

[12] Are we commending ourselves to you again? No, we are GIVING YOU A REASON TO BE PROUD OF US, so you can answer those who brag about having a spectacular ministry rather than having a sincere heart.

[13] If it seems we are crazy, it is to bring glory to God. And if we are in our right minds, it is for your benefit.

[14] Either way, CHRIST’s LOVE CONTROLS US. Since we believe that CHRIST DIED FOR ALL, we also BELIEVE that WE HAVE ALL DIED TO OUR OLD LIFE.

[15] HE DIED FOR EVERYONE so that those WHO RECEIVE HIS NEW LIFE will no longer live for themselves. Instead, they will LIVE FOR CHRIST, WHO DIED AND was RAISED FOR THEM.

[16] So we have stopped evaluating others from a human point of view. At one time we thought of Christ merely from a human point of view. How differently we know him now!

[17] This means that anyone who BELONGS TO CHRIST has BECOME A NEW PERSON. THE OLD LIFE IS GONE; A NEW LIFE HAS BEGUN!

[18] And ALL OF THIS IS A GIFT FROM GOD, who brought us back to himself through Christ. And GOD HAS GIVEN US THIS TASK OF RECONCILING PEOPLE TO HIM. (i.e Salvation as well as the redemption of our bodies remains a gift! Not a reward! No requirements to merit it!)

[19] For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, NO LONGER COUNTING PEOPLE’S SINS AGAINST THEM. And HE GAVE US THIS WONDERFUL (too good to be true) MESSAGE OF RECONCILIATION.

[20] So we are CHRIST’s AMBASSADORS; GOD IS MAKING HIS APPEAL THROUGH US. WE SPEAK FOR CHRIST WHEN WE PLEAD, “COME BACK TO GOD!”

[21] For GOD MADE CHRIST, WHO NEVER SINNED, to be THE OFFERING FOR OUR SIN, so that WE could BE MADE RIGHT WITH GOD THROUGH CHRIST.

Before we continue let us quickly examine how true the statement in Verse 5 above. 

[5] GOD HIMSELF HAS PREPARED US FOR THIS, and AS A GUARANTEE HE HAS GIVEN US HIS HOLY SPIRIT.

First and foremost

  • 2 Corinthians 1:18-22 NIV

[18] But as surely as God is faithful, our message to you is not “Yes” and “No.”

[19] For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us—by me and Silas and Timothy—was not “Yes” and “No,” but in him it has always been “Yes.”

[20] For no matter HOW MANY PROMISES GOD HAS MADE, they are “YES” in Christ. And so through him the “AMEN” is spoken by us to the glory of God.

[21] Now it is GOD WHO MAKES both US and YOU STAND FIRM IN CHRIST. HE ANOINTED US, (You see Anointed! past tense o! and you’re still praying with fasting for anointing huh? Acts 10:38)

[22] SET HIS SEAL OF OWNERSHIP ON US, and PUT HIS SPIRIT IN OUR HEARTS AS A DEPOSIT, GUARANTEEING WHAT IS TO COME. (which is the redemption of our bodies)

Secondly, here’s another evidence. 

  • Ephesians 1:13-14 NIV

[13] And you (gentiles) also were included in Christ when you heard THE MESSAGE OF TRUTH, THE GOSPEL OF YOUR SALVATION. WHEN YOU BELIEVED, YOU WERE MARKED IN HIM WITH A SEAL, THE PROMISED HOLY SPIRIT,

[14] WHO IS A DEPOSIT GUARANTEEING OUR INHERITANCE until THE REDEMPTION OF THOSE WHO ARE GOD’S POSSESSION—to the praise of his glory.

And lastly;

  • Ephesians 4:29-30 NLT

[29] Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.

[30] And do not bring sorrow to GOD’s HOLY SPIRIT by the way you live. Remember, he has IDENTIFIED YOU AS HIS OWN, GUARANTEEING THAT YOU WILL BE SAVED ON THE DAY OF REDEMPTION. (…of our bodies)

I hope you’ve seen and thus persuaded based on the inffalible evidences from scripture that the statements in 2 Corinthians 5:5 is so accurately and very precisely correct!

You see why a believer CAN NEVER MISS THE RAPTURE?

John 14:16 KJV

And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that HE MAY ABIDE WITH YOU FOR EVER;

He doesn’t come and go like for folks under the Old Covenant, He is rather fully and permanently resident (abiding) in us!

Let us continue, I have two more passages of scripture for you. I say with all assurance that you will certainly rejoice if you really caught the understanding.

1 Corinthians 15:1-58. I have done an adequately explicit explanation to verse 1-32 in my post “I DIE DAILY SCAM” (click to read more) so I would just start from verse 30-58. Let us examine it in the New Living Translation

The letters to the Corinthians Church was to address factions and divisions on so many issues: marriage, gifts of the Spirit, communion, resurrection of the dead etc.

Apostle Paul in this chapter from verses 1-33 was defending the message of the Gospel (Death, Burial and resurrection) of Christ according to scriptures as well as the messengers (the many eye witnesses)

Let us begin to read.

  • 1 Corinthians 15:30-58 NLT

[30] And why should we ourselves RISK OUR LIVES hour by hour?

[31] For I swear, dear brothers and sisters, that I FACE DEATH DAILY. This is as certain as my pride in what Christ Jesus our Lord has done in you.

[32] And what value was there in fighting wild beasts—those people of Ephesus—if there will be no resurrection from the dead? And if there is no resurrection, “Let’s feast and drink, for tomorrow we die!”

[33] Don’t be fooled by those who say such things, for “bad company corrupts good character.”

[34] Think carefully about what is right, and stop sinning. For to your shame I say that some of you don’t know God at all.

[35] But someone may ask, “How will the dead be raised? WHAT KIND OF BODIES WILL THEY HAVE?”

[36] What a foolish question! When you put a seed into the ground, it doesn’t grow into a plant unless IT DOES FIRST.

[37] And what you put in the ground is not the plant that will grow, but ONLY A BARE SEED of wheat or WHAT EVER YOU ARE PLANTING.

[38] Then GOD GAVE IT THE NEW BODY HE WAIT IT TO HAVE. A different plant grows from each kind of seed.

[39] Similarly there are DIFFERENT KINDS OF FLESH—one kind for HUMANS, another for ANIMALS, another for BIRDS, and another for FISH.

[40] There are also BODIES IN THE HEAVENS and BODIES ON THE EARTH. THE GLORY OF THE HEAVENLY BODIES IS DIFFERENT FROM THE GLORY OF THE EARTHLY BODIES.

[41] The sun has one kind of glory, while the moon and stars each have another kind. And even the stars differ from each other in their glory.

[42] It is the SAME WAY WITH THE RESURRECTION OF THE DEAD. Our EARTHLY BODIES ARE PRAYED IN THE GROUND WHEN WE DIE, but they will be RAISED TO LIVE FOREVER.

[43] Our bodies are BURIED IN BROKENNESS, but they will be RAISED IN GLORY. They are BURIED IN WEAKNESS, but they will be RAISED IN STRENGTH.

[44] They are BURIED AS NATURAL HUMAN BODIES, but they will be RAISED AS SPIRITUAL BODIES. For just as there are NATURAL BODIES, there are also SPIRITUAL BODIES.

[45] The Scriptures tell us, “The first man, Adam, BECAME A LIVING PERSON.” But the LAST ADAM—that is, CHRIST—is a LIFE-GIVING SPIRIT.

[46] WHAT COMES FIRST IS THE NATURAL BODY, then THE SPIRITUAL BODY COMES LATER.

[47] Adam, the first man, was made from the DUST OF THE EARTH, while Christ, the second man, CAME FROM HEAVEN.

[48] EARTHLY PEOPLE are like the EARTHLY MAN, and HEAVENLY PEOPLE are like the HEAVENLY MAN.

[49] Just as we are now like the EARTHLY MAN, WE WILL SOMEDAY BE LIKE THE HEAVENLY MAN.

[50] What I am saying, dear brothers and sisters, is that OUR PHYSICAL BODIES CANNOT INHERIT THE KINGDOM OF GOD. THESE DYING BODIES CANNOT INHERIT WHAT WILL LAST FOREVER.

[51] But let me REVEAL TO YOU A WONDERFUL SECRET. We will not all die, but WE WILL ALL BE TRANSFORMED! (Rapture niyen o) 

[52] It will happen in a moment, in the blink of an eye, when the last trumpet is blown. For when the trumpet sounds, THOSE WHO HAVE DIED WILL BE RAISED TO LIVE FOREVER. And WE WHO ARE LIVING WILL ALSO BE TRANSFORMED.

[53] For OUR DYING BODIES MUST BE TRANSFORMED INTO BODIES THAT WILL NEVER DIE; OUR MORTAL BODIES MUST BE TRANSFORMED INTO IMMORTAL BODIES.

[54] Then, WHEN OUR DYING BODIES HAVE BEEN TRANSFORMED INTO BODIES THAT WILL NEVER DIE, this SCRIPTURE WILL BE FULFILLED: “Death is swallowed up in victory.

[55] O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?”

[56] For SIN IS THE STING THAT RESULTS IN DEATH, and THE LAW gives sin its power.

[57] BUT THANK GOD! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ.

[58] So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. ALWAYS WORK ENTHUSIASTICALLY FOR THE LORD, for you know that NOTHING YOU DO FOR THE LORD IS EVER USELESS.

GLORY TO GOD!!! 

And Lastly

  • 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 KJV

[13] But I would NOT HAVE YOU TO BE IGNORANT, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that YE SORROW NOT, EVEN AS OTHERS WHICH HAVE NO HOPE. 

[14] For IF WE BELIEVE THAT JESUS DIED AND ROSE AGAIN, even so them also which sleep in Jesus WILL GOD BRING WITH HIM. 

[15] For this we say unto you by THE WORD OF THE LORD, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. 

[16] For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 

[17] Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. 

[18] Wherefore COMFORT ONE ANOTHER WITH THESE WORDS.

I rejoice in the Holy Ghost!

You’ve read the scriptures yourself and you’ll agree with me that all those silly visions of “Rapture and only 10 people in the Whole World making it to Heaven” etc are really very very dumb! lame! silly! ridiculous! Nothing but 100% Falsehood from the abyss of hell!

When someone tells you stuffs like;

“The rapture was supposed to be last week Sunday but the Church wasn’t ready hence God re-scheduled it”

“In fact, He sent me to warn believers to watch and pray because the end time is nearer than before”

“Your mansion in heaven was abadoned because you refused to “sow seed”into his project”

“The Angels building it wanted to use Glass and Marble walls etc. before then you told a lie one day like that and then God told them to use ordinary concrete, wood and carpet”

“The roofing of your heavenly mansion wasn’t completed because you stopped paying tithe and hence the Angels ran out of building materials since you’ve stopped laying up treasures in heaven”

And so many others in that category, you’ll agree with me that it’s either secondary to pure ignorance or a very chronic intentional deception which is tantamount to sorcery! 
It has gone beyond preachercraft! Even fans of “48 laws of power” wouldn’t do that sort of manipulation. 

Don’t be mad right now that you’ve been deceived… You’re not alone!

I was brainwashed too but thank God for the Truth!

Arrrrgh! 
I sufferred terribly for years believing some of those crappy senarios I painted
The Truth is what Librates (John 8:32)

John 8:31-32 KJV

Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; [32] And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

We have the Earnest/First fruit/First Installment/Seal of the Spirit Now!

This is the GUARANTEE that we will RECEIVE the Full Payment at the Day of Redemption!

That is when (contextually) Romans 8:11 will be fulfilled!

  • Romans 8:11 KJV

But if the Spirit of him that RAISED UP JESUS FROM THE DEAD DWELL IN YOU, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also QUICKEN YOUR MORTAL BODIES BY HIS SPIRIT THAT DWELLETH IN YOU.

The Spirit of Him that raised up JESUS from the Dead (which DWELLS in you already) Will Quicken Your Mortal Bodies!

It will give life to your mortal (corruptible) bodies so as to take on immortal (incorruptible) bodies!

Earthly bodies for Celestial Bodies!
Dying and Decaying bodies for Undying and Undecaying ones!
A body that falls sick for a body that will never took ill!

Glory to God!

You don’t have to greet nor be greeted “stay rapturable” since you now know better!

When the roll is called up yonder… “

“Eternal, eternal life, I want to reach eternal life Lord save my soul… “

“When you come to collect your people remember me o Lord… ” 

“O when the saints are marching in…”

” When he shall come with trumpet sound o may I then in Him be found, dressed in his righteousness alone, faultless to stand before the Throne…” etc.

Such songs were composed secondary to ignorance (shallow understanding) of The Word! Since you now know better, you should completely remove them from your playlist.

At this point it all sounds too good to be true you’re still not convinced? Check out my previous posts linked to this one then check this out in as many Bible versions as possible.  

  • John 10:27-29 KJV

[27] MY SHEEP HEAR MY VOICE, and I KNOW THEM, and THEY FOLLOW ME:

[28] And I GIVE UNTO THEM ETERNAL LIFE; and THEY SHALL NEVER PERISH, NEITHER SHALL ANY MAN PLUCK THEM OUT OF MY HAND.

[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.

This text just like in Romans 8:28-39 referenced earlier (perhaps you look it up again) simply put is ETERNAL SECURITY! (click to read more

The statements are written in red ink in the KJV which means Jesus himself said so. He couldn’t have been paranoid to say that. He said exactly what he meant and meant exactly what He said! 

Eternal Life meant eternal life simple! Look into Greek/Hebrew/English It’s the same! Ever lasting life/ Life without end! Iye ainipekun [in my mother tongue].

This life is like an irreversible nuclear reaction. So there’s really nothing no man /angels /demons /principalities and powers in this present age or in the future, could possibly do to the New Creature in Christ to make him/her old again!

  • Hebrews 6:16-20 KJV

[16] For men verily SWEAR by THE GREATER: and an OATH FOR CONFIRMATION is to them an end of all strife.

[17] Wherein God, willing MORE ABUNDANTLY TO SHEW UNTO THE HEIRS OF PROMISE the IMMUTABILITY OF HIS COUNSEL, CONFIRMED IT BY AN OATH:

[18] That by TWO IMMUTABLE THINGS (His promise and confirmatory oath), in which it was IMPOSSIBLE FOR GOD TO LIE, WE MIGHT HAVE A STRONG CONSOLATION, WHO HAVE FLED FOR REFUGE TO LAY HOLD UPON THE HOPE SET BEFORE US:

[19] WHICH HOPE WE HAVE as an ANCHOR OF THE SOUL, both SURE and STEADFAST, and which entereth into that within the veil;

[20] Whither THE FORERUNNER IS FOR US ENTERED, even JESUS, made an HIGH PRIEST FOR EVER after the order of Melchisedec. 

  • Hebrews 7:24-25 AMPC

[24] But HE HOLDS HIS PRIESTHOOD UNCHANGEABLY, because HE LIVES ON FOREVER.

[25] THEREFORE HE IS ABLE ALSO TO SAVE TO THE UTTERMOST (COMPLETELY, PERFECTLY, FINALLY, and FOR ALL TIME and ETERNITY) THOSE WHO COME TO GOD THROUGH HIM, since HE IS ALWAYS LIVING TO MAKE PETITION TO GOD and INTERCEDE WITH HIM and INTERVENE FOR THEM. 

  • Jude 1 AMPC

[24] NOW TO HIM WHO IS ABLE TO KEEP YOU WITHOUT STUMBLING or SLIPPING or FALLING, and to PRESENT [YOU] UNBLEMISHED (BLAMELESS and FAULTLESS) BEFORE THE PRESENCE OF HIS GLORY in TRIUMPHANT JOY and EXULTATION [with UNSPEAKABLE, ECSTATIC DELIGHT]–Jude 1:24-25

[25] To the one only God, our Savior through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory (splendor), majesty, might and dominion, and power and authority, before all time and now and forever (unto all the ages of eternity). Amen (so be it).

This post might have challenged your understanding and possibly everything you’ve always believed for years but I hope it’s clearer now? This is why we speak and defend the assurance of the gospel without mincing words.

If this post blesses you, kindly do well to share with others to be blessed and librated too. 

You’re Blessed because You’re in Christ!

©Victor Oluwatobi Fabuluje

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I Corinthians 9:27 “Lest I be a cast away” It meant Losing Salvation or Heaven?

KJV_1_Corinthians_9-27Was Paul talking about losing Salvation I Corinthians 9:27?

1 Corinthians 9:27 KJV

But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, WHEN I HAVE PREACHED TO OTHERS, I MYSELF SHOULD BE A CASTAWAY.

In my previous posts “I DIE DAILY SCAM” I debunked some unscriptural assumptions which has eaten deep into the very fabrics of Preachers since time in memorial…

A friend chatted me up reasoning with scriptures and he somehow made a reference to this verse (like a counter to the post) and some persons also referenced it (as a direct counter to Eternal Salvation/Redemption in essence losing salvation).

The duo events made me to realise that their understanding (and possibly most folks too) of this verse is very myopic so I’d like us to critically examine it together.

Fasten your seatbelts, get your notes, pen and bible (a few other translations)  as we examine the whole Chapter contextually.

1 Corinthians 9:1-27 KJV

[1] Am I not an apostle? am I not free? have I not seen Jesus Christ our Lord? are not ye my work in the Lord?

[2] If I be not an apostle unto others, yet doubtless I am to you: for THE SEAL OF MINE APOSTLESHIP ARE YE IN THE LORD.

[3] Mine answer to them that do examine me is this,

[reply for those who question his authority]

[4] Have we not POWER TO EAT AND TO DRINK?
[the rights of living in their homes and share in their meals]

[5] Have we not POWER TO LEAD ABOUT A SISTER, a wife, as well as other apostles, and as the brethren of the Lord, and Cephas?

[simply put he meant marriage like Peter et al, remember Jesus healed his mother-in-law of fever in the four Gospels]

[6] Or I only and Barnabas, have not we POWER TO FORBEAR WORKING?

[They worked to support themselves, their own hands ministered to their needs and were not dependent on any brethren unlike other ministers]

[7] Who goeth a warfare any time at his own charges? who planteth a vineyard, and eateth not of the fruit thereof? or who feedeth a flock, and eateth not of the milk of the flock?

[What soldier has to pay his own expenses? What farmer plants a vineyard and doesn’t have the right to eat some of its fruit? What shepherd cares for a flock of sheep and isn’t allowed to drink some of the milk?]

[8] Say I these things as a man? or saith not the law the same also?

[Am I expressing merely a human opinion, or does the law say the same thing?]

[9] For it is written in the law of Moses, Thou shalt not muzzle the mouth of the ox that treadeth out the corn. Doth God take care for oxen?

[Mosaic law supports it too and it does it apply to oxen alone and not us?]

[10] Or saith he it altogether for our sakes? For our sakes, no doubt, this is written: that he that ploweth should plow in hope; and that he that thresheth in hope should be partaker of his hope.

[Wasn’t he actually speaking to us? Yes, it was written for us, so that the plower and thresher might both expect a share of the harvest.]

[11] If we have sown unto you spiritual things, is it a great thing if we shall reap your carnal things?

[Since we have planted spiritual seed among you, aren’t we entitled to a harvest of material, physical food and drink?]

[12] If others be partakers of this power over you, are not we rather? Nevertheless we have not used this power; but suffer all things, lest we should hinder the gospel of Christ.

[We have this right to be supported by you just like others but put up with anything so as not to be an obstacle to the spread of the Good news about Christ]

[13] Do ye not know that they which minister about holy things live of the things of the temple? and they which wait at the altar are partakers with the altar?

[Those who work at the temple gets their own fill (meal) from the offerings brought to the temple]

[14] Even so hath the Lord ordained that they which preach the gospel should live of the gospel.

[When Jesus sent out the 12 and 72 disciples to preach the good news,they were instructed not to carry any purse (money) or many personal stuffs and their needs was meet still Matthew 10:1,5-14; Luke 9:1-6; Luke 10:4-12; Luke 22:35]

[15] But I have used none of these things: neither have I written these things, that it should be so done unto me: for it were better for me to die, than that any man should make my glorying void.

[Yet I have never used any of these rights. And I am not writing this to suggest that I want to start now. In fact, I would rather die than lose my right to boast about preaching without charge]

[16] For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel!

[Yet preaching the Good News is not something I can boast about. I am compelled by God to do it. How terrible for me if I didn’t preach the Good News! In essence, what else will I do if not preaching the Gospel? ]

[17] For IF I DO this thing WILLINGLY, I HAVE A REWARD: but if against my will, a dispensation of the gospel is committed unto me.

[If I were doing this on my own initiative, I would DESERVE PAYMENT. But I HAVE NO CHOICE, for God has given me this sacred trust]

[18] WHAT IS MY REWARD then? Verily that, when I preach the gospel, I may MAKE THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST WITHOUT CHARGE, that I ABUSE NOT MY POWER IN THE GOSPEL.

[What then is MY PAY? It is the opportunity to preach the Good News WITHOUT CHARGING ANYONE. That’s WHY I NEVER DEMAND MY RIGHTS when I preach the Good News.]

[19] For though I be free from all men , yet have I MADE myself servant unto all, that I MIGHT GAIN THE MORE.

[Even though I am a free man with no master, I have become a slave to all people TO BRING MANY TO CHRIST.]

[20] And unto the Jews I BECAME AS A JEW, that I MIGHT GAIN THE JEWS; to them that are under the law, AS UNDER THE LAW, that I MIGHT GAIN THEM THAT ARE UNDER THE LAW;

[When I was with the Jews, I lived like a Jew to BRING THE JEWS TO CHRIST. When I was with those who follow the Jewish law, I too lived under that law. Even though I am not subject to the law, I did this so I could BRING TO CHRIST THOSE WHO ARE UNDER THE LAW]

[21] To them that are without law, AS WITHOUT LAW, (being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I MIGHT GAIN THEM THAT ARE WITHOUT THE LAW.

[When I am with the Gentiles who do not follow the Jewish law, I too live apart from that law so I can bring them to Christ. But I do not ignore the law of God; I OBEY THE LAW OF CHRIST]

[22] To the weak became I AS WEAK, that I MIGHT GAIN THE WEAK: I AM MADE ALL THINGS TO ALL MEN, THAT I MIGHT BY ALL MEANS SAVE SOME.

[I try to find common ground with everyone, doing everything I can to save some This scripture is well explanatory enough though taken out of context most time, verse 19-21 has already defined explicitly what he meant by “I am made all things to all men” You don’t have to try to balance it if you read in context]

[23] And this I do for the gospel’s sake, that I might be partaker thereof with you .

[I do everything to spread the Good News and share in its blessings, what exactly is “its blessing”? Simply put verse 22, to see men being saved!]

[24] Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.

[Paul has been saying the same thing in different ways now he speaks figuratively using athletes;  

“Don’t you realize that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize? So run to win!”

It doesn’t suggest that only one person will win! Reading in context, Do everything for the Gospel sake and win souls simple!]

[25] And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.

[This is also figurative;

“All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize!”

If you know that heaven is not a reward but a place of reward, you’ll know this is not talking about making heaven. It common sense that a believer (being a citizen of Heaven) doesn’t have to struggle to obtain “a visa” to heaven] Stay tuned for my post on “The Rapture: The Redemption of Our Bodies!” 

[26] I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air:

[“So I RUN WITH PURPOSE in every step. I am not just shadowboxing”

The singular purpose as seen from the begining of this charter is “The Gospel being preached and as many people as possible (Jews,Gentiles etc) brought to Christ and receiving Eternal Life/Eternal Redemption!]

[27] But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.

[I discipline my body like an athlete (like a boxer), training it to do what it should. Otherwise, I fear that after preaching to others I myself might be disqualified/unfit to receive the reward/unfit for service ]

It simply means a loss of reward for ministry labour and not a loss of Salvation!

I hope it’s clear now?

Kindly read again in NIV and/or NLT but for want of time, let us examine it in AMPC

1 Corinthians 9:1-27 AMPC

[1] AM I not an apostle (a special messenger)? Am I not free (unrestrained and exempt from any obligation)? Have I not seen Jesus our Lord? Are you [yourselves] not [the product and proof of] my workmanship in the Lord?

[2] Even if I am not considered an apostle (a special messenger) by others, at least I am one to you; for you are the seal (the certificate, the living evidence) of my apostleship in the Lord [confirming and authenticating it].

[3] This is my [real ground of] defense (my vindication of myself) to those who would put me on trial and cross-examine me.

[4] Have we not the right to our food and drink [at the expense of the churches]?

[5] Have we not the right also to take along with us a Christian sister as wife, as do the other apostles and the Lord’s brothers and Cephas (Peter)?

[6] Or is it only Barnabas and I who have no right to refrain from doing manual labor for a livelihood [in order to go about the work of the ministry]?

[7] [Consider this:] What soldier at any time serves at his own expense? Who plants a vineyard and does not eat any of the fruit of it? Who tends a flock and does not partake of the milk of the flock?

[8] Do I say this only on human authority and as a man reasons? Does not the Law endorse the same principle?

[9] For in the Law of Moses it is written, You shall not muzzle an ox when it is treading out the corn. Is it [only] for oxen that God cares? [Deut. 25:4.]

[10] Or does He speak certainly and entirely for our sakes? [Assuredly] it is written for our sakes, because the plowman ought to plow in hope, and the thresher ought to thresh in expectation of partaking of the harvest.

[11] If we have sown [the seed of] spiritual good among you, [is it too] much if we reap from your material benefits?

[12] If others share in this rightful claim upon you, do not we [have a still better and greater claim]? However, we have never exercised this right, but we endure everything rather than put a hindrance in the way [of the spread] of the good news (the Gospel) of Christ.

[13] Do you not know that those men who are employed in the services of the temple get their food from the temple? And that those who tend the altar share with the altar [in the offerings brought]? [Deut. 18:1.]

[14] [On the same principle] the Lord directed that those who publish the good news (the Gospel) should live (get their maintenance) by the Gospel.

[15] But I have not made use of any of these privileges, nor am I writing this [to suggest] that any such provision be made for me [now]. For it would be better for me to die than to have anyone make void and deprive me of my [ground for] glorifying [in this matter].

[16] For if I [merely] preach the Gospel, that gives me no reason to boast, for I feel compelled of necessity to do it. Woe is me if I do not preach the glad tidings (the Gospel)!

[17] For if I do this work of my own free will, then I have my pay (my reward); but if it is not of my own will, but is done reluctantly and under compulsion, I am [still] entrusted with a [sacred] trusteeship and commission.

[18] What then is the [actual] reward that I get? Just this: that in my preaching the good news (the Gospel), I may offer it [absolutely] free of expense [to anybody], not taking advantage of my rights and privileges [as a preacher] of the Gospel.

[19] For although I am free in every way from anyone’s control, I have made myself a bond servant to everyone, so that I might gain the more [for Christ].

[20] To the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might win Jews; to men under the Law, [I became] as one under the Law, though not myself being under the Law, that I might win those under the Law.

[21] To those without (outside) law I became as one without law, not that I am without the law of God and lawless toward Him, but that I am [especially keeping] within and committed to the law of Christ, that I might win those who are without law.

[22] To the weak (wanting in discernment) I have become weak (wanting in discernment) that I might win the weak and overscrupulous. I have [in short] become all things to all men, that I might by all means (at all costs and in any and every way) save some [by winning them to faith in Jesus Christ].

[23] And I do this for the sake of the good news (the Gospel), in order that I may become a participator in it and share in its [blessings along with you].

[24] Do you not know that in a race all the runners compete, but [only] one receives the prize? So run [your race] that you may lay hold [of the prize] and make it yours.

[25] Now every athlete who goes into training conducts himself temperately and restricts himself in all things. They do it to win a wreath that will soon wither, but we [do it to receive a crown of eternal blessedness] that cannot wither.

[26] Therefore I do not run uncertainly (without definite aim). I do not box like one beating the air and striking without an adversary.

[27] But [like a boxer] I buffet my body [handle it roughly, discipline it by hardships] and subdue it, for fear that after proclaiming to others the Gospel and things pertaining to it, I myself should become unfit [not stand the test, be unapproved and rejected as a counterfeit].

I hope it’s clearer now?

This chapter is talking about a reward for preaching and not a reward for the Christian life

He has already stated some things as his entitlement but he comes to vs 15 and says I won’t do that and I’m not asking you to do that so that you people will not say Paul did it for the money. 

See VS 16. I preach not for money but because the messsage of reconciliation was committed to him (2 Corinthians 5:17-20)

VS 17 says I have a reward for my labors. Only if I’m willing. I’m not doing it for money or fame

My reward is in preaching without seeking money! 

So VS 19-23 is emphasising the fact that he’s doing all in his power to preach. Why? He wants his reward. What is his reward? Men saved. Paul says though I can collect money from you I refuse so that I can gain men as a reward.

So from 24 to 27 he begins to use sports to explain what he had been saying
Like a runner who runs according to the rules So that he will get his REWARD/PRIZE

“Castaway” there means “I lose my reward from being disqualified” 

It’s a loss of reward for ministry labour and not a loss of Salvation!

1-corinthians-9_27

I call you blessed!

©Victor Oluwatobi Fabuluje

“I DIE TO SELF” Sermon! “I DIE DAILY” scam! 

KJV_1_Corinthians_15-31It’s been said for too long that “we must die to self”, “kill the flesh” Even Apostle Paul said “I DIE DAILY”

Advice: If/when you have any difficulty comprehending Old King James’ grammar please do well to help your understanding by trying AMPC, GNB, GWT, MSG, NIV, NLT, TLB et al? 

Let’s look at the text in context (with just one preceeding verse and one proceeding verse) both in KJV and a few translation.

#ItsOriginInKJV

  • 1 Corinthians 15:30-32 KJV

[30] AND WHY STAND WE IN JEOPARDY EVERY HOUR?
[31] I protest by your rejoicing which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I DIE DAILY. 
[32] If after the manner of men I have FOUGHT WITH BEASTS at Ephesus, what advantageth it me, if the dead rise not? let us eat and drink; for to morrow we die.

#NewInternationalVersion

  • 1 Corinthians 15:30-32 NIV

[30] And as for us, WHY DO WE ENDANGER OURSELVES EVERY HOUR?
[31] I FACE DEATH EVERY DAY—YES, just as surely as I boast about you in Christ Jesus our Lord.
[32] If I FOUGHT WILD BEASTS in Ephesus with no more than human hopes, what have I gained? If the dead are not raised, “Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die.”

#NewLivingTranslation

  • 1 Corinthians 15:30-32 NLT 

[30] And WHY SHOULD WE OURSELVES RISK OUR LIVES HOUR BY HOUR?
[31] For I swear, dear brothers and sisters, that I FACE DEATH DAILY. This is AS CERTAIN AS MY PRIDE IN WHAT CHRIST JESUS OUR LORD HAS DONE IN YOU.
[32] And what value was there in FIGHTING WILD BEASTS—those PEOPLE of Ephesus—if there will be no resurrection from the dead? And IF THERE IS NO RESURRECTION, “Let’s feast and drink, for tomorrow we die!”

#TheMessage

  • 1 Corinthians 15:30-33 MSG 

[30] And why do you think I KEEP RISKING MY NECK IN THIS DANGEROUS WORK? I LOOK DEATH IN THE FACE PRACTICALLY EVERY DAY I LIVED. 
[31] Do you think I’d do this if I wasn’t CONVINCED OF YOUR RESURRECTION and MINE AS GUARANTEED BY THE RESURRECTED MESSIAH JESUS? 
[32] Do you think I was just trying to ACT HEROIC when I fought the wild beasts at Ephesus, hop­ing it wouldn’t be the end of me? Not on your life! IT’S RESURRECTION,RESURRECTION, always RESURRECTION, that under­girds what I do and say, the way I live. 
[33] If there’s no res­urrection, “We eat, we drink, the next day we die,” and that’s all there is to it. But don’t fool your­selves. Don’t let your­selves be POISONED BY THIS ANTI-RESURECTION talk

#TheLivingBible

  • 1 Corinthians 15:30-33 The Living Bible (TLB)

[30] And why should we ourselves be CONTINUALLY RISKING OIR LIVES, FACING DEATH HOUR BY HOUR death? 
[31] For it is a fact that I FACE DEATH DAILY; that is as true as my pride in your growth in the Lord. 
[32] And what value was there in fighting wild beasts—THOSE MEN of Ephesus—if it was only for what I gain in this life down here? IF WE WILL NEVER LIVE AGAIN AFTER WE DIE,THEN WE MIGHT AS WELL GO AND HAVE OURSELVRS A GOOD TIME: let us eat, drink, and be merry. What’s the difference? For tomorrow we die, and that ends everything!

Have you seen “I DIE DAILY” in KJV never meant your pre-conceived idea that “Even Paul said I DIE to flesh daily”? 

Read the whole chapter again in KJV verse 1-58 then put it in context, you’ll see where you’ve been missing it. 

He was defending the message of the Gospel (death, burial and resurrection of Christ according to Scriptures) and the messenger (the many eye witnesses) which then concluded in The Rapture which is the redemption of our mortal bodies (I hope to do a blog post on that soon, stay tuned!)

Are you a believer and you are still struggling to die to the works of the flesh huh?

Here are very few scripture for you😀

#one

I’m very certain you must have seen the early verses quoted as “the works of the flesh are manifest which are…but the fruit of the spirit is…” Now read the conclusion of that charter below

  • Galatians 5:24-26 KJV

[24] And they that are Christ’s HAVE CRUCIFIED THE FLESH with the affections and lusts. 
[25] If WE LIVE IN THE SPIRIT, LET US ALSO WALK IN THE SPIRIT. 
[26] Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.

Let’s also see it also in New Living Translation

  • Galatians 5:24-26 NLT

[24] Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to his cross and CRUCIFIED them there. (see past tense o!) 
[25] Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives.
[26] Let us not become conceited, or provoke one another, or be jealous of one another.

#Two

Read the whole chapter for better understanding but let me just point your attention to 2 verses

  • Romans 8:8-9 KJV 

[8] So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.
[9] But YE ARE NOT IN THE FLESH, but IN THE SPIRIT, if so be that THE SPIRIT OF GOD DWELL IN YOU. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.

See it also in New Living Translation

  • Romans 8:8-9 NLT

[8] That’s why those who are still under the control of their sinful nature can never please God.
[9] But YOU ARE NOT CONTROLLED BY YOUR SINFUL NATURE. YOU ARE CONTROLLED BY THE SPIRIT IF YOU HAVE THE SPIRIT OF GOD LIVING IN YOU. (And remember that THOSE WHO DO NOT HAVE THE SPIRIT OF CHRIST LIVING IN THEM DO NOT BELONG TO HIM AT ALL.)

Still in doubts about being in the spirit? 

1 Corinthians 6:17 KJV

But he that is joined unto the Lord is ONE SPIRIT.

  • 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 KJV

What? know ye not that YOUR BODY IS THE TEMPLE OF THE HOLY GHOST WHICH IS IN YOU, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? 
[20] For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.

#Three

  • Ephesians 2:1-6 KJV

[1] And YOU HATH HE QUICKENED, who were DEAD IN TRESPASSED AND SINS; 
[2] Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, THE SPIRIT THAT NOW WORKETH IN THE CHILDREN OF DISOBEDIENCE: 
[3] Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. 
[4] But God, who is RICH IN MERCY, for his GREAT LOVE wherewith HE LOVED US, 
[5] Even when we were dead in sins, HATH QUICKENED US TOGETHER WITH CHRIST, (by grace ye are saved;) 
[6] And hath RAISED US UP together, and MADE US SIT together in HEAVENLY PLACES IN CHRIST JESUS:

#Four

  • Romans 6:4-11 NLT

[4] For WE DIED and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives.

[5] Since we have been united with him in his death, we will also be raised to life as he was.

[6] We know that our OLD SINFUL SELVES WERE CRUCIFIED WITH CHRIST so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin.

[7] For when we died with Christ we were set free from the power of sin.

[8] And since we died with Christ, we know we will also live with him.

[9] WE ARE SURE OF THIS because Christ was RAISED from the dead, and he will never die again. Death no longer has any power over him.

[10] When he died, he died once to break the power of sin. But now that he lives, he lives for the glory of God.

[11] So you also should CONSIDER YOURSELVED TO BE DEAD to the power of sin and ALIVE TO GOD through Christ Jesus

The Bible says all that in error you want to object?

Some folks say “A believer as long as in this frame (flesh and blood) can not walk in the Spirit all the time”

They simply have identity crises powered by sense knowledge (Strongholds of human reasoning! I Corinthians 10: 4, 5 TLB/NLT) 

God’s Word says what it means and He says exactly what He meant! No divergence in meaning! 

This is your reality Now! 

This is what God says about you now!

You have the indwelling of the Spirit Now! (Romans 8:14)!

You’re now in the Spirit ( born of the Spirit) (John 3:5-8)!

You don’t struggle to die to flesh or die daily!

You’ve seen the whole “die to flesh daily” sermon is also a Ponzi Scheme?

So if you have the Spirit within, you’d agree with me that it’s simply an effort of futility whenever you hear such sermons having titles like; 

 "You must die to flesh" 
 "Kill Mr Flesh before it kills you" 
 "Are you going there again?"
"And Samson went down to Gaza... " 
"Delilah's lap..."

They are all sin consciousness sermons!

They focus on works (human performance) never on the Finished Work of Christ!

They will never help you grow Spiritually!

No amount OF such sermons coupled with Altar calls, life-rededication etc.  will replace the place of Growth! 

I call you blessed!

#WarAgainstPreachercraft

©Victor Oluwatobi Fabuluje

Seeds, Tithes & Offerings are Scam? 

tithes and offerings are scam

Before you take sides or jump into conclusion just from 
a text in Malachi, kindly read the following...

I beseech thee under God to please forget what you know or have been told before now, read with so much objectivity (not subjectivity). It’s going to be lenghty but promises to be an educative and interesting read…

1 Peter 3:15-16 KJV
[15] But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and BE READY ALWAYS TO GIVE AN ANSWER TO EVERY MAN THAT ASKETH YOU A REASON OF THE HOPE THAT IS IN YOU with meekness and fear:

[16] Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that FALSELY ACCUSE YOUR GOOD CONVERSATION IN CHRIST.

The inspiration for this post would be from The Scripture (ALONE! and don’t be too lazy to read them) because it is profitable for:

Doctrine (TEACHING)
Reproof (EVIDENCE)
CORRECTION!
Instruction (TRAINING)... In righteousness

2 Timothy 3:15-17 KJV
[15] And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.

[16] All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

[17] That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto ALL GOOD WORKS.

To better understand the concept of firstfruits and offerings (especially tithing), I would recommend that you read every available scriptures (The whole chapter preferably).

Here are very notable ones, go and read them all by yourself ‘cos this post will only point to salient point you could have missed… Leviticus 27:30-32; Numbers 18;24,26,28; Deuteronomy 12:6,11,17; **Deuteronomy 14:22,23,28; Deuteronomy 26:12; 2 Chronicles 31:5,6,12; Nehemiah 10:37,28; 12:44; 13:5,12; Amos 4:4; Malachi 3:8,10; Matthew 23:23, Luke 11:42; Luke 18:12; Hebrews 7:5,6,7,8,9

The concept of tithing features in at least 12 OT Chapters (30 verses of scripture) but mentioned in passing in just 4 NT chapters (7 verses)

  • (Matthew 23:23 and Luke 11:42)
    Jesus condeming the hypocrisy of the Pharisees on tithing just like he did too on the sabbaths, and other aspects of the Law of Moses.

It is very important to note that he never condemned tithing here! neither sabbath nor any other law (but their attitude) because He came to fulfill both THE LAW & THE PROPHETS.

Matthew 5:17-18 KJV

[17] Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, BUT TO FULFIL.
[18] For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till ALL BE FULFILLED.

  • (Luke 18:12)
    A Pharisee boasting of his “dead works”  (performance) before God in the house of prayer (temple); claiming to fast regularly, tithe religiously etc., and even condeming a publican who later went home justified ‘cos he came without works (not full of himself; feats, status and social standing) But on God’ s mercy
Mercy: You've done something very punishable but you were pardoned! 

Grace: You were supposed to be suffering for what you've done 
but you're still enjoying what you never deserved! 
  • Hebrews 7:5,6,8,9
    The book of Hebrew was written specifically to the Jews (People of God); Unconvinced (still practicing Judaism) and the Believer. It is a book of comparisms always comparing and constrasting the Old (obsolete) Covenant and the New (Better improved) Covenant. You will agree with me that no other book does justice to it better other than the book of Hebrew. Less of this was seen in other epistles written to the Gentiles because they were never indoctrinated into Judaism in the first place.

The concept of tithing was mentioned anyway though not as an instruction for us but in the writter explanation of the priesthood of Christ after the order of Melchisedec! (Not Aaron or Levites)

The discourse actually started in Hebrews 5, to Chapter 6 then continued in Chapter 7.

Hebrews 5:6,9-12 KJV
[6] As he saith also in another place , Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.

[9] And being made perfect, he became the AUTHOR OF ETERNAL SALVATION unto all them that obey him;

[10] Called of God an HIGH PRIEST AFTER THE ORDER OF MELCHISEDEC.

[11] Of WHOM WE HAVE MANY THINGS TO SAY, and HARD TO BE UTTERED, seeing ye are dull of hearing.

[12] For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat…

Hebrews 6:9,17-20 KJV
[9] But, beloved, we are persuaded better things of you, and THINGS THAT ACCOMPANY SALVATION, though we thus speak.

[17] Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the HEIRS OF PROMISE the IMMUTABILITY of HIS COUNSEL, confirmed it by an oath:

[18] That by TWO IMMUTABLE  THINGS, in which it was IMPOSSIBLE FOR GOD TO LIE, we might have a STRONG CONSOLATION, who have fled for refuge to LAY HOLD upon the HOPE SET BEFORE US:

[19] Which hope we have as an ANCHOR OF THE SOUL, both SURE and STEADFAST, and which entereth into that within the veil;

[20] Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even JESUS, MADE AN HIGH PRIEST FOR EVER AFTER THE ORDER OF MELCHISEDEC.

Then continued in Chapter 7

Hebrews 7:1,4,11-28 KJV
[1] For this Melchisedec, king of Salem, priest of the most high God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings, and blessed him;

[4] Now consider how great this man was , unto whom even the patriarch Abraham gave THE TENTH OF THE SPOILS.

[11] IF THEREFORE PERFECTION were by the LEVITICAL PRIESTHOOD, (for under it the people received the law,) WHAT FURTHER  NEED  WAS  THERE  THAT ANOTHER  PRIEST SHOULD RISE AFTER THE ORDER OF MELCHISEDEC, and NOT BE CALLED AFTER THE ORDER  OF AARON?

[12] For THE PRIESTHOOD being CHANGED, there is made of NECCESITY A CHANGE ALSO OF THE LAW.

[13] For he of whom these things are spoken pertaineth to another tribe, of which no man gave attendance at the altar.

[14] For it is evident that our Lord sprang out of Juda; of which tribe Moses spake nothing concerning priesthood.

[15] And it is yet far more evident: for that after the similitude of Melchisedec there ariseth another priest,

[16] Who is made, not after the law of a carnal commandment, but after the power of an ENDLESS LIFE.

[17] For he testifieth, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.

[18] For THERE IS VERILY a DISANNULLING OF THE COMMANDMENT going before for the WEAKNESS and UNPROFITABLENESS thereof.

[19] For THE LAW MADE NOTHING PERFECT, but THE BRINGING IN OF A BETTER HOPE DID ; by the which we draw nigh unto God.

[20] And inasmuch as not without an oath he was made priest :

[21] (For those priests were made without an oath; but this with an oath by him that said unto him, The Lord sware and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec:)

[22] By so much was JESUS MADE A SURETY OF A BETTER TESTAMENT.

[23] And they truly were many priests, because they were not suffered to continue by reason of death:

[24] But this man, BECAUSE HE CONTINUETH EVER, HATH AN UNCHANGEABLE PRIESTHOOD.

[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.

[26] For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens;

[27] WHO NEEDETH NOT DAILY, as those high priests, TO OFFER UP SACRIFICE, first for his own sins, and then for the people’s: for this HE DID ONCE, when he OFFERED UP HIMSELF.

[28] For the law maketh men high priests which have infirmity; but the word of the oath, which was since the law, maketh the Son, who is CONSECRATED FOR EVERMORE.

GLORY TO GOD!

Now all the above Scriptures and statistics are pointers to the truth and  it gives you an overview for which you could readily say emphatically: Tithing (and firstfruits) is an old covenant practice!

Should you tithe? Let us not get ahead of ourselves keep on reading… More Scriptural evidences awaits! 

Remember those OT text listed earlier? Let us examine one of them together

Deuteronomy 14:22-26 (The Living Bible) 
22. “You must tithe all of your CROPS every year.

23. BRING THIS TITHE TO EAT BEFORE THE LORD YOUR God AT THE PLACE HE SHALL CHOOSE AS HIS SANCTUARY; THIS APPLIES TO YOUR TITHES OF GRAIN, NEW WINE, OLIVE OIL, AND THE FIRSTBORN OF YOUR FLOCKS AND HERDS. THE PURPOSE OF TITHING IS TO TEACH YOU ALWAYS TO PUT God FIRST IN YOUR LIVES.

24. If the place the Lord chooses for his sanctuary is so far away that it isn’t convenient to carry your tithes to that place,

25. then you may SELL THE TITHE portion of YOUR CROPS AND HERDS and TAKE THE MONEY to the Lord’s sanctuary.

26. WHEN YOU ARRIVE, USE THE MONEY TO BUY AN OX, A SHEEP, SOME WINE, OR BEER, TO FEAST THERE BEFORE THE LORD YOUR GOD, AND TO REJOICE WITH YOUR HOUSEHOLD.

Now, if you’re a good Bible student (which I want you to be), then you’d notice that the tithe God asked the children of Israel to bring was tenth of their FARM PRODUCE. (NOT MONEY! THOUGH THERE WAS MONEY ALREADY IN USE)

You who own no land neither are you a farmer, you want to kill yourself on the matter of tithe?

And, you can see for yourself that Moses said they should EAT THEIR TITHE, EAT IT OH, “EAT IT”  is not figurative o! Chop/eat whatever you crave!  (Verse 26 check various translation)

It was the custom of exchanging your tithe/various offerings (as required by the law) for cash when the place of Worship (Jerusalem) is very far from your locality,  then using the money to buy any of the listed or required items for worship,  that later resorted to BUYING AND SELLING right inside THE TEMPLE

JESUS DROVE THEM OUT SAYING IT IS WRITTEN, “MY HOUSE WILL BE CALLED A HOUSE OF PRAYER!”

Mark 11:15-17 KJV

[15] And they COME TO JERUSALEM: and JESUS WENT INTO THE TEMPLE, and BEGAN TO CAST OUT THEM THAT SOLD AND BOUGHT IN THE TEMPLE, and OVERTHREW THE TABLES OF THE MONEYCHANGERS, and the seats of them that sold doves;

[16] And would not suffer that any man should carry any vessel through the temple.

[17] And he taught, saying unto them, Is it not written, MY HOUSE SHALL BE CALLED OF ALL NATIONS THE HOUSE OF PRAYER? but ye have made it a DEN OF THIEVES.

Jesus quoted from Isaiah 56:7

See John’s Gospel rendition below…

[NLT] John 2:13 It was nearly time for the Jewish Passover celebration, so Jesus went to Jerusalem.

[NLT] John 2:14 In the Temple area he saw MERCHANTS SELLING CATTLE, SHEEP, and DOVES for sacrifices; he also saw DEALERS at tables EXCHANGING FOREIGN MONEY.

[NLT] John 2:15 Jesus made a whip from some ropes and chased them all out of the Temple. He DROVE OUT the SHEEP and CATTLE, scattered the money changers’ coins over the floor, and turned over their tables.

[NLT] John 2:16 Then, going over to the people who sold doves, he told them, “Get THESE things OUT of here. STOP TURNING MY FATHER’S HOUSE INTO A MARKETPLACE!”

Another one,

Same Deut 14:28-29 (TLB) 

28. “Every third year you are to use your entire tithe for local welfare programs:

29. Give it to the LEVITES who have no inheritance among you, or to FOREIGNERS, or to WIDOWS and ORPHANS WITHIN YOUR CITY, so that THEY CAN EAT AND BE SATISFIED; and then Jehovah your God will bless you and your work.

Without out further explanation, you’ve seen another aspect of tithing which I’m very sure most Tithing Preacher’s will not want you to see (that’s even if they know it and perhaps they do),  what baffles me is why will they want to obey (Malachi 3:10) and neglect the other (Deuteronomy 14:22-29)?

That was tithing under the Law! 


Now! The very first man to Tithe in scripture is Abraham when he was still Abram.

He actually did tithe because things were not tight for him (not “so that things will not be tight”  like some preacher says)

He gave tithe NOT TO BE BLESSED! HE WAS ALREADY BLESSED!

Genesis 14:8-23 NLT
[8] Then the rebel kings of Sodom, Gomorrah, Admah, Zeboiim, and Bela (also called Zoar) prepared for battle in the valley of the Dead Sea.

[9] They fought against King Kedorlaomer of Elam, King Tidal of Goiim, King Amraphel of Babylonia, and King Arioch of Ellasar—four kings against five.

[10] As it happened, the valley of the Dead Sea was filled with tar pits. And as the army of the kings of Sodom and Gomorrah fled, some fell into the tar pits, while the rest escaped into the mountains.

[11] The victorious invaders then plundered Sodom and Gomorrah and headed for home, taking with them all the SPOILS OF WAR AND THE FOOD SUPPLIES.

[12] They also captured LOT—ABRAM’s nephew who lived in Sodom—and carried off EVERYTHING HE OWNED.

[13] But one of Lot’s men escaped and reported everything to ABRAM the Hebrew, who was living near the oak grove belonging to Mamre the Amorite. Mamre and his relatives, Eshcol and Aner, were Abram’s allies.

[14] When Abram heard that his nephew Lot had been captured, HE MOBILIZED THE 318 TRAINED MEN WHO HAD BEEN BORN INTO HIS HOUSEHOLD. Then HE PURSUED Kedorlaomer’s army until HE CAUGHT UP with them at Dan.

[15] There he divided his men and attacked during the night. Kedorlaomer’s army fled, but Abram chased them as far as Hobah, north of Damascus.

[16] Abram RECOVERED ALL THE GOODS THAT HAD BEEN TAKEN, and he brought back his nephew Lot with his POSSESSIONS and all the women and other captives.

[17] After Abram returned from HIS VICTORY over Kedorlaomer and all his allies, the king of Sodom went out to meet him in the valley of Shaveh (that is, the King’s Valley).

[18] And Melchizedek, the king of Salem and a priest of God Most High, BROUGHT ABRAM SOME BREAD AND WINE.

[19] Melchizedek blessed Abram with this blessing: “Blessed be Abram by God Most High, Creator of heaven and earth.

[20] And blessed be God Most High, who has defeated your enemies for you.” Then Abram GAVE Melchizedek A TENTH OF ALL THE GOODS HE HAD RECOVERED.

[21] The king of Sodom said to Abram, “Give back my people who were captured. But you may keep for yourself all the goods you have recovered.”

[22] Abram replied to the king of Sodom, “I solemnly swear to the Lord, God Most High, Creator of heaven and earth,

[23] that I will not take so much as a single thread or sandal thong from what belongs to you. Otherwise YOU MIGHT SAY, ‘I am the one WHO MADE ABRAM RICH.’

Do you think a poor man could have so many servants, herdsmen and even trained men?

The latter would be like the “Special Agents”,  “Special forces” or “Black Ops” of our time.

Notice He had 318 of them and he mobilized them. He did not consult United Nations et al for negotiation.

Do you think it’s easy to feed at least 318 Adults?

That is no way a poor man!


Also, anywhere you see “SOW” or “SEED” in Scripture as in:

"giveth seed to the sower...", 

"And Isaac sowed in the land...", 

"they that sow in tears...", 

"in the morning sow thy seed and in the evening
do not withold thy hand..."

"seed time and harvest time..." etc...

It’s NEVER figurative nor an allegory!

The “law of sowing and reaping” simply means “planting and harvesting”!

If there’s no rain, There’s Irrigation! 

If there’s pest infestation, Get pesticides and Manure (Your harvest is surer than Bet9ja)! Farming is not like stock market o! 

Isaac planted, cultivated, employed more labourers, dug wells for irrigation etc and he reaped!

The biblical rich fool also planted, cultivated (possibly practiced mechanised farming) etc. and he reaped it though he never practiced generosity though!

It would be unfair and nothing but preachercraft to say and/or tie those texts to money!

Another Scriptural text twisted mostly as sowing cash to reap 30%,60% and 100% ROI is the PARABLE of the sower, The disciples asked Jesus for the meaning and he said emphatically that the seed is not money but THE WORD!

  • Luke 8:11 KJV
    Now the parable is this: THE SEED IS THE WORD OF GOD.
  • Mark 4:13-14 KJV

[13] And he said unto them, Know ye not this parable? and how then will ye know all parables?

[14] The sower soweth THE WORD.

  • Matthew 13:23 KJV

But he that received SEED INTO THE GOOD GROUND is he that HEARETH THE WORD, and UNDERSTANDETH IT; which also BEARETH FRUIT, and BRINGETH FORTH, some an HUNDREDFOLD, some SIXTY, some THIRTY.

  • Mark 4:8 KJV

And other fell on good ground, and did yield fruit that sprang up and increased; and brought forth, some thirty, and some sixty, and some an hundred.

Also, I read a book lately but honestly, I’m yet to unravel how a respected minister could say the 100 fold here referred to monetary reward (material prosperity). Maybe you could educate me in the comments if you know.

  • Mark 10:28-30 KJV

[28] Then Peter began to say unto him, Lo, we have LEFT ALL, and HAVE FOLLOWED THEE.

[29] And Jesus answered and said, Verily I say unto you, There is NO MAN that hath LEFT House, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, FOR MY SAKE, and THE GOSPEL’s,

[30] But he shall RECEIVE AN HUNDREDFOLD NOW IN THIS TIME, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, WITH PERSECUTIONS; and in the world to come ETERNAL LIFE.

Reading in context, He was Never in anyway trying to teach Tithing nor sowing breakthrough seed!

For the Gospel’s sake, they would be received/welcomed in various homes (just like when he sent out the 12 disciples), their needs are catered for in those homes and would be among many beloved brethren (who must have responded to the Gospel) etc., plus oppositions to the gospel too (persecution)


NOW Malachi 3 is Christocentric, if you don’t see Christ but tithe then I’m sorry you are really lost.

Malachi 3:1-12 NIV
[1] “I will send My MESSENGER, who will PREPARE THE WAY BEFORE ME. Then suddenly THE LORD you are seeking WILL COME TO HIS TEMPLE; messenger of THE COVENANT, whom you desire, WILL COME,” says the Lord Almighty.

[2] But who can endure the day of his coming? Who can stand when he appears? For he will be like a refiner’s fire or a launderer’s soap.

[3] He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver; he will purify the Levites and refine them like gold and silver. Then the Lord will have men who will bring OFFERINGS IN RIGHTEOUSNESS,

[4] and the offerings of Judah and Jerusalem will be acceptable to the Lord, as in days gone by, as in former years…

(Matthew 11:10; Luke 1:13-17,76; John 1:6-10;19-28 All that talking about John the Baptist and him preparing the way!)

[5] “So I will come to put you on trial. I will be quick to testify against sorcerers, adulterers and perjurers, against THOSE WHO DEFRAUD LABORERS OF THEIR WAGES, who OPPRESS THE WIDOWS and the FATHERLESS, and DEPRIVE THE FOREIGNERS among you OF JUSTICE, BUT DO NOT FEAR ME,” says the Lord Almighty.

[6] “I the Lord do not change. So you, the descendants of Jacob, are not destroyed.

[7] Ever since the time of your ancestors you have turned away from my decrees and have not kept them. Return to me, and I will return to you,” says the Lord Almighty. “But you ask, ‘How are we to return?’

[8] “Will a mere mortal rob God? Yet you rob me. “But you ask, ‘How are we robbing you?’ “In tithes and offerings.

[9] YOU ARE UNDER A CURSE—your whole nation—BECAUSE YOU ARE ROBBING ME.

[10] Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, THAT THERE MAY BE FOOD IN MY HOUSE. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not THROW OPEN the FLOODGATES OF HEAVEN and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.

[11] I will PREVENT PESTS FROM DEVOURING YOUR CROPS, and the VINES IN YOUR FIELDS will not drop their fruit before it is ripe,” says the Lord Almighty.

[12] “Then all the nations will call you blessed, for yours will be a DELIGHTFUL LAND,” says the Lord Almighty.

It continues… but take note that the devourer in KJV is simply pests, and it’s not consuming their salary (income)  but FARM PRODUCE!

Floodgates does not mean money will start falling from the sky, it simply means rain (in season and at optimum quantity) which would facilitate increase in farm produce and harvest beyond their barns!

Also, notice God never cursed them, He only stated the obvious! If I call a spade a spade, or refer to someone crazy as crazy (It’s not exactly an insult but stating the obvious).

This alone nullify the evil notion of some preachers that you provoke/invoke “divine curse” when you refuse to pay tithe. That’s very ridiculously ridiculous.

Once you break any of the Mosaic laws and statues (About 600+) of them, you’re automatically under the curse (of the law) and when you obey all, then blessings follows too as a natural consequence. Deuteronomy 28: If thou shalt harken/obey… BLESINGS! If thou shalt not harken (disobey)… CURSES! Check out the chapter and count how many verses for blessings vs curses… It’s very scary than horror stories 😷

So for not paying tithe, they are under a curse (Devourer must come o!)

Now that explains why if you still believe in tithing and offerings as compulsory condition/requirement for God’s blessing and you are very faithful to it, it’ll work for you. But God help you that by chance you miss it, DEVOURER TI TAKE OVER NIYEN O! #OYO is your case! And even after that, YOU REMAIN UNJUSTIFIED BEFORE GOD!

Galatians 3:9-14 KJV
[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 EVERYONE THAT CONTINUETH NOT IN ALL THE THINGS WHICH ARE WRITTEN IN THE BOOK OF THE LAW TO DO THEM. (Deuteronomy 27:26)

[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. (Habakkuk 2:4)

[12] And the law is not of faith: but, THE MAN THAT DOETH THEM SHALL LIVE IN THEM. (Leviticus 18:5)

[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: (Deuteronomy 21:23)

[14] That THE BLESSING OF ABRAHAM might COME ON THE GENTILES through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the PROMISE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT through faith.

I believe that is clear enough! Tithing is not the only issue under the law, there are burnt offerings, sin offerings, sacrifices, circumcision, ceremonial washing etc. Why should one cling vehemently to Tithing alone neglecting others? Because Money is involved? 

Romans 3:20-22,24,27-28 KJV
[20] Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.

[21] But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets;

[22] Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:

[24] Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:

[27] Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith.

[28] Therefore we conclude that A MAN IS JUSTIFIED BY FAITH WITHOUT THE DEEDS OF THE LAW.

Look at What Paul said about the custodian of the law here

Romans 10:1-10 KJV
[1] Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved.

[2] For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge.

[3] For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.

[4] For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.

[5] For Moses describeth the righteousness which is of the law, That the man which doeth those things shall live by them.

[6] But the righteousness which is of faith speaketh on this wise, Say not in thine heart, Who shall ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring Christ down from above 🙂

[7] Or, Who shall descend into the deep? (that is, to bring up Christ again from the dead.)

[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;

[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.

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

When Jesus said “It is Finished!” it simply means FULFILLED! HE FULFILLED ALL (Including every law and excluding none)!

Hence pay your tithe in compliance with other 600+ laws and statues and still be under curse of the law, or just give generously (not 10% style), willingly/cheerfully without any compulsion only to meet needs and never as a pre-requisite for God’s blessing!

2 Corinthians 9:7 KJV

Every man according as he PURPOSETH IN HIS HEART, so LET HIM GIVE; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.

2 Corinthians 9 AMPC

[7] Let each one [give] as he has made up his own mind and purposed in his heart, not reluctantly or sorrowfully or under compulsion, for God loves (He takes pleasure in, prizes above other things, and is unwilling to abandon or to do without) a cheerful (joyous, “prompt to do it”) giver [whose heart is in his giving]. [Prov. 22:9.]

As long as there is a need in the Church or outside, give sacrificially to meet those needs like the early Church, not by 10% nor by threats of curses. Below are few examples of such giving:

  • 2 Corinthians 8:1-4 KJV

[1] Moreover, brethren, we do you to wit of the grace of God bestowed on the churches of Macedonia;

[2] How that in a great trial of affliction the abundance of their joy and their DEEP POVERTY ABOUNDED UNTO THE RICHES OF THEIR LIBERALITY.

[3] For to their power, I bear record, yea, and BEYOND THEIR POWER they were WILLING OF THEMSELVES;

[4] Praying us with much intreaty that we would receive the gift, and take upon us the fellowship of the MINISTERING TO THE SAINTS.

  • Acts 11:27-30 KJV

[27] And in these days came prophets from Jerusalem unto Antioch.

[28] And there stood up one of them named Agabus, and signified by the Spirit that there should be GREAT DEARTH throughout all the world: which came to pass in the days of Claudius Caesar.

[29] Then the disciples, EVERY MAN ACCORDING TO HIS ABILITY, DETERMINED TO SEND RELIEF UNTO THE BRETHREN which dwelt in Judaea:

[30] Which also THEY DID, and SENT IT to the elders by the hands of Barnabas and Saul.

Jesus, Paul, Peter, John, James and other apostles were not collecting tithes and special breakthrough seed offerings! 

Are you a Levitical Priest? If no, why should you want to collect Tithes?

If you quote from 1 Peter 2:9 or Revelation 5:10, I don’t think it has to do with some selected sets of people, every believer is a royal priesthood. “Kings and Priests unto our God” is common to us all so it doesn’t still support nor justify Tithing 

Bible recorded some notable women who met needs in Jesus’ ministry

Matthew 27:55-56 KJV
[55] And many women were there beholding afar off, which followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering unto him:

[56] Among which was Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James and Joses, and the mother of Zebedee’s children.

Also here, 

Luke 8:1-3 KJV
[1] And it came to pass afterward, that he went throughout every city and village, preaching and shewing the glad tidings of the kingdom of God: and the twelve were with him,

[2] And certain women, which had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities, Mary called Magdalene, out of whom went seven devils,

[3] And Joanna the wife of Chuza Herod’s steward, and Susanna, and many others, which ministered unto him of their substance.

Also, when he sent out his disciples, He never told them to ask for tithes amd offerings nor miracle seeds in every city they entered, He told them to preach the good news of the kingdom, cast out demons, raise the dead, heal the sick, freely you have received, freely you give. Their needs were met not by tithes and seeds… Luke 22:3

  • Matthew 10:7-10 KJV

[7] And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand.[

8] Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.

[9] Provide neither gold, nor silver, nor brass in your purses,

[10] Nor scrip for your journey, neither two coats, neither shoes, nor yet staves: for the workman is worthy of his meat.

The early church was founded on giving (not 10% style) but by believers meeting every other believers’ need. They gave not to provoke blessing but to meet needs of others! 

  • Acts 2:42-47 KJV

[42] And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers. [43] And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles. [44] And all that believed were together, and HAD ALL THINGS IN COMMON; [45] AND SOLD THEIR POSSESSIONS and GOODS, and PARTED THEM TO ALL MEN , AS EVERY MAN HAD NEED. [46] And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, [47] Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.

Paul said my hands have ministered…

  • Acts 20 AMPC
    [34] YOU YOURSELVES KNOW PERSONALLY that THESE HANDS MINISTERED TO MY OWN NEEDS and THOSE [of the persons] WHO WERE WITH ME.
    [35] In everything I have pointed out to you [by example] that, by working diligently in this manner, WE OUGHT TO ASSIST THE WEAK, being mindful of the words of the Lord Jesus, how He Himself said, IT IS MORE BLESSED (makes one happier and more to be envied) TO GIVE THAN TO RECEIVE. .

1 Corinthians 4 AMPC

[12] And we still toil unto weariness [for our living], working hard with our own hands. When men revile us [wound us with an accursed sting], we bless them. When we are persecuted, we take it patiently and endure it.

He also instructed those who steal to steal no more but TO WORK (not sow seeds) so that he can have enough to meet others in need.

  • Ephesians 4:28 KJV

Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.

The earlier you realise that you need to work, have steady income streams, the earlier you would stop looking for where to sow breakthrough-miracle seeds but doing the needful! 

Phil. 4:19 Never said “the Lord will supply all your needs according to your tithes and offerings” but His riches in Glory through Christ Jesus! I believe my needs are divinely met and I meet the needs of others (the poor, brethren in Christ, the local church, the gospel) simple!

On the latter, the primary and major assignment we have as believers is the ministry of Reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:17-21) It’s only common sense to know that you’d spend and be spent for that purpose (with your time, talent and treasure). Giving for that purpose (your local church and/or other 3rd party ministry doing just that) is very necessary ‘cos you’d be causing a party (turn up owambe) in Heaven anytime a soul is saved and you’d be rewarded for in Heaven. That is If you agree that heaven is a place of reward for believers anyway. Not a reward in itself!

Any form of giving outside of service to God [to meet specific needs (within our outside the church), wilful honouring the Lord with your substance, advancement of the Message of Reconciliation] but to provoke God’s blessing or to “avoid divine curses like a plague” is pure 21st century fraud/scam!!! 

God initiates giving Not you! He blesses you primarily to bless others! It’s nothing but a Ponzi Scam (emotional and financial fraud/manipulation) to say “We give so as to receive from God” That’s unlike what a good good Father would do.

God is the first giver! He gave you first so you could meet other’s need! You gave nothing to your responsible earthly father, yet fathered you (you enjoyed every rights and privileges of fatherhood) How much more The Almighty God?

  • 1 Timothy 6:17-18 KJV

[17] Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in THE LIVING GOD, WHO GIVETH US RICHLY ALL THINGS TO ENJOY;

[18] That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate;

  • 2 Corinthians 9 AMPC

[8] And God is able to MAKE ALL GRACE (every favor and earthly blessing) COME TO YOU IN ABUNDANCE, so that you may ALWAYS and UNDER ALL CIRCUMSTANCES and WHATEVER THE NEED BE SELF-SUFFICIENT [possessing enough to require no aid or support and furnished in abundance for every good work and charitable donation].

He has blessed you with ALL THE BLESSINGS you require for LIFE and godliness! discover it (by studying your Bible and walk in it) 

  • Ephesians 1:3 KJV

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath BLESSED US WITH ALL spiritual BLESSINGS in heavenly places IN CHRIST:

  • 2 Peter 1:3-4 KJV

[3] According as his divine power HATH GIVEN UNTO US ALL THINGS THAT PERTAINS UNTO LIFE and godliness, THROUGH THE KNOWLEDGE OF HIM that hath called us to glory and virtue:

[4] Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be PARTAKERS OF THE DIVINE NATURE, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

Now you don’t tithe before God sends down rain or blessing. He remains a good good father.

  • Matthew 5:45 KJV

That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh HIS SUN TO RISE ON THE EVIL AND THE GOOD, and sendeth RAIN ON THE JUST AND THE UNJUST.

  • Luke 6:35 KJV

But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for HE IS KIND UNTO THE UNTHANKFUL AND TO THE EVIL.

  • James 1:17 KJV

Every GOOD GIFT and every PERFECT GIFT is from above, and cometh down from THE FATHER OF LIGHTS, with whom is NO VARIABLENESS, neither SHADOW OF TURNING.

  • Romans 8:32 KJV

He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also FREELY GIVE US ALL THINGS?

No conditions are attached to His Blessing and He gives it freely. In fact He demonstrated His love by giving us His very best Gift-even Christ, while we were in our worst state (dead in our trespasses/yet sinners).

If there be any other blessing that you would require tithes, offerings and special seeds to activate, provoke or tap into ehn, It would mean that they are better and/or far greater than Christ himself niyen and it would be a display of doubt in the Integrity of God’s Word especially the Finished Work! 

But if you realise the best gift (not exchange) God could ever give to man is Christ! Then you have along with the best, the good and the better also!

Are you saying it’s wrong to give to a minister?

Except if you’re not paying attention, I have answered that already but for clarity sake…

  • 1 Corinthians 9:7,9-14 KJV

[7] Who goeth a warfare any time at his own charges? who planteth a vineyard, and eateth not of the fruit thereof? or who feedeth a flock, and eateth not of the milk of the flock?

[9] For it is written in the law of Moses, Thou shalt not muzzle the mouth of the ox that treadeth out the corn. Doth God take care for oxen?

[10] Or saith he it altogether for our sakes? For our sakes, no doubt, this is written: that he that ploweth should plow in hope; and that he that thresheth in hope should be partaker of his hope.

[11] If we have sown unto you spiritual things, is it a great thing if we shall reap your carnal things?

[12] If others be partakers of this power over you, are not we rather? Nevertheless WE HAVE NOT USED THIS POWER; BUT SUFFER ALL THINGS , lest we should HINDER THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST.

[13] Do ye not know that they which minister about holy things live of the things of the temple? and they which wait at the altar are partakers with the altar?

[14] Even so hath the Lord ordained that THEY WHICH PREACH THE GOSPEL SHOULD LIVETH OF THE GOSPEL .

As seen in the Four Gospels when HE sent the 12 and then the 70 or so apostles as stated earlier. Never by Tithing still! 

  • 1 Timothy 5:17-18 KJV

Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine. [18] For the scripture saith, Thou shalt not muzzle the ox that treadeth out the corn. And, The labourer is worthy of his reward.

They have to labour o! Haven proven to being dutiful with the Word (not quotable quotes nor motivational, Old wives fables nor enticing words of human Wisdom, High Sounding Nonsense #HSN, Emotional support and Need-based money Gospel) 

  • Galatians 6:9-10 KJV

And let us not be weary in WELL DOING: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. [10] As we have therefore opportunity, let us DO GOOD UNTO ALL MEN, especially unto them who are of the HOUSEHOLD OF FAITH.

  • Hebrews 6:10 KJV

For God is not unrighteous to forget your WORK AND LABOUR OF LOVE, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have MINISTERED TO THE SAINTS, and do minister.

Thanks for reading thus far my lenghty infotainment post. It’s either been an eye-opener or a study-provoking one for which eitherway it’s worth the time it took me to compile,  edit (format) before publishing this post

Next time you hear “Tithing is a Scam!” I want to believe you’d know why and possibly share this post to librate people from the wicked oppression of Malachi 3:10

Operation Devour the Devourer! 

I could only hope you would stand with Biblical Truth!

You’re blessed because You are in Christ! (Not because of your tithe) 

©VICTOR OLUWATOBI FABULUJE

You Don’t Like to hear Eternal Life/Redemption/Salvation /Security?

 

hebrews-5-9Real Humility Is When You Read God's Word 
and Your Heart Is Not Hardened by 
Unbelief and/or Mental Strongholds!!! 

In the Greek/Hebrew… 

Eternal: Alonios /ahee-o’-nee-os/

  • without beginning and end
  • without end, never to cease
  • everlasting
  • past and future
  • that which has always been and will always be

Life: Zoe (simple)

Perish: Apollumi /ap-ol’-loo-me/

  • to destroy
  • to kill
  • to render useless
  • to perish, to be lost, ruined
  • metaphorically to devote or give over to eternal misery in hell

In English…
Eternal (Adjective)
Lasting or existing forever; without end

Synonyms:

  • everlasting, never-ending, endless,
  • perpetual, undying, immortal
  • deathless, IMMUTABLE, abiding
  • permanent, enduring, infinite, TIMELESS etc

I heard some folks say “Eternal Life” is the quality of the life, I wonder if they understand English at all. Add “Life” to all the meaning of “eternal” and still tell me it referred to quality not time?

There’s something called “consistency theory of truth” which also agrees with one of the Principle of Bible Interpretation (Law of Emphasis) that “If a concept is repeated two or three times in the Bible, we establish the truth concerning it in the light of ALL available text references…

A classical example is Psalm 110:1

​[KJV] Psalms 10:1 The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool.​

It is repeated severally in the NT
Matthew 22:41-46
Ephesians 1:19-21
Ephesians 2:5,6
Hebrews 10:12,13
it’s always in reference to this particular Psalm.

Every place where we see Christ being SEATED at the right hand of the Father and we being seated with Christ (which is symbolic of His Position of Authority) 

Another example is Psalm 110:4

​[KJV] Psalms 10:4 The Lord hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.​

Hebrews 5:6
Hebrews 7:11-28
Hebrews 8:1

Also repeated in context with respect to the Priesthood of Christ Jesus our Lord. Since He ever lives to make intercesion for us.

The scriptural practice is to establish the truth of a matter by two or three witnessess.

[KJV] Deuteronomy 17:6 At the mouth of two witnesses, or three witnesses, shall he that is worthy of death be put to death; but at the mouth of one witness he shall not be put to death.

[KJV] Deuteronomy 19:15 One witness shall not rise up against a man for any iniquity, or for any sin, in any sin that he sinneth: at the mouth of TWO witnesses, or at the mouth of THREE witnesses, SHALL THE MATTER BE ESTABLISHED.

[NIV] John 8:17 In your own Law it is written that the testimony of two witnesses is true.

[KJV] Matthew 18:16 But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.

[KJV] 1 Corinthians 14:27 If any man speak in an unknown tongue, let it be by two, or at the most by three, and that by course; and let one interpret.

[KJV] 1 Corinthians 14:29 Let the prophets speak two or three, and let the other judge.

[KJV] 2 Corinthians 13:1 This is the third time I am coming to you. In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established.

So what if a matter is evidenced too many times?

Then I’m persuaded to say without apology or mincing words that it could never have been an error nor mistake but AN ABSOLUTE BIBLICAL TRUTH!

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Let’s Get Started!

#ONE

To start with, let’s establish that Life is in Him

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

#TWO

The condition to receive Eternal Life is BELIEVING! Nothing more, nothing less! 

[NLT] John 3:14 And as Moses lifted up the bronze snake on a pole in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up,

[NLT] John 3:15 so that everyone who BELIEVES in him will have ETERNAL LIFE.

[NLT] John 3:16 “For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that EVERYONE WHO BELIEVES IN HIM WILL NOT PERISH but HAVE ETERNAL LIFE.

#THREE

[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.

#FOUR

[NIV] John 4:14 but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to ETERNAL LIFE.”

#FIVE

A believer has eternal life and hence will not be judged rather s/he has passed from death to life! 

[NIV] John 5:24 “Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me HAS ETERNAL LIFE and WILL NOT BE JUDGED but has CROSSED OVER from death TO LIFE.

[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.

#SIX

[NLT] John 6:39 And this is the will of God, that I should not lose even one of all those he has given me, but that I should raise them up at the last day.

[NLT] John 6:40 For it is my Father’s will that all who see his Son and believe in him should have ETERNAL LIFE. I WILL RAISE THEM UP at the last day.”

#SEVEN

[NIV] John 6:47 Very truly I tell you, the one who BELIEVES has ETERNAL LIFE.

[NIV] John 6:48 I am the bread of life.

#EIGHT

[NLT] John 6:54 But anyone who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has ETERNAL LIFE, and I WILL RAISE THAT PERSON at the last day.

#NINE

DON’T BE LIKE THOSE DISCIPLES!

[KJV] John 6:58 This is that bread which came down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth of this bread SHALL LIVE FOR EVER.

[KJV] John 6:59 These things said he in the synagogue, as he taught in Capernaum.

[KJV] John 6:60 Many therefore of his disciples, when they had heard this, said, This is an HARD SAYING; who can hear it?

[KJV] John 6:66 From that time many of his disciples WENT BACK, and WALKED NO MORE with him.

[KJV] John 6:68 Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the WORDS OF ETERNAL LIFE.

#TEN
DON’T PICK UP STONES! DON’T FIGHT THE TRUTH!

[KJV] John 10:10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might HAVE LIFE, and that they might HAVE IT MORE ABUNDANTLY.

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

[KJV] John 10:28 And I GIVE 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.

[KJV] John 10:30 I and my Father are one.

[KJV] John 10:31 Then the Jews TOOK UP STONES AGAIN to stone him.

This in simple term is product guarantee called eternal security! 

#ELEVEN

[NIV] John 11:25 Jesus said to her, “I am the RESURRECTION and THE LIFE. The one who BELIEVES in me WILL LIVE, even though they die;

[NIV] John 11:26 and whoever lives by BELIEVING in me WILL NEVER DIE. Do you believe this?”

#TWELVE

[NLT] John 17:1 After saying all these things, Jesus looked up to heaven and said, “Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son so he can give glory back to you.

[NLT] John 17:2 For you have given him authority over everyone. He gives ETERNAL LIFE life to each one you have given him.

[NLT] John 17:3 And this is the way to have ETERNAL LIFE—to know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, the one you sent to earth.

#THIRTEEN

[KJV] Romans 5:21 That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto ETERNAL LIFE by Jesus Christ our Lord.

#FOURTEEN

[NIV] Romans 6:22 But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and THE RESULT IS ETERNAL LIFE.

[NIV] Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but THE GIFT OF GOD IS ETERNAL LIFE in Christ Jesus our Lord.

#FIFTEEN

[NIV] 2 Corinthians 1:20 For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God.

[NIV] 2 Corinthians 1:21 Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us,

[NIV] 2 Corinthians 1:22 set his SEAL OF OWNERSHIP ON US, and put HIS SPIRIT in our hearts as a DEPOSIT, GUARANTEEING what is to come.

#SIXTEEN

[NIV] Ephesians 1:13 And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were MARKED WITH A SEAL, the promised HOLY SPIRIT,

[NIV] Ephesians 1:14 who is a DEPOSIT GUARANTEEING OUR INHERITANCE until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.

#SEVENTEEN

[NIV] Ephesians 4:30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were SEALED FOR THE DAY OF REDEMPTION.

NLT] Ephesians 4:30 And do not bring sorrow to God’s Holy Spirit by the way you live. Remember, he has identified you as his own, GUARANTEEING THAT YOU WILL BE SAVED ON THE DAY OF REDEMPTION.

This SEAL (#15 #16 #17) is a GUARANTEE giving us the unshakable assurance with which we speak boldly! ETERNAL SECURITY! 

#EIGHTEEN

[NLT] Hebrews 5:8 Even though Jesus was God’s Son, he learned obedience from the things he suffered.

[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.

Check it out in other translations… ETERNAL SALVATION!

#NINETEEN

[KJV] Hebrews 6:16 For men verily SWEAR by the greater: and an OATH FOR CONFIRMATION is to them an end of all strife.

[KJV] Hebrews 6:17 Wherein God, WILLING MORE ABUNDANTLY TO SHEW unto the HEIRS OF PROMISE the IMMUTABILITY OF HIS COUNSEL, CONFIRMED IT BY AN OATH:

[KJV] Hebrews 6:18 That by TWO IMMUTABLE THINGS, in which it was IMPOSSIBLE FOR GOD TO LIE, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to LAY HOLD UPON THE HOPE SET BEFORE US:

[KJV] Hebrews 6:19 Which HOPE we have as an ANCHOR of the soul, both SURE and STEADFAST, and which entereth into that within the veil;

This is like God creating a boundary for Himself just to give us Eternal Guarantee, He promised then confirmed it with an oath so that we could be rest assured of the promise

ETERNAL SECURITY! 

#TWENTY

[NIV] Hebrews 7:24 but because Jesus LIVES FOREVER, he has a permanent priesthood.

[NIV] Hebrews 7:25 Therefore he is able to SAVE COMPLETELY those who come to God through him, because HE ALWAYS LIVES TO INTERCEDE FOR THEM.

I love how it’s rendered in AMPC

Hebrews 7
[25]Therefore He is able also to save to the uttermost (completely, perfectly, finally, and FOR ALL TIME AND ETERNITY) those who come to God through Him, since He is always living to make petition to God and intercede with Him and intervene for them.

ETERNAL SALVATION! ETERNAL SECURITY! Glory!

#TWENTY ONE

[NLT] Hebrews 9:11 So Christ has now become the High Priest over all the good things that have come. He has entered that greater, more perfect Tabernacle in heaven, which was not made by human hands and is not part of this created world.

[NLT] Hebrews 9:12 With his own blood—not the blood of goats and calves—he entered the Most Holy Place ONCE FOR ALL TIME and SECURED OUR REDEMPTION FOREVER.

[NLT] Hebrews 9:14 Just think how much more THE BLOOD of Christ will PURIFY OUR CONSCIENCES from sinful deeds so that we can WORSHIP THE LIVING GOD. For by the power of the ETERNAL SPIRIT, Christ offered himself to God as a PERFECT SACRIFICE for our sins.

[NLT] Hebrews 9:15 That is why he is the one who MEDIATES A NEW COVENANT between God and people, so that ALL WHO ARE CALLED can RECEIVE THE ETERNAL INHERITANCE God has PROMISED THEM. For Christ died to SET THEM FREE FROM THE PENALTY OF THE SINS they had committed under that first covenant.

Our redemption is forever! Our inheritance is forever!

ETERNAL REDEMPTION! ETERNAL INHERITANCE! 

#TWENTY TWO

[KJV] Hebrews 10:14 For by ONE OFFERING he hath PERFECTED FOR EVER them that ARE SANCTIFIED.

#TWENTY THREE

[KJV] 1 Peter 1:2 ELECT according to the FOREKNOWLEDGE OF GOD the Father, through SANTIFICATION OF THE SPIRIT, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied.

[KJV] 1 Peter 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath BEGOTTEN US again unto a LIVELY HOPE by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

[KJV] 1 Peter 1:4 To an INHERITANCE INCORRUPTIBLE, and UNDEFILED, and that FADETH NOT AWAY, RESERVED IN HEAVEN FOR YOU,

ETERNAL INHERITANCE!

#TWENTY FOUR

[KJV] 1 Peter 1:21 Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.

[KJV] 1 Peter 1:22 Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently:

[KJV] 1 Peter 1:23 BEIGN BORN AGAIN, not of corruptible SEED, but of INCORRUPTIBLE, by the WORD OF GOD, which LIVETH and ABIDETH FOR EVER.

Is it possible for an incorruptible seed to germinate and give rise to corruptible produce? I strongly doubt it!  

#TWENTY FIVE

[KJV] 1 Peter 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

[KJV] 1 Peter 5:9 Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.

[KJV] 1 Peter 5:10 But the GOD OF ALL GRACE, who hath called us unto his ETERNAL GLORY by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you PERFECT, STABLISH, STRENGHTEN, SETTLE YOU.

[KJV] 1 Peter 5:11 To him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

#TWENTY SIX

[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.

[KJV] 1 John 1:4 And these things write we unto you, that your JOY MAY BE FULL.

#TWENTY SEVEN

[KJV] 1 John 3:14 We know that we have PASSED FROM DEATH UNTO LIFE, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death.

#TWENTY EIGHT

[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.

#TWENTY NINE

[KJV] Jude 1:24 Now unto him that is able to KEEP YOU FROM FALLING, and to PRESENT YOU FAULTLESS before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,

Jude 1 AMPC
[24]Now to Him Who is able to keep you without stumbling or slipping or falling, and to present [you] unblemished (blameless and faultless) before the presence of His glory in triumphant joy and exultation [with unspeakable, ecstatic delight]

If it’s my Salvation, then I could lose it, but since it’s not my Salvation, I CAN NOT LOSE IT!

I’m not the one keeping Salvation. HE KEEPS IT FOR ME! And He does it perfectly than I could ever do! Praise God! 

Thanks for reading those scriptures,

Religion is a way of man seeking God which led us to having many religion (ways) , God now provided THE WAY by seeking man instead!

If sin has always been the problem between man and God, and God wanted to solve that problem, Will He find just a quick fix or an eternal/permanent/lasting solution?

A sinner goes to hell, not because s/he is a sinner but because s/he refused to believe THE WAY so as to receive eternal life.

[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.

Simply preach the Gospel of Christ!

Not condemnation!

Never a need-based Gospel! 

Never about Heaven nor eternal judgement!

Nothing but the Gospel of Christ and Christ Alone! 

[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:

HIS BLOOD [Plus nothing/Minus nothing] DOES EVERYTHING! 

Man’s part is simply believing! Faith in the FINISHED WORK!

since it’s a finished work, It’s Zero effort to the process! 

Glory! Hallelujah!

Get Blood Conscious!

We Win in Christ!

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©Victor Oluwatobi Fabuluje

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

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