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  1. Operating of the flesh does not only include bad and sinful deeds. Sometimes, we do things out of our flesh thinking we are helping God.
  2. Hope it will help your christian walk. It is totally dependence on Jesus
  3. Hope it will helps and encourage and build up the body of Christ
  4. Hi Unprofitable, First of all, I would like to apologize for the harsh rebuke on you. Today the Lord review a new revelation in regards with this matter. The parable of the sower (Matthew 13) The Lord has sowed seeds on every different ground (meaning Jesus finished work and gospel is for the entire world). The seeds sow are same type of seeds. But the conditions of the grounds are different. First type of ground Matthew 13:4 And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up (Nothing wrong with the ground, but Satan blinded the believers partially. Some of the seeds which are not devoured by the birds, gets to grow into trees and bare fruits. But it is a partial harvest.) Second type of ground Matthew 13:5-6 Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth. And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away. Seeds fell onto bad ground and grow into plant but died. (A picture of church goers who go to church but did not believed in the work of Jesus.) 1 John 2:19 can best describe these type of people. 1 John 2:19 They went out from us, but they did not really belong to us. For if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us; but their going showed that none of them belonged to us. Third type of ground Matthew 13: 7 And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them. (A picture of non-believers who heard the gospel but did not believed.) Fourth type of ground Matthew 13:8 But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold. (The good ground whereby it brought many folds increase in harvest. These type of people understood the heart of God, approached God the correct way and got the most blessings from God.) Every christian is appointed by God to spread the true gospel. But whether the hearer gets saved or not, it is not the responsibility of the christian who spread the gospel. 1 Corinthians 3:6-9 I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. I am here to spread to truth of finished work of Jesus. Some people gets the full harvest and benefited from it, some gets partially harvest, some rejected it. But it is ok for me, I have done the job and I got nothing to lose whether the hearer accepts or rejects.
  5. Yes. Everyone is saved the same way as the criminal on the cross. We cannot save ourself with our own good works. You should not reason based on your own understand but based solely on what is written on the bible. Many people also reason that Jesus is not God and just a man. But the bible says otherwise. It is written plainly in the bible Romans 11:6 And if by grace, then it cannot be based on works; if it were, grace would no longer be grace. Ephesians 2:8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith--and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God In Galatians, the christian are saved by believing but later turn back to the law. Paul wrote that they are turning to a different gospel. Galatians 1:6 I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you to live in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel I pray that may God be merciful to you by opening your eyes and saved you from wrong belief and destruction.
  6. Have you notice that we do not need to teach a toddler to lie. The toddler will sin without anyone teaching him how to sin. A new born baby already has the sin nature inside but has not committed sin until he has the consciousness to know what is good and made a choice to do evil. The corruption is already pass down from adam. It is in our blood. That is why Jesus who is the perfect sinless lamb has to sacrifice for our sins.
  7. What Happens When We Get Saved Today https://youtu.be/Gy-r2NyRLY0?t=946
  8. Well it is 2 different thing between existence of sin and knowing you are a sinner. Take for example, someone born beautiful or ugly does not know that until he or she looks into a mirror. In the same way, the law of God is like a mirror that shows us that we are sinners.
  9. In the bible, there is a verse that says whoever is in Christ, there will no longer be condemnation. Romans 8:1 = Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus I have come to this conclusion that many Christians DO NOT believe that God has removed ALL their sins. They only believe that God removed the sins that they did before becoming a Christian. And they have to follow the law and try to live a sinless life (or try to sin less) to please God. When they try to follow the law to please God, they are essentially arming the devil with a weapon. And whenever they break a law, the devil will use the law to condemn them. In Colossians 2:14-15, it says God disarmed the devil by Jesus’ death on the cross. Colossians 2:14-15 = When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us ALL our sins, having cancelled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross. And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross. How did God disarm the devil? It is written in Ezekiel 18:20 “The soul that sinneth, it shall die.” When Jesus died on the cross, he took our sins and paid the penalty on our behalf. 2 Corinthians 5:21 = God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. Having paid fully for our sins, Jesus magnified and fulfilled the law. Since Jesus has fully paid for our debts (sins), we are no longer slaves under the law. Imagine a man who purchase a house from HDB. Because he does not have money, therefore he has to take a loan from the bank. Every month, he has to pay the bank every month until the loan + interest is 100% cleared. Then one day, his father wanted to clear the loan for his son and paid everything that the man owes to the bank. Once the loan has been fully paid, the man is no longer under debt to the bank. When the next month come, even if the man receive a letter from the bank for loan payment. He can ignore the letter and penalty for non-payment because he knows the house have already been fully paid. How do we know that Jesus has paid for my past, present and future sins? Hebrews 9:26 & 28 says that Jesus appeared ONCE to do away with sin. Hebrews 9:26 = Otherwise Christ would have had to suffer many times since the creation of the world. But he has appeared once for all at the culmination of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself. Hebrews 9:28 = so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him. God created time. Therefore, God is outside time. Most of the prophesies in the bible, God wrote them thousands of years in advance. It is written in the bible that God knows the end from the beginning. Isaiah 46:9-10 = Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure. Revelation 22:13 = I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End. If God knows the future, then God knows every single sin that we are going to do from the day we are born to the day we die. Therefore, Jesus’ death on the cross is payment for our past, present and future sins. How clean are we after Jesus paid for our sins? It is written in the bible that we are like Jesus in this world. 1 John 4:17 = This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus. This means that if you are born again, your identity is in Christ. If Jesus is sinless, so am I If Jesus is righteous, so am I If Jesus is holy, so am I If Jesus is seated on God’s right hand, so am I If Jesus is blessed, so am I If Jesus has favour with the Father, so am I Once you believed that ALL your sins have been washed away, you should not have consciousness of sin. Hebrews 10:2 = For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins. And the devil will no power over you. And you will be able to live a life that Christ paid with his life for you to have.
  10. I came across this verse in the bible, John 1:17 = For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. I asked the Lord “Is there no truth under the law?” The Lord led me to the following bible verses that show me about the truth about the law. ----------------------------------------------------------------- Romans 2:13 = For it is not those who hear the law who are righteous in God’s sight, but it is those who obey the law who will be declared righteous. Truth no.1 = As written in Romans 2:13. Anyone who can obey God’s law is righteous. ----------------------------------------------------------------- Galatians 5:3 = Again I declare to every man who lets himself be circumcised that he is obligated to obey the whole law. Truth no.2 = As written in Galatians 5:3. The Galatians wanted to obey the law of circumcision. However, Paul told that that if they want to be under the law, they have to obey the entire law. You cannot pick and choose whichever law that is convenient for you to observe but rather you have to obey the entire law. The law includes not just the 10 commandments. The law includes the followings as well; Moral laws - on murder, theft, honesty, adultery, etc. Social laws - on property, inheritance, marriage and divorce, Food laws - on what is clean and unclean, on cooking and storing food. Purity laws - on menstruation, seminal emissions, skin disease and mildew, etc. Feasts - the Day of Atonement, Passover, Feast of Tabernacles, Feast of Unleavened Bread, Feast of Weeks etc. Sacrifices and offerings - the sin offering, burnt offering, whole offering, heave offering, Passover sacrifice, meal offering, wave offering, peace offering, drink offering, thank offering, dough offering, incense offering, red heifer, scapegoat, first fruits, etc. There are over 600++ laws to obey. Keeping the 10 commandments is already impossible. Jesus said Matthew 5:27-28 = You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery. But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. When a person has an evil thought or a selfish desire, it is already a sin in God’s sight even before the person put the thought into action. Hence, I conclude that no one can obey the law fully. ----------------------------------------------------------------- Galatians 5:4 = You who are trying to be justified by the law have been alienated from Christ; you have fallen away from grace. Truth no.3 = As plainly as it is written, this verse says that anyone who tries to be righteous by obeying the law has to depend on their own effort. You will be bless when you fully obey the law. But you will be cursed if you break any part of the law. It is a self-performance system, you perform and God judges you. In simple words, Do good get good, Do bad get bad. Isn’t all other religions practicing this? Furthermore, under law there is no grace. It simply means that God will not lift a finger to help you. You have to help yourself. Therefore those who want to come under the law must not mixed Grace and Law together. There are many verses throughout the bible that sets Law and Grace apart. The Galatians are guilty of mixing Grace with Law. Paul had to write a letter to rebuke them. ----------------------------------------------------------------- James 2:10 = For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it. Truth no.4 = To the world, man sees a liar who tells a white lie must deserving to go heaven than a man who commits murder. However, the bible says otherwise. Every sin is equal in God’s sight. God sees a liar who tells a white lie and a murderer as sinners deserving punishment in hell. Hence I can conclude on the following; 1) The world sees an unmerciful God putting good and bad people into hell. Everyone who does not believe in Jesus, but depended on their own merits as a ticket to heaven. 2) But I see a merciful God who loved me so much that he is willing to sacrifice his one and only beloved son (Jesus) to redeem me. 3) To the world, they see that undeserving bad people is able going up to heaven effortlessly just by believing in Jesus + his finished work. And they said that this is not possible and do not believe. They laughed at the message of the cross and account it as foolishness. 4) But I see a merciful God who has made a ultimate payment for all our sins and this payment gives anyone who believes the right to enter into heaven. So to me, I do not see any good or bad person in heaven or hell. I can only see the redeemed in heaven and condemned in hell. 5) To be redeemed or condemn comes from personal decision to receive or reject the free gift which God paid a heavy price for us. 6) It is not about doing but believing and trusting Jesus + his finished work. Christ Crucified Is God’s Power and Wisdom 1 Corinthians 1:18 = For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. ----------------------------------------------------------------- Romans 3:20 = Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin. Truth no.5 = The Law is from a perfect God, so the Law is perfect. But we are imperfect sinners. Because we are imperfect, we are unable to obey the law fully. When God’s law is broken, curses and punishment will come. In conclusion, those who seek righteousness through the law are cursed. As it is written in Galatians 3:10. Galatians 3:10 = All who rely on observing the law are under a curse, for it is written: ‘Cursed is everyone who does not continue to do everything written in the Book of the Law. It says “ALL who rely on observing the law are under a curse”. It does not says the person who breaks the law is under a cursed but ALL who is under the law. So it is common sense to say that God already knows that no one can keep the law and under the law, everyone will be cursed. So why God gives the law? This is the reason. Romans 7:7 = What shall we say, then? Is the law sinful? Certainly not! Nevertheless, I would not have known what sin was had it not been for the law. For I would not have known what coveting really was if the law had not said, "You shall not covet." Galatians 2:16 = know that a person is not justified by the works of the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ. So we, too, have put our faith in Christ Jesus that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law, because by the works of the law no one will be justified. God give the law to show us that we are sinners, we cannot save ourselves and in need of a saviour. ----------------------------------------------------------------- Final conclusion John 1:17 = For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. Since there are truths in the law. Why did God put truth on the side of Grace? It is because only the truth under grace can set us free. John 8:32 = Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free Note: The law demands perfection but does not lift a finger to help. Grace on the other hand imparts perfection and does everything for man through Jesus Christ.
  11. Are you fighting FROM victory or are you fight FOR victory? Many Christians have the wrong basic Christian fundamental. They believe that they need to perform to please God and earn his favour. This is a wrong belief and teaching, a lie from hell. You can tell their belief is wrong when you hear them saying “God help those who help themselves.” They do not understand that they are helpless and nothing they do can please God. Even their righteous acts are filthy in God’s sight. It is as written in Isaiah 64:6. Isaiah 64:6 = But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away. If you are doing Christian acts of righteousness based on your own willpower or effort with the intention to please God, you are self-supplying and not drawing from Jesus. You will not bear much fruit and will feel disheartened and give up. John 15:5 = I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. So how can we please God? Many Christians will say to obey God and do his will. As written in Matthew 7:21. Matthew 7:21 = Not everyone that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. So what is the will of the Father? Many Christians will say “We must follow every commandments from God”. No, this is the wrong answer! If we can fully follow every commandments from God, then we are perfect like Jesus. And Jesus died in vain. As written in Galatians 2:21. Galatians 2:21 = I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain. To know the will of the Father, we must refer to what the bible says. As written in John 6:40 John 6:40 = And this is the will of him that sent me, that everyone which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day. The will of the father is just to believe in Jesus and his finished work. It is so simple. The moment any person who accepted Jesus as their saviour, the Father is pleased with that person. The Father sees that person as if he or she is Jesus. 1 John 4:17 = This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus. So does this mean that Christians do not need to bear fruits of good works? First truth when you are in-Christ, is that you are complete. Your actions cannot add or subtract to the work of Christ. Therefore, you cannot displease God or do something to earn more favour. As written in Colossians 2:10 Colossians 2:10 = And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power. Second truth is that you are righteous the moment you are in-Christ. It is not by your own doing or obedience. But by the obedience of Christ. Righteousness is a free-gift from God. It cannot be earn by your own acts of good works. As written in Romans 5:19. Romans 5:19 = For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous. Third truth is that you are permanently righteous in-Christ. Since your actions cannot earn God’s gift of righteousness, then your actions cannot cause you to lose it. The correct Christian’s respond when he failed is to remember that he is still righteous because of Christ’s obedience. 2 Corinthians 10:5 = Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ Fourth truth is to focus on Jesus and his goodness. Do not focus on your actions to do good or stop doing bad. If you focus on Jesus, you will do what he is doing. Even Jesus says it himself. As written in John 5:19 John 5:19 = Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise. So are you a Mirror or Torchlight? If you are depending on your willpower or self-effort to bear fruits, you are not focusing on Jesus who is the light of the world. You are focusing on your abilities and what you can do for God. Although you are the branches of the vine, you are not drawing supply from Jesus. You are a Torchlight that has a limited supply, constantly drained and discouraged. If you are focusing on Jesus and his finished work, know that you are already complete, permanently righteous and forever in God’s favour. Then you will always feel connected with God. At the right time and right place, God will speak by his spirit to us to do something. And by obeying, we will bear much fruits. You are a Mirror that focuses on Jesus who is the light of the world, receiving his light and reflecting it to others. Your supply is limitless, you flow with the Holy Spirit and unknowingly bear much fruits.
  12. How does God define a sinner? Are everyone born perfect (non-sinner) but become a sinner after he committed a sin? According to the bible in Romans 5:17-19, it is written that we are sinners because of Adam’s sin. Romans 5:17-19 For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ! Consequently, just as one trespass resulted in condemnation for all people, so also one righteous act resulted in justification and life for all people. For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous. This means that everyone is born into this world as a sinner. We do not get to choose whether we want to be born as a sinner or non-sinner. Why is this so? It is written in Genesis 5:3 that after Adam sinned, man is born in the likeness and image of Adam. Genesis 5:3 And Adam lived an hundred and thirty years, and begat a son in his own likeness, after his image; and called his name Seth. Since Adam and Eve were the only couple on earth at the time, it is common sense to say that everyone are born in the likeness and image of them. I see Adam and Eve as if they are the mould and everyone is a product formed by the mould. When the mould is corrupted, everyone will end up corrupted. Therefore as a sinner, we sinned in thought, action and desire. Even after being saved and born again Christian, we still sin. As written by Paul in the bible in Romans 7:15-20. Romans 7:15-20 I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it. Why does Christian still sinning even after born again? When a person is born again as a Christian, God’s spirit in-dwell the believer. The believer’s soul is cleansed. But the body remains unchanged. There is still a part of us that wants to sin. If you are a true born again Christian, you will experience this struggle as descripted by Paul in Romans 7:22-24 Romans 7:22-24 For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me. What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? Therefore, I conclude that no one can stop sinning. If someone tells you that he is able to stop sinning, that person is a liar and has committed the sin of lying. A person who does not sin outwardly in action, does not mean that he will not sin in thought or desire. In Jeremiah 17:9, God descript the human heart as desperately wicked and deceitful. Jeremiah 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? If the core of our being is deceitful and wicked, then no wonder God does not accept our righteous works. For our righteous works may be tainted or motivated by selfish desires. Isaiah 64:6 But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away. Because of Adam’s disobedience, we are born sinners and no amount of good deeds or sacrifice on our part can redeem us from death. Thanks be to God who sent his son, Jesus who lived a sinless life and suffered our punishment to redeem us from death. By Jesus’ obedience, we are made righteous. Romans 5:19 For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous. Although every Christians still sins and are not perfect, but God has put us In-Christ. 1 Corinthians 1:30 It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God--that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. Because when we are In-Christ, God see us as if we are Christ. We are righteous and holy because Christ is righteous and holy. God’s righteousness and holiness are gifts to us who believe in Jesus and his finished work. 1 John 4:17 This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus. God will no longer judge us based on what we did. But God will judge us based on what Christ’s finished work. We are all accepted and perfected in-Christ.
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