With a hope that this blog post will motivate our readers in wanting to dedicate as much time as they can in studying God’s character and His Divine Principles and Plan, to better be enabled to GLORIFY and PRAISE our Creator Yahweh Jehovah through His Son Jesus—Our Beloved Master and Conquering King, and realize this to be the ultimate AIM OF MAN’S EXISTENCE, let us begin with a beautiful scripture from Isaiah 58:7 (ESV),
“Is it not to share your bread with the hungry and bring the homeless poor into your house;
when you see the naked, to cover him, and not to hide yourself from your own flesh?”
The primitive church did show an active concern for the poor and needy in their midst and brethren laid aside portions of money and supplies for those less fortunate financially. An example of this can be seen in the collections for the brethren in Jerusalem (1 Corinthians 16:1-4) and the support of Paul by the brethren in Thessalonica.
“But whoso hath this world’s goods, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?”—1 John 3:17
Now let us examine the term ‘sharing’ in regards to the spiritual food… that is, our sharing with others the understanding of the Word of Truth and the ministering to others about God’s Divine Plan and His beauties of Truth.
We are not only instructed to preach the Gospel message of hope to the World (see Mark 16:15), but we are to let the word of Christ dwell in us richly by “teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness” in our hearts to God. (Colossians 3:16)
If God has called us into his marvelous light of Truth, then one is sure to learn about the disastrous effects of evil so as to realize that disobedience to righteous Godly principles has led to only pain, misery and despair, which results in HOPE-LESS-ness.
By gaining an exposure to such experiences, one gains a priceless understanding of what Yahweh requires to please Him and thus how to strive towards developing into the likeness of CHRIST.
By experiencing pain and sorrow, we then truly feel how horrifically unpleasant and torturous it’s effects are, and one only then, if governed by the wisdom of GOD, (1 Corinthians 2:14; 3:19) desires to OBEY GOD in every single aspect of existence—realizing this is the ONLY way that humanity in the future will gain eternal life after the resurrection—in the 1000 years period of Christ’s reign with his body members of 144,000 (see Revelation chapter 7 & 14.)
He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? Micah 6:8
Dear friends, what amazingly abundant blessings are gained by striving to adhere perfectly to Godly and righteous principles, and we are not only to strive for this perfection in Christ (2 Corinthians 13:11) but actually BE Perfect (Matthew 5:48).
So how is this possible to BE PERFECT if we still live in carnal imperfect bodies… and we know, that if we were perfect, we would never die as the death penalty was a consequence of Adam’s sin and thus all the world of mankind inherited it (Genesis 2:17)?
Here is the answer:
We can be reckoned as perfect in God’s eyes, thanks to the robe of Christ’s righteousness covering up our sins, hence our intentions can be reckoned as perfect due to OUR FAITH. (Read Romans chapter 4—The Apostle Paul’s here talks about what GODLY FAITH actually is and HOW to get it and develop it).
The faith talked about in the Bible does not mean having a BLIND FAITH—where you simply just believe anyone and anything someone says about the Holy Scriptures or where you only believe on the basis of scientific evidence or what scientific research (man-made imperfect wisdom… since man is imperfect) hypothesizes or states is true. If you simply sit there listening yet not understanding what you hear, then this too, is not TRUE FAITH but it’s a good start to developing it, as in the Book of Romans, the Apostle Paul does explain that FAITH CAN ONLY BE TRUE GODLY FAITH, if one HEARS the message, “and the message is heard through the word of Christ.” (Romans 10:17)
SO the TRUE FAITH we are talking about that ALL eventually will HAVE to possess by the end of the “little season” (Revelation 20:3) of the Messianic Reign of Christ with his completed Bride, just before the Ages of Forever-ness, is based on God’s wisdom and not man’s wisdom.
This is what our Apostle Paul means by saying to the Corinthian brethren in 1 Corinthians 2:5, that their “faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.”
We are to TEST the Scriptures by studying the Words of GOD documented to us by the prophets in the Old Testament and by the Apostles and Jesus’s disciples in the New Testament and study to show ourselves approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.(2 Timothy 2:15).
We cannot expect someone to understand or even know who God is just by reading the Bible like a story book as “the Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God.” (1 Corinthians 2:9). We must scrutinize every word that we read if we do not understand it’s glorious meaning. The Prophet Isaiah writes, “Truly, You are a God who hides Himself, O God of Israel, Savior!“ (Isaiah 45:15)… WHY ? Refer to the post titled:
Understanding God’s Word
Here is an extract from Reprint of the Original Watchtower and Herald of Christ’s Presence (R.5982) on this subject:
“Our ability to understand spiritual things depends, not only upon our study of the
Scriptures, which are able to make us wise, but also upon the measure of the Holy Spirit which we possess. Hence the Apostle’s exhortation, “Be ye filled with the Spirit!”—Ephesians 5:18.
This means that only the spirit-begotten may understand the deep things of God at all; and that their understanding would be in proportion as they attain more and more a filling, a saturation with the spirit of holiness, the spirit of God, the spirit of Christ, the spirit of Truth.
Every Bible Student should realize that if, as a New Creature, he walks after the flesh and not after the Spirit, his mind will become more or less darkened, and not only will his ability to understand the deep things of God decrease, but even his recollection of the Lord’s Word will decrease; and that, on the contrary, when he is living near to the Lord—walking after the Spirit and not after the flesh—his memory of the Divine Word and his ability to appreciate its Spirit are increased.
Additionally, let us remember that a correct understanding of the Lord’s Word is not enjoyed by all the educated and talented, but comes to those who are of a meek and teachable heart, who study the Lord’s Word and who live it and absorb its spirit. Thus we have illustrated to us the Divine declaration, “Not by might [greatness], nor by power, but by My Spirit, saith the Lord of Hosts.”—Zechariah 4:6.”
During this end of the Gospel Age (= 33 A.D. until the millennial reign of Christ with his Bride members in the Divine Realms), we still have the privilege to learn how to continue OBEYING GOD IN ALL THINGS. We learn to develop the highest form of love, AGAPE love—towards our brethren in CHRIST in unfavorable circumstances, and learn to forgive like God forgives us. God had such GREAT PERFECT mercy and love towards the fallen race, and the Apostle John in 3 John 3:16 tells us that Yahweh sent his ONLY firstborn of all Creation, most Beloved Son, Jesus, the Logos, down to a terrestrial plan of existence (earth) (Hebrews 2:7-9) to redeem mankind and pay the ransom price to free ALL humanity from the sentence of Adamic death.
God’s divine plan is to restore all of humanity to perfection which will be the aim of the soon to start 1000 year mediatorial reign of Christ with his completed 144,000 Bride members (Revelation 7:14), known as the “elect” (Matthew 24: 22; Romans 11:7), and the “little flock” (Luke 12:32).
Dear brethren in Christ, we also have a responsibility to let our light (the CHRIST-LIKENESS in us) shine. And in Matthew 5:16 we are explained the reason WHY we must let our lights shine… so that others may see the GOOD DEEDS we do…
But what’s the point of others seeing what WE DO? AH… the sentence follows with other words giving the correct answer.
You see, by seeing the good works and good actions done, it is for mankind to be drawn towards REVERENCING the One most perfectly just, loving, wise and powerful God Yahweh and learning to OBEY Godly principles and focus on RIGHTEOUSNESS in all. In the kingdom, when the permission of evil will be restrained for 1000 years, Godly righteousness shall be the only standard by which all will have to adhere to, to gain eternal life and pure, perfect everlasting JOY will be the result everywhere and for everyone who obeys God—never-ending life and never-ending PAINLESSNESS!
If we do not let our lights shine we are unworthy of it, and the treasure will be taken away and we will be left in darkness.
If indeed we have received the light and have consecrated ourselves fully to God, then let us ask ourselves, WHAT AM I DOING to show others the goodness of God ? WHAT AM I DOING to proclaim the virtues and excellencies of Jehovah, who CALLED ME out of darkness?
Am I going forth with these tidings to my neighbors near and far?
Can I truly affirm that I am:—
“All for Jesus, all for Jesus—
All my being’s ransomed powers;
All my thoughts, and words, and doings,
All my days and all my hours?”
In 1 Peter 2:9 we are told, “Ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises of Him who hath called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.”
It is God who calls one out of darkness. So no one can force anyone to believe how they do.
God does not call families. God calls individuals into the Truth of His Holy Word.
What is the Purpose of the Gospel Age?
The purpose of this Gospel Age is to “call out” a BRIDE FOR CHRIST, a group of 144,000 body of Christ members who can soon begin their Mediatorial Reign in bringing the world of mankind into harmony with God. This is only understood by those who have a discerning heart who God has decided to choose to understand His mysteries, which is:
“Christ in you, the hope of glory.” – Colossians 1:27
The partakers of the High Calling have a desire to please God in all they do.
They do feel watched by God and His Son Jesus every moment of their waking hour. A they walk with God they talk with God moment by moment their minds are fixed on doing the Father’s will and be partakers in “the first resurrection.” (Revelation 20:6)—see the 3 part series of posts on the RESURRECTION here: Part A, Part B, Part C .
True christians feel a closeness and love to God and His son Jesus unlike toward no other human (Psalm 118:8), and a longing for a heavenly inheritance as their minds are set on “things above.” (Colossians 3:2)
True Christians feels they are called by the situations that each of the fully consecrated believers in Christ experience during their earthly testing and preparation time, realizing how the Lord is drawing them to desire to give up ALL their human life rights to themselves; to their body, to their time, to their health, to their reputation, to their talents, or to anything that belongs to them confessing themselves as belonging to Jesus their Redeemer, and they dedicate to serve, love and trust Jesus as their life and their salvation to their last moment of life on this carnal earth.
Fully consecrated believers in Christ seek divine nature—to be where the Heavenly Father sits on His throne, and where Jesus dwells.
So what is our HOPE?
The Bible is jam-packed with precious promises.
Just flip open any page of the New Testament, and start reading—what is the first precious promise you read? It will surely not take you more than a minute to find, and it will inspire you, unlike even 10 minutes of watch the News on T.V. will do! Go try it!
In Colossians 1:27, we have the answer to what OUR HOPE is. (We have referred to this in our earlier written words in this post.)
It is a LIVING hope, for as stated in 1 Peter 1:3,
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.”
What does a LIVING HOPE mean?
It means having a HOPE OF LIFE and not one of burning eternal torment which falsely the worldly institution of Papacy have darkened the minds of the world to believe in order to have power and prevent the light of Truth from illuminating the minds and hearts of mankind due to the influence of the Adversary who’s corrupt and wicked army of angels do still control yet will all be bound once the Messianic Age will soon begin, to allow all mankind to learn righteousness (Isaiah 26:9).
After Armageddon, all will need to become true Israelites indeed. [see post: “Will ALL Mankind Need To Become ‘ISRAELITES INDEED’?”]
The rule then in the 1000 year Messianic Kingdom will be :
OBEY GOD and LIVE or DISOBEY GOD and die (without a possibility to resurrect ever again).
Those who have done wrong in this life, will have more re-learning to do, so the faster their minds choose to follow God’s ways, the sooner they will see and feel the immense blessing of JOY and satisfaction that they will gain from walking up the HIGHWAY OF HOLINESS. (Isaiah 35:8)
It was Jesus’s obedience to the Heavenly Father—dying as the ransom (and by his resurrection from the dead) for our justification, that has opened up the door for us to have this living hope and not only for those now justified, but it includes a hope of perfecting many when within this generation, Jesus will begin a 1000 years of his Messianic Rule, helping bring the now still ignorant, sinful and unjustified mankind into harmony with the Heavenly Father, so that God may be all in all. And this is “the eternal gospel,” that the Creator—who has no beginning and no end—will be finally ALL IN ALL. (Revelation 14:6)
Just as the hopes of the apostles had withered at the time of the crucifixion but were revived at Jesus’ resurrection, so too, we have the assurance through Jesus’ resurrection that our final triumph is through our Lord and King, Jesus, who is currently standing at the Heavenly Father’s throne after having sat earlier at the right hand of God after his ascension to the divine realm (Mark 16:19). We are told of Jesus standing up since his parousia (invisible presence, that is often in English, incorrectly translated as Christ’s “coming” in Scripture).
In Daniel 12:1 we read, “At that time shall arise Michael, the great prince who has charge of your people. And there shall be a time of trouble, such as never has been since there was a nation till that time. But at that time your people shall be delivered, everyone whose name shall be found written in the book.”
When the last members of the Bride of Christ shall have gone “beyond the second veil” (died in the flesh), then Jesus shall sit with them on his own throne. We are told of this in Matthew 25:31 :- “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne.”
May the Heavenly Father be praised forevermore as we await our transformation into glory!
“Finally, brothers, rejoice. Aim for restoration, comfort one another, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.” (2 Corinthians 13:11, ESV)