Monday, 5 June 2023

A PRAYER FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE DENIED JUSTICE

Dear Friends,

I am Bertrand Wilson Hatia. I am a writer.

I am approaching you with a suggestion that you seek help from Lord Jesus in your fight for justice. It is useless putting faith in humans. When time comes, they let you down. They may even try to benefit from your loss. It is Jesus who will never disappoint you if you put your faith in Him and seek His help.

Please do this short prayer to Jesus with faith. Please note that God listens to the faith of a devotee; He doesn’t listen to his prayers. Prayers can be done without faith. Such prayers are meaningless in God’s eye. Therefore, please offer this prayer with faith in Jesus:

Lord Jesus, the Savior of the mankind, I believe You are the Son of God, and God has given all power and authority to You. I have come before You with a request that You use the same on my behalf to grant me justice for the wrong that I have suffered at the hand of people who are occupying the positions of power.

Only You can help me in the present situation. Please alter it, Lord. You are the Lord of all times and circumstances. If You will, You can change my circumstances as well. Please listen to my prayer, Lord.

In Your Mighty and Glorious name I pray, Amen.

Please note that this prayer can be done by anyone who needs divine help in obtaining justice for him.

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Friday, 4 November 2022

WHY PEOPLE TRY TO STOP THE MESSAGE OF JESUS FROM REACHING OTHERS

There are many people and organizations that are trying their best to stop the message of Jesus from reaching those who need it. There is a reason behind it. It is given in the Book of Romans, Chapter One, in the Bible:

“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because what may be known of God is manifest in (among) them, for God has shown it to them.” (Romans 1:18)

The opponents of Jesus are ungodly and unrighteous. The Book of John, Chapter 3, in the Bible says,

“For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.”

Jesus is the light. The Book of John, Chapter 1 says, “In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.”

That’s why His enemies must oppose Him and wish to see a situation where darkness rules, helping them hide their evil deeds. But the darkness cannot rule until and unless it overcomes the light – the thing that the Bible says it can never do.

Therefore, the fate of evildoers is sealed. They are destined for the wrath of God. This fate is terrible. The evil doers know it. But their ego so sets them against God that they would rather embrace their fate than to be in the good books of His for their own good.

So, what they try to do now is to bring other people to share their fate. Jesus was speaking exactly about people like these in the Book of Matthew, Chapter 23, when He said,

“But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you shut up the kingdom of heaven against men; for you neither go in yourselves, nor do you allow those who are entering to go in.”

The scribes and Pharisees were the people who were standard-bearers of religion in Jesus’ time. Always, in history, it is exactly such standard-bearers who use religion to serve their social, economic and political interests. Their talk is religious and actions irreligious to the extreme. In the same chapter of the Book of Matthew, Jesus also says this about them:

“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you travel land and sea to win one proselyte, and when he is won, you make him twice as much a son of hell as yourselves.”

It is their spiritual jealousy that does not want to see others enter into life and live forever in unadulterated light (bliss) through Jesus.

Dear friend, God of the Bible has a plan to live with His people. He doesn’t want to live forever in His Heaven in ideal situation and leave the mankind to live in a place which is infinitely inferior to His. He loves you and wants you to be a part of His family, and to be with Him forever. It is the co-existence with God in the Kingdom of Heaven that is called moksha or salvation of the spirit.

As it is, nobody can achieve moksha by his own efforts in this world. That, exactly, is the reason why Jesus came into this world with a proposed deal between the mankind and Him. It was one of a kind bargain. Neither before nor afterward had the world ever witnessed such an unequal deal on the table. It was exactly this:

“Your sins are mine. I take the punishment of your sins on Myself on the cross and My righteousness is ascribed to you in the same way that your sins are to Me. My righteousness in you puts you in right standing with God; because now you are free from the bondage of sin. Now, you can be in the presence of God, and live. All you got to do is believe in Me and accept My sacrifice on your behalf.”

Your faith in Jesus is your signature on this divine deed. He has done His part. He is waiting for you to do yours. Think about this…

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Sunday, 30 October 2022

JESUS HELPS IF YOU ALLOW HIM TO

So much anti-propaganda is going on and off media that the non-Christian have come to form a preconceived notion against Jesus and those who are involved in broadcasting His message to the world. Therefore, the moment someone talks about Christ, at once they become on their guard, thinking that he/she is trying to convert them to Christianity.

Now, who can make you change your religion against your will? India is a nation where the Hindu are in majority, having a government that has embraced Hindutva.

People don’t understand or try not to understand a simple fact that religion is a matter of faith, and a matter of faith is profoundly personal. It has to do with YOU, and not with anyone else in the world – no matter what. It is YOUR choice whether you want to have a religion or not.

Another thing, a true religion is all about FREEDOM…ESSENTIAL FREEDOM. I would like to quote here a biblical verse from the Book of John in the Bible. It is spoken by Jesus Himself. Here:

“Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, ‘If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.’”

When a person is ‘spiritually’ free, he is free indeed; because his spirit is the essential person. The mental and physical freedoms are tied up to the spiritual. Whenever you hear about a person or religion that imposes itself on people, know for sure that that person/religion is false. He/it WILL fail one day, and that failure will be final. Be sure about it.

Nothing false shall have permanence. That’s what the Bible teaches. According to Bible, only TRUTH is eternal and it is embodied in God. It is essential to relate with God in order to relate ourselves with Truth. Only by relating with Truth, we can be true. And, as stated before, only by being true, we can be free. That’s why it is important to search for God…and relate to Him. That, exactly, is the purpose why we are preaching Jesus to you. Our purpose is further clarified by what is written in the Book of Romans in the Bible. I quote it here:

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel (Bible), for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek (people in general who don’t follow the faith that is given in the Bible).”

Again, we preach Jesus (God) to you because you need salvation – spiritual salvation. You are in bondage of sin, curse and death. Only Jesus can set you free from these. So, Jesus is the starting point of our journey in search of truth and liberty, and He is also the destination. He made it clear when He said, “I am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life.”

The big problem is that there has come up people/organizations that are determined to stop us from conveying Jesus’ message to you. What exactly they are doing is depriving YOU of your right to know or not to know about what Jesus can do for you. You have the right to information, isn’t it? If someone else is going to decide for you what you should know and what not, you are certainly at the risk of losing your freedom. Freedom is the most important thing from biblical point of view. Because only free people are free to enjoy life…to live life in the way they desire.

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Monday, 22 August 2022

IDOLS AS OBJECTS OF WORSHIP

I am writing this blog especially for my Hindu friends. And, it is intended to scatter the misunderstanding that occurs every time we, the Christian, talk about idolatry being considered sin in the Bible. I have made my explanation as brief as it is practically possible. Here…

To make it simple, I would ask those Hindu readers who are parents: “How you would feel if your children make your image and hang it on the wall and daily burn incense stick before it, garland it, bow before it, etc and altogether ignore your physical presence, altogether avoid paying you respect directly as though you are not there at all?!”

Well, that’s how God feels! He is the FATHER of us all. He has created us; He supports us through our life; and He secures the life after death that awaits us….He does everything for us. We don’t do anything for Him nor do we give anything to Him to please Him; simply because all that we have is from Him. The whole world is His, and everything in it. What we can give Him? Nothing! All we can do is worship Him with truthfulness of heart. That’s all! He doesn’t want anything else! Can we do at least this much for Him? That’s the only way we can express our respect and thankfulness for all that He has done for us.

Another thing, we can respect Him in proportion to the knowledge about Him that we have. It is quite understandable that some people know more about Him and some people less. Those who try earnestly to find out God, at some point of time in their search they DO encounter Him in some way. Most people don’t want God for His sake! That’s the truth! They want Him because they want, money, property, beautiful wife, nice children, success in study, in business, etc. If they have all this, the purpose of having God is served!

In other words, objects of their desire are more important for them than God Himself! According to Bible, all that takes the place of God is an idol. To make it even more simple, anything that is more important in your sight than God is an idol. Idol is something that replaces God from the position that rightfully belongs to Him!

THINK ABOUT THIS…

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Tuesday, 14 June 2022

THE TIMING OF THE RAPTURE

To,

My Fellow Believers in Jesus our Lord

Dear brothers and sisters,

After quite some time I am returning to writing. Had I not felt irresistible inward pull to write it, I wouldn’t have. It is about the timing of what we call the RAPTURE. I did talk about it before in my blog and yet, because I got some new light on the topic, I must bring it to you. I have no assertion to make. I never do. What I am trying to do is making known to you some new thoughts based on some Bible verses. These thoughts crossed my mind about five to six days back when I was taking bath! If you let me know what you think about it, I will be no little thankful to you.

Let me straightaway put them forth. Here…

There are different views about when the Rapture will take place: whether before the Great Tribulation or in the middle of it or after it. There was a time when I thought that this event might possibly take place at the time that the Lamb breaks open the Sixth Seal. This is because it is exactly at this time that the world sees both God the Father and Jesus (God the Son). I thought that the very first time the world would see Jesus again would be at the time when He would appear in heaven to take the Church out of the world – before the Great Tribulation starts.

I thought the Rapture was a pre-tribulation event on the basis of Jesus’ comparing the situation that would prevail at that time with that of Noah. I thought just as God took Noah and his family out of the world before the Great Flood began, Jesus would also take His Church out of the world before the Great Tribulation starts. This thought would never fail to elate me. It greatly relieved me from the worries about the woes that would beset the people who would live through the terrible period of time under the dispensation of the Antichrist.

But, the thought that recently struck me startled me out of the self-complacency in which I was living. This thought was, Whether the Death riding on the Fourth Horse of the Apocalypse could be the Antichrist. What made me seriously think about this possibility was the shockingly close comparison that this rider riding the pale horse bears with Jesus. Jesus claimed to be the Life; so the Antichrist must be the Death! After all, the latter would be the direct opposite of the former. The fourth horse rider is named Death! Nothing in Bible is accident; neither is this piece of detail in the Book of Revelation. See Revelation 6:8.

Another thing, it is indicated in the four Gospels that the coming of Jesus to the world was also the coming of the Kingdom of Heaven to them. If anyone would reject Him, it would tantamount to rejecting the Kingdom of Heaven. Similarly, the Death that rides the pale horse brings with it the Hades, which is the direct opposite of the Kingdom of Heaven! The parallel between Jesus and the fourth horse rider of Revelation 6 is quite striking.

The thing is that the appearance of the fourth horse rider is before the opening of the Sixth Seal. If the events contained in the Sixth Seal are indicative of the Rapture, then it simply means that the Antichrist appears before the Rapture. And, if this is the case, then the Church will have to go through the tribulation period!

What St. Paul has to say in Chapter 2 of 2 Thessalonians DOES seem to support this view. Let me quote it here:

“Now, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, we ask you, not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as if from us, as though the day of Christ had come. Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.”

As it is, we are already seeing the falling away and opposition to God. People already have faith in the power of untruth and corrupt practices in different aspects of life. They strongly believe that success cannot be achieved by positive means in the present world. Even among the Christian, there are very few who have taken stance not to give in to the corrupt practices of the world no matter what.

Daniel 8:23 refers to the moral depravation that will be prevailing in the world, and which is considered to be the very sign that will show that the stage is ready for the appearance of the Antichrist. It says,

“When the transgressors have reached their fullness,

A king shall arise,

Having fierce features,

Who understands sinister schemes.”

Looking at the present day world, we cannot but have the feeling that the transgressors are well on their way to reach the fullness that is talked about in the above quoted verse. The New World Order is no longer an idea. We are seeing it right before our eyes. And it is a matter of pride among masses to proclaim that Satan is their god. He is the initiator of this order. It is essentially his. So the question, now, is, How near the appearance of Antichrist is?!

It is very much relevant for the believers in Christ to know that most probably we are living in the time of the Third Seal. The First Seal introduced what I would call neocolonialism. It seems to have begun with 9/11 attack on America. All big powers of the world, who had established colonies in past, are again engaged in controlling their colonies in different ways. The second rider seems to have done his bit and now we are hearing about global food shortage and the soon-to-be-running-out stocks of wheat and oil.

Wheat, barley, oil….These are the things of which special mention is being made in the description of the events that unfold when the Third Seal is broken. The UN has even given the time period within which this food crisis will take over the world. Shockingly, it is not more than four to five months.

I am talking about what characterizes the period of the Third Seal in order to imply that we are already in it! And the reason why I am saying that we are possibly in the time of the Third Seal is to point my readers to the fact that, if we are really in the time of the Third Seal, the Fourth Seal is the next big thing. Looking at the pace with which things have started happening since the start of the pandemic, it won’t be wrong to say that the Fourth Seal or the Antichrist is right at our threshold.

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Sunday, 27 February 2022

A Letter to My Muslim Friends – V

Let’s Relate to God

Dear Friends,

This blog deals with some extremely important issues, beginning with the mystery of worship. Mystery of worship is such that once you start exploring it, at every stage of your progress in worship, you will be awed by its greatness. Let’s take the first step toward it.

To begin with, what is worship? Sounds strange, isn’t it? But, I assure you that once I move on in this brief discussion from where we are now, you will understand why I ask this question. It is written in the Gospel according to St. Matthew, chapter 8 from verses 2 to 4:

“And behold, a leper came and worshiped Him (Jesus), saying, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.”

I had read this verse right from my childhood but never understood its hidden meaning until very recently. The thing to be noted in this verse is that a man suffering from leprosy comes to Jesus in order to get healed from his disease. That is his purpose for approaching Jesus. I failed to notice the import of the phrase ‘worshiped Him’. Where does worship reside in his action? It is exactly in his attitude and speech. This is what he says: “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.”

What exactly he is doing here? He accepts that God’s will is above all…it is supreme. That, exactly, is worship! …Accepting the supremacy of God’s will. God’s will doesn’t fail. With His will goes His powers and authority. Very often we hear some people say, “If I don’t do what I say that I will, I am not Samuel or Suleiman or whatever it is.” Here, they emphasize their capacity or ability to do what they say, and on that capacity depends their real identity. But it is a fact that we fail at one time or the other. We are bound to. That proves that we are human.

By the same token, the fact that God never fails in fulfilling what He wills proves that He is God. Therefore, when this leper says that if Jesus wills it to heal him, He will certainly heal him. Of course, the sick man himself wants to be healed from his disease; but he accepts that his own will doesn’t matter. He also accepts that what really matters is that Jesus wills it to heal him. If Jesus wills, He will certainly heal him.

In other words, he asks Jesus to fulfill His will in his life. That’s prioritizing God’s will in his life. God is glorified in his acceptance of the fact that the will of God (Jesus) alone does not fail - no matter what. It is this kind of faith that makes worship. It is this kind of faith that pleases God.

Indeed, this man has a very peculiar way of declaring his faith in God. He doesn’t talk about his faith in God. He doesn’t tell Jesus how bad is the problem he is suffering from. Rather he says that if Jesus wills, He can heal him. It glorifies Him. Glorifying Him is worship.

But this is not all! When we talk about God’s will, we need to know His will. But how can we know the will of someone that we cannot know? In the same way, how can we glorify God in a manner that befits His Person if we don’t know Him?

This is THE question.

If we don’t know God, we can’t know His will…we can’t glorify Him. That, exactly, is the reason why God wants that we know Him. The point is, He is not unknowable. And knowing Him doesn’t mean knowing that He is God and lives forever in a place called Heaven outside the ken of one and all. Rather He wants us to be acquainted with Him, be familiar with Him and, finally, be related to Him. Yes! He wants us to become His relatives. He wants to build a family and have us as part of His family. He wants us to enjoy Him for what He is and He literally enjoys our company. He loves us. And, He loves it to see us love Him.

Now, we all know what family means to us. But if we are to learn how God sees His family, it would literally humble ourselves by dint of its greatness and uniqueness. Our understanding of a family is not even a shadow beside the conception of family that God has. Please note that He wants us to grasp His conception of a family.

Jesus puts it in simplest terms in the parable of the prodigal son. I’d like to quote it whole from the Bible. It is found in Luke 15: 11-32. Here…

“A certain man had two sons. And the younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the portion of goods that falls to me.’ So he divided to them his livelihood. And not many days after, the younger son gathered all together, journeyed to a far country, and there wasted his possessions with prodigal living. But when he had spent all, there arose a severe famine in that land, and he began to be in want. Then he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country, and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. And he would gladly have filled his stomach with the pods that the swine ate, and no one gave him anything.

But when he came to himself, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! I will arise and go to my father, and will say to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you, and I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Make me like one of your hired servants.’

And he arose and came to his father. But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him. And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight, and am no longer worthy to be called your son.’

But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet. And bring the fatted calf here and kill it, and let us eat and be merry; for this my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ And they began to be merry.”

This seemingly simple parable contains some very important information:

1.  The father represents God

2.  The father is someone that both the good son and the bad know. This is important. It clearly states that both types of people know God. God is not someone unknown

3.  Now the question is, “If a person knows who the true God is, then why would he desire to part with Him?” Proverbs 18 from the Bible has this answer to this question: “A man who isolates himself seeks his own desire; he rages against all wise judgment.” It means a person who parts with true God is driven by his desires to follow ungodly ways. He cannot fulfill his sinful desires as long as he stays with God. So, he chooses to be away from God

4.  The result of having his own way is that this prodigal son gains for a time being all the fleshly pleasures and loses God’s blessings. He becomes a poor man. Nobody gains anything when he loses God’s blessings. He only loses. Jesus clearly states it in Matthew 12:30: “…he who does not gather with Me scatters abroad.”

5.  When he becomes poor, the time of famine starts. The world, of which company he enjoyed dearly once, refuses to support him in his bad time. Thus, he gets firsthand knowledge of the difference between the friendship with the world and the relationship to God the Father. The world reduces him to the status of a slave. As a slave, he is given the responsibility to feed the pigs. When he would grow hungry, he would feed himself with the same pods that he used to feed those pigs with. As a swineherd, he becomes just like those pigs. Now, he realizes how stupid he was in rejecting the few responsibilities that he had to shoulder as the son of the Father. After all, he was rewarded for shouldering those responsibilities in such a way that it far outweighed the efforts involved in fulfilling those responsibilities

6.  The positive thing about this prodigal son is that he arrives to a decision to return to the Father. This is important

7.  Significantly, when this prodigal son is thinking of returning to his Father, he doesn’t know how eagerly his Father is looking for his return all the time that he is away from Him. He returns to his Father with a view to be granted a status of His slave but the Father shows with His attitude that, while all the time that he ceased to be a son to Him, the Father remained Father. Father didn’t change. Therein lies the real hope of the prodigal son who represents the mankind that has forsaken God. If we return to God, He is very much willing to accept us

Now, let’s go deeper into the kind of relationship that God eyes for us for eternity. Again, it is Jesus who discloses it to His disciples in John 14:

“At that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you.”

The most obvious meaning of this remarkable statement of Jesus is that God wants us to be part of His life. When we discuss it further, we realize how simplistic this meaning actually is. The significance of this statement is well brought out by the imagery of the body of Christ. The Church (the believers in Christ) is called the Body of Christ in Colossians 1:18, and Christ Himself is called the Head of this Body. When Christ says that He is in His Father, the Church also is in His Father.

In other words, we, the believers in Christ are in Christ and the Christ in God. Thus, we reside in God. The whole thing raises a vivid picture of God as a building and Jesus and His followers are parts of this building. To many, this might appear to be an abstract concept which it certainly is not. I will move on to explain it further…

Please refer to Revelation 3:12 where Jesus is talking about the Church in Philadelphia (people who belong to this church):

“He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go out no more. I will write on him the name of My God and the name of the city of My God, the New Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God. And I will write on him My new name.”

It is very interesting to refer to what Revelation 21:22 has to say about the temple in heaven:

“But I saw no temple in it (New Jerusalem), for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple.”

If there is no temple in Heaven, how can we explain the reward that Jesus says He would mete out to the members of the Church of Philadelphia? He says that He would make them a pillar in the temple of God the Father; how?

The thing is that it is the New Jerusalem that is called the tabernacle of God in Revelation 21:3. Being pillar in the temple of God means a place of importance in the New Jerusalem. The person who is made pillar in the temple of God will never go out of this city. This city is in Heaven, as we are informed in Revelation 15:5, and it is the same tabernacle of God. When the New Jerusalem comes down to the New Earth, see Revelation 21:2, the tabernacle of God takes place among men. That is the time when God will live with men! And men will be related to God in the same way that a pillar in the temple of God is related to the temple.

Now, remember, who is the temple in the renewal of all things? It is the God and the Lamb (Jesus) themselves! The New Jerusalem is no longer considered the temple of God. Because it is not only the House of God, it is also our own House. The difference between our house and His is obliterated when He chooses to live with us. Now, the focus shifts from the House (Building) to the Relationship.

This is extremely important to understand. It helps us understand what it means to be a pillar in the temple! It indicates the kind of existence that the members of the Church in Philadelphia will have when God starts living with the mankind! They will directly see the face of God Himself...for eternity!

What are the implications of this bit of information?! You just have to remember what happens when the believers in Jesus will see Him face to face when He appears in sky for the event we referred to as the Rapture.

After Jesus’ Ascension to Heaven, this will be the first time that they will see Him face to face; but this time they will see Him in the same glory that He had before the foundation of the Creation. During the time of His First Coming, He was in the human form; during the time of His Second Coming, they will see Him in His original divine form. And, when they see Him as He is in His divine form, they will transform into His image. That happens because they see Him as He is. How can this happen?

As I have said elsewhere, the body of Jesus represented the ‘sinful’ mankind. When it was crucified and died on the cross and buried in a grave, the ‘sinful self’ of the mankind (that believed in Jesus and accepted Him) also died and buried in the grave. When Jesus was resurrected on the third day, all the believers (who were dead before Him and those who weren’t dead but would die after Him) too were resurrected! When the resurrected Jesus returned to God the Father, so did all the believers in Jesus! There, in Heaven, Jesus lives in the same glory that was His before the foundation of the Creation. And, in Him, all the believers also live glorified life.

Hard to understand, isn’t it? Let me explain it further. Jesus was the fulfillment of all the promises that God held out to the mankind through Jesus. When we put our faith in Him, and accept Him as Savior, we possess the promises we have in Him. At the appointed time, we also shall possess the fulfillment thereof.

To make it even simpler, the glorified self of the believers is in glorified Jesus. We, the believers, on earth are but shadows of our real self. When Jesus appears at the time of the Rapture, our glorified selves will be REVEALED in us, making us also glorified like Jesus. This is a big, big mystery that not too many people are able to grasp. But, here, you have it.

This, naturally, brings us to discuss in some detail the glory of Jesus Christ. According to the Book of Hebrews 1:1-4, we have this description of Him:

“God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers (ancestors) by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds; who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become so much better than the angels, as He has by inheritance obtained a more excellent name then they.”

As stated elsewhere, when we become like Jesus, we become the sons and daughters of the God Most High. It means we shall become gods. Children of God cannot be human. They are bound to be divine…bound to be gods. Before we approach God in Heaven, it was must for us to become like Jesus. That makes us worthy to be presented before God the Father.

When we have glorified existence in Heaven, we acquire the capacity to be in the presence of God. Because our ‘glorified’ self is free from sin. Because it is free from sin, it is holy and does not get destroyed by the glory of His presence. Isn’t that amazing? But, rest assured; this wonder doesn’t stop here. There is even more to the existence in Heaven than we have discussed here.

What we gather from this discussion is that the believers who belong to the Church in Philadelphia hold the promise of being made a pillar in the temple, that is, God the Father and Jesus Christ. In other words, their ‘self’ forms part of God and Jesus in Heaven, not the whole. We are gods; we are not God. I hope you are able to understand this.

The thing is that this particular promise is given to the believers belonging to the Church in Philadelphia. There are other believers who belong to other churches. There are Seven Churches in the Book of Revelation. The believers in Jesus will fall in one or the other of these Churches in Heaven. And, each of the Seven Churches has a different reward from God. What kind of reality we would have in Heaven when all these Churches receive their respective rewards in Heaven from God?!

Well, it will require another blog to discuss it. As I get time, I write on different topics. I will certainly write to answer the question I raised here. I hope this discussion helps you in some way.

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Sunday, 14 November 2021

A Letter to My Muslim Friends – IV

Dear Friends,

Once my neighbor, Bro. Alam, invited one Wali sahib, and few other people who knew Koran, at his residence to hold discussion with me about certain issues on which the Moslem and the Christian views differ from each other.

After we were introduced to one another, the discussion started. It began with my asking the elderly Wali sahib about what Islam said about Isa (Jesus). He said that he was one of the prophets. I asked him about the purpose for which God sent him into the world. Wali sahib said that it was to present the world with the Book of love. I asked him, “Do you have that book of love?” He explained that the book of love didn’t literally mean a book but a message of love. I asked him what was that message of love? “To love one another,” he said. I asked him why God saw the need to send Isa with this book since this message was already preached by countless people before Him. Was there anything unique about this message of love that Isa brought into this world? He said, “No.” Here, he stressed the specificity of the mission, not the message.

Clearly, he didn’t know anything about that message of love that God sent Jesus with into the world. There were many other issues that we discussed on that day. I propose to deal one by one with them through different blogs. Just now I would like to talk to you about that message of love that Jesus had to convey to the world. It is exactly this:

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son (Jesus), that whoever believes in Him (Jesus) should not perish but have everlasting life.” – John 3:16

The reason why we would have perished had God not shown His love in this way is exactly this:

“In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” – 1 John 4:10

We were sinners. In other words, we were against God. The very meaning of sin is to disobey God. To disobey God is surely not the expression of love and honor. It is dishonoring God to commit sin. We have all committed this sin. We disobey God one way or the other.

But God is Holy and Just forever…That, exactly, was the reason why our sins brought about separation between God and us. God can never, never compromise with justice and righteousness. In order to compromise with justice and righteousness, He has to change Himself – the thing that He cannot do; simply because He is God and not human like us. This is the point that God stressed in Malachi 3:6:

“For I am the Lord, I do not change;

Therefore you are not consumed, O sons of Jacob.” – Malachi 3:6

Now, here is a question: If God cannot change, it means that our condition is hopeless! Because we are sinners, and we deserve punishment, and the punishment for sin is nothing less than death. It is written in Romans 6:23:

“For the wages of sin is death…”

It is we humans who view sin as big or small; God sees it for what it is, that is, rebellion against Him. People who rebel against God, rebel against all that is good. Remember, God is good and the source of all that is good.

Therefore, the Just God, when He sits on His judgment seat, is bound to mete out death penalty to the entire human race. That would have destroyed all of them…Then, why God says in Malachi 3 that because He does not change the sons of Jacob are not consumed? The fact that He does not change should have rather destroyed them all…destroyed us all!

If we are to use human logic, in spite of the fact that God loved us, His sense of justice should sacrifice His love for the sake of Divine justice, isn’t it? This is because if He forgives a sinner, it means a sinner will not receive the just punishment that he deserves for his sins. And if God is to punish a sinner, it simply means that the sinner is not going to receive grace from Him.

Well, it is absolutely interesting the way Divine wisdom has solution for each and every situation. It found out a way that would exact Divine justice without sacrificing His love for the mankind. God decided that He would put the punishment of our sins on Jesus (His Son) so that we don’t have to die for our sins.

In order to put upon Him our punishment, it was must for Him to take on a flesh-and-blood existence. Again, many people may not understand why God the Son should take on a flesh-and-blood existence in order to bear the punishment for our sins. Therefore, it is relevant for me to answer this question from the Book of Romans. It is written in Romans, Chapter 7, that sin dwells in our body which is made up of flesh and blood. Whenever we want to be good or to do good, this sin becomes active and fights against our will and forces us to do what is evil. Therefore, we want to do good, but we end up doing what is bad.

In other words, we naturally do what we don’t want to do! And we don’t do what we want to do! St. Paul makes it amply clear when he says that this situation is there because there is one law working in our flesh-and-blood and another in our spirit. The law that works in our flesh-and-blood is the law of sin.

In other words, when we commit sin, it is not we who commit sin but the sin that dwells in our body. Sin works itself out with our body. Therefore, it was important for God to destroy the body that was exposed to all sorts of sinful passions and replace it with a glorified body that wouldn’t be exposed to sinful passions. Because the glorified body is not exposed to sinful passions, Sin cannot dwell in it and live through it.

The destruction of the body in which Sin made its abode was to take place on the cross. The body of Jesus represented the body of the entire mankind.

So, Jesus (God the Son) did take flesh-and-blood existence and took birth through Mother Mary (Mariam) into this world. He took upon Himself the punishment for our sins on the cross; He shed His holy and precious blood on the cross to atone for our sins; and He died in our place. He was buried in the grave but rose to life on the third day and lived on earth for 40 days in the midst of His followers, proving in many ways that He was the same Jesus who died on the cross. Now, the thing that remained for Him to do in order to fulfill the divine plan for the fallen humanity was to ascend to Heaven to His Father. So He did right before the eyes of His followers.

It was necessary for Him to ascend to His Father because if He would go to the Father, He would be able to send the Holy Spirit on earth. The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God. The coming of the Holy Spirit was a very important event because it marked a new phase in the plan of God.

In this phase, the Spirit of God helps the humanity to develop in the spiritual realm to which we were introduced when we received salvation of our spirit. For this purpose, the Spirit of God both dwells with us and within us. He imparts to us the knowledge of God and this knowledge brings about the necessary changes in our personality. The task of the Holy Spirit is to prepare us in such a way that we are ready for the final phase of the salvation that started with our spiritual salvation. This final phase includes Jesus’ appearance in the sky and the believers in Jesus seeing Him face to face. This appearance of Jesus in the sky concerns the event that is called THE RAPTURE. At due time, we shall talk about it. For now, we shall limit ourselves to the topic we are dealing with.

Something unimaginable happens at this time. When the believers see Jesus face to face, in that very instant they undergo change in the twinkling of an eye and they are transformed into the image of Jesus. They acquire ‘glorified body’, which is called the salvation of the body in the Bible.

With the salvation of the body, the process of salvation is concluded. They pass onto the divine plane from the human. Now they are in the possession of a divine nature that cannot be assailed by sin and death. This is because this nature is not sinful. It is righteous. And, it is immortal. Now the believers are ready to accompany Jesus to Heaven and be able to live in the presence of God for eternity.

In biblical terminology, with the salvation of the body, we pass from human dimension into the divine! And we shall be granted the status of ‘adopted’ children of God – adopted because actually we were not part of the family of God but out of His grace He included us into His family so that we may have share in all that is His.

Just consider what it means to be the sons and daughters of God! It means just as the children of men and women are bound to be men and women, the children of God are bound to be gods! This difference between God and gods must be understood. It is an altogether different topic for which this short blog does not provide enough room. I will certainly deal with it in a different blog. What I would like to underline here is the fact that we shall be in Heaven with God forever.

Therein lies God’s happiness – and also ours. In that state He would be able to give us all the blessings that He intends to give us. When we will talk about the nature of our existence in the presence of God in Heaven, we shall also discuss what He wants to bless us with. If anyone has any question to ask about this blog, please feel free to get in touch.

My email ID is: bertrand.hatia@mysaviourmylight.org