YOU ARE INEXCUSABLE
“Thou art inexcusable,” God says to you. As the Apostle Paul writes in his Epistle to the Romans 2:1-3, “Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things. But we are sure that the judgment of God is according to truth against them which commit such things. And thinkest thou this, O man, that judgest them which do such things, and doest the same, that thou shalt escape the judgment of God?”
He who commits a sin, when standing before God cannot give an excuse for committing that sin. As a result God will send him to hell. “For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without law,” Romans 2:12. Even if you failed to know God’s commandments, and you broke one of them you will still perish. So they “without law shall also perish without law.” And he who knew the commandments and broke only one of them shall be judged by them. “And as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law,” God says in James 2: 10, “For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.” If you break only one of them you will be guilty of all.
As a result, you will start giving excuses before God saying, “O God I did not know!” But God will tell you, “Thou art inexcusable, O man” You might even tell Him that you are weak and Satan tempted you. But He will still tell you, “Thou art inexcusable, O man.” You might also say, “I will do well from now on. So, please, God, forgive me this sin.” He will still tell you, “Thou art inexcusable, O man”. Since you have kept all the commandments and broke just one of them, you have become guilty of all.
You might say, “O Lord, you are unjust.” His response will be, “I am just and holy. My holiness requires Me that I should not accept sin in any form.” He also says, “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 6: 23. You will cry to the Lord and say, “O Lord, I am better than my neighbor. He is a notorious sinner but I am not.” God will say to you, “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one….They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.” Romans 3:10, 12.
If you trust in your good deeds to get to heaven, you are lost indeed. Because God says in Romans 3:20, “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.” You might cry to God and say, “O God, You are merciful. Please forgive my sins and accept me in heaven. His response will be, “Yes, I am a merciful and forgiving God. But I am Holy and Just, and punish sin severely. Therefore, I will not allow sinners into heaven.” You will then cry, as in Acts 16:30, “What must I do to be saved?” God will tell you, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved...” Acts 16:31.
God knows that, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God,” Romans 3:23. All people deserve hell based upon their works. The holy, just, merciful and forgiving God wants to save all mankind, and He diligently searched for someone among the people, prophets and apostles and found no righteous man, not even one. As a result, God was incarnated in a human form and made redemption for Man. As the Bible says in Isaiah 59:16, “And he saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor: therefore his arm brought salvation unto him; and his righteousness, it sustained him.” “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him,” 2 Corinthians 5: 21.
Jesus Christ, God incarnate, knew no sin, kept the Law (commandments) and broke none of them. More than once he challenged the people and the Scribes by saying, “Which of you convinceth me of sin? And if I say the truth, why do ye not believe me?” John 8:46. No man was able to testify that Christ committed one sin. “Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.” Hebrews 4: 14-15.
The Bible has recorded at least one sin for each and every prophet and apostle. But Jesus committed not even one sin. Therefore, He Himself made our redemption and died on the cross and shed His blood for the remission of our sins. “For he hath made him (the Lord Jesus, God in flesh) to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him” II Cor. 5:21. This means that we receive righteousness through faith in Christ. “But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; 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: For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God,” Romans 3:21-25.
If you desire to go to heaven, you should become righteous, just as if you never committed sin. The Lord Jesus Christ died on the cross to redeem you, to forgive your sins and to rescue you from Hell. Abraham offered a lamb for his son. This was a symbol of the Lord Jesus Christ as the redeeming lamb for the sake of humanity. John the Baptist, following the baptism of the Lord Jesus, saw the Holy Spirit descending on Him in a form of a dove. Concerning the Lord Jesus Christ, he said, “The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world” John 1:29. John the Baptist is considered the greatest prophet as the Lord Jesus referred to him in Matthew 11: 11, “Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist” John referred to Jesus in John 1:29, “Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world” Therefore, the Lord Jesus is the redeeming lamb for the whole world. He said, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest,” Matthew 11: 28.
The Lord Jesus is able to take away the curse of our sins. He is the One who carried our iniquities upon Himself through His death on the cross for the remission of our sins. All who believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life. He is the one who said in John 11:25-26, “Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?”
Come to Jesus Christ and believe in Him so that you will not perish, but have instead everlasting life. You are therefore, with no excuse if you go on sinning and continue rejecting to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ who descended from His heavenly throne for His love for you; who came to our world to redeem you and forgive your sins, in particular, on the cross so that you may not perish. You are with no excuse if you reject the holy, merciful and forgiving God who loved you and redeemed you and died for you.
Dear reader, do not reject His forgiveness, love, mercy. He shed his blood on the cross to save you from the clutches of Satan. Come to Him before it is too late and believe in Him in your heart and confess in Him with your mouth. Then pray this prayer:
“O Lord, have mercy on me, a sinner. Wash me with your blood that you shed on the cross. Come dwell in my heart and grant me eternal life. I ask this in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ, Amen.”
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Atoms from Creation to Disintegration
The question Man might ask in our present advanced age, known as the Atom age: What is an atom? One Greek philosopher could answer the above question. He would say, “An atom is the smallest particle or portion of a mass one could get.” To this description other philosophers might add, “this particle can’t be divided into other smaller parts.” The Greek philosophers believed that an atom is indivisible. But this belief has been proven wrong in our present age by Einstein. He proved that an atom can be disintegrated based on a known and tested theory. You might ask me, “How could I know that what you are saying is true since I am not very well educated?” On the bases of this theory, the atomic bomb was made. Who does not know about the atom bomb? Is there any man on earth with reading, hearing and seeing abilities who can possibly not know about the atomic bomb?
As it is known, the atomic bomb is built on the fact that atoms can be divided, and that part of the major mass that formulates the atom can be disintegrated.
Following is the rule regarding this theory:
Energy = mass x speed of light x speed of light (E = m x c x c)
According to the above equation, it is possible for energy to be transformed into mass and vice versa. Man, on his part, was able to transform mass into energy. In other words, man succeeded to split the atom and get that part in which energy was stored. From where did this energy come? Who put it in the mass?
Let us answer the first question: “Where did this energy come from?” since mass can only be disintegrated on the basis of Einstein’s theory which says, “The disintegrated mass is transformed into energy.” Based on this same theory, no mass can exist apart from energy. Therefore, we all know that our universe is full of this mass. If we say that mass has been in existence since infinity, this could not be possible. As a matter of fact, the sun alone loses from its mass 4.2 million tons per second. This means that about 4.2 million tons of mass disintegrates every second and is transformed into energy. These rays, when reaching the earth, are stored in the plants in the form of complex compounds. In this essay we will only mention that the plants store these rays in the hydrocarbon complex like wood and sugar etc. If the sun has truly existed since infinity then we should find out how much mass it has lost during this infinite span of time.
We already know that any number multiplied with an infinite number of years will become infinite. To say the universe has no beginning makes the mass infinite, and that is impossible. So there must be a beginning point for the universe. Anyone who says that there is no beginning for the universe is surely illiterate and knows nothing about atomic age science. As a result, you should not even listen to them whoever they may be. Just consider them as educated but illiterate, living in the 20th century.
Now let us go back to our former question now that we have come to the main conclusion that the universe has a starting point. Let us ask, “Who has founded this universe?” If we reiterate what the illiterate has to say about the creation of the universe, that the universe was created by itself, then even the lunatic would have reason to laugh at us. Just think, how can something that does not exist bring into existence the sporadic mass that fills this vast universe? If one of the adolescent philosophers come and say to us that the stars, the sun, and the moon were created by some sort of a small amount of gas that began to expand and multiply, then the Thermodynamics’ theory and those of Einstein and others would have laughed. Actually, we have no time to look into these different theories. We will only say:
Gas is governed by a proven theory which is P1*V1/T1=P2*V2/T2. In another words when the volume increases the pressure decreases. We can say the mass of the gas will remain the same. All those who dare to claim that when gas expands it multiplies, implying that mass was created, contradict the theory E=m*c*c.
Lastly, science has introduced another theory that cannot be proved. It claims that the universe was created as a result of an explosion they call The Big Bang theory. It was not proved from where this thing that exploded came. Here we see how science contradicts itself. The former theory contradicts another one that is: “Energy = mass X light speed square.”
If the Bang Theory is correct then the Energy theory is wrong. But since the latest theory has not been proven then the Bang theory is wrong.
At this point, we will refrain to list down the different theories by the philosophers for they have become a mockery in the face of Modern Science. Therefore, we should be aware that the mass of the atoms cannot exist without energy. Now the question is: “How did this great and immense energy come from?” Could this be a philosopher’s or genius’s energy? If it is so, then why shouldn’t he transform it into a very costly material to meet his financial needs? But if we say it is an angel’s energy? Who is this Angel?
Here we have assumed that the energy is either from a human or from an angel. Undoubtedly, there should be someone who activates this energy. Then, if we cannot assume the existence of an angel because we need first to determine who created him, in like manner, we cannot assume the existence of a human being because we should also need to know who created him.
All the above problems and dilemmas were solved by God. He said, “In the beginning God created the heavens and earth.” God did not need to prove that He exists because there is no doubt about it. He rather wants to make known to us what He made or created. He does not need to convince us about what He made because He knows that He Himself made the “heavens and the earth” The word ‘create’ means “bring into being”. If we claim the existence of God, who owns the stores of the infinite power, wisdom and knowledge, then we have no problem believing that God transformed part of this infinite energy into mass when He created the heavens and the earth. God is not limited by the laws of nature. But it is in His power to lay down laws for nature to follow, and to control it accordingly. Based on the above, God has the power to transform energy into mass according to a theory Einstein discovered. God used Einstein’s theory since the creation of the universe. What Einstein did was to discover its existence. But he wasn’t the first to discover this theory. You might ask, “Who then has discovered the disintegration of the atom into energy and fire?
The first one to record the disintegration of the atom into energy was the Apostle Peter. This was recorded in the Bible by the Apostle Peter around 66 A.D., 1850 years before Einstein discovered the theory.
2 Peter 3:10, 12 says, “But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?
In the Greek language the word ‘melt’ means “dissolving of atoms”. For your information, the Apostle Peter lived at a time when people did not believe that atoms could be divided into protons, neutrons and electrons. Everybody used to believe in the indivisibility of the atom, whereas, the Apostle Peter, who was neither taught by philosophers or doctors, seemed to know far more than the scientists and philosophers altogether. Peter was taught by God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. As a result, he discerned what wasn’t apprehended by any mortal at that time, but by God alone. He comprehended that atoms (elements) disintegrate into energy, that is, melt with fervent heat. He said, “wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?”
Needles to mention, the Apostle Peter was neither a scientist nor a philosopher. He was rather a mere fisherman with limited scientific knowledge. And since God owns the stores of knowledge, He could impart a portion of it to anyone He wishes. Accordingly, a portion of this divine wisdom was granted to the apostles and disciples who believed in Jesus Christ. Until now, God is still lavishing this divine wisdom upon man. One of God’s promises in the last days is to increase knowledge to mankind. He has indeed carried out His promise.
Today, as we know, man cannot read all that God has recorded. As a matter of fact, if someone wants to read all what was said by one preacher, like Spurgeon, it will take him about three years of incessant day and night reading.
Thousands of writers have written millions of books on all subjects in about every language. One might even get lost in reading these subjects and topics. But the most important subject is about God’s wisdom in Creation and in the disintegration of mass. God first created the heavens and earth. Then He created Adam and Eve and placed them in Paradise. Adam sinned and as a result God expelled Adam and Eve from the garden of Eden.
Do you think that God is ignorant in not knowing that Satan would cause Adam to fall into sin? Not at all! The Omnipotent God knew even before the creation of the heavens, the earth, angels and man, that Satan would test Adam and cause him to fall into sin. For this reason, God prepared redemption even before the creation of the world, the angels and man. In fact, God did not create devils. But He rather created angels who rebelled against Him through the leadership of Lucifer, the devil. These fallen angels have become the devils, evil spirits, and fiends. These are different names for one thing, the devil.
Following are a number of verses from 1Peter 1:18-20: “Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.” These verses assure that God prepared for man the sacrificial death of Christ on the cross even before the foundation of the world. He, therefore, prepared the way of salvation for man prior to his falling into sin. Accordingly, no one can stand before God and accuse Him by saying: “O God! You are not just.” This is because the remission of sins was prepared by God before the creation of man. For the same reason, man cannot stand before God and accuse Him, “O God! You are not merciful.” For God has sent His only begotten Son to die on the cross to have mercy on all those who believe in Him. For the Bible says in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” This means that God prepared salvation for man even before He created the sun or the moon, the planets or the stars, and even before angels and the angels that fell. He prepared salvation before there was any man or animals or plants on earth. Before all these, that is, before the foundation of the world, God prepared redemption. This redemption is based neither on works nor position nor wealth, whether it is gold or silver. It is rather based on the shed blood of Jesus on the cross; as the blood of an innocent is shed. This blood is a blood without blemish or flaw. It is the blood of Christ. The Apostle Paul says in Ephesians 1:7, “In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace.”
The Apostle John said in 1John 1: 7, “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.” Even before the existence of the atom, God found forgiveness through the shed blood of Christ on the cross. Believe in Christ before the atoms of this universe disintegrates into fervent heat. Believe in Jesus because, as a matter of fact, this entire universe will disintegrate into energy that will be “the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone:” Revelation 21:8 says the people, who failed to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, will suffer. Jesus says before this universe dissolves, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11: 28
Would you come to Jesus before it is too late and believe in Him to grant you eternal life? John 11:25 says, “Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live. “
Today atomic and nuclear bombs are being made in larger quantities and are being stored to be used in immense numbers. You never know when the button will go off and the spark will be lit. Once this takes place woe will come upon the inhabitants of the world. Would you like to believe in Jesus today? Today is the day of salvation. Tomorrow will be the day of remorse. Would you then take advantage of the time you have? The door is still wide open! Believe, to have eternal life. Nobody, including your father or mother or brother can stand before God to give an account on your sins. You alone will stand before God to give an account for each and every sin you have ever committed. Please believe in Jesus today and not tomorrow.
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Believe it or not
The problem of today’s world is: “Who do I believe?” Should I believe God or man; or should I believe man and doubt God. As for me, I am of those who decided to believe God rather than man. Despite the inconsistency in opinions, I accepted God’s Word totally, and renounced people’s thoughts utterly. Therefore, our topic for this study is, “Who is the creator of this universe?”
The Bible explicitly records the story of Creation, that is, the story of how God created the heavens and earth. The Bible says in Genesis 1: 1, “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” As for the philosophers, they do not know how the universe came into existence. Even the scientists have no decisive opinion in the matter. This lack of knowledge can be ascribed to their failure to prove unequivocally how the universe came into being. However, they have many unproven theories in regard to Creation. For example, some scientists claim that the origin of the universe goes back to some kind of steam that began to expand and multiply. However, they do not know from where this steam came from or how it multiplied. The latest theory claims that the world was created from an explosion that took place millions of years ago. This theory is known as the “Bang theory”. As we know, all explosions in the world cause destruction and create nothing good. Therefore, these scientists dream up theories they fail to prove.
The world, as a matter of fact, wants to believe what the philosophers word rather than God, the Creator of these thinkers. Those who believe in God are accused of atavism. Not only so, but God also is part of this accusation.
You might wonder why people in our present generation refuse to believe God, and at the same time are ready to believe what man has to say even if it may contradict God’s Word and cannot be proved. The answer is found in Psalms 14:1, “The fool hath said in his heart, there is no God.” Once I told my friend, “My watch was created when two pieces of brass and glass came out of a volcano’s nozzle. And during the congealing process it became a watch like this one that observes time.” My friend responded, “This can’t be. It must be a myth nothing more.” I told him, “Truly it is a myth similar to the story that claims that the world was created by chance or by some sort of a steam that expanded and multiplied, or that the universe was created by itself with no creator, or that the universe was created by some sort of a bang. If you do not believe that there is a watch without a maker how do you expect me to believe that a highly coordinated universe with all that it contains - people, animals, trees - was created by mere chance. The truth, dear friends, is that God created the heavens and the earth as He said He did. There is not doubt about it.
A dispute broke between scientists Isaac Newton and Hale about who created the world. Hale claimed that he did not believe that a creator made the world or the sun or the moon or the stars. All came into being by mere chance. In order for Newton to prove the foolishness of this belief in a convincing way, he made two beautiful balls representing the earth and another planet. Upon completion, he placed them on a table in the midst of his reading hall. Then he called Dr. Hale to come for a visit. Upon coming and entering that hall, he noticed these two balls. As a result, he approached him and asked, “What are these? Who made them?” Newton answered and said, “No one made them.” In response Dr. Hale cried aloud and said, “How in the world did these two balls ended up here?” Newton answered, “This happened by mere chance.” Dr. Newton said, “This is impossible! Someone must have made them because it is not possible for these balls to be here by themselves.” Newton began addressing Hale’s foolishness and ignorance in rejecting belief that these balls were created without a maker or that they came by themselves, when he believed the world had come to exist by itself. How then is it possible to believe that our world and the galaxy were created by mere chance and at the same time not believe that a small thing like a picture or a watch came into existence without a maker? Unfortunately, we still hear today about those who believe that this universe was created by chance.
Some believe that the world has been since everlasting. This is not possible because if the sun, for example, has been since everlasting then it should be an infinite substance to have been burning all this time. The sun contains millions of pounds of that substance that converts into energy every day. If it is multiplied with an infinite number then the sun will be infinite in its size. Moreover, for many reasons man does not want to believe that God exists. I will discuss just one of them:
The Bible says in Isaiah 59:2, “But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you that he will not hear.” Most people are not willing to trust God or believe in Him because of their unwillingness to repent from their iniquities and be reconciled with God. You might ask, “How can I be reconciled with God?” The Bible says in 2Corinthians 5:18-19, “And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; 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.” Also He forgave their sins because of Christ’s shed blood, “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” He who knew no sin and who never committed one sin is Jesus Christ. He was made sin for us so that we might take His righteousness, and on the basis of His cleanliness we might gain access into Heaven. No one can get into Heaven on the basis of his own cleanliness and righteousness.
Jesus died on the cross and shed His blood to cleanse us from all sin, so he who believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. The one that will not perish is he who believes in Him (Jesus). Beloved, do you believe in Jesus who said that he who believes in Him, even if he dies, will live? Sin stands as a separating wall between you and God.
I will now prove that every one believes in the fact of God’s existence, despite their denial of it. Once I met a friend and encouraged him to surrender his life to Jesus. He refused. He said that he believed neither in God, Hell or Heaven. In response, I told him that whether or not he believed would not change the fact that there is one and only one God and Savior, Jesus Christ. Also, his belief will not change the reality that there is a lake burning with fire and sulfur for all those who fail to believe that Jesus is the Savior, and a new heaven, a new earth and eternal life to those who believe in Him!
Later this friend became sick with bone cancer. He was crying out of pain. A lady from the church went to visit him. During her visit she spoke with him about Jesus. In response he said, “I told the pastor that there was neither God nor Jesus the Savior, not even a heaven or hell. But in fact deep within my heart I believed the opposite. I knew that there was a God and that Jesus is the only Savior and there was both Heaven and Hell. I denied these facts because I knew very well that if I confessed them then I should repent of my sins. But since I loved living in sin, I had to deny God’s existence.” She told him, “Please accept Jesus in your heart to forgive your sins. He responded by saying, “Can I do that now while dying?” She then told him, “Jesus said in John 6: 37, ‘and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out…’ ” Then she encouraged him to receive Jesus in his heart in order to have his sins forgiven. Jesus came to save those who were perishing. This man believed in Jesus as his only Savior. As a result his pain waned. Then many days later he died and was joined with the saints in Heaven.
Dear friend believe now! Jesus tells you in the book of Revelations 3: 20, “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.”
There was another story about a little girl who was dying, whose father was an infidel, not believing in God. But at that terrible hour he was sitting sadly next to his dear daughter. Suddenly his daughter spoke up and said, “I see Jesus. Dad can you see Him?” He answered, “No my daughter.” Then she said, “Dad! Can’t you see those nailed hands? They are approaching and welcoming me…. The nailed hands, Dad…!” Then she gave up her spirit in peace. In front of this touching scene, her father’s heart melted. When he buried her, he buried also his unbelief for ever.
Do you know His Name?
The following question, “Do you know His name?” was asked by the most sluggish person. Do you think that we, the prudent, can be wiser than this man who declared, “Surely I am more brutish than any man, and have not the understanding of a man.” This question was proposed by Agur the son of Jakeh about 3000 year ago, who also said in Proverbs 30:4, “Who hath ascended up into heaven, or descended? who hath gathered the wind in his fists? who hath bound the waters in a garment? who hath established all the ends of the earth? what is his name, and what is his son's name, if thou canst tell?” Jesus said to Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews, “If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things? And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.”(John 3: 12-13) And if we should ask Christ the same question He would say to us, “And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.” John 3: 13.
The Lord Jesus Christ is the only one who descended from heaven and He knows what we do not know. I might descend up to heaven in an imaginative journey in my night dreams. But the Lord Jesus, He ascended up to heaven after forty days following His resurrection, and forty three days following the cross. Who then ascended up to the heavens and descended? What is His name and what is His Son’s name?
The other queries that come into one’s mind are as follows: “Who has gathered the wind in his fists? Who has bound the waters in a garment? Who hath established all the ends of the earth?” These questions were answered by the Lord Jesus Christ by means of a miracle He performed that no one else could do. “And, behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea, insomuch that the ship was covered with the waves: but he was asleep… But the men marvelled, saying, What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him!” (Matthew 8:24, 27). Who else can order the winds and the waves of the sea, and they obey Him? These miracles cannot be performed by any mortal. Who is He who did these things? What is His name? What is His Son’s name? Who has established the ends of the earth? These questions were answered in Hebrews 10: 1, “And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands.” The Bible also says in Genesis 1: 1, “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth”. Who has, then, this authority to establish the ends of the earth? This query was answered by Jesus in Matthew 28:18, “And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.” Again, who has established the ends of the earth? What is His name? Do you know what His Son’s name is?
You might ask, “Is God the one who is meant here?” You are right. But what is His name? What is His name’s Son? John the Baptist witnessed about the Son of God. He said in John 1:34, “And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God.” The Apostle John the beloved also said in 1 John 5:20, “And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.” Jesus witnessed about Himself in John 10:30, “I and my Father are one.” Philip the Apostle said to the Lord Jesus, “Show us the Father.” “Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father? Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.” (John 14:9-10) What is His name and what is His Son’s name? His name is God the incarnate. The Lord Jesus Christ is His Son’s name. The Bible says in Matthew 28:19, “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.” Take note that the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit have one name that is “in the Name”. This name is the Lord Jesus Christ. The Bible says in Acts 4:10, 12, “Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole…..Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”
Therefore, every one who believes in the Lord Jesus Christ will not perish but have everlasting life. The Bible says in 1 John 5: 20, “And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.”
Then if man believes in the Lord Jesus Christ, who declared that He will not throw out anyone who comes unto Him, he will undoubtedly receive eternal life. For the Lord Jesus is the one who possesses all authority to send you either to Heaven or to Hell. If you believe in Him, you will surely be saved and not perish.
Pray, if you please, the following prayer by faith in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ and you will receive salvation and eternal life:
“O Lord Jesus Christ you are God, the incarnate. You descended from Heaven. Please forgive my sins with your blood that was shed on the cross. Come dwell in my heart and grant me eternal life. I pray this in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.”
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The word “hosanna” is a Greek word. In its Hebrew origin it is rendered as (Hoshe’ino) meaning “O Lord! Save us!” The Jews shouted “hosanna” – “O Lord! Save us!” This was on April 10, 30A.D.- about 33 years after the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ. As they shouted hosanna they were literary pleading for the Messiah to come to deliver them from the Romans. At that time most of the Jews were convinced that Jesus Christ was the “Messiah to come”. Their shout “hosanna,” was a request of succor to Jesus Christ as being the Messiah, the King of the Jews, to deliver them from the authority of the Romans, the idol worshippers, as Moses had liberated them from under the rule of the Egyptians.
So, at that time, when the Jews shouted hosanna, “O Lord save us!”, their intention was neither a call of deliverance from Satan, the great slave master (who is still leading people to commit diverse sins), nor a request of deliverance from the punishment of their iniquities.
Today, many shout hosanna “O Lord save us!” But the reason for their shout seems only a request for deliverance from an occupying nation or country to which they have been enslaved, but it has never been a shout for liberation from Satan’s grip. Satan, on his part, is enslaving people’s souls, leading them, with shackles of sin on their lives to the fires of Hell. People seem to be satisfied and indifferent with this injustice being administered against their souls by their enemy Satan, who deals with people like that criminal who once offered a little girl a chocolate ice cream so that he can lead her away from her village into the forest to attack her and then kill her. In like manner, Satan offers you the seductive joys of life so that he can lead you to Hell where he will attack you and make you suffer for eternity. He, Satan the manslayer, loves to make people suffer in Hell where the worms will never die nor the fire quenched.
To whom then should we shout “hosanna”? You may notice that many people sing “hosanna.” The question is how many of them know the meaning of the songs or hymns they sing? Even if they do know the meaning of the word “hosanna” (O Lord, save us!), do they still believe that Jesus is the coming Messiah and Lord as it was announced by the Angel at Jesus’ birth in Luke 2: 11, “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord”? What good does it do to shout “hosanna” if we refuse the Lord to save us or if we do not believe that Jesus Christ is the Savior? Mere repetition of these words has no benefit at all. It will only be effective if we ask it in faith. Jesus said in Mathew 21: 22, “And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.”
Therefore, when we ask the Lord Jesus to save us from sin, He will hear us and forgive our iniquities. He will do so based on our faith that He is God who appeared in the flesh. In other words, He is ready to forgive our sins once we profess that He is God who came in the flesh, and who died on the cross as the Lamb of God to provide redemption for all Mankind.
With respect to animal sacrifices, they can by no means atone for the sins of mankind before God. He only accepts a lamb with eternal blood. He cannot consent to the blood of animals. In other words, this is what heaven requires; divine atonement and not animal sacrifices. The Bible says in Hebrews, 9: 11-14, “But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?”
Therefore, the Lord Jesus Christ is the only One who made our redemption. He made this possible by offering his life as a sacrifice for our iniquities. The Bible says in Hebrews 9: 28, “to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.” Hebrews 9: 26. “So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation” So all those who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ who died on the cross by means of offering His body as a sacrifice for the remission for their sins and for their sanctification will enjoy this salvation. The Bible says in Hebrews 10:10, “By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.”
Wherefore, all the animal sacrifices that were offered in the past until now, as well as those of the future, will by no means forgive one single sin before God. The Bible says in Hebrews 10:11-14, “And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins: But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool. For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.” If we shout unto the Lord Jesus Christ “hosanna” (“Hoshe’ino”, “O Lord! Save us!”), and believe that He is the Lord who came to this world for our redemption and that He was the only offering that was slaughtered for our sake on the cross, so that he who believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life, we will surely be saved. The Bible says in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
My dear reader have you already shouted “hosanna” “O Lord! Save us!? Have you prayed to the Lord Jesus Christ, whose presence fills the whole world and who can hear your prayer? If you pray believing that the Bible is God’s Holy Word, you will by faith get saved and receive the forgiveness of your sins. You must pray in faith to the Lord Jesus to receive eternal life and be delivered from Satan’s grip, who leads you every day towards sin and rebellion against God.
Behold Jesus is calling you personally, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” Matthew 11:28. Do not go to someone else as there is no other by whom you can be saved. The Bible says in Acts 4: 12, “for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” If you want to be saved today, please pray this prayer in faith:
“O Lord Jesus Christ! You died on the cross for my sake I ask that you forgive all my sins by the blood that you shed on the cross. Please come now and dwell in my heart and grant me eternal life. I ask this in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ to whom all glory belongs. Amen.”
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Ask, You will Receive
When a son asks his father for bread will he not give it to him? Or when he asks for clothing will the father not give it to him? On the other hand, when a stranger comes to you for bread will you not give him the leftovers? Or if he asks for clothes will you not give him at least some old ones? The question is, “what would you give your son?” Would you give him new or old things? As you can see, we differentiate between our son and a stranger. As a matter of fact, we fail to offer the stranger what we would for our son.
Therefore, often when someone asks something from God, God does not answer him. Why? If all humanity were children of God why then does He not hear their prayers or answer their requests? The truth is, not all are God’s children. For the Bible clearly says in John 1:12, “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God….” According to this verse, by receiving Someone we can become children of God. Who, then, is that Someone?
The Gospel of John begins with this verse, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God….All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.” Here we notice that the “Word” was God, the Creator of all things. Also in verse 14 (same chapter), “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.” This shows that God who created the heavens and earth and everything therein appeared in the flesh. The Apostle Paul spoke about Jesus in his Epistle to the Philippians 2:7-8, “But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross” John the Baptist also spoke about Jesus in John 1:29, 34, “Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world….And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God”
Therefore, you should believe in Jesus Christ as God who came in the flesh and died on the cross for the remission of your sins. Then upon receiving Him in your heart, and only then, you will become one of God’s children. The Apostle Paul said in his Epistle to the Romans 10:9-10, “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 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” Accordingly, you should never imagine that God will answer your requests or prayers unless you become a child of His.
Last, but not least, you should make your request before God in the name of Jesus Christ in order for your prayers to be answered. The Bible says in John 16:23, “And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you. Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.” Does this mean that every request I make to God in prayer, after committing my life to Christ, will be answered? The answer to this question is found in the following question: “If your son asks for venom will you give it to him?
All requests God’s people make before Him will be granted providing that they do not lead to spiritual intoxication. Now, if you will, pray this prayer:
O Lord! I am a sinner. Forgive my sins with your blood that was shed on the cross. Please come into my heart and grant me eternal life so that I may become one of your children.
If you pray this prayer in faith you will become one of God’s children. Please write to us. Our address is as follows:
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