The Epistles of the Apostles

This website, WOJC.COM is forever committed to uphold the spoken words of Jesus Christ as the absolute standard for every follower or disciple of Christ. We will be judged according to His words. Christ’s words are the final measurement whether we are acceptable or not to Him. We have believed in the supremacy of Jesus’ words over other writers in the Scriptures.

However, we also respect and study the epistles of the apostles in the New Testament. We believed that the epistles are deep and rich in knowledge about the life of the early believers in Christ. The epistles are important as they are, cannot surpass the authority of the spoken gospel of Christ. We recommend that we should first master and have the full grasp of the word of Jesus Christ before being an expert in the epistles of the apostles. After all, Christ is our Lord and Shepherd. We hear and listen to His voice all the time and every moment of our lives. We can pray, talk to Him, or ask any question related to His words. 

We want to make it clear that we not against the Apostles. They gave up their lives for Christ and in the propagation of the gospel of Christ. We may not be quoting verses from the Epistles as often as we need to because of our preference to dwell on the words of Christ. The words of Christ do not have to be validated by others opinion to make them sacred and enforceable.  Jesus can stand alone by His words and promises without extra supporting verses from the Epistles.

Pain and Suffering

Humanity is linked together by P/S (pain and suffering). We all collectively experiencing pain as a human race. There is universal pain and suffering for us to go through without exception. We must accept P/S (pain and suffering) as part of the divine plan for mankind. The curse was originated from the Creator as a punishment for disobeying His words. The devil is not the rightful source of P/S. God made hell, a place of eternal pain and torture. Only God can inflict punishment and create a place called hell. The Fear of God is the beginning of wisdom.

The sovereign God rules the universe through P/S (pain and suffering) in the spirit of love and grace. The righteous could suffer like a wicked person, in fact no one can escape this reality that regardless of your spiritual standing before God, everyone has to suffer and bear personal painful experiences. Why do the righteous suffer? Of course, everyone has to feel pain and endure personal sufferings, believer or non-believer, both shall suffer. The only difference is one has to suffer for Christ whereas the other one has to suffer meaninglessly.

Pain and suffering must be taken as a way to get closer to our Father God. If this will be the case, nothing can move us from the love of God. No evil thing could defeat us into submission. Our journey in life is to go through the horror and fear of pain and suffering. It purifies our soul like gold.

The gospel of Jesus Christ all about human pain and suffering. If Jesus is God. Then God must have suffered too in Jesus Christ. From birth to cross, Jesus was depicted as a man of sorrow. Our savior suffered for our salvation and deliverance. His body was broken in pain for us and his blood was shed as an evidence of suffering for us all. Do you now believe P/S (pain and suffering) are necessary in daily Christian life? It is utterly a false doctrine to teach that Christians are immune to P/S. The teaching of Christ is to deny yourself and carry you cross daily if you wanted to follow Him.

And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it. Luke 9:23-24

For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully. For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God.  For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:  Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously: Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, I Peter 1:19-24

Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf. For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear? Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator. 1 Peter 4:16-17

You can not evade or by pass pain and suffering by taking your own life. Suicide would not be the end of your pain and suffering but could be worst thing you could have done to your life and others. The mass killings occurring almost on a daily basis because of desperation do multiply the terror and pangs of collective suffering. Our godless society is in the path of self destruction.

Who made the script?

Most skeptics believe that the story of Jesus Christ is fictional or just plain mythical, in simple language, the historical event surrounding the life of Christ was not true and it did not occur at all. They are claiming that Jesus Christ was a figure alledgely created by the early religious leaders of the church with vested interest to rival the pagan world, to counteract the tide of paganism of the then known world.

The whole story of Jesus Christ is amazingly true. It did happen. There was really a man named Jesus who was born by a virgin named Mary. Twenty centuries ago, a man called the Christ literally lived and walked on earth with many witnesses who saw Him preached the gospel and healed the sick. Thousands of people heard Him spoke about His Heavenly Father and everlasting kingdom.

God became a man is a fact that is out of this world, an issue hard to comprehend. God dying on the cross is intellectually challenging and seemingly impossible to have had happened but it did. The death of God is philosophically unattainable. God never dies. However, it became possible when Christ died on the cross and resurrected after three days.

If the story and life of Jesus Christ is not true. Who made up this historical episode? Who scripted this fictional story? It was done in great grandeur of castings , magnificent life-changing script and unsolicited talents from from different generations. The answer is somebody greater than us. None the less, the Father, our Lord God, the director and the producer of this epic story of the life of Jesus Christ.

Killing God who is omniscient and omnipotent is a crime in the highest level. It is blasphemous and unthinkable. But listen to what Jesus said, ” for God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” He gave His life for us.  We gained back our freedom and life through the death of Jesus Christ, our Lord.

How can we fully explain the love of God for us? The grey matter of our brain cannot give an answer to this mystery. Why the Word was God and became flesh? Here philosophy meets its end and limitation. For those who benefited from the life and story of Jesus to deny the truth, the way and the only life for them.

His word is easy to understand.

” Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
Come to Jesus Christ . His yoke is His word. Learn His words because they are not to understand.

The spoken teaching of Jesus Christ as recorded in the New Testament is the sole authoritative principle of life and the absolute standard of morality. His words must be taken literally and personally with the help of the Holy Spirit. The Truth is given to set us free. Knowing the Truth will make us free. Once you are confronted by Christ, the Truth our minds will be free to absorb and react to His voice without preconceived idea from your religion of choice.

Jesus had spoken to several people during His earthly ministry. Many of them took His words literally. They did not asked for secondary opinion about the words they heard from Jesus. If they needed some clarification, they would ask Jesus for further explanation. The disciples were taught and trained by their Master with His teachings. Jesus spoke slowly in an easy manner to understand. It is a lie to say that the words of Christ is hard to understand and complicated. He told His disciples that His burden is light and His yoke is easy.

Here are the reasons why it is hard for some to understand the words of Christ.

1. Jesus is mainly a spiritual teacher. He wanted to give a “spiritual experience” before He feeds you with spiritual food. A born-again experience is a must in the learning of the Truth. It is hard to understand His words with a negative mentality. 

2. If you have a pre-conceived idea or frame of mind from any religious group or organization. You mind would be limited, you can only think within the perimeter allowed by your religious affiliation. You would filter every word of Christ through the accepted church doctrines.

3. The lack of true love for Christ. Jesus said, “If you love me, follow my commandments.” If you really love Christ, He will be the center and focus of you life and nothing else. Your love for Peter, Paul or Mary would not be ahead or above Christ. The words of Christ are complete and there is no need to add new revelation. Be rooted on His words. His words are few but satisfyingly everlasting. 

Freedom

FREEDOM

The word freedom originated from two words; friend and doom. Saving a friend from doom. Doom of judgment (self accountability) or death. Jesus demonstrated this kind of liberation from inactivity or lifeless existence when He gave back to His friend Lazarus his life. Here is the account of the story.

John 11:11-25
These things He said, and after that He said to them,
“Our friend Lazarus sleeps, but I go that I may wake him up.” Then His disciples said, “Lord, if he sleeps he will get well.” However, Jesus spoke of his death,
but they thought that He was speaking about taking rest in sleep. Then Jesus said to them plainly, “Lazarus is dead.
“And I am glad for your sakes that I was not there,
that you may believe. Nevertheless let us go to him.”

Then Thomas, who is called the Twin, said to his fellow disciples,
“Let us also go, that we may die with Him.”
So when Jesus came,
He found that he had already been in the tomb four days.
Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, about two miles away.
And many of the Jews had joined the women around Martha and Mary, to comfort them concerning their brother.

Then Martha, as soon as she heard that Jesus was coming, went and met Him, but Mary was sitting in the house.
Then Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if You had been here,
my brother would not have died.
“But even now I know that whatever You ask of God,
God will give You.”

Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.”
Martha said to Him,
“I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.”

Jesus said to her,
“I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.

There is no greater love than giving your best and life for a friend. The teachings of Christ are peppered with love for our neighbors. There is no room for hatred and vengeance even in the name of justice. The Samaritan man took care of a fallen Jew though they were considered enemies in the story of Jesus.

To be free is to love, for love liberates us from self-centeredness. Once you give away yourself in love for others, you are liberating yourself from inner turmoil, unwarranted hatred and lethal poison of personal bitterness refusing to forgive others.

Independence day is a celebration of colorful fireworks but with vague and colorless meaning. We are independent from what? Are we truly free? America is in bondage. We are affluent people but lacking in so many ways. We are in search of a true life and happiness in which we can only find those in Christ and His words.

Friendship is a path to freedom. The more you have friends, the more you have freedom to move around and express yourself creatively. Can we truly be free without the love of our friends and more so from our great Friend, Jesus Christ? As soon as we know Him, we will experience progressively the inner freedom we need. The Truth shall make us free. Happy freedom day!!

Why do the righteous suffer?

And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me. He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it. Matthew 10:38-39

If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. Matthew 16:24-25

Jesus Christ teaches that the righteous followers of Him will suffer for His name sake. As long as we are on this earth, we may experience many forms of sufferings. Taking up our crosses and denying ourselves are marks of discipleship. To follow Jesus would mean to suffer for His righteousness’ sake.

Suffering is a learning experience. We do not suffer because we are good people. Most righteous people are not immune to sufferings in life. We overcome sufferings through Christ who suffered for us. We welcome sufferings as purifier of our faith in the Lord. It is a test how far we go with Him. Do we follow Christ only because everything is going smoothly according to our untested faith?

The unrealistic expectations brought about by the preaching of the prosperity gospel and the life without sufferings creates a wrong picture of God. No harm shall come upon the children of God is a false assumption. 

The question, “Why do the righteous suffer?” is an unbelievers dilemma. Why do believers get sick? Why do good people suffer tragic death or accident?  “Why” is not part of God’s vocabulary because He knows the answer and we don’t. Our knowledge is finite and limited.

A true believer in Christ does not question God, why the righteous suffer. There are many things we can ask why things happen with no answer at hand. To suffer is a path to know more about Christ. He gets closer as you suffer while keeping hold of Him through His wonderful words of life.

The degree of sufferings changes from person to person. If you think that becoming a believer in Christ is all good life without pain and failure, you are mistaken. It is true that there are promises of divine protection in the Scriptures however that does not mean,  we will not have a stormy and dangerous journey in this world.

To answer the question, “Why do the righteous suffer?” is an easy one. Who is righteous in this world anyway? I am sure no one is righteous. We are all unrighteous people before God our Father. We deserved all the punishments for our sins including the things we have done in secrets. Let us humble ourselves before our God the Father. 

The Son of Man

 When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?  And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets.  Mattthew 16:13-14

Jesus presented Himself as the son of man. He was a son of a woman. Mary is a human being like us. She carried on her womb a fetus implanted by the Holy Spirit. Though He was borned by  woman, He was not a man like us. Jesus Christ is a supernatural Being who dictates His destiny. The Son of Man rose up from the grave after three days. The Son of Man can also forgive men of all of three sins.

The gospel is filled with the term, “the son of man”. Jesus used that term many times to reveal Himself and his mission. When He says that He is the son of man, it does not necessarily mean that He is a man like us. He was a son of a man/woman of the human race but worked the work of His Father in heaven. He can do what His Father does.

It was the Father God who revealed the true identity of Jesus Christ through Peter. The Lord Jesus Christ is the Son of the living God. The revelation came not through the flesh and blood, not through formal education.

He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?  And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-jona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. Matthew 15-17

Who is Jesus Christ to you? What do you think?