The Prayer for Unity

 

That they all may be one; 

as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, 

that they also may be one in us:

that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.

John 17:21

Jesus prayed to His Father that all followers of Christ, those who believe and live by the truth of His words and obey His commandments may be one.The prayer was for the unity in the Spirit of all true believers obedient to the teachings of Christ. 

This is Not the unity of all religions. Neither this is a call for the establishment of a single united Christian Church. It is commendable to see all christian churches glamour for unity. They are nostalgic about having unity even to the point of compromising their (long-held) chartered doctrines.

For our part, our goal is to be united with the Father through Jesus Christ as He prayed,“That they also may be one in us.” In His Kingdom, we are one flock of one Shepherd. We worship the Father everywhere and any time of the day and night. Not all of us attend church services or mass but we are all committed to obey the words of Jesus Christ.

We are reconciled with the Father. We are one in Him, united as one in the family of God.We love our Lord God with all our heart, soul and mind. We also love our neighbors and even our enemies. We respect all religions and we honor their leaders. We love the Catholics, Protestants and the Evangelicals.

We love Pope Francis for trying to follow the teachings of Christ as close as possible. We should pray for him instead of judging him as the anti-christ. He is not perfect human being but he does things to clean his church with thieves and hypocrites. He is outstanding in his effort in helping the poor. A real humble leader of the Catholic Church. We don’t agree to all what he said and done but we still honor him with warmth affection.

Let us be united with the Father of all, our Father who is in heaven. Our Yes is yes and our no is no. We don’t double talk because we walk in the light and not in darkness. We value our words and honor every word we say because our Lord is Christ whose words shall not pass away. He words will not return void. We can never offer you an artificial unity like politicians do. Our unity is in the Spiritual realm of things without walls.

 

The Living Proof of the Holy Spirit

John 14:1

the Spirit of truth, whom the world can’t receive;
for it doesn’t see him, neither knows him.
You know him, for he lives with you, and will be in you.

John 14:26
But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit,
whom the Father will send in my name,
he will teach you all things,
and will remind you of all that I said to you.

John 15:26-27
“When the Counselor has come,
whom I will send to you from the Father,
the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father,
he will testify about me.
You will also testify,
because you have been with me from the beginning.

John 16:13-14
However when he, the Spirit of truth,
has come, he will guide you into all truth,
for he will not speak from himself;
but whatever he hears, he will speak.
He will declare to you things that are coming.
He will glorify me,
for he will take from what is mine,
and will declare it to you.

There are some Christian Bible scholars who are questioning the validity and accuracy of the authorship of the Four Gospels. They believed that the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John were not written by themselves but by some unknown writers that were given the credit as the authors during the second century. Of course, these were just their allegations. They may be right in their findings or otherwise, they may be standing on an empty and unreliable premise with questionable conclusion.

We believed in Jesus Christ not because Matthew, Mark, Luke and John are the true authors or writers of the gospels. Whoever wrote the books is immaterial, we may not be able to know for sure the human writers behind the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, nevertheless we are confident that the Holy Spirit collated all the truth, teachings and commandments of Christ.

The Holy Spirit is a supernatural agent of the Father to reveal Jesus Christ to us who love His words and follow His commandments. The world can not see nor know the Holy Spirit for they have not received the Spirit. The real author and editor of the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John is the Holy Spirit.

The written gospels were from oral gospel, delivered from person to person, enabled by the Holy Spirit to become living proof (witnesses) to the fact that Jesus Christ had truly resurrected and alive forevermore.. We cannot prove the existence of Jesus Christ without the Holy Spirit, the Helper. The words of Jesus Christ will pass away if The Holy Spirit had not been sent during the day of Pentecost.

No person can successfully refute the experience of the early disciples who carried the historical version of works and life of Jesus Christ, real people endued with power from on High. Higher Criticism can only stand against the historical integrity of the gospels but the spiritual aspect and the supernatural undertakings of the Holy Spirit. How can you say my experience is false when we have two different experiences? How can you say the Holy Spirit is not true? There are many things in this world that we don’t see, unobservable matter and yet we consider as true and factual.

The Holy Spirit empowerment is not exclusively for the Pentecostals and /or the Charismatic people. Every follower of the words of Christ is a Spirit-filled witness of the living Christ. They are scattered in every nation testifying their personal encounter with Christ. Some of them are members of certain denominations but their allegiance belongs to their Master and Lord Jesus Christ. We are the living proof of the Holy Spirit that the message of Christ is relevant and true.

But ye shall receive power,
after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you:
and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem
and in all Judaea, and in Samaria,
and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
Acts 1:8

 

“I Commit My Spirit”

 

 Jesus, crying with a loud voice, said, 

“Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!” 

Having said this, he breathed his last. 

Luke 23:46

 When he had said this, he breathed on them, 

and said to them, 

“Receive the Holy Spirit!

John 20:22

The last breath of Jesus came when He committed His Spirit to His Father’s hand on the cross. His human body died but the Spirit of Truth continued to live on forever. The light of the world never dies. You can close your eyes and fail to see the light but the light is light no matter what happens.

The breath of Jesus Christ is life and spirit. All His words were from His very breath with power and tenderness. When we receive His words, we are partaking the breath of eternal life. Lazarus had risen from the grave when he heard the voice of the Lord calling his name. He rose up to follow the command of Jesus to rise up. It was a mouth to ear resuscitation.

The safest place after our death is the hand of our Father. Our spirits would find a resting place in God. Don’t put your spirit into your hands. Don’t kill your body to end your miseries. What you need is to revive your life with the breath of Jesus known as the Word of Life. Believe on what He says and never doubt them.

After His resurrection, He met in person His disciples to dispel their doubts that He was alive. He did an amazing act that would blow our minds. He breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.” We know that the Spirit of the Lord was upon Him. We also believe that He will send the Holy Spirit of Truth as He promised. But the fact that He could “breathe” the Holy Spirit to us is another thing. Receiving the Holy Spirit is therefore having the same breathe with our Lord Jesus Christ. His life is our life.

They received the Holy Spirit without supernatural outward manifestations. Were they baptized with the Holy Ghost? Could well be a foretaste of the Baptism. John the Baptist foretold that Jesus is the baptizer of Holy Spirit. The day of Pentecost event in the book of Acts is the outpouring of the Spirit upon all flesh as prophesied by the prophet Joel according to Peter.

 

His Kingdom come

Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born? Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. ( John 3:3-5)

God has a kingdom of His own whose government is run by His decrees, commands or edicts.The words of the King are the laws that govern His people. His kingdom is just right above us, unrecognizable by humans. Nobody can see it nor enter into it except he belongs there.

Jesus spoke about that kingdom, the kingdom of His Father geographically from above us also known as the kingdom of heaven. The kingdom of God is real and may be bigger than our planetary system. It is beyond our imaginations to comprehend it.

The focal point in the teaching of new birth is seeing and entering the kingdom of God. We need to be born again, that is to experience the spiritual second birth brought about by the Spirit of God. Humans has nothing to do with the miraculous delivery. A child is born not of his will nor effort but by his or her mother’s joy and painful ordeal.

If there is no kingdom of God, there is no need to be born again. The existence of the kingdom of God is more important than the mechanics of new birth. Shall we need to be baptized in water before we see the kingdom of God? Do we need to be filled with the Spirit to enter the kingdom? Denominations have different opinions on the interpretation on how to be born again. God will speak to your heart how to be born again based on the words of Jesus Christ. Let us not make a doctrine on individual and personal experiences.

The kingdom of God is for everyone regardless of nationality or language. It is ridiculous and untrue to claim that the kingdom of God is for the westerners only or for just the people of the Middle East. Our Father knows all languages. He even knows the dictates of our hearts. The road is narrow but it is not exclusive or closed society for the rich and fortunate. Ethnic wars are senseless and merciless. We pray to God and Father for His kingdom to come.

What is sin?

What is the meaning of sin in simple words? Sin is missing the mark, failing to make a point or goal and therefore you losing the play. There has to be a mark, standard or goal to win a game. Rules are implemented to govern the plays, avoiding chaotic interactions among participants.

You lose when you fail to score. A team losses when they fail to make a goal because of the lack of teamwork. We can not win a game by hating each other. You feel bad when losing a game the same as when you are “sinning”.

Jesus has set the mark. His words are the rules that govern our lives. Our goal is Our Father God himself. He is the way, the truth, and the life, no man can come to the Father but by Him. We are considered losers if we miss our Father. The lost prodigal son in the parable of Jesus was “lost” when is was away from his father.

We are following one play book. The Beatitude and the rest of the teachings of Christ are our ultimate guidelines in making our goal and not missing the mark. We are being “coached” by The Lord Jesus Christ. We listen to what He says when He calls for a time of refreshing. We meditate upon His words for daily strength to live by.

Sin no more is stop losing. Let us remember that it is better winning our life back than losing it. What profit a man if he gain the whole world but losses his own soul. The term Sin does sound “churchy” and seems hard to grasp. Be filled with the spirit of Christ by living by His Words. He will take care of you.

SIN NO MORE!

 

They, when they heard it, being convicted by their conscience, 

went out one by one, beginning from the oldest, even to the last. 

Jesus was left alone with the woman where she was, 

in the middle.

  Jesus, standing up, saw her and said, 

“Woman, where are your accusers? 

Did no one condemn you?”

 She said, “No one, Lord.” Jesus said, 

“Neither do I condemn you. 

Go your way. From now on, sin no more.”

John 8:9-11

A woman was caught in the act of adultery, an act mostly perpetrated  by consenting adults. The scribes and pharisees brought the woman to Jesus to ask Him on His verdict about the sin of adultery. The religious people were armed with the law on their side and popular consensus, demanding justice to execute to death the woman who was in the center of controversy. As we know, adultery to Jesus is having lusted (sex) mentally on a woman even without physical contact.

“You have heard that it was said, 

‘You shall not commit adultery;’

 but I tell you that everyone who gazes at a woman

 to lust after her has committed adultery with her 

already in his heart.

Matthew 5:27-28

However, the woman in this story was forgiven and given a new beginning. Jesus did not condemn her against all expectations. He told the woman to sin no more after forgiving her. The guilt in her conscience was lifted up and she was freed for a new day.

It is within our powers to commit sin. We can choose to sin or not to sin. Once we cross the limit or boundary of the commandments of Jesus, we trespass, violate or we may call it a sin. We should blame ourselves for doing the things we shouldn’t be doing.

You over eat, you sin. You over drink, you sin. You over indulge, you sin. On the other hand, you “under-love”, short of love or lack of it, is bordering to ungodliness. Hating your neighbor is the opposite of loving your neighbor which is a cardinal commandment of the Lord. 

Temptation is a thought process. Shall we do it or not? We can not avoid to think evil things, it comes and goes. We pray always to the Father to deliver us from evil thoughts. 

The gospel is about the forgiveness of our sins. We are not to pass harsh judgement on people. We are firm in our conviction and would not compromise our beliefs, and at the same time we can be gracious and loving people. 

Jesus came to seek and to save that which was lost. He gave His life for the sinners and not for the righteous. We strive to sin no more every single day because we love Jesus Christ. Our desire to sin no more is our love to our Lord God. Jesus believes we can do it; that’s why He said sin no more. 

 

“I AM ABLE”

Two blind men followed Him, crying out and saying,

 “Son of David, have mercy on us!”

And when He had come into the house, 

the blind men came to Him. 

And Jesus said to them, 

“Do you believe that I am able to do this?”

They said to Him, “Yes, Lord.”

Then He touched their eyes, saying, 

“According to your faith let it be to you.” 

And their eyes were opened. 

And Jesus sternly warned them, 

saying, “See that no one knows it.” 

But when they had departed, 

they spread the news about Him in all that country. 

Matthew 9:27-31

Jesus has the infinite ability to do things according to our faith. The possibility is limitless to whatever our minds will take us to accomplish. This is more than positive thinking, this is small active (living) faith in what Jesus can do for you. The world is mocking us for having a “blind faith” in Jesus Christ. We would rather be blind with soaring faith than faithless walking dead.

The story tells us that two blind men followed Jesus. Realistically, how can the two blind men were able to follow Jesus? They must have mental GPS to follow someone. Their minds were good breeding places for all possibilities. No one can limit their minds on what to think for Jesus had occupied their imaginations. They cried for mercy and they got it from The Lord. Everyone on earth has the ability or capacity to find God.

Shall we close our eyes for a moment to think about Jesus? Be conscious of Him. Follow your heart and soul in loving Him. Do you think you can follow Him without seeing Him? Indeed, multitudes of people from around the world had testified and followed Jesus without the benefit of seeing with their eyes. The two blind men who found Jesus with their extra perception (spiritual radar) gave credence to the fact that it is more blessed to believe on Him even without seeing Him in person.

Jesus declared many “I AM’s” in His teachings . “I AM ABLE” is one of them.
He is able to do this (you may fill the blank) according to your faith. Please, don’t force yourself to have a big faith. The size of your faith does not really matter. A faith small like a mustard seed is good enough to accomplish something. The question is whether He is able or not. Well, since He said that He is able, we’ll just believe on what He says.