What does it mean to lose your soul?

And you shall love the Lord your God

 with all your heart,

with all your soul,

with all your mind,

and with all your strength.’

Mark 12:30

Jesus teaches the existence of individual soul. Each person has a soul, the intangible part of our being. We have soul in us whether we like it or not. Though you may not see your soul but it is real as your physical body . Jesus knows our make up; we are made of body, soul and spirit. Pay attention to what He is saying about this subject called “Soul”.

 For what will it profit a man

if he gains the whole world,

and loses his own soul? 

 Or what will a man give

in exchange for his soul?

1. It means losing your identity.

Once we lose your soul, we lose your identity also. You become a statistic, from being a person to a faceless number. You will forget who you are and you don’t care what may happen to you. You don’t want to remember who you are and you will take anything to do this and resort to selective memory.

 2.     It means losing your purpose in life.

A lost soul is purposeless person. He is living in a meaningless life. His or her number one priority in life is himself or herself. He is the “god” to himself or herself.

He is a self-conceited person whose philosophy is “Whatever will be, will be”. He believes only in himself even though he keeps changing his mind and a double minded man.

3.     It means losing your worth of life.

There is no life worth living for a lost soul. You feel dead even you are still breathing. Hopeless people usually does not see the future, there is no tomorrow. Money can buy them way, way less than their life’s value. You think you are worthless.

4.     It means losing your soul in hell.

I am hesitant to include hell in this topic. But since Jesus mentioned about it, I have no recourse but to include hell on this article. I believe there is a literal hell somewhere because Jesus has said about it many times.

If there is no hell, you won’t lose anything. But if really there is a place called hell and don’t believe about it and live like hell, you will be definitely a loser.

 

And do not fear those who kill the body

 but cannot kill the soul.

But rather fear Him who is able

 to destroy both soul and body in hell.

Matt 10:28-29

And I will say to my soul,

 “Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years;

take your ease; eat, drink, and be merry.”‘

  But God said to him, ‘Fool!

This night your soul will be required of you;

then whose will those things be which you have provided?’

“So is he who lays up treasure for himself,

and is not rich toward God.”

Luke 12:19-21

Read all you can read.

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.

Matt 11:28-30

 Jesus read the Book of Moses and some of the prophets but not all Old Testament books of the Bible. There are many passages in the Old Testament books that are worthy of reading for they contain divine messages from God. They are far above any other historical books about the nation of Israel. No religion on earth can reduce the importance of the Scriptures.

Christ is the fulfillment of the Scriptures. The gist of all the Scriptures is loving God and our neighbors. Just to know the Scriptures, without practicing love is nothing. We should read and practice the teachings of Christ and then read the Scriptures later. We stop reading anything that hampers our task in loving our Father and our neighbors.

Our rule of conduct can only be found in the words of Christ. We must deal exclusively with His Words. We are not supposed to treat other sayings in the Bible and other holy books as equal with the Words of Christ. The casual reading of the Old Testament is not good to the understanding of our Father’s plan in Christ Jesus.

Christ was given and sent to this world to bring forth understanding after years of religious darkness based on earlier laws and codes. I have read the Old Testament myself many, many times and I have nothing bad to say against it. If you feel reading it, read it wisely, and don’t forget to obey it, otherwise you will be such a fool not to follow it.

Our priority is in the Words of Jesus Christ which is spirit and life. Let us come to Him and learn from Him. He is meek and lowly. His lessons are easy and not complicated to understand. His yoke is light. Lastly, read all you can read, but what matters most in the final analysis is doing what Christ says. So, focus on the words of Christ in searching the Truth. They are light and easy to undertake.

LESSON ON WORSHIP


 But the hour is coming, and now is,

when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth;

 for the Father is seeking such to worship Him.

 God is Spirit, and those who worship Him

must worship in spirit and truth.”

John 4:23-24

 But when you pray, go into your room,

close the door and pray to your Father,

 who is unseen.

Then your Father,

who sees what is done in secret,

will reward you.

Matt 6:6

 No one has seen the Father

 except the one who is from God;

only he has seen the Father

John 6:46

 And the Father Himself, who sent Me,

 has testified of Me.

You have neither heard His voice at any time,

 nor seen His form. 

 But you do not have His word abiding in you,

because whom He sent, Him you do not believe.

John 5:37-39

Jesus spoke the truth about His Father. The Lord God is His Father. God is spirit and no one has seen God with his own eyes. The Father is unseen and we must accept the fact that He cannot be seen in His totality. If God is everywhere or omnipresent, how can we see Him as God? What part of God can your eyes see if He is really visible?

We only worship the Father in spirit and in truth. God is in His natural state when He is invisible. If we worship something we see, then we are worshiping a false god. The basic principle and absolute attribute of God is that He is Spirit and therefore He is invisible, without form and boundary. If you claim that you have seen God, you must have seen something else. You can only see God when you don’t see Him in His totality.

We can worship the Father anywhere we choose for His presence is everywhere. God cannot be isolated or confined in one place. We can worship God inside or outside a church. Men from time to time tried to humanize God, create their own God that they can see, hear or touch. We are not surprised that Jesus never claimed to His disciples that He was God because of the fact that God is a Spirit. However, we are not questioning the Deity of Christ.

We can only rightfully worship the only true God if we keep the words of Jesus Christ.

 

HOW TO FOLLOW JESUS

The simple way to understand the seemingly complicated and hard way of following Jesus Christ is to listen to His voice of wisdom. He alone can enlighten us through His words.

To follow Jesus is to follow His words for they are the expressed will of His Father, our Lord our God. The foundation of discipleship is Love; First, loving the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all mind. And the second is like it, loving your neighbor as yourself. These two motivational factors, loving our father and loving our fellowmen are important to remember when we decide to follow the Lord Jesus Christ. There is no short cut to it. True obedience is from your heart, soul and mind. Total obedience is the fruit or end result of our sincere love for our Lord God. How can you follow Jesus when you don’t love Him at all? It is so sweet to follow the Lord if you love Him dearly.

 Jesus said to him,

“‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart,

 with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 

 This is the first and great commandment.

 And the second is like it:

‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ 

 On these two commandments hang all

the Law and the Prophets.”

Matt 22:37-40

Jesus told to His disciples that if anyone desires to come after Him, he must do two things; First, let him deny himself, by letting the will of his Lord God over his own will. The will of God prevails over your own heart, soul and mind. You surrender your whole self under the will of your Lord God. To follow the teachings of Christ is the follow the will of your Lord God which is your Father in heaven. You must deny yourself when it calls for your total obedience to His words. Jesus prayed to His Father at one time that not His will but the will of His Father be done.

Secondly, if anyone desires to follow Him, he must take up his cross. The cross is a symbol of love for humanity, for our neighbor. There’s no greater love than laying down our lives for a friend or others. Our cross is suffering for the sake of others. It may cost our lives in carrying the cross for others including our enemies. Jesus took up His cross for us as an example of unsurpassed obedience to the will of His Father.

How to follow Jesus Christ? Well, follow His words, deny yourself and take up your cross and follow Him. We don’t see Christ but we can follow His footsteps through His Words. His words reside forever in Him.

 Then Jesus said to His disciples,

 “If anyone desires to come after Me,

let him deny himself,

 and take up his cross,

and follow Me.

Matt 16:24-25

 Then He said to them all,

 “If anyone desires to come after Me,

 let him deny himself,

and take up his cross daily,

and follow Me.

Luke 9:23-24

MORAL COMPASS

Therefore all things whatsoever

ye would that men should do to you,

do ye even so to them:

for this is the law and the prophets.

 Matthew 7:12

Jesus made a simple definition of “religion” or whatever you may wish to call it.Do to others whatever you would like them to do to you. This is the essence of the Law and the Prophets in the scriptures. So in everything, let us do to others, again DO more than just talking about it, what you would have people do to you.

The universal law of men calls for justice and fairness to all. What is bad for you is generally bad for others. Of course, there is an exception to this rule. We don’t need more laws. Jesus Christ is the fulfillment of all moral codes of the land. His teaching to love one another including your enemies cannot be surpassed by allegedly new divine revelations. He is our absolute moral compass. What is right to Him is right to all of us.

Any law should not complicate our lives. Your religion must be simple enough to follow; if you are inclined to have one. If you want to be loved, love others without any malicious intent. Practice your religion of love like Christ loving the sinners through life and death. Our world would be peaceful had we followed His words. Blessed are those who believed in Him and yet had not seen seen Him in person.

In Christ, there is no discrimination and favoritism according to social or ethic distinction. So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for these sum up the Law and the Prophets. Let us treat people, rich or poor, men or women the same way and more so, we want them to treat us. The Way is narrow and goes one way. The road has been mapped out through the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ.

ASHAMED OF MY WORDS

 If anyone is ashamed of me and my words

in this adulterous and sinful generation,

the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when

he comes in his Father’s glory with the holy angels.”

Mark8:3

Simple definitions of being ashamed

1. Feeling shame or guilt: Are you ashamed for having lied?

2. Feeling inferior, inadequate, or embarrassed: ashamed of my torn coat.

3. Reluctant through fear of humiliation or shame: ashamed to ask for help.

We are not ashamed to stand by His words alone. It is shame to know more about the prayer of Jabez, the dance of David, the songs of Solomon or the teachings of Paul than the words of Christ. We feel sorry if you think the words of Christ are inadequate revelation of God.

Christ has spoken the immortal words of His Father known as the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. The four writers, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John recorded the oral gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ known as the Four Gospels.

The Four Gospels were included in the 17 books of the New Testament. They were incorporated in the New Testament by the church scholars of the early Christian Church.

The New Testament is a part of the Bible. The Old Testament is also part of the Bible and the Apocryphal books were also considered part of the Bible by the Roman Catholic Church.

The Bible is the word of God and sacred to many Christian denominations. They believe that the Bible does not only contain the word of God but is the word of God. All the words therein are holy and from God, therefore it demands strict obedience to its teachings.

The theory of all or nothing is a tradition imposed to the total adherence of the teachings of the Bible. All that is written in the Bible must be followed since it is the Holy Book of God. Exceptions are not permitted; one omission would question the veracity of the whole contents.

WOJC believes on the oral gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ alone.

No one can prove any written book is the sacred word of God including the Bible. We just believe it is holy and binding word of God. If you believe the Bible as the word of God, by no means follow all that is written in there. The Muslims believe that the Koran is the message of Allah to them so they obey it unconditionally.

WOJC masters the teachings of Christ and follow them carefully for we love our Father God and our neighbors. We don’t need volumes of books to obey and live for the Supreme Being. Trust and obey for there is no other way. We are not ashamed of Him and His Words.

(Wednesday, 14 February 2007)