PERSPECTIVES

LOVE

Love defines who we are. Love separates the few true ones from the pretentious ones. We see right away who is in love with God. Love make our relationship with our Father real. Jesus tells us to love God the greatest thing we can do. Spare nothing in loving God. With all our being, we should love God and others.

The beauty of love is in the exercise of it. Not when we talk of it or figure about it. The love with no action is deadly. Dead love is toxic and stinks. Love is always true when freely given to others.

Jesus is not love for He is more than love itself. He gives color and flavor to love every time He talks and moves. We can see and feel love in His words and teachings. We can sense His love even when He talks of judgment and punishment. His love respects the right of the sinners and everyone else even though they treat Him without respect.

( August 2004)

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GOD

According to Jesus, God is a Spirit. No man can see God at any time. He has no physical boundaries, form or shape. How can we take a picture of a God who is present everywhere? The ever-changing mental picture of God of our minds would not be able to capture the exact figure of the true God. All we have are supposedly the different gods that are creations of our own minds or imaginations.

If there is only one true God, who does then have in his or her mind the perfect picture or image of God who is eternally invisible and incomprehensible. We can only assume that our God is the “right” One. It is possible that our faith is in the wrong “God” among many other gods. Whose God is real?

The existence of the true God can only be explained by Jesus Christ? Spend some time with us in exploring this massive and vast unknown reality, God. Who is God? I am not asking His name for people calls Him with different names in their own languages. A blank mind would lead us to nothing and we cannot get something from nothing.

Is there a real one God? There must be one. Who can lead then us to God? Is there a way to know God? Let us hear from someone who is an authority on this, Jesus Christ. I’m sure He can help us on this. Let us not just believe everybody for they too might have the wrong concept of God.

Jesus said, “Believe in God and believe ALSO in me”.

( 28 August 2004)

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PRAYER

I was trying to find out the direct correlation of life’s trial and prayer. It appears that each time Jesus was confronted with serious problem, He obviously went to prayer in conversation with His Father. Is this a prayer pattern to follow? Did His Father allow the trials of life to come His way to encourage Him to pray? I doubt it because He was always in communion with His Father. There is no need to encourage Him to pray by giving Him troubles in life.

God didn’t use intimidation to remind Jesus that it was time to pray. He was in constant contact with God. We can be sure that God does not force anyone to pray. I don’t think praying is a noble practice when we are just “forced” to pray by a higher manipulator from above.Now the next pertinent question is why Jesus was tempted by the enemy after he came out of prayer and fasting. He also suffered persecution and torture after going to Gethsemane to pray. Were these events a coincidence? Was the enemy mad when Jesus prayed? Was that a ploy to discourage Him to pray? Well, maybe? But let
us remember that Jesus was always in the spirit of prayer, as we know what prayer life should be. Prayer is a part of His life and it is not a moment to spend once in awhile.Our link with God should be unbroken regardless of the situation we face in this life. Our prayer life should be unconditionally in operation, no matter what may happen to us; we must be
always in tune with Him. The link must be unbroken.

There is no direct correlation between our prayer life and our problem in life. Problematic experiences could be lessons for us to learn and trust the Lord then. My conclusion is that life’s trail has no real impact in our prayer life. After all, our prayer is reflected in the Lord’s Prayer (we may call it the disciples prayer) that His WILL be done in us and for us.(Matt. 6:9-10). We have long surrendered our will to His WILL.

( 28 August 2004)

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The Bible

The Bible is divinely inspired book, however as followers of Christ, we must concentrate our mind and devote our heart to the teachings of Christ. Many of us are not really christians who know and care to follow solely the teachings of Christ. I would say that many of professing christians are “Biblians” whose allegiance and loyalty is in the Bible rather than in Christ.

I started focusing my attention on the very words of Jesus, limiting my self-study on the four gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. I like to read what Jesus has said. I want to follow what He says. I am not interested for now in what others maybe saying about his teachings whether it is from the Old Testament or the Epistles. This is not to say that the writings of the prophets and apostles are not good reading materials. We can get lots of inspiration from them.

We have so many religious denominations because of those who founded their beliefs on the Old Testament and the Epistles. I may be branded as a modern-day apostate or heretic for saying that the Bible is unnecessarily magnified, deified and glorified by the some Bible believers which is a form of idolatry in itself. If we take Him as the Absolute Truth, therefore aside from Christ is an adulterated truth

Bible worship is what many are in today. We remember more words from Moses, David or Paul than from the sayings of Jesus. The Bible is the map and guide of life. But who can follow the Bible? There are 66 books to read, learn and more than a dozen of authors to hear from. I won’t be surprised if we get lost reading the Bible instead of finding the way that leads to life. Think about of many pastors, preachers and Bible scholars who are in the business of helping us dissect and understand the Bible.

Jesus has simplified life for us. He is not the author of confusion. His teachings are clear and simple to understand. It is hard to understand His words if you are not ready to follow Him. We listen to Him because we love Him. I do still believe in the Christ of the Bible. I love Jesus not because the Bible tells me so. I love Him because I am a witness of His love in so many ways.

( August 2004)

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GRACE

Jesus did not teach grace. He did never mention grace at all. He was full of grace as presented by the gospel. Grace is a theological word used extensively by Paul and some of the apostles. I love to hear about the grace of God, it is a beautiful term, unmerited favor from above, but amazingly, not a popular topic with Jesus.

Though Jesus did not say anything per se about grace, he nevertheless lived by it and was gracious to all He met, even with His enemies, during His lifetime. There is no grace when obedience is absent. We have to obey His words to attain grace. There is grace when we fail to obey His words perfectly. Christ demanded absolute obedience to His Words. We either follow Him or disobey Him. We are what we are according to His masterful teachings.

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GOOD WORKS

Good works are essential to a godly living. Our light should shine before men that they may see our good works and glorify our heavenly Father. It is expected of us to have our good works to impact and influence our neighborhood.

The only danger of showing our good works is when we become self-centered, taken over by pride and self-glorification. As long as we are guarded against these unholy motives, we are to continue to bear fruit, which is love in action, good works in the right perspective.

Faith is vain without good works. Without good works our righteous claims are empty and meaningless. Good works cannot take us to eternal life. Only Christ does. However, bad works cannot save us either.

Good works are easier to do at times than doing evil things. It is easier not to rob a bank than actually doing it. Killing somebody is harder than not to kill a neighbor for any reason.

Jesus spent His time on earth by doing good works. He asked us to believe Him because of His good works which He had done for us. Many people would call His good works as an act of love and grace. Indeed, dying on the cross as one of many, is more of a love than just a good work. Ironically, Jesus did not talk about grace at anytime. Good works? Pretty
much, He said and done.

(Saturday, 28 August 2004)

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ABBADADDY

This section is dedicated to the fatherhood of God,  the Lord God I love and my spiritual “Abbadaddy”.

The mission of Jesus on earth is to show and tell that God is the Father. He did not spend much of His time telling people about the greatness of God. His emphasis was more on the Fatherhood of God than anything else. He was killed because of His claim that God is His Father. He called God, His Father. To miss this point would be a terrible mistake.

Jesus was not a theologian, a person who does study and teach about God. The prophets of the past talked about the God of the universe, the Supreme Being who is worthy of our praise. On the other hand, Jesus was dedicated in showing the Father, through His works and revealing the will of His Father by His powerful and living words. We are aware that He mentioned loving God in His commandment. Yes, love God as our Father. The only way to love God is to love Him as a Father. Loving God is a dream but loving the Father is more of a reality.

God is God to all people for God created mankind and all living things.. We are different people for we are the children of the Father. Calling “Father” (in any language) the God above all cannot be for everybody. It is only possible if we have a divine relationship with the Father. We talk to Him as our Father. Pray to Him as our Father. Ask from Him as our Father. We vaguely see God as God because we see Him more as our real Father in heaven.

Jesus addressed His Father with these words, “Abba, Father” There is a measure of intimacy and endearment in those two words. Can we say together to our Father? “ABBADADDY”, with love and respect to our great God.

Because of the frequent use of the name “Father”, one could easily see the mind and purpose of Jesus about His message to the world. He wanted to present a Father to all people and not a King to a single chosen nation or an Avenger to a defeated and maltreated race.

The words of Jesus are saturated with the love and care of a Father. We should accept this message of truth with thanksgiving in our hearts. I would care less of going to another subject since the Fatherhood of God was and is Christ’s principal message.

I will publish a series of messages from the words of Christ in the gospel about the great Abbadaddy which I would call our Father regularly. It is my earnest prayer that this new presentation would bring joy and happiness to all of us regardless of our religious background. We love you, Abbadaddy of Jesus. Peace unto His Name.

Mark14:36

             And He said, “Abba, Father, all things are possible for You.

Take this cup away from Me; nevertheless, not what I will, but what You will.”

“Abba, Father” was only mentioned in the gospel of Mark and nothing from Matthew, Luke and John. After the Lord uttered in prayer those two words, He said to His Father that all things are possible to Him. He knew that all things are possible to a Person who is God himself, for only God can make all things possible. Our Father is omnipotent and no one can deny as the popular song goes.

Our Father does not want to deprive us of our will and its freedom to exercise it. It is up to us to allow His will be done in our lives instead of ours. We yield in love, submit to His will in honor and respect of Him. Submission is the key to fulfilling His will.

Am I giving God another name?  No, I am not. “Abba, Father” was originally came out from the lips of Jesus and it was acceptable to God when He used it. Abba is a passionate plea from the heart. No other word can match it especially when it is followed with the word, Father. It is our spirit that cries, Abba, Father.

Abbadaddy (Abba, Father ) is a name in recognition of our Father’s divine ability and unlimited power. When I say Abbadaddy, I am totally submitting myself, in respect and adoration to the Highest Power who is always over and above me, like a child to his Dad. It is then for me, a natural way of expression to God, telling Him, not my will but your will be done in me when I call Him, Abbadaddy.

I found that gives meaning to the word, “Abba” and it is from dictionary.com source.

abba

This Syriac or Chaldee word is found three times in the New Testament (Mark
14:36; Rom. 8:15; Gal. 4:6), and in each case is followed by its Greek
equivalent, which is translated “father.” It is a term expressing warm
affection and filial confidence. It has no perfect equivalent in our language.
It has passed into European languages as an ecclesiastical term, “abbot.”

 

SourceEaston‘s 1897 Bible Dictionary

I would like to point out that it underscored the fact that it has no perfect equivalent in our language. However, it ventured to say that the term “Abba” may mean expressing warm affection and filial confidence.

I am aware also that Paul mentioned this term in his epistle, attributing the expression to the auction of the Spirit within the believers. The Spirit makes us cry out ”Abba,Father” to God. We may consider also that the term ” Abba, Father” is a holy expression or designation since it is from the Holy Spirit of God as Paul had commented in his letter.

Rom 8:15-16
15 For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.”
16 The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God,

Gal 4:6
6 And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, “Abba, Father!”

God is in the bosom of the Father. God is not bigger than our Father. They are of the same nature and they are one of the same Person. There is no other Father but God according to Jesus. We should learn by now, how to personalize God into a living and dynamic Father. Jesus did not claim verbally to be a God. However, He made it clear to all that His Father is God.

I am losing my sight on the unseen God because I am drawn closer in love to our Abbadaddy. God is honored when I considered Him as my only Dad, the source of my being and keeper of my soul. I can certainly say, I lost my God to my Father’s identity, I recognize HIM, the Great Divine Being as my Father more than my God. “God” (concept) is dead but my Father is alive. Jesus always treated HIM as a Father.

Everyone should identify and know their Father. Is He the Father Abraham in  Middle East or the Holy Father in Rome? My Abbadaddy is none other than the Father of the Lord Jesus Christ. We are consumed with so many man-made doctrines that we talk less of the Father. We fight in the name of a God. We love each other for the sake of our Father.

Why do we believe that there is a place called heaven? Where is heaven?  Is there a scientific proof that heaven really exists? Is it a billion light years away from earth? The existence of heaven is hard to explain because of its unknown location in the universe. It takes a lot of faith to believe that there is a real heaven.

Jesus talked about heaven. He told His disciples that he came from heaven.After the resurrection of His body, He went back to where he came from, the heaven.

Heaven exists because of the presence of our Father. There is no heaven if there is no Father. Time and again, Jesus identified His Father and our Father as One who is in heaven. We know that God is everywhere but Jesus made it clear that our heavenly Father resides in heaven, though He is not confined or limited in it. Remember our Father is the God of the universe.

Heaven is not a creation of our minds nor a state of mind. It is real as my Abbadaddy. Our final place to be with the Father is in heaven. It is a place we call our native land and where our true citizenship belongs. We aim and long to be with the Father if we think of going to that place called heaven. Life after death is a life with our Father (who is in heaven). Without our Father, heaven is just a special place of confinement beyond the blues. We long to be with you, oh, my Abbadaddy.

God is an eloquent Being. He can never be short in words. As a Father surprisingly He spoke only two times during the time of Christ as recorded in the gospel. His words as we know are extremely important. In those occasions our Father gave three short messages; 1. Jesus is His beloved Son. 2.  He is well pleased with Jesus. 3. Let us Hear from Jesus for He too values His words.

Reference:

 Matt 3:17
And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying,

“This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”

Mark 9:7
And a cloud came and overshadowed them;

and a voice came out of the cloud, saying,

“This is My beloved Son. Hear Him!”

Luke 9:35
And a voice came out of the cloud, saying,

“This is My beloved Son. Hear Him!”

As I follow the footsteps of the Lord and hear His words to read His mind or read His words and hear His voice, it is clear to me that Jesus has placed the Father in the center of His life. His life was spent for His Father. His religion if He ever had was about the love for His Father. A dozen times He spoke about the Father and His Children to emphasize a divine relationship between us and God.

Jesus wanted His disciples to follow Him and His words. He did not encouraged them though to be like Him. He left some life examples to follow but not to be like a superhuman. Many of us are thinking to be like Jesus. We can never be like Christ. The most that we can is to abide by His words. Jesus said, ”Be ye perfect as your Father in heaven is perfect”. His Father is the ideal goal and no man comes to the Father but by Jesus Christ.

I am more determined now that the bulk of my messages will be about my Abbadaddy. I shall mention the name of the Father more often than God. I know this is not an issue but a personal preference. I need to do this to remind me that our goal is to let will of our Father be done in us.

This website will continue to cultivate a spiritual atmosphere based on a family concept which is not easy to do considering that we are coming from different religious background.

Jesus cannot be mistaken; He is 100% correct and precisely right in identifying God as His Father. It was a serious offense to call God as your Father, blasphemous as He can be in many Jews of His time, He nevertheless categorically asserted that God is His Father. He pointed out that God who is also His Father must be worshiped in spirit and in truth. His Father is seeking true worshipers. He interchangeably the identity of God and His Father in regards to worship. Act of worship should be given only to the Supreme Being. God and the Father of Jesus Christ cannot be two different Being to accept such worship from us.

 John 4:23-24
“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.”

Jesus knows how to give thanks. From His lips comes forth a word of gratitude and thanksgiving to which credit is due. The gospel record shows that He gave thanks to His Father. Jesus thanked His Father for hearing Him speak and not so much for answering His prayer. Just hearing Him speak was enough for Jesus to give God the glory and honor.

Thank God for the unanswered prayers. The most important things in prayer is when our Father hears us and we are in the center of His will. It is very uplifting to know that we have a Father who can read our thoughts, hear our whispers and understand our deepest cries.

 John 11:41-42

“Father, I thank You that You have heard Me.
“And I know that You always hear Me, but because of the people who are standing by I said this, that they may believe that You sent Me.”

Luke 10:21
In that hour Jesus rejoiced in the Spirit and said, “I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and revealed them to babes. Even so, Father, for so it seemed good in Your sight.

Jesus explained to his disciples that no man can come to His Father but by Him. We have to pass through Him to know and be acquainted with our heavenly Father. On the other hand, we can only know Christ if the Father would draw us to His Son Jesus. The Father plays an important role in knowing His Son. His approval must be secured or granted before we can come or even closer to His Son. This unified act of love is enough to give us spiritual strength on our daily living for God.

 John 14:6
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.

No one comes to the Father except through Me.

John 6:44
“No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him;

and I will raise him up at the last day.

John 6:65
And He said, “Therefore I have said to you that no one can come to Me unless

it has been granted to him by My Father.”