Loosing To Gain
The Truth In Trouble
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The TRUTH, that sacrosanct being, nature and person of God got the first attack among men right in the Garden of Eden. There man believed a lie sold to him by the owner and father of lies the devil himself .This he did to man using his art in trade tricks and subtility.(Gen. 3:1-7, Jn 8:44).
From then, man no only became a liar, but imbibed, inculcated and enthroned lies as a way of life. Lies became man’s culture.However, God did nit keep quite, He swiftly promised the messiah, the Saviour , the TRUTH personified, God in human flesh, the seed of the woman to come and restore man back to life.(Gen. 3:15).
TRUTH came as promised, disclosed his person, Identity, and mission. (John 14:6;Luke 4:17-19) He came as the second Adam , the first Adam having failed by believing a lie; But nay, man no more wants the truth, it is strange to him. The TRUTH was not received, but rather opposed, abhorred not received, but rather opposed, abhorred, rejected and finally killed.
Before His Killing, Pilate a Roman Governor tried to save him from killed by his people the “owners” of the truth, but failed in that attempt for the scripture must be fulfilled. Yes the people the truth came to save killed him with a declaration that his blood should be upon them and their children’s children. The entire humanity was shocked by that saying. Of course, all that partook in the killing of the truth directly or indirectly paid dearly for it. The remnants, the disciples, took him and buried him. Ironically the twelve or rather the eleven were no where to be found. Only one, John the beloved followed him to his place of death the CROSS.(mattt. 27:19-25, Jn. 19:25-27).
The TRUTH now risen, alive, established on earth and ascended to heaven to come back again for the final establishment of His Kingdom. Man is now left with a choice between the revealed truth and the known lies. Christ the truth and Satan the liar.
However, in spite of all these, this known, Victorious, Celebrated and established truth is still IN TROUBLE.
The Fellowship Of His Suffering
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“That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made, comfortable unto his death, (phil 3:1)
This is an often quoted passage of the scripture by believers in Christ But the whole context of this scripture are not fully applied, obeyed and practiced by many.This is because many believers in Christ including minister and leader wants to know him (Christ) and the power of His resurrection but not the fellowship of His sufferings being made comfortable unto death.
As has been done to many passages in the holy write, many Christians only pick a part of the scripture that suits their lust and desires, the ones they are comfortable with, and off they go with it praying, fasting, screaming and even crying to God who Promise us to hold Him by His word to fulfill it. They forget that God has no business with half truth. But who blames anyone who loves half truth? who delights in twisting and handling the word of God deceitfully, walking in dishonesty and craftiness?.
Die Or live
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Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die,. It abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit (Jn 12:24).
Our Lord Jesus Christ in this Scripture was speaking of the death. He must die to redeem and save us from sin. He first spoke of His glorification which will not happen until this death occur. He went further to raise this critical matter of dying to live as it affects us His disciples. No disciple is excepted from this death experience.It Is the per-requisite for inheriting eternal life. “He that loveth his life shall lose it, and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal” (Jn 12:25).
This death experience is one thing that the flesh, the human nature abhors and hates to hear. The doctrine of health and wealth as evidence and prove of a true Christian as preached and taught in our day are geared toward opposing this Calvary experience. When Jesus raised this issue of His own suffering and death, Simon Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him. An act I perceive the other disciples were in agreement with.
When this death to sin, the flesh and the world occur, Christ now live in and through this life, His own life. One can now confess and say like Paul, “It is no longer i that liveth but Christ Liveth in me “