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THE TRUTH against ERRORS

Liliane Binnyuy



Building the Kingdom of God (Book 2)



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Scriptural verses are drawn from the New Jerusalem Bible, NKJV, NIV, ISV and Catholic Bible.

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Table of contents

Chapter 1 – The Faith

Chapter 2 – Salvation

Chapter 3 – Being Born Again

Chapter 4 – The Grace of God

Chapter 5 – The Law

Chapter 6 -- Good Works

Chapter 7 – Sin and the Cross

Chapter 8 – Righteousness & Holiness

Chapter 9 – The Kingdom of God

Chapter 10 – Tithes

Chapter 11—Earthly Riches

Chapter 12 – The Gift of Tongues

Chapter 13 –False Teachers





Chapter 1

The Faith

Many people “believe” in God. Filthy sinners “believe” in God. Filthy “Christians” “believe” in God. Even demons “believe” in God. From the scriptures, we know that anyone who believes in the Son of God will be saved (John 3.16-18). At the same time, we know from the scriptures that not everyone who calls Jesus Christ, Lord, will be saved (Mathew 7.21). Some “believe” but they will not be saved while others believe and they will be saved. There is a faith that is dead faith. This dead faith does not give salvation. There is another faith that is true faith. The true faith gives salvation. What is the true faith?

True faith in God is living and active. Living faith bears fruit. Faith in God is not only spoken but is action oriented. To believe in God is to believe with your entire being. Faith in God is to believe with your heart that the Lord Jesus is the Son of God, the Savior of the world, the way to the Heavenly Father, the true Shepherd and he is king of kings and Lord of Lords (Romans 10.9-10; Rev. 19.20; John 10.11, 36).

To believe in Him, we need to know him.

1. He is the Savior of the world. He saves us from sin and death (Mathew 1.21). Those who believe in him as the savior go to him in repentance for the forgiveness of their sins and power to stop sinning. During the time of the Lord’s earthly life, the people of Israel “believed” in God but their kind of faith could not save them. John the Baptist challenged the people to believe in God by bearing fruit of repentance. John the Baptist preached the faith of repentance (Mathew 3.2; Acts 13.24, 19.4). The Lord Jesus preached the faith of repentance (Mathew 4.17). Repentance for the forgiveness of sins is the gospel that leads one into the kingdom of God (Luke 24.47). A true believer bears the fruit of repentance (Mathew 3.8; Acts 26.20). The one who has truly believed is the one who has repented from his sinful way of life.

Repentance is the faith that saves.

Any other faith that does not produce the fruit of repentance is dead faith. Faith that does not cause one to stop sinning is dead faith. If you believe in God and are still sinning, or having the tendency to sin, then you have not believed at all.

It is only on the grounds of the faith of repentance that one really becomes part of the church of Christ. It is only on the base of the faith of repentance that one can be given water baptism (Mathew 3.11; Acts 2.38 ISV). Without repentance, there is no water baptism. John the Baptist preached repentance unto baptism. A repentant sinner receives forgiveness from God and cleansing in the blood of Christ (Acts 3.19).

2. He is the way, the truth and life. He is the only one that can lead us to the heavenly kingdom. No one can get to the Heavenly Father except through him. Anyone who rejects him has rejected the Heavenly Father. Those who believe in Him as the way to the Father follow him. He is the reconciliation between us and the Heavenly Father (Romans 5.10-11). This reconciliation brings:

--Peace and Joy: The believer finds a profound peace and joy after receiving forgiveness of his sins. He begins to offer praises to God for salvation.

--Awaken conscience: The believer’s conscience gets awaken. He is no longer comfortable with sin.

--Hunger for God’s word: The new believer starts to have a hunger for God’s word

--Desire to obey God: The new believer begins to obey God’s word.

Those who believe in Him as truth and life go to him to receive knowledge and life.

3. He is Lord and king. He is the Lord and king over those who obey him. Those who believe that he is Lord of Lords and King of kings obey him. Those who obey him will inherit the kingdom of God.

4. He is the true Shepherd and only Master. He is the one that leads us to perfect restoration. He is the one who trains us to become like him. Those who seek perfection must follow him daily in total self-denial, obedience and trust. His disciples must have their eyes stayed on him.

5. He is holy. Those who believe that he is the holy one must deny sin and pursue holy lives. Only those who live after righteousness and holiness belong to him. He is Holy. He died to save us from our sins so that we can be holy as he is. To believe in him is to take after his righteousness and holiness. To believe in him is to change your mind, deeds, and desires to His.

The Lord Jesus is the author and finisher of our faith. Our faith is on a journey. The journey starts when we repent of our sins in faith that he is the way to the Heavenly Father & the savior of the word. It progresses when we deny ourselves in faith that he is the Master and Shepherd of our souls. It reaches completion when in sufferings; we obey him perseveringly till the end even at the cost of our lives.





Chapter 2

Salvation

What is Salvation?

Salvation means to save from sin/evil and its consequences. Salvation is the process of saving man from sin and death (consequence of sin). The process begins with the forgiveness of sins, to attaining holiness and ends with overcoming the second death in the resurrection. In other words, it is the justification, sanctification and salvation of man from death.

Justification: This is the forgiveness of sins and reconciliation of man to God by faith in the Lord Jesus. The man who has been reconciled to God is called righteous. The Lord Jesus was punished for the sin of the world. He is the reconciliation between man and God. Man was separated from God and was doomed die because of sin. For man to unite with God again, the sin (which caused the division) must be punished. The Lord received the punishment for us all. In his name, repentance for the forgiveness of sins is preached to all mankind.

Sanctification: Sanctification is the complete restoration of man from sin & the sinful nature. It is the process of changing man’s sinful nature to God’s holy nature. The sinful nature is not taken away at once when we first believe (when we obtain justification); only our past sins are washed away. Our sinful nature is taken off gradually as we walk with Christ and follow him daily. Those who follow him receive power to deal away with the sinful nature (Romans 6.12-14). The purpose of sanctification is to make us perfectly holy. The man who has been sanctified is called holy.

Salvation from second death: The unrighteous and filthy will be punished by death in the lake of fire after the white throne judgement. Only those whose names are found in the book of life will be saved from the second death in the lake of fire. Those whose names are in the book of life are all the holy people and some righteous people. Sin leads unto death. To be saved from death, you will first need to be saved from sin. The Lord will resurrect to life the righteous people true to him. The sinners will die.

Every believer must work out his salvation with fear and trembling to dominate sin and be victorious over death (Phil 2.12). Believers must work out their salvation by putting off the old sinful nature and putting on the new holy nature. Those who are holy are guaranteed of salvation.



Is our salvation from the second death guaranteed once we believe?

Believing in the Lord Jesus at one point in your life does not guarantee salvation from death. It is believing in the LORD Jesus till the end that guarantees salvation from death (Mat 11.22).

He who believes in the Lord Jesus has stopped sinning and lives to obey God. If a believer at any time in his life stops believing, that is, he goes back to sinning, he may lose his salvation because his name will be removed from the book of life (Rev.3.7). The Lord Jesus will give eternal salvation only to those who obey him (Hebrews 5.9). We repent from our sins unto holiness that leads to eternal life.



Will all righteous people be saved from the second death?

Not all righteous people will be saved but all holy people will be saved.

For it is time for judgement to begin with God’s household, and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who do not obey the gospel of God? And if it is hard for the righteous to be saved, what will become of the ungodly and the sinner? (1 Peter 4.17-18NIV)

Every act of disobedience is a sin. Yet, it is not all sins that lead unto death (1 John 5.15-17). The sins that leads unto death (Rev 21.6-8; 22.15) include;

--Refusal to believe in the Lord Jesus

--Sorcery/witchcraft

--Murder

--Hypocrisy and being untruthful

--All sexual sins

--Idolatry (includes greed – Col.3.5)

Not all righteous people will inherit salvation but all holy people will. A believer who has not has not yet attained perfection in holiness can still be saved by the Lord from death if he does not commit the above deadly sins. A believer who still engages in these filthy practices will die with the unrighteous (Romans 8.12-13). The Lord Jesus will fetch out of his kingdom all righteous people who are bad (Mathew 1.47-50).

A sick believer who has not committed any of these deadly sins can call for the elders of the church to pray for him to get well. The Lord God will hear their prayer and forgive his sins (so long as they are not deadly sins) and he will be well again. However, if a believer has committed a deadly sin, he will not be restored to health no matter the number of petitions made to the Lord except he confesses and repents of his sin and is cleansed by the blood of Christ.

The sole purpose of the death of the Lord Jesus was to take away sins. We must not only be careful to avoid the deadly sins but to pursue complete restoration through obedience. Only those who are completely restored (perfect in holiness) will become the bride of Christ (Eph. 5.27).

Believers who continue in filthy sins will have their names removed from the book of life (Rev. 3.2-5; Heb. 10.26-29).





Chapter 3

Being Born Again

To be born again means to become a new man. To become a new man is to become like Christ. When you first believe and are reconciled to God, the life of the eternal God enters in you through faith. However, you are not yet a completely new man because your sinful nature still dominates. Being born again is a process. It begins when you first believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and it ends when you become like Christ in nature and works. A believer who still commits sinful acts or behaves/thinks in a way that is not Christ like is not yet fully born again. As Christ is in nature (holy, faithful and loving, etc.), so are we to be in this world. To be born again is to be born of both water and spirit. Some may have been born of water but they are still to be born of spirit.

Jesus replied, "Truly, I say to you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again from above." Nicodemus said, "How can there be rebirth for a grown man? Who could go back to his mother's womb and be born again?" Jesus replied, "Truly, I say to you: No one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit (John 3.3-6).



Born of Water

The word of God is water. It cleanses our hearts when we receive it in faith (Acts 15.9). A person who hears the word of God and does not believe with his heart cannot experience this cleansing. It is the word of God received in faith that causes a man to be born of water (1 Peter 1.23; Eph.5.26). A person who is born of water receives the life of the eternal God into his heart (Titus 3.5). This life is like a cup of water that becomes a well, springing up to eternal life (John 4.14). Water baptism is an outside symbol of cleansing that has taken place within. It is also public declaration of the faith that is within.

We are born of water when we receive the word of God with faith (Ephesians 5.26). The living faith causes the word to wash us within and bring life inside of us (Acts 15.9). It is by this washing of water for rebirth that we become righteous. One who is born of water receives the first purification by obeying God’s first command: to believe in His son, Jesus Christ (1 John 3.23). This is the first work that God requires of all men to do so as to be saved (John 6.28).



Born of Spirit

To be born of spirit means to put on God’s nature. Our old sinful nature is gone and we have put on a new nature – the nature of Christ Jesus. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, you become a new spirit with a new personality.

To be born of Spirit means that you have put off the old man (the old spirit) with his deeds and put on the new man Christ Jesus with his deeds (Romans 13.14; Gal 3.27). To be born of Spirit means to be perfected in holiness (2 Corinthians 7.1 KJV). One who is born of Spirit has been transformed into the image of Christ; his spirit becomes like Christ. He is completely different from his old self. His new spirit is the Christ like spirit. He no longer commits sin because he is now like Christ-the sinless one. He bears the full testimony of 2 Corinthians 5.17; Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. 

Those who carry the cross of self-denial and discipleship are the ones on the path that leads to the perfection in spirit. Not every believer gets to be a disciple because not every believer is willing to pay the price. It is by obedience that we purify ourselves into being born of spirit. We are changed daily in our spirits as we follow the Lord daily till we attain perfection.

We must die in order to become truly born again. “Truly, I say to you, unless the grain of wheat falls to the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much fruit”. It is by carrying the cross of self-denial that we become born of spirit. The new man (one who is born of Spirit) does not sin nor can he sin because he has put on the loving nature of Christ (1 John 4.7). To be born of water can be instantaneous but becoming born of spirit takes some time and it demands our full cooperation with the Holy Spirit.

The seed of life implanted in our hearts at conversion makes us children of God but it needs to grow and bear fruits to make us sons of God. A child who has not yet grown into sonship cannot manage his father’s house. When the seed of human life (male sperm) is deposited in a woman’s womb, she becomes pregnant. A pregnant woman is not said to be with seed rather she is said to be with child. That child needs to undergo a nine months transformation for him to become human to be born on the earth. So too, when we believe God’s word, the seed of God’s life is implanted in us. We become born of water when we receive the word of God (the seed) in faith but we must undergo a transformation process to have a change of nature to be born of spirit. Those born of spirit are a line of kings and priests who will rule the future earth and serve God.

To be born of Spirit is to become the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus (2 Corinthians 5.21). We become the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus when God’s righteousness is revealed through our new Christ like person. When we have put on Christ Jesus and his works, we become the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus because God’s righteous nature is seen through our new nature.





Chapter 4

The Grace of God

The grace of God does not mean that our salvation is guaranteed once we “believe” irrespective of our deeds. On the day of judgement, all men shall be judged by their deeds (Rev 20.11-15). The grace of God does not mean that God will not punish the righteous who commit willful and filthy sins. The wrath of God hangs on all ungodliness (Romans 1.18; Romans 2.5-8).

The grace of God is the love of God towards us in that He enables us to save ourselves from sin and death by obeying the righteous demands of the Law of God in Christ Jesus. He enables us to believe in the Lord Jesus unto repentance and to keep his commandments unto holiness which leads to eternal life.

The Grace of God is the death of His Son for the pardon of the sin of the world and the reconciliation of the world to God.

The Grace of God leads us unto repentance. God has forgiven us in Christ Jesus but we receive His forgiveness only when we repent of our sinful living (Mark 1.4; Luke 5.32; Luke 24.47; Acts 2.38; Acts 3.19; Acts 5.31; Acts 8.28; Acts 11.18; Acts 26.20). The fruit of repentance is turning away from sinful deeds. Repentance and receiving forgiveness from God are inseparable. Only those who have received forgiveness will be saved from his wrath. The Lord Jesus is going to come back to punish sinful believers (Mathew 13.41; Mathew 13.24-30; Mathew 7.22-23). The Lord will send out his angels to weed out of his kingdom all that are scandalous and all who do evil (Mathew 13.41).

The Grace of God leads us to perfection. One who is full of the grace of God is the one who no longer commits sins and has put on God’s holy nature.





Chapter 5

The Law

God does not call believers to live lawlessly. Grace is not lawlessness. The new covenant does not mean that no laws.



Are the New Covenant People free from the law of God?

Certainly Not!

Christians are not under the old Mosaic Law i.e. the laws of the old covenant. They are under the law of Christ. The lawless or lawbreakers have no part in the kingdom of Heaven (Mathew 7.23 ESV, NLT, YLT; 2 Peter 3.17; 1 John 3.4).

To those not having the law, I became like one not having the law (though I am not free from God’s law but am under Christ’s law), so as to win those not having the law (1 Corinthians 9.21NIV).

Do we, then, deny the value of the Law because of what we say of faith? Of course not; rather we place the Law in its proper place (Romans 3.31)

God hated sin in the past and he still hates sin today. God often chastised Israel for disobeying His laws.

The Lord warned all those who break the law and teach others to do same (Mathew 5.17-19). The Lord Jesus did not come to destroy but to fulfill the law. He did not fulfill the law by obeying its letter. He fulfilled the law by obeying the spirit of the law – the law of love. By his death on the cross, the love of God was poured on mankind.

The Lord taught the people the spirit of the law and not just the letter. He renewed the law on murder, marriage; the law of eye for an eye; love etc.

In the old law, killing someone was a sin of murder. The Lord renewed the law on murder; anyone who is angry with his brother for no just cause or anyone who humiliates his brother and insult him is a murderer and such a one is under the danger of being brought before trial and sent to hell (Mathew 5.21-24).

In the old law, divorce was granted for any reason by simply giving the divorced a writ of divorce. The Lord renewed the law on divorce; anyone who divorced his wife for any other reason than fornication, was guilty of adultery and any man who marries a divorced woman is guilty of adultery. If a married man looks at a woman with lust in his heart, he has committed adultery (Mathew 5.27-28, 31-32).

In the old law, it was okay to hate your enemy and love those who love you. The Lord renewed the law on love: love your enemy, do good to those who hate you, pray for those who mistreat you, give to all who ask, lend without expecting any returns, strive not with the wicked, etc. Let the light of your love shine so that you can become children of God (Mathew 5.38-48).

The letter cannot cover every aspect of the spirit. The letter cannot deal with the things of the heart such as the lust, the anger, and hatred. Only the law of the spirit can cover things such as these because the spirit searches very deep into a man’s heart.

God’s law was never taken away from us rather it was brought to its proper footing – the spirit of the law. The Lord Jesus summarized all the requirements of the law into one law (John 15.12, 17; Romans 13; 1 John 3.23, John 2.1-11).

"Now I give you a new commandment: love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also must love one another. "By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another" (John 13.34).

The law of love is very deep and profound and it cannot be fully broken down into acts and written down. Love fulfills the law of Christ. It demands integrity in keeping your words rather than from swearing an oath. It refuses tooth for tooth or eye for eye rather it repays evil with good. It demands mercy and not judgement. The law of love covers the entire law of God and it can only be fulfilled in spirit and not in letter. Each circumstance we encounter in life will demand us to operate in love. We cannot write down every situation nor can we write down all the evil in our hearts. It is by allowing ourselves to be led by the Spirit that we will be able to walk in love in every circumstance and thus fulfill the law of God. The fruit of the Spirit is love (Galatians 5.22). The believer who bears this fruit satisfies the law of God.

Believers in Christ Jesus have been made free from the old covenant law system (written laws obeyed in human strength). Believers have been transferred to a new covenant law system, a living way, the way of the spirit. (The law on love is obeyed by walking in the Spirit).

The time is coming - it is Yahweh who speaks - when I will forge a new covenant with the people of Israel and the people of Judah. It will not be like the one I made with their fathers when I took them by the hand and led them out of Egypt. For they broke my covenant although I was their Lord. This is the covenant I shall make with Israel after that time: I will put my Law within them and write it on their hearts; I will be their God and they will be my people. And they will not have to teach each other, neighbor or brother, saying: 'Know the Lord,' because they will all know me, from the greatest to the lowliest, for I will forgive their wrongdoing and no longer remember their sin." This is the word of Yahweh (Jeremiah 31.31-35).



How do we fulfill the righteous demands of the law of Christ?

The new covenant operates in spirit and not tablets of stone. It checks out the lust in a man’s heart and not just the outward act of adultery. The righteous demands of the law are fulfilled in believers only when they walk after the Spirit and not after the flesh. If we do not walk after the Spirit, we will not be able to fulfill the requirements of the law because the flesh is too weak to obey God. If we do not operate in the power of the Holy Spirit, we will not be able to obey God even if we are willing.

That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. …… For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die:  but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live (Romans 8.13)

Man cannot obey God in human strength. In the human nature, the law of sin operates and thus, it will not allow man to obey God (Romans 7.18-25).

The only way to obey God is in Christ Jesus. We must be led by Him (His Spirit) and not by our human nature. We must abide in him and draw life from him. It is his life that strengthens us to obey God. We must give up trying to obey God in our natural strength and look to his life deposited inside of us.

If we continue to walk after the flesh and do its works, and satisfy its desires, we shall surely die. We are set free (made righteous) to fight for our salvation by putting on holiness which is attained in the way of love (1 Peter 1.22; 1 Peter 4.8). We are set free to obey God so that we can obtain the crown of life (James 1.11-12).





Chapter 6

Good Works

Dead faith does not save. Faith that is not evidenced by good deeds does not save.

Faith and good deeds are inseparable. Good deeds are the evidence of true faith. A righteous man who does bad things will not be saved. He has not proven his faith in the Lord Jesus. An unrighteous man who does good things will not be saved. He has not yet done the first primary work of believing in the Lord Jesus to be saved.

"What good is it, my brothers and sisters, to profess faith without showing works? Such faith has no power to save you” (James 2.14).

The apostolic epistles are filled with exhortations unto good works:

"Do not neglect good works and common life, for these are sacrifices pleasing to God" (Hebrews 13.16).

And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works (Hebrews 10.24)

This is the truth. I want you to insist on these things, for those who believe in God must excel in good deeds; that is what matters and is profitable to us (Titus 3.8).



Did the cross of Christ free us from the obligation of doing good works?

Certainly Not!

We were created by God in Christ Jesus for the purpose of good works.

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them (Ephesian 2.8-10).

Apostle Paul was explaining the journey of salvation. We are saved by grace through faith in Christ Jesus to do good deeds. We obtain salvation by believing in the Son of God for the purpose of doing good deeds. He saves us so that we can do good deeds. Believers who do good deeds truly belong to him because they are walking according to his purpose.

Even if we do all the world’s good deeds we shall not be saved if we do not believe in Christ Jesus. There was a Roman Centurion in Caesarea called Cornelius. He and his whole household were devout and God fearing. He gave generously to Jewish causes and prayed constantly to God. He had not yet believed in the Lord Jesus, the way of salvation. His prayers and charitable gifts reached the heavens and the Lord God sent an angel to tell him to send for Apostle Peter. The Lord God wanted Apostle Peter to show Cornelius the way of Salvation, Jesus Christ, so that he and his household could be saved (Acts 10).

It is the will of God that we do good deeds. Not all who calls him Lord shall be saved but only those who do the will of the father.

Not everyone who says to me: Lord! Lord! will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my heavenly Father. Many will say to me on that day, "Lord, Lord, did we not speak in your name? Did we not cast out devils and perform many miracles in your name?" Then I will tell them openly: I have never known you; away from me, you evil people! (Mathew 7.22-23).

So you see, doing good deeds is salvation. It seals our faith in Him and our salvation too. There is no point believing if we will not do good. The coming world is for those who do good. It is not for evil people. On the judgement day, everyone will be judged by his works.

After that I saw a great and splendid throne and the one seated upon it. At once heaven and earth disappeared, leaving no trace. I saw the dead, both great and small, standing before the throne while books were opened. Another book, the Book of Life, was also opened. Then the dead were judged according to the records of these books, that is, each one according to his works. The sea gave up the dead it had kept, as did death and the netherworld, so that all might be judged according to their works. Then death and the netherworld were thrown into the lake of fire. This lake of fire is the second death. All who were not recorded in the Book of Life were thrown into the lake of fire (Rev 20.11-15)

Salvation is this: We must accept that we have sinned against God. Then put our faith in Him (the Lord Jesus) to receive the forgiveness of our sins. After reconciling with God, we must not go on sinning but do good. We must overcome evil with good. If we continue sinning, the reconciliation becomes void because the element of sin which caused us to be initially separated from God is still present. The Lord Jesus died to take away sins and to destroy the works of evil. So, those who believe in him follow in his footsteps. They stop sinning and keep doing good so that the works of darkness may give way to the light. The Lord is holy and good. To believe in Him means to take after his righteousness.

What good is it, my brothers and sisters, to profess faith without showing works? Such faith has no power to save you. If a brother or sister is in need of clothes or food and one of you says, "May things go well for you; be warm and satisfied," without attending to their material needs, what good is that? So it is for faith without deeds: it is totally dead. Say to whoever challenges you, "You have faith and I have good deeds; show me your faith apart from actions and I, for my part, will show you my faith in the way I act." Do you believe there is one God? Well enough, but do not forget that the demons also believe and tremble with fear! You foolish one, do you have to be convinced that faith without deeds is useless? Think of our father Abraham. Was he not justified by the act of offering his son Isaac on the altar? So you see, his faith was active along with his deeds and became perfect by what he did. The word of Scripture was thus fulfilled, Abraham believed in God so he was considered a righteous person and he was called the friend of God. So you see, a person is acknowledged by works and not by faith alone. Likewise, we read of Rahab, the prostitute, that she was acknowledged and saved because she welcomed the spies and showed them another way to leave. So, just as the body is dead without its spirit, so faith without deeds is also dead James 2.14-26).

Our good works is our light to the world that chases away darkness. It is by doing good that we overcome the evil one. Do good and continue to do good no matter how much evil attack is made on you. For you see, the battle is between light and darkness, good and evil, the obedient and the disobedient, the Lord God and the devil. It is your works that shows whose you are. The people of the dark do not know love. They do not know God. They can only see God if we let our righteousness in him to shine everywhere. No one light a lamp and puts it under the table. His righteous nature must become our nature so that the people of the dark will see our good deeds and glorify the heavenly Father. The Heavenly Father wants all his children to shine very brightly so that the world will know him through us.

Our works is what the Lord wants to see. Our works reveals the measure of faith in our hearts. What we say or feel in our hearts is not that which will save us. Goods works done in faith seals our redemption. In the Lord’s letter to the seven churches, He made mention to all of them about their works. The church of Ephesus has left her first works. The church of Smyrna was rich in works. The church of Thyatira’s second works were greater than the first. The church in Sardis had dead works (no works). The church of Laodicea was lukewarm (neither good/bad) (Rev 1-3).

Great works can be done only in the power of the Holy Spirit. True believers are not naked. They are clothed in white garment of good deeds. The bride of Christ will be dressed with the white linen of good works.

This is the time to celebrate the wedding of the Lamb, his bride has made herself ready. Fine linen, bright and clean, is given her to wear. This linen stands for the good works of the holy ones” (Rev 19.7-8).





Chapter 7

Sin & the Cross

Sin is breaking God’s commandment. When we break his commandment, we go against Him. Anyone who rejects God’s commandment makes himself God’s enemy. If you say that you know God and you still sin, then you do not know Him.

Anyone who commits a sin acts as an enemy of the law of God; any sin is a rejection of his law. You know that he came to take away our sins, and that there is no sin in him. Whoever remains in him has no sin, whoever sins has not seen or known him. My little children, do not be led astray; those who do what is right are upright, just as Jesus Christ is upright. But those who sin belong to the devil, for the devil sins from the beginning. This is why the Son of God was shown to us, he was to undo the works of the devil.



The Power of Sin

None was found righteous in Israel because no one could keep the whole law (Roans 3.13-19). Many were willing to obey but failed to obey because of the weakness of the human nature. The old covenant law was holy. It was meant to give life to those who obey it. It however brought death to all those under it because none could it. Should we then say that the old covenant law was unholy? Certainly Not! Sin, because it is sin, used a holy thing to prove itself. Sin used the holy law to gain power. Man was too weak to obey the law. This made man to become a slave of sin. Man is unable to do the good thing that he wills to do but he does the bad things he does not want to do. Sin gained dominion over man. The prize of sin is death. If there is no sin, there is no death. The old law though holy, became a law of sin and death.



The Victory of the Cross

Those born of God do not sin, for the seed of God remains in them; they cannot sin because they are born of God. What is the way to recognize the children of God and those of the devil? The one who does not do what is right is not of God; so, too, the one who does not love his brother or sister (1 John 3.10 & 1 John 2.11-3).

Sin is sin; whether be it that of the Christian or the unbeliever. Some believers sin because they are yet to be born of spirit (perfected in holiness). Some believers no longer sin because they have been born of God and have put on God’s hoy nature. One who is born of God (water and spirit) does not commit any more sins because he has gained dominion over his sinful nature. Such a believer has come to experience the full victory of the cross.

The cross of Christ wrought for us the forgiveness of sins and the power to stop sinning. The Lord Jesus went to the cross solely to take away sins. He did not die for bodily health. He died to take away the sin of the world. He died to bring us to complete restoration from sin. He bore our sin in his body and by his wounds we are healed in our spirit. Before the Lord Jesus healed in the land of Israel, he first of all forgave sins. If sin is not forgiven, healing cannot be administered. Bodily health is a by-product of the cross. The Lord went to the cross to defeat sin so that we can be empowered to walk in uprightness. We can live a sinless life. The power of the cross is greater than the power of sin.

Sin can no longer overpower believers because the Lord Jesus on the cross freed us from the power of sin. Sin can no longer compel us to sin. The cross wrought for us total freedom from sin and the old covenant law system. This is the gospel of salvation. The Christian can now be empowered to fight sin and win. Before the cross, no one could win the fight over sin. But now, we can fight in faith and win. We must believe what the Lord did for us on the cross. Without faith in the Lord, the cross will be of no effect to us. You must put your faith in the Lord Jesus to bring the reality of the victory of the cross over sin in your life. Fight the good fight of faith and sin will give way. The proof of the victory of the cross over sin is the forgiveness & cleansing of sins by his blood and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. The blood of Christ and the Holy Spirit is the power which the cross of the Lord Jesus won for us. The blood cleanses from all sin. The Holy Spirit brings us to holiness.

Dominion over sin does not come to us instantaneously when we first believe but it is guaranteed for those who follow the Lord Jesus. He defeated sin on the cross and those who follow him in faith will eventually experience this victory in their lives. If we want to claim our dominion over sin;

1. We must first know that the cross of Christ freed us from the power of sin.

2. We must refuse to go on sinning and receive forgiveness and cleansing from all sin.

3. Thirdly, we should do all we can to be led by the Holy Spirit. Only those who are led by the Spirit will be born of spirit. That which is born of spirit is spirit. We can deal away with all unrighteousness only in the power of the Holy Spirit. Gradually sin will lose its grip on us. Then we shall become dead to sin (Romans 6.11). Those who walk after the spirit cannot gratify fleshly and sinful desires.



The power of the Holy Spirit over sin

We can live a sinless life. Do not wrongly believe that you can never stop sinning or become perfect. The power of the Holy Spirit is stronger than the power of sin.

When you first believe, you receive from the Lord forgiveness and cleansing from your sins. When you become spirit filled, you receive power to deal away with your sinful nature. If you are not spirit filled, you will continue to live after the flesh even if you are a believer. The Holy Spirit is the power of the believer to have dominion over sin.

The believer who is not spirit filled can easily return/continue his sinful way of life. Such a believer should be careful not to commit the sins that lead unto death. If he commits those deadly sins, he may lose his salvation except there is repentance.

We must do all we can to be filled with the Holy Spirit and not settle for any fake baptism. We must copy the example of the five wise virgins who gave up their all so as to buy as much oil as they could. We must not copy the example of the rich young ruler who could not sell his all to buy treasure in heaven (Mathew 19.16-30). We must not be like the crowd who followed the Lord Jesus but were not ready to pay the price of discipleship (Luke 14.25-33). If we want it to be filled by the Holy Spirit, we must liberate our hearts. One who is born of water and Spirit (has put on the new man, Christ Jesus) has gained dominion over sin. If we walk according to the spirit, we will be born of spirit. Those who walk according to the spirit do not give in to sinful desires (Galatians 5.18-24).

By our own strength, we can never win. If we try to walk under the old covenant system, we fall from grace. The old covenant relied solely on the strength of man while the new covenant relies on the power of the Holy Spirit. Under the new covenant, the law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus operates while under the old covenant, the law of sin and death. The law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set us free from the law of sin and death. You may have believed in the Lord Jesus but if you do not operate under the law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus, you will not gain victory over sin. Only those who follow the Holy Spirit are on the path to victory. You cannot walk after the spirit except you are spirit filled.

There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. …..For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live (Romans 8.1-13).





Chapter 8

Righteousness & Holiness

Some believe that so long as we are in this sinful mortal body, no one can be perfect. They believe that only God is/can be perfect. Some Christians believe that they are made perfectly holy when they believe in the Christ Jesus. What is righteousness? What is holiness?



Do Righteousness & Holiness mean the same?

Righteousness is the beginning of living a holy life. A righteous man is a man who is reconciled to God through Jesus Christ. You are made righteous when you believe in the Lord Jesus and receive the forgiveness and cleansing of your sins. Holiness means to live a sinless live. If you are to live a sinless live, you must begin with the washing away of your past sins. In other words, if you are to be holy, you must begin with righteousness.

When we believe in the Lord Jesus and receive the forgiveness of our sins, we are justified and made righteous (Romans 5.1). Receiving forgiveness of our sins reconciles us back to God. The blood of Jesus Christ made perfect in righteousness all those who believe in him. The power of the Holy Spirit is making perfect in holiness all those who walk by the spirit. Through justification, we are made perfectly righteous and through sanctification, we are made perfectly holy (Hebrews 10.14).

We were perfected in righteousness by the blood of Christ at repentance but we are being perfected in holiness through the sanctification work of the Holy Spirit. We were reconciled to God by the blood of Christ but we will be saved by His life through the sanctification work of the Holy Spirit (Romans 5.8-9). In Romans 6.19, Apostle Paul briefs on the Christian’s journey to salvation.

--Freed from sin (Made righteous)

--Make yourself a slave to righteousness (unconditional obedience to the demands righteousness)

--Bear the fruit of holiness from being a slave to righteousness

--Reap eternal life from holiness

But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of righteousness, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life (Romans 6.22NIV).

We must seek to be perfected in holiness.

Therefore, since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God (2 Corinthians 7.1).



What is God’s standard of Holiness for us?

--Be perfect as He is perfect (Mathew 5.48).

--Be fashioned according to the pattern of the first born son who is an example for us all (Rom 8.29; Eph. 1.5).

--Be holy as He is holy (1 peter 1.15-16; 1 Titus 4.3).

If sin abounds, grace abounds much more (Romans 5.20). If the power of sin is great, then the power of the Holy Spirit is much greater to redeem us from the power of sin. We must not go on sinning but receive the abounding grace of God through the power of the Holy Spirit to subdue sinful human nature and its deeds. Let us not be deceived by the evil one into thinking that we can never attain the God’s level of holiness. The Father in Heaven is calling us to be holy as He is holy. His abounding grace is available to meet up with that standard. We should strive to be holy as the Heavenly father is Holy. He is a Holy God and his children must be holy. Anyone who is still sins is not born of God (1 John 3.9).

We should put off the old fallen man and his deeds and put on the new man, Christ Jesus, and his deeds through obedience. We should make ourselves slaves of righteousness by obeying unconditionally the law of Christ Jesus. The good soil bears fruit to perfection by keeping his word perseveringly.

You must do all you can to have a clean break with sin. Courageously bear the sufferings of obedience. It is very difficult to obey God without suffering any lose. You will lose your property, freedom, friends, and even your life for choosing to stand by the truth and obey God. Be ready to lose. Stand strong in faith and do not be afraid to lose. For you see, it is only when you have lost your life, than you will gain it back. But if you try to keep it, you will lose it (Mathew 10.39). Only those who stand firm to end will be saved (Mathew 10.22).

The crown is not for the swift, rather it for those who reach the end (James 1.12). Not all righteous people will be saved but all holy people will be saved (1 Peter 4.17-18NIV). The righteous and the holy do not receive the same reward (Rev 22.11-12). We grow up in our salvation as we grow in holiness (1 Peter 2.2). The children of God are those who nature have been changed to become Christ like. They become the righteousness of God because their nature is the same righteous nature of God. The world can see God just by looking at them.

The one who is no longer condemned to die is the righteous believer who no longer walks after the flesh but after the spirit (Romans 8.1-14). The righteous believer who walks after the flesh will die. If by the Spirit, we put to death, the works of the flesh, we shall surely live (Romans 8.13).

We must keep pursuing perfection till we pass out of our earthly bodies and never at any time in life consider that we have already attained this holiness. If the Lord finds anything unworthy in us, we should be ready to receive strength to deal away with any ungodliness.

I do not believe I have already reached the goal, nor do I consider myself perfect, but I press on till I conquer Christ Jesus, as I have already been conquered by him. No, brothers and sisters, I do not claim to have claimed the prize yet. I say only this: forgetting what is behind me, I race forward and run towards the goal, my eyes on the prize to which God has called us from above in Christ Jesus. Let all of us who claim to be perfect have the same way of thinking, but if there is something on which you differ, God will make it clear to you (Phil 3.12-15)

The apostolic epistles are filled with the exhortations to live holy lives before God:

Since we have such promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from all defilement of body and spirit, and complete the work of sanctification in the fear of God (2 Corinthians 7.1 Catholic Bible)

Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord: Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled; Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright (Hebrews 12.14-16).

We must not deaden our consciences by ignoring its call to sanctification. The guilt of sin is meant to bring you to repentance. Sin must be confessed and not covered because it is the fruit of darkness. When we sin, our conscience pricks us, we feel guilty and then we confess and repent of that sin before the Lord. He then washes us in his blood and empowers us not to sin again. Without the sense of guilt, there is no true repentance. If there is no repentance, there is no fruitful change. We must rely on self-strength but live by grace through faith in the power of the Holy Spirit.

Prayer

Heavenly Father, you are holy, just and fair in all your ways. Direct me on how to walk by your Spirit. I give up my pride, self-righteousness and self-confidence. I need your grace to transform my life to the image of your son. I want to be holy and perfect as you are. I want to be a true child of yours. My ears had heard of you, but now my eyes see you, I abhor myself and repent in dust and ashes. You are a Holy God and your name will forever be held holy. Glorify your name in me. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.





Chapter 9

The Kingdom of God

A kingdom is a king and his people. If there are no people, there is no kingdom. As the people increase in number, so too does the kingdom. Also, if there is no king, there is no kingdom. A future king works to set the foundation on which his kingdom will be built i.e. the kind of people, how to get the people and the entry requirements.



God is building his kingdom.

The kingdom of God is God and his people. He appointed the Son of Man to build this kingdom and rule over it. God had spoken through the OT prophets of his coming kingdom. John the Baptist was God’s last messenger sent to announce the soon arrival of the kingdom and to prepare the way for the Son of Man. The Son of Man, the Lord Jesus Christ, is God’s appointed king. He will be crown king when the kingdom is complete. The Lord Jesus Christ came to the earth from heaven. He went all around Israel preaching the good news of the Kingdom and displaying the powers of the kingdom. He gave many signs; he healed the sick, raised the dead, freed the bound, commanded nature, changed water into wine, multiplied two loaves and five fishes to feed over 5000 men excluding women and children etc.

God is calling people from all nations of the earth to become his people. John the Baptist, the Lord Jesus Christ and the disciples preached the gospel of the kingdom. From the time of John the Baptist, many people believe this gospel and are forcing their way into the kingdom (Mat. 24.14).

The Lord Jesus laid the foundation stone on which other stones will be built. The Lord laid the foundation stone with his blood by dying on the cross. By his cross, he opened the way for man to enter his great kingdom. Ever since his death on the cross, the kingdom is growing. The kingdom started as a small mustard seed but it is growing to become the largest tree (Mathew 13.31). It started as a small stone which growing to fill the whole earth.

The kingdom of God must pass through two phases: the spiritual reign and then the earthly reign.



The Spiritual Kingdom

Presently, God reigns over people on an individual basis. Those who believe unto repentance in the Lord Jesus enter into his kingdom. He leads them one on one by his Holy Spirit. God must rule in the life of the person who wants to be one of his people. The heart of man must be devoted entirely to God. He must worship God in spirit and truth. The believer must walk after the Lord in Spirit. There must be a personal relationship between God and the individual – a relationship of trust and obedience. The believer must submit to his leadership by obeying his rules. Presently, God is ruling in the heart and lives of many people both in the seen and unseen world. These are the people who will make up God’s kingdom in the world to come.


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