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-Why The Covenant Recitation?

July 12, 2012 Leave a comment

Why The Covenant Recitation?

Exo. 20:1-17; Ps. 62:1-12; Phil. 3:1-16

1.   Tayo sa lahat ng ating gawain, sa itinatakda ng ating Church Code, ay sumasambit, nagsasalita at nagsasabi, nagre-recite ng tatlong bahagi ng Banal na Kasulatan.

a.   Una, sa Exo. 20:1-17 (The Ten Commandments) na doon ipinapahayag ng Panginoong Jesucristo ang Kaniyang pamantayan at patakaran ng matuwid na pamumuhay;

b.   Pangalawa, sa Ps. 62:1-12 na doon ay ipinapahayag naman ni David at lahat ng sumasambit ng pangungusap ng Ps. 62:1-12, na ang Panginoong Dios, ang Panginoong Jesucristo, ang Siya nilang bato at kaligtasan, na sa lahat ng panahon sa Kaniya sila nananalig at sa harapan Niya nila ibinubuhos ang kanilang puso.

c.   Pangatlo, sa Phil. 3:1-16 na ang pinaka-climax, ang pinakasukdulang antas o yugto nang pagkakatalaga ng tao ayon sa Philippians Chap. 3 ay “pinagtiisan ko na mawalaan ng lahat ng mga bagay, makamtan ko lamang ang Panginoong Jesucristo.”

2.   Ngayon, mabuting ating gunitain at panariwain at ating ikintal sa ating kamalayan ang mga pangunahing kadahilanan kung bakit isinasaulo natin iyong mga bahaging ito ng Biblia at kung bakit lagi nating sinasambit o binibigkas o nire-recite at dapat hindi lamang sa ating mga gawain kundi ginagawa natin sa ating mga buhay. Bakit? Read more…

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“Did God create evil?”

July 7, 2012 Comments off
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“Did God create evil?”

1.   Wrong Syllogism[1]

There have been many arguments used to indict God as the cause of evil. Here is one of them:

  • ·        God is the creator of everything that exists.
  • ·        Evil exists.
  • ·        Therefore, God is the creator of evil.

a.   Evil has no existence of its own. At first, it might seem that if God created all things, then evil must have been created by God. The conclusion follows logically from the premises. But does this syllogism demonstrate that God is the creator of evil? The problem with this argument is its second premise, that evil is something. However, evil is not a “thing” like a rock that is created. Evil has no existence of its own. It is only by consequence. You can have good without evil, but you cannot have evil without good.” When good is absent, then there is evil.

b.   Other Illustrations: It is like saying darkness does not exist; it is the absence of light. Similarly, cold does not exist; cold is the absence of heat. Similarly, evil does not exist by itself; is just the absence of good. The Lord did not have to create evil, but rather when and where good is absent, evil is there.

2.   Choice was not between good and evil but obedience and disobedience (evil). When the Lord created the world, it was very good, meaning there was no evil. One of the good things the Lord did in His creation is that He gave man the freedom to choose good by obeying Him or reject good by disobedience. So, the Lord allowed angels and humans to choose good or reject good (evil). The Lord did not create evil to choose from. It was just angels and humans will obey Him or disobey Him which is evil. If we choose to disobey, evil is our own making.

3.   Lord allows disobedience as choice or the possibility of evil. Because of the freedom given to us, the Lord does allow for the possibility of evil, not because He created it but because it is by our disobedience to a good God. If the Lord had not allowed for the possibility of evil, both mankind and angels would be serving God out of obligation, not choice. He did not want “robots” that simply did what He wanted them to do because they are “programmed.”

4.   To love and worship the Lord is by free will not an obligation. God allowed for the possibility of evil so that we could genuinely have a free will and choose whether or not we wanted to serve Him. God allowed for the possibility of evil in order to give us a true choice in regards to whether we worship Him. God did not create evil, but He allowed it. If He had not allowed evil, we would be worshipping Him out of obligation, not by a choice of our own will.

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-THE TRIUNE GOD

July 5, 2012 Comments off

THE TRIUNE GOD

WHO IS THE SINGLE PERSON LORD GOD DIRECTLY APPEARING TO AND COVENANTING WITH GOD’S PEOPLE IN THE ENTIRE BIBLE? WHO IS THE SINGLE PERSON BEING CALLED UPON, PRAYED TO, WORSHIPPED AND SERVED BY THE PEOPLE OF GOD IN THE ENTIRE BIBLE FROM THE OLD TESTAMENT TO THE NEW TESTAMENT UNTO THE HEAVENS AND UNTO THE NEW CREATION IN ETERNITY?

I. The Trinitarian Teaching of the Bible

A. There is plurality of Subjects or Persons in the Biblical God (Elohim) [Gen. 1:26] and/or LORD (YAHWEH) God (Elohim) [Gen. 3:22] and/or Lord (YAHWEH) [Gen, 11:6-7].

1. The Hebrew title Elohim is plural in form, usage and meaning. The singular form is El.

2. Plural personal pronouns, e.g., “us” and “our” are used with the title Elohim, or Yahweh Elohim, or Yahweh. (Gen. 1:26; 3:22; 11:6-7)

3. The use of prepositions. The Son came from BESIDE (Gr., para) the Father (Jn.1:14; 16:28) and the Son has gone BACK TO BESIDE (Gr., pros) the Father (Jn.16:28). The Son is also BEFORE or IN FRONT OF (Gr., emprosthen) the Father when He said, “whosoever shall confess me before (in front of) men, him will I also confess before (in front of) my Father who is in heaven.” (Matt. 10:32-33) Thus the Son is distinct from and another Person from the Person of God the Father. And so with the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in the name of the Son (Jn. 14:26) and also whom the Son shall send from (Gr., para, beside) the Father, is separate and distinct from the Father and the Son who are co-senders of the Holy Spirit to the disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ.

4. The Lord Jesus Christ definitely taught the plurality of the Lord God when He explicitly said:

a. “…I AM NOT ALONE, for the Father is WITH Me” (Jn.16:32)

b. “…the One who sent Me is WITH Me; He has not left Me ALONE, for I always do what is pleasing to Him” (Jn.8:29)

c. “…I Myself conquered and sat down WITH My Father on His throne” (Rev.3:21)

d. “Howbeit when He, the Spirit of truth, is come, He will guide you into all truth: for He shall not speak of Himself; but whatsoever He shall hear, that shall He speak: and He will shew you things to come. He shall glorify Me: for He shall receive of Mine, and shall shew it unto you.” (Jn. 16:13-14) Read more…

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