QUESTION: What was the thorn in Paul’s flesh?
Ans: Let’s read,
2 Corinthians 12:7 “ And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.
8 For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me.
9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me”
There has been a lot of speculation about the thorn in Paul’s body, some still think it was a real thorn placed on his side, that every time he tries to brag then it pierces him.
others say it is a memory of the bad things he did in the past so God was bringing him thoughts that were stirring him up, and that turns out to be like a thorn to him and he stops bragging/boasting.
But, in all of this, if we look closely at verse 7, it says that God had a thorn in his body a “messenger of the devil”.
That Word, “messenger”, is a Word that means a person and not some idea or some thoughts or something. Even in the common sense what does the thorn bush have to do with bragging?
So Paul wasn’t talking about a thorn bush or some disease in his body, but he was talking about someone, who was like a thorn to him.
Now another question you will ask is why does it say it is in the body and not in the spirit?
The answer is that the word body can mean the life of a person or people…
Let’s read the following verses that the Lord was telling the children of Israel and we will understand more.
Numbers 33:55 “ But if ye will not drive out the inhabitants of the land from before you; then it shall come to pass, that those which ye let remain of them shall be pricks in your eyes, and thorns in your sides, and shall vex you in the land wherein ye dwell.
56 Moreover it shall come to pass, that I shall do unto you, as I thought to do unto them”.
Judges 2: 3 “Wherefore I also said, I will not drive them out from before you; but they shall be as thorns in your sides, and their gods shall be a snare unto you”
Have you seen that? .. one’s life can be compared to a body, and the person who is disturbing and torturing you in your life can be likened to a thorn in your body.
But if we return to the Apostle Paul, Who was this thorn?
When we read .. 2Timothy 4:14 says ..
“Alexander the coppersmith did me much evil: the Lord reward him according to his works:
15 Of whom be thou ware also; for he hath greatly withstood our words”
The Bible has not given much information about this Alexander, a coppersmith. But it tells us he was Paul’s greatest obstacle, in his life and ministry. He used not only the word “evil” but the word “much evil”, to show that many evil deeds this Alexander showed Paul.
Probably, he was just misrepresenting Paul all the time, he was only talking about his own shortcomings, how he had been a killer in the past (killing and persecuting Christians), witnessing false statements before people who believed in Paul.
And that made that Paul, who is famous for so many revelations, and many miracles, and great ministries, seemed to be nothing in the midst of some who believed in him.
It is not unusual to see it today, you can see it for many world leaders, God raises up opponents as a thorn for them, to speak only of their evil, or their shortcomings, no matter how many good things that leader has done. God permits this so that the leader does not boast too much.
Such was the case with Paul for the bronze-smithing Alexander. He was a great thorn, until he begged God to take him away, (to be killed)
Read, 1 Timothy 1:20 “Of whom is Hymenaeus and Alexander; whom I have delivered unto Satan, that they may learn not to blaspheme”
but God told him His grace was sufficient. So he remained with it until his time was over.
Likewise with us, if we are arrogant, we think we are something, we have done something better than others, or we have something bigger than others.
Let us remember that the Lord can lift up the thorns for us.
Shalom, Maran atha!
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Let’s read that verse…
Acts 27:23 For there stood by me this night the angel of God, whose I am, and whom I serve,
If you quickly jump into this verse You would think Paul meant he was worshipping that angel who is always walking with him, but if you read closely you will be noticed he never meant that… rather he worships the God of that angel.
For better understanding we can put that word like this.
For there stood by me this night the angel of God… Which God?…The God (of that angel) whom I serve.
Now read again that statement plainly you will grab the meaning…
Furthermore, we are advised to study the bible diligently, so we can understand the word the God wants us to understand. Because there also many other verses which are hard to understand unless we are willing to sit down and ask the Holy Spirit for the interpretation. By doing so the holy spirit surely help us with the correct interpretations, and therefore we will win Satan from misleading us.
he succeeded to mislead many people in wrong interpretations from canonizing drinking of alcohol to polygamy marriages in the church and even going further to idol worshipping.
May the grace of God help us.
What is the book life, how are our names written in that book?
11 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.
12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.
13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.
14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.
Amen! Following the above verses, we see in the last day of Judgment when the Lord Jesus sits to judge the people of the world in His white throne, there will be two main types of books: THE BOOK OF LIFE and the OTHER BOOKS. There you see the book of life looking like one! But there are also other books, suggesting many, Lets briefly explore what these books really are;
1) BOOK OF LIFE:
As it describes itself is a book that describes LIFE, just as a book of mathematics describes mathematical methods, a book of geography explains geographical issues as well as all other books. And we know books tend to be split into different pages. But we see all these books we have in the world are only telling us the principles and techniques of many things about this world, and we see that no book in the world can explain the LIFE of man except the Bible ONLY! So, the book of life referred to here is the Bible which is the WORD of GOD.
2) OTHER BOOKS
We find the Bible has referred to them as many, which in turn tell some information and not any more than of human beings according to the Bible. These are the BOOKS of men and every man has his own, describing his life as he lived on this earth since his birth to his death. And these books also have pages, which are the steps you go through here on earth, but all these books have no life in it, the book of Life is, but one, and that is why they all depend on that book to give a human destiny.
So what the book of Life describes is the rules and regulations of how a man should live on this earth in order to get that life embedded in it, so as human beings who write books of our lives we must write them to resemble that book of Life, the Bible, from our childhood to our departure from the world. our books are supposed to resemble this book, and that is the appearance of our names in the BOOK OF LIFE.
So brother, how do you write your book? watch the time’s running out! do not say that I will receive Christ or that I will live a holy life until I reach a certain age or experience something. Know until now your book is being written and day by day you are opening a new pages and chapters, soon your book will be finish and closed, ready to be released on the day of Judgement
And on the Day of Judgment the book of Life will be opened and yours will also be opened, compared, whether they are the same or not!. If your life in your book did not match that of that of life (i.e. the Bible, the WORD OF GOD) meaning there is NO LIFE in you, then your part will be in the lake of fire.
As a Christians every day we must compare our lives with the Bible. Make sure what we do is in accordance with the Book of Life. you are fully aware that prostitutes, fornicators, drunkards, revilers, idolaters, liars, gossipers, gays, lesbians, smokers, masturbation practitioners, pornographers, thieves, corrupters, sorcerers, bribes, murderers, etc., people like these are far from the book of LIFE, how do you expect to appear in the book if you do of those things?, remember the names mentioned there are not John, John or Mary but it is your life. read.
Revelation 21:27 (KJV)
27 And there shall in no wise enter into it anything that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life.
To write correctly your book according to the book of life, remember it is not a one-day process. Every day one must check his life, not despise the gospel, if you hear the Word of God tonight, don’t harden your heart thinking there will come a time you will repent. If you live that life Never expect the match in one day, it requires life to live so that to write a better book which resemble that of life. The Lord said.
Luke 9:23 (NIV)
23 Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.
My prayer is that you turn to God.Start writing your book well in your spare time on earth, daily comparing your book with thebible so that when your name called, will be seen in that book.
God bless you!
Is masturbation a sin?. And what about marrying? is it a solution for burning?, as the Bible says in 1 Corinthians 7:9 “ But if they cannot contain, let them marry: for it is better to marry than to burn”.
ANSWER: The Lord Jesus said that he that looketh upon a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her in his heart. The sentence shows that sin does not originate from the body but originates from the heart, so sex also originates from the heart, then from the heart and then from the outside, so whatever is done in the body is the result of something already done in the soul, so fornication, masturbation, watching pornography it is the result of immorality that has already taken place in one’s heart.
Therefore MASTURBATION IS A SIN. And the only solution to get rid of that sin is to truly give your life to the Lord Jesus, and resolve to start a new life in Christ, and decide to stop practicing it no more.
, .. they wait for miracles to come and find themselves abandoned and still in their hearts are not turning away from sexual immorality … I want to tell you my God-searching brother, There is no prayer to get rid of that stuff in any person, in order for those things to go away, it is you to decide first to make a decision to stop those things and then the Lord will add you the power to overcome those things. Remember, the Bible says that all prostitutes are part of a lake of fire. And also about marrying the Bible is made clear in the book of
1 Corinthians 7: 1 “Now concerning the things whereof ye wrote unto me: It is good for a man not to touch a woman.
2 Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband.”
If you read carefully, verse 2 says “in order to avoid fornication” let every man should have his own wife … not because of avoiding lusts… but because of fornication… and fornication means having sex outside of marriage or before marriage, which means that, having a wife or husband does not prevent a person from developing a desire/lust … if one’s behavior is to desire/lust! That behavior will not stop even If he/she gets married … maybe he/she will avoid fornication only after he gets married because he will have his own wife/husband inside! But the desire to lust does not change.
So the only solution to stop the lust for the unmarried or married individual, is to surrender your life to Christ, and intend to give up sin,/ to leave sin by deeds..(remember God cannot help a person who has not purposely given up the wrong thing).
But if one intends to give up the desire to lust,and all the promiscuity, immorality, pornography, insults, words of worthless jokes, then the Holy Spirit comes upon him/her and helps him/her and thus finds that things never bother her again in his/her life..
What is the meaning of being bewitched? and what about you? Are you bewitched?
You may be wondering the question. Can God’s people bewitched? .. The answer is Yes! The Bible says that they are bitten. And how are they bewitched?…Today we will learn how they are bewitched.
The concept of bewitched to God’s people is different from those interpreted by secular people. someone who has a long-term illness according to the current generation is wiched by witches and wizards, the person with dementia is automatically witched according to this generation, the person with certain weaknesses must be witched by someone somewhere etc.
But today we’re going to look at the basic meaning of the word “bewitched” in the Bible.
Galatians 3:1 “O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you?
2 This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?
3 Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh”
If you read the whole book of Galatians you will see the Apostle Paul with the power of the Spirit was very rebuking these Christians who were in Galatia, hold on to the true teachings of Jesus Christ, as they were taught by the Apostles. But then they suddenly became distracted by strange teachings and beliefs, leaving the first true faith of the word of Christ and turning into a deceiving gospel.
So the tendency to abandon the first Faith and turn to the false teaching is what the bible defined as “being witched”. And wherever a person is bewitched there must be a WITCH or a WIZARD, to conduct that witchcraft.
So the Witches and Wizards of these Galatian Christians were their false teachers who were rising up, who were twisting the Word of God, making the people more religious rather than walking in the truth of the Word of God, teaching the people to observe the law carnally and without knowledge, which is contrary to the word … these are the ones that the Apostle Paul spoke of in …
Philippians 3:18 “(For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ:
19 Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.)
20 For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:
21 Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself”
These people are the one Apostle Paul mentioned in the very beginning of this book of Galatians that they were cursed…
Galatians 1: 6 “I MARVEL THAT YE ARE SO SOON REMOVED FROM HIM THAT CALLED YOU INTO THE GRACE OF CHRIST UNTO ANOTHER GOSPEL:
7 Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.
8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, LET HIM BE ACCURSED.
9 As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, LET HIM BE ACCURSED”
Do you see what it means to be witched?.. Have you forsaken the Faith and turned to another gospel that tells you there is no salvation in the world?, Have you left the gospel that tells you without holiness no one will see God (Heb.12: 14), and turn to the gospel that tells you without being a member of some denominations you cannot enter heaven, can you?.
Have you given up the gospel that tells you to prostitutes, drunkards, idolaters, homosexuals, thieves they have part in the lake of fire and turn to the gospel that tells you that God cannot destroy in the lake of fire the people who he created?
Have you left the gospel that tells you after death is judgment (Heb.9: 27) and turns to the gospel that tells you that there is a second chance after death and that it is possible for the deceased to be prayed for after death to escape the torment of hell?
Have You have left the gospel that tells you that the mediator between God and men is one, the Lord Jesus Christ and turned to another gospel that tells you that there are other mediators, beside Jesus such as the Virgin Mary, or that there is another prophet whom God has chosen to send men to heaven?.
Dear brother/Sister, if you have left all that and more In addition to the truth of God’s Word and you have turned to things that are not in the Bible then you are BEWITCHED by that preacher !, you are BEWITCHED by that church!. Immediately start NOW reading the Bible.
Any sermon that after you have listened makes you feel a desire to do the things of the world More than to love the Word and seek to read it … That preacher is a WITCH/WIZARD. It does matter whether he perform miracle or not.
Any sermon that doesn’t give you any Morals to follow Jesus and further purify your life instead you get more morals for hating another, cursing another, seeking revenge on another, abandoning your spouse, committing adultery, and immorality, etc … so be aware that you have been WITCHED by that sermon and that preacher.
The greatest magic that the devil can do for a person is not bound him from succeeding and make him poor… that is the smallest level of satanic magic … The greatest magic he does is to MAKE PEOPLE NOT KNOWING CHRIST IN FULLNESS!, to make people blind in faith. , causing people to worship idols and offend God. That’s the greatest magic Satan is doing every day to destroy the world.
And his high-ranking staff, whom he loves and respects most are neither wizards, nor traditional healers these are low-staff members but His greatest army doing his great work with Greater tasts ARE THE FALSE PROPHETS AND THE ANTICHRISTS … Because this group of people turn God’s Word into a lie… They are his highest servants of satan. That is why the Bible did not say in the end times there would be many native magicians, or many false magicians, or many wizards … but it said there would be “many false prophets”. That means they are the devil highest ranking agents, and he uses them to destroy the souls of many men/women.
These are the most obvious servants of Satan, who pretend to be true prophets. These false prophets are only to prophesy all the time, but they never testify Jesus at all … John the Baptist who became the greatest prophet ” TESTIFYING JESUS ALONE”because he knew there is no life outside of Jesus. And all the other prophets were witnessing Jesus…
As the Bible says in Revelation 19: 10b “… for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.”.
So we must be very careful. These are the end times. And our Lord returns soon.
The Lord bless you.
To deny means to reject your own desires or to give up the things you love for the sake of something else. Therefore, when the bible speaks of denying oneself, means denying everything for Christ’s sake. Once you are willing to follow Christ means you are willing also to give up almost all the things you love even if they seem to be good before your eyes. You put them down, and carry those of Christ alone. That’s why the apostle Paul said.
Philippians 3:7-8 (KJV)
7 But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.
8 Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,
See, this is number one pillar that proves, a person has truly followed Jesus. People who repent from their sin are many, but people who have meant to follow Jesus are very few. Once you became a Christian woman, you must be ready to drop all your short dresses and trousers which you were past wearing before you came to Christ, otherwise, don’t say I’m a Christian.
Same applies to men, If you claim to have followed Jesus, be sure you had said bye to the world, you had dropped all your cigarettes, all you alcohols, and all your girlfriends you past had..And all other things which can seem to look good before your eyes but not before Jesus’s eyes.
And now when the Lord sees you have meant to stop them seriously. He now came to you and make you his disciple just as he did to his 12 disciples among hundreds of them who were following him.
Remember that this should be a continuous process, every day you deny yourself. Even in doing God’s work, you are must deny yourself..The time when you were supposed to be on your business, you sacrificed it for the Gospel…As the bible also speak of praying, we ought to pray always even to sacrifice our bed for prayers. Everything which we think we can do for God, needs sacrifice. we must lose our souls for God. But above all, the lord said we will find them instead. Because he said, he knows the plans he had for us, are of good, and to of bad, to give us hope, in our last days.
That’s why we don’t feel bad, when we hear he told us to leave everything behind for his sake..We know its benefits if not in this world, we will come to see it in the world to come, Because he knows the good plan he had for us. It is better to be seen by people you lost everything for Christ’s sake than to gain all the world and lost eternal life. What will benefit you?
24 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
25 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.
26 For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?
QUESTION: May I understand, what do the words above the cross of the Lord Jesus (I.N.R.I)/INRI mean?, I have always seen in the pictures of the Cross, but I do not find it anywhere in the Bible?
ANSWER: When we read the book of John chapter 19 verses 19-20 the Bible says.
“And Pilate wrote a title, and put it on the cross. And the writing was Jesus Of Nazareth The King Of The Jews.
20 This title then read many of the Jews: for the place where Jesus was crucified was nigh to the city: and it was written in Hebrew, and Greek, and Latin”.
As we read, On the cross of the Lord Jesus, Pilate wrote a title which explains who he was. Now the words “JESUS the Nazarene, the King of the Jews”… in Latin (or, Roman), it reads … “Iesus Nazarenus Rex Iudaeorum.” Or shortly I.N.R.I…
Now most of the denominations, especially Catholic, Anglican and Lutheran, like to use that word INRI to represent the words written on the cross of Jesus.
But the fact is that on the cross, the words were not written in short, but they were written in the same way as it was in all three languages, so that everyone who passed by could read it, and that’s why the Pharisees told Pilate, “Do not write, that this is the King of the Jews; but write that he calls himself, the king of the Jews” … You see? it implies that the texts were completely read and not that it was written in short.
But despite all of this, examining the cross in shape, color or texture..investigating it whether it was too long, or too short, or that it was a plus sign, or that it stood as a pillar, or that its writing was written in blue or yellow ink, all that are all less important because they don’t contribute to our salvation? Because even in the same Word JESUS THE NAZARETH, THE KING OF THE JEWS, if you read another gospel you will see it says only the KING OF JEWS (Mark 15:26), and another part says THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS (Luke 23:38). Therefore if you translate in Latin (Roman) you will find it quite different from the INRI acronym.
Now that is to teach us that what we need to know is that Christ was crucified on a tree, and that His crucifixion brought about the sinful remission of our lives. This is the essence of the cross, and that anyone who believes in Jesus Christ will receive the remission of his/her sins and the redemption of his/her life, so we should not look at the cross, and glorify it until it has led others to the point of worshiping it and fear it, which is a great abomination in the sight of God. God.
Question: Who is this Jeshurun in the Bible? And why did he become fat and despise the rock of his salvation (Deut. 32:15)?
Answer: Jeshurun is another name for the nation of Israel used in the Jewish Bible, particularly in the poems. This word appears 4 times in the Bible read (Deuteronomy 32:15, 33:26, 33: 5 and Isaiah 44: 2).
So if we go back to Deuteronomy 32:15-18 (KJV)
It says ..
15 But Jeshurun waxed fat, and kicked: thou art waxen fat, thou art grown thick, thou art covered with fatness; then he forsook God which made him, and lightly esteemed the Rock of his salvation.
16 They provoked him to jealousy with strange gods, with abominations provoked they him to anger.
17 They sacrificed unto devils, not to God; to gods whom they knew not, to new gods that came newly up, whom your fathers feared not.
18 Of the Rock that begat thee thou art unmindful, and hast forgotten God that formed thee. ”
These words Moses spoke in the wilderness, as a prophecy to show how Israel will soon forget their God when they come to the promised land, The lando of milk and honey, to their prosperity, to the land of their birth, the land of no more deserts, nor to eat of the same food, the land to trade and prosper and become rich, In for that they will forget their God who brought them out of the land of Egypt, they will forget the God they trusted in the desert when they were hungry, they will despise him and turn to other gods. And the prophecy came to pass exactly just as Moses predicted In the future when they arrived in the promised land.
So if you meet that Word Yeshurun, now that is another name for Israel.
Even today it is common for people to seek God in times of difficulty only, but when they are successful , or when they need nothing, they are healthy, they have wealth, God is no longer a refuge for them. That is why the Lord Jesus said it is easier for a camel to penetrate a needle’s eye than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God. It does not mean we should not be rich but we must use wisdom in asking God to give us what is in our ability, lest we become as fat as Jeshurun and forget God, as Agur the son o Jakeh advised us in Proverbs 30:9.
Proverbs 30:8-9 (KJV)
8 Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me:
9 Lest I be full, and deny thee, and say, Who is the Lord? or lest I be poor, and steal, and take the name of my God in vain.
Be blessed ..
Who is Melchizedek?
God’s Word tells us in 1 Timothy 3:16 that ” Without controversy great is the mystery of godliness.” which means that to know the mystery of divinity of God, one must seriously seek a help from God to understand it, otherwise you will know nothing about his divine agenda . It encourages us to ask God to reveal us so that we can get to know Him day by day.
Remember here in this great mystery, is where the great division and confusion between Christianity and other faiths such as Islam rises, and here is where the other great divisions even among the Christians themselves rise.
But we will not enter there today, but we will briefly look at who Melchizedek is, by referring to some passages of Scripture. Now remember the Bible makes it very clear, that Christ existed before there was anything in the world.
John 8:57-58 (KJV)
57 Then said the Jews unto him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham?
58 Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.
You see But the question is how did we come to be? This is a question that even many Christians today fail to answer correctly. We will say John 1: 1. It proves that in the beginning there was a Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God, who is JESUS. Thus Jesus was in heaven from the beginning with His Father until the time He came down to save us.
But we do not know that this JESUS who appears in nature, did not exist from the beginning. His journey began in AD 1, we will see that as we move forward.
As the Bible says at the beginning there was a “Word”, so by its very nature NOT a person, This is the Greek word Logos, meaning the ‘thought of God’
Now what was this great Word?
1 John 1:1-3 (KJV)
1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life;
2 (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;)
3 That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.
You see here the Word had LIFE in it (John 1: 4), the life God wanted to reveal to us from the beginning . Here the apostles say they have heard it from time immemorial, so it was not a new thing in their ears but later, when the time came they came to receive the grace to see it with their own eyes and to witness it on the day when the body was made into JESUS CHRIST.
Now that we have seen any life is the Word of God (God’s Thought) to man, his main task is to restore what is lost and to redeem it. So in the scriptures this Word of life did not originate with the body of JESUS CHRIST alone, it did not originate from a great distance, except it was hidden from the eyes of the people because the secret of godliness had not yet been revealed. So this WORD took many different forms for the sole purpose of bringing life into the people.
“We see it existed from Eden, at the very beginning of man’s journey as the Tree of Life in the Garden, that was the WORD OF GOD.
➜ Later It came to take yet another form of an ‘Ark’ It stood there to redeem humankind and their descendants from extinction on the face of the earth, and saved Noah and 7 others.
➜ Then came to take another form of the Lamb at the day when Abraham went to offer up his only son Isaac as a burnt in the mountain, all of which took place in great mysteries, revealing the LIFE in the future. .
“Then later we come to see it re-take on human nature and appear on earth for a little while to fulfill a purpose. As a priest to reconcile Abraham to God for a time. But the true priesthood had not yet been revealed.
Hebrews 7:1-17 (KJV)
7 For this Melchisedec, king of Salem, priest of the most high God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings, and blessed him;
2 To whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all; first being by interpretation King of righteousness, and after that also King of Salem, which is, King of peace;
3 Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God; abideth a priest continually.
15 And it is yet far more evident: for that after the similitude of Melchisedec there ariseth another priest,
16 Who is made, not after the law of a carnal commandment, but after the power of an endless life.
17 For he testifieth, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.
Elsewhere when the Word took human form, it was when Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were thrown into the fiery furnace and appeared in the likeness of the Son of God. But you will see its purpose is the same to bring life and save.
The other part it appeared as Rock. In the wilderness when the children of Israel were about to die by the thirsty, it stood before them to save them, and Moses did not realize it until he did the double negligence of striking the rock twice when he knew that he was standing before himself, before the deliverer himself.
1 Corinthians 10:4 (KJV)
4 And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.
➜ Later it came to manifest itself in many different forms such as the Temple, some parts like angels, some parts like a pillar of fire. Another place like the brazen Serpent.
(John 3:14-15 kjv
14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:
15 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.
Another part revealed itself as the ‘Wisdom’ which he put on the judges and kings of Israel in the presence of Solomon and others who followed him, only to fulfill the purpose of saving and keeping his people above the kings whom God had chosen to dwell in.
If you read Proverbs chapters 8 and 9 you will see how Solomon describes wisdom as a living and communicative thing. Also, read (1 Corinthians 1:24) you will find that it mentions Christ as the Wisdom of God itself.
We do not have time to explain them one by one, but I want you to see some pictures there, the WORD of God, and how it was from the beginning. So later when the time came, God to reveal all the fullness, God to reveal all His fullness to man, God to reveal all life and all redemption, he saw it was a time now to form a special body, to be born of a virgin, to be called the name of JESUS which means So that it can now live with people forever, talk to them, answer their questions, teach them, pass them on, rely on it, and guide them to the way of truth and righteousness and life forever. That’s when we see that Word in a body called Jesus … who we generally call the LORD JESUS CHRIST HALLED! Hallelujah!
14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
That is why the apostle John was very bolded in saying these words.
1 John 1:1-2 (KJV)
1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life;
2 (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;)
Now back to the words of Jesus when he said before Abraham was, I am, he was speaking, not of a virgin-born body, but of the Word of God.
So brethren when we get back to the core of the subject,Who is this Melchisedec? The answer is that this Melchisedec is the Word of God manifested in the flesh to fulfill a specific purpose before its perfect time. But later it came to be officially called JESUS CHRIST. Even now when we say to welcome Jesus Christ into your life, we mean to welcome the Living Word of God into your life, Because that Word has now been revealed in Christ Jesus the Lord in all its fullness. So as you hear this Word receive it, you have received Jesus Christ Himself into your life…
Are still living in Sin ? The people of the Old Testament, though, only partially understood this Word of God but obeyed with all perfection and attained salvation. How can we be saved without appreciation of such great salvation? (Hebrews 2: 3). JESUS CHRIST is the thought of God,He is the WORD of God, the very GOD itself in the Body. Follow Him to be safe, in this short journey here on earth.
Matthew 26:39-41 (KJV)
39 And he went a little farther, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.
40 And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour?
41 Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.
That statement ‘the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak’ means, When we want to do anything divine… our spirits are ready to do it, but our bodies are not ready…
In the above account we read, After the Lord Jesus was around in the afternoon with his disciples for work, when evening came they did not have time to rest but went straight to the house where they were prepared to stay. There the Lord continued to speak to His disciples many things, as well as to say goodbye to them, for it was the last night with them.
So they spent many hours in that house, singing, and being warned in their journey and being encouraged by the Lord.. Furthermore, on the same night, the Lord washed his disciples’ feet to give them an example, as well as to share the Lord’s table
So they were too late for bedtime If you follow closely you will noticed it was not less than two o’clock at night that they stopped talking … So it was clear that they were too tired.
Just imagine all day long you have been wandering around, and still even at the midnight, instead of resting, the first thing you are told is to pray, usually this could be little difficult but the Lord knew it was possible.
And that is why he told them that the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.… This a battle against the body..that means If we can overcome our bodies then we will benefit greatly spiritually.
First of all, it is important to realize that having a body is not a sin! God’s purpose to create us with flesh and their desires was not bad from the beginning, nor was it a trap! The Lord designed these bodies for us, with their desires so that we could live in this world with all pleasures and happiness without boredom, that is the primary purpose of the body, that we might not be disappointed.
For stance When the body wants to relax, he created something called sleep, so when the body wants to relax, it sinks into a deep sleep, which gives the person some kind of pleasure in it.
Meanwhile in order for a person not get bored by eating, God has put an appetite in food, so that one may intend to eat always, even if he is not always hungry… but the main purpose of eating is not to give us pleasure, but to give our bodies strength…. Just imagine if there were no pleasure in eating, how boredom our bodies would be?
In the same way that we enjoy this world, God had created us with varieties of desires, so as to add the taste for living in this world, a desire to get together, play together, have fun together, and many more.
It was God’s purpose to live in this world without getting bored or seeing it as a bad place.
But after Adam and Eve sinned, the whole world was engrossed with evil, so not everything was worth the desire in the world again. Adam gave Satan possession of this world, Satan invented and invested many things, so for anyone who will fall into the same lust of his inventions, he will be lost. so that’s why the Bible tells us to leave the world, not to desire the world, because the world is already lost.
Now as we are pondering on how to overcome this flesh..
We will not overcome the bodies by rebuking them, because these desires were created by God himself, and not by the devil. you can’t rebuke hunger, sleep, or your nose to smell good food, and you can’t rebuke your body from getting excited when you go through some kind of stimulation. No you cant.
The only way to overcome the body, is to keep yourself away from the temptations that lead to lust, so if you want saliva to stop falling, there is only one cure! Stay away from the places they make your favorite foods, you can’t stop yourself from craving food in front of a meal, it’s a tough battle that you can’t afford,
So when you want to keep yourself from becoming lustful, the cure is to stay away from all the stimulants like pornography and secular companies, whose main focus is talking about those lustful things, stay away from worldly music, and also from any relationship with different sex before marriage, That’s just it
You may wonder someone begging you to pray for them to overcome the desires of the flesh!!! There is no prayers to win those desires my brother! Don’t be fooled !! The remedy is to stay away from them.
Meanwhile if you want to conquer sleep the remedy is to stay away from the bed and be busy! .. You give up your mind to sleep and send it to something in front of you. No… told them to pray!
There is no prayer to prevent sleep … The Lord Jesus did not tell Peter to wake up and rebuke the demon of sleep !! No… He told them to pray!
Have I met someone telling me that each time she wanted to pray , or to read the bible immediately she falls asleep? But when she watched a movie all sleep fade away.She thought it was a demon that kept her from reading the Word! … No it wasn’t a demon sister, it was you tolerating your body,
Think about this, when you are watching a television program that is boring to you, suddenly you will find yourself falling asleep..do you think that was Satan did it? No it was your body responded after it has find that program is unpleasant to it. Same applies when you want to pray or read the bible.
So the remedy for overcoming sleep is to go into deep study of the importance of prayer, once you know the importance of prayer,
I have never slept in worship, and nothing special is going on inside of me, nor is there any demon to contend with, and no vision I saw to stop myself from doing it. I just understood the importance of prayers in my life and that is what motivated me not to allow the sleep to overcome me by any means each time i wanted to pray or worship. Because I know If I wouldn’t pray hard enough I wouldn’t do anything perfectly , nor would I see God moving in my life.
The Bible says the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.… Our minds are ready to do the will of God, the great battle is in us when we failed to understand the revelation of importance of prayers.
In conclusion Remember that! This world, not what the Lord intended for us to live by the lusts of our flesh, this world is given to Satan, all the works of the flesh and all his passions are ultimately ending up in the lake of fire. The Bible says …
Galatians 5:16-21 (KJV)
16 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.
17 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.
18 But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.
19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,
20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,
21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
God bless you.