To live Is Christ

For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain.

Philippians 1:21

When Paul wrote his letter to the Philippians, he was in jail. The reason for Paul’s imprisonment was to have preached the gospel. His physical integrity was not assured and the same could achieve his freedom than to be sentenced to death. In the midst of his affliction for the great trial he suffered, Paul said what is in Philippians 1:21, For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain. There is no doubt that Paul was very clear that he had given his life to Christ and knew full well that he had put it in the best hands.

Paul was not the only one who thought that way because each of the apostles and early Christians lived it in their own flesh. They all lived for Christ and did not hesitate to lay down their lives rather than to deny their faith because they knew that to die was gain because they would meet with the Beloved Jesus. For two thousand years, millions of Christians have lived according to Philippians 1:21, for them to live was Christ and to die was gain. Even that continues to happen today in many parts of the world.

What has led Christians through the centuries to be able to even give up their lives for the name of Jesus? When you really know who Jesus Christ is and what he is capable of doing, there is no fear of risking everything for him. In John 11:25-26 the Lord says, Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?” Those words, like all the words of the Lord, will continue to have validity for ever and ever.

We are living in a time when a large part of those who claim to be Christians are not living according to what Philippians 1:21 says. These people do not live for Christ or think that death is gain but cling to this life and its delights as if they were destined to dwell in this world forever. They are people who jump from their seats and shout with joy when in the churches they speak of blessings, prosperity and happiness; but that the deaf are made when they are told of the price to be paid for following Christ.

It is a pity that such people are engaged in similar positions. That is the opposite of what the Word says. Remember what the Lord says in John 12:25, He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. The most difficult times that humanity has ever lived are approaching. Matthew 24: 9-10 prophesies what will happen to the Christians, Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake. And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another.

Many who call themselves Christians boast that before the time of the great tribulation comes, the Lord will come in secret and deliver us from it. I’m sorry, my brother; but that is not what Matthew 24: 9-10 says. Unless you are one of the many who will stumble and betray to their brothers, you run the risk of losing your physical life because of the name of Jesus. If you love your life to the point of being able to deny your faith by saving the skin, remember John 12:25. It is better to hate our life in this world and to keep it for eternal life. May our lives be Christ and if we die for Him, we do not lose, we win. God bless you.

The True God and Eternal Life

And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us an understanding, that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life.

1 John 5:20

Much of humanity speaks of God, but the question is whether all speak the true God. Is the God of Israel the same god of the Arabs? Do Buddhists and Hindus worship the same God as Christians? Do they worship the true God all religious groups that mention the name of Christ? 1 John 5:20 gives the explanation that can answer all these questions: we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life.

No doubt that 1 John 5:20 is a biblical statement about the divinity of Jesus Christ. Many people have no clear idea about Jesus. They imagine that He was a virtuous man, a teacher; but, after all, a man more. Certainly Jesus was a man; but He is not only that. Part of His nature is not human but divine and the Bible has much evidence about it. Isaiah 9:6 prophesies like this: For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Isaiah’s prophecy about the birth of the Messiah, Jesus establishes as one of His names Mighty God, so that there is no doubt of His divinity. The beginning of the Gospel of John it says much more clearly. John 1:1-3: says: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. The Word, Jesus Christ, according to this gospel, was with God, was God and created all things.

There are other biblical passages that show the divinity of Jesus Christ and His eternal existence. Therefore, we are not talking about a simple virtuous man who has had a great influence on human history. We are talking about the Creator himself of humankind, the universe and everything that exists. And as to His divinity, we are not talking about a little God, but of whom Isaiah called Mighty God. We are not talking about a Jehovah junior, but who John says, and the Word was God.

Only fully understanding that Jesus Christ is God incarnate, we can understand that only He can carry out the mission for which he came to this earth. No mere human being, man or woman, is able to qualify for exempt from the guilt of sin to each person who, by faith, accept the grace, unmerited favor. Only the offended by sin, that is, God Himself, has the power to grant clemency and forgiveness, no one else can do it.

I urge you to meditate on the person of Jesus Christ taking into account His real nature. Speak lightly of Him is not only disrespecting God Himself, but despise who, love, willingly He offered His life to give you salvation. Never forget that Jesus is the true God and eternal life and that there is no salvation outside of Him. Repenting of your sins and becoming Him, you become a child of God, write your name in the Book of Life and will assure eternal life. God bless you.

Eternal Life Is to Know God

And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.

John 17:3

When the Bible speaks of knowing it refers not only to know someone but have an intimate relationship with that someone. In John 17:3, the Lord says that eternal life is to know God and Jesus Christ. Therefore, eternal life is to have an intimate relationship with God, which can only be achieved through the person of His Son Jesus Christ. Without an intimacy with God it is impossible to know Him. The longing of the Father is that every human being can relate to Him. In this relationship, we become His children and He becomes our Father.

Since the Old Testament God had expressed His desire to be known by humanity. Jeremiah 9:23-24 says: Thus says the Lord: “Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, let not the mighty man glory in his might, nor let the rich man glory in his riches; but let him who glories glory in this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord, exercising lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth. For in these I delight,” says the Lord. Knowing and understanding God is much more important than wisdom or riches.

Jesus is the one who makes known to God. John 1:18 says: No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son,[a] who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him. Only through Jesus, through the eyes of faith, we can see the Father. In John 14:7 we read: If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him. Knowing Jesus Christ, we can see and know God, because as Colossians 1:15 says: He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.

In all periods of human history there have been religious people, including our own time, which is apparently apathetic to spiritual things. However, the way in which the different religions try to attain divinity is flawed. Every religion invents its own rites and formulas to reach God. What any religious person is thinking is whether his or her traditions make him or her closer to God. The Bible says repeatedly that no one seeks God; therefore, religions never reach their goal.

Instead of religion, God has sought, since the creation of man, have a relationship with mankind. Unfortunately we have ourselves been guilty of breaking all ties with our Creator. Sinful humanity cannot relate to a holy God. There is not any religion that provides an appropriate mechanism to restore the lost relationship with God. The solution comes from the initiative of God Himself, who sent His Son Jesus Christ in order to make Him known and break down the barriers that separated us from Him.

John 3:17 tells us why God had to send His Son: For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. Jesus came to save the world, for us to know the Father, which He is His visible image. When we know God through His Son, we reach the true eternal life. Receive therefore welcome that came to rescue us from death and sin, Jesus Christ, our only guarantee of eternal life, our only way to the Father, because besides Him, nothing. The step is very simple: repent and turn to Him. Do it now! God bless you.

For What Did You Come?

The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.

John 10:10

The stark contrast between Jesus and the thief, while the second one comes to steal, kill and destroy, the Lord has come that they have life; but not a simple life, but a life in abundance. While the thief takes away everything, even life and seeks our destruction, the Lord gives us the opportunity to get up even from the dead and prepare a place for us in His heavenly abode. The aim of the thief is our downfall; but Jesus wants our salvation.

Much has been written about what the thief comes to steal, kill and destroy. It has been said that we want to take away our dignity, communion with God, work, friends, family, health, faith, finance, identity as children of God, joy, God’s promises, dreams, soul, purpose on earth and blessings, including other things. The Bible says that robs us in Luke 8:11-12: Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. Those by the wayside are the ones who hear; then the devil comes and takes away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved.

Actually, the devil only needs to steal the Word of God to take away everything. When he steals the Word, he takes away our opportunity to achieve salvation and eternal life. That is his main goal; he distracts us with additives in order to drag us to perdition, thus avoiding seeking first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness. When we focus on being part of the Kingdom of God, the enemy cannot touch us as says 1 John 5:18: We know that whoever is born of God does not sin; but he who has been born of God keeps himself, and the wicked one does not touch him.

Jesus is who John says He who was born of God keeps him, the same that says I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. All wiles of the enemy are destroyed by our Lord, as 1 John 3:8 says: He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil. The diabolical plan has been discovered, exposed and destroyed by Jesus Christ. Do not be fooled by their lies or allow to continue stealing, killing and destroying our lives.

Colossians 2:15 leaves no doubt about the final victory of Christ over the devil: Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it. Therefore, as a phrase circulating in cyberspace says: “On your way, the enemy places stones, man thorns sheds, but God draws a destination. And that is why that although many steps are painful, your end has to be wonderful.” Whenever our end is with Christ, there is nothing to fear what the thief intends to do with us.

In short, John 10:10 shows two who have come. One is the thief who comes with the intention of annihilating. The other is Jesus who came to give us abundant life. Who of the two you get? If you call attention to the things of this world, which is dominated by the devil, the thief himself will take away everything and destroy you. Trust only in Jesus, who says 1 John 4:4:  You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. God bless you.