For Christians, sin is not a way of life. Rather, it’s a mistake. An Accident. It’s something that should never happen. But Oops – sometimes it does! So what do we do when we feel the guilt that follows sin?
Oftentimes when Christians sin, the after-problem is not forgiveness, but guilt. I personally believe, that feeling guilty when we sin, is still a sign that we love God, a sign that we didn’t like the fact that we sinned. However, prolonged guilt is what must be corrected. In our state of innocence, we feel sorry that we wronged God. We wish we never did what we did. Sometimes we even punish ourselves compensate for what we have done wrong. Seems fair enough, from our human eyes. But have you ever taken a moment to stop and ask: How does God view it? How does God judge my sense of guilt when I sin?
It is my prayer that as you read this article, the Holy-spirit may open your eyes and speak the message you need to hear from him today.
While as Christians, we should never comfortable with sin, it is healthy to feel guilt when we do sin. In-fact, if you are a Christian and you do not feel guilt after sin, then it’s very unhealthy. . The problem begins when we stay in the position of guilt for too long.
There are two main causes prolonged guilt: (1) Self-Righteousness: Not understanding fully God’s Redemption plan (2) Ego: focusing on ourselves and not on Christ. We lose our boldness to pray, it’s a sense of condemnation, it draws us even farther away from God and this is what the devil enjoys. The devil knows that as long as we remain in this state, we won’t get help. We begin to think ‘‘can we ever be forgiven’’? We begin to think “God must be mad at me!’’
But No He isn’t. He knew you could mess up so he made enough provision for it. He made enough propitiation of your past, present and future sins. If God only forgave our past sins and not our present and future sins then we were never saved or redeemed. Because we are humans, we are frail but He knows our frame (Psalms 103:14)
It is one thing to know we are forgiven, but another thing to accept and believe the forgiveness. A lot of people are living continuously in guilt not because God hasn’t forgiven them, but because they haven’t accepted the forgiveness which they need to forgive themselves.
Looking back to my childhood, it would be impossible to count how many times I offended my parents, they would correct me by giving assignments and often times I was flogged, but guess what It didn’t reduce their love for me. Well, I didn’t earn the love by my acts, so I can’t lose it by my actions. As usual, whenever I did something bad, I felt guilty. I would ask for my parent’s forgiveness, receive forgiveness and didn’t choose to remain at the state of guilt. And I continued to enjoy the love showered on me by my parents. So are we supposed to be with our heavenly father. When we sin, we ask for forgiveness, and he is faithful and just to forgive us, then we must receive the forgiveness and embrace the freedom from shame and guilt.
“When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, it is finished; and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost” (John 19:30)
Jesus said that ‘it is finished’. And yes it is indeed finished. He forgave us and made us righteous. It’s a finished work. Completed. Done. we can’t add to it by our self-righteousness and we can’t subtract from it by our acts. It’s done. He made us righteous and told us to walk in this righteousness, not try to attain righteousness by ourselves. To overcome prolonged guilt, we have to know we have been forgiven.
Below are some few points I believe can be helpful for overcoming continuous guilt. This has helped me over the years, and I believe they will be of great help to anyone.
- Speak with Someone (Believer)
“Therefore Confess your sins to one another [your false steps, your offenses], and pray one for another, that ye may be healed and restored. The heartfelt and persistent Prayer of a righteous man (believer) can accomplish much”
(James 5:16 AMP)
Every believer should have their own company. As a Christian, there must be someone in your life that can confront you when you are wrong, no matter the level or position you have attained. When faced with guilt, it is recommended you speak with another believer you know has good understanding. Someone you know you can be vulnerable with (your pastor, mentor, spiritual-friend etc.). I would also be available if anyone wants to speak with me. (E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Guilt lasts longer because people try to cover up their sins, nurture the wounds of guilt by themselves, but oftentimes this doesn’t work. Do what the above scripture says. Open up to someone. Seek counsel. Let prayers be made for and with you, this may also help in breaking sin addictions.
I believe someone who is matured spiritually will be able to handle your secrets.
- Worship in Songs
Worshipping God when we face guilt, causes our focus to shift from ourselves and to God. We behold his majesty, meditate on His love for us, and think about his Righteousness. I personally love to sing songs by Hillsong and House-fires. I also recommend many other spirit-filled songs that bring our focus on God’s love for us. As we meditate on this, we gain strength to come boldly once again into our father’s presence.
- Dare to Call Him Father
Over the years, I have discovered that the times I have struggled with sin were the times I have not had a good fellowship with the Holy-Spirit in the past days. When we fall into sin, we lose our boldness to pray or worship, we lose our sense of righteousness. We can’t come boldly into His presence any longer as we do. But the point is, we can’t continue that way and hope that the wounds guilt brings will be healed. We have to dear to call him father again, then the author condemnation and guilt, the devil will stop accusing us.
The story of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15: 11 – 32), is a good example of this. The boy realised what he was done, he was sorry for what he did wrong, but he didn’t stay there, he took a step, he went back to his father.
“I will arise and go to my father, and will say to him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee” (Luke 15:18)
“And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him (Luke 15:20)
The boy decided to arise and go back to his father and interestingly despite his sins, his father still loved him and while he was on his way, his father who had always been waiting for him, ran out to him, showed him love and restored him back as His son.
Today, we also need to take such steps. Today, I say despite the prolonged guilt you might be facing, dare to pray, worship and sing. Call him Father. God’s love again his demonstrated to us just like this prodigal son in Luke 15: 11 – 32 stated above.
He loves us even when we mess up. At the point of death, Peter made a lot of promises to stay with Jesus till death (Luke 22:33) but he couldn’t. He denied Jesus three times. Peter went out and wept bitterly. (Luke 22:62). I am sure at this point he must have felt guilty, he must have felt unworthy but yet when Jesus rose from the dead this was an angel’s instruction,
“But go your way, tell his disciples and Peter that he goes before you into Galilee: there shall you see him as he said to you” (Mark 16:7)
The angel was careful to mention Peter’s name specifically, knowing that Peter would doubt his worthiness to be called a disciple. God was still saying ‘Peter, you are forgiven and you can stop feeling guilty. Thank God, Peter was still greatly used by God to do awesome things to advance the gospel. This was only possible because he did not allow his guilt to hold him back. .
My dear friend, God loves you and He says “You are free”. You do not have to feel guilty. He is inviting you to come up to him and leave the place of your continuous guilt.
I Call You Blessed
Written by Samson Afolabi
Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever. Authorized (King James) Version 1 John 2:15-17
Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul; Authorized (King James) Version 1 Peter 2:11
As believers the scripture says we are strangers and pilgrims here on earth, our true citizenship is in heaven. Eph 2:19. However, the land of our sojourn runs on a system that is characterized by Lust- the major code that dictates the tune of things, that the scripture says all that is in the world can be summarized to be lust!
Lust is one of the chains the prince of this world uses to bind his prisoners. Tit 3:3. But we have escaped that as believers 2Pet1:4. It is also a cherished instrument in his hands to allure citizens of heaven. He used it to tempt even Jesus Mat 4:3-9. The code simply appeals to our natural appetites such as appetite for food, money, fame, sex and so on. An unconstrained appetite then becomes its ground of operation.
This code is always lunched against the soul, that is while, the battle ground for lust is first in the heart. 1Pet 2:11. If the code succceds, the body then becomes the display screen of its effect! One then sees greed, love of money, fornication, impure thoughts and the likes manifest through the body.
For believers, the first way to practically defeat lust is to mind the things that are in heaven- our home. Col 3:1-2. Our love for God and our fellowship with God through Christ, personally and coperately are like wheel and axle which drive each other, our love for God brings us to fellowship and fellowship makes our love for God to grow. With these two, we can be sure our mind will be full of the things of God, our affection will be God-ward, our spirit man’s appetite for God will be strong enough to cast out all ungodly appetites. Anytime we fail in these that strengthen our spirit man, we are prone to the attack of Mr lust. Prov 24:10.
Another thing that’s equally important is to learn how not to make provision for the flesh Rom13:14. Getting rid of all that can lure us to lust is a very good step unto abstinence. Peter said we should abstain 1Pet 2:11. Putting away any structure lust can climb will be good in our learning of how not to make provision for the flesh. This will mean to place rules and laws to guide our appetite, learning both to abase and to abound Phil 4:12. This is called discipline. A Pilgrim cannot be without discipline.
Finally, we must learn to share our challenges with one another as believers, fellow citizens of heaven. As much as we are in this tabernacle of our earthly body, we will be faced continually with the temptation that lust brings. Let us therefore be ready to deal with this ungodly code anytime we notice it being fired against our soul. You can discuss with a fellow believer if it’s getting beyond what you can handle.
I call you blessed.
Written by Idowu Olasupo
My master’s level studies has given me the opportunity to meet a lot of people. One of them is Dr. Banky (Not his real name). I so much respect him. First of all, because of his advanced knowledge in Mathematics, being a Dr. of Mathematics from the department of Mathematics in my University is something I know didn’t come easy.
Dr. Banky is very organised and matured. You need to visit him at home or see his office to see that. There’s only a few mathematicians have met that seem to be well organized. I would say his influence and support has been very vital to get me to the present level I am in my Master’s. When I first arrived here, many things happened to me that made me doubt my ability to complete the program. I almost lost my self-confidence, thanks to a lot of counsels and support from esty-b (another friend that I value so much) and Dr. Banky. I think have been really blessed with the gift of people.
One important thing I must also say about him is, he dresses well. Truth be told, if you meet him randomly on the streets you wouldn’t know he is Doctor of Mathematics. I haven’t seen so many Mathematicians dress so well. He eats well and takes very good care of his health (unlike me), goes to the gym, so he looks really fit, and sure he is. There’s just a lot of things I really respect and like about this man. In-short he is one of my mentors and his counsels have been very helpful.
I have seen so many things in his life that I really want to emulate them and imbibe many of his cultures because I know they will be beneficial to me. A lot of them I have started already. we attend the same church here, I used to sit at his sitting position in church, I was so happy when one lady took me for him one Sunday. I thought I must be looking so much like him. I actually want to look like him. Imbibe many of his way of life. Follow him as he follows Christ. Looking at him do many of this things has actually made it easier for me to learn so many things that would have been difficult for me to learn on my own. And I must say, a lot of things has improved in me by watching him, including spurring me to academic excellence.
One lesson, I learnt from all this is “there is no Becoming without Beholding”. I noticed that before I could want to learn from him, I had to relate with him. We became very good friends, brothers. In-fact am his special junior brother. I opened up my life to him, then he did same to me. We commune, fellowship. We share our lives together.
Same happened with Peter and Christ. At Peter’s denial of Jesus at his death, he denied, but I believe that he had so much become like Jesus that it was easy for people to find out that he had been with Jesus. The early disciples were called Christians. They had so much commune with Christ that they were becoming him.
“And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch” (Acts 11:26 KJV)
Notice, they were called Christians. By people who noticed they talked, lived etc. just like Christ. The writer of the book of Hebrews, encouraged us saying “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith”.
In order for the disciples to be like Jesus, he simply chose them to live with him, be with him, and as they do that, they were going to be like him. No wonder, he called us to this same fellowship with him,
“God is faithful, by whom you were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord” (1 Cor. 1:9)
“…and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ” (1 John 1:3)
This technology of “Beholding to Become” had been for ages, Jacob applied it.
“Laban asked, “What shall I give you?” Jacob replied, “You shall not give me anything. But if you will do this one thing for me [which I now propose], I will again pasture and keep your flock:” (Gen. 30:31 AMP)
“Let me pass through your entire flock today, removing from it every speckled and spotted sheep and every dark or black one among the lambs and the spotted and speckled among the goats; and those shall be my wages.” (Gen. 30:32 AMP)
“Then Jacob took branches of fresh poplar and almond and plane trees, and peeled white stripes in them, exposing the white in the branches” (Gen. 30:37 AMP)
“Then he set the branches which he had peeled in front of the flocks in the watering troughs, where the flocks came to drink; and they mated and conceived when they came to drink. (Gen. 30:38 AMP)
“So the flocks mated and conceived by the branches, and the flocks gave birth to streaked, speckled and spotted offspring” (Gen. 30:39 AMP)
Jacob made the animals see, what he wanted their offspring to look like.
He made us sit in heavenly places with him, invited us to his fellowship and as we do this, his image his imprinted upon our soul. His work his enhanced in our lives, and he would be manifested in us without stress as we commit to this to this fellowship.
“But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the spirit of the Lord” (2 Cor. 3:18)
I Call You Blessed
It is without doubt that God is very interested in meeting our needs. He wants us to be in perfect health, He wants us to be pay our bills, live in nice houses, have very good cars, marry beautiful husbands and wives and have very beautiful kids. He wants us to be able to take the summer holidays of our heart desire, eat whatever we like, be able to afford the latest luxury and generally live very comfortable lives.
Jesus showed this concern, when he asked his disciples in Luke 22:35, “And he said unto them, When I sent you without purse, and scrip, and shoes, lacked ye anything? And they said, nothing”
In-fact he said, “…Therefore I say unto you, take no thought for your life, what shall eat; nether for the body, what ye shall put on” (Luke 12: 22). So he knows we have the tendency to worry about the things. He knows we need them. They are important.
John praying says “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou may prosper and be in health, even as your soul prospers”. I do believe that this prayer includes material prosperity i.e. getting our needs met. We need it. Now, what should be the place or priority of this things in us? How much should they control our lives? Control our prayers? Control what we do when we gather as brethren in fellowship? What’s their priority?
At the Beginning recorded in Genesis 1 – 3, we see the whole human race cut short by disobedience of one man. We also know Man was dead, because God said:
“But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eat thereof thou shall surely die.” (Genesis 2:17)
God couldn’t lie. The day Adam and Eve disobeyed, they died. Though they were alive physically, their spirit man died, and this passed on to every human who came out of them. We all died in Him. Ever since then, man needed Life. He was alive physically, but dead spiritually. The core being of his person was gone. The greatest need of his life, was LIFE. We must understand the priority of Man’s needs. Our needs are not first physical. Our needs are first spiritual. Man needs life. Jesus didn’t come to first satisfy our Physical needs. We were dead, we needed LIFE.
“…: I am come that they may have life, and that they might have it more abundantly” (John 10:10)
“But these are written, that you might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you might have life through his name” (John 20:31)
He said it categorically, I came to give LIFE. You don’t give life to someone who is living. We were dead before we believed. Note, FIRST life, not money, not cars, not houses. As much as God is willing to give us those things, we must understand the priority. We should ask ourselves did Jesus come to the earth to bless us materially. Do we necessarily need Jesus to be rich and successful? (We discuss this questions and others in the ALETHEIA DISCUSSION group on Whatsapp.) But you necessarily need him to HAVE LIFE, there’s no life outside of Him.
If it takes only God to be rich, the devil shouldn’t be telling Jesus…
“And the devil, taking him up into a high mountain, shewed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time.” (Luke 4:5)
“And the devil said unto him, all this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it. (Luke 4:6)
Notice, that Jesus didn’t say that the devil was lying by this statement. Because he was not. He bought it legally when Adam sinned.
You don’t make the best meals, buy good clothes, and take lots of money to someone in comma. As much as those things are essential for him, what he needs first is life. I wonder why there is just too much emphasis on us living good and rich lives by many of our African Pastors without adequate emphasis on what the scripture teaches. I call this the Gospel of things.
Studying the book of Acts, the emphasis of the early Christians was about Salvation, and after that spiritual growth of the new converts through teaching and prayers. Teaching about who they were in Christ and what Christ had done. Time wasn’t unnecessarily spent on praying in hours, praying that God bless them with cars and good houses or trying to undo what the devil had done. It just wasn’t necessary.
Paul through all his epistles kept charging us believers, to renew our minds. Set our hearts on things above. Though our heavenly father is eager to bless us, but we must understand the priority of things. Paul spent most of his time teaching us about the finished work of Christ and who we were now in Christ and walking in the true heritage of who we are, as SONS OF GOD. Paul encouraged us through out to grow in faith that we might in turn teach others.
In conclusion, let me say, it is God’s desire to bless us, prosper us but we need to understand the priority of things. We shouldn’t spend unnecessary time in addressing our physical needs and leaving behind the Spiritual.
I Call You Blessed
Written by Samson Afolabi
“No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.” Jn1:18.
“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him. Philip saith unto him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us. Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?”Jn14:6-9
So Jesus is saying the search for God ends here! You don’t see me and ask for the Father, that would mean you don’t know who is before you. If you see me, you have seen the Father.
So, Jesus is saying the topic of this article in answering is better rendered as “IS JESUS PREDICTABE?”.
Redemption, the gospel, revealed the personality of God (Rom1:17-18). Hence the apostles were tasked to show God in the face of Christ Jesus. (2Cor4:6)
We see many assertions about God’s immutability, many by the prophets, Christ, and his apostles. These especially in his eternal plan of man’s redemption. It is in something as grave as this that our interest is productively stirred. (This is not an investigation of the sort of whether God will meet your need by your business flourishing or someone giving to you etc.) What do we hold of God on our eternal fate, our dealings with him every day. Can we be rest assured or we might be in for some surprises! This mattered to God himself knowing what man is.
From Genesis to Revelation, it is evident we have a speaking God. A God of promises. And in all these, Jesus is his Word (his logos, reasoning, intent, essence, mind-set, thought) he was communicating. If God has said a thing, he does not rescind on his word. To know if he is predictable is to know what he has said. If we have his word, it is all assuring. Consider these;
“Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.” (Amos 3:7).
So God’s style is to do nothing but speak it first, then fulfil it. All that Christ did in redemption were foretold by the prophets, all! (Luke 24:44-46)
“God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?” Num.23:19.
If God has said it, then he will make it good! God does not lie.
“In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.” John 14:2.
His word is his bond, he says things the way they are.
“In hope of eternal life, which GOD, THAT CANNOT LIE, promised before the world began; But HATH IN DUE TIMES MANIFESTED HIS WORD through preaching, which is committed unto me according to the commandment of God our Saviour;” Titus1:2-3. What he promised before the world began, he fulfilled in due times. These form the proofs of his eternal faithfulness, reliability. He did what he said he would do.
God wants to assure our hearts concerning his plan and promises to us.
“For when God made promise to Abraham, because he could swear by no greater, he sware by himself,” Heb.6:13. He didn’t want Abraham to be swerved, God swore! The same to us; “Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath: That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us:” Heb. 6:17-18.
All the promises of God made to the fathers find their fulfilment in Christ, and in him are many exceeding great and precious promises (2Pet.1:4). The apostle wrote “But as God is true, our word toward you was not yea and nay. For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us, even by me and Silvanus and Timotheus, was not yea and nay, but in him was yea. For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.” (2Cor1:18-21) All the promises, all, find their ‘so be it’ in Christ. It’s not Yes and No, it is Yes and So-be-it(Amen).
He told Moses, my name is ‘I am that I am’, ‘I will be what I will be’. He makes self-committed promises. He relied on no one to fulfil his word. Man’s unfaithfulness does not change him. He does what he says he will do.
If he says “their iniquities will I remember no more” (Heb10:17), we say so be it! When he said he is “not counting sins against the world” (2Cor5:19), that “our bodies will be changed like unto his own glorious body” (Phil3:21), that all believers shall have their bodies changed (1Cor15:51-52), those who believe the gospel are saved (Mk16:15-16,Rom10:9-10), that believers will not come to condemnation (Jn5:24), that we will never perish in his hands (Jn10:28-30), that his spirit will be in us forever (Jn14:16), that he is coming to be glorified in all who believed his name (2Thess1:10), that he is not unrighteous to forget our labour of love (Heb6:10), that he hears our prayer and we have our desires of him (1Jn5:14-15), we know he meant just that. For he said if it were not so, he would have told us (Jn14:2). Jesus kept using the words “Verily, verily I say unto you”. He is light, pure. He says what he means, he means what he says.
“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.” James1:17. No variableness, no shadows. This is our God!
Is God predictable? Its a question of “has God said so?!”
Written by Samuel Agboola
Can we categorically state what God will do before we have it and be confident it will only be such? A friend once said, “do you think someone will write 66 books about himself to you and not want you to know him?” That should suffice but for that in those books we have irreconcilable personality traits of God reported, which could further strengthen the unpredictability of God. One might account that the unpredictability of God is to his glory, at least, he is the all-wise, all-knowing, all-creating, almighty and infinite. This would hold if being predictable implies weakness. The scriptures however did not paint it as such. Another might say, “why be interested in God being predictable or not”. Why? We have to deal with him! And he wants us to know him, trust him.
There are assertions about the reliability of God. Num23: 19 “God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?” It says God is consistent. Psa18: 25-26 “With the merciful thou wilt shew thyself merciful; with an upright man thou wilt shew thyself upright; With the pure thou wilt shew thyself pure; and with the froward thou wilt shew thyself froward.” It says God can be froward, devious, depending on who he is dealing with! That man of integrity said “What? shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil? Job 2:10b Assertions as this and many more have been used in heralding a bipolar God. Conversely, we see God demanding, requiring, instructing men to be reliable and straightforward, as a godly virtue. Hence, the valid unsettling at the thought of an inconsistent God. It is noteworthy that even Job had questions and wished he could ask God in person (Job23:3). Bless, God he came to our rescue. He came in person and all twists straightened out, all doubts dissolved. “God was manifest in the flesh” (1Tim3:16).
Since man fell into sin, he sank into death and darkness (Rom5:12-14, Eph2:1). All men were found in sin and darkened in understanding of God. The revelation of God to mankind had to be progressive, and relayed to men by other men (equally in spiritual death but) used of God. The limitations of the prophets coloured their ministry. Until God came in the flesh and set things straight, the understanding of God suffered clarity. Hence Jesus, and subsequently his apostles, made assertions to straighten how we receive the testimony of God from the scriptures of the prophets.
“No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.”(Jn1:18). He is categorically stating that no prophet before Christ has seen God, only Christ made him plain. He said this just after mentioning Moses’ name. Jesus corrected Moses a number of times (Matt5:38-39, 19:8). He corrected Elijah (Luke 9:54-56). He says, “If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him…he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how say thou then, Shew us the Father?” The writer of Hebrews in comparing the ministry of the prophets and the diverse manners they spoke said Jesus is the clear-cut glaring exact character of God’s personality. (Heb. 1:1-3). He is not the “mercy-version” of God, it pleased the Father that in Christ should dwell the fullness of the Godhead bodily.(Col 1:19, 2:9, Jn16:15). In the pursuit of the knowledge of God, any testimony that is not found in consistency with Christ is to be dropped. It means it is not consistent with God. Moses gave a clause in his writings that when Christ comes, “him shall you hear” in whatsoever he will say (Deut. 18:15,18). On the mount, God said this is the person to listen to, in spite of the presence of the Law and the prophet (Moses and Elijah, Matt17:1-8)
In John16:12-15, Jesus authorised his apostles to deliver his testimony, the things of God he couldn’t say because of the state of men at that time (none was yet raised to eternal life). The apostles of Christ, being so empowered of the Spirit, taught of Christ and being men out of spiritual death, could accurately present the knowledge of God. Paul said they give the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ Jesus, adding elsewhere that this is done with grew plainness of speech (2Cor4:6;3:12). No shadows or diverse manners, as was with the prophets. No parables as when Christ could not expressly communicate to unrenewed men (Matt13:10-15). Christ is the screen in which we see God, none other. The prophets were to witness Christ, and that they did (Jn1:45,5:39). The scriptures, I.e, the writings, the documentation were inspired of God, not the content of what was written. Ignorance, the devil, evil men, rational men, prophets, God all spoke in the bible. God inspired it all to be written down. The records are true, but not everything is the truth of God. Hence skilfulness is expected of a student of God’s word to rightly divide the word of truth which will be the things consistent with the testimony of Christ as clearly stated in the epistles. Jesus in navigating the old testament scriptures stuck to the things concerning him!(Luke24:25-27).
So from the epistles, the words of Jesus recorded in the four gospels, the scriptures of the prophets, we can now investigate with consistency “Is God predictable?”
TO BE CONTINUED…
Written By Samuel Agboola