Yearly Archives: 2014

Beyond Return (2)

This sinful world is under the clutches of Satan (1 Jn 5:19). God’s intention is to save those who believe in Him from the power of darkness.  It is not rare to sin against God in the community of faith. In fact, it is a common experience for many. At times, it is hard to figure out how God would show His righteousness and mercy at the same time in dealing with the sinners in Zion, the church (cf. Isa 33:14). However, one of the burning questions we frequently ask is: what is wilful sinning?

Wilful Sinning
This is an issue that the writer of Hebrews raises. For us to sin wilfully is to disregard God, and thereby, to jeopardise our spirituality. The word ‘wilful’ gives a sense of blatancy; rebelliously going against what is divine and the will of God. Wilful sinning is to intentionally act against the knowledge of the truth (Heb 10:26a), despite being well-acquainted with it. Continue reading

Darkness Overtook Judas

Word Study

Then Jesus said to them, “A little while longer the light is with you. Walk while you have the light, lest darkness overtake [καταλαμβάνω] you; he who walks in darkness does not know where he is going. (John 12:35)

G2638 καταλαμβάνω (from 2596 /katá, “down, according to,” which intensifies 2983 /lambánō, “aggressively take”) – properly, take hold of exactly, with decisive initiative (eager self-interest); to grasp something in a forceful (firm) manner; (figuratively) to apprehend (comprehend), “making it one’s own.”
(Helps Ministries Inc., biblehub.com) Continue reading

Prepare Ahead

“So the master commended the unjust steward because he had dealt shrewdly. For the sons of this world are more shrewd in their generation than the sons of light.” (Lk 16:8)

In the parable of the unjust servant, it was odd that the master commended the unjust steward who was facing imminent dismissal for his shrewdness. In light of his deceit, why did the master commend the steward? Why did Jesus use such a character as the unjust steward, and even tell of his commendation? Continue reading

Beyond Return (1)

John, having been inspired by the Spirit, reveals the primary purpose of God manifested in the flesh, which is to destroy the works of the evil one (1 Jn 3:8). God, being all knowing, knew long before the time that man would fall into the snare of Satan. For this reason, He had prepared Christ, who would adopt us who believe in Him to be His children (Eph 1:4-5) through the forgiveness of sins. Such is the unfathomable love of Christ – this is love at its purest and highest form that we can ever imagine (Rev 1:5). This is divine. This love demonstrates the complete sacrifice of Christ. It is given to the fallen humanity without a tinge of ulterior motive embedded on the part of God.

Since the love of Christ is beyond measure, it goes without saying that He can save those who believe in Him to the end. As long as any lost soul responds to His calling, He will never be hesitant for one moment to save him or her. What more for us who have already been ushered into His church, and have been baptised into Him. The writer of the book of Hebrews reassures us that the Lord is able to save to the uttermost because He has not ceased from interceding for us (Heb 7:25; Rom 8:34). If that being the case, the idea of a believer who has reached a point beyond return should never be an issue in the first place.

Nevertheless, there are numerous examples documented in the Bible that indicate otherwise. Continue reading

Forgiveness and Love

Recently, I have been spending more time with the younger youth at our church. Not because I was told to, but because I realized they needed a lot of guidance since there was some bullying going on. In the past, I was bullied at church and almost left because of it. I know what it’s like to be picked on and I know how much it can hurt some one’s feelings.

Although I was there to keep the peace, I realized that the more time I spent with the kids, the more shameful I was. As I watched them try to resolve issues and see how forgiving they were, I looked at myself and thought about how I resolved my own issues with others. Did I do what I told the children to do? Sometimes. Was I as forgiving of others as they were? No, not really. Continue reading