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Rev (Dr) Jeffrey Khoo

(Rev (Dr) Jeffrey Khoo is the academic dean of the Far Eastern Bible College and
Elder of True Life BP Church)

Introduction

According to The New York Times of April 6, The Lord says His sheep will be able to
2006, The Judas Gospel together with the discern His good voice of truth from the
other Gnostic Gospels “have produced a strange voice of falsehood.
new generation of Christians who now
regard the Bible not as the literal word of The Gospel of Judas is not good news at all
God, but as a product of historical and but another bad
political forces that determined which texts news of
should be included in the canon, and which betrayal—Jesus
edited out. For that reason, the discoveries is betrayed once
have proved deeply troubling for many again by Judas in
believers.” this recently
found “Gospel”
Is this true? Has the Gnostic Gospels named after him.
produced a generation of Christians who no Actually, the
longer believe that the Bible they have in title—“The
their hands today is the literal Word of God? Gospel of
Those of us who are truly born again, born Judas”—misleads. The title gives the
of the Spirit, born from above should not be impression that it was Judas himself who
troubled by the Judas Gospel for the Holy had written this Gospel. No, Judas wrote no
Spirit that indwells us is the Spirit of truth Gospel. This so-called “Gospel” was not
and guides us into all truth (John 16:13). written by Judas but by some unknown
What is truth? God’s Word is truth (John person who for some twisted reason wanted
17:17). Jesus said, “My sheep hear my to revise Biblical history by turning the villain
voice… and they follow me” (John 10:27).

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Judas Iscariot into a hero—the best and used the name of Christ to spin a heretical
most loyal disciple of Jesus. brand of Christianity teaching that (1)
salvation requires secret knowledge outside
Now, let me critique the Gospel of Judas of the Bible that is accessible only to the
(according to the text released by the privileged elite; (2) matter is evil; and (3)
National Geographic Society), and offer Jesus did not really come in the flesh.
three reasons why this Gospel is a fictitious The Gospel of Christianity is no secret but
and spurious one. clearly revealed in the Written Word of
God—the 66 books of the Canonical
Scriptures. The Apostle John wrote referring
to the Canonical Gospels: “But these are
written, that ye might believe that Jesus
is the Christ, the Son of God; and that
believing ye might have life through his
name” (John 20:31). The Written Word
reveals to us the Living Word, and it is
sufficient for us to know how to find salvation
in Christ, the only Saviour of the world.

What is the Gospel? The word “Gospel”


(euangelion) literally means “good news.”
The Judas Gospel is a Heretical Gospel The Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 15:1-4
explains what is the gospel: “Moreover,
The Gospel of Judas begins like this: “The
brethren, I declare unto you the gospel
secret account of the revelation that Jesus
which I preached unto you, which also ye
spoke in conversation with Judas Iscariot.”
have received, and wherein ye stand; By
The fact that the Gospel of Judas is
which also ye are saved, if ye keep in
introduced as a “secret account” lets out the
memory what I preached unto you,
“secret” that it is an unorthodox Gospel
unless ye have believed in vain. For I
created by the Gnostics who were known for
delivered unto you first
their “secrets.” Prof Tan Kim Huat of Trinity
of all that which I also
Theological College writing for The Straits
received, how that
Times on April 14, 2006 asked, “Is
Christ died for our sins
Gnosticism a variety of Christianity or is it a
according to the
mutation so dangerous that it should be
scriptures; And that he
treated as a heresy?” Our answer to his two-
was buried, and that he
part question is, “No, Gnosticism is not a
rose again the third
‘variety of Christianity’ but a totally different
day according to the
religion altogether that is occultic, and yes, it scriptures.” Christ
is definitely a heresy by the infallible and crucified and resurrected
authoritative standards of the divinely is the good news of the forgiveness of sins
inspired and preserved Scriptures.” and eternal life for those who will put their
trust in Him.
What is Gnosticism and who were the
Gnostics? The word “Gnostic” comes from This knowledge of the Gospel is not secret
the Greek ginosko which means “to know.” but open. The knowledge of salvation is not
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far from us, but very near us. The Apostle The Judas Gospel has a Different Jesus
Paul tells us in Roman 10:8-9, “But what
saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in What kind of Jesus does the Judas Gospel
thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the present? The Judas Gospel presents a
word of faith, which we preach; That if Jesus who has a habit of laughing at people.
thou shalt confess with thy mouth the He laughs at his disciples for saying grace,
Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine he laughs at their questions, he laughs
heart that God hath raised before he speaks, he laughs
him from the dead, thou after he speaks. The word
shalt be saved.” But the “laugh” appears eight times in
Gnostics add to the Gospel. the Judas Gospel. This
They say that it is not enough compares with only twice in
to know Christ and His the whole New Testament and
resurrection, one must attain to some hidden that only in the Gospel of Luke. Jesus said in
and mysterious knowledge before one can Luke 6:21, “Blessed are ye that weep
truly know God and live forever. The Gnostic now: for ye shall laugh.” In Luke 6:25,
formula for salvation works like this: “Gospel Jesus warned that those who laugh now will
+ Secret Knowledge = Salvation.” It is weep later, “Woe unto you that laugh
“another gospel.” Anything that adds to the now! for ye shall mourn and weep.” In
perfect redemptive work of Christ and the John 11:35, we find Jesus weeping. Jesus
pure content of the Gospel of Christ is was “a man of sorrows, and acquainted
heteron euangelion, “another gospel” (Gal with grief” (Isa 53:3). He did not come into
1:6). this world to have a jolly good time, but to
suffer, to bleed, and to die for us so that we
The Gospel of Judas can shake the faith of might be saved.
the believer. May we not be so easily
shaken in our faith like some of the
Christians in the Galatian Church. Paul
wrote to chide and warn them, “I marvel
that ye are so soon removed from him
that called you into the grace of Christ
unto another gospel: Which is not
another; but there be some that trouble
you, and would pervert the gospel of
Christ. 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. 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” (Gal 1:6-9). The Judas Gospel also presents Jesus not
as the Creator but a creature. The disciples
referred to Jesus not as “the Son of God” (ie,
God Himself) but “the son of our god.” Jesus
also says that his god is different from the
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Gnostics there are many gods and many revealed, not for a secretive and elite few but
levels of divinity. The highest level is pure for all to know and believe so that they might
spirit. This is typical of the Gnostic thinking be saved from their sins. The Apostle Paul
that all flesh is evil. Since Jesus is in the says in 1 Timothy 3:16, “And without
flesh, Jesus must be evil and could not have controversy great is the mystery of
come from the supreme God who is pure godliness: God was manifest in the flesh,
Spirit. Then where did Jesus come from? justified in the Spirit, seen of angels,
Judas is the one who has the answer. In the preached unto the Gentiles, believed on
Gospel of Judas, Judas tells Jesus, “I know in the world, received up into glory.” John
who you are and where you come from. You 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world,
are from the immortal realm of Barbelo.” that he gave his only (uniquely) begotten
Barbelo is one of the inferior gnostic gods Son, that whosoever believeth in him
from the lower levels of the immortal realm. should not perish, but have everlasting
Jesus himself confesses to Judas that he is life.”
not God but one of the twelve angels
created by God. Jesus is the first of the
twelve angels who is “Seth” and called The Judas Gospel is a False Text
“Christ.” This is pure nonsense.
The Judas Gospel
The truth is Jesus is God and the Creator of is one of the many
the world. In the very first verse of the false Gospels
Gospel of John, we read, “In the beginning written by the
was the Word, and the Word was with Gnostics. How
God, and the Word was God.” This Word many Gnostic
is none other than the Living Word—the Gospels were
Lord Jesus Christ—who created the there? Some say
universe: verse 3 says, “All things were 15, some say 30,
made by him; and without him was not some say 80. The
any thing made that was made.” This experts are not even sure. Christians have
invisible God and Creator became a human always recognised only the Four Canonical
being and took on human flesh to be our Gospels—Matthew, Mark, Luke and John—
Saviour. John 1:14 says, “And the Word to be the inspired Word of God. The DaVinci
was made flesh, and dwelt among us, Code and the National Geographic Society
(and we beheld his are saying the very opposite—the Gnostic
glory, the glory as of Gospels are true and the Four Gospels
the only begotten of false.
the Father,) full of
grace and truth.” The Now, how do we know that the Four Gospels
flesh of Jesus was not at of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John we have
all sinful, evil or bad, but today are true and not the recently
utterly sinless, pure and discovered Gnostic Gospels like the Gospel
perfect, “full of grace and of Judas? Christians have long had answers
truth.” to such attacks on the Word of God and they
are in the twin doctrines of the Verbal
The mystery of Jesus Plenary Inspiration (VPI) and Verbal Plenary
Christ is a mystery Preservation (VPP) of the Holy Scriptures as

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taught in Psalm 12:6-7, Matthew 5:18, 2 5:2 and Matt 2:1, Ps 22:16 and Luke 23:33).
Timothy 3:16, and 2 Peter 1:21. The Four Gospels on the basis of the Old
Testament give us “a more sure word of
The divinely inspired or God-breathed prophecy” (2 Pet 1:19). The Judas Gospel
(theopneustos) New Testament Scriptures on the other hand can make no such claim
were those written by God’s special for it contradicts the Old Testament Scripture
servants, namely, the Apostles of Jesus concerning who Christ was and what He
Christ. Now it is argued that the Gnostic came to do.
Gospels were also written by Apostles like
Thomas and Judas. Why were the Gospels The Gospel of Judas was written in the 2nd
of Thomas and Judas not included in the century long after Judas had died. And if it
Bible? The answer is simple. They were not were true that Judas was Jesus’ best
Gospels written by the Apostles in the first disciple and a hero, then Judas should be
place, nor written by eyewitnesses, nor basking in glory or martyred, but he
written in the first century but appeared only committed suicide! Why? The truth is Judas
two to three hundred years after the death of was a crook and betrayed his Master out of
Christ, after the Apostles of Christ had his own wicked heart (John 6:70-71, 12:4-6).
passed away, and after the Four Canonical The fact is that the Gnostics were the ones
Gospels had long been written, read and who plagiarised the names and terms of the
received as Holy Scripture by the Church. Four Gospels to invent their own strange
Ireneus, the Bishop of Lyons, testified in the Gospel of secret knowledge and man-made
2nd century: “Matthew published a written gods. The stories found in the Gnostic
gospel for the Hebrews … Mark also, the Gospels are spurious. For instance, the
disciple and interpreter of Peter, transmitted Gospel of Thomas teaches that only men
to us in writing the things preached by Peter. can enter into heaven, women cannot. If a
Luke, the follower of Paul, set down in a woman wants to get into heaven, she must
book the gospel preached by him. Lastly, first become a man. And this was what
John, the disciple of the Lord, who had leant Jesus did—He turned Mary Magdalene into
back on His breast, once more set forth the a man so that she could go to heaven. Now
gospel, while residing at Ephesus in Asia.” how does one square this with The DaVinci
Ireneus’ testimony can be trusted for he was Code which claims that Jesus married Mary
a disciple of Polycarp who died a famous Magdalene? They contradict!
death as a martyr of Christ, who was also a
disciple of the Apostle John. The Biblical doctrine of the VPP of
Scripture identifies for us
What is more is that the Four Canonical where the true Biblical texts
Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John are today. VPP tells us that
fulfilled all the prophecies of the Old the true Scripture resides in
Testament Scripture concerning the Jewish the continuously used and
Messiah and His redemptive mission on always existing majority
earth. There are about 300 prophecies manuscripts which have
concerning Christ’s first coming. These been traditionally received
prophecies were given centuries before by God’s people and kept
Christ came and they have all been fulfilled pure throughout the ages by the special
precisely and completely (eg, Isa 7:14 and providential hand of God Himself. These
Matt 1:21-22, Jer 23:5 and Luke 3:23, Mic texts as identified by the Trinitarian Bible

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Society are the Hebrew Masoretic Text indicating lost words or sentences are seen
and the Greek Textus Receptus of the throughout. The translators often had to fill in
great 16th Century Protestant the blanks by guessing what the words
Reformation, the Authorised or King were, and writing them into the text. Such
James Bible being the best English remarks as [----one line lost----], [-----one line
translation of these divinely preserved missing-----], [----about five lines missing----]
and authentic texts. are found throughout the text. The fact that
the Gospel of Judas has not been preserved
The Gnostic Gospel of Judas is disqualified intact by God’s singular care and providence
as an authentic text because (1) it was not is one evidence that it is not divinely inspired
continuously used, (2) it is just one Scripture, not at all.
compared to the thousands of copies we
have of the Canonical Gospels today, (3) it Conclusion
disagrees drastically with the words and
doctrines of the original, preserved and The divinely inspired Gospels have always
received Gospels, and (4) it was rejected by been preserved by God and received
the Spirit-guided Church since the beginning throughout the ages by His faithful Church.
for its heresies. Bishop Ireneus for instance They were never lost only to be found
knew about the Gospel of Judas in about AD thousands of years later. If what the
180 and wrote against its claims, “They [ie, modernists and textual critics claim is true,
the Gnostics] declare that Judas the traitor that the original and true Gospels are the
was thoroughly acquainted with these things, Gnostic Gospels and not the Four Gospels
and that he alone, we have in our Biblical Canon today, then all
knowing the truth the Christians who died for their faith under
as no others did, the Roman regime, in the days of the
accomplished the Protestant Reformation, and in anti-Christian
mystery of the countries today have all died in vain
betrayal: by him all believing in a wrong book and a false
things, both message. Can this be so? God forbid! For it
earthly and is written, “The words of the LORD are
heavenly, were pure words: as
thus thrown into silver tried in a
confusion. They furnace of earth,
produce a fictitious purified seven
history of this kind, times. Thou shalt
which they style keep them, O
the Gospel of LORD, thou shalt
Judas.” preserve them from
this generation for
ever” (Ps 12:6-7).
The Judas Gospel cannot qualify as an
authentic text because it does not fulfil But what do we have today? We are living in
Jesus’ criterion of verbal authenticity to the a post-modern age of relativity and
jot and tittle (Matt 5:18). The Judas Gospel uncertainty that anyone who dares to believe
has many gaps and many missing words and defend the present perfection of the
and sentences. Brackets and ellipses Holy Scriptures should be castigated as

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“foolish,” extreme,” “schismatic,” “heretical,” will I arise, saith the LORD; I will set him
“cultic,” and “unregenerate.” On the other in safety from him that puffeth at him”
hand, those who say that the Bible contains (Ps 12:5). God help us!
missing verses and passages, insignificant
mistakes and redundant words, are Judas is alive today in all who deny God’s
considered “godly” and “scholarly.” Is it no only begotten Son, and
wonder that Psalm 12 should end with these reject His forever infallible
words, “The wicked walk on every side, and inerrant Word. The
when the vilest men are exalted” (Ps Judas Gospel is the bad
12:8)? We are nevertheless comforted by news of betrayal all over
the words of the Psalmist in the Bible we again. We are living in
have in our hands today that the Lord will days of Deformation, not
not only preserve His words but also His Reformation! May the
people who are oppressed and persecuted Lord keep us faithful until
by the rich, the powerful, and the He comes again. “Even
unbelieving, “For the oppression of the so, come, Lord Jesus”
poor, for the sighing of the needy, now (Rev 22:20).

Rev Wee Eng Moh


(Rev Wee Eng Moh is pastor of Berith BP Church and Bible study leader of NTU/NIE FCM.)

The Bible accords special honour to godly biblical records are the names of Timothy’s
mothers. Much is written about their fear of mother and grandmother, Eunice and Lois,
God and whole-hearted devotion to Him. who taught the Scriptures to him from an
The unswerving faith of Hannah, the mother early age (II Tim. 1: 5).
of Samuel, Israel’s prophet, is highlighted in
the first two chapters of Samuel. Hannah’s Hannah, Eunice, Lois – these are names
barrenness brought her much sorrow but she fairly familiar to most of us. What about
pleaded with God for a son, with a vow to Jochebed? Whose mother was she? What
consecrate him to the Lord. When the Lord kind of mother was she? What does
answered her prayer and Scripture reveal about her?
gave her Samuel, she
subsequently brought Jochebed – her name means “Jehovah is
the boy to Eli the glorious” - is mentioned in four short portions
priest to fulfill her of Scripture (Exo. 2: 1-10, 6: 20; Num. 26:59,
vow. Also in the Heb. 11: 23). She was the wife of Amram

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the Levi, and the mother of Aaron, Moses
and Miriam. In Hebrews 11 – the classic
chapter on faith – Jochebed’s name is not
mentioned but her unwavering faith is
highlighted: “By faith Moses, when he
was born, was hid three months of his
parents, because they saw he was a
proper child; and they were not afraid of
the king's commandment.” Moses’
parents feared God rather than man. By
faith, they overcame fear. They trusted in
God to make a way for their son to escape
death. And God honoured their faith with His
providential care.
Retracing her life from the Exodus and
It is significant that, although little is written Hebrew accounts, we see a God-fearing
about this saintly mother, much is revealed mother determined to obey the Lord in the
about her faith and courage through the midst of Egyptian bondage and Pharaoh’s
God-honouring choices of her son Moses: decree for the midwives to kill all new-born
“By faith Moses, when he was born, was baby boys. Baby Moses was born during
hid three months of his parents, because this perilous time. The Bible tells us that he
they saw he was a proper child; and they was a “proper child” – a goodly or special
were not afraid of the king's child. After three months when Jochebed
commandment. By faith Moses, when he “could no longer hide him” (Exo. 2: 2), she
was come to years, refused to be called made a heart-wrenching decision. She
the son of Pharaoh's daughter; Choosing lovingly placed her precious baby in a basket
rather to suffer affliction with the people in the Nile River with a prayer for God’s
of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin protective care.
for a season; Esteeming the reproach of
Christ greater riches than the treasures in
Egypt: for he had respect unto the
recompence of the reward. By faith he
forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of
the king: for he endured, as seeing him
who is invisible. Through faith he kept the
passover, and the sprinkling of blood,
lest he that destroyed the firstborn
should touch them. By faith they passed
through the Red sea as by dry land:
which the Egyptians assaying to do were
drowned” (Heb. 11: 23-29).
Interestingly, this very river that was the final
resting place of all the male Hebrew children
born at that time would become the means
by which Moses was carried to safety and
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daughter to the place where the infant lay, In addition to all these blessings, they were
and inclined her heart to have “compassion paid for doing so. Moses never forgot who
on him” – something she, and no one else his real mother was or the training she gave
could do. The ruthless Pharaoh sought to him. He never forgot God’s call for Him to
destroy Israel, but his own daughter had pity deliver His people from Egyptian bondage.
on a Hebrew child. Unknowingly, the Moses would find out later the importance of
princess not only saved the life of Moses but the spiritual values which his mother had
preserved Israel's deliverer. instilled in him at that early age. His love for
God and God’s chosen people never left
him.

Jochebed! What a wonderful mother! What


a blessing to her family! Like the virtuous
woman in Proverbs 31, she deserved the
praise of her husband and children: “Her
children arise up, and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praiseth her”
(Prov. 31: 28).

This Mother’s Day, let us consider how we


have regarded our mothers. Do we take Mum
and her love for granted? Mum’s “taxi” gets us
to school and tuition classes. She provides
good hearty meals for hungry stomachs,
In His own wonderful way, God provided laundry services for free, and the occasional
Moses with a good nurse, even his own shoulder to cry on. Sadly, we
mother who was paid wages to care for her often fail to appreciate Mum’s
baby son: “Then said his (Moses’) sister love and sacrifices for her
(Miriam) to Pharaoh's daughter, Shall I go family. Hers is a thankless
and call to thee a nurse of the Hebrew vocation. At times, she
women, that she may nurse the child for has to endure our cutting
thee? And Pharaoh's daughter said to remarks, our rebellious
her, Go. And the maid went and called the and disrespectful
child's mother. And Pharaoh's daughter attitude. These
said unto her, Take this child away, and things hurt her
nurse it for me, and I will give thee thy deeply. Despite all the
wages. And the woman took the child, negatives, she still loves and serves us
and nursed it” (Exo. 2: 7-9). God gave unselfishly. Let us, therefore, love and
Moses’ parents more than they ever thought appreciate our mothers. May we honour the
possible. Not only was their son spared and Lord by honouring our mothers (Exo. 20:12).
now protected by none other than Pharaoh’s God bless all our mothers. Amen.
daughter, they were allowed to keep him for
a time and train him in the ways of their God.

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Quiz yourself: The Gospels!!

1. Which Old Testament prophet had predicted that Jesus would be born in Bethlehem?
2. “Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his
name Emmanuel” (Matt 1:21a). What does “Emmanuel” mean?
3. Where did Joseph and Mary take Jesus to in order to flee from Herod’s persecution of
Jesus?
4. Jesus said to the Samaritan woman, “I that speak unto thee am he” (John 4:26). Jesus
was trying to say that He is ____________. Which is the correct answer? [(a) a prophet
(b) The Messiah (c) her friend]
5. “Jesus told the Pharisees and Sadducees that God is able to raise up children unto
Abraham out of stones”. True or False?
6. Who led Jesus to the wilderness to be tempted of the devil forty days?
7. Who were “James, and Joses, and Simon, and Judas”? (Matt 13:55)
8. Which disciples were with Jesus at the Transfiguration?
9. Why did Jesus not do many miracles at Nazareth?
10. “Joseph of Arimathaea who asked Pilate for the body of Jesus after the crucifixion was a
disciple of Jesus”. True or False?
[Ans on pg 17]

Clarice Lim (Poly FCM)

It has been raining very feeling miserable? Or do you feel frustrated


often recently, hasn’t because the rain caused your plans to fall
it? When it rains, what through?
do you think of and
how do you feel? Do Very often, to modern city dwellers like us,
you say in your mind, rain causes an overall feeling of melancholy,
“Drats, I forgot to bring especially if we are out in the rain. We
my umbrella,” and end grumble and complain. Some even use the
up walking in the rain or
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‘ambience’ brought about by the rain to there are massive rains and floods, the
mope and think about unhappy events. blessing of the Lord becomes a snare.

However, we should actually be thankful for


the rain. Rain is a blessing from the Lord. In
this modern age, where food is easily bought
from the market or food stalls, we forget the
origin of our food, and the consequences of
not having rain. The Bible describes rain as
the Lord’s “good treasure” (Deut 28:12).
When the Lord withholds rain, the land
becomes barren, and the people are afflicted
because of lack of food (Amos 4:7).

Besides remembering
the rain as God’s
appointed means to
provide us with food (Isa
55:10), the rain also In Genesis 6 and 7, we learn another lesson
teaches us many from the rain: our Lord is a just and holy
lessons. In the past, God. He was grieved because of the
God used the giving and wickedness of the very man whom He had
withholding of rain to teach his people created (Gen 6:6-7). God’s Word says in
obedience. When the people transgressed Genesis 6:5: “And GOD saw that the
against the Lord, God afflicted them by wickedness of man was great in the
withholding the rain (1 Kings 8:36), but when earth, and that every imagination of the
his people walked in His statues, and kept thoughts of his heart was only evil
His commandments, the Lord promised them continually.” As a result of their
rain in due season (Lev 26:4-5; Deut 28:12). transgressions, God commanded that all
flesh be destroyed through massive raining
The rain also teaches us that our Lord is a and outpouring of water.
merciful God, as seen from the New
Testament in Matthew 5:45. He is Brethren, friends, let us see sin as God sees
compassionate towards all sinners, even it. Do not think that God will not punish you
those who have not heeded the call of just because it is a tiny sin, and when you
salvation in that he sends rain hide your sins, nothing will happen to you.
indiscriminately to the just and to the unjust. Do not despise the goodness and
longsuffering of God (Rom 2:4), for there is
So far, we have examined instances of an end to his forbearance (Rom 2:5). Just as
normal rain- rain as it ought to be. The Bible the people in Noah’s time continued living as
also describes instances where God sent per normal- eating, drinking, marrying and
massive and excessive rain as a form of giving in marriage after they rejected Noah’s
punishment (Gen 6:17-18, Eze 38:22). Why plea to enter into the Ark, sudden destruction
do I say that such rain is abnormal? It is fell upon them and none was spared (Matt
because of the nature of what rain is- Rain is 24:37-39).
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Dear Reader, repent of your sins. We have rained continuously for forty days and forty
grieved God so much. If you have any nights (Gen 7:12), and the great deep was
unconfessed sin, please confess and repent opened up such that all that were on the face
right now. The Lord is faithful and just to of the earth were covered and were
forgive us our sins and will cleanse us from eventually drowned and destroyed.
all our unrighteousness (1 Jn 1:9). If you
have not put your trust in Jesus to save you Thank God for His promise not to destroy the
from your sins, do so immediately. The Lord world again by water! (Gen 9:11) Since our
is coming again to judge the world again, but Lord is a God that cannot lie (Tit 1:2), we will
this time, by fire (2 Peter 3:6-7). never see rain of the same magnitude as
that of the Great Flood again. Thank God
The fourth lesson that we can learn from rain also for His salvation! Just as He saved
(whereby we should be thankful for) is God’s Noah and his family by means of the Ark, we
faithfulness to His Word and His people. shall be saved from the wrath of God by the
Have you ever experienced a day where it precious blood of Jesus (Rom 5:9).
rained continuously for the whole day without
abating? What about two days? How did it So you see, there is much to be learnt from
feel like being cooped up away from outdoor the humble droplets of water that fall from
activities or being stranded at some place the sky. There is also much to be thankful for
without an umbrella? Well, can you imagine (1 Thess 5:18). Be happy and rejoice
how it was like for the people who refused to whenever it rains!
heed the call of Noah to enter the Ark? It

Proverbs 26:12
(Morning devotion delivered at True Life Young People Fellowship Camp, 14 Dec 2005)
Chew Yiming Clement

The book of Proverbs is a book of wisdom. “Seest thou a man wise in


It contains many gems for practical living. his own conceit? there is
Any individual desiring to grow in the more hope of a fool than of
wisdom of his thoughts and deeds should him.”
spend time studying this wonderful book. – Pro. 26:12

Today, we want to examine one of the


many magnificent proverbs in this book.

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rebellious to his parents
and also regards the
advice given by his
teachers as stupid.
Trendy and popular,
he is careless in his
behaviour and refuses to think about the
consequences of his actions.

(I) The Character of the Man


The fourth example is the modern day
Pharisee in church. Trusting in his
Firstly, we note the character of the man in
perceived righteousness, he descends on
the proverb. He is wise in his own conceit.
others with a “holier-than-thou” attitude. He
Who is a conceited man? A conceited man
convinces himself that no one is more
is one who is full of pride. He is over-
spiritual than
confident of his own abilities or something
himself. He fails to
that he possesses.
consider others
before himself.
Let us look at some examples
Fanatical in
of the man who is wise in
judging others, he
his own conceit:
neglects the
weightier matters
The first example is the
of God’s Word,
man whose confidence
failing to judge
lies in his riches. He
righteous judgement.
convinces himself that money is everything
in this world. Like the rich fool in Luke
12:16-21, he goes about accumulating
The fifth example is the church goer who
riches, thinking that they will give him
has some knowledge of the Bible. This
more power and happiness in his
knowledge soon puffs him up. Thinking
life. The thought of death hardly
that he knows everything, he goes around
crosses his mind. His thoughts
wrecking havoc in the church,
are predominantly: “Eat, drink,
propagating what he has wrongly
for tomorrow we die.”
learnt. Refusing to accept
correction for his ways and
teachings, he soon stands up
The second example is the man who
against his pastor, teachers
prides himself in his academic
and elders. He becomes a
achievements. He lauds himself in the
disturbance of peace in the
recognition he receives for his research
church: Instead of repenting, he
and study. He convinces himself that no
accuses others for causing
one can surpass him in what he knows and
the chaos.
has achieved.
The sixth example is the scoffer of the
The third example is the impudent youth
Bible. He regards the Bible as just an
who thinks he is always right. He is

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ordinary book with mistakes. The miracles our parents as old, cranky and useless
are myths. If they do occur, they are not people who do not understand our
supernatural but can be explained by problems?
common scientific logic. To prevent himself
from being detected, the scoffer In the school, do we rebel against our
masquerades as a professor of theology, teachers? Do we cast aside their advice?
hiding in conservative churches and Do we faithfully do our homework? Are we
seminaries. Slowly but surely, as "an angel a disturbance in class? Do we make
of light", he injects poison into the church, friends with people of dubious character?
questioning God’s Word like the serpent in
Genesis 3. “Yea, hath God said?” In the church, do we submit to our pastors
and elders? Do we listen to the advice of
(II) The Consequence of the Man godly leaders and brethren? When the
pastor or elder preaches against indecent
Who is a fool? The most well-known dressing, do we dismiss the warning by
description of the fool is probably found in calling the preacher old-fashioned? Do we
Psalm 14:1a – “The fool said in his argue with our brethren for the sake of
heart, There is no God”. The atheist is a winning an argument? Do we look down on
fool for refusing to believe there is a God in others who are struggling with their
this world. Such a man is totally lost as he spiritual walk?
does not have Christ in his heart. “Jesus
saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, Let us learn from what the Bible says to us:
and the life: no man cometh unto the
Father, but by me” (John 14:6). He has “Trust in the LORD with all thine
no way of salvation if he continues along heart; and lean not unto thine
this path of doom. own understanding. In all thy
ways acknowledge him, and he
Do we not tremble for fear when we learn shall direct thy paths. Be not
about the end of the fool? Yet the Bible wise in thine own eyes: fear the
tells us that a man that is wise in his own LORD, and depart from evil. It
conceit has less hope than a fool. What a shall be health to thy navel, and
condemnation to the man full of himself! marrow to thy bones.”
– Pro. 3:5-8
(III) The Conclusion of the Matter
“Humble yourselves in the sight
Having learnt about the end of the of the Lord, and he shall lift you
conceited man, we should take heed and up.”
avoid following in his footsteps. Are we – Jas. 4:10
proud and conceited ourselves?
Finally, let us remember this: “The fear of
In the family, do we rebel against our the LORD is the beginning of
parents? Do we listen to their advice? knowledge: but fools despise wisdom
When our parents ask us to stop playing and instruction” (Pro. 1:7). Do not
computer games or spending so much neglect what the Bible teaches, or we may
time in the basketball court and football end up having less hope
field, do we sulk and argue? Do we regard than the fool. Amen.

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Low Boon Siang (NTU/NIE FCM)
Are you weary of your Christian walk? Is
each step of the way getting heavier and
the thought of halting or even retrograding
lingering in your mind? Have going to
fellowships and Sunday services become have strayed from the sacred enclosure.
mandatory and dull to you? You might have yielded to some
temptation, but did not seek pardon from
I wrote this article with much prayer, that it Christ. Thus you have gradually become
may not only encourage your hearts but more careless in the way you live and are
also mine. We must always check the more tolerant towards sin. You might have
temperature of our spiritual thermometers heard the proverb: “the dog is turned to
for it is the indicator of our walk with the his own vomit again” or “the sow that
Lord. As pilgrims journeying in this sin- was washed to her wallowing in the
plagued world, we are constantly mire” (2 Pet 2:22). Have these verses
bombarded with the attractions and ever pricked your heart? Are you going to
pleasures of this world. Unless there is a continue grieving the Holy Spirit,
continual war against the flesh, we will be crucifying the Son of God afresh and
lured into the devil’s web. putting Him to an open shame?

The carnal flesh hates to be examined by My dear friends, Jesus’


God’s Word, but this exercise is important love is far more abundant
to every child of God. We must make no than what you can ever
provision for the flesh (Rom 13:14), and imagine. He is calling you
allow the Scriptures to convict us of our right here, right now,
sins and repent of them. Only by genuine “Return ye backsliding
repentance and receiving forgiveness children, and I will heal
from our Lord will we be granted the your backslidings”. And may you
peace and joy of salvation. respond, “Behold, we come unto thee,
for thou art the LORD our God” (Jer
Have you already wandered from God, be 3:22). He is as willing to receive you as at
it for a few weeks or months or even first, so doubt no more.
years? You might have experienced the
love of Christ, yet have forsaken Him. You Are you still clinging on to some sins and
might have been admitted within the fold, are not willing to forsake them? Are you
and tasted of the sweet pasture which the searching for peace while embracing
loving Shepherd feeds you with, yet you those sins? There are sins that easily

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beset us. Fighting them indeed is a great
struggle. However, God said in Proverbs
28:13-14 “He that covereth his sins
shall not prosper: but whoso
confesseth and forsaketh them shall
have mercy. Happy is the man that
feareth alway: but he that hardeneth
his heart shall fall into mischief.” There
are so many other Bible verses that
beckon us to repent and stop sinning.
What good reason then do we have for
transgressing against our holy God?

Finally, I will like all of us to examine


ourselves using the “Thermometer of a
Healthy Spiritual Life” written by Wang
Ming Tao.

Healthy Spiritual Life

9 Fervent in prayer
9 Bible-reading tasteful
9 Fully trusting Looking at these 23 points, I fall short
9 Loving God more than everything else of most, if not all of the characteristics
9 Resisting and hating sin of a healthy spiritual life. Nonetheless,
9 Giving God the glory in all things it is my constant prayer to strive and
9 Fully at peace not give in to my weaknesses, trials
9 Giving thanks in all things and temptations. My beloved friends,
9 Always happy and singing won’t you join me in the battle?
9 Peaceful and patient in trouble
9 Much consideration of others
9 Seeking God’s pleasure in all things
9 Yearning for spiritual things in the heart
9 Speaking words that edify others
9 Happy to witness for Christ
9 Cheerful to give to the Lord’s work
9 Rejoicing in others’ good success
9 A helping hand to those in trouble
9 Willing to forgive others
9 Character first
9 Happy to keep close to devout Christians
9 Happy to hear faithful admonition
9 Thirstily hoping for the Lord’s return

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FCM Camp 2006

Theme: "Thirsting after God’s Living Word"


Main Speaker: Rev (Dr) Jack Sin
Night Messages: "Revival!" by Dn Lek Aik Wee
Date: 29 May to 3 Jun 2006
Venue: Calvary Pandan BP Church
Camp Fees: S$33
Register online at: http://www.fcm.sg/camp
Closing Date: 15 May 2006 (Sun)

For details, please contact Herbert at 9437-7715 (HP) or mail_mrgoh@yahoo.com.sg

Theme Verse: Ezra 7:10: “For Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the law of the
LORD, and to do it, and to teach in Israel statutes and judgments.”

Youth Conference 2006

Theme: “Pressing on Together: Will we defend our Faith?”


Dates: 23 and 24 June 2006 (Fri: 8:30 am to 5 pm, Sat: 9 am to 9 pm)
Venue: Calvary Pandan BPC

Answers:
1. Micah. “But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of
Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose
goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting” (Micah 5:2).
2. “God with us” (Matthew 1:21b)
3. Egypt (Matthew 2:13-14)
4. (b) The Messiah (John 4:25-26)
5. False. It was John the Baptist who said those words to the Pharisees and Sadducees
(Matthew 3:4-9).
6. The Holy Spirit (Mark 1:12-13)
7. James, and Joses, and Simon, and Judas were Jesus’ brothers (Matthew 13:55).
8. Peter, John and James (Luke 9:28-36)
9. Because of their unbelief (Matthew 13:58)
10. True (John 19:38) 17
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1. NTU/NIE Group
Comprising students in all the faculties of NTU & NIE

Bible Study Leader : Rev Wee Eng Moh (Pastor of Berith B-P Church)
E-mail: emwee@singnet.com.sg
Student Coordinator : Low Boon Siang [9183 1750 (HP)]
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Meeting Place : North Spine, N3, Level 5, TR 1-10 (any of the rooms)
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Comprising students of the Science, Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Information & Computer Science Faculties

Bible Study Leader : Bro. Nelson (Gospel Light BP Church)


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Meeting Place : Science Block 13, 5th Floor, Room 03/04, NUS Science Faculty
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Comprising students from the Arts, Engineering, Architecture, Building & Real Estate, Law & Business
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Meeting Place : Engineering Block 1, 6th Floor, NUS Eng. Faculty (E1-06 tut room)
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Dn Peter Phoa (Calvary Tengah B-P Church)
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Meeting Place : Life B-P Church
Meeting Time : Every Thursday, 7.00pm
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Bible Study Leaders : Bro. Wee Hian Kok (Berean B-P Church)
E-mail: wee8k@yahoo.com.sg
Student Coordinator : Esther Huang [92383015 (HP)]
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Lee Yu Wei [98370607 (HP)]
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“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that
believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to
faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.” Romans 1:16-17

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