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Pienso luego existo, es la base de la lógica fundamental, razonada por Renato Descartes. El ser humano con su facultad de razonamiento orientada por la conciencia y dotado de un cerebro asombrosamente complejo, puede por sí mismo encontrar la respuesta a quién es Dios. El presente escrito tiene la intención de presentarles ideas básicas y prácticas para llegar a una conclusión correcta de quién es Dios. Comenzaremos expresando que es imposible una combinación accidental de diversos elementos químicos, es decir como muchos creen o se han dejado llevar por ciertos científicos, que la creación humana o del primer hombre sea un producto de la casualidad ciega, y sobretodo que esté dotado con necesidades espirituales. En esta época actual que vivimos y con el conocimiento de la medicina nuclear, es decir de la estructura de los genes humanos, y lo compleja que es una célula humana, se ha llegado hasta efectuar experimentos de la clonación de animales con mucho éxito, luego de un largo estudio y experimentos científicos de mucho éxito. Todos estos científicos basados en sus conocimiento de la estructura genéticas pueden concluir sin ninguna duda de la creación humana, es una creación divina, por un ser superior. La clonación terapéutica es uno de los horizontes más prometedores para la medicina, porque podría permitir la obtención de células madre para tratar numerosas enfermedades. La técnica consiste en la creación de embriones para extraer las células que se forman en las primeras fases de su desarrollo cuando el embrión es un Blastocito. Para hacerlo, los científicos extrajeron el ADN del óvulo y lo remplazaron con el ADN de la célula adulta. Este óvulo comenzó a crecer como si hubiera sido fertilizado por un espermatozoide, es decir provocando una división en el óvulo, pero el proceso se detuvo expresamente, cuando era un conglomerado de células, para evitar que se convierta en un bebé. Los científicos dicen que no se está hablando de vida humana sino de vida celular. El cuestionamiento es ético y no medico, de lo que se trata, es si es inmoral o práctico. La discusión no se centra en lo descubierto, sino en su uso. No en quién lo hizo sino quién lo usará. La encrucijada es como se lo use. En el enfoque religioso se analiza el hecho al clonar un humano ¿Solo clonamos su cuerpo? ¿Se clona el espíritu? ¿se podrá crear también el alma?. Cada religión opinará de acuerdo a su filosofía para entender la vida y lo hará de acuerdo a su concepto moral. Las religiones nunca podrán llegar a un consenso, lo que es bueno para los unos, no será para los otros, por lo que cada uno opinará por sí mismo y lo resultante jamás será aceptado por todos. Es considerado el descubrimiento más hermoso e importante de la raza humana. Es tan trascendental para la misma, que supera por su incidencia al descubrimiento de América. Analicemos otro punto como es el considerado por el profesor Alister Hardy en su libro The Spiritual Nature of Man (La Naturaleza Espiritual del Hombre) donde afirma que “La Religión está profundamente arraigada en la naturaleza humana y se experimenta en todo nivel económico y educativo”. Actualmente con los avances del desarrollo de las ciencias genéticas, por la asombrosa capacidad del cerebro del mismo hombre, han llegado ciertos científicos a señalar que nosotros los humanos, tal vez, hemos sido “programados” para la religión, basados en varios experimentos recientes sobre el cerebro. En otro libro “Is God the Only Reality?” (¿Es Dios la Unica Realidad?) hace esta observación: desde la aparición de la humanidad, la búsqueda religiosa del sentido de la vida (...) es común a todas las culturas y épocas”. Piense a la conclusión a la que llegó un hombre culto hace unos dos mil años, cuando expresó “Toda casa es construida por alguien, pero el que ha construido todas las cosas es Dios” (Hebreos 3:4), la tierra es el mega hogar del hombre, que brinda todas las comodidades de vida de una manera extraordinaria para su nacimiento, desarrollo y multiplicación de su especie. Así como en toda casa hay un padre, la Biblia declara en 1 Corintios 8:5,6 “realmente para nosotros hay un solo Dios el padre, procedente de quien son todas las cosas, es la gran ventaja de los cristianos verdaderos sobre las demás religiones, las cuales han traído a la existencia de muchos
dioses y diosas. El hijo de Dios, cuando estuvo en la tierra, envestido con cuerpo humano, elevó esta oración a su Padre y Dios eterno; “Esto significa vida eterna, el que estén adquiriendo conocimiento de ti, el único Dios verdadero, y de aquel a quien tú enviaste, Jesucristo (Juan 17:3). Es decir nuestro bienestar eterno depende de que sepamos la verdad acerca de Dios. Este escrito tiene esa finalidad. La Enciclopedia Americana señala que “Dios el nombre que suela dársele a la suprema fuente y fuerza del universo, objeto de devoción religiosa”. Pero ¿Quien es Dios?, la propia Biblia indica que Dios no está lejos de nosotros, porque somos progenie de él. Sí la propia Biblia nos da una respuesta veraz, para que no busquemos a ciegas y nos anima a buscar a Dios cuando dice “No está muy lejos de cada uno de nosotros en Hechos 17:27 “En realidad no está lejos de cada uno de nosotros, pues en él vivimos, nos movemos, y existimos, como dijeron algunos poetas suyos “Somos también del linaje de Dios”. La complejidad de la creación del universo y los fundamentos de la vida en la tierra, han llegado a muchos científicos a la conclusión de que debe haber una “primera causa”, la cual debió ser muy inteligente, porque toda la creación física es regulada y regida por leyes muy científicas y complejas. Para que haya inteligencia, tiene que existir una mente, y la gran mente responsable de toda la creación pertenece a la persona de Dios. En efecto, así como Dios tiene una mente tiene un cuerpo; no uno físico como el nuestro, sino espiritual (1 Corintios 15:44). Al explicar la naturaleza de Dios, la Biblia señala claramente “Dios es un espíritu” (Juan 4:24), una forma de vida invisible; muy distinta a nosotros. Dios es una persona no creada que posee un cuerpo espiritual, es lógico que tenga un lugar de residencia, la cual no puede ser la tierra, la cual es exclusiva residencia para el hombre; la Biblia nos revela que los cielos son “el lugar establecido de la morada de Dios”. Y el escritor bíblico Pablo afirma en Hebreos 9:24 que “Cristo entró (...) en el cielo mismo, para comparecer (...) delante de la persona de Dios a favor de nosotros. Al tener un cuerpo espiritual, también tiene manos, la Bíblia nos enseña que Dios es sumamente activo, pero sus manos figuradas están representadas por su Espíritu Santo, su fuerza espiritual. El Salmista oró a Dios “Sí envías tu espíritu, son creados (Salmo 104:30), Mediante esta fuerza, el creo los cielos físicos, la tierra y todos los seres vivos. Su Espíritu Santo es la fuerza activa invisible que Dios emplea para cumplir y llevar a cabo sus propósitos. ¿Es Jesús Dios? Dejemos que el propio hijos de Dios, cuando estuvo en la tierra, nos explica mediante su enseñanza en este respecto y no cabe ninguna duda en cuanto a la identidad de quien es su hijo. Consideremos lo que está registrado en el evangelio de Mateo 3: 16, 17 después del bautismo de Jesús “hubo una voz desde los cielos que decía: éste es mi hijo, el amado, a quien he aprobado”, Jesucristo es el hijo de Dios. Aún así, algunas personas religiosas sostienen que Jesús es Dios, mientras que otras dicen que Dios es una trinidad. Según esta doctrina “Dios es el padre, Dios es el hijo, Dios es también el Espíritu Santo; y sin embargo, no son tres Dioses, sino un solo Dios. Se afirma que “las tres personas son entre si coeternas y coiguales (El Magisterio de la Iglesia). Las escrituras divinamente inspiradas declaran con respecto a Jehová Dios: “Aún de tiempo indefinido a tiempo indefinido tú eres Dios”(Salmo 90:2). El es el rey de la eternidad, sin principio ni fin (1 Timoteo 1:17), la Biblia señala claramente la posición de Jesús en Colosenses 1:13-15, es el primogénito de toda la creación. Refiriéndose a Dios como su Padre, Jesús dijo en Juan 14:28 “El Padre es mayor que yo”. También explicó que había cosas que ni el ni los ángeles sabían, sino solo Dios, como está registrado en Marcos 13:32,. Además, Jesús oró a su Padres de esta manera en Lucas 22:42 “Que nos se efectúe mi voluntad, sino la tuya, dirigiéndose de esta manera, no a su persona, sino a una persona superior a él. Además cuando Jesús antes de morir expreso, señor en tus manos encomiendo mi espíritu. Por otra parte, Jesús no se resucitó a sí mismo, sino que fue Dios quien lo levantó de entre los muertos (Hebreos 2:32), el había sido descendido a tener un cuerpo humano y murió como tal, de ahí el sacrificio de su vida a favor de la humanidad.
En conclusión, según la Biblia, Jehová es el Dios todopoderoso y Jesús es su hijo. No eran iguales antes de que el hijo viniera a la tierra, ni durante su ministerio terrestre; y Jesús tampoco llegó a ser igual a su Padre cuando fue resucitado a la vida celestial ( 1 Corintios 11:3,15, 28). En realidad estudiar las Escrituras constituye la mejor manera de acrecentar nuestro conocimiento de Dios, indicándonos sobre la clase de dios que es, nos revela sus propósitos para nosotros y nos educa en sus caminos (2 Timoteo 3:16,17). El desea que lleguemos a un conocimiento exacto de la verdad, por lo tanto, es necesario esforzarnos por aprender todo lo que podamos sobre Jehová. Una vez que hemos llegado a la conclusión correcta que Dios existe, pasaremos a considerar las cualidades de él. El es el ser supremo, la primera causa, un ser espiritual, con existencia propia, eterno y absolutamente libre, todopoderoso, distinto a la materia, la cual ha sido creada de muchas formas, y la cual él la conserva y la controla. Analizando la historia humana, no ha habido un periodo de la historia de la humanidad, sin la creencia de un autor sobrenatural y gobernador del universo. Analices los pruebas del Dios viviente: El hecho de la existencia de Dios esta probado por el orden, el poder, y la complejidad de la creación misma, macroscópica y microscópica, y a través de lidiar con su gente en toda la historia, veamos lo que dice Jeremías 10:12 “El hizo la tierra con su poder, estableció el mundo con su sabiduría y con su inteligencia extendió los cielos”. Nosotros podemos – cuando estamos reflexionando de una manera serena - apreciar por todas partes testimonio de su actividad y su grandeza. Como lo presenta el salmista, en el Salmo 19: “Los cielos están declarando la gloria de Dios, y el trabajo de sus manos, la expansión los está cantando”. El hombre realmente no tiene razón o excusa para negar a Dios porque “Lo que podemos conocer acerca de Dios es casualmente por lo manifiesto entre ellos. Porque sus cualidades invisibles están claramente vistas desde la creación del mundo en adelante, debido a que son percibidas por las cosas hechas, aun su poder eterno y su divinidad, de modo que son inexcusables”, como está expresado por Pablo en Romanos 11:33-36 “Qué profunda es la riqueza, la sabiduría y la ciencia de Dios ¿Cómo indagar sus decisiones o reconocer sus caminos? ¿Quién entró jamás en los pensamientos del señor? ¿A quién llamó para que fuera su consejero? ¿A quién le dio primero para que Dios tenga de devolvérselo?. Todo viene por él, por el acontece y volverá a él. A él sea la gloria para siempre”. Existe una forma de ser aprovechable: Jehová Dios siempre actúa dentro de sus arreglos rectos, haciendo todas las cosas en una base legal (Romanos 3:4;23-26). Por esta razón todas sus criaturas pueden tener completa confianza en él, sabiendo que él siempre tolera por los principios que él mismo establece. El no cambia y no hay variación con él en la aplicación de sus principios. No hay parcialidad con él, y el no puede mentir (Hebreos 6:17,18). Hablemos de sus atributos, los cuales están contenidos en su palabra escrita, la Biblia. Primeramente todas las cosas en este mundo están desnudas y expuestas abiertamente a sus ojos y él es que les dice desde el comienzo al final. Su poder y conocimiento se extienden a todas partes, alcanzando cada una de las partes de el universo (Hebreos 4:13; Salmo 139:7-12). Algunos de sus atributos primarios están claramente expuesto y éstos son: Amor (1 Juan 4:18), sabiduría (Proverbios 2:6), justicia (Lucas 18:7,8), y poder como está registrado en Lucas 1:36 “Para Dios nada es imposible. El es un Dios de orden y de paz (1 Corintios 14:33). El es completamente sagrado, limpio y puro, según Romanos 4:8; feliz y comprensivo Lucas 6:36. Estos atributos nos hacen pensar y creer en un Dios que está identificado con la raza humana, por algo somos progenie de él, porque el nos creo a su imagen y semejanza. Analicemos cual es la posición de Dios para comprender su personalidad: Jehová es el gobernante supremo del universo (Salmo 68:20), él es el Rey Eterno, él es la majestad (Hebreos 1:3;8:11). El es la fuente de toda la vida (Hechos 17:24,25). Veamos ahora su rectitud y gloria: El Dios verdadero es un Dios de rectitud, según el Salmo 7:9). El es un Dios glorioso (Proverbios 29:3; Hechos 7:2); el se regocija.
Conozcamos sus propósitos: Dios tiene un propósito que se cumplirá y que no puede ser fruztado Isaías 46:10; 55:8-11. Su principal propósito en relación con la raza humana, está registrado claramente en Efesios 1:9,10, es de “reunir todas las cosas juntas de nuevo en el Cristo, las cosas en los cielos y las cosas en la tierra. Por medio de Cristo toda la creación inteligente serán traídas en completa armonía. Nadie existió antes de Jehová, por lo tanto el tiene la jerarquía sobre todo (Isaías 44:6) El nunca olvida o abandona sus propósitos o convenios, los cuales los hacen un Dios de dependencia y lealtad (Salmo 105:8). El es un Dios comunicativo: Lo demuestra teniendo amor a sus criaturas humanas. Dios provee amplias oportunidades para con nosotros de conocerlo y de sus propósitos. Su propia voz ha sido oída por hombres sobre la tierra en tres ocasiones que registra la Biblia en Mateo 3:17; 17:5; Juan 12:28. Otra forma efectiva de comunicarse con los humanos, ha sido a través de ángeles, como está registrado en Lucas 2:19-12; hechos 7:52,53. Pero no ha sido siempre así, también se ha comunicado principalmente por hombres virtuosos escogidos por él, como Moisés y especialmente a través de su hijo, Cristo Jesús, cuando estuvo en la tierra (Hebreos 1:1,2). Otra forma eficaz de comunicarse con los humanos, es por medio de su palabra escrita, la cual está actualmente y completamente difundida en todo el mundo, para que estén tanto hombres como mujeres capacitados debidamente como sus servidores y ministros, y dirigiéndolos a ellos en el camino a la vida 2 Pedro 1:19-21; 2 Timoteo 3:16,17 y Juan 17:3. Es un dios que exige devoción exclusiva: Jehová es el Dios Todopoderoso, el único Dios verdadero, y el demanda rectitud con devoción exclusiva (Éxodos 20:5), por lo tanto sus servidores deben mantener a otros dioses afuera, o excluirlos de su lugar apropiado de sus corazones y acciones. El nos ha provisionado de la clave de su adoración y quiere que sus adoradores lo adoren con espíritu y verdad (Juan 4:24). Ellos deberían permanecer en reverencia sobrecogida por él solamente (Hebreos 12:28,29). Veamos porque surge la confusión de que Jesucristo es el Unico Dios Verdadero, tal vez, porque la Biblia lo llama a él otro de los poderosos, sin embargo, el mismo lo hizo registrar en Juan 1:18 y Lucas 4:8 que es solo ha Jehová nuestro Dios que debemos adorar y es él solamente que debemos rendirle servicio sagrado. Otros poderosos que menciona la Biblia son los ángeles, que vienen a ser como dioses, pero uno de ellos aclaró este punto, cuando detuvo a Juan de adorarlo, cuando le dijo “ten cuidado” no hagas eso... adora a Dios (Hebreos 2:7). Los apóstoles escogidos por Jesucristo, el hijo de Dios cuando estuvo en la tierra, eran considerados hombres poderosos, que actuaban bajo la acción del Espíritu Santo, sin embargo cuando Cornelio empezó a adorar a Pedro, el apóstol lo corrigió, deteniéndolo con las palabras “levántate”, yo también soy también hombre, como está registrado en Hechos 10:25,26. Por otra parte, son los Dioses, auspiciados por las fuerzas del inicuo, los que inventaron y diseñados por el hombre, a través de los siglos, desde la rebelión en edén. Por eso la Ley Mosaica advierte contra el desviar la adoración exclusiva de Jehová Dios (Éxodos 20:3-5). Por eso en Jeremías explica que Jehová, el Dios Verdadero, no tolerará para siempre rivalizar con Dioses falsos y sin valor, en Jeremías 10:10,11. Devoción divina.- El Soberano Universal demanda: la reverencia, devoción y servicio solo a él, el ser supremo, genuinamente santo y recto, compare “ Pedro 1:6. Para los Cristiano, con el conocimiento revelado, que su adoración es la más alta clase de devoción a Dios. La Biblia usa la expresión “Devoción Divina refiriéndose a la devoción leal y personal a Jehová Dios, como ocurrió en Hechos 10:2, 7 y 2Pedro 2:9. La devoción divina es practicada en armonía con el conocimiento de la verdad. Jehová es un Dios de bondad amorosa: La bondad amorosa, o amor leal, está íntimamente relacionado con el amor y la lealtad; de una de las mejores cualidades del poderoso es ser leal al débil y necesitado, es casualmente por esa cualidad reconocida en Dios, que el rey David, pudo hacer esta petición a Dios, en el Salmo 31:16 “De veras haz brillar tu rostro sobre tu siervo, sálvame en tu bondad amorosa” Esto es lo más lógico y justo que el necesitado que no tiene ninguna autoridad sobre el poderoso, éste manifieste bondad amorosa por voluntad propia, ni por obligación
Pregunta el Salmista – se mostrará atento para los actos de bondad amorosa de Dios (Salmo 107:43) La bondad amorosa de Dios puede liberar y conservar con vida a sus siervos (Salmo 6:4). son nuestras relaciones personales. somos humildes y admitimos nuestros errores. De estos dos mandamientos pende toda la Ley. Lot por inspiración divina expresó “Tu siervo ha hallado favor a tus ojos de modo que estás engrandeciendo tu bondad amorosa. Por ejemplo cuando Dios salvó a Lot y su familia de la destrucción de la ciudad de Sodoma. amables ó ásperos. y por sus maravillosas obras para con los hijos de los hombres” Salmo 107:8. para que desempeñen una función privilegiada en el propósito divino. 5 . Pero ¿cómo quisiéramos nosotros que se nos recordara? Recuerde que a la larga. Respondamos de todo corazón a la frase que repite el Salmista “Oh. nuestra imagen ante los demás. Son casualmente nuestra conversaciones. En cuanto a nuestro razonamientos: son nuestra críticas destructivas o constructivas?. deportivos o comerciales. nuestro objetivo será complacer a Dios viviendo según sus normas. Aún dentro de nuestra imperfección. la cual has ejercido conmigo para conservar viva mi alma (Génesis 19:16. que guarda el pacto y la bondad amorosa (Daniel 9:4) La Reputación y la Espiritualidad Es muy sabio trabajar en nuestra reputación. lo que implica regirnos o vivir de acuerdo a los principios fundamentales que Cristo formuló. es grande e inspirador de temor. discretos y no imprudentes. Solo Jehová conoce íntimamente nuestro corazones. flexibles o exigentes. La bondad amorosa de Dios alivia y protege: Dios manifiesta su bondad amorosa protegiéndolos del desastre total y conservándolos con vida. Es lo que nos hace recordar a otras personas para nuestro bien o para el mal. Dios manifestó bondad amorosa. Esta imagen tiene que ver estrechamente con nuestras acciones. ¿Dónde está la bondad amorosa de Jehová? : “ha llenado la tierra de ellos” y nosotros debemos estar muy agradecidos por esta cualidad divina (Salmo 119:64). modales y gestos. 15. Al hacer esto nos podemos convertir o llegar a ser amigos de él. podemos ejercer actos de devoción piadosa y conducta que reflejan nuestra semejanza de ser sus criaturas. El segundo. cuando escuchamos el nombre de una persona. Si somos sensatos.31. Daniel nos ilumina cuando expresó “El Dios Verdadero.40:11).19). ¡Qué gran honor que Dios nos tenga en su memoria y nos bendiga¡ Por eso en necesario considerar como podremos labrarnos una buen reputación ante los hombres y sobretodo ante Dios. haciéndolo acompañar por medio de ángeles. cuando escudriñamos la Biblia. cariñosos y sensibles ó fríos e impersonales. y sobre todo en cómo nos recordará Dios . semejante a él. ésta nos revela que: 1)Jehová expresa su bondad amorosa mediante actos concretos y 2)como son objeto de dicha bondad protege a sus siervos fieles. mediante la liberación de este hombre justo y la conservación de su vida (2 Pedro 2:7). 21. y Los Profetas” (Mateo 22: 37-40). Algunas personas han pasado a la historia por sus obras filantrópicas o humanitarias. que es lo que realmente le importa al hombre espiritual. por la intervención de la bondad amoroso de Dios. la cual nos viene a la mente. Lo único que nos pide Jehová Dios es amarlo a él. que se reflejan con las decisiones que tomamos a diario que influirán en la reputación que tendremos el día que fallezcamos. etc. su defensa de los derechos humanos o sus logros en el campo comercial.21. Viene a ser como una protección y contribuye al alivio de los problemas (Salmo 31:16. pero el mismísimo nombre de los inicuos se pudrirá (Prov. el sabio hebreo Salomón escribió: “Al recuerdo del justo les espera una bendición. es el acto que conserva y fomenta la vida. es este: `Tienes que amar a tu prójimo como a ti mismo`. Este es el más grande y el primer mandamiento. científico. demos gracias a Jehová por su bondad amorosa. solo así él puede llegar a satisfacer nuestras necesidades. las que forman o adquieren el mayor sentido que cualquier logro alcanzado a corto plazo en los diferentes ámbitos. a saber: “Tienes que amar a Jehová tu Dios con todo tu corazón y con toda tu alma y con toda tu mente”. a favor de quien sufre infortunio o angustia. En este caso. En relación con esto. no debemos dejar que nuestro corazón se dañe. 10:7). La bondad amorosa de Dios nunca falla: Otra cualidad del amor se traduce en acciones. médico. En cuanto a los rasgos de nuestra personalidad consideremos los siguientes contrastes: somos accesibles o distantes. que es posible recobrarse del pecado (Salmo 25:7).¿Quién es sabio?. Es casualmente gracias a esta cualidad de la bondad amorosa.
Algunas otras cualidades son el resultado de nuestra educación y herencia genética como el dinamismo humildad. al analizar su ministerio nos revela que curó lisiados y enfermos en muchas ocasiones. Al hacerlo. debe formar parte de nuestra personalidad y esforzarnos por defender la honradez y la integridad y manifestar esta cualidades en nuestra vida cotidiana. todos los que se afanan y estén cargados. con un toque de humor. 13:18). 22:37). es decir estar resuelto a andar en el nombre de Dios. Jesús fue compasivo con las mujeres. En general los seguidores de Jesús.23). pues fomentamos un ambiente de hermandad en el que reina la confianza. podemos cultivar a nuestra mayor grado los aspectos del fruto del espíritu: el amor. es decir. Jesús mostró siempre interés en el prójimo. procuremos “comportarnos honradamente en todas las cosas” (Heb. y yo los refrescaré” (Mateo 11: 28-30). razonaba con la gente. en apenas tres años y medio de su ministerio. sus seguidores lo recuerdan por ser una persona de confianza y humilde. sintiendo el deseo de manifestar estas tres cualidades. 12. Para respondernos positivamente. como en el caso de los tributos. para la aliviar la tensión de los tiempos difíciles. Para comprender mejor como labrar nuestra persona. Para Jesús es un gran modelo. y se esforzó por socorrer a los necesitados. nunca abusó de su poder o autoridad. enfermos y niños. Ciertamente Jesús no era rígido en absoluto. ¿Cómo quisiéramos que se nos recordara? Tratemos de ser amables. ser accesible y el autodominio (Gálatas 5:22. Pasemos a analizar lo que está registrado en Miqueas 6:8: “¿Y qué es lo que Jehová está pidiendo de vuelta de ti sino ejercer justicia y amar la bondad y ser modesto al andar con tu Dios?” En esta expresión están envueltos los tres requisitos que abarcan nuestros sentimientos. la gran paciencia. y se sentía cómodo con ellas. al ejercer justicia. Analicemos una por una: “Ejercer Justicia” significa hacer lo que es recto ante los ojos de Dios. según las escrituras. y el día de la muerte que el día en que uno nace” – Mateo 7. Estos tres requisitos abarcan nuestros sentimientos. Aparte de que nos labremos una buena imagen de nosotros entre nosotros ¿ Qué espera Jehová de nosotros?. nuestros pensamientos y nuestras acciones. sino afectuoso y amable. lo cual lo hacía accesible a ellas. lealtad. 6 . Otra manera eficaz de visualizar como andar con Dios es por medio de “ejercer justicia” y “amar la bondad” y “ser modesto al andar con él”. Sobretodo. cariñosos de buena disposición y espíritu servicial. conviene que nos preguntemos: “Qué recuerdos tendrá de mí la gente? Si hubiera muerto ayer. pensar como hacerlo y obrar en consecuencia. A pesar de que el pueblo judío se hallaba saturado de reglas y normas religiosas que excedían los requerimientos de la Ley. se le recuerda por sus excelentes bondades. luego pensar y finalmente obrar en consecuencia. ¿Qué podemos recordar de Jesús?. confiables y trabajadores. recibimos muchas bendiciones. hospitalarios y considerados. Sí realmente Jesús nos fijó un modelo para que todos los que deseamos ser sus discípulos. Para que el recuerdo de nuestra personalidad perdure es necesario labrar las mejores cualidades espirituales que modelen nuestro personalidad. Al contrario.Ciertamente podemos labrar todas estas buenas cualidades cuando trabajemos en amar a nuestro prójimo. Estos dos preguntas nos deben motivar a todos a mejorar nuestra forma de actuar. Analicemos uno por uno. Lo que necesitamos para labrar nuestra personalidad. el cual se refleja en las ilustraciones o parábolas que el usó en su enseñanza. siempre libre para los débiles. nuestros pensamientos y nuestras acciones. sin discriminar la raza de sus seguidores. a pesar de estar rodeados de injusticias. tenemos primero que sentir el deseo de manifestar estas facultades. es necesario visualizar este actividad y disposición mental. y entonces comprender Eclesiastés 7:1: “mejor es un (buen) nombre que el buen aceite. deben ser sociables. la bondad. por parte de los que nos rodean. y presteza para reconocer sus debilidades. Para ejercer justicia tenemos oportunidad de practicarlas casi todo los días y ocasión. Para este es necesario que estamos dedicados a él y procuramos servirle fielmente por que lo amamos con toda nuestra alma (Mat. en gran contraste Jesús les dijo: “Vengan a mí. Como seguidores de él. Primero gozar de paz mental y seguridad espiritual basado en nuestra relación con él. para obtener este recuerdo. franqueza. Jehová. ¿qué se diría de mi hoy?. para que las personas que nos rodean puedan llegar fácilmente a nosotros. ocasión que sirvió para enseñar que hay cosas de Dios y de los hombres. de un ambiente de desconfianza que promueve la desintegración de la sociedad y la familia. como el hace las cosas es lo que establece la norma. Aunque Jesús era el hijo de Dios hecho hombre. Por todo lo dicho.
especialmente con personas que se identifican o se esfuerzan por servir a Dios. esto nos beneficia y no es una carga. then we look for other persons advise and support and among all we shall look for God’s wisdom. Cuando la practicamos. as our source of strengh. at the same time making efforts to “strip off the old personnality” (literally. and know what action it calls for. When we face with adversities . Por lo tanto. Sí. lo hacemos ejerciendo amor leal. nos guía por medio de su palabra. no según lo que no tiene” (2 Cor. even Jesus Christ underwent rigorous training.9 “He learned obedience from the things he suffered. pues la modestia implica el reconocimiento de nuestras limitaciones. For these turbulent times that we are living it is necessary to look for a right sourcing force of strength. nuestro Guía y nuestro Protector. we are alive to be full of enthusiam to go ahead and develop or realize a close relation with God. hope and charity. that we are completely independent . Please consider the following utmost information for your or our benefit: 7 . La bondad amorosa. El ser modesto al andar con Dios nos ayuda a tener una opinión realista de nuestras circunstancias. inspiration and peace.. de estar felices. y su espíritu santo. In contrast to this reality there is an interior tendency. 5: 8. that we can do everything only by ourselves. porque Dios acepta nuestros esfuerzos y sacrificios “según lo que tiene la persona. to confront to worries that afflict the present genenration. 8:12) The Plan of Man in God’ Purpose Inside this plan is included our Salvation or deliverance from sin and its penalty: death. tenemos razones de sobra para agarrarnos con fuerza de la mano de nuestro Padre celestial. La bondad amorosa siempre esta relacionada con personas. The men we are inside. no es un acto de reflexión egoísta. lo cual implica tener interés compasivo y preocuparnos por otras personas y que se demuestre por medio e obras. debido a que el nuestro libertador. Good companions. to be perfected as King and High Priest forever and as it recorded in Heb. help us to success in our efforts to be connected with good and follow his ways. the new one). He was tried. old man) and cloth ourselves with the new personnality (literally. and that only developing a sacred hearty devotion together with God’s spirit we are ready to face up this negative reality of the limited times of uncertainty and used the time wisely. the salvation comes from faith. Only then we are able to evaluate it. Sin embargo. el nos libera del mundo de Satanás. by grasping the real significance and sense of the message from God containing in the Bible records which a perfect message from God to mankind. sino una manifestación voluntaria y liberalmente. By all means it special important to focus practically of life based in cultivating a deep and personal relation with God. power and hope. todo esto está de acuerdo a nuestra limitaciones. And at the same to be surrounded by sincere and humanitary people who can offer wholesome bonds and to get this we need to make effort to maintain such contacts. benefit by it.but no body is – Remember that our correct human moments passed to be our corrective works that we experienced in one way or another.To obtain a real concept about who we really are. please consider that it is necessary to made us new in the force actuating our mind in a spiritual direction. Front now on. esta cualidad esta relacionadas con personas. en especial con aquellas que reconocen a Dios como su soberano y que lo sirven. sino un verdadero placer. mientras caminamos con él a los largo de la tormentosa etapa final de nuestro viaje hacia el justo nuevo mundo de Dios. following the fine examples of loyal men in biblical history. inside our thoughts. and after he has been made perfect he became responsible for everlasting salvation to all those obeying him” This spiritual project is aimed to understand man’s standing or state before God following the basic meaning of the key terms which concised the understanding person to be able to see into the real relationship between God and man. including friends and relatives.“Amemos la bondad”. recordando que es sabio permanecer cerca de Dios. como el mundo lo hace y hasta lo canta. security. but it is difficult to contest because our fleshly body is still here to fight the spiritual man. In order to obtain salvation it is necessary to find a satisfactory live connecting to God.. tested. Getting beyond a general comprehension. and proved. We have to receive like a training to develop the wright qualities to groom ourself in God’s way. y no hacer a mi manera. the Creator and Savior. “Modesto al andar con Dios” esto significa reconocer nuestras limitaciones y confiar en Dios.
4:3-5). and to meditate involving inward. 8:10. The best way to do this. because the inability of humans to keep the law perpectly showed that they were slave to sin and deserving of death.is the assured expectation of things hope for. the fools. is so positive or powerful that faith is said to be it. disgrase. He is soulical in that he follows the desire of the human soul to the exclusion of spiritual things. The discipline serve tu humble us and to impress upon us the need for a proper fear of Jehova to be shown by faith and obedience.To be acceptable to God. Only by availing themselves of the deliverance made possible through Jesus Chirst could indivuals be emancipated or gain freedom from his enslavement. Faith. God’s word is the source of discipline as an expression of affection. But the spiritual man’s position. 7:18-20). The actual concurrences taking place during the ministry and earthly life of Jesus Christ identify him as the son of God. but it grows. notion and thoughts... sickness and even untimely death. as it is a fruit of God’s spirit (2 Tim. because of clearly perceived reasons. as the right measuring unit. The assured expectation conveys the idea of something that underlies visible conditions and guarantees a future possession. for him they are foolishness. and these are: Affection. Discipline: It helps the innerman by instructions that correpts wrong viewpoints and that molds our mental faculties and course of conduct. The entirely life course of a Christian is actually governed by faith to serve as protective shield in the spiritual war to overcome the Devil and be a conqueror of the world.The physical (literally. Faith. 1 Tim. Actually constitutes a foundation for man’s plan and activities. 5:8). 14:14.. Only the wicked. Christian. in these many ways. 3:2. then. but consulting with the Word of God. Faith is of great help to develop the inner man. For example. “faith follows the things heard – Rom. The evident demostration conveys the idea of bringing forth evidence that demostrates something. is by obtaining the true concepts in life. but the sinful flesh continually wars agaisnt the spirit’s influence and exerts pressure to induce the individuls to perform the works of the flesh (Rom. the evident demostration of realities though not beheld (Heb. but he himself is not examined by any physical man. To have affection expresses a very close bond. There is another kind of love such as arises spontaneously in our souls towards relative or friends. not life. it is now necessary for one to exercise faith in Jesus Christ. 39-42. personal attachment. compare Juan 4:7-30. The basis of those things already established as true. Galatas 1: 7-9. 33-35).The Spiritual man. soulical) man does not receive the things of the spirit of God. Gal. The person who may redicule faith usually has faith himself in tried and trusted friends. I Cor. By contrast. 11. 5:22) and a Christian’s faith is not static. actions and course of life cannot be understood by the pysical man. particularly something contrary to what appears to be the case. coupled with a wholsome fear of Jehova. Rightly. disciple should be highly esteemed (Prov. 1:7). enither can any man judge the spiritual man. He has no spiritual side to his life. They may bring upon themselves without discipline poverty. of the kind that exists in thing occasioned freely and of our own accord. The spiritual man has understanding of the things that God revelas. as in previous years. 2:16). Thus.. 8 . Hechos 6:7. Faith is not the possession of all person. such as the existing between genuine friends. In the way to reach such level of mind we must search throughly our potential abilities in parallel with our institns. able to use knowledge wright. Man inherited sold under sin as Paul wrote in Rom 7:14 “I am fleshly sold under sin that it why any man cannot act righteous. He bases new experiments on past discoveries and looks for new discoveries. and towards things we deem delighful. the scientific has faith in the principles of his branch of sciencies. he see also the wrong position and course of the physical man. The physical man cannot get to know the things of the spirit of God “because they examined spiritually “in contrast the spiritual man examines indeed all things. the farmer prepare his soil and sows the seed. 10. make one wise. or the morally worthless ones show their hatred of Jehova’s discipline by rejectiong it completely (Prov. and this makes possible a righteous standing with God (Gal.A strong. fo God is only his judge (Rom. acceptance of discipline. that the seed will sprout and that the plants will grow as they receive the needed moisture and sunshine. Therefore faith in the stability of the natural laws governing the universe. Likewise. is the basis for hope and the evidence of thruths delivered by Jesus Christ and his inspired disciples (Juan 18:37). God’s holy spirit is a force for righteousness. or evidence for conviction. and thus help one to avoid much pain and suffering and contributing to a lengthening of one’s present life and hold promise of an future. 10:17. warm. Hechos 14:8-10. 11:1). expecting.
to your brotherly affection love. trying to serve two masters or deceptivily saying one thin while thinking soemthing else. to your godly devotion brotherly affection. Solo así. más no conforme a conocimiento exacto” (Rom. el apóstol Pedro escribió a sus hermanos espirituales con el propósito de “despertad sus facultades de raciocinio claro” (2 Pedro 3:1). él siempre está disponible. nuestra facultades mentales deben desempeñar un papel fundamental en la vida espiritual. actions. Heart: “Want of heart” is contrasted with understanding and marks a person of lacking good judment or discernment.10. 2:3. Self Control.8. The result is powerfull influence in his own ability to think clearly and act wisely with intelligent. 86:11). speech or thoughs.The heart is more than treacherous than anything else and is desperate this constitutes a serious warning that those seeking to please God must give attention not merely to what other human see but to the kind of person they really are. si tú lo buscas (1 Cron. exhortó a los creyentes a utilizar su “facultad de raciocinio y a probar por ellos mismos lo que era la buena y la acepta y la perfecta voluntad de Dios” (Rom. 21:28. 1 Tim. 12:1.It is keeping in check. in contrast. to your self control endurance.. 12:1. to your endurance godly devotion. to your knowledge self-control. En efecto.But faith can not be taken for granted. foolish. Thus it safeguards 9 . but specially in “the last days” lack of self control is to be the one of the characteristics marking those who would not be practicing true Christianity. or controlling one’s person. enseñó que debemos amar a Dios. Dios. The best way is carefully molding his desires. The inner man should give serious attention to what he really is deep down inside..It is the ability to give wise and thoughful consideration to a matter. based on thoroughful consideration. the schemes. by the inner man. shunning faith-destroying philosophies and traditions of men . An individual can also be of “a double heart”. and above all looking “intently at the Chief of Agent and perfection of our faith. el cristiano que más viajes misioneros realizó. lacking in wisdom and converting the inner person in deficient or prper development. 6:9. para que anden de una manera digna de Jehová a fín de que le agraden plenamente” (Colosenses 1:9. good judgement or discerniment. and goals in life in harmony with what the realities will be approved by God.6). resisting man who could plunge one into inmorality. solía preguntarles: “?Qué les parece? (Mateo 17:25.4). 10:2). inexperienced. pueden los cristianos desarrollar la fe que complace a Dios y que les permite afrontar las pruebas que se presentan en la vida (Hebreos 11:1. con “toda nuestra menta. Gal. el fundador del cristianismo. o intelecto. they will procute you from being either inactive or unfruitful regarding the accurate knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ”. Cuando Jesús invitaba a sus oyentes a reflexionar en que les enseñaban. To maintain a firm faith. emotions. además de con todo nuestro corazón y toda nuestra alma (Mateo 22:37). denotating power or control over oneself. The figurative heart could be divided with regards to its affections and fears (Ps. Col. Quienes de verdad desean agradar al Creador deberían analizar con cuidadoso si lo que creen acerca de él es cierto.2. A good way is to acquire accurate knowledge of God and of his ways. ¿Qué clase de adoración acepta Dios? La Biblia responde: “Esto es excelente y acepto a vista de nuestro salvador. the thoughts and desires that a person secretely cherished may entice him in the way of temptation. 10) Heart.2). restraining. For if these things exist in you and even flow. 2:8. to your virtue knowledge. cuya voluntad es que hombres de toda clase se salven y lleguen a un conocimiento exacto de la verdad /1 Tim. Jesus – Heb. another way is to meditate on these things and seeks to apply them daily. requires putting up a hard fight for it. Jesucristo. El verdadero cristianismo estimula a utilizar tanto el corazón como la mente para cultivar la fe que agrada al Creador. Jesus strongly denouned such duble hearted hypocrisy – Mat. affections. because lack of faith is “The sin that so easily entangles one. “Los verdaderos adoradores – dijo Jesús – adorarán al Padre con espíritu y con verdad” (Juan 4:23). con un exámen tan cuidadoso y completo de sus creencias. De igual modo. 18:12. spiritual man should apply the cancel registered 2 Pedro 1:5-8 “supply to your faith virtue. El apóstol Pablo. The inner man. 22:42). por lo tanto. 5:19-21. De ahí que el apóstol Pablo escribiera: “Por eso nosotros también…no hemos cesado de orar por ustedes y de pedir que se les llene de conocimiento exacto de su voluntad en toda sabiduría y comprensión espiritual. 15:7.. combating the woks of flesh. devices and foolish. ideas of wicked men. De hecho. Thinking Ability. El apóstol Pablo mencionó “celo por Dios. avoiding the snare of materialism. 28:9).
Essencially. Related Attributes of : In the Bible Knowledge is linked with other attributes such as wisdom. he cannot grasps the real meaning of the Scriptures and see how God’s purposes are working out in harmony with what he has foretold. Discerniment: It involves seeing or recognizing things. Prov. by personal acquaintance or experience. knowledge means familiarity with facts acquired by personal experience. but it is necessary to agree with the role that Jehova has assigned to his son in the outworking of His purpose is of such importance that it can be said of Jesus “carefully conceled in him are all the treasures of wisdom and of knowledge (Col. Caution in Gaining Knowledge: Man can increase or gain knowledge and wisdom in many fields or we may explore deeply some specialized field. 2:3). by observing. 12:7-9) 10 . The information contained in the Proverbs enables individuals to formulate wholesome thoughts and ideas that can give purpose full direction to our life. Whereas having: Information alone – might result in a feeling of superiority. discerniment and thinking ability. our knowing “the love of the Christ which surpassed knowledge that is knowing this love by experience because we are personally imitating his loving ways will balance and give wholesome direction to our use of any information we may have gained – Efesios 3:19. Understanding: is the ability to see how the parts or aspects of something relate to one another to see the entire matter and not just isolated facts. 12:5. 17:10) The Bible gives limited comments in education of a secular nature. causing a painful sense of frustration.us from following a wrong course and associating with those who would influence us toward bad. A person who unites knowledge and discerniment controls what he says and is cool of spirit (Prov. 1:7) such godly fear puts one in position to gain accurate knowledge. Heb. How do we get: by being told. 3:18-20) Teaching: The creative works themselves teach that an all-wise God exists and they provide field for investigation and observation that to the present day has only been partially tapped (Job.69). or study. The spiritual man is carefully in not incurred God’s displeasure.1:9. 6:68. 6:20) The recommended knowledge is about God and his purpose (2 Peter 1:5) This involves more than merely having facts which many atheists have. 1 Cor. Right knowledge is rather than gold. by studing. Philosophy and views exist are “falsely called” knowledge(1 Tim. (4)Reproof and rebuke (Salmo 141:5. but it emphasizes distinguishing the parts. including his wrritten word. A person with understanding is able to connect new information to things he already knows. Unless a person exercises faith in Jesus Christ as God’s son. In all wisdom and spiritual comprehension (Col. It warns christians not to involve themselves in philosophies of men nor to take time to delve into foolish and unprofitable questions. Education is accomplish through (1)Explanation and repetition (2)Discipline. 5:2. but carefully with independent knowledge. Efesios 1:15-17) Knowledge. Such fear is the beginning of knowledge (Prov. weighting or evaluating one in the light of the others. Knowledge. 17:27). and become more keenly aware of how limited his opportunities are to use his knowledge and wisdom because of his short span (life) and because of the problems and bad conditions that confront and oppose us in imperfect human society. 1:7. 6:20. 2:13. as be engaged in activities leading to calamity. 9:8. Knowledge is based on a study of God’s handwork. Knowledge. It is based on through knowledge (Prov. Wisdom and thinking ability safe guard us from engaging in activities leading to calamity and thus prove to be life to this soul. it can be said that “the understanding one knowledge is an easy thing. observation. Thinking ability safeguard us from following a wrong course and associating with those who should influence as toward bad. It strongly counsel against mental intercourse with those who do not believe God and his word (1Tim. because it can lead us to misery. training administered in love (Prov..6 (3)Personal observation (Slamo 19:1-3. Ec. a personal devotion to God and Christ is implied (Juanc 17:3. from which man can learn the divine will and purposes. 1:12-14). 8:12). Education: The imparting or acquisition lf knowledge and skill.21. understanding. as it help us to see what such action would lead to. Knowledge.
Particularly would it open up to their understanding what they has previously heard by not understood. 3:14-17) God spirit also function as a teacher. Jesus was also throughly acquanted with God’s written word. 11:27. God supplies the force for righteousness that enables sinful men to produce good fruitage (Gal. the not doing of what is forbidden. Mat. Additionally. 15:4. 12:25. Obedience: The submitting to authority. Hearing submissively by inner man couple with faith produce obedience and that the disobedience (disbelieving) is lack of faith. revaling in the Bible and serve as a basis. no gaining of God’s favor without it. but by nature men are “Sons of Disobedience” and “ children of wrath” meriting God’s disfavor because of our violations of his righteous standards. Hence the one failing to obey is no different from the one practicing divination or using idols (Rom. Jesus treated his listeners with understanding. Jesus Chirst was recognized as a teacher by both believers and unbelievers (Mat. 5:16-24). Therefore. the holy spirit. 1:13) and then upon one’s submitting to the will or desire of the one who speaks. 6:16). Since all God’s word was written under inspiration (2 Tim 3:16). a life-and-death matter. 9:11. purpose and law. which the father will send in my name. 23:3) Other aspect that made Jesus’s teaching authoritative and effective were his understanding of man and his loving concern for others. 13:11).64. 5:6-11 compare Galatas 6:7-9. 1 Tim. the source from whom life derives and on whom life depends (Salmo 95: 6-8). Therefore he knew God as no other man did. A human father properly expects his word to be carried out by his children. By all means we need to receive information or knowledge (compare Lucas 12:47. doing the contrary it is overstepping God’s order in doing the right things. Failure to resist this inherent inclination to disobedience is the course of ultimate destruction –Efesios 2:2. he did not give them too much information (Juan 16:4. Juan 1: 18. it alone contains the spìrit’s teaching. trust. and if a child is slow to respond. Juan 1:48. To fail to obey is to reject the word of Jehova. he patiently explained to them. the parent may say emphatically “Did you hear me?” There is no substitute for obedience. in turn. 6:61. 7:1523). 11:1. We need to follow with action what we heard from God. By his holy spirit. and this enabled him to provide authoritative teaching concerning his father – Mat. His keen discrniment was enhanced by moraculous knowledge of the background and reasoning of others (Mat. irrefutable logic. Jesus promised them “the helper. striking figures of speech and meaningful illustration drawn from things familiar to his listeners. 21:28-32). saying “never has another man spoken like this”. 8:28). teaching that conflict with God’s word is not to be given any attention by Christians. Teacher. is dependent upon recognition of that one’s authority or right to ask or require the response indicated. becoming aware of something through the auditory sense. that one will teach you all things I told you (Juan 14:26). Aware of their limitations. Obedience to God Essential for Life: we own him implicit obedience as our maker. and Jesus conveyed information with simplicity. Lucas 6:8. thought-provocating questions. 2 Tim.Jehova has taught human his name. 12:38) officers sent to arrest him were impressed with his teaching that they returned empty-handed. Forgiveness for sins come through faith in Christ’s ransom sacrifice and such faith in itself is a deterrent to wrong doing and a stimulus to obedience (1Pedro 1:2). having confidence and assurance as to the blessing that obedience will bung (Heb. as also the hearer’s desire or willingness to satisfy the will of such one. Jesus’s perfect example lent real force to what he tought (Juan 13:15. to demostrate the one really does not believe. The source of his teaching was God (Juan 7:16. So the obedience is motivated by 11 . are deceiving themselves with false reasoning and received no blessing (Mat. or have faith in that word and his source. The lack of response proves a lack of belief or respect for the source of instructions (Mat.3.6). 8:19.48. Jehova God has mercifully provided the means for combating sin in the flesh and for gaining forgiveness of wrong doing resulting from imperfection rather than from willful disobedience. We can achieve obedience by simple hearing. but not doing what it calls for. as it is registered in 1 Juan 2:27. Submission. Because he is the all-wise and Almighty God what he says merits the utmost respect and Attention. Then only if we have faith are moved to obey. Jesus’s knowledge was enhanced by his having had an intimate relationship with his father and God before coming to the earth. 12). Obedience is a basic. The Great: During his fleshly life on earth. for correct teaching regarding his will (Rom. Those satisfying themselves with only hearing and given mental acceptance to God’s truth. it would be of great help for the inner man.
in his judicial capacity and a criminal who has violated his law and risen up against his authority. So those who are in harmony with the flesh cannot please God’s love (Rom.. 5:12 compare Isa. 1:19-22) Jehová God could now declare righteous those whom he selected to become his spiritual sons. or satisfied the demand of God’s perfect justice by providing the just and righteous basis for pardoning sin. 5:8). also to adjustor settle. as in reconciliation differences. can it be judge to its inherited imperfect sinful nature. they will be not subject to any accusation.39. The scriptures set forth many encouraging examples of faithfull obedience in all manners of circumstances and situation and in the face of all types of opposition. he is the way. and hence could provide a perfect sacrifice that would redeem mankind from sin and death – Rom ¿ 18-21. 1:17) his condition are therefore non-negotiable. Rom. a love guided by principles. a separation a lack of harmony and of friendly relations.9 “He learned obedience from the things he suffered. in order to present (them) holy and unblemished and open to no accusation before him” (Col. Christ’s sacrifice made propitious (favorable) for man’s seeking and receiving a restoration to right relation with Sovereign God – Efesios 1:7. Jesus. and after he had been made perfect he became responsible for everlasting salvation to all those obeying him” Reconciliation: Another form to develop inner man inside us. through Christ. willful disobedience or disregard for God’s reveled will brings “a certain fearfull expectation of Judgment – Heb. The basis for reconciliation. This does not prevent God from mercifully taking initiative. Remember that “the minding of the flesh means enmity with God. reason and wisdom (Lucas 1:17. and proved to be perfected as King and High Priest forever as is registered in Heb. stubborn by refusing discipline. Psalm 51:1-4) Man does not meet God on equal terms nor is God’s standards as to what is right subject to change. who “did not know sin” was made to “be sin for us”. tested. Heb. emendation. in opening the way for reconciliation.Since God is the offended party whose law has been and is being violated.. A healthy fear of God also plays its part in obedience. intelligence. He is the perfect model for obedience to all of us. Supreme among theses is the example of God’s own son. By supplying this means for expiating (making complete satisfaction for) man’s sin and unlawful acts. 10:26-31. This reconciliation to God is necessary because an alienation has existed. and who is therefore treated as an enemy. as his creator. Thus. a state of enmity. Fleshly man has preferred to endeavor to establish his righteousness in his own way. 2:17. yes. 3:6 compare Jas. Reconciliation: Steps’ Necessary for Obtaining Reconciliation. it is only by and through the ransom sacrifice of Christ that full reconciliation to God is possible. it is through reconciliation with God to reconcile means to bring back into harmony or cause to be friendly again. 8:33. not with God. 5:9:10. including ancient Israel.2). it is man who must become reconciled to God. nor. 3:24-26). By this obedience course he was justified. 5: 8. not subject to questions or compromise. or modification (Mat. more than that. death on a torture stake (Filipenses 2:8.an appreciative heart with helpful information appealing to one’s sense of justice and righteousness to love and goodness. 5:12). Though mankind as a whole has been in as state of enmity toward God and God’s love toward the world of mankind. The only way to do this is by means of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. 12 . as the resultant sinfulness and imperfection inherit by Adam’s all descendents (Rom. rather that. 43:2. and he was tried. by works of human law. so that God “might be righteous even when declaring righteous the man (the hereditarily sinful man) that has faith in Jesus (Rom. due on his condition now. not God to man (Filip. God made at possible to “reconcile again to himself to himself and all other things by making peace through the blood he (Jesus) shed in the torture stake” and thereby persons once “alienated and enemies” because of having the or minds or wicked works could now by “reconciled by means of the one’s fleshly body through his death. who humbled himself and became obedient as far as death. affection or friendship – Juan 3:16. proved righteous on his own merit. Rom 12:1. Jesus’ sacrifice appeared. Heb. The relation between God and sinful man is thus a legal one. The fault producing disharmony lies entirely with man. in fact. dying as a human sin offering to relive persons of the charge and penalty of sin to humankind. since they were now persons fully reconciled to and with God – compare Acts 13:38. as that of a sovereign. this love toward enemies. for it is not under subjection to the law of God. and no one comes to the father except through him (Juan 16:6). Mankind has continuated harder its heart like emery stone.
and habits. Other. according to the truth.It is the expressness of inner feeling and the outward manifestation by the acquisition or expectation of good state of happiness. Paul counseled the Christians at Rome that the Kingdom of God “means righteousness and peace and joy with holy spirit – Rom. Joy is a fruit of the Spirit.. since the kingdom of the heavens belong to them”. Man’s conduct is then controlled by fear of exposure and punishment rather by a good conscience (Rom. 13 . The inner man feels that true happiness stems from those things that have to do with spirituality. If not. being a father or mother of a righteous and wise child. It is an state of mind or condition that results from the blessing of God. Untrained conscience may be weak and it may be easily and unwise suppressed or the person may become offended by the actions or words of others. from following the way of the sinful world of mankind. Happiness. such as acting with consideration toward the lowly one or been in favor of Jehová. 14:17 The Joy is a quality of the heart – the inner man – and can affect the whole body for good. All persons have the faculty of conscience. even in instances where no wrong doing may exist. in that it imparts pleasure and inflicts pain for one’s own good and bad conduct. Hence. The inner man enjoys his own works at any time in his knowledge of God. all of them are realized on the basis of love of God. “A joyful heart has a good effect on the countenance “and” a heart that is joyful does good as curer. 17:22.The key word is recognizing the need for reconciliation and accepting God’s provision for reconciliation. That is necessary condition which Jesus said “Happy are those conscious of their spiritual needs.The inner man understand that all happiness promised in the Bible are contingent upon a right relationship with God. telling them “these things I have spoken to you. It is also can be trained by the thoughts and acts. Jesus also desired his followers to have the same joy. that may joy may be in you and your joy may be made full”. The inner man must constantly strive for an honest conscience in all things. It this differs from mere pleasures which may come about simply through chance contact and stimulation. Conscience must be enlighted. The things that contributes to true happiness are knowledge of Jehová. says the wise writer of Proverbs 15:13. the individual must then repent of his sinful course and convert. His blessing is essential for happiness.. Joy Provided by God. It might judge matters as being right or wrong by these incorrect standards or values.13:5) when a person with such a conscience cannot sense right or wrong. When that happens. accordingly. bears witness to oneself. Conscience can be a moral safety device. it cannot sound out warnings or give safe guidance. Its development can be wrongly influence by local environment. by emotion ranging from mere contentment to deep and intense joy in living. as one his “good gifts” and perfect presents. and even his correction and discipline.. namely the sacrifice of God’s son... Joy. and committing no offense against God and continually steered and corrected his course of life according to Christ teaching. worship. we. It is the result of positive action. and the fulfillment of God’s promises.It can be abused that it no longer is clean and sensitive. wisdom from him.. Conscience. as well as peace of mind and heart. the inner man has to develop a conscience that judges. and it is to this that the life course. joy is a fruit of his holy spirit. Hapiness. Conscience is inherent in man. Only a conscience properly trained by God’s word can correctly assess and set matters of life throughly straight. it can be mislead. What is the Basis for Real . and the multitudinous things of his creation. customs. having been made part of him by God. exultation. the worship of God.Since God is the source of joy and he desires joyfulness for his people. convictions and rules that are implanted in a person’s mind by study and experience..God has provided many other things that mankind may enjoy day by day.I called the inner needs to be in state of well-being that is characterized by relative permanence. Conscience. and by a natural desire for it to continue. It is an unsafe guide if it has not been trained in right standards.is a capacity to look at oneself and render judgment about oneself. True happiness cannot achieved apart from of obedience to Jehová. Some of theses are marriage. Bad. It is an inward realization or sense of right and wrong that exercises or accuse one.
his word ad spirit will bourgeon to know Jehová’s personality. was beloved upon in the world. He could righty say to his enemy “who of you convicts me of sin? The solution to “the sacred secret of this godly devotion is so great and means so much to mankind that it is to be proclaimed worldwide. or temperament. frustration. which may motivate him to improper actions.Joy based on materialism is a false joy that is in error and will be shortlived. Jesus Christ himself is the basis upon which Christians godly devotion and conduct in the congregation are patterned. was declared righteous in spirit. neither will mourning not outcry nor pain be anymore (Rev... 21:4). Mildness. Training with Contentment is Essential.It is that temper of spirit developed in the inner man in which we accept his dealing with us as good. and a purpose in living. even of one who hates him. sickness and death prevent full and diminished joy. 11:29. behind the gentleness there is the strength of steel. and he has no hold on me. and service to Go.The inner man must follow the prime example of godly devotion – Jesus Christ – 1 Tim. and he was firm for what is right. it is part of one’s make up. or objective. appeared to angels. On the other hand mildness will prevent from jealousy and contention. It also holds promise of the life that “is to come”. He is not easily unbalanced or caused to lose his good sense. Godly Devotion. Such a person will reflect more and more the fine qualities of Jehová God 2 Cor. happiness. before his death. It is not a transitory or occasional quality. lack of faith and hope. He is open and vulnerable to the invasion of any and all improper thoughts. harness. and even desperation. Mild-tempered man is a good teacher.The inner man must exercise reverence. Since godly devotion is toward God personality. and to become more like him –to an imitator or copier of him (Efesios 5:1). must account to Jehová for his sin. Lack of mildness of temper is the result of insecurity.. he said “I have conquered the world” also “the ruler of this world is coming.Joy. other.. proving that man in the flesh can maintain such devotion. A person’s aim. The Power of Godly Devotion. 10:1) Yes. was received up in glory. intimatelly. Lack of mildness results in undue excitability. wickedness. Jesus Christ was the one man to manifest godly devotion perfectly. a person rejoicing over the calamity of another. 2 Cor. Mildness of temper or spirit is not an attribute of one weak in character. but let it be the secret person of the heart. We need to apply devotion toward that which is genuinelly holy and righteous. Jesus had the full power of his father backing him. lack of self-control and fights. The Sacred Secret of Godly Devotion. Who continues in godly devotion along with self-sufficiency “It holds promise of the live now” namely.. with loyalty to his universal sovereignty. worship. But there is gain to the one who is content with his portion of life. and one must apply to him for his spirit and must cultivate fruits of the spirit to have genuine mildness and temper.Strenous training is necessary on part of the Christian in order to achieve full godly devotion. Under present conditions. for even “death will be no more. 3:16 “He was made manifest in flesh. and will not allow to take root and grow.. in every sense. 6:11. he used great freeness of speech and action when such was called for. Also. No unrighteousness could be founded in him. providing easy-learning manners and also generating great confidence and strength in those appealing him. in the incorruptible 14 . hypocritically having a form of godly devotion but they would be persons using godlines for materialistic or sensual gain which is revealed in their practice of acts of loose conduct. It refers to devotion with loyalty to Jehová God personally.The inner person must professing godly devotion and recognize its power to change his personality and must be true and genuine in following godlines (1 Tim. The mild-tempered person is such because he has faith and a source of strength. was preached about the nations. in training himself is not to achieve selfish materialism gain. spiritual health satisfaction. Efesios 4:20-24) He must recognize that God’s Word is his expression of the way of Godly devotion and so he must conform to its precepts. If anyone who professes to serve God relies on his own ideas instead of adhering to the Bible and if his teaching does not accord with godly devotion and becomes “mentally deceased” practicing all sorts of wickeness. Jesus Christ said “I am mildtempered and lowly in heart (Mat. God is the source of mildness. but Jesus Christ as King will bring end to all obstacles to complete joy. False or Non-lasting . 3:18.
Mildness is indeed a personality trait. A person can achieve a state of humility by raising on his relationship to God. For example “the meek ones themselves will possess the earth. which is of great value. Seek righteousness. During his fleshly and earthly life. resentment. Even those who have in the past practiced very bad things. to continue in God’s ways Humility in Jesus Christ.. seek meekness and probably you may be concealed in the day of God’s anger. instead of becoming heated up with anger (Psalm 37:8-11) Meekness. 29:19). 12:2. and they will indeed find their exquisite delight in the abundance of peace (Psalm 37:11) In both in literal and spiritual and literal sense to the state of being. There are other wonderful promises extended to such ones. the inner man has to reasoning to throw away pride. Such ones show that they are not trusting or boasting in themselves.He said clearly and directly to his disciples “Whoever exalts himself will be humbled and whoever humbled himself will be exalted”. Meekness Brings Benefits. If calamities come humility enables a person to hold up and endure. he humbled himself and became obedient as far as death. but are looking to him and want to do his will. It is a close companion of and seldom found separate from such other virtues as humility. (Heb. Jesus modeled for us demonstrating meekness by enduring all manners of personal injury without a word of complaint... Humility will guide a person in the proper path and will bring him into glory. or vindictive retaliation.. primarily gained as a fruit of God’s spirit through accurate knowledge and application thereof. As Isaias foretold: he was an anointed Jehova’s spirit “to tell good news to the meek ones and “to teach the meek concerning salvation. rather than just naturally inherited. We may learn humility be being brought low.. lowliness of mind. meekness is emphasized as one’s mental attitude first. Meekness causes persons to wait upon Jehova to right the wrongs and injuries unjustly suffered. Humility Please God. Humility Provides Right Guidance. 12:4-11). Acts 8:32-35) He recommended himself to others as a meek or mild-tempered person. In the Bible. even allowing himself to be led to the slaughter as a lamb without opening his mouth in protest (Filip.Humility has great value in the eyes of Jehová ad he is ready to show mercy and favor to those humbling themselves before him. Mildness will accomplish good when dealing with a difficult situation or an angry person. though such is grievous at the time. will be heard by him. then toward fellow creatures. then toward fellow creatures. The mental disposition that enables one to endure injury with patience and without irritation. Humility. It is not weakness but a state of mind that is pleasing to God. If they truly humble themselves before God and be search him for mercy.apparel of the quiet and spirit.One who humbles himself before God can expect to have God’s guidance. it is written: The meek one will certainly increase their rejoicing in Jehová himself” (Isa. The inner man has to cultivate this mental attitude first of all toward God. humbled by experience than instead suffer humiliation in due time. 11:20). Meekness person are teachable. Humility can aid one greatly in meeting the challenge of adversity.Jehova will teach the meek ones his way – and they are willing to endure discipline from the hand of God (Heb. finding himself in fashion as man. 12:4-11) Meekness causes persons to wait upon Jehová to right the wrongs and injuries unjustly suffered. breaking down difficulty. “the meek ones will eat and be satisfied – Psalm 22:26. acknowledge his mistakes. for it is God whole exalts one and puts down another. as well as. instead of becoming heated up with anger. Who is able to take criticism without resentment. and gentleness. set matters straight. Meek persons are teachable – Jehová “will teach the meek ones his way” (Psalm 25:9) – and they are willing to endure disciple from the hand of God. It is necessary to forsaking of the old ways of maliciousness and hatred and following the new way leading to spiritual life.God thought us extending an invitation specially to the meek ones of the earth who has practiced His own judicial decision. 15 .. 2:5-8. in the eyes of God. whereas harshness would magnify the bad situation. and seek forgiveness.How this quality help the inner man? Though freedom from pride or arrogance. lowliness of mind.A mildness of temper. without haughtiness or vanity. For example. Heb. and before seeking glory is humility. Before a crash the heart of a man is lofty. He said of himself “I am mild-tempered and lowly in heart (Mat.
False Humility. or counsel others in doing so. Only love coupled with humility will prompt one to acknowledge the wrong and act immediately to set matters straight (Mat. 15:2). contributing greatly to discretion and foresight.Humility can be only on the surface. or restrain. The inner man has to be reasonable with himself in dealing with others.meaning: seemly fitting.(Mat. headed by his son and able to end all wickedness. his record with mankind. these giving the soundness and clarity and clarity of judgment characteristic of wisdom. Gal... Wisdom implies a breadth of knowledge and a depth of understanding. Reasonableness. the wisdom of the sacred secret was revealed in Jesus Christ (Col. what is needed to solve the existing problems. it is a distinctive feature of heavenly wisdom.. he “lets knowledge” as to what conclusions to draw. moderation. namely. Wisdom is the prime thing for without its knowledge is of little value (Prov. A humbled person does not fight in order to establish his supposed personal “rights” it requires humility to keep the peace by putting into practice Jesus’ counsel to forgive others their sins. condition and causes of problems. Wisdom: is the ability to put knowledge to work. Wisdom is a Sacred Secret. also notable characteristics of wisdom. 4:7. Any one who takes delight in a mock humility can become “pupped up with out proper cause by his fleshly frame of mind in a self-imposed form of worship and mock humility.During man’s history on earth God foreordained and outline his hidden wisdom contained in God’s dealing with.. self-control.000 years. but they are of no value in combating the satisfying of the flesh. acquire understanding what it adds strength to wisdom. attain certain goals. his faithful servants during many centuries. Lucas 17:3) But the results such humility brings in the way of peace to the individual far outweight the feeling of humiliation also his humbled action further develops and strengths in the individual the fine quality of humility. To know him denotes a deep appreciation of his fine qulities and his great name and a close relationship with him. 18:15. This knowledge goes beyond the mere fact of God’s existance and his creatorship even beyeond the knowledge of many fact about his dealings. through whom God purposed “an administration at the full limit of the appointed times. The Knowledge of the most Holy one is what understanding is. 3:10. asking for forgiveness. or severe treatment of the body. Finally after more then 4. or to use it.. or he may feel that he is accomplish his ends. and in his view of problems. not realizing that he cannot deceive Jehová. And when a person offend another it tests his humility to obey the command to go to the other persons and admit the wrong. based on knowledge and understanding successfully to solve problems. moderate. to gather all things together again in the Christ. The wise person is happy to get any information that will grant him a clear view into the underlying circumstances. he will in time be humbled in a way that he will not enjoy. A person might have considerable knowledge but not know how to use it because of lacking wisdom. While wisdom is the prime thing. stupidity and madness with which it is often contrasted. If haughtiness develops. fair. avoid or avert dangers. and promises to. the things in the heavens and the things on the earth (Efesios 1:8-11) God’s provision of the ransom for the salvation of obedient mankind and his purpose for a Kingdom Government. He will be brought low. A knowledge of Jehova’s qualities will deepen one’s proper fear of God. Carefully concealed in him are all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” 16 . The counsel is that with all that you acquire. (Rom. Thus the importance to known the Bible.wisdom lays on sound judgment. Christ Jesus “has become to us wisdom from God. Wisdom.Humility Works for Peace. God’s.24) or when the offended person approaches him . forbearing. were revealed since God’s grand purpose is founded on and centered in his son.11) False humility can actually result in developing haughtiness in the individual for he may trend to think he is righteous on his merit.Humility promotes peace. the intelligent application of learning. It is the opposite of foolishness. discretion implies prudence and may be expressed in caution. Thereby. Wisdon: To Know Jehova is the way of live: The most important knowledge that one can acquire is about God himself. and to let him known to all people. 14:17. and it may be to his own destruction. 5:23. hence equitable. 1:26-28).
It is futile wisdom. Those who become “wise in their own eyes” elevating themselves above others (even above God) are worse of than stupid such assuming persons are too proud to accept correction. This superior wisdom goes beyond ordinary wisdom and includes holding the high standards. to gather all things together again in the Christ. and this is wisdom on his part. after more than 4. reasonable. 9:9.12).” that is. and deficiencies in imperfect human society. the wisdom of that sacred secret was revealed in Jesus Christ (Col. 17 . and right order in his universal family-formed a sacred secret. were revealed. 1:30) “Carefully concealed in him are all treasures of wisdom and of knowledge” (Col. The rebellion that broke out in Eden presented a challenge to God’s wisdom. His wise means for ending that rebellion – wiping out its effects and restoring peace. his speech is not presumptuous. While human wisdom produces varied pleasures and proficiency that brought material wealth. Thereby he “gets knowledge” as to what to do regarding the matter and knows what conclusions to draw. There is. Human wisdom is never absolute. therefore. Ecl. no true wisdom that fails in him Jesus Christ. etc. but well-though – only heading pleasant and beneficial speech. or extensive knowledge in some particularly fields of human science or research: skillfulness in construction. great talent in a wide variety of craft. All such wisdom may be had ever though the possessor lack the spiritual wisdom. not spiritual. Such wisdom may vary in type and extend. that does not base its judment and decisions solidly on God’s purpose as revealed in him. Even like. understanding. 2:3). Wise man always seek to bring calm and to win souls by wise persuasion.(Col. 14:33). Since God’s grand purpose is founded on and centered on his Son. perversion. Human. and his human wisdom ceases in the grave. and causes of problems. as well as. But if he gets real understanding of the reason for the command. diligence. 1:26-28). harmony. Christ Jesus “has become to us wisdom from God” (1 Cor. the materials of God creation. The wise man dies along with the stupid. like in the field of administrative judgment in government and business... and working with. through he must in any case use the intelligence with which God initially endowed man. workers in stone and wood. A person can be excessive in striving to manifest wisdom. Its outlines were contained in God’s dealing with. the Bible particularly advocates God’s spirit may enhance some of these types of wisdom. adhering to truth. the good purpose it serves. Finally. and right judgment. namely. Only through him and by faith on him.. manifesting righteousness and uprightness. 7: 25. conditions. Man learns from observation.000 years. his heart determination to continue in that wise course is greatly strengthened (Prov. the hidden wisdom. Wisdom on a limited scale is attainable by man through his own efforts. where there are useful in accomplishing his purpose. through whom God purposed “an administration at the full limit of the appointed times.Human wisdom can be used for good or bad that is only fleshly. headed by his Son and able to end all wickedness. Wisdom. thinking ability. Not all wisdom measures up to that superior wisdom. but is relative. The inner man is rewarded with a wise and understanding heart. harsh or rash. 2:3). his faithful servants during many centuries. it could not bring true happiness or lasting satisfaction. the things in the heavens and the things on the earth” “Efesios 1:8-11). experience. shrewdness. leaving the wise without even such basic needs as food (Ecl. a person may obey a certain command of God because he recognizes the rightness of such obedience.wisdom is indeed a blend of many things: knowledge. and promises to. Proverbs 21:11 says that “by one”’s giving insight to a wise person he gets knowledge” The wise person is happy to get any information that will grant him a clearer view into the underlying circumstances. those systems that have developed during man’s history outside Eden (1 Cor. To correct this unbalanced standing the man needs to fortify his understanding to acquire wisdom. God’s “Chief Agent of Life” can salvation and life be attained (Acts 3:15). not knowing what will become of his possessions. and the benefits accruing from it. 9:11. 2:7). “true and unforseen occurrence” might bring sudden calamity. Wisdom not Always Used for God. causing disorder. But since true wisdom begins with the fear of Jehová. pushing himself beyond the limits of his imperfect ability in a self-destructive course the world of mankind has develop a fund of wisdom over the centuries – much of it true wisdom is manifest when a person acts peaceable.. ready to obey. what is needed to solve the existing problem – Compare Prv. which God foreordained before the system of things. not from God. God’s provision of the ransom for the salvation of obedient mankind and his purpose for a Kingdom government. For example.
regardless of race that hatred Christ and his followers. its composition and contents. because it is in him that all the fullness of the divine quality dwells bodily “stressing that they died together with Christ toward the elementary things of the world. 16:27. formed by the philosophy deception according to the tradition of men. or 3) the mass of mankind apart from Jehova’s approved servants. The elementary things of the world. he knows all there is to know about the universe. including those engaging in fornication. 16:26). humanity as it manifest itself in and through such an order (Mat. 18:7) “World” is therefore closely linked and bound up with mankind. 9:10). his moral standards are even more vital for stability. not heavenly or spiritual. World is understood to include both visible spirit creatures and visible human creatures by the rendering “we are made a spectacle unto the world both to angels and men. World: The human sphere of life and its framework. the evidence meant gaining all the human sphere of life and human society as a whole could offer (Mat. As world is regarded as that order of things whose center is man. things applicable only to mankind. it owns its development to God’s chief opposeer and adversary. Prov. 4:17) as the God of this system of things.. who is “from time indefinite to time indefinite” (Psalm 90:1. He is wise in heart and strong in power. The outside or exterior man is like a babe. who is “wise alone” in this sense (Rom. began to conceive the seed that could benefit from God’s provision for deliverance from inherited sin.. The inner man is illuminated using light in spiritual sense. attention is directed chiefly to him and world denotes mankind willing that order of things. sound judgment. and successful human living. not 18 . Christians unavoidably living in the midst of the society of wrongdly persons. World.a framework of things that surround and affect mankind has been build up on earth as mankind has grown in number and in years of existence. entering into God’s relationship and its riches by being reconcilied to him. and without which they would be helpless and have nothing stable upon which to build. according to the elementary things of the world and not according to Christ.12). 1:20). all mundane of the human sphere. are all of His making (Job 38:34-38. in order that everyone exercising faith in him might not be destroyed but have everlasting life. and his wicked spirit forces in the heavenly places acts as the invisible “world rulers over the world alienated from God (Efesios 6:11. concepts. Prov. and in sense it is at times quite similar to the system of things.. not to the inanimate creation nor to the animals. for only when mankind prepared with their minds on earth capable of “perceiving such invisible qualities by means of the visible creation (Rom. 3:19. who outside of Eden. Rev.. God did not produce such unrighteous world. The elementary things include the philosophies abd deceptive teaching based prevaling on human standard. pertaining to the flesh. continued enslaved by the elementary things belonging to the world. 2:20-23). making his prophetic revelation prove infallible (Dan. from the creation of mankind forward. apart from their moral conditions or course of live 2) the framework of human circumstances into which a person is born and in which he lives. and since Jehová is the Creator. reasoning and mythology. In his mightiness he can intervene at will in human affairs. The inner man must be alert against “loving the world with its way of life that appeals to the sinful flesh (2 Tim. The physical laws. things related to human life and activity not of the inanimated creation or the animal creation when the human race was founded through the first human pair. Who can show stubborness to him and come off uninjured? (Job 9:4. Jer. the beginning of mankind. 10:12. Psalm 104:24. and standards upon which men rely in their research and invention.Wisdom in the absolute sense is found in Jehová God. its history till now.2). 1416). This is the world that God loved so much that he gave his only begotten son. 5:9-13) must keep themselves clean and unsppoted by that world’s corruption defilement. Satan the Devil. This is the world whose invisible qualities are already seen from the world creation onward because they are perceived by the things made. For all these reasons it is evident that “the fear of Jehová is the start of wisdom” (Prov. 4:10. Divine. 7:12) Knowledge is acquaintance with fact.Wisdom. This clear connection with the world of mankind also aids one in understanding what is meant by the founding of the world.can means 1) humankind as a whole. When Jesus spoke of a man as “gaining the whole world but forfaiting his soul in the process. World Alienated from God. maneuvering rulers or eliminating them. idolatry extortion and similar practices (1 Cor.The inner man should take a separated course of life. 1 Juan 2:15-17) and it is necessary to identify “the ruler of this world (2 Cor. but the world as being guilty of sin and needs a savior to give it life. World is used to signify all non-christian human society. 13) Logically.
his promise on his oath. but in actually they are realized only in a temporary sense. He has been the hope of righteous men in all ages.. Jehová God gives insight to his servants by providing them with counsel and advise that they can use to direct them and control their actions. but there is a fine distention between the two terms. but most appreciate it so as to be motivated to do all that God directs.. neither it selfish and sinful activating force. One can lose it by turning from God’s ways. 5 The Christian Hope. lest they be condemmed with it. But minor. 11:7).People of world have some reasonable that they pursue. Therefore. something that is hoped for. what counsel give. Additionally. They are hopes that are wickedly entertained. are sure to be frustated. “When a wicked one man dies his hope perished. Hopes. with it. having the hope of resurrection. what conclusions to draw. Hope . or an object of hope. 4:13) as the Gentiles that had no hope and were without God in the world. on lies. Insight can be displayed in various ways. in order to have consequencial effects or results.is the ability to see into a situation. Mankind is going into death. on wrong dealing. for a proverb states ”the expectation of the righteous one is a rejoicing. 1:10) Our hope of everlasting life is solidly based and is something that can be confidently relied on. consequently the biblical expression fit them well “let there be eating and drinking for tomorrow we shall die”. but the very hope of the wicked one will perish (Prov. 6:17-20) 19 . To act with insight is to act with produce. In some instances these may appear to be fulfilled. Thus through their society faith conquer the world of unrighteneous human society. selfish hope. insight relates to an intelligent knowledge of the reason. Hope.. some of a commendable nature. should not “sorrow just as the rest also do who have no hope” (1 Tim. we should keep God’s promises as love of God that has been poured out into our hearts through the holy spirit. Understanding indicates distenguishing between the matters to discern with the senses their composition. both sure and firm. which is foolishness in God’s sight. once acquired insight must be safeguard. (Heb. with intelligence. and the hope resides with Christ. desire accompanied with expectation of what is desired or promise. namely. The Bible is full of expression of hope. The Source of. resulting in blessing both to the one who has it and to others that lives with him and enables him to consider available information and as a result acquires a clearer picture of a matter. rather.It can mean trust.The gaining of lasting life in heaven or on earth was not open to any humankind until Jesus Christ “Shed light upon life and incorruption through the good news (2 Tim. this hope is spoken of as “an anchor for the soul. Insight is closely related to understanding.. Needed also is the help of God’s spirit. So. The inner man not only need to read the Bible. Besides the world is inffected with wrong acttitutes of the hopeless one and are abandoned themselves to sensual enjoyment.intering friendly relation relations. the world in the sense of human society alienated from God and in actual enmity toward God. There is the process of thinking through a complex arrangement of thoughts resulting in a wise dealing and use of good practical common sense. and those based in a flase foundation of materialism. It is supported by two things in which it is impossible for God to lie. reliance. the inner man build his hope in God.. Insight results in acquiring a clear picture of a matter and enables one to know what to do regarding the matter. be means of his word. 10:28). thye cannot be guided by worldly wisdom. In turn. common. That is why the apostle Paul informs Christians that they.Jehová God is the source of future hope on the one able to fulfill all his promises and the hope of those trusting in him. Insight. the inner man must know that loving kindness and generosity are outstanding qualities of God. and normal human hopes there are bad ones.It is the groundwork and basis for faith. wait for with eager expectation. Hope. Jesus showed that human flesh is to survive the coming great tribulation. trust and confidence in him. who is now inmortal in the heavens. which has given us – Rom. because that which is expected is not always desirable. The Bible shows that people of the world in general have no real. faith makes the hope brighter and stronger. Hope is also essential to faith. solidly based hope. 11:6). or the power or promises of men. discretion. and even expectation bases on powerfulness has perished (Prov. and he becomes the rewarder of those earnestly seeking him (Heb. For a true view and proper understanding of God.. and without knowledge of a provision from a higher source there is no hope in what lies ahead. 5: 2.
25). This leads to an approved conditions before God from whom hope comes (Rom. Like God. The proper exercise of justice by governmental authority likewise contributes to the happiness and well-being of its subjects (compare Prov. Since.. we are able to keep on waiting patiently for the hoped-for things with endurance (Rom 8: 24.. and resurrection.Hope is indispensable to the Christians. and man. man’s happiness actually depends on it (Psalm 106:3 compare Isa. he is the unchanging one. the desire for expectation is so strong that despite severe trials and difficulties. so that all men may have hope. Individuals and nations are punished or rewarded according to their acts (Rom.. Jesus fulfilled that hope by his ministry. love. 2:3-11. God’s wisdom is far superior to that if imperfect humans. Col.15:13).Hope Must be Developed and Maintained. Hope: Qualities and Benefits. or with a judgment giving the term a somewhat legal flavor (hence. 7:18. are pure and are closely allied with the greatest quality. but he accepts and bestow his blessing upon all those fearing him and practicing righteousness (Acts 10:334. 3:6. the standard of which is 20 . Efesios 6:7-9.19. Righteousness.the maintenance or administration of what is right in a fair and impartial way. peace and power of Holy Spirit (Rom. Righteous in the biblical sense is a condition of rightness. the exercise of justice according to God’s standards is not a burden. not by its own will but through him that subject it on the basis of hope that the creation itself also will be set free from enslavement to corruption and have the glorious freedom of the children of God. He has always rightly required that those desiring to gain his approval acquaint themselves with his standard of justice and follow it.. lies in the Kingdom of Christ. Justice. law exposed all as sinners before God. For the creation was subject to futility. It enables the Christians to endure with rejoicing. death.35). God sets the Standard. as a failure in this regard is unjust and violates the law of love (Santiago 2: 1-9). Generally. condemned all under it to death. 6: 11). thus providing opportunity for men and nations to turn from their wicked ways and thereby escape the execution of his adverse judgment. Paul explains “the eager expectation of the creation is waiting for the revealing of the sons of God.It requires continued industrioness and the exercise of freeness of speech and “boasting” over the hope itself (Heb. Hope helps also keep the Christians in a clean way of life. 40:14). The undeserved kindness of God is further magnified in that the wonderful hope that he opened up for the spiritual man – the inner man – is also closely tied in with a hope for all mankind who desire to serve God. However. must be impartially. indicating a standard or norm determinating what is upright. God is the supreme judge and statute-giver (Isa. God foretold it was necessary to bring in “a better hope” through Jesus Christ. Hope of salvation protect the mental power enabling the Christians to maintains integrity..2). must learn the path of justice (Isa. for one having the true love of God will also have hope in all God’s promises. 33:22) He is a lover of righteousness and justice (Psalm 33:5) God guarantees that he will never abandon his loyal one (Psalm 37:28). both the living and the dead. and according to standard. 3:22-4:2) God’s justice is also balanced with mercy. no matter what at the conditions may be. his followers.According to its roots in Hebrew and Greek have the thought of rectitude “uprightness”. Hope is developed by endurance under tribulation. Jehová shows no partiality in dealing with his creatures. But the great hope for mankind in general.God is the objective standard which determines the content of righteous and at the same time keeps that content of meaning constant and unchanging. Then mankind exercising faith will eventually be released from the corruption of imperfection and sin and will come to the full status of “children of God. setting aside the law and enabling those putting faith in Christ to draw near to God – Heb. not God. Thus man is in no position to judge God’s acts as just or unjust. custom. 29:4). because their hopes lies on God and Christ. Rightenousness is frequently use in connection with a judge. The Bible – are all instructions and samples. but must learn to conform his thinking to the standards of justice that Jehová has revealed in his word. It exposed the imperfections of those under it. by making transgressions manifest. It accompanies joy. It also convey the idea of a particular plan. in his word -. rule or regular procedure for doing things. the original-language terms are at times translated “justice”. 56: 1. It promotes freeness of speech in the approach to God for his undeserved kindness and mercy. 5:2-5) It is placed alongside faith and love as one of the three qualities charactirizing Christians.
Eventual possession of the earth is promised to the righteous. A person needs to keep seeking the Kingdom. and all righteousness on the pact of his creatures comes from their relationship with him. 85:11. 3:10.5). Eze. for as long as the wicked are in control. Meditation. 2 Peter 3:13). – Prov. In the scriptures we may note that which is “good” is contrasted with that which is “vile” (John 5:29. safeguard your heart. as expressed in his words and ways. the wicked are to be cleared out of the earth as “a ransom” for the righteous. 7:9).24.All God’s ways are righteous: as Sovereign (Job 37:23. ponders and muses over current matters. so to speak. Righteousness. and as a result. Seek God’s. holiness and purity are such that no sin can condoned by him (Psalm 5:4. is contrasted with the “sinner” – the uprighteous person (Mark 2:17. not to have a form of righteousness in our obedience to certain of the requirements of the law and traditions whose actually made the word of God invalid. exercise mercy toward sinner who accept this arrangement. The righteous one. his personality. As Prov. the righteous cannot have peace. Psalm 71:19. Therefore. The Christian can be assured of this course only by sticking close to the Scriptures. We wil be seriously think out these matters of importance. 3:4.. The Breastplate”. or throughfully contemplates possible future events. in which righteousness is to dwell (Acts 17:31.God.. 17:9). 4:3-9. on the other hand.. which. 12:9). 6:33).. 12:2). concentrated thinking in which a person seriously reflect on past experiences.” (mat. and is measure by conformity to God’s will and his command. Consequently. Tito 3:5) The men whom God called “righteous” in the biblical register were men who exercised faith in God who did not trust in their own words bu backed up that faith by works in harmony with his righteous standard Rom.Jehová’s righteousness. but things that are devoid in all good. 33:17-20). Gal. that the man of God may be fully competent. the Apostle Paul says. wicked or evil”. Consequently he could not forgive the sins of mankind without satisfying justice – in effect. 16:19. 18:25-31. 2:21. Christian s need to have on “the breastplate of righteousness” (Prov. In order to meditate properly. not the things that people ordinarily seek in life. Rom. his creatures can have to utmost confidence in him. God himself is called “the abiding place of reighteousness”(Jer. “wicked” (Mat. The meditation of the heart should be focused on benenfical things pleasing to him and not on the devices of the wicked – Filipenses 4: 8.The kind of deep. Wrong. But through his undeserved kindness he made this just arrangement by providing his son as a sacrificial offering. 1 Peter 1:15). God’s personal standard. His specific commands may vary from one time to another and from one person to another. completely equyipped for every good work” Meditation.Jesus admonished his hearers: “Keep on. for setting things straigh. God is to judge the inhabited earth in righteousness by Jesus Christ. and of course “bad” (1Pedro 3:11). 9:11). Jehova The. Sometimes deeply rooted in the heart. 4:23. one will not be inclined to give foolish answers. 30-32. in vindication of himself in judment (Psalm 51:4.. and what he is. with which to measure the conduct of all his creatures Psalm 92:15. seeking first the kingdom and righteousness.Because the Bible tell us. sinful man is treachereous and desperate (Jer.. Rom. 21 . 2 Cor. 89:14). it is clear the imperfect men could never attain true righteousness – we can not measure up the righteousness of God by our own works of self-righteousness (Rom. it is essential that a person follow God’s righteousness since the heart of fallen. men’s fleshly inclination toward the wicked pursuit. 3:21.2. He must continually “make his mind over” so that every facet if his life is in accord with God’s righteousness (Rom. and he will create “new heavens and a new earth”. He is therefore the Righteous One. in administrating and executing judment and justice (Psalm 9:8.The inner man should not be waste time meditating in “Empty Things”. Just a person may be a sinner – because he fails to meet righteous standards and yet not necessarily be termed or classed as “vile. are “beneficial for teaching. 3:9). remain ever constant and hence provide a perfect standard “rock-like” in firmness and stability. 24: 1. “Evil” (Rom. Prov. without a legal basis. Of him it is written “righteousness and judgment are the established place of your throne” – Psalm 89:14. for disciplining in righteneousness. the answers given will be from the heart and will not be something to regret later on. alone with his throughts. By engaging in profitable meditation. Luke 15:7). 5:45. Efesios 6:14) As a protection against his heart truning bad. “Righteousness. The heart needs much discipline and training. We have to alert all the time. he must desire that government and be loyal to it. and in vindication of his people (Mic. Righteous While Exercising Mercy. and all these other things will be added to you. a person needs to be free from distractions. Rom. Righteous One. 15:28. for out of it are the sources of life”. Jehová abides by his own standard of righteousness without deviation. Santiago 2:18-24. He must “put on the new personality which was created according to God’s will in true righteousness and loyalty –Efesios 4:23. 50:7). justice. utterly futile things. “more than all else that is to be guarded. for reproving.
21. and law are perfect. Col.Jesus Christ is “the prime of peace” while on earth he tought us to be peacemaker all the time. Jehova is incomparable in his excellence. Because of this Jesus could say of his father “Nobady is good. but needs to be gentle toward all. going out of their ways to establish and to maintains peace 1 Tim..For correct Bible understanding. qualified to teach. is relative not absolute that is. Perfection. God 22 . words. As Paul wrote “Jesus is our peace with God. Christian are counseled to pursue peace and to do their utmost to be found at peace with God. having attained the appropiate or appointed end. Peace.. he who made the two parties one (Jews and nonJews and destroy the wall in between that fenced them off. what the standards of excellence are. as the Messiah even today. instructing with mildness those not favorably disposed. 5:13). and they may come back to their proper sense out from the snare of the Devil. – 2 Tim 2:24-26. the father by one spirit Efesios 2:14-18 compare Rom. keeping himself restrained under evil. 4:6. that he might create the two people in union with himself into one new man and make peace.. People actually live with no hope and are without God in the world. soundness. that is why the wicked one cannot have peace. and concord in addition to the absent of conflict.. as perhaps God may give them repentance leading to an accurate knowledge of truth.In the biblical sense perfection conveying ideas as bringing to completeness or full measure. Those who desire to seek and pursue peace must there “turn away from what is bad. and that he might fully reconcile both people in one body to God through the torture stake. Peace also means the ideas of well-being.Jehova is the God of peace and the source of peace. God” (Mark 10:18).. mor mature. to an infinite degree. a thing is “perfect” according to. and entirely of compleness. And he came and declared the good news of peace to you. the apostle Paul says: “They became emptyheaded in their reasoning and their unintelligent heart became darkened” Such meditation proves fatal to those indulging in it. The peace of God that is the calmness and tranquility that result from a Christian’s precious relationship with God. in order to enjoy peace with God.. supreme in his superb qualities and power. For this reason treu peace can be had only by those who are at peace with God. Peace. guards his heart and mental power from becoming ansious about his needs. the purpose or end for which it is appointed by its designer or producer or the use to which it is to be put by its receiver or user. It is necessary to be “peaceble” that is to be peacemakers. free from flaw or dfect. that is. Rom 1: 18. All of God’s ways. 24:2. A Christian has the assurance that God provide fors his servants and answer their prayers this puts his heart and mind at rest (Filp. safety. the law of commandments cinsisting in decrees. mist not make the common error of thinking that everything called “perfect” is so in an abslute sense. ecept one. All men are sinners. wutout limitation. By means of his flesh he abolished the enmity.Perfection of any other person or thing. and heed his commandments.7).11. or in relation to. Acquiring . and later the helper the holy spirit. Jesus said to those hating him: “Why are you reasoning theses things in your hearts (Mark 2:8). Of all who would “suppress the truth in an unrighteous way”. seeing that they have been caught alive by him for the will of that one. salvation. peace is the possession of those who are fully mindmaster to God.Refers in the biblical sense to the state of being free from war or disturbance. Without rightenous. because his kingdom will prevail in every region that mens security for everyone. We have to be have ourselves following Paul’s counselling “A salve of the Lord des not need to fight.points out: “dEspoiling is what their heart keeps meditating. there can be no peace. This served a patter of what would take peace under his rule. worthy of all praise. the inner man. adult. Other Relative. The very meaning of perfection requires that there be someone who decides when completion has been reach. It conveys the idea pf health. Perfection in this absolute sense distinguishes only the Creator. purpose or goal. frienship. Consequently. and do what is good. because he had killed off the enmity by means of himself. Perfection: Importance of Correct Viewpoint. However by means of Christ Jesus people are given the opportunity to come into a peaceful relationship with God “upon earth peace among the men of goodwill – Luke 2:14. 1: 20-23. On the other hand. evidently includingrepresentance and acceptance of Jesus. God is looking among men “friends of peace” that is persons desiring to be reconciled to God. It being a fruit of his spirit. Perfection . The majority of people fail to discern “the things having to do with oeace”. refined. being full grown. welfare. and trouble is what their own lips keep speakaing” – Prov. what requirements are to be satisfied and what details are essential. 2:10. Peace Rule. Serious transgressions put a strain on a person’s relationship with God and cause the individual to be disturbed. we need to accept Jesus’ death as a ransom sacrifice cared for this needs. love his law. then.
the privilege and responsibility of making a personal decision as to the course they will take . we would not have been complete. to be perect. Prov. and true (John 17:17). so that. should we not also logically argue tha an imperfect creature would not take a “right course where such moral issue was involved? Yes. in accord with its own righteous purpose and interests. Thus. The Bibles is convinging proof of its quelities as an ideal instrument of God to accomplish purpose. 1: 24. virtuallu mechanical obidience by worship and service that spang from hearts and minds motivated by genuine love (John 4:23. even if our present copies and translations are not absolutely flawless. Through thousand of years of copying have evidently brought some variations from the original writing. 12:2. In the same way. some imperfect creature do take a right course on moral issues involving obidience to God. creator. however. Rom. and the attaining of salvation to life are dependent primeraly upon the individuals’ heart (Mat. the weakness of the flesh.. Faith remains an essential requirement for the understanding and appreciation of God’s perfect Word. Mome of these. detract from the perfection of the Sacred Srcptures for the real gauge of its oerfection is its measuring uo to the standard of excellence set by Jehova God. the Bible should be free of even superficial differences or what appear. Jehova declares the superiority of his thoughts and ways to those of human. nevertheless. If you stand in a wrong fact that a perfect man could not take a wrong course where a moral. these variations are admittedly very minor. refine. It is also evident that God has caused his purposes to be revealed to umbles one and hidden from haughty one. Rom. Yet he should realize that if the Bible conformed to human standards or riteria. the standard-setter. 2: 6-16). appoint for it. 10:10). limited to the human sphere. in this sense it is God’s perfect instrument for mankind. while at the same time others deliverately engage in doing what known is wrong. our inclination to commit error and wrongs. God’s intelligent creatures are granted free moral agency. Luke 8 : 5-15. Some critical persons may insist that. its accomplishing the end or purpose that he. Thus not all wrong actions can be excused by human imperfection and individual’s will and choise are deciding factors. Perfection. Prov. 1 Cor. issue was involve. phylosophie.8. not an automatic. according to his commands. wrong desires. God gave approval or disapproval or why he took a particular course of action. 3: 15-17). within the limit possible for us to attain. substituting a personal concept tha goes contrary to fact. we would not have met God’s requirements. The Bible is unique in its abilities to “discern thoughts and intentions of the heart (Heb. perfect.13). Exposing the falsety of such an attitude. so that our devotion to God could be subject to test. (Isaias 55: 8-11) Perfection and Free Will. our devotion is completed sound satisfying the divine requirements in our case. The Bible.Everything begins with the incompatible with perfection to ignore the meaning of the term. one requiring greter effort and concetration. in specific cases. it was not human perfection alone that would guarantee right action by the first man but rather. 1: 22-25. pure. the divine message conveyed is. the doing of his will. and heavenly father. 11:25-27. 4:12. 13: 10-15. we are able to manifest “a complete heart” toward our creator. according to their standards. It becomes evident that our’s individual will and choise are determining factors. 4:4.24) If we have lack of ability to choose in this very important matter. they may find much try do not understand. God created as to allow our mind and heart to feed on wrong thoughts. The individuals may feel that certain details and explanitions should be in the Bible. because to do thus came to be the way approved by him (Mat.the Creator is the final arbiter of perfection. Since God the Judge 23 . Individuals may find the Bible a more difficult book to read than many. 7: 7. the individual also feel that other details found in the Bible are superflous. as well as its being free from falsehood (2 Tim.The Sacred Scriptures constitute a perfect message from God. including the teaching of God’s Son. The whole tenor of the Scriptures. The perfection as it relates to human is a realtive perfection. even to suffer persecution rather than change from such a course. to be to be inconsistencies. this would lead to entertaining.25. God’s requirements through human history have showed into account our status of imperfection and disbility. 4:23. as its true author. revealing why. and for what was right. and reasoning of human detractors – 1 Cor. and finally bring sin and death – Mat. 15:8. It is clear from the Scriptures that God has not made knowledge of imself to be acquire without efforts Mat. such as his own. the exercize of his own free will and choise as motivated love for his God. The things relating to God’s word and way to the wordly-wise deem “foolish” or weak are proved by time and test to be of superior wisdom and strength compared to the theories. this would not prove it divinely perfect.. is to effect that the gaining of understanding of God’s purpose. and he assures that his word will “have certain success” in the fulfillment of his purpose.
of course. and abilities. as one who has tested in all respects like ourselves. The. any marring one’s relationship with God. compare also Rom. 2 Peter 2: 12-15).. The wicked system under the control of Satan will be destroyed . We can get this through developing true love. as it does. thus Jesus would be able to Sympathize with our weakness. death.Jesus is called “the Chief Agent (ChiefLeader) and Perfector of our faith. but the “one missing wisdom is doing violence to hus soul”. 13. pioneer or chief agent of our fait. their missing the mark with regard to their creator. In the Scriptures both the root Hebrew and Greek terms refer mainly to sinning on the part of God’s intelligent creature. Perfection of Christ Jesus. God’s purpose was to use his son as his High Priest in behalf of mankind. completely filling the requirements. or contrast. no human or spìrit creature could rightly find fault with our devotion to him (Luke 1:6. being brought to the appointed end or goal. Rom 14:4). 20: 28. however. 4: 36-39. 12: 21) or failing to do what should be done (Num. 2 Cor. Perfect humans will thus not be stereotypes of identically personality. this planet is due to experience the full force and effect of the execution of God’s purposes (Mat. change. “let your will take place as in heaven. but without sin (Heb. The Bible recognize the inherent imperfection of mankind from Adam. this faith in this perfect sense “arrived through him. the mountains and the valleys. Perfecter of Our Faith. limited to the human sphere. ministry. observing the Word of his son and loving one another. he hears us”.. in deed (doing wrong (Lev. thirsty. has to be “made Perfect” for such position. His physical perfection. enduring suffering. has a strengthned foundation. he experienced human limitation. Jesus.45). He continues to be the perfecter of the faith of his followers from his heavenly psosition. 4:2. and resurrection to heavenly life. As the apostle said: man was “created to be both God’s image and glory (1 Cor. completeness.. 7:26). talents. and soundness to aid in the mental and spiritual uplift and health of the people view by the prophetic picture of Rev. the plain and the fancy. the meadows and the woods. the sour and the sweet. 24 . one filled out with historical facts. certain relative perfection are set forth as attainable by sinful humans. As a child does not fear to ask his loving parents for anything. who thereby proved to be the leader. Psalm 39:1). 4: 14. and hungry. distrust of him or lack of confidence in his ability to perform (Heb. Perfection of the planet Earth is like wise not incompatible with variety. Long before the coming of Jesus Christ. contains enormous variety. Doing this we can reach God’s love in full expression and approach our heavenly father in confidence. The animal kingdom which is the product of Jehova’s perfect activity. 5:48). Perfection on Earth. 3: 9-18. The requirements called for his becoming “like his brothers” in all respects”.. in the general sense sin means missing or failing to reach not merely physical objects or goals. Perfection does not mean an end to variety. 4:17). God provides a ransom. 6:10). lack of faith in God is a major sin. Jas. Nevertheless. by pouring down holy spirit on them at Pentecost and by importing revelation that progressively filled out and developd their faith. the Messiah. Thus. We are going to feel without under rectriction by God as to what we are privileged to say or to ask for. 3:12. 3: 242. All faults and defects will be removed from survivors who continue obedient to demostrate faith. Yes. Mankind’s Return. learning obedience under test. as person often assume.16. 2: 10-18. sinless (Like 1:30-35. and the faith about Chrsit. 44.7. trying by all means to be in union with God. 21: 4. 11: 4-16.is pleased with our worship. it allows for the simple and the complex. Sin: Man’s Place in God’s Purpose. his father set.According to the prayer. he was mortal (Mat. or in mind or heart attitute (Prov. John 4:6. And we are therefore free in our expression and petitions to Jehova.God’s asigning work to him showed that man was to God’s purpose on earth. This sacred secret was finally fully revealed in Jesus. was not infinite by was whithin the human sphere. Mark 15: 37. he became tired. The. faith in this perfected sense “arrived” through Jesus (Gal. 8:35 says the one finding godly wisdom finds life. all prophecies came to fulfillment. also upon earthW. 21: 1-5.. 9:13. lived many men of faith. but only after his birth.Anything not in harmony with. standards. hence contrary to Gos’s personality. so that what remains meet God’s standards of excellence. It may be in word (Job 2:10. 20:20. For obedient this means to return to the perfect state enjoyed by man at the biginning of human history in Eden. Though a perfect man. Jesus told his followers “you must accordintly be perfect as you heavenly father is perfect (Mat. Prov. not feeling condemmed in our heart as a hypocritical or disapproved condition. Sin. Heb. showing. Mankind’s perfection will be relative. so the Christian in whom love is fully developed is sssure that “no matter what it is that we ask according to his will. but also moral or intellectual goals or marks. send to earth that he might “bear witness to the truth” and “by God’s undeserved kindness might taste death for every men. 18. ways and will. Mat. Only then we know to obserb God’s commendments and what we are doing please our father.Jesus was born as a perfect human – holy. 19). the legal means for forgiving sin and removing imperfection (Mat. 1 Peter 2:24). the rough and the smooth. leading to death.25). Heb. 5: 7-10).
likewise also through the obedience of the one person (Crist) many will constituted righteous (Rom. To be otherwise would be to contradict and reproach the divine parenthood of God – Mal. tarnished in a spiritual and moral sense. Sin. it makes man unholy. 1:6. the apostle John says: “He who carries on sin originates with the Devil. 49). Effects of. conducing himself so as to reflect the glory of God. Since cultivation of wrong desire to the point of fertility procedes the “birth of sin” (Jas. thus conforming to its ways and therefore “missing the mark”. and thus death spread to all men because they had all sinned” This implies a progressive rather than a simultaneous efect on Adam’s descendants. The sinning process starts with improper desire. These statements show tha sin is viewed not only as the actual commission or mission of certain acts by also as a law or governing priciple or force operating in them. unclean. Sin therefore. 15:21. thus. Additionally. Efesios 5:1. 12: 4-6. the inborn inclination toward wrongdoing that they inherit from Adam. even over those who nad not sinned after the likeness of the transgression by Adam (Rom. It thereby damaged not only our reltion with God but also our relations with the rest of God’s creation. 5:19) exercising faith in that provision aand become reconciled to God (John 3:36. enslaving them. his heavenly father. mars man’s reflection of God’s likeness and glory. impure. anxiety. the apostle goes on to speak of death as ruling as king “from Adam down to Moses.it puts the man out of hamony with his creator. shame. 15:12 states that “through one man sin entered into the world and death through sin. hence a violation of that law now produced an internal upheaval within man. heart. insecurity. to his mind. instead of reacting in utter disgust and righteous indignation. 1 Cor. 15:22. as a perfect human. their birth into the Adamic line resulting from the fleshly will of their parents – John 1:13. this slavery being one into which they were sold by Adam (Rom. 48 . start to conform ourselves to the ways. standard and will of the opposer. 7:14. Acts 3:19).15). in fact. 5:17. John 8: 34). We have to be alert in not deceived by the world. For all of Adam’s descendants to be held accountable as participants in Adam’s personal sin would require some expression of will in their parts as to having him as their family head. spiritual offspring reflecting the qualities of his “father”.12. man has a buil-in lie detector that made impossible his concealing his sinful state from his creator. 6:6. he justly imposed the sentence of death on them all: Rom.22). As a result of the recognized law of heredity according to Psalm 51:5. including damage to man’s own self. be like his creator. not reflecting God’s glory. a missing of the mark. 5:43-45. qualities of heart (compare Prov. and then revealing the sins that have been born in our heart and mind – Mat. Sin genenrally causes as to feel guilt. and body. including the inclination toward sin (1 Cor.21. Luke 6: 32-36). has “ruled as king” over mankind.16. 23:15.. standards of conduct. fail to act in God’s image and likeness. because our Creator’s law is “written on man’s heart”. man should resemble. involves a moral failure. any person that “makes sin his business or practice” reveals himself to be a “child” of the Adversary. and by being born in Adam’s line all-men have come under “the law of sin and of death” (Rom. our conscience accusing us of wrongdoing. Sin’s “law” contonually works in our fleshly members. When Adam sinned. Sin. Luke 6:32-36) This requires man’s obedience and submision to the divine will. in effect trying to control our course. Only the truth can liberate us from sin enslavement and following God’s example on mercy could his disciples prove themselves sons of their Father who is in the heaven (Mat. namely. that is. Paul’s words also point to this conclution when he says that “just as through the disobidience of the one man (Adam) many were constitued sinners. weather that will is conveyed in the form of an express commandment or not. insults our heavenly father. Sin. 5:43-45.. The Bible clearly stress God’s original pupose that man should be in harmony with God’s personality. hence to reflect the qualities of his creator.11:7). in all these aspects. As God’s earhtly son. similar to the way a human father who loves his son desires the son to be like him as to oulook on life. it was of his own free choice. Jehova God maintained his holiness. 5:27. because the Devil has been sinning from the biginning” – 1 John 3:8. 8:2. with death. as a result of the recognized law of heredity. Heb. or be like. and. Jesus showed that only following God’s examples in love and on mercy could his disciples prove themselves sons of their father who is in the heavens (Mat. 9-11).28. to make us 25 . 3:11. Sin : The Introduction . Our adamic inheritance has therefore produced “weakness of the flesh”. his offspring would inecapably enherit not merely physical characteristics but also peronality traits. In effect. Hence. imperfection.To understand this we need to read the Bible where the divine messages from God illustrate us. 17. who was free from disabilities. 5:14). as its progenitor or human life source. 1:14. this deviation of righteousness and experiencing disaffection toward God can lead us to very spiritual dangerous state as Jesus Christ admished wrong doers registered at John 8: 44. It brough consequences of enormous evil upon the human race. who contradicted our creator.
either a conscious deviation from what is right or an unknowing. Those not submitting to Gos’s will obviously are not guided by his wisdom and justice. going beyond certain limits or bounderies. for example. 11). In pointing out that the Mosaic Law is not the means for human to gain a righteous standing before Jehova.. distorting what is upwright. But sin. It is necessary to recognize how “king” sin may give its orders in different ways to different persons and at different times. At Roman 2:14. Since law is basically a “rule of conduct”. As long as sin had not been defined specifically. The Law by these means acted as a tutor to lead them to Christ. shall we say? Is the Law sin? Never may that become so¡ Really I would not have come to kow sin if it has not been for the Law. that thet “might be declared rightteous due to faith” – Gal 3: 22-25. John 5:5-15). a course which only brings forth grosser sin. making slaves of those who do not resist its dominance – Rom. Proverb 24:9 states that “The loose conduct of foolishness is sin” Sin: Transgression.The apostle John writes that everyone who practices sin is also practicing lawlessness. compare Psalm 40:12). receiving an inducement through the commandment.Sin may takec the form of a “transgression” refers basically to an “overstepping” tht is. however. 5:29. 18. which spelled out clearly what the full range pf the scope of sin was. it follows that these are concomitent of sin. 10:1-4. the apostle Paul under divine inspiration wrote:” When we were in accord with the flesh.3). thec Israelites not excepted. between their own thoughts. Sin: Doing by Nature the Things of the Law. If intentional. Paul and others of his nations lived uncondemmed for sins that were not specified. Doubless because sin causes man to be off balance. and so sin is lawlessness (1 John 3:4). hence are bound to err (Phil. The error may be intentional and unintentional . so that in effect. has a moral nature. and “Overstepping”. What the Law does is to make us more concious of being sinners. also that “all unrighteousness is sin” (1 John 5:17). or mistake. people of nations were under growing sin’s mastery. the man would not have known or discerned the full rane or scope of sin. Gal. Paul states: “For whenever people of the nations that do not have law do by nature the things of the law. Paul and his fellow contrymen were designated as sinners under condemnation of death. Thus sin received an inducement through the Law and worked out sin in Paul and his people. 7: 22. even in the imperfection. Sickness. 7.. sinful men retain a measure of this. Pain. while their conconsicence is bearing witness with them and. then. are law themselves. the sinful passions that were excited by the Law were at work in our members that we should bring forth fruit to death…What. for apart from law sin was dead” – Rom. so that Paul could speak as walking in “darkness mentally. although not having law. too associated illness with sin (Mat. brings the person in to error and guilt before God. The Law main purpose was to establish that all person. this moral nature is another inherit law. set over against this law of our moral nature is another inherit law. these people. Without the Law. Sin and Law. With the coming of the Mosaic Law became the accurate knowledge of sin. a person could not be accused of committing sins that were not legally identified as such. and. which. although he showed that specific afflictions are not necessarily the result of any specific sinful acts (John 9:2. It also pointed the Israelites to Christ as the needed Redeemer. worked out in me covetousness of every sort. This unbalanced-status produce confusion and disharmony within man and difficulties in his dealing with God and with the rest of God’s creation. and those willfully sinning pervert the thruth.its subjects. which produces the faculty of conscience. Efesios 2: 1-3.. Error is contrary to thruth. 20-23. the “law of sin” which wars agaisnt righteous tendencies. of course. and alienated from the life that belongs to Go…. They are the very ones who demostrates the matter of the law to be written in their hearts.. 7:5-8. pasing all moral sense” Efesios 4:17-19. The Law made them more concious of being sinners. they are being accused or even excused” With the passing of time. it caused trespassing and sin to “abound”. Jesus.23. Before the Law came. especially as in 26 . The Law provided tha bais for condemning more people as sinners and on many more legal counts. out of hamony with God – Rom 7:17. 9: 27. 2:15).15. in that so many acts and even attitutes were now identified as sinful (Rom. nevertheless. then. and Aging.78. then as a law. 3:19. I would not have known covetousness if the Law had not said: !You must not covet”. were sinners in need of redemtion by God. however.Since death in human is generally associated with desease or the aging process. Its sacrifices continually served to remiand those under the law of their sinful state (Heb.Since man having been originally made in God’s image and likeness. With the introduction of the Law. the error is of far graver consequence if by mistake. 6:12.
12. 1:18) .2:912. Versus Practice of Sin. Timothy was rned by apostle Paul against being “a sharer in the sin of others (1 Tim. 3. then. sins such as idolatry. Hebreos 10: 26.In warning against fornicator. 18:21-25.34. 1 Tim 5:20. Adam’s sin in eating the borbidden frruit was a “transgression” in that he overtepped God’s Law. “taking pleasure in righteousness” are not excused (2 Thesal. but he “does not carry on son. In so doing. A good way to be aparted from doers of practicing sin. 1:22-33 they “shut their eyes to the light and forget their earlier cleansing from sins – 2 Peter 1:19. Paul states that every other sin that men may commit is outside his body. is by avoiding the association with wrong doers. either in word or their course of action. 11:11. 1:13.27 states that if we practice sin willfully after having received the accurate knowledge of the truth. Since sin is an affront to God’s own peson. therefore not “receive part of its plagues”. Hence. he is not indifferent to it. Sinning Against One’s Own Body. or rejection of. Sin. 16:7. Col. but there is a certain jealousy that is going to consume those in opposition..10. Jesus said the Jews of his day ha “noExcuse for “their sin” because they were witness of the poweful words and works proceeding from him as the result og God Spirit on him (John 15:22-24. faithlessness.. are also sins against the Creator. as its gravity increases. Sin: Trespass. compare Luke 12:47. so that those sincerely seeking Him can say.10.It means “a fall beside”. hence a false step (Rom.Jehova in effect “credits” righteneous to the account of those living according to faith. by passed or passed beyond God’s words. he was evidently using these terms in a relative sense – Luke 15:9. 5:22). Thus. nor according to our erros has he brought upon us what we deserve”.. but he that practice fornication is sinning against his own 27 . Similarly. Sin: True Knowlede Brings Greater Responsibility. Sin: Human Weakness and Ignorance. The Scriptures also show that God views mankind’s wrondoing as varying in degrees of gravity: Groos sinner. Ephs. disrespect for sacred things. God correspondingly “covers over”. there is no longer any sacrifice for sin left. Thus.the apostle John under inspiration also makes a distinction between a single sin and the practice of sinning as is shown by a comaprison of 1 John 2:1 and 3: 48. John 15: 26.. and all forms al false worship. He also takes into account ignorance as a contributory factor in sins (1 Tim. when Jesus Christ said “there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner that repents tha over ninety-nine righteous ones who have no need of repentance”.breaking a law. amounts to rebellion against God’s paternal rule and authority. 15: 33. Psalm 32:12). Sins’ Remission. great sinner.Jehova takes into account the weakness of imperfect men descended from Adam. willfully and knowingly blasphemed God?s spirit thus manifested would be “guilty of everlasting sin”.. Luke 11:4). 14:10. all of Adam’s descendants can be properly be termed “sinners” by nature. designating those who practice sin or who have a reputation of sining. Though their sins were as scarlet. the faithful Christian may at some time lapse or fall into sin because of weakness or being mislead. Jehova “washes away” the stain that makes them unholy (Acts 22:6). 6:36). 10-18). thus likened “trespasses” and “sins” to debts” (compore Mat.. God.8). 2:13). the law or authority of another. a “trespass”(Efesios 1:7. to maintained outside the symbolic city “Babylon the Great!.Since “there is no man that does not sin (2 Chr. Jesus Christ. Single. Luke 4:18). Prov. and Christ. Those who.48). The means by which God can thus express his tender mercy and loving-kindness while yet maintaining his perfect justice and righteousness is considered under Ramsom. Thus means for us to save ourselves not bearing any measure if the responsibility for wahtever wrongs such any ones might commit – 1 Tim.. 6: 5-9. 13:17). Mark 3:28-30. 6:14. with no forgiveness possible (Mat. But ins the Scriptures “sinners” usually applies in a more specific way.32. Sinner. nevertheless. It was a “trespass” in that he fell or made a false step instead of standing or walking upright in harmony with God’s righteous requirements and in support of His authority. willful transgression.. Jehova views some sins as more directly against his own person.Considering John 9: 39-41. The Scrptures show the wonderful mercy and loving kindness that God has displayed in his patient dealing with men of flesh (Psalm 103:2.” continuing to walk in it – 1 John 3: 9. or “blots out” the sins that would otherwise be charged agisnt the account of such faithful ones(Acts 3:19. Heb. his indignation and wrath are understandably increased (Rom. 12: 31. “wipes out”. compare 1 Cor. Transgression could end in “revolt” which as turning away from. Those who willfully reject the knowledge and wisdom God offers. The person making false step became an offender or transgressor against God’s statues. Because everythings that exists is his creation. 12) or blunder. to whom men must make an accounting (Rom. Sins Against Men. It also can mean a “stepping aside”. 3: 6.Sins against humans. compare with Luke 5:32. “He has not done to us even according to our sins.
It is the wise course to avoid assication with those practicing false worship and inmorally inclined persons. toward that which is genuinely holy and righteous. reverence. a person knows the inescability of the rule that “whaever a man is sowing.. 14: 30. until the end of his earthly course.34. Godly Devotion’s Training. hypocritically haing a form of Godly Devotion but proving dalse to its power (2 Tim. his right to require full obedicne of them. Fornication can also result in incurable damage with deadlyl deceases to the fornicator’s own body Sin must be avoid. visibly initianed in Eden. one can resist the call of sin to share its temporary enjoyment (Heb. 2:15. Man needs to use his intelligence in behaving himself in a world full of sinner and wicked influence of the Father of Lies. 28 . Their hypocrisy is revealed in their practice of acts of loose conduct. 11_ 24-26).It is necessary strenous training on the part of the Christian in order to achieve full godly devotion. No unrighteousness could be found in him. he is the perfect example of conduct manifesting godly devotion in the fleash can maintains such devotion. who is often a harlot. following the guiding rule to love God and your neighbor. the loss of peace of mind and heart. produce an issue of universla importance – that of the righteousness of God’s severignty over all his creatures. Efesios 4:2024). Satan’s rebellion.moral soundness. sining (Prov. A person’s aim. 11: 1.16. desisting from sin (1 Peter 4 :1-6) and producing the righteous fruitage of God’s spirit in place of the wicked fruitage of the sinful falesh (Gal. He could rightly said to his enemies Who of you convicts me of sin? (John 8:46). 22:37-40.8). 3:18). Integrity. 7:26). If anyone who professes to serve God rules on his own ideas istead of adhering to the Bible and if his teaching does not “accord with Godly Devotion”. worship. this evidently why all other sins are here viewed as “outside one’s body”. It also hold promise of the life that “is to come” (1 Tim. 6:18). but in joyful uinion with him and sin son. is Essential. undefiled. in training himself is not achieve selfish materialistic gain. 6. intimately and to become more like him – to be an imitador or copier of him (Efesios 5: 1). 1:10-19..A person proffesing godly devotion must recognize its power to change his personality and must be true and genuine in following godlines (1 Tim. He must recognize that God’s Word is his expression of the way of Godly devotion and so he must conform to its precepts (Tito: 1. the weakness of spiritual sickness (Psalm 38: 3-6. he made love the fundation of his Law to Israel (Mat. Having faith in God’s sure reward for rightenousness (Heb. But there is gain to the one who is content with his lot. happiness. before his death: “I have conquered the world” laso “the ruler of the world is coming. 6:11.. or objective. satisfaction.8) So. 13: 8-11). 3 1-5). to accuse hem before God. Godly Devotion is a Sacred Secret -. accoridng 2 Peter 1: 5. The fornicator wrongly and sinfully become one flesh with another. Godly Devotion and it’s Power. this failing to reflect the techer’s devotion to God. this he will also reap” and he is protected against the deceitfulness of sin (Gal. Since no other sin can thus separate of the body of the Christian from union with Christ and make it “one” with another. with Contentment. for love is an outstanding quality of God. 4:7. “It holds promise of the life now”. revealing the solution to the Sacred Secret.Those who pursue righteousness by faith can avoid carrying the “heavy load” that sin brings.. The Bible use of the expression “godly devotion” refers to devotion with loyalty to Jehova God personally. becouse Paul warned about ungodly one who proffessed devotion devotion to God. 6:7. Satan. namely. Such are open the guidance of God’s holy spirit and can “live as to the spirit from the standand point of God”. for these entrap one in sin and spoil useful habits –Prov. who continues in godly devotion along with self-suffering. 2 Pedro 1:3) Since Godly devotion is toward God personality. Ecl. No flaw could be found in his integrity. and service to God. And he has no hold on me (John 16: 33. with loyalty to his universal sovereighty. The prime example of Godly devotion is Jesus Chirst. 7:26. The coming of God’s son to earth and his integrity-keeping course gave the answer. his word and spirit will bring one to kown Jehova personality. 6: 12-22. guidless. we can this gaining freedom from si’s mastery – Rom. he becomes “mentally disead”. He said. separated from the sinner (Heb. The person who moves hastily without first seeking knowledge as to his path will “miss the mark”. 1 Cor. 19:2). and a purspose of living.6). which is lawlessness. it is necessary to use his ample latitude to display his indiviudal personality and preferences. Rom. There are persons using godness for materialistic or sensual gain. Though they cannot be alienated from God. Yes.body (1 Cor. Jesus was “loyal. one’s being blameless and faultless. shunning empty speeches that violate what is holy and practice are sorts of wickedness. Biblical usage and examples emphasize unbreakable devotion to Jehova God and to his expressed will and purpose as the course of vital importance. 18:41:4) Love of God and of neighbor is a principal means for avoiding sin. it is also necessary to add to our endurance godly devotion. 5: 16-26).2. spiritual health . Since “God is not one to be mocked”. 15: 33. Such a person – the inner man – will reflect more and more the fine qualities of God (2 Cor. completeness.
28. 22: 36-38). as God’s chief loyal one “his soul would not be left in sheol”. their lives or souls. 2: 6-8. with the fualtless. Therefore. David. 6:1-16. and they can rest in full security. He guards their way. Those who are loyal to Jehova can count on his closeness and his help to the very end of their faithful course.23. and he will not leave his loyal ones to time indefinite they will certainly be guarded – Psalm 37: 27. Summarizing. asked for God’s help and said: “With someone loyal you will act in loyalty. who is devoted to righteousness and who exercises unbreakable loving-kindness toward those who serve him. 22:26). that none served out of a purily unselflish motive. 28:10). walking in a faultless way. Jehova is a lover of justice. have been allowed to continue so long. Loyalty. guiding the way of those walking in integrity (Prov. Though He is loyal to his covenants and those who are loyal to him can rely fully on him. 10-29).. Jesus’s teaching emphasized purity of heart. Jesus Christ gave the first example of integrity and supreme trust in his heavenly Father’s strengh and care. His injunction that “You must accordingly be perfect. the Scriptures shows it means wholeness or completeness of heart devotion. but the best way to determine the fullmeaning of the Bible terms for loyalty is to examine their usage in the Bible. knowning that he will remember them no matter what situation arises. Integrity is therefore not restricted to anyone aspect of human conduct. not by the individual’s personal moral strengh. mind. a person must “hold fast his integrity as did Job. Weather is sickness or in distressful adversity. speaking the truth in his heart with a delighful soul. 11:5. The integrity keeper. and every inclination of the thoughts. under all conditions and at all times. In tegrity is embarced in the commandment Jesus sinle out as the greatest of all – loving Jehova God with one’s whole heart. It involves a right relationship with God. Because Jehova’s loyalty to righteousness and justice. Satan’s challenging statement is Job’s case showed he held the position that all persons could drwan away from God’s side. because you have rendered these decisions – Rev. Luke 11: 34-36). Sacret Secret. it does not apply just to matters obviously religious for God’s servants is a way of live in which the indiviudal “walks” constantly. it is evident that their integrity does not mean perfection of action or of speech. Yes those who are loyal to him can rely fully on him.4.. Since all men are imperfected and unable to measure up perfectly to God’s standards. 15: 3. Rather. 16:5. Such an integrity-keeping course is possible. It includes the though of devotion and faithfulness. God’s promise is that he will be a “shield” and “stronghold. as well as his love for his people. Because hour constant concern for gaining God’s approval brings stability to our lives. Thus humans have the remarkable privilege of contributing to the vendication and santification of God’s name. as your heavenly Father is perfect (Mat. also stressed a completeness of one’s devotion to righteousness. and strengh (Mat. as by God’s inmediately crushing Satan and the human pair our of existance. an angel was moved to say: “You. being devout. according to the integrity of our hearts. promts him to take needed judicial action. is withheld until his own time and is revealed only to those to whom he chooses to make it known. The apostle Paul tells Christians that they should put on the new personality which was created according to God’s will in true righteousness and loyalty (Efesisos 40:24). In the Scriptures Jehova God assures that he is aware of the life of the faultless person and guarantees that such a person’s inheritance will continue. the One who is and who was.Something that originate with God. Integrity is most evident when the individual’s devotion is understand and the person is pressured to abandon his righteous course. 22. enable us to follow a straight course to our goal (Prov. freedom from hypocricy – all these being qualities that characterized integrity (mat. the loyal one. no matter what the cost. for all hearts Jehova is searching. in order to prove to be complete with God. 28:18). righteousness. searching to know Jehova’s will (Psaml 119: 13). pious. Loyalty of Jehova. faith and trust in Jehova God and his saving power. Jehova requires loyalty from his servants they must copy him (Efesios 5:11). but only through deep. are righteous. It involves a right relationship with God. was a moral issue. Prov. – Job 2:3. 5:48). in prayer.It is kindness that lovingly attaches itself to an object until its purpose in connection with object is realized.Since the issue was not noe of superiority of power but. Satan. being outside the range of unassisted natural 29 . reverence. it could not be settled merely by the exercise of power. soul. Please Rev. the careful observance of all duties toward God.. mighty one you will deal faultlessly (2 Sam. This is the though of holiness. This fact is an aid in understanding why wickedness and its author.Jesus when on earth was greatly strenghthened in the knowledge that God had cause to be foretold of him that. Jesus’s Loyalty. loyalty is an essential quality if a men is to qualify for special services in the congregation of God. his future will be peaceful.He is the most holy one. rahter. singleness of outlook and intent.. and he will continue into the possesion of good (Job 9:20-22. 16-18.
not be kept secret forever.Paul gave a full view of the revelation of the sacred secret of the Christ. The apostle Paul writes to fellow Christians “carefully concealed in him are all the treasure of wisdom and knowledge”. 2:1. 2: 2.that you may kow how you ought to conduct yourself in God’s household. of true godly devotion. 13: 11-13. 1:10). and laso “declaring”.. was declared righteous in spirit. Jesus Christ earlier pointed out to his diciples: “To you the sacred secret of the kingdom of God has been given bu to those outside all things occur . though looking. such as that Babylon The Great. Then the knowledge of the mistoery of the “seed of the woman began to be understood. are the prospective heirs of tha heavenly kingdom with Christ “The things on the earth” will be its earthly subjects. because the sensibility of their hearts that God does open up the them this understanding. 3:16. 1:15. 32. 4: 3. 23. (constrast 2 Tim. Efesios 6:19. as noted in the foregoing. do all things for God’s glory – 1 Cor. a pillar and support of the truth.Mark 4:11. they may look and yet not see.apprehension. Col. …. appeared to angels. Sacred Secret “Centers Around Christ”. Mat. 2: 6-16. 11:15). God’s secret is good news and it is not a lie or man-made deception (Johm 8:31. The apostle Paul discusses this aspect of matters at 1 Cor. 4:4) The question concering who would be “the seed of the women” that will bruise the serpent’s head this would be fully revleal when Christ “was made manifest in flesh. the King (Col. This congregation of the living God’s had the truth. This “sacred secret” involves a government. in union with whom we were also assigned as heirs. There he speaks of the “scared secret” of God as “hidden wisdom”. “speaking. and is made known in a manner and at a time appointed by God. in order that. 1 John 2: 27). 10:31. was recevied up in glory (1 Tim. It was not until Christ came and “shed light upon life and icorruption through the good news “that this was made clear (2 Tim. This is revealed. and to those only who are illuminated by His Spirit. 9. to gather all things together again in the Christ. . All “the sacred secrets” of God have to do with his Messianic Kingdom ( Mat.4). can be made known only bu divine revelation. Col. For centuries men of faith looked forward to the “seed” of promise to deliver mankind from sin and death. Christ ‘s course of godly devotion benefit mankind and vindicate and exalts Jehova’s name. 44. was believed upon in the world. as thruth revealed. and “”it is in him that all the fullness of the divine quality dwells bodily – Col. 3:5). the things in the heavens and the things on the earth. !.The rendering of reverent honor or homage. Sacred Secret of Godly Devotion. Luke 8:10. and those who chosen to understand the sacred secret of God are bound not to keep it secret. foreordained according to the purpose of him who operates all things according to the way his will counsels. on the mysteries” secret to Satan and those he has blinded (2 Cor. True worship of the Creator embraces evry respect of an individual’s life. Rev.Since “the bearing witness to Jesus is what inspires prophesying” “the sacred secret of God” must center around Chirst. the Messianic Kingdom of God the things in the heavens “to which Paul refers. though hearing. 6:16). Sacred Secret -The Messianic Kingdom. but to be revleaved by Jehova’s God in his own time to those who look for him and to whom he chooses to reveal them. It is something that the spirit of the world or the human wisdom of physical men cannot fathom but that is spoken and understood by those “combining spiritual matters with spiritual words”. “manifested”. revlealed through God’s spirit to his Christian servants. nor ever turn back and forgiveness be givne them” – Mrk 4:11. in that we were. The sacred secrets of God and other “misteries” of the Bible.. “made known”. Worship. 19:10). and it knew accuretely the mystery.12. are therefore things. 30 . Yes. and the congregation had not only the form but also the power of such godly devotion.Paul wrote to Timothy: I am writing your these things. 13:11). or “the sacred secret”. At Ephesians 1: 9-11 he speaks of God’s making known “the sacred secret” of his will. Hence. and. which is the congregation of the living God. Paul explains that this sacret secret is hidden wisdom foreordained by God began with Jehova’s own prophecy at Genesis 3:15. in connection with “the sacred secret of the good news”. and says: “It is according to his good pleasure which he purposed in himself for an administration at the full limit of the appointed times. 3. namely. in him. was preached about nations. upon the blowing of which the announcement is made in heaven: “The kingdom of the world did become the Kingdom of our Lord and his Christ. but to give it the widest possible proclamation and publication. they may hear and yet not get the sense of it. and he will rule as King forever and ever (Rev. 2:2. The Sacred Secret” comes to finish. but it was not clearly understood just who the “seed” would be and just how “this seed” would come and bring deliverance. The apostle Paul wrote to the Corinthians: “Weather you are eating or drinking or doing anything else. by the Bible use of terms such as “preached”. True Christinas exercised the greates vigor in telling this good news containing the understnading of the sacred secret to “all creation that is under heaven (1 Cor.. it could be the “pillar and support of the truth” in the mids of a world of error and false religion..
10. had only “a shadow of the good things to come. He was the historical Savior and Deliverer of Isarael. Having become acquainted with God through the Bible and evidence of the operation of God’s spirit in his life. Similarly. but not the very substance of the things” (Heb. 45:15. given to God’s Son by angelic direction. Psalm 28:8. He saved not only the nation but also individuals who served him (2 Sam. The name Jesus. these special saviors were divinely selected and empowered to deliver Israel from foreign opression (Judge 2:16. Instead of relying on sight or touch. 5:7. 1:21. Satan¡ For it is written. however. Jehova was his Savior. supporting and strengthening him to maintain integrity through his strenous trials – Heb. The primary emphasis has always been on exercising faith-doing the will of Jehová God. even though he performs the salvation as the agent of Jehova (Tit. who is therfore exalted as “Chief Agent and Savior” (Acts 5:31). Accordingtly. but with spirit. from this world under Satan’s control (John 17:16. Jas. 31 .In order to obtain salvation we need a “Savior” to preserve or delivers from danger or destruction. and this brought them relief from their enemies (Judge 2:18). The great teacher. Isa. for the worshippes are identified as supporters of “the wild beast” and its “image” by having a mark either on the hand (with which one serves) or on the forehead (for all to see). Jehova is also the “Repurchaser” (Isa. regardless of the place or things about him. Mark 7:7). “he will save his people from their sins” (Mat. for. from Babylon the Great (Rev. obeisance. You worship what you do not know. 1:4. the person who worships with spirit and truth definitely ‘knowns what he is worshiping’ Savior. This. not with the aid of something that he can see or touch. For this reason we find the Father and the Son spoken of together in connection with salvation – Tit. and it is now. 10:1). 43:3.and not on ceremony or ritual _ Mat. 4). including sacrifice. marked by genuine concern for the poor. Jesus Christ can rightly be called “our Savior”. accomplished through Jesus. 14: 9-11. Salvation is provided by Jehova through Jesus Christ for “all sorts of men” (1 Tim. Jehova is identidied as the principal Savior. 2:11-13. 7: 9. a priesthood. Worship is closely associated with Godly Devotion. The words of Jesus clearly showed that true worship would not depend upon the presence or use ofvisible things and geographic locations.Jehova God accepts only the worship of those who comport themselves in harmony with his will (mat. 15). when the true worshipers will worship the Father with spirit and truth. the our is coming. Jer. time and again (Psalm 106:8. “A great crowd” is shown at Revelation 7:9. Therefore. Since true worshiper has the truth revealed by God. 49:26. Christians must render “God-revering” in every covenient occasion among people through free of speech of his kingdom which is other way to worship him. While the judge lived. means “Jehova Is Salvation” for. 8:2). He saves them from sin and death (Rom. Along with his role as Savior. Thus. apart from the ungodly world. To a Samaritan woman Christ Jesus said: “The hour is coming when neither in this mountain (Gerizim) nor in Jerusalem will you people whorship the Father. Worship to Jehová compel us to do his will as persons exclusively devoted to him. When Jesus was on earth. 2 Peter 1:11). Other way to worship is through do obeisance indicating one’s reverence and gratitute to God and submission to his will. 3:9. worshiping or serving the Devil – Rev. 4:10). 15-17. 18: 2. This name points out that Jehova is the Soruce of slavation. Jesus. and it is to him alone you must render sacred servide’” (Mat. 22: 1-3). Since the Devil gives the wild beast its authority. was common to bown down when praying or offering sacrifice in old Israel. maintains a worshipful attitute. ‘ It is Jehova your God you must worship. and from destruction and everalsting death (Rev. 10). 7:21. 4:10). Col. 14: 8). 15:9. we worship what we know…Nevertheless. During the period of the Judges.. 14:8). Worship That Is Acceptable to God. he does the repurchasing through his Son Jesus Christ (1 John 4:14). indeed. 43: 11. Jehova God did outline a certain way of approach in worship. the Father is looking for suchlike ones to worship him. 60:16). 13:4. in reality. In delivering Christians from sin’s bondage. God is a Spirit and those worshiping him must worship with spirit and truth” John 4:21-24.In the paast. the true worshiper exercises faith and. for an individual to engage in any ritual or act of devotion toward any other gods signified his abandoning true worship. his worship is in agreement with the true. or bowing down to the “wild beast” and its “image” is linked with service. he served to keep Israel in the right way. said the angel. and a material sanctuary. worship. 3:4-6.. wirshiping the wild beast means. Luke 1:31). 7:14-17. the only Source of deliverance (Isa. Jer. 10 attributing salvation to God and to the Lamb. 1:13). 45:15. 2:17-26.cleared up our mind on this issue when he refused to render an act of obeisance to the Devil when he offered Jesus all the kingdoms of the world and their glory and said: “Go away. Often his salvation wa through men araised up by him as saviros (Nem. 9:27). Jehova’s provision for salvation. Thus worships. 21.
could then be passed on by the procreative process to offspring. other living angelic sons of God were created (Job 38: 4-7. He said also that “there are heavenly bodies. Later the physical universe was brought into existance. Otheer sicientifics. Vegatation has life. The life of man and animals is dependent both on the life-force started off initially in the first of each kind and on breath to sustain that life source. Some scientifics propose that there is a ginetically determined life span for each cell. being started into activity by Jehova ´in the first of each kind (first human pair). namely. there is a triad of facts: 1) the building-up that compensates for the breakingdown of proteins. including the theory that the brain releases hormones that play a large part in aging and subsequent death. the source of life and by direct action of his son in carrying out that command. Life: What man needs for life. of an individual.The life-force in creratures. In discussing the kind of body with which resurrected persons will come back. 1:15). So even though somatic death has taken place. 19:16).The principle of live or living. Life. Regarding the difference in the flesh of various earthly bodies. things possesing life generally have the capabilities of growth. 1:16. under inspiration. which is the abosute cessation of the function of the brain. Various other explanation are offered... but the glory of the heavenly bodies is one sort.Moist scientific investigators not only overlook the cause of death in all mankind. 14 pag. he says “not all flesh is the same flesh. implementing the sentence in a way that man does not fully understand¡ similarly. and reproduction. Biologically science testifies to this fact. his only-begotten Son. the congregation of his annointed followers. for each distinct ype of organism seems to have some distintive protein of its own. to nurse and later to eat. metabolism. Everything is true for its own time. and death of the tissues –sometimes termed biologiccal death – the entire disappearance of the vital action of the ultimate structural constituents of the body. They overlook the fact that the Creator himself decreed death sentence for the first human pair. Rev. he holds forth the price of everlasting life to those who exercise faith in his son –John 3:16. or to be replaced by a beter but ultimately equality flase paradigm. That a person must be cautions about accepting one theopry over another is suggeted by the comments of Roy I. Walford. 42) says “another feature is the chemical individuality everywhere manifest.17). Life: Organism. explains that life on earth. and another of fish”.. because Jehova is the living God. The first of his creations was given life. and some characteristic rate or rhythm of metabolism. as well as of the circulatory and respiratory organs – the body as an organized unit is dead . Life on earth came to be as the result of a direct command of Jehova. IN mammals. Only life begets life. Life: Transmission of Life-Force. the 1942 edition of the Encyclopidia Britnnica (Vol. For support they point to experiments in which (cells cultured in an artificial environment) were found ro stop dividing after 50 divisions. following conception the mother supplies oxygen and other nourishment until birth. the animate existance. but more important. A longstanding question among scientifics has been. or term of animate existance. being merely the life principle. the life principle opearating in it. are transitory. and also of all who exercise faith in him –Ephesious 5:23. why does man grow old and die. As to earthly. while it is 32 . physical life. and he has no beginning or end of existance.All things having life either spiritual or feshly. John 3:16. and another flesh of brids. the lifeforce still lingers in the cells of the body’s tissues until eventually everycell dies completely (death of the tissues). This is evident in their separation of the process of death into two classifications: Somatic. Life itself is impersonal. and that of the earthly body is a different sort – 1 Cor.The ransom sacrifice is the bais for salvation. MD who said ‘It is not a cause for alarm or even surprise that Hayflick’s paraddigm (the theory that aging is built into the cell’s genetic) may proved ultimately false. 2) the ocurrence of these proteins in a colloidal state and 3) their specificity from type to type”. Life in the fullest sense.. incorporeal. 1 John 4:14. the apostle Paul. but no life as a soul. Thus under the general qualitiy of persistence amid unceasing metabolism. 7:23-25. Life: Aging and Death. the Word (John 1: 1-3. response to external stimuli. as applied to intelligent person. when the infant begins to breath through its notrils. however. but there is one of mankind and there is another flesh of cattle. 15: 39. Col.Lefe has always existed.All form of vegetable life. contend that such experiement do not provide insight into whole organisms age. have an organism or body.. is perfect existance with the right to it. Life: Jehova God the Source.. 40. Through this son. or sytemic death (seometimes called clinical death). Christ Jesus has the authority and power “to save completely those who are approaching God through him” (Heb. as well as animal life. Col. and earthly. they ignore the prime factor requesite for everlasting life.17. the fountain of life. and as King and everlasting High Priest. He is “a savior of this body”.
This will take place at the end of Christ’s reign. unlike the animals. 4:4). To his hearers Jesus said: He that hears my word and believes him that sent me has everlasting life. The apostle writes: “Moreover. different from the “unreasoning animals” (2Peter 2:12) had reasoning power. 15:23-26. when man’s last enemy. death. he must hunger and 33 . 6: 40). Life: Regeneration: With a view to restoring to mankind perfection of organism and the prospect of eternal life. they can bring improved health only termporarily. people on earth will have reached human perfection. 21: 1-4) the time of “a new heaven and a new earth without death.2). he had to have spiritual sutance. Life: The Way of Life.000 years long. and of the One whom you sent forth. was given the capacity for spirituality. being in the condition that Adam and Eve were in before they sinned. Jesus said: “This means everlasting life. 1:30. the individual must keep his mind fixed “on the things above. which the book of Revelation shows is 1. and power (compare Col. “whose soul is set as guilt offering”. Mat. He is called “the last Adam…a life-giving spirit (1 Cor. John 1:4. Jehova has provided the truth. 15:26). 5:21). Life: Earthly life without corruption. drinking. 3:10 ). When man was created he was made in God’s imanage. their taking in knowledge of you. And it is not a selfish hope. He needed more that literal food. The lord Jesus Chirst “shed light upon life and incorruption through the good news (2 Tim.It is evident throughout the Bible that the hope of servants of Jehova has been to receive everlasting life at God’s hands. Jesus Chirst – John 17:3. The saying that I have spoken to you are spirit and life.. 2:16). This capacity created a need in Adam. 3:1. 9:6) and as the one who “poured out his soul to the very death”. Consequently part from Jehova God and his spiritual provisions there can be no indefinitive continuance of life. “Peter said” Lord.Jehova. he had attributes like those of God. He told his disciples: “It is the spirit that is life-giving. sense of justice. and he does not come into judgement but has passed over from death to life. 2 Cor. Those who thereafter pass the test when Satan is released for a short time from the abyss will be able to enjoy that life forever. Following the truth will lead one to a knowledge of God’s provision of Jesus Chirst. who gave himself “a ransom in exhange for many” (Mat. whom shall we go away to? You have saying of everlasting life (John 6:53. they will not need to die (1 Cor. 11:6) He is that kind of God. From Jesus’s words it is evident that human efforts to prolong life indefinitely or theories that certain diets or regimens will bring life to mankind are futile. has revealed the way of life through his word of thruth. the only true God. Jesus showed that a person must be conscious of his spiritual need. Jesus Christ repeated this statement and also said “My food is for me to do the will of him that sent me and to finish his work” (John 4:34. it is one of the qualities for which he deserves full devotion from his creatures. such as love.Paul speaks of God’s son and join heirs with Christ and he says “the eager expectation of the creation is waiting for the revealing of the sons of God” then he said “the creation itself also will be get free from enslavement to corruption and have the glorious freedom of the children of God” (Rom.” (John 5:24. for he that approaches God must believe that he is and that he becomes the rewarder of those earnestly seeking him” (Heb. Prophecy designates him as “Eternal Father” (Isa. 1:10). there is somethiong far more assential for continuance of life. “the word of life” (Philp.2. but specifically to “mankind” it gives assurance that a new earthly sociaty of humankind living under the “new heaven” will experience restoration of mind and body to fullness of health and everlasting life as earthly “children of God” according to genuine purpose of man. 15:45). his spirituality had to be exorcised for his mental and physical welfare.necessar for the human body to be constantly nourished and refreshed by breathing. The fountain of life. 20:28) only through this means can men be restored to full spirituality as well as to physical wholeness (Acts 4:12¸1 Cor. with our faith it is possible to please him well. is brought to nothing there will be no sin working in our bodies to bring death.. “the word of life” (John 17:17. thus giving life to those who exercise faith in the offering of his soul and are obedient. then regeneration to life comes. At best. The apostle John called Jesus “The word of life” and said “By means of him was life – 1 John 1: 1. The only way of life is obedience to good news. He as such father is able to regenerate mankind. Through Jesus Chirst. wisdom. Since the promise (Rev.. not on the things upon the earth” (Col. morning and pain be anymore” This promise is given not to spirit creatures. 2:16). Philip. He able to appreciate and worship his creator. By the end of the thousand years. He had the ability to understand why he exist and his creator’s purpose toward him. To time indefinitive . Restarting with obedient mankind. As to living forever. To gert life. 8:14-23). 20: 4-10. Hence he. and eating. the flesh is of no use at all. This hope has encouraged them in maintaining faithfulness. according to hius likeness it means that man. Rev. 66-68). Life: Everlasting life a reward from God.
that strong or passionate affection for a person of the opposive sex that constitutes the emotional incentive to conjugal union. and so forth. So righteous Abel’s is apparently the first name written on the the scroll” – Rev. 15:4. The source of such provisions is the royal throne of God and of the Lamb Jesus Chirst. – Rom. 3:18. 3:5-10).The Scriptures in a figurative sense called the wisdom “a tree of life to those taking hold of it ”. the tongue must be controlled. Life. 15:19.The scroll of life of the Lamb is a separate scroll. came to the conclusion: “I hate life. 1:17). 1 Tim. 14: 1. for their eventual everlasting life. 14. for a parent or child. 15: 19. damaging those hearing it. Luke 11: 50. Jas. At the conclusion of his book Salomon gave the exhortation to fear the true God and keep his commandments. Prov. 15:4) The calm speech of the wise person helps and refreshes the spirit of those hearing him. safeguard your heart. This Present. These things would lead to death (Mat. unmovable. Rev. 17:8. 4:3. 2:17). 21: 1-3. 15:18. 22.20)Guarding against such heart reasoning by supplying the heart with lifegiving spiritual nourishment. Jesus Christ. 8:20). 12:13.. and forms of enjoyment. 6:19). after trying out everything this life has to offer in the way of riches. knowing that your labor is not in vain in connection with the Lord” – 1 Cor. includes affection or fondness. it is not unfeeling. Symbolically. Salomon hated the calamitous. Salomon did not hate life itself. providing themselves “faithful even to death” (Rev.Chirst’s followers are counseled: “More than all else that is to be guarded. The apostle Paul also spoked about this present life when he said: “Now Christ has been raised up from the dead. also. vain life that one experiences in living as does the present world of mankind. There is the mentioned of “trees of life” in a different context. which is the way of real life (Ecl. and he that is loving it will eat its fruitage”. but distortion in it means a breaking down in the spirit” (Prov. It may or may not. one continues in the way of life – Psalm 34:12-14. Similarly. then. as love of righteous. namely. also. at Revelation 22:1. Life: Safeguard the heart. Not only faith in Jesus Chirst and through him call on the name of Jehova (Rom. because the work that has been done under the sun was calmitous from the standpoint. these would be curative. “the calmness of the tongue is a tree of life. 22-27).. are in line to receive the grant of everlasint life either in heaven or on earth. nourishing good qualities in them. Jesus showed that it is from the heart that wircked reasoning. 58. the kindly affection properly expressed by God’s creatures toward one another. this becoming part of the heavenly Messianic Kingdom (Rev. 3:5)..4). the truth from the pure Fountain of Life.. and so forth. gardens. 5:3. but distortion in the tongue is like bad fruit. we must obey God’s Word. 2:10. including those still on earth who are in line to receive heavenly life (Rev. Several referecnes are made to “the scroll of life” or to God’s book.thirst for righteousness (Mat.. murder. In safeguarding one’s life by guarding the heart. Consequently. he concluded. It contains the names of Jehova’s servants “from the founding of the world. emanate. it brings truble and discouragement. the kindly affection of God for his creatures or the reverent affection due from them to God. in that it will supply us with that which we need . as for a firend. Those enrolled in “the Lamb’s scroll are spoken of as entering the holy city. houses. The picture appears after the scene of the establishing of the new heaven and the new earth and the satatement that “the tent of God is with mankind” (Rev. the world of redeemable mankind. and those things defile a man” (Mat. 23:35. compare Rev. In order to keep our name in the book. 13:8. 24). for out of it are the sources of life” (Prov. 20. shares his kingdom rule. – Prov. Trees of. Aside from those meaning the Scripture speak also of love guided by principles. Here the nations are shown as partaking of the leaves of the tree healing purposes. adultery. Life: “The Lamb’s Scroll”. apparently containing only the names of those with whom the Lamb. 16:22. Love.” that is. not only to enjoy our present life but also to receive eternal life. 3:5.51. always having plenty to do in the work of the Lord. 21:2.6). because of their faith. It evidently contains the names of all those who. 8:6. “Death and life are in the power of the tongue. But by proper use of the tongue to praise God and to speak right things. for everything was vanity and a striving after wind” (Ecl. This means conquering this world through faith. Their names are written both in “the Lamb’s scroll” and in the other scroll. 63: 3. God’s “book of life” – Philp. in which is his throne. The reason was explained by Jesus: “The things proceeding out of the mouth come out of the heart. knowledge of God and the insight and good sense to obey his commands. But is not ruled by feeling or 34 .2.The wise King Salomon. 4:23). for it is a ‘good gift and perfect present from above’ (Jas. warm fondness or liking for another.A feeling of warm personal attachement or deep affection. will keep the heart from going wrong and taking the person out of the way of life. lifesustaining provision for mankind. Become steadfast. Mat. Life. helping them along the way of life. They alongside the river flowing out from the temple-palalce of God. my beloved brothers. New Jerusalem. 10:13-15). subject to futility (Rom.
ga’pe. to delight in viewing the color and beauty of creation to enjoy animals as well as the company of his fellow women. That was the giving of the life of his own faithful onlybegotten Son (John 3:16). is then clearly understood. He is.. Christians rithly show a. indeed for the good man. because love includes the feeling and expression of warm personal affection. This love of the Father and of the Son is accompanied by tender affection for such loving persons. while we were yet sinners. (John 14: 21). (John 3: 19. Paul also writes: “For hardly will anyone die for a rithgteous man. in order that his works may not be reproved”. The apostle John says: “Men have loved (e. we shall be saved by his life” (Rom. Love: God. 2:12. much more. Moreover. Yet. his love ranscends anything that we can feel or express (Ephes. for their works were wicked. doding so for the welfare of those persons (Gal. we love.8.ga’pen) to us in that.ga. This facet or expression of love is an unselfish devotion to righteousness and a sincere concern for the lasting welfare of others. along with an active expression of this for their good.ga’pe toward others for whom they may feel no afection or fondness. For human understanding to best form to visualize the invisible God is through human earthly relating things.san) the darkness rather than the light. someone even dares to die. 5: 8-10).. 40.pe’so) him”. they do feel compassion and sincere concern for such fellow human. Rom. A wrong kind of a.ga. 17:5. The apostle Paul states: “God recommends his own love (a. and wisdom (Deu. Christ died for us…For it. Jehova`s love toward mankind is that of a father toward his children (Mat. he did for mankind. 1 John 4:10. 2: 4-7). As the apostle John writes: “As for us. 35 . they love it.ga. he spoke of being with his Father.pai’) the Son”. 5:45). of what credit is it to you? Even sinners lend without interest to sinners that they may get back as much” (Luke 6: 32-34). 11:33). God’s resurrected Son Jesus Christ is not an abstract quality either. Rev. His greatest manifestation of love. 10: 32. there are good and ban principles.20).sentiment. He is not an abstract quality. if you lend without interest to those from whom you hope to receive. as well as of angels beholding the face of his Father.pe-the’sse-tai) by my father. to the limits and in the way that tighteous principles allow and direct.13. Jehova’s worshipers must love him and his Son. he has the capacity to hate.ga’pe could be expressed. we became reconciled to God through the death of his Son. with the capacity to love and for spirituality and by revealing himself to man through his Word and his holy spirit – 1 Cor.ga’pe) refers to love governed by principle. because he first loved us” (1 John 4:19). – Rom. power. the Source of love. and welfare of man. It never ignores principles. while love (a. while we were yet sinners. which only a person can have. His love of ritheousness requires his hatred of wickedness.ga. in the same way. In this sense one of the synonyms for love is “devotion”. Chirst died for us”. though not feeling affection. 6:10).pon’) me will be loved (a. no matter what it costs him. Isa. he said: “He that loves (a. working with him. “heart”. Loving our enemies. 6 :46. Job 36: 22. The principle upon which such ones operates is: Do good to me and I will do good to you. should be governend by the principle estsblished by God and should be excercised in obedience to his commandment. 8:28. 55:8. as well as one another. really of what credit is it yo you? Even the sinners do the same.ga’pe) may include affection and fondness is evident in many passages. He also has other atrributes. John 5:17. 7: 12). But God has displayed his love even more by making man in his image and likeness. abd hearing him. accordingly. whether or not such love is accompanied by any warmth or affection. Man is made not just to exisat but to enjoy eating.ga. and if you do good to those doing good to you. guided by bad principles. – John 21: 15-17. However. Certainly. Also. pleasing him. “soul” and so forth.29.It is of utmost importance for us to understand that “God is love” as John wrote (1 John 4:8).This evidence is abundant and ca be seen in the physical creation itself with what remarkable care it has been made for the health. At John 5:20. For he that practices vile things hates the light and does not come to the light. and I will love (a. of what credit is it to you? For even the sinners love those loving them. He spares nothing that is for their good. But God recommends his own love to us in that. At John 3:35. and to find pleasure in the countless other delights of living. when we were enenmies.pa’te) those loving you. or which can be extended toward a person. perhaps. Jesus said: “If you love (a. 32: 4. 5: 7. the most loving thing that a parent can do. Applying this kind of love. Because it is truth or principle that darness helps cover their wicked deeds. now that we have become reconciled. Jesus said: “The Father loves (a. 18: 10. Love: Evidence of God’s love. For example. He is the very personification of love which is his dominant quality – He is not a far-distance person – He reveals himself in the Bible as a Person and figuratively speaks of his “eyes”. things impossible with a mere abstract quality. among them justice. a quality the very opposite of love. This kind of love (A. – Mat. pleasure. “hands”.
Our love for God is to be with our “whole heart. that mens every fiber of one’s organism and all one’s strengh and must be put behind that effort. but rejoices with the truth. Knwoing God’s purposes is essential . 6: 11-13). God is dealing with you as with sons. deteriorated.perfect love bonding the Son and the Father together unbreakable – Thus Jesus would said “He that has seen me has seen the Father also (John 14:9). love love can be firm and act in justice in behalf of rightesousness. but a love that reflect the total inner person. soul. Love can be misguided. adhering first of all to that which is chaste.. It does not engage in indecent behavior. It does not keep account of the injury. the source of love (Ephesios 5:1. But if the mind is not equipped with knowledge of what true love is and how it acts.. and how he expresses love (1 John 4:7). above all others. and strengh (Mat. Godly love cannot exists in the person apart from knowledge and service of God or apart from meditation and appreciation.It is evident that a person can have real.. and wisdom. Love is Not Jealous.roughness or harshness on the part of Christians toward others will not accomplish any good.Love is a fruit of God’s spirit and therfore is not a quality that one has without knowing.because a person knows then what is best for his own welfare and that of others and will know how to express love in the proper way. Love is not sentimentality. love must be carried out with the soul. Paul syas to Chirstians: “It is for discipline you are enduring. belives all things. 13: 4-7. endure all things – 1 Cor. discourteous. perfect. Rom. mind.Love must be directed first to God.39). justice. that someone should surrender his soul in behalf of his friends. It does not rejoice over unrighteousness. It is not rude. directed by Godly wisdom. Consequently. the inner man. right. Only by cultivating love. We shall be subjected ourselves to the father of our spiritual life. coarse. Love: Knowledge Gives Love Right Direction. such as sexual abuses or shocking conduct. become an imitation of God. and live. Love involves the emotions (1 Peter 1:22). He also told them “I am giving a new commandment that you love one another. Love Does Not Behave Indecently. it may be practiced at any time or place.It is not envious of good thiong coming to others. Love is a perfect bond of union. Love: How Godly Love Acts.. It rejoices in seeing a fellowman receive a position of greater responsibility. Paul clarifies on subject by emphasizing that love acts unselfishly: “Love is long-suffering and kind not look for its own interest. It is firm. and Christians must be indentified by this dominant quality not to a work or cause. love is the most important quality. Maerk 12: 29. It bears all things.It puts up with unfavorable conditions and wrong actions of others to bring honor and vindication to God’s name.He desires only those who love his sovereignty because of his fine qualit ies and because it is righteous. does not become provoke. Does Not Get Puffed Up – it does not seek the applause and admiration of creatures. just as I have loved you. Love Does not Brag. that you also love one another (John 13:34).. not a merely an outward expression. Men inherit the ability and capacity to love. God makes his rain fall on the righteous and the unrighteous.Love is easy to feel but hard to define.. as may be the case with certain physical or mental abilities. and twisted his love as it is shown through the history.It is not ill-mannered. 22: 36-38. Against love there is no law. talent in music. or 36 . and though happy with the advancement of others and he will not boast of what he is going to do. hopes all things. It is generous. The only way is to work and process toward perfection of love. He will realize that he does is due to the strengh coming from Jehová. 12:2.. Therefore Jesus’ love is complete. no matter what the provocation may be . who prefer his sovereignty to any other they choose to serve under his sovereignty rather than try to be independent this because of their knowledge of him and of his love. We shall be alert for any selffishly seeking the posisiton ocuppied by another. vulgar. such as phisical beauty. Part of love is sincerely encourage and build up other persons. his purpose. It is to be. to any extent. Jesus’s life and death exemplified this new commandment called for. Love is Long-suffering and Kind. Love is kind. Nonetheless.Love: God’s sovereignty based on love.. Love: How One Acquires Love. The true love that is a fruit of God’s spirit is expansive (2 Cor. it cannot be limited. strong. properly directed love only by setting and following God’s spirit and knowledge that cocmes from his world.2. It must be shared to be completed among his wife and be extended to one’s children. He told his disciple “No one have love greater that this. love can be expressed in the wrong direction. The person having love will not push another person down to make himself appear greater. It is the most powerful bond in the universe . To maintain integral love it is necessary to protect it against the influence of sentimentalism and family pride which is selfishness. Then. Otherwise. Godly love causes one to do what is good and beneficial for the other person “love buids up”. insolent. but is often misguided. toward those to whom it is due. or similar inherited qualities. It is easier to tell how it acts. The mind must known God and his qualities. it will become misdirected and even lead into the worship of a creature or thing.
– Prov. finding no pleasure in wrong. Otherwise. and repairs the damage. of the most effective and beneficial in its results. A person having love will be slow to expose to others the one who wrongs him.Rom 14: 1. Love “endures all things”. 23:14). The would be a vengeful spirit. 13: 9-12. especially toward God. no matter who the victim is. One having love is not easily offended by what others say or do.It has hope in all the things Jehova has promises (Rom. waiting patiently for Jehova to bring fruitage. but rejoices with the Truth. to be setled.One who loves literally is not reckoning the bad thing. I have become all things to people of all sorts. hope changes as the hoped-for things are realized and new things are hoped for.. 1 Peter 4: 7. that I might gain the weak. when the course recommended by Jesus at Matthew 18: 15-17 is appicable. “Love never fails” It will never come to an end or cease to exist. In contrast. A literal rendering is. hoping and waiting for them to be moved by God’s spirit to serve him. as well as. for it follows the counsel of God’s Word to “test the inspired expressions to see whether they originate with God”. specially his members family. Love Does Not Rejoice Over the Unrighteousness. The possesor of love does not demand that everything be done his way. in due time. But do all things for the sake of good news. based on his record of faithfulness and reliability. though it may not be able to grasp it thoroughly. Love does not Become Provoked. even if he is an enemy. 12: 12. Love is not gullible.It does not look for an occasion or an excuse for provoation. it prefers to suffer wrong rather than commit another wrong in an attempt to straighten out the matter (Rom.disrespectful to anyone. 3: 6) It continues to work. Paul said: “To the weak I became weak. Love will not impute evil motives to another but will be inclined to make allowances and give others the benefit of the doubt. It is not moved to outburst of anger. in lies. 3: 7). It does not consider itself to be injured as so lay up that injury as something ‘on the books’. A person who has love will avoid doing things that in appearance or action disturb others. 5. 37 . 13: 8 –13.. 5: 3 – 5. Despite whatever the Devil may do to test the soundness of the Christina’s devotion and faithfulness to God. 2: 11-14).Love is required for the Christians to keep his integrity toward Jehova God. the one having love will show that his forgiveness is real. if the other person asks forgiveness after the wrong is privately pointed out to him.. but that of the other person (1 Cor. 10: 12. This love. to make things grow (1 Cor. as the world practices even by popular sons.It follows the principle “let each one keep seeking not his own advantage. and it tests everything by the measuring rule of the Bible.It is willing to endure to suffer for righteousness’s sake. And he continues to asist those he is helping to learn the truth. It sticks with God’s Word of truth. condemmed in the Bible (Rom. Mat. the loving person will not sentimentally side with the chastised one and find fault with the correction or the authorized one be an exprtession of love for the indiviudal. Love Does Not Look for Its Own Interest. 14:40) Here is where concern for the everlasting welfare of others is one of the strongest motivating forces in love. It always sides with the right. Heb. love does not fear to speak out in the interests of truth and of others (Gal. Also. 12: 17. 12: 19). He is not afraid that his personal “dignity” may be injured. as God has. but it would harm rather tha help him... Love Bears All Things. that I might by all means save some. that it has completely covered the matter. but love always remains in tis fullness and continues to be built up stronger and stronger – 1 Cor.20). Love “believes all things” Love has faith in the things God has said in his Word of Truth. in the meantime permitting no relations between the injury and the injurer. just as we know and love a true. he should certainly adopt the same attitude (2 Peter 3: 15). Love believes all God says. It might gain the favor of the corrected one. A person who loves will realize that if Jehova is patient with weak persons in faith. In such cases. 9 :22. 12). 17: 9.. 20). Love Does not Keep Account of the Injury.8. that I may become a sharer of it with others” (1 Cor. or in any form of injustice. “all things it is covering”. faithful firend and do not doubt when he tells us something for which we may not have proof (Jos. even if outward appearances are against it and the unbelieving world scoffs. he will overlook it. 1 Peter 1:10-13). and it is willing to wait patiiently until the matter is more fully explained or until getting a clear understanding (1 Cor. Love “hopes all things. which is a work of the flesh (Gal. Owever.23). New knowledge and undersdtanding may correct things we once believed.Love rejoices with the truth even though it upsets previous belifs held or statement made. 5:29. But of another person is properly corrected by one having authority. love will endure in a way that holds the Christians true to God – Rom. or paid off. Acts 17:11. is a recognotion of his truthfulness.. 10:22. if a thing is wrong or misleading. (1 John 4:1. If the offense is not too serious. he will follow it.
. in telling his disciple of the things ahead. Jesus said: “He that is fond of his soul destroys it. God hates liars. 5: 44. and who loves Jehova and Christ and their righteousness above everything else.The apostle John writes: “Do not be loving either the World or the things in the world. but one who considers life in this world as secondary. 6:5. A good model to practice meekness was Moses “by far the meekness of all the men who were upon the surface of the ground. The meditations of the heart should be focus on benenfitial things – escaping from the stress that things strongle us – on God’s splendor and activities. instead of becoming heated up with anger (Psalm 37: 8 –11). “the whole world is lying in the power of the wicked one” (1 John 5:19). alone with his thoughts so to speak. indicated that the love of many who professed belief in God would cool off (Mat.. they are deeptly rooted in the heart. Meditation. By engaging in profitable meditation. Things Not be . and trouble is what their own lips keep speaking” – Prov. Individuals looking for material wealth are subject to all kind of problems and finally the become frustated. New Jerusalem) are the dogs and those who practice spiritism and the fornicators and the muderers and the idolaters and everyone liking and carrying on a lie” – Rev. 13: 5. answers given will be from the heart and will not be something to regret later on. But the supreme model is reflected in Jesus Christ. The writer of Proverbs say of such men: “Despoiling is what their heart keeps meditating. though such is grievous at the time (Heb. the apostle Paul says: “They became empty-headed in their reasoning and their unintelligent heart became darkened. speaking. 21. Love Can Cool Off. This emphasizes the importance of constant exercise and development of love by meditation on God’s Word and by molding one’s life according to his principles – Ephes.. In the Bible. Wrong. that a person can lose sight of right principles and that the proper love he once had can fade away. “foundness of silver.A mildness of temper. those who love God hate every wicked way – Psalm 101: 3. a person needs to be free from distractions. Of all who would “supress the truth in an unrighteous way. 12: 4 – 11). Meditation. the love of the Father is not in him..The iiner man has to exercise meditation. 22 – 24. which is a root of all shorts of injurious things – 1 Tim. for they have no love of the truth. Wordly things surround us. 4:8 and not on the devices of the wicked. but originates with the world” (1 John 2:15. he demostrated meekness by enduring all manner of personal injury without a word of complaint. The inner men will seriously think out these matters of importance. one will not be inclined to give foolish answers. resentment.Jesus Christ. the kind of deep. even allowing himself to be led to the laughter as a lamb 38 . Luke 11: 43 and John 12: 42. – Rom. 1: 18. It is a close companion of and seldom found separate from such other virtues as humility. 13: 5. 29: 19). these meditations are not mere pasing thoughts. It is evident. as a feature of the critical times to come. one who could take criticism without resentment (Num. will receive everlasting life.2). lowliness of mind. 2 Tim. 8: 13. 24: 2. 2: 10 – 12. or thoughfully contemplates possible future evetns. Meekness. Prov. it is written: “The meek ones will certainly increase their rejoicing in Jehova himself” (Isa. 43. 3: 1. and attempting to fight against Jehova and his sevants-utterly futile things – Acts 4:25. 16).Jehova “will teach the meek ones his way” (Psalm 25: 9) – and they are willing to endure discipline from the hand of God. 6:10. 4:15. 128. He declares to the apostle John in vision: “Outside (the holy city. a good way to meditate is by reading God’s word undertone would impress more indelibly on the mind the material which one is meditating. 23: 2 . 12: 3). and as a result. For example.. Mekkness causes persons to wait upon Jehova to right the wrongs and injuries unjustly suffered. or vindictive retalation. becase everything in the world – the desire of the flesh and the desire of the eye and the showy display of one’s means of life – does not originate with the father. The apostle Paul said that . later on. but things that devoid of all good-actually thinking. He says. then toward fellow creature. men woul become “lovers of money” ( 2 Tim. 119: 104. 24: 3. literally. not the things that people ordinarily seek in life. Jesus Christ warned against seeking glory and honor from men such promient positions have no reward at all were due them from God (Mat. like materialism. on things pleasing him Philip. but he that hates his soul in this world will safeguard it for everlasting life”. 12). One’s. How do we do this? In order to meditate properly. The mental disposition that enable one to endure injury with pacience and without irritation. 5 –7. 22: 15. concentrated thintking. without haughtiness or vanity. Generally.meditation upon “empty things”. Jesus disclosed this kind of people when said to those hating him “Why are you reasoning these things in your hearts? (Mark 2:8). In speaking to his disciple.Loved. Accordingly. manifesting their inclination being toward wicked pursuits. “love of money”. If anyones loves the world. meekness is emphasized as one’s mental attitute first of all toward God. therefore. A person who profers to protect his life now rather than to be willing to lay down his life as a follower of Christ will lose out on everlasting life. “Such meditation proves fatal to those indulging in it. Mekk persons are teachable. Heb. and gentleness.
Jesus. 5:32. 12: 2. Previously. Jesus declared: “Today this scripture that you just heard is fulfilled” (Luke 4: 16 – 21). For example: “The meek ones themselfves will posses the earth. it was clearly made when Cornelius received the gift of the Holy Spirit. and they will indeed find their exquisite delight in the abudance of peace” (Psalm 37: 11). “Better is it to be lowly in spirit with the meek ones thant to divide spoil with the self-exalted ones” – Prov. for six months John has been “preparing the way for “the saving means of God” . involves a government. Luke 3:21.without opening his mouth in protest (Philp. all you meek ones of the earth.E. I have approved you” Mat. 1 Juan 3:8) and the foundation upon which God would build all future arrangement for the eternal good of his universal family in heaven and earth (Efs. Sacred Secret: The Messianic Kingdom. 29). This S. 2: 3). Jesus now about thirty years old was baptized over John’s initial objections. however. Col. or the Sacred Secret of the true godly devotion. Jesus could say. It is a true proverb.. rightly and without exaggeration: “I amthe way the truth and the life.. (Hechos 10:34.S. After reading this prophecy in the synagogue of his hometown of Nazareth. 1:26. 1:8-10. Heb. Meekness Brings Benefits. and it knew accurately the mystery. he appointed and commissioned him as Jehova’s promised King. 3:10) The Congregation of the living God had the truth. 17:5). 44-48. and says “It is according to his pleasure which he purposed in himself for an administration at the full limited of the appointed times. Mark 1:9-11. Ef. Isa. the things in the heavens and the things on the earth. who have practiced His own judicial decision. of the Christ. continues to be understood. The things in the heavens to which Paul refers. and Jehova’s voice was heard from heaven. the focal point on which the light of all prophecies would concentrate and from which their light will radiate (1 Peter 1:10-12. 2: 11-13) and through God’s dealing with the congregation “the government and the authorities in the heavenly places” would come to know “The greatly diversified wisdom of God (Ef.22. Ef. in 36 C. 1:20) These are his point heirs. seek meekness (or. Acts 8: 32. voiced because John till then had been baptizing only repentant sinners.S. illuminated his mind on many points. 14: 2. had to do with the kingdom when he said to them “To you the S.The S. 10: 5-9) and God’s spirit descended upon Jesus in bodily shape like a dove . whom he shares the Kingdom (Lucas 22:29. 1:18-20: 2: 8. he was anointed with Jehova’s spirit “to tell good news to the meek ones.35.S. the beloved. 2: 5 –8. are the prospective heirs of that heavenly Kingdom with Christ “The things of the earth will be its earthly subjects.S. 16: 19.. includes the congregation of which Christ is Head (Ef.17. His Baptism. the apostle Paul gave further details when he explained that the S. together all things together again in the Christ. 33. 1:18: Rev. the heirs to David’s throne (Luke 1:32. 69. In both a spiritual and a literal sense. Above and beyond that are other wonderful promises extended to such ones. No ones comes to the father except through me – Juan 14:6. Col. God’s spirit poured out upon him double.Lucas 2:9-11. The solution to all the problem that Satan’s rebellion has raised (Heb.S.. Heb.There are many features in the knowledge of S. hence his baptism testified instead to his presenting himself to do his Father’s will (compare Heb. the Messianic Kingdom of God. Sacred Secret: Includes the Congregation. 9: 18). “the meek ones will eat and be satisfied” – Psalm 22: 26. 2: 20. Yes God listen to the heartfelt desires by answering their prayers. of the Kingdom of God has been given – Marcos 4:11. Jesus anointing with holy spirit appointed and commissioned him to carry out his ministry and preaching and teaching (Luke 4:16-21) and also to serve as God’s prophet (Hechos 3:22-26). recalling his Prehuman existence and the things he had heard from his father and the things he had seen his father do. Seek righteousness.27). 53: 7) This Greater-than-Moses also recommended himself to others as a meek or mild-tempered person (Mat. Probably you may be concealed in the day of Jehova´s anger (Zep.15.The invitation expressed by the prophet Zephaniah is still extended to meek persons of the earth: “Seek Jehova. 1: 8. Col. and above this.9). 3:3-6.Paul gives a full view of the revelation of the S. as well as the glory that Jesus himself had enjoyed in the heavens (Juan 6:46..39) They are taken from among both Jews and gentiles (Romans 11:25. their hope in Jehova is not disappointed (Psalm 10: 17. As Isaiah 61: 1 foretold. But over. Juan 1:3-9).S. Jesus Christ pointed out to his disciples that the S. At Efesios 1:9-11 he speaks of God’s making known “The Sacred Secret of his will.S. 11: 28. namely. was sinless. and the congregation has not only the form but also the power of 39 . 7: 28. humbleness. saying “You are my son. 1 Pedro 2:4-8) Because of the vital role he thus play in God’s purpose. until Jesus Christ came and shed light upon life and incorruption through the good news. 2: 5-9. humility). Sacred Secret. 38. 3:16.9) and an everlasting Kingdom his vital place in God’s purpose – Jesus is the central or key figure in the outworking of all his purposes (Juan 1: 14-18. 14.
he is the appointed Judge into whose hands all judgments is committed. there is no salvation in anyone else. 4:4). Hence.2. was believed upon in the world. subjecting themselves to the authority it represents. unblemished godly devotion would be fully maintained by anyone upon whom the devil would bring pressure. 2:9-11) They must sincerely and without hypocrisy line up with the standards Jesus exemplified and. in faith. but a dozen legion of angels. and untarnished in exclusive devotion to Jehová. 3:26. Ef. Fil. the “Mysteries’s sacred to stand and those he has blinded (2 Cor. Jesus Christ’s name is God’s appointed ruler. The demons obey Jesus’ commands on account of the authority for which his name stood as the anointed representative of the Kingdom.As an expression of his father’s undeserved kindness.40) Because Jehova God so ordained to use his Son. of God is finished at the time that. Hence. for there is not another name under heaven that has been given among man by which we must get saved – Hechos 4:12 compare 1 Juan 5:11-13. the one with authority to call for. not merely one legion.such godly devotion.Following his resurrection. When Jesus Christ “was made manifest in flesh. 1 Juan 3: 23.29. Bearing Witness to the Truth. but he is such in an administrative sense as well. 6:16) and the S. was received up in glory (1 Tim. would be able to hold up under the test and come through wholly clean. 1:19-23. contained in “the Sacred Secret” as being God’s kingdom with Jesus Christ. to whom all nations should bow in submission or else experience destruction. 14) Chief Agent of Life. It is necessary to recognize his kingly position and authority. Jesus had to live in such a way as to make that truth become reality. 6:39. 4:14. obey the commands he have – Mat. appeared to angels. as the Chief Leader or pioneer of life.S. serving as King-Priest on the throne.. was preached about among nations. if Anyone. the King of Kings. Jesus informed his disciples “All authorities has been given me in heavens and on earth “Thereby showing that he heads a government of universal domain (Mat. 24:3.By his ministry Jesus revealed the truth. 7:23-25. it would be the “pillar and support of the Truth” in the most of a world of error and false religion. the –Son of David.4) Only those who willingly recognize that name and how to it. Rom. was declared righteous in spirit. This made possible the union of Christ’s chosen followers with him. in that his name embraces or stands for the vast executive authority that Jehova placed in him (Heb. 1:5. 3:1. how he lived. 28:18) Jesus Christ “None” therefore. Jehova begins his kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ – Mat. Jesus Christ laid down his perfect human life in sacrifice. The Full significance of his name. is more excellent than that of God’s angels. Jesus Christ introduced a new and essential element for gaining eternal life in the sense of being an intermediary or go-between. Who. will gain eternal life (Hechos 4:12. It was a mystery or Sacred Secret whether complete. 7: 21-23. 1:3. To uphold the truth of his father’s prophetic word and promise. fulfilling it by what he said and did. so that he judiciously administer his ransom benefits to individuals among mankind according to their worthiness to live under his Kingship (Juan 5:28. He thereby became the Chief Agent of Live for all mankind. without sin. and how he said he was – Juan 14:6 40 . capable of expelling and demons who might stubbornly resist the order to leave.. unswering. in his heavenly reign and also made possible the arrangement for earthly subjects of his Kingdom rule. 8:1-3). He is God’s High Priest who can effect full cleansing from sin and liberation from sin’s death-dealing effects (Heb..
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