An Epistle to the Lost

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Greetings, this letter is from Peter Paul, a bond-servant of the Lord Jesus Christ. I have been impressed by the Spirit of God to urge those who have fallen away from the faith. May God the Father and His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, give you strength, endurance, and perseverance.

To my dearest brothers and sisters in Christ who have ceased fighting the fight, stopped running the race, and lost the faith: I have always been praying for all of you. I may not understand the whole situation of why you have turned your back from Him and have strayed away from His Word but I am here to tell you that the Lord is asking you to go back so you may know that His love and holiness is the only way for your lives to have the true purpose we all seek. As the Lord Jesus have said:

“The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”

My brothers and sisters, until when will you let the thief steal the truth from you? Has he fooled a lot of you to think that happiness and peace is found in this world? Let the devil be rebuked in the name of the Lord Jesus as I tell you these: No such thing in this world will give you the life you seek. You won’t find the life you’re seeking from the ones who give you love– as they themselves, along with us, are flawed by the iniquity caused by satan. Nor can you find it from the places you travel to– as those are only self-seeking experiences to know more about one’s self not knowing that the purpose of life is to know one’s identity in the Lord Jesus and to spread the true love He has provided through His sacrifice.

I encourage you my brethren that you stop letting satan fool you by leading you to the paradox of temporary self-satisfaction as they do not bring you eternal life nor does it give long-lasting fulfillment. I beseech you that you do not wait until the Lord Jesus spits you out of His mouth. For He knows whether you are hot or cold and you yourselves know that you are neither of the two, for you have become lukewarm. And you all know from the Scriptures that the Lord Jesus vomits out lukewarm faith for He considers it useless. Though the Lord is a loving God, consider that He is also Holy and He does not let His people remain unchanged. The Lord your God will change you for your own good because the Lord disciplines those he loves, as a father disciplines the son he delights in. As the scriptures say:

“Whoso loveth instruction loveth knowledge: but he that hateth reproof is brutish.”

The Lord Himself is our Father who corrects us despite our stubbornness. He will continue to pursue you until you yourselves are convicted that you have sinned against Him and need to go back to Him. I plead you to again take to heart the Good News you have first heard when you accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior:

“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God”
Everyone, including you and me, deserves eternal damnation but because of the graciousness of the Father:
“For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit.”
I beg you that you go back, not for my sake rather for your own sake. As He is the Judge who will return for us and I beg you that you repent of your sins and start living for the Savior who has covered you by His blood. Do not take this lightly as I am very concerned for your souls. The Lord knows how tired you are by your endless search for filling the void in your hearts with the lies of the thief. Turn away from the thief and return to the love of your Savior and accept that apart from Him, you can do nothing. Your good works can never save you! So I ask of you to accept the Lord Jesus by faith alone as your only Savior. Lastly, test yourselves if you are truly in the faith:

“The Lord Jesus is coming back for you!”

If this scares you, repent and accept the gospel. If this enlightens you, press on towards maturity that the Holy Spirit provides. With these, I end my epistle and may you take this question with you:

“Am I sure that I am going to heaven?”

May the Lord be with your Spirit and may His grace be with all of you.

Author’s Note: The epistle may have spoken to you but what bothered me most is that this epistle spoke so strongly to me. I have become lukewarm in my walk with the Lord Jesus and I have lost my way without me even knowing it. Yet I still praise God because the blessing itself is seen in this wonderful conviction knowing that the Lord disciplines those He loves and I know that I have full confidence that I am one of those He loves, are you one of those He love as well?

The Magnificence of our Messiah

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Our Messiah…

He is the Almighty eternal God.
He is powerful above everyone.
He is perfectly good in all He does.

Descended on this earth for men to have a Life to follow
and at the same time: to die for us, so we can truly follow.

What can men do in comparison to Him? Apart from Him, we are nothing!
He is the Lord of all and King of the Heavenly Kingdom.
He is above all dominion and power.
He is seated at the right hand of our glorious Father.

Such omnipotence that He even has control over the very air we breathe.
Such omnipresence that He sees the very core of our hearts and its intentions.
Such omniscience that He has complete knowledge of the complexity of how all men think.

And yet though He was in the form of God.
Though He created the very mouth we use to curse Him.
Though He gave us love without asking to us to love Him back.
Though He made us in His image which we use for own pleasure.

Despite all these divinities…

He humbled Himself by taking up the form of man’s flesh.
Having been merged with an earthly body.
Submitting to His Father when He carried the cross
as it shows that The Highest King will choose to die a criminal’s death
for a people who never wanted Him first.

Though He need not taste death for us.
Though He need not experience temptation of the flesh.
And He never deserved a criminal’s death

But because of His mercy and grace and love for you.
He laid all of Himself.
He lived the way we should’ve lived
He died the death we should’ve died
For the sole purpose of proving His gracious love which is now available for you

… even though He need not prove Himself to you at all.

Amen.

of Two Strong Desires

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The lust speaks:

“Can I really seek?
A god so sick!”

“Let me instead have fun with myself or a chick
so I may feel fulfilled for the rest of the week!”


The Love who spoke:

“For your sake, I have proclaimed:
‘You may now seek
Even if you are sick.’”

“I died for I am jealous for that chick
and I lived so you can fight temptation even if you are weak”
“of two strong desires, which will you take?
For lust is but of flesh and images.
But My love is eternal and it is far beyond imagination.”
“Remember that I am a jealous God for I created you to be mine and that same lady you lusted for is also mine. And the very mind you use to imagine such things is also mine. And I created both of you so you may enjoy Me and be satisfied in Me alone.”

Book review [10/10]: Preaching The Cross

“If each is a true Christian teacher, then each has been commissioned by the same master with the same message for the same purpose—glorifying God by proclaiming His reign.”

-Mark E. Dever

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It has been of great delight to be saved, what more if God entrusts you to share the same message of His good news (to which all believers are called for) that also saved you. This book has a strong word for what the cross is. It mainly tackles the subjects that has the cross as its root: The life of the messenger (of the Gospel), Justification by faith alone, Glory of the Gospel, and the need to preach Christ regardless of what culture or generation we are in. It is quite hard to rate a book with different authors (as this book is sourced from the 2006 Together for the Gospel conference). The book has authors (some even heroes, for me it’s John Macarthur) sharing their love for the Word of God and how important it is to both have it in mind and in heart. I love how each author considers the other authors, for example: C.J. Mahaney’s chapter solely deals with the quality of character of a messenger of God’s Word and does not focus much about sound doctrine as he himself said “Because the rest of the book aims to equip pastors in sound doctrine, there is little need for me to elaborate on that here”. A book that also reveals a character’s heart makes the book more trustworthy. Aside from that, one expectation has not been met: I didn’t learn a technique how to preach the cross. And I think it is totally great that I didn’t because the message inside this book (which is mostly about the Word, Christ, theology, and culture) is sufficiently enough to teach us what information we need in order to deliver a sound preaching of the cross. I think its more of a “what” to preach, not “how” to preach. I truly believe our methods of preaching may be different but it has to be as sound as the same way Jesus did it, and with this I feel that the authors here tell us “what” to preach is a lot more important than “how” to preach.

Rating: 10/10

I was at first struggling to give it a 10/10 but after wrestling with R.C. Sproul regarding his chapter (Justification by Faith) to which I had a hard time understanding probably due to lack of proper foundation of how I understand the subject given, I finally understood it (after reading it again). But most importantly I gave it a 10/10 as this book may just become my mirror whenever (if ever) God will give me the opportunity to preach His Word.

Will I recommend this?
Absolutely yes! To whom? To all those who are in the Christian faith who want to learn sound doctrine and to those who want to learn how to live as a messenger of God’s Word.

A Letter to the King of kings and Lord of lords

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A Letter to the King of kings and Lord of lords.
From the saint who has been redeemed by His infinite grace.

My Lord and my God. You possess all knowledge.
You created me even though You knew I could never know You
You gave me everything even though You knew I will never be satisfied
You waited patiently for me even though Your creation was my focus
You saved me even though You knew I would be disobedient

I was broken and I blamed You. Yet You still took care of me.
I was lost in my despair. Yet You chose to provide me a path to You.
I was unloving. Yet You gave me love.
I was boastful. Yet You served me.

How can this be, God?
That You would take my place for me.
That You would carry my shame on the cross.
That You would send Yourself to live with us only for You to die.
That You would choose the redemption of ungodly people rather than Your divine throne.

What kind of love is this?
Redeeming us from our iniquities.
Reminding us of Your loving promises.
Breaking us from the bondage of sin.
Providing us eternal life.

Nothing can ever go above Your standards, Mighty God.
Not the greatest definition of love from humans.
Not the wonderful treasures of this world.
Not the rich knowledge we acquire.
Not the impressive skills we are gifted with.

My gratitude is with You forever.
To the Father who sent His Son.
To the Son who gave Himself up.
To the Holy Spirit who abides in us.
To the mystery of Your nature.

With all these I praise You!

All Your saints cry out to You as we wait on the day of Your majestic return, my Lord and my God.
Psalm 113:1-3 [ESV]
Praise the Lord!

Praise, O servants of the Lord,
praise the name of the Lord!

Blessed be the name of the Lord
from this time forth and forevermore!
From the rising of the sun to its setting,
the name of the Lord is to be praised!

 

Book review [7/10]: Found: God’s Peace

“Some people assume worry is the result of too much thinking. Actually, it’s the result of too little thinking in the right direction. If you know who God is and understand His purposes, promises, and plans, it will help you not to worry.”

-John Macarthur

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It is of great sadness to learn that we, as Christians, forget that worrying is sin. This sin, which we often justify to feel, is what will be the end of our Christian joy. I got the book from OMFlit bookstore and I bought it because I heard it introduced all the time from Grace To You (sermons) application where I mostly listen to sermons for inductive Bible studies. In fact: because of the repetitiveness of that introduction in every sermon I hear from that app, I have memorized it and I sometimes even rehearse it (with the same speed and tone) every time I hear it. In case you want to see the transcript:

The following sermon is by John Macarthur, Pastor, Author, and the Bible teacher with grace to you. If you haven’t contacted grace to you we want to send you a free booklet by John called “Found: God’s Peace”. Its all about helping you defeat anxiety and know true and lasting contentment. Request your free booklet by writing to peace@gty.org. That’s p e a c e at g t y dot org. Offered good in North America and Europe through June of 2017. And now unleashing God’s truth one verse at a time, here’s Grace to You Bible teacher, John Macarthur.

Or if you want to hear it personally. Visit www.gty.org and listen to any sermon you can find there. Though the book is quite small (you can read it for a day) it will be dealing a lot with the heart by the use of God’s Word. The book in a sense tells us the reasons why Christians are not called for the worried life.

Rating: 7/10

I must say that the reason why I rated this book seven is because I felt as if there is something missing in this book that John Macarthur intentionally didn’t write for an unknown reason. If I am to guess what it is, it might be because he wants the reader to go for another one of his books called “Anxious For Nothing” to which he says it “goes deeper”. I expected the book to provide more details of Scriptures about how Christians can experience true peace, not exactly how to avoid being worried. Other than that, this book has helped me enhanced my prayer and thought life. One of my most favorite parts with how Macarthur explains (as always with his other books) is he gives a difference between the worldly experience and the godly experience. He makes it clear and always tells us that Christianity is indeed set apart. The peace we can experience is not the external acts we do (e.g. travel), it is Christ Himself, the Prince of Peace who decided to live in us. If I am given the time to read “Anxious for Nothing” I might just change and redo this review.

Will I recommend it?

Overall: John’s consistency with how he writes his books and his faithfulness to the Word of God is evident and though I have marked this as seven out of ten, I’d still recommend it. But I’ll also probably recommend that the reader will also read John’s “Anxious for nothing” before reviewing this.