KAKAMPI MO ANG BATAS
BY Atty. BATAS MAURICIO
LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “…Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God—children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God…” (John 1:12-13, the Holy Bible).
QUESTION FOR HOLY WEEK: ARE YOU A CHILD OF GOD? One particular question that is bugging me as Holy Week 2017 approaches is this: in the face of many Christian religions in the world today, how many of them would genuinely benefit from the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, our God and Savior by being saved from the fires and worms of hell in eternal life?
This is an exciting and thoroughly important question, and one that is sure to become controversial. Many of these religions will say each one of them and their members will be saved from the torment of eternal damnation, but then, the truth is that they maybe among the “arrogant and evildoers” who God said will be burned forever.
Proof? Try asking the leaders and members of these so-called churches just one single question and you will know they will not be taken to Paradise when the world will finally end, and judgment is meted out by Jesus, the Mighty God and Everlasting Father. The question you should ask them is, “Are you a child of God?” I am sure many will say yes, but they wouldn’t be able to prove, by the Bible, that they are really children of God.
NEED TO BE “BORN OF GOD”: For the benefit of those who would like to become children of God, here is what we wrote in this column earlier: “We do not need a `rebirth’. What we, as a nation, need is to be `born of God’. Rebirth will only result in the `rebirth’ of the same corruption, graft and filth among many people.
“Consequently, even if they are `born again’ a million times, it will not give rise to any change—for people will always be people, who have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23), and who, as God saw in Genesis 6:5-7, were basically black-hearted and evil, leading Him to regret creating them, moving Him to kill all of them with the flood during Noah’s time.
“What we need is to be `born of God’, not to be `born again’. For if we are born of God, we are born of the Spirit, we are born from above, turning us into children of God.” How is a man “born of God” and is given the right to become a “child of God”? John 1:12-13, in relation to John 1:11, 14, and Isaiah 7:14, Isaiah 9:6, and Matthew 1:18-25, gives the answer: he must accept and have faith in Jesus as God and Savior.
HAVE YOU BEEN “BORN OF GOD”? “Acceptance of Jesus and having faith on Him as God and Savior is not as simple as it appears, as shown by the sorry example of many in the world who call themselves Born Again Christians and yet are unable to explain why they say Jesus is God and Savior. If a Born Again Christian cannot even justify Jesus as God and Savior, he is not a real Christian, but a pseudo-believer who will still be thrown in the fires of hell.
“It is only when a believer is able to justify Jesus as God and Savior that he will learn the truth that Jesus said will set everyone free. It is only then and only then that the believer is truly `born of God’, is born in, and starts to be guided by, the Spirit, making him one with Jesus—in body, blood and Spirit.
“It is then that he unites with Jesus, and becomes a new creation where the old self has gone and the new has come, becoming a part of His body, with His blood running through his veins (making him a `blood kin’ of Jesus), and becoming a part of His Spirit, which is in each and everyone who is transformed as a `child of God’. Are you now a `child of God’? Have you been `born of God’?
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