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A Claim of Christianity must be matched by an ongoing acknowledgment and confession of sin.

1 John 1:8-10 (ESV Strong's)
8 If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

In verses 5-7, John indicated that if we claim to be Christians, our lives must reflect that indeed we are Christians. In other words, how we live our lives must match our claim of being Christians. In verses 8-10, he shifts to another topic of sin.

John says if we claim we do not have sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. Let us unpack this statement. This is a third class conditional statement which means that John is talking about a hypothetical situation which will not occur. In other words, John is saying, if we say that we do not have sin, and this is just hypothetical and will not happen, then we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.

John does not believe we can say that we do not have sin, in the way he used this third class condition. He says if we do then say we do not have sin, which is impossible, then two things are happening, (1) we are deceiving ourself, that is we are misleading ourselves, we are lying to ourselves, and (2) the truth is not in us, that is, we don’t know the truth. Anyone who says that they don’t have sin in their life is lying to themselves and they do not have the truth. If they had the truth, they won’t say that they don’t have sin.

Then John continued by saying, instead of claiming that we don’t have sin, we should instead confess our sins. John uses another third class condition and in this case, this condition deals with what is likely or could possibly occur in the future. John says, if we confess our sins, and that is possible for that to happen, then God is faithful and just to forgive our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. The proper Christian attitude towards sin, is not to deny it, but to admit it, and then to receive the forgiveness which God has made possible through Jesus’s death on the cross. By cleanse, John means make clean. Therefore John says if we admit our sins instead of denying them, then God who is faithful and just, will forgive our sins and make us clean from all unrighteousness. Not some unrighteousness but all unrighteousness.

John then continued to say if we say we have not sinned, then we make God a liar and His word is not in us. Another third class condition which deals with a hypothetical situation that will not occur. What is the difference between “we don’t have sin” and “we have not sinned”? Well, “we don’t have sin” is in a present tense and refers to something that is currently happening on an ongoing basis. “We have not sinned” is in a perfect tense, which refers to something that took place in the past and the results of that are still ongoing to the present day. This means that John is saying that, if we not only claim that we currently don’t have sin but, we go further to claim that we are not even capable of sinning, then we are not only lying to ourselves but we make God who said we are all sinners, a liar. This shows also that we don’t have the word of God. If we did have the word of God, we would have known that God says we are all sinners, and therefore you would not have claimed that you are not capable of sinning.

John is saying that, if you claim to currently, not have sin in your life, then you are lying to yourself and you don’t have the truth. If you even go further by claiming that you are not capable of sinning, then you make God a liar and you don’t have His word in you. Instead of denying sin, admit it, confess it to God and God who is faithful and just, will forgive you and make you clean from all unrighteousness.

If you claim to be a Christian, then you must acknowledge that you are a sinner in need of God’s forgiveness. If you refuse to acknowledge sin in your life, then you cannot claim to be a Christian. You are lying to yourself and you are making God a liar.

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Profound teaching indeed. May God Almighty increase His Word revelations to you motlogolo.

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A Claim of Christianity must be matched by a Holy life

1 John 1:5–7 (ESV): 5 This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. 6 If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. 7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.

John in verses 1 to 4, had already indicated that they are proclaiming the message they heard directly from Jesus. This is not a message that John made up, but was directly from Jesus. In verse 5 above, he indicates that the message they heard from Jesus, and now proclaim was that God is light, and in Him, is no darkness at all. Light and darkness have always been used in scripture metaphorically. Light is truth and darkness is error, light is purity and darkness is evil. Since God is light, it is His nature to reveal Himself as it is the property of light to shine. God reveals His absolute holiness and His indescribable majesty. He reveals His absolute moral perfection. Therefore, the message that John heard from Jesus and is proclaiming, is that God is light and therefore reveals Himself, and He has revealed that He is absolutely holy and absolutely morally perfect, and there is not imperfection in Him at all.

Once John laid this foundational truth of God’s absolute holiness and moral perfection, he then went on to refute or to prove to be wrong, the claims of those who opposed the gospel. There are three claims that he dealt with, all beginning with the word “if” in verse 6 (if we say we have fellowship with Him), in verse 8 (if we say we have no sin) and in verse 10 (if we say we have not sinned). In this message we will only look at the first claim.

Those who opposed the gospel were claiming to have fellowship with God while, their lives, showed that they continually walked in darkness. John says this is a lie and those who claim this are not practicing the truth. John is questioning how can a person claim to have a relationship with God who is absolutely holy and morally perfect, and yet live a life that is immoral and unholy and contradicts the very nature of God that they claim to have a relationship with. If anyone lives an immoral life and claims to have a relationship with an absolutely holy and morally perfect God, then that person is lying, and is not living according to the truth. Light and darkness have no fellowship:

2 Corinthians 6:14 (ESV Strong's)
14 Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness?

An example of walking in darkness is found in 1 John 2:11

1 John 2:11 (ESV Strong's)
11 But whoever hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes.

This verse among others, is what declares racism a sin, and those who claim to be Christians and yet are racists, liars.

The opponents of the gospel were saying that you can still have a relationship with God even if you live a life of immorality.

John then gives an opposite scenario of a person who walks in the light. Walking in the light refers to a life that doesn’t hide anything immoral, and seeks or strives to always live in accordance with God’s revealed moral standard. John also says that God is in the light. This means that God is always true to Himself, and His activity is consistent with His nature. Therefore, John says, contrary to walking in darkness, if we walk in the light as God is in the light, then two things happen: (1) we have fellowship with one another (2) the blood of Jesus His son, cleanses or purifies us from all sin.

If we walk in the light as God is in the light, means if we live our lives in accordance with the nature of God. God is absolutely holy and absolutely morally perfect. If we aim at living our lives in accordance with the holiness of God and His moral perfection, then we have fellowship with one another, meaning that we have a relationship with one another. This means that living a life that is in accordance with the nature of God, results in us having a relationship with one another. Not only that, remember that John has already said that if we walk in darkness, then we don’t have a relationship with God. It means if we walk in the light, then we do have a relationship with God and that results in a relationship with one another. You cannot claim to have a relationship with God without having a relationship with fellow Christians.

But that is not all, John says if we live our lives in accordance with the nature of God, then not only does it result in us having a relationship with one another but, when we live our lives in accordance with the nature of God, then the blood of Jesus, His son, cleanses us or purifies us from all sin. The grammar indicates that this is a continuous cleansing or purification. The blood of Jesus, that is, His death on the cross, continuously purifies us from not just one sin, but from all sin. This means that those who strive to live in accordance with the nature of God, do sin from time to time, but as they sin, they get purified from that sin. This means that not only does God forgive us but erases the stain of sin. We see forgiveness and cleansing being used in parallel in at least two verses:

1 John 1:9 (ESV Strong's)
9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Jeremiah 33:8 (ESV Strong's)
8 I will cleanse them from all the guilt of their sin against me, and I will forgive all the guilt of their sin and rebellion against me.

Therefore in summary, God is light and therefore has revealed his absolutely holy and absolutely morally perfect nature to us. We cannot claim to have a relationship with God if our lives are contrary to His nature, that is, if we live a life of immorality, of unholiness. If we say we do, then we are lying and not living according to the truth. But, if we strive to live in accordance with His nature, then we will not only have a relationship with God but, we will have a relationship with one another, and the death of Jesus on the cross, will continue to brings us forgiveness of our sins and the purification of our sins.

Therefore, I am asking you today, examine your life, to see if you are living in accordance with the nature of God. If you claim to be a Christian but your life does not match your claim, then you might be lying to yourself and not living the truth. If you claim to be a Christian, but you don’t have any relationship with fellow Christians, then you might be lying to yourself and not living the truth.

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True Christianity

1 John 5:1-3 (ESV Strong's)
1 Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and everyone who loves the Father loves whoever has been born of him. 2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey his commandments. 3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome.

This is quite a straightforward passage. Verse 1 tells us that those who believe that Jesus is the Christ, have been born of God. The grammar indicates that being born of God comes before believing that Jesus is the Christ. Therefore believing that Jesus is the Christ comes after you have been born of God. The opposite is also true, if you have not been born of God, then you will not believe that Jesus is the Christ.

Secondly, verse 1 also tells us that those who love God the Father, also love those who have been born of Him. In other words, you cannot claim to love God if you don’t love others who like you, have been born of God. You can’t claim to love God if you don’t love fellow Christians.

Verse 2 tells us that when we love God and obey His commands, then we will love those who are born of Him, that is, fellow Christians. Our love for God and our obeying Him, flows into loving fellow Christians.

After having clearly explained that loving God is directly linked to loving fellow Christians, in verse 3, Paul says that to love God means to obey His commandments. He says God’s commandments are not burdensome, or taxing or too heavy. In other words, there is nothing in the commandments that can excuse you for not obeying them. But the important point that Paul is making here is that if you claim that you love God, it will be reflected in how you obey Him. If you live a life of obedience to God, that is a sign that you love Him. If you don’t live a life of obedience, then you don’t love God.

If you want to know if you are truly a Christian, then examine yourself. Here is the test,

1. Do you believe that Jesus is the Christ?
2. Do you love other Christians?
3. Do you live a life of obedience to God’s commandments?
Only you know the answer to this.

May 2020 be a year of true repentance and faith.

2020, a year of the Evangelist.

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We will celebrate your birthday even when we hate you!

It is amazing how the whole world is
celebrating the birth of someone they hate.
You see the so called Father Christmas, requires good behavior from you, for him to give you a gift.
God on the other hand gave you a gift of salvation in Jesus Christ despite your behavior

Romans 5:8 (ESV Strong's)
8 but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

How can we celebrate the birth of Jesus and yet speak nothing about Him?

Acts 17:30-31 (ESV Strong's)
30 The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent, 31 because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed; and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead.”

Jesus is Lord of Lords, King of Kings and commands you to repent today, now!

Luke 9:23 (ESV Strong's)
23 And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.

Jesus says that to be one of his disciples begins with self denial. It begins with replacing your will and desires with those of God. It begins with placing God first. Secondly, it involves being prepared to suffer even to the point of the most horrible death on a daily basis. Lastly it involves being completely obedient to Him.

Revelation 20:15 (ESV Strong's)
15 And if anyone's name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.

The alternative to Jesus is the lake of fire where you will be tormented day and night by the very same Jesus whose birthday you are celebrating today.

Jesus is either your best friend or your worst enemy.

Merry Christmas from God’s Word Undiluted Ministries.

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How are you Responding to Sin?

Acts 17:16 (ESV Strong's)
16 Now while Paul was waiting for them at Athens, his spirit was provoked within him as he saw that the city was full of idols.

Paul arrives in Athens after having to leave Berea in haste, because of the Jews who were harassing him for preaching the word of God. The verse tells us that while he was waiting for Silas and Timothy to join him in Athens, his spirit was provoked within himself. The reason for this was that, he saw that the city was full of idols. This means he became greatly distressed. The Greek word translated in this verse as “was provoked”, means to become irritated or angry. Since this verb is in the imperfect tense, it shows that Paul was continuously irritated or angry as a result of these idols.

The Greek word translated here as “was provoked”, is also used in the Septuagint, which is the Greek translation of the Old Testament. It is used in Deuteronomy 9:7, where the Israelites were reminded of how they provoked God to wrath in the wilderness, used also in Deuteronomy 9:18 where Israelites are told that they provoked God to anger by doing what was evil in His sight. You find this also in Psalm 106, Isaiah 65 and Hosea 8. In all these cases, it is God who is being provoked to anger because of evil that is being done. Paul was also made angry by the idols that he saw in Athens, that were obviously being worshipped by those in Athens, contrary to God’s law

Exodus 20:1-4 (ESV Strong's)
1 And God spoke all these words, saying, 2 “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. 3 “You shall have no other gods before me. 4 “You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.

This was righteous anger from Paul on behalf of God. He was angry because of the utter rebelliousness of the people of Athens against God. Paul became angry when he saw how people of Athens were sinning against God. The sin of the people of Athens brought out a reaction from Paul and that was a reaction of anger. This led Paul to debate with the people of Athens, present the gospel to them, and inform them that God commands them to repent because they will face judgement.

This was Paul’s reaction when he saw people sinning against God. What is your reaction when you see people sinning against God? Do you give approval to the sin as Paul indicates in Romans 1:32? Do you take advise from them, join them in their sin and/or in their making fun of God and His laws, like Psalm 1:1 indicates? When some comedians make immoral and sinful jokes, and making light of sin, do you laugh at those jokes? When your colleagues at work sin, do you join them or act as if you did not see or hear them?

How are you reacting to sin? Are people comfortable sinning around you or in your presence? Do sinners consider you one of them? When was the last time you spoke against sin and spoke against the sinner? When was the last time you confronted sin?

If you know that you have allowed sin around you to go without any confrontation, then you need to repent and begin to confront sin, confront the sinner and encourage repentance, in love and patience.

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How are you Responding to the Word of God?

Acts 17:32–34 (ESV): Now when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked. But others said, “We will hear you again about this.” 33 So Paul went out from their midst. 34 But some men joined him and believed, among whom also were Dionysius the Areopagite and a woman named Damaris and others with them.

In two previous messages on Acts 17:30-31, we saw Paul preaching to the people of Athens. We saw Paul telling them that God commands them and every other human being to repent because judgement day is coming. Paul told them that they can be certain and be sure that judgment day is coming because God has raised Jesus the judge from the dead.

This brings us to our passage for this message. In Acts 17:32-34, we see three different responses to the word of God that Paul was preaching. When the people of Athens heard Paul talking about God raising Jesus from the dead, some of them mocked or made fun of what Paul was saying. Instead of accepting that God raised Jesus from the dead, they rejected the resurrection and made fun of it. Remember what Romans 10 verse 9 says:
Romans 10:9 (ESV Strong's)
9 because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

To be saved, one must believe that God raised Jesus from the dead and some of the people of Athens rejected and made fun of this. Therefore, they could not be saved.

We are also told that while some were rejecting and making fun of the resurrection, others told Paul that they would like to hear him again. This could either mean that they wanted to hear more about the resurrection, or they wanted to hear more about what Paul was preaching about. Either way, they did not reject what Paul was saying outright but wanted to hear more.

While others were rejecting and making fun of what Paul was saying, and while on the other hand others wanted to hear more, others joined Paul and believed. Some of those who believed are even named as Dionysius and Damaris.

So, there was a threefold response to Paul’s message, those who made fun of the word of God, those who wanted to hear more of the word of God, and those who believed the word of God. The question to you is:”Which one are you?”

When you hear the word of God, do you think it is stupid? Do you think it makes no sense? Do you think it is too old and must be amended? And on these basis, do you reject it?
Or, when you hear the word of God, do you want to hear more, understand more, get more clarity?
Or, when you hear the word of God, do you believe?

Which one are you? God commands you to repent from your sins right now, because judgement day is fixed, and Jesus the judge has been raised from the dead, who will judge you. Do you reject, do you want to hear more, or do you believe?

Remember, if you reject the word of God, you are an unbeliever, and if you still want to hear more, you remain an unbeliever. Only when you believe the word of God, are you on your way to becoming a believer.

Unbelievers are going to spend eternity in the lake of fire, being tormented day and night. Let this be a warning to you if you reject the word of God today.

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Judgement Day is Coming!

Acts 17:30-31 (ESV Strong's)
30 The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent, 31 because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed; and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead.”

We learned in the previous message that, although God overlooked the ignorance of the people of Athens, ignorance which led them to worship false gods, God was no longer going to continue to overlook it, and He was now commanding them to repent from their false gods. We also learned that God was not commanding the people of Athens alone, but was commanding every single human being throughout the whole world to repent.

Why was God commanding every single human being to repent? Paul told the people of Athens that God was commanding them to repent, because God has fixed a day. What day? A day on which God will judge the world. How will God judge the world? God will judge the world in righteousness, and by a man whom God has appointed as Judge. How can they be sure this day will come? This day will come because God has given an assurance or a guarantee that this day will come, by raising the Judge from the dead.

All what this means is that a day on which every single human being will account before God is coming and that is a fact. Unlike our human judges, God’s judgement will be right, will be fair, will be perfect. The judge is obviously Jesus Christ. Therefore, God is commanding every single human being to repent because, every single human being will account before God very soon.

You will also account before God, whether you believe in Him or not. The question is, when you do appear before an infinitely holy God, will you be guilty or innocent? Will Jesus be your savior or your worst enemy?

Repent and put your trust only in Jesus. He is your only hope without whom, you are doomed to spend eternity in the lake of fire, being tortured day and night, forever and ever.

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I did not know will not be good enough!

Acts 17:30-31 (ESV Strong's)
30 The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent, 31 because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed; and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead.”

Paul is in Athens and is speaking to the people of Athens from Acts 17:22. He indicates to them that, as he was passing along, he saw an object among others, that they were worshiping, and which they named as “to the unknown god”. Paul told them that this God that they did not know, was actually the true living God, who is the creator of the world and everything in it. He went on to contradict their understanding of who God is, and gave them the true knowledge of God. All this we see from verses 22 to 29.
After giving them all this knowledge about the true God, what was unknown to them was now known. This is why Paul starts verse 30 with the words “The times of ignorance God overlooked”. If they were ignorant before of who the true God is, now they were no longer ignorant. They had truth.

In the past, God by his own mercy, based on His own sovereign will, decided to overlook their ignorance, that is, He decided to disregard, neglect, ignore, pay no attention to, turn a blind eye to their ignorance, which led them to worship false gods. But now, God will no longer overlook their ignorance and now, God commands them to repent from their false worship of idols. If they don’t repent, and continue with their false worship of idols, it will not be because they did not know, but it will be willful and stubborn rebellion against the true and living God who is the creator.

What does repentance mean? To repent means to confess your sins to God, to acknowledge God’s right to punish you for your sins, to ask God for mercy, and to turn away from your sins. God was not only commanding them to repent but, Paul told them that, God commands all people everywhere to repent. God was commanding them to repent now, not later, not tomorrow but, now. God was not asking them or negotiating with them to repent but, He was commanding them to repent.

You and I have more information today, about the true and living God than the people of Athens did, that Paul was speaking to. We have the full revelation of God in the Bible, and therefore have absolutely no excuse for saying we did not know, or we do not know. God will not overlook our ignorance. God likewise commands each and everyone of us, to repent from our sins. Whatever those sins are. He is not asking you, He is not negotiating with you, but He is commanding you to repent of those sins. If you refuse to repent, and rather continue to sin against God, then it will not be because you did not know, but it will be because you have decided to willfully and stubbornly rebel against God and to place yourself above God. God commands you to repent now, not later and not tomorrow, but now!

Will you now obey God?

If you are asking yourself this question: “Why must I repent?” Then the answer will be in the next message.

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