Be holy in the lent and always
- Beloved ones,
"And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I
come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou
hast given me, that they may be one, as we are" (JOH 17:11).
Those who find the light to be their condemnation because their deeds
are evil (JOH 3:19-20), cannot find communion with a Holy Father. 1JO
1:5-7 says, "This then is the message which we have heard of him, and
declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.
If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we
lie, and do not the truth: But if we walk in the light, as he is in the
light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus
Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin." We cannot claim the atonement
of Christ and walk in sin. We cannot have discord with brethren and
claim to walk in the light and that we have fellowship with God.
Any who have never seen that they are sinners who need cleansing in the
Fountain Opened for All Sin and Uncleanness are still walking in
darkness. 1JO 1:8-9 says, "If we say that we have no sin, we deceive
ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is
faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all
Even the Prophet Isaiah was overcome with the hateful nature of his sin
and the sins of the nation when he received a revelation of the Holiness
of God. ISA 6:5 says, "Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because
I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of
unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts."
Certainly we who have a fallen nature filled with imperfections will be
filled with holy awe when we receive a true sense of the holiness of our
God. See how the apostles reacted at the mere performance of a miracle
of the Lord Jesus. LUK 5:8-10 says, "When Simon Peter saw it, he fell
down at Jesus' knees, saying, Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O
Lord. For he was astonished, and all that were with him, at the draught
of the fishes which they had taken: And so was also James, and John, the
sons of Zebedee, which were partners with Simon. And Jesus said unto
Simon, Fear not; from henceforth thou shalt catch men."
Our Holy Father, who Himself is infinitely holy, infinitely hates sin!
Wicked men who have no thought of the infinite holiness of God become
fearful in the presence of holy men who reflect the image of their God.
MAR 6:18-20 says, "John had said unto Herod, It is not lawful for thee
to have thy brother's wife. Therefore Herodias had a quarrel against
him, and would have killed him; but she could not: For Herod feared
John, knowing that he was a just man and an holy, and observed him; and
when he heard him, he did many things, and heard him gladly."
Our Holy Father's hatred for sin out of holiness and its just reward
cries out unto us from the cross of His only begotten Son. MAT 27:46
says, "And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying,
Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast
thou forsaken me?" The Father forsook Jesus while He suffered such
agony, bearing our sins on the cross, because you and I deserve to be
forsaken eternally. The human mind cannot comprehend the hatred God has
for sin, that He would endure such a cry from His own Son.
Even though the love our Holy Father had for us was so strong that He
could restrain the love He had for His own Son as He cried from
Calvary's cross, yet He would rather give His only begotten Son than
sacrifice His holiness. Holiness is His nature. He is holiness itself.
He could not bring those He loved back into union and communion with Him
without being cleansed from sin. HAB 1:12-13 says, "Art thou not from
everlasting, O LORD my God, mine Holy One? we shall not die. O LORD,
thou hast ordained them for judgment; and, O mighty God, thou hast
established them for correction. Thou art of purer eyes than to behold
evil, and canst not look on iniquity: wherefore lookest thou upon them
that deal treacherously, and holdest thy tongue when the wicked
devoureth the man that is more righteous than he?" The Lord looks on us
in Christ and restrains His wrath on us because He has restrained His
wrath on His own Son. This does not give us license to sin. It should
make sin so hateful.
As we learn to rightly prize Our Holy Father's love in giving His only
begotten Son to appease His holy wrath upon our sin, we can learn what
the Apostle Paul said in ROM 1:16-18, "For I am not ashamed of the
gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one
that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For therein is
the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written,
The just shall live by faith. For the wrath of God is revealed from
heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the
truth in unrighteousness."
Holiness is our Holy Father's principle glory. See what we find in that
Song of Moses that shall ring in the heavens throughout all eternity.
EXO 15:9-11 says, "The enemy said, I will pursue, I will overtake, I
will divide the spoil; my lust shall be satisfied upon them; I will draw
my sword, my hand shall destroy them. Thou didst blow with thy wind, the
sea covered them: they sank as lead in the mighty waters. Who is like
unto thee, O LORD, among the gods? who is like thee, glorious in
holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders?"
See what a calling this gives us unto holiness as we see in 1PE 1:13-16,
"Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end
for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus
Christ; As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the
former lusts in your ignorance: But as he which hath called you is holy,
so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be
ye holy; for I am holy." No trifling of sin will ever enter heaven. The
word conversation means your whole manner of life. The work of grace is
to make us holy, fit in character, to inherit with the saints in light.
To worship the Holy Father in Spirit and in truth is to praise Him for
His holiness and adore Him for His mercy in giving His only begotten Son
to redeem us from all iniquity. PSA 99:2-5 says, "The LORD is great in
Zion; and he is high above all the people. Let them praise thy great and
terrible name; for it is holy. The king's strength also loveth judgment;
thou dost establish equity, thou executest judgment and righteousness in
Jacob. Exalt ye the LORD our God, and worship at his footstool; for he
is holy." His holiness commands our praise and awe.
See how we should prize holiness. It is the ultimate of Christ's mission
for His Bride, that we might be holy as He is holy. We are predestined
to be conformed to His image. EPH 5:25-27 says, "Husbands, love your
wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;
That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the
word, That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having
spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and
without blemish." Christ gave Himself for His Bride that He might
sanctify her. He came to wash us, to cleanse us and to purify us so we
could dwell with Him in glory.
- God the Lord is King; before Him
Earth with all Thy nations, wait!
Where the cherubim adore Him,
Sitteth He in royal state;
He is holy; He is holy;
Blessed, only Potentate!
God the Lord is King of glory,
Zion, tell the world His fame;
Ancient Israel, the story
Of His faithfulness proclaim;
He is holy; He is holy;
Holy is his awful Name.
Laws divine to them were spoken
From the pillar of the cloud;
Sacred precepts, quickly broken!
Fiercely then His vengeance flowed;
He is holy; He is holy;
To the dust their hearts were bowed.
But their Father God forgave them
When they sought His face once more;
Ever ready to save them,
Tenderly did He restore;
He is holy; He is holy;
We too will His grace implore.
- The truth is what it is.
It's neither good nor bad.
It's simple reality.
Tailor your concepts to fit reality,
instead of trying to stuff reality into your concepts.
No matter what you believe,
it won't change the facts.
If we all worked on the assumption
that what is accepted as true is really true,
there would be little hope of advancement in the world.
Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.
If fifty million people say a foolish thing, it's still a foolish thing.
Successful people are realistic
and aren't trapped by false appearances.
Stay realistic on the road to success.
- Dear Members,
The resurrection of Jesus Christ is proof of His divine identity, His victory over death, and is our hope of our own resurrection and eternal life.
As Paul says in 1 Corinthians 15:17, if Jesus was not raised from the dead, the Christian faith is futile. We are all still lost in our sin.
That means that we have no hope of eternal life. This is all there is and there is no reason for hope.Paul writes that it is of first importance that Christ died for our sins, that He was buried and that He was raised on the third day. He appeared to Peter and then to the twelve apostles and later to more than five hundred at the same time. Then He appeared to James and to all the apostles. 1 Corinthians 15:3-9
He ends his list of appearances with and last of all, He appeared to me This was the radical conversion of a former persecutor and murderer of Christians to the great evangelist and warrior of the faith. Acts 26
The resurrection of Jesus Christ is central to the Christian faith and dear to our hearts. There is no doubt in my mind that Jesus died on the cross and was resurrected three days later, defeating death and assuring us of eternal life.
HAPPY PASCHA and EASTER GREETINGS
Bindu Scaria, IRS
Group Moderator: MOSC Group