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THE KINGDOM OF GOD

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                                      MATTHEW 13:44-50 COMMENTARY Here, our Lord Jesus Christ speaks to us about the great nature of the Kingdom of God, and what sacrifices we should be able to endure for it, which in comparison, is much greater in joy, happiness and nobility that anything else in life. As in many other occasions, our Lord calls the Kingdom of God, ‘of Heaven’ (Matthew 3:2), officially, as referring that this realm of God is born from his presence in the highest, and not from any human effort or government. But also, for the fact that all the redeemed experience this Kingdom as soon as we pass from this world through death, into the spiritual realm of God until we reunite with our bodies after the resurrection (Ecclesiastes 12:7; Luke 23:43; Philippians 1:23). However, the point our Lord Jesus makes here, is how precious is this Kingdom of God, compared here to great land possessions, and a pearl of great price. So important to us, that anyone who knows it, would readily …

GETTING TO KNOW THE HOLY SPIRIT

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In the evangelical world exists in many circles the idea that the Holy Spirit, even though it is acknowledged as GOD, leads an active but silent existence, serving the plan of God the Father and Jesus, refusing any attention to Himself, and that it is sinful to address prayers to Him. If this is correct, then this extension of the divinity would be more like an energy or an angel, than God Himself.THE HOLY SPIRIT IS GODTo start we need to establish that the Holy Spirit is divine, meaning God. The Bible calls openly the Holy Spirit God (Acts 5:3-4), and identifies Him as being of the same divine nature as YHWH and Jesus (Romans 8:9; 2Corinthians 3:17), and that He should be honoured in the same way as the Father (1Corinthians 3:16). THE HOLY SPIRIT IS NOT THE FATHER OR THE SONHowever, even though the Spirit shares the same divine nature of YHWH and Jesus; He is neither YHWH not Jesus (Luke 3:22; Matthew 4:1; John 14:16-17).THE HOLY SPIRIT IS A PERSONThe Holy Spirit also not just an ene…

MY YOKE IS LIGHT

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MATTHEW 11:25-30COMMENTARYThere are three lessons here:1 - In this occasion, our Lord gives praise to God for his great power in progressing his Gospel, despite the refusal to accept it by the Jewish leaders and the doctors of the time, who in their arrogance refused to accept Lord Jesus as Messiah, even when they recognised his divine approval (John 3:9-12; Luke 7:3). But instead the open heart of the poor and simple were able to accept Jesus as their Saviour, believing in Him and his message. The same way today, many ‘scholars’ put in doubt the divine inspiration of our Scriptures, by saying they are adaptations from pagan sources; or that they do not belong to the attributed authors, and that they are the natural work of ‘pious’ men of the time, unknown to us; taking thus away all sense of security on their divine guidance, making the supernatural revelation of God into the fallible work of men. However, this is accepted by simpler believers, who at times are disregarded by these ‘…