This King Died For You!

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Father, Forgive Me

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The Washington Monument

*Circulated around the internet and emails in the early 2000’s. I have tried to do due diligence and this and the 2007 update following is true as best can be researched.


On the aluminum cap, atop the Washington Monument in Washington DC, are displayed two words: Laus Deo.

No one can see these words. In fact, most visitors to the monument are totally unaware they are even there and for that matter, probably couldn’t care less. Once you know Laus Deo’s history, you will want to share this with everyone you know. I do.

But these words have been there for many years; they are 555 feet, 5.125 inches high, perched atop the monument, facing skyward to the Father of our nation, overlooking the 69 square miles which comprise the District of Columbia, capital of the United States of America.

Laus Deo! Two seemingly insignificant, un-noticed words. Out of sight and, one might think, out of mind, but very meaningfully placed at the highest point over what is the most powerful city in the most successful nation in the world.

So, what do those two words, in Latin, comprised of just four syllables and only seven letters, possibly mean? Very simply, they say “Praise be to God!” [Laus is Praise be and Deo means God] Though construction of this giant obelisk began in 1848, when James Polk was President of the United States, it was not until 1888 that the monument was inaugurated and opened to the public. It took twenty five years to finally cap the memorial with a tribute to the Father of our nation, “Laus Deo….Praise be to God!”

From atop this magnificent granite and marble structure, visitors may take in the beautiful panoramic view of the city with its division into four major segments. From that vantage point. one can also easily see the original plan of the designer, Pierre Charles l’Enfant…a perfect cross imposed upon the landscape, with the White House to the north. The Jefferson Memorial is to the south, the Capitol to the east and the Lincoln Memorial to the west.

A cross you ask? Why a cross? What about separation of church and state? Yes, a cross; separation of church and state was not, is not, in the Constitution. So, read on . . .

How interesting and, no doubt, intended to carry a profound meaning for those who notice. Praise be to God! Within the monument itself are 898 steps and 50 landings. As one climbs the steps and pauses at the landings the memorial stones share a message. On the 12th Landing is a prayer offered by the City of Baltimore; on the 20th is a memorial presented by some Chinese Christians; on the 24th a presentation made by Sunday School children from New York and Philadelphia quoting Proverbs 10:7, Luke 18:16 and Proverbs 22:6.

Praise be to God!

When the cornerstone of the Washington Monument was laid on July 4th, 1848 deposited within it were many items including the Holy Bible presented by the Bible Society.

Praise be to God!

Such was the discipline, the moral direction, the spiritual mood given by the founder and first President of our unique democracy …“One Nation, Under God.” I am awed by Washington’s prayer for America. Have you ever read it? Well now is your unique opportunity, so read on!

“Almighty God; We make our earnest prayer that Thou wilt keep the United States in Thy holy protection; that Thou wilt incline the hearts of the citizens to cultivate a spirit of subordination and obedience to government; and entertain a brotherly affection and love for one another and for their fellow citizens of the United States at large. And finally that Thou wilt most graciously be pleased to dispose us all to do justice, to love mercy, and to demean ourselves with that charity, humility, and pacific temper of mind which were the characteristics of the Divine Author of our blessed religion, and without a humble imitation of whose example in these things we can never hope to be a happy nation. Grant our supplication, we beseech Thee, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.”

Laus Deo!

As you probably guessed, over 92 percent of Americans like the idea that our Pledge of Allegiance includes the phrase “under God.” It is clear when one studies the history of our great nation, that Washington’s America was one of the few countries in all the world established under the guidance, direction and banner of Almighty God, to whom was given all praise, honor and worship by the great men who formed and fashioned her pivotal foundations.

When one stops to observe the inscriptions found in public places all over our nation’s capital, he or she will easily find the signature of God, as it is unmistakably inscribed everywhere you look.

Though many try to disprove and reason, their arguments are weak and easily proven without basis. Their efforts will forever be in vain; God assures us of that. Have you noticed as of late, how many more people are coming together, affirming the fact that this nation was, from the beginning, built on God? Any nation that is not built upon God will fail.

The truth is: We have always been one nation under God! Laus Deo! Praise be to God!

You may forget the width and height of “Laus Deo”, it’s location, or the architects but no one who reads this will be able to forget it’s meaning, or these words:

“Unless the LORD builds the house, They labor in vain who build it; Unless the LORD guards the city, The watchman stays awake in vain.” — Psalm 127: 1 (NKJV).

Let us remember to do our part, through prayers and sacrifice, to be the watchmen who stand their guard.

It is hoped you will send this to every child you know; to every sister, brother, father, mother or friend. They will not find offense, because you have given them a lesson in history that they probably never learned in school. With that, be not ashamed, or afraid, but have pity on those who will never see.

*From a 2007 update on the status of the Monument at that time.

As we noted in a previous article about the Washington monument, the apex of the structure was crowned by an aluminum point with four faces, with each face bearing engraved words. Three of the inscription’s present names, dates, and figures associated with the creation of the monument, while the fourth face bears only the two words “LAUS DEO” (a Latin phrase meaning “Praise be to God” or “God be praised”).

Because the inscriptions on the monument’s capstone (sitting atop the 555-foot high obelisk) are not visible to visitors, a replica of the capstone has been on display in a publicly-accessible area maintained by the National Park Service (NPS) at the 490-foot level of the Washington Monument. The replica rests inside a case set against a wall which displays photographs and information about the construction of the monument.

Sometime recently, however, the exhibit was changed so that the capstone replica, instead of being displayed at an angle relative to the wall behind it (thus making the inscriptions on all four sides viewable), was placed with the side representing the east face of the capstone set parallel to the wall (thus rendering the “LAUS DEO” inscription on that side non-viewable to visitors, as they cannot get between the exhibit case and the wall to see it). The last sentence of the informational card which previously accompanied the capstone exhibit (“The casting was inscribed with the phrase, Laus Deo, [Praise be to God]”) was also omitted in the newer version.
The NPS’ Chief of Public Affairs acknowledged the changes, said that they had been made inadvertently when the capstone replica was temporarily moved while the monument was undergoing renovations, and stated that the NPS would restore the exhibit to its previous state:

Thank you for your recent e-mail (*to undisclosed recipient) concerning the replica of the Washington Monument capstone and the associated interpretive panel.

The replica capstone was on display in a tent on the National Mall during recent renovation of the Monument. When it was moved inside the Monument, it was placed against the wall. While the change in placement and wording was never intended to offend anyone, we understand why some visitors might feel otherwise. We made a mistake and we are fixing it.

The capstone is being moved away from the wall so that visitors will be able to read the engravings on all four sides.

In addition, we will install interpretive panels with the exact language found on all sides of the capstone in letters easy to read. These panels will include the phrase “Laus Deo” (Praise be to God – in Latin).

I hope this is an acceptable solution. If you were personally offended, please accept our sincere apology.

And remember to Experience your America in the National Parks often.

David Barna
Chief of Public Affairs
National Park Service
Washington, DC

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Grace – The Value Of

Hosea 2:19-20, 23, “And I will betroth you to Me forever; Yes, I will betroth you to Me in righteousness and in justice, In lovingkindness and in compassion, And I will betroth you to Me in faithfulness. Then you will know the LORD.”

“And I will sow her for Myself in the land. I will also have compassion on her who had not obtained compassion, And I will say to those who were not My people, ‘You are My people!’ And they will say, ‘[Thou art] my God!'”

Galatians 6:1-2, “Brethren, even if a man is caught in any trespass, you who are spiritual, restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness; [each one] looking to yourself, lest you too be tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and thus fulfill the law of Christ.”

But Not With Grace

On New Year’s Day, 1983, the Louisiana State Tigers played Nebraska in the Orange Bowl. Jerry Stovall, Louisiana State coach, had been chosen Southeast Conference Coach of the Year in guiding his Tigers to an 8-3-1 record in 1982. In December, 1983, the LSU Board of Supervisors ignored widespread fan and alumni protest and fired him. Just twelve weeks earlier they had given him a bonus – now they gave him the sack. So much for collegiate sports being merely for the thrill of competition! It’s win, tie, or be canned. This win complex subordinates the worth of individuals to the team’s record.

Christians can be grateful their Master treats them differently. He doesn’t order us out of the Kingdom if we have a bad day. God won’t fire us if we have a record of ten wins over temptations but three defeats. He won’t thumb us to the sidelines and out of the church when we run into a spiritual dry spell. And He will never disgustedly call for our resignation if we just can’t get a handle on a temptation, however zealously we try. With grace at work in our lives, Christ’s unique life compensates for our failures. He pays the difference between the little we can afford to pay and what Heaven costs to enter.

Courtesy of Speaker’s Sourcebook of New Illustrations by Virgil Hurley copyright © 1995 by Word, Incorporated. Used by permission.
*Unless otherwise noted, Scripture taken from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE®, Copyright © 1960,1962,1963,1968,1971,1972,1973,1975,1977,1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.

Applicable Quotations

It may not be an easy thing to live in sweet fellowship with everyone; but that is what the grace of God is for. – D.L. Moody

The trials of the Christian life you shall find heavy, but…grace will make them light. – Spurgeon

Grace comes into the soul, as the morning sun into the world; first a dawning; then a light; and at last the sun in his full and excellent brightness. – Adams

Grace has been defined, the outward expression of the inward harmony of the soul. – Book of Common Prayer

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Grace Is Freeing ~

Another great inspirational poem from Sister Deborah Ann . . .

CHRISTian poetry ~ by deborah ann

Grace is freeing,
liberating too
grace makes
all things new.

Grace erases,
shames past
graces brings
hope that lasts.

Grace allows,
a clean slate
grace gives
a new birth date.

Graces delivers,
a fresh start
grace softens
a stony heart.

Grace is freeing,
absolving too
grace puts faith
right into you!


Romans 6:14

For sin shall not have dominion
over you: for ye are not under
the law, but under grace.

King James Version
Public Domain

Copyright 2019
Deborah Ann Belka

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Confused By The Confusion?

I think I have made it clear in my writings in the past that I won’t debate Scripture. Usually one or both parties have their mind made up and won’t be open anyway to an alternative idea, whether or not it even lines up with Scripture in context.

The reason I state that is because despite the fact that I see a great movement unfolding before our eyes and spirit, one that is realizing that to love others means to ACT in a kind and loving way no matter who the person is, no matter their beliefs, no matter how contrary their beliefs and ideology might be to the one giving the loving, there seems to be some confusion about God’s loving and our loving others in spite of real sin. The Apostle Paul made it clear that in giving love, from God’s perspective and what should be our perspective, there is no partiality!

Galatians 3:26-28, “For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”

Now the Apostle is speaking to the one demonstrating love, for we are to give it unconditionally, impartially, if we truly do belong to Christ! You cannot expect someone who has not be spiritually awakened to understand that type of love, at least to the degree that our Heavenly Father expects as commanded by Christ Jesus in Matthew 22:37-40.

The confusion seems to arise when it comes to how we are supposed to FEEL and to VIEW sin and sinfulness. Let me say this first before going any further; in all of the time I have tried to fulfill my calling as a servant and teacher, I can honestly say that I have never used the concept of Hell or the fact of sin, to try and sway someone to the Lord. I have never believed that way works; but – when it comes to sin, in my role as Pastor in the past I HAVE had to address it and yet, I have always ascribed to the truth as found in Scriptures:

1 Peter 4:8-10, “And above all things have fervent love for one another, for “love will cover a multitude of sins. Be hospitable to one another without grumbling. As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.”

Proverbs 10:12, “Hatred stirs up strife, But love covers all sins.”

Proverbs 17:9, “He who covers a transgression seeks love, But he who repeats a matter separates friends.”

James 5:19-20, “Brethren, if anyone among you wanders from the truth, and someone turns him back, let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save a soul from death and cover a multitude of sins.”

Love, true Agape, Godly love covers, or buries sin, never to be seen again, never to be brought up again. But that is talking about an independent act of sin, not overall sin or a sinful lifestyle, there is a difference, a BIG difference. We can recognize AND even help someone to overcome sin, as shown in James 5, but if we truly love we do not hold it against that person in how they are to be treated or related too. This is the area where most who try to walk in the Spirit fail; when trying to condemn the sin as anathema to God, we are not careful enough or wise enough to separate the PERSON who erred from the actual sin!! Too much of the time we condemn the person along with the sin and we have no right to condemning the person for we ALL have moments of weakness, ALL of us!!

But you can’t cover it, or forgive it, or help someone turn from “the error of his way” if you just ignore it and say in your heart and mind that it doesn’t matter. “GRACE” will take care of it. God’s grace WILL take care of it, but here is the crux of the matter, grace is not a blanket covering that allows us to just ignore our falling into temptation or sin; rather it is a power that allows us to freely rise above our desire to sin if we accept it and recognize it for the power the Lord means for us avail ourselves of. The very character of Grace, Mercy, Hope and even Forgiveness are not even needed if it wasn’t for the fact that man is sinful in nature. Why even preach or teach about these spiritual qualities if it weren’t for the stigma of sin? Human nature, without Christ IS corrupt! When a child is a toddler, you don’t have to teach them to misbehave, you have to teach and discipline them to make wise and good choices. We have seen in our society what has happened when the humanistic teaching that “all are inherently good” has ruled!

The Apostle Paul stated this in Romans 5:20-21, “Moreover the law entered that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more, so that as sin reigned in death, even so grace might reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

Romans 6:1-2, “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it?”

Romans 6:12-15, “Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts. And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God. For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace. What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? Certainly not!”

What the Apostle is saying in all of this is that now we are not dominated by sin, but that if we DO sin, it is a matter of choice and we have the power through grace to reign it in! Sin does not REIGN over us any more, it is not LORD of us, but when we DO sin, it is because of weakness and we DO have an Advocate with the Father: “My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.” – 1 John 2:1. This does not make, however, the sin to have no consequence, for as I taught in the article “The Living Word – His Holiness,” back in 2016, our Heavenly Father does not abide sin for it is unholy and against His very nature. When we actively sin, we move from God, not God from us!

This is the very reason that when James was addressing the Brethren, those already walking in Christ, he was very plain to state that “wandering from the truth,” is the same as sinning for if someone turns that person back to the truth and away from sin (the very definition of repentance) that the person who accomplishes this, is demonstrating love in two ways; they are number one, saving a soul from spiritual death, for the soul, even though not the spirit, is the spiritual character of the person, their “personality” as it were; and second, covers or buries a multitude of sin! Remember, if God, our Heavenly Father doesn’t remember our sins after repentance, and as written in Psalm 103:11-12, “For as the heavens are high above the earth, So great is His mercy toward those who fear Him; As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us.” What right then do we have to keep bringing up sin that even the Father doesn’t remember any more? I realize man doesn’t easily forget, but in this, by faith, we need to start practicing the real action of forgiveness to ourselves AND to others, forgetting past forgiven transgressions!

We as Christians can and often still do, as James stated, wander from the truth, in sin and according to James we are in danger of spiritual death. If we do not take holiness seriously, then we are not taking sin seriously, for holiness, the very character of God, defines what is and what isn’t sin. It is like the commandments that the religious leaders of Jesus’ time used to hold power and sway over God’s children the Hebrews. Jesus came to show the truth, that the commandments were given to show us our need for a Redeemer Who will atone for our sins because we could never keep the letter of the law ourselves.

So it is still today! Paul in Romans tells us that while our spirit was unregenerate we were slaves to sin. We couldn’t help it, were caught in our enslavement unable to make the choice as to whether we sin or follow after the will of the Father. Jesus came to make us free from the bonds of sin, the slavery that we were enslaved too. It was by His grace, wherewith we have the power to make a choice and that is why Paul states that we are no longer under the “dominion,” the rule, of sin. God’s grace gives us the power to rise above the temptation.

Consider grace like this; you are walking the pinnacles of the mountaintops which come to a very fine edge. You are going about your life as normal and to protect you from falling down into the chasm, you are wearing a parachute, grace. Grace is there IF you fall, it is not meant to be abused by willingly jumping off the edge of the precipice just because you KNOW you have the ‘chute! It is in the motive and how you use God’s freely given grace. It is there because He loves us enough, and He knows our weaknesses and how they can crop up in our “pursuit” of perfection. It is like the safety net. But when you are relying upon the ‘chute to walk carelessly or foolishly, tempting fate, then it becomes abuse!

This is why Paul also demonstrated our ability to choose to sin or not to sin when he stated to “not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts. And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God.” The choice is yours. Do not LET it reign. He is speaking to those who have accepted Christ’s grace and are trying to walk in Christ’s Spirit.

Love is NOT just all the nice, cushy feelings that endear us to one another. True Godly Love, has also been demonstrated by Jesus when dealing with Peter, as well as James and John, the “sons of thunder” as they were nicknamed.

Matthew 16:21-23, “From that time Jesus began to show to His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised the third day. Then Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him, saying, “Far be it from You, Lord; this shall not happen to You!” But He turned and said to Peter, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are an offense to Me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men.”

Mark 10:37-40, “They said to Him, “Grant us that we may sit, one on Your right hand and the other on Your left, in Your glory.” But Jesus said to them, “You do not know what you ask. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?” They said to Him, “We are able.” So Jesus said to them, “You will indeed drink the cup that I drink, and with the baptism I am baptized with you will be baptized; but to sit on My right hand and on My left is not Mine to give, but it is for those for whom it is prepared.”

How would you feel if you were following after Jesus, had fallen truly in love with Him and clung to every word, only then to have Him say, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are an offense to Me?” Probably the same way Peter had felt. “What did I do? I just don’t want you to come to harm!” But Jesus was addressing the problem with Peter at that moment and He needed to use some “shock and awe” to get Peter’s attention to the real problem.

Peter thought that what he was expressing was noble, but was Peter truly willing to usurp the will of the Lord, just to save the life of His friend, when all along, it is the Father’s will that Christ give His life freely and willingly? Jesus loved Peter eternally rather than just in the moment; He knew Peter would definitely have a hurt ego, Peter was a proud man, BUT – better his ego be bruised now, than he continues in his willfulness rather than surrender to God’s will.

So it is with us today and sin. We have to love BEYOND a person’s sin and care more about them eternally than what they might feel or even think of you in the moment. I AM NOT advocating pointing out sin every time you see it or carrying placards identifying your displeasure with things you consider sin, but we cannot in this day and age be afraid to identify sin for what it is! AND, do not confuse the acts of sin with those who are preaching, teaching or living a falsehood and saying it is okay for they NEED to be identified and called out! I am also NOT advocating looking at your brothers and sisters to see if they are engaged in what you may consider to be sin!

What I am advocating is that we cannot, in the spirit of Godly Love, be afraid to speak of sin as something that WILL and does separate us from God’s glory and having an intimate relationship with Him! We can NOT be afraid to speak the truth about WHY Christ Jesus came to die and shed blood on a wooden cross! We can NOT fool ourselves into believing that if I just ignore the concept of sin, or that we all can and do fall at times, but, for love’s sake I can just act like it isn’t sin!

If you saw someone shackled against their own will for something they had no control over and you had the power to free them, wouldn’t you do all you could to help them get the shackles off? That is what we accomplish when we are not afraid to confront sin head on, free the person bound by it, point them back to the “Truth, the Way, and the Life” and then BURY the shackles!!! You don’t bring back up what shackled them once they are free.

With so much that the Holy Spirit is doing in our hearts and spirits about learning to truly love as the early church did, we must not forget that the reason we do love (in action) in the first place is to point those still bound towards the freedom that is found in the Person of Christ Jesus! We must not forget that holiness is acquired not by our actions or inactions but by the power of grace that is freely given to each to rise above and out of the shackles that did hold us.

We ARE whether we like it or not, drafted to be warriors in a spiritual battle, once we accepted to follow after the Lord’s will and surrendered our own. Warriors are not independent and individual fighters, they fight to overcome an enemy together, watching one another’s backs, helping those weak, for whatever reason, to persevere through the battle, and as warriors we advance at the behest of One Who is leading us. When one is wounded from an enemy’s arrow, we are not to kill our own wounded, but rather, we who are strong (as Apostle Paul states) are to help them up, to provide healing and comfort AND strength!

Love is the greatest offensive AND defensive weapon in our spiritual arsenal, but it is no good to us if we can’t identify the enemy WHEN necessary. We don’t have to look for an enemy behind every corner, for the enemy will make itself known sure enough! (Notice I said it and not them, remember, the fight is against sin, not against people!) The Bible assures us and PROMISES us that what is done or hid in the dark, will be brought to the light.

The world chooses not to recognize the light, by willing to be blind. Our spiritual eyes have been quickened and opened so that we can readily identify the light. Let’s not willingly choose to put blinders on just because it is hard to confront what the light reveals and all the more so when are eyes were opened at such a monumental cost!

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Let’s Walk Each Other Home . . .


We are children of our FATHER, children of the light,
once so lost and broken, alone in darkest night.

Separated from HIM by the sin which weighed us down,
lost without direction and needing to be found.

HE sent HIS WORD down to us, because of love HE died,
the LAMB of GOD would suffer and would be crucified.

They beat HIM then they nailed HIM, to that cross so cold and grey,
the FATHER, though HE loved HIM, had to turn away.

Buried in a borrowed tomb, for three days HIS body lay,
HE rose to life and made us right that resurrection day.

When we believed HE did it to save us from our sin,
we become HIS children and new life would begin.

We became a family, each one called by name,
now no longer in the darkness for we are not the same.

HE who began a good work in us, will complete it till the end,
the Author of salvation who also calls us friends.

We are more than family no longer left to roam,
for now we have direction as we walk each other home.

HE saved us for HE loved us, so much that HE gave,
HE made a way to heaven for HE became, “The ONLY WAY.”

Now sitting with HIS FATHER, on HIS throne for us HE prays,
waiting for that moment, that very special day.

HE will return, HE promised, now we are not alone,
we are family here on earth walking each other home.

© Mike Nano Armijo, June 22nd, 2019. Used with permission. Mike Armijo Facebook Page
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More Humor In Pictures

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1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”

*This was shared on a Facebook post by our Sister in Christ, Arlene Ames O’Leary

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I John 2:20-23

1 John 2:20-23, “But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you know all things. I have not written to you because you do not know the truth, but because you know it, and that no lie is of the truth. Who is a liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist who denies the Father and the Son. Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father either; he who acknowledges the Son has the Father also.”

Now recognize this, the Apostle is continuing on with his teaching about those that have been shown ( or manifested) to NOT be a part of Jesus’ true disciples or His teachings. John is telling these young readers, THEREFORE, or but, “you have an anointing from the Holy One.” In essence what the Apostle is doing is answering, comforting AND assuring them that they, in their spiritual youth, are not without spiritual tools and those tools, specifically the anointing, which refers to the Holy Spirit, comes directly from the Holy One, referring to Christ Jesus, Himself!

So, if you are asking the question of how a young believer, spiritually speaking, can truly know the difference between a falsehood or the truth, John is answering that with these statements. He goes on to encourage them with these profound words, “and you know all things.” First, understand that when John finishes his sentence with this statement, he isn’t speaking of this in the sense of complete absolute knowledge of all things! He isn’t stating that all of a sudden a young spiritually reborn and anointed person is going to be omniscient like God Almighty, Himself. No, what John IS reassuring the reader is that when you receive Christ’s gift of redemption and salvation, you are imbued with the Lord Jesus Christ’s Holy Spirit as an anointing and because of the power of that anointing, you know, in your spirit, what is true and what is deception!

Remember what the Apostle Paul wrote in confirmation of this when he wrote in 2 Corinthians 5:17, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” You are no longer spiritually blind. The god of this world no longer has control over you, at least control that you don’t give him. Your spiritual eyes have been miraculously healed by the Blood Gift of Christ Jesus and the Grace and Mercy that brings that anointing of the Holy Spirit. You now see, in the spiritual and not the natural only. Now don’t be misled, you have this anointing, but like everything in the spiritual (not to mention the natural) how that anointing is developed is totally up to how much you walk in the Holy Spirit and take direction from Him. That old adage, that “practice makes perfect,” is as true in the spiritual as it is in the natural.

I read a statement years ago and for the life of me can’t remember where I saw it, but it stated something like this: A Christian can see more on his knees than a worldly philosopher can see standing on their tip-toes! It is because of the spiritual reawakening that comes from the indwelling of the Holy Spirit within the life of the new believer. It was meant to not just LEAD us into all spiritual truth, but to allow us to come back into an intimate spiritual relationship with God Almighty AS our Heavenly Father. The love the Father has for us sent His Son to the Cross, not just to save us, but IN THAT salvation, to bring us back, just like the prodigal son, into the intimate relationship that He had with Adam when the Father would meet him in the Garden of Eden. What Adam lost to us because of disobedience, Christ Jesus restored to us by sacrificial obedience!!

The Apostle is writing this not because he feels that as a disciple we do not know the truth. He isn’t warning us about NOT knowing the truth, but rather reiterating the fact that spiritually we DO know the truth because of the Holy Spirit’s anointing! I want to make another important part here about the anointing of the Holy Spirit; the Holy Spirit’s power AND anointing may not take the place of a person’s conscience, but in a very real way the Holy Spirit overshadows a person’s conscience. See, our conscience IS a gift of God as part of our inherent “moral compass” but it is a part of our natural, carnal being. (Romans 2:15). Our conscience can be seared, can become desensitized by excessive sin and by ignoring its warnings! (1 Timothy 4:2). The Holy Spirit within us has no such restraints! You might be able to ignore Him, but in no way can you silence Him!!

Remember, John started his writing in that last several sentences about the antichrists being among us and our needing to be aware that they are here. So, he is reminding the readers that we know the truth and we know lies, no falsehood or deception is of the truth! I know this seems redundant in the way that he keeps reminding and then going over the same thing, but something I learned when I was in my twenties and going to tech school; some of the best teaching takes you to a certain level but then comes back and reminds you of what you already learned. It tends to make it stick and become more meaningful. This is what the Apostle is doing with the readers of his letter. The modern-day antichrists, just like in the day of John are liars and deceivers. They are willing to manipulate the truth and they try to hide amongst the true disciples in plain sight, spouting religious terms and yet producing no fruit in their lives, at least fruit that is not pleasing!

What the Apostle John is reaffirming is that even the young disciple in the Lord will know a lie for what it is. The one who is a liar is the one who denies that Jesus Christ is the Messiah, the Anointed from the Father. Now understand this principle; aligning Christ Jesus with what the New Age calls or defines are other spiritual masters is just the same as a lie and a deception from the depths of hell to try and deceive those who are searching for something beyond themselves and yet do not have the foundation of the Good News of the Gospels!! Jesus Christ is NOT on par or equal with Mohammed or with Buddha or any other religious figure, for Christ Jesus IS God and we can ONLY come to the Heavenly Father THROUGH Him and no one else!

Also remember this; John is warning his readers of the doctrines of the Gnostics of his day. They did not believe that Jesus was the Christ, the anointed One, but rather that He was JUST a man whom the Christ, the Messiah descended upon at His baptism from John! Does this sound at all familiar to my readers today? It should, for you find this same teaching in many of the “religious” cults of today, and sadly some who claim to be CHRISTIAN Churches!!

But here is the thing that separates those cults AND those who are JUST religious, from true Christianity; you CANNOT deny the deity of Jesus as Christ without denying our Heavenly Father also! There are many that TRY to worship God alone without even attempting to “go through” Christ Jesus! You can say you “believe” in a “higher being” but you can’t worship the Father without approaching God as Father THROUGH Jesus Christ! John is making it very clear and reiterating again, that to deny Jesus as Christ, you ARE denying God as Father. If you deny the Son, you do NOT have the Father, BUT, if you acknowledge the Son, Christ Jesus, then you also have the Father!

I love to use the following Scripture by Jesus to make this point so clear, and they are written for posterity by John, himself:

John 14:
5 Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way?”
6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.
7 “If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him.”
8 Philip said to Him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is sufficient for us.”
9 Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?
10 “Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works.
11 “Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me, or else believe Me for the sake of the works themselves.

Now I want you to read these Scriptures with this perspective; in this instance Jesus is TEACHING His disciples. He is relaying to them spiritual principles, the very thing that the beloved Apostle John is doing with his letters to his followers. There is a difference between preaching and teaching and I want to give you an example of the same thing Jesus was teaching His disciples but instead, He was PREACHING to the Pharisees and unbelievers.

Again, the words of Jesus as recorded by John the Apostle:

John 8:
18 “I am One who bears witness of Myself, and the Father who sent Me bears witness of Me.”
19 Then they said to Him, “Where is Your Father?” Jesus answered, “You know neither Me nor My Father. If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also.”

41b Then they said to Him, “We were not born of fornication; we have one Father–God.”
42 Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love Me, for I proceeded forth and came from God; nor have I come of Myself, but He sent Me.”

In closing, I want to remind you of this one other principle that John, inspired by the Holy Spirit put forth in remembrance for all generations of disciple who follow:

John 4:
23 “But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him.
24 “God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”
25 The woman said to Him, “I know that Messiah is coming” (who is called Christ). “When He comes, He will tell us all things.”
26 Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am He.”

Final thought to ponder; God is Spirit, He sent His Son that His Spirit might dwell in Jesus and dwell among men to fulfill His mission of redeeming mankind through salvation by the shedding of His Blood. When we magnify and worship Christ Jesus, we magnify and worship the Father through Him as these Scriptures and many more prove. To deny Christ Jesus IS to deny the Father, BUT to acknowledge Christ Jesus is to KNOW the Father and to ABIDE in Him! What an amazing gift that is not just here today and gone tomorrow, but will last for ALL eternity!!

Next post we will begin with 1 John chapter 2 verse 24.

*Unless otherwise noted, Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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