Disciples of Jesus Christ. Are we?


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Matthew 16:24
Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.

Hi there people. Today I’d like to talk about the core meaning of being a disciple of Jesus. Many people nowadays are so confident and call themselves the disciples of Christ without really knowing the core of being His disciple. And so now, I really wish that the food that I am about to give can refresh your mind with the truth from the Bible.

Most of the times, we often thought that the best school and also the most expensive school is better for our children or loved ones. They would guarantee their success. But the truth was not like that. Those expensive education and the amount of money that we have doesn’t guarantee the success of our lives. I’m not talking about rich-success here. I’m talking about Godly-success. We may be successful in our career, studies, or even in our ministries. But does that mean we are successful before the Lord Almighty? The Bible said:

Matthew 7:21-23
Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

Furthermore, the moral of this world is also declining. This disease is affecting the world even worse now, and it quickly affect the Christianity as well. And so, as the disciples of Christ, we should have looked into the bible and set our standard there so that we won’t be carried by the waves.

Jesus said that if any man would come after Him, he or she must deny him/herself and take up the cross. This means that we must give our whole life to live for Christ and not follow what we want or we will; but it should be what the Lord wants and what He wills. And so in our career, studies, or ministries, do we do the will of the Lord? Or do we do our own will? What’s the will of the Lord?

John 15:10-17
If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.
These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.
This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.
Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.
Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.
Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.
These things I command you, that ye love one another.

In everything that we do, we should do it with love for our brothers and sisters at work or at ministries. And in everything that we do, we should do it with our best effort as if we do it for the Lord Himself because He has chosen us so that we may bring forth fruit, and with that fruit, we will glorify the Lord and proclaim his goodness to the entire world. Since the beginning of time, our purpose in this world are to minister, to be His disciples, and to proclaim the glory and goodness of Him to the world. It doesn’t matter whether you are a businessmen, or a student, or a preacher. Do whatever your works are so that you may glorify Him. But also remember to have love in whatever you do because nothing is for good when we do anything without love.

One example of a disciple that didn’t submit to His Lord’s will was Peter.

Matthew 16:21-23
From that time forth began Jesus to shew unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day.
Then Peter took him, and began to rebuke him, saying, Be it far from thee, Lord: this shall not be unto thee.
But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men.

Peter was probably just trying to help, and this would mean he was lack of understanding. But I say that Peter was trying to show himself off that he is capable of saving Jesus from the elders of Jerusalem; and thus, rebuking the will of his Lord. I can say this because in verse 23, Jesus called Peter a Satan, and He told Peter to get behind Him. This shows us that to be a disciple of the Lord, we need to stay behind our Master and not in front of Him. Let Jesus be the captain of our ship. Let Jesus be the problem-solver in our lives. Let Jesus be the main head in the house. Let Jesus be the boss in our works or businesses. Let Jesus be our main teacher in our studies, Let Jesus decides for our decisions in our lives. Let Jesus have all our lives. Let Jesus rule every aspects of our lives. We should apply this because our lives are not ours anymore, but our lives are His. He has redeemed us at the cross, replacing us in a beautiful exchange at the cross.

And learning from Peter’s mistake, we know that to be the disciple of the Lord, we also need to convert our mind concept and the way we think, and sync them with the mind and the way Christ think (Metanoia). Just as Jesus was behind the Father, we also should stay behind Jesus Christ. This also means that as the disciples of Christ, we should listen to Him, which is harder than it sounds (take Abraham’s case as an example of how difficult it can be sometimes) be obedient and loyal to Him in every circumstances no matter how harsh it will be, be responsible for our work He gave us in this world and also to be the salt and light of the world that can affect our surroundings so that people can see Christ in ourselves, and last but not least, we must be ready and stay close behind the Lord in every tests the world throws toward us.

I hope this can enlighten your mind and refresh your soul people 🙂

To Fellow Servants, Church, and Congregation. Let us hear Him now!


Galatians 5

Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.

Indeed I, Paul, say to you that if you become circumcised, Christ will profit you nothing.

And I testify again to every man who becomes circumcised that he is a debtor to keep the whole law.

You have become estranged from Christ, you who attempt to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace.

For we through the Spirit eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness by faith.

For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but faith working through love.

You ran well. Who hindered you from obeying the truth?

This persuasion does not come from Him who calls you.

A little leaven leavens the whole lump.

I have confidence in you, in the Lord, that you will have no other mind; but he who troubles you shall bear his judgment, whoever he is.

And I, brethren, if I still preach circumcision, why do I still suffer persecution? Then the offense of the cross has ceased.

I could wish that those who trouble you would even cut themselves off!

For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.

For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

But if you bite and devour one another, beware lest you be consumed by one another!

I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.

For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish.

But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.

Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness,

Idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies,

Envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,

Gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.

And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.

If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.

Through this chapter, I spoke to you, all the church in this world. Through this chapter, I spoke to you, all the employees of the church. Through this chapter, I spoke to you, all the church leaders and elders. Through this chapter, I spoke to you, all the servants of God in this world. And through this chapter, I spoke to you, the congregation of the church in this whole wide world.

As we all know, churches has grown so large nowadays. There are so many of them now and some of them can be considered as “megachurch”. This, at some point, can be viewed as good since Christianity is developing so well in this world; bringing more and more people to God. But is it true? Does a big church guarantees our salvation? Does a big church, or, I might say, a “modernized” church with “modernized” praise and worship songs guarantees our way to the Lord? Not exactly I’d say. This chapter from Galatians spoke right to the nowadays’ condition in the church.

Churches nowadays has grown so large; and because of that, churches began to grow more and more like an organizations. The senior pastor, or you might say, the shepherd of the flocks in the church, began to be more like a manager instead of a shepherd that leads and guides the flocks with a warming presence. The flocks didin’t really know who they shepherd was, and vice versa. And since the church has grown more like a “business” organization, there were a lot of conflicts, unhealthy competitions for a mere status in the church, stealing money from the church, and all kinds of things that you can imagine happening nowadays at your church.

And now I spoke especially to you, all the servants of God and the congregations of the church. If you are now successful and live a paradise on earth, do not forget about the Lord that helped you in the first place! You would never reach the place where you are at right now if it’s not for the Lord’s grace and mercy! Look at these verses:

Deuteronomy 8:17 – 20

then you say in your heart, ‘My power and the might of my hand have gained me this wealth.’

“And you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.

Then it shall be, if you by any means forget the Lord your God, and follow other gods, and serve them and worship them, I testify against you this day that you shall surely perish.

As the nations which the Lord destroys before you, so you shall perish, because you would not be obedient to the voice of the Lord your God.

Othere gods here can also be your job, your status at the church, your girlfriend or boyfriend, or, literally, other gods of this world. Money can be your god, and this happened in most case, even in the church. You serve and serve at the church but only after money. Don’t you realize that the one who owns money, status, and everything you could possibly dreamed of is the Lord Jesus Himself? For seek first the Kingdom of God, and everything shall be addded to you. Don’t go after what is visible, but reach the invisible, for what is visible will passed away, but the invisible, that is the Lord and His Word, will never be passed!

I don’t know if this message can reach you or have an impact as I wish it to have. But I was just writing what the Lord has put in my heart to write. The situations and conditions of the churches nowadays is quite concerning for me, and I pray to God so that there will be another new Wave to refresh all of this situations. I certainly hope this message can reach you and touch you, for the Lord Almighty loves you so very much. Be refreshed now 🙂

Anointing Oil… An Occultism!? Is it?


And you shall make from these a holy anointing oil, an ointment compounded according to the art of the perfumer. It shall be a holy anointing oil. (Exodus 30:25 NKJV)

And you shall speak to the children of Israel, saying: This shall be a holy anointing oil to Me throughout your generations. (Exodus 30:31 NKJV)

And you shall take the anointing oil, and anoint the tabernacle and all that is in it; and you shall hallow it and all its utensils, and it shall be holy. (Exodus 40:9 NKJV)

Also Moses took the anointing oil, and anointed the tabernacle and all that was in it, and consecrated them. (Leviticus 8:10 NKJV)

From all the verses here, we know that the anointing oil is from the Lord Himself. Of course there are more verses about the anointing oil, but it’s gonna be too long if I wrote them all here. But how come an anointing oil, coming from the Lord Himself, can become an Occultism? This sounds absurd right. But this is the reality. Some people may accept the anonting oil, not as a media of the Lord’s power and anointment, but as a power that stands alone. Anointing oil may have the power to sanctify people and to heal people only because the Lord work through the oil. It’s one of the media the Lord choose to use. So people are sanctified and healed not because of the oil, but because of the Lord. Now many people are wrong in this concept.

Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. (James 5:14 NKJV)

See? If any of you are sick, you can pray to the Lord and anoint yourself with an anointing oil. Through the anointing oil, the Lord may have healed you. But take a note of this. It is not the oil that healed you, but the Lord. On this point when people thought of the anointing oil as a powerful oil that has the power to heal, and not because of the Lord’s power through the anonting oil, this anointing oil can become a practice of Occultism among the congregation!

So to sum it all up, anointing oil is indeed from the Lord, and is good. But don’t misunderstand about the anointing oil that you can make it an Occultism. Hope this can help your understanding about the anointing oil, and hope this can also help for those of you who are still doubtful about the anointing oil. God bless, and be refreshed 🙂

Don’t Forget About the Water from Him :)


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Hebrews 10:10

By that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

Now we live in the world of the New Testament. It is different with the Old Testament. Way back then before Jesus Christ came on earth to redeem us, mankind must offer sacrifices for a period of time so that their sins can be forgiven, but only until a certain period of time. After the period is over, mankind must offer sacrifices again. Sacrifices here can be a sheep, a cattle, a bird, etc. The sins mankind have committed would determine the size of the living sacrifice. The heavier the sin is, the bigger or the more expensive the sacrifice would be.

However, Jesus Christ has come to the world and He became the Living Sacrifice. The difference is that this type of sacrifice is only once for all, which means that our sins are being forgiven for ever. The Lord has forgiven all our sins because Jesus has taken our place up there at the cross. It should be us back then at the cross. But Jesus replaced us and became a Living Sacrifice for the Lord. The blood of Jesus has sanctified us forever. However, a lot of people only remember about the blood, but not about the Water.

John 19:34

But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately blood and water came out.

The Blood came out first, then the Water came along. The key to everything that I’m talking about is in this Water. To understand about this, let us read first.

John 13:3-10

Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into His hands, and that He had come from God and was going to God,

rose from supper and laid aside His garments, took a towel and girded Himself.

After that, He poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded.

Then He came to Simon Peter. And Peter said to Him, “Lord, are You washing my feet?”

Jesus answered and said to him, “What I am doing you do not understand now, but you will know after this.”

Peter said to Him, “You shall never wash my feet!” Jesus answered him, “If I do not wash you, you have no part with Me.”

Simon Peter said to Him, “Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head!”

Jesus said to him, “He who is bathed needs only to wash his feet, but is completely clean; and you are clean, but not all of you.”

From verse 7, Jesus said that what He did at that time the disciples will know about it later on. This means that what Jesus did here was symbolic, and therefore, have meanings. From these verses, let us focus on some words such as “laid aside His garments”, “towel with which He was girded”, “poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet”, and “wipe them with the towel”.

He laid aside His garments as a symbol that Jesus arose from the dead. in this context, Jesus rose from supper in the Passover feast, and in every table at the Passover feast, there will always be a roasted lamb. This lamb represented Jesus when He was burned by the wrath of God at the Cross because Jesus has replaced us at the cross. And when He laid His garments, it means that He will rose from the dead.

The towel girded to Him means that Jesus is the High Priest, and He came to this world to minister.

He poured water and washed the disciples’ feet with it means that we all will be cleaned again and again, but not with blood anymore because blood of Jesus has sanctified us forever. But by Water.

Ephesians 5:25-27

Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her,

that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word,

that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish.

Water by the Word. So people, we need to be cleansed not by blood anymore because blood of Jesus has cleansed us once and for all, but by the Word of God. By the Water. Don’t forget to read your Bible everyday because this will cleanse your feet. We need not to clean our whole body with Water because we have been bathed by the Blood of Jesus and we are clean forever. But our journey in life will involve our feet, and sometimes dust and dirt may come to stick at our feet. This represents all our mistakes we may have committed in this life. But believe that we have been cleansed by the blood of Jesus forever and He has forgiven all our sins and mistakes. Do not be tricked by the devil. Devil may tricked you and condemned you for your mistakes. That’s why you need to be strengthened by the Word of God. By the Water.

And after Jesus washed the disciples’ feet, He wipe the feet with the towel. Just imagine if our feet were wet and we walk outside again. There will be more dirt and dust on our feet. This means that after we receive or hear His Word through this Bible for example, we must realize the truth that we have been forgiven through the sacrifice of Lord Jesus once and for all! We must also realize that our lives cannot be apart from the Word of God. Everyday we need His Word.

So, don’t be condemned by the devil. I don’t know how hard your lives are or what kind of problems you are having. But learn the truth, and let your feet be washed by His Water daily. Let His Word cleanses you daily, and you will enjoy living your Christian lives with Jesus (“If I do not wash you, you have no part with Me.”). Be refreshed my friends 🙂

Am I Choosen by Him? Hmm…


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Galatians 4:9

But now after you have known God, or rather are known by God, how is it that you turn again to the weak and beggarly elements, to which you desire again to be in bondage?

Now I want to talk about what it means to be chosen by God. We can receive the blessings, the knowledge, and the salvation from our Lord Jesus Christ only because He chooses us, not because of what we’ve done.

From the verse above, we can conclude that God chooses us to be saved, and the only one that can save us is through faith to the Lord Jesus. And because of this, we should be grateful for the gift from God. We should be grateful that we are chosen to be believers of Jesus Christ. You might have done something so very ugly or probably a crime that was truly unforgivable. I don’t know what that was. I don’t know how dark your past was. But one thing for certain, when men cannot forgive any mistakes you’ve done in the past, God is truly forgiving and He has forgiven you back then at the cross when He died for you. And there were probably people whose lives are so much better or cleaner in their conducts than you are. But instead of them, you are the one God chooses to save through faith. That is why I said all of us should be grateful for God’s choosing! Does this mean that God is unfair? Of course not! Let’s check this out:

Romans 9:12-16

it was said to her, “The older shall serve the younger.”

As it is written, “Jacob I have loved, but Esau I have hated.”

What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? Certainly not!

For He says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whomever I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whomever I will have compassion.”

So then it is not of him who wills, nor of him who runs, but of God who shows mercy.

This message is truly powerful guys. One thing you have to know and realize everyday is that God is truly merciful and loving! For One so great, so big, so powerful, He is so very humble, kind, and loving. He is also a truly faithful God. And He becomes our Father, we become His children. We already have the best thing that can ever happened in our lives. Then why should we gone back to the earthly spirits or the gods which have no authorities at all? Why should we gone back to worship the spirit of the dead, which, in fact, is the devils from hell? (look at my previous post about tradition just before this one to understand about the spirit of the dead better). No one and nothing can save you from eternal damnation except for Jesus Christ our Lord! Check this out:

Acts 4:8-12

Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rulers of the people and elders of Israel:

If we this day are judged for a good deed done to a helpless man, by what means he has been made well,

let it be known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by Him this man stands here before you whole.

This is the ‘stone which was rejected by you builders, which has become the chief cornerstone.’

Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”

There can be no other person or deity that can save us except the Lord Jesus Christ Himself! He is the best, and why should we sell Him for any cheap believe that doesn’t even have any certainty at all? We can only found certainty in our Lord Jesus Christ. Why should we sell Him just for our job, or promotion, or even only for a partner in life? Believe that in Jesus Christ, we already have everything, including job, food, clothes, and even life partner. Believe in Him and wait for His time to bless us with all of our needs and wants. Don’t wait according to our timing, but wait according to His timing!

And so, I hope this post can bless you in any way. Stay strong and firm in our Lord Jesus Christ. The end is nearing and let’s prepare our hearts to be fetched by Him back to our real home. Be refreshed 🙂

Tradition and Philosophy? Hmm…


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Colossians 2:6 – 10

 As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him,

rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving.

Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ.

For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily;

and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power.

 Today I want to talk about the fullness of Christ in our daily lives. Christ should be our one and most important priority in our lives. But sometimes, the reality says otherwise. We do believe in Christ Jesus. We do believe in His miraculous works. But sometimes, we also believe in other little things as well that can become our downfall without we realize it.

Let’s say that you come from a family that has a rich family tradition. This kind of family usually is an Asian family. The Asian people really have a rich family tradition like praying to the ancestors and the dead spirit, etc. And let’s say they repented and receive Christ as their Savior. But they still hold on to the family tradition to come to their parents or grandparents graveyard to pray for them or to give them burnt offerings. I myself had done this long time ago, and I felt kind of stupid after I know the truth in verse 8 about our living God Jesus. Check this out:

Job 7:9

As the cloud disappears and vanishes away, so he who goes down to the grave does not come up.

 This verse means that once people died, their spirit cannot wander on this earth again. Those ghost stories about the spirit of the dead being back from the grave and was angry was not true because the Bible told us so in Job 7:9. Those ghosts are real, but they are not the spirit of the dead. They are the devils from the underworld, coming up to this world to deceive people of God from the truth by misguiding them with earthly tradition.

Also, certain philosophies can also become our downfall if we believe in them. Around the times of Jesus, there were lots of philosophies that were based on many different doctrines such as Gnosticism, Hedonism, Asceticism, etc. Gnosticism is an understanding where all kinds of polytheistic views come together. The people who follow this understanding call themselves a Gnostic. They really praise the realm of the gods and they felt that they have a super secret understanding that can brought them to heaven. This understanding was called Gnosis. And from this understanding, many philosophies are born.

Hedonism was an understanding where humans must only follow earthly joy and happiness. The Epicureans follow this Hedonism doctrine. The opposite from this doctrine is Asceticism where humans must have a great self-denial and refrain themselves from worldly pleasures. This is good, but this does not save us from eternal damnation! Only Jesus is the way to the Heaven.

John 14:6

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

Of course there were still a lot of those doctrines and philosophies that I had not gone into, but the point is, don’t ever be tricked by those empty philosophical views! Many were misguided by those kinds of views around the times of Jesus.

And so, let us be full in Christ even in our daily lives. Be radical in Him and believe only to Him, the Living God Jesus. Check these out:

 Revelation 3:16

 So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth.

 And,

Matthew 6:24

 “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.

 From the two verses above, we know that we should not be lukewarm by believing in Christ Jesus but also believe in earthly traditions and philosophies; because we cannot serve God and mammon at the same time! Choose God because He has sacrificed Himself for us at the cross. We are complete in Him, and in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily. Be refreshed 🙂

Who to Depend?


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Luke 16:19-31

“There was a certain rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and fared sumptuously every day.

But there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, full of sores, who was laid at his gate,

desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table. Moreover the dogs came and licked his sores.

So it was that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s bosom. The rich man also died and was buried.

And being in torments in Hades, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.

“Then he cried and said, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.’

But Abraham said, ‘Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things; but now he is comforted and you are tormented.

And besides all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed, so that those who want to pass from here to you cannot, nor can those from there pass to us.’

“Then he said, ‘I beg you therefore, father, that you would send him to my father’s house,

for I have five brothers, that he may testify to them, lest they also come to this place of torment.’

Abraham said to him, ‘They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.’

And he said, ‘No, father Abraham; but if one goes to them from the dead, they will repent.’

But he said to him, ‘If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rise from the dead.’ “

Here, Jesus told a story where a rich man went to hell whilst the beggar went to heaven. Sometimes when people read this, they tend to misunderstood something. People tend to think that being rich means that the gate of hell is close, and being poor means heaven is close. People tend to think this because of verse 25 of this chapter. However, I want to tell you that it doesn’t work like that.

The beggar has a name while the rich doesn’t. This means something you know. Lazarus means “Depend on God”. The one thing that saved Lazarus from entering hell when he died is not because he was poor and suffer on this earth. The one thing that saved Lazarus is because he always depend on God. He didn’t depend on the rich man or anyone else. He depended on God alone.

The rich man doesn’t have any name, which means that he wasn’t like Lazarus who always depend on God. From verse 27 and 28, we know that this rich man was a good and caring man. Even though he was suffering in hell, he still remembered his family and wished so that they wouldn’t enter the same place as he did. This tells us that being kind or good on this earth doesn’t gives us guarantee to be saved from eternal damnation. Only God alone can save us, and so we depend on God to be saved. Check this:

John 3:16

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

and,

Matthew 8:28,29

When He had come to the other side, to the country of the Gergesenes, there met Him two demon-possessed men, coming out of the tombs, exceedingly fierce, so that no one could pass that way.

And suddenly they cried out, saying, “What have we to do with You, Jesus, You Son of God? Have You come here to torment us before the time?”

We are saved because we believe in the Son of God, and from the above verses we know that the Son of God is Jesus Christ. At first, the one who proclaim that Jesus is the Son of God weren’t men, but spirits of demon. In the world or realm of spirit, we will know each other even if we haven’t met before. The example is in here:

Matthew 17:4

Then Peter answered and said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here; if You wish, let us make here three tabernacles: one for You, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”

This happened when Jesus and the three disciples went up to the mountain. Peter had never met Moses and Elijah but he immediately knew that the two of them were Moses and Elijah.

The only begotten Son. This means that the best that God have. And the best that God have is Himself! Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is the LORD Himself, who came down to this earth and take the form of a Man. We believe that Jesus Christ has redeemed us by His sacrifice at the cross. His Blood has bring perfection to our lives so that our relationship with Father in Heaven, with the LORD, is right and flawless again. I hope this can help you in anyway, especially for those of you who are new to Christianity and haven’t get to know about these things. Be refreshed 🙂