God is unfair

God is unfair.
He is biased.
Partiality is in Him.

We have compelling evidences to proof this is true.

First, consider Case 01: Jeremy.

Jeremy wakes up in the morning with bizarre perplexity and hits the hay in pondering thought. Confusion is his constant companion. He wanders, Why am I here?

Jeremy lives perfunctorily. Days are written the same; exactly as it was yesterday. Nothing new; nothing at all. What on earth is he really here for?

No doubt. God is unfair. He created a soul with no purpose. How dare He?! He just created him to be made fun of.

Next, consider Case 02: Matt.

Matt lives a devoted life. He gave up everything—glory, fame, power and wealth. He has none of it anymore.

What has he now? No house to call his own and bare pockets. A poor life. A scanty living, deprived of pleasure and luxury. His service steals his indulgence.

Meanwhile, those who live for themselves are living in bliss. They eat, drink and are merry. Perhaps they are truly the fortunate people who get life in the complete package.

The evidence is crystal clear. Isn’t God unfair?

Well, we have one final witness. Listen to him speak as we invite you into the courtroom.

John shouted, “God is unfair . . . and a MURDERER!”

The trial court was filled with tension. Everybody was murmuring, exchanging thoughts. The case resumes though, undeniably, the whole place rumbled.

Meanwhile, with a sharp look and angry words, John continued, “He betrayed his son!”

“He killed his son unfairly!

“He abandoned him!”

“He was hated and rejected! His life was filled with sorrow and terrible suffering. No one wanted to look at him. He was despised and rejected. He suffered great pain! He was wounded and crushed! He was abused!”

“Your son suffered all that because you are unfair!” He pointed at God.

“You set the rules and the world deserves to die because they disobeyed! But no . . . You sent Your Son, instead!”

God was quiet while listening to John.

John continued speaking, but at this point, with a soft and gentle voice. He spoke in a whisper, “You are unfair, God. You could have just forsaken us. We should be punished as the law prescribed and as fairness dictates but no, you didn’t mete out on us the punishment we deserve and that counts as bias on you.”

“Father . . . you are unfair . . . you are . . .” He said in agony.

At last, the Lord stood to defend Himself, “That’s love . . . My love for you . . .”

John couldn’t grasp what He meant. He asked, “Love?!”

The Lord replied, “Sacrificial love . . . that I gave my only Son that everyone who believes in Him can be forgiven and given new life.”

“I can’t understand it! What are we to you?” John asked.

“I love you,” the Lord whispered.

The session was over.

The judgment is immediately served: God is unfair . . . to HIMSELF!

By Jordy Marteja

Peter: An Ordinary Person

Matthew 4:18-20

The apostle Peter was an ordinary person who lived in an extraordinary time. His was the generation during which Jesus lived on the earth and died for the salvation of mankind.

It was Andrew who first brought his brother Peter (originally called Simon) to meet the Lord (John 1:40-42). When Jesus invited them to become disciples, both brothers immediately left their fishing trade and placed themselves under Christ’s authority (Matt 4:20).

Peter became a passionate follower who consistently demonstrated an eagerness to be near the Savior and in the middle of whatever was going on. Whether encountering Jesus on the water during a storm (14:27-29) or speaking to Him during His transfiguration (17:1-5), Peter was devoted to his Master’s service.

In the beginning, the former fisherman was quick to speak and to act, and this impulsiveness created problems for him. For example, when Jesus was talking about His imminent suffering and death, Peter objected, as if he knew better than the Lord. Christ’s rebuke was swift and direct (16:21-23). The apostle learned from his mistakes and was later given great responsibility. He’s a good example of how we should release personal desires, wholeheartedly embrace Jesus’ way, and walk closely with Him (Mark 8:34).

The Lord chooses unexceptional people like Peter and you and me to build His kingdom. He asks His followers to love Him above all else and fully commit to obeying Him. When we do, He will accomplish more through us than we could ever imagine.

Shutting the Kingdom

“But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in.” (Matthew 23:13)

Our Lord Jesus pronounced eight “woes” in Matthew 23 on the religious leaders of His day. This one condemns them for refusing the liberty that Christ was bringing with the new covenant.

The first “formal” message that Jesus preached was taken from the great prophecy in Isaiah 61: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised” (Luke 4:18).

Later, the apostle Paul noted that “before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed” (Galatians 3:23). These self-righteous leaders were so enamored with their positions and prestige that they refused to rejoice in the “liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free” (Galatians 5:1) and kept the prison doors of legalistic self-righteousness shut fast—even against those who were responding to the good news of the Kingdom!

It is interesting to note that Jesus condemned both groups (Pharisees and Sadducees) for the same problem. Yet they were much different in their positions. The Pharisees would be analogous to the legalists of our day and the Sadducees to the liberals. Both camps claimed belief in “inspiration” and both camps prided themselves on their knowledge of Scripture.

Their common error was distorting the truth of God with interpretations that clouded the message—thereby shutting up the doors out of unbelief that led into the “glorious liberty of the children of God” (Romans 8:21). May God keep us from such confusion. HMM III

Behold the heaven and the heaven of heavens is the Lord’s thy God

Behold the heaven and the heaven of heavens is the Lord’s thy God, the earth also with all that therein is.—Deuteronomy 10:14.

FATHER, there is no change to live with Thee,
Save that in Christ I grow from day to day,
In each new word I hear, each thing
I See, I but rejoicing hasten on my way.
JONES VERY.

THE immediate result of the coming of these good tidings of great joy to me was no outward change in anything, but an inward change of everything, making everything translucent with the light within and beyond. The sum of it all was always that the universe is full of God, and God is love. We are His, and all things are His; therefore in Him all things are ours. In the home, in society, in nature, our beloved moors and woods, and rivers and glens and seas, there was the touch, the breath of God’s living, real presence. ELIZABETH RUNDLE CHARLES.

He is so infinitely blessed, that every perception of His blissful presence imparts a vital gladness to the heart. Every degree of approach to Him is, in the same proportion, a degree of happiness. And I often think that were He always present to our mind, as we are present to Him there would be no pain, nor sense of misery. SUSANNA WESLEY.

Keep yourselves in the love of God

Keep yourselves in the love of God. Jude 21

Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

The fruit of the Spirit is love.

Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.

As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love. 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. — Whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected.

This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. — God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. — God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.

John 15:4,5. Galatians 5:22. John 15:8-10. 1 John 2:5. John 15:12. Romans 5:8. 1 John 4:16.

In that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God

In that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God. Romans 6:10

He was numbered with the transgressors. — Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many. — Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. — By one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.

This man, because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood. Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them. — While we were yet sinners Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.

Forasmuch … as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin; that he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God.

Isaiah 53:12. Hebrews 9:28. 1 Peter 2:24. Hebrews 10:14. Hebrews 7:24,25. Romans 5:8,9. 1 Peter 4:1,2.