Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Before they went down both into the water to baptized Mr. Balbino Cabailo, the brethren are singing some of praises to the Lord as Hebrew said, "..let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to his name." (Heb.13:15)

Brother Bonifacio [Dongdong in short] after praying, prepare the immersion for the forgiveness of sins (Acts 2:38).

The action of baptism which is,"The like figure where unto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ." (1 Pet.3:21)

The photo after the baptism, the brethren are so happy to the Lord for the new addition to his church. Please! include to your prayers that this new brother in Christ will continue to serve for the Lord faithfully unto death (Rv.2:10).

Monday, June 15, 2009

What Happens After Death? by Mitozyl A. Sanchez

1. The death that I mean here is physical death, i.e. the separation of the spirit to the body (Jm.2:26). We know us all that we are subject to death (Ec.9:5; Hb.9:27). But when the death comes to a man? What is happen? Is your thinking like the other that the spirit and soul of man was buried with the body in the literal tomb in the earth which is mean totally annihilation and unconciousness? Or are you believed that the dead soul of man was floating in the Limbo? Or they stayed here in the earth with several days before they go to purgatory? Or the dead soul might be come back to their house?
2. If your belief is any of these, are you sure that's the Bible teaching? Why we are not take our Bible in order we can sure and learn of "What Really Happens After Death?

I. What The Man Really Is?
A. "And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul." (Gn.2:7).
B. 1 Ts.5:23 says, "And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ." Therefore, you will notice here that the man is composed of spirit, soul and body. Are these three the same and same distination? If not, why not? Let's take a look.
1. The body of man -- Gn.2:7 said,"And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground...", Gn.3:19 says, "..till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return." When man died, his body was return in the dust of the ground. That's, the distination of the dead body of man. I suppose almost all people are agreed here, Is it right? How about the soul and spirit of man?
2. The soul of man -- the word soul [nephesh in Hebrew and psyche in Greek] sometimes refers to the whole person including the soul, spirit and body (At.2:41). The word soul and spirit sometimes used interchangeably but they are not one or the same (Hb.4:12). The spirit gives existence to the soul, the spirit is like the electricity so that the bulb [body] will glow [soul]. Therefore without spirit there would be no soul (Gn.2:7). When man died the soul and spirit both departed to him or her and shall return unto God who gave it (1 Kg.17:20-22; Cf. Ec.12:7). Therefore, the word soul used in two different ways, the souls of Acts 2:41 refers to the totality of man [spirit,soul and the body] and the other soul which is the intellectual and emotional consciousness of life of man that separated to his or her body in times of death (Ec.9:5-6). Meaning the word soul in the Bible is not always refer to the whole man. And this late soul [the conciousness of man] will not terminated in death but will continue to exist to wait the final judgement of the Lord (Rv.6:9-10).
3. The spirit of man -- the word spirit [ruach in Hebrew and pneuma in Greek] sometimes used as a "wind", or "breath". Unlike the word soul, the word spirit is not used to refer the totality of man because the spirit is untouchable and unseen (Lk.24:39). God "...formeth the spirit of man within him." (Zc.12:1; 1 Co.2:11; Cf. Gn.2:7). The spirit sometimes refers to the intellectual and emotion mentality of man because it created in the image of God who is Spirit (Gn.1:27; Zc.12:1; Nm.16:22; Jn.4:24).
C. To understanding the totality of man revealed in 1 Ts.5:23, we better know of what really happens to man after death. The man has a physical body that need to live to this world "..till thou return unto the ground..."(Gn.3:19), without physical world the body cannot live (Gn.1:27-30). The man has a soul, his conciousness to life that depart in the body when he die (1 Kg.17:20-22; Ec.9:5-6), the soul sparked into being and sustained in life by the spirit that is given to man at birth (Zc.12:1). Without spirit, the man cannot be, "...a living soul" (Gn.2:7). The man has a spirit that created and given by God (Ec.12:7). "The body without spirit is dead.." (Jm.2:26). The spirit generating life in the body, but also the animation of the soul. But the spirit of man cannot exist and live eternally without God which is "the Father and God of the spirits of all flesh" (Nm.16:22; Hb.12:9; Cf. Mt.10:28).

II. What Happens After Death?
A. Job asked, "But man dieth and wasteth away: yea, man giveth up the ghost and where is he?" (Jb.14:10). Is he in the Limbo or in the porgatory? Do you have read in the Bible the word Limbo and Porgatory? If nothing, why you are not quit to believed for that, your faith must be pure in the word of God (Rm.10:17; 14:23). Is he stayed in the earth in several days before he go in the porgatory? No! because he "...fly away" immediately like a "vapour" (Ps.90:10; 1 Kg.17:20-22; Cf. Jm.4:14). Is he can go and come back to his house? No!, Job also said, "He shall return no more to his house..."(Jb.7:9-10). Again, Is he totally annihilated or terminated? Is Job belived that so? What really Job mean the word "he", is he looking here the physical body of man or the spirit of man? Of course, the spirit of man not physical body because he knows that the body "wasteth away"[terminated] not the spirit and soul [the ghost and concious of man]. Please, take a look the spirit and soul of Jesus, if where it goes, is it in the land tomb or in God (Lk.23:43-46; Cf. At.2:27).
B. There are truly many evidences in the Bible that after death, man has a conscious. Note the conversation of the dead soul (1 Sm.28:15; Is.14:9; Mt.17:3; Lk.16:24-31; Rv.6:9-10) All these cases clearly affirm that those who die retain consciousness.
C. Again, Job asked,"...where is he?" Solomon answered, "...in the grave [sheol], whither thou goest." (Ec.9:10). Sheol and Hades [not seen] are the same place (Ps.16:10; Cf. At.2:27), meaning the unseen grave or abode of the dead soul who are waiting for the final judgement (Rv.6:9-10).
D. Is the righteous and unrighteous dead are in one place together in the Hades? No! It is true that their spirit return unto God but it does not mean, they are in the same place. Hades is the temporal unseen world of the dead spirit in the care of the power of God until the resurrection of the dead (Ps.139:8; Jn.5:28-29; Rv.20:14). In Hades, Luke 16:19-31 explained that there is a great gulf fixed to separate them:
1. The righteous dead like Lazarus was carried by the angels into Abrahams bossom which is called also a "comfort", "paradise", "present with the Lord", etc. (Lk.23:43; At.2:27; Cf. 2 Co.5:8). Rv.14:13 says, "...Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord..that they may rest from their labours.."
2. The unrighteous dead like the rich man goes into place of torment which is called also a "afar off", "hell" [tartarus], "darkness", etc. (2 Pt.2:4). The unrighteous or wicked dead are no rest because they are tormented and reserved in hell [Gehenna] (Mt.25:41).
E. Job asked again also, "If a man die, shall he live again? (Jb.14:14). Jesus answered,"...though he were dead, yet shall he live" (Jn.11:25). All dead in Hades, just and unjust both are waiting in the resurrection [simultaneously] of the dead (At.24:15). In Jesus coming they are all raised for their final different distination (Jn.5:28-29). In Mt.25:46 says, "And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal".

1. The happens after death of man, it depends upon him [man created with freedom of choice]. God formeth spirit within man at birth (Zc.12:1). The spirit of man is the driver of the distination of his soul. If his spirit choice not to received the Holy Ghost teacheth (1 Co.2:11-13), his soul will be lost in hell (Mt.10:28). There is no second chance after death to saved (Ec.9:10; Hb.9:27; Lk.16:26).
2. Solomon said, "Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgement, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil." (Ec.12:13-14).
3. In Mk.16:16, "He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned."

Saturday, June 6, 2009



1. Is the Bible we can understand? If so, why we often wondered men understanding the Bible are not the same? The some says is different to others says." If you asking them all, "Is that really the Bible says?", their answers is YES! But, why their interpretation are not alike?
2. What is the reason men often do not understand the Bible alike? How we can understand the Bible? That is the some questions that we need to know.

I. Is The Bible We Can Understand? Many people do not read the Bible because they said they do not understand it. But the Bible itself teaches that we can understand the Bible.
A. First, if we want to understand the Bible, we must to read it! (Nh.8:8; Ep.3:4). No read, no
B. The Bible is the word of God revealed to man (Jr.30:1-2; 2 Pt.1:20-21; 2 Tm.3:15-17). If the
Bible is we do not understand, why God command us to understand it! (Ep.5:17).
C. The things God revealed belong to us but the secret things belong to God (Dt.29:29;
1 Co.2:10-13).

II. Why Men Do Not Understand The Bible Alike? Here are some reasons:
A. Because men do not study the Bible (2 Tm.2:15; At.17:11). The more one knows about the
Bible the better one will undestand it.
B. Because men study the Bible with a closed mind--like Jehoiakim, the king of Judah, "...that
when jehudi had read three or four leaves, he cut it with the penknife and cast it into the fire
C. Because men are hindered by tradition--Mk.7:5-9 Jesus, says,"...Full well ye reject the
commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition."
D. Because men try to prove a point--e.g. Acts 16:30-31, here in the passage they tried to
proved that the salvation is through "faith only". But the context do not interpret like that,
verses 32,33 & 34, you will see the Gods plan of salvation -- i.e. first, they had heard the
word, thus they have faith (Rm.10:17), they repent and they baptized.
E. Because men do not love the truth -- 2 Ts.2:10-12 says, "...because they received not the
love of the truth, that they might be saved."
F. Because men are blinded by worldly living (2 Co.4:3-4; 1 Jn.2:15-17; Cf. 1 Co.3:1-4)

III. How We Can Understand The Bible? Here are the some ways that will help you to
understand the Bible:
A. Believe the Bible only as the Word of God (2 Tm.3:15-17; Is 34:16). Many people do not
understand the Bible because they have their own creed books.
B. Expect to understand the Bible (Ep.3:4).
C. Use a correct translation of the Bible -- Incorrect translations have caused some to
misunderstand the scriptures. Some are good standard translations like the King James,
American Standard and New American Standard. Some are not good like the Good News
For Modern Man, Living Bible and New World.
D. Prayer (Jm.1:5; Ps.119:34,73,125).
E. Meditation (Ps.119:99; 1:2).
F. Consider who is speaking, who is being spoken to and the circumstances of the statement.
Remember God speak to Satan, to the man, woman, Jews, Gentiles, apostles, etc.
G. Read everything said on a given subject -- A partial view is dangerous, most religious error
is taught using part of what God said. Ps.119:160 says,"The sum of thy word is truth".
H. Recognize figurative language -- The book of Revelation is filled with figurative language
(Rv.1:1). Read Rv.5:8 to see the example of it.
I. Realize one verse can only teach what another verse will allow it -- e.g. Rm.10:13 and
Mt.7:21, these passages must interpret with harmonize. Calling the name of the Lord to be
save is to obey His command (Mt.28:19; Cf. At.22:16).

1. There are "some things hard to be understood" (2 Pt.3:16), but through the some ways that
can help us to understand the Bible that we disscuss here, we can understand the Bible alike.
2. May the God of heaven fill you "with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual
understanding" (Cl.1:9).

Monday, June 1, 2009



1. Rv.20:6 says, "Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years."
2. The questions is of what, how and why blessed and holy that hath part in the first resurrection?
3. Let us search in the scriptures (Jn.5:39).

I. What Is The First Resurrection Mean?
A. The first resurrection mean, is the resurrection from the dead in sins (Ep.2:1,5).
1. All men (not infants) are died in sins (Rm.5:12; 1 Tm.5:6).
a. "...for sin is the transgression of the law" (1 Jn.3:4).
b. Therefore to him that knoweth to do good and doeth it not, to him it is sin (Js.4:17).
2. For all have sinned (Rm.3:23), For the wages of sin is death (Rm.6:23).
3. The dead in sins meaning, that is the first death--the temporal separation to God
(Is.59:1-2). If not, why not?
4. The second death mentioned in the Rev.21:8 & 20:14, refers to death in hell--the eternal
separation to God (Mt.25:41; 10:28; Mk.9:47-49).

B. The second resurrection, even though we have not read it verbatim but it clearly
understood like the first death. The scriptures mention only the second death, but we really
know that before we go to second, we go first in the first. If there is a first, must there is a second! Do you have a question with that?
1. The second resurrection, refers to the resurrection of the dead not in sins but with the
heavenly or spiritual bodies (At.24:15; 1 Co.15:20-54)
2. "...and the dead in Christ shall rise first;" (1 Ts.4:15-16).
3. "Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds
to meet the Lord in the air (not in the earth) and so shall we ever be with the Lord."
(1 Ts.4:17).

II. How We That Hath Part In The First Ressurrection?
A. The only way, is to obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ (2 Ts.1:8-9). The question is,
what is the gospel? And how we obey the gospel of Christ?
B. What is the gospel of Christ? Paul explained it in 1 Co.15:1-4:
1. Paul preached the gospel to the Corinthians - v.1-2
2. Paul and Corinthians received Christ that he died for our sins - v.3
3. Christ was buried - v.4
4. Christ rose again - v.4
5. Therefore, the gospel of Christ is about the good news of his death, burial and
resurrection from the dead. This is the power of God unto salvation to every one that
believeth (Rm.1:16)
C. How we obey the gospel of Christ? Paul also explain it in Rm.6:1-6:
1. We must hear and believe the gospel (Mk.16:15-16; Rm.10:17; Jn.8:24)
2. We must repent or mortify our sins (v.6, Gl.2:20; Rm.8:13; Gl.5:19-21; Lk.13:3)
3. We must confess Christ as our Lord (Mt.10:32-33; At.8:37).
4. We must buried or washed our sins in the baptism (v.4; Cl.2:12; Ef.5:26; At.22:16).
5. We must walk in newness of life as a new creature and be faithful unto death (v.4-5; Ep.4:
22-25; 2 Co.5:17; Rv.2:10).

III. Why Blessed And Holy That Hath Part In The First Resurrection?
A. Because on such the second death hath no power (Rv.20:6; 1 Co.15:55-57; Rv.2:10-11).
B. Because they shall be priests of God and of Christ (Rv.20:6; 1 Pt.2:5,9).
C. Because they shall reign with him (Rv.20:6; 5:9-10; Cf. At.20:28) a thousand years
(Cf. Ps.50:10; 105:8). The 1000 years is not literal years in futures (as of
premillenialism doctrine) but it is used as a symbolic number, meaning the completeness of time of Jesus reign in heaven (not on earth) in his existed kingdom (1 Co.15:24-26; Jn.

1. Do you want be blessed and holy through that hath part in the first resurrection, so that you
can escape the punishment of second death? (Rv.2014-15).
2. "And now why tarriest thou? Arise and be baptized and wash away thy sins, calling on the
name of the Lord" (At.22:16).