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Posted 4/21/17 at 7:00 PM | George Yazigi

The power of the Cross

The Power of the Cross

Many people believe in the Cross as an object with power because Jesus Holy blood was shed on it.

This tool of torture was transformed from being a curse into becoming a symbol of redemption in the Christian circles ever since the resurrection of Christ.

The Cross of Jesus, as a physical object, must have gained a level of sanctification because Jesus Holy blood and body must have touched it, and eventually sanctified it.

However, the real power of the Cross is not in the object itself, rather it is in the meaning it represents and what Jesus really did up there on Calvary for us. As Paul said: “For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us who are saved it is the power of God” [1 Corinthians 1:18].

Why Crucifixion was used?

According to the Jewish law, as shown in [Deuteronomy 21:22–23], hanging a person on a Cross (pole or tree) was the ultimate punishment, and it was a mark of God’s curse. This was a sign that the crucified person was not approved or blessed by God, and that God’s wrath was ultimately upon that person. The Romans used crucifixion on a Cross in their capital punishment as a sign of insult to the Jewish people, to tell them that they were slaves and enemies of Rome. Owing to the fact that crucifixion was regarded as a curse according to the Jewish law, the Romans practiced this method of punishment to also tell the outlaws of the Jewish people that their own God cursed them because He is allowing such method to be applied in general without Him intervening to save them. FULL POST

Posted 3/3/17 at 3:37 PM | George Yazigi

How to become truly rich?

All people are born equal and they die equal too! They are born “without a thing” and ironically no matter what they do during their lives, they die “without a thing”, they take nothing with them to the grave!
An opportunist would say let me take advantage of life and live to the maximum while I can!
Well, nobody is suggesting that one shouldn’t live to the max, but it all depends on what this maximum is going to offer!
This maximum should be able to give you the best outcomes in all respects, not only in those things which are experienced with your physical senses, but also in those things which are invisible to you, and could only be experienced with your spirit.
Our future should not be limited to just the first 100 years or so of our life, therefore this “live to the max” should also cater to ensure our perpetual continuity throughout eternity!

The real question is: what is 80, 90, or even 100 years when compared with eternity?
Is it really worth to lose all eternity in exchange of “living to the max” for a few years on earth in a broken world?
Jesus said: “25For what is a man profited, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away? 26For whosoever shall be ashamed of Me and of My words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when He shall come in His own glory, and in His Father's, and of the holy angels.” [Luke 9:25-26] FULL POST

Posted 3/16/16 at 11:28 AM | George Yazigi

How did Jesus save us on the Cross?

It is not easy to understand exactly what happened on the Cross in order for us to explain in details the series of events as they unfolded, however with the help of the Holy Spirit, and based on the Biblical evidence we have, we can arrive at an essential understanding of what happened but not necessarily in the details we would expect.

First we need to examine briefly how Sin propagated in to humanity.

When God created Adam and Eve He created them perfect with an independent will to make their own decisions.
This independent will is a key component of perfection, because if they were created dependent this would mean that they will always be relying on something or someone outside their existence for decision making. They would also be believing in God out of design not out of free will. This would make these two creatures also imperfect in the sense that they will always have to worship God out of pre programmed set of instructions not out of Love.

Being perfect means that they were created according to the highest standards, which could be imagined, they were created after God’s image as shown in [Genesis 1:27], including but not limited to being without sin. FULL POST

Posted 3/9/16 at 3:40 PM | George Yazigi

The great I AM

It is not easy nor conceivable that the very powerful true and unique Almighty God of the old testament has visited earth again but now in human form. That is why we need new minds and thinking to understand. Because if we try to analyse this using the same old minds that made us sin against God, we cannot reach a verdict. Our source of reasoning would be relying only on the Holy Bible, praying that God opens up our new minds to new understanding. Here is what the Bible tells us about the great “I AM” or in biblical Hebrew “Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh”:

Jesus Christ identified Himself as “I AM” 23 times in the canonical gospels, here are the main highlights according to John:

[John 8:24] states that: “Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for unless you believe that I Am He, you will die in your sins.” This is a clear declaration that believing in Jesus Christ is the key to a new life, because our sins can never be removed without this belief, otherwise we just die.
Jesus Christ was the first and only person to claim that He is the life giver in [John 6:51] by proclaiming that ” I Am the bread of life …”. Being the exclusive source of life is a critical point in everyone existence, how can a person be a source of life unless He is of a special nature?
In [John 8:12] Jesus declares Himself “I Am the light of the world”, it means he is the exclusive source of light by specifying the “I” and the “Am”. [Isaiah 60:19] describes God Almighty as the source of light “the LORD will be to you an everlasting light, and your God your glory”, therefore Jesus declaring Himself the exclusive source of light, is telling us that he is God Almighty. Also in [Isaiah 49:6] there is a reference to Jesus being the light of the nations.
[John 10:9] Jesus declares Himself as the door to the salvation and life. Again He makes an exclusive claim as being the only door to salvation. Therefore only through Jesus Christ that people must enter the door leading to eternal life and salvation.
[John 10:11] here Jesus declares Himself the only good shepherd, linked to [Psalm 23:1] in which David is praising God Almighty for being his shepherd. Also in [Hebrews 13:20-21] Jesus is called the Great Shepherd. In [Micah 5:2] Jesus is also described and the “shepherd that will rule my people”.
[John 11:25] Jesus declares Himself as the resurrection and life, it is a reinforcement to [John 6:51] indicating that He is “the everlasting life” when He adds the resurrection factor in order to make the life He gives everlasting. Because He has the power to control life as it appears in [John 10:17-18], even to control His own life and resurrection, as well as our resurrection.
[John 14:6] is one of the most important declarations in which Jesus is literally telling us that without Him we cannot understand God’s nature. He is the Way, Truth, and Life, so no matter how we struggle to understand and reach to the Godhead, we will not be able to, as it is only through Jesus Christ that our Salvation is granted, and we can never understand the Godhead without observing and understanding Jesus. He is the Way because in His death he reconciled mankind with God, and He also established the new covenant with His holy blood. In His resurrection He fulfilled His promises of Salvation and proved that He can overcome death, therefore neutralising our sins. He opened the way for us to experience His glory. And linked us with the promise of everlasting life should we believe in Him. He is the Truth, because He speaks and does of what the Father speaks, so He is the absolute representation of the Father. Whatever He has said, He has done in absolute sincerity. He is the Truth incarnate, being the full revelation of the Word of God in the flesh [John 1:1]. He is also the Life and Resurrection because He has life in Himself, and power to give life similarly to the Father as shown in [John 5:21].
[John 15:1] Jesus declares Himself to be the true vine, this is very important because this confirms God’s promise to Abraham as shown in [Genesis 12:2-3]:
Jesus is the BRANCH [Zechariah 6:12-13] of the already planted vineyard (Israel) from which a new congregation of God will evolve (Christianity). He is the one who will build the true Temple of God, His body, as shown in [John 2:19], this new Temple (His holy body) will be the dwelling of God as shown in [Colossians 2:9]. Because “vine will be burned in fire” [Psalm 80:14-17] symbolising the judgement of “Israel” since they did not follow God’s teaching. Jesus is the true Vine who obeyed God until death to sanctify humans and reconcile them with God. Therefore Jesus replaces God’s nation “Israel”, as He was the true vine able to start a new nation of God’s remnants [Isaiah 10:20] which is the true vineyard, the church of Jesus Christ.

Posted 3/8/16 at 6:42 PM | George Yazigi

YHWH or Yahshuah (Jesus Christ)?

YHWH or Yahshuah (Jesus Christ)?

A striking dialogue between the Creator YHWH and Moses:
[Exodus 33:11] Clearly states that Moses has seen Elohim YHWH face-to-face and spoke with Him as someone speaking with his friend.
However in the same chapter [Exodus 33:20] YHWH told Moses that: “Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live.”
Are these verses contradicting each other? or there is a logical explanation?
At first instance one would think that there is a contradiction, because Moses in verse 11 has seen Elohim YHWH face-to-face, however in verse 20, when Moses asked to see YHWH’s Glory (Goodness), God told him you can’t see my face and live.
In line with the Abrahamic Faith, there is only one proper explanation: is that Elohim YHWH in verse 11 was God the Son Yahshuah (Jesus Christ), and the Elohim YHWH of verse 20 was God the Father. Because on different occasions Jesus said you only can reach to the Father through me [John 14:5-7], he who sees me has seen the Father [John 14:8-10]. And Paul said in [1 Timothy 2:5] that there is only one mediator between men and God, the Man Jesus Christ.
In the Old Testament many people have seen and spoken with YHWH face-to-face, for example Moses in [Exodus 33: 11-20], YHWH also appeared to Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and all had dialogue with Him, yet they did not die from that encounter, so which dimension of the Godhead was appearing to these men? YHWH Himself said that He alone would save Israel as it is evident in: [Psalms 130:7], [Isaiah 43:11], [Isaiah 45:21], [Hosea 13:4], and [Luke 1:67-72]. However in [Acts 4:10-12], [Rom 10:9-13], and [Titus 2:11-14] it is only by Yahshuah’s (Jesus Christ) name that we should be saved, and in [Psalms 130: 7-8] YHWH Himself alone will perform the redemption of Israel. FULL POST

Posted 3/8/16 at 5:27 AM | George Yazigi

In what sense Jesus is the Son Of God?

In what sense Jesus is the Son Of God?

People throughout the ages, tried to understand the relationship between Jesus and God the Father. Some went even to erroneously project human relationships between God the Father and the Virgin Mary! However according to the scriptures Jesus existed before Abraham [John 8:58]. So what kind of relationship exists between God the Father and Jesus?
Jesus (as a heavenly being) is the only begotten Son of God [John 1:14, John 3:16, 1 John 4:9]. Many people are called sons of God, every Christian when (s)he accepts the salvation of Christ, is reinstated to be a child of God. Adam was a son of God before the fall, the Angels in heaven are also called sons of God! However Jesus is different because he is the only Son of God, if this is the case, what happens to all those who are called sons of God? Are they really sons of God, or are they all equal to Jesus? Jesus is the only Son of God in the sense that Jesus is the only begotten being having the same essence and substance of God [John 1:1, John 17:5]. Other sons of God are called as such because they were created by God, however they do not have the same essence and substance as God. This is a very important distinction that sets Jesus apart from all other beings [Hebrews 1:3-14]. He has the same essence of God the Father [John 10:30, John 12:45, John 14:11, Isaiah 9:6]. This means that Jesus although He emanated (begotten not created) from God the Father, He coexisted with the Father [Proverbs 8:23] outside time and space, and through Jesus, God the Father created everything [John 1:3], therefore Jesus is the Creator, and Isaiah calls Him “The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father” [Isaiah 9:6] declaring Him one with God.
God the Father, Has always been a Father to Jesus, constantly and without interruption, and at no point inside or outside time Jesus was not there in the bosom [John 1: 18] of the Father [Proverbs 8:30], and [Micah 5:2].
Peter in his second epistle clearly gives glory only to Jesus Christ and refers to Jesus as “Him” [2 Peter 3:18], the same way God the Father was referred to in the old testament.

Posted 3/8/16 at 5:25 AM | George Yazigi

God’s Nature

God’s Nature

Humans tend to think inside the box, putting limits to their system of thinking based on culture, traditions, and ideologies in general.
The first question is how our weak minds can encircle the infinite God and creator? Physically we cannot understand and encircle God with the same minds which sinned against Him! Therefore we need new minds, free of sin, and especially a new thinking outside the box, and retry to understand God both Spiritually, and Physically, as He wants us to learn about His nature.

Because the universe is the Physical translation or projection of God’s creation, it mimics some of God’s physical and spiritual features. Mankind is at the centre of the universe, [Genesis 1:27] is clear about this idea, and openly states that Mankind is created in the Spiritual and Cognitive image of God. But what if we were also created in God’s Physical image? Would this be an option?

[John 4:24] indicates that God is Spirit and should be worshiped in spirit and truth. But this does not deny the fact that God may have some Physical characteristics as well. If the universe has at least 3 dimensions, wouldn’t be logical by analogy to think that God (the creator of the universe) has at least 3 dimensions too? This suggests that we are putting a limit to God, so the limitless becomes measurable, but think again, these dimensions may not be the same algebraic dimensions we are used to (Width, Height, and Depth), these could be thought of as personified dimensions i.e. spiritual dimensions. The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit the eternal, infinite, and limitless Almighty God. But why God being one, has 3 co-equal dimensions? Simply put it is His defacto nature. In Physics and Mathematics a single point in space is represented as P(x,y,z), where x, y, and z represent the coordinates of P. Allegorically God is represented as G(Father, Son, Holy Spirit), because God is infinite, eternal, and limitless the assigned values are always equal to infinity. Therefore G(Father) = G(Son) = G(Holy Spirit) = G(Father, Son, Holy Spirit) = God. FULL POST

Posted 3/8/16 at 5:22 AM | George Yazigi

Did God Create Evil?

Did God create evil?

Does God cause evil things to happen?

In order to answer the above 2 questions it would be important to understand the following main concepts about God:

Among other things, God cannot and will never:

Contradict himself as shown in [2 Timothy 2:13], and [1 Cor. 14:33]
Lie as shown [Hebrews 6:18], [Numbers 23:19], [1 Samuel 15:29], [Romans 3:4], [Titus 1:2], [1 John 1:10], and [1 John 5:10]
Break a promise as shown in [Psalms 89:34], [Leviticus 26:44], [Jeremiah 14:21], and [Jeremiah 33:20–22]
Change as shown in [Malachi 3:6], [Psalms 102:27], [Hebrews 13:8], [James 1:17], and [Revelation 1:8]
Be tempted by evil as shown in [James 1:13-14]

(Cannot doesn’t mean lack of power or ability, however it denotes that it is impossible to find such attribute in God’s pure character)

Among other things, God has always been and will always be:

Just as shown in [Job 34:12], [Deuteronomy 32:4], [Psalms 9:7-8], [Psalms 99:4], [Psalms 140:12], [Acts 10:34-35], and [Romans 3:26]
Executing judgement as shown in [Psalms 9:7-8], [Colossians 3:25], [Isaiah 66:24], [2 Thessalonians 1:8-9], [Deuteronomy 10:18], [1 Samuel 24:15], and [Romans 12:19]
Loving as shown in [Psalms 86:15], [Job 34:19], [Zephaniah 3:17], [John 3:16], [Romans 5:8], [Galatians 2:20], [Ephesians 2:4-5], [1 John 4:9-11], [1 John 4:7-8], [1 Peter 5:6-7], and [1 John 3:1] FULL POST

Posted 3/8/16 at 5:18 AM | George Yazigi

Why God is not answering my prayers?

Why God is not answering my prayers?

Are we Praying According to God’s Will?

On different occasions family members and friends asked me:
“Why God is not answering my/our prayers?”
It is really difficult to answer such question especially if it is coming from a believer and or a committed Christian who is in trouble.
However I hope and pray to the Holy Spirit in Jesus most Holy Name to give me strength and help to answer this question based on the scriptures.

Prayer is a Dialogue with God:
1. Prayer is a dialogue with our God! Imagine that you are visiting a king or a queen and you have few minutes to express yourself, what do you do in preparation? You probably go to the hairdresser/barber, have a shower, dress up with smart clothes, spray some perfume, and practice your speech… Praying to the Most High God requires some preparation too, but not according to our earthly traditions and understanding rather according to the teaching of our Most Holy Christ. Before approaching our God in prayer, we need to be pure and clean in our hearts, having full assurance of faith that our payers will be answered because Jesus had loved us and took on our sins so we may have abundant life as shown in [Heb 10:22] “let us draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water”. FULL POST