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THE FONDATION OF LIFE

THE FONDATION OF LIFE Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: For which things’ sake the wrath

Gaius and Diotrephes

Gaius and Diotrephes The elder unto the wellbeloved Gaius, whom I love in the truth. Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even

IN THE MIDDLE OF DISTRESS AND GRIEF

IN THE MIDDLE OF DISTRESS AND GRIEF After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues,

THE FONDATION OF LIFE

THE FONDATION OF LIFE

Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: For which things’ sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience: In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them. But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; And have put on the new [man], which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him: Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond [nor] free: but Christ [is] all, and in all. Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also [do] ye. And above all these things [put on] charity, which is the bond of perfectness. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, [do] all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.(KJV) ( Colossians 3:5-17 )

Paul advised the Colossians to base their entire lives only in the Lord Jesus Christ, both in word and deed. Living only for the Lord Jesus Christ.

This advice also holds true for Christians in the last days. Unfortunately, many Christians do the opposite. In the church they appear pious and good, but when they return to everyday life, they live like the people who do not know God even more evil. It was terrible !

Christian life is a life that has been redeemed by the blood of Christ alone. Unworthy life that enslaved by sin has become a noble and worthwhile life. Life that has a solid foundation and eternal that is the Lord Jesus Christ himself. Therefore, every Christian is obliged to live according to the Lord Jesus Christ and filled with thanksgiving to God the Father in heaven.

DASAR KEHIDUPAN

DASAR KEHIDUPAN

dan kesabaran. Sabarlah kamu seorang terhadap yang lain, dan ampunilah seorang akan yang lain apabila yang seorang menaruh dendam terhadap yang lain, sama seperti Tuhan telah mengampuni kamu, kamu perbuat juga. Karena itu matikanlah dalam dirimu segala sesuatu yang duniawi, yaitu percabulan, kenajisan, hawa nafsu, nafsu jahat dan juga keserakahan, yang sama dengan penyembahan berhala, semuanya itu mendatangkan murka Allah (atas orang-orang durhaka). Dahulu kamu juga melakukan hal-hal itu ketika kamu hidup di dalamnya. Tetapi sekarang, buanglah semuanya ini, yaitu marah, geram, kejahatan, fitnah dan kata-kata kotor yang keluar dari mulutmu. Jangan lagi kamu saling mendustai, karena kamu telah menanggalkan manusia lama serta kelakuannya, dan telah mengenakan manusia baru yang terus-menerus diperbaharui untuk memperoleh pengetahuan yang benar menurut gambar Khaliknya; dalam hal ini tiada lagi orang Yunani atau orang Yahudi, orang bersunat atau orang tak bersunat, orang Barbar atau orang Skit, budak atau orang merdeka, tetapi Kristus adalah semua dan di dalam segala sesuatu. Karena itu, sebagai orang-orang pilihan Allah yang dikuduskan dan dikasihi-Nya, kenakanlah belas kasihan, kemurahan, kerendahan hati, kelemahlembutan. Dan di atas semuanya itu: kenakanlah kasih, sebagai pengikat yang mempersatukan dan menyempurnakan. Hendaklah damai sejahtera Kristus memerintah dalam hatimu, karena untuk itulah kamu telah dipanggil menjadi satu tubuh. Dan bersyukurlah. Hendaklah perkataan Kristus diam dengan segala kekayaannya di antara kamu, sehingga kamu dengan segala hikmat mengajar dan menegur seorang akan yang lain dan sambil menyanyikan mazmur, dan puji-pujian dan nyanyian rohani, kamu mengucap syukur kepada Allah di dalam hatimu. Dan segala sesuatu yang kamu lakukan dengan perkataan atau perbuatan, lakukanlah semuanya itu dalam nama Tuhan Yesus, sambil mengucap syukur oleh Dia kepada Allah, Bapa kita.(Kolose 3:5-17)

Paulus menasehati jemaat Kolose untuk mendasarkan seluruh kehidupan mereka hanya di dalam Tuhan Yesus Kristus, baik dalam perkataan maupun perbuatan. Hidup hanya bagi Tuhan Yesus Kristus.

Nasehat ini juga ditujukan bagi orang-orang Kristen di hari-hari yang terakhir ini. Sayangnya banyak orang Kristen melakukan hal yang sebaliknya. Di dalam gereja mereka nampak saleh dan baik namun saat kembali kepada kehidupan sehari-hari, mereka hidup seperti orang-orang yang tidak mengenal Tuhan bahkan jauh lebih jahat. Sungguh sangat mengerikan!

Hidup orang Kristen adalah hidup yang telah ditebus dengan darah Kristus sendiri. Hidup yang tak bernilai karena diperbudak oleh dosa kini menjadi hidup yang mulia dan berharga. Hidup yang memiliki dasar yang kokoh dan kekal yaitu Tuhan Yesus Kristus sendiri. Sebab itu setiap orang Kristen wajib hidup seturut dengan Tuhan Yesus Kristus, penuh dengan ucapan syukur kepada Tuhan Bapa di surga.

Gaius and Diotrephes

Gaius and Diotrephes

The elder unto the wellbeloved Gaius, whom I love in the truth. Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth. For I rejoiced greatly, when the brethren came and testified of the truth that is in thee, even as thou walkest in the truth. I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth. Beloved, thou doest faithfully whatsoever thou doest to the brethren, and to strangers; Which have borne witness of thy charity before the church: whom if thou bring forward on their journey after a godly sort, thou shalt do well: Because that for his name’s sake they went forth, taking nothing of the Gentiles. We therefore ought to receive such, that we might be fellowhelpers to the truth. I wrote unto the church: but Diotrephes, who loveth to have the preeminence among them, receiveth us not. Wherefore, if I come, I will remember his deeds which he doeth, prating against us with malicious words: and not content therewith, neither doth he himself receive the brethren, and forbiddeth them that would, and casteth [them] out of the church. Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good. He that doeth good is of God: but he that doeth evil hath not seen God. (KJV) ( 3 John 1:1-11 )

The Apostle John rejoiced in the Lord because a disciple named Gaius live in truth. Gaius lovingly accept and help the brothers who came to him even though they were strangers. The love of Christ in Gaius’ heart overflowed that he showed mercy to everyone, especially brothers in Christ.

But another disciple named Diotrephes did opposite. Diotrephes who always wanted to be the leader refused brothers who came to him even excommunicate another who accepts the brothers. Diotrephes was a braggart and likes to insult people , he even insulted the apostle John. Diotrephes did was evil. The apostle John reminded all churches that do not imitate evil Diotrephes .

Being a Christian is not just a virtue in words but also is showed in actions. The world is a cruel world and without mercy. But we have received a great love of Christ , therefore we must love one another. That is pleasing to the Lord Jesus Christ . ( 1 John 2:9-10 : He that saith he is in the light, and hateth his brother, is in darkness even until now. He that loveth his brother abideth in the light, and there is none occasion of stumbling in him.(KJV) ) ( 1 John 3:10 : In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother.(KJV))

GAYUS DAN DIOTREFES

GAYUS DAN DIOTREFES

Dari penatua kepada Gayus yang kekasih, yang kukasihi dalam kebenaran. Saudaraku yang kekasih, aku berdoa, semoga engkau baik-baik dan sehat-sehat saja dalam segala sesuatu, sama seperti jiwamu baik-baik saja. Sebab aku sangat bersukacita, ketika beberapa saudara datang dan memberi kesaksian tentang hidupmu dalam kebenaran, sebab memang engkau hidup dalam kebenaran. Bagiku tidak ada sukacita yang lebih besar dari pada mendengar, bahwa anak-anakku hidup dalam kebenaran. Saudaraku yang kekasih, engkau bertindak sebagai orang percaya, di mana engkau berbuat segala sesuatu untuk saudara-saudara, sekalipun mereka adalah orang-orang asing. Mereka telah memberi kesaksian di hadapan jemaat tentang kasihmu. Baik benar perbuatanmu, jikalau engkau menolong mereka dalam perjalanan mereka, dengan suatu cara yang berkenan kepada Allah. (3 Yohanes 1:1-6)

Rasul Yohanes bersukacita karena salah seorang jemaat Tuhan bernama Gayus hidup dalam kebenaran. Gayus dengan penuh kasih menerima dan menolong saudara-saudara seiman yang datang kepadanya meskipun mereka adalah orang asing. Kasih Kristus meluap dalam hati Gayus sehingga dia menunjukkan belas kasihan kepada semua orang terutama saudara-saudara seiman.

Namun seorang jemaat lain yang bernama Diotrefes memiliki sifat yang bertolak belakang. Diotrefes yang selalu ingin menjadi terkemuka menolak saudara-saudara yang datang bahkan dia mengucilkan jemaat yang menerima saudara-saudara tersebut. Diotrefes adalah seorang pembual dan suka menghina orang, bahkan dia menghina rasul Yohanes. Betapa jahatnya tindakan Diotrefes. Rasul Yohanes mengingatkan kepada semua jemaat supaya tidak meniru Diotrefes yang jahat.

Menjadi seorang Kristen tidak hanya menjadi saleh dalam perkataan tetapi menunjukkannya dalam perbuatannya. Dunia adalah dunia yang kejam dan tanpa belas kasihan. Tetapi kita telah menerima kasih Kristus yang besar, sebab itu kita harus saling mengasihi. Itulah yang berkenan kepada Tuhan Yesus Kristus. (1 Yohanes 2:9-10 :Barangsiapa berkata, bahwa ia berada di dalam terang, tetapi ia membenci saudaranya, ia berada di dalam kegelapan sampai sekarang. Barangsiapa mengasihi saudaranya, ia tetap berada di dalam terang, dan di dalam dia tidak ada penyesatan.) (1 Yohanes 3:10 :Inilah tandanya anak-anak Allah dan anak-anak Iblis: setiap orang yang tidak berbuat kebenaran, tidak berasal dari Allah, demikian juga barangsiapa yang tidak mengasihi saudaranya.)

IN THE MIDDLE OF DISTRESS AND GRIEF

IN THE MIDDLE OF DISTRESS AND GRIEF

After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands; And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb. And all the angels stood round about the throne, and [about] the elders and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshipped God, Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, [be] unto our God for ever and ever. Amen. And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they? And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them. They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat. For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.(KJV) ( Revelation 7:9-17 )

A Christian man was killed for preaching the gospel of Christ in his neighborhood. His wife felt very sad and hopeless. It took 5 years for te martyr widow to be able to release forgiveness for those who killed her husband. And now the widowed mother remained faithful to Christ and continue to preach the gospel of Christ. Elsewhere, many of Christians who worship in the church were shot. In another place, Christians lose their citizenship and expelled from their homes and land. In many places, the church was closed and forbid Christian to worship. So many believers are experiencing distress and grief, but they do not cease to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ. They have unwavering faith. How wonderful inclusion of the Lord Jesus Christ for believers. The Holy Spirit strengthen them and the Word of Christ constantly illuminate their hearts .

Hope in the Lord Jesus Christ was never in vain. The world may see Christians as ignorant people that willing to suffer and even die for their faith in Christ. But in eternity, the Lord Jesus opens His powerful and glorious hands to give eternal reward for them. Suffering in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ is the suffering that leads to happiness. (Matthew 5:10-12 : Blessed [are] they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye, when [men] shall revile you, and persecute [you], and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great [is] your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.(KJV) )