What Is the Truth
That Frees Us
from All Our Sins?
< 1 John 5:1-4 >
“Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ
is born of God, and everyone who loves Him who begot also loves him who is begotten
of Him. By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and
keep His commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments.
And His commandments are not burdensome. For whatever is born of God overcomes
the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.”
Let’s Reflect on Noah
The words in Genesis 6:1-8 are as follows: “Now
it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters
were born to them, that the sons of God saw the daughters of men, that they
were beautiful; and they took wives for themselves of all whom they chose. And
the LORD said, ‘My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, for he is indeed
flesh; yet his days shall be one hundred and twenty years.’ There were giants
on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in
to the daughters of men and they bore children to them. Those were the mighty
men who were of old, men of renown. Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of
man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart
was only evil continually. And the LORD was sorry that He had made man on the
earth, and He was grieved in His heart. So the LORD said, ‘I will destroy man
whom I have created from the face of the earth, both man and beast, creeping
thing and birds of the air, for I am sorry that I have made them.’ But Noah
found grace in the eyes of the LORD.”
This Scripture passage explains why God had to
judge the people at the time Noah was living. God had to judge the people of
that time because the sons of God had united with the daughters of men, after
having seen their beauty. God gives a plain and easy explanation for the judgment
of people, which even a 1st grade elementary student could understand
without any trouble.
Here is a humorous story. These days, even lower
elementary school students are given essay assignments. Before, it wasn’t until
one reached upper elementary school that a student was asked to write an essay.
Among our Sunday school kids, Ha-min, a first grade student, was also asked
to write an essay. The assignment was to write an essay after reading Hans Christian
Anderson’s “The Little Match Girl.” The child finished this assignment in a
hurry, seemingly with relative ease, and ran outside to play with the other
Curious, the child’s father took a look at his
son’s essay. The child had written, “The little match girl died not having been
able to sell a single match stick.” Surely, that child wrote the correct synopsis
of the story quite concisely. After hearing this story, I thought of the simplicity
of a child’s mind. The child’s simple but concise essay appeared humorous to
If I mention the time of Noah, we easily recognize
it to be the time when God judged the world with water and allowed only Noah’s
eight family members to survive. The Bible says that the judgment of the world
was brought because the sons of God took the daughters of men as their wives
and lived with them.
At that time, the waters were broken up from all
the fountains of the great deep, and the windows of heaven were opened with
a pouring rain. As a result, the waters prevailed exceedingly on the earth,
and all the high hills under the whole heaven were covered (Genesis 7:11, 19).
People explain the physics of Noah’s flood with the law of conservation as the
following. The amounts of the water during the time of the flood and now are
exactly the same, but the water that is frozen both at the South and the North
Poles makes the dry land possible.
Unlike this complicated explanation, God’s truth
is plain and simple as the child’s essay that read, “The little match girl died
not having been able to sell a single match stick.” God had no other option
but to judge this world because the sons of God had taken and lived with the
daughters of men, after seeing their beauty.
During the time of Noah, the Lord God saw that
the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts
of his heart was only evil continually (Genesis 6:5). Their plans were wicked
as well as their deeds. Although people are inherently wicked and evil, their
wickedness was so prevalent at that time that there was no one seeking for God,
far less believing in God. Having seen all of this, God decided wipe out all
of humanity from the face of the earth. God had thus planned judgment and executed
it. Yet, the Bible reports that Noah found grace in the eyes of God (Genesis
The people during the time of Noah were all wicked
before God’s eyes. Even the people of God were all wicked, for they did the
things He hated. Hence, God had no other choice but to judge the world. Only
one person, Noah who was a righteous person of his time, received the grace
of God’s salvation. God had granted Noah’s family His grace of salvation and
made Noah into the ancestor of humanity of the second world. God is still the
same as He was then.
The passage on Noah and today’s Scripture passage
are closely related. People at the time of Noah were so wicked that they were
intolerable in God’s eyes. Their thoughts, their plans, their hearts, and their
deeds were all wicked without exception. As such was the case, God had no other
option but to judge all of humanity.
This is not a story limited to the time of Noah.
People living today have wicked thoughts, plans, hearts, and deeds full of sins.
This generation is no less headed towards God’s judgment than the people of
At Noah’s time, the corruption of the sons of
God brought about the judgment on the world. How would the people of God fare
today? People toady commit the same sins that people of Noah’s time committed.
No. Our sins may even be worse but definitely not any less. Yet, today’s passage
says, “Forwhatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory
that has overcome the world—our faith”(1 John 5:4). The Apostle John
speaks of a faith that overcomes the world. Today’s Scripture passage teaches
to us how we can receive our salvation through the remission of sins and how
we can overcome this world.
We frequently hear that the world is becoming
increasingly evil, tolerating more and more wickedness in it. We encounter many
bizarre stories in the news that make us ponder, where the end of evil lies.
Among people who enjoyed swapping their spouses, there were a lot of professionals
like doctors, lawyers, and even pastors. These people are educated and of relatively
high social status. They were elites with considerably little financial worries.
These people, who should have held high moral accountability, were organizing
clubs to enjoy swapping their spouses.
The Bible reports that people in Sodom and Gomorrah
in the days of Abraham committed similar sins with anyone who passes by their
cities, regardless of whether they were men or women. Looking at the current
swapping incident or the prevalent transgression of homosexuality written in
Romans 1:26-27, we come to see that the sins of this world has not changed much
from the past,
These days, middle school students are admiring
homosexuals. As it became known that a well-known movie star is a homosexual,
many youngsters were infected with the disease of homosexual admiration. As
a matter of fact, homosexuality has been present among throughout history. We
just hadn’t openly talked about it till now. Nowadays, homosexuality has surfaced
into our everyday conscience, capturing our attention, merely because the world
has become more tolerant of sins than before. I have heard that some of the
States in the U.S. have even come to allow legal marriages between homosexuals.
Once, I have read a news article about such a unique wedding between two homosexuals.
Yet, the greater problem is that not a few selective people but the majority
of people today are being influenced by the sin prevailing society.
I think there may even be a few of our own brothers
and sisters around the world, who have come to receive the remission of their
sins through our Christian literatures, that practices this very sinful living.
Some people are just gays or lesbians. Are they able to change their own habits?
Of course, if a person devotes himself to the works of God by uniting with God’s
Church after receiving the remission of sins through the faith in the gospel
of the water and the Spirit, then the Holy Spirit controls his heart and as
a result, he can overcome all such sins as homosexuality. Essentially, the only
way to overcome such sins is to believe in the gospel of the water and the Spirit
and to participate in the ministry of God.
In a word, because everyone is born with sin,
no one can change one’s sinful habits. Regardless of which sin it is, once a
person falls into the habit of a particular sin, it is difficult to escape that
sin. Furthermore, the mutation of one’s hormone at one’s birth is not something
one has control over. However, the Bible states that there is only one way to
overcome such sins.
What Kind of Faith Enables Us to Overcome Our Own Sins?
Today’s Scripture passage says, “Andthis is
the victory that has overcome the world—our faith” (1 John 5:4).
Then, what kind of faith did the Apostle John
possess that he said he could overcome the world? The Apostle John is saying
that he can escape his own weaknesses and Satan’s traps through his faith in
the gospel Truth of the water and the Spirit.
Today’s Scripture passage tells us about the faith
that overcomes the sins of this world. Everyone habitually commits sins. There
may be among us homosexuals; gays or lesbians. In another word, there may be
among us those, who commit sins of homosexuality due to their abnormal hormone
secretions. Homosexuality is affected by hormonal changes. Through hormonal
changes, some of our brothers may sexually desire other men rather than women,
and likewise some of our sisters may desire other women rather than men.
How can one overcome even such sins, which one
commits out of one’s organic disorder? We can definitely overcome our sins by
receiving the remission of our sins through our faith in Jesus Christ, who came
by the gospel of the water and the Spirit. What we know is that the gospel of
the water and the Spirit is powerful enough to overcome the world.
The initial question was, “How can we overcome
the strong tides of the many sins of the world?” I know that we die suffocating
in sins, unable to overcome all those sins, unless we have strong faith in the
gospel Truth of the water and the Spirit. Our human flesh cannot by mere will
alone overcome the tidal waves of sins. Unless one dies to one’s desires of
flesh, one cannot overcome the sins of the world.
Humans are sinners that commit sins of lusts.
To overcome all these sins, a person has to believe in the gospel of the water
and the Spirit and free oneself of one’s desires of the flesh. In our faith
in the gospel Truth of the water and the Spirit, we are able to free ourselves
of our desires of flesh. Once, we are free from our desires of the flesh, we
can finally begin living righteous lives.
Some religions, like Buddhism, teach that the
emancipation from the lusts of the flesh lies in the death of one’s flesh. However,
if one dies to one’s flesh without having known the gospel of the water and
the Spirit, all has been in vain.
Even if a person sincerely desires to escape one’s
sinful heart or habits, one is unable to do so without the knowledge of the
gospel Truth of the water and the Spirit. Some religious persons may say that
they have successfully escaped their desires of the flesh, but there is not
a single person who has accomplished that without either having died in one’s
flesh or having realized the gospel of the water and the Spirit.
I have watched on the Buddhist TV network a female
Buddhist monk who lectured on Buddhism and shared her realizations about the
religion. Although she had read many books on Buddhism and met with various
head monks for personal teachings, she admitted that she could only live according
to her habits and not according to the teachings, as if she had forgotten them.
Therefore, she desired to be free of herself,
and she felt living itself was hell to her, because she could not escape the
Buddhist doctrine of transmigration. By the way, she concluded somehow that
the only way out from her carnal desire is to pass by this world. Even this
female monk has realized that there is no escape from one’s sinful habits except
through one’s death.
However, we, the believers in the gospel Truth
of the water and the Spirit, are God’s own people who can overcome the world
by believing that Jesus received the baptism by John the Baptist and shed His
precious blood on the Cross.
This doesn’t mean that we do not commit sins any
more. Rather, we continue committing sins. If one continues to sin everyday,
how can one overcome the sins of the world? If we do not know well the depth
of the gospel Truth of the water and the Spirit, we can overcome neither the
world nor Satan.
Can we escape from the sins of our habits and
the flesh on our own? No matter what kind of training we receive, that is an
impossible task. One frees oneself of one’s sins only through the faith in the
gospel Truth of the water and the Spirit. Therefore, we have to know the sin
cleansing Truth, which is the gospel of the water and the Spirit, more deeply.
We have to reexamine that gospel once again. And again, we have to ruminate
and believe in this powerful gospel deeply with our hearts.
In order to be strong in the grace that is in
Christ Jesus (2 Timothy 2:1), we first have to apply the Law onto ourselves
so that we may realize what grave sinners we are. Only after we realize that
we are such grave sinners in front of God through the application of the Law
on ourselves, do we see the urgent need for the faith in the gospel Truth of
the water and the Spirit.
If we look at the Bible, it tells us of the Law.
There is nothing wrong with the Law. We might think that it would be good to
live according to the Law. We might even feel that we would be able to live
according to the Law if we only try hard enough. Yet, the reality is that no
one can live according to the Law, while we follow our habits of sins.
Just a moment ago, we have heard a testimony by
one of our fellow sisters. That sister said, “I used to think that I was a nice
person. But after I have heard the gospel of the water and the Spirit, I came
to recognize that I was the worst sinner. And therefore, it is most precious
for me that I have met my Lord, who has abolished all my sins.” That’s right.
Without the gospel Truth the water and the Spirit, people cannot overcome their
Let’s turn to 1 John 5:1. “Whoever believes
that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves Him who begot
also loves him who is begotten of Him.” This one verse implies two meanings.
First, it says everyone, who believes that Jesus
is Christ, is born of God. Jesus is fundamentally God, but He came in this world
to perform three particular roles. The name Jesus means the Savior. Jesus Christ
has become our Savior by completing the gospel of the water and the Spirit through
performing His three roles: Roles of the High Priest, the Prophet, and the King.
Jesus is the King of kings. He is the Almighty
God and also the heavenly High Priest. Jesus temporarily took the human body
and came to this world to receive the baptism from John the Baptist, which transferred
the sins of the world onto His body. Then, He died on the Cross and resurrected
from the dead through His just righteousness and authority, and He granted us
the believers the remission of sins once for all. This is the Truth of being
born again through the faith in the gospel of the water and the Spirit. People,
who know this Truth, have overcome all sins.
You Too Must Know and Believe in the Gospel Truth of the Water
and the Spirit
1 John 5:20 tells us that Jesus is the Son of
God and the true God, who grants us the eternal life. Therefore, those, who
are unable to believe in Jesus as God, cannot know the gospel Truth of the water
and the Spirit either. But, unfortunately, there are many Christians who know
Jesus as only the Son of God without acknowledging Him as God Himself.
They don’t regard Jesus as the true God who is
equal in status to God the Father. Thus, when they hear that Jesus Christ has
received the baptism and died on the Cross, people emotionally respond with
mild gratitude and fail to appreciate the magnitude of these events. If we know
the truth that Jesus is God Himself, we can truly believe in all the righteous
acts (Romans 5:18) that He has fulfilled for the remission of our sins.
Because Jesus the true God was the Lamb of God
that carried the sins of the world, we can believe in His baptism by John the
Baptist and His blood, which was shed on the Cross. The fact that Jesus resurrected
from His death is also possible because Jesus the true God took our sins onto
We have to know and believe that Jesus is fundamentally
our Savior God, who wore the human flesh temporarily. Therefore, if we are to
believe, we should not lower Jesus Christ in His essence. We have to know accurately
about Jesus Christ, who is the true God. Then, we will be able to believe in
everything He has done for us. People can believe only as much as they know.
Thus, the Apostle John said in 1 John 5:1, “Whoever believes that Jesus is
the Christ is born of God.”
In this verse, the name Christ means “Messiah
the Prince” who is anointed with oil (Daniel 9:24-26). Jesus is the King of
kings. He is also the Creator God of the entire universe. Yet, Jesus Christ
is also the heavenly High Priest, who delivered the entire humanity from the
sins of the world.
Jesus Christ is the Son of God and the Lord of
this world, which He created. But, in order to deliver us from our sins, Jesus
temporarily left the glory of Heaven and came to this world in the flesh of
man. He took our sins onto Himself once for all through the baptism by John
the Baptist and died on the Cross, shedding His precious blood for us. Jesus
has become the absolute Savior to His believers by resurrecting from the dead.
As such, Jesus is the Savior to all those who believe in the gospel of the water
and the Spirit.
Jesus is also the heavenly High Priest. A High
Priest performed offerings according to the sacrificial system to blot out all
the sins of his people. However, the sacrifices of the High Priests could never
make those who approached perfect (Hebrews 10:1). But, we have been sanctified
once for all by believing in the everlasting sacrifice that Jesus Christ, the
heavenly High Priest, offered with His own body (Hebrews 10:10).
Hence, Jesus Christ is the Way, the Truth, and
the Life to all of us. Jesus Christ has taught us what the real Truth is that
leads us to the eternal life. Moreover, Jesus was the real Son of God, the heavenly
High Priest, and Savior, who taught us the way to the remission of our sins.
Jesus has descended on this world as God, the
Son of God, our savior, the High Priest, the Prophet, and the King of kings.
Jesus Christ is the true God, who has delivered us from our sins through the
water, the blood, and the Holy Spirit (1 John 5:8). Our Lord has delivered us
from the sins of the world once for all through the gospel Truth of the water
and the Spirit.
My fellow Christians, isn’t it sure that the gospel
Truth of the water and the Spirit can make you born again? We are sure that
Jesus’ baptism, His blood on the Cross, and His resurrection from the dead were
all done for the purpose of the remission of our sins. Anyone who believes in
this Truth receives the experience of being born again along with the remission
of one’s sins. We receive the remission of our sins through our faith in the
gospel Word of the water and the Spirit. We also receive the Holy Spirit as
a gift, when God acknowledges our faith. Now, we have become the born-again
through our faith in the gospel of the water and the Spirit.
Those among us who are born of God believe that
Jesus is God and simultaneously the Son of God. God the Father has sent His
Son to this world. If we say that we love God the Father, we must also love
Jesus Christ who is from God.
There are many verses in 1 John that proclaim
Jesus as God. Do you know and believe that Jesus is God? We believe that God
is our Savior. I hope you have this kind of faith. This faith believes in Jesus
as fundamentally God. Jesus is God the Creator, who created the universe and
all things in it. Jesus Christ along with our God the Father and the Holy Spirit
has created all of creations. God the Father, God the Son, and the Holy Spirit
are all equally God to us. The Triune God has created us, delivered us from
all our sins, and granted us the eternal life.
Do you know and believe that Jesus is our God
and your Lord? To follow Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we must believe in the
unchanging gospel Truth of the water and the Spirit and also in the fact that
Jesus is God. Everything else besides this Truth is nothing but a mere conceptual
“Jesus is God. He is simultaneously both the Son
of God and God Himself. Because He is the Creator of the universe, it was Jesus
Christ who uttered the words “let there be” in Genesis. Jesus created the entire
universe alongside of God the Father and the Holy Spirit. Jesus is our God.
And Jesus is our Savior God.” Knowing this truth correctly is a prerequisite
to having the correct faith. You cannot help but believe in all the words of
truth recorded in the Bible, if you believe in the gospel Truth of the water
and the Spirit. Those who believe Jesus is fundamentally God also believe in
every word He has said to us.
Dear fellow Christians, do you now believe that
Jesus is God? Those of you who still do not believe in this truth should turn
your hearts around and start believing that Jesus is indeed God.
These days, Christians all over the world acknowledge
that Jesus is the Son of God but lack the knowledge that Jesus is the true God.
Because of their lack of this knowledge, they have not yet reached the true
gospel of the water and the Spirit. He who fails to believe Jesus Christ is
fundamentally God is committing a great sin in front of God.
The Apostle John has said in 1 John 5:20, “This
[Jesus Christ]is the true God and eternal life.” God is light without
any darkness. That light is referring to Jesus Christ (John 1:9-10).
Is there anyone among you who has seen God with
your naked eyes? There is not a single person. Despite of that, we can say that
we know who God is and that we have seen Him, because we have seen God through
Jesus Christ, who has descended by the gospel of the water and the Spirit. Jesus
is God. Jesus Christ our true God is God unable of lying. If we believe that
Jesus Christ is God, we come to believe in the baptism and the blood on the
Cross of Jesus, who has come to this world by the gospel of the water and the
Spirit, as our own salvation.
Jesus is God. He is the true God and the eternal
life. I hope that there is not a single person among us who fails to believe
in the gospel Truth of the water and the Spirit because of one’s lack of faith
in the divine Jesus. Whether I have spoken to you eloquently or not, I reiterate
this truth with the intention of planting accurate faith in you that confesses
Jesus as fundamentally our God and Savior.
When we call Jesus, we call Him our Lord and Savior.
We call Him by those titles because He is the true God and Savior, who has delivered
us from all our sins. I hope and pray in the name of God that you would have
this faith clearly in your hearts.
I am certain that there are many of our brothers
and sisters around the world who despair in their hearts because they sin daily
out of their weaknesses. But, I hope you remember that we have the faith in
the gospel of the water and the Spirit that overcomes this world sufficiently.
Our faith is the faith in the gospel Truth of the water and the Spirit. If we
believe in the gospel of the water and the Spirit and are, thus, born of God,
we can surely overcome this world.
That we will overcome this world means we are
freed from sin. Being emancipated from sin does not mean a free pass to sin
as we wish. Regardless of our opponents, if we wish to win battles against darkness,
we have to become believers in the gospel Truth of the water and the Spirit.
The truthful faith we must possess is the faith in the gospel of the water and
the Spirit as our true salvation.
We Have to Realize How Many Sins We Commit
How many sins do we commit over a 24-hour span?
We commit sins every moment, that is, every minute and every second. No one
can claim that he has not sinned in front of God. That’s right. Isn’t it?
If we are committing so many sins in front of
God, what will happen to us in the future? If we are sinners in front of God,
we should receive judgment according to our sins. Whoever that has sins in one’s
heart must be cursed and receive eternal condemnation. God’s rule stated in
Romans 6:23 is, “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal
life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” God has said that the wage of sin is death.
But, God has granted us the remission of our sins and eternal life through Jesus
However, we need to acknowledge that we were hell
bound because of the sins we were committing before we have known the gospel
of the water and the Spirit. We have to admit not only of our sinful deeds,
but the 12 kinds of sins we inherited from our parents (Mark 7:20-23), we have
to die for our sins. We were destined for curses and eternal damnation in the
eternal hell fires owing to these sins and iniquities. My fellow Christians,
do you acknowledge that this was your destiny?
If you and I have even the slightest hint of sin,
we would have perished for that sin. We were people who were destined for hell
and judgments because of our sins. However, it is an amazing feat that our Lord
has granted us the remission of our sins. It is an amazing Truth that Jesus
came to this world and received the baptism from John the Baptist to take onto
Himself all of our sins.
How and when did Jesus take the sins of humanity
onto Himself? If I asked you to write in detail the answer to the question,
very few of today’s Christians would be able to write the correct answer. Some
of them might write, “Our sins were blotted out at the Cross.” However, Jesus
took the sins of this world at the moment He received the baptism by John the
Baptist. Jesus our Savior is the heavenly High Priest who transferred the sins
of this world onto His own body.
My fellow Christians, many people living in this
world commit numerous sins in front of God. Can we then be cleansed from all
of these sins of the world as white as snow? Our coworkers and the people of
God, who are spread throughout the world, habitually commit sins despite their
best effort to live righteously. How can we then overcome our daily sins, that
is, our personal sins?
1 John 5:4-8 tells us about the gospel Truth of
the water and the Spirit. Our Lord has called the faith in the gospel of the
water and the Spirit as the true faith—the faith we have confesses that Jesus
Christ the true God came to this world, took onto Himself the sins of this world
once for all by receiving the baptism, died crucified on the Cross, and resurrected
from the dead.
Our hearts are cleansed of all our sins, and are
lightened lighter than a feather through the faith in the Truth that came by
the gospel of the water and the Spirit. We are freed from all burdens of our
sins because Jesus took our sins onto Himself with the baptism He received.
Since we are freed, we can now follow God’s will, trying to live for God. Now,
we can overcome the world, not falling victims of the accusations of Satan the
I said that all of God’s servants and our brothers
and sisters in Christ throughout the world might fall into their habits of sinning
from time to time. It is natural for us to hate ourselves in those moments.
However, blaming ourselves won’t resolve the problem.
When we fall into sinning, we must not look to
ourselves but to Jesus Christ, “the Author and Finisher of our faith” (Hebrews
12:2). Our Lord Jesus Christ came to this world and took our sins onto Himself
through the gospel of the water and the Spirit. He cleansed our sins away completely.
Remembering this fact will help us overcome our own weaknesses. When we fall
back into sinning because of our weaknesses after we have been delivered from
our sins, we must confess our sins before our Lord, and then believe in the
gospel of the water and the Spirit to overcome such sins.
We must confess our faith along with our fundamental
sinning nature, “God, although I have received the remission of all my sins
through the faith in the gospel of the water and the Spirit, I have sinned again
today. I have sinned again before Your righteous Word. I am such a being who
cannot but sin everyday. But, I believe in You, my Lord. I believe that You
have granted me the remission of sins through the gospel of the water and the
We must confess our sins and confirm God’s Word
of Truth that our Lord has blotted out all of our sins through the gospel of
the water and the Spirit. If we do so, the weight of sin in our hearts is lifted
away and we gain new hope. If we confirm that all of the sins in our hearts
have been already transferred onto Jesus, our hearts are affirmed as in the
state of the remission of our sins and we can gladly follow the will of God.
I tell you the gospel of the water and the Spirit
is the only power to overcome the world. Unless we believe in the gospel of
the water and the Spirit, there is no way for us to overcome the world. Without
believing in this true gospel, we can overcome neither Satan the Devil nor ourselves.
Our Lord has delivered us through the gospel of the water and the Spirit, who
were unable to overcome the customs of this world and the desires of our flesh.
Our Lord does not commend us to overcome the world for ourselves. Rather, He
tells us that He Himself has battled the world and won, saying, “I have overcome
the world” (John 16:33). We must realize that God has spoken words of victory
Our Lord tells us to look at the gospel Truth
of the water and the Spirit because through that Truth He has taken our sins
onto Himself, abolished all of them, and granted us the remission of our sins.
He admonishes us that we stand fast in front of God and be grateful to God in
our faith in the Truth.
We are not supposed to say “veni, vidi, vici”—“I
came, I saw, and I conquered”—as Julius Caesar did. We do not win our battles
with our own might. Our Lord has not commended us to do anything. He only tells
us to believe in His love that is revealed through the gospel of the water and
the Spirit. The Lord tells us only to believe that He has delivered us from
all our sins, adopted us His own people, and made us His workers. He has known
that we are insufficient, and made us perfect through the gospel of the water
and the Spirit.
We are to confirm the blessings of grace and the
gift of salvation God has granted us. And through our faith, we must overcome
the world. We are to come in front of God by our faith in His love. Also, He
admonishes us to live our lives of faith in the brightest of lights, giving
glory to God. I believe that God has told us to do the righteous works in this
We Love Our Brothers and Sisters Living throughout the World
I am curious as to how well our brothers and sisters
around the world have been spiritually nourished by our Christian literatures.
To be nourished spiritually, they first have to understand the literary meanings
of the Words of the Bible. Only then can they comprehend the spiritual meanings.
If you speak spiritually about God’s grace before you exactly know what the
Scripture passage says, it amounts to nothing more than a theory. If we listen
to the Words of God without having faith in the gospel of the water and the
Spirit, the results cannot be good.
Our faith must be one where there is a harmony
between our intellects, emotions, and will. Then, we know correctly, feel correctly,
and act correctly. We have to know correctly in order to discern the right and
wrong of our emotions. That will determine whether I stand appropriately in
front of God. We need faith that is built on right intellect, emotion, and will.
You, the believers in the gospel of the water and the Spirit around the world
should not only try to spread the gospel but reexamine yourselves first whether
you are believing in this beautiful gospel correctly.
We have to honestly confess in front of God that
we are beings who cannot but commit sins everyday because of our weakness. And
then, we have to transfer all our sins onto Jesus by reconfirming the gospel
Word of the water and the Spirit. By doing so, we can stand firm again and run
our races of faith ceaselessly.
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I hope that true faith will take place
in you as well. Today’s Scripture passage says, “For whatever
is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that
has overcome the world—our faith” (1 John 5:4).
I earnestly hope you would have the faith that
overcomes this world. In order to do so, we have to first listen and learn about
the gospel Truth. Then, we will have true faith in us. True faith is not from
mere emotions but from Truth itself. Our Lord has said, “You shall know the
truth, and the truth shall make you free”(John 8:32). You have to know the
real Truth in order to believe in that Truth. How could we believe in the Truth
of the water and the Spirit, if we do not know it? How could emotion just arise
I would like to conclude today’s message once
again with the thanksgiving about the fact that the faith to overcome the world
is in the gospel of the water and the Spirit.