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¿Principio del Fin o Fin del Principio?

Dos preguntas diferentes. Dos respuestas diferentes. Dos perspectivas. Dos significados casi dicotómicos. ¿Qué hay detrás de estas dos preguntas? ¿Qué misterios hay debajo de ellos? Comencemos con la primera pregunta planteada.

El Principio del Fin. En esta frase vemos muchos significados e implicaciones entrelazados. El inicio, según el Diccionario de Cambridge, se define como “el origen de algo, o el lugar, el tiempo o la forma en que algo comenzó” y “la primera parte de algo o el comienzo de algo”. Fin, según el Diccionario de Cambridge, se define como “la última o más alejada parte de algo o de un período de tiempo, más allá del cual no existe”. Desde la creación de esta Tierra sus días ya estaban numerados, su obituario escrito en la Biblia. Todo lo que vemos alrededor tiene un final. Plantas, animales, máquinas, todo lo que nos rodea tiene una conclusión final. Se deprecia, se descompone. Seguramente podemos aplicar el término Principio del Fin a ciertos sucesos y conmociones actuales y pasados. Por ejemplo, “es el comienzo del fin para el teléfono Blackberry” o “fue el comienzo del fin para el ejército de Napoleón en Rusia”.

Sin embargo, en todos estos casos, como dice el viejo adagio, la vida continúa. La era del teléfono Blackberry ha terminado, la vida continúa. El ejército de Napoleón está a punto de ser derrotado, la vida continúa. El mandato del presidente Obama está a punto de terminar, la vida continúa. La guerra de trincheras no es más, la vida continúa. Un animal está a punto de extinguirse, la vida continúa. Mientras vivimos en esta tierra la vida continuará y no se detendrá para colocar un juicio legítimo en algo. La Tierra gira alrededor del sol. El Universo se expande y revela sus maravillas a los gigantescos microscopios científicos. Sin embargo, todo esto se ha realizado sin ningún tipo de interrupción. Los seres humanos mueren en diferentes momentos separados unos de otros, pero la humanidad misma sigue avanzando en línea recta. No somos más que viajeros en esta asombrosa odisea que llamamos la vida.

¿Apunta todo lo que nosotros como seres humanos hemos vivido hacia el principio del fin? ¿Estamos viviendo para ver el principio del fin? Desde el pecado de los dos primeros humanos en el Jardín del Edén hasta hoy, podemos interpretar los tiempos como desentrañándose a sí mismo para revelar un vacío, un fin. En estos tiempos vemos que el mal se multiplica y muchas de las profecías de la Biblia se están volviendo cada vez más y más relevantes. ¿Son estos tiempos actuales el principio del fin? ¿O el comienzo de este inevitable fin empezó desde la antigüedad y estamos justo en medio de la historia, somos el clímax? Dios ya ha destruido la Tierra una vez con agua solo para permitir que unos pocos fieles sobrevivan. ¿Era esta una segunda oportunidad para que la humanidad reconociera a su creador antes de que lo volviera a borrar, esta vez con fuego? Cristo entonces revelo cómo este mundo iba a terminar y los evangelios expusieron las profecías. ¿Era esto un recordatorio de algo que ya había sido expuesto antes miles de años atrás, que la Tierra iba a ser completamente destruida de una manera u otra?

Pensemos en el otro término, fin del principio. El fin del comienzo implica, a los efectos de este artículo, que la venida del fin pondrá deliberadamente una conclusión al principio, o la creación que nos rodea. Esta conclusión cesará todos los aspectos de nuestra existencia aquí en este mundo físico, así como todo que tiene el espíritu de vida. El fin de este mundo, en este caso, se hace cargo de la meta final, el objetivo final. En el otro sentido, el principio del fin, el comienzo toma el centro del escenario como el tema principal de la deliberación. El principio del fin necesita comenzar en alguna parte. El principio es el catalizador que nos mueve al final de la historia. Asumiendo que nada en esta Tierra es eterno, sostenemos que esto es verdad. Con el fin del principio, es el fin el que empuja el principio a su vacío. Como un agujero negro en el espacio, el final (que ha estado esperando desde antes) devora el comienzo. ¿Se ha preparado este fin desde antes de la creación de esta Tierra? Sólo podemos especular la respuesta.

Sin embargo, un asunto es claro, habrá un fin. Habrá un fin a la historia en la que vivimos y cuyas páginas del libro no son interminables, sino finitas. Todo lo que la humanidad ha creado y logrado no puede sostener más páginas del libro. Con los capítulos finales siendo escritos, ¿qué vamos a añadir a este libro gigante? ¿Cómo es que nuestro principio conduce al final? ¿Acaso hemos dejado que el fin se acerque inadvertidamente a nosotros como vecino? Aunque seamos jóvenes o viejos no podemos negar que la muerte está siempre cerca, esperando como un león listo para saltar sobre su presa. La mayor amenaza para nosotros no es un problema de salud, sino un problema espiritual. Nuestra alma está en juego en cada momento de nuestras vidas y el enemigo de nuestra alma está constantemente luchando contra ella. Es nuestra alma la que debemos preocuparnos. Es verdad, la gente ha crecido probablemente cansados de oír el fuego y el azufre que es bajado de los púlpitos y las condenas de pecados. Queremos escuchar la paz, el amor, la familia, el consuelo. No hay nada de malo en esto, todos queremos paz y amor. Pero siempre debemos tener en cuenta la verdad que después del final vienen dos mundos que no se mezclan entre sí, el Cielo y el Infierno. Tenemos que ganar ese esfuerzo para conseguir un asimiento del camino al cielo. Y los Diez Mandamientos son una buena manera de comenzar en este esfuerzo. Guárdalos como el Señor Jesucristo lo hizo. Si Él convertido en humano pudo, entonces nosotros también podemos. Hagamos que nuestro principio llegue a un buen fin y no dejemos que el fin determine nuestro destino.

Beginning of the End or End of the Beginning?

Two different questions.  Two different answers.  Two perspectives.  Two nearly dichotomous meanings.  What is it behind these two questions?  What mysteries lie beneath them?  Let us start with the first question posed.

The Beginning of the End.  In this phrase we see many interloping significances and implications.  Beginning, according to the Cambridge Dictionary, is defined as “the origin of something, or the place, time, or way in which something started” and “the first part of something or the start of something”.  End, according to the Cambridge Dictionary, is defined as “the last or farthest part of something or of a period of time, beyond which it does not exist”.  Since the creation of this Earth its days were already numbered, its obituary written down in the Bible.  All of what we see around has an end.  Plants, animals, machines, all that surround us has an eventual conclusion.  It depreciates, it decays.  Surely we can apply the term Beginning of the End to certain current and past events and commotions.  For example, “it is the beginning of the end for the Blackberry phone” or “it was the beginning of the end for the army of Napoleon in Russia”. 

Yet, in all of these cases, as the old adage outlines, life goes on.  The era of the Blackberry phone has ended, life goes on.  The army of Napoleon is at an end, life goes on.  President Obama’s term is about to end, life goes on.  Trench warfare is no more, life goes on.  An animal is about to become extinct, life goes on.  While we live on this earth life will go on and will not stop to place rightful judgement on something.  The Earth revolves around and around.  The Universe expands and reveals its wonders to the gigantic scientific microscopes.  Yet all of this has been realized without any sort of interruption whatsoever.  Humans die at different times apart from each other, but humanity itself keeps pushing forward in a straight line.  We are but travelers in this amazing odyssey that we call life itself.

Has everything that we as humans have lived through points to the beginning of the end?  Are we living to see the beginning of the end?  From the sin of the first two humans in the Garden of Eden to today, we can interpret the times as unraveling themselves to reveal a void, an end.  These times we are seeing evil multiply and many of the prophecies in the Bible are eerily becoming more and more relevant.  Are these current times the beginning of the end?  Or has the beginning of this inevitable end started since ancient times and we are just in the middle of the story, we are the climax?  God already has destroyed Earth once with water only to let a faithful few survive.  Was this a second opportunity for humanity to recognize its creator before He again wiped it out, this time with fire?  Christ then set forth how this world was going to end and the Gospels laid out the prophecies.  Was this a reminder of something that had already been set forth before thousands of years ago, that the Earth was going to be completely destroyed one way or another?

Let us ponder the other term, end of the beginning.  The end of the beginning implies, for the purposes of this paper, that the coming of the end will purposefully put a conclusion to the beginning, or the creation that surrounds us.  This conclusion will cease every aspect of our existence here on this physical world as well as everything with the spirit of life.  The ending of this world, in this instance, takes over as the ultimate goal, the ultimate aim.  In the other way, the beginning of the end, the beginning takes center stage as the main topic of deliberation.  The beginning of the end needs to start somewhere.  The beginning is the catalyst that moves us to the end of the story.  Assuming that nothing on this Earth is eternal we hold this to be true.  With the end of the beginning, it is the end that drives forth the beginning to its void.  Like a black hole in space, the end (which has been lying in wait since before) devours the beginning.  Has this end been prepared since before the creation of this Earth?  We can only speculate the answer.

One issue is clear, though, there will be an end.  There will be an end to the story that we live on and whose pages of the book are not endless, but finite.  All that humanity has created and achieved cannot sustain further pages of the book.  With the final chapters being written, what are we going to add to this giant book?  How is our beginning leading to the end?  Have we let the end inadvertently near us as a neighbor?  Whether we are young or old we cannot deny that death is always near, waiting like a lion ready to jump on its prey.  The biggest threat to us is not a health issue, but a spiritual one.  Our soul is at stake at each moment of our lives and the enemy of our soul is constantly waging war against it.  It is our soul that we must be preoccupied about.  It is true, people have grown probably tired of hearing fire and brimstone being brought down from the pulpits and condemnations of sins.  We want to hear peace, love, family, solace.  There is nothing wrong with this at all, we all want peace and love.  But we must always keep in mind the truth that after the end comes two worlds that do not mix with each other, Heaven and Hell.  We must gain that effort to get a hold of the road to Heaven.  And the Ten Commandments are a good way to start in this endeavor.  Keep them as the Lord Jesus Christ did.  If He could being human, then we can as well.  Let us make our beginning come to a good end and not let the end determine our fate.

Revive Us

Romans 8:28 “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” That’s why we ask you, REVIVE US LORD!

The works of God are interesting, they have a complex of matters and ideas of material and spiritual things, and in his great wisdom God rules everything. And the things that happen to the saints or the things that happen to everyone who loves God there is a purpose in them, there is something that we cannot understand humanly. Some activity, some work that is close to us has its purpose, but sometimes it is difficult to embrace that purpose, to understand the will in which God wants to execute on that person, so Romans 1:17 says something interesting “For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.” It is important to understand everything by faith as Habakkuk understood it, who uttered the same words when he prayed for a sinful people, a people who would suffer greatly and fall into the hands of the Chaldeans, they were going to be victims of Babylon, and Habakkuk complains, he enters into a moan for his people about how is it that God will use a sinful people to punish and humiliate his people, and enters into different arguments, asks questions and challenges the ideas and the form of the works of God and concludes and says when he receives the answer from God: “Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith.” David said something similar, Psa.138:7:8 “Though I walk in the midst of trouble, thou wilt revive me: thou shalt stretch forth thine hand against the wrath of mine enemies, and thy right hand shall save me. The Lord will perfect that which concerneth me: thy mercy, O Lord, endureth for ever: forsake not the works of thine own hands.”

David places all his trust in God, that is the secret of him who lives by faith. But the psalmist here says that there are anxieties, pains, afflictions, works that the human being cannot sometimes carry, but if we remember the verse of Romans says that all those things that come upon those who love God, everything like a whirlpool Is going to help you for good, there is something there that God is working, there is something there that is needed in our life so that he can then perfect his work. Paul said that God will not finish until he completes the perfect work in us. If the pain one is going through, that moment of affliction that you are suffering, if we put our trust in God as he says, “The just shall live by faith” that work, that anguish, that pain, has its deep meaning in the will of God for those who love God to help you reach that place where you need to be by the divine grace of God. David said here, “Though I walk in the midst of trouble, thou wilt revive me.”

The word “to revive” is to give life: There are moments that we no longer have strength, that we are already without any breath, but that trust, that faith will revive us, because it says “you will make me alive.” When we look at the end that there is no longer escape and we no longer look at that little light, there is still hope for the righteous, there is life for him who believes in God.

There is something very interesting about Habakkuk. What do I want to say? In his natural state the ordinary man cannot resist that storm that comes from the Almighty, but there is something supernatural in us, and that is the grace of God, the mercy of God. Habakkuk said, “in wrath remember mercy”.

In Hab. 1: 13-13 it is a way Habakkuk is speaking to God about how he is questioning him because He was going to humiliate them with these evil people. But in chapter two he receives one of the answers, he speaks of that prophetic experience that he had with the Lord of how he was going to prophesy to the people of what was to come and he could not understand how God was going to do this. Sometimes we are in the same situation and we wonder why we are in a certain situation? Why it is that God will be doing the other? Why do we have to go through that? But in all things these will serve a good purpose for those who love God.

Hab. 2: 4 “Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith.” The proud, the lofty, he who does not want to humble himself, will have what he is seeking, But he says, “But the just shall live by his faith.” That faith, that trust in God, everything that is happening to you will ultimately result in good. Hab. 3: 1-3 is the prophet’s prayer, the Jews have done it as a hymn, this whole chapter is like a hymn, it is a prayer, it is a prayer sung with the strings, with the guitars of those times. It is a tone of music that goes with the strings, he is saying “on this tone he wants this prayer to be sung” this prayer, as in Psalm 6 David instructs on which strings the tone must be played, gives the note in which he wanted that this psalm to be sung, just as it is what it meant and in verse two can be found the message. The questions of Habakkuk in chapter one are all those questions that the prophet had, he did not understand how in a holy people a punishment so horrible would happen that came upon them by the Chaldeans as instruments of God to do a work.

Habakkuk 3:2 “O Lord, I have heard thy speech, and was afraid…” How many of us also on our knees, fasting, having made supplications and petitioning in prayer for something, have we received the answer that has left us trembling at times? Habakkuk receives the answer and says “O Lord, revive thy work in the midst of the years, in the midst of the years make known…” And that is something important in the life of the church, how much have we heard out there, “ah sometimes the church does not understand it, does not have enough prayer sometimes,” “does not have enough activities”, but, YOU are the church! You are the one who needs to pray to God as David prayed to the Lord in that psalm: “Lead me in the midst of the anguish” You are the one who has to ask the Lord, “Lord, in the midst of this pain, Revive me; In the midst of this anguish, Revive me, in the midst of preaching, Revive me!” Let them be personal prayers, let them be petitions and entreaties in general, as the prophet said, “OH LORD” and he heard the voice of God, trembled, he was afraid of those answers, and so we to the answers we receive from God, To the commandments of the Holy Spirit, Lord! Revive me! “I feel weak, I have anguish, I am passing something that is weakening my faith, Lord, revive me in the midst of your law” and it says, “Oh Lord, stir up your work.” What does it mean to revive? Give strength, give vigor, give encouragement.

When you see the fire, what do you do to stir up the fire? You take leaves and dry wood to revive it. We need our God to revive us, do not blame the church for being cold, you ask God to revive your being, do not blame anyone who is lacking in prayer, who is lacking in fasting or consecration, You ask God! Revive me Lord! Do not blame anyone, if you do not want to enter a service, plead to God, “Revive me!” Do not blame anyone if you do not want to ask for prayer, you ask for the prayer! The word of God is to be feared because it is a two-edged sword, it is a hammer that can break the hardest of hearts, but we only need the Lord to revive us. And in the life of each and every single one of us we need this revival on the part of the Lord, in the midst of pain, in the middle of laughter, in the middle of consecration, of any circumstance in which you are, if you are walking, sitting, in your bed, in your deed, “Lord, Revive Me” that’s what Habakkuk said, “Revive thy work in the midst of the years, in the midst of the years make known!” But not in your time, not in your personal will but in the will of God, in the midst of the times make it known! How important it is to make known the work of God and many do not do this because we lack strength and vigor, and we need the Lord to revive us. And he said, “in wrath remember mercy,” because God can punish, with a look he can silence the whole congregation, with a single word he can command the angels to come in defense, so in the middle of any problem you’re going through, any pain, whatever it is, you say always and forever, “Lord, have mercy on me in your anger, and Revive Me!

May God Bless You All.

Pain

Pain is something that not all of us can assimilate, many have not developed or understood it in its entirety and I want to talk about it. Each person assimilates it differently: for some, this can bring them courage or confusion. For others it can bring happiness, joy, everything depending on the state that this person is in, but something is sure, the pain is inevitable, no one can avoid it, be it physical or spiritual. The physicist, even the scientists, want to understand it and are just beginning to try to understand the point of how it is that the human being in its capacity can in the nerves have certain receptors that receive the signal, and these are sent to the brain, and the brain in its capacity sends this signal to the place where the pain is. And the pain is good, it is not bad, it warns us of certain diseases or something that may be wrong in us, and it is like a red alert that warns doctors to detect the affected part of our body.

Pain is given by God, this goes according to His Word, it is introduced by sin, and for the first time we can see it in the Word in Gen. 3 where he says to the woman “in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children.” Pain is part of being a human, it is inevitable. We as parents sometimes want to overprotect our children when they are going through certain things in life, and the more we try to avoid suffering for them, I think we can do more harm because it is inevitable, it is part of life, and the sooner we come to accept this fact, the faster and easier we will manage to face it. They have to be taught that there are certain pains that mom and dad will not be able to save them from. Maybe we can lead them, but they have to experience those pains, you have to face them, you have to walk with them, whatever. Whichever path you want to take, these are inevitable.

The human being is not a stick or a stone, he is not indifferent to pain; not every Christian sings to pain or suffering – but we are disciples of Him who instead of the joy that was proposed He bare the cross (Heb. 12:21). As Christians we must learn to accept all suffering through Faith. What can we say about the cries of suffering, mourning, defeats, and calamities of life and the ailments of this body? For the Christian cause that the prayers are raised, in our soul it could be heard like an immense concert of cries in her that is with lamentation. There, in that pain, raise your voice, raise your prayer to God. The soul responds to the sensitivity it feels, but it is the judgment pronounced on the pain, on the suffering, it is an evil that should not be—“in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children” because of disobedience, thus we realize that is given to every human being. The man born of woman has a short life and full of troubles, Job 14:1. But in spite of everything, the Christian learns and is sustained by that grace, so Paul understood it, by joy, by prayer in Jesus Christ, by this promise by which he is praised and we ask for, Job 5:8—8:5; Psa. 107:19 “Then they cry unto the Lord in their trouble, and he saveth them out of their distresses.”

Prophets, apostles, disciples, and Christians at some point all passed or will pass through pain and affliction. This does not mean that we will be undone by that pain or suffering, but we are sustained by his grace, by faith. Progressively entering that place on the sacrificial altar and coming to the sanctuary of God, we discover the purifying value of suffering as that of the fire that separates the metal from its slags. We cannot deny its educational value, that of a paternal correction.
The pains and sufferings for the Christian are divine designs. Do not forget the sufferings of Job. Joseph made it known to his brothers his recognition of suffering, included by faith in the design of God it comes to be a test of high value that God reserves to his servants. They are lessons to teach us what God is worth and what can be suffered for Him.

There are very strong physical as well as spiritual pains, but I think the spiritual is the hardest to heal. Physical pain, whether it is an ankle or knee, can last for three months. If it is a small cut, it is healed in three weeks; but spiritual pain is a very deep pain that can pierce the soul, as in the case of Mary in Luke 2:34 “And Simeon blessed them, and said unto Mary his mother, Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel; and for a sign which shall be spoken against; 35 (Yea, a sword shall pierce through thy own soul also,) that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.” But here a sword was to pierce her heart. Ever since she conceived Jesus Christ, from that moment on just imagine the pain, the anguish, the affliction from a very young age even when Christ spoke to His parents as He spoke to them, “who is my father, who is my mother?” The times when he separated from them, from birth when she bore him with pain, and the suffering next to the cross relives that same pain, perhaps deeper when she sees Him on the cross of that prophesied physical pain passes to that pain of the soul. Who among us is exempt from these pains? No one. Christ was a sign, was the target of all, “This is a glutton, is a sinner friend of sinners, a blasphemer,” this is spiritual pain, it is a deep pain when we are rejected, when we are mistreated, when we they point out, they abuse us; they are wounds that mark people.

But there are also marks that we look for on our own, there are paths that we take that we are guilty of those spiritual pains, as much as the physical ones. The blows that we took in the streets for being mischievous, others for getting into issues that do not belong to us, but of all these things, I can assure you, both physical and spiritual pains, do us a good. If each of you can look back at all the mistakes made that caused pain, I have the certainty that it serves you also as a warning, as a signal, as a beacon that warns us, “and you walked around, remember of the pain you suffered, the blow you received.” I can be a witness, and each one of you, that the blows that we have received in life have helped us to walk more cautiously.

The world is not exempt from these pains, therefore Christ told us: “In the world you will have affliction.” But with Christ there is a peace, there is comfort, and even to that consolation Paul addressed when he asked the Lord to take away the “thorn in the flesh”, but Christ said “No”, and we as parents have to leave our children. We can give them counsel, but these pains are important, and in the end they always receive the consolation of God. 2 Cor.1:3,4 “Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.” 4:17,18 “For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.” And even Romans 8:18 tells us that they are momentary, they will come to pass, “For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.” If a sword is piercing your soul, it will come to pass, for Revelation says that God will wipe away every tear. So be as old as you are, whatever you are, if you are going through a pain, my recommendation is prayer.

Sometimes the pain comes without provocation, as in the case of Job, something inexplicable. What physical and spiritual pain! What a deep example, and do we want to run away from those things? Some want to depart from the faith for physical pain and even for spiritual pain instead of going to prayer. There is no healthier remedy than prayer in the midst of pain, either through physical or spiritual pain and those spiritual blows you have received or will receive. But in all that you will look back and you will realize that maybe there are things that you could do a little different, but in the end they will have the same result, because it is the way that it has been outlined. God is the one who governs all things, so you have no choice but to tell physical pain and spiritual pain, “Welcome, you are my partner.”

Christ said to Paul, “My grace is sufficient for thee” and Paul says that that pain, that the tribulation you pass is important, is necessary so that you can transmit it to your partner, to the disciple, to your brother, sister. What experiences of pain will you transmit if you flee from that pain? How are you going to help them? Paul says in Corinthians that you have to go through that because that experience will help you to help them. So let us stop harboring ourselves in a harmful psychological way and accept that pain is a part of us, it is part of humanity. We cannot forget the pain, the suffering that the thorn caused to Paul, and despite the insistence with which he asked the Lord, He did not take the thorn, but said, “My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.” We must look upon these words as a lesson of the Lord, profitable, not only for Paul himself, but also for each of us, for it is a great consolation to know that the mighty grace of the Lord can counteract all our physical weaknesses as well as pains and sufferings. Paul has learned very well the lesson he will not forget. 2 Cor. 12:10 “Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.”

The pain here in church is passed with Christ, whether physical or spiritual. The pain in the world passes without hope, and I want to be in the hope that God will help me. So do not close the doors, do not separate from the church, do not separate from the brotherhood of your fellow friend, do not exclude yourself hiding in a small room, No! You are not a victim, look well and start praying and you will see that God will get you up, but you have to go through that pain. God told the prophet Isaiah that Christ was to be “the man of sorrows, experienced in brokenness, and many hid his face from him.” They did not want to look at him, and perhaps many would not want to look at him, as Job’s friends told him, “Confess, you did something.” He who is suffering a pain is not because he committed a sin, it is already part of this life, it was begotten in the DNA of this body. “In sorrow thou shalt bring forth children” is part of this, then what are you doing with your head down hiding from those who can help you and sheltering yourself with false friends or with a bottle or other things that do not benefit you? Prayer, prayer is your strength, Job said, “Now my eyes see you…” he had gone through a process, and I am sure that by that process that we have to walk, if we walk in faith and under prayer, the sure things of the Word of God will be fulfilled: “My grace is sufficient … Not everything remains… My eyes will see you…You will cleanse my tears,” so pain is part of us, and here it is overcome with hope, in prayer, with Christ, because Christ is the medicine to take away your pain.

God Bless You

Tolerancia

La Tolerancia es una virtud que guarda especial relación con nuestro prójimo.  La tolerancia es la paciencia que se ejercita en relación con personas y ayuda a soportar, sin rencor vengativo, la conducta perversa de parte de otras personas hacia nosotros.  Esta virtud se menciona en Gal. 5:22 como un fruto necesario para poder sobrellevar como un buen discípulo/ungidos del Sr a aquellos hermanos que ponen a prueba nuestra paciencia. El soportar y mantener esta disposición es necesaria para la preservación de la unidad en la Iglesia.  No basta estar unidos en la fe, no basta estar unidos en oración, el fruto de la tolerancia y paciencia están cultivados y ligados por el Amor, que es el lazo perfecto.

En Ef. 4:2 habla de 4 frutos: Humildad, Mansedumbre, Paciencia y Amor.  La humildad y la mansedumbre tienen que ir acompañadas con  la tolerancia y paciencia para tratar con personas. Son el requisito previo para poder aguantarnos cómodamente los unos a los otros en este camino que es de mucha paciencia. ¿Y esto por qué? Para “GUARDAR LA UNIDAD EL ESPIRITU EN EL VINCULO DE LA PAZ” Ef. 4:3, como lo dice Pablo.

Es tiempo de hacer a un lado esas indiferencias entre los hermanos, los que tienen tiempo de no hablarse por algún roce en el pasado, otros por razones justas o injustas no se atreven a ir a otros campamentos y ¿qué diríamos de aquel pastor que debe de dar su vida por las ovejas? ¿No ha de recibir a un cristiano? ¿A un ungido de Dios? ¿A un oficial? Creo que no está cooperando con la verdad si no lo recibe. 3 Jn. 8 “Nosotros, pues, debemos recibir a los tales, para que seamos cooperadores a la verdad.”  Creemos que el ungido de Cristo debe estar vestido de los frutos del Espíritu Santo.

Col. 3:14 “Y sobre todas estas cosas vestíos de caridad, la cual es el vínculo de la perfección.”  Está hablando como de una rica vestidura que cubre y da valor y brillo a todos los demás. Observemos, sobre todas estas magníficas cualidades, se nos pide estar vestidos del Amor, que es ligamento de la perfección, y la Iglesia tiene que estar perfectamente unida.  El amor es el vínculo (ligamento que une perfectamente a los ungidos a su iglesia) ligamento, (o vínculo) que perfecciona, corona y da valor a todas las demás virtudes.  Sin el ceñidor del amor, todas las demás vestiduras son inútiles, es decir, venden el cuerpo peligrosamente, aflojadas, recordemos, “Cuando sientas amor, harás la obra completa.” El amor es el cumplimiento de la ley de Dios porque el amor no le hace al prójimo sino lo que es bueno, Ef.4:2. “Con toda humildad y mansedumbre, con paciencia soportándoos los unos a los otros en amor.”

Recordemos, las disposiciones necesarias para la preservación de la unidad aquí en la Iglesia son 4 y están cultivadas y ligadas por el Amor, que es el lazo perfecto.

En primer lugar, Pablo menciona 1) La Humildad, que significa en pocas palabras, <<el sentimiento de pequeñez>> recuerda que ser humilde de corazón es alabado, Mt.11:29 “Aprended de mí, que soy manso y humilde de corazón…”aun en el propio Hijo de Dios, Fil. 2:6. Y la pequeñez, (no <<bajeza>> pues esta comporta una baja condición moral) es reconocida como la base indispensable para el ejercicio de una genuina humildad, Lc. 1:48. 

2) la Mansedumbre, Mt. 5:3,5 es hija de la humildad —así como la irritación y la rebeldía son hijas de la soberbia. Observemos las escrituras, que en el Antiguo Testamento la mansedumbre era la virtud específica de los buenos israelitas que sufrían pacientemente los malos tratos que se les daba, y en lugar de vengarse personalmente de este injusto proceder ajeno, se refugiaban en Jehová.  En el Nuevo Testamento se refiere casi siempre a la actividad que el siervo/cristiano ha de guardar en relación con los demás, 1 Cor. 4:21, 2 Tim. 2:25, Tit. 3:2, es un requisito indispensable, no solo para soportarse sino también para mutuo sometimiento, Ef.5:21 “Sujetados los unos a los otros en el temor de Dios.”

La humildad y la mansedumbre son virtudes de los que quieren vivir en semejanza a Cristo, se requiere de forma total y constante para la actitud específica que Pablo menciona, Ef. 4:2 “…soportando los unos a los otros en amor;” por tanto vemos que lo que Pablo indica aquí es que la humildad y mansedumbre van constantemente acompañadas de la Paciencia, que nos lleva a pensar que habla él de la longanimidad, anchura de ánimo, paciencia para tratar con personas —son el requisito previo para poder aguantarnos cómodamente los unos a los otros a la iglesia, sinónimo de longanimidad, tolerancia.

Tolerance

Tolerance is a virtue that has a special relationship with our neighbors. Tolerance is patience exercised in relation to people and helps to endure, without vengeful resentment, the perverse behavior of others towards us. This virtue is mentioned in Gal. 5:22 as a necessary fruit to be able to cope as a good disciple/anointed of the Lord to those brothers who test our patience. To support and maintain this provision is necessary for the preservation of unity in the Church. It is not enough to be united in faith, it is not enough to be united in prayer, the fruit of tolerance and patience are cultivated and linked by Love, which is the perfect bond.

Eph. 4:2 speaks of 4 fruits: Humility, Meekness, Patience, and Love. Humility and meekness have to be accompanied with tolerance and patience to deal with people. They are the prerequisite to be able to comfortably support each other in this path that consists of patience. And why this? To “[ENDEAVOR] TO KEEP THE UNITY OF THE SPIRIT IN THE BOND OF PEACE” (Eph.4:3), as Paul says.

It is time to put aside those indifferences between the brothers, those who have time not to speak for some friction in the past, others for just or unjust reasons do not dare to go to other camps. And what would we say about that pastor who needs to lay down his life for the sheep? Should he not receive a Christian? An anointed of God? An officer? I think he is not cooperating with the truth if he does not receive them. 3 Jn. 8 “We therefore ought to receive such, that we might be fellowhelpers to the truth.” We believe that the anointed of Christ must be clothed with the fruits of the Spirit.

Col. 3:14 “And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.” He is speaking as of a rich garment that covers and gives value and shine to all the others. Note, on all these magnificent qualities, we are asked to be clothed in Love, which is the ligament of Perfection, and the Church must be perfectly united. Love is the bond (ligament that unites perfectly the anointed ones to its Church) ligament, (or bond) that perfects, crowns, and gives value to all the other virtues. Without the girdle of love, all other garments are useless, that is, they sell the body dangerously, loosely, remember, “When you feel love, you will do the whole work.” Love is the fulfillment of God’s law because love does not do the neighbor, but what is good, Eph.4:2, “With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love…” Remember, the necessary provisions for the preservation of unity here in the Church are 4 and are cultivated and linked by Love, which is the perfect bond.

First, Paul mentions 1) Humility, which means in a few words, “the feeling of smallness”, recalls that being humble in heart is praised, Mt.11:29 “…learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart… “ even in the very Son of God, Phil. 2:6. And smallness, (not “baseness” since it involves a low moral condition) is recognized as the indispensable basis for the exercise of genuine humility, Lk.1:48.

2) Meekness, Mt. 5:3,5 is the daughter of humility – just as irritation and rebellion are daughters of pride. Look at the scriptures, which in the Old Testament, Meekness was the specific virtue of the good Israelites who patiently suffered their ill-treatment, and instead of personally taking revenge on this unjust behavior of others, they took refuge in the Lord. In the New Testament it refers almost always to the activity which the servant/Christian is to keep in relation to others, 1 Cor.4:21; 2 Tim. 2:25; Tit.3:2, it is an indispensable requirement, not only to be endured but also for mutual subjugation, Eph.5:21 “Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.”

Humility and meekness are virtues of those who want to live in Christ’s likeness, it is required in a total and constant manner for the specific attitude Paul mentions, Eph.4:2 “…forbearing one another in love” Therefore we see that what Paul indicates here is that humility and meekness are constantly accompanied by Patience, which leads us to think that he speaks of long-suffering, breadth of mind, patience to deal with people—these are the prerequisites to be able to comfortably support each other to the Church, synonymous with long-suffering, tolerance.