...But the God of all
grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that
ye have suffered a while, make you perfect,
establish, strengthen, settle you. 11To him
be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
That a Christian
shall suffer is a Biblical prophecy which that we can all confirm. Not only
it is a prophecy, it refers to an intrinsic condition of living in a world
contrary to God, a temporary world that will be cast away to establish the
Kingdom of God. Once this is accepted by every disciple of Jesus Christ -
Yahshua, we must also accept that it is God, and not ourselves, Who makes us
perfect as Christians; Who establishes our faith; Who strengthens us in
character and Who settles us in our lives and in our ministries as
Christians until His coming.
In this occasion,
and having accepted that it is His, not only the power, but the capacity to
make us the disciples that He wants, let us see to what end we can labor
God's hand that He may settle us with the foundation of Christianity: Jesus
GOD MAKE YOU PERFECT
Certainly God makes
us perfect as disciples, as Christians, as people, as fathers, mothers,
children, students, grand parents, workers, etc, etc, etc. For this it is
important that we cooperate with our God if we also want to be made perfect
by Him. The athlete who trains follows the instructions of his trainer, who
knows him well, knows the discipline of the specific sport and how to obtain
the best results. Let us go to train with God every day that He may make us
perfect. The results are for victory.
We see how God makes
His work perfect in Matthew 21:16 ...Out of the mouth of babes and nursing
infants You have perfected praise. Also Jesus was saying to Paul that His
power becomes perfect in his weakness, 2Corinthians 12:9 He also does in
To be perfect, for
example we can sell all we have and give it to the poor, Matthew 19:21. And
we can keep His Word so that our love for Him becomes perfect, as well as if
we love one another we are perfected in the love of Christ, 1John 2:5 and
4:12. God is faithful; therefore: ...He who began the good work in you will
complete it, Philippians 1:6. By the way, the Lord Jesus Christ Himself was
made perfect through the afflictions of love for us, calling us brothers,
who have become saved through His blood, Hebrews 2:10-11 and 5:9-10.
GOD ESTABLISH YOU
To be established,
we must have first believed, be confident and trusting God, only then God
establishes us in all we do, because we do it fulfilling His Word. Otherwise
uncertainty, doubt and the lack of security are the rulers in the life of
the man who does not seek to serve and glorify God in his life.
Solomon's throne, 1Kings 9:5. But this was before he sinned. If we remember,
also, God promised Abraham a descendant. In both cases it refers to Jesus
Christ, descendant of Abraham and King of Israel, and both things are for ever.
God has not allowed any of His promises to be dependant on men, but on His
Son Jesus Christ, faithful until death, and death of Cross.
Therefore, the good
son of God prays that his heart will be established and firm to fear God,
Psalm 86:11. In prayer our spirit is affirmed, as it says in Isaiah 35:3
...strengthen the weak hands, and make firm the feeble knees.
If we love God and
our brothers our hearts become established and firm... 1Thesalonians 3:13.
It is Jesus Christ's command in John 15:12, because greater love has no one
than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends. We are His friends
if we keep His command and then our hearts are established and firm.
GOD STRENGTHEN YOU
The house of kind
David was being strengthen and Saul's weakening, as the Bible tells in
2Samuel 3:1. And the reason was no other than the difference between David
–with a heart that loved God and was
dependant on Him– and Saul's heart
–which was hardening denying the evident
hand of God. In the same way we must acknowledge the hand of God in our
lives, both in those doors that He opens, as well as in those that He
closes, be humble, honor those He anoints, and always seek to do His will,
if we truly love Him. If we acknowledge God in our lives and our
relationship with Him is intimate and deep, God will strengthen us in
Again the same verse
that unifies establishing and strengthening, and I relate it with prayer
where our spirit is established and strengthened, as it says, again in
Isaiah 35:3 ...strengthen the weak hands, and make firm the feeble knees.
Our Lord Yahshua
received help from an angel to strengthen Him when He was in Gethsemane
before the moment of accepting the cup of the Cross, Luke 22:43. God will
never leave us in the difficult times, but always must trust Him, let's come
and seek Him always.
The Church, and all
churches in particular, find in the Text of Acts 9:31 the key of what is
happening: Then the churches throughout Judea, Galilee and Samaria had
peace and were edified. And walking in the fear of the Lord and in comfort
of the Holy Spirit, they were multiplying,
Christians, Paul reminds us that our strength is in the Lord and in the
power of His strength, Ephesians 3:16 and 6:10, not through our own power,
it is Him who strengthens us, because ...I can do all things through Christ
who strengthens me, Philippians 4:13.
GOD SETTLE YOU
After the death of
king David, his son Solomon found an already settled kingdom. His duty would
be to maintain it, which was not possible due to the fact that he did not
keep the Way of his father David, who followed in obedience and love for God.
The Greek Text of
the New Testament, in which it was written, provides the word "themeliosei"
- will settle" which may be translated as foundation, settlement or
establishment. In any of these forms, God wants to tell us, through Paul,
that we must be settled by Him. In the same manner as the Temple of
Jerusalem was settled, and we say that Jesus Christ is the chief
cornerstone, the foundation over which all the structure is raised, likewise
God raises an entire Christian life after the foundation of the faith in
Jesus Christ - Yahshua, until we are settled in our lives and in His Church,
in that church that He chooses for us, where He has made us a member that
unites to the Body with the joint that only God knows, and that He reveals
in due time.
Our life is full of
challenges and proofs, not only as Christians, but as people, as citizens of
this world that we are given to live. Our dreams and ambitions, our project
and families, all these things that sometimes we think we can drive, control
or program, are under the hand of our Father in the Heavens. We cannot live
our life to its full without counting on Him; even more, we must not,
without asking Him: What is Your plan for my life and where will you settle
me? The question of becoming settled, far from being only a geographical
location, includes our family, our profession, our dreams and our belonging
to a church, I don't mean to the universal Church, but to the local church,
in which we are to serve God.
A Christian cannot
choose the church where to serve God, because it is the Holy Spirit to Whom
that power belongs. Many have asked me to which church they should go and
many times I have recommended this one or that one. But God has showed me
that this is a matter between Him and the disciple. Likewise it
belongs to God to settle us in a country, in a city, in a family, when we
marry, in studies for the profession we will do, etc. We cannot find our
purpose until we have understood this.
How many times we
ask God why in certain matters we succeed, even though we they are not our
preferred, and on the contrary in others which are those we want it seams
that we don't count with His approval and we don't succeed?
Once we have
received from God the confirmation of the answer for each thing, after
having prayed for whichever time needed, days, weeks, months, years, God
always answers to each thing in His time. God has all kinds of ways to
convince us of what, or where we are to be settled. Then it remains the
matter of "when". In fact most of the answers He will tell us in advance of
their fulfillment, but then we will be tried in patience until they fulfill.
Also this is a power of God and in prayer and patience God will open those
doors that we seek to have open, and they will be for His glory in our
lives. It all is part of the marvelous plan of God, the great Architect of
life and existence. Therefore in Him we trust, for He made us and not we
provides two bases of spiritual growth. One in 1Peter 5:10 and another,
related to this one in 2Peter 1:5 where we can add to our faith,
self-control; perseverance; godliness; brotherly kindness and love.
The four steps we
have seen come after suffering. The seven steps that follow come after
faith. Both groups make the foundation of Christianity and in them we must
exercise always, because God will settle us.
WHAT GOD HAS SETTLED
God has settled a
number of things that we must remember to understand to what level the work
God established His
covenant with Isaac... Genesis 17:21. The descendants of Abraham, and from
whom came Jesus Christ.
God settles the
just... Psalm 7:9. The just is he who has been justified by the blood of
Christ. No one can justify himself before God.
appointed twelve... that they might be with Him. Mark 3:14. The Church is
made by those members that God unites, and is ministered by those that God
chooses. When the church is made in an artificial manner, by the will of men,
it will not prevail nor gives the image of Jesus Christ.
God has established
a day in which He will judge the world with justice... Acts 17:31. Every
person will be raised to stand before God. God is the just Judge. Those who
have repented and have believed in the work of His Son Jesus Christ will be
part of the Kingdom of God for eternity. Not so for those who rebel against
God and live according to their own will, for those the lake of fire is
settled for eternity according to The Word of God, The Bible.
Finally the grace of
God has been settled in the redeeming work of Christ for our lives, taking
away the continual work of animal sacrifices of the Law. For Christ, after
he had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of
God. Hebrews 10:1-12.
It is in that grace
of God, that having received the gift of faith, we come to understand that
it is God in us, through His Spirit who settles us in His Son Jesus Christ.
Our own justice does not work, our own religion or moral does not work. It
did not work to Cain and due to rebellion and envy killed Abel, Genesis 4.
Therefore let us stop trying to settle us ourselves and yield the throne of
our soul to God.
That God settles us
is a blessing that may be compared to the story of Israel when they received the
Promised Land, where they where settled. First, one must leave Egypt, cross
the Read Sea, receive the Commandments, walk the desert for 40 years, say
good bye to Moses, cross Jordan, and enter into the Promised Land. In it the
first thing we do is to put down
Jericho. Now, the
guarantee that the settlement prevails is going to depend of our obedience
to God. Israel remained in the Promised Land since it was guided by Joshua,
until the end of the kingdom of Solomon. The son of David did not follow the
steps of his father at the end of his years and served his wife's in
idolatry, leaving Yahweh and bringing with it the rough of God over Israel,
that soon would be defeated by armies that destroyed them and took them
Only in two
occasions Israel has again been settled in the Promised Land, and both are
for prophetic reasons, not for their obedience to God, but because God is
faithful and fulfils His Word. The first was for the Temple to be raised
before the fist coming of Jesus Christ as suffering Messiah. The second has
started with the return of Israel before the second coming of Yahshua as
Messiah King, and it is to come. God has settled Jerusalem as the city of
the Great King, the heart of the world, the prophetic centre of His events,
all written in The Bible.
In our lives we will
be settled by God when we listen to His voice, and not to ours, in all
that we do. Many write to this website asking help to find the church where
to belong. The answer is that they must trust God. Many look for a job where
they think they should be, without asking God in prayer, what is the
profession with which they should provide their families. Or what person to
marry and form a family. When these things are done following our own advice
or of other people, and not God's there will not be a solid foundation and
the project has the risk of falling, as it happens almost always. God's
mercy, when the disciple repents, may get to save him from the tragedy, but
why not do things well from the beginning? Israel did not do it and was
deported, being the Jewish people wandering until God is calling them again to
Israel to fulfill the last prophecy.
We close concluding
that it is when we trust God and let Him be Who makes us perfect in what we
do, establish us in the right path, become strengthen by Him in our
position, work, family, ministry, then and only then God settles us, puts our foundation, our cornerstone of life, which was
put before in us in
Yahshua - Jesus Christ, waiting to be settled. When we believed, God was exalted
in our heart, the faith in Jesus Christ became the foundation of our lives
and the cornerstone was placed to build on it our life in Christ. This way
we can trust God, and that what we do is His will, for by Him it has been
settled. Paul described it with words of the Spirit:
...For to me to live
is Christ, and to die is gain. But if I live on in the flesh, this will mean
fruit from my labor; yet what I shall choose I cannot tell. For I am
hard-pressed between the two, having a desire to depart and be with Christ,
which is far better. Nevertheless to remain in the flesh is more needful for
you. And being confident of this, I know
that I shall remain and continue with you all for your progress and joy of
faith, that your rejoicing for me may be more abundant in Jesus Christ by my
coming to you again. Philippians 1:20-26. ...The grace of our Lord Jesus
Christ be with you all. Amen.