...AND TO GOD, THE THINGS THAT ARE GOD'S
Carlos Padilla, February 2013
...Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar's,
and to God the things that are God's. Luke 20:25. Matthew 22:21, Mark 12:17.
To God the things that are God's is a wake up call for those seeking God's
blessing, the foundation of what every nation, every family, church and every
person should consider, if they want to receive God's blessing in these three
areas of life. If you don't have it, this is the moment of finding out what it is
that you are not giving God, which belongs to God. We will look into the three
areas in this study.
It is also the answer to the previous study "to
Caesar the things that are Caesar's" in which I introduced a Biblical
exposition that compared the current situation of society which is globalized
and based in economy to the one where the people of Israel lived before
the roman occupation, in times of Jesus Christ. In the same way, today we live it
occupied by the bureaucratic power of governments as they become more powerful and
controllers of the liberty of the citizen, and oppressors of those who fight to
make it. But the most relevant of this matter is to see banks being
bailed out while
families are foreclosed.
And the citizen asks himself, what is happening? Where are the answers? Is there
a solution?. Nations see how they lose positions in
people's trust, which affects
in the economy, which at the same time affects social issues and as a result, in
quality of life. Families, the foundation of society, see it collapsing before them.
The Church sees how faith diminishes and apostasy in many of its
denominations. But the Christian knows where the answers are: in the handbook of
instructions of life and history, written by the author of life: The Bible,
whose prophecies anticipate these events that we live in the beginning of the
21st century, A.D. What is it that we must give God as a nation, family and
church, and individually? Maybe Jesus meant something else than taxes and
AND TO GOD THE THINGS THAT ARE GOD'S
The same Text that we saw in the previous study, referring to Caesar, we now see
it with its relevance regarding God, and the absence in society of respect and
of God's love, according to Biblical prophecies.
...And they asked him, saying, Master, we know that thou
sayest and teachest rightly, neither acceptest thou the person of any,
but teachest the way of God truly: 22Is it lawful for us to give
tribute unto Caesar, or no? 23But he perceived their craftiness, and
said unto them, Why tempt ye me? 24Shew me a penny. Whose image and
superscription hath it? They answered and said, Caesar’s. 25And he
said unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which be Caesar’s,
unto God the things which be God’s. 26And they could not take hold of
his words before the people: and they marvelled at his answer, and held their
peace. Luke 20:21-26.
To give tribute unto Caesar, what for?, many would ask themselves as they see
how the money of the tax payer is used. But, also, if everyone paid
their taxes it could
be reduced. But we are not talking about taxes now, but of how to give God what
is His. And what is it that we owe God?. This is the great question that man has
to ask himself. Yes, the Christian is committed with his tithes and offerings to
invest in saving souls, and to help the poor, but God wants us to participate as
parts of our lives.
Our Father's Prayer ends with some
essentials of the nature of God:
...Yours is the Kingdom and the power and the glory... Matthew 6:13. Indeed, the Kingdom is God's, both the one in Heaven and the one on Earth, and
all this authority has been given to the Son, Matthew 28:18. The Bible so
testifies along history, God is the author of creation and the just Judge.
The power is of God, no one can fight against Him. But now only this type of
power is the one we should look at regarding authority, but another power more
spiritual and needed, that man usually does not use when he sees himself with
power. This power is to love with the love of God. God's love is so great that
goes beyond our expectations. The power of the love of God changes our heart.
His power to love includes His mercy, His piety, fellowship, friendship, joy,
grace and glory. And the power to forgive, to forgive sins, and to give us
eternal life, power to rise us from death and take us to His eternal Kingdom.
There is no greater power than this.
And the Glory. Glory with capital letters because is of God,
and it shines the brightness of that power to love us, to the point that by His
grace we are saved through faith in His Son Jesus Christ. His glory we see in
all that He has created, and the people transformed to His image through the
Holy Spirit. For these attributes, from the large list that God has, we owe God
what is God's, to honour Him, to fear Him and to love Him.
...THE THINGS THAT ARE GOD'S. FROM
On the other hand, and most relevant due to the prophetic
the subject, we see how the same governments in search of the easy vote, keep
imposing laws against the moral values of God, the Christian values that have
become the foundation of the historically prosper society of the Western
Civilization. We only need to look at the list of the leading Western countries,
they are protestant, while those countries in deep crisis are catholic. The
problem that now those protestant countries as well as the catholic are
suffering, is a
decrease in faith, relativism, and the laicism prophesized for the
end times. Not of minor
importance is the corruption and abuse of children seen in religious
institutions while their prelate are untouchable.
Corrupted governments rule nations in the first world, the
world that is leader as example of where global society is heading, they are
becoming an antichristian influence, example of decadence and corruption. Europe
and the US, and the Western World in general live the worst moral decadence of
many politicians and spiritual of many leaders of religious institutions, while
other countries that have embraced capitalism, but come from a historical
communist background, start to lead the financial race, and soon they will
take their place. We are living the transformation of civilization into a new world
order "Novus Orde Seclorum", as read in the one US Dollar note. The answer to
this behaviour: the lack of faith in the Son of God, and the lack of mercy, it
is taught by Jesus Christ in the two following Texts:
The work of the Holy Spirit:
...And when he is come, he will reprove
the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:
Of sin, because they believe not on me; Of
righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more; 11Of
judgment, because the prince of this world is judged... ... Howbeit when he, the
Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all
truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall
hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you
things to come. John 16:8.
The judgment to the nations:
the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with
him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:
32And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate
them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:
33And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the
left. 34Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye
blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation
of the world: 35For I was an hungred, and ye
gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took
me in: 36Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I
was in prison, and ye came unto me. 37Then shall the
righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee?
or thirsty, and gave thee drink? 38 When saw we thee a
stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? 39
Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? 40And the
King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have
done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it
unto me. 41Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart
from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his
angels: 42For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was
thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: 43I was a stranger, and ye took me
not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me
not. 44Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we
thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and
did not minister unto thee? 45Then shall he answer them, saying,
Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of
these, ye did it not to me. 46And
these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life
eternal. Matthew 25:31.
...THE THINGS THAT ARE GOD'S. FROM
THE FAMILY AND THE CHURCH
Family begins its history with Adam and Eve, the first
family created by God. The consequences of their disobedience are evident and as
a result it gave a rebel and murderer son, apart from the other son of faith and
love of God. Cain and Abel is the story of the two alternatives that family has
today in every nation, all over the world, and in every time. Cain is the result
of a family that excludes God from their life. Abel is the fruit of a family
that loves God.
And even though in the Biblical story Cain kills Abel, God
substitutes Abel with Seth from where humanity follows the way of God to the
patriarchs. Seth means "substitution", and is a symbol of the repentance. God
substitutes the root of Cain who loses the blessing for leaving God. Seth begot the famous Enoch
-seventh from Adam- Jude 14. Seth begot Enosh, and
we find a great news from his birth: ...And to Seth,
to him also there was born a son; and he called his name Enos: then began men to
call upon the name of Yahweh. Genesis 4:26.
This event has a precedent before the fall of Adam and Eve,
when they used to call the name of Yahweh. A clear reference that they taught
their children and grandchildren about the consequences of their transgression
and that is was good to reconcile with God our Father. Enosh begot Cainan.
Cainan begot Mahalalel, he Jared, and him our Enoch, from whom Methuselah was
born, before Enoch was caught up by God,
like Elijah, and like the Church, those who will live in the return
of Jesus Christ, will be caught up in the clouds by Jesus Christ, 1Thesalonians
4:17. Methuselah begot Lamech, from whom Noah was born. And from Noah follows
the descendants to Abraham, to whom God changed the name in His covenant with
him through faith. Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, which is Israel, from whom Jude was
born, to David and to Jesus Christ.
God's love between the family and between the Church:
...This is my commandment,
That ye love one another, as I have loved you.
13Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life
for his friends. 14Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command
you. John 15:12.
The treat between the family and between the Church:
...Marvel not, my brethren, if the
world hate you. 14We know that we have passed from death unto life,
because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in
death. 15Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that
no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him. 16Hereby
perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we
ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. 17But
whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up
his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?
18My little children, let us not love in
word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth. 1John 3:13.
How does the Christian family live: two answers that come from
Bear ye one another's burdens, stewardship:
...Brethren, if a man be overtaken
in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of
meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. 2Bear
ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ. 3For
if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth
himself. 4But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he
have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another. 5For every man
shall bear his own burden. Galatians 6.
Prayer and the Golden Rule:
and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be
opened unto you: 8For every one that asketh receiveth; and he
that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. 9Or
what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone?
10Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? 11If ye
then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more
shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?
12Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that
men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the
prophets. Matthew 7:7.
The mission of the Church to win families in Christ: The
...And Jesus came and spake unto
them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and
in earth. 19Go ye therefore, and
teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of
the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20Teaching them to observe all things
whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even
unto the end of the world. Amen. Matthew 28:18.
The result of putting these behaviours into practice is a
family full of God's blessing and a Church that glorifies God, and that wins
more families in Christ.
...TO GOD WHAT IS GOD'S. FROM THE
There are two types of individuals, the Christian and the one
who is not. Before God this is a big division and therefore the answer to God
from each one of them is radically opposite. The Christian knows Jesus, has a
personal relationship with Christ inside the Father, through the Holy Spirit. He
who isn't, does not know Jesus, does not have a personal relationship with
Christ and is outside of the Father, does not have the Holy Spirit inside of
him. Does not fear God and lives in sin which is to not believe in Jesus Christ,
John 16:9, which includes His work on the Cross.
The Christian gives God the glory, the honour and the praise,
and he who is not, does not give God the glory, nor honour Him, nor praises Him.
The Christian loves God because he has received His Son, Whom He sent. He who is
not, does not love Him. The Christian, by loving God in Christ, through the
Spirit loves the neighbour, the employees, the bosses, loves the nation where he
lives, loves the Church, other Christians. Who is not, is egoist, does not love
God, does not love the neighbour, nor the people with whom he lives whether at
work or in society, and as we see around us, does not love his family. He who
gives God what is God's, loves Him with all the heart, with all the soul, with
all his mind and with all his strength, and there is no one stronger and
blessing than those who love God.
The Great Commandment:
...And one of the scribes came, and
having heard them reasoning together, and perceiving that he had answered them
well, asked him, Which is the first commandment of all? 29And Jesus
answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The
Lord our God is one Lord: 30And thou shalt
love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all
thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first
commandment. 31And the second is like, namely this,
Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There
is none other commandment greater than these. Mark 12:28.
And how do we put the First and
and the Second into practice:
behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, Master,
what shall I do to inherit eternal life?
26 He said unto him, What is written in the law? how readest thou? 27And
he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with
all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy
neighbour as thyself. 28And he said unto him, Thou hast answered
right: this do, and thou shalt live.
The good samaritan:
he, willing to justify himself, said unto Jesus, And
who is my neighbour? 30And Jesus answering said, A certain
man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which
stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving
him half dead. 31And by chance there came down a certain
priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.
32And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked
on him, and passed by on the other side. 33But a certain
Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had
compassion on him, 34And went to him, and bound up his
wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him
to an inn, and took care of him. 35And on the morrow when he
departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto
him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I
will repay thee. 36Which now of these three,
thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves? 37And
he said, He that shewed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him,
Go, and do thou likewise. Luke 10:25.
...Why do the heathen rage, and the
people imagine a vain thing? 2The kings of the earth set themselves,
and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his
anointed, saying, 3Let us break their bands asunder, and cast
away their cords from us. 4He that sitteth in the heavens shall
laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision. 5Then shall he speak
unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure. 6Yet
have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion. 7I will
declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day
have I begotten thee. 8Ask of me, and I
shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the
uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession. 9Thou
shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a
potter’s vessel. 10Be wise now therefore, O ye kings:
be instructed, ye judges of the earth.
11Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with
trembling. 12Kiss the Son,
lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled
but a little. Blessed are all they that put
their trust in him. Psalm 2.
The nation formed by Christian individuals
who love God, is a nation formed by families that love their members, families
that give good example in society. These Christian families form a Church that
is the Body of Christ, and are the best guarantee of a society of justice and
quality of life, security and prosperity, because the blessing of God is on
them. The nation that gives God the things that are God's, is the image of a
society formed by families that give God the things that are God's, and these
families are formed by people that give God the things that are God's. Do you
give God the things that are God's?. Does your family and your Church give God
the things that are God's? Does your nation give God the things that are God's?.
Perhaps the first of the questions is the
one that really matters, the one that is the beginning of the social change
without precedents: Do I give God the things that are God's?. ...Herein
is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples. As
the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love. If ye
keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s
commandments, and abide in his love... ...This is my
commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. Greater
love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.
Because if we abide in Christ and His
words abide in us, we can ask all the things that are God's, and it will be done
to us. Prayer in the king's house, in parliament, in the Church, in the family,
in solitude. ...This is my commandment: That ye love one another, as I have
loved you. Amen.