February 2017

Searching The Purpose Of Life


1 The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem. 2 “Vanity of vanities,” says the Preacher; “Vanity of vanities, all is vanity.” (Ecclesiastes 1:1-2 NKJV)

The author of the book of Ecclesiastes is Solomon, the son of David, king in Jerusalem. The author, which is Solomon, calls himself "the preacher". The word preacher is translated from the Hebrew word "koheleth", which is not a good translation. "Debater" might be a better translation. Right after introducing himself, the debater in verse 2 concludes his search for meaning in life as the vanity of vanities and he further says all is vanity. What goes through his mind leading him to make such a conclusion "that all is vanity"?

The Grace Of God


I do not set aside the grace of God; for if righteousness comes through the law, then Christ died in vain. (Galatians 2:21 NKJV)


After his conversion driven by a strong impulse, Paul wanted to make known what has happened to him when he experienced the grace of God that saved him. What will he do with the grace of God? Will he set it aside? Will he keep it or what will he do with it? Let us study together as we unplug the truth.

The Purpose Of The Law



19 What purpose then does the law serve? It was added because of transgressions, till the Seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was appointed through angels by the hand of a mediator. 20 Now a mediator does not mediate for one only, but God is one (Galatians 3:19-20 NKJV).


Every government on the face of this earth has laws to guide its citizen how to live their lives. If we are foreigners in the country we are visiting then we have to respect the laws of the land and we cannot apply the laws of our countries in the country we are visiting. What purpose does the law serve? The law is given to guide our lives and if we break the law, we will pay the consequence for the law we break. If certain crime for instance "Cybercrime" is not known in a given country, that country will add laws for that particular crime.

I Died To The Law



18 For if I build again those things which I destroyed, I make myself a transgressor. 19 For I through the law died to the law that I might live to God. 20 I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me (Galatians 2:18-20 NKJV)

Paul in his epistle to the Galatians makes it clear once and for all that the Law can never save us. For if the Law can save us, Christ has died in vain for each one of us who believes in Him. In verse 18 Paul says, "For if I build again those things which I destroyed, I make myself a transgressor." What is it that he destroyed? Finding salvation in the Law. Paul knows exactly that the power of sin is the Law (1 Corinthians 15:56) and Christ set him free from trying to keep the Law, so the righteousness of Christ can be imparted to him. Shall he then build again the belief system that the Law is everything?



Justification Through Faith Alone



15 We who are Jews by nature, and not sinners of the Gentiles, 16 knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law but by faith in Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, that we might be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law; for by the works of the law no flesh shall be justified (Galatians 2:15-16 NKJV)


No one should keep the good news to himself, it must be shared. Do you know the good news I am about to share with you? Do you want to have the blessing of Abraham? Do you know what it is? Well, the blessing of Abraham is justification by faith and the gift of the Spirit, which you can have through faith in Jesus Christ. Bottom line, you need to be in Jesus Christ to be justified and to receive the gift of the Spirit. What is justification you may wonder yourself? How can I be justified by God for the sins I have committed up to this day?


The Bible Is The Word Of God



16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work (2 Timothy 3:16-17 NKJV).

The word "inspiration" in Greek is "Theopneustos", which means "God-breathed". "God-breathed" is not the inhaling but the exhaling of God. The exhaling of God or the out-breathing of God does not mean that the writer writes everything and when he is done God breathes upon his writings, it is not the case. Inspiration is the process by which Spirit-moved writers recorded God-breathed writings (purely the thought of God and none of the writers). Since the writers recorded God-breathed writings only and none of their thoughts, the Bible is, therefore, the Word of God. The Bible does not contain the Word of God nor it becomes the Word of God, the Bible is the Word of God.


Paul Straights It Up



Paul, an apostle (not from men nor through man, but through Jesus Christ and God the Father who raised Him from the dead), and all the brethren who are with me, To the churches of Galatia (Galatians 1:1-2 NKJV).

Paul is very careful and specific with his words as he opens his letter to the Galatians. Have you noticed his opening statement in this letter is different than any other of his epistles? Paul starts out and writes plainly his thought in the first five verses what he thinks is happening within the body in Galatians church. His main concern is the false teaching regarding Gentile Christians in Galatia that in order for the Gentiles can be saved they must follow the Mosaic Law, particularly circumcision. Another way of saying it, salvation is a combination of the Law and Jesus. Is it really what the Bible is teaching us?



The Book



To all perfection I see a limit, but your commands are boundless. (Psalm 119:96 NIV)

Since man was created by God, there is a limit in him for he is not the All-Knowing, he is not All-Powerful, and he could not be everywhere at the same time. With this limit in men, whatever they do, there will be a limit in the things they do. Regardless how genius one might be, how high his IQ or EQ might be and this does not make him the All-Knowing. Therefore, how good a book written by man might be, there is still a limit in that book for that book is written by a limited capacity of the human brain. A human can only think to a certain degree and man in his limited capacity cannot describe God who created him to the fullest.