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Dear Brethren and Friends,
Welcome to the Filipino Bible Fellowship!
We are very familiar with the term “Bayanihan.” This is a Tagalog word which literally means “being a hero (bayani).” Thus, it is used to refer to a spirit of giving oneself to communal unity and cooperation. It is always portrayed in the old tradition of folks in villages helping one another in relocating a family, which may include the house also! Since houses are made of light materials such as wood and bamboo, these were not concreted. The entire building could be carried fairly by men in the village. It is in a very festive mood where everyone are shouting with the usual lame Filipino jokes making everyone to laugh aloud. Some are singing and while many are taking part in the burden, more are cheering and waiting for the feast later which the owner of the house prepared for those who helped.
This is our culture and I pray that this good traditional practices will remain in us. Let us not be so much influenced of the so-called “modern society” where we do not even know who the people are living next door to us. I believe the right Biblical teachings and the Holy Spirit’s guidance for this unity and cooperation will build us up to glorify and serve our Lord and our God.
I personally thank the Lord for those who are serving in FilBF behind the scenes, such as those who come early to arrange the chairs and prepare the place for worship. There are also those who remain late to clean the carpet and the toilets for the next users of Godhill.
Praise God for those whom He enabled to lead the prayer groups. The Lord has called them to encourage our brethren and the newcomers to come before God in prayer. Let us work together like what King David sings “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron's beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments; As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the LORD commanded the blessing, even life for evermore” (Psalm 133:1–3).
Let us pray that after the duration of the Catechism class, we can have opportunities to hold more Bible classes. We must pray we can have more opportunities to open God’s Word and to learn what the Lord wants us to do with our lives here on earth. It is also in the study of God’s Word that we be protected from sin and the temptations in this world. “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee” (Psalm 119:11).
Go Labour On!
The Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 15:58 writes, “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.” But how should we labour for the Lord? It must be based on the scriptures and not from the words of man. What should move the Christians to be active and devoted to the work for our Lord? It is not radicalization but understanding the truth of the resurrection!
Above is the final word of the Apostle Paul in this long treatise on the resurrection. There were false teachers in the church of Corinth who introduced erroneous teachings about the resurrection. There were some who negated the claims of the apostle about the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. Paul, who himself met the resurrected Christ argued for the truthfulness of the resurrection and concludes with a challenge for believers to serve the living and true God.
Paul reminded them of the gospel of Jesus Christ. He made mention on the resurrection as vital in this good news. “Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:” (1 Corinthians 15:1–4). Without resurrection, there is no gospel, and there is no power of God unto salvation that men should believe.
Thus Paul continues to say that if there is no resurrection, “then is Christ not risen. And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain. Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not. For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised: And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins” (1 Corinthians 15:14–17). So if this was the case then he noted that in the next verses in 1 Corinthians 15:18–19, “Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished. If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.”
This truth of the resurrection is the assurance of the rapture for every born-again believer who will still be living when our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ comes. “Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed” (1 Corinthians 15:51–52). Those who are still alive at His coming will be changed and put on a glorified body which shall never be tired, sick nor die!
Having told the believers in Corinth about the resurrection, he encourages them to “go and labour on”! Paul calls them beloved brethren for indeed genuine Christians are so. All of us who truly believed are blessed and beloved of the Father in and through the Lord Jesus Christ. We have all the reasons to be active in serving the Lord for the great and manifold favours we receive from Him. We cannot take lightly our work for the Lord. The resurrection is our assurance of life together with the Lord forever and ever.
However, in service, we must take note that the Apostle said we must be stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord. What does he mean when he said stedfast? The word gives us a picture of a man sitting down. He is seated and therefore not running here or there but settled and fixed in his position. This shows that to labour for God one needs to be established with the doctrine of his faith. He cannot just serve God anyhow he likes, his service must be according to God’s word. First and foremost, he has to be fixed in the forever, infallible and inerrant perfectly inspired and preserved Word of God. To be stedfast is to have a faith that says, “God says it, that settles it, I believe it!”
What does Paul mean in the word “unmoveable”? The word describes a faith that is unshaken, not wavering or simply saying, not moving away from where he is sitting. This is not to say that in labouring you just sit down and do nothing. What the Apostle here gives is a figurative description of a believer who does not doubt God’s Word but continues to believe even when the going gets tough! He has full trust and confidence in the doctrines of the Bible taught to him.
To be superabundant describes an exceeding, excelling or extremely rich work of the Lord. The result of being steadfast and unmoveable is the overflowing labour and fruit in the field of God. There is so much work to be done and be accomplished. Many will be benefited and be blessed! Lost souls are brought into the fold to receive the grace of God to have faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Remember that superabundant ministries are useless and vain if they are not stedfast and unmoveable in the Lord.
This one thing we must know and be assured of, “our labour is not in vain in the Lord.” We must know it. The resurrection is the reason! Man works for his sustenance in order to survive. Yet survival on this earth is temporal, while resurrection secures a life in heaven which is eternal. Are we not to labour for Him who granted us this free gift?
Our labour is not in vain. It will have superabundant gains! The edified souls will be there with us for eternity. The souls saved will be in His Kingdom with blessings everlasting! It will be a profit that will be enjoyed without end! Truly it is not in vain because it is done in the Lord. It is the Lord will grant us the motivation because of the new life we have in Him on this earth and the eternal life with the glorified body that we will have in His Kingdom forever! So let us go and labour on because of the truth of the resurrection!
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