1. When God revealed Himself to angels, He did so in the manner of angels, “And again, when he BRINGETH in the FIRSTBEGOTTEN into the world, he saith, And let all the ANGELS of God WORSHIP HIM” [Hebrews 1:6] Angels who denied Him fell into CONTROVERSY OF LIES; some said He looks like us, how could He be God? If He is the FIRSTBEGOTTEN, there must be others, why WORSHIP Him? If He is “BEGOTTEN”, He cannot be God, etc. The Serpent promised Eve liberty, she fell for it and man was overcome by the LIE, as it is written: “While they PROMISE them LIBERTY, they themselves are the SERVANTS of CORRUPTION: for of whom a man is OVERCOME, of the same is he BROUGHT in BONDAGE” [2 Peter 2:19] In due season, God made Himself known to man in Jesus Christ “For in him dwelleth all the FULNESS of the GODHEAD bodily” [Colossians 2:9] The TRUTH came to us and was manifest in FLESH and BLOOD, yet the CONTROVERSY persist, in those trapped in LIES in who, “… the god of this world hath BLINDED the MINDS of them which believe not, lest the LIGHT of the glorious GOSPEL of Christ, who is the IMAGE OF GOD, should shine unto them” [2 Corinthians 4:4]
2. God foreknew SIN would come and made a WAY of escape through FAITH, “In HOPE of ETERNAL LIFE, which God, that cannot lie, PROMISED BEFORE THE WORLD BEGAN” [Titus 1:2] Angels that fell had no room for REPENTANCE; they SAW and DENIED the only ONE who could save them. By the same token, God presented Himself to us in Jesus Christ, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his ONLY BEGOTTEN SON, that whosoever BELIEVETH in him should not perish, but have EVERLASTING LIFE” [John 3:16] By FAITH we BELIEVE God was manifest in the “ONLY BEGOTTEN SON”, in HOPE of ETERNAL LIFE. We have no business in puerile disputes about genealogies and dates of His BIRTH, “Neither give heed to FABLES and ENDLESS GENEALOGIES, which minister QUESTIONS, rather than godly EDIFYING WHICH IS IN FAITH: so do” [1 Timothy 1:4] Those who dwell on dates and etymology of Christmas entangle themselves in “FOOLISH QUESTIONS” [Titus 3:9] Brethren, let us be careful not to slide away from FAITH to needless CONTROVERSY OF LIES. We were not saved because we knew the hour of Christ’s BIRTH or the history of Christmas? We were SAVED from SIN and DEATH to EVERLASTING LIFE because God showed up for us in Jesus Christ, “And without CONTROVERSY great is the MYSTERY OF GODLINESS: GOD WAS MANIFEST IN THE FLESH, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, … ” [1 Timothy 3:16] Beloved, this is the TRUTH, rest your FAITH on it.
3. DEATH and RESURRECTION of Jesus Christ are no doubt MYSTERIES, “Which none of the princes of this world knew: for HAD THEY KNOWN IT, THEY WOULD NOT HAVE CRUCIFIED the Lord of glory” [1 Corinthians 2:8] It is a MYSTERY because could not understand why He had to DIE, “Whom God hath set forth to be a PROPITIATION through FAITH in his BLOOD, to declare his righteousness for the REMISSION OF SINS that are past, through the forbearance of God” [Romans 3:25] Every RELIGION has an explanation for the MYSTERY; some claim He DIED to SAVE Jews only, but He Himself said, “And OTHER SHEEP I HAVE, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be OBE FOLD, and ONE SHEPHERD” [John 10:16] Jews, on their part, acknowledge His DEATH, but DENY His RESURRECTION; the LIE is retold in every generation, “Saying, Say ye, His disciples came by night, and STOLE HIM away while we slept” [Matthew 28:15] There are those who argue, He did not really DIE but was in coma for a while and awoke much later. Friend, He indeed DIED without which no man could be RECONCILED to God. His BLOOD is the only antidote to SIN, the BLOOD of ONE who lived in the midst of SIN but had no SIN, “To wit, that GOD WAS IN CHRIST, RECONCILING the WORLD UNTO HIMSELF, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation” [2 Corinthians 5:19]
4. The arrowhead of “LYING CONTROVERSIES” is unbridled assault of hell against the imminent appearance of the Lord Jesus Christ to RECEIVE His BRIDE. Some are deceived to TEACH and LIVE as if the RESURRECTION of SAINTS is over, “Who concerning the TRUTH have erred, saying that the RESURRECTION is past already; and OVERTHROW THE FAITH OF SOME” [2 Timothy 2:18] SCOFFERS abound and the FAITH of many are weakened by their LIES, saying: “… Where is the PROMISE of HIS COMING? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation” [2 Peter 3:3-4] The internet is inundated with FALSE REPORTS touted as proof of His Coming, many are daily led astray and their FAITH gravely injured with man-made calendar of prophetic dateline of events, “Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a FALLING AWAY first, and that MAN OF SIN be revealed, the son of perdition” [2 Thessalonians 2:3] The foregoing Scripture speak of Christians, who shall be distracted and “FALL AWAY” from the FAITH through CONTROVERSY OF LIES. Beloved, be not distracted; lay aside the burden of “CONTROVERSY, “Looking for that blessed HOPE, and the glorious APPEARING of the great God and our SAVIOUR Jesus Christ” [Titus 2:13] He is Coming, nothing is going to stop Him; if you have not done so, accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour and be prepared to receive Him, amen