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God sees the past and He sees the future now. He sees the end from the beginning. Then He plans according to what He sees. When He plans, it happens and what He wants to do, He will do it. Isaiah 46:10–11 (NCV)10 From the beginning I told you what would happen in the end. A long time ago I told you things that have not yet happened. When I plan something, it happens. What I want to do, I will do.11 I am calling a man from the east to carry out my plan; he will come like a hawk from a country far away. I will make what I have said come true; I will do what I have planned.In the Hebrew language there is only the past and present tense. There is no future tense. God sees the end from the beginning, therefore He speaks in the present tense. God sees the future now.WHILE WE WERE SINNERS, GOD SAID Ephesians 2:4–6 (NIV)4 But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. 6 And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus …While you were dead in trespasses refers to the time before you were born again, when you were still a sinner. God said He made you alive together with Christ. While you were spiritually dead (separated from God), He said you have been saved. God also said He has raised you up with Christ and seated you with Him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus. In other words, God has already saved you when Jesus died and rose again. God is seeing you seated in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus. God calls those things that do not exist on earth as though they do. DAVID SPOKE IN THE PAST AND PRESENT TENSE When David, the shepherd went to confront Goliath, David called those things that did not exist as though they did. Goliath is a type of Satan. When the devil comes against you in any form or fashion, speak against him like David did. I find that very often believers do not recognise it is the devil who comes against them. Especially if you see a recurring pattern with regards to a certain issue, and it is causing you problems, more likely than not it is the devil arraying against you.1 Samuel 17:34–37 (Young’s Literal Translation)34 And David saith unto Saul, ‘A shepherd hath thy servant been to his father among the sheep, and the lion hath come—and the bear—and hath taken away a sheep out of the drove, 35 and I have gone out after him, and smitten him, and delivered out of his mouth, and he riseth against me, and I have taken hold on his beard, and smitten him, and put him to death. 36 Both the lion and the bear hath thy servant smitten, and this uncircumcised Philistine hath been as one of them, for he hath reproached the ranks of the living God.’ 37 And David saith, ‘Jehovah, who delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, He doth deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.’ And Saul saith unto David, ‘Go, and Jehovah is with thee.’In this passage of Scriptures, David told King Saul of his experiences with the lion and the bear before he went down to the valley to confront Goliath; the battle had not begun yet. David was taught in faith and He understood the nature of God. David also called those things that did not exist as though they did.In verse 36 David said, “Both the lion and the bear hath thy servant smitten, and this uncircumcised Philistine hath been as one of them.” David spoke in the past tense even before he defeated Goliath. David said this Goliath would become like the lion and the bear.And then David spoke in the present tense in verse 37, “And David saith, ‘Jehovah, who delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, He doth deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.” David said God would deliver him from Goliath. David did not say God was going to deliver but that He would deliver.This is how you defeat the devil who tries to oppress your mind with fear, or thoughts of sickness, and failure, and suicidal tendencies. This is how you overcome trials and testings. This is how you overcome prejudice, or discrimination in the work place. This is how you live a healthy life till a ripe old age. This is how you overcome fear of retrenchment. Declare it was the Heavenly Father who gave you this job in the first place, the One who put you in this company and position, therefore no one can take it away from you.Faith speaks as the Almighty God is doing something for you now and indeed He is!Rev. Cheong Yew KwongFaith Bible Church SingaporePlease visit our website at fbcs.org.sg#goodtoread ... See MoreSee Less

God sees the past and He sees the future now. He sees the end from the beginning. Then He plans according to what He sees. When He plans, it happens and what He wants to do, He will do it. 

Isaiah 46:10–11 (NCV)
10 From the beginning I told you what would happen in the end. A long time ago I told you things that have not yet happened. When I plan something, it happens. What I want to do, I will do.
11 I am calling a man from the east to carry out my plan; he will come like a hawk from a country far away. I will make what I have said come true; I will do what I have planned.

In the Hebrew language there is only the past and present tense. There is no future tense. God sees the end from the beginning, therefore He speaks in the present tense. God sees the future now.

WHILE WE WERE SINNERS, GOD SAID 

Ephesians 2:4–6 (NIV)
4 But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 
5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. 
6 And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus …

While you were dead in trespasses refers to the time before you were born again, when you were still a sinner. God said He made you alive together with Christ. While you were spiritually dead (separated from God), He said you have been saved. God also said He has raised you up with Christ and seated you with Him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus. In other words, God has already saved you when Jesus died and rose again. God is seeing you seated in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus. God calls those things that do not exist on earth as though they do. 

DAVID SPOKE IN THE PAST AND PRESENT TENSE 

When David, the shepherd went to confront Goliath, David called those things that did not exist as though they did. Goliath is a type of Satan. When the devil comes against you in any form or fashion, speak against him like David did. 

I find that very often believers do not recognise it is the devil who comes against them. Especially if you see a recurring pattern with regards to a certain issue, and it is causing you problems, more likely than not it is the devil arraying against you.

1 Samuel 17:34–37 (Young’s Literal Translation)
34 And David saith unto Saul, ‘A shepherd hath thy servant been to his father among the sheep, and the lion hath come—and the bear—and hath taken away a sheep out of the drove, 
35 and I have gone out after him, and smitten him, and delivered out of his mouth, and he riseth against me, and I have taken hold on his beard, and smitten him, and put him to death. 
36 Both the lion and the bear hath thy servant smitten, and this uncircumcised Philistine hath been as one of them, for he hath reproached the ranks of the living God.’ 
37 And David saith, ‘Jehovah, who delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, He doth deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.’ And Saul saith unto David, ‘Go, and Jehovah is with thee.’

In this passage of Scriptures, David told King Saul of his experiences with the lion and the bear before he went down to the valley to confront Goliath; the battle had not begun yet. David was taught in faith and He understood the nature of God. David also called those things that did not exist as though they did.

In verse 36 David said, “Both the lion and the bear hath thy servant smitten, and this uncircumcised Philistine hath been as one of them.” David spoke in the past tense even before he defeated Goliath. David said this Goliath would become like the lion and the bear.

And then David spoke in the present tense in verse 37, “And David saith, ‘Jehovah, who delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, He doth deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.” David said God would deliver him from Goliath. David did not say God was going to deliver but that He would deliver.

This is how you defeat the devil who tries to oppress your mind with fear, or thoughts of sickness, and failure, and suicidal tendencies. This is how you overcome trials and testings. This is how you overcome prejudice, or discrimination in the work place. This is how you live a healthy life till a ripe old age. This is how you overcome fear of retrenchment. Declare it was the Heavenly Father who gave you this job in the first place, the One who put you in this company and position, therefore no one can take it away from you.

Faith speaks as the Almighty God is doing something for you now and indeed He is!

Rev. Cheong Yew Kwong
Faith Bible Church Singapore
Please visit our website at http://fbcs.org.sg
#goodtoread

Faith comes by hearing the spoken Word of Christ. Jesus Christ speaks what He sees. Hence faith is hearing what Jesus is seeing that has not come into existence on earth, in the natural yet. When we hear from the Father, we are hearing what He is seeing. We must then believe the things He calls forth that do not exist. What must we do as we believe?WE BELIEVE THEREFORE WE MUST SPEAK WHAT WE BELIEVE 2 Corinthians 4:13 (NET)But since we have the same spirit of faith as that shown in what has been written, “I believed; therefore I spoke,” we also believe, therefore we also speak.Paul said he believed therefore he spoke. When we believe the things that the Heavenly Father shows us, we must speak what we believe. The important principle of faith is that when faith comes by hearing, you must believe what you heard, followed by speaking what you believe. Having faith in our spirit must be released through actions. Believing and speaking are two actions to release our faith. These words “believe” and “speak” are both present, active, verbs (definition by Heiser, M. S., & Setterholm, V. M. (2013; 2013). Glossary of Morpho-Syntactic Database Terminology. Lexham Press.)1. verb — A word that describes an action, state of being, or the production of a result.2. present — The verb tense where the writer portrays an action in process or a state of being with no assessment of the action’s completion.3. active — The grammatical voice that signifies that the subject is performing the verbal action or is in the state described by the verb.When faith comes into our spirit, we are to believe and speak what we heard from the Father. And we are to keep it active by continuously believing and speaking until we see the manifestation of what the Heavenly Father sees.FAITH IS IN OUR SPIRIT, BELIEVE IS IN OUR SOUL When God speaks, He speaks into our spirit. Therefore faith is only found in our spirit. We have faith because our spirit heard from the Heavenly Father by the Holy Spirit. Believe is a verb; an action word. Since it is an action word, it requires the will to make a decision. To believe, we have to enact our will to make a decision to believe. Our spirit will influence the will to make a decision to believe. Hence believing is enacted in our soul. Therefore faith is in our spirit and the act of believing is in our soul.Do not allow your unrenewed or doubting mind to influence your will into making a decision of not believing. If you allow that to happen, you will slip into doubt and unbelief. Then you will render your faith ineffective and dormant in your spirit. Subsequently you will speak doubt and unbelief which binds you. Alas, this is how people remain bound as they are not able to come out of their crisis and free themselves from bondage.Rev. Cheong Yew KwongFaith Bible Church SingaporePlease visit our website at fbcs.org.sg#goodtoread ... See MoreSee Less

Faith comes by hearing the spoken Word of Christ. Jesus Christ speaks what He sees. Hence faith is hearing what Jesus is seeing that has not come into existence on earth, in the natural yet. When we hear from the Father, we are hearing what He is seeing. We must then believe the things He calls forth that do not exist. What must we do as we believe?

WE BELIEVE THEREFORE WE MUST SPEAK WHAT WE BELIEVE 

2 Corinthians 4:13 (NET)But since we have the same spirit of faith as that shown in what has been written, “I believed; therefore I spoke,” we also believe, therefore we also speak.

Paul said he believed therefore he spoke. When we believe the things that the Heavenly Father shows us, we must speak what we believe. The important principle of faith is that when faith comes by hearing, you must believe what you heard, followed by speaking what you believe. Having faith in our spirit must be released through actions. Believing and speaking are two actions to release our faith. 

These words “believe” and “speak” are both present, active, verbs (definition by Heiser, M. S., & Setterholm, V. M. (2013; 2013). Glossary of Morpho-Syntactic Database Terminology. Lexham Press.)

1. verb — A word that describes an action, state of being, or the production of a result.
2. present — The verb tense where the writer portrays an action in process or a state of being with no assessment of the action’s completion.
3. active — The grammatical voice that signifies that the subject is performing the verbal action or is in the state described by the verb.

When faith comes into our spirit, we are to believe and speak what we heard from the Father. And we are to keep it active by continuously believing and speaking until we see the manifestation of what the Heavenly Father sees.

FAITH IS IN OUR SPIRIT, BELIEVE IS IN OUR SOUL 

When God speaks, He speaks into our spirit. Therefore faith is only found in our spirit. We have faith because our spirit heard from the Heavenly Father by the Holy Spirit. 

Believe is a verb; an action word. Since it is an action word, it requires the will to make a decision. To believe, we have to enact our will to make a decision to believe. Our spirit will influence the will to make a decision to believe. Hence believing is enacted in our soul. Therefore faith is in our spirit and the act of believing is in our soul.

Do not allow your unrenewed or doubting mind to influence your will into making a decision of not believing. If you allow that to happen, you will slip into doubt and unbelief. Then you will render your faith ineffective and dormant in your spirit. Subsequently you will speak doubt and unbelief which binds you. Alas, this is how people remain bound as they are not able to come out of their crisis and free themselves from bondage.

Rev. Cheong Yew Kwong
Faith Bible Church Singapore
Please visit our website at http://fbcs.org.sg
#goodtoread

Isaiah 46:10 (New Century Version)From the beginning I told you what would happen in the end.A long time ago I told you things that have not yet happened.When I plan something, it happens.What I want to do, I will do.This is a scripture about our Heavenly Father. He is all knowing because He is all seeing; He sees the end from the beginning. What He sees He will show at the right time and in the right place. He will always show you what He sees.On the hill, God saw a teenage boy named David. David’s father sent him to bring the sheep out to graze and while doing this, inevitably sent him to the lion and the bear on the hill. God saw one day he would fight Goliath. The lion and the bear prepared David for battle. God also saw that one day David would be king. In fighting Goliath, God prepared him to be the king of wars.Your life is like David the shepherd boy, David the teenage boy who fought Goliath, and David who became King of Israel. God sees the end from the beginning. God the Father will prepare you for what is to come. God Calls Those Thing That Do Not Exist As Though They DidThe Heavenly Father sees and will speak to show you what is to come. When He does, He is calling those things that do not exist in the world now, as though they already exist. When He shows us things to come, it is not a myth or a presumption.God saw an Abraham and called him out of Mesopotamia, a far country in the north to go into the land of Israel in the south. God called Abraham the father of many nations, when he did not even have a son.Romans 4:17 (NKJV)…God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did …In prayer whenever God the Father shows you things to come, or tells you what you are going to become and what you are going to achieve, He is simply calling those things that do not exist in your life as though they did. Therefore what must you do?Faith Is Hearing What God SeesWhen the Heavenly Father sees and speaks to show you what is to come, and you hear from Him, faith comes into your spirit. You are hearing what the Father is seeing.Romans 10:17 (KJV 1900)So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word [spoken] of God [Christ].God sees and God speaks, and when we hear the spoken word, faith comes. Hence faith comes from hearing what God sees. He sees the end from the beginning. He calls those things He sees that have not come into existence in the natural yet. Actually, we are hearing what God sees. Faith comes when we hear what the Heavenly Father sees. Rev. Cheong Yew KwongFaith Bible Church SingaporePlease visit our website at fbcs.org.sg#goodtoread ... See MoreSee Less

Isaiah 46:10 (New Century Version)From the beginning I told you what would happen in the end.A long time ago I told you things that have not yet happened.When I plan something, it happens.What I want to do, I will do.

This is a scripture about our Heavenly Father. He is all knowing because He is all seeing; He sees the end from the beginning. What He sees He will show at the right time and in the right place. He will always show you what He sees.

On the hill, God saw a teenage boy named David. David’s father sent him to bring the sheep out to graze and while doing this, inevitably sent him to the lion and the bear on the hill. God saw one day he would fight Goliath. The lion and the bear prepared David for battle. God also saw that one day David would be king. In fighting Goliath, God prepared him to be the king of wars.

Your life is like David the shepherd boy, David the teenage boy who fought Goliath, and David who became King of Israel. God sees the end from the beginning. God the Father will prepare you for what is to come. 

God Calls Those Thing That Do Not Exist As Though They Did

The Heavenly Father sees and will speak to show you what is to come. When He does, He is calling those things that do not exist in the world now, as though they already exist. When He shows us things to come, it is not a myth or a presumption.

God saw an Abraham and called him out of Mesopotamia, a far country in the north to go into the land of Israel in the south. God called Abraham the father of many nations, when he did not even have a son.

Romans 4:17 (NKJV)…God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did …

In prayer whenever God the Father shows you things to come, or tells you what you are going to become and what you are going to achieve, He is simply calling those things that do not exist in your life as though they did. Therefore what must you do?

Faith Is Hearing What God Sees

When the Heavenly Father sees and speaks to show you what is to come, and you hear from Him, faith comes into your spirit. You are hearing what the Father is seeing.

Romans 10:17 (KJV 1900)So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word [spoken] of God [Christ].

God sees and God speaks, and when we hear the spoken word, faith comes. Hence faith comes from hearing what God sees. He sees the end from the beginning. He calls those things He sees that have not come into existence in the natural yet. Actually, we are hearing what God sees. Faith comes when we hear what the Heavenly Father sees. 

Rev. Cheong Yew Kwong
Faith Bible Church Singapore
Please visit our website at http://fbcs.org.sg
#goodtoread

The Word of God in the Bible was given and quickened by the Holy Spirit for reproof, for correction, for instruction in what is considered righteous before God. If God is all powerful and He is, then His Word is all powerful to do the impossible. For nothing is impossible with God. The Word is enough to chastise and to turn us around. He does not need to use any form of evil at all. God does not need Satan, the god of evil, to chastise and to correct us, and to turn us around. Satan will not turn us around from wrong doings, instead he will do all he can to get us to continue in the wrong doings and head for destruction.2 Timothy 3:16–17 (NKJV)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.Preaching the Word of God is releasing God into people’s lives; releasing His mighty power. His Word will convince, rebuke and correct, to warn, urge and also encourage. When His Word, empowered by the Holy Spirit, does all that, it is His grace that is being released from His love to do it. 2 Timothy 4:2 (NKJV) Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching.Notice what the Apostle John said about the Father's love. John was the one who wrote that God is love. John also wrote in the gospel of John saying God is Spirit. John said whoever does good is of God because no evil comes out of God. God the Father is love and there is no evil in Him and from Him. The Heavenly Father cannot use evil that is of Satan, to chastise any one on earth. He definitely did not have Satan to afflict Job with evil. Another scripture also reveals the nature of God that contrasts the nature of Satan.3 John 11 (NKJV) Beloved, do not imitate what is evil, but what is good. He who does good is of God, but he who does evil has not seen God.When His Word reproofs, corrects, chastises us then it is the Heavenly Father doing it because the Word is of God the Father. God’s Word is more than enough to reproof us, to correct us, and to chastise us. God the Father of love does not use Satan nor does He use disaster, sickness or death to do it. Only when we refuse His Word of chastisement then will we walk into Satan’s hand of oppression or into the disasters of life that the Father has already seen coming ahead. The Father’s Word is the Father’s love, and when we yield and obey His Word, we will avoid every disaster and tragedy and escape the oppression of the curse of Satan. The Father’s Word is light and it is light unto every step we take as we follow His Word. Therefore how could His light lead us into the curse of darkness? May the Heavenly Father give us wisdom to follow the light of His Word. John 9:5 (NKJV) As long as I am in the world, I [The Word] am the light of the world.”When the light of His Word enters our spirit, it will reproof and correct the darkness that comes into our minds. This is how the Word reproofs and corrects us.Rev. Cheong Yew KwongFaith Bible Church SingaporePlease visit our website at fbcs.org.sg#goodtoread ... See MoreSee Less

The Word of God in the Bible was given and quickened by the Holy Spirit for reproof, for correction, for instruction in what is considered righteous before God. If God is all powerful and He is, then His Word is all powerful to do the impossible. For nothing is impossible with God. The Word is enough to chastise and to turn us around. He does not need to use any form of evil at all. God does not need Satan, the god of evil, to chastise and to correct us, and to turn us around. Satan will not turn us around from wrong doings, instead he will do all he can to get us to continue in the wrong doings and head for destruction.

2 Timothy 3:16–17 (NKJV)
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.

Preaching the Word of God is releasing God into people’s lives; releasing His mighty power. His Word will convince, rebuke and correct, to warn, urge and also encourage. When His Word, empowered by the Holy Spirit, does all that, it is His grace that is being released from His love to do it. 

2 Timothy 4:2 (NKJV) Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching.

Notice what the Apostle John said about the Fathers love. John was the one who wrote that God is love. John also wrote in the gospel of John saying God is Spirit. John said whoever does good is of God because no evil comes out of God. God the Father is love and there is no evil in Him and from Him. The Heavenly Father cannot use evil that is of Satan, to chastise any one on earth. He definitely did not have Satan to afflict Job with evil. Another scripture also reveals the nature of God that contrasts the nature of Satan.

3 John 11 (NKJV) Beloved, do not imitate what is evil, but what is good. He who does good is of God, but he who does evil has not seen God.

When His Word reproofs, corrects, chastises us then it is the Heavenly Father doing it because the Word is of God the Father. God’s Word is more than enough to reproof us, to correct us, and to chastise us. God the Father of love does not use Satan nor does He use disaster, sickness or death to do it. Only when we refuse His Word of chastisement then will we walk into Satan’s hand of oppression or into the disasters of life that the Father has already seen coming ahead. The Father’s Word is the Father’s love, and when we yield and obey His Word, we will avoid every disaster and tragedy and escape the oppression of the curse of Satan. 

The Father’s Word is light and it is light unto every step we take as we follow His Word. Therefore how could His light lead us into the curse of darkness? May the Heavenly Father give us wisdom to follow the light of His Word. 

John 9:5 (NKJV) As long as I am in the world, I [The Word] am the light of the world.”

When the light of His Word enters our spirit, it will reproof and correct the darkness that comes into our minds. This is how the Word reproofs and corrects us.

Rev. Cheong Yew Kwong
Faith Bible Church Singapore
Please visit our website at http://fbcs.org.sg
#goodtoread

Jeremiah 31:34 (NIV)33 “This is the covenant I will make with the people of Israel after that time,” declares the Lord….34 …“For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.”Jeremiah prophesied about the New Covenant and in it God would forgive the wickedness of the people and remember their sins no more. In the New Covenant there are two ways where God remembers our sins no more.1. GOD MADE US A NEW CREATION IN CHRIST2 Corinthians 5:17 (NKJV) Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.When we are born again the old spirit man with its sinful nature passes away; the old life is completely gone so there is nothing to remember. Our spirits are created brand new, we become new creations in Christ. Everything concerning our lives are made new. This is how He remembers our sins no more. The Heavenly Father does not remember our past, so don’t go digging about it because the past life is completely erased.The new spirit man has the righteous and holy nature. God has made us righteous and holy. All the Father sees in us is Jesus’ righteousness and holiness in our spirit man. 2. THE BLOOD OF JESUS CONTINUES TO CLEANSE US1 John 1:7 (NKJV) But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.After we are born again the Holy Spirit of light dwells in us and we are called the children of light. There is no darkness in us (spirit). From then on we do not walk in darkness, but in our spirits we are walking in the light. Our spirits will have fellowship with one another because there is light in our spirits as the blood of Jesus cleanses us from all sin. The word “cleanses" is a present active verb which denotes an action that is still continuing without any sense of completion. Hence after we are born again, His blood continues to cleanse us. That’s the reason why God does not remember our sins any more.The word “cleanses" has the meaning of “purge”. This scripture may read as “purges us from all sin.” Here, sin is a noun and not a verb. A noun is a word that represents something. Therefore the word sin represents the power of the devil that will draw people into committing the act of sinning. A verb is an action word, so here the word “sin" does not mean the act of sinning. So what 1 John 1:7 is saying is that the blood continues to purge us of all the power of the devil or the power of sin that draws us into sinning. The blood of Jesus is the power of Jesus that purges us from the power of the devil or the power of sin. The New Covenant has the power to purge us of all the power of the devil or the power of sin.The Old Covenant did not have the power to purge us of all sin but the New Covenant has.When we are born again all our past sins and the old spirit man with the sinful nature passes away. And the blood of Jesus continues to cleanse or purge us from all the power of sin or the power of the devil. This is how God remembers our sin no more.Rev. Cheong Yew KwongFaith Bible Church SingaporePlease visit our website at fbcs.org.sg#goodtoread ... See MoreSee Less

Jeremiah 31:34 (NIV)
33 “This is the covenant I will make with the people of Israel after that time,” declares the Lord….
34 …“For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.”

Jeremiah prophesied about the New Covenant and in it God would forgive the wickedness of the people and remember their sins no more. In the New Covenant there are two ways where God remembers our sins no more.

1. GOD MADE US A NEW CREATION IN CHRIST

2 Corinthians 5:17 (NKJV) Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

When we are born again the old spirit man with its sinful nature passes away; the old life is completely gone so there is nothing to remember. Our spirits are created brand new, we become new creations in Christ. Everything concerning our lives are made new. This is how He remembers our sins no more. The Heavenly Father does not remember our past, so don’t go digging about it because the past life is completely erased.

The new spirit man has the righteous and holy nature. God has made us righteous and holy. All the Father sees in us is Jesus’ righteousness and holiness in our spirit man. 

2. THE BLOOD OF JESUS CONTINUES TO CLEANSE US

1 John 1:7 (NKJV) But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.

After we are born again the Holy Spirit of light dwells in us and we are called the children of light. There is no darkness in us (spirit). From then on we do not walk in darkness, but in our spirits we are walking in the light. Our spirits will have fellowship with one another because there is light in our spirits as the blood of Jesus cleanses us from all sin. 

The word “cleanses is a present active verb which denotes an action that is still continuing without any sense of completion. Hence after we are born again, His blood continues to cleanse us. That’s the reason why God does not remember our sins any more.

The word “cleanses has the meaning of “purge”. This scripture may read as “purges us from all sin.” Here, sin is a noun and not a verb. A noun is a word that represents something. Therefore the word sin represents the power of the devil that will draw people into committing the act of sinning. A verb is an action word, so here the word “sin does not mean the act of sinning. So what 1 John 1:7 is saying is that the blood continues to purge us of all the power of the devil or the power of sin that draws us into sinning. 

The blood of Jesus is the power of Jesus that purges us from the power of the devil or the power of sin. The New Covenant has the power to purge us of all the power of the devil or the power of sin.

The Old Covenant did not have the power to purge us of all sin but the New Covenant has.

When we are born again all our past sins and the old spirit man with the sinful nature passes away. And the blood of Jesus continues to cleanse or purge us from all the power of sin or the power of the devil. This is how God remembers our sin no more.

Rev. Cheong Yew Kwong
Faith Bible Church Singapore
Please visit our website at http://fbcs.org.sg
#goodtoread

There are four aspects of Righteousness:1. God is the God of Righteousness2. Abraham believed God and it was accounted to him for Righteousness3. Moses gave the nation of Israel the Law of Righteousness4. Christians are made Righteous in ChristCHRISTIANS ARE MADE RIGHTEOUS IN CHRIST2 Corinthians 5:21 (KJV 1900) For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.When we were born again, our spirits were made with the nature of God. The Scriptures termed it as we are made the righteousness in Christ. We studied that righteousness is the character or the quality of being right or just. When we say God is righteous means His character or quality is of being right or just. Likewise we are made the righteousness of God therefore our spirits were made with God’s character or the quality of being right or just. Our spirits are made holy, and only want to do right or just.The Holy Spirit made our spirits holy; we want to be holy. He made us the righteousness of God therefore we want to do right or just. We have the nature of God that want to do what is required of God and do what is right. We have already been made righteous to live righteously. Our spirits want to and are inclined to keep the ways of God. Since we were made holy and righteous, there is no sin in our spirits.1 John 3:9 (NKJV) Whoever has been born of God does not sin, for His seed remains in him; and he cannot sin, because he has been born of God.Our spirits are holy and do not sin because the seed (Jesus) remains in us by the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit. We know Him because He is in us and the power of the Holy Spirit keeps us from sinning. And in the meantime, the blood of Jesus continues to cleanse us from all sin. When we were made righteous, we partook of the nature of God. Our spirits are made with the fulness of the fruit of the spirit. The fulness of His love has been poured into our spirits by the presence of the Holy Spirit in us. Love is mentioned as one of the fruit of the spirit.Romans 5:5 (NKJV) Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.Galatians 5:22–23 (NKJV)22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.As the love of God poured into our spirits is of the fullness, then the other fruit in our spirits are also in its fullness. Righteousness is the way through which the fruit of the spirit, which is the nature of the Heavenly Father, is expressed. It is expressed through our soul (mind, will, emotions). Righteousness is the conduct or quality of being right or just through which the nature of the Father is expressed.We were made righteous from the day we were redeemed through the blood of Jesus and received the forgiveness of sins. Ephesians 1:7 (KJV 1900) In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace …This is a present active verb that signifies we continue to have redemption and forgiveness through His blood. And the apostle John said the same thing about Jesus’ blood.1 John 1:7 (NKJV) But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.We, as children of light, are always in the light and we walk in the light in our spirits. Therefore the blood of Jesus continues to cleanse us. The word “cleanses” is also a present active verb that signifies a continuous action of cleansing. In Christ Jesus, we are made righteous and the blood continues to cleanse us because the Holy Spirit of light dwells in our spirits. Therefore, there is no darkness in us. This is who we are.Rev. Cheong Yew KwongFaith Bible Church SingaporePlease visit our website at fbcs.org.sg#goodtoread ... See MoreSee Less

There are four aspects of Righteousness:
1. God is the God of Righteousness
2. Abraham believed God and it was accounted to him for Righteousness
3. Moses gave the nation of Israel the Law of Righteousness
4. Christians are made Righteous in Christ

CHRISTIANS ARE MADE RIGHTEOUS IN CHRIST

2 Corinthians 5:21 (KJV 1900) For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

When we were born again, our spirits were made with the nature of God. The Scriptures termed it as we are made the righteousness in Christ. We studied that righteousness is the character or the quality of being right or just. When we say God is righteous means His character or quality is of being right or just. Likewise we are made the righteousness of God therefore our spirits were made with God’s character or the quality of being right or just. Our spirits are made holy, and only want to do right or just.

The Holy Spirit made our spirits holy; we want to be holy. He made us the righteousness of God therefore we want to do right or just. We have the nature of God that want to do what is required of God and do what is right. We have already been made righteous to live righteously. Our spirits want to and are inclined to keep the ways of God. Since we were made holy and righteous, there is no sin in our spirits.

1 John 3:9 (NKJV) Whoever has been born of God does not sin, for His seed remains in him; and he cannot sin, because he has been born of God.

Our spirits are holy and do not sin because the seed (Jesus) remains in us by the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit. We know Him because He is in us and the power of the Holy Spirit keeps us from sinning. And in the meantime, the blood of Jesus continues to cleanse us from all sin. 

When we were made righteous, we partook of the nature of God. Our spirits are made with the fulness of the fruit of the spirit. The fulness of His love has been poured into our spirits by the presence of the Holy Spirit in us. Love is mentioned as one of the fruit of the spirit.

Romans 5:5 (NKJV) Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

Galatians 5:22–23 (NKJV)
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 
23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.

As the love of God poured into our spirits is of the fullness, then the other fruit in our spirits are also in its fullness. Righteousness is the way through which the fruit of the spirit, which is the nature of the Heavenly Father, is expressed. It is expressed through our soul (mind, will, emotions). Righteousness is the conduct or quality of being right or just through which the nature of the Father is expressed.

We were made righteous from the day we were redeemed through the blood of Jesus and received the forgiveness of sins. 
 
Ephesians 1:7 (KJV 1900) In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace …

This is a present active verb that signifies we continue to have redemption and forgiveness through His blood. And the apostle John said the same thing about Jesus’ blood.

1 John 1:7 (NKJV) But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.

We, as children of light, are always in the light and we walk in the light in our spirits. Therefore the blood of Jesus continues to cleanse us. The word “cleanses” is also a present active verb that signifies a continuous action of cleansing. 

In Christ Jesus, we are made righteous and the blood continues to cleanse us because the Holy Spirit of light dwells in our spirits. Therefore, there is no darkness in us. This is who we are.

Rev. Cheong Yew Kwong
Faith Bible Church Singapore
Please visit our website at http://fbcs.org.sg
#goodtoread

There are four aspects of Righteousness:1. God is the God of Righteousness2. Abraham believed God and it was accounted to him for Righteousness3. Moses gave the nation of Israel the Law of Righteousness4. Christians are made Righteous in ChristRomans 9:31 (NKJV) but Israel, pursuing the law of righteousness, has not attained to the law of righteousness.The Law of righteousness was given to Israel by Moses. Moses heard from God and received the law of righteousness on Mount Sinai, and it was written down for Israel. Hence Israel was to obey the written law of righteousness. However, this law was not of faith because Israel did not hear from God directly. (Whereas Abraham heard the Word of the Lord himself and believed, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.)Righteousness is a religious concept applied to humans because Israel had entered into a covenantal relationship with God. Because God had chosen Israel, the nation had the covenantal responsibility of fulfilling the terms of the covenant.The Old Testament did not call on the people of Israel to attempt to earn God's favor or to strive to merit God's graces (Psalm 18:1). Indeed, the Old Testament teaches that God's gracious favor had been poured out on the nation in God's choosing of Abraham and his descendants. God acted to establish the covenant and in so doing bestowed salvation on Israel (Exodus 19:1). The law was given as an act of divine mercy to provide Israel with guidelines for keeping the nation's own portion of the covenant (Leviticus 16:1 ; Psalm 40:1). Rather than being a ladder that Israel climbed to get to God, the law was understood to be a divine program for the maintenance of a healthy relationship between Israel and God (Leviticus 16:1). God expected Israel to keep the law not to earn merit but to maintain the status God had already given the nation. As Israel kept the covenant law, the nation was righteous. Thus human righteousness in relation to God was understood as faithful adherence to the law (Leviticus 19:1). Even so, God did not leave humans with the hopelessly impossible task of performing the law perfectly: the law God gave contained provision for atonement through repentance and appropriate acts of contrition (Leviticus 19:1). [Holman Bible Dictionary]God would never have given them the law knowing they could not keep it. God made provision for them in the event they did not keep the law, to bring them back from straying from the ways of God.Psalm 18:21 (NKJV) For I have kept the ways of the Lord, And have not wickedly departed from my God.Righteousness = tsadiyq: is someone who is straight and does not depart from the way of God. The Ancient Hebrews were a nomadic people who traveled a circuit through the wilderness, following the same paths from pasture to pasture, campsite to campsite and watering hole to watering hole. Anyone leaving this path can become lost and wander aimlessly, one who has "departed" from the path.A righteous person is not one who lives a religiously pious life, the common interpretation of this word, he is one who follows the correct path, the path (way) of God. [Jeff A. Benner]The Law of righteousness was to help guide Israel continue on the correct path of God. Rev. Cheong Yew KwongFaith Bible Church SingaporePlease visit our website at fbcs.org.sg#goodtoread ... See MoreSee Less

There are four aspects of Righteousness:
1. God is the God of Righteousness
2. Abraham believed God and it was accounted to him for Righteousness
3. Moses gave the nation of Israel the Law of Righteousness
4. Christians are made Righteous in Christ

Romans 9:31 (NKJV) but Israel, pursuing the law of righteousness, has not attained to the law of righteousness.

The Law of righteousness was given to Israel by Moses. Moses heard from God and received the law of righteousness on Mount Sinai, and it was written down for Israel. Hence Israel was to obey the written law of righteousness. However, this law was not of faith because Israel did not hear from God directly. (Whereas Abraham heard the Word of the Lord himself and believed, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.)

Righteousness is a religious concept applied to humans because Israel had entered into a covenantal relationship with God. Because God had chosen Israel, the nation had the covenantal responsibility of fulfilling the terms of the covenant.

The Old Testament did not call on the people of Israel to attempt to earn Gods favor or to strive to merit Gods graces (Psalm 18:1). Indeed, the Old Testament teaches that Gods gracious favor had been poured out on the nation in Gods choosing of Abraham and his descendants. God acted to establish the covenant and in so doing bestowed salvation on Israel (Exodus 19:1). The law was given as an act of divine mercy to provide Israel with guidelines for keeping the nations own portion of the covenant (Leviticus 16:1 ; Psalm 40:1). Rather than being a ladder that Israel climbed to get to God, the law was understood to be a divine program for the maintenance of a healthy relationship between Israel and God (Leviticus 16:1). God expected Israel to keep the law not to earn merit but to maintain the status God had already given the nation. As Israel kept the covenant law, the nation was righteous. Thus human righteousness in relation to God was understood as faithful adherence to the law (Leviticus 19:1). Even so, God did not leave humans with the hopelessly impossible task of performing the law perfectly: the law God gave contained provision for atonement through repentance and appropriate acts of contrition (Leviticus 19:1). [Holman Bible Dictionary]

God would never have given them the law knowing they could not keep it. God made provision for them in the event they did not keep the law, to bring them back from straying from the ways of God.

Psalm 18:21 (NKJV) For I have kept the ways of the Lord, And have not wickedly departed from my God.

Righteousness = tsadiyq: is someone who is straight and does not depart from the way of God. The Ancient Hebrews were a nomadic people who traveled a circuit through the wilderness, following the same paths from pasture to pasture, campsite to campsite and watering hole to watering hole. Anyone leaving this path can become lost and wander aimlessly, one who has departed from the path.

A righteous person is not one who lives a religiously pious life, the common interpretation of this word, he is one who follows the correct path, the path (way) of God. [Jeff A. Benner]

The Law of righteousness was to help guide Israel continue on the correct path of God. 

 Rev. Cheong Yew Kwong
Faith Bible Church Singapore
Please visit our website at http://fbcs.org.sg
#goodtoread

There are four aspects of Righteousness:1. God is the God of Righteousness2. Abraham believed God and it was accounted to him for Righteousness3. Moses gave the nation of Israel the Law of Righteousness4. Christians are made Righteous in ChristRomans 4:3 (NKJV) For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.”88.13 δικαιοσύνηa, ης f: the act of doing what God requires—‘righteousness, doing what God requires, doing what is right.’ [Louw, J. P., & Nida, E. A. (1996). Greek-English lexicon of the New Testament: based on semantic domains (electronic ed. of the 2nd edition., Vol. 1, p. 743). New York: United Bible Societies.]Another definition of “righteousness” is doing what God requires, doing what is right. Whatever God asks us to do, it is right. The Lord instructed Abraham to leave Mesopotamia but he did not know where he was going. The Lord told Abraham that he would have a son the following year. Then the Lord instructed Abraham to bring his only son whom he loved, to sacrifice him on one of the mountains in Moriah; not telling him exactly which mountain till he reached it after walking for three days. When Abraham heard from the Lord, faith came into his spirit, even though he was not made righteous; he still had a sinful nature. Abraham believed the Word of the Lord that came to him. The Scripture says it was accounted to Abraham for righteousness - this is an accounting term. It means credited to him. In other words, God recorded in the book in heaven that Abraham did what was right because he believed God. So Abraham’s righteousness was of faith; it was credited to him even though his spirit was not made righteous.The process through which righteousness was credited to Abraham was:1. Abraham heard from the Lord. To begin with, every time righteousness was credited to him, it was because he heard from the Lord. Abraham did not hear from someone else; if he did he could not have obeyed. Likewise, we must always position ourselves, place ourselves, and take hold of the opportunities presented to us, to hear from the Heavenly Father. 2. Abraham believed God. It is the grace of God He speaks to us; a spoken Word from the Lord in our spirit is more precious than all the diamonds in our hands. But it is our responsibility to believe what we hear. Rejecting the Word of the Lord is to your own detriment. When we do not believe His Word, faith will be ejected from your spirit. Doubt and unbelief will fill your mind instead when your spirit is void of faith.3. Abraham did what God required of him. Righteousness is doing what is right. Abraham heard and believed the instructions from the Lord, and did what was required and what was right. And he was accounted righteous before the Lord.Righteousness was credited to Abraham and it preserved him for the day of salvation. Rev. Cheong Yew KwongFaith Bible Church SingaporePlease visit our website at fbcs.org.sg#goodtoread ... See MoreSee Less

There are four aspects of Righteousness:
1. God is the God of Righteousness
2. Abraham believed God and it was accounted to him for Righteousness
3. Moses gave the nation of Israel the Law of Righteousness
4. Christians are made Righteous in Christ

Romans 4:3 (NKJV) For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.”

88.13 δικαιοσύνηa, ης f: the act of doing what God requires—‘righteousness, doing what God requires, doing what is right.’  [Louw, J. P., & Nida, E. A. (1996). Greek-English lexicon of the New Testament: based on semantic domains (electronic ed. of the 2nd edition., Vol. 1, p. 743). New York: United Bible Societies.]

Another definition of “righteousness” is doing what God requires, doing what is right. Whatever God asks us to do, it is right. 

The Lord instructed Abraham to leave Mesopotamia but he did not know where he was going. The Lord told Abraham that he would have a son the following year. Then the Lord instructed Abraham to bring his only son whom he loved, to sacrifice him on one of the mountains in Moriah; not telling him exactly which mountain till he reached it after walking for three days. 

When Abraham heard from the Lord, faith came into his spirit, even though he was not made righteous; he still had a sinful nature. Abraham believed the Word of the Lord that came to him. The Scripture says it was accounted to Abraham for righteousness - this is an accounting term. It means credited to him. In other words, God recorded in the book in heaven that Abraham did what was right because he believed God. So Abraham’s righteousness was of faith; it was credited to him even though his spirit was not made righteous.

The process through which righteousness was credited to Abraham was:

1. Abraham heard from the Lord. To begin with, every time righteousness was credited to him, it was because he heard from the Lord. Abraham did not hear from someone else; if he did he could not have obeyed. Likewise, we must always position ourselves, place ourselves, and take hold of the opportunities presented to us, to hear from the Heavenly Father. 

2. Abraham believed God. It is the grace of God He speaks to us; a spoken Word from the Lord in our spirit is more precious than all the diamonds in our hands. But it is our responsibility to believe what we hear. Rejecting the Word of the Lord is to your own detriment. When we do not believe His Word, faith will be ejected from your spirit. Doubt and unbelief will fill your mind instead when your spirit is void of faith.

3. Abraham did what God required of him. Righteousness is doing what is right. Abraham heard and believed the instructions from the Lord, and did what was required and what was right. And he was accounted righteous before the Lord.

Righteousness was credited to Abraham and it preserved him for the day of salvation. 

Rev. Cheong Yew Kwong
Faith Bible Church Singapore
Please visit our website at http://fbcs.org.sg
#goodtoread
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