By Pastor William F. Kumuyi

He did not want to be seen being schooled in the very spiritual matters he was lord over nor was he ready to stomach the embarra-ssment associated with it.

That was why he went at night. Also, if he refused to accept the truth from Jesus, then he will secret-ively return to his mansion and his followers will not even know that their leader is still searching for the truth.

Kumuyi

I will not follow people who are not sure of their spiritual state because the things that qualifies an individual for heaven is lacking in them. Why are you following such people? You will not follow them anymore. I say you will not follow them again.

Let me take this moment to unravel the sort of things they do.

Luke 11:52 “Woe unto you, lawyers! for ye have taken away the key of knowledge: ye entered not in yoursel-ves, and them that were entering in ye hindered.”

At that time, the Pharisees were called lawyers because they were saddled with the responsibilities of inter-preting the laws of God to the people. They had the monopoly of the teaching of the scriptures and the average people did not have the luxury of owning the Bible nor could they afford to read and or write. They relied on those who had the authority and key to the kingdom of God.

But instead of doing the needful, they ended up hindering the people from having access in-to heaven.

As revealed, spiritual ignorance is very deadly and deadens many from obtaining real salvation and freedom from sin; it has the ability to deafen the ears of the people from hearing the very truth about sal-vation from sin; it also dooms and damns the souls of men into endless eternity.

That is the much reason you need to be careful with the sort of people and places you go to mould your soul, because all that matters, after life on earth, is where you will eventually spend your eternal destiny. If you must avoid the doom, then you have to take frantic effort to get truly born again.

In the course of their conversion, Jesus made some illustrations which Nicodemus seemed not to have a grip on. Due to this reason, Jesus had to use the script-ures, a familiar terrain for the religious leader, to paint the desired picture.

John 3:14 “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:”

John 12:32-33 “And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me. This he said, signifying what death he should die.”

John 3:15-16 “That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that who-soever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

Life is a journey; and this journey of life can be loaded with difficulties, which might result in discouragement. In such a situation, your attitude count most. When the children of Israel were faced with daunting diffi-culties, on their journey to a better life, discouragement took over, and attitudinal problem made them to sin against God, which caused them to pay dearly for it. God handed them the steep price of death because the wages of sin is death.

Numbers 21:4-6 “And they journeyed from mount Hor by the way of the Red Sea, to compass the land of Edom: and the soul of the people was much discourag-ed because of the way.

And the people spake against God, and against Moses, Wherefore have ye brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? for there is no bread, neither is there any water; and our soul loatheth this light bread. And the LORD sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and much people of Israel died.”

However, when they realized that they had sinned, they owned up the fault, approached Moses, the man of God, and confessed their sins as well as pleaded for reprieve from the sentence of death.

Numbers 21:7-9 “Therefore the people came to Moses, and said, We have sinned, for we have spoken against the LORD, and against thee; pray unto the LORD, that he take away the serpents from us. And Moses prayed for the people. And the LORD said unto Moses, Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole: and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live. And Moses made a serpent of brass, and put it upon a pole, and it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived.”

The remedy God provided was for everybody and it was simple enough for everyone to enjoy. All it took was for the afflicted to look up to the direction of the fiery serpent hung on the pole for deliverance; and as many that did it were saved from the pang of death.

Just as they all sinned and the consequences was a poisonous sting of death; likewise, all humanity have sinned and come short of the glory of God and the consequences is that the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus our Lord.

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