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"Do not be unbelieving, but believing"
Summary of sermon by Erlo
Stegen, 12 Apr 2015
|(We were honored that the king of the
Zulus, king Goodwill Zwelithini, visited us. The king gave a touching message that he and
his house will serve the Lord Jesus Christ and strive to do what is right for the nation.
His wish was that his nation would do the same and serve the Lord Jesus Christ and do what
is right. He mentioned what a shame and disgrace it was that governments place human
rights like abortion etc., above the Word of God. He said that at KwaSizabantu he saw how
to serve God practically. We must each one continue to serve God for He has the answer for
mankind. He also prayed publicly for Kenya to be comforted in their loss of 147 university
students who were murdered by Al Shabab.)
Frederick Madondo also gave his testimony before the service. He
was a Muslim, and as a black he hated the whites. He got involved with gangsterism and
drugs, and eventually even murdered and assassinated people to support his lifestyle. He
went to jail and was sent from jail to jail until he ended in Westville prison. After his
release he eventually heard of the Concerned Young People (Umphakathi Okhathazekile) and
came to KwaSizabantu where he received help and deliverance.
The family of the last person that they killed, killed his
brother. But now that he met God he knows that he must forgive and even go back to that
family and ask forgiveness for what he has done. He is now also able to go back to the
jails where he was an inmate and preach the Gospel and tell of the power of God to deliver
a person from sin.
Rom 1:16, "For I am not ashamed of the Gospel, because it is
the power of God unto salvation for everyone who believes ...")
19 Then the same day at evening,
being the first of the sabbaths, when the doors were shut where the disciples were
assembled for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said to them, Peace
20 And when He had said this, He showed them His hands and His side. Then the disciples
were glad when they saw the Lord.
21 Then Jesus said to them again, Peace to you. As My Father has sent Me, even so I send
22 And when He had said this, He breathed on them and said to them, Receive the Holy
23 Of whomever sins you remit, they are remitted to them. Of whomever sins you retain,
they are retained.
24 But Thomas, one of the twelve, called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus came.
25 The other disciples therefore said to him, We have seen the Lord. But he said to them,
Unless I shall see the print of the nails in His hands, and put my finger into the print
of the nails, and thrust my hand into His side, I will not believe.
26 And after eight days the disciples were inside again, and Thomas was with them. Jesus
came, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst and said, Peace to you!
27 Then He said to Thomas, Reach your finger here and behold My hands; and reach your hand
here and thrust it into My side; and do not be unbelieving, but believing.
28 And Thomas answered and said to Him, My Lord and my God!
29 Jesus said to him, Thomas, because you have seen Me you have believed. Blessed are they
who have not seen and have believed.
30 And truly Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not
written in this book.
31 But these are written so that you might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of
God, and that believing you might have life in His name.
This is a great matter indeed! The disciples were in the room at
night, behind a locked door for fear of the Jews. Suddenly Jesus was among them saying,
"Peace be with you". Jesus needs no key to enter the room. Even if theres
no door, He can go right through the wall. Then He showed them His hands and feet.
Youve heard how his majesty said unashamedly that Jesus is
His Lord before the whole world. Jesus said that he who is ashamed of Me, of him I will be
ashamed before the Father and His holy angels (Luke 9:26).
A certain very prominent judge in Germany has said that if all the
evidence and witnesses in the Bible be judged in a court of law, the verdict would be
clear that indeed Jesus had risen from the dead! If you refuse to believe after all the
evidence had been laid out before you, no wonder that your condemnation in hell will be
When Jesus had said this He breathed upon them saying ,
"receive the Holy Spirit". It reminds one when Adam was just clay, and God
breathed on the dead body and Adam became a living soul! Note that Jesus said this before
Pentecost, for they needed the Holy Spirit to understand what He was about to say to them
that, "if they forgive the sins of any they are forgiven and if they retain the sin
of any it will be retained". Now the intent of the Greek is rather, that which you
forgive has been forgiven in heaven. It starts in heaven. Like the preacher who went to a
bunch of prostitutes and drunkards, laying hands on them and declaring their sins
forgiven. When he left they went straight back to their sins. There was no contrite and
broken spirit asking God for forgiveness. It was just a circus. Once your sins are
forgiven you must also go back and make right with those whom youve wronged. What
does it help if a disciple of the Lord Jesus declares a person forgiven but that person is
not forgiven in heaven, or vice versa? Gods child must be in constant communion with
heaven to know the mind of God on a matter.
There are those who commit adultery and say that David also
sinned. They dance for joy at Davids sin but forget his deep repentance and that he
never returned to his sin again.
When Jesus said this about forgiving sins He had given them His
Holy Spirit. They had the mind of heaven, and werent doing their own thing. They
were one with heaven and in communion with God.
The prophet Nathan was in communion with God in heaven, and when
God forgave David he knew it and passed the message to David. Never again do we read that
he sinned with a woman. Even when he was old, and couldnt get warm again, his
servants looked for the most beautiful girl they could find to keep him warm. Yet even
there David didnt touch her (1Ki 1:4). He was indeed forgiven and victorious over
At first Thomas said that he wont believe unless he put his
hand in the hands and side of Jesus. But when Jesus revealed Himself to Thomas, he fell
down and worshiped Him. We people always want to see to believe, but Jesus said that
blessed is the one who doesnt see but yet believe. Some claim that they will never
believe in Jesus unless an angel from heaven comes down and reveals Him to them. That is a
disease from hell and you will be left in your unbelief. Gods word and evidence is
sufficient. You are blessed if you believe having received His Word.