The True Light
Balangkas: Refers to tribal laws, fears, customs briefly, and that they did not know God. Now the message has come. God is the creator of all. Explains about Satan and evil spirits. God's power and the ultimate end of Satan. Satan's deceptions. God's provision for man's redemption. Application and invitation.
|Bilang ng Talata:||130|
|Tema:||Saviour of Sinful Men; Creation; Satan (the devil); Eternal / everlasting life|
|Antas ng kaalaman:||Simple|
|Kawikaan mula sa Bibliya:||Extensive|
Ang talatang ito ay panimulang gabay para sa pagsasalin at pagrerekord sa ibang mga wika.Dapat ito´y naaangkop sa ibat ibang kultura at mga wika upang ito´y maging makabuluhan sa anumang lugar na pag gagamitan. May ilang mga salita at kaisipan na maaaring mangailangan ng mas malawak na paliwanag o maaaring ipagpaliban ang paggamit para sa ibang mga kultura.
Men, women, listen! For a long time we have listened to the stories of the fathers. We have kept our tribal laws. We have been afraid of the devils. We wailed when our friends died. We did not know God. Now God has sent a message to us. He is calling us to Himself. He is saying, "Come, and we will talk together."
Who is God? God made the earth and sky. He made the first man and the man's wife. God made everything.
God has told us this: In the beginning, all things were good. Afterwards one of the spirits became proud (jealous of God). He turned against God. Many other spirits followed this way. They became evil spirits. The one who first exalted himself is named Satan. Satan is always fighting against God. But God is stronger than Satan and some day He is going to put Satan and all who follow him into the place of punishment. It is a place of fire and pain.
God is good. This devil is wicked. He is a liar. He came down to earth. He tricked (deceived) man. Satan is still tricking man. Listen carefully, or he will snatch away God's Word from you. Hide God's Words in your heart. Do not let anyone stop you from receiving them, because, how can we obey God's laws if we don't know them?
God said to the first people: "Obey My law (commands). If you do not obey My law, you will die." Satan said to them, "You will not die." Satan always tells lies. Man listened to Satan. Man broke God's law. And all people since then have broken God's law. We must all die.
Listen! God is loving. He was sorry for us. He sent His own Son to earth. God's Son, Jesus, came in the body (flesh) of a man (in a human body.) He kept God's law. He lived on this earth but He did no evil. He came to die for us, so that death could not have power over us. For this reason, we need not follow Satan to his place of fire, but we can follow Jesus to His good place. He took the punishment for our wrong doings. He died for us and was buried. But after three days Jesus rose from the dead. He went back to Heaven to live. But He will also put His own Spirit within you, to live, if you receive Him. Then His everlasting life will be in your heart. When your time of death comes, your body will die but your soul will not die. It will live forever with God. (Jesus said, "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No man comes to the Father but by Me.")
My friends, we did not know these things before. We were afraid to die. We were walking in the darkness of our sin. Now God is showing us the good way. You cannot walk on two roads. If you reject Jesus your soul will be lost forever in the place of fire with Satan. You will go there when you die because that is where the road of sin ends. But when you receive Jesus you begin walking on God's good road. At the time of death, God will take you to His good home. You must choose for yourself which way you will go. Jesus said, "Follow Me."