GOODNESS is the Result of Imitating Our Lord Jesus Christ

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Topic: Fruit of the Holy Spirit & God’s Promises for All Our every Needs

Love God, Love People, and Make Disciples,

Pastor Elias Aguilar Busuego Jr PhD DTM

Founding Pastor – Home Fellowship Churches – https://homefellowshipchurches.org

The Fruit of the HOLY SPIRIT

Podcast Episode: The Fruit of the HOLY SPIRIT – GOODNESS #4

“But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: LOVE, JOY, PEACE, PATIENCE, KINDNESS, GOODNESS, FAITHFULNESS, GENTLENESS, AND SELF-CONTROL. There is no law against these things.” [Galatians 5:22-23 NLT]

We need to understand that love is the first characteristic of the fruit of the Holy Spirit. It is well placed at the head of the list, for it permeates all the rest of the attributes. Somehow, if we live a life of love, the other virtues will attend us all the days of our lives. Love is the key that unlocks the entire fruit basket of Galatians 5:22-23, as well as permeating 1 Corinthians 13.

Podcast – Goodness #4

The Manifestation of the HOLY SPIRIT is on FIRE!

Living In the Light

In Ephesians 5:1-2 NLT says, “1 Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are His dear children. 2 Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ. He loved us and offered Himself as a sacrifice for us, a pleasing aroma to God.”

Just as children imitate their parents, we should follow God’s example. His great love for us led Him to sacrifice Himself so that we might live. Our love for others should be of the same kind – a love that goes beyond affection to self-sacrificing service.

Just as children imitate their parents, believers should follow God’s example. His great love for us led Him to sacrifice His Son so that we might live. We can do that by following His example in our Lord Jesus Christ, emulating His attributes in our lives (see 1 Peter 2:21).

How we live our lives should be characterized by our oneness with our Lord Jesus Christ. Paul explained that we are to live a life filled with love for others. Our love for others should be of the same kind that our Lord Jesus Christ showed to us – an agape love that goes beyond affection to self-sacrificing service.

Our Lord Jesus Christ loved us so much that He gave Himself as a sacrifice to take away our sins. Our Lord Jesus Christ gave Himself in death as a sacrifice on our behalf. The sweet perfume relates to the acceptability of the sacrifice. God was not bound to accept any offering (Genesis 4:5); He did so only on the basis of the attitude of the giver. This focuses on God’s pleasure with our Lord Jesus Christ’s sacrifice. Because God accepted our Lord Jesus Christ’s sacrifice, we who believe are acceptable to God. Because of this, our love ought to also be self-sacrificial. Our Lord Jesus Christ had told His disciples, “Love each other in the same way that I love you” (John 15:12).

In Philippians 2:6-7, he says that our Lord Jesus Christ emptied Himself of His divine prerogatives in order to become one of us. He emptied Himself of His cosmic power and omnipresence. He poured out His thunderbolt-Jehovah self to become both God and man. The emptying process resulted in our Lord Jesus Christ’s incarnation – He became flesh and blood (John 1:1, 14) for the purpose of redeeming us.

How are we to imitate the grand actions of our Lord Jesus Christ? How can we imitate the ultimate goodness that affected all people in all generations? Perhaps it is a start to pour our lives for others – to show goodness to those around us. Perhaps, at the same time, we will be pouring out self-will and petty ambition. Perhaps, in this process, we will imitate something of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen!

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Encouragement During Persecution

In 2 Thessalonians 1:3-12 NLT says, “3 Dear brothers and sisters, we can’t help but thank God for you, because your faith is flourishing and your love for one another is growing. 4 We proudly tell God’s other churches about your endurance and faithfulness in all the persecutions and hardships you are suffering. 5 And God will use this persecution to show His justice and to make you worthy of His Kingdom, for which you are suffering. 6 In His justice He will pay back those who persecute you. 7 And God will provide rest for you who are being persecuted and also for us when the Lord Jesus appears from heaven. He will come with His mighty angels, 8 in flaming fire, bringing judgment on those who don’t know God and on those who refuse to obey the Good News of our Lord Jesus. 9 They will be punished with eternal destruction, forever separated from the Lord and from His glorious power. 10 When He comes on that day, He will receive glory from His holy people – praise from all who believe. And this includes you, for you believed what we told you about Him. 11 So we keep on praying for you, asking our God to enable you to live a life worthy of His call. May He give you the power to accomplish all the good things your faith prompts you to do. 12 Then the name of our Lord Jesus will be honored because of the way you live, and you will be honored along with Him. This is all made possible because of the grace of our God and our Lord Jesus Christ.”

As Born-Again Christians, our calling from God is to become like our Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 8:29). This is a gradual, lifelong process that will be completed when we see our Lord Jesus Christ face to face (1 John 3:2). To be “worthy” of this calling means to want to do what is right and good (as Jesus Christ would). We aren’t perfect yet, but we’re moving in that direction as God works in us.

Paul had prayed that the Thessalonians’ faith would deepen and that their love would grow and overflow (1 Thessalonians 3:10, 12; 4:10). In the months since he had last written them, Paul could see that their faith was flourishing and they were all growing in love for each other. That was quite a testament to the faith of these believers – especially considering the persecution they continued to endure (2 Thessalonians 1:4; 1 Thessalonians 1:6). No wonder Paul always thanked God in his prayers for these believers, knowing that such thanksgiving was right. Paul was not flattering them; the praise he gave them, both in the last letter (1 Thessalonians 1:4-10) and here, was sincere. God had truly been working in these believers’ lives.

Apparently, it was not Paul’s pattern to proudly tell God’s other churches about one group of believers in order to boast about certain characteristics. In the case of the Thessalonians, however, Paul sang their praises, just as others had already been doing (1 Thessalonians 1:7-10).


The word hupomone, translated endurance, is the same word used in 1 Thessalonians 1:3. It pictures not passive acceptance in the face of difficulty, but active strength against it, exhibited by faithfulness. The Thessalonian believers remained faithful to God even in all the persecutions and hardships they were suffering. Paul had been persecuted during his first visit to Thessalonica (Acts 17:5-9). No doubt those who had responded to his message and had become Christians were continuing to face persecution.

In Verses 5-6 describe persecution and suffering are unavoidable for those who want to follow our Lord Jesus Christ (see John 15:20-21). Therefore, the fact that the Thessalonians were being allowed to suffer for their faith, and the fact that in doing so their faith, love, and hope were increasing and strengthening (2 Thessalonians 1:3-4) was evidence that God was using this persecution to show His justice.

Through suffering, God’s people are strengthened. In suffering, we can remember that we would be made worthy of His Kingdom. Suffering is not a prerequisite to salvation, but suffering and subsequent faithfulness through suffering shows God’s work in believers’ lives and thus their worthiness for His Kingdom.

Sufferings also set up the perpetrators for punishment. In His justice, God will punish those who were persecuting them. God will act with complete justice when He punishes sinners. God will see to it that those who inflicted persecution and suffering will themselves receive much worse.

In 2 Thessalonians 1:7-8 describe that not only will God punish the evildoers, but He will also provide rest for those who were being persecuted. Paul placed himself and his companions along with the Thessalonian believers as people who needed “rest” from God. There are two dimensions of this “rest.” Believers can be relieved in knowing that their sufferings are strengthening them, making them ready for our Lord Jesus Christ’s Kingdom (2 Thessalonians 1:5). They can also be relieved to know that all wrongs will be righted when God’s final judgment is executed.

So, when will this happen? While those enduring suffering would wish for a quick judgment, it may be that the payback does not occur in this life. But this will happen for sure when our Lord Jesus Christ appears from heaven. The flaming fire is a picture of God’s holy presence (Exodus 13:21; Deuteronomy 4:12, 24; Isaiah 66:15; Revelation 1:13-14), and the mighty angels are also described in Matthew 25:31; 1 Thessalonians 3:13; Revelation 5:11; 12:7.

When our Lord Jesus Christ returns, He will bring judgment on those who don’t know God and on those who refuse to obey the Good News. The act of punishment belongs to God alone; He will deliver the vengeance that sinners deserve.

In Verses 9-10 describe that Paul has explained when and who will be punished; this passage explains what that judgment will be. They will be punished with everlasting destruction, forever separated from the Lord. The word “punished” pictures what God will do to those who have been rebellious. At our Lord Jesus Christ’s return, there will only be two groups of people. Those who belong to Him and those who do not.

Our Lord Jesus Christ told a parable about this; it is recorded in Matthew 25:31-46. There are no gray areas in God’s judgment. Those who have not identified with our Lord Jesus Christ and confessed Him as Lord will have no hope, no second chance, no other appeal (see 1 Thessalonians 5:3).

The place of eternal destruction means eternal separation from God – being “separated” from His presence. The unbelievers will be banned or excluded from the presence of God, who is the Source of life. It is banishment from God – just what rebels deserve.

The believers, persecuted and weak as they may be, however, have the Lord and His glorious power on their side. The power of the oppressors is meaningless when compared to the mighty power of God.

When our Lord Jesus Christ returns, He will receive glory and praise from His holy people. The day of grief for the rebellious will be a day of celebration for believers. The Thessalonian believers would be among those praising Him on that day – as will everyone across the ages who has believed the message of salvation in our Lord Jesus Christ.

In 2 Thessalonians 1:11-12 describe Paul and his coworkers kept on praying for the Thessalonian believers, just as Paul prayed for all the churches. Although the promise of future glory is sure, believers still have a battle here on earth and the need for constant prayer from fellow believers.

What were Paul and his coworkers praying for? First, that God would make them worthy of the life to which He called them. To be made “worthy” has the same meaning here as it did in 2 Thessalonians 1:5. Salvation is sure, but the prospect of the glorious future should be an incentive to holy living – and Born-Again Christian believers will need one another’s support and prayers as they seek to live out their faith.

The “calling” from God is that His people become like our Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 8:29). This calling is a gradual, lifelong process that will be completed when we see our Lord Jesus Christ face to face (1 John 3:2). To be worthy of this calling means to want to do what is right and good.

Second, they were praying that God would fulfill all their good intentions and faithful deeds so that everyone will give honor to our Lord Jesus Christ. The ultimate goal of all believers ought to be to glorify Jesus Christ through their actions, words, thoughts, and motives. When believers live to honor Jesus Christ, Jesus Christ is honored in them.

This can happen because of the undeserved favor of our God and Lord, Jesus Christ. We as Born-Again Christian believers cannot show our Lord Jesus Christ’s glory or be glorified in Him because of anything we can do – it is only because of God’s grace. Only by God’s grace did our Lord Jesus Christ come to die for sinners; only by God’s grace can people receive His sacrifice and be saved from their sins.

We are called by God to fulfill a purpose. What an incredible feeling for any Born-Again Christian believers – to know that we are called to good. When our Lord Jesus Christ is glorified in us, when we live our lives for Him, we are fulfilling the great purposes of God. We are living out our goodness in our lives. Amen!

The Descendants of Abraham to Jared and Enoch

In Genesis 5:18-24 NLT says, “18 When Jared was 162 years old, he became the father of Enoch. 19 After the birth of Enoch, Jared lived another 800 years, and he had other sons and daughters. 20 Jared lived 962 years, and then he died.
21 When Enoch was 65 years old, he became the father of Methuselah. 22 After the birth of Methuselah, Enoch lived in close fellowship with God for another 300 years, and he had other sons and daughters. 23 Enoch lived 365 years, 24 walking in close fellowship with God. Then one day he disappeared, because God took him.”

Why are genealogies included in the Bible? The Hebrew people passed on their beliefs through oral tradition. For many years in many places, writing was primitive or nonexistent. Stories were told to children who passed them on to their children. Genealogies gave a skeletal outline that helped people remember the stories. For centuries these genealogies were added to and passed down from family to family.

Even more important than preserving family tradition, genealogies were included to confirm the Bible’s promise that the coming Messiah, our Lord Jesus Christ, would be born into the line of Abraham.

Genealogies point out an interesting characteristic of God. People are important to Him as individuals, not just as races or nations. Therefore, God refers to people by name, mentioning their life span and descendants. The next time you feel overwhelmed in a vast crowd, remember that the focus of God’s attention and love is on the individual – and on you!

Enoch had a relatively short life compared to Methuselah, but the Scriptures note that he walked with God. Goodness is always the result of walking with God. “Enoch walked with God” and “then he was no more, because God took him away.” He was “ruptured” – snatched away – because of his closeness to God. The walk of faith with our Lord Jesus Christ is an inherent delight – an ecstasy, joy, happiness, excitement, or pleasure that may very well culminate, end, or terminate in rapture.

Our relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ is also a walk. How good are we at it? Is there anything that Enoch could teach us? So, Brethren, let’s walk with God until the time, in His time, we will then be with the Lord on rapture forever! Amen!

Elijah Taken to Heaven

In 2 Kings 2:1-15 NLT says, “1 When the Lord was about to take Elijah up to heaven in a whirlwind, Elijah and Elisha were traveling from Gilgal. 2 And Elijah said to Elisha, “Stay here, for the Lord has told me to go to Bethel.” But Elisha replied, “As surely as the Lord lives and you yourself live, I will never leave you!” So, they went down together to Bethel. 3 The group of prophets from Bethel came to Elisha and asked him, “Did you know that the Lord is going to take your master away from you today?” “Of course, I know,” Elisha answered. “But be quiet about it.” 4 Then Elijah said to Elisha, “Stay here, for the Lord has told me to go to Jericho.” But Elisha replied again, “As surely as the Lord lives and you yourself live, I will never leave you.” So, they went on together to Jericho. 5 Then the group of prophets from Jericho came to Elisha and asked him, “Did you know that the Lord is going to take your master away from you today?” “Of course, I know,” Elisha answered. “But be quiet about it.” 6 Then Elijah said to Elisha, “Stay here, for the Lord has told me to go to the Jordan River.” But again, Elisha replied, “As surely as the Lord lives and you yourself live, I will never leave you.” So, they went on together. 7 Fifty men from the group of prophets also went and watched from a distance as Elijah and Elisha stopped beside the Jordan River. 8 Then Elijah folded his cloak together and struck the water with it. The river divided, and the two of them went across on dry ground! 9 When they came to the other side, Elijah said to Elisha, “Tell me what I can do for you before I am taken away.” And Elisha replied, “Please let me inherit a double share of your spirit and become your successor.” 10 “You have asked a difficult thing,” Elijah replied. “If you see me when I am taken from you, then you will get your request. But if not, then you won’t.” 11 As they were walking along and talking, suddenly a chariot of fire appeared, drawn by horses of fire. It drove between the two men, separating them, and Elijah was carried by a whirlwind into heaven. 12 Elisha saw it and cried out, “My father! My father! I see the chariots and charioteers of Israel!” And as they disappeared from sight, Elisha tore his clothes in distress. 13 Elisha picked up Elijah’s cloak, which had fallen when he was taken up. Then Elisha returned to the bank of the Jordan River. 14 He struck the water with Elijah’s cloak and cried out, “Where is the Lord, the God of Elijah?” Then the river divided, and Elisha went across. 15 When the group of prophets from Jericho saw from a distance what happened, they exclaimed, “Elijah’s spirit rests upon Elisha!” And they went to meet him and bowed to the ground before him.”

Elijah’s cloak was a symbol of his authority as a prophet. Elijah was taken to heaven without dying. He is the second person mentioned in Scripture to do so. Enoch was the first (Genesis 5:21-24). The other prophets may not have seen God take Elijah, or they may have had a difficult time believing what they saw. In either case, they wanted to search for Elijah (2 Kings 2:16-18). Finding no physical trace of him would confirm what had happened and strengthen their faith. The only other person taken to heaven in bodily form was our Lord Jesus Christ after His resurrection from the dead (Acts 1:9).

Elisha asked to be Elijah’s “rightful successor” (that is, he asked for a double portion of Elijah’s spirit). Deuteronomy 21:17 helps explain Elisha’s request. According to custom, the firstborn son received a double portion of the father’s inheritance (see Genesis 25:31). He was asking to be Elijah’s successor, or heir, the one who would continue Elijah’s work as leader of the prophets. But the decision to grant Elisha’s request was up to God. Elijah only told him how he would know if his request had been granted.

There were three incidents of testimonies to Elisha’s commission as a prophet of God. They are recorded to demonstrate Elisha’s new power and authority as Israel’s chief prophet under God’s ultimate power and authority. God granted Elisha’s request because Elisha’s motives were pure. His main goal was not to be better or more powerful than Elijah, but to accomplish more for God.

If our motives are pure, we don’t have to be afraid to ask great things from God. When we ask God for great power or ability, we need to examine our desires and get rid of any selfishness we find. To have the Holy Spirit’s help, we must be willing to ask.

Elisha modeled his life after his friend and mentor, Elijah. How do we determine the person we will become? Who will we model ourselves after? In ministering to others, there is no greater example to follow than that of the one who was the friend of the poor and humble – JESUS CHRIST our Lord and our God. Amen!

Who is the person we are trying to become? Who is the person we would most like to be like? Could it be JESUS CHRIST? Imitating our Lord Jesus Christ will produce a life of goodness. Let’s study Him. Learn how He lived. Learn how He ministered to others. Learn how He died and why He died.

Then as we study our Lord Jesus Christ, let’s imitate Him. Be prepared for a life of goodness and usefulness to others. Amen!

Our Lord Jesus Christ Chooses the Twelve Apostles

In Luke 6:12 NLT says, “12 One day soon afterward Jesus went up on a mountain to pray, and He prayed to God all night.

The Gospel writers note that before every important event in our Lord Jesus Christ’s life, He took time to go off by Himself and pray. This time our Lord Jesus Christ was preparing to choose His inner circle, the 12 apostles.

Our Lord Jesus Christ’s enemies had revealed their stubborn hearts and refusal to see Him for who He was; His ministry was increasing as people crowded in to hear Him. Our Lord Jesus Christ knew that He would not be long on the earth, so the continuing task of spreading the Good News of the Kingdom would be entrusted to a group of human beings whom He must choose. This was a daunting task and our Lord Jesus Christ needed the Father’s help.

So, our Lord Jesus Christ went to a mountain to pray, and He prayed to God all night. This was not a quick call for help while our Lord Jesus Christ followed His instincts; this was an intense conversation as our Lord Jesus Christ sought His Father’s guidance in this supremely important task.

Our Lord Jesus Christ prayed all night and, by His example, He gives us an illustration of personal worship – one well worth imitating. Would it not be wonderful to say that our spiritual director was our Lord Jesus Christ? But why did He spend the entire night in prayer? He was hungry for relationship with His Father and eager to know and pursue His Father’s will. May these two things be said of our prayer life as well.

Our personal adoration of our Lord Jesus Christ will require that we pray, not because we feel an obligation to pray, but because we are in love with our Lord Jesus Christ and strive to imitate His life and goodness. As our LORD has taught us, let our personal worship master this simplicity.

Lessons learned from our Lord Jesus Christ – Make sure that all our important decisions are grounded in prayer. Amen!

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Now, let’s talk about “Prayer and “Salvation”.

Prayer is the key that unlocks and reveals faith. Effective prayer needs both an attitude of complete dependence and the action of asking. Prayer demonstrates complete reliance on God. Thus, there is no substitute for prayer, especially in situations that seem impossible.

So, let our hearts and minds in tune with God, in the power of God, the Holy Spirit. Let’s continuously and persistently pray for God’s perfect will be done. We as Born-Again Christians have been tried and cleansed, we have moved freely into a relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ that is more powerful than it was before our trials. We are at home in the presence and fellowship of God, for we are heirs with our Lord Jesus Christ, more like Him that we could ever have dreamed possible. So, let’s continuously and persistently pray for God’s perfect will be done. Amen!


The principle is that no one has anything of value to bring to God in order to deserve salvation, mercy, justification, or even a second glance from God. The proud will be humbled, but the humble will be honored. Acceptance before God cannot be achieved by good deeds, piety, or any amount of self-proclaimed righteousness.

Let’s never get over the effect of God’s saving transformation on people’s lives. People who were lost in sin, filled with anger and bitterness, give up their hatred and become approachable as we have studied and learned last time. That is, of course, why we minister to others. Those of us who minister are not people to whom (fruit of the Holy Spirit) love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control comes naturally. We are people who have been remodeled by grace. We thankfully leave our old natures far behind as we embrace the fruit of the Holy Spirit (Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control, the first of the list > agape love of God, and in our treatment of others. Amen!

Sunday by Sunday as we come to worship, let me encourage our brothers – and sisters-in-Christ, and I want my readers and listeners to be both strong in the faith and sensitive to others’ needs. Because all, we as Born-Again Christian believers are strong in certain areas and weak in others. We constantly need to monitor the effects of our behavior on others.

In these GOODNESS Series of Podcast, we will learn the following PURPOSES of this fruit of the HOLY SPIRIT:

  • We just learned to care how God feels about our morality
  • Received and to have the desire for holiness
  • Knew that God implanted righteousness into our lives through our Lord Jesus Christ
  • Learned to imitate Christ
  • To be contented with God’s commandments

On every Podcast, I always have three (3) questions we can answer from only these two (2) Sources: The Bible and the Guidance of the Holy Spirit. The following are:

First is about our > Observation: What do these passages or Scriptures say to you?

Second is about our own > Interpretation: What do these passages or Scriptures mean to you?

Third is about how we can apply > Application: How do the meaning of these passages or Scriptures apply to you or to your situation?

If you are not sure that you are Born-Again Christian believer or you have relatives, loved ones, friends, neighbors, and people in your circle of influence, please take a look and/or guide them to one of our ministries, “An Invitation to Meet Our Lord Jesus Christ” at https://homefellowshipchurches.org/an-invitation-to-meet-our-lord-jesus-christ/

Let’s give an opportunity for the lost souls to experience on being Born-Again Christian as explained by our Lord Jesus Christ in the book of John 3 in the New Testament of the Bible.

It is as simple as A, B, & C > Admit, Believe, & Confess. All Born-Again Christian believers prayed this simple prayer, we called “Sinner’s Prayer”

“Father God, I come to you in the name of Jesus Christ. I acknowledge and admit that I am a sinner and I need a Savior. I believe and have faith in Jesus Christ who was born of Virgin Mary, died on the Cross for the penalty of my sins, and rose again that I may have the eternal life. I confess and declare Jesus Christ as my personal Savior and Lord of my life. Please comfort, guide, and help me Holy Spirit to live and grow in my spiritual life according to Your Words, purpose, and perfect will of God, in my Lord Jesus Christ name, Amen!”

If you prayed this, “Sinner’s Prayer” sincerely in your heart, you are Born-Again Christian believer. However, you are a spiritual baby who needs to grow up. (See 1 Peter 2:2). You need to find a church or fellowship to grow spiritually. We are glad to establish or bring the fellowship to your own home if it is safer.

Now, let me pray for all of you:

Father God, we come into your presence in our Lord Jesus Christ name, and in the power of the Holy Spirit. Thank you, Lord Jesus Christ for Your agape love and forgiveness you have done on the Cross of Calvary, and continue to intercede for us in prayer. Thank you, Holy Spirit as our Helper and Comforter. Thank you for the wisdom, knowledge, understanding, courage and strength. We cling, yield, plug-in and tune-in to you Holy Spirit to help us understand God’s Words, obey them, receive Your divine revelation, know the Truth that sets us free, and apply them in our lives, in our Lord Jesus Christ name, Amen!”

Let’s praise and worship God in Spirit and in Truth. Give all thanks to God for all answered prayers.

Please send your > Praise Reports (answered prayers) and New Prayer Requests via email to: trinityblessings@homefellowshipchurches.org. God bless you all and our families!

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A Message to be Blessed:

A Call to Repentance and Be Blessed

In Malachi 3:7-15 AMPC says, “7 Ever since the days of your ancestors, you have scorned my decrees and failed to obey them. Now return to me, and I will return to you,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. “But you ask, ‘How can we return when we have never gone away?’ 8 “Should people cheat God? Yet you have cheated me! “But you ask, ‘What do you mean? When did we ever cheat you?’ “You have cheated me of the tithes and offerings due to me. 9 You are under a curse, for your whole nation has been cheating me. 10 Bring all the tithes (the whole tenth of your income) into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house, and prove Me now by it”, says the Lord of hosts, “if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.” [Malachi 2:2.] 11 “And I will rebuke the devourer (insects and plagues) for your sakes and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground, neither shall your vine drop its fruits before the time in the field,” says the Lord of hosts. 12 “And all nations shall call you happy and blessed, for you shall be a land of delight”, says the Lord of hosts.

If the people would obey God, giving as they should, God would flood His people with blessings. There would be an overabundance of God’s blessing if He was given what He requested.

Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse – See 2 Chronicles 31:11; cf. 1 Chronicles 26:20; Nehemiah 10:38; 13:5, 12. If the temple storehouses were empty, it was the people’s fault. God had already blessed them with enough to give a little back to Him.

Instead of destroying our crops (blessings), God would make them come in greater abundance than we had ever imagined possible (Amos 4:9; Haggai 2:19; Zechariah 8:12). The devourer – probably referring to locusts, though the word here is general in meaning (Baldwin). In the Near East, locust swarms are known for their ability to damage huge tracts of agricultural land (see note on Joel 1:4).

A delightsome land – All of the blessings promised to Jacob would come to pass if the people would obey God (Deuteronomy 33:29; Zechariah 8:13). Their land would be a delight to all who saw it (Daniel 8:9).

The problem in Malachi 3:7-12 was the people’s departure from God as reflected by their neglect of tithes and offerings. Two annual tithes were required according to Israelite law – one for the Levites (Leviticus 27:30; Numbers 18:21), and one to be used in worship at the annual feasts in Jerusalem (Deuteronomy 14:22). A tithe was required every three years to provide for the needs of the poor (Deuteronomy 14:28-29). There is debate as to whether this tithe for the poor was in addition to or served as a substitute for the tithe used in worship.


The New Testament pattern for tithing is proportionate giving – a person is to give “in relation to what you have earned” (1 Corinthians 16:2). Certainly a tithe should be given proportionate to one’s wealth, but not all proportionate giving is a tithe.


The anticipation of blessing for obedience to God’s command to tithe was based on the Mosaic covenant, which promised blessings for obedience and curses for disobedience (Malachi 3:10; cf. Deuteronomy 28:15-68). Generally, God will meet the needs of His own people (Psalm 34:9-10; Philippians 4:19), but that is not an unconditional guarantee. There certainly were and are exceptions. Yet, where God chooses not to provide physically, He gives sufficient grace to go without (2 Corinthians 12:9).


The problem in Malachi 3:14-15 was that the people were guilty of arrogant words against God. They were saying, “There is no prophet who is serving God,” and “God is not concerned about justice.” God responded by showing that He did distinguish between the wicked and the righteous. The righteous would be blessed, and the wicked would be judged.

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