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- A Reading from the First Letter of Paul to Nigerians
A Reading from the First Letter of Paul to NigeriansWritten by Praise Kayode
Paul, an apostle, (not of men, neither by man, but by Jesus Christ, and God the Father, who raised him from the dead) and all the brethren which are with me, unto the churches of Nigeria: Grace be to you and peace from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father: To whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
Having said that; o foolish Nigeria, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth? I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel:
Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. Needless to say, the grace of God maketh no supplications for your hype.For the grace of God hath been given thee freely and it fainteth not in power to keep thee. Yet from amongst you, certain men put the grace of God to shame and put forth their hands into that which is abominable and touch the things which are accursed.
This would I hear of you, that ye seek to appear woke as is the custom of this world. I do not say this out of commandment but if thy wokey manner of conversation causeth ye or thine brethren to stumble; doth thou thinkest that Christ Jesus rejoiceth at this thine wokey manner? It renteth my heart also to behold that some amongst thine brethren thinketh that by works thou couldest attain righteousness to please God. Knoweth ye not that ye are what ye are by grace and not by works, lest any one should boast.
Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh? They therefore that ministereth to you the Spirit, and worketh miracles among you, doeth them this by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?
Nevertheless, I commend thee. For I have heard of your faith and steadfastness in the Lord. I say unto thee, blessed be the Lord thine God who causeth thee to triumph. Continue steadfastly in the manifestation of the gifts which hath been seen within thee, even as the fruits of the Spirit waxeth strong in thee. Strengthen thine brethren and fainteth not, for the glory of the latter shall be better than the former.
And as many as walk according to this rule, peace be on them, and upon Nigeria. From henceforth let no one trouble me: for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus.
Brethren, the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.