Gain and Loss

The idea of gain or loss is of paramount importance to a man (mankind, woman and child included), a worldly man, a secular man, an earthly man – a sinful man. Another concept related to this idea of gain or loss is self-interest. Self-interest is whatever that has impact on a human being positively or negatively. For example, it is in your self-interest to make a profit in your business and avoid a loss. It is in your self-interest to be industrious when you are young so that you will not regret when you are old. If you do not save for your retirement, do you expect the bankrupt government with huge deficits and big debt is going to take care of you? Another example, it is in the interest of all mankind to protect the environment. If you cut down the tree for firewood, a bare mountain is going to cause landslide and flood. Proliferation of private cars is the doom and destruction of any nation. Cars bring air pollution, land pollution, water pollution, accidents and casualties, car thefts and insurance fraud, the high cost of gasoline that enriches OPEC and oil companies, and a series of car-related crimes. If you let hordes of goats to eat and uproot grassland, you are going to turn the grassland into a desert. These considerations are the basis of politics, economics, finance, trade, investment, etc. 

Jer 6:13,“For from the least of them even to the greatest of them, everyone is greedy for gain, and from the prophet even to the priest everyone deals falsely.”

Note: To be greedy for gain in Hebrew is batsa` which means to be covetous, gain by unrighteous violence, gain wrongfully or by violence, to violently make gain of, to get unjust gain; - it occurs 16 times in the Old Testament. To deal falsely is to deceive, defraud and rob people. Wall Street dealt falsely and looted the world more than $50 trillion in the 2008 economic and financial crisis Wall Street executives and bankers created. Politicians and lawmakers and officials deal falsely because they are bought and corrupted by special interests. Doctors and hospital owners, drug and insurance companies, labs and medical suppliers, etc. deal falsely because they commit predatory practices and fraudulent and excessive billings. Corporations and businesses deal falsely by making false claims and blackmail the innocent.

Jer 8:10,“Therefore I will give their wives to others, their fields to new owners; because from the least even to the greatest everyone is greedy for gain; from the prophet even to the priest everyone practices deceit.”

Deceit in Hebrew is sheqer which means lie, deception, disappointment, falsehood, fraud, wrong, falsehood, vanity; - it occurs 113 times in the Old Testament. American leaders using democracy, freedom, human right, rule of law, security, etc. to practice deceit, what they do is to seek absolute military supremacy in order to rule the world. Politicians and lawmakers who use public funds to benefit and enrich themselves and their associates practice deceit. Businesses and industries that manufacture fake and contaminated drugs, drinks and food for profits practice deceit.

Jer 22:17,“But your eyes and your heart are intent only upon your own dishonest gain, and on shedding innocent blood and on practicing oppression and extortion.”

Note: Oppression in Hebrew is `osheq which means extortion, injury, keeping down by force, spoliation; - it occurs 15 times in the Old Testament. Extortion in Hebrew is mĕrutsah which means crushing, oppression of the poor, gain by threats or abuse of power; - it occurs only once in the Old Testament. Your eyes and your hearts reveal what you are up to. What you seek reveals what and who you are.

As human beings are eager for gain and seek self-interest, consequently man becomes greedy. Greed is the root of all evils. The Scriptures cited above fitly describe the American society. In America from the least even to the greatest everyone is greedy for gain. From Wall Street, Washington and Hollywood everyone practices deceit. Since the end of World War II the leaders of America have been shedding innocent blood and practicing oppression of China and others and extortion by sanctions. 

Roughly there are two kinds of gain or loss: earthly (worldly) versus heavenly, material versus spiritual, temporal versus eternal. Jesus Christ brings up a vital issue to confront you with the most important question and wants peoples of the world to honestly examine their hearts and minds and perform cost-benefit analysis to come up with true value. 

I.    EARTHLY GAIN

Mar 8:36,“For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?”

Note: Profit in Greek is ōpheleō which means to be useful or advantageous, to assist or help, to be of use or advantage, to reap a benefit or advantage; - it occurs 15 times in the New Testament. Gain in Greek is kerdainō which means to get gain, win, acquire; - it occurs 17 times in the New Testament. Lose in Greek is zēmioō which means to suffer loss, sustain damage, receive injury; - it occurs 6 times in the New Testament. Those who hold wrong values would rather gain the whole world and lose his own soul. 

1Ti 6:5, “And constant friction between men of depraved mind and deprived of the truth, who suppose that godliness is a means of gain.”

Note: Friction in Greek is diaparatribē which means constant contention, incessant wrangling, strife, perverse disputing; - it occurs only once in the New Testament. The conflict or contention between the evil empire of Japan and China is perverse. Diaoyu Islands belong to China long before Japan or America had existed. The evil empire of America in 1971 illegally gave the administrative control of China’s Diaoyu Islands to the unconditionally surrendered war crime nation of Japan. Japanese leaders of depraved mind and deprived of the truth nationalized China’s Diaoyu Islands. American leaders of depraved mind and deprived of the truth declared to defend Japan if war breaks out over Diaoyu Islands. The friction between the rat and rogue nation of Philippines and China is perverse because Philippine leaders of depraved mind and deprived of the truth relying on the sole superpower want to rob China’s territories in the South China Sea. The conflict between India and China is perverse because Indian leaders of depraved mind and deprived of the truth want a large chunk of China’s territory which the evil empire of Britain marked out on the map designated as the Indian colony. Depraved in Greek is diaphtheirō which means corrupt, changed for the worst, ruined; - it occurs 6 times in the New Testament. Deprive of in Greek is apostereō which means to defraud, rob, despoil, keep back by fraud, destitute of; - it occurs 6 times in the New Testament. Here is a great truth: A depraved mind is deprived of the truth. A depraved mind is destitute of the truth. It is impossible for a depraved mine to uphold the truth. There is no truth in a depraved mind. That explains why and how Japanese leaders blatantly tell blackest lies without shame and deny the truth. The Gain here in Greek is porismos which means acquisition, a source of gain; - it occurs only twice in the New Testament. Preachers and followers of prosperity gospel are those who suppose godliness is a means of gain. Many live just to acquire worldly possession. 

Tts 1:7,11;“For the overseer must be above reproach as God's steward, not self-willed, not quick-tempered, not addicted to wine, not pugnacious, not fond of sordid gain, who must be silenced because they are upsetting whole families, teaching things they should not teach for the sake of sordid gain.”

1Pe 5:2, “Shepherd the flock of God among you, exercising oversight not under compulsion, but voluntarily, according to the will of God; and not for sordid gain, but with eagerness.”

Note: Fond of sordid gain in Greek is aischrokerdēs which means eager for base gain, greedy for money, greedy of filthy lucre; - it occurs 3 times in the New Testament. All false prophets and false preachers teach things they should not teach for the sake of sordid gain. Prosperity gospel preachers preach the wrong gospel for the love of money. Followers of prosperity gospel believe in a lie for the love of money. 

1.   What do most people want to gain?

Gain honor

Exd 14:4,“Then I will harden Pharaoh's heart, so that he will pursue them; and I will gain honor over Pharaoh and over all his army, that the Egyptians may know that I AM the LORD." And they did so.”

Note: Gain honor in Hebrew is kabad which means to be heavy, be weighty, be honorable, be glorious, be honored, enjoy honor, get oneself glory or honor, gain glory, show oneself great or glorious; - it occurs 116 times in the Old Testament. It is proper and right for God to gain honor over Pharaoh. It is fitting for the Almighty to gain honor over the universe. It is dangerous for nations or individuals to seek and show themselves great or glorious. All dictators and leaders of the sole superpower have fallen into the pit of power. 

Gain possession of the land

Psa 44:3, “For they did not gain possession of the land by their own sword, nor did their own arm save them; but it was Your right hand, Your arm, and the light of Your countenance, because You favored them.”

Psa 44:3, “For they did not gain possession of the land by their own sword, nor did their own arm save them; but it was Your right hand, Your arm, and the light of Your countenance, Because You favored them.”

Note: The most disgraceful thing is that the United States in 1971 illegally gave the administrative control of China’s Diaoyu Islands to the unconditionally surrendered war crime nation of Japan, not one American leader or member of the establishment of American media tells the truth. Not only the American leaders do not repent of their sins and crimes, they even declare to defend Japan in case of war with China. Obama’s pivot to Asia policy is nothing but seeking absolute military supremacy and world domination. The U.S. is leading and aiding the evil empire of Japan, rat and rogue nations of Philippines, Vietnam, etc. in the coming war of aggression against China in order to rob China’s territories and loot China’s resources in the East China Sea and South China Sea. The evil trinity of America, Japan and Philippines tell so many leukemic lies such as China’s threat, in fact they are the threats to the security of Asia and the world. America, Japan and Philippines violated the international law in occupying China’s territories and turned around demanded China to obey the international law. These liars and killers have no morals, no shame, no conscience, and destitute of truth. America and its allies want to gain China’s land or territory may bring about a global nuclear holocaust that will destroy the world. 

Gain acquisition

Lev 25:45, “Then, too, it is out of the sons of the sojourners who live as aliens among you that you may gain acquisition, and out of their families who are with you, whom they will have produced in your land; they also may become your possession.”

Note: It is normal to gain legal acquisition such as buying a house. It was reported a corrupt official acquired 193 houses. Greedy for money and power and pleasure are the root of all evil in the world. The wicked want to gain, gain, and gain; acquire, acquire and acquire. The evil trinity of Wall Street, Washington and Hollywood demonstrate the evil way of life in gaining acquisitions upon acquisitions, power upon power without end. 

Gain mastery

Est 9:1,“Now in the twelfth month (that is, the month Adar), on the thirteenth day when the king's command and edict were about to be executed, on the day when the enemies of the Jews hoped to gain the mastery over them, it was turned to the contrary so that the Jews themselves gained the mastery over those who hated them.”

Note: Gain mastery in Hebrew is shalat which means to dominate, domineer, exercise power over, have mastery, become master, lord it over, obtain power; - it occurs 8 times in the Old Testament. The biggest problem of humanity is that a few want to be masters over the many. That is the origin of dictators and oppressors and warmongers. The biggest flaw of America is seeking absolute military supremacy and world domination. 

Gain wages

Isa 23:18, “Her gain and her harlot's wages will be set apart to the LORD; it will not be stored up or hoarded, but her gain will become sufficient food and choice attire for those who dwell in the presence of the LORD.”

Note: Harlot’s wages in Hebrew is 'ethnan which means hire or price of a prostitute; - it occurs 11 times in the Old Testament. You have heard that the former New York governor paid prostitutes $5,000 an hour!

Jesus says, Luk 10:7, “Stay in that house, eating and drinking what they give you; for the laborer is worthy of his wages. Do not keep moving from house to house.” It is right for a worker to gain wages. It is wrong for some Wall Street fund executives to make a few billions a year while millions of Americans earn the minimum wages between $7.30 - $10 an hour. Wall Street executives looted more than $50 trillion from the world in 2008 economic and financial crisis they created. Many executives make so much because employees make so little. So many employers are very rich because they pay their employees very low wages and many without benefits and pension. The American democracy and capitalism make 1 percent of the population very rich and the 99 percent very poor. The 1 percent of American population are masters, the 99 percent are slaves. Wall Street, Washington and Hollywood love the wages of unrighteousness.

See An Immoral Economic Theory

Gain profit of silver and gold

Pro 3:14,“For her profit is better than the profit of silver and her gain better than fine gold.”

Note: Profit in Hebrew is cachar which means gain from merchandise, gain from traffic; - it occurs 4 times in the Old Testament. Gold Bullion Prices in 1972 high $70, in 2012 high $1,791.75. I have always said, gold is the game of the rich, the poor should not play. The average price of silver rose to $4.71 in 1974, and in 2012 was around $26.135. The profit of wisdom is far above silver and gold. 

Gain ascendancy

Dan 11:5,“Then the king of the South will grow strong, along with one of his princes who will gain ascendancy over him and obtain dominion; his domain will be a great dominion indeed.”

Note: Gain ascendancy in Hebrew is chazaq which means to strengthen, prevail, grow strong, become strong, grow firm, grow secure; - it occurs 290 times in the Old Testament. An evil empire like Japan wants to gain ascendancy in Asia by alliance with the sole superpower hoping to oppress and suppress China and rob China’s territories. A rat and rogue nation like Philippines wants to gain ascendancy by becoming the running dog of the sole superpower to rob China’s territories. In American corporations, many people want to get ahead by trampling on others. There are wicked people who have no ability, their only skill is preventing others from achieving. The most disgusting way of gaining ascendancy in business is to claim credit on other’s achievement. 

Gain control

Dan 11:43,“But he will gain control over the hidden treasures of gold and silver and over all the precious things of Egypt; and Libyans and Ethiopians will follow at his heels.”

Note: Gain control in Hebrew is mashal which means to rule, have dominion, reign, exercise dominion; - it occurs 81 times in the Old Testament. The sole purpose of existence for supremacists seem to want to control others, to rule over other people. This was the seed of colonialism and imperialism. Some nations want to control oil, some want to control diamonds and gold, others want to control weapons of mass destruction. All dictators want to control power. All monopolists want to control something. Monopoly is the restraint of competition. The West is rich because it obtains so many monopolies, patents and copyrights. For gaining control of computer operating system, it made one the richest man on earth. The job of government is to suppress monopoly and provide equal footing for everyone. Union wants to control jobs. The conflict between labor union and management is an obstruction to equal opportunity and equal right and equal pay and destruction of many enterprises. I do not want to be a slave and so I have no interest in being a master. In my observation, the white race seems to be more interested in gaining control over people, power and riches. 

Gain riches

Dan 11:2,“And now I will tell you the truth. Behold, three more kings are going to arise in Persia. Then a fourth will gain far more riches than all of them; as soon as he becomes strong through his riches, he will arouse the whole empire against the realm of Greece.”

Note: The agenda of the evil trinity of Washington, Wall Street and Hollywood is to gain riches and power. Doctors and hospital owners through monopoly and predatory practices gain riches, filthy lucre. Those who want to gain power and riches inevitably become aggressors and oppressors. Empire was built to gain power and riches and glory. All colonial and imperial powers are unrighteous nations. 

Gain of oppressions

Isa 33:15,“He who walks righteously and speaks uprightly, He who despises the gain of oppressions, who gestures with his hands, refusing bribes, who stops his ears from hearing of bloodshed, and shuts his eyes from seeing evil.”

Note: Gain of oppressions is unjust gains. What a dictator, warmonger, supremacist, monopolists, militarist, etc. gets is gain of oppression. He who walks righteously and speaks uprightly despises sordid gains. A righteous man refuses bribes, stops his ears from hearing of bloodshed, and shuts his eyes from seeing evil. 

Gain power

Dan 11:5, “Also the king of the South shall become strong, as well as one of his princes; and he shall gain power over him and have dominion. His dominion shall be a great dominion.”

Note: Have dominion in Hebrew is mashal which means to rule, reign, exercise control over; - it occurs 81 times in the Old Testament.

Psa 62:11,God has spoken once; twice I have heard this: That power belongs to God.

Note: Power in Hebrew is `oz which means might, strength, the idea of Gods power joined with majesty, splendor and glory; - it occurs about 93 times in the Old Testament. Let those who seek power tremble, lest they rob what belongs to God. The word power occurs 276 times in the New International Version.

In summary, what people of the world want are money, power and sex. Almost all things that human beings desire are included in money, power and sex. There is no crime or sin which is not related to the love of money, power and sex. 

Gain time

Dan 2:8, “The king answered and said, “I know for certain that you would gain time, because you see that my decision is firm.”

Note: Gain in Aramaic is zĕban which means to buy; - it occurs only once in the Old Testament. To buy time is to gain time. Of course this is a figure of speech; no one can buy time. There is a Chinese saying: A moment of time is an ounce of gold; an ounce of gold cannot buy a moment of time. At the time of death, the richest man in the world cannot buy a moment of time. It is a matter of time, all evil empires will perish and vanish. It is a matter of time, we will all die. It is wise to do what you must do while there is time. 

Gain much

Job 27:8, “For what is the hope of the hypocrite, though he may gain much, if God takes away his life?”

Note: Hypocrite in Hebrew is chaneph which means godless, profane, irreligious, ungodly, impious; - it occurs 13 times in the Old Testament. Do you know any national leader who is godly and not a hypocrite? Woe is the nation whose leaders are hypocrites and ungodly and wicked people.

2.     What is the nature of earthly gain?

Greedy for gain

Pro 1:19, “So are the ways of everyone who is greedy for gain; It takes away the life of its owners.”

Pro 1:19, “So [are] the ways of everyone who is greedy for gain; It takes away the life of its owners.” 

Unjust gain

Isa 56:11, “And the dogs are greedy, they are not satisfied. And they are shepherds who have no understanding; they have all turned to their own way, each one to his unjust gain, to the last one.”

Isa 57:17, “Because of the iniquity of his unjust gain I was angry and struck him; I hid My face and was angry, And he went on turning away, in the way of his heart.”

Mic 4:13, “Arise and thresh, daughter of Zion, for your horn I will make iron and your hoofs I will make bronze, that you may pulverize many peoples, that you may devote to the LORD their unjust gain and their wealth to the Lord of all the earth.”

Note: The dogs of Wall Street, Washington, and Hollywood are greedy for unjust gain. They never have enough. The more they have, the more they want. This is the major reason why the U.S. has the largest deficits and biggest national debt in the world. Greedy for money and power and pleasure is a bottomless pit. 

Evil gain

Hab 2:9, “Woe to him who covets evil gain for his house to put his nest on high, to be delivered from the hand of calamity!”

Note: Evil gain is unjust gain, gain acquired by violence or greed. The rich and powerful put their nest on high, believing they are safe from calamity or disaster. Calamity is the power of evil. The rich and powerful think they are secure. God will send them calamity or disaster. 

Dishonest gain

Exd 18:21, “Furthermore, you shall select out of all the people able men who fear God, men of truth, those who hate dishonest gain; and you shall place these over them as leaders of thousands, of hundreds, of fifties and of tens.”
Note: Dishonest gain is unjust gain. Doctors, hospital owners, drug and insurance companies, labs and medical supplies covet dishonest gain by predatory and fraudulent practices that defraud and overcharge patients blatantly for decades with impunity. The Bible establishes the principle of selecting leaders:

(A). Able men who fear God

(B). Men of truth

(C). Hate dishonest gain

Do you know any American leader who fulfils these requirements? American leaders have been proven liars and killers since the end of World War II.

All Japanese leaders are just the opposite of these requirements; so are the leaders of rat and rogue nations of Philippines, Vietnam, colonial and imperial nations.

Watch out all evil leaders do not fear God whether they able or incompetent, they are men of lies, and they love dishonest gain. 

3.   What people do for gain? 

For dishonest gain, people often do the following:

Subvert the world

Teach false doctrines

Suppose godliness is a means of gain (prosperity gospel)

Put nest on high

Pulverize many peoples

Take bribes

Shed blood

Take interest and profits

Injure others

Oppress others

Divide the land (American imperialist is the divider)

Eze 22:12-13, “In you they have taken bribes to shed blood; you have taken interest and profits, and you have injured your neighbors for gain by oppression, and you have forgotten Me, declares the Lord GOD. Behold, then, I smite My hand at your dishonest gain which you have acquired and at the bloodshed which is among you.”

Note: Bribe in Hebrew is shachad which means present, gift; - it occurs 23 times in the Old Testament. Bribes have become sophisticated that they include not only cash but expensive gifts and presents such as paintings, antiques, paid trip and luxurious hotels, mansions, private jets, etc. Banks in America have taken interest and profits that make bankers filthy rich at the expense of the people. As an illustration, if you put your money of $15,000 at an American bank like Citibank, you may only earn more or less $0.15 (13 cents) a month, at an annual rate of 0.01%, which is $1.80 a year. If you do not maintain a balance of $15,000, the bank will charge you $20 a month, which is $240 a year. The bank also charges you $5 for each check issued. It is possible that your money in the bank may dwindle to zero and you still owe bank's charges. If you borrow from the bank mortgage interest rate is 1 Year ARM 4.14%, Credit Card is 13.24% - 20.24% APR based on credit worthiness, and 48 month new car loan is 2.9%. Do you see how capitalism exploits and extorts and robs the people? Why do the banks make all the rules that enrich themselves and the government approves them? The rate on the 10-year Treasury is just 1.62 percent. Doctors and hospital owners also oppress people by predatory practices and fraudulent charges. You cannot find any crime or sin which is not connected to the love of money, power and sex. America is a living proof. American leaders have been shedding blood of millions of innocent peoples around the globe since the end of World War II in inciting almost all wars and military conflicts. The sole superpower has been oppressing China since the infamous Opium Wars and more recently since 1949 and it is leading and preparing with the evil empire of Japan, rat and rogue nations of Philippines, Vietnam, etc. to engage in the coming war of aggression against China in order to rob China’s territories and loot China’s resources in the South China Sea and the East China Sea.

Eze 22:27, “Her princes in her midst are like wolves tearing the prey, to shed blood, to destroy people, and to get dishonest gain.”

Note: Don’t you see the Scriptures cited above fitly portray what American leaders and officials are doing all over the world?

Mic 4:13, “Arise and thresh, daughter of Zion, for your horn I will make iron and your hoofs I will make bronze, that you may pulverize many peoples, that you may devote to the LORD their unjust gain and their wealth to the Lord of all the earth.”

Note: Pulverize in Hebrew is daqaq which means to crush, thresh, make dust of, beat or break in pieces, destroy; - it occurs 13 times in the Old Testament. The sole superpower is pulverizing many nations and specifically oppressing China. America is using its military power to destroy nations and gaining wealth by crooked means.

1Ti 6:5, “And constant friction between men of depraved mind and deprived of the truth, who suppose that godliness is a means of gain.”

Note: Can you name one conflict after World War II which the United States is not involved or behind it?

Tts 1:11, “Who must be silenced because they are upsetting whole families, teaching things they should not teach for the sake of sordid gain.”

Note: Upsetting in Greek is anatrepō which means to overthrow, overturn, destroy, subvert; - it occurs only twice in the New Testament. There is no nation like America in subverting, destroying and overthrowing nations in the name of democracy, freedom, human right, security, etc.

Dan 11:39, “Thus he shall act against the strongest fortresses with a foreign god, which he shall acknowledge, and advance its glory; and he shall cause them to rule over many, and divide the land for gain.”

Note: Since the end of World War II, the United States is the power of dividing and destroying. They have the strongest fortresses of missiles and anti-missiles with a foreign god called Supremacy.
Tts 1:11, “Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole households, teaching things which they ought not, for the sake of dishonest gain.”

Note: The mouths of the leaders of the Axis of Evil are full of lies, hatred, poison and violence. 

Eze 22:27, “Her princes within her are like wolves tearing the prey, by shedding blood and destroying lives in order to get dishonest gain.”

Eze 33:31, “They come to you as people come, and sit before you as My people and hear your words, but they do not do them, for they do the lustful desires expressed by their mouth, and their heart goes after their gain.” 

II.    HEAVENLY GAIN 

1.   What do most spiritual people want to gain? 

Gain knowledge

Pro 19:25, “Strike a scoffer and the naive may become shrewd, but reprove one who has understanding and he will gain knowledge.”

Note: Knowledge in Hebrew is da`ath which means discernment, perception, intelligence, understanding, wisdom, the body of facts; - it occurs 93 times in the Old Testament. Knowledge is power; knowledge also makes people arrogant. 2Cr 4:6, “For God, who said, "Light shall shine out of darkness," is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.” Light stands for truth, and darkness stands for lie. The knowledge of Jesus Christ is the most important of all knowledge. 

Gain understanding

Pro 4:1,“Hear, O sons, the instruction of a father, and give attention

that you may gain understanding.”

Note: Understanding in Hebrew is biynah which means discernment, intelligence, insight; - it occurs 38 times in the Old Testament. People who have understanding know the difference between right and wrong, good and evil, important and unimportant. 

Pro 3:5,“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding.”

Dan 9:23,“At the beginning of your supplications the command was issued, and I have come to tell you, for you are highly esteemed; so give heed to the message and gain understanding of the vision.” 

Gain insight

Neh 8:13,“Then on the second day the heads of fathers' households of all the people, the priests and the Levites were gathered to Ezra the scribe that they might gain insight into the words of the law.”

Isa 41:20,“That they may see and recognize, and consider and gain insight as well, that the hand of the LORD has done this, and the Holy One of Israel has created it.”

Note: Gain insight in Hebrew is sakal which means to be prudent, be circumspect, wisely understand, have insight, have comprehension, act wisely; - it occurs 63 times in the Old Testament.

2Ch 30:22, “Then Hezekiah spoke encouragingly to all the Levites who showed good insight in the things of the LORD. So they ate for the appointed seven days, sacrificing peace offerings and giving thanks to the LORD God of their fathers.”

Note: American leaders are very shrewd in power and money politics, but they do not show good insight in the things of the Lord. 

Gain new strength

Isa 40:31,“Yet those who wait for the LORD will gain new strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary.”

Isa 41:1, “Coastlands, listen to Me in silence, and let the peoples gain new strength; let them come forward, then let them speak; let us come together for judgment.”

Note: Strength in Hebrew is koach which means power, might, force, ability; - it occurs 126 times in the Old Testament. O Lord, let me gain new strength that I will mount up with wings like eagles, run and not get tired, and walk and not become weary for the same of your Kingdom.

Eph 6:10, “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might.”

Note: If you have the strength of God’s might, you are strong in the Lord. 

Gain Christ

Phl 3:7-8,“But whatever things were gain to me, those things I have counted as loss for the sake of Christ. More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ.”

Note: Gain in Greek is kerdos which means advantage, profit, winning; - it occurs only 3 times in the New Testament. Loss in Greek is zēmia which means damage, disadvantage, deprivation; - it occurs 4 times in the New Testament. Rubbish in Greek is skybalon which means any refuse, as the excrement of animals, offscourings, dregs, worthless and detestable things; - it occurs only once in the New Testament. Christ is supreme; in comparison to Christ everthing is rubbish or garbage. To gain Christ, money, power and sex would not mean anything to you. 

Gain the glory

2Th 2:14, “It was for this He called you through our Gospel, that you may gain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Note: Glory in Greek is doxa which means splendor, brightness, praise, honor, magnificence, excellence, preeminence, dignity, grace, majesty in the sense of the absolute perfection of the deity, the kingly majesty of the Messiah; - it occurs 168 times in the New Testament. Glory and power belong to God. Jesus Christ is coming in power and glory. Jesus Christ will reign with the saints for eternity in glory and power. For every suffering saint, this is a message of God:

Rom 8:18, “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us.
If we suffer for Christ, we will glorify with Him.
 

2.   What do spiritual people do to gain? 

Despise the gain of oppressions

Isa 33:15, “He who walks righteously and speaks uprightly, He who despises the gain of oppressions, Who gestures with his hands, refusing bribes, Who stops his ears from hearing of bloodshed, And shuts his eyes from seeing evil.”

Note: Despise in Hebrew is ma'ac which means to reject, refuse, abhor, become loathsome, hold contempt - it occurs 76 times in the Old Testament.

Mat 6:24, “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.” 

Count as loss for Christ

Phl 3:7, “But whatever things were gain to me, those things I have counted as loss for the sake of Christ.”

Note: To count in Greek is hēgeomai which means to consider, deem, account, think; - it occurs 28 times in the New Testament. To count you need a value system. You count it wrong because your value system is wrong. For example, if you count a stone as diamond because you do not know what a diamond is. Do not cast your pearls before swine because swine will trample on pearls. To swine pearl is nothing. Christ is more valuable than pearl. Christ is supreme, above everything and everybody. 

Suffer the loss of all things

Phl 3:8, “More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ.”

Note: Suffer loss in Greek is zēmioō which means to sustain damage, to receive injury, affect with damage; - it occurs 6 times in the New Testament. Contrary to the prosperity gospel, Christians must suffer loss for Jesus’sake.

Luk 24:26, “Was it not necessary for the Christ to suffer these things and to enter into His glory?”

Note: Jesus Christ set an example for Christians, the Lord not only suffered for our sins and sacrificed Him on the cross on our behalf.

Rom 8:17, “And if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him.”

Note: The path to glory is through suffering. If we suffer with Christ, we will also be glorified with Him. 

Dislike sordid gain

Tts 1:7, “For the overseer must be above reproach as God's steward, not self-willed, not quick-tempered, not addicted to wine, not pugnacious, not fond of sordid gain.”

Note: No true servant of Christ is fond of sordid gain. That is why preachers of prosperity gospel fall and fail.

Shepherd the flock of God

1Pe 5:2,“Shepherd the flock of God among you, exercising oversight not under compulsion, but voluntarily, according to the will of God; and not for sordid gain, but with eagerness.”

Note: Shepherd in Greek is poimainō which means to feed, to tend a flock, keep sheep, furnish pasture for food, supply the requisites for the soul's need; - it occurs 11 times in the New Testament. It is the job of a pastor or preacher to shepherd the flock of God, not to exploit or abuse the members of the church. False preachers make members of the church their disciples. 

In conclusion, the way of gain or loss is put in front of you. Consider what is truly gain, and what is truly loss. Do not mistake a loss for gain, and do not confuse a gain for loss. To seek the material, monetary and earthly things are losses. To seek the spiritual and heavenly is eternal gain. Your soul is more valuable than the whole world. Come to Jesus Christ now so that your soul can be saved and your sins forgiven. 

Would you receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior now?

To receive Jesus Christ is to receive eternal life. 

March 16, 2017

Willie Wong

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