The appellant and respondent were the defendant and the plaintiffs in the court of first instance respectively. On the 17th December, 1995, Anthony Okeke’s driver, Chijioke Ibe, had been involved in a car accident with the respondent, Petmag Nigeria Limited, and the respondent’s car was wrecked beyond use.

The respondent then filed a suit against the appellant and sought a restoration of the vehicle to its original state; a sum of N2,500 per day be paid to the respondent for loss of use of the vehicle from the 17/12/1995 till the 3/7/1997; and the sum of N2,500 paid per day for the loss of use of the vehicle from the 4/7/1997 until the vehicle would be returned. Something that should be noted is that when the respondent resolved to take the appellant to court, the appellant’s driver, Chijioke Ibe, whom had been the direct party to the action which had brought damages to the respondent. had not been included as a party to the action.


High Court

Name of the High Court: High Court of Delta State, Ogwuashi-Uku.

Name of Judge: I.E. Ogbodu. J.

Date of Judgement: Wednesday, 2nd February, 2000.

Names of Counsel:

  1. Ithenumah, A. Esq. – For the appellant
  2. A.N. Maidoh, Esq. – For the respondent

The appellant filed a statement of defence and provided an address for service within jurisdiction [ fancy name for where the hearing notices would be sent to]. The case was adjourned several times [20/5/1999, 30/6/1999, 12/7/1999, 2/8/1999, 30/9/1999, 20/10/1999, 27/10/1999] to accommodate the hearings of the appellant’s and the respondent’s cases. However, despite the hearing notices sent to the appellant’s address for service within jurisdiction, the appellant did not show up in the court to make his defence.

In the September of 1999, the first and second witnesses for the prosecution stated their evidences consecutively, and the case was adjourned to the 20th October, 1999. two days before the 20/10/12 proceeding, a hearing notice had been served on the appellant, to which there was no response [ the appellant still did not show up in court].

Subsequently, a day for judgement was fixed, and it was to be heard on the 22nd November 1999. Dramatically [ and I am talking Angelina Jolie drama level], the appellant showed up in court. Finally. However, the appellant did not show up in court to say anything like they had not originally intended to make a defence or anything like that; the appellant filed a motion on notice seeking an arrest of the judgements to be delivered on the 22/11/1999; an order setting aside the proceedings of  [20/5/1999, 30/6/1999, 12/7/1999, 2/8/1999, 30/9/1999, 20/10/1999, 27/10/1999] on grounds of circumvention of the right to fair hearing; and an order for the suit to be heard from the beginning so that the appellant be availed of his right to present a defence and to cross examine the respondent’s witness.

The trial court heard the arguments of the application by the appellant and dismissed it. The claims of the deprival of the right to fair hearing could not hold water in light of the several hearing notices that had been filed before the court proceedings. Moving away from the claims of the appellant, the trial court stated that the appellant had failed to state a reasonable reason for being absence from court. In dismissing the application of the appellant, the court held that:

In view of this facts, the defendant has failed to satisfy to this court of any reason as to why he failed to appear to defend this action. The application is baseless and it is dismissed on the ground that it lacks merit. The court will therefore proceed to deliver the judgement on this case.

 The High court delivered its judgement and found that the case of the respondent had been proven, granted the claims of the respondent, and awarded damages in favour of the respondent.

Court of Appeal

Division of the Court of Appeal: Court of Appeal, Benin.

Names of Justices: Muhammad Saifullahi Muntaka-Coomassie, J.C.A. [Presided and Read the leading judgement]; Patrick Ibe Amaizu J.C.A.; Amina Adamu Augie J.C.A.

Appeal No.: CA/B/19/2001

Date of Judgement: Thursday, 29th April, 2004.

Names of Counsel:

  1. Ithenumah, A. Esq. – For the appellant
  2. A.N. Maidoh, Esq. – For the respondent.

The applicant was dissatisfied with the decisions of the lower court. Remember the appellant felt he had been deprived of his right to fair hearing because he had not presented his defence, although he had ample chance to do so. The appellant then appealed against the said rulings, and in his amended notice and grounds of appeal produced three grounds of appeal which were;

  1. The learned trial judge erred in law when he denied the appellant of fair hearing against the intendment of section 36 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 and Order 47 rule 1 of the High Court [Civil Procedure] Rules, 1988 of the former Bendel State as applicable to Delta State of Nigeria.
  2. The learned trial judge erred in law when re refused to hear the appellant’s motion on notice dated 15th November, 1999 and rushed to deliver his judgement contrary to Order 8 of the High Court [ Civil Procedure] Rules, 1988 of the former Bendel  States as applicable to Delta State of Nigeria and Section 75 Evidence Act, 1990.
  3. The learned trial Judge erred in law by visiting the supposedly sin of the counsel on litigant against the intendment of the decision in the case of Attorney General of Federation v. A.I.C. Ltd. [1995] 2 NWLR [ Pt.  378] 388 at 403 [paragraph A]

The appellant then formulated four issues for consideration which were;

  1. Whether the appellant’s fundamental right to fair hearing was breached by the trial court
  2. Whether the action commenced by the respondent as plaintiff before the High Court was manifestly incompetent as to deprive the court jurisdiction to entertain the action.
  3. Whether the failure or neglect of Sylvester Ehikwe, Esq. [ whose office was used as address for service within jurisdiction] to communicate and or transmit the hearing notices to the appellant and/or his counsel was such a sin that could be visited on the appellant to deny his request for leave to enter defence.
  4. Whether the trial Judge could Suo motu substitute the plaintiff’s cause of action without any application to amend the writ of summons and the statement of claim and to find the defendant liable on the substituted cause of action.

The respondent, Petmag Nigeria Limited, in its brief of argument dated 17/6/2002 also raised four issues for determination thus;

  1. Whether the appellant’s fundamental right to fair hearing was breached by the Trial Court
  2. Whether the non-joinder of Chijioke Ibe, the driver of the appellant as party at the lower court was fatal to the case of the respondent
  3. Whether the respondent’s action was incompetent for misjoinder of parties and/or misjoinder of cause of action
  4. Whether the appellant has shown negligence or tardiness in the conduct of this action.

We can see that the appellant was quite adamant that its right to fair hearing was clearly breached. It should be noted that the constitutional guarantee of fair hearing does not envisage a situation where a party to a suit does not present its case in court. That right is definitely guaranteed in the 1999 constitution, but can only be brought up when the party bringing such a complaint an effort to state its case.


  1. On whether the driver of the offending vehicle needed to be joined as party in a motor accident case– It was established by the court that the issues that were raised could be determined with or without the driver. In this case, the driver had died and the appellant was of the opinion that it had harmed the absence of the driver had harmed its case.
  2. On Nature of liability of master vis-à-vis servant for tort of servant– It was confirmed that any principal/master whom commandeered the commission of a crime/tort, and the agent/servant whom had acted under this instruction were equally liable under the law. The crime had to have been one committed wither on instruction of a superior body, or in the course of performing duties under the principal. Also, in an occasion where there happened to be several persons in an issue whom were jointly liable for a misgiving, the plaintiff is at liberty to sue any/ and all of them. The issue of amount of liability between the guilty persons is then an issue to be resolved among themselves.
  3. On Whether wrong must be remediable under known tort to be justiciable– The court stated that a wrong need not fall under a category/subcategory of tort before it is remedied. What is necessary is that a wrong is proven, the damages incurred is substantiated, evidence backing up the claims procured, and the remedy finally given to the party.
  4. On Right to fair hearing– The right to fair hearing is guaranteed virtue of section 36(1) of the 1999 constitution [as amended]. Every person is therefore entitled to being heard before an independent judiciary or tribunal within a reasonable window stipulated by the courts. That right to fair hearing also imposes on the courts the duty to not be weighed down by frivolous complaints by setting down reasonable time phases for the hearings.
  5. On Duty of court in respect of right to fair hearing– It was stated that the court’s duty in safeguarding the right to fair hearing was to properly present an opportunity for the parties to the case to be heard. This does not mean that a party, whom was given ample opportunity and passed on it has a right to complain of a breach of human rights.
  6. On Whether rules of natural justice applicable to hearings of court– It was held that the rules of natural justice were applicable to court hearings, regardless of if it were in chambers or in an open court. It was also held that when these rules are germane, and yet are flouted, the proceedings had to be nullified. The condition accompanying an application of these laws is that the case had been brought properly before the court [ i.e. has satisfied all conditions necessary to filing a case]
  7. On Effect of failure to sere court processes where service is required– It was judged that any proceedings in a case which needed a service and none was proven to have been provided, the proceedings amounted to a nullity as it would be regarded that the party on notice had not been given a chance to make its case, and by implication, his right to fair hearing had been denied. However, any hearing in which a service was not a necessity, the proceedings would be regarded as valid.
  8. On Essence of rules of court which require address for service within jurisdiction– It is very necessary for parties to a suit to be in the know about court’s processes, and that necessitates an address for service within the jurisdiction. The court has to be satisfied that it had indeed sent out all hearing notices to the best of its power. The defendant/recipient then has the duty to regularly check in with whomever is domiciled in the address stated, so that in the event that he could not make a hearing, a proxy could fill in.
  9. On Whether court can compel a party to defend action– It was held that the trial court did not have a right nor an obligation to force party to a case to make its defence.
  10. On Whether appeal against interlocutory decision can be included in appeal against final decision and procedure thereof– Yes. The court agreed that an appeal against such a decision could be included in the appeal against the final decision of the court, as long as the appellant had sought leave of the court, and the leave was granted.
  11. On Whether leave is required to appeal against wrongful admission or rejection of evidence in an appeal against final decision– When appellant appeals against the wrongful admission or rejection of evidence, the appellant need not seek leave of the court as it is not an interlocutory decision. Thus, the appellant would have to include the ground of appeal against the ruling when appealing against the final judgement of the trial court.
  12. On Classification of grounds of appeal as one of law or of mixed law and fact– It was held that the principle underlying the establishment of a ground of appeal as either one of law or one of mixed law and facts, is the essence. When the complaints of error have emanated from a conclusion on undisputed facts, it is a ground of law, However, if from the get go the facts of the issue at hand had not been certifiably valid, or the accuracy of the facts has been questioned, it is one of mixed law and fact.
  13. On Need for leave of court when ground of appeal is of mixed law and fact in appeal against interlocutory decision– When it is certified that a ground raised for appeal is one of mixed law and fact, it is necessary that leave of court is sought and obtained, unless the ground would be regarded as incompetent.

FULL CITATION: Anthony Okeke v. Petmag Nig. Ltd. [2005] 4NWLR [PT915] 245 – 269


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  1. I want to share a message that has been spreading all over the internet that concerns the times we are living in. Whether you believe in God or not, this is a must read message!

    We can see throughout time how we have been slowly conditioned to come to this point where we are on the verge of a cashless society. Would it surprise you to know that the Bible foretold of this event? Don’t believe me? This may be the most imporant message you will read in these times…please do not ignore this!

    This messsage reveals what the Mark of the Beast is, and the meaning behind counting a number people have been pondering for centuries, 666. This message also shares why Barack Obama is the Antichrist. This is truly a message from God!

    In the Revelation of Jesus Christ given to the apostle John, we read:

    “He (the false prophet who deceives many by his miracles) causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

    Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His number is 666” (Revelation 13:16-18 NKJV).

    Referring to the last generation, this could only be speaking of a cashless money society, which we have yet to see, but are heading towards. Why? Revelation 13:17 tells us that we cannot buy or sell unless we receive the mark of the beast in our right-hand or forehead. We could still buy or sell among one another without receiving the mark if physical money was still currency. It logically deduces itself to this reason.

    These verses could not be referring to something spiritual because the word references two different physical locations (our right-hand or forehead) stating the mark will be on one “OR” the other. It once again logically deduces itself to this reason.

    Here is where it really starts to come together. It is shocking how accurate the Bible is concerning the RFID microchip. These are notes from a man named Carl Sanders who worked with a team of engineers to help develop this microchip in the late 1960’s.

    “Carl Sanders sat in seventeen New World Order meetings with heads-of-state officials such as Henry Kissinger and Bob Gates of the C.I.A. to discuss plans on how to bring about a one-world system. The government commissioned Carl Sanders to design a microchip for identifying and controlling the peoples of the world—a microchip that could be inserted under the skin with a hypodermic needle (a quick, convenient method that would be gradually accepted by society).

    Carl Sanders, with a team of engineers behind him, with U.S. grant monies supplied by tax dollars, took on this project and designed a microchip that is powered by a lithium battery, rechargeable through the temperature changes in our skin. Without the knowledge of the Bible (Brother Sanders was not a Christian at the time), these engineers spent one-and-a-half-million dollars doing research on the best and most convenient place to have the microchip inserted.

    Guess what? These researchers found that the forehead and the back of the hand (the two places Revelation says the mark will go) are not just the most convenient places, but are also the only viable places for rapid, consistent temperature changes in the skin to recharge the lithium battery. The microchip is approximately seven millimeters in length, .75 millimeters in diameter, about the size of a grain of rice. It is capable of storing pages upon pages of information about you. All your general history, work history, crime record, health history, and financial data can be stored on this chip.

    Brother Sanders believes that this microchip, which he regretfully helped design, is the “mark” spoken about in Revelation 13:16-18. The original Greek word for “mark” is “charagma,” which means a “scratch or etching.” It is also interesting to note that the number 666 is actually a word in the original Greek. The word is “chi xi stigma,” with the last part, “stigma,” also meaning “to stick or prick.” Carl believes this refers to a hypodermic needle (see photo).

    Mr. Sanders asked a Boston Medical Center doctor what would happen if the lithium contained within the RFID microchip leaked into the body. The doctor responded that if the microchip broke inside a human body, the lithium would cause a severe and painful wound filled with pus. This is what the book of Revelation says:

    “And the first (angel) went, and poured out his vial on the earth; and there fell a noisome and grievous sore on the men which had the mark of the beast, and on them which worshipped his image” (Revelation 16:2).


    What I first want to mention, before I share what the Holy Spirit has revealed to me concerning the number of the beast, is that God confirms in threes. We can see this throughout scripture:

    “For there are three that bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one” (1 John 5:7 NKJV).

    “and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures” (1 Corinthians 15:4 NKJV).

    “…Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, Who was and is and is to come!” (Revelation 4:8 NKJV).

    There are many more examples, but I thought I would just share three of them to make the point.

    Examining Revelation 13:16,17,18, the first group of three I would like to point out is that the mark of the beast is described in three separate verses, 16, 17 and 18.

    The next three I see is in verse 16, “He causes all…” is followed by three contrasting categories of people,

    1 – “both small and great,
    2 – rich and poor,
    3 – free and slave…”.

    Then unto verse 17, it opens with, “and that no one may buy or sell except one who has…”, followed by three explanations of what one must have to buy or sell,

    1 – “…the mark
    2 – or the name of the beast,
    3 – or the number of his name”.

    Now unto verse 18, we read “Let him who has understanding calculate…”, which is followed by,

    1 – “the number of the beast,
    2 – for it is the number of a man:
    3 – His number is 666”.

    The last three I see is the number “6” being used three times in a row. The reason I’m making this point about God confirming in three is because it is the key to unlocking how to calculate the number 666.

    Throughout the centuries there have been people trying to calculate numbers based on titles and names that come up to the number 666 to identify one person, the Antichrist; but from Revelation 13:18, I do not see where God is telling us to count up to 666, but rather to count the number of the beast. This number is identified as 666. So the verse is telling us to count the number 666.

    What does it mean to count? It means to add up. So how could we add up 666? Remember my previous point about God confirming in threes is key to unlocking the number 666. So logically, what would be the best way to count the number 666? To count it equally by using the rule of three based off the number.

    We cannot count it equally as 600+60+6, this would also bring us back to the start.

    We cannot count it as 600+600+600, or 60+60+60 because there are no zeroes in between or at the end of 666.

    The only logical option is 6+6+6=18.

    What is interesting is that the verse that reveals for us to count the number itself is verse 18 (there a total of 18 verses in Revelation Chapter 13), being the third verse out of the three verses that describe the mark of the beast in Revelation 13:16,17,18. What is 18 divided by 3? 6. So 3×6=18, or 6+6+6=18.

    Another interesting point is the only two other combinations (making a total of three possible combinations) for placing a “+” symbol in between 666 are:

    66+6=72 and 6+66=72.

    Add both 72’s together and you get 144.

    Why the number 144 is worth our attention is because the verse following Revelation 13:18 is the first time in the Bible where the 144,000 are being described in detail:

    “Then I looked, and behold, a Lamb standing on Mount Zion, and with Him one hundred and forty-four thousand, having His Father’s name written on their foreheads…” (Revelation 14:1).

    Now if you add up all three numbers from counting 666 by moving the “+” symbol around, it would be 72+72+18=162. What is compelling about the number 162, is, if you divide 144,000 by 162, you get 888. The name of Jesus in Greek gematria adds up to 888. The New Testament was originally written in the Greek language. Revelation 14:1 not only mentions the 144,000, but also the Lamb who is Jesus.

    Now what is interesting about the number for Jesus, 888, is that if you apply the same formula that was used to count 666, you get 8+8+8=24. Why the number 24? Revelation chapter 4 tells us there are 24 elders seated around the throne of God. This is the same throne where Jesus sits.

    Now if you take:




    you get 24+96+96=216.

    Take 144,000 divided by 216 and you get 666.

    Remember that this was the same exact formula we used to count the number 666 that ultimately brought forth the number 888.

    Here is a quick recap to demonstrate how this formula confirms itself as being the true way to count 666:

    1: 6+6+6=18 > 66+6=72 > 6+66=72 > 18+72+72=162

    2: 144,000 divided by 162=888

    3: 8+8+8=24 > 88+8=96 > 8+88=96 > 24+96+96=216

    4: 144,000 divided by 216=666

    1: 6+6+6=18 > 66+6=72…

    As you can see, it is perpetual. And remember that we consistently used a formula that worked in threes being the number that God uses for confirmation.

    So what could this mean? Well we know in this world we are identified by numbers in various forms. From our birth certificate to social security, as well as our drivers license; being identified based on a system of ruler ship. So it is possible that this RFID microchip will contain a new identification that has a total of 18 characters (6+6+6).

    “here the wisdom is, the one having the mind let him calculate the number of the wild beast, number for “of human” it is, and the number of it 666″ (Revelation 13:1, Greek Translation).

    The Greek word “anthrōpos” being used in verse 18 where it says “of human” is the Greek strongs concordance G444. The first two definitions of the word are “a human being, whether male or female”, and, “generically, to include all human individuals”. Could the number of the beast apply to all mankind?

    In the Greek (the New Testament was originally written in the Greek language), and other translations, you will notice the beast is described as an “it”, instead of “him”. The reason I’m making this point is because when a translation says “His number is 666”, this would imply a singular person, the Antichrist. But by saying “the number of it 666”, implies that it is of the beast system as a whole.

    We can know the number of the beast cannot be to identify products (like a new barcode) to buy or sell because scripture says we cannot buy or sell without the number of the beast. What am I getting at? There will be instances where you could buy something someone made themselves and it wouldn’t have a store branded identification on it. But for this number to be in our chips, that is where it must be to conclude ultimately that we cannot buy or sell without having the number of the beast. As previously mentioned in Revelation 13:18, the number of the beast (6+6+6=18) is a “human number”, definition “generically, to include all human individuals”.

    “Why did the Biden campaign choose 30330? 2020 divided by 666 = 3.0330 Who believes this to be a coincidence? October 2020 Isaiah 53:6 Someone said we are being whipsawed in 2020. Truly a great division is taking place between good and evil—both symbolically and literally (riots, unrest, politics). If you take the current year 2020 and divide it by the number 666 (known for its satanic implications) you will get the number 30330 (repeated). This number 30330 happens to be the number used to vote for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. Freaky? Supernatural? Odd for sure. Whatever this means, it doesn’t seem good to me. First, why would anyone knowingly choose those particular numbers for their campaign? If they weren’t knowingly chosen, then it appears to be a supernatural act by the evil one himself and I would want to change those numbers ASAP. And if the numbers were chosen knowing their significance, are you satanic? Is this campaign satanic? Either way I do not believe this is a coincidence. And one thing is certain, 2020 is truly being divided by Satan. He is the master deceiver and spreader of chaos. Jesus calls him the father of lies.”

    So I looked up this number 30330 concerning Joe Biden, and I found this information:

    If you send a text to that number (at that time), you would get a response asking to support Joe’s campaign to take down Donald Trump, with one part in caps saying “CHIP IN >>” pointing to a link to go and donate.

    “CHIP IN”? Obama has used this phrase in the past on his twitter and people believe it is a subliminal message to receive the mark of the beast, that is to say the implantable RFID microCHIP that will go IN our body.

    Go to: to see all the proof!

    Is your name written in the Lamb’s book of life? Jesus says that we must be born again to enter the kingdom of God in the Gospel of John chapter 3.

    “Then a third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives his mark on his forehead or on his hand, he himself shall also drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out full strength into the cup of His indignation. He shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. And the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever; and they have no rest day or night, who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name” (Revelation 14:9-11).


    In the Islamic religion they have man called the Mahdi who is known as their messiah of whom they are waiting to take the stage. There are many testimonies from people online who believe this man will be Barack Obama who is to be the biblical Antichrist based off dreams they have received. I myself have had strange dreams about him like no other person. So much so that I decided to share this information.

    He came on stage claiming to be a Christian with no affiliation to the Muslim faith…

    “In our lives, Michelle and I have been strengthened by our Christian faith. But there have been times where my faith has been questioned — by people who don’t know me — or they’ve said that I adhere to a different religion, as if that were somehow a bad thing,” – Barack Obama

    …but was later revealed by his own family members that he indeed is a devout Muslim.

    So what’s in the name? The meaning of someones name can say a lot about a person. God throughout history has given names to people that have a specific meaning tied to their lives. How about the name Barack Obama? Let us take a look at what may be hiding beneath the surface…

    “And He (Jesus) said to them (His disciples), ‘I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven'” (Luke 10:18).

    In the Hebrew language we can uncover the meaning behind the name Barack Obama.

    Barack, also transliterated as Baraq, in Hebrew is: lightning

    baraq – Biblical definition:

    From Strongs H1299; lightning; by analogy a gleam; concretely a flashing sword: – bright, glitter (-ing, sword), lightning. (Strongs Hebrew word H1300 baraq baw-rawk’)

    Barak ‘O’bamah, The use of bamah is used to refer to the “heights” of Heaven.

    bamah – Biblical definition:

    From an unused root (meaning to be high); an elevation: – height, high place, wave. (Strongs Hebrew word H1116 bamah baw-maw’)

    The day following the election of Barack Obama (11/04/08), the winning pick 3 lotto numbers in Illinois (Obama’s home state) for 11/5/08 were 666.

    Obama was a U.S. senator for Illinois, and his zip code was 60606.

    These are just a few of many evidences why Barack Obama is the Antichrist. You can see many more in my article on the website above, as well as read about the dreams I’ve had concerning this man. I’m more than convinced that God has shown me that he is without a doubt the Antichrist, and we will see him rise to power in the not so dinstant future.

    Jesus stands alone among the other religions who say to rightly weigh the scales of good and evil, and to make sure you have done more good than bad in this life. Is this how we conduct ourselves justly in a court of law? Bearing the image of God, is this how we project this image into our reality?

    Our good works cannot save us. If we step before a judge, being guilty of a crime, the judge will not judge us by the good that we have done, but rather the crimes we have committed. If we as fallen humanity, created in God’s image, pose this type of justice, how much more a perfect, righteous, and Holy God?

    God has brought down His moral law’s through the 10 commandments given to Moses at Mt. Sinai. These laws were not given so we may be justified, rather that we may see the need for a savior. They are the mirror of God’s character of what He has put in each and every one of us, with our conscious bearing witness that we know that it is wrong to steal, lie, dishonor our parents, and so forth.

    We can try and follow the moral laws of the 10 commandments, but we will never catch up to them to be justified before a Holy God. That same word of the law given to Moses became flesh over 2000 years ago in the body of Jesus Christ. He came to be our justification by fulfilling the law, living a sinless perfect life that only God could fulfill; even bringing the law to it’s truest light by stating, “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart” (Matthew 5:27-28).

    The gap between us and the law can never be reconciled by our own merit, but the arm of Jesus is stretched out by the grace and mercy of God. And if we are to grab on, through faith in Him, He will pull us up being the one to justify us. As in the court of law, if someone steps in and pays our fine, even though we are guilty, the judge can do what is legal and just and let us go free. That is what Jesus did almost 2000 years ago on the cross. It was a legal transaction being fulfilled in the spiritual realm by the shedding of His blood.

    Because God is Holy and just, the wrath that we deserve could not go unnoticed. Through the perfect righteousness and justice of God’s character, it must be dealt with, it must be quenched, it must be satisfied.

    For God takes no pleasure in the death of the wicked (Ezekiel 18:23). This is why in Isaiah chapter 53, where it speaks of the coming Messiah and His soul being a sacrifice for our sins, why it says it pleased God to crush His only begotten Son.

    This is because the wrath that we deserve was justified by being poured out upon His Son. If that wrath was poured out on us, we would all die and go to hell. God created a way of escape by pouring it out on His Son whose soul could not be left in Hades, but was raised to life on the third day and seated at the right hand of God in power.

    So now when we put on the Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 13:14), God no longer sees the person who deserves His wrath, but rather the glorious image of His perfect Son dwelling in us, justifying us as if we received the wrath we deserve, making a way of escape from the curse of death.

    Now what we must do is repent and put our trust and faith in the savior, confessing and forsaking our sins. This is not just a head knowledge of believing in Jesus, but rather receiving His words, taking them to heart, so that we may truly be transformed into the image of God. Where we no longer live to practice sin, but rather turn from our sins and practice righteousness through faith in Him.

    Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again'” (John 3:5-7).

    Come before the Lord with a contrite spirit, humble yourself, ask Him for His forgiveness, to receive the free gift of His salvation, to receive His Holy Spirit, so that you may be transformed into a new creature, into a child of the living God.

    There is a reason why the words of Jesus have been translated in to over 2000 languages, and nothing comes remotely close (the Quran just over 100), because there is a God in heaven who desires to have a relationship with you, to know Him through His word, as that is how we personally get to know anybody. There is a reason why it is the year 2021, because Jesus came to earth just over 2000 years ago fulfilling major prophecy causing a divide in our timeline.

    Jesus loves you! Seek Him while He may be found! We must repent and turn from practicing sin…for if we are not following Jesus, we are following the devil. There is no neatural ground. We are either living in the lie, or the truth. God bless you!

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