Saturday, January 10, 2009

"Even to Them that Believe on His Name"

(Tokyo, Japan)

"Even to Them that Believe on His Name"

It snowed a little in Tokyo yesterday, though it was a little rain in my place, as I wish Tokyo people to eat more leeks, since the vegetable prevents the primates from taking a cold.

SECTION I: Abraham Lincoln (in office: March 4, 1861 – April 15, 1865)

Abraham Lincoln is all-time No.1 rated president in any public research in the United States. But, what would he have achieved unless he had been born to meet the era of the Civil War?

There were few people who strongly or directly influenced Lincoln’s moral and intellectual development and perspectives. There was no teacher, mentor, church leader, community leader, or peer that Lincoln would credit in later years as a strong influence on his intellectual development. Lacking a formal education, Lincoln’s personal philosophy was shaped by "an amazingly retentive memory and a passion for reading and learning." It was Lincoln’s reading, rather than his relationships, that were most influential in shaping his personal beliefs...

Such a self-made politician has a common demerit usually: international issues.

The Civil War was fought on the issue of a split of the United States of America for whatever reasons.

There just happened to be an issue of slavery, if allowed to state so from a certain cynical point of view.

But Abraham Lincoln was a genius like Karl Marx who leveraged his talent in economics to challenge the Christian European-Civilization.

President Abraham Lincoln succeeded in foreclosing the U.K. and other European powers from interfering in the Civil War. For this purpose, President Lincoln leveraged Christian morals against slavery. Lincoln excellently stressed the justice and righteousness on his side trying to give freedom to the 19th century’s American slaves in bondage of sinful people imitating lives of rich Europeans.

President Abraham Lincoln did not request Negro States to be free states but consistently claimed that no more Negro States must be admitted in the United States.

His largest meritorious deed is the prevention of the split of the United States rather than realization of emancipation, since the split might have happened due to international interference.

It is ordinary, free American citizens who found their sin in the 19th century’s American slavery system that actually promoted the emancipation since the system was very anti-Christ, thus leading to a state of religious war to whatever extent.

Indeed, when Abraham Lincoln met Harriet Beecher Stowe (June 14, 1811 – July 1, 1896), "it is claimed that he said, ‘So you're the little woman who wrote the book that made this great war!'"

As President Abraham Lincoln seems not to have been well prepared for the Civil War, he in fact failed to secure many lives who otherwise might have enjoyed the Gilded Age, since the death toll was 620,000.

Conversely, the concept of the Civil War must have been what was originally beyond his paradigm, though it might have been closer to the one of Harriet Beecher Stowe; God only knows.

I really want to know what Mr. Powell and Ms. Rice think about it. If they praise and respect Abraham Lincoln more than any American heroes, I will also praise and respect Abraham Lincoln more than any American heroes.

SECTION II: Global Business Model

Last year, in the Davos Forum, Mr. George Solos presented an idea that a sheriff or a global financial supervisor of authority should be appointed to monitor doubtful transactions that would gravely damage the world financial system and hence deliver early warnings to governments and financial sectors.

His idea was flatly rejected by participants in that session of the Forum. Instead, they were almost shouting, "Money! Money! Big Money! China!" in their mind, while some were anxiously discussing the emerging subprime loan crisis.

My proposal is to set up a global financial supervising committee consisting of representatives of the six major religions of the world: Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Japanese Spiritualism.

Only religion can in theory deal with any scale of huge money so coolly.

One from the American Judaist community, one from the Vatican, one from Mecca, one from India, one from Tibet, and one from Japan should form a committee to provide any religiously mandatory advice to peoples of good faith all over the world if such a crisis as the subprime loan debacle is coming closer.


That is all for today.

(Next Monday is a Japanese national holiday: the Coming-of-Age Day. If mankind starts to live on the moon, I suppose mankind can live a longer life due to smaller gravity. What do you think about it as an indirect observer? Anyway, the earth has the only one natural satellite - the moon, which is however very unusual in the whole universe.


Joh 1:10 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.

Joh 1:11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not.

Joh 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:

Joh 1:13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

Friday, January 09, 2009

"Thy Prayer is Heard"

"Thy Prayer is Heard"

I am afraid that there is some misunderstanding among Americans and Europeans on Shintoism, while tens of millions of Japanese visit and worship at shrines on the New Year’s Day, the holy three days, and the holy first week of the year.

It is true that some emperors of ancient days are enshrined in many Shintoism shrines, but they are not the only gods for the Shinto religion.

There are almost 110,000 shinto shrines all over Japan. Most of them enshrine gods or heroes of Japanese mythology, since the era of gods preceded the era of emperors in Japan.


I am afraid that there is some misunderstanding among Americans and Europeans on the Imperial Family of Japan.

Though I don’t claim that the Princess Diana case is symbolic of European royal families, it is impossible in Japan.

In this context, non-Christian Japanese Imperial Family is more Christian than European Royal families, though the former has their own religion but the latter are virtually subject to the Vatican, directly, indirectly, or remotely, thus being simply secular.

In other word, the Japanese Imperial Family is holy; but European royal families are not essentially.

It is said that there are four or five major categories of Shintoism. The Imperial Family represents one of them.

Yet, it is true once, namely 1300 years ago or so, the Imperial Family adopted Buddhism as the de-facto national religion. The prominent Todaiji Great Temple was built in the early 8th century by Emperor Shomu so as to house the great statue of Buddha.

According to records kept by Tōdai-ji, more than 2,600,000 people in total helped construct the Great Buddha and its Hall. The 16 m (52 ft) high statue was built through eight castings over three years, the head and neck being cast together as a separate element…. and the Buddha was finally completed in 751. A year later, in 752, the eye-opening ceremony was held with an attendance of 10,000 people to celebrate the completion of the Buddha. The Indian priest Bodhisena performed the eye-opening for Emperor Shōmu.

So, the Imperial Family of Japan established its authority through religion rather than military or political power in the long Japanese history.

However, when descendants of samurais put the emperor at the head of the state in the political term in the second half of the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century, Japan had to face severe challenges in the history, resulting in the collapse of the Empire of Japan in 1945.

Now, Japan does neither call itself an empire or a kingdom, nor style its state a republic. It calls itself simply Japan with the Emperor as the symbol of the nation.


The Crown Prince of Japan is called His Imperial Highness Crown Prince Naruhito, the eldest son of His Majesty The Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko.

But when searching articles with the keyword "Naruhito-shinnou (Prince Naruhito)" using the Japanese Yahoo search engine, the number of retrieved sites or pages would be 98,100. Yet with the keyword "Masako-hi (Princess Masako)," the number would be 728,000.

(In comparison, the keyword "Obama" in Japanese would return 36,200,000 pages in the Japanese Internet domain.

Yet, the keyword "Ten-nou [emperor]" would return 49,100,000 pages.)

As there are no noble classes in Japan, Crown Princess Masako, an ex-elite bureaucrat of the Foreign Ministry, is of course from the no-privileged class, though her father has been an elite diplomat and intellectual person.

As she seems to have been used to live and work in environments associated with the European/American Civilization, namely the Christian Civilization, I think it would not have been easy for her to perform shintoism in a manner that satisfies tradition-loving people in the highest society of Japan.

Crown Prince Naruhito and Princess Masako have only one child: Aiko, Princess Toshi.,_Crown_Princess_of_Japan

SECTION III: Kiko, Princess Akishino

The Crown Prince of Japan has a younger brother: His Imperial Highness Prince Akishino, the second son of His Majesty The Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko.

Prince Akishino married a daughter of a professor of a university when she was just a student of a graduate school.

Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko have two daughters and one son.

It is expected, by law, that their son, Prince Hisahito of Akishino, to be Emperor of Japan someday.

In older days, namely 1400 years ago or so, there were female emperors who held real power in the imperial court. In that case, each of those female emperors was also a mother of an emperor or an ex-empress. They tried to secure the Chrysanthemum Throne for their very young sons or grandsons.

Yet it would be a difficult situation for any Japanese lady to be a mother of a future emperor just like the case of Her Imperial Majesty Empress Michiko who is also not from a noble class, since noble classes were abolished in Japan after the Second World War.


That is respectfully all for today.

Just 1600 years ago, a Chinese authentic history book reported that a king of Japan sent an envoy to the imperial court of China to receive a gold seal in A.D. 57, which is the first for Japan with anybody to represent it regardless of the effective area of his dominion to be recorded in history, matching the establishment of the Gospels for Ever-Holy Jesus Christ.

Nonetheless, the king is yet to be identified by Japanese scholars and professors to date, though the gold seal (believed to be genuine) was discovered 200 years ago in a small island annexed to Kyusyu, one of four main islands of Japan situated near the Korean Peninsula.

(Of course, God only knows whether or not one of your descendants will be a king or a queen if not an emperor somewhere, say, in Jerusalem.


Luk 1:7 And they had no child, because that Elisabeth was barren, and they both were now well stricken in years.

Luk 1:8 And it came to pass, that while he executed the priest's office before God in the order of his course,

Luk 1:9 According to the custom of the priest's office, his lot was to burn incense when he went into the temple of the Lord.

Luk 1:10 And the whole multitude of the people were praying without at the time of incense.

Luk 1:11 And there appeared unto him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of the altar of incense.

Luk 1:12 And when Zacharias saw him, he was troubled, and fear fell upon him.

Luk 1:13 But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John.

Thursday, January 08, 2009

"In Whom I am Well Pleased"

"In Whom I am Well Pleased"

Last year, namely in 2008, many prominent people died all over the world:
Edmund Hillary, George Habash, Suharto, Arthur C. Clarke, Dith Pran, Charlton Heston, Irena Sendler, Sydney Pollack, Alxander Solzhenitsyn, Hua Guofeng, V.P. Singh, Alexy II, and Paul Newman in addition to much more respectable persons.

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Yet, very symbolic might be the demise of Alxander Solzhenitsyn, a notable Russian author who refused to sell his soul to both the U.S.S.R. and the U.S.

SECTION I: Alxander Solzhenitsyn

When I was young, I read a few novels (of the Japanese-translated version) Alxander Solzhenitsyn had authored in his hardship under the communist regime of the Soviet Union.

In those days, a certain Japanese manga artist presented his work in which a main character said that it was better to be a shoe-shiner in Florida than a revolutionary hero in Siberia.

Indeed, there were many Japanese youths in those days who loved the Russian literature. I also read some humble works of Dostoyevskii. That may be a reason why I did not wish the all-out thermonuclear war between the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. at all.

(It was also last year that I got more accurate insight into the fate of Alxander Solzhenitsyn as I happened to see a TV program of Hitsory Channel which reminded me of a long forgotten old hero in my mind. I could then read some of the riddles about him. Alxander Solzhenitsyn had a brave wife he later however divorced.)

SECTION II: Shuichi Kato

The notable Japanese critic died in 2008.

Shūichi Katō (19 September 1919 – 5 December 2008) was a Japanese critic and author. He is best known for his works in the field of literature and culture.

Born in Tokyo, Katō served as lecturer at Tokyo University (Dept. of Literature) and Yale University, professor at the Free University of Berlin and the University of British Columbia, guest professor at Ritsumeikan University (Dept. of International Relations), and curator of the Kyoto Museum for World Peace.

Katō had a degree as a Doctor of Medicine, specialising in haematology.

A convinced pacifist, Kato worked for the abolishing of nuclear arms. He formed a group with philosopher Shunsuke Tsurumi and novelist Kenzaburo Oe to defend the war-renouncing Article 9 of the Constitution of Japan. For almost 30 years, from 1980 until his death, he wrote a widely read column in the evening culture pages of the Asahi Shimbun in which he discussed society, culture, and international relations from a literate and resolutely leftist perspective.

Shuichi Kato was truly an intellectual person who lived as such earning money for life as such.

His writing can be a good material for foreigners to learn and understand how intellectual Japanese think and feel inside.

But, no ordinary Japanese businessmen must not know anything about him nowadays.

If they belong to the upper echelon of a corporate hierarchy in a major company, such as Toyota, Sony, Panasonic, or Nomura or Mitsubishi UFJ, no ordinary Japanese businessmen must not have ever read or been impressed by any of works of Shuichi Kato.

Ordinary Japanese businessmen are "usually" not intellectual persons. Conversely, an intellectual student in Japan "usually" avoids working in an ordinary company, good or bad. Yet it is not truly Christian at all, in my view.

SECTION III: Mr. Kenzaburo Oe

Authour Mr. Kenzaburo Oe is still active as I watched him in an NHK TV program a few days ago.

Kenzaburō Ōe (Ōe Kenzaburō?, born January 31, 1935) is a major figure in contemporary Japanese literature. His works, strongly influenced by French and American literature and literary theory, engage with political, social and philosophical issues including nuclear weapons, social non-conformism and existentialism.

Ōe was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1994 for creating "an imagined world, where life and myth condense to form a disconcerting picture of the human predicament today."


When Mr. Kenzaburo Oe won Nobel Prize, he frequently made TV appearances. Then I for the first time noticed that he tends to show a certain, too sensible reactive behavior sometimes, though not ill-like, that looks like having a deep root in his mental and physical composition.

That may be a reason why he has never thought of working like ordinary people among ordinary people. Probably he must have been able to only become a writer; and he actually became so, in my humble observation.

I learnt some from his words, nonetheless.

He said once, though on TV, that what one has learnt through his own profession would help him cope with even the most serious crisis he must encounter someday in his life.

I did not read his novels much. His line did not even look like aligning with a mainstream atmosphere of Japan as the world No.2 economic power, though Japanese Gross National Product was first evaluated as No.2 in the world (excluding the U.S.S.R.) in 1968.


That is all for today.

I did not think ever I could be an author.

But, nowadays, I think I may be someday.

(How do you like the idea, my dear? )

Mar 1:8 I indeed have baptized you with water: but he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost.

Mar 1:9 And it came to pass in those days, that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized of John in Jordan.

Mar 1:10 And straightway coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens opened, and the Spirit like a dove descending upon him:

Mar 1:11 And there came a voice from heaven, saying, Thou art my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Walk in the Light

(The Three Major Scenes: The Imperial Palace Park, The Asakusa Temple Area, and the Tokyo Tower Backdrop)

Walk in the Light

It might have been very hot in the New Year party room, since hotels and facilities providing such a party hall must be very busy nowadays in Tokyo.

Nonetheless, in the New Year Holiday a miracle occurred in Tokyo.

There were hundreds of hard-working people who had been fired in previous weeks by many first-rate Japanese companies that had hired them as irregular employment. It was all due to the global financial crisis. Yet, hundreds of poor Japanese workers were forced to face the New Year as the homeless in cold nights of Tokyo from the year end to early January.

But, here came supporters and NGOs of good will to provide them with tents, blankets, and other equipment.

Even the usually cold-blooded bureaucrats of the Health, Labour and Welfare Ministry allowed those temporary homeless people to use their facilities in the Ministry building as a temporary shelter for several days over the New Year’s day.

But, business aristocracies and leaders of Japan may need to take more compassion for those poor workers.

Those rich people held a New Year party all together yesterday or so. Some said the business climate is now minus 20 degrees below the freezing point. Other said that it is really cold but will not cause death from cold. A majority indicated that they are feeling some heat enough to energize their business for the future.

Japanese business leaders are no more fools than American business leaders are.

Yet, America is full of different races, tribes, and strangers in its national members. In contrast, Japan has the only one major race: the Japanese.

European American leaders would probably not feel any grave pains from their bottom of heart even if they see very poor citizens suffering so badly, when they find that ancestors of such poor people belonged to Africa, the Middle East, Asia, or the Incan/Mayan worlds before the era of Columbus.

But, Japanese leaders must feel grave pains from their bottom of heart when they see very poor Japanese citizens suffering so badly, since all are of the same Japanese race.

Japanese leaders must feel grave pains from their bottom of heart when they see very poor East Asian citizens suffering so badly, since ancestors of all were of the same or overlapped East Asian race and tribes.

Japanese leaders must feel grave pains from their bottom of heart when they see very poor Hindu or Buddhist citizens suffering so badly, since ancestors of all shared the same or overlapped roots of religion.

Japanese leaders must feel grave pains from their bottom of heart when they see very poor Islamic citizens suffering so badly, since ancestors of all shared the same or overlapped non-Roman Empire and non-colonialism traditions.

I also feel grave pains to see descendants of European Judaists who had survived the total massacre by Nazis during WWII still being engaged in a war for their survival in the next 2000 years without knowing the mind of the God or Allah.

(So, the party must have been very hot, mustn’t it? Indeed party goers might be as innocent as church goers, since the Obama party is yet to come. But, dear, it can be quite quiet, for it is still within the Holy First Week of the New Year in Japan. )

1Jo 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Charity out of a Pure Heart

(North and South Extensions of Transportation through the Tokyo Station)

Charity out of a Pure Heart

The year 2008 was very exceptional in terms of science for Japan. If no financial crisis had hit so hard the nation, the Japanese society would be more engaged in a heated discussion about the intellectual power of the nation. It is because three Japanese citizens and one naturalized American from a Japanese national, namely four of the Japanese race, won Nobel Prize in 2008.

First of all, Japanese scientists are very different from any others of Asia and Africa.

Japanese scientists are not educated in foreign language all through primary school to university. They are educated in the Japanese language all through domestic primary school to domestic university. They may go to Harvard or Cambridge, however, only as grown-up scientists. It is because Japan has never had colonial masters from Europe or America.

In this context, work of Japanese scientists is a fruit of Japanese unique traditions, culture, and history.

Indeed, Japan is a nation of 2000 year history, importing, absorbing, and applying physical and spiritual work of ancient China and India, including Buddhism and Confucianism.

Though Egypt, Arab countries, Aryan nations, India, and China could not sustain consistent development and deployment of their past or ancient glory and civilization, only Japan has been able to achieve it.

The quality and the quantity, or the depth and fullness of Japanese Civilization allowed the nation to be the world No.4 country militarily before WWII and the world No.2 country economically after WWII.

But, a more significant implication is that Japan closed its door to the world from 1639 to 1853, though, importing some cultural goods through restricted channels from Holland, China, and Korea.

In this period of national isolation under the samurai regime, Japan also developed a unique economic system based on a feudal system. It was also supported by a higher educational standard of the Tokugawa samurai period. About half of Japanese farmers and most of craftsmen and merchants at least in the 18th century could read, write, and calculate on the abacus, though samurai bureaucrats were all requested to read and write even Chinese classics in addition to mastering the art of war.

Therefore, the concept of economy for the Japanese people is a little different, yet significantly no matter how subtle it may be conceived, from that for Europeans, Judaists, Muslims, Hindus, and even Chinese.

However without respecting these historic backgrounds, some American high-ranking officials, including a Secretary of the Treasury, tend to request certain changes in the Japanese economic, political, and social systems in their favor, which sometimes annoys or causes offence to some or many Japanese.

And, finally a showdown came in the last fall as all the major investment banks on Wall Street disappeared through bankruptcy, transformation to commercial banks, or M&A.

Then, there came an announcement that three Japanese citizens and one naturalized American from a Japanese national, namely four of the Japanese race, won Nobel Prize in 2008.

Last night, the NHK TV station in Tokyo broadcast a program featuring the four Japanese-race scientists.

Especially, they introduced an interesting story on Mr. Yoichiro Nambu, now an American citizen.

When Mr. Nanbu retired from the service for the Imperial Military in 1945, he had no professors to help him resume his study in physics in the University of Tokyo. He established his talent and success in the field almost all by himself so as to be invited to the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, United States, in 1952.

Though he could frankly talk with Albert Einstein, Mr. Nanbu had to compete with so many talented American scientists, which made him experience a professional crisis he had never suffered in Japan.

Yet, Mr. Nanbu moved to the University of Chicago to pull himself together, delivering many epoch-making theories and achievements.

Finally, Mr. Yoichiro Nambu sent a good word for Japanese youths in the NHK studio. It is from ancient Chinese philosophy.

It reads: Learning without thought is barren; Thinking without learning is parlous.

(When I was very young, I thought if I had become a Nobel-Prize-class scientist like Hideki Yukawa I would have had to fly over the Pacific Ocean to see somebody like Einstein in a jet plane which must have been providing some sentimental background music. So, what did you hear even if not flying from Paris? )

1Ti 1:5 Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned:

1Ti 1:6 From which some having swerved have turned aside unto vain jangling;

1Ti 1:7 Desiring to be teachers of the law; understanding neither what they say, nor whereof they affirm.

Monday, January 05, 2009

In All Utterance, and In All Knowledge

(Mt. Fuji and Venus in the evening on January 3, 2009)

In All Utterance, and In All Knowledge

Around 5 P.M. of January 3, I observed the moon and Venus in the cold winter sky being aligned on a straight line that diagonally fell onto Mt. Fuji.

The holiest three days of Japan ended, and people have started to work for the new year this Monday.

But the mood is very different from a year ago when Toyota was enjoying its maximum success of surpassing GM in terms of car sales, and Wall Street was still shining glamorously on a white hill over which Mr. Obama looked like still fighting an uphill battle.

But, I gave a warning a year ago as Benazir Bhutto was killed so ominously, which must have serious effects on the world.

Indeed, Mrs. Clinton lost a chance to become the President of the U.S. Wall Street collapsed following the fiasco in crude-oil price hikes Islamic oil-producing nations supported. Terror outraged in India. China suffered the great natural disaster and financial shock waves. And, finally, Israel launched a new large-scale military operation on Hamas in Gaza.

Truly, at the beginning of 2008, I had strong concerns about the assassination of Benazir Bhutto, the planned Beijing Olympic Games, the U.S. Presidential Election campaigns with Mr. Obama and Mrs. Clinton as major candidates, and the ever-increasing danger of the possible subprime-loan catastrophe.

However, every incident in 2008 was beyond my expectation, to be honest, including the resignation of Japan’s Prime Minister Mr. Yasuo Fukuda in the last fall with the intention of securing the victory of the LDP in the expected snap election under the new leader of Mr. Taro Aso who was then more popular among voters.

Now at the beginning of 2009, I can say that it would be the start of a new sub-era, since an old one was ended with Mr. Barack Obama having been elected as U.S. President in 2008.

In this context, the current Israel’s attack on Hamas would be a significant factor of this new sub-era. It might really trigger a new and large-scale reaction from the entire Islamic world like never before. Egypt should open the border and accept Gaza people, though 1.5 million new refugees would require large-scale international aid.

Yet, the amount of money globally invested in businesses and M&As last year was $3.3 trillion, though it shows a declining trend from previous years. The huge money globally manipulated by rich and super-rich players in the financial market continues to be a factor impossible to overlook.

But, of course, the issue is a crisis on mankind of a historical scale.

For example, if we had another Hitler and Nazis today, the world would face such a crisis.

In this context, the whole sequence of the history must be reviewed, including the 9/11 Terror, which rich and super-rich people are not interested in at all, since they are still busy living with big money.

So, it is nice for you sometimes to clean out your brain and mind. If you can do that, you can even avoid life-threatening mistakes.

While being blown by a cold wind under the dark blue vault of heaven, the New Year Holiday in Japan was over with the sunset on January 3.

1Co 1:1 Paul called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother,

1Co 1:2 Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both their's and our's:

1Co 1:3 Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.

1Co 1:4 I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ;

1Co 1:5 That in every thing ye are enriched by him, in all utterance, and in all knowledge;

1Co 1:6 Even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you:

1Co 1:7 So that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ:

1Co 1:8 Who shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.