How do we receive eternal life through
Jesus' answer today is the same as in the past: "Keep the commandments ...and follow me!" Matt 19:17,21;
compare 1Pet 2:21-25; Rev 14:4.
Discipleship for us today means that we study
the life of Christ recorded in Holy Scripture (John 5:39; 8:31,32), and that we
obey his words (John 3:36; Heb 5:8,9; 11:8 etc; Jas 4:7; Rom 16:26).The Holy Spirit will cause the
same reaction in us as in the days of pentecost, when people confessed their
sins and cried: "What must we do?" Peter's answer
was: "Repent!" Acts 2:37-38. At another occasion he
said: "Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins
may be blotted out". Acts 3:19. The law of God, just like a mirror, shows us our defilement and
sins (Rom 4:15; 3:20; 7:7), which Jesus wants to wash away with his atoning
blood. This is the birth of the human love response to God. Jesus, speaking
about the woman that was a sinner, said: "Her sins, which
are many, are forgiven; for she loved much..." Luke 7:47. "We love him, because he first loved us. ...For this is the love
of God (our response), that we keep his commandments:
and his commandments are not grievous." 1 John 4:19; 5:3. In our love to
Christ we receive from God the power to overcome sin in our lives. "If ye love me, keep my commandments. And ...the Father will give
you another Comforter, ...the Spirit of truth." John 14:15-17. The love
and the strength of the Holy Spirit given to us enables us to overcome sin the
same way as Jesus overcame. (John 15:10; 1John 5:4-5; Rev 3:21).
incarnation of Jesus Christ, the Son of God (Phil 2:5-8; John 16:28), we can be
sure that God knows what kind of power He needs to give us to enable us to
fulfill the requirements of God's law and to withstand the temptations of our
weakened fleshly nature. "Forasmuch then as the children are
partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same,
that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is,
the devil; And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime
subject to bondage... Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like
unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in
things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the
We can receive this power, which overcomes sin, only as we
believe (John 6:28,29) in Jesus' examplary righteousness (a sinless life in a
fallen nature. Compare Rom 8:3; Heb 4:15), and as we personally accept in faith
his substitutionary sacrifice (John 3:16; 1:29).
Jesus did not die for His
own sins. We read: "For he hath made him to be sin for us,
who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him." 2Cor 5:21 (Compare 1John 3:5; John 8:46). This will mean that we repent of our
unrighteousness, acknowledge it, and turn from sin (the transgression of God's
law) and obey Him. (Prov 28:13; 1John 1:6-10; 2:4; 3:3-10; 1Pet 2:21; Matt
Faith and repentance are gifts of God for those who seek them with
an upright heart. God will work in us both of it by his Holy Spirit whenever we
give Him the opportunity. Faith is the result of the proclamation and the study
of the word of God (Rom 10:17).Jesus said: "Search the scriptures, for in
them ye think ye have eternal life, and they are they which testify of
me." (John 5:39; compare Luke 24:25-27; John 2:22; Rom 16:26; Acts
The study of accurately fulfilled divine prophecy, (concerning
world history foretold and the appearance of His Son), will strengthen our faith
in the divine plan of redemption through Jesus Christ and form a secure
foundation for our faith. (2Pet 1:19-21).
For a sincere study of the word of
God, we are promised an unseen divine Teacher: "But the
Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he
shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever
I have said unto you ...he will guide you into all truth ...thy word is
truth." John 14:26; 16:13; 17:17.
Whosoever rejects God's offer of
mercy and knowingly does not listen to the word of truth, does not read it, and
does not test it, will not receive from God the saving power of faith and will
eventually be among those who are eternally lost. (Jer 6:17-19; 9:12-15; Hos
"If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God,
that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given
him". James 1:5. Jesus tells us: "Ask, and it shall
be given you... If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your
children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to
them that ask him?" Matt 7:7,11. So let us ask, as did David: "Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit
within me." Ps 51:10 (Compare Ps 139:23-24).
Whosoever will sincerely
believe and pray will realize the experience: "I can do all
things through Christ which strengtheneth me." Phil 4:13.
Only as we follow Jesus with
a sincere heart, and as we trust Him as our living Redeemer, can we develop a
character like His, and thereby be prepared for His return. "This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days,
saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I
write them." Heb 10:16. (Compare Jer 31:33).
Do you remember that the
obedience of man was tested by a fruit in the garden of Eden (the tree of
knowledge of good and evil - Gen 2:16-17). Again, in the last days will the
obedience of man be tested with a special commandment of God (Jas 2:10). Then
the deceptive serpent asked: "Did God really
What catastrophic consequences did mankind reap from this
disobedience?! (Gen 3)
Doubt towards a plain command of God is again being
sown into the hearts of mankind in this age by the arch enemy of
God suggesting: "Is God really taking it that serious with the seventh-day
When it will be discovered that Sunday observance is
nothing other than a man made commandment, we must be reminded of the words of
Jesus: "Well hath Isaias prophesied of you hypocrites:
...'Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments
of men... Ye reject the commandments of God, that ye may keep your own
tradition." Mark 7:6-9.
Through his prophet Ezekiel God admonishes his
people: "Walk ye not in the statutes of your fathers,
neither observe their judgments (traditions), nor
defile yourselves with their idols: I am the Lord your God; walk in my statutes,
and keep my judgments, and do them. And hallow my sabbaths; and
they shall be a sign between me and you, that ye may know that
I am the Lord your God." Eze 20:18-20; Jer 9:12,13.
of men and their traditions do not free us from the Christian principle: "We ought to obey God rather than men." Acts 5:29;
|What will your decision be -
the Sabbath of the Lord or the papal
(Jer 10:2; 1Kings 18:21; 1Sam 15:22,23).
The Holy Spirit
admonishes us: "...Today, if ye will hear his voice, harden
not your hearts... For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased
from his own works, as God did from his. Let us labour therefore to enter into
that (sabbath-) rest, lest
any man fall after the same example of unbelief." Heb 4:7,10-11.
those will be redeemed and saved of which the Bible says: "Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the
commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus." Rev 14:12.
plagues and judgments will soon fall upon mankind who have received the Mark,
the name, or the number of the Beast, or who will worship the Beast and his
Image (who submit to an antichristian, religious-political authority), and who,
by that act, have taken a position against the clear will and warning of God
(Rev 13:16-18; 14:9-11; 16:2; 18; 19:19-21).
|The signs of the times tell
us that we are in the very last hour of this earth's
This judgment hour message may
cause fear in some. But in reality, it is a message of salvation - a message from a loving God, "not willing that any should
perish, but that all should come to repentance." (2Pet 3:9)
sincere individual will experience that: "The fear of the
Lord is the beginning of knowledge." Prov 1:7 (Compare Luke 12:4,5; Ex
20:20). Fear is created only by sin. (See Gen 3:10,11). However, after we have
accepted forgiveness through the love of God in Jesus Christ we will experience,
that "There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out
fear... He that feareth is not made perfect in love. We love him, because he
first loved us." 1John 4:18-19.
The feeling of being lost is changed
into an assurance of salvation, and the fear of God into respect and love. The
hopelessness is changed into a singleness of purpose, and general fear into a
joyful expectation of the fulfillment of a divine promise. God's offer, the time
for repentance and return, will last only for a little while. Use this time to
seriously examine your own condition and to turn around as the time of probation
will soon end before the return of Christ.
the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens
shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt
with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned
up... be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and
blameless." 2Pet 3:10,14. (Compare Isa 55:6-9; Mal 3:17,18; 4:1,2).
"Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter:
Fear God, and keep his commandments; for this is the whole duty of man. For God
shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be
good, or whether it be evil." Eccl 12:13-14.