It is interesting how in James chapter 2 it is written that faith, without works, is dead. This shows that it is possible to have faith, but if the faith doesn’t have works (if the faith doesn’t work!), this faith is in vain, it is dead! Such serious words! So what kind of works should my faith have? If you are a serious believer, it is important to ask yourself – does my faith work? Does my faith give me eternal life?
Many of us know and have read verses in the Bible where Jesus tells us to Come, and Follow Him. But what does it mean to follow Jesus? Many Christians proclaim to be followers, disciples of Jesus. But how can one truly follow Jesus?
In order to follow Jesus, one first needs to step foot unto the path, the path of Everlasting Life, the path of Jesus.
Jesus said in John 14:6, that He is “the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”
And the ultimate goal is to be able to say as Apostle Paul said in 2 Timothy 4:7 “I have finished my course (in other words path), and have kept the faith.”
However, in order to finish the course, one must first begin the course, step unto the course. Likewise, in order to keep the faith, one must first find and obtain the faith.
This faith comes from hearing, as it is written in Romans 10:17 “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”
Just like a cat begats (in other words gives birth to) a kitten, a dog begats puppies, and a person begats a person. Likewise, Christ, who is Holy and Righteous, begats a New Being, one that is also holy and sin-free. In James 1:18, it is written that He begat us (in other words, gave birth to us) from the word of truth:
Of His own will begat He us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures. (James 1:18)
We can therefore conclude that it is necessary to first hear and believe in the word of truth in order to take the first step unto the path of following Jesus. This word of truth is written in the Bible and was brought to us by Jesus Himself in the flesh. Jesus Christ came down from heaven to do the will of His Father (John 6:38), to save us!
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved.” John 3:16-17
I believe in this, not just as a historical event, but as the Truth! I believe that when Jesus was crucified on the cross, there I was with Him. And when He resurrected, there I was with Him also! As it is written in Romans Chapter 6:
Therefore we are buried with Him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: knowing this, that our old man is crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. For he that is dead is freed from sin. Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him: knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more: death hath no more dominion over him. For in that He died, He died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God. (Romans 6:4-9)
In order to truly follow Christ, one must accept His teaching in purity and completely, fully! This means, the death for this world, for All false teachings (all untruth), for your complete self, and the resurrection in Christ a New Being, one that is holy and sin-free! And this death and resurrection in Christ is what it means to lose one’s life in order to gain it. This is the cross that we carry: our death and resurrection which occurred on Calvary!
Then said Jesus unto His disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. (Matthew 16:24-25)
It John 8:32, it is written that we should know the truth and the truth will set us free. This is referring to the freedom from the old Adam, the old sinful nature. Let’s take into consideration the routes/paths that we physically see around us today. When you are going or driving to some destination, how do you know that you are going in the right direction? The answer is quite simple, you look at the road signs around you. For example, if I’m in Florida and looking to go to North Carolina, if the road signs around me say “so and so miles left to Texas,” then obviously I am travelling in the wrong direction. Spiritually speaking, there are signs around us to indicate whether or not we are truly following Jesus. These same signs indicate our faith, whether it is the true faith. So what are these signs? These signs are the fruits of the Spirit: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.” Galatians 5:22-24. These signs are holiness and righteousness, as opposed to sin! And if you do not see these indications/signs, then while there is still today, the day of salvation, seek to obtain this faith, so that the faith can truly set you free! For nothing impure shall enter the Kingdom of God!