Salvation depends on faith, on the right faith. "Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him." (Hebrews 10:38) The devil, however, is interested to lead a person…
The sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross stands on the path to God. If anyone wants to come to God, enter into His Kingdom, this is only possible through faith in Jesus Christ’s sacrifice on the Calvary. There is absolutely no other way! No one can enter into the Kingdom of God by bypassing the Calvary, by going either to the right or to the left, and not recognizing the saving sacrifice of Christ, or replacing it with other teachings. It is impossible to enter the Kingdom of God with other teachings. This must be clearly understood and believed because it is written, “No one comes to the Father except through Me,” (John 14:6). The Lord Jesus Christ said this Himself and this is the Truth. As of recent, one hears more and more often that all paths lead to God, you don’t necessarily have to go through Christ, that there is a reconciliation between faiths. This is a terrible lie.
How do you know whether you follow man or whether you follow God? It is a question of life and death. Whoever you follow, you will be interested in them, in their words, their way. If you are following God, you will be interested in His Word, His Teaching, His Way, His Will. The words that you follow were either spoken by God or by man… God spoke a pure, clean word. Do you follow the Pure teaching of Jesus Christ, as it is written in the Bible, without any deviations?
A message came from Above, information came from God Himself – that the person is freed from the old nature, once and for all, through Christ, through His death and resurrection. Who believes that today?
Any person that begins to believe something, begins to tell others what they believe. If a person believes that there is a big sale in a really expensive store and everything is 90% off – what do they do? They run over there, try that faith out, and if it worked – they begin to tell others. If a person says I have faith in something, but they do not act on it or tell others about it – that means that faith is dead, it has no substance, it is just information that is not acted upon, which bears no fruit. Faith is always driven by word, by information that you hear. Once you hear that information, if you believe it, then you will act on it…
“O wretched man that I am! Who shall deliver me from the body of this death?” (Romans 7:24) How many times have you heard this scripture in sermons that justify the sinful nature of a person? Typically it goes like this: “well even Paul called himself a wretched man, that he’s a sinner. And if Paul was like this, then what can we say about ourselves?” But what is Paul really writing about here? Is this the condition (the condition of a wretched man) of a person who is born again, born from above? Paul is writing about the condition of war, a condition where you are in constant battle between the law (which is good) and sin (which is bad). This is the condition of a person who is under the law. Christ came to free us from the law and from the wretched state, from sin!
Why did God plant two trees, carrying two opposite outcomes for man? This predicament reveals that God endowed man with free will, free and personal desires, feelings, thoughts and reasoning of mind, so that man could freely accept and reject, to obey and to disobey.
Death is a touching subject, especially if someone experienced the death of a loved one, someone dear to them. Perhaps death is a subject you try to avoid, try not to think about, or imagine it to be something that is surreal, something that does not pertain to you. Perhaps you imagine it as a natural event occurring at an old age, after you have lived an eventful or ‘fruitful’ life.
Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting Life. It isn’t necessary to tell people to “try” to attain the food for the flesh, because you are already naturally and constantly trying to attain food for the flesh. But this earthy food will pass, it does not give eternal Life. The Heavenly food, on the other hand, gives a man eternal Life!
Just as being born in the flesh – the person has never existed on earth, the same from God – born of God, a New Creation in Christ appeared, which previously had never been, this is a New Creature, the old has died; if the old creature, according to Adam, does not die, a new Creature in Christ and by Christ cannot appear. Hence it is very important to understand the birth from God.