There are many in the world who tell you all you have to do to "get saved" is believe in Jesus, that's it...just beleive. I've covered on this blog in previous posts that the devil "believes" too, does that mean he's going to heaven? No, it does'nt. Those who tell you all that's required is to believe in the son of God, stop where the devil stops.
The devil does believe, what he does not do is OBEY. I have said many times that the two most important words in the bible are "in Christ." "In Christ" you are "ready" to go to heaven, you are one of the wise virgins waiting for the bridegroom. Let's read some more about "the children of God."
1 John 5
1 Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him. 2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments. 3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous. 4 For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.
5 Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God? 6 This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth. 7 For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. 8 And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one. 9 If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: for this is the witness of God which he hath testified of his Son. 10 He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son. 11 And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12 He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.
13 These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God. 14 And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: 15 And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.
16 If any man see his brother sin a sin which is not unto death, he shall ask, and he shall give him life for them that sin not unto death. There is a sin unto death: I do not say that he shall pray for it. 17 All unrighteousness is sin: and there is a sin not unto death.
18 We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not. 19 And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness. 20 And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.
21 Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen.
Everything written here is really important but I highlighted pieces that make the point this morning. If you say you are born of God because you believe, I would ask you, you believe (so does the devil), but do you "sinneth not?" The devil passes the belief test, but fails the sin test. Look closely at what is written in verse 13 above, Paul is telling you how you can KNOW that ye have eternal life, and nothing, zero zilch is mentioned about "making a decision for Jesus." The whole idea that you are "saved" because you made a teary eyed decision 15 years ago and today are living in sin is shot down right here.
Paul is talking about how you can know you are saved and what does he talk about..SIN NOT and believe. Todays church is all about belief and nothing about "sin not." Whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself. You are told explicitly here that those born of god sin not, and....keepeth himself. There's a newsflash and another satanic lie blown out of the water. The idea that you made a decision 20 years ago (or whatever) then God does everything for you till you die to make sure you go to heaven in spite of yourself has been nuked. He that is born of God keeps HIMSELF. That means YOU are responsible here. Remember, Paul is talking about eternal life here, NOT rewards in heaven.
To punctuate all this at the very end, the most important words are used, as they are again and again and again in the bible...and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ.
I want you to notice the polar opposite word sets being used by babylonian churchianity versus the word of God. Todays so called christianity talks almost exclusively about being "saved" yet they NEVER talk about being and remaining "in him" / "in Christ. The bible is the exact opposite. The bible uses the words "in him" and "in Christ" over and over again, and almost never uses the term "saved." Why is that? Does'nt the phrase "I got saved" imply a "done deal?" That's precisely why the bible DOES'NT use that phrase.
The bible talks about being "in Christ" and REMAINING "in him." So called christianity talks about "getting saved." The difference is night and day.
If you want to KNOW that you have eternal life, then you need to forget the lies that men have told you and read the truths that God is telling you right now. It's right there in front of your eyes in 1 John 5. It's also in John 15 with the discussion of the vine and the branches.
Churchianity talks alot about getting married and almost zero about staying married-as it pertains to salvation. Our salvation is likened to this by Jesus himself. Matt 25 is a parable about virgins and a bridegroom, that's marriage. Remain in me, is a command about STAYING married. This world should teach people something: its easy to get married, its difficult to REMAIN married. Is'nt that a no-brainer?
To talk about belief in Jesus without also talking about remaining without sin is to be willfully deceptive. The bible talks about BOTH. We are told that if we love him (marriage) we will obey his commands. If you say you love him, but don't obey his commands, are'nt you deceiving yourself and everyone else around you? You need to get married (enter into Christ) and remain married (remain "in him").
It's laid out clearly for you in John 15 and 1 John 5. There's no beating around the bush. This is important to think about. If time is short, then people don't have long to "get it right." If people are living in sin today and expect that they "made a decision" years ago so they have nothing to worry about, then they need to wake up.
Why will so FEW be saved? Because (in part-a major part) people have been lied to, and the lie pleased their ears so they held onto and cherished their lie that sin does'nt matter anymore. The cherished the lie that tells them sin won't affect their salvation, but only their rewards in heaven. Born of God means more than just believing, it means KEEPING YOURSELF, and SINNETH NOT.
Men tell you that if you've been "born of God" you can't be 'unborn' of him. I agree, but so what? The angels are all called "sons of god" which means they we're born of God too, and 1/3 of them will be swimming in the lake of fire in the not too distant future. Jesus said "be not deceived."
You can listen to the lies of men, or the word of God, it's your choice. In 1 John 5 we now know what it takes to have eternal life: its belief+keepeth youself+sinneth not. If you believe that Jesus is the Son of God, good, but remember, the devil believes that too. You need to figure out how you will end up in a different place than the devil in the end. Sin will get you killed eternally, be not deceived....
grace and peace
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