Living for Jesus, and faithfully enduring until the end
John 14:15 “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.
Living for Jesus involves keeping His commandments. Christ also came to redeem those that were under the law, that they also might receive the adoption of sons. It is preposterous to claim to be justified by the Law of Moses, and say that we love Jesus (Gal 4:5, John 1:17, Rom 3:20).
Acts 13:39 And by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses.
The New Law of Christ, is not only better than the old one, it is also the only option available (Luke 5:36-38, Heb 8:13).
Isaiah prophesied that God’s people would know the new law of Christ and it would be in their hearts and minds (Isa 51:4-7).
Jer 31:33 But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the Lord, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.
This passage refers to the true Israel of God, which includes all believers in Christ. Those that truly embrace Christ’s commandments are most definitely not under the Old Testament law.
Our understanding of the gospel must not be based upon the doctrines of the false teachers in the Christian church. This type of worship is considered to be vanity and is deceitful (Mat 15:8-9, John 4:24).
1 Cor 1:17 For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect.
True joy, wisdom and power only come from a Spirit filled relationship when Jesus dwells within us.
John 16:13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.
John 4:24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
The false teachers in the Christian church deny the Lord Jesus by reason of their damnable heresies, and bring upon themselves and their blind followers swift destruction (2 Peter 2:1, John 16:7, Luke 6:39).
If we are living for Jesus we need to be as wise as serpents and as harmless as doves. Those who are truly living for Jesus will know the truth, and it will set them free (Mat 10:16, John 8:32, John 14:6).
The truth, is one of the fruits or byproducts of the Holy Spirit that dwells within us, and it is an essential piece of armor that protects us from the devil (Eph 5:9, 6:14).
2 Tim 3:7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.
The reason so few come to the knowledge of the truth, is because they are under the control of false teachers. These more often than naught never graduate and partake in the ministry of serving Christ. This represents one of the greatest crimes ever committed within the walls of Christianity. This is similar to aiming for a degree in a certain field, without ever being able to leave the classroom, because the necessary skills are never obtained.
We are not to depend on the teachings of man for our answers. We all should be able to give an answer, to everyone that asks, for the reason of the hope of Christ that is within us (1 Peter 3:15).
Those who are Sealed with the Holy Spirit of truth have the mind of Christ. It is the Spirit of Christ that produces a true faith, and a sure hope of righteousness that can be received by those who endure unto the end (Gal 5:5, 1 Thes 5:8, 1 Pet 1:3, Mat 24:13, 1 Cor 2:16, 2 Cor 1:22, Eph 4:30, John 16:13).
Eph 4:14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive
It is a great tragedy to never experience the true indwelling of the Holy Spirit, and yet claim to be born again without any evidence that this transformation has taken place.
Living for Jesus, and faithfully enduring until the end of this age will involve considerable afflictions and a multitude of tribulations.
With the establishment of Christ’s kingdom, the true second gathering of the Israel of God will occur.
The interim sorrow that the redeemed experience is to be replaced with eternal joy once their redemption is fully realized.
The Elect that partake of the first resurrection shall inherit the kingdom and reign with Jesus for a thousand years.
As well, the second death holds no power over those that take part in the first resurrection unto eternal life.(Isaiah 35:10, 51:11, Mat 24:13, 25:32-34, Mark 13:24-27, Rev 20:4-12, 21:76).
Living for Jesus involves the ability to watch and pray. We must stay awake, or be vigilant, and prayer is an important part of this process.
Mat 26:41 Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak
Mat 22:37–38 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment
It is not at all difficult to Love Jesus completely once the realization of what He has done for us becomes our greatest treasure.
Mat 13:44 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field.
The earnest, which is the down payment of our inheritance with Christ, is that we are sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise. This contract that is a gift, is given to the elect, and it enables them to walk with Jesus regardless of the circumstances encountered along the way (Eph 1:13).
Living for Jesus involves following after Him; to know of him is not enough. Also, we are not really following Christ unless we are actively sharing Him with others.
Mat 4:19 And he said unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men
There is only one true God who can illuminate the path we must follow unto eternal life. Every other road leads to chaos and destruction (Mat 7:13-14).
The fulfillment of our contract with Christ is our redemption, which is realized when He returns with our Salvation (Eph 1:14, Heb 9:28, 1 Peter 1:5).
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