Salvation is not a procedure, a methodology, a series of steps that you follow and then you have the HOPE of eternal life. Salvation is about being a NEW CREATURE, being BORN AGAIN of the Spirit of God, becoming a child of God, being entirely renewed inside, to come into relationship and communion with the Living God and then to follow and obey Him, to live our lives to please Him. It is a LIVE RELATIONSHIP of a Child of God with his Creator God, with his Father.
We need to be BORN AGAIN to be children of God. We cannot just follow a series of steps and then pronounce ourselves as born again or as children of God. If you are not RENEWED inside, if you are not utterly changed to become a child of God then you do not KNOW Him and you do not have the HOPE of salvation. The only way that we can have salvation is through the gospel of Jesus Christ, OBEYING His words, His commands. Jesus commanded that we REPENT and turn from our evil ways, that we OBEY HIM, that we commit ourselves to become HIS disciples, HIS followers and to do His will. We must turn away from our previous lifestyle, we must turn away from sin and from self-gratification and COMMIT to OBEY God, to live a life that is pleasing to God.
If we approach Jesus Christ with a contrite heart, bow down on our knees, submit ourselves to Him, humble ourselves before Him and plead Him forgiveness of our past sins, our previous selfish lifestyle and we commit ourselves to obedience to Him, He will forgive our past sins that we committed in ignorance and He will accept us as children of God. He will make us NEW INSIDE but then we have to OBEY Him, go after Him. We have to be baptized in water, in obedience to Jesus Christ as a confession of our faith and our commitment to Him as a token of the washing off of our sins and the death of our previous lifestyle, to emerge from that water a new person that is committed to serve God. If we commit to serve Jesus, if we accept Jesus and we repent from our wicked ways and we are baptized in water then He promised us the most wonderful GIFT, His very PRESENCE, His Holy Spirit to dwell in us and to be with us at all times for eternity so that we can live IN HIS PRESENCE, that we can be taught and guided by Him, that we can be children of God in this world, that we can SEE the kingdom of God and receive REVELATION from Jesus Christ, to know God, to know Jesus Christ for REAL.
The Holy Spirit was first given on the day of Pentecost. It was poured out on those who had repented and who had been baptized in water and who were earnestly expecting, SEEKING that infilling with the presence of God. He poured out His Spirit on them, they started speaking in other tongues as all those would also do who believed as result of their preaching and who also obeyed Jesus Christ, who also were baptized in water. They also received the Holy Spirit as the first believers did. The gift is promised to us as well, the presence of God in and with us. Without the Holy Spirit we cannot experience the presence of God, we cannot know Jesus Christ. As the apostle Paul wrote in Romans 8:14:”Those who are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.”
We cannot follow Jesus Christ if we are not PERMEATED with His Spirit, if we are not LED by His Spirit, if we are not guided, directed and willingly follow the guidance of the Holy Spirit we cannot be pleasing to God, we cannot serve the purpose for which He made us and called us to be servants of the kingdom of God and to become HEIRS of the kingdom of God IF we endure with Him until the end. IF we as OBEDIENT CHILDREN keep on serving and following Jesus Christ, doing the will of our Father until the end we will inherit His kingdom.
Most believers are not born again. Very few have received the Holy Spirit and of those who received the Holy Spirit very FEW follow the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Very few will enter into the kingdom of God and do the will of God because most believers have no relationship with God. They listen to preachers and other people. The listen to videos and they read the books of other people who profess to know God but they have got no knowledge of God because they are not following God, they do not know Jesus Christ.
We are witnesses of Jesus. I know Jesus, I follow Him and therefor I come to you and I implore you, I say: Friend, get to know Jesus Christ. Seek Him with all your heart, be baptized in water. Seek the infilling with the Holy Spirit. Seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit and FOLLOW that guidance. LISTEN to Jesus. Don’t listen to people. Be guided by the Holy Spirit and SERVE the kingdom of God. That is what He is calling you for and that is what He has called me for. It is to be SONS OF GOD who do the will of God.
Have you been born again of the Spirit of God? Have you become a child of God and are you doing the will of God? Are you following Jesus Christ? Have you become part of the kingdom of God? Or are you just like most believers DECEIVED because they don’t know God, they don’t know Jesus Christ? Jesus Christ is the WAY. Get to KNOW Him. Seek His Spirit, seek His guidance. Follow Him and OBEY Him and He will guide you into all truth. He will teach you all you need to know and you will bear the fruit, you will do the works that He prepared for you to do.
Jesus is calling YOU. Will you respond? Will you go after Him or will you turn away and regret it for eternity?
May Jesus bless you.