A Christian is a follower of Jesus, not just a believer. Many believe in Jesus but they do not follow nor obey Him. They are not really Christians. They might believe that they have salvation and that they will have eternal life, but they will not, if they do not follow and obey Jesus.
Many believers think that they will have eternal life because they believe in Jesus, they might be preachers, who build churches, preach and cast out demons. They might have Holy Spirit gifts and they perform miracles in the Name of Jesus, but they are living in sin. They cheat, steal, lie, watch pornography, lust, fornicate. They are not living holy lives. They are IN SIN. Without holiness no one will see the Lord.
Jesus said:” 21“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. 22“Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ 23“And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS.’ Matthew 7:21-23.
If we obey the commands of Jesus, repent and are baptized, live holy lives and live according to His teachings, as they were also recorded in Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, Jesus promised to disclose Himself to us. He promised to give His Holy Spirit to be with us and in us, to guide us in all things. We will know Him and He will know us, we will become His sheep, who follow Him. Jesus said:“My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; 28and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand.“John 10:27,28.
We have to become His sheep. We must know His voice, listen to Him, and follow Him to be able to serve Him and do what is pleasing to Him. Jesus is not impressed with the plans that believers make, the churches that they build, their own initiatives. He requires OBEDIENCE. He requires that we FOLLOW Him, that we follow the guidance of the Holy Spirit, go where He sends us and DO what He tells us to do.
Are you a Theoretical Christian? Do you just believe in Jesus, read the Bible, go to church, pay your tithes to the church and practice religion while you live in sin and follow your own mind and desires? Then you will not enter heaven, dear friend. You are on the broad road that leads to destruction.
You have to follow Jesus. Repent, stop sinning. Be baptized in water for the forgiveness of your sins. Live holy. Live in obedience to the teachings of Jesus. Seek Jesus with all your heart in prayer. Jesus will disclose Himself to you. He will baptize you in the Holy Spirit. He will speak to you. He will teach and guide you. He will KNOW you, and give you eternal life IF you follow Him until the end.
Are you one of His sheep, following and obeying Him, or are you a Theoretical Christian, deceived and on your way to destruction?
May Jesus bless you.