The gospel of Jesus Christ is a WHOLE that leads to reconciliation with God and unification with Him through being born again, becoming a child of God and being part of His kingdom. The only way into the kingdom of God is Jesus Christ. He is the way, the life and the truth. Believing in Jesus Christ is the key, but obedience to Jesus turns the key and opens the door.
Many have heard the gospel and have found the key but they will never enter because they did not become obedient to the gospel of Jesus Christ. Having the key and believing in the key does not open the door. It is turning the key that unlocks the door that leads to eternal life.
Faith in Jesus is only part of the gospel. Many preach that merely believing in Jesus ensures eternal life, but that is only part of the gospel. The essential part is to OBEY the gospel, the words of Jesus that He taught and commanded, as they were also recorded and preserved in Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.
Those who do not OBEY the gospel of Jesus Christ will not enter the the kingdom of God, they will suffer eternal punishment in damnation. We read in 2 Thessalonians 1:7-10: “The Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with His mighty angels, 8In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and THAT OBEY NOT THE GOSPEL of our Lord Jesus Christ: 9Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power; 10When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe.”
The POWER of God is ACTUATED when the believer OBEYS the gospel of Jesus Christ and that power is MANIFESTED when the the believer stays in OBEDIENCE to God under the GUIDANCE of the Holy Spirit, that He gives in those who OBEY Him. The mystery of the gospel of Jesus Christ is about CHRIST LIVING IN YOU, for those who OBEY Him.
Just merely believing in Jesus and in His cross, His finished work, as many preach, CANNOT SAVE anybody. You need to take ACTION; REPENT, turn from sin, SIN NO MORE, turn from seeking your own ways and pleasures, turn to Jesus. Seek His ways, His will, to obey Him and His words, be BAPTIZED IN WATER for the forgiveness of your sin. Live your life in obedience to His words, His commands and He will come and dwell in you, He will reveal, manifest Himself to you. Jesus said:”He who has My commandments and keeps them is the one who loves Me; and he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and WILL MANIFEST MYSELF TO HIM.” John 14:21. Jesus said:”If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our abode with him.”John 14:23.
Many Christian believers do not receive revelation from Jesus, because they do not OBEY Him. Jesus has not come to live in and with them because they do not keep His words. They do not KNOW Him. They believe they are saved based on HALF the gospel. They have found the KEY but they are not using it and therefor they will not enter into heaven. They have not received the Holy Spirit, because they do not OBEY Jesus. We read in Acts 5:32. Peter said:“And we are witnesses of these things; and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given TO THOSE WHO OBEY Him.” Acts 5:32.
Obedience to the gospel of Jesus Christ TRANSFORMS those who believe, into children of God. They become like Jesus, sons of God. Paul wrote in Romans 8:14 “For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.”
Most professing Christians are not children of God because they do not obey Jesus. They never repented, never stopped sinning, were never baptized in water, never received revelation from Jesus, never received the Holy Spirit. They are sinners who follow their own lusts, while they believe they have salvation because they only believe part of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
We read in 1 John 3:4 “Everyone who practices sin also practices lawlessness; and sin is lawlessness. 5You know that He appeared in order to take away sins; and in Him there is no sin. 6No one who abides in Him sins; no one who sins has seen Him or knows Him. 7Little children, make sure no one deceives you; the one who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous; 8the one who practices sin is of the devil; for the devil has sinned from the beginning. The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil. 9No one who is born of God practices sin, because His seed abides in him; and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. 10By this the children of God and the children of the devil are obvious: anyone who does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor the one who does not love his brother.”
A child of God practices righteousness. He who sins is of the devil, even though he might be religious. He might be a pastor or church leader. A tree is known by it’s fruit. Good trees do not produce bad fruits. Faith alone cannot save you. You must obey Jesus, repent and be baptized, be filled with the Holy Spirit, then follow the guidance of the Holy Spirit and your life will show that you are a child of God. You will be like Jesus, not like the world.
If you truly believe in Jesus for salvation you will OBEY Him and be LIKE Him, a child of God. Faith that does not produce holiness and works of righteousness is false and cannot save you.
Have you believed the gospel of Jesus Christ? Do you obey Him and are you being transformed into His likeness? Have you found the key and are you using it to enter the kingdom of heaven?
May Jesus bless you.