Many people believe in Jesus and even call themselves Christians, but they have never met the risen Jesus. They believe in Jesus based on reading the Bible or through the testimony of other people. They are merely believers, not followers of Jesus. They cannot follow Him because they do not know Him. Most of these people are sinners and they cannot stop sinning and be holy. They are in bondage of sin. They are not children of God, because they were never born-again. If you meet Jesus, you will be a changed person.
The apostle Paul persecuted the followers of Jesus, but then he met Jesus and he was totally changed. He was born-again. Paul met the resurrected Jesus, after He had risen from the dead. We read in Acts 9:1-6 “1Now Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest,2and asked for letters from him to the synagogues at Damascus, so that if he found any belonging to the Way, both men and women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem. 3As he was traveling, it happened that he was approaching Damascus, and suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him; 4and he fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?” 5And he said, “Who are You, Lord?” And He said, “I am Jesus whom you are persecuting, 6but get up and enter the city, and it will be told you what you must do.”
You can read the rest of Acts 9 to see what further happened. Paul went on to follow Jesus, suffer much persecution for Him, received many revelations from Him and died as a martyr. He also wrote most of the New Testament books.
If you meet Jesus and accept Him, you will also be born-again. You will be changed to be like Jesus, if you follow Him. You will not be like Paul, you will be like Jesus and you will do the works that Jesus prepared for you to do. You will be the person that Jesus wants you to be.
If you meet Jesus and accept Him, you will obey Him and do as Paul did. Paul prayed, humbled himself before Jesus, and he was baptized in water and filled with the Holy Spirit.. Paul did not go back to his old life. He started witnessing, proclaiming Jesus. If you have met Jesus and accepted Him, repented and were baptized in water, received the Holy Spirit and are serious about having eternal life, you will follow the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
Jesus is the only way. There is no other way to have salvation. You have to meet Him, know Him follow and obey Him, to have eternal life. Jesus said:”My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; 28and I give eternal life to them” John 10:27,28.
You meet Jesus ON YOUR KNEES, PRAYING. Go on your KNEES, humble yourself before Jesus in prayer. Call out to Him to SAVE you FROM YOUR SIN, to set you free from the bondage of your sin. The wages of sin is death. Your past sin will cause you to end up in hell, if you are not forgiven and delivered of the bondage of sin so that you can sin no more and be holy. Without holiness no one will enter heaven, without holiness no one will see the Lord.
Call out to Jesus to take away the guilt of your past sin and to save you from your sin, to make you free from the bondage of sin. Jesus said:”Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is the slave of sin. “And the slave does not remain in the house forever; the son does remain forever. “If therefore the Son shall make you free, you shall be free indeed.” John 8:34-36.
If you are serious about following Jesus and having eternal life, you will meet Jesus, right there on your knees. Then you need to follow Him. Turn from sin. Don’t go back to any sin. Sin no more. Be baptized in water for the washing off of your sin and ask Jesus to baptize you in the Holy Spirit that He promised to those who obey Him. The Holy Spirit, Christ in you, will guide you into all truth IF you LISTEN to Him. You will become one of Jesus’ sheep, who HEAR His voice, but you have to FOLLOW HIM until the end to have eternal life.
If you keep on LISTENING, OBEYING and FOLLOWING Him, you will have the HOPE of eternal life, but if you turn from Him, ignore Him, go back to sin and follow after your own desires and lusts, you will perish.
Have you met Jesus? Have you been CHANGED? Did Jesus set you free from sin? Are you born-again? Are you following Jesus?
Many have met Jesus. They were born-again but they turned away from Jesus. They did not follow Him. They went back to sin and their previous lifestyle. They got entangled in sin again. They are worse sinners than before they met Jesus. We read in Hebrews 6:4-8 “4For in the case of those who have once been enlightened and have tasted of the heavenly gift and have been made partakers of the Holy Spirit, 5and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come, 6and then have fallen away, it is impossible to renew them again to repentance, since they again crucify to themselves the Son of God and put Him to open shame. 7For ground that drinks the rain which often falls on it and brings forth vegetation useful to those for whose sake it is also tilled, receives a blessing from God; 8but if it yields thorns and thistles, it is worthless and close to being cursed, and it ends up being burned.“ Are you one of those? There is still hope, dear friend, if you repent and go back to Jesus, but do not delay, or you will get cut off and burned if you do not bear fruit of repentance..
Many have become self-righteous, religious, pharisees. They are church goers, preachers, pastors, evangelists. They are doing religion. They do not follow Jesus. They are busy with their own ministries. They are bad trees that bear bad fruit. Most church folks are like that. They are SINNERS, they are NOT HOLY. 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 5:21-23.
We cannot follow Jesus if we do not KNOW Him and OBEY Him. We cannot follow Him if we follow our own MIND and other people. We have to be CHANGED, BORN-AGAIN, filled with the Holy Spirit, submitted to the Holy Spirit and following His guidance. We cannot be like the world and the unbeliever. We have follow Jesus every day, until the end. That is the only way to have eternal life.
Meeting with Jesus once, does not save you and keep you safe. You have to STAY with Him, HEAR from Him and FOLLOW Him, until the end.
Have you become one of His sheep? Do you LISTEN to His voice and follow Him every day? Do you still have the hope of eternal life?
May Jesus bless you.