The entire Christian church has been deceived by satan. Christians believe that they only need to believe in Jesus to have eternal life. Jesus warned that He will say to many believers:”Depart from Me, I never knew you, you who practice lawlessness.” Most professing Christians are sinners. If they obeyed Jesus and repented of their sin, they would have known Jesus, and He would know them.
Many professing Christians know the Bible, but they don’t know Jesus. Those who believe in Jesus and accept Him, accept His commands and teachings and obey them are empowered to become children of God. We read in John 1:12:13 “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.” It is only when a person hears the gospel of Jesus Christ, believes in Him and therefor obeys Him, repents and is baptized, that he is born of God, born again. Jesus said:” unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. 6“That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7“Do not be amazed that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ “ John 3:5-7.
To be born again of the Spirit of God is a supernatural work that God does in the heart of a person who believes in Jesus and receives Him. “No one who is born of God practices sin, because His seed abides in him; and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.” 1 John 3:9.
Many believe in Jesus, call on Him and they are born again, but then they do not stay with Jesus. They do not follow Him and get to know Him. They either become religious, or they go back to their life of sin. Jesus requires of us that we obey and follow Him. He 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 disclose Myself to him.” John 14:21. Jesus discloses Himself too those who love Him and obey His commandments, His words, as recorded in Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. He speaks to them, they are His sheep. 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.
Most Christians never became His sheep. They do not hear His voice, neither do they follow Him. How do they then expect to have eternal life, because they do not know Him and He does not know them.
Are we His sheep? Do we hear His voice and follow Him? Does Jesus know us?
May Jesus bless you.