There are many false doctrines and lies around this subject, deception that will take may believers to hell. Many false gospels are being preached. There is only one gospel that leads to eternal life and that is the WORDS and COMMANDMENTS of Jesus. It is vitally important that we make sure tha4t we obey the exact words of Jesus and do not follow one of the many false gospels that are being preached.
Jesus Christ is the final judge of all men and He alone will decide who will have eternal life. He personally delivered the words of eternal life, that will save those who obey them. The words of Jesus were recorded in the gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, the red letter words, in some Bibles. Those who reject Jesus and disregard His words are already judged.
The gospel of Jesus is the gospel of the kingdom of God. Jesus said:” The Law and the Prophets were proclaimed until John; since that time the gospel of the kingdom of God has been preached, and everyone is forcing his way into it.” Luke 16:16. He was referring to John the Baptist. John the Baptist came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea, saying, 2“Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Matthew 3:1. “Then Jerusalem was going out to him, and all Judea and all the district around the Jordan; 6and they were being baptized by him in the Jordan River, as they confessed their sins.” Matthew 3:5,6.
Not only did Jesus preach the gospel of the kingdom. He subjected Himself to it. He had no sin, but he was also baptized by John the Baptist. He practiced what He preached and demonstrated how those who believe in Him, should live. Jesus did nothing on His own initiative. He came to do the will of the Father. After He was crucified and resurrected, before He ascended to heaven, He also commanded His disciples to go to Jerusalem and wait for the Holy Spirit, that was given on the day of Pentecost, so that they would also, like Him, be led by the Holy Spirit, to be able to do the will of the Father.
It is the same gospel that Peter preached on the day of Pentecost as is written in Acts 2:38,39. “Peter said to them, “Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39“For the promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off, as many as the Lord our God will call to Himself.”
Jesus said:”FOLLOW ME.” He promised ETERNAL LIFE to those who become His sheep and follow Him. The gospel of the kingdom of God is: RECEIVE/ACCEPT Jesus. REPENT and be BAPTIZED. Turn from sin, sin no more, then be baptized in water, as Jesus and His disciples were also baptized. Live your life in obedience to the words and commandments of Jesus. For those who obey Him, He promised the Holy Spirit, to come and dwell in them, to teach and guide them, the very same as He was directed by the Father.
We can only FOLLOW Jesus and have eternal life if we are BORN AGAIN of water, through water baptism, and of Spirit, through the baptism in the Holy Spirit. 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;“ John 10:27,28. There is no talk of going to church, or reading the Bible, or listening to other people, preachers etc. His sheep do not follow strangers. We read in John10:4“When he puts forth all his own, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice. 5“A stranger they simply will not follow, but will flee from him, because they do not know the voice of strangers.” He gives them eternal life because they FOLLOW HIM.
Most professing Christians are not His sheep. They might believe in Him, but they do not follow Him, because they are not born again, do not know Him and therefor do not know His voice. They follow after strangers, preachers, churches, false prophets, deceivers. They believe they have salvation and will have eternal life, but they are deceived, by false gospels.
Seek Jesus for yourself. Obey the gospel of Jesus Christ. RECEIVE Him, REPENT AND BE BAPTIZED, live according to His words and commandments. Ask Him to baptize you in the Holy Spirit, so you can be BORN AGAIN, KNOW HIM, HEAR HIS VOICE and follow Him. Pray, speak to Jesus. He will speak to you, in your spirit. “Those who are being led by the Spirit of God, they are the children of God.” Romans 8:14. They follow Him and He gives eternal life to them.
May Jesus bless you.