The only way to have eternal life and inherit the kingdom of God is through FOLLOWING Jesus. It is not just a matter of BELIEVING in Jesus, like so many foolishly believe. You must firstly believe that Jesus is whom He said He is and that He is ALIVE, that He can give eternal life and that the kingdom of God exists.
Jesus Himself, came into the world as a mortal man, preached the kingdom of God and performed many signs and wonders, but the Jews, who expected His coming did not believe that He was the One that was prophesied about. They rejected Him and had Him crucified. Only a few believed in Him and followed Him until He was killed.
They were devastated. They thought it was all over, but then the resurrected Jesus appeared to them, as He promised that He would. He was ALIVE, never to die again, and even today, He LIVES. He then ascended to heaven, from where He will come to judge the living and the dead, but He did not leave His disciples as orphans with no one to take care of them. He gave His Holy Spirit to be with them and guide them. He also promised to give His Spirit in those who would receive Him, so that they can also FOLLOW Him. Jesus commanded His disciples to “Go therefore and MAKE DISCIPLES of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 20teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:19,20.
The ONLY way to have eternal life and inherit the kingdom of God is through becoming a DISCIPLE of Jesus and to FOLLOW Him until the end of your life. There are two questions to be answered, the first: How do you become a DISCIPLE of Jesus? The second is: How do you follow Jesus?
Jesus said:” unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” John 3:3. Jesus gives the New Birth in those who believe in Him and receive Him, those who ACCEPT Him and OBEY Him. The first commands of Jesus is to repent, turn from sin and unrighteousness and be baptized in water. Jesus promised the baptism in the Holy Spirit to those who receive Him, the very same as was given on the day of Pentecost. The very same instruction was given by Peter on the day of Pentecost. Acts 2:38.”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. “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.”
The baptism in the Holy Spirit is essential because the Born Again child of God is led by the Holy Spirit, Jesus comes and dwells in him by His Spirit. He follows Jesus by the guidance of the Holy Spirit. That is why Jesus also said: “I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.” John 3:5.
The apostles, were led by the Holy Spirit, and the disciples that they made, also followed Jesus, under guidance of the Holy Spirit. We are called to BE DISCIPLES that FOLLOW Jesus under guidance of the Holy Spirit.
Very few professing Christians are disciples of Jesus. Very few are born again of water and of the Spirit, and of those few FOLLOW Jesus under guidance of the Holy Spirit. Therefore FEW will enter into the kingdom of God.
Have we become disciples of Jesus and are we following Him?
May Jesus bless you.