Abide in God, Christ, and in the Word; and have Eternal life.
"Mark 16:15 preach the gospel to every creature. Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe (do) all things whatsoever I (Jesus Christ) have commanded: Revelation 22:13 I am Alpha and Omega .. 14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, .. they .. have right to the tree of life, and .. enter .. the city."
I am a retired pastor of
the Church of God (Tennessee).
My name is Isaac Livingston. I am from Neyyoor India.
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Born of the Spirit is Abiding
You and I are primarily Souls. Our souls will exist even after our life on earth. In Philippians 1:24, Paul says, "to abide in the flesh is more needful for you." That is, we (souls) abide in our flesh. That is, we are not our flesh, but we live in our flesh. When we are born again (of the spirit), we will begin to abide in the spirit, even though we are still in our flesh. This spirit is the holy Spirit, and it is also called the Spirit of man, since it is given to man. If we are born of the spirit, we will be spiritual. Then our desires will be on spiritual things that pertained to heaven and God. Born of the spirit is technically abide in the holy spirit. Born again people are complete, with body, soul, and spirit. When we are born, we are born with soul and body only.
John 10:30 says that God the Father and God the Son are abiding in each other as one. John 17th chapter says, if we live by the word of God, God will help us to abide in him. John 14th and 15th chapters say; we must abide with Jesus Christ, as a branch abide in the vine. That is, we must be one with Christ as Jesus Christ is one with God the Father. If we do, we will attain new heaven or new Jerusalem. Paradise is also heaven. It is for low energy, less fortunate, innocent, but good and simple people. It is not for evil, crooked, and arrogant people; they are deceivers. But, to attain new Heaven or new Jerusalem is very difficult, even though it is possible to attain with grace and the spirit of God. We must overcome the world and our sins. If we do it, we will enter new heaven, and it has great reward and honor. We can have all the glory, and be with God, throughout eternity.
But preachers pretend and act as though they are in Christ Jesus. Preachers are into it because such preaching is for populace and will bring them easy money. They teach clichés, to ask Jesus into our hearts, or to open our hearts for Jesus Christ, and such things, and say that Jesus Christ abides in their hearts. But these are just show and deception.
They quote Romans 8:1 which says: "There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus,". After quoting this, they tell their congregations that they (preachers) are in Christ, and they make their congregations confess that they are also in Christ. It doesn’t require much effort on their part; it’s not hard, and it’s what their congregations want to hear. They welcome this message, accept this deception, then they get to enjoy their pet sins with pleasure since there is no condemnation.But the verse continues to say: "... no condemnation to them ..., who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit." That is, they will not be condemned if only they walk in the spirit, but not in sin. So, sinning people will be condemned anyway.
Let me give you another example: 2 Corinthians 5:17 says: "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature:" Again, preachers use this verse to tell Christians that they are new creatures; that is, they are special people to God because they are in Christ Jesus. People rejoice, thinking that they are in Christ Jesus while they are immersed in all kinds of sins. But new creature is of the spirit, but not of the flesh. The verse continues to say; "old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new." Here, the old things are flesh and sins and they passed away. Further, they are converted to be a New Creature, that is spiritual, which does not sin. But nothing changed in them, except now they have a cliché that they are "in Christ." They are just fakes.
If we repent from our sinful ways, God will give the holy Spirit to us as a gift. That is, God will seal us with the holy Spirit of promise in our hearts. This is known as born of the Spirit. It is the beginning of anything that is spiritual in us. This Spirit will lead us to obey God. Jesus Christ says in John 14: "15 If ye love me, keep my commandments. 16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; 17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you." So, if we obey what Jesus Christ says, he will send the Holy Ghost, he will be with us and he will be in us, that is, he will abide in us. "23... If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him." So, if we obey his doctrine; that is, if the word of God abides in us, then God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, all will also abide in us. 2 John 1:9 says Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. That is, if we do not abide by the doctrine of Jesus Christ, God will not be in us. The verse continues, He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son. That is, the abiding of God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, all center around obeying the doctrine of Jesus Christ. So, let us obey his doctrine, and God will abide in us. But, in order to obey his doctrine, we must receive the holy spirit so that he may guide us in his path.
It is not that hard to go to paradise, which is also heaven. Then, holding the status in paradise, we can strive to go to the higher status in heaven, even to the status of the bride of Christ. The steps are; first abide in the spirit that is born again; then abide in his word that is born of water; then abide in the Spirit of God, which is in the Holy Ghost; and then to abide in God, which are the Father and the Son. This is how we must attain the higher levels. In Philippians 3:12-15, Paul says, "12 Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. 13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, 14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. 15 Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you." Those who are sanctified, are made perfect, those who are perfect, becomes bride of Christ. It is not in one leap, but it is one step at a time. If we do not use the word abide, the major steps are the same as; born of the Spirit; then born of water (the word); and then born of God.
In 1 John 1:1 says, "That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life;" All these were referred to Jesus Christ, he was in the beginning as the creator of the world, he was God the Word, then he was man Jesus, and he was the one that gave the word of eternal life. Verse 2 says, "For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and show unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us; 3 That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, ..." He was a man, but God manifested in him to show this eternal life; the disciples have seen this and heard the voice of God, and the disciples were teaching this eternal life, which was with God, to the new believers. Let us look at this eternal life. In "Matthew 17:2 (He) was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light." This is how Jesus Christ is in eternal life. And, please bear with me. The scripture says that this is how we will be in eternal life also, that is, we will be as the same as Jesus Christ was, as seen on the transfiguration on the mountain. 1 John 3:2 says, "when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is." So, the eternal life for those who are abiding in him, will be as Jesus Christ. They will look like him and they will be with him, in their eternal life. 1 John 2:24&25 says, "24 Let that therefore abide in you, which ye have heard from the beginning. If that which ye have heard from the beginning shall remain in you, ye also shall continue in the Son, and in the Father. 25 And this is the promise that he hath promised us, even eternal life." God wants us to keep this eternal life in our mind for us. This "word of life" is so wonderful, glorious, and marvelous, which will be our glory in eternal life, and anyone will desire it so dearly. If this "eternal life", which was in Jesus, continue to abide in us, we will want nothing else but this life. If so, we will continue with God the Son and God the Father, at all cost. This is the very secret of keeping the abiding of God in us. This is what God says in the scripture. So, keep this eternal life in your heart.
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