13. Follow His steps and inherit His kingdom

"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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This page editorial help: Sister Lynn near Atlanta, GA

Declaration

Jesus Christ was God from the beginning, then he ceased to be God as he became a man in sinful flesh. But he lived as a man with no sin. He was crucified and died. He suffered, and tells us to follow his steps to inherit his kingdom, as joint-heirs with him. Now, he is God with Omni-Powers in heaven and on earth. If we keep his commands, he will abide with us.

Explanation

The purpose of the doctrine of Jesus Christ is to save the people from hell, and convert them to inherit his kingdom. Jesus Christ and his apostles preached the message as doctrine, commands, or as gospel. What is the Gospel? The gospel is the good news that tells us how we can inherit his kingdom. Jesus Christ preached the Gospel when he was a man and what he has preached is recorded in the Bible. It is his commandments for us to observe, so that we may inherit his kingdom. "John 14:21 He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him. 22 Judas saith unto him, not Iscariot, Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us, and not unto the world? 23 Jesus answered and said unto him, 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." If we obey his command, he will abide with us.

In the beginning, Jesus was God the Word. "John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." Later, Jesus became a man "John 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth." Not only he became flesh (man), he lived in a sinful flesh. "Romans 8:3 ... God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:" In spite of his sinful flesh, he lived a sinless life that is approved of God. "Romans 8:22 Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know:" When he was a man, he did not live as God. He obeyed God until he was crucified and died. "Philippians 2:8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross." Upon his resurrection from the dead and subsequent ascension, he was anointed once again as God. "Hebrews 1:8 But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom. 9 Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.". When he was ordained as God, all the power of God was given to him. So, he has Omni-powers again. "Matthew 28:18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth."

Jesus Christ endured the cross by looking forward to the resurrected glory, as in Hebrews 12:2 … "who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God." He was anointed as God in heaven according to "Hebrews 1:8 But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom. 9 Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows." Jesus was given all powers as God. "Matthew 28:18 Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth." God, who became a man, has become God again. Most Christians are hesitant to say boldly that Jesus Christ is God, even though they know that he is God.

It is not wise for a high school student to look at a project outline of a postgraduate, to be overwhelmed and give up his studies. Instead, he must concentrate on what is given him, so that he graduates high school before he gets into graduate studies. Luke 16:10 says: "He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much." Matthew 25:21 says: "His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord." Proud believers think that they know it all and they become prey to deceivers. Galatians 3 says: "24) Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. 25) But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster." Let us begin with easy things first. Then, move into obey the law of God, even the Ten Commandments. Let the obedience of the law bring us to the law of the spirit, which is higher, which is of Jesus Christ. Then we will be under the commandments of Jesus Christ. Then we will be sons of God to inherit his kingdom. We may even become Joint-heirs with Christ. Here, the caution is that false preachers lead babes into the clichés of faith, but not with life. That is fake faith, and it will end up in shipwreck. Please do not follow fakes.

God created man/woman. God wants men/women to live in obedience to him that is to live a holy life. God will glorify these holy people as sons of God. The sons of God will inherit his Kingdom. God has decided to show them the way to live a holy life. In order to show the way to men/women God became a man. As a man, he showed them the way. This is grace that God became a man to make a man the son of God. "2 Corinthians 8:9 For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich. Romans 8:17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together." God calls every one of us to follow him in the manner of his holy life. If you follow him, you will overcome as he overcame. "1 Peter 2:21 For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:" If we mortify our sinning nature with the power of the Holy Spirit, we will live with Jesus for ever. "2 Timothy 2:11 It is a faithful saying: For if we be dead with him, we shall also live with him:" If we suffer for his true ministry we will rule with the King of kings and Lord of lords. We will also be joint-heirs with Christ. "2 Timothy 2:12 If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: --"

Let me give a few links, if you like to read more details. "Become His Son", "Follow Him". Thank you.

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