"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.
We are souls born with flesh. We must be born again with holy spirit. God gives the holy spirit, if we repent and ask. Holy spirit leads to eternal life and it will be our glorified body in heaven. According to what we do, we receive status in heaven or hell, Romans 2:6, Revelation 22:11-12.
We are souls. "Genesis 1:27 says, God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them." In this verse there are two points to notice. God is God because of his omni-power Spirit. God has soul and omnipotent Spirit body, but no flesh body. So, man can be created only in the image of his soul. So, the soul of Adam and Eve were created as his soul. The next point is: the souls were male and female, even though they did not have their physical flesh body yet. Soul is the person, and that is what we are. Then, after the Sabbath day rest, God made the body of Adam. The body is a tabernacle (house) for the soul. Such a tabernacle was made from the ribs of Adam, for the soul of Eve. So, bodies were given to the souls. We may think that our body is the person and we are the body. But according to God's reality, we are souls, and the body is our house. With soul and body, Adam was a man. Genesis 2:7 says, "God breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul." God has breathed into him the holy spirit, which is the life of the soul, and the man Adam became a living soul. His soul began to live, because of the spirit. Or we may say, Adam became a spiritual man, or in the language of today, he was born of the spirit.
Then, God put Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. In Genesis 2:16 "God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: 17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die." The very first bible expositor teacher and interpreter came to Eve, he was the old serpent, and taught her the word of God. At present, there are so many such expert teachers, teaching the word of God in our churches. Eve became convinced that she will not die if she disobeyed the commandment of God. So, she ate the fruit and gave it to Adam and he also ate. They both died on the same day. The spirit left them, and became dead souls. They were living souls when they received the spirit, and became dead in the spirit, when they disobeyed God. The spirit and the glory departed and they were found naked. But, their body lived for a long time. "Romans 5:12 says, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, …" The sin of Adam and the spirit death by sin, have entered the world and on all of us. So, we are all born with no spirit, but only with soul and body. Jesus Christ says that we must be born again, or born of the spirit, that is to receive the spirit again.
Jesus Christ told Nicodemus in John 3: "3 I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. ... 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit." So, first we are all born in the flesh body, and that is why this is born again, and it is born of the spirit. That is, as the soul has received the flesh body, now the soul will be receiving a spirit body. So, it is born of the spirit. This spirit is the holy spirit. And this spirit will lead us in our spiritual life, as well as it will be glorified in heaven. Let me explain this. "Genesis 3:19 says, dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return." So, at our death we will lose our flesh body. "2 Corinthians 5:1-5 Says, (it is just the substance,) 1 We know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. 3 If so we will be .. clothed we shall not be found naked. 5 ... God has given us … the Spirit." That is, all our flesh bodies will return to dust, where it came from. If we have the spirit, it will be glorified in heaven, we will be clothed with it, and if we are sons of God, we will see Jesus Christ as he is, and we will be like him. But, if we do not have the spirit, we will be found naked on that day, with no garment. We will be like a guest to the feast with no wedding garment; and was caught by the presence of the king. "Matthew 22:11 And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment: 12 And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless. 13 Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth." It is the verdict of the Lord Jesus Christ. If we were found with no wedding garment, we will be in hell. If we have the spirit, it will be glorified in heaven (at the feast), it will be the wedding garment and it will cover as it was a covering to Adam and Eve, at the garden of Eden.
However, we have to be careful even after we are born again, (that is born of the spirit). As you are born again, God lights the spirit in us as he lights a candle. If you keep the holy spirit with respect, and follow in his ways, this candle light will grow to shine as the sun. However, if you grieve him, or quench him, thinking that he is just a small light, he will leave you and will go back to God. You will not want this to happen to you. So, don't be ashamed of the light, but delight in it. "Matthew 5:14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. 15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. 16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven." If we receive the holy spirit, our nature should change to spirituality. We will become righteous and holy, people will notice it, and we should not be ashamed of it. We must glorify God in it. "Ephesians 2:8 say For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them." The spirit will begin to convert us. It will bring true grace and true faith, to us. There are plenty of counterfeit grace and faith around the churches. The holy spirit will help you to escape them. "Verse 9 says Not of works, lest any man should boast." These works are that we do around churches and religion. In the old testament, they were circumcision, celebrating feasts, observing Sabbath days, and those kinds of things. In our time, it is to attend churches, sing in worship services, give good offerings, take bible study, fight for our denomination, invite people to church, and such things. We can boast about these things, but these will not convince God to save you. Verse 10 says "we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them." If we are of God, we will be automatically become righteous and holy, and we will live the life. It is the proof that we are the workmanship of God.
Romans 2:6 says, that God will render to every man according to his deeds: Revelations 22:11-13. Jesus Christ says, "11 He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still. 12 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. 13 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last." Our preachers induce sympathy on the people by showing the agony of Jesus on the cross and invite them to accept Jesus, or they tell that Jesus heals the sickness, provides for your needs, gives a good job, and such things to bring them to Christ. Please listen to what Jesus Christ himself says. "11 He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still." Remember Jesus Christ is God. He tells you what to do, or he commands you. But, preachers beg and plead to people. If you are a good person, God is tells you to do more good. If you are evil, he will destroy you. He will tell you to repent. It is up to you to change. If you strive, God will give you grace and the spirit. It is the true message of God Jesus Christ. He has fixed his signature in verse 13. It says, "I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last." Jesus Christ is Omnipotent God in Spirit. Obey him. God bless you and be with you. Amen.
Different Status in heaven: "Four Levels", "New Earth", "Heaven", and "New Heaven." Thank you.
God Bless You