Jesus Christ Cleans Us and Forgives Us, for our 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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The Transcript of the Message

Our Soul is our Treasure of Utmost Value

Jesus Christ tells us in Matthew 16: "26 For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?" Here Jesus Christ tells that our soul is the most important and valuable thing for us than the whole world, and we must not forget this. Then he tells us the reason also. "27 For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works." Jesus Christ tells this in many places repeatedly that "he shall reward every man according to his works." Yet our preachers are adamant and repeatedly saying that it is not by our works by obeying Jesus Christ, by twisting scriptures. But, if we keep our souls pure for him, he will reward us in our eternal life according to what we have done and how much we have done. He says that he will also help us to keep our souls pure for him with righteous works. We must regard this better than the whole world. But Christians take this eternal life for granted. We think that it can be attained by a simple confession, ceremony, or ritual. We think that it is a done deal. No body worry about it. Christians go to church, only for social, cultural, or religious interest. If they are asked for a prayer request, they will ask for a job, healing, safety, purchase of house or a car, and such things of the world. Nobody worry about eternal life, and preachers often confirms that we have eternal life, it is waiting for us, and as soon as we die, we will get it. But it is not true. We must seek eternal life as a precious treasure of utmost value. Further, if you lose it, the next alternative will be eternal prison of torture, in utter darkness or in burning fire. You will lose heaven, if you don't care for it.

How to take our souls to heaven?

We are born with a body and a soul. A second time we must born again of the spirit, and then we will have a spirit also. Our spirit will lead us to Christ, and our body will pull us to the pleasures in the world, which are sins. Our souls will be caught between the two, and we must chose one or the other. It is the situation of being in labor and are heavy laden. Then, we hear a voice from Jesus Christ. "Matthew 11: 28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light." If you do not know what a yoke is, it is a device that the ancient farmers tie it on their oxen, so that they may guide the oxen to do what the farmer wants them to do. Jesus tells us to take his yoke and put it upon us. That is, he tells us to do what he wants us to do. But, out in the front, he tells us a few things. He tells that he is meek and lowly. Meek is passive and submissive in character, but strong in principle. Lowly is that he also will take a low position of a servant. Then, his yoke is on us, that is, we will be servants to that Servant, who is Jesus Christ. It will be like a slave. He offers this place to us, as a dignified safe position. Are you willing to take his yoke? You will not find a single person with such a portfolio that serves Jesus Christ. But preachers will tell you that they serve Jesus Christ. But they are Pharisees, Scribes, and priests, who call themselves as the servants of God. But they serve another Jesus and the false Christs. They are of the anti-Christ. One more thing Jesus Christ tells is that his yoke is easy. If you are a slave, how is it that your work is going to be easy? Because, there will be no more fight between your flesh and your spirit, since Jesus allows your spirit to mortify the deeds of your body. So, it will be easy to do what he tells you to do. In "John 14: 3 Jesus Christ says, if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also." That is, not only you have saved your soul, you will in the position of his beloved bride, and will be with Jesus Christ throughout eternity. You will fulfill the very high calling. Further, if you think that it is too difficult for you, you can very easily settle for paradise, which is also heaven.

If we do not have Spirit and we are in Sin, then!

Even though we have no spirit at birth, God has given us conscience with the soul and intelligence in our brain. We will know when we do sin. If we need help to overcome sin, we will ask God for help; and God will give us the Holy Spirit. Then, God will take us through the process of forgiveness, and so on. Since, most of us are in church background, let us see how the churches handle this. Now our topic is the forgiveness of our sins by God. We all think that if we sincerely ask God to forgive our sins, God will forgive them immediately and we become clean. So also, we believe that a person can live wretched throughout his life, and in the death bed, if we make jester to say sorry God, then we think that God will take us to heaven. We think this way since we know nothing about God from the Bible. Sins cause us harm, and every sin has consequence. We ask God to forgive us for healing and to escape many calamities. God may grant our prayers, forgives us, and gives us relief. But these prayers and forgiveness will not sanctify us to be counted for our eternal life. Only our sanctification by the cleansing of his blood will contribute to a sinless life, and then the forgives of all our past sins. Only this will give us eternal life.

Even Forgiveness of Jesus may not give Eternal life.

Our Christian belief is this: For eternal life, if you come to God in the end of the day and say 'I am really sorry Lord'; it will take care of everything. God is love, and he will forgive everything if we repent and ask forgiveness. It sounds very good, and it is very appealing; because, it is what we want to hear and this is what preachers preach. But the Bible, which is the word of God, is opposite to this attractive idea. So, preachers hide the wholesome word, pick just a few verses, decorate them with a little make up, and preach nonsense as if the rest of the Bible is void or obsolete. When Jesus Christ was a man, he healed many and even raised a few from death. He forgave their sins in order to heal them. Then, he told his disciples to do the same. However, such forgiveness did not give eternal life. Luke 23:34 says, "Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do." So, Jesus forgave all his enemies. But none of them inherited eternal life by his forgiveness. "Matthew 18:21 Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? 22 Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven." As we see this, we immediately concluded that Jesus Christ will also forgive us seventy times seven. Okay, let us assume that he does that. Even if Jesus Christ forgives you seventy times seven, those will not be counted for your eternal life. But we think; forgiveness gives eternal life. Again, let me repeat; only our sanctification by the cleansing of his blood will contribute to a sinless life, and then only Jesus Christ forgives all our past sins. Only this forgiveness with the cleansing of all our unrighteousness by his blood, will give us eternal life.

Jesus took away the first and establish the second.

"Hebrews 10:6 says In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure." God was fed up with animal sacrifices which was given almost every day, without giving the anticipated result. "9 Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second." So, Jesus came to do the will of God, and he established the second system. The first was a system to offer sacrifice for sins whenever they commit sin. It never stopped and will never stop. God did not like that. So, Jesus Christ came to establish the second system. What is the second system? No more animal sacrifices. Jesus was the only sacrifice. He sacrificed himself on the cross at Calvary, and it was done. On 65 AD, God destroyed the temple using Romans, and the sacrifices were stopped forever. Then the second system is established historically, and it is for real. Now, how the sins of the people of God is forgiven in the second system? It is very unique. God is doing it very effectively, with no involvement of the organized churches. Our churches have the old kind of priests, scribes, Pharisees, and seduces. But we call them as pastors, evangelists, preachers, teachers, and deacons. They call themselves as servants of God, but they serve another Jesus and the false Christs. They are of the anti-Christ. So, God is avoiding them. Let us first see what the churches are doing with the second system. The churches and Christians are keeping the old system in place, above the new system. The old system is to offer sacrifice every time they commit a sin. Instead of sacrificing an animal, Christians come to the cross to claim the blood of Jesus, every time they commit sin. Instead of the animal sacrifice, Christians use the cross and Jesus. So, they save money and the hazard of sacrificing an animal. As they used the animals in the old times repeatedly; now they use the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross repeatedly. "Hebrews 10:26 if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, 27 But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries." So, when we have taken his sacrifice knowingly for the forgiveness of sins, and if we have committed sin again, there will be no more sacrifice, but we will be in hell. So, it is one-time forgiveness for one-time sacrifice. Nobody can fool God. Jesus Christ has established his new system already. Jesus Christ uses our churches, pastors, and preachers in the same way as he used the temple, Priests, Pharisees, and Scribes, when he was a man. Now let us see, how he forgives our sins.

Jesus Christ Cleans Us first in order to Forgive Us

"Acts 3:26 Unto you first God, having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities." So, soon after his resurrection and ascension, he became God with all power, and Jesus Christ came back to us. He turns us away from sinning and keeps us pure. How does he do it? "Hebrews 10: 16 says ... the Lord saith, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them;" Let us see one more scripture. "Acts 26:18 says, he turns them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins..." See, in order to receive forgiveness, they must be turned away from sin first. That is why God first sanctifies and perfects them, with his grace and power so that they will not sin anymore. "1 John 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, ... the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin." So, we must be cleansed first, that is saved from sinning, then God will forgive our past sins. It is the work that God does in person, without church ceremonies, rituals, or tradition. It is done through the spirit.

Jesus Christ Forgives Us to give Us Eternal Life

"Hebrews 10:10 ... we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all ....14. by one offering he hath perfected them that are sanctified ..." In the first system, they were never sanctified, but they were ceremonially forgiven. Now, Jesus died once for all and so there is no repetition of sacrifices. But the sinners were sanctified and forgiven in this one sacrifice in the second system. Let us see how it is done. 16 says ... the Lord saith, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them; What does it mean? As we submit ourselves to God, he programs his laws into our hearts and minds, so that we naturally will do them and so we will not sin against them. Then he says; 17 And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more. That is, he will forgive all our past sins at that point. Now we are sanctified and are forgiven. Since we will not sin anymore, there is no need for another sacrifice. The second system is established. One-time sacrifice and one-time forgiveness. The preachers do not like it, since they love sins and want to do them, as often as possible. And they teach the old system, to do sin often and come to the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross every time. But Jesus was just one-time sacrifice. They deceive themselves. Jesus Christ is with us as God in the omnipotent Spirit. He gives grace, power, and spirit to us. He turns us away from sinning. Jesus Christ sanctified us so that we will not sin anymore. Then, he forgives all our past sins, by his own blood. It is the second system, and this is the system of the new testament, and God has established it. If we are in it, we will be with him throughout eternity. Won't that be great? Alleluia.

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