"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, ... 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.
Every religion talk about God and heaven in different ways. But, true God is the creator of all that are in existence, existed, and will exist. People create fake gods in religion and worship them. They expect these gods to give them good life and heaven after their life. Christianity has become a religion as any other religion, rather than be a pursuit after the life of Jesus Christ. In true Christianity, we will end up with one of the following status, to be in heaven. They are children of God, servants of God, sons of God, and the bride. The children of God will go to Paradise, which is new earth. The tabernacle of God will be on new earth. The servants of God will be in the tabernacle serving God. They rule the children of God, who are his people, and guide them also in worship. The sons of God will be in new heavens. New Jerusalem is the bride, and she will be with Christ.
Christians call this salvation. Or, we may say that we are going to heaven or escape hell. Let us see how God brings this about. Jesus Christ preached his gospel, or let us say that he gives his commandments to us to obey, so that we may have a status and a place in heaven. The status are, children, servants, sons and the bride. Paradise and new heaven are the places. Let us see how we receive our status. First the commandments are given to us in details as well as in short form. We may obey them basically in low level, as well as in detailed way meticulously. The basic level performers may be the children and the high level performers may be the bride, and they will inherit heaven accordingly. Let us see it by a few examples.
Preachers say that it is attained by forgiveness of sins by the blood of Jesus Christ. As it is true, nobody will be forgiven unless and until they obey the commandments of Jesus Christ. So, the bottom line is to obey the commandments of Jesus Christ, which is the gospel. So, Jesus Christ preaches his gospel, or he gives his commandments and abridged into two. They are to love God and to love our neighbors. Jesus Christ says that if we say we love God, prove it by obeying his commandments. "John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments." So, if we love God, which is the first, then do the second, which is to love our neighbors. But, how to love our neighbors? Romans 13 says, "8 he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law. 9 For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 10 Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law." Verses 8 and 9 are the commandments in a nut shell. Now, please pay attention to verse 10 very carefully. It says, we have fulfilled the commandments, if we do not work any ill (harm or hurt) to our neighbors. That is, what all God expects us to do by this commandment is, that we should not hurt others. God does not tell us to take care of neighbors as a brother's keeper, but not to hurt them. Is "don't hurt others" an impossible thing to do? It is very easy not to hurt others, unless we are insane. 1 John 5:3 says, "For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous." So, his commandments are not hard to obey. It is the basic level of obedience. If we do that, we are children of God and inherit the mansions in Paradise.
Jesus told his disciples in "Matthew 16:24 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. 25 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. 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? 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 told his disciples to pick up their cross to follow him. The reward is not an equal grab bag to everyone called heaven, but it is reward to every man according to what they have done. Those who laid their life for them get the high status, it is the status of the bride. They will be with Jesus, and rule with Jesus all the time. Servants and sons will be those between children and the bride.
Preachers quote any sermon by Jesus and they will explain in such a way that it is not possible to obey Jesus Christ. But it is not true. Let me give an example: "Matthew 5:28 But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart. 29 And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell." A preachers read this verse and comment that it is impossible for a man to look at a woman and not lust, and the foolish congregation say amen to that. Is it true that this congregation lust after every woman and the women in the church lust after every man, NO. But why they say amen to the preacher, rather than shut his mouth? Because they are all stupid. Please note the verse, it does not tell us not to look at a woman and not to admire their beauty. We will enjoy the beauty of birds, flowers, trees, all creatures, our children, sisters, mothers, and all, without exploding with lust to bounds over them. The commandment says not to lust after other woman. These preachers go nuts and proclaim that it is impossible for any man not to look at a woman and not lust. And, most Christians say amen to that. I will call all of them perverts. Do men have to lust after all women they look at? A man and wife, in their privacy, loving each other intimately, that may lead them to the pleasure of enjoying each other. It is how Christians marriage works. Christians should not desire like wild animals burning with lust to jump over any female they get. Why Christians don't rebuke such preachers when they preach such perversion? Such preachers preach that nobody can obey the commandments of God. But, it is not hard or grievous to obey the commandments of God. Your reward of heaven is according to what (how much) you have done. Please click "HOME" for details in the same topic.