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Why do people have religion and they worship God? People desire a good life and they want a supernatural provider and a protector. They find them in God. As an insurance policy, if there is life after death, they desire to continue a good life after death also. Every religion serves this purpose real well. Why do Christians worship Jesus Christ? It is for the same reason. But, what is the mission Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ says that our primary concern must be eternal life, and we must earn it as we live here. He says in Matthew 16:26&27, "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." The eternal life will be the reward for the way we conduct our life here now. So, the eternal life must be the only preference, and we must earn it when we live here.
Today let us see, who will have this eternal life. Children of God inherit the kingdom of God, in a lower level. Who are children? I am asking about little children, but not adult sons. "Galatians 3:24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. Here, the law is our master; it may be denominational, religious, or even biblical. However, children must be guided by the law, until they are rooted in Jesus Christ. Justified by faith in Jesus Christ means that we must be approved by Jesus Christ, for how we are doing according to his instructions. 25 But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster. 26 For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus." That is, after we understood and do, what Jesus Christ tells us to do, we are not under the law, and we are grown to adult children. "1 Peter 2:1 Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings, 2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:" Here the advice to the children is not only to get rid of the common bad habits or characters, but also we must have a desire to drink the words of Jesus Christ. Drink the word of God, does not mean to memorize the word and to get familiar with it. The milk we drink will become the part of our body, and it will give strength to live. So also, the word of Jesus Christ must become the part of us, so that we may live the life of Christ. That will make you grow strong in Christ. If we are not doing it, there is a warning or a caution, in the book of Hebrews 5:12&13. Caution is that milk is not just to drink and sleep, but to grow in Jesus Christ. So, do the work.
"John 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:" We must receive him, by believing on his name. Then, God will give us power to become his sons. But what is to believe his name? His name is Lord Jesus Christ. His name is not a friend or buddy Jesus Christ. "Philippians 2:10 says, at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;" He is Lord Jesus Christ. Do Christians have this respect for Jesus Christ? If we believe on his name and receive him as Lord in our life, then we will receive his power to become his sons. "John 1:13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God." If we receive him as Lord, we will be born of the spirit, that is, we receive the Holy Spirit in us. Only those who received the power from God can become his sons. No other person can become a son of God.
"Romans 8:13 For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. 14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. 15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father." That is, receiving the Spirit and power is good, but it is not just to jump up and down, but to mortify the deeds of the body, that is flesh. "1 John 3:10 In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God." This is the difference between sons of God and sons of the devil. If we live in righteousness, then it is proof that we are adult children, that is sons of God. "1 John 3:1 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not." The sons of God will not have any comradeship with the world, because the world did not know Jesus Christ. Unless we live like Jesus, we will not be sons of God. But, most Christians and even all famous preachers, live inside the world, and they are the world.
The next verse says, "1 John 3:2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. 3 And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure." Every son of God will naturally or instinctively purify themselves to be like Jesus Christ, that is to become the bride of Christ. "Philippians 3:14 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." This verse also says the same. That is, everybody who is perfect, will naturally respond to the high calling of God, which is to become the bride of Christ.
Jesus Christ told his disciples in Acts 1: "4 And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me. 5 For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.... 8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. 9 And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight." Jesus Christ gave this commandment at the grand finale of his ascension. It is a very important, spectacular event as well as he told them what to do before we begin his ministry. So, the disciples with about 120 people waited and received the baptism of the Holy Ghost and the power of God. It was the ordination from Jesus Christ to his ministry. The Holy Ghost will give them gifts and power to do ministry. Those who do good service to the Lord in their ministry, will also serve God in heaven, in the temple of God, in paradise, which is new earth, Revelation 21:3 says, that the tabernacle of God is with men, on new earth and God will dwell with them.
Now, which part of heaven do you want to go? I hope and wish that you all go to heaven.
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I am a retired pastor of
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My name is Isaac Livingston. I am from Neyyoor India.