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Obeying God is righteousness, and disobeying God is sin. We are souls, even though we are identified by our bodies. A baby has no sin, even though the parents are sinners and it is born with sinful flesh, this includes Jesus also. But Jesus did not commit sin. "Romans 8:3 says, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, ... 1 Peter 2:22 says Jesus did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:." That is, Jesus did not commit sin, despite his sinful flesh. So, we also do not have to commit sin. What we are made from, is not sin; but what we do, is either sin or righteousness. Babies do not sin; they do mischief. The understanding from conscience, and the law of God to know good and evil, were not given to them. As they grow into youth, they will have conscience and their evil deeds will be counted as sin. Job 20:11 His bones are full of the sin of his youth, ... Psalm 25:7 Remember not the sins of my youth, ... Jeremiah 3:25 ... we and our fathers, from our youth even unto this day, and have not obeyed the voice of the LORD our God. We began to commit sin from our youth, and we knew it.What we do, will make us either sinners, or righteous. If we are sinners, how to be saved from sin or sinning? If we fear God, we will repent and change our ways. But how to change our lives; where to begin; and how to begin?
First let me say what sin is. It is transgression of the law of God; any disobedience of godly command; Or, any violation of the will of God, either in purpose or in conduct; or any moral deficiency in our character. How to get rid of this sin? At first, if we have discerned that we are not living a godly life, it is God who gave the discernment. So, God will help us to come out of ungodliness. In 2 Corinthians 6 God says: "14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? 15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? 16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people." The above verses say that we must not be attached with sinners or worldly people. It is not to run away from the world, but not to have any attraction or affiliation with them. If we separate ourselves from them, we will become the people of God and God will receive us. Even though it is the beginning, it is God who helps us. God will give us his holy spirit, grace and his power, for us to become his people. The next two verses say; "17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, 18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty." To become his son is part of the high calling of God. So, it is a very good beginning, and it is also very easy to do, if we really want to do it.
God calls everybody to him either as believers or as disciples. Then, a few believers may become disciples of God. Disciples are servants. Believers do not have to serve. Some disciples, who are servants, may become perfect, then they are sons of God. Then they will have the calling to become bride. Some of them become bride. Those who have become as holy as Jesus, are the bride of Christ. These are the levels among the born-again Christians. If you are not a born-again Christian, that is, if you have not yet received the holy spirit of God, you are a nominal Christian. Then you are in the social or religious status. You will fit in Christian community, society and in churches, but not into any status with God. If God considers someone to be in his fold, he tells them to be holy because he is holy. God even told them in the old testament. "Leviticus 11:45 says, For I am the LORD ... your God: ye shall therefore be holy, for I am holy. Leviticus 19:2 says, .., Ye shall be holy: for I the LORD your God am holy." The people of God were delivered from the bondage in Egypt. When they were free, God asked them to become holy. We study it in the new testament also. 1 Peter 1 says: 14 "As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: 15 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; 16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy." The same call of God is extended to his people even now. God gives us his holy spirit, grace, and power. Now, we can become his sons, can become even as his bride, if we purpose to do that; since we have the guidance and the power of God.
God tells us to be holy. But the servants of the devil, pose themselves as servants of God, and teach us that nobody can live a holy life. But the Bible says that people have lived and now are living holy lives. If someone has lived a holy life, we can also live holy lives. "Acts 3:21 says, ---, God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets," so the prophets were holy. "2 Peter 1:21 says --- holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost." So, those men were holy. "Ephesians 3:5 …as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit; Revelation 18:20… ye holy apostles and prophets; for God hath avenged you on her." So, apostles and prophets were holy people. "1 Thessalonians 2:10 Ye are witnesses, and God also, how holily and justly and unblameably we behaved ourselves among you:" So, apostle Paul and workers were holy. "Revelation 20:6 Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection:" Jesus Christ will come to resurrect the church which is holy. So, if the rapture is sure, then there will be holy people waiting for his coming. These verses are proof that people have lived and are living holy lives, even though they are very few. But it is definitely possible. It depends on the dedication and determination of the individuals. So, you can also strive and become holy, by the power of God.
There are different levels in heaven and in hell. Among those, who were called to the kingdom of God, but were deceived by false preachers, will be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. No fire mentioned in outer darkness. False preachers, hypocrites, deceivers, evil doers, and such will be cast into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched. So, there are different levels of punishments to the ungodly. There are different levels in heaven also. Common believers, and witnesses of Jesus Christ will be in Paradise, which is new earth. It is part of heaven, which is the garden of God. There will be tabernacle of God and God's presence will be there, as in the olden days. The disciples of God, who are the servants of God, will serve God in the tabernacle. The disciples, who have become the sons of God, by the leading of the spirit, will inherit new heaven. The disciples, who became perfect as sons, have received the calling to become the bride of Christ. Those who have become the bride of Christ, will be compared to the City and are called as, New Jerusalem. They will have the glory as equal to the glory of Jesus Christ, and they will be with Jesus Christ throughout eternity.
It begins with born again, that is born of the spirit. That is, the holy spirit is given to us, and we will see the kingdom of God. The holy spirit will begin to guide our life. But we decide, whether we want the things of the world, or the things in heaven. God also sent the comforter, the Holy Ghost who is God, to the world, to guide his ministry, to prepare the sons of God and the bride of Christ. "John 14:26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you." The Holy Ghost will guide the ministry of God. He will not do any strange new things. He will bring what Jesus Christ has already told, to remembrance and he will establish them. But false preachers get flared up, using the name of the Holy Ghost, get exuberantly excited to the point of insanity, bounce above the limits of the word of God, teach and do all kinds of nonsense, which does not fit the holiness and dignity of God. They say that Jesus Christ speaks to them all the time, they tell prophesies left and right, women claim to be brides of Christ with no proof of holiness, and so on. They deceive many. However, they are cheap deceptions. I wish and hope that you do not fall for such garbage. The resurrected Jesus Christ also is in the world, turning away his people from their sins. The holy spirit is given to us. We have enough and more help than that is needed. If we are sincere, willing to strive for holy living, and have faith in God, we will be in God's hands, and we will be with God through eternity.
Religious Christianity will try to short-circuit the way of God and they will get burned. They will turn many Christians to the way of deception. They will try to keep the sin and find a way to heaven through a so-called forgiveness, which is deception and is fake, from the devil. But God will save us from sins by turning us away from it and mortifying the deeds of flesh. He does it by his supernatural power. "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. Ephesians 5: 26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, 27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. Titus 2: 14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. 1 John 3: 5 And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin. 6 Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him. 7 Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous." Don't be deceived; God is the one who will make you righteous, as he is righteous. It will be the doing of God, by his omnipotent power.
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