I noticed that many people actually love Jesus. They honestly do. But far from what I see, in the same mouth profess and confess Jesus as their Lord. But their deeds are rotten and mouth are filled with malicious acts and deceit.
In the past years of living in my faith in Jesus, I had seen may people and heard many people who says they love Him and He is their Lord. And before I came to faith, I see many who speaks too much about Jesus but I dont see Jesus in them. And those things are written in the bible, that Jesus turns His head towards people whom that thinks are very religious and perfect. ”Why you call me Lord, Lord and do not do what I say? Depart from me you who do iniquity”
Well, even if you say Jesus is Lord 10 times a day but your lifestyle and the way you behave is far from what Jesus does, it will anyways bring you far from him. I am not a judgemental person but I believe every word that is written in the bible. from the Beginning to the end.
We say, If a person goes to church all the time and believes that that person is peaceful only when they are in the church, right after the sunday mass or sunday service or prayer meeting, they went out and drink, swear, took something that is not theirs, envy, and even looks at another opposite sex with lust. That person is the same like the Man in the mirror that as soon as he left the mirror, he forgot what he saw. Same with the person as soon they left the church, they forgot they heard and continued with what they satisfies their body. For the body indeed is strong in craving things of this world, Yet the Spirit of God, if that is not fed and if the heart is not obedient towards God, that person is living dead.
First, When I came to faith, I thought always Im a sinner, and yes I prayed the sinners prayer. I thought it was okay to just belive and accepts Jesus in my heart and then I shall be saved. But in the context of the word, Saved is referred to a person that is baptised in water and in Spirit, that person shall be saved. I was lied to, for many years, i bought that lie and ive lived that lie. But when the time came that I read the bible and understood it, I saw that Jesus preached Repentance as He says
”Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
6That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
7Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.
Therefore, I realised that Things Ive tried to do many times, was difficult to stop. because I am just born of the flesh. im born with a human thinking and i was not aiming the Spiritual growth. it tooked me years before to realise that following Jesus means of being sent out. Jesus says” those who follow me shall take their cross and do greater things than I did” I could not understand this things yet because I was baptised with the Holy Spirit, I could see things in the word of God and see it with another perspective. I do not need to improvise of it because it is simply said. If you believe in the Lord Jesus, yes you shall confess Him as your Lord, in Jewish culture if you confess your master’s name you shall turn away from your own deeds and do the things your master told you to do. You will be the Apprentice, a student who follows the master by doing it. So in Mark and in Matthew, it is clear that a person who believes and is Baptised shall be saved. and in Matthew it says that we shall make Disciples, it does not says we shall make Christians. it says clear, we shall make disciples of all Nations and Baptising them under Gods law, in the name of Jesus and then they will receive the Holy Spirit. is that not clear?
So thats what I did. I have been baptise with the Spirit first. then later I Repented from all of my sins and fear. and I have put to grave the old life. I died with Jesus and I rose up with Him again living a new life. The Old is gone. All thigs become new.
So I repented, I confessed my sins towards God. Not Just feel sorry and do it again. Not Just say Sorry God, forgive me. I did something about it. I tell exactly what I did and I turned from my sins and I was Baptised in water and the Spirit of God helped me to live a life for Him.
Yeah, if we look at Jesus, what did he do? He walks with the people. He reached the lost and found them. Healed them and told them about the Kingdom. After the Cross, then The Disciples had preached Repentance, Baptism in Water and in Spirit. and then They all went out doing miracles and wonders. You loose the power inside the church if you only do it there. What about the people outside? how then shall we make disciples if we just sit every sunday and wait for God to do it?
Tsk tsk! it wil never happen. People should know, that there is a purpose why they are here. Why they have to come back to God. They should be set free from the bondage of these world.
Many are deceived into believing, that you should just ask Jesus into your heart – and everything is fine.
If we should ever come back to the life we read about in the book of Acts, we need to have the right foundation. In John 3 Jesus says, that if any man want to be born again, he need to be born out of water and Spirit. Jesus didn’t talk about the sinners prayer; he preached repentance towards God. When he then did the teaching, he talked about the importance of baptism in water and Holy Spirit.
At that time he could not himself baptize anyone to Christ and with the Holy Spirit, because it was still the old covenant. But after the cross you see the fulfillment of the new birth Jesus was talking about in John 3. When Peter stood up and said repent, as Jesus did, and be baptized for the remission of your sin as Jesus has commanded us to do it. Let’s obey Jesus and preach the full gospel. Let’s stop being blind leading the blind by giving something we do not find in the word of God.