God loves us so much that he sent Jesus to bring us salvation. He said whoever believes in the son will have eternal life. Notice how God gave us his son and not the law or works, he said his son and believing him. The law condemns us and shows our need for a savior. It does nothing else than that. Jesus on the other hand is our savior and gives us eternal life through our relationship with him. We are doomed to fail our traditions and rule but it’s okay cause those don’t bring salvation, only Jesus does. So put your trust in Jesus, he will bring you into eternal life.
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Hanging on a cross near Jesus, this man had done wrong and accepted that he was a sinner. He has repentance in his heart and feared God, honored Jesus. He asked Jesus for a relational favor, to remember him, and Jesus told him that he would be in paradise with him. This man did not participate in any sacraments our ritual things to repent, nor did he follow the law. All he did to receive eternal life was be repentant and be personal with Jesus. God wants a personal relationship with us, not an incense filled ritual. He set the example earlier in the bible with Enoch. He was a man with a good heart and he walked with the Lord, meaning he had a good relationship with God. Enoch never experienced death, he was taken up by God. That foreshadowed what God wants for us to experience now, not that we won’t die, but that eternal life comes from a relationship with him. Enter eternal life today with Jesus Christ.
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The man asked Jesus what he had to do to inherit eternal life and followed the laws and commandments. But Jesus asked him to give up everything he had and then follow him. The man walked away sad because he was rich and he effectively loved his possessions more than he loved Jesus. It was idolatry. The scripture shows that it is not the laws and traditions that save people but the condition of the heart, which is defined by your relationship with Jesus Christ. When you put Jesus first and follow him, your life is so radically changed and the things of the world will fall away. Do not trust on traditions and rituals to save you. Put Jesus first and let his Grace and love save you. There’s a difference between going to church and knowing Jesus. One is a tradition the other is a relationship.
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When we talk about salvation and religions and all of that sort of stuff one of the things that stands out are the traditions and requirements of members of a religion to be considered “accepted” or “saved”. Accepted into their religion or saved from the eternity after death called hell. Many people do not qualify cause they haven’t successfully gone through all of the ritual practices and sacraments but I happen to think that is wrong. There is a huge difference between going to church and knowing Jesus. When we go to church thinking that will get us into heaven, we begin thinking about what we can do to earn salvation, acheiving requirements like a law. But salvation isn’t earned. We cannot do anything to earn salvation for our was already offered to us through Jesus Christ. The law and requirements man sets for salvation are ruthless and don’t care about anyone. They do not sacrifice themselves for others. They are simply just there to pass or fail people. But Jesus loves us and showed it by dying for us when we were going to fall the requirements set for us. Won’t you accept Jesus’s love today?
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The bible says that the wages of sin is death. Because of our sin we deserve eternal death but God gave us eternal life through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. His sacrifice was to atone for all of our sins, past, present, and future. All we have to do is repent and accept Jesus. His sacrifice is sufficient for all but efficient only for those who accept it. Step toward eternal life today with Jesus Christ.
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Tough days pass by and are overcome through Jesus. Just need to focus and rejoice.
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Must remember this always. I am dead to myself and alive in Christ. My life is for his glory and will and not my own desires and pleasures. I must remain dead to myself and focus on the hope God has set before me. It’s tough but it’ll be worth it.
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Sometimes these verses are used as references to being missionaries across the world, and I agree. But there is another understanding of theses verses that was revealed to me during a conference a couple of years ago. The verse says go and make disciples of all nations so yes the bible says that all nations will be discipled but the act of discipleship is not just a conversion, confession, and leave. It is a life long commitment between a mentor and disciple. Elijah was a tremendous mentor to elisha and mentored him until the day he was taken in the chariot. Jesus had many disciples and notice he gave this commission at the end of the book. He was not living physically on the earth anymore. So discipleship is not something you do on a short missions trip. It’s something you do wherever you plant yourself. If you are a long term missionary somewhere or a constantly traveling missionary or even if you are planted at a local church, the task is ministering to people and getting consistently there to help them see and understand what living for Jesus is. No matter who we are our what we have done we can accomplish this task cause Jesus gave us some pretty basic instruction. Teach them what he has taught us, which means dig into the word of God with them. And second do not worry for he is with us always until the end of the age.
God has given us a task to share the gospel with people and walk with them through life. Can you think of someone who has done this for you? If so you should thank that person if you can and also pay the deed forward. Do the same for someone else. If we all mentor just one person we double the amount of people hearing the word of God. Be brave and bold. Go do it for Jesus!
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