Updated: Feb 23
When the time finally comes and we stand in the presence of Almighty GOD, isn't it true, that we each wish to be found true and sincere before GOD?"
Well, isn't it? Surely, it is!"
Yet, who can be found true and sincere, that doesn't sincerely seek to do what The LORD our GOD, instructs us to do?"
Doesn't The LORD make it absolutely clear, how HE demands that we prove the sincerity of our LOVE for HIM?'
Doesn't HE say in John 14:15, "If you LOVE ME, keep MY commandments?"
["Well, doesn't HE?] Absolutely!"
And since, HE does;
"Isn't it true that JESUS CHRIST can only be our LORD, by our obedience to HIM?"
If I said to you, that JESUS CHRIST is LORD of my LIFE; but you later find out that I cheat on my spouse?" Would you really believe me, and be convinced, that CHRIST
The LORD, "is truly LORD, of my LIFE?"
Or would you think that I simply go around
lying to people, and even to myself, about CHRIST, being LORD of my LIFE?"
A great number of people lie to themselves on the matter." But when it comes right down to it; "Does the SALVATION of the Soul, really even matter?"
Personally, I Believe that the only thing more important than my SALVATION; is the SALVATION of others!" Yet, do I really even mean that?
Because in Philippians 2:4-8 The LORD gives us this instruction, saying":
Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.
Let this mind be in you which was also in CHRIST JESUS, Who, being in the form of GOD, did not consider it robbery to be equal with GOD, but made HIMSELF of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in the appearance as a man, HE humbled HIMSELF and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of The Cross.
[Obedient to the point of death."]
Our LORD humbled HIMSELF, Beloved, and became obedient to the point of death! Yes, so that by our FAITH in HIS finished work of The Cross, we'd also become obedient and embrace JESUS CHRIST, as our BOSS!"
Yes! For The WORD of The LIVING GOD, that created everything, and gave us LIFE.
Is our LIFE!"
And so The LORD, through Revalation 22:12-17 gives us HIS WORD, saying:
"And Behold, I AM coming quickly, and MY reward is with ME, to give to every one according to his work. I AM The Alpha and The Omega, The Beginning and the end, the First and the last."
Blessed are those who do HIS commandments, that they may have the right to The Tree of LIFE, and may enter through the gates into the city. But outside are dogs and sorcerers and sexually immoral and murderers and Idolaters, and whoever loves and practices a lie.
"I JESUS, have sent MY angel to testify to you these things in the churches. I AM The Root and the Offspring of David, The Bright and morning Star.
And The SPIRIT and the Bride say, "Come!"
And let him who hears say, "Come!" And let him who thirsts come.
Whoever desires, let him take the water of LIFE freely.
Yes, Freely, because JESUS CHRIST already paid the price, in order for us to keep our LIFE!"
And HE, became our PORTION, and our LORD; when we embraced The WORD of The LIVING GOD, through FAITH."
Yes, FAITH in the finished work of The Cross of CHRIST, for the remission of sins.
CHRIST became our RIGHTEOUSNESS, and our JUSTIFICATION." CHRIST is now, and always will be, our SALVATION!'
For Romans 3:24-25 makes it abundantly clear by saying: Being JUSTIFIED Freely by HIS GRACE through the REDEMPTION that is in CHRIST JESUS, Whom GOD set forth as a propitiation by HIS BLOOD, through FAITH, to demonstrate HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS, because in HIS forbearance GOD had passed over the sins that were previously committed.
[Previously committed." Committed sin."
That's what made us guilty before GOD."
But then, when we Believed in JESUS CHRIST, and in HIS "REDEEMING" work of The Cross; we were "Freely" washed of our sins, and purchased by HIS "BLOOD!"
By FAITH in The WORD of The LIVING GOD, we became Son's of GOD, purchased by
The BLOOD of CHRIST.
John 1:12 assures us of this by saying:
But as many as recieved HIM, to them HE gave the right to become children of GOD, to those who Believe in HIS Name. [JESUS!]
Yes, Freely, we have recieved JESUS CHRIST,
and we are certain that there is no other name given under HEAVEN, by which we MUST be SAVED!"
Yes, freely we have recieved CHRIST, as LORD, SAVIOR,, and REDEEMER, and been washed of our sins!"
And so, freely, we've been entrusted with The GOSPEL to speak, not as pleasing men, but GOD Who tests our hearts. And so freely we are also to give "the good news" of The RISEN CHRIST,
We are to LOVE them and care about their SALVATION, as if they were our Brothers."
For GOD, not willing that any should perish, wants us to know Whom we have Believed, and
that by HIS GRACE, we have been recieved."
Yes, and that 2nd Timothy 2:19 speaks to us, and assures us, by saying:
Nevertheless the solid foundation of GOD stands, having this seal: "The LORD knows those who are HIS," and "Let everyone who name's The NAME of CHRIST, depart from iniquity."
The LORD knows each of us."
Yes!" And HE would have each of us know, that GOD is not willing that any should perish!
Right! That any should perish!
But that all would come to repentance of walking in the ways of darkness, to come into the LIGHT of the world, to know, and LOVE, JESUS!"
"For HE, being The WORD of The LIVING GOD, is The LIGHT of the world, and The TRUTH that sets one free." Thus, HE gives us this instruction from 1st Corrinthians 15:33-34 saying:
Do not be deceived: "Evil company corrupts good habits." Awake to RIGHTEOUSNESS, and do not sin; for some do not have the knowledge of GOD. I speak this to your shame.
[With that said;
Consider how in Mathew 7:16-20
The LORD admonishes us, declaring:
You will know them by their fruits.
Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit.
A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and cast into the fire.
Therefore by their fruits you will know them.
[Yes, Beloved, by the fruit we produce, we will know Whom we have Believed, and consequently, obey!" Yes, Beloved,
We will know Whom we are slaves of.
For Romans 6:16 says:
Do you not know that to Whom you present yourselves slaves to obey
you are that One's slaves Whom you obey; whether of sin leading to death; or of obedience leading to RIGHTEOUSNESS.
[By our obedience to CHRIST - The WORD of The LIVING GOD, we know we are the RIGHTEOUSNESS of GOD, and children of GOD.
Thus, we are known by GOD."
And because we are; 1st Corrinthians 13:12 speaks to us, saying :
For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then FACE to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.
["The LORD our GOD, knows us!" And we might think we do;
But do we really know ourselves?"
Do you know how many hairs you have on your head?" No? "Well, GOD knows the exact number!"
And HE assures us that the Day will come when we will also know. For in Mark 4:22 HE says,:
"For there is nothing hidden which will not be revealed, nor has anything been kept secret but that it should come to LIGHT.
nothing done in the dark, will stay in the dark!"
No!" But it will surely be brought into The LIGHT."
And we who are of The LIGHT, and know that we are no longer in the flesh, but in The SPIRIT; have these WORDS from Romans 8:9 speaking to us, saying:
But you are not in the flesh but in The SPIRIT;
If indeed The SPIRIT of GOD dwells in you.
Now if anyone does not have The SPIRIT of CHRIST, he is not HIS.
Because everything will be exposed to The LIGHT;
The LORD warns us in Mathew 7:21 saying":
"Not everyone who says to ME, 'LORD, LORD,' shall enter The KINGDOM Of HEAVEN, but he who does the will of MY FATHER in HEAVEN.
["And even through Mathew 7:22-23 "HE exclaims]:
Many will say to ME in that day, 'LORD, LORD,' have we not prophesied in YOUR NAME, cast out demons in YOUR NAME, and done many wonders in YOUR NAME?' And then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you; depart from ME, you who practice lawlessness!"
["Eye-Opening, wouldn't you say?"]
And so in 1st Thessalonians 2:19
the apostle Paul wrote:
“For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Is it not even you in The Presence of our LORD JESUS CHRIST at HIS Coming?
For you are our GLORY and Joy.
[Yes, so in Philippians 2:5 we are each admonished by GOD :
Let this mind be in you which was also in CHRIST JESUS, Who, being in the form of GOD did not consider it robbery to be equal with GOD, but made HIMSELF of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, HE humbled HIMSELF and became obedient to the point of death,
even the death of The Cross.
And because obedience is a strict requirement of each of us.
John 13:34 reveals what The LORD demands of us :
A new commandment I give to you, that you LOVE one another; as I have LOVED you, that you also LOVE one another." By this, all will know that you are My disciples, If you have "LOVE" for one another."
[And why does The LORD demand that we LOVE one another? Well, because our LOVE for one another will define us."
Even as hate, defines those, who prefer to do the will and desires of their father.
Those who are clearly mentioned and spoken of in John 8:44 Right!"
So LOVE, Beloved, is a strict requirement from every member of The BODY Of CHRIST."
For if we had many gifts of The SPIRIT,
but had not LOVE," 1st Corr.13:1-2 assures us of what we'd be." It reads":
Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not LOVE, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal.
And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all FAITH, so that I could remove mountains, but have not LOVE,
I am nothing!"
[Did you catch that?"]
"What are we," Beloved, if we have not "LOVE" for one another?" If we only care about our own interests and SALVATION,
and not that of others?"
What are we, Beloved, "if we had not LOVE for one another, and were willing to LOVE, as Brothers?"
With that said," I pray that we would each commit ourselves to LOVE our fellow man, and share the Good News with as many as we can."
"For without LOVE, we cannot be The LORD'S disciples.
Because 1st Corrinthians 13:2 assures us that without LOVE, we'd be counted as nothing!"
In a world of requirements, we learn that The LORD also requires that we LOVE one another.
Thus, Luke 9:23-27 affirms, saying:
"If anyone desires to come after ME, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow ME. For whoever desires to SAVE his LIFE, will lose it.
["Yes, we will lose our old LIFE of walking in darkness, and take up our Cross, to obey The WORD of The LIVING GOD - JESUS CHRIST.
Right!" Whoever desires to continue their LIFE obeying the powers of darkness; will by default lose their LIFE!"
So cling to JESUS CHRIST!"
For HE is, Beloved, our LIFE, and the length of our days!"