SIN, SALVATION AND PRAYER
The sinners do not like to retain GOD, the LORD JESUS CHRIST in their knowledge. They have a debased mind, to do those things, which are not fitting. They are filled with all forms of sexual depravity and uncleanness. Knowing the righteous judgment of GOD, they commit sins. Knowing the eternal death in hell-fire, they commit sins. They not only continue to do these sins but also approve of those who practise them. What a terrible thing it is!
“And even as they did not like to retain GOD in their knowledge, GOD gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient (fitting); Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate (strife), deceit, malignity (evil-mindedness); whisperers, backbiters, haters of GOD, despiteful (violent), proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, without understanding, covenant breakers, without natural affection, implacable (unforgiving), unmerciful: Who knowing the judgment of GOD, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.” Romans 1:28-32
To the unsaved the judgment will result in indignation and wrath. They do not obey the truth; and they are quarrelsome.
“But unto them that are contentious (quarrelsome), and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath.” Romans 2:8
It is not proper for saints or Christians to be guilty of committing the sins listed below. Such evil deeds should not even be the topic of normal conversation. No one should share in the sins of others. Everyone should keep himself/herself pure (I Timothy 5:22).
“But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints; Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient (proper): but rather giving of thanks. For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of CHRIST and of GOD. Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of GOD upon the children of disobedience. Be not ye therefore partakers with them.” Ephesians 5:3-7
The Holy Bible (the Holy Scriptures) urges us to put to death all sins residing in our bodily members, and to put off the old man of sinful acts and worldly thinking, and to lie not to one another.
“Mortify (put to death) therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection (passion), evil concupiscence (evil desire), and covetousness, which is idolatry: For which things’ sake the wrath of GOD cometh on the children of disobedience: In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them. But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds.” Colossians 3:5-9
Everyone should know this: there will be perilous times in the last days; and there will be perilous men in the last days. So, be very careful about your soul.
“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous (money lovers), boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, truce breakers (irreconcilable), false accusers (slanderers), incontinent (without self-control), fierce (brutal), despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, high minded, lovers of pleasures more (rather) than lovers of GOD; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.” II Timothy 3:1-7
The law reveals man's evil character or sinful character, but the gospel reveals GOD's salvation from sins and from the law's curses.
“Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, for whoremongers (fornicators), for them that defile themselves with mankind (sodomites), for men stealers (kidnappers), for liars, for perjured persons (perjurers), and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine; According to the glorious gospel of the blessed GOD, which was committed to my trust.”I Timothy 1:9-11
Everyone is cautioned to avoid consulting mediums and spiritists. Turning to familiar spirits and wizards will give judgment and hell.
“Regard not them that have familiar spirits, neither seek after wizards, to be defiled by them: I am the LORD your GOD.”Leviticus 19:31
Telling or writing or using abracadabra is sin. Abracadabras are magic words or empty words. One who performs skilful balancing acts and tricks is an acrobat. Acrobats are sinners. Acrobatism is sin. Rebellion and stubbornness are sins. Divination and idolatry are sins.
“For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft (divination), and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. ...” I Samuel 15:23
Our LORD GOD, JESUS CHRIST is omnipotent. So, the evil practices like sorcery and divination are powerless against HIS people.
“Surely there is no enchantment (sorcery) against Jacob, neither is there any divination against Israel: ...” Numbers 23:23
Here ‘Jacob’ and ‘Israel’ mean ‘the people of the LORD GOD’.
Consulting mediums and spiritists is sin. Mediums and spiritists are sinners. GOD's people should set themselves apart from these sinners. Otherwise HE will cut them off from HIS people.
“And the soul that turneth after such as have familiar spirits, and after wizards, to go a whoring after them, I will even set MY face against that soul, and will cut him off from among his people.” Leviticus 20:6
‘soul’ means ‘person’.
Anything that does not come by faith is sin. No one should cast off their first faith, since it will bring judgment.
“...For whatsoever is not of faith is sin.”Romans 14:23
“Having damnation (condemnation), because they have cast off their first faith.”
I Timothy 5:12
When the words are many, sin is certainly present. The tongue is a system of iniquity that sets on fire the whole course of life, and is even set on fire of hell.
“In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that refraineth (restrains) his lips is wise.” Proverbs 10:19
“Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thine heart be hasty to utter any thing before GOD: for GOD is in heaven, and thou upon earth: therefore let thy words be few.”
“And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature (life); and it is set on fire of hell.” James 3:6
Anyone who knows to do a good deed, and doesn't do it, sins.
“Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.”
Testing the Holy Spirit of the LORD GOD is sin (Acts 5:9). Despising the Holy Spirit of grace is sin (Hebrews 10:29). Resisting the Holy Spirit is sin (Acts 7:51). Vexing the Holy Spirit is sin (Isaiah 63:10). Grieving the Holy Spirit is sin (Ephesians 4:30).
The blasphemy against the Holy Spirit is a great sin. Anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit is a great sinner.
“Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost (the Holy Spirit) shall not be forgiven unto men. And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man (the LORD JESUS CHRIST), it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost (the Holy Spirit), it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come.”
St. Matthew 12:31-32
Before HE died for the sinners, the LORD JESUS CHRIST had spoken these verses in St. Matthew. But by HIS terrible death on the cross for the sinners, all sins are forgiven by HIM. HE HIMSELF bore all the sins of the people in HIS holy body on the tree (the cross), to give a life of righteousness to all.
“Who HIS own self bare our sins in HIS own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.”
I Peter 2:24
Not praying is considered a sin against the LORD GOD.
“Moreover as for me, GOD forbid that I should sin against the LORD in ceasing to pray for you: but I will teach you the good and the right way.”
I Samuel 12:23
The price of blood (the blood-money), the money paid to a person hired to kill somebody, or the hire of a whore, the earnings of a female prostitute or male prostitute, or the price of a dog, or the money earned in any filthy way should not be brought into the holy house of the LORD GOD. It is not lawful to put these into the treasury. Hence, these kinds of earnings are sins.
“And the chief priests took the silver pieces, and said, It is not lawful for to put them into the treasury, because it is the price of blood.” St. Matthew 27:6
“Thou shalt not bring the hire of a whore, or the price of a dog, into the house of the LORD thy GOD for any vow: for even both these are abomination unto the LORD thy GOD.” Deuteronomy 23:18
Everyone should flee from idolatry (I Corinthians 10:14); everyone should flee from fornication (I Corinthians 6:18); everyone should flee from youthful lusts (II Timothy 2:22); and everyone should flee from love of money. The love of money is a source of all kinds of evil. But, it is not the only source from which evils come (I Timothy 6:10-11). Idolatry, fornication, youthful lusts and love of money are sins.
Gay marriage/homosexual marriage (Leviticus 20:13; Romans 1:27), lesbian marriage (Romans 1:26) and artificial insemination are sins. Artificial inseminators are sinners. A baby that is born through artificial insemination or that is developed elsewhere than in a mother's body through in-vitro fertilization is sin. Such a baby is called a test-tube baby. Asexual reproduction by cloning method and other unnatural fertilization methods are sins. Such shameful and unclean and ugly sins are abominable unto GOD. The abominable people will be thrown into hell-fire (Revelation 21:8).
Anyone who sins against the LORD GOD, JESUS CHRIST, harms his own soul and those who hate the LORD GOD, JESUS CHRIST, love death, the second death, the fiery lake of burning sulphur.
“But he that sinneth against ME wrongeth (harms) his own soul: all they that hate ME love death.” Proverbs 8:36
Fornication is sexual immorality. Having sex between a man and woman not married to each other is fornication. According to the Old Testament, anyone who is of illegitimate birth and any of his descendants shall not enter the congregation of the LORD, even down to the tenth generation (Deuteronomy 23:2). Having more than one wife is fornication. Having more than one husband is fornication. All other sins a man/woman commits are outside the body, but he/she who commits fornication sins against his/her own body. Fornication is a grievous sin. Fornicators are grievous sinners. Hence, everyone should always flee fornication, the worst awkward sin. Now, the body is not for fornication, but for the LORD; and the LORD for the body (I Corinthians 6:13). If our body is the temple of the Holy Spirit of GOD, the LORD JESUS CHRIST, then HE is ours and we are HIS. Praise The LORD! Alleluia!
“Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without (outside) the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body. What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost (the Holy Spirit) which is in you, which ye have of GOD, and ye are not your own?”
I Corinthians 6:18-19
Molestation and trafficking of children, women, etc., are sins. Abuse and misuse of children, women, etc., are sins. Molesters, traffickers, abusers and misusers are sinners.
Polygamy—the practice or custom of having more than one wife is sin. Polygamists are sinners. Having more than one wife is fornication. He who commits fornication sins against his own body.
Polyandry—the practice or custom of having more than one husband is sin. Polyandrists are sinners. Having more than one husband is fornication. Always flee fornication. She who commits fornication sins against her own body.
“Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband.” I Corinthians 7:2
“If any be blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused of riot or unruly.” Titus 1:6
Showing disrespect for the aged and the deaf and the blind and the mute and the poor is sin, since they are all made by the LORD GOD.
“Thou shalt rise up before the hoary head, and honour the face of the old man, and fear thy GOD: I am the LORD. Thou shalt not curse the deaf, nor put a stumblingblock before the blind, but shalt fear thy GOD: I am the LORD.” Leviticus 19:32, 14
“And the LORD said unto him, Who hath made man’s mouth? or who maketh the dumb, or deaf, or the seeing, or the blind? have not I the LORD?” Exodus 4:11
Ill-treating or oppressing a stranger or an alien is sin.
“And if a stranger sojourn with thee in your land, ye shall not vex (ill-treat) him.”
“Also thou shalt not oppress a stranger (sojourner): ...” Exodus 23:9
Defrauding labourers or wage-earners of their wages is sin. The worker deserves his wages. Holding back the wages of a wage-earner overnight is sin.
“Thou shalt not defraud thy neighbour, neither rob him: the wages of him that is hired shall not abide with thee all night until the morning.” Leviticus 19:13
Using dishonest scales (balances), dishonest weights, and dishonest measures is sin. Using dishonest standards when measuring length, weight or quantity is sin.
“A false balance is abomination to the LORD: but a just weight is HIS delight.”
“Divers (differing) weights, and divers measures, both of them are alike abomination to the LORD.” Proverbs 20:10
“Are there yet the treasures of wickedness in the house of the wicked, and the scant (short) measure that is abominable? Shall I count them pure with the wicked balances, and with the bag of deceitful weights?” Micah 6:10-11
Perverting justice is sin. Perverting justice in a lawsuit by siding with the crowd is sin. Showing partiality in lawsuits is sin. Showing favouritism to a poor man in his lawsuit is sin. Denying justice to a poor in his lawsuit is sin. Accepting a bribe is sin. A bribe blinds the eyes of the wise and perverts the words of the righteous. Putting an innocent or honest person to death is sin.
“Ye shall do no unrighteousness in judgment: thou shalt not respect the person of the poor, nor honour the person of the mighty: but in righteousness shalt thou judge thy neighbour.” Leviticus 19:15
“Thou shalt not wrest (pervert) judgment; thou shalt not respect (show partiality) persons, neither take a gift (bribe): for a gift doth blind the eyes of the wise, and pervert (twist) the words of the righteous.” Deuteronomy 16:19
“Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil; neither shalt thou speak in a cause to decline (turn aside) after many to wrest (pervert) judgment: Neither shalt thou countenance a poor man in his cause. Thou shalt not wrest the judgment of thy poor in his cause. Keep thee far from a false matter; and the innocent and righteous slay thou not: for I will not justify the wicked.” Exodus 23:2-3, 6-7
“He that justifieth the wicked, and he that condemneth the just, even they both are abomination to the LORD.” Proverbs 17:15
Afflicting a widow or a fatherless child or an orphan is sin.
“Ye shall not afflict any widow, or fatherless child. If thou afflict them in any wise, and they cry at all unto ME, I will surely hear their cry; And MY wrath shall wax hot, and I will kill you with the sword; and your wives shall be widows, and your children fatherless.” Exodus 22:22-24
Now, the saved people of the LORD GOD, JESUS CHRIST or the members of HIS church are spiritual brothers and sisters. Charging a spiritual brother or sister interest, is sin. But, he may charge a stranger or an alien interest. Exorbitant interest should not be charged on any stranger or alien. Only simple interest, but not compound interest may be charged with a low rate of interest. In olden days, only one per cent interest per month was charged as the highest rate of interest (Nehemiah 5:11).
“Thou shalt not lend (charge interest) upon usury to thy brother; usury of money, usury of victuals, usury of any thing that is lent upon usury: Unto a stranger thou mayest lend
upon usury; but unto thy brother thou shalt not lend upon usury: that the LORD thy GOD may bless thee in all that thou settest thine hand to in the land whither thou goest to possess it.” Deuteronomy 23:19-20
“He that by usury and unjust gain increaseth his substance (possessions), he shall gather it for him that will pity the poor.” Proverbs 28:8
Taking or receiving something from somebody or something temporarily, with the agreement that it will be returned is called borrowing. Taking money from a person or bank with the agreement that it will be paid back to them at a later time is called borrowing. Even though the borrower is servant to the lender (Proverbs 22:7), he is not servant to sin. So this borrowing is not at all a sin. Our LORD GOD, JESUS CHRIST has not forbidden this in HIS ten commandments. When our LORD GOD, JESUS CHRIST was in the world as Saviour, HE has not forbidden this; HE has not prevented anyone from doing this. In Romans 13:8, St. Paul is not setting down the fiscal policy of borrowing. So, borrowing for our physical or spiritual needs is not at all a sin. Praise The LORD! Alleluia!
Now, some people choose Deuteronomy 28:12 and say that no one should borrow. This is utterly absurd.
“…Thou shalt lend unto many nations, and thou shalt not borrow.” Deuteronomy 28:12
From the rich man and Lazarus, anyone can clearly understand that earthly blessedness does not necessarily mean GOD's greatest favour; the reverse may be true (St. Luke 16:19-31).
Further, our LORD GOD, JESUS CHRIST has advocated the exchange of money through bankers or banks (St. Matthew 25:27). Bankers or banks provide various financial services, for keeping and lending money. People get the exchange of money by cheques/checks, notes, deposits, loans, interests, etc., easier through bankers or banks.
Taking either the upper one or the lower one of a millstone, as a pledge, is sin, since that would be same as taking a man's life as a pledge.
“No man shall take the nether (lower) or the upper millstone to pledge: for he taketh a man’s life to pledge.” Deuteronomy 24:6
Taking one's neighbour's raiment (clothing) as a pledge is sin. If raiment is taken from one's neighbour as a pledge, it should be returned to him by sunset.
“If thou at all take thy neighbour’s raiment to pledge, thou shalt deliver it unto him by that the sun goeth down: For that is his covering only, it is his raiment for his skin: wherein shall he sleep? and it shall come to pass, when he crieth unto ME, that I will hear; for I am gracious.” Exodus 22:26-27
Whatever one's lips utter to the LORD GOD or if ever one makes a vow (a solemn promise) to the LORD GOD, he must do it; because the LORD GOD will demand it of him and he will be a sinner.
“When thou shalt vow a vow unto the LORD thy GOD, thou shalt not slack (delay) to pay it: for the LORD thy GOD will surely require it of thee; and it would be sin in thee. That which is gone out of thy lips thou shalt keep and perform; even a freewill offering, according as thou hast vowed unto the LORD thy GOD, which thou hast promised with thy mouth.” Deuteronomy 23:21, 23
Sinners destroy their body and spirit and soul. Sinners destroy their most precious life. Hence, sinners destroy much good.
“...One sinner destroyeth much good.” Ecclesiastes 9:18
Obviously we are all sinners and the wages of our sin is hell, the fiery lake of burning sulphur. We are all by nature, dead in transgressions and sins. Therefore, we cannot do anything to save ourselves from eternal damnation. But, by the grace of GOD, the LORD JESUS CHRIST, anyone can be saved from eternal damnation. When we are saved, HE made alive us together with CHRIST.
“And you hath HE quickened (made alive), who were dead in trespasses and sins. Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with CHRIST, by grace ye are saved.” Ephesians 2:1, 5
Now, by observing the law of the Old Testament, no one will be justified.
“Knowing that a man is not justified (declared righteous) by the works of the law, but by the faith of JESUS CHRIST, even we have believed in JESUS CHRIST, that we might be justified by the faith of CHRIST, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.” Galatians 2:16
But, our LORD GOD, JESUS CHRIST does not want anyone to perish in his sins. HE desires the repentance and salvation of all.
“Say unto them, As I live, saith the LORD GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel?” Ezekiel 33:11
“The LORD is not slack concerning HIS promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” II Peter 3:9
“Who will (desires to) have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.” I Timothy 2:4
Even though the LORD GOD, JESUS CHRIST hates sin, HE loves us so much. HE came into the world to save us. HE came into the world to keep the law for us. HE came into the world to suffer for us. HE came into the world to bear all the punishment that we deserve due to our sins. HE innocently suffered for us from Gethsemane to Calvary. HE innocently died for us on the cross at Calvary.
“But HE was wounded for our transgressions; HE was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon HIM; and with HIS stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on HIM the iniquity of us all.”Isaiah 53:5-6
“For GOD so loved the world, that HE gave HIS only begotten SON (the LORD JESUS CHRIST), that whosoever believeth in HIM should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
St. John 3:16
No one should be worthy of death, the eternal death of hell-fire. Everyone should be worthy of eternal life, the kingdom of GOD or the kingdom of heaven.
“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of GOD is eternal life through JESUS CHRIST our LORD "Romans6:23
Rejecting the LORD JESUS CHRIST our Saviour is the worst possible sin, since there is no other way to eternal life.
“He that believeth on the son(the LORD JESUS CHRIST) hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the SON shall not see life; but the wrath of GOD abideth (remains) on him.”St. John 3:36
Salvation for Jew and gentile alike is only through the name of JESUS CHRIST (St. John 14:6). Forgiveness for Jew and Gentile alike is only through the name of JESUS CHRIST.
“Neither is there salvation in any other (other than JESUS CHRIST): for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” Acts 4:12
“Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of JESUS CHRIST for the remission (forgiveness) of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost (the Holy Spirit). For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the LORD our GOD shall call.” Acts 2:38-39
Testing the LORD GOD, JESUS CHRIST our Redeemer is sin.
“JESUS said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt (test) the LORD thy GOD.”
St. Matthew 4:7
By confessing sins with a broken-heart and with a contrite spirit to the LORD GOD, JESUS CHRIST, anyone can be saved or delivered from sins (Psalm 34:18).
Voodoo is a religion practised originally in the West Indies and southern US involving witchcraft, sorcery and magic. Voodooism is sin. Voodooists are sinners.
No one should sin. The penalty of sin is death. Death means second death, the fiery lake of burning sulphur. The only escape from this second death is to receive the gift of eternal life in the person of the LORD JESUS CHRIST (St. John 3:15).
Man in his sin is compared to a snake ('viper' or 'adder') for its venom (Job 20:16; Psalm 140:3), a wild ass's colt for its stubbornness (Job 11:12), a dog for its uncleanness (Proverbs 26:11), a moth for its appetite (Job 27:18), a bear for its cruelty (Daniel 7:5), a leopard for its fierceness (Daniel 7:6), a spider's web for its flimsiness (Isaiah 59:5-6), a horse or a mule for its stupidity (Psalm 32:9), a fox for its cunning (St. Luke 13:32), a wolf for its ferociousness (St. John 10:12), and a pig for its filthiness (II Peter 2:22).
Men seek refuge in lying and it is their hiding place. They also seek refuge in false alliances (Isaiah 28:17); but the LORD will try them when HE comes back to judge.
Even a little sin has a corrupting and polluting influence in the life of every human beings. Hence, no sin can be considered a playful thing; no sin can be considered a sport event; no sin can be considered a spectacle. Every sin should be purged, or else it would contaminate his/her whole life. Our LORD JESUS CHRIST asks,
“Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth (leavens) the whole lump?” I Corinthians 5:6
Now, no one should forget the fact that good deeds always pursue the righteous or the saved or the regenerated people. That is, even after their bodily death, their good deeds pursue them. And they will finally receive the kingdom of heaven, the kingdom of GOD as their good reward.
Again, no one should forget the fact that evil deeds always pursue sinners, the evil doers. That is, even after their bodily death, their evil deeds or sins pursue sinners. Their evil deeds or sins pursue them till their judgment and death, the second death, the fiery lake of burning sulphur.
“Evil pursueth sinners: but to the righteous good shall be repayed.” Proverbs 13:21
“Evil shall slay the wicked: and they that hate the righteous shall be desolate (condemned).” Psalm 34:21
Our LORD JESUS CHRIST has said,
“Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth (commits) sin is the servant of sin.” St. John 8:34
Our LORD JESUS CHRIST warns,
“…Sin no more.” St. John 8:11
The Holy Bible, the Holy Word of GOD warns,
“Awake to righteousness, and sin not; …” I Corinthians 15:34
Our LORD JESUS CHRIST asks,
“Which of you convinceth (convicts) ME of sin? …” St. John 8:46
The Holy Bible, the Holy Word of GOD says,
“He that committeth (commits) sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth (sins) from the beginning. For this purpose the SON of GOD was manifested, that HE might destroy the works of the devil. Whosoever is born of GOD doth not commit sin; for HIS seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of GOD. In this the children of GOD are manifest, and the children of the devil: …”
2. HOW CAN A SINNER GO TO HEAVEN ?
How can a sinner go to heaven with all his sins he has committed? His sins certainly need a remedy. A relief from his sins is necessary. There must certainly be a cure for his sins. He must obtain repentance from sins. He must obtain forgiveness of sins. He must obtain salvation from sins. He must obtain the experience of divine goodness. He must obtain the experience of born-again or the experience of born-from-above. He must obtain holiness and live a holy life. He must obtain the Holy Spirit. He must obtain redemption from sins. He must have the prayer life and he must have the full spiritual growth. Then only he can go to heaven, the kingdom of GOD.
All are sinners. Hence, all sinners should repent of their sins. The LORD JESUS CHRIST, the Forgiver of sins, must forgive their sins. They must be saved or delivered from their sins by the LORD JESUS CHRIST, the Saviour. The LORD JESUS CHRIST, the Redeemer must redeem them. The LORD JESUS CHRIST, the Sanctifier must sanctify them. They must be anointed with the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of the LORD JESUS CHRIST, the TRUE GOD. A person who has not received the Holy Spirit cannot live a holy life. He cannot live a spiritual life. Moreover, they must have the prayer life and they must have the full spiritual growth to enter into the kingdom of GOD. Only those who obtain these experiences will go to heaven, the kingdom of GOD and it is impossible for others.
Who can forgive sins? The most holy GOD who is sinless and has committed no sin alone can forgive sins. Our LORD JESUS CHRIST has said:
“Which of you convinceth (convicts) ME of sin? ...” St. John 8:46
No one can prove that the LORD JESUS CHRIST is guilty of sin. Pilate, the Roman governor had witnessed our LORD JESUS CHRIST's faultlessness again and again.
“I find in HIM no fault at all.” St. John 18:38
“I find no fault in HIM.” St. John 19:4
“I find no fault in this MAN (the LORD JESUS CHRIST).” St. Luke 23:4
Who can deliver or save man from sins ? The GOD who is the Saviour of the world and the GOD who is without sin, without blemish and without spot can do it (I Peter 1:18-20).
“...For we have heard HIM ourselves, and know that this is indeed the CHRIST, the Saviour of the world.” St. John 4:42
Who can redeem man from sins? Who can buy back man from sins? The GOD who is the Redeemer of the world and the GOD who is full of great love, great mercy, great grace, great favour, great righteousness, great modesty, great truth and great sacrifice can do it.
“...And all flesh shall know that I the LORD am thy Saviour and thy Redeemer, ...”
Who can give holiness and holy life to man? Only the most holy GOD can give holiness and holy life to man.
“But as HE which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation (conduct); Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.” I Peter 1:15-16
How can the man who has not seen heaven go to heaven? Man can go to heaven only through the GOD, who created heaven, who was in heaven, who descended from heaven, who ascended into heaven, who is now in heaven and who is to come from heaven.
“For by HIM were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by HIM, and for HIM: And HE is before all things, and by HIM all things consist.” Colossians 1:16-17
“Now that HE ascended, what is it but that HE also descended first into the lower parts of the earth? HE that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that HE might fill all things.” Ephesians 4:9-10
“Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same JESUS, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen HIM go into heaven.” Acts 1:11
How can the dead be resurrected and go to heaven? The dead can be resurrected and can go to heaven by the mighty saving power of the ever living GOD, who died, who resurrected HIMSELF and who ascended to heaven. Praise The LORD! Alleluia!
“...CHRIST died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that HE was buried, and that HE rose again the third day according to the scriptures.” I Corinthians 15:3-4
“Until the day in which HE was taken up, after that HE through the Holy Ghost (the Holy Spirit) had given commandments unto the apostles whom HE had chosen: To whom also HE shewed HIMSELF alive after HIS passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of GOD.” Acts 1:2-3
Our LORD GOD, JESUS CHRIST is the only way to go to heaven, the kingdom of GOD.
“JESUS saith unto him (Thomas), I am the way, the truth, and the life: ...”
St. John 14:6
3. REPENTANCE FROM SINS
Repent means to be sorry for one's sins and be determined not to sin again. Repent refers to a sincere feeling of regret for having grieved GOD with sinful thoughts and conduct. Repent refers to a divine change of evil mind into good mind that ends in a divine change of bad conduct into good conduct. It is always accompanied by tears and groaning and weeping and humility.
Repentance refers to a great sorrow toward GOD on account of sin and an extreme hatred of sin. Repentance refers to the actual forsaking of sin with a very humble surrender to the will and wish of GOD. It is always accompanied by tears and groaning and weeping and humility.
Repentance from sins is very essential for salvation from sins, but this repentance alone does not save anyone. It is the first step for salvation from sins. Repentance from sins is very essential for all other spiritual blessings, viz., forgiveness of sins (remission of sins), salvation from sins (deliverance from sins), divine goodness (conversion), born-again experience, holiness and holy life, experience of the Holy Spirit, redemption from sins, prayer and prayer life, and spiritual growth.
Repentance from sins arises always by the wonderful work of the most holy blood of CHRIST and by the glorious work of the Holy Spirit of CHRIST and by the abundant mercy and grace of GOD, the LORD JESUS CHRIST (Romans 2:4).
Our LORD AND SAVIOUR JESUS CHRIST's glorious message of repentance is very essential for our preparation for HIS kingdom, the kingdom of GOD or the kingdom of heaven which is near to those who repent of their sins.
“From that time JESUS began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand (near).” St. Matthew 4:17
If anyone has not repented, then he will not be able to enter the kingdom of heaven. If anyone has not repented, the kingdom of heaven is far away from him and he will not be able to reach it or see it or enter it. Therefore, the LORD GOD, JESUS CHRIST calls everyone to repent of sins.
How do we to repent? The Holy Bible, the Holy Scriptures says,
“Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and HE will have mercy upon him; and to our GOD, for HE will abundantly pardon.” Isaiah 55:7
“...Ye turned to GOD from idols to serve the living and true GOD.” I Thessalonians 1:9
“Wherefore, my dearly beloved, flee from idolatry.” I Corinthians 10:14
“Flee fornication. ...” I Corinthians 6:18
“Flee also youthful lusts: ...” II Timothy 2:22
“For the love of money is the root of all (all kinds of) evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. But thou, O man of GOD, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.” I Timothy 6:10-11
Everyone should flee from idolatry (idol worship), everyone should flee from sexual immorality, everyone should flee from youthful lusts, everyone should flee from eagerness for money and everyone should flee from all other sins of thought, word, deed, and omission and everyone should make a sincere and steadfast treaty with the LORD JESUS CHRIST, the ONLY TRUE GOD, that he would not commit or desire sin till the day of his death and he would live to please GOD. This is called repentance from sins. This is called "repentance from dead works" (Hebrews 6:1). This is called "repentance unto life" (Acts 11:18).
In order to get repentance from sins, everyone should believe the gospel, the good news of GOD; everyone should believe the gospel, the gospel preached by the LORD JESUS CHRIST, the ONLY TRUE GOD; everyone should believe the gospel of the kingdom of GOD our LORD.
“...JESUS came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of GOD, And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of GOD is at hand (near): repent ye, and believe the gospel.” St. Mark 1:14-15
The LORD JESUS CHRIST came into the world to call the sinners to repentance.
“...For I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” St. Matthew 9:13
Repentance from sins is the most essential thing for salvation, but this repentance alone does not save. Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation, but worldly sorrow brings second death, the fiery lake of burning sulphur.
“For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of (regretted): but the sorrow of the world worketh death.” II Corinthians 7:10
There will be more rejoicing in heaven (the kingdom of GOD) over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent; and there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of GOD over one sinner who repents. Our LORD JESUS told this parable of the Lost Sheep:
“What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it? And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost. I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance. Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of GOD over one sinner that repenteth.” St. Luke 15:4-7, 10
If a shepherd takes joy in rescuing a single sheep, then how much more joyful our LORD JESUS will be in the salvation of a sinner. Our LORD GOD, JESUS CHRIST is not impersonal or aloof from human affairs. In this parable, our LORD JESUS teaches of HIS divine concern for every individual. Our LORD GOD, JESUS CHRIST's searching love is clearly revealed in this parable. Praise The LORD! Alleluia!
Unless you repent, you will all perish. Our LORD GOD, JESUS CHRIST reminds that all are deserving eternal punishment in the eternal hell-fire, and that can be avoided only by turning in repentance to a merciful GOD. Our LORD JESUS said,
“...Except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.” St. Luke 13:5
Everyone should take his/her evil deeds from the sight of GOD, and stop doing wrong.
“Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil.” Isaiah 1:16
'Wash' indicates a cleansing of the heart, offered by the LORD GOD, JESUS CHRIST to sinners. This cleansing of the heart is very essential for true repentance.
Moreover, our LORD GOD, JESUS CHRIST meets with sinners with HIS wounds and blood. HE meets with sinners by HIS Holy Spirit. HIS most holy blood is ceaselessly running around the world to meet sinners to repentance. HIS Holy Spirit and HIS mercy and grace are ceaselessly working to bring sinners to repentance. Deep understanding about one's sins is only by HIS holy blood, and by HIS Holy Spirit, and by HIS mercy and grace. Everyone should allow himself/herself to be led by the glorious works of HIS holy blood, and HIS Holy Spirit and HIS mercy and grace to repentance and salvation. Praise The LORD! Alleluia!
The sorrows of those who run after other gods to get deliverance or salvation will increase. Other gods are dead; they are deceased; they live no more; they do not rise; they are no gods at all.
“Their sorrows shall be multiplied that hasten after another god: ...” Psalm 16:4
“...For they were no gods, ...” Isaiah 37:19
“They are dead, they shall not live; they are deceased, they shall not rise: ...”
Our LORD GOD, JESUS CHRIST is patient with all, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance and salvation. GOD desires for the salvation of all. Whoever believes in HIM and obtains repentance and salvation will not perish but will have eternal life (St. John 3:16). Praise The LORD! Alleluia!
“The LORD is not slack concerning HIS promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”
II Peter 3:9
Everyone must repent and turn to our GOD, the LORD JESUS CHRIST, because a resurrection and a judgment day are coming shortly (Acts 17:30-31).
Man's sinful mind is always hostile to GOD. Man's sinful nature is always hostile to GOD (Romans 8:7). Man's sins and iniquities always kindle GOD's anger. Because of man's sins and iniquities, his flesh becomes sick and there is no health in his bones. Man's sins and iniquities have gone over his head; like a heavy burden they are too heavy for him.
“There is no soundness in my flesh because of thine anger; neither is there any rest (health) in my bones because of my sin. For mine iniquities are gone over mine head: as an heavy burden they are too heavy for me.”
All blessings of the LORD JESUS CHRIST, the ONLY TRUE GOD are obtained free. They are obtained as gifts, free of cost. The blessings of the LORD are priceless, and no one can buy them from any other source or by any other means or at any cost or under any circumstances and they are immensely glorious blessings.
How is the blessed and glorious experience of the forgiveness of sins or remission of sins obtained free?
Forgiveness is a divine quality. If a man commits a sin or a crime, he should be punished. This is justice. But, JESUS CHRIST, the ONLY TRUE GOD, who came into this world, bore in HIS most holy flesh horrible pains, the punishment for sins committed by sinners. HE shed HIS most holy blood for mankind from Gethsemane to Calvary (Golgotha, the place of a skull): and HE sacrificed HIS most holy life for mankind on the Calvary, by hanging on three nails on the cross. Therefore, people get this glorious experience of remission of sins or forgiveness of sins by HIM and by HIS most holy flesh and by HIS most holy blood and by HIS most holy life, without any cost.
“In whom we have redemption through HIS blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of HIS grace.”
“To HIM give all the prophets witness, that through HIS name whosoever believeth (believes) in HIM shall receive remission (forgiveness) of sins.”
What should man do to obtain forgiveness of sins?
One should decide to give up his sins, and hate sinful ways, sinful thoughts, sinful deeds, wicked ways, wicked thoughts, wicked deeds, filthy ways, filthy thoughts, lying words, harsh words, deceptive words, malicious words, idle words, filthy words, corrupt words, foolish talking, coarse jesting (joking), obscenities, and filthy deeds and he should totally repent to GOD. He should make a sincere and steadfast treaty with GOD that he would not commit or desire sin till the day of his death and he would live to please GOD. Moreover, he should believe that the LORD JESUS CHRIST, the ONLY TRUE GOD, suffered for him horribly, shed HIS most holy blood and died for the forgiveness of sins.
After having repented as above, everyone should confess all his sins of thought, word, deed, and omission to the LORD JESUS CHRIST with tears and groaning and weeping and humility, by remembering the crucifixion of the LORD JESUS CHRIST and giving up all his sins. Those who hide their sins will not prosper. Those who confess their sins and give them up will receive mercy and forgiveness of sins.
“He that covereth (covers) his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth (confesses) and forsaketh (forsakes) them shall have mercy.”
Our LORD JESUS CHRIST is the sole authority to forgive sins.
“But that ye may know that the Son of man (the LORD JESUS CHRIST) hath power on earth to forgive sins, ...”
St. Matthew 9:6
When a man receives the experience of forgiveness of sins, he enjoys immense peace, happiness and consolation. He is relieved of all his mental troubles, all sorrows, all heaviness, all worries, all sufferings, all infirmities, all diseases and all bonds of devils, caused by his sins. He enjoys good health, strength and vitality. This divine healing is a true sign of a man who has obtained forgiveness (remission) of sins or iniquities (Psalm 103:3).
Forgiveness is not based on a show of godliness and good works, fastings, pilgrimages, and giving of alms. It is based on the shedding of blood of JESUS. Without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness of sins (Hebrews 9:22).
salvation from sins means deliverance from sins. Everyone must do the works GOD desires and requires. Steadfast belief on the LORD GOD, JESUS CHRIST is the primary work GOD desires and requires. We must be saved to do the works GOD desires and requires.
How do people obtain this free and glorious experience of salvation from sins, or the experience of sinlessness, or a life with an aversion to sins, or the experience of being dead to sins and living for righteousness? Our LORD JESUS CHRIST who came in this world, bore the sins borne by people, by hanging on three nails on the cross. Therefore, salvation from sins is obtained free of cost by people. By grace anyone can be saved, through faith. It is the gift of GOD.
“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of GOD.” Ephesians 2:8
What should man do to be saved ?
“...Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they said, Believe on the LORD JESUS CHRIST, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.”
One should have faith to be saved. One should have belief to be saved. One should believe that the LORD JESUS CHRIST is the only Saviour, who suffered and died to save mankind. In order to get salvation from sins, everyone should pray to the LORD JESUS CHRIST with tears and groaning and weeping and humility, as stated above (Psalm 34:18; 6:6-8; St. Matthew 5:4; St. Luke 22:62; James 4:9-10). Further, in order to get salvation from sins, everyone should have much love toward the Saviour, the LORD JESUS CHRIST with great humility, and implicit faith in HIM. Love comes out of faith and humility also comes out of faith. Faith, love and humility bring peace-the divine peace to the saved (St. Luke 7:37-38, 47-48, 50).
One who acknowledges JESUS CHRIST as GOD, the LORD and believes that GOD, the LORD raised HIM from the dead will find salvation. Salvation involves inward belief with the heart and outward confession with the mouth (Romans 10:9-10). Confession of sins by mouth is very essential for getting salvation from sins (Romans 10:10). Whoever calls upon the name of the LORD GOD, JESUS CHRIST will be saved (Romans 10:13). Anyone who believes on HIM will not be put to shame (Romans 10:11). When a man is saved, he experiences a great flood of happiness and joy. The LORD JESUS CHRIST will remove his sins and his sins cannot be seen by anyone (Psalm 103:12). The following verses describe the blessedness of forgiveness and salvation.
“Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man unto whom the LORD imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile.”
“HE will turn again, HE will have compassion upon us; HE will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their (our) sins into the depths of the sea.”
Those who obtain salvation, experience a state of great relief, easiness, and separation from sins. The perfect salvation makes one, a man of good and noble qualities, a man of immense happiness and joy. Others can see this great change in his life as a bright light and a burning torch or lamp (Isaiah 62:1; Psalm 13:5). The saved people possess the grace of GOD, the grace of the HOLY SPIRIT (Ephesians 2:8). But, they should wait and pray for the anointing with the HOLY SPIRIT (Acts 1:4-5, 8; 2:1-4).
The saved one is a person who lives with hatred for sins. He is a person who dislikes a dress, which appeals to the world. He hates luxuries and worldly amusements. He has not conformed (fashioned) himself to this world. The man who is saved is fully transformed into a new man, with the knowledge of the good, acceptable and perfect will of GOD. He offers himself wholly to GOD as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable unto GOD. This is the reasonable (spiritual) act of worship. By this worship, he attains an entirely new experience of a new life, the Christian life. This Christian life begins with total commitment and irrevocable presentation of the body to GOD. Praise The LORD! Alleluia!
“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of GOD, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto GOD, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of GOD.”
The LORD JESUS CHRIST alone has the power to save people from sins. Salvation is by none but JESUS CHRIST. This salvation is so great. The LORD JESUS CHRIST is the only Saviour of the world. There is no other saviour (Isaiah 43:11; Acts 4:12; St. Matthew 1:21; I Timothy 1:15).
“...For we have heard HIM ourselves, and know that this is indeed the CHRIST, the Saviour of the world.” St. John 4:42
“And HE is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.” I John 2:2
“How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the LORD, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard HIM; GOD also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers (various) miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost (the Holy Spirit), according to HIS own will?”
"Look unto ME, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth" (Isaiah 45:22) is a glorious invitation to the whole world to come to the LORD GOD to get salvation from sins. To be saved, everyone should look upon the terribly pierced LORD JESUS CHRIST whose hands,
feet and side were terribly pierced for us on the cross at Calvary (Psalm 22:16; St. John 19:34, 37) and everyone should greatly mourn for HIM by confessing his/her sins, as one mourns in bitterness for his/her only son or for his/her firstborn (Zechariah 12:10). All the families of the whole world, including men, women and children should mourn like this for their salvation from sins (Zechariah 12:10-14). When we greatly weep and mourn for our salvation from sins and for our forgiveness of sins by confessing our sins, the open fountain from the Rock of our salvation, the LORD JESUS CHRIST (Zechariah 13:1; Deuteronomy 32:15)-the most holy blood of HIS cross at Calvary, cleanses and removes all our sins and all our uncleanness from us (I John 1:7, 9). Now this is not the time for us to laugh and dance. But, this is the time for us to mourn and weep (Ecclesiastes 3:4) for our sins.
Our LORD JESUS has said,
“Blessed are ye that weep now: for ye shall laugh. Woe unto you that laugh now! For ye shall mourn and weep.”
St. Luke 6:21, 25
Further, our LORD GOD, JESUS CHRIST lovingly calls us all to give us rest (St. Matthew 11:28).
Salvation from sins gives us rest for our bodies. It also gives us rest for our spirit; and it also gives us rest for our souls (St. Matthew 11:29). Praise The LORD! Alleluia!
The saved people should always bear good witness (testimony) by the Holy Spirit of the LORD and by the truth and by the servants of the LORD GOD, JESUS CHRIST and by all men and by GOD.
“The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of GOD.”
“Demetrius hath good report of all men, and of the truth itself: yea, and we also bear record; and ye know that our record is true.”
III John 12
“Ye are witnesses, and GOD also, how holily (devoutly) and justly and unblameably we behaved ourselves among you that believe.”
I Thessalonians 2:10
Because of the following assurance of salvation, the believers need not be ashamed of CHRIST, even when they find themselves in dangerous and difficult circumstances.
“These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of GOD (the LORD JESUS CHRIST); that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of GOD. And this is the confidence that we have in HIM, that, if we ask any thing according to HIS will, HE heareth us: And if we know that HE hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired (asked) of HIM.”
I John 5:13-15
Now, a man must trust CHRIST alone for his salvation. Salvation is the gift of GOD; salvation is by divine grace of GOD; salvation is through the faith of GOD, the LORD JESUS CHRIST. Salvation gives deliverance, safety, preservation, healing, and soundness. If one is saved from sin, then he has been saved from the guilt and penalty of sin; he is being saved from the habit and dominion of sin in this worldly life; and finally, when the LORD GOD, JESUS CHRIST returns, he will be saved (raised or transformed) from corruptible to incorruptible and from mortal to immortal (I Corinthians 15:52-53).
“Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us (made us alive) together with CHRIST, (by grace ye are saved;) For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of GOD.”
Ephesians 2:5, 8
Again, jesus gives salvation from sins. When our LORD GOD, JESUS was in this world, people thought that they must do some works to earn everlasting life which they thought they would be able to do. So JESUS reminded them that an exclusive focus on material blessings is wrong. The only work GOD desires and requires is faith or trust in JESUS as MESSIAH and SON of GOD (St. John 5:24; 6:28-29). The saved or the righteous live by faith (Hebrews 10:38).
The saved are the sinless; they have died to sins; they are living for righteousness and holiness.
“Who HIS own self bare our sins in HIS own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.”
I Peter 2:24
The saved have presented their whole spirit, soul, and body wholly to GOD as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to GOD-this is their reasonable (spiritual) act of worship (I Thessalonians 5:23; Romans 12:1).
The saved do not conform to this world; they are transformed by the renewing of their mind; they are able to prove what GOD's will is-HIS good, acceptable and perfect will (Romans 12:2).
The saved do not beautify their body by outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold or any other jewellery and costly (fine) clothes. Instead, they beautify their hidden person of the heart (inner self), with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of GOD.
“Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel (fine apparel); But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of GOD of great price.”
I Peter 3:3-4
The saved wear modest apparel, with sobriety and moderation; they adorn themselves with godliness and with good works (I Timothy 2:9-10).
The saved separate themselves from vain worships; they do not hearken to any vain teachings, the doctrines of men (St. Matthew 15:7-9).
The saved have saved themselves from the perverse generation (Acts 2:40).
The saved have died with CHRIST from the rudiments (the basic principles and regulations) of the world (Colossians 2:20). They never nullify the word of GOD by their traditions, the traditions of men (St. Mark 7:8-9, 13).
The saved do not walk in the counsel of the ungodly; they do not stand in the way of the sinners; they do not sit in the seat of the scornful; they do not sit in the company of the mockers (revellers); they do not rejoice with the revellers; their delight is in the law of the LORD; in HIS law they meditate day and night (Psalm 1:1-2; Jeremiah 15:17).
The saved give thanks to the LORD at the remembrance of HIS holiness (Psalm 30:4). They give thanks to the LORD because of HIS righteousness and they sing praise to the name of the LORD most High (Psalm 7:17). They greatly mourn at the remembrance of HIS afflictions, sufferings, pains, sorrows, troubles, and distresses (Isaiah 53:3-7).
The saved are the holy; they are holy in all their conduct (I Peter 1:14-16). The saved are the righteous (Psalm 1:5). They hate lying (Proverbs 13:5). The saved are the saints; the LORD GOD does not forsake HIS saints; they are preserved for ever (Psalm 37:28).
The saved are the children of GOD; they are born of GOD; they do not sin; they cannot sin.
“Whosoever is born of GOD doth not commit sin; for HIS seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of GOD. In this the children of GOD are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of GOD, neither he that loveth not his brother.”
I John 3:9-10
The saved live remembering HIS love (I John 4:8). They are the disciples of our LORD JESUS CHRIST and they are called Christians.
“...And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.”
The saved live like the blind; they live like the deaf; they live like the dumb (the mute). They have seen many things, but have paid no attention; their ears are open, but they do not hear; they refrain their tongues from evil and their lips from speaking deceit (Isaiah
42:19-20; I Peter 3:10). Praise The LORD! Alleluia!
The saved are pure in heart (Psalm 73:1). They live by faith (Hebrews 10:38). They are healed by the prayer of faith (James 5:15). In their illness or disease they do not seek the physicians or doctors, but their LORD GOD, JESUS CHRIST only.
Now, one's salvation burns like a burning lamp. Hence, it is not a hidden one. If anyone is saved, his/her salvation will be clearly visible to all (Isaiah 62:1). Praise The LORD! Alleluia!
Again, the saved people are the salt of the earth (St. Matthew 5:13). Salt is used to give a better sweetness, pleasantness, tastefulness and flavour to foods and it is also used to preserve foods. Likewise, the saved people give sweetness, pleasantness, tastefulness and flavour to the world in which they live and they act as a preservative to the world in which they live. They live holy and godly lives. Praise The LORD! Alleluia!
Further, the saved people are the light of the world. So, their light must shine before men, that they may see the good works of the saved, and glorify our FATHER in heaven.
“Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your FATHER which is in heaven.”
St. Matthew 5:14, 16
Here let us remember a question raised by many. It is: "can any sinner be saved on the day of the coming of our LORD JESUS CHRIST?"
many people have a wrong and absurd thought that the spirit of any sinner will be saved in the day of the LORD JESUS CHRIST; the spirit of any sinner will be saved during the coming of the LORD JESUS CHRIST. But, no sinner will be saved in the day of the LORD JESUS CHRIST; no sinner will be saved during the coming of the LORD JESUS CHRIST. The spirit of any sinner will not be saved in the day of the LORD JESUS CHRIST; the spirit of any sinner will not be saved during the coming of the LORD JESUS CHRIST.
No sinner will be saved in the day of the LORD JESUS CHRIST, unless he/she repents off his/her sins and gets forgiveness of sins, salvation from sins, holiness and holy life. No sinner will be saved during the coming of the LORD JESUS CHRIST, unless he/she repents off his/her sins and gets forgiveness of sins, salvation from sins, holiness and holy life. The spirit of any sinner will not be saved in the day of the LORD JESUS CHRIST, unless he/she repents off his/her sins and gets forgiveness of sins, salvation from sins, holiness and holy life. The spirit of any sinner will not be saved during the coming of the LORD JESUS CHRIST, unless he/she repents off his/her sins and gets forgiveness of sins, salvation from sins, holiness and holy life. Each one will receive the things done while in the body, according to what he/she has done, whether good or bad.
“For we must all appear before the judgment seat of CHRIST; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.” II Corinthians 5:10
4.1 DIVINE GOODNESS (DIVINE CONVERSION)
after getting salvation, everyone should pray to the LORD JESUS CHRIST for the experience of divine goodness or divine conversion with tears and groaning and weeping and humility as stated above.
“For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth.”
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness (kindness), goodness, faith (faithfulness), meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.”
At divine conversion every believer has crucified the flesh with its passions and lusts.
“And they that are CHRIST's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.”
At divine conversion the Spirit of GOD gives us new life to walk in step with the Spirit.
“If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.”
When a man gets divine goodness, the fruit of the Spirit from the LORD JESUS CHRIST, he is a new creation; the old things have gone away from him, and new things have come into him. All bad habits and bad behaviours have gone away from him; all good habits and good behaviours have come into him and he will be in CHRIST.
“Therefore if any man be in CHRIST, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
II Corinthians 5:17
Every man is sinful at his birth and every man is sinful from the time his mother conceived him. Hence, every man is a sinner by birth; every man is brought forth in sin, in iniquity and in wickedness. When a man gets divine goodness from the LORD JESUS CHRIST, sins are blotted out from him.
“Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the LORD.”
Unless a man gets the experience of divine goodness (divine conversion) from the LORD JESUS CHRIST, he cannot be a spiritually converted man. Only the LORD JESUS CHRIST, the ONLY TRUE GOD is giving this divine goodness, the fruit of the Spirit, free of cost.
4.2 BORN-AGAIN EXPERIENCE (REGENERATION)
after getting the above four spiritual experiences, (viz., repentance from sins, forgiveness of sins, salvation from sins, and the experience of divine goodness) from the LORD JESUS CHRIST, everyone should pray to the LORD JESUS CHRIST for the born-again or born-from-above experience with tears and groaning and weeping and humility as stated above.
Nicodemus was the ruler of the Jews who secretly came to JESUS during the night. He was a member of the Sanhedrin. He was a Pharisee and a master (teacher). At the crucifixion of JESUS, he boldly and publicly stood as HIS disciple (St. John 19:38-40). Our LORD JESUS said to Nicodemus,
“Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of GOD. 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.” St. John 3:3, 5