The Truth Behind What God Really Wants

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

Most people assume that going to heaven is all based on whether one sins or not. Well, that’s not the case because it contradicts God’s will. God desires all of us irrespective of our race, creed, colour, weight, height, etc to enter into the Kingdom of God. This goes to show that all that matters to God is whether we believe in what He has done for us in Christ. In other words, sin cannot stop one from receiving the gift of salvation.

None of us qualifies to go to heaven if the basis of our acceptance is determined on whether we sin or not. It never was, and never will be. God only wants us to believe in what He has done through Jesus baptism, death and resurrection for the salvation of mankind. By faith in the righteous work of Jesus, we become sinless and righteous.

But how and why? Well, let me explain….

As mentioned earlier, if going to heaven is based on our sins, we are doomed. Romans 3:23, Since all have sinned and are falling short of the honor and glory which God  bestows and receives. However, God has made a way for us to go to heaven.

How? He sent His One and only Son, Jesus Christ Who came to this earth incarnated in the flesh of a man having born of a virgin.

Why? In order to fulfill the Righteousness of God in the most fitting way to  save the sinners of the world. Matthew 3:15

Romans 5:19, For just as by one man’s disobedience (failing to hear, heedlessness, and carelessness) the many were constituted sinners, so by one Man’s obedience the many will be constituted righteous (made acceptable to God, brought into right standing with Him).

The above Scripture alludes that because of Adam’s disobedience to God, we were made sinners. By Jesus’ obedience, we are made righteous. It is not our obedience of trying not to sin but the obedience to the faith in God’s Word that makes us sinless. Why is it so hard for people to believe this simple Truth.

I discovered, as for me personally, it was my lack of knowledge on God’ Word in all its truth until embracing the Gospel Truth of water and the Spirit.John 3:5   

Now, how did Jesus make us sinless and righteous?

This is where it all began…..

Matthew 3:13-17 says, Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to John to be baptized by him. But John protested strenuously, having in mind to prevent Him, saying, It is I who have need to be baptized by You, and do You come to me?  But Jesus replied to him, Permit it just now; for this is the fitting way for [both of] us to fulfill all righteousness [that is, to perform completely whatever is right]. Then he permitted Him.  And, when Jesus was baptized, He went up at once out of the water; and behold, the heavens were opened, and he [John] saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on Him. And behold, a voice from heaven said, This is My Son, My Beloved, in Whom I delight!

Baptism? You may ask how and why does everything start here. The underlined sentences says it all.    First, John was hesitant to baptize Jesus, but Jesus said that it is the only way both of them could fulfil all righteousness. The Righteousness of God to save the sinners of the world. The Gospel of God begins at Jesus’ baptism. After Jesus was baptized, the heavens opened and the Spirit of God descended like a dove and alighted on Jesus. A voice from heaven said “ This is My Son, My Beloved, In Whom I Delight.” God was delighted that Jesus took all the sins of the world upon Himself. He became the Lamb of God Who takes away the sins of the world. John 1:29. John the Baptist represented mankind and the reason why Jesus said that it was the only way for both of them to fulfill the righteousness of God. Jesus Himself  declared that there is no man greater than John, born of a woman to become the representative of all man. Mathew 11:11. When John baptized Jesus, all the sins of the world were transferred to Jesus once for all for all time. This is the typology of how sins were passed on animal sacrifices by the laying on of hands to atone sin in the Old Testament by the Aaronic priesthood. John the baptist is from the Aaronic ancestry. Luke 1:5

Are you still not convinced that the baptism is a crucial part in ensuring one goes to heaven? The following  few verses  will help you.

1 Peter 3:21

And baptism, which is a figure [of their deliverance], does now also save you [from inward questionings and fears], not by the removing of outward body filth [bathing], but by [providing you with] the answer of a good and clear conscience (inward cleanness and peace) before God [because you are demonstrating what you believe to be yours] through the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

1 John 5:6

This is He Who came by (with) water and blood [ His baptism and His death], Jesus Christ (the Messiah)—not by (in) the water only, but by (in) the water and the blood. And it is the [Holy] Spirit Who bears witness, because the [Holy] Spirit is the Truth.

Acts 19:4

And Paul said, John baptized with the baptism of repentance, continually telling the people that they should believe in the One Who was to come after him, that is, in Jesus [having a conviction full of joyful trust that He is Christ, the Messiah, and being obedient to Him].

Hope the Scriptures above have convinced you. To be precise, this is only 1/3 of the Gospel Truth of the water (baptism), blood (death) and Spirit (resurrection). We have seen the importance of the baptism (water).

Let us now look at the blood.

The blood of Jesus Christ points to His death. His body that bore the sins of mankind through the baptism as explained above, had to be crucified. All sins have been perfectly atoned through the propitiation of Jesus blood. Faith in this righteous act of Jesus enables one to become sinless and righteous. Romans 6:23 For the wages which sin pays is death, but the [bountiful] free gift of God is eternal life through (in union with) Jesus Christ our Lord.

Why do people still feel condemned when they sin?   Didn’t Jesus say “It is Finished”.  In John 19:28-30, After this, Jesus, knowing that all was now finished (ended), said in fulfillment of the Scripture, I thirst. A vessel (jar) full of sour wine (vinegar) was placed there, so they put a sponge soaked in the sour wine on [a stalk, reed of] hyssop, and held it to [His] mouth. When Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, It is finished! And He bowed His head and gave up His spirit.

Then, why is it so hard for people to understand? Please read the following Scriptures.

Ephesians 2:1-10

And you [He made alive], when you were dead (slain) by [your] trespasses and sins In which at one time you walked [habitually]. You were following the course and fashion of this world [were under the sway of the tendency of this present age], following the prince of the power of the air.  [You were obedient to and under the control of] the [demon] spirit that still constantly works in the sons of disobedience [the careless, the rebellious, and the unbelieving, who go against the purposes of God].Among these we as well as you once lived and conducted ourselves in the passions of our flesh [our behavior governed by our corrupt and sensual nature], obeying the impulses of the flesh and the thoughts of the mind [our cravings dictated by our senses and our dark imaginings]. We were then by nature children of [God’s] wrath and heirs of [His] indignation, like the rest of mankind. But God—so rich is He in His mercy! Because of and in order to satisfy the great and wonderful and intense love with which He loved us, Even when we were dead (slain) by [our own] shortcomings and trespasses, He made us alive together in fellowship and in union with Christ; [He gave us the very life of Christ Himself, the same new life with which He quickened Him, for] it is by grace (His favor and mercy which you did not deserve) that you are saved (delivered from judgment and made partakers of Christ’s salvation). And He raised us up together with Him and made us sit down together [giving usjoint seating with Him] in the heavenly sphere [by virtue of our being] in Christ Jesus (the Messiah, the Anointed One).He did this that He might clearly demonstrate through the ages to come the immeasurable (limitless, surpassing) riches of His free grace (His unmerited favor) in [His] kindness and goodness of heart toward us in Christ Jesus. For it is by free grace (God’s unmerited favor) that you are saved (delivered from judgment and made partakers of Christ’s salvation) through [your] faith. And this [salvation] is not of yourselves [of your own doing, it came not through your own striving], but it is the gift of God; Not because of works [not the fulfillment of the Law’s demands], lest any man should boast. [It is not the result of what anyone can possibly do, so no one can pride himself in it or take glory to himself.]For we are God’s [own] handiwork (His workmanship),recreated in Christ Jesus, [born anew] that we may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us [taking paths which He prepared ahead of time], that we should walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live].

Ephesians 2:13-15

But now in Christ Jesus, you who once were [so] far away, through (by, in) the blood of Christ have been brought near. For He is [Himself] our peace (our bond of unity and harmony). He has made us both [Jew and Gentile] one [body], and has broken down (destroyed, abolished) the hostile dividing wall between us, By abolishing in His [own crucified] flesh the enmity [caused by] the Law with its decrees and ordinances [which He annulled]; that He from the two might create in Himself one new man [one new quality of humanity out of the two], so making peace.

Romans 6:1-14

What shall we say [to all this]? Are we to remain in sin in order that God’s grace (favor and mercy) may multiply and overflow? Certainly not! How can we who died to sin live in it any longer? Are you ignorant of the fact that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? We were buried therefore with Him by the baptism into death, so that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious [power] of the Father, so we too might [habitually] live and behave in newness of life. For if we have become one with Him by sharing a death like His, we shall also be [one with Him in sharing] His resurrection [by a new life lived for God].We know that our old (unrenewed) self was nailed to the cross with Him in order that [our] body [which is the instrument] of sin might be made ineffective and inactive for evil, that we might no longer be the slaves of sin. For when a man dies, he is freed (loosed, delivered) from [the power of] sin [among men].Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, Because we know that Christ (the Anointed One), being once raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has power over Him. For by the death He died, He died to sin [ending His relation to it] once for all; and the life that He lives, He is living to God [in unbroken fellowship with Him].Even so consider yourselves also dead to sin and your relation to it broken, but alive to God [living in unbroken fellowship with Him] in Christ Jesus. Let not sin therefore rule as king in your mortal (short-lived, perishable) bodies, to make you yield to its cravings and be subject to its lusts and evil passions. Do not continue offering or yielding your bodily members [and faculties] to sin as instruments (tools) of wickedness. But offer and yield yourselves to God as though you have been raised from the dead to [perpetual] life, and your bodily members [and faculties] to God, presenting them as implements of righteousness. For sin shall not [any longer] exert dominion over you, since now you are not under Law [as slaves], but under grace [as subjects of God’s favor and mercy].

Don’t feel condemned when you sin. We can’t change the fact that we do sin in the flesh even though we are perfectly sinless and righteous in the spirit. God wants us to know that we have been made sinless and righteous based on the absolute finished work of Christ. Declare it to the world by faith

 Our faith is in the Word of God and not according to our feelings and emotion when we sin.Romans 8:1

What about the Spirit then…

The Spirit refers to Jesus’ resurrection. Jesus resurrected three days after His death. When Jesus died, we died with him, and when He rose, we rose with Him. For we believe with our heart and are raised unto righteousness and with our mouth we confess our salvation that Jesus is the Lord. Jesus resurrection is the valid reason for our new life in the Spirit.

This Gospel Truth of Water (baptism), Blood (death), and Spirit (Resurrection) is God’s ordained way for one to enter His Kingdom.

Knowledge in the mind  alone is not enough but rather one has to believe in his heart in this absolute Truth of God. A believing heart receives perfect remission of sin and the gift of the Holy Spirit. This message must be alive in our hearts.

These three witnesses, the water, blood and the Spirit is the divine attestation that guarantees our salvation until we meet our Maker.. This is confirmed by the Holy Spirit and must always remain in one’s heart. 1 John 5:6-8

Romans 6:1-23

What shall we say [to all this]? Are we to remain in sin in order that God’s grace (favor and mercy) may multiply and overflow? Certainly not! How can we who died to sin live in it any longer? Are you ignorant of the fact that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? We were buried therefore with Him by the baptism into death, so that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious [power] of the Father, so we too might [habitually] live and behave in newness of life. For if we have become one with Him by sharing a death like His, we shall also be [one with Him in sharing] His resurrection [by a new life lived for God].We know that our old (unrenewed) self was nailed to the cross with Him in order that [our] body [which is the instrument] of sin might be made ineffective and inactive for evil, that we might no longer be the slaves of sin. For when a man dies, he is freed (loosed, delivered) from [the power of] sin [among men].Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, Because we know that Christ (the Anointed One), being once raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has power over Him. For by the death He died, He died to sin [ending His relation to it] once for all; and the life that He lives, He is living to God [in unbroken fellowship with Him].Even so consider yourselves also dead to sin and your relation to it broken, but alive to God [living in unbroken fellowship with Him] in Christ Jesus. Let not sin therefore rule as king in your mortal (short-lived, perishable) bodies, to make you yield to its cravings and be subject to its lusts and evil passions. Do not continue offering or yielding your bodily members [and faculties] to sin as instruments (tools) of wickedness. But offer and yield yourselves to God as though you have been raised from the dead to [perpetual] life, and your bodily members [and faculties] to God, presenting them as implements of righteousness. For sin shall not [any longer] exert dominion over you, since now you are not under Law [as slaves], but under grace [as subjects of God’s favor and mercy]. What then [are we to conclude]? Shall we sin because we live not under Law but under God’s favor and mercy? Certainly not! Do you not know that if you continually surrender yourselves to anyone to do his will, you are the slaves of him whom you obey, whether that be to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience which leads to righteousness (right doing and right standing with God)?But thank God, though you were once slaves of sin, you have become obedient with all your heart to the standard of teaching in which you were instructed and to which you were committed. And having been set free from sin, you have become the servants of righteousness (of conformity to the divine will in thought, purpose, and action). I am speaking in familiar human terms because of your natural limitations. For as you yielded your bodily members [and faculties] as servants to impurity and ever increasing lawlessness, so now yield your bodily members [andfaculties] once for all as servants to righteousness (right being and doing) [which leads] to sanctification. For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. But then what benefit (return) did you get from the things of which you are now ashamed? [None] for the end of those things is death. But now since you have been set free from sin and have become the slaves of God, you have your present reward in holiness and its end is eternal life. For the wages which sin pays is death, but the [bountiful] free gift of God is eternal life through (in union with) Jesus Christ our Lord.

I hope this Truth would give you the opportunity to know Jesus better. God has given us all free will and as such we may receive or reject this glorious Truth. Salvation is a free gift that needs to be received by our willing heart. Life and death is attached to the decision that we make..

Remember, WE ARE SINLESS AND RIGHTEOUS NOT BECAUSE OF OUR OWN STRIVING AND DOING BUT BECAUSE OF WHAT JESUS CHRIST HAS DONE FOR US.

 

 

Article written by Elizabeth Peter, 14 years old.   She actively participates in the NCCkl Youth Ministry.

 

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