Tuesday, January 6th, 2015
Mankind, who had eaten the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil came to have different standards of good and evil. Now, which is correct, God’s Word or our judgment? Our standard is always relative and selfish. Therefore we should cast away our own ideas and simply trust and follow God’s Word. Ignoring God’s Word and seeking self-righteousness is Cain’s faith and religious belief. Abel put his faith in the Word of God he heard from his father, Adam, and offered the firstborn of his flock and of their fat. However, self conceited Cain brought an offering of the fruit of the ground to the Lord. God accepted Abel’s offering but refused Cain’s offering. It is God’s lesson that faith in man-made religions cannot bring salvation.
Unfortunately, many Christians still offer Cain’s sacrifice. They try to obtain salvation by their human efforts and good works. They are viewed as good Christians for keeping the Lord’s day, charitable, helping people in need, offering prayers of repentance, doing voluntary work and having a smooth relationship. They believe that people with such good works get saved. However, this is a groundless claim. Such faith is just religious and it is a decent shortcut to hell. The wages of sin is death. Anyone who has sin cannot escape God’s judgment. Therefore, we should discard religious faith and be saved only through the Gospel of the water and Spirit. We must be born again by believing that God Himself came in the flesh of a man and removed all our sins through His baptism and death.
Therefore, I urge all the born again saints in our church to pursue God’s Righteousness that came into our heart by faith in the Gospel. Let us unite ourselves into the church of God and offer abundant fruits of righteousness to the Lord by doing the work under the guidance of God’s church. When we become united with the church of God, our hearts walk with the Lord and God works through us, which leads to salvation of many souls.
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