Rapture Christ Newsletter
I recently watched a Baptist preacher on TV deliver a sermon on what we need to repent of before we are baptized as Christians.
He stated that all you need to do is repent of your unbelief. That day he baptized several people and each one of them said as he/she was being baptized "I believe."
Immediately it came to my mind the words of the bible, and the warning it gives us.
If there is anyone who believes is the Devil. He was present at the time God created man; he was present when Jesus was born; he was present when he tempted Jesus; he was present at Jesus' crucifixion, and he was present at Jesus resurrection. Yes, if there is anyone who believes... is the Devil. So you see, believing does not save you. You need to obey, and that is what the Devil does not want to do. He wants to destroy God's creation and to deceive all of humankind into disobeying God.
Look at the words of Jesus.
Look at the words of the apostle John.
1 John 3:22
When Jesus healed a man who was a paralytic, he warned him not to sin again.
It is important that we stop sinning.
Therefore, we have to repent of our sins.
To say that we only need to repent of our unbelief is just not what the bible teaches us. We have to repent of breaking God's commandments, and commit ourselves to obeying Him.
Christ tells us how to obtain eternal life.
The key is to keep the commandments. After all, Jesus did not tell him -- believe in me.
Notice that Christ told the young man about treasure in heaven. What does that mean?
Spirit beings do not need to eat of the tree of life and do not need "treasure" as they are not flesh and blood. Treasures in heaven would be in Paradise, but most people think that they go to heaven when they die, but that is not the case.
Please observe that Christ does not tell the young man about a resurrection after death or the need to die, but instead He tells us - about a better place for us.
God will give us treasure in Paradise. Also, we can eat of the tree of life if we overcome.
In fact, Jesus tell us that we can live forever and never see death if we keep his word.
Christ was alive before Abraham even was.
Jesus was saying that if we keep his word we do not have to die. Also, that we can have treasure in heaven.
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