(Continued from part two…)
Hindu religion has a congregation of about a billion. Islam boasts of something like eight hundred million. And Catholic? A whopping 1.2 billion die hard adherents! The Lord Jesus is no doubt addressing religionists in the book of Matthew 7:13, “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat.” The next verse quotes Him in a conclusion of: “Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it” (Matthew 7:14).
And I will dwell among the children of Israel (as Jesus)
Should our focus not be the One whose encouragement and warning is couched in Luke 13:24? He prophesied, “Strive to enter in at the strait gate:for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.” Why would John pen “No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him” of John 1:18? It was simply because He had opened up the truth in John 6:46, “Not that any man hath seen the Father, save he which is of God, he hath seen the Father.” Jesus is the truth that leads to the eternal truth -of Himself. Any other ground is sinking sand. Amen.
Ephesians 5:6 enunciates, “Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.” There is a certain frightening judgment upon those who are out of spiritual alignment with this Christological truth. ‘Deceive,’ from the above verse is apataō (ap-at-ah’-o): ‘to cheat, beguile, that is, delude.’ ‘Vain’ is kenos (ken-os’) ’empty, vain, devoid of truth; of places, vessels, etc. which contain nothing.’
The Truth Must be unveiled at the age of HIS number: 12! In the Temple!
The next is ‘word,’ logos (log’-os), meaning: ‘something said (including the thought); by implication a topic (subject of discourse), also reasoning (the mental faculty) or motive; by extension a computation; specifically (with the article in John) the Divine Expression (that is, Christ).”Disobedience’ is apeitheia (ap-i’-thi-ah): Thayer Definition: ‘obstinacy, obstinate opposition to the divine will.’ Strong’s Definition: ‘disbelief (obstinate and rebellious).’ There is nothing that surpasses your spiritual derailment in the spitish heartlessness of Lucifer. He hates with a determined passion!
Whether it is religious coexistence or syncretism, it has not Christ.
Romans 6:21says, “What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death.” The end result of Christlessness is the doom of death. It is definitely a thing of eternal shame to step into the celestial realm without Jesus. It is a fruitless venture to be devoid of the Truth of all truths: Jesus. There are countless philosophies, religious dogmas, ethnic habitude and personal conceptions that do not actuate the Christological truism. It will be a thing of utter shame to bring these before the throne of the LORD God.
“For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself” (Galatians 6:3). Remove the truth and there will be a flourishing business for deceit. The height of egregious stupidity is the commiserable deceit of oneself.
The Incarnation of the Truth
“And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come” [Matthew 24:14] is the asseverative prophesy uttered by Jesus Himself. Only the Truth can shed divine light on what to come in the future. Euaggelion (yoo-ang-ghel’-ee-on) is the Greek word for ‘gospel’ and is defined as: ‘a good message.’ His kingdom comes with a good message of redemptive package for the earth’s populated walking cadavers. This is the most sought after answer to man’s biggest worry: life after man’s earthly life. ‘Witness’ is marturion (mar-too’-ree-on) Thayer Definition: ‘testimony’ Strong’s Definition: ‘something evidential, that is (generally) evidence given or (specifically) the Decalogue (in the sacred Tabernacle).’ The One who created mankind, gave him a freewill or free moral agency has made available a true way of escape. He is the only Person to intimate man with the time of the end of sinfulness.
You can get born again by saying this simple prayer, believing it with all your heart. Say:
Dear heavenly Father, I come to You now in the name of Jesus Christ. I believe in my heart that Jesus is the Son of God. I believe in my heart that Jesus died for my sins and You raised Him from the dead. I confess with my mouth that Jesus is Lord, and I receive Him as my Lord and my Saviour. I give God all the glory. Amen.
(…to be continued…)
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