The Kingdom of God, The kingdom of heaven, to be in Christ, Born from Above, Salvation, a new creation – are all of the same and is kept for the one who has found true life. But how? The bible explains that we must do in regards to becoming a follower of Christ, and they are the repentance of sin, to believe, baptism and to receive the Holy Spirit. While believing is what we must do, it I not all and many would disagree, but I will explain. Out of our believing is to respond and act in what it is we believe which results in repentance, baptism and the receiving of the Holy Spirit. All a work of God where we participate through our responses.
To be In Christ – is to be born of the Spirit of the Living God, through the repentance of sin. This is the requirement for entry, for you must understand that you are sinful and are unacceptable in this state – before you can enter into New Birth. Some scripture reference here re: Repentance. In repentance you understand that you have live a life that sins against God and you turn away from this (sin) and believe who He, Jesus the Christ is and what He has accomplished. Acts 5:14 Romans 3:22 1 Cor 1:21 To believe is to have faith and faith involves living out what you believe – James 2:17. Then we are to be baptized, baptism is the outward act to testify an inward work – of being washed of the old nature – your old life and receiving the new life that Jesus has provided through His death and resurrection. In this act, you too die, as Christ did -to your old nature – life, and are born anew and can now live in His new life – which is done in the Spirit by His power. Romans 6:4 You then receive His Spirit – through faith – and this is the power He gives for all who call on Him so they can walk as He walked and live overcoming lives. Acts 2:38 Romans 15:13 1 John 5:4. The flame is deposited into us in our entering in and it grows steadily, we become a people who are His Sheep and know His voice and desire and are glad to obey what He says. John 10:27
How does all this Look:
One who is born from above is one who has an inward relationship with the Living God – Living meaning that He moves in you, to grow and to change – into His image. 2 Cor 3:18. You are not stagnant because God is always stirring within. Your thoughts grow and intensify for Him. You easily see sin in you – and desire to be rid of it. When you stumble or fall, it is in a forward motion – because you desire only to be changed – so you give it to Him in your repentance and determine to move in His ways. You contain such a strong love and desire to gather with the saints of God, to listen, learn and share with one another. You are deeply grieved when your brother or sister is caught in sin, and do all you can to help them out to rightness in Christ. Your joy is to give all you can one for another, in their need. In your life you live you include God in all you do, think and say. Depending on where you are in the journey – it is growing and the desire grows to include Him in all. YOU KNOW that the Spirit of the Living God is in you – for His witness reveals this to you Romans 8:16. You are content, and at peace Phil 4:7 – and understand that this is a daily, continual process to remain in Him and walk in the fear of this in respect and honor.
Such a large subject and I speak from a my limited perspective but oh what an awesome and wonderful gift He has given us! He conquered death for all – who would believe on His name – this is so amazing! His desire from the beginning was that none would perish – His Life is able to provide for ALL to enter in His Kingdom. John 3:16. Today is the day of Salvation, do not put it off any longer! 2 Cor 6:2
Look to Him, Believe in Him, Repent, Be baptized and receive the Holy Spirit! Amen!
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