John 14:23 Jesus replied, ‘Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. 24 Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.'
It's one thing to call yourself a true Christian, but is that enough to get you into Heaven?
More than being a Christian, you must also be a true Disciple (Student) of the Lord Jesus Christ by being truly born again into a new life through the power of God the Holy Spirit. John 3:1-21.
And you wont be born again until you love and obey the Lord Jesus Christ. John 14:23. Why, because unless you do truly love Him and obey His commands, his Father and He will not come and make their "home" with you.
You will simply be a "Christless Christian" without a living relationship with God. Who says so? His Father God! John 14:24.
Therefore, do not be surprised that so many "Christians" act wickedly and selfishly in the World today, as in the past?
Rejected by God
I use to think that I was being rejected by Christians. But now I think that, in fact, it is the Lord Jesus who lives with me and is sharing the treatment that I receive from certain Christians, who is rejecting them.
John 2:23 Now while he [Jesus] was in Jerusalem at the Passover Festival, many people saw the signs he was performing and believed in his name. [or in him] 24 But Jesus would not entrust himself to them, for he knew all people. 25 He did not need any testimony about mankind, for he knew what was in each person.
Be certain of this, the Lord Jesus Christ knows what is in your heart towards him. He knows if your Christianity is just a religion that you use for your own ends.
Jesus teaches Nicodemus about being Born-Again of the Holy Spirit of God
3 Now there was a Pharisee, a man named Nicodemus who was a member of the Jewish ruling council. 2 He came to Jesus at night and said, Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the signs you are doing if God were not with him.
3 Jesus replied, Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.[a]
4 How can someone be born when they are old?' Nicodemus asked. Surely they cannot enter a second time into their mother’s womb to be born!’
5 Jesus answered, ‘Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. 6 Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit[b] gives birth to spirit. 7 You should not be surprised at my saying, “You[c] must be born again.” 8 The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.’[d]
9 ‘How can this be?’ Nicodemus asked.
10 ‘You are Israel’s teacher,’ said Jesus, ‘and do you not understand these things? 11 Very truly I tell you, we speak of what we know, and we testify to what we have seen, but still you people do not accept our testimony. 12 I have spoken to you of earthly things and you do not believe; how then will you believe if I speak of heavenly things? 13 No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven – the Son of Man.[e] 14 Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up,[f] 15 that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.’[g]
16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. 19 This is the verdict: light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. 20 Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. 21 But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.
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A great sadness to me, is that there are professing Christians who claim that you can have a true faith in Jesus, even though you don't feel any different than before you had a faith in Him. How can this be, if you have the Lord Jesus and his Father come and make their home with you through the Holy Spirit of God?
You are "dead in sin", and by loving and obeying the Lord Jesus, he brings you into the light of His Salvation. You then become "dead to sin", and your burden that is the weight of your "guilty conscience" is removed. And this doesn't make you feel any different???
Don't let those who are being deceived by the Devil fool you
It uses the words of the Holy Bible. Watching this will bring the Holy Bible to life and let you see the interaction between the Lord Jesus and those mentioned in the Gospel of John.
This film gives you a superb visual description of how the Holy Spirit of God started to spread the truth about the Lord Jesus Christ and His Gospel that can save anyone who loves and obeys Him.
The writer of this song, written so many years ago, showed how being a Christian is to be a person living in a loving relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ.
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