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How to be saved:  Understand the Scriptural Gospel, and Accept and Follow Jesus in the Truth of His Word

                                              

Renette Vermeulen

                                                               

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We start at the beginning to know what happened to humanity that they cannot be saved, redeemed, or blessed by any of their own efforts or church membership; and why they are completely reliant on understanding, accepting, and following the One and Only Mediator and Savior between God and mankind, The Lord Jesus Christ of the Bible, (Gal. 2:21; 1 Tim. 2:5-6; Heb. 1:1-3.) 

1. God created humanity, as His entire creation, perfectly sinless and very good, to live in the Garden in Eden, (Gen. 1:31.)  

2. God Who is Spirit, created both male and female humanity in His Own Image as three-part beings, with (a) supernatural/unseen human spirits or ‘hearts,’ (b) ‘souls’ or minds with a free will, intellect, and emotions, (c) who live in human bodies, (Jn. 4:21-24; 1 Ths. 5:23.) 

· God then fully blessed “them,” [both male and female, Gen. 1:27,] and gave them both the responsibility to reign [not sinfully rule] as spiritual kings, [managers and custodians,] over His creation, (verse 28.) 

· Before the fall, being spiritually alive, they had a perfect relationship with God The Spirit, and could hear His voice clearly in the Garden, (Gen. 3:8.) 

3.        God gave humanity only two commandments to obey. 

· Paraphrased: “The responsibility of both male and female is to Tend [look after] and Keep [protect] the Garden,” (Gen. 2:15.)  “The garden” translates into everything that pertains to our lives, as we still have the responsibility to look after and protect everything and everyone God had entrusted to us, (Mt. 25:14-30; Phil. 2:4.) 

· God commanded them, “... There is the tree of the knowledge of good and evil planted in the Garden, of which you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it, you will surely die,” 1 Gen. 2:17.) 

4. Satan deceived Eve to disobey God and to eat of that tree.  She also gave it to Adam her husband who was with her and heard it all, yet he ate, (Gen. 3:6.)  So, Adam wasn’t deceived.  He knew exactly what he was doing while following his wife.  This proves, if we choose to believe a lie and follow deceived people, no matter how dear they are to us, we disobey God.  Deception comes through the twisting, omission of, or addition to God’s Word, called “eisegesis,” which is our own misinterpretation of what God said.  Growing disobedience to God’s Word always follows deception.  

Consequently:

When Adam and Eve disobeyed God, they “died” just as He had warned.  However, they did not fall down dead physically.  Through their disobedience to God, Adam and Eve died spiritually although they still lived consciously and physically.  Spiritual death is a state/position/place of sin without God.  Sin is not just disobedience to God’s Moral Law such as stealing and lying, which are mere symptoms of that deadly position of sin without God.  Sin itself is a spiritual place inside the kingdom of darkness.  So, spiritually, humanity fell out of God’s Kingdom of Light into the devil’s kingdom of darkness.  And there, trapped in darkness, the corruption of the soul or mind of man deteriorated into the perverted, psychopathic state we see today. 

1. As God is Spirit and their human spirits fell into spiritual death inside them, (Jn. 4:21-24; Eph. 5:23,) their relationship with God was broken, (Gen. 3:9-24.)  Cut off from God in a state of lostness, they could not enter into His Holy Presence or speak to Him, and so they hid from Him to try and do all their sinful deeds in underhanded darkness, (Gen. 3:9-10.) 

2. Henceforward, humanity had to live only by means of their souls or minds: their will, intellect, and emotions, (Eph. 5:23.)  Ephesians 4:18 & 19 perfectly explain this spiritually dead position without God by saying, “Their understanding [of God] was darkened.  They were alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them; because of the blindness of their hearts [or human spirits.]  Being past feeling, [or human conscience,] they gave themselves over to lewdness to work all uncleanness with greediness.” 

3. From there, this state of spiritual death spread to all people.  By ‘default,’ everyone is born into a spiritual state of darkness, (Rom. 5:12; 1 Cor. 15:21-22.)  All of humanity became slaves to sin and Satan, as they were physically born into and live in a spiritual state of bondage in the kingdom of darkness.  1 John 5:19 explained, “..The whole world [without Jesus] lies under the sway [or control] of the evil one.”  Jesus called the devil “the ruler of this [deceived] world [or dimension,]” and Paul called him “the son of perdition,” the antichrist spirit, who is the “god of this world that blinds the minds of the unbelieving [and those who disobey the Gospel of Christ,] so that they do not [see or understand] the [True]  Gospel Light of the glory of Christ, Who is the image of God,” (Jn. 12:31; 2 Ths. 2:3; 2 Cor. 4:4; 1 Ths. 1:7-12.) 

4. As a consequence of Adam and Eve’s disobedience that day in the Garden in Eden, God cursed the ground to bring forth thorns and thistles, which means that the blessed, easy life on earth would become very difficult.  The whole of creation, spiritually dead humanity as well, came under the futility of this curse, (Gen. 3:17; Rom. 8:12; Deut. Chapter 28.)  As cursedness is centered on the spiritual position outside God’s Presence and Kingdom, everyone who lives without Jesus, even the superrich and those that seem happy and healthy, live in a state of darkness and thus cursedness without Him, (Gen. 3:23-24; Gal. 3:10-14.)  

5. On both the spiritual and soulical (emotional) levels, humanity’s perfect human relationships were broken.  Hatred, blame-shifting, lies, manipulation, and treason infested them at the moment they disobeyed God, (Gen. 3:12-13.) 

6. Physical death, pain, sickness, sorrow, and terrible troubles came with this curse, (Gen. 3:15-19.) 

7. But most devastatingly, God evicted them from the Garden of Eden.  This means, He did not speak to them anymore, but sent them away from His Holy Presence to live their sinful lives in this dimension on their own, (Gen. 3:24.) 

 

The Bible is divided into two completely separate Testaments or Covenants for the following reasons: 

A:  THE OLD TESTAMENT COVENANT

Because God did not speak directly to fallen humanity after the fall, during the Old Testament Covenant, He chose only the Old Hebrew nation to be His physical nation on earth, (Jn. 1:1-12. Mt. 15:24.)  All the non-Hebrew nations are “Gentiles.”  Without access to the True God, they made many idols and their descendants still serve them with satanic practices, (1 Jn. 5:19.)   

Ž From the Hebrews, God called prophets like Moses and Elijah to speak through them to the Hebrew nation, (Heb. 1:1-2.)   All the other nations on the earth, the Gentiles, were pagans that remained excluded from this Old Testament covenant.  

Ž Everything under the Old Testament Covenant was physical: a physical nation in the country of Israel; a physical priesthood, temple, blood and other sacrifices, and ceremonial laws to keep everything in the temple, and to tend to the physical and spiritual needs of the Old Israeli nation, which were governed by a human priesthood, (Heb. 9:1-10.) 

Ž They had to keep the ceremonial Old Testament Law to be justified in God’s sight to be saved, redeemed, and blessed.  Yet, their temple ceremonies and sacrifices only had power because they pointed toward the New Testament Covenant Jesus Who was to come, (Deut. 28; Jn. 1:29.)  Thus, the Ceremonial temple Law only had the power to “cover” their sin. The second part of the Law was the inward Moral Law that pertained to their treatment of God and other people.  Everyone on earth, Gentiles too, by “default,” have the Moral Law “written on their hearts,” so that they know ‘intuitively’ they must not steal, murder, lie, etcetera, (Mt. 22:36-40; Rom. 2:12-16.)  Still, no human being except Jesus could keep all the precepts of the Two-fold or Dual ceremonial and Moral law.  And so, all of humanity, also by “default,” became inherent ‘law breakers’ that committed lawlessness through the ages, (Rom. 3:9-20; Gal. 2:21.) 

B:  THE NEW TESTAMENT COVENANT

Because God, Who is Spirit, SO loved all of humanity, (John 3:16,) He wanted fallen humanity to regain the sinless, blessed relationship with Him that they forfeited in the Garden in Eden, (Heb. 1:1-3.)  He did not want humanity to worship Him indefinitely in an outward religious structure like the old temple, with outward religious rituals or ceremonies as during the Old Testament covenant, (Acts 7:44-50; 17:24.)  God desires that each of us, (as Adam and Eve did in the Garden before the fall,) worship Him through and in his or her own human spirit and in the Truth of His Word, (Jn. 4:21-24.)  However, the human spirits of men are “dead” or in a deep coma-death inside them.  Thus, to worship God again, they would have to be “reborn.” 

Ž To achieve the spiritual rebirth of humanity and thus to reconcile not only the Hebrew nation but all of humanity to Him, God gave His only begotten Son Jesus as The Ultimate Sacrifice in our place, to pay the price that separated spiritually dead humanity from Him.  This final Sacrifice of God Himself in the human body of Jesus, fulfilled all the requirements of the Old Testament Law in our place, once and for all, (Col. 2:9-10; Mt. 5:17; Jn. 1:1-14.)  Jesus’ full atonement in our place bought our complete redemption, (freedom,) salvation, and blessing, (Jn. 1:29; 3:16; Gal. 3:10-14.) 

Ž Hence, Jesus made the entire Old Testament Covenant with the Hebrew nation and the physical land of Israel obsolete, (Heb. 8:13,) to establish His Eternal, New Testament Covenant through His own blood, (Rev. 12:11.) 

Ž This means Jesus, in the place of all humanity, through His perfect obedience to the entire Old Testament Covenant of the Law, (which no other human being could, can, or ever will achieve, Mt. 5:17,) became the sinless Lamb of God or the most acceptable, ultimate sacrifice to God, which could buy back the spiritual life and position of salvation, redemption, and blessedness, which Adam and Eve sold for a measly fruit in the Garden, (Gal. 2:19-21; 3:10-14.) 

Ž Therefore, as sin entered the world through one disobedient man, (the first Adam,) so eternal spiritual life, (and redemption, salvation, and blessedness here on earth,) are freely available to humanity through the total obedience of the Second Adam, (Jesus,) Who bought back our entrance into God’s presence, our spiritual position in God, our worship of Him, and our relationship with Him, (Mt. 5:17; Rom. 5:12-15; 3:21-26; 1 Cor. 45-49.) 

 

JESUS DID EVERYTHING IN OUR PLACE BUT THIS IS WHAT WE MUST DO TO RECEIVE IT: 

1. Doing ‘good works’ and thinking we are ‘good’ or not ‘all bad’ can never save, redeem, or bless us.  Galatians 3:10-14, “For as many as are of [any of the] works of the [Old Testament] law is under the [entire state of] the curse, [Deut. 28,] for… Christ has redeemed, [already set all true believers completely free,] from the [entire] curse of the law, having become a curse for us…  that the [entire position of blessedness] of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles, [all sincere believers from all the nations of the world,] that we might receive the promise of the [indwelling Holy] Spirit through faith,” (1 Pt. 2:8-10.) Also read how God, in the Old Testament, completely brought out the entire Hebrew nation from bondage as an example and symbol of our complete position of spiritual freedom in Christ! (Ex. 20:1-6; 1 Cor. 10:6-7; 11.) 

2. Humanity died spiritually in the Garden through disobedience.  So, Jesus commanded that they must become obedient to live spiritually again, or be spiritually “born again” by believing in Him, and understanding and accepting His full atonement for their bondage, lostness, and cursedness in their place.  This is the only way they can regain the lost position or spiritual place of salvation, redemption, and blessedness that Adam forfeited in Eden, (Jn. 1:12-14; 3:3-5.) 

3. At the moment of our sincere faith in and personal acceptance of Christ, (which is the spiritual rebirth of true believers,) God Himself takes us completely “out of” spiritual death; (that place or position of darkness, lostness, bondage and cursedness without Him;) to be spiritually born again “into” His eternal Kingdom of Redemption, Salvation, and Blessedness in Christ, (Jn. 1:12-13; 3:3-5.)  Colossians 1:13-14; “We were delivered, [fully set free or saved from the moment we accepted Jesus,] from the power of darkness and conveyed [or wholly brought into] the Kingdom of God’s Son; in Whom we have, [present tense,] redemption, [total deliverance] through His blood, which is the forgiveness of [all our] sins.” 

4. Redemption, salvation, and blessing make for an entirely free, spiritual life in Christ inside His Spiritual Kingdom, which we must personally occupy through a constant, growing relationship with Jesus Christ in the Truth of His entire Word, the Bible, (Jude 1:20.)  There is no other way to be redeemed, saved, or blessed.  Hence, acquiring and maintaining our new life in Christ and everything that pertains to it is our own, personal responsibility, (Mt. 7:7.)   

5. At that moment when we sincerely and wholeheartedly accept Jesus, we become spiritually born again children of Jesus, and He instantly gives us His Holy Spirit to fully indwell us as His holy, redeemed, saved, blessed temple until He comes to take us to heaven — should we sincerely stay at His feet throughout our new life in Him, (Acts 5:32; Gal. 4:4-7; Rom. 8:9-11; 1 Cor. 3:16; 6:18.)  A temple of the Holy Spirit can never be empty.  “If anyone does not have the [indwelling] Spirit of Christ, he is not His,” (Rom. 8:9-11; 1 Jn. 2:20, 27!)   

6. Once we are truly “born again” and Spirit filled or fully indwelt by the Holy Spirit, we are His temple through our personal faith in, and sincere acceptance of Jesus and everything He had done for us in our place, (Eph. 1:11-14; 1 Jn. 2:20.)  It is most important to realize that the Holy Spirit completely indwells us at our rebirth and bit by bit, or at a later stage when we “manifest the gift of tongues,” etcetera.  The manifestation of one of His gifts such at speaking in tongues may or may not accompany the rebirth.  However, it is not the gifts of the Holy Spirit that are important at this stage, but the indescribably wonderful fact that God the Holy Spirit Himself now lives in us!  After our decision to accept Jesus, we must become His faithful followers or disciples, to Love and Obey Him according to His inward Moral Law of Love, the Only New Testament/Covenant Law Jesus ever commanded, (Acts 5:32; Jn. 13:34; Mt. 22:37-40.) 

7. Then, knowing that we are Scripturally and personally born again follower/disciples of Christ, we must begin to follow Him by being baptized in water according to Jesus’ own commandment and example, (Mt. 28:18-20.) Not because water baptism ‘saves’ us or ‘adds’ to our salvation.  Obedience to the Scriptural water baptism of disciples is the ‘sign’ that we have emotionally died to our old life of sin, bondage, and cursedness, (when we are dunked or ‘buried’ under water,) and we have risen in a new life of forgiveness, eternal life, and a state of redemption and blessedness in Christ, (when we come up out of the water.)  This is the Scriptural meaning and way of the true water baptism, and it is only available to sincerely, personally, born again disciples of Christ, (Col. 2:11-15; Rom. 6:3-14.)    

 

If you believe that Jesus is the Son of God, the Savior of the whole world, and if you sincerely and personally accept Him as your God, Lord, and Savior, here is a prayer to guide you to God: 

“Holy Father in heaven,

Just as I am, I come to You in the Name of Jesus Christ, Your Son.  I confess that I am a sinner in need of the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ of the Bible.  I now, by understanding Your Real Gospel of salvation, complete redemption, and blessedness, choose Jesus the Risen Christ as my personal God, Lord, and Savior, and I invite and accept You, Lord Jesus of the Bible, into my heart, (which is my own human spirit,) my soul, (which is my mind, will, and intellect,) my body, and my entire life, (1 Ths. 5:23.)   

I surrender and submit myself spirit, soul, body, and my whole life to You Alone.  From this moment on, You, my Lord Jesus Christ, will be my only God, Redeemer, Savior, Blessor, Apostle, High Priest, and the Author and Finisher of my faith — and Your Holy Spirit will be my Sovereign Guide, Strength, Teacher, Provider, Defender, and Comforter, (Heb. 1:1-14.)

Please forgive all my sins and cleanse me from all unrighteousness, (1 Jn. 1:8-9; Col. 1:13-14.)  [Confess sincerely by name all your own immoral sins that you can remember, and ask God to reveal to you what you must still confess and repent from.] 

Heavenly Father, I also choose to forgive all those who have sinned against me, and I ask You to help me to make right with those whom I have abused. [Always practically obey James 5:16 and Matthew 18:15-20 as far as possible.] 

From now on, I choose to obey all the precepts of Your Moral Law that is written on my heart.  Please teach me all Your Scriptural, New Covenant ways, and help me to be Your obedient disciple under all circumstances. 

I reject all false teaching and renounce all false religion and false beliefs because I am now a born again child of the Most High, Most Holy God: the Creator of the universe.  Please help me to always know Your voice and to follow You above all else, because You will always speak to me according to the entire truth of Your Word, the Bible, (Jn. 16:13-14.)

Thank You that I now, by faith, live in Your spiritual Kingdom of truth, light, eternal life, and Godly love, (1 Pt. 2:9-10.) 

Thank You that Your Holy Spirit now fully lives in me and that He will lead me into “all truth,” (Gal. 4:6-7; Rom. 8:9-11.)   

Thank You that I am now Your blood-cleansed spiritual temple.  The Holy Spirit constantly “abides in me” and I already have His constant, full anointing or power inside of me, (Jn. 16:13; 1 Jn. 2:20.) 

Thank You that Your Holy Spirit gives me His spiritual gifts “as He wills;” and that He will always lead me to use them to glorify Your Name in everything I do, (1 Cor. 12:4-11.) 

Thank You that I am now part of Your royal priesthood, who ministers to one another in the Body of Christ, (1 Pt. 2:9-10.) 

In the Name of Jesus Christ I take every thought captive to bring it into obedience to You Alone, (2 Cor. 10:-5.) 

I now, by Your grace, ask that You will give me the grace to worship You in “spirit and in truth” until You come to take me home, so that You can “complete the good work You have started in me,”  (2 Pt. 3:18; 1 Cor. 3:16; 6:15-20; 2 Cor. 1:21-22.)  

Please heavenly Father, always protect me under the blood-Covenant of Your Son Jesus and let Your mighty angels surround me, my loved ones, and my entire life, (Heb. 1:14; Ps. 91.) 

Thank you that you always hear and answer me, just because I am Your born again child through grace in Jesus Christ, (Eph. 5:30, King James Version.) 

Amen. 

 

BORN AGAIN DISCIPLES OF JESUS MUST CONSTANTLY FOLLOW HIM IN A NEW LIFE 

To be a true disciple of Jesus means to closely follow Jesus Himself by adhering attentively to all that He says in the full contextual truth of His Word, the Bible, (Mt. 28:19.)  Everything we need to know about God and how to serve and love Him, other people, and ourselves is written in the full context of the Bible, which must be interpreted from the perspective of the New Testament Covenant in Christ.  God does millions of things for us mystically and supernaturally, but our spiritual safety in Christ and our spiritual and emotional growth in Him is our own, personal responsibility, which we achieve by following Jesus in the truth of the Scriptures and in the leading of the Holy Spirit, (Jude 1:20-25.) 

The Holy Spirit will lead us and help us in all our ways, but we must obey Him always according to the real truth of His Word.  Many deceivers, Jesus said, have gone out into the world.  We must be careful not to be deceived, (Mt. 24:1-14.) 

We must, therefore, flee from anything that diverts our attention from Jesus Himself and from the Truth of His Word.  God commanded us not to “believe every spirit [speaking into our thoughts, or through ‘prophets,’ teachers, preachers, and other people,] but to “test [even spirits] to see if they are [really from God,] (1 Jn. 4:1-4.)  God gave us this commandment to keep us safe in Him.  This is why Paul also wrote, “Test all things; hold fast what is good.  Abstain from every form of evil,” (1 Ths. 5:21-22.)  This means, if anyone gives you a verse or two or even a chapter to sustain what they say, read the previous and following verses as well to find the true context.  Consider whether it is written in the Old or New Testament, and remember it is vital to always interpret everything from the viewpoint of the New Covenant in Christ.  Everything, even Scripture itself, must fit into the “entire” truth of the New Covenant to be true and relevant to our lives in Jesus, (Ps. 119:160.)  

· The rebirth of the human spirit occurs instantly when we sincerely accept Jesus as our personal Savior.  However, the new life in Christ, which follows the rebirth, is a process wherein the fallen soul or mind of the believer is systematically “renewed” or “transformed” through growing in knowledge of the Scriptures and in obedience to the indwelling Holy Spirit, Who leads us into the “all truth” of the Bible, (Rom. 12:1-3; Jn. 16:7-11; 1 Pet. 1:23.) 

· This rational, disciplined, systematic renewal of the mind is necessary, because the believer must increasingly understand and do the will of God until the soul/mind/thoughts, just as the born again spirit, is under the total control of the Holy Spirit.  Although God wrote all the requirements of His Moral Law on the human spirit or “heart,” these commandments need to flow to the conscious level of the soul.  If we do not understand God’s will, we will not be able to obey Him, and the aim of our born again life on earth is to live an obedient life, which will glorify Jesus, (Heb. 8:10; 1 Jn. 2:3-6,10; 3:10.) 

Consequently, Paul commanded in Romans 12:1-3: “I beg of you to make a decisive dedication of your bodies… (and of course, your minds and thoughts) as a living sacrifice… which is your rational, intelligent service to God.  And be not conformed to this world, [by accepting false doctrine and tolerating the teaching of false prophets and teachers,] but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may know what is that… perfect will of God.”

This transformation of the soul is, therefore, not the same as conformation.  In fact, Scripture forbids conformation, which means to submit to man-made church doctrines, (Rom. 12:1-3.)  Conformation pertains to artificial beliefs and the legalistic acts of churches and other religions.  Although catechetic church conformation might “hold a form of godliness,” it is definitely a stranger to the spiritual Kingdom and power of God, (Mt. 15:6-9; 2 Tim. 3:5.)

To simply join a church and to be ‘converted’ by the acceptance of their mostly unscriptural doctrines and rituals, is to follow “the recruitments of the world” and the “tradition of men,” (Col. 2:8.)  Conversion can never bring the human spirit to experience the Scriptural rebirth.  Thus, conversion can never renew or “transform” the mind or soul.  Conversion consists of church-membership without real knowledge of God’s Word and consequently, without a real relationship with Christ.

Therefore, nobody should be ‘converted to the faith,’ but everyone must be spiritually born again by true faith in, and obedience to Christ, and then soulically transformed to obey Him.  For this reason, the constant, lifelong renewal of the soul and active, decisive discipleship in Christ are just as important as the rebirth of the spirit. 

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