Today we are going to talk about salvation according to the word of God.
The Fallen Angel
God created the heavens and the earth. He created angels and gave them outward beauty, glory, and power. All the angels used to worship God, and many of them still worship God. There was one of the angels named Lucifer, who was in charge of praise and worship. But one day pride came into his heart, and he said, "I will be like the Most High...." We read in the book of Ezekiel and in the book of Isaiah a little bit about his pride and his fall.
Ezekiel says, "You were the anointed cherub who covers; I established you; you were on the holy mountain of God; You walked back and forth in the midst of fiery stones. You were perfect in your ways from the day you were created, till iniquity was found in you" (Ezekiel 28:14-15).
Isaiah says, "How are you fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! ... For you have said in your heart, 'I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation on the farthest sides of the north. I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High" (Isaiah 14:12-14).
And Jesus said, "I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven" (Luke 10:18). From these verses we know that Lucifer fell from the grace of God and has lost his power and glory.
The word of God says that before God created the heavens and the earth, he created us. "...He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He has made us accepted in the Beloved" (Ephesians 1:3-6).
That means we were in the heart of God before he created earth. After God created the earth, and he created everything in it, man was put in charge of that beautiful garden. "So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them" (Genesis 1:27). "And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being" (Genesis 2:7). "He created them male and female, and blessed them and called them Mankind in the day they were created" (Genesis 5:2). That means in the eyes of God, male and female were equal until they committed sin. From these verses we know that even though man was created lower than angels, he was made in the image of God.
When God kept man in that garden, he gave him the following commandment: "Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die" (Genesis 2:16-17).
The Fall of Man
As we read earlier, Lucifer fell from heaven. Now he became the enemy of God, who is Satan. He came into the garden, took the form of a serpent, and came to deceive Adam. By eating the forbidden fruit Adam disobeyed God.
When man disobeyed God, God could have destroyed man right away. But God is love and he gave Adam chance to repent. God gives chances for mankind to repent even today. Adam did not repent of his sins. We read the details about this in Genesis 3:8-19.
Because of man's sin, the curse came unto this world. God cursed Satan that his head would be crushed. God cursed Adam, that he has to sweat and labor to survive. He cursed the woman, that she will have labor pain. He cursed the ground, that the ground will give thorns and thistles. But at the same time, God gave man hope of salvation. The seed of the woman would crush the head of Satan.
In the book of Isaiah we read: "Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel" (Isaiah 7:14). This prophecy was fulfilled in Matthew 1:18 -25: "'And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.' So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying: 'Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,' which is translated, 'God with us'... he called his name JESUS. "
The day man committed sin, he was separated from God, and that was his spiritual death. Man was having fellowship with God, but because of sin, the fellowship with God was interrupted.
As we have read earlier, in heaven, angels were praising God and worshipping God day and night. As we have learned, one of the angels was in charge of this worship service, but he fell from the grace of God. God created man to worship and fellowship with Him. We can see this from the Word of God:
"This people I have formed for myself; they shall declare my praise" (Isaiah 43:21).
"But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light" (1 Peter 2:9).
"Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name" (Hebrews 13:15).
We read in the book of Genesis: "And in the process of time it came to pass that Cain brought an offering of the fruit of the ground to the Lord. Abel also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of their fat. And the Lord respected Abel and his offering, but He did not respect Cain and his offering. And Cain was very angry, and his countenance fell. So the Lord said to Cain, 'Why are you angry? And why is your countenance fallen? If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin lies at the door. And its desire is for you, but you should rule over it.'" (Genesis 4:3-7) When Abel brought the blood sacrifice to God, to worship God and thank God, Cain his brother, even though he knew that he should be giving a blood sacrifice to God, did not want to obey God or obey his father's teaching. That's called doing your own way of worshipping God or self-righteousness.
God wanted people to come to him with a blood sacrifice, because the blood sacrifice was pointing toward the lamb of God, which is Jesus Christ, who was going to come and die for mankind. We read in the book of Hebrews that "By faith Abel offered to God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, through which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts..." (Hebrews 11:4).
In the Mosaic law, all the blood sacrifices were given for the forgiveness of sin. The word of God says, "Therefore not even the first covenant was dedicated without blood. For when Moses had spoken every precept to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of calves and goats, with water, scarlet wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book itself and all the people, saying, 'This is the blood of the covenant which God has commanded you.' Then likewise he sprinkled with blood both the tabernacle and all the vessels of the ministry. And according to the law almost all things are purged with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no remission" (Hebrews 9:18-22). That blood sacrifice still was pointing toward Jesus Christ, the lamb of God.
When John the Baptist was preaching in the wilderness, when he saw Jesus coming towards him, he said to the people, "Behold, the lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world. This is He of whom I said, 'After me comes a Man who is preferred before me, for He was before me.' I did not know Him; but that He should be revealed to Israel, therefore I came baptizing with water... I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and He remained upon Him. I did not know Him, but He who sent me to baptize with water said to me, 'Upon whom you see the Spirit descending, and remaining on Him, this is He who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.' And I have seen and testified that this is the Son of God" (John 1:29-34).
Here we see God gave John the Baptist the revelation that Jesus Christ will be the lamb of God for the sin of the world. John the Baptist was the Old Testament prophet. He knew the Mosaic law and the blood sacrifice.
The New Covenant
In the book of Jeremiah we read: "Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah" (Jeremiah 31:31).
Jesus also tried to teach his disciples about this by saying, "I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever, and the bread that I shall give is My flesh, which I shall give for the life of the world... Most assuredly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you. Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. For My flesh is food indeed, and My blood is drink indeed. He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him" (John 6:51, 53-56).
Many people did not understand what he was saying. But during the Last Supper, at the Passover with his disciples, "... as they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, 'Take, eat; this is My body.' Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, 'Drink from it, all of you. For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins'" (Matthew 26:26-28).
From this we know what Jeremiah was saying, that God was going to make a new covenant.
Later on, St. Paul tried to explain this new covenant. "For if that first covenant had been faultless, then no place would have been sought for a second. Because finding fault with them, He says: 'Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah - not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they did not continue in My covenant, and I disregarded them, says the Lord. For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put my laws in their mind and write them on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. None of them shall teach his neighbor, and none his brother, saying, "Know the Lord," for all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them. For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.' In that He says, 'a new covenant,' He has made the first obsolete. Now what is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to vanish away" (Hebrews 8:7-13).
"Previously saying, 'Sacrifice and offering, burnt offerings, and offerings for sin You did not desire, nor had pleasure in them' (which are offered according to the law), then He said, 'Behold, I have come to do Your will, O God.' He takes away the first that He may establish the second. By that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. And every priest stands ministering daily and offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God, from that time waiting until His enemies are made His footstool. For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified. But the Holy Spirit also witnesses to us; for after He had said before, 'This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says the Lord: I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds I will write them,' then He adds, 'Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.' Now where there is remission of these, there is no longer an offering for sin" (Hebrews 10:18).
From these verses we understand what Jesus was saying to his disciples about the new covenant. Now we know why John the Baptist said, "Behold, the lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world" (John 1:29).
Jesus the Savior
Jesus is the lamb of God and sacrifice for our sins.
St. Peter says, "... You were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by traditions from your fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot. He indeed was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you" (1 Peter 1:18-20).
The word of God says, "The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord" (Romans 6:23).
Jesus Christ came as a sinless man. He was born of the virgin because the promise was, in Genesis 3:15, the seed of the woman would crush the head of Satan. He lived a sinless life, and he conquered death, and he conquered Satan. When he died, he was buried, and he came out of the grave victoriously.
The word of God says, "Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it" (Colossians 2:15).
"For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil" (1 John 3:8).
Jesus Christ is alive today. In Revelation 1:18, Jesus said, "I was dead, but now I am alive forevermore."
He is the only one who can forgive our sins and cleanse us. When he was in this world, he said, "O heavy laden, come unto me, and I will give you rest" (Matthew 11:28).
Are you worried? Are you restless? Are you spiritually broken? Are you heavy laden? Then you need Jesus. Jesus will take your burden. Jesus Christ is the burden-bearer. Isaiah says, "Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray. We have turned, every one, to his own way; and the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all" (Isaiah 53:4-6).
Jesus saves. Jesus heals. Jesus delivers. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. He is the unchangeable God. Hebrews 13:8 says Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
He healed the sick. He raised the dead. He cast out demons. He forgave sinners. Even on the cross he said, "Father, forgive them; they don't know what they do" (Luke 23:34).
Dear friend, Jesus wants to forgive all of your sins and wash you with his precious blood.
There is not a single person in this world who can say, "I am not a sinner." "For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord' (Romans 6:23).
The word of God says that "... all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God' (Romans 3:23).
The word of God says "... the soul who sins shall die" (Ezekiel 18:4). The Bible also says that "... it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment" (Hebrews 9:27).
Sinners cannot save themselves or any others. Jesus is the only one who came to save mankind and is alive today. No man can save from sin unless he is sinless.
Jesus Christ is the only one who is sinless. He took your sins and my sins on the cross, and He became sin for us.
The Word of God says "... he (God) made him (Jesus) who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in him (Jesus)" (2 Corinthians 5:21).
Also we read that "...Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps: Who committed no sin, nor was guile found in His mouth" (1 Peter 2:21-22).
The man who handed him over to be crucified said that he (Jesus) is sinless: Judas in his own words said "I have sinned by betraying innocent blood..." (Matthew 27:4).
Pilate, who gave him to be crucified, said he is sinless. (Matthew 27:24) No one was able to condemn Jesus Christ as a sinner. Some people accused him falsely. But in reality no one was able to find fault in Jesus. Because of His sinless life Jesus is able to save the mankind. The Bible says that "Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved" (Acts 4:12)
The Truth will set you free
The devil is a liar and a deceiver. "When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it" (John 8:44).
God is truth. Jesus Christ said, "I am way, the truth, and the life..." (John 14:6).
We read in John 8:32 where Jesus said, "Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free"
Also in John 8:36 Jesus said, "... If the Son of man [Jesus] makes you free, you shall be free indeed."
Mankind is in bondage - bondage of sin, bondage of sickness, bondage of death, etc. Jesus came to set us free from the penalty of death. He conquered death, and came out of the grave victoriously.
Jesus said, "The thief [Satan] does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly" (John 10:10).
Jesus Christ said, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die" (John 11:25-26).
Saint Paul said, "But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus. For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words" (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18).
Also, in 1 Corinthians 15:52 we read that "in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet ... we shall be changed."
Philippians 3:20,21 says we will be transformed like him.
1 John 3:1-3 says we will be just like him.
Jesus the Second Adam
Dear friends, there is hope in Jesus Christ. We are going to be like him. Jesus Christ is called the second Adam. Let's see the comparison of the first Adam and the second Adam:
"The first Adam became a living being. The second Adam became a life-giving spirit... The first man was of the earth, made of dust; the second Man is the Lord from heaven" (1 Corinthians 15:45,47).
"For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man's obedience many will be made righteous... So that as sin reigned in death, even so grace might reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord" (Romans 5:19,21).
So, dear friends, Jesus Christ came from heaven and became a man for you and for me. The first Adam disobeyed God. The second Adam obeyed God.
In the book of Hebrews we read, " Though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered, And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obeyed Him" (Hebrews 5:8-9).
In the book of Philippians we read, "who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of servant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross" (Philippians 2:6-8).
In the book of Romans we read, "... when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans 5:6-8),
In the book of Ephesians we read, "And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others. But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast" (Ephesians 2:1-9).
Decision is yours
In Mark 1:15, Jesus said, "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel." God now commands all men everywhere to repent (Acts 17:30).
"Repent" means "turn around." Man is going astray, going away from God. Jesus Christ says, "Return to God." To repent means to return to God, to come back to God. So we have to repent of our sins, receive Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, and believe that he is risen and he is able to save us from the penalty of death. In the book of Isaiah we read, "Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the Lord, and He will have mercy on him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon" (Isaiah 55:7).
It is difficult for mankind to give up old habits and old sins. But it is possible with God. As I said earlier, Jesus says, "O heavy laden, come unto me, and I will give you rest." He says, "Come as you are." When we come to him, we say, "Lord, I need your grace. I cannot live a victorious life. Please give me victory." Whatever problem you are facing, he is able to give you victory over it. It might be a physical problem, spiritual problem, emotional problem, or any other problem. It is impossible for man to live a sinless life, but it is possible with God. The word of God says, "But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin... If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness" (1 John 1:7,9).
The word of God says our righteousness is like filthy rags. (Isaiah 64:6) But the righteousness of Jesus Christ comes by the blood of Jesus Christ. We are the righteousness of God. "Righteousness of God" means right standing with God. God sees through the blood of Jesus Christ that we have never committed sin. "Being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed, to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus" (Romans 3:24-26).
The word of God says God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son that whosoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life (John 3:16).
If you believe in Jesus Christ and ask him to come into your heart, he will come into your heart. The word of God says, "Having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever" (1 Peter 1:23).
The word of God gives us life. When we read the word of God, when we believe the word of God, when we receive the word of God, then we receive Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. "But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name, who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God" (John 1:12-13).
If you believe Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, you will be the child of God. When we do, we are born from heaven. Romans 10:9-10 says, "That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation."
First of all, you have to believe Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior in your heart. Then you confess with your mouth that Jesus Christ died on the cross of Calvary for you and he rose again. 1 Corinthians 15:17 says if someone doesn't believe the resurrection of Christ, his faith is useless. The word of God says, "But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you" (Romans 8:11).
Those who believe Jesus Christ are the children of God. The word of God says, if you do not have the spirit of Christ, you are none of his (Romans 8:9).
How does the spirit of Christ come in you? When you believe in Jesus Christ, the spirit of Christ comes to dwell in you in spirit form. When we receive Jesus Christ, we receive the Father and the Son. "Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father either; he who acknowledges the Son has the Father also" (1 John 2:23). Please read John 3:3-8.
Jesus says, "If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him" (John 14:23).
That means once we believe Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, Jesus comes in the spirit form, and he brings his Father in the spirit form. That means when we are born again we have the spirit of Christ, and we have the spirit of the Father. They dwell in us.
The word of God says, "God, who made the world and everything in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands, nor is He worshiped with men's hands, as though he needed anything, since He gives to all life, breath, and all things. And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their habitation, so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us, for in Him we live and move and have our being, as also some of your own poets have said, 'For we are also His offspring.' Therefore, since we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Divine Nature is like gold or silver or stone, something shaped by art and man's devising. Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent, because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead" (Acts 17:24-31).
Jesus said, "For the Father judges no one, but has committed all judgment to the Son, that all should honor the Son just as they honor the Father. He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent Him. Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life" (John 5:22-24).
In the Book of Romans we read, "There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death" (Romans 8:1-2).
Dear friend, Jesus loves you. He wants to forgive all your sins. He wants to heal you, deliver you, and set you free. He wants to give you eternal life. Salvation is free. It is the gift of God. The word of God says, "Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation" (2 Corinthians 6:2).
Would you like to receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior? Then you can pray a simple prayer like this. Say, "Jesus, come into my heart. Be my Lord. Be my Savior. Please forgive all my sins. Wash me with your precious blood. Give me grace to live a clean life. I promise you, Lord, I will follow you. I will read the Bible and practice what it says. I will go to church and witness to others that Jesus Christ is my Lord and my Savior. In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen."
If you prayed this prayer from your heart, God has heard your prayer. Today you are a child of God. Your sins are forgiven and forgotten. Your name is written in heaven. God has sent angels for you to minister to you and to protect you, according to Hebrews 1:14. God has redeemed you from the curse (Galatians 3:13). God has already given you his spirit, according to Romans 8:9. If the spirit of God is dwelling in you, you are the child of God, and you are joined in the family of God.
The word of God says, "Therefore be followers of God as dear children. And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma. But fornication and all uncleanness of covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as is fitting for saints, neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks. For this you know, that no fornicator, unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. Therefore do not be partakers with them. For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light, for the fruit of the spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth" (Ephesians 5:1-9).
We read in Galatians, "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. Now those who are Christ's have crucified the flesh, with its passions and desires. If we live in the spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit" (Galatians 5:22-25).
Please study these scriptures: John 1:12; Romans 8:15-17; 1 John 3:1-2; 1 John 5:1; Luke 10:20; Romans 8:9; John 14:23; Hebrews 1:14; Jeremiah 31:34; Hebrews 10:17; Acts 3:19; 1 John 4:4; Romans 8:26-28; 1 John 5:4-5; John 10:10; Hebrews 10:23-25; Hebrews 10:36-39; 1 Thessalonians 5:17-24; Galatians 3:13.
Please do the following:
1. Please pray to God in the name of Jesus every day.
2. Please witness to someone that you have received Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.
3. Please find a Bible-believing church where the full gospel is preached and attend the services.
May God richly bless you and use you more and more for His glory.
- Pastor S. S. Peter, Th.D., Ph.D.