God is The ultimate absolute
God is the basis of all things.
He creates them
Gives them life
Give them purpose.
Anything outside of these parameters is a god and we know there is only one God so that nothing can exist or function unless it is in God.
Two most amazing things are
He created us for our pleasure
He desires an eternal relationship with us in His presence.
This is why salvation is a relationship (Jn 17:3) and not an activity to please God. The activities - Lordship and obedience - are a result of the relationship and not a cause of it.
The relationship is a result of out love for Him because of what He has done out of His Love or us. If love for God and appreciation of what He has done for you is not the basis of your relationship with God then it is built on a wrong basis.
His nature is Love or we would not have been created to be with Him and to enjoy all the good things we need to exist and enjoy His company.
Maintaining our side of the relationship
Salvation is a relationship so we must maintain our side of it and learn to develop the relationship we have with each member of The Trinity.
The Father provides all we need
The Lord Jesus protects us a tells us what He desires us to do for His Kingdom
The Holy Spirit communicates to us God’s Will and guides and empowers us to do it as well as giving us an understanding of what God desires of us.
The relationship God desires with us is an intimate one.
How do you develop an intimate relationship?
You spend time with them sharing your heart and serving them out of your love for them
They respond the same way to you
You spend time learning about each other and how to give them pleasure
You desire the relationship so much that it consumes you at times
You do nothing inappropriate in the relationship but always do what Love would do.
So how it is maintained?
You need faith in God that He is worth relating too
Lordship to serve and obey Him as he desires you too
Holiness so you focus only on the relationship with Him and its requirements of you
Stewardship is correctly maintained so that what every He gives you to do is done properly
You defend the other person and the relationship because you consider it is worthwhile having
All this is expressed in God’s Character you desire so much you try to emulate it.
Without faith it is impossible to please God because everything we need to believe in we cannot see. We may see the results of our faith but not what our faith is placed in to bring these results.
The whole Christian life is really an attitude of Faith which we act on in all we do.
Even in heaven we will need faith to believe in that what God is doing there He will never stop doing.
If Jesus is in command of all you do then you will not do anything against His Will.
Jesus will only be your Lord to the extent you desire this to be which will depend on how much we Love Him. We are in a Love relationship with God and all is done out of our Love for Him. Any other reason is a wrong motive and we need to examine ourselves to see what quality of Love we have for Jesus.
If we reject everything Satan suggests we do we will retain our holiness. Satan has to convince us to accept what he suggests for us to sin and remove us from our holy relationship with God.
So the key to holiness is to reject ever wrong though and bring it to Jesus to deal with asking The Holy spirit to replace it with the thought Jesus desires us to have.
Satan places suggestions in your mind to displace what the Holy Spirit is saying to you or uses people to suggest things to you that he tries to have you accept.
The problem occurs when Satan suggest things to do that are good in themselves but not God’s Will for you so that people are sidetracked from what God desires them to do.
This is why we need to be guided by The Holy Spirit in all we do.
Rom_8:14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
Everything we have has been given to us by God to look after for Him. He made them and is their owner and has trusted us with their care on His behalf. So we must correctly care for what He gives us:
Our Will and our thoughts
Ministry given to us
Things trusted to us by God
Our stewardship of The Kingdom of God
There are four aspects to this
Defending the King’s Name, Character and Will
Evangelism - removing people from the enemy kingdom
Deliverance- removing the effects of the enemy kingdom on citizens of The Kingdom
Warring against the enemy- destroying and hindering the plans and works of the enemy
This is the responsibility of all citizens of The Kingdom of God and if you are not doing these then you had better ask y ourself why. You may even not be a citizen of The Kingdom but only a church goer. There is a difference.
Do not confuse denominational membership with Citizenship of The Kingdom of God. Joining a denomination does not make you a citizen of The Kingdom but only a member of a denomination. It is the salvation relationship you have with Jesus that makes you a citizen of The Kingdom of God.
Citizen of The Kingdom of God
Basically a Christian is a good citizen of The Kingdom of God. It is your responsibility to maintain your side of the citizen relationship. God helps you every way He can but it is up tp you to accept His help and to do His Will.
As a citizen of The Kingdom of God you have:
Responsibilities in these roles
Rewards for performing these roles correctly
These are all given by Jesus and are plainly explained in The Bible
The Work of the Citizen
These can be divided up into four main areas
Relating to God correctly
Promoting The Kingdom
Serving God correctly
All the activities of a Christian falls into one of these four areas.
The only exception is for resting from your service or learning about how to do a part of it.
The last words of Jesus in Summary
Jesus never asked us to do anything He did not do and which we could not do.
His example was as follows (Matthew 4:23):
And Jesus went about all Galilee,
teaching in their synagogues,
and preaching the gospel of the kingdom,
delivering people from the effects of Satan on them
and healing all manner of sickness (short term sickness)
and all manner of disease among the people (long term chronic).
This is what our objective should be:
The last words of Jesus to His people can be summarized as follows:
"All power (authority) is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
Go ye therefore, and teach all nations I have risen,
Baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you
And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in My name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.
He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
And these signs shall follow them that believe;
In my name shall they cast out devils;
They shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents;
And if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; They shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover
And, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world."
These actions will be observable in the life of a follower of Jesus as an expression of God’s quality of Love in them working through them to others.
Jesus said that if we loved Him we would keep His commandments which mean we should be doing the above. It you are not doing them or not desiring to do th em when you can then you need to find out why and correct any wrong attitudes you have towards Jesus.
Problems doing the in modern bibles.
In modern bibles Mark 16:9-21 has been removed. With this is removed is our delegated authority over Satan and the authority to do miracles. This occurred because the editors of modern Bibles did not believe Jesus was born God and only became God after His death so He did not defeat Satan at Calvary and so could not delegate authority over Satan or the authority to do miracles. It also means that Jesus cold not redeem us at Calvary.
It also means you cannot demonstrate The Kingdom of God as you do not have the authority to Jesus expressed through you to show The Kingdom has come!
So if you want to use the Authority of Jesus you are really unable to using modern Bibles.
God’s Attitude to you
God Loves you and accepts you as you are and not as you or others say you should be. And He begins where you are with what you have been given by Him to mature you into His Character.
He would not be Love if He did not do this.
All He asks is that you wholeheartedly try to obey Him.
He knows we are dust and not perfect and will do wrong.
But He declares that at Calvary all the spiritual consequences of sin were removed so that there is nothing stopping you re-entering the salvation relationship you had with Him before you sinned.
There may be physical consequences such as a child born to a single mother but He will help you deal with the consequences of any wrong action. Jesus never rejects you. You reject yourself or believe Satan’s lies that Jesus has rejected you.
Deliverance may be needed to remove the influence of Satan on you.
God will judge you for what you did with what He gave you and not what He gave someone else. So it is important to know what God has given you and how to use it.
You will not go to hell for wholeheartedly trying and failing. You will go to hell for not wholeheartedly trying, for not using correctly what Jesus gave you to be of a steward of for Him.
The king you are obeying at the time of your death is the one to whose kingdom you go when you die.
Most people are in hell because they:
Would not forgive another
Did not want to give up a sin (Repent)
They rejected the Lordship of Jesus
Jesus said that more than 80% of the church would not go up in the rapture. The reason being they knew of Him but did not have a salvation relationship with Him. This is how important the salvation relationship is and why you need to develop it.
It is only as you finish the race do you receive the reward!
Heb 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
1Co 15:58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.
Mat_10:22 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.
Rev 12:11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.