If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples.
Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.
Everyone who listens to the Father and learns from him comes to me.
No one has seen the Father except the one who is from God; only he has seen the Father.
I tell you the truth, he who believes has everlasting life.
I am the bread of life.
Ever wondered how God wants you to live?
SERIES, PART 1
Obviously, it does you absolutely no good to
you fail to stay saved.
That's why it's vital for you understand God's requirements for your Christian life,
and start applying them to your life as soon as possible.
If you've just recently become a Christian,
please read on and find out what God's basic requirements are for your life.
You're now in the most vulnerable phase of your Christian life
They say that most people who die in parachuting accidents "fall" into one of 2 categories: (1) The highly
experienced, who start taking safety for granted and begin taking unnecessary risks, and (2) Beginners.
The same is true of the Christian walk. Listen to what Christ said:
"Others [who hear the message of Christ], like seed sown on rocky places, hear the word and at once receive it with joy.
But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution
comes because of the word, they quickly fall away..."
Christ here described "Christians" who weren't really interested in 100% commitment—which is typical
of many Christian people today. Please make sure you're not one of them, because "failure is NOT an option" when
the stakes are this high.
Particularly dangerous about this is that such uncommitted individuals really don't understand
the danger they're in—just like those parachutists described above.
So, please understand that you're now at the most vulnerable stage of your Christian existence,
and far too many Christians never make it past this point.
Temptations, peer pressure, and rampant modern false teachings
like a lion seek out the complacent and spiritually weak, those on the periphery of the herd.
Biblical knowledge is power
The Bible speaks over and over again about the tremendous importance of KNOWING God's will.
Why? Jesus dropped an important clue in His first recorded sermon:
"Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will
of my Father who is in heaven.
Many will say to me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out
demons and perform many miracles?' Then I will tell them plainly, 'I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!'"
Pretty scary, isn't it?
Christ made it clear that appearing to be a spiritual Christian or
simply being religious means utterly nothing to Him.
What He'll be looking at on the Judgment Day is your actions.
Specifically, if you obeyed "the will of my Father [God]."
He'll see straight through the artificial "faith"
so many will be claiming on that Day—just as we commonly see today.
Of course, true faith means actually doing what
the Bible teaches. That's how we show our faith to be real.
That's why the Bible says: "...faith without deeds is dead" (James 2:26).
The logic for growing in knowledge
So, why is accurate KNOWLEDGE of God's will so critical for you? Because:
No wonder the Bible places so much emphasis on knowledge growth of God's will:
- You can't be saved if you don't DO God's will (Matthew 7:21),
- You won't do God's will if you don't KNOW God's will, and finally,
- You won't KNOW God's will if you don't make a determined effort to do so.
"...make every effort to add to your faith... knowledge...For if you do these things, you will never fall,
and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ..."
The phrase "make every effort" above pretty well says it all, doesn't it?
That's how important Biblical knowledge is.
Or, consider the very last command Peter left to the world via the Holy Spirit:
(2 Peter 1:5-11)
"...grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ."
Plainly, your continual growth in accurate Bible knowledge is unquestionably essential to your future.
(2 Peter 3:18)