The apostle John said this,
"My little children, I write this to you, in order that you may not sin. And if any one should sin, we have an Advocate with the Father, Christ the Righteous. And He is an offering for our sins; and not for ours alone, but also for all the world." ~ 1 John 2:1-2and this,
For God so loved the world that He gave the only begotten Son, so that every one believing in Him should not be lost, but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son to the world that He might condemn the world; but that He might save the world through Him. The believer in Him will not be condemned; whoever does not trust however, is already convicted because he has not confided on the only begotten Son of God. And the indictment is this: that the Light came into the world and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, because their practices were wicked. ~ John in John 3:16-19
God, through the sacrifice of his son, has put away the sin of the world, of every individual of the world. Jesus has the power to save the entire world, not merely some of the world.
The good telling, the good spell — the gospel — is the declaration to all that God loves us and has washed away our sins in the life, death and resurrection of his son.
You get everlasting life if you believe that Jesus is the son of God and why you have pardon for your sins. You die to eternity if you don't.
Believing in the gospel is believing that all of your sins past, present and future are forgiven through Jesus. If you only believed this, you would be less inclined to sin at all and more inclined to love everyone you meet as Jesus loves you even now.
Believing isn't mere acknowledgment nor is it assertion. To believe is to do more than proclaim something as true. The truest meaning of believe is to to hold dear, to love.
Your many sins are forgiven. If you love much, if you love Jesus, if you love God, then you have everlasting life.
To not believe Jesus has put away your sins is to let yourself to be deceived by Satan himself. As long as you doubt this truth that your sins are already forgiven and thus you don't need to ask for a pardon, your heart will remain shut.
If you don't know you have been pardoned already, how can you look upon God but with distrust? And if you look at your pardon coming from anything but God, how can you look at God as the fountain of your life?
You don't get a pardon of sins by begging for a pardon, by asking for forgiveness, by adhering to religion. God hasn't asked anyone to grovel.
Those who tell you that you will gain pardon because you practice religion have misled you. By following them, to gain pardon then, you must have confidence in yourself to achieve. You must cling to yourself, glorifying yourself should you believe you have succeeded.
Praying for a pardon from God, trying hard to show your piety and that you're dutiful to God or doing any other sacrifice in fear of God hoping that God will forgive you and protect you is false religion. It's the stuff of savages slaughtering animals to their idols.
Do you believe our all-everything God needs to be appeased? You don't need to appease God with sacrifices of any kind. Only a petty deity would demand sacrifices. Only a weak god would demand such evil. Only lying men would tell you otherwise.
Isn't it true right now that you believe if you do rituals, prayers and other sacrifices, you will have kept your part of the bargain? And so, isn't this what drives you to church and to do all of your rituals and prayers? Isn't this what comforts you? Isn't this what makes you believe your brand of religion is right? Do you believe God charges you a price for your safety both for here-and-now and forever?
Living that way, you submit yourself to fear and selfish hope. Do you love another by being selfish? Do you love by fearing whom you love? Living that way, you become a practical atheist.
You don't ever need to pray in public nor do you need to go to church. Church rituals and prayers can't put away your sins. You don't need to fear God. You don't need to tremble.
The true gospel declares forgiveness for all with no religion needed whatsoever. Those who fail to rejoice in this truth, are guilty of making God a liar.
The offer of the gospel is not a conditional pardon that requires man-made religious practice whatsoever, but to the enjoyment of the pardon already given to all of mankind.
Think about it more. Not only does God want no sacrifices but because God is so loving, God made a sacrifice for each of you, the highest sacrifice, the life of his loving son, the life of Jesus.
Interestingly, God sacrificed Jesus to anyone and everyone in sort of an inversion of sacrifice. The whole purpose of the inversion sacrifice is for the proverbial cartoon light bulb to alight over anyone's head for that ah ha! moment when someone sees in his mind — God loves me so much he did this for me.
Loving others is the answer then. True strength comes from kindness, simply being kind to those who live impetuously, recklessly, thoughtlessly.
Living with the gospel is about eradicating ill-will in one's heart by awaking to the love of God and having the law of love written in one's heart.
No one shall be condemned for sinning. Only those who have harden their hearts by rejecting God's love as given in his sacrifice of Jesus shall be guilty. Having turned away from God, by rejecting God's sacrifice, thus unloving to God, those with hardened hearts call God a liar. For this, they are guilty.
Many simply fail to grasp this straightforward message of Jesus. Let's let Jesus do the talking:
"Because," He answered, "it is granted to you to become acquainted with the secrets of the Kingdom of Heaven; but it is not granted to others. For whoever has a possession, it will increase with him; but the one who possesses nothing, even what he has will be torn from him. I therefore speak to them in parables, because seeing they see not, and hearing they do not hear, neither will they understand." ~ Jesus in Matthew 13:11-13
"Therefore, every one who listens to these precepts of Mine, and practices them, I will compare him to a reflective man who built his house upon the rock: and the storm raged, and the floods came, and the wind blew, and assailed that house; and it fell not — because it was founded upon the rock. And every one who listens to these precepts of Mine, and does not practice them, I will compare him to a foolish man who built his dwelling in the sand: and the storm raged, and the floods came, and the wind blew, and they demolished that house, and its wreck was complete!" ~ Jesus in Matthew 7:24-27
So what are Jesus' precepts?
Jesus answered him "LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL AND WITH ALL YOUR INTELLECT. That command is first, and most important. But the second is equal to it: LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOUR AS YOURSELF. In these two commands are comprised the whole law and the prophets." ~ Jesus in Matthew 22:27-39
"The first," answered Jesus, "is, ISRAEL, LISTEN! THE LORD OUR GOD IS ONE LORD; AND YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND ALL YOUR SOUL, AND ALL YOUR INTELLECT, AND ALL YOUR STRENGTH. That is the first command; and the second is like it, YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOUR AS YOUR OWN SELF. No other commands are greater than these." ~ Jesus in Mark 12:29-31
And what does Jesus say the rock is? It's not Simon who Jesus calls a mere ordinary stone, hence the name Peter that Jesus gave to Simon. The rock is the rock-solid truth of unconditional forgiveness of your sins through Jesus' resurrection that puts away sin of mankind combined with living the way of loving. And Jesus could be this rock because Jesus is the healer, the Son of the living God.
And from where does Jesus say anyone must get his way, is it man-made religion or from the loving God?
"And I also tell you that you are a stone; and upon this Rock I will build My assembly, and the gates of the Grave shall not overpower it. And to you I will give the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven; and whatever you may bind upon earth shall bound in heaven; and whatever may dissolve upon earth shall be dissolved in heaven." ~ Jesus in Matthew 16:18-19
There was however among the Pharisees, a man named Nicodemus, one of the Judean princes. He came to Him during the night, and said to Him, "Rabbi we know that You are a Teacher come from God; because no one could produce the proofs which You do unless God were with him." "Most assuredly I tell you," replied Jesus, "that unless any one is born from above he cannot see the Kingdom of God."
Nicodemus therefore asked: "How can a man be born when he is old? Can he be conceived of his mother a second time and be born?" "Most assuredly I tell you," replied Jesus, "that if a man is not born from water and Spirit, he is unable to enter into the Kingdom of God. That which is born from the flesh is flesh; and that which is born from the Spirit is spirit. Do not be surprised that I told you, 'You must be born from above.' The Spirit indeed breathes where He pleases, and you hear His voice; but yet you neither see where He comes from, nor where He goes: so it is with all born of the Spirit." ~ Jesus in John 3:1-8
And how should anyone become?
About that time, the disciples approached Jesus, inquiring, "Who is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven?" Then Jesus, calling a child to Him, placed him in the midst of them, and said: "I tell you indeed that if you do not turn back, and become like those children, you will never enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Whoever therefore may humble himself like this child, he is the most exalted in the Kingdom of Heaven." ~ Jesus in Matthew 18:1-4
Jesus never said he was building a church, nor did Jesus say he was starting a religion or hiring anyone to be the head of a religion on his behalf.
Jesus exemplifies to us that while we have this earthly life, if we turn our back to our old selves, so caught up in pride, showing off and being a partaker of the earthly world, and thus die to it, rejecting our sinning ways, we can resurrect ourselves through love, which is what Jesus commanded, and which is the essence of God.
The whole of it is believing, putting your faith in Jesus that this is so and then living by being loving. Jesus alone has done all the work for every man.
The true gospel is forgiveness through the sacrifice of Jesus, an act already, which has been done. Jesus already has finished the work. Jesus put away your sins.
It is for this that you should be rejoicing and loving that no matter what, when you take this truth to your heart, which is the true way of taking Jesus into your heart, you can get up off your knees, and begin to live in the right way, the loving way.
Loving heals the ill-will of your heart. And you heart will become a loving heart through no power of your own when you come to see that through Jesus, God already put away your sins, all of them, having done so because God loves you.
Gaining a loving heart is your salvation. That's right. Loving is the source of salvation. There is no other way to gain salvation.
Could you be loving and then become spiteful? Could you be loving and then become a thief? Could you be loving and then become a murderer? Could you be loving and then become an adulterer? Could you be loving and then become a liar?
Does a child endlessly debate a spate of words like salvation, repentance, atonement, and so on, or does the child gush loving because loving is natural to the child?
Love God for God created all, me, you everyone, our earth, everything. God gives to everyone equally, whether they are good or bad, sunshine, rain and all the useful things on the earth. Love Jesus for Jesus found mankind beset living mostly as the bad in a beaten state. Jesus healed the wounds of souls by using his word and life so that all who listen and believe, Jesus shall carry to everlasting life.
God loves us and gave us Jesus. It's God's word alone that gives both life here-and-now and everlasting life. So trust in Jesus, believe in Jesus and say so freely to any.
And should you have enemies, await them always, hoping they will turn from evil and become your friend in brotherhood, no matter what they said or did in the past, should they come also to love God and love Jesus as God always awaits anyone and then accepts those who comes to trust Jesus and believe in Jesus. As God gives all of the goodness of the earth even to those in the throes of evil, so should you await your enemies in the same way.
Beware though. Religion and religious teaching and being pious to religious teaching is worthless. Religious ritual in no way gives you everlasting life.
True living, the kind that makes you feel good when you're awake requires doing love in every moment, which is to say be loving. If you're loving you can't be evil. If you're loving you can have the best life, the most fulfilling, the richest without needing riches.
- God so loved the world.
- God gave us Jesus.
- All who believe in Jesus are not lost but have everlasting life.
- Once you come to believe in Jesus, Jesus won't lose you .
- Jesus isn't here to condemn the world and wipe it away.
- Jesus is here even now to save the world.
- Those who don't believe in Jesus and thus don't trust Jesus have been convicted and will get justice.
- Those who trust in Jesus and believe in Jesus say so freely to any and thus let their conduct be seen because they have come to the light, which is God.
- It is the design, purpose, aim, object, will of God for everyone of mankind who understands, to experience and receive Jesus himself and thus have everlasting life.
- The word of God alone, that which is loving, is what gives life and life everlasting, for God is love ("The Spirit is the life-giver").
- Religion, religious teaching and being pious to religious teaching is worth nothing as ("the body is worth nothing").
- Religious, attending temple, following ritual in no way gets anyone to God and fails to yield everlasting life.
- Only through Jesus himself and his word and belief in Jesus is how anyone gets everlasting life because the "it" Jesus talks about is the word given by Jesus and not the teaching of men in temples, synagogues and churches precisely because Jesus has the word directly from God.
- Fear not that because you have been pardoned from all your done sins that you will keep sinning. For if you gain an all-loving heart, what drives you to sin shall die. And your all-loving heart comes from seeing God loving you because your sins have been pardoned away in God's sacrifice of Jesus for you.
Let these words dwell in you. For when you do, you will know how to love God with all of your heart. Your distrust of God will be no more. You will come to see what it means to be loving.
This truth is for every woman and every man whether old or young.