THE THREE REQUIREMENTS OF “TRUE SALVATION” – PART TWO
Bible prophecy states bluntly that the vast majority of Christians are not saved at all, but BELIEVE THEY ARE because they embraced a THEOLOGY that told them they were, and this theology takes the place of Jesus Christ Himself. Instead of COMING TO THE LORD to have their DEEDS REPROVED, they simply BELIEVE IN CHRIST and say that is all one needs to do – a theology of ruin, a theology of death. Jesus Christ Himself warned all of us but few REALLY believe Him. We are in a TRUE FAITH CRISIS. True salvation goes beyond faith, beyond belief, to KNOWING BY DIRECT REVELATION.
Jesus Christ is HIDDEN, a SECRET, just as Paul said, as he was waiting for his people to ACKNOWLEDGE the MYSTERY of the GODHEAD:
2 That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ;
3 In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
All of this concerns SEEKING OUT THE LORD, SEARCHING FOR THE TRUTH OF JESUS CHRIST, WHO IS TRUTH, LIFE, WISDOM AND UNDERSTANDING. So Paul is waiting for them to ACKNOWLEDGE THE MYSTERY OF GOD!! The word acknowledge is interesting:
ἐπίγνωσις – epignōsis – ip-ig’-no-sis
From G1921; recognition, that is, (by implication) full discernment, acknowledgement: – (ac-) knowledge (-ing, -ment).
ἐπιγινώσκω – epiginōskō – ep-ig-in-oce’-ko
From G1909 and G1097; to know upon some mark, that is, recognise; by implication to become fully acquainted with, to acknowledge: – (ac-, have, take) know (-ledge, well), perceive.
Now the word “mystery”:
Μυστήριον – mustērion – moos-tay’-ree-on
From a derivative of μύω muō (to shut the mouth); a secret or “mystery” (through the idea of silence imposed by initiation into religious rites): – mystery.
Now if something is HIDDEN by GOD HIMSELF, then the only way TO KNOW THE MYSTERY is to have GOD REVEAL IT TO THE DILIGENT BELIEVER. So what is this MYSTERY? JESUS CHRIST AND GOD THE FATHER, THE SPIRIT OF DIVINE AGAPE, HIDDEN FROM THE WORLD BECAUSE OF THE FALL BACK IN GENESIS!
All of this is DENIED, MOCKED and RIDICULED by modern Christian thought. Masonry has penetrated deep into modern Christian theology which claims there is NO KNOWABLE TRUTH, a direct contradiction to what Christ had to say about it. There are many, many verses in Scripture that tell you Christ is to SHOW HIMSELF and WHO HE REALLY IS to the obedient believer. Here is one such verse:
20 At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you.
21 He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.
I want you to pay close attention to TWO areas of the manifesting of Jesus Christ to the obedient believer, the ONES THAT LOVE CHRIST, first in their fallen love and then when judged and have accepted the offer of Christ then, and only then they can worship God is both SPIRIT and IN TRUTH.
The Word KNOW:
Γινώσκω – ginōskō – ghin-oce’-ko
A prolonged form of a primary verb; to “know” (absolutely), in a great variety of applications and with many implications (as shown at left, with others not thus clearly expressed): – allow, be aware (of), feel, (have) known (-ledge), perceive, be resolved, can speak, be sure, understand.
Dr. Kenneth Weust, a Greek expert, translates the word KNOW as an experiential encounter, that is, a KNOWABLE (mind – body -soul-spirit) encounter, just like meeting someone here!!
“In that day you shall KNOW EXPERIENTIALLY that I am MY FATHER, AND YOU IN ME, AND I IN YOU”
Satan does not want you to know any of this, and via his angels of light, the preachers, teachers, evangelists and now prophecy “scholars” have SUBSTITUTED this totally experiential encounter with JUST BELIEVE, or JUST HAVE FAITH, just say a “sinner’s prayer”. They have reduced Jesus Christ into a nothing burger that is so weak and puny you have to take it BY FAITH HE IS WITHIN YOU. What a BALLED FACED LIE they are feeding you now.
What was the VERY REASON, THE SOLE REASON JESUS CHRIST SENT AWAY MILLIONS OF CHRISTIANS IN MATTHEW CHAPTER ?7 He said HE NEVER CAME TO KNOW THEM EXPERIENTIALLY!!
Remember that the NEW LAW is DIVINE AGAPE, AND THOSE THAT DO NOT HAVE IT ARE “LAWLESS”.
22 “Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock…”
Now how is it possible for Christ to say to the multitudes that He NEVER EXPERIENTIALLY KNEW THEM if in fact they had searched Him out and FOUND HIM? We are clearly being told these Christians may have had great faith and great belief, but they NEVER entered in, never walked the narrow way, and NEVER FOUND OR MET JESUS CHRIST ONE ON ONE. Folks, these FAKE PREACHERS, TEACHERS, EVANGELISTS are LOST and taking you with them if you believe a SINNER’S PRAYER IS ALL YOU NEED TO DO. Jesus tells you OTHERWISE, so who are you going to believe?
They never searched Christ out, they NEVER entered in, they never FOUND HIM. This is so crucial for FINDING CHRIST, to have Him SHOW HIMSELF and WHO HE REALLY IS, is totally essential for SALVATION for finding Him is THE JUDGMENT PHASE.
The next import phase is “I WILL MANIFEST MYSELF TO HIM”. Now this is either true or it is false. Notice how it is worded. Jesus is saying that HE HIMSELF, PERSONALLY, WILL DISCLOSE HIMSELF TO THE OBEDIENT BELIEVER. He HIMSELF. What more does anyone need to read? What more proof does anyone need?
THE WORD MANIFEST:
ἐμφανίζω – emphanizō – em-fan-id’-zo
From G1717; to exhibit (in person) or disclose (by words): – appear, declare (plainly), inform, (will) manifest, shew, signify.
ἐμφανής- emphanēs – em-fan-ace’
From a compound of G1722 and G5316; apparent in self: – manifest, openly.
The Bible clearly tells you that TRUE SALVATION WILL BE ELIMINATED AND A FALSE, LYING GOSPEL THAT IS THE GOSPEL OF DEATH AND RUIN will rise up and destroy MILLIONS/BILLIONS of souls. Peter warned us all about it and warned us the STRAIT GATE AND NARROW WAY would be ridiculed, mocked and spoken evil of. It is BIG TIME. It is declared SATANIC, an anathema, a LIE and anyone who preaches it brings “another Christ” and “another gospel”.
Remember that Adam and Eve were created with DIVINE LOVE, ETERNAL LIFE. They did not have the KNOWLEDGE OF GOOD AND EVIL AT THAT TIME. But they did what God told them NOT TO DO, that is, DO NOT EAT OF THE TREE OF KNOWLEDGE OF GOOD AND EVIL. They did, DIVINE AGAPE WAS CUT OFF, THE DIVINE LOVE OF GOD VANISHED from their soul, spirit and mind. DIVINE AGAPE VANISHED, and humanity was REBORN in another world, the world we all lived in now, a world of GOOD AND EVIL, a world DEVOID of DIVINE LOVE DEVOID OF GOD and knows not, nor understand not, who or what GOD IS. A world that is LOST, full of fallen humanity but they do not know it for a veil is over their minds.
God vanished. The human mind/soul/spirit is devoid of the TRUE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD. There is a huge and thick veil over humanities mind/soul/spirit and because of this knowledge of good and evil he is in DEEP REBELLION and actually HATES the TRUE CREATOR and FEARS the TRUE CREATOR and KNOWS THAT SEVERE JUDGMENT IS GOING TO FALL UPON THEM. Mankind searches for answers to the Universe in a vain attempt to find out who we are, why we are here and are we alone, and so on. All of this is an unconscious attempt to FIND OUR CREATOR. We invent religions, philosophies, isms and all sort of ways to “explain” our predicament. That is all sort of “explanations and rituals” but totally IGNORE the Bible and the commands of Jesus Christ who told us all EXACTLY how we can connect to our CREATOR who is not only KNOWABLE but WANTS TO REVEAL HIMSELF to humanity.
It is sort of an oxymoron really. We search for God but ignore the document FROM GOD to tell us how to find Him. Amazing, really! So, what does it really mean to FIND JESUS CHRIST? To have Him show us DIVINE LOVE? Jesus Christ is THE SPIRIT of DIVINE LOVE, SO WHEN HE OPENLY DISPLAYS HIMSELF, YOU ARE LOOKING INTO THE SPIRIT OF CHRIST, FOR CHRIST IS A SPIRIT AND THIS IS ALL SPIRITUALLY REVEALED.
So what is this REVELATION OF DIVINE LOVE FOR? What is God’s Purpose? We now enter into the SECOND REQUIREMENT for TRUE SALVATION – the JUDGMENT phase:
And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:
28 So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.
First ONCE TO DIE, and THEN the JUDGMENT. When a person enters the STRAIT GATE and walks the narrow way, they are walking the valley of the shadow of death. As they seek, ask, strive, continue and abide in the Word of God, they are brought down slowly into the PIT OF DEATH, a very strange event, because one is fully alive, but totally dead inside and experientially knows it. This is a SHADOW OF DEATH as the Holy Spirit convicts one of sin, righteousness and judgment. ONCE TO DIE. One goes to the LOWEST ROOM (THE PIT) and waits for Christ to come to him/her.
The next phase is the JUDGMENT PHASE. Everyone will be judged by the standard of God’s Divine Love. Because humanity lost DIVINE LOVE at the fall when they embraced the knowledge of good and evil, they are guilty, then hell awaits because they cannot meet the standard of a perfect love. All humanity is born with the knowledge of good and evil it is in their DNA. No matter how nice or good they were while alive, they are still fallen and face eternal ruin!
Now in times past, God made exceptions here and there, but during the Church Age, Jesus told us we had to be REBORN IN DIVINE LOVE or we could not see or enter the Kingdom of Heaven.
3 There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews:
2 The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.
3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
4 Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born?
5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.
So what is this REBIRTH? First to DIE (STRAIT GATE/NARROW WAY) then THE REVELATION AND JUDGMENT. Everyone will die sooner or later. The object of the Lord is for you to DIE via the SHADOW OF DEATH and then when that is done the JUDGMENT BEGINS via the revelation of Divine Love. It will be shown to you, so you know by direct revelation what DIVINE AGAPE IS. It is fully experiential albeit SPIRIT TO SPIRIT, SOUL TO SOUL, MIND TO MIND.
You will stand before the SON OF MAN (SPIRIT OF DIVINE LOVE) and then Jesus will REASON WITH YOU:
17 Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow.
18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.
You have now seen DIVINE LOVE by DIRECT DIVINE REVELATION. Does your love match His? His love is so far above anything mankind there are no words, there is NO COMPARISON. GUILTY AS CHARGED. So now JUDGMENT. You lose, God wins. You are totally guilty because you don’t have DIVINE LOVE WITHIN YOU. It is not a part of you, not part of your DNA make-up. You stand before HIS LOVE and you are guilty. THAT’S THE JUDGMENT.
So what are you going to do now? You have found Jesus Christ, you two have met, and He begins to reason with you. You will HEAR HIS VOICE, A MUST GENTLE, LOVING VOICE. You now know what the issue between you and God is via a head-long encounter. This is it; this is JUDGMENT. I can only tell you my own personal experience for I remember it well.
- I was shown THE DIVINE LOVE OF GOD. There were no words spoken at that time, it was like I was looking deep into the spirit of God and the LOVE IS SO DEEP, SO BROAD, SO EVERYTHING you cannot imagine it and there are NO WORDS to describe it.
- Jesus began to REASON WITH ME. He said to me in a gentle but firm and sweet voice: “Stewart, do you agree that LOVE runs this Universe?” The answer to that was blatantly OBVIOUS, “yes sir” I replied.
- “Stewart, Have you ever loved?” He asked, (come let us reason together). The answer to that was also obvious. “No Sir” I replied. THE JUDGMENT PHASE WAS NOW OVER. I WAS TOTALLY GUILTY. Hell awaited.
- Then He asked, “Will you?” This is PART THREE of this discussion, for believe it or not, YOU CAN SAY NO to Jesus and TURN HIS OFFER DOWN. There was no fear involved, I knew that if I said NO, it would NEVER BE OFFERED AGAIN. I would be lost for all time, BUT i did not have any fear. There is a legal reason for it.
Now John Chapter Ten tells us about this encounter, for while it may be slightly different for all folks, the main elements will always be there, for God is not a respecter of people. ALL MUST STAND BEFORE THE DIVINE LOVE OF GOD. If one does so AFTER THEY DIE, Jesus CANNOT rescue them, and they are lost forever.
10 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.
2 But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.
3 To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out.
4 And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice.
5 And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers.
6 This parable spake Jesus unto them: but they understood not what things they were which he spake unto them.
7 Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep.
8 All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them.
9 I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.
10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
11 I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.
12 But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep.
13 The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep
14 I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine.
15 As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep.
16 And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.
17 Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again.
18 No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father..
27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:
28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.
29 My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.”
Jesus is THE GOOD SHEPARD. He will call you BY NAME. He will SHOW YOU THE WAY OUT and will lead you OUT OF THE FALLEN MATRIX. Remember when Jesus told us that no man could come to Him unless the Father draw him/her? It is the Father than brings a person to Christ and draws them through the STRAIT GATE and NARROW WAY to Christ – and there, once you FIND HIM/MEET HIM and understand why you are lost and hell bound, and have “reasoned together” as to WHY you are a lost sinner – then you will understand what this is all about.
SIN = NO DIVINE AGAPE = FALLEN SINNER = LOST
It is that simple. Only Jesus can restore you. In Part Three we learn of the FINAL REQUIREMENT OF TRUE SALVATION – ACCEPTANCE OF THE OFFER.
There is only ONE ISSUE between man and God – A LOVE TYPE ISSUE. All human loves are fallen, a shadow of God’s Divine Love:
19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.
21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.
There is ONLY ONE CONDEMNATION – NO DIVINE AGAPE WITHIN. Again NO DIVINE LOVE IS THE SIN. Because of the knowledge of good and evil we also sin in deed and in truth. Because of the fall, no human born on this planet has DIVINE LOVE WITHIN. Therefore all of mankind ARE SINNERS. It is their nature and there is NOTHING anyone can do to change it EXCEPT ONE – COME TO THE DIVINE LOVE OF CHRIST AND HAVE YOUR DEEDS REPROVED.
Enter in at the STRAIT GATE and walk the NARROW WAY and FIND JESUS CHRIST, WHO IS THE LIGHT, THE TRUTH, ETERNAL LIFE AND DIVINE LOVE!! Be judged now, for if you perish without finding Christ you perish for ever and ever. It is all true and you have a choice to make – believe CHRIST and HIS COMMANDS or REFUSE, STAY IN YOUR SINS AND BE LOST FOREVER.
What we are dealing with here is rank rebellion, a delusion of SALVATION that isn’t, just as Christ told us in Revelation that His people KNOWEST NOT that they are poor, miserable, blind and naked, that is. UNSAVED but totally positive THEY ARE!!
DOES JESUS KNOW YOU?