“Blessed are they that do His Commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.” Rev 22:14 (KJV)
John wrote this approximately 95 AD. Some 64 years after Christ died, resurrected and returned to heaven. He wrote this before he even wrote not only his epistles but his gospel of Christ’s life and death. If the Law of God ended at Christ’s death, why would John wrote later this verse in Revelation if God’s Commandments no longer was binding upon man? We know, for a fact, God gave to man ten (10) Commandments, which were first spoken by His voice and later written by His finger, twice, on stone. Stone represents perpetuity, eternal.
So, if by keeping, doing, God’s Commandments gives me the right to the Tree of Life, which is in heaven, is it possible to have the same right without keeping God’s Commandments? Is God lying? Is God kidding? I believe God states a fact. And if it were possible to avoid keeping God’s Commandments and be saved, then what was the purpose of Christ’s dying because if it was possible to do away with the Law, God’s Ten Commandments, then it would have been the easiest to do instead of having Him die. His death would have been worthless.
John, in vision, saw the tablets of God’s Ten Commandments in heaven, within the Ark of the Covenant in the second partition of the heavenly Sanctuary. If the Commandments of God were not still in effect, then why are they still in heaven? There is no need for a Smithsonian to museum artifacts, in heaven.
The question a friend asked me, “What must I do to be saved?”
The Bible is clear. In fact Jesus was asked the very same question, and Christ’s response was,
“Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Defraud not, Honour thy father and mother.” Mark 10:19 (KJV)
In fact, to actually demonstrate you love God, God told us,
“If ye love me, keep My Commandments.” John 14:15 (KJV)
There will be people who will profess you must be baptized in order to be saved. No, it is not true. There will be some who will tell you that you must confess with your mouth in order to be saved. No, it is not true.
There will be many who will tell you that you must believe and have faith in order to be saved. No, it is not true.
There are even some who will tell you that salvation is a gift and you don’t have to do anything. No, it is not true.
What is true, is that none of these—alone are enough to save you.
What is true is you must repent of your sins. You would not know you had committed any sin if it weren’t for God’s Ten Commandments which points out to man what is sin. No Law, no Sin. No sin, no need for repentance. No sin, no need for grace.
When you have received grace for repenting, then you might want to be baptized to express publicly what is going on within you privately. This change of heart and life will probably cause you to “confess” and witness by your testimony what God has done for you. And as a result of sharing to others about God, He enables you to receive the gift of eternal life. There is a “working” relationship between God and man, and both work toward getting us from here to there, and for this we can be thankful. And all of this is a result of believing in God.
May 16, 2016