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Whats the difference in eternal salvation and being saved into the kingdom of Christ (verses included)


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The short answer is, “remaining in the Kingdom.”

Explanation.

The Kingdom of God has been given to Christ, or in other words, Christ has been placed in charge of it.

Luke 22:29
29 And I bestow upon you a kingdom, just as My Father bestowed one upon Me, NKJV

Matthew 28:18
18 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. NKJV

Acts 10:42
42 And He commanded us to preach to the people, and to testify that it is He who was ordained by God to be Judge of the living and the dead. NKJV

When we were saved, as Christians (Christ followers Acts 11:26), we were placed into Christ”s Kingdom, which is simply the Kingdom of God under Christ’s control.

Ephesians 2:4-10
4 But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5 even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), 6 and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast. 10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. NKJV

Colossians 1:12-14
12 giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light. 13 He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, 14 in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins. NKJV

This is the reason why I would say something like “we were saved into the Kingdom of Christ,” because that is where all Christians were placed by God when we got saved.

Out of those who get saved, only those who trust and believe Jesus Christ, and believe the Gospel are sealed and guaranteed an inheritance.

Ephesians 1:13-14
13 In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, 14 who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory. NKJV

The rest of the Christians, who were saved into the Kingdom of Christ, do not have a permanent place in the family. In other words, they are in the family, but they will not remain, or abide in the family forever, according to the Word of the Lord written in John 8:34-36 below.

John 8:34-36
34 Jesus answered them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. 35 And a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever. 36 Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed. NKJV

The only Christians, who are set free from being a slave to sin, are the ones who abide (remain) in Jesus. Check the verses below, and know that there is not a church left in the Bible belt that is teaching these verses, but wouldn’t they teach them if they trusted Jesus? Welcome to the last days!

John 15:4-6
4 Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. 5 “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. 6 If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. NKJV

1 John 3:4-6
4 Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness. 5 And you know that He was manifested to take away our sins, and in Him there is no sin. 6 Whoever abides in Him does not sin. Whoever sins has neither seen Him nor known Him. NKJV

The only way to abide in Jesus Christ is to obey His commands, and so this is why it is written that Jesus is the source of eternal salvation for those who obey Him, but no body preaches these verses.

John 15:9-10
9 “As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love. 10 If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love. NKJV

Hebrews 5:9
9 And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him, 10 called by God as High Priest “according to the order of Melchizedek,” NKJV

Again, you will not find one denomination in the Bible belt that teaches these verses, and yet they are clearly written in their Bibles. They boldly ignore them, and most of them willingly proclaim the opposite as truth. Woe to those who support false doctrines. When the blind lead the blind, both fall into the ditch (Luke 6:39).

The Christians, who continue in lawlessness (sin 1 John 3:4), will be weeded out of the Kingdom of Christ (Matthew 13:40-43), before Jesus hands the Kingdom back to God our Father (1 Corinthians 15:21-28). Therefore, eternal salvation is for those who remain in the Kingdom of God, when it is in Heaven, hence the term Kingdom of Heaven.

Matthew 13:40-43
40 Therefore as the tares are gathered and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of this age. 41 The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all things that offend, and those who practice lawlessness, 42 and will cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth. 43 Then the righteous will shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears to hear, let him hear! NKJV

1 Corinthians 15:21-28
21 For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead. 22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive. 23 But each one in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, afterward those who are Christ’s at His coming. 24 Then comes the end, when He delivers the kingdom to God the Father, when He puts an end to all rule and all authority and power. 25 For He must reign till He has put all enemies under His feet. 26 The last enemy that will be destroyed is death. 27 For “He has put all things under His feet.” But when He says “all things are put under Him,” it is evident that He who put all things under Him is excepted. 28 Now when all things are made subject to Him, then the Son Himself will also be subject to Him who put all things under Him, that God may be all in all. NKJV

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Are you sure your faith is in Jesus Christ


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Are you sure that your faith is in Jesus Christ, or is it in someone else? Listen to what Jesus said according to Matthew 13:47-51 below.

Matthew 13:47-51

47 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a dragnet that was cast into the sea and gathered some of every kind,  48 which, when it was full, they drew to shore; and they sat down and gathered the good into vessels, but threw the bad away.  49 So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come forth, separate the wicked from among the just,  50 and cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth.” 51 Jesus said to them, “Have you understood all these things?” NKJV

If your faith was in Jesus Christ, you would believe what He has said. At the end of the age, the angels will separate the wicked from the just, and cast the wicked into the fire to be burned.

Does that say that He will separate the saved from the un-saved? No it doesn’t. Does it say He will separate the churched from the un-churched? No it does not. The wicked will be separated from the just. Do the tares not grow among the wheat (Matthew 13:30)?

So, who are the wicked and who are the just? Can a saved person be among the wicked? Yes a saved person can be among the wicked. Allow the Word of God to speak for itself.

Jesus called the servant who was forgiven wicked because he did not forgive his fellow servant (Matthew 18:21-35). Faith in Jesus Christ will make us forgive everyone just as faith in God made Noah build a boat called the ark (Hebrews 11:7).

Matthew 6:14-15

14 “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.  15 But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. NKJV

In this way, faith leads to obedience (Romans 1:5), since those who believe Jesus do not remain (abide) in darkness, and those who follow Jesus, do not walk in darkness.

 John 12:46

46 I have come as a light into the world, that whoever believes in Me should not abide in darkness. NKJV

John 8:12

12 Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.” NKJV

If you believe Jesus, you will not abide in darkness, and if you are following Jesus, you will not walk in darkness. In this way, the results of your faith can be seen as evidence that you are living by faith in Jesus Christ. The “just” live by faith, and that is a part of the Gospel message that you should know (Romans 1:16-17). Check the verses!

The servant who was forgiven, but did not forgive, obviously did not live by faith in Jesus Christ. He was a servant of the Lord, but he did not live by faith. Therefore, he could not possibly be justified by faith, and only those who are justified by faith have access to grace (Romans 5:1-2). Check the verses!

Also in the parable of the talents (Matthew 25:14-30), the servant who did not use what the Lord had given was considered wicked and assigned a place among the unbelievers.

Matthew 25:26-30

26 “But his lord answered and said to him, ‘You wicked and lazy servant, you knew that I reap where I have not sown, and gather where I have not scattered seed.  27 So you ought to have deposited my money with the bankers, and at my coming I would have received back my own with interest.  28 So take the talent from him, and give it to him who has ten talents.

29 ‘For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away.  30 And cast the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ NKJV

In the parable of the talents, the lazy servant did not do what he was called to do, and therefore, he was assigned a place with the unbelievers. In both examples, the parable of the unforgiving servant and the parable of the talents, we see “fellow servants” who did not receive what they thought they were going to receive in the end, and so it is today.

Why? It is because they did not mix faith with what they heard. If we do not mix faith with the message of the Gospel, things will not work out like we expect. Check the verse below.

Hebrews 4:2

2 For indeed the gospel was preached to us as well as to them; but the word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it. NKJV

If you are among the people considered to be “just” in God’s eyes, then you “live by” faith in Jesus Christ, and you have “died to” the Laws of Moses point, blank, period. Getting saved, and attending church services three times a week for the next 40 years does not guarantee that you will live by faith or die to the Law.

Galatians 2:19-21

19 For I through the law died to the law that I might live to God. 20 I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. 21 I do not set aside the grace of God; for if righteousness comes through the law, then Christ died in vain.” NKJV

 Galatians 3:10-12

10 For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse; for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who does not continue in all things which are written in the book of the law, to do them.”  11 But that no one is justified by the law in the sight of God is evident, for “the just shall live by faith.”   12 Yet the law is not of faith, but “the man who does them shall live by them.”  NKJV

The righteousness of God, which is what all Christians should be seeking (Matthew 6:33), comes through faith in Jesus Christ and is separate from the Laws of Moses. Check the verse below.

Romans 3:21-22

21 But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, 22 even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe. For there is no difference NKJV

There is no such thing as “once saved, always saved,” when speaking in terms of getting saved and then remaining in the Kingdom. If you do not continue in your faith, you will not receive what is promised.

Hebrews 10:36-39

36 For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise: 37 “For yet a little while, And He who is coming will come and will not tarry. 38 Now the just shall live by faith; But if anyone draws back, My soul has no pleasure in him.” 39 But we are not of those who draw back to perdition, but of those who believe to the saving of the soul. NKJV

Just as the servant who was forgiven, but did not forgive others, and just as the servant who did not use his talents for the Kingdom of God, so it is with those who get saved, but do not live by faith, and do not continue in their faith (Colossians 1:21-23).

According to verse 39 above, they draw back to perdition; the destruction of the soul. The goal of our faith is the salvation of our souls (1 Peter 1:9). No faith, no salvation of the soul.

1 Peter 1:9

9 receiving the end of your faith — the salvation of your souls. NKJV

This is how I know that James 2:14-17 is truth. It fits like a hand in a glove with the rest of the New Testament for those who can see. However, for those who cannot see, nothing is pure (Titus 1:15).

James 2:14-17

14 What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? 17 Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. NKJV

Please do not allow those who seem to be something in the Kingdom of God to talk you out of what is written in your Bible. The things I am mentioning to you are “hidden from the wise and learned.”

Matthew 11:25

25 At that time Jesus answered and said, “I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and have revealed them to babes. NKJV

Very few from among the wise are called by God (1 Corinthians 1:26-29), but they are simply called by men to fill buildings (2 Timothy 4:3-4). Their own Bible identifies them as “not understanding what they say, nor the things that they confirm (1 Timothy 1:7), since they force people to remain under the Law rather than to seek the righteousness which is by faith in Jesus Christ (1 Timothy 1:3-11). Check the verses!

The Law is not made for the righteous (1 Timothy 1:9), and those who do not die to the Law cannot serve in the new way of the Spirit (Romans 7:4-7). In fact, through Law, no flesh shall be justified (Romans 3:20), and therefore those who remain under the Law now that Christ has come cannot be heirs, but only receive wrath (Romans 4:13-15).

Romans 4:13-15

13 For the promise that he would be the heir of the world was not to Abraham or to his seed through the law, but through the righteousness of faith. 14 For if those who are of the law are heirs, faith is made void and the promise made of no effect, 15 because the law brings about wrath; for where there is no law there is no transgression. NKJV

That is why so many in the church today are sick. They are still under the Law, because they are being forced to remain under it by men without understanding, who require people to tithe according to the Law, but when they get the tithe they do with it as they please and reject the Law. In doing so, they rob God, and boldly declare to you that you are robbing God when you stop feeding their greed. Jesus warns us to beware of the doctrine of hypocrites (Luke 12:1).

I suggest that you give a tenth, but give it to the New High Priest Jesus Christ, who said whatever you do for the least of His brothers and sisters, you do for Him (Matthew 25:31-46). Now that the priesthood has changed, there has certainly been a change in Law for those who believe (Hebrews 7:12). Just as the Apostle Paul was under Christ’s law and not the Laws of Moses, so am I (1 Corinthians 9:21).

If you can hear what I am saying then you are blessed, but not everyone can hear. Let this be a warning to you. If you speak against the faith, you too will eventually fall away from it and land among those who cannot hear (1 Timothy 6:20-21, Ephesians 4:17-19). At that point, I will be to you just a babbler; ranting and raving about things that you will not understand.

Tell me this. Jesus came to save the people of this world, but did He not rebuke the people who did not repent, nor receive His Words? What will their end be?

Matthew 10:14-15

14 And whoever will not receive you nor hear your words, when you depart from that house or city, shake off the dust from your feet.  15 Assuredly, I say to you, it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah in the day of judgment than for that city! NKJV

Matthew 11:20-24

20 Then He began to rebuke the cities in which most of His mighty works had been done, because they did not repent: 21 “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty works which were done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes.  22 But I say to you, it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon in the day of judgment than for you.  23 And you, Capernaum, who are exalted to heaven, will be brought down to Hades; for if the mighty works which were done in you had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day.  24 But I say to you that it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment than for you.” NKJV

So, can we hear the Word and do nothing? No, those who do not “do the will of the Father,” nor “sow to please the Spirit” will make it.

Matthew 7:21

21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. NKJV

 Galatians 6:7-10

7 Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. 8 For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. 9 And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. 10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith. NKJV

If you have a question, ask, and I will answer you in accordance with what is written, and not according to philosophy (Colossians 2:8), or the wisdom of men (1 Corinthians 1:17). As the Lord gives me the wisdom to speak, so I will speak. I’m Alan Ballou; just another servant like you.

You might want to check your plans for the Kingdom of Heaven.


You might want to check your plans for the Kingdom of Heaven. By Alan Ballou

A man can only receive what is given to him from Heaven (John 3:27). Even as King David lived in his house of cedar, having rest from all his enemies, he moved to build a house for God, being encouraged by the Prophet, Nathan, but God changed David’s plans (2 Samuel 7).

You may have it in your heart to do this or that for the Lord God, but the Lord may have other plans for you right now. Yes a man’s steps are directed by the Lord (Proverbs 20:24), but that doesn’t mean that your plans are in line with the Lord’s plans, or even that you are doing exactly what the Lord wants you to do right now.

Proverbs 19:21

1 There are many plans in a man’s heart, Nevertheless the Lord’s counsel — that will stand. NKJV

Don’t get caught up trying to make your plans work out, if they are not the Lord’s plans, because they will not succeed. Many times throughout scripture we see plans that worked and plans that didn’t work because of disobedience.

For example, after the children of Israel were successful in taking Jericho, they planed for themselves to take Ai, which was a city with few people (Joshua 7:2). That sounds reasonable, since they were going to take the land according to the Word of the Lord. We too can find verses that support what we have planned to do, and declare it to be the will of the Lord for us. Listen to what was promised to Joshua below.

Joshua 1:1-6

After the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, it came to pass that the Lord spoke to Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ assistant, saying: 2 “Moses My servant is dead. Now therefore, arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, to the land which I am giving to them — the children of Israel. 3 Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given you, as I said to Moses. 4 From the wilderness and this Lebanon as far as the great river, the River Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites, and to the Great Sea toward the going down of the sun, shall be your territory. 5 No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life; as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you nor forsake you. NKJV

“No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life” (verse 5 above). What does that sound like to you? It sounds like, whatever city Joshua decided to take, he would be successful, but that’s not the complete list of instructions. He was also warned to obey (Joshua 1:7-8), just as we have been warned to obey Jesus (John 14:21-23, John 15:6, Hebrews 5:9, Romans 1:5-6).

Just like the promise given to Joshua, we too receive promises and make plans accordingly. We quote verses for salvation, life, peace, prosperity, healing, and whatever else we can think of, but we need to know the complete list of instructions least we end up in destruction because of our ignorance. We have to consider the kindness and the sternness of God (Romans 11:22).

What Israel did not realize was that the Lord’s anger burned against them because they disobeyed Him at Jericho (Joshua 7:1). In fact, they did not realize it until after they were defeated at Ai, and about 36 men of Israel were killed (Joshua 7:4-5).

Again, we are the same as them. We too experience success and failure, only realizing later that the Lord isn’t with us in the middle of what we are doing. That happens when we disobey the instructions. In most cases, we don’t know the instructions and we hide from anyone who is willing to teach them. What does that mean for our future plans?

That bump in the road may be a sign that we are living in disobedience, and not an attack from the devil. It is the Lord Who judges His people (Hebrews 10:30). Paul’s thorn was “given” to him to buffet him (2 Corinthians 12:7). He wasn’t necessarily under some sort of attack. Through faith we can extinguish all of the fiery darts of the enemy (Ephesians 6:16), but discipline from the Lord, even to the point of being lame, is of a different matter (Hebrews 12:4-14). Better check the verses. There is a reason why 80% of all good long time church attending people, who even go to a healing service, never experience healing. They reject the instructions; die to sins, live for righteousness (1 Peter 2:24).

Therefore, let me ask you if you are following the complete list of instructions found in your Bible, so that the end result will be what you expect? Why would I ask you that? Well, we already know, according to scripture, that a whole lot of people are going to be tricked and they will “not” know it until the end. Then there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Jesus said that not everyone who calls Him Lord would be able to enter the Kingdom of Heaven (Matthew 7:21-23).

 Matthew 7:21-23

21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.  22 Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’  23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’ NKJV

There are many parables that teach this same thing. For example, in the parable of the ten virgins, only five out of the ten made it (Matthew 25:1-13). Jesus said to the ones who could not enter, “Away from Me, I never knew you!” Check it in Matthew 25:11-12.

Most all of the people who are tricked never come to know Jesus for one reason or another. That’s hard to imagine, but after I show you the verses, you will see how this can come true, especially here in the Bible-belt.

Jesus declared that many people who even seek to enter will not be able to because they never come to know Him (Luke 13:23-29 below).

Luke 13:23-29

23 Then one said to Him, “Lord, are there few who are saved?” And He said to them, 24 “Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I say to you, will seek to enter and will not be able.  25 When once the Master of the house has risen up and shut the door, and you begin to stand outside and knock at the door, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open for us,’ and He will answer and say to you, ‘I do not know you, where you are from,’  26 then you will begin to say, ‘We ate and drank in Your presence, and You taught in our streets.’  27 But He will say, ‘I tell you I do not know you, where you are from. Depart from Me, all you workers of iniquity.’  28 There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, and yourselves thrust out. NKJV

Look at verse 27 above; I do not know you, where you are from. Depart from Me, all you workers of iniquity. Iniquity is sin. Doesn’t Jesus forgive us of our sins? So is it okay to continue in sin, because wouldn’t grace increase (Romans 6:15-22)? Would it be worth your time to go back to the ones who taught you about sin and ask for the verses that prove what you believe just to make sure that you have “all of the instructions you need?” Do that this week, and maybe next week I will write again on continuing in sin.

So now, according to the written instructions, how do you know that you know Jesus? If your answer is because you got saved one day, then I am so glad that you are still reading this article because you are wrong. Being saved got you seated in the Kingdom of Christ, but those who continue in sins that lead to death will be weeded out according to Jesus Christ in Matthew 13:40-43, and John 8:34-37. You might want to go back and get a complete list of instructions so that you do not end up in destruction. How do we come to know Jesus? Read the verses below as real evidence of things not seen (faith), and not worldly wisdom.

Ephesians 4:20-24

20 But you have not so learned Christ, 21 if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus: 22 that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, 23 and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, 24 and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness. NKJV

1 John 2:3-6

3 Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. 4 He who says, “I know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. 5 But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him. 6 He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked. NKJV

My friend you can attend church all you want to, and have a great time with people who fit into what you would consider good, but only the ones who know Jesus are going to enter the Kingdom of Heaven point, blank, period. That means at some point, somebody who is bold enough to be God’s witness is going to have to teach a complete Gospel.

Don’t tell anyone you love them if you are going to hide the truth from them. How can you love someone and watch them take the road to hell? No, what you love is what you are getting from them or planning to get from them. You may love them according to this world’s standards, but teaching people in such a way that they would end up burning in hell is not love.

Love “never” rejoices with sin, but “always” rejoices in the truth (1 Corinthians 13:6), and light has absolutely no fellowship with darkness (2 Corinthians 6:14-18). Therefore, the only reason to meet with darkness is to lead them to the light. Lets get that straight. If you find someone who says they are abiding in Jesus, and yet they are remaining in darkness, you should recognize that as being strange. That’s kind of like seeing a dog painting a house or a pigeon directing traffic.

John 12:46-47

46 I have come as a light into the world, that whoever believes in Me should not abide in darkness. NKJV

 1 John 1:5-7

5 This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. 6 If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. 7 But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. NKJV

Get this! We can’t just be good enough in the world’s eyes and make it. No, the instructions are to “live by faith,” and faith always includes the evidence written in scripture (Hebrews 11:1, 1:1, Romans 10:17). If you are following instructions that sound good and seem right, but nobody can actually show them to you in scripture, you are in the wrong house under the wrong teacher. Run! If the preacher can’t give you God’s instructions, who called him to preach (John 3:34, Jeremiah 23:22)?

If you are not being taught to obey Jesus (John 14:21-23), run! The only way Jesus is going to live in your heart by faith is after you obey His teachings. If you are not being taught that you have to abide in Jesus in order to remain in Jesus (John 15:6), run! You cannot bear the fruit you are “required” to bear unless you abide in Jesus (John 15:1-6, 16), and the only way to abide in Jesus is to obey Him (John 15:10). Check it!

Call me what you wish, and think of me whatever you like, but if the Lord has sent me to speak, He will defend me. Once you have these verses living in you, then you will be able to see what I am saying. Until then you might want to check your plans. I’m Alan Ballou; a servant. If you have questions, ask.

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