Living From Eternal Death To Eternal Life

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From Death through the Cross to Eternal Life

Table of Contents

Who Is God?

Who is Jesus?

Jesus is Lord!

Why Did Jesus have to Die?

What Must I Do to be Forgiven of Sin?

What is God's Will for His Church?

How to Keep Your Eternal Life?

Review and Conclusion

God's Invitation

Self Examination


WHO IS GOD?

In these readings you will learn about God who gives us life. Who is He? What has He done? Does He care about us? What does He want from us? Why is it so wrong to worship and serve any person, object or thing other than God?

1. John 17:3 - "And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.”
     a. To receive eternal life, do you need to know God?
            

2. John 4:23,24 - "But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”
     a. God is?
          
     b. Is God seeking people to worship Him?
            

3. Acts 17:24-31 - “God, who made the world and everything in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands. Nor is He worshipped with men's hands, as though He needed anything, since He gives to all life, breath and all things. And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their habitation, so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is nor far from each one of us; for in Him, we live and move and have our being, as also some of your own poets have said, 'For we are also His offspring.' Therefore, since we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Divine Nature is like gold or silver or stone, something shaped by art and man's devising. Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent, because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead”
     a. Who created the world and all that is in it?
            Evolved   
            Always existed
            God   

     b. Who needs whom?
            We need God  
            God needs us

     c. What shows that God cares for us?
           He gives us life and breath                 
           He wants us to seek Him
           He is always near to each one of us   
          All of these answers


     d. He who thinks that God is like gold, silver, stone or any other work of art is:
          intelligent  
          ignorant

     e. Do you think that God really will judge and condemn those who do not repent even knowing that He loves and cares for us all?

             

4. Romans 1:18-25 - “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man and birds and four-footed beasts and creeping things. Therefore, God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lust of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshipped and served the creature rather more than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.”
     a. Even a person who never reads the Bible should know that the Creator is powerful, intelligent and divine?

            

    b. Does the person who denies the existence of God, the Creator, have any excuse?
             

     c. Should the fact that God is our Creator cause us to worship and praise Him?
             

     d. Does God let people follow their own sinful desires even though they are displeasing to Him?
             

     e. Whoever worships and serves things that were created instead of the Creator is:
         

     f. Write some created things that people serve nowadays:
         1) _________________
         2)_________________
         3)_________________

5. Matthew 19:26 – “But Jesus looked at them and said to them, "With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible."

     a. Is there anything that God cannot do?
            

     b. Can we trust in God to supply all our needs?
            

6. John 3:16 - “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, t hat whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
Romans 5:6-8 For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
     a. Does God love you, even though you are a sinner?
                 


     b. What is the greatest proof of God's love for you?
            He created the Earth   
           God gave his life as the sacrifice for our sins
           God gave only man intelligence  

     c. What does God want for you?
          

In summary, you saw that the God who created you also loves you and wants you to seek, worship and glorify Him. This Wonderful God is powerful and “able to do infinitely more that anything we can ask or think” (Ephesians 3:20). He gave us His Son, Jesus, as a great demonstration of His love. Now you need to learn some important things about this Jesus.


WHO IS JESUS?


In these readings you will learn about Jesus the Christ, the Prince of Life (Acts 3:15). Who is He? What is His importance for us? Why is He worthy of our praise and obedience?

1. John 1:1-4,14 - “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. ... And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the father, full of grace and truth.”
     a. Is Jesus God?
             
     b. Where can we find life?
         We can not find life.
         In His Word, the Bible
     c. Is Jesus the God who became a man and lived here on earth for a time?
             

2. Matthew 1:20-23 - “But while he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, 'Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.’ Now all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying: 'Behold, a virgin shall be with a child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,' which is translated, 'God with us'.”
     a. Was Jesus conceived miraculously?
             
     b. Jesus came to save us from what?
         Tyranny and slavery
         Paganism
         Our sins
     c. Jesus Christ is?
         God himself who lived here on earth with us in human form
         Only a good person

3. Matthew 16:13-16 “When Jesus came into the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, saying, "Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?” So they said, "Some say John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets." He said to them, "But who do you say that I am?" Simon Peter answered and said, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God."
     a. Who is Jesus?
         A Prophet
         A man who went about doing good.
         God, our creator who came to Earth in the flesh

4. John 10:11,14,15,27 - “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep .. I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and I am known by My own. As the Father knows me, even so I know the father; and I lay down My life for the sheep ... My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.”
     a. Who is the good shepherd?
         Anyone who does good
         Jesus
         One does not exist today
     b. Did the good shepherd come to earth to care for us and protect us, even at the cost of his life?
             
     c. For Christ to be your good shepherd, do you have to listen to and follow him?
             

5. John 14:6 - “Jesus said to him, 'I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”
     a. Is there any other way to be saved except Jesus ?
             
     b. What is the only way you can get to God and receive eternal life?
         Following some pastor
         Following some priest
         Following some guru or religious leader
         Following Jesus Christ
      
6. 1 Timothy 2:5 - “For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Jesus Christ.”
     a. Is there any other mediator between God and man except Jesus?
             
     b. Today, can you approach God by way of:
         Mary, the mother of Jesus  
         Some saint or good person who has already died
         Only through Jesus Christ? He gives us life and breath                 

7. Hebrews 10:10-14 “By that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. And every priest stands ministering daily and offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God, from that time waiting till His enemies are made His footstool. For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified.”
     a. Who offered the only and perfect sacrifice for our sins?
         Justin Martyr
         Peter, the first Apostle
         Jesus. the Christ
     b. Is the sacrifice of Jesus repeated again and again?
            
     c. What sacrifice can you offer to God that will pay for your sins?
        Prayers or rosaries  
        Personal suffering
        Humble service
        Contributions and tithes
        Acts of charity
        Nothing you can do will pay the price of your sins

In summary, in these verses you saw that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God, the Way, the Truth and the Life, the only way for us to get to God The Father, the Savior, the perfect and only sacrifice capable of paying for our sins. And he is much more! Try to discover other truths about Jesus in your Bible reading. But you should already understand why the Bible says that “there is no other name under heaven, given to men, by whom we may be saved” (Acts 4:12). You need Jesus to save you from your sins.

Stop and reflect about this wonderful person! Recognize his greatness and how much you need Him for everything, especially for salvation. Seek the salvation and eternal life that is only found in Jesus Christ.

JESUS IS LORD!

In this part you will learn what it means that Jesus is Lord. Why does He have authority over us! Why is it so important to follow His example and obey His commands?

1. Acts 2:36 "Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ."
     a. After his resurrection, Jesus was made to be.
         A Saint
         Leader of the Jews
         King and Conqueror
         Lord and Christ

2. Philippians 2:9-11 - “Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
     a. Is there any person more exalted than Jesus?
             
     b. Who is going to confess that Jesus is Lord one day ?
         Only Christians
         Only Jews and Christians
         Everyone

3. Matthew 28:18 - “Then Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, 'All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.’”
     a. What authority did God gave Jesus?
         Most of His authority
         All Authority
         All authority over the Earth
     b. Does Jesus have the right to order us to do whatever he wishes?
             
     c. Who has more authority over you?
         A church council of religious leaders
         The government of the country
         A preacher, pastor or priest
         Your family
         Jesus Christ
       
4. John 12:48 - “He who rejects Me, and does not receive My words, has that which judges him the word that I have spoken will judge him in the last day.”
     a. Jesus said that we will be judged on the last day by the words of
         A pastor
         A rabbi
         A priest
         Jesus himself
     b. On the day of judgment, will the basis of judgment be what you think is right or wrong?      

           
     c. On God's judgment day, will you be judged by the words and beliefs of your parents?    
          

5. Luke 6:46 - “But why do you call Me 'Lord, Lord', and do not do the things which I say?”
     a. The person who calls Jesus Lord is obligated to.
         Offer contributions of money and other things to Him
         Go to church of their choice.
         Obey Him live according to His Word
     b. If you are not obeying Jesus, do you have the right to call him Lord?
             

6. Matthew 7:21-23 - “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. 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?' And then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!'”
     a. Will all those who call Jesus Lord and believe in him be saved?
             
     b. Is it necessary to obey Jesus to be saved?
             
     c. Do you want to obey Jesus in everything?
             

7. 1 John 2:6 - “He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.”
     a. Who is the example that we should imitate in life?
         Our parents
         Pastor, preacher, rabbi or priest
         Movie star, politician or sports hero
         Jesus, the Christ
     b. Should we try to live as Jesus lived, that is, having the same values, virtues and attitudes?
             
     c. It is easy to say, “I am a Christian”, but the person who really abides in Jesus must strive to attain Jesus':
         Values, Virtues and Attitude
         Love for others
         Obedient relationship with God The Father
         All the above

8. Luke 14:27,33 - “‘And whoever does not bear his cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple' ... 'So likewise, whoever of you who does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple.’”
     a. To be a true disciple of Jesus, must you put him and his will above everything in your life?
             
     b. Would you decide to become a Christian even if your family were against this decision?
             

In summary, we see that Jesus is the Lord of all, and that, in practice, this truth means that he is the one who controls the life of the true Christian. You cannot think about being a Christian without bowing before Jesus, and surrendering the control of your life into his hands. Nobody can become a Christian without deciding to obey Him. The Christian's goal is to be like him and obedient to him in everything. But remember the high price Jesus paid to be your Lord. He gave his life for you and now requires that you live for him. Reflect on these truths. Ask yourself if you are ready to call Jesus Lord, knowing the commitment that this confession implies in your life.

WHY DID JESUS HAVE TO DIE?

In these readings you will learn about sin. How does it bring God's punishment upon us? Why were the suffering and death of Jesus on the cross necessary so that we could be saved from God's punishment? How did Jesus resolve the great problem of sin on Calvary's cross?

1. 1 John 3:4; 5:17 - “Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness ... All unrighteousness is sin,”
     a. Is whoever breaks or disobeys God's law a sinner?
             
     b. If you do something that is not just or right, according to God’s Word, do you become a sinner?
             
     c. Have you, personally, ever disobeyed God?
             

2. James 4:17 - “Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.”
     a. Is the sinner just that person who kills, steals, gets drunk, lies, commits adultery or commits other “terrible crimes”?
             
     b. Is it also sin to fail to do the good things we know to do?
             
     c. Have you always done the good things you have known you should do?
             

3. Galatians 3:10 - “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 law, to do them.”
     a. The person who does not always do everything that God demands is a sinner and
            Is cursed
            A lawbreaker
            In need of forgiveness
           All the above
     b. Have you always done everything that God demands?
              

4. Romans 3:23 - “... for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
     a. Are you a sinner?
              
     b. Make a list of some of your sins : (Write them on top of the symbol of the cross)
     c. Thinking about these, your sins, answer very personally:
         1) Do these sins make God sad?
                   
         2) Do these sins make you sad?
                   
         3) Did you know that God will punish sinners?
                  
         4) Would you like to be forgiven of these sins and become as innocent as a little baby?
                  
         5) Do you want to live with Jesus forever?
                  

5. Romans 6:23 - “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
     a. What does a sinner deserve as his salary?
           Contract a disease
           A sharp rebuke
            Another chance
            Be forgiven
            Eternal death
     b. Is God just when He punishes the sinner?
             
     c. Do you, as a sinner, deserve the punishment of God?
             

In summary, you should now know that you, like the rest of us, are a sinner who deserves God’s condemnation and death. But “God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten son” in order to be able to give us life. Jesus, because he loves you, was crucified on the cross of Calvary to pay the price for all your sins. Now you need to reflect on this because each one of us has to decide how we will react to these truths. If you decide that you want to be forgiven of your sins, you will want to know how to receive forgiveness and pass from death to life.

WHAT IS GOD'S WILL FOR THE CHURCH?

In these readings you will learn what God wants of you as a Christian and a member of His spiritual body, the church. What is the church? How should the church be? What should the church do? What is your responsibility as a member of the church?

1. Ephesians 1:22-23 - “And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.”
     a. Who has all authority over the church?
         Local church leader
         Diocese, conference, synod or council
         Only Jesus the Christ
     b. Who is the head of the church?
         The Roman Catholic Pope
         Some Protestant Pastor, Bishop or Reverend
         Only Jesus Christ
     c. Is the church called the body of Christ?
            

2. Ephesians 4:4 - “There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling.”
     a. According to the Bible, how many bodies does Jesus have?
         Millions
         144,000
         One
     b. The church (the body of Christ) should submit to?
         The traditions and human's decrees
         Jesus, who is head of the church

3. John 17:21 - “... that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me.”
     a. Jesus wants all his followers to be:
         United
         Divided into various religious denominations?

4. 1 Corinthians 1:10-13 - “... you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. For it has been declared to me concerning you, my brethren, by those of Chloe's household, that there are contentions among you. Now I say this, that each of you says, 'I am of Paul,' or 'I am of Apollos,' or 'I am of Cephas,' or 'I am of Christ.' Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul?”
     a. Does God condemn divisions in His church?
             
     b. Some people say: “How wonderful it is that there are so many denominations and churches because everybody can choose a church that suits them.” Is this?
             

5. Ephesians 4:16 - “... from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.”
     a. Should every Christian participate actively in the life and work of the church?
             

6. Hebrews 10:24-25 “And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.”
     a. Does God want all Christians to regularly participate in the gatherings / assemblies of the church?
             

7. Acts 2:42 - “And they continued steadfastly in the apostles doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.”
     a. The Christian life consists of persevering in:
         The apostles' teachings
         Fellowship
         Observance of the Lord's Supper
         Prayer
         All these items

8. Acts 17:11 - “These were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they receive the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures to find out whether these things were so.”
     a. Should you, as a Christian, study your Bible to make sure that what you hear is true or not?
         

9. Colossians 3:16 - “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.”
     a. Does the Lord want Christians to edify and encourage one another by singing hymns and praises?
         

10. Romans 12:1-2 - “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And not to be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”
     a. Should your whole life be dedicated to the Lord?
         
     b. Make a list of some areas in your life that you can dedicate to God:
         1) ______________________________________
         2) ______________________________________
         3) ______________________________________

In summary, the Christian life is a life of participation and involvement in the church, in evangelism and in good works. To be a Christian means a serious commitment that you must think about beforehand. But remember, there is no salvation in any other way.

WHAT MUST I DO TO BE FORGIVEN OF MY SINS?


In these readings you will learn what you must do in order to receive forgiveness of your sins and eternal life. Knowing that Jesus already paid the price for your sins, what must you do to receive the benefit of Christ's sacrifice on the cross?

1. John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
     a. To receive eternal life do you have to believe in Jesus?
              

2. John 8:24 - “Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for if you do not believe that I am He, you will die in your sins.”
     a. Is it possible to be saved if you do not believe in Jesus?
             

3. Romans 10:14 “How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?”
     a. In order to believe, do you have to hear the gospel of Jesus Christ?
              

4. Luke 13:3 - “I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish.”
     a. Will you receive eternal life if you refuse to repent of your sins?
             

5. 2 Corinthians 7:10 - “For godly sorrow produces repentance to salvation, not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world produces death.”
     a. To repent means:
         Decide to not continue in sin but to be obedient to God
         Only feel remorse for the sins you have committed
     b. Do you want to quit sinning?
             

6. Mark 16:16 "He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned."
     a. Which of these statements is the truth Jesus taught?
         He who believes will be saved and afterwards ought to be baptized
         He who is baptized will be saved and afterwards ought to believe
         He who believes and is baptized will be saved

7. Acts 2:38 - “Then Peter said to them, 'Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”
     a. What is the purpose of this baptism?
         For remission (forgiveness) of sins
         To announce to the world that you were saved
         To become a member of a church

8. Acts 22:16 - “And now why are you waiting? Arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord.”
     a. When was Saul saved?
         When he believed in Jesus on the road to Damascus
         While he prayed and fasted in Damascus
         When he was baptized, being washed of his sins
     b. What did Saul call on the Lord to do?
         Wash away his sins
         Tell the world he had been saved

9. Colossians 2:12 - “...buried with Him in baptism, in which you also were raised with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead.”
     a. Is baptism an expression of faith in the power of God?
             
     b. Is it right to baptize a person who does not believe in Christ?
             

10. Romans 6:3-6 - “Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? Therefore, we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection.”
     a. Does the new life in Christ begin before or after their burial and resurrection of baptism?
             

11. How was your baptism?
     a. Did you believe in Jesus when you were baptized?
             
     b. Was your baptism a burial (immersion) in water?
             
     c. Was your baptism for the forgiveness of your sins?
             
     d. Did you repent of your sins before you were baptized?
             
     e. Was your baptism biblical and thus valid?
             

In summary, for you to leave behind the world of sin and become a Christian, you must hear and understand the good news of Jesus Christ. Believe that Jesus is the Son of God who lived a sinless life, died on the cross in your place and then rose from the dead on the third day. You must repent of your sins, deciding sincerely that you are going to live in submission to the Lord Jesus. You must confess Him as Lord and be baptized (immersed) in water, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. Doing this, you begin the Christian life, free of the fear of God's punishment and secure in the hope of eternal life in Christ. Stop now and reflect on your need to become a Christian. If you have already been converted to Christ, ask yourself if your conversion was according to the Bible or not. But before making such an important decision, you should know about the commitment that the true Christian assumes.

HOW TO KEEP YOUR ETERNAL LIFE?

< In these readings you will learn how to remain in possession of eternal life that God gave you when you became a Christian. Remember that many may say “I am a Christian” or “I am saved” but the life of a true Christian will reveal itself in deeds.

1. 1 John 1:5-7 - “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. If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son, cleanses us from all sin.”
     a. If you, as a Christian, begin to live in the darkness, will you lose your fellowship with God?
             
     b. If a Christian quits walking in the light, will the blood of Jesus still cleans him of his sin?
             

2. 1 John 2:9 - “He who says he is in the light, and hates his brother, is in darkness until now.”
     a. If you, as a Christian, do not live loving your brethren in Christ, will you continue to be saved?
             

3. 1 John 2:3-6 - “Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. He who says, 'I know Him,' and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in Him. But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him. He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.”
     a. If a Christian stops obeying Jesus, will he still be saved?
             

4. 1 John 4:1,6 “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world. We (the apostles) are of God. He who knows God hears us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error.”
     a. Do all those who teach something in the name of some religion always teach the truth?
             
     b. To be a true Christian, do you have to accept the teaching of his apostles?
             

In summary, the Christian life is a life dedicated to the goal of every day becoming more like Jesus. This life begins when you believe in Jesus, repent of your sins and are baptized in the name of Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. This life is maintained as long as you continue to walk in the light (loving the brothers, obeying Jesus and believing the doctrine of Christ). This is the life worthy of the Lord. Reflect a while on the value and beauty of the truly Christian life. Don 't be deceived by the life of some so-called “Christians” who profess it but do not live it. Jesus calls us to live the higher life, the life that is worthy of him.

REVIEW AND CONCLUSION

Review what you learned and make a personal application for your life, answering these questions. Online answers have not been prepared to these most important and very personal. Why not print this page and answer it after careful and prayerful thought?

1. Do you understand that you are a sinner in the eyes of God and deserving of eternal punishment?
         

2. Do you understand that Jesus paid the price for your sins when he gave his life on the cross?
         

3. Do you truly love God and Jesus with all your heart?
         

4. Do you, freely and truly, want to renounce everything and dedicate your life to Jesus right now?
         

5. Are you ready to confess publicly that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and your only Lord?
         

6. Do you want to be united with Christ in baptism to be forgiven of all your sins?
         

7. Do you desire to be just a Christian, a member of Christ's body, his church?
         

8. Do you understand and are you ready to accept the commitments of the Christian life?
         

9. If you answered “YES” to all these questions, then prayerfully read Acts 22:16 - “'And now why are you waiting? Arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord'” and 2 Thessalonians 1:6-9 “... since it is a righteous thing with God to repay with tribulation those who trouble you, and to give you who are troubled rest with us when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with His mighty angels, in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. These shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power ... .”

These passages should motivate you to think seriously about your decision to obey the gospel of Jesus Christ. Meditate about this before making any decision but notice the urgency of being saved. Remember that no one knows the day nor the hour when the Lord will return. The decision is yours. Do you really want to become a true Christian, freed from the guilt of sin? Do you want to escape death and enter into eternal life?

God's Invitation to the World

Lesson 40
Matt 11:28-30 "Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light."

1 Corinthians 2:9-11 "But as it is written: 'Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.' But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God."

Matthew 28:18-20 "And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, 'All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.' Amen."

Mark 1:14-15 Jesus came to Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, and saying, "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel."

Matthew 6:33-34 "But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble."

Romans 6:16-19 "Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one's slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness? But God be thanked that though you were slaves of sin, yet you obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine to which you were delivered. And having been set free from sin, you became slaves of righteousness. I speak in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh.

"For just as you presented your members as slaves of uncleanness, and of lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves of righteousness for holiness."

Acts 4:10-12 "Let it be known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by Him this man stands here before you whole. This is the 'stone which was rejected by you builders, which has become the chief cornerstone.' Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved."

There is No Guarantee of a Tomorrow
The tragedy is that nobody has to lose Heaven and gain Hell. The choice is ours. We are free to determine our own eternal destiny. Heaven is a prepared place for a prepared people and Hell is a place prepared for an unprepared people.

2 Corinthians 6:2 "Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation."

John 15:10 "If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love."

Conclusion
Those "In Christ" living for the AFTER-LIFE must be aware of temptations constantly set before them by the Devi. There are examples in both the Old Testament and New Testament of God's children disobeying God and going back into the ways of the world.

Those not "In Christ" who desire to be His Child need to seriously consider what the Bible has told others to do.

    Hear
    Study diligently and read what Christ taught for they are the Words of life.
    Understand
    All men are sinful having disobeyed God's righteous ways and commands
    All have sinned and not living according to God's commands
    One's sin will result in their eternal death
    One must be forgiven to have eternal life with God
    Christ is the only way for one to be forgiven of all their sins
    Believe
    Jesus Was and Is God
    He came to earth in human flesh as Jesus of Nazareth
    He lived among men
    He willingly gave His sinless physical life as the perfect sacrifice for my sins, being crucified
    He was buried
    God raised Him from the grave on the third day
    He appeared to hundreds following His resurrection
    He ascended back to heaven to be with the Father
    Repent
    Change from sin and disobedience to trust and obedience
    Confess
    Acknowledge publicly your belief that Jesus is the Son of God.
    Seek
    Call upon God to forgive you of your sins
    Die
    Put to death your old, sinful, worldly life
    Be Buried
    Bury your sinful life you put to death in the grave of baptism by water immersion into the death, burial and resurrection of Christ, allowing God to raise you from the grave as a new Creation, cleansed of sin.
    Receive
    The Holy Spirit as a deposit guaranteeing what is to come
    Become
    As a new Christian God added you as His adopted child to the other children into the Church Christ established.
    Live
    Continue to live steadfastly and obediently to Christ and the apostles teachings "I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace" (Ephesians 4:1-3)
Questions

1. God desires all mankind not to perish but to come unto Him.
         

2. Man is a slave to the one he chooses to follows - either God, the Father, or Satan, the father of evil.
         

3. Salvation is found only in Christ
         

4. All that God requires of man for him to inherit eternal life is for him to believe that God exist.
         

5. When is the best time for one to seek salvation
     After achieving one's goals and settles down
     When he is no longer tempted to sin.
     Today


Take action - the "right time" is now. Today is the day of salvation. (2 Corinthians 6:2)

SELF EXAMINATION OF MY RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD

Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith.
Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you? 2 Corinthians 13:5

This is a self examination therefore answers cannot be provided. However, space has been provided for answers if the form is printed.

1 Do you believe?

      a. Jesus Christ is the Son of God?             YES __ NO ___
          · God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. [John 3:16]
          · … Christ, the Son of the living God. [Matthew 16:16b]
          · Then Philip began with that very passage of Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus. Now as they went down the road, they came to some water. And the eunuch said, "See, here is water. What hinders me from being baptized?" Then Philip said, "If you believe with all your heart, you may." [Acts 8:35-37]    

       b. You are a sinner?             YE S __ NO __
          · “… All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” [Romans 3:23]
          · “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us” 1 John 1:8-9]

     c. Jesus came to die for the sins of mankind? YES __ NO __
          · … The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many. [Matthew 20:28]

      d. Jesus died for you? YES __ NO __
         · But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that He, by the grace of God, might taste death for everyone. [Hebrews 2:9]

2. Have you?

      a. Repented of your sins? YES __ NO __
          · I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish. [Luke 13:3]
          · Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent. [Acts 17:30]

      b. Confessed your faith in Christ? YES __ NO __
          · Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven. But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven. [Matthew 10:32-33]

      c. Been baptized for the remission of sins? YES __ NO __
          · Then Peter said to them, "Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call." [Acts 2:38-39]

3. Do you?

       a. Study the Bible with any consistency? YES __ NO __
          · Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. [2 Timothy 2:15]       

       b. Pray with any consistency? YES __ NO __
         · Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. [1 Thessalonians 5:16-18]

      c. Believe the Bible is the authoritative Word of God? YES __ NO __
        · All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. [2 Timothy 3:16-17]

      d. Believe the Bible will judge us when Jesus comes? YES __ NO __
       · And if anyone hears My words and does not believe, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world but to save the world. He who rejects Me, and does not receive My words, has that which judges him — the word that I have spoken will judge him in the last day. For I have not spoken on My own authority; but the Father who sent Me gave Me a command, what I should say and what I should speak. [John 12:47-49]

      e. Take care of those in need when the opportunity and need are present? YES ___ NO ___
          · "When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats. And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. Then the King will say to those on His right hand, 'Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.' [Matthew 25:31-36]

       f. Show any interest in those who are lost? YES __ NO __         
        · "I am the true vine, and My Father is the vine dresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. [John 15:1-3]

     g. Give as you should? YES __ NO __
           · On the first day of the week let each one of you lay something aside, storing up as he may prosper. [1 Corinthians 16:2]

      h. Love the church as Jesus does? YES __ NO __
          · Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish. [Ephesians 5:25-27]

4. If you should die right this moment, do you feel you would die? LOST ___ SAVED ___

If your response is LOST or if there is doubt about your situation then:
    · Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean; Put away the evil of your doings from before My eyes. Cease to do evil [Isaiah 1:16]
    · Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. [James 4:8]
    · Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, [Acts 3:19]
    · Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. [Acts 2:38]

Now is the time for decision.

And now why are you waiting? Arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord. [Acts 22:16]. Therefore seek out someone who will baptize you just as the Bible states – by being buried. Go into the water, go by the authority of Jesus, be completely covered, washed, by water into the name of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit; being raised from the grave of water cleansed of all sins, pure and Holy having been adopted by God as a new spiritual being receiving the Holy Spirit as a gift or deposit who will intercede to God for you as you continue to walk with Jesus.