Religion Is Corruptible but God Isn’t

Religion can be corrupted because religion is administered by human beings. Every human being is subject to temptation, and thus to being corrupted. Religious leaders can thus be corrupted by the same things (such as money, fame, power, and so on) that corrupt leaders of any other endeavor.

Because religion can be corrupted, God had to design a plan of redemption that did not depend on people to administer it.  Therefore, the nation of Israel (with its temple, priests, and sacrifices) was merely a preliminary stage before the institution of the kingdom of God (the incorruptible administration of God Himself).  Even the church we see in the New Testament was preliminary.  It was the final stage of Israel before the kingdom of God came.

The kingdom of God is Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.  Therefore, if you want to have a proper relationship with God you do not need religion.  You only need to embrace Jesus by faith.  He is, of course, invisible, but you know His name and you can therefore call upon Him at any time.  You can keep your mind focused on Him all day long as you serve Him with your life.

There was a time when God used human intermediaries (that is, biblical times), but those times are no more.  You can relate to God directly.  Therefore, the only one who can hurt your relationship with God is you.  Don’t be your own worst enemy.  Trust Jesus as your Lord and Savior.  Live for Him!

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Is Jesus the Lord of Christians…or the Lord of Everyone?

Jesus Christ is not just Lord of the Christians.  They may claim that they have sole right to Him but the truth is that He is Lord of everyone – absolutely everyone.

There was a time when He was Lord of only the church.  That was during the New Testament age.  But the apostles looked for His imminent coming in which He would receive all the nations as His inheritance.  This was accomplished in the spiritual realm just as the apostles and the prophets said it would be – sometime in the latter part of the 1st Century A.D. (Jesus Christ Has Already Come Again).

Let us forsake every religion and live only for Jesus Christ – the one true Lord, the one true God, of heaven and earth.  This means repenting of our sins day by day and living more and more for the love of God.  He will speak to your conscience.  Do what you know is right!

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Who Brought Life and Immortality to Light?

Jesus Christ brought life and immortality to light.  Until Him, the world had no true conception of how God might grant us another life after this one.

Until Jesus, the world was shrouded in darkness, ignorant of the plans God had for us.

The Jews knew there was a hope for resurrection, and its prophets painted its outlines in the Old Testament.  But only when Jesus came were these outlines filled in and colored with clarity.

We now know that Everyone Is Going to Heaven, and thus we are all immortal for sure.  But let us never forget the One who brought this truth to reality…and to light:  Jesus of Nazareth, Savior of the whole world.

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How Does Jesus Save You?

Yesterday, I made clear that Jesus saves us from our sins.  But how does He do that?  He does that by offering Himself as the constant backdrop of our attention.  (I say backdrop because except for times of prayer, something human or at least physical is always in the foreground of your attention.)

As we accept the truth that Jesus is reigning in heaven, we perform all our daily activities in His sight…for His approval.  If there were a video display on our foreheads that visually depicted our every thought, we’d be much more careful about what we thought when we were around other people.  Well, Jesus does not need such a device to know what we are thinking.  If we truly want to please Him we will not think the thoughts that lead to sin.

By constantly looking upon us, He gives us the power to live moral thought lives.  If we think morally, then we will be able to speak morally and act morally.  The stronger our desire to please Him, the greater our ability to live like Him – that is, selflessly.

Think all your thoughts, speak all your words, and do all your deeds with Jesus as the backdrop of your attention.  Whatever is in the foreground of your attention will then receive your love on Jesus’ behalf.  This is the process by which you will observe Jesus saving you from your sins.

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Jesus Saves…from What?

From what does Jesus save us?  Our sins.  But what exactly does that mean?

The Bible means that Jesus keeps us from sinning.  He – by His character and power – leads us to live morally.  He leads us to forsake sin.  Jesus also provides a salvation from the consequences of sin but that is dependent on saving us from the sinning itself.  If you think that you can keep on sinning and be saved from the consequences of doing so, you are wrong.

What is sin?  That which is lawless, immoral, selfish – anything that is not of love.  If you are interested in Jesus but not interested in forsaking your self-centered ways, you are missing the point.

Jesus came to turn you from your sinning.  Let Him.

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