A GRAVE MISCONCEPTION
A GRAVE MISCONCEPTION
The same goes with us. If you are living with someone in an attempt to know them, but do not obey them, you can not develop a “relationship”. If you go around the house breaking things and hurting the other person, you will be asked to leave. Then what relationship will you be able to build?
On the other hand, if you are living with someone in an attempt to know them and to build a relationship, the first thing you do is be courteous. The second is to be obedient. The third is to do your duty. By doing all of these things you will be able to remain in the presence of that person. By remaining in the presence of that person you will be able to develop a relationship.
This is why there is no text in the entire Bible telling us to “develop a relationship” with Jesus. What the whole Bible commands us to do is to be obedient. Only by being obedient to Jesus, following in His footsteps, will we be able to develop a relationship with Him. It is then, through that relationship, that we will be able to enter His home and spend eternity developing a closer relationship. Without obedience we will not be able to enter that relationship and will not be accepted into His home. We will spend eternity in death.
As in the physical world we must continue to workout and eat properly to keep our minds and bodies in top condition, so we must “...continue to work out our salvation with fear and trembling.” Philippians 2:12.
Living a righteous, holy and perfect life yesterday will not get you into heaven today. The key word is “continue”. I implore you not to listen to worldly humanism and the pagan teachings coming from your pagan churches that teach that all we have to do is “believe” or “try” or “have faith” in Jesus. I can tell you that the devil believes and has greater faith in Jesus than you do. The only thing that separates the Christian from the followers of Lucifer is obedience. Listen only to Jesus and His teachings: “Stop sinning”, “be perfect” and “keep the Ten Commandments to get your eternal life” to get into heaven. He is the only Way. He is the only Truth. He is the only Life. Anything else is eternal death.