|John 19:30 |
30 When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, "It is finished;" and he bowed his head, and gave up his spirit.6 [Thus Jesus finished His incredible sacrifice; but unless you have denied yourself, picked up your cross daily, and followed Him in obedience, to finally slay your selfish spirit, your work has not even begun, much less been finished. Jesus said, "you must forsake all, you must lose your life to find your life [in God]." From the Word of the Lord within: "Jesus did not die so you can continue to sin. I would just as soon have avoided that horrible death. I did it to show you the extent of obedience required for your own salvation. You must have a devotion to the law that is on every man's heart; you must listen; and you must obey."]
6 he said, "It is finished;" and he bowed his head, and gave up his spirit. Jesus finished his death on the cross — yes, but he did not die so that you need do nothing to reach your salvation. Many people quote this verse as justification for doing absolutely nothing, except going to their sect services and sitting and listening to their minister. That is not what Jesus said to do; he said:
Whoever does not forsake all that he has cannot be my disciple. Luke 14:33
For whoever will save his life, shall lose it; and whoever will lose his life for my sake, shall find it. Mat 16:25
Strive to enter in at the narrow gate, for many, I say to you, will seek to enter, and will not be able to. Luke 13:24
Do not labor for food that perishes, but [instead labor] for the food that endures to everlasting life, which the son of man will give to you. John 6:27
I have not found your works perfect before God. Rev 3:2
(Jesus tells us to strive and labor to produce his demanded perfect works.)
nor what Peter and Paul told us to do:
For this very reason, make every effort [the maximum possible]. 2 Pet 1:5
Therefore let us diligently labor with every effort. Heb 4:11
Long before Jesus died on the cross, he told us we must take up our cross daily, deny ourselves, and lose our life to save it. Then he died on the cross in obedience to the Father, which he himself wished to avoid in some way, but submitted to a horrible death as the example for us to follow. If we fail to daily take up our inward cross of self-denial, we are showing contempt for the death and blood of Christ, making his blood an excuse for continuing in our sin and evil. Only by repentance through the cross of loving obedience to God's commands, do we experience salvation, which is to be delivered and freed from the slavery to sin.
Lazy men tell your itching ears that God will accept you because you "believe in Jesus" and have been water baptized; that nothing else is required. If you continue to believe them, you will curse them for eternity, and you will forever regret you believed their lies to lose your soul.
From the Word of the Lord within: "Jesus did not die so you can continue to sin. I would just as soon have avoided that horrible death. I did it to show you the extent of obedience required for your own salvation. You must have a devotion to the law that is on every man's heart; you must listen; and you must obey. He told us it was not enough to believe in God, we must believe what He says to be true. It is not enough to believe in Jesus; we must believe what He says and then act on it. He told us it was not enough to seek God, we must seek with all our heart and soul."