John 14:9-11 Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works. Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me, or else believe Me for the sake of the works themselves.” NKJV
This is THE question for most of the world and people have pondered this question for 2 millenniums now. The problem with humanity is they want to search out God and find Him as the scientist in the laboratory conducts his experiments and draws his conclusions. But most of humanity is bent on creating their own version of god and they do not want their lives under the Lordship of their god but they want him to be their supplier but they want to reign over their own lives. However, the true God has said emphatically that there is no one place where He resides and that He is so far above man in intelligence, power, purity, and holiness that no man could ever see Him and live.
Exodus 33:20 But He said, “You cannot see My face; for no man shall see Me, and live.” NKJV
Sadly many people even in Churches, Catholic or Protestant have bitten from the poisonous fruit of satan’s deception from first hoping, to now believing that God will spare those who reject or resist (see the article “Will you Reject, Resist, or Receive Jesus Christ? www.faithwriters.com/article-details.php?id=130955) the Holy Spirit’s conviction of sin upon their hearts and come to Christ Jesus for restoration and continue to pursue the other spiritual roads that they think surely must lead to God. How could God (who is Love) stand back and watch millions/billions of Hindus, Buddhist, Muslims, Wizards, Witches, Mediums, Mormons, Jehovah’s Witness, etc. who are sincere in their beliefs and many live good lives doing great amounts of good in this world go into a place like the Lake of Fire?
Well, even Christ disciples had not fully comprehended the magnitude of His first coming (despite seeing His mighty power, many miracles, and compassionate unconditional love for any person) and did not see the glorious truth He wanted them to grasp and cling to forever. The disciple’s early relationship with our Lord was face to face as He was manifested in His earthly body and like any good teacher today knows that some will get the lessons easy and early but some will require more time. He would so often call Peter, James, and John to go with Him to witness some of His more spectacular miracles knowing that He would give them the hardest task initially after His ascension. Our Lord knew that they would not have the capacity or ability to retain and apply all of His teaching except they had a constant and ever present helper with them always to teach them, guide them, comfort them, and strengthen them. Unlike the prophets like Isaiah, Jeremiah, Elijah, etc., Jesus Christ never once spoke and said the word of the Lord came to me but in sharp contrast He said, “"Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” because no other man ever spoke like Him (see the article “No man ever spoke like the Lord Jesus Christ www.faithwriters.com/article-details.php?id=94629 ).
Later on after Christ resurrection from the dead and sending God the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:1-4 When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. NKJV) the disciples from that very moment and day understood what the Lord said and meant by these words, John 14:19-20 “A little while longer and the world will see Me no more, but you will see Me. Because I live, you will live also. AT THAT DAY you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you.” NKJV Footnote: Only 120 true disciples were waiting for His promise, even after the many thousands were healed, fed, and delivered by His miracles. Remember the 10 lepers, only one came to Him out of love and gratitude. Luke 17:12 Then as He entered a certain village, there met Him ten men who were lepers, who stood afar off. NKJV
Immediately the faithful 120 knew that the Lord had come back to them as He promised and He did not leave them as orphans down here on the earth and they were ready to tell the whole world about the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ and that all men everywhere must repent (change their minds about God and turn away from their sins) and receive God’s free gift of salvation. You see Jesus Christ is the only way to God because He is the One true God that humbled Himself, left Heaven, came to earth and became a man (His own creation) in order to reverse what Adam did by his sin. Therefore, you must come to God the only way possible for reconciliation and whosoever does will be forgiven, healed from sins dominion, loved unconditionally, and protected for the rest of their sojourn on earth, and then live in the presence of Jesus Christ in Heaven forever.
2 Corinthians 5:17-19 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, that is, that GOD WAS IN CHRIST reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation. NKJV
“Christianity is a love relationship between a child of God and his Maker through the Son Jesus Christ and in the power of the Holy Spirit.” Dr. Adrian Rogers
“The Christian life is not about all the things we do for God--it's about being loved by Him, loving Him in return, and walking in intimate union and communion with Him.” Nancy Leigh DeMoss
“Christianity means a lot more than church membership.” Billy Sunday
“Enemy-occupied territory-that is what this world is. Christianity is the story of how the rightful king has landed, you might say landed in disguise, and is calling us all to take part in a great campaign in sabotage.” C. S. Lewis
“The use or abuse of Christianity in contradiction to the very message of the gospel reveals not the gospel for what it is, but the heart of man. That is why atheism is so bankrupt as a view of life, for it miserably fails to deal with the human condition as it really is.” Ravi Zacharias
“There are those who hate Christianity and call their hatred an all-embracing love for all religions.” G. K. Chesterton
“The one true Church is composed of all believers in the Lord Jesus. It is made up of all God's elect - of all converted men and women - of all true Christians. In whomever we can discern the election of God the Father, the sprinkling of the blood of God the Son, the sanctifying work of God the Spirit, in that person we see a member of Christ's true church.” J. C. Ryle
“If you do not plan to live the Christian life totally committed to knowing your God and to walking in obedience to Him, then don't begin, for this is what Christianity is all about. It is a change of citizenship, a change of governments, a change of allegiance. If you have no intention of letting Christ rule your life, then forget Christianity; it is not for you.” Kay Arthur
Sincerely in Christ,
Clifford D. Tate, Sr.
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