Chapter 17Will of God
THE SALVATION EQUATION
We now KNOW — from the true meaning (revealed in chapters 9 & 10) behind God’s creation of an “Israelite Bondage-to-Promise-Land” story — the Biblical path to salvation (or obtaining eternal life in the Kingdom of God) is an A + B = C equation:
(A) Mankind’s Repentance
+ (B) God’s Forgiveness of Sin
= (C) Eternal Life
In other words, for a soul to obtain eternal life it MUST REPENT of SIN — which is totally and completely defined by a soul making a choice to turn from willful disobedience to willful obedience of God’s 10 Love Commandments. When a soul chooses to live its daily life on Earth in this manner, God will choose (on the Day of Atonement) to apply Christ’s “sinless sacrificial spiritual death” as full payment (or ransom) for the sins that soul committed on Earth. And when THIS happens, it means that soul has officially been “forgiven of its sin”, because the “spiritual death penalty” for the “wages of sin” no longer applies to it, which automatically returns the soul to perfect spiritual union with God, which means eternal life in the Kingdom of God.
Now, please understand term “B” in the salvation equation is a fact for EVERY single soul on planet Earth, no matter when or where they lived, or if they ever heard about the story of Jesus or not! In other words, “forgiveness for sins” is available to ALL mankind because Jesus died for EVERYONE! Do you understand? See, millions of people have lived and died on Earth having never heard of him or his story, but did that matter towards the eternal destiny of their soul? NO!!! Nor do your thoughts on the matter. Truth is truth! It cannot be changed. No matter what you think (or don’t think) about the “earthly story of Jesus”, it will not change the fact that “B” still sits there available to you.
“He (Jesus Christ) died for ALL so that all who live … might live no longer for themselves, but to spend their lives pleasing Christ who died and rose again for them” (II Corinthians 5:15, Living Bible).
Many people today (mostly in Churchianity) think ALL they have to DO to obtain eternal life is hear the story of Jesus (born of a virgin, died on a cross, rose again, etc.) and then make a mental acknowledgment that that story is true (meaning he did those things for them). Then, they sit and foolishly wonder what happens to all the people who never hear the story of Jesus? Friend, this is ALL a satanic LIE!!! Again, your thoughts (or lack of thoughts) concerning “B” in the salvation equation will NOT change the fact that God’s “forgiveness of sin” (through Jesus) is available to you, nor will they obtain your soul eternal life. The ONLY thing that will is YOUR REPENTANCE.
So, knowing all of this, it is profitable that we take a long look at ALL the Bible has to say about REPENTANCE. And there is a lot! This chapter will focus on the “Will of God” and how it relates to “repentance”.
THE WILL OF GOD
Through Peter, the Bible states:
“The Lord is not slack concerning his promise (of eternal life), as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, NOT WILLING that any should perish, but that all should come to REPENTANCE” (II Peter 3:9).
Well, that is straightforward; God’s WILL for every single soul on planet Earth is that they would come to a place of repentance, in order that they might obtain eternal life. In other words, God’s WILL for ALL mankind is that they would stop sinning by making the choice to love God with all their heart and their neighbor as themselves as outlined by obeying the 10 Love Commandments.
So simply put, God’s will for us (His spirit children) is that we LOVE! If we will DO that WILL OF GOD we will obtain eternal life, but if we willingly choose NOT to do that WILL OF GOD we will perish:
“And the world passeth away, and the lust (sin) thereof: but he that DOETH the WILL OF GOD abideth for ever (obtains eternal life)” (I John 2:17).
“Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that DOETH the WILL OF MY FATHER (God) which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? And in thy name have cast out devils? And in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work INIQUITY (sin)” (Matthew 7:21-23).
See, I cannot emphasize this point strong enough … it is NOT about religion and doing “religious things”, it is about doing LOVE! God wants us to stop sinning (repent) which means He wants us to live by striving to obey His 10 Love Commandments every second of our life. DO THIS and your soul will live forever, for you will be doing the WILL OF GOD:
“Since Christ suffered and underwent pain, you must have the same attitude he did; you must be ready to suffer, too. For remember, when your body suffers, sin loses its power, and you won’t be spending the rest of your life chasing after evil desires, but will be anxious to DO the WILL OF GOD. You have had enough in the past of the evil things the godless enjoy — sex sin, lust, getting drunk, wild parties, drinking bouts, and the worship of idols (dirt), and other terrible sins. Of course, your former friends will be very surprised when you don’t eagerly join them any more in the wicked things they DO, and they will laugh at you in contempt and scorn. But just remember that they must face the Judge of all, living and dead; they will be punished for the WAY they have lived” (I Peter 4:1-5, Living Bible).