Chapter 18Word 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 “Word of God” and how it relates to “repentance”.
THE WORD OF GOD
In the wilderness at the base of Mount Sinai, God thunderously spoke with an audible voice His WORD to the Israelites — which we now know was intended for all mankind. What was it? It was the 10 Love Commandments! It was the very thing God had placed into ALL mankind’s hearts the moment Adam & Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden and learned the difference between Good and Evil:
“These WORDS the Lord spake unto all your assembly in the mount out of the midst of the fire, of the cloud, and of the thick darkness, with a great voice: and he added no more. And he wrote them in two tables of stone” (Deuteronomy 5:22).
Very simply, my friend, the WORD OF GOD to ALL mankind is for them to live a life of love towards Him and their neighbor by always striving to obey the 10 Love Commandments. Therefore, if a person is willingly disobeying them, the "Word of God" to them is the very definition of what God wants them to DO when He tells them to REPENT!
Now you can understand why James and Paul wrote:
“But be ye DOERS of the WORD, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves” (James 1:22).
“For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the DOERS of the LAW (10 Love Commandments) shall be justified” (Romans 2:13).
See, the "Word of God" is something that must be DONE, and that is because it is to "obey the 10 Love Commandments". Live by them, and you will obtain eternal life! (Please read this chapter in the book because it contains a fresh, eye-opening look at Jesus’ parable of the "seed sower", where the seed is the “Word of God” and the places it lands are the different heart responses to it that in the end either win or lose eternal life for that soul.)
I’ll leave you in this chapter summary with these few Bible verses:
“Because he hath despised the Word of the Lord (God), and hath broken his commandment(s), that soul shall utterly be cut off; his iniquity shall be upon him” (Numbers 15:31).
“Whoso despiseth the Word (of God) shall be destroyed: but he that feareth the commandment shall be rewarded” (Proverbs 13:13).