Spiritually all the humans living on this earth were once angels in heaven. They committed sins against God in heaven and they were cast down to this earth. They live the life of pain and sufferings, and their final destination is death, the sentence they received for the sin in heaven. However, God has had pity and compassion for us and opened the way of salvation to those who believe in God.
That is why the bible says that the goal of our faith is the salvation of our soul which otherwise is destined to die.
1 Peter 1:8 Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, 9 for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
Salvation of Our Soul, the Eternal Life
Then what is the salvation of our souls? Our souls are in danger of death because of our sins in heaven. Therefore, the true salvation of our souls are the forgiveness for our sins and eternal life, or the life without death. And this is the goal of our faith to receive eternal life from God. This was the very reason Jesus came down to this earth from heaven.
John 3:15 15 that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.” 16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
Therefore, as people who have faith in God, the goal of our faith should be the eternal life God grants to his people. Then how can we receive eternal life from God? Will God give us some medicine that can heal all the diseases? Is there a tree in a garden that gives eternal life to whoever eats from the tree? Or as some believes, is there certain material like elixir of life that gives eternal life?
The Words of God, Eternal Life
According to the bible God’s salvation work is compared to the creation work. In a spiritual sense, therefore, as God’s people we are made into a new creation through the salvation work of God. When we are made into the complete, all the creation work of God will finish and people who has been made into the complete will enter eternal heaven where there is no mourning, crying, or death.
2 Corinthian 5:17 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!
Then how can we be made into a new creation who can enter the eternal heaven? It is through the words of God. Many people think they can enter into the kingdom of heaven if they live a righteous life on this earth. That is only partly true. As God’s people we should show good examples to the people of the world so that they can also praise God for our good deeds. But strictly speaking, our good deeds has nothing to do with our salvation.
The World of Maggots
Let me give one example. Wherever there is rotten meat, you can find maggots. Let us think about the world of maggots. Even though we cannot see the difference between them, the world of maggots also might be filled with various kinds of maggots like ours. There might a strong maggot. And there might be a wise one, foolish one, or loving one. There might be a maggot which always helps others and takes care of them.
Even though there is a maggot hero that do good things for the maggot society, does it affect us in any way? Even though there might be a wise maggot, does its wisdom affect us? Their good behavior, wisdom, courage, or sacrifice does not affect us in any way. This is true to us spiritually. Even though there might be a wise man, good man, or a man of love and sacrifice, our deeds do not affect the spiritual world in any way. Our good deeds might affect people like us, but not God.
Job 35:6 If you sin, how does that affect him? If your sins are many, what does that do to him? 7 If you are righteous, what do you give to him, or what does he receive from your hand? 8 Your wickedness only affects humans like yourself, and your righteousness only other people.
We cannot make ourselves righteous through something we do. Rather we can be made righteous through the grace of God who forgives sinners freely.
The Power of the Words of God
Then how can we be made into a new creation? It is through the words of God. The bible teaches us that the words of God are living and have power to make everything come true. (Heb 4:12) We can confirm this through the creation work of God in Genesis. God creates everything through His words. When God said, “Let there be light,” there was light. God created everything through his words. He gave his words and everything was done according to the words of God. For this reason, Apostle John testifies that God is the Word.
John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.
Then how would God create us into a new creation and give us eternal life? It is only through the words of God.
The Words That Gives Eternal Life
We can be made into a perfect creation with eternal life in us through the words of God. 2000 years ago, Jesus who was God himself came as man in the flesh as John said, “The Word (God) became flesh and made his dwelling among us”. And he gave the words of God which gives us eternal life to make us into a new creation.
John 6:53 Jesus said to them, “Very truly I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. 54 Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day.
God’s words are living and active and has power to fulfill everything according to his words. The God came as man in the flesh and gave his words of eternal life by say, “Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life”. He did not add any other condition for eternal life. He just told us to eat his flesh and drink his blood for the eternal life. This was the words of eternal life of God.
True Faith That Give Us Eternal Life
Then what is the true faith? We can find the true faith which can lead to salvation in the faith of Apostle Peter. Peter had complete faith in Jesus and could be saved. Then what was the faith of Peter and other apostles of Jesus who we should follow as examples? Even though all others deserted Jesus, the apostles remained faithful to Jesus to the end. Then what made it possible for them to remain in Jesus?
John 6:68 Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. 69 We have come to believe and to know that you are the Holy One of God.”
Even though others deserted Jesus, the twelve remained because they believed in the words of eternal life Jesus was granting them. Their faith should be ours too. Today, some people try to enter heaven through their own righteousness, their sacrifice, their work, wisdom, authority, etc. But Jesus clearly told them to depart from him. (Matthew 7:21)
Obedience to the Words of God
Therefore, the true faith is obedience to the words of God.
1 Samuel 15:22 But Samuel replied: “Does the Lord delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the Lord? To obey (the words of God) is better than sacrifice (our deeds or works), and to heed is better than the fat of rams.
God has given us the words of eternal life for our salvation. Now is our time to show if we have faith in God. God is pleased more with our obedience to the words of God than works we can do for our righteousness. The words of God for eternal life is like this, “Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life”. Let us obey the words of God and keep the Passover.
Then even though we are unworthy, God will forgive our sins and grants eternal life as free gift to us. Christ Ahnsahnghong came and restored the Passover for us so that we can receive eternal life. Now come to Zion, WMSCOG and keep the Passover. Then God will change you into a new creation with his words of eternal life.