Salvation and Eternal Life Series:
Part 2: THE MESSIAH'S SALVATION AND ETERNAL LIFE
NOTE: Click here to read Part 1 of this study series.
This work of Making Disciples believes and preaches on God's salvation and His promised eternal life that He desires for all man to attain. However, we are not aligned with any of Christianity's teachings that all those who will be saved from God's judgment will automatically be rewarded with eternal life in the Kingdom of Heaven. We believe that although all who will call upon the Name of The Lord will be saved, only those from among them who observe The Lord's conditions and guarantees for eternal life will receive it.
HOW THE MESSIAH SAVES
As we have learned from the first part of this study series, God has given His Son to be the Savior of man in our time, the Christian Era. How will He accomplish such a great task from God?
This is The Lord’s paradigm on how He will save man from the total destruction of the world and complete annihilation of all of its inhabitants.
9 I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.
6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.
20 “I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; 21 that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me.
Through an analogy, the Savior Yeshua likened himself to a door for everyone’s salvation (Jn. 10:9), the only way to The Father (Jn. 14:6) in order for one to be received in the Sacred Union with God The Father and His Son (Jn. 17:21).
Who is guaranteed to benefit from this salvation of The Christ Yeshua?
37 All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out.
Everyone who comes unto The Savior will truly be received. This is directly contradicting Christianity’s basic tenet that in the end only those who are ‘holy’ and are able to keep away from sin are acceptable to The Lord. While it is true that those who already came to The Christ should live in ‘holy conduct and godliness’ (2 Pet. 3:11), however even those who have not lived in such a code can still come unto The Savior for salvation through repentance (Mat. 9:13). This statement of The Savior also breaks down into pieces the exclusivist doctrine of some Christian groups with an outrageous claim to be the exclusive church for man’s salvation – the salvation of Yeshua is for each individual who comes to Him and not for any individual church!
How did Apostle Peter shed light on this Gospel of The Christ Yeshua concerning salvation?
(ACTS 3:14-16, 21)
14 But Peter, standing up with the eleven, raised his voice and said to them, “Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and heed my words. 15 For these are not drunk, as you suppose, since it is only the third hour of the day. 16 But this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel…
21 And it shall come to pass
That whoever calls on the name of the Lord
Shall be saved.’
With the guidance of The Holy Spirit on the Pentecost, Peter declared The Lord’s salvation before a multitude of people from different nationalities and echoed the Prophet Joel’s prophecy that anyone who calls on the name of The Lord shall be saved. This means that even on man’s last breath, if he calls on the name of The Lord he will also be saved from the destruction of the world and punishment of mankind. And for those who will be alive when all the things in the prophecies begin to happen, salvation will still be received by anyone who calls on The Lord’s name.
REPENTANCE AND REMISSION
At the core of The Savior’s salvation is His teaching on repentance and remission. All about His salvation has got to do with this teaching:
46 Then He said to them, “Thus it is written, and thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day, 47 and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.
For the suffering and death of The Christ to make sense and be effective, repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name. This is the due process of God through His Son upon which His righteousness (or simply fairness) towards mankind will become comprehensible in such that even if man could never ever get to the status of holiness before God he can still avail of God’s pardon through forgiveness. Why is forgiveness from God important? It is because if man’s sins are unforgiven by God, then he cannot be saved nor receive eternal life and the promised inheritance.
How can man ever be forgiven by God?
37 “Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.
Knowing of man’s need to be forgiven, The Savior simplified the process with the guarantee that it will work. Here’s how He guarantees everyone God’s forgiveness - “forgive and you will be forgiven.” This statement is with certainty – WILL be forgiven. As He broke down all the barriers that could prevent man from availing of God’s mercy (including the different rites, rituals and other man made teachings (Mat. 15:9)), He did the same especially on forgiveness. And so, it has become His expectation that anyone who wants to avail of God’s mercy through forgiveness MUST also forgive those who offended them.
How did He emphasize on the great relevance of forgiveness in relation with man’s relationship with God?
8 “Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him. 9 In this manner, therefore, pray:
Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
10 Your kingdom come.
Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts,
As we forgive our debtors.
When one prays he hallows or worship God. The Christ wants us to understand that it is during our worship (OR prayer) unto God that we can already be forgiven of our debts (or sins) unto Him. How should we ask for forgiveness? According to Him, we need to ask for forgiveness in the same manner that we forgive others. This only means that even before we ask for forgiveness we must have already forgiven those who have done us wrong. Therefore, a truly repentant person who is seeking forgiveness is the one who forgives those who has hurt and offended him.
Although The Lord’s process for forgiveness is simplified to its simplest terms, however it would seem impossible for many to forgive all who have done them wrong. Everyone can forgive some but not everyone is willing to forgive all who have deeply hurt and offended them. How can one forgive everyone who has offended him? What did The Savior teach so that everyone can forgive all those who have done them wrong?
40 A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone who is perfectly trained will be like his teacher.
9 “As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love. 10 If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love.
15 You judge according to the flesh; I judge no one.
For us to be able to forgive everyone we have to be like-minded with The Savior. For this reason, He wants us to be like Him (Lk. 6:40) and to abide in His love (Jn. 15:10) because His love is pure and can forgive everyone. How could His love be pure? It is simply because He is not judgmental - He judges no one! This is how He wants us to be (like Him) so that we can forgive everyone and receive God’s complete forgiveness in the process.
NOT ALL WHO ARE SAVED WILL HAVE ETERNAL LIFE
As we have earlier disclosed, we do not adhere to Christianity's teaching that all who are saved will also inherit eternal life. We would like to disclose that our ministry is not inclined towards condemning others based on their belief. We are simply presenting here how the universally accepted teaching about eternal life being packaged with salvation lacks certainty. Our task is to share to the world that which is certain - attaining both God’s salvation from the world’s condemnation as well as inheriting the promised eternal life, the life that God’s Son possessed ever since He was begotten by The Father.
GOSPEL TRUTH ON ETERNAL LIFE
What is eternal life? Eternal life is that which Adam received from God and made him a living soul. Which was that? That was the Breath of God (Gen. 2:7 / Job 33:4), the same life that all men breathe and posses. How is it then that man at present dies if God's Breath (which is eternal) could not die? Since the fall of Adam and Even, God decreed that man's existence will have an expiration. When his time of expiration comes, God’s Breath simply departs from his soul. And so his soul stays lifeless on earth while his physical body completely decays and returns to dust. Can it be prevented that God's Breath depart from man? The Savior Yeshua will give clarity on this topic.
How can man regain, or better yet, retain God's gift of life?
13 Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again,14 but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”
The Savior Yeshua guarantees everlasting life unto anyone who drinks of the water that comes from Him. This fountain of water is the living water (Jn. 7:38-39) or Spirit which is the words that He has spoken and has left us with (Jn. 6:63).
How can the words of The Christ be the Spirit that can bring eternal life unto those who receive them? The words of The Savior is the Spirit that guarantees eternal life (ibid.). What then must one do to benefit from His guarantees for eternal life?
25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies…
It is very important that everyone who wants to receive the guaranteed eternal life have to believe in Him through the words that He has left us. Why? Simply because He is both the Truth and the Life (Jn. 14:6).
WHO CAN REGAIN ETERNAL LIFE?
The common understanding in Christianity is that everyone who is saved will automatically possess the promised eternal life in heaven. Is this universal understanding aligned with the precept of The Messiah?
As we have already presented, it is Gospel truth that anyone who believes in The Christ Yeshua as God’s Son and Savior is not condemned (Jn. 3:18), and that by simply calling on the name of The Lord one will be saved from God’s judgment (Acts 2:21). However, not one of those verses stated that those who will be saved from condemnation will also possess eternal life in heaven. This statement will surely spark a great disagreement from all preachers in just about the entirety of Christianity.
A sure thing they will do is invoke the verse in John 3v16 arguing that therein lies the guarantee of everlasting life to all who believe in The Christ Yeshua? Does John 3:16 really guarantee eternal life to all those who believe in The Savior?
Let us bring back John 3:16 and study deeper the undeniable yet universally overlooked message in this passage.
16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
We would like to bring our focus on the second phrase of the verse: “that whoever believes in Him SHOULD NOT perish but have everlasting life.” The majority of the English translation used either the auxiliary verb ‘should’ or ‘may’. There are only a couple of exemptions, one in particular is the New American Standard Bible where it uses the word ‘shall’ instead. What does it denote when the auxiliary verb should or may is used? It projects being conditional and therefore lacking the certainty, otherwise the auxiliary verb used should have been ‘shall’ or ‘will’.
What could be conditional in this passage of John 3v16?
31 Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. 32 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
Let us take note of a couple of things in this declaration of The Savior:
First, He was addressing a group of Jews who already believed in Him.
Second, the condition He gave them to abide in His Word.
Third, the reason He gave them the condition and why – so that they shall truth that makes people free. This is the freedom from condemnation (Jn. 3:18) and from death or perishing (Jn. 3:16).
If believing in The Savior is sufficient, why would He bother to ensure that those who already believed Him receive the truth that can set them free from condemnation and death? Although the passages in John 3:16 and also in John 11:25 state the importance of believing in The Savior to receive eternal life, one’s belief or faith should be aligned with His words – and not on hearsays or erroneous teachings. Which is the ‘words’ or teachings of The Christ that would guarantee believers, the people who are saved from condemnation, to live again even if he or she dies (Jn. 11:25)?
Below are The Lord’s teachings that guarantee eternal life to those who will believe and follow them. This is the truth that sets people free.
THE LORD’S GUARANTEES FOR ETERNAL LIFE
Here are the seven guarantees for eternal life as declared by The Savior:
1 Jesus spoke these words, lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said: “Father, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son, that Your Son also may glorify You, 2 as You have given Him authority over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as You have given Him. 3 And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.
It is very important to recognize The Father as the only true God according to The Christ Yeshua for, “this is eternal life.” Those who believe in the ‘trinity’ doctrine about God, that aside from The Father, The Lord Yeshua and The Holy Spirit are also Gods, should immediately purge themselves from this lie and false teaching that takes away eternal life from everyone who believes in it. In relation to this, the teaching of the trinity as a mystery is in contrary with God's desire that mankind learn to know and understand Him (Jer. 9:23-24).
(John 3:14-18 / also Jn 3:36; 6:40, 47)
14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. 16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
Believing in The Lord Yeshua-Christos as Him who was sent by God for man's salvation may effectuate eternal life. How? By possessing the right belief based on The Savior's teachings alone. If so, then one cannot escape the necessity of reading the Gospel books in the New Testament (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) in order to receive the truth that leads to the right understanding and faith in Him. The words of The Lord Yeshua and the accounts of His earthly life are documented in these books. Aside from the four (Canonical) Gospel books mentioned above, we should also incorporate in our study the (Gnostic) Gospel books as presented by the other apostles and disciples that the Catholic Church decided to not only exclude but destroy as decided by the Council of Nicaea in the year 325 AD.
31 “Therefore I say to you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven men. 32 Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven him, either in this age or in the age to come.
This one guarantee comes in a form of a warning, and failure to heed this warning will lead to condemnation instead. To speak against the Holy Spirit is blasphemy without forgiveness.
The Holy Spirit is God’s Desire or Divine Will (and Purpose) that was personified in His Son Yeshua while He was still on earth. It is God's Spirit or Will for all men to be gathered in His Son for them to be reunited with Him (1 Pet 1:20 / Jn. 6:27 / Jn. 17:20-23). Teaching anything that could prevent man from reuniting with God through the Sacred Union with His Son grieves His Holy Spirit (Mat. 7:21-23), and therefore, is unforgivable. We should then give the highest importance in preserving the integrity of the words of Christ, as they are the Spirit that gives life and salvation to those who believe, death and judgment to those who do not (Jn. 6:63 / Jn. 12:46-48).
24 “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life.
27 My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. 28 And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand.
68 But Simon Peter answered Him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.
Hearing the words of The Savior leads one to receive eternal life. Once again, if one needs to hear, know and believe in The Word or Truth of Christ then he or she really has to prioritize reading the Gospel books to accomplish The Lord’s requirement. A disciple then cannot escape the necessity of making regular Gospel reading a part of his life.
54 Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. 55 For My flesh is food indeed, and My blood is drink indeed. 56 He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him.
13 Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, 14 but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”
27 Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting life, which the Son of Man will give you, because God the Father has set His seal on Him.”
The food or bread, and fruit of the vine and water represent man's most basic need to sustain life. This is man’s common understanding and his highest priority. Because The Lord wants us to prioritize Him and His work (Mat. 6:33), He presented himself as the food or bread and drink from heaven who can truly sustain man’s life, eternal life that is. He wants us to always remember this fact, in that every time we eat that we may always remember Him and and His Word MORE THAN our daily sustenance. He even gave the promise that if we could only trust Him and do this as He desires, then everything that man would ever need will be given unto him (Mat. 6:33).
28 Then Peter said, “See, we have left all and followed You.”
29 So He said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or parents or brothers or wife or children, for the sake of the kingdom of God, 30 who shall not receive many times more in this present time, and in the age to come eternal life.”
The believers who committed to the work of The Lord Christ and followed Him became His disciples and they were promised earthly blessing and most especially eternal life. The very message of The Lord is that if we want to follow Him we should not allow our own family to hinder us from doing His work. Even in our present time, there will be times when we have to leave our family behind in order to do the preaching of God’s Kingdom. But why not involve everyone in the family so we can all share in the work of The Christ? With the advances in transportation and technology, we don’t even have to leave our household anymore. In our time, we can even use the Internet to share the Kingdom of God and the teachings of The Christ.
25 He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. 26 If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also. If anyone serves Me, him My Father will honor.
This specific guarantee of Christ seems closely intertwined with His other guarantee concerning those who left everything in order to follow Him, as proven by His statement in verse 26, “if anyone serves Me, let him follow Me”. The statement of Christ concerning hating one’s life is a figure of speech, and not to be taken literally. It simply means that He does not want us to be very comfortable in this life that we end up neglecting Him and His work and forgetting the life that He promised. He simply wants us to always seek God’s kingdom and righteousness first and foremost (Matthew 6:33).
THE NEED TO OBSERVE THE SEVEN GUARANTEES
Now that we have received the understanding of The Lord’s guarantees for eternal life, should we observe them all as a package? Can we not pick and choose which ones to observe? Can we still be guaranteed to receive the life of The Savior should we willingly fail to observe any one of His guarantees for eternal life?
For one who has a genuine desire to receive not just salvation but also eternal life, the surest way to receive it would be to observe all of The Lord’s guarantees for eternal life - that's simply logical. With this reasoning, it would be a big gamble to reject any one of His instructions. After all, they were given as guarantees so that anyone who truly desires eternal life can have the certainty of attaining it.
Aside from being cautious and logical, what makes us believe on the great relevance in observing all of The Lord’s seven guarantees as an evangelical requirement? What scriptural evidence or reasoning makes us to believe so?
26 And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written:
“The Deliverer will come out of Zion,
And He will turn away ungodliness from Jacob…
The New Testament writer Paul once declared that all Israel will be saved. He made that generalization knowing fully well that the Jews know about God and the importance of calling unto Him when trouble comes especially on the day of judgment (Joel 2:32).
The question is this: Are all Jews who are saved from the world’s final destruction also be rewarded with eternal life in the promised Holy City, the New Jerusalem in heaven? The short answer is no. Why not? The rhetorical answer will be: Why did God reserve a remnant from among the tribes of Israel (Isa. 10:20-23 / 11:10-12 / 49:5-6 / Zech. 13:7-9 / Jn. 10:16 / Acts 2:39) if all of them will be rewarded eternal life and inherit the promised land in heaven?
Regarding this topic, we can learn so much from God’s deliverance of Israel from the bondage of Egypt. Let us see how this event in the time of ancient Israel mirrors God’s salvation and His promise of rewarding eternal life and heavenly inheritance:
(EXODUS 3:7-9 / READ ALSO EXO. 32:13 / 1 KINGS 8:36)
7 And the Lord said: “I have surely seen the oppression of My people who are in Egypt, and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters, for I know their sorrows. 8 So I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up from that land to a good and large land, to a land flowing with milk and honey, to the place of the Canaanites and the Hittites and the Amorites and the Perizzites and the Hivites and the Jebusites.
The desire of God unto His ancient people of Israel was twofold - deliverance or salvation from the hands of the Egyptian (read also Exo. 14:13) and rewarding them the land of promise as their inheritance (Exo. 32:13 / 1 Kings 8:36), the land of Canaan where milk and honey flow. Among God’s ancient people of Israel in Egypt, how many were delivered or saved, and how many received the promised land for an inheritance?
29 The carcasses of you who have complained against Me shall fall in this wilderness, all of you who were numbered, according to your entire number, from twenty years old and above. 30 Except for Caleb the son of Jephunneh and Joshua the son of Nun, you shall by no means enter the land which I swore I would make you dwell in. 31 But your little ones, whom you said would be victims, I will bring in, and they shall know the land which you have despised. 32 But as for you, your carcasses shall fall in this wilderness. 33 And your sons shall be shepherds in the wilderness forty years, and bear the brunt of your infidelity, until your carcasses are consumed in the wilderness.
While all the people of Israel were delivered, or saved from bondage in Egypt, only a few from among the original population who were part of the actual exodus out of Egypt were able to receive the promised inheritance. The reason for their failure to enter in the promised land is because of their rebellion against God’s Holy Spirit or Divine Will (Isa. 63:10-11).
In the time of Christ, the same is also true concerning God’s desire for all man to be saved through His Son, and that through Him man may retain (eternal) life. The Savior Yeshua, knowing of God’s Divine Will, did His best to allow God’s desire to be fulfilled in man by leaving us His guarantees for eternal life. Just how many, from among all the believers of The Christ Yeshua, will be rewarded His life that is eternal as well as the promised inheritance in heaven? Everyone who will observe all of His instructions that guarantee eternal life and residency in the Holy City in heaven. After all, eternal life in heaven is a reward and only those who shall willfully observe The Lord's set conditions will be rewarded this blessing.
MISFORTUNE OF THOSE SAVED BUT NOT REWARDED EVERLASTING LIFE
What happens unto those who will also be saved, by virtue of the power of the name of The Lord upon whom they call, yet will not be rewarded eternal life?
20 A man who is in honor, yet does not understand,
Is like the beasts that perish.
Those who do not understand and failed to take advantage of The Savior's guarantees for eternal life will perish like the beasts or animals. Animals are neither going to be rewarded with a life that is eternal nor are they going to be punished with the second death. Unlike man, they have never received the Breath of God that is eternal in nature. The same is the end point of many people who will not be rewarded by The Savior with the same eternal life that He possesses. If so, then just like the animals they will not have to be resurrected – not for the First Resurrection for life and neither for the resurrection for judgment.
WHEN CAN ONE RECEIVE ETERNAL LIFE?
Those who dutifully observe The Lord’s guarantees for eternal life that He categorized in seven instructions will certainly live His life that is eternal. When will they receive this reward? When will they start living life that is eternal and glorious?
24 Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. 25 For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. 26 For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? 27 For the Son of Man will come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and then He will reward each according to his works. 28 Assuredly, I say to you, there are some standing here who shall not taste death till they see the Son of Man coming in His kingdom.”
The topic of The Savior’s instructions here is about the great importance of denying one’s self, taking up his cross to follow Him. The reward that He is pointing out in His teaching is none other than the promised eternal life. However, what should we notice from His presentation of eternal life that will be received by His followers? He has categorized the recipients of eternal life into two categories:
Those who will receive eternal life as a reward when He returns (verse 27).
Some who were standing with Him at the time of this discourse shall not taste death – meaning they will already live His life (eternal) starting at that time.
This presentation of The Lord’s Truth about the two categories or chances wherein man may receive eternal life is a recent revelation and an understanding that has never before been received by man since the time of the apostles.
1st CATEGORY - ETERNAL LIFE AS A REWARD IN THE FUTURE
In Matthew 16v27, The Messiah mentioned about those who will be rewarded (with eternal life) on His return. When is this time He pointed out when He rewards eternal life?
6 Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection. Over such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years.
The time when The Christ will reward eternal life to those who spent their lives for His sake will be on the First Resurrection at the time of his return. This is well understood by the majority of Christians. There is, however, another instance wherein man can receive eternal life as stated by The Savior in Matthew 16v28, and this is where we may find disagreement with the rest of the Christian world.
2nd CATEGORY - ETERNAL LIFE TO BE HAD NOW
While Matthew 16v27 talked about those who will receive eternal life as a reward when He returns, verse 28 documented His assurance how some of the people who were with Him during His earthly ministry (in the 1st century) shall not taste or experience death until His return. How can this be possible?
Why are we certain that eternal life can already be received now, even before Judgment Day (and First Resurrection)? In what other instance did The Savior confirm this presentation to be evangelically sound?
25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. 26 And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?”
Before The Savior resurrected Lazarus from the dead, He shared with His sister Martha the Gospel truth that eternal life can be already received even before the First Resurrection. And just like His statement in Matthew 16v28, He also categorized the recipients of eternal life into two:
He who believes in Him may die yet he shall live.
He who lives and believes in Him shall never die.
Once again, those who fall into the first category will receive eternal life as a reward to be given when He returns - on the First Resurrection. In the same spirit of His statement in Matthew 16v28, He assured that those who ‘live and believe’ in Him shall never die? How could this be possible?
Has it been proven by The Savior before many witnesses that this is truly what He meant? Did the world overlooked this message of The Christ?
THE CRIMINAL ON THE CROSS
What biblical event sealed the validity of this presentation on The Lord’s promise concerning eternal life?
39 Then one of the criminals who were hanged blasphemed Him, saying, “If You are the Christ, save Yourself and us.”
40 But the other, answering, rebuked him, saying, “Do you not even fear God, seeing you are under the same condemnation? 41 And we indeed justly, for we receive the due reward of our deeds; but this Man has done nothing wrong.” 42 Then he said to Jesus, “Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom.”
43 And Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.”
One of the two criminals who was also hanged on the cross end up believing in The Savior of mankind. His faith in Him was shown in his plea to be remembered by Him when He comes into His kingdom. His fate was decided there and then by The Lord when He promised that he will be with Him on that same day. The Savior did not promise him to be rewarded eternal life on the First Resurrection but on that same day.
The majority of preachers would try to refute our presentation by arguing that the criminal could not be with The Christ in heaven since that day since he was seen to have died on the cross. Our answer is simple – would they accuse The Lord of committing a lie by promising that man to be with Him in Paradise on that day if it were not true? Could these people who would refute the wisdom in this presentation ever possibly know more than The Savior? This particular teaching of The Savior, that eternal life can be received now allowing one to live eternally has been overlooked by almost everyone in the Christian world. How could they question the certainty of The Savior's statement that there were some who were with Him in the first century who did not taste death?
The only logical explanation to the assurance of The Messiah that there are those who won't experience death ever is that although their souls would still depart from their dying bodies (as was the case of the other man on the cross), however God’s Breath, Spirit or Life (that is eternal) shall not depart from them anymore. And so, it would only be sound to believe that their souls remain alive and already received in heaven. This is more logical than questioning or twisting the words of The Messiah.
Who are these very fortunate people who shall never die?
Those who live in Him who shall never die are those who took His cross and follow Him by doing His work. These are the people who spent their entire life doing His work of discipling many other people based on His instruction (Mat. 28:19-20). Let it be clear to all that while it is very important to heed this call of The Savior, it is equally important to teach His Gospel based on His perspective alone. Please read the links below as they would shed a deeper understanding on this particular topic of becoming a disciple of The Savior who makes other disciples from all over the world as He so instructed:
RECEIVE ETERNAL LIFE NOW
How can one already live the eternal life of The Savior starting today that he or she receives this understanding?
(MATTHEW 6:24-34 NASB)
24 “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth. 25 “For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? 27 And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life? 28 And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, 29 yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. 30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith! 31 Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’ 32 For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.33 But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
34 “So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
Our priority in life dictates whether or not we are already living with the life of The Savior that is eternal. Out of His desire that we live His life now, instead of later, He gave us our direct line to it. We need to seek first God’s Kingdom and righteousness. The Kingdom of God is His power and authority that The Christ ruled with and shared among His disciples. On the other hand, God’s righteousness for salvation is no one else but His Son (Isa. 42:6). And when you found them, share them unto others as The Savior so desired and instructed (Mat. 28:19-20). Are we going to lack anything that we need when we seek God’s Kingdom and righteousness first and do the work of bringing others to unto them? Not only that we will not lack anything in this life, but most importantly, we will already live the same eternal life of The Savior.
IF WE LIVE THE LOVE OF CHRIST, THEN WE SHALL LIVE THE LIFE OF CHRIST. And if we already live His life that is eternal, how then can we die?
This divine truth has been hidden from the understanding of man. For whatever reason, only God knows. However, it has been revealed to us in our generation. Revelation of such hidden truth all the more signals the nearing return of The Savior…
We would like to reiterate that it is not part of this ministry to declare specifically who are those who will be condemned on the day of judgment. Our core focus is to preach the clarity of The Lord’s promises and guarantees toward (1) salvation from the world's condemnation, and (2) the attainment of life that is eternal.